Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gazing at the sun

Gazing at the sun

Man has not learnt
how to sustain himself with light
which is even more necessary than air.
As long as
he continues to nourish his brain only with
solid, liquid or gaseous elements
(which the brain needs the least),
man's understanding will be very limited.
He may understand material things,
he will never be able to grasp
the mysteries of the Universe.
By training to take in the energy of the sun
as food for sustenance through
Surya Yog,
the photons of the solar system
helps to balance the body, energy and mind,
the system that has been perfected
over a thousand years.

"Suryayog is an ancient way
of living near to nature that is beyond religion.
It helps to balance the body, mind and self in a straight line.
With the crisis of food and water looming large,
sunlight is the food of the future."

The practice begins with
sunrise in the morning or during sunset
– nadi shuddhi pranayama,
bringing the awareness of the sun's energy in
one's eyebrow chakra (Agnya),
gazing at the sun with hands in Surya Mudra.
Then there is a meditation on the sun
within with eyes closed and visualizing love
flowing in and out and throughout the body.
After meditation on fire,
the practice ends with touching the ground
with the forehead three times.
Then there is a process of clapping hands for 325 times
and laughing out aloud, which should be done in a group.

This lets the energy circulate
through the body and also rids one of several inhibitions.

"Surya Yog has helped me
in reaching inner realms of spiritual bliss
by finding the light within, the inner sun."


The system is good to cure
any disease from cancer to diabetes to HIV.
"It is a one solution for all ailments and
light is the future medicine,"

Suryayog is about breaking through
all the rituals of man that have cast a shadow
on the beauty and purity of gazing at the sun,
the end of all mental and physical turmoil
that people experience daily,
activating the inner sun with the help of the outer sun.
The Sun is an abbreviation of a
"Single Unified Nation,"
Suryayog is the technique of transforming
the mind and body from confusion to
conclusion for the health of body and mind.


Concern for citizens of Hindusthana -- Javed, condemn islamist jihadi terrorism.

Post-Kandhamal, post-Mangalore, the issue of conversions has taken centre-stage. "Christians are a persecuted, hapless minority"; "How can a minority that accounts for less than 2.5% of the population pose a threat to the 84% Hindus of the country?" is the general refrain. "If Christian missionaries had been indulging in large-scale conversions, how has the Christian percentage remained virtually static in the last two censuses" is the seemingly compelling argument.

The Christian percentage that stood at 2.32 in the 1991 census was virtually static at 2.35 in Census 2001. In fact, a state like Andhra Pradesh presents a strange phenomenon in religious demography. Since 1971, there has been a steady decline in the share of Christian population in the state. The Christian population in Andhra had increased steadily for more than a century from the time of "mass movements" in 1860s till 1970. The Christian population increased by 2.5 percentage points from 1.7% in 1911 to 4.2% in 1971.

However, there has been a steady decline in the share of Christians since then, as recorded in every decadal census. As per Census 2001, the share of Christians came down to 1.6%. In fact, the Christian population even declined in absolute numbers, from about 180,000 in 1971 to about 120,000 in 2001. The decline in the share of Christians during 1971-2001 is seen in all regions of Andhra Pradesh, though it is most marked in the middle and southern coastal districts – the largest decline being observed in Guntur district (14.6% in 1971 to 3.0% in 2001).

Yet Hindu organizations routinely allege that Andhra Pradesh has emerged as a hotbed of Christian activities. The annual report of the Ministry of Home Affairs, March 2007, lends credence to Hindu apprehensions. According to the report, for the year 2005-2006, three metropolitan cities namely Chennai (Rs. 7530.83 million), Bangalore (Rs. 4640.97 million) and Mumbai (Rs. 4400..47 million) reported the highest district-wise receipt of foreign contribution in the country.

Next in line are two districts in Andhra Pradesh - Ananthapur (Rs. 2880.11 million) and Hyderabad-Secunderabad (Rs. 2360.84 million). In the last four decades, Andhra Pradesh has consistently been one of the top three states to receive such mind-boggling foreign aid. A couple of years ago, Christian organizations had become bold enough to swarm the seven hills of Lord Venkateshwara to hawk their creed, but had to beat a retreat when Hindu society launched a staunch protest. Outside of the north-east, Andhra Pradesh is the only state in India to have a Christian Chief Minister. How does one explain the curious paradox of an apparent spurt in conversion activities and a static, sometimes even declining Christian share in the population?

The answer becomes obvious when one takes the trouble of studying Christian strategy and statistics – statistics provided by authoritative mission documents. Every year Christian churches spend billions of dollars to maintain a head-count of their flock. This aids the massive evangelistic enterprise of global Christianity. The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, brings out the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 1982; 2d ed., 2001) and World Christian Trends (William Carey Library, 2001).

In addition, an annual update of many of the statistics in this report is produced every January in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. The 2001 report states that of the estimated 1..88 billion professing Christians worldwide, an estimated 124 million or 6.2% are crypto-Christians or those who conceal their faith. We need not swallow everything churned out by this seminary. As the report itself notes, "Christian triumphalism – not as pride in huge numbers, but as publicized self-congratulation – is rampant in most churches, agencies, and ministries… some 250 of the 300 largest international Christian organizations regularly mislead the Christian public by publishing demonstrably incorrect or falsified progress statistics." Nevertheless, there is no doubt that a significant number of Christians worldwide keep their faith in the closet.

Concealing one's faith – and double-crossing one's pre-Christian faith – has a hoary Biblical tradition. In the Gospel of John, we come across a character called Nicodemus who was a 'closet disciple' of Jesus Christ. Nicodemus was a Pharisee (a group of Jews whom the New Testament typically depicts as being self-righteous and arrogant because of their disbelief) and a member of the Sanhedrin or the Supreme Court of the ancient Jews which tried and found Jesus guilty. Without renouncing his Judaism explicitly, Nicodemus had met Jesus at night and subsequently took care of his corpse.

In later centuries, Christians have taken recourse to subterfuge to practice their faith. When Francis Xavier brought Roman Catholicism to Japan in 1549, most of the inhabitants of Ikitsuki Island left Buddhism and became Christians. Recognizing the threat that Christianity posed to Japan and her traditions, Hideyoshi and the other shogun all but stamped out Christianity. Adopting a complex sham, the Christians of Ikitsuki worshipped publicly at Buddhist temples, and then slipped away at night to hold secret Christian prayer meetings. At home, they prayed overtly before Buddhist and Shinto altars, but their real altar became the nan do garni (closet god), innocuous-looking bundles of cloth in which Christian statues and medallions were hidden.

For two and a half centuries, the Christian faith was transmitted secretly to illiterate peasants. These Janus-faced people came to be known as Kakure Kirishitan (crypto-Christians). In 1865, when Japan permitted a Catholic church to open in Nagasaki to serve Western visitors, the Kakure, then numbering around 30,000 in the region, suddenly came out of hiding. To this day, at public ceremonies such as Kakure funerals, a Buddhist priest is always asked to officiate, but the Kakure make sure to make a secret prayer to erase the effect of the Buddhist priest!

Crypto-Christians are numerous in places where Christianity gets a taste of the maltreatment it usually metes out to others. Thus, Chinese law requires all churches to be registered with government-run Christian associations. Members of so-called underground churches are imprisoned, 're-educated,' and sometimes executed. China's official census enumerates 10 million Protestants and 4 million Roman Catholics. But reliable estimates place the actual number of Protestants in China at 39 million and that of Roman Catholics at 14 million.

In Saudi Arabia, foreign Christians generally only worship in secret within private homes. They are careful to keep Bibles, crucifixes and religious statues away from public gaze. While the Church-inspired United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a creature of the US State Department, makes routine noises against the Saudis, it is not known to have recommended denial of US visas to visiting Saudi dignitaries!

The existence, indeed proliferation, of crypto-Christians in India is a fact acknowledged by the Church. The World Christian Trends (2001) has placed the number of persons affiliated to the Church in India at 62243546 or 6.1%. In short, the number of Christians in India is nearly thrice the official census figure! The document places the share of crypto-Christians in the total Christian population at a staggering 62%!

In 2002, the American mission agency Global Mapping International asked Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World, a prayer handbook which documents demographics and mission activity in many countries, to list the seven most encouraging trends of the 1990's. "The astonishing and mostly undocumented growth of the church in India - the official numbers (2.34% Christians in 1991) are far lower than the truth, deliberately hiding the true extent of Christianity in the nation. The true figures are certainly far more than double, and look like only the beginning. The 'untouchable' Dalits have started leaving Hinduism, which could lead to an immense growth of Indian churches" was Johnstone's gleeful reply.

So why do so many Christians in India conceal their faith, given that the rulers are Christian-friendly? The present Constitutional provision that limits the benefits available to Scheduled Castes only to Hindus (including Sikhs and Buddhists) is a major hurdle. This has created a peculiar breed of Christians with dual identity. They attend the Church but are identified by their Hindu names and castes in the Government records.

No wonder Christian leaders are vigorously demanding continuation of benefits to Scheduled Castes even after conversion. Not so long ago, Church leaders heaped abuse on the institution of caste, calling it a strictly Hindu phenomenon and claimed that conversion to Christianity would ensure social equality. That argument is passé. "Scheduled Caste converts face the same social disabilities as their Hindu counterparts" is the new mantra. Another reason to hide conversions is the fear that awareness of the grim reality would jolt Hindus into action. If events in Kandhamal and Mangalore are any indication, the grandiose ambitions of the Church to 'claim India for Christ' already seem doomed.

Dr. Shreerang Godbole is a Pune-based endocrinologist, social activist and author. He has contributed in making http://www.savarkar.org

Flushing out terrorists can be lot easier: HEMRL

Flushing out terrorists can be lot easier: HEMRL

Sun, Sep 28 02:15 AM

84-mm incendiary ammunition can penetrate brick wall, create high temperature effects and suffocating fumes; was demonstrated to army in June

Operations to flush out terror suspects from hideouts need not witness any unnecessary spilling of blood and if scientists at the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) in Pune are to be believed, the bloodshed in the recent shootout between the Delhi police and terrorists could have been avoided.

That is, if the army had taken into its arsenal the ammunition developed by the HEMRL for such situations, say the scientists. They had demonstrated the capabilities of the 84-mm incendiary ammunition to the army around three months back.

The ammunition is designed to penetrate a brick wall, create high temperature effects and produce suffocating fumes, the combined effect of which can force the enemy including any anti-national elements holed up inside a room or a building to come out.

In fact, the ammunition had been developed specifically on the request of the army to be used against terrorists. Its capabilities had also been demonstrated to Lt General Rajender Singh, Director-General, Artillery, in June at HEMRL. But ever since, there has been silence from the army, said Dr RK Pandey, joint director, HEMRL.

"We have perfected it to the last detail and all tests have been carried out. It's the result of two years of R&D by our team. We demonstrated its capabilities to the Director General, Artillery, when he came here in June. He was impressed and said it was just what the army needed. After that, there has been no word from the army with the whole thing is presumably caught in procedural delays," Pandey said.

"The sanction should not really take so long because the ammunition has been proven and tested and is ready for supply. In the recent case of terrorist crossfire in Delhi, the police could have well benefited from this technique and the death of the police officer could have been avoided and perhaps the terrorists could have been caught alive," said Dr Amarjeet Singh, associate director, HEMRL, the leader of the product development team.

According to Singh, the material used in the ammunition is similar to what is used for making matchsticks, that is red phosphorous, which is modified by adding other incendiary materials. The simultaneous effect of high temperature and suffocating fumes is created by an unusual composition combining a high temperature producing metal and suffocating fume producing chemical dispersed in a polymeric binder.

"This ammunition can be effectively used to counter terrorists in urban areas without causing collateral damage to the populace and installations in the surroundings. Also, the production technology of such a unique composition can be readily transferred to ordnance factories," added Pandey.

Earlier, a 38-mm shell was developed two years ago by HEMRL and given to the Border Security Force. This, said Pandey, is being extensively used by the BSF to counter insurgency and flush out ant-national elements from their hideouts in the northern states, particularly Jammu and Kashmir.

This shell contains a 250-gm composition and can penetrate wooden doors, windows and barricades and one-inch-thick wooden planks from a distance of 60-70 metre, as opposed to the latest 84-mm munition that has a three-kg projectile with composition payload of 1.2 kg and a maximum range of 300 metre.

"Since this is heavier ammunition it should be ideally used by the army and paramilitary forces while the earlier lower one can be used by BSF. In fact even the 38-mm shell could have been used in the Delhi encounter," said Singh.

The HEMRL scientist are hopeful that the procedural delays would soon be overcome and orders would be placed for the 84-mm ammunition that has now acquired significance with a shift in the terrorist activities from border areas to heavily populated cities.

Concern for India and Muslims,not hate

Concern for India and Muslims,not hate
S Gurumurthy

"GURUMURTHY need not have waited
for these monsters to surface.
He could have as easily plucked the same verses
and some more from the innumerable
'Hate Islam'
websites years ago.
why burden a man already consumed by hate."
These unfortunate remarks of Javed Anand,
in his response to my article on
'The Holy Text and Terror'
shows how anger has got better of the reason in him.
What he sees hate in me is what,
as I explain here,
I see as the concern in me for both Muslims and India.
I had critiqued the Islamic scholars'
inability to take the jihadis head on and
the seculars engagement with trivia
like Shabhana Azmi's concern for
a better flat in a better locality.

Now read on.

Javed Anand
reduces my article to two propositions.
"Injustice minus theology
cannot breed deadly terror"

and second,
"Muslims are terrorists because
theology (Quran) commands them to kill."

He is right on the first and wrong,
even malicious, on the second.
He has not rebutted what I had said,
which is okay;
but he has accused me by saying,
'Muslims are terrorists',
which I cannot ignore.
I quote here the central concern of my article.
"So the IM (terrorists) claim is simply this:
we are doing what the Quran commands
us to do against the non-believers,
namely those who do not believe in Islam.
The jihadis have openly challenged the pure Islamic theologians
to deny that the position it takes against the Hindus
is not the position of pure Islam.
No Islamic theological school,
not a single mullah or maulvi has shown
the guts to tell the jihadis that non-believers
in Quran do not mean non-Muslims.
The Islamist scholars have kept deafening silence.
The jihadis have thus effectively shut the Islamists'
mouth by quotes from the holy Quran."
The core of my concern
— yes, it is concern,
not hate as Javed Anand says in anger —

is what is stated in bold letters.
And this is precisely
what Javed Anand side steps.
Every time, anywhere, they strike,
the terrorists
— whichever Islamic group they belong to —
invariably claim that they are targeting the
And every time they claim so,
the Islamic theologians issue a standard statement that
'Islam does not countenance
terror against innocent people'

and it is a
'religion of peace'.
It is true that the Jamiat-ul Ulama-i-Hind
and other organisations held the
'Anti-terrorism Global Peace Conference' at Deoband.
It is commendable that a large gathering of Muslims
at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi took an oath against terror.
The move is late just by a couple of decades,
as it took place as late as February 25, 2008.
Terrorism has been striking at India,
in Jammu and Kashmir in the 1980s
and elsewhere later from 1990s.
Nevertheless it is a great move
in the national,
and Muslim, interest.

the move is in no small measure
due to the increasing crescendo of the globally
led debate about whether Islam supports acts
of the terrorists as they claim.
This debate has been started in India and sustained
by many who had to face hostile criticism and calumny
for expressing their concern at the claim of the terrorists that
Islam commanded them to act.
If it were not external pressure
why did the prestigious
Deoband seminary wait for decades
to make its first move to say that terrorism
is not authorised by Islam?

Any way better late than never.
Now let us examine the fatwa against terror
issued from Dar-ul-uloom Deoband
which Javed Anand sees as
the Islamic theological counter to the terrorists'
claim of theological support.
The conference defined terrorism as:
"Any action that targets innocents,
whether by an individual or by any government
and its agencies or by a private organisation
constitutes an act of terrorism."

It also said,
"Terrorism negates completely the teachings of Islam
as it is the faith of love and peace and any terrorist
activity which targets innocent people directly
contradicts Islam's concept of peace."

And finally, it said,
"We reject all forms of terrorism and
do not allow any discrimination.
Terrorism is a completely wrong and
unthoughtful act whoever commits,
irrespective of his association to whatever religion,
community and class he belongs to."

Can one fail to notice the qualification of
"innocent people"
attached to the fatwa in the already abstract move.
"Targeting to kill the innocent people"
is alone terror according to the fatwa.
If the terrorists target those who are not innocent
— normally the police, army personnel or others,
while they are sleeping or eating, fall in this category —
is that not terror?
Let not this side issue,
though significant, detain us.
Now, on to the core issue.
The core element of the terrorists'
claim is, as I have said in my article and emphasised
it here earlier, this: they are commanded
by the holy text to kill the 'non-believers'.
The question is who are non-believers?
It needs no seer to say that, for the terrorists,
non-believers are those who do not believe in Islam.
This is what attracts even highly educated
techies and motivates them to turn terrorists
in the cause of Islam against nonbelievers — read non-Muslims.
This is the theological magnet for mobilisation.
This is what Deoband has not rebutted.
It has not said, nor has any other Islamic School,
that 'don't read non-believers in the Quran as non-Muslims'.
If the Islamic clergy declares that
"non-believers does not mean non-Muslims"
and issues a fatwa against those
who consider non-Muslims as non-believers,
then, and only then,
the terrorists cannot use theology
as a magnet to attract the Muslim youth kill the non-believers!
That the terrorists make use of Islamic theology
for their actions cannot be denied, and has not been.
Why then do the Islamic scholars not openly
declare that 'non-believers do not mean non-Muslims'?

they seem to find it difficult.
Here is my personal experience of their difficulty.
In the late 1990s,
a wellmeaning social worker from Calcutta
and lawyer friend of mine (a Muslim) had
organised a Hindu-Muslim dialogue in Madras,
as Chennai was then, to discuss and sort out differences.
In my brief intervention
I asked the Islamic scholars present
whether according to Islamic texts
were non-believers (Kafirs)
and said that
if the Hindus were not,
then the problem between
Hindus and Muslims
would be just political, not theological.
After some silence
a very prominent Muslim leader
declared that Hindus were,
as per Islam,

While a majority howled him down,
a theologian came to his rescue,
though in a convoluted manner.
This is the theological gap in the Islamic discourse.
The terrorists are exploiting it.
A clear statement from Islamic schools
that the
does not mean
in Islam
will fill the gap.

The Islamic theologians seem to avoid
a confrontation with the terrorists on this point.
This is what my article points out,
and this is what Javed Anand misses or side steps.
It is clear that Javed,
the Muslim, not Javed Anand,
the secularist has dominated the response.
Anyway he should have read my article once more,
before responding.

When angry, don't write.


Happy Navratri

Wish You All Happy Navratri.
May Ma Durga Shower Blessings to all.
From Jagdish Mahant.

The Hindu growl

Please forward this article to all of your friends and families.

The young Hindu is angry and intolerant. What triggered the change? By Vijaya Pushkarna & Kallol Bhattacherjee

The Ranas of Amritsar could not tolerate the pro-Khalistani terrorism of the mid-1980s. So they shifted their home and business to Mohali on the outskirts of Chandigarh. Many like them, mainly Hindus, fled from terrorised Punjab to safer places. The exodus of Pandits from Kashmir in the nineties, too, was out of fear. But no longer is the young Hindu willing to run away from the battlefield. And for the first time in Indian history, the Centre has sent advisories to four state governments, three ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, directing them to abide by the Constitution and protect minorities. The advisory is just one step short of Article 355, a rarely used formality before dismissing a state government.

The Hindu's tolerance level is dropping, and today he is an angry man. As head of the poly-trauma ward of Sawai Man Singh Hospital, Jaipur, Dr Rajendra Chaturvedi attends to victims of riots, accidents and domestic violence. But the May 13 blasts changed him. "There were more than 60 casualties," he said. "Healthy men bled to death in minutes." The Brahmin now sports a tilak and speaks out against Islamic terror.
On September 13, death visited Rajiv Chowk, New Delhi. Sumeet, owner of a popular DVD shop in Palika Bazaar, was sending SMSes to loyal clients about the new titles in stock when the bombs went off. "Who would not get angry? But we were not scared. We are ready to fight them whoever they are," he said.

Terror campaigns irk the average Hindu. "Delaying Afzal Guru's hanging [in the Parliament attack case] sends out the signal that the government is unwilling to act on terror," said M.L. Gupta, a Jaipur blasts survivor. The sentiment was echoed by Rajinder Singh Shekhawat, a taxi driver who witnessed the explosion at Jaipur's Badi Chaupad. "Hindus have many enemies. The biggest one is terrorism, condoned by a corrupt government," he said.

Pankaj Singh, 30, executive member of the BJP Uttar Pradesh unit, said, "The feeling is that Hindus are branded communal if they refuse to tolerate terrorism, infiltration and loss of educational and economic opportunities." Youngsters who went to Azamgarh to protest the attack on Gorakhpur MP, Yogi Aditya Nath, felt the same way.

Bangalore-based entrepreneur Savitri Shanker (name changed) said she was annoyed by reports of Hindus baptising their children for securing admissions in Christian schools and colleges. She also talked of her help's cancer-stricken relative who was taken to a hospice. The hospice management promised the family free treatment and other benefits if they would convert. The family refused and admitted the patient in a hospital. Shanker is "sad, but not surprised" by the rampage against churches in Karnataka and Orissa.

Perhaps the young Hindu's knee-jerk reaction has been triggered by the change in circumstances. Pavitra and Kunal (names changed), a Bangalore-based couple, said that their views had changed since their college days seven years ago. Said Pavitra, 26: "We had many Muslim classmates who were close friends. They looked and dressed like us. Now they have begun to wear their Muslim identity on their sleeve. We are not able to laugh at the same jokes and there is a bit of tension when we meet."

Kunal said: "After the bomb blasts, there was definitely an awkwardness on our part. And when we hear of them getting preferential quotas, it hurts." The couple said they still would "not look away if we see them". But they are thinking of volunteering for or contributing to a pro-Hindu organisation. They asked, "If it is OK for others to affirm their religion, is it wrong for us to do the same?"

Fears that were confined to the minority communities are now surfacing among upwardly mobile Hindus. Said businesswoman Anita Vasanth, 48: "It's about wanting India for all of us Indians. To get minority votes politicians are doing so many things at my cost. Don't thwart me to make others grow; it leads to heartburn and more."

While such thoughts and behavioural shifts are seen across the country, unorganised and spontaneous hit-backs have been relatively few. But it is a matter of time before that happens, said a senior BJP leader who did not wish to be named. "We are sitting on a time bomb," he said. "It [the backlash] can happen any time. It is just that there is no pro-Hindu political party." What about the BJP? "Who says the BJP is pro-Hindu?" he asked. "What has the party done for the Hindus? The BJP has taken up the issue of minority appeasement to make a vote bank of those opposed to such appeasement." He said if Hindus had seen the BJP as pro-Hindu, the party would have got more than 400 seats in the post-Ayodhya Lok Sabha polls.

Veteran journalist and Prasar Bharati Board chairman M.V. Kamath said that a Hindu awakening had occurred, and he attributes the BJP victory in Karnataka to "the constant and irritating stress on secularism at the cost of Hindu sensitivity." Vinayak Deshpande who oversees the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's operations in north India said that Hindus were defenceless in facing the cultural attack from the west, and the religious attacks from missionaries and terrorists. He said the larger Hindu community should plan and combat those problems. But Hindu leaders know too well that anti-terror anger is not a strong enough glue to bind the majority community.


With Nandini Oza and Lalit Pattajoshi

Monday, September 29, 2008

Swami Vivekanand's saying on Swami Ramkrishna

Brothers, you have touched another chord in my heart, the deepest of all, and that is the mention of my teacher, my master, my hero, my ideal, my God in life - Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. If there has been anything achieved by me, by thoughts, or words, or deeds, if from my lips has ever fallen one word that has helped any one in the world, I lay no claim to it, it was his. But if there have been curses falling from my lips, if there has been hatred coming out of me, it is all mine and not his. All that has been weak has been mine, and all that has been life-giving, strengthening, pure, and holy, has been his inspiration, his words, and he himself. Yes, my friends, the world has yet to know that man. We read in the history of the world about prophets and their lives, and these come down to us through centuries of writings and workings by their disciples. Through thousands of years of chiselling and modelling, the lives of the great prophets of yore come down to us; and yet, in my opinion, not one stands so high in brilliance as that life which I saw with my own eyes, under whose shadow I have lived, at whose feet I have learnt everything —the life of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Ay, friends, you all know the celebrated saying of the Gita:


"Whenever, O descendant of Bharata, there is decline of Dharma, and rise of Adharma, then I body Myself forth. For the protection of the good, for the destruction of the wicked, and for the establishment of Dharma I come into being in every age."

Along with this you have to understand one thing more. Such a thing is before us today. Before one of these tidal waves of spirituality comes, there are whirlpools of lesser manifestation all over society. One of these comes up, at first unknown, unperceived, and unthought of, assuming proportion, swallowing, as it were, and assimilating all the other little whirlpools, becoming immense, becoming a tidal wave, and falling upon society with a power which none can resist. Such is happening before us. If you have eyes, you will see it. If your heart is open, you will receive it. If you are truth-seekers, you will find it. Blind, blind indeed is the man who does not see the signs of the day! Ay, this boy born of poor Brahmin parents in an out-of-the-way village of which very few of you have even heard, is literally being worshipped in lands which have been fulminating against heathen worship for centuries. Whose power is it? Is it mine or yours? It is none else than the power which was manifested here as Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. For, you and I, and sages and prophets, nay, even Incarnations, the whole universe, are but manifestations of power more or less individualized, more or less concentrated. Here has been a manifestation of an immense power, just the very beginning of whose workings we are seeing, and before this generation passes away, you will see more wonderful workings of that power. It has come just in time for the regeneration of India, for we forget from time to time the vital power that must always work in India.

Swami Vivekananda

Sunday, September 28, 2008

U Can make a huge difference to the Indian Economy,

Please spare a couple of minutes here for the sake of our country INDIA

U Can make a huge difference to the Indian Economy,
Small example
Before 5 months 1 CAN $ = IND Rs 32
After 5 months 1 CAN $ = IND Rs 37
Do you think Canadian Economy is booming?
No, but Indian Economy is Going Down.

Our Economy is in our hand. INDIAN economy is in a crisis. Our country like many other ASIAN countries is undergoing a severe economic crunch. Many INDIAN industries are closing down.

The INDIAN economy is in a crisis and if we do not take proper steps to control those, we will be in a critical situation.

More than 30000 crore rupees of foreign exchange are being siphoned out of our country on products such as cosmetics, snacks, tea, beverages...etc which are grown, produced and consumed here.

A cold drink that costs only 70/80 paisa to produce is sold for NINE rupees,
and a major chunk of profits from these are sent abroad. This is a serious drain on INDIAN economy. "COCA COLA "and" SPRITE " belong to the same multinational company, "COCA COLA"? Coke advertisements says 'JO CHAHO HO JAYE, COCA COLA ENJOY' - (Whatever the hell, let it happen, you drink coke)

What can you do?

You can consider some of the better alternatives to aerated drinks.

Over and above all this, economic sanctions have been imposed on us.
We have nothing against Multinational companies, but to protect our own interests we request everybody to use INDIAN products only for next two years. With the rise in petrol prices, if we do not do this, the rupee will devalue further and we will end up paying much more for the same products in the near future.

What you can do about it?

1 . Buy only products manufactured by WHOLLY INDIAN COMPANIES.
2 . ENROLL as many people as possible for this cause.
Each individual should become a leader for this awareness.

This is the only way to save our country from severe economic crisis.
You don't need to give-up your lifestyle. You just need to choose an alternative product.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

national anthem of Bharat

Although some say that the song- the national anthem of Bharat- was composed by Gurudev Ravindranath Tagore as a welcome song to the King George V, that is not the fact. Tagore himself refuted this charge saying that he is not such a small minded person to sing in praise of mortal beings. It was true that he was requested by some body who was in the Reception committee to welcome the King George V to compose a welcome song. But Tagore declained to do so. He had composed a song in praise of the lord almighty. However, a portion of this song (which is having five stanzas) was sung by his niece at the said reception function. Later on, Tagore said that it was not meant for that.

This song was chosen for Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress where it was sung in full.

I am not sure whether Tagore's niece sang at the Congress session or at the King's reception.

Best wishes,

Datta Hosabale

Saffron brigade's newest recruits write code and surf

Saffron brigade's newest recruits write code and surf
Internet...Article in HT MINT

RSS is winning converts among young students, professionals who are
forming communities around its ideology ( Priyanka P. Narain)

Students at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay are holding
secret meetings to plan pollstrategy before national elections. In
Bangalore, the number of "IT-milans," the weekly gatherings of
information technology professionals promoting the ideas of the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS),has swelled to 50. And, increasingly
through the Internet,RSS members are reaching out to new recruits on
social-networking sites.
The Orkut group alone has 38,272 RSS members.
Meet the new faces of anold idea.
In time for a string of state polls that precede the general election
due by next May, and taking advantage of economic uncertainty and the
fear of terrorism, the RSS appears to be gaining ground among young
students and professionals who are forming communities around its
Recruitment to the RSS has never been so active, according to members
and observers. In many cases, those signing up for the Hindu
nationalist group that propagates Hinduism as a way of life are
actually moderates. Perhaps they are frustrated with the current
government or curious about how to effect change or are trying to
apply tech-savviness to politics. "We call some pracharaks (preachers)
who explain the RSS philosophy to the group and answer their questions
about it. We discuss a current issue and let them get a sense of what
it means to belong to the organization," says Amit Chatterjee, 21, who
founded the Orkut group in 2006.
Every other month, the online members are invited to meet the
organization's followers at daily shakhas, or highly disciplined
cadres, local offices and schools where Vedic texts are read aloud and
strategy plotted. "No one is forced to sign up. But if they like what
they see, they start attending the shakhas regularly," Chatterjee
In the years after Mahatma Gandhi's 1948 assassination, few wanted to
be associated with the RSS (Hindu right-wing groups were allegedly
behind the killing) and membership of the organization, like a family
heirloom, passed from generation to generation.
"It was a way of life for us. Something we grew up with," said Girish
Kulkarni, whose grandfather joined the RSS in 1928, three years after
the organization was founded with the aim of promoting cultural
nationalism. He says his grandfather, now 84, still attends the
shakhas every day.
But the reach into new pockets for membership has become significant
at a time that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the organization's
political offshoot, plans to run a "Save India" campaign in itsattempt
to wrestle back power from the United ProgressiveAlliance.
The once media-shy RSS is actively engaging with journalists and the
public and embracing technology to spur interest. According to the
RSS, the number of shakhas has increased from 25,000 in 1990 to
32,686in 2007.
At once, the RSS and BJP strategy marries the idea of a pan-Hindu
nation with safety. It targets people such as Kavita Pandey, a
homemaker in New Delhi who says she worries every time her family
leaves home. When she travels, at airports, railways stations and on
public buses, she is on the lookout for lurking danger. "I look for
bags without owners. Constantly. Once I called the airport security
because a bulky plastic bag was lying near the dustbin. ...it was only
some newspapers and a banana skin or something. But I think I would do
the same thing again," she says.
Days after the Capital was rocked by a series of bomb blasts in
popular markets, Pandey says, if the fear remains, the next election
will not be about inflation. It will be about who can keep her
children safe.
Terrorist bomb explosions in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and New
Delhi have killed 132 people so far this year.
From the elite Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian
Institutes of Management, or the canteens of companies such as Wipro
Ltd and Deutsche Bank AG, the RSS mobilization efforts may not have
the sanction of institutions or employers. But the RSS is slowly
winning converts.
A member of the organization for the last three years, Chatterjee
remembers when RSS promotional efforts outside college campuses used
to get a lukewarm response. But now, "a lot of students come over to
the stall, ask questions and listen."
The weekly IT-milan is also gaining popularity among computer
programmers in Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chandigarh and New Delhi. "We
have about 4,000 members in such groups," said Suresh Nayak, a member
who runs the Bangalore IT-milans. "We willchange to whatever format is
needed to help our members remain a part of the organization." But the
message, he and others agree, will largely stay the same.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tiger temple

The tiger temple in thailand is a place where an extraordinary bond between man and the world's biggest cats has been formed. The tigers here are so peaceful…its almost as if they have accepted buddhism as their religion. In fact, they even sit for the meditating sessions with the monks and kneel down in front of them as it they are the gurus. The tigers are so docile that the monks have to sometimes train them to fight otherwise they would lose all their power of self protection. The link started in 1999 when a sick baby tiger, orphaned after poachers shot its mother, was brought to the monks. Within a few years several other tiger cubs similarly orphaned by poachers had arrived. The most amazing thing is none of the cubs turned out ferocious on growing up. The monks believe that these tigers are none other than the former buddhist disciples who have taken rebirth in the same place.

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Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya (Hindi: पण्डित दीनदयाल उपाध्याय) (September 25, 1916 - February 11, 1968), along with Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, was an important leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, now the Bharatiya Janata Party.

He was born in the village of Dhankia in Rajasthan. He lost his father Bhagwati Prasad when he was less than three years old and his mother before he was eight. He was then brought up by his maternal uncle. His parents belonged to the village Nagla Chandrabhan, Near Farah, Distt. Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. He lost his parents during his early childhood, but he continued his studies as a shining student. He obtained gold medals both at the Matriculation Board Exam in 1935 and Intermediate Board Exam in 1937. Later he did his B.A. and B.T. from Kanpur University. He even qualified the Civil Service Exam; but he didn't join civil services as he fascinated by the idea of making for and working with the common people.

While he was a student at Sanatan Dharma College, Kanpur, in 1937 he joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a highly respected and dynamic organization. He dedicated himself to full-time work in the RSS from 1942. Deendayal Upadhyaya was a man of soaring idealism and had a tremendous capacity for organisation. He started a monthly Rashtra Dharma, a weekly Panchajanya and a daily Swadesh.

In 1951, when Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Deendayal became the first general secretary of its UP branch. Next he was chosen as all-India general secretary. The acumen and meticulousness shown by Deendayal deeply impressed Dr Mookerjee and elicited his famous remark: 'If I had two Deendayals, I could transform the political face of India.'

After Dr Mookerjee's death in 1953, the entire burden of nurturing the orphaned organisation and building it up as a nation-wide movement fell on the young shoulders of Deendayal. For 15 years, he remained the outfit's general secretary and built it up, brick by brick. He raised a band of dedicated workers imbued with idealism and provided the entire ideological framework of the outfit.

Pt. Upadhyaya is well known for his idea as Integral Humanism - the concept which is deeply embedded in Indian Psyche. The philosophy of Integral Humanism advocate the simultaneous and integrated program of the body, mind and intellect and soul of each human being. His philosophy of Integral Humanism, which is a synthesis of the material and the spiritual, the individual and the collective, bears eloquent testimony to this. In the field of politics and economics, he was pragmatic and down to earth. He visualised for India a decentralized polity and self-reliant economy with the village as the base.

Deendayal Upadhyay was convinced that we as an independent nation cannot rely upon Western concepts like individualism, democracy, socialism, communism, capitalism etc. and he was of the view that the Indian polity after our independence has been raised upon these superficial Western foundations and not rooted in the timeless traditions of our ancient culture. He was of the view that the Indian intellect was getting suffocated by Western theories and ideologies and consequently there was a big roadblock on the growth and expansion of original Bharathiya thought. He said that there was an urgent public need for a fresh breeze.

He welcomed modern technology but wanted it to be adapted to suit Indian requirements. Deendayal believed in a constructive approach. He exhorted his followers to co-operate with the government when it was right and fearlessly oppose when it erred. He placed nation's interest above everything else. He died in unexpected circumstances and was found dead on 11th February,1968 at Mugal Sarai Railway yard. The following rousing call he gave to the thousands of delegates in the Calicut session, still rings in their ears:

'We are pledged to the service not of any particular community or section but of the entire nation. Every countryman is blood of our blood and flesh of our flesh. We shall not rest till we are able to give to every one of them a sense of pride that they are able to give to every one of them a sense of pride that they are children of Bharatmata. We shall make Mother India Sujala, Suphala (overflowing with water and laden with fruits) in the real sense of these words. As Dashapraharana Dharini Durga (Goddess Durga with her 10 weapons) she would be able to vanquish evil; as Lakshmi she would be able to disburse prosperity all over and as Saraswati she would dispel the gloom of ignorance and spread the radiance of knowledge all around her. With faith in ultimate victory, let us dedicate ourselves to this task.'

Pandit Upadhyaya edited Panchjanya (Weekly) and Swadesh (Daily) from Lucknow. In Hindi, he has written a drama Chandragupta Maurya, and later wrote a biography of Shankaracharya. He translated a Marathi biography of Dr. K.B. Hedgewar, the founder of RSS.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

VedicWorkshop at Chennai on The solution of modern mental conflicts through the Vedic wisdom"

Webolim (Web of Life Makers) and Veda Sangeetha foundation join hands to conduct a grand Vedic workshop in Tattvaloka hall of Chennai. The workshop was attended by two hundred participants. It started at 9 am with a prayer. Few Vedic Pandits of Chennai recited Shanti Mantras from Krishna Yajur Veda. Then the first two chapters of Taittariya Upanishad were recited. This prayer which ran for half an hour made the participants who are coming to the program from far away, settle down and relax the mind, preparing themselves for the further sessions. After the chanting chief guests were honored (from 9.30 am to 9. 40 am). Then there was a welcome address by Dr. Srivatsa from 9.40 am to 9.50 am. He talked on the importance of the Vedas. He also threw light on the hidden meaning of the passages of the Vedas. “Even the various Devatas and Rishis of the Vedas are the symbolic representations of the higher spiritual principles. This secret hidden in the mystic language of the Vedas has to be revealed by the great scholars like Sri Ranganji and Dr. Tattvamasi Dixit in these Vedic workshops.”

Mind, music and Stress (Dr. Srivinavasa Krishna murthy )

Stress occurs mainly through the arousal and functioning of sympathetic nervous system. If this function becomes frequent, it will invite various psychological and neuro-physiological diseases. Many of the diseases of the modern world are due to the psychological stress which primarily affects cerebral cortex and major organs of the body. One of the best therapies to be free from stress is the classical music. The harmonious songs composed by the great souls like Sri Tyagaraja, Sri Purandaradasa and Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar have the capacity to remove the imbalances and unnecessary speed found in the mental waves and tranquilize the mind through which one can get relived of mental stress. Dr. Srinivasa Krishnamurthy also showed various data from his own hospital to prove how various stress and psycho somatic diseases get reduced through music. He also demonstrated in his lecture (by making the audience to hear the beautiful song sung by the great musicians like M.S. Subbalakshmi) - how the mind can get equipoise by hearing the melodious classical songs.

Resolution of conflicts through Vedas

(Sri Tattwamasi Dixit)

Conflicts are of two types interpersonal and intra psychic. Interpersonal conflicts arise due to non agreement over differences which lead to incompatibility. Conflicts mainly arise in the mind due to misinterpretation of the things we see, this is caused by excessive rajas and tamas. Rajas is the acceleration of energy and Tamas is inertia. Sattva on the other hand is purity, clarity and peace. Through Sattva one can visualize reality as it is. Four faculties of mind according to the ancient Shastras are Manas, Buddhi, Ahankara and Chitta. Manas always doubts the things. The feature of Manas is to think various possibilities. Ahankara is ego while Chitta is memory. These faculties of the psyche should be mastered by a higher faculty called Buddhi which is featured with determination. Then only clarity arises. To see things in their true light and to resolve our internal conflict one must cogitate raw thoughts, analyze these, reach certain assumptions and be committed to the above. Ojas foundation founded by Mr. Dixit has spearheaded research in the field by helping resolve these conflicts through the chanting of selective Mantras .The sound vibrations of these mantras helps provides clarity to the mind and soul.

Vedas and the concept of Dharma (Sri Ranganji )

Delivering discourses on the concept of Dharma and uniqueness of the Vedas is common in all Vedic workshops conducted by WEBOLIM. The Vedas are unique because of various reasons. The most ancient, the most original and the most primordial literature available in the world are the Vedas. Passages, words, syllables and even the tones of the Vedic literature are preserved and they remain changeless for millennia. Vedas are the rare scriptures in the world which aspire the universal well being. Vedas synthesize the Divine and human and spiritual and mundane. These are the various ways through which Vedas are unique.
The subject matter of the Vedas is Dharma which means the universal love and well being, showered all over the directions by a supreme consciousness that devours the evil instincts and pumps in fearlessness to all the beings. Dharma can be defined through Vedic terms which are given below.
(i) Attha: Any action that gives immediate pleasure but pain later
(ii) Bhadra: Any action providing momentary joy without any side effects
(iii) Abhyudhaya: Action giving momentary pain but giving prolonged happiness later.
(iv) Nishreyasa: Action giving momentary pain but provides an eternal bliss later
Dharma, therefore, is that process, which shatters the Attha element in a person, that which transforms the Bhadra element, fostering the Abhyudhaya element and aspiring Nishreyasa. Acting without bondage can bring about a healthy life of one hundred years, working with love and delight and taking misery as an indicator when man deviates from his nature are the components of Dharma. Dharma hence is to attune to nature and treading along with it.

Different techniques to solve mental conflicts: in the light of Rig-Veda Samhita

Shri Ranganji

Features of stress:
  • Speed
    Identification with any external object
  • Ignorance
    These elements can be sublimated through the features of bliss.
    • Expansion
    • Relaxation (Slowness and freedom in speed)
    • Knowledge
    Sri Ramanuja, a very great philosopher discovers the expansion and boundlessness as the very nature of soul and the contraction as the identification with material objects. Philosophy of Sri Ramanuja includes-
    l Boundlessness of the Soul
    l Contraction due to Matter
    l Surrender to the Divine through which the soul can realize its real nature- boundlessness and bliss.
    Based on this philosophy Swami Vivekananda in the modern time said, “Surrender is expansion. Death is Contraction.” “Expansion is bliss. Contraction is misery” said a great philosopher, Sri Satyanarayana shastri.
    Seeds of these principles can be found in the Rig-Veda mainly in the eighth and ninth Mandala. Soma is the tool through which one can come out of contraction. But what is Soma in Vedic sense?
    · Soma in exoteric sense is elixir, herb, herbal juice and moon.
    · Soma in esoteric sense is immortal bliss.
    · Esoteric Soma in general is the blissful awareness or unmixed bliss.
    · Esoteric Soma in particular is the bliss recognized or realized through restful or effortless attention of a particular object, external or internal.
    Examples for the external and internal objects through which one can experience the inner Soma:
    · Any Vedic Mantra filled with Divine energy.
    · Deep Blue Ocean.
    · Vast blue sky.
    · Rising sun.
    · Symphony of Sama Veda.
    · Complete Surrender to the Divine.
    · A peaceful idol like an idol of Dakshina-murthy.
    · Blossoming flower.
    · Gushing water.
    · Greenery of plants.
    · Fragrance of ritual fire.
    · Prana- the vital energy.
    · Sound of any melodious instrument like Veena.
    · I thought
    · love
    · Kalyana-Gunas (auspicious virtues) of a great soul like Sri Rama.
    By the consistent practice of effortless or restful attention of any peaceful object external or internal, one recognizes the flow of bliss within. Gradually the speed element of mind gets transformed into the slowness and steadiness. Then if one continues to be aware of the bliss within, one can recognize the expansion of this same bliss, which is the real nature of the soul. Through this expansion one can cross the problems of the mind. The more one gets expanded in blissful awareness, the more one gets rid of mental blocks and obsessions, psychological complexes and ego related problems.
    To start with one can practice this effortless attention at least for ten minutes per day. If the practice is consistent, it can gradually grow with or without our knowledge and it starts to pervade throughout our life, getting emanated to others also. Thus it becomes possible to come out of all frustrations and the fatigue in the works one does.
    Middle path is always good to come out of mental conflicts. Any extremity can lead to conflicts. One has to attune oneself to that way of life through which one can avoid all kinds of extremities.
    Sri Ranganji quoted various Mantras especially from the eighth and ninth Mandalas of Rig-Veda in support of the principles dealt in the lecture. In Vedas Aditi is expansion and Diti is contraction; Vishnu is expansion and Vritra is contraction. Even the very word Vishnu in the Vedas means all pervasive reality while the very word Vritra means covering, binding and constriction. Sri Ranganji also explained various Sadhana dimensions of Rig-Veda samhita.

Stress Management in Vedanta ( Dr.RamMohan)

The next session was by Shri.Ram Mohan who delivered a lecture on the topic Solution to modern conflicts through Vedanta. He beautifully threw light on the Shankara's Philosophy on how it helps to the conflicts and problems of this modern age. Through scientific models and humorous approach he explained his philosophy and brought out how it can be very useful in solving the day-to-day conflicts.He also spoke about 3 kinds of Ego namely Child Ego, Mild Ego and Wild Ego which is normally existing in our everyday life's situation. This he explained through a famous story of Shri.Ramakrishna Paramahamsa where 3 children are taken care by his father. Thus the session was very useful by the Vedantic approach towards solving the modern conflicts.

Guided Meditation

Sri Ranganji, in this session gave instructions for meditation. In this package of meditation in an hour he exactly covered beautifully the topic which was dealt in his previous discourse. In his previous talk he gave it as theory. In this session he made the participants to practice that theory and made them to experience the expansion of blissful awareness.


In the concluding session Sri Ranganji talked on various activities of WEBOLIM to propagate the Vedas and the Ramayana. He also talked on the upcoming Valmiki Ramayana camp in Mumbai from 13th May to 22nd May. Sri A.K.Ramamurthy, on behalf of Veda Sangeetha foundation talked on its activities. Veda Sangeetha foundation has taken a great project of bringing the whole of Vedic literature including Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads in the website with audio and meaning.