THE DALAI LAMA ON TRUMP

THE DALAI LAMA ON TRUMP

The Dalai Lama on Trump.

I am a Refugee hosting ‘The Living Tibetan Spirits’ in my consciousness. I am disappointed with President Trump’s “Keep America First Policy” for he placed the Great Tibet Problem on ‘The Back Burner’.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada

SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE

The Dalai Lama on Trump.

The Dalai Lama on Trump, women and going home – BBC News

Clipped from: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48772175

The Dalai Lama on Trump.

He is, without a doubt, one of the best-known people on the planet. In an age where celebrity is worshipped, the Dalai Lama is a faith leader who has become a spiritual superstar.

As he approaches his 84th birthday, the monk who has handed out millions of handshakes and crafted as many inspirational quotes, is candid and at times shocking.

I met him at his residence high in the mountains, in the town of McLeod-Ganj near Dharamshala in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

For a man so revered – seen as superhuman by many – he was refreshingly down to Earth. As he entered the room wearing his trademark red robes, assisted by his aides, he emanated the air of an approachable Clark Kent rather than an unearthly Superman.

And yet this is a man who has met world leaders and shared stages with pop stars and actors. A man who has long been a thorn in China’s side.

“One Chinese official once called me a demon,” he said laughing, before raising his hands to his head to mimic horns. “When I first heard that, my response was – yes, I’m a demon with horns.”

“I pity their ignorance, their political thinking is very narrow minded,” he added as he chuckled.

The Dalai Lama on Trump.

Image caption The view from the Dalai Lama’s residence in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh

The grudge with China is longstanding and has defined his entire life. The Dalai Lama was forced to flee his home of Tibet in 1959 after China sent troops into the region.

He sought refuge in India and for six decades has been living in exile in Dharamsala along with some 10,000 Tibetans. His monastery – which overlooks the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar range in the Himalayas – is breathtakingly beautiful. But the view is bittersweet.

His life’s cause – to return home – remains a distant dream, even if he insists it may yet happen. “The Tibetan people have trust in me, they ask me [to] come to Tibet,” he says.

But in the next breath he adds that India has also become his “spiritual home”. An implicit acceptance, perhaps, that his goal of an autonomous Tibet is far from reality.

While he “formally” stepped down from political responsibilities in 2011, as the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people he has continued to be their figurehead.

The Dalai Lama on Trump

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chinese troops stand guard near the Tibet border in 1959

There haven’t been talks between his representatives and China for many years.

The Dalai Lama told me China’s President Xi Jinping had yet to ask him for a meeting. He did tell me that he had had some discussions with retired Chinese officials in the past few years, but none of these seem to have moved the dial.

In the 1950s, when China first sent troops in, Tibet was poor. Now it is an economic behemoth and its growing influence has in many ways overshadowed the Dalai Lama’s cause.

There was a time when the Dalai Lama was the toast of capitals around the world as US presidents lined up to meet him. George W Bush famously presented him with the Congressional gold medal while Barack Obama met him on several occasions, including in Delhi in 2017 after he left office.

But relations with the current occupant of the White House are very different. Despite being open to a meeting with President Donald Trump, the Dalai Lama told me that Mr. Trump, who is close to China’s Xi, had never asked for one.

The Dalai Lama’s advancing years may have curtailed his foreign travel schedule, but the spiritual leader says he hasn’t received a call from Mr. Trump either.

In a scathing assessment, he said the 45th president’s time in office was defined by a “lack of moral principle”, a contrast to remarks made in 2016 when he said he had “no worries” about a Trump presidency.

“When he became president, he expressed America first. That is wrong,” the Dalai Lama told me.

The withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and the migrant crisis are two big areas of concern. “When I saw pictures of some of those young children, I was sad,” he said of the situation at the US-Mexico border. “America… should take a global responsibility.”

The Dalai Lama is keen to separate his relationship with the president, or lack of one, with that of other American politicians. He highlights the vice-president’s support for the Tibetan people and the backing he has enjoyed from politicians in both houses of Congress.

President Trump’s apparent snub is reflective of the wider pressure Beijing can exert on those who engage with the Dalai Lama.

In 2012, China temporarily froze relations with the UK after David Cameron met him and. last year, the Indian government cancelled its plans for a celebration to mark 60 years of his exile, for fear it would upset Beijing.

The Dalai Lama on Trump

Image copyright PA Image caption David Cameron meets the Dalai Lama in 2008

The Dalai Lama’s world view is inherently global. When we discuss Brexit, he tells me that he is “an admirer of the European Union” pointing out that global partnerships have been key in avoiding major conflicts.

But the world’s most famous refugee has some surprising views on immigration.

In a speech last year, he said that refugees to the European Union should ultimately return home, adding that “Europe is for Europeans”, a statement he stood by when I challenged him on it.

“European countries should take these refugees and give them education and training, and the aim is return to their own land with certain skills,” he said.

The Dalai Lama believes the end game should be to rebuild the countries people have fled. But with some 70 million people displaced across the world according to the latest figures, what if people want to stay?

“A limited number is OK, but the whole of Europe [will] eventually become Muslim country, African country – impossible,” he said. A controversial viewpoint, and a reminder that while the Dalai Lama is a spiritual figurehead, he is also a politician with views and opinions like everyone else.

The Dalai Lama on Trump

Image caption The Dalai Lama’s monastery overlooks the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar range in the Himalayas

Later in our conversation I also challenged him on another remark he made in 2015, when he said if he was followed by a female Dalai Lama, she would have to be attractive.

In another surprise, he reaffirmed his belief that beauty matters as much as brains. “If a female Dalai Lama comes, she should be more attractive,” he told me while laughing.

His message seemed at odds for a man who preaches a message of tolerance and inner confidence, but the Dalai Lama told me that in Buddhist literature both inner and outer beauty matter. He also said that equality was important and was keen to stress that he supported women’s rights and equal pay in the workplace.

As the interview ended, I was struck by how unexpectedly frank our discussion had been, which reminded me of something the Dalai Lama had told me earlier in the day.

One advantage of not being able to return home to Tibet, he said, was that India is a free country where he can express himself openly.

The Dalai Lama’s message of unity is universal – but for a man famed for his compassion, he can also be controversial.

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I AM A REFUGEE. WHAT IS MY FINAL DESTINATION?

I AM A REFUGEE. WHAT IS MY FINAL DESTINATION?

I am a Refugee. What is my Final Destination?

I am a Refugee for I host ‘The Living Tibetan Spirits’, the Spirits of young Tibetan Soldiers who gave their precious lives while dreaming about ‘Freedom’ in Occupied Tibet.

For I am a Refugee, I am not entitled to the benefits entitled to the citizens of my host nation. I am in the search of my Final Destination where I can die with Peace and Dignity. My host nation is Free and yet as a Refugee I live under terms and conditions imposed on my existence as a Refugee. What is the Choice I can make? The options are, 1. Labor until Death in the host nation, and 2. Peaceful Death in the Enemy’s Prison.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada

SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE

I am a Refugee. What is my Final Destination.

INDIA – TIBET – CHINA Dalai Lama says he would like to return to Tibet before he dies

Clipped from: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Dalai-Lama-says-he-would-like-to-return-to-Tibet-before-he-dies-47397.html

The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism fled Lhasa during the 1959 uprising. Beijing considers him a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”. Like Xi Jinping, Donald Trump never asked to meet him.

Dharamshala (AsiaNews/Agencies) – “The Tibetan people have trust in me, they ask me [to] come to Tibet,” said the Dalai Lama in an interview with the BBC.

I am a Refugee. What is my Final Destination?

Speaking with the journalist, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism talked about his desire to return to Lhasa before he dies. He was forced to abandon the Potala Palace (his official residence) during the Tibetan uprising against Chinese military rule in 1959.

Since then, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, has found refuge in Dharamshala (India) along with another 10,000 Tibetan Buddhists who live their Himalayan exile in Arunachal Pradesh.

In the interview the Dalai Lama describes India, the country that welcomed him, his “spiritual home”. Grateful for the hospitality he received, he notes that one advantage of not being able to return home to Tibet is that India is a free country where he can express himself openly.

Although he has often tried to engage Beijing in dialogue, to safeguard the autonomy of Tibetan religion and culture threatened by a “cultural genocide”, the Chinese Communist Party has always branded him a “dangerous” separatist seeking Tibetan independence.

In order to return to Tibet, he gave up his political role in 2011 to remain only as the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. But the Chinese Communist Party continues to view him as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

At the age of 84, he enjoys good health, although he needs an assistant to walk. In April, Tibetan Buddhists all over the world were concerned for several days after his sudden hospitalization in a Delhi hospital for a lung infection.

In addition to going home to Tibet, the Dalai discussed various topics in the BBC interview: Brexit, migrants, a female Dalai Lama woman who should be “more attractive” than a man.

He also voiced strong criticism of US President Donald Trump who, in his view, lacks “moral principle”. The slogan (America First) that allowed him to win “is wrong”. The US leader, he noted, like Xi Jinping, never asked to meet him.

I am a Refugee. What is my Final Destination?


 

AN INVITATION TO ACCEPT SLAVERY OR PRISONHOOD

AN INVITATION TO ACCEPT SLAVERY OR PRISONHOOD

An Invitation to Accept either Slavery or Prisonhood.

I claim that I am a ‘Refugee’ for I host ‘The Living Tibetan Spirits’ in my Consciousness. Living Tibetan Spirits represent the young Tibetan Soldiers who gave their precious lives during the Bangladesh Ops of 1971-72. They lived in the hope of securing Freedom in Occupied Tibet.

Refugee is a person who is not entitled to the benefits of the Citizenship status in the country that hosts the Refugee. Very often, the Refugee Status may impose several conditions or terms under which it is approved. A Refugee can be deemed to be a ‘Slave’ if the Refugee has only the permission to live if he can perform labor to earn his living. For example, the Refugee is not entitled to receive monetary benefits paid to citizens if they get old or disabled.

In my analysis, the ‘Invitation’ asking this Refugee to return to China simply represents an Agreement to accept ‘Prisonhood’ rather than living the life of a Slave in the host nation. It is like choosing between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada

SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE

An Invitation to Accept either Slavery or Prisonhood.

AN INVITATION TO DALAI LAMA

Clipped from: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/an-invitation-to-dalai-lama/792660.html

An Invitation to Accept either Slavery or Prisonhood.

Give up: The Dalai Lama has been asked to ‘relinquish all attachment to life’ and ‘live among Tibetans… even though it may seem humbling’.

JAYADEVA RANADE 
President, Centre for China Analysis and Strategy

In the midst of mounting pressure from the US and steadily growing dissatisfaction with Chinese President Xi Jinping inside China, Beijing appears to be making a strategic overture to the exiled 84-year-old spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama. This coincides with the increasing apprehension in the higher echelons of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that the US and the West plan to resume support to the Tibetans and stir up trouble in China’s Tibetan-majority border province. It coincides, too, with the persistent rumor that has been circulating for months in Beijing that the Dalai Lama is rather unwell.

The first indicator of renewed thinking about reaching out to the Dalai Lama was an article authored by Zhu Weiqun and published on June 9 in the Global Times, a subsidiary of the official CCP mouthpiece, People’s Daily. Zhu is a senior recently retired Chinese Communist cadre who has stayed in close touch with Tibetan affairs and is well regarded in Beijing for his knowledge of Tibet-related affairs. The article assumes added significance as Zhu is a former executive vice-minister of the CCP Central Committee’s (CC) united front work department and till last year held a national-level post as chairman of the ethnic and religious affairs committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). He has participated in all 10 rounds of the ‘negotiations’ between the Dalai Lama’s representatives and the Chinese communist authorities between 2002 and 2010, when they were suspended, and has intimate knowledge of the CCP’s position on the Dalai Lama. Zhu seldom writes in the Chinese media.

Quite unusually, he stated in his article that he was responding to the US ambassador’s recent remark after a visit to Tibet, urging resumption of talks with the Dalai Lama and accused him of ‘interference in China’s internal affairs’. He also asserted that the CC ‘has not closed its door of contacts and negotiation with the Dalai Lama’. With this, he indirectly confirms that while contacts have been maintained with the Dalai Lama, negotiations of the type held earlier could now possibly be contemplated. He also reiterated China’s consistent position that it doesn’t recognize the ‘Tibetan government-in-exile’ or ‘Central Tibetan Administration’ and that the talks that have been held are neither ‘Tibetan-Han talks’ or ‘Tibetan-China talks’. He clarified that ‘the Dalai Lama must accept Tibet as an integral part of China, abandon all attempts about so-called Tibet independence, stop all separatist and destructive activities, and recognize Taiwan as an integral part of China’. Stating that the above issues ‘underline that there is no so-called Tibet issue’, he underscored it is ‘just the problem of the Dalai Lama’. These points reflected China’s position during the negotiations nine years ago between the Dalai Lama’s envoys and the united front work department that they were only discussing the Dalai Lama’s return to China!

Zhu’s article was followed by a more direct and blunt communication. This was the 680-word letter, published by the Korea Times on June 22, and addressed to the Dalai Lama by the Venerable Dongbong, head monk of the ninth-ranked Daegaksa Temple of the Jogye Order of Buddhism of South Korea. The Jogye Order, incidentally, has thus far not joined other Buddhist sects in requesting permission for the Dalai Lama’s visit to South Korea because of its sensitivity to China. In the unprecedented letter, which is being studied in the Dalai Lama’s office, Dongbong advised him to ‘go back to your Tibetan homeland so your body may be interred there’. Adding that  ‘at the age of 83, Your Holiness has lived longer than the Buddha’, it asked him to ‘relinquish all attachment to life as the Buddha taught’ and ‘to live among Tibetans is the way you should walk to the end of your life, even though it may seem humbling to you’. During an interview with Korea Times, he said: ‘Time is running against’ the Dalai Lama. ‘If he dies outside his old Tibet home, not being able to reach his people and hold their hands, his death will be the death of a great religious leader and nothing more. It will not bring any difference in Tibetan independence history.’

In the months leading up to these overtures to the Dalai Lama, the Chinese communist authorities have stepped up security measures in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and adjoining Tibetan areas. The annual budget of the TAR’s public security apparatus was enhanced by the National People’s Congress in March 2019 by 8.3 per cent. Party surveillance has been expanded with a party cadre presently deployed in each of the 5,453 villages and a distinct focus on ‘political education’ and propaganda, especially among monks and nuns in monasteries. The concerns of the senior party echelons were articulated late last year by Wu Sikang, director of the policy research office of Shenzhen municipal government, in an ‘internal’ document. He warned that the US had increased financial aid to Tibetans from this year to $17 million and that the amount allocated for Tibet-related activities in India and Nepal have been doubled. Beijing has long apprehended that Nepal would be used by ‘hostile foreign powers’ as a launch pad for anti-China activities.

A positive response to these overtures by the Dalai Lama would bring some relief for Jinping from the pressure being exerted by the US, troubles in Hong Kong and spreading domestic dissatisfaction. Tibet has long been portrayed as one of China’s ‘core issues’ and Jinping would be able to claim a degree of success in achieving the ‘reunification of the great Chinese nation’ projected in the China Dream. The question is, what can the Dalai Lama hope to get if he returns?

An Invitation to Accept either Slavery or Prisonhood.


 

WHOLE IDEALISM vs WHOLE PRAGMATISM

WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE IDEALISM vs WHOLE PRAGMATISM:

In Business Practices, A Penny of Pragmatism is Better than a Pound of Idealism. As the saying goes, “One Man’s Meat is another Man’s Poison.” Nothing can be claimed to be ‘HEALTHY’ until man experiences the consequences of the food he consumes.

WHOLE FOOD - WHOLE IDEALISM vs WHOLE PRAGMATISM: THIS IS A PRAGMATIC INQUIRY ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A CONSUMER OF FOOD, THE FOOD RETAILER AND THE PHENOMENA OF HEALTHY LIVING.
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE IDEALISM vs WHOLE PRAGMATISM: THIS IS A PRAGMATIC INQUIRY ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A CONSUMER OF FOOD, THE FOOD RETAILER AND THE PHENOMENA OF HEALTHY LIVING.

This article makes a pragmatic inquiry about the relationship between a consumer of food, the food retailer, and the phenomenon of healthy living.

WHOLE FOOD - WHOLE IDEALISM vs WHOLE PRAGMATISM : WHOLE FOODS LAUNCHED A NATIONAL ADVERTISEMENT CAMPAIGN INTRODUCING THE CONCEPT OF "IDEALISM" IN EATING. PRAGMATISM DEMANDS KNOWING ACTIONS THROUGH THE EXPERIENCE OF CONSEQUENCES. THIS PHOTO IMAGE MAY SUGGEST THAT PREGNANCY IS THE CONSEQUENCE OF A NATURALIST LIFESTYLE WHICH INCLUDES THE PRINCIPLES OF IDEALISM IN EATING.
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE IDEALISM vs WHOLE PRAGMATISM : WHOLE FOODS LAUNCHED A NATIONAL ADVERTISEMENT CAMPAIGN INTRODUCING THE CONCEPT OF “IDEALISM” IN EATING. PRAGMATISM DEMANDS KNOWING ACTIONS THROUGH THE EXPERIENCE OF CONSEQUENCES. THIS PHOTO IMAGE MAY SUGGEST THAT PREGNANCY IS THE CONSEQUENCE OF A NATURALIST LIFESTYLE WHICH INCLUDES THE PRINCIPLES OF IDEALISM IN EATING OR EATING LIKE AN IDEALIST.

Whole Foods only sells products that are “natural” which the Company defines as minimally processed foods free of hydrogenated fats as well as artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, and preservatives. Apart from selling fresh conventional and ‘organic’ fruits and vegetables, it offers prepared foods with “healthy” ingredients and clear labeling. Whole Foods specializes in products produced or grown locally, grass-fed meats, organic ‘free-range’ chicken, just-caught seafood and a variety of bakery items. ‘HEALTH’ magazine published by TIME Inc. Network had asked five nutritionists and a pediatrician to review 35 largest food retailers across the country and announced ‘America’s Healthiest Grocery Stores.” In her opinion, Ms. Kate Geagan, MS, RD, a nutrition consultant, Park City, Utah speaking about Whole Foods stated: “It’s the Rolls Royce of healthy eating.”  Dr. Alan Greene, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, the chief panelist of HEALTH magazine’s study, confirmed that “Whole Foods has the Whole Package.” In his expert opinion about Whole Foods and its relationship to health of people, Dr. Greene claims, “The Store celebrates great, healthy food from start to finish.” It must be clearly recognized that Dr. Greene and his panel will not be able to publish their findings in any Medical or Science Journal. Such a report that grades grocery stores in terms of health value will be outright rejected for there is no observational evidence to support the claim. To make a cause and effect relationship between a food retailer and the health of a food consumer, the supporting evidence can only come not by simply looking at the products available for purchase at a given store but by making proper health assessments of the consumers over a period of time.  Having won this endorsement from Health magazine and its panelists, Whole Foods has registered the phrase “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” as its TradeMark. In my view, the conclusions of the study conducted by HEALTH magazine lack the validity or objectivity of Science. The methodology used by the six panelists of HEALTH magazine does not involve measurement of objective criteria for assessment of health and there is no experimental verification and validation of their findings. This hypothesis, this mental concept of “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” must be tested, verified, and be validated without using the subjective experiences of the investigators. I am stating that for this “HEALTH” evaluation, data must be collected with precision, accuracy, and consistency after establishing objective standards for the observations. For the reasons that I mentioned, the study and the findings of the expert panel sponsored by HEALTH magazine have utterly failed to demonstrate a relationship between their claim and the observational evidence. Their conclusions about “America’s Healthiest Grocery Stores” would be mere conjecture, surmise, guesswork, or wishful thinking, or amounts to speculation for their judgment or estimate is not supported by actual knowledge or enough facts for certainty that concern the central issue of the health condition of people who consume food sold by the food retailers that are investigated.

WHOLE FOOD - WHOLE IDEALISM vs WHOLE PRAGMATISM : TO MAKE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN FOOD THAT MAN CONSUMES AND THE PHENOMENA OF HEALTHY LIVING, WE NEED TO DEFINE THE WORD "FOOD."
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE IDEALISM vs WHOLE PRAGMATISM : TO MAKE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN FOOD THAT MAN CONSUMES AND THE PHENOMENA OF HEALTHY LIVING, WE NEED TO DEFINE THE WORD “FOOD”, “HEALTH”, AND “LIFE..”

While speaking about the relationship between food and life, it will be important to recognize the five dimensions of Life, namely; 1. the Physical dimension, 2. the Mental dimension, 3. the Social dimension, 4. the Moral dimension, and 5. the Spiritual dimension, which together constitute “Whole Life.” To define the term “Whole Food”, I would like to relate food to the five dimensions of “Whole Life.” My definition of “Whole Food” is as follows:

1. The substance that provides nourishment to maintain and sustain the living functions and thereby protects the Physical well-being of man,

2. The substance that provides the experience of mental contentment, and psychological satisfaction and thereby supports man’s Mental well-being,

3. The substance that provides the stimulus for social interactions, social relationships, and social bonding and thereby supports man’s Social well-being,

4. The substance that provides the ability to man to express his moral and ethical principles in making choices for his living and thereby contributes to man’s Moral well-being, and

5. The substance that provides the spiritual basis for man’s relationship with Divine Providence and thereby preserves man’s Spiritual well-being.

I would be happy if Whole Foods Market defines the term “FOOD” while it claims to be “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store.”

WHOLE FOOD - WHOLE IDEALISM vs PRAGMATISM : WHOLE FOODS LAUNCHED A VERY EXPENSIVE ADVERTISEMENT CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE ITS VISION, ITS PHILOSOPHY OF IDEALISM IN EATING, AND TO CALL ITSELF AS "AMERICA'S HEALTHIEST GROCERY STORE."
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE IDEALISM vs PRAGMATISM : WHOLE FOODS LAUNCHED A VERY EXPENSIVE ADVERTISEMENT CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE ITS VISION, ITS PHILOSOPHY OF IDEALISM IN EATING, AND TO CALL ITSELF AS “AMERICA’S HEALTHIEST GROCERY STORE.”
WHOLE FOOD - WHOLE IDEALISM vs PRAGMATISM : THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FOOD CONSUMED, AND ITS EXPERIENCE, AND THE CONSEQUENCES ARE ALL IMPORTANT. STILL, A FIRM RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN "YUMMY" FOOD AND HEALTHY LIVING HAS TO BE PRESENTED USING DATA THAT CAN BE VALIDATED AFTER VERIFICATION.
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE IDEALISM vs PRAGMATISM : THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FOOD CONSUMED, AND ITS EXPERIENCE(THE CONSEQUENCES FROM ACTUAL CONSUMPTION OF FOOD) IS  IMPORTANT. STILL, A FIRM RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN “YUMMY” FOOD AND HEALTHY LIVING HAS TO BE PRESENTED USING DATA THAT CAN BE VALIDATED AFTER VERIFICATION. THERE IS NO ESTABLISHED SCIENTIFIC DOCTRINE THAT UPHOLDS THE “VALUES” THAT MATTER IN THE IDEALISTIC VISION OF WHOLE FOODS.
WHOLE FOOD - WHOLE IDEALISM vs PRAGMATISM : WHILE STANDARDS COULD BE USEFUL GUIDELINES, SOMETHING COULD BE SAID TO BE TRUE IF AND ONLY IF IT COULD BE VERIFIED BY LOGICAL OR SCIENTIFIC PROCEDURES.
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE IDEALISM vs PRAGMATISM : WHILE STANDARDS COULD BE USEFUL GUIDELINES, SOMETHING COULD BE SAID TO BE TRUE IF AND ONLY IF IT COULD BE VERIFIED BY LOGICAL OR SCIENTIFIC PROCEDURES. IF A THING CAN BE SAID TO BE TRUE, SCIENCE EXPLAINS AS TO WHY IT IS TRUE.

Whole Foods has launched a major national advertisement campaign to boost its brand name and highlight its groundbreaking quality standards. Whole Foods defined the campaign by its “VALUES MATTER ANTHEM.” Whole Foods is specifically asking people to know from where food comes from, what happens to food in its transit, trusting the source of food, fair treatment of people, animals, and places from where food comes from, the way food is grown, raised, or caught, and for a greater good that goes beyond selling food. It may be noted that in Science, if a thing is said to be true, Science explains as to why it is true. For example, as per the quality standards established by Whole Foods, its organic Quinoa could be healthy and nutritious. But, Cancer research indicates that dietary ‘polyamines’ are very important and the polyamine compounds such as spermine, spermidine, and putrescine found in food like Quinoa, Corn, or Grapefruit may accelerate the spread of Cancer. There is a demand to disclose the dietary ‘polyamine’ content of all kinds of foods and to include the information in the Nutrition Facts. As the saying goes, “One Man’s Meat is another Man’s Poison.”

VALUES MATTER ANTHEM

Whole Foods is buying TV advertisements during network and cable shows such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Saturday Night Live Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live Show, ‘SCANDAL’, ‘MODERN FAMILY’, Thursday Night Football, and others. Whole Foods has shown a strong commitment to sustainable agriculture, supporting organic farmers, growers, its vendors, its suppliers, and the environment. Whole Foods has a preference to market products that are considered to be environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible. Whole Foods has formulated strictest quality standards for all the products that it sells and has evolved its guidelines for Animal Compassion, Sustainable Seafood, and Produce Production standards. While Whole Foods is engaged in promoting its idea or vision of raising the level of Food Consciousness, I would like to introduce to my readers the concept of ‘PRAGMATISM’.

WHOLE FOOD - WHOLE IDEALISM vs PRAGMATISM : DR WILLIAM JAMES(1842 - 1910), PSYCHOLOGIST AND PHILOSOPHER WHO TEACHED AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY. HE STATED THAT THE TRUTH OF A PROPOSITION IS JUDGED BY ITS PRACTICAL OUTCOME.
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE IDEALISM vs PRAGMATISM : DR WILLIAM JAMES(1842 – 1910), PSYCHOLOGIST AND PHILOSOPHER WHO TAUGHT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY. HE STATED THAT THE TRUTH OF A PROPOSITION IS JUDGED BY ITS PRACTICAL OUTCOME.

William James is best known for his books, Principles of Psychology(1890), and Pragmatism(1907). Pragmatism is a method of philosophy in which the truth of a proposition is measured by its correspondence with experimental results and by its practical outcome. Pragmatism finds merit in ideas, policies, and proposals by using criteria such as  their usefulness, workability, and practicality. Pragmatism stresses the priority of action over doctrine. Pragmatism places value on ‘experience’ and not upon ‘fixed principles’. For a Pragmatist, the Value of an Idea is borrowed from its Meaning and its consequences. Pragmatist derives truth by using the principle of validation which involves an investigation of the proper methods of procedure. Pragmatism claims that the fact of knowing includes information as to how the fact is known. For the meaning and the truth of any idea are functions of its practical outcome, all principles are to be regarded as working hypotheses and the principles may be changed as new information based upon experience becomes available. Thus pragmatists hold that truth is modified as discoveries are made and truth is relative to time and place and the purpose of inquiry. In the last few decades, medical experts have changed their opinions several times while discussing the relationship between human nutrition and health or well-being. Pragmatism prefers to determine the meaning and the truth of all concepts by their practical consequences. William James stated, “True ideas are those we can assimilate, validate, corroborate, and verify.” For James, true ideas are useful “leadings”, they lead through experience in ways that provide consistency, orderliness, and predictability. Scientific knowledge provides the knowledge to state something is true by sharing the reason why it is true.

WHOLE FOOD - WHOLE IDEALISM vs PRAGMATISM : WHOLE FOODS CAMPAIGN TO ADVOCATE "EATING LIKE AN IDEALIST" MUST COME WITH A DOSE OF PRAGMATISM.
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE IDEALISM vs PRAGMATISM : WHOLE FOODS CAMPAIGN TO ADVOCATE “EATING LIKE AN IDEALIST” AND THE CONCEPT OF “HEALTHIEST GROCERY STORE” MUST COME WITH A DOSE OF PRAGMATISM.
WHOLE FOOD - WHOLE IDEALISM vs PRAGMATISM: A PRAGMATIST WOULD TEND TO DEMAND THAT WHOLE FOODS MUST DEFINE THE TERMS LIKE FOOD AND LIFE IF IT WANTS TO CLAIM TO BE AMERICA'S HEALTHIEST GROCERY STORE.
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE IDEALISM vs PRAGMATISM: A PRAGMATIST WOULD TEND TO DEMAND THAT WHOLE FOODS MUST DEFINE THE TERMS LIKE FOOD AND LIFE IF IT WANTS TO CLAIM TO BE AMERICA’S HEALTHIEST GROCERY STORE.

The word ‘pragmatic’ (Latin. pragmaticus means skilled in business or law; Greek. pragmatikos, pragma means business) is concerned with actual practice, everyday affairs, being practical and etc., and hence not with dogma, doctrine, or speculation. In Linguistics, the branch called ‘Pragmatics’ is concerned with meaning in context, or the meaning of sentences in terms of the speaker’s intentions in using them. I would invite my readers to join in this conversation and I submit that the truth of an idea(“Healthiest Grocery Store”), or action(“Eat like an Idealist”) should be judged in terms of its outcome in practical human experience.

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TIBET AWARENESS-BLESSINGS OF MOUNT CHOMOLHARI.

BLESSINGS OF MOUNT CHOMOLHARI, YADONG COUNTY, TIBET

Blessings of Mount Chomolhari, Tsang Province, Shigatse City, Tibet. Never a part of China. The military conquest and occupation of Tibet will never alter the history of this Land and its inhabitants.

Wetland scenery near Mount Chomolhari in Shigatse, Tsang Province, Tibet

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A local villager herds sheep at a wetland near Mount Chomolhari in Tsang Province, Yadong County of Shigatse City, Tibet, June 20, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

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The photo was taken on June 20, 2019, shows the scenery of Mount Chomolhari and a village in Tsang Province, Yadong County of Shigatse City, Tibet. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

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The photo was taken on June 20, 2019, shows the scenery of Mount Chomolhari and wetland in Tsang Province, Yadong County of Shigatse City, Tibet. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

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Horses search for food at a wetland near Mount Chomolhari in Tsang Province, Yadong County of Shigatse City, Tibet. The photo was taken on June 20, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

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Herds of cattle walk across a wetland near Mount Chomolhari in Tsang Province, Yadong County of Shigatse City, Tibet. The photo was taken on June 20, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

BLESSINGS OF MOUNT CHOMOLHARI. TIBET IS NEVER A PART OF CHINA

BLESSINGS OF MOUNT CHOMOLHARI, YADONG COUNTY, TIBET

Blessings of Mount Chomolhari, Tsang Province, Shigatse City, Tibet. Never a part of China. The military conquest and occupation of Tibet will never alter the history of this Land and its inhabitants.

Wetland scenery near Mount Chomolhari in Shigatse, Tsang Province, Tibet


WELCOME TO THE SUMMER SEASON 2019. WHOLE MECHANICS-WHOLE DYNAMICS

WELCOME TO THE SUMMER SEASON 2019. WHOLE MECHANICS-WHOLE DYNAMICS

Welcome to the Summer Season 2019. Whole Mechanics-Whole Dynamics.

On Friday, June 21, 2019, I celebrate the Summer Solstice, the beginning of the Summer Season sharing my thoughts on this celestial event.

Welcome to the Summer Season 2019. Whole Mechanics-Whole Dynamics.

The Man’s experience of Day and Night, and of the changing Seasons are not determined by the true or real motions of Sun in the Milky Way Galaxy. The experience of the Summer Season is not on account of planet Earth’s proximity to Sun during its circular orbit around Sun.

Welcome to the Summer Season 2019. Whole Mechanics-Whole Dynamics.

I apply Pure Reasoning, or the Doctrine of Rationalism to formulate my concepts of Whole Mechanics and Whole Dynamics. In practical terms, the Geocentric Theory is valid for it accounts for the experience of Day and Night, and of the changing Seasons. Most importantly, the Man needs the experience of his existence on the surface of a Flat Disc with an overhead arched dome called Sky or Heaven where he observes the apparent motions of Sun, stars, and planets.

Welcome to the Summer Season 2019. Whole Mechanics-Whole Dynamics.

Hello, Summer! Today’s Solstice Marks Season’s Beginning | Space

Clipped from: https://www.space.com/june-solstice-northern-summer-2019.html

Welcome to the Summer Season 2019. Whole Mechanics-Whole Dynamics.

The Earth as seen from space during a solstice on June 21, 2011.

(Image: © NASA)

Summer will officially arrive in the Northern Hemisphere today (June 21), marking the longest day, the shortest night and the beginning of summer.

The June solstice will occur at 11:54 a.m. EDT (1554 GMT), as the sun reaches the point at which it is farthest north of the celestial equator. To be more precise, when the solstice occurs, the sun will appear to shine directly overhead for a viewer stationed on the Tropic of Cancer (latitude 23.5 degrees north) in the western Atlantic Ocean, roughly 600 miles (965 kilometers) to the northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

From midnorthern latitudes, we can never see the sun directly overhead, but the same principle holds. For example, as seen from Philadelphia at 1:02 p.m. EDT on solstice day, the sun will attain its highest point in the sky for this entire year, standing 74 degrees above the southern horizon. 

To gauge how high that is, your clenched fist held at arm’s length measures roughly 10 degrees, so from the City of Brotherly Love, the sun will appear to climb more than “seven fists” above the southern horizon. And since the sun will appear to describe such a high arc across the sky, daylight will be at its longest extreme, lasting 15 hours and 1 minute.

Twilight zones

But this doesn’t mean we can stargaze for the remaining 9 hours, because we also need to take twilight into consideration. Around the time of the June solstice at latitude 40 degrees north, morning and evening twilight each last 2 hours, so the sky is fully dark for only 5 hours.

Farther north, twilight lasts even longer. At 45 degrees, it lingers for 2.5 hours, and at 50 degrees, twilight persists through the night; the sky never gets completely dark. In contrast, heading south, twilight is shorter. At latitude 30, it lasts 96 minutes, while at the latitude of San Juan, it lingers for only 80 minutes. This phenomenon is why travelers from the northern U.S. who visit the Caribbean at this time of year get surprised at how quickly it gets dark after sunset compared to back home.

Incidentally, the earliest sunrise and latest sunset do not coincide with the summer solstice. The former occurred on June 14, while the latter does not come until June 27.

So far, so good

Some people think the Earth is at the closest point to the sun in its orbit at this time of year, but it is just the opposite. On July 4, at 6:11 p.m. EDT (2211 GMT), we’ll be at the point in our orbit farthest from the sun (called aphelion), 94,513,221 miles (152,104,285 km).

Conversely, back on Jan. 3, Earth was at perihelion, the point in its orbit closest to the sun. The difference in distance between these two extremes measures 3,109,667 miles (5,004,524 km), or 3.3% of the average distance between the sun and Earth. That small change leads to a difference of nearly 7% in the radiant heat received by the Earth.

Theoretically, for the Northern Hemisphere, the difference in the distance to the sun tends to warm our winters and cool our summers. But, the preponderance of large land masses in the Northern Hemisphere outweighs this effect, making our winters colder and summers hotter than those of the Southern Hemisphere.

Interestingly, it would be a much different story if we were on Mars. Compared to our nearly circular orbit, the orbit of Mars is noticeably more eccentric (elliptical). When Mars arrives at aphelion, the planet is receiving only 69% as much sunlight as it does at perihelion. This situation creates a seasonal asymmetry on Mars; the Martian southern hemisphere always suffers greater extremes between summer and winter than the northern hemisphere does.

After Aug. 7, it “gets late early”

After the sun arrives at its solstice point, it will begin to migrate back toward the south, and the amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere will decrease. Consider this: After today, the duration of daylight will not increase again until two days before Christmas.

But if you think about it, the length of daylight has been rather substantial since about the middle of May. And the lowering of the sun’s path in the sky and the diminishing of the daylight hours in the coming days and weeks will be rather subtle, at least initially, during the first half or so of summer.

The traditional midpoint of the summer season is Aug. 1 which is marked on some Christian calendars as Lammas Day. The name is derived from the Old English “loaf-mass,” because it was once observed as a harvest festival. But summer’s true midpoint — the moment that comes exactly between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox in 2019 — will not occur until Aug. 7 at 7:52 a.m. EDT (1152 GMT). On that day, again, as seen from Philadelphia, the sun will set at 8:08 p.m., with the loss of daylight since June 21 amounting to just 57 minutes.

But in the second half of summer, the effects of the southward shift of the sun’s direct rays become much more noticeable. When autumn officially arrives, on Sept. 23, the sun for Philadelphians will set at 6:56 p.m., while the city will have lost 2 full hours of daylight since Aug. 7.

When he occasionally played left field during his Hall of Fame career with the Yankees, Yogi Berra would say that he didn’t mind the outfield, except for one thing: During August and September, as the shadows across the ball field progressively lengthened, it got increasingly difficult for him to see a baseball hit in his direction. Berra might not have been able to explain the science of why the altitude of the sun lowered so perceptibly during the latter half of the summer, but, as only he could do, he was able to sum it all up in a simple Yogism: “It gets late early out there.”

Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmers’ Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for Verizon FiOS1 News in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook. 

Welcome to the Summer Season 2019. Whole Mechanics-Whole Dynamics.


I AM A REFUGEE WITH NO REFUGE ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY

I AM A REFUGEE WITH NO REFUGE ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY

I host ‘The Living Tibetan Spirits’ in my Consciousness. I am a Refugee and I have no Refuge on World Refugee Day.

I host ‘The Living Tibetan Spirits’ in my Consciousness. On Thursday, June 20, 2019, I observe the World Refugee Day with the feelings of hopelessness for I am a Refugee and I have no Refuge.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada

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WORLD REFUGEE DAY – June 20, 2019

Clipped from: https://nationaltoday.com/world-refugee-day/

Each June 20, the globe comes together to honor World Refugee Day. The United Nations General Assembly launched the holiday in 2000, and since then, the worldwide community has spent the day focused on ways to improve the lives of refugees. Most of us know that refugees are forced to leave their homes due to war, terror, or other crises—but fleeing their home country is often just the beginning of a difficult journey. Many refugees find themselves living in camps until they are resettled—some of which are dangerous or not well-equipped for long term living. Refugees don’t always have a say in which country they are ultimately relocated to, and the bureaucratic process involved in finding their new home can take years. Worldwide refugee crises have taken center stage in the news in recent years, so it’s more important than ever to share support and to celebrate World Refugee Day.

How to Observe World Refugee Day

Attend a United Nations event
The UN plans to host live digital events on World Refugee Day discussing the world refugee crisis, future goals surrounding the topic, and how to make a difference. Be on the lookout for summaries of the events’ happenings or see if you can attend for yourself.

Be a friend to refugees in your community

Reach out to refugees in your area. Consider inviting them into your home for dinner, or to spend a few nights in your guest room if they’re in need of somewhere to stay. Introduce them to your local community so they’ll have an easier time getting to know their new neighborhood. Simply being a friend can make a major positive impact in someone’s life and serving as a guide to the community can be incredibly helpful.

Use your job to make a difference

No matter what you do for a living, there’s a good chance that your professional skills can be used to improve the lives of others. Volunteer your work-related talents to local refugee organizations. Last year, the UN shared a goal that someday soon, every refugee would have the opportunity for an education, a safe place to live, and ways to work and contribute to their communities. Chances are, you’ve got a skill or talent that can help in working toward one of those goals. If you own a business or are a hiring manager, you may also consider employing local refugees who need work.

Why World Refugee Day is Important

  • It builds empathy and raises awareness

    The vastness of the world refugee crisis can be hard to grasp but raising awareness can help make it easier for others to understand the extent of what refugees around the world are going through. It also builds a sense of empathy and compassion that brings people together from all walks of life, and that’s always a positive thing

    It provides an incentive to create a more peaceful world

    In a more peaceful world, fewer people would be forced to flee their homes due to violence and unrest. Naturally, this would make for a significant decrease in suffering around the world. While working towards greater peace isn’t something that can happen overnight, it’s an important goal, and World Refugee Day reminds us of just how vital it is.

    It encourages us to be better friends, neighbors, and citizens

    It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of such a massive worldwide crisis but taking small steps can help make a difference. World Refugee Day encourages all of us to think creatively about what we can do to help. It also motivates everyone celebrating the holiday to be better neighbors to refugees living in their communities and to be more compassionate world citizens in general.


     

THE SANATANA DHARMA BOND BETWEEN INDIA AND TIBET

THE SANATANA DHARMA BOND BETWEEN INDIA AND TIBET

The Sanatana Dharma Bond between India and Tibet.

From the beginning of human civilization, from the times of the origin of the Anatomically Modern Man in Tibet and India, the ‘Sanatana Dharma’ formulated the bond between the people of India and Tibet. These people participate in ritualistic worship of Mountains, and of bodies of Water such as the lakes and rivers which shape their earthly living experience. They seek the presence of the LORD God Creator in the acts of His Creation.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada

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The Sanatana Dharma Bond between India and Tibet.

First Group Of Kailash-Mansarovar Pilgrims For 2019 Yatra Reach Tibet

The Sanatana Dharma Bond between India and Tibet.

Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra: “All the members of the batch are safe. They were found medically fit by Indo-Tibetan Border Police or ITBP doctors during a check-up at Gunji.

All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: June 20, 2019 13:52 IST

The Sanatana Dharma Bond between India and Tibet.

Pilgrims on the Kailash-Mansarovar yatra have reached Tibet for darshan (File Photo)

Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand: 

The first batch of 58 Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrims reached Tibet today through the Lipulekh pass.

The pilgrims crossed over into Tibet through the Lipulekh pass located at 17,500 feet on way to Kailash-Mansarovar at 8:15 am, said Ashok Joshi, General Manager of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam or KMVN, the nodal agency for the yatra.

“All the members of the batch are safe. They were found medically fit by Indo-Tibetan Border Police or ITBP doctors during a check-up at Gunji.

“The batch will return to the pass after spending seven days in Tibet where the pilgrims will have a darshan (view) of the holy Mount Kailash believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva. They will also take a dip in the sacred Mansarovar lake,” Mr. Joshi said.

Besides the first batch, two other batches of pilgrims have also reached close to the Lipulekh pass, he added.

The Sanatana Dharma Bond between India and Tibet.


 
 

I AM A REFUGEE. WHEN WILL I FIND MY REFUGE? FATHER’S DAY LESSON

I am a Refugee. When will I find my Refuge? Father’s Day Lesson.

I believe in the doctrine called ‘Predestination’. I do not believe in Free-Will, or Will to Choose. I am not running away from God. I cannot choose to disobey God. It may seem that I am making choices and that I may have preplanned my moves. My Life’s Journey began in Mylapore, Madras, Chennai, India. Amongst other places, my Journey took me to Doom Dooma, Tinsukia District, Assam, India during 1972. While I worked in Doom Dooma, I got married during January 1973 as per God’s Plan. Eventually, I arrived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the USA with the thoughts of Fear forcing me to live as a Refugee.

I find myself living and surviving inside the belly of a Big Fish or Great Whale. Prophet Jonah survived his ordeal just for three days and three nights. The Son of Man remained in the heart of the earth just for three days, and three nights.

I am living with the Hope that God has not forsaken me. God has not forgotten my plight or ordeal. God has a Plan for my Salvation. I am a Refugee for it is Predestined. But when will I find my Refuge?

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada

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I am a Refugee. When will I find my Refuge? Father’s Day Lesson.
I am a Refugee. When will I find my Refuge? Father’s Day Lesson.
I am a Refugee. When will I find my Refuge? Father’s Day Lesson.
I am a Refugee. When will I find my Refuge? Father’s Day Lesson.
I am a Refugee. When will I find my Refuge? Father’s Day Lesson.
I am a Refugee. When will I find my Refuge? Father’s Day Lesson.
I am a Refugee. When will I find my Refuge? Father’s Day Lesson.
I am a Refugee. When will I find my Refuge? Father’s Day Lesson.
I am a Refugee. When will I find my Refuge? Father’s Day Lesson.

10 Great Lessons from the Book of Jonah

By Wayne Jackson

I am a Refugee. When will I find my Refuge? Father’s Day Lesson.

The prophet Jonah lived in the Galilean city of Gath-Hepher (about four miles north of Nazareth) during the reign of Jeroboam II (793-753 B.C.), king of Israel (cf. 2 Kgs. 14:25). Jeroboam II was northern Israel’s most powerful king, and during his administration, the borders of the nation were expanded to their greatest extent since the time of David and Solomon.

Assyria, however, five hundred miles to the east, was a constant threat. The fact of the matter is, due to Israel’s progressive rebellion, the prophets Hosea and Amos, contemporaries of Jonah, had declared that Jehovah would use Assyria as an instrument of punishment against his people (cf. Hos. 11:5; Amos 5:27). Any patriotic Israelite would have longed for Assyria’s destruction!

One can scarcely imagine, therefore, the consternation that must have filled Jonah’s heart when he received the Lord’s word instructing him to proceed to Nineveh, the capital city of Assyria, with a divine message.

Jonah’s Resistance

Although the prophet’s brief declaration to Nineveh was one of judgment, nonetheless, Jonah was aware of the fact that Jehovah is a “gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness” (Jon. 4:2). Hence, it was certain that if the inhabitants of that great city were responsive to his message, Heaven would certainly spare them. And Jonah did not want that.

Accordingly, Jonah went to Joppa where he boarded a ship bound for Tarshish, a Phoenician colony on the southwest coast of Spain some two thousand miles to the west. The express design of his trip was to flee from the presence of Jehovah (Jon. 1:3).

But, as every Bible student knows, his plans were soon thwarted. Where men propose, God can dispose!

When a great storm arose, and the inmates of the vessel feared for their very lives, Jonah confessed that he, as a refugee from the Lord, was the cause of the calamity. Though the prophet’s sailing companions did not like the idea, they ultimately were forced to accept Jonah’s suggestion that he be thrown overboard.

Down he went into the dark depths of the Mediterranean, seaweed swirling about his head (cf. Jon. 2:5). Presently, he was devoured by a great creature of the deep. One might almost say that the Lord sent Jonah to school for three days, and the classroom was the belly of a great sea-monster. The prophet matriculated wonderfully well, graduating with a diploma in “mission responsibility”!

Jonah Preaches to Nineveh

Making his way to Nineveh, a journey that would have taken more than a month and thus provided ample time for sober reflection, Jonah entered the great city with his blunt message (consisting of only five words in the Hebrew text):

“Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown.”

Amazingly, there was mass repentance, from the king (Ashur-dan III, according to Assyrian records) down to the commoner.

Jonah was quite distraught at this turn of events and he despaired, even to the point of wanting to die. Resolutely, he perched himself on a hilltop nearby, eagerly watching the city in hopes that the Lord would yet destroy it. His education was still incomplete!

As he sat in the scorching sun, God caused a shady vine to grow up for his refreshment and the prophet was glad. On the following day, however, Jehovah sent a worm to smite Jonah’s vine, and as the blistering sun beat upon his head, the man of God again lapsed into a state of abject depression.

Then came Heaven’s stinging rebuke. The Lord in effect said: “Jonah, why is it that you are so concerned with this vine—a mere plant which is temporal, and for which you did not labor; and yet, you evidence utterly no concern for the hapless inhabitants of Nineveh?”

The penetrating inquiry threw a divine floodlight upon the pathetic values of the man from Gath-Hepher.

10 Timeless Lessons from the Book of Jonah

The book of Jonah is filled with valuable information and timeless lessons. Perhaps we could reflect upon a few of these matters.

Jonah’s Story Validated by Christ

First, we should note that this marvelous narrative has suffered the brunt of the critics’ barbs for a long while. Because of the incident of Jonah being swallowed by the sea-creature, many modern scholars contend that the document is pure fiction (cf. Goodspeed 1946, 149).

Jesus Christ, however, did not so view it. He appealed to the narrative as genuine history (cf. Mt. 12:39-41), and this settles the issue for all who have any regard for the Savior’s deity.

Aside from the fact that this event doubtless involved a miracle, the circumstances are not beyond the realm of possibility even from a natural viewpoint (as employed in the providential operations of God). In fact, a number of similar cases have been documented in relatively modern times.

In 1891, a seaman was swallowed by a large sperm whale near the Falkland Islands. After three days, he was recovered, unconscious but alive, though there was some damage to his skin (Wilson 1927, 636). Some, however, dispute the credibility of this story.

Moreover, some critics argue that the book of Jonah depicts the prophet as being swallowed by a “great fish” (Jon. 1:17), while the New Testament suggests that the creature was a “whale” (Mt. 12:40). And, as any schoolboy knows, a whale is a mammal, not a fish.

The fallacy of this ill-conceived argument lies in the fact that both the Hebrew word dag and the Greek word, ketos are generic terms that can apply to any aquatic creature (cf. ASV fn). There is no error here.

The Sovereignty of Jehovah

The book of Jonah demonstrates the sovereignty of the Almighty as he employs his creation to accomplish the divine plan. The Lord controlled the elements of weather (Jon. 1:4, 11, 13, 15; 4:8), and he prepared a sea-creature, a vine, and a worm to do his bidding (Jon. 1:17; 4:6, 7).

God’s Interest in All People

This inspired document reveals the international interest of God, even in the Mosaic era.

Though Jehovah was working primarily through the Hebrew nation as an instrument for the sending of the promised Seed (Gen. 22:18), nevertheless, his compassion for all the people of the earth was abundantly manifested. And the sending of the “missionary,” Jonah, to these Gentile Ninevites was a clear demonstration of this.

God Is in Control

This narrative illustrates a truth so frequently suggested in the Old Testament, namely, that the Lord, not man, is in control of the destiny of nations.

Jehovah rules in the kingdoms of men and disposes of them according to his divine standard (cf. Psa. 22:28; Prov. 14:34; Dan. 2:21; 4:17). Those who think that nations stand or fall because of a “strong national defense” are woefully ignorant of biblical principles.

Nineveh was given forty days to repent. As a result, the nation was spared destruction for about a century and a half. Later, however, when Assyria degenerated again, she was destroyed and the prophet, Nahum, addresses this very matter. Nineveh fell to the Babylonians in 612 B.C.

Mankind is Accountable to the Lord

The book of Jonah demonstrates that ancient peoples who were outside of that Mosaic covenant relationship with Jehovah were nonetheless accountable to Heaven’s moral law.

Jehovah looked down upon Nineveh and observed the wickedness of these people (Jon. 1:2). Since sin is the transgression of divine law (1 Jn. 3:4; cf. Rom. 4:15), the Ninevites were obviously subject to such.

This powerful truth is in direct conflict with the modern theory which contends that those who are “outside of the church” are not subject to the marriage law of God (the design of which is to regulate human morality — cf. 1 Cor. 7:1ff; Heb. 13:4). The whole purpose of this novel concept, of course, is to justify adulterous relationships within the family of God!

People Can Change

This record reveals the power inherent within the word of God when such comes into contact with honest and good hearts (cf. Lk. 8:15). Though Jonah’s message was very brief (as indicated above), it produced the desired effect.

Again, some critics have faulted the divine account at this point, claiming that so trifling a sermon could hardly have produced the results described. But the objection, which stems strictly from subjective bias, ignores the biblical evidence, not the least of which is the testimony of Christ that “the men of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah” (Mt. 12:41).

Besides that, historical records reveal that the notable city had suffered severe plagues in 765 and 759 B.C. The soil had thus been conditioned for Jonah’s “revival.”

Too, somehow or another the citizens of Nineveh had learned of the prophet’s “resurrection” from the belly of the “fish,” for, as Jesus noted, Jonah was a “sign” to that generation even as the raised Lord would be to his (cf. Lk. 11:30).

Repentance Requires Works

This instructive account, together with the inspired New Testament commentary which discusses it, underscores an important dimension to repentance.

Jesus declared that “the men of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah” (Mt. 12:41), while the book of Jonah itself informs us that God “saw their [the people of Nineveh] works, that they turned from their evil way” (Jon. 3:10).

Thus, repentance is not, as some allege, a mere sorrow for sin. Rather, it requires turning away from evil conduct.

Moreover, this passage reveals that repentance is a work, and since repentance is essential to salvation (Lk. 13:3, 5; Acts 17:30), it conclusively follows that salvation is not exclusive of all types of works!

The Punishment of Hell

An intriguing passage in the book of Jonah illustrates a vital point about the punishment of the wicked after death.

In graphically poetic language, the agonizing prophet described his horrible ordeal in the sea monster’s belly as an experience akin to being in “hell.” He exclaims:

“I cried by reason of my affliction unto the Lord . . . out of the belly of hell cried I” (Jon. 2:2).

The Hebrew term is Sheol. Here it denotes the abode of the wicked prior to the Judgement.

Since crying out by reason of affliction certainly indicates conscious suffering, one may conclude that the state of the wicked dead is that of conscious torment—a truth affirmed elsewhere in the sacred record (cf. Lk. 16:23; 2 Pet. 2:9, ASV).

J.W. McGarvey has an excellent discussion of this point in his essay, “Destiny of the Wicked” (n.d., 429, 430).

Conditional Prophecy

Jonah’s message to Nineveh reveals that prophecy is sometimes conditional.

The prophet declared that the great city would be destroyed in forty days. But it survived for a century and a half beyond that time.

Clearly, therefore, the prediction of doom was conditioned upon Nineveh’s response to the prophetic message.

Millennialists would do well to learn from this principle of prophecy.

For example, Israel was promised inheritance of the land of Canaan. That promise, however, was conditioned upon their fidelity to God (cf. Josh. 22:4, 5; 23:1ff), and the time eventually came when they lost their deed to Palestine.

Typology in the Book of Jonah

The book of Jonah presents a beautiful type of the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

Though some modernists argue that the concept of a bodily resurrection of Christ from the dead was unknown in Old Testament times, Jesus demonstrated otherwise. He declared:

“[F]or as Jonah was three days and nights in the belly of the sea-monster; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Mt. 12:40).

Clearly, the Lord viewed Jonah’s three-day entombment as a foreshadowing of his resurrection from the grave, by which, of course, Christ was declared to be the Son of God with power (Rom. 1:4).

Conclusion

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul wrote:

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime [i.e., the Old Testament Scriptures] were written for our learning, that through patience and through the comfort of the scriptures we might have hope” (Rom. 15:4).

Surely the foregoing points of truth, as gleaned from the delightful book of Jonah, are illustrative of the truth of this rich passage.

Why not take some time and refresh yourself with a review of the edifying material in the book of Jonah.

Works Cited

  • Goodspeed, E. J. 1946. How to Read the Bible. Philadelphia, PA: John C. Winston Co.
  • McGarvey, J. W. n.d. The destiny of the Wicked. Lard’s Quarterly. Vol. 2.
  • Wilson, A. J. 1927. Princeton Theological Review, XXV, October.

Scripture References

Hosea 11:5; Amos 5:27; Jonah 4:2; Jonah 1:3; Jonah 2:5; Matthew 12:39-41; Jonah 1:17; Matthew 12:40; Jonah 1:4, 11, 13, 15, 4:8; Jonah 1:17, 4:6, 7; Genesis 22:18; Psalm 22:28; Proverbs 14:34; Daniel 2:21, 4:17; Jonah 1:2; 1 John 3:4; Romans 4:15; Hebrews 13:4; Luke 8:15; Matthew 12:41; Luke 11:30; Jonah 3:10; Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 17:30; Jonah 2:2; Luke 16:23; 2 Peter 2:9; Joshua 22:4, 5, 23:1; Romans 1:4; Romans 15:4

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Jackson, Wayne. “10 Great Lessons from the Book of Jonah.” ChristianCourier.com. Access date: June 15, 2019. https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/66-10-great-lessons-from-the-book-of-jonah

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