Wednesday, 23 April 2014

She Lived...



I’ve promised myself to make it a habit to update my blog every day. Since last 3-4 days I am waking up at 6 am. After my husband leave for the office I get plenty of time for myself.  Let me think what I can share with you today. What if I share a story of a simple & unknown girl? Would you be interested?


One day God decided to send one of her favorite girl on earth to teach her some valuable lessons and enjoy his creation. So she arrived on earth on 26 Sep 1987 after taking approval from him. Before coming on earth she had promised HIM to fulfill his expectation for her. Soon after her arrival she cried hard for the separation from her beloved God. So God made her forget all about HIM and promised her to meet again at the end of the cycle. Her cry gave assurance to the doctor and her earthly God (her parents) that she was alive. 

When she opened her eyes for the first time she saw the happy faces of her father and mother.  Later she was introduced to her elder sister who was both happy and confused to see this new member of their family. She herself was a kid of 4 years. Some relatives were curious about the gender of the new born child. Some were happy to know that a girl is born, some of them didn’t care and some were heartbroken. But that girl knew from the beginning that there couldn’t be anything wrong about her gender because after all she is God’s creation and later her parents also confirmed that. That day her father couldn’t sleep all night as she was crying loudly. He kept walking in the hospital corridor. On the contrary, her mother slept well as her family was complete now. Even after so many years they remember that day so clearly like if it had happend yesterday. 

She was not a troublemaker when she was an infant. She used to sleep whole day and night. So her parents got enough sleep. She was not demanding when she was a child. She only cried when she was hungry. Her mother understood well even when she hadn’t learned to speak. People said "she looks exactly like her mother.” 

With the help of her parents slowly she started learning walking, talking, eating, bathing. There were times when she had fallen sick and even the minor cuts were enough reason to give her parents sleepless nights. They could feel her pain as if they themselves had fever or cut. They and her sister protected her like human beings protect their diamonds.

She started growing as a shy girl. Even though she was introvert since childhood, she was quite popular. Everyone knew her name and loved her. She loved people too. It was a child's pure non judgmental love. She had big heart then where she had included so many to love. Later unfortunately she made it a small and confined it for only person. 



She was a girl in every sense. She loved dancing. So her parents admitted her to a cultural college to fulfill her dreams. Her dreams were very important for them. She started her training in a Indian classical dance form called Bharatnatyam. She learned that for two years, after that her father got transferred in a different state called Aizawl. She had participated in dancing programs since childhood.She loved performing on stage in front of the large crowds. Dancing was the only thing that she was sure about even after becoming young girl.

She loved dressing up and make up. She was not a camera shy girl then. Her uncle used to capture her childhood in his camera. Once a reporter from a famous newspaper house wanted to use her picture in their ad which was clicked by my uncle. But he refused to give away my childhood to the world. She was special to him and her childhood was only for him to cherish.


She had this strange characteristic she couldn’t say “No” to anyone. Later when she grew up and people played with her heart she couldn’t say to them “NO”.  When finally God taught her to say “No”, people started hating her for that and accused her for changing herself for worse. 

Her father had a transferable job which she enjoyed immensely. She grew up in a defense culture. She loved it. She loved travelling and meeting new people. Defense atmosphere helped her to expand her mind and she learned to accept different things, different people and different situations. She grew up in a 5 different states of India namely Dhandbad (where she was born), Dimapur, Tepur, Aizawl, Jodhpur and finally completed a chapter in Kolkata.

To be Continued ...

Her world...

Monday, 21 April 2014

The Gospel of SRI RAMAKRISHNA



I‘ve finished reading another spiritual gem and sharing my reading experience with you. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna is a gift from my father in law on my last birthday. He had gifted me two more books on my birthday namely Swami Vivekananda on himself and Sri Sarada Devi The Holy Mother Life and Teachings. Ma sarada was the wife (spiritual life partner) of Sri RamKrishna. It’s a very short book but would give me an idea of who she was and her teachings. I’ve started reading “Swami Vivekananda on himself” and I am already hooked to it. 
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Many books have been written on Sri Ramakrishna but this one is the best so far in my opinion. Sri Ramakrishna was/is the spiritual guide of Swami Vivekananda. This book was originally written in Bengali known as “KathaMrito” by the M ( Mahendra Nath Gupta). M was one of the closest disciples of Sri RamaKrishna. The English version of the book is translated by Swami Nikhelananda . This one is a abridged edition. This book is also available in 7 different volumes in the shop. Price of this masterpiece is very low firstly because it’s a priceless book and secondly because the idea is to spread the messages and teachings of Sri RamKrishna aka Thakur (meaning God) to the mass. A devotee of Thakur donated Rs 5 lakh to make it available to the common man at an affordable price. 

This book contains the conversations of the Master with his disciples. While reading this book you would feel that you are sitting among those spiritual people and listening to the valuable words of the Thakur. This book will take you back to the old times. M used to record his conversations with the Master in his personal diary. He published this after the death of the Master. First chapter is the description of how M met this great man and became his disciple. 

You would learn all the practical teachings about religion from this book. Sri Ramakrishna was the first man on earth who had claimed that he had seen God like he see every human being around him. He believed in every religion and followed all of them and concluded that God is one and different people use different ways according to their nature to realize God. This book would also help you to deal with your day to day life. 

The great man like him was born on earth to guide people to the right spiritual path and he had chosen Vivekananda and few others to accomplish his goal. After the death of the Master they dedicated their life to realize Master’s dream of enlightening souls and they were able to achieve. Today there is thousands people in India and around the world that follow his teachings. 

Many organizations have been established in his name. The main organization is in Belur, west Bengal which was built by swami Vivekananda. They have built various schools and college and work for the welfare of the poor and for differently able person. Even my father in law did his schooling from one of their school and I tell you he did really well both spiritually and professionally.  He is one of the perfect enlightened souls I have seen in my life till now. I am lucky to be his daughter in law though I never felt that. He treats me like his own daughter. Anyways enough about my father in law, I may write a separate post on him later.

Writing style is in conversational form and written in very simple language so that everyone can understand it. Few phrase from the book:


"The potter puts his pots in the sun to dry. Havent you noticed that among them there are both baked and unbaked ones? When a cow happens to walk over them, some are broken to pieces. The broken pots that are already baked, the potter throws away, since they are of no more use to him. But the soft ones, though broken, he gathers up. He makes them into a lump and out of these form new pots. In the same way, so long as a man not realized God, he will have to come back to the potter’s hand, that is, he will have to be born again and again."

"A man must work. Only then can he see God. One day, in an exalted mood, I had a vision of the Haldarpukur. I saw a low caste villager drawing water after pushing aside the green scum. Now and then he took up the water in the palm of his hand and examined it. In that vision it was revealed to me that the water cannot be seen without pushing aside the green scum that covers it; that is to say, one cannot develop love of God or obtain the vision of him without work. Work means meditation, worship and the like. The chanting of God’s name and glories is work too. You may also include charity, sacrifice and so on."

"A man cannot see God if he has even the slightest trace of worldliness. Match sticks, if damp, wont strike fire though you rub a thousand of them against the match box. You only waste a heap of sticks. The mind soak in worldliness is like a damp match-stick." 


I strongly recommend this book to everyone. Once you start reading it you will somehow finish it. Some may take time to finish it but that is alright because I think spiritual books should be read slowly. You may read it before you start your day and before you go to sleep. That way you will feel inspired and under the guidance of God and his love.  Happy reading :)

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Last week was uneventful for my family. One of our uncle’s mothers died suddenly. We had spoken to him the day before and everyone was happy and fine and next day we got this shocking news. He is sad and broken and I find no words appropriate to console him L whenever I talk to him after this incident I never bring this up. I feel my words would hurt him more. 

And today we got this news that our uncle (not the one whose mother died) is in hospital. His daughter’s engagement is just few days away and they are really in helpless situation. Please pray for our uncles.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Soul's Perfection !



As soon as I close my eyes,

My soul wake up in a different place

That place is surrounded with bright shapeless lights

I belong to that place

My soul has come from there on earth and

That’s where my soul will go after my body dies.

I am inside the God’s territory

Jealousy, hatred , ego , desires couldn’t touch me here

I wish to achieve the “soul's perfection" ,
When I open my eyes again on earth

To be with GOD until eternity....!!!


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P.S:  Today is my uncle’s 10th death anniversary. He died in an accident at very young age. He was a very good soul. May his soul Rest In Peace.  I know he is happy and fine wherever he is now. I know God is taking good care of him!

May God give my mother strength to deal with the memories of his little brother.

We love you and miss you so much …

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Spiritual Masterpiece - Autobiography of a Yogi By Parmahansa Yogananda

My spiritual journey started with this book. But let me tell you I am just a new born baby in this spiritual world who doesn't know anything about it. Like a baby I need help of others (especially God and my Master) to do anything. My heart is not pure and this "I" is very much alive in me.  I am just sharing my experience with as they call it "spiritual treasure".

I was not a spiritual or religious person. Few years back when I was going through a different phase of my life, my uncle took me to his childhood friend’s house. He is a spiritual person. I didn’t understand most of the things he said to me but I somehow felt good talking to him and I remember feeling calm and peaceful inside which had become rare thing in those days.  Later he introduced me to his Master and after few days I also become the follower of his Master. 


Unfortunately, I went to visit my Master (spiritual Guru) after that only twice or thrice. He lived far away from my house and sadly I lost interest in my spiritual journey even before it actually started. May be because I had no clue what this was all about. My life turned completely upside down and people around me started making fun of me for becoming his follower. That was also the reason for my spiritual death. 


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I didn’t want to change myself and unfortunately I thought that His teachings would change me into a Nun. I thought I would stop eating non veg, I would stop hanging out with friends and I would stop enjoying life. I was such a fool (though still I am). All these foolish thoughts and lack of knowledge blocked me from walking on the spiritual path. This had happened in 2010.


In 2012 I met my husband. He is both spiritual and religious person (which I am not). One day he asked me If I know Yogananda and have I read his book “Autobiography of a Yogi”? I was unaware then that the spiritual turning point of my life had arrived. 


My husband recommended this book to me and my reaction was like: Are you crazy? I am not at all a spiritual person and I have no wish to read books like these. I am not reading this ever in my life. But later a name which he had mentioned was on my mind even after I dismissed his recommendation. That name was “Babaji”. I started googling about “Babaji” and surprisingly found a free e copy of Autobiography of a Yogi. 
Mahavtar Babaji


I told myself that I will read only one page and as soon as I finished the first page I ordered the hard copy online and started waiting for it’s day and night. When I held the book in my hand the man in the cover looked familiar to me. I had seen this picture at my uncle’s friend house and our master’s house. 



It feels like Yogananda somehow found me even though I left him 2 years back in a small town of Durgapur. Your life will change completely when Yogananda will stare at you from the cover of the book. You will not forget his eyes for the rest of your life. This book is for those who is seeking the ultimate truth of life. It was first published in 1946. 


Parmahansa Yogananda was born with a divine mission on earth. His mission was to introduce yoga to the west. Although it is a spiritual book but it is written in a very simple and interesting way. Once you start reading it you will find it hard to take your eyes away from it. People from any background, age, religion can read and enjoy this book.


I am no one to write about this book. I have no qualification. I just want to say that if you feel lost then just hold his hands and He will take you to a most peaceful and happy place. 


All the best to you and May God Bless you!



Have you read this book? How you find it? 

You may read this book online for free here : Autobiography of a Yogi By PARMAHANSA YOGANANDA