If You Really Want Your Kids to Be Great You have to give these 7 things

 

Jay Hill

Freelance Writer

About : JAY HILL..IS A PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATE  AND A WRITER WITH SPECIAL INTEREST IN SELF DEVELOPMENT..

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B.VINAY KUMAR

About: B. VINAY KUMAR IS AN ENTREPRENEUR , PHILOSOPHER, AND PHILANTHROPIST AND BLOGGER WITH SPECIAL INTEREST IN PSYCHOLOGY, HEALING, MUSIC , DANCE  ASTROLOGY NUMEROLOGY AND PHOTOGRAPHY.

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It’s possible to parent your kids a little too carefully.

Every good parent wants to be active in their children’s lives and set them up for future success. However, there’s a fine line between sticking to appropriate boundaries, making constructive suggestions, and over-parenting your child. Stifling kids with too many rules and expectations can lower their confidence and creativity. Here are seven things you must give up to ensure that your children grow up healthy, happy, and free to be themselves rather than tire themselves mentally and physically trying to live up to the expectations you place upon them.

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1. Give up telling them what to do.

Of course children need to be given guidance as they learn more about the world around them, but this does not mean that they need to be told what to do in every aspect of their lives! Instead, ask them about the actions they have chosen for themselves. Bombarding your children with unnecessary instructions as to how they should live their lives will trigger resentment and hinder their creativity because you will be doing all their thinking for them!

This advice applies from the games they want to play and the clothes they want to wear right up to the career path they wish to pursue. Research published in the journal ‘Sociological Spectrum’ suggests that children given more freedom by their parents are less likely to fall victim to anxiety, depression or feelings of failure in their college years compared with those who are closely monitored or subject to ‘helicopter parenting.’

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2. Give up your unrealistic expectations.

Remember that children are human beings, and that no human being is perfect. It is immensely stressful for a child to believe that they have to be “the best” at something (or even everything!) in order to considered a worthwhile person. We all have our own individual strengths and weaknesses. Communicate to your child, both explicitly and implicitly, that you appreciate their own unique mix of talents.

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3. Give up over-protection.

If you are the kind of person who tends to worry about every possible outcome or potential disaster, take care not to let this attitude be reflected in your parenting. Children need to be granted the freedom to have new experiences and to make their own mistakes. If you hold your child back from new opportunities or activities on the off-chance that they will be dangerous, your child will learn that the world is an unsafe place. As a result, they will be less likely to take positive risks in the future.

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4. Give up making decisions for them.

An important skill for all successful adults to learn is how to make healthy decisions. This ability needs to be developed in childhood. Give your child help in making life choices, such as choosing a hobby or major in college, but know that ultimately you need to make it clear that they should be the ones in charge of their own decision-making. Do not attempt to tell them how to build a CV or map out their life path for them as this can have damaging consequences. Researcher Bill Deresiewicz’s 2014 book, “Excellent Sheep,” makes a convincing argument that academic over-involvement increases a child’s risk of depression, anxiety and fear of failure later in life. 

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5. Give up blaming them for their mistakes.

Everybody makes mistakes, and this includes your child. Unless a particular mistake is the result of an obviously unwise decision, try not to blame your child more than is necessary when they make an error. Mistakes are often a valuable means of acquiring new knowledge. Sit down with your child and talk about how they can learn from their mistake and make better choices next time.

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6. Give up praising their intelligence.

When children are praised for their efforts rather than their intelligence, they feel more inclined to push themselves harder in the future. Praising a child for their intelligence gives the impression that you are praising them for a fixed characteristic, which in turn does nothing to spur them on to greater self-improvement.

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7. Give up setting so many family rules.

Some family rules are a necessity. After all, children do require some boundaries and need to be taught right from wrong. However, an overly rigid family setup can cause a child needless anxiety if it means they live in constant fear of breaking a rule. In addition, it can also stifle their creativity if they feel as though they are merely a cog in the family machine that has to behave in the same manner at all times. Research carried out by psychologists at the University of Colorado-Boulder have uncovered links between a highly-structured childhood and a lack of decision-making ability. Prepare to change or get rid of family rules if they have no obvious benefit.

It can take time to shift your thinking and approach, especially if you were raised by over-protective or over-involved parents. Remember that in general, psychological research supports a careful but liberal parenting style as the best way of encouraging your children to really excel in life and also to feel happy in themselves. Enjoy your children for who they are, and endeavor to demonstrate your love for them on a daily basis.

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The Significance of a Woman’s Tears

This is a beautiful story as well as a lesson worth learning. The story starts when a little boy tries to find out why his mother, and all women, cry. It gave me quite a lot to feel, as well as to think about.  I am sorry mama I made you cry so many times and had to face so many difficulties.

“There are some mothers who feed the baby only when it starts crying. The more considerate and loving type of mother knows when the baby is hungry; she need not be called to its side by a loud wail. This Sai Matha is that type of mother. I have come because I felt I had to come; I resolved upon this. There is no need now for tears or despair, either among the repositories of the Vedic wisdom or among the good who suffer from the cruel winds of adharma. This campaign will succeed; it will not fail. The welfare of the world will be ensured through the fostering of the godly everywhere, and more particularly of these reservoirs of the ancient wisdom of this land.”

“Give the world only secondary importance; the primary place should be reserved for loosening its coils. The Jagadjanani (Mother of the Universe) will hurry towards you and caress you only when you cast off the dolls and cry. Yearn from the very depths of the heart, yearn with your whole being. Leave no sesham (balance) of attachment in the mind; then only can you get the grace of Sesha-saayee —He who reclines on the Supernal Psychic Serpent.”

As said by Sathya Sai Baba

 

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The Teacher and the old river as told by Gautama Buddha

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One day Lord Buddha called his disciples and told them the following story its about how to let go the mind….

A beautiful little story about what it really takes to attain true peace of mind. This story seems simple at first, but provokes thought and contemplation with its enlightening message. 

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THE FIVE MISTAKES OF MY LIFE

PART ONE   THE 50 RUPEE NOTE

I have been blessed by  Sri Sathya Sai Baba to be a part of his mission, though i was initiated into his on 19-07-1973 which happens to be my birthday which falls on Thursday a day that is loved by  Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Thursday is an auspicious day to worship our Guru, on this day the Guru can be pleased easily and he accepts the prayer of those who wholeheartedly surrender their thoughts words and deeds.

He gave me the opportunity to be near Him from 1986- 2011, he allowed me to observe, study and understand Him from close quarters.

He gave me the opportunity to be a part of his organisation (Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and Allied Institutions) that directly carry forth His Message of Love and Service.

During this time I committed 5 mistakes for which I have not forgiven myself till this date as it not only harmed my personal reputation and that of my family but also of that of the organisation that I have studied and worked but also brought a bad name to the founder of the organisation, namely Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

It was during one of those Trayee Brindavan sessions one fine day Bhagawan brought an envelope containing a bundle of 50 rupees notes. I was sitting in the second or third row, Swami said if I give this 50 rupee notes now. in course of time you will all become millionaires.  Bhagawan looked at everybody for sometime and suddenly got up and started handing down notes to selected students. After some time he had only one note left and he came and stood in front of me. I did not notice him as I kept both my hands on his feet. He kept waving a 50 rupee note in front of my eyes which I did not notice, then a student who was sitting by my side alerted me. But I still did not take the note from His hand. After some time, the Satan must have entered my mind and I pulled the note from Swami’s hand, I didn’t know whether it was for me or not. That night I felt guilty.   I couldn’t sleep at all. The first thing after I got up in the morning, I sat in the front of the altar and cried bitterly asking for forgiveness. I wrote a letter to Swami to forgive me for my shortcoming. Incidentally, I got the first line and sat directly under Swami’s feet.  I was holding the letter. Swami saw but didn’t respond. Finally, just before the session got over He took the letter and and read the contents (I had written :Dearest Bhagawan, I am very sorry. I should have held on to your feet but something happened and I took the note from your hand. When I have the Creator of this Universe in front of me, I ran after His creation). He took the 50 rupee note that was kept in the letter, with stern face He handed back the letter and the 50 rupees note. But I refused to take it back. Finally with a smiling face, He said : You can have both, I was only testing you.

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One of the finest moments with Sri Sathya Sai In Trayee Brindavan

Later  I joined His organisation, they used to give me a  descent salary.  My mother, being a devoted person, didn’t want me to spend the money given by Bhagawan. Instead, she asked me keep all the salary given by Bhagawan in fixed deposits and she asked my father to give me double the salary given by the organisation as my pocket money. She used to get all my clothes  stitched and sent by courier. A part of that money, I invested in mutual funds and forgot about it. When I had to leave Puttaparthi, I forgot to take many things with me because my mind was totally disturbed and blank.

Then, one fine day we had Bhajans at my place. After the Bhajans were over, a person was waiting in front of my house asking for details of the person mentioned in the letter he held with him. He had been searching for nearly an hour but was unsuccessful. He then approaches me. When I look at the letter, I tell him its me. Then he comes with all the documents and asks me to redeem the mutual funds and suggests me to invest in some good funds. This gentleman had come newly as the manager of Way2Wealth financial services.  His first duty was to find people who had used their services but had not claimed their money. The investment I had made in 1997 had grown by 500%. in 2017. I withdrew the money and a gentleman from another financial investment firm suggests to me to keep the amount in Fixed Term Insurance plans and that amount will grow by another 400 % by the end of 7 years and that the income will be tax-free.

THANK GOD FOR THE PROMISES

I thanked God for remembering me and keeping his promise.

 

DOES GOD LOVE GOOD MEN ONLY!!

“Being deeply Loved by someone gives you Strength;

Loving someone deeply gives you Courage.”

A few days ago I came across this quote, reading it I was reminded of an incident that occurred a few months back .

It was a fine afternoon, a few clouds were hanging lazily above, cool and gentle breeze was blowing from the mountain side on that sunny day, as the breeze gently caressed my cheeks, a few lines from a poem written by Swami to his Students which I read long ago came as a flash “When on a sultry night everything is hot and still, the first cool breeze brushes your cheeks , I am caressing you think of Me” such a nice feeling it was.

I was on my way home to have lunch when I saw an old gentleman sitting on the bench. He was working in the same office, as a matter of courtesy I asked him how everything was going on, to which no reply was given. I saw him holding his right shoulder; he seemed to be in some sort of pain. So I gently massaged his shoulder, after some time his facial expression returned to normalcy, I realized that he must be fine and stopped.

He was carrying a book which was almost in tatters, i casually asked him as to what he liked most about the book. The old man having experienced life’s ups and downs was happy with the interest I had shown and asked me sit down next to him for a few minutes so that he could share his some wisdom from that book. ( I don’t recollect the name of the book, but he said it was written by his Master/Guru who used to live in the Himalayas somewhere near the Nara Narayan Gufa ashram) .

He began his small talk with the following statement “Does God Love Good Men”. I replied in affirmative for I thought it was so. He said he too had posed this question to his Guru when he had got an opportunity to meet him, to which his Guru went on to narrate a story from the Mahabharata .

His guru counter posed the question back to him as to why Krishna loved Arjuna more than he loved Yudhistira? For which the old man could not reply. Then his guru explained that Though GOD comes as an Avatar on this earth to destroy the evil / bad and establish the Dharma thereby making men follow Good life. God actually loves people who totally surrender to Him. The reason why Krishna loved Arjuna more than anyone else was that He(Arjuna) was ready to obey the command of the Lord without even worrying about the consequences of the actions. Whereas Yudhistira when asked by Krishna to tell a lie w.r.t (Ashwattama Hatha kunjaraha) was first unwilling to follow the command saying that it was (unethical / not fair/ against the rules of the game) but later consented to do so for reasons unknown (which only goes to show that he had placed the virtues above God himself, I think!!! ). Even though Krishna might have appreciated Yudhistira for his goodness but his friendship and love was directed more towards Arjuna .

One more incident from Mahabharata that goes to show how much faith Arjuna had towards Krishna. Once both of them go for an evening stroll along the banks of a river when suddenly Krishna stops Arjuna and tells him that there is crow on top the tree for which Arjuna replies in affirmative. Then Krishna tells him no it is not a crow but an pigeon to which Arjuna replies in affirmative it goes on like this for sometime and Krishna chides Arjuna as to whether he is blind, or was he incapable of not knowing the difference between a crow and a pigeon etc. The reply given by Arjuna was Lord it is not that I cannot differentiate between a pigeon and a crow, but when you say something I fully believe because, You have the power to change anything at Your will, I place my belief in Your Words rather that in my own senses. Krishna was so immensely pleased with the answer given by Arjuna. That is why probably He becomes the charioteer of Arjuna during the Kurukshetra war when there were probably more deserving candidates than Arjuna, I thought…….

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He went on to narrate one more story from the Mahabharata showing How much Krishna loved Arjuna. The Battle of Kurukshetra turned out to be a nightmare for Arjuna, his stomach churned at the thought of fighting his own blood relatives with whom he had grown, and the elders from whom he had learnt much of the earthly skills and wisdom. Arjuna becomes dejected before the war, Krishna gives him courage and strength through the celestial poem the “Bhagavad Gita”. The incident as narrated by the old man was that Arjuna begins to cry and says “lord I have no problem fighting the war, but what if I die during the course of the war”. Krishna assures Arjuna and says “don’t worry Arjuna in case you were to die in the war then I will myself put you on my lap and enter the fire pyre, be assured of my promise.” I am not sure whether this incident which he narrated is there in any book since I have not come across this story so far but such story only goes on to demonstrate how much Krishna loved Arjuna.

The stories were very touching; The meeting was an eye opener for me. A Tear rolled down my cheek on hearing such wonderful story of the Lord. The relation between the Lord and his Devotees and the love for one another only proves why God still loves His creation in spite of where it is heading to.

Probably what message was trying to be conveyed to me was that being good may not be enough to earn God’s Love but what is more important is that one must develop “Total Faith and Confidence in HIM and his words”.

A few days later:

A few days later I had been to the library to pick up a few books when my eyes fell upon a book with an unusual name “JESUS CEO” I was curious and picked the book without even going through the contents. Later as I was reading the book I came across a paragraph which reads thus “No relationship can survive when one or both parties start treating each other casually and stop troubling themselves on the behalf of others.-(Jesus troubled himself on behalf of GOD). I believe that God yearns to have an intense relationship with each one of us. If we have become people of mediocrity that means that we have stopped troubling ourselves on behalf of God”.

“Thinking” is not my cup of tea I should say, but this particular incident has made to stop and start thinking.

It is not always possible for us humans to have God as a Human Friend like Krishna & Arjuna. It is also not possible for God to have one to one relationship with everyone as He had with Arjuna, so the question is …?

Is God trying to teach man what True Friendship means……….. or

Is that man can attain God’s love by developing such a kind of friendship?

B Vinay Kumar

Things to look in Woman with whom you would want to Share the rest of your Life with

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By Patrick Banks and endorsed by B vinay kumar

(Patrick Banks is a dating coach passionate about healthy lifestyle. He believes that satisfying the needs of your body and mind brings you happiness.

I’ve( refers to patrick banks) been helping men improve their love lives for years now. I’ve probably read dozens of articles on what women find attractive in men. I’ve even written a few of them. The funny thing is, I rarely come across articles that touch on what men find attractive in a woman. Is the modern dating game so lopsided that it’s enough for a woman to just ‘show up’, or do we men stumble merely at the sight of a nice head of hair and a shapely body?

I won’t deny the fact that this is true for a lot of men out there, but there’s a little more needed to really attract a man who isn’t impressed with mere ‘good looks’?

Now, I can’t speak for the entire population here, but here are eight things that I, personally, find incredibly attractive in a woman.

  • 1. Kindness

This might sound like a bit of a cliché, but true kindness really is rare these days. Sure, you get people who are nice to those who hold some sort of value to them, but how many people do you meet every day that would go and talk to the lone stranger crying in the subway? I don’t want to be with a person that’s just nice to me, my friends, and my family. I want a person who can brighten up my day by brightening up the lives of everyone she comes in contact with.

You have a power to lighten someone’s day just by smiling to them. It’s worth using it often, also to become more attractive in men’s eyes. Studies from the University of British Columbia show that men are attracted to smiling women. A natural smile conveys messages like optimism and stability, which are definitely qualities desired in a mate.

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2. Positivity and sense of humor

“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority.”

One of the most important things in any relationship, romantic or otherwise, is the ability to have a great time and have a good laugh. Taking care of your emotional hygiene and good mood should be your priority. Only then you can take life positive, light, and with a fair dose of humor. While I never hold any significant other to a comic standard of say, Ellen Degeneres, I do love a woman who can live life one day at a time, take a joke, and crack a few of her own.

3. Passion

This might sound like a tall ask to some, but I’m a person who needs to be inspired constantly to be happy. To me, there’s no feeling in this world as attractive as being inspired by a woman who’s passionate about her pursuits in life.

You could be a world class pianist or you could be doctor, the minute I see your eyes light up while talking about what you want to achieve in life, I guarantee you I’ll be falling hard and fast. You cannot get bored together, because there is always a topic to talk about with a girl who is passionate about something.

4. Getting along with my friends

A friend once told me an old Chinese saying of a man that has a wife who gets along with his friends will have a long and pleasant life. Well, I have a feeling that my friend might be lying about there being an actual saying; however, I have to say that it really is a beautiful thing to be with a woman who can get along with your buddies and just be ‘one of the guys’ when she wants to.

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5. Confidence

“Nothing is more beautiful than a confident woman who doesn’t pretend to be someone she’s not.”

I don’t know about you, but I like being around people who are happy to be themselves. You see, it’s not just women who respond powerfully to a confident partner, I love being with a woman who stands up for herself and what she believes in; as long as it’s not an opinion against my sports team or favorite band. Ha! Just kidding. I would never date a girl who didn’t love Iron Maiden.

6. Decisiveness

“A girl should be two things: who & what she wants.”

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who don’t know what they want and can’t take responsibility for their own decisions. At the end of the day, I’m willing to battle through a few arguments on where we should have dinner or which movie we should watch, as long as I know that I’m with a person who’s strong enough to be decisive.

7. She has her own sense of style

Here’s the thing: we men are very much visual creatures. It’s just how we’re evolutionary programmed. Something that I absolutely love in a woman is a unique sense of style. I’ll admit that I tend to gravitate towards certain stereotypes – bohemian Goth with a fair share of body ink (in case you’re wondering). I fall in love whenever I see a woman who has a sense of style that I don’t get to see on every street corner.

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I agree on this and it is endorsed by none other than bhagawan shirdi sai baba. excerpts from Shirdi Sai SatCharita Chapter XLIX

When Nanasaheb was once sitting in the Masjid with Mhalasapati and others, a Mahomedan gentlemen from Bijapur came with his family to see Baba. Seeing gosha (veiled) ladies with him, Nanasaheb wanted to go away, but Baba prevented him from doing so. The ladies came and took the darshan of Baba. When one of the ladies removed her veil in saluting Baba’s feet and then resumed it again, Nanasaheb, who saw her face, was so much smitten with her rare beauty that he wished to see her face again. Knowing Nana’s restlessness of mind, Baba spoke to him after the lady had left the place as follows – “Nana, why are you getting agitated in vain? Let the senses do their allotted work, or duty, we should not meddle with their work. God has created this beautiful world and it is our duty to appreciate its beauty. The mind will get steady and calm slowly and gradually. When the front door was open, why go by the back one? When the heart is pure, there is no difficulty, whatsoever. Why should one be afraid of any one if there be no evil thought in us? The eyes may do their work, why should you feel shy and tottering?”

Shama was there and he could not follow the meaning of what Baba said. So he asked Nana about this on their way home. Nana told him about his restlessness at the sight of the beautiful lady, how Baba knew it and advised him about it. Nana explained Baba’s meaning as follows – “That our mind is fickle by nature, it should not be allowed to get wild. The senses may get restless, the body, however, should be held in check and not allowed to be impatient. Senses run after objects, but we should not follow them and crave for their objects. By slow and gradual practice retlessness can be conquered. We should not be swayed by the senses, but they cannot be completely controlled. We should curb them rightly and properly according to the need of the occasion. Beauty is the subject of sight; we should fearlessly look at the beauty of objects. There is no room for shyness or fear. Only we should never entertain evil thoughts. Making the mind desireless, observe God’s works of beauty. In this way the senses will be easily and naturally controlled and even in enjoying objects you will be reminded of God. If the outer senses are not held in check and if the mind be allowed to run after objects and be attached to them, our cycle of births and deaths will not come to an end. Objects of sense are things harmful. With Viveka (discrimination) as our charioteer, we will control the mind and will not allow the senses to go astray. With such a charioteer we reach the Vishnu-pada, the final abode, our real Home from which there is no return.” 

8.Being comfortable with her sexuality

There’s a lot to be said on what’s sexy and, more specifically, on what makes a woman sexy. To me, what matters is not what a girl wears beneath the sheets or what she’s into, it’s the fact that she’s comfortable with her own sexuality and aware of her sexual energy. Romance is just so much more fun with a woman who knows what she’s into and isn’t abashed about it.

A Pencil Stand made for Sri Sathya Sai Baba by C.G Sai Prakash

Aum Ganeshaya Namaha

Aum Saraswathye Namaha

Aum Sri Guruhbyo Namaha

I never wanted to join Swami’s school but my aunt (my grandfather’s sister) insisted that I join Swami’s school in Ooty. I was the most spoilt brat among all the children and they did not want my behavior to have an influence on them. Somebody told them that Swami is starting schools  and any type of person will be molded into an ideal student. After a long deliberation with my parents I decided to try my luck. I went to  Ooty from Coimbatore for entrance test for Sathya Sai School in Ooty. The entrance exam was quite easy and I passed successfully, but failed miserably in medical test. The reason they gave was that I was having tonsillitis. My father being a doctor argued with them that it is not a serious case with medicine, it can be cured. The principal, an old lady, who conducted my interview, flatly refused saying that most of the time the weather is cold, it will be difficult for us to take care of him. So saying she put a few toffees in my hand and bid goodbye.  I returned home very happy so that I could continue with my pranks. The next year i.e 1981 my father sent me along with my uncle i.e my mother’s brother to Puttaparthi for joining primary school, but fate played a defining role. My uncle slept blissfully, instead of getting down in Guntakal we landed in Dharwad the next morning. My uncle didn’t carry enough money so they kept me under custody of the station superintendent till such time my uncle could arrange for the money for paying penalty. By the time we reached Puttaparthi the exam was already over. The Warden aunty said better luck next time. I had to wait for another six years for Lady Luck to smile on me again.

Having undergone such an harrowing experience I had lost complete interest in studies and in life. Sometimes I used to stay behind in  my friend’s house, he had a huge collection of movies and comics (Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle, Chandamama, Champak,etc). I used to spend time watching movies or reading comics. when he would return from school I used to take his books and copy his notes during play time. My parents had no clue about my activities. On a bad day my activities were brought to light and my mother gave me such a thrashing because I talked back to my father ( I told him you don’t love me as much as you love your other two sons. What i wanted to convey was that I needed spectacles. As i had vision of 16/20, all the time, I had to look into my neighbor’s notes.  The girl complained to the teacher that I am eyeing at her. The teacher went and complained to the principal and she punished me by keeping in the dark room and she made announcement in the public speaker. All my father’s friends whose children were studying in the same school reported to their parents about the incident, they in turn wanted to clarify with my father whether it is true. Just imagine for such a small insignificant  incident the mental torture i had to bear!.  After thrashing me with a stick, she felt so bad that, she did not eat for 10 days. My father decided he should do something for me. He took the next available train to Puttaparthi and wanted to ask Swami to give a seat in his school like he did for my brothers. Unfortunately for him, Swami didn’t come towards his side for next few days, but my father never gave up. Someone suggested that he meet the then Secretary Mr Kutumba Rao, so that he can place before Swami his problem. Then after  waiting for nearly ten days, Mr Kutumba Rao  tells my father to go and operate upon a patient in vijayawada. My father visits Vijaywada and does whatever necessary for the patient and bring backs the news that the patient is doing fine. Next day, Swami calls my father and my brother for an interview. He inquires about their welfare and asks my brother to follow my father’s footsteps. He creates hot sweet boondi for them and fills their hands fully and asks them to partake. After that he gives them tissues to wipe their hand. He asks my father if he wants any boon. My father initially wanted to ask Swami for a room inside the ashram but instead asked that I be given a seat in his school. Swami asked my father whether  he had brought me with him so that he would immediately give me a seat. Unfortunately, for Swami, I was with my aunt i.e ( my fathers sister). Her son was an IIT Madras topper in computer science  and he accidentally died of brain hemorrhage, and I went to stay with my aunt.  Then, on 25 May, my father calls up and says that the Principal of sri Sathya Sai Primary School wants me to come  and join for seventh class. I travel all the way from badrak  in orrisa and  arrive in parthi with my parents. Swami was in brindavan at that time. They fix up a date and asks me to join the hostel on i.e 5th june, along with all necessary luggage. My parents lead the way and I was to follow them. Just before entering primary school I wait outside at the entrance and closed my eyes to thank God for finally accepting me into his fold. When I open my eyes I see a Red Benz car slowly gliding past by from stadium towards mandir, at the back to the car I see a Beautiful Figure, then I realize that it is Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and He is smiling at me, our eyes get locked for about three to four seconds.Only later I realize that this moment will be eternally lodged in my memory . My younger brother also had a similar incident in his life.

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My Father Dr B.Kalias Rao with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

A few days after joining,  a visitor in a wheelchair is heralded into the assembly hall, he was instructed by swami to talk to the children. In his speech,  which I remember very vaguely, he narrates  about his interaction with swami, how he used to go to swami  and ask him to write articles for santhana sarathi,  and the role play he and Swami used to have. He would ask Swami questions posed by devotees and swami would give reply ( later when I joined book trust I realised that what he mentioned was brought out as a book called Sandeha Nivarini. Incidentally, the german version of the book had on its  cover page the picture of my mother reading shirdi sai sat charitra near vata vriksha). It is only later that i realised that it is none other than our dear Kasturi garu. On one fine evening our principal comes and says that Mr Kasturi Garu has passed away and swami was very gracious enough to be by his side when he passed away.

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Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Interacting with Prof.Kasturi Garu

Scene two:

One fine morning, may be around 1990 or 1991 as I am returning from Mandir,  and alighting the stairs I see behind me a figure full of happiness and joy. When I enquire as to what has caused him so much  happiness and joy, he says that Swami has finally accepted a small gift that he had made for Him. That is a pen/pencil stand that is kept on Swami’s table, so that whenever swami sees this object he would be reminded of him. The boy was C.G Sai Prakash, who would, in later years go on to join the Digital Studio. This moment also has been etched in my memory. Then I realize how madly people are in love with the Lord.

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C.G Sai Prakash towards the far right and his Brother C.G Satish   With His Beloved Lord Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Scene three.

During the dusherra celebrations in prasanthi nilayam 1993 , Swami was shifting from his prasanthi mandir to the poornachandra auditorium.  He blessed all vedam boys with dhoti and angavastram. As i was sick, I did not get one. Then one fine day, Swami started calling boys into interview room and wanted to show them how he used to live upstairs. Only vedam boys were given the chance. I cursed myself for falling sick at the time when Swami was so gracious to show people the lifestyle that he lived. All parthi and brindavan boys got the chance to witness this rare grace of the lord. Some boys, even though they were not in vedam group, borrowed from others and had the the rare fortune of seeing Swami from such close quarters. Then, on the last day I decided that I too will make it, But didnt know how.  Without my asking,  my dearest friend Late P Sathyanaranaya comes and asks me to borrow his dothi and angavastram, and  asks me to sit in bhajan hall. I manage to get inside bhajan hall. I was fortunate to be in the last batch that Swami calls inside. Then Swami takes us inside interview room and from there we all climb the steps and reach his room. He tells us to have a look into his bathroom and all of us assemble in his bedroom. We all stand and Swami stands near the window that is facing the women’s side. Deleted some text here   He asks the strongest person to pull the  closed window. One of the strongest students, Rajesh Grover, uses all his might but is unsuccessful. Some others also try their their luck. Then, I want to show my face to Swami. So I ask Him can I pull the window. Swami’s facial expression changes from golden hue to sunny red, he asks me to stay back. I realize that i made a big mistake and scurry behind. Then, he takes out a comb from his almirah and he shows how he combs his hair. Then he takes a box of pencils and distributes among the boys gathered there. Then he proceeds to the study room and asks everybody to leave. I was standing at the back, and after everybody leaves I move towards the study room where Swami is sitting and he is reading a letter, only myself and Swami were present upstairs, when he finishes the letter he looks at me and signals why I am still there. Then, I slowly move towards him and fall at his lotus feet asking for forgiveness for the mistake committed unknowingly by me. After kissing his feet, I get up, and all the time Swami’s gaze was on me. He takes a  sharpened pencil from the pencil stand, the one that was given by C.G Sai Prakash, and tells me to write and inspire others. Then he blesses me, asks me to go downstairs to the interview room and after sometime, he comes down and opens the interview room and asks all of us to leave. I didn’t actually grasp what he said at that time. When I came down from upstairs, I was so full of happiness and joy. It was he same thing that I saw on C G Sai Prakash’s face in 1991, when he gave hand-made pencil stand to Swami. It is only then did I realize that everything in this universe is interlinked or interconnected.

Rameshwar Prusty came back from security duty , it was then that  i was fully engaged with book trust. Sri Srinivasulu,  lovingly allowed me to be part of the Sri Sathya Sai Books  Exhibition in 2009. Everyone was allocated some task. Only I had no task as I was an outsider, I was standing behind feeling sad that I could not be  part of his Mission.  When Swami entered the video section, I was standing far away.  After he entered and everyone has taken a seat,  he looks at me  and signals  to me to come and sit at his lotus feet. I sit for about twenty minutes massaging his feet, an opportunity that comes may be once in millions of lifetimes. and it is the best moment of my life recorded for posterity by Aravind Balasubramania and Ranjith.IMG_5214a

Only in 2006,  did I realize what he had actually meant . I started blogging and to my own amazement things would just flow through me. If anybody had seen my report card, they would realize that a person like me who did not know the difference between “how” and “who” and who still can’t distinguish between and verb and adverb, how he could start writing. I still wonder how I could write such masterpieces. R Srinivasan was kind enough to save a few blog posts from those days, for me and kind enough to send me.  Deleted some text here . When I approached him to write an introduction for my project titled ” financial analysis of paper industries”,  he would have possibly laughed at my English, as to how I got into a management program.  Unfortunately, I had to delete my blog of those days,  because I had thought it may not have been taken well by a few. Swami kept me with him for 27 years.  He sent vibuthi packets for me through my father and ask me to leave Parthi just before his passing away.

Anyways it is not for me to judge God’s plan at  this juncture.  I am reminded of a quote which says “Oh God,  if today I lose hope then remind me that your plan for me was better than my dream.”

Another good quote i am reminded of :

” When God decided the plan for your life it wasn’t dependent on your being perfect. Your mistakes are a not a surprise for Him”dd3182a29cb684c3032e65c46ac46c1a

“Faith in God includes faith in His timing.”

Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact in your life, You can barely remember what life was like without them.”

Late P Sathya Narayana, C.G Sai Prakash, R Srinivasan, Annam Shankar, B Hanumantha Rao, Nitin Acharya, Satyajit Salian, N B Sikki Vahan and Sanvi my three year old niece to name a few….

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God says….

“The reason why some people have turned against you and walked away from you without reason…Has nothing to do with you.It is because I have removed them from your life because they cannot go where  I am taking you next.They would hinder you at the next level because they have already served their purpose in this life. Let them go away and keep moving. Greater is coming your way.” says the Lord.god says life

GRATITUDE

 

gratitude3“That heart which you have given me, O Lord! I give it back to you, O mighty one! What else can I offer you, my Master! I offer my prayerful salutations with tears of Gratitude. O Lord! Accept them all with my heart.”

“Offer your salutations to God. Without doing this, you will become an ungrateful wretch. You will collapse into the endless cycle of birth and death. Suffering and agony will cling to you. Your tears of gratitude will liberate you from all such problems. You will always be blissful, with cheerful smiles. This is the result of constantly expressing your gratitude to God.”

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Summer Showers 2002 pg 143

Since it is an Omega principle to acknowledge others. I do not undertake this privilege lightly. I feel a tremendous debt of Gratitude to those who have helped me and chiseled my  life.  some of them even if I take many  lives I will not be able to repay my gratitude to them. My heart has grown so much just knowing each and every one of you.

I am breaking the age old tradition of paying respect to Mother, Father, Guru, God by paying my first obeisance to my Teacher and well wisher  first.

To late DS Habbu ex principal Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School who asked God to love me and God complied to his wish and hugged me in front of all students, I did not even realize this till Raj Patel who captured this moment in his camera, was kind enough to share with me the photo. Incidentally or rather co incidentally Mr.Habbu was asked by The Divine Master To Join His Esteemed Organisation on 19-7-1973 happens to also be the day I was born on this Holy Planet. This day is so unique that i will share with you its significance later in the course of time.

To my parents Dr B Kailas Rao an eminent orthopaedic surgeon an epitome of Service and Sacrifice and my mother Smt. Parvathi  Rao a ray of light in my life for letting me be as I am, and standing by me even during the most difficult and testing times of my life without expecting anything from me.

To My Grand Parents Sri Vykunta Ramayya, and Smt Chellayamma for their unflinching faith in God and Sri Venkat Raju an epitome of strength and Smt Sarawathi an encyclopedia of stories and knowledge for planting in us seeds of devotion to God in my heart at an early age.

To My Elder brother Late Dr.B Vijay Kumar for giving me a hand made card when I joined the hostel,which read “God’s delays are not God’s denials” which I always kept with me and cherished.

To My younger brother  Late B. Vikas Kumar who  inspired me to achieve things that I could not even have thought of. He advised me never to leave God come what may, even though he had a premonition about what fate held for him.

To Prof.N Kasturi garu for planting in me the seed in my heart the purpose of my coming into existence into this world.

To Shri K Chakravarthi garu for giving me an opportunity to continue my bachelor’s degree and letting me peek into the mind of God and who taught me that books are best friend a man can have.

To  Shri Vinod Kumar Passi garu who taught me that God’s handiwork is found in the smallest details.

To Prof C Jagan Mohan Rao garu who even though didn’t know who I was fought with authorities to get for me footwear used by the Lord as a prize for sports meet championship.

To Dr A Sudhir Bhaskar for introducing  me to the beautiful world of Cybernetics.

To Dr R.Kumar Bhaskar for having taught Behavioural Psychology so well.

To Shri Renju Raghuveeran with all his disabilities accepted me as his student and helped me complete my project when everyone turned me down.

To Sai Venkatesh Pingali, P.Sai Krishna,Sai Nathan Pillay, Sai Venkateswaran,Sharat Chandra,Damu Nair,V.Sathya Sai Ram, G.Sapthagiri,T Shravan,Abhay Amrite, Nandakumar, Dr Raja Sekhar Verma, Guna Shekhar Bhatt, M Jagadish Rao,Manish Sharma,K Kiran Krishna, NB Sikki Vahan, late P Sathya Narayanan, S V Satheesh and Raju Gouri Shetty,  Suleen Patel,Vijay Santhanam,Venkat Desikan,Anand Krishnan, Anand Nerugunam, Kasi Rao, Anand Sur, Sanjay PK, Sandeep Bodak, Tej Kumar, Vaidyanathan Balasubramanyam, Dr Meenakshi Murwada, Dr Ankit Jain for being my friends.

To Amitabh Das Gupta,Vibhuti Patel, Chiran Basnet, Vijay Krishna, Muthu Kumar, Sreedhar, Sai Kumar, Patty Sairam,  Jayaraman for teaching me the Principle of “Brother Hood of Man and Father Hood of God.”

To all My relatives Satish & Hema Battula, Smt Swapna & Sri Hari Atmakuri, Sri Rajesh & kavitha Battula, Sri Shyam & Padma Battula, Dr Lingamurthy KS , Rajini & Ragini, Shekar & Kasturi, Kalyani & Gopi Krishna, Swarna Laxmi & Sai Krishna who were a source of support.

To Prashanth Sawhney for being kind enough to give me his books and notes and clarifying my doubts in school.

To N Sathya Pramod and GN Girisha for teaching me accounts and commerce in school and sharing with us their biscuits and mixture and to Shri Ruchir Desai for giving solid foundation in taxation and accounts.

To Dr G Bhagya Rao doctor of psychiatry who treated me with love and kindness and helped me to get out of depression.

To Smt Anusha, Sri Satish Reddy, and Sri Sanvi my three year neighbour, Chahana,Himaja,Lasya, Sudeep, Sweety, Sharon who made me connect to the child in me.

 

To V Nitin Acharya for introducing me into the world of publishing and soulful ghazals of Ghulam Ali and making the best masala chai on earth.

To Shri RJ Ratnakar garu who wanted to take me under his care when times were tough.

To Dr Piyush Kumar Srivastava for introducing me to the world of audio visuals and multimedia.

Dr Vineet Aggarwal whose book inspired me take up writing again.

To Dr.Chaganti Kotesharwra Rao  after listening to whose talks i could understand swami’s discourses much better.

To Dr. Uma Rao who lovingly assured me that I will live by Swami’s grace, when I accidently broke the hand of  a very powerful form of ganesha whose trunk faced right side and had to face the Wrath Of elephant God. Doctors were not able to diagnose what I was suffering from. I was hospitalised for two weeks in serious condition.

To Mrs. Vani my spiritual healer, who after going through my horoscope gave appropriate remedies so that I could atone for the sins that I have committed in my previous births.

To Sai Sashi Bushan for forgiving me when I committed the biggest blunder in my life when I unknowingly stopped God’s love and grace flow towards him.

To Gunjan Dubey for giving me sound advice not to trust anyone and not take anyone on face value.

To P Sai Krishna and Shri Bharat Dutt who taught me how to play basket ball in school the only game i know.

To Rakesh Prabhakaran and Ajnish Viswa Rai Prasad for making me part of the first dragon dance displayed in front of swami and fulfilling my desire to dance before God.

To Chidananda Reddy for teaching me that any  selfless service will give God immense joy.

To Sumeith Ramana and Vinod Reddy for giving me many opportunities to present cake to Lord on his birthdays a childhood dream which was fulfilled by them.

To Shri MG Nanda Gopal  & Sri Mahalingam, Dr Tata Rao, librarian  for giving me some of the best books to read.

To Shri B.K Mishra, Shri Gautam Dutt for teaching english poems so well, that I look to  poems for inspiration when I am down.

To Putta Satish for sharing with me his most priced  collection of “Book of Quotes”.

To NS Ramnath who taught me not to take studies too seriously.

To Dilip Chowdary for introducing me into world of music and trekking and exploring the beauty of Himalayas.

To Sri V Venkateswarlu who protected me from the harsh realities of school life in hostel.

To CG Sai Prakash for many  beautiful things that I cannot recollect.

To Katta Bhaskar for giving me tips to become a sports person and giving me tips of what to expect and avoid to have smooth life in Brindavan .

To Sri Chakravarthi Gopalan garu for introducing me to the world of energy healing.

To Dr.Raj Kumar Jain for teaching good behavior, table manners and etiquette.

To Dr V E Ramamurthy, N Shankaran, N RadhaSwami, Sri Tukaram Rao, Shri Ruchir Desai, Dr Naren Ramji, Sri Srinivasa Rangarajan, Dr Shiva Pandit.

To Shri Rajesh Pujara for giving interesting articles and videos to improve my general knowledge and understand life in general.he told me that the best investment is investing in oneself.

To G Satish Babu for creating interest in cell biology in school.

To Dr Shailesh Srivastava for creating interest in science of sound and teaching us Christmas carols.

To R Raghunatha Sharma for looking after my brother and help him to complete his studies in which he had no interest.

To Smt Munni Kaul, Prema Bhel, Kitchen Aunty, Sai Priya Sanagapati, Smt Shashi mam, Smt Prasoon Amaba for taking extra pains for bearing with me in primary school.

To Prof US Rao and Dr B Sai Giridhar for giving me opportunity to serve in maintenance cell.

To Louise L Hay whose books have inspired millions of people around the world and gave me the tools necessary to get back to normal life.

To Laurie Beth Jones whose book made me understand Jesus Christ so much better that no bible nor other Christian literature could have taught.

To Caroline Myss for giving me wonderful insights into the world of energy medicine and chakra healing .

To Barbara Ann Brennan for her research into the field of bioenergetic healing.

To Carl Jung’s  completely new insights and dimension to the world of psychology.

To Christine Delorey for helping to find the purpose of my life and help me understand people without probing their mind.

To  Alberto Palomares who revealed to me my past lives even the most famous shiva nadi could not reveal.

To Joanne Walmsley for revealing the true purpose of the universe and its working.

To Christian Jacq for kindling interest in world history  especially  ancient history (Egyptian).

To Harish Johari in making me understand the ancient art of living to lead a healthier, happier and joyous life.

To William J Baldwin for giving very deep insight into the working of spirits.To R Srinivasan who introduced me into the world of psychology and taught me basics of blogging and was kind enough to type introduction for my project during my Pg. and has been a constant source of strength and support.

To U Sathyajit Salian for giving me the most beautiful photo with God which I will cherish for the rest of my life. And for giving me the last chance to connect to God. and for organising management talks given by swami for one full month.

To K Rama Krishna for bringing sumptuous home-made food and taking us for long walks  and lending me his slender shoulder to rest when times were tough.

To Pradeep Kulashrestha who introduced me into the world of water resource management and spiritual literature especially upanishads and puranas.

To Hari Nanda Kumar for making us wake up to most beautiful music early in the morning and for giving me an opportunity to serve in audio visuals dept in school .

To B Hanumanth Rao  who introduced into the world of information technology and also gave me the first digital  camera, because of which we could take pictures of swami and when new  prashanthi nilayam was coming to life
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To Shri BN Narasimha Murthy garu who showed me that God doesn’t play dice with his creation and he likes to  play  chess and  who introducing me to the works of Madame Helena Blavatsky and Vera Stanley Adler.

To Shri AV Lakshmi Narasimham garu for giving me two  bonus years to spend  with God which were the most beautiful and memorable part of my life.

To C.Srinivas garu for arranging the first Polio and General Medical camp in Prashanthi Nilayam In 1981 because of which 100’s of doctors could get the opportunity to get formally into Swami’s fold.

To Shri G Venkatraman Garu sending me few videos of Swami when I was on the verge of losing faith in God .

To Annam Shankar who revealed to me the most beautiful plan God had for this world and For giving me the opportunity  to participate in mandir activities and celebrations and rekindled my interest in cooking.

To Rameshwar Prusty for pushing me to test my limits physically, mentally , spiritually and  for having been my room mate for 14 years and guiding me in my work and who taught me basics of civil Engg esp. Construction.

To Mrs.Pramila Prusty for sending home made Delicious food when I used to fall sick quite frequently.

To Dr Pallav Baruah for waking me up on the morning of  First Golden Chariot Procession so that I could participate in pulling the chariot.

To Shri Sivarama Krishnaiah for introducing me into the beautiful world of chemistry, especially organic chemistry in school.

To N Nagaraju who introduced me to the life of Shirdi Sai Baba.

To C Seshu Prasad for giving me a peek into the world of hospital management the way this world runs .

To JS Uday kumar and K Krishna who used to let me have access to their collection of music and movies so that I could chill out after hectic work schedule and reconnect with my memories of my stay at primary school.

To Amitabh Das Gupta who introduced me into the world of retail business and employee relationship management.

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To Sashi Kumar Nambiar & Sai Mohan Nambiar for giving me guided tour of the beautiful state of Kerala.

To YVCS Vijay for introducing me the world of dairy and organic farming and  who taught me that the universe is always manipulating and trying to bring you down and how to raise above it.

To P Rajesh who used to take me for long rides on his scooter and introduced me to world of mobile technology and the art of creative writing.

To V Srinivasulu for giving me the opportunity to be part of sssbpt exhibition.

To Aravind Balasubramanya for recording a video for me with Lord which I will cherish forever.

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To Anantha Rao ex faculty Brindavan campus and Dr Shiva Shankar Sai for teaching Vedas during school days so that we could get chance to chant vedam during festival and to K Krishna for sharing  with us water drunk by Bhagawan after His Speeches.

To Sunil Kumar Pullukool for teaching me the power of mother goddess which helped me to connect with the feminine side of my being.

To TM Manjunath my room leader in brindavan who introduced me to Swami’s literature and writings.

To Grandhi Srinivas for sending me Jyothi meditation cds when I needed guidance from God ..

To Ranjit Kumar for giving me glimpses of the working of media and press.

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To S Sai Manohar for having me taught me to use accounting software and giving insights into working of restaurants.

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Javed Akhtar,Gulzar,Prasoon Joshi,Juhi Chaturvedi,Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai,Majrooh Sultanpuri, SD & RD Burman,Sameer Pandey,Kumaar,Irshad Kamil,Amitabh Bhattacharya, Anvita Dutt Gupta,

To Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt, Shahrukh Khan, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Hrithik Roshan, Prabhas, Anushka Shetty,  Saif Ali Khan,Amol Palekar, Shahid Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, R Madhavan, Danush,Emraan Hashmi, Lisa Haydon, Sonali Bendre, Kareena Kapoor,Nani, Akshaye Khanna, Farhan Akhtar, Sharwanand, Nikhil, Kangana Ranaut, Ranbir Kapoor, Nimrat Kaur, Genelia d’Souza, Nargis Fakhri, Sriya Saran, Randeep Hooda, Vinay Phatak, Rajat Kapoor, John Abraham, Siddharth, Naseeruddin Shah, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar,Sunil Shetty,Jackie Shroff, Pankaj Kapoor,Tabu, Swaroop Sampat, Remo D’souza, Terence lewis, Ahmad Khan, Ganesh Hegde, Raghav Juyal,

To SG Challam for his excellent organising skills.

To Dr Vishwanath  lecture dept of physics for introducing me to the world of Bach medicine.

To all the Teachers and supporting staff of Primary School, Higher Secondary School, Brindavan Campus, and Faculty of School of Business Management and Finance.

To the Management and staff of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust, Sri Sathya Sai Bhakta Sahayak Sangh, Sathya Sai Audio Visual Trust,Sathya Sai Food Foundation, for their love and support.

 

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MR Binny Bansal, Sam Pitroda, Captain Gopinath, Parag Agarwal, Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Gopal Garuda, Amit Agarwal, Bhavish Aggarwal, Nandan Nilekani, Sharada Sharma, Jack Maa, Anil  Khanna, Ramalinga Raju,

Devdutt Pattanaik,Rashmi Bansal,Aparna Piramal Raje,Akshat Agarwal,Shereen Bhan,Gagan Jain, Vikas Khatri,Raam Charan..

SS Rajamouli,Steven Spielberg,James Cameron, George Lucas, Sanjay Leela Bhansali,  K Vishvanath, K Raghavendra Rao,Rohit Shetty,Rajkumar Hirani, Ayan Mukherjee, S Shankar, Nitesh Tiwari, Kabir Khan, Subhash Ghai, Amole Gupte,Vishal Bharadwaj, Karan Johar, Imtiaz Ali, Mahesh Bhatt,Oliver Stone,Christopher Nolan, Sofia Coppola Mani Ratnam, Bhaskar Natarajan,Ram Gopal Verma,Shoojit Sarkar,Anurag Basu.

Leonardo Dicaprio,Matt Damon, Al Pacino, John Travolta, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Samuel Jackson L,Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne,Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey,Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise,Cameron Diaz,Andrew Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kunal Nayyar, Kaley Cuoco, Wesley Snipes, Anthony Anderson.

 

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Sonu Nigam,Shankar Mahadevan,Ravindra Sathe, Kishore Kumar, Gulshan Kumar, Hari Haran,Suresh Wadkar,Shaan,Arijit Singh, Jubin Nautiyal,Krishna Kumar(KK),Udit Narayan,Kumar Sanu, Anmol Malik, Shreya Ghoshal, Kavitha Krishnamurthi, Alka Yagnik, Sadhna Sargam, Hemlata, Vaishali Made, Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Lata Mangeshkar, Diljit Dosanjh, Asha Bhosle, Neeti Mohan, Shilpa Rao, Mahalakshmi Iyer,Chinmayi Sripada,Sunidhi Chauhan,Sadhana Sargam, Monali Thakur, Devaki Pandit, Papon, Sukhwinder Singh, Shekhar Ravjiani , Pritam Chakraborty, Amit Trivedi, Sajid- Wajid, Salim- Suleiman, Amaal Malik, Jatin- Lalit, Anu Malik,  Atif Aslam, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Javed Ali, Mohammad Irfan.Celine Dion, Whitney Huston, Selena Gomez, Vivaldi, Yanni, Kenny G,.

Viswanathan Anand,Virat Kohli,Virendra Sehwag,Ajit Wadekar,  Kirmani,Dilip Vengsarkar, Mohinder amarnath, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, PV Sindhu, Abhinav Bindra,Sushil Kumar,Anju Bobby George, P T Usha, Deepika Kumar,Anjali Bhagwat, Geet Sethi, Babita Phogat,  Ajay Jadeja ,Pankaj Advani, Sania Mirza,Sakshi Malik,Yogeshwar Dutt.

To Sri Ravi Teja,  S Kumar, Sanjeev Barbora, Santosh V Pai, P Radheyesh, , Kabir Bashiruddin, Shyam Kishore, Sonam Gyatso, Ronu Majumdar, Niladri Kumar, Shiva Kumar Sharma, Rahul Sharma, Paras Nath, P thyaga raju, Ashwin Basith, Amita Dalal, Abhijit Pohankar, Shomu Seal, Naveen Kumar, Pravin Godkhindi, Dr.Rama Chandra Rao, Phani Narayanan, Victor, Ashwin Srinivasan, Bikramjit Singh, Rupak Kulkarni , Balabhaskar, Hari Iyer, Rajesh Vaidya and many more whose music has soothed my soul.

and many more for their dedication to their work and their passion for Life.

To R.Srinivasan, P Manohar my technical guides for their kind suggestions and guidance.

To Lord Hanuman  for having taught me the best kept secret of the Universe.

To His Holiness Shri Paramahamsa Yogananda who came into my life unexpectedly and filled me with his Divine Love.

To The living Saint Sri Bhagavatpada Jagadguru Adi Shankara for inspiring me to follow his path.

To My Beloved Guru and Sage Shri Vishwamitra (the best among all gurus) for showing me my goal and for guiding me through the maze of life, for opening my inner eye of wisdom and finally leading me into light .

And finally To Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba  who gave me love and taught me that it is only faith in HIM in times of difficulties and happiness that will take you to places where  no man has gone before. Who taught me that my life’s purpose is to stand on my own legs and not to depend on anyone. and finally who laughs with, listens, and whispers to me still, my thanks . “I Pray You find My Life worthy of Your Name”.

My Thanksgiving to the Lord:
‘Thank You, Lord, for the profoundly meaningful, yet often difficult experiences in my life. From these I have emerged the victor, for You have blessed me with the inner strength and determination to master each and every obstacle I have encountered. I am grateful, too, for the older people in my life that have pointed the way when I was young, and sincerely cared about my welfare. As I get older myself, Lord, may I not begrudge the passing of time. Let me know that the companionship’s I share with others will grow richer, deeper, and more rewarding as the years go by.’

“For all the mighty deeds done by Hanumaan and great help rendered by him, Rama asked him: “Hanumaan! What reward can I give you? Apart from expressing my gratitude to you I cannot give you any fitting recompense. The only way I can show my gratitude to you is that whenever you think of me at any time in your life, I shall appear before you.” Rama was showing his gratitude to Hanumaan in this manner.”

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Speaks, vol 28,chapter 8

“The One who loves you will never leave you because even if there are .. 100 reasons to give up He will still find one reason to Hold on” and that is GOD and  BHAGAWAN SRI SATHYA SAI BABA for me.

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suggested reading:http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Vol_07/01MAR09/04-Habbu.htm

DEDICATION

AUM GANESHAYA NAMAHA

AUM SARASWATHEY NAMAHA

AUM SRI GURUBHYO NAMAH

sai-writing

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone

Either write things worth reading or…

Do things worth writing…

and speak in such a way that others love to listen to you.

Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you.

“You have to develop the humility to believe that you have much good to learn from others. Your enthusiasm, your strong ambition, your resolution, your capacity to work, your store of knowledge, your wisdom —these have to be related to all others and not utilised for you alone. Your heart should take all others in.”

        Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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