I shall not be online for a few days, over the Deepavali weekend. So I am writing this post a couple of days early. I would like to wish my blogger friends Shubh Deepavali!
May the festival of lights dispel darkness and illuminate our lives.
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I have often thought lately, that reading the numerous blogs here in the virtual world, is a sort of continuing education. We find a variety of topics presented from different perspectives.
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I feel that the discussions we have here, help us to better comprehend different concepts, events, ideas, viewpoints- to reduce darkness to some extent, and introduce light- so to speak.
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 For myself- I have read here on some blogs, the flowing words of talented writers, on whose keyboards the Goddess Saraswati dwells.
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 I have discovered minds far superior to my own, adept at deciphering the meaning behind events incomprehensible to others.
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 I have read the thoughts of those blogger friends who make a definite impact, but in a gentle way, to avoid hurting others needlessly.
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 I have read the emotional writings of some, whose feelings pour into their words.
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 I have enjoyed the posts of those who use humour as their weapon, and of those who use satire to great effect.
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Reading the various opinions here, has on occasion made me change my own way of thinking, or my opinion, though I will not always admit this!
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I am certain that reading, and discussing, here, has encouraged me to look at things in a more comprehensive way, with a bit more understanding. Perhaps other blogger friends have also felt this?
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On this festive occasion I would like to repeat a prayer that I posted last Deepavali, too-
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Om asato ma sadgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrityorma amrtam gamaya
Om shantih shantih shantih
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Lead us from falsehood to truth,
From darkness to light,
From death to immortality.
May there be peace.
(Brihadaranyaka Upanishad — I.iii.28)
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