Liebster Award

Thank you so much Dawn and Beth for these nominations (As both the nominations came very close to each other, I am responding together; but shall answer questions from both ๐Ÿ˜Š)

Dawn I love and admire your love and reverence for God and Jesus Christ. May you keep spreading and inspiring more of humanity to understand and follow : God first ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™

Beth I love your view on life : Creating great life of positivity out of negativity and toxicity. Absolutely amazing.

Would whole heartfelt recommend all to visit their blogs ๐Ÿ’•

http://pilgrimage.studio

http://drawingclosertochrist.com

The Rules are:

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

2. Share 11 facts about yourself.

3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!!

5. Make up to 11 questions and ask them to your nominees!

6. Notify your 11 nominees.

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11 Things about myself:

  1. Born on the 11th I am 70 years young๐Ÿ˜Š and I live in Pune, India
  2. I love life
  3. I love people
  4. I love God; and my God is Love and Kindness and Compassion and Nature.
  5. I love to travel. I can travel thousands of miles to meet people I love
  6. I enjoy meditation. I meditate 3-4 hours everyday
  7. I am vegetarian ( fruitarian ๐Ÿ˜Š) and almost a vegan ๐Ÿ˜‚
  8. I neither read news paper nor watch TV ( both are filled with negativity)
  9. I am the happiest if I can be of any service to anyone.
  10. I believe that we are all One. I believe in Interdependent Co-Existence. Living a Mindful life.
  11. When I started my spiritual journey I was very serious. But luckily I realised very soon that if we take life very seriously; it sucks. And that God is Bliss. So I made a decision to be happy always ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Dawn’s Questions to the me:

1. Who would you want to have dinner with and why?

Would always love to dine with people I love. Because my time is precious.

2. What inspired you to start writing a blog?

My son forced me into it ๐Ÿ˜Š and am thankful for that.

3. How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

I am a happy and kind person.

4. What is an important lesson youโ€™ve learned in life?

Time is the most precious thing I possess.

5. What is your favorite food?

Oh there are so many ๐Ÿ˜‚ I like to try all cuisines. Right now in monsoon : a hot cup of brewed Darjeeling leaf tea and pakoras (it is a fried snack from Indian sub-continent)

6. What is your favorite memory?

Soooo Many ๐Ÿ˜Š …. Floating paper boats in water streams after rains – as a child ๐Ÿ’•

7. What is your favorite color and why?

Blue for Peace and Red for Energy. White for Purity.

8. Do you have a role-model? If so, who is it?

Have had different role models all my life. Specially during my work life.

Now : My Guru : Paramahansa Yogananda

9. With whom do you enjoy spending time?

Everyone I love ๐Ÿ’• and that includes myself ๐Ÿ˜Š

10. Do you prefer cold or hot weather?

Cold. Luckily in India cold is pleasant ๐Ÿ˜Š

Bethโ€™s 11 questions for her nominees:

Favorite book?

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your health?

9 (for my age๐Ÿ˜Š)

Favorite motivational speaker?

Hardly listen to any one now ( stopped it many years back).

Do you meditate?

Yes. That is the most important act of my day. Haven’t missed even one, morning and evening, meditation for the last 15 years.

Favorite game?

Used to be cricket. Now it is Tennis/Soccer

Favorite food?

What my mother used to cook๐Ÿ’•

Favorite place?

Wherever there is love ๐Ÿ’•

Favorite song?

It is a devotional Hindi song from a 1952 movie, Baiju Bawra : Man tarpat Hari Darshan ko aaj (Rough translation is : My Heart is yearning to see my beloved God today …). When I used to listen to this song on the radio (when I was a student in 60s) I would get goose pimples and my heart would stop beating ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™

Favorite season?

Spring

Favorite hobby?

Over a period of time these have been changing : Reading, Movies, Sports

Now travel and nature and blogging ๐Ÿ˜Š

Morning person or night owl

Have always been a morning person.

I nominate the following bloggers:

Saba : http://sabaniazsiddique.home.blog

Roy Lando: https://peoplaid.com

Ian : http://pedestrianprophet.home.blog/2019/07/04/let-freedom-reign/

Lillian : http://orkidedatter.com/2019/07/04/epilogue-a-ray-of-sunshine-sunshine-blogger-awards/

http://getthemysteriousblogger.com/2019/07/04/time-again-and-again/

llona : http://easydiet.blog/2019/07/05/comment-of-the-day-about-children-and-phone-2/

Betul : http://betulerbasi.com/2019/07/05/run/

Huguette: http://huguetteantoun.com

http://joypassiondesire.com

Saania : https://saania2806.wordpress.com

Adithya: https://thinkingclearly2018.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/second-name/

Simon : https://penonsite.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/3-2-1-quote-me-2/

Bogdan : http://pointlessoverthinking.com/2019/07/06/is-the-number-of-thoughts-we-have-related-to-our-level-of-happiness-2/

Priya : http://whenanintrovertspeaks.home.blog

Flor : (I couldn’t get the URL of your blog)

All the nominees are great bloggers and I would encourage everyone to visit their blogs.

And my questions are:?

  1. Do you have more faith in your own ability or God?
  2. Do you like the security of a job or freedom and creativity of an entrepreneur?
  3. Are you more of an indoor or outdoor person?
  4. What is your favourite pastime?
  5. Are you a spendthrift or the saving kind?
  6. What do you like more, reading or writing?
  7. Do you think we are doomed?
  8. Who do you love more : children or pets?
  9. If you were left alone in a house without internet connectivity, how long do you think, you will last?
  10. Are you a balanced person? If not, what is the imbalance about?
  11. What would you choose: the promise of a simple healthy life v/s lots of money, with health challenges?

Love and Peace ๐Ÿ’•

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  1. Thank you so much Saba. Am very tied up for a while and may take a little time to respond.
    You were so much in my thoughts since morning. I had read something about Sindh. Do you live close the Rajasthan border?

  2. Thank you so much for nominating me, means a lot to me, i’m going to do it right now๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’š

  3. Congratulations Ashok! Yet the word seems insufficient due to all of they joy I get from reading what youโ€™ve written. Sometimes the words we have to describe the way feel for something or someone do not describe them as fully as I want to. As when I say I love someone itโ€™s so much more than that simple term. Here so too. I am always genuinely happy to see when you are nominated and thoroughly enjoy reading what is held within.

  4. It is my pleasure Betul. Thank you so much for your kind words
    You are an amazing young lady and I am very fond of you. And am also pleased that I do see shades of me in you ๐Ÿ˜Š But I also believe life moves forward and not backwards. I hope and pray that you lead a much better life than mine. May God fulfil all your worthwhile dreams and desires.
    With your professional life as of now an hour of meditation a day is good. I am sure one of these days you will quit the rat race and then you shall be able to meditate more.
    The Autobiography of a Yogi is amazing. You may also like to explore Home Study Lessons that Yoganandaji left as his legacy. There is no better and all round teaching than that (Yogananda.org) Whatever I am and whatever I could do is due to these teachings and His grace.

  5. Hi Ashok! First, thank you a lot for nominating me! I will take it:) About the facts and answers, well, I think you are living what I am dreaming about. Your life is my dream life. Kudos to you for being able to meditate for 3-4 hours everyday. The most I got to so far is an hour. I need to work on that! I also heard a lot of good things about your favorite book. Your answer is another one. I think I should read it already!

  6. Youโ€™re welcome! I had a friend from India named Asha, we were both in the singles ministry at my church. Thatโ€™s great you get to travel a lot. I pray God continues to bless you abundantly! โค๏ธ

  7. Thank you so much Dawn for your kind words. I am very much an Indian and live in India. But I love most of the world and I do travel a lot ๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. Thanks Ashok for participating! I enjoyed reading your answers. Wow didnโ€™t know you were in India!! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Hopefully I get to try some monsoon one day. I have sampled Indian cuisine a few times in the past. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    I love the lesson youโ€™ve learned that time is the most important thing. โฐ Thatโ€™s so true because life is short and we must make the most out of the short time God has blessed us with here on the Earth. ๐ŸŒŽ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

    Blessings to you Ashok! Youโ€™re an inspiration. ๐Ÿ’•

  9. Thank you so much Jyoti ๐Ÿ˜Š
    You too could start to meditate – maybe just a few minutes ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

  10. Congrats Sir!! Really floating paper boats is awesome!! Really like your optimistic behavior..70 yrs young..
    You meditate so much!!.
    Great answer!!๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’ž

  11. Thank you so much Huguette. I love your colourful posts ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค— and I shall look forward to your blog

  12. Enjoyed reading the facts and answers as well ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š glad you decided to not be so serious and youโ€™re certainly as young as your heart is!
    Life based on love in all its aspects is great and the base of a successful life as well ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Thank you so much for the nomination, ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป I do appreciate it a lot ๐Ÿ˜Š
    will complete it and let you know ๐Ÿ˜Š

  13. Wow. So good to hear about your mother Beth. God be with her.
    Quality of time in meditation is as important as the length Beth. I too started small but has been growing ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™
    Do check out Home Study Lessons at Yogananda.org and the meditation for beginners. The teachings are perfect.
    Thank you so much for your kind words Beth. I am sure you are as happy and positive as I am ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค—

  14. Congratulations Ashok! ๐Ÿ˜Š and you are 70 years young! That is wonderful! My mother is 82 and was out riding her bike yesterday. You young people just amaze me. And you meditate 3-4 hours a day. Wow. I started with 5 minutes and now Iโ€™m doing 30 minutes a day. It sure makes a difference in my life. Do you do Metta? Iโ€™m just learning about that today. If you donโ€™t mind, I will include you as one person for my first Metta today ๐Ÿ˜Š

    I have a few yoga books that I love and I will be adding this book you mentioned to my library. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    I also donโ€™t watch tv or read the news. Although, Iโ€™m discovering people who are putting out news that is uplifting, inspiring and positive so that is good to see.

    I would love to learn more about gurus.

    Thank you for being such a happy, positive light in this world.

  15. This is FANTASTIC NEWS!! AWWWW ASHOK, I am so please for you. You are honored and honoring to all people. That’s humility! We’re all in such good company knowing you and your work. Congratulations. It’s so wonderful!!

    Peace!

  16. My pleasure Saba. You deserve it as much or more than me ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•
    TV and News papers are so full of negativity.
    I used to love cricket but when the betting scandal broke out, I wrote : I used to love cricket. Today I mourn its demise ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  17. Congratulations, Uncle for another well-deserved award.
    I think I would float my paper boat in balti ๐Ÿ˜…. You are full of positivity and love. Glad to know you’re not cricket addicted ๐Ÿ˜‰. I feel the same for news and news channels they just propagate their interests.
    Thank you so much, for nominating me again.๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ
    Have a great time.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฅญ๐Ÿฅญ

  18. Congratulations! And thank-you for the nomination.
    I enjoyed reading your answers, I love the spring too ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿฆ‹

    Lots of love,
    Saania

  19. Oh! Paper boats during rain, that surely is one of my favourite memories too. Loved all your answers ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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