Monday, September 05, 2016

Thanks Giving - Dr TN Chugh

Thanks Giving - Dr TN Chugh

05 September, 2016
Pictures and Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann
Thanks Giving
(Also click to read: Noble tasks of teachers in independent India - Dr. TN Chugh) This Article was published on Teachers Day 2015
Thanks Giving An expression of spoken or written acknowledgement of gratitude conveyed as regards for the assistance provided by someone. It may also be any kind of gesture influenced through culture or tradition of a society.  There are certain persons who deserve appreciation and thanks when they give in totality and whole heartedly so as to extend help without barriers and expectations. It may relieve the burden owned by someone due to help received.
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy. They act as charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. We should cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to us for our advancement and convey thanks without break. It is used in exclamation of relief. Thus gesture of gratitude is a step toward achieving bigger and better during current situations. More so, ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer to Almighty God that anyone could say.
Thanks- giving elaborates the concept of gratefulness, gratitude, appreciation, recognition, benediction, blessings, grace, praise and mercy. The opposite notions suggest condemnation, criticism, dis-approval and ungrateful nature.
The word ‘Thanks’ has its origin from the word ‘Thancian’ of old English and ‘Thanc or Thancon’ of middle English. These words convey the expression of thanks. The German word ’Danken’ means give thanks to God for blessings.
Certain Phrases to express thanks:
Thanks a lot; That is very kind of you; How kind you are to help me; Many-many thanks for your assistance in my project; Thanks for your guidance and support; I am eternally grateful for everything you have done for me; Thanks for your kind appreciation; Thanks for coming here to help me. In the modern days, thanks are also expressed through twitter, e-mail, face book comments, whats-up etc (through internet).

Response of Thanks Giving
The person who conveys thanks should also be given due regards (without delay) for the amiable behavior. Certain phrases are being suggested here:
You are welcome; my pleasure; that is all right; please mention not; it is nothing; I take it as my responsibility etc.  
Who Deserves Thanks:
First of all we must express our regards and reverence to the Almighty God who is the creator of universe and sole benefactor. We should develop habit and attitude of regular meditation (with faithful submission) to convey our thanks because His kind benevolence is everlasting. We cherish the wonderful life. Our ability to achieve spiritual success is entirely up to us, saying thanks to God. Our spiritual guide deserves gratefulness because he is the true messenger of the Divine Power and blesses us with method of meditation.
Then our family has great contribution of giving us many things of our necessity, choice and desire. “I am what I should be, therefore, thanks to my mother, father, brothers, sisters, wife\husband and children. We should be grateful to elders, relatives, and friends, persons associated at work-place and others in the society for their helpful performances, results and contributions.
Our teachers, ascetics, eminent philosophers and patriots deserve appreciation because they guide and motivate us to acquire noble qualities. People, who invite you for special functions and congratulation or best wishes for birthday, anniversary, success etc., also deserve our regards and thanks. We should focus on fellow beings to appreciate their love and generosity. Let thanks giving be a daily event to all those who make us happy and progressive.

Benefits of Conveying Thanks:
Multifarious advantages of expressing gratitude act as favor, service, courtesy and boundless gift for human body and soul.
  1. Appreciation is not only the greatest virtue but parent of all. It is the most exquisite form of courtesy,
  2. Gratitude unlocks fullness of life. It turns what we have to sufficiency, denial to acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity, meals to feast and even stranger to friend.
  3. Thank you, expresses extreme humility and understanding.
  4. Saying ‘Thank you’ is more than good manners. It reflects a sense of spirituality.
  5. We should never forget that the high appreciation is not only to utter words but to live by them.
  6. Thanks giving depict your capability to overpower your pride, ego, criticism and condemnation. It also shows your noble qualities of humility, honesty, forgiveness and contentment.
  7. Righteous thoughts help to inspire for good habits, strong character, and amiable behavior. We develop motivation for extending manual, financial and moral help to the needy.
  8. Achieve greatness to think humble.
  9. Perhaps the worst enemy we have is not devil but our own tongue. With our words we can enter the spirit of heaven or agonies of hell. The moments we become grateful, we actually begin to ascend spiritually into the visualization of God.

Celebration of Thanks Giving Day :
A special day is celebrated in many European countries, United States of America and Canada. It started since the year 1620, as a sacred day of fasting and thanks to the Divine Lord. It is recognized to command His tender care of all human beings even during distress. The national holiday is celebrated in Canada on 2nd Monday of October and 4th Thursday of November in USA as a root in secular, religious and cultural tradition. It now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Volunteering is a common ‘Thanks giving’ activity. Communities often hold food drives and host free dinner for less fortunate’s.
It is sincerely wished that ‘Thanks giving day’ be commemorated by each society to acquire the noble quality of humility and social service.

Philosophical View-points of saying Thanks:
  • According to Iyanta Vanzant,” In my deepest darkest moments, what really got me through was my prayer. ‘Help me and thank you’. What I have discovered that intimate connection with my creator will always get me through because I know my support my help is just my prayer.”
  • Make it a habit to tell people ‘Thank you’ to express your appreciation sincerely without expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate all of those around you and you will soon find many others around you. Be perceptible to life and you will find that you have more of it.
                                                                                                                                                                     Ralph Marston.
  • Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude which may consist merely of words. Gratitude is completion of thankfulness which is represented through noble actions.—Gerald Good.
  • The root of all goodness lies in the soil appreciation for goodness.------------Dalai Lama.
  • Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates mission for tomorrow.
                                                                                                                                       ----------   Melody Beathie.
  • Pride slays thanks giving but hmble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grows. Aproud man is seldom grateful because he never thinks to get as much as he deserves.—H. W. Beecher.
  • God gives you a gift of 86400 seconds today. Have you used even one to say thank you?
                                                                                                                           ----------   William Arthur Ward.
Spiritual concepts of Gratitude:
    Serve the Lord with pleasure, joyful singing, gratitude and dedication. Develop the attitude and habit of regular meditation to express your thanks because loving kindness is everlasting.
Thanks are essential for God’s grace, Devine faith, happy soul, abundant life, peace, affirmation, healthy being, inspiring journey, noble path of humanity and positive thinking.
The concept of ‘THANKS’ promotes the excellence Tolerance, Humility, Appreciation, Nobility, Kindness and Serenity. 

Contributed by: Dr. Triloki Nath Chugh.
Co-ordinator, Shah Satnam Ji Educational Institutions, Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa (Haryana, India ).
The writer is an eminent former Professor of Zoology; he has more than 3 decades of teaching experience in various colleges of KUK and is presently Co-ordinator, Shah Satnam Ji Educational Institutions, DSS, Sirsa. He can be reached on his Mobile No:+91-94160 48789 and email: . Dr Chugh has published many Zoology research papers; Guided several M.Phil students for research; M.Sc. Secured 2nd Position BITS PILANI 1968; Gold Medalist in French Diploma 1981 KUK; Prinicipal at SSS Boys College for 7 years.

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