Instant Karma

Karma” in the Hindu and Buddhist religions relate to one’s thoughts, conduct and deeds which are believed to control that being’s destiny. In order to really keep at the periphery oimagesf such a major belief, I vector-illustration-with-lettering-i-saw-that-karma-handwritten-phrase_7586-978choose to adopt a non controversial but a personal view- or more appropriately an observation.

 

Actually, in such matters one must seek ownership of one’s own views/ beliefs, as it is an outcome which “ultimately” aligns with every individual soul.

Age of Real Time Stuff !

We have entered a world technological so advanced that many things happen at an downloadinstant ! Communication, shopping, banking, food preparation, medicare are just a few to be named here. Noticeably, if a timeline is considered since the origin of the earth then, even the ‘birth of technology’ has happened in an ‘instant’ and continues to evolve at an ‘instantaneous rate’.

So then, can “Karma” be left far behind ?….. Guess ‘no’ or probably it never has been ! Our ignorance to notice and comprehend the “cause and effect” of Karma unfolding may primarily be attributed to a capability not reached/ acquired. In my humble understanding the world runs on a cause and effect equation. It’s akin to the binary system of ‘0’ and ‘1’ or the ‘on’ or ‘off’ like in the computers. If an analogy is to be offered in literary terms, things in our exciting and fascinating planet (… and probably well beyond too) have a synonym-antonym equation/ connect or explanation !

Karma Simplified … as Understood

1-IpEiPnpB2ZQkRVPueGNA1QThen how does one go about with the working towards a sought after or good Karma ?

Undoubtedly, all the teachings, virtues, morality, goodness and wisdom down the ages are significant to understand and practice. At a much simplified level (as the author understands) it relates to keeping in constant touch with your “conscience”. Categorically speaking, it’s that one simple question an individual needs to ask … Is it right or wrong ? A vital question that one must ask “within one’s soul”. The “dilemma” however over here rests not in the question but in the complicated answer ‘we fabricate’ and the ‘more complicated actions/ deeds’ of ours that ensue !

The existence of quoted opposites above to create a balance in our universe is important (though much less understood) and mustn’t be brushed aside view ignorance or our lesser capabilities or plain arrogance. Umpteen examples big and small in our lives indicate that “Karma is at work”. We must refrain from our impulsive judgement and temptations to brand it as a coincidence or an insignificant event. It’s in the small things/ happenings around us, where the answers exist for the numerous unanswered complicated questions of life ! It is opined that in our keen observation and rational understanding, we must ‘seek our own various signs or solutions’ !

No matter what our final views …. “Karma” is about how the good and bad are interconnected to deliver reward or punishment. A ‘key point’ to note here is that Karma connects to the individual directly or at times indirectly – and that needs deeper understanding and most of all with greater responsibility.

The story that follows may seem insignificant at first look. An attempt thereby is made to explain Karma in fact “Instant Karma” as observed in our daily life. A story that can be digested or at most ring a bell within the busy urban human !

A Monsoon Story

Up above the sky so high, dark clouds gathered in the sky  – Inference ? … A heavy down pour was imminent. Well into the monsoon season, it’s the least one can expect at the proximity of the Sahyadari Hill Ranges of the Western Ghats, where we live.

I was walking back from my mother’s place close to ours. Dodging the first few drops that descended from the sky, I made a dash for the entrance of our building. On crossing the parking lot I noticed a car at the visitor’s parking. A brand new sedan …. shining in all it’s glory !

New Bitmap Image6Finding something amiss, I walked in to have a closer look. I noticed that a window screen observed so to be sparkling was actually fully lowered. An inadvertent slip up by the car owner, who probably left his car in a hurry. A quick glance within revealed a personal bag and some usual car stuff inside. The electronics that adored the interiors seemed expensive. The car had a flashy dashboard and every door with the usual set of sophisticated control buttons. I had to find the owner ! An imminent downpour was sure and that would severely damage the car’s electronics/ interiors. Not to mention any expensive stuff that the owner may have in the glove and other compartments within.

It was around lunch time and knowing that the residential society office would be closed, I dialed the security cabin at the entrance. A guard reached the parking prompt enough, heard me and went scurrying back to the gate to get the details and track the visitor.

In the meanwhile having done my part, I decide that I must rush back home. Amazingly ! ….. something kept me there. I decided to stay put, pondering for a solution to cover the open car window and probably to rule out any theft that might take place. A lot of movement happens around – vendors, delivery boys, maids and other people. Keeping the car in visibility I looked around for some cover sheet of sorts or some cloth to cover the window. The falling drops of rain seemed to step up to a light drizzle. A fleeting thought crossed my mind that if I removed my shirt, I could protect and shield the car interiors for some time in the event of a down pour.

Luckily, the owner was located soon enough by the security staff and I saw an elderly person dash towards the car. I met him with a quick introduction and explained the issue. He looked into his car and was relieved on being called there timely. Profusely grateful the man quickly narrated (… the rain by now had commenced) that when he was nearing our residential complex, he had slowed down near a school in the area. Out of genuine concern he had stopped, lowered that window glass and ensured that New Bitmap Image2a little school girl stands clear and carefully from the busy traffic in the vicinity. He in fact waited there until he saw the little girl move to a safer area and was clear of any danger. I smiled at him as he explained the reason for him to stop and care for a little child.

Having properly secured his car by now and obviate any major damage, the man and I parted ways. However and obviously not before – I loudly said to him that – ‘his good deed was returned by some energy/ power at work that kept me near his car ensuring that no harm comes his way’. The thunderous downpour from the skies had commenced by now. It seemed more like an applaud from above – We smiled, exchanged agreeable expressions, pleasantries and went our ways.

Coincidence or Karma ?

Questions ? …. to ponder …stop-signs-stop-think-observe-proceed-l7332-lg

Why did he not just drive away like so many others near the little girl at the school area ?

What made me “firstly observe and then decide to find” the owner of the car ?

Despite informing the concerned people, what made me wait that “extra bit” for the man who ensured the safety of a little child ?

Heavy rains imminent – the “rains however didn’t commence” until the man had secured his car safely  –  Why ?

Well, all of the above can be effortlessly brushed aside as a mere coincidence  ! We can get on with our lives and say it just happened. However, like I mentioned in my previous article and uphold – All one needs to do is observe with an open mind. Nothing ever happens without a reason ! Ironically many amongst us may quote scientific explanations or even ridicule it as unbelievable.  Religious teachings, spirituality, scientific explanations, discourses on positivity, beliefs and even superstitions are what many of us are made up of since our existence. Is it fair to brush aside something just because we cannot comprehend or haven’t cracked it’s code ? Well, even science will someday explain the existence of a cause and effect as such – the connect of ‘deed and destiny’. It may seem an awe generating revelation to us then ! Probably similar and unimagined in a way, like what today’s basic technology would seem to generations just 300 years ago !

In simple terms, we all are aware of the abundance in the universe and how it manifests with one’s thought. Our ignorance mustn’t be an impediment to seek – what really is …. out there ! It should suffice to humbly justify here, that despite the amazing advancements and the light years of space traveled – we still remain ignorant of our inner space – “What is Life” ?.

Conclusion – Keep it Simple !

Karma may be complex to comprehend and its understanding probably not devoid of apprehensions ! It may be worthwhile to note that – a hunch, an intuition, telepathy, sixth sense and the like are all occurrences which keep happening in our lives as well. So how do we explain such occurrences – well certainly not by brushing them aside.

All that we humans discover or invent or create has already been existent in our universe. If we haven’t reached it – It’s just that it’s time hasn’t come as yet ! If we built an unbiased assessment or legal system then it’s an extract from the Karma in the universe – which has always been out there !

Finally, it is for each one to seek his/ her belief and explanations and that’s the way New Bitmap Image512 Little Known Laws of Karma That Can Change Your Lifeour Creator has made us. Whatever then may be an explanation or our finding relating to Karma – Wouldn’t it just be ‘nice to be nice’, reach out to one another and connect to make our surroundings a better place ? We really do not need to wrinkle or turn grey to delve into such topics, rather incorporate it responsibly into our work and personal lives.New Bitmap Image3

Agree, that to understand the intricacies and the workings of Karma might take a while. However, we all know and live with something called ‘emotions’ which surely connects/ binds us all ! We can certainly work upon our attitudes, emotions, ethics, responsibilities and well being – and most importantly that of others. When we would have arrived at the real understanding of “Karma”, we would be delighted indeed with our kitty of good deeds and avoid any tedious (reincarnation related) rework ! Do not look back – “Own your Karma” now, take control and start heading into/ remain in the green zone.

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Best wishes  … It is said that our “Karma” is akin to a boomerang … So throw what you would like to catch. Be proud of yourself as you play honourably at the ‘game of life’.

 

 

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My Cup was Fully Empty !

We all invariably encounter instances which leaves an impression or impacts us deep down in our cerebrum. Surprisingly, it may not be the major issues at most times rather a small one with the ‘power to set us pondering’. However, it then that we need to press the pause button within to notice the subtle message.

≤ Rewind

Aquamarine Leaves 2In the late 80’s, once during an ongoing summer break at college my father asked me to join a business company’s promotional stall at the ongoing India International Trade Fair, New Delhi. A new product, ‘a motorbike’ was being launched in the market by this engineering company. Their requirement during trade fair hours was for their team of young college boys and girls, to showcase their new launch to the visitors. The technical expert though was just a few feet away and on call. The two wheeler, a Japanese product was indeed a ‘top seller in the global market’ in those days !Aquamarine Leaves 1

To be associated with this product in any way and more so primarily during it’s launch was an interesting proposition, thrilling engagement and a singular honour. The freebies included pizzas, soft drinks and an allowance to be earned at the end of the event …. any teen’s delight ! Simply a ‘wow’ situation for any college kid ! On a more formal note the take away offered – two weeks of good exposure with a glimpse of the work life and lessons in human interaction.

The Ice Cream Cup

I traversed this journey for two weeks from my home on the outskirts of the capital. A combination of walks and rides on state transport buses was how I undertook the commute. A travel time of about an hour and a half one way ! On the last day, quite late into the evening (… awaiting probably the last bus), I stood at the bus stand. The traffic outside the Trade Fair precincts visibly showed a reduction in density. My bus still five minutes away and feeling some hunger pangs, I looked around for a bite solution. Upon not seeing many options, I strolled towards the only ice cream trolley and purchased an ice cream cup. It seemed good enough to satiate my appetite for a certain duration. Of course, I would be back home soon to be offered a hot tasty meal by my mother !

The ice cream cup was big and the vanilla flavour tasted exceptionally good that day …. probably view the hunger growls within my belly ! I ate ever bit or so as I thought and tossed the empty cup into a yellow black coloured Municipal Corporation dustbin nearby. It’s then that I saw my bus approaching from a nearby junction. Almost as immediately I disposed off the cup, I fleetingly noticed as well from the corner of my eye, a brown figure jump into the dustbin behind the ice cream cup. The trajectories of the cup and this figure seemed synchronised. Was it a hungry stray dog looking for food ? What was it ? I was inquisitive ?!

A few seconds later to my astonishment I noticed a poor bare chested brown lad stand imagesup in the biBrown Boyn. My ice cream cup in hand. I saw him scrape the insides of the same cup with the spoon displaying a feeble yet satisfying smile ! My bus had arrived and amidst the jostling (as we encountered in those days), sooner than I realised, I was inside the bus. I couldn’t help but kept staring back at that little brown boy still tugging away at the cup. As the bus turned at the junction I lost sight of the boy … but only physically as that sight remains forever fresh in my mind’s eye.

Questions raced within my mind …. When I thought I had everything (in that cup) how is it that the brown boy spent more time in deriving more satisfaction ? Honestly, he held the cup longer than me that day !

Psychology of Glasses or Cups !

Half-Empty-or-Half-FullWe have all heard about the proverbial phrase ‘Is the glass half full or half empty’ ? It’s demonstrative purpose being how a situation may be seen depending on a person’s point of view. Understood on a philosophical plane, every person holds an a perception unique to oneself and interprets reality accordingly. On a psychological angle research shows that an individual’s choice reflects his knowledge of understating of his surroundings. In short ‘half full’ relates to optimism while ‘half empty’ to pessimism. Not to delve deeper into the philosophy or psychology lessons – the question in this story relates to ‘fully empty’ (or not !) and life’s lessons.

What’s All the Din About ?

Umpteen are the lessons in the subject disciplines as mentioned above and conclusions main-qimg-c5b302fe5e092e7dd948aad07d2b3f07-ctherein ! A lot of arguments for and against have also been resorted to, linking this phrase to life’s realities. Not all literally though to the positive conclusions that have been largely advocated. Numerous humourous connotations are also existent, which views both the ‘water level interpretations’ as a draw in a match ! Where do I then strike the philosophy or psychology for an ‘ice cream cup’ – fully empty, yet not’ !

What’s the din all about ? Actually, there aren’t any intentions to further raise the din on the observation. Due regards to the conventional subject disciplines and their verdicts, the story above impacts many aspects of our human interpretations, behaviour and conclusions. All simply because a young brown boy saw some more ! Do we then conclude certain lessons – on hope, minimising wastage, poverty issue or resource conservation for a better planet by sustainable development ? Well not to play the judge, I leave the verdict to the esteemed reader , however only after highlighting some food for thought.

Power of a Grain (or Morsel)

In the Epic Mahabharata …. the power of a grain is seen in the sentiment expressed by Lord Krishna, when he says to Draupadi …  “these few grains of flat rice will satisfy not only Me but the entire universe”. In doing so, Draupadi despite having only a morsel of rice in her bowl, managed to miraculously feed the visiting holy sages to feeling their stomachs full. The story however goes on to explain that even the smallest offerings done with pure love irrespective of quantity has it’s acceptance by God

At a much humbler and the human level – Can we then accord value to a drop, a morsel, a helping hand, a thoughtful gesture, an offer to assist, an act of unconditional love amongst the simplest and smallest things that go into making our lives comfortable and worth living ?

Connecting the Dots . . .

Let’s analyse the event that occurred that day relating to the brown boy. The ice cream cup in my opinion satiated my appetite and I decided to toss it into the bin. The boy may have been looking for the opportunity and waiting for me to throw it. He knew he would surely find that morsel or a few drops (of nourishment). He accorded more “value” to the cup by eating from it much longer.

At first look it seems like a simple hunger story. I however, choose to derive valuable lessons and not to leave it to statistics related to poverty. Evident and most important issues that stand out as lessons are enumerated.

• First Dot : It most certainly is not about poverty alone. It is about our precious food 2017_1$largeimg10_Jan_2017_125721133which we – mostly children including many adults at most occasions, waste ! Let us not be oblivious to the prevalent pangs of hunger amongst the less fortunate and disrespect the morsel. To learn the hard way the real value of food, many would not have the courage or energy of the brown boy.

It saddens one’s heart to note that despite good efforts at many homes and schools, certain individual’s choose not to know their belly’s capacity. Certainly, it isn’t fashionable by any measure to leave food on one’s plate. In doing so, it only highlights such a person’s insensitivity to other’s misfortunes. Shockingly, they are oblivious that they qualify as culprits in the food wastage crime. The food supply chain (if one visits) is vivid with the hard work and efforts that go into bringing nature’s nourishment on our tables.

12771875_10153225432101012_2275722547389576000_o.jpgRespect the value of food, lest feel the despair for want of this important blessing in life ! Social media, books and case studies are aplenty. The simple effort to stop wasting food however comes from one’s conscience. Do it – so no brown boy jumps into a bin !

 

• Second Dot : Why only link it to food ? If it relates to drops or wastage, it surely can be linked to the great initiatives and movements for environment sustainability. We notice glaring posters, tough debates and organisational initiatives the world over that harp and echo : “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle”. Well  … Who will take the effort to realise reduce_reuse_recycle_poster-r2bc6862fb4a64df3a9e8f963485c813d_w2q_8byvr_540reduce_reuse_recycle_respect_stickers-rf8b7811a1e4d4178828e17bf094ad1bd_v9waf_8byvr_540the value of a drop and that tiny bit ? Who at all ? It is therefore a serious collective responsibility of every individual, society, community, business and nation. Whether it is at home or inside an aircraft manufacturing company – we need to audit every bit of our natural resources. Let not these resource drops trickle into dustbins or drains. In the ice cream cup, every little drop was seen as a ‘hope of nourishment’ by the boy ….. Do it – so no brown boy jumps into a bin !

• Third Dot : Can such an event ever be linked to a value lesson that relates to our academic and professional achievements ? Well  …. certainly yes ! It brings us to the images (2)‘myriad of qualifications’ we aspire and acquire as we move up in life. No doubt one is expected to be educated, professionally sound and ambitious. However, life’s value gauge always measures one’s contribution in ‘giving terms’ to this planet and it’s inhabitants. How much have you given (even if it meant a drop) to leave your surroundings or this world a better place?

Never underestimate the value of the education you received. Every chapter and lesson learnt therein wasn’t meant to not only score certain grades or pass exams. Delve back into those lessons now – with vigour of your acquired experience and maturity. It really doesn’t matter if you are a Managing Director or Staff or Worker. If you have even a drop (of education and experience),bigstock-experience-375924671.jpg

realise it’s value like the brown boy – seek nourishment to progress. There is no room for despair, seek hope bring about change with whatever your academic or professional achievements. Not every successful person possesses great qualifications but every such person surely values the power of the “human spirit”. Go out and make that difference ! Do it – so no brown boy jumps into a bin !

• Fourth Dot : We must as well realise that the value of this vital bit (the small things) which impact our relationships. Whether it is your family or friends, realise the value of every small thought and deed from others that comes your way. Happiness, lies in being fortunate to receive their affection, care, concern and support. Many times these may not be evident or may even get taken for granted. Seek and observe these angels amongst your family and friends. Find time to appreciate and reciprocate the goodwill you receive. Express your gratitude ! Do not fritter away the value of such
images (3)kind acts by others, as we would indiscriminately waste a drop or some valuable resource. You can be ambitious and bb146ab4796a2f68c553e5f2f0d4799f_originalplan to do great things. However, believe that real success is achieved only if you value positivity, which you acquire from a secure social circle. Do it – so no brown boy jumps into a bin !

Scrape Scrape  …  Findings ?

Finally, it is all about survival and that too with dignity. Survival not necessarily bodily but importantly, “in human spirit”. Numerous situations in personal or professional life may throw up challenges. On certain occasions, it can seem as a pit of one’s wits against the situation and you may feel on the edge.  Never be demoralised or shaken …. Life’s cup is never ever2016_hope-1030x686 empty. “Have Faith, Work with Faith”  …. Keep your hopes alive. It certainly is the best final option ! Look for that little drop of nourishment. It’s all about how we choose to perceive our challenges – When you make it, you would have the “belief in your powers” whilst others might see it as a miracle !planet-earth-quote

So, ‘Half Full, Half Empty or Fully Empty’ is for anyone to decide  …. All I can say, is best wishes and thank you Brown Boy ! Though ‘my cup was fully empty’, you taught me that with the ‘power of hope’ and our attitude to ‘value the small things in life’ – we can seek abundance.

 

Patts

 

 

PicInspire Series

Nature’s signals are plentiful in daily life and only require us to pause, observe and learn. The “PicInspire Series” is a collection of amateur photography based ‘original photographs’ with inspirational captions/ quotes/ messages.

Journey well …. enjoy the view and ride !!

Patts

Here goes ……

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PicInspire 1-2018