Implications and Effects of Emotions

Life is a story of the alternating patterns of expression of emotions in happiness and suffering, joys and misery. Even saints are known to have struggled with the power of emotions. Though emotions are problematic, human beings supposedly become more ‘humane’ because of them. Through the expression of our emotions, we share our inner feelings and state of mind with others be it positive or negative in nature. The expression of our emotion enables us to provide comfort, assistance and support in times of hardship and distress to others and oneself. Expression and sharing of emotions are considered to be the driving force of human development.

Emotions influence our actions, no matter whether they are positive or negative. By their very nature, emotions are binding and bad for intellectual reasoning & act there upon. A resolve made with proper thought and concern would be much firmer than a resolve arising out of emotions. To succeed in controlling our mind and the senses according to what needs to be done, we need to be not swayed nor influenced by emotions. We should treat emotions as just states of mind to which we should be indifferent.

Good mental health has been associated with positive emotions like love, affection, compassion, sympathy, empathy, gratitude and so on. Most faith traditions of different religions of the world also emphasize these qualities. But, they all belong to the preliminary stage of spiritual life. Spiritual growth and maturity of spiritual faith is characterized by complete detachment to all emotions. Emotions like divine love ought to be expanded to complete unselfishness in Bhakti Yoga.

Dr Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Suffering as Karma for Spiritual Development

The book ‘Conscious Immortality’ recording statement of Ramana Maharishi mentions that “Individual human beings have to suffer their karmas for His purpose. God manipulates the fruits of karma; He does not add or take away it. The subconsciousness of man is a warehouse of good and bad karma. Ishwara chooses from this warehouse what He sees will best suit the spiritual evolution at the time of each man whether pleasant or painful”.

Ramana Maharishi has said that all suffering leads to God-realization. If it is accepted then the suffering which people endure are benign in the sense that this is their karma for their soul`s spiritual development. Nobility of soul and very many virtues are born out of suffering.

However we must never be indifferent to any suffering and should always act with all possible remedies and compassion. As all sages teach, if suffering comes our way, we must do our almost to relieve it. Ultimately we have to accept suffering in whatever form it is, it is but destined.

Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Dealing with Pairs of Opposites

Life takes one on a journey into the world to the experience of the opposites and to discover one`s true nature which is beyond both. Pairs of opposites are essentially of two types-one comes from our perceptions or from our mind, the other is in the Nature itself. The opposites in Nature complement each other, while those coming from our mind tend to create discord and friction.

In any pair of opposites, one part cannot stand alone; its very existence depends on the other. Our everyday world is full of such examples. There is no night without day, there is no darkness without light. There cannot be death without birth. Life is a story of the alternating patterns of duality, of happiness and suffering, joys and misery, ups and downs. There is not a single life without this admixture, without this pair of opposites. This is the law of life.

I like to quote here the conversation between me (hereafter referred to as drmcpanda) and Sri Benudhar Dash (hereafter referred to as Benu), a native of Bargarh district, my old colleague and friend who has been working for more than 20 years as Pharmacist, District Central Store D.H.H. Bargarh Odisha while chatting in Facebook on occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi Puja on August 25, 2017 sharing joys of my past lifetime achievement in professional & public life amidst misery of my present life health condition.

Lord Ganesh

Benu-Sent Image of Lord Ganesh
drmcpanda-Om Ganeshaya Namah
Benu-Sir, Namaskar.
drmcpanda-Thanks for remembering me.
Benu-Sir, I am remembering you always Sir. Till date we have not found a C.D.M.O. like you. That was the Golden Era of Bargarh district Sir.
drmcpanda-It is pity on my part that I am living as cancer survivor with complications since 2015 at Bangalore unable to visit Bargarh Odisha to meet you all my old colleagues.
Benu-Although physically you stay at Bangalore Sir, but you are always present in our heart.
drmcpanda-Pray Bighnabinashan Lord Ganesh that we meet at least once more at Bargarh in my life time.
Benu-OK Sir, God bless us to fulfill our get-together.
drmcpanda-Jay Bighnabinashan Ganesh

It is only when we have risen above the play of opposite that we can absorb the shock and challenges life throws at us. Once we learn to handle pair of opposites, we develop tremendous inner strength to absorb all setbacks and keep our mind at rest.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Process of Life is Death

Process of life is death; one has to die every moment in order to live. Swami Vivekananda says; “The lamp is constantly burning out, and that is its life. If you want to have life, you have to die every moment for it. Life and death are only different expressions of the same thing looked at from different standpoints; they are the falling and the rising of the same wave, and the two form one whole.”

Swami Vivekananda says that struggle is the sign of life, and that the more we struggle the more we know. It seems to be a paradox that the more we evolve self-consciousness the more we suffer and the more we know. We are like mere puppets being used by consciousness which is seeking its fulfillment.

Hope keeps the flame of life burning in every living-being. So much is the faith of every living-being in hope that they forget the inevitable that is death. Such is the power of hope that a dying man hopes for a longer life and a sick man hopes for a healthy life. The biggest wonder on earth is that we observe others dying now and then, yet think that this will not happen to us. This feeling does not occur with just a few; it is the case with almost every living-being. Although we observe our body growing from being young to becoming old and we observe people dying, still we always hope against the inevitable. However life ends with death. One who takes birth has to die one day.

Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Hopes to Live

Hope keeps the flame of life burning in every living-being. So much is the faith of every living-being in hope that they forget the inevitable that is death. Such is the power of hope that a dying man hopes for a longer life, a sick man hopes for a healthy life, an unsuccessful man hopes for success. Whatever may happen, hope always remains alive.

Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing or incident to happen. Hope is a feeling of trust. Such is the potency of this feeling that we ignore the inevitable and keep on living in the hope that this will not happen to us. The biggest wonder on earth is that we observe others dying now and then, yet think that this will not happen to us. This feeling does not occur with just a few; it is the case with every living-being. Although we observe our body growing from being young to becoming old and we observe people dying, still we always hope against the inevitable.

Scriptures explain this ‘hope’ in Sanskrit with the word ‘sat’. ‘Sat’ means the desire to live eternally. All living-beings, if asked, will say that they do not wish to die. Apart from the desire for eternal life, we also have desire for knowledge (‘chit’ in Sanskrit) and desire for happiness (‘anand’ in Sanskrit). Our soul which is eternal is hence ‘satchitanand’ that is why no one wants to die, no one wants to be fool; no one wants sorrow. Everyone hopes to live forever.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Meaning and Implications of Karma

The word ‘karma’ is a Sanskrit word derived from the root kri, which means ‘to do’. ‘Karma’ means any action that one does. Eating, walking, sleeping, studying, working-all these and any other action can be termed ‘karma’. The rituals prescribed by the Vedas or dharmashastras are also called ‘karma’. The portion of the Vedas that discuss the rituals is called karma-kanda.

Karma also means the effects of actions. The effects of an action can also be called karmaphala but generally the word karma is used. Karma used in the sense of the effect of an action means one has to reap the fruits of whatever actions one does, across various life times. The idea of doing called kartrivta or doership and experiencing called bhoktrivta or enjoyership leads to result of one`s own actions.

Karma may be different types according to its purpose. Nithya karma is action that has to be performed every day. Naimithyaka karma is that to be performed which is specific for person concerned. Niskama karmas are those actions that are performed without purpose of gaining any personal benefit or sense of kartrivta for the general good of others.

Based on the time of fruition of the karma, it can be Sanchita, Prarabdha and Agami Karma . Sanchita karma is the package of karma due to our past actions, which have to be exhausted in our future lives. Prarabdha Karma is that portion of the past karma that has given rise to the present body and which has to be exhausted by experiencing during the present life. Agami Karma is the karma yet to be earned in the present life or in the future lives.

Karma Yoga is doing work selflessly without expecting fruits of actions performed.

Dr Mahesh Chandra Panda

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I am recognized as an author rather than a doctor in World Wide Web.

Communicating in World Wide Web through Internet

I retired from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa on attaining the age of superannuation i.e. 60 years of age on February 29, 2008. We (I & my wife Sailasuta) relocated to Gurgaon, Haryana (N.C.R. Delhi) on March 30, 2008 to stay with our son working there for better physical, mental and emotional support in our old age. I opened my Gmail account on April 15, 2008 for time to time correspondence through Internet for settlement of my post retirement dues with Govt. of Orissa and to communicate with my old friends, colleagues and relatives mostly settled in my native State Orissa. I was attracted towards spiritual philosophy of Sadguru Sai Baba in my mental, emotional and intellectual planes; and I became a Shirdi Sai devotee on October 14, 2008 during my stay at Gurgaon. We relocated to Bangalore, Karnataka on April 25, 2009 consequent upon acceptance of assignment of a higher job by my son. I resorted to Yoga practices to maintain my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health; and I became a Yoga practitioner since July 28, 2009. I joined the classes of Yoga for Elderly persons in Dhrti Yoga Centre BTM 2nd Stage Bangalore from July 28, 2009. During the course I had the privilege to visit SVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) Yoga University Bangalore during the visitors programme as Yoga Practitioner, Dhrti Yoga Centre BTM 2nd Stage Bangalore. I started attending daily noon arati & Darshan in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore since October 12, 2009.

In the changed circumstances, intuitive thoughts came to my mind that the present global world is connected through internet via World Wide Web and it will be wise on my part as a senior citizen to give something back in innovative and creative way to the society of my native place, district and state; and my country India and World as a whole by complementing and supplementing my post retirement activities of Yoga and Spirituality with my scientific knowledge of medical profession. To work out my ambition, I had to acquire the knowledge and skill of information technology after my retirement from the medical profession at the age of 60+ years.

Yoga and Spirituality

I started to write articles on yoga published in website of Dhrti Yoga since March 5, 2010 and articles on Shirdi Sai Baba in website of Sai Shraddha since March 16, 2010 and in subsequent month of April 2010. I desired to express and share my thoughts on Yoga and Spirituality in writing independently as an author; and I created my own blog Yoga and Spirituality on May 2, 2010. I continued to post articles on Yoga and Spirituality in my blog website every month from May 2010 onwards uninterruptedly. I was introduced as Retd.C.D.M.O. and a Yoga Practitioner having authored a good number of articles on Yoga by nuakhaibangalore to the audience and participants during the Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat celebrated at Bangalore on September 25, 2010 where I had the privilege to be a part of the felicitation program of distinguished persons from Western Orissa honoured with felicitation. I had Darshan of Sai in Shirdi Dist. Ahmednagar Maharashtra India on November 18, 2010 which is a land mark in my spiritual life as a Shirdi Sai devotee.

Welcome to Facebook

I registered my name as a user in social networking website Facebook on June 15, 2011. My old friends and colleagues with whom I had worked during my service became friends in Facebook. Moreover I started creating a new circle of friends world-wide through social networking in Facebook. I have been posting photo & post on inspirational quotes, Yoga and Spirituality, social events, tours & travels and Heath Magazine in News Feed and day to day management as moderator and admin of Bargarh, Budasambar groups comprising mostly Facebook users of Bargarh district Odisha and Health Bulletin group comprising mostly Health Professionals in Facebook.

Readers of many countries throughout World read my articles posted in my blog Yoga and Spirituality as documents available for public view through Google and other search engines in Internet. I have the pleasure to mention here that readers of more than 100 countries of world from India and abroad are reading and posting comments on my articles posted in my blog website Yoga and Spirituality. A good number of friends and group members in Facebook are actively associated in posting likes, comments and sharing my photos & posts in the blog website of Facebook. More so my friends and colleagues, tech-savvy cousins and relatives have become readers of my blog Yoga and Spirituality and Posts in Facebook through Internet.

World Wide Visitors through Internet

I am recognized as an author rather than a doctor in World Wide Web. I have completed the duration of 7 years and stepped in to 8th year as an author of my blog website Yoga and Spirituality as on May 2, 2017 as the blog was created on May 2, 2010. During last 7 years from May 2010 to April 2017 I have so far published 168 articles which include 4 articles published from New York, USA during my visit to US in 2013, 2 articles published in Odisha during Odisha trip in 2014 and the rest 162 articles from Bangalore in my blog website of Yoga and Spirituality. The blog has 2 pages About & Review on topic related to Yoga and Spirituality updated by author and responses from comment authors from time to time. It is observed in blog stat that irrespective of the number of posts published in a month from the year 2010 to 2017, the numbers of views and visitors have remained over the years above 15,000 & 5,000 per year respectively taking the tally to more than One Lakh Fourteen Thousand views. More interestingly the ratio of Indian visitors to Foreign visitors of the blog website Yoga and Spirituality is 6:4 i.e. out of all visitors Indian visitors constitute 60% where as Foreign visitors constitute 40% which strongly suggest the world wide enormous views of blog website Yoga and Spirituality in World Wide Web. The comment authors and author himself have contributed more than 2758 comments as their responses in discussion part of the posts and pages which accounts to average 16 comments per article adding about 394 comments every year. The quantitative and qualitative growth of blog website Yoga and Spirituality having blog stat of views tending towards 20,000 & number of visitors tending towards 6,000 per year in spite of adding of only one new article per month during last 2 years due to my physical incapability boosts my mental energy to maintain regularity of publishing and adding new articles in the blog website Yoga and Spirituality for readers and comment authors.

Dr Mahesh Chandra Panda

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