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
Bangalore,India

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Analysis of Practice of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga

The Bhagavad Gita is the essence of the teachings of the Upanishads and, in simple terms, Lord Krishna explains the way to salvation through the paths of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga. The first six chapters of Bhagavad Gita are devoted to the exposition of the method of Self-realisation through Karma Yoga and Jnana yoga. The second set of six chapters deals with Bhakti Yoga and states that the object of Bhakti is God. The third set sums up and clarifies the essence of what was earlier explained. The three paths of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga are intimately intermixed to generate various paths with varying resultant paths which are suitable for different types of personalities or stages in life. Moksha is probably the complete satisfaction after which there is no desire to know or achieve physically in life. As per Lord Krishna one can achieve moksha in all three ways.

Karma is required to be done physically. So, all acts, requiring primarily physical execution are dealt in Karma Yoga. Though Karma yoga requires mental function too, but here physical work is supreme. The knowledge part, observation, inference, discussions, decision between right or wrong are classified under Jnana Yoga. Bhakti yoga is happiness through emotions by complete submission on the part of individual to anybody whom he thinks devoted to. He may be God as per person’s own thinking or any individual the person finds devoted to. Physically and mentally capable persons, in a position to do socially required tasks, doing their work in best possible way, working honestly, truthfully and with a service above self motive, are supposed to pursue Karma Yoga or Jnana Yoga. Bhakti Yoga is pursued by personalities who are primarily concerned with Ishwar Pranidhana (Spiritual Quest) or who cannot take to first two paths, because of age or other reasons. Bhakti Yoga provides eternal bliss and moksha to persons who followed first two paths in their prime life and have now retired from these paths.

Some people are emotionally very loving, very affectionate. Such people find Bhakti Yoga as the supreme and Bhakti Yoga will be very helpful for them to grow very fast towards the highest achievement. Some people are great intellectuals, they have got powerful intellect. They can understand. They can see through things and their logical brain is very strong. For them the Jnana Yoga is the best. The Jnana Yoga uses that intellect to transcend itself to go the highest. There are some people who are very good at hands, doing work, any work you give immediately they are going to do that. They may not be great thinkers but they can do the work very efficiently and see that the work is done. For such people the Karma Yoga is the best. But today in the modern society we need all these dimensions; intellectually one should be very sharp, emotionally highly developed and good at work; otherwise one cannot face the challenges of the modern era of science and technology.

Dr Mahesh Chandra Panda

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A Decade of Post Retired Life

Retd. C.D.M.O. Bargarh Orissa

It has been a time span of completing 9 eventful years and stepping into 10th year of a decade of post retired life as on March 1,2017 since 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.

Shirdi Sai Baba

We (I & my wife Sailasuta) relocated to Gurgaon, Haryana (N.C.R. Delhi) on March 30, 2008 to stay with our son Debashish 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 of 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.

Dhrti Yoga Centre Bangalore


SVYASA Bangalore

We relocated to Bangalore, Karnataka on April 25, 2009 consequent upon acceptance of assignment of a higher job by my son. We are staying in Bangalore with our son Debashish, first daughter Shibani, son-in-law Sunil & our granddaughter Snigdha in a joint family set up since then. 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.

Yoga and Spirituality


Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat Bangalore 2010

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 attended the Nuakhai Bhet-Ghat celebrated at Bangalore on September 25, 2010. 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. I was delighted to have the privilege of a facilitator in the felicitation program where distinguished persons from Western Orissa were honoured with felicitation. I had Darshan of Sai in Shirdi Dist. Ahmednagar Maharashtra India on November 18, 2010.

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.

Communicating in World Wide Web through Internet

I was recognized as an author rather than a doctor in World Wide Web in 2012. My friends and colleagues, tech-savvy cousins and relatives have become readers of my blog Yoga and Spirituality and Posts in Facebook through Internet. 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.

Visit to USA in 2013


Visit to UNICEF

We (I & my wife Sailasuta) visited United States of America in 2013. We stayed with our second daughter Gayatri & son-in-law Saikrishna and grandson Arnav & granddaughter Maulika residing in New York, USA from July 30, 2013 to October 1, 2013.During our stay for 64 days in USA we visited New York City, Washington D.C. & Niagara Falls. During the US trip I visited The United Nations (U.N.) Headquarters International Territory in New York City and the International Headquarters of UNICEF in the same campus. I have posted 4 articles in my blog Yoga and Spirituality published from New York, USA and posted concurrent posts and photos in Facebook during my stay in USA.

Maha Samadhi Divas Shirdi Sai 2014


Grihaprabesh GPI407 GPR Bangalore

I had the privilege to perform the spiritual rituals pertaining to observance of 96th Maha Samadhi Divas of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba on October 3, 2014 (Dasara) as principal devotee (pradhan sevak) in Palanquin Procession held in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram, BTM Lay out Bangalore organised by Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi. I had my last annual trip to Odisha in November 2014.We had Grihaprabesh to Our Own New House G.P.I/ 407 in Residential Layout of Green Park Regency, Sarjapur Road Bangalore on December 15, 2014.

Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center NH Health City Bangalore

I became ill in April 2015 and my illness was diagnosed to be cancer of right upper gum at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center NH Health City Bangalore which was operated on May 13, 2015 followed by radiotherapy completed on August 14, 2015. Cancer survivor of such case need to take care of himself and make sure that he can keep himself as comfortable as possible in day to day life especially when advised not to stress and strain mouth parts by talking much over phone with friends and relatives till structure and function of mouth back to almost normal. Moreover due to the weakness of whole body during convalescence and recovery phase one has to restrict his physical movements, even long distance and time consuming city tour. I was confined almost inside Bangalore home mentally engaged with virtual world of friends in Facebook and readers in Yoga and Spirituality through Internet in World Wide Web except some casual visits to Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center NH Health City Bangalore for periodical check-up. I had Sai Darshan in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore on September 27, 2015 Sunday in convalescence period of illness during post-surgery radiotherapy.

Green Park Carnival 2016

During 2016, I was almost confined to our Bangalore home and residential layout of Green Park Regency Sarjapur Road Bangalore. During evening walk in residential layout of Green Park Regency, I developed friendship with fellow resident & visitor senior citizens .I had Darshan of Shri Sai Baba on 98th Maha Samadhi Day of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba observed in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore on October 11, 2016(Dasara) and donated funds towards Annadhana provided to poor, needy persons and devotees on the occasion in addition to donation of funds towards Ashram and Charitable Medical & Dental Clinic Management. I Installed WhatsApp in my I-Phone on October 21, 2016. It was a great pleasure to participate in Fast Walking competition of Senior Citizens held on November 19, 2016 on occasion of Green Park Carnival 2016. I also attended & enjoyed the cultural events of song, music and dance held on 2nd day of Green Park Carnival on November 20, 2016. Inside Bangalore home I have been engaged with virtual world of friends in Facebook and readers & comment authors in Yoga and Spirituality through Internet in World Wide Web. I had telephonic talk with my old colleague-cum-friend Sri Madhusudan Mahunta of Sohela almost daily and in Facebook with my friend Sri Kedarnath Sahu of Sohela Dist. Bargarh Odisha. Sri Hema Chandra Pujahari Retd. Prof English Anchal College Padampur my old friend from Padampur Dist. Bargarh Odisha met me in Bangalore on December 4, 2016. Dr Binod Bihari Naik, Surgeon from Bargarh Odisha my old colleague-cum-friend paid courtesy visit to our house in our residential layout Green Park Regency Sarjapur Road Bangalore on December 11, 2016.

Senior Citizen Forum GPR Bangalore

Consolidating the physical, mental and emotional strength gained from the previous year we the senior citizens of Green Park Regency Sarjapur Road Bangalore have formed Senior Citizens Forum with 84 years old senior most member Mr S Nair as Honorary President which has its daily evening session in 2017 in Senior Citizens Corner in the campus. The Senior Citizens Forum is Pan Indian which includes natives of South, North, East & West India and many of them have visited foreign countries like USA, England, Germany, France, UAE, Nepal, Bhutan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Australia having international exposure. I have been intellectually supported by two of my senior citizen friends Mr Dhandapani Muthuswamy and Mr V Chandra Sekhar of our residential layout Green Park Regency Bangalore, who have become regular readers & comment authors of my blog website Yoga and Spirituality. I have also been regularly interacting with 6 active friends in Facebook and 12 mobile phone users in WhatsApp group formed and moderated by Mr Sathyanathan Gururajan as admin who are senior citizen friends residing in Green Park Regency Bangalore.

Puja Room GPI407 Bangalore home

Cancer is very invasive and destructive. So, the cancer affected person has to undergo surgery, radiation, chemotherapy as a combination of treatment as per protocol. After the patient has completed his treatment, then, his body wants to go to war with himself trying to reconstruct all the damage caused by radiation. It’s a very long painful healing process. I daily practice a little bit of Yogasana & Pranayama in Yoga room of our house and pray to God in Puja Room GPI407 Bangalore home for my early recovery & early rehabilitation as a cancer survivor living the life with spiritual philosophy, “God is more concerned with your availability than your ability”.

Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda
Bangalore

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Learn to Learn

Learning is a lifelong process both in terms of duration and diversity. A key element in lifelong learning is receptivity or openness. It is to retain a youthful mind even when the body continues to age. It is a mind that is ready to learn new things, relearn and improve the known things, and unlearn the outdated things. Lifelong learning also has, in a sense, a spiritual dimension. It lies in the humility to accept that there is no end to learning. When we are ready to learn and our power of receptivity is awakened, the whole world becomes a school and every life experience a teacher.

Today, technologies are rapidly evolving and changing life patterns within a lifetime. New ways of inexpensive printing, internet, and multimedia are ushering in radical changes and creating new complexities and contradictions in individual and social life. This flux in social groupings, economics, technology and Nature necessitates a regular revaluation and reframing of our thinking on education and learning. Various national and international education commissions are making serious efforts to answer such questions by redesigning the goals of education, the curriculum, and the tools of delivery.

Education is the greatest force for civilization. Passing on to the next generation the cumulative knowledge of sciences, technology, arts, fine arts, ethical values and spiritual realizations, in short the whole of civilizational heritage depends in the widest sense of education. In fact, the survival of human society depends on education. Experts in education have begun to emphasise that we should teach our children to be learners, rather than providing them occupational training, because the jobs that are available today may not exist tomorrow. Therefore, we must make learning about education itself a lifelong endeavour.

The policy makers in the field of education must themselves continue to learn and relearn their idea of education. Only then they will be able to revaluate and recognize their perspectives, priorities and practices in the education system and cater to the contemporary needs. Apart from learning to accumulate information, students must be trained in the art of inner assimilation through openness of mind, power of receptivity and above all, the humility to be lifelong learners. Studying and contemplating on the different perspectives and practices in education therefore warrants continuous effort from all thinkers and policy makers in the educational system. So let us learn to learn!

Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Clarion Call of Swami Vivekananda to Awake and Arise

Swami Vivekananda in his clarion call to those who are weak said, “Tell it to men who are weak and persist in telling it. You are the Pure One; awake and arise, O mighty one, this sleep does not become you. Awake and arise, it does not benefit you. Think not that you are weak and miserable. Almighty, arise and awake, and manifest your own nature. It is not fitting that you think yourself a sinner. It is not fitting that you think yourself weak. Say to the world, say it to yourselves, and see what a practical result comes, see how with an electric flash everything is manifested, how everything is changed. Tell that to mankind, and show them their power. Then we shall learn how to apply it in our daily lives”.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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