Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas, As a Festival of Love and Sacrifice

All over the world, we celebrate Christmas as an international festival with Christmas greetings, sweets, gifts and a visit to the neighborhood church. It is celebrated on every 25th of December, when all offices, schools and colleges are closed as a holiday all over the world.

Christmas is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus. He was born as a savior of all people to enlighten them from their innocence and mistakes. And to protect them from evils. It is the love for mankind and the need to uplift them from innocence and to protect them from evil that Lord took birth and sacrificed himself and relived again for them.



According to the traditional belief, he was born to virgin Mary in Palestinian city of Bethlehem, near South Jerusalem on the midnight of 24-25 December. As she had no room to keep him, she placed him in a manger of a cattle shed. Angels proclaimed the child as the savior of all people. And hearing this, the nearby shepherds reached him to adore him and glorify him.



So traditional celebrations of most Roman Catholics and Anglicans start from the late evening hours before the midnight of 24th December to celebrate birth of Jesus. These celebrations are known as Holy Night and Midnight Mass celebrations. On this occasion, the lord's table is decorated with Advent wreath, a round garland of green branches and flowers which is placed on a white cloth on the Table with a  big white candle in the center of the Advent Wreath. The white candle resembles the Christ candle. Then it is surrounded by other small candles. They sing the Holy Night and Midnight Mass carols or songs glorifying Child Jesus and Holy Mother Mary.


On Christmas eve, many traditional believers observe fast till evening and they take food only after citing the first star in the evening sky symbolizing the star of Bethlehem. They prepare meatless dishes numbering twelve items. But most others take meat dishes also. It varies from belief to belief and region to region. They celebrate this occasion with their family members and friends and relatives also. After viewing of the star, they take food and assemble again for Midnight Mass. The whole night is passed with divine chantings and prayers.


All houses, churches and offices are beautifully decorated for this festival from 24th evening itself. During dining, they decorate the table holistically. The table is covered with a white table cloth commemorating the swaddling clothes of Child Jesus when he was born. A large white candle is placed on the table and next to it the round loaf of bread symbolizing the Christ Bread of Life. Hay is also spread on one side by some people to commemorate the manger of Bethlehem. Others put hay in a corner of the room as decoration.


Next day morning, The Divine Liturgy or The Holy Mass is celebrated. People gather in churches wearing new clothes and observe the Holy Mass Prayers glorifying the great sacrifice and rebirth of Jesus Christ. It is the prayer which is recited by the Priest as well as the people assembled there in a systematic way.Their heart, eyes and mouth are fully devoted at the Altar.After the prayers, they greet each other with the Kiss of Peace saying "Christ is Born" to each other. The greeted person will reply with the words "Glorify Him".Then, returning home, they take food, distribute sweets and gifts among their circles and enjoy the day with games and movies,etc.


The most popular trends of celebrating Christmas nowadays is to wear new clothes, decorate homes beautifully with lights and colors and with a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, and preparation of several types of food dishes, distribution of greeting cards and sweets to friends and circles and enjoyment on the whole day. Children are the most happy on this occasion as they receive many gifts from their parents. It was believed that Santa Claus comes in the midnight and leaves great gifts to good children. Parents give the gifts to the children on behalf of Santa Claus.


"MERRY CHRISTMAS"




P.S. Images taken from google images


                                                       


Friday, December 21, 2012

YEAH... !!! I AM ALIVE !!! The Mayan Calendar Fuss


Yeah, I am safe and intact.
 I have survived this Dooms Day also.

 How lucky am I !!!
 Nothing happened to me in-spite of all those predictions about end of world.
Previously, I survived the millennium apocalypse and now the Mayan apocalypse.


The other day, my son asked whether I wrote any thing on the Mayan calendar. At that time, I dismissed it as a silly topic. But, later I thought, what was wrong in writing on that fuss. I should follow the mob. Ours is mob culture. If people around you talk of something, you must be one of them, if you are to be there.




 Prophecies regarding end of the world have come many times. The last time, it was in 2000 when every corner of the world was filled with doubts of whether one will wake up to see the sun rise on 1-1-2000. But every thing went normal and nothing happened. There were other doubts regarding computer workings coming to the halt. But that was also solved by prior steps taken for uninterrupted transmission of the data from 31-12-1999 to 1-1-2000 with out experiencing any problem.


Now, it was the turn of the Mayan calendar predicting that world would end on 21-12-2012. But, it too has proved false. It was simply a rumor circulated by some people who believed that the calender was built with the assumption that the world will last for 5200 years only when it was designed more than 3000 years B.C. Many Chinese and Russian people also believed in this theory along with other countries' people and were making preparations for the apocalypse. But survivors of mayan culture themselves dismissed the assumption as false.


The Mayan culture flourished during the period of 250 A.D. to 900 A.D. in the region of Central America. Their calenders consisted 13 days per week and 13 cycles of 400 years each which has been mis-interpreted by some of its followers as the life span of world to be only 5200 years. A carved stone found in Tortuguero, a Mayan ruins site in Mexico has created all this rumor.


Other Mayan sites found are at Guatemala City, El Salvador of Mexico,  French village of Bugarech and Alta Paraiso in Central Brazilian highlands. At present, Mayan culture has almost vanished. Now their calender has also ended. And it is a new beginning for them in the new world.


So, next time when you hear of predictions of end of the world don't get bewildered. Simply dismiss them as false rumors. Because the world will last for more and more thousands and lakhs of years ahead and it will not end so soon.

SO  BE  HAPPY!


                                                       


Sunday, December 16, 2012

MOGALIREKULU - A TV Serial With High Social And Moral Values: Introduction

A great Telugu Mega TV Serial named MOGALIREKULU is on air since more than four years on Gemini TV ( Telugu ) channel. It is great because of its story centered around unparalleled ethical and moral values of society. It is great because it is based on a novel of the great Telugu Novel Writer Yuddhanapudi Sulochana Rani. She is one of the greatest writers of novels based on the social and ethical values of life. Her characters are superb in all her novels. Her imagination spins great male and female characters possessed with very gentle and moral values and yet arrogant and dominant to the circumstances. And the screen play has been beautifully spiced up with nice and appealing dialogues by Bindu Naidu which added more colors to the serial.

The title was very suitably chosen by the story writer as "Mogalirekulu". It represents the beautiful, fragrant flowers called Mogalirekulu which blossom in the midst of thorns and snakes but remain intact unaffected by the surroundings by spreading a good fragrance and giving beauty to the surroundings. The main characters of first generation Dharma, Satya, Daya, Keerthana, Shanti, and Selva swamy represent these flowers who were born and grown up in the midst of crimes, quarrels and violence between families but they emerged as good characters with high moral values with infinite love and an unbreakable bondage inspite of all the oddities and sufferings they faced. And R.K.Naidu was the most admired ideal character for all.




In Mogalirekulu, the main hero R.K.Naidu is such a great personality. At present he is DG of Mumbai in the story. Previously, as ACP, he has gone through many agonies of life along with the other main hero, Dharma who is the eldest brother of rk naidu's wife Shanti in the story. Both the characters are main heroes even though it was supposed by the writer  that Dharma would be the main hero. Both these characters are of superb nature. They possess all the good qualities of sweetness in voice, humbleness, respect for others and their values, loyalty, kindness, strength to face any type of situations, eagerness to help the needy, and what not.




Dharma was more kind-hearten and brings up his two brothers and a sister and one neighbored orphan girl with love, care and responsibility. For their livelihood, he had to work under a contractor who was a gang leader and local Don. Dharma was very loyal to his employer who offered them food, shelter and work. That contractor was also very friendly with him as Dharma was very loyal and protected him from all odds. But due to some incidences, their friendship breaks and Dharma was unable to digest the fact, that this closest friend-cum-employer Selvarajan and his mother Gomathi were behind their and their family's destruction. His conscience does not want to believe this. But it was a fact. There was lot of inner conflict in his mind regarding what is right, what is wrong, what is moral, what is immoral, why people do wrong things and crimes, etc. Due to this conflict and mental confusion, he leaves all his men and goes to solitude in search of some answer for all this. His acting depicting all these feelings is great.


Similarly, The character of R.K.Naidu as a responsible police officer is very great. He deals everything with a great responsibility, keeping aloof all family matters during work. He faced many worst moments of his life during discharging of his duties. But he was very determined, bold, smart and cautious in all his actions and outcomes all hurdles. His character should be an exemplary example to the Khaki uniform in self-discipline, loyalty, endurance, confidence, smartness and will power.


All the characters in this serial are marvelous. But, what I want to stress here is their acting talents. If you watch the serial, you yourself will come to know how great their performance is.


R.K.Naidu's character is cast by M.Sagar. His action is superb. His expression of emotions at the victims of violence and injustice, his expression of loyalty and sincerity at work place and his acting during dealing with his superiors in the middle stage of the story, and his present dignity as DG of Police, his habits and walking style and speaking style are best suited to the position. His other character, as Munna the missing son during blasts, and his portrayal of the character as a goonda(mafia-don) was also very fascinating. His aggressiveness as an angry young man, with a pistol and cigarette and hanging coat during his encounters for taking revenge on bad elements of society  and his acting as drinker are all very naturally portrayed by him. His encounters with each and every character are very greatly performed by him with superb skill.It seems acting has come from birth to him. Nothing appears to be artificial in his expressions or movements throughout the scenes.His present portion as Mahidhar Naidu is very fascinating and you would love to watch him stuck to the small screen especially during his encounters with Gomathi.


Gomathi's role is cast by A.Sruthi. She had acted previously in other serials and movies also. Her action in this mogalirekulu is very great and mind blowing. Her expression of anger, cruelty, wickedness, cunning nature,etc. are so super that you feel wholly moved with her expressions and become restless to do some thing to prevent her from doing any harm to your other loved characters. Such is her acting talent. Her speaking style, ascent and action are very suitable to her role and nobody else could have done so much justice to the role.


The characters of Selvaswamy and his son Ishwar are also very suitably enacted by the actors doing those roles. Previously, Selvaswamy role was done by a person with the same name. His was of a little bit gentle and subtle nature in the beginning when Dharma was associated with him. But later on, the role required a vigorous and more stubborn personality and so the actor was changed. The present actor of Selvaswamy role is doing greater justice to the role. His expressions of feelings are very natural and his physique and dressing style,etc. are all best suited.

The heroine character of first generation, Meenakshi and second generation Devi till recently, were enacted by actor Likitha who is also a good actor. Her portrayal of Meenakshi as a South Indian humble,gentle and kind-hearted character was very good. Beauty also contributed to her action. Her action as Devi was also very superb. She was able to portray all the feelings very naturally. The present actor of Devi portion is also good at acting. She is also doing her best to suit the character.


All other actors of the characters of Sathya, Shanti, Keerthana, Durga, Pallavi, Sindhu, Shanker, Rajani, Muniyamma, Aravind, his assistant Jagdish are all doing good to their roles.And not the least, Munna's tiny and lovely friend Ali character's actor is also to be not be forgotten.


On the whole, mogalirekulu is a great TV Serial in the Telugu language and it deserves felicitations by all Telugu people. The producers of the serial M/S Srikanth Entertainment Pvt.Ltd., Director Manjula Naidu, Script and dialogues writer Bindu Naidu, original story writer Yuddhanapudi Sulochana Rani and Gemini TV are all commendable for presenting such a marvelous work to our Telugu Viewers. Further, all the actors and  staff of the serial producing company are to be complimented for their contributions.


                                                         
                                                

Monday, December 10, 2012

Cigarette Smoking Is Injurious To Health- A mere Slogan?

In your daily life, you come upon this slogan again and again-

CIGARETTE SMOKING IS INJURIOUS TO HEALTH !

Wherever you go, let it be cinema halls, malls, offices, buses, trains or any other public place, you are repeatedly again and again reminded by slogans and notices to recognize that cigarette smoking is a prohibited, bad practice as well as not good for your health. But you never try to understand this. Or to tell otherwise, you do not want to understand or realize this fact as you do not like such advices or morals being taught to you by people around you. You are in false prestige that you are your master and others are trying to degrade you by giving advices.




When you go to enjoy a movie along with your family or friends, you come across this slogan again and again in the movie whenever the characters are depicted to be smoking. But neither you nor your companions bother about this. In the interval you go out, take a round of smoke and return with some snacks for your partner and children. Neither you nor the others, whoever would have just returned back having a smoke, feel even a bit of guilt-consciousness. You simply continue watching the movie and many more glimpses of that unwarranted slogan. The same thing happens when you watch your favorite TV serials on your small screen.


You have become so accustomed to this slogan, that it never strikes to you that it is applicable to you also. You may be feeling it is meant for others, who might be more dangerously smoking. Or else, you may be thinking this way also that since the law is forcing them to flash the slogan, so they are twinkling it again and again, and nothing more than that. So don't bother about it.


But, when will you be awakening? After smoking attacks your health? Or after some other one, whom you may be loving, is attacked by it? Do you ever know that a burned cigarette produces thousands of chemicals? When you put it in your mouth and inhale smoke, hundreds of poisonous gases enter into your body and many of them tend to cause cancer in you. Further, you must remember, that whenever you smoke, the smoke released will affect your companions also.It is a clinically proven fact that cigarette smoking or tobacco causes cancer. It may be lung cancer, liver cancer or even kidney cancer.


So, why do you spoil your life and the life of your neighbors with this bad habit of cigarette smoking? Why don't you leave this bad habit and contribute to the health of others and yours? Why can't you leave it? Think of your beloved ones and leave smoking for their sake. It may be very hard to leave the habit at once. But, you can leave it step by step. First, you reduce the quantity of cigarettes. If you are consuming six cigarettes a day, try to make it three or four in the first instance. You make up your mind that you have to do this for the sake of your beloved ones. You control yourself and try to divert your attention from it. Make yourself a bit stubborn. Adopt to some other habit like having fruit juice, taking fruits, or some thing healthy with that money. Slowly reduce to two smokes, one smoke and nil.


All that you need here is the will power. The will to leave smoking habit. The will to do something good for your beloved ones. The will to make them happy and healthy and there-by improving your health. So, next time when you go for purchasing a cigarette pack, please do think over the slogan on it, then think about your beloved ones ( some of them might be in the heaven also) and have some care for them. Then, you will definitely be able to leave this bad habit of smoking. Nothing is hard, if you have the will power and a sense of feeling for your beloved ones.


Updated on 17/01/2014: A link to a recent report published in The Washington Post dated 17/01/2014 on the dangers of smoking is given below. 
Please copy the link to your browser to view the report by Senior Surgeon of US.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/surgeon-general-report-links-more-diseases-health-problems-to-smoking-tobacco/2014/01/16/c0552c90-7eb5-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines

Another link:
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/health_advice/facts/smokehealth.htm
                                                   

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stop and Think- Whither We Are Going

The present daily life -style of most of we  people has become a show buzz. Full of materialistic and physical notions. We measure everything materialistically in terms of money, prestige, glamour and social status. No value for age, virtue and wisdom of the person.


All our actions are centered at one goal. How to make money and how to establish our position in society. All other values are set at rest  And to maintain your status, you try to earn more and more money, purchase more property and assets, adopt to latest fashion of clothes and to the so called modern and contemporary western culture and social habits. All this at the cost of your own culture and heritage.

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But why all this race for money and status, fashion and glamour ? What will you get in all this pursuit? Instead of Tensions. You will always be racing for this and that and don't have time to rest or to enjoy it. Further, the more money the more tension in handling and managing it. You will be scared of losing it. You Can't have sleep and will be restless always. The same thing with status also. You always indulge in competition with your companions and look at them suspiciously. You can't be friendly with them and enjoy their company. You try to be aloof from them and become alone to maintain your status. You will be losing happiness and satisfaction in your family and circles. So this race for money and status or prestige in society are all causes of dissatisfaction, greed, anger, irritation and what not.


Desire for money makes you restless. You try to work overtimes and take-up more jobs. It will decrease your efficiency and deteriorate your health also. There by you develop mental tension and irritations in your family. You can not be happy and find fault with every body. More over, if you are indulging in false prestige and fashions and increasing your spending s which result in more demand for money and increased pressure and tension on you. Further you are spending on latest designs of clothes from western cultured markets which are too much costlier than our local indigenous products.Thus you are making yourself  financially over burdened. For this, you want to make more money and the quest for money never stops.


So, better You stop now and think of all this unnecessary extravaganza. Is all this hotchpotch necessary for us to survive in this world? Is it not enough, if we have enough money, shelter, food and clothe which are sufficient for our livelihood. Why unnecessary accumulations of wealth and property which will not come with you when you leave your body. Why give up your present happiness and mental peace for the sake of that false prestige and status?. Why not be satisfied with whatever you get that may be sufficient for you and your family's needs.


Instead of running for false prestige and fame, you may better try to think of the great heritage of our country, its culture, social, ethical and spirituals values. Why are you unaware of them or ignoring them? Why not take pains to understand those values and benefit from them.Instead of running behind the materialistic aspects and glamour of western culture, try to give some value to our own cultural and spiritual norms.

Indulging in mere materialistic values is not enough. It is only momentary and does not give you all that kind of satisfaction that you may get by understanding and following our ethical and spiritual values. All the money and social prestige that you long to acquire will not come with you when you leave this world. You can not carry it with you to the other world after death. Only your moral and spiritual values come with you at that time. So try to be moral, ethical and spiritual in all your actions.





Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Think Twice Before You Pay Donations To Schools


Seeing the present atmosphere of admissions to educational institutions, one may have to think twice before having children. The increasing lust for convents education and the ever increasing fees of these institutions throw a great burden over the parents and they are becoming scary. This combined with the attitudes of some affluent class people ready to throw away any amount of money to get a seat for their wardens is worsening the case.



Gone have the days, when people used to get quality education in municipal or government run schools and private institutions. Now our people have become crazy and exhibitionist. They think of their status and prestige and don't bother throwing away money. This mentality of our people is one of the reasons for all this present state of economic crisis that we are facing and unable to come out of it.


I don't think the need for such extravaganza! Is there any lack of teaching skills in our society? Or is there lack of educational schools and colleges in our country? Why such mad rush and inflated demand  for convent scheme? Is there more quality with them than our ordinary educational institutions. Where is the need for going on pushing their fees structure to the sky heights?


Let us think reasonably. Assume you are establishing a convent school with education from LKG to Class V. What you want is 7 rooms for teaching, one room for Principal, one room for office and one more room for teachers to take lunch or spend leisure hours and the required furniture for these rooms.  Let us assume that furniture and other registration and permit for running school expenses are one time expenditure which shall be recovered in long run. Then monthly rent say 25000/-,salaries total 50000/- roughly for total 10 persons including principal and other electricity, sanitation,etc.5000?- Total monthly expense comes to around 80,000/-

Now, there are 7 classes and 40 students in each class. If you charge a monthly fee of Rs.300/- per student it will come to 84,000/- So all your expenses are met with that fees receipts. Now, you will be charging higher fees for higher classes which will be your sole income.


So from the above calculation, you can see that there is no loss even if you are charging lower fees. The reimbursement of your one time capital expenditure and other time-to-time expenses can also be recovered very easily by slightly adjusting the fee structure. Then where is the need to pay huge amounts of fees and the need for larger donations? It is simply extravaganza.


The above is merely an example to show how you can calculate things and come to decisions before you act. You can calculate in your own way and act. Any suggestions and comments are welcome.

So, you better think twice or even thrice before making unnecessary large sums to your schools and colleges. It will only result in inflation in the long run.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Log On To Your Soul, Do Not Neglect It

In our daily day-to-day life, we are running over burdened with too many activities that often we get irritated and stuck up with problems. In the quest for material pleasures, we are only making ourselves more uncomfortable  and more worried.


Why are we running behind wealth, position and for possessing a band of servants behind us. Do you think all this will remain with you for ever?  And it will be with you wherever you go? No, not at all!




At some point of time, you will find that all your wealth is of no use. Every thing will be of zero value for you. You will be unable to solve your problems in-spite of all your enormous  material wealth. You might need some helping hand to solve your problem and you may look for help to God.


So why not wake up earlier? In-spite of lamenting later why don't you strengthen  yourself from now on more powerful with some spiritual thinking. The real wealth that will be with you and come with you for ever and solve your problems is your spirituality. It is the most reliable wealth which you should acquire and which can give you immense strength and eternal happiness. You can rely on this wealth with utmost confidence more than all your material possessions.


Now how to acquire this spirituality and develop intimacy with God?


For this purpose, you will have to log on to your soul. Here soul is the Atman or the Spiritual Mind which is free of all material obstacles and attachments.Lord Sri Krishna has said in Bhagavad Gita again and again that Soul or atman has no beginning and no end. It is there before your birth and will be there after your death and will be the light showing you path in whichever form you are. So log on to your soul. The password and key for getting entry into it is Introspection. You enter into your soul or mind through your self-introspection. You make friend with your soul. You interact with it. You review all your actions performed till now. Discuss them with your self. Analyse them. And distinguish between right and wrong, correct and incorrect, matured and immature-d, sensible and insensible etc. Once you are able to analyse like this, it will be very clearer to you how foolish you have been all these years in your actions.


You will come to know that all this materialistic world is an illusion. It is alluring your senses and dragging you towards physical attachments and emotions. And it makes you believe that you are the boss of all your actions. Now you gradually begin to introspect your self and gradually come to realize  that there is some power behind all your actions. It prompts you to act. It makes you perform a certain act in a certain way and not the other way. It guides you each and every moment. It is the spiritual mind or soul or the Atman whatever you may call it. It will guide you to the eternal peace and happiness that you can find nowhere else.



                                             



Friday, November 9, 2012

Be Sensible- Don't Get Flown Away By Emotions

First let me explain what is being sensible. Sensibility means being rational and conscious of whatever you are doing. You must be aware of your surroundings whenever you do something or express some thing. You must think of others around you and of the civilized society you live in whenever you speak something or do something. You must be aware of the consequences and reactions. That is sensibility. Sensibility reflects your personality.



Sensibility is different from Sensitivity. Sensitivity is being sensitive to your surroundings whereas Sensibility means being conscious of your surroundings during all your actions and deeds. People are sensitive and emotional by birth. But Sensibility comes with maturity. Sensibility shows your level of maturity, your culture and civilisation.


Now, coming to the point, some recent speeches and statements of our prominent personalities and their actions,reactions have prompted me to write this article. I may not want to take their names or disclose them but in general I would like to draw their attention too to my topic. I wonder how could such prominent matured people ( may be most people think them to be so ), could utter such insensible statements in our society and make irrelevant references which down grade their personality.


Nowadays,politics has become the ground field of some insensible people. Not a single day passes without some strike, some dharna, some group clash, etc. Politics has spread every field. Schools, Colleges, Working places, Temples, Sports and all your neighbourhood  has got polluted with politics. Everywhere there is groupism and clashing between groups. All this is the result of insensibility of people. Insensibility leads to indulging in various undesirable acts and destructive mentality.


Take the instance of our public and/or students participating in some rally for some cause like separate statehood for their region, or for expressing their resentment against the construction of a particular dam, or some other social or political cause. Instead of taking out their procession peacefully, they indulge in stone pelting at police and public properties like buses, shopping malls, etc. Is it not a sign of their insensibility and a lack of reasoning power. If they could think a while before indulging in such activity, they could have realised that they are destroying their own daily usage property and troubling their own people by doing so. They are hindering the normal functioning of schools and colleges, disrupting the transportation services which could affect the daily life of themselves, their children , friends and relatives and all their society. This is due to lack of sensibility.


Not only that. We often witness noisy scenes, abusive word usages and breaking of furniture,etc. on floors of our Parliament and Assembly sessions. One can observe how absurd our MPs and MLAs have become. Why do they lose their senses for the sake of a trivial matter. Why can't they behave in a matured manner? They could solve their differences in a peaceful way. By mere bench thumping, furniture breaking or violence creation, they can't get anything. It expresses only their insanity.


So, I once again stress the need for sensibility in all our actions/deeds, speeches/writings and even in our clothing also. Let us create a good atmosphere in our civilized society through our rational, sensible, good cultured and civilised speech and actions.




                                                     




Saturday, October 27, 2012

Death: A Silent, Stealthy Attacker


All of us know that death is inevitable. Whoever is born in this world has to die. No one can escape it.

All the Medical innovations, all Scientific advancements and all Spiritual rituals, and Prayers are all null at death. Whatever you may do, you can't avoid death. Lord Krishna in Bhagavad-gita emphasized this fact to Arjuna and asked him not to lay down his Bow and arrows in the Mahabharata with the grief of having to kill his kith and kin in the battle. He emphasizes the fact that death for each one has been already pre-decided and Arjuna's arrows are only a tool for accomplishing the already decided fate of all those people. So death is pre-decided already at the time of our birth.


The Angel Of Death! He took my wife on 22/10/2012
But death occurs at a time when you are unaware of it. It does not come to you straight forward. It finds some means to attack you. When you are well prepared and wait for it, it does not come to you. It attacks you stealthily, when you are confident that it is not so much nearer to you, and when you are careless about it. 

Because death wants some reason or some circumstance through which it can pounce upon you. It enters you through some sickness, some accident, some natural calamity, etc. so that you may think that because of this reason the death took place. Lord Krishna in Bhagavad-gita clearly tells Arjuna that he had slain all the Kauravas already and Arjuna's arrows are only a medium for their physical death.


But, it is not real. Death is the destination for any person whoever comes on earth. Even God when takes avatars on the earth has to end his avatar through death like Sri Rama or Sri Krishna, the mythological Gods of Hinduism. So death is the ultimate truth. Do not get bewildered by death. If you are born, you have to die.


But Death is only for the physical form that you are in. Bhagavad-Gita clearly states that Atma in you is Eternal. It has no death. Death is only physical. As you change your clothes, you are changing your body. So be not afraid of death. Be prepared for it always and face it with a smile!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Cricket After Sachin Tendulkar's Retirement

There is much talk about Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from cricket in November 2012. This is a very bad news for cricket loving fans. And especially for those who are his great fans and adore him very much. He is one of the world's greatest cricketers of history and contemporary period and our greatest hero. We are so much emotionally attached with his cricket that we are unable to think of Indian cricket without him.


We watched his strokes of fours and sixes so emotionally and anxiously that we even stop taking the breath while his bat meets the ball. He has hit such wonderful shots. His strokes have always been well planned and very smart ones. Even the greatest bowler was afraid of his strokes and whatever tricks they employed in bowling they were unable to beat him.


Whenever he plays, the stadiums were overcrowded and those watching on TV's were sticking to their sets. His fans were so much emotional and watched his game as if they are playing the game. He has achieved so many records at such a tender age that no other has achieved. It is very disappointing that he is retiring now. He is only 39 years old and we hope he can play for some more years.

Now, if he retires what will be the future of Indian cricket we can not say definitely. But there is the saying that nothing stops because of one's exit. Cricket will continue to be played and watched even after his retirement with same emotion and anxiety. But, perhaps most of his fans may not find that much interest in the game for some period. Perhaps such brilliant strokes may not be there. The shouts of "Sachin", "Sachin" will not be there to which we have become accustomed to. Even the bowlers of other countries may not find so much enjoyment and anxiety as they felt during their bowling to Sachin.


But we should not be as much worried about cricket's future as some of us are worrying because there are still good strikers in our teams and maybe they take the reins ahead and don't leave us disappointed. We shall hope for good.

Sachin Tendulkar's career statistics:

  1. Sachin played overall 664 internationals- 200 tests, 463 ODIs and 1 T20 against South Africa.
  2. Sachin scored more than 34000 runs from above matches.
  3. Sachin was the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in ODIs.
  4. He is the only player who scored 100 centuries in international cricket with 51 centuries in Test matches and 49 in ODIs.
  5. His top scores were 248 n/o in Tests and 200 n/o in ODI.
  6. Sachin Retired from ODI cricket in December 2012, from T20s in October 2013 and from all forms of cricket after playing his final 200th test against West Indies on 16th November 2013 at Wankhade Stadium.
  7. Sachin Tendulkar has been honored with many awards. He got the Arjuna Award in 1994, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1998, Padma Vibhushan in 2008, and Bharat Ratna in 2014.
  8. He has been nominated as MP in Rajya Sabha and is an MP from 27th April 2012 till now.