Good Intro To A Book I Began Reading Today

It’s an introduction the author himself offers as a prelude or prologue.

quote from A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Langford…leveled Bourne with a cool look. “You should thank me for teaching you such a valuable lesson at such a young age. Unfortunately, now you’ve nothing but the clothes on your back and a manor house empty of its contents.”

The viscount cast a glance at the pile of coins on the table—the remainder of his winnings from the evening. “I shall leave you the money, how’s that? A parting gift, if you will. After all, what would your father say if I left you with nothing?”

Bourne shot up from his chair, knocking it back from the table. “You aren’t fit to speak of my father.”

Langford raised an eyebrow at the uncontrolled display, and he let silence reign for a long moment. “You know, I believe I shall take the money after all. And your membership to this club. It is time for you to leave.”

Bourne’s cheeks flamed as the words washed over him. His club membership. His land, servants, horses, clothes, everything. Everything but a house, a few acres of land, and a title.

A title now in disgrace.

The viscount lifted one side of his mouth in a mocking smile and flipped a guinea through the air toward Bourne who instinctively reached out, catching the gold coin as it glinted in the bright lights of White’s card room. “Spend it wisely, boy. It’s the last you’ll have from me.”

“Father,” Tommy tried again.

Langford turned on him. “Not another word. I won’t have you begging for him.”

Bourne’s oldest friend turned sad eyes on him, lifting his hands in a sign of helplessness. Tommy needed his father. Needed his money. His support.

Things Bourne no longer had himself.

Hatred flared hot and bright for the briefest of moments, before it was gone, extinguished by cold resolve, and Bourne placed the coin in his pocket and turned his back on his peers, his club, his world, and the life he had always known.

Vowing revenge.

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How’s that ? Gripping, I’d say.

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I Am Reading Now…

The Wild by Christopher Golden.

It is available as a free to read ebook on novel80.com

It is well written and engaging narration, especially for those of us who have or have had adventure in their heart.

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After almost a week spent climbing the Chilkoot Trail, Jack’s bones ached and his muscles burned, but he felt alive in a way he believed few people would ever experience. Unshaven, unwashed, he nevertheless perceived himself as clean, somehow purified by the icy mountain air and his own backbreaking efforts. Away from his mother and her spiritual charlatanism—but more important, away from every job he’d ever had, every version of himself he’d ever tried to create—at last he could strip away the world’s expectations and find the man within.

Who is Jack London? he wondered, certain that this journey would bring him the answer.

Seen from the top of the pass, the remainder of the trail seemed like a gift. It leveled out and then began a gentle descent toward distant canyons.

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That’s all folks !

Pick up the book if you are looking for one.

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Married, The Hindu Way

Hindus do not marry into a contract, and almost never with a prenuptial. That can be difficult to understand, much less appreciate, for people of other faiths. Both Christians and Muslims, and those seculars who subscribe to legalese, can divorce their life partners on practically a whim, whatever rationale they make to justify that decision of theirs.

Everyone can remain faithful while there is pleasure derived joy to be had in the other’s company. And everybody feels like moving on when such encumbered love goes kaput, regardless of how cruel the act may seem to the docile partner. But that is precisely what the Hindu marriage restrains : divorce, for whatever reason. It deems the coming together as a divine call for staying together not only for this lifetime but for the next seven lives as well.

The basis of a Hindu marriage is not that magical attraction we call love. The want for a relationship is assuredly confirmed, as also the apparent mutual fitness to meet each other’s needs, to support each other in setting up a family and raising children with such education and skills, and values, as to be fit for leading their own family lives in due course. Assuring faithfulness at all times does indeed become difficult for every married Hindu person as well, especially through the early years when the relationship is highly prone to mutual conflicts or when the pleasure between the couple disappears for long or short while and one feels no “magical” love for the other.

Yet Hindu married couples would pull through these dry periods because the divine basis of their relationship remains unaffected. The emotional aridity in their lives is accepted as part of the relationship avowedly established between them, and is not opposed or rupturous to the the bonding itself. Howsoever such periods are weathered, the participants in the partnership remain together, allowing the phase to pass and ever hoping to enter into happier times through their respective ingenuity, understanding, effort, forebearance, and divine blessing.

In this sea of ephemerals, a Hindu union is uniquely miraculous device to keep families together, rendering a stronger foundation on which society itself is raised, economically and socially and politically, with enough alround empathey to spare. They tell us, “Please learn to love…,” again and again till we actually come to. That love is not hormonal; it is beyond the one based on our pleasure.

Young And Perceptive : A Hindu Heart Who Has Stood Up To Share

And it is worth hearing what Advocate Ananya Roy has shared on his blog. As you read his essays, largely biographical and keenly self-appraised, you can sense that his words are honest and true. I found it a great quality that appeals to my own mind and heart.

You can read through his sincere expressions here… 

I hope those interested will find his blog meaningful.

History Of Hindu India

There is very little to nothing left of so called “pagan” ways of life as they prevailed before the advent of Abrahamic religions, Christianity and Islam in particular. India is one and only country where the pagan continuity is preserved. The origins of the Hindu way of life goes about 20 millennia before present, and not 6000 BC as this introductory podcast suggests. The Indus Sarasvati Civilisation was preceded by Mahabharata era, Upanishad era, mature Vedic era, Ramayana era, Manu era, and Great Flood epoch. Barring the timeline inaccuracy, the attached video offers introductory briefs on several aspects of Hindu history and way of life, its science, society and culture, for those interested…

Bateshwar Temple Complex

It is ancient, starting around 600 AD.

Bateshwar is a remote area in Chambal river ravine, north of Gwalior and east of Morena in Madhya Pradesh. Spread over 25 acres, it offers an astonishing view of 80 temples now restored, out of 200 in ruin.

An amazing, amazing labour of love of both the creators over millennium ago and the restorers of recent decades ! And this great photo essay here, introducing the panorama and exposing its details.
via The Rebirth of Bateshwar – India’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle

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64-Female-Deities Temple, Millennium Old

Just came across a greatly detailed tour description of Chausath Yogini Temple in Orissa… A rare tour, amazing !

“Each idol is delightfully posed, many with a soft smile that enhances their attractiveness even further. They are all standing on their own pedestal or vahan, which typically consists of an animal, human head, or demon.

“The variety of their hairstyles, weapons and accessories is incredibly interesting and ensures no two images look alike. It is the details on some of these carvings that have suggested to some scholars the earlier 8th – 9th century date for this temple. Unlike other temples associated with tantrism, there are no erotic carvings to be found here.”

For more, please visit HERE.

Chausath Yogini Temple, Orissa

Peru : Everything Changed…

“The first case of coronavirus surprised us in Peru with 3 million families registered in a state of poverty and extreme poverty, with 3 million people in the peripheral areas of Lima without access to drinking water, with a poor and overcrowded health system, with forgotten communities, with everyone elbowing their way through.

“Only 10 days have passed. Nothing will be the same anymore. Everyone is important and everyone can contribute.”

A very encouraging report from Peru…

https://www.latinamericanews.net/news/264410908/peru-everything-changed-in-10-days#

 

He He… @Twitter Quarantine

The site cited my tweet in which I had said “Muslims in general and Pakistanis in particular are mentally ill people.”

What do you call a people who are dedicated to killing about 5 billion non-believers on earth !

And a nation that carries a begging bowl and normalises rampant child sex abuse, and still is committed to nurturing terror groups and warring with other nations, both being the mainstay of its foreign policy !?

I have expanded on my cited tweet here to let Twitter know its essence once again, even more clearly.

The suspension by Twitter means nothing to me. Nothing whatsoever… Because I do not need Twitter to hold my view. It is there, and there is nothing Twitter can do about it.

This quarantine is a sabbatical from a miniscule area of activity I would occasionally engage in…

Bali : Where A Tourist Turns Pilgrim

All that you may have heard about its the sprawling beaches and exotic resorts is true. But even then, Bali is essentially a temple town. And Balinese are deeply religious (Dharmic is a better word but has not parallel in English), wearing their Hindu-ness proudly.  As people of a Dharma that is inclusive and accepting “the other” like none other and propunding piety towards all living creatures as well as the nature around, why shouldn’t they!

Bali’s cultural confidence strikes you the minute you touch-down. After landing and before entering the airport building look right opposite. A huge image of  Bhagvan Vishnu on his Garuda stands with a divinely poise, at a distance, towering the “bhu-loka”; as if comforting the visitor that she was going to be safe, satisfied and sound in this sacred land. HE will be there always, watching over! The name “Bali” comes from the sanskrit word bali (small a) which  means offerings. Thus, Bali is the land of offerings, the land of gratitude.

What a substantial narrative of pure observation, connection and spiritual elevation !

Please read the whole recount @

Bali: A touristic pilgrimage

Wikipedia : The Rot It Carries

This article is being put up to highlight periodicals and magazines in West that concertedly peddle lies and half-truths, motivated distortions and outright propaganda, to cast India and its mainstream Indic people in bad light.

This one detailed, close investigation is about Wikipedia, its pages, its creators and moderators, and its systemic malprocesses to enter, monitor and modify information its pages carry. The facts revealed are eye opening, at least to me; they thoroughly discredit Wikipedia, its editors and its systems. I would no longer open its pages for any information I might need in future.

The endless string of violence that has gripped Delhi is one that cannot be seen in isolation. What started as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (then Bill) and the National Registry for Citizens back in December, quickly morphed into anti-Hindu rants, violence and demonstrations all across the country. The Anti-Hindu Delhi riots are simply a manifestation of the aggression among Islamists that have been building up since then.

During the anti-Hindu riots, several horror stories emerged. That of Ankit Sharma who was murdered by Islamists, Dilwar Singh Negi whose hands and legs were chopped off before he was burnt alive, Ratan Lal, a police officer killed during duty or even the fact that Hindu women said that Muslim mobs in Chand Bagh forced their minor daughters to take off their clothes and were sent back home naked. While the international media and media propagandists in India maliciously started branding the Delhi anti-Hindu riots into an anti-Muslim pogrom, a useful tool in spreading the propaganda was Wikipedia.

During the Delhi anti-Hindu riots, there have been casualties from the Muslim side as well as expected in any conflict between two sides. However, the nature of a riot is meant to be established by the starting point of those riots, not what ensues later. By all evidence and measures, the Delhi riots were initiated by Islamists and the build-up lasted weeks.

To read the rest of article, please click here.

 

Chandragupta Maurya : Audio Story

https://www.pocketfm.in/show/c98f52ad1f16fd34336e96c5091de880e38ef4aehttps://www.pocketfm.in/show/c98f52ad1f16fd34336e96c5091de880e38ef4aeAa

Please visit this app based audio links for access to 14 episodes of Chandragupta Maurya’s story, his rise and departure, at a critical juncture in India’s history.

You can also download them for your hearing pleasure.

इंदौर का आडा बाजार, गाय और महारानी : अद्भुत घटना

एक बार मध्यप्रदेश के इन्दौर नगर में एक रास्ते से ‘महारानी देवी अहिल्यावाई होल्कर के पुत्र मालोजीराव’ का रथ निकला तो उनके रास्ते में हाल ही की जनी गाय का एक बछड़ा सामने आ गया। गाय अपने बछड़े को बचाने दौड़ी तब तक मालोरावजी का ‘रथ गाय के बछड़े को कुचलता’ हुआ आगे बढ़ गया। […]

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It’s A While, Dear Readers !

Yes, quite a while since I put up something new. But the 850 odd entries from before continue to engage readers across the globe, without slack. The warmth it leaves in my heart makes the effort more rewarding than my expectations. Thank you very much.

Somewhere in this pile, there is evidence of my involvement in INDIA AGAINST CORRUPTION movement during the Silence Singh govt, back driven by Gandhi family dynasts. Alas, my hopes were dashed then; the IAC leadership proved to be just as so many wannabes who spun off into a political outfit infamous by now for lying, left style propaganda, lowlife behaviour and self serving interests. Despair loomed large despite the daily struggle of reading through reams of scam reports and finding little objectivity in discussions on co-opted mainstream media platforms against the perpetrators. Then the 2014 general elections were announced. The rest is history.

Goodness prevails since then with relatively corruption free, development oriented and poor enabling governance. But every good thing has a shelf life and, I believe, the mainstream people of this country will begin looking about for an alternative, a better than the good one they would have had through its decade long tenure. I would be a little too old by then, more medically hamstrung and less drawn to political happenings.

What would still engage me, perhaps even more than now, is the all encompassing Vedanta truth, Yoga practice, secret keys to the invisible Vedic Way, and culturally codified Dharma in epics, puranic texts, spiritually rich popular observances, and folk lores. And the people of this ancient nation, who are first hiers to all of these. I hope they progress economically upto that point of inflexion, whereafter materialism begins to overwhelm their personal beings. I trust the nation’s history, in which its knowledge traditions has won over ideological cultural imports and continuity has limited new age ways of living to tiny urban pockets. Both the people and the Way, and the underpinning legacy they contain, are precious to me.

I have written about my own experience of (Raja)Yoga and Vedanda realisations. It became an unwieldy tome of over 600 book size pages and had to be split into four paperback parts, apart the consolidated hard cover work. Ebook forms of two of the parts, EXTENDED BEING and THE VEDA, previously published on Draft2Digital, are now available on Kobo. They are at present in pre-order phase and will remain thus until their release on July 12 and 19, respectively. Please reach out for them on Kobo > ebooks, search them up by name, read up their descriptions and preview them. They are vested with much effort and close care, and the same sincerity you have always found in my words, if not perfection. Buy them for yourself as lifetime reads of true expression, beyond their impressive features or entertainment value.

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One of these days, I will also find a way to make these available in print.

Thank you, dear Readers, for taking the viewership of this blog closer to 200,000 mark !

 

 

What Have You Done, Modi Ji !

That is, speaking anecdotically, after a forenoon spent through election results announced for India’s Parliament, for its next 5-year term…

Amma ji : Kitchen will remain closed this evening. She then walked out of the house saying, do not wait for me for high tea.

Pita ji : Bring my whiskey bottle, son. I now know, he would be sprawled on his long easy chair and would doze off snoring through the rest of the afternoon. How he is so quiet though, bests me !

Beta ji : Mummy, will be late. Will have dinner with friends. Yeah, yeah…will leave my car at my friend’s. Yeah, yeah…will take a cab home.

Huh. Hah.

Kya karte ho , Modi ji !

Sorry. Kya kya karte ho, Modi ji ! ! !

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SOROUSHA – A Millennial Work

INTRODUCTION

One fallout of persisting at such an impossible mission is that the work in your hand does not aspire to be entertaining. It would be a huge bonus if it does but only while it serves to expose the inscrutable subject matter better, a little more effectively. It really is the umpteenth retelling of Yoga-Vedanta, evidence of which has been revealed since hoary times, in Vedic lore or Sanatana Dharma texts.

This work draws upon the texts to sketch the same alluded truths, and the truth of truths. It has been personally rediscovered and revalidated in every age since those ancient days, for the truth is universal and its realisation is impersonal. The Way presents very exacting demands on individuals used to wearing different coats to project the person we desire to be on particular occasions. It is a solitary man’s search into his own truth values and the saga of his long drawn effort yo align his being along life perspectives that transport the individual over into transcendence, into realms of consciousness that brooks no personal conditioning or identity.

Those values and perspectives are already available, evolved and well clarified over dozens of millennia, and are now set in common awareness among mainstream people in the Indian subcontinent. If few walk all the way, it is because most are compulsorily mired in personal economics and are affected by the global ways being set up by communal religious hordes. Besides, human nature is still addicted to objects for his entertainment and pleasure, same as it has ever been.

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For details, addressing your query and ordering online….please visit :

https://www.sorousha.net

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May I Attain Zenith

     May I Attain Zenith

~ Inspired by Sama Veda, 611

May I be luminous
As the heavens above
Rich as earth in abundance
Mighty as Indra, beyond compare.

May I be wise as Brihaspati
In love and wealth
May I attain zenith
In honour, truth and moral eminence.

Blessed thus
May I serve our fellowmen
With trust, true speech, and conscience.

… excerpt from my next work, VEDA

[212] I Was Never There — Smoke words every day.

Can you just come over here And let me in to your little world And tell me things that I have missed Things that I should have learned Whisper in how you’ve grown And how you’ve moved on to better things Scream inside the sweet nothings Of the things we left behind Its the future […]

Its the future its the past
Lets listen in the present now
Your eyes don’t look the same
Your voice just sounds away
Like a ghost has taken your place
And i ask for you
Just let me be
Let me breathe
Let me live in your little world
Let me in
Let me give
Let me live in your little world

It will hurt
It will bleed
But I can’t function without these…

via [212] I Was Never There — Smoke words every day.