People often find themselves inadequate in coping with both change and the lack of it, depending upon their temperament and attitude towards life.
Elders need to develop and sustain some hobby or activity even while younger, to keep them occupied physically, mentally and spiritually as they age. In the absence of any such activity, they usually begin to look to their children and grandchildren for emotional sustenance, making them the sole focus of their attention.
Listening to me lament about my lack of craft skills one day, while admiring one of her projects, she simply said,
“But you write so well, Pati!”
It is believed that all ancestors descend to the earth from Pitru Loka during the Pitru Paksha fortnight, to accept the offerings made to them by their descendants.
Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt, you see. It often makes for familiar comfort of each other’s quirks and even annoying habits!
It is a great challenge to hide things from the L&M and brats…
Call me old-fashioned, but I am one of those who don’t like to see our temples becoming ‘must-see’ spots in the itinerary of a tourist.
The boy had learnt his lesson in compassion from two mice – one a big field rat in a trap and one a tiny dead mouse.
Yatras are meant to signify that any physical exercise like walking, jogging and fasting will enhance the wholesome benefits when combined with a spiritual intent.
Walking, jogging and running, have all been used traditionally and purposefully by our ancestors, often combining them with a divine intent, which increased the health benefits manifold.
Visiting temples and doing seva instill humility, while providing mental and spiritual cleansing to the devotee.
A teacher might be a Guru, but a Guru is not just a teacher….A Guru Purnima tribute to our great Gurus.
Our ancestors instituted the ćaturmāsya sankalpam as a means to overhaul the panća bhūtas representing the internal organs of the human body–especially of those above the age of 50.