Music Mondays 10!

This is a challenge hosted by Kat at OH, Hello!

Challenge Rules!

  • Create a post featuring music you want to share every Mondays
  • Share your favorite music with me by giving me a pingback
  • Or if you are feeling extra lazy, just comment below with your song choice…but don’t be lazy! 
  • Share everywhere by using the hashtag #MusicMondays and by following the tag Music Mondays on your readers
  • This is a week long event and I would love to see your music suggestions even if it’s not Monday!

Today I am sharing a song which has an interesting story.

Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Me Aya

I watched this film Jhuk Gaya Asman some 25 years ago. I never watched it again but it has always remained in my memory. The hero who is singing while driving this jeep pays heavily for doing so because he dies immediately after this song as his jeep crashes in a valley. After which his soul goes to the god of death Yama. Yama somehow allows him to have an earthly existence. I don’t remember why exactly but he keeps showing up in all places without body because of his love for the girl for whom he is singing this song(yes, the one flying!)

Film: Jhuk Gaya Aasman

Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Singer: Mohammad Rafi

Artists: Rajendra Kumar, SayaraBano

3 Days 3 Quotes Round 4, Day 2!

Vikram at Blogmaniac has nominated me for this challenge. Vikram is a self-made person who has wide array of interests and writes thoughtful and inspirational posts on his blogI recommend you to visit his blog and follow him!

Challenge’s rules:

  • Post three consecutive days.
  • You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  • Challenge three different bloggers per day.

Today I take quotes by Adi Shankaracharya

 

 

 

 

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3 Days 3 Quotes Round 4, Day 1!

Vikram at Blogmaniac has nominated me for this challenge. Vikram is a self-made person who has wide array of interests and writes thoughtful and inspirational posts on his blogI recommend you to visit his blog and follow him!

Challenge’s rules:

  • Post three consecutive days.
  • You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  • Challenge three different bloggers per day.

Today I take quotes by Chuang Tzu

 

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3 Days 3 Quotes Round 3, Day 3!

David at  Chape Personal Trainer is such a wonderful friend. We have been discussing Vedic Astrology for sometime now and he said that he likes to read the quotes I share. I am so thankful for his kind words. It’s no secret that our horoscopes have many similarities and that is why when I read about him in an award post I thought he is so much like me! Later on, as I observed his horoscope I found that we indeed had many similarities in charts too! He is a very decent friend and I recommend you to visit his blog and follow him!

Challenge’s rules:

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

Today I take quotes by Einstein 

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In Praise of Gratitude!

A heart full of gratitude is a heart full of love! Have you ever observed that we don’t stop enough to thank some of the things which make our lives beautiful. And we also take some family members, friends and things in our lives for granted. It feels kind of odd or absurd when we do thank them. Even in the thanksgiving ceremonies and prayers you read–do you really feel your heart tingling while you do so–with love, or, is it just a ritual which you have learnt by following people around you? Am I truly thankful for this beautiful divine melody, this silence, the night bird, the full moon and the pink soothing winter? Do I stop to feel how they have enriched this moment? Feeling grateful is being content and you are enough, you have enough, you don’t really need anymore than this.

It’s the thanksgiving season. Happy thanksgiving to all my friends. It’s true that I am thankful to have all of you in my life. Your likes, comments, feedback, suggestions and help have made me a better human being and I feel better after interacting with you. I can’t thank you enough for your presence. 

In this spirit, I thank Nena who blogs at You Unfolded for nominating me for Be Thankful Challenge. She is a kind lady who keeps encouraging her fellow friends and shares wonderful workouts and campaigns on her blog. I recommend you to check out her lovely blog!

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The Challenge Rules:

  • Share this image in your blog post
  • Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for
  • Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for
  • Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part

5 People I Am Thankful For:

My grandmother 

She is very sweet. I love talking to her and teaching her to read. I tell her stories from Bhagavata Purana and she makes a very delicious tea. I take her on bike rides to relatives and she loves my company. I am grateful to have her in my life!

My Mother

She is also a genteel lady and cares a lot for me. She is the main reason I am here because I had quit home and taken renunciation. I was living in Vrindavan and came here when family discovered me and mother was ill. I am thankful to have her in my life!

Pam Christ  [ You are a nominee for this challenge!]

Pam is fellow blogger friend whom I have not met in person but we have spent a lot of time interacting through blogs and Alumni forum. I consider her a teacher and an inspiration in my life. I feel she is always there with encouragement and suggestions so I am grateful to have her as a friend.

Rashmi Menon  [ You are a nominee for this challenge!]

Rashmi is also a fellow blogging friend and co-admin at Alumni forum. She has consistently kept me inspired and encouraged with her kind words and feedback. She is a creative artist and a wonderful human being! I am grateful to have her in my life!

Dr. Meg Sorick [ You are a nominee for this challenge!]

For the very first few times I interacted with Meg I had an inkling that we were going to be good friends. She is an author with a great sense of humor and she has been very encouraging. I am thankful for her presence in my life! 

5 Things I am Thankful For in 2015:

Good health

I had liver problems earlier this year which have completely gone away and I have lost a lot of weight. Now I feel like a baby!

WordPress Blog

I switched to WordPress in July 2015 and since then I have joined Blogging 101 course and interacted with many wonderful people. I never imagined that blogging could be so much fun and interactive before joining WordPress. I heartily thank WordPress team, happiness engineers(especially Michelle who conducts Blogging 101 course and Sam J. Hamdy who has been such a great support!)Thank you to all readers, friends and fellow bloggers.

The Word of God

Which never leaves me alone and ever keeps me guiding towards more light, bliss and peace.

Mother Goddess Kundalini

Who has been rebuking me for my shortcomings and guiding me towards more love, light and bliss.

Gurus

Logos, Krishna, Kabir, Buddha, Nanak, Pandit Shriram Sharma, Rajinder Singh Ji, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Ramananda, Gandhi, Chaitanya and all others who always keep inspiring me towards more light, love and peace.

5 Nominees For This Challenge:

You see 3 nominees above in the gratitude section. Two more wonderful bloggers: 

wannatalkavenscent 

Jane is a prolific blogger and a nice friend. She is a spiritual lady. She keeps sharing with us various poems and creative pieces based on prompts. 

Hidden Delights of Algarve

Ever since I came across Becky in the August 101 course I have found her a wonderful person. She is very knowledgeable and genteel and pictures on her blog are always a delight for eyes and heart!

 

 

A Proud Limerick!

This limerick is in response to Rashmi’s weekly challenge at Mind and Life Matters 

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A great thrill,

In voices shrill,

Shouted them all,

Pride must go before the fall,

Fall came and went,

Pride danced without a dent,

It stood tall,

Without the fall!

Fall didn’t go after the pride,

Because there was no enlightened guide!

Handle With Care!

This post is based on The Daily Post’s prompt Handle With Care

How are you at receiving criticism? Do you prefer that others treat you with kid gloves, or go for brutal honesty?

What are kid gloves?

I don’t have any idea!

Sensitive and Vulnerable

I really don’t know how I am at receiving criticism. I feel I am sensitive and vulnerable and I have always been so. Still, I am learning day-by-day. I feel, only my friends, family and previous colleagues can tell how I am at handling it. If I say I am good, that might be biased(nay, bound to be biased.)

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If I say I can’t take criticism at all, that might also be wrong. I feel I have improved a lot at receiving criticism. Most of the improvements in my personality and life have been because of my harshest critics. They have made me stronger. They have forced me to look inside me. Still, sometimes criticism might be too harsh to take and might crush the sensitive souls.

Harsh Criticism is Not Good

I have also been guilty of being frank and outspoken. Being frank and outspoken and preferring truth over tact and diplomacy has been my weakness. I am trying to improve upon it. As I started interacting with fellow friends and bloggers I came to learn more and more about my shortcomings. I genuinely want to help others by listening to them and by giving feedback. I feel it helps them and heals them. But if I don’t exercise moderation in this domain I run the risk of hurting people. This kills the purpose of entire exercise!

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My harshest critics have undoubtedly helped me the most. I have over and over asked my friends and relatives for their sincere opinion about me, my personality. This has helped me improve as a person over years. Still, I will be honest about certain things. Some convictions came as life touched me deep and they have not changed even when some people criticized me about them. And they have indeed been life-altering in a most positive way. It’s where intuition takes over intellect.

Can I Take Criticism?

I prefer truth over appreciation for myself. I try to be polite and encouraging with others but I am not always very successful at it. For example–during past two months some of my fellow classmates might have seen me giving feedback on typo, grammar, style and messages on your posts in your comments section. I should have been patient and given feedback through email since I cared a lot. I feel sorry about it. Not everyone is disposed same, not everyone is blogging for the same reasons.

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I feel, all the encouragement and support should be given to an artist and harsh criticism should not be given unless someone is very open to receiving it. But it really becomes a bit difficult to find out at times. If you want to stay in the safe zone, try to stay positive and give a hint only if someone asks sincerely, otherwise leave it and let it go. It really doesn’t matter much in the end. You need not be the teacher. People learn all the time, one way or the other.

Feedback is Important

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I have felt that people have mostly treated me kindly. There has been some bullying in school, college and at work, but that was very minor. I sincerely believe that we all need feedback from environment to sustain and survive. A system which closes itself for feedback dies pretty soon. I am all for harshest criticism. Any of you reading out there–please bring it on. It doesn’t mean I will necessarily adapt, but I will most certainly listen what you have to say. Grammar, style, message, ideas, personality and anything else you really care for– I welcome you for any and all criticism about writing and ideas, though you don’t know much about my life story, so it might not be feasible to discuss about it. Thanks for reading, support, feedback and kindness.

When I am Sixty Four!

This post is in response to dear Maddy’s blogging event. I tried to skip but God she is strict!

I am 29 years old and I would be 64 in 2050

( Did that math come right?)

When I would be 64 years old, I am very hopeful that there would be abundant love, peace and bliss all around me. It’s here, still it would become even more profound. There would be harmony and beatitude and no place for hunger, poverty or wars.

I would be hopefully doing what I am doing, provided I live that long. I would be teaching kids and listening to stories of people around me. I would be wiping some tears and trying to heal someone. I would be meditating with many people and would be working to help those who need it.

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Another fascination would be to be amazed at the wonders of science and technology. I often wonder what is going to be the face of technology in next 15 years. Internet and world-wide web have already created an unforeseen revolution and renaissance. So many people from all across the globe are coming in contact with each other, and this evolution of our species is akin to one candle igniting other which is igniting another and yet another in an endless succession which would enlighten the whole earth up very soon.

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What would be the face of communication in 2046? Will we start communicating using brain-wave signals reading minds of each other without using anything mechanical. It looks far-fetched? Maybe, but you never know–it takes just an invention and voila! We are an evolved species. I have always loved sci-fi films and some of my food for thoughts for future comes from them. I would love to go on intergalactic travels, even to parallel universes if that is possible. Well, you asked me to stretch the horses of my imagination, now don’t complain about it!

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I read Robert Anton Wilson’s The Illuminati Trigger last year and I was a bit disappointed by the progress we have made compared to the expectations of pioneers. They seemed too optimistic. For example, RAW predicted a life expectancy of 800 years by 2012 and immortality after that. I don’t see any of that happening. Not that it matters a great deal to me as I feel every moment is eternity, still, to have a choice to live enough long for everyone would be wonderful to see.

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Arthur C. Clarke who invented satellites, and gave us space odyssey trilogy also predicted our voyages to Saturn by 2001. I would be careful to say, that it was fiction but fiction is based on a premise in reality, so it was disappointing for me to know that we have reached only to Moon so far. And on top of that some people said it was a fake landing shoot created out of the remnant footage from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey

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When I was young I read in a local newspaper that by year 2015 we would have scooters flying in air all around us. My credulous mind started playing with fantasies and waiting for that to happen and to my utter disappointment I didn’t see anything like that. Yes they have been invented but they are not in public use like I imagined they would be. Don’t get me wrong, I am a born optimist but observations point to reality.

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I hope to see a world I have seen in best of sci-fi films. Houses floating in air and blue-red pills for nutrition and hunger. A society free from diseases, old-age, terrorism and sexism. I would love to see a world where love floats on the halcyon clouds of harmony and peace. I am already at peace with myself and have nothing to accomplish anymore. I don’t have any ambition, any bucket list or any qualms. I would like to pay back a bit to people around me who have made my life so rich. I would like to live in a society where people of all castes, creed, nationalities, ethnicities and sexes walk hand in hand with each other. I would love to be surrounded by beautiful people who love each other unconditionally. The post is already a long rant so there.