Something good…

After a long time, I am beginning to feel peaceful and finding it easy to just sit back and enjoy life as it comes. I am really lucky to be feeling this way. I am exploring new places, having new experiences, and more importantly discovering myself through this journey, eventhough it is only a trip to study abroad. I am without any regrets today about making this choice. It makes me feel stupid about having to think of getting out of here last year! I guess everyone feels that way when they are out of their house for the first time in their life!

New Year… New Semester…

White washed ceilings and walls

Piles of books and files

Tabs opened with facebook and youtube

A dairy with days to count down

I am back to my life in Sydney. Boring in the morning and night, yet exciting throughout the rest of the day… I wish I was asleep throughout this year and let the time fly past me like a concord! I don’t feel so homesick this time and that is all through God’s grace. Just before I left Sg, I prayed to Ganesha to please not give me so much homesickness. I am so glad that God answered my prayers… I did feel sad on the first day. But now I feel better. Thanks to God!

Summer session has started, and classes are going on right now. Such an intensive period of time during the semester, the mid-sem exam is about a week away and the final exam under a month away!! I have to do nothing now, except study all the time. Company law is a tough subject. I hope I get through it.

Studies aside, I think this semester will be fun. Because there are quite some places I wish to travel to. Right now in my mind are two place: Newcastle and Cairns. Newcastle, to visit Uma, my friend who has just moved there to commence her studies. Cairns, to see the Great Barrier Reef!!! 🙂 This is something for me to look forward to!

Travel plans in this year: I wish to visit Melbourne and New Zealand for sure! Hopefully I can do this in April. Let’s see if I get some friends to go with! 🙂

BK: Dangerous or peace-loving?

The ‘wanting’ to belong somewhere, like in a cult, is just a feeling of inadequacy you have in yourself. Because without that particular organisation that you belong to, you cannot survive, you cannot live peacefully. This only means that you have become dependent on something that is slowly taking over your mind, body and soul. When this has happened, there is no way out. Or the only way out is too far ahead, that you have to struggle immensely to bring out your feathers and fly away as far as you can from the cult organisation you once belonged to.

This link tells the truth about this particular cult organisation I have come across. Not only did I learn about this through this website, I have had personal experiences too. I have a few friends who are currently in this cult, one or two of them are in it for many years. I don’t know what they go through during their “sessions” or whatever they call it. I don’t know whether they are exposed to the teachings I have learned of them through their organisation’s website. But their behaviour is typical of a fully indoctrinated BK.

It seems like the people stuck in this doomsday cult, believing that the world is going to end and that only their God can save them, are pretty stupid. If their ‘god’ is really the God, then that God is all-powerful. If so, then the God who can bring down a cataclysmic event that destroys the entire Earth, would also be able to save the billions of people. If the God is almighty as they claim, then the God would not be choosy and judgemental enough to say that only a few chosen ones will survive and the rest will perish. This simple thinking itself shows how idiotic their teachings are. Finally, claiming that the Earth is only 5000 years old, is beyond stupidity. Science has already proven that the Earth and this Universe is much much older. In fact, there are fossils dating a few billion years old!!

Many of their beliefs take the form of practices in Hinduism, but it is definitely NOT Hinduism!! This is because the Hindu Dharma would never tell you to be celibate even after marriage and it would never tell you to see and treat your spouse as a sibling!! Hindu Dharma would not force you to be strictly vegetarians. The ‘Raja Yoga’ they teach, is definitely not the Raja Yoga given by Patanjali. If it was, then the BK has no right to claim it as its own version! Therefore, adorning a garb of ‘Hinduism’ or some form of Eastern influence through the use of its borrowed lingo, the BK is showing itself as being not far from Hinduism. Because of this, many Indians think that they are following a spiritual path within the confines of Hindu Dharma, being completely satisfied with their chosen life path, but they are being grossly misled!!

Another interesting point to note is that every cult focuses on charity. They teach charity, showing compassion to the needy, helping the poor, building hospitals, collecting donations, etc. This is their bait that they throw at people. Some cults modernise themselves and appear to be teaching ‘stress-management’ and ‘how to live happily’… All these are simple baits to lure you into the cult and marry you off to their ‘god’.

All I say is people, please come out of it! Be it any cult you are in, be it any leader you are following, just put aside some time and reflect on why you are in the cult. Think about whether first of all, is it a cult? Does it have all the signs of a cult? Talk to people who have left the cult organisation for some reason or other. Learn why they decided to leave. If you think the cult you are in, be it BK, AOL or Nityananda’s DhyanaPeetam, is genuine, then why would so many people leave and say bad things about it? Please think through if you have certain inadequacies in life, and if they are met, would you be willing to leave the cult? Think about whether you would be able to live without being part of the cult. If you can, then it means that they haven’t controlled your mind. It means that you are free to leave anytime you want, so you are not bound to it. If they are making you feel guilty, then remember that they are already controlling you!

First post for 2012 :)

Wow… I can’t believe myself that it has been so long since I’ve written a post in this blog. I haven’t been busy, I admit it. I was just not in the mood to sit and write a post about all that is happening in my life right now. Too many things to talk about and bore the people reading my blog. So I have decided to write about 2011 in general and leave out the details to be divulged in a friendly chat with people I’m close to.

A new beginning… That is what we are all heading towards. But at the same time, we should not forget our past that has paved the way to our new beginning. 2011 has been an immensely satisfying year for me. The beginning was horrible. I was depressed about not defining my place in life. I was shocked at the revelation that my career was in a pit. But the situation improved during the middle of the year when I got into Macquarie University in Sydney to do a Masters in Accounting. I never thought I would be traversing this career path, but alas, here I am.

The last six months have been both sad and happy. Sad because I had to part with my dear family and friends. Happy because I was out there myself, exploring a new land, new people and new environment. This is the first time I travelled by myself, lived by myself and had a taste of that independence that I longed for. The only thing was that I wasn’t living off myself. I was being sponsored by my dad. Haha.

For 2012, I am looking forward to a great year as I will be spending all four seasons down south. I hope to travel to places I’ve longed to travel to, such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Tasmania, New Zealand, and Fiji… I hope to meet new people and make new friends. I do aim to excel in my career field as well. The first semester grades were extremely rewarding, thanks to God! I hope I can continue to do well that way, with God’s grace…

This year seems to be offering me with more opportunities in my life, I can see the entire year filled with activities and engagements. I hope to make full use of them for my interpersonal growth. Such and a lot more are my resolutions for the upcoming year 2012… 🙂

I have another week left in Singapore to spend a good amount of time with my family. I’ll be flying off to Sydney on the 9th of January. I wish that more things happen in my life this year, just like every girl wishes to happen, making it a year filled with meaning! 🙂 Happy New Year everyone!! Hope you have a prosperous year ahead!

Fireworks @ Marina Bay