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