WHAT IS IN STORE FOR 2021, ONLY GOD KNOWS?


HAPPY NEW YEAR

WHAT IS IN STORE FOR 2021, ONLY GOD KNOWS?

Significantly, the adage stands good; ‘time and tide waits for none’ and should never be forgotten. We have control over our present but our future is unpredictable while the past is dead. Unpredictability of future gives a lesson for us that present is the only time which factors the most and is in our control, the happenings of which could be envisaged. Therefore, wisdom contained in Bible should never be forgotten: ‘I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.’

In the context of;Time Factor, it is most relevant to quote Bhagwad Gita: Among the Daily as (demons and giants), I am Prahlada; among measurers, I am time; among the animals, I am the king of beasts (the lion); and among birds, I am Garud (vehicle of Vishnu)’. Therefore, I am of the firm conviction that we should always we should avail every opportunity to fulfill the purpose for which we are on this beautiful earth and should not waste the ‘time’.

It would be right to forget the year 2020 since it was a testing one in every way.  What happens in 2021 is uncertain. The same are given in the succeeding paragraphs.

THE YEAR THAT WAS – 2020

Importantly, at the start of 2020, we were not aware what will happen in the days and months to come. In India, the first case of Covid-19 (Wuhan virus) is reported to have caused on 30 January 2020. Presently, the total numbers of confirmed cases of infection has been second highest though the cases of recovery are more than 95% currently and the death rate is also lowest. Similar is the case globally. Although jab of vaccine is being administered yet the infection mutation is also happening more severely. The UK mutation/variant of infection is more virulent and fast spreading. Some cases of this variant have been detected. Let’s see what is stored for our country and globally.

ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN DUE TO LOCKDOWNS

Subsequently, voluntary curfew was imposed on 22nd March 2020. Even at the fag end of the year, uncertainty prevails in this context. Who would have imagined that the Coronavirus pandemic would create such disorder in public order and disproportional economic melt-down. It goes to show, we cannot predict anything. Anything may happen at any point of time without its inkling. The same thing could be inferred in the world sphere – unpredictable to say the least. I pray to the God for his succor in order to save the humanity.

The adverse economic effects of the economic slowdown due to lockdown conditions are too severe. Many industries have closed due to which job losses have happened. There has been significant reduction in income generation, rise in unemployment due to lockdown conditions, the divergent condition is more pronounced on public transportation, tourism industry, manufacturing industries, agro-industries too felt the pinch etc. The steps taken are the medical help for mitigation of the problem. Therefore, only course of action is the save lives around the world. Economic activity could start after we have good health and wellness. There has been colossal deaths and destruction around the world since the outbreak of the vicious infection and continues to haunt the humanity! If it is a natural phenomenon, nothing could be said, but if it is due to manmade then in the Lab then, sure enough, Karma will certainly catch up with the perpetrators. There is a silver lining though, the Vaccine jabs could stop this tide of deaths, let’s see what is store for the humanity.

IN INDIAN CONTEXT

In India, the farmers’ agitation against the three farm bills is also a matter of huge concern and needs to be solved. The sooner it is done the better for the country. Care should be exercised that this agitation should not spill over to 2021. Though, two of their demands have been met in the meeting between Govt. and the farmers representatives. If problems are there, these could be ironed out with mutual consultation but I am utterly disappointed that some lawbreakers and anti-social elements  are disrupting the communication by disconnecting the power supply and have damaged about 1500 mobile towers. What it has got with the demands of farmers?  By so doing, such anti-social elements are doing a great disservice to the people in general. This has adversely affected banking, online school and college education and internet connectivity for e-commerce etc.

Besides there are some pinpricks which is retarding the holistic growth and development which we have to look for solutions:-

  • Slowdown in real estate due to less capital in the market.
  • Transportation bottlenecks due to fear of Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Lockdown situations in some places due to fear of infection.
  • Increase of rate of unemployment due to slowdown in manufacturing industries.  

Following aspects need special emphasis:-

VOCAL FOR LOCAL & FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL

I want my country to be self-sufficient in every way possible. This self-sufficiency could happen if the manpower resources in variety of skills could be exploited to maximum extent. By so doing, we can be self-reliant  in a variety of materials which we used to import resulting in depletion of foreign exchange. Not only self-sufficiency in variety of things but also the skilled, semi-skilled and non-skilled manpower resources could be meaningful employed. This will facilitate n fulfilling the dream of VOCAL FOR LOCAL. Getting employment and utilizing of raw-materials for producing finished goods would facilitate not merely saving foreign exchange but also alleviate the condition of our work-force. Not merely this, the goods produced could then be exported to foreign countries thus earning extra foreign exchange. By this, we shall be fulfilling the dream of from LOCAL TO GLOBAL.

RIDDING THE COUNTRY OFF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Till such time our country is rid of the Coronavirus pandemic, we cannot excel in any field, therefore, it is necessary that we adopt measures so that we do not contract infection. These measures are: use of face masks, observe social distancing, take balanced diet so as to enhance our immunity along with take regular exercises besides lead a spiritual orientation in our lives so as to remain physiologically and psychologically fit. Therefore, till such time we have proper vaccine, we have to observe the norms to keep ourselves safe from this vicious infection.

ECONOMIC STABILITY

While a country is economically stable then that particular country will command respect globally. But the moot point is how to get economic growth? This could be made possible by the following steps:-

USING OUR MANPOWER RESOURCES.

When we use the manpower resources available meaningfully this will not only give them employment avenues but also their goods and services producing capacities will multiply.

MEANINGFUL USE OF RAW MATERIALS.

When the raw materials (agricultural and mineral) available in the country is used meaningfully then finished goods produced could partly be used within the country and partly exported.

SELF-SUFFICIENCY IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE.

When we are self-sufficient in food production, then, we are able to food items partly for our own use and partly for exporting the surplus goods. This can earn us foreign exchange too which could also be re-ploughed for further enhancing the farm produce. This could also be used for producing cash crops which has potential for export too. I want the farmers our country to get adequate training so that they understand how to enhance the produce by using right quantity manure and fertilizers, use of water, how best to use the new agricultural technology as also how to reduce the input cost etc. Furthermore, the ongoing farmers’ agitation should be handled properly to the satisfaction of all so that seamless agricultural production is ensured.

BEGINNING OF 2021

SELF-SUFFICIENCY IN DEFENCE PRODUCTION.

It is a fact that when we are self-reliant in defense production, then, we would be able to defend our borders at all times. This calls for not merely training our armed forces personnel in use of new weapons while taking care of the health and wellness of the defense personnel because they have to be acclimatized in the coldest and the hottest seasons.  This apart, we have to have answer for all the advancements in latest weapons along with the advancements in drones, robotics, missile technology, etc. In 2021, if we ensure defense preparedness then no country would dare to invade us due to the fear of retaliation.

PEACE & PROSPERITY FOR ALL WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION.

My wish for 2021 is that there should be inclusive growth and development for all without any discrimination.  If there is peace and prosperity then, sure enough, a dawn of new beginning would be ensured.

On individual plane, I would  like the following:-

LIFE IS AMALGAMATION OF SWEET & BITTER EXPERIENCES

Essentially, it is not the total doom and gloom, life is the amalgamation of bitter and sweet memories. While 2020 is going to consigned to the pages in history, we recollect  some events and incidents which give us experiences how best to be adaptive in any situation and condition. It is through inappropriate situation from which we get unique and exemplary experiences

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Bible

Eternal time is the primeval source of the interactions of the three modes of material nature. It is unchangeable and limitless, and it works as the instrument of the Supreme Personality of Godhead for His pastimes in the material creation – Srimad Bhagavatam.

A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE

At times, we tend to procrastinate and this procrastination becomes a part of our habit till such time it is too late. I know the case of a senior officer who did not have any problems related to finances, health-wise; had every comforts which a person aspires for but he had not married. When he reached at his late 50s he started feeling very lonely – which is not conducive for the wellness of an individual.

WE HAVE TO TURN THE SITUATION FROM NEGATIVE TO POSITIVE

Fact remains; it is not always that we shall get positive results but need is to have optimism to turn negative results into positive ones simply with self-effort with sincerity along with belief on our God. There is always a silver lining in the dark clouds which matters. It is our common experience that when time is favourable, we consider ourselves on the seventh-heaven but when we experience some down-slide; we just plunge abysmally into the abbess of our own making, surprisingly sometimes without rhyme or reason.

WHEN NOTHING WORKS SPIRITUALITY ORIENTED LIFE WORKS


Based on past experience, I have gleaned over a period under various situations and conditions, I resolved to make my life spiritually oriented, methodical, adaptable besides being positive in all situations and conditions.

OUR SINCERE EFFORTS ALWAYS PAYS DIVIDENDS


While we are endowed with all we aspire for, we should not lose patience. We should put in sincere efforts. No problem, God willing, we shall get everything and if we are not able to get then also there is no problem. As far as I am concerned, I have not got unlimited needs as I do not compare myself with others. If I do not get anything which I aspire, I remember Gita Song. Arjuna is still confused about what is better: renunciation of work or work in devotion. Krishna explains that devotional service is better. Since everything belongs to Krishna, nothing is one’s own to renounce. Thus whatever one possesses one should use in Krishna’s service. A person working in such consciousness is renounced. This process, called karma yoga, helps one escape the result of furtive action – entanglement in rebirth.

One who works with utmost sincerity and singleness of purpose with mind and senses controlled, is in divine consciousness. Although his senses are engaged with sense objects, he is aloof, situated in peace and happiness. This wisdom filled statement keeps us contented in all what we have.


LEARNING FROM SMALL CHILDREN


Our little kids are the ones who teach us lesson which even a grown-ups do not. You smile at them and they will reciprocate your smile as a return gift. I like their innocence and sincerity at any event and at all times. Though they are dependent on others for their daily needs, yet, their joyful chatter keeps us absorbed. I learn from these small kids; innocence, simplicity, tolerance, patience etc. In Bible it has been emphasized: God calls children a blessing and a gift! Their spirits are filled with innocence, joy and laughter. Jesus actually tells us to be like children and to come to Him full of faith and trust.


BUILDING THE TRAITS OF PATIENCE, TOLERANCE AND SELF-CONTROL


Patience always pays should never be forgotten. It has been seen that those who remain patient despite provocations are rewarded with good health and wellness. Here keeping self-control is a must. This calls for control of our mind lest it goes berserk. In life, we have to adopt patience as an important tool to deal with life’s vicissitudes. But time factor affords us the wherewithal to introspect and come out with plausible answer to practice patience. Patience gives us opportunity to choose objectively what we actually want or what we do not want. Progress would be slow but after practicing a number of times results would be to our liking. Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive – Bible. This wisdom should always be kept in mind.


SMALL THINGS TAKEN TOGETHER CAN MAKE HUGE DIFFERENCE


We are aware, there are some things which we’ve to take seriously in life and there are also the ones which could be ignored. But there are events which we think insignificant for our lives can also impact our life hugely. Ignoring these could do irreparable damage to our life. Even a screw in the machine could make the working of that machine dysfunctional. Similar is the case with our life.


TIMES WAITS FOR NONE


It is a fact that time waits for none, it just passes on leaving us high and dry. If we do not avail the present moment and remain procrastinating then we shall lose our grip and waste it therefore we have to keep a tight leash on time and realize the purpose of our life here on this earth.

Eternal time is the primeval source of the interactions of the three modes of material nature. It is unchangeable and limitless, and it works as the instrument of the Supreme Personality of Godhead for His pastimes in the material creation.—Srimad-Bhagavatam.


THANKSGIVING


Whatever we are and whatever we have got is due to the blessings of our God. By doing so, we are opening a window of opportunity for new vistas in life which are owing to the grace of God. Our physical, mental and relationship with others too are subject to all-around wel-lbeing. These too are possible due to His blessings. Every moment given us to breathe and live in appropriate atmosphere is also due to HIS BOUNTIES. Therefore, we have to thank Him for everything. In Bible it has been mentioned ‘Enter his glory with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thank to him and praise his name.


FORGIVING AND FORGETTING


Our relationship with others is important for us since we cannot transact all our functions in isolation. Therefore, whenever we experience any difference, it should not be allowed to deteriorate any further in the spirit of forgiving and forgetting. In this way, many of relations could be saved. According to Bhagwad Gita,

Forgiveness through spiritual transmission is a divine quality.


GIVING GIVES US SATISFACTION


If we meet somebody’s need, it gives us satiety thereby making us happy. We cannot compensate this happiness with anything else under the sun. The gift which is given to one who does no service in return, with the feeling that it is one’s duty to give and which is given at the right place, in right time and to a worthy person is considered as “Saattvika Daana”. The donations that are given to the right person at the right place and time, and in the spirit that charity is a bounden duty done without any expectation, are said to be good.


LEARN TO SAY SORRY OR OFFERING APOLOGY


We, as humans, tend to do commit some mistake unintentionally, thereby creating a misunderstanding between us and others. This results in animosity between even the fast friends. If we take recourse to say four-letters word SORRY, matters could be amiably be settled.

Don’t let guilt linger in your heart. Go apologize, say I’m sorry, and make things right – Bible.

EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS FOR GOOD OF A MAN

It should always be remembered that everything that happens has a reason but we have to get experience from that happening. If the experience is bad, then we learn something out of that happening.

GOOD BEGINNING IS HALF DONE

WHEN NOTHING WORKS ACCEPTANCE IS THE BEST COURSE


There are occasions when all our sincere and best efforts are not enough to acquire the intended results, in that case, the only option left with us is acceptance. Otherwise, we may fall into the web of our own creation leading to more unacceptable contradictions.


PROCRASTINATION IS BAD HABIT


There are the people who are in the habit of putting off things thereby reaching a stage where retrieval is not possible. Therefore, the best course is to solve the contentious issue then and there. One who performs actions inconsistently, who is careless, who is vulgar, who insults others, who is pretentious and indolent, who procrastinates unable to timely accomplish what one boasted, who has an acute lack of discrimination. Such a one is unremittingly situated in tama guna the mode of ignorance – BHAGWAD GITA

LOVE YOURSELF

Those who love themselves can love others too because that becomes a habit of such a person. Therefore, self-care is essential for taking care of others.

DO NOT BLAME OTHERS FOR YOUR FAULTS

It has been observed that we tend to blame others for what is happening in our lives without going into the cause and effect of the same. It should be kept in mind that we are the responsible for our conduct and affects thereto. Blaming others for our state of affairs is too bad.


SEEK GOD WHEN ALONE OR  WHEN WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE


When in solitude, we can seek our God with sincerity to compensate our loneliness. His name could also be taken while amongst the people around. Naam is the great creative and controlling power of God.

Naam has no beginning and no end. It is unchanging, ancient and eternal and it is the life current which pervades the entire creation. The withdrawal of Naam from creation would lead to its decay and destruction – Guru Granth Sahib.


WHEN NOTHING WORKS, SILENCE WORKS BETTER


It should never be forgotten that nobody has ever won an argument or talking without mincing any words. Many of our differences in the families and friends could be solved when we tend to be silent/ tranquil when our point of view in words is not understood despite repeated try. Silent meditation has its own reward. Supreme bliss comes to a self-realized whose mind is tranquil, whose desires are under control and who is free from faults. When mind gets discipline by the practice of meditation becomes steady, one becomes content with absolute bliss, consciousness by beholding with purified intellect – Bhagwad Gita.


IGNORANCE SHOULD BE REMOVED


We should always be the student throughout our life. We can learn anything from anybody and anywhere. It should always be remembered that ignorance is synonymous with darkness and may pull us down anytime anywhere.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being my priest since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children – Bible.


LIVING ON THE EDGE


We all want to have our intended job transacted immediately but in this sort of a hurry, we just forget our own security or anticipate impending danger(s) that may come anytime. Hence our approach should be to scrutinize all angles or parameters and take corrective steps or course correction. While traveling in a bus, I observed that people were hurriedly climbing and coming out of the bus without caring for their safety. Then, I saw a person hastily climbing down from the bus while it slowed a bit before the bus stop fully, was run over by a vehicle which was coming from the same direction at a speed. He had to be taken to the hospital.


NATURE (PRAKRITI) IS A GREAT TEACHER IF WE CARE TO LEARN FROM IT


Nature is anything or everything that is not man-made/ inartificial. Essentially, if we understand nature and its working then we shall understand more than from any formal or informal teachings. Here everything is natural – may be created by the intervention of Super Natural Power. Natural environment includes all living and non-living elements and their utilization in the day to day lives. The three elements of nature Sun (which gives energy), Air (which we breathe without which we cannot survive) and Water (used variously by humans besides drinking).


Besides, the entire ecology works as a natural system which includes all the flora and fauna, rocks, soil and what is contained in it. It also includes environment and all the natural phenomenon and material/physical phenomenon. Natural environment includes all living and non-living elements and their utilization in the day to day lives.

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

For any education to be of utility, it is necessary that we know the language(s) so as to understand the underlying meaning of the subjects we are delving on. When we know only one language, we may not be able to get what is contained in written texts in other language(s).  In this, it is important that we know fully our mother tongue, one regional language, the national language and a common language which is spoken globally.

Education is like a tree; root embedded into the ground and giving its nutrition to all the parts of the body. The more knowledge we attain through our self-efforts, the more informed we become.

In the year 2021, I shall try to sincerely follow the following:-


• Adopt patience and tolerance through experimentation and practice.
• Remaining calm in emergency contingencies.
• Leading a spiritually oriented life.
• Unlearning some bad habits and not care to cultivate any bad habit afresh.
• I shall experience and face life squarely rather than quitting.
• Self-belief and belief in God to be paramount.
• Evolving through practice.
• Becoming more self-aware and self-conscious.
• Become a witness to a change.


• Always remember that nobody has seen tomorrow.
• Try for self-actuation and self-realization.


• Giving more credence to truth, love, and enlightenment.


• Perfection is good enough, no doubt in that, but it should not be at the cost of our health and our wellbeing.


• If health is lost for the fructification of our ambition then we shall not be able to enjoy the fruits of that success.


• Learning from the mistakes and making these mistakes as stepping stone for success, of course without carrying the baggage.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2021


HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2021

MAY YOU HAVE PEACE & PROSPERITY IN 2021


Wishing you all Happy & Prosperous New Year; Twenty-Twenty-One
My sincerest prayers to Omnipotent & Omniscient
To grace us with God’s Speed, self-realization & God-realization
For the achievement of our mission.

In the year 2021, my sincerest prayers to Almighty God – so benevolent
The plentiful elegance for enlightenment
Which the man groping in darkness in essence needs
For removal of all pervading ignorance.

The way the economic condition has got drubbing in the year passed by
If not stabilized in the year 2021 by easing the contagion so dodgy
Thence the life around the world at large
Would get enveloped in uncertainty and worsened by every passing day..

Whatever transpired, good or bad in the panorama of our existence
Man-made or with nature’s interference
Will to excel in the face of hardship will bestow our inner potential
To come out of the hopeless and helpless situation.

I pray to God for creation of a feeling of contentment
Thus turning situation of utter resentment
Which may be due to somebody’s design or due to our unwieldy mind
Thereby turning negative thoughts into constructive ones for righteous living.

HAPPY NEW YEAR


Woefully, Year – 2020 brought-about
Some sweet but more-sour episodes
Reminding us that there is truth in the motto
Man proposes but God disposes; to be true.

I pray for inculcation of a feeling of satiety along with measure of self-awareness
By delving deeper into the inner recesses of our own self
For holistic growth based on spiritually oriented life
With connectivity with our Creator for eternal bliss.

One thing we should never ever forget though
That the past thoughts and Karmic deeds we’ve transacted
Should never come in our path of our onward journey for living a purposeful life
While getting experiences hereafter for sublime living should be our goal in life.

We all are constrained to say farewell to the year gone by
As the year 2020 has become a part of history
But the memories of the past deeds or misdeeds we did remain indelibly
As a silent reminder, good deeds brings good results and bad ones sadness – truly.

One thing we’ve to keep in mind Is to exercise total control of our mind
And transcend the plane of senses and becoming slave of our mind
So that we remain within the confines of modicum of decorum
And do not get berserk like a heady steed and run in the wilderness of our own creation.

We should gleefully partake our happiness
So as to alleviate the others pains
While facing pains and sufferings
Thereby earning for ourselves brownie points in the form of Karmic credit.

We should always learn from a full fledged tree
Whose every part is useful for living beings
Shade to the tired traveler, shelter to the birds
Helps maintain the balance in Nature by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen.

Similar is the case with Mother Nature – the handiwork of God
For Him, it is one of his creations for sustaining life on this planet
With precious gifts in the form of air, water and source of energy the Sun.
In return, the man in general spoils its balance by resorting .to exploitation

Our efforts should be to cultivate good relationship with others
So that our relationship gets cemented with every passing day
The fellow-feelings and good-will get solidified still further and made sweeter
Even getting cues from the experiences of past and our well-wishers.

The experience gained in the year 2020 and the years preceding
Would be made applicable in the days, months and years proceeding
So that nothing is transacted that is derogatory
For future practical utility.

We also express our heartfelt condolences
For those who lost their lives with Covid-19 pandemic
Who were taken to their final burial or cremation
Without their near and dear to perform their last rites.

We tend to disapprove of others on silly pretexts
By being entirety judgmental and hypocritical
Thinking their own-selves to be ‘holier than thou’ and superior
While considering others inferiors.

We should trust others as much as possible and as much as required
Since trust deficit derails success of any task that we take in hand
So for success of any mission execution, use of inner strength is a must
Also, when we’ve faith and firm belief on our fellow beings we interact.

My sincerest prayer for our Omniscient and Omnipotent
To grace us all with His graces and bounties
For the New Year TWENTY TWENTY ONE
A Peace and Prosperous One.

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL 


HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

LORD JESUS CHRIST


O Lord Jesus Christ
The most benevolent one
Thee who is the true savior and all Knowing Being
Thee know what is store for the creations globally
We sincerely pray on this pious occasion of Christmas Day
For the humanity which is enmeshed in horror
Owing to Covid-19, a pandemic contagion
Which is changing its virulence
A behavior pattern most unpredictable one
Putting the humankind in still more fear than days gone by
Due to this fear the people globally
Are confined to their hearths and homes
Observing lock-down conditions at homes
O Lord Jesus Christ
Pray rid us all of this dangerous virus
Sure enough, our joint prayers
Would be heard by Thee O Lord
And deliver us all from this condition
An unknowable reality – so uncertain
So that the people of all ages
May enjoy the holy Christmas season
With their relatives and friends
Along with giving our heartiest thanks to Santa Claus
For giving us gifts, so priceless and attractive
And enjoying the sparkling Christmas Trees
With smiles and laughter around every nook and corner
Besides the accompanying celebrations
O Lord Jesus Christ, Thee being our Savior
Will sure come to our succor
This is our sincerest prayer to Thee our Lord.

LORD JESUS CHRIST

GREATEST GIFT FROM OUR LORD



Our Heavenly Lord sends
His own Love overflowing Messengers
With Mastery in Spiritual-Vision
To spread His pious Message to us humans
Infuse huge transformation
And reforming His creations
So that world-weary practices
Which corrupt the society at large
Are weeded out fast
From our midst
And adopt the ones
Ordained by our Lord
With huge sprinkle of enchanting-bountiful Love.
Jesus Christ was sent to us by the Lord Sup0reme
For our wellbeing and effect transformation
So that the rust created by old & useless rituals
Could be erased by mystifying spray of pious ideals and ideas
Which the Super Soul doles out
For the gentry at large
Some may not take these holy ideals
Thinking these to be far-fetched
As many did,
When Lord Jesus was with us
In flesh and blood
He had to suffer pangs,
Fearless at the Cross/- crucification
And finally resurrection
To make us realize that
The True Son of Lord cannot just be forgotten
By anybody – however influential and powerful
Those individuals be there at the helm of affairs
His preaching will remain enlightening all and sundry
Through Christ Consciousness.
O Lord, bestow us Thy Invaluable CHRISTMAS DAY GIFT
The precious of all Thy Gifts
That Thee could only grant
The coveted gift of peaceful coexistence
In the whole world by Thy Grace
So that this world could be a better place to live
A place where there is a prevalence of Eternal Love
Without bias.

Born to the virgin Mary, the most revered one
The venerable mother of the God
Jesus of Nazareth was a religious preacher
Debated with his fellow brethren
The best way to follow God
And establish connectivity with Him
To change and make lives sublime
With their thoughts and actions.
Alleviated their pain and suffering
The reason why He is called love Messiah
The savior of the oppressed ones
The depressed due to adverse circumstances.
He had his own following
Which created jealousies
In the minds of Jewish authorities
Alas! He was arrested and then crucified
On the order of Pontius Pilate.
After his crucification
He rose from the dead – resurrected indeed
into the Heaven he ascended
Thus proved saver in real sense of term
Thence transformed the lives of common masses
Holy Messenger with his noble and eternal messages.
The loveliest son of Holiest Spirits of our Lord
At Bethlehem, the city of David
Came a savior of humankind
To spread the Message of God
Men of wisdom came from places afar
Mesmerized by this Shining Star
To witness a holiest event
Which rarely happens
Angels sang songs so melodious
Shepherds played with utmost reverence.
Old in years the two Simeon & Anna saw their ambition fructified
As they too had a glimpse of the Glorious One
Brought up in rural town of Nazareth
His adaptive father Joseph
Taught Him the art of using
Tools of a carpenter
A manual labour so arduous by any reckoning
Resulting in sweating
By the rays of sun so searing.
The revered God’s Son
Worked tirelessly in the hot Sun!
Thence as he cometh
From the waters of Jordan
A voice so stimulating,
Cometh from Heaven
‘This is my beloved Son
In whom I am very pleased’
Thereafter Jesus went to the backwoods
Surprise of surprises of all!
To allow Satan to temp Him
To break the back of Satan.
He fasted for days forty,
And vanquished the Satan
With eternal will of God in the heaven
Then brimming with the Holy Sprit
He lived with the commoners
For three long years.
John recorded Jesus as the Son of God
Who raised even the dead to live again
Made the blinds to see again
Lames to walk again
Demons not to appear again
Came to the succor of heartbroken.
During mighty storms, so severe
With a few loaves and fish
Made food sufficient for five thousands!
Believe – we have to, as it really happened!
Since He is sent by our dearest God
As a Saviour
As His Incarnate,
The All Knowing
The All Powerful Being.
Then on a Thursday Night,
He meets his followers
In the city of Jerusalem
On an occasion so solemn
He announced
It is ordained that He may die
For those He loved so dearly
And told them to remember his association with them
And also promised to come back
For their sake!
He spent time in the garden of Gethsemane
Prayed to the Divine Providence.
No case was found against Jesus
By those who tried Him for his faults so superficial
Even then he was crucified on Friday
He departed this life
For He loved us all
After when He was dead,
His power was proclaimed
By the happenings most unexplained.
On the morn of Sunday
He rose from the dead
Appeared to Mary
And apostles and a huge gathering,
He gave the message of love
Goes to prove without doubt
He remains invincible in both the states.


GOD BE PRAISED –  MOTHER MARRY

MOTHER MARRY


In essence, God sends the pious souls to spread the Divine Message on His behalf. This is necessitated in order to refine and purify the deluded souls who do not know that their life is impermanent here on this earth. One who is born has to leave the world one day. With this realization, one can live without attachment with the material world while realizing the purpose of life. This is also to foster brotherly feeling while following a life of compassion and rendering selfless service. Therefore, God be praised for bringing home His teachings to the humanity for application in daily lives and live a sublime existence.


JESUS CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED FOR OUR WELLNESS ONLY


We remember and celebrate this pious day, without forgetting that Lord Jesus Christ was crucified for us only so that God’s creations spread the message of love amongst themselves for peace and harmony while living a purposeful living.

WHAT IS CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS?


When we have determined to perform something for others without any selfish motive, it means we have reached to the realm of Christ Consciousness.


When we perform our duties towards our family, it means we are performing our duty towards our close relatives which anyhow is our responsibility and cannot shun that in any way. But when we enhance our outreach to our neighbors and share their pains and sufferings then it means we are realizing the importance of Christ Consciousness. Subsequently, if it goes beyond neighbourhood to society and even in wider sphere then we are totally immersed in this noble cause.


Essentially, when we do think and act logically and are having the same noble idea for others then we are in that realm. This is possible if we expand our consciousness by being empathetic to all; with whom we are having relationship or do not have such relations. Both of these people should be dear to us. This expanded consciousness expands ourselves to higher horizons. Jesus Christ did not differentiate between his relatives and others. All in all He eyed everybody – differentiating nobody based on any consideration.


While we are having compassion for others, it means, we are beginning to expand our consciousness. His assertion: ‘Bless them that curse you’ stands good in this scheme of things. He even had good words for those who stood against Him. He said: Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. God forgives our faults, then, why we cannot have sympathy and cultivate helping nature for our brethren? Having done that, we can expand our consciousness to sub-consciousness and super-consciousness through our positive thoughts and actions and even manifest to Divine Consciousness. This state could be achieved by knowing the importance of Christ Consciousness.


Jesus was the one who had won victory against material consciousness. He exists in the hearts and minds of His followers. He said, ‘I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me.’ Christians including numberless others who have resolute belief in His preaching shun delusions and follow His ideals. His presence is felt through his teachings. Those who have self realization or self aware know that in every speck of cosmos Christ Consciousness exists but only those who have vision can experience this. Christ Consciousness is a part of Cosmic Consciousness should never be lost sight of by us humans. It is all inclusive and does not exclude anything.


JESUS CHRIST’S TEACHINGS


His teachings are universal in nature and are more relevant now than ever since our world is in dire need of peace and prosperity to go hand in hand. There is a definitive imprint of His teachings on the psyche of people and that is why His influence remains centuries after centuries. Those sincere devotees who have attained certain level of spirituality can see the Divine Vision after their consciousness is more awakened.


His teachings are very exhaustive, if we care to follow the ones mentioned below, we can make our life more purposeful with love suffusing for our brethren:-


(a) We should never forget that God loves us immensely and we should always love our fellow beings. What is the meaning of word God – God is love?


(b) Changing ourselves by adopting righteousness approach.
Developing the traits of soul consciousness through meditation.


(c) All can learn to love God through the medium of our thoughts, deeds and other mediums.


(d) We can connect with God through the medium of love.


(e) Love is an emotion, a selfless feelings for others and totally dedicate yourself, your thoughts and actions to the object of your love.


(f) All should learn to love others and subsequently direct their love to God. To develop love is very essential for spiritual upward journey.


(g)Those who are having the love of God for all can comprehend the meaning of their lives and also the true meaning of God.
Life bereft of love all the knowledge has no meaning at all.


(h) We have to live according to His wishes through self-sacrificing, empathy and selfless attitude. In life.

(i) Divine Fire is the creative power of God and an individual should aspire for this Divine Spark.


(j) Jesus Christ preached the importance of having compassion for our fellow beings. He taught that kindhearted feeling should always be there even for all including our enemies.

May His teachings/messages, which are eternal indeed, remain etched in our memory and guide us to lead our lives with a lot of love, empathy and selflessness.

UNIVERSAL BENEFITS OF SCIENCE & HISTORY OF SCIENCE IN INDIAN CONTEXT


SCIENCE FOR THE BENEFIT OF HUMANITY

UNIVERSAL BENEFITS OF SCIENCE & HISTORY OF SCIENCE IN INDIAN CONTEXT

“Science knows no country because knowledge belongs to humanity and is the torch which illuminates the world” – Louis Pasteur

Significantly, when science and scientists make inroads into new horizons, it is beneficial for all the humanity as a whole without any discrimination. For example, Louis Pasteur was a prominent French chemist and microbiologist. His stellar contributions to science and medicine are unparalleled in the history of mankind. He pioneered the study of discovered micro-organism cause fermentation and disease, initiated the process of pasteurization along with developing vaccines against anthrax and rabies. All these discoveries helped the humanity in ridding from the diseases.

Besides, the noteworthy contribution of scientists like Marie Curie (worked on radiation), Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin (developed a theory of evolution of man), Galileo Pythagoras (Mathis’ Mystery man), Alva Edition (An inventor: electric power generator, mass communication and sound recording). Benjamin Franklin (Invented Bifocal spectacles, Franklin stove and ignition rod), A Volta (Electric battery), Charles Babbage (Computer) besides the invention of telephone, telegraphy, radio and computer facilitated the unparalleled integration of all these. All these also facilitated in communicating with each other as a medium of dissemination of information and collaboration. Then there are so many inventors and discoverers who changed the very outlook of the humanity and provided avenues for the growth and development of humanity.

Computer scientists Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn are credited with inventing the internet connectivity protocols and this system is termed as internet. Science and technology is making huge leap forward in almost all fields beneficial for humanity. The advent of TV, computer, mobile, internet at the present age, are really a forward movement  in evolution of science and technology; facilitating  connectivity and communication  to any part of the world even with video photo. This has also helped the doctors to seek expert medical  assistance with live operation.

Presently, there is information revolution taking place ,around the world due to the advent of computers and mobiles. We can Google for information with a click on the computer or mobile. But this has information revolution too has some drawbacks; the young minds are influenced negatively being lured into viewing pornographic videos thus inculcating nonconstructive influence on them. All this and much more has been attained by the science for making the lives of the people happy and comfortable.

However, woefully there is crying need for caution;  in defense arena, especially in nuclear field,  it has made the existence of humanity at the mercy of the countries possessing nuclear bombs of huge intensities. These nuclear bombs are with more intensity than those used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.  Then there is advancements in missile technology which can carry nuclear bombs at far off distances  with pin-point accuracy.  The use of drones has changed the battle scenarios dramatically. It can carry lethal weapons with pin-point accuracy which has been showcased during 08a.

Then, the humanity around the world is reeling under the spell of Covid-19 pandemic originated from Wuhan, the cause of which would either due to natural reasons or owing to over-ambition of a country, using their scientists  to create Covid-19 infection in the Lab and then spreading. The reason could be any, selfish motive or natural one but countries around the world are still suffering. If reason is natural outcome then nobody can say anything but if it is manmade then can Almighty God forgive such intransigent demeanor; a KU-KARMIC DEED (Bad Action) which will prove counter-productive dis proportionally!?? 

BIG STRIDES OF SCIENCE IN VEDIC PERIODS

In essence, it is right to say that science had made big strides in different fields; it may be in medical, astronomy, meteorology in the ancient period especially so in Vedic Period. We pride hugely the progress made by India especially so in Ancient Indian period.

GIFT OF DIVINE VISION

Then the Gift of Divine Vision is unique in itself. Sage Vyasa gives the divine vision to Sanjaya to apprise Kuru King Dhritarashtra about the battle scene. With this vision, he could see what he wants in person. It is different to seeing subtle sight. Even the sounds are heard with the physical ear and not like current of thought.

BHAGWAD GITA CONTAINS A RESERVOIR OF SCIENTIFIC & OTHER SIGNIFIICANT  KNOWLEDGE

Bhagwad Gita oldest scripture which contains sea of  knowledge about existence and truth behind it, death and new birth, immortality of our Soul, culture and tradition, need to obliterate the wickedness cleanse the society, compassion and love including scientific know-how.  It clearly mentions about the relation between the living and non-living things.

In  Verse 4, it has been mentioned that earth, water, air, sky, mind, intellect and ego have material energies. There is a mention of relationship between mass and energy.

In Chapter 11, there I am powerful Time, the source that comes forth to destroy the worlds.
Lord Krishna mentions that without their participation the warriors who were opposing against each other will not be in existence i.e. they will die.

There is also a mention about ‘a thousand suns were to blaze forth together in the sky which tells us about the enormous illumination besides there is mention about eternal Soul many a times in Gita.

 In Chapter 2, there has been mention about the fact of removing worn-out clothes and putting on the new ones; the embodied Self leaves the old body and adopts the new one. But the Soul, being immoral, with permanent energy in the universe which neither generates nor destroys anything.

It is worth-mentioning that the iron pillar of Delhi measuring 7.2 metres in height was constructed by Chandragupta II (375-415 CE). This proved that India had made huge progress in metallurgy during the period.

VEDAS AND SCIENCE (c.1500 – c. 500 BCE).

Veda is a treasure trove of scientific knowledge. These scriptures were penned own with astonishingly distinctive scientific information.  

The Vedic Period

This period started from 1500 to 500 BCE. This period had seen Bronze Age after the collapse of Harappan Civilization and subsequently start of Iron Age. Iron was considered to be a useful metal representing purity besides iron could be used in various ways.

It is worthwhile to mention that Harappan Civilization had been one of the advanced urbanization period. But in the Vedic period people lived in smaller villages and were at the mercies of nature.

From 700 – 600 BCE, ceramic style of new culture and tradition came into being. This brought in its wake major changes in the ways of living in the sub-continent.

MEDICAL & SURGICAL PROGRESS IN VEDIC PERIOD

Mention has been made in  Rigveda period (about 50000 years ago) about the  transplant of head of elephant on Ganesha whose head was cut by Lord Shiva.

The ancient surgical science is known as Shalya Tantra the mention of which is found in Vedic scriptures. Sushruta Samhita (the oldest medical and surgical index) known to the mankind came into being. It contains 184 chapters with descriptions of 1120  illnesses, 700 medical plants, 57  preparations based on animal sources. Its author Sushruta is also considered to be the first one to perform medical surgeries. It also contains description on human anatomy, with instructions for  positioning of body. The oldest documented evidence (9000 years) for the drilling of human teeth of a living person is also found. In Rigveda, Ashwini Kumaras (also known as Dev Vaidya) was the  chief surgeon of Vedic period.

Others with surgical skills are Chavana, Dhanvantri Atereya Agnivesh and Shushruta. Even brain surgery and teeth plantations were done during this period. This laid the basis for principles of Ayurveda.  Then we have compendiums of medical science of India by Charak in Charak Samhita, Acharya Atreya and Agnivesh of 800 BC. It is significant to mention that Charak Samhita and Ashtanga Samhita mainly deal with medicine knowledge. Sushruta Samhita deals with surgical knowledge such as plastic surgery, urinary stones, cesarean, cataract, artificial limb, fractures including post operative treatment.

COPPER, BRONZE & IRON AGE (2700        BC – 1900 BC)

History of metallurgy in the Indian sub-continent is slated to have begun prior to third millennium BCE. The mention about metals  is there in Rig Vedic. The commercial dealings with the Near East and the Greece-Roman world enabled an exchange of metallurgic sciences.

The inception of Mughal Empire (21.04.1526 till 21.09.1657) further improved the use of metallurgy along with its application too.

SOLAR SYSTEM

SOLAR SYSTEM

INDIA was the first one to recognize the existence of the solar system. It was in Rig Veda that first noted the central placement of the sun and other planets orbiting in the solar system. The sun moved in its own orbit but holding Earth and other heavenly bodies with its force of attraction.

DEFINITION OF GRAVITY, ECLIPSES and LENGTH OF AN YEAR

Ancient Indian sages had already figured out how gravity works. In Rig Veda, it is mentioned that all the objects over the earth also move with it. It moves around the sun. In Rig Veda the reason for eclipses has been mentioned. Saura estimates the length of year to be 365 days, 12 minutes and 30 seconds too is mentioned in Rig Veda,

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT PROGRESS OF HISTORY OF SCIENCE IN INDIA

Aryabhatta was the greatest astronomers and mathematician of repute of classical age. He was born in 476 AD in Ashmaka and lived in  Patilputra (Patna – Bihar). He gave  us the digit “0” (zero) for which he became immortal. This facilitated all the calculations hugely.

In addition it is to his credit that he gave the value of Pi (Irrationality of Pi with value of approx 3,1415 when he was only 23 years of age!  Also, it goes to his credit for estimating the circumference of earth to be approx 39736 goes to him.

JANTAR MANTAR IN JAIPUR & DELHI

It is the collection of 19 Architectural astronomical instruments built by the Rajput King Swai Jai Singh II. It features the world’s largest stone Sun Dial and is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. This   instrument makes it possible to observe the astronomical  position of the solar system with naked eyes.

MODERN INDIAN SCIENTISTS

C. V. Raman, An Indian scientist and black hole physicist, specializing in Einstein’s General Relativity, He worked extensively on the theory of black holes and made major contribution in this field. Raman scattering or the Raman Effect is the inelastic scattering of photons by matter, meaning there is an exchange of energy and a change in the light’s direction.

Satyendra Nath Bose was an Indian mathematician and physicist specializing in Theoretical Physics. He worked on Quantum Mechanics in teamwork with Albert Einstein for developing  foundation for Bose–Einstein statistics and the theory of the Bose–Einstein condensate.

Conclusively, it is right to say that science and technology has changed the very outlook of life globally. But over-reliance on science and caring little for environmental related issues has put the lives of humanity in jeopardy. Progress and evolution should take place with self-imposed restrictions so that health of general masses is ensured. We see more violent storms and more forest fires increasing the environmental temperature and polluting the environs.

In Indian context, the glimpses of reality from Vedas is a revelation in itself, it is also relevant to mention that Indian science had progressed in so many fields during ancient period. We too are proud of our present day scientists in various fields such as  Scientists in HAL, ISRO, Nuclear Scientists, medicine, computers hardware and software etc. However, we cannot ignore the contribution of former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam Azad  in Missile technology in India and also presently the pool of our scientists in different fields who are enriching the lives of our countrymen.

OUR ATTITUDE COULD MAKE OR BREAK US


Positive or Negative concept road sign isolated on dark background.
POSITIVE & NEGATIVE ATTITUDE

OUR ATTITUDE COULD MAKE OR BREAK US

Literally, attitude (Ravaiya) includes means our behavior (Acharan),  formed through amalgamation of habits (Adatat) besides our conduct (Charitr) which are formed to make us a composite character (Kirdhar) and personality (Sakshyat).

POSITIVE ORIENTATION IN OUR ATTITUDE

Our attitude could be positive and negative too. While we direct our habits, behavior patterns, senses mind, an to transact our Karmic deeds with positive orientation. This happens when thoughts and actions are totally in sync.  An individual with positivity oriented attitude and behavior is a accommodating human-being.

NEGATIVE ORIENTATION IN OUR ATTITUDE

Our negative emotions, in the form of anger, greed, lust, negative attributes, reactive to a stimulus, attitude when we become temperamental, resort to appeasement of our desires, become more touchy or emotional on small things which could otherwise could be ignored, become moody and unpredictable in behavior thus become prisoner of our senses and mind.  A person characterized with such attributes grows up to be a person with lop-sided or split personality.

CHANGE IN ATTITUDE

Significantly, it is a matter of great significance that we can change our attitude from bad to exemplary one if we intend to. The case in point is that of heartless and ruthless Bandit, one named Ratnakra living in jungle, used to loot their belongings and kill the merchants who passed his way. The general masses, particularly the hapless travelers who their merchandise used to passed that way. One day, Narada Muni, a sage in his own right who had bestowed vast knowledge, in the guise of a simple person. When Ratnakra wanted to loot him, the sage in very suave and gentle demeanor asked the bandit to first of all understand why he was looting the general people. Ratnakra told that he was doing this atrocious sin to feed his family. The sage asked him to ask his family members whether they would be sharing the sin which he continue to commit.

In order to test the authenticity, he agreed and went to his house after tying the sage with a rope lest he escaped from the custody. The replies of family members including his wife and parents were baffling to say the least. Their curt reply was that it was the responsibility of Ratnakara to feed them, also they cannot share any sin committed by him.

He went to the sage in the jungle, untied him and asked him to forgive him for his lapses. Thereupon, the sage came to his original form.  Ratnakara requested the sage to apprise him about a Mantra so that he could chant to connect with God for his entire lifespan.

This shows the change of his attitude in its entirety whenever we have determination to do so. The sage advised him to chant MARAN which ultimately changed to RAMA RAMA when chanted repeatedly umpteen number of times. The intensity of this Bhakti was obviously very severe. He chanted this Mantra; season after season without even taking anything finally he turned into an ant hill but his chanting of Mantra did not stop.

Finally, Ratnatra was bestowed with knowledge and enlightenment by God Almighty; so much so that he penned down the great epic RAMAYANA with name SAGE VALMIKI RAMAYANA. This goes to prove that we can change our attitude and outlook on life if and when we have will to do so. Nothing can come in our way if we want to change our attitude from NEGATIVE to POSITIVE ONE.

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE (Kirtigya)

Importantly, it depends solely on us whether to imbibe an attitude of gratitude (Kirtigya) or negative attitude of dissatisfaction filled with complaining mentality. At any given time, we all have something to be thankful for, and something to be unhappy or upset about. This depends on the nature of a particular person whether he/she wants to be thankful or to be indebted for a good thing done to us. There are also individuals who do not showcase any modicum of gratitude for a job well done for them. Though such people are rare yet there are cases of children who do not care for their parents at their old-age. This is an attitude of gravest moral turpitude which nobody in his senses should nurture.

COMPLAINING MENTALITY

Truly, a person with complaining mentality on anything and everything turns out to be unpopular. Fundamentally, such a person cannot adjust with the environs in which he/she is living. Such a person showcases the negative mental orientation, wherever, he/she puts his/her footprints. Most people can sense those negative energies and often choose to keep away from such individual. The individual concerned may or may not  fathom his/her attitude. And with repulsive attitude we can hardly develop any friend circle around us.

In the long run, it may leave such person confounded as to why people do not like him/her but fault is not far to seek. The fault lies in his/her attitude only. It should always be borne in mind that people do not have time and energy to waste for an individual who does not knows fully about his/her own attitude! A person with complaining mental approach may finally be forsaken by his own kith and kin. We must have observed how a person with positive mental attitude has got natural magnetism of his/her own and is liked by others.

AN ATTITUDE OF THANKSGIVING

One thing for which we have to be hugely concerned is to imbibe an attitude for being gratitude to Almighty God for bestowing us the gift of  Nature and all his creations (living and non-living) with all its bounties such as air, water, fire, sky, land, sea and other water bodies, change in seasons, etc.  We should also be thankful for His Divine Love. His Love should make us realize that we should pass on this love to our fellow beings. By so doing, His Love for us will multiply manifolds.

IT IS OUR FREEWILL WHETHER WE HAVE TO ADOPT POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE ATTITUDE

The discernible maxim: Fortune favors bold. Those who have belief in himself and God always weather all storms or misfortune. There is a case in point how a hapless family could adjust after they were thrown out of the family fold.  There were two sons both of whom were married. The elder son and daughter-in-law who were driven out of the house by her in-laws along with their child while giving everything to their younger son who earlier on did nothing to support the family. This was a big jolt for the couple. The contentious point was the monthly salary of the elder son was inadequate to meet the expenses which included house rent, groceries, tuition fees for the child. The couple was in huge quandary. The daughter-in-law tried her hand in tuition work as she was a trained teacher. The number of students increased thus the family income too increased. Presently, with the grace of God, the family is able to meet all family expenses and other obligations. This proves that misfortunes do visit us sometimes but those who are having positive attitude and belief on God can come out unscathed. This proves that   when we are with positive attitude, we can weather any storm which may befall any time.

Conclusively, it could be rightly construed that we can overcome any misfortune which may befall on us without any inkling provided we have positive attitude – even when we are in overwhelming circumstances. We can transform from hopeless situation to hopeful one by taking on adverse situation to attain  success and ultimately by showcasing gratitude to Omnipotent and Omniscient God, for fructifying our sincere effort. Turning liability or unlikelihood into viability or feasibility by our POSITIVE ATTITUDE indeed. 

TAKING ON UNPREDICTABLE FUTURE SITUATIONS


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FUUTURE KNOCKING AT EVERY STEP

TAKING ON UNPREDICTABLE FUTURE SITUATIONS


At times something happens
So suddenly that we’re taken aback by the occurrence
Since we are not ready
To take on the coming event  really
Which uncertain actually
This tentatively happening events
Compels us to manipulate things
And stage-manage the future events
So unpredictable and unknown
Then only thing which could come to our rescue
Is the pool of past experiences
And healthy practices
Gleaned over the past many years and with sufficient patience
If we’ve taken cues from the same
Or better still for us all
If we’ve some inkling of coming events
Due to our insight or intuition
The past planning too will lend a hand
In combating the sudden onslaught.
Though the past is dead, in real time, space and situation
But the experiences gained
And skill gained remains
From the past, if at all we care to take
Which pulls us through
Proving that dead is not dead completely
Since expertise gained in the past comes to our succor.
Future is unpredictable
Yet, it can’t be considered tentative in its entirety  
Since we’ve to make modicum of plan for days to come
It is true of performance of our journey
We’ve to make prior arrangement
Where to go, how to go and best to go about it all
It is not a journey to nowhere but everywhere
But also to a journey known and planned before hand.

Truly, future is uncertain
Only the present is certain and could be predicted
The moment we are here is definite
Whether we would be there to face the situation the next moment
But we’ve to be ready, if life remains in real sense
For facing any possible event
Taking the assistance of past record
Only option is to sketch the coming events
Not only for the present moment
But also for the days ahead
To be ready to consciously face the random occurrences head-on.
Krishna declares in Bhagwad Gita
Whenever there is rule of Adharma
Or when uncertainty or unpredictability of the future prevails
Or when unrighteousness increases in the society
Or when there is disruption in the society
Or when value systems get disrupted completely
Or when there is nobody is there for restoration presently
Or when there is no respect to the value system presently
Or there is prevalence of corruption presently
Then there is doubt and fear for the next generation
Getting usurped and swamped in different indulgences
Thence only option is to restoration of healthy balance
Thereupon, Almighty God manifests in one form or other
And help restore semblance of sanity and healthy balance
By removing the evil from the society & have the glimpses of reality
Thus cleaning it for our future generation
To live in an atmosphere of sanity; bereft of fear and animosity.


FACING UNPREDICTABLE SITUATTIONS


Significantly, we all are aware of the unpredictability of some situations and condition. There is a lesson in the randomness of any situation. This lesson is that we have to be fully prepared for any eventuality which may befall on us anytime and anywhere.


When we know that our future is unpredictable, then, we have to sincerity plan to meet any emergent condition. This is easily said than done since we do not know exactly what sort of unpredictable situation may befall from blues.


In essence, there are times when something happens suddenly. In such a scenario, we can either get-away or escape from the piquant or unexpected situation. Alternatively, we can also face up to the situation head-on with all the resources at our command. These resources may be our exploiting our inner potential, our resilience and flexibility besides our persistence to continue despite hard times.


Evidently, the coming events coming randomly may shake us for sometime but our inner belief and indomitable belief on our Creator will inculcate suitable opportunities to come out the precarious situations and conditions, But silver lining on the horizon is that hard times bestow us experiences of life time. These past experiences bring out the best from us and bestow us expertise and skills to face our unpredictable future events with aplomb without any slippages.


To be frank, I have experienced many of the hard times and it is during these hard times only which tested my nerves besides these provided me enough ammunition and spirit to face future head-on with full determination, courageously and resolutely full of confidence. Thus it is a proven fact that the present experiences give us knowledge and enlightenment to face the occurrences befalling us without any inkling.  Bereft of any experiences, through hard practices, we tend to float like a rudderless weed in the stream in the stormy current.


It is, therefore, in the fitness of things the correlation cited in the Bhagwad Gita as to why present should become a beacon of light to remove darkness from our midst. Lord Krishna reiterates the importance of removing evil from the society prevailing presently so that our next generation may live with virtuous thoughts and through the path of rectitude bereft of any evil and ill-will. For this to be reality, Lord Krishna highlighted that whenever there is prevalence of evil in the society, He incarnates, at different times differently, for removing evil prevailing in the society so that the future generation may live bereft of any fear of evil masquerading in one form or another.


It is evident that the experience that we glean over a period of time, gives us opportunity to face any future and unpredictable occurrences which may befall on us without any inkling about the events which may befall. Then the belief on our own SELF along with the indomitable belief on ALMIGHTY GOD will pull us through.

WHY MAKE COMPARISON?


WHY MAKE COMPARISON?

WHY MAKE COMPARISON?


We’ve insatiable hunger for more clout
For which underhand approaches are adopted
The trigger for it all is comparing us with others
Since we ourselves are not aware
Of our own self fully
In so doing we nurture different complexes about ourselves
Since we imagine there is affluence
At the other side of horizon
Rationale held being
We prefer comparing
Ourselves with others around us
Without any insight about our own selves
That each one of us is uniquely created
By our most compassionate Creator
Which we do not understand at all
Thus prefer comparing ourselves with others
Which though is woefully wrong
Reason for all this being
Our mind wanders from here
There and everywhere
But never delves deeper
Into the inner recesses of our own selves
For self-realization – our own self
What we actually are!
Thereby tending to be inferior to others.


If somebody is taller than others
This delusive charm remain haunting us
We tend to think why it is so?
If somebody is more intelligent
Then why feel zealous rather working hard to be intelligent?


If somebody is more righteous
Then we tend to have own alibi for not being so.


If somebody is more handsome than us
Then we develop inferior complex in us.


While comparing ourselves with others
We tend not to connect our true spirit inside
We can access the foundation of love which lies within
Thus allowing the eternal love to flow into every aspect of our lives
So that every experience of our lives
Helps remove our ignorance which pervades in our lives
Since disconnection with our own selves
Can disconnect us both from ourselves
And from outside ourselves.

We should never forget
That everybody is having his own unique trait
We can learn from others a thing or two
If we have willingness to do so
Without making comparisons.
Only thing which comparing will give us
is a feeling of jealousy
ill-will and disharmony.

We cannot be the mountain
But can adopt the traits of the mountain
Of withstanding adverse elements of Nature
Of remaining steadfast despite hurdles.

We cannot be a Buddha
Yet we can adopt all principles of Lord Buddha
And live our life with equanimity
Peace, prosperity and satiety.

We cannot be like a deep sea
But we can adopt deeper insight
Into our own selves for a balanced living.


We cannot be a rose with fragrance, so sweet
The petals of which endure
The fury of wind and rain
Till its petals wither away
Petal by petal till its end
But its fragrance remains till the end
We can also give out our fragrance
With our credible deeds to our end
So that others remember us for our good deeds
Even after we are no longer there in physical form on this earth.


We certainly cannot be as useful as a tree
All parts of which are useful for the living beings
From our birth to death
But we can at least fulfill the needs of needy amongst us.

We cannot be river banks
Which take on the ferocity
Of flood fury
But we could endure and get experience
From turns and twists of journey of our existence
Which bedevil our paths
And get lessons from the experiences
As to how to face the challenges.

We cannot be a bird which flies in the blue boundless sky
Boldly and fearlessly
We cannot fly like flying of birds in the sky
But we can give wings to our dreams in reality
With hard work and determination so steely
For realization of our dreams.

We cannot be like mother earth
Which gives us food to eat
Air to breath
Water to drink
For our sustenance
And which absorbs our dead bodies into its elements
But we can be thankful to the Mother Earth
For giving us everything for our existence
By not spoiling the earth’s balance
By not polluting the water, air and environs.

THE BEAUTIES OF NATURE

MAKING COMPARISON (TULNA) WILL NOT HELP RATHER DELVING IN OUR OWN SELF/SPIRIT (ATMA) CAN MAKE DIFFERENCE

It is a travesty of fact that we tend to compare ourselves with others rather than delving deep into our spirit. By so doing, we can connect our inner self and be self-aware thereby knowing our potentials and drawbacks. Rather than comparing ourselves with others, we can compare ourselves with the  Earth, Nature, phenomenon of Nature (Living and non-living things). For this, we cannot remain fixated (Sithr) about the problems at hand but do something substantial in order to get experience and then lesson in enlightenment (Gyanoddipti) and virtuous thoughts.

LEARNING FROM MOTHER NATURE (PRAKARTI)

Nature (PRAKARTI) is the phenomena (Ghatna) of the physical world – both living and non-living things. It is in the state of matter and possesses energy. Everything that man does is part of physical phenomena. Nature does not do anything unnatural by itself. It is the we humans who spoil the balance of nature by our omissions and commissions. We humans should maintain the balance of nature by remaining within the confines of natural laws and maintain balance for a healthy living. It is a proven fact that Nature (Parkarti) on its own does not do any harm but when its balance is spoiled, the Prakriti does not pardon us for our indiscretions, It defies logic why still we are spoiling Nature’s balance and do not learn from this underlying universal truth, the sooner we realize this the better it would be for the humanity. It has been said in Bhagwad Gita that change is the chief attribute of Nature, therefore, we humans also will have to change accordingly.

EVERYTHING & EVERYBODY HAS UNIQUE (ANUTHA) TRAIT

We should never forget that everything and everybody are created uniquely by our Creator with different mental and physical state. The more we master our sense organs, the more detached we become. More detached means we would be remaining within the confines of our own sphere of phenomenon.  Meaning, we shall not compare ourselves with others but rather exploit our eternal/latent energy dormant inside us for a holistic growth and development.

If at all we want to compare ourselves, we should take glimpses of reality and positive cues from the Mother Nature and live in sync with Nature.

LEARNING FROM THE PLANTS

Though we cannot be a tree which serves us by providing us food, cleans our air through the process of photosynthesis, provides us shade, firewood for warming us and cooking food, wood for furniture and for building our houses, helps in providing barrier for wind, gives shelter to the birds and even wood is used for making pyre for cremation after death. Why cannot we humans who have been bestowed with the special trait of discrimination by our Lord to be useful for spreading peace and prosperity which is hugely needed presently?

LEARNING FROM A ROSE FLOWER

ROSE FLOWERS

We cannot be a rose which spreads its fragrance from its petals which withstands cold, heat and other elements of Mother Nature till each of its petals peter out but after the rose as a whole has completed its function of spreading fragrance without asking anything in return. Though we cannot be like a rose yet we can spread our fragrance too with our sound Karmic deeds so that people may remember us for our good Karma even after we leave the worn-out boat of bodies of ours.

LEARNING FROM MOTHER EARTH (Dharti Mata)

We cannot be Mother Earth, which provides us all the essentials of our lives without which we cannot survive at all. It provides air, food and water besides shelters for all living beings. But for getting air, water and food in their purest forms, it is essential that we keep our environment neat and clean, do not throw dirty wastes coming out our industries and houses into the water sources and for keeping air pollution free, it is important that we do not spew smoke into the air. Though we take everything from the Mother Earth for our survival, it is important that we do not spoil the environmental balance on the surface of earth. We can have traits of Mother Earth and make ourselves useful for the humans and living beings for their survival in a way we are capable.

LEARNING FROM THE BIRDS (PAKSHI)

We can hardly fly like winged birds in the boundless sky but we can give wings to our dreams with our head work and persistence till our dreams are fulfilled. We can not only fulfill our dreams but also help others too in meaningful way for realizing their goals in life. Besides, we can imbibe all the traits for a joyful living while spreading smiles with joy unlimited – as free as a sky-lark flying in the blue sky.

SCIENCE & SPIRITUALITY


SCIENCE & SPIRITUALITY

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Essentially, in olden days, man used to be scared of nature and natural forces such as thunder, hurricane, lightning, volcanic activity, etc. Man used to worship the elements of Nature; sky, water, fire, earth, sun, moon and even trees. Man feared the violent animals as he was constrained to live in the jungles with these animals. It goes to show that man did not understand the natural phenomenon in its entirety. In order to keep these forces pleased, the man used to worship them to escape their wrath. It could be construed that the man was slave to Nature.

Subsequently, the invention of fire and its controlled application helped our ancestors to keep them secure from the wild animals and also assisted them in many ways in their daily lives. Invention of wheels too helped the man in transportation. As the knowledge about the things around increased coupled with experiences he got with trial and error method, the man got evolved in his outlook. This helped man to have needed confidence to tame the elements of nature started.  Man began to advance further with increased comforts. Then there was advent of dual use technology such as nuclear energy. Electric power is also being used in hospitals for conducting most complex operation etc.

The unpredictability Covid-19 pandemic infection has had a telling effect on the lives globally. Although medical fraternity globally are using their resources to invent a potent vaccine for cure of Coronavirus infection yet till date there is no headway.

USE OF COMPUTERS (SOFTWARE & HARDWARE/MOBILE AND NET-CONNECTIVITY

The advent of computers (Software & hardware) and net-connectivity have changed the very approach of globally. The following are the advantages and disadvantages of computers and net-connectivity:-

Benefits of Efficiency in communication

Each one of us are aware of the use of computers and net-connectivity. Presently we can communicate with anybody around the world without wastage of time and energy. We can get medical support from experts in the field on audio-video. We can witness the most complex operations in the operation theatre environs with the use of computer and net-connectivity. Gone are the days of sending letters, telegrams and other modes of communication. Now is the time for quick connectivity for quick results.

Easy Connectivity

Previously, it was merely the telephones which were used as a medium of connectivity. Presently, with the advent of mobiles and smartphones the science and technology have made huge strides in connectivity. The use of mobiles after late 2000, especially with the use of 4G speed has made the connectivity faster besides its images are of high quality. Then 5G connectivity is also on the horizon.

Dissemination of knowledge

With the use of net-connectivity of highest quality we can get quality information/knowledge from various sources merely by a click on Google through the medium of inter-net. During COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, the net-connectivity has proven to be of huge utility for the students. The teachers are able to take online classes and continue to do even now because Corona infection is still taking toll globally.

 Adverse effects of Net-Connectivity

More screen time affecting the eye-sight of the students. As the students perforce have to attend their online classes from 8 AM onward till 3 PM, with almost no recess in between, thus adversely affecting the eye-sight of the students.

Social ill-effects

When the young minds are allowed to use computers and mobiles unchecked or without any modicum of supervision, then, they can also view the videos which may pollute their impressionable minds. This may obviate their holistic development in life. This could impact the society in general.

Health and wellness

The persistent use of mobiles and computers have impacted the lives of the users.

Cybercrimes

With the use of net-connectivity for e-commerce and digitalization for drawing of cash online, more cybercrimes are happening. The hackers are able to draw cash from the banks and other sources.

NUCLEAR ENERGY FOR GENERATING ELECTRICITY

Nuclear energy when used for generating electricity, it could potentially be of huge benefit for lighting our homes, used in industries besides it could be used for enhancing agricultural produce by pumping water to the crops for more food production. This is a proven fact that advancement in science and technology bestow us knowledge, fame, synergy to produce more goods for enhancing our comforts.

WEAPONIZATION AND ITS ILL-EFFECTS

Significantly, we cannot ignore the race for weaponiztion ill-effects. Firstly, the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns has exhausted the economic straits of most of the countries. Reeling under the pressure of economic slowdowns, the countries concerned should use their resources for raising the standard of their masses. But sadly, the resources are being used for enhancing their stores of weapons, more the destructive ones, more the need. Then the nuclear power countries are browbeating the non-nuclear states so much so that this scientific invention could prove counterproductive and destructive. The two world wars and battles around the world have not helped. The competition in weaponization around the world for ascendency still continues. One can imagine if some hotheads amongst the rulers or a weapon of mass destruction may fall in the hands of terrorists may become a cause of destruction. What would be the fate of the country against whom these weapons would be used!? Who has forgotten the detonation two atomic bombs over Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 in the World War-II. We shudder to think about the use of weapons of mass destruction presently when the intensity and effectiveness of the weapons is more severe.

The ongoing battle hotspots in  different parts of countries continues; the condition in Afghanistan, Yemen, Ethiopia, terrorism in different parts of countries, Libya, Iran, conflicting report in Persian Gulf, North Korea & South Korea, China and Taiwan and also stand-off between India and China in Ladakh continues. The terrorism emanating from some countries too is a matter of concern.

ILL-EFFECTS OF INDUSTRIALIZATION

Nobody disputes that industrialization is good for the humanity in making their lives easy in many ways. We are also aware of the ill-effects of industrialization resulting in congestion of big cities producing more pollution – air, water and environment. All this pollution thus is becoming a cause of lung related diseases and other health hazards.

USE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FOR USHRING IN GROWTH FOR PEACE AND PROSPERITY OF HUMANITY

It goes to show that science and technology could be used for creating environment for sound health and relieve the humanity of suffering besides the advances made in surgery has proved to be most beneficial. The knowledge gained over a period of time for proceeding further for the progress of humanity as a whole thereby enhancing their lifespan.

FORWARD MOVEMENT OF SCIENCE SHOULD NOT BE FOR DESTRUCTIVE PURSUITS

The advancement in science and technology is a reason for spoiling the balance of nature thus become destructive.

USE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN POSITIVE PURSUITS

It could better be construed that that science and technology. if used in positive pursuits and in harmonized mode, the science could be huge boon for humanity. The production from industries has multiplied which is being used for the use of humans. The increased agricultural produce with the use of new agricultural implements and fertilizers can alleviate the hunger of millions.

GROWTH OF KNOWLEDGE SHOULD BE IN SYNC WITH THE PRESENT NEED

In order to be in sync with the present requirements, the younger generation has to attend formal institutions for learning fresh move forward in science and technology but with a caveat, to follow a life of compassion along with becoming accustomed to and follow value system which helps the humanity to have holistic growth and development in the lives of common man thus become the master of their destinies.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH WHILE PURSUING GOAL OF GRWOTH IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

For a holistic life to be a reality, the present generation has to aspire for material possession along with following a spiritual orientation in our lives. But we should always not have too much attachment to the worldly possessions. With detached mindset and being master of our mind, we can living spiritually. For this, meditation or prayer to our Creator is a must. This could also be by chanting mantras in order to connect our SOUL (ATMA) with the SUPER SOUL (PARAM ATMA). This will bestow us deeper enlightenment and that too within us. The practice of meditation in the form of either Satsang (Singing prayers on chorus) or focusing on God will help establish connectivity with higher force if we remain committed and sincere in our meditation. This will also help realize our true potential. If we marry our inner potentialities with scientific temper, it will prove most beneficial for us in our lives. Furthermore, if we concentrate on meditation for self-realization/self-awareness then we can adopt this methodology in learning new advancements in science and technology with concentrated mindset for optimum results.

BENEFITS OF SPIRITUAL ORIENTATION LIVESTYLE

We can thus get maximum benefits by living a life of spirituality and also adopting scientific temper side by side. This will help us realize our inner potentials for maximum benefits. When all this is done by remaining sincere, honest in our disposition, besides remaining humble to the core, then we can harmonize ourselves with the environs in which we are living. In this, Here  living a life of humility despite having acquired the goal makes our lives sublime and worth living. All these things would make us determined, fearless and compassionate besides having self-belief and firm belief in our Creator.

SPIRITUAL LIFE COULD GO SIDE BY SIDE THE PERFORMING OF OUR DAILY DUTIES

With spiritual orientation in life, we tend to perform out duties assigned to us with a detached mental outlook. Here we have to be careful lest we are swayed by the material possessions or compare ourselves with others and want to get what others have. In other words, we should be the master of our mind rather than dictated by our senses for getting things.

LIFE’S DISTRACTIONS

While pursuing our goal in our life, we have many distractions. These distractions could be self created or due to environmental influences. The self-created distractions are created by our mind which remain wondering from one topic to other and also the environs in which we are living – if the environ is not congenial, we could be affectively physically and mentally. When we adopt spiritual orientation in life, we tend to have holistic growth in life. When we water a plant, whole of the plant gets energy. The spiritual orientation in life works in the same analogy as water helps a plant by transporting dissolved sugar important nutrients through the plant and helps growth of a plant.

HOW BEST TO BE SPIRITUALLY AWARE?  

For spiritual orientation to be successful, it is important to have the following important aspects:-

Meditation/Prayers (Dhyaan).

In order to lead spiritual directed life, we should have focused meditation in order to connect with the higher forces. If we adopt sincerity in our effort, we can have connectivity with God. Having achieved this, means achieving everything in life.

CHARACTER (Sadachar).

Character (Sadachar) too plays a crucial role in the life of an individual. In this the maxim; When wealth is lost, nothing is lostwhen health is lostsomething is lostwhen #character is lost, all is lost. It is because of fact that it is through character of an individual that an individual is known.

HUMILITY (Vinamrata). 

We should not lose sight of humility despite our acquired status or position in the society.

RIGHTEOUSNESS (Dharam).

We should always live a life with virtuous attitude and moralistic way of living

SERVICE (Seva). Then Seva or Service with a smile to the humanity too plays a pre-dominant role and enriches the spiritual orientation of an individual.

HONESTY AND INTEGRITY (Eemaanadaaree aur akhandata)

These two traits are essential for living a purpose life,

BECOMING HAPPY ON OTHERS MISFORTUNES

It has been observed that our world today is moving towards chaotic and disorderly state in one way and other. There is breakdown in world order slowly and surely. Seemingly, as though even the world bodies like UNO, WHO, ICJ, WTO, and even world body like UNO, responsible for ushering in order around the world too has failed miserably. The rampant violence, aggressive designs, terrorism, nepotism,  selfish attitude, hegemonic attitude by some countries and above all spreading dreaded infection. In such a scenario, the lives of Saints, Sages, Sufis and Gurus could make huge difference in our life. The one such is the teachings of Lord Buddha which is given below:-

Principles of Buddha’s Philosophy

LORD BUDDHA

Everything is subject to change (Annica): There is nothing which is static. This should serve us lesson that if we adopt fraudulent and self-centered attitude and practices we shall be working in unnatural way. It is relevant forr an individual or any nation.

There is all Pervasive suffering (Dukha).

There are ups and downs in our lives. We cannot say that we shall have all roses on our path, we have to experience thorns too.  We have to experience all sort of situations and conditions. Even Lord Vishnu’s incarnations like Rama and Krishna had to suffer pangs while they lived on this earth,

Everything is empty (Anatta).

There is a void in everything and anything we undertake. But we tend to think ourselves complete and perfect which could also be termed as living with egocentric tendencies.

Four Noble Truths

There is prevalence of suffering (Dukkha). There are ups and downs in everybody’s life. We should always bear in mind these aspects in life. Ups and downs are the two sides of the same coin should never be forgotten.

Suffering in life is not without a cause (Samudaya). As there is always cause and effect. We always suffer the pangs of our karma or due to the attachment to the fruits of our action.

No attachment no suffering (Nirodha). When attachment to the fruits of our action is absent then there is no suffering.

There is a path leading to escape from suffering (Marga). The Noble Eightfold Path leads us to a life without suffering.

CONCLUSION:

In my considered opinion, I am of the firm conviction that if science and technology is used for the benefit of the humanity then there would be peace and harmony globally. When peace and harmony prevails there is a dawn of equanimity and evenhandedness then humanity as a whole could pursue their belief and faith as they desire. Contrarily, science and technology when used coercively for hegemony as has been done by some countries then general masses cannot pursue their purpose of life i.e. pursue spiritualism, therefore, counterproductive.