“Hooked on Inspiration’s Blog” is a site that consists of more than 100 blogs penned by this author with a single and profound tagline in mind – “A Better Tomorrow; A Better Future and A Better World.” My name and this popular website has a prominent presence on the Internet. This site was NOT created with a view towards personal fame and personal enhancement; its principal aim is to reach audiences from all over the globe and to create maximum exposure and awareness. The ideal of basic betterment will forever seem lofty and ridiculous to some people till such time as we ALL make sincere and united efforts to make this glorious goal OUR reality.
Let’s start with religion: the 3 basic tenets of Zoroastrianism (as professed by Prophet Zarathustra or Zoroaster) in particular are: Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds.
This writer is a Parsi Zoroastrian by birth, by religion and by personal choice.
She believes strongly in the goodness of ALL religions. She believes in the universal truth that there is only ONE SUPREME BEING. This Being is the All-Mighty Lord, our God. Remember, it’s infinitely more important to be spiritual-minded, yet God-fearing. You don’t become more pure-of-heart and soul by being highly religious, praying copiously and by being ritualistic. In fact, the latter trait has made many a good person orthodox and fanatical in nature. Being spiritual means, in the simplest of terms, to actively carry out God’s Work on Earth. That’s really the true essence of religion and spirituality.
The human brain is a supreme wonder of creation of the All-Mighty Creator. It is tangible but the Mind, whether at a conscious or subconscious level, is thoroughly intangible. The Mind controls all our mental and physical processes such as thoughts, feelings, emotions, beliefs, impressions, perceptions, opinions, character traits originating from our mind processes, physical movements and actions. The Mind is the basic seat of our morality and values. These mental processes largely affect and shape our attitude to life, our attributes and our general behavior.
All of us, at some point or the other, have suffered from disjointed, irrelevant and irreverent thoughts. These thoughts occur suddenly and at random, more often than not based on our experiences. These are mental processes that chalk out our daily work, routine activity and goals within the recesses of the mind; they also vastly express our innermost wants, desires and secret fantasies. However, we need to learn to CONSCIOUSLY BLOCK OUT thoughts that are harmful, damaging and which feed all manner of vices such as infidelity, deceit, betrayal, lust, greed for money, power and material benefits, etc. Never consciously or unconsciously plot harm against another person. Our thoughts should not harbor ill-will and basic nastiness to another. Make sincere efforts to avoid such thoughts whatever the provocation might be. Remember, you shall reap what you sow – do good and it will find its way back to you, one way or the other and the reverse is true too.
Speak words of politeness, kindness and compassion at all times. Know when Silence is Golden or equally when Silence is Contempt. Stay humble and modest at all times. Most importantly, remember that “eggs once broken and words once spoken cannot be undone.” Don’t ever let such a situation trap you- silence speaks a thousand unspoken words and is just as eloquent since it is unspoken (but largely implied) and in fact, is invariably, always a more effective response to a fiery situation. Silence is not about weakness, it’s largely about strength to maintain one’s cool when another expects one to be enraged. Think before you speak – “Is it wise? Is it kind? Is it truly necessary?”Many a person suffers from anger, hatred, bitterness and impulsiveness. Afterwards, it’s frankly just too late to repent after the damage has already been done. Outspoken people are invariably rude, offensive and hurtful in their speech. Being truthful and frank is one end of the spectrum; being insulting, nasty and mean-minded is totally the other extreme and is inexcusable and unacceptable at all times. Learn to be forever kind and soft-spoken; your speech ought to be such that it upholds honesty, trust and integrity. You’ll find that this fact is always appreciated by others and is to be actively used in our day-to-day lives.
A good deed is NOT the same as a good intention – let’s be very clear about that.A good intention is basically a well-intentioned gesture like praying for one’s own health or for the good health of a loved one or a sick, suffering patient; praying for one’s own safety or the safety of others, etc. More often than not, people pray for personal comfort and solace in times of distress and worry. Since prayers, however well-meant they might be, do not translate into concrete action, they cannot in all actuality be termed as good deeds. Prayers are meant for self-healing, self-cleansing, true repentance and are largely a form of mental communication and thought processes shared privately with the Lord our God. One Good Deed far surpasses a 1000 good intentions. If the plan to carry out a benevolent action never materialized because of unnecessary interruptions, undue delays and postponements, it remains forever as a good intention and frankly that’s just not good enough.Benevolent actions such as charitable and philanthropic work; voluntary and honorary social work that is carried out by non-profit organisations to help the poor, the illiterate, the street children and the homeless; providing a safe haven for abandoned elders and parents; animal shelters for stray pets; legal luminaries who fight relentlessly against crime, violence against women and children, against dowry deaths, honor killings, rampant pedophilia, etc. are all examples that adequately meet the requirements of good deeds because they are concrete measures of help in the form of financial aid and assistance; provision of education; counselling, etc. Provision of counselling, medical help and moral support for rape victims and sex-workers, etc. are other examples of relevant and noteworthy good deeds. The list of what is considered as good deeds is extensive, as you already know and can well imagine.
Allow me to end here on a short, yet extremely important note:
This author was, is and always will be essentially a Teacher. Her job is to undoubtedly teach other people. Like any good teacher of repute and some worth, she teaches her subject and in such a circumstance, is it truly wrong of her to expect noteworthy results? Isn’t it purely a sign of human nature to do so? Please feel free to correct me if you are apt to disagree.
This writer is NOT asking you to be a saint. We are all sinners, one way or another, some more than others. We all make mistakes. But to repeat the same mistakes continuously becomes a matter of conscious CHOICE and repeated mistakes are totally unacceptable and will remain to be thoroughly inexcusable in the larger scheme of life.
Change for the better can only occur when one ACCEPTS wholeheartedly that change from WITHIN is absolutely necessary. This change for basic betterment can either be subtle or highly noticeable and praiseworthy – you decide. This author owes nothing to the world and the world, in its own turn, owes nothing to her. Don’t change for the better for me or anyone else- do it because you would ultimately fail in your own duty to actively be and portray the very best version of yourself to the world at large. CARE enough to make such a drastic change in your character and personality. It will make such a huge difference to our current situation! Learn to become a BEACON OF SUNSHINE AND HOPE in an otherwise crazy and thoroughly wicked world.
I know for a fact that I DO CARE. That’s frankly not in question here. What’s highly debatable is whether YOU care or not to make this conscious decision and choice.
What else is there left for me to say? I think this particular blog says it ALL.
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This was a lovely read.
Thank you, Sherna 🙂
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