Reap What We Sow – Life in Continuum

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The best way to show our gratitude for the time we are given here is by sowing the right seeds for us and others to reap the fruits that will sustain and enhance our lives. However, we are getting carried away with a lifestyle to make the sacrifices made by our forefathers futile. Time for reflection and course correction!

Ultimate Justice

Is not every generation more blessed than its predecessors? Are we not reaping what our forefathers sowed? Obviously, they have removed many obstacles along our way with a hope that we will also do likewise. Do we remember them with gratitude or only for their supposed follies? We are hardly aware of what they faced in life, their fears, hopes and aspirations, even what led them to make their ultimate sacrifice so that others may live. Are they now aware of how we live to realize that their sacrifices have been worth in the way we have learned from them? To be ungrateful for whatever they did will prove bad karma for humanity. We should also never forget what we are sowing – is it for a better future for those yet to come or leave them a world that is inhospitable not only for our species? It is worth the time to pause and reflect what we do as much is at stake for our future not only here; there should be ultimate justice beyond whatever we can come up with. It is only fair and square as our system is hardly fool-proof or fair. We know some getting away scot-free to wish they meet with their comeuppance – it is only fair to the vast majority that hope against hope for a better justice system beyond our capabilities. We allow due justice to fall between the cup and lip to embolden some to take advantage.

Lifetimes gone by

We have come thus far building on the sacrifices of the many before us and learning from their mistakes. We take our security for granted with ability to extend our lives due to advances in medical technology. Gone are the times when we lived in fear for our very survival. Even recently, during the height of cold war, many felt they would perish in a nuclear war. We seem to have overcome those times but we still tempt our fate by needling others for any reason and even for no reason! They can vary from not liking other leaders though they are elected by their people and most everywhere yearning to live in peace. Then who are responsible for the daily strife with armaments sold to the poorest of the poor to the extent they spend more on them than for the very basics like health, education, food? In such times and outlook those who preceded us will get a feeling – was it worth their sacrifice though they sowed the right seeds?

Lifestyle Choices

We are busy living our lives competitively, but are we aware of the paths we take? Or we just follow those that catch our fancy without a thought about the consequences? Who is there to guide us as modern technology has leveled the field with no leaders – in fact, they have become the followers and mostly going around in endless circles! It can well come to a pass – being a leader is a thankless job like my class teacher used to say that teaching was similar! At least, teachers get a satisfaction in molding future generations but for a leader he is just an actor made a tool trying to satisfy all and ending up with pleasing none!

Change at faster clip

We know the cost of everything at our finger tips but the real value of none especially the time we have for each other. Each is into their own inner world and busy with activities that at the end of the day have nothing much to show for them. We lead a life of superficiality that is against our natural inclination. The Hi and Bye culture is overwhelming us. Those who revel in such flippant nature will have to one day look around them – otherwise society will unravel before our time leaving us to clutch at straws in times of need. Are we aware of what we are sowing?

Inner Voice

We have an inner knowing to tell us life is eternal and that we reap what we sow not only in this lifetime but also for humanity as we take life as continuum too – we are just links in an endless chain of creation. Hence, those who reflect on such a philosophy cannot but sow the right seeds in their role as co-creators to benefit the whole creative process. We tend to stray from this path when we get carried away and emotions trump reason. Let us remember we have the potential to benefit others and no life is wasted whatever our position in life. When we react positively to whatever is given us, then that is the first significant step to guide us the right path to lead a life of fulfillment. Those who can take the setbacks and rewards as just the same will stay the course as nature itself thrives only through creative destruction and rejuvenation every moment. Our history is replete with incidents that show us the way how to sow the right seeds to continue to reap the rewards that sprout from them. That is the only way to sustain life in this wonderful planet gifted and leased to us for a brief period in time; making the best use of the time shows our gratitude for the blessings showered on us. Life thrives in a sense of continuum and it is up to us to strengthen the link.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark for the moderation and encouragement through star merit - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Nov 2014 (#)

When humanity moves from competition to cooperation that will be a huge step forward. Thank you for these words of wisdom, Siva-ji.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Nov 2014 (#)

Yes Steve, let there be healthy competition still, but cooperation at needed levels for sustained development. We are restricting trade of some products but not what matter most - deadly arms by design or stealth; even countries are not above them! Then what peace are we talking about? We should stop being hypocrites. We are sowing what is not right - siva

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author avatar Retired
14th Nov 2014 (#)

Unfortunately we tend to see what is important in life when we are at the end of it. Money, power, vanity, competitiveness etc. are all unimportant at the end. It's how you live your life, did you make a difference? Did you contribute to humanity no matter how small (simple kindness, smile, hug compassion, generosity, etc.) We are all connected. We are all family sharing the same planet.
Thank you for sharing these words of wisdom Siva. Great article and well written.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Petra for your wise input. I think of the departed and the sacrifices they made to bequeath a better life. The beauty of life is we know what is right, what is the wise thing to do. So we cannot pretend we did not know; the onus is on us. Many ways we can reach out and money need not count as the more we spend time accumulating it, the less we have to touch others' lives. I see around in Asia the rich sowing seeds that benefit none!

We have five senses while alive but other species have sharper of them but what we do not possess is more than what we have. We are given the dots to connect at a higher plane and let us be wise to rise above pettiness to have a clearer picture - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
14th Nov 2014 (#)

Siva, first I will say congratulations on the gold star. I always look forward to reading your words of wisdom. They always make me stop and think. I think it is so important for us to give as much goodwill as we possibly can. To help when needed and share as much knowlege as we can. Blessing to you today and always.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Nancy, you are indeed a steadfast supporter and I am grateful. We have been lucky that those who preceded us cleared lot of smoke for us to get a clearer picture. President Reagan when told he did not have modern gadgets when young replied - we invented them!

We are the beneficiary of the hard work of those who preceded us, so let us take care that those yet to come are not saddled with our debts! siva

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author avatar viewgreen
15th Nov 2014 (#)

Awesome article! Sure, I like this article and I may be out of this topic but what if back to the nature? I think this is worthy of our most important too, besides lives competitively, sacrifice and technology which may have formed human be the one to individualism person. Thank you for sharing this great issues. Have a nice day sir! cc: Siva!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks Viewgreen - we should find a balance in whatever we do. I meet few and they get excited to come on board writing sites, but I caution them that they should cultivate the right attitude too so that they willingly wean away from excess material possessions that are just albatross around our necks! We need to conserve precious time for each other - look around and see those who do and see the their sense of purpose in living a life that benefits society - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
15th Nov 2014 (#)

Another well written page.Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Randhir - appreciate your support - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
15th Nov 2014 (#)

...I believe it is the everyday of it all-that is the true measure of our time.. the sum of all our lives... my Dad said always do your best -no matter how ordinary the task...simple advice ...but so very extraordinary in implementation. Your page reminded me of this. Time is never wasted if you invest your whole self to each precious monent ...thank you Siva for all your beautiful thoughts shared here...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia for sharing your thoughts to add to mine. I am grateful. When we see our life as an extension of what others have done earlier and as a link to future generations, we will have higher motivation. I feel we will get a snap shot of what we have done when we leave this blessed place and let it be beautiful memories of worthwhile deeds and not of missed opportunities or even worse. I take a view no life is wasted and, in fact, those who are overlooked add much more value than others who are keen to steal the limelight - siva

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author avatar Shamarie
15th Nov 2014 (#)

Great work, Siva, and congrats on the star page! Well-deserved!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Shamarie, appreciate your support - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
16th Nov 2014 (#)

Nice to read you again Sivji.... all of my friends already have complemented that you deserve indeed.. Great job..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Karim and so happy to see you again on my pages. Good that you have not forgotten old friends - siva

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author avatar Carol
16th Nov 2014 (#)

Lovely inspiring work as always Siva, with so much wisdom.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Carol, appreciate your continuing support - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Nov 2014 (#)

so very true you always write what is dear Siva...if only people would do the same...blessings...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina, let us strengthen the link of humanity to better it from generation to generation so that our lives are not in vain - siva

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author avatar tafmona
16th Nov 2014 (#)

may you get inspired more and more to keep sharing, thanks

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Tafmona, I need the inspiration through the support I get from many like you - siva

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author avatar Bodylevive
17th Nov 2014 (#)

That's one thing I know for sure, you do reap what you sow. If you sow a good seed, your harvest will be plentiful! Great article, thank you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Bodylevive. That is as it should be and the beauty of creation is we know what to sow all the time! siva

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author avatar spirited
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Do we only reap what we sow, or is it also that we can sow what we reap too?

Both are true I guess from your writing siva, because what you have reaped, you will sow again for perpetuity.

The sins in your seeds are pased onto future seeds too.

Only we can change ourselves.

Some interesting thoughts being expressed here, thanks siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Yes Spirited - we pass on what we reap to future generations too. Some inherit wealth and others debt! So life is a continuum that way too. Our good deeds should serve us well while the bad could haunt us - karma in action - to keep us from going overboard - siva

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author avatar n.c.radomes
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Allow me to quote this part for emphasis: " Let us remember we have the potential to benefit others and no life is wasted whatever our position in life. When we react positively to whatever is given us, then that is the first significant step to guide us the right path to lead a life of fulfillment." I want this to bear fruits so others may reap.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you N C Radomes for your motivation. A chain is only as strong as the weakest link and we are all part of the humongous creative process whatever role we play. We all leave indelible impressions in the sands of time though we may have to search high and low for them! Everyone counts - siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks ~ Siva ~ for another great read. To me this could be an excellent expose' on Galatians Chapter Six, Verse Seven in our Creator's Wonderful Book of Teaching on Life and Love. It simply says: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows."
As you so aptly stated: "We know the cost of everything at our finger tips but the real value of none especially the time we have for each other. Each is into their own inner world and busy with activities that at the end of the day have nothing much to show for them. We lead a life of superficiality that is against our natural inclination. The Hi and Bye culture is overwhelming us. Those who revel in such flippant nature will have to one day look around them – otherwise society will unravel before our time leaving us to clutch at straws in times of need. Are we aware of what we are sowing?" The short answer to that question is ~ unfortunately ~ many are not. Ultimately whether they realize it or not, we do reap what we sow. Blessings to you!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Helen for adding so much value to my posts, I am thankful. Let us not deceive ourselves by hiding in a cyber-world. When we don't look at society around us then society will also ignore us - that is what we have sowed in the first place! All the "likes" we accumulate will remain in cyberspace hardly providing succor when in need. Let us open our eyes than become robotic sharing pictures we don't even view - siva

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author avatar Utah Jay
19th Nov 2014 (#)

Emotion, that was always my problem before I found God, or maybe I should say, before He found me. Excellent post.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Utah, so happy for you. Let us all be inspired to live the right way - siva

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author avatar Subra
20th Nov 2014 (#)

Yes dear Siva, you reap what you sow. If we do good we'll be rewarded in this world or the next. As the Gita says when you do something don't do it with any expectation of a reward. Remember the act of receiving is in the giving! Leave the rest to God - he knows and rewards us or punishes us depending on what we have done. In fact our entire existence rests on this principle of cause and effect - we reap what we sow. Well done Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you dear Subra, I agree the reward itself is in our giving; that we have touched others in need. We help someone while others are there to help us in turn. Likewise, what we sow here will be reaped by others in this world while we carry forward our karma bank! Now we have to double up our efforts as not only the human karma bank is running empty, few are accumulating debts due to being - inhuman! When we sign off from this place let us just say - wow what a ride, I have done what I could in the circumstances and look at those in the "other shore" straight in the eye. Understand, we have no body to cover up what we think and to take body hits - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
22nd Nov 2014 (#)

Important messages in your article Siva.Thanks for your share.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks Randhir, appreciate your support as always - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
5th Dec 2014 (#)

I especially like this point:

"Then who are responsible for the daily strife with armaments sold to the poorest of the poor to the extent they spend more on them than for the very basics like health, education, food? "

This is a result of Human Greed and lust for power and more power.

I can think of what you shared at individual and at a bigger social and International level.
At a personal level, I do agree that we need to listen to our inner voices, and act with patience and goodness. Yet at times, external factors make us lose steam and behave "worlwise", often in disagreement with our inner self, and doing things which make us hate ourselves at times.

At world level, I can increasingly see disharmony and selfishness, greed and power lust overpowering compassion, contentment and sharing with others- which is something that can lead us all to disaster.

And we do not have a Swami Vivekananda to wake us up. So, we all have to pause and think.

Thanks for sharing this article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Dec 2014 (#)

Yes Ptrikha, injustices are everywhere, every time, and people mouth some without realizing how hollow they sound. I read about Swiss government unwilling to disclose account holders from countries like India while in a hurry to do so when the mighty America wields the stick and on top pays billions in fines. If the money is clean, why hide it anyway? And why be cahoots with those who are obviously benefiting from the blood and sweat of others? Anyway,what use these hoards when one hides them from everyone and dies leaving them behind with karma that will act like an albatross around the necks of those who benefit from them?

We have to open our eyes as otherwise humanity may not survive few generations down the line, but if this is the way then it could well be poetic justice - we may not be worth saving at all! siva

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author avatar puncakceria
7th Dec 2014 (#)

Informative article... good job my dear. Thank you for sharing this informations. Have a great day. :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks for reading and the encouragement, Rideone - siva

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author avatar peachpurple
3rd Jul 2015 (#)

true, you reap what you sow, if one does bad deeds, retribution will happen, right? I really admire that all your articles are "Star page" how did you do that?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Peachpurple.for your generous encouragement.

I follow guidelines though I have not attached videos as I feel they are not relevant to my articles. Then I leave it to the moderators! siva

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