Monday, November 21, 2011

Negative Blood Group and the Adamic Connection !

There are two prevalent stories about the origin of human beings on our planet earth. One is the biblical story of Adam and Eve ! The ancestral parents of all human beings ! But if that were true, all human beings should have been with only one blood group.

The second story is that of the scientific community which for some time wanted to believe in the evolution theory of origin. But this theory also cannot explain logically the type of blood groups, the Rh factor and the type of distribution of the blood groups in the various races and communities of peoples around the world. What makes us curious is the rarity of the Rh negative peoples and the Rhesus monkey connection that the majority Rh positives have.

Some of the negative poeple theorise about the possibility of the aliens invading earth once upon a time and cross breeding, the aliens obviously not evolved from the monkeys of earth and hence negatives.

But to my surprise, I have come across a book which has been in existence here for the last over half a century. Some of you here might have come across it.

Yes, I am referring to the Urantia Book !

I am not sure how many of the bloggers here have come across this book or know about it. In my country India, those possibly could have read this book could be counted on the fingers!

Whether you have read it or not, let me briefly introduce the ascertion the urantia book gives about the development of mankind on this earth [designated as Urantia in this book]

The book says the development of intelligent life culminating in the development of mankind is a type of controlled evolution-the control being exercised by intelligent and invisible administration of personalities belonging to and supremely controlled by what we call, God.

So a million years ago, a twin pair, one male and one female, now called Anton and Fonta, were born to a family of a kind of tree dwelling apes, with a modified gene structure, making them receptive to God and hence different from their parents. They were the first humans on this earth and their blood obviously contained the factors from their animal or ape-parents. They should have been with the Rh positive blood.

Man kind multiplied from Anton and Fonta for another half a million years. Possibly nothing happened to change their blood during this period.

But then, about half a million years ago, in one of those human families, called the 'Sangik family' a series of children were born who were different in their skin colors as compared to their parents. Some extraneous evolutionary modification exercise by the invisible organisation of God caused this. These Sangik children were in 6 colored groups. Their skin pigments responded differently to the sunlight spectrum colors and their natures were also different. They were the RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE and the INDIGO colored original races of earth. They were all more intelligent than their parents and their mental and physical capabilities were different. The RED-YELLOW-BLUE were superior in increasing order making the BLUE the most superior in their mind capacity.

From the Sangik colored children, the six colored races of peoples originated and propagated. As their were some genetic changes administered, they were to be believed as having some additional features in their physical build up and possibly in their blood. But since they all were descendents of Anton and Fonta, the Rh positive factor remained in them. Possibly at this stage, the six colored races got an extra factor in their blood- Making the possibility of blood types to six.

Later these colored races mixed and annihilated each other, making some of the groups totally disappearing, though their blood factors remained in their mixed descendants.

About 38000 years ago, God's administration brought a superior mortal race volunteer pair-Adam and Eve-from a superior world, many light years away from earth. They were brought in by using the dematerialisation and materialisation technique. Since they were not from the ape origin, they did not have the Rh positive blood. They were Rh negative.

The Adamic offsprings later mixed with the earlier groups of Sangik races. But this mixing was the latest and the least wide spread, making the Adamic negative blood rare in the human peoples that exist today.

The story is not this simple. You need to actually read and understand it to appreciate it.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Wedding at Cana-the Story from the Urantia Book

By noon on Wednesday almost a thousand guests had arrived in Cana, more than four times the number invited to the wedding feast. It was a Jewish custom to celebrate weddings on Wednesday, and the invitations had been sent abroad for the wedding one month previously. In the forenoon and early afternoon it appeared more like a public reception for Jesus than a wedding. Everybody wanted to greet this near-famous Galilean, and he was most cordial to all, young and old, Jews and gentile. And everybody rejoiced when Jesus consented to lead the preliminary wedding procession.
Jesus was now thoroughly self-conscious regarding his human existence, his divine pre-existence, and the status of his combined, or fused, human and divine natures. With perfect poise he could at one moment enact the human role or immediately assume the personality prerogatives of the divine nature.
As the day slowly passed on, Jesus became increasingly conscious that the people were expecting him to perform some wonder; more especially he recognized that his family and his six disciple-apostles were looking for him appropriately to announce his forthcoming kingdom by some startling and supernatural manifestation.
Early in the afternoon Mary (earthly mother of Jesus) summoned James (Jesus’ earthly brother), and together they made bold to approach Jesus to inquire if he would admit them to his confidence to the extent of informing them at what hour and at what point in connection with the wedding ceremonies he had planned to manifest himself as the ‘supernatural one.’
 No sooner had they spoken of these matters to Jesus than they saw they had aroused his characteristic dislike. He said only this much:
“If you love me, then be willing to be with me while I wait upon the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
But the eloquence of his rebuke lay in the expression of his face.
This move of his mother was a great disappointment to the human Jesus, and he was much sobered by his reaction to her suggestive proposal that he permit himself to indulge in some outward demonstration of his divinity.
That was one of the very things he had decided not to do when so recently isolated in the hills.
For several hours Mary was much depressed.
She said to James:
“I cannot understand him; what can it all mean? Is there no end to his strange conduct?”
James and Jude tried to comfort their mother, while Jesus withdrew for an hour’s solitude.
But he returned to the gathering and was once more lighthearted and joyous.
The wedding proceeded with a hush of expectancy, but the entire ceremony was finished and not a move, not a word, from the honored guest. Then it was whispered about that the carpenter and boat-builder, announced by John as “the Deliverer,” would show his hand during the evening festivities, perhaps at the wedding supper.
But all expectance of such a demonstration was effectually removed from the minds of his six disciple-apostles when he called them together just before the wedding supper and, in great earnestness, said:
“Think not that I have come to this place to work some wonder for the gratification of the curious or for the conviction of those who doubt. Rather are we here to wait upon the will of our Father who is in heaven.”
But when Mary and the others saw him in consultation with his associates, they were fully persuaded in their own minds that something extraordinary was about to happen. And they all sat down to enjoy the wedding supper and the evening of festive good fellowship.
The father of the bridegroom had provided plenty of wine for all the guests bidden to the marriage feast, but how was he to know that the marriage of his son was to become an event so closely associated with the expected manifestation of Jesus as the Messianic deliverer? He was delighted to have the honor of numbering the celebrated Galilean among his guests, but before the wedding supper was over, the servants brought him the disconcerting news that the wine was running short.
By the time the formal supper had ended and the guests were strolling about in the garden, the mother of the bridegroom confided to Mary that the supply of wine was exhausted.
And Mary confidently said:
“Have no worry—I will speak to my son. He will help us.”
And thus did she presume to speak, notwithstanding the rebuke of but a few hours before.
Throughout a period of many years, Mary had always turned to Jesus for help in every crisis of their home life at Nazareth so that it was only natural for her to think of him at this time. But this ambitious mother had still other motives for appealing to her eldest son on this occasion.
As Jesus was standing alone in a corner of the garden, his mother approached him, saying,
“My son, they have no wine.”
And Jesus answered,
“My good woman, what have I to do with that?”
Said Mary, “But I believe your hour has come; cannot you help us?”
Jesus replied: “Again I declare that I have not come to do things in this wise. Why do you trouble me again with these matters?”
And then, breaking down in tears, Mary entreated him,
“But, my son, I promised them that you would help us; won’t you please do something for me?”
And then spoke Jesus:
“Woman, what have you to do with making such promises? See that you do it not again. We must in all things wait upon the will of the Father in heaven.”
Mary the mother of Jesus was crushed; she was stunned!
As she stood there before him motionless, with the tears streaming down her face, the human heart of Jesus was overcome with compassion for the woman who had borne him in the flesh; and bending forward, he laid his hand tenderly upon her head, saying:
“Now, now, Mother Mary, grieve not over my apparently hard sayings, for have I not many times told you that I have come only to do the will of my heavenly Father? Most gladly would I do what you ask of me if it were a part of the Father’s will—”
And Jesus stopped short, he hesitated.
Mary seemed to sense that something was happening. Leaping up, she threw her arms around Jesus’ neck, kissed him, and rushed off to the servants’ quarters, saying,
 “Whatever my son says, that do.”
But Jesus said nothing. He now realized that he had already said—or rather desirefully thought—too much.
Mary was dancing with glee. She did not know how the wine would be produced, but she confidently believed that she had finally persuaded her first-born son to assert his authority, to dare to step forth and claim his position and exhibit his Messianic power.
And, because of the presence and association of certain universe powers and personalities, of which all those present were wholly ignorant, she was not to be disappointed.
The wine Mary desired and which Jesus, the God-man, humanly and sympathetically wished for, was forthcoming.
Near at hand, stood six water-pots of stone, filled with water, holding about twenty gallons apiece.
This water was intended for subsequent use in the final purification ceremonies of the wedding celebration. The commotion of the servants about these huge stone vessels, under the busy direction of his mother, attracted Jesus’ attention, and going over, he observed that they were drawing wine out of them by the pitcher.
It was gradually dawning upon Jesus what had happened.
Of all persons present at the marriage feast of Cana, Jesus was the most surprised.
Others had expected him to work a wonder, but that was just what he had purposed not to do.
And then the Son of Man recalled the admonition of his Personalized Thought Adjuster in the hills. He recounted how the Adjuster had warned him about the inability of any power or personality to deprive him of the creator prerogative of independence of time.
On this occasion power transformers, midwayers, and all other required personalities were assembled near the water and other necessary elements, and in the face of the expressed wish of the Universe Creator Sovereign, there was no escaping the instantaneous appearance of wine.
And this occurrence was made doubly certain since the Personalized Adjuster had signified that the execution of the Son’s desire was in no way a contravention of the Father’s will.
But this was in no sense a miracle.
No law of nature was modified, abrogated, or even transcended.
Nothing happened but the abrogation of time in association with the celestial assembly of the chemical elements requisite for the elaboration of the wine.
At Cana on this occasion the agents of the Creator made wine just as they do by the ordinary natural processes except that they did it independently of time and with the intervention of superhuman agencies in the matter of the space assembly of the necessary chemical ingredients.
Furthermore it was evident that the enactment of this so-called miracle was not contrary to the will of the Paradise Father, else it would not have transpired, since Jesus had already subjected himself in all things to the Father’s will.
When the servants drew this new wine and carried it to the best man, the “ruler of the feast,” and when he had tasted it, he called to the bridegroom, saying:
“It is the custom to set out first the good wine and, when the guests have well drunk, to bring forth the inferior fruit of the vine; but you have kept the best of the wine until the last of the feast.”
Mary and the disciples of Jesus were greatly rejoiced at the supposed miracle which they thought Jesus had intentionally performed, but Jesus withdrew to a sheltered nook of the garden and engaged in serious thought for a few brief moments.
He finally decided that the episode was beyond his personal control under the circumstances and, not being adverse to his Father’s will, was inevitable.
When he returned to the people, they regarded him with awe; they all believed in him as the Messiah.
But Jesus was sorely perplexed, knowing that they believed in him only because of the unusual occurrence which they had just inadvertently beheld.
Again Jesus retired for a season to the housetop that he might think it all over.
[This story with much details as retold in Paper-137 of the Urantia Book has made me think deeper into the meanings of all these. Reading this has been very refreshing to my mind. For reading the Urantia Book visit my website.]  

Friday, September 2, 2011

മുളക് പൊടി വില്‍ക്കാന്‍ കെമിക്കല്‍ എഞ്ചിനീയര്‍ തന്നെ വേണോ ?

A satire written in Malayalam Language which indirectly pinpoints the 
peculiar situations that our modern educational systems bring about in the society. For example,  there are many areas of professional education and training  which require above average intelligence and IQ for developing expertize and competence. Unfortunately, the present day systems are not so faultless that many such skilled professionals are forced to fetch jobs that are totally unrelated to their training and experience. The society fails to take advantage of a person highly skilled for a high skill job. The unfavorable market forces of modern world make selling of condiments like chilli powder more attractive and remunerative for a chemical engineer than doing a job in his own area of expertise!

കോഴഞ്ചേരി സെന്റ്‌ തോമസ്‌ ഹൈസ്‌കൂളിലെ എട്ടാം ക്ലാസില്‍ ആയിരത്തി തൊള്ളായിരത്തി അറുപതുകളില്‍ നിക്കറുമിട്ടു പോയ്കൊന്ടിരുന്ന കാലം. എഞ്ചിനീയര്‍ എന്ന് വച്ചാല്‍ എന്താണെന്ന് തന്നെ അറിയില്ല. പക്ഷേ എങ്ങനെയോ കെമിക്കല്‍ എഞ്ചിനീയര്‍ എന്ന പദം മനസ്സില്‍ കടന്നു കൂടി. ആറ്റം ബോംബും പെട്രോളും അങ്ങനെയുള്ള അതി സങ്കീര്ണമായ വസ്തുക്കള്‍ പടച്ചു വിടുന്ന മഹാ ബുദ്ധി രാക്ഷസന്മാര്‍ ആണ് ഇവരെന്നായിരുന്നു അന്ന് കിട്ടിയ വിവരം.

ക്ലോറിന്‍ വാതക കുറ്റി അശ്രദ്ധയോടെ ഇട്ടിരിക്കുന്നത് കാണുക.
Chlorine cylinders placed so casually in an industry!

ഒരു കെമിക്കല്‍ എഞ്ചിനീയര്‍ ആകണമെങ്കില്‍ ഒരു പാടു ബുദ്ധിയും പ്രയഗ്നവും വേണം . പ്രി ഡിഗ്രി പരീക്ഷയില്‍ കണക്കിനും ഫിസിക്സിനും രസതന്ത്രത്തിനും അങ്ങേ അറ്റത്തെ മാര്‍ക്കും കിട്ടിയാല്‍ ഒരു പക്ഷേ അഡ്മിഷന്‍ കിട്ടാം. കേരളത്തിലെ ഒരേ ഒരു എഞ്ചിനീയറിംഗ് കോളേജില്‍ മാത്രം ഇതിനുള്ള സൗകര്യം. 

അന്ന് മനസ്സില്‍ ഒരു ആഗ്രഹം മുള പൊട്ടി. ഒരു കെമിക്കല്‍ എഞ്ചിനീയര്‍ ആകണം. 

നോക്കണേ ദൈവത്തിന്റെ ഒരു കളി. അങ്ങനെ തന്നെ സംഭവിച്ചു.

അന്ന് ക്ലാസ്സിലുണ്ടായിരുന്ന നാല്‍പതില്‍ ചില്വാനം പിള്ളേര്‍ ഒന്നിനൊന്നു ബുദ്ധി വീരന്മാര്‍. 

മുപ്പത്തഞ്ചു വര്‍ഷങ്ങള്‍ കഴിഞ്ഞിരിക്കുന്നു.

ഇന്ന് ആ പലരും ആ കെമിക്കല്‍ എഞ്ചിനീയറിംഗ് വിദ്യ എങ്ങനെ ഒക്കെ പ്രയോഗിക്കുന്നു എന്ന് അറിയാന്‍ ഒരു പ്രത്യേക താത്പര്യം.

ഒരാള് കേരളത്തില്‍ ജില്ല കലെക്ടര്‍ ആയി ചുവന്ന ലൈറ്റ് വച്ച കാറില്‍ കറങ്ങുന്നു. 

മറ്റൊരു ബുദ്ധിമാന്‍ അമേരിക്കയില്‍ പണം കടം കൊടുക്കുന്നു. 

വേറൊരാള്‍ പല പല ബിസിനസ്‌ ചെയ്യുന്നു- കെമിക്കല്‍ എന്നൊരു സംഗതി അതിലില്ല.

വേറൊരു അതി ബുദ്ധിമാന്‍ അമേരിക്കയില്‍ മുളക് പൊടി വിപണനം നടത്തി കാശുണ്ടാക്കുന്നു.

കര്‍ത്താവേ ഇങ്ങനെ ഒക്കെ ആക്കാനായിരുന്നെ പിന്നെ ഞങ്ങളെ ഒക്കെ അന്നിങ്ങനെ പെടാ പാടു പെടുത്തണമായിരുന്നോ ? 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The God Within Me .... and You !

Most of the species in the animal kingdom have many similarities. If you have a mind with some aptitude in creativity and if you ever divert your power of thinking to analyze the beauty and complexity of the designs that make up the living bodies of animals and humans, you will get stuck awesomely at the supreme intelligence that has designed it all in this way.
Each and everything what we see, living and non-living, both reveal a marvelous beauty of intelligent design. So awesome that it is beyond our comprehension. Our thought therefore comes to a naught. We leave it there. Why waste our thought energy?
Have you ever wondered  about this? What is the essential difference between the humans like us and those on the other side of the animal kingdom that we call animals?
Difference ? Oh! yes. Animals do not think. They do not have intelligence, some of you might say. Are you sure? Nope!
Okay, I have noticed one marked difference. All of us humans have something to do with an entity we do not really comprehend and we call that God.
Ninety-nine percent humans publicly or privately worship God and all of them have a religion which is centered about their concepts of God. They love, fight, kill and save for their God, all at the same time, even when they are not sure of who this God really is.
And those we call animals do not show this trait of God admiration or worship. Forget those elephants, monkeys, goats and cows trained to do some outwardly acts of worship!
God awareness is innate in humans whereas in animals it is not.
If it is so, have you ever thought of the 'why' of it?
I know that you do not have time to think about such things!
Because the thinking ability is perhaps the least that you want to use, that is inherent in your body design!
Anyway, let me tell you my finding. There is a 'power' that is independent of your body and intelligence that is superimposed in your mind.
That 'power' is in all human beings. And that is a gift from our supreme designer that created us some time in the past.
Perhaps this small 'power' superimposed within us is a part of the Supreme Power that caused in the creation of everything in some remote past!
Many of us have been taught or told about it. We know that we have something of that kind within us- though our ideas and concepts differ on this.
I know it is God within me. I know that this same God is within each and every one of you.
This God within me compels me to be loving, merciful, just and perfect. This God compels me to love all because of the same power from the same source that is in them.
The God within me is perfect just as it derives that quality from the original source! The same power within all the human kind likewise compels all to be perfect.
Oh, my God! What is this perfection? I have to listen carefully to the God that is within me.
If all becomes perfect like God as compelled by the Godly power that is in the human minds, then this world will become the visible dwelling place of God.
Oh, that is called heaven!
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Just How Much Money I need for a Living ?

My country India is a rich nation of poor people. Some of the world's richest individuals are Indians. There could be millions of Indians who have multi-millions at their disposal.


But I do not know just what do they intend to do with this money and wealth that they have inherited or amassed. Money making for some people is some thing similar to an addictive game.

For some others money is some thing they cherish and love for its power to control others.

For some others money is for enjoying life the way the moneyed people are doing. Though they do not know for sure what these 'others' might be doing.

So those who have learnt the tricks of making money keep amassing wealth more and more and do any thing and everything for making more money.

Some years ago, I had an opportunity to meet a big business man who had amassed millions. He had a humble start as a lowly employee of a private firm years ago.

While he was explaining the greatness of the wealth and the company he had established, I just casually asked him whether he was happy with all these wealth he had amassed.

To my utter surprise, I found this old gentleman almost instantaneously burst into tears. Later he peevishly admitted that he was not happy with the money. Apparently there was no reason for him not being happy. But in reality that was not the case. He admitted that the life he had in earlier years as a lowly paid employee was better than the rich life he had created over the years.

But he was not able to explain the reasons.

I have met others also like that. A few others have also admitted that. Ofcourse I do not have access to all the moneyed people and I do not know for sure their mental state.

But if you ask me, I do not wish to be rich man. I do not want to sit in a position of power for the sake of that. Have you heard of the story of the Democlese sword ?

I try to imagine me in a situation like that. No, it is not for me. I do not have the capacity and ability to withstand the power of money and the power for making money.

You don't have to get burnt for yourself for knowing fire.

I see the remnants of richness of those rich and famous people from the past. What happened to them?

In my home state Kerala, recently a great treasure hidden in a temple has been discovered. The gold, gems and the like is valued perhaps in trillions. But no one knows who was that man who amassed these just to be locked for ever like this?

Again what is the use of these even now except to be kept in museums? People can enjoy seeing them later by spending a few rupees entry fee to the museum.

But then you can enjoy much greater treasures with out paying any thing. Look around you and above you to the skies.

Bill Gates and a few like him have realised that.

Money and Power do not really make you happy always. If you happen to be custodians of these it is a great responsibility. A responsibility to such an extent that you have to sacrifice your personal happiness and freedom !

So let those who are able to do that take these on to their heads.

For others like me it is better not to aspire to have it and become irrevocably unhappy later ! 

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Ivan the Fool and Me !

When I was a boy studying in Class-5 , for the first time ever we had a supplementary text book for Malayalam language study. It was an abridged translation of Leo Tolstoy's classical short story, titled ' Ivan the Fool' . As a boy I was a voracious reader of books in my mother tongue Malayalam. So this supplementary text book was read on the day it was purchased- well before the school opened.

I liked the story very much at that time. I was impressed by Ivan the fool and the manner in which he defeated the devil. More than that as a little boy I liked the morale of the story- of giving importance to working hard with your own hands on the farms rather than making gold and money by deceitful ways.

The details of the story became a forgotten thing over the years. But somehow while thinking about the manner in which the world and my country are moving where easy money making is the primary goal of all, I remembered about this story. I wanted to read it once again.

I was fortunate to google it out and read it full online once again in English.

[If you are interested just try this link to read the story online here: Ivan-the-Fool by Leo Tolstoy ]

The story is compelling for an introspection into my own life. In my childhood days, I had opportunity to get associated in actual farm works in our piece of land in our village. We had cows, goats, rabbits, poultry and honey bees in the many beehives placed here and there. There were plenty of fruits and variety of food stuffs which we used to grow ourselves.

But my parents thought that there is life much more pleasurable out there which could be enjoyed without working with own hands. Brain work was more lucrative. For brain work you have to learn and learn many things. Study hard - that was the advice from the elders at that time.

That I did. Studied and studied. Became an engineer. Got employed in the largest organisation employing engineers. And for all these years I was getting paid for brain work. My hands do not have the hard knots of the peasants.

But am I happy ? I do not know.

Yet I feel Ivan the fool was right. I strongly feel to go back to the farms and work to tender the green plants and the pets. The sweating there is better than the air conditioners. At least that is my thinking now. The sum total of experience gained over decades !

Sorry Ivan, I could not learn fully from your story in the beginning itself !


Why do I write blogs ?

In this advanced age of computers and the internet, millions people especially those who are born in the computer age, write their thoughts on what is now known as 'blog sites' in the internet parlour, an acronym derived from the two words,  web and logs.

In my childhood days computers were just beginning to make an impact in this world. When I was an engineering student way back in the early seventies of the last century, we had to do a lot of engineering calculations. In those days we had no other options other than to use printed logarithmic tables to do tedious calculations involving multiplications, divisions and power functions. This method was very cumbersome and boring.

To ease our calculation efforts later on those days we were allowed to use a cute instrument in the form a measuring scale with the sliding scale fitted inside called the 'slide rule' to find the results of lengthy calculations involving multiplications, divisions and roots. This precision sliding mechanical device used to get imported from Germany and was expensive too in India- the cost being half a month's salary of my middle class dad who worked as a high school teacher. Besides, the results it produced were only approximations and not the exact numerical!

Imagine our great joy and surprise when this electronic gadget called the pocket digital calculator got invented and was brought to our college to the first time by some fortunate colleague whose parents had access in the foreign markets. It had red light LEDs and it gave out all those calculation results accurately just at the press of a small button! In fact we were seeing this wonderful light emitting diodes for the first time!

The electronic revolution began and invaded quite fast that within a few months these cute gadgets were in the hands of most of us. Though it used to cost a fortune, the cost was comparable to the slide rule. In no time the slide rule manufacturing companies located in Germany might have closed down or ventured into other business opportunities!

Then during my higher studies, I had the opportunity to work with the big size computers of the 2nd generation and the third generation such as the IBM 370, DEC 2050 etc. There were a few centralized computer centres set up in national level educational and research institutions in India at that time costing millions of rupees. I considered it a great opportunity  to get privately associated with a computer hardware engineer who came to install and commission the 4th generation DEC computer in the computer centre built up at University of Roorkee in those years where I was a PG student of chemical engineering. 

I remember secretly admiring my hardware computer engineer friend for his vast knowledge in the wonder area of computers. At the same time I remember him telling me about his admiration of me having knowledge in the field of chemical technology on which he had little idea! That was an incident making me realize the importance of having mutual respect between each and every individual. Because every other person knows some thing that I do not know!

Now back to the subject. Why do I blog?

Why did I write the above ? Is it that I want to become famous which other wise I cannot have achieved? But what shall I be going to achieve by simply becoming known to some strangers here and there?

Here a story which I used to hear when I was a kid comes to my mind. 

It is about a poor wood cutter. This poor chap was not able to afford rice and  most often he and his family had to eat rice bran which was available as a cheap cattle feed. But at the same time this cheap rice bran with a little mixing with coconut flakes and cheaply available country made molasses could transform itself as a tasty and rich food for him. The only problem was that this food was labelled as a cattle feed by those who could afford eating rice always!

So this poor chap was always cursing his situation which he considered as pathetic as compared to those rich fellows around him who survived on rice making him to rely upon rice bran that the rich fellows discarded as cattle-feed.

But quite by chance, on an occasion when he was called for some manual work in the local king's palace, he was taken aback by the accidental site of the king eating the same rice bran food that was supposedly food for the cows and people like him.  It was a shocking sight for him- the king relishing on this cattle feed ! Then the king saw him. The king warned him of dire consequences if ever he told this incident to any one ! Obviously, the king too feared the negative publicity that such an incident could create!

Our poor wood cutter was now in a dilemma. 

He wanted to tell his wife and his children about what he had seen. He wanted to tell all about it. That the king too ate the same cheap food that they were eating !

But if he did that perhaps the king would punish him. The little knowledge that this fellow had in his mind boiled. He had to tell every one. But there was no opportunity for that.

Then one day while he was alone in the deep forest for cutting bamboo poles, this fellow released the secret that was contained in his little brain for all these days by shouting with all his might to the bamboo forest : 

" Oh! the king too ate cattle feed !'

The story further continues with what happened later. A bamboo piece from the same forest became part of a musical instrument  and the wood cutter became scared of the music that came out of it. The music appeared to him as resembling what he yelled out secretly in the forest!

Perhaps that could be the reason. I have many such secret thoughts in my mind which I fear telling the folks around me. They could ridicule me or reprimand me for telling things that they do not like to hear in public . I might get the ire of the present day kings!

But I have to vent out the thoughts that fill my mind and I have no safe place to vent it out other than this bamboo forest of the 21st century- the vast  internet bamboo forest of the blog sites !

You now know the secret behind my writing these blogs.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Anna Hazare and the Rest of India !

Anna Hazare, the ex-indian military jawan and now an ascetic and crusader against social evils, hailing from a little known hamlet of the Indian state of Maharashtra has been getting attention of the media and the people for quite some time, except perhaps the arrogant politicians and the bureaucrats. 

For quite some time the Indian politicians have been confident in their power to gather mobs and crowds for any purpose connected to show off their popularity. They knew very well how they did it. They had the party workers on their rolls . At a short notice they were capable of getting a crowd for meetings, bandhs, processions and what not. They pretty knew very well how much money it costed. No one ever did any thing without any 'fayada' or benefit for self.

To get into politics and become a leader of some say, you need popularity. And popularity cannot come overnight. You have to do many good and bad things and act and over act to gain popularity. Politics therefore is not something the good people can try out. Over the years, the Indian political scene has evolved certain theories of its own.

To remain in politics you have to keep your popularity intact. To keep the popularity intact, you need money. Money in real hard cash to buy out the people who helped in showing off the 'popularity'. Now from where does such huge money comes from. That money has to be made from the power and authority that is gained through playing politics. 

To win an election huge amounts of money is needed especially to gain popularity . Why any one should spend millions of rupees to get elected as an MP or MLA unless there is a potential for recovering much more than he or she had spend initially?

The rule books do not allow you to recover your money. That has to be done by covert methods. All those covert methods in which authority is used to amass money for personal coffers is called corruption.

Practising corruption has its own risks. To overcome the risks you need more money and perhaps more power. Thus a vicious circle developed over the years in India. Corruption causing more and more corruption. Half hearted efforts to hoodwink the common man lead to more corruption.

For the public, there was no option. No options to come out of it. Only option left was to be in it. The candidates of the political parties they knew would do no good for them. But yet they had to elect and select from the list available to them. Even when over two-third did not vote, some one would win. To be called their democratically elected representative!

Indians fumed and cursed their fate. Those in power teased and ridiculed them. With total disregard to their feelings and with impunity.

So when Anna and his team declared their intentions to initiate a peaceful protest against corruption, those in power never imagined that the people would ever dare to come out of their homes braving the odds. Anna and those with him knew that those in power are capable of unleashing violence over them with the help of those 'custodians of the law'.  

But the 'August Kranti 2011' of India taking place after 64 years after the successful independence struggle of 1947 under Mahatma Gandhi, surprised all, including Hazare himself. He would have never imagined that the Indian public would show such a solidarity and support !

Each passing day after Anna began his 'Anshan' or fasting, those in power naturally thought that he would give up in one or two days. At least that was what the neo politicians all thought about 'satyagraha'. They could perhaps never ever assess the strength of the will of an ascetic!

So Anna Hazare showed that strength to all- to his enemies and to his supporters at the same time.

Even the most stone-hearted thug also would have a second thought by seeing the feelings of the people and the determination of a simple man like this.

But the grave inaction of those in the government preaching Gandhism gave surprised even those who have not taken any sides.

Such is the greed for clinging on to power and the pleasure of lynching the millions who had no direct  power!

Now India has Anna at the centre with powerful and powerless Indians at both ends! 

But Anna Hazare also has a human mind with its weaknesses and strengths. There is no guarantee that those weaknesses would some day overtake his strengths. It has happened with many in the past.

Let us watch and see.


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Saturday, August 20, 2011

ഉറങ്ശ്യ പുസ്തകത്തെ കേരളത്തിലെ വായനക്കാര്‍ക്ക്‌ പരിചയപ്പെടുത്തട്ടെ !

മലയാളം വായിക്കാന്‍ അറിയുന്ന സ്നേഹിതരെ !

ഉറങ്ശ്യ പുസ്തകം [The Urantia Book] എന്നൊരു പേര് നിങ്ങള്‍ കേട്ട് കാണാന്‍ സാധ്യത വളരെ കുറവാണ്. ഈ പേരൊന്നു ഗൂഗിള്‍ സേര്‍ച്ച്‌ ചെയ്തു നോക്കുക. ഇംഗ്ലീഷില്‍ ഉള്ള പേര്  ഉരാന്ചാ ബുക്ക്‌ എന്നും ഉച്ചരിക്കാം. എന്നാല്‍ മലയാളത്തില്‍ വിവര്‍ത്തനം ചെയ്‌താല്‍ ഒരു പക്ഷെ ഭൂമി പുസ്തകം എന്ന് വിളിക്കുന്നത്‌ ആയിരിക്കും ഉത്തമം.   

നിങ്ങള്‍ അമേരിക്കയില്‍ താമസം ആണെങ്കില്‍ സാധ്യത കൂടുതല്‍ ആകാം. കടുത്ത ക്രിസ്ത്യാനി ആണെങ്കില്‍ ഒരു പക്ഷേ കേട്ടിരിക്കുന്നത് മോശമായിട്ടാകാനും വഴി ഇല്ലാതില്ല. ഏതായാലും ഞാനൊരു സത്യം പറയാം. ഇന്ത്യയില്‍ നിന്നുള്ള ഒരേ ഒരു ഉറങ്ശ്യ പുസ്തക വായനക്കാരന്‍ ഇപ്പൊ ഞാനായിരിക്കുമെന്നു തോന്നുന്നു. 

ഈ പുസ്തകം വായിക്കാന്‍ സാധിച്ചത് ഒരു വലിയ ഭാഗ്യമായി ഞാന്‍ കാണുന്നു. അത് വായിച്ചാലേ അക്കാര്യം മനസ്സിലാകൂ. ഇപ്പൊ ഏതായാലും ഈ പുസ്തകം മലയാളത്തില്‍ വായിക്കാന്‍ പറ്റുകയില്ല. സ്വല്പം നല്ല ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് പ്രാവീണ്യം ആവശ്യം ആണ്. ഇത് വായിച്ചു ആ പരമ സത്യങ്ങളെ ഉള്‍ക്കൊള്ളാന്‍ കഴിയുന്ന മലയാളികള്‍ ആരെങ്കിലും ഏതാനും കൊല്ലങ്ങല്‍ക്കകം ഈ പുസ്തകം മലയാള ഭാഷയില്‍ തര്‍ജമ ചെയ്യുമെന്ന് ഞാന്‍ കരുതുന്നു. അതിനായി പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥിക്കുന്നു. 

സ്നേഹത്തോടെ രാജന്‍ സി മാത്യു.

ഈ പുസ്തകം ഓണ്‍ ലൈന്‍ ആയി ഇംഗ്ലീഷില്‍ വായിക്കാന്‍ എന്റെ വെബ് സൈറ്റ്‌ നോക്കുക.


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