Tag: Joy

Following Christ and making a better world: what comes first?

The foundation of my Christian faith is in the historical fact of ‘Resurrection’ and the theological doctrine of ‘Redemption’. It is not because I want to become a better person or want to contribute to making the world a better place.

Let me explain.

My foundation or my reason for following Christ is based on ‘redemption’ and ‘resurrection’. However, when we first believe and follow, the traits such as joy, peace, love, kindness, goodness, self-control etc become inevitable parts within us and flow into the other aspects (social, political & economic) of our lives and contribute to making a better world.

In other words, I don’t follow Christ to change the world but following Christ demands certain kinds of lifestyles and daily behaviors in us which ultimately can change the world.

Moreover, it is not that I follow Christ because my thoughts and ideas are compatible with Christ’s teaching, rather it is because, I believe in Christ as the savior, therefore I follow His teachings.

I don’t believe in Christianity as a means to our own advancement, rather I believe in it because it is the truth.

Let me end with C S Lewis’s quote,16247_21413_5

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

Love

Abinash

P.S. The core wisdom is borrowed from the C S Lewis’s book “The Screwtape letters”.

I know why the caged bird sings

“…. I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
    When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
    But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings—
I know why the caged bird sings! “

                                   – Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Photo was taken in Mussoorie, India
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Taken in Mussoorie, India.

 

Thanks

God bless…

P.S: These photographs have no connection with the poem yet I thought to share my photographs along with it.

What unites us? Tragedy or good times?

For the past 2 weeks or even more, every time I check the news, I look for updates on Chennai, the rains, the flood, the relief. Why do I care so much when I am living more than 1000 kms away?? Chennai is my city, my home; it was where I spent 5 important years of my life, most of friends and my family live in Chennai.

Chennai: People rescue from their Watter lodged houses during heavy rains in Chennai on Wednesday. PTI Photo (PTI12_2_2015_000351A)
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Of late, Chennai has been witnessing the worst rains and floods, nature’s fury was unleased as rains lashed mercilessly but Chennai has also witnessed peaks of humanity. Very few disasters have had such response from within its people. The expanse of the help rendered by Chennaiiteis is unbelievable. It is not NGOs or government that took initiatives. It was every day Chennaiites who opened their homes, distributed food, offered rides. A lot of corporate companies, franchises have also come forward to support each other. It has also spread to other neighbouring cities like Bangalore as well. It’s amazing hNYT2008112822242898Cow one tragedy can bring people from all walks of life together and make them so selfless.

But the one question amidst all this is, Do only tragedies unite us as a state, country, as people and as humanity? The Nirbhaya rape, Mumbai attack, the Chennai Floods or the Paris attack; what is it about grief and suffering that brings us together that happiness and joy cannot do? Are we able to share others grief but not celebrate their victories? I am not sure what the answer is, but sure, I and almost every india-rape-casesingle human being would prefer that it was a celebration and not a tragedy that brings us together. Do we have to wait for yet another tragedy to appreciate our neighbours and friends? Shouldn’t we unite for a better government, unite for prevention of natural disasters, prevention of injustice.

It is amazing now we can stand together in grief and pain and this is important but I think it is also important to appreciate people we live with every day. It is important to unite to celebrate, unite for justice, and unite to celebrate other’s victory, and finally unite to make the world a better place.

Finally, I leave you with this question to ponder upon: why do our tragedies unites us but not our good times?

Note: Please do continue to pray for Chennai and its people.

The Joy in solitude

Sometimes sitting and thinking nothing

Sometimes looking at the sky and admiring

Sometimes listening to the sounds

Sometimes observing a small insect busy in its business

Sometimes a whisper of prayer

Sometimes with a mug of coffee and a kindle

Sometimes rereading the old favourite book

Sometimes feeling the cold breeze

Sometimes thinking of a past memory

Sometimes a fantasy

Sometimes just missing someone

And forever the joy in solitude….

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Thank you

God bless