Sunday, October 28, 2012

Blogfest - The Best Day In My Life

Jo Heroux is the host of this prompt for Blogfest 2012

The best day in my life
The day there is no strife

When there is a moment of love
And Blessings flow from above

When laughter rings true
And I start on adventures new

When joy fills my heart
When I meet those who are currently apart

When there is peace all around
When all that is lost is found

When I have all that I wish for
When I need no more

When I connect with Spirit in bliss
When I know and feel that all and I are His

May each day be the best day in your life.

Warm Regards

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blogfest - Dear Past Me / Future Me

I am so behind in my writing but will catch up slowly as the thoughts unfold.

Jessie Williams is the host of this prompt for Blogfest 2012

Dear Past Me

Everything I am today is the sum total of all the experiences, thoughts and actions that you have taken.

Some of these have been forced upon you, some you have created and initiated yourself.

Some experiences have been awesome, some not so good. But as you know they were necessary.

Some difficulties were actually blessings in disguise and some moments that haven't made any sense were still needed as they are links to the future.

I am a happy person today. I look back at you and thank you for making me what I am today.

Dear Future Me

Enjoy the great moments to come.

Know that every problem has a solution.

Understand that every past experience has a lesson that you can use in the future.

Enjoy the journey of life - in the end it all balances out.

Have the most awesome day.

Warm Regards

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Blogfest - Dedication

I have the privilege of hosting the Blogfest 2012 prompt for October 18 which also happens to be my birthday.

I chose the prompt "Dedication" as I wanted to offer or dedicate something to love.

Love is the emotion that takes us closer to God. By loving someone, we find the way to Him.

Somewhere in this Universe, is the other half of my soul. If I am lucky, I will have the good fortune to meet him in this life.

Here's a poem I wrote some years ago that I dedicate to the love of my life, the one who completes my soul, the one I connect to unconsciously and feel the bliss.

I hope you enjoy it.

You are the journey of my life
You are the windows of my soul

You are the end and start
You are the beat of and smile in my heart

You are the breath that I take
You are the ocean, sea, and lake

You are the earth and sky
You are the wings on which I fly

You are the stars, the moon, and the sun
You are the essence of peace, ecstasy and passion

You are the lyrics of a song
You are the melody that plays along

You are the rhythm and the dance
You are love sublime and tender romance.

Join in and write your own dedication and please link back to this post. Also link up via the Blogfest page on facebook.

Wishing you all love and peace.

Warm Regards

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Blogfest - Shadows

Leigh Isles is the host of the prompt "Shadows" for Blogfest 2012

This was a difficult prompt - nothing came to mind, but a song kept nagging.

Perhaps it's the blissful mood I have been in for the last few days. Songs are so soothing for the soul.

And as I haven't done a music post for a while, this was the perfect prompt for one.

Here is "The Shadow Of Your Smile" by Engelbert Humperdink. A beautiful, calming song with a haunting melody.

Even though I hear the sadness in it, I also hear eternal love.  And as I am the eternal romantic, the song definitely soothes my soul. It also strikes a chord with me and takes me back in time.

Not sure if my post fits what Leigh intended the prompt to be, but when something tugs at your heart, then that's the path one must follow. It was definitely a song this time!

Wishing you all love and joy

Warm Regards

Blogfest - The Boy

Daphne Palmer Romero is the host of this prompt for Blogfest 2012

The prompt is to write about this picture:

The boy gazes far
His destiny expansive
Like the vast ocean

His feet planted firm
Yet ready to take that step
When destiny calls

He hopes destiny
Is calm, gentle like the sea
Yet solid like earth.

thought I would haiku on this picture

Warm Regards

Friday, October 12, 2012

Blogfest - If I ruled the world

Jo Heroux is the host of this prompt "If I ruled the world" for Blogfest

This is not an easy topic to write about as a lot of responsibility and care goes into being the ruler of the world. But it is a very thought provoking prompt.

I'm going to base my thoughts that revolve around responsibility and care, my spiritual beliefs and my values in life.

If I ruled the world ...

I would provide the ability for all who exist to live a harmonious and decent life. 

I don't think I would have the right to take away an individual's right to live a certain way but I think it would be my duty to ensure that I provided the ability for all to live well, should they want it.

I'm almost anticipating that most who read this would be saying, why wouldn't they. But who knows what each individual soul is here to experience. Spiritual studies infer that lives lived in hardship usually provide greater progress at the soul level.

I would promote the brother(sister)hood of mankind 

I truly believe that all of creation is inter-connected. All the souls who have arrived on earth are here for a greater purpose than just our individual lives, God's great plan, a plan that we cannot comprehend in the context of the cosmos.

I truly believe that peace is the way and that can be achieved only when we learn to live together, accepting each others differences and thoughts, when we can understand each others pain and show compassion for the less fortunate, and when we truly learn to appreciate the splendour of all God's creations.

So I would try to bring about an understanding of that.

I would provide justice for all - the law of Truth shall prevail

While I truly believe peace is the way and that the act of war cannot bring about peace, my spiritual  quest has led me eventually back to my roots in India to the great epic legends of India.

The Ramayana and the Mahabharata upon which the foundations of the Hindu religion lie, depict great wars (to the scale of the predicted Armageddon) that have been commanded and led by Lord Vishnu (who the Hindu's believe is the preserver and sustainer of life) in His human incarnations (Lord Ram and Lord Krishna), to bring about peace and goodwill to humanity and to remove evil.

Everything in the world and even the cosmos is balanced - the ebb and flow of tides, day and night, water and fire, earth and air, male and female, good and evil, harmony and destruction, powerful and powerless, life and death, all nicely summed up in the yin and yang.

And as all things balance in life, when the cosmos becomes imbalanced, and where sense and sensibility cannot rectify that imbalance then to provide justice for the greater good, eradication of evil enough to bring back the balance of nature becomes a necessity.

The Hindu scriptures predict that Lord Vishnu will come again in human form to restore peace and harmony to the world again.  This avatar of the Lord will however be merciless in eradicating evil and extremely benevolent to those who hold the essence of truth and goodness. He will end the age of destruction and begin the age of Truth.

I think it would my duty as the ruler of the world to uphold the truth and to punish evil thus bringing about justice for all.

Whether we look at eradication via wars or via penalties (like sanctions) in the end the act is the same. Innocent lives suffer in either circumstance. Our inter-connectedness also therefore means that those who eradicate also suffer. I have no answer on how to prevent that except to pray to the Lord to provide his shelter and grace to the innocent and to forgive the necessary act which leads to the destruction of life that He has created.

Peace and Blessings to all.

Warm Regards

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Blogfest - Living my dream

The prompt "Are you living your dream?" is hosted by Corinne from Everyday Gyaan

When I was very little, I had this belief that each of us had an angel looking after us. No one actually ever told me this, it's  just something that I just knew - don't  know how! And I believed that our life was the angel's dream. Everything the angel dreamt would be occurring in our lives. And if we have that close a connection with the angel, then from that perspective I'm definitely living a dream.

Then many years later when I started seeking some spiritual answers, my belief changed to one where I now believe that we are born to live this life.  We are born to experience many things that are growth and realisation for our soul. We do make choices but ultimately we are led to our pre-determined destiny. This is the life we have agreed to live. And hence on that basis, again I believe that I am living my dream.

This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.

~ Rumi

Are you living your dream? Please share your thoughts.

Wish you all dreams come true.

Warm Regards

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Blog Tag .. You're It - Sometimes I Wish

This post has been published as part of Blog Tag - You're It
28 awesome bloggers from all over the world are participating in this and presenting their wishes under the banner "Sometimes I Wish..."

But before I get onto that, thanks Susan for introducing me and my blog via your post Meanderings and Reflections - Sometimes I Wish. That was a lovely introduction.

And now the baton has been passed to me or was it a quiet tap on my shoulder? In any case it's my turn to dream.

I'm also participating in Blogfest 2012 via The Writer's post and my post lines up really nicely with the prompt of "Make a Wish - what talent would you wish for". 
This prompt is hosted by Shannon at

So here they are, some of the wishes of my heart, a little different from most of the posts I've read so far (obviously my head's in a different world).

Sometimes I wish ...

I had the art of teleporting. I moved to New Zealand 24 years ago and love my new adopted country but I miss my hometown (Mumbai, India), a place etched into my heart and one I love so dearly. I miss my family, relatives and friends. I miss the sights and sounds of Mumbai. I miss the food, I miss the excitement there during festivals, family occasions, friend get-togethers etc and particularly at times like that I wish I could be there. Teleporting would be just perfect. That's a talent I wish for not just sometimes, but a lot of times.

Sometimes I wish ...

I could go back in time to a day when young hearts were beating. A moment when puppy love was sweet and shy. My first senior school dance with the cutest guy in the whole world. I wish I could relive that moment again in reality instead of in my head and I wish that someday we will meet again. Most times I try to live in the moment - not the past - not the future, but the beautiful memories of the past help me through sad times and keep me sane.

Sometimes I wish ...

I could spend a day with my dad again. To see his smiling face, laugh with him (my dad had a great sense of humour), watch him do his sudoku puzzles, share a cup of tea with him (we often sat together and shared a cuppa), watch a game of cricket together (my dad was a cricketer so cricket was not just a game but a way of life for us and cricket without him is no fun at all) and to just know that he is at peace and happy wherever he is. I

Sometimes I wish ...

I have the privilege of watching the actual Krishna Ras Leela. The Ras is such a beautiful dance. I always think of it as the dance of love. Done well, it is quite seductive. So watching Lord Krishna dance with his beloved Radha would be surreal.

The Ramayana is one of the great epics of India and the reign of Lord Ram (known as Ram Rajya) was one of great harmony, peace, respect, truth, justice, joy, splendour, love and dharma (right action and duty). Sometimes I wish I could be back there and be part of the great epic. It would be awesome to be in the presence of Divinity.  Sometimes I wish Ram Rajya would once again descend on earth.

When I was young my grandmother would tell me stories of Lord Ram and Lord Krishna and ever since I could comprehend language these have been my favourite stories and Lord Ram my favourite epic hero. I often wonder how it must've been like to walk with the Gods here on earth.

Sometimes I wish ...

I could take a peek into the era of the legendary or mythical Atlantis. So many questions go round in my head. Was it real? What was it like? What happened? Was Lord Krishna's Dwarka the famed Atlantis? It is believed that when Lord Krishna left the earth, the current age of Kaliyug (age of destruction) descended on earth, the oceans rose and submerged His kingdom of Dwarka. If you haven't guessed by now, Anthropology and ancient civilisations are some of my pet interests.

Sometimes I wish ...

That life would just be a little easier. Life has not been easy for me and the last 5 years have been extremely hard. There's been one life changing event after another. Those curved balls just come at me fast and furious and relentlessly. I've faced them all with courage and strength and with faith that there is some Divine reason for them. And I've smiled through adversity even though my heart was breaking and the fear and anxiety was gripping it. I'm so good at hitting them now. But I am also quite weary and sometimes I wish God would just send me nice slow easy-to-hit ones. On the other hand compared to millions around the world, my life would be considered pretty easy so I also feel very blessed.

Sometimes I wish ...

I could get a sneak preview of my soulmate. I know all things happen in Divine timing so when it's meant to happen he will appear in my life but the suspense is killing me so a sneak preview would be so nice. And sometimes I wish he would just hurry up and sometimes I'm glad he's taking his time. That reminded me of the Mock Turtle's song in Alice in Wonderland: "will you won't you, will you won't you, won't you join the dance". And as I'm Libra, being contradictory is as normal as the sunrise.

Passing the baton

And now it's my turn to pass the baton onto Blogwati G, an interesting and a very versatile writer. She is, among many things, philosophical, humourous, poetic and great with the camera. Check out and enjoy her blog Blogwati G and I look forward to her post on "Sometimes I Wish ..."

Wishing you all a "wish come true" day.

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfilment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.

~ from Walt Disney's Pinocchio

Warm Regards

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Blogfest - Insomnia

Today's prompt for the Blogfest is hosted by Susan at Today's Working Woman

Last night I thought about this prompt and came up with a complete blank. And then on my way to work this morning, a little haiku started to form in my mind and then the verses just flowed. So here are some haiku verses on Insomnia.

Oh Insomnia!
No peace for my restless mind
Seeking some answers

Oh Insomnia!
Tired mind cannot relax
Sad exhaustion grows

Oh Insomnia!
Anxiety, thief of peace
That heightens my fear

Oh Insomnia!
In God I find my refuge
And sleep reigns once more

Have a peaceful, restful day and night

Warm Regards

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Blogfest - A Party Story

I'm taking part in the October Blogfest 2012.

Starting off the blogfest is Jenn Duffy-Pearson of Wine n Chat and her prompt is "A Party Story"

When I was young I was awkward, shy and timid and parties were just not my thing. But the awkward caterpillar finally turned into a butterfly! I loved the parties then in my youth. I loved the interactions and I loved to dance.

And then the children came along.  I was never into the children's theme parties. There were so many times I took my daughter to parties and was completely embarrassed when the party favours cost more than my gift and that the food looked like it was catered out of a 5 star hotel. I always walked away wondering if the party was for the benefit of the kids or a competition between parents.

It was a relief when I moved to New Zealand. Kids parties here are just that. And the kids have a blast.I kept my kids parties simple - a few supervised games, a couple of cartoons, pizza, chippies and a soft drink. We had a fancy dress party a couple of times and that was real fun. The kids came up with some very creative costumes all home made.  Our parties were very popular and the kids often invited themselves! My kids and their friends think I'm a party genius.

So moving along from the kiddies to the adults and to the question "Am I the life of the party now"?

That really depends on who is at the party.  If I like the crowd, I have a blast and I can certainly be the life of the party. If I'm not too sure of the company, I prefer to watch. People are such fascinating creatures and one can learn a lot just by observing.  Some parties are just so energising and some just completely drain me. I always know it's time to leave when I feel my energies flagging. I love a good, interesting exchange of ideas, and as long as the conversation is interesting, the party is usually enjoyable. A couple of times I went to an "antakshari" party (best explained here) and absolutely loved them. Karaoke parties are also fun. I love to sing!

So, are you the life of the party? Please share your thoughts.

Enjoy your day.

Warm Regards
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