Sunday, April 26, 2015

Thoughts Raining In My Mind....

As I  stood watching the thunder storm and the rains from our balcony,  I felt, all of a sudden, so much at peace with myself and the surrounding. It led me to wonder,  was there any moment in my life that I want to go back and re live again, did I miss any part of my life now?
The answer was a big 'No'.
I have lived in so  many places all over India, and loved each and every place, (some more of course), but do I want to go back and live the life I had lived , the answer was again: "No".
I mentally went through many of my experiences both good and bad, and felt happy thinking about them.
I am happy that, I still have photographic memory of each and everything that has happened till now, however, I neither want to change them, nor re live that life again.
Each event of the past showed me how I had automatically changed, sometimes in small ways and sometimes very drastically, and how those changes happened,  not by the influence of others but of my own free will. I was neither influenced by my parents, my in laws, my friends nor by my husband.

Now at this late stage of my life, I am still drawn towards new things, have new aspirations, new desires, new goals to follow through. I am so happy in the present, and the dreams I have woven for my future keeps egging me to dream on, keep wishing on, and gives me the confidence to look at all these things passing in front of me like pictures on a movie screen, making me feel in some weird kind of way, that theses things have actually happened  in the future.
I really feel thrilled with such thoughts floating inside me, and as I stand waiting for them to happen in their  own beautiful way (much better than I have been led to imagine), I feel : "They also serve who only stand and wait". ( Milton)
This might sound strange, but the meanings change, and may mean different things to different people according to the changes in their thought process, and their attitude  towards life.
I feel, the time has come in my life when I don't have to do anything, yet I would end up getting more than I wished for.
For : I believe  in my instincts and in the Universal life force, which has a way of taking care  of all my dreams.

What do you feel?
Please feel free to share them here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Earthlings Documentary: a movie that would move you to tears.

Since we all inhabit the Earth, all of us are considered earthlings. There is no sexism, no racism, or speciesism in the term earthling. It encompasses each and every one of us, warm or cold-blooded, mammal, vertebrae or invertebrate, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, and human alike.

Humans, therefore, being not the only species on this planet, share this world with millions of other living creatures as we all evolved here together. EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers." The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR) and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby.

With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animals shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession, EARTHLINGS uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Though the film was initially ignored by distributors, who told Monson that the film would “never see the light of day and should be swept under the rug,” today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world.

Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals, and human economic interests. There are many worthy animal rights films available, but this one transcends the setting. EARTHLINGS cries to be seen. Highly recommended!

In 2005, Earthlings premiered at the  Artivist Film Festival, (where it won Best Documentary Feature), followed by the  Boston International Film Festival, (where it won the Best Content Award), and at the San Diego Film Festival, (where it won Best Documentary Film, as well as the Humanitarian Award to Phoenix for his work on the film).
Watch this movie, (you can click on the video here.  It is a 1 hour 30 minutes movie) and see whether it makes you think a little more differently. Please comment only after you have watched this documentary.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Karma: Do You Believe In It?

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

Omar Khayaam.

I used to believe in karma while I was very young, obviously influenced by what was drummed into me by my parents and other such wise people of my time.They were not to blame for they were drummed to think like that and they passed it on to their children.
However, as I evolved, I came to understand, that there is not such thing as fate/ destiny or karma. We are just led to believe in such things which have been basically been man made just to instill the fear of God in us.
We may believe in some super power/ God, but we can change our attitude towards this Universal life force. We can definitely change our thought patterns, and view our lives from a different perspective. We can think we are the architect of our own destiny. No need to give the power of what happens or not happens in our lives to somebody / something else, like a fate, a destiny or a God.

What we might have done in our past births need not continue to haunt us in our present or our future births.
Yes we might have done some good things, and may have done some very horrible things in all our previous births, and it is natural, for we are human.

It  is easy for us to put the blame on something / someone, when things seem to baffle us: Fate/ karma is always there to shift the blame, fall back on such beliefs and sayings: "what goes round comes back, what we sow so we reap, we have to be good to escape punishment by some unknown hand", and so on....
We  tie ourselves in knots trying to do things with a lot of expectation, we seem to thrive in the unshakable thought that,what we do now would definitely come and haunt  in the present future in this birth itself or in our future births.  We eagerly await rewards and punishments for all our action.
Wake up, remember, there is no need to be a meek and blind follower. Come out of this whirlpool, and see the unlimited possibilities, that this life has to offer. We need not be stuck in the age  old beliefs.  We must understand that everything in life is not a business deal: you get only what you bargained for: that is so untrue.

The minute we decide to release ourselves of any kind of debts in all our past births and also free others who may feel that they are indebted to us, we not only become free ourselves but also free others from being attached to us or bound to us in any way. This a win win situation.

We jump out of the vicious cycle in which we were constantly made to go round and round without any end. We can forgive and ask to be forgiven and move on into a new lane.

I think our Vedas and our great spiritual books have actually said this only, but since we have become used to misinterpreting everything, we have lost the real meaning of life.

The above quote  by Omar Khayyam too is actually not what it seems to mean, read closely you would find a different meaning.

For me: I am neither bound by my past , nor by my present past, nor my future is bound by anything or anybody. I am a free bird and I remain a free bird forever.
Stop believing in karmas, and start thinking in more productive manner.

Do you believe in karma?