It was on December 25 last year when we were returning by road from Dehradun to Lucknow. We were two couples and were travelling in a chauffeur driven SUV. Having started from Dehradun around 08:30am, we were in Haridwar in an hours time. We visited Har Ki Pauri and Chandi Mata before starting our journey to Lucknow by around 12:30pm. It was a bright sunny day though partially windy and intermittent clouds enroute- it was a beautiful journey with great company that we were in.
For most of us, irrespective of the age, trying to find God is an ongoing journey. Being born in a very religious family was a matter of great luck. Whereas the approach to life was all value-based; sharing, empathy, compassion, athithi devo bhava, respect for elders and teachers was seen as a part of life.
Uttarakhand is undergoing through the worst ever calamity. The stories of human greed and total absence of human kindness are disturbing. Politicians blaming each other is fine after all votes are crucial for their very survival. But where are the NGOs, Gurus, Swamis and super rich swamis when it comes to extending solace in Dev Bhumi?
Stress has become the biggest challenge to the evolving lifestyle. It has cascading ramifications on health of society impacting even the school going kids. Stress is a psychosomatic problem and needs to be managed not by drugs but by the most powerful tool at our disposal, and that is the mind.