CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS

A family in Lebanon residing near by piling garbage made their life worst .Father said,” I wish my children to take food as they are consuming medicines .I wish fresh air for them to survive.” Finally they resort to go war stricken Syria by saying that here our death is certain but in Syria , there is possibility of survival at least.
This is real story published in The Hindu few days back. It depicted very clearly the importance of cleanliness in life.Even the problem of piling garbage and unsanitary conditions poses more threats than terrorism.As it invites deadly infectious diseases which makes ones body and mind weak ultimately generating bad health which cripples the economy too because good health is the passive agent for strong economy of a nation.
Cleanliness is next to godliness as it gives purity and peace to mind.It heals the mind and body by invigorating it with clean positive vibrations for oneself and others too.Cleanliness empowers ones will power for turning to actions with full potential.It organizes ones personality and enhances scope for better learning simultaneously motivating others to follow suit.
How a clean ,tidy uniform of a school boy naturally attracts the attention of teachers?.Teachers become bound to pay extra care and attention to the boy.As every one likes the positive vibes created by cleanliness.It generates an eternal aura.Similarly a woman who keeps her house neat and tidy is called Goddess Laxmi.
Now the question comes how to inculcate the practices of cleanliness and a sense of commitment towards the surroundings.A clean house, a clean environment and a clean society powered by clean minds is the need of the hour.Proper disposal of waste with 3R’s of conservation – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. and even small practices like putting dust in the dustbin contributes a lot.A consciousness should be developed regarding it and elders should be the role models for the children to follow suit.
There is stigma attached to cleaning in India. Those who are indulged in the practices of sweeping the garbage are considered inferior and given a low status in the society.The wages too are very low as compared to foreign countries.In foreign countries people rarely call them due to heavy charge demanded by them and they are being given a very respectable position in the society.
Perhaps this is the cause why do people in India are averse towards keeping their surroundings neat and tidy.Governments Swachch Bharat Mission is indeed a laudable move but it needs a support system. Support system of its citizens and people have to worried for choking drains and piling garbage along the streets making the life difficult.They definitely should come out from the shell of narrow mindedness of keeping their house clean only and refrain from spreading garbage in the locality.
Even this is not sufficient they must participate in recycling and conserving our precious resources for the future generations.Because it is the God only who thinks for the welfare of every one and that’s why cleanliness is compared to godliness considering the benefit of humanity as a whole.It makes one accountable for the environment and animals too. As there are so many animals dying due to the consumption of polythenes dropped on the streets with being bothered about by its consequences.
The situation is really pathetic what one might say . According to reports of a NGO in the primary government schools. Those who have got the government job as sweepers never go for cleaning .They use to heir some people for very less wage in return to go in exchange.But they hardly go for cleaning.The result is a complete shame.Class rooms which are never swept but students who come for studying from the economically deprived sections are asked to do it, toilets are never cleaned hence no one uses it neither the teachers nor the students.One may predict how the situation is adverse for a learning environment because the first lesson in learning is that of cleanliness.
Cleanliness of actions is too necessary because today Indian Administration is facing the problem of unclean acts in severity.Rising corruption,black money and recent leak out of Panama papers which has names of some prominent Indians is an unfortunate act as it demolishes the faith which builds any relationship.
How one may forget the clean and non violent movement of Satyagrah for gaining independence.Despite severe suppression and harsh policies of Britishers ,Gandhi ji never changed his strategy of gaining independence but with each passing day his resolve grew more strong for gaining independence by peaceful manners.Because he knew that nothing is more pious than following peaceful manner of getting independence.
Its true that the one who wants to bring change has too face obstruction and criticism but it is the power of ones clean thoughts which make him not deter against succumbing to.
India has indeed a great human resource which she may turn to its advantage and cherishing all the dreams of a successful nation but need is of proper orientation . we must learn from foreign countries that cleanliness in thoughts and actions brought huge success and satisfaction for them.No nation may progress where the citizens are grabbing with problems of piling garbage,waste generating diseases because it blocks the thinking ability, it circulates around curbing the diseases only but unless and until the root cause would not be addressed nothing substantial would be attained.A conscious citizenry ruled by clean thoughts and actions may do wonders for India in near future but this should be a consistent process because above all it is the emblem of purity of mind
All enduring cleanliness,
Virtue next to godliness,
Easiest,cheapest,needful duty,
To the body ,health and beauty,
Who that’s human would refuse it,
When a little water does it?
( Mary Ane Lamb)

HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY

Essence of life lies in being honest.Honesty towards oneself, towards ones work, towards ones relationships adds dimensions to a holistic life.Honesty is directly proportional to the success in life.Here policy refers to the norm which becomes the indispensable part of the life.Honesty naturally comes to habit if followed conscientiously.
” Honesty” begins with self.Being honest to self meant holding pious and pure thoughts.As it is the potential of thoughts only which frames ones overall personality.Rising above the negative thoughts of anger,greed ,jealousy grants wings of freedom and assists one in realizing and experiencing the true beauty.True beauty residing in self, its true potential and efficacy.Beauty of every thing around us.
The beauty of nature,its varied creatures is surely a bliss which may be experienced by being honest , not being overpowered by restless thoughts which deviates oneself from remaining focused,agile,vibrant and vigilant.
Honesty towards ones work is indeed a hall mark of super success.Putting our best in anything we do is honesty. Honesty while playing,while studying,while doing daily chores becomes essential for getting a sense of accomplishment.And again it is the focus,attention and a feel of responsibility which brings contentment.Some one has rightly quoted that work while you work ,play while you play,that is the way to be happy and gay.
In any game.on the play ground, the feeling of winning gets emboldened by remaining honest. One should be honest in realizing his shortcomings and play smartly.Rather it is the honesty of whole team which matters in the long run. Only one Virat kohli is not sufficient for winning but it is the team effort and cool captaincy of Mr. Dhoni which helped India win.Honest efforts always pay.
Abhinav Bindra olympic gold medalist despite adding so many laurels to his name knows the importance of honesty.It is the honesty which helps one to work more not getting complacent for the previous achievements.
How one may remain honest while studying?.Internalizing,summarizing,analyzing and putting ones view point is the key.Success in any competitive examination is the result of honesty and dedication.
Honesty has indeed a great potential.Last year UPSC topper Ira Singhal proved her mettle that no disability may block the path of success if one is truly honest ,determined and committed to the goal.
Honesty while remaining in any profession be it teacher,doctor,engineer,politician,administrator is the need of the hour.The prevalent corruption is really sucking the spirit of very institutions.
Doctors prescribing costly medicines,administrators taking huge bribes working to gain political favor,corrupt politicians accepting money for asking questions in the Parliament and prominent businessman eloping to foreign countries without setting huge debt taken from the bank is really very pathetic.It dwindles the faith of common man in the very institutions.
This behavior corrodes divine features of transparency and accountability.This dishonest behavior generates a feeling of sheer discontentment and may aggravate the problems severely.
See the dilapidated infrastructure of government institutions.Its disgusting indeed but individuals taking government jobs have every luxury at their end maintaining a very nice house etc. Where are all the funds missing?. why is government functioning is so impoverished and delayed?.
The answer lies in being dishonest and mismanagement of fund allocated.This very issue needed to be dealt seriously.
” An honest person howsoever poor he may be, is equal to a level of an emperor in the human society”
Compare the respect and dignity one gets in the human society by remaining honest and truthful.Honesty do pay in the long run. One might go short of funds at times but space in the heart of others and a sense of respect towards him by others would definitely compensate that .
One rickshaw puller once returned the purse to a foreigner in Varanasi which fell while he was alighting from rickshaw is a wonderful gesture of honesty. Although he was poor but knew the importance of honesty.This left a remarkable effect on the foreigner, raised the image of India as a whole.Whenever he comes to India he meets with that rickshaw puller and brings gift for him.
A successful person is honest in his each role whether son,father,husband etc.He equally cares for every relationship and maintains a fine balance.An honest person never counts and compares the advantage of relationships.
Its disgusting to see the sons sending parents to age old homes or being violent towards spouse at times by a slight provocation by the parents reflecting dubious and dishonest behavior.
Honesty in relationships is all about providing space to each relationship remaining calm and happy while cherishing the very ideals of a successful relationship.
But there are situations too where acts of honesty do harm.If one sees a hungry poor boy stealing a piece of bread, one must not report it to the owner.Because if reported small poor boy would have to face the wrath of his innocent theft.Instead one must go and try to redress the problems of that boy. Hunger kills the ability to think.Why do not we pursue for a society where no one is hungry,without clothes and without house?
This is possible where every one is empowered to tackle with ones miseries in the long run.But honesty is the small answer to a very big problem.We may bring smile on every face by remaining honest at our position without promoting dishonest acts.Success,happiness and honesty runs parallel.Success becomes feasible in the task we undertake,relations we cherish and motives we aspire only if we remain stuck to the very policy of honesty .It may be a difficult a bit but respect we get in exchange is tremendous.If we want India to be recognized as a super power in the near future we must abide by the path of honesty.If we remain committed to the goals ,whole world would like to accompany us in this journey of eternal success.

BEFORE CRITICIZING A MAN,WALK A MILE IN HIS SHOES

Sattvik , a cute and decent boy of class 3rd was made to feel low for writing slow, for untidy work and not being attentive in the class by the teachers.He seemed a bit lost and he too started smiling less frequently.The golden childhood was getting lost somewhere.Once school principal managed to take EVS in the class.She observed the writing pattern of the boy and found the features similar to a dyslexic child.She called up her parents and asked for the proper treatment.Parents realizing the seriousness of the issue took him to the doctor and after some period of proper care and treatment ,Satvik started improving by leaps and bounds.
A simple story which depicts how often people criticize others without ever knowing the circumstances undergone by them.We are quick to categorize our relationships and label people as miser,selfish,short tempered,foolish,dumb.But we fail to recognize the causes behind it.
Have we ever realized that behind the misery lies the financial crunch which the person been facing since his childhood?,Have we ever realized that a short tempered child has been the victim of quarrels between his parents?,Addictions of youth are often the result of negligence and deprivation of love.
Before criticizing a man ,we must walk a mile in his shoes.Putting ourselves in their position and developing a sense of understanding helps strengthen the bonding between the individuals and grants space to others.
I recall English vinglish movie where the daughter always criticizes her mother for not being able to speak in English and take advantage of it every time,taking her mother for granted every time.Without ever realizing the emotions of mother being hurt.If that girl would have put her in mother’s place,she would have found her mother performing commendable job managing every thing superbly despite less knowledge of English and fulfilling her duties responsibly.
This is human tendency to criticize without ever considering the causes behind.often people blame government failing in governance not checking inflation,poverty, intolerance.But we fail to recognize the efforts of government in wake of our confined judgement.We end up blaming government for all the ills but fail to credit it for the positives.
Have we ever tried to put ourselves in the government position ,no because we need not.As we want to remain at the receiving end only,not taking onus of a responsible citizen by performing our dues and becoming a part of successful governance.
The same applies to government also. Government was quick to declare students of JNU as anti national on charges of sedition labelled against them without ever knowing the details behind anti India slogans.limiting the free speech in veil of sedition is not at all justifiable.What circumstances,who abetted them to raise slogans must be given attention before framing them under sedition.
Blame game would not lead anyone any where.Pan singh Tomar was an athlete and joined Indian army, but what led him resort to path of violence and plunder.Before labeling him with any title it is worth to know that his family members were murdered in a property dispute.His voice was not addressed but suppressed and crushed abetted him to take another form for making his voice heard.
But if every one would start opting this way for making his voice heard ,the only result would be devastation and huge destruction.What i want to convey is that before forming opinion before others we must look in to the struggles and situations they met.
For developing a broader outlook one must put oneself exactly in the same position to get acquaintance with the real picture.Success as an individual,as a state,as a nation in the era of globalization very much depends on the perception one has for others simultaneously giving proper space to others.For getting a holistic view one needs to see from other perspective as well for a better conclusion.Making fun for others for being short in height and for being unemployed but before taking the pleasure make sure how it feels like if you being mocked down and laughed at.Developing empathy for others instead of seeing the differences ,one must cherish the similarities.let them feel empowered too and progress.In order to empathize with others, it’s crucial to set aside your biases and generalizations, in order to see behind the façade.Empathy can be learnt and it is never too late to learn.
” You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view,until you climb in to his skin and walk around in it.”

CASTE SYSTEM-INDIA’S ENDURING CURSE

Caste System is a curse whose roots are indeed deep in Indian society which is being irrigated by the blood of innocents which bears the fruits of hatred,discrimination, discontentment,isolation and a disintegrated society.
Casteism propagated the concept of upper caste and lower caste.Earlier it was the work which used to define ones caste or Varna.But gradually the birth in a particular family used to define the caste.Honour killing, reservations are some prominent features of burgeoning casteism in India.
Killing of a Dalit boy for allegedly marrying a high caste girl in TamilNadu is really pathetic.The feeling of casteism became too strong and irresistible that it did not hesitate to take a precious life in the name of false honor.Every now and then we hear similar stories of honor killing.
This casteism is an endurable curse which has tried to limit love,feeling of oneness,gave birth to inferiority complex breeding discontentment and depression.
What morality and ethics may be taught to the children if parents of a Brahmin family propagate Brahminvaad and not letting their wards to touch the feet of those whose caste considered lower to them crushing all the aspects of good behavior and paying respect.
My brother is preparing for IIT in a coaching institute in Lucknow.He asked a Harijan boy who used to remain busy in his phone, to concentrate on studies as examination was soon approaching .His answer left him really astounded.He told that being an Sc i want only 100 to get a seat in NIIT.
The mindset due to cast based reservations has checked the real progress where merit is being compromised.Efficiency is put at stake..Nevertheless the seeds of segregation being sowed among the students just after 12th.
See how easily it sowed the seeds of animosity between friends.But real picture begins after getting admission in professional institutions where reserved category students have to cope up with increased burden of studies and manage.But generally they succumb to lose the race and seem disgusted and disappointed. In more extreme cases they resume to death. So who is to blame for this? Is this not casteism?.
But again the matters are politicized . The blame comes on faculty for neglecting a Dalit student.Political big wigs start playing their so called game of vote banks luring communities on parochial lines of caste, community.
Why the real cause is left unaddressed?.The benefits of reservation are not reaped by the ones who really need it.What a travesty?.Is this sort of reservation on caste lines not compromising with intellect,quality of work ?
How can a police officer belonging to a reserve category,securing less marks may ever catch a thief(general) who became one albeit securing more marks but could not get through the same competition?.This is what happening in India’s government jobs.
Delayed and imperfect work,corruption, even questions are raised on public service commissions of state to recruit the individuals on caste lines favored by the government.Even the head of education departments and important commissions were chosen on caste lines negating the eligibility criteria and other norms showing so much descrepancy in their work culture.
Our leaders are misguided by caste based politics.On the other side we talk of inclusive development.How is it possible till the society is segregated by ill concepts of caste,creed ,religion?
Casteism has left deep scars on Indian society which is equally painful.This is a social stigma which deprives one to follow his true conscience.We must learn from the history where Shri Ram eaten the berries tasted by a lower caste woman Shabri.Once Satyavaadi Harish Chandra worked under a lower caste man .
So caste is only superficial no religion is bigger than humanity,love, compassion.It is really unfortunate to seek political patronage over caste.Our social reformers have done enough but now we have to open our eye of conscience to deal with ravages of casteism.Political leaders by abdicating shallow caste based politics and becoming torch bearers of society.Letting others feel empowered is heavenly.Why to confine and restrict definition of progress. Schemes like mid day meal is admirable but a change in the mindset of people by the combined efforts of civil society,government and citizens may work wonders to eradicate this so called caste evil. Lets taste the fruits of a true egalitarian society and experience its beauty.

FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD

Once Napolean Bonaparte in his early teens met an astrologer.He asked Naploean to show him his palm and he would tell him about his fortune.Seeing his hand , he remained silent for a while than told Napolean that you were a poor guy who had no line of fortune in his hand.At that very moment Napolean took out a knife and made a fortune line in his palm.Although it seems a bit exaggerated but Napolean became a great military commander through his rare combination of will,intellect and physical vigour.He rose to prominence during french revolution and his campaigns are studied world wide in military schools.

Above story reflects the importance of being brave.Howsoever difficult the situations may be but winners see the positive side.They overcome troubled waters with patience,perseverance and priority.

“Vah path kya pathik kushalta kya jisme bikhre shool na ho”

” Ek Navik ki dhairya kushalta kya jab dharayein pratikool na ho”

( Skill of any traveler r may be tested by the presence of thorns in it.What may be said about the patience of a boatman if the waves are not in opposite direction.)

We have plethora of examples which prove that fortune favors the bold.There are two category of persons.First category of those who really work hard with maturity,patience and consider the troubles as opportunities to grow compete with it gracefully and win.Second are those who always blame destiny and fortune for their failures and crisis.

Fortune comes to individuals who recognize opportunity and seize it.It is the strength of ambitions that take people from obscurity to command ones fate and fortune.

A P J Abdul Kalam is a shining name who inspired the youths world wide for his commitment towards his work.An educationist,a scientist, a philanthropist,People’s President who really helped millions changing their mindsets.He belonged to a very humble origin where one hardly thinks for achieving something remarkable.But it was the honesty,dedication,sacrifice and above all a vision that helped him achieving this remarkable feet.`

Where there is will there is way provided one does not bow down before troubles.Every time one stumbles he should stand to fight the situation with double positive spirit.Recalling an example of a security guard whose whole day went in saluting civil servants of the campus wished to become one.He bravely took the decision of civil services preparation,strength of his ambitions paid when last year he qualified the higly competitive IAS exam.His brevity of thoughts and actions paved the way for a great fortune.

Desiring and deserving runs parallel.Even physical impairment of bodily organs can not deter the individual in fulfilling ones aspirations. A boy who had no hands learnt the art of drawing with his toes and recently launched an exhibition of his masterpieces which was admired world wide.A boy who lost his both legs in an accident did not succumb to it but instead fought with the disability prepared for IIT and qualified the coveted exam and put the example before others.

Sometimes for achieving something extra ordinary one is made to face the extremities and wrath of fate.Quoting example of Louis Braille who was among the brightest of his siblings.Once he was playing in his fathers farm where sharp tools were kept.While playing he unknowingly wounded his eyes and lost his eyesight.Destiny has planned for it for the innovation of Braille script which worked as a magical tool for billions of visually challenged persons across the world.And his name became eternal in the annals of history.

So such is the strong power of thoughts and actions.No circumstances,no disability,no stigmas,no social and economic paucity may check the progress of any one provided he fights it with brevity and vast good fortune would come along his way.What is required is wings of fire and undeterred spirit of exploring,innovating and treading the path of unknown.Summing up with a thought of James Corbett-

Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the centre of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.”-

QUICK BUT STEADY WINS THE RACE

We have grown listening the story of a tortoise and a rabbit.Tortoise been slow but steady won the race but rabbit been lethargic and inconsistent lost the race.But a little change is needed in this story for attaining success in present world which is emboldened by increased aspirations,expectations and vandalising stress. One must understand the meaning of smart hardwork,utilising opportunities timely and attaining eternal success with indefatigable effort and rigorous practice.
There are ample examples which may substantiate the statement.Oprah winfrey once an introvert and stammering girl in her childhood became world renowned orator only because she understood her shortcomings timely and started working upon them knowing the art of effective communication can be learnt with decisiveness and keenness to accept personal responsibility.
Once two parrots were encaged with their feathers cut in a big cage.From there parrots saw others birds chirping happily and enjoying flying in the open sky.Gradually their feathers came but one parrot realised that and slowly started flapping its wings who gradually learnt the art of flying. Once cage was mistakenly left open, utilising the opportunity that parrot opened its wings and just skipped from the cage. The other parrot who did not know the art of flying despite the presence of wings just simply watched the other parrot flying in the sky .So such is the reality of life where every one is blessed with something extraordinary but the need is to timely realise and own the necessary potential with practice.
How harsh the realities may be but it is the undeterred will to succeed which matters at the end.Mistakes are natural but with each mistake one learns something new and reform.Its better to confront the realities whatever be with courage,integrity,intelligence and a holistic vision. Malala Yusufjahi from Pakistan was quick to realise the importance of girls education and won the race by wining Nobel peace prize with Kailash Satyarthi of India.Despite the firing of bullet at her by Taliban protagonist ,she did not lose her heart but with each passing day along with her treatment ,her commitment became stronger and she became the face of women empowerment of today.
Success as an individual depends upon how much we are sucsessful in our personal relations and how much we are adept professionally.But again this statement holds a great value.Timely love , care,attention makes any relation strong and deep.One needs to be quick in realising the responsibilities and act upon.Any wound may be healed with oinment of love, focussed attention and giving time to relationships.But magnanimity should not be taken for granted and supposed as weakness.Still India being a patriarchal society although situation is changing gradually but those who do not value relations, dignity of a women and try to impose unnecessary commands over her should be dealt strongly.There is no place of weakness. Weakness is death.Women should come out with drudgery of thoughts but feel empowered to tackle any situation with full confidence for wining the race of life.Myanmar democratic leader Aung sung su ki really proved her mettle by coming out with flying colors in recent elections despite being imprisoned for so many years.
For profesional success its punctuality and sustainability of efforts which counts because on a bigger front success is a journey not a destination.Any exam however small or big may be passed with fine qualities of smart hard work meeting out the deadlines,.But do not forget to ask are you enjoying the work , if the answer is yes ,one is certainly on the right path.
All the great revolutions of the past be it Indian Independence movement,French revolution,Russian revolution ,it became successful due to consistency in efforts to keep the zeal of independence ignited and shredding out the chains of oppression and sheer injustice.Why some nations secured vast success despite limited resource like Singapore is a matter of great admiration.These nations just provided the much needed direction for the holistic development with better use of available resources and gained much progress compared to other countries.What PM Modi ji witnessed during his visit to Japan last year is worth sharing.There is more learning without spending long hours in teaching as students are getting acquainted with empirical and experimental approach to efficiently meet the demands of any job.Every one is an early riser there,there morning starts from 4 am sharp so definitely they are few hours advance than those countries whose citizens do not rise that much early.
Any policy should be framed taking in to account the need of the hour and fully devising it with resources to sustain it for a bigger success. What are we witnessing in India ?.Policies are there but every time its execution suffers a setback due to inability to sustain it. Swach Bharat Abhiyan promised for toilents in each rural house but it ended up becoming storehouses of dirt ultimately blocking its further use.So a deeper approach to sustain the above changes as how to keep it clean, induction of more safai karmacharis by the government etc.should be taken in to account.Recently budget speech by Arun Jaitley ji depicted lack of clear strategies for attaining the goals of green economy where no allocation of funds for preserving the current forests and wetlands. No bigger funds for promoting R& D . So i hope that all these flaws would be tackled in successive budget discussion in the parliament before its final approval.
Rabbits have too become smart they no more take rest in todays race. They know the importance of consistency and smart hard work.They are wining the race these days. Realising the need of the hour one needs to recognise his strength and weakness and augmenting the personality with necessary skills to attain a full fledged success.Just preparing to win the greater race of life with a better coordination,communication and control.Jago Bharat Jago !! ( Be awakened!!)