Scenario 1: Journalist vs National Security
Scenario 2: Doctor vs Two Patients
Vedas are texts or scriptures that are known for delivering knowledge and instil wisdom in the people. The famous literature was written in Sanksrit, the language of Gods. Vedas are the real source of learning in every aspect of life. These ancient texts were first seen around 10,000 BC. Vedas were the knowledge shared by the greatest of Rishis to the people. Thus, the Vedas are incomparable and will always remain the best texts to guide mankind. Also, there was nothing called Hinduism in the olden days. All that the people would do was to worship nature. Everything that’s part of nature like Fire, Water, Air, Life, Cow, Tree, River, etc
As I had written in the ‘Gayatri Mantra’, it is understood that every tiny creature living on the planet and the solar system is all coming from the ‘Sun’. Without the element of ‘light’ which comes from the sun, there is no life. Again, nature worship was never replaced by anything for a long time. In all the yugas, the Kali Yuga is the one with the highest number of people worshipping the Gods and not nature. That’s where the disconnect lies. Unfortunately, the older texts called ‘Vedas’ which promote worshipping nature has lost their real meaning. Nowadays, worshipping is more for the gods and people but not nature.
Even after 12,000 years, Vedas are powerful and carry a unique position in the Indian land.
Hindus in India have embraced the Vedas and follow them in their daily rituals as well. Vedas are nothing but ‘Hymns’ by the greatest of Rishis to be born on the planet. They are called Sapt Rishis. These Sapt Rishis were responsible for spreading the knowledge and letting people acquire wisdom through them. Each hymn by a Sapt Rishi was collected and composed and classified into Vedas by Veda Vyasa. The character whom we know for writing Bhagavad-Gita.
Vedas have the solutions for many of our life problems but we just fail to see them. One mandatory lesson to learn from the Vedas is the Caste System. Caste System as per the Vedas was very different. There was never a reason to say one caste is upper and the other caste is lower. Vedas conveyed the caste of the person is purely dependant on his/her lifestyle and not by the birth. Like that we have many lessons to derive from Vedas for right living.
So, before being classified into four different Vedas, the hymns or mantras were more than 25,000. From there the Vedas were divided into four. They are:
Rig Veda – Rig Veda is believed to be the oldest one of the four Vedas. These oldest Vedas were filled with praise and prayers for the nature gods like Indra and Agni. This Veda is composed of as many as 10,000 mantras. You read the content in this Veda.
Yajur Veda – While the Rig Vedas was more in the form of Hymns. The Yajur Veda was the evolution or maybe we can call it as first stage interpretation. In Yajur Veda, we find most of the Rig Vedas are repeated but in a different shape. The Vedas are in form of ‘Yajna’ helping in worshipping and conducting rituals. Yajur Veda has about 1900+ mantras or Vedas. You recite the content in this Veda.
Sama Veda – Samaveda is the third most important Veda book from ancient India. Here as well the Rig Vedas hymns are recited in the form of songs or chants. This is why this Veda is also called as Book of Chants. You sing the content in this Veda.
Atharva Veda – Atharva Veda consists of the Vedas that help us in daily life. This Veda gives us all the knowledge on the various diseases, ailments, business activities and many more.
While the Vedas are almost known to many. There is more to Indian ancient texts. There are Upanishads, Aaranyakas and Vedangas. It is already wonderful to see a lot of information for me to acquire. To date, I have been concentrating on the Purana like Vishnu Puranam. From now, I will be trying to simultaneously understand the Vedas and the Puranas. It won’t be an easy task, but I take this as my lifetime goal to acquire the knowledge from the Vedas…
Forgive but don’t forget the mistakes. Do correct me wherever you feel it is needed!
India is eyeing and targeting a $5 trillion economy.
Let’s look at one important component that drives economic growth.
Let us now look at this economist’s favourite:
Can we eliminate the bad apples easily?
Taliban – 20 years – Taliban: What changed is the date, everything else remains the same!
The Taliban have seized the power in Afghanistan after completing the takeover of Parliament in Kabul 2 days ago. The forceful power-grabbing by the Taliban was likely but none expected it to be so quick. The Taliban emerged out of nowhere in the year 1994. The earlier version of the Taliban was the Mujahideen which bravely fought against the Soviet Union and pushed them away. After that defeat, the USSR got crumbled and divided into parts. The major agenda of free Afghanistan was achieved with the support of multiple countries. Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and America had together helped the Mujahideen.
Then came the next challenge of who will hold the power? Just like in any other free nation even in Afghanistan there was a bitter power fight. That’s when the powerful ‘Taliban’ took the centre stage and emerged as the biggest powerholder in the nation of Afghans. With the help of thousands of Talibs (students), the Taliban gained control over Afghanistan. Unlike any other free nation where the power struggle is natural, the issue in Afghanistan was the extreme ideology of the Taliban.
The Taliban never liked the idea of freedom and always vouched for ‘shariah’. The true way of living Islamic life (according to Talibans). There was a rapid upsurge in the recruitment of the Talibs due to the radicalisation of ‘Islam’. With every year the number of Talibs only went up. All the while the middle eastern countries like Iran, Saudi and South Asian Pakistan were fully backing the Taliban.
The twin tower attack led to the dismantling of the Taliban
The leader of the Taliban, Osama Bin Laden who was recruited by the USA for training Talibans came back to haunt them. The power obtained achieved by Talibans, yet it was a poor country with nothing other than people. The people were backwards and knew no means of making money. Taliban was seeking money and help from the Americans. But the cause didn’t suit the American needs and they denied any help. The Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden who had all his troops stationed in Afghanistan designed the plan to attack Twin Towers. We all know how the brutal attack on the twin towers brought humungous pain to America.
The attack on the twin tower not just did human loss but it had a devastating effect on the economy of the country. You know that if America’s economy is hurt, that automatically hits the world economy. Suddenly there was a rage of anger and fear. Americans didn’t expect such an attack. But they had to give it back, although it’s their seed which grew so strong that it hit with its branches.
After such a ghastly attack by Al-Qaeda, the American government ordered immediate war on terror and sent thousands of troops to Afghanistan to capture the perpetrators. Taliban was blamed for their support to Al-Qaeda and Americans desperately pushed the Talibans out of Afghanistan. But unfortunately, Talibans never left Afghanistan. There were continuous efforts by US Troops to push away the terror outfit Taliban. But it was just not possible.
There is no true friend – A random foreign diplomat….
Afghanistan’s Taliban was losing the ground? No, they found new friends in the form of Russia, China and anyways they have a true friend in Pakistan. With the help of the enemies of America, the allies of the Taliban, the fighters found new weapons and more funds. They would silently pick up the people out of the blue and slaughter. Journalists, foreigners especially Americans saw maximum deaths by Talibans.
The last time the Taliban ruled the nation for 5 years was from 1996 to 2001. A dark phase for every Afghan citizen. Women were tortured mentally, raped physically and used. Men were forced to join the Taliban army. There was no freedom and no sunshine. All that the Afghans wanted was peace, love and food to eat. Even the food from the United Nations was rejected and not allowed to enter the Nation. Everyone waited for the new dawn and somehow the US Troops invasion in 2001 helped in bringing down the Taliban. Let me say things again, just bring them down but not eliminate them.
India found a friend in Afghans, but one friend ‘Ghani’ came out to be Corrupt!
In all probability, the Taliban will bring back the rule that they enjoyed in the 5 years from 1996 to 2001. There are statements made by the Taliban of maintaining peace and upholding the rights of the people. But the close watchers of Afghanistan and the Taliban lifestyle don’t have even a 1% belief. President Ashraf Ghani has allegedly fled the country with dollars filled in his cars and chopper. While his tweets say he left only to avoid bloodshed, the timing doesn’t match to what he says. Reports do suggest that everything was pre-planned.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan feels the slavery has finally ended and the Taliban rule is the welcome thing. China is happy and extends a friendly hand to welcome the Taliban. Russia says the Taliban is good, Kabul much better under the Taliban. President Joe Biden said America’s mission is just a few days away from being accomplished.
But, the real trouble in all this is for India. India was never a party to this battle since the beginning. India did enter the Afghanistan territory only to support them and gifted them a parliament building. An Afghan-India friendship dam was another effort by India to tighten the relationship with the neighbours. Everything that India did was to extend friendship which the Taliban appreciates on paper. But they have also made it clear that they wouldn’t like India entering into issues of Afghanistan which will soon be the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan!!
The future is very uncertain for both the people of Afghanistan, the relationship between India and Afghanistan.
India will certainly have to be on its toes. We now have added an enemy in the form of the Taliban. Pakistan, the Taliban and China are all together and pose a real danger for India. To conclude though, the ever optimist person in me sees this moving in the direction of making India a superpower!!
One can say it was a successful campaign for India at Tokyo 2020. Especially after the kind of performances given by the Indian contingent in almost every game barring one or two huge disappointments. The hunt for ‘Olympic Gold’ finally came to an end after 13 long years. Thanks to Neeraj’s heroic javelin throw of 87.58 metres. Indian hockey team both Men and Women played exceptionally. While the Men’s team clinched Bronze if not Gold, the Women’s team just missed by a whisker in winning Bronze. We must note that India sent its highest ever contingent to the summer games. A total of 124 athletes participated in 18 sports. Whereas there are a totally of 33 sports. We can conclude here that India couldn’t participate in 15 sports.
We have been celebrating the success of a handful of athletes for the last few days. No doubt this achievement by the Indian contingent calls for celebration. But it also calls for introspection like never before. Right when the games were still on, we have heard controversies on multiple sides. Much was expected from Archery and Shooting. But both sports didn’t even win a medal and there were issues discussed. Table Tennis player Manika Batra was refused to have a coach by her side. Celebrations are good, what about introspection? Olympics is never an easy stage to win medals. Having said that, it’s not impossible to win medals. When the countries like China, USA, Japan and UK can win medals. India can win too.
But will India win the number of medals that the Americans, Chinese or Japanese win?
As per me, the journey towards winning medals is composed of ‘economy’ and ‘psychology’. Yes, these are the subjects and more importantly social sciences. The economic status of the country is a vital aspect as it leads the people in participating or not participating in sports. A better economic state of the country will push funds in various departments. Be it health, sports, education etc. The expenditure on sports, education is directly proportionate to the number of athletes produced by the country. In the case of the USA, Japan, China and the other European nations, the sports expenditure by the respective countries is high. This is not the case with India. India stands as the 6th largest economy in the world. Going by that variable, India should finish in the top 20. This after considering India’s not so diverse sporting culture. That also doesn’t seem to be happening… good news is that India finished at the 48th position. India’s best finish in 41 years…
Now will increasing the sports and education expenditure increase the number of top athletes? Maybe not. This is where the other subject ‘psychology’ comes into the picture. Yes, money is the need of the hour for India to better its performance. Equally or maybe slighter highly important is the mindset of the athletes and the ones who train the athletes. Above everyone, the mindset of the nation’s people has to be corrected. Even today in 100 parents, 90 parents will not be ‘okay’ to send their kids to choose sports as their career. That may sound harsh but parents behave in certain ways because they have seen life. Because one among those parents always wanted to be a sportsperson but managed to do ‘nothing’. Nothing not because he or she was incapable but because the ‘incapables’ are judging the ‘capable’.
A change in the mindset will do a world of good for India and its chances in Paris 2024
There is no shortcut to success and it’s close to a miracle to ask India to win 30+ medals in the next Olympic games. But as they say, if there is a right vision and set goals, the job is half done. Unfortunately, India lacks just that. Aditi Ashok was not known to 99.9% of Indians till the last round of the golf event. Come the last day maybe 10% of Indians got acquainted with her name and the game she plays. There are multiple issues with the country but there is high potential for quick growth. Both in terms of economic growth and Olympic growth.
Incredible India needs visionary leadership. A path-breaking step that can cut down the corruption in sports. Better infrastructure and the unexplained love for cricket. The day India moves out of being obsessed with Cricket and participates in every sport is when we will see more Olympians who are medal winners. There has to be grass-root level changes in every sport. Pick the right talent, scout for the best players no matter what’s their background. Another thing that India must change is to treat ‘sports’ as entertainment or ‘time pass’ activity. There’s a lot to change and all that can change with one small change. A vision, a leader who is a true partisan of sporting culture…
Its someone who’s playing hide & seek,
Covid19 is the name,
By following rules, we can end the game!
Mask up & sanitize being so wise,
So that you are safe health-wise,
We may be 18+ or 45+,
Vaccination is the only +,
Which can make it 100+!
We have to fight the enemy untold,
Make sure you stand bold,
We wandered lonely as a cloud,
Let us wanderlust soon with the crowd!
Covid19 is the name,
By following rules, we can end the game!
I took the drive to the vaccination drive,
Took the vaccine and drove back to my cave.
Covaxin is the vaccine’s name,
Thus, I took a step to end the game!
SHEILD IT, XIN IT or NIK IT,
But Make Sure You JAB it!!
Covid-19 is the name!
By following rules, we can end the game!!
COVID19, a virus that emerged from China made an entry into our land in the early 2020s. We didn’t know its complications and the entire health sector got involved in finding out its whereabouts. We were forced to follow something unimaginable in India. Social Distancing, Masking and Sanitizing!
The bigger issue was to stay in our homes thanks to Lockdown in the entire nation. Everything seemed normal during the first lockdown in 2020 as the number of cases reported were lower. But as soon as lockdown got lifted, the cases number had gone up rapidly only to reach its peak at 90,000 plus cases per day. Thankfully the first lockdown helped us to be prepared and manage but the second wave came out of nowhere.
Even though there were signs of it, the wave was so strong that the caseload went to 4 lakhs plus within days, leaving out the shortages that the country faced which were inevitable, the good news was the approval of the vaccine. The vaccine was the most awaited event and it is still the biggest hope to get rid of the life-threatening Covid19. All the efforts of the scientists and health workers helped in developing vaccine much earlier than expected and today we have multiple candidates ready to get administered to the people…
Why Vaccine is important to defeat the virus?
The human body is not new to experiencing virus infections. Even before COVID19, our body was prone to different bacteria and virus but the saviour was the body itself. For example, we would never allow a stranger to come and stay in our home for a random purpose, we will do everything to stop the person from entering our home. But when we know that person, we accept him. Similarly, several viruses have entered into the human body and the body has found ways to accept them and fight them when required. But COVID19 is a stranger and the body is not willing to accept Corona Virus to find its place, a tough battle gets erupted and ultimately the Virus takes control and damages the body.
If the body has to control the virus, the solution is to get vaccinated. Because vaccine takes the trainer role in our body and trains the immune system to fight this virus. The much-required antibodies to defeat the virus are generated in the body. That’s how anyone on this planet and all those who are humans can defeat this virus.
If not for yourself, get the jab for your people!
Yes, the vaccine is the only way to save our lives and keep the vaccine away. But is that all? There is more…
Father is the hero of your life, but you are his hero. He doesn’t want to miss the chance of seeing you achieve great things in life and make him proud. Mother is that one person who’s by you for everything and wants only the best for you. She’s always thinking of making your favourite dishes and feeding you. Your elder brother is desperate to see you grow in life and wants to mentor you throughout. Little sister is just waiting for the chance to irritate and irk you every single time. All those festivals you celebrate and the memories that you create with family are priceless and nothing can match the joy of living in a happy family…
Understand, the vaccine that you have taken or will be taking is not just for yourself but for everyone who’s connected to you. Whether it is your family, friends, colleagues and even for that matter the country. There’s a lot of negativity around the vaccine. The vaccine hesitancy, the fights and whatnot. But that cant’ change the outcome of you infecting to COVID virus. But getting the jab will bring a change.
Do not hesitate, cherish this experience of getting vaccinated because pandemics don’t happen regularly and you won’t experience it again. So, rush to the nearest vaccination centre and get vaccinated to win the battle against the COVID19…
There was a time a year ago during pandemic and lockdown I used to write a lot about Vedas and the Indian rich heritage of the past. For some time now, I had taken a small break. Now, this week am coming back to ancient Indian culture again. Bharat is not just a country; it is an idea of life. A very important component of that idea of life is how people look at their mistakes. It explains a lot about their way of life during those times!
‘Prayascitta’ – a word that terrifies you when you hear it every time.
For a long time, this word is referred to as a negative one. Anyone who utters it will be seen as someone who had committed an unacceptable mistake and he or she has to be punished. Prayascitta is one of the most misunderstood words today. Many of us think that Prayascitta is punishment for the sins they committed. That’s not the truth. It is a process of penance by the person after the realisation of his or her mistake.
A mistake doesn’t mean sin and a mistake is always not a wrong thing.
Firstly, the feeling of negativity around the word Prayascitta should be erased from our heads. We need to connect Prayascitta to a positive feeling. Let me first define what is a mistake. Mistake as per the dictionary is something that’s done in a wrong way but not wilfully. It’s an act that happens out of misguiding or misjudging or miscommunication. So, whenever you make a mistake there’s no reason to feel sad or broken rather you have to realise and correct it by doing something right.
The definition of mistake is completely different from person to person. Moreover, a person who believes in the concept of ‘Dharma’ has to approach mistake in an entirely different manner. Those who don’t follow ‘Dharma’ have a different approach towards mistakes. The keyword here is Dharma. In one of the older posts, I had explained the ‘Dharma’ of an individual according to stages of life.
Some stubborn individuals don’t accept their mistake and remain rigid. For such kind of people explaining about the penance or Prayascitta is a complete waste of time. Then there are the second set of people, who are desperate to repair their mistakes for the sake of benefits. They like the idea of penance because they want results out of it. All those who are visiting temples intending to strike a deal with God & those who listen to fake Babas and Pandits fall in that category. In the least percentage, we get to see people, who are genuinely hurt by the mistakes they committed and would want to correct them not expecting any result but with a complete realisation of their mistakes with a will to correct them.
Taking an example from stages of life as per Dharma.
As per Vedas i.e., Dharma, the first stage of life of an individual is called Brahmacharya. During the Brahmacharya, you are expected to meet all the obligations as a learner and fulfil the duties of a student. But in modern society, due to the influence of the entertainment and movie industry, there is a high chance of getting deviated from the goals of brahmacharya. Many of those who deviate from their goals will never know why they failed. A few understand the real reason but can’t accept the fact.
Suppose you are in a close relationship with a person of the opposite gender that led to a certain degree of neglect in studies. You pass the exams but don’t score well. You fail the exam and still go onto have a good life. There can be multiple scenarios. Whatever may be the result of your action i.e, ‘Karma’ during your learning days, you are expected to do prayascitta for the unwanted deviations you have welcomed.
Don’t ever think that your friendship was wrong, having fun was wrong or for that matter getting into a relationship was wrong. The rules made as per the Vedas are clear and strict. It is normal to see people breaking the rules of the dharma and going against it. Whether you do it wilfully or unintentionally, you have been given a golden chance to course correct it. If you are open and ready to accept go for it and do prayascitta. Otherwise, you have to carry the bundle of bad Karma throughout your life. This is the price you pay for not following your dharma of a brahmacharya.
A wise person will accept his or her mistakes and naturally go on to the route of Prayascitta. Prayascitta is not giving huge donations, buying ornaments to God or pujaris. It is a practice with oneself connected to God. When you understand the whole definition of God, you automatically don’t look at the materialistic ways of correcting your mistakes.
Following are the examples of prayascitta:
- Going on a pilgrimage
- Vrathas (Poojas)
These are the only ways of practising prayascitta. There are more methods, but it is purely scenario-based and case-based.
Remember, Karma is inevitable & Dharma is impeccable. So just follow your Dharma by collecting as much positive Karma. Positive karma will make your life smooth and bless you with an abundance of happiness both spiritually and physically.
Of all the topics I discussed before, the topic I have chosen to speak on today is the most sensitive. Unlike many, I will want to look at Human Relations a little differently, with spirituality added to relations. We are Human beings. The one’s who can write, talk, explain, express, discuss, debate, argue, laugh, love and live life the way we want. All because at the moment ‘Humans’ are the most advanced creatures to be alive on this earth. When will this change? Only the creator & destroyer will decide together. But till that moment time, we are here.
We are here not just as one, but as two. No, I am not talking about our partner here. It’s the relationship between our soul and the body. Those who believe in multiple births and the Vedas must be knowing that the body is all but nothing just a support to the soul. Whereas the soul is the master of your life.
Wait, who are the soulmates then? Long ago I read a quote somewhere written by an anonymous person, who said soulmates are not always the partners. It can be friends, parents, and anyone who helps you in attaining your soul’s purpose. When probed further, I got a similar answer and this time with complete sense.
The purpose of life is the driving force for everyone in this world. Nobody in this world is left with no purpose. Think deeply, having no purpose itself is a purpose in life. When you find hardworking people, he or she has a purpose. When someone is lazy and always resting, he or she also has a purpose. Relaxedly look around you and see in your family, friends and society. Find those who are happy and those who are depressed from inside. Those who are happy can fulfil the purpose of their life because they found the right person. While the sad ones are still finding the purpose or have found the purpose but the not right person to fulfil it. The right person here automatically refers to the right soul which means right soulmate.
Humans are born with emotions but not with emotional intelligence. We have gone so much ahead in technology and found out many ways of keeping ourselves happy. It may be movies, sports, games, trekking, working, earning and so on. Everyone has a different method of keeping themselves happy. But all these are momentary and lasts for that moment. Real happiness is achieved when you are en route to fulfilling your purpose in life. Mind you, the purpose of life is not to get into meditation or renunciation. It is just one of the methods.
Let me explain how to connect this to Human relations and also tell you why they fail…
The point I am trying to make here is when you don’t see things working with the other person, it’s not just because of the relations with the body but also with the soul. If you are happy with the person you have in life, then automatically it says you found the right soul. Because it’s not you or the opposite person who makes the decision but it’s the soul who decides. You might dream of many people in life but ultimately you will end up with those whom your soul decides or you may not find that person at all and you might have to wait for the next birth. The person may be beautiful, may not be beautiful but he or she will surely help you in your progress.
Another thing to keep in mind, there are wrong decisions that are made by the soul too. If that happens, you move out and find the right soul. It will not be respected by society but that’s the way to do it. Apart from the soul reasons, there are human reasons which have a higher stake in spoiling human relations. These are applicable in those relations which have found a stake in human relations. Concerning the incompatible soul, the relationship dies on its own. But the human relations with the right soul will need to be maintained. Because those relations only take you forward and help you in your purpose.
In such relations, two things require complete attention. They are Trust and Faith. Trust will bring the aspect of well-being. Well-being refers to taking the responsibility of the other person and keeping them content. Whereas ‘Faith’ will add honesty in the relation. When you have faith in the other person and the opposite person has the same in you, the execution becomes easier. Execution is equally important because after having trust, the next step is to make the person feel your presence and fulfil your responsibility.
Believe that if the connections that you have are soulful, they will never break. But if there is no soul connection it’s difficult to hold on.
Also, Life is complex say many, life is easy but we make it complex is my belief. You can borrow my belief because that’s the best way to look at life, again as per me.