Battles worth fighting

Feb 7th 2014

1:03pm

Few mins ago I was out in the rain and saw a dog running around frantically in the rain hither and thither…I wasn’t sure what its issue was…I was first concerned about its safety, as much as I was excited to see the dog…the Dog seemed to care less about me standing there…it couldn’t care less about the fact that it was cold and raining outside either…

Soon I saw two human beings nearby…One in a distance wearing a jacket (I had just gotten out of my parked car, with only a scarf and T-shirt/jeans) and one man closer to me…The one closer to me just said hi and left in his car before I could ask “Is this dog yours? What’s going on?”  so I signaled to the man far way. I pointed first at the dog then to him as if to ask “is this yours?” and he nodded. He began walking towards me and explained to me that the dog was just searching for the ball his master had thrown around the neighborhood….he said she is usually good at picking it up when its rolling around but it was somehow misplaced.

So I observed the dog running and decided after a couple of minutes to open my garage door because I was really cold by this point. The man found where the ball was, and he began calling to his dog “Look here Mindy! What’s this?” I asked him if he found it, he said “Ya, but I want her to have the satisfaction of finding it so I am waiting” the dog looked few more times in the bushes before heeding to the man’s call and found the ball. As they began to leave, it turned around with the orange ball in its mouth and a happy, accomplished perhaps expression on her face, she came near me to greet me and let me pet her and they were on their way and I began walking towards my home….

Lessons are many but something really striking is: WORK ETHIC. The dog knew its priorities. I trusted the dog to do what it has to do. Even when neither of us probably expected to bump into each other, the acknowledgement was made in its own time and is now part of our memories forever.

If only professionals or human beings in general evolved to that level of understanding…it won’t happen over night..it will get worse before it gets better…but imagine a world where, speaking specifically of childcare, alo-mothering was back and people focused less on “rules and regulations” and paperwork aspect of their work and more on the humane aspect of CARE itself and RESPECT, transparent communication with parents, community, children, teachers and all involved.

Fire Hazards, natural disasters, stranger danger and whatever else negative one can think of….be REAL…do you want to live every single day dying, or do you want to be able to embrace death when it finally does occur ONCE and ONLY ONCE, feeling satisfied for having LIVED without any REGRETS. Forgiving and forgetting isn’t for another, its for YOU. HOW to forgive and HOW to forget, ASK those who’ve been successful in doing so….TRUE WISDOM IS IN INNOCENCE AND SHARING..not in hoarding and competing.

There is a time and place for sports. There is a time and place for love. There is no logic for LIFE! Its meant to be experienced and cherished. Its a gift to be accepted and uphold.

(What triggered this…probably the happenings of the past couple of weeks, East Coast trip experiences till now…Olympics equality picture on google and its caption about sport being a right….preschool rules and regulations discussions, rain, Ohlone Deli, cheesecake, Dog, neighborhood)

**There’s more to fear from your assumptions of whom you think you know and vice versa, than strangers*** Perhaps the probability of harm is equal – like that of heads versus tails – but the skewing of moods, normalcy, danger, safety can be understood with an open heart and mind. Patience and all other virtues which have been taken for granted for so long across cultures will deplete and resurrect again from the ashes of their own life force to persuade with a Light at its zenith- Dvija Prahar Kuru

http://impossiblehq.com/50-impossible-quotes

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Anonymous

March 25, 2009
” Losers say it is hard and impossible, but winners say it is hard but not impossible.”
Author Unknown — Submitted by Yash Gupta — India
Make it clear to yourself which category you belong to, either winners or losers.

http://www.motivateus.com/thoughts-of-the-day-95.htm

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Time just is

Song of the day: 

FORCE – Main Chali – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8z97e9da64

(Also in Gharshana as “Ye Chilipi” and in Kakka Kakka as “Oru Ooril Azhage”)

The following Article and Video caught my attention in the recent past:

Marriage Isn’t For You

Marriage Isn’t For You

How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig  at TedX

Please fill out the survey Click here: Know your Life Purpose! The Adam Leipzig Way!

Would love to read what you have to say!

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Sloka of Dance I remember Since Childhood

Shiva is also The Nataraj….

“Angikam bhuvanam yasya
Vachikam sarva vangmayam
Aharyam chandra taradi
Tam vande satvikam sivam.”

The meaning of the sloka is:

We bow toHim the benevolent One
Whose limbs are the world,
Whose song and poetry are the essence of all language,
Whose costume is the moon and the stars…

The description of the NATARAJA :

He holds the drum of creation in his right hand symbolizing a new awakening
He holds fire in his left hand representing destruction of the old order
His other right hand is raised in blessing and he points the other left hand to his left foot, which has crushed the demon Muyalaka who represents ignorance.

Source:

http://library.thinkquest.org/04oct/01260/abhinaya1.html

Nagendra Haraya Trilochanaya

Bhasmaanga Raagaya Maheshwaraya

Nityaya Suddhaaya Digambaraaya

Tasmai ‘Na’ kaaraya Namah Shivaaya

Om Namah Shivaya Om Namah Shivaya

More of that song (I learned the words and have been singing it since my childhood), but I am feeling the meaning of it today more than ever before:

http://satyakadarshan.blogspot.com/2009/06/nagendra-haraya-trilochanaya.html

My Ignorance was to doubt

My Innocence leads me to Believe

I is Infinite

L is merely a Letter

Y is the end of Mystery

I is the End of Me

L starts over again

Y all Paths Converge

I Now Understand

Loving Shiva Is My Destiny

Yours I shall remain

I am YOUR reflection

L ust need not reign

Y Se Soul I Love You!

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November 2nd, 2013 – Naraka Chaturdashi, Nov 3rd Diwali

November 2nd, 2013 – Naraka Chaturdashi

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REAL DIWALI!

As a child, Diwali to me meant lots of crackers, sweets.

Over the years, it was mostly a gathering of a bunch of South Indians (not even going to say friends and family)

Now, I feel like the true meaning has finally manifested within me…

Yesterday when I went to the Temple in the evening –

I told the priest I am crazy for Shiva.

How can I recognize him, does he have to be born in Ardra Nakshatra? (Because that’s what he is associated with, as Parvati is with Mrigashira, Lord Ram with Punarvasu and Krishna with Rohini).

He pointed out a simple fact that I thought I knew…Shiva has no Birth or Death. He is TIME itself…how can he be labeled with one specific thing…

Knowledge, sight can only take you so far…FAITH fulfills the void and takes care of the rest 🙂

TODAY IS AN AWESOME DAY…TRUE DIWALI FOR ME!

Happy Diwali to EVERYONE!

The priest who was kind enough to point out this fact (I first asked him what today’s nakshatra was) — his name is Kumaraswamy

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I feel like the most fortunate woman in the world for sharing my life with all of you! 🙂

“Om Aim Hreem Kleem Chaamundayai Vichchai”

http://www.rudraksha-ratna.com/article-archives.htm

Thank you!

My friend shared this with me:

“I came across a nice article on Diwali which I thought of forwarding it to you, the article says most significant spiritual meaning behind Diwali is “the awareness of the inner light”. Central to Hindu philosophy (primarily the Yoga, Vedanta, and Samkhya schools of Hindu philosophy) is the belief that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. The celebration of Diwali as the “victory of good over evil”, refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance, the ignorance that masks one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite
immanent and transcendent reality. With this awakening comes compassion and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings ananda (joy or peace). Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Diwali is the celebration of this Inner Light. The essence is to rejoice in the Inner Light (Atman) or the underlying Reality of all things (Brahman) ”

Reading his message this morning reminded me of something I had written earlier this year in one of my diaries:

If I am a Parvati-like/Sati-like individual, I would want nothing more than to remain liberated and stay together with my Shiva-like consort…

Being Brahman has nothing to do with caste, creed, race, relationships

It has everything to do with an open heart

I want to die in the embrace of my true love

It doesn’t matter to me if I have to wait decades to see Him again

However, I wouldn’t want my happiness, joy, success…

All that is enough to let me remain a pure spirit…

to come at the expense of those who are less fortunate of mind

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The following is a quote I found on a website related to the topic “The Aquarian Age” :

“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.”

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As we each advance in our journey, we may come across instances where, what we initially consider as mundane, all-pervading, trifles, turn out to be the most misunderstood or easily neglected aspects of life –

The priest mentioned this:
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pradosha

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Psychology, Astrology, Perception of Reality

Here’s a logical explanation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlMiKrwCRQ0
Here Bill Nye debunks astrology: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQPFoDkGFrU

You know…I agree with both those videos…that’s what I mean by ignorance…unfortunately…when people do lead mechanical lives…we tend to miss fundamental concepts…

 
How many people know how to build a phone from scratch? But we use phones, of all shapes and sizes every day….
Why? Because we take it for granted that someone is out there who knows how to build them and that it will always be there or something else will come up to replace it…
 
We overlook the hard work that goes into even thinking up the concept of a phone, its design, its parts, materials needed….
People TRUST each other and follow or people MISUNDERSTAND and proceed anyway with their path because they are afraid of losing face if they make themselves VULNERABLE…we humans have always been EGOCENTRIC, but somewhere we are able to look beyond ourselves and see the TRUTH, but its like a flash of lightening…we don’t remain in that state of truth for long…
We are probably the weakest of all species out there (We said it ourselves, we are young)…but the WAY people go about accepting or denying their weaknesses, flaws makes all the difference between the germination of a seed versus its death in the soil itself…no amount of water can restore life or bring new life on its own…it can only sustain what’s already present. Each of the other elements too have a common source I am sure…but to simplify complex things requires a level of awareness that most of us just aren’t ready to handle…but are taking steps to get there, just by discussing things in a REAL way, as we are.
 
 
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Science/Psychology is a MODERN concept…Astrology and NATURE have been there since BEFORE either of our ancestors were born (the ones we can remember off the top of our head)….

Nature versus nurture debate is also prevalent in Psychology….
 
I see parallels between the terms used…temperament concept in Psych is related to Gana concept in Astrology
 
The methods used might be different…but TRUTH is the same and it doesn’t matter at the end of the day WHAT method you used to derive it….
 
We are all each BORN with certain unique characteristics.
 
and of course…there are many more things involved than SUN or MOON…there are other planets, interactions, and so many more things that I am pretty sure NO ONE at this point knows anymore..because all that knowledge is “lost”)
 
Whatever works for someone I guess, to live with a strength of purpose, openness and purity of intent. 
 
Then all the qualities/attributes — some that are innate and others that one has to cultivate by sharing, learning with and from others — ALL of the qualities of a HUMAN BEING can be harnessed to its full potential by everyone at their own pace. 
 
That’s why some sort of structure, strong foundation in the early years and FAMILY was given so much importance back in ancient India/Africa or anywhere around the globe, but maybe the time has come to remember that that particular system only worked because everyone was still able to see the forest (themselves being the trees)…now its time everyone returned to the FOREST…the big picture — all of us are collectively part of Earth’s ecosystem. 
 
In my opinion, we are all reinventing/discovering ourselves and digging out the gifts that our ancestors have already taken the time to leave behind for us…but others have chosen the path of rebelling from a source of fear, AGAINST Nature…so it will take TIME to separate true wisdom from hypocrisy and its okay to accept that uncertainty is part of nature’s way to optimize survival.
 
To me its a question of ethics:
I am not happy with genetic engineering and bioengineering etc…I feel like all of this is only treating the superficial attributes and the root causes and underlying problems aren’t surfacing because we are as a whole ignorant of what TRUE WISDOM is. 
People are all for the happy parts, if they don’t like something they move on to something else that will serve their purpose…very few have the mentality to cultivate patience, sacrifice, seek ways to fix what they already have or accept it and let go
 
True Psychology shouldn’t involve technology to experiment and observe. Things should be given opportunity to unfold organically.
I am sure you remember, Psychology wasn’t even considered a Science until very recently…it was with the Liberal ARTS.
Psychology, the science, was able to gather all that data at the EXPENSE of nature (how would you like being caged in or being subjected to electric shocks, just because someone had the power to do it…without really telling you what was going on until much later…and sometimes not even offering you an explanation and most of the time without knowing the full side effects of something).
The Science of Vedic Astrology (back when people were innovative, came up with the concept of ZERO and so many more discoveries in harmony with nature and relied on what was within and around them– when they looked within not without)…
the people practicing it too probably observed the workings of this Universe, but they kept the dignity and humane aspect of things intact…and since the TRUE origin is forever going to remain a mystery (maybe its for our own good that we don’t know HOW nature works, and we’ve only been able to IMITATE its strengths at our best) both disciplines SCIENCE and ARTS still remain THEORIES, not ABSOLUTE FACTS, but RELATIVE.
Sure people later on used the, once SCIENCE now an ART, of Astrology for their own gains or once an ART now SCIENCE of Psychology to organize “facts”…
 
but the INTENT with which both Astrology and Psychology started out, I would hope was for advancement of mankind and not for the sake of power alone to manipulate, retaliate, seek vengeance, remain in darkness…of course if that is part of one’s nature, one can’t avoid it…it has to be let out and only then will there be room for light. 
 
I would hope that the chaos that is going on now will restore that Intent in everyone again.

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National Public Radio: StoryCorps

‘Never Say Goodbye’: A Love And Life Kept Vivid

http://www.npr.org/2013/10/25/240291885/never-say-goodbye-a-love-and-life-kept-vivid

 

“I always said the only thing I have to give you is a poor gift and its myself and I always gave it…and if there’s a way to come back and give it, I’ll do that too!”

I actually heard Friend Uncle say almost the exact same thing in Telugu when I asked him to tell me their story.

Maybe even though the names of lovers change, REAL LOVE’s expressions are ONE IN THE SAME.

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November 1, 2013 · 4:47 am

Svacchandanath – Sruti

“The Tantras, composed between the 8th and the 1th century, regard themselves as Sruti. Among these the Shaiva Agamas, are said to have been revealed by Shiva himself and are foundational texts for Shaiva Siddhanta.[82]

Shiva – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva

Sruti – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sruti

Tantras – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantras

Mahakala – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahakala

Durvasa – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durvasa

Svacchandanath – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svacchandanath

Shaiva Siddhanta – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaiva_Siddhanta

This whole journey through Wikipedia started because I wanted to know if Marijuana was associated with Shiva in any way (I had a hunch it did…bhang, cannabis etc) but its good to build on superficial knowledge, always!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_and_spiritual_use_of_cannabis#Hinduism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_and_spiritual_use_of_cannabis

https://www.google.com/#q=shiva+marijuana

https://www.google.com/

The Shiva statue I saw in Sikkim during my India trip – April 1 – July 4th, 2013:

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Panchamukha Shiva I saw in Balasore along with Panchamukha Anjaneya:

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“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

– Sherlock Holmes ,  A Scandal In Bohemia

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes

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