Law of Attraction: Determination begets belief begets manifestation

My sister told me a parable which invoked passion for my desire at another level. Once upon a time there were two men in a village named Ram and Deen. Deen was mischievous and Ram was a happy go lucky man. Ram was a worshipper of a Hindu deity called Shiva and went to the village temple to light a lamp every evening without fail. When Deen came to know of this he made it his personal mission to sneak into the temple and put out the earthen lamp. Ram was oblivious of Deen’s actions. This continued for a long time. Both men were happy that they were successful in their mission. One day it rained heavily and the village was stuck by a thunder storm. Ram looked out of his window and wondered, “The weather tonight is bad. It must be a sign from Lord Shiva to tell me not to go to the temple. I light the lamp every evening. One day won’t make any difference. ” So, he cancelled his routine for the evening. Deen didn’t know about Ram’s plan. He too looked out of his window and thought, “ It’s rather a nasty weather outside. But I can’t miss. If I fail, then he wins. So, I have to go at any cost.” The rain drenched him, the winds pushed and pulled him, he stumbled over the broken trees, he slipped a few times and grazed his knees, he fell and hurt his forehead, he was bleeding but he kept going . At last he reached the temple. He looked around but the lamp was not even lit. Just then he saw a bright light where stood the stone statue of Shiva! There now stood Shiva himself! Deen was transfixed and after a moment managed a whisper, “ Who are you?” “ I am the Lord of this temple,” replied Shiva with a smile. Before Deen could absorb the miracle, Shiva spoke again, “ Ask me for whatever your desire is, my son. It shall be fulfilled.” Deen was confused. He asked, “ But Ram is the good one. I just wanted to win.” “ So, where is Ram now?” Asked Shiva and said, “ You believed in your desire. You committed to achieve your goal. So, you won. Now it’s only fair that you get what you think you deserve and I shall grant it.” In the meantime, Ram slept deep, leaving his task to another day.
                 I think the message here is loud and clear. The impact of this story led me deep within to question my commitment and belief towards what I desire. I have a refreshed zeal and enthused motivation now. I shall carry on passionately till every pebble of resistance explodes with the light and Nirankar blesses me with my desire.
                 I wish manifestation for all my readers, but it’s only you yourself who can make it happen.          

Law of Attraction: Manifesting desire at Micro & Macro cosm levels

I have discussed the concept of desire and manifestation at different levels many times in my blog before, but today I would like to share the scope of desire at two different levels.                                             Let me start with what is a Micro and Macro aspect of a wish. Deriving from Greek terms, Micro means ‘small’ and Macro or ‘makros’ means at a large scale, while the word cosm is defined as Universe or world. In the light of these definitions, when you yearn for something for a personal fulfilment, it would be at a Micro-cosm stage since you are a small entity in the whole of Universe. When you desire something for the wider community or the world, it is obviously a wish at a larger scale and is thus a Macrocosm thought. However, both these stages are within the spiritual realm.
                                          I’ll further elucidate it with an example. Everyone is desiring and manifesting perpetually throughout their life and so have I been conscious about this fact since practising Law of Attraction. I’ve had variance of successes depending upon my commitment to the desire. Even though we mostly wish for our personal dreams to come true, we also desire for the greater good too from time to time. This is being an empathetic person.
                                         Currently, the whole world is facing the unique invasion by COVID virus and you must have seen charities and individual volunteers trying to help others in various ways. In UK services of NHS health workers and charities like London Food Alliance have served the mankind in one of the direst situations the world has faced in recent history. So why did they feel compelled to act selflessly to help a stranger without any direct personal benefit? Simple explanation is that they are acting from a higher spiritual plain. Their desire to help is an act or Karma motivated at a Macrocosm level.
                                          
Recently, I’ve come across a couple of other great examples of macrocosm desire to help  humanity in difficult situations, even at the cost of personal inconvenience and financial cost. Last week BBC in UK reported a charity organisation called the Khalsa Aid, a Sikh charity for serving free food to thousands of those truckers who were stuck at the Dover port as France government refused their entry due to a new Corona variant discovered in the UK. This is a pure karma at a high level of humanity and thus spirituality. Also, the Farmers Protest in India is paving a way to revolutionise a new way to agitate peacefully. This has been possible only with public-spirit of compassion and empathy for others. Once again, it’s seen charities like Khalsa Aid, Hemkunt Foundation ( also a sikh charity organisation) and many humble hearts donating anonymously towards the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing for the participating farmers. Volunteer service towards others is only possible by stepping outside the notion of ‘I’ and in to the mind-set of ‘ Their’. This is when the desire transcends from ‘Me’ to ‘Them’. When we start feeling the life , the pain, the happiness and love in another, we start seeing presence of the Omni-Power in us. This is also called spiritual evolvement.
                                           Macrocosm desire doesn’t always have to be at a mega social level or even involving just human beings. Charity towards animals is equally a sublime act generated out of Macrocosm of spirituality.
                                        The process to manifest both, the microcosm and macrocosm desires is exactly the same- One must establish the exact desire, feel it deeply and believe in its reality.
                                           If a selfless desire is for the benefit of someone else then ‘what is in it’ for the desirer? My answer would be in another question, ‘ What is in it for you in any desire’? The answer is ‘abstract satisfaction’– For example desiring to earn more money for ‘I’ and ‘My’ family is actually to manifest happiness, contentment and peace. Similarly, if I desire to help a blindman cross the road it would actually be motivated by my wish to feel the satisfaction derived from such an act. My desire would be manifested after getting to the other side of the road. The incentive to fulfil any material wish is to achieve a happy state of mind. So, true manifestation is in what the emotions feel.
                                        There is another lowest level of desire which crosses over both, micro and macro Cosms.  For example, if I wish to adopt a kitten stranded outside in the cold I’ll do the action of picking up the kitten and bringing it home. This act should make me feel happy, content and at peace for doing the right thing. However, if I do exactly the same act but my motivation is not to help the kitten but to gratify my own ego to tell others about my great deed, then I wouldn’t say that this is true manifestation as it won’t keep me happy for long as I’ve adopted a liability in the form of a kitten which shall hinder my peace of mind sooner or later. It’s the same with any charity where a person yearns for recognition for the good deed. There would still be manifestation but not of the physical act committed but of the bad karma created. Hence, it’s so important to establish what to desire and why at both, Macrocosm and Microcosm level

Spills from Life: Farmer’s protest in India: A battle ground or a unique village of brotherhood?

No Farmer > No Food> No Life

           Many of you might already know that there is a farmer protest taking place in India against the three anti-farmer bills enforced by, as seen by many people , the ultra- Right- wing  nationalistic government. These bills would make the poor farmers even poorer by privatising the market for the crop produce in the hands of only a couple of Industrialists ( in the country of two billon population!), who are said to be favoured personally by the upper crust polity.
                  Farmer’s plight has remained the same under most governments, regardless of which political party since the Independence in 1947. One of the current reasons is that only about a meagre 2% of the total National budget is invested in to the farming sector despite the fact that India is an agrarian economy where about 60% of the population depends on agriculture directly or associated businesses. Thousands of farmers have committed suicide since the 1990s but no one has listened. I think the cup of patience is over-spilling now and hence the protest!
However, I would like to focus on and highlight the uniqueness of this peaceful protest in its magnitude.
                   There are over 300,000 farmers protesting unitedly from all the four corners of the country. One would think ‘it must be dangerous to visit India at the moment and not just due to corona, but also due to the tall flames of the agitation engulfing the country’, at least as the ‘parrot reporting’ media might like us all to think. The government controlled media and political machinery is working day and night to spread anti-farmer propaganda to defame the agitation to be seen as instigating violence and anti-social activities. Farmers from Punjab are even labelled as ‘terrorists’ by the corporate controlled media. But thank God for the Technology! 🙏 We are able to see what is happening in reality within and around the protesting camps via smart phones,  YouTube channels, Twitter, Facebook, and so on. Many Non-resident Indians, celebrities and officials have visited the protest sites for first hand views and posted videos via social media for the world to see.
                  The Sikh farmers from the Punjab region of India were protesting for over two months in their state but the government remained unperturbed. So in the end, the Unions decided to call for ‘Delhi Chalo’ or ‘ Let’s march to Delhi’, to be heard by the centre from the centre of the country. The Punjab farmers were the first group to have reached the borders of the capital on the 27th November 2020 and were welcomed with Water cannons, Tear gas, Lathi charge or truncheon-beating by the ‘democratic governance’ 🙄. These farmers consisted of men, women, children, and many elderly and also disabled protesters. So, who is the violent side and showing not just anti-social but also terrorising tendencies? It is clear from the live videos from the protesting field. Once again, thanks to the technology for smart phones and social media. There is after all a positive contribution by the social media to society; one has to be responsible with how to use it.
                  Now, farmers from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and many other states in the country have also joined the march and have reached Delhi from diverse borders; Delhi is truly encircled by the farmers and their families. All sitting peacefully yet showing their opposition to the strangling bills. I would love to share the scenes from this magnanimous and harmonious human camp.     
                  As far as the eye can see one witnesses a wave of colourful turbans, shawls and green scarves symbolising the colour of farmers! Thousands of farmers have travelled with their families on foot, on tractors, and whatever means of transport is available. Fortitude is showing through every smiling face. Community food is being cooked day and night in enormous cauldrons on handmade earthen ovens and open fire not just for the protesters but the homeless and the slum dwellers in the surrounding areas; however what tops this is the fact that the farmers are offering tea, juice and food to the same police officials who perhaps had raised the baton in attempt to break their backs. It is not the place where outsiders are bringing charity to help the workers on strike, but these are the self-sufficient protesters who are also offering free food, free clothing, free medical treatment, even shoes to the poor children visiting the site from the local poor localities. With well build marquee tents installed with warm beddings, designated toilet facilities for men and women, even dressing areas equipped with mirrors, especially for the sikh gentlemen tying turbans. Every need is taken into account. The atmosphere is more like a fare and looks like a tranquil mini village. Has anyone even seen a protesting site like this before? I can’t imagine.    
                 Security is of prime importance and round the clock vigilance is held by the volunteers. Only certain certified volunteering agencies are allowed to assist with essential services, like the Khalsa Aid which is a recognised International body of Sikh volunteers. Of course, such service to humanity comes natural to the sikh community, who have travelled to Syria to help with volunteer aid, offered service to the flood victims in Pakistan, fed hundreds of homeless and Nursing home patients in the UK with food and essentialities during the Corona lockdown, and hundreds other such services in the world. The mindset for service and valour is instilled in this community as almost a natural instinct from birth. They have a rich culture build by their spiritual Gurus and ever since the Sikhs try to live their lives by those progressive teachings. Latest addition to this Nishkam – Seva ( selfless service) is the massage machines for those tired but determined feet, washing machines and medical aid, including providing free prescription medication.
                  Not just Sikhs but Hindus and Muslims too have joined now to sculpture this historic monument of Peace.  Farmers claim that they have come prepared with ration that could last for at least six months to feed all. It seems where Sikh farmers have led the protest, Muslim and Hindu volunteers too are joining in to give strength to this protest which seem to be fast swelling into a revolution but a first revolution which is so peaceful.
                  The protest is so well organised that the volunteer groups are patrolling around the clock for anything suspicious that might destroy the peace within the camp and have caught a few un-wanted and anti-social elements who were not part of the protest nor had any business to be there. Such people have been caught and handed over to the local Police who don’t seem to have taken much action in such cases . There has been calculated suspicion from within the protester groups that the Secret agencies had sent in a few spies which has made it difficult for the Police to clarify the matter any further. Well, an educated guess would be that the unwanted non-farming element was sent in by the government agencies to smear the image of this protest. So much for a Democratic governance in the world’s biggest Democracy! I believe that despite all the political manipulations, it won’t be as easy now as was the cover up of the 1984 genocide of Sikhs or the 2002 Muslim genocide in Gujarat or forever carving divisions amongst the majority Hindus and other minorities for political gains. The world is watching the real events now and we all KNOW the truth.   
                  The world can learn a lot from this protest : How to maintain peace and brotherhood despite the diversity, help each other selflessly, organise with discipline so no outsider can take advantage, stay vigilant and abide by the Law but know your Rights too, and above all- Stay positive and determined.  
                  No one could distort the image of smiling faces cooking, cleaning, helping and praying together regardless of the religion. It’s not a common protesting ground but the farmers have created a unique village of humanity. What the political leaders couldn’t do in over 70 years of independence, our simple and hardworking farmers have done in a few days- ‘united the country under one banner!’ This is true democracy.
                  Bravo all the farmers including men, women and children who have become part of this peaceful confluence. May God bless the country of farmers and hardworking people. Nowhere have I seen before such an example of mega streams of love, brotherhood and harmony forming into an ocean of a Peaceful Protest! This is no hyperbole to say that this unique protest is truly the eighth wonder of the world ! May Almighty also bless the political leaders with enough sense not to stir a tsunami out of the serene tributaries.
                   Let justice and peace prevail.      

Spills from life: Enigma of Guru Nanak’s simplicity

                            Please read the article to the end for understanding the complete purpose of my writing. It was Guru Nanak’s birthday on the 30th Nov and for those who don’t know who he is, Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikh philosophy and first of the ten Sikh gurus. He was born in 1469 in India, more than four centuries before the country was divided in two- India and Pakistan.
                           His message contained of the spiritual truth as well as social reform through purging of the mindset. If we think right, we build healthy society which creates collective good karma pushing the doors of spiritual enlightenment open. One of the Guru’s founding messages can be understood through the following verse:
Aval Allah Noor Upaya – Everything is created out of radiance of the same energy
Kudrat ke sab bande– All humanity belongs to the one radiant spiritual power
Ek Noor se sab jug upjaya– From the ONE light originated the whole Universe
Kaun Bhale kaun mande– Who can then judge who is good or who is bad

                           But something really perturbed me about the relevance and effects in the current world of what the great Guru preached and practiced for the good of all humanity,  and not one sect, one caste, one class or creed in the manmade society. While browsing through the net, I came across a couple of bemusing questions based on the verse I’ve just quoted above. One lady asked , ‘ Why is a Sikh Guru writing about Allah’s greatness?’ The other person commented, “ It’s obvious that Guru Nanak was actually a Muslim peer (saint) and not a Sikh, because even he is praising and praying to Allah!” In fact, the Hindus have also been claiming that Nanak was born in to a Hindu family. All these innocent people haven’t quite grasped the essence of Nanak’s message of establishing equality and peace in ONENESS of humanity and preaching to the world the mantra of ‘Ek Omkar’, meaning that God is ONE . These are the first two words of the holy book of Sikhs, called ‘Guru Granth Sahib’. In Hindi and Punjabi language Guru means teacher and Granth means Book; this epic compilation of hymns and prayers is adorned with the title of Guru because it contains the true words of the saints and the spiritual Gurus.
                             Now returning the focus back to the comments above, let me clarify, rather proudly shout from top of the roof – ‘ Brothers and sisters, Guru belongs to all humanity and his message is about equality and peace for ALL! And the literal meaning of the word Allah is GOD!! Not a Muslim God or Sikh God or Hindu God or Christian God or any other God belonging to a particular religion, but just a generic and universal abstract entity.  We all need to step out of the little pond and feel the vast ground under our feet or we’ll remain going round and round like a toad in a puddle.  
                          I would also like to pre-empt another potentially simmering question in a wandering mind : Why is Guru Nanak considered to be a Sikh Guru if he didn’t represent any particular religious institute? I’ll attempt to explain.
                          Guru Nanak didn’t set out to start a new religion. In fact, he introduced a new thought in the contemporary Brahmin ( A supposed upper most caste in Hinduism) dominated orthodox society enforcing its religious and social superiority over the masses in India. Brahminic anarchy was blessed by the Monarchy of the time and together they strangulated the down trodden masses. Any breath left in them was sucked out by the class- pyramid of discrimination. This is not all, women were the exploited sex in every existing religion, class and caste. For example, Sati was the most heinous of social rituals and customs in the Hindu culture of that time – It meant that when husband died, the wife was forced to enter the burning pyre alive and self- immolate as a symbol of her eternal love for the husband. Blood curdling? Yes, to say the least but Guru Nanak raised the first voice to campaign against such a senseless inhumanity. He wrote (As translated into English) :
From woman, man is born;
within woman, man is conceived; to woman he is engaged and married.
Woman becomes his friend; through woman, the future generations come.
When his woman dies, he seeks another woman; to woman he is bound.
So why call her bad? From her, kings are born.
From woman, woman is born; without woman, there would be no one at all.
(Guru Nanak, Page 473 of Guru Granth Sahib – the Sikh holy book).
                               This was one in the series of Guru ji’s teachings, reform movement and spiritual guidance. After Guru Nanak’s physical departure from this earth, the baton was passed on to the subsequent nine Gurus.  Those who sought Guru’s teachings  were called ‘Sikh’ or Gursikh. The Punjabi word sikh  means ‘to learn’ and Gursikh means Guru’s Sikhs or teacher’s students
                              So, the Sikhs are followers of all the ten Gurus, currently represented collectively by, ‘GURU Granth Sahib’ The most unique feature of this Granth is the fact that  though the hymns and prayers in the holy book are  predominately written by the Gurus themselves, it also contain verses written by many Sufi and Hindu Saints, as a symbol of ONENESS of God beyond the demarcations of religions. Because of Guru Nanak’s religion-less spiritual thoughts, Muslims consider him to be their Peer, Hindu Sindhis  believe in his teachings even without calling themselves Gursikhs, the converted Christians in India from Punjab believe that Guru Nanak is a saint in their faith. It’s the universal appeal of Guru Nanak’s thought that all the major religions have made a claim to this great name. Many people do not know that even the tenth Guru, Gobind Singh, who baptised the Sikhs in to becoming the Khalsa or the Pure, also had Muslims and Hindus amongst his followers, without changing their religion. What does that mean? Well, the tenth Guru preached that so long one is true to humanity, is true to his individual religion, in line with Guru Nanak’s teachings. There was no ‘conversion’ enforced, so Sikhs became Khalsa out of free will. The Khalsa Sikhs ( baptised and called Singh ) and Sikhs ( all those who believed in the teachings of the Gurus) coexisted as Gursikhs. It is the case even now.
                                    I am pre-empting another question of a sceptic mind- ‘ Why create Khalsa if anyone from any religion could also be a sikh, as per the tradition since Guru Nanak?’ I’ll need to give a synopsis of the historical background to explain this point. The Mughal rulers in India at the time were forcing the Hindus to convert to Islam or face death. Hindus and Muslims looked alike and when Muslim armies used to attack, the Hindus tried to save their lives by pretending to be Muslim so their lives could be spared. But the unique identity with the beard and turban inspired pride in self and courage to fight for their just rights. Guru Gobind Singh wanted to prepare a strong mental state which would not accept injustice and  oppression. So along with building the spiritual character, he also demonstrated how to raise one’s spirit and achieve freedom which is every human being’s right. Isn’t this pure spiritualism? Isn’t feeling free within and outside the ultimate state of mind to become One with the Almighty? When a Khalsa Sikh stood in front of a Muslim soldier, he was instantly recognised, without any doubts. So when one is faced with the enemy there is no other option left but to stand firm and show the tenacity to fight back to defend yourself and  fellow humans. Encouraged by the success of many victories in the battlefield, a number of people from diverse faiths joined Guru Gobind Singh’s army and followed Sikhism in its principles. The tenth Guru sacrificed his four sons, mother and father to win the cause against injustice. In fact, five of the ten Gurus directly led the struggle in the battlefields against all the contemporary oppression of the defenceless innocent people in the Indian region. Sikh Philosophy is like the two sides of the same coin, named Miri and Piri by the fifth Guru, Hargobind Singh- Miri means the political or worldly power ( only Just power that is used to save and defend in order to restore peace to all humanity) and Piri means quest for spiritual truth . And it all started with the progressive thought of Guru Nanak for the good of all.
                                          So, Guru Nanak  demonstrated that social justice, recognising personal rights as equal human beings, living with dignity were the foundation stones for building belief in self which prepares the right mindset to connect with God.  A true Sikh wouldn’t disrespect any other religion or spiritual philosophy. Only if we human beings could stop being possessive and obsessive about ‘whose God’ is greater, this world could be a beautiful place to cohabit blissfully. After all, it’s a journey together and not a contest.
                                   Hope I’ve explained my context in simplicity, even though the subject matter is as deep as the ocean and no one can count every drop in it. I can say categorically that I am happy to be a Sikh, a novice student who shall continue to try on the path shown by the Gurus , even if I limp through most of it.  
                                     Sikhism belong to all – after all aren’t we all Sikhs of the faith we follow, regardless of the name of the religion?  
                                               

Spills from life: Can we ever eradicate racism?

            I was watching a YouTube video called, ‘ The lie that invented racism’ by John Biewen while speaking at Ted Talks. It was refreshing to hear such a novel perspective of this age old issue that has created so much antagonism, woe, hurt and mistrust amongst the same family members of HUMAN clan for generations. This article is inspired by John’s thought provocation.
            Rather than dwelling too much in to detail of the whole speech, I would love to explore the highlights that froze me to undivided attention. So, take the most comfortable position in case it has the same effect on you. 😉
            John said that it’s not about a white person ‘feeling guilty’ about slavery or racism as history is not fault of everyone living today. John carries on to say that it is about ‘taking responsibility’.
            This concept of responsibility goes deeper in its connotations for me. But I think it’s relevant to first explore how racism was born,  at least as per the first recorded chronicles.
            Racism is an invention of a lie based on the fake theory that whiteness is superior. This seed of thought was sown in chronicles written by Zurara during the reign of King Edward of Portugal in the 15th century who commissioned this diabolic propaganda which, like a pied piper, led the mankind in to the abyss of inhumanity. It is not a rhetoric or a conspiracy theory but a fact recorded as history. This post might not be for those who support denial or refusal to accept; I request them to feel free to exit reading at this point, as I don’t mean to offend but can’t force truth to wear garments. Carrying on, the reason for this propaganda was to help business of slavery flourish for profit, which made racism a tool for the slave trade at a global level.
            To boost this evil plan, it was essential to create division amongst coexisting human beings. So, the Africans were chosen as the scape goat and described by Zurara as the inferior race and the white skin colour was imposed as a sign of superiority. Thus, the then innocent human psyche was corrupted for the first time in racial terms. There have been diverse divisions amongst the human race at various levels but this was far the most dangerous, long- standing and far reaching weapon of mass destruction ever invented.
            Morally this claim was wrong from the beginning and even scientifically there is no evidence to support Zurara’s claim. Humans started their journey from Africa, another un-twisted fact from real history.  So, how did variation in skin colour develop?  Simple scientific reason is in our movement around the four corners of this earth. Those who travelled to the northern and darker areas gradually turned lighter due to loss of the skin melanin, but the ones who stayed in Africa or moved to the southern hemisphere remained darker due to the amount of melanin retained. So there is absolutely no basis for superiority or inferiority just founded on the colour of the skin.
            But unfortunately the rhetoric influenced a particular mass of men and women and thus racism, based on colour, became an efficient tool to manipulate the human race at large by few controlling forces at the top. We have to snatch the power from the few top dogs and stop our own exploitation. To ignite a change is our collective responsibility.
            But it’s sad that this tool is still very much a divisive technique politically, socially and financially even in today’s world. Afterall, isn’t it another form of slavery in the current society where your thought is subjugated and programmed by the faceless masters, regardless of the colour, creed or nationality? In fact, when we talk about infliction of white superiority, the idea wasn’t just forced upon the black masses but the white population was brain washed in to believing this too. So both sides were equally affected by the manipulation but the consequences were categorically contrast for each side. Nevertheless, both sides were divided to be exploited for the benefit of a small elite community. What we need is a unique effect that would have a universal consequence for all human beings. But how do we get there? The hounds of hatred have broken all barricades and have bitten a considerable human mindset, whereby the populace is kept busy hating and fighting with one another while the few profit from their oblivion of the truth. The only anti-dot for such a strain of rabies is mutual understanding and open dialogue.
We can do it as many of us already recognise a common factor – we all share exploitation at the hands of the same establishment globally. Let’s march forward together from here.
            What I understand by the term ‘responsibility’ from John’s speech is for ‘all the white population to join the voice’ against this shameful smear on the fabric of humanity. We need to wash this stain out together. Cleansing human conscious is our collective responsibility.
            Fortunately, more and more of white fellow- human-kind is joining the chorus and the other side has begun to hear, but a long way to go still before they actually listen and understand it too. Acceptance of the harsh truth when madness danced naked and demonstrated the ugly debauchery of the sunken soul, would be a battle won before winning the war. We would be united truly when no one defends, denies, mitigates or cover up what has been  happening in reality. All must clench their fists and raise them together to proclaim that what had happened was WRONG and IMMORAL and thus must be ended so that no sadistic thought ever dare to step over the threshold of our minds again.  Acknowledgement too is our collective responsibility.  
Yes, racism is nemesis of all collective humanity weakening en masse systematically. I, as a non-white person, am not interested to fester never ending grudges, however I would expect, as a matter of decency, humanity and respect for the truth, that the white fellow beings stand together with me and all those who were at the receiving end of the shameless history. Thus Standing together too is our collective responsibility.
            Is it too much to ask? Don’t think so. Anyone with conflicting view is entitled to an opinion but I have to say- I really don’t care, as I desire to move forward and not slow down by mulish arguments of wordy dribble. Standing at the common line is the only starting point from where the race (no pun intended) begins to claim the victory. We have to run together and win this marathon. This is our collective responsibility.
           
Exploiting the space is an intellectual achievement, no doubt but let’s strengthen the foundations of our home on planet Earth first before hoisting another flag of victory on a new planet. To build peaceful life on earth is our ultimate collective responsibility.

Law of Attraction: Sometimes just affirmations are enough

                   When you feel the affirmation, even one is enough  

1 I am improving myself on daily basis, mentally and physically.
2. I have the power to change.
3. I take care of myself.
4. I am successful.
5. I am constantly grateful to the Universe for all I have.
6. I believe in me.
7. I love and respect myself and seek qualities in others to respect and learn from.
8. I feel close to myself.
9. I am at peace with who I am.
10. I choose to forgive myself and others.
11. I have the capacity to pull myself through in to the positive state of mind.
12. I am youthful beyond the age of numbers.
13. I nurture my desire as a child.
14. I live in the Present.
15. I am the co-creator of my life.
16. I practise meditation every day.
17. I love the Universe inside and around me.
18. I have moved on from my Past.
19. I am on the path for a better future.
20. It’s ok to feel all my feelings.
21. I take responsibility for my life.
22. I am brave, wise and ready.
23. I am healthy with strong mind and body.
24. I am grateful for my life and that of my family.
25. I feel abundant.

Spills from life: How ageism can affect mental health

Everyone goes through the ageing process of life and most of us are subjected to social bullying called the Ageism. I am motivated to write on this topic in the wake of ever increase in the stats for mental disability and also the fact that someone close to me has been a victim of ignorant callousness.
One of my ex-colleagues went through depression after she retired at the age of 60. Even a strong character like her was pushed down by bigot mentality and eventually she felt almost guilty about her age which developed into an inferiority complex. Remarks like, ‘You’ll be out of place there’, ‘ your active days are over now’, ‘ You should act your age,’ ‘ that style might look better on a younger person, etc. ravaged her life and it manifested in the form of recluse, withdrawal, eating disorder, to name a few symptoms. She is an educated and a very intelligent person, who pulled herself through mental illness with self- motivation and is currently dedicated to volunteering to help elderly in the nursing homes. I am sure that there are tens of thousands of people who are or have gone through such victimisation.

 Suddenly you start noticing that references are made to your age in almost all spheres of conversation and interactions by those who are younger than you, the same age-group and even the ones who are older.  Your ears are eroded with the sound of phrases like, ‘At your age’, ‘as you grow older’, ‘your generation’, ‘ doesn’t go with your age’, and many more such inequitable phrases. In certain orthodox countries like India, Nigeria, Malaysia and Nepal it is a tradition to call anyone older as Aunty or Uncle without any real relationship. This is fine so far respect is concerned, but when overdone becomes offending. My sister in India had a baby when she was in her late twenties and many people couldn’t believe that she was a mother of a child as she looked so young. But on the other side, those who had seen her with the baby and could be 4-5 years younger than herself started addressing her as ‘Aunty’!🙄 She was shocked and this gave her some complex initially. My mum explained to her that it wasn’t personal since marriage was considered to be an uplift in social status so people mean to show respect. I never understood that logic and found that especially women are the recipients of such attention, in proportion. There are more indecorous ways where society almost makes you feel guilty about growing older. Many people are mentally affected by such a passive aggressive excluding attitude. No one deserves to be treated as discarded, outdated or obsolete while the heart is still beating.

Once you are labelled ‘middle age’ even God can’t influence the primitive mindset of the world – your cosmos is expected to be painted sober in pastel colours, wardrobe must accommodate for hanging longer dresses, choice of music should tone down and learn to sway to slow beat only and…and…please don’t even mention or comment on SEX!!
I’ll give you an example, I am a  qualified dancer with extensive stage and television experience. I volunteered to perform for a charity event and I was patronised by one of the organisers who said to me, very charmingly, ‘Though others are all young dancers but I am sure you can still  pull it at your age’!!! I had just turned 40 at that time and according to my mirror, mind and social links looked a very young 40 every inch of my personality.  So, my response was, ‘ I hope you are as lucky as I am when you reach my age in a couple of years.’ He was dumbfounded and didn’t speak to me rest of the evening. The shoe was on the other foot- He was 25 and I was being sarcastic. 😜.  
Even the doctors start to use age as an excuse for the symptoms they can’t diagnose. Well, I’ve experienced this since I turned 35 years old and it’s getting younger and younger for newer and newer health strains.
I not only protest but am appalled by such pre-conceived notions. How dare this society? These  People remind me of that pigeon who closes its eyes and pretends that the cat doesn’t exist but ageing is a reality, like the cat, and will dawn on every single being on this earth. I think we human beings need diverse stimuli for keeping our inner intolerance kindled. No wonder there is so much negativity around in the world- this is one virus we humans have developed in the lab of our mind and is highly infectious. We have to find an antidot to end such mindless discrimination. Only defiance would kick ass this chucklesome social deformity.  

Challenge the facetious lip-service, like, ‘ you look so young for your age‘. No thank you very much, I can look my age and be as young at heart as I feel. Another teasing insincerity lie in words like, ‘ 40 is the new 30…50 is the new 40…60 is the new…..’; I would have hailed such mental evolution if it was sincere.
I am not insisting that old people should not be called old, but not as a derogatory judgement in a condescending way by mentally yoking together ‘old’ and ‘unable’ ( I am not talking about disability here.) Let people age as they would like to individually- dye hair any colour you fancy or leave the natural glory of grey shine through , dress up as a peacock if you would like to and poke in the eye  phrases like ‘ mutton dressed as lamb’, your bedroom is your domain and don’t let a kaput mentality peep through your privacy, be a party diva and swirl through the lame party poopers. In short, live your life and to the fullest by your choice and not as per the expectations of others. Be the trend setter and others will follow. Don’t let anyone push you in to a cubbyhole and for God’s sake don’t stop living before you die.
Everything matures to its prime with time. There wouldn’t have been any history recorded for mankind, had not the chronicles been collated by the experienced generations of the time and experience itself develops with age. Captain Tom Moore raised £32 million at the age of 99 for Covid-19, At 85, Theodor Mommsen receive a Nobel Prize in Literature, Fauja Singh ran a marathon at 100, and many more such names and achievements that my article can’t possible absorb. My motto here is not that every mature person need to make records to prove their worth, but to highlight the fact that there are levels of abilities in all people, regardless of age –  not every young person is a picture of youth, similarly the older people can be average normal human beings too.
I know I am prepared with my boxing gloves to knock the hell out of this  sickness in society. Please join me, whatever your age, by leaving a comment.

New launch on this blog: ‘The Spills from Life’

I am thrilled to launch a new angle to my blog- ‘ The Spills of Life’! This is aimed at sharing any emotion, experience or issue one may feel is ‘better out than in’. Emotions can push a person over the edge and yet, can also rationalise a problem to restore equilibrium. So, the aim of introducing another perspective to my site is to share those aspects of life which might first appear to be merely some troubling whispers but their constant rumbling can deafen a person. No issue in life is too small to be ignored and no issue is big enough that it can’t be resolved. My posts would appear on my blog under two different headings: 1. ‘Law of Attraction’, followed by the sub-title of the article and 2. ‘ Spills from Life’, followed by the sub-title of the article. This would make it easier for the readers to choose their preference. I aim to post the first article tomorrow on the topic of ageism.  Hope for your continued support and encouragement. Thank you in anticipation. 

Seek ‘what’ is God, not ‘who’ is God

Yes, it’s my belief based on my own experience that I speak of, but if anyone out there could benefit from the spiritual truth that I’ve discovered then I shall consider the contentment multiplied through sharing with the fellow seekers.
There are so many names given to the Omni-god and it’s impossible to keep up with it. Moreover, the diversity has created as many rifts as the titles given to the individual interpretation of the Almighty. We have become territorial with our chosen lords and deities, guarding them with the weapons of intolerance and hatred for others who have a different spiritual visionary interpretation. Unfortunately, this is not even remotely anywhere near spiritualism
There is a combination of ignorance and hypocrisy in our psychology, at both conscious and  unconscious level which has clouded our vision of God. For most of us who seek God through the religious path, God is humanised with supernatural powers. All religions have parables with fantastic characters, heroes and heroines with inflated super capabilities. Of course, the only real part of the stories are the messages conveyed through ,symbolic qualities of the characters, which are majestic and sublime. However, we human beings have forgotten the actual meaning of the celestial potency and are just following the  bravado. As a result, we’ve got entangled in personalities of these mythical characters and have started contention to prove whose story and character is better to win the Oscar for the best God. Everyone claims that God is one but insist that their God is THE one. It is more like hero worship or cult. It’s amazing that the ones in the front line of such contests know the least about the teachings or the morals of their religion, except claiming vociferously to be superior to others. This stems from inner ego which is an extremely negative state of mind and hence no way near spiritual realm.
I have thought high and low about the reasons for such imperfection in our psychology and thinking. I thence concluded that the fundamental flaw is how we ‘perceive’ the concept of God, regardless of which image or idol we believe in. In other words, we seek to find ‘who’ is god and when we can’t see nothing in the vast nothingness, we paint our imagination in a fantastic supernatural form. Every such image Is a creation of human mind, just like giving birth to a child. Every mother loves her own child more than others and like a possessive and over bearing mum, we are smothering our individual faiths too. As a result, the godly image or the child is growing in to a spoilt brat of a religion. Look around and there are so many brats running around in our society currently – Again, I am not talking about the spiritual aspect of any religion though . My aim here is not to hurt anyone’s feelings or attack any religious institute. In fact, I am NOT denouncing the ‘what’ concept of a religion, but ‘how’ we are interpreting symbolism and misleading the younger generations is certainly questionable . It’s one baton we are passing on to lose the race for sure. Religion in its rigidity should not be an inheritance, but the values it characterizes should be passed on to the progeny with an open ended clause for a prospect of evolution of spiritual advent. I am not going to address God as a gender or species, which reduces the spirituality in to a mortal mode.
We need to revolutionise our outlook, if we wish to create a more peaceful world around us. Start with seeking ‘what’ is the meaning of the term God, and not ‘who’ he/she is. In every religion, our favourite deity/image/personality/ Devi/ deva etc. is attributed with mystical powers and POWER is an abstract and intangible concept. So there is a common ground in all faiths, i.e. God is power! This is the only and a huge tick amongst the many crosses. So, let’s take advantage of this rare common conscious value and develop upon the notion of abstractness of the Omnipotent , the all-powerful.
So, how would I define power? It means an ability or capacity to do something grand and if this power is incalculable, it un-veils the cosmic potency. The power we are seeking is neither born nor ever dies- so this is what ‘Akal’ (beyond the time) Murat (image) means. All religionists would agree that the god of their imagination is timeless, casteless, creedless and classless. If anyone thinks otherwise, then perhaps spirituality is not the subject for them to pursue. So, Akal-Murat or Brahma or Omniscient confirm the existence of  an inestimable energy or power which has begotten All Life on this earth and this potency is what Almighty or God means. Energy cannot be seen but felt ; just like the oxygen cannot be seen but felt in the action of breathing which keeps us alive. So, we need to ‘feel’ God even if we can’t see it. This is ‘what’ god is – no colour, no form, outside the cycle of birth and death, no hatred, no fear, no prejudice, no beginning, no end. Hence, it is the ‘All-doer’, ‘Beyond time’, ‘Just and Fair’, ‘Benevolent’ and ‘Merciful’, to name a few of its attributes.
In case, we would like to accredit an image to visualise the concept of God, as beginners, then whatever your preferred portrayal, it should stay within your own mind and not painted ostentatiously for a public display. Once we have understood ‘what’ the Universe is, then and only then we can discover ‘who’ we are and what our relationship is with our Maker, one another, all living beings and with Earth itself. Once we have crossed this threshold in to the realm of spiritualism, we could, if we would like to, continue with symbols and dress codes but NOT to depict divisiveness but to present generic values and love for the same Power and Energy in diverse expressions and ways. Remember that candle, electric bulb, Sun are all sources of light and it’s the light that end the darkness, not the tool.  
I found my faith and peace in the freedom of abstractness rather than ritualistic exhibitions or socio- political banner flaunting. There are many who have found the right path. Give your own life to save another being if need be, but don’t kill a child of your own creator in the name of saving God’s honour!  This would only  imply that your God isn’t capable of defending self. That infirmity can’t be All powerful, I must stress. God doesn’t need our protection and it doesn’t have any enemies- remember the Universal power is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. We must stop hiding our own villainy in a spiritual guise.  
I must end on a positive note- there are more people amongst us who know this Truth than those who are marching through the darkness aimlessly. I trust the Universe to guide through its light the misled children back home. We are all one in seeking the only power of the ONE God. This, in my experience, is ‘what’ spiritualism feels like. Peace be with all my brothers and sisters on the planet.   

Gratitude for the award nomination

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My gratitude for the nomination for the Real Neat blog award to wordsofsoul.art.blog by Aradhana Poetry and Thoughts- an excellent site for exquisite expression.
In keeping with the formalities of award nomination I present 7 sites I picked to nominate along with the list of rules that nominees must follow:

1)- put the award logo on your blog..

2)- Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3)- Thank you the people who nominated you

4)- Nominate any number of bloggers you like linking to their blogs..

5)- let them know you nominated them..
My nominees are:
Coachkanikahome.wordpress.com
Middlemedotnet.wordpress.com
https://invisiblyme.com
https://threeyellowdaisies.ca
Wordsofsoulart.wordpress.com
https://gurpreetsinghgrewal.com
https://sharpmindspsychology.com

My Answers:-
1)- where do most visits to your blog come from?
Answer: USA
2)- what is your favourite sport?
ANSWER: Cricket.
3)- what has been a special moment for you in 2020 so far?
ANSWER: The family eats three meals together is pretty special; even if it’s due to imposed restrictions.
4)- what is your favourite quote?
ANSWER: Don’t be so bitter that others spit you out and don’t be so sweet that everyone swallow you whole.
5)- what was your favourite class when still at school?
ANSWER: Dance and English literature. 
6)- Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?
ANSWER: Salsa dancing and Bharatnatyam. I’ve learnt Kathak Indian classical but can’t get enough of tapping to diverse beats. Dance, to me, is an expression of freedom which is very positive.  
7)- what musical instruments have you tried to play ?
Answer: Guitar but without much success so far. I am on it though.☺
My questions:
1) What are you most grateful for in your life?
2) If you could re-model the world how would you promote love despite borders?
3) What is that one fear you would like to vanquish?
4) Describe what is a perfect day for you?
5) What is one goal you would like to achieve in life?
6) Which is your favourite book that you’ve read?
7) How do you decide who is your true friend?
Thank you for the nomination again and best wishes to my nominees. Keep writing, keep reading.



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