Moved Into New Rented Home

Moved into new rented home just like the same way I moved into this body with absolutely nothing.

As soon as our parents got to know about our movement, they shared many things to help us make a smooth transition into this new chapter of ours. Just the same way, I got a name and other things along with a family as soon as I moved into this body that I call mine.

I try not to entertain any thoughts about adding anything more to the rented apartment than what is required. Because I know although I live here, it is not mine then I wonder why does it not come easily to me when I look at my body. That I had also signed a rental agreement before moving into this body and one day I have to vacate even this that I call mine.

Something to remember…or the only thing worth remembering…

Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Adhyatmajnana nityatvam tattva jnanartha darsanam
etaj jnanam iti proktam ajnanam yad ato ‘nyatha

Settled conviction in the nature of the SELF and understanding that the knowledge of the Self as the ultimate in Knowledge – this is declared to be wisdom; whatever is
other than this is ignorance.

Creator or His Creation

My friend and I had been debating over who is to be known-Is the creator or his creation?

All through the discussion, I felt the creator is best understood through his creation. And everything that we experience is nothing but his creation. The Creator is in the creation, isn’t it. Every fabric of his creation has the creator in it. Say, if the creation is a cake. Then, why would I ask for a piece of it when I have the whole cake for myself. So, if we appreciate his creation then we understand him, was my argument 🙂

Understand the Prakruti to understand the Purusha.

The knowledge gained of the Purusha would be incomplete without his Prakruti[B.G.13.3]. You can never worship the creator until you know his creation.

Why can’t we know the creator without interpreting his creation?
All sensory and mental faculties that we are endowed with can only apprehend the external world. The creator can never be comprehended through the faculties[B.G.2.18 APRAMEYASYA].

Then you may ask, why do we go looking for the Creator/Purusha?
We look for him because we fail to read his creation the way he created. You read a poem and say you like it. Can you tell me without a doubt that you understood precisely what the poet wanted to convey? If that was the case, the great epic poems like ‘Ramayana’ would not have multiple interpretations, isn’t it?

Then, how should we understand his Prakruti?
While we eat the cake, we experience the taste of it in every bite. Likewise, we have to love every bit of his creation without shunning it if we were to experience the Purusha.

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Shl 27 and 35

Yavat sanjayate kincit sattvam sthavara-jangamam
Ksetra-ksetrajna-samyogat tad viddhi bharatarsabha //

O chief of the Bhāratas, whatever you see in existence, both moving and unmoving, is only the combination of the Field of Activities(Body or Prakriti) and the Knower of the Field(SOUL or Purusha).

Ksetra-ksetrajnayor evam antaram jnana-caksusa
Bhuta-prakrti-moksam ca ye vidur yanti te param //

They who, through the eye of knowledge, perceive the distinction between the Field (Prakriti) and its Knower(SOUL), and also the liberation from the Nature of being, they go to the Supreme.

Equality Of The Soul:Queer or Otherwise

I’d been to the store today and I noticed a transgender shopping next to me. There was indeed a lot of confusion and fear on her face. I smiled at her when our eyes met. She looked hesitant like she wasn’t even sure whether she should smile back and walked away. I was with my mother and we discussed it on our way back home.

Was that confusion because of the rejection they face in the society. Before we judge them, we should ask ourselves- Whether they’d been given a choice to choose their sexuality? They just discovered that they are different from us in ways which were difficult for them to accept too. Are we making it any easier for them? And we have such audacity to call them names and mock at them.

I absolutely do not understand the necessity to generalise every stimulus that comes forth. I understand that it makes our lives easier and problem solving consumes less of our energy but we aren’t machines. We act weird when we are in the presence of people who are different to the norm that we been reinforced. We can not and should not act inhuman to individuals whose identities fall outside of binary notions of a male and female.

Completely agree that we transfer behaviours over a period of time and we might not agree with all that we see. That may have led to the Queer community being ignored, denied, secluded and treated as unnatural from the rest of us. This has been happening since ages. Sensitization on queer matters is critical and I am glad, we are opening up as a society to accept them. Sexual identity at times becomes a real issue for those who dare to disclose as fear still lingers and they stay closeted about their sexual identity, at least in India. Reasons may include: Fear of losing their- job, name, respect, family outcast, treated as objects of ridicule and much more.

I really don’t know the reasons for a country like India which is so tolerant and inclusive of all beliefs is being such a critique when it comes to sexuality. As a country, we celebrate diversity then why rigid on this subject? Is it the fear that accepting this community might lead to confusion among youngsters. The odds are that the adolescents may experiment with their feelings to see what identity would best describe them. They might just do that for fun and that can be scary both for them and parents alike. Maybe this is one of the reasons.

Yet, when kids discover they are gay, the struggle can be much more difficult. When they hear negative things about gay people, they might not accept their sexuality. That means they have to lead a pseudo life and may even be forced to enter into marriage with the opposite sex. That can be more disastrous and may even end up ruining the lives of both.

So, it is time for us to accept the third gender as a part of us. We don’t have to uplift them by providing reservation but we can allow them to compete on equal grounds. Give them an equal opportunity to exercise the rights which every citizen enjoys in the country.

Every being on this planet has a reason to exist and they are upon a journey just like anyone of us. We do not have a right to rob them of their rights and certainly, nobody to judge them. Generalization and Stereotypes in terms of sexual orientation is criminal and are man-made and on that basis can we afford to discriminate them?

So, Can we exercise the spirit of equality that we preach 🙂

The Gita also encourages us to treat everyone the same and its teachings are to expand our human sensitivity to see the Divinity in all beings.

                                              EQUALITY OF THE SOUL(as per the GITA) 🙂

Samam Sarveshu Bhuteshu Tisthantam Paramesvaram
Vinasyatsv Avinasyantam Yah Pasyati Sa Pasyati

Bhagavat Gita Chapter 13, Shl 28

Whatever being is born, the Moving or the Unmoving, O Arjuna, know it to be from the Union of Perishable and Imperishable.The Supreme dwells alike in all beings.

 

 

Happy Makara Sankranti

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Today is Makara Sankranti. We do have set rituals that accompany these festivals. Do we understand the essence of these festivals or is it too mechanical in nature? Do we have an answer for our kids who would like to know its significance?

 We celebrated Bhogi yesterday at our apartment having a bonfire. Kids just loved it. These festivals indeed bring us all together as a family to mark its importance but the essence of it is lost somewhere. What will our future generations carry forward when the soul of the festival is forgotten? When the spirit is lost, importance also faints. Maybe that is why kids like to be confined in the four walls and play video games than to be on the roof flying kites.

My grandmother once said while you burn old things on bhogi. Do remember to also discard your vices along with the things in the fire. She said this does not only mark a new season but also a new beginning to inculcating good thoughts. It stayed with me. Every time I celebrate it, it reminds me to start afresh at all levels.

Sankranti is the movement of the Sun from Dhanu Rashi into Makara. It sets the completion of harvesting days and calls for an elaborate 4 day celebration. One of the days is marked to recall the role played by the animals in harvesting and in our lives. Forget about paying respects, we indulge in betting on cock fights, bull fights, elephant mela etc etc. We torture them more than respecting them.

 Sankranti in Sanskrit is derived from the word Sankramana meaning commencement of movement. Now “Movement”, that’s an interesting word. Isn’t it? Anything that has life has a beginning and an end. Gita says Jatasya hi Dhruvo Mrutyh,Druvam Janma Mrutyascha. Movement takes place in Space. Now Space is still. So, we can say movement is supported by stillness.

Numerous Planets are hung in that space revolving around that one Sun which makes life possible. Gita says like the Sun that illumines the whole universe, there is only one Atman that illumines the entire field of physical activity (ref:Chapter 13, shlok 33). Movement, however it be, can only be enjoyed by the One who has experienced the stillness of his being. Would you want to disagree on this? If the movements in our lives are unfavourable, we experience lopsidedness. Latest study shows one in every 10 Indians are depressed (ref: article,Times of India dtd 29th March 2015 read”One in 10 Indians depressed and do not ignore the subtle symptoms”). Depression,stress and anxiety are no longer foreign to us. Trying to calm our mind and disciplining it for an hour or so each day will help us to create a balance. Else, we might be forced to get introduced to stillness as we grow old. We should befriend the stillness when we have control on the movement.

We are taught to pay respect to the Sun who contributed to our existence on this planet on Sankranti. Is it not necessary to pay attention to the SELF which is the source of our existence?  Ponder on it.