Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Mental Attitude....A Jainism Story.....LESHYA

In Jainism, there is a great deal of importance given to the leshya. A leshya refers to the state of mind, mental attitude. Our activities reflect our attitude. The following illustration shows how our activities vary with the states of our attitude.

Once there were six friends, who were going on a trip. Along the way, they got lost in a forest. After a while they we
re hungry and thirsty. They searched for the food for sometime, and finally found a fruit tree.

As they ran to the tree, the first man said, "Let us cut the tree down and get the fruit." 

The second one said, "Don't cut the whole tree down, cut off a big branch instead." 

The third friend said, "Why do we need a big branch? A small branch has enough fruit."

 The fourth one said, "We do not need to cut the branches, let us just climb up and get the bunches of the fruit." 

The fifth man said, "Why pick those many fruit and waste them, instead just pick the fruit that we need to eat."

 The sixth friend said quietly, "There are plenty of good fruit on the ground, so let us just eat them first."

You can see that the states of minds of these six friends caused a range of thoughts that begin with the destruction of the entire tree and ended with the picking up of the fruits on the ground. The six friends minds represent six types of leshyas.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

My Dad....My Guardian....My Guide....

Fathers are those wonderful people, too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises as often as we should...
For, somehow, Father seems to be the man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts and nurses all our ills....
And Father struggles daily to live up to "HIS IMAGE"
As protector and provider and "hero or the scrimmage"...
And perhaps that is the reason we sometimes get the notion,
That Fathers are not subject to the thing we call emotion,
But if you look inside Dad's heart, Where no one else can see
You'll find he's sentimental and as "soft" as he can be...
But he's so busy every day in the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff to his partner and his wife...
But Fathers are just WONDERFUL, In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments and accolade of praise,
For the only reason Dad aspires to fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him and to bring them happiness...
And like OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, He's a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on to be ALWAYS ON OUR SIDE.


Monday, 10 June 2013

Pichchammal....Maternal Grand-mother of Ramesh

Dear Paati, remembering you on your 100th Birthday and wishing loads of happiness....we Love u Paati
Grandmothers are mothers who are grand,
Restoring the sense that our most precious things
Are those that do not change much over time.
No love of childhood is more sublime,
Demanding little, giving on demand,
... More inclined than most to grant the wings
On which we fly off to enchanted lands.
Though grandmothers must serve as second mothers,
Helping out with young and restless hearts
Each has all the patience wisdom brings,
Remembering our passions more than others,
Soothing us with old and well-honed arts

Remembering Hubby's Paternal Grand-Mom

A halo that reflects a life of
wisdom, kindness,and caring.
Eyes that sparkle with pride
and show how much she believes in you.
Shoulders that have been slept on
... and wept on and
carried a world or two.
Arms that never run out of hugs.
Hands that know
just when to hold on
and when to let go.
A mind filled with amazing things,
from fairy tales to family tails
and long-ago stories of you.
A smile that can jump right into your heart...A heart of gold that holds more love
than you can possibly imagine..

On Mother's Day.....

My Mom, special lady of my life, who believed in us and stood by us during all odds....who taught us to face challenges, who pushed and prodded: encouraged and guided....How did you find the energy, Mom To do all the things you did, To be teacher, nurse and counselor To me, when I was a kid. How did you do it all, Mom, Be a chauffeur, cook and friend, Yet find time to be a playmate,
I just can't comprehend. I see now it was love, Mom
That made you come whenever I'd call, Your inexhaustible love, Mom And I thank you for it all......

In Remembrance of My first cousin....Nagendra

1985 June 9th, we were woken up by shocking news of your sudden demise…..How excited and tensed I was to welcome a Monday morning with My best friend's 10th board results, planning surprise get-t...ogether with you and your family in celebrating your board achievements…then…..
When I heard that you had left us, I was simply blown away….How could that be possible? We were laughing and playing together just a week before….!!!!
You were such a lovely soul, Always there for everyone.So dependable, sincere, Kind, gentle and caring….Felt good to have you near…..
Your last words to me Will help my tears to dry,You punched my arm and said,“Hey…see you, bye!”
In my bed, I lie awake, And still thinking,What could have been,If you were still here, With us tonight???
I know it could have been better,Seeing you right in front of us,Knowing you‘re still alive…..
But this is life……No one stays forever,May it be fate,Or just a change of heart.
I don’t want to let go......When you left me, it was hard.....
The moment you stopped breathing,I was down on my knees for the first time.
I kept praying, begging God,To make you live again.
But how could I stop you?When you are in a better place now…..
I will never stop believing, That you still think of me tonight.
You’re the type of friend,Who keeps promises in his heart….In heaven, I trust,You’re still the friend I know.
I know you remember my name,When I call out on yours.I know you still smile and laugh,When I crack jokes the wrong way.
Someday, when it's my time,It will be just like before.
That’s the time when we no longer,Have to face "goodbyes" anymore.
Friends in the distance, and through time, we'll still be…….

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Life takes turns

I asked God “How do I get the best out of life?” God said “Face the problem! Face the past without regrets. Handle your present with confidence and prepare for the future without fear”

“Soorya Bhagawan is on his chariot, rushing back home, or else he will get drenched. The thunder is nothing but sound made by wheels of his chariot and the light you see is the brightness of his seven white horses” grandma would utter whenever my siblings and I asked her why there is so much light and sound whenever it rains??? Her answer may sound a bit dramatic but we easily believed what she said. Keeping our windows open, peeping through the bars we would wait for Sooryadeva’s darshan!!
I am sure all of us have such dramatic innocent memories to cherish. If life were as innocent as that! There is always someone with a ready answer!!!   Those were the good old days when we were true, innocent, ever ready to believe, no ‘problems’, no ‘bad time’, no never troubled by ‘future’!!!
As we grow life takes well-rounded slow turns. We may not even notice much difference between good and bad times, but it go through phases of good and bad and then good again. It’s a series of ups & downs that does not allow us to get too comfortable in the space we occupy. In a graph, life can at best be plotted as zigzag or wave pattern, never as a steady straight line.
Can you ever imagine what life would be like if it never changed? How would you learn to appreciate laughter if there have been no tears? How would you celebrate success if you haven’t faced failures? How can you soak up the comfort of love when you have never felt the stab of indifference? And more important, just as the highs boost one’s confidence, the lows help people grounded.
There is a time when you need to push ahead all guns firing and a time when you need to sit back and wait. There is also a time when you can do nothing but just go with the flow. A person who is intelligent enough to recognize the response a situation demands, the fortitude to act accordingly and the forbearance to wait for the time to change tide, is the one who is the winner.
When you have so much to be thankful for, there will be certainly some rain clouds to deal with as well. It is this knowledge that helps one hang on to both modesty as well as sanity at all times.
Good time may give happiness and opportunities, but it depends on us what we make of those. Some people will catch the good times and make the most of them, using the time to their advantage, while others may just cruise through them senselessly, wasting good opportunities. Similarly, while some may go through bad times in deep depression, others would wisely bide their time picking up precious lessons of wisdom, strength & determination, Bad times also throw up opportunities, which we can either take advantage of, or miss completely.
Know that when you are at the bottom, the top awaits for you and when you are at the top, remember you will hit the bottom sometime. We all have our ‘good, better, best’ and ‘bad, worse, worst’ situations; what we just have to know is how best to ride the waves.