Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stop and Think- Whither We Are Going

The present daily life -style of most of we  people has become a show buzz. Full of materialistic and physical notions. We measure everything materialistically in terms of money, prestige, glamour and social status. No value for age, virtue and wisdom of the person.


All our actions are centered at one goal. How to make money and how to establish our position in society. All other values are set at rest  And to maintain your status, you try to earn more and more money, purchase more property and assets, adopt to latest fashion of clothes and to the so called modern and contemporary western culture and social habits. All this at the cost of your own culture and heritage.

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But why all this race for money and status, fashion and glamour ? What will you get in all this pursuit? Instead of Tensions. You will always be racing for this and that and don't have time to rest or to enjoy it. Further, the more money the more tension in handling and managing it. You will be scared of losing it. You Can't have sleep and will be restless always. The same thing with status also. You always indulge in competition with your companions and look at them suspiciously. You can't be friendly with them and enjoy their company. You try to be aloof from them and become alone to maintain your status. You will be losing happiness and satisfaction in your family and circles. So this race for money and status or prestige in society are all causes of dissatisfaction, greed, anger, irritation and what not.


Desire for money makes you restless. You try to work overtimes and take-up more jobs. It will decrease your efficiency and deteriorate your health also. There by you develop mental tension and irritations in your family. You can not be happy and find fault with every body. More over, if you are indulging in false prestige and fashions and increasing your spending s which result in more demand for money and increased pressure and tension on you. Further you are spending on latest designs of clothes from western cultured markets which are too much costlier than our local indigenous products.Thus you are making yourself  financially over burdened. For this, you want to make more money and the quest for money never stops.


So, better You stop now and think of all this unnecessary extravaganza. Is all this hotchpotch necessary for us to survive in this world? Is it not enough, if we have enough money, shelter, food and clothe which are sufficient for our livelihood. Why unnecessary accumulations of wealth and property which will not come with you when you leave your body. Why give up your present happiness and mental peace for the sake of that false prestige and status?. Why not be satisfied with whatever you get that may be sufficient for you and your family's needs.


Instead of running for false prestige and fame, you may better try to think of the great heritage of our country, its culture, social, ethical and spirituals values. Why are you unaware of them or ignoring them? Why not take pains to understand those values and benefit from them.Instead of running behind the materialistic aspects and glamour of western culture, try to give some value to our own cultural and spiritual norms.

Indulging in mere materialistic values is not enough. It is only momentary and does not give you all that kind of satisfaction that you may get by understanding and following our ethical and spiritual values. All the money and social prestige that you long to acquire will not come with you when you leave this world. You can not carry it with you to the other world after death. Only your moral and spiritual values come with you at that time. So try to be moral, ethical and spiritual in all your actions.





Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Think Twice Before You Pay Donations To Schools


Seeing the present atmosphere of admissions to educational institutions, one may have to think twice before having children. The increasing lust for convents education and the ever increasing fees of these institutions throw a great burden over the parents and they are becoming scary. This combined with the attitudes of some affluent class people ready to throw away any amount of money to get a seat for their wardens is worsening the case.



Gone have the days, when people used to get quality education in municipal or government run schools and private institutions. Now our people have become crazy and exhibitionist. They think of their status and prestige and don't bother throwing away money. This mentality of our people is one of the reasons for all this present state of economic crisis that we are facing and unable to come out of it.


I don't think the need for such extravaganza! Is there any lack of teaching skills in our society? Or is there lack of educational schools and colleges in our country? Why such mad rush and inflated demand  for convent scheme? Is there more quality with them than our ordinary educational institutions. Where is the need for going on pushing their fees structure to the sky heights?


Let us think reasonably. Assume you are establishing a convent school with education from LKG to Class V. What you want is 7 rooms for teaching, one room for Principal, one room for office and one more room for teachers to take lunch or spend leisure hours and the required furniture for these rooms.  Let us assume that furniture and other registration and permit for running school expenses are one time expenditure which shall be recovered in long run. Then monthly rent say 25000/-,salaries total 50000/- roughly for total 10 persons including principal and other electricity, sanitation,etc.5000?- Total monthly expense comes to around 80,000/-

Now, there are 7 classes and 40 students in each class. If you charge a monthly fee of Rs.300/- per student it will come to 84,000/- So all your expenses are met with that fees receipts. Now, you will be charging higher fees for higher classes which will be your sole income.


So from the above calculation, you can see that there is no loss even if you are charging lower fees. The reimbursement of your one time capital expenditure and other time-to-time expenses can also be recovered very easily by slightly adjusting the fee structure. Then where is the need to pay huge amounts of fees and the need for larger donations? It is simply extravaganza.


The above is merely an example to show how you can calculate things and come to decisions before you act. You can calculate in your own way and act. Any suggestions and comments are welcome.

So, you better think twice or even thrice before making unnecessary large sums to your schools and colleges. It will only result in inflation in the long run.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Log On To Your Soul, Do Not Neglect It

In our daily day-to-day life, we are running over burdened with too many activities that often we get irritated and stuck up with problems. In the quest for material pleasures, we are only making ourselves more uncomfortable  and more worried.


Why are we running behind wealth, position and for possessing a band of servants behind us. Do you think all this will remain with you for ever?  And it will be with you wherever you go? No, not at all!




At some point of time, you will find that all your wealth is of no use. Every thing will be of zero value for you. You will be unable to solve your problems in-spite of all your enormous  material wealth. You might need some helping hand to solve your problem and you may look for help to God.


So why not wake up earlier? In-spite of lamenting later why don't you strengthen  yourself from now on more powerful with some spiritual thinking. The real wealth that will be with you and come with you for ever and solve your problems is your spirituality. It is the most reliable wealth which you should acquire and which can give you immense strength and eternal happiness. You can rely on this wealth with utmost confidence more than all your material possessions.


Now how to acquire this spirituality and develop intimacy with God?


For this purpose, you will have to log on to your soul. Here soul is the Atman or the Spiritual Mind which is free of all material obstacles and attachments.Lord Sri Krishna has said in Bhagavad Gita again and again that Soul or atman has no beginning and no end. It is there before your birth and will be there after your death and will be the light showing you path in whichever form you are. So log on to your soul. The password and key for getting entry into it is Introspection. You enter into your soul or mind through your self-introspection. You make friend with your soul. You interact with it. You review all your actions performed till now. Discuss them with your self. Analyse them. And distinguish between right and wrong, correct and incorrect, matured and immature-d, sensible and insensible etc. Once you are able to analyse like this, it will be very clearer to you how foolish you have been all these years in your actions.


You will come to know that all this materialistic world is an illusion. It is alluring your senses and dragging you towards physical attachments and emotions. And it makes you believe that you are the boss of all your actions. Now you gradually begin to introspect your self and gradually come to realize  that there is some power behind all your actions. It prompts you to act. It makes you perform a certain act in a certain way and not the other way. It guides you each and every moment. It is the spiritual mind or soul or the Atman whatever you may call it. It will guide you to the eternal peace and happiness that you can find nowhere else.



                                             



Friday, November 9, 2012

Be Sensible- Don't Get Flown Away By Emotions

First let me explain what is being sensible. Sensibility means being rational and conscious of whatever you are doing. You must be aware of your surroundings whenever you do something or express some thing. You must think of others around you and of the civilized society you live in whenever you speak something or do something. You must be aware of the consequences and reactions. That is sensibility. Sensibility reflects your personality.



Sensibility is different from Sensitivity. Sensitivity is being sensitive to your surroundings whereas Sensibility means being conscious of your surroundings during all your actions and deeds. People are sensitive and emotional by birth. But Sensibility comes with maturity. Sensibility shows your level of maturity, your culture and civilisation.


Now, coming to the point, some recent speeches and statements of our prominent personalities and their actions,reactions have prompted me to write this article. I may not want to take their names or disclose them but in general I would like to draw their attention too to my topic. I wonder how could such prominent matured people ( may be most people think them to be so ), could utter such insensible statements in our society and make irrelevant references which down grade their personality.


Nowadays,politics has become the ground field of some insensible people. Not a single day passes without some strike, some dharna, some group clash, etc. Politics has spread every field. Schools, Colleges, Working places, Temples, Sports and all your neighbourhood  has got polluted with politics. Everywhere there is groupism and clashing between groups. All this is the result of insensibility of people. Insensibility leads to indulging in various undesirable acts and destructive mentality.


Take the instance of our public and/or students participating in some rally for some cause like separate statehood for their region, or for expressing their resentment against the construction of a particular dam, or some other social or political cause. Instead of taking out their procession peacefully, they indulge in stone pelting at police and public properties like buses, shopping malls, etc. Is it not a sign of their insensibility and a lack of reasoning power. If they could think a while before indulging in such activity, they could have realised that they are destroying their own daily usage property and troubling their own people by doing so. They are hindering the normal functioning of schools and colleges, disrupting the transportation services which could affect the daily life of themselves, their children , friends and relatives and all their society. This is due to lack of sensibility.


Not only that. We often witness noisy scenes, abusive word usages and breaking of furniture,etc. on floors of our Parliament and Assembly sessions. One can observe how absurd our MPs and MLAs have become. Why do they lose their senses for the sake of a trivial matter. Why can't they behave in a matured manner? They could solve their differences in a peaceful way. By mere bench thumping, furniture breaking or violence creation, they can't get anything. It expresses only their insanity.


So, I once again stress the need for sensibility in all our actions/deeds, speeches/writings and even in our clothing also. Let us create a good atmosphere in our civilized society through our rational, sensible, good cultured and civilised speech and actions.