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
Bangalore

About drmcpanda

Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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16 Responses to Dealing with Pairs of Opposites

  1. Thanks for referral Dr Panda. What you say is “Pair of Opposites” is in fact few of the perceptions experienced in life. Every emotion is a spectrum spread a lot. Happiness and sadness are two extreme ends of similar perception, less of which is sadness and happiness is adequacy of same. Old age is stock of memories and happy memories should preferably be recalled to keep our present happy. Nobody knows about future. One should not worry about the same. Problems of present have to be tackled in the best possible way. One should think positive about future and try to create happiness in our present. Let us resolve to be happy in every circumstance and live and not die every moment. Love to Snigdha.

    • Thanks Dr Goyal for his valuable comment on the article ‘Dealing with Pairs of Opposites’ that problems of present have to be tackled in the best possible way. One should think positive about future and try to create happiness in our present. Let us resolve to be happy in every circumstance and live and not die every moment.

  2. Dr Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Pairs of opposites means the requisites or attributes created those by Divine law for sustenance of each pair smoothly within the assigned discipline duty that on the nature and it is needless to say the very nature is a part or pair of universal self …ultimatum pair.The ultimatum pair is endless pair and vastest in strict coded doctrines of Divine desire.This is called creation , a source of visible energy of positive and negative.Accordingly we all are a unit of opposite pair and despatching co-valently . But on the way of Divine circle we face many up and down and subjected to bear or feel happy and sorrow that reflected at body level being induced by mental level. This phenomena is only restricted to human opposite pair. Again we more delve deep, no doubt we explore the enigma: that the guide of mind.The mind it self is guided by opposite pair content in same unit. These are nothing but Intellect and Ego within the sphere of mind it self. The role of intellect illumines the body and mind and the ego erases the body and mind. Hence Mind is the root cause of all happenings at individual level.So guide and guard is incessant procedure to mend the mind to be free from clutches of degree of suffering of body and mind.There are so many methods in yoga and spirituality but easiest method is surrender to Almighty by incessant Namaswaran. Perhaps it is a protective in all spheres and bestows happiness even if we are in odds of life.This is my personal faith but no doubt applicable to all.

    With regard and thanks,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh, Odisha

    • Thanks Dr Binod Bihari Naik for his valuable comment on the article ‘Dealing with Pairs of Opposites’ that guide and guard is incessant procedure to mend the mind to be free from clutches of degree of suffering of body and mind.There are so many methods in yoga and spirituality but easiest method is surrender to Almighty by incessant Namaswaran.

  3. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    Opposite values are complementary. It is a natural phenomenon. Dealing can be done through knowledge.You have shared a nice article. The conversation with Sri Benudhar Dash (referred to as Benu in your quoted conversation in the content of the article), a native of Bargarh district who has been working for more than 20 years as Pharmacist, District Central Store D.H.H. Bargarh Odisha ; Benu reveals how you have conquered the minds of your staff and also public. I also personally know your guts _ how you fight against the ill health. All these reveal the knowledge you have, to fight against the opposites. Thanks Dr Pandaji for referring the article for sharing.

    • Thanks Dhandapaniji for his valuable comment on the article ‘Dealing with Pairs of Opposites’ that opposite values are complementary. Dealing can be done through knowledge. Thanks Dhandapaniji to appreciate the guts and knowledge I have to fight against the opposites.

  4. Prakash Padhan says:

    Respected Sir,

    I read your post.I became emotional little remembering Bargarh days.You were used to come my office with Dr Sith and vice versa. I agree with your all points. Darkness is the absence of light. Regarding pairs of opposite Lord Krishna says in Bhagbad Gita- “Dukheswanudbighnamanah sukhesu bigataspruha,bitaraga bhaya krodhah stitadhirmuni uchyate”(2nd chapter).He is sthitapragna who maintain balance in opposite e.g sorrow & joy,loss & gain,cold & heat,up & down etc.Buddhism philosophy is ‘ life is full of sorrow’.But odia bhagabata says-
    Sansare thiba jete dina
    Ananda karithiba mana
    (Enjoy life unless and until you are in earth)

    Thanking you with high regards,
    Prakash Padhan
    Dist Consultant-Swachh Bharat Mission,Sonepur, Odisha

    • Thanks Prakash for his learned comment on the article ‘Dealing with Pairs of Opposites’ that regarding pairs of opposite Lord Krishna says in Bhagbad Gita-“Dukheswanudbighnamanah sukhesu bigataspruha, bitaraga bhaya krodhah stitadhirmuni uchyate”(2nd chapter).He is sthitapragna who maintain balance in opposite e.g sorrow & joy,loss & gain,cold & heat,up & down etc.

  5. V Chandra Sekhar says:

    Namaste Dr.Pandaji,

    Thanks for your very pertinent article ” Dealing with Pairs of Opposites”. I have been a silent observer for the couple of years of your tenacity and admirable & steadfast , relentless fight against heavy odds which have been resulting in your ill-health. As can be gauged from your conversation with your erstwhile colleague & pharmacist Mr. Benu, your crusade against the opposites taking toll of your health has been phenomenal sir. Salutations to you.

    Regards
    Sekhar

    • Thanks Sekharji for his valuable comment on the article ‘Dealing with Pairs of Opposites’ that he has been a silent observer for the couple of years of my tenacity and admirable & steadfast , relentless fight against heavy odds which have been resulting in ill-health.

  6. Kedarnath Sahu says:

    Sir,
    Namaskar.

    A nice article,from your article these lines aware us about our duty,i.e.” 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” as universal truth. Let’s hope for the best as per your previous articles you had described it.The path of Almighty is in a zigzag path by joy and misery. Perhaps all these things can be maintained by a human being through Yoga and Spirituality.

    Wising you Happy Dusshera. Maa Durga bless you for your early recovery.
    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela,Bargarh Odisha

    • Thanks Kedar for his valuable comment on the article ‘Dealing with Pairs of Opposites’ that the path of Almighty is in a zigzag path by joy and misery. Perhaps all these things can be maintained by a human being through Yoga and Spirituality.

  7. Tapas Kumar Mohanty says:

    Dear Sir,

    Change is the only thing which is static in this world. We feel little bad when changes come and those changes need to be accepted even if that is beyond our comfort zone. We are only the actors who plays as per the kind instructions of Sai Baba. Having said that, the good thing is that, with the help of technology our web presence is here; which keeps us connected.

    May Sai Baba help us to be connected digitally.
    // Om Sai Ram //

    • Thanks Tapas for his valuable comment on the article ‘Dealing with Pairs of Opposites’ that change is the only thing which is static in this world. We feel little bad when changes come and those changes need to be accepted even if that is beyond our comfort zone. We are only the actors who plays as per the kind instructions of Sai Baba.

  8. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    Dear Sir,
    Namaskar.

    You have elaborated the real truth of life. Your article is heart touching and learned full.Many many thanks to you for your courage to write such type of article in your critical period of life.

    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Sai Devotee
    Sohela,Bargarh Odisha

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