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A Day to Life Post- 87!

Finally I am back home, I reached few days back though I never wanted this vacation to get over ever. I was out for over a month and a half. It was full of soul searching, adventure, fun and meeting new people in life. Even the person whom I met on this trip, has returned back.. I think it was time that this person and I returned to our respective countries. The bond of friendship was strong, and hope it remains the same. It’s not everyday that you get to meet such people with whom you feel connected so easily and so soon.

Well, since the time I have come back, I got busy with my Soka Gakkai activities. We had our Soka Gakkai founding day on May 3 and since I am one of the block leaders, I was the incharge of the cultural this time along with 4 other leaders. This was the first time I was given a responsibility of something so big. Obviously initially I didnt know how to go about it, but then suddenly it hit me that I am the whole and soul of this group. First we had some 15 members wanting to be a part of the dance. By the D day, the final count was 17 members, and I had to choreograph the entire dance and teach the others.
Dancing has been my favourite hobby since childhood and I have learnt western forms of dances too, like salsa, jive and jazz. Salsa and Jive I learnt for around 4-5 months, it’s during this time I had met my ex 6 years back. And Jazz was for around 1 year. I have also learnt bollywood dancing, though I dont require it. lol 😀
Being the YWD (Young Women Division member) I realised that the responsibility lied on me.. We put few bollywood songs together into a medley and ended it with a Gakkai song. We performed a fan dance on the Gakkai song. The meeting was on May 3 itself, it went good and so did our dance. Everyone loved it especially the fan dance.

I learnt alot during the rehearsals, especially one thing that was pointed out by one of the cultural incharge. Which was that I am a nice person, but people take advantage of my niceness. Being nice is my strength and a weakness too. When we had this discussion, I realised that he’s right, people do take advantage of me being nice towards them. I think this is one thing I need to work on, I should be nice to a person as long as the boundary isn’t crossed, also at the same time I shouldn’t come as a rude or an arrogant person. There’s a thin line between these two and I am glad it was pointed out. How do I get a balance is what I need to decide. That’s the only reason why I end up hurt all the time..Because I have seen one thing that unhappy are those who are genuinely nice people.. Because this world doesn’t understand nor deserve something nice.

My sudden plan of going on such a long vacation was that once again I was taken for granted in February end by someone who was once very close (my ex). Why? Just because I have always been nice towards him. There was so much of anger in me, this was in a way an act of retaliation. If you try to push the spring, it will always springs back, bounce back, hurting someone or the other.

Anyways, the bottom line is that I had an amazing holiday, met some great people. I guess that’s all that should matter.

My younger brother and his wife are expecting and the due is this month end. So, myself along with 3 of her childhood friends hosted a baby shower for her on May 2. We called her friends and cousins. I had sent out invites and was taking care of the give aways. The 2nd one was taking care of the decor, the other of food and the 4th one of games. We included my brother in it too and asked him to get the cake. So, yeah we divided the work among ourselves and it became easier for us to manage everything. It was a high tea baby shower and dress code was pink and blue, including the decor and the give aways. Due to my rehearsals I didnt get much time to put alot of thought into the gifts, but yet I managed to find small milk bottles filled with candies inside. And along with that I gave small baskets of chocolates. I picked up 2 different colors which were again pink and blue. It was a nice baby shower and surprisingly everything went smoothly.

Have an amazing week everyone!

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A Day to Life Post- 80!

Hello everyone, yes I know it’s been a really long time since my last post, a month to be precise. Well, I think it was more to do with a writing block, I really didnt know what to write, to be honest I still dont know. When I sit down to write a post, at times there is a concept already in my head, and when the writing starts, I keep revising it. But today, I forced myself to blog hoping that my thoughts will come out.
This one month has been a bit interesting I think, though nothing has worked out on the professional end yet, but it did one thing for me, it made me realise my strengths all over again, patience and will power.
I am a person with little mood swings, one minute you will find me with full of energy and the other minute you will see me sitting silently without saying a word. Going for ample interviews made me realise that patience is the key to success. It made me think that you never know when the tables turn, today I went for an interview maybe tomorrow you are sitting in front of me as an interviewee. To be honest, I have never been so patience ever in my life before. I think everyone has their time, and my time will come soon. Maybe I shouldn’t write much about my interviews because most of the interviewers go through my blog. lol.

I guess this is life, everyday is a new lesson and everyday is a new beginning.

Second was my will power which I inherent, thanks to my late dad. He was a man of a very strong will power, whatever he achieved in life was due to his will power and intelligence. And I have been told many times by someone that I have the same will power. If someone faces alot of rejections, he/she are bound to feel dejected, and so did I. But what made me different was, I stood up and walked again, instead of giving up. I dont like to give up on anything in life, like you all can read in the tag line of my blog site, never give up. I think it’s very easy for a person to give up in life, be it anything, but it takes a alot of courage, handwork and strength not to. And I am a strong headed person, so giving up doesn’t happen easily to me. But if I ever do give up on something or someone, then I can never turn back to look at it again.

Last week I was promoted to a ywd block chief in SGI, which means that now I have the responsibilities of other members in my block and it is an amazing feeling. I attended my first area leaders meeting last week, there were around 50 leaders from all the districts present there, and to be a part of such amazing people was overwhelming for me. The entire experience was just unbelievable. I got to meet many senior leaders from other districts and in true sense my journey to kosen-rufu has just begun. That day sitting among so many members was like a scene from the Treasure Tower (a buddhist concept explained by Nichiren Daishonin where the ultimate reality exists) a “Ceremony in the Air”. I felt like we all were actually bonded when the Law was written. Yes, that’s how strong I could feel. It’s amazing what a responsibility can do to a person, especially when given a responsibility to spread happiness. All I have right now is lots of gratitude towards the practice.

Well, I guess I did manage to write finally, lol.

A Day to Life Post-78!

This is my first post in the year 2015, I know I was away from blogging for so long. I hope everyone had an amazing time on the New Years Eve night. My new years was ok, I was home and after bringing in the New Years with my family went for a house party which was actually a couples party, and I just gate crashed it with my brother and his wife. Why? Because I didnt have any other place to go, and I was the only person who was single among those 4 couples. It was ok, I kinda got bored, which is understood, I was made the one to ask questions or be the judge during games.

I have joined many Soka Gakkai groups on Facebook, where members from all around the globe share their experiences, Sensei’s guidances and so on. Last week one member suggested that we should have a 10 day campaign of chanting for 3 hours and 20 minutes everyday. Well, I have never chanted for so long before in my 25 months of practice and it was kinda a challenge for me. I have been trying to get a breakthrough in many parts of my life, so I took the challenge and today is the 5th day that I successfully completed 3 hours and 20 minutes of chanting. Not everyone get this opportunity to change their karma and do their Human Revolution. I feel I am kinda lucky that I had time and wanted to make the best use of it, and there’s nothing better than chanting. I chant in 2-3 sessions and have also met couple of members in my district. I have leaders telling me that I am inspiring alot of members in my district. Not only in my district I am inspiring alot of people worldwide as well. Every night once I complete the target, I go on the Facebook group and put an update of the accomplishment, and it’s overwhelming with the responses I get from the members.

My one determination is to inspire and enlighten every single life on this earth and in my district in some way or the other for kosen-rufu, which now I feel is getting fulfilled through Facebook. And the feeling is amazing, to know that you have touched another life in someway is amazing. All I have in my heart is gratitude, gratitude towards this practice, and gratitude towards my own life.

Last week I was actually in a low state of life before taking upon the mission, and now I am in the high life condition chanting for so long. I plan to continue this even when the 10 days are completed.

What an amazing way to begin the first month of the New Year! Isn’t it? 🙂

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

A Day to Life Post-77!

2014 is almost to an end, this year flew by so quick and not to forget that it has taught me many things in life. When I now look back at 2014 (though couple of more days to go for it to end) in a way I am grateful and thankful to all the lessons I learnt in the year 2014, because they have only made me a much stronger person. Today’s blog is like a flashback of my 2014.

There are way too many lessons I learnt after my break up in August this year, to begin with never lose your self respect. People will treat me the way I allow them to, so it’s upto me how I want them to treat me. Everyone has the right to protect themselves from being ill treated, there shouldn’t be any compromise on that. You need to maintain your self respect and dignity even if it requires to walk out of someones life if you have not been treated the way you had hoped.
Other thing what I learnt was never get bogged down no matter what. Life is a roller coaster ride, highs and lows are a part of it. When in difficult time or faced by a failure of any kind (work, relationships) one must never feel defeated, you should stand up and face the situation with courage and confident that this phase will also pass soon.

There was one another mistake that I did in 2014, it was bowing down to someone, which is considered as a sign of respect towards elders here. But what I now realise, is it only by doing so I will be able to show my respect towards the elders? No. Respect should be from the heart and not by bowing down in front of someone or touching their feet. If I dont genuinely respect them from all my heart then such gestures are meaningless. Also, I realised that everyone around me is equal, no one is superior, be it elders or even people those who are younger to me. I have never bowed down in front of my own parents or grandparents, then why should I in front of someone else. God made us all equal and that’s how we should all remain, because in my buddhism it is said that the day we forget we are all equal, we let the ego in us grow to an extent that gives rise to anger and the life state of animality in us. Such life states are called the TEN WORLDS. So, I have decided to treat each and every person as equal, which is as a Buddha. If I want to respect someone, it will be through words and actions and not by such meaningless gestures again.

After August, my best friend’s sister told me one thing, never give in all the love you have to one person, you should keep some for your own self until you meet the right person in life. I think it made a lot of sense. There are some of us who just shower the other with all the love you have, and when the relationship ends, you are left with nothing. This is one thing I dont plan to repeat again.
I keep reading a lot of quotes, the two which stuck onto me were, “Never run behind someone who doesn’t care” and “if someone loved you or cared for you truly, his/her actions would have spoken differently”. This was the biggest lesson of my lifetime. I know it took me many years to learn and understand this, but it will stay with me for the rest of my life.

I have always been a fun loving person, a person with full of life, always smiling and laughing. But in these 5 years, I realised that I had changed a lot, changed to be the kind of person how my ex wanted, which has now made me realise that’s not how a relationship work. If you try to change one another, that relationship wont last for a long time, because true love never demands change. Since August, I have gone back to my old self, which is amazing and to be honest I am loving every bit of my old self. I am happy than before because I have gone back to being the same fun loving person that I was 5 years back, and yes again I dont plan to change myself ever again for anyone in the future also.
Along with all this the biggest realisation that dawned onto me is that I am a Bodhisatva, I need to spread the Nichiren Daishonin’s buddhism, and make kosen-rufu my mission (which means to propagate the law). Since August, I have put in more time in Soka Gakkai activities, meeting other members more often, my chanting hours have also increased and I am doing my Human Revolution everyday in someway or the other and trust me it is an amazing feeling. 🙂

So, yeah this has been a summary of my 2014, filled with lots of emotions, realisations and lessons learnt. I dont regret anything because all the harsh situations have only made me more courageous, confident, wiser and I have come out as a winner. So no regrets at all.

I would also want to take this time and thank all you wonderful people whom I met through WordPress. Thanks for liking, following my blog and for the wonderful comments on my blogs. 🙂

I wish you all in advance a Happy New Year-2015! 🙂

A Day to Life Post-74!

Lately I have been asked why am I not writing any posts, I know it’s been 3 weeks since I last blogged, well a lot happened since then. After my last zadankai on 16 November I went for like at least 2-3 more interviews also had a little accident. I slipped in the bathroom and hurt the back of my head on the toilet bad, that time for few seconds I didn’t know what happened with me. Everything happened so quickly that I didn’t realized when I slipped and sat on the bathroom floor holding my head and feeling dizzy.
No one was at home expect my younger brother, and I kept telling my head not to fall unconscious in the bathroom and get out of the bathroom immediately. Because the door was locked and my brother wont realize what’s wrong with me and why I haven’t gotten out the bathroom since a long time. Also he was getting ready to go meet his friends. I had to get out somehow and somehow I managed.
The fall was so bad, I had a bump on the head behind. That night and the following day was the worst for me, the pain was way too much and unbearable, but somehow I managed till the next evening to go see a doctor. He put me on pain killers and asked to get a ct scan done to rule out any internal damage or any blood clot, another nightmare for me. I am a claustrophobic person by nature to an extent that even if I see someone getting chocked on tv or a movie, I start to suffocate. So, to get a ct scan done was something unimaginable for me. That night with the medicines the pain was little less, but couldn’t sleep on my left side, I had to sleep on my right side the entire night, which continued for a week or so.
The next day somehow I gathered courage and went for the scan, and trust me I was sweating in a room which had an air conditioner. I was nervous like hell and the entire time I kept my eyes shut, thought about the happy memories of my life like happy time spent with my late father, happy time spent with my ex, and so on. And in between I chanted Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.

After 10-15 minutes being in that machine, finally the scan was done and I was asked to wait for another 15 minutes for the results. When I got my reports, which were normal, I breathed a sigh of relief.

My grandfather had a similar fall two years back which lead to a blood clot in the brain and within 3 months he passed away. And to be honest I was scared that something similar will happen to me.

When I told couple of my buddhist members, they said they would chant for me, for my scan reports to be normal, and thanks to them it was normal. I came home that day after the scan and put in three daimokus for gratitude that I was safe and there wasnt anything serious.

My parents weren’t in town the entire time and I didn’t tell them till one day before they were coming back. They were scared too, anyone would be because brain injuries are fatal and no one can take them lightly.

So, yeah now I am better with on and off neck pains, which I am guessing will get better with time. I had stopped all kind of workouts, even my yoga for two weeks now, hopefully will start from tomorrow.

On Saturday evening i.e. 6 December, I had my zadankai planning meeting and I was selected to be the speaker for the zadankai on 21 December along with that I will be sharing this experience with my members, how I had the protection of the Gohonzon and survived such a fatal accident, if I had got hurt an inch up or down on the back of my neck probably I could have been dead by now. So the leaders told me that this was lessening karmic retribution, which means to receive it lightly and I must share it with other members which will encourage them. I did had an accident but the impact and the consequences were in a lesser form, it could have been worst and a big unfortunate accident as well. But, thanks to my practice and to the Gohonzon, I survived. I am so grateful to this practice, to Gohonzon and to this life.

I relearnt one thing, life is short, anything can happen anytime, so the best thing one should do is be fun loving, should enjoy every single moment in life without any complaints, without begrudging once life.

Have an amazing week everyone! I am glad I am alive! 🙂

A Day to Life Post-73!

November 18 is the anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai.

Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, first president of the Soka Gakkai, and his disciple Josei Toda (second president) published the first in a series of writings outlining the system of soka, or value-creating pedagogy, on November 18, 1930, and this date marks the founding of the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai–the Society for Value-Creating Education. The word “soka,” which was coined by Toda and Makiguchi, is a combination of Chinese characters meaning “create” and “value.”

Today, the theme of our zadankai was November 18 and along with that me and one of my fellow member got the opportunity of presenting the Peace Proposal 2014.

What is the Peace Proposal?
Every year, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda publishes a peace proposal which explores the interrelation between core Buddhist concepts and the diverse challenges global society faces in the effort to realize peace and human security. In addition, he has also made proposals touching on issues such as education reform, the environment, the United Nations and nuclear abolition.
The theme of this year’s peace proposal was Value Creation for Global Change: Building Resilient and Sustainable Society. For this Sensei has mentioned three aspects on the country level and value creation at an individual level as well. On country level the three points are : Global Education and Youth Empowerment, Strengthening Resilience and Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.

Me and my fellow member had to make a power point presentation and had to present it in front of other members, in a way we got the opportunity to represent Sensei himself. It was our good fortune to do that. We had to go through the entire proposal written by Sensei, 64 pages book, and we not only had to read it but we also had to imbibe it in our life, we had to see it from Sensei’s point.
For the past 4 days all I was doing was sleeping, eating, drinking, walking, talking, peace proposal. I didn’t want to go wrong in anyway, we had to make each and every member relate to the peace proposal, inspire them and make them understand how we, as a lay practitioner can contribute to the society.

In the whole process of reading the peace proposal to making the ppt to the presentation, what I realized was there’s so much actually going on in the world around us, there’s so much that SGI is a part of. SGI contributes in many ways all around the world, apart from spreading the law, which till date in my two years of practice was never aware of.

Also, what hit me was that we are so stuck in our own life, trying to sort out things in our life, and we are not aware of the things that are happening around us, in our society, in our country, between countries, some of us are not interested in the bigger picture. We feel that our problems are bigger than the world problems, we get caught up in our own life and keep running a rat race. Very few stand up to the injustice and try contributing in building a sustainable society. And those who do, we make them our idols, but even these role models were once normal human beings like us. They weren’t born with this thought, but somehow they couldn’t bare whatever wrong was happening around them and they decided to stand against the injustice.

They were also once normal humans like us, if they could do it, then why cant we? Why cant each individual work towards greater hope, peace and solidarity of the society. When the foundation will be strong then obviously the building is going to be very strong.

Sensei has given beautiful examples of Malala Yousafzai, how one girl stood for girl education in her native and was shot for doing so. Then there was a rage that we all saw and heard all around the world. One girl became hope for all the other girls in her native place.
Sensei is trying to convey through this example is that it requires just one person to inspire many others around you, the power of hope is very strong and that’s what we as Nichiren’s followers need to do, inspire everyone around us to bring in a change in the society.

I have decided to know about SGI more in-depth and talk to my leaders and find a way to make my contribution towards society in any way possible. The problems of my life are not as big as the world, and working towards creating a better society will always be more satisfying than working on my own problems, because the law is there to take care of my problems.

The presentation went amazing well and my fellow member and I did manage to touch each and every members heart, along with making them understand Sensei’s message in the peace proposal.

What I concluded with the whole proposal was that Sensei wants us to transform our inner self and do our human revolution and unite together for a peaceful and a sustainable global society. And the time is now, why wait for later, the time is now!

Hope you all had an amazing weekend !

Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo

A Day to Life Post-72!

We, the practicing members of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism have a very big day coming up, November 18. This date marks as the anniversary of the establishment of Soka Gakkai by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, first president of the Soka Gakkai, and his disciple Josei Today (second president) when they published the first in a series of writings outlining the system of soak, or value-creating pedagogy, on November 18, 1930, and it is also the founding date of the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai–the Society for Value-Creating Education. The word “soka,” is a combination of Chinese characters meaning “create” and “value.”
November 18 has come to symbolize a day when each individual strengthens their own determination and sense of responsibility to contribute to the welfare of society and world peace in the spirit of the three founding presidents of the Soka Gakkai. The members of the SGI are committed to putting into action the ideals and teachings of Nichiren Buddhism and becoming protagonists of peace within their local communities.

I joined the practice two years ago and this will be my second November 18. We all have set up goals and determinations which we will accomplish by November 18. When I joined this practice two years ago, I had too many questions in mind, I was going through a broken heart. I needed to see some light at the end of a dark tunnel, a driving force. And in these two years all I can do is be thankful to this practice, being grateful to have encountered such a beautiful practice and I am also grateful to my ex, yes I am grateful to you. I know you will be reading this blog (since my posts are the only way of contact), I am grateful to you, it was because of you two years back I got a chance to practice in the first place, and I got a chance to change myself. And again 3 months back you gave me another chance to really do my Human Revolution and give this practice my 100%. After breaking up with you in August 2014, I realized that Kosen-rufu is my mission, I was born to encounter this practice, and it was my karma to encounter this practice because of you. You were always the reason, in all my lifetimes, I had to come into this practice only after going through all the heart pain. Also, you came in my life so I could expiate my negative karma from the past, so thank you.

One of my goal towards November 18 is to forgive you from my heart, for what happened two years back and for what happened 3 months back. Also I would want to forgive myself and free myself from you once and for all and move on with my life. I don’t want to carry any baggage while I move on. Baggage of my past with you, so I forgive you and I forgive myself. I forgive you for whatever you did and I forgive myself for hurting the Buddha in me and you. Yes, everyone is a Buddha, it’s just some realize it and tap onto their Buddhahood in their life while some spend their life after life without realizing it.

Today, I don’t get bogged down with anything that happens around me, good or bad, I am not bogged down at all. And it is only because of this lovely practice. There’s one particular goal that I am praying for to be fulfilled, which we will only know by November 18.

It’s time to renew my vow, it’s time to be happy, courageous, it’s time for me to move on happily in life, it’s time for happiness, it’s time do something spectacular in life, it’s time to reach the unimaginative goals, its time to cross the limits, it’s time to make the dreams come true, it’s time to let the world know about the practice and it’s time to make my Sensei’s mission my mission. It’s time for Kosen-rufu..

Have an amazing weekend everyone!

Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo