19 October 2015

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Generally people of different age groups, both male and female, ask me such questions: What is life and what is the aim of life, what should we do or what should we pursue in life? and host of other questions related to such issues.

These questions are based on the assumption that there is something out there and we should try to achieve it. But we forget to see or unable to recognize what is within us. Humanity is within us and we have to use this source in its full force. We do not need to seek any other thing which is not within us. Unfortunately we all waste our time and energy in achieving that which is not within us. The constant pursuit of something not within our reach is the cause of anxiety and tension in our lives.

Human life is a symbol of consciousness, strength and faith. The real life is that where we can reach our goal with ease by performing our duties to ourselves and to the society in general. It is seen that majority of people blame their situations for any failure in their lives. They consider their situations as sources of worries and anxiety. One should not be worried about the nature of his situations or resources, because man with his sincere efforts can change the given natural situations. We should respect whatever situations we are in. The maximum use of given situations or given conditions is the real respect of life.

The word "respect of life", does not mean attachment or fondness (moha) for luxurious things. It simply means that we should respect all the situations given to us. The proper use of situation is always based on our KARMA (action). The thinking or brooding on situation gives rise to attachment towards situations. Thus, thinking ( or brooding ) on the situations is the cause of many defects.

Action (KARMA) is related to present and the leaning of thinking is towards past and future. (Thinking, if it is necessary, should be done on that thing which cannot be achieved by action). Distancing (vimukta) from our own knowledge (niz-jana) means distancing from our own life. This alienation from one's own nature is due to our lethargy (pramad). Lethargy keeps us away from our own real knowledge. The awareness of this secrete, results in embracing the situations given to the individual and by which he becomes one with life.

Life is a form of means to Humanity. Humanity, as a seed, is infused or is within all human beings. The seed of humanity, which is within us, is to be developed in the light of ones' own wisdom (vivek), because the light of wisdom is potent enough in abolishing our failings or defects. The gradual abolishing of defects of life leads to gradual development of life as a means to humanity. When all the defects are removed from life completely, life becomes means to humanity. Such a means (sadhan) is not mere a part of life but, of all the actions of life, from awakening to sleep (sushupti) and from birth to death. This is real human life. When life becomes such, then the doer or actor (sadhak) and means become identical or one and the same.

In principle means (sadhan) is the nature of end (sadhya).Means (sadhan) cannot be separated from the end (sadhya). The sadhan is the existence of actor or doer. It follows from this that doer oractor, in essence, is identical with means. The felt difference of Sadhak from Sadhan is due to his attachment with the situations. But man by nature is free to remove this attachment and can realize the unity with the end. This is the meaning of becoming Human being.

Generally we believe that wisdom (vivek) in identical with intelligence. But it is not so, because intelligence is natural and mechanical and on the other hand wisdom is beyond intelligence. In other words it is transcendental. To make my point let me give an example: electricity is energy and it expresses itself through electrical appliances such as bulbs, tube lights etc. But this fact is known only by a physicist. Ordinary man thinks that bulb, tube light etc. are the examples of electricity.

Wisdom is changeless and intelligence is changing or varying in nature. Intelligence is the function of nature (prakriti) and wisdom is beyond nature or prakriti. All the so called sources of light such as lamp etc. are finally, based on sunlight or sum provides light to them. Similarly the knowledge of intelligence and sense organs are enlightened by the extra ordinary light of wisdom ( vivek). When the intelligence is enlightened by the pure light of wisdom then the pure intellect purifies the mind (manas). The purity of mind brings purity in the activities of sense organs. Man's character is formed by the virtuous behavior generated by pure or unpolluted mind. The virtuous behavior of individual makes the society beautiful. Therefore, vivek is the only powerful source which not only makes individual's life beautiful it also makes the society, to which he belongs, beautiful.

Wisdom (vivek)---intellect---pure intellect----pure mind(shudh manas)----pure behavior------character formation-------virtuous act-----beautiful society.

When an individual disrespects his own wisdom, which is inherent in him by nature, then he completely relies on the knowledge of senses and believes firmly that knowledge derived through senses is the only knowledge. Dependence on knowledge of senses causes attachment towards external things. This attachment leads to the tendency of craving and selfishness in an individual. The tendency of selfishness keeps away an individual from human concerns and infinite love towards other fellow beings. Individual develops passion towards his own body and different types of greed’s. This greed’s are the cause of dependence, insensibility and discontent.

As we have said earlier that humanity is our nature or it is inherent in us. With our nature we can do our welfare and also can build a beautiful society. This nature of ours' is a gift to us to make best use of sufferings and pleasures. It is not for luxurious use of worldly things. The best use of pleasure is compassion towards other living beings and on the other hand the best use of suffering is disinterest towards those situations which are causes of sufferings. Disinterest does not mean siting alone or feeling bankrupt. These are all external symptoms of disinterest.

Disinterest only means to develop disinterest in the objects of senses. It is a feeling in which individual thinks that sense objects are inferior then the enjoy-er-I (bhokta).This increases the value of enjoy. Object of enjoyment and the means of enjoyment both are dependent on the enjoy. Enjoy-er is not dependent on them. The interest of seeing an object illuminates both eyes and the form of object. Eyes have the capacity of seeing, but, eyes do not have the "interest" in seeing. The interest lies in him who is the master of eyes. Therefore, humanity makes us powerful in transcending both pleasure and sufferings.

28 December 2014

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Foods that slow down the Ageing process and formation of wrinkles

What we eat in our regular diet affects our ageing process and skin treatment. A various packed and non packed food products in the market claim to slow down the formation of wrinkles and glow your skin better.

Who doesn't love glowing skin? A correct diet & regular exercise can help getting glowing complexion. Here are some food Tips which can help you to regularise your ageing process:

1.      Make use of butter more then margarine, as butter is better in retaining the youth of your’s skin.

2.       Say Goodbye to Alcohol drinks as they always damage the elasticity of your skin which makes your skin dull and tired. Wine, beer, and liquor can dehydrate your skin, leaving it quenched for moisture.

3.      Artificial Sweeteners are a highly concentrated source of calories that don’t fill you up, so it’s easy to see how a high-sugar diet can promote weight gain. A high intake of sugary foods and beverages has also been linked to high cholesterol, high triglyceride, and increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

4.      Always Go for meat that have at least 95% lean. Avoid Fatty meats, as these fatty meats are high in saturated fats, and can speed up ageing

5.      Deep Fired food products such as chips and French fries contains a large amount of fatty oil which may raise  your cholesterol, which increases your risk for heart disease. These Types of foods also contains a large amount of salt which may cause  harm to the elasticity of your skin, if consumed frequently.

6.      Avoid Refined Sugar and salt as sugar causes high blood sugar levels and salt causes effect to your digestive process. Excess sodium in your diet can suck the moisture out of skin, leaving it dry and dull.

6.      Drinking Coffee may be harm full as Caffeine is a major culprit when it comes to dry skin and the magnification of wrinkles. Quench skin by drinking lots of water.

31 March 2014

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There are two dimensions of forgiveness :

1.Giving forgiveness and
2. Seeking forgiveness.

The question is what is forgiveness ? and what is its place in different religions ?

Forgiveness is associated with spiritual and emotional healing. It is essential to spirituality and prerequisite to salvation. Importance of forgiveness has been emphasized  in all the world religions. In other words it is an essential aspect of all the world religions.

“ Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other. ( Ephesians 4:2) is an essential aspect of Christianity.

Islam also teaches that God is Al-Ghaffur "The All-Forgiving", and is the original source of all forgiveness. Forgiveness can come either directly from Allah, or from one's fellow man who received the wrong. In the case of divine forgiveness, the asking for divine forgiveness via repentance is important. In the case of human forgiveness, it is important to both forgive, and to be forgiven. Forgiveness often requires the repentance of those being forgiven depending on the type of wrong committed by the wrong doer.

According to Hinduism individual is responsible for one’s own life and the pain in others. Performing Prayaschit for one’s wrongdoing and asking for forgiveness is very much a part of the practice of Hinduism. Forgiveness is one of the characteristics of one born for a divine state ((Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 16, verse 3).

In Jainism, forgiveness is one of the main virtues that need to be cultivated by the Jains.  Kṣamāpanā or supreme forgiveness forms part of one of the ten characteristics of dharma. In their daily prayers and samayika, Jains recite Iryavahi sutra seeking forgiveness from all creatures while involved in routine activities.

In Buddhism, forgiveness is seen as a practice to prevent harmful thoughts from causing havoc on one’s mental well-being.[18] Buddhism recognizes that feelings of hatred and ill-will leave a lasting effect on our mind karma. Instead, Buddhism encourages the cultivation of thoughts that leave a wholesome effect. "In contemplating the law of karma, we realize that it is not a matter of seeking revenge but of practicing mettā and forgiveness, for the victimizer is, truly, the most unfortunate of all”.

Practice forgiveness

Mere reading about forgiveness one cannot change oneself. You will have to practice accordingly. When you are forgiving someone for his/her wrong doing then you are empathizing or identifying yourself with the person.

A kind hearted person can only forgive others. Kindness, compassion, mercy, sympathy all are the expression of forgiveness.

Forgiveness works as glue that binds people together and exonerates
 Personal differences. Whenever you want to repair your broken relationships with your relatives, family members, friends and colleagues, who have offended you at some point of time, employ the strategy of forgiveness.

It helps in seeking of happiness

If you want to be happy practice forgiveness. Both seeking and giving of forgiveness will make you happy. It is essential for the person who wants to live in harmony.

In the present socio-economic situation everybody is running after money, engaged in competitiveness and selfish interests.  In competitive situation person is busy in winning over others or his group. Competition causes the do and dies feeling or attitude- or winner or loser mind set.
This is the main reason of mental disturbance, depression and unhappiness.

24 October 2012

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Affirmative mind set is essential for positive agers. Elderly who mature as they age develop qualities like insight, astuteness, common sense, shrewdness, wisdom and sagacity. Ageing does not necessarily ensure maturity. People who made the most contributions in their own development and the development of others have acquired capacities through maturation. Maturation in old age involves applying existing qualities and skills to address challenges or age related declines.Such elderly persons become better over time at addressing the issues of life. By way of learning new things or adapting to functional losses they refine themselves.

To meet the age related declines it is suggested that elderly should develop following characteristics :
  1. Mobilize all possible resources
  2. Make affirmative life choices
  3. Cultivate flexibility
  4. Focus on positives

25 September 2012

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Generally elderly people raise a question-“how long will I live” ? The right question which one should raise is – “ if I am going to live such a long time, how can I be happy in the process “?

The common worries of elderly are- “I am losing my health”, “ I am losing the ability to take care of myself”. In late life person’s health declines, he loses youthful looks, feels functional loss and becomes physically vulnerable. There arises a gap between what he aspires to do and what he is able to do.

There are specific consequences of age related declines ,such as, memory impairment ( it can create a fear of loss of meaning as you get older), physical disability etc. Age related decline is different from decline due to disease. Age related decline occurs gradually in stages such as, dy-function, disability, dependency and death. The pathway through these four stages of ageing is unavoidable. The decline will affect you and influence your life satisfaction and well-being. This process of decline is termed as frailty which is not connected to illness and disease. Being frail means you are declining, it does not mean that you are weak or unhealthy.

When you are old society expects you to act according to your age. They have negative attitude about old age and aged. The negative attitude towards elderly ( ageism) will affect elderly what he does and how he feels about his ageing experiences.