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Swati Sarangi Saturdays 21.10.17 The defeated devil which once tried to master me

“Hahaha, see how you’ve come under my grip so easily”, laughed the devil vehemently creating a lasting impact.
“YOU CAN NEVER BEAT ME”, shouted I at the top of my voice as a reply to the devil.
“When I have been victorious in many such battles, winning the battle against you won’t be that tough for me, do you understand it very well, girl?”, asked the devil very confidently.

I replied him at an even more confident tone as, “I am bigger than you and my existence definitely has a greater purpose, I believe it strongly.”

The above has been a figment of the conversation between me and the devil sitting inside my mind. Of course, the devil has no physical existence. It has no resemblance with anyone else in real life and I can never blame my surrounding or people for anything. The devil is the result of some distorted thoughts which might have born unknowingly out of failures, insecurities or unpleasant experiences of my life. These conversations used to get so intense at times that I feel my condition to be no different from a wanderer searching for his destination.

I had to make a move as I could not tolerate the devil winning the battle against me. I soon realised the reason behind my mood swing was only the non-refinement of my though processes. Now the pertinent question arises, how I controlled myriads of thoughts that kept affecting the course of my actions.

I could do this through a series of actions listed below-
I had to select something, be it a goal or an emotion from past or any fear that would push me to get out of my bed early in the morning as per my time table.
I chalked out a plan for my long term goal so that I am not deviated from my goal.
I started noting down the way I spend each hour of my day.
I started doing physical exercises at least for 30 minutes in a day.
I kept some time for my hobbies apart from professional work that I’m engaged in.
I focussed on completing a task at a time before moving on to the next.
I meditated on how I want to be and how my future should be and chanted shlokas and mantras for peace of mind.
I limited my time on social media.

What acted like a challenge for me yesterday, is no longer a challenge to me for today. Everything that I have thought to achieve is completely achievable- a thought that came after carrying out the above activities seriously.
I learnt that it is the action that brings utmost satisfaction in life. After all, whatever we’ve wished to achieve in our lives is always out of our comfort zone as very aptly quoted by Joseph Campbell, “Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
© Swati Sarangi

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta – https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com .Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.

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Swati Sarangi Saturdays 14.10.17 Still water runs deep

The aforementioned proverb throws light on the property of calmness and tranquility. The given phrase carries the message that the work done with patience and courage yields good result at the end the way still water has the ability to measure the depth of the sea. Here, the depth has been compared with the depth of the tasks in real life whereas still water has been assumed to be the manifestation of knowledge.

Before completely going through the meaning of the proverb, let us first focus on the meaning which the individual phrase constituting the proverb carries. Still water here, acts as the synonym to efficiency of handling a task through proper check on the ways of performing it. It can directly emphasize on a fact that a silent mind can think thousand times better than a confused mind with a lot of mental tussle or turmoil. It is very wise to accomplish a task properly than hovering here and there with self praise for the work because actions speak louder than words. In reality, it is the quality of actions which judge the caliber of a person rather than the praises that he makes for his own work. Qualities or talents of a person never remain hidden .It come out of shelf with a burst at the demand of the situations and circumstances. If a man wants to be respected among his fellow beings, he should stop himself from being “empty vessels” as “empty vessels sound much”.

Water can have a lot of resemblance with the lives and thought of human beings .Like a stream of water, the life of a man flows unrestricted. Every time frequent changes occur in it which are transient and temporary. Only those thoughts can be successful enough to produce appropriate actions if they are produced in a single direction. In other words, consistency in thoughts and actions can open the gate for name and fame as “rolling stone gathers no moss”.

Consistent efforts and great determination to correct the mistakes have the ability to transform impossible to possible. Hence, a very strong willed person can perceive his success in different tasks. In reality, a man’s efficiency is checked in tough situations of life. One of the greatest scientists of the era Edison once said that “People generally give up when they are very close to success”. He has give numerous contributions to the field of science through his untiring efforts .He has enriched the field of science and technology through many of his inventions. So, sincere efforts must be put without caring about the result.

In the bottom line, calm mind is the source of unidirectional thoughts. The more one scales the height of success, the calmer, composed and humble he becomes. He easily wins or rules the world, who can control his mind. No doubt, today’s fast paced life style and hectic daily life routine has snatched the tranquility of mind but it can be stored or regained through the power of yoga and meditation. One can be at his best if his mind and heart both remain at peace as peace is the ingredient of life.

©Swati Sarangi

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta – https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com .Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.

Meet Swati Sarangi guest author of Agnishatdal and Indie Adda!

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta –

https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com
and
https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com

Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.

Swati Sarangi Saturdays 7.10.17 Responsibilities on our shoulder: Filling ITR

Before going into the details of the topic, I would first like to define tax. Income tax is a certain amount of income to be paid to the government at the end of a year. This has to be paid on a specific day regardless of whether it belongs to an individual or a business under condition if the annual income exceeds Rs 1,60,000, after making all deductions under Chapter VI A, then the person will have to pay tax..

The word tax has its root with the word taxation which means estimation. It’s not a new concept. As a matter of fact it has a history as old as 2000years. In earlier days, it was levied on sale and purchase of merchandise or livestock and was paid in a random manner. The earlier evidences are found in decrees of Greece, Germany and roman empires whereas in India, the evidences of the system of direct taxation have been found in literatures like Manu Smriti and Arthashastra. Then taxes were paid in form of gold and silver coins, cattle, portions of agricultural produce, raw materials and even by rendering personal service.

Income Tax Act of 1961 governs issues related to direct income tax in India. According to this act, the calculation of the income tax on the annual income of the person or organization starts on 1st April and ends on the 31st March of the next financial year. These are known by the terms – previous year and assessment year respectively. It is collected by the government in following ways-

voluntary payment by the tax payers
Tax deducted at the source(TDS)
Tax collected (TCS)

Income Tax return (ITR) is the form through which a tax payer communicates with the income tax department. This leads to a transparent system where a citizen just tells the government about the amount, source and mode of earning income. Income tax return filling provides a method to the citizens to give information about the income and detail of the tax paid. There are different forms available for filling ITR which is based on different status and head of income.

The income tax paid is used in the development of the country such as building of roads, infrastructures, defence. Government uses these taxes to fund the public activities and other welfare projects. A rising income tax shows a corresponding growth in the income. So, it can be regarded as the barometer of the progress.

There are several benefits of filling ITR:
It serves as a standard proof.
Technology has made the filling up ITR online the easiest task.
Availability of VISA becomes possible through submission of ITR which opens up the gateway to abroad.
Easier refund claims
Creates a strong financial background
It can be filled even after the scheduled date
The amount denoted can be used as deductions which help in reducing the taxation income.

We, being the citizens of India, have a greater share of responsibility for the development of the country. So, it is our obligation to pay the tax for our nation. When the paying of ITR is just few clicks away on platforms like H&R block, why should we even procrastinate? The way each drop constitutes an ocean, similarly when we, as responsible individuals move forward and join hands for building our country, it will definitely lead to a great transformation.

©Swati Sarangi

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta – https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com .Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.

Swati Sarangi Saturdays 30.9.17 Nothing comes easy to anybody

It is cent percent true that nothing comes easy to anybody. The masters of the fields were once the beginners and it is the consistency in their efforts which has transformed them into masters. As very aptly quoted by Neil Armstrong, “This is one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind.”Every beginning is just an ordinary but if it is continued cautiously, it produces extraordinary results. It is always not the result that matters but the desire to begin something.

To start or initiate anything, it requires a great courage. Breaking the ice is not always easy no matter how easy it might seem at first. As it has been very wisely remarked, “The smallest of actions is always better than the boldest of intentions”. All the greatest ideas remain ineffective until those are converted into actions. Our mind always tries to portray our own selves. In this act of creating an ideal image of our selves, the mind restricts us from doing many things which later take the shape of fear or aversion and these fears (actually the myths created inside the mind) start to haunt us for rest of our lives. In this world of friction, nothing can be done without putting an effort in the direction to overcome it.

The famous idiom “Rome was not built in a day” gives an impression so appropriately that it requires a sincere and systematic approach to reach the destination. In an interview, the famous TV presentator Oprah Winfrey revealed her fear about public speaking. It was difficult to believe that she used to be afraid of speaking in public in her past. The one who was once afraid of stage or public speaking is one of the most famous TV show hosts now and all these have not happened over a night time. Overcoming this fear and converting this weakness to strength might certainly not have been an easy task for her. There are numerous such examples around us.

Nothing happens by chance or luck as very well remarked by a Buddhist sage, “Every arrow that hits the bull’s eye is the result of one hundred misses.” Experiences of life are the greatest teachers. If a person is wise, he might certainly have devoted his time to grasp the wisdom of life. If someone is a brilliant dancer, then it is certain that he/she has always showed interest to develop this quality. Sports person toil day and night to build up their stamina and bring glories to their countries in various international and national competitions. If someone has a high level of maturity, it might be because he has always tried to take the lessons of life more seriously. In this discussion, nothing can be a better example than Mother Nature where numerous life processes are continuing ceaselessly otherwise we would not have survived.

The driving force behind any action is effort. If you try to analyze the priority of words- HARD WORK and LUCK (say on the basis of their positions in dictionary) you’ll find that the word HARD WORK precedes the word LUCK in the dictionary. It gives an indication that before leaving anything to LUCK, we must WORK HARD. This can be very well substantiated by one of the Shlokas of Sanskrit, “Nahi Suptasya Sinhasya Pravishanti Mukhe Mriga”.It means the deer (or prey) does not itself comes near the mouth of a sleeping lion. The king of the forest Lion will die if it relaxes inside the cave.

Every man has been gifted with a unique set of qualities by Almighty. We can never expect these qualities given by God to develop automatically without our efforts. In fact, it requires a great dedication and devotion in our act in furnishing them. Effort has no voice but the result (of that effort) has. In other words, results are only apparent but not the efforts. If the efforts have been sincere, then the favorable results are bound to come. Quoting the words of Sri Aurobindo, “Everyone has in him something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere which God offers him to take or refuse. The task is to find it, develop it and use it.”

Concluding this article with the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ……
The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight
But they, while their companions slept
Were toiling upwards in the night.

©Swati Sarangi

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta – https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com .Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.

Swati Sarangi Saturdays 23.9.17 Knowledge is power

Knowledge, according to Oxford Dictionary, means ‘information or awareness gained through experience or education’. In other words, it is the sum total of what we know. According to English grammar, it is the noun derivative of the verb ‘know’. Knowing refers to the state of gathering or collecting information on something. Knowledge is acquired through different experiences in life and from sources like books, internet etc. It can be thought as the preconception on certain matter. In the words of Christopher Morley, “There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.” Hence, learning can achieve other necessities of life.

Knowledge can have different manifestations such as technical knowledge, business knowledge, general knowledge, knowledge on manners and social etiquettes and spiritual knowledge. Some knowledge is bookish which are obtained by reading the books thoroughly and mindfully. Another kind of knowledge is acquired through different experiences in life. Worldly knowledge gets accumulated through different situations faced in life. Manners and etiquettes are important sphere of knowledge as they decide our social behavior. Proper use of manners and etiquettes makes one to get recognized socially and helps him in gaining enough social acquaintances. Spiritual knowledge gets built up during the last stages of life when a man develops enough understanding some typical aspects of life at depth. Till that stage, he has attained maturity to look at some of the complicacies of life.

There is no proper age of learning. Aristotle, on reflecting upon the natural instinct of man, once said, “All men by nature desire knowledge”. Man, being a social animal, learns in every stage of his life. His learning process begins from the very moment he takes birth and continues till his last breath. He learns from his mistakes and tries to rectify them. At the early stage of his life, parents act as first teachers and the house serves as the primary school for him. Parents impart the primary knowledge. When he grows a bit older, he is sent to the school where he learns through competing with his peers. After attaining a certain age and qualification, he is left on his own to face the prevalent challenges and endeavors of life. He then learns to adapt to different situations of life.

Knowledge is limitless. It has no boundary. More the exposure, greater will be its attainment. He enjoys his journey most who manages to sail through the vast sea of knowledge intelligently. Knowledge is gained only when there is a hunger for it. As appropriately quoted by Benjamin Franklin,“To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge”. Books act as the light house in the never ending arena of knowledge. There is a well-known saying that incomplete knowledge is very dangerous. It is so because it creates a lot of confusions. A wise man is respected everywhere than a rich man. The given topic is the quote of Sir Francis Bacon- “Knowledge is power”. A man gains his confidence through knowledge. Confidence is the driving force behind all the actions. The power of knowledge is evident in the religious books and scriptures. There have been numerous anecdotes and rumors about various people and saints renunciating the world in search of true knowledge of life and death. It was that invisible power of knowledge which produced an irresistible urge in Gautam Buddha to give up his kingdom and lavish life style. The power of knowledge created a similar impact on Swami Vivekananda who later sought the guidance of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahansa in his journey for the search of knowledge about the cycle of life.

Knowledge is immortal and something divine. It is a mystery to man because the more he explores the more he gets every time he does so. The knowledge is like a well which is immeasurable. It is because the depth of knowledge is unattainable. It is a non perishable entity because it gets replenished every time we try to share it with others. An anonymous through his humbled words has very beautifully emphasized on the importance of learning- “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Leaning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where miracle process begins”. The attainment of true knowledge makes one feel powerful, energetic and confident. It is something whose possession makes one worthy. In Mahabharat, Yaksha questioned Yudhishtir, “What stays with a person even after his death?” Yudhishtir’s answer to the above question was ‘knowledge’. It is very true that the power of knowledge is supreme. So, its experience brings complete bliss, mental peace and satisfaction. In the words of Margaret Fuller, “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it”. Hence, everyone must try to expand his sphere of knowledge and at the same time he must also learn to share it with others.

© Swati Sarangi

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta – https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com .Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.

Swati Sarangi Saturdays 16.9.17 Every man’s man- Shaktimaan

Every man’s man- Shaktimaan

21st NOV- World Philosophy Day. It was just an ordinary day for me until I grasped the essence of the day at the end of it. I was ignorant of the speciality of this day before until I scanned the pages of my favorite newspaper TIMES OF INDIA from where I got to know about something called “World Philosophy Day”. The presented piece of writing is the result of the influence of the article published on the same day under the section TIMES IDEAS and under the column SPEAKING TREE (It is the column devoted to spiritual ideologies and thoughts. Trees don’t speak literarily. The picture of an old, firm banyan tree symbolizes wisdom or in other words maturity of thoughts). The published article was entitled as “Learn to respect your gut instincts”. The contents of that article were so informative and motivating that its effects stayed with me for next few days. I felt extremely peaceful, enlightened and full of positivity after I completed reading that. It not only provided me a sense of spiritual satisfaction at the desired level but also rejuvenated some old sweet and interesting memories of past. So, I want to share those with you all the readers of this article. I hope that I spread the similar sense of awareness in you for yourself which I received when I completed reading that article. Combo: with old memories.

The name Shaktimaan was once a name of every household, during the era of our childhood. It was a sci-fi TV serial featuring a Superhero, Shaktimaan. Shaktimaan is a Hindi word which means man of power. Every super hero serves as a role model for the people of the society. He is like a savior, fights against all evils and always tries to restore peace in the society. Where there is a Superhero, it is certain that there must be villains. So they were also present in the show with some awkward and weird get-ups adding to the level of suspense, action and thriller to which we children were most attracted to. We all children of the house would glue to the screen of the TV like most innocent and obedient children of the world when it was telecasted. We were addicted to it to such an extent that we would also never forget to watch the repeat telecast of the episodes!! We were that crazy for the serial!! It amazes me when I think about my obsession with any serial!! I generally run away from daily soaps. There were other attractive things in that serial to mention. The serial used to open up with a picture of a human being, shown meditating to activate various Chakras of his body. The entire scene was set under a cosmic background with a faint chant of OM. That was so interesting for me since the space thing was involved. The scene of chakras sometimes astonished me and sometimes it left me with a sense of laughter for not being able to understand the thing properly. I was, in fact, too young to comprehend the spiritual aspect of the described system. As far I recall, few words of the casting song were “jab hota hai aadmi ko apna gyan, kehlaya who Shaktimaan”. Its English translation is when a man tries to realize his true worth, he becomes most powerful. After many years, I now realize the density offered by each word of that song. If we connect the virtuality to reality we may find a connection. It would never be wrong to say that we are no different from the same hero whom we used to glance in our TV screens for many hours and for many subsequent years. You don’t believe? You have to believe that we all are Shaktimaan of real life (not different in characteristics from the reel Shaktimaan, but I can’t assure you about the look!)

Yes, we all are spiritual beings. In reality, we are emotionally, mentally and physically very very powerful. Being powerful is our true nature and if we feel we are not, then we are suffering from low gut instinct and that is because the internal chakras of our body have not been activated so far. It is of utmost importance to activate the internal chakras of our body to always stay in a state of continuous awareness about our existence, strengths and purpose of our life. Sharing my limited knowledge about different chakras- There are seven Chakras in our body and different Yoga procedures (and Pranayam- mediatation and other exercises) have been defined to activate them. When these Chakras are in the activated state, we experience peace, bliss and everything that we long for. So, I don’t think there is anyone who wants to stay in the state of dormancy. What are you waiting for?? Get started now and enjoy the wonderful gift of the Almighty given to you- life.

© Swati Sarangi

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta – https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com .Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.