Mission is to represent nature; not to manipulate it :)

21 AUG, 2016
by Bikash Mohanty

Beautiful discussions took place at our Yoga studio this weekend. The Yoga guru questioned; “When I ask what is happening in the chest; what do you do? “We all take our attention to the chest and start to observe, to find any clue. We even direct our eyes to the chest”. Here; the chest becomes the object of the observation and the eyes become the subject. Why subject? Because it becomes the story teller. But is it really the actual story teller? May be not. Because eyes only looks at the chest; but CHEST is the one which feels it…and conveys to the brain what is happening. Brain then brings it to our mind or our lips…that way we answer our observation…what is happening in the chest. The moment; connection happens between the CHEST (Heart) and the BRAIN (Mind) – It brings quietness, peace and the Yoga starts…Pranayama continues.  Beautiful it is; is not it?

We all like to take control of our lives, but there are many instances when we are unable to. Situations get stronger and they take control eventually. Each situation; however do have a definite life span. When that situation or relationship is deemed over, we cannot always keep it going, no matter how much we want to do so. The concluding tide takes out certain elements of your life that it believes of no future value to us. We do not need to be alarmed by that. The universe will always leave what is relevant, and will only take away elements or relationships it deems obsolete. It’s funny but when the universe starts taking things away from us, we might feel the pain and say:  “Wait! I loved that apartment!, “I loved that person”, “I loved that car”,  or “I loved that house”. Fact is:  No, we didn’t. We always said it was too small, too dark or too far from our work or it was too painful.  It is natural; for us to want to hang on to even unbearable situations that are familiar. But that does not mean we loved them – it is just that we are used to having them. That’s all.  It is therefore very important that we get our priorities right & be honest; so that we will get an answer, when time is appropriate.

Being judgmental is hazardous characteristic to have, both for us and for others.  When we hold inaccurate opinions and share them, we steer other people in the wrong direction along with ourselves.  We also prevent ourselves from being open to receiving new ideas and new opportunities.  A high degree of self-awareness is needed to recognize when we’re wandering off the correct trail and being judgemental. God!; whole country (India) has gone apparently against Sobha De for her being judgmental about Indian athlete’s performance at Rio Olympics.   She has plenty of time to escape from these outbursts by offering an early apology or clarification. Often; our ego comes on our way. In spite of us knowing the error at our end; we cling on to it …we don’t rectify our error, even though we had to pay a bigger price for holding on to it or continuing with the ego. No? Neither was it a positive communication of any sort. I noticed an article somewhere, where it was suggested that Rs. 80 contribution from us will see India win a dozen of Olympics gold medals.  Irrespective of all these discussions; this week indeed belongs to WomenPower, GirlPower.

Although feminism rightfully calls for the end of male domination and abuse and for equal rights for women, it is vital to get to the root of the misrepresentation — that our focus in life, as man or woman, must not be simply to satisfy our own ego or needs, but to serve for a good/balanced life together. True women’s liberation does not mean merely seeking equality within a masculine world, but liberating the divine feminine aspects of a woman’s personality and using them for the benefit of humankind. Men and women must realize their respective equal roles and strive to complement each other in their shared struggle to improve life. In order to correct the abuse of male dominance, men must concentrate on using their dominant qualities for the good. They must use their strength to protect and preserve the feminine character, helping women realize their true potential.

Albert Einstein said; “How on earth are we ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics; so important a biological phenomenon as first love?”

Love is difficult to define. How do you avoid confusing it with infatuation or lust? Philosophers and psychologists both have attempted to define love, or at least its difference from infatuation and lust. Not even an experienced person can truly grasp or explain love to its truest and deepest meaning. Its concepts are just a never ending story of an open book of experiences. But love does lie in one's heart, where memories are but shadows lingering in your soul. Love is giving someone the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to. 

Chalein Sambha ? Goodnight, SubhRatri, Sabah-Khair :) Take very good care of yourself and have a rocking week ahead.