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Pulwama Attacks – A day that has made the India numb for 44 martyrs #IndiaFightsTerror

On the 14th of Feb 2019, the day recognised to be celebrated as the day of ‘Love’ turned out to be a Brutal and a Horrified day for 1.3 billion Indians. The terror attack in Pulwama district in Kashmir carried out by the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist killed more than 40 CRPF Jawans. It was an attack that left the entire country speechless and pushed every Indian into an emotional tailspin. People across the length and breadth were demanding for a befitting reply and the one thing that was common in everyone’s mind is ‘Revenge’. Govt has given a clear indication that it would act tough and vowed to pay for every drop of blood that the martyred Jawans shed.

INDIA Seeks Revenge!

Entire World is also moved by this attack and as many as 60 countries have come out in support of India and have sent a strong warning to Pakistan. UN has also strongly condemned the attack and urged for punishment to those who are involved. USA and Trump have gone on to say that Pakistan must stop the funding and supporting the terrorists on their soil. These were few opinions of Leaders against Pakistan in the last 3 days since the attack happened.

India in the wake of this attack has withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation tag to Pakistan, Movie artists association banned the Pakistani stars from being a part of the Indian entertainment industry and the customs duty on Pak imports have been raised by 200%. Apart from this Social Media is on full trolling of the Pakistanis. Pakistan is under pressure and PM Imran Khan had come out after 5 days to say that Pakistan believes in peace but will not keep quiet if it India attacks it. India made it clear that it is not in war with Pakistan, but with the Terrorists who are supported by ISI. If the world is raising questions at you, then PM Imran Khan you must do something about it and not ask for proof which actually is visible right in front of him. It must condemn the attacks and start an operation to find the terrorist groups in their soil, and hand them over to India.

If that’s how the things are across the Border, internally also things aren’t that fine. India did conduct an operation to clear the cockroaches who planned the Pulwama attack. Indian army was successful to eliminate the cowards and Jihadi JeM terrorists, though unfortunately, we lost 4 of our soldiers, taking the toll of death of Jawaans to 44 in last week. Indian army is yet not finished and is up to something big to clean the terror that is taking the lives of innocent.

But unfortunately, the democracy in India is making people to talk anything that they wish which is unacceptable. Sidhu, who is a former cricketer and now the MLA from Punjab is asking the people of India why should the entire country be criminalised for the 4 terrorists? Media personnel, especially the journalists are raising alarm for the Kashmiri Youth and creating unwanted panic in them. One of the entertainment industry ladies asks people why are we feeling so much grief for the Army when there are many more others who die daily because of food etc;

What are these voices made of? How can one be so illogical against the country? Where has the unity of India gone in the tough times, even after all the political parties have taken a singular stand of punishing Pakistan and seeking for an act of revenge, why are some set of people still cursing and acting manipulative. People must stay united in these tough times to back the soldiers, the govt so that the problem can be handled the way the Country wants. Spreading false and scripted stories has become part of the DNA of these heartless people who are time and again continuing to support the anti-nationals and bringing violence to the Country.

This manipulation of facts has to Stop, hashtags like How’s the Jaish has to stop, Violence has to Stop, Terrorism has to Stop! If it requires a violent and drastic step against the terrorists has to be taken, then let it be. This is not the time to talk about peace and talks, because it undermines the very purpose and the sacrifice that those soldiers have made to protect our motherland.

Let us make a resolution to root out the terrorism forever from our soil and let’s continue this struggle till the last terrorist is gunned down.

Jai Hind! #PulwamaAttack #IndiaFightsTerror

India’s 1% Richest get richer by 39% in the year 2018 and the bottom half only by 3%!

A day ago, I had read an article that was released by many websites on the Income levels throughout the Globe. This study comes from the Oxfam, Oxfam is a group of 20 charitable organizations working in 90 countries working for reducing the poverty. So, I decided to give my view on the findings of the research by Oxfam which is being presented with a strong ‘bias’.

Below are few highlights brought out from the study:
  1. The study reveals that Billionaires saw a 12% increase in their income levels per day and the poor half of the people saw their wealth decline by 11%.
  2. India’s top 1% richest people have seen their wealth increased by 39% whereas the bottom half saw only 3% increase in their wealth.
  3. The Study also revealed that 10% of India’s who are poorest remained in debt since 2004.
  4. India’s top 10% people hold 77.4% of India’s total wealth and top 1% hold as high as 51.53% wealth and 60% of India’s population which is the majority holds only 4.8% of India’s wealth.

These facts were presented in an article in such a way that India’s rich are looting India and blaming the Govt for not doing anything to India’s poor population. People started commenting on the ‘ache din’ concept and then the other side of people started hitting at 70 years rule of Congress. The blame game went on for most of the comments. I would want to make very few points and educate the uneducated.

Let’s say there is a family who has taken debt and is expecting someone to come from heaven and pay off the debt, is it going to happen? Debt once taken has to be repaid by the working person who took the debt by earning money. If you fail to do so, you are going to be called as debt holder till the time you clear them. Why people take debt is something which depends on the individuals who are not to be discussed. Secondly, the article also talks about Rich getting Rich and Poor getting poor, the fact is that Rich have money to send their kids to better schools and give knowledge. Whereas the poor don’t have the luxury of sending the kids to good schools. So obviously rich kids get the best possible results.

Next, how are these Rich making money? Is it not because of their hard work and the way they run their business? Absolutely yes. We can definitely ask Government for helping the poor in better health, better facilities etc but all in all the efforts are something which needs to come from the individuals. We cannot at one place and keep complaining or blaming others for our failure. Nobody will take you the sky if the sky is one’s goal he needs to work hard and show some real strength to reach the heights. Putting up the easy tagline of Rich becoming Rich and Poor becoming Poor will only waste 5 more seconds in your life. Understand it’s the reality. As a saying goes, Blame nobody for being born poor but blame yourself for dying poor.

Finally, Rich and Poor discrimination should not be justified in terms of Money, much crucial and rewarding than money is the ‘Knowledge’ which builds character which in turn can help you to build a rich empire. Money is needed but not in excess, the only thing that has no delimitations even if it’s in excess is ‘Knowledge’.

The Untold Truth about Makara Jyothi & Makaravilakku – Makara Sankranti

The Untold Truth about Makara Jyothi & Makaravilakku – Makara Sankranti

Amidst high controversy, Sabarimala Ayyappan Darshan on 14th of January 2019 was successfully conducted by Travancore Devaswom board in Kerala. The agitation over the entry of women has been making a lot of noise and disturbing the devotees. Violence was spotted in many places, but all was fine on the big day of Makara Jyothi Darshana or Makaravilakku festival. This day turns out to be the most auspicious day of the two-month-long festival season. Supreme Court will hear to review petition in coming days and devotees would wait eagerly for that day and the verdict.

Let us understand what is Makara Jyothi?

The one in the sky is ‘Makara Jyothi’ and the one which is in middle of screen is ‘Makaravilakku’.

‘Makara’ as we know is one of the twelve Zodiac signs name in the Hindu traditions. Makara translates to Capricorn in Western Astrology. Capricorn is the 10th sign in the list of 12 signs. As we all understand that every month the Sun moves from one sign to another, on an average Sun stays in a sign for about 30-31 days. Every month on the 14th it moves from one sign to another sign. In the same way on the day of 14th of January 2019, Sun moves to ‘Makara’=’Capricorn’ from ‘Dhannus’=’Sagittarius’. That moment when the Sun enters Makara Rashi is termed as Makara Jyothi Darshanam. Makara Jyothi is coined as the term because when Sun moves into ‘Makara Rashi’ there comes a spark of light high in the sky, which the Ayyappa devotees equate as Lord Ayyappa himself. This Makara Jyothi appears in the sky around 6 pm to 6:30 pm on the day of 14th January. This is a pretty much natural phenomenon and no controversies surround that. Simply put the first ray of sun after it moves into Makara Rashi is called as Makara Jyothi.

Now coming to Makaravilakku which is the controversy that has been floating for many years. People believe that the burning flame like object which appears on the hills of Sabarimala as the Avatara of Lord Ayyappan who appears thrice to bless his devotees. But the reality is very different. The flame-like object is a man-made fire which is practised in the forests place called as Ponnaambalamedu. This is a practice by the tribes in the forest for hundreds of years. Like there is a Sabarimala Temple where the humans worship Lord Ayyappan and give ‘aarti’ to him, in the same way, the tribes in the forest after the Makara Jyothi Darshanam, tribes also perform the ritual of lighting the lamp and rotate it for 3 times. It’s exactly like the Aarti that the devotees at Sabarimala perform. Because aarti has to go in rotation, tribes rotating the vessel for three times makes the ‘Makaravilakku’ appear for three times to the people on the hill of Sabarimala. Which has been believed by people as the avatar of Lord Ayyappa. But its nothing supernatural. Even the Government and High Court have proven the fact behind the ‘Makaravilakku’ and this is now controlled by the Government of Kerala and the Travancore Devaswom Board. This is truth of Makaravilakku. We should not confuse between Makara Jyothi and Makaravilakku as both are very different from each other.

Will Makara Jyothi day remain the same?

From the knowledge that I have gathered, it’s not possible for Makara Jyothi to appear on the same day. Geographically it’s not workable. There are two things we need to understand here one is that there is a difference of 50 seconds of a degree between the tropical and sidereal movement of Sun. Sidereal is the movement of the Sun on the basis of Astrology and Tropical movement of Sun is the actual movement that we know. So when we calculate the difference between both it comes to 50 seconds. This way as the time increases the date also moves forward, not going too deeper in the concept, not very far ago we had Celebrated the festival on 14th of January and now we are celebrating it on 15th of January and like this in the next 72 years, we would celebrate the festival on 16th of January. So there isn’t any fixed date for Sankranti festival and it keeps changing every year in terms of time.

Ayyappa Deeksha – One of the most famous pilgrimages in this World!

Ayyappa Deeksha – 41 days of unwavering and intense Devotion towards Lord Ayyappa.

Today, I will be writing about the Story of the Lord Ayyappa. Lord Ayyappa and his Story is close to me and the reason is my father taking the Deeksha since last 24 years which made to me know more about the Lord Ayyappa and his life. Devotion is a completely different shade altogether in one’s life. Some express their devotion and some follow the implicit way. In South India, the Devotion followed towards any Lordis by taking up ‘Deeksha’ or ‘Consecration’ (following the religious path). Deeksha is seen in praying for Lord Durga, Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva, and Lord Ayyappa aswell. I will now explain the Deeksha and the dedication in devotion that human being shows. Firstly, Lord Ayyappa is mainly worshipped in South India. He is also worshipped as ‘Manikandan’. It is believed that he was born out of the union between Lord Shiva and Mohini, who is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Therefore, Ayyappa is even called as ‘Hariharan Puthiran’ which means the son of both Hari or Vishnu and ‘ Haran’ or Shiva. That’s how the Lord Ayyappa was born and he was born for the welfare of the society.

Reason for Ayyappa’s birth was to protect the World from ‘Mahishi’. ‘Mahishi’ was given a boon that she would not be killed until or unless it is the union of two males. That’s the major reason for Birth of Ayyappa to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Lord Ayyappa Deeksha is observed in the Hindu month of ‘Kartika’ which falls in the month of November as per Georgian Calendar. One who takes up this Deeksha follows strict religious practices to receive the Lord’s blessings. The devotees observe a 41-day ‘Deeksha’ before visiting Sabarimala. During this Deeksha, a devotee has to wear black colored clothes and walk barefooted. The devotee should avoid all physical pleasures and other family ties and should live like a celibate or ‘Brahamachari’. He should continuously practice the good behavior and should not involve in any kind of unethical things. Apart from the above practices, the devotees have to take bath only with Coldwater early in the mornings and pray Lord Ayyappa before the Sunrise every day and do the same in the evening after Sunset. After dedicated 41 days Deeksha, Devotees carry ‘Irumudi’ which contains rice, coconut and other things which run the family. Holding it high on their heads, Devotees start their journey for Sabarimala. Irumudi kettu is very essential and only those with Irumudi kettu are allowed to climb the 18 golden steps which take Devotee to the entrance of the Lord Ayyappa.

After reaching Sabarimala, Devotees take bath in the holy river Pampa, and they start their hill journey to reach the abode of Lord Ayyappa. Once Devotees reach the shrine, the atmosphere turns Spiritual, Undisturbed, Calm and Soulful. With those vibes, the devotees with a lot of devotion and happiness climb the 18 Golden Steps and submit their Irumudi Kettu to seek the blessings of the Lord Ayyappa. This is how the Deeksha of 41 days gets completed, a ‘Vratham’ that changes the Individual and makes him a person with a lot of responsibility, respect, and dedication.

I will tell you what do these 18 golden steps represent:

  1. Vision – (ThePanchedriyas – Five Human Senses)
  2. Hearing
  3. Smell
  4. Taste
  5. Touch  
  6. Love – (Ashtaragas– Feelings of Humans)
  7. Anger
  8. Greed
  9. Lust
  10. Pride
  11. Unhealthy Competition
  12. Jealousy
  13. Self-bragging
  14. Thamas – (Trigunasand Last Two– Human Personalities)
  15. Rajas
  16. Satva
  17. Avidya – Ignorance
  18. Vidya – Knowledge

I have been part of the LordAyyappa journey for as many as 23 years and have been to Sabarimala temple 3 times and each and every time has been a fantastic experience. Must and should plan the 4th one soon!

Higher Education in India and a Student’s expectations!

What does a Student expect from his Higher Education (Post Graduation) or rather an Education Institute?

A student pursuing MBA or any other post-graduation course in this modern era from top B Schools will be at an average of 25 years. Otherwise, any other PG course student will be aged around 21-22. This 2 years gap with the experience that each of them holds, the expectations of the students aspiring for B Schools will be much different compared to the other students. It is the expectations that students have matters a lot for an institution, for its own Development & Growth. 
With whatever conversations that I have with the students from various colleges and the students of my own college, I will put forth a few points which a student feels are the most important in selecting a college.

First and foremost the big question that each student wants an answer for is the Job opportunities. Which I feel is something very clear, you can’t take the colleges as granted and look for placement as ‘Job Market’. A successful placement needs 100% from both the Students and as well the College.

Secondly, Students look at the Course and its benefits. But the most critical thing these days for students in selecting the colleges has been the Size of the campus and the amenities provided by the institute. Students mentality is different from the ones of parents. But mutually the point that they look at is the campus. It matters for the students because, normally, it’s the belief that the bigger campus has got a lot of things in it and that’s automatic. Not hundred percent right, but this belief is also not wrong. The crucial point I think Students don’t look for in B School is the Faculty. Agreeable because they feel it is implied that the faculty will be great. Whereas when you compare it to the other B Schools with a lower brand value, the students are keen on the Faculty and that’s the only thing which will let them to choose the college.

How important is faculty and where does this stand in comparison to other factors?

“Not necessarily the bigger campus will give us the best faculty and not necessary that a small campus will have a bad faculty”.

The point to ponder is that Faculty is the most crucial factor in choosing any college. But it’s happening another way around, students think that the automation comes in with bigger campuses and not the smaller ones. From the point of view of an Institute which is targeting growth, it’s always suggestable to go with the bigger campuses. It’s like putting the things at the right place, like 11 players in a team must perform well for winning, even in case of a development of an institute all the checkpoints should be well placed. Because, unfortunately, for smaller campuses even though the faculty is really good, the noticeability factor remains to be too less and that’s how the college doesn’t increase its value as faster as any other Top B Schools. That’s how the Brand name of the smaller schools isn’t quite what it is actually.

India Down Under – Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19 #IndvAus

India Down Under – Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19

Just days ago India played WestIndies in the T20I trophy which India clean sweeped, defeating the Champion Windies team with little trouble. That series had come to an end on 11thof November and within 10 days we will see the Indian team face off the Mighty Australians in their own Backyard. Interestingly the scheduling of Matches has changed. Like in England, it will be the 3 T20I’s which will be played first, then 4 match test series and the tour concludes with the 3 match ODI series. We have already seen the difference that it brings in the game plan and the way batsmen get used to the pitches and local conditions.

In the last 10 test matches that India played, India has won 5 and lost 5. But in that only two wins matter the most because they came against Proteas and England. Though India lost the last two away series, the performance of the team was much better than what the scorecards appear like. After playing South Africans and England in their home ground, Australia will be a much bigger challenge for the Indian team. Australia is lot different from the South Africa and England. The battle between India and Australia is arguably the third best rivalry in Cricket after India-Pak andAustralia-England rivalry.

This post is talking about theTest Series, because I feel when playing shorter formats the pitches don’t matter a lot as they do in tests involving the red cherry. So, talking about the Test Series that India will play, this Test Series is famously called asBorder-Gavaskar Trophy. Right now, India holds the trophy, thanks to their home series win against Australia in the early 2017.

But when India played the BorderGavaskar trophy away from home, India did not succeed any time. In last 5 times that India played Australia in Australia, India could manage the best possible result of drawing the series once in 2003-04, apart from that India has lost the series 4 times to the Aussies. So, the real test for India is the upcoming Test Series with the first test on 6th December at Adelaide Oval(Kohli’s Favourite). The venues for the test series are Adelaide Oval, Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney. India certainly look favourites on paper when you compare and do the player to player analysis. You would not find a player who can match Kohli & Pujara in batting. Same way not many in the bowling department can match the skills of Indian bowlers except for Mitchell Starc.

To me, this series for India should be the best one to clinch victory and stop the 18-year-old wait to win the Border-Gavaskar trophy outside India. Rather this will be the first time in the history if India goes on to win the test series. India has got the strong line-up in batting with Kohli, Murali Vijay, Pujara, Rahane, and adding to them is the new class of Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari. Batting which has been the ever continuing problem for India playing overseas looks to be managed well this time. Bowling department with Ishant, Bumrah, Yadav, Bhuvi, and spinners like Ashwin, Kuldeep and Jaddu can definitely are enough to take the 20 wickets needed for a win. The added advantage for India is the recent poor form of Aussies, who have lost their last test series against Pakistan. During that series, the Batting line up struggled a lot. If Indian batsmen can put up their best performance and give support to Captain Kohli, then I must say India can win this Series 2-1. Which looks 50% possible. Next best result for India should be 2-2. Which looks 30% possible and finally the series victory in favour of Australia. Which looks only 20% possibility.

Can’t tell what and how things would be by the time we tour Australia next, but with the uncomfortable and unsettled Australian team, which in itself is a rare case, India needs to use this as their best chance and bring the glory to the Country and retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy. 

#IndvAus #India #Australia #BorderGavaskarTrophy

Children’s Day 2018 – Bal Diwas!

Children’s Day 2018 – Bal Diwas!

As the nation celebrates 53rd Children’s day on occasion of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s 129th Birth Anniversary, I would want to look at this day a little differently and bring out my views on what a parent can gift his child on Children’s Day.

Children’s Day in comparison to any other National Festivals like Independence Day & Republic Day is closer to Children in this country and even for the parents. These days we see that a child is given almost everything that is needed and not needed whether he is 8 years old or 10 years old or a 12 year old. He is never denied anything that a family can afford for him. You give everything, but have you ever tried to understand what your child really wants. Children below 12 years generally possess a very different mindset and are very emotional. They are auto moulded by whatever they observe and hear from others. Parents actions are keenly observed by children and the kids try to enact them in life. In doing so Child embraces the personality traits which can will either be good or bad based on the situations and the behavior of the parents.

The Major problem to me in the relationship of Parents and Kids in this 21st Century is the freedom that is given to the child. Maybe this is the not case with some well-educated families, but definitely, this is the case with the lower & middle-class families in this country. The point I am trying to make is, in India, parents compare their kids with other children from the time he joins pre-primary school till the time he goes to PG. Parents are after the ranks that a Kid of 6-7 years old can’t even understand. Parents force their Kids and ask them to perform well in the exams. Don’t they understand what a Kid of less than 10 years looks for? Does he wants Certificates and Ranks or Care & Love from Family? Does that certificate given by a school teacher so important or the love and care you show on the Kid is important.

Why are parents always behind the Kids and forcing them to study?

Why can’t the parents, instead of running behind the kids for marks allow them to decide what they want to do in life? Agreed that a 6-7-year-old doesn’t know anything and has to be taken care of, but not the Child of 12-13 years. When a child turns 13 years, that’s when he gets into his teens. That’s also where the factor of ‘Ego’ builds up a lot in an individual. Sadly, exactly at this moment, parents try to become so strict on their children and force their kids to concentrate completely on what they believe is right. In doing so, the child gets humiliated, irritated, frustrated, depressed and goes onto harm himself or do something very wrong. This is all because of the psychological impact that falls on the Child. The best gift that any parent can give the kid is to spend quality time with their kids, address their issue, solve them, guide them and show them all the possible life paths that one can choose to achieve success.

This I feel is the right gift that you can your child on a children’s day. Listen to them, understand and feel their dreams and turn them into Sportsmen, Astronauts, Singers, poets, painters, Actors, Scientists, Engineers, Doctors, lawyers, teachers etc; Don’t just expect them to be an Engineer or a Doctor. That’s the best gift a parent can give to his child.

Happy Children’s day!

Socio-Economic Classification of Indian Consumers shows that India is on RISE!

Today’s Tuesday post is going to be something special. These days many people are talking about the development in India and some of them feel that the standard of living as well as the economic status of people Socio-Economic actually come down in last 2 years due to demonetization and Govt has failed to create jobs. Today through my post with factual data I will make few points which I think will give the answers to all those who feel India is going down.

From the 1960s we measure the socioeconomic classification to see the economic development of the country. Firstly, let me explain what exactly is Socio-Economic Classification. SEC is a classification of Indians on the basis of predefined factors and conditions. TheSEC system is used to classify households in India to be and it is based on two variables, they are:

  1. Education of Chief Wage Earner
  2. The Number of Consumer Durables owned by a family.

Apart from education of the person in the family, the other things considered are the Consumer Durables that the council had decided and made the list of. There are about 11 consumer durable products that Govt has identified. Every household is measured on the education qualification of the wage earner and the number of durables out of 11 that they own. Here is the list:

  1. Electricity Connection
  2. Ceiling Fan
  3. Gas Stove
  4. Refrigerator
  5. Two wheeler
  6. Washing Machine
  7. Colour TV
  8. Computer/Laptop
  9. Four wheeler
  10. Air Conditioner
  11. Agricultural Land

A person can own 9 out of these 11 durables to be eligible for getting the highest classification of A1. The other classifications are A2, A3, B1, B2, C1, C2, D1, D2, E1, E2, and E3.

How does this Social EconomicClassification help to understand the development in the Country?

It will very well give an idea of the development of the country and that’s because we are looking at two variable of education and the expenditure by a citizen of the Country. Though they are necessities, that’s not all the time. Thus by looking at the scale of SEC one can make out the purchasing power of the consumer and as well the product they look at brings out their education levels.

Coming back to the point, just look at the slide that I have provided along with the post. This is from a research done by IRS which is a premier body of Govt, AC Neilson a leading market research firm and the data was authenticated internationally and no doubts were raised on the factual details it provides. Look at the number of people in SEC D and E in 2014. Their percentage is 54%. That means more than half of India is in the bottom layer where they don’t own more than 3 consumer durables out of the 11 given here. Just compare it with 2017. That percentage came down to 40%. That means 14% people moved to higher classification in a span of 3 years which is the fastest in the history of India.

Where did they move?

Now take a look at SEC A3, B and C. In 2014 it was 40% and now it is 54%. That means more than half of India owns 6-7 consumer durables now. If your jobs are not stable, if your income levels are not higher, how can 14% of people buy 3-4 more consumer durables than what they were owning 3 years ago? You tell me, have you seen this kind of rapid development before?

In short majority of India owns just 3 durables in 2014. Now they own 7 consumer durables. If the same rate of growth continues, it is projected that 70% of population will be in SEC A, B and C segments. Just to tell you in 2008, 46% of population was in SEC E, which is the poorest of poor. From that we are rapidly developing. Finally development is measured by the way standard of living of people improves, not by any empty political talk.

Chapter 13 Kshetra-Kshetrajna Vibhaga Yoga Verse 14

Chapter 13 Kshetra-Kshetrajna Vibhaga Yoga Verse 14

Sarvatah paanipaadam tat sarvato’kshishiromukham;
Sarvatah shrutimalloke sarvamaavritya tishthati.

With hands and feet everywhere, with eyes, heads and mouths everywhere, with ears everywhere, He exists in the worlds, enveloping all.

Interpretation

Lord Krishna starts His discourse on the things to be known for a person to understand the field and he begins that process with this shloka. This shloka starts with Lord describing the most essential part of understanding things for any being, that is understanding God. Lord Krishna begins the shloka by saying that God is present in every inch of Universe and He is enveloping all the beings in this Universe by His presence. By this, Lord Krishna means that the hands and feet of the God are spread everywhere and every part of the Universe. Then He goes on to talk about the eyes, head, ears, and mouth being everywhere. Here Lord is referring to the senses of God being there in every part of the Universe.

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

Before you could even think that how many times we have already heard this, about the presence of God in every inch of the universe, let me tell you that this takes you to one level above. Here the main focus is on the sensory perceptions of God. You might not have thought about it, but let me put a question. Does God have senses like us? If so, then what do they do? God possess senses and those are much more powerful than ours. Let me tell you few facts here. We know that dogs can hear upto frequencies of 1 lakh hertz while humans capacity is only between 20-20,000 hertz. Bats are bestowed with sensory perceptions that are much more sharper than dogs as well as humans. So, if we had unlimited sensory perceptions in terms of hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting, what else we could have done?

Though we humans call ourselves the most powerful beings on this planet, our powers are limited to realms of our senses. Beyond the range of our senses, we do not know what exists and what happens. We know that there are UV rays and infra red rays but we never saw them. Have you ever imagined a possibility of a parallel universe with a different set of living beings existing in these spaces which are completely unknown to us. What we see is what we believe. What we dont see is what we need to acquire and that is knowledge. If we are able to see planes in 3 dimensions it is because we are bestowed with vision that can see three dimensions. Does that mean that can we rule out the possibility of more dimensions? 4 or 5 or 6 or whatever dimensions that exists are just in our imagination.

Saying that God exists everywhere is not enough. The Chhandogya Upaniṣhad says sarvam khalvidam , , meaning “Everywhere is Brahman.” First lets try and understand what that “Everywhere” means. Everywhere is not wherever you can see or hear or perceive. Everywhere is everywhere the Universe exists. And that is what Lord Krishna is saying here. He is asking you to increase the dimensions of your perception and vision and understand and accept the fact that many planes and parallel universes can exists right infront of you and if you cant sense them, its just because you dont have sense to sense them. The answer is to develop your senses more, to sense them.