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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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