Category Archives: Peace

I Care about YOU!

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A Dear Friend, SUZY KARASIK, sent me greetings, and mentioned that today is ‘I Care about YOU day.’

Let me tell You ALL, my Dear Friends, that I Unhesitatingly Care about You. I am Very Glad I found You all. You are Precious and Dear to me.

I Wish You ALL, Each and Every one of You, Much Happiness, Love and Peace. May the Choicest Blessings FILL Your lives!

And, to show You all just How much I care, I offer You this nice graphic, from the internet, of course! 🙂 …For Gosh sake I hope I don’t have to mention that the graphic is a piece of Humour. The world is dark enough. It can use All the Lightness it can get!

The Cat Cares!

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ALL Religions say the Same about ‘THIS.’

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Religions are maligned, very much, saying that they divide People. Actually that is Not so. The proponents of Religions do the Dividing. …And, taking Only Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, they all Say the Same, that

Goodness is Rewarded and evil is Punished.

And this is the Experience of Sages of all Religions, for Centuries and Centuries.

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[ The above is the kind of picture found in many places in India, for instance in Shops, Buses, etc. Source in graphic. ]

This post is particularly aimed at those, particularly in authority, who give No thought to their responsibilities.

‘कृत्प्रनाश’

(Krit-Pranash, Above), is a Mahavaakya, one of the Great aphorisms of Hinduism, which even contribute to the Advaita. This one means that the Effects of what We have Done Remain, attached to Our Soul/Spirit/Self, Indestructible.

Similarly the one below,

‘अकृत्यभ्यूपगम’

(Akrityabhyoopagam), which means that We shall Not have to Suffer for what We have Not done.

Very Similar to the Biblical:

“The person who sins is the one who will Die,” (Ezekiel 18:4), and

“It is the one who sins who will die. A son is Not to suffer because of his father’s sins, nor a father because of the sins of his son.” (Ezekiel 18:20).

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Frankly, I am Not saying that All Religions are the Same, nor that they all teach the same things. Just for instance, from what I hear, it is not only recommended but also practised and carried out, that a Thief’s hand(s) be cut off, in Islam. The ‘Triple Talaaq‘ whereby a man can divorce his wife just by saying that word thrice is another instance. Not that I am ‘targeting’ Islam. These are just examples that spring to mind.

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WE ARE LIMITING OURSELVES TO THE TO THE IDEA THAT SIN IS PUNISHED.

Unable to give references in this regard from the Koran, I shall limit myself to showing that Islam has a very prominent Idea of ‘Jahannum‘ (Gehenna in Hebrew, Hell in English).

AT THE SAME TIME,

It can Frequently be observed that a Wrong-doer Suffers Quite a Lot in this life itself.

  • Their Appetite is Nonexistent. A certain politico with Crores and Crores is reputed to be able to Stomach just Curd Rice.
  • Their Health is Shot to  Pieces. Much of their ill earned money goes for medications and treatments.
  • They cannot Sleep well.
  • They have No Peace.

Oh, We think that they are Enjoying life. And that is the Facade they want to keep presenting. But those who know them, those close to them, those with whom they share(!), etc, know the Truth.

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Image from the Internet.

Which is all to show that they Suffer Quite a Lot in this life too. And Yet they do not learn! Sheer Inertia and Habit!

There is one More Sad thing.

The house and the household of the evil doer is a Cauldron on Misery. The Amount of Sickness in the members of the Family, the Fights in the family, the Feuds, etc, make them Pitiable.

And I am reminded of this verse of the Bible over this:

“…Like a Moth You Destroy what he loves.” Psalm 39:11, TEV.

God Destroys what the evil doer loves, which is the Greatest Punishment, after all.

And I repeat this: And Yet they do not learn! Sheer Inertia and Habit!

That Goodness is Rewarded is Not Ignored. We do have the Concept of ‘स्वर्ग’ (Svarg of the Hindus), ‘जन्नत’ (Jannat of Islam) and Heaven.

It is true that what is considered goodness, badness or evil varies quite a bit much! But let Us Ignore that for this discussion.

To recap,

Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, all Say the Same, that

Goodness is Rewarded and evil is Punished.

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Violence is a Very Poor Answer!

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We could start with the Incident at Uri. India seems to have ‘Avenged,’ Retaliated against the attack by a ‘Surgical’ one.

In connection with all this, showing their Anger against pakistan, the MNS (a branch of the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra) and the VHP (the Vishva Hindu Parishad, an organization of rather right wing in nature), have Banned pakistani Artists from working/performing in India.

Salman Khan, a rather popular and eminent actor of North India has spoken out, saying that the Arts and Terrorism cannot mix, and should be kept Separate, meaning all thereby that the Imposition against pakistani Artists should Not be there. He is being criticized for it, and We could say, being Isolated. Foolish and Sad.

In one of the many so called TV debates over these issues, the spokesperson for the ruling party Blithely said that the Surgical strikes in particular should be seen as a matter of Pride. He further went on to say that Surgical, Overt, Military, Minimalist and Major, All sorts of Military operations should be considered against Pakistan.

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I am a person who considers even Jailing somebody as Violence. And that Severe Actions should be taken against Drug Dealers, Rapists and Acid Throwers. I would even recommend that Nails (one inch ones would be Enough!) – be driven into the bodies of these Criminals. And that I support Pain (Torture), and Not Death, for these.

I further go on to say that JUDGES in particular Must be made to Realize what Real Life Is.

In the Olden days, Kings, even Emperors, used to go out of their Palaces, leaving off all vestige of Royalty, like a Commoner, and came to know of the Problems and Pains of the Subjects. Indian History tells us that they even visited Military Camps. They used to Aid the Needy, and Punished the Wicked.

King Harshavardhana, one of the Last Emperors of India, who reigned between c 606 and 647 AD, was Famous for doing the above.

Today No politician, judge nor officer knows of the Pains or Problems of the People. Which is Why People’s lives or lots do not change, and We get No Justice from judges.

My contention is that they should be Made to Realize Real Life. That, Alas, would take what Much of world, from its Comfortable Armchairs, calls Violence. First, on Violence. People speak about Peaceful Means, and Rousing up the ‘Conscience‘ of the Oppressors, through Ahimsa.

They are Easily Silenced. I would like to know if Hitler, or Saddam Hussein, to name just two, could have been brought to ‘See their Ways’ through Any Peaceful means. These few lines should be able to End the argument. The ‘evil’ Are going to be there. And Violence Is a Necessary, though Sad Means of Containing them.

Violence, in the sense of Force, is Not the Problem. The problem is, ‘WHO’ is going to Wield it.

And for Heaven’s sake, Let’s Kill off Drug Lords and such. Makes No sense in building Expensive containment facilities for them, only to have them living there as Kings, and to escape at will, to continue their merry business once again.

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Above: Peru’s Guzman is a notorious example. Said to be Guilty of having ordered the death of 60,000 people(!), this is how he was transferred to his place of incarceration. He had escaped from even that place, but was thankfully captured again. There he is, sitting like a ‘lord;’ a war ship, special commandos, and very special underground cell, and the attendant guards, all chalked up to Our expense. While Billions go Hungry and Homeless. …What a waste. Spend it on a Single Bullet.

As You would see, I Advocate Sufficient Use of Force to Contain evil, as Corrective Punishment.

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FOR – ALL – THAT, to come back to Uri, many people all over India, and the Indian Media in particular, calling for ‘Teaching’ pakistan a lesson through Military means, (the media does not do this directly, of course), just have No Idea of what War is.

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A picture I have Already used. But one of the Very Best for Our purposes. An Injured Indian Soldier. Salutations to Him. …More text follow the graphics, in continuation.

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On the Field, they do not get Bandaged up Immediately. They fight on, amidst Death, the Blood and Gore.

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He must have been a Very Handsome looking Young man. We are speaking about ‘Looks’ only here. The Trauma he has suffered, and that will shake him up on a Daily basis, are Well and Truly Hidden.

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African, Or…inj-sol-f-brit

In this case British, …they All look the Same when they get Maimed and Injured.

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These are the ‘Effects’ of War.

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Their Friends try to drag them to Safety.

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Statue of Injured, Battle Weary Soldiers. Created especially for the Emotions pictured on their faces and in their Eyes.

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So far, I have shown, and been able to show, Only pictures of What happens to Soldiers. The effects of Battle on Ecology, the Land, Houses and Habitation, and Particularly on People And On Children, is Devastating. You are Invited and Requested to pay attention to footage’s of Bombings and Shellings shown on Your TV. They give a goodly idea indeed.

IT DOES NOT HAPPEN ONLY TO THE ‘OTHER’ SIDE. SOLDIERS ON BOTH SIDES GET MAIMED, TRAUMATISED, AND KILLED.

And HUNDREDS of Soldiers Die in case of War.

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If After all this somebody still wants India to Initiate Military steps and actions against pakistan, then…

But the Main Problem of the World is Not Violence. It is Apathy.

Happy Gandhi Jayanthi to You All! May the recalling of his Birth remind Us and Encourage Us to search for Ways to Peace.

All graphics from the Internet.

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Pakistan says Indian Soldiers at Uri Killed by Indian Army

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Graphic from the Internet.

“On 18 September, four militants attacked an Indian Army brigade headquarters in Uri, near the Line of Control in a pre-dawn ambush.

They lobbed 17 grenades in three minutes.

Most of the soldiers killed were from the 10 Dogra and 6 Bihar regiments.

The casualties were primarily believed due to have occurred as a result of non-fire retardant transition tents. This was the time of a troops shift, whereby the 6 Bihar regiment was replacing the 10 Dogra regiment. The incoming troops were housed in tents, which are normally avoided in sensitive areas around LOC like Uri.”

[ The above from Wiki, reference a little below, and edited for brevity. ]

For all that, I blame the officers for their Slackness, with reference to the Tents, and in the Security of the Area.

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The Military has its own ‘Quaint’ terminology. War Games. Black Flag Operations. Collateral Damage. And a thousand more, of course. pakistan saying Indian Soldiers at Uri Killed by the Indian Army itself, and blaming the other side for it, would be a Black Flag operation.

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As I have said in the link above, this is Hardly possible.

India, for all its weaknesses, of all sorts, is Even Now, a Peace Loving Nation. …The LoC, the Line of Control, is Not an International border, but which has been achieved/brought under control by operations without a War having been declared. The orders and the command to Fire-back, answer enemy fire, is Not Easily given in India. Though it has been given at times, and has been given at the present moment again.

India has Nuclear Arms now. Yet they do not come much into the news, though the fact is Internationally known. (This knowledge is difficult to hide). This is Another way of saying that India is Not a Sabre Rattling Nation. This is Unlike North Korea, which constantly threatens with its nuclear warheads, and Pakistan, which has said that it will go to the extent of using these in case Waters to it are stopped.

95-98% of Pakistan follows Islam. Not that I object to it. But India, on the other side, has roughly 80% Hindus, 14% Muslims, about 2.3% Christians, 1.7% Sikhs, besides others. The Indian Military is Well represented by the Minority groups, besides the majority one, of course. On the other side, The Indian Military also has personnel from All the States of India, (Gujarat is an exception, having about just 1% therein). With all that, the Indian Army is a Well knit, SINGLE UNIT.

Particularly in view of the above point, it is Absolutely Irresponsible to say that Soldiers of the Indian Army would Knowingly and Willingly be Ready to Kill their Own.

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It Is True that ‘The attackers sneaked into the camp breaching heavy security and seemed to know exactly where to strike.’ From: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Uri_attack&gt; But this would mean Spy/Spies within the Ranks rather than Black Flag operations. The latter would mean ‘Planning’ by officers.

pakistan had claimed the Same for Acts of Terrorism at other points of the globe. These had originated from its soil, in that those Terrorists were Based/Trained-in pakistan, to the extent of being trained by the pak army

Thus Pakistan’s ministers’ claims of Black Flag operations at Uri stand Shattered.

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How Geography Affects Perceptions

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WHY are We So Adamant in Not Speaking out on Social Issues?!

Because of Geography? 

Because we think that the Melting Ice Caps cannot affect Us, at least in Our time? That Tsunami’s in x, y and z places will Not make a difference to Our lives?

But my (own) brother lives in Dubai. My nephews and nieces are in Australia. That is Blood. Relations. In short. …And Thanks to the Internet, I have Friends All over the World.

Such being the case, can We Really say that the Socio-Economic-Political and other situations in even far-away countries are Not Our Concern?

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Here I am, Claiming that Terrorism is Not the number One problem for India. …And, lo, here there are people in Tamil Nadu itself, who are Not bothered about the Dangers of Nuclear Reactors in their own state.

And this what I mean by Geography.

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This morning’s (29.09.2016) media report says that Attacks or Incidents, from Pakistan, have turned from small arms fire (read Rifle) to Mortars, thence Shellings. But the targets, would most probably be in Punjab, the state shown in Green at the North West of India in the above map. That is because it is a well-to-do state, and land upto the borders would be inhabited. Not so in Rajasthan because of ‘deserty’ nature.

For all that, a weapon is a weapon, and People are People. We cannot and shall not differentiate between the People of Punjab and those of Tamil Nadu, as raised in the post. Any and Every harm to One brother is harm to the Family of the Nation and the World.

And not just War, but even these sorts of Incessant Shellings are Nasty business.

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An Injured Indian Soldier. …His Cheerfulness Only makes Us feel All the More Bad. Image from the Internet.

But Soldiers Everywhere and Anywhere look and become like this. The World has created a system whereby a Soldier lives by:

“Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die:”

as Alfred Tennyson wrote about the Charge of the Light Brigade.

To continue with the good poet,

“Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Someone had blunder’d:”

How Often, and How Easily, do generals and politicians Blunder. And Soldiers and Common People Pay the Price.

Soldiers and Police personnel have to Learn to Question, Reflect upon, and thence, if it be Right, to Act.

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I have Not Strayed, but yet I have to come back to the point. To recap what I have alluded to so far, The Shellings, the Injuries and the Devastated Houses do Not come to the notice, so Easily, of the Man in South India.

But the case of No-Attention-being-paid-to-the-Nuclear-Projects is Not just to “It Not being Known.” It is a case of: “I will not be Affected.” …Let’s get a map.

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The Kudankulam Nuclear plant is situated at the town of its name, roughly the Red dot. It is some 45 Kilometres from Nagarcoil, and just a little more than that from Kannyakumari. We might say that People about a 100 Kilometres from Kudankulam were Actively Opposing the project. In their case, it is Not just the Danger of Nuclear Radiation, Leaks and Dangers due to Tsunami’s. I would Frankly say that I have very little opinion of Indian Workmanship.

But people of, let us say Tiruchirappally, (the blue dot) the Famous Temple Town, close to Tanjore, another famous place, are Not protesting. They are actually the Least bothered by the Issue. Reason? Distance. Tamil Nadu is a large state. It is for that Same reason that people in Coimbatore, on the Western edge of the state, do not bother about Nuclear Dangers from Kudankulam.

Why are not the people of Tiruvananthapuram, (that’s a name for You! …The multi coloured dot) protesting about this Nuclear project? Because they have a Mountain Range in between, which, I suppose, they believe would protect them. Does Anybody Say these things? No, Nobody except good old Yesudas.

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So what is the Conclusion? It is Not just the people of Tamil Nadu, or India, but The Whole World, Makes a Noise ONLY When it gets affected by a Calamity. Foresightedness is Not an Issue. No Need to think about the Danger of Leakages in Storing spent up nuclear material.

People live by the Charvaka pseudo philosophy; that of Radical Materialism. The Only concern of the Charvaka adherent is that the Fish bone does not get caught in the throat.

Today, the so called Gurus, Great Yoga Teachers, the pope(s) (the present one is an exemption in some ways), and bishops and priests in general, Are they All Not living lives of Luxury? As Charvakas? Can You Really see any Concern in them, for the Suffering World? What are they going to Teach when they are like this?

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In the End, as always with Yesudas, the Question comes to: Why are We So Adamant in Not addressing Ourselves to Social Issues? Just Where We, Each one of Us, with regard to this question? 🙂 Can We Allow Geography to mar Our Thinking? 🙂

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Maps from Google Maps.

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Tweets on the Indo-Pak situation, as in Sep ’16.

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Indian Soldiers have died at Uri in India. India blames Pakistan for this, and Pakistan, in its turn, has gone to the extent of saying that the event was ‘Staged’ by India!!!

That Hardly seems possible.

In the meantime, modi’s government is of the opinion that ‘terrorism’ is India’s No. 1 Problem. I Strongly Disagree. Water Scarcity and the Damage to Farming and Farmers are the Real Issues for Us Today.

For all that, there is talk of trying to get Pakistan to stop aiding Terrorists. Economic Sanctions, Surgical Strikes, and Even Stopping Water to that country are being considered.

In the map below, of the rivers marked in ‘Blue,’ the three Southern ones are the ones in question.

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Map from the Internet. I DO NOT vouch for the veracity of the Borders.

Here are some Tweets I fired up on the subject. Tell me how much You agree with me on them.

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1. #NoWater2Pak: Have already written about this Inhuman, Barbaric tactic, Unworthy of India.

2. #NoWater2Pak: The Pretext being generated is: India wants to ‘Fully Utilize’ its share of the Water.

3. #NoWater2Pak: And behold, We have the #CauveryDispute, as Yet on the boards.

4. #NoWater2Pak: Is it going to be, One rule across borders and one within?

5. #NoWater2Pak: If India can ‘Fully Utilize’ its share of Water in case of Pak, cannot Karnataka do that?!

6. #NoWater2Pak: #centre seems to be setting #Precedent for #Karnataka citing this. This can lead to #CIVILWAR bet K’taka and TN!

7. #NoWater2Pak: When #RajivGandhi had been PM, he was blamed for rasing the #ForeignHand to Hide Local problems.

8. #NoWater2Pak: #modi‘s govt doing the same; raising #ForeignHand and#Ignoring #Problems of #Farmers.

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My 1,000th Post… With a Reblog: The Lost Evening!

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Word Press, as it kindly does, informs me that this is my 1,000th post. Ahem.

Had wanted this to be something Special. And even have Ideas and Material ready for it. But when I came across this post of Karolina, find that it Echoes just what I say in my Blog.

Karolina, I have found, is a past master of Satire. Here is a little taste from her post:

‘People drinking cocktails, wearing the latest fashions–you know, doing the things that really mattered.’

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Much Love, Happiness and Peace to One and All. And Happy Caring! Regards. 🙂

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Natasha wrinkled her nose at the computer.  It was another e-mail from that annoying Eurobrat chick, inviting her to yet another lame party.

There would be many selfie-worthy parties around town this weekend, but this wouldn’t be one of them.  It would be an event for a good cause and it would be full of the depressing people who cared about good causes.  Beers For Prairie Dogs!  the e-mail proudly proclaimed.  Natasha had seen enough.

She was about to delete the e-mail, when something caught her eye.  Could it be?  Was one of the Kardashian sisters really going to be calling into the event live?  And who knew she cared so much about prairie dogs?

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Her plan was to hang out in the corner of the room, close enough to hear that sultry Kardashian voice, but far enough not to have to interact with any of the political dorks. …

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George Orwell’s DOGS

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Pellet guns are here to Stay,’ says the Director General of the CRPF (central reserved police force, at present keeping the ‘peace’ in Kashmir).

‘We are Trained Not to be Emotional,’ says he. But he lies. I sense a Deep Shame and Sadness in his eyes.

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From: http://rightactions.in/2016/07/26/we-are-trained-not-to-be-emotional-pellet-guns-are-here-to-staycrpf-dg/

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BUT THEN WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DOGS AND YOU, Mr. DG? 

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Would it not be better to run a tea stall and live than to know that you are the Slaves and Servants of the politicos? To live in Shame?

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The above graphic from:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/18/india-blinding-kashmiri-protesters-justice-steel-pellets

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Pellet Guns on People is a Crime against Humanity

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Not just in Kashmir; Pellet Guns used against Citizens and Civilians, in short on People, is a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

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From change.org …See link below, and Please SIGN.

Am hearing over TV that ‘soon’ alternatives to Pellet guns would be introduced in Kashmir.

I seem to have said this a 100 times.

  • WHY are you not using the Water Cannon?
  • WHY are you not using Rubber Bullets?

Are not Kashmiris Indians?

That the Administration (government) orders Rape and Pellet guns, and that the Officers of the Armed Forces Carry them out, means that they should have SEDITION CHARGES plied against them, namely, the Administration and the Officers.

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https://www.change.org/p/pmoindia-hmoindia-stop-use-of-pellet-guns-in-kashmir

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GAD… Dhyaan in the Most Surprising Places!

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The Method I describe for Dhyaan is Really a Very Simple, and Practical one.

I shall give You an example. A young woman, whose husband had been horsing around, was naturally distraught. After she had shared with me, I had asked her to do Dhyaan, just the thing(s) I describe in my GAD series. See ‘Why do Dhyaan?’ …here.

She had asked me, When and Where am I going to find the Time? I go to work, and, on top of that, have to take care of the House and Home. (In India, though the households are small, because of the Dust, keeping the house clean is a Task. So, Cleaning the house, Washing the Clothes, Doing the Cooking – which in turn means washing up afterwards, etc, turn out to be Near Un-Ending work).

Bharati, (fictitious name, but the case is Real), was also taking care of their Son, a very active 5 year old boy, who had started schooling.

And, as We have seen, the husband, raising Not a finger to help at home, had lady friends, (plural). So her mind was Not in a Condition, We can say, to do Meditation.

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After listening to All this, this is what I said to her:

“You get a Ten-minute period where You are Standing in the bus on way to Your Work. Hold on to the Strap, see that You don’t fall, (Indian buses can be quite Jerky), and Do the Dhyaan there, in the Bus, Standing.

NOTE: Doing Dhyaan does not mean going into a Trance, though that Can happen. The Idea is to Be Aware of Your Surroundings, – Do not go and dash into a bus, for instance, And Use Your Time for Dhyaan.

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This is the Kind of bus Bharati had to board en route to her work. You can Imagine the condition and situation Inside. Yet it could not Stop her from doing her Dhyaan. One has to Appreciate and Laud her Determination, of course.

I met her the next month. And this is what she told me: “En mind-u Blunt Aayiducchu.” This is in Tamil, with, as You see a great deal of English thrown in, and means: My mind has become Blunt. I have quoted the Actual word she had used. I was not a little Nonplussed. But when asked to explain, things became clear. She had said that because she does not know much English. What she had meant was that her Mind had Become BLANK, Silent, …At Peace.

Bharati is continuing with her Dhyaan, and has progressed quite a lot!

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Some Important points:

As I have shown, Though Doing Dhyaan in Noisy, Boisterous surroundings is difficult, It Is Not Impossible. …I utilize my journey times, done in Buses, with Blaring music/movies, for Dhyaan. I take the aid of some surgical cotton that I always carry for the purpose of ear plugs, though they are not totally effective.

The MIND is More of a Block and Hindrance than physical surroundings. The Din that the Mind raises, by way of Questions, challenges, sad memories, fears, worries and such pose Greater Difficulties to doing Dhyaan.

YET these can be overcome too. It will depend upon Our Interest and Motivation.

Hence, Motivate Yourself; Keep Your Target, for instance that of Attaining Peace, in the forefront of Your mind, and Keep on Reminding Yourself.

Happy Dhyaan, and Peace to You All!

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