COMPASSION.

Compassion is an attribute of God. It is in a way a reflection of God itself. All creatures of this universe possess this attribute of God in one way or the other of different degrees. Some are more compassionate than the others and some may be less but all have traces of this Godly attribute present in them.

Have not we seen a bitch feeding the orphaned kittens along with her own puppies, although cat and dog are arch rivals?. Or a shark taking a helpless drowning dog on her back rescuing him to the shore. This is compassion which is present in all creatures in one or the other form.

Humans who are considered as more closer to God and having this attribute in abundance, but with the over influence of the mind or the Satan or the Shaitan on him, this basic quality remains overshadowed or subdued. We do feel an urge to help the needy when they are in distress or need our help and care and at the same time something takes over on our concern for others and the whole attention gets diverted from the feelings of compassion for others. This negative tendency in the humans who are becoming more self-centred and selfish in the modern times of rush for everything is the real cause for dissatisfaction, tension, and depression in life.

How alighted and satisfied we feel when we are cared for by someone. How happy we are when we are assured and are confident that someone is there to come to our rescue in case of an adversity. This one-way traffic is a sign of sheer selfishness. Can someone else also hope for our help and assistance? Are we mentally and voluntarily prepared to come forward to help others? We must; in case we want to achieve happiness and satisfaction. ‘TREAT OTHERS WHAT YOU WANT OTHERS TO TREAT YOU’ is an old adage. Love begets love and hate begets hate. As you sow so shall ye reap. It is as such completely in one’s own hands to remain happy and satisfied by reciprocating the same with others.

In case you are interested to taste some abuses or get few slaps on your cheek, go and slap someone or abuse someone and see the results. The results would be surprising, as you may get your choicest abuses showered on you as well as a volley of slaps on your cheeks to your complete satisfaction. This is an example of reaction to which we all are subjected to. We don’t have or we don’t maintain our own characteristics and qualities but our life and actions have become a  mere reaction. We always react not act and this reaction produces heat, hatred, and animosity which is a cause of frustration, dissatisfaction, and depression for us. REAL PLEASURE AND SATISFACTION COMES BY GIVING, FORGIVING AND CARING FOR OTHERS AND NEVER BY HOPING AND  WISHING TO BE RECEIVING  AND BEING CARED  BY OTHERS.

Forgive and Forget is the mantra for a happy life. In the circumstances when someone abuses and frowns upon you, maybe for any reason, and instead of reacting with double the force which is bound to create a chain reaction, if you just control yourself, force a pleasant smile on your face and beg pardon from the other person, although for no fault of yours; just feel the experience. Your opponent will feel ashamed for his behaviour towards you. Embrace him and give him a warm hug and a loving pat. It may seem to be very difficult but the results are amazing. An intellectual person has said, ” If there is one fool let there be not two”. Always try to avoid situations which result in exchanging of heated arguments and ultimate quarrels. Always try to have a compassionate feeling and attitude towards others. This makes life easier for you as well as for others.

We should never fail in our duty to help others as long as we live. Compassion turns the deadliest foes into friends. We should continue increasing our area of compassion throughout our life. This would create an atmosphere of peace all around us. Kindness doesn’t cost anything but instead, it gives us a lot of satisfaction and peace of mind. There should never be any dearth of love and compassion in our heart for anyone without any discrimination of caste, colour, or race.

No one has ever achieved peace and satisfaction by amassing wealth or by owning huge stocks of worldly materials by working day and night like a slave, contrarily he becomes more greedy in the mad race of more and more material. For doing this we sacrifice the lofty principles of life and become more distressed and dissatisfied. None in this world has ever achieved peace, satisfaction, and happiness out of the materialistic possessions as the lust for the same never gets satisfied. We become slaves of the possessions and not their masters. We should never fail in our duty to help the needy and our heart should start melting with the passion of compassion for those who need our attention and help. This feeling will burn any negativity from our mind and give us a lot of satisfaction.

A compassionate heart brings us closer to God who is an embodiment of love, peace, and tranquillity. We need to behave better than any other creature in this universe only then will we really deserve to be called humans. Only compassion and love will bring satisfaction to the hearts and peace in the world.

 

 

PAINS OF RETIRED LIFE

Pleasures and pains go side by side. Every coin has two sides. The day is followed by night and winters by summers. Everything attracts its opposite and the cycle of nature goes on moving. Nothing remains stationary in this world. Change is the secret which sustains life. Changes may be positive or negative and we have to bear both with a bowed head as there is no escape.

The pains of retired life is a mix of crunches of both retired life and of old age because incidentally, the retirement generally happens at a comparatively advanced stage of the age. The pleasures and sense of freedom one can enjoy under certain circumstances is already discussed in the previous blog published on 9th Feb,2018. The pains of retired life/old age can be :-

  • Health issues of self and that of the spouse.
  • Change in attitude of associates, relatives, and friends towards you.
  • No pension or inadequate pension to meet day to day needs.
  • No one to take care in case of an emergency.
  • Pending family settlements and liabilities.
  • Children not suitably settled.
  • Depression because there is no work to substantiate abundant free time.

The only solution to all these problems is to live to the will of Lord and change your own attitude towards life. We are not the masters of everything and might not be destined to finish every so-called liability during our lifetime. There is always something pending for others to complete or accomplish.

Life is full of struggles from day one until the end. We did struggle to speak, sit, crawl, and walk when we were infants. Struggle for learning, understanding various fields and activities kept us engaged throughout our school to college and university days. We further intensified our struggle to build our careers. And now at this old age, Can we avoid making struggles? We have to continue struggling until the end with a Positive Mental Attitude.

The sufferings and pains are part of life for all of us. Health issues are a cause for concern especially at the old age when many vital organs get fatigued, become weak and can’t give the required output to keep our body healthy. Our body is a very complicated machine and consists of thousands of working parts and millions of cells. These have been working tirelessly for so many years. Parts of any machine do get worn out and need replacement, which in case of the human body are a  very costly affair and in some cases not possible. We have to bear with this, as there is no other way out. It is advisable to get medical insurance done in order to take care of heavy expenses in case of an emergency.

After one is out of power he should not expect his associates, relatives, and friends to flock him the way they were doing when he was in power. Our relationships of all types are because of some need or dependence which is a bitter truth. Once that need is fulfilled or we lose the capacity to meet people’s needs, they will start disassociating from us, in the same manner, we did with our associates, relatives, and friends when they lost power or capacity to help us. Needs and interests are the basis of many relationships with few exceptions.  Who will then come to our rescue in such state of affairs in this world? Only Lord is our hope. He loves us more than anybody else and that too without any expectations from us. SO CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE, DO NOT CARRY BAGGAGE,  FACE THE SITUATION WITH POSITIVE MINDSET, AND LEAVE EVERYTHING TO THE WILL OF LORD. Unnecessarily taking these things seriously will only make you more uncomfortable leading to Stress or Depression. Ignore people who ignore you and stop bothering about them.

You must make financial arrangements for the rainy days of your life while in active service/job. You are bound to suffer humiliation in case you don’t have regular and adequate resources to meet your needs. Stay with your children or relatives if you can manage or go to an old age home. All of us have to bear our KARMAS; no escape. Your children or close relative may not be able to devote more time to you because of their own compulsions. Stay calm and contended and thank GOD that at least they are with you.

Settle your liabilities well in time otherwise, you will remain worrying when you will become unable to settle them. You can’t make hay when the sun is not shining. Try your best to settle your children well in time. However, if you could not do, don’t worry as your worry will not help. It will only add more wrinkles to your face and help you to increase your stress, blood pressure, and depression. You played your inning well and now it is their turn to earn and take care of you.

Please understand that all of us have to pass through pleasures and pains while we are in this human body. We have to bear our own Cross as this world is run by one universal principle ‘AS YOU SO, SO SHALL YOU REAP’. When Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Hazrat Mohammad Sahib(PBUH), Guru Nanak Dev Ji and other Gurus suffered and fought battles with the evil, how can you be an exception? During the battle of Mahabharat Pandavas fought with their own brothers; The Kauravas. This signifies that the evil is within us and we have to fight it within. Arjun the great warrior surrendered to Lord Krishna and gave the reins of his chariot to Him and shot arrows in the direction Lord Krishna moved the chariot. Have we ever surrendered control of the chariot of our life to Lord and fought the battle of life ourselves? Instead, we hold the reins in our hands and want the Lord to fight for us. This will not work.  We have to live up to His will and remain satisfied because both pains and pleasures come with His will.

The Fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj, was being tortured by making him sit on the hot iron plate and boiling water was poured on his head and before being martyred, you know what he said? “Tera bhana meetha lage”, Means “Oh my Lord All this is happening with your will and your will is sweet to me”.

When Jesus Christ was mercilessly tortured before being crucified, He prayed to GOD and said,”O GOD forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing”. This is the level of tolerance that is expected for attaining peace and tranquility.

 

So, remain contended in whatever circumstances the Lord keeps you. He will always give us what is to our benefit; a chocolate or a bitter medicine. He knows well, so don’t fear or worry even about your death. You don’t have much time at your disposal so live to the hour. No time to worry. Keep on doing good and remain happy. Let God worry about you.

LIFE

Life is a complex issue to understand. It is the best gift bestowed upon us, including all creation by the GOD. When we cant fully understand the design of his creation then how will we be able to understand Life with our little knowledge and intellect. However life can be defined as the absence of death, and death is the end of life. There is, therefore, something which goes off from living beings and causes death.

We believe that death happens or we can say life ends because of accidents, disease, heart attacks, bullets and bombs, tsunami, and natural calamities. Do everyone lose life when there is spread of disease, or there is an epidemic or accident, or there is war, or during a tsunami or natural calamity? Many people and creatures survive in spite all these happenings; don’t they? Some people traveling in same bus or train survive while others die, Many survived even during the Atom bomb attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All marine life and plant, trees do not get uprooted or killed during great tsunamis.

Life sustains during earthquakes, no doubt that it becomes miserable for some and that too is a question, as to WHY?

All this is therefore not a cause to end life. It may be a reason. The birth and death are managed by GOD in a wonderfully styled design. The lifespan of all living creatures is well defined and is certain, in spite all human efforts to increase it. The upper limit is set for all by HIM. For instance, humans have a maximum of 100 years as the upper limit with some rare exceptions of few years. In spite of so much advancement in medical science including medicines, the upper age limit has not increased and life remains to be ending within the specified period allotted by GOD. If this is the state of affairs with the humans who consider themselves as TOP OF CREATION or “ASHRAF-AL-MAKHLOOQAAT”, what would be the fate of creatures in other lower categories?  Have we been able to reduce miseries of life, sufferings, pains, depressions, diseases, worries, tensions prejudices, and hate? Why people have different types and different periods of miseries or happiness or pleasures? To understand all this we have to turn to GOD himself, who has through his messengers explained all this as is contained in old scriptures. For understanding this we have to understand as to how life started on our planet.

Scientists believe that during explosions in sun’s molten mass a big and very hot chunk got separated from it, which continued to revolve around its source and with the passage of time its upper-crust cooled down and my contractions on the surface due to cooling, mountains were formed. It looks justifiable but then how was water formed that too in such a large quantity that seas and oceans were formed? How was air having all the useful ingredients and properties for sustaining life formed? Why this didn’t happen on any other known planet? Are not these wonderful mysteries. The theory of Evolution explains that life started in water and the first known living creature was Amoeba. How amoeba evolved, how it got transformed into other forms is not believably explained.

 Human beings are believed to be evolved from monkeys, then why not all monkeys became humans? Why there are still hordes of monkeys available? When will their turn come to become Top of creation?

Messengers of God tell us that all creatures live till there is life current present in them. The moment this life current which is a particle of GOD also known as Aatma, Rooh or Soul is withdrawn, the death takes over. To understand this phenomenon we have to understand the formation of this universe and ‘Law of Karma’. Scriptures tell us that this universe is made primarily of five elements:

  1. Water (liquids)
  2. Earth (solids)
  3. Air (gases)
  4. Fire (heat)
  5. Sense (sense of comprehension)

There are five main categories of living bodies; Vegetable kingdom, Reptile kingdom, Birds kingdom, Four-legged mammal’s kingdom, and above all, the Human kingdom. All the five categories have lakhs of different types of creatures living in the universe having similar characteristics. They differ in size, shape, color, and characteristics because of the presence of different types of basic elements in them in different proportions. The composition of these categories of living creatures is as under:-

  •  The first to come is the Vegetable kingdom. They have one element present in them i.e Water. All other elements are in very negligible quantity. They remain rooted to the ground and don’t travel distances.
  •  Second, comes the Reptile kingdom which has two elements present in them; Water and Earth and others being in negligible quantity. They too remain on the ground but can move distances by crawling.
  •  Birds kingdom has predominantly three elements present in them; Water, Earth, and Air. They can move on earth and can also fly in the air or swim in water.
  • The fourth being Four-legged animals have four elements present; Water, Earth, Air, and Fire. They remain on earth or in water and have the capacity to run fast.
  •  The Fifth class is that of Humans which have all the five elements in proper proportion present in them. What makes them different from all others is the element of the Sense of Comprehension present in them. They can learn and grow fast. What more they can do differently from others is well known to all of us. Humans are God’s top Creation and next only to him. It has the power to rise and merge with God and attain Salvation, Moksha, Mukti or Nejaat.

We know that all elements forming different categories of life as stated above are against one another. Water extinguishes the fire, fire evaporates water, air flares fire, earth dissolves in water. They don’t remain comfortable with each other. But they remain in complete harmony during their stay in different classes of life: WHY? The answer is the presence of the life current; the soul which keeps them in complete harmony. The moment the soul is withdrawn from the body, the decaying process starts and all these elements slowly and slowly disintegrate.

LAW OF KARMA

Law of karma; As you Sow, so shall you Reap. Every action creates a corresponding karma, good or bad. Why we have different lifespans, why some die as an infant, as a child, in young age and with accident, disease, or other reasons? All this is due to our own karmas. We cant escape results of karma’s and have to bear with them at some point of time most suitable for bearing them. Soul enters different classes of life depending on one’s karmas. Different categories of life and different sufferings are caused by different types of karmas.

PURPOSE OF HUMAN LIFE

Theory of evolution says that human life evolved through a long process of changes from lower life categories i.e. from Vegetable to Reptiles, then to Birds and Mammals and monkeys. True, but why?This all happened as a result of our own karma’s.

People became kings, paupers, laborers, bureaucrats, millionaires only because of their present, past or stored karmas. We the humans rose from lower to higher species and finally reached this top position.What should be our next goal now? What is the purpose of our life? Why God brought us to this life? Do we really understand the purpose of our life? We confuse it with an aim in life and start working to achieve that. Some aim to become kings, some bureaucrats, and industrialists. Some aim to have amazing wealth and for achieving their goal they work really hard and sometimes compromise with the principles of life thus adding to the already existing load of karmas. Our wishes have no limits but the period of stay in life is too short to fulfill all wishes. If all wishes are to be fulfilled then our lifespan should be unlimited but this can’t happen. This results in our rebirth in different species of life where those wishes could be fulfilled and these wishes are a cause of sustaining life in different categories. Just think, if everyone’s wish is to be fulfilled in his present life then the entire balance of nature, as well as systems, will collapse. It is just not possible. We have enjoyed everything very well while in different life categories and got this human life with God’s utmost grace. Our purpose of life should, therefore, be to rise above to next level i.e. GOD. The true purpose of life is to attain salvation, moksha or nejaat, which we can’t do in any other life form and only now in this human life by following the teachings of A PERFECT MASTER. Only they have the power to burn our stores of karmas and help us merge with GOD.