Sunday, May 29, 2011

" 22 DAYS OF INFAMY OF INDIAN HISTORY " (May 15, 1999 - June 7, 1999)

As these lines are written fingers shake; As the days between May 15th - June 7th are unabatedly toiled blood boils for what india has forgotten, which should not have been forgotten. We don’t even give heed for what India has lost and gained in the span of 22 days of infamy of Indian History. I do understand the value and gravity of the word INFAMY and have NOT used it with a chauvinistic impulse, but I know what I am using and it would be realized why this article is written with such heightened NODE.

It was on May 15th, Lt Saurabh Kalia informed that Pakistan Army had infiltrated across LOC on a larger scale. He along with other four jawans -Sepays Arjun Ram, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria, Bhika Ram, Moola Ram, Naresh Shigh where captured inside the INDIAN SIDE of LOC by Pakistan rangers. They were in Pakistan army’s captivity for 22 days (May 15, 1999 - June 7, 1999). When their bodies were handed over to Indian army it was mutilated because of unprecedented brutal torture. Furthermore, postmortem relieved that Pakistan army had committed most heinous war crimes of first order; They burned their bodies with cigarettes, They pierced their ear-drums with hot rods, They punctured their eyes before removing them, They broke most of their teeth and bones, They chopped off their limbs and private organs. They even percolated all sorts of physical and mental tortures before they were shoot in the head.


All these were totally AGAINST GENEVA CONVENTION. Geneva Convention’s part three on captivity { Section 1 } clearly states the methods of interrogation by a detaining power should not involve any or “NO PHYSICAL OR MENTAL TORTURE, NOR ANY OTHER FORM OF COERCION”

This does not end here, Lt Saurabh Kalia's father { Dr. N.K. Kalia } even to this day is fighting for justice. He wants that the act which was perpetuated on his son be declared a war crime by the UN. Numerous letters to the centre have been ignored. These soulless and nerveless dead governments {s} which were elected by us do not even acknowledge to pursue the matter with a worldly body.

“I am ashamed of being an Indian. The country has spineless leaders “ said Dr. N K.Kalia. He added “If this had happened to American or Israeli soldiers the culprits would have been hounded around the globe."

"In order to declare a war crime, the ministry of defense needs to write to the ministry of external affairs, which then takes up the matter with the UN Human Rights Council. The council then refers the matter to the General Assembly, which can declare war crime. It then goes to the international court of justice. It is the ministry of external affairs that did not follow up the case with the UN," says Colonel (retd) SK Aggarwal, former judge advocate general (JAG) officer.

The British High Commission said “We are seeking from the Indian Army a full report of postmortem, unfortunately without any success so far.”

Israel's said “Israel does not have diplomatic relation with Pakistan"

Germany said “They had contacted the ministry of external affairs and had not received a reply"

Let me end my lines with the words of Lt Saurabh Kalia's father " It was Saurabh's sacrifice that awoke a sleeping nation to the intrusion," said he, "I will pursue the case with whatever strength I have till I am no more."

Is it not Indian blood's responsibility to help him by submitting your support for this great Indian son!?

Please click below universal resource link for your support:

Lt. Saurabh Kalia video can be viewed by clicking on this link : -

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Rajhashekher BC - Raj
SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011
Sun, 29 May, 2011 5:08:59 PM

" This national ship { INDIAN SHIP } of ours, ye children of the Immortals, my countrymen, has been plying for ages, carrying civilization and enriching the whole world with its inestimable treasures. For scores of shining centuries this national ship of ours has been ferrying across the ocean of life, and has taken millions of souls to the other shore, beyond all misery. But today it may have sprung a leak and got damaged, through your own fault or whatever cause it matters not. What would you, who have placed yourselves in it, do now? Would you go about cursing it and quarrelling among yourselves! Would you not all unite together and put your best efforts to stop the holes? Let us all gladly give our hearts' blood to do this; and if we fail in the attempt, let us all sink and die together, with blessings and NOT CURSES ON OUR LIPS "

- Swami Vivekananda

Saturday, May 28, 2011

September 11, 2010 – 117 Years - Swamiji’s Great Journey to the west and to the parliament of religions.

Very happy Ganesh Chatruthi.!!!

There is big hue and cry about September 11th in today’s media because of the human massacre which happened at WTC - THAT WAS AN HUMAN TRAGEDY INDEED. BUT most of us might NOT realise that 117 years have passed { To this day – The 11th September, 2010 } since Swamiji’s Great Journey to the west and to the parliament of religions.

September 11, 2010 – 117 Years,
September 11, 2009 - 116 Years,
September 11, 2008 – 115 Years,
September 11, 2007 – 114 Years,
September 11, 2006 – 113 Years,
September 11, 2005 – 112 Years,
September 11, 2004 – 111 Years,
September 11, 2003 – 110 Years,
September 11, 1993 – 100 Years,
On Monday, September 11, 1893….

Hence let’s go back in time and revisit the trail of Swamiji by his letters and by his reminiscences.


( From the book Life of Swami Vivekananda: - )

In a letter from Yokohama to the group of disciples in Madras, one finds the Swami Vigorously denouncing the evils of our country and try to rouse Indians from the inertia into which we had sunk thought priest craft and social tyranny. What he desired was that Indians should be “MEN“. He wrote in a letter part of which is embedded here: -

“ I want that numbers of our young men should pay a visit to Japan and China every year. Especially to Japanese, India is still the dreamland of everything high and good. And you, what are you ? …….talking twaddle all your lives, vain talkers, what are you ? Come see these people, and then go and hide your faces in shame. A race of dotards, you lose you caste if you come out! Sitting down these hundreds of years with an ever-increasing load of crystallized superstition on your heads, for hundreds of years spending all your energy upon discussing the touchableness or untouchablness of this food or that, with all humanity crushed out of you by the continuous social tyranny of ages – what are you ? And what are you doing now ? ……promenading the sea – shores with books in your hands – repeating undigested stray bits of European brainwork, and the whole soul bent upon getting a thirty – rupee clerkship, or at best becoming a lawyer – the height of young India’s ambition – and every student with a whole brood of hungry children cackling at his heels and asking for bread! Is there not water enough in this sea to drown you, books, gowns, university diplomas, and all ? “

This intense note of criticism, enthusiasm, and inspiration which came from Yokohama stirred the Swami’s disciples in Madras. The letter shows that his heart was always Indian. His outburst is that of a patriot who, finding in other nations a more modern, organized, and self-reliant public life, desires it for his native land.

Swami now boarded the new 6,000 – ton Empress of India, which left Yokohama on July 14 and sailed from Vancouver.

HMS Empress of India seen in the 1890's

It was here that Swami met a Miss Kate Sanborn, prominent and friendly women on her way from Japan to her home in Massachusetts. “I talked with them all “she wrote in her autobiographical book, Abandoning on Adopted farm…....

“ but most of all I was impressed by the monk, a magnificent specimen of manhood – six feet two, as handsome as Salvini { a then famous Italian actor } at his best, with a lordly, imposing stride, as if he ruled the universe, and soft, dark eyes that could flash fire if roused, or dance with merriment if the conversation amused him…

He wore a bright yellow turban many yards in length, a red ochre robe, the badge of his calling; this was tied with a pink sash, broad and heavily befringed. Snuff-brown trousers and russet shoes completed the outfit.

He spoke better English than I did, was conversant with ancient and modern literature, would quote easily and naturally from Shakespeare or Longfellow or Tennyson, Darwin, Muller, Tyndall, could repeat pages of our Bible, was familiar with and tolerant of all creeds. He was an education, an illumination, a revelation!

I told him, as we separated, I should be most pleased to present him to some men and woman of learning and general culture, if by any chance he should come to Boston.”

Swami Vivekananda had little idea that his meeting with Kate Sanborn had been a meeting of destiny and one that would have great import during his early days in America. That long trip continued until the evening of the fifth day, probably July 30, when did the Swami reach his destination. It was Sanborn who introduced distinguished persons to Swamiji.

Professor John Henry Wright, who no doubt had heard a great deal about the Swami from the Sanborns, invited him to spend the week-end of August 26 and 27 at Annisquam, Massachusetts, a small and quiet village resort on the Atlantic seaboard, some thirty miles north-east of Boston, where he and his family were vacationing. The Swami and the professor, whose learning was said to be encyclopedic, had long conversations at Annisquam, discussing all manner of subjects for hours on end.

Professor Wright was so deeply impressed with the Swami that he insisted that he represent Hinduism at that important gathering, saying , “ The is the only way you can be introduced to the nation at large.”

The Swami explained his difficulties and said that he had no credentials. Whereupon Professor Wright exclaimed, “TO ASK YOU, SWAMI, FOR CREDENTIALS IS LIKE ASKING THE SUN TO STATE IT’S RIGHT TO SHINE!”He then assured the Swami that he would take it upon himself to see that he had a place as a delegate. He wrote at once to the Chairman of the committee for the Selection of Delegates, stating, “Here is a man who is more learned then all our learned professors put together.”

He was lost and knew not what to do. At length, he lay down in a huge empty box in the railway yards. Two days later he was to shake America with his address at the Parliament; but now, so destiny decided, he had to sleep like some outcase – unknown, unaided, and despised.

On the next day, exhausted, he sat down on the street-side determined to abide by the will of the Lord. At this juncture the door of a fashionable residence opposite him opened and a regal – looking woman came across ot him. She addressed him in a soft voice and accents of refinement, “Sir, are you a delegate to the parliament of Religions?” The Swami told her his difficulties. Immediately she invited him into her house and gave orders to her servants that he should be taken to a room and attended to in every way. She promised the Swami that after he had had his breakfast she herself would accompany him to the offices of the Parliament of Religions.

With Mrs. Hale he called on the officers of the Parliament, gave his credentials, and was gladly accepted as a delegate.

From here on it is HISTRORY. It would be of high treason on my part, if I remain muted in putting forth the grandeur tenure of his on this earth of ours. Which is only of 14,407 days [39 years,5 months,22 days - {{12.01.1863 - 4.07.1902}}] out of which only 3285 days [ 9 Years - {{ 11.09.1893 - 4.07.1902}} ] was his appearance in the public coliseum of world. And it will take humanity centuries to decipher, decrypt, understand and implement his call to humanity.

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Rajhashekher BC - Raj
Sat, 11 September, 2010 4:40:17 PM


" Now and then, at long intervals of time, a being finds his way to this planet who is unquestionably a wanderer from another sphere; who brings with him to this sorrowful world some of the glory, the power, the radiance of the far distant region from which he came. ......Such a being is beyond all comparison, fro he transcends all ordinary standards and ideals. Others may be brilliant, his mind is luminous...Others may be great, they great only as compared with those in their own class. Others may be good, powerful, gifted, having more goodness, more of power, more of genius than their fellowmen. It is only a matter of comparison...But with Swami Vivekananda, there could be no comparison. He was in a class by himself. He belonged to another order. He was not of this world. He was a radiant being who had descended from another, a higher sphere for a definite purpose. One might have known that he would not stay long ...."
- Sister Christine.


One of the most disconnected quote in INDIAN HISTORY from annals of known time is the quote “Ahimsa Paramo Dharma……. {NON – VIOLENCE IS THE ULTIMATE DHARMA}. Agreed! Who can refrain from this colonial truth? But this half baked quote has been dissimilated in midst of the present generation result of which is an alienation from WILL TO ACT with strength and fearlessness.

In the book “Universal Message of the BHAGAVAD GITA – An exposition of Gita in the Light of Modern Thought and Modern Needs “ by Swami Ranganathananda this very aspect is meticulously addressed : -


If we go a little further we find the most important part of the quote which the present generation is being deprived of “………..dharma himsa tathaiva cha { SO TOO IS VIOLENCE IN SERVICE OF DHARMA }".

Please reflect on this incident in the life of the King Asoka : -

AS a young prince, Asoka was a brilliant commander. As a monarch he was ambitious and aggressive, re – asserting the Empire’s superiority in southern and western India. But it was his conquest of Kalinaga proved to be the pivotal event of his life. Although Asoka’s army succeeded in overwhelming Kalinaga forces, the agony of human pain and loss of life totally changed the Asoka. He embraced the teachings of Gautama Buddha, and renounced war and violence. However even after embracing the path of non – violence, Asoka DID maintain a large and powerful army of about 1 lack soldiers. One of his Generals asked him ..." What is the need of 1 lack soldiers has he had resorted to the path of non – violence ? " For which Asoka asked him to accompany him for night walk. As both were walking in the night they meet a BLIND MAN walking towards them with a lamp in his hand. This was astonishing for the General who accompanied Asoka. To quench his curiosity the general approached the blind man and enquired the man as to why he is holding a lamp and its usefulness since he was blind? For which blind man said “It is not for me! It's for others who are coming in the opposite direction so that they don't come and hit me ".

Asoka then continued “I would not go to wage war against any one. But if someone comes to wage war against me I would not leave them until they are exterminated !! "

This incident in asoka's life is an real eye opener for all of us as it illustrates and most importantly justifies the need for violence in service of INDIA AND DHARMA.

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Rajhashekher BC - Raj
Sat, 18 September, 2010 10:45:24 PM

“Face the brutes” That is a lesson for all life – face the terrible, face it boldly" was \ is SWAMI VIVEKANANDA'S clarion call for India’s Youth.


Prefatory remarks from the book “Universal Message of the BHAGAVAD GITA – An exposition of Gita in the Light of Modern Thought and Modern Needs “ by Swami Ranganathananda.

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Rajhashekher BC - Raj
Fri, 24 September, 2010 8:29:58 PM

"If one reads this one Shloka — क्लैब्यं मा स्म गमः पार्थ नैतत्त्वय्युपपद्यते । क्षुद्रं हृदयदौर्बल्यं त्यक्त्वोत्तिष्ठ परंतप॥ — one gets all the merits of reading the entire Gita; for in this one Shloka lies imbedded the whole Message of the Gita.

“ Do not yield to unmanliness, O son of Pritha. It does not become you. Shake off this base faint-heartnedness and arise, O scorcher of enemies!”




We shall commence the study of the Bhagavad Gita this evening. The first three chapters convey the central theme of the philosophy and spirituality of Yoga, which Sri Krishna referes to at the beginning of the forth chapter. That philosophy is enriched in the remaining fourteen chapters. But the core of this original message has been expounded in chapters two and three. It is a book that is meant to be a help to realize the eternal spiritual reality within all men and women, along with the humanistic objectives which we have in our Constitution and also those which humanity is seeking in the modern age. That is why this GITA message is spreading now in various parts of the world. So far as we are concerned, we have to approach this study in this modern period from a point of view different from our traditional way. In the past, people mostly read the Gita as a pious act, and for a little peace of mind. We never realized that this is a book of intense practicality, that this is the greatest book of practical Vedanta capable of helping us to create a society of fully developed human beings. We never understood the practical application of the Gita teachings. If we had done so, we would not have had the thousand years of foreign invasions, internal caste conflicts, feudal oppressions, and mass poverty. We never took the Gita seriously; but now we have to. We need a philosophy that can help us to build a new welfare society, based on human dignity, freedom, and equality. That is what we have set before ourselves in modern India, and that is also what is inspiring all the people of the world; and here in the Gita is a philosophy that will train people’s minds and hearts in that direction. This orientation, a practical orientation, was given to The Gita for the first time in the modern age by Swami Vivekananda. Sri Krishna gave it several thousand years ago as a practical philosophy, but we converted it into a mere book of piety. When we read the Gita Dhyana Slokas – those remarkable verses on “The Meditation Verses on the Gita, “ we will find this idea there. The Gita is compared to the milk taken out of the cow, meaning the Vedas, by Sri Krishna, The milkman. What is the milk for? It is not meant for worship, but it is meant to be drunk for our nourishment. Then alone can one get strength. But all these hundreds of years, we took that glass of milk, worshipped it with flowers, and saluted it, but never drank it. That is why we are feeble, physically, mentally, and socially. That will change if we now start drinking this milk and assimilate it. That will help us to develop character strength, work efficiency, and a spirit of service, and to forge a new national destiny.

Travelling in various parts of India, I noticed this widespread misunderstanding among our people. But it was forcibly brought to my mind when I was in Hyderabad for a five – day programme of lectures, just after the Police Action in 1949, during my extensive tour of Andhra Pradesh reroute to New Delhi to take charge of the Ramakrishna Mission there. A friend suggested that I pay a visit to General J.N. Chowdhury, the Military Governor of the State. So, I went to meet him along with my friend who was my host there. General Chowdhury received us and did all the talking for the first half-an-hour and I listened. There was Communist insurrection in some parts of the state and he had to attend to the telephone quite often; but the conversation was going on. Then I noticed on his table a copy of the Gita. That gave me an opportunity to do the talking. “ General Chowdhury, do you read the Gita? I see the book on your table,” I asked. In a very tired way he replied, “Of course, when I feel tired and want to find some peace of mind, I read a few lines from the “Gita.” I said firmly, “That is not its purpose.” That remark took him by surprise and he asked, “Do you mean to say that this book has other values then merely giving us a little peace of mind? “Yes, that book is not meant merely to give peace of mind; it is meant to give you strength to serve the people, to make you a responsible citizen. It contains a comprehensive philosophy of life and work” He was amazed and asked me again and again, “Do you mean to say that this book has a relevance to me as a Military Governor of this State?” I said, “Exactly so. We must realize that men and women of action, of responsibility, have the need for a philosophy of life and action. The Gita provides that philosophy calling it by the simple word, “Yoga”. We never understood it till now. Take the opening verse of the fourth chapter of the Gita. Sri Krsna tells us there: “I gave this philosophy of Yoga to men of responsibility, so that, thought this philosophy, they will become strong to serve and protect the people, to nourish the people. “ This is the purpose of this great book.” I stressed this again and again, and he asked repeatedly, “Can I, the Governor of this State, learn any lesson from this book to become a more efficient person?” Yes, that is the purpose of this book, to inspire all men and women of responsibility to work for the good of all. That is the nature of this book. It is not meant for putting you to sleep. It is meant to wake you up. It is not merely to give you peace of mind. It is to give you that tremendous humanistic impulse and resolve, to work for the good of all in society.”

He was very happy. An hour passed and I asked him “ Have you read any book of Swami Vivekananda?” “Yes, I have read some small books of his sayings.” I said, “THAT WON’T DO! I WANT YOU TO READ ONE PARTICULAR BOOK, his lectures in India known as Lectures from Colombo to Almora. { } There lectures awakened our nation and threw up great patriots who fought for the freedom of our nation. Man – Making and nation – building is it’s theme. I shall send to you from Delhi a copy of it with my autograph, provided you promise to read it. I do not want to waste a book.” “Yes, I shall read it,” he said. Then I took leave of him. The next day, I went to Delhi and from there I sent him that book, and he wrote to me a nice letter of thanks. Later on, when he was our High Commissioner in Canada, he took my permission to publish, in French, the first lecture Essence of Indian Culture from the first volume of my book Eternal Values for a Changing Society, for spreading among the French citizens of Canada, knowledge of Indian culture.

From this experience I understood that millions of people in India treat the Gita like any of the stotras or humns which we read every morning as a pious act. Today we need a philosophy to guide our footsteps, so that we can meet the challenges of developing the immense manhood and womanhood of India. It is that philosophy and spirituality that we get In the Gita. The message of the Gita was given on the tumultuous battlefield of Kuruksetra a few thousand years ago. The Gita alone represents such a philosophy. All other teachings were given in a temple, or a cave, or a forest. Here the student and teacher, Arjuna and Sir Krishna were remarkable personalities; they were warriors. And the teacher, Sir Krishna, was a man full of compassion, and endowed with universal vision. The Gita is thus a heroic message from a heroic teacher to a heroic pupil. Its universality makes it applicable to any human being anywhere in the world, to make him or her realize one’s fullest human possibilities. The Upanisads or the Vedanta expounded the science of human possibilities a thousand years earlier, and the Gita expounds the practical application of that science. Hence, Swami Vivekananda considered the Gita as the best book of practical Vedanta.

" 28 September 1907 - AN HERO OF INDIA AND NOT AN ACTOR "

Because of two episodes of this week { Ayothaya Verdict and Oct 2nd } I managed to miss out on birth anniversary of INDIA's favorite hero BHAGAT SINGH, On September 28th. Having been born in the same country as his, I really do not have any excuse to miss out on the birth anniversary of this HERO OF INDIA. This word hero itself is not well communicated nor is it well understood by the present generation! For example if some were to ask us who are our favorite Hero’s?

We all come up with our individual list of favorite Hero's...That could well be VWXYZ...!!!. But most of us might not realize the fact that these are our favorite ACTORS and NOT our favorite HERO’s.

There is a prominent distinguishing factor between AN ACTOR and AN HERO .....

“An Actor is one who ACTS as if he is dead in one film and comes back alive in his next film. But an HERO gets only ONE CHANCE to die for his country and does not get a second chance {No retakes} to DIE for his country AGAIN. It is our intelligent irony that we call actors as our HERO’S "

This myth in understanding the meaning of HERO has eroded so much into our system that we do not find the time or the inclination to know who INDIA’s real heroes were! ”. INDIA’s history stands testimony to the fact that INDIA did produce such heroes which world can never produce. It is a well proven fact that so called Alexander – The Great who conquered 85 % of the known world at the age of 31, was unable to conquer INDIA and had to return back because of such INDIAN HERO's.

As per an approximate calculation INDIA lost about SIX and HALF lack freedom fighters for INDIAN independance and most of them were within the age group of 20 - 25. One among them was BHAGAT SINGH who died for India at the tender age of 23 years, 5 months, 25 days.

BHAGAT SINGH's birth cycle : - {Born on 28 September 1907 – Hanged on 23 March 1931}

28 September 1907
28 September 1917 – 10 Years
28 September 1927 – 20 Years
28 September 1928 – 21 Years
28 September 1929 – 22 Years
28 September 1930 – 23 Years
28 October 1930 – 23Years 1 month's
28 November 1930 – 23Years 2 month's
28 December 1930 – 23Years 3 month's
28 January 1931 – 23Years 4 month's
28 February 1931 – 23Years 5 month's
23 March 1931 – 23 Years 5 months 25 days

Died at the age of 23 years, 5 months, 25 days for freedom of India..! DIED AT THE AGE OF 23 YEARS, 5 MONTHS, 25 DAYS..!! An age when India’s youth’s soul ambition is to get into a good job in a good company. But here was Bhagat Singh whose ambition was to see INDIA free and to give his life for the cause of Indian independence. It is such ambitions which needs to be percolated into today’s youth and most importantly into the SO CALLED ELDERS. If not, Our children will curse us when we enter our graves for what we have given them as INDIA. Same will their children curse their parents for not giving what they had received as INDIA..!!!

Here is an effort to portray a pictorial view of Bhagat Singh’s life….
Shahid Bhagat Singh's house : -

At the age of 11 years
At the Age of 17 years
Photograph of the staff and students of the National College, Lahore, founded in 1921 by Lala Lajpat Rai with a view to training students for the non-cooperation movement. Standing, fourth from the right, is Bhagat Singh, later to be executed by the British for his revolutionary activities
At the age of 20 years first police arrest 1927
At the age of 21+ years 1929

FIR in Urdu dated 8 April 1989, filed in Delhi, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt were arrested under section 3 & 4 of Explosive Substances Act

Bhagat Singh, a great reader and thinker was able to break the jail conditions, even when officially not allowed he was reading and writing but finally after long hunger strike got the right of reading & writing included in Jail Manuals Thus he maintained a note book of 404 pages and kept notes & quotes from the books he read. Here are few of these:

AIM OF LIFE -a page from Jail Note book

"The aim of life is no more to control the mind, but to develop it harmoniously; not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below; and not to realise truth, beauty and good only in contemplation, but also in the actual experience of daily life; social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy; universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity - of opportunity in the social, political and individual life." — from Bhagat Singh's prison diary, p. 124

I would consider this effort worthwhile if we stop blaming INDIA and do something actionable and good for INDIA!!

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Rajhashekher BC - raj
Sat, 2 October, 2010 4:52:42 PM

" This national ship { INDIAN SHIP } of ours, ye children of the Immortals, my countrymen, has been plying for ages, carrying civilization and enriching the whole world with its inestimable treasures. For scores of shining centuries this national ship of ours has been ferrying across the ocean of life, and has taken millions of souls to the other shore, beyond all misery. But today it may have sprung a leak and got damaged, through your own fault or whatever cause it matters not. What would you, who have placed yourselves in it, do now? Would you go about cursing it and quarrelling among yourselves! Would you not all unite together and put your best efforts to stop the holes? Let us all gladly give our hearts' blood to do this; and if we fail in the attempt, let us all sink and die together, with blessings and NOT CURSES ON OUR LIPS "

- Swami Vivakananda

“There is so much of good in the worst in us and so much of bad in the best of us ...That none of us have any right to criticize any of us"

Please find little time and listen to this speech. Immaculate might be a smaller word to confine the gravity with which it is being spoken.

DR BM Hegde- at Discon 2010- Part 1- Just Superb!

DR BM Hegde- at Discon 2010- Part 2- Just Superb!

DR BM Hegde- at Discon 2010- Part 3- Just Superb!

DR BM Hegde- at Discon 2010- Part 4- Just Superb!

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rajhashekher BC - Raj
Sun, 10 October, 2010 5:15:27 PM


In last two weeks we stand witness to two stupendous events. One, Current state of Karnataka polities and another celebration of AYUDHA POOJA. Both of these events are interlinked if seen from the perspective of INDIA. Why?

I was walking around in one the biggest books stores in Bangalore and noticed a book titled “WILL A IRON FENCE SAVE A TREE WHICH IS HOLLOWED BY TERMITE? {Written by Arun Shoerie } and got flabbergasted and fear stricken! Flabbergasted and fear stricken because what it means is “What is the use of incremental materialistic progress or defense preparedness on a global scale if the internal termites keep eating the soul of India!?”

The current state of Karnataka Polities stands as a constant reminder that not only does India posses threat from outside of the country in the form of our neighbours but also internal termites do exist in India. As we watched these internal termites hop from one resort to other using their perverted intelligence to buy and sell politicians; and both party representatives moving from one divine centre to other asking for… OR In fact one party representative pleading that his party should stay in Power and another party representative pleading that his party should come to Power. But these termites tend to forget the most famous statement of LORD BUDDHA: -

“SUN is mine, Earth is mine but fools don’t realize that even ME is not mine” FOOLS THEY ARE.....!!!

As a coincidence we celebrated AYUDHA POOJA couple of days back but unfortunately we tend to forget the essence for this day. AYUDHA POOJA means POOJA OF WEAPONS and not pooja of Lights, Fans, Computers and Vehicles…etc..etc..etc..For sure, day is not far off when India will need hands which can discreetly use these weapons against enemies both internal as well as intelligent external neighbors who having taken a piece of land from India has gifted a part of it to china, Well known as “Territory ceded by Pakistan to China in 1963” and claimed by INDIA.

Are we ready? If not, our next generations will curse us for not giving them what we had received from our previous generations; Same will there children curse there parents for what they had given them as INDIA ? INDIA is sinking geographilly and internal termites are eating the soul of india slowly as days go by us .....?!!!

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Rajhashekher BC - Raj
Sat, 23 October, 2010 3:46:24 PM

“Today I stand here and say, with the conviction of truth, that it is so. If there is any land on this earth that can lay claim to be the blessed Punya Bhumi, to be the land to which all souls on this earth must come to account for Karma, the land to which every soul that is wending its way Godward must come to attain its last home, the land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness, above all, the land of introspection and of spirituality — it is India”

- Swami Vivekananda


I get to meet and interact with a very large spectrum of people from all walks of life on a day to day basis. One thing which astounds me is the preconceived IGNORANT NOTION on Swami Vivekananda and his universal mission? Here is a copy of transcript from the book “THE LIFE OF VIVEKANANDA AND THE UNIVERSAL GOSPEL”- written by Romain Rolland which would help in clearing the preconceived ignorant notion which has creep into Indian minds on " Who Swami Vivekananda IS and what was his universal mission ?

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Rajhashekher BC - raj
Sat, 6 November, 2010 9:35:07 PM



THE great disciple whose task it was to take up the spiritual heritage of Ramakrishna and disseminate the grain of his thought-out the world, was both physically and morally his direct antithesis.

The Seraphic Master had spent his whole life at the feet of the Divine Beloved, The Mother – the Living God. He had been dedicated to Her from infancy; before he had attained self – consciousness he had the consiciousness that he loved her. And although, in order to rejoin Her, he had been condemned to years of torment, that was only after the manner of a knight-errant, the sole object of whose trials was to make him worthy of the object of his chaste and religious love. She alone, the multiple God, among the thousands of faces. And when he had reached her, he found that he had learnt to recognize all those other faces and to love them in Her, so that with Her he embraced the whole world. The rest of his life had been spent in the serene fullness of this cosmic Joy, whose revelation Beethoven and Schiller have sung for the West.

But he had realized it more fully than our tragic heroes. Joy appeared to Beethoven only as a gleam of blue through the chaos of conflicting clouds, while the Paramahamsa – the Indian Swan – rested his great white wings on the sapphire lake of eternity beyond the veil of tumultuous days.

It was not given to his proudest disciples to emulate him. The greatest of them, the spirit with the widest wings – Vivekananda – could only attain his heights by sudden flights amid tempests, which remind me over and over again of Beethoven. Even in moments of rest upon its bosom the sails of his ship were filled with every wind that blew. Earthly cries, the sufferings of the ages fluttered round him like a flight of famished gulls. The passions of strength { never of weakness } were striving within his lion’s heart. He was energy personified, and action was is message to men. For him, as for Beethoven, it was the root of all the virtues. He went so far in his aversion to passivity, whose secular yoke weighs so heavily on the patient bovine brow of the East, as to say, “ Above all, be strong, be manly! I have a respect even for one who is wicked, so long as he is manly and strong; for his strength will make him some day give up his wickedness, or even give up all work for selfish ends, and will then eventually bring him into the Truth. “

His athletic form was the opposite of the fragile and tender, yet wiry body of Ramakrishna. He was tall { five feet, eight and a half inches }, square – shouldered, broad-chested, stout, rather heavily built; his arms were muscular and trained to all kinds of sports. He had an olive complexion, a full face, vast forehead, and strong jaw, a pair of magnificent eyes, large, dark, and rather prominent, with heavy lids, whose shape recalled the classic comparison to a lotus petal. Nothing escaped the magic of his glance, capable equally of embracing in its irresistible charm, or of sparkling with wit, irony, or kindness, of losing itself in ecstasy, or of plunging imperiously to the very depths of consciousness and of withering with its fury. But his per-eminent characteristic was kingliness. He was a born king and nobody ever came near him either in India or America without paying homage to his majesty.

When this quite unknown young man of thirty appeared in Chicago at the inaugural meeting of the Parliament of Religions, opened in September 1893, by Cardinal Gibbons, all his fellow – members were forgotten in his commanding presence. His strength and beauty, the grace and dignity of his bearing, the dark light of his eyes, his imposing appearance, and from the moment he began to speak, the splendid music of his rich deep voice enthralled the vast audience of American Anglo-Saxons, previously prejudiced against him on account of his colour. The thought of this warrior prophet of India left a deep make up on the United States.

It was impossible to imagine him in the second place. Where he went he was the first. Even his master Ramakrishna, in a vision which I have related, represented himself with regard to his beloved disciple as a child beside a great Rishi. It was in vain that Vivekananda refused to accept such homage, judging himself severely and humiliating himself – everybody recognized in him at sight the leader, the anointed of God, the man marked with the stamp of the power of command. A traveler who crossed his path in the Himalayas without knowing who he was, stopped in amazement, and cried, “ Shiva!...”

It was as if his chosen God had imprinted His name upon his forhead.

But this same forehead was weather – beaten like a crag by the four winds of the spirit. He very rarely realized the calm air, the limpid spaces of thought whereupon Ramakrishna’s smile hovered. His super-powerful body and too vast brain were the predestined battlefield for all the shocks of his storm-tossed soul. The present and the past, the East and the West, dream and action, struggled for supremacy. He knew and could achieve too much to be able to establish harmony by renouncing one part of his nature or one part of the truth. The synthesis of his great opposing forces took years of struggle, consuming his courage and his very life. Battle and life for him were synonymous. And his days were numbered. Sixteen years passed between Ramakrishna’s death and that of his great disciple…..years of conflagration….He was less then forty years of age when the athlete lay stretched up the pyre….

But the flame of that pyre is still alight today. From his ashes, like those of the Phoenix of old, has sprung anew the conscience of India – the magic bird – faith in her unity and in the Great Message, brooded over from Vedic times by the dreaming spirit of his ancient race – the message for which it must render account to the rest of mankind.

" India is not a developing country but a DEVELOPED COUNTRY " " INDIA is not an emerging country but an EMERGED COUNTRY "

At last we got to hear what we wanted to here…Or Should I say what INDIA was trying to say from past 64 years of independence.

" India is not a developing country but a DEVELOPED COUNTRY " " INDIA is not an emerging country but an EMERGED COUNTRY ", These were for sure not my words but the words which was said by Barack Obama during his address to the joint session of INDIA’S parliament. Below is transcript for the same speech …………"

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Rajhashekher BC - Raj
Tue, 9 November, 2010 1:07:18 AM


Text of US President Barack Obama's address to the joint session of India's parliament made at its Central Hall on Monday:

Mr. Vice President, Madame Speaker, Mr. Prime Minister, Members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, and most of all, the people of India.

I thank you for the great honor of addressing the representatives of more than one billion Indians and the world's largest democracy. I bring the greetings and friendship of the world's oldest democracy-the U.S.A, including nearly three million proud and patriotic Indian Americans.

Over the past three days, my wife Michelle and I have experienced the beauty and dynamism of India and its people. From the majesty of Humayun's Tomb to the advanced technologies that are empowering farmers and women who are the backbone of Indian society.

From a Diwali celebration with schoolchildren to the innovators who are fueling India's economic rise. From the university students who will chart India's future, to you-leaders who helped to bring India to this moment of promise.

At every stop, we have been welcomed with the hospitality for which Indians have always been known. So to you and the people of India, on behalf of me, Michelle and the American people, please accept our deepest thanks. Bahoot dhanyavad.

I am not the first American president to visit India. Nor will I be the last. But I am proud to visit India so early in my presidency. It is no coincidence that India is my first stop on a visit to Asia, or that this has been my longest visit to another country since becoming President.

For in Asia and around the world, India is not simply emerging; India has already emerged. And it is my firm belief that the relationship between the United States and India-bound by our shared interests and values-will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century. This is the partnership I have come here to build. This is the vision that our nations can realize together.

My confidence in our shared future is grounded in my respect for India's treasured past-a civilization that has been shaping the world for thousands of years. Indians unlocked the intricacies of the human body and the vastness of our universe. And it is no exaggeration to say that our information age is rooted in Indian innovations-including the number zero.

India not only opened our minds, she expanded our moral imagination. With religious texts that still summon the faithful to lives of dignity and discipline. With poets who imagined a future "where the mind is without fear and the head is held high." And with a man whose message of love and justice endures-the Father of your Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

For me and Michelle, this visit has therefore held special meaning. Throughout my life, including my work as a young man on behalf of the urban poor, I have always found inspiration in the life of Gandhiji and in his simple and profound lesson to be the change we seek in the world. And just as he summoned Indians to seek their destiny, he influenced champions of equality in my own country, including a young Martin Luther King. After making his pilgrimage to India a half century ago, Dr. King called Gandhi's philosophy of non-violent resistance "the only logical and moral approach" in the struggle for justice and progress.

So we were honored to visit the residence where Gandhi and King both stayed-Mani Bhavan. We were humbled to pay our respects at Raj Ghat. And I am mindful that I might not be standing before you today, as President of the United States, had it not been for Gandhi and the message he shared with America and the world.

An ancient civilization of science and innovation. A fundamental faith in human progress. This is the sturdy foundation upon which you have built ever since that stroke of midnight when the tricolor was raised over a free and independent India. And despite the skeptics who said that this country was simply too poor, too vast, too diverse to succeed, you surmounted overwhelming odds and became a model to the world.

Instead of slipping into starvation, you launched a Green Revolution that fed millions. Instead of becoming dependent on commodities and exports, you invested in science and technology and in your greatest resource-the Indian people. And the world sees the results, from the supercomputers you build to the Indian flag that you put on the moon.

Instead of resisting the global economy, you became one of its engines-reforming the licensing raj and unleashing an economic marvel that has lifted tens of millions from poverty and created one of the world's largest middle classes.

Instead of succumbing to division, you have shown that the strength of India-the very idea of India-is its embrace of all colors, castes and creeds. It's the diversity represented in this chamber today. It's the richness of faiths celebrated by a visitor to my hometown of chicago more than a century ago - the renowned SWAMI VIVEKANANDA. He said that, " HOLINESS, PURITY AND CHARITY ARE NOT THE EXCLUSIVE POSSESSIONS OF ANY CHURCH IN THE WORLD, AND THAT EVERY SYSTEM HAS PRODUCED MEN AND WOMEN OF THE MOST EXALTED CHARACTER."

And instead of being lured by the false notion that progress must come at the expense of freedom, you built the institutions upon which true democracy depends-free and fair elections, which enable citizens to choose their own leaders without recourse to arms; an independent judiciary and the rule of law, which allows people to address their grievances; and a thriving free press and vibrant civil society which allows every voice to be heard. And this year, as India marks 60 years with a strong and democratic constitution, the lesson is clear: India has succeeded, not in spite of democracy; India has succeeded because of democracy.

Just as India has changed, so too has the relationship between our two nations. In the decades after independence, India advanced its interests as a proud leader of the nonaligned movement. Yet too often, the United States and India found ourselves on opposite sides of a North-South divide and estranged by a long Cold War. Those days are over.

Here in India, two successive governments led by different parties have recognized that deeper partnership with America is both natural and necessary. In the United States, both of my predecessors-one Democrat, one Republican-worked to bring us closer, leading to increased trade and a landmark civil nuclear agreement.

Since then, people in both our countries have asked: what next? How can we build on this progress and realize the full potential of our partnership? That is what I want to address today-the future that the United States seeks in an interconnected world; why I believe that India is indispensable to this vision; and how we can forge a truly global partnership-not in just one or two areas, but across many; not just for our mutual benefit, but for the world's.

Of course, only Indians can determine India's national interests and how to advance them on the world stage. But I stand before you today because I am convinced that the interests of the United States-and the interests we share with India-are best advanced in partnership.

The United States seeks security-the security of our country, allies and partners. We seek prosperity-a strong and growing economy in an open international economic system. We seek respect for universal values. And we seek a just and sustainable international order that promotes peace and security by meeting global challenges through stronger global cooperation.

To advance these interests, I have committed the United States to comprehensive engagement with the world, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. And a central pillar of this engagement is forging deeper cooperation with 21st century centers of influence-and that includes India. This is why I believe that India and America are indispensable partners in meeting the challenges of our time.

Since taking office, I've therefore made our relationship a priority. I was proud to welcome Prime Minister Singh for the first official state visit of my presidency. For the first time ever, our governments are working together across the whole range of common challenges we face. And let me say it as clearly as I can: the United States not only welcomes India as a rising global power, we fervently support it, and we have worked to help make it a reality.

Together with our partners, we have made the G20 the premier forum for international economic cooperation, bringing more voices to the table of global economic decision-making, including India. We have increased the role of emerging economies like India at international financial institutions. We valued India's important role at Copenhagen, where, for the first time, all major economies committed to take action to confront climate change-and to stand by those actions. We salute India's long history as a leading contributor to United Nations peacekeeping missions. And we welcome India as it prepares to take its seat on the United Nations Security Council.

In short, with India assuming its rightful place in the world, we have an historic opportunity to make the relationship between our two countries a defining partnership of the century ahead. And I believe we can do so by working together in three important areas.

First, as global partners we can promote prosperity in both our countries. Together, we can create the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future. With my visit, we are now ready to begin implementing our civil nuclear agreement. This will help meet India's growing energy needs and create thousands of jobs in both our countries.

We need to forge partnerships in high-tech sectors like defense and civil space. So we have removed Indian organizations from our so-called "entity list." And we'll work to reform our controls on exports. Both of these steps will ensure that Indian companies seeking high-tech trade and technologies from America are treated the same as our closest allies and partners.

We can pursue joint research and development to create green jobs; give Indians more access to cleaner, affordable energy; meet the commitments we made at Copenhagen; and show the possibilities of low-carbon growth.

Together, we can resist the protectionism that stifles growth and innovation. The United States remains-and will continue to remain-one of the most open economies in the world. And by opening markets and reducing barriers to foreign investment, India can realize its full economic potential as well. As G20 partners, we can make sure the global economic recovery is strong and durable. And we can keep striving for a Doha Round that is ambitious and balanced-with the courage to make the compromises that are necessary so global trade works for all economies.

Together, we can strengthen agriculture. Cooperation between Indian and American researchers and scientists sparked the Green Revolution. Today, India is a leader in using technology to empower farmers, like those I met yesterday who get free updates on market and weather conditions on their cell phones. And the United States is a leader in agricultural productivity and research. Now, as farmers and rural areas face the effects of climate change and drought, we'll work together to spark a second, more sustainable Evergreen Revolution.

Together, we're going to improve Indian weather forecasting systems before the next monsoon season. We aim to help millions of Indian farming households save water and increase productivity; improve food processing so crops don't spoil on the way to market; and enhance climate and crop forecasting to avoid losses that cripple communities and drive up food prices.

Because the wealth of a nation also depends on the health of its people, we'll continue to support India's efforts against diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and as global partners, we'll work to improve global health by preventing the spread of pandemic flu. And because knowledge is the currency of the 21st century, we'll increase exchanges between our students, colleges and universities, which are among the best in the world.

As we work to advance our shared prosperity, we can partner to address a second priority-our shared security. In Mumbai, I met with the courageous families and survivors of that barbaric attack. And here in this Parliament, which was itself targeted because of the democracy it represents, we honor the memory of all those who have been taken from us, including American citizens on 26/11 and Indian citizens on 9/11.

This is the bond we share. It's why we insist that nothing ever justifies the slaughter of innocent men, women and children. It's why we're working together, more closely than ever, to prevent terrorist attacks and to deepen our cooperation even further. And it's why, as strong and resilient societies, we refuse to live in fear, we will not sacrifice the values and rule of law that defines us, and we will never waver in the defense of our people.

America's fight against al Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates is why we persevere in Afghanistan, where major development assistance from India has improved the lives of the Afghan people. We're making progress in our mission to break the Taliban's momentum and to train Afghan forces so they can take the lead for their security. And while I have made it clear that American forces will begin the transition to Afghan responsibility next summer, I have also made it clear that America's commitment to the Afghan people will endure. The United States will not abandon the people of Afghanistan-or the region-to the violent extremists who threaten us all.

Our strategy to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and its affiliates has to succeed on both sides of the border. That is why we have worked with the Pakistani government to address the threat of terrorist networks in the border region. The Pakistani government increasingly recognizes that these networks are not just a threat outside of Pakistan-they are a threat to the Pakistani people, who have suffered greatly at the hands of violent extremists.

And we will continue to insist to Pakistan's leaders that terrorist safe-havens within their borders are unacceptable, and that the terrorists behind the Mumbai attacks be brought to justice. We must also recognize that all of us have and interest in both an Afghanistan and a Pakistan that is stable, prosperous and democratic-and none more so than India.

More broadly, India and the United States can partner in Asia. Today, the United States is once again playing a leadership role in Asia-strengthening old alliances; deepening relationships, as we are doing with China; and we're reengaging with regional organizations like ASEAN and joining the East Asia summit-organizations in which India is also a partner. Like your neighbors in Southeast Asia, we want India to not only "look East," we want India to "engage East"-because it will increase the security and prosperity of all our nations.

And as two global leaders, the United States and India can partner for global security-especially as India serves on the Security Council over the next two years. Indeed, the just and sustainable international order that America seeks includes a United Nations that is efficient, effective, credible and legitimate. That is why I can say today-in the years ahead, I look forward to a reformed U.N. Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.

Now, let me suggest that with increased power comes increased responsibility. The United Nations exists to fulfill its founding ideals of preserving peace and security, promoting global cooperation, and advancing human rights. These are the responsibilities of all nations, but especially those that seek to lead in the 21st century. And so we look forward to working with India-and other nations that aspire to Security Council membership-to ensure that the Security Council is effective; that resolutions are implemented and sanctions enforced; and that we strengthen the international norms which recognize the rights and responsibilities of all nations and individuals.

This includes our responsibility to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Since I took office, the United States has reduced the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, and agreed with Russia to reduce our arsenals. We have put preventing nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism at the top of our nuclear agenda, and strengthened the cornerstone of the global non-proliferation regime-the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Together, the United States and India can pursue our goal of securing the world's vulnerable nuclear materials. We can make it clear that even as every nation has the right to peaceful nuclear energy, every nation must also meet its international obligations-and that includes the Islamic Republic of Iran. And together, we can pursue a vision that Indian leaders have espoused since independence-a world without nuclear weapons. This leads me to the final area where our countries can partner-strengthening the foundations of democratic governance, not only at home but abroad.

Now, in a new collaboration on open government, our two countries are going to share our experience, identify what works, and develop the next-generation of tools to empower citizens. And in another example of how American and Indian partnership can address global challenges, we're going to share these innovations with civil society groups and countries around the world. We're going to show that democracy, more than any other form of government, delivers for the common man-and woman.

As the world's two largest democracies, we must also never forget that the price of our own freedom is standing up for the freedom of others. Indians know this, for it is the story of your nation. Before he ever began his struggle for Indian independence, Gandhi stood up for the rights of Indians in South Africa. Just as others, including the United States, supported Indian independence, India championed the self-determination of peoples from Africa to Asia as they too broke free from colonialism. And along with the United States, you've been a leader in supporting democratic development and civil society groups around the world. This, too, is part of India's greatness.

Every country will follow its own path. No one nation has a monopoly on wisdom, and no nation should ever try to impose its values on another. But when peaceful democratic movements are suppressed-as in Burma-then the democracies of the world cannot remain silent. For it is unacceptable to gun down peaceful protestors and incarcerate political prisoners decade after decade. It is unacceptable to hold the aspirations of an entire people hostage to the greed and paranoia of a bankrupt regime. It is unacceptable to steal an election, as the regime in Burma has done again for all the world to see.

Faced with such gross violations of human rights, it is the responsibility of the international community-especially leaders like the United States and India-to condemn it. If I can be frank, in international fora, India has often avoided these issues. But speaking up for those who cannot do so for themselves is not interfering in the affairs of other countries. It's not violating the rights of sovereign nations. It's staying true to our democratic principles. It's giving meaning to the human rights that we say are universal. And it sustains the progress that in Asia and around the world has helped turn dictatorships into democracies and ultimately increased our security in the world.

Promoting shared prosperity. Preserving peace and security.

Strengthening democratic governance and human rights. These are the responsibilities of leadership. And, as global partners, this is the leadership that the United States and India can offer in the 21st century. Ultimately, however, this cannot be a relationship only between presidents and prime ministers, or in the halls of this parliament. Ultimately, this must be a partnership between our peoples. So I want to conclude by speaking directly to the people of India watching today.

In your lives, you have overcome odds that might have overwhelmed a lesser country. In just decades, you have achieved progress and development that took other nations centuries. And now you are assuming your rightful place as a leader among nations. Your parents and grandparents imagined this. Your children and grandchildren will look back on this. But only you-this generation of Indians-can seize the possibility of this moment.

As you carry on with the hard work ahead, I want every Indian citizen to know: the United States of America will not simply be cheering you on from the sidelines. We will be right there with you, shoulder to shoulder. Because we believe in the promise of India. And we believe that the future is what we make it.

We believe that no matter who you are or where you come from, every person can fulfill their God-given potential, just as a Dalit like Dr. Ambedkar could lift himself up and pen the words of the Constitution that protects the rights of all Indians.

We believe that no matter where you live-whether a village in Punjab or the bylanes of Chandni Chowk…an old section of Kolkata or a new high-rise in Bangalore-every person deserves the same chance to live in security and dignity, to get an education, to find work, and to give their children a better future.

And we believe that when countries and cultures put aside old habits and attitudes that keep people apart, when we recognize our common humanity, then we can begin to fulfill the aspirations we share. It's a simple lesson contained in that collection of stories which has guided Indians for centuries-the Panchtantra. And it's the spirit of the inscription seen by all who enter this great hall: ‘That one is mine and the other a stranger is the concept of little minds. But to the large-hearted, the world itself is their family."

This is the story of India; it's the story of America-that despite their differences, people can see themselves in one another, and work together and succeed together as one proud nation. And it can be the spirit of the partnership between our nations-that even as we honor the histories which in different times kept us apart, even as we preserve what makes us unique in a globalized world, we can recognize how much we can achieve together.

Thank you, Jai Hind!, and long live the partnership between India and the United States."

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WORK AND ITS SECRETS By Swami Vivekananda { LosAngles,California, January 4, 1900 }

One of the greatest lessons I have learnt in my life is to pay as much attention to the means of work as to its end. He { Sri Ramakrishna } was a great man from whom I learnt it, and his own life was a practical demonstration of this great principle. I have been always learning great lessons from that one principle, and it appears to me that all the secret of life is there; to pay as much attention to means as to the end.

Our great defect in life is that we are so much drawn to the ideal, the goal is so much more enchanting so much more alluring, so much bigger in our mental horizon, that we lose sight of the details altogether.

But whenever failure comes, if we analyse it critically, in ninety nine percent of cases we shall find that it was because we did not pay attention to the means. Proper attention to the finishing, strengthening of the means is what we need. With the means all right, the end must come. We forget that it is the cause that produces the effect; the effect cannot come by itself; and unless the causes are exact, proper, and powerful, the effect will not be produced. Once the ideal is chosen and the means determined, we may almost let go of the ideal, because we are sure it will be there, there is no more difficulty about the effect . The effect is bound to come. If we take care of the cause, the effect will take care of itself. The realization of the ideal is the effect. The means are the cause : attention to the means, therefore, is the great secret of life. We also read this in the Gita and learn that we have to work , constantly work with all our power ; to put our whole mind in the work. Whatever it be, that we are doing. At the same time, we must not be attached. That is to say, we must not be drawn away form the work by anything else; still, we must be able to quit the work whenever we like.

If we examine our own lives, we find that the greatest cause of sorrow is this : we take up something, and put our whole energy on it - perhaps it is a failure and yet we cannot give it up. We know that is hurting us, that any further clinging to it is simply bringing misery on us; still, we cannot tear ourselves away from it. The Bee came to sip the honey, but its feet stuck to the honey pot and it could not get away. Again and again, we are finding ourselves in that state. That is the whole secret of existence. Why are we here? We came here to sip the honey, and we find our hands and feet sticking to it. We are caught, though we came to catch. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life. We are being worked upon by other minds, and we are always struggling to work on other minds. We want to enjoy the pleasures of life; and they eat into our vitals. We want to get everything from nature, but we find in the long run that nature takes everything from us - depletes us , and casts us aside.

Had it not been for this, life would have been all sunshine. Never mind! With all its failures and success. With all its joys and sorrows, it can be one succession of sunshine, if only we are not caught.

That is the one cause of misery: we are attached, we are being caught. Therefore says Gita: Work constantly; work, but be not attached; be not caught. Reserve unto yourself the power of detaching yourself from everything, however beloved, however much the soul might yearn for it, however great the pangs of misery you fee if you were going to leave it; still, reserve the power of leaving it whenever you want. The weak have no place here, in this life or in any other life. Weakness leads to slavery. Weakness leads to all kinds of misery, physical and mental. Weakness is death. There are hundreds of thousands of microbes surrounding us, but they cannot harm us unless we become weak, until the body is ready and predisposed to receive the. There may be a million microbes of misery, floating about us. Never mind! They dare not approach us, they have no power to get a hold on us, until the mind is weakened. This is the great fact: strength is life, weakness is death.

Attachment is the source of all our pleasures now. We are attached to our friends, to our relatives; we are attached to our intellectual and spiritual works; we are attached to external object, so that we get pleasure form them. What, again, brings misery but this very attachment? We have to detach ourselves to earn joy. If only we had the power to detach ourselves to earn joy. If only we had power to detach ourselves at will, there would not be any misery. That man alone will be able to get the best of nature, who having the power of attaching himself to a thing with all his energy, has also the power to detach himself when he should do so. The difficulty is that there must be power to attachment as that of detachment. There are men who are never attracted by anything. They can never love, they are hard hearted and apathetic; they escape most of the miseries But the wall never feels misery, and the wall never loves, is never hurt; but it is the wall, after all. Surely it is better to be attached and caught, than to be a wall. Therefore the man who never loves, who is hard and stony, escaping most of the miseries of life, escapes also its joys. We do not want that. That is weakness, that is death.

That soul has not been awakened that never feels weakness, never feels misery. That is a callous state. We don't want that. At the same time, we not only want this mighty power of love, this mighty power of attachment, the power of throwing our whole soul upon a single object, loosing ourselves and letting ourselves be annihilated, as it were, for other souls which is the power of gods. The perfect man can put his whole soul upon that one point of love, yet he is unattached. How come this? There is another secret to learn.

The beggar is never happy. The beggar only gets a dole with pity and scorn behind it, at least with the thought behind that the beggar is a low object. He never really enjoys what he gets.

We are all beggars. Whatever we do we want a return. We are all traders. We are traders in life, we are traders in virtue, we are traders in religion. And alas! we are also traders in Love.

If you come to trade, if it is a question of give and take, if it is a question of buy and sell, abide by the laws of buying and selling. There is a bad time and there is a good time; there is a rise and a fall in prices: always you expect the blow to come. It is like looking at the mirror. Your face is reflected: you make a grim face there is one in the mirror; if you laugh, the mirror laugh. This is buying and selling, giving and taking.

We get caught. How? Not by what we give, but by what we expect. We get misery in return for our love; not form the fact that we love, but from the fact that we want love in rerun. There is no misery where there is no want. Desire, want, is the father of all misery. Desire are bound by the laws of success and failure. Desires must bring misery.

The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish man, is the most successful. It seems to be a paradox. Do we not know that every man who is unselfish in life gets cheated, gets hurt? Apparently, Yes. "christ was unselfish, and yet he was crucified." True, but we know that his unselfishness is the reason, the cause of a great victory the crowning of millions upon millions of lives with the blessings of true success.

Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what your have to give; it will come back to you but multiplied a thousand fold but the attention must not be on that. Yet have the power to give: give, and there it ends. Learn that the whole of life is giving. that nature will force you to give. So give willingly. Sooner of later your will have to give up. You come into life to accumulate. With clenched hands you want to take. But nature puts a hand on your throat and makes your hands open. Whether your will it on not, you have to give. The moment you say, "I will not". the blow comes; you are hurt. None is there but will be compelled, in the long run, to give everything. And the more one struggles against this law, the more miserable one feels. It is because we dare not give, because we are not resigned enough to accede to this grand demand of nature, that we are miserable. The forest is gone, but we get heat in return. The sun is taking up water from the ocean, to return it in showers. Your are a machine for taking and giving: you take, in order to give. Ask, therefore, nothing in return; but the more you give, the more will come to you. The quicker it will be filed up by the external air; and if you close all the doors and every aperture, that which is within will remain, but that which is outside will never come in, and that which is within will stagnate, degenerate, and become poisoned. As river is continually emptying itself into the ocean and is continually filing up again. Bar not the exit in to the ocean. The moment you do that , death seizes you.

Be, therefore, not a beggar; be unattached. This is the most terrible task of life! You do not calculate the dangers on the path. Even by intellectually recognizing the difficulties, we really don't know them until we feel them. From a distance we may get a general view of a park; well, what of that? We feel and really know it when we are in it. Even if our every attempt is a failure and we bleed and torn asunder, yet, through all this, we have to preserve our heart we must assert our God head in the midst of all these difficulties. Nature wants us to react, to return blow for blow, cheating for cheating, lie for lie, to hit back with all our might. Then it requires a super divine power not to hit back, to keep control, to be unattached.

Every day we renew our determination to be unattached. We cast our eyes back and look at the past object of our love and attachment, and feel how every one of them made us miserable. We went down into the depths of despondency because of our "love"! We found ourselves mere slaves in the hands of others, we were dragged down and down! And we make a fresh determination: "Henceforth, I will be master of myself; henceforth, I will have control over myself." But the time comes, and the same story once more! Again the soul is caught and cannot get out. The bird is in a net, struggling and fluttering; This is our life.

I know the difficulties. Tremendous they are, and ninety percent of us become discourage and lose heart, and in our turn, often become pessimists and cease to believe in sincerity, love, and all that is grand and noble. So , we find men who in the freshness of their lives have been forgiving, kind, simple, and guileless, become in old age lying masks of men. Their minds are a mass of intricacy. There may be a good deal of external policy, possibly. They are not hot headed they do not speak, but it would be better for then to do so; their hearts are dead and, therefore, they do not speak, They do not curse, not become angry; but it would be better for them to be able to be angry; a thousand times better , to be able to curse. They cannot. There is death in the heart, for cold hands have seized upon it, and it can no more act, even act, even to utter a curse, even to use a harsh word.

All this we have to avoid; therefore I say, we require super divine power. Super human power is not strong enough. Super divine strength is the only way, the one way out. By it alone we can pass through all these intricacies, through these showers of miseries, unscathed. We may be cut to pieces , torn asunder, yet our hearts must grow nobler an nobler all the time.

It is very difficult , but we can overcome the difficulty by constant practice. We must learn that nothing can happen to us, unless we make ourselves susceptible to it. I have just said, no disease can come to me until the body is ready; it does not depend alone on the germs , but upon a certain predisposition which is already in the body. We get only that for which we are fitted. Let us give up our proud and understand this, that never is misery undeserved, There never has been a blow undeserved: there never has been evil for which I did not pave the way with my own hands. We ought to know that every blow you have received, came to you because you prepared yourselves for it. You did half, and the external world did the other half: that is how the blow came. That will sober us down. At the same time, from this very analysis will come a note of hope, and the note of hope is: " I have no control of external world, but that which is in me and nearer unto me, my own world, is in my control. If the two together are required to make a failure, if the two together are necessary to give me a blow, I will not contribute the one which is in my keeping; and how then can the blow come? If I get real control of myself, the blow will never come."

We are all the time, form our childhood, trying to lay blame upon something outside ourselves. We are always standing up to set right other people, and not ourselves. If we are miserable, we say, "Oh, the world is a devil's world." We curse others and say, "What infatuated fools!" But why should we be in such a world, if we really are so good? If this is a devil's world, we must be devils also; why else should we be here? "Oh, the people of the world are so selfish!" True enough, but why should we be found in that company, if we be better? Just think of that.

We only get what we deserve. It is a lie when we say, the world, is bad and we are good. It can never be so. It is terrible lie we tell ourselves. This is the first lesson to learn: be determined not to curse anything outside, not to lay the blame upon any one outside, but be a man, stand up. Lay the blame on yourself. You will find, that is always true. Get hold of yourself.

If it not a shame that at one moment we talk so much of our manhood , of our being gods that we know everything, we can do everything, we are blameless. spotless, the most unselfish people in the world; and at the next moment a little stone huts us, a little anger makes "these gods" miserable! Should this be so if we are such gods? Is if true that the world is to blame? Could God , who is the purest and the noblest of should, be made miserable by any of our tricks? If you are of unselfish, You are like God. What world can hurt you? You would go through the seventh hell unscathed, untouched,

But the very fact that you complain and want to lay the blame upon the external world shows that you feel the external world the very fact that you feel shows that you are not what you claim to be. You only make your offence greater by heaping misery upon misery, By imagining that the external world is hurting our , and crying out, "Oh , this devil's world! This man hurts me; that man hurts me!" and so forth. It is adding lies to misery.

We are to take care of ourselves that much we can do and give up attending to others for a time. let us perfect the means; the end will take care of itself. For the world can be good and pure, only if our lives are good and pure. It is an effect, and we are the means. Therefore, let us purify ourselves. Let us make ourselves perfect.

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Rajhashekher BC - Raj
Sat, 13 November, 2010 11:27:38 PM