Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Light that Shines from Within


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And so the story unfolds....,





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               One day you meet a special someone and for some strange and inexplicable reason, you feel more entwined and connected to this stranger than anyone else. You feel closer to them than your closest family and dearest friends. Perhaps it is as such that this person carries within them an angel; one sent to you this moment for some higher purpose.  One sent to teach you an important lesson or to protect you and keep you safe during a perilous time. You must begin to Love and place your faith and trust in them, even if they come hand in hand with pain or suffering, the lessons will emerge and the reason for their presence will become clear in due time.

Though here is a word of warning: You may grow to love this person but remember they are not yours to keep. People are not property and neither is the Angel within. You own no one, you may possess none. Their purpose isn't to save you but to teach and show you how to save yourself. And once this destiny is fulfilled and the moment gone; the halo lifts and the angel leaves their body as the person exits your life. They will be a stranger to you once more, the one that walked into you first.. that special day.

It may seem dark right now, you may not see any light around you. 
That's because the light is coming from within you. The light has been lit. You can't see it but everyone else can. Be blessed, be happy. Be a blessing and spread your light. 



Love & Warm Regards,

Jai Krishna Ponnappan




---------P.S---------



“Love is a dangerous angel.”



― Francesca Lia BlockWeetzie Bat





Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year ! :) ~ Jai Krishna Ponnappan


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~~ May you go forth under the strength of heaven,
under the light of sun, under the radiance of moon; 

May you go forth with the splendor of fire,
with the speed of lightning, with the swiftness of wind; 

May you go forth supported by the depth of sea,
by the stability of earth, by the firmness of rock; 

May you be surrounded and encircled,
with the protection of the nine elements;

May the heavenly hosts and the Angels that obey and
serve the Lord’s Will dwell in your Life, 
your thoughts and being this year.~~

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Quotations from some of our favorite philosophers, poets and explorers to help inspire you to contemplate and take charge of your life this year. Enjoy, & Happy New Year :)



Emily Dickinson:

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul — and sings the tunes without the words — and never stops at all.”
“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”
“That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.”
“I dwell in possibility.
Maya Angelou:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”
Alice Walker:
“I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything.”
“If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it.”
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”
“The most common way people give up power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
Lewis Carroll:
“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”
“One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”
Henry David Thoreau:
“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
Anaïs Nin:
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
“A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.”
“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”
J.K. Rowling:
“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.”
“I don’t think there’s any harm at all in allowing a kid to fantasize. In fact, I think to stop people from fantasizing is a very destructive thing indeed.”
“Whatever money you might have, self-worth really lies in finding out what you do best.”
“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared. Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”
Nelson Mandela:
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
“There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
Mahatma Ghandi:
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
Terence McKenna:
“You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.”
“Chaos is what we’ve lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.”
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.”
Aldous Huxley:
“Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.”
“Too much consistency is as bad for the mind as it is for the body. Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead. Consistent intellectualism and spirituality may be socially valuable, up to a point; but they make, gradually, for individual death.”
“To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large — this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual.”
Alan Watts:
“You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.”
“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.”
Ram Dass:
“A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done.”
“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”
“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion — and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”
“The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it’s in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I’m caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.”
“Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama.”
“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”
Martin Luther King Jr.:
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Robert Frost:
“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Joan Baez:
“As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.”
“You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can decide how you’re going to live now.”
Audrey Hepburn:
“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering — because you can’t take it all in at once.”
“You have to look at yourself objectively. Analyze yourself like an instrument. You have to be absolutely frank with yourself. Face your handicaps, don’t try to hide them. Instead, develop something else.”
“As a child, I was taught that it was bad manners to bring attention to yourself, and to never, ever make a spectacle of yourself… All of which I’ve earned a living doing.”
Bob Marley:
“Today, people struggle to find what’s real. Everything has become so synthetic that a lot of people, all they want is to grasp onto hope.”
“Possession make you rich? I don’t have that type of richness. My richness is life, forever.”
“Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.”
Carlos Castaneda:
“Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn’t, it is of no use.”
John Muir:
“Most people are on the world, not in it — have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them — undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate.”
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”





— FIN —

O Thou who kindly dost provide 

For every creature’s want! 

We bless Thee, God of Nature wide, 

For all thy goodness lent. 

And, if it please Thee, heavenly Guide, 
May never worse be sent; 
But, whether granted or denied, 
Lord bless us with content; 
Lord protect & bless this Land wherein I dwell.

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O Thou, in whom we live and move, Who made the sea and shore; Thy goodness constantly we prove, And grateful would adore; And, if it please Thee, Power above! Still grant us with such store The friend we trust, the fair we love, And we desire no more.



I wish You All the Very Best this New Year. 

Blessings & Warm Regards,

Jai Krishna Ponnappan

Friday, December 28, 2012

We Stand as One In Your Embrace


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Dedicated In the Loving Memory of Our Sister. 
May You Heal. 
May God Bless Your Soul.

A Nation Mourns: Delhi gang rape victim dies after battling for life for over 12 days


We Stand as One in Your Embrace

You have Passed on to a Better Place.
We stand as one with tears in our eyes,
These tears from our hearts.. so heavy, so torn,
We stand as one In a world so cold, numb and grey.

We haven't met but I picture You now,
A Soul so full of grace, 
A Heart so full of Love.
So blessed in Peace, with Your Dignity restored.

Your Sacrifice is a call to us all,
A call to redeem the respect and lost glory,
These Sacred virtues.. of Women everywhere,
We stand as one, As we seek our lost sense of Humanity.

Dear Sister, You are Free,
Free of Pain, You are not alone, for We stand as one,
I picture You now, 
among Angels You stand to guard us from above.

We Stand as One in Your Embrace,
You Heal us now, You Redeem us in this Love,
Our Hopes rest in You, 
Dear Sister, We carry You.. 
...so cherished, revered and loved in our Hearts.

Dear Sister, Forgive us.. 
Dear Sister, Remember us ...

~ by Jai Krishna Ponnappan

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Diwali ! Love, Light & Blessings ~ Jai Krishna Ponnappan :)


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A very Happy Diwali to You All 
~* Kindle a flame & lighten the dark *~





Fill the Heart with the oil of Love.
Place in it the wick that is a single-pointed Will.
Light it so with the fire of Knowledge 
& Shine bright and strong with the Spirit of Truth. 

Cleave away from, and Remove 
The darkness of ignorance around You.
And Just as one can light so many; 
Let each Heart kindle this..Eternal Light
And its Eternal Life 
Unto All Your Hearts and Souls.

 May the light of Love 
And endless Devotion 
Burn bright with strength, perfection & passion,
May this Light of infinite Knowledge 
And understanding shine within
The core of your Being,
May the Light of harmony and peace glow in your home this Diwali,
May the bright rays of service shine forth ceaselessly from your hands,
May your smile, your words, and your actions be as sweet as the sweets of this festive season,
& May the Lord bring you True wealth.. 
A treasure rich with Peace, Health, Happiness, and Eternal Love

Give as You Will. But give with Faith. 
Do not give without it. 
Give unto me this Sacrifice
but Give with sensitivity. 
Give with a feeling of abundance. 
Give with the right understanding,
with True & pure intentions.. 
Give with the right meaning, 
marked by the right purpose,
Give with All Your Heart and All Your Soul.
..As You Give unto me with Love.

~ Jai Krishna Ponnappan


~* An Auspicious Time *~ 
A Season replete with Endless & Timeless Victories 





" Even though scolded by the wicked or insulted, ridiculed, calumniated, beaten, bound, robbed of his living or spat upon or otherwise abominably treated by the ignorant-being thus variously shaken and placed in dire extremities, the man who desires his well-being should deliver himself by his own effort through patience and non-resistance. 

The awakened sages call a person wise when all his undertakings are free from anxiety about results. 
No one should abandon duties because he sees defects in them. Every action, every activity, is surrounded by defects as a fire is surrounded by smoke. 

He alone sees truly who sees the Lord the same in every creature...seeing the same Lord everywhere, he does not harm himself or others.

Reshape yourself through the power of your will...
Those who have conquered themselves...live in peace, alike in cold and heat, pleasure and pain, praise and blame...To such people a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same...Because they are impartial, they rise to great heights.

It is better to perform one's own duties imperfectly than to master the duties of another. By fulfilling the obligations he is born with, a person never comes to grief.

Be fearless and pure; never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life. Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve...Learn to be detached and to take joy in renunciation. Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show good will to all. Cultivate vigor, patience, will, purity; avoid malice and pride. Then, you will achieve your destiny. "

~ Jai Shree Krishna



~*  Days of Diwali  *~



         India is a land of festivals. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated with fervor and gaiety. The festival is celebrated by young and old, rich and poor, throughout the country to dispel darkness and light up their lives. The festival symbolizes unity in diversity as every state celebrates it in its own special way. 

         The celebration of the four-day festival commences on Aswayuja Bahula Chaturdasi and concludes on Kartika Shudda Vijiya. The first day of the festival Naraka Chaturdasi marks the vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama. 


         'Puranas' have it that Naraka, son of Bhudevi, acquired immense power from a blessing given by Lord Brahma after a severe penance. He soon unleashed a reign of terror in the kingdom of Kamarupa, harassing celestial beings with his invincible might. Unable to bear the tyranny of the demon, the celestial beings pleaded with Lord Krishna to save them from his torture. 


         But Naraka could not be easily killed as he had a boon that he would face death only at the hands of his mother Bhudevi. So, Krishna asks his wife Satyabhama, the reincarnation of Bhudevi, to be his charioteer in the battle with Naraka. 


         When Krishna feigns unconsciousness after being hit by an arrow of Naraka, Satyabhama takes the bow and aims the arrow at Naraka, killing him instantly. Later Lord Krishna reminds her of the boon she had sought as Bhudevi. The slaying of Naraka by Sathyabhama could also be taken to interpret that parents should not hesitate to punish their children when they stray on to the wrong path. The message of Naraka Chaturdasi is that the good of the society should always prevail over one's own personal bonds. 


         The second day is Amavasya when Lakshmi puja is performed. It is believed that on this day Goddess Lakshmi would be in her benevolent mood and fulfill the wishes of her devotees. One version says that it was on this day that Goddess Lakshmi emerged from Kshira Sagara (Ocean of Milk) when the Gods and demons were churning the sagara (ocean) for nectar (Amrit) 


         The other version is that when Lord Vishnu in the guise of Vamana, sought three feet of land from the generous demon king Bali, the latter had to surrender his head as Vamana had conquered the earth and the sky in two strides. Lord Vishnu banishes Bali into the Pathala Loka (netherland) by keeping his third stride on Bali's head. Later, pleased by his generosity, Lord Vishnu grants him a boon and he in turn requests the Lord to guard his palace at Pathala Loka. 


         Meanwhile, the Goddess is unable to bear the separation and her grief affects the functioning of the entire universe. Brahma and Lord Shiva offer themselves as guards and plead with Bali to relieve Vishnu. So, on the Amavasya day, Lord Vishnu returns to his abode and Goddess Lakshmi is delighted. It is believed that those who worship Goddess Lakshmi on this day would be bestowed with all the riches. 


         The third day is "Kartika Shudda Padyami." On this day Bali would come out of Pathala Loka and rule Bhuloka (Earth) as per the boon given by Lord Vishnu. Hence, it is also known as "Bali Padyami"


The fourth day is referred to as "Yama Dvitiya." On this day, sisters invite their brothers to their homes. 


         However, in the northern part of India it is celebrated as the return of Ram along with Sita and Lakshman from his 14 years of exile after killing Ravana. To commemorate his return to Ayodhya, his subjects illuminated the kingdom and burst crackers. For the Gujaratis, Marwaris and other business community Diwali marks the worship of Goddess Lakshmi and also the beginning of the new financial year. 


         For Bengalis, it is the time to worship Goddess Kali or Durga. The Goddess Durga continued her "Vilaya Tandava" even after killing demon Mahishasura. 




~* More About Diwali *~ 
~* Mythical Observances and Historical Reasons *~





         " Diwali ", It’s not just the festive mood in the air that makes you happy, or just that it's a good time to enjoy before the advent of winter. There are 10 mythical and historical reasons why Diwali is a great time to celebrate. 
 *And there are good reasons not just for Hindus but also for all others to celebrate the significance and auspiciousness of this great Festival of Lights.

1.Goddess Lakshmi’s Birthday: The Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi incarnated on the new moon day (amaavasyaa) of the Kartik month during the churning of the ocean (samudra-manthan), hence the association of Diwali with Lakshmi.


2. Vishnu Rescued Lakshmi: On this very day (Diwali day), Lord Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as Vaman-avtaara rescued Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali and this is another reason of worshipping Ma Larkshmi on Diwali.


3. Krishna Killed Narakaasur: On the day preceding Diwali, Lord Krishna killed the demon king Narakaasur and rescued 16,000 women from his captivity. The celebration of this freedom went on for two days including the Diwali day as a victory festival. 


4. The Return of the Pandavas: According to the great epic ‘Mahabharata’, it was ‘Kartik Amavashya’ when the Pandavas appeared from their 12 years of banishment as a result of their defeat in the hands of the Kauravas at the game of dice (gambling). The subjects who loved the Pandavas celebrated the day by lighting the earthen lamps.


5. The Victory of Ram: According to the epic ‘Ramayana’, it was the new moon day of Kartik when Lord Ram, Ma Sita and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after vanquishing Ravana and conquering Lanka. The citizens of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with the earthen lamps and illuminated it like never before.


6. Coronation of Vikramaditya: One of the greatest Hindu King Vikramaditya was coroneted on the Diwali day, hence Diwali became a historical event as well.


7. Special Day for the Arya Samaj: It was the new moon day of Kartik (Diwali day) when Maharshi Dayananda, one of the greatest reformers of Hinduism and the founder of Arya Samaj attained his nirvana. 


8. Special Day for the Jains: Mahavir Tirthankar, considered to be the founder of modern Jainism also attained his nirvana on Diwali day. 


9. Special Day for the Sikhs: The third Sikh Guru Amar Das institutionalized Diwali as a Red-Letter Day when all Sikhs would gather to receive the Gurus blessings. In 1577, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali. In 1619, the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind, who was held by the Mughal Emperor Jahengir, was released from the Gwalior fort along with 52 kings. 


10. The Pope’s Diwali Speech: In 1999, Pope John Paul II performed a special Eucharist in an Indian church where the altar was decorated with Diwali lamps, the Pope had a ‘tilak’ marked on his forehead and his speech was bristled with references to the festival of light.

            
            And off-course most importantly, like so many other native Eurasian cultures, Diwali, timed around the Lunar calendar has always historically been a harvest festival associated with the blessed transformational powers of this auspicious time of change and renewal. I hope we can add many more illuminating and triumphant legends to this endless and timeless tale of welcoming lights.



I'd like to Add & Conclude with this personal Note to mark the occasion.. this year :)


CREATE A VISION WITHIN 
TO DISPEL CHAOS, OPPRESSION & CONFUSION.





          If you feel the human part of the world around you, you will see that it is a cacophony of voices, thoughts and emotions which are an outpouring of confusions of many different levels of states gone wrong. When man is in this level of confusion and chaos, when he is subjugated by the misconceptions or the perceptions of reality around him, the pain, oppression and suffering that he creates for  himself, for the people and for all other life forms around him is very unfortunate.

         With all the conveniences and facilities we have because of science and technology, humanity has still remained as an absolute confusion, an absolute mess.  Most  people in the world live their lives without even understanding what it is that they really want for themselves.  Or even if they know what they want, they neither have the will nor the vision to create this.  Most of the time they settle for anything that they feel is easy or for whatever is within their reach without even seeing whether they really need it in their lives or not.


         We are always trying to create our life based on the current reality that exists around us at this moment. What we want as the highest in life need not have anything to do with our present situation.  If we enslave our visions to current situations, then it is once again settling for what is attainable, what is easy, what you think is possible or not possible.  It is just in terms of seeing what is your vision, what is the highest that you can seek in your life.


         If man has a vision of what he wishes to do with himself and the world around him, it is not beyond man’s capacity to create it.  It may happen in this life time, it may take a couple of lifetimes but what we want will definitely come.  For that person whose vision of life is clear and he just seeks it every moment of his life, the highest things will come and fall at his feet.  But man is most of the time a bundle of confusion and is seeking what he does not want. This lack of vision and will in his life is fundamentally because of a distorted understanding of the world around us.


         What you know as the highest, you just seek that.  It does not matter whether it is going to happen or not going to happen, simply living with the vision itself is a very elevating, liberating and joyous process.  Whether it is going to happen tomorrow or after a hundred years is not the point. You are not concerned about the result in the end.  It is just that you have a vision and you give all your life towards it.This is one of the easiest ways to attain the highest also.The whole Gita is just about this – to simply give yourself to what you want, not caring whether it is a spiritual process by itself.


         Vision is an important way of transcending limitations within and outside ourselves. If what you want is very clear to you and if you are set on it, what seems to be impossible today, tomorrow it becomes a normal part of your life.  Without any fuss it falls at your feet. But at every moment, if you logically question this and think in terms of, ‘is it attainable or not attainable?’ then the confusion that you create in your mind and in the world around you makes the world itself into a big confusion.  It is time to really create a vision within ourselves as to what it is that we really care about.


Brightest Blessings & Love to You All this Diwali.

I wish You All Happiness, Peace & Prosperity ,

Best Regards,

Jai Krishna Ponnappan