AN OPEN TESTIMONY TO JUSTICE SRIKRISHNA

GREETINGS TO MOTHER TELUGU – A PATRON OF TELUGU CULTURE AND UNITY

 The Union Government of India has recently appointed Justice B. N. Srikrishna Committee with a mandate to examine the demands of a separate State of Telengana as well as the demands for  maintaining the present status of a united Andhra Pradesh. The Committee is receiving views from the public on the Telengana issue. The views could be sent by e-mail to:      

vkduggal.ccsap@mha.gov.in, vinodkumar.duggal@yahoo.in      

AN OPEN TESTIMONY TO JUSTICE SRI KRISHNA COMMITTEE  IN SUPPORT OF UNITED ANDHRA PRADESH :
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Ex- MR 03277K   Major  AMC/PC
C/O Shri. R. Pratap Narayan
A- Ground Floor, Fair View Apartment,
Street No.8, HABSIGUDA,
HYDERABAD – 500 007  Andhra Pradesh
Shri. Vinod Kumar Duggal,
Member Secretary,
Vignan Bhavan Annexe,
I, Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham solemnly affirm and attest to the following facts which have an important bearing in matters that would be examined by Justice Srikrishna Committee. It is my moral duty, responsibility, and a proud privilege to render my testimony to Justice B.N. Srikrishna.
‘VISALA ANDHRA’ -My life’s journey began in Mylapore,Madras while Telugus and Tamils lived together in a composite State. I was a student of Danavaipeta Municipal High School,Rajahmundry,East Godavari District(S.S.L.C. March 1961); a student of Government Giriraj Arts College,Nizamabad,Nizamabad District( Pre-University and 3-year B.Sc, April 1965);a student of Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Kurnool District(M.B.B.S. April, 1970).My father had served in Presidency College,Madras,Victoria College,Palghat,Government Arts College,Rajahmundry, Srikakulam, Giriraj College,Nizamabad, Nagarjuna Arts College, Nalgonda, and B.Ed College, Warangal and other places.I got married in Cuddapah and served in Secunderabad Cantonment during my military service. I had lived my life in the composite State of Madras, and the three regions of Andhra Pradesh and in the two Capital cities of Kurnool and Hyderabad.

 AN EYE-WITNESS STATEMENT:    

A VISION TO UNITE TELUGU SPEAKING PEOPLE – MY TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF AMARJEEVI POTTI. SRI RAMULU.

I am testifying on behalf of Amarajeevi. Potti. Sri Ramulu. I am able to testify on his behalf because of the fact that his Spirit is alive in my thoughts. On 15th December 1952, I was physically present in Mylapore, Madras City (Chennai). I am an eye-witness to the historic fast and the sacrifice made by Potti. Sri Ramulu. My maternal grandfather, Dr. Kasturi. Narayana Murthy, M.D., was his personal physician, a friend, and a confidant. Potti. Sri Ramulu disclosed his personal thoughts, desires, and his vision to my grandfather. While he fasted unto death, to carry out his difficult mission, Potti. Sri Ramulu secured the unstinting support of my grandfather. His desires to shape Telugu Identity started to fructify by the creation of the State of Andhra (Andhra Rashtra) on October 1st, 1953. At the inaugural function held in Kurnool, Dr. Kasturi. Narayana Murthy, M.D., occupied a seat of honour on the dais along with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Andhra Kesari Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu garu, and Neelam Sanjiva Reddy. On that memorable occasion, a day of great pride to Telugu speaking people, my grandfather had the unique distinction to represent the Departed Soul of Potti. Sri Ramulu. Today, I take up the same role as my grandfather did on October 01, 1953. I have the honour to speak and communicate on behalf of Potti. Sri Ramulu. He genuinely desired to unite all Telugu speaking people. His wish is also known to Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu garu, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, and Damodaram Sanjeevaiah who were all closely associated with my grandfather while he diligently protected Potti Sriramulu during the entire duration of his fast. My grandfather had specifically shared this information with me and the Providence has given me this opportunity to openly express what I learned as a little kid. The formation of Vishal Andhra, the State of Andhra Pradesh on November 01, 1956 is a dream that has come true. I did not learn the history about the formation of Andhra Pradesh from reading books or by visiting a library. I had lived that history and I am eye-witness to that historical process and have known the people through my family connections. The vision of Potti. Sri Ramulu is shared and is supported by a vast number of Telugu speaking people. To submit a truthful testimony on behalf of Potti. Sri Ramulu, I have to state that I want to keep  the Unity of all Telugu speaking people. I am not willing to place the Unity Factor on your bargaining table. Unity is the foundational principle. The future of development in any part of Andhra Pradesh depends upon keeping this Foundation Strong and Secure.      

PRIME MINISTER JAWAHARLAL NEHRU – A WITNESS TO THE VISION SHARED BY POTTI. SRI RAMULU.
Andhra Kesari. Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu Garu, the First Chief Minister of Andhra Rashtra – A witness to the vision shared by Potti. Sri Ramulu
Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy ( 1913 – 1996 ). My grandfather knew him since the times of Dr.Reddy’s participation in the Freedom Struggle.He was a witness to the vision shared by Potti. Sri Ramulu. Dr. Reddy was the First Chief Minister of the State of Andhra Pradesh.
Most Telugu speaking people know Shri. Damodaram Sanjivayya as the Second Chief Minister of the State of Andhra Pradesh. My grandfather knew him from the days he was a freedom fighter and also when he served as a Minister in the Composite State of Madras. He was a witness to the vision shared by Potti. Sri Ramulu.

DEFINING INDIAN IDENTITY: THE LANGUAGE FACTOR

Dr Zakir Hussain (1897 – 1969 ). I met this President in Rashtrapati Bhavan during 1967.
Prime Minister Srimati. Indira Gandhi was a very consistent advocate of National Unity and National Integration. She had stressed the importance of Language Factor in fostering National Unity.
I was a Student Delegate who had represented the State of Andhra Pradesh at a National Student Seminar on National Integration held in New Delhi during May/June 1967. At the Seminar, we had extensively deliberated on the issue of preserving National Unity and promoting National Integration. Apart from leaders of various political parties, we held discussions with the representatives of all minority communities. We went and spoke to President  Zakir Hussain at Rashtrapati Bhavan. We held discussions with Prime Minister Srimati. Indira Gandhi at her official residence. Srimati. Indira Gandhi gave special emphasis to the Language Factor. She had supported a National Policy that stressed the importance of Language and its role in fostering Unity and National Integration. The burden of centuries of foreign conquests, foreign occupation, and domination has affected our Cultural Unity. Due to the compulsions imposed by the foreign rule, the Telugu speaking people existed with separate local identities. The dark shadows from past are still hampering our efforts to forge emotional integration of our people. We are a mature, and independent Nation now. We understand the problems caused by India’s subjugation by its various foreign masters. We should be firm in our resolve to overcome these obstacles. The sub-regional identities are barriers that impede our progress, growth and economic development. The Unity of Telugu speaking people is very important in the context of preserving our National Unity and in the promotion of National Integration. The problems of economic development could not be resolved by creating political and administrative divisions among Telugu speaking people.

THE PRIDE IN TELUGU HERITAGE:

PRATAP-RUDRA : The names speak for themselves. It is a testimony to the influence of Kakatiya Dynasty over Telugu speaking people.

The Kakatiya Dynasty ruled much of the Telugu speaking areas during 12th century A.D.  Rani Rudrama Devi and her grandson King Prataparudra had resisted foreign occupation and their names still evoke a sense of awe and admiration in the hearts of all Telugu people. As a testimony to this historical fact, I was given the personal name of Rudra and my elder brother is named Pratap. As kids we came together and existed as Pratap-Rudra and we grew up taking pride in our Telugu heritage. I am not willing to let that pride be destroyed and I am not willing to let that Heritage be buried by dividing the people of Andhra Pradesh.      

THE PROBLEMS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT  :
Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao was a Scholar, a man of vision, the Chief Architect of modern Indian Economy and paved the way for India’s Growth and Development. I knew him since my days as a student at Government Giriraj Arts College, Nizamabad. My father was the Principal of the College and P.V. Narasimha Rao was then the State Education Minister and visited our College as our Chief Guest while we celebrated our College Day Function. My father maintained a friendly relationship with him over several years until his death.
“If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.” After India’s independence in 1947, the economic development of our entire country moved on a slow track for several decades. We had failed because we had pursued the wrong economic policies. The ideas of Socialism, and Communism as Economic Theories have utterly failed in India and elsewhere in the World. They had only contributed to misery and stunted our progress. Communist China is now thriving because of State sponsored Capitalism. Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao took the bold initiative to alter the course of our economic development. His courage, wisdom, and vision have contributed to the growth that we have achieved and we are on the track to make a steady progress. We have definitely generated more wealth in this country. The number of affluent people has grown rapidly. Unfortunately, the wealth is concentrated in the hands of some people and has not permeated to all the sections our society. We can change that. We can change it by simply understanding the nature of the problem. By creating a new political and administrative entity, the problem will not disappear and the extra financial burden would actually delay the benefits of economic development from reaching people. We need to improve the performance and the governance of  both the private and the public enterprise. We need to remove the obstacles that impede the flow of Private Capital. We need to make sure the smooth movement of materials and resources. We need to strengthen our infrastructure. We need to create an environment that attracts new Capital Investment. We need to diversify our Economy. We need to shift our dependence upon agricultural sector. We need to increase our manufacturing capabilities. We need to invest upon education, job-training, and imparting new job-skills to successfully exist in a global economy and compete with other nations. We need to create jobs and job opportunities and increase the upward mobility of all the sections of our society. Individuals need to be empowered to take part in the rejuvenation of the economic life of the country. We need to seriously address the issues of corruption, dishonesty, graft, and criminal misappropriation of public funds. Greed and selfish-interests are playing a great havoc bringing suffering to the weaker sections among all religions and castes. Telugu speaking people by standing united would contribute an environment that is conducive to the sustained growth of our economy and would help it to move in the right direction.
Thanking You,
Yours Faithfully,
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham ,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
M.B.B.S., Class of April, 1970.
TELUGU TALLI – DIVINE MOTHER OF TELUGU PEOPLE IS A SYMBOL OF OUR UNITY AND EMOTIONAL INTEGRATION.

Dharamsala welcomes Dalai Lama after high-profile US visit – www.phayul.com

President Barack Obama meets with His Holiness...
President Barack Obama meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House, Feb. 18, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dharamsala welcomes Dalai Lama after high-profile US visit – www.phayul.com

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on his 75th birthday. The U.S. - TIBET relations have survived the test of Time.

I am pleased to share the web hyperlink for this news story about H.H. Dalai Lama’s high-profile U.S. visit. Despite China’s repeated and angry protests, he met with President Barack Obama in the White House. The Nobel Peace Laureate was awarded the Democracy Service Medal at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.  It gives me a sense of hope that we would be able to resolve the problem of Tibet. The Living Tibetan Spirits have received this news story with a sense of joy and optimism. The true identity of Tibetan Nation must be preserved and we need to restore the dignity of Tibetan People.

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,

M.B.B.S.,  Class  of  April,  1970.

DEMOCRACY AND THE FUTURE OF TIBET

H.H.Dalai Lama returned to Dharamsala,Himachal Pradesh, India on Saturday, February 27, 2010 after a successful visit to the United States. He was awarded the Democracy Service Medal.

 

During his recent visit to the United States,H.H. Dalai Lama was awarded the Democracy Service Medal at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. To spread the values of Democracy and Freedom, we need to practice what we preach. He needs to put this Democracy Service Medal into action. To introduce Democracy into Tibet, H.H. Dalai Lama must transfer his temporal powers to the People of Tibet. All entities in Tibet must draw their power from the source of Peoples’ Power. The Power of People is reposed in a document called the Constitution. The Constitution of Tibet becomes the source of temporal authority and power. Dalai Lama would function as the Head of the State of Tibet strictly in accordance with the provisions made in the Constitution of Tibet. People would elect their representatives to KALONTRIPA in accordance with the rules and terms as provided by the Constitution. Dalai Lama would hold his Office as the Head of the State and defend the Constitution of Tibet. The term of his Office would be decided by the Constitution of Tibet. The choice and appointment of a future Dalai Lama would also be made according to provisions in the Constitution. That is the beauty of Democracy. It allows the transition of power in a systematic, orderly, transparent, and peaceful way. The future of Tibet depends upon restoring people’s  power to people.

  

 

H.H. DALAI LAMA MUST SURRENDER HIS TEMPORAL POWERS TO THE PEOPLE OF TIBET

 

Please view the related blog post titled ‘The Problem of Tibet – Evict the Occupier’ 

https://bhavanajagat.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/the-problem-of-tibet-evict-the-occupier/ 

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, 

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India, 

M.B.B.S.,  Class of  April, 1970.  

 

 

 

OLD FLAMES NEVER DIE – A PLEDGE TO THE LIVING TIBETAN SPIRITS

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On the Valentine’s Day( February 14 ), I had assured my Valentine that the burning passion aroused in me is alive, and has not died. I had an encounter with this Flame on September 22, 1971. That Flame kindled a fire in my heart. That fire still burns. As the saying goes, Old Flames Never Die. The Flame lives in my present day consciousness. On the Valentine’s Day I had pledged to keep the Flame alive in my future. I promise to be the Breath of my Valentine’s Life. I seek the compassion of Buddha to keep the Flame alive. I seek the Path of Triple Refuge to keep the Old Flames Alive.
Buddham Saranam Gacchami,
Dhammam Saranam Gacchami,
Sangham Saranam Gacchami.
THE LIVING TIBETAN SPIRITS – A SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP  :
 
I describe my relationship with the Living Tibetan Spirits as a spiritual relationship as it flows from sympathy, understanding, and feelings for these men whom I had met and interacted while they lived and while we worked together with a common sense of purpose. For I understand and share their feelings, I could keep them alive in my Consciousness.
 
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
M.B.B.S.,  Class  of  April,  1970.

OLD FLAMES NEVER DIE – A PLEDGE TO MY VALENTINE

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THE LIVING TIBETAN SPIRITS  :

My consciousness got exposed to the Spirits of some young Tibetan men whose untimely deaths I had witnessed. I dedicate this blog post to those Living Tibetan Spirits that continue to live in my consciousness.

WHO IS MY VALENTINE ?

The word Valentine as a noun describes a Sweetheart chosen on St. Valentine’s Day(February 14). A note or greeting card sent to Sweetheart on this Day containing a message of sentimental love is also described as  a Valentine. This year’s Valentine’s Day is of special significance to the Tibetan people as  they ushered the New Year of Iron Tiger Year 2137 of their Lunar Calendar. On this Valentine’s Day, I want to assure my Valentine that the burning passion aroused in me is alive and has not died.    

After attending Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India, I had joined Indian Army on July 26, 1970. On July 26, 1971, I had completed my military and professional training at Military Hospital, Ambala Cantonment, Haryana and was fully ready to serve the nation in my role as a Medical Officer of the Indian Army Medical Corps. I left Ambala on September 21, 1971 on my first posting. On September 22, 1971 after reaching my new Duty Station I met my Flame. The Flame kindled a fire in my heart. That fire still burns.   

"Old Flames Never Die" - A Pledge to my Valentine. These Flames kindled a fire in my heart on September 22, 1971 and that fire still burns. I shall keep the Flame alive in my future.

As the saying goes, “Old Flames Never Die”. The Flame lives in my Consciousness. On this Valentine’s Day, I pledge that I will keep the Flame alive in my future. The message that I want to send to my Valentine is ; “My past, my present, and my future is a continuum.”  I share the pain and grief that my Valentine has experienced in the past and is experiencing now. We both understand the Challenge, share a common hope and expectation of a better future. The Spirit of my Valentine languishes in Darkness. The darkness of military occupation has enveloped my Flame threatening her very existence. She needs a breath of fresh air to survive. I promise that I am the Breath of my Valentine’s life.   

I seek the Compassion of Buddha to keep the Flame Alive and fulfil the Pledge made to my Valentine.

The Butter Lamps lit in my Unit’s Gonpa( Gompa ) are still glowing. I seek the Compassion of Buddha to keep the Flames Alive.   

Buddham Saranam Gacchami,   

Dhammam Saranam Gachhami,   

Sangham Saranam Gachhami.   

I seek the Path of Triple Refuge to keep the Old Flames Alive. I seek the Refuge of Buddha. I seek the Refuge of ‘Dharma’. I seek the Refuge of ‘Sangha’.   

The Path of Triple Refuge to keep the Old Flames Alive.

 TIBETAN NEW YEAR-LOSAR – IRON TIGER YEAR   2137 :  

Tibetans celebrate their New Year in the traditions of their Lunar Calendar. The Valentine’s Day this year has coincided with their New Year – LOSAR celebration.In due recognition of the pain, suffering, and misery that is  experienced by Tibetans inside Tibet, the Tibetan Community has refused to celebrate LOSAR this year. I send my greetings of  “TASHI DELEK” to all of my former associates and people who  defend Tibetan Identity.  

Please view the related blog post titled ‘The Problem of Tibet – Evict the Occupier’  

https://bhavanajagat.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/the-problem-of-tibet-evict-the-occupier/  

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,  

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,  

M.B.B.S.,  Class of  April,  1970.   

THE USHERING OF THE NEW YEAR – THE PERCEPTION OF CHANGE

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ONCE IN A ‘BLUE MOON‘ – WELCOME TO NEW YEAR   :    

Once in a 'Blue Moon', we encounter a second Full Moon on New Year's Eve.

 

The sensory perception about Moon depends upon the place where we exist on this planet Earth. The visual experience of Moon is not the same, it is not absolute and is only relative.

 

In the United States, on New Year’s Eve, we had a ‘Blue Moon’ to ring in the Year 2010. As the saying goes, the Blue Moon is a rare event. In any given season, we encounter three Full Moons. Blue Moon is defined as the third Full Moon in a season with four Full Moons. It is also easy to define a Blue Moon as the second Full Moon in a given month. A Full Moon occurs every 29.5 days and most years have 12 Full Moons. An extra Full Moon in a month is described as a Blue Moon. The name has nothing to do with the color of our celestial neighbor. The first Full Moon of the month occurred on December 2nd. On Thursday, December 31, the New Year’s Eve, the Full Moon appeared for the second time. An extra Full Moon occurs every 2.5 years. New Year’s Eve Blue Moons are rarer occuring every 19 years. The last time was in 1990, and the next Full Moon comes on New Year’s Eve again in 2028.     

A partial Lunar Eclipse on New Year's Eve was visible in the East and not in the Americas.

 

While the United States ushered the New Year with a Blue Moon and in the Eastern Hemisphere, people celebrated the arrival of the New Year with a partial Lunar Eclipse when part of the Moon entered the Earth’s shadow. This Eclipse was not visible in the Americas. As to how we recognize the arrival of New Year depends upon the place where we live on this planet Earth. This New Year’s Blue Moon is unique to the place where we live.    

THE PERCEPTION OF CHANGE  :    

The experience of time on this planet Earth is an illusionary experience and is not an ‘absolute’ experience. In New York City, at Times Square thousands of people gathered on the New Year’s Eve to watch the “Ball” drop to ring in the New Year.    

The Magical Moment in Times Square. The JOY of ushering the New Year.

 

The future does not exist except in our expectation. The expectation that the Ball would drop at a precise moment is the anticipated future. The future gets transformed into the past in an instant when the Ball drops down. The past does not exist except in our memory. The present represents that instant in the future and past continuum. The New Year has arrived at the middle of the night not because of a perceptible ‘Change’ in the environment. The ‘Change’ is recognized by the use of a clock and the Ball in Times Square drops by perceiving the ‘Change’ in the clock’s time. Time is perceived by the ‘Change’ it brings. Man has invented calendars and clocks to affix numbers to the passage of time. The most a clock can give is the time an instant ago and not even the time ‘now’.    

In Indian Tradition, it is dawn that ushers a New Day and a New Year.

 

In Indian Tradition, the New Year is associated with more perceptible changes in the physical environment. According to Indian calendars, the New Year arrives during the Spring Season, and the New Year’s Day is heralded by the dawn with the Sun rising above the horizon.     

THE HISTORY OF TIME MEASUREMENT  :    

Earth’s rate of spin is the determinant of our day. The speed of the Earth’s rotation can be described in two ways: 1. The Angular or Omega Speed – the Earth rotates 360 degrees in 24 hours, or 15 degrees per hour, or 0.5 degrees of rotation in two minutes. 2. The Linear Speed or Velocity of a point on the surface of the Earth is about 1,000 miles/hour. A clock ( from the Latin Cloca – bell ) is an instrument for measuring time intervals of less than a day as opposed to a Calendar which measures time intervals greater than a day.    

Galileo Galilei ( 1564-1642 ) discovered the pendulum

 

The invention of Pendulum - The History of Time Measurement.

 

Dutch Scientist Christiaan Huygens the inventor of first Pendulum Clock

 

In 1656, Huygens determined the mathematical formula that related pendulum length to time and built the first pendulum driven Clock.

 

The Grandfather Clock - The division of the day into hours, minutes, and seconds helps us to recognize the passage of time. We have no sensory perception of Earth's spin that gives us alternate periods of light and darkness.

 

The day is measured in relation to the time taken for Earth’s rotation that causes perceptible environmental changes. Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens ushered us into the era of precision timekeeping. During 1884, Greenwich in England was adopted as the zero degree longitude. U.S. time zones came into existence in 1883, the global time zones came into use in 1884, and ‘daylight’ savings time came into use in 1915. However, the Earth is an erratic time keeper. The Earth’s rotation is affected by the tides, changing weather patterns, ocean currents, and polar ice variations. The net effect is that it is slowing, losing a few thousandths of a second per century. Half a billion years ago the planet took only 20 hours to make it through the day. In another 200 million years an Earth Day will last 25 hours. Man has acquired the ability to track the motion inside atomic nucleus. Picoseconds describe trillionths of a second, and Femtoseconds describe thousandths of a Picosecond. To give a better perspective, it could be stated that there are more Femtoseconds in one second than there were seconds in the past 31 million years.    

Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 developed the Gregorian Calendar that we use today.

 

The seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn and the phases of the Moon are used to measure the passage of time of a greater duration than a day. The Babylonians, and the Egyptians had used calendars. The Calendar developed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 is accurate to a day in every 3,323 years. The Calendar is related to Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Earth’s orbit around the Sun takes about 365 1/4 days. Earth orbits the Sun at a distance of about 93 million miles. Earth travels a distance of about 584 million miles per year at about a speed of 66,660 miles/hour. The Moon rotates on its axis and revolves around the Earth in about 29.5 days  and has helped man to devise the 30 day Lunar Calendar. Moon spins with the same period as its revolution around the Earth and hence the same face of the Moon always points towards the Earth.    

HUMAN CONCEPTS ABOUT TIME  :    

We run our lives by numbers on Clocks and Calendars. The Clocks and Calendars create the illusion that we live in a world of mathematically measured segments of time. Man acquired advanced language abilities to descirbe the past in terms of personal experience. Because of linguistic skills, man is able to communicate his expectations about future and reminisce about past events. Time is lloked upon as a flow like a river.    

Sir Issac Newton ( 1687 ) stated that the Flow of Time is Absolute.

 

Sir Issac Newton claims that the time “flows equably without relation to anything external.” In 1905, while postulating the Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein had observed that time is not absolute and that the measurement of time is affected by the motion of the observer.    

Albert Einstein stated that Time is not Absolute and is relative to the motion of the observer.

 

The relativity of time becomes significant only at very great speeds. Rapidly moving clocks tick more slowly than clocks at rest. Herman Minkowski, a mathematician, added time as the fourth dimension of three dimensional space. Time is seen as a dimension like height, and width, and it gives meaning to events and the order in which they occur. Gravity affects both time and light. Time is affected by the gravitational field of each celestial body and thus is unique to any one spot in the universe. The physicists tend to view time and space as the building blocks of the universe. However, time is not a substance and it is only a measuring tool. Motion and time are invariably linked. There can be no velocity without the concept of time. While time is not absolute, the speed of light ( 186,282 miles/second ) is absolute. Now, we have the practical ability to actually look at past while living in the present. By looking at light reaching us from a far away Galaxy, or a Supernova, we are looking as it was billions of years ago.    

THE BIOLOGICAL CLOCK :    

The Biological Clock is an Internal Clock that monitors time and brings about changes that affect the body and its functions.

 

A  biologist sees time in the ‘internal clocks’ that keep all living entities in sync with nature. The body’s dominant time cycle is called the ‘Circadian Rhythm’ ( Latin Circa – approximately; and Dies – day or About a Day ). For most of us a normal circadian cycle is 25 hours. A seven day week could be described as a unit of time for the biological rhythms that regulate changes in body chemicals, the response pattern of the immune system, the rise and fall of heart beat and changes in circualtion display this periodicity of functioning. Human body undergoes age related changes in structure and function with the passage of time and it is unrelated to man’s ability to measure time or man’s concepts about time. Aging is a time related biological phenomenon on which man has very little control. The biological clock measures time and the activity of genes is selectively turned on or off. Apart from cell damage due to the products of cell metabolism, effects of physical environment, and biological agents, cells experience senescence. We are predestined to exist as mortal individuals and the human body experiences changes in its structure and function even if we fail to keep track of the passage of time. Humans lack the biological and physiological abilities to transform our physical bodies into sources of perpetual enjoyment. Time has influence over both animate and inanimate world. Apart from human existence, the existence of this created universe is subject to time’s Power of Dissolution. The White Dwarfs, the Brown Dwarfs, the Super Novae offer observable evidence about the effects of time on physical objects and its power to cause change, transformation, and eventually dissolution.    

WHERE ARE WE NOW ?    

Where were we in the year 2009? Where would we exist in the year 2011? In the year 2010, where are we now? Our measurement of time gives the illusionary experience of the material world in which we exist. Our experience of time is illusionary as we do not know as to when time began and we do not know as to when it may cease to exist. Indian thinkers have described time or “KAALA” as eternal and time existed before creation, and would continue to exist after dissolution of creation. During this middle interval, after creation and before its dissolution, time exists in relation to motion. When there is no motion in absolute terms, there would be no time interval that could be measured, and  the stillness arrests the flow of time. Since, time is related to movement, we need a reference point to know our exact position at any given instant. Our position on the surface of the Earth keeps changing as Earth participates in the motions of the Sun as a member of the Milky Way Galaxy. The Sun also revolves around the galactic center at a speed of about 155 miles/second and Earth participates in this motion along with the rest of the Solar System. We need to know the precise location of the Sun in the Milky Way Galaxy at any given time and also know the precise location of the Milky Way Galaxy in the universe in which it exists. Without this information, our experience and understanding of time remains purely a local experience relative to a spot in this universe of unknown dimensions.    

LINEAR  vs  CIRCULAR TIME FLOW  :    

Is past, present, and future are arranged in a straight line? In the West, time is more often viewed as a one-way track. The “monochronic” perception about time in the West could be related to its cultural beliefs such as resurrection which gives a sense of the arrow of time pointing in one direction. In India, time is viewed as a circle and all things are expected to return to a former state of existence. In nature, the seasons repeat themselves, and the living entities follow this pattern of cyclical growth and regeneration. According to the Indian concept of ‘Samsara’, the individual soul is eternal but is trapped in a cyclical existence of birth, death, and rebirth. The Indian concept of  ‘Karma’ also very firmly binds the individual soul to its past states of existence and the individual experiences the past in his present existence, and also in all of his future states of existence. The cyclical flow of time would let us experience the past and lets time to repeat itself.    

TIME’S POWER OF DISSOLUTION :    

Indian thinker Adi Shankaracharya has described Time's Power of Dissolution:"Maa kuru dhana, jana, yowvvana garvam, Harati nimeyshaat kaala sarvam, Mayaa maya midam akhilam hitvaa, Brahma padam tvam bravisa viditvaa.

 

 Time exerts a powerful influence over the qualitative aspects of human existence. Whatever qualities or attributes such as material wealth, power, status, and social position that man cherishes and desires most could be dissolved and rendered useless by the effects of time. Indian thinker Adi Shankaracharya has cautioned people to be aware of the powerful force of Illusion called ‘MAYA’ and we are asked to avoid the perceptual problems it generates. Since the manifested world and universe gives illusory experience, we need to be careful about the effects of time that tends to dissolve the manifested universe at an individual level and also as a collective human sensory experience. A philosopher had observed that:”Time is the Best Teacher, unfortunately, it kills all its pupils.” Humans have no choice. Time alters our ability to perceive the sensory experience and enjoyment of our physical body. Time with its Power of Dissolution would eventually compel us to investigate and to explore the Concept of Absolute and Unchanging Reality. The Strong Nuclear Force, the Weak Nuclear Force, Electromagnetism, and the Gravitational Force operate the Four Fundamental Interactions and the role of time has not been explained by physicists. Natural scientist Charles Darwin had observed that things in nature change with time. Does time exert a force entirely of its own to change things in nature? If time is viewed as a power or a force, who controls this force and what are the Laws that operate this Force? Indian thinkers are of the opinion that Purusha ( the Divine Soul ), Prakriti ( the material Nature ), and Kaala or Time are eternal and these three entities existed before formation of this created universe, will operate during the existence of this created universe, and eventually remain existing after the total dissolution of the present created universe. The flow of time is eternal, but time is not absolute. Purusha or the Supreme Divine Soul is the ultimate Controller of Energy in all of its forms. The Power of Time to dissolve the creation has no effect on the Creator. All the living entities are created by the Superior Energy of the Supreme Divine Soul, and the individual souls have the ability to exploit energy of an inferior source such as Prakriti ( material Nature ). The physical body experiences dissolution as per a predetermined time ( Kaala Sutra ), and the individual souls alone survive the dissolution of animate and inanimate world and universe.    

The Unchanging Ultimate and Absolute Reality is Unmanifested. In the manifested world and universe, everything is subject to change and gets changed, transformed, and eventually dissolved under the influence of time. Lord Rama has existed in this manifested world. But, the name, the two letters of "RA", and "MA" which are manifested in this physical world represent the Unmanifested Truth which is not subject to change and exists beyond the influence of time. Ra+ ma could be viewed like a mathematical formula to represent the Reality called Truth.

 

 ESSENCE AND EXISTENCE  : 

Everything that is born arrives with a plan for its dissolution. In the multicellular human organism, each individual cell has its life span and the human individual has his life span. How is the existence of the individual is established in a multicellular organism? Man may choose to define his essence, and the cells need to function to support the existence of the individual. Man’s identity is just one face of the coin, and the second face of the same coin represents the individuality of that person. Man exists as long as the individuality is maintained. Man is not capable of independent existence. The individuality is sustained because of ‘God Connection’; the Connection that connects the individual who is energy seeker with his energy provider. Man’s intellectual or physical effort is not the basis for this God Connection. As time flows, man lives his life span because of the mercy, compassion, and grace of the Creator, who had caused the existence of this object that has identity and individuality. 

Please view related blog post titled ‘The Perception of Reality-Maya is a Fundamental Force’  

https://bhavanajagat.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/the-perception-of-reality-maya-is-a-fundamental-force/   

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,   

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,   

M.B.B.S.,  Class of   April, 1970.

THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS – THE UPLIFTING POWER OF CHRIST

THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS –  THE UPLIFTING POWER OF CHRIST: HUMAN EXISTENCE AND THE GAME OF CHESS:

Human existence could be viewed as a game of chess. Depending upon the nature of the opponent, human existence faces challenges from several directions which may not be anticipated and man may or may not be able to escape from the danger posed to his existence. 

CHRIST – THE DIVINE CHESS PLAYER

The popular game of Chess is played on a Chessboard by two players each with 16 pieces. The game pieces have varying abilities of movement over the Chessboard. The piece identified as ‘King’ can move in all directions but can only move by one space during a given move.    

Human Existence could be viewed as a Game of Chess. If I am the player, who would be my opponent?

In the Game of Chess, the King moves one space in any direction.

The object of the Game of Chess is to ‘Checkmate’ the opponent player’s King. The move that is known as ‘Checkmate’ wins the Chess game by checking the opponent’s King so that it cannot be protected. The condition of the King after such a move indicates complete defeat or that the King is dead.

The move is known as ‘Checkmate’ – Its relevance to Human Existence

Human Existence could be compared to the Game of Chess. A variety of physical, chemical, and biological factors constantly challenge human existence. The man learns to survive by making the necessary moves and by deploying all of his defensive mechanisms and resources. During his life’s journey, the man eventually finds himself in a position without any escape route. Just like the ‘Checkmated’ King, the man may get cornered in a situation which is beyond his control. The Chess game pieces have no ability other than the movement that is allowed by the rules of the Game. Unlike the Chess Game, the man whose existence is ‘Checkmated’, the man whose existence is undefended; the man who is not capable of making any more moves to protect his own existence, may get rescued by an ‘Uplifting Power’; and such an ‘Upward’ move is not described in the Game of Chess.     

MAN vs GOD – THE JOY OF GETTING ‘CHECKMATED’  :

MAN vs GOD – THE JOY OF GETTING ‘CHECKMATED’.

IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH ‘SURPRISED BY JOY, C.S. LEWIS DESCRIBED A GAME OF CHESS.

 Clive Staples Lewis ( 1898 – 1963 ), Oxford and Cambridge Scholar, novelist, writer of stories for children, and  Literary Critic, in his Autobiographical Sketch titled ‘Surprised by Joy’ has visualized his existence as that of a ‘Divine Pursuit’. It is not the man who searches and eventually finds God. It is rather God who pursues the man throughout his life’s moves. God is the one who searches for man and not vice versa. God goes about seeking the souls that are His. If a man wanders off, God goes to the man in order to reconcile him. God’s searching for man is serious and is not ostensible. If life could be described as  Man vs  God Chess Game; God skillfully places the man in a position which gives no option of escape and finally God captures the man. C.S. Lewis has entitled the penultimate chapter of his Autobiography as “Checkmate”. Lewis describes God as the Divine Chess player who gradually maneuvers him into an impossible position. “All over the board, my pieces were in the most disadvantageous positions. Soon I could no longer cherish even the illusion that the initiative lay with me. My Adversary began to make His final moves.” When God is the Divine Chess player, getting ‘Checkmated’ is only a moment of great Joy. The man who is defeated, the man who is pursued, and the man who is outmaneuvered, is saved by the ‘Uplifting Power’ of Mercy, Grace, and Compassion of the Divine Chess player.     

THE UPLIFTING POWER OF CHRIST  :

THE UPLIFTING POWER OF CHRIST

In the New Testament Book of the Gospel according to John, in Chapter 10, Jesus has described Himself. In verse 11, He states: “I am the Good Shepherd, the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” And He further clarifies in verses 14 and 15 by stating: “I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

THE BOOK OF LUKE, CHAPTER 19, VERSE 10: “FOR THE SON OF MAN CAME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE WHAT WAS LOST.”

 THE SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK  :     

As the shepherd marches ahead, the sheep of his flock follow him from behind and recognize him by the commands of his voice. In the Book of Matthew, Chapter 18, verses 12 to 14, Jesus describes the Parable of the Lost Sheep: “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.”  God is not really willing that any of us should be lost. In case we choose to wander off, He is willing to search for us, find us and take us back to His Home. And after saving the lost sheep, Jesus tells about the shepherd: “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” ( Book of Luke, Chapter 15, verses 3 – 7 ). God actually delights Himself by finding the lost among us.     

THE PROBLEM OF BLACK SHEEP  :

BLACK SHEEP – WHAT IS THE PROBLEM ???

The problem of “Black Sheep” is not about its color. The word ‘black’ reflects the discredited status of the sheep. Black Sheep means a member of a family or group regarded as not so respectable or successful as the rest. The flock rejects one of its own, and the discredited member is described as the “Black Sheep”. The Shepherd tends to His flock of sheep who recognize Him and follow Him. In the Book of John, Chapter 10, verse 9, Jesus describes Himself as the Gate of His sheep pen, and said: “If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” What happens to the “Black Sheep” who is not a member of His flock?  The non-member could be described as a disbeliever. Who would rescue the “Black Sheep” that has wandered off? As a discredited member of my community and my country, the concept of “Black Sheep” and its “Uplift” is of great interest and concern to me.

THE PROBLEM OF “BLACK SHEEP” – WOULD THE GOOD SHEPHERD LOOK FOR LOST “BLACK SHEEP”?

Jesus assures us that He is aware of the existence of sheep that may not belong to His sheep pen. In the Book of John, Chapter 10, verse 16, He gives a sense of great hope to others who may not know Him and may not live under His protection: “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to My voice, and there shall be One flock and One Shepherd.

 

JESUS WOULD ALSO FIND THE OTHER SHEEP THAT ARE NOT OF HIS SHEEP PEN. THERE SHALL BE ONE FLOCK AND ONE SHEPHERD.

THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS:

 The Joy of Christmas comes from the fact that God knows you, and He takes pleasure in finding you and He gets you back into His Protection even if you have wandered away from Him and got lost. He is aware of the sheep that are not in His sheep pen. Even the “Black Sheep” belong to His sheep pen and He would rejoice when He rescues one lost sheep.    

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada

BHAVANAJAGAT.ORG 

 

 

THE RISING SUN – THE LAND OF TIBET

The Rising Sun gives us a sense of hope and it also tells us about the Challenge.

THE RISING SUN – A HOPE AND A CHALLENGE  :

THE RISING SUN - THE LAND OF TIBET : THE SUNRISE AT POTALA PALACE, LHASA GIVES ME A SENSE OF HOPE AND AT THE SAME TIME IT REMINDS ME THAT THERE IS A GREAT CHALLENGE AHEAD OF THAT PROMISE OF HOPE.
THE RISING SUN – THE LAND OF TIBET : THE SUNRISE AT POTALA PALACE, LHASA GIVES ME A SENSE OF HOPE AND AT THE SAME TIME IT REMINDS ME THAT THERE IS A GREAT CHALLENGE AHEAD OF THAT PROMISE OF HOPE.

When a celestial body like Sun appears above the horizon, we know that it would continue to ascend to a higher position and attain a greater height or a higher level and the rising Sun gives us a sense of hope and a hope for a better future. At the same time, we recognize that to advance to a higher position, man faces a challenge. It needs moral effort, physical struggle and we need to overcome the obstacles in our path and hence the picture of the rising Sun reminds us about the challenge that awaits us. Without effort and struggle, there can be no real upward movement in our lives, or in the life of people, or in the history of a Nation. The Land of Tibet lives on this hope and the people of Tibet need to struggle to realize this hope.

WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY  2009  :

10th December, 2009 marked the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and it also marked the 20th anniversary of H.H. Dalai Lama winning Nobel Peace Prize.

10th December,2009 marks the 20th anniversary of H.H. Dalai Lama winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tibetans still face arbitrary detention, torture, and discrimination on racial, ethnic, and religious grounds. Tibetans face exploitation, oppression, persecution, and other forms of deprivation. There is no respect and there is no tolerance of Tibetan religious practices and Tibetan cutural institutions. As we observe the World Human Rights Day, we need to be reminded about this challenge that we face in the Land of Tibet.

THE SPIRITS OF SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE

PRIME MINISTER INDIRA GANDHI – A FLAME THAT GOT EXTINGUISHED

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A Flame that got extinguished on October 31, 1984.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A Flame that got extinguished on October 31, 1984.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A Flame that got extinguished on October 31, 1984.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A Flame that got extinguished on October 31, 1984.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A Flame that got extinguished on October 31, 1984.
Operation Eagle(1971)-Public Grievance Registration Number: MODEF/E/2011/00761 dated 24 September, 2011 is asking Government of India to give due recognition to a participant of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s military action in the Chittagong Hill Tracts that initiated the Liberation of Bangladesh during 1971. This was India’s Undeclared War on Pakistan that started on November 03, 1971.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A Flame that got extinguished on October 31, 1984.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A Flame that got extinguished on October 31, 1984.
R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
Organization: Special Frontier Force-Establishment No. 22-Vikas Regiment
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with President Richard Nixon on November 03, 1971 while I was taking part in Operation Eagle to initiate Liberation of Bangladesh with military action in Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with President Richard Nixon on November 03, 1971 while I was taking part in Operation Eagle to initiate Liberation of Bangladesh with military action in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi took the executive responsibility to initiate military action in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to initiate Liberation of Bangladesh during 1971. The Battle Plan was named Operation Eagle.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi took the executive responsibility to initiate military action in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to initiate the Liberation of Bangladesh during 1971. The Battle Plan was named Operation Eagle.
On completion of my military training and medical internship, I was sent on deputation to serve in Special Frontier Force(Establishment No. 22), a multinational defense alliance/pact which is supervised by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Secretariat/The Directorate General of Security.
On completion of my military training and medical internship, I was sent on deputation to serve in Special Frontier Force (Establishment No. 22), a multinational defense alliance/pact which is supervised by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Secretariat/The Directorate General of Security.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A Flame that got extinguished on October 3, 1984.
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THE POWER OF ILLUSION – ‘MAYA’ IS A FUNDAMENTAL FORCE

Spiritualism and Albert Einstein’s God Letter : What is Reality? Can man know the reality of the nature of his physical existence? Man exists like this Pencil in Water and has no choice other than that of the experience of an Illusion.

SENSORY STIMULUS DISTORTION ILLUSION

“Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow( 1807 – 1882 )
“THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM” :
“Perception” is the process and experience of gaining sensory information about objects and events of the “Universe”, the physical world in which man exists. There could be a difference between Real World and the Perceived World. Sometimes, man perceives physical objects or events that may not exist and yet other times man fails to perceive physical objects or events that may actually exist. Kindly join me to examine these perceptual problems at my Home page of BhavanaJagat.
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
M.B.B.S.,  Class  of  April,  1970.
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