Monday, June 10, 2013

Evil at its Peak

Beyond Satanic Evil: Rape of minors

I had written a post here but then as an after thought it turned out to be one that does not quite fit in  with the rest of the blog and have deleted the content. The post had talked of evils present in the world today beginning with the internal war that is on in Syria and the suffering it is causing to even sweet innocent children to the greed driven massive and widespread financial corruption in India and madness driven brutal rapes and gang rapes of minors and children in India. The post had expressed the fear that the Lord would somehow intervene to restore order or even give a warning.

Prophetic Upadate: June 19 2013: It has been mentioned in more then one place in this blog that for some reason prophecy appears to accompany spiritual involvement; and; because some of this blog has spiritual content it has not been spared. Barely a week after the above post was written record rains have taken place in the Himalayas with much destruction. More about that was posted by me at

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Stick and Rise

Photo from Nainital with inspiring text

A few days ago when I received news that another college mate of mine ( a year junior to me) Avinash Chander had risen to the highest position in a most prestigious government organization of India ( the Defence Research and Development Organization), my mind went back to the professional career of some of my friends as well as mine. From amongst my friends those who joined an organization, national or international, corporate or governmental it was those who had stuck to a single organization who rose eventually to either very senior positions in these organizations or to their very top becoming famous not just in the countries they worked in but also around the world. We were all graduates of one of the prestigious schools of India, the IIT at Delhi.  I too have headed some organizations towards the end of my professional career but these are not very large ones. The main reason is that I have not stuck to any one organization, preferring instead to explore the world working in more than one university and my diverse interests concerned with spirituality and life while at times working as an independent professional.

When I was about to graduate from school, and later university, my father had repeatedly suggested that I choose an organization, first the army and later the civil services for a career following in the footsteps of some of my other relatives and ancestors who had excelled in their careers. I flatly refused and chose freedom instead, exploring the world and working as an academic in more than one university of more than one country while taking time off for Himalayan sojourns or writing a book, even a novel.

It is not suggested that merely sticking to one organization is a sufficient condition to rise to its senior most  positions or position. Much else, including diligent service is required. Instead, what is suggested is that it is a necessary condition for very many organizations. Had I too stuck to one, it is possible that I might have risen to its senior most level but one thing is for sure, in that case this blog would not have been possible because the diverse experience that made it possible would not have been there. Remaining at one place implies that we repeat the same moves over and over and over again rather than practice different strokes Not that there is anything wrong with that.That is a way to peace and stability for many. Our planet has been doing that with its orbit around the sun for endless years.

Now in retiring years, when I look back at life, I realize that there is one career I might have stuck to and enjoyed and that is the National Forest Service, because of in all my  activities, professional or otherwise, spending time in thickly forested areas of our planet has given me most peace and happiness as has planting trees and see them grow. If this is in the mountains it is even more delightful. As a forest service official it would have been a part of my job and I would have got paid to do it as well as had the vast government facilities and resources at my disposal for the purpose.

Well anyway next time around. That is why we need reincarnation :)

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Golu at four years four months in my front garden
Got back from my trip that included many assorted things including, most recently, spending three weeks with my grandson Golu. He is 4yrs and 4 months now and loves flowers and gardening like me. He planted a few new flowers in my garden and has now gone to his village with his mother, with instructions for me to water his plants everyday.  It was portulaca he planted that is good for the summer heat that is still on here in Jaipur but we expect cooling monsoons soon. This brief update has a recent pic of Golu. His pics when he was much younger are elsewhere in this blog. I have had the pleasure to share some in his upbringing ever since he was three months old. The little rock collection behind him and plants were arranged by Shyamu, Golu's father. I filled the empty space in front of the rockery with clover like oxalis because it grows so easily and never fails to delight with its tiny blooms and happy green leaves. In winters there is spinach too between the oxalis. We use baby spinach leaves as a salad. Golu's portulaca patch is just to the left of the oxalis patch and not in this photo. I shall take a picture of that after the patch fills up and the portulaca blooms.

I am kind of introducing him to the same things that were delightful in my childhood - begin with blocks at age one then at age four the board game - snakes and ladders ( it is simple and has numbers to teach)  just a bit of coloring, a few of the alphabet, not all for sure, why hurry? A few numbers, gardening, manners like please and thank you; basics like washing hands before meals, good eating habits without spilling, a little daily prayer between bath and breakfast;  age 5 - origami, age 6 - Ludo, Mecano at 7, cricket at 10, chess at 12;  hoping for age seven on story books too- lots of Enid Blyton stories beginning with Noddy and ending with Fatty, at appropriate ages till fifteen - and  no computer or video games until teen years for sure; limited TV for cartoons and Animal planet that he loves now and will just not let me watch the news when it is his viewing time ( no more than an hour in the evening) and of course fun and play all the way along with love of truth and not hurting animals, insects and feeding birds that he already loves. And there has got to be hiking and swimming a few years away although he has done a bit of the former already with me in the Himalayas. With the grace of the lord he has turned out to be a good and brisk walker like me as I used to be at four according to my mother who often said that I walked up all the way from Tali Tal to Tiffin Top in Nainital at four without getting tired.

The job of an elder is only to introduce a child to an activity they feel might be good for them. If the child pursues it or not depends eventually on circumstance and their own interests. As they make friends in school they will find other contemporary activities and one has to watch which of those is worth encouraging further and which worth discouraging but everything can be done as a friend only not through pressure. Each human is an individual who has to be allowed to live his or her own life as the Lord has meant for him or her, be it for good or bad. A loving elder can only pray for the best for those they love not bray for it.

UPDATE  7 JUNE 2013 : Last evening and night the first pre-monsoon showers of the season arrived and it is refreshingly cool and free of dust in Jaipur this morning. Soon we expect dusty roadsides, open grounds and gardens to turn into delghtful green. Praise the Lord!