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Quote #53

I took a break, well planned break for a month from WordPress and am again beginning today. Henceforth will post regularly, maybe not everyday.

I begin today with the words of Rumi, which tell us many things. Hope we understand.

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6 word story #23

HE got His house, won’t we?

It’s the conviction as well as trust and patience, that He will provide us the roof which we can call ours…

Please read between the lines for the spiritual message and do not take it as a political or social or a religious comment…

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May Day (Reblog)

1st May…

Happy May Day!

Happy Workers Day!

Happy Maharashtra Day!

Many of you might have felt that why begin with wishes for May Day first and Maharashtra Day the last! Cause that answer lies in its history.

My kid today morning asked me, “Pappa what is the importance of this day? Why is it celebrated as international workers day and Maharashtra day?”

An unexpected question from a 7 year old made me think. I did explain to him about the socialist revolution and their fight for the cause of workers. A lot of workers blood was shed while fighting for their rights. How 1 May was chosen to be International Workers’ Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. In that year beginning on 1 May, there was a general strike for the eight hour work day. On 4 May, the police acted to disperse a public assembly in support of the strike when an unidentified person threw a bomb. The police responded by firing on the workers. The event lead to the death of eight and injury of sixty police officers as well as an unknown number of civilian killed or wounded. Hundreds of labour leaders and sympathizers were later rounded-up and four were executed by hanging, after a trial that was seen as a miscarriage of justice.

And also how India after independence was divided into linguistic states. How Maharashtra and Gujarat were born! How there was bloodshed for the same! Some politicians just for their own selfish motives dividing India on basis of language. India after being divided on basis of caste, class, kingdoms (small and large), religion; now was Her turn to be divided on basis of language. And as I write today, do not know how many times more will She be divided and on what basis and in which context…

While explaining all this I was lead to think that, is this the only reason to celebrate / commemorate 1st May? Or is there some other reason too? Can our human history be so narrow-minded? So took to the internet to find my answers. And I was proved right. History is always broad minded, not like humans who write it.

Sharing a few excerpts of what I found on the internet…

“The earliest May Day celebrations appeared with the Floralia, festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, held on April 27 during the Roman Republic era, and with theWalpurgis Nightcelebrations of theGermanic countries.

The day was a traditional summer holiday in many Europeanpagan cultures.

While February 1 was the first day ofspring, May 1 was the first day ofsummer; hence, thesummer solstice on June 25 (now June 21) wasMidsummer.

As Europe becameChristianised, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and May Day changed into a popular secular celebration.

A significant celebration of May Day occurs in Germany where it is one of several days on whichSt. Walburga, credited with bringing Christianity to Germany, is celebrated.

The secular versions of May Day, observed in Europe and North America, may be best known for their traditions of dancing around themaypoleand crowning the Queen of May.

Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours’ doorsteps”.

(Source – Wikipedia).

I hope this clarifies your question and is a justification for wishing May Day first and Maharashtra Day last.

Humans have been naturalists from the very beginning. The last few hundred years have made them more aggressive towards nature and environment. On this very day, let us all pledge to take care of our environment and love the nature.Let’s save Mother Earth not out of necessity. She is our mother and takes care of Her Children without any expectations. Let us coexist and thrive to achieve what the Creator has made us for.

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Happy Easter Sunday

The symbolic language of the crucification is the death of the old paradigm, resurrection is the leap into a whole new way of thinking

– Deepak Chopra

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon Him

One final breath He gave
As Heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated

Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The lamb has overcome

PS : Have not posted the whole carol…

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Good Friday

Today is Good Friday. The day when the Son of God gave up his life for the betterment of humankind. Just yesterday was the Holy Thursday when Jesus had his last supper with his disciples and spoke about his imminent death. He was treacherously caught that day night itself and produced before the Pilate. Religious leaders insisted on Jesus’s crucification and relenting to this pressure, the Pilate agreed. Jesus was crucified today. His last words “God, Forgive them, for they know not what they do“, are enough to explain his love for humankind. We all know that Death is no good thing, rather it’s a sorrowful parting. But Jesus gave his life for the good of many, so it is called Good Friday.

Lets remember Jesus Christ throughout the day.

Let’s His thoughts and deeds be a guiding force of our lives.

Let His love soothe the mankind during these days and give us the strength to stay strong and come out of this pandemic

Will end with my favourite school prayer…

Our Father, Who art in heaven, 
Hallowed be Thy Name. 
Thy Kingdom come. 
Thy Will be done, 
on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

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Who am I? – 4

Was reading my old blogs on Who am I? Am sharing the links here just for your reference.

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/who-am-i/

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/06/30/who-am-i-2/

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/who-am-i-3/

And then thinking in today’s context. The world today is realising that am a living being. I am a mere mortal. I can die. And this fear of death has led to the rise of Humanism.

I know I have exaggerated a bit, but atleast people today have realised the importance of living and life. Ask people from Italy, Iran or USA, where many have lost their dear ones and are constantly living in the fear of death. The complete lockdown has made people live with families and in isolation, we all do think Who am I?

नाऽहं पशु, अहं मनुष्यः। (Am not an animal, am an human).

When Aristotle said that “Man is by nature a social animal, an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a God.”, we didn’t understand it. But today in the times of social distancing we suddenly realise what he meant.

The question which comes to my mind is that are we truly social, in it’s TRUE sense? When we have to save ourselves and the society as a whole from this dreaded virus and stop it from spreading, we have started acting selfish. I can understand that when a person sees death in from of him, he will try to save himself first. But it isn’t that way. Death is not the end of this disease. It is curable through isolation. Can we not isolate ourselves and perform our social duty?

Was Aristotle wrong with his conclusion? Not at all. Even animals isolate themselves for many reasons like for reproduction, due to geographical distances, ecological reasons and many more. It is for their survival and propagation of their species. Then can we not as rational animals, (we boast that we can think, reason) do the same for a few days, as the administration guides us.

Well, these are the days to spend in family isolation and think

Who we are?

How are we related?

Are we living upto our relations?

Are we truly a family person?

So in the coming days let’s move a step in this direction and also speed up the quest for finding out Who am I?