My Gift To You….


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Hello Everyone,
Last day of 2016 and it is that time of the year, when we all actively reflect over the last 364 days and reset our hopes and aspirations for the coming year. We generally tend to set goals for the year ( I know I do) and attempt to see through them as the year continues (unsuccessfully most of the time)
I have read somewhere recently (sorry didn’t take note at that time) to set intentions for the year in all small increments rather than setting sweeping goals that cannot/will not be achieved. This made sense to me.
So I have prepared a 52 week Intentions Schedule Planner 2017 in order to achieve Well-Being in all the 5 personality domains – Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Social and Spiritual domains.  More on this in a later post.
Weekly intention setting and weekly check in will hopefully keep us motivated and stay focused to make the changes in all the personality domains. It also allows us to reset as required.
Attached below is the “Intentions Schedule Planner 2017” – my gift to all of you (you may or may not chose to use it, entirely up to you) This planner can also be used as an accountability tool with your family and friends.
You may wish to use it digitally or print and fill.  Call me archaic in the digital age but personally I feel inspired to use Pen and paper (there is actually a proven scientific reason why Pen and Paper is better), but it is entirely up to you.
Watch this space – I am planning to be more active on this blog and bring you podcasts and youtube videos on topics of ‘Practical Spirituality’  Please let me know if you have any specific topics in  mind.
Thank you very much for all your love and support through the year. I really appreciate it.
May 2017 bring you all the joy and prosperity that you deserve, need and want.
Until next time
With Love and Respect
Padma Ayyagari

“To Stop the Violence Against Woman……”


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(Shakti – Acrylic on Paper, by Padma Ayyagari)

She was attacked brutally, violated, hurt and thrown on to the road side like a piece of waste used paper. She didn’t survive the assault.  The whole world came to know about it and an entire nation was outraged at the unbelievably audacious attack that happened right amongst crowded streets.

We came to know her name as Jyoti Singh Pandey.  There was not a dry eye nor an unbelievable feeling of horror and shame. Horror that such an atrocity happens time and again and shame that we witness it and continue our lives calling ourselves human.

Jyoti Singh is not an isolated case and attacks on women is not a new phenomenon either.  From Rwanda to Rome, New Delhi to New York; Melbourne to Milan and Sydney to Sudan, attacks and assaults on women is a common almost daily occurrence  more in some parts than the other.

Ironically, Hindu Mythology worships Females.  Creation is referred as feminine, Earth is called Mother, Countries we are born in are called Mother-Country and the native language we speak is called Mother-tongue.  Indians worship Goddess of Wealth – Lakshmi, Goddess of Education – Saraswati, and Goddess of Higher Intelligence – Gayatri.  There are countless stories of Goddesses having fought horrific wars to win good over evil and reestablish righteousness.

So, the question remains, how can an Indian Male worship Goddess in different forms and yet commit such horrific acts on a female.  How can we women pray to different Goddesses and yet can be incredibly cruel and judgmental against fellow women – be it a mother, mother-in-law, daughter or a daughter-in-law.

This painting is my tribute to Jyoti Singh Pandey and many millions like her who are made to suffer.  The painting depicts Shakti (meaning sacred force or empowerment) it is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism. Whilst Shakti sheds compassionate tears at the brutal attempt to tear her down, she also provides infinite source of hope, wisdom, courage and inspiration through selflessness and generosity.  We women have an obligation to learn to rise on that courage and inspiration provided by the selfless suffering of the likes of Jyoti Singh and stand united to stop the violence against women.  What is also most important is that we women need to stop violence against ourselves and towards fellow women.

As Alice Walker wrote in her poem “To Stop the Violence Against Woman”….

Woman
To Stop the Violence
Against
Woman,
Woman
Must stop the violence
Against
Herself.

We can begin to do this
Now, Now that we see
A sky
And not a Rock
A stick
Or a fist
Above all
Our Heads.

Woman
To stop the violence
Against the Woman,
Stop the violence
That you
perpetuate
Against
Your own
Sister
Who is
A Woman, your own
Daughter
Who is
A woman,
Your own
Daughter-in-law
Who is
A Woman.
Your own
Mother
who is
A Woman.

Woman

to stop the violence
Against Woman,
Stop the violence
That lives
In opposition
To your life,
Deep in your
Own terrorized and
Uncherished Heart.

Woman

Remember who we are:
Not “Guys”
But
The Mother
Of all
Living.
We create out of our
Own blood
And milk
The creatures
Who oppress
Us;
Whether they are men
or
Ourselves.

Woman
Awake!
Arise!
Stand up!

Woman

To stop the violence
Against
Woman,
Getup
on your perfectly
Unbound
Feet!
We have the earth
Living on our knees…

Yes, we need to stop the violence against ourselves, awake,arise and stand up united.

Nothing can stop the Shakti…

What do you think?
Love to hear your comments…
Until next week

With Love and Respect
Padma Ayyagari