Custom Search

In Conversation With.....

by Geetashree Chatterjee
(New Delhi)

Often times in hours of philosophical contemplation, I am prone to conclude that life is nothing but an unending series of human endeavour at building and breaking relationships. While the latter is an extreme step, man, the social animal, consciously or unconsciously, focuses significant quantum of effort at forging rapport and bonding with fellow human beings, be it within family, in school, college, office, playground, community gathering or elsewhere wherever interactive human forces are at play. Modern terminology has coined a new nomenclature for this essential human pursuit –‘networking’.


Today, a lot of emphasis is being put on inter-personal behaviour and techniques as these are considered the key instruments and drivers of managerial skill in so far as organized human activity is concerned. With the electronic intervention, the scope of networking has escalated to speedier track and more impersonal level. A person incapable of getting involved in this process is unequivocally shunned as unsocial or anti-social.

Parallel to our earthly existence and requirements, there resides another realm of action and thought, which is equally important to us if not more.It is our spiritual zone where we get intimate with the Divine Supreme. Herein too every individual has his or her unique way of communicating with the All Powerful. Some pray, some sing songs in His praise and devotion, some prefer to chant mantras, some seek Him through good deeds so on and so forth. My best buddy, who belongs to the Christian faith, lays great stress on lighting candles at the Church, be it for thanksgiving or seeking the Lord’s blessings. With her I have been privileged to visit the most beautiful Churches of Kolkata including the Carmelite Convent.

My great grandfather was a ‘GrihiSanyasi’ i.e. he would strictly adhere to an ascetic lifestyle within the bounds of domesticity. My mother makes it a point to hum a bhajan while lighting the ‘diya’ or doing the ‘aarati’ in front of the deity morning and evening. During a certain adverse phase of my life I would make it a point to visit a particular temple once in a week, and sometimes even more than once, whenever I felt the urge to pray.These regular temple visits filled me up with an indescribable strength to face all hardships of life.My elder sister whose formative years were spent under the influence of the Brahmo Samaj(who are averse to idol worship) has always placed greater faith on prayer and meditation.

As human relationships develop with time, so do, I believe,the methods of communiqué with God. As we grow older and perhaps wiser, our relationship with our Maker evolves into a higher and stronger form. At one point of time I had a deep fascination for rituals – visiting temples, doing pujas, fasting on certain auspicious days etc. I still follow these routines. But somewhere the fervour has mellowed down a bit. Now it is a more willing submission to the Lord, a quiet surrender to His enigmatic plans, a silent conversation with Him in times of need or otherwise. During these ‘heart-to-heart chats’ I have fought, entreated, cajoled, persevered and more often than not conveyed my deepest desires to Him. And lo! Most of the times the entire Universe has conspired to materialize these whispered wishes. At times, my appeals have also got rejected for the better.Apparently, His vaster game plan eludes human logic yet wizens us up on hindsight.

The way we interact with our Master is a very, very private and personal affair. Interestingly,the spiritual evolution and growth within our own selves are inspired by many a factor. There are many facets of this intimacy with the Divine. Sometimes he is with us like a friend. Sometimes, he is like a guardian taking care of His wards. Sometimes He is the Superior shooting orders to His subordinates. Sometimes He is the King being kind and benevolent to his wanting subjects.

Friends, have you ever analysed your relationship with God? How would you like to have Him by your side? Have you ever ‘networked’ with Him? Have you invested enough to have a wonderfully spiritually satisfying rapport with Him? As you read this article do give these questions a few moments. You may find out some hidden truth inside you, some phenomenon which you may have ignored in the hustle and bustle of life, some miracle which has imperceptibly but definitely transformed you into a better person, some beautiful experience which you may have overlooked until now. So, please do halt and think over. You may have something to share with us, under this column, in the next issue.

Comments for In Conversation With.....

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jan 03, 2012
Rating
starstarstar
In Conversation With
by: Sneha

You've posed some important questions, which is a good thing. However, Geetashree why do we genderize God with a 'he' or 'she'? It'd be better to just write God as God...

Jan 03, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
In Conversation With
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

I have been propelled by convention ( in writing) rather than gender-based belief. Repetitive usage may have spoilt the flow. However, the intent is to generate opinion on the "thought" than the persona.

Jan 03, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Right you are
by: Jitendra Mathur

Geeta Ji,

Namaskar.

I appreciate this post with a spiritual tinge. Yes, when we can network with the mortals, then why can't we and why shouldn't we do the same with the Almighty who is already a know-it-all and nothing about us is hidden from him.

He knows what's better (in fact, the best) for us and a faith in Him and a networking with Him through our subconscious will be in our interest only. When we get either no consultation or some motivated consultation from the human-beings, let look to Him for advice and guidance with complete trust in Him. He will guide us in the right direction. When our wisdom fails us, let's believe in His wisdom. When none seems to be on our side, let's call Him to our side as Amitabh Bachchan's old song is - Jiska Koi Nahin Uska To Khuda Hai Yaaro.

I have conversed with Him many times in my life whenever I have been alone either in my home or outside and at least this much benefit has come to me that He listens without passing unnecessary and irritating remarks. That's no small benefit in today's world.

Your posts are always a pleasure to read and they enlighten too.

Thanks, compliments and regards.

Jitendra Mathur

Jan 03, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Namaskar!
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

Thanks for your elaborate and candid comment. Conversation with God is never one-sided. If you listen intently, silence speaks back and you get wonderfully simple solutions to all seemingly unsolvable problems. Thanks for the visit.

Jan 03, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Superb!
by: Tanuja Chatterjee

Thanx Shree for such a catchy post. For me 'god' resides within you and me and in all things living as well as non living around us. What do you say? Will be writing my post soon.

Jan 03, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
God is...
by: isabel

God is with us or we feel His presence in the muted phase of our lives...When we're in the lowest point and when everyone around us had forsaken us/turned us away and closed the door on our face [even though it’s painted in deep sorrow and deep trouble mirrored in our eyes].

It's painful and heart-rending but in a way a blessing that will lead us to the ultimate realization of what is true and real. Who are our real friends or secret foes and to test our faith and our inner strength.

To finally realize that being alone is not a bad thing but a chance given to us to fire that dwindling spirit within us, to reflect, to grow and gain more spiritual wisdom and have a silent but constant conversation with... THE ULTIMATE BEING.

Jan 04, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstar
.
by: Sneha

Those thoughts on gender are deep embedded ideologies we carry and we sometimes fail to realize them.

Jan 04, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstar
Oh god!
by: Anonymous

Very interesting set of ideas. All i can say about myself is that i am still confused about the kind of relationship i have with god! Maybe i am not ready yet. Maybe he wants to keep me confused... You are very lucky to be able to analyse everything so clearly... And do keep writing. I love your articles.
--------
While commenting pl.remember to leave your name. Anonymous comments are not encouraged.
..By Admin

Jan 04, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Tell me...
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

Do you think that effects interaction with God? I'd be curious to know your reply.

Jan 04, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Thanks Tanujadi...
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

For your encouragement. I know you'll be penning some superb write-ups on the theme. Awaiting in great anticipation...

Yes I agree with you. God is manifest in every atom and even in smaller particles, if any. Quantum Physics tells us that ramification of the Supreme is the maximum at the imperceptible levels. However, I am no scientist and my understanding may be tampered by my personal interpretations.

Jan 04, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Isabel...
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

Your comment itself would have made a very beautiful post. You are right when you say that the Divine presence is felt the most when one is at the lowest ebb of life. However, don't you think our intimacy with God should be irrespective of our state of mind/phase of life. Shouldn't we remember Him/Her (as Sneha points out) always for all the little or big surprises, happinesses and even failures of life?

Awaiting your response...

Again, I repeat some beautiful thoughts penned by you under comment. Hope to see them flourish in the form of a post in the forthcoming issues perhaps..

Jan 04, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Hi Anonymous!
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

It would have been great to know you. But alas! You have not left your name.

As for your comment, I think give yourself sometime
to know exactly what your relationship with the Divine is. By and by it will be clear to you. Then you can tell me more about it. Share your experience under this column?

Jan 04, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
God
by: vimala ramu

Dear Geeta, God is within me, within you and in everyone and everywhere though we re-realise it when we hear good music or see a beautiful act etc. He is always within my beck and call. I love to surrender myself totally to his will. This is my personal view.

Jan 04, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Vimala...
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

Aah! The willing surrender is the ultimate worship. Good to know your views.

Jan 05, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Thank you...
by: isabel

Dear Geeta,
I thank you for appreciating my comments... and as for posting? I shall try, but even in my advancing age I still am at times a bit of a Cimarron...:) My dear Tatay used to affectionately address me as that mustang, but promise I shall try my humble best. Thank you for the trust and encouragement.
****
{Thinking like Cimarron…}
Is it not nice to sometimes live without constraints and ever so tiring man made rules? That's why I love to admire wild flowers because they bloom beautifully even in the harshest condition and impossible unpredictable places. To be free as the wind even for a short while...I do sometimes dream of being a mustang for a while, to trot or run as fast as I please on a wild, untouched lush green meadows haphazardly decorated with sunny yellow dandelion flowers and tiny sweet violets... Or to pause no matter how busy and dizzying the world around us.

Jan 05, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Ooooh Isabel...
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

What a beautiful composition!...Want some more... Truly do...

At times when we look up to the stars we realize our vision is so limited. At times, when the heart if so full with love, words are a constraint. At times when music touches the very core of your being, lyrics become insignificant. At times the nearness of a friend is so intimate, that distances shy away. At times,empathy is so pure, that languages do not pose any barrier.

This is what I felt when I read your comment...Just marvelous!!

Jan 15, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Spiritual
by: Deeptangshu

Nice and thought provoking. I see spirituality as a journey, as a constant quest for meaning and harmony. I am reminded of your short story 'The Linguist' where the spiritual moment can be seen as the moment of self-realization and the power to rise above one's suffering and predicaments.

Jan 16, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Thanks once again
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

Deeptangshu, you are right. Spirituality is an ongoing process and cannot be confined to a one-line definition. There are various shades and levels to it. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Nov 16, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
In Conversation With.....
by: PUSHPA RAGHURAM

Dear Ms.Chatterjee,

I enjoyed reading your above mentioned article.
Your questions :
Have you ever analysed your relationship with God? How would you like to have Him by your side? Have you ever ‘networked’ with Him? Have you invested enough to have a wonderfully spiritually satisfying rapport with Him? etc reminded me of the song "WHAT IF GOD WAS ONE OF US? sung by Joan Osborne!

This song reminds me of our famous PURANDARA DASA, who saw God in various forms and addressed people with his simple lyriks extolling the virtues of God and asking us to think of Him and just utter His Name, whenever we are in trouble.

I do believe in GOD and his Miracles.

Thanks for writing such a nice piece about God and telling us that He is approachable and is very humane .

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Spiritual.