Sunday, September 24, 2006

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Navratras started on the 23rd of September.
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Rozas are on.

Dussehra falls on the 2nd of October

karwa Chauth

Gam ki andheri raat mein
Dil ko na bekarar kar
Subah zaroor aayegi
Subah ka intezaar kar
Which means:
Do not despair as you go 'through' the dark unhappy night.
Morning will surely break in! Wait for it!
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Saturday, September 16, 2006

This article appeared on Thursday, September 14, 2006
On pg B16 Mid Day Mumbai

Karma in the practical world Shakun Kimatrai, women’s movement for peace and prosperity Chairperson
Shakun conducts Bhagwad Gita classes and aims at spreading religious awareness and Gita gyaan through her website, — an obviously Indianised version of the “chicken soup for the soul” series. She explains how the concept of karma is pertinent in the modern world. “There are two schools of thought followed by believers. The first doesn’t believe in free will. I subscribe to the second, which means that I allow room for the possibility that our actions, and hence, our destiny, lies in our hands to an extent.” Shakun is of the firm belief that destiny is greatly affected by actions, prayers and deeds. “The results of your karma can be categorised into three groups,” says Shakun, who simplifies the definitions by means of metaphors. “The first is time bound, like a passing virus,” Shakun explains, adding that in this case, problems would last over a certain period of time and then disappear almost miraculously once that duration has passed. This can be seen in cases where relations that have been strained over lengths of time, suddenly improve.Shakun compares the second type of results that one’s karam may result in, to a “bacterial infection.” In this case, she says, “just as medication would offer relief for an infection, so also would prayers or good deeds help ease the pain or problems a person is experiencing at the time.” The third case is more serious, and can be compared to a serious illness; no amount of prayer may be able to tip the scales in one’s favour. But, Shakun insists, “As it is impossible make out which of these three categories one’s circumstances fall into while experiencing them, one can hope to find relief for the effects of their past karma, through prayers and good deeds through their lives.” Shakun adds, “In retrospect however, one can place almost every experience they have had in life into one of these three categories.”
Karma for a businessperson: According to Shakun, Hinduism is liberal — it allows for shades of grey, rather than viewing things as black or white. It allows room for actions that are required in order to achieve one’s dharma without being judged too harshly for it. Although Shakun is very clear on the fact that bribing officials or “stealing” in any manner, way or form creates bad karma, she explains that every circumstance is different. “It would be wrong for a boy to steal food even if he was starving, but his circumstances and the fact that he was acting on his survival instinct, may result in him being judged less harshly for that crime, when compared to a person who steals out of greed.”
Karma for a partner: When one person in a relationship commits a “crime”, the other person may also have to account for the misdeed. Shakun explains, “In olden times, when women were not allowed to work, and had no way to contribute to the collective income of the household, or may not have had any say in what their husband did for a living, women would have been less accountable for their husband’s deeds.” However, Shakun feels that the dharma of the modern woman has changed, and despite this, when a woman makes demands for jewellery or contributes to her husband’s greed, then, such a woman would definitely be judged as a partner in whatever crimes her husband commits in order to get her the lifestyle she wants.
Karma for the criminal lawyer: Shakun feels that some criminal lawyers are performing their dharma by defending even the guilty, and hence would not be accountable for that act. “It is then the dharma of the prosecuting attorney to present the argument.
Karma in affairs of the heart: According to the Gita, it is the intention behind one’s deeds that separates the good from the bad. Shakun says that it important to be true to oneself and to strive to keep from hurting anyone. “If genuine love is the driving force behind the break-up of a relationship or marriage, the party responsible would only accrue bad karma if he or she has acted in a way to cause deliberate harm and hurt to others, without a thought for anyone but himself or herself.”“If, however, a person is in a loveless marriage and finds himself/herself unable to control his/her feelings for another person, then it is better to release the spouse from the bonds of such a sad situation,” Shakun explains, cautiously adding, “But each case is relative and every set of circumstances is different. So, the only person who can really tell what the intention was behind any deed, and therefore, distinguish between good and bad deeds, is the person who commits them. Their heart is the best judge.”

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Monday, September 11, 2006


A forwarded email message that I received has adhered to my mind.
It stated that ‘not forgiving’ was like carrying a sack of potatoes, wherever one went. The potatoes rot and stink, but one goes on with the horrible task.
How terrible!
But we all do it!
Because one holds on to emotions of self pity and resentment.
Also one gets identified with the unhappy feelings of emotional wounds inflicted in the past. And that is not all, one keeps the process alive by compulsive thinking.

The irony is, that if one lets go of these negative feelings, one lets go of grief.
If grief leaves, a torrent of Life energy floods, and there, emotional, spiritual and physical disease cannot enter.
Easier said than done.
Arjuna told Krishna just that. That it was not easy to follow the Spiritual Truths (that Krishna taught) which lead to Enlightenment and Freedom.
Krishna answered that what is difficult, can be attained with practice and perseverance.
Sometimes one needs to forgive oneself.
Some circumstances, from the past make one feel unworthy and not deserving of forgiveness.
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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

On the 2nd September 2006:
Women's Movement for Peace and Prosperity (an initiative of the Times Foundation) and Dharma Rain Centre oganised a public talk on Meditation in Everyday Life by Dharmacharya Shantum Seth at the Times of India Building.

Dharmacharya Shantum Seth is an ordained teacher in the Zen (Dhyana) tradition of the Vietnamese Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He teaches in India and abroad and has been leading pilgrimages 'In the Footsteps of the Buddha' since 1988
Shantum said: Become aware of the miracle of each breath. Walking, talking, even the disturbing sound of the cell phone during a talk can be used to meditate...A bell should 'bring' you in touch with yourself...

Thich Nhat Hanh says:
Walking meditation is like eating. With each step, we nourish our body and our spirit. When we walk with anxiety and sorrow, it is a kind of junk food. The food of walking meditation should be of a higher quality. Just walk slowly and enjoy a banquet of peace...

Our house in Hyderabad Sindh and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
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