ADDING JOYS TO OTHER LIVES.

What does it take to bring ”JOYS” in the lives of others. Nothing much! It just calls for an intent to help others and the rest follows.

When we understand the woes of others, besides the ones we unnecessarily consider to be ours.When we start understanding what goes thru in the lives of many unfortunates, the hardships they have to face and how they just manage to make their ends meet. When we genuinely feel for the sorrows others have to fight and start realizing how blessed we are, the intent to help others automatically surfaces.

Till the time we are oblivious to the happenings around us and are only concerned about just our own well-being, we will never be able to understand the troubles other face in their lives. Thus the most important trait of being an ideal human is to keep the pain of others before our owns, to understand the need of others and to make a constant effort of helping others in whatever way possible.

A famous quote from RUMI says,”When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a ‘JOY’.

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ROOH-E-RUMI

Do not grieve for your rusty, iron heart. HE will polish it to a steel mirror. And as you are being lowered into the ground, closed away from your friends, don’t cry.

HE turns the ants and the snakes into beautiful new companions.

RUMI

EVOKING GOD

We all know that God is omnipresent; He is there in all that exists in this universe. He takes care of each one of us every moment of our life. He is there for us whenever we need Him, but does not interfere in our day-to-day affairs.

There are times when life catches us up in its web and puts us in drastic situations, from where there seems no rescue. It is in situations like these that we get carried away and the fear of the unknown forces us to wander to different avenues to get solutions to our problems. The fact, although is, that no one but God can bring an end to all our difficulties and the problems we may be facing and we should thus just strive to attain His grace to get out of such challenging moments. The only way we can do this is by `Evoking God’. When we attempt to do so, we request Him to be on our side in onerous times or for that matter in all times, so that we can face those situations with ease and are able to get through the testing times without feeling the pain it infuses.

This may sound amusing but this can surely happen. If we request God to be always by our side and to keep us in His divine shadow then He surely stands by our side and makes sure that we cross the toughest of the bridges with the ease, which is formidable to even contemplate. But if we do not feel the need of His presence then He will watch us from far, attempting to fight all the battles the life puts us into.

The biggest example of this was an incidence in Mahabharata. Yudhishthira, the most decorated king of the Pandava dynasty once asked Krishna that why were they not stopped from playing the game of dice and getting into the resultant acts that ruined their life and led to the war of Mahabharata and why did He came to Draupadi’s rescue minutes after the shameless event started happening.

Krishan said, ‘ Dear Yudhishthira, all of you five brothers were so engrossed in the game of gambling that you became unaware of its repercussions. You were so ashamed of your acts that you didn’t want me to witness it, so I stayed away and watched you go in darkness. But when Draupadi called for my name, I immediately responded and was there in seconds to protect her. So, it is only when the devotee calls for me with pure heart and devotion and invites me to be by his/her side that I respond and help them to be safe and happy, elseways I stay away and just watch everything.

Evoking God, thus, is the easiest solution to all our problems and it surely works, if attempted with a pure conscience and utmost faith, and if it happens then the need to worry just fades.

Mamta Sehgal

ROOH-E-RUMI

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LIFE IS WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU WHEN YOU ARE BUSY MAKING OTHER PLANS!

`Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.’What a beautiful quote by John Lennon and so very true.

In life, all of us remain in a constant thinking mode, stressing our minds on thousands of subjects; most of which being irrelevant. We keep harping on so many unknown events or problems we might have to face in future. We plan years ahead and while we are busy doing all that, life is running its own picture; making us a spectator of an unforeseen storyline. It throws such challenges on us which are nowhere in our scheme of things, but that is what the real life is; unknown & unclear and the sooner we understand this fact the better it is for us.

It happens to each one of us but we still fail to reckon with this truth. Bhagavad Gita says, `not a blade of grass moves, if it is not HIS will.’ That is why stressing the mind too much on wasteful assumptions is senseless.

The other day, I watched a movie where the protagonist had a breakup and thus gets disillusioned and looses all her vigor to do anything new in life. But life had other plans for her. She was a baker and received an invitation to participate in a baking competition. At first she refused, but then on her friends insistence decided to go. Here she meets her identical twin; a princess who was due to get married to the prince of the state. The princess wanted to live a commoners’ life and requests the girl to switch her life with her for just two days, as she shared the similar looks with her. After a lot of resistance, she agrees; not imagining what was in store for her.

During the brief interaction, the prince falls in love with her and there is an exchange of real emotions between the two.

After two days though,as decided, they switched on to their real lives and are left in the dilemmas. They had no choice but to share the truth with the prince, who happily accepted the reality as he was also bitten by the charm of the girl. Hence, a girl who was utterly disenchanted in life, would have never in her dreams thought that life was planning such a wondrous turnaround for her. But that was all for real.

This is the reality of life; when we are expecting particular events or are planning for other things in life, it throws the unexpected on us (good as well as bad) and that is what the real life is; totally unimaginable. We ignore the present in wake of planning for future, sulk at things not happening our way, get stressed by so many unimportant issues but undeterred by what we do or think, life takes its own course and displays what is in store for us.Thus, without getting anxious about future, we should display forbearance and understand the phenomenon called `Life’.

Mamta Sehgal.

`THE DIVINE PRAYER’

`Om Jai Jagdish Hare’ is a beautiful  Hindu benediction which talks of the glories of God and the more I recite this prayer each day, the more I have started to understand the meaning and the power of every word that is sung in it.

For the love for God and for the benefits of all fellow readers & bloggers and in order to explain the power it holds I am making a humble attempt to describe this eternal prayer verse by verse so that it’s essence reaches to everyone.

Om Jaye Jagdish Hare, Swami Jaye Jagdish Hare
Bhagt Jano Ke Sankat, Das jano ke avgun ,Khshan Mein Door Kare

O my great God, my beloved, you vanquish the difficulties and the ills of your true devotees in fraction of a second. You are always concerned about all the beings you have brought into this world and make sure that all their problems end with a blink of an eye. My Swami ! you are merciful and are a cause of everyone’s happiness.

Jo Dhaywe Phal Pave, Dukh Vinse Man Ka
Sukh Sampati Ghar Aave, Kasht Mite Tan Ka

Whoever worships you with a pure heart and complete devotion ,you take away all their sadness, bestow their houses with abundance and positivity and put an end to all their woes.

Maat-Pita Tum Mere, Sharan Gahun Kiskee
Tum Bin Aur Na Duja, Aas Karun Jiskee


You are my mother as well as my father and are the only one for me. I have nobody else on whom I can rely .Parents are the only ones on whom the child has utmost trust and there is none as dear as them. So,for me it is just you and nobody else.
Tum Puran Parmatma, Tum Antaryami
Par-Brahm Parmeshwar, Tum Sabke Swami

You are the supreme and are omniscient.You are the most superior Godhead and the lord of all.You are omnipresent and omnipotent.

Tum Karuna Ke Saagar, Tum Palankarta
Main Moorakh Khal Kami, Mein Sewak Tum Swami,Kripa Karo Bharta ॥

You are a sea of mercy,are compassionate and are the nurturant ;one who is running the complete show and takes care of everyone’s well-being. I am a fool who commits thousands of mistakes each day.I am the servant and you are my lord ,always keep me under your shadow and keep me blessed.
Tum Ho Ek Agochar, Sabke Pran Pati
Kis Vidhi Milun Dayamay, Tumko Main Kumti

You are inconspicuous and you are the conscious of every being. O, merciful! Please guide as to how a wicked like me can meet you. Show me the path to enlightenment and your attainment. Guide me,so that I can come to your abode and never come back to a human life.
Deenbandhu Dukh Harta, Thakur Tum Mere, Swami Rakshak Tum Mere ॥
Apne Hath Uthaao, Apni Sharan Lagao,Dwar Para Main Tere ॥

You are the friend of ill-fated and you render them from their woes.My lord, my protector, please open your hands and embrace me ,I am fallen on your lotus feet.
Vishay Vikaar Mitaao, Paap Haro Deva॥
Shradha Bhakti Badhaao, Hirday Prem badao,Santan Ki Sewa॥

God bring me out of my material pains,take away all my sins and increase my devotion and love towards you and make me considerate and empathetic towards all.Make me compassionate like yourself so that I can feel the pain of others.

Tan man dhan sab kuch hai tera,swami sab kuch hai tera ॥
Tera tujko arpan kya lage mera॥

O lord! This body, this heart and this money, all that I possess is yours, nothing is mine, so I dedicate all to you. Almighty! May be late, but I have got this realization that the whole world is run by you and we are mere puppets in your hands and that is why I consecrate all; my life and all that I possess to you.

Om Jaye Jagdish Hare, Swami Jaye Jagdish Hare
Bhagt Jano Ke Sankat, Das Jano ke Avagun,Bansariwala Door Kare

Mamta Sehgal

LIVE LIKE A CHILD

We should never let the child within us take a back seat in life, because it is only that childlike innocence which keeps us vibrant ,otherwise growing old is all about stress ,dullness and fear;fear of all that is just an illusion.

When we grow old we start taking life too seriously and forget to live,to laugh and enjoy the smallest of the things which a child does and that is how we make the precious moments of life which God has bestowed on us dull and lifeless.

We crib for senseless issues,cry for wasteful things and worry for meaningless events and in the end keep losing every single second of the valuable life.

Live like a child and you will realize that the life can be really beautiful.Try and do what you feel like doing,without worrying about its social repercussions. Eat what you want to without worrying much about putting on few pounds.Laugh at silly things if you wish to do so.Try and make an extra effort to meet your friends as they revive the hidden child in you.In short try to relax in life as the world would not stop progressing if it was not for you.

Mamta Sehgal

MANTRA FOR A HAPPY LIFE

Saint Kabir, the mystical poet followed the custom of giving spiritual recitals. Many people from faraway places came to hear his golden words. One day, after everyone left,a man asked Kabir, “I am a householder and have a big family and each day I get into a tussle with someone or the other which leads to a total chaos in the house. I want to know the reason for this discord  and the ways to  improve the situation?”

Saint Kabir kept mum and a moment later asked his wife for a lantern. Without asking any questions,his wife instantly followed the order.The man got confused and thought that why did the Saint asked for a lantern in a broad daylight.

After a little while, Kabir asked his wife to get something sweet to eat. The wife immediately got a snack,but a salty one instead of the sweet one asked  and the Saint politely accepted it. The man was absolutely puzzled, hence got up and started to leave. At this, Kabir inquired that has he got the answers to his queries or is still in doubt ?” The man annoyingly said,“I have not understood a single thing but am rather confused by the happenings.’’

Kabir started smiling and said,”Let me explain.When I had asked for a lantern , my wife could have straightaway refused as it was a day time. But she calmly obeyed ,thinking that there  might be a reason behind it .”

Similarly,when I asked for something sweet, she got a salty snack, but I kept calm ,understanding that the sweet snack might not be available. Both of us thus fully understood the reason for each other’s  behaviour and  found no reason to cross question. Resultantly, there was no conflict at all.

Mutual trust is build when there is an understanding between the family members. Instead of pinpointing and highlighting mistakes of others, one should be considerate and thoughtful, contemplating that there might be a reason behind a person’s uncalled for behaviour. If a husband commits a mistake,the wife should handle it sensibly and if a wife commits a mistake, then the husband should ignore it ;this is a mantra for a happy household.

When you make efforts to understand others , trust their point of view and refrain from forcing your opinions on them,there is a mutual respect and trust one earns .This trust prevents  situations of conflict and can create the most cordial atmosphere,both in the family as well as in the outside world.

Mamta Sehgal

GOD

Problems force us to look up to GOD and depend on HIM instead of depending on our own self. There are times when we realize how powerless we are to help ourselves and it is then that we put everything into the hands of GOD and understand that HE is the only one who can save us from every crisis that comes forth us.

Mamta Sehgal