OM SHANTI, SHANTI, SHANTI
Lead me from unreal to real
Lead me from darkness(ignorance) to light(enlightenment)
Lead me from death to immortality
Let there be peace, peace, nothing other than peace.
Tamasomaa Jyotir gamaya
Mrityor maa Amrutam gamaya
Om Shanti, shanti, shanti hi.
Human existence evokes a sense of fear and anxiety. The fear is associated with the idea that the journey is long and tedious and the uncertainty of reaching the shore line. The anxiety is because of the fact that the life span is over as the time marches on relentlessly. The passage of day and night, the change of seasons, the spring and the winter, the life span is over even if the individual wants to cling to his life.The life span is compared to air bubbles in water and the bubble exists only for a moment. The long journey generates fear and the short life span produces anxiety. When the heart is troubled and when the mind is afraid, there is no peace.
SEARCHING FOR PEACE
1. For he himself is our peace.(EPHESIANS 2:14)
2.”Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.(JOHN14:27)
3.But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.(GALATIANS5:22-23)
4. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(PHILIPPIANS4:4-7)
The Holy Bible, The Book of Revelations, Chapter19, verse16 reads : ” He has on his garment and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS “.
“For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done”.(MATTHEW16:27)
WHEN WILL JESUS RETURN ?
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”.(MATTHEW24:36)
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come”.(MATTHEW24:42)
“So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him”.(MATTHEW24:44)
BE PREPARED FOR THE SECOND COMING
1. Imitate Christ’s Humility :
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus”.(PHILIPPIANS2:1-5)
2. Working with God :
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-continue to work out your salvation with FEAR and TREMBLING, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose”.(PHILIPPIANS2:12)
“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved”.(MATTHEW24:12-13)
Christmas should not be viewed as an opportunity to please ourselves in the pursuit of joy for our selfish happiness. During this Season it is important to be prepared with a sense of FEAR and TREMBLING rather than to rejoice without Christ like spirit. Your attitude should be the same as that of JESUS.
The Holy Bible, The Book of Revelations, Chapter 19, verse 16 reads : ” He has on his garment and on his thigh a name written, ” KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS .”
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.(Matthew 16:27)
WHEN WILL JESUS RETURN ?
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”(Matthew24:36)
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come”.(Matthew24:42)
“So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”(Matthew24:44)
BE PREPARED FOR THE SECOND COMING
1. Imitate Christ’s Humility :
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.(PHILIPPIANS 2:1-5)
2.Working with God :
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-continue to work out your salvation with FEAR and TREMBLING, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”(PHILIPPIANS 2:12)
“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved”.(MATTHEW 24:12-13)
I would like to interpret Britney Spears visit to Malibu Hindu temple as an expression of an inner urge to search for her true identity. We all know that she is talented, attractive, rich and famous. It is not quite easy to be recognized by public and achieve the distinction of being a celebrity. But, in reality she is an individual that had existed before and would continue to exist in future. She is an eternal individual and her present physical condition in the material world is not her true identity. Hence, I am not really surprised to know that she chose to visit a Hindu temple. She made a very good start. She prayed to Lord Ganesha and I would interpret this worship as a mark of her sense of humility. We need to humble ourselves if we wish to acquire self-knowledge. We need pure knowledge and perfect wisdom to understand the true nature of our connection to the ultimate reality. Britney Spears is aware of the powerful effects of time. Time would eventually dissolve everything. We can not hold onto our unreal possessions. The youthful glamor, the vibrant and melodious voice, the wealth and fame would all fade away as time marches on. We are better off if we begin the search for true identity early in life rather than waiting for time to subdue our arrogance .
Britney Spears should continue her spiritual journey and humility would be a very valuable companion. Humility is a partner that you could trust and depend upon and I am not really concerned for not finding her husband in the above photo.
Thomas Robert Malthus (Feb 1766 to Dec 1834 ),an English economist was one of the earliest thinkers to study population growth as it relates to general human welfare.
THOMAS ROBERT, MALTHUS, ENGLISH ECONOMIST AND DEMOGRAPHER
Malthus(Feb 1766 to Dec 1834), the English economist was one of the earliest thinkers to study population growth as it relates to general human welfare. He had identified population growth as an obstacle to human progress. He became renowned for his pessimistic predictions regarding the future of humanity. Malthus had argued that the standard of living of the masses can not be improved because ” The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man “. In 1798, he published ‘ An Essay on the Principle of Population, As it Affects the Future Improvement of Society, ……’ and became famous as the originator of Malthusian population theory. ” Population, when unchecked, increases in geometrical progression of such a nature as to double itself every twenty five years .” Malthus had stated that infinite human hopes for social happiness must be vain, for population will always tend to outrun the growth of production. The increase of population will take place, if unchecked, in a geometrical progression, while the means of subsistence will increase in only an arithmetical progression. Population will always expand to the limit of subsistence and will be held there by famine, war and ill health. Betterment of the lot of mankind is impossible without stern limits on reproduction.
Malthus could be viewed as an economic pessimist who believed that poverty is a man’s inescapable lot. The Malthusian theory of population was incorporated into current theoretical systems of economics. He helped to justify a theory of wages that made the minimum cost of subsistence of the wage earner a standard of judgment. The immediate influence of the Malthusian theory of population on social policy was very great. In addition, Malthus had influenced thinkers like Charles Darwin who had formulated ‘ The Theory of Evolution ‘.
While I remember the English economist Malthus, I am glad to mention that my son ASHWIN would be awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Economics on December 16 th( Sunday) by The Eastern Michigan University and he would like to pursue graduate studies in Economics.
The fundamental question for India would be:
HOW WOULD INDIA FEED ITS HUMANITY IN FUTURE ????
Indians have to take a serious look at the problem of global warming, the climate changes that could be caused by human activities, the global shortage of drinking water, the shrinking glaciers and the melting ice fields in the Himalayas and its consequences on the volume of water that would flow down the major rivers that feed the Indian population.Indians have to consider the consequences of a ” Malthusian Catastrophe”.
A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO MR. SANTANAM, LECTURER IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, GIRIRAJ ARTS COLLEGE, NIZAMABAD, INDIA
I did my Pre-University Course(P.U.C.) in 1961-62 at Giriraj Arts College, Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. The main subjects of the course were Biology, Physics and Chemistry. In addition, I had studied Social Studies. Mr. Santanam was at that time a Lecturer in Political Science and he taught undergraduate students. He was given the additional assignment of teaching the P.U.C. class of Social Studies. For the first time in my life I heard about Malthus and his Population Theory when Mr. Santanam had introduced that subject in our class room. I would call Mr. Santanam a very effective communicator and a great teacher for I am able to recall the lesson that I had heard in 1961. I would also remember Mr. Santanam for my success in essay writing and debating competitions where the topics were related to what I had studied in the Social Studies class. In 1962, in a competition conducted at Nizamabad Town Hall, I received first prizes in both essay writing and the debate about the contributions made by India’s Prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Mr. Santanam officiated as the judge for both of these events. At that time, he was no longer my teacher as I had joined the Bachelor of Science course with Botany, Zoology and Chemistry as my main subjects. While being a science student, I used to compete with his students studying Political Science. I was also awarded a first prize by The Rotary Club of Nizamabad when they held an elocution competition in observance of the United Nations Day. Later at a function held at Giriraj Arts College, while my father the Principal of the College was seated on the dais, I told the student assembly that India should not depend upon the United nations and should test the nuclear weapon. I would call Mr. Santanam a real teacher for he had given us education and had not taken away our ability to think for ourselves and formulate our own opinions on issues that we formally study in an academic environment. Mr. Santanam is also dear to us for other reasons. We used to play cricket in the municipal park that was located in front of the house where he had lived in Nizamabad. He used to come out and watch our game and had several times officiated as an umpire during friendly matches with other local teams. I still remember his appreciation for my younger brother Raghu’s bowling skills. I would like to give my thanks to Mr. Santanam, a lively person who made the study of Social Studies to survive beyond the limits of one academic course.