Present of life

Insects in nature's lap

It was a fine Monday morning and 9 AM when I woke up, and dark and dense clouds lifted my eyelids towards them as I slept under the stars in the open. A deep breath, and I get to know that rain is coming. I rushed down, and went out on bicycle. After a couple of minutes it started raining, and I was heading towards the city. We all know cities are in rush in the morning, people are going to their work places. With more rain, the streets became empty and people took shelter to avoid getting wet, how unfortunate it may be. These are the most hot and humid days of summer, and all people wish for the rain.. more rain, more rain.

But, when the rain finally came, people started to take shelter. All look at me bathing and cycling in the rain, like I am an alien. Everyone must have their reasons to avoid the rain, but what they miss is far greater, divine and healing then any of their reasons.

People have tendency to seek what they desire and not looking at what they have already. They spend all their lives chasing their desires, and never take a moment to notice what current time is offering them. Chasing your desires is good, it gives purpose to your life, but along with that, one may also learn to see what they have been given at the moment, it is a crucial element to enjoy every moment of life, fully.

Featured Image: is from our kitchen garden, insects trying to hide under a corn leaf. Just like humans take shelter when the rain comes.

 

 

Satisfation?! friend or foe?

I wrote an article, and I mentioned about success, when you read that, you’ll know that success is a really simple thing. One may feel very lazy and doing like nothing when you know you are successful in living a life, and may not want to add anything to life as everything start to seem perfect. The thought of this satisfaction is like a medicine to long time pained mind and everything relaxes after this medicine. You’re at peace and this medicine heals you. Its good when you get taste of this medicine, but you you know what they say, excess of everything is bad.

When you are already lazy enough due to thought of being successful and you also get worried about something that you want to do, then you have a purpose to serve. Its something meant to be done by you. If this happens, you have to get up and work that out. All of a sudden this success will seem boring too, and you may love to try things which are beyond your reach.

Now, what is satisfaction to you? 😉

Off the beat – Travel

Yesterday I partake in some volunteer work, for which I had to travel,  Ludhiana – Moga – Bathinda, in the back of a truck. It was tough journey, but I enjoyed it. We left at 5:30 AM in the morning.

The truck storage, moving, back and forth, left and right. Our backs rested on the hot metal body of the truck was soothing in a way.  A bump in the road comes like hammer to your back as well.

I started reading, “The elements of Style” book, read a few pages and thought them over.

Whole day was sweating.

It was about 1:00 PM temprature was 43 C, the sun was on its highest verse, and spitting heat like Eminem spits rhymes. It was dope.

Someone around me had a water bottle in his hand, and last few drops, he was about to shower them into Air, and I interrupted him to not waste the water, and I drank that, and when I turned my face upwards to drink (I was standing), my cap flew away. So it was a trade, water or the Cap. I was happy with the water.

Since there was a lot of heat, I tried to do something interesting, which is sleeping, since its hard to take a nap in such heat. In one corner of the truck, I aligned two water bottles and put a folded cotton cloth and it was my pillow ready. Covered my face with another cotton cloth, just to avoid direct heat, but it was enough to make sweat to sea. Within few minutes of ignorance, I was asleep, lying on the metal, which was shaped as sea waves by carring heavy stuff. I had awake split-seconds due to excess heat and road bumps. Two hours from Moga, and here we are, at Bathinda.

Also my head hit thrice in a iron rod, while walking in the truck, at different times ofcourse.

After doing the volunteer work, we were back on course by 8 PM, reached near home about 12:30 AM, which was a bit away from house. Usually, you call somebody to pick you up, but I wanted to walk, so here I was walking on the lonely streets of Ludhiana and reached home  at 1 AM. I kept staring at stars most of the way back, and some thinking 😉

Since such stuff was going on my mind, so I decided to write this before I sleep, Its 3:48 AM currently.

Its always good to do off the beat stuff, refreshes your thinking nerves.

Miraculously Beautiful

It is 1:31 AM, 26 March 2016.

Life is beautiful in its own ways. Yesterday (few hours ago) happened a miraculously beautiful moment, when I shared a picture around 8 PM yesterday, with Kamal as we like to share a lot of pictures that we capture. She understands my perspective better than most people and she is curious to see, plus, we have a rare kind of connection. Examples are there, this post being one of them.

So when I shared a picture with her, she replied that she had clicked a similar picture of a flower the same day, and even both the pictures had an insect on the flower. In addition to this, there are other similar pics we do have captured separately but they look alike. We humans call it co-incidence but there are no coincidences, that’s what I like to believe. This is the sync of nature. That’s why we are friends, I’d say of the rarest kind of connection, I am the biggie, and she’s the little intellectual curious kid (Just to me, but not a kid at all, growing exponentially). I have few people who I count on fingers with whom I have such rare connection.

I am a believer, I do believe in God and always have complete faith. His plan works in mysterious ways and keeps you dumbfounded.

Couple of days back, when we were talking, I was almost asleep, and around morning before waking up, I had this dream, which I thought is reality, but later realized, it was a dream when I checked the chat history. In the dream, I told her something about me which I don’t recall (an incident probably), and she tells me that this is second incident which tells her that I (Vigas) have grown stronger now. She was happy to see me getting stronger, I’d been through some bad phases lately by luck.

I’d like to thank her for being there indeed.

The featured image I added is to fit both the pictures in one, had to do some gimp’ing, to make the images fit into one.

The art of knowing.

Bada Jhumar

First of all, what is success actually? Generally success is used supportive word which defines that you accomplished something. I have been in touch with many college students (as being alumni of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana), and they are studying to be successful in life. I feel I could help them to realize some things about life and thats the purpose of writing this post.

Nobody tells you what life is, you are born here, you have people around you, you have food to eat and shelter to live in, you are successful in living a life. Simple as that.

After this comes the purpose, what do you want to do in life?

Here are some simple and effective tips to find your purpose:

  1. Look around but listen to your inner voice.
  2. Don’t define things with money, just do what you love to, money comes later.
  3. Don’t get attracted by materialistic glow. (We all know about this “All that glitters is not gold”)

Purpose can be any, I mean anything. For some people it is connecting the world, for some its to be free, for some its just to love, and more. So basically, anything, do not ever relate it to money. What you feel like doing in life? thats the purpose. It can be mean, it can be helping, anything.

Comming back to success, people generally relate success with financial figures, but to live a life, we do not need money. People can say we need house we need to buy this and that. I think that just a materialistic approach. If I would imagine myself without any money, what would I do? Looking out for food and shelter, of course you can go life any where in some forest or so, make yourself pretty nice crib (or not) and look out for ways you can get food (or not, yeah there are people who survive on sun), grow crops or hunt, however you like. One thing is sure, money is not necessary for survival, but, if you want to live a social and luxury life, where you can watch movies, eat something special, and so on, definilty you need money. Business men just take advantage of the luxury you want. No luxury = No business. I do not say I want to live a forest life, but I can and I will, very willingly, if it every comes to that. Point is, adapt! adapt! adapt! If you’re in the sea, you’re The Caption Jack Sparrow. If you’re in the forest, you’re fearless tarzan. If you’re in some uptown, you’re be the best job guy or some flashy businessman. The best here is not best as in comparision with others, but the best of your abilities and hardwork. We always adapt, thats what humans do. You have to understand this, there is one thing about humans, they are real badass, they will survive anything, when it comes. But to be successfull you have to be ready, and prepared for every moment. It can be best or worst, depending on how you react to it.

Everyone adapts, it is the basic survival skill your subconsious knows, still you (your concious) don’t reckon it. If you think what will happen when the person/thing you love the most goes away from you or dies or anything which is something you never wan’t that to happen. So if the bad (as you call it) happened, what are you going to do? People start to think they are doomed, but we are very wrong here. We just dont wan’t it to happen, but, even if you don’t know it, you will survive! Yes you will. But it is the art of knowing, that you can handle any damn situation like a pro. And this art will make you invincible, you will control the things you want to (Generally people in such situations don’t want/like to), but the things which will happen, you will be ready, all the time. And this art of knowing makes you overcome your worst fears. Once you overcome the worst, nobody is stopping you. You are at level zero and only thing can happen is going up. At this point the success is declared. This is the point you will know you are successful before anyone else knows about it. This is not something monetory or materialistic, but this is sucess of YOU. You will let go the fear of worst possibilities of your life. You will become open to anything and everything. You will welcome the situtations and people which come to your life, and what awesome feeling is that one can only understand, and I live that everyday.

Extra stuff below, only if you want to kill your current vibe, then carry on reading, but it can do lot many things. 😉

Orignal Title was: “Fear? and Success?” but then I realized “The art of knowing” should be the title.

When I was writing this , I was alone at a restaurant in mid of Feb 2015, and I wanted to write something. So I asked the guy there and borrowed some pen and paper. You can check it out how I was doing at my Instagram

Featured Image: This image is clicked on Sunday, 28 June 2015 at 01:47:07 PM. I wouldn’t dare to touch the flower in the image as it was small, delicate, yet successful and beautiful. On the background of photo you can see a another mountain blurred far away, from where we started the trek. I do have clear image of the same, with the flower blurred.

Let them go!

Its 08:21, and following is my current thought process. Thus far I have experienced in life, people you want most in your life, will go away from you sooner than you can imagine. Also, with these regular happenings I have learned the art of letting go, which was orignally very casual to think about, but it got me by the roots when it happened. But hey, this is life, and just like they say, “Life is not a bed of rosses, but full of thorns”. I hereby extend my welcome to the biggest possible thorns, and I look forward to them. Lets check out what they got.

I have been hurt, I have been decieved, I have been scolded, I have been burnt inside, I’ve cried, I have been through other thousand things, but I never stopped (loving, smiling, motivating, empowering) and I never will, till I collapse.

“When I let go of what I am, I  become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

This is for those people who think they cannot live without anyone, I’d say, learn to give a good fight to life, if not win. Me personally, I ain’t here to loose.

“Success is my only m*thaf*cking option, failure’s not!” – Eminem (Loose Yourself)

Here I am not talking about materialistic success, I am talking about life, and I am going hammer it down.

Adiós a ti también.

Installing and Configuring mSMTP

mSMTP is an SMTP client which can be used with various applications and scripts such as Mutt, Php, Python etc

Remember, we will do everything as a sudo user and NOT root.

Install the msmtp and ca-certificates packages.

For Arch
$ sudo pacman -S msmtp ca-certificates
For Debian/Ubuntu
$ sudo apt-get install msmtp ca-certificates
For Fedora/Rhel/CentOS
$ sudo yum install msmtp ca-certificates

Create a new .msmtprc file in your home directory and open it with your favourite editor. VIM neerds alert! (If you don’t know what this means, never mind. Just open the file.)

$ vim ~/.msmtmrc

Copy following text into the .msmtprc file. If you have only one email ID, keep the default section, if you have more then two, add more accordingly.

account default
host smtp.gmail.com
from email@youremailhost.com
auth on
port 587
user email@gmail.com
password MySecret
logfile ~/.msmtp.log
tls on
tls_starttls on
tls_trust_file /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt


account custom
tls off
tls_starttls off
host smtp.youremailhost.com
from email@youremailhost.com
auth yes 
port 25
user email@youremailhost.com
passwordeval gpg -q --for-your-eyes-only --no-tty -d .mutt/.pass.gpg | awk '/email@youremailhost.com:/ {print $2}'
logfile ~/.msmtp.log

As you can see I have two examples one with simple password and one with encrypted password. You can use password variable for basic use, as used for default account in .msmtprc file. If you don’t want your friends to see your password, who use your computer, and more specifically your user, then you should definately use passwordeval variable. passwordeval variable tells the msmtp to fetch password from an encryped gpg file. More details on Encrypting password in with GnuPG, of course you need to see what you want from that link.

Test your configuration with following command

echo -e "Subject: Test Mail\r\n\r\nThis is a test mail" |msmtp --debug --from=default -t username@gmail.com

It probably won’t work 😉 Change permissions of .msmtprc file then.

chmod 600 .msmtprc

Doesn’t work? Apply common sense!

Still not working? poke me !