Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mr Ram Jethmalani is a well known face amongst the legal community in India. Even though he is primarily known as only a criminal lawyer, he has appeared in many high profile cases.
I have known him nearly all my life as his daughter Shobha was a school class mate of mine and we continue to be good friends.
Ms Asha Chand,has a tremendous passion: To promote the Sindhi Language
Yesterday, the 29th of January I attended a meeting where we requested Mr Jethmalani to pursue our demand of a 24 hour Sindhi TV Channel from the Govt of India.
At the time of Partition we Sindhis did not receive any land to call our own, and yet in 60 years we Sindhis have struggled, not only survived but given back to Society in terms of Hospitals, Education Institutions...So in my mind we Sindhis deserve that much! What? A DD Sindhi 24 hour channel!
High quality TV Production could be the first step which can open more avenues of learning ones beautiful culture and language over a period of time!
I endorse what Asha Chand said:
We have three Mothers:
1) Who gave us birth
2) Matru Bhoomi (Our land)
3) Our Language

Do I even need to say that we must nurture them?
Even putting a signature to a signature campaign might help. not to talk about sponsoring programmes on tv or speaking with personalities who may be able to help in the endeavour, or forwarding this note or blog url...
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I was really touched by what this gentleman wrote to me after reading my article.


Feedback for: Welcome to Dal Sabzi for Aatman : Sindhis and Sindhi


Comment :
I m a SINDHI man and m living in Hyderabad, SINDH. I have just read this article and felt extremely sorry for the attitude of those TWO Sindhi guys that sister Shakun Narain Kimatrai mentioned. Sister Shakun, ur love for ur ancestors and their language is beyond any doubt. Sister, when i read ur article i have moved in my heart alot. U r quite right that you all Hindus left ur land with heavy heart.Today, I m 35 yrs old but when i see old builings of hindus in areas like Hearabad, Gaari Khataa, Market Tower and Station Road, i m compelled to think that how beautiful structures are these, and the owners of these structure had certainly abandoned all these with the heavy rain of tears in their eyes. O God, would this never happened. This is a deadly and very painful feeling of deprivation of their priceless assests. Sister, i do apologise on behalf of those TWO sindhi guys who hurt u rather than realising ur position and environment in which u r living ; and that whatever happened some sixty three years ago was absolutely wrong.

Chapter 4 Lesson 7
Rag Dvesh Likes Dislikes

My note:
Hindu Philosophy constantly speaks about going beyond the ‘Pairs of opposites’
What are these pairs of opposites?
Joy, Grief…Success failure…Likes dislikes…
How does one ‘go beyond’ these pairs?
By going through them as one goes through summer winter, heat cold, day night…
How does one do that?
Wear a sweater, put on a heater, light a fire during winter…and wear light clothes, have a dip in water, switch on a fan or air conditioner during summer…In other words do your best to insulate yourself and get on with the act of living…
Keep away from a burning fire or storm the best way you can.
Keeping on complaining does not really benefit you or others, is it not so?

Krishna states in Verse 20, 21, 22, 23 of Chapter 4:
He who gives up attachment to fruit…performs only bodily action…Is content with whatever is got unsought…transcends all pairs of opposites…Is established in the knowledge of the Self…is not bound by his action… and incurs no sin.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Chapter 4 Lesson 6
Action Inaction
Karma Akarma Vikarma

My note:
In the 16th Verse of Chapter 4 Krishna explains action, bad action and inaction or Karma, Vikarma and Akarma.

My note:
Karma is an action pure and simple but what is Akarma or Non Action or Vikarma a bad action?
Let us try and understand it through an example: An evil person is urgently looking for another person who he wants to harm. You know in which direction the persecuted person went. When the evil one asks you if you saw where he went, you did not reply …or lied?
Is it a Vikarma, a bad action? An akarma, a non action? Or a karma?

Let us take another example. A man deserts his wife and children because he does not want to make more karmas as he believes that is the way to liberation?
Is it a Vikarma, a bad action? An akarma, a non action? Or a karma?

Krishna states in Verse 17 that mysterious are the ways of action. In Verse 18 Krishna states: He who sees Inaction in Action and Action in Inaction is wise among men; he is a Yogi.

In Verse 20 Krishna states: He who gives up attachment to fruits of action and does nothing at all (is a man of inaction) though fully engaged in action.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sri Morari Bapu is in Mumbai. I used to go to his kathas and enjoy every moment of it. I was able to sit for 3 hours at a stretch. I wrote 'In touch with Masters' 'Symbolisms in the Ramayana' translated 'Nisaadhanta' got written Aashirwaad' (all up on my website: )
I feel completely blessed and fulfilled.
Yesterday attended a Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Guru Gangeshwarananda Veda-Ratna Puraskaar where I was able to meet Bapu. I feel it was a gift from above!

Shall let you in to a Vision. Well not sure if it was a vision, but in any case it was different from a dream or imagination.

I 'saw' that 'Masters' were getting ready for a journey...I believe it was to incarnate. I see myself as about 8 years old, yearning to take the trip with them.
But I feel I am not ready yet. The Masters say "Come along" We shall help you along the way! I believe the Masters are those I have written about in "In touch with Masters"
I asked my Guru Ma Indira Devi, if the vision was right. She replied with a mischievous smile: "Whether true or not, most people think that they have come to 'help' At least you believe that you have come to be helped...and that is good :)"

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Just like the elements move towards their source.
Water moves towards the Ocean, downwards...
Fire move towards the Sun, upwards (Even when you hold a match down the flame will go up...
So do humans move towards love, Must be because that is their source...
I was reading: The heart's capacity to hate is limited unlike that 'to love' Love gives one joy, power and victory and hate brings in sorrow and powerlessness and defeat.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chapter 4 Lesson 5
In Verse 13, Krishna speaks about the 4 orders of Society ie the much criticized caste system.

My note:

Hindu Scriptures speak of the four castes, which is nothing but four types of professions.
Let me tell you about them.
The first is Brahmin. The Learned, professors, priests…
The Second is the Kshatriyas: The warriors, soldiers, protectors…
The third is the Vaishyas: the Commercial community, shop keepers, traders…
The fourth is the Shudras: The working community, those who serve the first three…
In ancient India, the above were considered professions, and one could change them at will. Thus, if one was born into the business community, no one could stop him from becoming a teacher or washing dishes in a restaurant.
As time passed, the learned class started to feel very arrogant and believed themselves to be the’ highest’, because they were the most learned, and knew the Scriptures.
They imposed the ‘law’ that if one was born into one caste, they would remain there for life.
And so the menial workers were referred to as ‘low’ and later ‘untouchable’
If the so called ‘low castes’ had been taught Sanskrit, and to read and write it, they would have known that God did not recognize such a terrible ‘law’
I am going to tell you the story of Shabri.
Shabri belonged to the ‘low caste’
No one befriended her.
So she lived alone.
Her Guru had told her, that Sri Ram would one day visit her cottage.
Shabri would decorate her cottage with beautiful flowers every day, hoping that that would be the wonderful day, that Sri Ram would visit her.
One day Shri Ram arrived at her village, as he traveled, far and wide, in his search for Sita.
And He did visit Shabri’s cottage.
Shabri was beside herself with joy.
She made him sit and brought a plate of berries for him to eat.
She wanted to make sure that they were sweet. It is popularly believed that she tasted the berries before giving them to Sri Ram to eat.
Sri Ram ate them with great relish and was happy at the faith and love that Shabri possessed.
The people in the village were appalled at Shabri’s audacity, but could say nothing to Sri Ram.
They requested Sri Ram to restore the water that had dried up in the well of the village.
Sri Ram said that, that would happen if Shabri bathed in the water of the well, first.
Shabri did. And fresh water returned to the dry well!

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Chapter 4 Lesson 4
In Chapter 4 Verse 12 Krishna says: They who long for satisfaction from actions in this world, make sacrifices to the gods…
Let us understand the term ‘gods’ in the context of the Geeta.
We have already learned that a
Yajna could mean any social, communal, national or personal activity into which the individual is ready to pour himself forth entirely in a spirit of service and dedication…

‘Yajna’ is stated as a sacrifice to the gods.
In another verse Krishna claims that those who worship the gods, go to the gods and those who worship Him come to Him.
Easy enough to understand I think!

My note:
You will be surprised to note that Spiritual parlance speaks of Vidya and Avidya.
Vidya is the ‘knowledge and activities that takes one towards God.
Avidya (Please note, the opposite of Vidya is not moorkhta or ignorance) is the knowledge that one requires to survive in the world.
Father John Philipose says: Water fills everything it enters just as God fills those who are immersed in Him".

According to Islamic teachings, water is one of the divine bounties and is referred to in the Quran 63 times. As rain water is a symbol of divine spiritual inspiration.
Water is intrinsically linked to baptism.
The Sikh Khalsa Amrit chakhna ceremony involves drinking of sugar water stirred with a dagger...
Excerpts from an article by Ranjeni A Singh

I do believe that a dip in the Ganga with faith cleanses one of all sins.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I had read a strange story. A man wears tight shoes and complains every day, whole day, because they pinch him.
Finally friends told him: Why dont you just buy a size bigger?
He answered: Because I love the joy and relief I experience when I remove my very tight shoes!

Bet you did not understand the moral.

Let me explain it to you in Osho's words: Problems don't exist, only people exist, but we create problems out of a certain neurosis because we are afraid to be left alone...When you create a problem you forget the whole world because you are focussed on the problem...You are bigger than the problem and you feel very good, because you know that something can be done about it. You feel very powerful because you can go on playing with it...When you stop the cycle of creating and solving problems, you will become available to the infinite energy that surrounds you.

What to do about problems which are real? I believe in doing what the Geeta says, which I repeat in my own simple words: Do your best and leave the rest or
Let go of your expectations and fixed ideas about how things should be done. Don't try to force things to happen. Just do as much as you can, then step back and see what takes shape.