Sreenath Sreenivasan

Thriving Mindfully

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कर्म और फ़ल

आख़िर फल मुझे क्यूँ मिलता नही
ऐसा रहा हरदम तुम्हारा रवैय्या
पर जो धक्का तुम लगाओ ना सही
तो भला क्या काम आएगा पहिया?

प्रतिभा है तुम्हे भेंट में मिली
पर मेहनत करना है तुम्हारी ज़िम्मेदारी
जो सत्य, सत्त्व और समर्पण मिले
तो साकार होंगी कोशिशें सारी

जो दीप भले तेल से छलके
भीनी सी हो सूत की बाती
जो मन में ज्वाला न जागे
तो कैसे रोशन हो दुनिया सारी?

कस लो कमर, करो तुम परिश्रम
अब पीछे छोड़ो तमस का घेरा
जब कसर रहे न कोई कम
तब ना रहेगा दिया तले अंधेरा

अब उठो और उठाओ तुम्हारा शस्त्र
कलम हो, कुल्हाड़ी हो या हो सितार
बलिदान से संवरेगा हर नक्षत्र
आखिर कर्म से ही होगी तुम्हारी नैय्या पार।

The Power of Everyday May 2019

It’s after a long hiatus that I am writing again in this space. After an year of experimenting with monthly power of everyday projects, I had chosen to take a break in the month of April.
But, soon enough, I realized that not having a daily challenge was proving to be counterproductive, and not really serving the purpose of a ‘rest’ phase so to say.

So, in the interest of being more focused, aligned and having a larger sense of purpose, I realized that having a monthly ‘Power of Everyday’ project, as I’ve had for the past year, is what I need the most.

Last year, I had an interesting ‘Power of Everyday’ project in the month of May. I had to wake up at the break of dawn, write a page about the spectacle of sunrise with my non-dominant left hand.
It was a fabulous learning experience which you can read about here.

This month, I have another experiment in mind that I would like to participate in.
For the past few months, I have been struggling with having discipline with my writing projects. I am writing a compilation of stories which has been languishing for the past few months mostly because of lack of discipline and structure on my part.
So, this month, I would like to lay down a simple, achievable plan to bring my story book to completion.

The Challenge for this month:

Spend one hour everyday on writing and editing the compilation of stories.

I am not taking any more challenges this month apart from the one mentioned above.

Hopefully, if I successfully complete the challenge this month, I will have a compilation of stories to share with you very soon !

How are things at your end?

Can a simple everyday challenge this month help you with achieving something that you’ve wished to, in the interest of having a better life?

If so, why not take a simple everyday challenge this May and usher in a conducive change in life?

I assure you that it will be a rewarding experience that will help you lead a more examined ‘everyday’.

I hope you will join me on this journey.

Wish you a happy Mango season.



Age and Technology -II

‘I am bored to death’ says a little 10 year old friend as she passes by. I was quite surprised to hear her express this sentiment. It almost felt as if she grew up all too soon. I’ve seen her grow up for the past year and a half. When I first met her she was still a child, free of any fear or judgement. She would prance around without any inhibition whatsoever. Over the course of time two things happened in tandem. She started using a smartphone more and more. She also hit puberty and is becoming a woman with each passing day. As her online activity skyrocketed, her prancing around got rarer. She also developed complexes about herself. She isn’t the carefree little girl anymore. I notice a glimmer of fear of judgement in her eyes.
While she has constant stimulation from online resources, at the end of the day she finds herself bored.

Kids need a medium to experience, assimilate and create. While internet provides with resources for learning, in the hands of kids who don’t have as much self control, they would soon gravitate to be passive consumers of content.
One wonders about the whole world being contained in the 6 inches of a smartphone while he loses touch of his immediate surroundings. After all, it is best to learn physics while rolling a tire downhill and uphill than watch a video about it.

It is late at night and I have a 5 year old with me asking if I have a phone. I will try to take him to the open ground and introduce him to the sky. In the interest of a cultivating wonder.
In a humble attempt to delay the onset of boredom.