Sunday, May 24

Retrospection

how many persons in 2015 thought they would be in 2020?

Wednesday, May 20

Lockdown Experience

This lock-down is getting old and frankly I've had enough.

I've discussed the matter over a cup of coffee with the kitchen sink, and we both agree that the experience is draining.

I didn't mention anything to the washing machine as she puts the wrong spin on everything.

Same with the fridge. He only gives cold comfort. 

I asked the lamp but she couldn't shed any new light on the situation.

The vacuum cleaner was rather rude and told me to suck it up.

The threshold was no better, it suggested I get over it.

The carpet advised me to sweep my feelings under the rug.

But the fan was more upbeat and thought that the crisis would soon blow over.

The toilet looked a bit flushed and didn't offer an opinion.

The wall didn't say a word either, just gave me a blank stare.

The door knob was more forthcoming - told me to get a firm grip on the situation and move on.

The front door declared I was unhinged and so the curtains told me to.... you guessed it right - pull myself together.

Then the chair told me to table it, and the table remarked, I didn't have a leg to stand on.

 When I told the table to break a leg, the mirror said that my comments reflected poorly on my thinking.

However, in the end, the iron straightened things out. She said everything will be fine. No situation is too pressing for long anyways!

Looks like the Lockdown is getting not only to me but to everyone 😁

Saturday, May 9

MAKE A CHAT GROUP ACTIVE (Group Etiquette)

*NINE THINGS THAT MAKE A CHAT GROUP ACTIVE:* 
*(Group Etiquette)*

1. *Always learn to appreciate other people's posts, even if they are not your friend*
It makes them feel important and encourages them to come up with something more positive.

2. *Never run people down on the platform in a group chat*
You will cause them to withdraw and they will never come up with their objective views on issues.

3. *When you see something you don't like from a member, inbox the person* 
Don't attack him/her on the platform publicly

4. *Never insult or use unpleasant language to members* You expose your uncultured manners and attitude to people and it may turn the platform into a combat ground.

5. *Be quick to say sorry and apologize when u have erred* It helps to bring down the tension which your words may have created.

6. *Don't try to enforce your ideas or suggestions on members* Nobody has monopoly of knowledge, allow majority conclusions to prevail on issues.

7. *Never settle scores with anybody on a general group chat*
will give others the opportunity to take sides, thereby causing others to withdraw.

8. *When anyone is celebrating, he/she does not need to be your friend when you celebrate with that person.*
It's the spirit of brotherliness

9. *Some have the gift of talking and others the gift of reading*
Learn to contribute to the group... Even if it is just using the symbol 👍... It makes people know that you appreciate the group.

*There are 3 types of posts you will always see on a group chat*

(A) *Offensive posts*.. Don't attack the person, it could be a mistake.

(B) *lnspirational/educative posts*
Commend the person.. Don't just read and keep quiet.

(C) *Meaningless/wrongly uninformed posts*
Start by appreciating the writer, then correct the information, but don't hush him up with condemnation. 
*#Be affectionate to one another*

Saturday, April 25

What Do I Call You !!?

*अब तूही बता तुझे क्या कहूं*
बीमारी कहूं कि बहार कहूं
पीड़ा कहूं कि त्यौहार कहूं
संतुलन कहूं कि संहार कहूं
*अब तूही बता तुझे क्या कहूं*

मानव जो उदंड था
पाप का प्रचंड था
सामर्थ का घमंड था
मानवता को कर रहा खंड खंड था
नदियां सारी त्रस्त थी
सड़के सारी व्यस्त थी
जंगलों में आग थी
हवाओं में राख थी
कोलाहल का स्वर था
खतरे में जीवो का घर था
चांद पर पहरे थे
वसुधा के दर्द बड़े गहरे थे

फिर अचानक तू आई
मृत्यु का खौफ लाई
संसार को डराई
विज्ञान भी घबराई
लोग यूं मरने लगे
खुद को घरों में भरने लगे
इच्छाओं को सीमित करने लगे
प्रकृति से डरने लगे

अब लोग सारे बंद हैं
नदिया स्वच्छंद हैं
हवाओं में सुगंध है
वनों में आनंद है
जीव सारे मस्त हैं
वातावरण भी स्वस्थ हैं
पक्षी स्वरों में गा रहे
तितलियां भी इतरा रही

*अब तूही बता तुझे क्या कहूं*🙏

Monday, April 20

WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT

Found this gem of a piece written by some anonymous soul ... 
   
I heard that we are in the same boat. 

But it's not like that. 

We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. 

Your ship can be shipwrecked and mine might not be. 

Or vice versa. 
For some, quarantine is optimal: moment of reflection, of re-connection. Easy, in flip flops, with a whiskey or tea.

For others, this is a desperate crisis. 

For others it is facing loneliness. 

For some, a peace, rest time, vacation.

Yet for others, Torture: How am I going to pay my bills?

Some were concerned about a brand of chocolate for Easter (this year there were no rich chocolates).

Others were concerned about the bread for the weekend, or if the noodles would last for a few more days.

Some were in their "home office" .

Others are looking through trash to survive.

Some want to go back to work because they are running out of money.

Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.

Some need to break the quarantine to stand in line at the banks. 

Others to escape.

Others criticize the government for the lines.

Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it, some are not sure their loved ones are going to make it, and some don't even believe this is a big deal.

Some of us who are well now may end up experiencing it, and some believe they are infallible and will be blown away if or when this hits someone they know

Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020.

Others say the worse is yet to come.

So, friends, we are not in the same boat.
We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

And each one will emerge, in his own way, from that storm.

Some with a tan from their pool. Others with scars on the soul (for invisible reasons).

It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, more than looking, seeing.

See beyond the political party, beyond religion, beyond the nose on your face.

Do not underestimate the pain of others if you do not feel it.

Do not judge the good life of the other, do not condemn the bad life of the other. 
Don't be a judge. 
Let us not judge the one who lacks, as well as the one who exceeds him.

We are on different ships looking to survive. 

Let everyone navigate their route with respect, empathy and responsibility.

--Author unknown

Wednesday, April 1

Human Species - Guests or Masters!?

I don't know who wrote this, but it's beautiful.. ♥️

We fell asleep in one world, and woke up in another.

Suddenly Disney is out of magic,
Paris is no longer romantic,
New York doesn't stand up anymore,
the Chinese wall is no longer a fortress, 
and Mecca is empty.

Hugs & kisses suddenly become weapons, and not visiting parents & friends becomes an act of love.

Suddenly you realise that power, beauty & money are worthless, and can't get you the oxygen you're fighting for.

The world continues its life and it is beautiful. It only puts humans in cages. I think it's sending us a message:

"You are not necessary. The air, earth, water and sky without you are fine. When you come back, remember that you are my guests. Not my masters."

#pendemic #lessons #reality #nature #earth

Wednesday, March 25

Lockdown Convention

Whether wives are supposed to cook for their husbands during the lockdown period?

Saturday, March 21

SIDE-EFFECTS of The Virus

Since we are reading enough grim news about the virus, on a lighter note here are some good side-effects of the virus :

*Exams*: We always believed exams are so important for children, we could not do education without this primitive humiliating ritual on children. Today we have seen it is possible to do away with it completely. Children got promoted to the next class without any stress of an exam...nothing bad happened!

*Work from home*: Work from home is an ideal solution for the traffic and pollution problems in a city like Delhi, but we still believed (mostly the company insisted that) it was important to drive our car, burn fuel, waste a lot of productive time and go to an office to work, every single day. But when the Virus came we figured it is possible to work from home and still get work done.

*eMeetings*: Clients who always insisted on face to face meetings just discovered it is possible to have face to face meetings over Skype. It saves travel, time, biscuits, water, water bottles, coffee, tea, air-conditioning....so on.

*Malls*: We thought malls are the best place to unwind. Shopping, cinema, food, etc. There was a FOMO if you don't rush to PVR and catch that stupid film on the first day. Today we found our home is best place to unwind.

*Weddings*: We believed weddings should be grand, an opportunity to show off our social standing and wealth. Today we know it is possible to invite just 15 people and hold the event with simplicity and dignity.

*Funerals*: Funerals are now simple private moments for the close grieving family and close friends.

*Prayers*: We have learned to talk to God without actually going to a temple, church or mosque.

*Birthday parties*: OMG! We never thought our children can age without them. Today birthdays are quiet and meaningful family only events, where we celebrate the fact that our children are alive and healthy. Isn't that what birthdays are all about, unlike a competitive sport among parents as it has become?

Traffic is less, city is quiet, families are together, home cooking is back, children are happy, spouses are talking again...it is love in the time of Corona.

Virus will go in a month or two. But we can hope some of these good habits we learned will continue...

 Forward!!

Monday, March 16

Meaning of a Wife in Hinduism

Sanskrit terms used by the husband for the wife were Pathni (the one who leads the husband through life), Dharmapathni (the one who guides the husband in dharma) and Sahadharmacharini (one who moves with the husband on the path of dharma; righteousness and duty).

This is how ancient Vedic culture viewed the partnership of husband and wife.

In Rig Veda(10.85), the marriage hymn, states that the daughter-in-law should be treated as a queen, sāmrajni, by all the family members especially the mother-in-law, husband, father-in-law.
Woman is designated as:

Aditi, because she is not dependent (Nirukta, 4/22)
Aghnyā, for she is not to be hurt (Yajur Veda 8/43)
Bŗhatī, for she is large hearted (Yajur Veda 11/64)
Chandrā, because she is happy (Yajur Veda 8/43)
Devakāmā, since she is pious. (Atharvar Veda 14/1/47)
Devī, since she is divine (Atharvar Veda 14/1/45, Yajur Veda 4/23)
Dhruvā, for she is firm (Yajur Veda 11/64) ā
Havyā, because she is worthy of invocation (Yajur Veda 8/43)
Idā, for she is worshippable (Yajur Veda 8/43)
Jyotā, because she is illuminating, bright (Yajur Veda 8/43)
Kāmyā, because she is lovable (Yajur Veda 8/43)
Kshamā, for she is tolerant/indulgent /patient (Atharvar Veda 12/1/29)
Mahī, since she is great (Yajur Veda 8/43)
Menā, because she deserves respect (Nirukta 3/21/2)
Nārī, for she is not inimical to anyone (Atharvar Veda 14/1/59)
Purandhih, for she is munificent, liberal (Yajur Veda 22/22)
Rantā, because she is lovely (Yajur Veda 8/43)
Rtāvarī, Rtachit, for she is the preserver / forester of truth (Rig Veda 2/41/18)
Sanjayā, since she is victorious (Rig Veda 10/159/3)
Sarasvatī, since she is scholarly (Yajur Veda 20/84)
Simhī, since she is courageous (Yajur Veda 5/12)
Sivā, for she is benevolent (Atharvar Veda 14/1/64)
Sivatamā, since she is the noblest (Rig Veda 10/85/37)
Strī, since she is modest (Rig Veda 8/33/9, Nirukta 3/21/2)
Subhagā, because she is fortunate (Yajur Veda 8/43)
Subhdhā, for she is knowledgeable (Atharvar Veda 14/2.75)
Sumangalī, since she is auspicious (Atharvar Veda 14/2/26)
Sushevā, for she is pleasant (Atharvar Veda 14/2/26)
Suvarchā, since she is splendid (Atharvar Veda 14/4/47)
Suyamā, since she is self – disciplined. (Atharvar Veda 14/2/18)
Syonā, for she is noble (Atharvar Veda 14/2/27)
Vīriņī, since she is mother of brave sons (Rig Veda 10/86/9, 10)
Vishrutā, since she is learned (Yajur Veda 8/43)
Yashasvatī, for she is glorious (Rig Veda 1.79.1)
Yoşhā, because she is intermingled with man, she is not separate (Nirukta 3/15/1)

Credits: Hinduism Demystified Classic

Difference between City and Village

Way of the City and Village Life 

Friday, March 6

QUIET CHINA

The hustle and bustle of China finally quieted down, the restless society finally calmed down, and the restless Chinese people gradually calmed down.
         The *Wild Animals* that were once held by humans in cages finally managed to *Keep Humans in "Cages"*
         Humans finally lowered their proud head and begun to think quietly: Are we still the king of the earth? *Mankind finally felt the power of Nature once again*
         In the face of the threat of death, human beings have only begun to reflect seriously, only to realize that a lack of awe-inspiring social atmosphere will lead to more harm and more risks.
         The greedy heart is being purified by the virus, and the mouth that loves to eat is being punished by the virus. The people who have been soaking in the bright red and green places all day have been driven home by the virus, saying.... *Go home*
         There are fewer and fewer people on the street, few cars on the road,
*The Air is getting Fresher...., the Haze is gone..., the Sky is getting Bluer...., the Sun is getting Brighter...., Family Lives are getting Warmer, Harmonial, and Cordial and People's hearts have become more and more Calm*
         People who haven't read for Years have picked up books at home. Parents and children who had no communication with their children, couples who couldn't speak few words a year have opened up the conversation box. Children who did not know how to respect the elderly has also begun to be filial.
         The virus taught human beings a vivid and profound lesson. It made us understand awe. It also let us know what is called *"Good Times"*. It also made us feel true love on earth. It made us gradually fall in love  *"Return to the Road"*, we really should be grateful for this *"Enemy"*, we need such an "enemy" to give us *Reminder"* and give us *"Empowerment"*
         The virus will not leave so quickly, it needs to see the *"Cultivation" of human's good habits*, and the virus will not continue to rag, because *Human love will gather more power* to keep the virus away, time will tell us everything, Time will also prove what is right.
         *_THE VIRUS REMINDED US THERE IS AN ALMIGHTY. AND HUMANS R JUST HUMANS._*

*Written by a Chinese Pastor sent to a brother in Istanbul via friends in Singapore*

Wednesday, February 26

Tuesday, February 25

Nirvana Shatakam - Swami Vivekanand

I am neither the materials of the body, nor the five sheaths;
Neither am I the organs of action, nor object of the senses;
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute - 
I am He. I am He. (Shivoham. Shivoham)

Saturday, February 22

Lord Shiva's Nandi

Nandi is a symbolism of eternal waiting, because waiting is considered the greatest virtue in Indian culture.
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Nandi sits there, very active, full of alertness, full of life, but just sitting - that is meditation.

Thursday, February 20

Wednesday, February 19

Parents' Goal for their Kids

PARENTS, DONT WORRY !

1. Don't worry about your kids not remembering world history ..Teach them your family history..especially family medical history...it will sure help them in need

2. Don't worry about your kids unable to locate continents and capitals on the world map..Teach them the names of roads around your house and landmarks to reach home from any location of your town

3. Don't really worry if your kid does not win medals in sports and does not remember who won world cups...Teach them to exercise and stay fit

4. Don't bother of your kid scoring  100% in mathematics...Teach them to budget their expenses , save for emergencies and transact money at the shops. Let them know of your income, loans, property details..

5. Don't make your kids memorise and recite hundreds of slokas, thirukural etc...teach them the meaning of one at a time and how to apply in daily life

6. Don't try to push kids into becoming big musicians or dancers and win competitions..Teach them to enjoy and appreciate music , so they know how to relax when they are in stress.

7. Don't compel kids into driving their own bicycles or scooters  because others are doing so...If they like to take the school bus to spend relaxed time with friends or a public transport , let them do so..

8. Don't worry if your kids don't eat every item you cook..Teach them to make their own sandwich...they will relish it more than what you made..

9. Don't push your kids to read and memorise autobiographies of Mahatma Gandhi or Saina Nehwal...Teach them to write their own biography...They will then want to make their life interesting and worth writing ..

10. Don't compel your kids to socialize ..Teach them how to make their life interesting with less dependency on others.

11. Don't impose religious activities on your kids...Teach them the relevance of each and help them to become spiritual..Spirituality is the key to keep themselves and also people around them happy..

Remember, a Parent's only goal for their kids is to keep them HAPPY.. You don't need to spend a lot of TIME, ENERGY , SPACE or MONEY to reach that goal of HAPPINESS...Teach your kid to be HAPPY with the available resources.

Cost of Drone Missile Bombing

A $70,000 missile is fired from a $28,000,000 drone flying at a cost of $3,624 per hour.

There's remarkably little discussion about how much it would cost to bomb people living on $1 per day. 
But become cost-conscious when discussing how to help suffering people.

Monday, February 17

He Understood Women Are Superior to Men

William Golding, British novelist, playwright and poet, 1911-1993

DineOut

She: Take me out to dinner.
He: I don't go out with married women!
She: But I'm your wife!

Nothing is Permanent

Everything is temporary, 
Don't get attached.
Just flow with the Moment
And be Happy.

Friday, February 14

What is Love?

What is love?💕

Love is not just a guy holding a girl and going around the city.

Love is when a mom kisses her child and says mera bachha lakhon me ek hai...

Love is when you come home very late and you find your dad waiting at the door

19 Camels

*19 ऊंट की कहानी*

🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪

एक गाँव में एक व्यक्ति के पास 19 ऊंट थे। 

एक दिन उस व्यक्ति की मृत्यु हो गयी। 

मृत्यु के पश्चात वसीयत पढ़ी गयी। जिसमें लिखा था कि:

मेरे 19 ऊंटों में से आधे मेरे बेटे को,19 ऊंटों में से एक चौथाई मेरी बेटी को, और 19 ऊंटों में से पांचवाँ हिस्सा मेरे नौकर को दे दिए जाएँ।

सब लोग चक्कर में पड़ गए कि ये बँटवारा कैसे हो ?

Thursday, January 23

27 Ideas from Hinduism

What is Special about Hinduism?

1) Believe in God ! - Aastik - Accepted

2) Don't believe in God ! - You're accepted as Nastik

3) You want to worship idols - please go ahead. You are a murti pujak.

4) You dont want to worship idols- no problem u can focus on Nirguna Brahman.

5) You want to criticise something in our religion. Come forward. We are logical. Nyaya, Tarka etc are core Hindu schools

Tuesday, January 21

What Matters at End of Day?

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter who is stronger, smarter, prettier or richer.

Sunday, January 5

Make Your Presence Count

*आपकी उपस्थिति से..*
*कोई व्यक्ति..*
*स्वयं के दुःख भूल जाए..*
*यही आपकी..*
*उपस्थिति की सार्थकता है*!!