We wish all the readers of the blog a very happy new year !
New year started on a nice note today morning. I attended the New year talk by Pujya Swami Paramarthananda, a teacher of Vedanta. The topic that he addressed was "Value of Speech", which will soon be uploaded here
I guess. It was a fantastic one hour talk flavoured with the right amount of humour. What I like about these talks are that they do not preach the impossible. They are simple guidelines for leading a sensible day to day life. Guidelines which enrich the quality of our life.
One point that he mentioned triggered a series of thoughts which made me want to write this post. In the course of the talk he mentioned that insensitivity towards our family members in some very basic things, also amounts to Himsa(violence). So later my mind veered towards Ahimsa, which I am striving to make as an integral part of my life. Rather ...a way of life.
"Ahimsa paramo dharma
", is a Sanskrit saying that was repeated in today's talk. You can read here some of my thoughts
written a long time back on this topic. It must be two years back that some strong ideas started forming in my head and I decided to implement them. I was not too resolute about it and did not want to talk about it, since I wanted it to be a gradual and convincing change for myself, rather than a forcibly self imposed one.
On the path of Ahimsa, I first decided that I would stop buying silk sarees or silk salwars for myself. Ever since I made that decision, I have stuck to it and surprisingly I did not feel as though I was missing something ! Now I know for sure that there is going to be no temptation for me from that side. Ofcourse I have all the beautiful silk sarees that were bought by my family for the wedding and subsequent occassions. I still do wear them and plan to only retain these as long as they last. No more fresh additions (unless ofcourse it is Ahimsa silk
). So family and friends, who are reading this please note - No SILK gifts for me :-).
Second is egg ! Growing up in a Tam Bram family, we never had eggs in the house or outside, except for pastries. We never really minded those. Now when I embarked on this journey, I decided to consciously avoid eggs in the pastries also. But I have not entirely got over that temptation. Desserts are my weakness ! So when I go to a pastry shop and I don't have the option for eggless pastries, I do indulge in them. So this is something I am working on and confident that my "will" will overpower my temptation !
I have avoided buying leather handbags and prefer cloth or jute. At home, we are incorporating a lot of eco friendly practices. That's the ahimsa towards our environment.
I am also consciously trying to incoporate "Ahimsa" at the thought level. This is the more difficult part and I am glad that atleast I am more aware of my thoughts and thought patterns these days, to initiate positive changes.
Labels: ahimsa, ranjani, vedanta
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