One day I read about ‘Laughter’s Club’ in Mumbai where
people of all ages get together in order to keep themselves healthy. I was
amused and had a hearty laugh myself. But that was about four years back. Today
I also feel the need of joining such a club at the age of sixteen inspite of
the fact thatI have a very loving,
understanding family; all material comforts at my disposal and above all, no
psychological stress for a particular career. Yet the cut throat competition
and immoral practices adopteddo not let
me relax and enjoy life. When my elders tell me about carefree childhood and
incidents of their naughtiness, I wonder why I can’t have the similar experiences?
They led a simpler and perhaps materialistically hard life but they have a
repository of such happy memories !
An old saying goes “ If everyone does what is his father did
we would still be living in caves”. Today every-one is running after money.
There are many who talk of values and morals but a few who really care for
these. Corruption has become the order of the day. It seems as if everybody has
become corrupt. The world generally and relationships in particular have
changed altogether. Gone are the days when a students as his own children. What
does this show? That we have lost our moral values. We have better resources.
Our lives have been overwhelmed with scientific discoveries and inventions. Our
homes are no less than show room of electronic devices which provide us with
comfort and entertainment. The world has shrunk owing to fast and easy modes of
communication. But do these achievements imply happiness and peace of mind? The
answer is a big ‘No’.
Howadays the respect of a person is evaluated in proportion
to the wealth he has. Things like cars, motorbikes, bungalows, costly
electronic appliance, all have become status symbols. The craving to own all
these is leading to various kinds of crimes. People and especially youngsters
want to become rich overnight without working hard. Easy money has become the
aim of their life. Television and cinema show novel ways of crime. The immature
minds cannot differentiate between good and evil; reality and fiction. Women
who once were considered the torch-bearers of goodness, traditions and
sanskars; incarnation of love affection and full of compassion are being shown
as schemers, plotters-a far cry from the likes of Sita, Lopamudra, Rani Jhansi
or even Kalpana Chawla.
Education should have made us better human beings, but it
pains me to say that in most of us, it has rather evoked negative feeling of
jealousy and hatred. We do not feel happy to see other people’s progress.
Adolescents like me are so engrossed in their studies that they do not even
find time to appreciate and admire simple things of nature. Science and technology
have no doubt made our life comfortable and hitech, but, along with this,
brought many dreadful diseases, pollution and what not as ‘gifts’. Every day we
hear of new diseases. There so many types of pollutions that even scientists
are worried about the very existence of mankind.
In the name of modernization, let us not destroy this world.
Our country has been known as ‘Spiritual Guru’ of the world since time
immemorial. We should be careful enough to make distinction between good and
bad. Let us adopt new ideas which can take us and our country on the path of
progress without forgetting our moorings. We should shed the orthodox customs
and rituals which have proved to be shackles and once again have faith in the
maxim of ‘Vasudeva Kutumbam’
It is not that we should go back in time but then we should
not follow everything in the name of modernism. We shall have to strike a
Relaxation strategies can be extremely helpful and useful.
Relaxation can help you to better manage stress, tension and anxiety, help you
perform better at work and remain calmer in any situation. It can be used at
work or at home, on the bus or while you are standing in a queue.
This method of relaxation is usually referred to as
controlled breathing. It is most effective in reducing anxiety and helps you to
keep calm. It is quick and easy to use anywhere and anytime. Make yourself comfortable
and then breathe slowly and evenly. Quietly say to yourself ‘in’ when you breathe
in, and ‘relax’ when you breathe out. Repeat this over and over again. Focus as
much as you can on these two simple words. Imagine that with every breath out,
each time you say relax, you are becoming more and more clam and relax. If you
get distracted or if your thoughts wander, refocius as often as you need to. Don’t
forget practice is the key.
An intelligent man should restrain
his speech and his mind. “When we are aware that thoughts have distracted us,
we return again. At first we may notice cretin restlessness, but after some
minutes the mind will settle down to a quieter level, and then become deeper
and more silent, “merged into nothingness.”
There is a power in silence that has been stressed again and
again. as we sit in innocent silent reflection trying of free ourselves from
the worldly attachments your mind wanders, flies off at a tangent, responding
to some inner or outer impulse of our physical, animal aspect. We should not
concern ourselves with these thoughts, or blame our mind for waywardness, but
let go, consuming those thoughts with the mention of God. “Observe silence and
refrain from idle talk, “Baha ‘u’llah reminds us. Likewise, the kena Upanishad
Rapt in silence we achieve transcendence, the level of
purity where no other thing dwells but the holy spirit. It is a purification of
the whole human system, when both body and mind are cleansed and repose in
undisturbed tranquility. Baha’u’llah describes this as “ the plane of the self
which is well pleasing unto God” and quotes a mystic : “ Oh, thou soul which
art at rest, return to thy lord, well-pleased, and pleasing Him…. Enter thou
may paradise.” The Power of silence to link up to the Divine is a power of
integration that can help up in our collective life. We human being are richly
endowed with a “capacity with the other.” Baha’u’llah tells us to be even as
one soul from inmost being. If we heed this counsel we could be aware that only
in deep silence are we thus attuned. While we speak, our differences are
clearly manifest, but when we are joined together in stillness our minds will
be knit to that most great concern and there empowered for accomplishing