HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY ??? IS THAT REALLY IMPORTANT ???
I drank from that cup. Now, the cup could be described as half full or half empty. Is that really important ??? The cup that I drink from gives me pain and I experience suffering. What would be the right question if I have to drink from that cup ??? What I truly experience from my life, the reality of my condition is more important than my attitude towards my existence. The issue is not about optimism or pessimism. I need to focus on knowing the reality and I need to face the reality about what I experience when I drink from that cup of my life.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR THIS CUP TO BE TAKEN AWAY FROM ME ???
I would answer this question from a reading from The New Testament of The Holy Bible. I would like to quote verses 36 to 44, chapter 26, The Gospel According to MATTHEW.
36. Then Jesus came with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane and said to them, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.”
37. And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
38. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
39. He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless not as I will, but as You will.”
40. Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
41.”Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42. Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, may Your will be done.”
43. And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
44. So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Jesus had prayed three times, saying the same words. It was not possible for the cup to pass away and Jesus had to drink from the cup.
THE TEACHINGS OF GAUTAMA BUDDHA :
At age 29, Prince Siddhartha realized that humans are subject to old age, sickness, disability and death. He became aware of the suffering implicit in human existence. Buddha described the nature of reality and Dharma(“true law”) as the Four Noble Truths (1) life is fundamentally disappointment and suffering;(2) suffering is a result of one’s desires for pleasure, power, and continued existence;(3) to stop disappointment and suffering one must stop desiring and (4) the way to stop desiring and thus suffering is the Noble Eightfold Path- right views, intention, speech, conduct, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, and concentration.
From the verses popularly known as Sri Shankaracharya’s ‘ BHAJA GOVINDAM ‘, while I drink from the cup of my life, I will keep this advice in my mind :
“KASYA SUKHAM NA KAROTI VIRAG HA”
WHERE IS HAPPINESS, IF DESIRES ARE NOT RENOUNCED ???
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, A.P., India,
M.B.B.S., Class of April, 1970.
HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA- WINNER OF THE 1989 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
The Dalai Lama is believed to be a manifestation of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was born in 1935 in a small hamlet in northeastern Tibet. At the age of 2, the child who was named Lhamo Dhondup, was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.
The 14th Dalai Lama will visit Ann Arbor for a series of talks in Crisler Arena at the University of Michigan on Saturday and Sunday April 19 and 20. His presentation of the University of Michigan’s annual Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability is in celebration of Earth Day. The Wege Lecture is sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Systems at the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He will also present a two-day program with two sessions on April 19 and 20. The session will focus on ” Engaging Wisdom and Compassion “. The teaching will be based on Acharya Nagarjuna’s Commentary on Ultimate Compassion and Je Tsong Khapa’s ” In Praise of Dependent Origination “.
THE FUTURE OF TIBET :
Vatican City is recognized as an ecclesiastical State. Sovereignty is exercised by the Pope upon his election as the Head of the Roman Catholic Church. The Pope has absolute executive, legislative and judicial powers within the Vatican City State. Similarly, the Dalai Lama is the spiritual and temporal Head of Tibet. The United States had formulated an official policy about the Taiwan. With regards to Tibet, the United States has to first recognize the fact that the Tibet is under illegal Chinese occupation since 1951.
THE SPIRITS OF SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE:
Special Frontier Force is a multinational defense plan to defend freedom and democracy in the occupied Land of Tibet.
Rudra N. Rebbapragada,
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
Service Number: MS-8466/MR-03277K; Rank: Lieutenant/Captain/Major;
Branch: Army Medical Corps/Short Service Regular Commission/Direct Permanent Commission(1969-1984)
Unit: Establishment No. 22, C/O 56 APO.(1971-1974)
Organization: Special Frontier Force.
- Special Frontier Force and China – Tibet Dispute (bhavanajagat.com)
NEHRU, NKRUMAH, NASSER, SUKARNO, TITO-THE FOUNDING LEADERS OF NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT
THE INITIATIVE OF FIVE :
The term ” Non-Alignment ” was coined by Indian Prime Minister Nehru during his speech in 1954 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The first official Non-Aligned Movement Summit was held in September 1961 in Belgrade at the initiative of Yugoslav President Tito and he was appointed as the first Secretary General for the Non-Aligned Movement. India, Yugoslavia, Egypt, Ghana and Indonesia became the leading advocates for this Movement and currently 55 percent of world’s population is represented by the Non-Aligned Movement.
I grew up in India and developed a sense of fondness for Yugoslavia and viewed it as a friend and a partner in a world that is divided into rival camps.
THE DISMEMBERING OF YUGOSLAVIA :
Yugoslavia is the largest of the Balkan countries of southeastern Europe, is bordered by Austria and Hungary in the north, Romania and Bulgaria in the east, Greece and Albania in the south, and Italy and the Adriatic Sea in the west. From the end of World War II until 1990, Yugoslavia was a Communist state. Hence, the West led by the United States had targeted this nation for destruction. The death of Tito in 1980 had provided an opportunity. Ethnic rivalries were encouraged and violent conflicts between various ethnic and religious groups were strongly supported by various outside forces and the country started falling apart into bits by 1991.
THE LAST NAIL IN THE COFFIN :
The unilateral declaration of independence on February 18, 2008 by Kosovo which is under occupation by U.S. led NATO forces is the final nail in the coffin and the West had successfully accomplished its mission of dismembering the State of Yugoslavia.
This event is of very great significance to India as the United States continues to support ethnic and religious rivalries in the Indian sub-continent. The United States over the last several decades had pursued a policy that would assure the dismembering of the Republic of India and it openly funds, arms and equips the secessionist elements and provides political patronage in public events such as the Party Conventions.
“Where are you searching for me, my friend ? I am with you. Not in temple, nor in mosque, not in Kaaba, nor in Kailash, but here right with you am I “.
KABIR DAS(Kabir-Arabic for “GREAT”, Das-Sanskrit for “SERVANT”) 1398A.D. to 1448A.D.(or 1440A.D. to 1518 A.D.)
Saint Kabir lived in Benaras(Kasi, Varanasi), India during 15th century. His contributions to the BHAKTI and the SUFI movements in India are well known. Some of his poetry was incorporated into the ‘Guru Granth Sahib'(Adi Granth), the sacred book of Sikhs. In this holy book, Kabir’s hymns appear at the head of ‘BHAGAT BANI’. Kabir pointed to the inward life of the mind as the source of contact with the Divine. Kabir grew up as a Muslim and his family was poor and he belonged to a community whose traditional occupation was that of weavers.
THE LEGEND ABOUT KABIR’S DEPARTURE
Kabir’s life, his birth and death, is shrouded in mystery and legend. One popular legend about Kabir’s death claims that after his death, his Muslim and Hindu disciples were fighting about the type of funeral rites as the Muslims believe in burial and the Hindus believe in cremation of dead bodies. When they had finally opened Kabir’s coffin and pushed the cloth that was used to cover the dead body, they were astonished to find that the body was missing. In lieu of the body, they found flower petals and an empty book. His disciples entered Kabir’s sayings in that book.
Humans, who had arrived on this planet earth, are certain to depart as well. The King would be gone after having climbed the throne. The Slave would be gone after having lived in shackles. The Fakir who had no worldly possessions or attachments also would be gone when his time to depart arrives. Kabir may have departed and as per the legend, his dead body had mysteriously disappeared but we still have his ideas and thoughts to inspire us.
HOW AND WHEN MAN HAD ARRIVED ? :
It is very interesting to note that Indian thinkers could be certain about man’s departure. It would be much more interesting to reflect upon as to how man had arrived here in the first place. If we understand as to when and how man had arrived on planet Earth, we could be more certain about man’s status in nature. Each human being arrives as a new object, one of its own kind, original, unique, and distinctive. The genome of each man who has arrived here has not existed before, and would not exist again after the departure of that man. If arrived, man has no choice other than that of existing as an Individual with Individuality. If there is no escape from death; there is also no escape from the fact of existing as an Individual while living. Man has to define the term life, and death and explain the basis for his existence as an Individual with Individuality while he cannot rule or govern even a single individual living cell in his body which comprises of over 100 trillion cells.
’50 Glorious Years of Popular Bhajans’, music cassette volume 1 to 5( SPHD 853212 to 853216) released by HMV( The Gramophone Company of India Ltd) in 1997 includes some of Kabir’s great lyrics and it would be a pleasure to listen to them.
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Danavaipeta Municipal/Corporation High School, Rajahmundry, East Godavari District, A.P,, India,
S.S.L.C., CLASS OF APRIL, 1961.
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- The Chinese Occupation of Tibet: How and why was it successful (jamandbutter.com)
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FILM DIRECTOR STEVEN SPIELBERG
I am filled with optimism when I heard the news about the boycott of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing by film director Steven Spielberg and actress Mia Farrow. I am hopeful that movements like the ” Global Action Plan Day ” would one day liberate the Tibetan people and people across the globe can work together to end the illegal occupation of Tibet and restore their rights for freedom and preserve their cultural identity.