I LOVE TO WORK WITH A SNAIL PACE

Oh man, Aaii (Nani)… Look at this… there are so many snails invading our verandah…” I screamed when I saw 20 odd snails climbing on the verandah at my maternal grandparent’s home. And it happens only during the rainy season. I was a little boy then. If you see that scene I am describing, you will feel exactly as if you are watching a sci-fi movie with sluggish aliens invading your territory.

The snails are one of the ugliest looking creatures that we find around us. I always had a curiosity to hold them in my palms but never got that courage to do so. And these days when I have the courage, I don’t see them.

The snails are Invertebrate (Animals that do not have a vertebral column), Exoskeleton (External skeleton that protects the body of an animal) and Hermaphrodites (A living organism that has reproductive organs of both sexes) creatures.

Usually, there are different types of snails around the world which are mainly categorized according to their habitats – Land snails, Clean Water snails, and Sea snails. Some edible snails are reared for the purpose of different delicacies. There are some French cuisines prepared especially made of snails. I would love to taste them one day. There is an interesting fact that I found about the snails which have been used as famine food in historical times. Wikipedia mentions, a history of Scotland written in the 1800s recounts a description of various snails and their use as food items in times of plague.

The snails are also found in different sizes. They are as tiny as a bee or wasp and as big as the size of a rabbit. Unbelievable!

Giant African Land Snail

See the picture above. It is a Giant African Land Snail, a pet of that woman. But it is better not to keep them as pet as it’s considered one of the most invasive pests in the world and is believed responsible for carrying a parasite (in its slime, no less) that is responsible for a form of meningitis that is harmful to humans.

The shells of snails have been used as ornaments and decorative items. They are very popular among people around the world.

A snail is usually symbolically denoted to laziness – the sin of sloth because of their slow movements. But unless we crush them to ground, they are invincible and persistent in their journey which they start with a pace which the world never appreciates.

Sometimes, when I look at myself, I relate to it. Many things I am unable to do with the pace usually the world expects from a normal person. I do it slowly and calmly, without any hurry. I get annoyed when someone asks me to do things quickly which is beyond my ability.

The laid back (not lazy) people are happy people like me despite my struggles, I feel.  Therefore, I would conclude that it is better not to fall prey to the sin of sloth but it is also important for not to fall prey to the rat race of this world. I would prefer to be a snail, rather neglect my loved ones by running around money.

Stay Blessed!

MONEY IS IMPORTANT BUT NOT EVERYTHING

“Money is the lifeblood of business.”

That’s what we have studied from the very beginning of our commerce classes from 11th standard. Money, in some form, has been part of human history for at least the last 3,000 years. Before that time, it is assumed that a system of bartering was likely used. But slowly as human brain developed the system became of exchanging goods developed and became complicated.

Money was introduced first in some 3000 years ago which was not even known by the scholars exactly. But this instrument has the most talked about, most desired, most needed, most essential one of all things. MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND!

But we all know that money has been the cause of a new character that popped up inside the human being… And that is GREED. So it is better to be going through a self-examining the process by asking a question ARE WE GROOMING OURSELVES TO BE MONEY-MINDED?” or “MINDFUL ABOUT MONEY OR MONEY MINDED?”

And there will be a startling fact revealed when we introspect when we understand money is actually what we don’t require but we needed something else. Because WEALTHY ISN’T PROSPERITY which we misunderstood previously.

Sometimes our laziness makes us give an excuse that I am not money minded but we need to be practical and need to be money minded when it comes to taking responsibility. At those moments we might repeat in our minds, “I CONFESS – I AM MONEY MINDED.” 

The bottom line is we should always understand that the SUPERNAL GLEE is THE HEART’S PLEA when we are conscious. 

I had never craved for money in life. I can be considered as lazy or idle sometimes but it is a sense in my heart that makes me feel that money really can’t make me happy and it will come definitely from any source when we really need it in life.

I work in a donation based organization which is solely dependent on donation. If it stops flowing in we will close down. But the amazing fact is donors are very keen on the intention behind our projects. They agree right away when they are convinced of our intentions towards the project which we present to them.

You might ask why I am talking about all this…!!!

I am sharing all these just to convey that money comes when our intentions are right. So I really don’t care about how much money I have. But who said I am not money minded p??? :p

Money has a bad reputation with people who don’t have it.

It has been blamed for everything from wars to infidelity, from destroying friendships to wrecking families. In the minds of the masses, the more ways they can demonize money, the more validated they feel for not seeking their own fortunes.

Instead of seeing the positive ways that money can enhance the most important things in life like our health, family relationships, and friendships, most people would rather scorn money and tell you how it can destroy the things we hold closest to our hearts.

We all are money minded but may be the degree is different.

Don’t be greedy, good night and stay blessed!

SUPERNAL GLEE – THE HEART’S PLEA

The jingle of coins brings a twinkle in the eyes,

The rustle of notes springs a bustle in mind.

With pockets full, the heart is at ease,

Oh! When else can a man find so much peace?

Money for labour is so sweet to savour,

It is after all no man’s unmerited favour!

The sweat of the brow and the toil of the bones,

Earns the wages which none ever condones.

Meeting the needs and satisfying wants,

Is what the common man usually plans.

Riches are blessings,

But, greed for riches utter distressings.

To gain by usury and amass luxury,

Ultimately leads to grievous penury.

Little joys of life cannot be with money bought,

They are the ones which are so often sought.

Lavish celebrations and wild revelries,

Fun, partying and mindless orgies,

Never lead to eternal glories,

Rather give rise to endless worries.

Love of money – the root of all evil is,

Causes many to wander towards things that easily fizz,

Till they find everything amiss,

And strive to gather the remaining dribs.

Pleasures can money buy, but joys it cannot,

Luxuries can it surely provide, but enjoyment it cannot,

A healthy body it can train up, a clean soul it cannot,

A job it can secure, but success it cannot.

Enslave your money then,

So you will have less pain.

Over it lord and will it never boss you over,

This is how you will always have your security cover.

Store not for yourselves treasures on earth,

Seek ye the higher riches which no vermin does maraud.

Rich in virtues and integrity be,

Then will you spend your days forever in supernal glee.

MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND!

“Yes ! Money is the thing that’s making our worlds spin”, this was a quote taught to me by my father as a child. I never completely was able to realize its real power until I myself experienced the difference it makes in my life and those around me.

A few years ago, I was respected, adored, appreciated, loved, sought and pampered by everyone who worked for me directly or indirectly. The street guard would give a stiff salute upon seeing me, he would say Namaste and ask about my wellbeing, how humble I thought. A masseur came for papa, all the way from Birla Mandir, he would daily bring flowers and Prasad from the temple, and tell me how good and beautiful I am, and made me laugh till my belly hurt by reciting anecdotes from temple life. The wait staff at hotels would come running on the nod of the head, they would hover around ready to serve, refilling my glass with a turn of my wrist. They all left me believing that I am real good, that they are most humble.

A few months after my father passed and I tried to gather my wits and start interacting with people again, I noticed a sudden shift in their conduct towards me. The guard kept chewing tobacco when he saw me, gone was the respect, the masseur uncle would no longer bring flowers, the fatherly affection he showered on me had vanished, the waiters wouldn’t come to the table until I asked for them several times, gone was the pampering.

I wondered what wrong I did, self-analysing myself and then I came to know the harsh truth. My father used to tip them all heavily, and money was the driving power that was making them suck up to me, to please him ultimately. It was both exhilarating and distressing. It certainly helped me realise that never take things on face value, there is a lot in underplays to people conduct towards you, and among them, money is the supreme reason.

There’s no such thing as free lunches, even if you are being given and offered anything for free, just know in your heart that its price would be extracted from you one way or another. Even a beggar is expected to give you blessings for the coin you gave him, every little favour done to you is rigged, at least most of the time. You might not see the price tag hanging around its neck, but I am sure that you will be able to see the price you have to pay, whatever form its takes.  But yet one must know it’s worth to know its value.

It’s said money can’t buy happiness, but it certainly helps end the misery. Money is silent, it creeps into your relations and friendships and ends up souring them, keep it in your pocket but not in your heart. Remember the best things in life are free ! 

Money can buy you a bed but not sleep. Money can buy you a clock but not time. Money can buy you a book but not knowledge. Money can buy you a position but not respect. Money can buy you medicine but not health. Money can buy you blood but not life & Money can buy you sex – but not love.