AN EFFORT TO MAKE A NEW BEGINNING AS AN AUTHOR.

A Rendezvous With Mamta Sehgal

Mamta Sehgal has been at the forefront of the fashion industry for last 20 years, acting as an academic mentor with the leading Fashion Institutes of the country besides hands-on experience in a multitude of designing projects. She has also been involved with Retail experience related to Fashion and has been on the panel of academic selection for NIFT on behalf of the management body –AIMA between 2007 till 2012.

After a dynamic stint in the industry, she ventured out to find a new avenue to engage and found her solace in extensive reading. Her destiny introduced her to the most important scripture of Hinduism, “The Bhagavad Gita”, and she felt totally engrossed into the power and depth of the book. The book changed her outlook towards life, lend her the wisdom to look at things from a detached perspective and appreciate the larger scheme of things in the smallest and most trivial events happening around us. As a result, she started writing articles that would link routine incidents or familiar anecdotes with The Power above. However, as a bud needs sunlight to blossom into a magnificent flower, her source of strength and inspiration comes directly from The Ultimate Source of everything.

Her reading, thus became a foundation for her writing journey and her columns were regularly published in “Inner Voice”, the spiritual editorial section of the national daily, The Hindustan Times which became a source of encouragement for her to begin the journey of writing a book. Besides this she also has a popular blog titled ‘‘The Krishna Calling’’ on leading blog site — Wordpress.

As the events of her life have been unfolding, Mamta is now set on a spiritual journey, deriving her strength and inspiration from The Bhagavad Gita, which she feels has the power and depth to change the world. She wants to dedicate her life propagating her interpretations from the sacred text which might be a source of a contextual guidance to people. She, through her written works desires to promulgate as how to stay connected with the ultimate power while we all go through the self-routines of our respective lives and its incidental journey.

Mamta is also on the Jury panel for We Care Film Festival — an organisation which specifically showcases short films on disability issues around the world for over fifteen years. Her association with the initiative has deepened her spiritual endeavours and has given a newer meaning to her writings.

With her upcoming book titled `The Perennial Journey’, Mamta brings to us a compilation of some of her articles written over the span of 3 years. Although the overall theme of the 110-page book is spiritual,she has divided it into four major sections: God, Soul, Life and Introspection, which she believe are the stepping stones to the path of enlightenment.

For more updates on Mamta Sehgal and her book ‘The Perennial Journey’, visit our page here. Happy reading Folks!

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DUALITIES OF DELUSION

 

In Mahabharata, Krishna tells Arjuna that all living entities are born into delusion, bewildered by dualities arising from desire and hate.The real constitutional position of the living entities is that of subordination to the Supreme Lord; who is pure knowledge. When one is deluded into separation from this pure knowledge, he becomes controlled by the illusionary energy and is not able to understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The illusionary energy is manifested in the duality of desire and hate, due to which the ignorant person wants to become one with the Supreme lord, envies Him as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, does not believe in His powers and thinks that he is as powerful as God.

The pure devotees who are not deluded or contaminated by desire and hate, can understand that Lord Sri Krishna, who appears by His internal potencies; is all pervasive and all powerful, but those who are deluded by duality and nescience think that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is created by material energies; and this is their misfortune. Such deluded persons, symptomatically, dwell in dualities of honour and dishonour, misery and happiness, woman and man, good and bad, pleasure and pain, etc., thinking that, “this is my wife; this is my house; this is my money; these are my children; I am the master of this house; I am the husband of this wife, so on and so forth. These are the ‘Dualities of delusion’ and those who are deceived by these dualities are completely foolish and therefore cannot understand the Supreme personality of Godhead and His powers.

Such people unwisely claim all the material things to be there’s and are totally unaware of the realities of life. Unintelligently, all their life they keep on fighting with the endless conflicting thoughts that their mind breeds and are never able to come out of it. And in the process, their whole life is spent in disbelief and misconceptions; never having the understanding of their own existence and its eternal relationship with the Almighty.

Living in dualities, thus dilutes the complete purpose of life as one is only engrossed in meaningless activities which entangle one in the material fantasy, from where there is no retreat. These delusions, also known as Maya covers the intelligence of the man as the clouds cover the sun and takes away the brightness of a sunny day.

Thus ,for a pure existence on this earth we must come out of the clutches of Maya and make pure efforts to live an ideal life where we have the true understanding of the universal truth.

Mamta Sehgal.

THE REAL FEAR

Stress, tensions and worries are the integral part of every human’s journey and entrap them at each stage of their life. The people, situations and incidences that they come across each day, keeps them in perpetual anxiety.

They are deeply concerned and anxious of the other peoples’ behaviour towards them. And perform all their acts keeping the others’ and their views in mind and with a resolute of proving a point to them. They are awfully frightened by the situations; both the present and the one’s they contemplate for the future and they worry for the smallest of the issues that they face each day; most of which are baseless and irrelevant.

But is that the appropriate way to live? Are we right in worrying about the people or the external forces that influence us or the one’s we allow to rule our life? The answer to this is a clear no. There is absolutely no need to worry about such forces. Rather, there is something else that we all should worry or be concerned about; which is our own thoughts.

`PROTECT YOURSELF FROM YOUR OWN THOUGHTS’, says the famous poet, Rumi.

How extremely true this phrase is and clearly suggests that we need not worry and get stressed about any external factors, situations or people but need to surely protect us from our own thoughts. There is no external force which can be as big a challenge for us than our own thoughts; which can make or break us.

Positive thoughts imply our unaltered faith in our inner self and the power above and by having them, we can easily create a positive aura around ourselves; which itself is a game changer.

The negative thoughts on the other hand, can take us to a doomed situation; spreading meaningless negativity in our life and surroundings. By carrying adverse thoughts, we self invite multifarious problems in our life, which may not have any solution to them. A thought process like this brings unhappiness, anxiety and worthless stress which prevent us from enjoying things that we possess and resultantly brings an end to the mental peace.

So, more than anything else in this world, we should protect ourselves from our own thoughts and should try and control them as much as we can ,because by doing so we will be able to witness an end to most of our inconsequential problems and will be able to live in peace.

Mamta Sehgal.

THE QUIETER YOU BECOME, THE MORE YOU ARE ABLE TO HEAR.

I always feel that with the passage of time and with each growing year, I have become quieter and have lost the urge to indulge in any meaningless discussion or conversations. Such indulgence, I feel, is a waste of time as well as energy; which should be rather used in a more sensible manner. So, where on one hand I feel happy about the fact that I am using my energies positively, on the other, carry many thoughts that incessantly bother me. The thought that is it the right thing to do? Is it appropriate when I do not at all talk or feel like talking to anyone? What will the people think about me? Will they think that I am too conceited? Will God punish me for this behaviour and will it become my bad karma?

Lots of such thoughts occur and occupy my mind and put me in a constant dilemma.

Fortunately, though, few days back, I came across this beautiful quote by the famous poet, Rumi, which said- `THE QUIETER YOU BECOME, THE MORE YOU ARE ABLE TO HEAR’ and it cleared all my illusions and apprehensions and reassured me that I am on the right path and there is nothing wrong in my demeanor.

We all must understand that the most important thing in life is to have the knowledge and the awareness of our inner self;the knowledge that if we are able to understand our true conscience, we can get all our answers from within. Our inner self is the only true guiding force which can solve all our problems and then there is no need to wander here and there. But to achieve all this, we need to be quieter in order to hear and acknowledge this voice that comes from within.

In general, all day long, all the humans are deeply engrossed in many endless conversations; most of which are senseless and only bring them into the trap of jealously, anger and anxiousness. Such conversations keep them so occupied that they forget to indulge in any rightful things or acts. There is no self introspection and thus no understanding of the truth and resultantly, all there life is spent in the nescience.

Hence, if we really want to understand the true realities of life and that of our inner self and want to sincerely listen to the voice within, than we surely need to become quieter with each passing day. We have to forbid ourselves from worthless talking and have to spend more time in listening to what our inner voice wants to tell us. If we remain silent than these inner sounds and the voice would become clearer. But if we keep ourselves busy in trivial talking, than we create so many futile sounds around us which prevent us from hearing the most important sound of our life and  take us far way from all the consequential things of life and just lead us to worthless engagements.

The knowledge of self is highly crucial because it helps us to understand the real power of the all eternal Almighty and we will only be able to have it when we train our self to speak less ,in order to hear the most significant sound in life; the sound of the voice within.

Mamta Sehgal.

 

 

 

 

WOMEN…

Women, you are so beautiful,                                                                                                                   not just superficially but in real.                                                                                                               You are the chosen one,                                                                                                                         entrusted with the most difficult task under the sun.                                                                         The Architect has made you the creator,                                                                                             because He knows there is no one, who can play the role better.

The mother, the sister, the daughter and the wife,                                                                                you enact all the roles with equal strive,                                                                                           nurturing all relations with love and care,                                                                                              never considering how in return you are cared.

History is the witness,                                                                                                                                   how you have being put into arduous situations,                                                                                   and have been misjudged,                                                                                                                         but you have never fudged.                                                                                                                             You have always passed the grueling tests                                                                                         and have proved that you are the best.

There are many hidden qualities that you possess,                                                                               which no one can even assess.                                                                                                                       You silently fulfill everyone’s needs,                                                                                                       but never succumb to any greed;                                                                                                            the greed of receiving something in return.                                                                                       And all that you ask for is affection and love.

Women, you are truly the God’s finest creations,                                                                     nurturing everyone with your real emotions and selfless adoration.

Women, you are the best.

Mamta Sehgal.

LIFE

What is life?                                                                                                                                                       A bucket full of lies,                                                                                                                                         lies which lead us to dreams,                                                                                                                 which are only illusions, it seems.                                                                                                       Dreams which keep us away from the truth,                                                                                           and make us lead a life of untruth.

More than half our life, we spend in nesceince,                                                                                   never caring to understand the actual science,                                                                                 and when the realizations sets in,                                                                                                           the actual truth peeps in,                                                                                                                                 it is then we recognize the true realities of life.

Realism that all is delusion,                                                                                                                           and awareness of the actual self is the only conclusion.                                                                 Realism that everything is within; the answers,the guiding force,                                             the source of light,                                                                                                                                       and realism that this  is not the destination but just the flight.

And that is when we start living a life which is real,                                                                         far away from all the thoughts which till now were totally unreal.                                                   A life in which we acquaint ourselves of our inner conscience,                                                   and fruitfully spend the remaining life in transcendence.

Mamta Sehgal.

 

FREEDOM FROM THE CLUTCHES OF MAYA

All of us at some point in our life must have experienced the activities of the birds, insects or animals while they make an attempt to catch their prey. As a general practice, the minute an animal catches its prey, all the others of the same breed, start following it and this desperate bid to possess the catch causes anger, anxiety, hatred and revenge. There are two scenarios in this; one, the animal continues with the clash and two, it decides to abdicate. The first scenario, undoubtedly causes immense anxiety, but the moment, the animal decides otherwise, there is absolute peace as all the other animals stop following the animal in question and look for other avenues to find food for them; bringing an end to the mutual animosity.

So, till the time, the animal is holding on to the prey, which it acquires with extreme difficulty, it feels entrapped but as soon the difficult decision to part with it is taken ,the other animals retreat, creating aplenty free space for the animal to move about, bringing in a sense of complete freedom to decide the future course.

This act of the insects, birds or the animals is a powerful example for the human beings to follow. In our life, too, till the time we have a stern sense of belonging towards many material things, which we falsely claim to be ours, keep holding on to the grudges against people, keep sulking about the things we dislike about them, keep bothering ourselves because of the wrong behavior of the others, we are entrapped in the clutches of maya and are surrounded by all the wrong people in life.

But, the moment we let go of our thoughts & grudges which originate from others and start understanding that all the undesired people around us are simply irrelevant and unimportant for our existence, and it is thus pointless to waste our energy on them, we are in an absolute renewed state of mind. The decision is tough because we have nurtured this thought process all our life and keep clinging to it, but when we realize the realities of life and find the rest immaterial, and stop reacting and discussing about them, we are able to clear all the clutter, creating a lot of breathable space around us. A mere change of mind brings us to a state where there is boundless freedom to think and act, resulting in immense positivity and immeasurable peace of mind.

The most difficult thing in life is to let go of our rigid fixations and mannerisms and that is why all our life, in spite of being aware of the things that put us in trouble and bring us distress, we still keep letting them afflict us. But the point we comprehend the truth and recognize their worthlessness, we are automatically freed from a lot of agony and ineffectual disposition and lead a peaceful life.

Mamta Sehgal.