Greetings from Dr Mahesh Chandra Panda
Every Year is a New Year. Though new, every year is carried over with old issue. Typically, celebrations mark the arrival of a New Year everywhere. So is the case for 2018. People greet, rejoice and observe the New Year Day as an auspicious day invoking the blessings of progress and success with goodwill and hope. 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 an unsuccessful man hopes for success, a sick man hopes for a healthy life, a dying man hopes for a longer life.
I retired from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa on February 29, 2008 on attaining the age of superannuation i.e. 60 years when I switched over from activity of grihastha life to dependent old age life of vanaprastha since March 1, 2008. My post retired life was going very well and I was very proud of all my achievements until something very unfortunate happened to me. I became ill and my illness was diagnosed to be cancer of right upper gum since April 2015 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. Under such circumstances, I could not take up my annual trip to my native state Odisha to meet and interact physically with my relatives and friends for last 3 years since 2015 to 2017, my last trip to Odisha being during 2014. Thus after 7 years of eventful retired life from 2008 to 2014, I had to enter the stage of karma sannyasa during 2015 with continued status of physical indisposition in 2016 & 2017 and have stepped into New Year 2018 with Old Issue.
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. Having sufficiently expanded and developed our own understanding of spirituality during vanaprastha, we enter into the fourth stage of life, sannyasa which is meant for dedicating the qualities and virtues we have acquired towards the growth of humankind and inspiring others to attain inner freedom. Sannyasa is not escaping from life; rather it is running into life with greater wisdom, understanding and perception. This I am doing through Internet in World Wide Web through my own blog Yoga and Spirituality and social networking through Facebook and among mobile phone users through WhatsApp.
God is my Healer. I am hoping against hopes that the New Year with Old Issue of complications of Osteo Radio Necrosis as a cancer survivor with post-surgery radiation will improve my life activities by God`s Grace so much that I may be fortunate enough to visit my home district Bargarh and my native state Odisha during 2018 to meet and interact physically with my relatives and friends.
Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda
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
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
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.
Benu-Sent Image of Lord Ganesh
drmcpanda-Om Ganeshaya Namah
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
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
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