As I approached 68 (2013), my son, Anand insisted that I had proven enough in my 45-year long career and it was time I took life a little easier; enjoy traveling (that I love) and social life.
Yet, I somehow wanted to contribute positively and was exploring my options. My son-in-law, Navin suggested that I should write and share my experiences, “being a self-made man, you should tell the next generation how you overcame various obstacles to reach this position, in both, business and social circles.”
He pointed out that while I was sharing my experiences with family and friends, as they approached me, a blog had the potential to take your voice to many, many more. He also insisted that I start mentoring youngsters who were new in their businesses.
I was convinced. I offered my services pro bono, as part of a Guidance Program. Also, I started writing on this blog, bringing out figments from my memory as experiences that might be of value to the readers here. My daughter Meeta is sweet enough to spare her time to edit what I write.
As a youngster, I thought one meal a day, one set of school uniform a year, a public place to study, lack of finance and basic shelter would keep me from achieving my dreams. To compensate, I started giving 110% of what was normally expected. Yes, 110% even in bad deeds! This worked.
The very limitations started inspiring me in different phases of my life – meritorious results in studies; strength to shoulder family responsibilities; satisfied employers; establishing a successful business of my own; and in my adventure trips and other travel plans.
Having done what I wanted to, I agreed it was time for me to expose myself! I felt, through this blog, I could and should share my expereinces. Hopefully, readers would find some bits useful and if not, they’d enjoy reading.
Look forward to interact with you.
As always it was good to read the blog to come to know about something which is so close to the city I live in, Pune but didn’t know about till date.
After reading the blog I searched for “Pir Qamar Ali Shah Darvesh” in google to find out where this place is exactly and found many links including some from you tube where they have shown people lifting the stone on their own and in groups. One such link is below where one single person lifted the stone till his shoulder before letting it drop behind him.
Navin, I respect and at times get amazed your art of finding the facts,
What I had seen at this Dargah was that chanting any other words did not work. Even number of participants could not do it either. The lifters had not to apply force. Just a minimum effort to lift the finger. This may not be unique, but not common too.
I agree with you that the gurus used it to prove the power of faith. But every guru is not able to do it. If at all we say it is a miracle in present day, it is due to the fact that we have not been able to decipher that science or technology so far. This Dargah incident made me to realise that whatever miracles expressed in our Epics could as well be believed.
This also was a interesting read…….keep it up sir, you have an interesting way to share your experience
Indian Sceptic, “anti-Guru” B.Premanand who devoted his life to investigating various miraculous/paranormal claims all over India disproved this by showing that 4 people were able to lift the stone without chanting Qamar Ali Darvesh’s name.
This concept of lifting a heavy weight or a human being using just fingers of many people is not unique to Qamar Ali Darvesh’s dargah – it is used by various people all over the world for various purposes – Gurus use it to prove the power of faith, but boy scouts use this as an exercise to teach the children teamwork. All the people have to apply force at the exact same time, and that is what the chanting achieves. (The chanting can be replaced by counting, with the same results.)