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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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I , like a million others, used to love fairy tales and the proverbial “happy ending” where I saw myself “living happily ever after”. They were glorious days of freedom with “eternal happiness” at the end of the rainbow. As I ” grew up” , in years and in maturity, I started to think of happy endings , co relating this with so much misery around me and in this world.

The first thought that came to mind was…as eternal souls, we must have known and EXPERIENCED this happiness somewhere, at some time, to intrinsically believe in it as the ultimate end of our search on this physical plane. This thought enthused me further and I wanted to understand why this feeling of happiness eluded us or was sporadic, at best.

It is true that ultimately, happiness comes from within. But it is also not so simple, when one has to live day to day , experiencing nature, events and people on a regular basis . Life unfolds differently for different people and those whose expectations from life are belied , begin to look around and find the lives of others better. The feeling of “I am not happy” then creeps in. This , while it is human, is also the beginning of a deep sense of loss and unfulfillment. For some, this aspect improves with time and for some, it does not.

I relate this with the “happy ending ” syndrome only because there is no universal way to be happy. Fairy tale endings are for fairies and , more important , they are tales. I am not for a minute insinuating that there is no happy ending . I am just thinking whether it would be better to shift our

perspective from the traditional view of happiness to apply it to individual lives. Therefore, , maybe, a happy ending for a happy marriage is truly”living happily ever after”. And maybe, a happy ending for two miserable people living together is to move away from each other. Maybe, a happy ending for an ambitious  parent is to give in to a child’s ambitions of doing something different from the parent’s wishes. And maybe, the same happy ending can be achieved by each one of us just be counting our blessings for what we have.

I was amazed to find that all the people who came into my life and generated unhappiness were actually those who taught me the best lessons of my life and helped me evolve. Maybe, this is happiness…the fact that there is no negative charge within me when I think of or meet these people. And maybe, the generation of compassion when we see people struggling with their emotions and inadequacies is also a source of happiness because then, we can truly help those who need it. Helping others is also an act of God which leads to a tremendous amount of happiness.

So, friends, happy endings are for those who feel happiness everyday in their routine lives, in feeling good about themselves each minute, in being aware of the connectivity with the universe through  people , nature and the flora fauna around them, for those who recognize perfection within all the imperfections on this earth and those who can accept their situation before they use their free will to achieve further evolution.

There is no destination like “living happily ever after” unless we achieve the popular destination among humans , “moksha” , or, freedom from the cycle of birth and death.  But life is the journey where there are many , many happy endings and the beginning of a new journey after every happy ending. Eternal happiness awaits us and will be ours with a gradual and increasing  our awareness of  ourselves as beings of light , thus dispelling the clouds of darkness which block our vision at the moment.


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