Relationship : Of Love — Truth Within, Shines Without

The movement is actually from relationship of love, however it might have hitched far back in time, to love free of relationship.

This isn’t an instant type of advisory, or a suggestion of any kind. It is about a movement that takes a lifetime to happen. That is, if you have trusted yourself through its roller coaster, top and tumble passage over time.

To be able to love without a sense of relatedness takes a huge leap of personal evolution, from being this little Maslowian ego-self to being a divinity unto yourself.

There is a relationship while we are in love. But it is just a start, when there is more of ourself in it. No, when it is all for ourself; even what we do for the other is only because we cannot stop having all that we are getting out of it, for ourself. It […]

via Relationship : Of Love — Truth Within, Shines Without

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What Really Matters…

It’s not, never, the things, beings or people, that matter.

It is always your relationship with one or a few of them, how you relate with them, how the relatedness began, tumbled, changed, then deepened over time. That’s what matters, in truth.

It’s the relationship that will leave you empty or fulfilled.

Mind it.

Here’s a link to expand much that we need to understand about relationships, the Eastern way.

Muslim Terror Flows From ‘Holy’ Quran

The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament, the verses of violence in the Quran are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subject to interpretation as anything else in the Quran.

Muhammad’s own martial legacy – and that of his companions – along with the remarkable stress on violence found in the Quran have produced a trail of blood and tears across world history.

via Muslim Terror Flows From ‘Holy’ Quran

Today’s Liberals Scream For Freedom Without Factoring In The Responsibility…

“What we do have is a right to know,” says DeNicola. “For example, you can certainly demand to know what the taxes on petrol and diesel are. That’s why there is a right to information. But knowing is not the same as believing. Everybody learns in school that Earth is round and revolves around the Sun, but there are many who choose not to believe it for religious or other reasons. Just as we know that all people, whether white or black or brown, are equally human, but some refuse to believe it.”

“Even the idea that your beliefs are your own is flawed, for beliefs are often handed down families, or acquired from the influence of peers or persons in authority. For instance, the belief that spending long hours in office increases productivity. While you can’t help being born into a flat-earther family and learning that Earth is flat, the problem arises when you persist with this belief even after getting a masters in planetary science.

“It is rather the sustaining of such beliefs, the refusal to disbelieve or discard them that can be voluntary and ethically wrong.”

via Today’s Liberals Scream For Freedom Without Factoring In The Responsibility…

In The Family…

Atharva Veda 3.30.02

The son follows

In his father’s steps

And is of a mind

His mother shares.

 

No idea how many arguments and controversies would be bounced off this Vedic advice. Or, is it just a statement of fact as it prevailed then ? I do not know. All I see is a cleverly stated cultural practice that keeps the father proud, mother happy, and the home in peace.

“I Need A Wife.”

“Surely, Joseph, you don’t want me to say it. The Scripture mentions such forbidden things. People might think your interest was—personal.” He looked at his hands and then hid them quickly in his pockets as though to keep them from hearing what he said.

“Ah—” Joseph puzzled. “They might say—I see.” His voice turned brutal. “They might say I felt like the bull. Well, I do, Burton. And if I could mount a cow and fertilize it, do you think I’d hesitate ? Look, Burton, that bull can hit twenty cows a day. If feeling could put a cow with a calf, I could mount a hundred. That’s how I feel, Burton.”

Then Joseph saw the grey, sick horror that had come over his brother’s face. “You don’t understand it, Burton,” he said gently. “I want increase. I want the land to swarm with life. Everywhere I want things growing up.” Burton turned sulkily away. “Listen to me, Burton, I think I need a wife. Everything on the land is reproducing. I am the only sterile thing. I need a wife.”

via Facet : Life And Truth

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My, My ! This Blog…

Looking into the stats pages of this blog, I am thoughtful… over 850 posts, close to 170,000 views by about 111,000 visitors, without commensurate likes and comments. None of which makes any difference to how I relate with this blog’s presence in the web world.

There are just two impressions that arise when I think on the phenomenal matter : one, an average of about 70 views the blog attracts everyday; and, two, I have practically exhausted the drives with which I wrote every other day on topics ranging from eternal matters to timely issues. The posts which are most viewed on any random day are never the most recent; they are old, from as early as 2012, the second year after the blog’s start.

Am I exhausted ? Hell, no. It is my drives that pushed me to post on the blog have. I still write but mostly in a book that never seems to end. I am in no hurry to see its published form, quite as I have never had the least interest in making the blog more popular than it is or making it pay for the effort it took from me. The blog is fine as it is and the book is too, even in its unfinished state. The only rush I feel is on account of my rapidly approaching moment of final departure. But, well…  err… ahem… It is so damned fine right now !

One of the most satisfying aspect of this blog, as in a kid’s delight, is its reach. It has a reader in practically every country on earth ! Now that is something. Yeah, this sense of the connect I then have…whoa. Like, when earth peaks up and breaches into the sky !

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Indian History : Between Ridiculous Historians And Honest Record Keepers

Megasthenes also mentioned the country’s caste system, more in terms of profession, status and personality descriptor. But the problem from an Indic perspective is that very little of the Indika survives in tact today and we are left with second hand accounts of Greek historians. In fact McCrindle, in “Ancient India as described by Megasthenes and Arian,“ says that the Greek writers such as Megasthenes were not highly regarded and were prone to lying. Strabo was of the opinion that Megasthenes simply created fables and as such no faith could be placed in his writings. In Strabo’s own words : “Generally speaking the men who have written on the affairs of India were a set of liars. Deimachos is first, Megasthenes comes next.”

Diodorus also held similar opinions about him. So who and what should we believe? It was Dr. Schwanbeck who, we are told, had collected all the fragments that were extant at that time, and who finally comes to the conclusion that Megasthenes can be largely vindicated of the charge of mendacity (that was leveled at a host of other Greek historians).

The Greek records mention Xandramas and Sandrocyptus as the kings immediately before and after Sandracottus. These names are not in any way phonetically similar to Mahapadma Nanda and Bindusara, who were respectively the predecessor and successor of Chandragupta Maurya. However, if Sandracottus refers to Chandragupta “Gupta”, Xandramas could be his predecessor Chandrashree alias Chandramas (the last of the main dynasty of Andhra Satavahana Kings) and Sandrocyptus to be Samudragupta. The phonetic similarity becomes quite apparent and other supporting evidence too confirms the identity of Sandracottus with Chandragupta Gupta. The correction also settles the ridiculous start of Vikram Era from 58 BC, while Vikramaditya himself is placed about four centuries later !

The Puranas transmit the Hindu tradition and historical records to successive generations. In fact we are told in the Mahabharata that ‘the Vedas are afraid of him who has not studied the Epics and the Puranas, for he would indeed kill them with his ignorance of the truth propounded in them.’

The Puranas are a class of literary texts, all written in Sanskrit verse, whose composition dates from the time of Veda Vyaasa, who lived at the time of the Mahabharata War. The Puranas are regarded by some as the Veda when studied under a magnifying glass. The word “Purana” means “old” and in fact Panini assigns the meaning “complete”( cognate with purna). Generally they are considered as following the chronological aftermath of the epics, though sometimes the Mahabharata, which is generally classified as an Itihaasa (history), is also referred to as a Purana.

Some scholars, such as van Buitenen, are inclined to view the Puranas as beginning around the time that the composition of the Mahabharata came to a close. Certainly, in its final form the Mahabharata shows puranic features, and the Harivamsa (appended to the Mahabharata), wherein the life of Krishna or Hari is treated at some length, has sometimes been seen as a purana. The special subject of the Puranas is the powers and works of the gods, and one ancient Sanskrit lexicographer, Amarasinha, regarded by some as a Jain and by others as a Buddhist, reputed to be a courtier of Vikramaditya, defined a purana as having five characteristic topics, or pancalaksana :

  • The creation of the universe, Sarga;

  • Its destruction and renovation, Prati-sarga;

  • The genealogy of gods and patriarchs, Vamsa;

  • The reigns of the Manus, forming the periods called Manavantaras;

  • The history of the Solar and Lunar races of kings, Vamsanucharita.

No one purana exhibits in detail all five of these distinguishing inclusions, but some reagrd the Vishnu Purana as most close to the traditional definition. Vyasa composed the Puranas in 400,000 “Grantha”. A Grantha is a stanza consisting of 32 syllables. Of these, the Skanda Purana alone accounts for 100,000. It is perhaps the world’s biggest literary work. The remaining 17 Puranas add up to 300,000 Granthas. Apart from them, Vyasa composed the Mahabharata, which contains nearly 100,000 Granthas.

via Indian History And Its Historians

Face To Face With The Ageless Yogi

Devraha Baba was … called, “The Ageless Yogi.” Nobody knows for sure how long he lived – at least 200 years, but probably much longer. The first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad stated that his father had sat at the feet of Devraha Baba as a child in the middle of the nineteenth century, and Devraha Baba was already elderly at that time. An Allahabad High Court Barrister had stated that seven generations of his family had sat at the feet of Baba. One legend has it that Devraha had blessed Tulsidas (1532 – 1623). Devraha Baba himself allegedly claimed that he has lived for over 700 years.

Baba was observed staying under water unaided for half an hour. He also allegedly could be in two places simultaneously and understand the language of animals, control wild animals, heal people by his look or word, and tell the future.

Most importantly, he and the legends about him were not myths : people had met him, spent time with him, heard him speak. They were backed by people with impeccable committment to truth !

via Face To Face With The Ageless Yogi

These Are Heartwarming !.

I’ve written “In Trump I Trust.” Many do not. I have no problem with them provided they are civil about it and do not peddle proppaganda, lies and half truths, in their desperation to convert others. Robert De Niro was not civil in his speech at Tony’s; he was drunk and his opposition to the US Prez in office was all passion, without any truth.

Trump has trumped over Kim Jong during his summit meeting in Singapore. His success is stunningly tall by far : North Korea has agreed to denuclearise. Yes, denuclearise ! All Trump gave in return was sucurity guarantees and cancellation of war games with South Korea. Considering that Obama regime had supplied arms to AlQaida, through Hillary Clinton foreign office channels to rebels at Benghazi in Libya, Trump’s success seems as sublime as Obama’s was vile.

Two reports from India are as heart warming : one, the central banker Urijit Patel’s firm and clear stand before Parliament panel on Nirav Modi scam and, two, Soumya Swaminathan’s blunt refusal to play in Iran. Patel made no bones about the responsibility that Public Sector Banks, such as PNB, had in ensuring good governance and preventing $ 2 billion scams through its branches. It also pins the failures squarely on the finance ministry of the Federal Govt, which owns and manages the enterprises. “RBI cannot audit a hundred thousand bank branches in the country,” Patel said. He also said, the central bank had no power to appoint and remove bank chiefs nor of summoning or superceding their Boards. Nothing could have stated the hazy and muggy state of affairs in public sector banks and in the union government’s oversight of their management. Patel put the accountability where it appropriately belongs : the authority !

Soumya’s refusal to play chess in “headscarved” Islamic is a victory of global free spirited women over the abominy which prevails in Khomeni’s Iran. It is not the first, too, from India. Earlier, Shooter Hina Sidhu had also turned down an opportunity to participate in a prestigeous international event in Tehran.

Compared to the lizzy bizzy feminists in the West, or suave English-speaking West-styled rights and entitlements screaming females in India, Soumya’s clear stand shines the warmth in my heart notwithstanding her loss of an important occasion as a sportswoman. Her solidarity with hundreds of thousand of Iranian women, protesting against oppressive ways of the Islamic regime, glows in its own firmness.

What a heartwarming day, indeed !

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After millennia a Tradition is Reborn | IndiaFacts

Such is Banswada, a small town in Rajasthan. It was here that a whole recension of the Rig Veda has been discovered, thought to have been lost for centuries. Here, on the border of Gujarat, are two septuagenarians who are the last two living reciters of the Shaankhaayana Shakha of the Rg Veda…

The primary corpus of the Vedic trove are the 4 – Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharvan. Each of these Vedas has multiple recensions, called shaakhas. Patanjali in his Mahabhaashya mentions 1131 recensions in all – 21 Rig Veda Shaakha, 86 of the Krishna Yajurveda, 15 of the Shukla Yajur Veda, 9 of the Atharva Veda and 1000 of the Sama Veda.

Each shaakha, to be considered complete – is composed of 4 parts

  • Samhita – the core collection of hymns
  • Brahmana – An expansion of the hymns and some description of the rituals that these hymns are intended for
  • Aranyaka – Philosophical excursions into the inner meaning of the mantra and associated ritual
  • Upanishad – Pure philosophical discussions.

However, this is not a water-tight definition. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, for example, contains descriptions of certain rituals.

Different families are required to specialize in different shaakhas, so that the task of memorizing and preserving the text is shared among many people.

Now, to the subject of ritual. Ritual manuals have been composed for grihya and shrauta rites. Grihya rites are the household rituals, starting from the garbhaadhaana ritual before a child is conceived, to the seemantonnayana ritual for pregnant women, to the choula ceremony at the time of the first tonsure of a child, the upanayana or beginning of studies and so on.

More complex are the shrauta sutras – manuals composed for the performance of major rites. These rites mainly take the form of fire-sacrifices or homa/havanas. These rituals (or karma, literally meaning ‘something done’ or ‘activity’) are organized into

  • Nitya karma – to be performed as a duty, with expectation of no reward
  • Kaamya karma – performed with certain benefits in mind

Of the nitya karma performed in the shrauta fashion, they are further divided into 21 rites

  1. 7 paaka yajnas (literally cooked sacrifice) – simple rituals performed at home, such as the aupasana, vaishvadeva rituals
  2. 7 havir yajnas (literally burnt offering or oblation) – more complex rituals, which can be performed at home. These requires the tretagni – or 3 rituals fires permanently burning for the householder. The well-known agnihotra rite is the primary one, to be performed every day by the householder.
  3. 7 soma yajnas – the most complex rituals, which involve the offering of the famed soma juice. These are simply the most complex ritualistic behaviour ever recorded anywhere among human beings, such the intricately choreographed atiratram, which is a 12-day non-stop performed, continuing through the night (hence atiratram).

Ritual manuals are allocated to different shaakhas and regions. The Bodhayana and Apastamba Shrauta Sutras, for example, are designed for Krishna Yajur Veda and the Baashkala or Aashvalaayana Shakhas of the Rig Veda.

Sutras, by their very design, are concise and cryptic in their brevity. They were designed for easy memorization and transmission.

They are further elaborated upon by commentators, and the commentaries are called Bhashyas.

Of the extant shaakhas, the Aashvalaayana Shaakha of the Rig Veda is the best preserved and has most practitioners in the South of the Vindhya mountains.

In the North, the given book of Shrauta is the Kaatyayana Shrauta Sutra, whose related Yajur Veda rescenscion is the Vajaseyani Samhita of the Shukla Yajur Veda. The associated Sama Veda rescenscion is the Kauthuma Shaakha. The Kauthuma Shaakha, again, has 2 recitation styles, called paddhatis (literally ‘procedure’) – the Madra paddhati, and the Gurjara paddhati. The Madra paddhati (which originated in the Madra region, said to be the Ravi-Chenab doab in Pakistani Punjab), is well preserved among the Sama Veda reciters in the South. The Gurjara paddhati, however, has no more than 10 experts left, almost all of them resident in Kashi, prominent among them being Shri Sharat Joshi.

The Rig Veda shaakha associated with the Kaatyayana Shrauta Sutra is the Shaankhaayana. This was thought to have been lost, save for a rare text published several decades ago.

This brings us back to our tale… Read more at the link below.

Source: After millennia a Tradition is Reborn | IndiaFacts

Musings … Random And Free.

My past life diagnosis :


I don’t know how I feel about it, but I was a female in my last earthly incarnation.

I was born somewhere in modern Central India around the year 875 AD. My profession was that of a philosopher and thinker.


My brief psychological profile in past life :
Timid, constrained, quiet person.

I had creative talents, which waited until this life to be liberated. Sometimes my environment considered me as “strange.”


The lesson that my last past life brought to my present incarnation : My main task is to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for my touch.

So, I keep smiling !


Now, do I remember…

Read more @ Journal : June 09, 2012 : Musings … Knut Hamsun, India, Fairness, Past Life, Nietzsche, Being, EU, Culinary …

In Trump I Trust

Now that may seem too into-the-face, especially to all the left liberal and logical people I see and hear around me. Let me submit three sound byte images that are currently in air.

1  The US as piggy bank… that the world has gotten used to for robbing from, while singing peans in praise of “American leadership.” Trump has declared that this status quo is unacceptable. There are voluminous data to prove the fact thAt this indeed is the case : most advanced and big national economies have maintained deficits of trade balance in their favour, even while imposing protectionist tarriffs on imports from the US and making use of generous country specific quotas allotted by the “leader” to let in their goods and services and flood its own markets.

I believe, Trump is right in disallowing this continuity hereafter. The other national economies derive tangible economic benefits while conceding vain glory to the “free world leader.” The US has had an excessively mismamanaged economy for, despite those ‘decent’ looking parameters during the Clinton regime. Its debt has soared and its GDP growth has floundered. Its exports, barring defence and armaments, has shrunk. In real terms, the US economy may have descended more into the Russian mould than into the surging Chinese economic diversity.

It is time, the US leadership took remedial steps to take its economy back into the vigor, strength and stability. The leaking vessel needs to mended. The recent Chinese hacking out of over 600 GB of naval undersea warfare data is just emblematic of countries adding value to their economy through cheating and thievery, from other’s investment and hard work.

2  Admitting Russia back into G-7 group of nations… is a sound diplomatic decision, despite the Europeans’bravado of “expelling” the US itself from the group. There isn’t much to this matter except Trump’s ability to listen to himself : Russia is not only an important country economically and by its huge geographical mass, it adds the crucial diversity to the viewpoints and experiences the Group summits must take up for their consideration.

The G-7 jamboorie must stop being just a linear exercise of routine, of merely giving their leaders visibility on world stage and backslapping each other, and of fortifying their domestic positions through PR mileage. The Group must consider things concrete and redress pressing global issues, including those pertinent to their own members. Russia is a global energy giant, has the power to intervene and upset the security of Europe and has suffered economic sanctions on issues that could be better addressed in the Group. Why shouldn’t the country be a part of it ?

3  The North Korean summit tomorrow… On a very dangerous and regionally destabilising matter that has festered for two decades now, Trump says he will make his own jugement within the first one minute of his meeting with North Korean president. If the latter doesn’t seem sincere, Trump says, he wgo any further and will refuse to waste his time on the exercise.

Nothing else could send a clearer message to President Kim. I will, Trump is saying, if you seriously and sincerely want it. But, that, he is neither as gullible nor foolish nor selfishly motivated as his predecessors have been.

It is important to remember, Trump has succeeded in bringing the defiant and reclusive North Korean dictator to the negotiating table where others had failed.

In Trump I trust because he says things that he means.

Islam – Prehistory, Myths & Present (VI)

In his book Origines, Vol III & IV, Sir W. Drummond writes : “Tsabaism was the universal language of mankind when Abraham received his call, and their doctrines were probably extended all over the civilized nations of Earth.”

In all probability, Tsabaism is a corruption of the word Shaivism which is part of the Vedic religion. On page 439 of this book, Sir Drummond mentions some of gods of pre-Islamic Arabs, all of which were among the 360 idols that were consecrated in the Kaaba shrine before it was raided and destroyed by Muhammad and his followers.

Here are some of the Arab deities mentioned and their Sanskrit names…

via Islam – Prehistory, Myths & Present (VI)

Strategic Stoop To Conquer…

I do not agree with Buddhist idealism : winning is not important; cooperate, not compete; et al. Not per se but because of the presumed universality embedded in the call, in a world that wafts out its reality clearly, unambiguously. The real challenge is in bringing the ideal out of its labelled isolation and weaving it in the warp and woof of the real world life, hueing it practically with compassion and mindfulness.

Stooping to conquer is a clever strategy that I recently found acceptable while refuting the argument of a very friendly person online. Giving a piece of my mind was not a part of it; showing the shortcoming of his argument, at its origin, was. The entire conversation was sandwiched between thanks and a quick retreat, without crossing out the merit of his thought or provoking his sense of honour. It was practically ideal.

I am far from being saucy about things, and still farther from praising myself. It is just a choice available to everyone, best in certain situations when going head on would least likely lead to alround satisfying result. I might still choose the bloody way if the values involved merit the situation. But I surely would want that to be rare. As a strategy, stooping to conquer is a good means to adopt more frequently, for most satisfying effect.

That is, if you can employ it in a manner which is free of any desire to please or appease. Stoop to conquer, sure !

Boom Boom !

Boom Boom! That’s the sound of the African drum! Mama and the ladies dance around the fire. Boom Boom! That’s the sound of the mine! Daddy and the Men shall go and dig for Diamonds. Boom Boom! That’s the sound of a bomb! Brother and the gents decided to exterminate the embassy. Boom Boom! That’s […]

via Sounds of Africa — Forgotten Magic: Imagine Loving

Today’s Liberals Scream For Freedom Without Factoring In The Responsibility…

“…the idea that you can believe whatever you want to is irresponsible and undesirable,” says Daniel DeNicola, professor and chair of philosophy at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

It might be difficult for juveniles, and for adults who have exercised their intellect less often than what is needed to develop an understanding of ourself, to appreciate this rider to the Right To Freedom Of Belief enshrined in most constitutions of democratic nations today. If we were to recall some of the related judgements pronounced in superior courts of law, and the attitudes esteemed lawyers take while arguing the legalese around this ‘fundamental’ right, you will know how little responsibility is factored in their deliberations.

“What we do have is a right to know,” says DeNicola. “For example, you can certainly demand to know what the taxes on petrol and diesel are. That’s why there is a right to information. But knowing is not the same as believing. Everybody learns in school that Earth is round and revolves around the Sun, but there are many who choose not to believe it for religious or other reasons. Just as we know that all people, whether white or black or brown, are equally human, but some refuse to believe it.”

“Even the idea that your beliefs are your own is flawed, for beliefs are often handed down families, or acquired from the influence of peers or persons in authority. For instance, the belief that spending long hours in office increases productivity. While you can’t help being born into a flat-earther family and learning that Earth is flat, the problem arises when you persist with this belief even after getting a masters in planetary science.

“It is rather the sustaining of such beliefs, the refusal to disbelieve or discard them that can be voluntary and ethically wrong.”

“When our beliefs are challenged, it is easy to snap: “who are you to tell me what to believe?” But this common retort has a big problem — it implies that “somebody” does have the authority to tell you what to believe. It’s not the person trying to argue you out of your position, but somebody else, maybe a parent, priest or the head of a political party. Maybe Osama bin Laden. (Or, Adolf Hitler.)

“It also means that your belief is not answerable to reason.”

If it has provoked your thought, read more @ the link herebelow :  https://epaper.timesgroup.com/Olive/ODN/TimesOfIndia/#

Giving Through Its Hurt And Cheer

You have not given

until the giving has hurt you

and has at once quadrupled your cheer !

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During Yudhisthir’s rajsuya yagya, after the Mahabharata War, a peculiarly large squirrel visited the site and began rolling on the hallowed grounds. Its body was covered with hair, half of which was golden in colour.

When asked by curious attendees and participants of the yagya, the squirrel said, “O King, I have previously been to a site of glorious giving, rolling on which half of my hair turned golden. I thought, yours was an even grander affair, during which much was given away to the poor, needy and the scholarly. I believed, rolling at this site would convert the other half of my golden. But nothing has happened. It suggests to me that the giving here was not of enough merit. I do not know why, though.”

There was palpable sadness in the squirrel’s eyes as he spoke thus. The king asked the squirrel to describe the “sacrifice” that had taken place at the site of his previous trasforming encounter.

“O King, there wasn’t much there, no grandeur in happening there, no congregation of prestigeous scholars and honourable attendees. It was just a poor family of four, two parents and two children, who had not eaten anything for days. But that evening, the man had chance obtained enough flour for gour flatbreads, which the woman had then prepared and was serving before the seated members of the family. Just before the psrtaking was about to begin, however, they heard the call of a mendicant  who had knocked at the door. He asked to be fed because he had not had anything to eat during the day.

“The man, O King, who had answered the call, came back in and asked his wife if it was alright for him to give way his portion of food to the hungry visitor. The woman cheerfully nodded, giving her assent, saying, “Don’t worry, Husband, we have enough between us to partake.” The man invited the visitor in, offered him a seat, and served his plate alongwith a glass of water, asking to be forgiven for the bare fare he was able to offer to the honoured guest.

“The visitor ate the flstbread in no time and looked at the man, expecting to be asked for more. Even before the man could look at his wife for her advice on the peculiar situation, the woman picked up her share and handed it to the man, to be given to the hungry visitor. But that too was over in no time and the guest waited still, for more. Seeing this, the elder son offered his portion to his father, to be served to the guest. Expecting what was to follow, the youngest of the family also stood and extended his plate to the man even before the guest would have to look up in askance.

“Thus fulfilled, O King, the visitor topped off his meal with quick gulps of water and was soon on his way. The family drank bellyful of water and went to bed on their starved stomachs. It was found, next morning, that all of them had passed away in their sleep. Hearing of this commotion amongst the neighbours, I had gone inside the poor man’s hut and, as is my whimsical nature, had rolled on its floor for a short while. When I next went to the waterhole to quench my thirst, I observed this grand transformation in my look : one half of my body had turned gloriously golden. That half seemed so ethereal and sublime, I danced with joy and blessed the poor family for its deed. Since then, I have been visiting every hallowed ground of sacrifice, much grander than the poor man’s hut, but have been disappointed. And the story repeats here…”

The entire congregation, listening to the squirrel’s words, were shocked to be told how little all the declared ‘sacrifice’, and giving away of wealth and goods, meant in truth, compared to the giving of plain flatbreads by the poor family to their honoured chance visitor.

आप ने प्राण लेना सिखा दिया…

मोहम्मद बिन कासिम के आक्रमण से एक चौथाई सदी बीत चुकी थी। तोड़े गए मन्दिरों, मठों और चैत्यों के ध्वंसावशेष अब टीले का रूप ले चुके थे, और उनमे उपजे वन में विषैले जीवोँ का आवास था। कासिम ने अपने अभियान में युवा आयु वाले एक भी व्यक्ति को जीवित नही छोड़ा था, अस्तु अब […]

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