His answer to my prayers !

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Sorrows and miseries and endless scars

Is this the fault in my stars?

The more I questioned, the more I lost hope.

With the doubts and fears, I couldn’t cope.

‘Why me?’ was what eclipsed my mind.

Is there no respite? Will God be never kind?

These endless thoughts were tearing me apart.

Bitterness and ill-feelings now reigned my heart.

Lost and lonely, I sought Divine Grace.

Be my saviour, show me the way.

Like a sincere seeker, I prayed with devotion-

Rescue me from this endless pit of depression.

There in His abode, I heard words of the Master

Thinking only about ‘me’ is sureshot recipe for disaster.

Pray and meditate, serve with smile.

Be in gratitude, make ‘giving’ your lifestyle!

The Other Side Of Mirror

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I see a stranger in the mirror.

Is this me, I wonder?

Bruised ego, Battered soul

Hard times have taken its toll.

Bitterness and revenge is all I see,

This is not what I wanted to be.

I see a victim in the mirror.

Is this me? I watch in horror!

No more pity, no more crying.

Failures won’t deter me, I won’t stop trying.

Defeat is for the valiant, I am proud of my scars.

With renewed dreams, I will reach for the stars.

I see a warrior in the mirror,

With an indomitable spirit and a heart full of prayer.

This is who I am! My lost glory I’ll reclaim.

Like a phoenix from the ashes, I will rise again.

20 Paulo Coelho Quotes For Challenging Times

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Life has been pretty tough lately and it’s been a struggle not to lose hope. Thankfully, the habit of meditating daily helps in maintaining my sanity and peace of mind. So is my faith in the almighty that He will set everything right. Life is tough but it’s our perspective which determines if we are going to go through the trials and tribulations as a victim or as a warrior.

Here are 20 quotes from Paulo Coelho which will help you face the challenges of life with hope & enthusiasm:

  1. When you are disheartened by failure- “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
  2. When you are indecisive or at crossroads- “Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?”
  3. When you feel doubtful about your actions-“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
  4. When you feel afraid-“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”
  5. When you fall prey to victim-consciousness-“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.”
  6. When we lose confidence-“What’s the world’s greatest lie?… It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.”
  7. When you find it difficult to deal with hatred- “Haters are confused admirers who can’t understand why everybody else likes you”
  8. When you face disappointment in love-  “My heart might be bruised, but it will recover and become capable of seeing beauty of life once more. It’s happened before, it will happen again, I’m sure. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive–I’ll find love again.”
  9. When you are about to let go-“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.”
  10. When you feel hurt-“In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel.”
  11. When you feel misunderstood-“Don’t explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you”
  12. When you feel lost- “A life without a cause is a life without effect.”
  13. When your faith is shaken- “I learned that the search for God is a Dark Night, that Faith is a Dark Night. And that’s hardly a surprise really, because for us each day is a dark night. None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, and yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”
  14. When you find it hard to forgive-“The energy of hatred won’t get you anywhere; but the energy of forgiveness, which reveals itself through love, will transform your life in a positive way.”
  15. When you feel defeated-“Defeat is for the valiant. Only they will know the honour of losing and the joy of winning
    I am not here to tell you that defeat is a part of life: we all know that. Only the defeated know Love. Because it is in the realm of love that we fight our first battles – and generally lose.
    I am here to tell you that there are people who have never been defeated.
    They are the ones who never fought.
    They managed to avoid scars, humiliations, feelings of helplessness, as well as those moments when even warriors doubt the existence of God.’’
  16. When you are hesitant to follow your heart- “One day you will wake up & there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”
  17. When you feel overburdened by others’ expectations-“What is I? It’s what you are, not what others make of you.”
  18. When you are unsure of the company you are in- “But other people also ‘invite’ us to behave like victims, when they complain about the unfairness of life, for example, and ask us to agree, to offer advice, to participate.
    Be careful. When you join in that game you always end up losing.”
  19. When you feel overwhelmed-“Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.”
  20. When you hit the lowest point- “When I had nothing more to lose, I was given everything. When I ceased to be who I am, I found myself. When I experienced humiliation and yet kept on walking, I understood that I was free to choose my destiny.”

My poem got published!

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I have been away from this blog for a while due to various reasons. Work and my astrology classes have been keeping me busy but that doesn’t mean that I have forgotten all my precious readers here. Life has been pretty tough since last couple of months but challenges have made me stronger and wiser (I think so!). But God has been kind and through all the ups and downs, faith is what kept me going.

Earlier this month, I went to Rishikesh to meet my master H.H.Sri Sri Ravishankar and yesterday, I got the most amazing surprise when a friend called up to congratulate me. Through her, I came to know that my poem ‘An Ode To The Master’ has been published in the April edition of ‘Rishimukh’- Art of Living’s monthly magazine.

My poem in Rishimukh with a beautiful picture of Guruji in the backdrop! It’s like a dream come true!

Thank you Guruji for everything!

Love will set you free!

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When I’m in your warm embrace,

All the resistance it takes.

I’m melting in your arms,

Succumbing to your charms.

I tried to stay away, I swear

Convincing myself, I didn’t care.

Rejection in love is hard to bear,

I buried all emotions beneath many layers.

I’ve come so far, there’s no going back

Love is there, it’s the commitment you lack.

Chasing your dreams, there’s no time for love

Caging a free bird, whom I’m trying to bluff?

Turning stone cold, spurning your advances

Now with love, I didn’t want to take any chances.

Still one look from you and my heart missed a beat,

All my resolve took a backseat.

Believe in love, it will not betray you.

Have faith in love,love will not dismay or enslave you.

Love without expectations, it will set you free,

I’m ready for love,  this time I won’t flee.

The secret to a beautiful day!

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If any given day, you don’t feel special; look at what gifts are sent by the heavens. Take a glimpse of the sun, hear the birds chirp around, look at the beauty of the flowers, and so much more! And if these all fail to make you happy, gaze into the mirror while you wear a HUGE smile – unerringly you’ll have a beautiful day!  Good morning folks!

Happy Bubbling!

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One of the sites where I have been spending quite a lot of time lately to pass the time and make extra cash is Bubblews.

I came across Bubblews while reading one of the blogs I have subscribed to. I really enjoy writing and interacting on that site.

Bubblews is unique in the sense that they pay you for what you write. They pay you when you reach the minimum limit of 50$ and you can write about anything. It currently takes me about ten days to reach payout, so it’s an easy goal to reach.

I have refrained from writing about Bubblews here so far because I wanted to be sure it’s not a scam. But yes, they do pay! I have got three successful redemptions so far. So they are definitely legitimate and it’s really fun hanging out there and share your world!

Hope to see you there!

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