Politics and Hero Worship

I am surprised by the Modi Gandhi fixation here.

Yes, I too recognize the contributions made by previous generation of Gandhi family but this is not oligarchy and even if we consider oligarchy as a tenet to our political dispensation, we definitely want competent and capable folks, Rahul not being one of those. It’s a national waste of time to discuss Rahul. In fact, imposing a legacy has stymied organic growth (for finding new leader) for a major secular political party. In imposing their clan who has lost ground appeal, they have decimated a major centrist force. That’s a great de-service to the nation. Congress is not Nehru-Gandhi, it was a mass movement with strong grass root leaning. This family has captured it as their own with eventual decay, that started from Indira. Circulating Rahul parodies is diluting the core issues. Obviously if you are discussing mundane things, your bandwidth for core issues is consumed.

We need fresh perspective to address our issues. While BJP dismantles that tenaciously, we have to understand if they are hurting the fundamental nature and ethos of this country, or else, they are bound to be booted. Few boisterous and overzealous policies may not help, but an adequate understanding of key issues, prioritizing those and efficiently executing those while establishing a right and balanced governance for continuity is critical for progress.

Similarly, it a central tendency in a demagogue leaning democracy to criticize even the best achieved by the mainstream government, Modi and BJP being a scapegoat. I presume, this has to stop for a healthy and true constructive democracy.

Ethnic Cleansing

There is no support in favor of ethnic cleansing, either it be the Buddhist by Imperial China from Tibet, Hindu Nepalis from Buddhist Bhutan or Muslim Rohingyas from Buddhist Myanmar. Ethnic cleansing is not restricted to any religion nor is immigration to any nationality.

Pope was the first leader to highlight and focus the attention if the international community towards the plight of Rohingyas (let us stop using religious suffix or prefix and polarize this murky world). I would be happy to see someone like Pope, who thinks beyond his religion or community. I would be happy to see a Muslim (I am purposefully avoiding nationality as a suffix), talking about the plight of a Buddhist in Afghanistan or China or a Hindu in Bhutan, when I see that happen, I would surmise that as a true yearning for humanity.

On a side note – this woman is too distraught and emotional, an element that highly introduces bias to influence our thinking. Either she is doing that innocently, and I will give the benefit of doubt, or she is intentionally to get us into overriding our intellect through emotion. Irrespective, I will disregard her emotion tone and look beyond and identify the core issue.

Another side note – why should the world media is on hyper edge against Muslims? Can we disregard the recent history? When did the faithful (amongst the Muslims) oppose those gory deeds committed by their brotherhood? If only Muslim terrorism is opposed by mainstream Muslims, should we expect to see fundamental changes in the perspective amongst international community? Media is writing what people want to read, with some monetary influence though, but let us ask a question. Why would someone funds a media blitzkrieg against Muslims?

Last, the only Muslim who has raised awareness amongst the faithful to oppose terrorism is Fatehullah Gulen, who is ostracized and banished from Turkey. That opposing to terrorism is the onus of the faithful. Outsiders, ie people of other faith will respond eventually. However, to reiterate, the protection of one’s faith rests with the believer, it be Muslims, Hindus or Christians.

Why Flu may be bad during 2017-18 winter

Ever wondered why you vaccinated every year against influenza? Well, a short answer is changes in the virus composition that occurs every year. For 2017, the predictions for Influenza are ominous. Trusting reliable news outlet like CNN, early indicators point towards a likely pandemic in Northern Hemisphere for 2017. It may very likely be pandemic and it makes sense to get the vulnerable vaccinated by late September or early October.

Note:  The author presumes that you have read the disclaimer at the bottom of this blog if you have read this note and subsequent article.

Flu MicroMagnetFSUEDU

Ever wondered why you vaccinated every year against influenza? Well, a short answer is changes in the virus composition that occurs every year. A long answer provides the small changes that occur in the Type A & B virus strain (called antigenic shift) or a major change that occurs in Type A or Type B viruses. Multiple flu viruses circulate each year and serial infections with different strains in the same person in a single season are possible.

Why should it matter?

Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Anyone can get flu. Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days. Especially for those who are vulnerable, it may have prolonged and severe problems. You should consult your doctors for understanding your vulnerability.  However, generally Flu is a cause of concern for young children, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with preexisting heart of lung conditions or a weakened immune system are at greatest risk.

As noted earlier, all those vulnerable are vaccinated early on in the winter against a combination of Type A and Type B virus. Since those small changes occur every year (antigenic drift) so a new vaccine is made every year. Generally every 3 – 5 years, the virus undergoes major mutations and since the population is not exposed to these new viruses, they are vulnerable (called absence of herd immunity in medical parlance) and results in pandemic.

How do scientists predict the right combination for the upcoming year?

While the Northern hemisphere is going through its summer and hurricane/tornado season, the Southern hemisphere, that includes Australia and New Zealand, are already undergoing winter with epidemic or endemic existence of Influenza. These same virus travel north, along with international travelers, and infect the population Northern hemisphere during their winter.

What is the prediction for 2017?

If you look at the prevalence of Influenza in Australia and New Zealand, the severity as well as the incidence if 2.5 folds more as compared to earlier year. That portends ominous signs for the Northern hemisphere winter.

What do we do?

Well, a simple answer is get vaccinated on time. Ideal time is before the onset of winter. Ideally, for full immunity to take effect, you need to give at least two weeks for the body to respond. So, if we are presuming the virus to start spreading and infecting the population, you should ideally take the vaccine at least by Sept end.

Who should be vaccinated?

According to CDC barring those with reaction to influenza vaccine and children less than 6 months of age, should not be vaccinated. According to CDC (Center for Disease Control) ‘everyone 6 months of age and older are recommended to get the flu vaccine, including even the healthiest adults. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of serious influenza complications or people who live with or care for people at higher risk for serious complications’.

Disclaimer:

This is voluntary awareness service program. You should consult your health care professionals for determining the timing, indications, type and amount of dose. Efforts for this awareness are voluntary and not supported by any commercial or other organizations.  Readers are advised and encouraged to discuss any health related issues with their doctors.

References:

What Australia’s bad flu season means for Europe, North America Sept 3, 2017

Flu season: Why it’s been a particularly bad year for influenza

Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2017–18 Influenza Season

Influenza vaccines — United States, 2017–18 influenza season

Vaccination: Who Should Do It, Who Should Not and Who Should Take Precautions

Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

To understand the difference between Flu, Cold and Allergy, visit link here from Harford County Health

Visit Influenza factsheet here

The world on leash

This world is increasingly getting ridiculous boisterous, two brats seating in unassailable places with the most powerful weapons, the world has ever seen 😩, both beyond and without control, both throwing bellicose tantrums in a world where diplomacy and sanction have turned ineffective. Oh boy! This is way different than dealing with those Arabian Knights like Saddam, Assad or Gaddafi’s.

Poor Monkey

This world is increasingly getting ridiculous boisterous, two brats seating in unassailable places with the most powerful weapons, the world has ever seen 😩, both beyond and without control, both throwing bellicose and boisterous ‘egomaniac’ tantrums in a world where diplomacy and sanction have turned ineffective. Oh boy! This is way different than dealing with those Arabian Knights like Saddam, Assad or Gaddafi’s.

Tracing the history of the wars that ravaged the civilization, at least to my gullible mind, those WW I/II or the cold war following those were dominated by intellect, rationale and a poisonous dose of one-upmanship and an attitude to dominate.

Those Arabian Knights!

Gradually, the scenario changed and we had those Arabian Knights and the wimpy guns misfiring in wrong direction for blowing our citadel. Now, as technology is maturing towards Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics and driverless cars, i believe, we are getting entangled in the morasses of brats dealing with brats and the world watching helplessly.

Five course meal

This is not enough, not as tasty and succulent, let’s add some spice. Let’s add Islamic radicalism and little Islamophobia. How does it taste? Not yet there. Ok, let’s add little more Crimea and encroach some lost East Europe, does it sound good? Not yet. Hey, we have more stuff – every brat needs a nuclear gun. That audience is 😋 hungry waiting for the sizzling dishes. Not yet there. Let us add little Chinese hegemony, Hindu radical retaliation and Pakistani perjury. May be sprinkle a little recession, poverty, Ebola,  AIDS, mutinies, bellicosities. Oh get it ready now, the Tutsis have started killing the Hutus. Hey hey, hey, it is not yet ready, where are you taking those raw dishes? Why don’t you ravage the nature and make it a little warmer place, may be raise the thermostat by 2 degrees, break a little ice from those Antarctic shelves and chill until I deposit this in my Oh, … ummm…Swiss & Panama Account.

Guys, are you ready?

Those hungry mouths are now over 7.5 billion. Can we cook faster? Stop more succulence and give it as it is? They simply need food, not a five course meal.

Friends, this is democracy. Any objection?

Sun Zhu

The Hijacking of Faith

You don’t have to be a doctor to know that there are no different blood groups for Christian, Hindus, Muslims or Jews. Organ transplant matching never needs religion type; there is none Jew type kidney or a Hindu type Liver transplant.

Power, Politics and Greed are obligately dependent on our core emotion, ‘Faith’. Let us call power, politics and greed as the mercenary traits that subjugate us and exert their influence. These mercenaries capture our sacrosanct ideology, our nimble faith, our devotion towards religion and together dismantle our ethos and erode our values. We never realize when we are enslaved by these mercenary. Our struggle to liberate ourselves from this slavery is thus miserably bound and unfortunately influenced by these mercenaries. How do we transcend to liberate ourselves from this powerful grip of power, politics and greed?

As I pick up the headlines, I see a high pitch religious shrill becoming a common place and gradually getting main stream. Not being a Muslim and despite being a devout follower of my faith, I hate to hear those rants against Muslims. These days, those rants are picking up at an even faster pace.

Shackled

When it comes to saving life

You don’t have to be a physician to know that there are no different blood groups for Christian, Hindus, Muslims or Jews. Organ transplant matching never needs religion type; there is none Jew type kidney or a Hindu type Liver transplants. Only HLA and relevant information is factored in while making those transplant decision. Religion, Caste Creed, regions, color, and ethnicity never take precedence in those decisions. The water I drink, I never know if it rains from a Hindu, Muslim or a Jew cloud. All clouds are same and drinking that sip when thirsty, are always exhilarating. The air we breathe, irrespective of the country, never knows bound. That’s life! It’s so strongly embedded and so uniform.

Politics has its own intentions

Politics is different, here we exist as Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhist, and Sikhs etc. etc. We can be further divided on the basis of color, caste and creed. As if these divisions are not enough, we can add more recipes and be divided further on the basis of region, language and … The division does not stop there, we can keep dividing until we get the finite smallest benefit out of human vulnerability.

Religious Artifacts replacing Ethos and Values

This may seem counterintuitive to many simply because they presume; these values are embossed within their religion. Well, most religions have it, in different forms, including Islam. The practitioner, the believer within us has disappeared. We see a revivalism of artifacts with most religions. We practice artifactual religion, not religion of ethos.

Our Relationship with God

Religion is a private practice, not something for display. It is our pure, pious and personal relationship with God, the almighty and the creator. On a daily basis, we do so many tasks that are personal and private in nature, do we discuss those in public or even within family? We safeguard and treasure some of those moments and respect the nature of those interactions.

Is religion on display? Do we think, we can accrue more mileage by publicly displaying our faith, our very solemn relationship with God? Do you think we will be more rewarded for displaying that faith?

I often see such transactions happening is daily life, ‘If I get this, I will visit your temple, or I will do this’. Somewhere, we have forgotten his real nature and our small human existence have come to reconcile that we can do transactions with him too.

Ground Realities are Different

Obviously, this is a 30,000 foot view. Ground realities are different. Individual practices, preferences and ideologies differ, somewhere significantly. Somewhere, we all try to push our own agenda. However, I would say, it is not difficult to tolerate and leave individual practices to themselves. Why should we all be same? Within a family too, we have differences, we don’t look the same and we can’t enforce views. If that is not possible in a nuclear family, why do we want to insist within our society? Can we not leave citizen to practice their ideology, faith, preferences for them to choose?

The Hijacking of Faith

One unique and singular domain that power, politics and human greed (of ‘me’ over ‘us’) are obligately dependent upon is faith. Let us call this trio as mercenary traits. These mercenary traits exploit our vulnerability and subjugate us to exert their influence. These mercenaries have taken over our faith, our ideology, our religion and our ethos. We never realize, we are enslaved by these mercenary traits. This is an ubiquitous phenomenon that spread across the globe and has existed for centuries.

Human struggle is irretrievably and may I add, miserably bound and unfortunately influenced by these mercenaries. We need to liberate ourselves from this dreaded slavery. This is the history of mankind, the torment, the pain and the pathos, all rolled into slavery by these gruesome traits. I can’t say if this is apocalypse in making, but understanding the law of nature, the next wave will dismantle this chaos and bring further order. Future will unravel the mysteries of past and present. Let us see how things unfurl but until then…

Faith is supreme, beyond our independence and personal freedom. Let us NOT abandon the path of true trust and faith, let us understand that faith is beyond transactions and  don’t let those mercenaries and power brokers indulge with your faith, that core element within you that defines you so uniquely. 

1 Disorder and Order

How do we liberate ourselves?

  1. Respect the privacy of your faith, don’t display and don’t heed to display
  2. Don’t let faith influence your decisions – interpersonal, social and political
  3. Artifacts of religious practices are required but not essential, artifacts cannot be above faith, don’t let artifacts dominate faith
  4. Don’t transact with God, faith in pure sublime form is enough

It’s Not a Cliché – Humanity is true religion

It may sound cliché but you don’t have to go in search of humanity.  I met a college boy who witnessed an injustice while traveling. It was hard for him to protest but he made a choice. He just opposed and supported the victim. He did not leave college. This young kid set up an example that we can emulate without abandoning our duties.

Humanity that needs you, is around you. You don’t have to contribute humongously. You don’t have to abandon your job or family while being humane. Caring for people around you should be sufficient as a first step. Let us rise to serve humanity. It is so much around us, just see who needs what and stand up to that occasion without an expectation.

Our duties towards ‘Humanity’ are endless and if you wish to accept more responsibilities than read this link (http://wp.me/p7XEWW-UW). Humanity is our true religion. Those who contribute towards it can feel the serene tranquility from practicing it. Let us keep service towards humanity as the face of our religion.

 

Enjoy every moment, those won’t come again

Beautiful things are happening in your life, don’t get blind sighted with daily struggle, enjoy each moment to the fullest! While a video/audio cassettes can be reversed, you cannot reverse the time in your life. If you miss those moments shrouded with negativity, you have lost those forever. Everyone has a responsibility, you do your part, Ignore bad time, we have the ability to do that.

‘If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinion’ – Rajneesh

Focus on Present 2

My Lord and my Guru are my inspiration and my motivation. I am just the medium for espousing their wisdom. I propagate what they wish to say. As a humble seeker, I feel blessed since they consider offering that opportunity through me.

Every moment, beautiful things are happening in your life. Don’t get blind sighted with daily struggle, enjoy each moment to the fullest! While a video/audio cassettes can be reversed, you cannot reverse ‘time’ in your life. Time is fleeting and you waste those moments with negatives in life, you will never realize those good moments. If you miss those moments shrouded with negativity, you have lost good moments forever.

It is upon you to get drowned with the murkiness of daily struggle or enjoy life realizing the nectar of wisdom and enjoying each and every moment from that nectar. We can change fate with efforts and being truly humble positive soul, we can make efforts with less reach towards those goals.

Deer Looking in Water

Let us realize the difference between plain efforts and let us realize efforts along with intellectual-spiritual percepts and imbibe the nectar from the wisdom. Your environment will glow with your Lord’s positivity.

Everyone has a responsibility, you do your part, leave others to leave their part. Ignore bad time, we have the ability to do that. Physical akhada is only for youngsters, intellectual-spiritual akhada has no age bar.

Lord Shiva

Listen to the video below –

 

While he is so right about the ignominy of our worries, the fluidity of our state of mind and the irony of losing present (current) time yearning a selected state of blissful pleasure, a worthless state of mind, I say, we enjoy every moment. Enjoying doesn’t mean being happy. As mentioned earlier, happiness is a selected state of mind, does not represent all the vivid and vibrant spectrum of colors.

Enjoyment means acknowledging, realizing, feeling, perceiving those multitudes of shades. Enjoying means feeling that every moment of sense and sensibility, of pain, of ardor, of fortitude of realization, of upheavals, of downbeats, of ecstacy, of sublime bliss, of pleasure. Those are the colors of life. We are not born in black dark work where only one color pervades and neither are we born in a black and white world or shades of gray. Our world is colorful and full of vibrancy and admixed with uniqueness and each color combination with its own identity. We need to enjoy, ie perceive and feel these colors. Whereas, happiness is a limited state of some blissful colors, enjoying, ie realizing, feeling and perceiving the ephemeral state of these colors is a snapshot and it is only those limited moments that we can do so and that’s the state of enjoyment.

Real life is filled with these unique color combinations and worrying about retaining or yearning for that state of mind called happiness is worthless. Let us deal enjoy those moments.

Karma and Kartayya

Karma is what you toil here in this material world for achieving your day to day living while Kartayya are your extended responsibilities while you ingress and egress this material world. To many, both these may be synonyms but in our spiritual journey, I realize, these are two different duties.

While Karma has an end to its cycle as you retire with advancing age or limitation of capabilities, kartayya has no end until your last breath. Only the nature of your responsibilities changes as you age. Please visit my blog to read further http://wp.me/p7XEWW-UW. Sharing this with selected few since only few make an effort to understand their cosmic and spiritual journey and handful have the inclination towards self-actualization.

Kartayya is endless and has several concentric circles in which you are the epicenter and those rings are woven in your ascendency towards self-actualization. Kartayya is your engagement with your surrounding beyond your regular expected work.  While you are doing your Kartayya, you have those running parallel and not in series or sequence. At times, you are fulfilling several of those simultaneously and concurrently. Let us elaborate some with examples. As a parent or child, you have immediate responsibilities towards your family, kids, spouse and parents. Going beyond that, you have responsibility towards your extended family, friends, and community where you live. However, it does not end there. For those who are Karmavir, they ask for bigger responsibilities, towards the society, country and the world including nature, around and beyond you.

Toil & Cultivate Thoughts

Kartayya is boundless. No one can be limited within any (concentric) layers. No one can be pushed towards any layer, if they wish not to be. However, it is a journey of this soul as it is passing (transgressing) through this world, a voyage towards eternity. I don’t wish to attach kartayya with ultimate evaluation of our deeds while in this world. However, I do feel that, when bestowed with that ability to influence, if you ignore that, it is definitely willful negligence. Aspiring to gain more responsibilities and working arduously towards executing those is truly blissful, if not pious. I would refrain from calling pious since all acts have another positive and negative dimension and labeling an act as pious is a snapshot analysis, not a full spectrum analysis in continuum.

Let us visit karma. Karma is what you work in this world for a material living. For a teacher, it is delivering course. A doctor is expected to take care of her/his students. Military personnel are to take care of their military responsibilities. A whole gamut of professions is fulfilling their immediate responsibilities. However, the most challenging one, I see, are the politician’s responsibilities.

The most beautiful thing about Karma is that, it is easily guided by conscious and easily trapped and distracted by our material trappings. The more you are involved with the ‘Me’ within, the more you get buried with the material trappings that become an inhibitory force towards self-actualization. It is easy to get lost with one’s position with Karma but a constant penance and prayer would help to most, while those truly on the path to realization, may not need those prayers on a regular basis. Prayers do help in your struggle with keeping you detached from yourself and being more upwardly mobile in achieving your ultimate karmic objectives.

Path to Happiness

While Karma has an end to its cycle as you retire with advancing age or limitation of capabilities, kartayya has no end until your last breath. Only the nature of your responsibilities changes as you age.