Archive | April, 2012

Just another day in paradise!

18 Apr

Today was the birthday of this soul 42 years ago at the temple town that never sleeps and known for it’s ruling Goddess, 2 of the 6 padaiveedus of her younger Commander-in-Chief son, fragrant Jasmine, roadside Eateries serving piping hot gourmet dishes with a smile anytime of the day, branded Goli soda and nurturing of the Tamil language for ages from the Sangam period.

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111 (at last count) wishes have poured in, for someone who doesn’t give a damn about wishes and also wrote a blog about wishing! Which makes one wonder about this dogged obsession of people to wish one another on different days, especially on birthday!

What has one done to deserve a wish on that particular day, which is just a bookmark in anyone’s long winding, occasionally joyful, otherwise painful journey called Life, which after all is just the aftermath of karma accumulated in the past lives, according to Sanathana Dharma, otherwise known popularly as Hinduism!

Of course there are days that are certainly worth celebrating. In Life’s long history, such as…

  • The haloed one in 528 BC when a prince got enlightened and became the Buddha
  • March 10, 1876, when a bearded scientist called his assistant in the adjoining room over an acoustic device
  • September 11, 1893, when a young Swami from Bengal made a historic speech in far away cold Chicago that warmed up the hearts of millions across the world
  • May 29, 1953, when a Nepali Sherpa and a Newzealander shocked the world by standing atop the world’s highest peak
  • May 6, 1954, when a British runner stunningly cracked the sub 4-minute mile…
  • April 12, 1961, when a human defied gravity and flew around the globe for the first time

Or the day when an apple fell on a scientist’s head… when a wall dividing two sides of a nation was demolished to unite them again… when a certain loincloth wearing lawyer freed a great nation sans any violence… when a biscuit maker’s son took his 800th wicket…

Those are days worth celebrating, forever. But the day of birth of a mere mortal, who hasn’t made a dent in the universe yet?

“Ah, c’mon. When did your cup become half empty?”, said a voice from within. At once, the compulsive optimist in me sprung to life again and nudged me to find at least one valid reason to celebrate. I promptly obliged and here are two!

First historical, for present is past in future and who knows how this soul will be remembered in future! I was told many a times that my grandfather used to call me Apolloer & here’s why – The spacecraft Apollo 13 apparently landed safely on earth exactly on the day I was born. So let me humbly take credit for ensuring it’s safe landing, which can only be attributed to my birth! Or the birth of all Arians who were born on that day, anywhere in this world.

And the second is spiritual. What’s a Swamystery blog without at least a sprinkling of spirituality? If death is considered the ultimate liberation from this Life, wretched or otherwise, then every birthday is a not-so-gentle reminder that we’re one more year closer to liberation. And that in my view dear readers, is certainly worth celebrating. May everyone wish to their heart’s content anyone who is closer to liberation – knowingly or otherwise!

But for the enlightened souls who figured out Life as an endless beginning and chose to guide those who dared to at least dip their feet in the vast spiritual ocean, to accept Life as it is, any day – birthday or not – remains just another day in paradise!

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Routine will rust the spi…

11 Apr

Routine will rust the spirit, numb the enthusiasm and kill the desire to excel. Break the routine!

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SwamyVerse – Gardener

9 Apr

SwamyVerse - Gardener

Which type of Gardener are you?

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If you’re Good, you can …

8 Apr

If you’re Good, you can be Better.
If Better, you can become the Best.
If you’re already the best,
you can make someone else better!

SwamyVerse – pearls of wisdom on Life from your friendly social neighborhood Swamy, starting today!

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7 Apr

Life spans 3 stages. Actually 4 – Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa. But in the present day social context, it is better to keep last one aside and focus only on the remaining 3.

During Brahmacharya one studies. Play, Pre-Kg, Kindergarten, Primary, High & Higher secondary school, Diploma, Graduate & Post graduate college, Doctorate, Certification all are focused on studying. Well, maybe not diploma & doctorate, but other than that everything else pretty much is. Typically 20% of the lifespan, this is Life’s first act.

During Grihastha one learns. To work, earn, love, wed, procreate, grow, buy, build, switch jobs & career, plan kids’ education, welfare and retire. Learning happens when information accumulated while studying is applied. Application augments knowledge. Knowledge makes one wiser or wicked. Everyone has a chance to go from an unknown student to a well known learned person with an aura. About 60% of one’s life is spent around career & family, in Life’s second act.

During Vanaprastha one reflects. One is expected to explore Life away from career and family, beyond the self, to get ready for Sanyasa. Alone or with life partner. It is a pilgrimage that will get one ready to renounce, everything that was something, until then. This is the last 20% of one’s Life, the third – and possibly final – act, for most.

Cup of Life is either half full or half empty. And before you know, Present is Past in Future! During Life’s 3 acts, one must

  • Grow from curious to glorious to wise. But failing to learn will lead to dependency, mediocrity & blame. Arjuna learned, while others just studied – under the same Guru.
  • Mature from beginner to practitioner to specialist. But failing to apply will lead to preaching, boasting & stagnation. Sachin, Anand & Paes applied, scaled their sports’ Everest and shine as inimitable stars.
  • Expand from I to We to All. But failing to go beyond I will result in a bloated ego, clogged mind & insufferable pain. Living for all is not limited to Sadhguru, Medecins Sans Frontieres or Vidyasagar.

Life, well lived, should get 3 cheers and not jeers. 1 Life. 3 Acts. Start, Live and Conclude it well!

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