A Day to Life Post-69!

Vacations are the best days, aren’t they? It’s all about getting away from the everyday life and make new memories, that’s exactly what I did too. I haven’t written for a long time reason being I was on a vacation for 8 days, creating some amazing memories along with some amazing people. I visited Dubai again, last year in November I visited with my family and this time I went with some amazing people whom I know since more than half of my life, I am too close to them and I love them a lot.
It was a trip which helped me to get away from a city where my heart was broken once again and it was a trip to move on with my life.

We reached Dubai on the 14th of October and visited many places, even though there wasnt any place which I didn’t see the last time, leaving the Atlantis The Palm Hotel. I felt I making some new memories because this time I was with different people. We visited the Dubai Mall, the Aquarium in the Dubai Mall, the Bhurj Khalifa, Mall of Emirates, took the Dhow Cruise and last but not the least the amazing Atlantis the Palm Hotel. In the entire 8 days tour we must have walked and walked so much that we never did in our entire life. This time I was able to see almost the entire of Dubai Mall and Mall of Emirates because we visited these two malls at least 3 times during this trip.
Dubai Mall is huge, when I say huge means really huge, no one can see the entire mall in one day. It is spread over a total retail floor of 5,02,000 square meters and includes over 1200 shops. Wow, right! It has an aquarium inside and the mall is located near the Bhurj Khalifa which is a great tourist attraction. Every evening they have the Fountain show outside the mall and right in front of the Bhurj Khalifa, which marks another tourist attraction.
Apart from that, galavanting on the streets of Meena Bazaar was on our everyday to do list for the first 6 days because our hotel called The Royal Ascot Apartment was located near by before we moved to the Atlantis Hotel for the last 2 days. We had the suite apartment and room was big and comfortable.
The weather was unkind to us when we were there. It was hot, not humid but horribly hot, the heat has left me tanned and sun burnt. The sun there hits you like crazy, I tried avoiding getting out in the day especially during the noon time, but I guess once you are on a vacation hiding in your hotel rooms doesnt help especially if you are the explorer one.

On 20th October we moved in for our 2 nights stay in the Atlantis the Palm Hotel, and I was awed by the size of the hotel. This was something which I didn’t do on my last trip to Dubai. It is located on the apex of the Palm Jumeirah and is themed on the myth of Atlantis including distant Arabian elements. There are over 1500 rooms and the hotel is divided into two wings, the East Wing and the West Wing. The view from my room was mesmerizing, all I could see was the vast sea till wherever my eyes could take me. The best view was the sunset, and I managed to capture an amazing picture.
The hotel also includes Aquaventure Water Park along with a man-made beach. The resort has a stretch of beach facing the Dubai skyline. The beach has over 700 sun beds.
Across the Aquaventure water park is the Dolphin Bay, a 4.5 ha (11 acres) dolphinarium. A place where after booking a slot you can be with the dolphins in the water, touch them, dance with them, hug them and play with them. It’s amazing how well they have been taken care by the experts over there. Well, the charges for per person is little bit on a higher side, but I think the experience of begin with them is worth it. I loved it.  Here you have the opportunity to swim with dolphins, choose from a range of dolphin experiences suitable for all ages and swimming abilities. We had to go in for an orientation in the start where we were given bit of knowledge about the dolphins. Dolphin Bay house the bottle nose dolphins, and they are so cute.

Our trip came to an end on the 22nd and I reached back home just in time to celebrate the Festive of Diwali which goes on for 5 days, the main day of Diwali where we have a pooja at home and pray to Goddess Laxmi Maa was yesterday. I don’t burst crackers but love lightening the diyas (small clay lamps) because Diwali is the festival of lights. It spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. This is one festive where I love to dress up in Indian clothes and this time I decided to wear a saree.

Well, I am posting few pictures from my Dubai trip which I clicked from my iPhone. I hope you all enjoy seeing them. :)

The amazing Aquarium in Dubai Mall

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The Bhurj Khalifa

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The Fountain Show

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The Atlantis, Palm Hotel at night time

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The view from the beach at the Atlantis Hotel

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The amazing morning and evening view from my room at the Atlantis Hotel

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A kiss from the dolphin to me at the Dolphin Bay in Atlantis Hotel

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A good bye picture

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Wishing everyone a Very Happy Diwali and an amazing Weekend! :)

A Day to Life Post- 68!

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Is it true ? Is karma really the sweetest revenge ? I just met my best friends over dessert sometime ago and while chatting about the struggles, the pain of life, all I kept thinking in the back of my head that karma is the sweetest revenge. I believe in it, I also believe that what goes around come around. There are some those dont realise it especially when they break all the limits while hurting the other person but it’s true even such people are going to face the same at some point in their life.
How can I be so sure about karma ? Because I have gone through it, like I had mentioned in my post recently, I did hurt someone 5 years in some way and two months back I went through almost the same situation in which I was hurt. It all came back to me. And I am also sure that the person who caused me immense pain is going to go through the same pain in his life. It’s not that you pray for it but it’s the fact of life.
After practicing Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism I have become a very stronger believer in karma, not that I doubted it earlier but after coming to practice lot of aspects of life are becoming clear as I grow in faith and in the practice.
Today for our zadankai, we had selected the concept “voluntarily assuming the appropriate karma” and I was like always a part of the study group at the last minute. I took up the relationship karma, there are various other karmas people are born with like health, financial, career, and so on. Since my leaders knew about my recent break up and the passing of my father and fiancé, I thought it would be appropriate to choose the relationship karma. Relationship karma can be with anyone, it could be problems with parents, or spouse or sibling or one’s boss at work, any kind of relationship. The study says that we voluntarily have taken a vow that we will be born with this karma long long long time ago. And with the pattern that I see in my relationships with everyone, I don’t doubt that I did make a vow. The only way to get rid of it is to face the karma in the present life and not giving up. And when I look back, everytime I fell down on my face, I have always stood up and moved on with a smile on my face. I have never given up, which is a very tough thing to do.
We also spoke during the meeting that we all are born with certain set of people and we share the similar karmas. It could be similar to our parents karma or similar to our siblings. Either we choose our parents with similar karma or our parents select us, which also has taken place many many centuries ago. So many times you will see you sharing a similar karma either with your parents or someone from the family.

So, yes I do believe that karma is the sweetest revenge, I also believe that it’s a silent revenge. And no matter how hard one tries, they have to go through it in their lifetime.
That is why, it is important to be good with other, have good thoughts about others, let your actions be good towards others and never hurt anyone, because karma does exist and you will never know when it will knock on your door.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend !!

A Day to Life Post- 67!

Today, I would like to share some lovely thoughts with you all. Hope you all enjoy reading them like I did….

We never get what we want,
We never want what we get,
We never have what we like,
We never like what we have.
And still we live & love.
That’s life…

It’s true that we don’t know
What we’ve got until it’s gone,
But it’s also true that we don’t know
What we’ve been missing until it arrives..

Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they’ll love you back!
Don’t expect love in return;
Just wait for it to grow in their heart,
But if it doesn’t, be content it grew in yours.

It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone,
An hour to like someone,
And a day to love someone,
But it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

Don’t go for looks; they can deceive.
Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away.
Go for someone who makes you smile,
Because it takes only a smile to
Make a dark day seem bright.
Find the one that makes your heart smile!

Have an amazing Weekend everyone! :)

A Day to Life Post- 66!

How long does one take for closures? Closures on past relationships. Well recently I tried putting a closure by sending an apology mail to a person from my past, whom I now realised that I hurt him some 5 years back and owed an apology.

Apologising to someone takes a lot of courage, at least I did. It took me two years to actually write “I am sorry” in an email which I truly meant. Yes, it took me two years. All this time I kept thinking what to write and how to write it. Thanks to my practice finally last week I got the courage to write it down, and the toughest part was to click on the send button.

I think you can only understand other’s pain when you are put through the same situation or the same pain. Chanting has for sure made me a wiser person. To be honest I don’t expect that person to reply back due to whatever happened 5 years back. One thing my BFF shared with me, that everyone takes their time to get their own closure, and I agree with her.

Today I know one thing that I have done my part and it makes me feel much better, it’s like a burden is taken off my shoulder.

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!

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