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Bhagwad Gita as I understood

It is said in the texts that 80% of the fighting male population of the civilization was wiped out in the eighteen days Mahabharata war.

Sanjay, at the end of the war went to the spot where the greatest war took place; Kurukshetra.

He looked around and wondered if the war really happened, if the ground beneath him had soaked all that blood, if the great Pandavas and Krishna stood where he stood.

“You will never know the truth about that!” said an aging soft voice.

Sanjay turned around to find an Old man in saffron robes appearing out of a column of dust.

“I know you are here to find out about the Kurukshetra war, but *you cannot know about that war till you know what the real war is about*.” the Old man said enigmatically.

“What do you mean?”

*The Mahabharata is an Epic, a ballad, perhaps a reality, but definitely a philosophy*.

The Old man smiled luring Sanjay into more questions.

“Can you tell me what the philosophy is then?”

Sanjay requested.

Sure, began the Old man.

*The Pandavas are nothing but your five senses*,

sight,

smell,

taste,

touch

and sound…,

and do you know what the *Kauravas* are?

he asked narrowing his eyes.

*The Kauravas are the hundred vices that attack your senses everyday but you can fight them*… and do you know how?

Sanjay shook his head again.

“When Krishna rides your chariot!”

The Old man smiled brighter and Sanjay gasped at that gem of insight.

*Krishna is your inner voice, your soul, your guiding light and if you let your life in his hands you have nothing to worry*.

Sanjay was stupefied but came around quickly with another question.

“Then *why are Dronacharya and Bhishma fighting for the Kauravas, if they are vices*?”

The Old man nodded, sadder for the question.

It just means that as you grow up, your perception of your elders change. *The elders who you thought were perfect in your growing up years are not all that perfect. They have faults. And one day you will have to decide if they are for your good or your bad. Then you may also realize that you may have to fight them for the good. It is the hardest part of growing up and that is why the Geeta is important*.

Sanjay slumped down on the ground, not because he was tired but because he could understand and was struck by the enormity of it all.

*What about Karna*? he whispered.

“Ah!” said the Old man. “You have saved the best for last. *Karna is the brother to your senses, he is desire, he is a part of you but stands with the vices. He feels wronged and makes excuses for being with the vices as your desire does all the time.*

*Does your desire not give you excuses to embrace vices*?”

Sanjay nodded silently. He looked at the ground, consumed with a million thoughts, trying to put everything together and then when he looked up the Old man was gone….

disappeared in the column of dust………leaving behind the great philosophy of Life!

🙏🙏🙏🙏

Bhagwad Geeta as I understood.

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Why you shouldn’t watch Padmavat

#padmavati what a waste of everything happened behind this movie. I think Sanjay Leena knew he has made a bad movie so wanted controversy to work for his movie. But I think the audience has understood this gimmick and will not give in for this kind of tantrums. It’s not worth watching even on TV. I had to watch out of social commitments but really disappointed with bad screenplay, no story narration, over acting of all the stars. Only good costumes and palaces shown which are not director’s efforts as such. Very bad special effects as computer graphics were visible in so many places.

I understood why Karni Sena was out on the street as it has surely glorified Khilji who was a murderer. majority of time was given to his character, three songs on him, complete home work was done for his character but very less for Ratan Singh. The title should have been Alauddin Khilji not Padmavati.

I also realized why Ranbir Singh was taken for Khilji’s character as he is a charming guy and would gain attention of women. Where as Shahid looked more like a woman than a man hence reminding Rajpoot community of their defeated past. Why anybody wants to make a movie on an unfortunate past of our own countrymen. One would do it only if there is any hidden agenda. And that agenda is nothing but Gaddari to your own community, faith and people. This movie appeared to be made in Middle East more than India. It’s quite funny to see our enemy side of the story and not ours.

I strongly feel We need a desperate reform of Bollywood as that is the window of india to the world. People do believe what is shown in the movies and will remember that for a long time as visuals remain on our minds forever.

Sanjay Leela should take up a job of a spotboy to Rajamauli and learn how to make grand movies from a scratch.

Influence of RSS in different countries

I went to a presentation of Shakha – HSS Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh yesterday. It was quite interesting to know that Kenya is the first country outside india. It started in 1947 while few karyakarta were coming to Mombasa on a ship in a month long journey.

From that group it has grown to having presence in almost all sides of Kenya. The journey has been fantastic so far. Thousands of young kids got trained over the period of seventy years old journey in Kenya.

It teaches the discipline, self control, importance of mother land india, it’s contribution to the knowledge journey.

This is the only organisation which has survived around 90 years in more than 60 countries across the world.

It was a pleasure meeting Shri Chandra Kant ji from UK who is the Pracharak of Shakha.

Importance of positive people in life

We often take people around us for granted in many ways. While I was in school, I never used to judge anyone thinking it is not a right thing to do. Which never stopped me to associate with negative minded, very dull people and unambitious people.

Generally these kind of people give you a comfort zone which you don’t need or you don’t want. Because of that we don’t think of being innovative, progressive and go extra miles.

I strongly feel that having a comfortable life makes us too lazy and less aggressive. Very few can achieve something greater inspite of having this comfort zone. This is the biggest challenge for today’s generation as they have everything on their plate and don’t know what is required to achieve. But let me put some target to them as well as to myself.

– There are one billion people on this earth who sleep hungry for days.

– Mother Nature is bleeding due to thousands of unnecessary plastic products and new so-called innovations. We need to find solution on how to reduce this burden

– The oceans are filled with plastics and other wastes which is ruining the ecology and the species beneath that

– Youth is getting attracted towards all the unlawful activities. We are supporting terrorism by supporting such ideology, products, oil etc.

– all of a sudden we have started consuming meat a lot compare to last century. Which adds to animal cruelty

– The life threatening diseases have grown to ten time more than early last century. We think we have found solutions to many such issues. We have added new illnesses

Let’s accept this challenge and work towards it. Our next generation is going to be busy cleaning up the mess we and our parents have created in last hundred years on the name of progress and innovations

Why Congress wants to play politics of caste and religion

The media is having sleepless nights due to Gujarat election. BJP is talking about Vikas which means progress and Congress is still stuck on old tricks of caste and religion. Congress leaders are jumping from one temple to another. Trying to please the voters who have seen the difference between pre modi and post modi era.

I think gone are the days when the people of India were innocent and didn’t understand the ploy behind this kind political gimmicks. When they would talk about either upper caste to lower caste or Hindu to Muslim or temples to masjid.

The time has changed. Rahul Gandhi – you may need to open your eyes and check that Indians don’t want to know if Hindus are better or Muslims, at least not from you. We will sort out our religion and caste bar issue on our own. You may just need to concentrate on real issues of unemployment, poverty, environment, corruption, management of the country etc.

You may talk about what you bring on table while talking to voters. Stop playing with emotions of people and start performing. Performance is the key to success.

Why FDI is not a barometer of success for any government

The opening door to MNCs by Narsimha Rao was the beginning of the blunders of the Indian economy. Though I know that our foreign reserve was less and we had no other choice left. But it didn’t stop there. Currently we are in the process of allowing 100% FDI in India. Which means education, service industry like temples etc. will be controlled by these companies.  Do you think they will only bring products and services and not culture and mindset.

Do we realise that they are not in the country for charity. Whatever they will bring they will take away 100 times more than that to their countries. They do create jobs but make us paralysed to their lifestyle and products. It has changed our daily routine, the whole new thinking about materialistic achievements, endless desire for luxury and absolutely no satisfaction.

Twenty years back people didn’t know the massive use of plastics and other unwanted metals in our daily life. We are on the verge of forgetting the real beauty of nature and it is all about products and desires to get fulfilled. Everyone is trying too hard to sell some or other things as they have targets to achieve by their sales managers. The quality has taken a back step and the desire of the seller rules our lives.

The best example is China. Did any company go to China to invest and prosper the country. Did Chinese asked any country to teach them technology. So why we are not able to gather our strength and build the counter products of everything offered by the west. Surprisingly most of the employees of the top companies in the USA are Indians. Would they have any interests in developing the same thing for India? No, because they can’t get paid so dearly in India.

Yes, bureaucracy is another challenge to build anything world class in the country.  But the time is changing. Let’s support Make In India and make the country prosper.

 

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
#ministryofhealthinindia

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.

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 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. 

International Day of the Family

Every year 15th may is observed as the International Day of the Family. Every country has understood the importance of the family in a person’s life. In fact, a family is a place where everyone unwinds, feels natural and also learns to give and give in. Many companies ask details of a candidate’s family before calling them for interviews. This is because sociologists feel a person with a family is more mature and can handle trying situations with calmness. It is a place for emotional and spiritual growth. We learn to adjust and understand other’s needs and also learn to put other’s feelings and needs before ours. An extended family which includes pets is good for our health and growth. I feel sad when I see people sitting at homes or travelling as families they may be together but not really together. Everybody seems to be lost in a world of gadgets. When we were young we used to chat, joke, tease, play simple games but nowadays the only thing that is a constant companion in everyone’s hand is the mobile.  Maybe that’s why the United Nations decided to observe an exclusive day as day of the family as we need to be reminded of basic things in life.

It recognizes the importance and the role played by families in shaping an individual’s life and has been observing May 15th as the International Day of the Family with a specific theme for each year. This year it is Families, education and well-being. Education is not limited only to school and college. Life teaches us many experiences and what better place than a family to learn? We need to raise awareness among families about the important role they play in promoting early childhood education. The gift of education is a distant dream for many as many impoverished families see their children as potential income generators and send them away for doing menial tasks when in reality they should be enjoying their carefree childhood by going to schools and studying. This whole year the focus will be on making disadvantaged parents around the world understand the importance of education and the need to educate their children.

So I think wherever we can, we can influence and encourage parents to send their children to study and also help them in getting all the information they require. That’s a nice way to see that education for all becomes a reality one day in this world.

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Why female foeticide

It is again very disheartening to write about this issue as I am still not convinced by the people who give reasons why they want to kill girl child. I started my research on this topic three years back when I was traveling to North India. After visiting couple of cities and speaking to few people, I just realized that no media or NGO is ready to work on the actual reasons. Everyone is in the race of criticizing the Indian government, society, culture and the legal system.

But what I found is that there are two countries living in India, one is old Bharat – with extremely old value system and completely unaware that times have moved on. Another one is modern Bharat, which is very indian by nature but modern lifestyle, latest gazettes and freedom of doing anything we want on the name of liberal, free and independent.

The old Bharat thinks that women specially daughters are the pride of the family and shouldn’t allow her to ruin the name of the family by getting married outside the community or religion since marriage is the only way to throw weight in the neighborhood and family. I respect this old Bharat too which thinks a lot about daughters but they get fanatics when it comes to finding the life partner for her.

I almost had tears in my eyes while studying the cases of honor killing, specially girls, because if they have run away with boys, they have ruined their names, lost opportunity to find suitable boys through family, parents are not ready to keep them back, they are not educated so can’t work, society has mostly disowned the family so less chances of livelihood for parents too, often the boys back out after having all the fun with her, hence death is the only choice.

Why girls run away from the house? The major influence is Bollywood, its movies, its portrayal of heroine getting into the hands of true lover and life partner, modern lifestyle, freedom of doing anything they want, city culture, flashy phones, TV, Camera, glamorous life shown on the TV.

The second major influence is education centers. The colleges and university hardly teach anything related to value based education. It takes five years to teach degree which actually can take two years as the content is only that much. In such cases, what would young minds want to do? what they would think? why students have got all the time except studies during that age? where are they going to go to seek any advice related to life, relationship, health etc.

Why female foeticide increased in last twenty years? The major reason is definitely technology of ultra sound which was suppose to use to find the health and wellbeing of the child while in the womb. But the millions of people used it for all the wrong reasons. It didn’t stop in villages and towns, but it has increased in all the mega cities because of other various reasons.

It is very unfortunate to know that the modern India is indirectly responsible for the female foeticide in the small villages and towns. The flashy lifestyle we boost in cities are killing the women and culture of small villages and its people slowly.  Its time we build the bridge of old and new and improve the city and village in its own way.

I am not going to discuss other reasons like fetish to have baby boys, social and financial responsibility, gender inequality, security, dowry, insecurity etc. We all know they exist.