Sunday, October 28, 2007

The "Pa" of Sadhana!

" Amma , Kaani... Amma Kaani....." my elder son was obsessed with stories from a very young age. He used to repeat these words continuously, suggesting favorable topics for his stories. It could be on any thing under the sun...animals, vehicles, plants ....he would name it and I had to give an extempore on the given topic. This exercise has surely kindled my creative faculties and my imaginative thinking! has helped me realize the beauty of childhood, which is a life with out any limits...

One day , he came up with a topic..".hands"! Once upon a time ......I started with my on the spot story! ... it ended up to be something I had heard in my childhood....It went thus....

".......there was a discussion which turned out to be heated debate among the five fingers. Each one wanted to prove that it was the best. The thumb said, "I am the strongest! with out me to support no one can even hold a pen or a pencil. So I am the best!"
The pointer said," I am the best, there is no doubt about that.....people use me to point at things...I am the most useful one in communication!"
The middle finger said," Come on guys! how can any of you imagine to be best ....I am present! I am the tallest...and the most elegant! "
The ring finger said, "Can't you all see ! I am the most honored ... people adorn me with precious stones and jewels ! I am the symbol of love!"
All waited for the little finger...what would it tell, after all it was without any special features....but the little finger mustered up all confidence and rose to the occassion.It said," When you greet some one or When you bow down before God with folded arms , I lead the way! I am greeted back first! How can you all look down upon me! I am the most blessed!"
Each one has his or her own role to play .. like the members of a family!
Like the palm which holds the fingers together , it is love and understanding which holds the family together.

Each member of the family, big or small is important to make it whole. Shiva kudumbam or the family of lord shiva, in hindu mythology is an apt example of the diverse personalities in the family. Shiva who has smeared His whole body with ashes and has snakes for ornaments, the embodiment of penance and austere meditation with His divine consort Parvathi , a potrayal of feminine beauty and power: their elephant headed Son Ganesha with a protruded belly and their warrior son, Subrahmania. They represent a family .... entirely different personalities who are held together with the power of love.

The "pa" of my Sadhana is that I am my Family....a part which makes it whole....! I enjoy the warmth and the joy when we are together. I am surrounded by the embrace of my family ....the time and togetherness we share nourishing our growth , strengthening the roots of relationships!


Susan said...

I loved this, Nanditha. I always come away calm and centered after reading your posts. You do not have to be an Indian to appreciate your universal wisdom. Thanks.

Sum Raj said...

wht a powerful thought u have? ...i really admired ur each and every word.....after reading this post i remember one proverb 'Unity is Strength'....

starry said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.Yes our blogs are so similar,unbelievable.I love this post because it is so meaningful.nothing or nobody is too small in this world.we all have a part to play.

Nanditha Prabhu said...

I am honored by your comment. Thank you!

Thank you for being my regular reader!:) love to smera !

starry nights,
i will surely stop by your place more often. thank you for visiting and leaving your valuable comments!

jac said...

Though you are right in the assumption, if all fingers are equally important, why poor Akalavya was asked to sacrifice just his thumb ??

Just kidding !!!

Cynthia said...

I love you for sharing such a wonderful post with us. Thank you dear one.

Maddy said...

like it was once said about an indian family - the family is always the important one, not the individual..

dharmabum said...

vasudaiva kutumbakam

Anonymous said...

// Om Shri Rameshwar Mahadevaay Namah: //

Thank You for this nice Website. I feel my Fingers talking....... Your Storys are nice.

You can download Shiva Ji Bhajans, Hanuman Mantra Jaap Mala, Hanuman Chalisa (Text + Music) and other Mp3-Bhajans at:

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Lotus Reads said...

Nanditha, I truly love your blog! Everytime I visit I come away with nuggets of wisdom and a sense of having learned a truly wonderful life lesson. Thank you for these wonderful posts.

You're so right about childhood and children...the Bible says, "child is the father of man". I tell my friends with young children that I envy them because truly, you do see the world differently when you view it with a child. Like you said, it is a world where there are no limits, through the power of imagination anything is possible. How I wish we could remember that more often now that we are older.

And yes! The dancer I was referring to is Sreedevi Unni, I am very friendly with her daughter-in-law's family. We go back many years.

I'm so happy to have "met" you! And yes, on a good day Detroit is only 3 or so hours away from where I live. Do you guys come to Toronto often?

Keshi said...

ur posts r so calming to my very disturbed mind...ty :)


Nanditha Prabhu said...

though you mentioned that you were just kidding by bringing up the topic of ekalavya.. I would like to add that each finger is unique...i never wanted to add that they were equal! :)

thanks a ton!

if we could always keep the interests of those we love first , we could restore more harmony.

dharma ....i agree!

crippled sam,
thank you for the warm comments and for the link. keep visiting!

harimohan said...

ms nanditha
sorry i hadnt read your blog for some time now i know what i missed ,the concept was wondeful and the the family being the centre of our universe is true every single bit ,great posts .

Nanditha Prabhu said...

Thank you!I am flattered by your comment! Thanks for making me feel so good!

I love the time I spend with my kids ... they make you realize that you are ignorant! I am warned by all whom I know that time just flies and so does child hood , so I try my best not to lose these precious moments!

We have never been to canada. I am new to Michigan . Came here in april. I do not know how long I will be here. I have been leading a very nomadic life. Hope to visit toronto sometime!:) will surely let you know!

Nanditha Prabhu said...

thank you1

thanks ...i just wanted to approach this tag in a different way!

Anonymous said...

Your analysis is just amazing. I just love reading your thoughtful words...we all know music is part of our lives, and the blending of the notes you have done with life is just wonderful....lovely!

Canary said...

Hey! dropped in from Lotus reads' blog.. having a nice fly :)


Nanditha Prabhu said...

thanks ! ur comments mean a lot! I love your blogspot a lot...i can see the melodies of music in both yor write ups and your photos!

welcome here!
yes! I am blessed with a wonderful fly!:)

Pradeep Nair said...

Really good one! The fingers are also an illustration variety is an essential feature of a team or society.

diyadear said...

hey the story is beautiful.. ur posts are very serene and meaningful :)

Ada said...

Love is so divine, togetherness.. bliss :-)
I feel so much at peace after reading ur post.

krystyna said...

Hi Nanditha!
I always love your beautiful story.
Thank you, I use them for my grandsons.

Happy Diwali to you and your family!

Nanditha Prabhu said...

Pradeep,diya, ada , krystyna,

Thank you all for your warm comments! Happy diwali to all of u!

Lotus Reads said...

Hi again, Nanditha!

Just wanted to wish you and your family a very happy Diwali. May it be a wonderful day and a beautiful year ahead for all of us.

Enjoy the festivities!!!

Bharathy said...

Very much inspirational and meaningful,nandhitha..:)
Sorry I am a bit late here as I didnt blog hop much for the past few days!!:)

Hope you and family had fine Diwali celebrations :)

PS-Glad to note that you tried suhiyans..hope they came out well.
BTW avoid pressure cooking the dhal my dear might get all mashed up !!..ketto da kutta!?

Bharathy said...

Suhiyan turned to Puran bolis!!..LOL ..Sounds nice too!:)...I think making poli is difficult than these round ones!..:)

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