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The other day I was talking to an old man who was suicidal. He attempted suicide twice in the past. He asked me what kind of drug would help him succeed this time? I was alarmed. He is an 80-year-old rich man who was well retired with no family problems what-so-ever. How do I know? I live next door to them. I have known this family for a while. I asked him – “It is recently scorning 45 degrees hot in Hyderabad. I saw people begging in this God damn heat on the street with no foot wear or home to live. I felt so bad for them. Now tell me grandpa? You are in good health, have a family who loves you and takes care of you, have a roof on your head, have food to eat, have no personal problems. what more you need?” He kept quiet. May be he is lonely, may be had some issues that he cannot share, may be he is depressed. I asked the family to take him for a consult just in case.

As a HSP I am very prone to melancholy so I try to keep myself optimistic while in hindrance. I think as humans we often take things for granted. We never appreciate what we have and always seek for something more. It is nothing wrong to be selfish enough to seek more. It’s just while we do that we need to keep an eye on the present. Appreciate the little things that make us happy on a daily basis. As a single woman, I enjoy my FREEDOM more than anything in the world. I have been living on my own for more than a year which is great being independent. Mostly I love my job. As a doctor, I get to help people which makes me happy. I think GIVING is the most benevolent thing my grandpa has taught me. On the contrary my life is really boring right now. I still need to get married, get settled by doing post graduation, be successful and start a family. I get stressed out whenever people poke and prod me with questions regarding my love and career. But you know what? It will happen when the time is right. There is no way you can force destiny which is why many people end up unhappy with careers or marriages they don’t like or get divorced. I am sure there are other people who are in the same boat as I am. So lets take a moment and be thankful for what we have in our lives. I made a list of mine:

1. GOOD HEALTH : As a doctor, I often see cases that have life long restrictions. Fluid restriction in heart or kidney failure, carb restriction in diabetes, primary or secondary disabilities. I mean can you imagine being in their shoes? I am truly grateful for my health and my senses.

2. FAMILY: I have a very supportive family who stand by my thick and thin.

3. FRIENDS : In this appalling world, its good to find good people who give you their best.

4. FAITH : I am agnostic and I love God. Faith is what keeps me alive & optimistic.

5. LOVE : Whether its self-love or love from your family & friends, it is wonderful.

6. FREEDOM : Freedom of speech, freedom of living alone, freedom of doing whatever the heck you want. Being in a relationship is a change everyone must face, it is definitely a good thing. But can you imagine being single and sexy? You can do anything you want in the world so savor it! Enjoy it while it lasts.

7. NATURE : I think the creator made this beautiful world filled with greeneries, flowers and mountains, sunrises and sunsets, the smell of lavender, the healing power of peppermint. Nature therapy is a blessing.

8. CAREER : Cheers to all of us who love their jobs.

9. KIND STRANGERS : This surprises me often. There are so many people who do good selflessly that we meet on a daily basis. They inspire and humble me.

10. SILENCE & PEACE : This is a must for me as an ambivert. I get to re-energize because of silence. I get to reevaluate my life, I study well in this environment, I pray and meditate. Silence stimulates creativity.

There are other things in the list like facing challenges, I am in a catch 22 situation right now but imagine if I don’t face it how can I appreciate my success? My journeys, my experiences, mistakes, ancestors, science, medicine, home, food, entertainment, music & dance, laughter, talents, pets, technology, culture & diversity. Every beautiful thing in this world that makes me happy, I am eternally thankful. Please do not forget to count your blessings even if they are little. 🙂

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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Philosophy

 

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God has no religion

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” –  Dalai Lama

This is my first philosophical post online and I hope I can make a good dissertation. Gandhi said ‘God has no religion’ as a quintessential attribute for equality and non violence. I am a born Hindu. Hinduism is open to other religions. I grew up from teachings in a catholic school and listening to Islamic salat. During childhood, a quandary as in ‘why are we praying to different Lords?’ has been elusive to me.

Everyone follows his/her own path in faith to find the truth. I believe life is a journey and every happening has a true meaning. I feel the same way about going to the Philippines. It allowed me to self discover and find my way to God. During my stay, many catholic colleagues insisted on believing only in Jesus.( I understand that they are only following what bible said.) One of the most memorable moments is my group long natters about God during our rural subinternship. It was 2012 and everyone had their own conspiracy theories about how the world might end. I can see the fear in their eyes. They brought me aware of a lot of issues including illuminati. I did my research and learned a lot of information that is true regarding this. I don’t want to dig into the details. I do believe if God exists then evil does exist. Our discussion kept going on for a few days. One of them said Hinduism isn’t real. I demurred. Archeological evidence states that Krishna existed 3000 years Before Christ.

It has been an intense week of dilemma. On a religious contemplation, I read our vedas which were conveniently available online. I found this particular Rig veda stating ‘God is one.’

“Truth(God) is one, but the wise men know it as many.”
“God is one, but we can approach Him in many ways.” –  The Rig Veda

In fact our Hindu symbol OM represents that One God Brahman (not brahma) who has no shape or form (same like The Father in Christianity). I had a moment of epiphany. I guess I became old enough to decipher God, to educe that God is indeed One.

Swami Vivekananda said “The goal of mankind is knowledge. Now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside, it is all inside. What we say a man ‘knows’, should in strict psychological language be what he ‘discovers’ or ‘unveils’; what man ‘learns’ is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.”

I feel like this is what I did.

Religions, castes and holy books written by the great saints are after all man made. This brings back the question – chicken first or egg first? Who knows what happens to you after you die? Heaven, hell or reincarnation? Nobody knows the truth until you see for yourself.

The holy reason why God made people believe in the religions (even if it were man made) was for us to follow the right path where there are morals and commandments that humble us from doing the right or wrong. Religion isn’t a bad thing but the dilemma was created by our human stupidity to fight over religions about what is real or unreal.

The obvious question. So based on my epiphany, am I going to give up my religion? No.

Why? Because I am not the baffled faith finder anymore. Religion gives you the richness of integrity that I can pass on for generations. On the contrary, I believe in all religions. Because I believe that God has sent many prophets/messengers/Lords from Krishna to Buddha, at different places and times, to keep us on track (on the good side). That’s the reason why there are 4200 religions around the world right now.

Faith exists in different forms but it has the same feeling. Faith leaves an ambiguous answer. It is up to you to choose what to believe in. Peace.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Philosophy