HEARTBEATS 2021:Man Is Working Against Himself!

There will be no human being who, at least once, has not thought of committing suicide. This is due to the faculty of ability to think, judge, and evaluate, and the thing called intelligence.  This ability also ignites the ego or the process of feeling proud of one’s achievements and inability to face failure.  In the absence of this thinking process, human being will be living like other animals with the common purpose of eat and mate, and there will be no occasions for emotional imbalances.  You can’t find a tiger or a lion got dejected and committed suicide irrespective of the number of times they fail to get a prey, there is nothing called failure in their life.  .

The Police Horse Shaktiman which was brutally attacked by a member of Parliament in the state of Haryana in India in the recent past is an example of heightened human ego.  The expressions of the MP in the video give rise to an impression that the horse is an enemy of humans and the MP a savior.  The attack has resulted in amputation of its leg, and the horse could only stand for days before it succumbed to death.  Since Shaktiman is an official member of the police staff, an attack on it is actually an attack on the police force.

The fact that the horse was a means of mobility of human beings, much before the automobiles were invented, and it has been instrumental in transforming the lives of humans in the universe, actually demanded gratitude and support from humans, though it may not mean anything  today after the invention of supersonic jets and rockets.  In such circumstances, if humans become extremely egoistic and nurture the tendency to ignore the horse, it is natural, though deplorable on the part of humans.

There have been ordinary human beings in history who have proved themselves as extra ordinary like Alexander Graham Bell who invented the phone, Thomas Alva Edison who authored about 1100 discoveries most useful to humans, Isaac Newton who invented the gravitational pull of the earth, and many more.  They have been the torch bearers of human progress.  Along with all these gifted humans there have also been people like Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and many others who have adopted the aggressive way of life and spent their lives to prove their worth, and at the same time we also had ideologists like the Mahatma, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the like who have led humanity to the path of oneness and love.  We have seen that the word God has emerged from ‘good’, and the word Devil has emerged from ‘evil’.  Thanks to Osho the revolutionary mystic and writer who has advocated this concept.  The fact is that God and Devil have existed all along side by side and will continue toi do so.

Human beings have experienced the menace of slavery and its impacts from ages, and though we claim to have eliminated slavery, actually it exists in various forms even in modern society, even inside our houses, though the life styles of humans have tremendously improved and progressed over the years, thanks to the efforts of some planners, policy makers, and administrators, who continuously worked on education, freedom of expression, civil liberties, and human rights due to which we have been able to enjoy quality life in many part of the world.

We have also seen that, apart from slavery, the industrialization process from the sixteenth century that our factories were mostly working with the hard labor of children. Children were made to work even for 18 hours a day in our factories, while all the fruits of economic progress were being enjoyed by the few who were owners of the factories.  Acute poverty, and sufferings have forced the parents to surrender to the temptations to put their children to work, and even today we find such stray cases  here and there.

Therefore, child labour, slavery, human trafficking, and exploitation of the weak and infirm, have been the areas of interest for many from time immemorial, and we have not been able to overcome these negativities of human nature completely.  Actually these negativities exist in different shapes and forms blocking the progress of humanity, in spite of continuous efforts of many to get them eliminated.  Like the horse which was a pride possession of humans such negativities too have existed and existence of terrorism, religious hatred, atrocities on fellow humans, and cruelty towards animals, all are examples.

Today we have to recognize the presence of far more superior thinking process and we have really become universal personalities.  Today even young girls are seeking partnership in marriage rather than a one-sided social contract.  We have spent our resources, time, and energy to make our students, especially the down-trodden, able minded and conscious citizens, by showing them the Martyrs like Bhagat Singh who faced the gallows with smile as our heroes, and consequently when we find that student leaders like Kanhaya Kumar emerging as exemplary leaders, and when they point fingers at us, standing by the constitution and complying with our recommendation to ask questions, we are unable to bear.  However, how long can we go on breaking such fingers?  How long can we bear the somber and gloomy situation that we are in today.

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HEARTBEATS : Obese, Are You?

Weight management is a multi-million business opportunity.  Sedentary life-styles as a result of technological development reducing physical exertion and increasing convenience, in the midst of changing food habits leading to rampant indulgence in deprivation of sleep, and overall change in the physical intake of food, makes the health-care process a complicated affair in the modern society.  Today we have to compulsorily rely on external help to maintain our health like a gym, health equipments, a guided and scheduled exercise programme, a proper diet preferably on the advice of a professional dietitian, and so on, have become imminent, because it has almost become impossible to have a disciplined, and a controlled life to keep obesity away.

In fact obesity is a psychological problem rather than physical.  Firstly you may be a person loving tasty food, and you are not able to control your longing for it.   It is not generally governed by appetite, but rather a psychological problem.  Secondly when you control your intake of food as a part of a diet programme, when you take food after a long gap of dieting, you naturally tend to have acute inclination to consume more. Thirdly, when you munch junk food for one reason or the other, they wont generally fill your stomach, they end up becoming actually additional quota over and above the regular intake.

Today’s life-styles demand your routines making you so busier that there is no time to maintain a schedule of sleep, food intakes, and an exercise programme.  People who spend hours in the gym, are also getting fatal heart attacks.  Findings are that it is due to the deprived sleep and excessive stress level.  A small study in the US reveals that deprivation of sleep activates the chemical pattern in the brain enhancing the attraction towards junk food enjoyment with intake of marijuana. Study shows that restricted sleep may trigger longing for munches later in the day, activating the chemicals that regulate hunger and pleasure.

A simple formula we can follow is to restrict intake of food items to a total of ten in a day, with average 100 calories each.  This of course is a thump rule calculation which has more practical value than scientific.  This may suffice the energy requirements of a sedentary life style, and another 500 calories if you follow an active life-style, of course, a dietician may be consulted to fix your diet in accordance with the activity level involved.  On top of this, we can follow the 6s principle of good health by avoiding (1) Sweet, (2) Saturated fat (fried items), and (3) Salt Moderation, while including (1) Salads, (2) Sports (exercise), and (3) spiritual activities (meditation/prayer/visit to holy places) in our daily life.  In fact avoiding consumption of sweet, fried items, and regulated consumption of salt intake, will automatically control your weight, and including a regular exercise programme, at least half an hour walk, and following a meditative and vegetarian life-style to keep stress levels under control, will be more effective and yielding better results than any other external dependency.

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HEARTBEATS : The Irony Behind Women’s Day.

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We just celebrated International Women’s Day on the March 8th.  A number of tremendously inspiring stories of women achievers all over the world were brought out by the visual, print, and social media encyclopedia like twitter, facebook, watsapp, and so on.  Social media has become an ocean of knowledge, so I call it social media encyclopedia.

The earliest womens’ day observance was held on February 28, 1909, the last Sunday of February in New York.  It was organised by the Socialist Party oif America in rememberance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.  Americans continud to celebrate Womens’ day on the last Sunday of February for some time.  Later it was recognised by UN as 8th March to bring in awareness of equality, justice, respect, and honour for women like men.  The major point raised by women initially was the discrimination of sex for employment purposes.  

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HEARTBEATS : The Irony Behind Woman’s Day.

We just celebrated International Woman’s Day on the March 8th.  A number of tremendously inspiring stories of women achievers all over the world were brought out by the visual, print, and social media encyclopedia like twitter, Facebook, watsApp, and so on.  Social media have become an ocean of knowledge, so I call it social media encyclopedia.

The earliest womans’ day observance was held on February 28, 1909, the last Sunday of February in New York.  It was organised by the Socialist Party of America in remembrances of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.  Americans continue to celebrate Womans’ day on the last Sunday of February for some time.  Later it was recognised by UN as 8th March to bring in awareness of equality, justice, respect, and honour for women like men.  The major point raised by women initially was the discrimination of sex for employment purposes.  

Whenever the Divine wanted to enter the planet, the entry point invariably has been woman only, be it mother Mary, Devaki, Shakuntala, Jijabai, or anyone else.  The list is endless. Can you show a single man who came to the earth directly from heaven, other than through a woman, created history here, and has been instrumental in transforming our society?  It is not possible.  

Just like without touching fire we can’t feel the heat, without touching ice we can’t feel the coolness, love, compassion, humbleness, forgiveness, and similar qualities of human beings cannot be felt and understood by reading books or Vedas, had there been no women in our life.  Even in the Vedas and scriptures the role of woman is exemplary.  

Look at the picture of any God, be it male or female, you can always feel a mix of feminist qualities signifying beauty.  Can we think of beauty without womanhood? Pick up any handsome man, be it an executive, a sportsman, a model or a star, the beauty behind the handsomeness is from the feminine features like the shape, softness, the fairness, and so on, whether you agree or not.  

To understand the true meaning of hope, patience, positive attitude, and unconditional love in life, only one full-fledged teacher is available on the face of earth, the mother.  No management institution, teacher, or coach, can match her.  imagine her patience for nine and odd months, and another nine years she spends to make the child think independently.  Only and only one person exists in this world who will always love you irrespective of your status or conditions in life, your mother.  Glory to the woman, the mother.  

Not checking gender status during pregnancy, not longing for a male child when you are gifted with the gem of a daughter, not sending the mother to the old age home, giving the best of education, best of freedom, best of responsibility to your daughters, not treating your daughter as if she belongs to someone else, giving respect, care, and honour to every woman, and protecting her dignity around us, in the family and the society, understanding the meaning of silence behind a woman, giving your seat in a bus or a train to a woman passenger, fighting for the woman who are left alone in the society, fighting the violence against women in the society, treating daughter-in-law like your own daughter, making women economically, emotionally, and socially independent of any man, is the real celebration of womanhood.  

Women’s day celebration should not only be on the 8th March, but it should be throughout the year, every day, every hour, and every second in our life, because women are something beyond celebration.  It will not be an exaggeration if we say that they are the gifted ones by the divine.  The divine dwells in their body and soul altogether.  

The male ego may curse me for saying this. “It will always be a wishful thinking” few of you may say, and you may have your own valid reasons therefor.  All said and done, however, I strongly believe that if women are made equal to men in all respects, the economy will take quantum jump in development, as so many families, old people, and children will be saved and looked after across the world.  When they represent almost 50% of the population, and the role of women has changed altogether through the ages, it has to come one day, whether you like it or not.  

    (Courtesy: Wikipedia and WatsApp)

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