Cyclicity of Life πŸ˜‡

In this pic except me everything else is more than four centuries old πŸ˜‡

Ever since I visited Braganza house and Kala Chitra in Goa last week, I have been thinking about:

Whole of life is cyclic! And that nothing lasts…

Take 1 Goa

Located in Chandor Village, Braganza House was built in the 17th century. This huge house is situated on one side of the village square. It has now separate houses, with a common entrance. The east wing occupied by the Pereira-Braganza family, has a small chapel with a relie of St. Francis Xavier, which is a fingernail. The artefacts collected by the family over a number of years, have added to the beauty of the house. There is a Great Salon, a big ballroom with the floor made of italian marble antique chanderlier from Europe adorning the ceiling, and heavily carved , ornate rodewood furniture. What stands out among the furniture is a pair of high-backed chairs, beating the family crest, which was given to the Perira – Braganza family by King Dom Luis of Portugal. Most of the furniture dates back to the 18th Century and is made from local seeso (martel wood), lacquered or inlaid with mother of pearl by craftsman from Curtorim Village. For antique aficionados, the house holds many delighful finds. 

The west wing of the house belongs to the Menezes braganza family. Apart from its exquuisite furniture and Chinese porcelain from Macau, it also houses a collection of family portraits, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The library is believed to be the first private library in Goa .It has almost 5,000 leather bound books collected by Luis de Menezes Braganza (1878-1938), a reputed journalist, renowned for the part he played in Goa’s independent movement.  

The family has excellent lineage and awesome history. But today they don’t have enough to maintain this huge property. They depend on the tips/donations of the tourists to do the maintenance.

Nothing lasts. Whole of life is cyclic. What goes up, must come down.

Take 2 Family

I have seen this cycle in our family too. Our grandfather was very well off and our family lived in Lahore, now in Pakistan. All my older sisters were born there but I and my younger brother were born in India. Big family πŸ˜‚

My father had a decent government job and as it was a joint family and our grandfather was rich; my father’s pay was his pocket money! All was well and all of a sudden partition of India happened in 1947 and our family had to leave behind everything in Lahore and move to India.

To digress a little : My grandfather was an amazing person. Always calm and smiling. He was the one who should have been hurt the most, with the partition and loss of his fortune. But I never heard him complain and talk of good old times.

Fall from affluence to scarcity. The struggle started. We had a roof over our heads and decent food. Nothing else. We studied in Hindi medium, government schools. And slowly, very slowly in the beginning and pretty fast laterlife again went into an upward cycle. Because of my father’s insistence on education and no other diversions all the siblings did very well.

Nothing lasts.…Whole of life is cyclic

Take 3 Spiritual

That life is cyclic, I had known for a long time. I knew ups and downs is part of life. But two years back I was exposed to a new thought altogether. I learned that – Falling down is a MUST!!!

We had a discourse from a visiting YSS monk and one of the things he said was : “Spiritual path is never a straight line. Falling down is a MUST to learn and scale higher heights. I was a little shaken and surprised but realised that it was true. I could see this in my own life.

And I could also relate to it with the stock market. If it keeps going up it will lose all meaning. It must fall to scale new heights.

Yes my friend, nothing lasts. If good times didn’t, bad too won’t. Whole of life is cyclic.

And as I am writing this post, I am enjoying the monsoon clouds and the sunrise. The short cycle of day and night; and a little longer cycle of the seasons. Can’t thank God enough for His grace.

Embrace the Cyclicity of Life my friend and stay blessed

47 thoughts on “Cyclicity of Life πŸ˜‡

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  1. Of course we are friends PromiseπŸ€—
    Interdependent Coexistence. We are each other’s reflection.
    Good to connect with you
    Have a joyous day… could be your night … the Cyclicity of life 😊

  2. Beautifully told post.
    Yes dear friend ( I hope I can call you that) all of life is cyclical and I understand that us( well I can speak for myself) as humans have a hard time accepting the down side of it. But I’m slowly learning that this is the process of life.

  3. Very nice post! I see you have inherited your grandfather’s smile. A beautiful house with a whole lot of history. You are right… nothing lasts for ever. Even the great and powerful eventually fall.

  4. Thank you so much Lynette. He was wonderful
    You could read : Time Heals Nothing and Mother in Laws on my blog for a little more πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘
    One day I was thinking I will write about us siblings and then thought why would anyone be interested in that 😜

  5. Beautiful post . What a magnetic place and sooo many antiques. Each thought is worth pondering. Thanks for sharing the invaluable past of the mansion.

  6. Thank you Ashok for sharing some beautiful history and photographs. Also sharing personal history. True life has its ups and downs. The downs always the hardest of lessons but it is how we react and behave during the difficulty times. Your Grandfather showed great character in how he handled the dramatic change in his life. You have an interesting style of writing

  7. Wow, even my great grandad had this huge house in Pakistan which they had to leave due to partition!
    Anyway, what an inspirational post! Loved how you came up with such meaningful messages, not many tourists do thatπŸ˜›

  8. Lovely post Uncle….again a great lesson to remember… Thanku for giving 1 more chance to introspectπŸ‘πŸ˜Š

  9. Thank you so much Bhakti. I will check out this poem of Shelly.
    Yes Bhakti. All the truths are always staring at us and have been known for ages. Yet we see them not ….

  10. Thank you for this post. It is a great reminder of how life works. Growing up one of my favourite poems was Ozymandias by Shelly. In a few words he talks about this cycle….what goes up, MUST come down. Man has known this truth forever….and yet we forget.

  11. Thanks for reminding this age old thought as we get awfully busy with our life and simply forget that nothing is permanent in this materialistic world.
    A very apt lesson of life

  12. Thank you so much Jyot. Most things aren’t in our control…. Except our responses
    Stay blessed. Love πŸ€—

  13. Beautifully written❣ Ashokji, loved all three stories and analogy with stocks is wow. My grandfather father and maternal Grandfather moved from Pakistan during partition as well. Can’t imagine how painful it would have been for them. But like you said enjoy the good times and stay strong through the bad ones. Some things are out of our control.

  14. Thank you for the visit and appreciation my friend. Yes, we were blessed to have parents and grand parents like ours πŸ™

  15. Nothing lasts and falling is a MUST! May we have the wisdom to understand and appreciate this!

  16. Ashok, your family history is filled with wonderful stories. Your father sounds like an amazing man. Thank you sharing some philosophical thoughts as well as the stunning photographs.

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