Month: June 2007
I don’t know why, he is one player, who comes into my column very often. A few weeks ago I had mentioned about this player of our Indian Cricket team and his style of taking God and rituals into the playing field when he is required to perform. I bring this point again looking at the news space he is getting once again – somehow or other. When Indian Cricket Team has been selected for playing in Ireland, it should have had made a simple logic – that any normal person would have taken – to take precautions about the Irish Weather and playing conditions and keep the players fit enough to go out and play while in Ireland. 6 or 7 players out of the 15 member squad is out of action for the 2nd One day international shows the amount of preparation our Team Management and Cricket Board does with these high profile players. I know it is easy to criticise than make things happen. But how many times we see this situation when teams like Australia, England or West Indies come out to play in India during extreme summer? Coming back again and continuing what I wrote about Sreesanth last time – one more country stamp in his passport, without playing in full. BRAVO. I know he will get to read this column and hence it’s an open challenge to perform and prove otherwise.
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A lesson for the aged
June 27, 2007
Older people grumble that nobody pays attention to them. A mind that is not trained to be spiritual feels lonely in old age. But those who develop affinity with live souls, love to feed them and look after them. This gives us a happy connection with existence.
Those who build up their love for God or a guru establish a relationship with their favourite deity The satisfaction of such a relationship is soothing for the mind, body and spirit.
With changing times, rules too are changing. Children find elders a nuisance and neglect or abuse them. Gurus now advise the old not to relinquish their property to their children as long as they are alive.
In a true case, a retired man distributed his three floors to his three sons after his wife died and lived with the eldest son. One day the son complained that his brothers were not contributing to the father’s food and an arrangement reached that each son’s family would cook food by turn. The arrangement soon fell apart. The father started going to a nearby dhaba. His friends got together and hatched a plan. One day he gathered his sons and gave them tickets for a vacation. When they returned, a builder was waiting for them to take away their belongings as the house had been sold and their father had left without leaving behind any address.
The biggest mistake we all commit is of getting attached to people and possessions. When discarded by our loved ones, we are saddened. That is why saints ask us to devote more time to spiritual attainment.
Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa said that the best way to live life is like a caretaker A caretaker is not attached to possessions. When worldly things are snatched from him, the caretaker remains calm and unconcerned.