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Consulting a Spiritual Mentor is so much better

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While I do consult A Spiritual Guru, Himalayan spiritual friends and mentors from time to time for major life decisions, one  may easily  do that with lesser matters too once one seeks guidance. Today I consulted for the top description line of this blog - font, color, wording etc. and a change was suggested to a more informal font and a bright yellow color. The earlier one was a bit too stiff and formal, that this blog is not. It seems so much better now. Dear readers it is a pleasure if you browse this blog and if you post a comment and query on any thing, even much older articles, I shall respond at the first available opportunity.  Use the search tool or look through the archives to find a topic that is of interest to you. Best wishes. 
Update : A new recent blog by the author is devoted exclusively to spirituality at
https://ashokbabaji.blogspot.com

A New Profile Image

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Our bodies are just a covering for our soul. The soul inherits a body at birth in keeping with its karma from past lives. To a large extent, this determines what a person would look like through life.
If you found a lovely kindly looking person who in fact was evil, it is because the evil has entered the person’s life later in their journey through life. The opposite may also be found often. The external appearance cannot fully reflect that change yet. Some changes to one’s soul however reflect in a person’s appearance even while in this body.
Some ten years ago I had noticed a persistent blackish mark had developed under my left eye. It was not very prominent but nevertheless annoying every time I looked in the mirror. I trace this to some bad behavior on my part in the past. In an earlier post I had mentioned how during the years between 2000- 2007 I had taken to drinking, at times heavily. It was at such times, when one is not fully in control that there were moments I did not be…

Social Media and Socializing

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In villages across India, it is a common sight to see groups of old men sitting around under a tree or in sunshine on jute string cots in winter, chatting, gossiping. They exchange news and pass their time in the evenings of their lives. It is a time of reduced energies and reduced needs. The children have grown up and can look after the farm now. Old women on the other hand gather similarly in homes where they can keep an eye on grandchildren too. The young on the other hand, get up early and rush for work on their farms or elsewhere. Their time to socialize is in evenings.
However, there are some young who begin gossiping and socializing right from dawn or sometime soon after when the sun is still up and others are busy at work. They may be just bums or persons up to no good in life.
The modern world has introduced the Internet so that it is no longer necessary to gather physically in groups anywhere. One can do it right from home, even one’s bed with a hand held device. Just as th…

Years of shame, years of liberation

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In our journey through life, we encounter good days, months and years and bad ones too. There are days when one is proud of one’s deeds and achievements and days when one is ashamed and disgusted. I have experienced such changes in my life perhaps much more than many others.
Through life, there may be events such as loss of loved one’s and trauma. In some cases the trauma can be severe. An older note in this blog described how when a young girl faced one such trauma, her mother rushed her to a psychiatrist. Thus began a regime of modern psychiatric drugs, dependence on them, a compromised existence because of it, and years of loss for a young productive life. Fortunately, on sound counsel, this lady has escaped from this and returned to a bright active life, albeit with reduced energies for after effects of strong chemical agents can continue for some years. Some never do escape just as some never recover from a dependence on opioids when they reported to a callous doc for an episode…

Floral Tea – Create your own

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Recently when my daughters visited they informed that they consume neither tea nor coffee anymore. However when I suggested a floral tea they agreed. They loved the cuppa. I explained to them how to create their own. This method is shared with all now in view of its usefulness. Dear reader you could create your own wonderful floral tea for free or very little expense in this manner
Discovering suitable flowers:
The first step is to make a list of flowers that are available in reasonable abundance in your area. These may be available in the wild in due season or in your own garden. Some dry flowers may be available at reasonable prices in your local market and you may add these to your list. Flowers from some trees are also great. Trees produce these in great abundance in season. Now note, not all flowers in your list will be suitable for tea. Some may even be toxic as for example larkspur and oleander. Discovering what flowers are suitable for a tea is the next step.
Doing Your Researc…

Greed out of Control

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An older note in this blog (here) described how greed is at the root of much evil in the world. Perhaps it has always been so since the beginning of human civilization but its extent has varied with time and place.
I am now well past sixty. During my lifetime I have witnessed greed grow exponentially in the countries that I have lived and worked in, especially over the last two decades. This greed is spread across the spectrum of society from corporations, crime networks and even governments. Everywhere the story may be summarized in this somewhat silly ditty,

Gimme, gimme, more, more
gimme from shore to shore
In the gutter there is more
like a pig, my hunger grows

Many a corporation will use tricks and lies to trap customers into goods and services that they do not need. It is an unethical practice and customers must shun such corporations with all the contempt they deserve for when greed is unchecked it grows. As regards governments, citizens of democratic countries must be cautious to…

Mother Earth has a Lovely Garden for all

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My daughters took some time off from their busy jobs and visited me with grand children.



As the kids went for an afternoon nap, I snapped a picture of my daughters relaxing in the garden, enjoying the afternoon sun ever so pleasant in winters.


Then my younger daughter snapped a picture of me and the older daughter. I posted some of these pictures on Facebook and friends commented that I have a lovely garden. Yes truly nature has been kind. However my response was,
Mother earth has a lovely garden for all willing to help her a bit in some planting with their hands and hearts.  My own hands have planted and watered all the plants and trees in the picture.