Saturday, May 31, 2014

Divine Blessings in Advance

2010 is the year Swami visited New Delhi. It is very rare for Swami to visit any place away from Puttaparthi. All I could think of was, "There is a reason Swami is coming to New Delhi. What is that reason? The real reason." I kept on praying for the answer but I received no clues.

(Image Courtesy: Shri Govind Bharathan, Senior Advocate, Kerala High Court) 

For those who may not know this: Many of India's Prime Ministers and Presidents have been devotees of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Rajiv Gandhi, for example,had deep respect towards Swami, as revealed by one of his close co-pilots who wrote a book on Baba.  

Former PMs Narasimha Rao, Atal Behari Vajpayee and Dr Manmohan Singh were Swami's devotees long before they entered politics. Former Indian Presidents Shankar Dayal Sharma,  Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and the present President Pranab Mukheerjee are also Swami's devotees. Other prominent political leaders who are Swami's devotees include  the current PM, LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Ashok Singhal, Chandrababu Naidu, Vilasrao Deshmukh, among many others. 

Coming back to Swami's Delhi visit, everyone was excited about it. It was the BIG talk among people for weeks. There were talks of many VVIPs requesting 'special' darshan with Swami. When I made discreet inquiries in Delhi, the information I received was "Swami does not intend to meet VIPS and has rejected all meeting requests including from the highest level."

Two years later, I met the devotee who had been 'chauffeur' to Swami during the Delhi visit. He told me, "I drove Swami to all the locations. He could have gone to visit the PM or any one but the only person Swami asked to visit was Atal Behari Vajpayee whom no one visits these days. Swami visited him, spent an hour there and returned. Swami was so happy after the visit, said Atalji and Swami are old friends. He went to see some one who, at the time, no one else seemed to visit."

Being eager and curious to know more, I probed, "Did you notice anything unusual about Swami's visit? Since you drove Swami around, there must have been something you observed...His expressions, anything...."

He thought a while and said, "The only unusual thing I felt was that on the night before Swami left, He told me to take Him for a drive around the Parliament, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the PM's residence and India Gate. I was puzzled that Swami wanted see the buildings that I know He has seen before. But you know how it is with Swami. So I drove Swami around. And then Swami told me to drive very slowly. At each building when we reached, Swami asked the car to be stopped. He simply looked for a few minutes at each building with such powerful energy that I could feel something is happening, it was like electric currents. Then Swami would signal the car to start again. After Swami's samadhi, I felt two things in my mind. One, Swami knew this is is last physical sojourn to the nation's capital. Two, we know the power of Swami's gaze. His gaze was directed at the Parliament, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the PM's residence and India Gate. I believe now He came to bless and strengthen the institutions that were weakening our system. It was as though He was cleansing these places. Because I drove Swami to these places, I know how the experience felt to me."

I always sensed that Swami's visit to New Delhi had a deeper reason and this conversation seemed to hint the same.

When Shri Narendra Modi took oath as India's 15th Prime Minister, I felt that Swami's blessings had come in advance for both the current President  and current PM. Interestingly both of them, during the year of Swami's visit, had different positions of authority. Swami, I believe, knew and had blessed them much earlier.


      (Image Courtesy: Shri Govind Bharathan, Senior Advocate, Kerala High Court) 

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Amazing Signs You are an Earth Angel


Doreen Virtue’s book, “Assertiveness for Earth Angels” brings to life the reality of Earth Angels in very easy way. It’s an exciting must-read! [ALSO READ: How to NEVER EVER GIVE UP on the spiritual path]

Earth Angels have amazing super powers in:
  1. Music
  2. Arts
  3. Writing
  4. Healing
  5. Manifesting miracles for others such as controlling weather conditions &  becoming invisible at will

DO READ: ASK MORE, FEAR LESS.

How to Identify Earth Angels by their Traits

To know whether you are an Earth Angel, take a look at their known traits that are explained in this book:



  • You have a graceful and compassionate aura that inspires people. Your presence “lifts” everyone to happier spirits – it is proof of who you really are.
  • You don’t judge others but you overdo the “acceptance” bit. So, you tolerate even those who show no respect for boundaries.
  • You cannot stand anyone suffering or being in pain. You are constantly “rescuing people” because it is in your nature to want to see everyone happy in this world. But you also attract many “professional victims” – those who take advantage of this.
  • You are conflict-phobic. You cower before an angry person. You will do everything possible to avoid a conflict or confrontation. This is because you want to experience only love and happiness around you.
  • You worry that you are “bothering” others. So, you tend to say,  “Are you mad at me?” or “I am sorry” and “Thank you” more often than any one else others know. This happens because Earth Angels need to feel their loved ones are ALWAYS connected to them. If not, they feel disturbed.
  • You are not comfortable with your body, particularly your feet. This is because you are not fully grounded as an Earth Angel and so you always have a feeling of “floating” above the earth realm. People close to you often point out, “Where are you gone?” right when you are there because you don’t seem to be actually there with them.
  • You don’t ask anyone for help because you are used to helping and serving others. It confuses you when receiving help (even tiny favors) from others around  – because it is not part of your mission on earth.
  • You tend to always feel insecure in relationships. If some one is holding back, an Earth Angel’s first impulse is to go chasing after them, get an assurance that the person is not angry or upset with them. This often backfires in relationships but Earth Angels do not understand why.
  • Be it as a parent or a professional, you are not competitive. Getting ahead of others has never been your focal point. This is because you want to see everyone win and get an equal chance to succeed. Everything you do stems from a place of love and gratitude that reflect in your actions. 
  • You have the power to turn invisible while you are physically present. Most Earth Angels manage all their tasks in the physical world in a very silent way that people don’t even notice them unless the Earth Angels “want” them to.

Earth Angels are constantly nursing and serving the needs of others. So, they take on a lot of toxic energy into themselves. Result – many Earth Angels suffer suicidal tendencies, depression and life threatening illnesses. Breast cancer is most common among Earth Angels because at the astral level, it represents a serious body-soul lack of love and disconnect. 

Don't miss reading Doreen Virtue’s book, “Assertiveness for Earth Angels.” It takes you to a different world altogether – one that probably exists within you and you never really put the jigsaw pieces together to see the whole big picture.



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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Why Failure can be a good thing in your life

Failure is one of those highly devastating experiences that can make or break your life. When I fail, I feel that the Universe is sending me a sign of awakening.

I have read somewhere Steve Jobs had said that being fired from Apple was the best thing that ever happened to him. That attitude is a sure sign of growth, of moving towards something that can take you from average to awesome. 

So, take the pledge to “Embrace Your Failures.” 
FAILURE IS AN AWAKENING, A STEPPING STONE TO AWESOMENESS
When your life is going smoothly, you don’t really grow. You are cozy in your comfort zone. It’s easy, convenient and leisurely. We all feel that way through the good times.
When you hit choppy waters, your skills are tested like never before. Not just your skills – a host of traits are put to test. Such as:
·        Your professional ethics and value systems [Do you feel tempted to take short cuts?]
·        Your sense of timing and sense of humor
·        Your inner compass – that which helps you to make critical decisions
·        Your integrity particularly in your inter personal relationships

FAILURE TEACHES YOU TO FOCUS ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU
We experience failure in different ways. If it’s a relationship, you have the choice to make yourself more miserable or you can choose to decide that it is over.
Another example - Losing a job enables you to evaluate yourself before you pitch your CV to a prospective employer. You may want to get trained to develop a skill. Or if you were miserable in your job, you will look for a job that you feel passionate about or interested in.
The options to grow are plenty. We just don’t see it when we succeed at everything or when life is too smooth.



FAILURE SHOWS YOU WHO YOUR REAL FRIENDS ARE
Do you want to discover who your real friends are? Failure is the best way to find out.

Right at the peak of my career in the publishing segment, I was surrounded by ‘fawning friends.’ Out of the blue, I took a break from my career and decided to spend sometime at home with my family. I saw a complete U-turn in my friends’ circle. They no longer wanted to talk or even be seen with me. When we met at parties, I got the cold shoulder. Lesson learned! 

Another funny instance – we visited my husband’s school buddy in Mumbai. It was my first trip to Mumbai in ten years and it meant a lot to me. This school buddy had been insisting we have dinner at his home and we were not sure but since he kept calling and insisting, we agreed reluctantly. 

When we reached there, he noted that we came in an auto and not in a cab. We didn’t tell him that our cab had stopped midway due to some issue and we took an auto from there. But you get the drift – he didn’t like what he saw.

Once we were seated, he asked casually about what we were doing. 

Jokingly, my husband said, “We have both quit our jobs and we are jobless.” 

What he didn’t say is that I have already got a job that I would join in after the Mumbai trip and that he would be starting his own law firm the same month.

The friend’s warm demeanor changed. He may have assumed we needed some financial help, which was not the case. 

Dinner was not offered. That's okay - except that I wished, as every mother would, that they had had the decency to give food to my baby who was really hungry by then!

So, we were on our way back to where we stayed. Most restaurants on the way had closed and those that were open - I wasn't sure I wanted my son to have food from there!

But the Universe never cheats on good human beings. Guess what happened?

We went to a restaurant – an expensive one – because we couldn’t find any other ones so late near to the place we stayed. There was a sweet young couple next to our table who kept admiring baby Adi (my son) and when we were about to pay the bill, it was paid already!

Apparently, they paid it and told us, “We just love your baby and wanted to give him a gift. This is our gift for your baby.”

Though I tried to refuse, they were very adamant and didn’t allow me to pay.

Isn’t it funny? We went to a ‘friend’s place because he invited us for dinner. He changed his mind and our dinner gets paid for by absolute strangers! I have never forgotten their loving gift and I often send out grateful prayers for the couple. 

Coming back to my point, it’s failure that helped me find out who my ‘real friends’ are because they turned up for me when I didn't expect it. Some sent me job offers whenever they saw something suitable for me though I hadn’t asked. They would follow up and say ‘Did you apply?’ to give me a gentle nudge. 

Trust me, these are the real angels that the Universe sends to you when you get a raw deal on other fronts. But you won’t discover them when you are enjoying the good times because they vanish into thin air and seem to disappear!

TREAT FAILURE LIKE AN UNEXPECTED GIFT

Everything happens in your life for a good reason. Failure is actually not what you think it is. SURPRISE THE UNIVERSE BY TREATING FAILURE LIKE AN UNEXPECTED GIFT. 

This is the best way to let go of your fears, trust in the Higher Power that guides you and enjoy the path you are set to take. To be inspired, read about these Amazing Path Makers. 


FAILURE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. EMBRACE IT WITH LOVE.
IT’s YOUR TURN TO INSPIRE ME J  

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

MV Devan: Eye of the Artist

On 29th April, 2014, MV Devan passed away. He was born on January 15, 1928, to Madathil Govindan Gurukkal and Mulloli Madhavi in Kannur. My husband's family knew him well. 

As a person who respects writers, artists and musicians, I too felt a sense of  loss on hearing about MV Devan's demise. But I believe that artists are those rare, blessed people who never 'die.' Their legacy lasts forever.

                                                            {Credit: Google Images}

MV Devan: A Different Kind of an Artist
Many factors make MV Devan a different kind of artist. Artists, in the eyes of the society, are known to lead gypsy-like, wandering lives and hearts.  It is said that the heart and soul of an artist is as mysterious as the sea and cannot belong to another. It definitely remains a mystery how MV Devan remained a true-to-heart family man. His love and commitment to his family, particularly his beloved wife, is well known. That, indeed, is a rarity among artists.

Another interesting aspect – MV Devan had no formal training in sculpting but he demonstrated his passion and flair for it. While his art took him to different creative realms, his love for writing is also noteworthy. He has written on various topics concerned with art and literature. He was associated with several literary magazines as well. 

Again, this multi-faceted artist made his mark by becoming an architect though he was not a trained one. He designed houses in association with FACT Engineering and Design Organization (FEDO) that suited Kerala’s unique environmental conditions. These structures came to known as “Deven model” and were appreciated for the artistic approach in his designs that made it stand apart.

A much cited example of MK Devan’s design work is the guesthouse that overlooks the Periyar.

MV Devan also held important positions as the chairman of Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy. He played a significant role to play in establishing Chennai Cholamandalam, Kochi Kalapeetam and Mahe Kalagramam.  He has won prominent awards such as the Raja Ravi Varma Award, Kerala Sahitya Academy Award, Malayatoor award and V P Menon award.

MV Devan: My First and Last 'Meeting' with him 
My first and last glimpse of MV Devan, the eminent painter, sculptor, writer, art critic and orator was on the day of my marriage. 

Just twenty minutes after the 'thaalikettu' (tying of the mangalsutra), MV Devan came on stage. He talked to my husband like a good, old friend. Then he blessed me by touching my head and then he turned and whispered something to my husband. After he left, Sanand told me, "MV Devan said about you 'Oru Deviyeh poley undu. Sthreethwam niranja mugham." It is difficult to explain the English translation of this but when it is from an artist such as MV Devan, it means a lot to the recipient.

It was on the day of my marriage and this is the most beautiful compliment that I have received in my life on that special day. I remain always grateful to him for his beautiful, heart lifting words to me.

This quote is my tribute to the artist MV Devan and it comes from an artist, Hollie Chastain:

 I think as an artist it’s very easy to [equate self-worth with artistic success] because of the nature of the work. If you think of art as a job, then your product is so much more than hours invested. The product is a piece of yourself, so of course if the reception is not the greatest, then it can feel like a direct hit to who you are as a person. I think this happened a lot more when I was younger and still finding my way around. I would doubt my direction when a viewer wasn’t thrilled. The trick for me is not to put more distance between my work and myself, but to close that gap completely. I can see myself in the art that I create, and that builds a wall of confidence.

MV Devan and his art remains with us forever. Now more than ever, there is no wall separating the artist from his art – with this passage into a realm beyond life, MV Devan has closed the gap and become one with art.

May this artist’s soul rest in peace.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Cancer turns your life upside down, But if Yuvi can, You can!

‘Cancer turns you upside down. In body, in mind, in spirit. You have to get used to retaining food in your stomach again before you go about expending energy. It would take me six weeks to get my system functioning well.” – Yuvraj Singh (The Test of Life)

No one likes to be diagnosed with cancer.For those who missed the first part of the book review, here's where you can read it Book Review: The Test of My Life by Yuvraj Singh.



Cancer in India: Pre-conceptions and Social Stigma
In his book, Yuvraj Singh takes on some pre-conceptions about cancer: 
·        Is cancer infectious?
·        Can cancer spread?
·        Can you go into a house that has a cancer patient and catch it?
·        If a parent has cancer, does it mean all his children will have it?
·        Should we allow our children to marry into a family that has cancer?

There is also a paragraph in the book where Yuvraj asks his doctor whether he will be able to have children after undergoing chemotherapy. It takes guts to write and open yourself to the world like this.

Develop an Inner Circle of Love Warriors
Many whom you considered dear to you may not want to have anything to do with you once they know you have cancer. Let them go, don't have regrets. Surround yourself with people who value you for the person you are. They are your Love Warriors and they are there for a purpose – their own awakening too.

Don’t Resist Chemo, Find a Way to Accept it
Chemo is a lot more painful and worse than it sounds but Yuvraj says you have to believe that you can come back to your life after a period of time. 

Positive Thoughts
For a fitness conscious cricketer like Yuvraj Singh, you can imagine what cancer could have done if he hadn't stayed positive in his thoughts. He fought depression even when he needed his mother’s help to put on his socks, to carry him when he collapsed after vomiting, and for everything, he needed some one’s support.


Gratitude is a great form of positive strength and energy. He thanks every friend, every nurse and every doctor who helped him through this phase. 

What he had to fight within himself – that cannot be helped because no one, however close, can help you through it. And there, most significantly, Yuvraj thanks his mother, God and his Guru for helping and healing him.

Concentrate on Health, Focus on Recovery
The world was moving along fast but my life had come to a standstill. I was an island. I was an island of silence, no longer a part of the team I had once belonged to. Indian cricket had moved on and I had been left behind." - Yuvraj Singh (The Test of My Life)

It is when we lose the hope and the will to live that the Universe shows us a way forward, usually in the guise of a friend. 

Out of the blue, Anil Kumble visited him and gave him a pep talk that changed Yuvraj’s feeling of suffering and being left out.

Anil’s advice went like this, “Stop watching YouTube videos of your matches. Cricket will come back one day, concentrate on your health, focus on your recovery.”

Simplify it further:

1.     Stop thinking of what you would have been doing with your life if you hadn't been diagnosed with cancer at this point.
2.      Whatever you love to do, whatever you are passionate about, it will come back to you at the right time. BELIEVE this.
3.     Concentrate on your health.
4.     Focus on recovery.

The end of Yuvraj’s book is perfect. It says, “If Yuvi can, You can.” Buy Yuvi's book 'The Test of My Life', don't miss reading it.

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