Monday, February 20, 2017

Lazy, Stupid and the Blessed



These are the majority. They may not do much good for others but they do not harm others much either, at least not intentionally. They strive not enough but are quick to fold their hands and lie down to rest. This day shall pass and another shall come and so shall their poverty. The universe shall do them no great harm since they harm none. The harm they do themselves suffices. Yet there are days of song and dance that shall bring some joy to their weary days.

There is a minority of the opposite kind too, those who strive and struggle much. They rest not. As days pass they accumulate much wealth,  enough to pass their days in peace, in beauty and joy, for as long as they remain upon the face of the earth. Yet most are stupid. Instead of enjoying the song of birds and the song of loved ones, lending a helping hand to a fellow human, to the birds and the forests, they continue to struggle. They got enamored of false pleasures, of trying to have yet more. So overpowering is their greed that they do not stop to think twice as they walk over fellow humans in their pursuits. Their misery increases by the day just as their wealth does, until one day, the Lord puts an end to it all even as he pushes them into their graves. Yet not all graves lead to a  bottomless pit. They may yet get another chance, in a new life, to think things afresh.

Few are the blessed who pass their days in peace and joy for long as they walk upon the face of the earth, doing the right thing by themselves and the world. When the dress they wear now, their flesh and bones wears out, the Lord awaits them with a fresh new dress, to lead them into a yet more joyous garden of bliss.
If you are poor, live wisely
If you have riches, live wisely
It’s not your station in life but your heart that brings blessings
--Buddha

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mix herbs and vegetables in the flower garden




Spinach mixed with Balsam flowers growing against a  boundary wall in author's home
An earlier post had described that if one had space indoors and light through windows then it is a lovely idea to grow herbs and other things indoors in pots. However, if the season is right and you have some space to garden outdoors then mixing in leafy vegetables like spinach, celery, goosefoot, lettuce etc. is a wonderful idea in flower beds. They look wonderful as shown in the picture from my garden. It shows spinach growing in with balsam flowers in a small strip against a boundary wall. Then one can go on to add small fruit trees and berry bushes in the garden too. Just a bit of a lemon tree is visible on the right of the picture. One may also include herbal bushes like basil, sage and curry leaf in the garden. I have several in mine.

When there are edible things growing around the garden, then one can make any meal delightful by adding some fresh organic green things picked right from home. Do not forget to pick up some edible flowers too if you are inviting people over. They are just great to decorate the desert after the meal... Leaves and flowers of many of these plants can be dried and stored for use later and some such as sage make an excellent cup of tea. A tea of balsam flowers, fresh or dried will help newly married couples to start a family sooner as described in detail in an older post ( Older posts can be searched by using search tool in left side bar)

"A pretty garden is nice, one producing edibles is even nicer; the first heals the soul, the second the body as well"

Monday, February 13, 2017

The contented shall be given more




The sun is barely up

We have one here who is ready to begin a new day. Just now though there is a little time to sit down over a cup of coffee, to worry about so many things humans have to worry about every day of their lives, to deal with their fears and to make plans to escape them, plans against so many different problems that can arise in a life. Soon he must dress up and rush to work. The work shall be weary, that daily grind, but it will serve to distract from worries, fears and insecurities for a while.

But today he is greeted by Babaji,

“Son you are worrying about so many things but you are forgetting the most important one. Soon these weary days shall become to an end, suddenly, unexpectedly. While your flesh and bones returns to the Earth from whence it arose, your soul shall escape. It shall look down at your body and say,

“Look at this pitiable body that lies here in the ground, soon it shall rot and the stench shall be unbearable, or the maggots will get to it. Its days were spent in worries, fears and insecurities while it walked the land. A sorry end to a sorry life indeed! Then the soul shall rise up and escape to a place from whence it came.”

“But tell me son, do you have enough bread for the day.”
“I do’”
”Do you have a clean dress for the day to wear.”
“Yes, I do.”
“And a roof over your head for the night!?”
 “Yes, Sir. I sure do.”
 “Is the air fresh enough to breathe and the sun warm enough to touch your soul?”
“It sure is Babaji.”
“Then pray tell me, is there a pain in your behind?”
“No, not in the least Babaji.”

“Then be happy and immerse yourself in the magic of a new day. If there is a concern or two to handle today, then go ahead and deal with that, why are you adding those of tomorrow to it? When tomorrow comes it will take care of itself. Let your day be a celebration of life not a distraction from your worries. Soon the body shall be in the grave. Make the most of it while it still dwells upon the earth in a spirit of gratitude. Be contented with what you have for,

“The contented shall be given more and whatever they presently have shall be taken away from those who lack gratitude.”

Is this not the story of so many of us dear readers?


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Karma is a Sweet Rose





Karma is a pain

We have one here whose life is nothing but pain and suffering. People he could have counted on - spouse, siblings even children and friends provide no solace but add to his woes. There is pain in the body and there is pain in the pocket as financial worries trouble. He tosses and turns in his bed at night as anguish, trauma and memories of injustices torment his soul. There is neither good food to eat nor a good place to live. He has lost all hope in this world. He looks upward and beyond, is there a god up there who might help? He learns of the value of truth as from his suffering compassion and wisdom. His troubles may be steep but he finds solace in lending a helping hand to a fellow human, in little deeds of kindness.

The Unseen Eye watches all. Time and forgiveness wipes out his anguish and tears. His traumas are lost in the mists of time and history. People around him become sweet again and there is good money and profits that have begun to pour in even as the pain and tiredness in his body disappears.

Karma is a sweet Rose

Life is full of happiness; there is enough for good food, a nice place to live and more. There is a spring in his step and laughter in his moments. World is full of so many wonderful things to enjoy he says as he rests on his comfortable bed at night and drops of to sleep. The day’s entertainment has been tiring. He shall wake up to another day of celebration. Who is watching if he cheats a bit? It is so much sweeter to increase one’s gain and profits. Look at those poor vermin and bums on the streets he says. He must talk to the mayor to declare such eyesores illegal on the streets. Look, that guy is talking of God! Has anyone ever seen Him? This talk of ethics and morality, just made up stuff to keep the gullible controlled and in their place. You can’t call anyone a thief if no one is watching or knows!

The Unseen Eye watches all. With time and deeds good karma has come to an end, but there is a lot of another other kind to take care of now, for an education of the soul through practical experience of how it feels to be on the other side

Karma is a pain,

LOL