Starting off today with a question :
How many times have you felt insecure about yourself after seeing too-good-to-be-true models or social media influencers?
Here’s a little secret for creating photos like those :
Tons of makeup + Some tweaking of reality of here and there + Tons of editing + filters( the main ingredient, never forget them) =” make someone on the other side of the screen insecure ” photo.jpg
is finally ready ( just kidding)
” Everyone want to show their brighter side but hide the darker side “
That what exactly happens on the internet and a lot outside . They present themselves on social media that they have ‘no flaws’ but what actually is going on is just the opposite of what we expect . There’s a lot of story behind those ” flawless looking beings” which is absolutely hidden from the world . But not all are like that, there’s a lot of them spreading positivity around with the courage revealing their true selves, their insecurities, their “flaws”.
This little tweaking goes on but the one who is affected is the audience that is watching influencers , feeling insecure of themselves, thinking they are not enough , starving and low self-esteem .
At the end , We will be ourselves , just the way we are , unhidden .
I am still learning to love myself just the way I am ,fully , no matter if someone calls them flaws but I’ll call them beautiful things God put into me with love .
Let everyone show their dark as well as bright side , without regrets.
Jai Sri Hari 🙏✨
If we all can start our days every day with an attitude of gratitude, our quality of life will take a quantum leap forward!
If anything, I feel like just reading this thread may inspire you to take a pause and take account of what you are grateful for just today. Every day if you choose to enter in your gratitude logs either here or in your own journal, over time when you read them you will be so pleasantly surprised by just how much you have to feel grateful for and how blessed your life is exactly as it is!
Here are mine for today, I am simply writing down the first 3 things entering my mind.
1. I am immensely grateful that I have a family
2. I am grateful that I have a strong spiritual thirst within me
3. I am grateful that my basic necessities in life have always been taken care of
A, it is truly an honor to post a response to a thread created by you.
Three things I am grateful for today.
1. For being alive.
2. For the awesomeness that is os.me
3. For my home, for providing me with shelter and protecting me from the sun and rains.
We have all read Swami's post on the loss of his father and how gracefully Swami dealt with it. We were at the Ashram during Christmas, and he blessed and initiated so many people.
I struggled to figure out how to express my love and gratitude to my Swami.
The only thought I had was of Shivpreet's Singh's bhajan.
"What kind of lamp can I light for the one who lit the sky with stars? Oh, Nanak, light the lamp within."
The answer came like a flash. Let's all meditate at one particular time and pray to Mother Divine to shower her energy on Swami. Swami is the divine, but he wears a mortal dress, which also needs periodic care. I hope mother will transmit all our love and care to our beloved Swami and tell him how much his children care for him.
Details: Monday 7th February: Time 7 AM to 7:15 AM IST.
Action: Simply meditate on mother divine in whatever form you like, showering her love and grace of Swami. Focus on mother's divine light completely covering Swami.
I wanted to share because I know many of us feel helpless as we see our Guru pour his life into making his children and Sanatana Dharma prosper. I thought this would help us channel our energies at the same time.
Disclaimer: Just want to add that this is simply a volunteer initiative. The ashram or the BL Team is not involved. Just our way of praying for our Swami.
Thanks Akshay sharing this beautiful thought and initiative. I will definitely join in 🙏🙏
I want to perform some simple rituals for my ancestors to express my gratitude and help them in any way I can for 1 week until mahalaya amavasya. While giving suggestions, please elaborate on the steps of the ritual. My family does not believe in rituals so I am not aware of even the simplest of rituals. Also, please keep in mind I won't be able to make elaborate offerings like pindas or anything (again because of family reasons). I want some ritual involving the simplest of things like some water or candles or something. Or some mantra or stotra that can be chanted. Thank you for giving me your precious time. 😊
I had the same question in mind few days back and when I saw Sadhana app’s IG post on Shradh , I asked a fellow devotee for suggestion. I wanted to do something simple, yet soulful and what he shared appealed to me. It is as below:
“Close your eyes
With full devotion, thank Bhagwan/Ma
Then thank the saptarishis
Then your ancestors
Do an act of kindness and pray that it reaches your ancestors
Ask them to accept this offering as your gratitude towards them and thank them that you were born in their family. “
Hope this helps.
This is a simple yet fun (I believe) game stretched over 21 days, which is not invented by me, I would like to give him the credit 😛
The challenge is simple, for 21 days you have to spend 11 minutes on a date with your Isht/Guru. (Not the 21st century kinda date 😝) You can simply tell him/her how your day went, or anything you else you want, without the fear of being judged. Just a normal conversation would do, you can also chant/ meditate. But in my personal experience chanting or doing sadhana becomes much easier once you fall in love.
The aim of this game (oh that rhymes! 😂) is to make our bond with our Isht stronger and more tangible.
Will pen down a little incident to boost your morale (consider this a Josh talk from your captain!) A few weeks before I was traveling by metro and it was the peak time (9 am) Luckily, I got a seat but there was still half hour to go and I was getting bored. So I asked Shiva to come sit with me and saved him the seat next to me. More and more people got in as we passed stations but none of them even looked at the seemingly empty seat next to me let alone sitting on it. I talked for thirty minutes non stop and he kept listening with a smile. And this is just one of many such countless ones. So yes, trust me when I say, he listens to everything.
Before you feel that this is a game of imagination, then look around you. What isn't? Everything we see today, everything man made was once an imagination in someone's head. Wasn't it ! 😛
Game starts on Sunday, the only rule is, everyday 11 minutes, you can't miss a day! Will be posting updates here Every 7 days and at the end of 21 days let me know who made it. Good luck you guys ❤️
I am already in. If Swami Ji comes to you then pray to him that I am also in the queue. 😝
Thank you for your resounding participation in the last Global Prayer. Multiple people reached out individually and suggested we do it again for key occasions in Swami's life.
Global Prayer – Celebrate Swamiji’s Darshan of the Divine Mother
13th February – 7 AM IST to 7:15 AM IST
13th February 2010 was when Swamiji had his first Poorna Darshan of the Divine Mother. He wrote about this in a beautiful blog post titled “My Truth”. He also describes the experience in his autobiography and in a YouTube video titled Vision of the Goddess.
Join us in this global prayer to celebrate this occasion because we all discovered the divine mother through Swamiji.
Details: Sunday 13th February: Time 7 AM to 7:15 AM IST.
Action: Simply meditate on mother divine in whatever form you like and thank her from the depths of your heart for gracing all our lives.
This is not an official event sponsored by the Black Lotus of the Ashram. It's just an expression of love for our Swami.
Feb 13th in 2018 was when Swami (through his actions) confirmed my Darshan of the Shiva-Shakti. My Darshan was on Feb 6th, my mom's birthday.
Also, Feb 13th in 2018 was the first time Swami decorated Sri Hari as Shiva-Shakti (for Maha Shivaratri).
So, I'm super-duper excited about this event... Thank you very much for doing this, Akshay! 🙏🏼