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.