Who Am I?

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It is a daily challenge to find meaning in our lives as we fall into despair easily. Who am I? is worth pondering to keep our focus whenever we feel lost. We are just part of the whole process of creation and set to merge with the One eventually.

Our Place under the Sun

We come into this world not of our volition but leave reluctantly. We get attached to worldly matters including other human beings and fellow travelers. We are from nature, born and perish like other species. We have a mind to think and reflect but others like elephants have similar feelings, and also some we don’t have, like infrasonic communication with their own miles away. They can feel the approach of earthquakes and tsunamis much before we can. They also pay respects to the departed in their own way going through death rituals. Of course, there are others we are blissfully unaware of that other species possess; so we are far away from being the lords of the universe! However, we do have the ability to uplift our lives to a much higher level through cooperative efforts but that is easier said than done!

Our Lifestyle

Any thinking person will try to better his life not only in terms of material possessions that we call wealth; for me those we do not need is more of a burden. In a way, we deprive others of what is their due. We also pull each other down as a habit, sadly. We blame others for our sad state of affairs. Others are takers while we are the givers; a common grouse! Everyone tries to justify his entitlement and blame others for lack of effort. Then we have priorities that make us bend justice to suit our own kith and kin. The rich rake in much beyond their needs blissfully unaware that what they take comes from others. It is a one way traffic that goes to impoverish the poor further. Should not there be limits? It is becoming clear the rich get richer everywhere through various means mostly foul! The poor has been patient but their tolerance has limits. Why should they subsidize the greed? They had no part to play in the financial chaos in the first place; this shows our system is not up to scratch.

We are part of society and feel the urge to improve our lot. Who does not empathize with the plight of the poor? We get a feeling of failure at seeing the injustice meted out on a daily basis to the most disadvantaged. But when the ship is drifting in the stormy seas, we feel helpless. When few take up the cudgels, there are many unwilling to lend their support wholeheartedly, taking things for granted. The vested interests carry the day to our chagrin. But, are we so helpless to lose hope and leave others to their plight? Can we not fight more for justice and fair play on a daily basis?

Take Life to Higher Level

Are we doing enough or easily feel defeated, just throw up or hands in desperation. To tackle the issues we need to ponder who we really are. My take for moving ahead to firmer ground:

All in the same boat: It is common to see others as different and distrust strangers. As one who sees no borders of any sort, I can vouch that we are the same with similar feelings, hopes and fears. We can easily touch others’ hearts through show of positive feelings while hatred should be kept in check. In fact, there is no need at all in a modern world where most want to be left alone.

Each can do but little: We are an insignificant part but still form part of the whole. Every thought, action, counts. Keeping quiet and expecting others to take the initiative is selfish. At least, support wholeheartedly the efforts of the elected leaders and for that we need to understand what the issues are that pin us down. My take is it is mostly a mental block preventing us from getting out of the rut; an entitlement attitude than doing our part.

Find common ground: There are so many common areas to forge unity than getting lost highlighting differences that are trivial. Why lose the war to win some battles?

Humanity as one: We are from the same source and let our thoughts and actions take care of where we find ourselves afterlife. But can we not put our shoulders to the common wheel of sustainability right here so that we leave a better planet? It is our basic duty we should discharge for better karma of humanity.

Technology to the fore: A clear case where negative thoughts taking hold is the increasing defense budgets of all countries. Who are our enemies anyway? Like when the words are out of our mouths we cannot put them back, once weapons of mass destruction are produced, they are available not to only friends but enemies too. Never forget, today’s bosom friends can become sworn enemies tomorrow; history repeats like the seasons! So why sow the seeds of hell? The few who are dyed in the wool arms dealers should be led to the path of love. They can make more money – their goal in life - and above all good deeds will serve them well afterlife too! Technology has brought the horrors of war to our living rooms and those who are at the receiving end of the heinous weapons are the most innocents including infants and children! Peace is anytime cheaper than war and let the macho among us take to real sport to show their prowess than by flexing their muscles and killing the unarmed! Why take wars as inevitable; they will only lead to complete annihilation.

Ponder and Act

Who am I? That question should keep our evil thoughts away. We are on a sojourn here and expected to improve the lot of others less privileged than us; they are here for us to show what we can do for them. We have a heart with feelings and only good deeds will ensure a fulfilling journey. Violence is no way to prove our superiority. I stick to ethics in my official dealings and personal relationships and not take advantage of loopholes in law. Am I selfish as such a path ensures my long term bliss? We are here to share everything including God-given air, water and the bounty of nature. Scratch the surface and look deep within and ponder – we leave everything in a moment, within a heartbeat; does it matter how we looked, who our family members are? Agreed, they acted their parts - child, father, mother siblings etc.; it is how we touched humanity as a whole and our fellow travelers that matter more as they give us that fulfilling moments when we leave this place. Let there not be any regrets – individually or collectively. Success is not in our hands but the effort sure is. Who am I? Everyone counts and our actions should bode well for us and others too. Our journey will last forever and like parallel lines meeting at some point in time, we too will merge into the One ultimately. Then our journey is truly done with a sigh of relief and hopefully without regrets!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Mark for your support and encouragement - siva

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author avatar johnbee
10th Mar 2013 (#)

A very good thought.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Johnbee. We are same with bounden duty to help each other and lend our shoulders to the wheel of creation. That is why we bring nothing and leave with no physical possessions. What we hoard beyond our needs will prove a burden - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Lots of wisdom here Siva. Thank you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Steve - your visit and comments are always an encouragement and goad me to put my best foot forward - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
10th Mar 2013 (#)

This is the eternal question Siva and only the Gita has the answer.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Madan. I take a view from my life experiences. I have seen some, with everything provided for, steeped in misery while others with nothing - do not know where their next meal is coming from - contented with life. I take a view in trying times - this will also pass. Anyway, we too pass on leaving some unfinished business behind! I don't mind to let whatever good I have done to be interred with my bones but let me not do any evil - that I do not even think of, anyway. My defense mechanisms kick in and say - never - siva

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
10th Mar 2013 (#)

I always believe that we are products of the experiences we go through in life and create a wealth of learning that is projected in a way it becomes prredominantly YOU. Its the style, thhe mannerisms, upbringing, lifes' roles and beauty of attitude and experience that brings about the true essence that we are all equall under the same Sun but yet vastely different due to thhe experiences we live and create in the world around us. That is who I am, I look in the mirror and this is what i see as ME.

By Anisha Achankunju (C) Lady Aiyanna 10th March 2013

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

We are created to lend variety like nature itself does in myriad ways. But some tend to take everything negatively. It is for us to overcome such feelings to enjoy life in all its hues. For me, the lows in life are a sure sign the next up is never far away! Also the opposite ride, sigh! But when we are prepared to face life's vicissitudes, we are on our way. The rich are afraid of becoming poor, but the poor dream of becoming rich - so that explains their state of happiness or otherwise! Thanks Lady Aiyanna - we are all blessed - siva

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author avatar Xavier Bage
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Often we fail to reach the right conclusion because our syllogism is defective. We can find the answer to "Who am I?" only in relationship with the "One". Siva, thank you for the insightful article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks Xavier. Life is such we get disillusioned by apparent roadblocks and challenges which are really opportunities to test our skills and mettle. When we have a longer term perspective beyond this shore - that are found in all beliefs - our goals become clearer - siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Everyone always looks for a meaning in life, a meaning to their life and so forth. If we can simply take the time to be better people for all of us we can see that the meaning of life is our connection with others.
Great article Siva!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks Mark. I just posted a comment to another article. I have followed a simple practice for years - honestly, try to give more than take in every way possible. Avoid all negative thoughts, leave alone deeds. These apply to my family, friends, colleagues at work and even employers (that ensures I will be forever employed!). When few try to short-change, my approach leaves a breath of fresh air and lingers - siva

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author avatar Retired
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Wonderful as usual. Materialism will lead us nowhere

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks Ambreen. What we hoard is sinful. Hope you have read this in holy Koran - they will become the collar around our necks - just a burden that we can do without - siva

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author avatar Retired
13th Mar 2013 (#)

yes that's absolutely true! in our search for our truth we often end up looking for the wrong things!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Mar 2013 (#)

Yes Ambreen. Money should serve us but we become its slave when we have too much of it! We deny to those rightfully due and too much of it burdens our offspring - siva

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author avatar Retired
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Great article. Rich in both wisdom and compassion(which is the best kind of wisdom), as always, Sivaji. Namaste, rd

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Rama-ji. Your words touch my heart. Namaste - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Everything in this earth is created by the Almighty for reasons, when it is not understood by us, we don't evaluate them, rather destroy them. All are interlinked somewhere!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks Karim. Everything has a purpose mainly to maintain balance. We know billions of years of sunlight is stored as fossil fuels. Maybe, it was intended for use in emergency but we should tap directly solar energy through our ingenuity. Also, the trees and other species have roles, some we fail to realize too. We also are given minds to think differently and let us evaluate others' views than - off with his head! - siva

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author avatar vellur
10th Mar 2013 (#)

A great write, am still on a journey of self-discovery. Well said we are here to share. Interesting and wise thoughts.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

I am with you, Vellur. I too am enjoying the ride of life, also in Wikinut. No harm in keeping an open mind. That was how we accepted different beliefs in the first place! siva

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author avatar Terry Trainor
10th Mar 2013 (#)

My dear Siva, when you write, your words are so profound it takes time to read into the real meanings. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

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author avatar Terry Trainor
10th Mar 2013 (#)

My dear Siva, when you write, your words are so profound it takes time to read into the real meanings. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Terry. I write from my life's experiences and we learn more from the bitter ones! I see beyond the handed down beliefs as I believe we are same with similar feelings, fears and hopes. That is what an astronaut exclaimed from up above - just a beauty beyond compare, without artificial borders - siva

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author avatar madugundurukmini
10th Mar 2013 (#)

changes in our life

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks for the comment, Rukmini. We should win over defeatism by reminding ourselves who we really are - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
10th Mar 2013 (#)

all I know
you read and comment so beautifully
it adds colour
at least to my poetry
and who you are
you know
the BIGGEST STAR
AT LEAST
bigger than the moon ...

your name will go down in history soon..
LORD SHIVA ....
HAPPY SHIVA RATRI TODAY
AND ALL YOUR BRETHREN TOO
MAY the Lord bless you ...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks, Loverme, for the touching poem and greetings on Shiva Ratri day just as I was going to hit the bed!!! I have to start the grind again tomorrow morning! That is life - grin and bear (not bare!) it! siva

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author avatar Songbird B
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Wonderful and full of wisdom as always dear friend. A really thought provoking Star page..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Songbird for your kind words of encouragement - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Dear Siva good day to you my friend . One line in your article caught my eye which spoke of sharing the God-given things such as air , water and the bounty of nature , which I may add , is endless . In theory that is a wonderful prospect , but , (and I am not choosing to be negative here ), The majority of human beings neither acknowledge God or that He is the Giver of all the riches He so generously bestows upon us . That my friend , is the crux of the matter . Greed and avarice are close bedfellows when God is omitted .
God bless you
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella for your inputs, always welcome. I always highlight our duty to put our shoulders to the wheel of creation that is so expertly guided by an almighty power. He juggles and balances everything to keep us safe! We do not even realize that we are all travelling at break-neck speed all the time! However, many are misled by those that glitter, little realizing that hoarding what they do not require is a liability - they also become less human and detached from even own families - siva

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author avatar felicity
10th Mar 2013 (#)

wonderful one

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Felicity for your visit and comments - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
10th Mar 2013 (#)

Very inspiring, Siva
Thankyou

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks for the comment, C D Moore - you are always encouraging - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Mar 2013 (#)

such wisdom written by you Siva again and again...thank you...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks Carolina for commenting - siva

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author avatar Carol
11th Mar 2013 (#)

You always express such wise words Siva, your common sense is heartening

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Carol. Let us each do what is right and that we all know - nobody has to teach us . Do unto others as we have them them do unto us. We are part of creation and we owe it others as our duty - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
12th Mar 2013 (#)

rich thoughts my dear friend,more valuable than and earthly riches..thank you Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you, Delicia - you are indeed generous with your comments - siva

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author avatar Subra
14th Mar 2013 (#)

Another gem from you, as usual. I salute you, Siva.

I have been scratching my head the last few days trying to give you a sensible (in my opinion) response to what appears to be an easy question but difficult to answer – “Who Am I”. Philosophers and thinkers from time immemorial have been asking this same question but cannot find a proper answer. It is a philosophical and somewhat abstract poser that starts one thinking but without any result.

In my view, ‘I’ does not refer to my body. I realise I am a soul, a point of light, a shining star radiating light and energy to the rest of my physical body. I have taken this body to give my soul a form, a content and a personality. It is my soul that merges with the Supreme Being, not my material self. For example, I cannot say, “I am my hand, my legs, my nose, my ears………..” But I can say “I am a soul’.

People who ask “Who am I" are themselves seeking answers to this mysterious conundrum. Nobody can come up with a plausible answer but the moment we question ourselves we reveal our fragility, inadequacy, vulnerability and insecurity. Rather than asking this question and searching for an elusive answer, I feel it’s better we live the life (the body) given to us by doing good, thinking good, and acting good. As you have rightly said Siva, it is engaging life with simple and honest living combined with clean thoughts, words and deeds that give our soul a fulfilment. The body must engage with the self in a positive way. With all humility let me say that you are a shining example, Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you dear Subra for such words. Let me feel the ground, touch base, again! I look around and see how we tend to take our physical appearance as our true self. When we delve deeper, we are all same in more ways than is apparent. We have the same feelings. Our whole body system and how they function is ditto. But we are at each other's throats for no other reason than ego, jealousy, and fear. Life is not a zero sum game; true fulfillment is through service above self. I feel the Creator wants us to realize heaven right here and not bother Him later with further demands! He is with us now, how else the whole thing functions and who forgives us for our deeds, gives us repeat chances? The spark within is left by the Creator and will merge with Him in due time. As I have said, like parallel lines meeting we too will find our way to the ultimate destination - our true origin. My purpose in life is to lend my shoulders to the whole creative process, to keep it going ! Thanks Subra again, and look forward to more than comments from you - siva

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author avatar Shirley Shuler
17th Mar 2013 (#)

Such wise thoughts, Siva, and that's saying a lot, as we live in a world where such thoughts are hard to come by.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Shirley. Your kind words of encouragement is touching - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Mar 2013 (#)

Hi Siva, I always take time to read your posts carefully. You have so much wisdom. We are here for but a moment but our thoughts,words and deeds remain. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks indeed for the poignant words, Kingwell. Overall, we have to leave a positive legacy to make some impact to Creation. Insignificant though it may be when compared to the whole process, we should at least try so that we look at Him in the eye - siva

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author avatar Djbrat
28th Mar 2013 (#)

Very powerful, Excellent ♥

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Djbrat for your support and encouragement - siva

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author avatar Mariah
29th Mar 2013 (#)

As a new member I know on
reading this that I am going to
take inspiration from your work
The depth of you words touches the soul... Mariah

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Mariah for your touching words. I feel very strongly that it is time we embraced creation and thereby the Creator Himself for a fulfilling life. When we eschew "ego", we become part and parcel of the whole process! siva

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author avatar Gowtham Mandarada
30th Mar 2013 (#)

good share.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Gowtham for your stopping by - siva

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author avatar Gowtham Mandarada
13th Apr 2013 (#)

What ?

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author avatar Terry Trainor
30th Mar 2013 (#)

Hi Siva have you read the secrets of Area 51 written by a secret Wikinut Insider?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Terry. I did not read that earlier and now I have left a comment too. We hardly know who, what and where we are - siva

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author avatar Retired
11th Apr 2013 (#)

Wise words of a humble soul
who inspires others to be bold
this article is worth some gold
will benefit young folks and old
Kudos friend for the moral told.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Apr 2013 (#)

What lovely poem dear friend and the sentiments expressed touch the soul. Thanks indeed! siva

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author avatar madugundurukmini
19th Apr 2013 (#)

know- i am who

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks Rukmini. We are just a humble but still a valuable part of the immense, ever evolving creation - siva

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author avatar Komarudin Tasdik
1st May 2013 (#)

If we know our selves, then we will know the God.

If rich people know the God, then they will not be afraid of becoming poor.

Thanks for your wisdom, sir!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st May 2013 (#)

Terima Kasih for your comments, Komarudin. The spark is within us - the kingdom of God is within. When we become aware of this fact, then we eschew ego and see all as one. Whatever our beliefs are, we are born just the same - humans with the same flesh and blood. Then what are we fighting for? Our Gods do not need our help that way! siva

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author avatar Komarudin Tasdik
1st May 2013 (#)

Sama-sama Mr. Siva. You speak in Indonesian language, make me flattered.

I want to learn more from your articles. Hopefully, someday I can make good articles like yours.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd May 2013 (#)

You are sure to do well provided you make sincere efforts like I do. Tapi pelan, pelan saja! I wish you best of luck. Komarudin - siva

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author avatar Komarudin Tasdik
4th May 2013 (#)

I will apply your suggestion "Pelan-pelan saja" (Slow and steady). I do like it.
You are expert in Indonesian language too, alright?
Thanks so much, sir

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th May 2013 (#)

Thank you Komarudin. I like to read those from different countries especially Indonesia as I like your country. I worked in Surabaya for five years so I am fairly fluent (lumayan) in Bahasa Indonesia - siva

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author avatar johnbee
1st May 2013 (#)

good thoughts

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd May 2013 (#)

Thank you Johnbee. Your visit and comments are always appreciated - siva

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author avatar Vongani L. Bandi
4th May 2013 (#)

great page...will read more.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th May 2013 (#)

Thank you Vongani. Appreciate your kind words. Will catch up with your posts - siva

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author avatar renukakkar
6th Jun 2013 (#)

Great post, Yes, we all have to contemplate who we are and why we are here. My next poem may shed some light :).

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Renukakkar for your comments. When we become aware that we are from the same source and meant to coexist, we get enlightened in our thoughts and actions. I look forward to your posts - siva

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