New Year with Old Issue

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
Bangalore

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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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25 Responses to New Year with Old Issue

  1. Dear Sir,

    Thanks for sharing your journey on post retirement life. It was very unlikely that, the disease had evolved and bit slowed your journey. However, it didn’t have courage to stall you in enlightening your good thoughts to us through WWW.

    May Sai Baba give you a healthy life so that, we could able to get more posts from your think tank.

    Om Sai Ram
    Regards,
    Tapas.

    • Thanks Tapas for his valuable comment on the article ‘New Year with Old Issue’ that it was very unlikely that, the disease had evolved and bit slowed my journey, but it didn’t have courage to stall in enlightening my good thoughts through WWW.

  2. V Chandra Sekhar says:

    Namaste Dr.Pandaji,

    It is the inborn convention that on new year day, we humans make it a point to greet & wish each other for better peace of mind,health &prosperity in each other’s life . This tradition has continued thro’ innumerable years. So, let me also flow with the tide & wish you better health, peace of mind right thro’ 2018.

    To take a leaf out of Swami Vivekananda’s adages (which you have also quoted in your article,”the more we struggle, the more we know”, the vice-versa is also equally true, viz: “the more we know, the more we struggle”.

    Sir, I can assure you that you need not have any doubt in your mind whether you would be able to visit your home district Bargarh. Your positive attitude to life & your optimism will definitely help you overcome all your health-related issues & you will certainly visit your native place Odisha in 2018.

    Regards
    Sekhar

    • Thanks Sekharji for his valuable comment on the article ‘New Year with Old Issue’ wishing my better health, peace of mind right thro’ 2018 and words of encouragement to sustain positive attitude to life & optimism to overcome all health-related issues.

  3. Though it is very easy to advise, but still there is no option but to say, “What can’t be cured has to be endured”. That is the essence of life, especially the old age. Life may be having so many surprises, but one can only pray for the best. Human body is so complex, so is our environment. Lot of changes occur over the years and we can do our best. Working is our duty, results are absolutely unpredictable. Nobody knows about future. It is quite inspiring to see your activeness on web in spite of your illness and age. You are a teacher by actions and results are for anybody to see. Fighting cancer, complications of disease and corresponding treatments is great difficult situation. Keeping up the moral up in such a situation is very difficult. You are doing it in best possible way. Keep it up and enjoy all your successes over hardships, pain and suffering. Once again a bravo for you and am thankful for great lessons learnt from you.

    • Thanks Dr Madan Goyal for his valuable comment on the article ‘New Year with Old Issue’ that fighting cancer, complications of disease and corresponding treatments is great difficult situation and keeping up the moral up in such a situation is very difficult with his words of encouragement to me to keep it up and enjoy all successes over hardships, pain and suffering.

  4. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    Happy New Year Dr.Panda ji.

    The title of the article “New Year with Old Issue” has great meaning if we go deep, which is known to you very well. Past incidents have to be forgotten but if the incidents continuing with our life then we have to accept the New Year with Old Issue which can’t be avoided. This will also be negotiated with the confidence already you have. Surrender will help. Already you are on the spiritual path, so your (small) desire of visiting your native place will be automatically fulfilled by the Divine. Thanks Dr Panda ji for sharing your feelings and knowledge.

    • Thanks Dhandapaniji for his valuable comment on the article ‘New Year with Old Issue’ that past incidents have to be forgotten but if the incidents continuing with our life then we have to accept the New Year with Old Issue which can’t be avoided and this has to be negotiated with the confidence.

  5. Kedarnath Sahu says:

    Sir,
    Namaskar.

    A day start with new year ends as old is a general process of cycle of time. Life is a continuous process of LIFE. Sadness and Happiness are the two sides of Life process. Sir, it is so painful to recall the past history of life which may be events of pleasure or sad.

    A nice article which describes your memories of life. We are also hopefully awaiting your visit to your native district Bargarh Odisha in this year and physically meet with you. I pray Almighty for you that this new year brings a lot of happiness with your life.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela,Bargarh (Odisha)

    • Thanks Kedar for his valuable comment on the article ‘New Year with Old Issue’ that sadness and happiness are the two sides of life process and expressing hopes that the new year may bring a lot of happiness.

  6. V. Nageswara Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    Wish you Very Happy and Healthy New Year 2018.
    Sorry for not responded some of the articles in last year.
    How are you, your health and all the family members.
    Thanking You,
    With Regards,
    Nageswar

    Mr. V. Nageswara Rao,
    Project Coordinator, LEPRA Society
    Axshya India TB Project, Odisha Bhubaneswar

    • I am scheduled to undergo second reconstructive surgery for Osteo Radio Necrosis of right mandible as complications of post-surgery radiation as a cancer survivor due to Trismus, Constant Pain & Shortening of mouth opening to less than ½ finger in spite of 10 months conservative treatment on 9th January 2018 at Narayana Hospitals Bangalore where my radical surgery was done for cancer right upper gum on May 13, 2015. God is my healer. No matter what my body is telling to me, I trust God to heal me.

  7. Prakash Padhan says:

    Respected Sir,

    At first wish you a happy healthy new year 2018.I pray to God for your successful operation and longer life. As you have mentioned struggle is life, God is healer..It seems you have strong will power which will defeat your disease. Scripture says- birth, death, old age & disease are part of life. Gita says- dukheswanudbignamanah…When you are visiting Odisha? I am in Dunguripali of Odisha, please visit my home once.

    Once again Happy Year 2018
    Prakash Padhan
    Dist Consultant-Swachh Bharat Mission,Sonepur, Odisha

    • Thanks Prakash for his valuable comment on the article ‘New Year with Old Issue’ that birth, death, old age & disease are part of life; struggle is life and God is healer wishing me for successful operation and longer life.

  8. Rajesh Kumar Panda says:

    Kaka pranam, every thing will go in it’s way as per the direction of God. Nothing to be worried.

    Yours lovingly nephew
    Rajesh

  9. Dr Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    After a long interval today my heart inspired to beg apology for not in time reply in spite your constant reminder before surgery of your body. Thanks for your constant inspiration for awareness of spirituality that shows body and mind complex agony has no rule to ascend for self-rrealisation. You have shown and proved the way of life to lead with such body. Many many benedictions to your benevolent mind to sustain strength with such dilapidated body that needs much repair. Ok body is meant to effulge the Godly work pending with you. So it is my earnest and constant prayer before ALMIGHTY for your speedy recovery to resume the tasks with appropriate texts in the new year with reviving and reverberating the old issues in New form with modern spiritual aroma that will become easy to uphold and grasp by wayward youths of today. Once again my submission of prayer for instant and permanent resolution and recovery of your ailment.

    With Regards,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr Binod Bihari Naik.
    Bargarh Odisha

    • Thanks Dr Binod Bihari Naik for his inspirational spiritual comment on the article ‘New Year with Old Issue’ for speedy recovery of my second reconstructive surgery procedure done by Dr Moni, Director & Surgeon-in-Chief Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center Narayana Hospitals Bangalore on January 9, 2018 for Osteo Radio Necrosis of right mandible and reduction of mouth gap to almost zero as complications of post-surgery radiation as a cancer survivor.

      • Dr Binod Bihari Naik says:

        Sir,

        Now you are subjecting your body to padartha Vijnanam and mind for parartha Vijnanam and how great you are that spirit is trying to reflect among us to endure and imbibe the practical procedure. My earnest prayer to Almighty and thanks for your untiring endless mission.

        With Regards,
        Your Divine Brother
        Dr Binod Bihari Naik
        Bargarh Odisha

  10. Barun P M Academy65 says:

    Dear Mahesh,

    I have gone through your posting ‘New Year with Old Issue’. I salute your great findings of life, i.e.”Sanyasa is not escaping from life, rather it is running into life with grater wisdom, understanding and perception”.

    Keep it up friend.
    God bless you Mahesh
    Barun

  11. Dear Mahesh,

    Had been looking for you for some time as we probably did not see each other for fifty years now. Got to know about your health problem only yesterday while looking up some old school friends. I have not been in touch with many for a long time. Hoping to see some on the 27th January.

    I am glad that you are keeping your spirits up in a difficult situation – my best wishes will always be with you in all your activities.

    Please take a look at our recently launched website – http://odiabibhaba.in/ – to get an idea about what I have been upto.

    Hoping to meet you soon.
    Nikhil
    (Nikhil Mohan Pattnaik, PMA 65)

    • Thanks Nikhil P M Academy65 my school friend for his valuable comment on the article ‘New Year with Old Issue’ encouraging me to keep spirits up in difficult situation.

      Kudos to Nikhil for his valuable contribution to Odia literature as evident in his website of Odia Bibhaba.

  12. 2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor from January 9, 2018. I had second reconstructive surgery done by Dr. Moni, Director and Surgeon-in-Chief Head and Neck Oncology Surgery at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center Narayana Hospitals Bangalore on January 9, 2018 for complications of Post-Surgery Radiation as Cancer Survivor. God is my healer. No matter what my body is telling to me, I trust God to heal me. With my supportive family at Bangalore home and countless blessings & good wishes from my relatives, friends and fellow citizens known & unknown and Grace of God, I am quite hopeful to lead a better health in my 2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor. You may read my article and responses on ‘2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor’ published on February 1, 2018 in Yoga and Spirituality.

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