Wednesday, September 22, 2010


What America would have done if it found out overnight that Osama Bin Laden has constructed his memorial at the erstwhile WTC site?

Part I – Formation of Nation and Civilization

I have a strong belief that there are different states of consciousness, and levels within these states. This belief keeps getting augmented as I read our scriptures. Wisdom is just an offshoot of consciousness. Humans are in certain state of consciousness. There are obviously different levels of consciousness in it. Each person according to his level of consciousness perceives things before him. Tries to answer the questions that crop before him. Tries to face the problems. At each level of consciousness, it is an endeavor of the human race to enrich the level of consciousness or mental ability. At each level of consciousness there is a limit to which he can think, collate and comprehend. He cannot go beyond that. To go beyond, he will have to go to the next level of consciousness. The moment he goes to higher level of consciousness, there is a paradigm shift in his perception. His thoughts become more inclusive and tolerant. The scope widens. He becomes more liberal in his thoughts. This change in perception and accompanying change in the outlook would not have been possible staying in the earlier level of consciousness.

Talking of consciousness here is a poem written by Jalal ud-Din ar-Rumi in thirteenth century – a Persian poet.

I died a mineral and became a plant.

I died a plant and rose an animal.

I died an animal and I was man.

Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

Yet once more I shall die as a man, to soar

with the blessed angels; but even from angel hood

I must pass on. All except God perishes.

When I have sacrificed my angel soul,

I shall become that which no mind ever conceived.

O let me not exist! For Non-Existence proclaims,

“To HIM we shall return”

Our scriptures have always professed this idea and much beyond like the idea of “Sarve Santu Sukhinaha, Sarve Santu Niramaya, Sarve Santu Pashyanti, Ma Sarvavidh Bhavanti” or concept of “Sarva Bhutahitarth”. This concept is more comprehensive and inclusive than “Sarva Dharma Samabhav” as it not only incorporates all religions but also all life styles, all ways of leading life, atheists, agnostic people and people who don’t owe any allegiance to any school of thought and above all includes non living things also. The concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” is far older than the word “Global Village”, which is just a century old.

When human beings attain such a level of consciousness, then for him the notion of different countries and nations becomes a triviality, because now he thinks about the mankind – saints belong to this level of consciousness. They do not remain anchored to a religion, don’t remain shackled in the realism of a country or a nation. Saints identify themselves with the whole world. Whole universe belong to them. The saint’s religion becomes religion of ‘humanity’. For him, the meaning of ‘nation’ is ‘mankind’. For him then there are no neibouring countries, there are no enemy nations. This is a sign of saint hood. How many of us have achieved this level of consciousness?? These people with advanced level of consciousness are but miniscule of the population cross-section of a country at any given time. The majority of the humanity has not reached that level of consciousness and therefore they cannot comprehend the concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”. If humans with such average level of consciousness have to progress, it has to be gradual and commensurate to their abilities. These humans make small groups, called societies and civilizations. The concept of nationhood emerged from this need of grouping the human societies into smaller parts so that these smaller parts called nations start their destiny to evolve the consciousness of its subjects. The civilizations or nations take on the responsibility of developing their part and so contribute towards overall development of the humanity. The nations in their journey of developing superior consciousness, refine their culture, become progressive and bring clarity into their national policies. This happens because the world has got divided into different nations. So though the goal and aim is to have “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” the road towards that goal passes through individual development of nations. Some times contradictions are felt on the surface like a crust of snow on the river surface, but beneath there is a smooth flow of the river of progress towards the final goal of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”.

The saints who profess to the idea of “Global Village” or “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” when preaching to the commoners or average people with limited human consciousness, then would like to preach in the language which can be comprehensible to the commoners. Even if it may be a trivial subject for these saints, they still preach about the concept of religion, rituals, Bhakti and Nationhood. We can find many examples. Ramdas Swami during 16th century exhorted Raja ShivChatrapati to establish a Hindavi Samarajya against Muslim invaders and atrocities of the then Muslim kings. Guru Govind Singh espoused Sikh religion against Muslim and foreign invaders. Our national leaders during freedom struggle actively influenced the aam janata to take up violent and non violent movements against British Raj. The concepts have different meanings and connotations to people with different consciousness. For saints it doesn’t really matter, the struggle for independence or freedom; as for them these are small trivialities. Had these saints and higher conscious people preached the same concept then we would have by now become a British colony, our identity would have permanently merged with Britishers (though not colour!) and wealth transferred to them like the immense wealth already plundered by them during British Raj days. It is like the organizers of a sports event. In a game of football, for the organizers both the sides are equal. For the organizers, rather than the result of the game, the conduct of the game is important. It matters a little to the organizer who is the ultimate winner of the game. It is not the same for the captains of the team. For them the respective team is important. Progress cannot be achieved without competition. The captains of the team must have a killer instinct to win a game. If the mental make up of the captain of the team becomes same to that of the organizers then, the game would become dull and there will not be any display of skill. The organizer and the team captains should play their role to have a perfect game. Same is the case with the saints and people with higher consciousness.

Hence the concept of nationhood is profound if we want our civilization to progress. To make a country alive, to keep people united by a thread of common beliefs, common traditions, common culture and history – religion is an important binder. Our religion or way of life – evolved over thousands of years from the basic fundamental vedic concepts of “atmanbrahma jagan mithya” and applied practically for saints and people with higher consciousness to follow this school of thought as “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “Sarva Bhute hitartha” or Dnyanmarga or Sankhyamarga. For the saints and people with higher conscience don’t see God in Idols. They are not idol worshippers. They connect with nirgun. The same vedic concepts when applied to commoners but with slightly more evolved consciousness to follow as Karmayog. These are idol worshippers. Finally to commoners who are not yet evolved there is a ritualistic religion, dictates and Bhaktimarg to follow. The basic and fundamental principle remains same. In the present age one can say that the philosophy espoused in veda’s is akin to the binary code in zeros and one in the computer. The concept of zeros and ones is surprisingly close to the concept of advait as explained in the Upanishads and Brahma sutras. Concepts of “Vasudhaiava Kutumbakam” is like assembly language of the computer and the rituals and religious dictates for commoners is like various applications as accessible to the common computer users. Such profound thinking was the basis of Hindu religion or more appropriately way of life. In fact there was never a mention that this way of life is called “Hindu” by our scriptures. We always believed in ‘this way of leading a life’. This ‘way of life’ is earlier to the concept of religion. It is no surprise then that in any of the sacred scriptures such as Vedas, Upanishads, Brahmhasutras or Gita – Hindu word has not mentioned. In fact for many years this word was not known to our people, only when invaders started calling us by this word we have started using it. That does not mean we were at fault for not naming our religion. The people had taken it as a way of life and there being no other invasions and no exposure to other religions of that time, there was no need felt to identify this ‘way of life’ by a name. At that time in history, there were no major religions developed. There were great civilizations – like Egyptians, Mangolians, Roman, Greek, Hispanic, etc there was no need to name any of these as separate religions. The concept of religion came much afterwards. Probably the great civilization living beyond Hindukush ranges or beyond Sindhu river was called as ‘Hindus’. The word Sapthasindhu has got a mention in Vedas, depicting the seven perennial rivers flowing that time including river Saraswati. In Persian language ‘Sa’ becomes ‘Ha’ and there is a thought that Sindhu therefore became as Hindu on normal linguistic corruption. Other wise our religion used to be called by names such as ‘Sanatan Dharma’, “Ishta Dharma” or “Vedic Dharma”. Now it can be argued that since this name has not been originated by us and given by others, whether it should be accepted or rejected. This can be debated till the cows come home without result. Rather than wasting time we should accept it and move forward. Like wise many would argue that rather than now harping upon Ram Janmabhomi, we must accept the Babri Masjid and move on. Yes there is merit in this thought. We should make peace with the History. By accepting the fait accompli with grace, we not only save on time and move forward but also save lot of blood letting and reduce animosity amongst two religions. For that matter this argument then should have been taken to more logical end by accepting the British rule in India and our freedom fighters should not have wasted their time in awakening the people of India against the British Raj. This was not done for two reasons. First reason is - A great nation should not suffer because of apathy or non awareness of the masses. The feeling of compromising the sovergnity of a nation is insulting. It must be understood that, no country with imperialistic intentions come to rule the other country for developing it. Britishers did not come to do social service here. East India Company was a Special Purpose Vehicle to achieve a well thought out plan. Primary reason to rule the country was to create more jobs for their people, to get loot from the country which is ruled and to make their nation more prosperous. If while doing all these, the ruled country achieves some progress, then it is a byproduct, it was just a means but never an end to the ruling country.

Part II – Curse of Ashwathama

All know the history that the great invader Mohammad Babur invaded India in the 15th century AD. It is a common knowledge to the basic student of History that there is ample evidence to show that all Muslim invaders and plunderers after the loot defaced Hindu temples and razed them to the ground. It is a basic tactic of any invader – in order to psychologically gain an upper hand on the invaded society, destroy the revered symbols so as to give the invaded society a psychological shock and leave them broken. It was always a practice of the conqueror, in order to prove its superiority the symbols of reverence were demolished and vanquished had to face this brunt. Even if our country was not united at that point of time, the various regions in this peninsula were bound by a common thread of ‘Hindu’ way of life. There were many attempts to unite the regions by various satraps at that time. The most successful being Chandragupta Maurya engineered by Chanakya. They were successful in cementing these vast regions of Bharatwarsh. The period was such that none of the great countries were united as they are now. Each country had its own period of clashes, wars and battles. Although historical boundaries were established, political boundaries of many countries were not established. India or Bharatwarsh had its historical boundaries established beyond doubt. Political boundaries were yet to get crystallized. The Bharatwarsh was manifested by the people leading similar way of life.

Even if for a while we believe that there was no temple existed at the place of Babri Masjid, the fact still remains that Babur was an invader who invaded this country in the year 15th century and to any true Indian this was a direct insult on their civilization, country and nationhood. It warrants same type of reaction from Indians as was meted out to the imperialistic Britishers leading to an end of the British rule. The ouster of Britishers was possible only because of concerted effort put in by the people of India. It was the direct result of assertion by Indian national will. In the case of invader Babur, this national will is missing. It is missing because of three reasons. First reason is that some Indians don’t know the history because of general apathy towards history – The fact that Babur was an invader, an outsider who invaded our land, our country and insulted our nationhood is just not known to many. Second reason is some of us - even though are well aware of history don’t want to consider Babur as an invader and therefore an outsider as then there will be no other option left but to give up the claim of the land as no Indian will support an invader and would want to have a tomb of the invader for the people to remember in the posterity. Therefore very conveniently they forget that Babur was from the same school of imperialistic invaders as Mohammad Ghori, Alexander (who faced a stiff resistance from Pauras and ultimately died on his way to Greece) or waves of Shak (around 100 BC), Hun (around 400 AD) and Kushans (around 50-100 AD) which came from the eastern frontiers of this land. After all Babur, is not our national heartthrobs like Ram, Krishna, Rahim or Kabir. The third reason is that the matter of faith is in the court of law. There is a dual between mythology and history. In India there are many historical facts which have become myths over a period of thousands of centuries as our ‘way of life’ is very old. There were no records of history kept in those times. History was never officially documented nor was there any necessity felt at that time. The history though which was never documented some how was kept alive from many folklores, many legends that got evolved over a period of time. The lines between the history and mythology have blurred. The epics Ramayana and Mahabharata were actually an earlier attempt in documenting the history in a different form. Ramayana and Mahabharata are the silken borders of our cultural fabric. These silk borders have made our fabric unique. The neo secularists have started cutting these silken borders and we are getting carried away. All this is being done only to be politically right. Only to be relevant politically and to get the votes.

Can anybody tell what good did Babur do for our country so that he should be remembered and revered by the way of the mosque which was any way built just to prove his imperialistic success at that time in the history over northern part of India.

What America would have done if it found out overnight that Osama Bin Laden has constructed his memorial at the erstwhile WTC site? Will it forget history and make peace with history and let it remain there? For the coming American generations to accept that Osama Bin Laden was a powerful personality who terrorized USA in 21st century or it would like to correct the insult inflicted upon by the terrorist called Osama Bin Laden? To make peace with history in such matters means to teach the coming generations to accept national insult mutely. To make them swallow their national pride. Tomorrow people would become disinterested and indifferent to the enemy incursions from our western or eastern boundaries. Where is the religion coming in here? This is something of national interest, a correction of nation for the insult inflicted upon it by some bigot. It is unfortunate that, Babur, a Bigot was a Muslim who inflicted an insult on our nation.

Making peace with history at the cost of swallowing national insult? At the cost of Teaching indifference and turning our Indians and citizens of India into mute spectators for any insult that may be heaped on us in future? We must understand that national pride is very expensive and it doesn’t come cheap. Here is the list of how this great country has already made peace with History.

- Bharatwarsh is witness to divisions from its historical boundaries in the form of Pakistan, Bangladesh, POK and Aksai Chin and various other incursions over the years because of complacency, indifferent attitude towards nationhood and political compulsions. We have made peace with History in accepting these incursions and divisions.

- Thousands of HINDU temples and worship places were destroyed and demolished during various invasions by the Muslim invaders. We the citizens of India have made peace with this fact and are keeping quiet to move forward. If Islamic bigotry could blast Bamyan Buddhas in the age of television in the 21st century, are we to believe that religiously inspired temple-destruction didn’t happen in medieval India?”

- Wakf board has 3rd largest land after Railways and Defense. We have made peace with it and accepted the fact.

- It is unfortunate that a prominent road in New Delhi is named after Aurangzeb, the most ruthless and cruel of the many ruthless and cruel Muslim rulers, oppressor and mass-murderer of Hindus. What are we as a nation doing about it? Majority citizens of this country have already made peace with history or are numb to the insults inflicted upon our nation.

Our country, India with the present political boundaries - is what is left after the divisions of Bharat. What is wrong then if we as citizens of India yearn for a national will to preserve and resurrect the historical symbols of faith and beliefs of this great country? If we don’t preserve and resurrect then nobody from outside is interested in preserving and resurrecting these symbols. What is wrong in having a strong desire to correct the illness and malaise of complacency which almost destroyed our Nationhood and ‘way of life’?

To punish ourselves for our extreme complacency, let the ‘remains’ at the disputed site remain in the shape as it is now. So that we Indians are always made to remember the cost of complacency when waves after waves of invasions and invaders after invaders like Mohammad Ghoris and Baburs were tearing our fabric, we did not give them a united fitting reply at that time and as a result we are faced with numerous problems. The manifestations of these problems are now staring at us in different forms, from Babri Masjid to large scale terrorism witnessed in every part of our country. From infiltration to Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The mind set of extreme and illogical tolerance has led to this situation. So to remind ourselves, let the site remain as it is like the unhealing wound on Ashwathama’s head due to a curse by Lord Krishna in Mahabharata – till the NATIONAL WILL awakes.


Thursday, September 16, 2010


This is the definition of AFSPA as taken from WIKIPEDIA for your information please. Remember Armed forces would become sitting ducks if this is not there!!!!!

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), was passed on September 11, 1958 by the Parliament of India.[1] It conferred special powers upon armed forces in what the language of the act calls "disturbed areas" in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. It was later extended to Jammu and Kashmir as the The Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990 in July 1990.[2]

According to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), in an area that is proclaimed as "disturbed", an officer of the armed forces has powers to:

"Fire upon or otherwise use force, even to the causing of death, against any person who is acting in contravention of any law" against "assembly of five or more persons" or possession of deadly weapons.

To arrest without a warrant and with the use of "necessary" force anyone who has committed certain offenses or is suspected of having done so

To enter and search any premise in order to make such arrests.

It gives Army officers legal immunity for their actions. There can be no prosecution, suit or any other legal proceeding against anyone acting under that law. Nor is the government's judgment on why an area is found to be "disturbed" subject to judicial review.

- AFSPA is an act of Parliament. If govt wants to withdraw the AFSPA from J&K (or any other part of the union) then Army should not be deployed for internal security matters. Let Army concentrate on their basic task of defending the boundaries of the nation against foreign aggression. Let CRPF and the police do the job of internal security and maintenance of law and order. If Army is called for internal security then AFSPA is required.

Monday, September 13, 2010

मराठी भाषीकांसाठी

हनुमानाचा शाप व त्यावर उतारा – भाग २

माणसाचा स्वभाव हा जात्याच ‘पोझेसीव’ असतो. म्हणजे हे माझे, हे मी मिळवले आहे, माझी गोष्ट अशी असावी, मी मग असे करीन – अशी वाक्ये आपण नेहमी ऐकतो ते हेच दर्शवतात. मग भारतात राहणा-या हिंदु मनाला ह्या गोष्टीची जाणीव निर्माण करुन दिली पाहीजे की ही जी महान संस्कृती म्हणजेच विचारसरणी त्याला लाभली आहे ती त्याची स्वतःची आहे. ती त्याच्या पुर्वजांनी स्वतः संपादन केली आहे. ती त्याच्या साठीच, आयुष्य सुकर करणारी व प्रेरणादायी विचारसरणी आहे. ह्याच विचारसरणीने आज ह्या देशाला इतर देशांपेक्षा वेगळे केले आहे. ह्याच विचारसरणीने, सगळ्या भारतियांना विचार बंधांनी बांधलेले आहे. ह्या विचारसरणीत एवढी शक्ती आहे की तिचा जर अवलंब केला तर, लोकांचे कल्याण होईल ह्याचा प्रत्यय आज हजारो वर्षे आपल्याला येत आलेला आहे.

आज भारतात अनेक वेगवेगळे रितिरीवाज आहेत – उत्तरे कडुन दक्षिणे पर्यंत व पुर्वे कडुन पश्चिमे पर्यंत. पण प्रत्येकाला माहीत आहे की आपण वेगळे नाहीत. कारण मनाच्या कोप-यात वा अंतर मनात दडलेले असते की आपली विचारसरणी म्हणजेच धर्म एक आहे, व हा एवढा एक व एकच दुवा पुरा आहे लोकांची मनं बांधून ठेवायला. पहा ही कल्पना नुसती मनाच्या कोप-यात असल्यानीच केवढे कार्य केले आहे, त्याचीच जर प्रत्येकाला जाणीव झाली तर त्यातूनच केवढी मोठी सांघीक शक्ती निर्माण होईल. हीच शक्ती प्ररणा देते की आम्ही एक आहोत. हा देश आमचा आहे. ही विचारसरणी टिकवण्यास व प्रगल्भ करण्यास आम्ही कटीबद्ध आहोत. आम्हाला आमच्या विचारसरणीचा म्हणजेच हिंदुत्त्वाचा अभीमान आहे. हे आमचे आहे. आमच्या देशाला काही अपयश आले तर नामुष्की आमची स्वतःची होणार आहे. देश यशस्वी झाला तर यश माझे आहे. माझा भारत बलाढ्य झाला पाहीजे, कारण माझी विचारसरणी, माझी संस्कृती, माझी इच्छा प्रबळ आहे. हजारो वर्षांच्या परंपरेतून तावून सुलाखून निघालेली आहे. विचारसरणी पक्की आहे, खोटी आमच्या कडुनच आहे. पण हे सगळे आपल्या विचार धारणेवर विश्वास नसला तर मुळीच होणार नाही. म्हणूनच प्रत्येक हिंदु मनाला आपण हिंदु आहोत ह्याचा आभिमान पाहीजे व तो योग्य त-हेने प्रगट करता आला पाहीजे हे महत्वाचे. हिंदु धर्माचा अभिमान बाळगणे व तो योग्य त-हेने प्रगट जर करायचा तर आपल्याला खालील सुत्र अंमलात आणावी लागतील. ती सुत्र अशी आहेत.

- आपल्या व आपल्या भोवतालच्या लहान मुलांना योग्य वळण लावणे व जागृत करणे, राष्ट्रव्रती बनवणे.

- अहंभाव कमी करणे.

- राष्ट्र सुधार कार्यात नेहमी अग्रेसर राहणे.

- लाचखोरी व वित्तिय घोटाळ्यां पासुन स्वतः दुर रहाणे व दुस-याला परावृत्त करणे.

- आपल्यातले कला, नैपुण्य सतत वाढवणे व छंद जोपासाणे. शरीराला व्यायामाची सवय ठेवणे.

- कामाच्या चागल्या सवयी लावुन घेणे. तसेच कोणच्या ही कामाची व काम करणा-यांची उपेक्षा टाळणे.

- नितीमत्ता व चांगल्या आचारणांचा वापर सतत करणे.

- टोकाच्या आवडी-निवडी टाळणे. छांदीष्टपणा टाळणे व स्वतः बद्दलची कीव कमी करणे.

- दुरदर्शी बनायचा प्रयत्न करा व स्वतःचे विचार उत्तम, उदात्त व उत्तुंग बनवा.

- आपल्या धर्मातल्या चागल्या नियमांचे पालन काटेकोरपणे करणे.

ही सुत्र जो अमलात आणतो तो हिंदु हा राष्ट्रव्रती असतो. ही सुत्रे आपल्या हिंदुधर्मात वेळोवेळी व वेगवेगळ्या संतांनी, स्मृती, श्रुतीं मधुन निर्देशांच्या रुपाने आधिच अस्तित्वात आहेत. येथे फक्त देश काल पात्राच्या मर्यादेत राहुन एकत्र केली आहेत. हेच हिंदुत्त्व, हेच राष्ट्रव्रत. राष्ट्रव्रताच्या दहा सुत्रांचे आकलन होण्या करता ती सुत्र काय आहेत ती पाहूया.

- आपल्या व आपल्या भोवतालच्या लहान मुलांना योग्य वळण लावणे व जागृत करणे, राष्ट्रव्रती बनवणे. हे प्रत्येक हिंदुत्त्ववाद्याचे म्हणजेच राष्ट्रव्रत्याचे कर्तव्य असले पाहीजे. आपल्या राष्ट्राला अग्रेसर बनवणारी अशी लहान मुलेच मशाली ठरणार आहेत. त्याना हिंदु असण्याची कल्पना व देशाला प्रगतीपथावर नेण्यासाठी लागणारी विचारांची योग्य सामुग्री त्यांच्या बालपणीच बालकडु म्हणुन द्यायला हवी. हे साध्य करण्यासाठी काही रुपरेषा दिल्या आहेत –

• लहान मुलांना कामाचे मह्त्व शिकवावे. कोणचे ही काम खालच्या दर्जाचे नसते. काम करणा-यांची उपेक्षा करणे घातक असते. त्यांच्या मनात ठसवा की ज्याना काम मिळाले आहे ते खरोखरीच नशीबवान आहेत.

• त्यांच्यात स्वछतेची जाणीव जागवा. स्वतःची स्वछता व सार्वजनिक स्वछतेचे मह्त्व रुजवा. सार्वजनिक स्थळे घाण करणे म्हणजे अतिशय निचतेचे वागणे आहे हे पटवा.

• वहानांचे योग्य नियम शिकवा व ते पाळायला शिकवा.

• मुलांना रांगेत उभे राहण्याचे मह्त्व बिंबवा. आपल्या देशाचे नियम पाळायची सवय लावा. नियम पाळणे वा न पाळणे हे कोणी बघताय वा बघत नाही ह्या वर अवलंबून असायला नको. नियमां विरुद्ध अर्ज करणे व नियम का पाळला नाही त्याला कारणे देणे आपल्यात भिनले आहे ते थांबवायची गरज आहे. लहानांना हे पटवले पाहीजे की नियम न पाळणे ह्यात काही शहाणपण नाही. माणसाचे थोरपण तेव्हाच कळते जेव्हा तो नियम पाळुन यशस्वी होतो.

• लहानांना व्यायामाचे मह्त्व शिकवा. सुर्यनमस्कार शिकवा. निटनेटकेपणा अंगी बाणायला शिकवा. कोणचीही गोष्ट चांगल्या त-हेने सादर करायची कला आत्मसात करायची सवय लावा.

• आपल्या देशाच्या मालमत्ते चे रक्षण करायची सवय लावा. विरोध जरी प्रदर्षित करायचा झाला तरी वहाने जाळुन व कोणच्याही प्रकारची नासधुस करुन प्रदर्षित करता कामा नये ह्याची शिकवण लहालपणापासुन द्या.

• थुंकायची सवय चांगली नाही हे मनात बिंबवा.

• छोट्या छोट्या गोष्टीत आनंद घ्यायला शिकवा. टोकाच्या आवडी निवडी सोडायला शिकवा. त्यानी त्यांचे पुढचे आयुष्य आनंदी व प्रसन्न होण्यास मदत होईल.

• सकाळी लवकर उठण्याचे मह्त्व शिकवा. जो सकाळी लवकर उठतो त्याला दुस-यां पेक्षा जास्त वेळ मिळतो.

• लहान मुलांन मध्ये मिसळा. त्यांच्या बरोबर संध्याकाळी खेळ खेळा. जर लहान वयात मुलांना नुसते मोकळे सोडले तर मुलं वाईट सवयी पटकन धरतात. नाहीतर गणकयंत्रावर लहानपणीच विविध हानीकारक खेळ खेळायचा वाईट नाद लागतो मुलांना. त्यामुळे त्यांची मनोवृत्ती विकृत बनु शकते वा शारिरीक प्रगती खुंटते. जर का आसपास खेळायचे मैदान नसेल तर त्यांच्याकडुन पळायचा व्यायाम करवुन घ्या. सुर्यनमस्कारांचे मह्त्व पटवुनद्या व त्यांच्या कडुन सुर्यनमस्कार घालुन घ्या.

o लहान मुलांमध्ये कसे मिसळायचे व त्यांना जागृत कसे करायचे ह्याचे थोडक्यात वर्णन करत आहे.

 साधारणपणे दररोज १ तास लहानांना मध्ये घालवायचा प्रयत्न करावा. लहानात मिसळा तुम्हीही आनंदी बनाल. तुमच्या आवडी नुसार व वेळेच्या उपलब्धते नुसार वेळापत्रक करावे. पण जे ठरवाल त्यात नियमीतता असली पाहीजे.

 पहीला अर्धा तास व्हॉली बॉल, फुट बॉल सारखे मैदानी खेळ असावेत. ह्या खेळांनी एकमेकांमधले सामंजस्य वाढते, मुलांची शारिरीक प्रगती होते आणि दमायला होते. लहान मुलांनी खेळ खेळुन दमायलाच पाहीजे. पुढची १५ मिनीटे, त्याना एखादी गोष्ट सांगा. ही गोष्ट अशी निवडा कि ज्या पासुन जिवनाबद्दल चांगले धडे शिकायला मिळतील. ती गोष्ट, पुर्वीच्या आपल्या भारतवर्षाच्या उज्वल काळातली असु शकते, आपल्या इतिहासातल्या झालेल्या चुका असु शकतात, आपल्या स्वातंत्र्य लढ्या बद्दलच्या गोष्टी असु शकतात, किंवा एखादी आपल्या स्वातंत्र्योत्तर काळातील भारत पाक लढ्यातली गोष्ट असु शकते. किंवा एखाद्या थोर लेखकाने लिहीलेली गोष्टही असु शकते.

 पुढची १५ मिनीटे मुलांना हल्लीच्या ज्वलंत प्रश्नांबद्दलची माहीती करुन द्यावी. त्यांना त्याचा विचार करुन त्या प्रश्नांवर उत्तरे शोधायची सवय लावावी. लोकांपुढे बोलायची सवय लावावी. सभे पुढे बोलायचे धैर्य वाढवावे.

 हा एक तास तुम्ही जेवढा नीट आखाल तेवढा त्याचा फायदा मुलांच्यात योग्य जागृती होण्यात होईल. मुलांमध्ये तुमचा मेळ बरोबर बसला पाहीजे तरच मुले तुम्हाला मित्र समजुन, किवा तुमचा आदर करुन चांगल्या सवयी उचलतील.

हे करताना आपल्याला स्वतःचा अहंभाव जरा बाजुला ठेवावा लागेल. मुलांना शिकवायची मनापासुन इच्छा व्हायला पाहीजे. कोठे मुले चुकताना दिसली तर, मला काय करायचे त्यांचे पालक बघुन घेतील ही भावना सोडुन देऊल मुलांची चुक दुरुस्त करायचा प्रयत्न करावा लागेल. मुलांना चुक समजावुन द्यावी लागेल व पालकांनीही उगाचच मुलांची बाजु घेण्याचे टाळले पाहीजे. हातुन झालेल्या चुकांचा मुलांना पश्चाताप होणे हे चांगले लक्षण आहे ते जोपासले पाहीजे. ज्याला पश्चाताप होतो तो चुका सुधारु शकतो.

- अहंभाव कमी करणे. ब-याच वेळेला आपला अहंभाव कृती करण्याच्या आड येतो. आपल्यातल्या अहंभावामुळे ब-याचवळेला कृती कराविशी वाटुन सुद्धा गोंधळ उडण्या सारखे भरपुर प्रश्न आपल्या समोर उभे ठाकतात. कधी वाटते – माझा दर्जा, माझी ‘पोझीशन’ पाहुन मी का म्हणुन असले काम करु? कधी मनात येते, मी कशाला त्या मुलाला शिकवू किंवा चुका काढु? – कारण, तो मुलगा ज्या घरातला आहे त्याच्याशी आपले फार काही जिव्हाळ्याचे संबंध नाहीत. कधी कोणी आपल्या राष्ट्रासाठी छान कल्पना पुढे ठेवली तर मी मदत तर सोडाच पण साधा पाठींबा पण देणार नाही. बाजुला होऊन गंम्मत बघेन. फारच झाले तर, मला जर श्रेय मिळणार असेल तर मग विचार करीन. आपण जेव्हा आपल्याकडे कामकरणा-यांच्या मुलांना शिकवत असु, किंवा एखाद्द्या दारिद्र्यरेषे खालच्या घरातल्या मुलांना शिकवत असु तेव्हातर प्रामुख्याने आपल्या अहंभावावर नियंत्रण ठेवायला शिकले पाहीजे.

- राष्ट्र सुधार कार्यात नेहमी अग्रेसर राहणे. राष्ट्र जो पर्यंत समृद्ध होत नाही तो पर्यंत स्वतःचा व स्वतःच्या कुटूंबाचा सातत्त्याने विकास होणार नाही. हे ज्याला पटले तो आपोआपच राष्ट्र सुधार कार्यात अग्रेसर होईल. आपण स्वतःचा विकास जेव्हा आपले राष्ट्र निकोप, सुरक्षित व संघटीत होईल तेव्हाच ख-या अर्थाने करु शकु. आपल्या धर्मा मध्ये गरजुंची मदत नहमीच प्रतिपादीली आहे एवढेच नाही तर शास्त्रांमध्ये ती कशी करावी ह्यावर मार्मीक विवेचन आढळेल. शास्त्रे सांगतात, आपल्या मिळकतितील १० टक्के आपण गरजुंना द्यावेत, १० टक्के आपल्या वृद्ध पालकांवर व थोरांवर खर्चि घालावी, १० टक्के भविष्यासाठी साठवुन ठेवावी आणि बाकी उरलेली स्वतःवर व परिवाराच्या कल्याणार्थ खर्ची घालावी. ही काही काळ्या दगडावरची रेघ नव्हे – पण एक घालुन दिलेला पायंडा आहे. कोणाला गरजे नुसार, इच्छे नुसार, आपल्या शक्ति नुसार, आपल्या आत्म्याच्या प्रगल्भतेच्या स्तरानुसार, आपल्या आवडी नुसार त्या प्रमाणात कमी जास्त बदल करायचा असेल तर त्यात काही गुन्हा नाही, तो त्याने करावा. पण समाजासाठी असलेली आपली जबाबदारी ओळखावी एवढे समजले व त्याप्रमाणे वागले म्हणजे शास्त्रपालन झाले असे समजावे. स्वतःला असे करण्यात किती समाधान मिळेल ते बघा. स्वतःचा स्वभिमान वाढीस लागेल.

राष्ट्र सुधार कार्यात अग्रेसर व्हायचे तर काही सोप्या सहजच करता येण्या सारख्या गोष्टी आहेत.

- आपण एखाद्या गरजु विद्द्यार्थ्याला मदत करु शकता.

- जवळच्या असरकारी संघटनेत काम करु शकता.

- आपण जर वृद्ध असाल तर आजुबाजुच्या लहान मुला मुलींना गोष्टी सांगुन किवा गोष्टी सांगायला लावुन सभाधीट बनवा. तुमचा पण वेळ चांगला जाइल व लहानांना पण जाता जाता वळण लागेल.

- आपण जर गृहिणी असाल तर फावल्या वेळेत तुम्हला येणारी कोठली कला लहानांना शिकवता येईल. कला, गोष्टी, संगीत, गप्पागोष्टीतुन सुद्धा समाजोपयोगी चांगले गुण शिकले, शिकवले जाऊ शकतात.

- तुम्ही जर वैद्द्य किवा डॉक्टर असाल तर जवळच्या गरजु लोकांना सामाजिक स्वास्थ्या बद्दल सांगता येऊ शकेल व औषधेही देऊ शकाल.

- किती लिहु? तुम्ही तुमच्या कुवती प्रमाणे स्वतःच ठरवुन रामाच्या खारुटली प्रमाणे तुमचा वाटा उचलु शकता. थोडक्यात, आयष्यात एकातरी गरजु मुलासाठी देवमाणुस व्हायचा प्रयत्न करा व बघा किती अंतरिक समाधान प्राप्त होते ते.

ज्याना एवढेही जमणार नसेल त्यानी बाकीच्यांनी हाती घेतलेल्या कामात अडथळे न आणता त्यांना मनापासुन निदान चांगले आशिर्वाद तरी द्यावेत. काही गोष्टी ज्या सहज तुमच्या हातुन होऊ शकतात त्यां बद्दल आता लिहीत आहे.

- आपल्याला आवडेले असेल किवा नसेल पण आपले राष्ट्र वेगवेगळ्या भाषिक प्रांतात (राज्यात) विभागले गेले आहे. आ पल्या राष्ट्राने ह्या गोष्टीचा स्वीकार केला आहे. आपले राष्ट्र आपल्या राज्यांपेक्षा श्रेष्ठ असल्या कारणाने अंतरराज्य सिमेवरुन भांडणे उकरुन काढता कामा नयेत व असलेल्या मतभेदांना प्रोत्साहन देता कामा नयेत. कोठच्याही अशा मोहीमेला बळी पडु नका ज्याने राज्या राज्यां मध्ये कलह निर्माण होईल. तुमची उर्मी, तुमची शक्ती व तुमची बुद्धी ही आपल्या राष्ट्राच्या सिमा सुरक्षित कशा राहतील ह्यात लागल्या पाहीजेत. आपल्या सिमेला धरुन असणा-या प्रश्नांशी तुम्ही नेहमी जागरुक असले पाहीजे. कोणत्या सिमा अजुन निश्छित नाहीत, कोणच्या सिमेबाबत कोणच्या राष्ट्रांबरोबर वाद आहेत, घुसखोर कोठुन होत आहे, बांगलादेशी विस्थापितांचा लोंढा अजुन का येत आहे व आपला दश तो थांबवण्यासाठी काय करत आहे ईत्यादी.

- आपण नेहमी सतर्क असले पाहीजे आपल्या राष्ट्राची संपत्ती व नैसर्गीक साठे ह्यांच्या सुरक्षीतते कडे. नेहमी मुलांना व वाटचुकल्या तरुणांना राष्ट्रिय संपत्तीच्यानाषा पासुन परावृत्त केले पाहीजे. अशा कोठच्याही मोहीमेला आपला पाठींबा असता कामा नये कि जेणे करुन राष्ट्रिय संपत्तीला हानी पोहचेल. विरोध दर्शवायच्या सुद्धा चांगल्या पद्धती आहेत त्याचा वापर करावा. कोणत्याही कायद्या विरुद्ध किंवा सरकारी धोरणाचा विरोध करायचा असेल तर राष्ट्रिय संपत्तीला हानी न पोहचवता करा.

- अशा कोणत्याही मोहीमेला प्रोत्साहन व पाठींबा देऊ नका की जेणे करुन मंदीर, मस्जीद इत्यादी धर्मस्थळे दळणवळण केंन्द्रांवर व रस्त्यांमध्ये बांधायचा विचार आहे किंवा बांधली जात आहेत.

- लोकसंख्या वाढीमुळे उद्भवणारे प्रश्न अशिक्षित लोकांना समजावुन सांगा. संख्ये पेक्षा कस का चांगला ह्याचे महत्त्व समजवावे.

- आपल्या राष्ट्राबद्दल चागले विचार मनात नेहमी आणावे, तसेच आपल्या परिवाराबद्दल मनात चांगले विचार आणावे, आपल्या समाजाबद्दल मनात चांगले विचार आणावे. हे सर्वश्रुत आहे की सार्वजनिक प्रार्थनेचा खुप फायदा होतो. मन चांगले होते व आजुबाजुला चांगले वातावरण निर्माण होईला मदत होते. चांगल्या मनाने केलेली प्रार्थना देशासाठी उपायकारक ठरते.

- मतदान हे सगळ्यात मोठे आपले कर्तव्य आहे व लोकशाही टिकवण्याचे मुख्य साधन आहे. ते प्रत्येकाने आपला धर्म आहे अस समजुन पाळले पाहीजे.



Friday, September 3, 2010


Hindu Shruti(s) (ancient verses that were ‘heard’ by Sages, like Vedas and Upanishad(s)), Smruti(s) (ancient scripts that have been passed down over the ages by memory like Purana(s) and Manusmriti) and epics (like Ramayan and Mahabharata based on ancient history) all depict the cycle of creation and dissolution of the universe. The cycle is continuous. The creation starts during the dawn of the Brhamadeva day and the dissolution is complete by last quarter of the Brhamadeva night. We all know that by any scale of imagination this has to be a period of considerable magnitude and probably our unit of measurement of calendar years, months is very small to measure the period. This is similar to the units used for astronomical measurements like distance covered by light is measured in ‘light years’ to measure the distances between celestial bodies. The ancient ways to measure the time and period between creation and dissolution of the universe had the provision of different sets of units.

The period between the birth and death of the universe was measured in terms of the Brhamadeva’s one day, Brhamadeva’s one year, God’s one day and God’s one year and so on. The relationship between these units and our calendar or in terms of man’s day, man’s year is given in shruti(s) and smruti(s).

We all know that our Gregorian year consists of 365 days. According to the Hindu calendar it is around 360 days. Let us refer to Hindu calendar year. It has 12 months of thirty days each.

- Uttarayan (Vernal equinox to Summer Solstice) – Six months – 1 Ayan. – God’s 1 day.

- Dakshinayan (Autumnal equinox to Winter Solstice) – Six months – 1 Ayan – God’s 1 night.

- Therefore man’s 360 yrs is God’s 1 year.

Many man’s years make one god’s Yug. These are four yug(s). Namely Krutayug – which has 4000 god yrs, Tretayug – having 3000 god yrs, Dwaparyug – 2000 god yrs and Kaliyug – of 1000 god yrs. The start and end of one yug is not one after another, but it has some intermediate years before start and end of each yug (like dawn and dusk of the day). Kruta has 400 yrs before and after the yug, Treta has 300 yrs before and after the yug, Dwapar yug has 200 yrs and Kaiyug has 100 yrs. This gives another 2000 yrs for a group of four yug(s) totaling to 12000 god yrs (10000 yrs + 2000 yrs).

12000 god yrs covering these yug(s) means our 4,320,000 years. This is our Mahayug. God’s one yug consists of 12000 yrs. Now god’s such 71 yug makes one Manwantar. Each Manwantar has one ‘Manu’. Such 14 Manwantar(s) each having intermediate Kruta yug before and after each Manwantar (15 Kruta yug(s)) makes around 1000 god’s yug (4,320,000,000 man years). 1000 god yug(s) make one Kalpa. 1 Kalpa is one day of Brhamadeva and one more Kalpa means one night of Brhamadeva. It is this one day and night of Brhamadeva (8,640,000,000 yrs) is the life of the universe where one cycle of creation, sustenance and dissolution is completed. 200 Kalpa(s) makes one year of Brhamadeva. His life is around 100 Brahmadeva years that means 20000 Kalpa(s) means life of Brhamadeva. or 86,400,000,000,000 around 86 trillion, 400 billion years.

Today we are in the first day (Shvetavarah Kalpa) of the 51st Brhamadev year. In this Shvetavarah Kalpa, 6 Manvantar(s) have been finished and we are in the seventh ‘Vaivaswat’ Manwantar. Out of 71 Mahayug of Vaivaswat Manwantar, 27 Mahayug(s) are over and we are in 28th Mahayug. In this 28th Mahayug we have finished with three yug(s) (Kruta, Treta and Dwapar) and are in the 1st quarter of Kaliyug. In Shak (Hindu Calendar) 1821 (year 1899 as per Gregorian Calendar), 5000 yrs of Kaliyug has been over. If we convert the period of Kaliyug, it is of around 396000 yrs, and then around 390890 years are left for ‘Pralay’ (of Kaliyug). One can calculate the date of ‘Pralay’ in the present Kaliyug as depicted in the Purana(s). This ‘Pralay’ is a ‘local’ phenomenon if the life of universe is considered and is limited to ‘our’ world signifying end of one yug and entry into the next yug. This ‘Pralay’ may not be only in terms of natural calamity, this can be manifested as wars, broken societies, low level of civility and other man made or rather man authored calamities. In fact this is one way of ‘our’ world getting cleansed and ready for ‘next episode’.

These mind boggling figures shows the magnitude of the period between the creation and dissolution of the universe of which ‘our’ world may be just a miniscule part. Important questions emerge from these figures about the existence of the universe. Some are discussed here, some are left for pondering and some are open for scientific validation albeit with the limited wisdom of the existing man.

Shruti(s) are claimed to be uncreated, unoriginated, unwritten (by mankind) but manifested as visualization and insight of the sages by unknown and unmanifested. Therefore many times in shruti(s) there are proclaimations rather than explainations. Smriti(s) are evolved, adapted, thought and researched by the sages. Are these figures correct? This may be debated and validated but why these figures? Why not any other? Like there are 71 yug(s) and 14 Manwantar(s) may be just to bring the addition to 1000 yug(s). Then what about other figures and the names of all those Kalpa(s), Manwantar(s)? Was it just imagination of the sages? If it was just imagination then what was the purport? After all the Hindu Calendar also has 360 days (like Gregorian 365 days) and adhikmas to compensate for the shortfall of 5 days per year and to bring equanimity between solar and lunar months, which also corresponds to one revolution of the Earth round the Sun (Gregorian has a leap year with additional day).They could have just done away with saying – the period between the creation and dissolution of the universe is thousands of years instead of convoluted figures where attention gets diverted to these figures which ultimately point out to just – many years. Then there is reference of where we are in the present context in all these mind boggling figures when it is told that we are in Shvetavarah Kalpa and in the Vaivaswat Manwantar! This shows again and again our serious attempts at peeping deep in to the black hole called the origin of universe, its sustenance and ultimate dissolution. It shows the futility of time, projections and created mental and physical edifices as if they are permanent.

As per some of the studies on age, earth is around 4.7 billion years old. Error of 10 % (which could be a possibility) offsets it by half a billion years! The age of universe is around 13.75 billion years (as per studies). The studies are in the nascent stage and no comments are offered on accuracy and error margin.

BhagwadGita (VIII.18), Manusanhita (1.66-73), Mahabharat (Shantiparva 231) and Vishnupuran (1.3) refers.