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I just had to write on the post below. I don’t think we even KNOW how much in fear we live, in the name of love. We cling on to our “near and dear” in the name of caring, sharing, unity etc. Parents claim to love children. Children claim equally to love their parents. Friends claim to love each other. But often, we see so many power games being played. The more rampant the ego, the more power play we see. Powerful or powerless? In control or controlled?

We readily compromise our personalities, our choices, swallow our tears when hurt , smile when we want to scream foul play or blue murder….haven’t we seen enough misery in “families” , in fact, in most groups? …and in the bargain, we lose ourselves trying to procure a bit of love, to feel wanted. We don’t realize we go along with the wrong, the unjust, even the callous because we want to feel good in being a part of people, and then we stop thinking. We just have to toe the line. And we do…all the time. It is easy. Exercising the right choice and thinking for ourselves may set us apart …that is scary, to say the least.

Exactly as the post says. We are so afraid of “losing” others that the fear of loneliness results in our opting to lose ourselves instead for a temporary happy feeling.

How heavy a price is this for our soul! Our journey is alone. We are like passengers on a train who meet for a while and disembark when we reach our destination. I have never seen any passenger telling another to go home with them and live and die together. Have you?

But we know of people who had a mission and who had the courage to forgo many an impediment to retrieve their inner core and energy from the people, places and events to which they had lost it. So don’t be afraid to lose people, be afraid of losing yourself.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

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Spirituality is not a religion. Neither is it a chain of rituals to be performed. It is beyond anything man made. We can be practicing any religion but we are all spiritual. Our intrinsic quality is to be a spirit.

Yet, people don’t seem to understand this. They talk of anything spiritual like it is a phenomenon from another world.

Even if we teach the theory of spirituality, there will be a lacuna, because spirituality is to be recognized as a set of principles which have to be practiced and experienced. If you are spiritual, you have to follow a path which will be fraught with uncertainties and painful realizations. So, people don’t go there at all. Understandable, I guess, but ultimately, a deep loss.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

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To forgive and be forgiven is the most beautiful feeling. It removes many blocks within, cleanses our energies and gives us a new impetus to start over. It is often a difficult exercise. But if we look at every human being as a soul and all the layers as meaningless as the ones we pile up on ourselves, we might succeed in developing a sense of compassion.

To let go of grudges and resentments and to try and forgive completely is beautifully demonstrated by the “paryushan” week by the jain community. They ask for forgiveness within their family and friends and anyone else they have hurt. And this requires a subjugation of the ego, although temporary for many. Being human, we do tend to lapse. However, it does teach us and make us aware that we need to make it a part of our lives gradually and with practice.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

Speakingtree Blog: www.speakingtree.in/public/surekhakothari

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One of the most profound autographs in my autograph book is from the renowned cricketer Vijay Merchant: “It is not about whether you win or lose but how you play the game”. With such attitudes, a sport was the best way to build character. I say “was” because today, sadly, this has become a commercial venture. “Character” doesn’t figure in the current scheme of things. However, nothing speaks louder than the outcome of an event. So, character building is one of the most important lessons we have to learn from the mega event of the Indian Election drama of 2014.

When people are in denial of the kind of people they are or have become, they tend to become hypocritical and even aggressive in their defense instead of accepting their shortcomings gracefully. We have seen this during the elections in a big way. Defeat and bitterness have vitiated personalities to such an extent that there is no self control or dignity left. There is little desire to introspect individually or in groups although public statements are made to this effect. Even now, my guess is, the frenzy of activity is perhaps only based on the earlier single point agenda: how to hit out at Shri Narendra Modi where it hurts the most. And I fervently hope I am wrong!

The truth is well known to all. Anything done with a self seeking motive, compounded by harming another will only boomerang. There is an unseen Divine energy at work. What God has ordained cannot be plucked asunder by man. Desperate and repeated attempts at doing so is definitely self destructive. Hate is not and never will be an answer for anything. It only speaks of the spiritual bankruptcy of those who indulge in it.

Hate, or “Dvesha” according to sage Patanjali, is the opposite of “Raga” or attachment and both are not desirable. Hate is the equal and opposite reaction of attachment. In this case, the insatiable attachment to name, fame and wealth and a complete disregard for ethics and morality has led to hating a spiritually powerful man who has become the role model of a majority of Indians within India and the object of admiration and respect internationally, even if grudgingly by some. When the ego services the self seeking little self, petty belief systems occupy most of the space in the mind, barring the higher self from imparting the wisdom that would help the person reflect before the act. These belief systems comprise of thoughts such as,” nothing “worthwhile” is gained by the practice of obsolete principles like ethics and morality”, a completely destructive philosophy.

India is known for its deep seated inclusive culture and family oriented traditions. The values of sacrifice, tolerance, nurturing those around us and other similar attitudes make India a leader in spiritual living and endorse the principle of the oneness of creation. This was a way of life in Vedic times and those were peaceful, harmonious and prosperous times.

Today, when the vision of Shri Narendra Modi encompasses a wide canvas of growth and development, I am reminded of my childhood years. The head of a joint family even then, practiced the very same principles of taking the family onto higher levels of richness of health, wealth, harmony and prosperity. Sadly, today, when a P.M. Elect who symbolizes a patriarch with such a vast and inclusive attitude towards India, wanting to work towards the development of a “family” of one hundred and twenty five crore people, ironically, it is unpalatable to many. We definitely have to question our sanity here!

I can only say that contributing to the elevation of status and prosperity of India should be the only consideration for every citizen at this time, regardless of whether it is an erstwhile politician or a current one, or whether it is anyone else from any walk of life. Let us stop the politics of subversion and aspire for an illumination of India within the other countries of the world, because this is what India richly deserves.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

 

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“Scams” has been the name of the political game in India. “Accountability” and “responsibility” are two words that do not exist in the dictionary of those in power. Promises have been a sham. The personal use of power for personal gains has been revealed again and again in scams. The shame that politicians have brought to this country is complete! The inquiry of the scams is a sham, and after a while, gets buried under the pile of new scams.

Come election and all this garbage surfaces, not with the honest intention of cleaning up the system but to malign the parties to cut them down to size and then riding to success on their bent shoulders. Many will agree that this is a deplorable situation.

Is the method evolved by parties currently indicative of the possibility that Shri Narendra Modi has, with his undeniable stature and the ability to deliver in Gujarat, shaken all those who are in the political game only for personal gain, not the welfare and prosperity of the country? It is amazing that the elections in 2014 have revealed this insecurity within all the non BJP parties in the form of mudslinging and maligning Shri Modi as their one point agenda. Are they threatened by his comparatively “clean” image, apart from Godhara?

There is a huge momentum gathering around the growing awareness that there might be a possibility that both Congress and AAP are in cohorts with each other to break the BJP vote bank to ensure that they are not voted in as a single largest party.

It is so apparent that the Congress party Manifesto is a last minute attempt at trying to reverse the trend of a complete lack of faith in this party. The first question that comes to mind is, what were they doing for ten long years when they could have brought into practice every measure their current Manifesto suddenly declares as essential and one they are committed to? Are they trying to hold on desperately to their throne which they see disappearing right before their eyes? Will people believe them this time as they innocently did, earlier? It remains to be seen.

On the other hand, the AAP, having the same one point agenda of bringing Shri Modi down, have failed to show the maturity and the political acumen it needs to govern a vast and diverse country such as India. Maligning other parties and veterans does not ensure credibility of rank newcomers to take on the complicated task of governance.

Just as surgery is required when parts of the body need to be saved, to change a system plagued by corruption and degeneration needs “surgery” in the form of the removal of the diseased parts. Shri Rajnath Singh very correctly puts things in perspective by stating that the country, the party and the individual can be successful only if placed in this order. Prima facie, this reflects his political maturity and political spirituality. There are still a few individuals who actually think of the country and are trying to fulfill the needs of the citizens of this country, many of who have been left in a state of abject poverty and chaos and without any development after being promised a better future. To do this, they need to fill in positions of authority from where they can bring in the desperately required change.

With the media magnifying the self glorification of parties and white washing some individuals as opposed to the running down of some others, I hope the people of India will not be misled and will give the mandate to those who have demonstrated that they are capable of effective governance in terms of infrastructure development, cleaning up the social fabric, provision of safety and prosperity from the grass roots, in fact, those who are devoted and dedicated to this wonderful country.

Surekha Kothari
http://www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

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As the Election fever escalates, the drama gets more and more bizarre. Gone are the days when “rising” and “ascending” meant personal motivation to increase the personal benchmark each day, based on “uplifting” the value based standards of oneself.  I am always reminded of the exercise we did about making a short line into a longer one without touching the line. We were so excited and inspired when we got the right answer which was, that all we needed to do was to draw a bigger line next to it. So simple and so uplifting! But, hey, just try saying this to the warring politicians of today!

Let us examine this in the present context. Do we perceive Shri Arvind Kejriwal trying to “draw the bigger line” in Varanasi to cut down Shri Narendra Modi? Or, do we see Shri Rahul Gandhi trying to resurrect his party from the ashes by looming large with dramatic and desperate announcements of reforms through advertisements on TV Channels and calling it drawing the bigger line? In fact, is UPA using AAP as a front to acquire a so called “clean image” and thus, attempting to disguise their desperation for return by “cutting down” the Shri Narendra Modi line because at this time, whatever they do, the last thing on their mind is to draw the bigger line in favor of progress which they have failed to achieve, given their long run at the centre.

The defiant reaction of all the non BJP parties is not so surprising because the writing on the wall is that every thinking individual in India is banking on the surmise that the coming in of Shri Narendra Modi means a chance and a new hope at actual governance. This one point has shaken up most of the politicians, sadly, even some within BJP. Shri Arvind Kejriwal is only trying to topple Shri Narendra Modi because the perception of Shri Narendra Modi and even some endorsement of him as “incorruptible” is an image the corrupt politicians cannot afford to and will not live with. However “well meaning” Shri Arvind Kejriwal may be towards the “aam aadmi”, there is something to be said about political maturity. Governance is serious business and grabbing eyeballs with high voltage drama may not be constructive for any party at this juncture. Neither will preying on the emotions of people bring in the much required change. It becomes necessary to construct a dam when the waters deviate from their course and start to cause destruction.

If BJP members are genuine about restoring the glory of India, they will show a solidarity and faith and allow Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Ministerial candidate chosen by most of them for a good reason, to prove himself with the total support of his party. This sounds utopian at the moment because, unfortunately, personal gains override the total interest of the country.

Wisdom lies in understanding that if the country prospers, so will its citizens. An ushering in of “Ram Rajya” cannot be given the myopic connotation of radicalism among Hindus. “Ram Rajya’ only means genuine secularism, equality for all, harmonious living among different religions based on of, for and by all religions, ensuring peace and prosperity for all and working to raise the economic and social standards of the grass roots of this wonderful country called India.

Time is right for a massive change and I would like to believe that just as Lord Krishna allowed only one hundred sins to Shishupal before destroying him, the current “amrit manthan”, the churning and awareness will commence the process of complete transformation. People are fed up with non-performance, greed, lack of justice and equality and living under unpredictable and fluctuating social and economic conditions. There is desperation to see concrete proof of prosperity and an equitable distribution of wealth along with human dignity for every citizen regardless of the work profile and economic status.

If my words are idealistic, the good news is that today’s idealism was the reality earlier in time. There is an element of confidence, therefore, that those times will return and it is people themselves who will bring them back. The intolerance towards the current state of affairs is complete. Beyond the denseness of this darkness, there can only be light.

The obvious and common thought pattern at this time should be, have war and terrorism, degeneration of the mind and selfishness and greed created the wealth of happiness for anyone?  Today, in the world, there is only fear and all the emotions like anxiety, anger, hatred and intolerance sprouting from fear. Let us try love for a change. We just may be surprised at what love can do for the individual, families, societies, countries, in fact, the whole world.

Surekha Kothari

BodyMindSoulCentre, Chennai

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