Thursday, 22 March 2012
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
There are queries continuously made from different quarters as to what is the latest in respect of pension case pending for a long time with Supreme Court of India. Nothing tangible has come out till now. There was nothing specific to emerge on the last 12th March the date fixed earlier for the purpose. Now that the case is posted for 2nd July’2012, let us see what transpires.
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
While addressing his ‘last ride together’ to his beloved, Robert Browning gave an expression to his thoughts at one stage through the words ‘ … who knows the world may end tonight’ in the form of a poem. This he did to manifest the very intensity of love and the moments of ecstasy he was overwhelmingly having on that count as a result of his reunion with his beloved. Such a superb expression so made by him was denotative of most ecstatic and quite a divine level of love and had virtually nothing to do with the world collapsing in physical terms but there are people particularly the so called astrologers who every now and then come out with the prediction like some volcano is to erupt to kill a major chunk of human beings and they even quote the very month and year for the purpose. They talk of some top celebrities of the world dying as a result of some grave mishap and that geographically a number of countries shall be washed away by most violent a sea hardly sparing even a single soul to survive. True, none can deny the eternal truth that the world as a whole may collapse some day as it is the law of Nature but the way the loose predictions are made by the astrologers specifying timings quite often sounds to be absurd which factor not only causes a feeling of havoc but it enormously demoralises the people.
Friday, 9 March 2012
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
It (this picture) looks like that of a garbage but is in fact collection of wood from the felled trees with their rough mass collected by the local people to accumulate as a big heap to be used as an open air bonfire around which the devotees from hinduism are to assemble in a large number marking the advent of spring season celebrating it as the festival of festivities. This takes place a day before HOLI and, believe as they do, a new year starts with this. There are several stories connected with the festival one of which says that Hirnakashyap, a power full demon, wanted himself to be worshipped as God (Vishnu) but he was opposed by his own son Prahalad who in turn was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu, the God. Hirnakashyap wanted to get rid of him entrusting the job to his sister Holika (Prahlad’s aunt) who had the boon not to get harmed by fire. As per plan so designed with a religious ritual in the back ground she entered into the bonfire taking Prahlad in to her lap obviously with a pre determined mind to get him burnt and killed remaining her self safe and alive as the fire was not to harm her as per the boon she had. What happened was just the reverse. It was she herself and not Prahlad who was engulfed and devoured by fire flames. Prahlad, a devotee as he was of Lord Vishnu, remained safe and intact without any slightest possible harm to him. What further followed was the killing of Hirnakashyap himself by Lord Vishnu. Solemn devotion thus prevailed over the evil and it is with this message that the festival is observed as Holika Dahan.