ESSENTIALS OF SOCIAL-DISTANCING AND SELF-ISOLATION WHILE PURSUING ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
When we talk about lockdown conditions, two things come to our mind. These are social-distancing and self-isolation. I have tried to answer the two for our benefit. It has also been said that those who do not obey the rules of the game, they will and are suffering the consequences of our misdemeanor or not remaining confined to the rules.
We all are aware that those countries which adopted and acted according to the norms which are necessary for making this exercise successful, it is in the fitness of things to adopt the principle of safety-first percept. Any transgression would prove to be counter-productive- deaths and destruction besides may spell doom for the booming economies around the world.
In real sense, there is a great lessons learned; those countries who adopted social-distancing, self-isolation, sanitizing ourselves on touching something besides keeping ourselves neat and clean to keep ourselves safe from infection of Novel Coronavirus Pandemic/Covit-19.
In this, two things are very important: these are Social-Distancing and Self-Isolation, which I have explained below:-
Social means action in the society or community in which we are living and distance here connotes a safe distance which we have to adopt while in the market place or outside our homes. It is the distance observed by everybody while going out or while purchasing something from the marketplace. This healthy distance is about two meters so that we do not get infection from others and keep ourselves safe.
The self means the particular individual; or a person and isolation means performance of an act or instance of isolating ourselves or an act of separation from others in order to safeguard ourselves from any contagious disease which is spread through our contacts or in the instance case through adherence and following some norm of behaviour of safety first realization.WHY LOCKDOWN IS A NECESSITY
If we all follow lockdown norms with utmost sincerity, till such time a suitable vaccine is found for the cure of infection, it is essential to keep ourselves safe from this dangerous infection. It has been seen that those who assiduously followed and obeyed the norms of lockdown, there were less infections and resultant less deaths while those who did not comply with the lockdown norms or were late to react had unfortunately more infections and resultantly more deaths.
OBSERVANCE OF LOCKDOWN NORMS WHILE PURSUING ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
If we have to come out from the predicament of Coronavirus infection, it is in the fitness of things to follow individual home-quarantine or institutional-quarantine (those who are working for keeping the economy ticking while observing social-distancing and self-isolation norms as we cannot let the economies globally go to doldrums. A balance has to be created in this direction.
May Heaven’ s choicest Plentiful blessings Be showered On to you, our love one And also remain ever blessed You – the love one A shining star of our eye A star that will shine further still With the enlightenment of value system Transferred by parents with a lot of love Which has warmth Which spills out of the inner recesses of heart Generating in its wake a feeling of pride That you’re not apart from us all A blood relation producing warmth.
You will represent us in the days to come We pray for your happiness Knowledge and wisdom For our love one indeed. When you smile We smile with you When you laugh We laugh with you. Your chatter captivates us When you are in pain it pains us. A feeling of happy feeling that you’re one amongst us Whose birthday falls On 27th day of April. Named variously with love Dadi and Dadu’s Sonu & Gofu Mama & Dada’s Sundru Badi & shoti Bua’s Amu Let Amay’s birthday Be celebrated with trueand the loftiest sprits With love and longings From us all Besides Almighty God. Though in lockdown Pandemic conditions While observing all precautions Needed to ward off infection This birthday is unique in itself In more ways than one way But suffusing with affection For Amay our little master.
Food sustains our body is an undisputed fact Proves harmful to our body system When taken more than our body can digest Since it forces our digestive system Working more than what it is able to function In the process Producing toxins and fatty contents – in excess Than our body actually requires Being obese is the result of excessive food consumption Which impairs our body constitution. Fasting is a willful self-restraint We impose on ourselves Giving a needed breather To our digestive system And other metabolic related organism In the process regulating the body function In sync with our body’s needs Thus ensuring sound mind In a sound body Thus cleansing the body and mind Thus live a life suffusing with piety With enough of satiety Free from worries Created due to life bereft of health related problems Which otherwise adversely affects our system Fasting thus gives us break From eating Which gives our digestive system Too a needful break Thus help our body To perform all the functions properly In sync with the need of our body Along with all the organs of our body. In the current Covid-19 Pandemic Fasting will cleanse our body With it our mind and spirit Thus help establish connectivity Connectivity with Omnipotent and Omniscient God Almighty.
FASTING TO INFUSE SPIRITUAL ORIENTATION
Fasting means not eating food for a fixed or for a per-determined period of time. Fasting gives our digestive system some break or rest consequently keeping the body free of extra fats/fatty acids and toxins which results in numerous diseases such as disturbed sleep, hypertension, overweight etc. All these ailments prevent us from focusing on the job we are doing besides with unsound health puts a stop to focused attention to our prayers to our God for peace and prosperity in our life. Not having peace in life means we cannot serve the very purpose of our existence on this beautiful earth. Our purpose on this earth is to lead a spiritual oriented life by seeking connectivity with our Creator. Leading a spiritual oriented life means to perform our duties sincerely, having empathy for others by fulfilling the needs of others besides thanking Omnipotent and Omniscient God for His bountiful gifts which He has given us. Besides, leading a spiritual oriented life also do everything positive in life for Moksha or liberation from births and deaths ultimately. All this happens when we are having sound health. Sound health results when we keep a tight leash on our eating habits – when to eat, how best to eat and WHEN NOT TO EAT.
WHAT TO EAT AND WHEN TO EAT AND IN WHAT QUANTITY ARE IMPORTANT
Essentially, it has rightly been said, we become what we eat since we get necessary energy from the food we eat. If we eat a balanced diet, rich in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates etc. then we would be having sound body. More the energy and synergy to perform our daily work more output thus more the satiety in our life.
It is important to mention ‘What to eat’ is very important since if we eat indiscriminately, we may have the intricate situation of having Covid-19 Pandemic created by eating ‘bats’ meat’ or consuming whatever comes our way which has engulfed almost the entire humanity.
Then comes the significance of ‘When to eat’ since if we continue eating fast foods or anything which comes our way any time without even conforming to our eating schedules (breakfast, lunch and dinner), then, we are in for digestion related problems. It should always be remembered that every organ of our body including our digestive system require some breather or respite/rest; if it overworks, then, sure enough, it will not only adversely affect our digestive system but also impair overall working of our body metabolism. If we give a day’s rest to our digestive system, we shall feel light, our important organs like liver, intestines and in fact all the internal body mechanism will work in sync.
FASTING IS SKIPPING THE FOOD AND WATER INTAKE
Fasting is intentional skipping of intake of food material, drinks or sometimes both for a fixed or sometimes for a prolonged period of time. It may be for a complete day (24 hours) from early morning to evening (dawn to dusk) or early morning on a particular day to the morning of next day. Then the fasting could be continuously or intermittent; depending on the body requirement or for the intended purpose of observance of fast as a religious tradition being followed in some religions.
While in intermittent fasting, we remain without food, for a fixed time-span and then eat at a set time but in continuous fasting we remain without food for a long period of time – say from morning to the following morning of the day or still more for more days at a stretch.
BENEFITS OF FASTING
Fasting is both for regulating and energizing the body metabolism by pepping up / streamlining the digestive system so as to keep the body free of the extra fats and toxins besides keeping the body’s carbohydrates (sugar) synchronized with the need of our body. With slower and regulated metabolism, means our body organs can work for a longer period of time thus prolonging our age.
FASTING AND RELIGIOUS CONNOTATION
FASTING BY HINDUS. Hindu fast on religious and sacred days or on the religious festivals like: Navratris, Puranmashi (Puranmashi is the full moon day in traditional Indian calendar), Ekadshi (Ekadashi is the eleventh day of both the dark and light fortnight of each month), Maha Shivratri (auspicious time for Maha Shivaratri puja activities like Fasting and prayers are performed), Ramnavmi (Fasting observed on the birthday of the Lord Ram) , Krishna Janamashthmi (fasting on the birthday of Lord Krishna) besides many other festivals connected with Demi Gods and fasts relevant to local populace of a particular locality.
FASTING BY CHRISTIANS. The Christians skip their desire for food and instead devote time in seeking God. Meaning, the time spent on preparation of food etc could meaningfully be utilized for prayers and meditation on the Word. This fasting time could be per-determined and hunger for food could be compensated with hunger for the Lord. Jesus fasted from all food and drink. The Bible also describes some extreme times when people fasted.
THE FASTING BY MUSLIMS. The Muslims observe fasts in the month of Ramadan or Ramzan. It is a sacred month since Holy Quran was revealed in this month. The word Ramadan has been driven from the Arabic word ramaida meaning intense heat accompanied with dryness of ground. It is called so since it amounts to driving out sins with our good deeds like offering charity and keeping away or desisting from all body enjoyments etc along with intense penance by following the practice of fasting.
The word “fasting” (sawm) literally means ‘to refrain’ – means desisting from not only from food and drinks but also from unethical thoughts and actions which sully our thoughts and actions besides following all the guidance in letter and spirit enunciated in the Holy Quran. In other words, it is not merely restraint from food and drink but also our resolve as to how to control the urge of hunger and thirst besides devote ones energies on prayers thus gain spiritually. This way, the devout learn the traits of self discipline through self restraints too. The fast is broken at sunset before recitation from Holy Quran and thus being in connectivity with Allaha. The fast is broken with a sip of water and some dates.
FASTING FOR SPIRITUAL FORWARD JOURNEY
Fasting is done as an exercise of keeping oneself away from certain activities which prevent devout from being spiritually aesthetical both physically and emotionally. Thus desisting from taking anything and keep oneself away from worldly pleasures i.e. humdrum of eating drinking or even being away from thinking about anything like lust etc and divert all the energies to prayers – five times. Having abstinence means devoting much of time and resources on charities besides prayers infuses self discipline and ushers in all round development in the individual.
Everybody may be aware about IFTAR party – a social event where fast is broken. Here meal is shared with friends and others. Free meals are also served for the general public too at this get-together.
Ramadan or Ramzan is more than fasting. The entire month is devoted to prayers, internal cleansing, charity etc.
The devout devote all his/her energies to focus on God.
No compromise on the practice self restraint – physical or mental.
Re-evaluate lives in the light of Islamic guidance.
Forget and forgive those who wronged.
Purify our lives physically and emotionally besides our thoughts and actions. A devotee thus adopts the qualities of head and heart.
Fasting helps self awareness / self enlightenment
Saves a devout from distractions and create the traits associated with sincerity and simplicity.
Restraint helps us discipline ourselves besides a person turns inward with regular prayers.
The Mother Earth takes in its bosom The innumerable corpses Or corpses being cremated Leaving this Earth due to Cronavirus infection Which hardly does any discrimination While leaving its deep-rooted impression The Mother Earth Does not raise objections like any other mother on this Earth who brings up her children with utmost care and caution.
Due to humans’ negative attitude Our own dearest Mother Earth What we do to the Mother Earth so dear? It has been revealed without doubt Whence the humans disturb the balance of Nature By playing with the laws of Nature It gives birth to invisible enemies Hideous ones It may be polluting the environs By fires of forests and deforestation Thus denuding the Earth Crust And spoiling the Eco-system Or polluting the Water bodies By the pollutants from the households and industries Or through sound pollution Created by us humans Or worst still May be imbalance in our eating habits Thereby deciding what to put on our plates and eat And what we as humans should desist Leave for the elements to take care That bats may be the possible origin Of diseases like Ebola And now Novel Coronavirus Which is having free run Infecting the populace around Thus having dangerous death dance globally The Mother Earth which bestows us with all sorts of gifts, Which sustains us from time we become flesh & blood, Till time this body sustains us not, With no expectations in return gift from us selfish humans, Some of us use Nature’s creation Such as and other harmful We leave litters around, After partying & feasting at the mountain sites so enchanting With fragrance of natural flowers just intoxicating Making the environment so fascinating Adding splendor to the scenic beauty are the flora and fauna, But the left over litters just spoil the virginity of mountain spots With spread of odor of leftovers of the people partaking foodstuff Stench also leaves a scar on the act of these people Who spoilt the place with their profane acts.
Left out road side old vehicle parts Wait till eternity for the people to pick these up Nobody ever comes to do this solemn act Till elements like winds and rains mix these in the Mother Earth itself – alas!
Vehicle repair workshop just line up the roadsides Blackening the area with grease and what not Generating a shabby look around Green cover is being denuded For habitats for increased numbers And cultivation of food for multitudes Thus multiplying the adverse implications To the Eco-system Causing blizzards and change of climates.
Plundering the earth of the mineral wealth In the form of crude oil Precious metals, stones and coal Leaving the earth bereft of natural resources Thus producing an imbalance the internal fabric of the earth Which too comes out & reacts most violently Causing earthquakes of huge intensity Spreading deaths and destruction all around hugely. Spewing of gases so poisonous To the sky above Enlarging the black-hole Impacting us by harmful sun rays. My humble please to us all Have some pity to the Mother Earth Not for us but AT LEAST for our coming generations, If at all?
EARTH DAY ON 22ND APRIL 2020
Essentially, as far as our Earth is concerned it has physical matter, solid substance along with gross objects. These are grouped in the category of the five elements (Mahabhutas) which could be termed as the cosmic substances. These are earth, air, water, fire and ether. Each one of these elements are inter-linked or associated with each other besides the space or ether or acts like a container or basket to sustain all these elements.
If these elements are spoiled by our acts of omissions and commissions as diminution of forest cover by cutting trees without planting the new ones, emission of poisonous gases in the atmosphere from the industrial units, pollution of water bodies with the affluence/wastes of industries. Here Mahatma Gandhi’s quote is most relevant: ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.’
For fulfillment of our ulterior and selfish motives, we are spoiling the eco-system without even a slightest thought about the consequences of our acts. Therefore need of the hour is to save the Mother Earth from the pollution which is impacting the lives of all the living beings globally.
It has been observed that when we do not observe the Laws of Nature and play with the Mother Nature irrationally– in our eating habits including our attitudes towards other creations (birds and animals). This Earth Day is coming at a time when globally the humanity has been facing the challenges posed by Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. The virus, Covid-19 virus, is the creation of humans due to their omissions and commissions by spoiling the eco-system of the Mother Earth by their eating habits. This most dangerous virus infection is transmitted through minutest droplet particles through respiratory droplets. The virus is also transmitted through contacts with the infected person through the medium of sneezing and coughing.
We know that the most essential forms of Nature without which cannot have our existence at all are Earth, Water, Fire, Ether and Air. We know that life on this earth would not be possible if any one of these forms of Nature are not available at all. All the creations live on the earth and use air and water by our body for chemical reaction which occur in the cells of all living beings in order to sustain life. This chemical reaction is termed as metabolism. This activity ensures growth of our body and also help in reproduction. The activity of growth and development along with reproduction cannot happen without a solid earth for living beings. Then there are the living beings which live and sustain themselves in water. These are called aquatic beings.
Then we have ether (the atmosphere over the earth) which is essential for the survival of the living beings. The upper air of the atmosphere has to be kept pollution-free for breathing. It has been seen that we spoil the balance of Nature by polluting the air by our own omissions and commissions.
Our earth contains flora and fauna – flora means trees and fauna means animal world. The trees are essential for us since the trees convert Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into Oxygen (O2). Without trees and green cover, on earth, we cannot have good health and wellness. The more trees we plant, the more greenery we would be having thereby a pollution-free environs for breathing.
The fragrance of flowers on the earth crust, the fruit trees, the crops we grow on the earth give us food to eat which sustains our lives.
Mother Earth has been very kind to us in providing us everything from birth till death. It has on its crust trees, birds, forest cover and everything; lofty and majestic mountains, vast sea, water reservoirs, mesmerizing scenic beauties, flora and fauna, animal world and what not. All these add to our sustenance in our daily lives.
Mother Earth contains all sorts of mineral wealth which is helpful for further growth and development of the countries. But exploitation of the mineral wealth has also got a limit. We are cutting trees indiscriminately affecting the eco system. Industrial wastes are being thrown in the rivers polluting the water. We spew dangerous gases to the atmosphere affecting the atmospheric balance. Not only this even teh Antarctic Continent is being adversely affected by the acts of us humans.
If air is polluted by emission of harmful gases, we will be breathing in impure air resulting in lung related diseases, if water is impure, we are constrained to take in polluted water resulting in impacting our health, if earth’s eco-system is polluted by a mix of our activities then we can imagine the health hazards besides when the whole atmosphere is polluted, it can bring about severest harms to our climate, cause lung and respiratory related diseases, exposure to polluted air can cause cancer and could in many cases impair reproductive system etc. These affected severely are children and the old people including those who are constantly exposed to pollutants.
By our acts of omission and commission, we are doing everything to spoil the balance of the nature which is causing negative results implications to our next generations.
In Bhagwad Git has rightly been said: As the earth thus becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of the social classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power. ALSO The citizens will suffer greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain and snow. They will be further tormented by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease, and severe anxiety. Both Nature and Spirit (Purusha) are without beginning and end. Nature is the source of all material things whereas spirit is the source of consciousness which experiences pains and pleasure. Then we have Spirit Supreme or Lord Supreme or Supreme which directs our lives and graces us wellness.
We term our success On being successful In competitive examination Got after sincere uphill-struggle Oftentimes in most trying environs Due to financial stringency Or any other frustrating conditions Under adverse circumstances But determined perseverance Accompanied with taking on challenges head on This may be in academic excellence Or accomplishment of highest order For enhancing status, position and power Thereby earning a place in the society In which that person is living Such a person leads a positive oriented way of life Meets his demands Alongside meeting the needs of others According to his aptitude. On the other hand An individual adopts outright corrupt practices To garner power and pelf Utilizes acquired position For still more worldly possessions After making comparisons With most influential in the social order Earning for himself tendencies so ego-centric in nature Thus a Ku-sanskari or negative oriented existence Adversely affecting body and mind. A success most potent Is the one Which we achieve By rendering assistance To meet somebody else’s needs This achievement or success in giving Is second to none Since it is an acquired accomplishment Through practice and experimentation Which is dependent More on selfless service Which may not bring about worldly recognition But only bring about Profusion in inner satiety And with it everything That is needed for an individual To fulfill the very purpose of existence. Our attainment in our existence Is counted to much extent Not by sack-full of notes Earned with illicit practices But by enhancing awareness For removing ignorance That is the attainment In true sense of terms.
OUR REAL ATTAINMENTS
We tend to attribute our success in our lives when we have sufficient worldly possessions and with it our power, position and status. Such a person showcases his money power whenever he finds it fit. This worldly may be earned by adopting illicit or illegal means even by taking excessive loans from the banks which he does not intend to pay. There are so many cases who have taken excessive loans from different Banks; even not using that loaned cash for the purpose they had taken the loan. I would not like to pin-point the names but these people are from well to do families! The ultimate result may be adverse effect physically and mentally.
In any way, I do not consider this profusion of money as a real attainment because the money loaned out is from the accumulated cash from the Bank customers, the smalltime earners? Such people should realize that this ill-gotten money takes away the inner peace and with it the respect which such people have garnered over a period of time; even the ancestral earned respect! This power and possessions is of no avail ultimately. What satisfaction this illicit earned money gives for the uncertain life in the NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC environment wherein people are dying in thousands. Just introspect, there may be people who must have amassed a lot by illegal means, they too have not taken anything along with them. Even they did not get the last rites rituals which are considered necessary! ANY USE OF MONEY ATTAINED THROUGH ILLIGITIMATE MEANS, IN SUCH A SCENARIO?
Contrarily, a person who earns his living by adopting sincere means in order to meet the needs. These needs are simple which are based on the earning of the person concerned. Such a person is satisfied with what he possesses. He does not take loan from Bank or any other sources – which he cannot repay. Such a person walks with head held high at all times since such a person, besides meeting his simple needs also meets others needs according to his capacity. He is satisfied while he is living on this earth and feels no remorse or regrets while his death Is so near. I consider this as a greatest attainment. While leaving this world, he knows that he has followed his life observing the Laws of Nature and Laws of Land along with following a positive oriented life. He lives his life based on Bhagwad Gita: He had not brought anything when he came to this world and surely will not be taking anything when he leaves this beautiful earth. Whatever he has, is attained here, and would be left here only. Such a person does not feel overly happy or overly unhappy on success or failure. JUST A BALANCED PERSONALITY IN ANY SITUATION AND CONDITION.
In the trying times of Novel Coronavirus Pandemic and consequent lockdown conditions, there are some difficulties and challenges experienced by almost everybody. There are also opportunities to cement the relationship amongst people of different religions by coming to the assistance of each other when hugely required. There is a unique example of a recent case of a person (Name – Rajendra) a Hindu by religion in Rajasthan (Bajrang Nagar – Jaipur), whose Muslim neighbors willingly came forward and cremated him as per Hindu rites – as there was no male member in the family to perform cremate the dead body besides there was no Hindu neighbor in the vicinity. The other relatives residing at far flung areas could not come for cremation because of lockdown conditions. I think this like instances help consolidate relationships between different religions, castes or any other narrow considerations. This, I think, is a huge attainment and a step-forward for us all. Wish that this example multiply mutual succour multifies in future.
Our real attainment while living on this planet are:-
Covit-19 infection has taught us some lessons such as living a disciplined life, following rules of self-isolation or in lockdown conditions, keeping distance while going outside etc. Any deviation means you are yourself inviting the dangerous infection; meaning you are susceptible to this virus. You could catch it from anybody, any source etc.
Earn a living with sincere means, the method which we shall not regret even in NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC environment.
Live life in such a manner as though this present is only with us to live and enjoy this present moment to the fullest. LIVE LIFE KINGSIZE – NOT LITERALLY THOUGH SINCE I DO NOT SMOKE.
Always stay cool in any situation in which you are placed. No frills. Failure or success would be there in life, enjoy both! Seems cool but it should be since we do not know when and where the journey of ours will end, which this CORONAVIRUS has taught us.
What a feeling one has when somebody you have helped wishes you will! This is a really attainment. Is not it?
This uncertain times has taught me a sweet lesson, be self aware and live your own life according to your needs and aspirations and not like somebody else lifestyle.
Never feel letdown if somebody insults you unreasonably when you are not the candidate for this insult. Learn even from this unsolicited ‘insult. This is the real attainment.