THANKSGIVING and JOY

When I had published Small Joys Tag with 15 day to day small things which bring me joy, Sujata had mentioned a few small things which bring her joy. I had realised that those things brought me joy too but I hadn’t mentioned those: I had to list 15 things only and my list was hundreds! But more significantly: I think of many such joys with gratefulness. I am grateful for πŸ’― things everyday πŸ™

And this realisation made me think: how closely related Joy is to our feeling of Gratitude. Once we become grateful for every circumstance, every situation, every happening in our life: we shall always be joyous and at peace. And that this gratitude should not be kept only for big and momentous happenings of our lives, but should be expressed in our day to day blessings. We take so many of our blessings for granted, as our birthright!

Always be Grateful to everyone, everything and every circumstance. That’s what our Holy Books say too:

Every living entity, especially persons in the human race, must feel grateful for the benedictions offered by the grace of the Supreme Lord β€” Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.36

If you give thanks, I will give you more; but if you are thankless, My punishment is dire β€” Quran 14:7

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christβ€” Thessalonians 5:16-18

Pic of last October near Toronto. Am Filled with joy and gratitude πŸ’–πŸ™

HAPPY THANKSGIVING β€” It is Thanksgiving time in Canada!! Being thankful to God all the time would always keep us happy πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ˜Š

Thank you so much for your continued support, encouragement and love πŸ’• πŸ€—πŸ™

Stay happy. Stay grateful. Stay loved πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–

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Afraid to die…

They are afraid to die

Because they never

Really lived.

And one day

They will be buried

Under the debris

Of their very own selves.

They would be gone

Unsung

Unfulfilled

As if

They never came.

Who are these people

But the ignorant ones,

Of their own beauty

And their light.

Oh unhappy fate

That makes them love

Their ways dark.

Guide me my Lord

How to help them,

I know not what to do

Except pray

In this — Your play divine!

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Me in Montreal this time last year πŸ˜ŠπŸ’– Pic credit Nippy πŸ€—

ONE

ONE World Ours

ONE Religion β€” Kindness

ONE God β€” Love

One beautifully divine dawn πŸ’–πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

All pics on my iPhone on the 24th of September between 5.50-6.50 am. A rare dawn when the sky was quite brownish 😍

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Today is an awesome day 10102020 and 5 days ago it was equally good 05.10.20

In the coming weeks and months may you double your wealth, triple your health and quadruple your joy 😊😊🌹🌹🌹🌹

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πŸ’― Years of Spreading Love πŸ’•

It was on the 6th of October 1920 , one century ago, that Paramahansa Yogananda had addressed the International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston, as a delegate from India, and the subject of his talk was – The Science of Religion.

His only desire, as a youth, was to be with his guru, Sri Yukteshwar, and commune with God. But he was chosen by the Masters to spread Kriya Yoga, the scientific method of God realisation, in the west. A very reluctant Swami Yogananda left the shores of Calcutta on 2nd August 1920. He was only 27 years old! One can only imagine the multitude of feelings in his heart as he watched his loved ones fade away from view: apprehension, excitement and aloneness!

Guruji was very insecure about his English but Sri Yukteshwarji (his Guru) had assured him all shall be well! His skill was put to test when he was urged by the captain of the ship to give a talk to his fellow passengers. The topic was – The Battle of Life and How to Fight it! When the captain introduced him to audience, he was stuck mute. He has said that his mind went blank for ten minutes. Some of the audience chuckled. Then the voice of guru came to him: β€œYou can! Speak!” He did and did a great job of it!

And just a few weeks later he received standing ovation from hundreds of delegates to the International Congress in Boston!!

Paramahansa Yogananda had said: God is one, necessary to all of us, so religion is one, necessary and universal. Only the roads to it may differ in some respects at the beginning. As a matter of fact, it is illogical to say that there are two religions, when there is but one God. There may be more than one denominations or sects under that one universal religion.

And it is that Universal Consciousness that he, and the organisation (Self Realisation Fellowship and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India) he set up, have been teaching and spreading for πŸ’― years. Paramahansa Yogananda was Love Incarnate and that is what his legacy to the world is : Love πŸ’•

After this memorable day of 6th October 1920, Paramahansa Yogananda traveled length and breadth of USA and many other countries to spread his message of universality of religion and his love for God.

I am truly blessed that I have two of his traits – Love of travel and nature. And even if I can get 1% or less of his consciousness, my life would be worth its while. It is going to happen only with His grace πŸ’–πŸ™

He wrote, composed and spiritualised about 60 chants.
Ever changing and evolving faces of love
The last smile – the day he made conscious exit from the body – 7th March 1952
He looked so different every few years that one would have failed to recognise him if seen after some gap. But to me he looks similar in these two pics – when he was 6 & 42! I have these on my study table and are my constant source of inspiration and love.

God is Love. My Guru is Love. Love is all there is πŸ’•πŸ’•

Related Post: My Nature is Love

Reference books:

Autobiography of a Yogi

The Science of Religion

Yogananda- Philip Goldberg

I am in Love πŸ’–

I am in love with Love!

Beauty of the face

The mind

And the soul!!

I am in love with Love!!

Beauty of the sky

The mountain

And the sea!!

I am in love with Love!!

Beauty of the flower

The blooming tree

And the fallen leaf!

I am in love with Love!!

It is beauty I love!!

In love and with love

I seek the Maker of the beautiful!!!

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All pics on my iPhone

Am I a Robot or what πŸ˜…

Looks like I am in a Auto Repeat Mode πŸ˜€πŸ”

MONDAY

Wake up early ➑️ Spiritual Reading ➑️ Beautiful Dawn ➑️ Fruits ➑️ Walk ➑️ Bathe ➑️ Meditate ➑️ Breakfast ➑️ Calls ➑️ Social Media ➑️ Writing ➑️ Lunch ➑️ Chat with princess ➑️ Siesta ➑️ Walk ➑️ Tea ➑️ Meditate ➑️ Social Media ➑️ Dinner ➑️ Chat with princess ➑️ Meditate ➑️ Sleep

TUESDAY πŸ”

WEDNESDAY πŸ”

THURSDAY πŸ” with Silence and without Chat

FRIDAY πŸ”

SATURDAY πŸ”

SUNDAY Morning Long Meditation and πŸ”

MONDAY πŸ”

AM I A ROBOT or what πŸ˜…πŸ˜‡

WHAT AM I WAITING FOR πŸ€”

It has been going on for months now πŸ˜… and 6 months have passed in the blink of an eye πŸ‘ πŸ˜‡

Grateful for a loving and caring family, friends (including virtual), my princess – virtually real πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–

LIEBSTER AWARD πŸŽ‰ πŸ’ πŸ’–

It has been a pleasure knowing Cherryl and am thankful to her for this award. A visit to her Travel and Lifestyle blog is always refreshing, to say the least πŸŽ‰πŸ’

Well here are my answers to Cherryl’s 11 thought provoking questions:

  1. If you were forced to leave the country you live in, but you could choose any other country to be relocated to for the rest of your life, which country would you choose?

Oh that would be sad. But ..

If I have to move it would be to USA, because my Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, spent more than half of his life there. I would live in LA. Weather in California is great and we have our SRF Mother Center there πŸ‘‡

2. Which animal do you admire the most?

Cats…..Because my princess loves them.

3. If you could dis-invent one thing, what would it be and why?

Money

Money is the root cause of most of the greed, misery and heartburn in the world.

4. If you had the entire world’s attention for five minutes, what would you want to say?

Be aware of the politicians. All of them. There are no exceptions. They manipulate. They distort reality and they play with your mind.

Keep away from media – TV/Newspaper; They thrive on negativity and are completely controlled.

God is Love and Love is all there is. Be kind. Be humane. Serve. Share. Appreciate. Respect. Understand. Don’t run after money and power and sex …. they never ever give lasting happiness. In the end they bring suffering only. Be kind and humane and serve others. This brings far deeper and enduring happiness.

5. Do you think the blogging world is changing in any way?

Everything changes. Blogging is no exception.

6. Is there anything you’d like to do that scares you at the moment?

Parachuting πŸͺ‚

7. What’s your favourite dessert?

Caramel Custard : because my father used to love it.

8. Which social media platform do you use the most?

WP and Whatsapp equally 😊

9. Are you more of a morning person, or a night owl?

Very very morning person 😊

Peace

Stillness

Meditation

10. Share one song that always puts you in a good mood.

It is a Hindi song my wife used to love – Kisi ki muskarahton pe ho nissar (to lose yourself in someone’s smile 😊)

11. Share one random fact about yourself.

Coffee is not my cup of tea β˜•οΈπŸ˜…

I love Lipton Darjeeling tea. Brewed 4-5 minutes. With one teaspoon of sugar and one spoon of milk. Next best is Earl Grey Darjeeling.

Nominations:

I was keen to nominate Lia and Radhika for the Small Joys Tag but that award had limitation of 5 nominees. I would like to nominate them both now and would request them to tell us 11 things: 5 things/thoughts/facts about themselves and 6 Small and Big Joys — Total of 11 πŸ˜‡

Cherryl I do hope you will forgive an old man for not following the Tag process completely.

And all my dear friends — I would so love to hear your answers too, to the questions Cherryl had asked me.

Stay safe. Stay happy. Have more Faith.

Cosmic Delivery System

Cosmic Delivery System – CDS works perfectly and it works 24/7!

Once a prayer has been said or a wish has been made – He will deliver. The CDS God has set up is infallible. πŸ’― percent satisfaction guaranteed 😊 Whenever we pray for something with a still mind and an expectant heart it is bound to manifest.

But still so very often we feel that He is not listening or is something wrong with ourselves. Why is it that so many are so lucky – everything comes to them easily; and nothing ever works for me πŸ€”

It happens because our wishes or prayers are not clear. They are jumbled and fragmented and they confuse the CDS.

Let us say that you have prayed for a particular house that you desire. And you have also prayed for happiness – happiness for yourself and your family. God in His Infinite wisdom knows that this house will not bring you happiness. If He gives you that house you won’t be happy. So the CDS gets confused.

Let us say that you are desperately praying for a particular job and that you have also been praying for healthy life. And again God in His Infinite wisdom knows that the job you are praying for is going to have adverse effect on your health. So the CDS gets confused.

I went through all this struggle and eventually figured out that it is best to go with His will. Tell Him that this is what I would like to have — the house, the car, job, life partner, a child, a holiday … But then ask Him to grant it only if it is for the highest good of all. And then rest assured that your wishes would be fulfilled in much bigger and more bountiful ways.

Let us say you wanted and prayed for a 3 bedroom 2000 square feet apartment. You also prayed for happiness. If you leave the fulfilment to His will, He might give you a 4 bedroom 5000 square feet penthouse 😊 or a beach house 🏠

I had covered this in detail in my post Intention and Uncertainty.

So my dears pray with single pointed devotion and desire; trusting that CDS never fails and that His will is always more bountiful πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ’–

For last 15-16 years my only prayer to God has been: Give me wisdom.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto thee.” Mathew 6:33

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God is not a scholar

God is not a scholar. He is a LOVER πŸ’–πŸ’•

Today is the birthday (Janamasthami) of Lord Krishna. He sang His eternal song of love through the divine melody of His flute more than 5000 years ago.

God is Love and Love is all there is πŸ’–

When you pass on to the other side, God is not going to ask you: How many houses you had, how many cars you had, what was the last position you held. He is not going to ask you –How much you loved your parents, your children or your spouse. He is not going to ask you whether you loved Trump or Obama; whether you loved Modi or Nehru; whether you loved Kohli or Cook; Messi or Ronaldo! He is going to ask you only one question, ” How much did you love Me, My child?”

Love God, your Lord with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul πŸ’–πŸ’•u

And the only way we can show our love to God is by loving and serving all His children — of all colours, classes, creeds and religions and of all nations. And by loving and nourishing nature and our environment. There is no separation. One Consciousness, One Love pervades the whole of creation.

BECOME LOVE πŸ’• Β©

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Pic is from a friend’s mail. Thank you K

Meditation and Fun πŸ˜Ή

A month or so back my son suggested that I should watch a Netflix series he had recently seen. He told me that it was the kind of stuff I used to enjoy. Maybe he was a little concerned that I was meditating too much during lockdown 😹

I started to watch the series and it was rather good. But I stopped watching it when it had reached the climax. My grand daughter asked me one day why had I stopped watching the series, and I told her that it had started to interfere with my meditation! Her response was: “Dadu (grandpa) do 5 hours of streaming one day instead of 5 hours of meditation and you will forget your meditation 😹

I didn’t take her advice 😊 Last week I wasn’t so well and she told me again, “Dadu do 5 hours of streaming and you will get well immediately!”

Children are so beautiful and it is such fun to be with them. I was reminded of another incidence of 6 years back when I had gone to US. I had visited a niece in Washington DC during that trip. One day we went out with her daughters. At one place there were some small water showers/ falls kind of thing and kids wanted to go and play there. I took this opportunity to sit at a little distance and meditate. After a while I felt someone touching me. I opened my eyes and found my niece’s younger daughter, 6 years old Sanajana, staring into my eyes; and she pulled my arms and said, “Come and have some fun. Don’t meditate all the time!”

How sweet, simple and loving children are! I did join them and had such fun 😻

I can’t explain to my granddaughter that playing hide and seek with my Beloved, during meditation is so much fun too πŸ’–πŸ˜Š

But I so appreciate the love and concern of children. Can’t thank God enough for His blessings πŸ’–πŸ™ Yes, balance is so important – Meditation and Fun 😊

God

Family Friends Fun

This period, when all are at home all the time has been God sent. I have been able to get so much time with Raayna and have been able to understand and appreciate her much more. Soon she would enter her teens and I don’t think she would have much time for her grandpa πŸ‘΄

Dadu and Raayna 😍

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PS: would love to hear of : Any new learnings and experiences that you have had in this new world of ours

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