I had gone to hear some music at the Shankarlal Music Festival and there I met Smt Veena Shroff, a person who has studied traditional hairstyles and ornaments. When she told me that she was in her ’70s, I asked her what was the secret of her looking at least 20 years younger! She replied that she never thought ill of anyone. Not that she did not know that people could be very bad and cruel but she would always try to bring out the best in them by thinking very positively about those whom she came in contact with. There is the good and the bad in us all.
Whenever any good work is being done, there will always be some opposition. There is n o point complaining that someone or something is responsible for putting roadblocks to prevent a good effort from succeeding. If they are removed by some means, someone or some thing else will come into the picture, which would have a similar negative effect. Hence it is important for the individual who is doing the good work, to continue doing so selfl essly and sincerely and not let the negative forces, which will spring up in many different forms, affect him.
Ustad Bismillah Khan was one of the finest human beings I have ever met. He was a great musician – we all know that. But he used music to transcend it. “Yeh to ek ibadat hai (This is just a prayer)”, he would say. He was on a different level, and it showed on his face – almost childlike and smiling. At namaaz time, he would request all guests to leave. He was one of the most beautiful examples of our composite heritage.
Today truth lies in the www (World Wide Web). The faithful mouse, on the command of a click, takes you to shores unknown. The web can take you where you always wanted to go, but did not know how! Even Chief Ministers can bring the most powerful people in the world to their doorsteps thanks to the mouse. These divine incarnations have brought truth to our fi ngertips within a few seconds.
We are all rushing to do big things in life, often forgetting that the biggest have their bases in the very small. A huge building is constructed brick by brick; how painstakingly this is done determines the ultimate strength of the edifice.
Hatha yoga is a complete discipline perfected over centuries in the country. It works on the mind, the body and the spirit simultaneously. Starting with the disciplining of the gross body, it moves on to train the subtler mind and finally works on the spirit. All three aspects are touched – only the focus changes as the sadhaka progresses.