Spirituality


I am the Light by Danny Hahlbohm

Sometimes up sometimes down
Life’s roller coaster goes on
And her sole anchor stands tall
Unhindered, smiling benignly above it all

Even if HE don’t answer always
Even if she doesn’t understand HIS ways
Support and help comes and leaves
Of its own accord, as another sigh she heaves

But HE is always her silent supporter,
Silently fighting her battles with her
Through thick and thin, as the world takes another turn
HE takes time to think about someone as small as her

Thank you GOD for being my life anchor
YOU make me believe that I am special

Thank you GOD for being YOU

 

~Anamika

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Words I know can be beautiful, specially hindi poets can paint heavens with words….but strung in a thread of sufi music, its a place beyond the realms of beauty… the music takes you with it… and you float away like a kite, floating on the warm sufi music, the words acting as your tether, so that you don get lost entirely… gently tugging at your heart every now and then….

“Tere Ishq Mein” from the album “Ishqa Ishqa” is one such piece of Sufi music heaven. 
 

I am putting up the lyrics of this song here…

Tere ishq mein….Haaye tere ishq mein
Tere ishq mein… Haaye tere ishq mein..

Raakh se rookhi… Koyele se kaali
Raat kate na… Hijraan waali (more…)

Its so simple to be complex, yet so difficult to be simple.

We waste so much energy, spending all the moments of our life in a frenzy, trying to embellish things. If our life was a simple sentence in English, we would be spending our lifetime adding exclamation marks and what not to it. Trying to make it more complex. But complexity does not mean depth, complexity just means more clutter.

Each moment that passes by, as explained very well by Dan on his blog, is as simple as it can be. However we keep burdening the moment that is right now, with the moments gone by or yet to come. So we repent the past and worry for the future. But we never simply live in the present moment which is all that you really have in your hand.

Ah! It is so difficult to let go of the complexities. They are the only things that make one feel that they are in control of whats going on around them. But once you let go, you find pleasure in life’s simplicities. Damn thats difficult!

Sita - RamMy write up on Sita as a strong character in the epic poem Ramayana generated some strong views. A comment from one of my friends got me thinking. What about Lord Ram. The main lead in the entire story. The Ramayana had been a gargantuan effort by Maharishi Valmiki, to describe the virtues that a MAN should live by. Ram is referred to as Maryada Purushottama, literally the Perfect Man. He was the husband of Sita, the perfect woman.

True the acceptable norms and virtues, change with time. Each era has its own acceptable code of conduct. However, something as timeless and eternal as Ramayana applies even today, with era based interpretations, of course. There is that word again! Interpretations… So lets see what kind of a husband was Lord Ram. I would not deign to try and comment on Lord Ram as a Man, the epitome of all things right and correct. However, I believe I can still have an opinion on Ram’s role as a husband, from a woman’s point of view.

Now Lord Ram was above reproach when it came to how he handled his duties as a son, as a king, and as a brother. But how about his duties as a husband?

Lord Ram was after all put on this earth in human form. And like all humans, he too succumbed to emotions of jealousy, caving under public pressure, forsaking his wife. Does that make him an “Imperfect Man”?

Lord Ram peacefully conducted himself through the golden years after his birth, his childhood, initiation, and marriage to Princess Sita. He was the ideal son, obedient, respectful of his father’s honour. He was a perfect elder brother to his three younger brothers. And he was an attentive and loving husband to his wife, princess Sita.

Then adversity struck. As a chance to show mankind a way to conduct itself in adversity, Lord Ram kept his parent’s honour and went into exile. (more…)

Sita Agni PareekshaTough question to answer. Sita has often been “interpreted” as a docile meek character who followed her husband to the end of the earth/forests. In return, aspersions were cast on her character and she was banished from Ram’s kingdom.

However interpretations are often just that. Here is another interpretation of Sita’s character.

The saints/politicians/rulers of the time may interpret the epic poem (Ramayan) by Valmiki, any-which way they want. The truth still remains. Sita was a smart and graceful lady. She was a strong woman in her own right, but without the anger and aggressiveness of Draupadi style of justice. Quiet strength and not aggression was her trademark. Lets take a quick look at Ramayan from this point of view. (more…)

How can a saviour renounce his wife and new born child? A GOD who shows the path to nirvana (enlightenment)? In Hindu religion each MAN has to go through four ashrams/stages of life. One important stage of this is the ‘grihastha ashram’ or householder phase. This was defined as a time that MAN should spend in raising a family and  fulfilling his duties to society.

So how can a man who renounced his householder duties, deserted two lives that were dependant on him, be regarded as a saint? A man makes a decision, a commitment in fact, when he marries a woman, and begets a child. Once the decision is made, the rightful thing in any religion/culture would require the man to stand by his decision. Renouncing his duties, in pursuit of other things (divine knowledge in this case), can not be condoned. (more…)

Vicars ban ‘un-Christian’ yoga for toddlers 

Yoga, a form of  exercise methodology with its roots in ancient India has been banned by two vicars in somerset, UK.  It is very disturbing to hear leaders of communities have such opinions. All sects and religions have a right to believe in whatever they place their faith in. However, Yoga is just a form of exercise that relaxes body and mind.

Its origin is in Hinduism, but Yoga in itself has nothing to do with religion.

Each culture has something good to offer. And the global citizen should have the right to partake of whatever good things the human race has discovered, irrespective of which country and religion discovered it.

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