THUS SPAKE JESUS: LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

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 THUS SPAKE JESUS: LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

NEIGHBOUR! Things have changed so much these days; it is difficult to know who our neighbours are. To whom should we call our neighbours? To most people on this earth in these times, life has been on the run. From the work place to back home is a tiring job and one gets retired by the day’s end to shoot back into the favourite bed. Where is the time for people around? We live in Apartments, Flats, Bungalows, Chawls, Farm Houses, Hutments, Etc; the more sophisticated ones in urban areas live in Rove-Houses, Villas and Bungalows. We do not know most of the times or we do not attempt to know who our neighbour is.Villas_in_Bangalore_Silvanakalkan-luxury-villa-for-sale-252502889047 In India and most countries, it is common to find people living in villages and townships where houses are attached one to the other with only a distinction of a wall. ChawlJhopadapatti 1 Those human beings living beside our dwelling place, whom we consider as just human beings only; I think if they were of a different species we would attempt to drive them away. download (3) In the dwellings that we live, most times we are bound to meet and interact with those people and we tend to derive problems, troubles, fights, ill behaviour, abuse of language and filthy talks rather than having friendly relationship, good ties, inviting each other on special occasions, sharing happiness and sorrows, helping each other at times of crisis and so on and so forth….. At times it may come to police intervention or filing of law suits against each other which would prolong for years and years. Ultimately to decide upon and say –“what horrible and toxic neighbour I have or am living amongst”. Almost two thousand years back, Jesus preached and he thus spake – “Love Thy Neighbour”, what he actually meant and to whom he was referring to as neighbour is now to be pondered. Did people live in the same manner as of now and behaved in the same fashion that made him speak so. Volumes might have been written on this. I am not writing anything new, I think I am only giving it a new twist. Living in the dwellings in these modern times like as I have said above. We instead made arrangements to live, separately from our neighbours. This made us live away from those people who live beside us, whom the world calls ‘neighbours’. We call it our civilised society and a developed world. Resulting in, to make a generalised statement as to –‘who is our neighbour and what love is’. That’s why Jesus’ message is as fresh, as important, as contemplating and as thought-provoking. As for now who all are doing the “Blogging 101 June 2015”, to them, Word-Press team has extended the preaching of Jesus. It is as to our approach towards our neighbours, they mean and I mean our fellow Bloggers of this world. We have lessons like this  ………..which I would not want to disclose as it is a private class only for those bloggers who are registered, but my classmates do know about them. So we ought to know and are to learn and act as to what Jesus said-“Love Thy Neighbour”. That means to say we have to be always in good connection with each other, have cordial relationship through your likes, comments and follow, spreading your horizon, meeting different people from all over the world from all walks of life, young and old. Spread LOVE throughout the ‘Blogging World’, who is your neighbour now. LONG LIVE WORDPRESS!!! Blogging 101 Emblem

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FATHER’S DAY AND INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY

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FATHER’S DAY AND INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY

I DEDICATE THIS POST TO ALL FATHERS OF THIS WORLD WHO ARE, WERE AND WILL BE

I GOT TO REMEMBER THAT TODAY WAS FATHER’S DAY THROUGH THIS AD WHICH CAME IN THE NEWSPAPER.

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ABOUT THESE ADS

WHAT AN INTELLIGENT WAY OF TARGETTING THE POCKETS.

I APPRECIATE, THEY MAKE REMEMBER PEOPLE.

HATS OFF! TO THEIR ALERTNESS.

TODAY IS ALSO INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY.

MORE THAN 200 COUNTRIES ARE PARTCIPATING ALONGWITH INDIA

YOGA IS THE SALUTATION TO THE FATHER OF THE UNIVERSE.                                                                                                    “ISHWARA”

 

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                                                                                                                                                                                             “ISH” MEANS “THE UNIVERSE” AND “WARA” MEANS “THE OWNER”  “THE FATHER”

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“SHIVA TANDAVA”                                      YOGA DANCE BY SHIVA, KILLING THE EVIL

“LET THERE BE PEACE AND HAPPINESS ALL AROUND”

SHIVA 

the SMILE !

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the SMILE!

  SMILE! The other day I was sitting in my office with my childhood friend Mr Suresh Sarwade who is a famous photo and videographer in our area. His son Itihas was also there and we were discussing about his future career. Meanwhile during the meeting I showed them my Blog, I was talking to them regarding the Posts, the Follow, the Stats and almost everything regarding this ‘Blog World’. I think, in a way I was telling them and was rather patting on my own back. At the tail end of our discussion and meeting, his son asked me a question- “Uncle have you ever invited those friends of yours in this blogging world to visit our place? That question was something sarcastic for me and I just smiled. I did not know then as to why I Smiled. In response to my smile, poor thing he also smiled. There was no exchange of words between us regarding that.     It was night and we parted. The next day I was thinking about the question what my friend’s son asked. I was questioning myself as to why I smiled. After a long and healthy confrontation with my own self, some thoughts poured into me as follows:

  1. a) Almost on a daily basis I tend to be in the Blogging World and keep meeting so many people, with no discussions; many times from either of the sides.
  1. b) We, at both the ends may meet at the same time or not, but we do have interconnections through the Net.
  1. c) Through their Photos on respective blogs or Images on the Gravatar,

We have them in our minds as to whom we are speaking through.

  1. d) As far as my observation goes I see bloggers with indifferent names or they have given different names than what their actual name is. Some of them cover their faces, some of them make the photo blur, some of them give their favourite picture, some of them a clear cut image of what and how they actually look like, some of them show a tree, some of them a wall, a cartoon picture or something that has come into their minds, some of them ……..

Seeing to all this I was talking to myself. That was really interesting and the outcome of the talk was: On a daily basis I tend to meet so many people on their blogs. They would speak through their blogs; they share thoughts, life experiences, anecdotes, feelings, their achievements, their travels and the like, through their own prose and poetry or photos they have clicked. They would even want to know what would the person on the other side feel like, they would even expect a like or a comment, which would make them happy for having shared it. None of us would want to meet in person unless except in exceptional cases; where bloggers would want to meet on exceptional purposes. We all know that there is a human being on the other side and is responding in some way, by a like or a comment. Some may even not do it, they keep silent. But they want somebody to see and share their feelings and thoughts; it might be a one way traffic which may be, they want it that way. Some may meet once, put a like or comment and will go so far as to not meet once again. I was thinking of all this, this, which has been a way of living in these times (in this century for that matter). We may not meet at all but a sort of satisfaction or happiness we derive is commendable. A society that has been formed and is set to be lived in this way, I feel it is the interactions between souls. After the analysis and pondering of those thoughts, once again I had – the SMILE!  

I DEDICATE THIS POST TO THE FOLLOWING BLOGGERS WHO ARE ON MY FOLLOW AND MOST IMPORTANTLY; YOU CAN JUST SEE THEM; THEY HAVE THAT BEAUTIFUL AND ETERNAL SMILE ON THEIR FACE.  

DO VISIT THEM PLEASE !  

I WISH ALL OF THEM TO HAVE THAT SMILE ON THEIR FACES ALWAYS – COME WHAT MAY.  

Deb Cowdrey

https://onceuponahotflash.wordpress.com/

Annette Rochelle Aben

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Lucy Danvers

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Bela

https://blogbybela.wordpress.com/

Alok Singhal

https://singhalalok.wordpress.com/

Anggie Retno

https://giegou.wordpress.com/

Ipuna Black

http://ipunablack.com/

Beth Byrnes

https://byrnesbeth.wordpress.com/

Sherri Mathews

http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/

Lucile de Godoy

http://luciledegodoy.com/

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Hello!!! THIS IS ME!

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              Blogging 101!

Day One: Introduce Yourself to the World

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post on your blog.

Hi! Everybody!!

I am Shiva from India.

I am here to share my thoughts and experiences among the larger community called the ‘WORLD’. I am also here to know the thoughts and experiences of people of this ‘WORLD’, that which would make me richer.
I would also like to put posts on certain things which one should PONDER; you can see that in the Tag of my Blog.
Ultimately I would earn to get good, inspirational and like-minded friends from all over the WORLD.
I have been here in this World of Blogging past only three months; I received overwhelming response from people all over the WORLD.

I want see People Happy and I find them here.

I get to see and meet the WORLD in my Blog, what else I should expect from.

In the process of seeing happiness everywhere, I become Happier.
Shiva

IF I CAN GIVE SOMETHING – WHY SHOULD I NOT

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IF I CAN GIVE SOMETHING – WHY SHOULD I NOT.

 

Everybody in this world are capable and can give something to somebody, the degrees may vary. But the fact of ‘Can’; directly connected to the feeling of ones mind & taste.

I want to make this post of a very few lines, for I do not want to express more of it, which would unnecessarily boast of myself.

I have come the way like that and would continue in the same fashion.

The title of the above post itself is enough to know, I need not say much on that.

I just started this Blog two months back and did’nt know anything of blogging, I only came to know through fellow bloggers.

I ‘DEDICATE’ (which is an act of ‘Give’) this Post to the following bloggers who are on my list of Following:

Isabella Morgan who was the first one to be my follower and who has given me this boost, I give below her URL:https://isabellamorgan.wordpress.com

The second one who encouraged me to blog. Michelle Terry

URL : http://mamamickterry.com

The one who commented on my blog. Alka Girdhar

URL: https://alkagirdhar.wordpress.com

The fourth One.

URL: http://www.inspiringmax.com

The Fifth One Umber.

URL: https://umberays.wordpress.com

The sixth one. Uday.

URL: https://udayology.wordpress.com

The seventh who is an elderly person whom I respect and grateful for.

Dr. E Miller

URL: http://dremiller.com

All these people deserve to be mentioned and have their fascinating blogs, which you can visit.

I shall ‘DEDICATE’ the others in my follow in my upcoming posts.

I would continue to ‘DEDICATE’ henceforth some of my posts to the bloggers I shall come across, so this is something that which I can give and why should I not.

Another thing is, as you see my blog’s page full of images of my ‘COMMUNITY’, grid, and the names of POSTS that I have come across, the ‘BLOGS’ I admire (Follow). The names of bloggers who have commented. This also I have put as an act – ‘can give’, and ‘why should I not’.

It is not only me, that this is being done, there are other fellow bloggers who mention in their blogs like this. I like it.

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GET ANGRY BUT NOT GET NONSENSICAL

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GET ANGRY BUT NOT GET NONSENSICAL

ANGER! It is said to be one of the negative behavioural pattern of humans. But every human tends to be angry, knowing that, it is though not called for. All spiritual scriptures in this world do not recommend anger as a virtue. But most times we have and are compelled to get angry. The inner being or conscious whispers to stop the act, but man continues to be in the act. There are situations that we have to be angry, may be, to make know the people at the other end as to what is expected of.
In the process of being angry we invite fights in which most of the times both the parties at each ends are put to loss. The harmony is disturbed. The moods get changed. The relationship is strained.
The most common fights due to Anger are among Husband & Wife, Father & Son, Business and Professional Partners, Man & Man, Woman & Woman, Man & Woman and vice versa.
In the whole process of getting Angry, we (please be aware that includes me) get to be Nonsensical, and that creates the whole problem. While we are Angry, we start talking nonsense, stupid, unconcerned, not related to the subject or something which was of the past or of the future which may occur or not, or that which makes the whole thing an End. Can that be a pure fight on which it is related; I feel it cannot, because we tend to be Nonsensical. The resultant could be a Divorce, Business Loss, Strained relationship among family members, friends and community at large. Just One Word uttered may cause a life time repentance and agony.
People at the helm of affairs; be it among the family, community, corporate circles, organisations and business heads are bound to be Angry, that which is necessary and permissible, in running it successfully. Even there being Nonsensical is not expected of.  They are shrewd, practical, diplomatic and intelligent; being Angry. So that makes one circle complete. People involved are also happy.
Animals also tend to be Angry and invite fights among their own circles. But I feel they don’t get Nonsensical; the next moment they become friends.
Getting Angry is necessary. Getting Nonsensical is not required.
Left to Me, You and Everyone to decide and act.
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ACTIVE PARTICIPATION DURING FUNERALS AND DEATH

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ACTIVE PARTICIPATION DURING FUNERALS AND DEATH

Birth! When takes place everybody is happy and overwhelmed with joy, but the new offspring comes crying into this world and has to face the sorrows and joys of all sorts. By the time death comes, the life has established relationships with other human beings who already exist and with those who will take birth during the tenure of the life. The sharing of time, ideas, thoughts, emotions, and love has made that life more strong and compassionate- life worth living. In this world, the dependency and the give & take has made people to live with each other more harmoniously. A time comes to part – when death occurs, in most cases the opposite happens, the dead person attains freedom and peace from this struggle of the so called living. People are unhappy and drowned in sorrow. To pay the last respects and the last rite – the Funeral and the Attendance both are equally important.  It’s interesting to explore the participation of people at Funerals. They participate – Passively Active, Actively Passive and Actively Active.

You and I have attended funerals and have observed small or big crowds at them. The participation of relatives, friends, neighbours, and people from the community attending funerals is active and diligent, though it is not an occasion to be celebrated. This is the observance throughout the world for that matter. People gather for the person’s last rites to pay respects. People of the same community gather quickly and participate actively. It is rather an occurrence, very silent and closemouthed.

You are remembered by the kith and kin, on which occasions you had attended. Had you come for the Marriage function, the House warming or the Funeral? You may miss the first two but cannot afford to not attend the last one- the Funeral. If you do not attend, you are marked. In India, at least in many communities it is the practice. At least one person from one family will attend the occasion.

People do not care to meet known friends and relatives when they are alive and normal; leave aside; they don’t meet them when they are in problems & financial crisis or ill health, but they make sure to attend their funerals. So, many people whether they are interested or not have to actively participate. I have seen many friends and relatives attending funerals of their relatives, whom they have never seen in their life time. If that was their love towards them they could at least visit them when the person was alive. It is wondering to observe such an attitude towards life. Attending funerals is a duty, a compulsion; for the sake or heck of it. At some occasions and places it is a celebration, though every fellow involved knows that the time is for mourning.

I still remember the first funeral that I attended while I was still studying in tenth standard. I am talking of the situation few decades back. One of my classmates father had expired, we got the news immediately and it was evening by that time. A small crowd had gathered. After waiting for some more people to gather, they started the last rituals at about 11pm; by the time the body was lifted it was almost midnight. The cremation ground was some were too far which I had never seen. During those days the body had to be carried by the four men on their shoulders, every few seconds, men used to change and give their shoulders to carry the body. On the way to cremation ground, heavy rains started and there was no question of stopping anywhere, you just had to move. By the time we reached the cremation ground it might have clocked 2 am. The pouring of the rain had come to the tail end. The body was kept with lot of hurry in the place made for it. Every person at the funeral was so active in cremating the body. Some brought the wooden logs. Some were busy collecting old cycle tyres. Some brought kerosene. Some running here and there to collect random things for fire, except, maybe, one or two of the relatives, none of them showed a sign of grief. There was a lot of shouting also, and at times blaming each other in the high tone. Everybody wanted to finish the rite at the earliest and go home. They finished the whole ritual with a sigh of relief.

Looking to all this at that tender age it stunned me. I was rather disheartened and felt bad for such disrespect was given to the body. So! This was death I felt. The event was lingering in my mind for quite a number of days, and it was not so easy to forget. I was even inspired to write a big essay on the experience, which I did not attempt, I now feel for it.

There is a place in my Town; it is so strange to know, that if anybody in that place dies during day time, especially after 10 in the morning, he is cursed because everybody would have gone for their respective work. All those cannot participate in the funeral, because by evening all last rites would be finished. It’s an area of working people. If suppose, anyone dies in the evening or early night, everybody is happy for they can actively participate. How it all goes by the night is wonder striking. The whole night is a celebration. Some of them gather and contribute to cook a midnight snack, at times, only one person may bear the expenses. No money for this purpose is asked to any of the relatives of the deceased. Bhajan parties are called to sing for the night. Mostly songs on the almighty, songs on great yogis or yathis and their sayings or lyrics of despair are sung. The Whole Street or Chawl is awake. People from all sects gather and from every household, maybe only the children and old ones may go to sleep. The women folk sit before the body in a big group and cry and sometimes sing a song, some women are talented to cry so loudly that they make others cry and they are encouraged.  People sit in groups and discuss on varied subjects, politics could be the main subject. Some people may discuss of the one departed. Scores of them will be playing cards and many would be watching them. There will be constant supply of cigarettes, beedies, betal nuts and betal leaves. Some would be secretly enjoying alcohol. Fire Crackers will be used now and then. The deceased family would be waiting to receive their loved ones, who would be coming from far of places. The whole night goes like this ceremoniously. Next day morning after all known people have come and gathered the last rituals would start. The procession would start with firecrackers all along the road. The whole episode will finish by noon. That day is a holiday for the people of the area; they have a fantastic reason and excuse not to go for work.

I have just quoted examples of behavior; it varies from person to person and place to place. I would not want to elaborate, but there is every scope to do it.

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A PUBLIC ACCOUNT

We can find or might have observed, at so many funeral services or funeral rites, people participate actively with or without grief. The death of renowned people, politicians and celebrities are attended by hundreds and thousands of human beings. At times participation by the mobs gathered; lost their own lives or have had big fights. I give here below some incidents taken place in this world which most of us know of Politicians, Dictators, Celebrities and Public figures.

The Murder of Mahatma GandhiGandhi 1

John F Kennedy 1The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

The Shooting of Smt Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi

The Death of Matinee Idol Dr. Rajkumar from Karnataka, IndiaDr Rajkumar

M G RThe Death of Matinee Idol and Politician M.G.Ramachandran from Tamil Nadu, India

The Hanging of Saddam Hussain of IraqSaddam Hussain

Z A BhuttoThe Death Verdict of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan

The Mob Murder of  Muammar Gadaffi of NigeriaGadaffi

Idi AminThe Death of Dictator Idi Amin of Uganda

It may be a big list to quote, you may add them into your minds and just think of the subject I am throwing light upon.

Altogether, the active participations at funerals or death at large, give an enormous scope for thinking, on what type of relationship man keeps with each other, whether with the kin or a public figure.

Across the world, since centuries, so many types of practices, rituals and rites are performed. Funeral is conducted by various communities, in different ways all over the world. They might seem strange, surprising and ridiculous. It is the faith in the Rituals, and Reverence for the dead, and at times it is Vengeance. There might be so many other examples, which I might not have quoted, but in this world we come across such situations that give food for our thoughts.