Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Art of living satsang update

Make your anger very expensive, very precious. Nobody should be allow to buy it at any cost.
Make your smile cheap. Just let it flow without being asked for. It is the only expression which is closest to your core nature.

अपना गुस्सा बहुत मेहेंगा कर दो. दुनिया मैं कोई उसे नहीं खरीद पाए. वहीँ अपनी मुस्कान इतनी सस्ती कर दो की वोह यूँही प्रकट होती रहे. 

ज़िन्दगी मैं तृप्त रहो. यही सबसे बड़ा गुण है. 

हम भिखारी की तरेह सबसे कुछ न कुछ मांगते रहते हैं. जब कोई भिखारी हमारे सामने आता है तो हम क्या करते हैं. हम चुप चाप रास्ता बदल रहते हैं या फिर गाड़ी की खिड़की ऊपर कर लेते हैं, उसकी तरफ देखतें भी नहीं हैं. प्रकृति का भी व्योहार कुछ इस तरेह से ही होता है. 

कहते हैं जो ध्यानस्त होते हैं, वेद और ज्ञान उनकी तरफ ही अग्रसर होते हैं. जैसे पंडित मंदिर मैं दिन भर वेदों का उच्चारण करते हैं लेकिन फिर भी दुखी  दिखतें हैं, उनके चेहरे पर न तेज होता है न कोई चमक.   ज्ञान मांगने से या फिर दोहराने से नहीं मिलता है. 

Knowledge comes to those who are in meditation. The chanting of old mantras in rudra pooja then becomes familiar. You may not understand the meaning of sanskrit slokas but you get a feeling that you have heard them some where before. They have been part of you.

Nature gives to those who do not demand and are in continuous state of contentment. Nobody likes a beggar, not even nature. It runs away with its resources when you beg in front of it. It releases abundance to one who has stopped asking and is in grateful state.

 अगर कुछ माँगना ही है तो परमात्मा को मांगो, उसको मांगते मांगते कोई कामना नहीं रहती. उसकी कृपा होने से ही वोह    मिलता है और एक बार मुलाकात मैं तुम .ठहर जाते हो. फिर कहीं जाना नहीं होता है.

क्या परमात्मा दुसरे नंबर पर तो नहीं है. जैसे की दूध गैस पर रखा हो और तुम  ध्यान मैं   बैठे हो. ध्यान तो परमात्मा पाने के लिए है लेकिन मन मैं अगर यह डर है की  कहीं दूध न उबल जाये तो दूध नंबर एक और  परमात्मा नंबर दो पर चले गए न. इसी प्रकार ज़िन्दगी मैं  हमारी छोटी छोटी .  मांगे नंबर एक पर आती रहती हैं और वो पूरी होती रहती हैं. हम बीमार होते हैं तो स्वस्थ मांगते हैं और किसी तरेह ठीक हो ही जातें हैं, लेकिन फिर हम बीमार पड़ते हैं और यह प्रक्रिया चलती रहती है. लेकिन जब  हमारी परमात्मा की  मांग पूरी होती है तो फिर वो पूरी ही रहती है.

एक बार एक बालक अपनी परछाईं मैं अपने सर को पकड़ रहा था, लेकिन उसका सर उसके पकड़ से दूर भागता रहता था. वह रोने लगा. एक संत वहां से गुजर रहे थे, नज़ारा देख कर समझ गए और कहा की "बालक, अपने सर पर हाथ रखो." बालक खुश हो गया क्यूंकि अब परछाईं का सर भी उसकी पकड़ मैं आ गया.

Respect and honor the thief too because of him the police,judge,jailor and teachers have employment. Honor the people who fall in the ditches around you to show you that there is a ditch, beware.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Satsang happens in Art of Living ashram on kanakapura road in Bangalore everyday from 6:30PM. You can have dinner at ashram and then come back to your city house.
Satsang means the company of divine. There are many people but if you are a devotee then only you and the divine happen at satsang.
Special thanx to Bala for the free ride to ashram.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Fake income tax officer from Aditya Birla Group

I was sick and resting on this Eid, a day before Ganesh Chaturthi, with blanket over my head. A call came on land line for me and my daughter gave the call to me.

He : I am from Aditya Birla Group.

[ I guessed he must one of those agents selling health insurance/ financial planning/ mutual funds or my latest relationship managers ]

I :  Quickly tell me.
He: I am from Income Tax department.

[ By now I got confused and his temper went up in well rehearsed manner. I hope Aditya Birla is not training their troops to indulge in scaring unresponsive prospects.]

He: I am SK Nanda, a senior income tax officer. Is this the way you talk to me? I am coming to your home. Is this your address? Is this your name? Tell me your house nearest landmark.

[ I was really confused with the income tax stuff as Income tax department has recently sent notice for no reason, Our CA explained that with computerization the frequency of notice sending has increased and response is also expected online. This just added to the confusion created my Mr. Aditya Birla guy. He continued to lambast and I was not sure what to respond with. ]

I: Can you tell me in what context are you calling and want to meet me? I am sick and in no position to talk extensively.

He: You will be more sick when your neighbors find us at your door this evening. We will come at 4 PM.

I: OK

[And the call was done. Fortunately I was not a heart patient otherwise fear of IT raid would have killed me then and there. I called up my CA and she assured me that

  1. Its a holiday for 2 days
  2. IT department does not raid with prior appointment on telephone.
  3. There is no one by name SK Nanda in IT department. 
I thanked her for her assurance but was still confused with the call. It was on land line and it does not have caller id.
]

How can we make police complaint against agents who scare the life out of common citizen if we don't give a damn to their useless and interrupting call?
Will Police listen to you and pursue your case?
Will telephone company register a complaint and ban calls originating from such numbers coming into their networks?
Did any of you had similar experience?


Disqus for dsteps blog