The soft yellow light spreading to infinity through the lamp lids, combined with the light green shades of the leaves to weave magic around us, as me and Ishan unusually decided to take a walk to the other side of the Ashram for almost no reason.
The nature stood so alive in front of us, with all its glory, just like an extension of our own body. I felt the liveliness in each moment.
The serene silence of the night was spreading through us, and we were listening to the sound of our own footsteps with great interest, with a child like innocence.
The impact of that silence was so profound that my mind was transcending itself, to take me back to a joyful, blissful realm which was so familiar to me – something that I mislay at times.
Solitude is best when celebrated with the Self! Perfect!
Today during Satsang, somebody asked Guruji - "Why a Guru is required at all?"
Then Guruji answered with a smile.
"Do you need an answer for this question?"
She told, "Yes".
Guruji Replied. "When you have a question, and when you need an answer for that, you need somebody to give you the reply. The source from where you'll get the answer is the Guru. If you don't have any question, then a Guru is not required - but that'll happen only at two cases - either you are totally realized, or you are in total inertia"
"To see your self, you need a mirror. You cannot see your face by looking at a wall or a pillar. The Guru is a reflection of yourself, and finally you'll find the one ness in everything"
Centre for Science and Environment - http://www.cseindia.org/index.html released a study report regarding colas
- A cocktail of three to six pesticides found in all samples
- Lindane — a confirmed carcinogen — was found at an average concentration of 5.5 ppb, which is 54 times higher than the BIS standard (finalised but not notified) for individual pesticides in soft drinks (0.1 ppb)
- In one sample of Coca-Cola bought in Kolkata, lindane was as high as 14 ppb, which is 140 times higher than the BIS standard
- Chlorpyrifos, a known neurotoxin also known to breach the placenta, was found in all samples at an average concentration of 4.8 ppb, which is 47 times higher
- A Coca-Cola sample bought in Mumbai, manufactured in Thane, contained 20.4 ppb of chlorpyrifos: this is 200 times higher than the BIS standard for an individual pesticide. Heptachlor, banned in India, was found in 71 per cent of the samples, at levels which are four times the BIS standards
- The average amount of pesticide residues found in all samples was 11.85 ppb, which is 23 times higher than the BIS standards for total pesticides in soft drinks (0.5 ppb)
Pepsi Cola, the flagship brand of PepsiCo India, on an average contained 15.2 ppb pesticide residues; this is 30 times the BIS standards. Coca-Cola, the flagship brand of Coca-Cola India, on an average contained 13.4 ppb pesticide residues; this is 27 times the BIS standards
- The average pesticide residues in all brands of PepsiCo was 12.7 ppb. This is 25 times the BIS standards
- The average pesticide residues in all brands of Coca-Cola India was 11.05 ppb. This is 22 times the BIS standards
See this report from CSE http://www.cseindia.org/misc/cola-indepth/cola2006/health_effects.htm
Read this, and Forward to others if u r really concerned about our Nation..
A cold drink that costs only 70/80 paise to produce is sold for TEN rupees, and a major chunk of profits from these are sent abroad.
This is a serious drain on Indian economy. These MNCs are taking away these money through their products such are Pepsi, Coca Cola, KFC , Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut - and lots of other brands in garments,cosmetics,vehicles etc...
You can consider some of the better alternatives to aerated drinks.
For instance the price of coke = Rs10..
The cost of production filtered = Re 1.
For whole sale dealer the profit = Re 1.
And for retailer = Rs 0.50
We give seven and a half rupees to a foreign country in a single bottle of coke..
Consider how much sales we hav in our country in a single day...
Here after Jus Think and act..
You can drink LEMON JUICE, FRESH FRUIT JUICES, CHILLED LASSI (SWEET OR SOUR), BUTTER MILK, COCONUT WATER, SUGARCANE JUICE, MASALA MILK........ ..
This will benefit us and our poor farmers who depend on agriculture. .
Everyone deserves a healthy drink, including you!
1 bottle of cola needs 8 glasses of water to secrete it out from the stomach.
Over and above all this, economic sanctions have been imposed on us. We have nothing against
Multinational companies, but to protect our own interests we request everybody to use INDIAN products only for next two years.
Let us think and act!!
- Buy only products manufactured by WHOLLY INDIAN COMPANIES.
- Avoid PEPSI, COCACOLA, KFC, MCDONALDS, PIZZAHUT - this not a sacrifice it’s for your health.
- ENROLL as many people as possible for this cause.
Each individual should become a leader for this awareness
I would also like to point that the same is happening in IT side also. Even Indian companies are selling the brain of Indian engineers cheaply to the outside world. Of course, the alternative is to think about a production oriented work culture, than a service oriented work culture. We should have our own products in IT industry, and only then we'll be able to achieve something
Think Globally, Buy Locally.
A really inspiring talk from Chanakya. Really worth watching
Krishna explains the Secret of Karma to Arjuna - A great scene from Mahabharath. I've found this video recently in Youtube
"All thoughts are relative" is an absolute statement, isn't it? Because if you agree or disagree with it, it will remain the same.
Yesterday during Satsang in Vishalakshi Mantap, I heard a talk from an eminent scientist - he is a visiting professor in various universities like Cambridge, for Physics and Meta physics. It was a wonderfull talk combining spirituality and science.Here are few points he discussed, and as I understood.. He classified emergence of science to three phases.
The 'Materialistic' Universe of Newton
Classical mechanics or Newtonian physics presented the concept of matter and force. Newtom summarized the existence of universe as moving objects in space, using the equation
which means, force means mass x acceleration - which brought a lot of changes and resulted in various scientific developments.
The 'Energetic' Universe of Einstein
Later, about 100 years back, Albert Einstein got an intution - "what if I could move with the speed of light, along with a light ray and see it from there" - and he came up with a wonderfull equation - stating
Which means, matter is nothing but energy. If you can decompose the microphone or book or your own body, finally you will find something called quarks - which are just energy fields. Matter is nothing but field vibrations.Einstein proved that the play and display in the whole universe is just an illusion - as everything we see is nothing but just different manifestations of the same energy.
The Modern Science
Modern scientific developments (like efforts in Unified Field Theory and string theory) are giving us a better understanding of the universe. Earlier, it was assumed that the space or vaccum is empty or void and energy and matter is something that exist in this vaccum - but now we know that vaccum itself is not void as we think - but it has information in it and energy is just vibration in the level of space or conciousness. The whole cosmos is one single organism, with its own intelligence. Each universe itself can emerge and re-emerge in this.(At this point, his talk reminded me what I read in Yoga Vasishta earlier)
The future of the world
Human beings are a species who can elevate their conciousness through meditation and by going deep with in, to gain access to this information, to be one with the cosmos. He told that he is sure that enligtened masters like Buddha, Jesus, Nabi etc did that. He also told that Guruji is doing the same. They experienced this truth and later, their followers took some part or other from the talks of their masters, and thus religions were formed. When you meditate, you can synchronize your awareness with the cosmic being.
He compared the current state of humans in earth to adolescence of a growing person. This is the time where the body of a person gains energy and develops muscles - but the intellect may not be matured enough - so that teenagers may go in to various activities that may harm themselves and others.Similarly, the existing human race in earth has the power and muscles brought by science, but the conciousness and awareness of the human species needs to be elevated so that the human race can use this power properly and constructively. For this, everyone should develop the feeling of one-ness with the cosmos, to that ultimate being, by elevating their conciousness.
The planet's population continues to explode: from 1 billion in 1820, to 2 billion in 1930, 3 billion in 1960, 4 billion in 1974, 5 billion in 1988, and 6 billion in 2000. For the 21st century, the continued exponential growth in science and technology raises both hopes and fears (e.g., development of even more lethal weapons of war).Hence, the only possibility for human race to survive on this earth is to develop a sense of caring and sharing to their fellow beings, and to the nature - and only Spirituality can do that.All religions need to re-invent the element of spirituality with in - since all religions are true. And all of them explains the same nameless and formless conciousness in various names and forms. Problem starts when people start fighting by claiming that only the way they worship that ultimate being is correct.
This talk reminded me a conversation happened in Janaka's palace (I heard it from a talk of Nechoor Venkataraman). Saint Yagyavalkya is answering the questions.Q: Where is the earth located? A: In water (the next state of matter is water)Q: Where is the water located? A: In air (the next state of matter is gas)Q: Where is air located?A: In fire (the next state of matter is plasma)Q: Where is fire located?A: In space (everything got emerged from the cosmic energy or space)Q: Where is space located?A: In the one who experience the space (where else the space can exist !!)
Thanks a lot,