Did you know that every finger in your hand is connected to a planet?  ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

 

 

Every finger in your hand is connected to a planet. The thumb is connected to Mars. Mars stays alone.

Index finger is connected to Jupiter (Jupiter shows the path, it is the teacher). When you want to show something, you show using the index finger, this is Jupiter. The middle finger is connected to Saturn; Saturn is the servant. The ring finger is connected to the Sun; the Sun is the king. And who owns the jewels? The king, and so you put rings only on the ring finger. That’s why it’s called the ring finger. The little finger is connected to Mercury. 

So when you do chin mudra, what is happening? The index finger (Jupiter) and the thumb (Mars) are coming together, that is wisdom and power.  Why is the thumb connected to Mars? It is because whenever you win, what do you do? You put your thumbs up. Thumbs up is a sign of victory. When you lose what do you do? You put your thumbs down. So these gestures are so inbuilt in us.

Different planets affect different parts of your body. Your teeth is connected to Saturn. Your eyes are connected to the Sun, your cheeks are connected to Venus, forehead to Mercury, nose to Jupiter. I mean this as the connection of microcosm with the macrocosm. It is so fascinating!  Similarly, moods depend on the moon.

A mood does not stay for more than two and a quarter day. That is the amount of time the moon is at one place. The moment the moon moves from that place; your mood also changes. And when the moon and Saturn combine, people get depressed. So these emotions, these feelings, they come and they go away. Nothing is permanent. No planet is permanently stationary in one place. They all move. But when you identify yourself with any one of these emotions, you get stuck. That’s when you don’t move. That is when it infiltrates into your body and you get sick, and all such things happen. Isn’t it fascinating? So what is the way? How to move on from that?

On a cloudy day, when a flight takes off, what does it do? It goes above the clouds, and then there is sunshine. That is what the spiritual practices are. They move us away from the Chit Akasha(the space of the mind) to the Chida Akasha(space of pure consciousness). We move beyond all the emotions.

9 planets moving through the 12 constellations brings 108 units of change. So to enhance the good effects and to reduce the malefic effects, ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ is chanted 108 times. That uplifts you, uplifts your spirit, and takes you beyond. It connects you to the Chida Akash(space of pure consciousness).

 

 

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*”Thanks for your time.”*

The telephone rang.  It was a call from his mother. He answered it and his mother told him, “Mr.  Belser died last night.  The funeral is Wednesday.”   Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

“Jack, did you hear me?”  “Oh, sorry, Mom.  Yes, I heard you.  It’s been so long since I thought of him.  I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,” Jack said. “Well, he didn’t forget you.  Every time I saw him he’d ask how you were doing.  He’d reminisce about the many days you spent over ‘his side of the fence’ as he put it,” Mom told him.  “I loved that old house he lived in,” Jack said.  “You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr.  Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man’s influence in your life,” she said.

“He’s the one who taught me carpentry,” he said.  “I wouldn’t be in this business if it weren’t for him.  He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important.  Mom, I’ll be there for the funeral,” Jack said.  As busy as he was, he kept his word.  Jack caught the next flight to his hometown.  Mr.  Belser’s funeral was small and uneventful.  He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time. Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment.  It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time.  The house was exactly as he remembered.  Every step held memories.  Every picture, every piece of furniture…Jack stopped suddenly…”What’swrong, Jack?” his Mom asked.   “The box is gone,” he said.”What box?” Mom asked.

“There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk.  I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside.  All he’d ever tell me was ‘the thing I value most,'” Jack said.It was gone.  Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box.  He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.  “Now I’ll never know what was so valuable to him,” Jack said. “I better get some sleep.  I have an early flight home, Mom.”

It had been about two weeks since Mr.  Belser died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox.  “Signature required on a package.  No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days,” the note read.  Early the next day Jack went to the post office and retrieved the package.  The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago.  The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention.

“Mr.  Harold Belser” it read.  Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package.  There inside was the gold box and an envelope.Jack’s hands shook as he read the note inside.”Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett.  It’s the thing I valued most in my life.” A small key was taped to the letter.  His heart racing, as tears filled his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box.  There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover.  Inside he found these words engraved: “Jack, Thanks for your time! — Harold Belser.”  “The thing he valued most was my time!”Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days.*”Why?” Janet, his assistant asked.”I need some time to spend with the people I love and say I care for,” he said.  “Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!”

 

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.”Think about this.  You may not realize it, but it’s 100 percent trueat  least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

  1. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

 

  1. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.

 

  1. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

 

  1. You mean the world to someone.

 

  1. If not for you, someone may not be living.

 

  1. You are special and unique.

 

  1. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won’t get it, but if you trust God to do what’s best, and wait on His time, sooner or later, you will get it or something better.

 

  1. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it.

 

  1. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a hard look: you most likely turned your back on the world and the people who love and care for you.

 

  1. Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.

 

  1. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.

 

  1. Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know and you’ll both be happy.

 

  1. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.

 

 

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You can’t beat  Indians    [ A COMEDY STORY ]

 

An Indian Doctor can’t find a job in a Hospital in US so he opens a clinic and puts a sign outside ‘GET TREATMENT FOR $20 – IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100

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A American lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic…

Lawyer:  “I have lost my sense of taste”

Indian :  “Nurse, bring medicine from box no. 22 and put 3 drops in patient’s mouth”

Lawyer:  “Ugh..this is kerosene”

Indian:  “Congrats, your sense of taste is restored. Give me $20”

The annoyed lawyer goes back after a few days to recover his money…

Lawyer:  “I have lost my memory. I cannot remember anything”

Indian:  “Nurse, bring medicine from box no. 22 and put 3 drops in his mouth”

Lawyer (annoyed):  “This is kerosene. You gave this to me last time for restoring my taste”

Indian : “Congrats. You got your memory back. Give me $20”

The fuming lawyer pays him, and then comes back a week later determined to get back $100.

Lawyer:  “My eyesight has become very weak I can’t see at all ”

Indian :  “Well, I don’t have any medicine for that, so take this $100”

Lawyer (staring at the note): “But this is $20, not $100”

Indian :  “Congrats, your eyesight is restored. Give me $20”

 

 

A MYTHOLOGICAL CONVERSATION

 

Vasu asked.  “Mom, 

I am a genetic scientist.   I am working in the US on  the evolution of man. Theory of evolution. Charles Darwin, have you heard of him? ”  His Mother sat next to him,  smiled and said, “I know about Darwin, Vasu. But Have you heard of Dashavatar? The ten avatars of Vishnu?” Vasu replied yes. “Ok! Then let me tell you what you and your Darwin don’t know.  Listen carefully-

The first avatar was the Matsya avatar, it means the fish. That is because life began in the water. Is that not right?” Vasu began to listen with a little more attention.

She continued, “Then came the Kurma Avatar, which means the tortoise, because life moved from the water to the land. The amphibian!  So the Tortoise denoted the evolution from sea to land.

Third avatar was Varaha, the wild boar, which meant the wild animals with not much intellect, you call them the Dinosaurs, correct?”Vasu nodded wide eyed.

“The fourth avatar was Narasimha, half man and half animal, the evolution from wild animals to intelligent beings.

Fifth, the Vaman avatar, the midget or dwarf, who could grow really tall. Do you know why that is? Because, there were two kinds of humans, Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens and Homo Sapiens won that battle.” Vasu could see that his Mother was in full flow and he was stupefied.

“The Sixth avatar was Parshuram,   the man who wielded the axe, the man who was a cave and forest dweller. Angry, and not social.

The seventh avatar was Ram, the first rational thinking social being, who practised and laid out the laws of society and the basis of human relationships.

The Eighth avatar was Balarama, a true farmer who showed  value of agriculture in the life.

The Ninth avatar was Krishna, the statesman, the politician, the diplomat, the Ambassador, the sutile interpreter, the lover who played the game of society and taught how to live and thrive in the adhaarmic social structure.

And finally, my boy, will come Kalki, the man you are working on. The man who will be genetically supreme.”  Vasu looked at his Mother speechless. “This is amazing Mom, how did you …. ? This makes sense!”  She said, “Yes it does, son!   We Indians knew some amazing things, but just didn’t know how to pass it on scientifically. So we made them into mythological stories.

Mythology creates faith and makes man sensible. It is just the way you look at it – Religious or Scientific. Your call.”

 

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Why Me ? ”   A Beautiful Message by Arthur Ashe

, The legendary Wimbledon Player who was dying of a deadly disease, which he got due to Infected Blood he received during a Heart Surgery in 1983 !  during his illness , he received letters from his fans , one of which conveyed : ” Why did God have to select you for such a bad disease ? ” To this Arthur Ashe replied : 

50 Million children started playing Tennis ,  ⁃ 5 Million learnt to play Tennis , ⁃ 500 000 learnt Professional Tennis ,  ⁃ 50 Thousand came to Circuit ,  ⁃ 5 Thousand reached Grand Slam ,  50 reached Wimbledon  ⁃ 4 reached the Semifinals , ⁃ 2 reached the Finals and when I was holding the cup in my hand , I never asked God :” Why Me ? ”

So now that I’m in pain how can I ask God : Why Me ? ”

Happiness … keeps you Sweet !

Trials … keep you Strong !

Sorrows … keep you Human !

Failure … keeps you Humble !

Success … keeps you Glowing !

But only , Faith … keeps you Going !

Sometimes you are not satisfied with your life , while many people in this world are dreaming of living your life .A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead dreams of flying , while  a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of returning home .That’s life !

Enjoy yours … If wealth is the secret to happiness , then the rich should be dancing on the streets .But only poor kids do that . If power ensures security , then VIPs should walk unguarded . But those who live simply , sleep soundly . If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships , then celebrities should have the best marriages .Live simply , be happy ! Walk humbly and love genuinely !

 

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BEAT THE PLASTIC POLLUTION

It’s not unusual for us to wake up to news of yet another instance of the environment bearing the brunt of human negligence. The latest being reports of a whale dying in southern Thailand after swallowing over 80 plastic bags.

It shouldn’t be news to us that the use of plastic poses a major threat to the environment. Plastic bags have been banned time and again in several countries, including India, but the problem is far from resolved. United Nations has declared “Beat Plastic Pollution” as the theme for this year’s World Environment Day, which is celebrated across the world on June 5. This time around, people from various walks of life have joined hands and pledged to beat the plastic bully. Celebrities Alia Bhat, Arjun Kapoor, Prakash Raj and Dia Mirza have been tagging their friends on social media, asking them to take up the #BeatPlasticPollution challenge and stop using plastic. Arjun and Alia have even posted pictures of themselves using environment-friendly water bottles.

 

What makes today even more special is that India has been selected as the global host for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations, and Hyderabad is leading the way in raising awareness about the cause. United Nations India has acknowledged as much in its tweet — “India is on track with cities like #Cochin, #Hyderabad & #Nagpur leading the way towards sustainable #SmartCities. I encourage India to keep this momentum going: @ErikSolheim, Head, @UNEnvironment with @HardeepSPuri. #WorldEnvironmentDay #BeatPlasticPollution (sic).”

The Government of Telangana is committed to protecting the environment from further damage. Talking about its plans and initiatives in this regard, K.T. Rama Rao, the Minister for IT, Industries, Municipal Administration, Mines and Geology, and NRI Affairs, says, “Apart from hiring 20 electric vehicles, around 45,000 lakes in the state are being cleaned and restored. The government is determined to make Hyderabad a plastic-free city by 2022.”

But there’s only so much the government can do on its own. It requires the cooperation of citizens to bring its plans to fruition. And people do seem enthusiastic about the #BeatPlasticPollution challenge. Ravadi Kantha Rao, the man behind Shubhra Hyderabad, is organising a special clean-up drive on World Environment Day. “Our whole movement is in sync with this year’s theme of #BeatPlastic Pollution, and we are all geared up. 30 volunteers have already registered for the June 5 drive, and that number will increase, for sure,” he says. Rupam Kumar, another environmental activist from the city, plans to do seed bombing — throwing seeds at random places and allowing nature to take its course.

Water conservationist Kalpana Ramesh has come up with an indigenous way to contribute to the protection of the environment — by only using recycled water for her rooftop garden. “My family uses over 150 litres of water every day, and we make it a point to recycle every drop. My house is also equipped for rain-water harvesting. So there’s no wastage and no need to source additional water either,” she says.

These are just a few of the simple things that people are doing to create a positive impact. What change are you promising to make today?

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THE HAND WINGED ANIMAL

We don’t yet know the precise role of bats in the Nipah outbreak

Most bats fly high/ Swooping only/ To take some insect on the wing; But there’s a bat I know/ Who flies so low/ He skims the floor; He does not enter at the window/ But flies in at the door. In his poem, ‘The Bat’, Ruskin Bond recounts the tale of a ‘crazy’ bat — albeit a fairly benign one — that made itself cosy at the foot of his bed on a lonely night in Mussoorie.

But ‘benign’ is certainly not the reputation bats have: superstition has them down as bad omens; science has proven they are carriers of disease — they are linked to the spread of SARS in China, MERS in Saudi Arabia, Ebola in Africa, and most recently debated as the possible cause of the Nipah outbreak in Kerala; the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, lists them largely as vermin. And blood-drinking Dracula hasn’t helped the creature’s cause.

The bat is something of a chimera: it has wings like a bird, the furry face of a mouse, it often flies zigzag or flits giddily like a moth. It belongs to the taxonomic order ‘Chiroptera’, derived aptly from the Greek words for ‘hand’ and ‘wing’.

Thinning dwellings

I’ve been spooked by bats too, mostly because their movements are so inscrutable. While looking for a white barn owl perched on a lamp-post in Delhi one night, I was startled by a large flying fox that swooped down from the sky, it’s membranous wings translucent against the street light. I was convinced it was coming for my face, though of course, the frugivore was headed for a fig tree behind me.

India has no less than 128 species of bats — yet very little is known about their population status, their behaviour, or their role in the spread of zoonotic disease. Most species are listed as ‘data deficient’ in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. What we do know, however, is that many species are likely under enormous threat.

For instance, found in just one cave in a Karnataka village, the Kolar leaf-nosed bat is threatened by granite mining. Because of its very small range and a population of 200 or less, it has a high risk of extinction and is classified as critically endangered in the Red List. Salim Ali’s fruit bat, which also has a very small range in the tropical forests of the Western Ghats, is classified as endangered.

Research has shown that bat diversity has reduced in Delhi. Species once found in the crevasses of old buildings and in the Humayun’s Tomb complex are no longer found there. Humayun’s Tomb used to be known for its colony of Megaderma lyra, or the greater false vampire bat, distinguished by its long ears. And once found in several old buildings was the Tadarida aegyptiaca or the Egyptian free-tailed bat, which feeds on insects while in flight or while crawling on the ground with equal ease.

“Neither species is easily spotted in Delhi anymore,” says Sumit Dookia, Assistant Professor, University School of Environment Management, Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University. Today, there are only four generalist bat species that remain in Delhi, he says: the fruit-eating Indian flying fox and the Leschenault’s rousette; and the insectivorous greater Asiatic yellow bat and the least pipistrelle bat.

Apart from habitat loss, bats are also prone to fatally colliding with wind turbine blades — and several wind power projects are coming up in India, particularly in Gujarat and in the Western Ghats. Greater mouse-tailed bats have been reportedly killed by wind turbines in Kutch. Concerns have also been raised about turbines impacting the movement or local migration of bat flocks.

Natural history has largely overlooked bats. As for the Wildlife Act, it names just two bat species for protection — Salim Ali’s fruit bat and Wroughton’s free-tailed bat. The Act does not name other bat species except the generic ‘fruit bats’, which are listed in Schedule V, where they find themselves in the company of ‘vermin’ such as common crows, mice and rats — species that can be legally removed or killed. Fortunately though, as bats are considered ‘wild’ animals, they must, at least in protected areas, remain protected and cannot be driven out, unlike feral dogs or buffaloes.

The only instance the animal got its due in terms of formal conservation was when Karnataka declared the Bhimgad forest a sanctuary to protect Wroughton’s free-tailed bat.

More than spooks

But much remains to be done. Bats, after all, provide huge ecological and economic services, says bat biologist Rohit Chakravarty. “Without insectivorous bats, farmers would lose billions to pest insects. Fruit bats are also important pollinators and seed dispersers in tropical forests. For example, the durian is mostly pollinated by bats.”

Chakravarty, like many others, believes that bats must be removed from the vermin list, because their populations could take time to recover from losses. “Bats are long-lived, slow-breeding species. A small 5 gm insectivorous bat is capable of living up to 30 years and gives birth to one or two pups a year. So, killing them indiscriminately can wipe out large chunks of their populations.”

Several organisations have recently asked for environmental impact assessments of wind energy projects, with a focus on impact on bats. Chakravarty adds, however, that we also need to find an urgent, cost-effective solution to mitigating fruit damage by fruit bats in orchards.

It is not yet clear if bats are responsible for the Nipah outbreak. While some bats have been tested — and found free of infection — those were insectivorous bats, not fruit bats. Further testing, and a greater understanding of the movement history of infected people, should bring clarity.

In his 1902 book The World of Animal Life, Fred Smith describes bats as ‘hand-winged animals’, ‘rendering good services to farmers’ by eating pests. It is a 117-year-old reminder that bats are in dire need of conservation focus; and that they deserve adjectives far better than ‘spooky’.

The writer is a wildlife conservationist with Bombay Natural History Society.

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