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Discover Prompts, Day 18: New

Cooking

Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

This post is in response to Discover prompts-Day 18- New  by Ben Huberman

 

Due to Corona pandemic and Lock down,and being holed up in our homes,I developed

interest in cooking which has become a new habit.

Luckily I never needed the recipes since my life partner is willing to be my teacher.

Thanks to Corona (in a positive way)

I have become confident in cooking that brought total satisfaction and joy as time passed.

In the beginning of my cooking,the kitchen was messy,but the family was OK with it

since it brought lots of funny moments and you all know “A messy kitchen is a sign of

happiness”

In the beginning of this learning new skill, I put a condition,

My family was given two choices

Take it or leave it.

No ‘take away food’ from out side.

Initially there was some opposition.But it was not that difficult to convince an

understanding family.

Of course there was some wastage initially ( my apologies ).

Gradually my family started appreciating my efforts and started encouraging me.

Any lessons,I learned my friend?

No no my friend, I am not talking of the formula lessons of the various recipes.

I am talking about things, Life teaches us from cooking ( 5 lessons ).

1. Though we are busy cursing Corona Pandemic and the havoc & destruction it’s causing

to the humans,still it’s teaching something.

Always life works for you and not against you.

Here it’s giving me an opportunity to learn cooking,which,otherwise,I would have never

dreamed in my lifetime.

“Cooking demands attention, patience, and, above all, a respect for the gifts of the earth. It is a form of worship, a way of giving thanks.”   Judith Jones

True.I developed lot of patience,importantly started respecting the food components

which we get from Mother Earth.

The waste part has come to Zero and some food items were shared with pets,strays and

birds ( on the terrace ).

2. This brought out Humility & Compassion in greater strength.

3. “If you organize your kitchen you can organize your life”.  Louis Parrish.

Streamlining the daily routine has become easier now.

4. Patience is the virtue.This is the most important lesson I learned.Cooking is not a two

minute noodle story.

5. I felt cooking is another name for  ‘expression of Love’ and ‘a joy in sharing’

What is your experience my friend and you too can share your thoughts.

Thank you. Namaste  🙏🙏🙏

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Quotes-wiseoldsaying,goodreads

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Who decides the time line of Corona pandemic ?

cosmos

We are nothing but inconsequential specks of moments in the infinity of time

What is Timeline ?

A timeline is a list of important events arranged in the order in which they happened. … Timelines are often used in history textbooks and biographies — they explain what happened during a certain period of time or to a particular person, starting with the earliest event and moving forward through time. vocobulary.com

Can we predict things in advance ?

With advancement in science,we are confident ( rather over confident ) about the various events happening in this world and are in a position to predict certain things,based on scientific models,examples include

  • Hurricanes
  • Cyclones
  • Tsunamis
  • Floods
  • Tornadoes
  • Snow storms
  • Desert storms
  • Eruptions
  • Wildfires
  • Landslide

And we are proud about our achievements and brag too.

Any thing that we can’t predict?

Though we are highly intelligent creatures,still we are not in a position to predict global disaster of other kind like

  • Pandemic like corona,what we are seeing these days
  • Earthquakes
  • Nuclear war

Now that we are in Corona Virus grip,let us talk a little bit about this.

Based on the enormous amount of information obtained so far by the so called sophisticated scientific means and with the help of models, can humans make a timeline for the virus pandemic ?

Can we say that so and so time the virus is going to disappear ?

  • Some said virus is going to die a natural death like in most of the earlier pandemics.
  • Some said the virus takes anywhere between 3 months to one year to disappear totally.
  • Scientists are busy inventing the vaccine for the corona virus and telling ,the solution is near.
  • Some are talking about the difficult times regarding economy to come back to normal and can take 1 to 3 yrs to recover.
  • Some are busy informing the number of deaths in each country.
  • Everybody playing politics by pointing fingers at the source of the infection.
  • Some saying the end of world is nearing.
  • some people are high lightening global warming as the cause and only when this is addressed ,all the other problems disappear.Each one on one’s own prediction ! Climate change & Corona Virus link
  • Some scientists predict that planet is in the midst of its 6 th mass extinction.
  • Stephen Hawking said humanity has only 1,000 years left of survival on Earth and that our species needs to colonize other planets

Who is correct & who is wrong ?

Who decides the time line ?

Dr.Antony Fauci,top infectious disease expert said “You’ve got to understand that you don’t make the timeline, the virus makes the timeline.”

And in turn God decides the fate of the virus.

We don’t really have a place in the universe, as far as on a timeline. But nothing else does, either. Therefore every moment really is the most important moment that’s ever happened, including this moment right now. Kaki King

Is not this high time we realize the presence of all powerful God ?

Just to refresh your memory,none except God makes the timeline.

The Bhagavad Gita states: “Some speak of God in wondrous terms. Some are charmed at thought of Him, but few know what He really is.”

God makes everything according to His plans.

Sometimes God makes better choices for us than we could have made ourselves.

“You make the decision with vision and God makes the provision” Mark Victor Hansen

And the conclusion is….

You can control nothing in your life and don’t cry because you are helpless.

The only thing left for you is to control intensity of your reactions to the events unfolding in this world.

Let us make our best to help each other in stopping the spread of the virus and let God do the rest.

Stop imagining the worst.

Thank you. Namaste 🙏🙏🙏
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“The eighth deadly sin is ‘lies’ that harm” Maria Karvouni

Fake news

Beware of the false information.It’s more dangerous than ignorance   George Bernard Shaw

1 st April

To day is April 1 st,being April fool’s day, and we are not in a mood to celebrate.,the reason all of know.

Some may find comfort in humor by spreading misinformation,especially about Corona Virus pandemic.

It’s okay to be honest about not knowing rather than spreading falsehood. While it is often said that honesty is the best policy, silence is the second best policy Criss Jami.

We all know Internet can easily be used by unscrupulous elements to spread fake information about Corona Virus,misleading the public.

Always ref to the guidelines issued daily by the respective Government bodies,WHO or Centre for Disease Control & Prevention for updates on Corona Virus.

Check this BBC link

Corona Virus-fake news spreading fast

Take care & stay safe.

Thank you. Namaste  🙏🙏🙏

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Hearts 💓 of hope

Hope

Don’t let your hearts be overwhelmed by the adversity.May you have the strength,hope and courage to overcome the situation Lailah Gifty Akita

As the corona pandemic is sweeping the World with lock downs everywhere,along with news of increase in the number of deaths, creating a gloomy picture.

As the pandemic started showing it’s true colours by isolating millions of people around the world….social media movement has started to instill Love & Hope.

Have you decorated your home with Hearts symbols ?

Social media groups like Hearts in the windows,Hearts of Hopes & A World of Hearts are formed and encouraging people to decorate their homes / windows / entry passages / side walks,with cut out of Hearts symbol,which can bring happiness to those people who are isolated.Some are decorating their homes with Rainbow symbols.

Why Heart Symbol ?

The heart has long been recognized across cultures as being a symbol of Love, charity, joy and compassion.

I am talking about the Red Colored heart❤️ (which symbolizes the classic expression of Love) and not the other colored hearts.

Hearts of Hope

Spread the Love not the Germs

Any heroic tales ?

No doubt,these days are depressing yet one can come across any number of heroic tales.

People are becoming unsung heroes.

From the courageous medics ,scientists working hard to produce the vaccine,neighbors developing community spirits rather than being greedy and suspicious,Philanthropists,securit personels helping to transport essential commodities,people joining together to help the vulnerable society,old age homes,old people,teachers & gym instructors taking online courses….I can go on….

This kind of act by volunteers, giving us a ray of Hope.

We are all Grateful to these great souls.

Don’t be panicky & anxious!

There is hope on the horizon.Don’t let Corona Virus infect your mind !

And we hope soon the pandemic comes to an end and the cure is available at the earliest.

Hearts like wild flowers

“I hope you are blessed with a heart like a wildflower,strong enough to rise again after being trampled upon,tough enough to weather the worst of the summer storms,and able to grow and flourish even in the most broken places” Nikita Gill

OK. I have a question.

What is that first thing you want to do,when everything goes back to normal ?

Can you answer ? please share your thoughts.

Thank you. Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Top image (sunflower)-photo by TanteTati from Pixabay Heart symbol on the door-Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Greatness of Emptiness

Empty cafe

Are you scared my friend ?

Closure of shops,lock downs,wiring of borders,travel restrictions,social distancing,isolation,quarantines,voluntary curfews etc etc,these are the various measures undertaken to contain spread of corona virus.

What has  happened to all those…..the bustling Famous temples,busiest airports,popular streets,morning rush,fairgrounds,operas,protests world wide, and those those iconic squares ?

Everywhere one can see ghost towns,empty beaches,empty streets,empty restaurants,and vast majority of the empty public spaces which are built on a purpose to hold massive number of people.

What is common to all these situations ?

My friend by now you know……… it’s the ‘EMPTINESS’

What’s happening now ?

Strangely one can hear the sound of silence.

No one dare disturb the sound of silence…  Paul Simon

And eerie stillness all around.

Empty beaches

As we think much deeper one thing becomes clear.

“Emptiness is where the true value lies”   Tao Ti Ching

What is that he is trying to tell ?

Emptiness & Fullness are yang & yin.

By seeing these kinds of physically empty scenario,you realize the true value of the empty space.So in life there has to be ’emptiness’ in order to appreciate ‘fullness’

Emptiness brings awareness of your existence,

Because there is existence of emptiness,you are appreciating your existence.

“We mould clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that makes the vessel useful.”

Tao Te Ching quotes

Examples,

If the house does not have emptiness…. you can’t live.

If the cup does not have emptiness…. you can’t drink,in other words if the cup does not have empty space you can not drink.So emptiness simply brings the awareness of what is like ‘ being ‘

“There’s just something obvious about emptiness, even when you try to convince yourself otherwise. ”
Sarah Dessen

Empty chairs

“We become aware of the void as we fill it.”   Antonio Porchia

Emty city station

“Form is emptiness, emptiness is form” states the Heart Sutra, one of the best known ancient Buddhist texts. The essence of all things is emptiness.”
 Eckhart Tolle

Any lessons my friend ?

Emptiness also gives us an occasion  to think about God because of our daily life being in hustle & bustle mode ,we often ignore Him.

Emptiness from our ‘daily grind’ due to the ‘Corona Virus’ scare,is the best opportunity to thank of Almighty.

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.  Mother Teresa

Thank you. Namaste  🙏🙏🙏

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Image 1-Image by Stephanie Albert from Pixabay  Image-2 by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay   Image- 3 by  Peter H from Pixabay  image-4 by Ольга Харченко from Pixabay

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