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Farmer and Warrior

In Hindu mythology the concept of God is represented by three different powers, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
In fact every individual is blessed with a different mix of personality structure. Different people will find happiness in pursuing different carriers, performing different acts and same acts in entirely different way.
No two persons are alike. The goals of perfection, or achievement of God, for each individual will be different. Though God is one, but ways to reach Him are different. God is Supreme power, Universal Glory and Eternal peace. Everything at top end of the psychological perception, accepted universally, beneficial to all and durable wisdom is the ultimate truth and in harmony with God.
But how three powers balance in us. While Shiva is a warrior, Brahma a creator and Vishnu a preservater. In fact the elements of all three are there in everybody. The difference lies in different percentage of mix of three. The ultimate recipe is individual specific. This is coupled with his birth realities, his fate and his own efforts. A total net effect of all is perceived by the individual. The person should thoroughly analyze oneself and match his own targeted perceptions of success.
Farming is creation. It generates peace as it creates something more from a small piece called seed. But all are not farmers or saints in this world.
One has to protect this earth from the sins and sinful ones. Strength of farmer in us needs to increased to prevent harm from sins.
Ostrich policy in this aspect may not always work. That is where a warrior in us has to be kept rehearsed. Fighting sins should generate peace in us and not tension. That is the poison in life, one has to learn to swallow. Shiva is the lord which teaches us the same.

Live With Effortless Grace

Sheel Vardhan Singh

It was 9.30 in the morning. From my balcony on the eighth floor, i could see below a stream of shining cars crawling on the roads. The traffic seemed chaotic, vehicles trying to get past the other, so much like situations we face in our chaotic lives, driven by competition.

A peaceful life is essentially a simple one and hence effortless. The sheer simplicity of peaceful life is a magnet that attracts, for deep within we identify with it. To be simple is not something external; we have to become simple and natural from within, be open to our own ‘internal self’, and perform actions knowing where they are leading to. One has to consciously bring about this change, as Paramhamsa Swami Niranjananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga, Munger says, “To change externally is just a cosmetic change, it is feeding the intellect, the real change is internal.” Being open to our internal selves connects us to the fantastic inner world wherein in each one of us a `sage’ dwells. Once connected to this sage our decisions are taken from deep within and we no longer need approval of others. We stand tall and empowered, yet simple, natural and in harmony with self and others.

However, being at peace does not guarantee freedom. We all have responsibilities that bind us in many ways, creating a web around us in which we feel enmeshed. So how do we experience freedom? Though it may seem contradictory on the face of it but one who is disciplined is the one who experiences real freedom. Freedom, like peace, is an internal concept, we can experience freedom only when we feel freedom within us. A disciplined man is able to organise his life and take care of his responsibilities with aplomb, and thus he is set free. A disciplined man is able to achieve balance in life.

By virtue of our existence we live in a world of relationships with others. The only constant in life is change and that is true of relationships as well. Only relationship that does not change with time is the one between mother and child, where normally affection is unconditional. If we honestly view our relationships we will find that we are constantly `performing’ with others. We unleash words and thoughts often couched in terms of ‘love’ while the intent to have control over others. The moment we are able to stop `performing’, relationships grow without expectations.

Once we simplify life and take decisions from deep within, infuse discipline in our lives and stop enacting dramas in our relationships we are at peace and free. Once at peace and free, happiness happens. Life becomes an expression of divine calmness and flows with effortless grace. One becomes a ‘farmer’ instead of a ‘warrior’. As Paramhamsa Swami Niranjananda Saraswati says, “In life become a farmer instead of a warrior; learn to nurture and take care and begin the process with yourself with your personality and mind. The victory of a warrior is accompanied by destruction while the victory of a farmer is accompanied by creation.”

The shrill note of a motorcar’s horn from the street below brought me back from my reverie. I saw a `warrior’ in a huge shining red car weaving his way aggressively through the traffic before i turned and went inside the apartment.

Bihar School of Yoga, Munger.,, http://www.rikhiapeeth


Every step is an arrival

MARGUERITE THEOPHIL, Jul 9, 2010, 12.00am IST

“Why have you used the word seeking and not searching?” a young friend helping me proof-read some writing asked, “ … it’s not a very ‘current’ word is it?” Her question made me pause and look at these two words more carefully.

In examining words that are a lot like each other, we need to understand that distinctions we make can often be blurry and are also usually subjective.

Searching has a more solid, practical, action-oriented feel to it. I understand it as referring to things, to ends, to something you imagine you know is somewhere. You may have preconceived notions about what you want to find. And you must have answers. Preferably within a timeframe you decide on!

Seeking, while it can be definitely active, has a more receptive, spiritual connotation. While there is a certainty that ‘it’ exists, expectations could be less precisely or rigidly defined. I really don’t know about the form, shape or experience it might take, or even when it might show me, teach me, challenge me.

In searching we usually move faster; seeking often requires us to slow down.

We search for ways to end conflict or discord; we seek peace. We search for quiet places; we seek solitude. We search for like-minded people; we seek relatedness. We search for people to love or for people who will love us; we seek love. We search for answers; we seek meaning.

Searching and seeking need not be considered watertight definitions, rather as inter-linked or perhaps sequential processes.

In the field of positive psychology, psychologists and coaches are invited to note the distinction between seekers and searchers. Seekers are those who have already set the path themselves. They may need support and encouragement to keep envisioning and acting upon their own chosen path, and there is a desire to stay with the quest even without too much ‘hard evidence’. Searchers have to be supported to help find their goals in the first place. Not only do they initially need more help and clarification, they can easily give up unless they see more concrete signs or results. Interestingly, once these things are identified, once some ‘proof’ is accepted, the searcher very often becomes the seeker.

Spiritual searching manifests for many in the urge to read more spiritual books, engage in more rituals, embark on pilgrimages, go to more retreats and satsangs, find a special teacher – or often to ‘shop’ for exciting new teachers. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with this; for some this may be just necessary steps on one’s Way, but for others the means can be confused with the end.

Denise Levertov’s poem in which she speaks intriguingly, not of a person, but a dog, teaches me the true spirit of seeking: “Let’s go — much as that dog goes, intently haphazard … dancing edgeways, there’s nothing the dog disdains on his way … nevertheless he keeps moving, changing pace and approach – but not direction. Every step an arrival … ”

However, not just searching, but even seeking can come to an end.

The early need and impulse to acquire further answers or meanings dissolves. You learn that perhaps in the end, whatever you seek lies within the quest itself. In seeking you learn that there is no final knowing, only an ongoing learning and un-learning process; an unfolding and bringing together of what you discover along the way. The end of seeking is not so much about arriving or achieving, but to use another ‘not current’ word – it is about dwelling.

(The writer is a Mumbai-based organisational consultant, personal growth coach and workshop leader.



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Order and chaos in nature

Dr. Madan Goyal (Kurukshetra)
05 Jun, 2010 
Mr. Tripathi shows the path to truth via the physics in nature in his article referred below.
Our eyes see what our mind knows. Order and chaos are two relative terms. Nature is probably much more than that.
Both scientists and poet see the nature from different view-point. What they are seeing is the picture visible from their angles.
Bhagwat Gita explains one aspect of death, that it is one event in the process of life. Fighting was justified, if at all it has to be done, in the process of establishing order or truth.
Fight between order and chaos is perpetual and ongoing continuously. Survival of the fittest is law of nature, truth is what is defined by the fittest at any moment.
Perpetual truth is what does no harm to the universe, earth, life, humanity and above all the week. Chaos may be winning for some time, but evils are self-limiting. The so-called evil will either modify to become sustainable and harmonize with life or will be destroyed by ‘fit and good called God’ or ‘TRUTH’.
In any case teaching of Gita are for deciding our path in ambiguous situations and a very detailed narration on living above self. Faith, it generates, in truth, is essential for mental peace, social harmony and is light in the darkness of ignorance.
In nature demarcation between chaos and order is shady, that is why there are so many prophets. Every body has his own version of truth and God exists in everybody. It is a net sum of all what exist in nature and in this universe. probably man has created God, not vice versa
Nature is meaningful. However, its meaning is read differently by different kinds of people. A poet’s expression of nature is different from the way a scientist interprets it. Both, however, try to see the truth in it. Truth is one and simple, but the paths to it are many and complicated. Each of these paths presents nature’s variety.

Order and chaos in nature

G S Tripathi, Jul 4, 2010, TOI 

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” asked an English poet. This is true because some temporal events in nature are periodic like the seasons. Time spans like a day, month and year are periodic, too. A week is periodic, but it is not a natural period. It is manmade, so that at an interval of five or six working days we could get a day or two for relaxation and personal work.

Regularity in periods, whether natural or otherwise, sets a pattern and life could be systematised as it would be reasonably deterministic. Events of life are controlled by time and space. However, space is not periodic. Our environment and natural landscapes are not periodic. This irregularity also affects our lives. A person who continues to live at one place does not experience the irregularity of space and hence his life is reasonably predictable. However this kind of life could lack excitement and challenge. On the other hand, the life of a perennial wanderer might be unpredictable and unfulfilling, and perhaps have little impact on society.

Nature being periodic in one aspect and not so in the other is not our doing. Perhaps it is so because otherwise life would have been drab and dull. Natural phenomena are tuned to instill a certain order in life, although at times these appear to occur with some degree of uncertainty. This tends to happen when nature is tampered with unnecessarily.

The situation in matter is somewhat different. A solid matter is largely periodic, so assuming periodicity in the arrangement of atoms in a solid could lead to the understanding of several of its properties quite satisfactorily. This is an example of periodicity in space, which is so useful. The pattern “Again, again, again … .” is true in matter spatially, but not so in life. In other words, there are no “agains” in life. The following throws some more light on this aspect.

Events in life are not periodic. Childhood, teenage, youth, old age and death – all these occur only once in a normal life. Some times due to illness and accident, some might miss one or two stages. A wise person, according to the Bhagavad Gita, should not worry about these things. Different phases of life are meant for different roles. Just as childhood and teenage years are meant for education, youth is the phase of work.

Periodicity gives rise to regularity; all aspects of life and nature, however, lack this regularity. Through self-control and discipline we can reduce the impact of irregularity and order our lives to some extent. However life no longer follows simple laws. It has become complex because of what we call non-linear responses from the system. It can be chaotic. But once chaos reaches a critical point, the system reorganises itself and order is restored. The Gita says that whenever there is a rise in unrighteousness (chaos) and it reaches a critical value, the system becomes ready for the creation of a supreme process that restores order. But whether this is periodic, we don’t know!

(The writer teaches Physics and Materials Science at Berhampur University.)

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Creating Humor

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Any communication needs at least two persons. The two should be able to perfectly understand each other. Than only, they will be able to enjoy humor and its fruits. One has to be really humorous in nature or at least be in a mood to enjoy it thoroughly. The humor requires that we take things in humorous way.

Going by the serious jobs, time bound targets, interlinked developments and competing internationally with known and unknown competitors, humor is first casualty. Seriousness and humor should alternate. These are complimentary to each other. Excess of either may harm the individual.

If a person is in a humorous mood while other takes it otherwise, it may spell disaster. Sensitive persons are particularly prone to misinterpret the humor and get offended. That is one of very serious complications of humor. Hence one has to avoid being sarcastic to a sensitive person.

In any case sarcasms are best targeted on one self rather than the listener. It requires a great confidence and uprightness to be sarcastic on oneself. People tend to use it against the sarcastic unless properly guarded.

Humor should be an integral part of daily events. Many of the serious problems can be tackled with humor. Unwarranted anger of partner is best tackled with shrewdly directed humor.

Being humorous is a difficult art, but once mastered, it is a big tool in one’s hand. Many of the difficult situations are best handled with humor. Many of events in life require to be ignored simply by being humorous. Failures are best tackled by learning lessons from these and being humorous about these.

Some of the sensitive writings are best done in humorous way. It is likely to be read by more people.

Our brain is ultimate controlling authority of our biological profile and events in the body. Various emotions set the ball moving in a particular direction according to their effects on our body.

Anger, fear, prolonged stress are some of negative emotions in our body which need to be treated best by humor. One should preferably be humorous than being in these negative emotions.

Love, affection, peace and devotion, are the other emotions, besides humor and happiness, which help positive growth in the body.

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Law and Medicine


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Law is framework within which lawyers argue and judges give judgments. The law is a consistently growing domain and interpreted, updated and is written by many persons and in many states. It is strictly based and interpreted on the basis of words and sometimes even grammar in original text.

Medicine is a science which defines best course in all available opportunities and uncertainties.

 TOI news report “The Madras high court has said registered practitioners in siddha, ayurveda, homeopathy and unani are eligible to practise surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthesiology, ENT, ophthalmology, etc.

Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, passing orders on a contempt of court petition filed by the Tamil Nadu Siddha Medical Graduates Association, also said penal action against such practitioners who dabbled in allopathy should be “dropped forthwith.”    

The ruling runs contrary to a recent order delivered by another judge on a petition filed by two unani practitioners who sought similar relief. In February this year, Justice K K Sasidharan had held that practitioners of Indian system of medicines should not practise allopathy, and that there was nothing wrong if police take action against those who attempt to practice allopathy without valid qualification.

While passing orders on Thursday, Justice Kalifulla took note of a June 29 circular of the government, which, citing section 17(3)B of the Indian Medicine Central Council Act 1970, said institutionally qualified practitioners of siddha, ayurveda, unani and homeopathy are eligible to practise the respective system with modern scientific medicine “including surgery and obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthesiology, ENT, etc. based on the training and teaching.”

The government’s latest stand on the issue smacks of ambiguity while dealing with alternative systems of medicine which it seeks to promote even while claiming to check illegal practitioners. The recent crackdown had seen several traditional practitioners being booked for prescribing allopathic drugs.”

 The law should not be interpreted on the basis of letters only but its spirit is also important. It should not harm the humanity. 

Allopathy, Siddha, Unani and Ayurvedic may be just words for the law, but carry a meaning of life and death for people and in medicine. The students of Ayurved and anaesthesia practice in Allopathy are so wide apart as probably north and south pole. Equating them simply as all branches of healing people and permitting everything to everybody is a very dangerous judgment.

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Job creation


Developing economies are the places where the growth is improving. India is growing at a better pace than past, but need to keep its directions proper.

We need investment in sectors where development is required, where the needs are more emergent and not in sectors which are already well-funded. Infrastructure sector, power generation and cap on emigration are the areas which need changes for mutual trade development.

New Delhi should not fall for only lip service and hand over our key areas to foreign control by permitting drastic increase in FDI in these areas. It should be appropriate diplomacy, but approach has to be the same on both sides.

We should increase FDI only in sectors where we need investment and not in sectors where other countries want us to open up.

We should see that our students  and people are not maltreated in UK, they are not treated as second-rate citizens, treated differently than local residents. Job opportunities should not see racial discrimination. We should create jobs where we need action and not create jobs for ‘affluent persons of other countries’.

Trade should see that poor persons in developing countries are not exploited further. They should not be deprived of their genuine rights of jobs, at least in their own countries. Moreover the state installations and our own institutions, be not handed over to foreigners in the name opening market.



Old Ties Made New

Jul 30, 2010, TOI

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Chaotic Photography, Half truth is half lie

Imagine a situation of significant congestion, overload, altered working and chaos. There are goods overload almost every where. Not only the stores are full to the capacity, but also the goods are lying in corridors, streets are full with one of products.

This product is competing with other substances, because of its sheer content. Since it has started replacing other substances in the market, the market is flooded with the other substances too.

Vehicular trauma has started damaging the already aged and damaged roads too. The people and system have also started different functioning. Net result is chaos.

This is what precisely happens to our body. Lack of exercise makes our muscles weak, which in turn consume less glucose. Glucose burning cycle gets resistant to insulin partly, exhausting the stores of insulin. The fat and constituents like cholesterol free fatty acids, lipoproteins and triglycerides increase in our blood. The viscosity of blood is increased.

The fine vessels are damaged because of wear and tear of age and cholesterol deposits in the lining of vessels.

Sometimes these are dislodged in the form of small balls and plug the only supply line of certain areas like heart, brain and other parts. These organs start reduced function or stop working at all resulting death. Our body behaves  precisely in this manner in obesity, lack of exercise, ischemia, heart attacks and cerebral paralyses.

One has to be cautious before it is too late. Sometimes we are too late to retrieve the healthy state. Or the organ malfunctions like angina, and breathlessness, heart enlargement and increased blood pressure limit working of our body.

Life style alterations in the form of reduced caloric intake, increased exercise, reducing lying down times and more peaceful working help in reversing these damaging processes.

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Universal Cruelty

Imagine a situation where a child is deficient in something. He needs a particular type of drug or complex organic substance very urgently. It is generated only at very few locations in the village, district or even state level and that too, only at very few occasions. The child had been suffering the illness and waiting for the remedy consistently for a long time. At last the remedy was available somewhere.

But there was a religious barrier. Some people had collected thousands of years earlier and decided to destroy that organic matter. The substance was useless in those times. It created a lot of troubles in the house and locality, if it was not treated the way it was decided. Slowly everybody started following the way and it became a religious custom.

Lot many years passed. Everybody was unanimous about this thing. Every body was happy that there is a solution to the ill effects and they could get rid of the organic substance. It slowly developed in to a universally accepted, non controversial and inter religiously agreed wisdom to destroy this, priceless, but turned useless substance.

In another area people did not know about the uses of curd. They saw milk turning in to curd. But thought that milk had been spoiled and threw it.

There was another group in a different country. They found that certain substances, say apples, could be used only for some time. After that, these would be spoiled irretrievably.

Do not you think that, if with advancing technology we now know, how to use and make curd, delay or prevent destruction of apple, we should change and stop destroying the curd or apples? I know everybody agrees that nobody throws curd now and every body preserves his apples under proper circumstances.

But gentlemen, people are still suffering from many diseases which require organ transplantation. People, all over this universe, are unanimous in this ignorance. They are consistently destroying a very rich source of an organic substance, which could alleviate the suffering of this humanity. Yes! We are destroying our dead bodies which are the only sources of eyes, skin, liver, bones and kidneys.

It may take many years of research till we are able to synthesize organs. Till then, our dead bodies are the only source of precious human organs. As we can donate blood during our life, some organs can be donated after death. That will be a great respite for people suffering from corneal blindness, renal failure and liver failures.

Our religious rituals are a big barrier in this direction. We need to update our religions to prevent this cruelty. Religions are for helping humanity and not for depriving the people of available remedies. Religions should not come in the way of technology that helps people.

Let us stop this cruelty to the humanity and start donating our bodies. Let people live, in our eyes and kidneys.

Further reading      Donate Bodies

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