Raising of consciousness in horrific times

asifaIn all horrific situations like the current situation of the gang rape and murder of little Asifa, we need to reflect on what a person like Gautama the Buddha, Christ, Socrates or Gandhi, all famous figures of history, universally respected for the excellence of their character and model way of life would have done. Would he have e would behaved as our present-day leaders do and been an active participant or a passive onlooker of the suicidal race for more and more destructive nuclear engines run day and night before our eyes?

The answer is an emphatic ‘no’. Such a personality would never be a party to or an idle spectator of the horrid game. On the contrary, he would raise heaven and earth to rid mankind of this hideous nightmare and even stake his life to achieve this aim.

This may sound unrealistic but the fact is we all are indeed connected and to raise the consciousness of humanity, we have to not just protect and yes, punish the criminals but work on raising the conditions we find ourselves in.

What I am saying is not entirely new. For humanity to change, we need to focus and raise our own way of being so that slowly but steadily, there is true empathy towards all which is the only thing that can create a better world, again slowly but steadily.

It does not matter what the child’s religion, so called status or state was. What matters is that she was a child. This is what must call out to each of us. Again, not for politics or for playing blame games but for seeking to treat each child as one of us. In other words, let us seek to remove all labels from the people we come across and treat them as one of us.  The day this begins to happen, the world would indeed change and little Asifa’s death would not be in vain.

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Seven principles of surrender

surrender“God give me the serenity  to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference,”  said Reinhold Niebuhr ages ago. This slogan was then used by the Alcoholics Anoynomous as a slogan to help people recover from this malaise and has travelled all over the world as the ultimate mantra to combat stress.

In my case, I have been highly inspired by the above prayer and have framed seven principles of my own to make surrender a part of my life.

  1. We cannot control everything.

We really do not have complete power over everything and must recognise this key principle of life. Wishing to see the whole world as we would like it to be only makes us tense and stressed. All we can do is is understand people and the situation for what it currently is. For, even if we are powerless to change a situation,  we always have the power to change our own attitude.

  1. We need to become comfortable with uncertainty.

The fact is the only certainty in life is uncertainty.  We need to always remember to ensure that we go with the flow of life and never be fixated about anything, whether it is a trip or a promotion.  If we remain inflexible, we shall of course be susceptible to anger, distress, and depression. Instead, if we learn to surrender, even when an unplanned event takes place, we could  happier, more lighthearted, and resilient.

  1. We must remember to exhale during stress.

We have two choices when things pile up at work or we’re surrounded by people who require a lot of energy to deal with. . We can get frantic, hyperventilate, shut down, and become reactive. Needless to say, these responses just make us more stressed. We need to pause, take a deep breath, and observe. Sustaining silence and circumspection are two behaviors that lead to better, healthier outcomes.

  1. We are powerful without trying to dominate

The most influential people in the room are not the ones who are bullies. True power comes from being respectful and listening. People who surrender know themselves and are empathetic toward others. They don’t measure themselves by how much they are liked, nor do they compete for attention. Even when they sit quietly in a room, others always seem to come to them.

  1. We are successful wherever we are

The drive to acquire money and power is a behavior that drains people of their passion and emotional connection to others.Whatever our designation or worldly status may be,  we must learn to enjoy life, relish our personal development, and value our friends.

  1. We can admit when we are wrong.

People who hold on to grudges, insist on being right, and try to change other’s minds have a difficult time maintaining healthy, happy relationships.  We must understand that most people do make mistakes and must learn to forgive others and our own selves.

  1. We are passionate and can express our emotions in a healthy way.

People who feel the need to push and control tend to keep their feelings bottled up. As a result, they get shut down or remote, and their feelings come out in twisted, unhealthy ways. They become irritable, passive-aggressive, or volatile. People who have learnt to surrender are spontaneous and playful. They love to feel and express their emotions in a positive, loving way. As a result, they look vibrant, healthy, and energetic.

Surrender is a daily practice. Sometimes it means just getting down on your knees and praying to be willing to receive guidance from a higher power. Sometimes, it means surrendering fear and surrendering to the power of love.

Ultimately, it is a process through which we feel more joy, compassion and a lightness of being in our own lives.

Healing completely from Cancer.

By Sanjay Pal (as shared with me, Jamuna Rangachari)

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Sanjay Pal with his extremely supportive wife, Urvashi

I was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of Malignant brain cancer called Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) in June-13 after experiencing seizures while preparing for a marathon run.

I underwent brain surgery, radiotherapy and two rounds of chemotherapy over 18 months and still my Cancer continued progressing.

In Sept 14 my doctors in London did not have many more options left to offer and were suggesting 3rd line chemotherapy to try and prolong my life.

Average survival rates for GBM post detection is 12-14 months. There was no known cure of my brain Cancer (GBM) and I was being offered palliative treatment in UK which meant that my remaining limited life span should be comfortable and without much stress/pain.

This was the end of the line from a conventional treatment perspective.

Then my colleague recommended Dr Pankaj Bhatnagar in New Delhi and insisted that I went to Delhi personally to get his treatment.

He had successfully treated her father from a secondary brain tumour which had spread from other parts of his body and his doctors had given him a just a few more weeks to live. After taking the treatment over 3 years ago, he continued to be free of cancer.

With time and options running out quickly, my wife and I travelled to New Delhi in Oct-14 and met Dr Bhatnagar. We started his treatment immediately and my condition has been improving ever since.

This write up was updated in March 2018, I am now approaching 5 years since diagnosis (remember expected life expectancy for a GBM patient is 12 – 14 months). Dr Bhatnagar’s medication has helped me to achieve this. I am continuing my physical rehabilitation and hope to run a marathon again.

My intention in this write-up is to try and get this message across to as many Cancer carers/patients as possible. Dr Bhatnagar has helped many lives with his treatment and there are many more who can benefit from his help and recover from cancers of all types/stages. It is important that this information reaches out to as many patients as possible.

I can be reached on personalcancerreference@gmail.com

Please give your whatsapp number & I will create a whatsapp group for all of us.

The consultation process is given below.

Address

Dr Pankaj Bhatnagar

C-2/15,

Krishna Nagar,

Delhi – 110 051

Reception:

+91-11-430-62-406

# 1) Dr Bhatnagar requires a minimum gap of 90 days post any western therapy (eg radiotherapy or chemotherapy) before he can start his treatment

# The reason is that his homeopathy medicines are already extremely diluted & we further dilute them by adding 75 drops of the medicines in half a glass of lukewarm water.

# It is important to keep detailed notes of dates & side effects or any symptoms experienced throughout any type of therapy or treatment. This log can be then shared with the assistants of dr Bhatnagar & they can communicate relevant information to him.

# Additionally, video or audio records should be maintained for any symptoms or benefits experienced throughout the treatment history.

# The additional benefit experienced by most patients is that these medicines can help reduce the painful side effects of chemo or radiotherapy.

# You have to reach the clinic in between 7.30 a.m. to 8 a.m. to get an early appointment.

# The counter window opens around 8:30 am & on the basis of list, tokens are issued by the reception.

# Please specify that you want an appt with Dr Pankaj as they have separate token series for his son (Dr Pranshu) & daughter-in-law (Dr Nikita)

# Once 200 tokens are handed out for the 3 doctors, the counter shuts down.

# The doctors arrive around 09:00 am. There is a waiting room where everyone assembles & electronic counters flash out serial numbers. Once your number is flashed, you get escorted to a team of assistant doctors who will request your details & prepare a briefing note for the doctor

# Dr Bhatnagar consults 3/4 patients together. His assistant will provide the briefing to him & if he has any further queries his assistant will get all required details & pass them back to the doctor.

# If further tests or scans are required, the details of the same & the location where these can be done will be provided.

# In my case we had to go away to a different clinic & get a fresh MRI scan conducted.

# The clinic staff prepares the scan report while we waited & provides the scan films in a short time & you need to go back directly to the clinic to share them with Dr Bhatnagar.

# Dr Bhatnagar punches his prescription into his tablet which is immediately accessed by the dispensary in the same floor & they prepare the medicines & a printed instructions for how these need to be consumed.

# A follow-up appointment date is agreed & a new scan has to be conducted at the same scanning clinic, before the appointment.

# The report is prepared in such a way that the comparison between the earlier scan is clearly stated. This helps the clinic maintain complete track record of each patient

# If convenient & agreeable, video records are made to show the progress of the patient at regular intervals. These are then used for providing references to other patients.

# In this way, the treatment is progressively monitored & each patient track record gets registered with the clinic.

Please contact Anil/ Animesh whose numbers are given below to find out the dates when the clinic be operating & you can plan your consultation with his guidance.

Once you get registered with the clinic, your patient number will be your unique identity number till the end of the treatment.

Key Contacts

Anil Semwal 09871071892

Animesh Vadhera 0991-015-0709

Sanjay Pal: +44-739-230-6724 (Mobile & Whatsapp)

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Additional note from Jamuna

Sanjay Pal and his wife Urvashi are extremely helpful people who guide everyone in their healing journey and I firmly believe this is one of the factors for him remaining well as their focus is on helping others and not thinking only about themselves.

Dr Bhatnagar is someone I have proud to have met. He is an amazing doctor and human being who keeps track of all his patients and guides them meticulously. He treats many ailments but is mainly known as a cancer specialist as so many have healed with his medicine from this dreaded ailment. I wish him and his team the very best in eradicating illness from this planet.

Forgiveness, the mantra of being and flowing in life

I have attended many workshops and read many books in the zone of self help and motivation. What I have seen is that the one principle that makes us feel must better and by extension, the world around us better is forgiving others for what they have done.

“Lord forgive them as they know not what they have done,” said Jesus and founded an entire religion based on this key principle.

The religion was born but have we imbibed its principles and those that teach us the same thing in their own way ? I truly do not know if we have as we are looking out for whom to blame almost all the time.

How then can we learn to forgive? This is possible only when we understand them. This understanding can come only if step into their shoes and look at the world from their perspective.

This is beneficial for them and most importantly for us too. For, in the journey of life, not forgiving others impacts our mind so intensely that the body too rebels.

When someone errs inadvertently or knowingly, if we bless them with equanimity, there are definitely more chances that change could take place in the whole scenario. Even if the situation does not change as we would like it to, we can be at peace only if we learn to forgive.

There are many techniques people use to forgive.  Writing their names and throwing water, so on and so forth. What makes most sense to me, however, is to forgive people as we and they are dynamic beings who change all the time. I would like to end with a favourite story of mine in this context.

The Buddha was sitting under a tree talking to his disciples when a man came and spat in his face. He wiped it off, and he asked the man, “What next? What do you want to say next?” The man was a little puzzled because he himself never expected that when you spit on somebody’s face, he will ask, “What next?” He had no such experience in his past. He had insulted people and they had become angry and they had reacted. Or if they were cowards and weaklings, they had smiled, trying to bribe the man. But Buddha was like neither, he was not angry nor in any way offended, nor in any way cowardly. But just matter-of-factly he said, “What next?” There was no reaction on his part.

Puzzled, confused, the man returned home. He could not sleep the whole night. When you see a Buddha, it is difficult, impossible to sleep anymore the way you used to sleep before. Again and again he was haunted by the experience. He could not explain it to himself, what had happened. He was trembling all over, sweating and soaking the sheets. He had never come across such a man; the Buddha had shattered his whole mind and his whole pattern, his whole past.

The next morning he went back. He threw himself at Buddha’s feet. Buddha asked him again, “What next? This, too, is a way of saying something that cannot be said in language. When you come and touch my feet, you are saying something that cannot be said ordinarily, for which all words are too narrow; it cannot be contained in them.”

The man looked at Buddha and said, “Forgive me for what I did yesterday.”

Buddha said, “Forgive? But I am not the same man to whom you did it. The Ganges goes on flowing, it is never the same Ganges again. Every man is a river. The man you spit upon is no longer here. I look just like him, but I am not the same, much has happened in these twenty-four hours! The river has flowed so much. So I cannot forgive you because I have no grudge against you.

“And you also are new. I can see you are not the same man who came yesterday because that man was angry and he spit, whereas you are bowing at my feet, touching my feet. How can you be the same man? You are not the same man, so let us forget about it. Those two people, the man who spit and the man on whom he spit, both are no more. Come closer. Let us talk of something else.”

Remaining human, humane and Indian

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Jayshree Shukla is born and bred in Delhi, a street photographer, a flaneur, a lover of history and a heritage buff.

Whether it is India or any other nation, the fact is we need to understand a nation is created by the ethos and ethics of the citizens. After all, it is citizens create a nation that then becomes an identity.

We in India were brought up to believe that all paths to the divine lead to the same destination and most importantly, everyone is free to make their own choice. Now, in the confusion about food and food choices, we have begun adding one more label to the identity of humanity that is actually the only true identity we all have. Food is becoming more political and judgemental than it ever was in the history of India along with a million other labels.

Personally, I happen to be a vegetarian but posts like the one below by Jayshree Shukla always make me feel the identity of humanity and the India I believe in is still alive.

Jayshree says, “Raju (my husband) returned home last night after a longish spell and decided to take me out to Karim (a nearby restaurant) tonight. We were sharing the table with two sweet boys.

“Chicken tikka, chicken curry aur chicken biryani lao” asked the lads of the waiter. Raju started chatting with the boys. We are from Kanpur they said and have just reached Delhi from Vaishno Devi. I was delighted to see that piety had not got the better of our dear lads. From VaishnoDevi they had landed straight into the arms of Karim and Jama Masjid (a famous mosque).

This is my India”

Like Jayshree, I hope and pray that the identity of Indianness remains inclusive whatever one may call it. After all, don’t we all wish to leave a better world for our children by teaching them to connect and bond instead of focussing on whom to hate and avoid and why? For this, should we not set examples ourselves by remaining human and humane ? Is this not our primary identity whatever else we may be?

 

Why not me? says a true heroine

janineThere are some who show us what strength of the spirit truly is.

One of them is Janine Shepherd from Australia.  She was a super athlete who had trained since she was a child and had won medals galore since the age of 10.

When in her twenties, she was cycling through some mountains as part of her training routine. She was hit by a vehicle, suffering massive injuries. She suffered a broken neck and back, lost five litres of blood, suffered severe lacerations to her abdominal area. Her right leg was ripped open, her collarbone and five ribs were fractured, and she suffered serious internal injuries. Doctors at first thought she would not live, but she pulled through. She was then told that she would be bound to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, and would never bear children.

She was naturally very depressed but kept thinking on what do no next. The turning point came in my life when I asked “Why not me”? instead of “Why me?” she says.

She decided to overcome her difficulty through the strength of her spirit and did all that she could slowly but steadily.

Over the next few years, she began to go through the slow rehabilitation process. She was determined to defy the predictions set by her doctors, and succeeded in doing so. While still remaining a partial paraplegic, she was ultimately able to walk again, and has three children. She gained her pilots license within a year of the accident, and went on to gain a Commercial pilot’s licence, an instructor’s license, eventually becoming a trained aerobatics flying instructor.

Now, she is an ambassador for Spinal Cure Australia and has been awarded her country’s highest civilian honour “Order of Australia” in 2001, for her service to the community, her inspiration and her work in raising awareness of spinal cord research.

She has published many books, is a motivational speaker and shows us there is nothing that the human spirit cannot overcome.

Playing our role in the drama of life

dramaoflifeWe often get along with a group of people who we find similar to us but often stay away from those who seem different. This is actually a very limited way of being. To expand our consciousness and way of being, we need to perceive others in a different way.

We could become the people and situations that can help you become clearly and strongly aware of our way of thinking. Usually we carefully protect ourselves from people we “just can’t stand”, we run the other way when life gives us a relationship that worries us.

This is actually a lesson that we need to learn and if we try and run away from it, we may see the lesson repeating in our lives again and again in a myriad ways. After all, life is indeed the greatest school of all and we need to work in this school diligently to learn and apply these lessons in all areas of life. In my case, I remember the time I used to run away from people who talked about ritualism, thinking is was at the lowest rung of spirituality. Now, this again is a judgement that no one has the right to make. When people get together be it for a ritual, for  a chant or for discussions of any kind, if they find it empowering, they are surely free to do so. Why should we judge the way anyone wishes to explore life?

Life is after all all always beautiful if we look at it with the perception of wishing to understand and not judge. It is only with seeking to understand that we shall see the different perceptions that everyone has. By understanding everyone’s perceptions, we shall indeed realise we all are players in the drama of the world. None of us is superior or inferior. We just are playing our role in the situation we are placed in. In that sense, we all are actors being directed by a supreme being who is pulling the threads. How we train our consciousness to play the role well, if of course entirely upto us.

Healing millions – the nature’s way

naturopathyThere are some people who selflessly serve others without expecting anything. One such person is Dr Salila Tewari whom I have proud to have met.

Many come to her when they are fed up of being told their condition is ‘incurable’.

Mr Parveen Nagpal works in the the United states as a Software & Business Consultant. He had been suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) for more than a year and was given lots of drugs including Prednisolone, Mesalamine. However, they stopped making  him feel any better after some time and he hated putting so many drugs in his body. His friend told him about the natural way of healing and strongly recommended that he gets in touch with Dr. Salila Tewari who is based in Delhi.  He immediately did so. Soon, his inflammation levels reduced significantly and he was able to leave taking medicines.  Having had such a great result through simple nature cure, he strongly recommends that everyone gets in touch with Dr. Salila Tiwari to start their life-changing journey.

Another such individual is Mr Manoj Misran. He had a chronic psoriasis disease for more than 20 years. He had seen multiple doctors and different types of therapies (allopathy, homeopathy, ayurveda, acupuncture and so on). He had also spent 7 years in United States and consulted the world’s best doctors. Nothing worked. Some of the top doctors told him point blank that there was no permanent cure for psoriasis in medical science. All he could  do was take medicines to treat the symptoms. Three years back he applied for a term insurance for himself and the insurance company rejected his application on medical grounds. It was then that he came to know that his LFT (Liver Function Test) failed. After consulting a doctor, he came to know that the liver gets badly impacted due to long time use of the medicine he was taking. Now he was very depressed because if he stopped taking this medicine, his skin will be damaged and if he kept taking this medicine then his liver will become weaker. This put him in a deep dilemma.

It was at this time that he was shown God’s grace that presents itself from the most unlikely sources. After getting to know this dilemma, his colleague asked him to contact  Dr. Salila Tewari and take her guidance.  She suggested that he attend a course of 8 classes that explains complete naturopathy.  He still was not sure that it can do much but  started following it religiously as he really seemed to have no choice.

Dr. Tewari then asked him to completely stop all medicines. Though he was afraid that his psoriasis might get reactivated, he decided to follow her advice and left taking medicines. In the first month the symptoms did show up but the intensity was very low. This made him really excited and he became much more disciplined in following the course suggested by Dr. Tewari. He did not even consult Dr. Salila Tewari as he did not need to.  He just followed what she had explained in the class.

It took him about 7-8 months of rigorous discipline but it was worth it as he was completely cured. It is now three years since he left taking any medication. Not only psoriasis but even his thyroid problem got cured. Now, he is thrilled at leading a completely normal life. He eats normally. He goes to parties. He visits restaurants with family but he knows how to clean himself internally and detoxify his body.

So much so that in his company that is the world’s largest reinsurance company, he is the only one who has not taken a single sick leave in the past three years.

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Dr Salila Tiwari

These are just a couple of examples from among the millions of people Dr. Salila Tewari, an internationally renowned naturopath has healed as ‘incurable’ is something she does not believe in and has healed thousands of people the world over with a missionary zeal.

After speaking to her and all those who have been cured or healed whatever we may call it,  I cannot but remember the emotions of all those who are so moved at being restored to wellness due to her magic touch and wish her all the best in her journey of healing and educating others in how to heal themselves. Her number is 09818117859 and she can be contacted between 1830 to 2030 IST  Indian time on weekdays.

 

 

 

Path of healing

Very often, life throws challenges at people to show them a new path of being.

healingWhen K Girish, an electrical engineer from Bangalore was 28, he was blessed with a bonny boy.  Before even celebrating it, he was put in a state of anxiety as the baby kept crying continuously. He did not know what to do while the doctors hospitalised him for one month and  in a warm chamber for one week. After this, he came home. Just when Girish felt the boy would remain healthy, he began having a continuously running nose and fever till the age of thirteen. Girish went to several doctors, gave him many types of medicines but the problem persisted with his son being admitted to hospital three times.

He kept praying for a path to be shown to him and was shown alternate therapies like Reiki, Sujok, acupuncture.  His first tryst was with Reiki when he saw his son’s fever coming down when a well known Reiki healer gave him healing and his fever began coming down.

In 2012, he decided to become a healer himself as he did not want anyone to go through the ordeal he had been through. He then learnt Reiki himself, sujok seed therapy and acupuncture. After doing all this on his son, he became almost completely well. In the process. Girish also has been treating several people who have seen wonderful results.

My own aunt in her sixties, who was suffering from benign essential tremor characterised by her neck  shaking without any control became much better after just a couple of weeks with Girish’s treatment.

One of his patients, a 43 year old lady, who was diagnosed with fibroids and was bleeding continuously became so much better that a surgery scheduled on her was cancelled as it was not required any longer.  Her endometriosis and bleeding became all right with just fifteen days of treatment.

These are just a couple of examples from a long list of people who have healed by his treatment. Girish is still learning all the time so that he can become a better healer. Knowing his perseverance and skills, I am sure he will heal many more people in his journey of life that has healing as the key component.

To all those who require a ray of hope, Girish can be contacted at

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Girish’s Clinic

K Girish -M.D ( Sujok), Diploma Acupuncture, BSc in Acupuncture

Anu Acupuncture Clinic

46/47, Bhajane Madira Road

Jaraganahalli, J P Nagar 6th Phase

Bangalore  – 560078

MOB: 9343719600  / 9845436651

 

The language of the soul

loveThe language of the soul begins with love. In the modern era, many of us have forgotten this and hence, we do need to go back to re-learning this law that is the primary law of our being complete wholesome human and humane beings.

We need to learn how to love everyone unconditionally — including our own self. This law can enable us to find the hidden strength and splendour within us and others.  Unfortunately, we have never been taught how to love unconditionally.  Almost all of our loving has been motivated by emotional desires programmed into us at an early age.

The most natural love that we all experience is that of a mother for her child. Miracles are created through this love. Later, we spend most of our lives trying to define and find ‘love’ in all our relationships.

Most of our love experiences have taught us we must earn or deserve love before we can have it and that others must deserve our love.  This is conditional love. This is not love but a business transaction.

This is why our well-meaning but unskilled attempts to love usually end up in separation and alienation.

Parents tell their children they must get a certain number of grades to be loved.  My friend, Anita’s (name changed) son was convinced that he should aim to become a doctor as there were successful doctors on both sides of his family. He tried his best but could not succeed. They kept pushing and prodding him. His self-esteem plummeted to the lowest level as he was just not being able to relate to the subject itself. When his lecturers said he would be rusticated, he took the awful plunge of committing suicide.

The above is of course an extreme case but depression and stress seems to be the name of the game in a world that is craving for love, true love. In the area of parenting, many parents have forgotten that what is required from them is just pure love and not proving a point to anyone.

In fact, the most natural love that we all experience is that of a mother for her child. Miracles are created through this love. Later, we spend most of our lives trying to define and find ‘love’ in all our relationships.

This can and shall happen only if we understand that love is always unconditional. When we do understand what love is, we shall begin speaking the language of the soul.

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