पिता धर्मः पिता स्वर्गः पिता हि परमं तपः।
पितरि प्रीतिमापन्ने प्रीयन्ते सर्वदेवताः॥
What should I write about you was my first thought when I started writing this article.
Paa you cannot be described in few words as words will fall short among your towering personality. I still don’t know what relation I share with you. For the whole world, it is father and daughter, but for me, it is the soulmates. You have been the Spiritual Anchor, a Philosophical Guide and an Epitome of Practical Radicalism for me. Every breath I take is a gift from you. Every step I take is guided by you. You might be very far from me, but you fondly calling my name ‘Sundra’ always echoes and resonates in my mind.
Whatever I am today, it is just because of the blessings you seek for me at each moment of your life.
The day I was born, you consider it to be the luckiest day of your life. For you I was not a baby girl born; for you, I am a blessing of God showered on you; you still fondly call me your Lucky Mascot. What else does a daughter need? That’s why when I come across any discrimination between a daughter and a son, I really don’t understand that paradox.
I only know that for my Dad, I am the cynosure of his eyes. You gave me the best in life; whether it was Education, Food, Clothes or anything I desired and wished for. You never said no to me. For you, I was the best toy God has given you so that you can remain happy throughout your life. You nurtured me with your Love, you groomed me with your Abundant Mindset and you cultivated me with your Spiritual Enlightenment.
I still remember all those beautiful lessons from ‘Ramayana’ and ‘Bhagavad Gita’ you gave me in the childhood which has become the cornerstone of my ideology in life. You taught me how to be a giver and live for others. You imparted me with an education that many yearn and crave for. You taught me how to be strong in the face of adversity and at the same time you taught me how to be serene and sober in every other situation. You always encouraged me in all my failures and motivated and inspired me to do more better. You never let any of my achievements go into my head because you taught me Humility is the Best Course of Action. You supported me in all my endeavors, my decisions, and undertakings in life.
Your teachings are part and parcel of my DNA. You taught me how to be a good human being first and always encouraged me to stay humble and be on the ground always. You instilled in me the real values and virtues of humanity. You taught me to feel the pain of others before you bask in the glory of yours. You made me love others before loving myself. You made me understand the pangs of hunger of others before relishing my own food. Whatever you taught me are the Precious and Priceless Pearls of Wisdom that are most valuable and dear to me.
For me, you are my Gurukul, an institution from where I have learned the beautiful lessons of life each day. Paa, you have been standing like a Rock-Solid Support throughout all the challenges I faced in my life. Your Righteous Approach has been the Anchor Sheet of my life. What you have given me is the Mind capable of Thinking Freely, Taking Decisions Audaciously and Living Life Abundantly and Courageously.
प्यार का सागर ले आते
फिर चाहे कुछ न कह पाते
बिन बोले ही समझ जाते
दुःख के हर कोने में
खड़ा उनको पहले से पाया
छोटी सी उंगली पकड़कर
चलना उन्होंने सीखाया
जीवन के हर पहलु को
अपने अनुभव से बताया
हर उलझन को उन्होंने
अपना दुःख समझ सुलझाया
दूर रहकर भी हमेशा
प्यार उन्होंने हम पर बरसाया
एक छोटी सी आहट से
मेरा साया पहचाना,
मेरी हर सिसकियों में
अपनी आँखों को भिगोया
आशिर्वाद उनका हमेशा हमने पाया
हर ख़ुशी को मेरी पहले उन्होंने जाना
असमंजस के पलों में,
अपना विश्वाश दिलाया
उनके इस विश्वास को
अपना आत्म विश्वास बनाया
ऐसे पिता के प्यार से
बड़ा कोई प्यार न पाया
About the Author:
Dr. Gazal Goyal is a Global Entrepreneur engaged in a Phenomenal Mission of Building a way to Live Better & Together. She works on the Philosophy of holding and helping each other to sail unitedly and victoriously in every storm of life with a broader VISION.
Dr. Gazal is a Doctorate in Political Science, UGC (JRF) and a Gold Medalist. She is the Founding Member of Conscience Connect an organization working towards Nurturing and Inculcating the righteous Core Values to create a Community with the Right Mindset and Right Attitude.