Happy Anniversary to Me !

It has been two years today since I joined WordPress and I just received a Happy Anniversary notification from WordPress!

So, Happy 2 Years to me ! These two years have truly been amazing, thank you all my friends on WordPress, without you all these two years wouldn’t have been possible! Thank you for so many likes and follows ! :)

Here’s a picture of WordPress team wishing me :)

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Happy Anniversary to Me again! :)

Once again, thank you everyone!

A Day to Life Post- 65!

I just finished an amazing activity of my buddhism, two of the members had visited my place for the upcoming zadankai (monthly meetings in Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism). One of them was the speaker for this zadankai who along with a co-speaker will be conducting the meeting this Sunday. We three had a good long conversation about different issues and topics for almost an hour and a half, right from the practice to our families reaction towards our practice to where and how buddhism started to people in the society to astrology. Since I have had a horrible experience couple of months back due to these so called astrologers, I thought let’s write about it a bit.
In my country people even today believe in astrology, due to which it has become a money making racket. We all are always curious to know what our future holds for us monetarily, family wise, health wise and so on. Even today, when a child is born, families run to an astrologer to make that child’s horoscope chart, which will predict his/her future. There are two types of horoscope charts, one made when the child is born and the other type of horoscope keeps changing daily depending upon our planetary positions on that day.
Since the time I have joined this practice, my belief in astrology and astrologers has reduced to a great extent. Because astrology has become a money making scam and in the end astrologers are humans, they aren’t God to predict your death or future. They can’t predict their own death, then how can they predict ours? This is what I believe in.
That’s what happens nowadays, astrologers have one thing in mind, that is how can they mint money? They can mint money by scaring people those who go to them. A good astrologer will never start predicting a future by telling you the negative things if present in your horoscope chart. When an astrologer does, then it’s understood that he/she wants to make money. They will scare you to the core and in the end will tell you that the only way to overcome a negativity is by performing a puja (it is a prayer ritual performed by Hindus to host, honor and worship one or more deities) and doing the same they will demand thousands and thousands of rupees. That’s not how astrologers were in the past.

Today, it’s very difficult to find a good astrologers. It’s good to believe in it, but one shouldn’t make astrology their whole life, don’t let astrologers who are outsiders decide your life, don’t you have faith and confidence in your own self ? Instead of thinking about astrology all the time, make your self stronger, work on yourself. I have heard about people those who consult astrologers to the smallest of the decisions in life, for eg. if they plan to go for a holiday, where to go, when to go and when to return. Yes, it happens.
Even today marriages are decided only if the couple’s horoscope charts match. There’s no harm in matching the charts, it’s always good to know if everything is fine, but don’t make this the end of your world. What happened to a person’s character, nature? Don’t these qualities count anymore. If a person is a buddha like, won’t that matter? Sadly, it doesn’t matter.
My ex and me broke up thanks to one such astrologer. In the 5 years that we were together, we went to a lot of astrologers, all with different opinions and most of them with positive conclusions. But the last astrologer that he went to alone, decided our faith and all of a sudden, two months back one day my ex realized that after 5 years it’s best we part ways. It was clear that the 5 years we spent together didn’t mean anything to him and he went on to say that I should stay away from him. Well, I respected him saying “stay away from me” and that’s what I did. I realized I cant be with him because he allowed an outsider to decide our future and he alone took the decision of breaking the relation, without feeling the need of talking to me once.
There’s no problem in this world that doesn’t has a solution, if a person is willing to find one, he/she will get a solution for everything. And to be honest, in a love marriages, couples or families don’t match the horoscopes, we didn’t do it for my brother and his wife before the wedding. When there’s too much of love and respect for each other, then all these things don’t matter, all you need is to have faith in each other.
Astrology is a very vast and a deep subject, we don’t have the knowledge to understand it, and unfortunately it’s hard to find a genuine person with the complete knowledge. I believe in it to an extent I have to, one thing is for sure I won’t make it the end of my life and my entire life. I try to take the best out of everything, so whenever I met an astrologer in the past with my ex, I always took the positive things back, because life is too short to worry and stress on the negatives about the future instead of living in our present. No one can predict the future, one can only hope it works out to be the way one has imagined.
Astrologers should remember one thing, predictions are to prepare people about the future, and not to scare people !

A Day to Life Post- 64!

How many of us have ever felt that Sunday morning’s couldn’t have been better ? Well I feel that way today, my Sunday morning couldn’t have been any better, because today I appeared for my first entrance exam in my Buddhist practice.

It’s going to be two years since I have become a follower of Nichiren’s buddhism and the organization holds exams to test how deep is our faith and how much do we understand of his teachings and the practice. Well my journey for the exam has been amazing, right from preparing to appearing. We were given a book titled Basics of Buddhism which included the life of Nichiren Daishonin, history of Soka Gakkai, two Gosho’s and concepts based on the practice.

Last month we started having study meets with leaders explaining us the concepts, making it easier for us to understand. We had to remember dates, way too many dates and I must say thanks to my leaders it all became easy to remember. A week and a half back I faced a devil attack, I suddenly fell ill with fever, cold and cough. I didn’t feel like studying and wasn’t even sure whether I should sit for the exam. In my head I knew it was a devil attack and that I cannot give in. Somehow on this Wednesday, knowing that I had to start studying and overcome my sickness which was acting as a hindrance for my exam. And mystically I forgot that I was sick with a bad cold and fever.

The exam was a one hour paper with objective questions and within 15-20 minutes I was done with my paper, 45 minutes before time.

We have amazing concepts like mentor and disciple, ten worlds and mutual possession of ten worlds, kosen rufu, many in body and one in mind, and so on. The best part of studying was understanding the life of Nichiren Daishonin, it is really amazing how a person can go through 4 persecutions and 2 exiles in his lifetime while he was propagating the law in 1200’s. Also, how amazing is it that all our three presidents of Soka Gakkai had to undergo the same by being prisoned and not giving up the faith in the Law.
I think now I feel all the more closer to my mentors and Sensei Ikeda. It’s like an awakening in me that even I am a bodhisattva of the earth and to make kosen rufu my mission and propagate the law. Also I have realized that now is the right time to imply all the concepts in my life.

There’s so much of energy is me right now, I can feel so many positive vibrations around me and within me that I just can’t stop smiling and being happy even though I haven’t totally recovered yet. Well now tell me, isn’t this the best Sunday morning anyone can have? I am passing my exam that’s for sure, it’s the faith in my study :)

Have an amazing, positive, energetic, compassionate and a bright Sunday everyone !!

Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo!

A Day to Life Post- 63!

I have been missing Goa, the beach, the sand, sun, food, and a company of someone. It was an amazing time, so just thought of sharing few pics from Goa, little of a flashback…

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At this moment all I can think of one paragraph from a hindi song:

Jugni sochan de vich khoyi
Jugni sochan de vich khoyi
Dhoondhe kise de vich oh koi
Dhoondhe kise de vich oh koi
Oh ishq de ‘ich kamli hoyi
Oh ishq de ‘ich kamli hoyi
Jugni sochan de vich khoyi
Dhoondhe kise de vich oh koi
Oh ishq de vich kamli hoyi
Bhaaron hassi andron royi
Naale pak mohabbat kare saayi phir merya jugni ji

English translation of the above paragraph:

Spirit (a person in love, a female) being is lost in thinking,
she looks for someone in someone else,
She got mad in love,
Spirit being is lost in thinking,
she looks for someone in someone else,
She got mad in love,
She laughed outside n cried within,
She loves with the heart, O pir of mine – Spirit being..

Ganesh Chaturthi!

Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrated in honour of the God Ganesha, the elephant headed God. He is the God of removing obstacles and the God of new beginnings and wisdom. I had even written a post about this festival last year since we celebrate this festival every year by brining Ganesha idol at home.
During this festival, people bring home Ganesha idols either for 1 and a half day or 3 days or 5 days or for 10 days. At my place we bring Him home for 5 days and invited all our friends and families to seek his blessing. I find this festival full of fun and happiness. Today is the 2 nd day of the festival and on the fifth day we will immerse the idol in water.
During the five days, we perform rituals and have pujas (singing in the praise of The Lord). I always feel every year on the last day, because He becomes a part of our family.
I just wanted to share few pictures of the Ganpati idol at my place.

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Happy Ganesh Chaturthi everyone !!
Ganpati Bappa Morya !!

A Day to Life Post- 61!

Today, I will be sharing some of the amazing quotes, thoughts and guidances by Sensei Ikeda, the third president of Soka Gakkai International, by now it’s clear that I am a practicing member of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism.

“It is not a question of your environment or those around you, nor what the organization or leaders may be like.To be swayed by such externals is pointless. It all comes down to one person, you. What matters is that you become a brilliant beacon, shinning with joy and happiness and live your life with confidence and courage. If you shine with a radiant light, there can be no darkness in your life”.

“Those who say “I will do it”, who are willing to take on a challenge even if they are alone, are true winners. The determination, the commitment to take action yourself, is the force that leads to victory. As Buddhism teaches in the principle of a life-moment possesses 3000 realms, our mind or attitude can change everything”. 

“To be fearless no matter what happens, that is the root of true happiness. To move forward resolutely regardless of what lies in store, that is the spirit, the resolve, that leads to human victory. But if we allow ourselves to be distributed by petty criticism and slander, if we fear pressure and persecution, we will never advance now create anything of lasting value”.

“Buddhism is wisdom. As long as we have wisdom, we can put all things to the best use, we can turn everything in the direction of happiness.”

“Buddhism is action. One meaning of kyo of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is action. Without action, we cannot say that we are practicing Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. It would merely remain a concept. Only through action are we able to truly gain the great benefit of the Mystic Law.”

“There is nothing more noble than inviting our friends to discussion meetings, gathering together to enable them to establish a connection with Buddhism, to talk about Buddhist teachings, and to deepen our faith. As the Lotus Sutra clearly indicates, through such steady, dedicated efforts to teach others about Buddhism, you are accumulating the good fortune and benefit to be reborn as great leaders and savor a state of unsurpassed freedom in lifetime after lifetime.”

 

Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo

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