The image is of a Cricketing batsman anticipating a delivery from the bowler at the other end of the wicket.

This topic has been suggested by Shackman for our weekly Two On One Friday Blog Post. Please go over to his blog to see what he has to say on the topic.


a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen in the near future:
As with most pleasures, it’s not so much the experience itself as the anticipation that is enjoyable.
The postponement of the film’s sequel has held cinemagoers in eager anticipation for several months.”
~ Cambridge Dictionary.

Having no wild or even tame oats to sow any more, I have little to look forward to in my life in anticipation for something that is likely to happen in the near or distant future.  On a daily basis I have three things that I anticipate and I have one long term anticipation.

My day inevitably starts with anticipation for the arrival of the daily newspapers. Once I have organised myself comfortably and settled down to read them, the mood changes to various emotions. Disgust, happiness, anxiety, pity, sorrow, joy etc, depending on what the contents convey. While I am going through all those emotions for about an hour and a half, there is an undercurrent of anticipation for the settling down to solving my daily quota of crossword puzzles.

The next thing I anticipate is my afternoon siesta with the hope that I do not get disturbed by visitors or telephone calls.  By and large I am satisfied with the time I do get for it but, occasionally, courier delivery men will disturb and that disturbs my equilibrium somewhat.

The last thing I anticipate is a good night’s sleep and I inevitably get it.

In the long term, I anticipate a simple death having already lived eight years beyond our national average life expectancy for men,  and I regularly use two Vedic prayers.

ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिंम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ।।

Om Tryambakam(pronounced as Trayambakai) Yajamahe Sugandhim pushtivardhanam; Urvaarukamiva bandhanaan Mrityormuksheeya maamritaat.

“We worship the three-eyed One (Lord Siva) who is fragrant and who nourishes all beings; may He liberate me from death, for the sake of Immortality, even as the cucumber is severed from its bondage (of the creeper).”

अनायासेन मरणं विनादैन्येन जीवनं ।
देहि मे कृपया शम्भो त्वयि भक्तिं अचन्चलं ॥

Anaayesaena maranam ,Vinaa dhainyaena jeevanam
Daehi mae Kripayaa shambho ,Thvaya bhakthim achanchalam

Meaning : Requesting Lord Shiva to kindly grant three wishes:-

  • To give a peaceful death without any bodily troubles to me or others
  • A life without any trouble for the basic needs
  • Total Bhakti to Lord shiva.

Some three decades ago, my Guru instructed me on Action and Outcomes. The gist is that there are four possible outcomes for any action taken – 1. Get what is expected; 2. Get more than what is expected; 3. Get less than what is expected and 4. Get something totally different to what was expected.

The trick in living a life of balance and comfort is in accepting that any of these four outcomes are possible and accepting whatever comes out of our actions as what we deserve at that particular point of time.

This clip explains that well and it gives me great pleasure in sharing it with my readers.


Grannymar had this to say in my post on my recent pilgrimage.

“I hope you said one for me when you reached the temple!”

The prayer that I offered was this:

Swasthi prajabhya paripalayantham, Nyayena margena maheem maheesa, Gobrahmanebhyo shubhamasthu nithyam, Loka samastha Sukhino bhavantu.

Let good things occur to the king of the country,
Who looks after his people well, in the path of justice, Let Cows* and Brahmins** have a pleasant life daily, Let all people of the world have a very pleasant life.
*wealth was measured by cows in those times ** People in search of God

Kale varshathu parjanya, Prauthwee sasya shalini, Deso yam kshobha rahitha, SAjjana santhu nirbhaya.

Let the monsoon be timely and plentiful, Let earth be covered with vegetation, Let the country live without problems, And let good people never have fear.

Aputhra puthrina santhu, Puthrina santhu pouthrina, Adhana sadhana,
Santhu jeevanthu sarada satham.

Let sonless people have son,
Let people with son have grand sons, And let people who are poor or rich, Live and see one hundred autumns.

Sarvathra sukhina santhu,
Sarve santhu niramaya,
Sarve bhadrani pasyanthu,
Ma kaschid dukha bhag bhaveth.

Let people live with pleasure everywhere, Let all people live without diseases,
Let every one feel themselves secure, And let none have at anytime sorrow,

Om Sarvesham swasthir bhavthu, Om Sarvesham santhir Bhavathu, Om Sarvesham poornam Bhavathu, Om Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavathu.

Let comfort be every where,
Let peace be everywhere,
Let there be plenty everywhere,
And let good things happen everywhere.

Om Santhi, Om Santhi, Om Santhi

Let there be peace, Let there be peace, Let there be peace.

(Mangalya Prarthana
(Universal Prayer to well being from the Vedas) Translated by


The topic for Blog Action Day 2010 is WATER and everyone will be posting on this topic on 15th October 2010. Nearly one billion people in the world don’t have access to clean water and around 42,000 people die each week from water-borne diseases. But water availability, or rather the lack of it, impacts a wide variety of issues from the environment to women’s rights and from technology to fashion. So there are a really wide range of topics and angles to look at this years topic from.

In India, among the Hindus, water is given the highest respect possible. Traditional prayers and oblations are always with the use of water. Rig Veda says,

“Yaapo divyaa utavaa sravanti khanitrimaa utavaa yaa swayarn jaa /
samudraartha yaa soochayapaavakaasta aap devi iha mamavantu //”
(Rig-Veda, VII 49.2)

‘The waters which are from heaven
and which flow after being dug,
and even those that spring by themselves,
the bright pure waters which lead to the sea,
may those divine waters protect me here’.

In daily prayers, the elements are invoked to provide timely and copious rains as follows;

Kaale varshatu parjanyaha,
Prithivi shashyashalini,
Deshoyam kshobharahitaha,,
Sad janaath santu nirbhayaaha.

May rains come at the proper time.
May the earth produce all types of grains,
May the country be free from famine.
May good people be free from fear.

Bathing takes a ritual fervour and the holy rivers of Ganga and Jamuna are requested to represent themselves in the water being used for bathing.

This same civilisation today treats water differently. All the holy rivers are polluted and no one seems to care. Ground water levels are depleting rapidly and salinity is creeping in many parts of the country due to excess use of ground water resources.

Some initiatives like rain water harvesting, water conservation and improving the condition of the rivers are slowly beginning to catch the imagination of Indians.

I hope that in my life time, I will be able to see the Mula-Mutha that runs just 200 meters away from our home, shown above, gets back to the river that inspired me to settle down on its banks.