Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Sheer Joy of Regrets



The Joy of Regrets
It is common with human beings to think of their past actions and feel sorry about things they could have done differently. As one ages, the length of one’s experience is longer and such regrets can become voluminous so that the mind focuses on that far more than enjoying the present moment and doing what is required here and now. Most humans then become sad or depressed about it. However, there are some who are filled with joy when they think of their past mistakes after they have repented and asked for forgiveness for any wrong they may have done to others. Why is that?

These latter humans, who are happy at realizing their past follies, regard life as an education and feel that learning only takes place by making mistakes and realizing what those mistakes are. They feel sorry for those who do not have such regrets because that simply means that they have wasted their lives and learned nothing, like a student who attends a particular course at school or university but pays no attention to the lessons.

Certainly they feel happy and grateful for the times they did things right but they are also happy about the times they did not do them right and learned something from it. That would help them not to repeat those errors in future.

Of what use is that learning to an old person or if an opportunity is lost forever?

Well such persons also believe that life goes on in new lives even after death and similar opportunities keep on repeating.

But what if one does not believe in reincarnation?

Well some of those rare humans who are delighted at their past mistakes and the learning it provides are even more delighted if they do not believe in reincarnation because then they have a good laugh over the past loss since it would not really matter in a decade or two except as a nice joke while life lasts. They do feel a little sorry though for all the stuff they worked hard to acquire and will mean nothing after a decade or two when they are gone and it all will have to be left behind.

Laugh about it all, Laughter is a step in the direction of Heaven.  LOL :-)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cleanliness is the Beginning of Yoga



Cleanliness

When Patanjali the father of Yoga listed the eight parts of yoga in his founding text on Yoga, the first thing he mentioned that a human needs to do after rejecting his animal and inhumane tendencies such as violence is cleanliness. He described the five rules or Niyams required for evolution after giving up animal characteristics like violence, stealing etc. These five rules were – cleanliness, contentment i.e. giving up on greed, tap i.e. order and discipline, self assessment to weed out weaknesses and finally trust in the Lord.

When this author interpreted Yoga from a modern point of view he had coined the term Entropy Yoga described in an earlier post and cleanliness is the first step here too.  Civilization in the Indian subcontinent appears to have begun in the Indus valley and this civilization as evident from its ruins was a highly clean civilization. The people of this civilization invented the sewerage system and covered drains. However in the millennia that passed since the time many cities and towns of India have become some of the dirtiest of cities in the world. A lot of inhabited India has become hugely messy and the messiest of places are its public places like markets and religious towns. The cleanest parts are the areas largely untouched by man as in the Himalayas and the countryside.

It is heartening therefore that the new Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi has realized this and stressed on restoring cleanliness to the country beginning with a five year campaign on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi who too used to stress the same on the second of October 2015. India is now fortunate to have got a leader that is taking this message across the length and breadth of the country and this blogger wishes much success for this campaign.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Playing as Happy Children in the Lord’s Garden



Two Children Playing

 
Children on the whole are happier than grown ups most times because children worry less about future, finances, health, career and everything else besides that troubles grown-ups and makes their lives less than happy. For the most part, children leave those worries to parents and other grown-ups while they concern themselves with their immediate needs of the day and their play. No wonder they sleep like a log and dream of sweet things while they do.

When we grow up, either our parents have already departed or if not, they may have become too old to play the role they did when we were young and would be in need of care instead. However, there are some adults who trust in the Lord and regard Him as both father and mother and therefore are able to win back some of the happiness they experienced as children. Certainly the Lord is infinite and formless but since His consciousness flows through everything he may be regarded as a Father or Mother or even both and even more – friend, teacher, brother etc.  This is the reason that it has often been found that those who believe in God are usually happier much more often than those who do not have that faith and end up worrying, fretting and bitching about life and the views of others rather than fix their own peace and well being.

A photo from the garden grown by the Lord for the author's home
Children who have one or both parents or in some cases even other grown-ups to look after them do not have to worry much except for doing something bad that will make mama or papa punish them. It is the same with grown-ups who start trusting in the Lord, because they too have to worry about not telling lies, hurting others etc. because they know that this Big Daddy or Mama punishes too.

What about those who do not believe in God, do they also get punished anyway? Well these are like the children who run away from home because they are bad often and get punished often at home. They escape the punishment of Mama and Papa but they get punished something awful by thugs and hoodlums on the street. The funny thing is that as a grown up we cannot run away from Big Papa because he is everywhere so he joins in with the thugs or angels as the case maybe in giving us our just deserts :- )

 
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Be good, do good, trust in the Lord, then you shall find peace and joy whether you be child or old, even with one foot in the grave and even after life departs for that is just discarding clothes that are worn out for new ones all fresh and bright.


Top Image: Two Children Playing by Corne, Michele Felice, image  from Wikpedia


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tiny Cottages in the Wilderness

Dwellings of Heavenly Peace and Beauty


I spent a lot of time dreaming about the plans for my present home around a quarter century ago and then built it in three phases spread apart by five years each between breaks in work as I saved money for each phase by working across the globe. It is a large and comfortable home in a modern urban area. When I began the home it was in near wilderness but with the grace of the Lord it has now developed into one of the most modern areas in the country, a modernization that I have contributed to, including naming the streets on a North American pattern.

However, my first love has always been and still is the country side, hills and forests and I keep frequenting that area, living in rented places or guest houses. Human history attests to the fact that those who are spiritually inclined love modest dwellings in quiet and green isolated locations. Queen Victoria, who became the mightiest of Queens our planet has seen during her lifetime, was also fond of such cottages. Every summer for a few months she would leave for Balmoral Castle but after checking in, she moved to another small cottage and it is said that those were the happiest moment of her life. Queen Victoria was a highly spiritual person with deep spiritual leanings as revealed in my book - The Babaji Affair.

If opportunity permits I shall build another small cottage in a wild green location, close to hills and natural water sources, even now for summer visits, although it is getting to be a bit late in the day now. As a result the plans I make up now are for small tiny homes and cottages. One design was shared earlier (A cottage for Mother Hubbard). Here are a few more. The first is small tiny cottage with just one small room as a bedroom. It has a small entrance lobby with a small table near the kitchen to enjoy a baked pie of onions and wild mushrooms picked up nearby, or fish and chips made with the fish caught earlier in the day from the brook that flows down the hill and behind the trees at the back. The brook is so near that if a surprise guest dropped in with a bottle of wine, one could run down to it with a net and catch a few more fish in a hurry while grabbing a bunch of that sweet crunchy wild cos lettuce that grows beside the black berry bushes and which needs nothing more than generous dab of that mayonnaise sauce that has been sitting in the fridge, for the salad :).  A plan for a more spacious two room cottage is also shown. It is spacious enough to keep the table for the fish and chips with salad in the kitchen.

The second design has two largish rooms, one to use as a living room on the ground floor and a second as a bed room on the first floor. There is a small toilet and wash basin on the ground floor because one cannot run up the stairs during the middle of TV news to a larger washroom on the first floor. A closet is shown but more can be built under the stairs.  The stairway leads to an attic and terrace on the roof of the first floor. Having to cross two or three doors to reach a room is a security feature that I build into all my designs.The entire details are not posted here but any architect can work them out, or inquire from me as a comment in this post.It must be noted that there is a difference in design between wooden dwellings and those made from brick, cement and concrete. The present designs are intended for brick and concrete constructions although they can be rendered in wood too.





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A Tiny One Room Cottage
A Two Room Cottage

There are plenty of designs for small cottages on the net and these should add to the pool for enthusiasts around the world, especially younger ones who can locate a spot in the wilderness and begin working towards their own place of heavenly beauty and peace. Building homes and cottages is a long term project and the time to begin working towards it is soon after thirty, so that it is all comfortable and nice by the time one is fifty. The single room cottage has no side widows so it can a built as a row as some more cottages for friends. The two room cottage has no window on one side and as a result can be built as a duplex along with a friend. It is always easier when more than one person gets into a project like, but it can be done alone too, as I did for my home that was in the wilderness, but I did request the help of a friend from Delhi to come in for a couple of months in the second heaviest phase and had the help of my adopted son Shyamu in the third phase for the first floor, around fourteen years ago.


Plan for a Small Cottage, ground floor

 
First Floor Plan for a Cottage