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In the search for happiness

In the search for happiness. The ever wondering quest of mankind. We run after worldly wealth but many times we miss the inner wealth. The spring of happiness sprouts within us. It resides within us. 
Here is a small Hindi poem, the poet searches for happiness, and finally he realizes that it’s nowhere else but in the small things around us. It’s in gifts that God has been cherished with us. It’s in Gratitude. It’s in feeling thankful for what we have. 
Never count on lack of life, but always count on haves of life. What we have matters greater than what we don’t have. It’s the greatest lesson in life. Practice Gratitude to be happy. Cultivate satisfaction to feel joy.
Here is a Poem:
ऐ “सुख” तू कहाँ मिलता है
क्या तेरा कोई पक्का पता है
क्यों बन बैठा है अन्जाना
आखिर क्या है तेरा ठिकाना।
कहाँ कहाँ ढूंढा तुझको पर तू न कहीं मिला मुझको
ढूंढा ऊँचे मकानों में
बड़ी बड़ी दुकानों में
स्वादिष्ट पकवानों में
चोटी के धनवानों में
वो भी तुझको ही ढूंढ रहे थे
बल्कि मुझको ही पूछ रहे थे
क्या आपको कुछ पता है
ये सुख आखिर …

An interview with God

Once upon a time, a man dreamed of an interview with God. Isn’t it astonishing to know; what kind of questions would have been asked to God? It’s a wonderful imagination of questions and answers, gives the real meaning to the understanding of life.

In this race of success, we may forget the value of life and family. We may run after the material happiness and ignore the inner ecstasy. We may give priority to the profession, and forget to enjoy the colors of life. We may forget the nearness of God. This poem makes us realize it. It makes us think that what is important in life.

Here it goes:

I dreamed I had an interview with God.
"So, you would like to interview me?" God asked.
"If you have the time," I said.
God smiled. "My time is eternity; what questions do you have in mind to ask me?"
"What surprises you most about humankind?"
God answered:
"That they get bored with childhood -- they rush to grow up and then long to be children again.
That the…

Spiritual Intelligence: The divine wisdom to grow

We are living in the most technologically advanced age. In this emerging era of information technology, artificial intelligence has changed the face of our lives. We fly in the sky, we swim under the water, we run fast upon the earth. What's not possible with the help of science and technology!

But one thing we also need to consider is, this modern age has given birth to conflict with competitions, stress with turmoils, and fear with uncertainty. Everyone is ambitious to be successful. In this race of success, we might be a victim of failures and setbacks. Unease and distress may agitate us. We may be stuck in our minds. So here what kind of intelligence can help us?

In earlier times, only IQ was considered to be successful. But with time, experts realized that with IQ, man must nurture EQ to be successful. Now the new insights revealed that man must cultivate SQ beneath these two. Spiritual Intelligence is the core ability of life. Whatever happens in life, worst or best, if we …

Victory of a virtuous soul

What we feel important in life? Name, fame, and money! We may run after material happiness for a whole life. Isn’t it the greatest illusion of our lives? What is finite, we seek it. What is infinite we ignore it.
What is visible, we feel it’s truth. What is invisible, we feel it’s false. Actually, the truth is truth whether it’s seen or unseen. We need to awaken the self. We need to enlighten the self. We need to know the truth: what is never lasting and what is everlasting?     
Here in this poem, the poet depicts the victory of the virtuous soul. Worldly possessions are short and having limitations. Of course, it gives happiness but it’s limited. While human virtues and values are limitless. They are invaluable and boundless. They give the real eternal bliss. They give immense strength and vigor. They stay with us forever, even after death. 
What seems so beautiful, it fades with time. What seems so wealthy, it wanes with time. Even the human body seems so healthy, it also dies with ti…

Hold thy faith firm, my heart!

Faith, faith, faith. Faith in self and faith in God. And faith in invariant principles of the holy scriptures. Faith is one of the most important qualities in life. One who loses faith will be negative. And one who holds faith will be positive. 
When we put effort and it doesn’t turn into success, we get disappointed. We may mourn and throb in pang. We may stop putting our forth. But when we have faith in the heart, we will try again. We will continue. Faith whispers: Try again, it will give result one day. One who has no faith will quit, but one who has faith will sail on calmly. 
Failure may cause a loss of faith. The company of a negative and selfish people may cause a loss of faith. Or any other external factor may also cause it. But wherever we are, with whom so ever we are, it’s completely upon us to hold faith. Don’t let others overwhelm. Let the inner bird sing whatever the situation is. 
Nature has the best example of it. When we saw a seed, does it give fruits on the second day…

What is noble?

What is noble? To inherit wealth? Having an estate? Possessing a high degree? What is truly noble? Let’s have a few thoughts with a noble poem.
We find nobility in acts done for social welfare. We may find nobility in donating food, shelter, and clothes to the poor. We may find it in rescuing the needy from calamity. We may find it in helping others. Any act done out of kindness and mercy, we call it noble. But we may get fame out of it. Our ego may get boosted in giving. Only a man himself and God can observe the purpose of the act.  
Surely the kind act is noble. But true nobility has higher merit. In this little poem, the poet says that it’s something greater far must enter into life’s majestic span. True nobility resides within the finer portion of the mind and heart that is linked with divinity.
It’s in the upliftment of a man. When we feel oneness with others. When we feel divinity in relationship with others. When we feel the divine brotherhood that brings nobility in life. So any…

Shake it off and step up

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. 
At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on…

Out in the fields with God

Hurry, worry and curry! Isn’t it describing our lives? We run behind the success and invite worries. We haste in achieving worldly possessions. And in celerity, we miss enjoying life. Life is beautiful, when we enjoy it fully.     
Here is a wonderful poem about living a life with joy. The poet wonders in nature and loses petty cares. Among the play of winds and rustling of trees, among the singing of birds and humming of bees, he forgets niggling of life. Nature is the divine creation of God. As it hasn’t ego, when wonder in it, ruffles of life turns into smooth. 
Sometimes we feel down due to foolish fears of what may happen. We may feel blue due to imaginary menace. The poet cast it away in husking of the corn and nodding of drowsy poppies. 
He finds the presence of God in nature. Where ill thoughts die and good thoughts are born. Understanding of nearness of God makes us happy in all situations. In pain and pine, when we feel that God is with me and within me, it makes us happy. This…

આપણે ભરોસે આપણે ચાલીએ

Some complain; some excuse; some escape; but the brave faces. It’s easy to defend, it’s easy to flee, it’s easy to disappear, but it’s difficult to face. We may seek help when we are in difficulty. We may expect someone to come and rescue us. It creates an illusion in life. Never be dependent on others. 
Awake and arise! Self-awareness is the beginning of wisdom. When almighty God is with us and within us, what else we need. Self-realization makes us self-reliant. Think and feel it. Always say: I am great, potential and divine. I can do anything and everything. 
Here is a little poem in my mother tongue. It made me aware that I should never seek help outside. When we look within, we find an immersive source of worth and might. We have already been gifted with brain and brawn. Why expect someone, when we are able to save the self. Realize and reveal the undercurrent. Infuse the undaunted spirit within. 
It’s a really self-awakeing poem: 
આપણે ભરોસે આપણે ચાલીએ
હો ભેરુ મારા, આપણે ભરોસે આપણે હ…