www.mysoulitude.com. The blog has new address now!

www.mysoulitude.com is my new blog domain. Please save this link for future posts and let’s hop onto this journey together. The new site is not completely ready. It’s a WIP, so please bear the few hits and misses. Hoping to start a meaningful journey in 2019. See you on the new address from now on.

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2019: Day I. I have set my resolutions. Have you?

 

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New beginnings bring out the best intentions. We all want to start afresh. We want to be more happy, more healthy, more wealthy, and more of many many good things in life.

I wish many many mores for all of us. All the mores we want to accomplish, accumulate and wash away (especially the piling kgs for me). Like most of you, I have set a few resolutions for 2019.  Some are too personal to be shared, some can be made public. But I would share with you my topmost resolution that broadly (and hopefully) will cover all aspects of my life.

In 2019, I want to take my learning curve up again, which has been stagnant for quite a while. I want to learn something new every day and want to be useful every day. By useful, I mean be it for a person(s), nature, a cause or anything I can’t think of now, I want to be of some help to others, without a reason.

I pray to the almighty to give me the strength and the determination to help me realize my aim. And to all of you in whatever you aspire for!

Wish you all a very fulfilling 2019!

My most precious gift of the year-end!

 

Do you know what is the most precious gift I get at the year-end? Any guesses? Okay, I will drop a hint.

You all get it too.

Another hint, we all get the same thing, yet it’s entirely different for everyone. 

Okay, one more hint, look at the picture at the top.

Well, good if you guessed it right and no problem if you didn’t. You have another year to learn how to guess well. 🙂

My most precious gift is A Jar filled with experiences of living undiluted 365 days. A bountiful jar of sweet and sour memories to be cherished for a lifetime.  We all get this jar. Whether you are the common man of a country, or its president, whether you are an IIM professional or have never been to school, whether you are a child, a youth, a middle-aged person or an oldie. Life is a great leveller and reveals itself to everyone alike. 

Now, the choice is ours what we do with our respective jars. We flip them carelessly, we keep them safely in a closet, we fret and fume over them, or we look into them closely, learn our lessons, and grow.

Year-ends are a bridge between the past and the future. As you walk on that bridge, leaving behind the past on one end to embrace the future at the other end, you experience myriad of emotions on the way.  

 

The second row is also perfectly fine if the theater is empty, as  Brigitte Bardot proves here circa 1955.

The whole previous year runs through the mind like a movie playing in a theatre. You get to see yourself as an actor and analyse how you performed. No one else gets to judge you. You are the critic, you are the box office success. 

 

Sometimes, I think we human beings are such strong absorbing sheets. We go through so much in a day, leave alone the year, and yet we continue living to the best of our abilities amidst endless life’s situations. We manage a torpedo of extreme emotional upheaval and yet stay afloat. Imagine a mother in labour who goes through torturous pain on one end and experiences a gush of happiness and fulfillment on seeing her little bundle of joy. So much emotional extremes in one moment.

Such is life.

Sometimes, the things unfold so fast that we don’t know whether to smile or be sad. We marry off a daughter into another family. It’s such a gratifying feeling for parents but not without that tingling pain in the heart of giving away your piece of heart to someone else. 

How do you find the balance amidst such extreme emotions?

 

Yet, we live through that and survive. We laugh and cry at the same time. Be it the pain of a lost cause, the inability to perform in spite of the undying desire to do so, the frustration of not getting what you badly want, umpteen challenges, soul-breaking failures and humiliations, failing yourself, losing a loved one, seeing relationships fade that you nurtured so devotedly…

…or be it the success well deserved, job promotion, becoming an entrepreneur, receiving unconditional love, travelling the world, achieving the impossible, outdoing yourself, forging new relationships, renewed friendships, getting married, becoming a parent, settling abroad, etc.

We cross so many milestones in our lives and accumulate umpteen life impressions year after year. No wonder old age is seen as the treasure trove of life’s wisdom and lessons. 

 

 

As 2018 comes to an end, the time is ripe to look into our jars and reflect. On the life we have lived, the life we aspire to live and the life we never want to live. There is a hope and promise of a better life always. Let the hope and love prevail.

year-end is neither an end nor a beginning.

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Kartik Purnima: Why do we light oil lamps?

significance of lighting oil lamps
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While researching the basis of lighting oil lamps or diyas on Kartik Purnima, I came across this very informative article by Sadhguru on their official website (isha.sadhguru.org). This is what he has to say on the significance of lighting a lamp today.

“Ours is a culture where we did not do anything that is not scientific and naturally for the enhancement of the human being, so that they can reach towards their ultimate wellbeing or liberation. The lamp is indicative of enlightenment, awareness, consciousness and ultimate liberation. All this is symbolized with the lamps that we light. So when you light a lamp before you start your day, it is because you want to bring the same quality into yourself.  It is symbolism; it’s a way of invoking your own inner nature.

It is a part of tradition that to create the right kind of atmosphere, the first thing that you do is light a lamp. But those of you who light a lamp, if you simply be there around it, you will notice it makes a difference. You don’t need to believe in any God. It need not even be dark, the lamp need not be a visual aid, but do you notice it makes some kind of a difference? This is because the moment you light a lamp, not the flame itself but around the flame a certain etheric sphere will naturally happen.

Where there is an etheric sphere, communication will be better. Did you ever sit around a campfire in your life? If you did, you would have seen that stories told around the campfire always have the maximum impact on people. Have you noticed this? The storytellers of yore understood this – stories told around the campfire are always the most effective stories. Receptivity will be at its best.

So if you want to start anything, or you want to create a certain atmosphere, a lamp is lit. This comes from the understanding that when you light a lamp, apart from the visual aspect, it fills the whole place with a different kind of energy.” 

 

So, whether you believe in God or no, light a lamp today to invoke your inner nature. What a rich tradition and culture we have inherited.

Wish you all a very happy Gurpurab and Kartik Purnima!

Gurpurab
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Happy Diwali!

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Wish you all a very happy Diwali. Gorge on sweets, share meals, elongate your tea times, pray together, experience gratitude, become a giver, spread happiness, celebrate love, laughter and light with your family, friends and strangers.

Have a blissful life! Have an illuminating life!