Be a lotus in life
We all know lotus as the national flower of India. Its unsullied significance is vividly described in ancient Indian and Buddhist scriptures. Lotus has been referred with reverence in Confucius and Taoist philosophies as well.
Since centuries, the lotus state of meditation has mystically enshrined us to self-realisation and the life beyond. The flower’s beauty has immensely inspired many poets and artists too.
But Bhagvad Gita’s verses, “One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus is untouched by water”, expresses the profundity that lotus provides to our lives. With its roots in mud, the lotus ascends above the grime towards the sunshine. Its austerity lies in breeding in the muck only to be plucked as an auspicious offering to the deity.
In Buddhist sutras, lotus is the seat of awakening to the purity and sheen of soul that remains unaffected by worldly desires, sinful actions and egotistic state. Although, understanding the effect of our actions on our soul may be esoteric. Improving Karma however is explicit.
Controlling excessive desires, altruistic service, honest and humble are some means to initiate karmic improvisation.
Such reinvention requires depth, commitment to self and endurance for the known and unknown that life can put us through from birth to death. Its here that lotus can be a benign inspiration to mankind.
Just like the lotus that surpasses the filth of the pond to reach upward to natural light. We too can liberate ourselves from material dust to overlook hatred, retribution and suffering in life to reach to our inward divinity.
Such inner transformation is like the chaste lotus amid an impure pond that inspires us to reach peak of spiritual wisdom.
Such enlightenment can be fruitful in leading a life unaffected by sinfulness and goodness of our own and others actions on us. Bringing in such change is beyond time and age.
The sooner we touch base with the immortal lotus within, the more beneficent and mindful we shall be of our actions.
Traffic snarled in Delhi as the national capital welcomed the first monsoon showers on Thursday morning bringing much-needed respite from the heat and humidity. The India Meteorological Department announced the arrival of southwest monsoon in Delhi, which usually arrives in the national capital on June 27 and covers the entire country by July 8. Social media was flooded with photographs of waterlogged roads, with commuters complaining about the traffic and some seeking help from police.
Delhi received its first monsoon shower on Thursday, providing relief from the scorching heat. Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Traffic Police said, “As per the India Meteorological Department report, Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds would occur over and adjoining areas of entire Delhi. Commuters are advised to plan their journey accordingly.” Barapullah, Ring Road and ITO were among several parts of Delhi that saw heavy traffic due to incessant rainfall.
In the first major spell this monsoon, intense rain for two hours during peak office hours on Thursday morning left Chandigarh and adjoining Panchkula and Mohali towns waterlogged, leading to traffic jams. The India Meteorological Department classifies rain between 64.5mm and 115.5mm as heavy. Till 11.30am, Yamunanagar recorded the highest rainfall in the region with 73mm followed by Chandigarh 68.2mm, Mohali 55mm, Panchkula 49.5mm, Patiala 23mm, Ambala 15 mm and trace rain in Ludhiana.
Three members of a family and their driver were found dead late on Wednesday in Mumbai's Kandivali West, which the police suspect was a deliberate act by the driver who allegedly killed the three before ending his life.
Students of a prominent college in Bihar's Munger city were allegedly allowed to write exams using their mobile phone torchlight. The incident was reported from RD & DJ College, Munger on Wednesday when the power had tripped due to inclement weather and the college generator was not functioning either. Another examinee without disclosing his identity said, “The college and university here are playing a cruel joke with students.”