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Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book." ? John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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Book on corruption "The BlackTiger

Defeating India's corrupted and realising Kalam's dream of a corruption free India

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cover imageNEW DELHI, OCTOBER 04 :"I am here to tell you
We are all of us just as mighty as planets—and you too,
We'll let you in, we've got stalwart to spare—
But you might have to sleep on the floor."
― Catherynne M. Valente, The Bread We Eat in Dreams

Fingerprint Publishing celebrated the launch of Srijan Pal Singh's timely and well referenced book on corruption "The Black Tiger", on October 3, Tuesday at the Constitution Club of India, which was launched by Padma Bhushan Anna Hazare, the iconic stalwart of the anti-corruption movement in India. The occasion was also graced by renowned social activist Dr. Vishwambehar Choudhari.


A timely, effective, and well-referenced title, The Black Tiger makes a bold attempt to look at the problem of corruption from every possible angle and attempts to provide a solution for it, after analysing the case vis- à-vis similar scenarios across the world.

The book explores how India can change, in global parameters, in its growth and economy, if steps towards a corruption-free nation are progressed upon. Some ideas are inspired by other nations, while others are radical and innovative and suited to the Indian context as a special case.

A large part of the book is inspired by the epitome of modern India's development and a symbol of integrity in public and personal life, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, with whom the author had worked during the last seven years. Many of the chapters delve into the experiences and inspirations of Dr. Kalam about this topic.


The Black Tiger is a product of a lucid research into the complicated world of black money; its mechanisms, its movement, and its soft spots. A meditative and well-referenced critique of corruption and its corruptible practices, the book is a study of various countries across time and geography that have fought corruption in their own systems.

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"Might and wrong combined, like iron magnetized, are endowed with irresistible attraction." Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables

From the ICAC of Hong Kong to the Clean Governance of Georgia and from the fight against Foreign Parked Black Money by a US court to the truly consequential None of the Above vote of Colombia, Srijan Pal Singh, trusted advisor and a close associate of Dr. Kalam, analyses case after case, putting forth cogent arguments on the many dimensions of corruption and how it can be systematically weeded out from India. At once fascinating, absorbing, and informative, The Black Tiger is a must-read for those who wish to know how India can become a superpower in the next few years, as envisioned by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.


About the Author: Srijan Pal Singh is a gold medallist MBA holder from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and has worked with the Boston Consulting Group. He is a social entrepreneur who has been involved in studying and evolving sustainable development systems with a thrust on rural areas. From 2009 to 2015, he also worked as an advisor and an officer on special duty to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on promoting the concept of energy independence and Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA), and co-authored with him three books, Target 3 Billion (2011), Reignited (2015), and Advantage India (2015). He has been named as one of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow by the St. Gallen Leadership Symposium in Switzerland in 2014. He has also co-authored Smart and Human (2015) with GRK Reddy.

 

 

Om Books' Taj Mahal: Multiple Narratives
launched by Maharaja Gaj Singh

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"It is good to recall that three centuries ago, around the year 1660, two of the greatest monuments of modern history were erected, one in the West and one in the East; St. Paul's Cathedral in London and the Taj Mahal in Agra. Between them, the two symbolize, perhaps better than words can describe, the comparative level of architectural technology, the comparative level of craftsmanship and the comparative level of affluence and sophistication the two cultures had attained at that epoch of history. But about the same time there was also created—and this time only in the West—a third monument, a monument still greater in its eventual import for humanity. This was Newton's Principia, published in 1687. Newton's work had no counterpart in the India of the Mughals." 

"To read fiction means to play a game by which we give sense to the immensity of things that happened, are happening, or will happen in the actual world. By reading narrative, we escape the anxiety that attacks us when we try to say something true about the world. This is the consoling function of narrative — the reason people tell stories, and have told stories from the beginning of time."
- Umberto Eco, Six Walks in the Fictional Woods

 

Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur and publisher Ajay Mago of Om Books International celebrated the launch of Taj Mahal: Multiple Narratives. Coo-authors Amita Baig and Rahul Mehrotra, shared their experience of putting together the book with veteran journalist Kaveree Bamzai.

"Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let's not forget this."
- Dave Eggers

Sharmila Tagore,Meera and Muzaffar Ali, Ritu Kumar, Karan Thapar, Satish and Kiran Gujral, Feroze and Mohit Gujral, Laila Tyabji, Bim Bissell, Aman Nath, Gurmeet and Raghu Rai, Sunil Sethi, Mrs. Radha Bhatia and Ankur Bhatia were present on the occasion along with pulisher Ajay Mago.

"Narrative prose is a legal wife, while drama is a posturing, boisterous , cheeky and wearisome mistress." - Anton Chekhov

"To read fiction means to play a game by which we give sense to the immensity of things that happened, are happening, or will happen in the actual world. By reading narrative, we escape the anxiety that attacks us when we try to say something true about the world. This is the consoling function of narrative — the reason people tell stories, and have told stories from the beginning of time." ? Umberto Eco, Six Walks in the Fictional Woods
 

Taj Mahal: Multiple Narratives presents a new perspective on the Taj Mahal and Agra. The city and its iconic monuments have often been written about, exclusive of each other. Many stories from Agra form the pillars on which the Taj Mahal was built. Pleasure gardens or a dusty township of the Middle Ages, Agra has many dimensions. The book looks at global events, nationalevents and showcases contemporary buildings and subsequent events which transformed it from a sacred personal space to a part of world heritage. The book is a broader and more accessible understanding of these stories, of Agra and the Taj Mahal.

"I choose to write because it's perfect for me. It's an escape, a place I can go to hide. It's a friend, when I feel outcasted from everyone else. It's a journal, when the only story I can tell is my own. It's a book, when I need to be somewhere else. It's control, when I feel so out of control. It's healing, when everything seems pretty messed up.
And it's fun, when life is just flat-out boring."
― Alysha Speer


Says Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International, "visiting the Taj Mahal as a child was a more enjoyable experience than visiting the Qutub Minar in Delhi. Back then, it also meant getting at least 200 kilometres away from school for a couple of days. And for a long time, a monument dedicated to love held greater meaning than a victory tower. Such is the power the Taj Mahal continues to wield over the world. Taj Mahal: Multiple Narratives by Amita Baig and Rahul Mehrotra helps us look at the monument and its significance as a World Heritage Site afresh.

"Words dazzle and deceive because they are mimed by the face. But black words on a white page are the soul laid bare."
― Guy de Maupassant


One of the largest English language trade publishers in the Indian subcontinent, Om Books International has been a name to reckon with for over five decades in the Indian publishing and retail industry. OBI has a diverse publishing list including cinema, biography, memoir, mind-body-spirit, photo essay, art, architecture, lifestyle, fiction — commercial and literary.It counts amongst its notable authors Khalid Mohamed, Mushtaq Shiekh, Bharathi S Pradhan, Nasreen Munni Kabir, Rauf Ahmed, Kamala Das, William Dalrymple, Vir Sanghvi, Christopher C Doyle and Abhay Vaidya.

"Creating a relatable narrative means digging deep, asking hard questions and potentially airing some uncomfortable truths." - Tobin Trevarthen, Narrative Generation: Why Narrative Will Become Your Most Valuable Asset in the Next 5 Years  


Om Books International has a stellar line-up of Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winners: Vikas Khanna, Maria Goretti, Michael Swamy, Shazia Khan, Aditya Mehendale and Saransh Goila.

"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

"The world believes it was built by love but reading Shah Jahan's own words on the Taj, one could say it was grief that built the Taj Mahal and it was sorrow that saw it through sixteen years till completion."- Aysha Taryam, The Opposite of Indifference: A Collection of Commentaries [-]
"I choose to write because it's perfect for me. It's an escape, a place I can go to hide. It's a friend, when I feel out casted from everyone else. It's a journal, when the only story I can tell is my own. It's a book, when I need to be somewhere else. It's control, when I feel so out of control. It's healing, when everything seems pretty messed up. And it's fun, when life is just flat-out boring." ? Alysha Speer

OBI has an equally strong and varied children's publishing programme under its imprint, OmKidz.

 

Every crisis needs a different kind of leadership

Thoughts on leadership during the launch of book "Manthan: Art & Science of developing leaders"


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MUMBAI ,MAY 02 :
"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity."
― John F. Kennedy

In the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world of today, leaders are faced with ever new set of challenges. If competitive pressures are high then businesses are also increasingly confronted with ethical dilemmas ranging from scarcity of resources to being mindful of local community needs.


As Dr Santrupt Misra, CEO, Carbon Black Business and Director, Group Human Resources of the Aditya Birla Group said in Mumbai last weekend, "The world today faces challenges of global warming, refugee crisis, the corruption or the water crises, the depravation, the health care problems. Every crisis that is facing humanity today is crying out for a different kind of leadership that can find an answer."

Dr Misra was speaking at the launch of the book 'Manthan: Art and Science of Developing Leaders' in Mumbai. The book is a synthesis of dialogue emerging out of 12 Leadership Round Tables organised by management school BIMTECH over three years where 55 participants from industry, academia, and consultancies shared their experiences, processes and best practices in leadership development.

As Misra pointed out, "Leadership is an evergreen subject as every generation from times immemorial had lessons to offer. Mahabharata is among the earliest examples of that." But with changing contexts, leadership requirements also change. As Misra said, "It is important that every generation has a point of view on the subject because leadership is not a constant phenomenon. Leadership is about what happens to us and how we react to these situations."


Ethical leadership is a big demand today as study after study has shown that employee engagement is higher in companies with high values. As Misra noted, "An individual in any organisation--a corporation, a society, a hospital or an NGO--expects out of his leaders honesty and integrity of purpose, commitment to that purpose. Individuals expect their leaders to bring in their perspectives, issues and needs into that purpose so that she becomes an integral part of that vision, purpose and the sense of commitment."


In fact, the book Manthan owes its genesis to a focus on leadership with values. As Dr Harivansh Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH points out his institute has been developing ethical global leaders levered by the credo of 'Excellence with Values' through a series of management programs. "A deep connect with the industry over the past three decades led us on our journey to present our shared knowledge in the form of Manthan: Art & Science of developing leaders," he says.


Are leaders perfect?

Given the tremendous expectations from leaders, are they able to meet up to them? In Misra's view: "No leader is perfect. How often we as leaders in leadership position are comfortable with the inadequacies that we have? Are we comfortable with what we do not know, what we cannot do and are we aware of the daunting challenges before us? And despite those inadequacies can we still inspire positivism, can we still inspire aspirations, can we still inspire other people to join them in that sense of integrity and purpose?"

In his view, "Leadership is an act of creation. If at the end of exercise of leadership there is no creation, there is no leadership. People should be able to feel, see and experience an act of leadership." He also said, "Leadership is about systemic capacity of any organisation—the higher the leadership capacity in an organisation the higher is the impact."


Being Inclusive


An increasingly big challenge for leadership today is listening and assimilating the views of all its stakeholders and being inclusive, according to Misra. "It is surprising that channelizing our own human resources, material resources to a larger cause always takes a lot of debate--should we invest in this socially constructive project or that but while dropping a big bomb in any part of the world debate is not necessary."

This begs leadership a question, he felt: "How can leadership create a mechanism where public debate must happen at the right place when it needs to happen. How do we get every leader to, in spite of the challenges of time and complexity, bring in a stakeholder perspective and a sense of inclusion?"

The book has been edited by Prof KK Sinha, dean development, BIMTECH; Ajay Soni, Chief Learning & Development Officer, Aditya Birla Group and Indranil Mitra, Lead Faculty at NTPC's Power Management Institute who participated in each of these sessions over three years and published by Bloomsbury.
The 440-page book deals extensively with leadership: the India way, leadership in current times, the development of future leaders, succession management, building global leaders in uncertain times, leading transformation, and driving innovation and building diversity.

 

"By studying, understanding and do the wills of the book, you renounce your mortal life."
― Compton Gage

Barkha Dutt launches a great thriller The Wrong Turn: Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji


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Barkha Dutt launching a great thriller The Wrong Turn: Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji written Sanjay Chopra and Namita Roy Ghose

Published by Om Books International At Zerruco- Kitchen and Bar

According to Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International,"A Tale of Two Cities, Dr Zhivago, Gone with the Wind are some of my favourite historical fiction. Even today, I enjoy a well-written historical fiction. So when The Wrong Turn came my way, I was clearly excited about this critical piece of Indian history couched in a fictional narrative. A great story told marvellously. In fact, I am delighted to say that this great kahani was launched in Mumbai by none other than Vidya Balan. Clearly one of the best books Om Books International has published."

 

Namita Roy Ghose, co-author -"This was a story waiting to be told. So much about Netaji was smoke and mirrors, partial views foisted on us by the British and other vested interests. Here was a man who was a personal hero, who was part of the lore of my childhood. And here was a chance to set the narrative straight - through the lens of a very human yet universal story of love." During a school project on 'The most memorable day of my life', Namita Roy Ghose wrote about a Russian girl on the day WW2 ended. She got her first rejection slip from the teacher for making things up.

Ever since, Namita has established her storytelling skills through her scriptwriting, screenplays poetry, fiction, legendary advertising campaigns, and as a renowned advertising film director. A Creative Director with HTA, she left after 13 years to start her own film company, White Light, one of India's top ad film outfits.

A social activist, she is the founder of Vanashakti, an NGO that works to protect the environment. Namita has done pro bono work on issues like domestic violence, child welfare, sexual harassment and forest preservation. She is an avid traveller, a photographer, foodie and teacher.

Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International- "A Tale of Two Cities, Dr Zhivago, Gone with the Wind are some of my favourite historical fiction. Even today, I enjoy a well-written historical fiction. So when The Wrong Turn came my way, I was clearly excited about this critical piece of Indian history couched in a fictional narrative. A great story told marvellously. In fact, I am delighted to say that this great kahani was launched in Mumbai by none other than Vidya Balan. Clearly one of the best books Om Books International has published."

Akshay Anand, Managing Director, Zerruco-Kitchen and Bar- It is a delight to launch this brilliant thriller The Wrong Turn: Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji, written by Sanjay Chopra and Namita Roy Ghose and published by Om Books International. We at Zerruco are thrilled to host such literary events as it has always been our pleasure to celebrate and promote contemporary literature. We look forward to hosting such events in future.

I think all artists struggle to represent the geometry
of life in their own way, just like writers deal with
archetypes. There are only so many stories that you can
tell, but an infinite number of storytellers."
- Henry Mosquera, Sleeper's Run

 

According to J D Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye,"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though."

 

Pearson India launches Hindi Adaptation of 'A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India


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"History is about the past. Yet it exists only in the present – the moment of its creation as history provides us with a narrative constructed after the events with which it is concerned. The narrative must then relate to the moment of its creation as much as its historical subject. History presents an historian with the task of producing a dialogue between the past and the present. But as these temporal co-ordinates cannot be fixed, history becomes a continuous interaction between the historian and the past. As such, history can be seen as a process of evaluation whereby the past is always coloured by the intellectual fashions and philosophical concerns of the present. This shifting perspective on the past is matched by the fluid status of the past itself." - Dana Arnold

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 24 : Pearson, learning company of global presence, launched the Hindi adaptation of history book on Ancient and Early Medieval Indiain New Delhi.

For all the under-graduate and post-graduate students pursuing history and a key reference source for civil services aspirants, the book titled 'प्राचीनएवंपूर्वमध्यकालीनभारतकाइतिहास' is authored by highly-acclaimed Historian and Head of Department-History at University of Delhi Dr. Upinder Singh. The book covers vast historic expanse from the stone-age to the 12thcentury.

In addition to the famous author Dr Upinder Singh, the launch event witnessed the presence of several eminent personalities such as Dr Manmohan Singh, Former Prime Minister of India, Mr Gopal Krishna, Former Governor of West Bengal, Prof Nayanjot Lahiri, Professor of History at the Ashoka University and Mr Vikas Singh, Vice President - Higher Education & Test Preparation, Pearson India.

After the unveiling of the book, Mr. Vikas Singh also presented its first copy to Dr Manmohan Singh.

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• The book titled 'प्राचीनएवंपूर्वमध्यकालीनभारतकाइतिहास'is authored by Historian, Dr Upinder Singh

• An all-inclusive introductory resource offering an overview from the Stone-Age to the 12th Century

• A must have study material for under-graduates and post-graduate students of the subject and a key reference point for Civil Services aspirants

 

Mr Deepak Mehrotra, Managing Director, Pearson India , said," Pearson being the major learning organisation, is well-placed to provide high-quality learning content to the students in an effort to inculcate indepth conceptual understanding of the subject.

History is an extremely important subject and this book definitely has an edge over the other study material on ancient and early medieval India.

While the English edition received tremendous success, we are now introducing its Hindi adaptation to further the cause of knowledge dissemination in the language of the masses. We are extremely honored to collaborate with Dr Upinder Singh for this initiative and are confident that the Hindi adaption will also be widely-accepted by the students."

'प्राचीनएवंपूर्वमध्यकालीनभारतकाइतिहास'surpasses all other Hindi books on ancient and early medieval India that are available in the market.

The book gives students access to state-of-the-art knowledge of the subject and recent research.

It explains how historians construct history, and by doing so, encourages the readers to understand historian's craft, and also to think independently and creatively.

It includes a comprehensive coverage of political, social, economic, religious, and cultural history. It includes a large number of maps, photographs and line drawings which serve an important pedagogical purpose to help students visualize ancient places, monuments, and artefacts.

Thus, becoming the only Hindi book on the subject offering such visual content.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr Upinder Singhsaid, "We have seen increased interest and enrolment of under-graduate students in the subject of History over the past few years. In fact, a substantial number of students in colleges and Universities in North India have enrolled for the History course in Hindi and are more conversant in Hindi than English.

This represented a void and an opportunity to adapt the content of the English book for Hindi students to further build their competencies in the subject. We are glad to once again partner with Pearson for this project. Being the industry leader, they possess the right expertise and knowledge in the domain."

The book is now available at all the leading stores and at online platforms across the country

 

MP CM unveils coffee table book on 'Bhopal Archdiocese'

 

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"If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England. [Letter to the London Packet, 3 June 1772]" - Benjamin Franklin, The Life and Letters of Benjamin Franklin

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 15 : The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Mr Shivraj Singh Chouhan released a full colour Coffee Table Book on Archdiocese of Bhopal. The release of this much awaited book was held on the occasion of the plenary assembly of Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI). The whole process of conceptualizing, designing and publishing the book was done by the PR Solution. The event witnessed the presence of CCBI President Cardinal Oswald Gracias , Archbishop of Ranchi Telesphore Cardinal Toppo, different religions heads and Catholic Bishops, priests and religious people were present there.


PR Solution is Southeast Asia's leading Public Relations and Digital Media Group offering innovative results through 360 degree branding solutions. The coffee table book describes primarily the journey of the Archdiocese of Bhopal with respect to various Socio Humanitarian Initiatives taken and achieved. Archdiocese of Bhopal began a journey in 1969 continues with renewed vision in the service of the Lord and His people. This 56 pages Coffee Table Book kneaded tactfully, describing the rise of Bhopal Archdiocese and achievements of parishes and missions.

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There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea." - Gary Snyder


This is a rare coffee table book that showcases the all the Ministries of Bhopal Archdiocese i.e Spritual , Faith Life, Education, Health Care, Relief & Rehabilitation, Socio Humanitarian, Women empowerment, Prison Service, Unprivileged Children, HIV/ AIDS, Youth, Public Relations and Interreligious affairs. This book also contains a brief history of Bhopal as well as the Archdiocese of Bhopal at a Glance. It reveals, how does Archdiocese of Bhopal pledge to eliminate leprosy, what steps were taken for Youth Animation, various programs on Relief and Rehabilitation of Unprivileged Children, Women Empowerment patient of HIV/AIDS, Prison Services etc. through a communicating print media coverage in the form of a coffee table book.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh appreciated the design and printing of coffee table book. He hoped that through this book the people will be able to come across various bonhomie programs, activities of the Archdiocese of Bhopal. He also congratulated the Archbishop Dr. Leo Cornelio for this whole idea and efforts done for betterment of society. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that affection and love are core of humanity.

Archbishop Dr Leo Cornelio, said that "The Archdiocese of Bhopal has already crossed the 50th year of her presence and mission in the heartland of India. I pray that God may shower his abundant blessings on each one of us, as we strive to grow in the love of God and become a truly vibrant community, responding to the lord's call to the mission of reaching out to the spiritually and materially poor and needy of the Archdiocese of Bhopal. Coffee table book is also a step in that direction.

Mr S Vijay Kumar, Global Chief Executive Officer, PR Solution said that "Archdiocese of Bhopal coffee table book is packed with full color photography. We are delighted to be part of the Socio Humanitarian Initiatives of Bhopal archdiocese. The bonhomie activities of Bhopal archdiocese once known to common public through this engaging coffee table book, would surely inspire them to work for our society for its betterment.


Presently the Archdiocese of Bhopal has about 75 diocesan priests, 70 religious priests, 20 religious brothers and 550 religious sisters working in the 26 parishes and 20 mission stations of the Archdiocese of Bhopal. Bhopal Archdiocese as a whole has 2 Colleges, 7 Pastoral Animation Centres, 3 Nursing Colleges, 49 Schools, 13 Hostels, 5 Social Welfare Centers, 5 Hospitals, 5 Dispensaries, 5 Professional Training Centers, 5 Schools for the Physically and Mentally Challenged, 4 Communication Centers and 3 Hospices. The Archdiocese of Bhopal is blessed with the gifted leadership of the archbishop, the dedicated service of the priests as well as the religious and the deep rooted faith life of the laity.

 

Blossom Kochhar presented her New Book "Aromatherapy – A Way Of Life" at the Delhi Literature Festival


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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 13 : Do you know why books such as this are so important? They have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me, it means texture. This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You'd find life under the glass screaming past an infinite profusion. The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper the more literary you are. That's my definition anyway. Telling detail. Fresh detail."
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

And so Dr. Blossom Kochhar in conversation with Chief Editor Exhange4Media Mr. Anurag Batra and renowned author & film critic Ms. Aruna Vasudev hosted an engaging and interactive book reading session at the Delhi Literature Festival in New Delhi.

An icon, a clear visionary, way ahead of her time, Dr. Kochhar has authored a lot of books in the past and yet again, the diva of aromatherapy has come up with a new book to boot, "Aromatherapy- A Way Of Life".

"I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited." - Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading." - William Styron, Conversations with William Styron
"Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry." - Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest." - C.S. Lewis

The event was attended by the who's who of Delhi, readers and book lovers. Dr Kochhar talked about her journey, how she was introduced to aromatherapy and how everyone can make Aromatherpay a part of their lives.

"The purpose of this book is to share my life and love for aromatherapy with my readers. It is amazing how aromatherapy can enhance the quality of our living in so many ways." gushed Dr. Kochhar.

In this book, Dr. Kochhar has elaborated many ways of using essential oils in our everyday life including our love life, family life, for children, for the elderly, in our homes, offices, in the food we eat, for skin care, body care, for various ailments and during phases of stress and depression. This book can be a ready referral to your everyday needs.

Young lovers will find this book exciting as she has also fleshed out a lot of concoctions for weddings and doled out invaluable tips on using essential oils recipes for love and romance through the various stages of courtship. It takes the readers through the journey of life including romance, wedding, travel, years when the romance has faded, pregnancy and after delivery.

The book is also a ready reckoner for those who want to incorporate aromatherapy in their life through a lot of everyday simple life hacks. Something, as regular as rinsing your mouth with water to which add a drop of clove essential oil is the best way to integrate aromatherapy in your life.

 

“The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

 

Pranab Mukherjee presented with Coffee Table Book by KCR, CM of Telangana

 

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Telengana - The Kohinoor of India : A pictorial Souvenir by Varun Joshi

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 04 : "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
― Charles William Eliot

And so Mr K Chandrashekar Rao, Chief Minister Of Telangana presented the coffee table book titled "Telengana - The Kohinoor of India : A pictorial Souvenir by Varun Joshi" to Mr Pranab Mukherjee - the President Of India . This is the first coffee table book on the newly formed state – Telangana & supported by Ministry of Tourism, Govt of Telangana.

The coffee table book has captured the extraordinary legacies of Telangana which has a treasure trove of religious, cultural, historical and geographical gems; a cache brimming with enriching experiences.

The Chief Minister has really appreciated this book and has also taken keen interest in compiling this pictorial odyssey. The President of India Mr Pranab Mukherjee liked the book and appreciated the work done by ace photographer Varun Joshi.

The ace photographer Varun Joshi has captured the true essence of Telangana.
Varun Joshi feels Telangana has enriched him culturally with discovering and exploring a very different Telangana that people do not know . In his own words "I went there as a photographer in search of good vistas, but came back with a heavy dose of culture, religion and wisdom.

Festivals in Telangana are full of historicity transporting you to the eras of Mahabharata and Ramayana. The land is culturally fertile.

Future armed with technology.The photographerhaspresentedpicturesquemarket places, soulful rivers, historic monuments and modern cafes, technologically advanced buildings and serene sanctuaries, religious sites and film locales, fabled villages and innovation centres, arts and crafts and IT, and much more.

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Dream high, beyond the sky; no matter wings so small, keep vision bright; just dare to learn, for you are born to fly."
― Vikrmn, Guru with Guitar

"A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise." - Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Anger is just anger

Man must develop the practice of staying calm in any situation. Sometimes, however, just for a few scod one's temperament explodes and he loses his-self-control. During this emotional outburst he speaks meaningless andinsultin words.- Tathastu<

"Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy." - Aristotle

"I want to say somewhere: I've tried to be forgiving. And yet. There were times in my life, whole years, when anger got the better of me. Ugliness turned me inside out. There was a certain satisfaction in bitterness. I courted it. It was standing outside, and I invited it in." - Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

Anger ... it's a paralyzing emotion ... you can't get anything done. People sort of think it's an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling - I don't think it's any of that — it's helpless ... it's absence of control — and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers ... and anger doesn't provide any of that — I have no use for it whatsoever." [Interview with CBS radio host Don Swaim, September 15, 1987.]" - Toni Morrison

"Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it...Don't allow his anger to become your anger." - Bohdi Sanders, Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior

"Use the fear; feed the anger." - Teri Terry, Slated

"Your anger and emotional outbursts usually result when someone penetrates to the core of what you do not like about yourself or still cannot accept." - Bill George Peter Sims

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The book titled “The Last Inning and
Beyond " presented to President

The first copy of the book after release titled "The Last Inning and Beyond", being presented to the President of India Mr Pranab Mukherjee by co-authors Dr U D Choubey
(Director General, SCOPE and Ms Smriti Rajvardhini (Manager, KPMG,
at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

 

 

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NEW DELHI,ASEPTEMBER 01 : It is rather when
We gloriously forget ourselves, and plunge
Soul-forward, headlong, into a book's profound,
Impassioned for its beauty and salt of truth--
'Tis then we get the right good from a book."
― Elizabeth Barrett Browning

And so the first copy of the book after release titled "The Last Inning and Beyond", was presented to the first citizen of India, President of India Mr Pranab Mukherjee by co-authors Dr U D Choubey (Director General, SCOPE and Ms Smriti Rajvardhini (Manager, KPMG, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

The book co-authored by father and daughter duo has a unique plot where the author from his death bed is telling story of his life to Lord Yama. When the author dies, the daughter writes further stories under heading "BEYOND" which can be best described as an obituary of her father who is still alive in real life.

Opinionatively, "For many of our Greek friends a book is a final desperate attempt to fill the existential void when there is no one to talk to, nothing to do, no television to view, nothing in the street to watch and even the middle distance holds nothing to stare at. To be seen carrying a book in public, let alone reading one, is a mark of eccentricity or foreignness."
― John Mole, It's All Greek to Me!: A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina--and Real Greeks

"Books signify the mind of many souls." [-]
"There are so many works of the mind, so much humanity, that to disburden ourselves of ourselves is an understandable temptation. Open a book and a voice speaks. A world, more or less alien or welcoming, emerges to enrich a reader's store of hypotheses about how life is to be understood. As with scientific hypotheses, even failure is meaningful, a test of the boundaries of credibility. So many voices, so many worlds, we can weary of them. If there were only one human query to be heard in the universe, and it was only the sort of thing we were always inclined to wonder about--Where did all this come from? or, Why could we never refrain from war?--we would hear in it a beauty that would overwhelm us. So frail a sound, so brave, so deeply inflected by the burden of thought, that we would ask, Whose voice is this? We would feel a barely tolerable loneliness, hers and ours. And if there were another hearer, not one of us, how starkly that hearer would apprehend what we are and were." - Marilynne Robinson
 

"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book."
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

 

 

Pranab Mukherjee receives a book on
Nani Palkhiwala at Rashtrapati Bhavan
 

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Dr Dharmendra Bhandari presenting his book Nani Palkhivala – God's Gift to India (Biography by a Friend) to President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan 

NEW DELHI, JULY 08 :
"Each one dreams the dream of life in his own way. I have dreamed it in my library; and when the hour shall come in which I must leave this world, may it please God to take me from my ladder—from before my shelves of books!..."
- Anatole France

So after years of research into the life of one of his closest friends, Dr Dharmendra Bhandari, former associate professor at the University of Rajasthan, was able to tell the story of Nani Palkhivala, the eminent jurist who was called the 'conscience-keeper of the nation'.

On 8 July, Dr Bhandari presented the first copy of his book, Nani Palkhivala – God's Gift to India (Biography by a Friend), to President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

On receiving the book, President Mukherjee said with evident pleasure, "Nani Palkhivala was a giant. And his annual budget speeches became an institution. Unfortunately, no one could carry on this tradition."

He added, "Nani Palkhivala was truly a brilliant man. I still remember how, after I delivered my first Budget, he remarked that it fell below his expectations from me. I wrote to him, agreeing with his remark! You don't see men like that anymore."

"President Mukherjee and Nani Palkhivala had mutual respect for each other, while they had different views on polity and policy," said Dr Bhandari. "The country is privileged to have President Mukherjee preserving and protecting the rights of the citizens of India, a cause close to Nani's heart."

Nani Palkhivala was an iconic Indian statesman who fought to protect civil liberty and promote free enterprise. C Rajagopalachari, the first Indian Governor General of India used to fondly call him 'God's Gift to India'.

Nani Palkhivala – God's Gift to India is a journey into the life of one of India's greatest advocates, his contributions to free enterprise and civil liberty. It also contains highlights of his Budget speeches as well as original letters addressed to Palkhivala by distinguished Indians such as C Rajagopalachari, Indira Gandhi, Ratan Tata and Kumar Mangalam Birla among others. It carefully details cases fought by Nani, related to vital issues such as Bank Nationalisation, Fundamental Rights, and his passionate fight for the freedom of press during the Emergency in 1975.

The stories and documents of Mr Palkhivala's work are punctuated by the political illustrations of the Late R K Laxman, which aptly reflect Palkhivala's own outlook.

For Dr Bhandari, who has also penned the biography, R K Laxman – The Uncommon Man, this release is a dream come true.

OPINIONTATIVELY : I never had a book get angry or yell at me [-]
"I never had a book get angry or yell at me, never had a book show disappointment in me or consider me stupid because I didn't understand a line or needed to reread a paragraph or didn't know a word, never had a book mock me, never had a book turn its back on me or slap me in the face or fire me from reading it or decide it was in love with a faster, more intelligent, handsomer reader, I never even had a book get bored with me, or question my logic, I never had a book look suddenly crestfallen because I shut it and left it on its own, I never met a book that refused to read me to sleep." - Mark Frutkin
 

Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed. --Albert Einstein

A Light Unto Yourself 


By Saman Shrutpragya and Dr Graham Dwyer

"If you have the indecency to steal my book, at least have the decency to write a review." - Grea Alexander

An elegantly crafted book on spiritualism "A Light Unto Yourself' clearly documents thoughts of authors Saman Shrutpragya and Dr Graham Dwyer as exceptionally accomplished writers able to skillfully weave what is there and what should be for attaining something ethereal and joyous is highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library contemporary book collections." - Michael Caine should have the last word on the reviews: 'What about those reviews then?'

"Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."— Thoreau

So enlightenment, according to this book, is the final goal of each and every individual person for ultimate reality. According to Jain philosophy , it refers to ultimate knowledge. After attaining it there is no need for the soul (atman) to do anything else.

" The secret of enlightenment is the absolute, unequivocal conviction that it exists.

"What does that mean? It means you have discovered an unshakable confidence in the fact of nonduality—in the perennial mystical revelation that IT IS . . . and I AM THAT. A confidence in that which can never be seen or known is the very ground of the enlightened state. Being is ungraspable, it's unknowable, it's ever elusive, and yet it is the only place you can find true confidence in life. Why? Because it is the very source of life itself.

The conscious experience of Being, which is what enlightenment is, has always been the ultimate answer to the most fundamental spiritual questions: Who am I? and Why am I here? Those who have tasted enlightened awareness find that in that experience, any trace of existential doubt and all the questions that go along with it instantaneously disappear. It's not even that they are answered, but rather, the questions lose their meaning. When you locate the nonrelative, or absolute, nature of consciousness in the depths of your own self, it is experienced as a clarity that is empty of content; a weightiness that is full of nothing in particular; a profound knowing that dissolves all questions. In that questionless state, you find yourself profoundly rooted and radically free, supported by an absolute confidence in the knowing of no-thing that changes everything. The experience of that empty ground is the answer—the one answer that always liberates each and every one of us. You simply know, unequivocally, before thought, that I am. That's the only answer: I AM. There is no why."
― Andrew Cohen, Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening
"Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it." - Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game

And so the book 'A Light Unto Yourself Saman Sutpragya by Saman Shrut Pragya and Dr Garaham Dwyer' carries an incisive study of fundamental spiritual concerns that wiil be of great value to all spiritual seekers .The book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it. 

"It isn't by getting out of the world that we become enlightened, but by getting into the world…by getting so tuned in that we can ride the waves of our existence and never get tossed because we become the waves." - Ken Kesey, Kesey's Garage Sale

"I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing." - T.S. Eliot

"The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms."
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.

So the writer in the Chaper 'What is perception?' says the meaning of enlightenment is right perception of the self .With this the person understands clearly that he or she is not the body and the body is a vehicle for all thoughts and actions, understanding that the soul is one true identity is what enlightenment is.

The book says Jainism and Buddhism start from the premise that whatever isthin oneself is of ultimate importance . For both traditios it isheld that there is no need to look outside oneself in order to gain spiritual freedom.

Jainism maintains hat when you have knowledge of your own soul you become liberated,knowing ultimate reality. Buddism contends that when you have knowledge the truth, which is found within oneself,a state of virvana or spiritual emancipation is gained. While the language of the two traditionsvaries in certain respects , they both have a point of focus that is essentially the same.

"I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past." - Virginia Woolf

The book describes emotion as he samskara (the impression of karma), whch one possesses from the previous life or lives and which is constructed out of good and bad karma.

"Emotions are what make us human. Make us real. The word 'emotion' stands for energy in motion. Be truthful about your emotions, and use your mind and emotions in your favor, not against yourself." - Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

"If you hold back on the emotions--if you don't allow yourself to go all the way through them--you can never get to being detached, you're too busy being afraid. You're afraid of the pain, you're afraid of the grief. You're afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your heard even, you experience them fully and completely."
― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

"Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways." - Sigmund Freud

"We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love." - Robert Fulghum, True Love

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

On love the book says, "When it goes in upward direction it means a turn to he turn to the innermost part of theself or soul."

"When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
According to Mahatma Gandhi, "Where there is love there is life."
In ancient times every yogi or spiritual master engagd yogain ordr to become enlightened .And After attaining it , every individual adept in spiritualism share and teach his experience to each other.

The book adds,"In Jainism the first tirthankar (self-realised soul) Rishab Dev who is an analogue of Krishna , in Vaishnavism), Shiva, in Shaivnavism or Tantrism, and Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira in Shramana tradition}, showed to the whole world by his own example the path to enlightenment by means of yoga.

"Why they always look so serious in Yoga? You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy. To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Practice tonight at hotel. Not to hurry, not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile.
(From Ketut Liyer, the Balinese healer)"
― Elizabeth Gilbert

"Yoga is not just repetation of few postures - it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life."

"A positive attitude is most easily arrived at through a deliberate and rational analysis of what's required to manifest unwavering positive thought patterns. First, reflect on the actual, present condition of your mind. In other words, is the mind positive or not? We've all met individuals who perceive themselves as positive people but don't appear as such. Since the mind is both invisible and intangible, it's therefore easier to see the accurate characteristics of the mind through a person's words, deeds, and posture.

For example, if we say, "It's absolutely freezing today! I'll probably catch a cold before the end of the day!" then our words expose a negative attitude. But if we say, "The temperature is very cold" (a simple statement of fact), then our expressions, and therefore attitude, are not negative. Sustaining an alert state in which self-awareness becomes possible gives us a chance to discover the origins of negativity. In doing so, we also have an opportunity to arrive at a state of positiveness, so that our words and deeds are also positive, making others feel comfortable, cheerful, and inspired." - H.E. Davey

"If Samkhya-Yoga philosophy does not explain the reason and origin of the strange partnership between the spirit and experience, at least tries to explain the nature of their association, to define the character of their mutual relations. These are not real relationships, in the true sense of the word, such as exist for example between external objects and perceptions. The true relations imply, in effect, change and plurality, however, here we have some rules essentially opposed to the nature of spirit."

On death the book clarifies the myth of death. It says death is an illusion for a spiritual or enlightened person . However, it is reality that is final for those who are trapped by attachment to the material world.Those who have knowledge of the soul know the true nature of death. For them it is celebration rather than end. Aklthough both of them are anachronistic to each other.

"That which is alive hath known death, and that which is dead can never die, for in the Circle of the Spirit life is naught and death is naught. Yea, all things live forever, though at times they sleep and are forgotten." - H. Rider Haggard, She

 

 

"How many hopes and dreams are trapped within these bones? How many wonders lie never to be discovered? This is what war is. Desolation, despair and loss. There are no victors."
― David Gemmell, Dark Moon

"To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils.

For to fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise without really being wise, for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For no one knows whether death may not be the greatest good that can happen to man." - Plato, Apology

Thus "Fear of death is fear of surrender to Infinity.
Learn to surrender, to exist at Infinity while alive, and fear of death dissolves.
Fear of death is fear of the Unknown. "

"Realize the Wonder, the Eternal Unknowability of the Totality of Existence, and fear of death is transcended.

"If happiness or freedom depends on the Answer to the Question, then there can be no happiness or freedom.
The Question cannot be satisfactorily or finally Answered.
For one who abides at Infinity, happy and free, at ease with his Ultimate Ignorance, the Question and the Answer are equally unnecessary.
"What began will come to an end.
What is Wonderful is not threatened.
The Process of the Totality of Existence is Transcendental and Eternal.
Only a fraction of the Whole can pass away in any moment, since only a fraction of the Whole appears in any moment. "

"Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . . "
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

To sum up, the book is a major new study of importance of spiritualism in life which provides a general and comprehensive introduction , synthsisizing work on myriad of ways to salvation through spiritualism in the larger framework of reality.

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one." - George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

A Long Dream of Home : A Highlight
of Human Tragedy

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"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book." - John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

And so a book reading session and the pictures of the event was hosted by Mrs. Ratan Kaul and Leher Sethi In association with Bloomsbury India. The Book A LONG DREAM OF HOME is based on the persecution, exodus and exile of Kashmiri Pandits.

Book reading session was based on the persecution, exodus and exile of Kashmiri Pandits hosted by Mrs. Ratan Kaul and Leher Sethi in association with Bloomsbury India.

Some of the esteemed guests present at the event were Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Farooq Abdullah,News Anchor Barkha Dutt, Lt. Gen. S.A Hasnain, Algeria's Ambassador to India Hamza Yahia-Cherif and Ambassador of CYPRUS - HE Demetrios A. Theophylactou, Designer Leena Singh , Vaastu Expert Jai Madaan to name a few.

"In my twin capacities of Executive President Kashmiriyat Preservation Foundation and
Advisor Delhi Lit Fest it was only befitting that we commemorate this black day when we Kashmiri Pandits had to forcibly flee our homes in the state of J&K.

Siddhartha Gigoo's poignant tale of a quarter of a century in exile of the Pandits in their own country is a moving account of a community adrift, displaced and alienated. The forced exile, overnight changed the demographic profile of the state - a 5000 years unbroken record of indigenous domicile totally wiped out. Like the famed 'hangul ' of the state the KP also veers dangerously towards extinction .The book hopes to highlight the human tragedy and restore the faith", says Ratan Kaul.

"As someone whose parents belong to Jammu, I was aware of the goings on even as a child. Growing up, stories of my parents Kashmiri Pandit friends' exile were part of drawing room conversations. This is a part of our history we have chosen to ignore since it's not been given the kind of attention it deserves!

The tales in this book are humane accounts of real people who suffered for no fault of theirs, and these are stories that needed to be told. Siddhartha & Varad have taken up the task to do so, and I commend them for it. It is my privilege to be supporting the cause through the launch of this significant book.", says Leher Sethi

Featuring haunting memoirs of three generations, this book voices the angst of the displaced Pandits forced to live in exile in their own country, India, battling alienation, and dangling between hope and despair.

It bears testimony to how this dwindling community, whose only dream is to return home, feels betrayed by the Muslims of Kashmir, and the two countries, India and Pakistan. The persecution and ouster of the Pandits from Kashmir in 1990 remains one of the darkest chapters in the history of modern India.

"Envy isn't always green; it's often black and white!" (On book reviews - from an article written in 2013)" - Eric J. Gates

Slideshow on Jainism

The Colours of Desire on the Canvas
of Restraint The Jaina Way


By Sudhamahi Reghunathan

 

"Goodness needeth not to enter into the soul, for it is there already, only it is unperceived. Theologia Germanica" - Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy . So the whole philosophy of life is centred around salvation driven by purity knowledge of universe and its desired ethics. In this context the role of Mahavira and Jainism play a catalytic role in freeing man from all evils which deter man fron following the path of 'Samyak Darshan : Right Perspective as described in the book 'The Colours o f Desire on the Canvas of Restraint The Jaina Way.' by Sudhamahi Regunathan who is like a stick of rock - the words go right through.

Salvation (Latin salvatio; Greek soteria; Hebrew yeshu'ah is being saved or protected from harm or being saved or delivered from some dire situation. In religion, salvation is stated as the saving of the soul from sin and its consequences. The academic study of salvation is called soteriology.

So the whole philosophy of life is centred around salvation driven by purity knowledge of universe and its desired ethics. In this context the roleof Mahavira and and Jainism plays a catalytic role in freeing man from all evils which deters man fron following the path of 'Samyak Darshan : Right Perspective as described in the book 'The COLOURS of DESIRE on the Canvas of RESTRAINT The Jaina Way ' published by Harper element , an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. Salvation (Latin salvatio; Greek sōtēria; Hebrew yeshu'ah is being saved or protected from harm or being saved or delivered from some dire situation. In religion, salvation is stated as the saving of the soul from sin and its consequences. The academic study of salvation is called soteriology.

The book is like compass and telescopes and sextants and charts which has been prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of our human life

"If you think that it would be impossible to improve upon the Ten Commandments as a statement of morality, you really owe it to yourself to read some other scriptures. Once again, we need look no further than the Jains: Mahavira, the Jain patriarch, surpassed the morality of the Bible with a single sentence: 'Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.' Imagine how different our world might be if the Bible contained this as its central precept. Christians have abused, oppressed, enslaved, insulted, tormented, tortured, and killed people in the name of God for centuries, on the basis of a theologically defensible reading of the Bible."
― Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

"Non-injury to all living beings is the only religion." (first truth of Jainism) "In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves." "This is the quintessence of wisdom; not to kill anything. All breathing, existing, living sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away. This is the pure unchangeable Law. Therefore, cease to injure living things." "All living things love their life, desire pleasure and do not like pain; they dislike any injury to themselves; everybody is desirous of life and to every being, his life is very dear."- Yogashastra (Jain Scripture) (c. 500 BCE)"

And the Chapter 11 of the book "When Vardhman Became Mahavira : Awakening Compassion' aptly describes transformation of Mahavira to ascetic 'He saw a cowherd wielding a rope to lash Sraman Vardhman who stood still as a rock , in meditation . He was just outside a village called Karmagrama , which lay at the edge of a forest. Nandivardhana, brother of Vardhamana, stopped he cowherd and admonjshed him. The stunned cowherd apolozised and said his bullocks had gone missing and though Sraman Vardhmana had been standing unmoving in the same place since the day before his bullocks had disappeared he was unable to give him even a clue about where they had gone. In desperation, he thought maybe a few lashes would make the mendicant speak."

"You don't have to disrespect and insult others simply to hold your own ground. If you do, that shows how shaky your own position is." - Red Haircrow

So the state of stillness of the mendicant bears its resemblance to the following verse:

"Born for the blue skies,
We'll survive the rain.
Born for the sunrise,
We'll survive the pain."
― Switchfoot

Seeing strong resolve of his brother Nandivardhana looked at Sraman Vardhmana and said, if his meditation was going to be all absorbing , he would like to appoint a few guards to protect him from irate people and wild animals . Sraman Vardhamana refused his offer.
"Don't look for an unshakable rock to stand on; there ain't any! Rather, learn how to stand still on a shaking rock!"

Again, "Can one be responsible for one's own actions? Surely havng soldiers to guard one while meditating would defeat the very purpose ?What is 5the purpose ?Is it not to understand life while living in this world with its provocatios and responses?
"One Reality, all-comprehensive, contains within itself all realities." - Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy

The story of Mahavira is longish one in this book but suggestive of true meaning of life and its reality offering vast opportunities to spread light of knowledge in the universe.
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." - Philip K. Dick, I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon

" Trusting the resolve in my heart is but a stepping stone to the future I now see clearly."
― S.K. Logsdon

In chapter 10 of the book 'Vardhmana : The Search' the author delieates the importance of understanding the reality pervading the universe.

"Pigs eat acorns, but neither consider the sun that gave them life, nor the influence of the heavens by which they were nourished, nor the very root of the tree from whence they came. Thomas Traherne Your enjoyment of the world is never right till every morning you awake in Heaven; see yourself in your Father's palace; and look upon the skies, the earth and the air as celestial joys; having such a reverend esteem of all, as if you were among the Angels." ― Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy

Likewise "Many people in the world are those who live in blinding darkness. To all these dark worlds, who will bring light?" Replied Gautama ,"Anew sun has risen on the horizon to bring light to all these worlds and all people thetein …he is Omiscient , this sun-like arhat, he will the one to bring light." Thus was Mahavira introduced to Kesi.
"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek." - Mario Andretti

In Chapter 22 "To Be And Not To Be' the author writes "The mind of the Jaina ascetic is built on the blueprint of of anekanta or no-absolutism. With relativity as the basis of understanding everything in the world the Jaina renunciate , as designed by Mahavira , as the embodiment of restraint for every argument side, every being has a life as precious, every aspect of life isto have sense of detachment inherent in it and the only oath to live by while respecting all this is restraint."

"Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached."- Simone Weil

The chapter deals with the philolosophy of veracity and propriety of renununciation from worldly existence.

According to Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, "It is a ridiculous thing for a man not to fly from his own badness, which is indeed possible, but to fly from other men's badness, which is impossible."

There is a reference to a tycoon weighing pros and cons of theory of renunciation and ultimately deciding to joining the community in response to inner calling in favour of renunciation . He said that he did so because he knew that that was the right thing to do.
"Renunciation is not rejecting the family but accepting the whole world as family. Renunciation is not changing the name or dress. It is changing the attitude towards life."
According to Kirk Cameron, " There is nothing more important than your eternal salvation."

The theory of renunciation is also supported by William Shakespeare - To be, or not to be (from Hamlet 3/1)

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd.

In chapter 17 Samyak Gyan : Right Knowledge the author says, "Once the perspective is right we will be able to differentiate right knowledge from wrong. And it goes on to say there is wrong in the right and right in the wrong too." Here one is between the horns of dilemma and one needs to summon up courage to get rid of this gnawing situation. Everything is but relative and absolute defies the expression.

All attempts to create something admirable are the weapons of evil. You may think you are practising benevolence and righteousness, but in effect you will be creating a kind of artificiality. Where a model exists, copies will be made of it; where success has been gained, boasting follows; where debate exists, there will be outbreaks of hostility."
― Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

" There's never been a true war that wasn't fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous." - Neil Gaiman, American Gods

In chapter 17 'Anekanta….Mahavira and his foremost disciple had conversation :

Gautama : Sire, What is Truth?
Mahavira : To be created is the essence , creation is the Truth.
Gautama : Sire, What is Truth?
Mahavira : To be destroyed is the Truth
Gautama : Sire, What is Truth?
Mahavira : To be eternal is the Truth

" When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always." - Mahatma Gandhi
And the following exemplifies eternity and Truth merging together :
"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." - Heraclitus

Finally, many people, other than the author, might have contributed to the making of this book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing through the inventor of movable type to the lumberjacks who felled the trees that were pulped for its printing. It is not customary to acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total.

And the outcome personified is excellence in the form of book which we wish will be importance of all time and readers' readers' interest in jainism will be ardenty and zealously guarded.

 

 

"Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you've finished just to stay near it." - Markus Zusak

States on reforms path, yet not fast enough - Brickwork Ratings State Finances Book

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NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 29 :
"Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon." - Bertolt Brecht

And so Brickwork Ratings, a wholly Indian credit rating agency, released the fourth edition of State Finances Handbook 2015 on Thursday. Brickwork has unique criteria for rating state government that looks at state's willingness and ability to honor debt obligations.

The criterion considers political, economic, budgetary, financial and institutional parameters relevant to the state government's creditworthiness.

Brickwork study of state finances reveals that most states are on reform path in power sector, urban development, taxation as well as governance. Yet some have done better than others. Each state has its own uniqueness and strengths. Each one has her own challenges to be overcome. This study highlights some of them.


Highlights

Overview of the Indian Economy

GDP: For the first time in decades, India GDP growth rate at 7.3% in 2015 has exceeded that of China which grew at 6.9%. China has been growing at double digit growth since 1990. India seems to have begun that journey now. Yet the challenges remain, with fund managers perceiving higher risk in merging countries, ease of doing business yet to improve etc. In terms of state performance, GSDP growth rates among the states varied in the range of 5.3% to 17.06% during FY15 in real terms. • The top three states grew fastest were Bihar at 17.06%, Madhya Pradesh at 16.86% and Goa at 16.43%. The laggards in terms of growth were Telangana at 5.3%, Punjab at 10.16%, Rajasthan at 11%. One can appreciate growth problems in a new state like Telangana with the administrative machinery still evolving. • Agriculture: In FY15, agriculture on an average contributed about 19% of States' GSDP, while it remained the mainstay of most states employing over 40-60% of workforce directly or indirectly. In 2014, the top five states with higher share of agriculture sector were Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. Agriculture sector ontribution was in the range of 23% to 29% of the GSDP for those states. • Agriculture remains neglected in spite emphasis by all political parties for sixty years. The pulses and oil seeds production has fallen sharply. India that was earlier dependent on groundnut, coconut and other indigenous oils now imports a lot of consumption requirements. The futures markets are not well developed and farmers has to bear the price risk of crops. That results in everyone going for the same crop like sugar cane and the sugar factories unable to crush the standing cane. Banks are cautious to lend to agriculture due to fears of loan waivers that result in no repayments from rich farmers. Many poor farmers borrow from high cost money lenders and when repayments become difficult, some commit suicide. • Industry: The contribution of industry to states' GDP is very low at an average of 27% compared to 40%-47% in other developing countries. Access to finance, regular technology up-gradation, skill enhancement, regular supply of power and market support through stronger links with larger firms have to be improved to boost competitiveness of the manufacturing sector. Gujarat and Maharashtra which accounted for 26.7% and 19.7% of GSDP respectively in 2014-15, lead other state economies in terms of level of contribution from manufacturing sector. • MSME: India has over 40 Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) clusters. They play an important role in the Indian economy as they account for about 60% of India's manufactured exports and also a significant share in employment generation. Majority of MSMEs are still under unorganized sector and need to be incentivised to promote growth and enter the organsied sector. • Services Sector: The growth of services sector is largely due to IT/BPO/KPO sector led by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Together these states account for about three fourth of India's IT exports estimated at $325 Bn in 2014-15. States' Budgetary Trends: States have embarked on the path of rule based fiscal consolidation that entails better tax administration and reduction of wasteful expenditures. The States' receipts comprise tax revenue, non-tax revenue, devolutions from the central government and capital receipts consisting mainly of market borrowings and loans from the Centre. In 2014-15, state government revenue aggregated to Rs. 20.89 lakh crores which increased by 18.29% over fiscal year 2013-14. State government expenditure aggregated to Rs. 21.59 lakh crores in 2014-15, increasing by 20.5% over the previous year. Consequently, consolidated Revenue Surplus declined in 2014-15 to just Rs. 42,000 crore. • Trends in States' Revenues: The States' own tax and non-tax revenue have contributed between 48 % to 51% of total receipts during 2009-15. General slowdown in the economic activity during 2013-14 has impacted both states' own tax revenues and share of central taxes. This was compensated by higher central grants and market borrowings. Sales tax accounts for about 60% states' own tax revenues followed by states excise duties at 27% and motor vehicle taxes at 10%. • Fiscal Transfers: The Centre's estimated gross tax revenues is Rs. 12.52 lakh crores for 2014-15 and states' share of net proceeds of sharable Central Taxes at about Rs. 3.38 lakh crores and account for 28% of Centre's gross tax revenues. However, slowdown in the industrial sector resulted in lower realization from corporate taxes, lower revenue from customs and central excise led the estimate revised to Rs. 12.52 lakh crore. • Fiscal federalism: The Constitutional division of responsibilities between the Centre and the States has resulted in higher revenue-raising capability with the Centre rather than the States, while the latter have much higher expenditure responsibilities. To compensate for the mismatch in revenue raising powers of the States vis-à-vis their expenditure commitments, the Constitution has provided for a mechanism of statutory transfer of funds from the Centre to the States through the Finance Commission recommendations. The Fourteenth Finance Commission headed by Dr Y V Reddy, came up with a revolutionary recommendation to increase Centre's fiscal transfer to states from 32% to 42% of share of taxes. Modi government has to be credited for accepting the recommendations and beginning a new chapter in fiscal federalism. • NITI Ayog: The new government has replaced the centralized Planning Commission with "NITI Ayog" a policy think-tank of Government of India that aims to involve the states in economic policy-making in India. It will be providing strategic and technical advice to the central and the state governments i.e. by adopting bottom-up approach rather than traditional top-down approach as in planning commission. The States also receive funds from the Centre under various Central assistance schemes and Centrally Sponsored Schemes as recommended by the Planning Commission and GOI Ministries. These, unlike Finance Commission transfers, are not statutory transfers and are made under both Gadgil formula and the Centre's discretion. The Centre might use these transfers for political and strategic reasons. The special packages for states could result in allegations of political nature. With abolition of Planning Commission, it is hoped that such discretionary transfers would come down. The share of Central transfers in state revenues has been higher for special category states which comprise the north-eastern states, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. These states located strategically in the border areas with difficult terrain, require higher level of support from the Centre. • Trends in Expenditure: The expenditure responsibilities of the States are mainly directed towards supporting important sectors like education, health and family welfare, agriculture and irrigation, rural development and employment generation. Broadly, the sectors can be grouped under three categories- social, economic and general. During FY15, of the aggregate expenditure of approx. Rs. 21.59 lakh crores, expenditure towards social, economic and general services was about Rs. 18.02 lakh crores. States spent Rs. 2.07 lakh crores for loan repayments. • Sectoral Analysis of Expenditure: Health, Education and Infrastructure are critical sectors and the outcomes indicators have been used to compare progress and disparities across states. On an average, States spent 35% towards social services, 25% towards economic services and 40% towards general services. The top three states that have spent highest in Health are Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Assam. The laggards are Haryana, Maharashtra and Telangana. • Expenditure on Social Services: Jharkhand, Telangana, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala and Delhi have higher allocation towards social services compared to other states. States' expenditure on education has marginally gone up from 14.3% in FY 2009 to 16.5% during FY 2015. Major portion of this expenditure is due to increase in teachers' salaries and new teachers. • Expenditure on Economic Services: Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh have spent the maximum on economic services. The laggards are Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Punjab. Agriculture and irrigation accounts for bulk of expenditure in economic services, with over 10% of total budget allocated to this sector; energy and transport sectors account for 4.7% and 4.9% respectively. States spend on average 2.1% of GSDP on agriculture and irrigation. Expenditure towards medical & public health has also seen marginal increase from 3.5% to 3.8% of the state budget during the same period. • Expenditure on General Services: States expenditure on salaries, pensions, rent, electricity, vehicles is classified as general service expenditure. Administrative services are expenditures on government bureaucrats, police, courts, government offices etc. Minimising these expenditures can save money that can be used for development activities like social and economic services. Kerala, Punjab, Jharkhand, Assam and Punjab are the biggest spenders in general services while Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka have been able to control general expenses. Kerala spends around 40% of it total expenditure on general services. • Most state budget speeches have lot of paras on social services. Number of schemes with token provisions are announced and the allocation is far less. This phenomenon is more words and less money. States spend a lot on salaries, pensions and other administrative services and the budget speeches don't devote much paras on the major items of expenditure. These costs are likely to go up with pay commission reports and OROP effects. Not many states promise how the money spent on general services will improve service levels. For instance they don't promise definite time lines for items for work in various departments. • Madhya Pradesh shows highest Revenue surplus: Most states showed revenue surplus till 2008. Consequent to the ensuing economic recession states' revenue buoyancy declined, as did central transfers, while the expenditures increased as the states resorted to expansionary fiscal policies to boost consumption and the implementation of Sixth Pay Commission recommendations. At aggregate level, nine states had reported revenue deficit in FY 10. Since then the number fell to six in FY15. The chart below shows state-wise deficit position during FY15. Madhya Pradesh tops the states with highest surplus, followed by Delhi and Chhattisgarh. West Bengal is at the bottom with highest revenue deficit as % of GSDP. • Fiscal deficit as percent of GSDP (GFD/GSDP) has also not improved for most States during the period 2010-2015. There are more than 10 states which had Fiscal Deficit over the recommended level of 3.0% of GSDP • Debt and Guarantees: The debt plus guarantees position of the states was about 21.4% of GSDP in FY15 while the interest payments were around 12% of revenue receipts. Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu account for about 60% of states' outstanding debt position. Manipur has highest debt as % GSDP at 42% and Delhi has the lowest debt levels. • Outlook: India getting Modi- Fied: Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, launched the 'Make in India' initiative with the aim to give the Indian economy global recognition. The steps taken by the government in recent times have shown positive results as India's GDP shows positive signs of upward trend. The Centre has taken the right steps in fiscal decentralization with increase in central taxes devolution from 32% to 42%. The states have to do expenditure reforms and improve ease of doing business indicators. Those states that reform their power sector, improve health & education, be investor friendly, reduce corruption at all levels will do well in future.
 

Urbanisation indicates development of state. Naturally Delhi scores highest at 97 per cent being a metropolitan city. Goa - a lovely developed little state scores second highest in urbanization. Tamil Nadu with 48% urbanization comes up third. Her achievement is creditable considering the vastness of state. Assam, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh are at the bottom with urbanization less than 14%. Himachal Pradesh might be low in urbanization, yet this lovely state with picturesque scenery is a heaven on earth and sought after by many urbanites, who are fed up of pollution in urban areas.

Per capita Income denotes how rich the state is. Goa is richest with per capita income of Rs 1.92 lakh per year. Delhi scores second at Rs 1.75 lakhs and Haryana is placed at third with per capita income at Rs 1.08 lakhs The bottom three poor states are Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh with per capita income less than Rs 33,633 per year.

Infant mortality rate (IMR) which is good indicator of Human Development shows Goa in the best light. Goa has minimum IMR at 11, followed by Kerala at 12 and Tamil Nadu at 22. The states with poor IMR are Odisha & Uttar Pradesh at 57 and Madhya Pradesh at 59.
Delhi is no place for daughters, with the most adverse sex ratio – 866 males per 1000 females. Kerala tops the country with sex ratio of 1084 followed by Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at 996, 991 respectively.

Kerala tops the country with 92% female literacy. Goa comes second at 81.8% and Delhi at 80.9 per cent. The states with least female literacy are Rajasthan at 52.7 per cent , Jharkhand at 56.2 per cent and Telangana at 57.9 per cent.

Speaking at the occasion, Vivek Kulkarni, Chairman, Brickwork Ratings, said, "Our objective of undertaking the fourth edition of the nationwide, comprehensive State Finances Handbook is to get a true picture of the transforming profile of India's finances following similar parameters and metrics of the Government of India. By partnering with various government officials and departments, Brickwork Ratings is seeking to advance understanding, boost awareness and support proper quantification and fund allocation of the various states of our country."

 

 

 

 

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind
of library." - Jorge Luis Borges

 

Book launch : Birth of a Nation

By M K Gupta Ray

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PUNE, AUGUST 02 :
"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book." - John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


Stepping into Pakistan soil after breaking through the barriers on December 5, 1971 during the Indo-Pak Bangladesh liberation war, was the most thrilling moment of life, gallantry medal winner and senior Army veteran Lt Gen (retd) B T Pandit said here on Monday.

He was speaking at the launch of the book, 'Birth of a Nation', written
by Lt Col (retd) M K Gupta Ray on the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

Also present on the occasion were Air Marshal (retd) B N Gokhale, director,
Centre for Advanced Strategic Studies, Pune and former Vice Chief of Air
Staff and and Maj Gen H S Bedi VSM from Headquarters Southern Command among
others.

Sharing his experience of the 1971 Indo-Pak war Lt Gen Pandit said, "The
1971 war was the last full fledged war that India had although there have
been many war like actions later but they were limited."

He added that during this war around 93,000 enemy soldiers surrendered
which was a big record. Never before in the world military history post
World War II, 93,000 enemy soldiers surrendered before another Army, in any
war front. But this extraordinary feat was recorded by the Indian Army in
the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

"Pakistan started the war on December 3 and in 10 days we strangulated the
enemy in Dhaka and Bangladesh was born on December 14. Also Pakistan accepted ceasefire and surrendered with most of its forces intact. At that time we felt extremely confident of our leader, Indira Gandhi," said Pandit.

Speaking about the book, Lt Gen Pandit said that the book has been written in great detail in two parts with the first part more as an autobiography and the second part giving a detailed account of the war.

Air Marshal Gokhale too complimented the book for its research and detailed description. "It is very lucidly written book. Having migrated at the age of 4, leaving behind the rich Zamindaari estate, the author's family had to reestablish themselves in Calcutta," Air Marshal Gokhale said.

The initial half of the book though biographical reflects on this struggle, author's own ambition and efforts Lt Col Gupta Ray had put in to join the Army.

"The book later describes in detail with maps and photoraphs his own operational experience in the West and Sector wise action in then East Pakistan," the former IAF vice - chief said.

On the occasion Lt Col (retd) M K Gupta Ray said that the main reason for writing the book was that very few people from current generation are aware of the country's glorious military history.

He added that the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation war was perhaps one of the few
battles fought in the annals of human history where a neighbouring country
sent its troops to save a country from their demoniac leaders and give them
freedom.

"On 3 Dec 1971 India had sent her forces inside East Pakistan, part of a neighbouring state, to save the citizens (Bengali Muslims) from one of the most dreadful genocides, that was being perpetrated upon them by their by their own so called ruling class from West Pakistan (Non-Bengali Muslims),"
Lt Col Gupta Ray said.

"The young government and the Army accomplished this task with unprecedented efficiency. While the government under leadership of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with full political support and support of the millions of Indian stood like a rock against all world pressure and odds, India Army had accomplished its task with surgical precision," the 1971 war veteran said.

"The book, in quest of the genesis of this war, has dug into the history of the subcontinent ad narrated development of the events as it unfolded. The warring countries were once part of the same country before cruel hands of politics dissected it into two," said the retired officer, who fought in the Baramulla sector of Kashmir in 1971.

"Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!" - Neil Gaiman 

A Forest Adventure –Bugs' Life Series"

Author : 12 Year Old Vishnu Priya Soma, Student DPS Gurgaon

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GURGAON/ NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 02 : "If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." -- Toni Morrison GURGAON/ NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 02 :
"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." -― Toni Morrison

"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though."
- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

And so one of India's youngest author a 12 year student Vishnu Priya Soma has penned down her first book " A forest Adventure –Bugs life series " within span of two years. It was released on Friday by DrArunaVasudev, eminent author and film critic here.

"I'm always looking at and getting inspired by my surroundings, especially the tiniest creatures, which play a very important role in our daily lives as well as our eco system. Thinking like them was quite a challenge but an enjoyable one. Being in their world, and constantly trying to find the perfect balance between the real & virtual was quite a roller coaster ride, I must admit. To think and feel like them improves your sensitive side towards the nature which is very important for the very existence of our world today. My brother Prithvi is my inspiration & on him only is the main character of my story "Ash" is based on." says Vishnu Priya.

Vishnu Priya's father designed her book. Her mother painted author's portrait and her brother Prithvi was biggest her inspiration and support.

The most important part of Vishnu Priya's journey is that she worked very hard yet enjoyed it completely balancing her school & her passion. This young genius is on the verge of finishing the Second book in the same series.

She loves reading adventures & mysteries, while still holding onto elements from works that inspire her the imaginary characters in particular.The most important part of Vishnu Priya's journey is that she worked very hard yet enjoyed it completely balancing her school & her passion. While she takes english as her favorite subject, these days Vishnu Priya sees herself primarily as a writer.

She loves playing Badminton, Basketball & watching mysteries & adventures.
And it's high time we together initiate the SAVE BUGS CAMPAIGN. says Vishnu Priya. Please join hands with me."

That an 11 year old can write a coherent book is a rare accomplishment in itself.
But VishnuPriya's book goes beyond that because it is not just telling a story in a riveting manner but it also has an underlying message which will stay with the kids and even adults - who read it. To combine entertainment with knowledge and information is the truly remarkable feat Vishnu Priya has accomplished. And to cap it all, the illustrations and design are utterly charming.ArunaVasudev

"A Forest Adventure" help an underprivileged child achieve his/her dreams as a part of the sale of Vishnu Priya Soma 's first edition book Revenue goes to an NGO, UtsaahToli .

 

HarperCollins Publishers India
presents Susan Sontag

 

 

 

 

'Susan spoke not in sentences but in measured and expansive paragraphs. And what seemed most striking to me was the exactitude and “moral and linguistic fine-tuning”— as she once described Henry James’s writing style...'

Susan Sontag, one of the most internationally renowned and controversial intellectuals of the latter half of the twentieth century, still provokes. In 1978, Jonathan Cott, a founding contributing editor of Rolling Stone magazine, interviewed Sontag first in Paris and later in New York. Only a third of their twelve hours of discussion ever made it to print. Now, more than three decades later, the entire transcript of Sontag’s remarkable conversation, accompanied by Cott’s preface and recollections, has been published.

“The full, wide-ranging magnificence of their tête-à-tête, spanning literature, philosophy, illness, mental health, music, art, and much more, is at last released. . . . A rare glimpse of one of modern history’s greatest minds in her element.”—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
“A strong and deeply personal argument about what it means to be cultured.” —Mark O’Connell, Slate

 “A great resource for longtime followers of the critic and novelist, as well as for those encountering this great mind for the first time.”— Publishers Weekly

 

"No matter what your origin or beliefs, rather adolescent or full grown. Thoughts are scribed in pencil but actions are carved in stone" ― Carl Henegan, Darkness Left Undone

Where Stones Speak : Historical Trails in Mehrauli, the First City of Delhi

By Rana Safvi

BEFORE
AFTER
 

"Sense how
Even the smooth stones ache
With stories of their own
In the shuddering light of day."
― Scott Hastie

'The stones of ancient cities speak only to a chosen few. Rana Safvi is for the city of Delhi what, in another ag

"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."- Toni Morrison  >

Secy MoIA unveils book 'India-EU People Mobility: Historical, Economic and Regulatory Dimensions'

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" Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." - Dalai Lama XIV  

Sukhi Bano By Acharya Mahashraman

Published by Jain Vishwa Bharti, Ladnun (Rajasthan)

Sukhi Bano by Acharya Mahashraman ( A key to unknown chamber within the castle of one's own self"

 

"If life is a bowl of cherries, what's inside of it?" So the book Sukhi Bano written by Acharya Shraman published by Jain Vishwa Bharti Ladnun (Rajasthan) beautifully presents life's positivity, if rather rather eclectic approach to attaining peace. "Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know." - Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

 

“If life is a bowl of cherries, what's inside of it?” So the book Sukhi Bano written by Acharya Shraman published by Jain Vishwa Bharti Ladnun (Rajasthan) beautifully presents life’s positivity, if rather rather eclectic approach to attaining peace.


“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” - Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

The book which is relatively self-contained, presents a fairly short introduction to happy life which might serve needs of those seeking real pleasures and which might be of interest to the general reader. In 41 chapters the author has tried to explain ways to happiness which is in real sense of the term important . The author within the limitation of space set happiness within the general framework of making life worthwhile .

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Life goes on ….whether you choose to move on and take a chance in the unknown , or stay behind locked in the past, thinking of what could have been. “
The author has tried to extract from scriptures  what spiriualists have to say about life and its meaning and communications something that amounts to consistent.

To start with Gita's take, in chapter 2 it makes a very strong distinction between these two definitions. It specifies that material/sensual pleasure (definition b), is temporal and cyclical (with sorrow) in nature and is not 'real' happiness. It is dependent on results and external agents and is different from happiness that puts the mind at peace - in a permanent tranquil  and serene state. Such happiness that results in true mental peace, is internal and independent of any external agent.

Gita then specifies that it is not possible to attain such happiness without being in full control of your emotional and intellectual faculties and meditating on the ultimate truth. Mental peace (both intellectual and emotional), the Gita claims, is a pre-requisite (if not congruent to) to true happiness .In chapter 5, it explains how to attain this tranquil serenity using a two pronged a approach. The first part involves renouncing the fruits and results of all actions while residing in the material world [3]. It also involves freedom from the burden of considering yourself to be the doer of any action or the cause of any results of action (ego regulation). The second part involves operating with a sense of detachment, when dealing with material sense pleasures and sense objects. It also involves focusing our faculties (physical, emotional and intellectual) to regulate and streamline our internal consciousness to reach a blissful state .

In chapter 6, it explains that once a person is in full control of his/her faculties and has experienced unity of internal consciousness with the ultimate consciousness (e.g. through meditation, action etc.), one breaks the cycle of pain and pleasure . Such a person reaches a blissful state of happiness that is unparalleled by any sensory experience.

To conclude in chapter 18, Gita summarizes and classifies the three types of happiness. Satvik or Pure happiness is one that arises from the spiritual intelligence of the embodied self. In the beginning it seems like poison (due to the intellectual, emotional and physical disciplining of the intellect, mind & body that is required) but in the end it is like nectar [6]. Rajasik or result-oriented happiness that arises form senses and sense-objects and is like nectar in the beginning but poison in the end (because of its dependency on results and external entities) . Tamasic or slothful happiness is one that arises from excessive sleep, sloth and irresponsibility and deludes the self from beginning till the end .

Behaviour is a mirror in which every one displays his own image.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In Chapter 26  the author say like outside world there is something inside us . And that is a world of ideas, felling and behavior.

“If life is a bowl of cherries, what's inside of it?”

Sometimes human being is seen as peaceful , full of forgivenes, sometime anger , audacity .    These mixtures of opposites are inherent in mankind. In such cases mindfulness is driving force which one can achieve with positive thinking.          

    
“Our life stories are largely constructed and without mindfulness can prove destructive.”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru

In Chapter 4 the book refers to discipline. Here the author has cited”Without duty and discipline the deity of democracy shall be hung to death and destruction.” ( p93) 

Here the question arises “Why does Krishna teach Arjuna the three paths of discipline in action, knowledge, and devotion?

Arjuna is being given choice by Lord Krishna. Arjuna represents every individual who is striving to understand the meaning of life and Krishna is basically providing different routes to the same destination.

Bhakthi is the path of blind faith - the qualification required is very little (i.e., it does not require intellectual capabilities such as the path of knowledge). It can even be argued that intellectuals are incapable of Bhakti since they question everything and hence they cannot have "blind" and total faith. There are numerous examples of Bhakti in Hindu Religion such as Meera, the Gopis etc.

Karma is the path of action. This addresses the average householder who has to go to work, earn a living, take care of his family etc etc and so simply does not have time to separately allocate for prayer. Krishna says here that Work done with the proper attitude is Worship.

Then comes the most difficult option - the path of knowledge. Here, the seeker understands that he is really no different from the Lord himself. He is a part of the same creation and like a droplet of water goes back into an ocean and then is no different, so too every human being goes back into a macro cosmos.

In the final chapter of the Gita, Krishna also says, it does not matter which path you follow and it does not even matter whether you know you follow a path. If you are ready to completely surrender your ego (individuality) with me and have complete faith, you will still achieve realization.

According to Scripture , far from being a dirty word, discipline is evidence of love. When you consistently disci¬pline your child and do it with the right attitude — compassionately, under control, with consistent boundaries and consequences, and focused on the child's best outcome — you are expressing love exactly as God sometimes expresses His love. It may seem uncom¬fortable both to you and your child at the time, but in the long run, it's the most selfless, compassionate thing you can do to set your child up for happiness in life and fruitfulness in God's Kingdom.

The Bible's perspective on discipline is affirmed by what many psychologists and sociologists are now learning about child development: that children left to themselves will do what all people left to themselves in a fallen world will do. They'll make bad decisions that produce pain and turmoil in their lives. Relationships won't work right, money will be mismanaged and debt will pile up, conflict will erupt both within and without, and long-term goals will never be realized. So God tells the Hebrew Christians that the adversity they face comes from His loving hand, not because they're bad, but because He wants the best for them. That's our motivation as parents as well.

So in chapter 1 the author refers to gaining victory  over worldly desires thereby paving a way to become happy. Here knowledge which dispels darkness.
“Knowledge, like air, is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied it.”
― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
― Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself

In Chapter 21 the author refers to need to be free from wordly desires.
“To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.”

― Federico García Lorca, Blood Wedding and Yerma
“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.”
― Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

...Desire, a function central to all human experience, is the desire for nothing nameable. And at the same time this desire lies at the origin of every variety of animation. If being were only what it is, there wouldn’t even be room to talk about it. Being comes into existence as an exact function of this lack.”
― Jacques Lacan

“Desires to which we cling closely can easily prevent us from being what we ought to be and can be; and on the other hand, desires repeatedly mastered for the sake of present duty make us richer.Lack of desire is poverty.”― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

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"If you want to heal the body, you must first heal the mind." Plato

So in the book Dawamukt Chikitsa, written by Muni Kishanlal and published by Prabhat Prakashan, 4/19, Asaf Ali Road , New Delhi- 110002 the writer tries to explore metaphysical principles of spiritual healing. It's an effort to outline the elements which allow us to understand and work with physical and mental regeneration and harmonization, as we'll define healing.

"Healing is basically the result of putting right our wrong relationship to the body, to other people and to our own complicated minds, with their emotions and instincts at war with one another and not properly understood by what we call 'I' or 'me'. The process is one of re-organisation, reintegration come apart."
By defining healing as regeneration and harmonization, we conceive of illness as a malfunctioning within our body or our mind (both the conscious and unconscious aspects).


As in all areas of thought and practice, we find exceptionally helpful ideas coming from persons who also hold beliefs we find untenable. Max Muller said of Philo Judaeus, "we have to hold our breath in utter amazement at so much folly united in the same mind with so much wisdom!" Similarly, we find it necessary to disagree with certain ideas coming from persons who at the same time provide ."

" The principle of spiritual treatment is implied in the Bible as well as in other sacred writings of antiquity, but one could not learn how to give a treatment from reading any of these Sacred Books. From all these ources we gain a tremendous spiritual inspiration, but they do not teach how to give a treatment."


"The cure of the part should not be attempted without the cure of the whole. No attempt should be made to cure the body without the soul and if the head and the body are to be healthy, you must begin by curing the mind. That is the first thing. Let no one persuade you to cure the head until he has first given you his soul to be cured. For this is the great error of our day in the treatment of the human body, that physicians first separate the soul from the body." - Plato, The Commonwealth

"If we try turning on an electric iron and it does not work, we look to the wiring of the iron, the cord, or the house. We do not stand in dismay before the iron and cry, 'Oh, electricity, please come into my iron and make it work!' We realize that while the whole world is full of that mysterious power we call electricity, only the amount that flows through the wiring of the iron will make the iron work for us.The same principle is true of the creative energy of God. The whole universe is full of it, but only the amount of it that flows through our own beings will work for us."

" To hope for any success in spiritual healing, we must conceive of the One Quintessence--God, the Universe, the Divine--as Supreme Goodness, Beauty, and Love. We must understand that His will for us is for our highest good, nothing less. "

"As you ought not attempt to cure the eyes without treating the heart or the head without treating the body as a whole, so you should not treat the body without treating the soul, and the treatment of the soul, my good friend, is by means of certain charms, and these charms are words of the right sort. By the use of such words is temperance engendered in the soul and as soon as it is engendered and present, one may easily secure health to the head, and to the rest of the body also."- Plato

In spiritual healing, we do not create or coerce, we clear ourselves so the Great Power can operate through us. It is as if a lamp said: "Look at me, I can bring light into being through my wonderful mechanism." Like the lamp, we are merely conduits for a Higher Power--electricity or healing energy.

Spiritual healing deals with the mental and physical disharmonies that individuals experience, but also with the diseased condition of a world suffering from war, poverty, murder, oppression, tyranny, ignorance, and egomania. In Judaism, it is thought that an integral part of being Jewish involves Tikkun Olamthe: repair and healing of the world. The teacher Chujow-Rinpoche spoke of what he called the coming of the Kingdom of Shambhala as an internal phenomenon of healing the world, having to do with our own awakening, our own inner spiritual journey.

We learn about spiritual healing so we can actively participate in the regeneration and harmonization of ourselves and others. Spiritual healing is not a power reserved only for special people; we all have the innate capability for healing within ourselves.

"Plato taught by his example that man possesses within himself the power to cure the diseases of his body, that in the end, every man is his own priest, and every man is his own physician. Wisdom is a universal medicine and is the only remedy for ignorance, the great sickness of mankind. This is the doctrine of the mystics, the doctrine which they learned in the old temples, the doctrine which someday must be the foundation of all enlightened therapy."

As we gain an understanding of spiritual healing, we learn to understand the larger context of our pain and illness, exploring the effects of our emotions and beliefs on our body. We discover there is a role that our illness plays in our life. One important way of understanding illness, darkness and suffering is to see these states as processes by which an individual becomes a healer. In classical terms this is called the "wounded healer" archetype representing, for some, a process of initiation and of entry into the Higher Consciousness.

"Surgeons can cut out everything except cause." - Herbert M. Shelton

So the writer in this book has focused consciousness through introspection amd meditative practices for complete health.

" There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious." - C.G. Jung

Consciousness and Healing: In this book integral approaches to mind-body medicine brings together foremost knowledge on health and healing to consider the creation of a new, integral perspective. This unique text transcends any singular approach to medicine and addresses how health professionals and patients alike are rethinking the nature of healing.

Spiritual healing : Pain is inevitable in life but suffering is optional 

We often forget what a blessing good health is until it is gone. Even though we cannot ensure good health, there are things we can do to increase our health.

The first step is to stop doing things that we know cause illness. If you are living a lifestyle that ruins your health, it is likely that illness and disease result. The Bible describes it by saying: "you will reap what you sow."

Our bodies are not designed to be abused. People who spend their days looking for a party or who work endless days without rest will eventually get sick! But, honor your body and take the time to rest, and allow your body time to heal. Just eating healthy food and getting enough sleep can cure many illnesses!

"Pain is a pesky part of being human, I've learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without, in our lives here. Pain is a sudden hurt that can't be escaped. But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing. Pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart. But then healing feels like the wind against your face when you are spreading your wings and flying through the air! We may not have wings growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will give us that wind against our faces." - C. JoyBell C.

So the book Dawamukt Chikitsa (Spiritual- healing) written by the great sage, thinker, and above all spiritualist Muni Kishan Lal is a study into ways to get out of pain by the power of spiritual praces.

"Meditation is a microcosm, a model, a mirror. The skills we practice when we sit are transferable to the rest of our lives." - Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

"What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body." ― Caroline Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit

Finally, "One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." - Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel . And if you are looking for qualitative change in health you must read this book time and again and emulate the principles of health through meditation and that what the author of this book is trying to convey to health conscious people at large.

"Sing the body that is electric! I celebrate the Self yet to be unveiled!" - Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Rahasya Abhamandal Ka (Secret of Aura)


By Muni Kishan Lal

 

 It's all about secret of aura

"Clairvoyants can see flashes of colour, constantly changing, in the aura that surrounds every person: each thought, each feeling, thus translating itself in the astral world, visible to the astral sight."- Annie Besant

So among slew of books on spiritualism "Rahashya Abhamandal Ka (Secret of Aura)" written by Muni Kishan Lal and published by Prabhat Prakashan , 4/19 , Asaf Ali Road, Darya Ganj , New Delhi, -110002 is a book of cosmos, for the cosmos and for the cosmos best illustrated in metaphysical language.

 

"With every in breathe
you are adding to your life
and every out breathe you are releasing what is not contributing to your life.
Every breathe is a re-birth." - Allan Rufus, The Master's Sacred Knowledgehere is nothing "paranormal" in the Universe, except our limited understanding of Nature. What we think we "know" on Earth now is just a tiny drop in the Ocean of Knowledge.

So the book on secret of universe refers to the power of aura which calls for proper understanding of it through practice of yoga best reflected in oneness with the universe.


Curiously, in the distant past, people admired things they could not explain and called them "miracles". Long ago, people were able to see Auras. Advanced spiritual people such as Buddha, Christ and their immediate students were painted with golden haloes around their heads, because some artists could actually see Auras.

There is an aura around a knower of Brahman which reaches some distance according to the intensity of the realisation. I

In Australia remote West Kimberleys you can find prehistoric cave paintings (bottom left), many thousands of years old, depicting people with golden haloes. Nature gave us ALL we need to see Auras. All is required is the knowledge how to use your senses together with your conscious effort. If you decide not to try, you will NEVER see the Aura. On the other hand, when you SEE something for yourself, no longer will you need to rely on believing someone. You will KNOW. And you can use your knowledge to learn more.

Many great people in the past complained that "we have eyes and we do not see". Further in this book you will discover what they meant.

Anyone can see auras to some degree. Rather than create an aura of mystery around my newly acquired skill, my approach is to show everyone what their eyes are capable of. When nearly everyone (including children) sees a similar thing, I consider this a part of our Nature and I say that it deserves our attention.

The chapter 3 of the book best illustrates how to experience the mystery of aura based entirely on the theory of knowledge through epistemology.


What is the Aura ?

Everything in the Universe seems to be just a vibration. Every atom, every part of an atom, every electron, every elementary "particle", even our thoughts and consciousness are just vibrations. Hence, we may define the Aura as a electro-photonic vibration response of an object to some external excitation (such as an ambient light for example). This definition is sufficient for the purpose of reading Auras, providing that we can train ourselves to see the Aura vibration.
The most important property of the Aura seems to be the fact that it contains information about the object.

Aura around living (conscious) objects (people, plants ...) changes with time, sometimes very quickly. Aura around non-living object (stones, crystals, water...) is essentially fixed, but can be changed by our conscious intent. Above facts have been observed by scientists in Russia, who have been using Kirlian effect to study Auras for the last 50 years.

The aura around humans is partly composed from EM (electromagnetic) radiation, spanning from microwave, infrared (IR) to UV light. The low frequency microwave and infrared part of the spectrum (body heat) seems to be related to the low levels of the functioning of our body (DNA structure, metabolism, circulation etc.) whereas high frequency (UV part) is more related to our conscious activity such as thinking, creativity, intentions, sense of humor and emotions. Russian scientists, who seem to be about 3 decades ahead of everyone else in Aura research, make experiments suggesting that our DNA can be altered, by influencing its microwave Aura. The high frequency UV part is very important and most interesting but largely unexplored. And this part can be seen with naked eyes.

Why do we need to see auras ?

Colors and intensity of the aura, especially around and above the head have VERY special meanings. Watching someone's aura you can actually see the other person's thoughts before you hear them expressed verbally. If they do not agree with what this person is saying, you effectively see a lie every time. No one can lie in front of you undetected. We cannot fake the Aura. It shows our True Nature and intentions for everyone to see.

Also, aura is our spiritual signature. When you see a person with a bright, clean aura, you can be SURE that such person is good and spiritually advanced, even if he/she is modest and not aware of it. When you see a person with a grey or dark aura, you may be almost SURE, that such person has unclear intentions, regardless how impressive, eloquent, educated, "good looking" or "well dressed" he/she seems to appear.

It is especially important to check the aura of any religious leader, "spiritual teacher", "master" or a "guru". Such a person should have a clearly defined yellow-golden halo around the head. If he/she does not have it, you are much better on your own.

Joining a sect or a religion that is led by incompetent people without good Auras is very dangerous for your consciousness. Where is the danger ? When the time comes to really use the information stored in your consciousness from this lifetime, there may be almost nothing useful there, if you focus your life on following rituals and the flock of other people. In such case it is necessary to re-learn everything from the beginning. Most sect, religion and political leaders have only two things in mind: money and power to control people. And you can seet in their aura for yourself. Imagine changes on Earth if many people can see Auras of their leaders and start choosing them on the basis of their auras.

By reading aura it seems possible to diagnose malfunctions in the body (diseases) long before physical symptoms become evident. By consciously controlling your Aura you can actually heal yourself.

However, healing of the physical body is nothing in comparison to what seeing and reading auras can do for our consciousness, spiritual development and our awareness of Nature.

Everyone has an aura. But most people on Earth have very weak and dull Auras. This seems to be a direct consequence of their life long materialistic attitude negating and suppressing the development of consciousness, cultivating fear, envy, jealousy and other similar emotions. Such attitude suppresses their true nature, and their auras seem to become suppressed too.

When you learn to see Auras, be prepared for a really hard question: "Can you tell me what my Aura is ?" and the situation when you don't see any Aura or you see something you don't want to talk about. One of the best answers I found is "why don't you learn to see it for yourself ? ". And this is one of the main reasons one teaches people to see auras.

When people realize that their aura is on display and many people are able to see it, they will watch what they think. And they will try to see and improve their own Aura. In the process they will become better and wiser, being able to recognize intentions of other people. Surely, the entire world will become much better if all people can see and read Auras.

Very young children (up to 5 years of age) see auras naturally. Infants frequently look above a person in front of them. When they don't like the color of the aura above the head, or if this color is much different from their parent's aura, they cry, no matter how much smiling the person does.

Children have much cleaner and stronger auras than most of adults, who are usually completely enslaved by the materialistic world and suppress their Nature by following superficial examples. When I taught my 12 year old son to see his own Aura, he told me that when he was little he was able to see Auras most of the time. But no one paid any attention, so he thought that it was not important and maybe there was something wrong with his eyesight. This is a typical scenario. In my opinion children should learn to see and read Auras in a primary school, so they never lose this natural ability.

"Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free." - Jim Morrison
So the Chapter 19 of the book illustrates ways to get rid of sense of fear lurking the mind of human being.

"Fear is isolating for those that fear. And I have come to believe that fear is a cruelty to those who are feared."

Fear deters a manfrom contructive thinking. "Anything you fear is a shackle to ur soul. It is a phobia that tethers and blinds ur ability to see and comprehend your life directions, making you feel discouraged and hopeless in times of danger"- Michael Bassey Johnson

"What do you fear, lady?" [Aragorn] asked.
"A cage," [Éowyn] said. "To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire."
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato

"Fear is isolating for those that fear. And I have come to believe that fear is a cruelty to those who are feared."

"The fear of meeting the opposition of envy, or the illiberality of ignorance is, no doubt, the frequent cause of preventing many ingenious men from ushering opinions into the world which deviate from common practice. Hence for want of energy, the young idea is shackled with timidity and a useful thought is buried in the impenetrable gloom of eternal oblivion." - Robert Fulton, A Treatise on the Improvement of Canal Navigation: Exhibiting the Numerous Advantages to Be Derived from Small Canals and Boats of Two to Five Feet Wide Containing from Two to Five Tons Burthen: With a Description of the Machinery for Facilitating...


"Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

- I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
- I shall fear only God.
- I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
- I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
- I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering." - Mahatma Gandhi

Chapter 11 of the book refers to experience of atman and spiritualism which highlights ways to know the Supreme Self.

The word 'atman' derived from the root ap, ad, or at, may mean respectively, to obtain or pervade, to eat or enjoy, or to move without ceasing. The term atman indicates the "Supreme Reality, omniscient, all-powerful, free from all phenomenal characteristics such as hunger and thirst, eternal, pure, illumined, free, unborn, undecaying, deathless, immortal, fearless, and non-dual." - Shankaracharya

Chapter 20 of book refers to ways to achieve peace which is at the centrestage of human needs.

"Peace , according to Gautam Buddha, comes from within. Do not seek it without."

"The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace." - Mahatma Gandhi

Finally, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."
― Mae Westthe book serves needs of peaceful life of man mankind

So the book is a compendium of ways to a happiness and everlasting peace.

 

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting
to be known." - Carl Sagan

Book Review : Rahasya Poorv Janmon Ke

By Muni Kishan Lal  

Rahasya Poorv Janmon Ke
By Muni Kishan Lal

Published by Raja Pocket Books
330/1, Burari, Delhi- 110084

"Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it." - Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game 

And so the Book 'Rahasya Poorv Janmon Ke' is an incisive study of journey into past life. Here the writer an expert on life science, has traced the history of past life on the basis of documentary evidences in original books .The writer has confirmed that after death reincarnation is certain (Reference p23).

"The language of the experiment is more authoritative than any reasoning: facts can destroy our ratiocination (the process of exact thinking : reasoning) - not vice versa."

So theories of past lives are best interpreted and confirmed and reconfirmed through experiment in this book . Old civilization also confirms rebirth after one wraps up ones life history. The book also refers to the rebirth of saints and spiritualists as Jawahalal Nehru, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Madan Mohal Malviya , Lord, Mahavir and personalities with complete sainthood ingrained in them.

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is also a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light‐years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both." - Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

"The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it" - D.L. Moody. And this best illustrates the veracity of experiment to confirm theories.

"Birth and death: there was the same consciousness of heightened existence and of her own elevated importance" - J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy

So birth and death are two facets of the same coin to be preserved for all time.

"He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves." - Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

The author of the book has also referred to anger which in its positive way drives a man into renunciation of worldly pleasures.

"Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody's power and is not easy." - Aristotle


The cycle of birth and death, according to the thinker, is permanent and profound truth but the life is ephemeral awaiting transformation.

Early Tibetan history contains a wealth of literature on the subject of reincarnation and afterlife state. One of the most important sources of ancient Tibetan wisdom about reincarnation and the afterlife state is the 'Tibetan Book of The Dead'. This book was read to those who were dying when their souls were about to vacate their bodies. Also read during funeral ceremonies, the wisdom imparted was supposed to prepare the dying person to make the transition from life to the afterlife state in a smooth manner. It also taught the near and dear ones of the deceased person that they should not hold back the dying person by mourning, but that they should graciously send him on his journey with positive thoughts and emotions.

A lot of cases of Near Death Experiences are reported even in modern times where people are found to return to life after being pronounced dead. These experiences are very similar to early stages of death as described by the Tibetan sages. As the spirits move toward a realm of light, they slough off emotional attachments to their earlier earthly existence. In the process, they may face spiritual beings who guide them, and who present them with a kind of mirror reflecting their life and actions.

Filled at last with peace and contentment, the deceased prepare either to abandon the world altogether or to reenter the cycle of birth and death with higher awareness of the illusory nature of life.

Many Christian mystics have stated that after death, the soul separates from the body and leaves. There are instances of people with Christian upbringing who had 'near death experiences'. They tell us that their spirits entered a 'realm of light' where they were received by 'beings of light'. They were then shown a complete review (somewhat like a movie except that it took no time) of all events of their life and their actions were weighed. This description is very similar to the description given by the Tibetans.
Ancient Egyptians believed in reincarnation. They believed that it took 3000 years to complete all lives that one had to live. All this goes to prove that the ancient Egyptians strongly believed in life after death and reincarnation.

Reincarnation was not an unknown concept to the ancient Greeks. Noted Greek philosophers like Pythagoras and Plato believed in reincarnation and they have also explained about it in their teachings. Pythagoras is believed to have remembered and described many of his past lives. Some of the lives that he recounted were as: a Trojan warrior, a prophet, a peasant, a prostitute, and a shopkeeper.

 Though reincarnation has been studied scientifically only during recent times, the possibility that we live many lives has been accepted on faith since ancient times. If one studies the ancient indigenous cultures of Africa, Asia, North America, South America and Australia, one would find ample evidence that reincarnation was one of their core beliefs. It can be seen that evidence of the belief in reincarnation can be found in people of diverse cultures, from different parts of the world and even people from vastly different time periods (modern, medieval, ancient, prehistoric etc.).

" The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth." - Niels Bohr, And the profound based on the outlined premise is life and death.

samsāra (Sanskrit: संसार; "flow") — refers to the phenomenal world. Transmigratory existence, fraught with impermanence, change and cycle of reincarnation or rebirth. The cycle of birth, death and rebirth; the total pattern of successive earthly lives experienced by atman (the Self).

"For the first time in my life I tasted death, and death tasted bitter, for death is birth, is fear and dread of some terrible renewal." - Hermann Hesse, Demian: Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

According to the Vedas, the atman is bound in a "cycle", the cycle of life and death. Endlessly the atman transcends from possessing one form to the next, this is the concept of samsāra (reincarnation). So the logical inference is that the aim is to make free! Freedom from every constraint is the aim of life, the aim of all the Hindu teachings.

The atman (inner Self) is immortal, while the body is subject to birth and death.
The Bhagavad Gita states that:

A journey into past lives

" Worn-out garments are shed by the body;
Worn-out bodies are shed by the dweller within the body.
New bodies are donned by the dweller, like garments.
The idea that the soul (of any living being - including animals, humans and plants) reincarnates is intricately linked to karma, another concept first introduced in the Upanishads. Karma (literally: action) is the sum of one's actions, and the force that determines one's next reincarnation. The cycle of death and rebirth, governed by karma, is referred to as samsara."

"After your death, you will be what you were before your birth." - Arthur Schopenhauer

The atman goes on repeatedly being born and dying. One is reborn on account of desire: a person desires to be born because he or she wants to enjoy worldly pleasures, which can be enjoyed only through a body. Hinduism does not teach that all worldly pleasures are sinful, but it teaches that they can never bring deep, lasting happiness or ānanda (peace).

According to the Hindu sage, Adi Sankaracharya — the world as we ordinarily understand it - is like a dream: fleeting and illusory. To be trapped in Samsara is a result of ignorance of the true nature of being.

"Hinduism contends that the cause of suffering and inequalities must be sought not in what happens after death, but in the conditions before birth, and puts forward the doctrine of rebirth. Rebirth is the necessary corollary to the idea of the soul's immortality. Death is a break in the series of continuing events known as life. Through death the individual soul changes its body: "Even as the embodied Self passes, in this body, through the stages of childhood, youth, and old age, so does It pass into another body. " A knower of the Self can witness the passing of a soul from one body to another at the time of death: "The deluded do not perceive him when he departs from the body or dwells in it, when he experiences objects or is united with the guna; but they who have the eye of wisdom perceive him."

"I am forever walking upon these shores,
Betwixt the sand and the foam,
The high tide will erase my footprints,
And the wind will blow away the foam,
But the sea and the shore will remain forever."

"If the stock market exists, so must previous lives." - Margaret Atwood, Good Bones and Simple Murders

And this is the everlasting interplay of atma , cycle of birth and death , karma , reicarnation or rebirth as eternal truth.

Finally, the writer has ingeniously put his enlightening thoughts on theories of life and death and mystery of reincarnation or rebirth through experiments in the book.

 

 

 

 

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