Sunday, December 05, 2010
of WNCA, turned 94 this year. Her camera has captured some of the defining
moments in the country's political history.This black and white picture of
Nehru lighting a cigarette for the then British high commissioner's wife is
an absolute stunner.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
"Do not harm the environment;
do not harm the water and the flora;
earth is my mother, I am her son; …
Tranquility be to the atmosphere,
to the earth,
to the waters,
to the crops and vegetation."
"Whatever I dig from thee,
may that have quick recovery again.
may we not injure thy vitals or thy heart".
The Seers of Rig Veda speak on behalf of earth for its Principle of Replenishment,
"You give me and I give you".
But we forgot it in our over enthusiasm and have evidently lost much. There is not an easy solution now to workwell for everyone, but there are solutions that do work. Open minds about the power of common efforts can give us another opportunity.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Spreading of love and compassion, cooperation, humanity...equal vision...are left only as annexure appended... as optional for odd men outs... the dragon headed to swallow it self...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been
broken up into fragments
...by narrow domestic walls; ...
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the
dreary desert sand of dead habit; ...
Into that heaven of freedom,
let my country awake.
Guru Deva Rabindra Nath Tagore, Gitanjali
Monday, August 09, 2010
2] Each human being has been granted two courses of action: that of deed and that of contemplation. Both lead to the same place.
3] Each human being has been granted two qualities: power and gift. Power drives a person to meet his/her destiny, his gift obliges that person to share with others which is good in him/her. A human being must know when to use power, and when to use compassion.
4] Each human being has been granted a virtue: the capacity to choose. For he/she who does not use this virtue, it becomes a curse – and others will always choose for him/her.
5] Each human being has the right to two blessings, which are: the blessing to do right, and the blessing to err. In the latter case, there is always a path of learning leading to the right way.
6] Each human being has his own sexual profile, and should exercise it without guilt – provided he does not oblige others to exercise it with him/her.
7] Each human being has his own Personal Legend to be fulfilled, and this is the reason he is in the world. The Personal Legend is manifest in his enthusiasm for what she/he does.
Single paragraph – the Personal Legend may be abandoned for a certain time, provided one does not forget it and returns as soon as possible.
8] Each man has a feminine side, and each woman has a masculine side. It is necessary to use discipline with intuition, and to use intuition objectively.
9] Each human being must know two languages: the language of society and the language of the omens. The first serves for communication with others. The second serves to interpret messages from God.
10] Each human being has the right to seek out joy, joy being understood as something which makes one content – not necessarily that which makes others content.
11] Each human being must keep alight within him the sacred flame of madness. And must behave like a normal person.
12] The only faults considered grave are the following: not respecting the rights of one’s neighbor, letting oneself be paralyzed by fear, feeling guilty, thinking one does not deserve the good and bad which occurs in life, and being a coward.
Paragraph 1 – we shall love our adversaries, but not make alliances with them. They are placed in our way to test our sword, and deserve the respect of our fight.
Paragraph 2 – we shall choose our adversaries, not the other way around.
12A] We hereby declare the end to the wall dividing the sacred from the profane: from now on, all is sacred.
14] Everything which is done in the present, affects the future by consequence, and the past by redemption.
15] The impossible is possible
Sunday, August 01, 2010
The terms “Traditionalism” and “Traditionalist” have been gaining currency, reflecting an unfortunate and misleading trend. Presumably used to describe the intellectual ideas promulgated by Rene Guenon, then further developed by Ananda Coomaraswamy and Julius Evola, it instead treats those ideas as merely another perspective or school of philosophy. As such, it would then be subject to criticism and debate at that level.
First of all, it is necessary to be clear about what Tradition is and what motivated Guenon. “Tradition” must be understood in its literal sense as something “handed down” or “given across”, not as the “repetition of the past” for its own sake. What is handed down, then, is a transcendent knowledge which cannot be considered as just another perspective or worldview. In actuality, due to historical contingencies and the resultant isolation of cultures, several traditions have arisen, each reflecting the primordial Tradition.
As such, each authentic tradition is complete in itself. Thus, the “traditional man”, who follows one of those traditions has no need whatsoever to know anything about the teachings or symbols of another tradition. Everything he needs for his own self-development or self-transcendence is already there within his own tradition. Hence, it is absolutely absurd to call him a “traditionalist”, since he is simply a Hindu, or Taoist, or Sufi.
It is only In the modern Western world, which has lost its own tradition, that the question of multiple traditions is forced to arise. Guenon, in his search for authentic tradition in the West, studied the various traditions and noted their commonality – not in their empirical manifestation, but in the transcendent knowledge they carry. Guenon compared this knowledge, hidden in the metaphysics and symbols, of the traditions in his voluminous writings. Nevertheless, not even Guenon was a “traditionalist”; instead he embraced the authentic tradition of a Sufi lifestyle, in his intellectual (not religious) conversion.
As for those who dare call themselves “traditionalists”, Guenon writes:
[“traditionalists” refer] to people who only have a sort of tendency or aspiration towards tradition without really knowing anything at all about it; this is the measure of the distance dividing the “traditionalist” spirit from the truly traditional spirit, for the latter implies a real knowledge …
Ref: Chapter XXXI: “Tradition and Traditionalism” in The Reign of Quantity & the Signs of the Times
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
SEARCH FOR COMPREHENSIVE DESIGN
SOLUTIONS TO HUMANITY'S CRITICAL CHALLENGES LAUNCHED
SOCIALLY - RESPONSIBLE DESIGN'S HIGHEST AWARD GIVEN TO SOLUTION
BEST ABLE TO DRIVE SYSTEMIC CHANGE
July 27, 2010, New York — The Buckminster Fuller Institute announces the Call for Entries to the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, an annual $100,000 prize program to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems.
In a statement about the Challenge, The Buckminster Fuller Institute explains the background of the prize program:
Short term reductionist thinking which dominates all industrialized societies is a fundamental cause of the massive social, economic and environmental deterioration our world is confronted with today. It is now painfully obvious to many that most attempts by civil, corporate, scientific, academic and government sectors to deal with these breakdowns, despite good intentions and significant investment, often exhibit little more than a reflexive default to the same reductionist approach that created the problems in the first place. Little if any attention is ever directed toward optimizing whole systems. Instead the focus remains riveted only on improving various parts in isolation. Not surprisingly, when it comes to solving complex problems, actions are typically fragmented, disjointed and piecemeal. The net result: on a global scale the level of deterioration is rapidly increasing and imbalances have already reached crisis proportions.
During the past half century pioneers like Buckminster Fuller and other visionaries responded to the failure of reductionism by developing new approaches to meeting human needs, concurrent with preserving the vital diversity of cultures and ecosystems that form the fabric of life on Earth. Their holistic approach has influenced thousands of individuals in numerous fields who continue to break new ground in how to think, plan and design.
This evolving and growing body of work contains the seeds, models and strategies for the fundamental shift in direction so urgently needed today. The work spans a range of development stages— from the conceptual phase, to prototype ready, to well proven models poised to scale up. However, most of these new approaches, even the most advanced, remain under funded, under recognized and have yet to significantly penetrate mainstream education, economic activity, media, philanthropy and public policy.
"We're looking for solutions that address multiple problems without creating new ones down the road— integrated strategies dealing with key social, economic, environmental, policy and cultural issues. Our entry criteria is deeply inspired by what Fuller termed comprehensive anticipatory design science— an approach we feel holds an important key to the design of strategies aimed at having a transformative effect on the system as a whole. We are very grateful for the recognition the prize recipients have received to date and hope this will lead to the greater understanding and wide-spread application of the whole systems, design science approach we are championing." said Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.
After decades of tracking world resources, innovations in science and technology, and human needs, Fuller asserted that options exist to successfully surmount the crises of unprecedented scope and complexity facing all humanity— he issued an urgent call for a design science revolution to make the world work for all.
ANWERING THIS CALL IS WHAT THE BUCKMINSTER FULLER CHALLENGE IS ALL ABOUT!
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Contact: JenJoy Roybal
Saturday, March 20, 2010
NEW DELHI: The Centre is planning to undertake an ambitious effort to create a national population register — a proposal that has surfaced in various forms in the past as well — which will document biometric information and photos of all "usual residents" of India above the age of 15.
While previous governments have also considered such a scheme, with the NDA wanting to restrict this to a citizen's register when it was in power, this time the effort is being tagged to the next census slated to get underway later this year. The decadal census will incorporate information that will be digitalized.
MoS for home Ajay Maken had announced the plan for an NPR in Parliament earlier this month and home minister P Chidambaram has said that he hoped to have a good register by 2011-12. The proposal has been on the cards even earlier in 2008 but is only now being operationalised with the Cabinet expected to approve the initiative at its meeting on Friday.
The home ministry proposal closely mirrors the unique identification number initiative that is also expected to get off the ground this year. It is likely the two exercises will be carried out simultaneously with census machinery being the information collecting agency. With its experience in conducting massive nation-wide surveys, the office of the registrar general and census commissioner is seen to be suited for the task.
As in the case of the UID project, the register of population side-steps the contentious issue of identifying illegal migrants as those from Bangladesh by referring to persons who are usually residents. This also includes large number of people from Nepal working and living in India. As citizenship as a parameter for being in the register has implication for illegals, the government has broadened the criteria.
There is a view that even if it means a certain dilution of the proposal to have a citizen's register, it would be useful to have residents on the record as this would put persons on the map. Even if the citizenship criteria is blurred, it will help trace individuals if they are part of an electronic record.
Friday, February 26, 2010
This raises fundamental question on the levels and nature of freedom we have, expect,intend,enjoy and practice. We must not forget that we live in a society which has evolved through thousands of years and survived many severe disturbances. The inherent values our society has become stabilized upon, dictate certain decorum,which whenever violated by any one, or any faction leaves its mark on the whole system.
Mr.M.F.Hussain, after being in India for more than nine decades had to leave it because a few short sighted self interest groups aiming to gain advantage by promoting factionalism They have certainly committed mistake.We can not say they are here in India only, but they are virtually every where throughout the world. Some time they come up individually, some time as Institutions trying to downgrade the rival institutions, covertly or overtly to gain further power and authority in the society.History has enough records to cite how certain ideological and religious institutions declared their synonymity with the State.
The fundamental question here is, do these people, or institutions have freedom to do all such acts in the society? If yes,as in case referred above to, then there is no need to waste time on this topic but if answer is NO, then it raises the question, what the Law has done to correct it and moreover, why have the executive been impotent in controlling it?
Secondly, on the individual level, does a creative person, being an artist or author or filmmaker or of any genre have the freedom to express or exhibit completely and without giving any due consideration to those stabilized values which are deeply rooted in the society he lives?
Difference between inherently stabilized perennial values and traditions have to be understood before reaching any conclusion.Inherently stabilized perennial values are those based on humanity and human being's faith engrossed with spirituality,which have been prevailing continuously, unhindered by any external forces, as undercurrent in the society. In India, we have it as our way of life. I mean the perennial values.
Temporal traditions are and might have been the repercussions of many intermediary events which took place, they have shorter life and change rapidly as we are experiencing in our day to day lives.
To return to the point, we have to judge if there has been any misuse of freedom of expression, creative people claim as enjoying, which touched negatively the inherent stabilized values?
There must be a line, both for the Law and the freedom since both exist within the Society.Any trespassing from any side is bound to attract penalties.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
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Friday, January 29, 2010
Recently, I shared with you the importance of “HOPE.” From time to time, we all need a dose of feel good from within and I don’t mean from a pill, potion, or lotion. We have got to reach-in before we can reach-out and all “HOPE” comes from what’s inside of us.
The following seven steps will help you build “HOPE” and a solid foundation for a spectacular life:
1) Goals – Many people have lost hope because they’ve lost their dream. As a result, they lose focus on the targets to shoot for in life. The lack of clarity breeds a lack of hope. On the other hand, when you have clearly written and defined goals you will gain power in the present because you will know the targets to laser in on that will brighten your future.
2) Attitude – Our attitude is our choice. We can’t always control what happens to us but we can control how we act or react. We can choose to read good positive books and listen to inspiring audio programs or we can choose to turn on the negative news and listen to those who say it can’t be done. Whatever you feed into your mind you will project into your outer world. People with a positive attitude have a positive expectancy, which means they have hope.
3) Responsibility – People with hope accept full responsibility for where they are in life and where they are going. To gain hope, you have to become a no excuses person. When you discover that you are in charge of your own success you will realize that you can change your future and increase your level of hope.
4) Words – The words you speak to yourself out loud and in your mind will determine your future outlook. What you tell yourself eventually becomes reality. People with hope stay positive by continually telling themselves “I am healthy, I’m wealthy, I feel good, I feel great, my time has come and I will not be denied.” Tell yourself, “I am born to win, today is my day, no excuses and the world is at my fingertips.” If you repeat these phrases consistently, you will develop hope in the future.
5) Action – People with hope take action daily. No one feels up all the time. However, people with hope discipline themselves to take certain actions everyday. Action creates the desire to move you in a direction that makes you feel good. Action promotes hope.
6) Faith – Faith is the belief or feeling of certainty that something good is going to happen. Hope and faith are related to each other. Faith increases your trust in a higher power and says, “God’s not finished with me yet and my best days are in front of me.” People with hope have the attitude that “It’s all good.”
7) Growth – There’s a basic rule in life that says we are either growing or we are dying. This rule applies to grass, trees, homes, marriages, life, and hope. People with hope understand that life is a journey not a destination. They also know that, “How they handle the journey will determine their destination.” People with hope are proactive and they take on the day like there’s no tomorrow.
I “HOPE” that I have lit a fire inside of you and ignited your passion so you will fulfill your dreams. I believe your best days are in front of you and your greatest accomplishments lie ahead. Here’s the bottom line: You can’t have power in the present without having hope in the future. If you have lost hope it is because you are not growing. You have to believe that the past does not determine the future.
Combing the seven steps I describe above with belief and commitment will show you the way. If you develop the belief that everything happens for a greater good, you will propel yourself toward the person you are destined to become. You have to believe that failure is only a temporary setback as long as you are learning and growing as you go.
Everyday you need to ask yourself one of two questions, “What’s right in my world?” Or, “What’s wrong in my world?” You will find an answer for both questions. However, people with hope only choose to ask the question, “What’s right in my world?” and they always find answers that give them hope.
As you move forward, I challenge you to be bold and strong. Let the past go and believe that your time has come. It’s a new decade and you can rediscover the dreams you have buried deep down in your heart only if you will start believing. Believe that you have broken the chains of the past and replace them with building blocks for a brighter future.
Decide today that your life is filled with hope and victory. Decide right now that you will accomplish every dream in your heart. Overcome life’s challenges by letting hope shine.
Finally, remember…”It is what you do every day that makes you who you will be some day.”
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Beloved Mother, 1920- Jan,26,2010, RIP
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ।।
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Whatever our internal administrative arrangements are, or might, or may be, our National Security must be firmly founded keeping in view, rapid technological developments world over.
All our key defense systems are now dependent on information & space technologies, they therefore must be fully equipped to face any emergency and also to support ground actions.
As the National Security Advisor you will have a great responsibility to think far ahead, get prepared for the future as well as for present and we rest assured that you will do it without being influenced by any politics.
Monday, January 18, 2010
It's all happening in Dubai ....spectacular photos of last night's storm...
When lightning hit the world's tallest tower! For as long as half hour lightning hit the tower and the thunder sounded all over the neighouring areas ! An unforgettable night!
Courtesy K. Balchand
Sunday, January 17, 2010
World history shows we have been solemnizing our desires and organizing hatreds by propounding the theory of the predestination of races.
The pernicious doctrine of fundamental racial differences and national missions have been preventing the development of a true human community.
Science, however, supports the very different view that the fundamental structure of living beings and human mind is uniform in all races.
Varied cultures are but dialects of a single speech of the cosmos,the differences are due to accents, historical circumstances, and stages of development.
The story of man's gradual rise and progress can not be without its interest to all those who have faith in the solidarity of human being.
The inspiring ideas are always larger than the historical forms which embody them.
Science has put human isolation to an end making realization of the dream of ages possible, the building of a great society on earth and nations.
Universe exists in order that we may apprehend ourselves, and attain our full selfhood.
Goal of life has to be reached through progressive training, gradual enlarging of the natural life along with uplifting of all its motives.
Life is much too complex for an ideal simplicity.
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