Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Three Goddesses

We all know that Parvati has two daughters and two sons naming Lakshmi, Saraswati Ganesha and Kartik. What we do not know is that Parvati actually has three daughters-Saraswati ,Lakshmi and her twin Alakshmi.
We talk of the first two because we like them but we never remember the third because she is not liked by anyone. What we do not keep in mind is that much as we hate her we can not disassosiate her from her twin sibling-Lakshmi..
Both of them exist together and are inseparable.
Lakshmi stands for wealth and prosperity .
Alakshmi stands for anything and everything that is negative-lust,greed,jealousy and all of the same family.
So man craves for Lakshmi,finds ways to get her without ever realising that he gets a package -the inseparable twins together.
Both the sisters manifest themselves in man's life simultaneously ,leaving him in a state of fix - the more he wooes Lakshmi the unhappier he becomes. He fails to understand the reason because he never tries to understand clearly the nature and characteristics of the goddesses that he has been worshipping.
So does that mean Lakshmi is bad?
No way !
She is wonderful!
We must worship her but she has a brilliant sister who we forget. That is our mistake. We must understand her sister Saraswati's virtues.
Saraswati represents Knowledge that leads to Wisdom.
Knowledge is the information accumulated over a period of time through various resources.
Wisdom is learning to assimilate and use that knowledge for our good.
Saraswati is the only one who can teach us the right value and use of her own sister Lakshmi,towards our good.
Saraswati is the only one that can teach us to protect ourselves or rather dodge Alakshmi while enjoying her twin Lakshmi.
If we have Saraswati in our lives Lakshmi is sure to be there ,only in all her glory and purity firmly restraining Alakshmi.
Alas! Without knowing all these three Goddesses completely ,we get carried away by the dazzling Lakshmi and ignoring Saraswati or not giving her the deserving value ,we end up in the clutches of Alakshmi- fighting, hating, killing and dying an unfullfilled unhappy life.
So He Maa Saraswati! Lead us from darkness to light....the light of Wisdom!!!!
Let us bless our youngsters with Wisdom.
We generally bless them with success, wealth,happiness.
Anybody who acquires Wisdom will have all the above mentioned naturally.
So may I wish Wisdom to all?

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Off Site

Lord Shiva was sitting with his eyes closed when Goddess Parvati bustled in . As if sensing her presense Shiva opened his eyes and smiled at her.
" Guess who I met today on my walk?''bursted Parvati''Khushi and Santosh!!!! I met them near Mansarovar...and you cant believe what I found them doing?They were meditating!!!!''
''I asked Khushi how could they afford to be there for were they not the most sought after on Earth?''
''We are on an off site''answered Khushi''along with my friend and colleague Santosh.''
''Off site? for what ?''
''To introspect,analyze our fast dwindling presense in the market .We have been told to identify the cause and come up with steps to deal with it. That is what we are doing here ,unsuccessfully so far ,though.''Khushi was really stressed. She pointed out to a far hidden cave where she said Santosh was in deep introspection.
''I don't understand''said an exasperated Parvati''people on earth do not want Khushi and Santosh any more? How can that be possible? I believed they were timeless in demand.'''
Finally getting a chance to speak Shiva said,''This is what you call Globalization. The market now suddenly is flooded with too many products. It is very natural to try those ,thanks to such agressive marketing. When the people try all ,face their effects then slowly they could come back to their old loyalities. Let me also tell you Parvati,our darling daughters have a big role to play in this transition.''
''You blaming our daughters for this? How can you?'' asked an angry Parvati.
''No no , I dont blame them . I said they also have a role to play in it.''smiled Shiva patiently.
''My darling Lakshmi , Saraswati...you just say anything''.Spoke the hurt mom.
''You are forgetting the twin? Alakshmi?''asked Shiva?''
''Lets go and eat ,I am famished''said Shiva guiding his confused wife to the table......

Happy Pain

It was a wonderful morning.Bright.sunny,with the air filled with high spirits,collective affinity and a sense of happiness joy and enthusiasm. People cutting across age,religion,gender felt one walking, laughing the Mumbai Marathon. The spectacular myriad of colours presented in the forms of all possible walks of our lives, was amazing. The one thing that was common to all was the feeling of joy . They all ran to express that joy.
It was my first such experience. I was a bit apprehensive about it keeping in mind my physical limitations ,but it was all because of my husband's belief that I also held on to my belief and I actually could do it .
On our way back as we were walking to the station to board a train,we saw a man in his early forties ,may be,limping ahead of us. He was carrying his shoes in his hands and was walking barefooted. While crossing past each other ,we smiled . He smiled back (how beautiful is a warm happy smile...I just cant understand why such a simple precious thing is not so frequently seen!)
I asked him that why was he walking barefeet when the feet were apparently in pain.
He said that he had made some mistake in evaluating his new shoes so had developed a nasty shoe bite....
I smiled and said' Must be paining hell of a lot..could we be of any help?''
He smiled back thanking us for offering help and said,;;Not at all. Yes it is paining quite a bit but it is a HAPPY PAIN.I am feeling so happy after running the marathon that I do not mind this pain.''
I loved the phrase...''Happy Pain''.
Anything that we do ,by choice, for the purpose of joy , can be assosiated with the phrase.
Everything demands a price ...so it is always wiser if we try to be clear and sure of our actions...what ever they are -so that they lead to happiness and what we experience then would be ''Happy Pain''