Just the other night I thought I heard you cry, asking me to come And hold you in my arms. I can hear your prayers. Your burdens I will bear. But first I need your hand, then forever can begin. -Micheal Jackson.

If you have heard the song, you would understand how deep meaning is. The love, the concern, the intensity. The feeling of having someone always. The feeling of being loved. the feeling of being wanted. Isn’t that what all of us want? Love from someone?
I am currently reading a book called, The Fakir by Ruzbeh N Bharucha, a ten books old author, a documentary film maker and a journalist. Listening to this particular song  after the book,was icing to the cake. The feeling of being rejuvenated. Feeling good. Feeling positive.
Okay, so the book is simply amazing! You need to read it. (Goes without saying!) There are certain teachings of Sai Baba. I would like to share a few amazing ones.
To start with, “God is in this moment. He isn’t in the past or the future. If you can’t live in the moment, if you can’t live as though that moment is your last, then you aren’t living my friend. You are just existing.”
This quote just takes my breath away! This is one lesson which all of need to learn. We’re reminded of it over and over again. To live in the present. To enjoy every minute of what is happening right now! To live as if it were our last. To enjoy as if we’d never get an opportunity to enjoy again.
This suddenly reminds me of my trip with a few friends. Sitting by the sea, watching the sun go up. Deep thinking. Asking ourselves what we want to do in life. And then suddenly, the water touched our feet. Chilled water, running through the spine, skipping a heart beat, as if the water was magical. Goosebumps all over the body! We realized that just because we fear what we would do after the vacation, we were ruining it!
Thinking about the future is good. Planning is essential. But pressurizing and fearing of what is going to be the outcome might take you down. Living in the fear of the future is as bad as blaming yourself for a murder you didn’t commit. Its baseless!

 

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Second, “Pain is the greatest gift GOD could give his child, because it is pain that opens the door to compassion and love.”
When we’re happy and all our wishes are fulfilled, we hardly care about the person who gave it all to us. But then one tiny thing, say, fight with your special someone, we go, Why Me? Why I am the only one who suffers? In your head if you’re thinking, “I don’t say that!” then you’re just fooling yourself. You cannot deny this my friend! This is the ugly truth! All of us do this. (Including me)
Just as the quote says, pain is a gift. Look at the brighter side of it. You learn to accept life the way it is. Ups and downs and twists and turns. It teaches you to the basic rule of life! Love again. Lessons like this must be learnt for life.
Third, “Hatred is the heaviest Cross of all. Even the heavens pity the person who carries the Cross of Hatred.”
“OMG, she’s so mean! I hate her!”, “You spoke to my ex BFF? I hate you!” I mean really? Is hating that easy? Sometimes, its our ego that takes the form of hate. You don’t hate that person, but because you don’t want your ego to take the fall, you pretend to hate him/her. The quote is self explanatory. Hating is the heaviest Cross. Hating is easy, but the burden stays forever!
Lastly, The chapter which I am reading right now says that you are never alone. Often all of us say, “I am alone, I have nobody, I am lonely” and so on. But then we’re never alone. Good spirits are always with us. Have you ever wondered why small kids have imaginary friends? Not because they’re different. But because they’re blessed. They have the good spirits as friends, as their guide,a caretaker who take care of the kids.
All these good spirits want from you is love. This sounds stupid, but its gives you peace. It gives you a feeling that someone is there for you. You connect with the people who are no more in the human state. Like I speak to my grandfather. And trust me, it gives me peace. It gives me a sense of belonging. It gives me the zeal for life.

There is a small exercise that can be done. Fire not only warms but most importantly it gives light; it dispels darkness. Physically and metaphorically, dispelling darkness, spreading light and giving warmth, is the essence of fire. Every night, light a candle or a diya and keep it in your sight till the time you sleep. Trust me you will never feel alone. Fire is the shadow of God. When you look at the fire, you get the glimpse of God. You feel the energy and you enter the world of light. A light which guides you. Pray to the Lord when you light the candle, ask Him to remove the darkness from your life and fill it with Love and warmth.

The Fakir will just guide you to the right path. Taking that path or not is your decision to make. Stay Happy! Stay Blessed!

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