Sunday, August 30, 2015

Harihar Trekking

Harihar Trekking .... Its Good to be in the Company of Most Experienced People... because from them you get the right Knowledge.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Wills on Wheels(W.O.W)

Where there is A Will, there is a Way and this stands out to be true, in every walk of lives. The only thing that comes in our way is Procrastination. We dont give it a try all due 'Fear of Failure'. There are times that this Fear goes so Strong in our mind that it paralyzes ourselves, that we start believing it as a  reality.There are Optimist, Pessimistic  and then there are realistic People.

Its all about how you train your Subconcious mindset, under what External Circumstances you are exposed to and what are your Inner Circumstances, What kind of thoughts you digest and what kind of people you have around you decides your nature. Its good to be Optimistic,  it helps you boost up with Confidence and mostly Over Confidence.

Even the things you dont know you might End up saying Confidently . The Problem with being Optimistic is like, You might desire or start imagining  to have a Big Mansion, a Big Car, become Rich., a beautiful Wife, Incase those desires or Imaginations are not fulfilled, you will be having your own conflict with your subconcious Mind. Your Mind might become your greatest enemy.

Being Pessimistic again is dangerous... wherever you go, you will not try at all  because of fear of failure.Once your mindset is set 'Not to try at all' , that becomes your current reality.I can only say that Suffering is the Universal Fact of Lives, all the spiritual books claim it, but to grow out from it is optional.

Being Realistic is something not everybody possess, it like seeing the Surroundings, the people around you without having any Filter  of Judgement and Expectations. When you see a small Child, he has no judgement, no expectations , but he has Intelligence. We might think that the Child cannot  understand , but we are wrong.He captures our Every single Speech and Movements. We all need to practice being a Realistic thinker like a small child and later on add little bit of Optimism within it and it becomes Realistic Positive Thinking.  I would say I am lucky enough, that I got an Opportunity to meet 'Realistic Positive Thinker', Priti Shetty who is the youngest Entrepreneur  for the Start-Up firm 'Wills on Wheels'.

It was just an Intuition , that i called her yesterday on Saturday Morning, if I  can meet her and interview her to know 'How life is like being in a wheel chair for 12-14 hours a day, what kind of, problems she  has faced, what inspires her, what she likes and what she does in her day to day activities.

The response from her side was just Awesome... when she started speaking she kept on speaking for hours and she was very much assertive in her speaking skills. In short she was much better then me.Whatever she spoke had clarity and the narration she made was like, I never had a dull movement. Since this was my first Interview I was taking, I was a bit Nervous, but her approached nature and friendly attitude took it away. With her Automated wheel Chair and a Laptop on her desk. She works as a Online Marketeer and using 'Wills On Wheels' as an Organization, she wants to Unite disabled people with a different Set of Mind Set.

What inspired you to come up with this NGO ?

Satyameva Jayate  Program which was aired in 2010 on Televsions Channels Inspired us to come up with this Idea. By the People For the People. We wanted People like us, who are disabled to get into a comman Platform, to build up their Confidence level. and once their Confidence level is built , they themselves can bring change in their lives. Whatever we are doing intially might not be that much interesting for them.But whatever we are doing I am confident, it will bring drastic change in their lives.We went through lots of brain Storming sessions initially to  understand, what will be the Mission and the Vision.It took 6 months just to come up with this, since we needed Clear Goals and Ideas for the same.We have already started with our Online Vibrant Community, who can register on our website as a Volunteer or a 'Person on a Wheel Chair'.

What Kind of Programs do you Conduct?

We conduct various Awareness Spreading Programs in Malls. We recently did it in RMALL. We conducted Outing for 40 Wheel Chair peoples, because they dont go out. I am  lucky , since we have got a better transportation mode, lovely family to take care of  us, Too be honest with you, I never felt  , I was disabled, I had a very Normal Life. I never felt any Kind of Hurdle, when we are doing something. Currently we can do whatever we can at Smaller levels, since we have our own Bodily Constraints.Sometimes we fall sick easily since we dont have strong immunity System. Also Transporataion is the main problem, since Wheel Chairs are not accessible everywhere.Whatever time we get we dedicate.
For instance in Mulund East, we had a survey to check where and all Ramps are installed to make wheel chairs accessible, which banks we can access easily, which banks we cant. We collated all the data for the same. Since we want to do some Constructive work and not like doing a Program and  leaving it later on. We also train people to  get Work from Home Opportunities. That is when we formed this company. We formed this as Section 25 Company and not like a charitable trust and want to only employ Wheel Chaired persons.Its not like we are baised, but these people might not get Opportunity elsewhere.

How was your Childhood like?

Childhood was awesome, just like any other child.We never cared for anything.So we do not bother about Society ki 'Log kya Kehenge'. We never considered ourselves to be different from anybody else, to be very frank.We went through Normal College, Normal School, teacher and everybody were like awesome.

But now when we have opened up this NGO, we have met so many people, who have gone through so many problems and when I hear it, I feel I am the luckiest. I always expected one thing from everybody that is to be Co-Operative and I got it through my teachers, Principles and friends.
'Theek hai Classes Niche Rakenge Uper Nahi, Theek hai tumara Project hum extend karnege' is the responses I used to get from my Teachers and Principles. The Co-Operation Level was very High.We have the tendancy to fall Ill quite often, so whenever we used to Fall Ill, they used to give extra time for Exams. But when I went for Interviews there I faced lots of Challenges..Even I got rejected by the HR on Telephonic rounds, just because I cannot walk.

Any additional activities that you perform?

We have a small Entertainment Team. We write stories, search locations for shooting etc thats my thing.I am a very creative  person, a Writer, a Singer. When I went for recordings, dubbing recordings, there also i struggled a lot.Accessiblity Constraints was the issue. People always say that I have a good level of Confidence.

What kind of Awareness you are spreading through this program?

  • Accessibility
  • Work From Home
  • Travelling

What is your views on Spirituality?

Something that drives us. Its the only thing that drives us. I was associated with ISKCON in Juhu long back and used to practise Chanting the Hare Krishna Mantra, to some extent it has tried to give me a peace of mind. I admire Srila Prabhupada Videos.

How do you handle your daily activities?

I wake up @10:30 AM. I have a habit of thinking a lot and I keep on writing.I sit for 11-12 hours in a wheel chair and doing our activities related to Online Earning and focus on it only.The pain is always there but we focus on our activities only.If we focus on Pain we wont be able to focus on our activites.

Are you able to perform any Kind of Excercies?

We have done Physioteraphy most of the times from Childhood. We took all kind  of Medicines. We are like the Guinea pigs and all kinds of experiements Humare uper oh chuke hai.So now we are not interested in any kind of treatments.Our time is so packed, that we dont get time to do any additional activities.We cant do any kind of Physical activity, even our Hands cannot move much.We cant balance our body also.We can sense when a Mosquito bites it. Our Sensory things are not disturbed.We have so many Physical Constraints , but mentally we are so strong that it doesnot makes any differnce.

We have seen people that before accident, they were perfectly alright and  leading a normal life,After accident they cant do anything, they are like completely Vegetable. They cant sense, they cant move , they cant do anything,and for them moving out is also a big issue. They say that people will look at us. For US WE DON'T CARE. So there are different scenarios and different Psychological things in and out.They are not ready to accept the fact.

Who Inspires you a lot?

My Mom. Her Dedication, Support and Patience has made us much stronger Human Beings. She has Epitome of Patience.

We all are trying to lead a Normal life. Thats it. we need  Accessible India. Once we get that, Person like me and Prasad will outburst and go where Every Normal person can go and Hang out.

                                                                                                                  -Priti Shetty

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Thank you Srila Prabhupada

Since this is my last day in Bengaluru, wanted to share why I started loving this city. Its not because its known for its Big IT Hub or Lucrative Lifestyle people living here. The life here might look glittering, but reality strikes when People come here getting attracted to this Glittering life which in the end turns out to be Poisionous.

Bangalore has been recorded as the Highest Suicidal Rate in the City and lakhs of people are gone under depression. I would have been one of the persons if Srila Prabhupada  through his devotees and his Books wouldnt have come into my life.I only know how did I started balancing my Work life.

First time, I came to Bangalore there were Bill boards screaming PG for Rent at just 3000-4000 Rs. I was very much happy but as time passed by I started observing that I have lost 10 Kg of Weight and the Roommates at times were intolerable and used to fight for silly reasons. The association of such Roommates was very disturbing and everyday thought crept in me why I came to Bangalrem, leaving my family and paying such hefty amount for a lousy room.

Also Food posed to be a greatest problem in PG. It has made me unhealthy, Lean and was kind of Morose because of the Worklifestyle in office.

I was a meat eater, and my mind used to go here and there like a small monkey for some Movies, Songs, eating Meat in restaurants ,getting attracted to girls etc and always had a vision of myself becoming Successful in my material life.

Then one day at Marthalli Bridge, some hefty person was distributing this Complimentary Pass -- "Secret of Success" and at the bottom of  the leaflet, there was  a small logo named Akshaya Patra(Free Dinner Meals) written on it.

I was attracted by these two words  "Success" and "Free Meals".

The Program was supposed to start on sunday in the evening. When I came for the program, I was surprised to see a Swamiji or a Monk standing writing something on a whiteboard and was very fleunt in speaking English.

The topic being covered was 'Laws of Karma', and was totally stunned by the way it was being presented. How Systematically it was being explained having a workflow diagram drawn on the white board and the Projecter projecting the Powerpoint presentation on the LED Wall Sheet covering 'each and every aspect of Karma' and in the end the delicious Feast Prasadam was being served, which you will not get even in 5 star Hotels of Bangalore

This very first lecture started by Amitasana Prabhu was a turning point of my life. From that time I started coming for the sessions every weekends and for the first time in life I had broomed and mooped the entire temple and also started cleaning the vessels. The things that I never did at home, I started doing it in a temple and really started enjoying associating with devotees.

It was indeed Srila Prabhupada's Mercy that though I had a Hectic lifestyle.. he gave me a spirtual lifestyle to balance out the same.

Within two months I joined FOLK(Folk of Lord Krishna ) Hostel, where Like Minded people who are inquisite about understanding Bhagvad Gita and have willingness to change their lifestyle like
sleeping early by 9:00 PM and waking up by 5:00 AM
Doing Mangala Aarti from 6:00 Am to 6:30 AM
Chanting Hare Krishna Maha Mantra from 6:30 AM TO 7:00 Am
Listening Bhagvad GIta Classes being preached by temple devotees from 7:00 AM TILL 8:00 AM

Having Breakfast Prasadam from 8:00 AM Till 9:00 AM

It was not easy Initially staying at FOLK Hostel since changing the Lifestyle was a big challenge. But slowly when it became an Habit , and eventually It started feeling good.

This was all possible because of ISKCON Bangalore Devotees and all thanks to Srila Prabhupada for starting up this Moment, because of which ISKCON Bangalore Emerged at RajajiNagar, which has been instrumental in transofrming my life to certain extent.

As days passed by, I automatically became a vegetarian and trust me ask any Non-Veg person to stop eating, its practically impossible. Only because of Intaking Prasadam Lords Mercy was bestowed upon me, which reminded me that  'Body is temple and not a graveyard'.

Also when i started Chanting Hare Krishna MAHA Mantra for the first time, I noticed my mind being quite and still and all the stress, anger, confusion etc that has come due to office work or associating with different sets of people have gradually disappered.

Also the books especially the  'Science of Self-Realization' was an eye-Opener for me which explained everything about Bhakti Yoga in a simplified, Systematic and Scientific manner. The Defintion of God, given in the very first chapter itself was very amusing,

And all this was possible because of Srila Prabhupada, who compiled huge volume of  books at the age of 70, who toured the World more then 12 times to preached the message of Bhagvad Gita and made devotees worlwide irespective of Caste, Creed and Sex.

Because of Srila Prabhupada, I came to understand the true meaning of Religion. I used to be athiest before, but when his books started talking to me and giving proper explanation of Religion without any Interpretation. It was completly clear that, I am under the right authority.

His sentence

"Religion without philosphy is sentiment and Philosophy without speculation is Mental Speculation"

Just because I came in touh with Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON BANGALORE devotees, I started seeing the world with its current Reality and whatever practially is explained in Bhagvag Gita, I was able to experince it in my day to day life activities.

I came here to work in a better Project and earn more, but I got much better things and that the main thing required to progress in Spirtuality since that is the Main aim of Human Life, that is to understand God and become God Concious and that is possible only by being under the association of Devotees.

I am very much indebted to Srila Prabhupada for having placed such a Wonderful Organization worldwide and giving an opportunity for a unqualified  and fallen down person like me to understand the Essence of Bhagvad Gita and giving me Krshna Prasadam all the three times and giving me your Protection  and assisting me during Difficult times.

And the reason I like Bengaluru is not because of its Big IT Hub , but because of ISKCON Bangalore who are propogating Srila Prabhupada's message to all the Intelluctual class in Bangalore so that they can understand what real Happiness is and finally how we can reclaim Humanity


Sunday, June 1, 2014

OverComing Anger

What is Anger?
It is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure or Hostility.
It can be said a response to a frustration, a sudden or a violent displeasure which sometimes makes you to retaliate.

Lets try to understand what happens when we get Angry. Face is an index of the mind.When we see an angry man we can make out by his face.

So Lets see the manifestation of Anger.

What happens to

 The Toungue--- It starts doing insults, ready to curse
 The Hands--- Are ready to fight
 The Legs--- Are ready to either run or Kick

 The Mind--- You feel that everything is going against you, even the smallest point which  is not in agreement with  you, you make a Mountain of a Whole and your Mind stops working.You fail to discriminate what is Right, What is Wrong. In a fit  of Rage, in an impulse, we end up doing something ending something and then we regret.

Have you experienced this?

I am very much sure almost everyone of you reading this must have experienced this, where at a point you might have got extremely angry and lost control on your senses.

Your Heart starts pounding, sometimes you start sweating, all the adrenaline, non andrenaline Hormones starts rushing in your veins, which makes sure that you either Fight or Flight.

It is said in Bhagvad Geeta when your body becomes angry your all your body starts manifesting a symptom that is very very unfavorable.

One out of four People feel that , they should not really get angry.Such kind of People are short fused.Long relationships are broken, just because of Outburst of Anger.Relationships are easily getting broken.

 64% of the people agree that they are getting angrier, they are getting more restless, its all because of frustration. We talk about so many technology, media which is easily accessible to the mass of people, on the downside people are actually loosing their mental strength.They are loosing their moral values. Although we have all kinds of Messenger, watapps etc, people are getting more and more Hostile.

In anger you not only harm yourselves, but you harm others around you.

Lets now Try to Understand the Cause of Anger

We will find wonderful analysis given by Krishna in the Bhagvad Geeta

Krishna says anger arises on the contemplation of sense Objects second chapter verse Number 62

                                                        dhyayato vishayan pumsah 
                                                            sangas teshupajayate 
                                                            sangat sanjayate kamah 
                                                             kamat krodho 'bhijayate

It simply refers when a man contemplates on Sense Object,  he develops attachment and that attachment when it becomes more intensified, it results in Lust or intense desire and when that Lust or intense desire is not fulfilled , you get  angry. Desire is the Younger Brother of Anger.

When desire is not fulfilled Anger erupts.

   Now lets refer to the below FlowChart on how Anger arises.

 When we Contemplate on Sense Objects , we develop attachment to it, when attachment is not fulfilled,  our Memory gets bewildered on the wrong path or our Memory decreases, because of that we are in Delusion  and finally we loose our Intelligence, we cant distinguish between what is Right, what is Wrong, What is good or Bad and we fall. We all have experienced this , and Krishna has beautifully explained this with very good Analysis.

Lets have an activity make sure you have a Pen and Paper along with you. i am going to write to a Story  pertaining to our topic your job is to map the below story with the above Workflow Chart Diagram  and get to Know how the Analysis of Krishna is Perfect. So lets start the name Topic of the Story is
                                                              Acid Rage

You can see the picture of the girl, before and AfterShe was attacked by a fellow classmate with is a very sad story, I came across this.This girl her name is Lakshmi.She was from a below middle class background and she was  from Tamil Nadu and with great difficulty she managed to  get a seat in Madhurai medical College and that was a  very momentous ocassion for their family, because for the first time somebody is going to be the doctor in their family and she joined the college.In college what happens is, in the premises there is a common canteen where all the boys and girls come together and have their meals together. So shes going to the classes attending all the lectures on Anatomy, on BioChemistry, Phsiology these are all the subjects.So as a part of their lab they divide the students  into ten.In her batch was a boy called Rahul, but this boy was also from a similar background and his father was a tailor, with great difficulty sacrificing his comfort zone and making savings, taking a bank loan of five lakhs, managed to get a Seat and it was similar ocassion of Joy seeing that a tailors Son is going to become a doctor. This boy was having a friends circle in the boys Hostel who were from a little affluent background. and they were  all more or less having girlfriends and they  used to spend their  weekends with their girlfriends, going by to nearby joints etc.Because he had this kind of friends he also had a desire that he should also have a Girlfriend and becacuse she was a Girl from the similar background, he started making some advances to strike a relationship.He tried his best by presenting her a Rose, getting her a cadbury and all types of things and this  girl because she was Pious and background where there is fearful of parents and well cultured, she didnt had any such inclinations to  be in a relationship that is pre-marital affiar.The boy kept on insisting but she refused  consistently.He was seeing that his friends are enjoying, they are having bikes and taking girlfriends on the back and roaming and he had nobody.So he felt that if he cant have this Girl then let me teach her a lesson that nobody should get attracted to her because she has made my Love  a failure and this boy acting foolishly forgetting the purpose what he has come for the medical college, forgetting the ambitions of his parents and not concerned about the future that he will ruin his Career, ruin his studies everything, he thought a way of disfiguring her face, what he ended up doing was this, he brought  a bottle of Sulphuric acid and while she was returning back after having dinner from mess, that he throwed acid on her face in a very secluded place covered with trees, after that she had gone through tremendous suffering, she has to do lots of plastic surgeries, first of all she is coming from a family where there is poverty and she couldnot afford all these and she lost ambition in her life, shes disfigured and she was hospitulized , fortunately she didnot get hurt and this boy was arrested, his studies got discontinued, brought great shame to his family and this boy was later on Lamenting ''why did this all happened?, what went wrong? why did I do like this?"'

So make a flow chart as per the what you read above and try to map it with the above flow chart that is with respect to 'Contemplation of Sense Object', attachment, undesired fullfillment, anger etc., fitting as per the analysis of Krishna

So Most of you must have noted down your points in a paper, here is the below things most of you must have jolted down,

Here the Girl is the Sense Object. The Guy wanted to enjoy girl because he was influeced by his friends circle and she was within her status. Because of his friends Influence he got attached and attachment to desire and since the girl was not agreeing and his desire was not fulfilled, his undesired lust turned into anger,
because of Anger, the guy was in dellusion making his own mental speculation , as ' what this girl thinks about herself'','Am I so ugly' etc instead of focusing on studies and his memory started detoriating and finally when he lost his intelligence he did the stupidity of pouring acid on girls face.

Also think you must have gone through such scenarios where you just lost anger and you fall down, may be your Job, relationships etc.

Theres another factor that needs to be deliberated when  we are trying to understand anger and that is influence of a Guna called RajoGuna also Known as Mode of Passion which leads to Anger.

What are these Gunas?
These are three chareteristics by which Material Nature, she influences the conciousness of the Jeeva and she does it by three ways
Satvaguna----> Mode of Goodness
Rajoguna---> Mode of Passion
Tamoguna---> Mode of Ignorance

It must by very much clear that people in mode of Passion has much more desires and when their desires are not fullfilled  anger develops.Our bodies actually are combination of these three modes,because of these combination of Gunas  some sleep more, some eat more, some wake up early, some get angry easily etc.

Nobody is having only one Guna, its all a mixtures. These Modes are also influenced by the food we eat, For instance to be in Satvaguna or Mode of Goodness we can have fruits or where we stay for example if we stay in forest we will be in the mode of goodness

Mode of Goodness are those who are inclined towards charitable work, spirtual realization, Mantra meditation etc

As all of you are staying in town you are either in the Mode of Passion or Ignorance, Passionate people do more and more materiastic work try to get fame, name money compete with others.

Ignorant Mode just dont care they go to a Bar, Brothel, do drugs etc.

so here itself you have your answer on how to control anger . From Rajogna we need to be more inclined to  Satvaguna.

Having Higher percent of Satvaguna in our Guna will desire to what extent we will get anger, We will have all the three modes, but we have to make sure that Satvagunas percentage is more.

Being in Satvaguna means having mostly satvic food mostly Organic Raw Food and being must inclined towards Spirtuality thus satisfying the Soul and keeping Lord in the Center for almost everythimg.

So now you know the secret try to inculate being in the Mode of Satvaguna,  which will in reality help reduce anger within you