The need of Sanctity in Worldly Life

 Life is a gift from Nature. Life lives between the sunrise and sunset. I always feel that the east horizon tells to every human being that the life is yours but fulfil someone’s life with few needs.In Hinduism we can read that our life has four stages which are described as ‘Ashram’. Those are Brahmcharya, Grihastashram, Vanprassthashram and Sanyas Ashram. No one can deny these stages of life and our responsibilities during that time. 

watercolour painting by me

A few weeks ago, I found one Video of young girl. She was nearly 16 years old and belonged to a very rich family. She is an only child of her parents.  I came to know that the girl decided to leave her worldly life to be ascetic. The girl gave a speech with tears in her eyes and relatives were too. I felt so much pain in her voice. To understand or feel something, she was going to sacrifice her whole Life. It was painful for me to watch that. A young age girl who could study more and gain knowledge. She could be a housewife or social worker to help others who are not able to do something. She could use those earnings of her father to help someone for an education and made her parents feel proud.. !! 

Is Sacrifice of a worldly Life to become a monk or  hermit is the right way ?? Can anyone live a life with sanctity without being a monk ? I found many guys doing a great job for the societies and nature… They live for the society, do their jobs, protect nature and work as messengers for the humane Society.  So, may we call them Worldly Monks?? The question is which way is the right one.? 

I think our life has very important stages and to stick with each phase is our responsibility. Those young energies has to do a lot for societies, Nature, Policies. Inventions etc. I am not thinking only for India but in the world that young generation has enough potential to have a change for a better society.

 A madness of wander in Nature become better than inactivity within those four walls.      

Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni

To have feelings of ultimate, there is no better place than nature.              

The land of messengers…

   Invention..  every time I heard this word and I feel it’s a common thing which every human being does in someway. Someone is for peace, someone wants to achieve, success, money, etc. 

 It has been my first visit you USA and is fantastic. One word has came in my mind about here is “particular”. Particular about their work, time, rules and regulations..  The country of Inventions invented by Columbus that we all read. But before that, this land was already there.. Still, I have read that some writers don’t believe and accept it. I would say that in the search of Asia, Columbus found one land that eventually named as United States of America. It is a time that decides how one continent or country changes and developed as a superpower. Columbus could never had a thought that this land will be  the centre for inventions, energy, technologies in the world. It is a great responsibility of the country which has the ability to keep the world in right direction .Some of greats has been from here and guided the world in his own way. King Martin Luther, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln are from them. 

 Advance in technology has brought a lot of opportunities for the people across the globe. But somehow people lost their connection between each other to connect their phones via Bluetooth. A successful businessman or investors earns a lot of money through their marketing strategy but those uses are so harmful to premature age. They lose their connection between parents, teachers and elders. An overuse of technology always hurts mankind and it affects the future. People are having a madness of buying an advanced technologies to reduce their efforts in daily life like switch off lights, switch on TVs, play music, etc.  But they forget that when one little child reading a study book in deem lights and their parents switch on the other lights for better vision to them. Where they can find those technologies to create and having an emotions like that??

 But, on the other hand, this country has a lot of diamonds those  love nature, observe the Times, taking great steps to reduce pollution, thinking about wildlife and maintaining green belts. And that combination of people creates a country as a superpower.!! Even government applied some rules for the citizens to maintain it and that’s great !!

 Technologies should reduce the human efforts which cannot be easily done by them.. Otherwise future generations will be like Robots with hearts without use of it.

Thank you so much.

Happy Diwali and prosperous new year to everyone..

Jigar.

The real strength of winning..

Congratulations to everyone on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji.

 The only thing which can completely turn-around from violence to non-violence, is Love. 

When I was writing this, one name came to my mind that is alexander.  who had madness for winning the world and he almost completed that but he could not win India. On his voyage, one time alexander was in Peshawar and stood at a corner besides a tree. A monk was sitting there on the corner and alexander came close and said to him that look…. I am alexander.!!.  I won the world and the last I will win this nation too… and saint asked him what will you do after that..?? Alexander proudly replied that I will live ‘peacefully’ and happily after winning. Monk said that but I am living very ‘peacefully’ right now!!!!..

Alex did not have any answer for that.

Then he turned and said, I am the king… what can I do for you?!! –  Saint said – do me a favour ..please go the other side with your horse.. because winter is on and I am here to take sunlight which is hidden by you right now!!! Alx could not believe the way of the monk and broke down completely.

And the light came in mind of alex and then he realized  how many humans Killed to become a king of the world.??!!! And he got nothing more than this..!!!!!!?? He felt the guilt and he could not win India and died there. So the thing is there that by killing or violence and by killing a humans one can’t achieve that he want is peace..

But, when the ways of defending a country for  a soldier is his duty and that’s why we can live peacefully in our homes. They are protecting us and a big respect to those every soldiers who are indirectly maintaining peace to live people like us. I think they are soldiers who are seeking peace and nonviolence more than anyone else.

Gandhiji also won the world  with Love, Peace and Humanity.

Thank u so much everyone.

The Plated Celebrations…

 This is the festival of navratri. The longest festival. Every festival of any country reflects its art and culture. Art and culture defined by the people. In my opinion, Life is a longest festival.      We are eager to celebrate and struggle a bit between eagarness and celebrations. 

Painting by Navin Soni(Bhuj)

   A festival of Navratri is now very popular across the world. It’s a festival of nine nights. I thought about how this celebration has changed in modern times?? It was all about worship of our goddess and the feast of adoration. It was the festival of Garba. Some women met in the square near their homes. They did worship of our Goddess and played garba. Garba is an art of playing with rhythm in circularly(Perambulate). They sang together, clapped and create the ‘laya’. What would be an incredible sweetness on those sounds !! ? They never needed any heavy drums or speakers to play but the rhythm had been created by their claps, Garba sung by women and playing circularly were everything  together.!? The rhythm from their claps and sounds from their singing was wonderful to hear. It was a divine noise created to worship. Everyone naturally could get the rhythm in their play. The ultimate joy was also there.! 

    May this festival is a worship of our mother earth?? Who can know about this.?? Somebody has written that a Garba is a symbol of the universe. Is it the perambulate of the universe. !!

   Now, the whole scenario has changed. This festival has taken a form of business. The loud speakers causing noise pollution.No worship and more drama to win competitions!?? By remembering those steps taught by dance masters they actually forget to dance naturally. Following those steps are not the worship or adoration. The joy of playing is better than following the steps.

   Festivals came from a small celebrations to love, respect and have faith in God.Those festivals which were the identity of our culture is now hidden by the way of our celebrations.  
Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni

Art is your Inner world…

Any Art is a subject of learning first. Any performer is first a learner than anything else. To learn something, one should have a large inner world. Many newcomers are not accepting those basic things from their mentors and they struggle a lot in future. An artist should be concerned about inner world than the outer world

Before few years, my father went to one painting exhibition in Mumbai. A big place and many well known artists came there for an inauguration. Some artists introduce my father to well known artists who has a big name in modern and contemporary art. During that time they had very healthy talk about abstract art and realism.From one of those artists criticised my father for his look.He told that Soniji, you don’t look like an artist with your simple formal dress and style. You should have some long beard, different hair style or dress like kurta-pajamas.?? He then pointed to a few artists who had some different hairstyles, different beard, some had ear rings. Look, every artist has some style for their looks. You don’t look different or Artist and you look like a layman !! My father politely answered that sir, here every artist has their special outlook where I am a simple man with only a formal wear..Am I look different from you all…?? 

Everything in art is an impression from your inner world. A look of any artist depends on his/her style of painting if they deeply involved in art…

A painting is an exterior look of any artist, they don’t need to paint themselves with different styles.
Thank you So much.

©  Jigar Soni

Karma is undefined….

What is Karma? Can anyone answer? The ages have passed, but no one has been born to define karma. It is estimated that karma is related to our earth element. A body of your nature dances always that’s unknown. It is a windy body where your nature is hidden. I believe that karma cannot be evaluated. Our karma is like nature that inside of us. How can one evaluate another’s karma even when he/she is not aware of his own karma? No one has never released from the bondage of karma.

Painting by me.

No one could escape the bondage of karma and no one knows what this karma or obligation is?. It is a time when you have to show a knot and at the same time you have to play your role as a visionary. Who knows when giving a speech about karma or writing a two line, are they freed from the bondage of their karma? One is never free from karma. No-one has the strength to be free from it. Find a person who never has any problems in life!


Mostly, there is a point of an acceptance when we are running towards attainment.

Thank you so much..

© Jigar Soni

The circle of Life…

Our life is generally divided into those three parts. A one is playing, the other is making and then retiring. Mostly, we think about the future and we work hard to make better than present. Hopes are with us always and there is no end of it. A top businessman always thinks about being with same flow till to the end of his life. An employee always look for the promotions, Where an artist always think about a better creation.!Life never stops from all these. We are covered with some responsibilities, Wishes and lots of hopes. Parents wants his son get married with a good girl and then should have a child within a few years, then grandchild’s study, his/her career etc.. Life is not always beats on a same rhythm. Sometimes we succeed to achieve and sometimes we are short of achieving enough from our perspective.   

Painting by Navin Soni(Bhuj), Title – A Wish

  

Life is a sea of wishes and hopes. But we manage to fill our life with those water puddles besides us.
It is not about reacting those blank spaces, its’ for satisfying with filled spaces.

The Hypocritical films…

Entertainment is becoming a mainstream for today’s generation. Even the previous generation also like to have it. Mostly, I  used to talk of knowledge and human being with my mother. We watch news and discuss about politics and other factors of the economy. One day I was finding one music channel on television but unexpectedly I found some religious channels. A new monk with long beard came to market and we saw devotees listened to his speech very consciously. After sometime that new brand of monk stopped his speech and gave directions to start music. Devotees started dancing and there after the saint also dancing on the big decorated stage. Devotees were very excited to see that dancing monk and some of them were in extra joy. We enjoyed like a comedy show of seeing arrhythmic dance by monk on stage like that. People got mad and danced more forcefully to be captured on camera !?. After all that drama, the program completed and I changed the channel to view the music show. That actual show I wanted to see was ended but we found another show with DJ rocks on the floor. A one man that is DJ in the Bar, dancing and playing like a mad where people were enjoying dance.Though he was dancing in perfect rhythm. The DJ was very famous and people loved him so much. It was an entertaining club night there.

Painting by me..


Later, one day I got the news with photo that a new monk had been arrested against the scams and cheating devotees.?! That was really surprising for me that from those two persons,how DJ of the bar is way better than monk.? Both were entertainer but the DJ was a better person. There was no curtain of any religion or cults to cheat or playing a game with someone’s emotions because DJ was doing a job in the right way. On the other side, that hypocrite monk was cheating those uneducated people and settle properties from there. ?!

        Religion is never depend by onstage entertainment, It is self-immolation.
Thank you so much.

© Jigar Soni 


A hidden horizon and calculated sky..

This is the 21st century.The global world is now connected online.Everything is now easily available at your doorstep. Only calmness is not available online, but we need to earn it.

Recently, I went to Mumbai which is a financial capital of India. Mumbai is called the city of dreams and everyday so many people come to achieve their dreams. From the last ten years, I have been observing this city very deeply and now I can read that struggle on the faces. It was said that Mumbai a ‘Running-city’, but now we can feel that it’s short of breath..!?

I had been there in the market area which was very crowded and lots of noise of traffic. Everyone was in a hurry and I could not see the way where we gone through..  I could see the tall buildings in making and couldn’t see the sky behind that !! I found a hidden horizons by that vertical World. After that tiring day, the night was really peaceful.  I went to the seashore and by seeing those horizons I find myself very relaxed. I think that tall buildings are good to see with an excitement but we can see that for a while and we should put down our eyes. where horizons are always gives calmness to us and one can see or feel continuously for a long time.

  Cities should not be known for the tall buildings but from the locations like lakes,greenbelt, gardens, seashores etc. Thank you so much
Jigar Soni.

Value with Human values

Recently, I watched a movie ‘into the wild’,which is made from a book written by Jon Krakauer. A movie where one guy who had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

Now a day, our presence is counted by position, status and more earning abilities by the end of the month. Our life is lived with those human values which we can’t buy with money.Trust, Love, true friendships, faith, knowledge etc. Some very successful people keep a price tag of every other person in his mind. Money is important but not at the expense of humanity or human values. A one man in our town had only one goal to achieve more luxurious life at any cost. He suffered a lot during that time.He bought expensive bikes and phones and made big house with all facilities. By the time, now there is no value of his presence at any events. He achieved something big in his way but very less are interested to meet him and spend some time. The impression of man created rumours about him and he has no value of his presence without pocket.

A one guy who left everything to have a new life for himself and the other side a guy achieved everything for himself at the cost of human values. I think both ways of living or understanding a life is not proper.Life is all about Togetherness, Responsibilities, Trust, Love and faith in the Nature. Thank you so much.

© Jigar Soni