Environmentalist or Priest

Half-burnt bodies will continue to be dumped in the Ganga and sewers continue to desecrate our holy rivers. Uncontrolled use of fireworks will continue to pollute the air and deafen the urban population during 5 days long Dipawali festival. Idols laced with chemical paints will be immersed in our water sources. If the mental and spiritual pollution of Hindus continues, India’s environment will continue to degrade. The spiritual cost will be beyond calculation. The human cost will be terrible.

When Lord Krishna was born, his father put him in a basket and crossed the Yamuna to reach the avatar of Vishnu to safety in the house of Yashoda and Nand.

This was to escape the cruelty of Kansa, the evil uncle of Lord Krishna. All the tales of Lord Krishna’s childhood have beautiful imagery of the Yamuna. In fact, in most Hindu minds, Yamuna and Krishna go together.

But take a look at the river now.

What if Lord Krishna were to come today and his father were to take him across the Yamuna! The putrid stench emanating from the water would be unbearable. And if the child Krishna were to sip the water, he would need to summon all the supernatural powers at his disposal to stay alive. The Yamuna has been polluted beyond imagination, mostly by those claiming to be Lord Krishna’s devotees.

Forgetting Vedic Culture:

“As we have always visualised ourselves as an integral part of the divine, and the divine as something which partakes in us, we have always maintained a harmonious relationship with nature. Indian literature, right from the ancient time to the present day, contains a detailed description of nature. Hardly any other literature from any other part of the world contains such an elaborate and intimate description,” writes Banwari, journalist and scholar on issues of environment and religion, in his book Pancavati: Indian Approach to Environment.

“The Vedic culture is aranyak , a culture of nature. You learn everything from nature. The panchbhootas are to be revered, not exploited,” says Swami Sevak Charan, an engineer-turned-environmental activist with the Sri Vrindavan Conservation Project in Vrindavan.

Political Power vs . Priest:

The general perception is that Indians are very sensitive about the matter of “religion”, so leaders do not want to touch upon the aspects related to it. This has made things worse. Clearly, it is a huge task to take on religious matters, revive their link with the ecology and undertake the greater task of carrying it to people all over again. While people in the religious arena are afraid to shoulder this burden, however some organisations and individuals have tried to integrate religion and the environment. And have succeeded.

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Meet Durga – From Singing in train to Bollywood

The songChi Cha Leather of Bollywood movie “Gags of Wasseypur” sung by 12-year-old (that time)Durga grabbed a lot of attention with its unusual lyrics. Hailing from a humble family, Durga has lived in slums all her life. With a passion for singing, she can often be spotted in local trains singing to earn money.

This girl who hails from Andhra Pradesh made a living by singing songs on the Mumbai local trains. She sang on both the suburban sections of the Central and Western rail. She supported her family of 2 sisters by earning meagre amounts of money by singing on the locals.

Anurag Kashyap’s love for the unconventional isn’t restricted to the scripts of his films. The filmmaker, with a good ear for music, had given a break to Band Masters Rangila and Raseela to sing the popular track Emotional Atyaachar in the Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin and Mahie Gill starrer Dev.D. And now, he has roped in a train singer, for his latest flick Gangs Of Wasseypur 2.

While Travelling by local train Mumbai film music composer Sneh Khanwalkar, heard the young girl singing. She was struck by the rustic quality of the voice of Durga and promptly auditioned her for a song for the film “Gang s of Wasseypur” where she sang ‘Dil Chi Cha Ledar’. The song was an instant hit and set the sales charts afire. The rest is history as Durga has become a national icon.

The 16 year old is now launching her debut album under the guidance of Bollywood film maker Anand Surapur on which she is working for the past 2 years. Surely there can be no tale more exciting than that of Durga who sang songs on the Mumbai local trains for a living and now is rising as a popular singer on the national circuit. The girl was singing on Mumbai locals since she was 9 till god smiled on her and turned her life from rags to riches. Surely Durga will rise further in Mumbai films .This is a tale that has an element of romance and the girl deserves our support. Her photo can be accessed at.

What are we Striving for?

“What we Strive for is, What we’re not. Look at An Apple tree which strives to be a full fledged Apple tree, bears leaves, tries to be a fully grown Apple tree and bears gift of Apple fruits. An Apple Tree Doesn’t strive to be a Mango Tree. Every Creatures Likewise tries to be full of what they’re. Only We Human Don’t know how to fully strive to being Human” – Keya

Your Career shouldn’t be the Purpose of your life. A Person Wants to be a Doctor or an  Engineer, Scientist or  Musician, Writer or a Poet. And once the person reaches his Goal he must be striving to make more money or higher Status.

For an Example :Doctors, on average, are also paid well, and have positions of high status. A sign of living happily. You’re Perfect Now. But, in essence Excellence is the very opposite of PerfectionismPerfectionism is losing your true self in the demands of society, and trying to emulate a person who is not you and whom you can never become. Excellence, on the other hand, is becoming the centre of your own universe, and from that grounded, centred position, shining your light into the world by using your unique talents.

I’ve found Six Practises to implement to strive Full Human. These are:

  1.  Accept The Hardship: All life demands struggle, including an Earthworm, a bird, King of Jungle Lion to an Ant. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person to become full fledged Human.
  2.  Someone will Always Have More Than You: It doesn’t matter what I achieve in life, someone, somewhere will always have more than we do. Someone will always be smarter, stronger, and will have more money.  The minute you figure that out, you will be a happier person.
  3. Everything Happens For a Reason:  This is a hard one for me too. It is a hard one for anyone really.  No one really knows why things happen.  I have to believe it is all part of a bigger plan.  Why do people get sick?  Why do people die?  Why do relationships end?  Why are we here?  Why are we dealt a bad hand?  Truthfully, only one person can answer that question.  Breathe.  Enjoy life.
  4. Trying to Control The Uncontrollable: I am an anxious person.  I am always trying to find out how I can control a situation.  You know, I can’t.  It is going to happen regardless.  If I have sleepless nights over losing a job because of a bad economy, then I have wasted energy.   If you are religious/Spiritual, you will trust that things will just have a way of working themselves out.
  5. Treating Every Day Like It is Your Last:  The one thing that is certain in this life is that we will  Embrace every moment.  Treasure friendships that are meaningful.  Spend time with the ones that mean the most to you.   Do things that this wonderful world has to offer.  Your judgement day will come one day. It may come sooner than you think 🙂
  6.  Showing Compassion: When they make mistakes or hurt you. Instead, try to put yourself in their shoes, and think…

“Excellence” is the gradual result of always striving to do better.

 

 

 

 

 

Can Being Vegan Lead to Enlightenment?

Adopting a plant-based diet makes sense for your health and the environment, and according to some yogis’ interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, one of yoga’s primary texts, it may also be a way to enlightenment. Some yogis believe diet is key to practice the Yoga Sutra’s principle of *Ahimsa, or non-harming., meaning “nonharming,” is the first of five yamas, or guides for self-restraint, set forth in the Yoga Sutra. To some practitioners, veganism is ahimsa in practice: “It’s about being kind—to others, including animals, to the planet, and to oneself,” says Sharon Gannon, co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga School and the vegan Jivamuktea Café in New York City, and author of the vegan cookbook Simple Recipes for Joy. “Veganism is not about restriction—it’s a way of eating and living that can create more happiness and joy.”

Gannon is on one end of the veganism-as-ahimsa spectrum, choosing also not to eat honey or wear clothes made from animals, such as leather. But other practitioners take a different tack. “[Patanjali] says to be as kind as you can and to do no harm, and while being vegan is one way, there are a lot of other ways,” says Alanna Kaivalya, an international yoga teacher and author of Myths of the Asanas. A former vegan, Kaivalya, with her doctors, determined that the diet actually exacerbated an existing thyroid condition, so now she buys local and organic food when possible, including meat, and looks for other ways to incorporate ahimsa into her life. “There’s not one right way to practice yoga, but there is a right way for you,” she says.

*Ahimsa : Non-Violence

Irritability

Irritability – A Common Anxiety Symptom:

Irritability is a common symptom of anxiety – especially anxiety attacks. Those with severe anxiety often find that they’re easy to upset, and unfortunately this means that those close to you both literally (as in distance) and figuratively (as in close partners) are at risk for causing you to lash out because of this irritability.

In this article, we’ll explore this type of close irritability, including why it occurs and what you can do to reduce it.

Are You Irritable From Anxiety?

Anxiety attacks often make you extremely irritable in ways that are hard for you to control. This irritability is not you; it’s what comes from you trying too hard to manage your anxiety on your own.

Types of Close Irritability

Anxiety causes you to feel negative emotions often. It also gives less tolerance for additional stress and mental energy. The more severe your anxiety, the more likely irritability will occur.

It’s not unlike depression, where your mind is genuinely altered to have not necessarily negative thoughts, but worrisome thoughts that make it hard to cope with daily life. Many people with anxiety are “in their own head” 24 hours a day, trying as hard as they can to feel happier again.

When you are that close to the edge, it’s no wonder that so many people struggle to maintain their emotions, and are quick to negative ones. When you are dealing with so many anxiety symptoms at all times, you are in such a struggle with yourself that anything that adds to it makes it even harder to control in the future.

There are two types of close irritability:

  • Physically CloseThis is when you become more irritable when someone is nearby. It’s the reaction to feeling like you are without space to do this on your own, or like there is someone around you that is causing you more pressure and possibly making your anxiety worse.
  • Emotionally CloseThis is when you are more irritable around those that you care about. In a way, this type of irritability can cause added stress, because you regret the things you say and it can drive a wedge between you and the person you care for.

Both of these have similar, but ultimately different causes:

Physically Close

During anxiety – especially during an anxiety attack – anything that adds stress and pressure to your life can cause significant irritation. Unfortunately, those that are physically close to you are unintentionally causing that very stress.

In some cases it is internal. You may simply be embarrassed that you are suffering from so much anxiety or afraid that the person will see it and judge you. Some people simply become more stressed when they’re in anything that appears to be a social situation.

In some cases it’s external. You may find what they’re doing annoying in some way, like loud chewing. They may smell or be invading your personal space. Normally these are things you would be able to shrug off and ignore, but when you are dealing with so much anxiety it’s not uncommon to find that the anxiety makes you angry and upset at the person, even if you don’t know them.

Emotionally Close

It’s also not uncommon to become easily irritated by those that are emotionally close to you, like a significant other. The cause of this irritation is more complex:

  • You may find that it’s stressful that they don’t understand what you are going through.
  • You may find the emotions you see in their face when they see you to cause stress.
  • You may worry about disappointed them or causing them to think less of you.

You may also be far more prone to stress over the smallest criticism, in a way that is unfair to you and unfair to them. When you struggle with daily anxiety, it’s not uncommon for you to be barely hanging on and depend on your emotional partners to help you through it. So when they make even a slight criticism, it makes you feel much worse than it would if you weren’t suffering from intense anxiety.

Fear of being irritable can also increase irritation. If you’ve found yourself easily upset at a partner in the past, it’s not uncommon to be on edge any time your partner is near and you are suffering from intense anxiety.

The key thing to remember is that anxiety isn’t just worry. It’s the tendency toward negative emotions, along with physical and mental symptoms that make it hard to find life easy to manage.

Understanding Anxiety, Agitation and Restlessness

Anxiety changes emotions. If you’ve been dealing with anxiety for a long time, you’ve probably noticed that your anxiety has left you a different person. You may be a bit more agitated – a bit more restless – and you may find yourself quicker to experiencing annoyance or negative emotions. These are all a part of anxiety.

Agitation = Anxiety?

It’s hard to believe that agitation can be caused by anxiety, since it feels so natural. But feeling agitated and feeling restless are all a part of living with anxiety symptoms. You don’t have to live with these negative emotions forever.

Negative Emotions Are a Part of Anxiety

People think of anxiety as one emotion: anxiety itself. Few people realize that anxiety is a complete disorder, and one that causes a whole host of emotions and symptoms that often seem completely unrelated.

There are many different reasons that anxiety has a tendency to lead to agitation, and other negative feelings. Some include:

  • Nervous EnergyAt its core, agitation and restlessness are due to nervous energy. Anxiety provides a constant flow of adrenaline in your system. This adrenaline puts your entire body on edge, because it’s preparing you for “fight or flight” – an evolutionary system designed to keep you safe in times of danger. Of course, no danger is present, so that energy goes unused, and this leads to a feeling of being very agitated, as though something needs to happen that isn’t happening.
  • Negative TendenciesNot all agitation is physical. Anxiety has a tendency to cause the mind to notice and focus on the things that are negative – not only as a behavioral response to anxiety, but also because it alters brain chemistry in a way that may make it harder to see positive things. During periods of high anxiety – especially during or right before an anxiety attack – anything that may bother you becomes amplified, and you start to feel as though the world is an irritant.
  • Anxiety FatigueFinally, many people become more restless and on edge simply because they’re tired of the anxiety. Dealing with anxiety every day can often be very troubling, and eventually it’s not uncommon to feel annoyed at yourself and your anxiety every time you feel anxious. This, too, can cause agitation, and in some cases negative emotions may even cause you to last out at those around you.

Agitation can be defined in many different ways, and so too does anxiety seem to create agitation in many different ways as well. It’s not as simple as saying that your fight/flight system causes agitation or that you’re

Sadness, “the blues,” low mood, feeling glum, bummed out, or down for no clear reason.

  • No longer being interest in doing things that previously were compelling or interesting. In some cases, this escalates into a complete loss of interest in doing anything at all, and withdrawing from social activity. In other cases, the activity continues but pleasure/enjoyment ceases.
  • Appetite changes that result in weight changes: increases or decreases may be part of depression, but only significant weight loss is noted as diagnostic criterion.
  • Changes in sleep patterns: oversleeping (can’t get out of bed, sleeping excessive number of hours) or inability to sleep.
  • Feeling tired, washed out, and exhausted despite sleeping.
  • An increase in fidgety, purposeless movement such as pacing, nail biting, or chewing the insides of your mouth or a complete absence of such movements (the technical term for this is psychomotor agitation or retardation).
  • Excessive guilt and feeling worthless.
  • Difficulty concentrating, feeling overwhelmed or unable to complete basic mental or physical tasks; feeling unable to do “normal” activities such as driving, food shopping, answering emails, etc.
  • Thoughts of death, thoughts of suicide, plans of suicide, or attempting suicide.

How to Control the Agitation of Anxiety

That agitation can cause its own distress, which is why controlling it is so important. If you don’t control your agitation, you’ll find that it causes more anxiety which causes more agitation. Many people find that agitation tends to precipitate a panic attack, often because the feeling of being on edge puts your body on high alert, which in turn causes you to focus more on your anxiety.

The first key to controlling agitation is simply to learn not to fight it. It’s a symptom of your anxiety, and in many ways it’s important to simply accept that you’re going to be agitated, and remind yourself that anxiety is causing it. This is extremely important, because fighting agitation and fighting restlessness will cause you even more stress. These things aren’t going to simply go away just because you don’t want them, and you also need to not blame yourself for the way that you feel. Anxiety is simply not in your control.

Another strategy to reduce agitation is to work off that energy. Remember, adrenaline is pumping through your body because your body thinks you’re encountering some type of fear. The feeling of restlessness is often caused by all that adrenaline sitting there, going unused. So use it. Get moving. If you can run, go run, and if all you can do is walk around for a while then walk around for a while. Find a way to relieve some of that energy.

Other strategies to try include:

  • Mantra MeditationMantra meditation is a useful tool for reducing stressful thoughts and controlling breathing. Placing yourself in that type of relaxed environment can have a powerful effect on anxiety.
  • YellingSometimes, all you need is a good yell. If no one is around you and you’re in a place where no one will hear you, try yelling as loud as you can. Loud yelling releases some of that pent up energy.
  • LaughingFinally, if you can find anything to make you laugh, that can be a big help. Laughter can be very difficult when you’re suffering with agitation, but if there is anything in your life that consistently makes you laugh, focus on it. Laughter, like yelling, reduces some of that nervous energy and puts your mind on something much more positive.

Anxiety causes a great deal of buildup, which is why there are not many effective ways to simply relieve agitation on its own. You need to address the anxiety that causes that agitation in the first place. Only then can you truly control the agitation experience.

How to Respond to the Irritability of Anxiety

Irritability is something you can partially control. Irritation from those that are physically close to you requires you to simply learn to accept your own irritation and not act on it. As long as you don’t lash out, there isn’t that much harm. If you find yourself irritable, take a deep breath and remind yourself that anxiety is what’s causing it. If you can, get up and move. If not, you may need to deal with the irritation and then focus on reducing irritation another day.

Irritability with your partner or someone close to you is a bit easier to control. Consider the following important tips and strategies:

  • Communicate AlwaysYou may be embarrassed or ashamed when you have anxiety, but the person close to you needs to know. This is especially true if you are having (or think you are about to have) a panic attack. Tell your partner. Don’t let them guess, and make sure that you are open and talking about everything that you feel. Part of the irritation is from keeping it all inside and having your partner invade your space. Communicating ensures you are not doing that.
  • Apologize QuicklyAs soon as you realize you are being easily irritated, apologize. The longer you sit and get upset with yourself, the more you’ll fear irritation in the future and become more likely to be irritable. Be honest as well – make sure you tell your partner why you are irritable.
  • Explain What You NeedOften those close to you have no idea how to talk to you when you are anxious. Make sure that you are open with what you need. If you need someone nearby holding you, tell them. If you need them to try to avoid criticisms when you are suffering, tell them when the best time to talk to you is. Some people need those they care about to talk about something other than their anxiety as a distraction. Whatever you need, communicate it.

These aren’t going to stop the irritability, but they are going to help reduce the extent that your irritability affects you and those around you. You’ll still need to cure your anxiety if you truly want the irritability to go away.

I’ve worked with many irritable people in the past whose anxiety caused them to be emotional quickly. Please,  do not hesitate to contact me for online meditation and Pratyahara session!

Till then,  Take care 😊 Namaste!

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