Your body is a process

Did you realize, that your body is a process. let me try and explain with an example, whenever a bone is broken in the body the doctor puts the two parts together and plasters it so you cannot move the same. The two parts, through a process that your body executes, join together. Similarly, at any given point the body is in the processing mode, it is digesting food, breathing, replacing cells etc. etc. What does that mean the physical you that was yesterday is not the same today, the physical you that you were as a child is not the you today. What are you? YOU ARE CONCIOUSNESS.

GOLF –

Have played golf since 1997, fortunately or unfortunately, with the same bunch of dear old friends, with whom I have grown and lived life with. Those moments of happiness on the course and in the Gazebo, having a cup of tea (specially requested patila chai from the kitchen) with some butter toast, I am sure I will not be able to do justice to those moments as I pen down the emotions. Firstly a brief about each member of the gang as I perceive their personalities. Love them all.

Dr. Sahib I think one of the longest hitters on the course, he can hit a driver 325 yrds Plus, he plays very fast and we have to play catch up with him, his reading of the putting line is so good, hardly takes any time to putt. He is the favourite of the group because of some great distances with shorter clubs that he can get on the course, his caring nature and his love for food, he never forgets to order a samosa with tea, in addition to pakoras, masala toast etc., since he knows I love samosa with tea. He is one of us who has a hole in one to his credit.

SS Sodhi, the Guru ji of the group, Seven of the Sikh Gurus from Shri Guru Ram Das on, were Sodhis. Being fair to him, it is not only his lineage but as a personality he is Guru like, very righteous and fair, to the extent when he is right he does not compromise, which has lead to many road rages. On the course, he is my undeclared partner a reasonably long hitter, has a nice steady game. Amongst all of us he is the oldest member of the club. As of all of us, loves the pakoras and the cheese / omelette toast. He specially loves the egg dosa with a drink, we call milk miranda. Between the two of us, I noticed that I always find the food in his plate more tastier / fresher looking than in my plate, so to reduce my agony on this count, I always half the one that he orders.

Anuj Sethi, he is still in the corporate world and very busy, compared to the rest of us who are retired or near retirement. His request for a game is the last to come in and we all try and accommodate him and NP ( since he travels all the way from Jaipur). A reasonably long hitter and needs competition, to up his game. He keeps playing his normal game and discussing the various subjects the conversation is on until he is told the score of the game, in case he is on the loosing side he really ups his game by a couple of notches and makes it tough for the opponents, hence if you are his opponent best to keep him involved in discussions, automobile industry is what he likes to discuss the most, since he is from the Industry. He is the second one in the group with a hole in one to his credit.

TP Singh, is our golfer IT guy. An ex IBMer very good at software writing and generally an authority on the IT side, I do not think you can find a better IT guy than him, if he writes a software it will be flawless. Very logical and astute about his day to day living, very sure of what he wants to do and what he does not want to. Once he has decided on something it is very rare that anybody will be able to change his mind. Possesses a huge will power, for example he has been doing more than 10000 steps a day for the last more than 525 days in a row. Enjoys his golf, more for the friends that he plays with and the inhibition free discussions that we all enjoy on the course. Have to pull him to the course, but we miss him when he is not there. With a lot of love and affection, self & Sodhi in our discussions call him motu, which he is definitely not.

NP Singh, a hard core traveller and a socialite. A very tough nut. He is so used to and comfortable while travelling, that he sleeps as soon as his transport is in motion. A very helpful guy, loves to help people who ask help of him and is a philanthropist. A very keen golfer and plays his game seriously and plays to win. He is a member of the “GURU KA LANGAR” group led by Shri Sabharwal ji. A very helpful gentleman whenever there is something that you need from the telecom Industry, he has enough connections to get things done out of the way.

Dr. Ashish Bhalla, a rare appearance on the course, with the group, is a very busy Dr. tries to play as much as he can but it is a rarity. A fine gentle man and a quite golfer.

Now to the game,

Our game planner is SS Sodhi, whose word is the final Diktat, on when, how and who will play the game and TP Singh is our official tee time booking expert, believe me he is very efficient and normally gets you the time that you want.

For planning a weekend game, activity starts early during the week. NP Singh who works in Jaipur and comes all the way, for the week end (he comes every week) is the first one to make a request for a time slot, thereafter all start to give their preferences on the group. Finally SS & TP jointly take a call for tee off times to be booked i.e two slots to be booked or one, depending on the number of players. This activity generally happens on Friday for a game on Sunday. NP these days is less on the course and more involved with his socialising and philanthropy.

On Sunday the travel to the club for the game is an activity, which is meticulously planned by SS/NP/TP, they declare their start timings on the group and all else reach the pick up points en route to the club, thus practising car pooling methodology to reduce pollution. During this time we also decide, who will take a walk along with the players and be the official photographer, this only happens in case slots are not enough or any player cannot play for some minor injury etc.

We reach club well in time, thereafter we hire caddies or if we plan to pull the trolley ourselves, we get our kits ready and reach the tee off Gazebo, where a cup of tea is ordered and pleasantries are exchanged, means a round of laughter on simple small matters of booking difficulties faced by TP, delayed request for a slot by one of the members, why one of us has not chosen to take a caddy today and will pull his own trolley, brief discussions on where & what breakfast to enjoy.

The game is a lot of talk on varied subjects, discussions on politics, business, family matters in between shots and tee offs, tea and butter toast on the 1st Gazebo, planning for breakfast and by the way we are one of the few golfers on the course who do not bet, our simple rule is that who ever wins pays for the bill at the Gazebo. All of us want to pay the bill hence each one tries to play his best to be able to win and have the honour of paying the bill. Dr. sahib here also is the front runner, eager to pay the bill at the Gazebo, while we all try and persuade him to divide the bill.

The Food at the course with my dear friends is food for the soul

The 19th hole which is a famous joint for the golfers, so it is for us, we love the after golf breakfast / evening tea and it is planned well in advance while we are finishing the game. In fact NP has been bringing a lot of delicacies of Bikaner and Jaipur to the 19th hole which we all relished, the more we relished the more he brought finally we all, lost this race and had to tell him to stop bringing the same any more. Tp who is a great cook, also keeps bring his achars made at home along with Awla da muraba, so on.

The favourite amongst all is chole bhature, at the main Gazebo, after the golf game, each one of us really drools on them – they are so good, either they are really good or the hunger after the game along with the continuous laughter and chit chat as we play the game and the company of dear friends enhances the taste of the chole bhature, but they are good and we really enjoy them with a hot cup of tea after that. It is bliss, can’t say anything more.

The evening tea after the evening game, constitutes of masala toast, veg pakoras and of course samosas and the wonderful hot cup of tea.

Trip to Shri Hemkunt Sahib

Shri Hemkunt Sahib was long on my mind and finally four of my dear friends got together to accomplish the trip by Guru Sahib’s divine wishes. The trip was a dream come true, unfortunately we had to postpone our trip by a week because of bad weather which caused a huge landslide damaging a large portion of the parking lot at Govind Ghat Gurudwara. We started our trip on the 15th Sept 2019 from Chandigarh by road with targeted stoppage for the night at Rishikesh Gurudwara. The vehicle used was an Innova with a very regular and friendly driver Avtar, who takes us around, on lot of our other trips around Punjab & Delhi. We drove from Chandigarh to Kala Amb, Nahan, Ponta Sahib, Dehradun to Rishikesh. We started from Chandigarh at 11AM and reached Rishikesh at about 7 PM in the evening after travelling at a leisurely pace. Rishikesh is 234Kms from Chandigarh, good road and a number of good eating places on the way. We stayed at the Rishikesh Gurudwara, where two rooms were booked for us by our dear Philanthropist friend Shri Sabherwal ji, who in fact was also travelling with a large entourage on the same day. We paid our respects at the Gurudwara, had langer and went to sleep early, since we planned to start early the next day so that we could reach Govind Ghat Gurudwara well in time. We started early morning at 5 AM from Rishikesh, enroute we stopped at the Srinagar Gurudwara for paying our respects and Breakfast. The drive was just amazing between mountains, rivers and rivulets, confluence of rivers. It was just beautiful here are some photographs from the drive

We reached Govind Ghat Gurudwara at around 6PM, it is just beautifully located on the confluence of Alaknanda & lakshman Ganga rivers. We had a room booked there courtesy Sh. Sabharwal ji. We had dinner early followed with a hot glass of milk and slept early since we had to start early to reach Govind Dham well in time. Govind Dham is 13kms trek from Govind Ghat. Here are some photographs

We started our journey early from Govind Ghat to Govind Dham by 6 am in the morning. The 13kms journey was a delight in the beauty of it’s scenery and the walk through a valley up to Govind Dham, enroute we had breakfast of Alu paranthas, with a double cup of tea with friends was amazing. We reached Govind Dham in time, however could not get a room in the Gurudwara, so we took two rooms outside in a Hotel. We had dinner and slept early, with a lot of argument within ourselves on the mode of travel, three of us decided to go by horse and come back by walk, while our dear ss sodhi, decided to walk both ways. A commendable decision, since within 6 kms, from Govind Dham to Hemkunt Sahib we were to climb from 10,500 feet to 15000 feet. The climb was steep and difficult, the horse of dear np singh slipped twice but with waheguru’s blessing he came out unhurt. We all reached the Gurudwara between 11 am and 1 PM, thereafter bath in the sarovar, Darshan and Langer, we left for our return at around 2 PM, we reached back by 7 PM. We stayed the night in Govind Dham and next day morning took a helicopter ride back to Govind Ghat. Here are some photographs enjoy

You are – food rearranged

Food is our the most important intake and should be eaten with a lot of mindfulness, what I mean is that you should be focused on the food that you eat/drink. Enjoy the taste / the texture / the colour / the fragrance and the vision of the food that you eat/drink. Eat the same with an emotion of gratitude and prayer in your mind.

The food that you eat, gets digested through your digestive system and nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates etc. are extracted from the food and distributed to the various parts of the body to keep the whole body functioning efficiently. The food that you eat reflects in your persona.

Hence it is appropriately said – You are What you eat. While it is true, but I feel that inputs from the other senses i.e vision, hearing, fragrance and touch, also gets reflected in you.

Control of the mind – Path to a spiritual Life

The control of the mind, concerns every spiritual seeker. The impurities of the mind, make it difficult to be controlled, these impurities are envy, hatred, anger, fear, jealously, lust, greed, conceit, temptations etc.. The mind is robbed of it’s tranquillity / purity on account of attachments & aversions created by these impurities.

By providing the mind with wholesome food, received from our five senses, ‘the mind can be made pure’ ; which means that it can be made free from aversions, attachments, delusion etc.

How do we know which food will cause this, my own view on this is that food which is vegetarian, freshly cooked and eaten with a lot of mindfulness and gratitude, gives us this type of effect on the mind. Also, we have noted, What we see with our eyes, hear with our ears and what we touch, have great effect on our mind. A movie or an oration, can have varied emotions in our mind.

So in moulding conditions favourable for controlling the mind, judicious eating and drinking are of help, equally important is the intake of food through other senses. Another, important factor that helps, is the company of holy people. In this regard, my own experience is that as you pursue the path of controlling the mind, by purifying it’s inputs through our senses, we automatically start to encounter holy people and start cultivating the relationships.

The last and the most important is MEDITATION on your GOD. The paradox – Unless you meditate the mind cannot be controlled and unless the mind is controlled you cannot meditate, but you must do both simultaneously – steady your mind and meditate. As you take this path, slowly your mind will start to get controlled and your spiritual journey will progress, through meditation which will slowly and slowly become more and more effective and fulfilling.

Stay Blessed always and Enjoy every moment of your existence.

Travel to Shillong – III (Kaziranga)

We drove from Shillong to Kaziranga, it is 253 Kms and about 5 hrs 30mins drive. The drive, through Assam, is just beautiful, the road is good and en route the coconut water and pineapples are amazing. We stayed the night at Kaziranga and saw a cultural program organised by a local organisation. Next day early in the morning we went for a ride in the Kaziranga forest in a jeep to see some Rhinos. We were lucky to see some rhinos and a Elephant with her baby. Here are some photos

Living in the Moment

Most people are usually living either in the past or in the future by thinking about the past and imagining the future. 

It is important that you live in the present moment by being witness to, the perceptions of your 5 senses now  i.e you must be aware of your environment, what are your hearing, smelling, touching, seeing and tasting (if eating). While being mindful of your observations in the present moment, DO NOT BE JUDGEMENTAL, be in the witness and acceptance mode.  

Innumerable times in my past, I have done activities, of which I rarely remember any details, such as driving without having noticed the beauty en-route, eating without being mindful of the taste of the food and so on. However, over a period of time, I have practiced this living in the moment exercise a number of times in the day and slowly, have now fallen into that mode of Living in the moment