Archive for May, 2010

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How God talks to us

May 31, 2010

By: Shazia Yousuf

I was sitting alone at the dining table, trying to push the food down forcibly, finishing off the last few bites of my lunch. Everyone else had finished off and left the table for something or the other. The only other person still sitting with me was an aunt who lives with us, who cannot hear or speak by birth, and can hardly see clearly due to her deteriorating glaucoma. She is almost nonexistent, living in her own world, doesn’t interact much with anyone.

I was feeling low and extremely tired after working all day, preparing the meal for the entire household and then eating alone, that too, on a day, which was supposed to be a holiday. Putting in so much effort, from cooking to cleaning, washing the dishes, setting the table, serving lunch, and in a matter of a few minutes, the entire show was over. Life appeared to be too mechanical and robotic.

A train of useless depressing thoughts was crossing my mind. The mess on the dining table that needed to be cleared was adding up to my lethargy! I was feeling so drained. My efforts I felt had no worth. Sitting, playing with my food, thinking, depressed….

All of a sudden, that aunt, with the gestures of her hands draws my attention. When I look at her she tells me that today’s lunch was extremely delicious! For a second I was unable to really assimilate as to what she had said. Appreciation coming from a person who hardly interacts was quite surprising. I then realized she was smiling to me and praising the food that was just so ordinary and regular!  

She said what she had to, and left the table back to her usual routine, but it interrupted my train of depressing thoughts. I did not actually believe that the food was delicious, as I know it was not, but this gesture brought spontaneous tears to my eyes with my heart so overwhelmed! I realized she was a medium and that God spoke to me through her. I could suddenly feel The Divine Presence. I just now received a pat on my back from the Divinity, telling me to stop bothering about anything else, to keep it up and keep going!

Through the perfect harmony and the beauty in nature God manifests His existence. Through small signs and gestures that touch your heart, He communicates…yes this is how God talks to us.

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Happy Mothers’ Day – Today and Every Day

May 7, 2010

By: Shazia Yousuf

Mother’s day, a day when children try to make their mothers feel important and loved. They remind her of her greatness and the love that she has been imparting to her family. A happy mothers’ day greeting followed by a card or some special gift is usually what children do to make their mothers feel loved.

Different websites have special offers especially for this special occasion. Barnes and noble, for example has this special “Create Mothers Day book” offer which takes a few minutes to make and bingo! A personalized gift is ready for a very special mom! Other websites, like Blue Mountain and Hallmark have great cards available. Shops are full of “for a very special mum” gifts. Newspapers have special arrangements for publishing personalized messages for this special occasion. Some of the very creative local salons have special package for mothers’ day to let the children pamper mothers by gifting them with a very special manicure, pedicure or a nice hairdo or a relaxing massage. A very nice and creative way indeed to let your mum know how much you love her!

Just for a day, the mother is made to feel special. She definitely needs that expression of love, that special feeling indeed. But a mother is only content when she sees the love, hidden within her bosom, finding expression through the role models she aspires to create. Her soul is peaceful when she sees her children become what she wants them to be. Her seemingly endless efforts of cuddling her child through the night, maybe all alone, payoff when she sees her child grow up to be a person with the moral values that she tried to cultivate right from the roots of childhood. Her heart blossoms when she sees her child gain respect among colleagues, when her child learns to stand upright through every thick and thin, rise up after falling, and stand right beside her holding her hand like she would hold when the child was just learning to walk!

Mothers are a very special creation of God. They definitely deserve all the love in the world, and that love cannot be given or expressed in just one day. She needs those mother moments, which would give her inner peace and a sense of motherly satisfaction. To all those mothers out there: Happy mothers’ day, today and every day!