The issue of Padmavati

Padmavati is already being discussed too far and also too much in depth. But I am still waiting for one argument which is not coming out strongly as why these directors want to exploit the names and characters from the history. They are always free to make movies out of fictional characters and stories in different era, genre, time and names. Few reporters have mentioned the same but it seems the general audience is not able to understand that we all are the victim of the politics of religion getting played all across the world.

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I think Bollywood is over-confident and thought that they will be able to play with the sentiments of the people, history and the hindu belief system for a long time. Padmavati has taught a lesson to the Indian film makers to rethink the politics behind religious belief system. It is time that we sensitise any issues related to the image of India, Indian culture and also knowledge. We have been a soft target for thousands of years purely because of our ignorance and so called humbleness.  As an Indian we own too much to this land as our identity, religion, belief system, our complete personality is based on the this motherland. So we should atleast do something to maintain the dignity of the land.

If we don’t start questioning the show biz people now it will be too late as we will keep hurting our heritage on the name of freedom of speech. I want to appeal to my readers who have been comfortably enjoying movies tarnishing the image of India and Indians.

 

The blunders of International Yoga Day.

The international Yoga Day is truly a boon to most of us. But it has also given platform to many roadside junky fake yoga teachers who want to encash on yoga day for personal gains.
Recently I came across few such stories in five different countries who claimed to be yoga teachers and went to jail for misleading the people.
Unfortunately, there is no authorised body who can certify anyone as yoga teacher. There are few private universities and organisations in India who teach Yoga for many decades. Many renowned modern yoga gurus hail from these universities and genuinely contributing to the society. But there is another junk of people who learn as a student and start their classes in any corner of the city and start calling themselves as yoga teachers without degree, without teachers’ training and any theoretical knowledge of the subjects.
how to combat these fake yoga professionals who are cheating people for money, fame and personal gain.

Please check with your Indian Embassy if they keep a track of such people who claim to be yoga teachers are genuinely aware of the techniques. Few officials in some of the countries have been tracking such people and discouraging them to mislead others. But it is not happening in most of the countries as the embassies don’t have any official authority to check the genuineness of such fake teachers.

The ministry of Ayush hasn’t come up with any certification process for existing yoga teachers. It is truly required. In case of Kenya, there is only one lady called Komal Shah in Nairobi who I found to be genuine in her work and degrees too.

#ayush #MinistryofHealth #indianembassyinNairobi
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Why theory of non-violence is questionable

The moment we utter word non-violence, we bow down to it as if it is god himself. But have we ever thought how this theory is destroying India. I am sure you haven’t. We live in the fool’s paradise where we think that if we don’t raise the hands people will do the same with us. No, India has never invaded any country ever in last ten thousand years. India was spread till Afghanistan and Iran in one side and till Burma and many Far East countries were following the same culture. But India was attacked brutally by many invaders. They did all the possible massacre but taught us to remain non-violent so that we don’t kill them back. Gandhiji added another fuel to it by calling freedom movement non- violent. Very conveniently we forgot that many other freedom fighters had given their lives to make India free. Our textbook made heroes out of so called non-violence brigade. We preach this theory to our kids and make them coward against any extreme acts against them. Why?

At the time of Chanakya, we could manage to defeat Alexander the great and he had to go back empty handed from India. Chanakya could manage to collect the army of various dynasty across India to defeat the invader. But many things changed after that when the many Kshatriyas started following the theory of non-violence, they gave up killing in early age, started becoming monk, which lead to many internal issues with the law and order.

We lost many important wars against invaders in last one thousand years as the whole generation of warriors were not ready to learn warfare tactics. It has made us slave of these invaders mentally and physically.  We forgot the lessons of our scriptures that when a family is attacked, man of the family has to raise the weapon, when village is attacked all the men in the village have to raise the weapons and when nation is under attack the whole generation of the nation has to raise weapons.

Have you noticed that non of our Gods are without weapons. Why? They never killed any innocent souls but always raised weapons against the devil and extreme forces. If you think men have created Gods than Indians never accepted anyone as God who didn’t rescue his believers from wrong forces. We believed that it is God’s job to protect us and always expected him to come as Avatara to save the world. He came also, but before that we ensured that we call him for the right reason.

Unfortunately, in recent times, we have created lame gods who has made no significant change in our lives but only blind followings and blind theories. IMG_1240

New learnings from South Indian movies

The journey of exploring the south made movies started with Bahubali. I thought it was one of its kind and may be the only one. But my trip to india this time opened my eyes. Most of movie channels were going ga ga over dubbed movies from south.

Any time of the day, they were running south block busters. Initially I thought it is just the recent trend. But I saw few movies made in last fifteen years and I realised that the content wise they are too well researched, quite serious in subjects, addressing current issues, thought provoking, well made, technically sound and always give social messages for the masses.

Most of the movies would have some sequences on cultural aspects of life, religious ceremonies, celebrate relationships with love and affection. Though hero worshipping is too prominent in these movies but it is still bearable as that is done for a purpose. Many subjects like scams on educational institutes, medical waste, generic medicines, illegal construction,

Environmental issues, saving villages and saving animals too. They are not suffering from the sickness of secularism and not afraid to discuss these issues.

It’s a wake up call to Bollywood as they are still stuck on lame stories, pseudo topics, quite shallow love stories, so called brotherhood with Pakistan, appeasement of Stars, international Locations and absolutely no social or emotional message. A complete waste of time, money and resources as they don’t even entertain enough.

It’s time we get over of this hang over of stars and look for real heroes who are ready to break the rules and bring forth something new and more thoughtful. I also figured that Shahrukh has changed trend completely to lame love stories in last twenty years.

A day spent at IIT Mumbai

I am sure many of you know what is IIT. It is the producer of many CEOs across the world for mostly MNCs. It is the producer of the best technocrates, engineers and researchers.

When I got a chance to visit the campus, I was almost sure what to expect out of it. I revisited the topics of sciences learned in school. The professors were excited to share the the modern applicability of knowledge, the advance innovations and impact on the economy, how these engineers have changed the world.

I truly admire these campuses across india as they have surely made an impact on global economy.

Eventually I revealed the purpose of my visit. As I have moved on from collecting the content of various lighter topics to religious topics and now landed on all types of sciences found in Vedic scriptures.

I wanted to find out if any the modern innovations were found in scriptures. To my surprise, there are more innovative products mentioned in scriptures than what is available today.

Many professors have done an independent research on various topics of Vedic sciences and presented their papers on many conferences and platforms.

But the most required thing is to have a dedicated department catering to the subjects of vedic sciences. This team should dedicated work on the various topics of sciences found in scriptures. As projected by the modern scientists, science is not the sole territory of American scientists.

A request to the Indian government and HRD to support this thought.

Experiencing Sudarshan Kriya at Art of Living

It was one more blessings that I got an opportunity to learn Sudarshan Kriya from Pujya Guruji over the weekend. 

It is sometime difficult to find anything new when you have gone through many such processes. But I still managed to learn quite a few new things like the breathing excercise as directed by him which is called Sudarshan Kriya. 

I have been using Sri Sri products also for sometime which are actually worth trying. 

I managed to share something about my book series to the class mates. Also presented one to my coach who was quite helpful. 

I am making the best use of my time in india. 

Meeting Kajal Vaidya

I think the time has arrived than single mother or a single women is able to conquer the world, travel alone, enjoy life and at the same time build career. This is what I felt when I met Kajal Vaidya, a famous writer from Gujarat in Kenya.

She is quite independent, knows her job well, quite efficient in controlling people around her. I liked her for that. Though many women find her dominating and too independent. But this is the future which has already arrived for women who are ready to go out and about.

Her talk on You and Me was quite interesting and encouraging as well. She tried her best to bring the most relevant issues to the front, connect with the audience and give the best motivational talk.

Fourth anniversary of Kamleshwar Shiv Temple In Kenya

We celebrated fourth patotsav of Kamleshwar Mahadev Shiv Temple last Sunday. This temple has proved the presence of Shiva in weirdest possible places and mostly difficult to reach. The roads to this temple is difficult but getting better day by day.  We performed Yagna, Dhvaja Rohan, Ganesh Puja, Rudrabhishek and homa to the yagna.

The devotees of the Iskon temple performed Bhajan during the occasion. Devotees of various communities also joined us to this auspicious occasion. I must say that the time flys. Its been four years this temple came into existence in the middle of no where.

The beauty of the temple is growing each year pass by. We see new faces every time we hold any function there. The locals have been very supportive and we think they are part of our Shiva family.

Met revered saint Babaji Labh Singh ji from Anandpur Sahib India.

I some how always manage to get the blessings of saints wherever I am. We at Kisumu are fortunate to welcome Shree Babaji Labh Singh Ji from Anandpur Sahib in Punjab.

He is 94 yrs old serving the community for a long time. It was a perfect day and occasion to have a small chat with him and share my books with him. 

He was accompanied by Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh Ji from Birmingham. 

They are chairman of Guru Nanak Nishkam sewak Jatha,  a religious and charitable organization dedicated to selfless service to humanity in the name of Guru Nanak Devji. The organization headquarter is based in UK with charitable branches in India, Kericho and Kenya.

A small session on HCLS at Thika with Hindi Mahila mandal

It is quite understandable that many ladies question how our courses are going to help their kids if they learn it. I encountered this very important question while I was in Thika with a ladies group.

Let me give you an example of an indian CEO in modern technology world. E.g. Sunder Pichhai from Google. He hails from a very humbled background with the fully rooted indian values. Do you think there was nobody else as technically sound as him and also creative. But his values pushed him to this stage as he was to head the company world over. Even to climb the ladder of corporate world, we need to inculcate the indian values to our kids which gives them an upper hand above peers. 

The world is surely competitive and we don’t have enough time to teach more to kids. But value based education helps you not only in jobs but also in personal life. 

A journey from Dwarka to Oxford 

It is very rare that one gets blessed to find knowledge from two extreme worlds. Sixteen years back I started from mokshpuri Dwarka to find myself, where I come from and what am I doing here? Why we don’t choose our parents, community, region and religion. All those things are decided by a super natural force which we can’t see and feel in our world.

While I met the team of Turors at Oxford Center of Religious Studies in Oxford, my bug of questioning came alive. 

It is true that everyone around the world has a right to learn our scriptures and practice also at the same time. Oxford Center for Hindu Studies is one of them. They have tried their best to bring the right point of view of scriptures and presented in the manner one can understand.

But my question is what about our own indian system? When are they going to start school, colleges and universities to teach scriptures and give degrees too. There is none at present which can claim of teaching scriptures in its original way apart from Ved Shala and few gurukuls. 

One more question is who should be teaching them? Everyone claims to be the authority but I think it’s only traditional gurukul system should take initiative and modernize and present them. 

It’s going to be a big battle ahead about taking a lead, delivering it and implementing the knowledge at the grass root level. Let’s see who does it successfully? 

Indian Sitar by westerners 

It is always very amusing to enjoy indian musical instruments by westerners who really try to put efforts to play those difficult strings together. Recently I attended such event in Nehru Center in London where three Europeans played very good sitar, ghunghru, Arabic drums etc. 
They ​​did a good justice to the instruments, taal, Soor and tempo of the melodies they created on stage. It is very difficult for me to appreciate any westerner attempting to play indian instruments as for us it is an attempt to connect with god and not just create random music. 

I still appreciate their efforts and music they created and entertained relatively a good audience. 

Veggie delight in Europe 

I always knew that western world is sleeping over diet issue for a long time. But increase in various lifestyle diseases have forced them to revisit the issue of diet all over again. It also means that world is moving towards health and wellness unlike earlier time of fire fighting and not fire prevention.

Increase of vegan diet, cafe and Resturents all across Europe has made it possible for those who were always complaining of non availability of food while traveling. 

Gone are the days when one would need to walk miles to find a vegetarian dish in any decent Resturent in affordable price. 

I found so many such resturants which only serves vegetarian food and doing extremely well. Not fearing of not having enough customers to pay their rentals. 

A tour to the UN in Geneva 

It was worth spending three hours in UN at Geneva to know what they actually do. Very rightly said by the guide that UN talks in Newyork and actually works in Geneva. 

The long session of their activities and few meetings about environment related issues enlightened me on how I can take forward my work related to uplifting the local women and add more activities to Kenya Vegetarian Club for the next level. Its time to understand what is important and what action is required to do for locals. 

My aim of saving the environment through vegetarian diet is actually taken quite seriously at UN too. I saw quite a few banners talking about it all over the center.

It was a pleasant surprise to see Gandhiji’s statue in the premises, though I had heard about it earlier but saw it today. 


Cultural Diversity

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The world is such a diverse place. It is like a mosaic with different cultures forming a rich and beautiful tapestry. We understand that it is the uniqueness and identities of different groups and societies that make up this wonderful human world. And we need dialogue and exchange of thoughts constantly to remind us that we need to live alongside different people in harmony and peace.  We have to acknowledge this diversity, only then will we be able to accept and learn from others and share what is good in our own. This kind of a dialogue should be there in all our schools and colleges, I feel, only then we can truly call ourselves cultured.

There is so much divisiveness in a society that we have to take this call especially when we live in multi-ethnic, multicultural societies. The Dalai Lama keeps stressing that dialogue is a good thing. Otherwise, we will grow up as separate islands or pockets without mingling with others. As the world is becoming more global and we are moving across continents, this kind of integration and seamlessness is necessary. This is what the meaning of true culture is. When I was researching for the Hindu Culture Studies books which I have authored I found that India from the ancient times had this kind of approach. Vasudaiva kutumbhakam, we always believed that the entire world is my family. We assimilated all cultures, welcomed people of all ethnicities, treated them as our own and that is the true culture of our ancient country. We have to teach our children and our future generations about this. That is the reason why our country holds reverence among the world nations. This pride should be instilled in all our countrymen.

Wherever I travel in this wide world I come across people asking me so many questions as they want to know about what they have read or heard about India and I feel quite happy to talk to them about the greatness of our culture. We don’t realize the priceless treasure that we have inherited. Let us hold on to it and become cultured in the true sense of the word.

An Author, Motivational Speaker, Researcher, Social Worker, Traveler, Avid Reader

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