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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bliss of giving

The great Indian businessman, Sri Ratan Tata, has made a $ 50 million donation to Harward Business School , one of the largest individual endowments the U.S. school has ever received .

Mr. Anand Mahindra donated $10 million for a Humanity Achievements Center at Harward .

Giving alms has always been acknowledged, in all cultures, as one of the great services rendered to God. Renunciation of all possession, it has been said, is ahimsa and unrestrained appropriation of all possessions is himsa.

Some wise man has said - “in this world it is not what we take but what we give that makes us rich.”

In Chicago in 1893, January, Rutherford, one of the richest men in history, went to see Swami Vivekananda. Swami ji was resting. Rutherford produced from his pocket a cheque of big amount in favour of swami ji and offered it to swami ji but swami ji did not look at it: next day, he gave him a cheque with double the amount of the previous one. Swami ji didn’t look at it. The third day, Rutherford asked Swami ji - “How much money do you want Swami ji? Please tell me. And give me audience to discuss with your good self a problem I have.”

Swami ji asked him what was his problem. He said that he didn’t have peace of mind though he was perhaps the most affluent person in the world. Swami ji told him, “Donate ,donate as much as you can and you will get the peace of mind.”

As has been said – “How is rainfall possible without clouds? How can corn grow without sowing seeds? Likewise , how can the living beings attain bliss without renunciation? Every living creature is aspirant for happiness and happiness is the outcome of renunciation.”

Renunciation lends divinity to men. Lord Bahubali followed the path of renunciation and attained divine-hood - he conquered the kingdom of the great sovereign Bharat, after whom this country is named, and returned it to him conquering it without waiting for the eyes to wink.

Bahubali was the noble soul who laid the foundation of Indian culture by renouncing the kingdom he had won. His statue adorns the Sravanbelgola hill in Karnataka and millions go there to pay their homage to the the immortal heritage of a great Indian renunciate.

Kamal Wadhwani
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Does God Exist ?

This article is my own perspective of things and I don’t wish to hurt sentiments of anybody. Many a times I have thought about this topic but I have never reached a conclusion . I belong to a Tamil family and since I was born I always trusted the existence of God . While you are at home your beliefs never change because you live in a secure environment.But as you grow up and when life starts hurting you more often you look forward to your God.That is the time you realize his absence and start challenging his presence . The harder you try to embrace him, the farther he seems to go away. If God really exists why does he seem to sit back and watch when the tsunami is wiping off a country of people he created ? Why does he not help the unfortunate people of this world every other day ? The only reason why some of my friends believed or had a slight inclination towards god was that they thought he was responsible for human existence as science had not proved how life came on earth .

Now let me take you to a different world where we assume that God exists and we are aware of it. He takes care of everybody there and keeps people happy and also keeps a check that there is no injustice in the system.Every move of yours is controlled by him . Now would you like to live in such a world ? Will you realize the emotion of happiness if you don’t know what sadness is ? You will only be a puppet in the hands of God. Its not that he is not there in our world but its just that post creation he wants us to live they way we want to live. He wants us to adapt and build our own environment . He wants you to live every possible emotion and make life a LIFE. Praying or not praying to him is a personal choice . He is not going to hurt people who don’t pray . To people who pray , he may not help directly but gradually make their conscience become clear. As children we are made to believe he’s there and we are taught to fear him when we do a wrong thing. So he inadvertently becomes responsible to build our conscience . We live with that . Now if you look back, just that acceptance of God made you a good person and shaped your personality. You did not give anything to god but in the pursuit of following his path you improved upon yourself . I personally believe in God and feel he’s there. I am against superstitious beliefs surrounding God but have faith in him. The reason behind this is some of the miracles I have seen in life which I cannot see as mere coincidence. Concluding this article is difficult but what I feel is having faith in God only helps humanity in general and not having a faith does not make it worse. So it is completely a personal choice. Let me know your views and as usual criticism is most welcome

Ganesh Shanker
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Is the Earth Crying?  

Yes, the Earth is crying. She is badly wounded. Her soul is fragmented. Her two sons – Dharma, righteouness, and Gyana, knowledge, are also injured and are prostrate on the mother earth. Earth is crying and beseeching Rama - “ Where are you? You were the example of adherence to truth, adherence to righteous conduct. O, Rama, you were the ideal man, ideal husband and a very truthful and brave king. At present, every where there is untruth, arrogance of money and of power and loss of values. True knowledge has been lost in the pursuit of selfish motives and greed. Power has corrupted therulers who care not for the suffering masses. Come and save this world”.
Rama replied, “ O Maa, I cannot. To-day the whole world appears to me as a ball of fire. Raga, Dvesha, lobha, jealousy, passion and greed are every where. How can I find a brother like Laxmana now? Yes, at every step I come face to face with Ravanas and in this world and there are infinite number of Ravanas and finally you will see that Rama will be killed by Ravanas.Or, I will be anotherJesus on the Cross.
After that  Earth calls  Lord Krishna, “ O Krishna, where are you ? Druapadi is calling you. Desprataly she needs you.Women today are the most vulnerable, are being subjected to all kinds of violence. Come, take birth again and protect them.”
Lord Krishna replied, “ O Maa, if I come to this world, I will be killed by  thousand and thousands Shishupals, Duryodhanas and Dushanas. I myself will be cornered in the cakarvayuha of evil.”
“O Lord Buddha, please listen to me,” Earth next says - “Sectarianism, bigotry, fanaticism and violence afflict humanity;abuse and disrespect have become the public discourse. Age, knowledge and good conduct are no longer respected. Buddha, you are the messenger of peace, compassion, empathy and sympathy. Hold this world with compassion and lead human beings to the path of love and peace again.
Lord Buddha smiles with deep sarrow and refuses to come to this earth where he has been rudely abandoned.
At last Earth prays to Paramatma, God,  to send any one of them to save this world otherwise this world will have to be destroyed by His own wrath.
  God listens, waits and watches. The hour it seems has not yet come – but is near.
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