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

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.

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

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

WHY DO WE SUFFER IN LIFE!

I have often heard people complaining and discussing that only good people suffer in life; that a person has helped so many people in his/her early life but is suffering in the old age; that God is unfair as bad people always enjoy, whereas good people face abundant problems.

Introspecting on the subject, I contemplated that there are two aspects to this dialogue-

The first-How can we decide whether a person is good or bad? We may be good in our own eyes or in the eyes of the world, but that makes no difference, because we have to be good only in the eyes of God. It is HE who decides whether we are good or bad, whether the acts we indulge in or had indulged in this life or in the past were pure & genuine and were done with the right intention.

Many of us may be oblivious to the knowledge that God resides in our heart and is a witness to all our acts; good or bad, so it is of great importance that whatever we do in our life, we should have the farsightedness of its repercussions. Hence, we may be good on the face value and for the outer world but the truth is that only God can measure the quantum of our goodness.

The second-If the person is genuinely good than God surely appreciates the acts the person has done and duly rewards for the conduct when the right time comes.

It may happen that the person in spite of been an ideal human being still suffers; the reason for this is the past karmas. But an eternal truth is, that although the suffering is there, but the ideal conduct of the person surely reduces its degree. God takes care of such a person in all situations, reducing the effect of the agony because of his/her good conduct in the present life.

The famous idiom, `We reap what we sow’ holds a great relevance in real life. Thus, whatever we do in life it surely bears fruits; in this life or in next.

So, never blame God for anything. HE is always there for us, HE will never let us be in trouble and will always guide us and protect us if we call for HIS blessings. We suffer because of our own misdeeds but if we choose the right path the hardship surely reduces.

Mamta Sehgal

”GREAT THINGS ALWAYS BEGIN FROM OUR INSIDE!”

Recently I received a message from a friend which said,` IF AN EGG IS BROKEN FROM OUTSIDE FORCE,LIFE ENDS. BUT IF IT IS BROKEN FROM AN INSIDE FORCE, LIFE BEGINS.’ How very true this message is, I thought to myself.It carries a beautiful lesson and if taken profoundly, can have a great influence on our life.

There is one general phenomena we all see in our kitchens each day;when we apply external  pressure on the egg ,it breaks and the life within the egg ends.Similarly, when a human being is influenced by the outer forces like environment, society, friends and acquaintances and gets into the trap of negative thoughts of failure, jealousy, unhappiness and distress,he/she heads towards the downfall.

In reality, all these thoughts are the production of one’s own mind, which makes the individual think that his life will get affected by these external events or individuals .He lives in constant fear and feels that someone might affect him or become an obstruction in his success and happiness.But,in reality these external forces possess no power to affect anyone, rather it is our own thinking which is killing the human being that we are. We are absolutely swayed by all the ill beliefs which incur a bad influence on us.

The second part of the message says that,`If an egg is broken by the force that comes from inside, life begins.’ That means that if the growth of the egg happens in a natural manner then it leads to the birth of a new life, in the form of a chick .This phenomena clearly explains the eternal fact ,that if we listen to the Inner force – our soul, the God within , then we can prosper each day of our life. Our Inner force can keep us devoid of all the ill feelings and insecurities,gives us the right knowledge,shows the ideal path and helps us in leading a righteous life.

Thus,if we introspect, we will realize that nobody else but we ourselves are our biggest enemy. We can easily increase our happiness and success with our inner belief but instead we choose to get influenced by the outer forces ,which leads us to our downfall. It’s the way we think that makes all the difference.

Hence,if we let the outer force rule us then we are breaking ourselves and are responsible for our failures, but if we let the Inner force rule our life then we are blossoming our life with all the positivism and happiness.

We are born with some eternal good qualities and should never let the outer forces like society diminish those qualities but should instead surrender completely to the Inner force and let it drive our life. We should follow the instructions of this Inner Force and let it be our mentor in all situations so that we live a progressive, happy, and an ideal life.

Mamta Sehgal.


SRIDEVI’S DEATH-A TRUTH WE ALL MUST UNDERSTAND….

 

The death of Sridevi was an extremely tragic episode that jolted the entire nation, including me. Even though I don’t have a direct link with her or with her family and am like any other commoner who just knew Sridevi as an actress and a famous celebrity, the news was still a shocker. For few hours, after my husband broke this news to me, I was in a jittery condition. The whole episode was simply unimaginable, which left my heart in doldrums.

My mind could not accept, that a person who is so fit, is extremely disciplined, so full of life, never had a history of illness and most importantly was so young, can die like this. I had consistent thoughts that how could someone, so rich and famous; having an access to all the facilities in the world, succumb to such a helpless death, where she could not even get an instant medical support and be saved.

As per medical standards, such things can happen to people who have a sedentary life style, are not health conscious and constantly abuse their body because of bad habits, but for someone who had never indulged in anything like this, followed a regular health regime and was a classical dancer; explaining her death is a little difficult . Leave aside others, even the medical fraternity cannot affirm the valid reasons for this tragic incidence.

Whenever such events happen, people indulge in baseless speculations and theories, but no one goes to the core reason behind it; that of the universal theory of the presence of the divine force within and all around us ; something that each human must comprehend.

No one in this world can explain and predict the two most important phenomena; of life and death. There are many people who boast of knowing the future and other important events of life, but they all tend to fool others. The fact is that, though God has bestowed the humans with many powers but has kept the advent of birth and death in HIS own hands. Thus, no human can predict or know when it will happen. If humans had the power to know these two most important phenomena of their life, they would have surely misused these powers and someone so influential like Sridevi would have known that this was coming; she would not have been dancing in a wedding, few days before her death.

Her death is a true example of what a freak incidence can be and truly explains just one eternal truth; that indisputably, this world is run by a divine force, which is the reason behind everything that is happening in this world. Whatever happens in our life and around us is due to this force and its transcendental powers.

The humans have done innumerable scientific discoveries but the fact is that there is only one force which controls everything. Although many human beings do not believe this fact and consider themselves to be the creator of their fortunes and their life, but that’s not the case. The fact is that there is only one power that is running the complete show and it is incidences like these that time and again prove its presence and true importance.

If that was not the case, than what else can explain the events in a person’s life where one moment he or she is hale and hearty, is happily enjoying the life and days later succumbs to an unexplainable death. The fact is that the number of breaths each one of us will breathe on this earth are pre-decided and as soon as they end, the consciousness leaves the body; leaving the person nothing more than a piece of flesh. This consciousness which is a sign of life , is the proof of the presence of God in each human being and thus as soon it is lost, everything comes to an end. The person leaves everything belonging to him or her as it is and no one; the doctors or the loved ones can stop this event to happen.

Such tragic moments, thus are the lessons for all to understand; that there is nothing more superior than the divine force, which is managing the entire universe and is the only one who is aware of what will happen next in  life. How much planning one might do, but the moment the time to go comes, there is nobody who can prevent it.

So, believe in this transcendental power and understand that it is the only eternal truth in this world and rest everything is illusion, we keep living with. The sooner we comprehend this fact, the better it is for us.

MAMTA SEHGAL

 

THE INDIGENTS

Few days back, I was reading an article titled, `THE UNFALLING COMPANIONSHIP OF DRIED BHAKRI’ in Hindustan Times,an Indian daily.

To give a brief, let me quote some excerpts from the article; “For the long haul, the humble flatbread, often leftovers collected as alms, is baked in the sun to provide nomadic tribes with their only reliable source of food…in the blazing afternoon sun beats down on rows of bhakris set out to dry…They load the dried flatbread into satchels in halves or quarters or crumbs…Usually found at gatherings or jatras…but they will carry every morsel of bhakri they can find…food is never taken for granted…the nomad has just one wish-give us this day our daily dried bread.’’

The article appalled me and I was deeply moved by the sorry state of millions of people in the country.Living in metros we have an access to all the amenities and hence never realize the dire conditions in which many people live in. We grossly misuse all the amenities we have and thus never contemplate their importance and also fail to realize the plight of those who do not even have a hand on the mere basics that are required to live a dignified life.

I was shocked to read how these people collect the left-over’s of food and more importantly, the breads; which people leave as waste. These left-over’s as well as the alms they collect are dried in open sunlight and stored in small packages so that they can be kept for a longer period of time and can be used each day. Since the breads become absolutely dry and hard, they need some form of liquid to become edible; some gravy, milk, tea or water and in most cases it is just water that these people have access to. What a pity I thought! Where on one hand, we, as well as our children are spoilt with choices and plainly refuse to eat the stuff we do not relish, there are millions who have only one single puny option, which they are forced to consume. The dismal case of choices, I thought!

Reading this article, I apprehended that how many of us in spite of enjoying all the bliss never recognize the degree of blessings we receive each day but rather sulk for things which might be of negligible relevance in our life. Ideally, before having such futile thoughts we should think about the people who are forced to suffer all their lives by living in pathetic conditions and  not possessing, even the basics . We are blessed to live with the most modern amenities and have a hand to the best in life, so rightfully there is absolutely no reason for us to grouse. We should be extremely grateful for all that God has bestowed on us, for us to live a comfortable life and should never forget the harsh realities and painful conditions the other’s face and live in.

So, whenever we are trapped in the feeling of distress, we should bear the thoughts of such destitute in our mind and realize that there is no reason why we could not have been in their condition.It is just that we are fortuitous not to have to experience those deplorable conditions in our life. Hence in life, when in spite of having the best we worry for trivial issues we should take a note of the ones who are downtrodden and are forced to live an unimaginative life. The sooner we realize the pitiful situations of millions around us, the earliest we will envisage our own blissfulness in life.

Mamta Sehgal

LIFE IS A SUMMER VACATION

 

When we were kids, all of us loved the summer vacations. During fifteen years of our schooling, this used to be the best part of the year and was eagerly awaited. Amazing plans were made for a fun-filled holiday and along with the many other activities, the tradition of visiting the maternal family was also fulfilled, where one would have a gala time with cousins of different age groups.

Although the vacations use to start with a lot of vigor and promises but would sadly culminate, before we could actually get the feel of it. In our excitement to do various things, we would misjudge the time left for holidays and would thus complete only half of the many things we had planned. We would keep delaying things on the pretext that there are still a lot of days left. Leave aside the fun part of it, even the school homework was piled up for the last; creating a panic situation at the end.

Alike summer vacations, the similar situation manifests in life too. All our life, we keep planning new things for various moments, look for ideal situations to enjoy and keep  postponing important activities to a later stage in life; the stage which we believe would be the ideal time to do the important part.And than one fine day, unexpectedly, the life or the vacation comes to an end. Just as in our school days we used to keep the best for the summer vacations, or the end of the session, similarly in life, we keep postponing the best for the later stages of our life. But a universal truth we all must abide by is, that each one of us is totally oblivious of our future or the end of our life;which may arrive abruptly and when it happens all the plans that we had made for the future are left in a lurch.

Life is too short to fulfill all that is desirous, and waiting for the right time to enjoy & complete the desired is sheer foolishness because no one knows when the life vacation would precipitously end; leaving all the plans and all that we have accumulated in life as it is.

I am about to enter the 50 club and get to hear a lot of stories from friends and acquaintances who are in the same age group and feel all the more despondent after listening to those stories. And after all the contemplation, the only thing that surfaces in my mind is, ‘What is life in reality?’People struggle all their life with various issues like work, building a house and worrying about the children’s future and then comes a phase in life when they have fulfilled the most of it and thus try to take it a little easy, but then the other issues start to surface. They start getting into the trap of physical ailments and because of this everything comes to a standstill. All attention is trapped in the physical conditions & ailments and thinking about anything else becomes a distant idea. Resultantly, all the plans which were kept aside for the last ,remain undone. The financial stability takes a beating and life comes to a standstill.

So, ideally there is no reason why we should wait for the summer vacation to come and should thoroughly enjoy each moment & every second of our life, not stressing on special occasions or days to celebrate. In whatever capacity we can, we should try and enjoy life in its each moment and with every breathe so that there are no regrets of the summer vacation coming to end.

Mamta Sehgal

Author-`THE PERENNIAL JOURNEY’