Firstly, I want to give my thanks to Mr.Thomas Alva Edison, the great American inventor. He is most famous for his development of the first commercially practical incandescent lamp(1879). Perhaps his greatest contribution, however was the development of the world’s first central-electric-light-power station. We owe him thanks for making the human existence pleasant and comfortable.
Thomas Edison’s bright idea
On January 27, 1880, Thomas Edison received a patent for an electric lamp using ‘a carbon filament or strip coiled and connected to platina contact wires.’ This wasn’t exactly the first light bulb, but it was the first practical and inexpensive one, a key technological innovation that introduced a new era. To mark the day, we’re looking at the bright lights of New York City and its surrounding area, as seen from the International Space Station.
Edison moved to New York in 1869 and did much of his work in nearby West Orange, New Jersey. He started the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of New York to supply electricity (and help sell light bulbs). It would eventually merge with several gas companies to form Con Edison, which supplies power to New York City to this day.
I also give my thanks to Nikola Tesla who is indeed the Genius Who Lit the World.
What is this ‘Light Bulb’ connection that may define the Indian Identity?
I grew up in India. People visit a variety of temples to worship and to seek the presence of God.They do that at homes as well.When I was a boy, one of my early observations was that, in the evening hours as it gets dark after the sunset, when I flip the switch to turn the light on, my mother would pay respects to the light bulb. It is almost like a reflex behavior. I had asked my mother about it.The instant the light bulb comes to life, it becomes a source of light and being a source of light, it would represent God. My mother had told me that she would be reminded of God’s presence when the light bulb is switched on. My grandmother had also done the same thing.We worship the light bulb as it gives us the awareness and makes us conscious of the reality of God.
LIGHT AND CONSCIOUSNESS:
Light or JYOTI in the Sanskrit language represents the ETERNAL REALITY. Jyoti is our conscious, its our awareness and it connects us to the Creator.This consciousness permeates all living entities. Consciousness is a function which enables a living organism to be aware of its own state of existence and to maintain that state of existence. Living organisms are aware of their need for an external source of energy to sustain their state of existence. Living organisms exist as ‘Energy Seekers’ and to exist they need connection with a ‘Energy Provider’. Consciousness is a biological function which establishes the connection between ‘Energy Seeker’ and ‘Energy Provider’. Because of this awareness, all entities would recognize and respond to their Creator, the Prime Source of Energy and the Controller of Energy.
It is not just humans who possess the awareness of God. In India, in the State of Andhra Pradesh, there is a beautiful town known as SRIKALAHASTI. According to legend, at this place, a spider, a snake, an elephant, and a man had worshiped Lord Shiva with an excellent sense of devotion.
In almost every Indian home a lamp is lit daily before the altar of the Lord. In some houses it is lit at dawn, in some, twice a day – at dawn and dusk and in a few it is maintained continuously (akhanda deepa). All auspicious functions and moments like daily worship, rituals and festivals and even many social occasions like inaugurations commence with the lighting of the lamp, which is often maintained right through the occasion.
Indians light up a lamp as a ritual to worship a deity of their choice. In several parts of the world and in various cultural traditions, the use of light is prevalent and is a part of ritualistic worship. In the Land of India, light is not only used as part of a ritual but also is directly worshiped with the belief that light represents God. Light is also worshiped in a personal form known as JYOTI, the sister of SKANDA and the daughter of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati.
The above is a prayer to lead us towards Right Conduct,to lead us from darkness towards LIGHT (ETERNAL REALITY) and to lead us from death towards Eternal Life.
It is easy and simple to know the Indian Identity. Flip that light switch and let the ‘Light Bulb’ connect you to the Reality.
The First Book of Moses called GENESIS, Chapter 1, verses 2, and 3 describe the creation of Light : Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. If light was not created, the physical matter could have simply existed as dark matter. I describe luminosity, the quality of giving off light as an event of creation.
ESSENCE AND EXISTENCE:
Man, the multicellular organism exists as a physical, mental, social, moral, spiritual, and rational being. Man’s existence is conditioned by the subjective reality called alternating periods of light and darkness known as day and night, and the unconditioned reality is that of Sun who shines with the same brightness all the time while man experiences Sun rise and Sunset.
Please view the related blog post titled ‘The Creation of Day and Night – A Synchronized Existence’
On Sunday, January 26, 2020, the Living Tibetan Spirits celebrate 71st Republic Day of India. The Republic came into its existence on January 26, 1950 when the Constitution of India came into effect replacing the Government of India Act of 1935, the legacy of British Raj in India. This Journey in Independence and Freedom comes with the painful memory of China’s invasion of Tibet in October 1950. Freedom and Occupation remain in the memory of the Living Tibetan Spirits.
A fourth-generation Army Officer — Captain Tania Shergill — on Sunday led the marching contingent of the Corps of Signals during the 71st Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath in the national capital.
One of the main highlights will be the marching contingent of DRDO that will showcase Anti-Satellite Weapons (ASAT) – Mission Shakti.
One of the main highlights will be the marching contingent of DRDO that will showcase Anti-Satellite Weapons (ASAT) – Mission Shakti.
The Indian armed forces were at the center of the grand parade when they showed the Bhishma Tank T-90, the Ballway Machine Pikate infantry combat vehicle and the brand new Air Force Rafale fighter jet, as well as the newly launched Chinook and Apache helicopters.
The long-range artillery gun Dhanush commanded by Indian army captain Mrigank Bhardwaj was part of the Republic Day celebrations in Rajpath for the first time.
The 155mm / 45 caliber Dhanush gun system is a trailed howitzer developed by the Ordnance Factory Board. The weapon with a maximum range of 36.5 km can be automatically aligned and positioned.
A biker from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) also made her debut on Day 71 of the Republic. Inspector Seema Nag, who is stationed at the Rapid Action Force (RAF), commanded the contingent and was seen saluting on a moving motorcycle.
Mission Shakti, India’s first anti-satellite mission, was a major breakthrough when it was shown that the nation was capable of fending off enemy satellites.
The newly launched Chinook Heavy Lift and the Apache Attack Chopper were also exhibited for the first time during the parade on the majestic Rajpath.
The Marching Corps of Army Air Defense contingent, led by Captain Vikas Kumar Sahu of the Army Air Defense Center, made its debut on Rajpath during the Republic Day parade.
Republic Day parade was commanded by Lt. Gen. Asit Mistry, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Region. Maj. Gen. Alok Kacker, chief of staff of the Delhi region, will be the deputy.
The first contingent in the uniform of the former Gwalior Lancers was 61 Cavalry – the only active cavalry regiment in the world. It was built on August 1, 1953 with the merger of six cavalry units of the state troops.
The Indian army was represented by a mounted column of 61 cavalrymen, eight mechanized columns, six marching contingents and a fly-by of Rudra and Dhruv Advanced Light helicopters from their aviation wing.
Other army troops marching included the Parachute Regiment, the Grenadiers Regiment, the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment, the Kumaon Regiment and the Corps of Signals.
The Indian Army’s main battle tank, the T-90 Bhishma tank, the Ballway Machine Pikate infantry combat vehicle, the K-9 Vajra and Dhanush cannons, the portable satellite terminal and the Akash weapon system were the main attractions of the mechanized columns.
The Indian Navy contingent consisted of 144 seafarers, led by Lieutenant Jitin Malkat. The naval tableau “Indian Navy – Silent, Strong and Swift” followed.
The IAF contingent, consisting of 144 air warriors, is led by Lieutenant Shrikant Sharma. The Air Force panel shows scaled-down models of the Rafale and Tejas planes, the Light Combat Helicopter, the Akash missile system and the Astra missiles.
This day of the Republic Day parade also had a “tri-service formation” for the first time. This was followed by the “Vic” formation of Chinook helicopters, with which various loads could be transported to remote locations.
Apache helicopters, Dornier aircraft, C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, an Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft and the “globe formation” with three C-17 globemasters also delighted the audience.
Five Jaguar Deep Penetration Strike aircraft and five MiG-29 air superiority fighters in arrowhead formation showed their flight maneuvers.
A fleet of Sukhoi-30 MKI jets that shared the sky with a breathtaking “Vertical Charlie” aerobatic maneuver was the last attraction of the Republic Day parade.
January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day. It was established by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator from North Carolina, to draw attention to the importance of these remarkably widespread creatures. Native to five continents and currently living on six (there’s no Antarctic squirrel), there are about 285 species of squirrels in the world, ranging from the tiny African pygmy squirrel to the Bhutan giant flying squirrel (when in Bhutan, be ready to duck).
Like most squirrels, the Eurasian red squirrel pictured here eats primarily nuts and berries. It also has a habit of burying caches of food for later consumption—and even ‘pretending’ to bury food to mislead other animals that might be watching. But squirrel brain capacity being what it is, the squirrel inevitably forgets where some of the food has been buried. Out of that grows one of the humble squirrel’s most important roles in the forest ecosystem: It’s an inadvertent planter of new trees and bushes. Three cheers for the squirrel!
The Squirrel Story that I am sharing is about the fact of Squirrel’s Conscious behavior and actions. While the Squirrel could be forgetful, my memory of events in Chakrata, Uttarakhand, India are still alive.
A SQUIRREL’S CONSCIOUSNESS AND DISPLAY OF MATERNAL INSTINCTIVE BEHAVIOR LEADS ME TO EXPLORE CONSCIOUSNESS.
IRATE MOTHER SQUIRREL ATTACKED A VISITING TEACHER ON UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN CAMPUS:
The Ann Arbor News reported this story about a mother squirrel’s angry attack. A 52-year-old Detroit Public School teacher was with a group of students touring the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor on Thursday, April 23, 2010. She had spotted some baby squirrels that were outside of their nest. The teacher had tried to alert the mother squirrel that was at a distance about a baby squirrel that was left alone. The mother squirrel could instantly recognize that the teacher was giving unwanted attention to her baby. The mother squirrel was instinctively aroused, turned on the teacher. The teacher tried to run away from the angry mother squirrel. She slipped and fell on the ground and injured her ankle. Seizing the opportunity, the mother squirrel bit the teacher on her leg. The teacher managed to escape and went to the Hospital Emergency for treatment.
PARENTAL CARE IS AN INSTINCTIVE BEHAVIOR:
Parental care is an aspect of social behavior exhibited by all animals. This is a complex unlearned or innate behavior that is influenced by heredity(genetic basis) as well as experience. The study of behavior provides valuable information about relationships among animals. No animal is ever completely isolated from some kind of environment. Animals exhibit social behaviors and form parental societies to care for their offspring. This parental care/maternal instinctive behavior is highly organized amongst mammals. The young are part of the mother while growing inside the mother and are nourished before birth by the ‘placenta’ of the mother. After birth, the young still seek nourishment from the mother and suck or lap milk produced by the mammary glands of the mother. This ensures that there is a strong family association between the mother and the offspring.
BEHAVIOR AND CONSCIOUSNESS:
The mother squirrel while displaying its maternal instinctive behavior has demonstrated that it is a ‘CONSCIOUS’ entity. Consciousness is defined as the state of being ‘conscious’ which has two components. 1. Being ‘conscious’ means being aware or recognizing the fact of one’s own existence. 2. Being ‘conscious’ also means being aware of our natural environment and it represents the state of knowing what goes on around one. Being conscious gives us the ability to interact with our environment and display appropriate behavior.
In higher animals, this consciousness or awareness is also characterized by the presence of mental activity which includes an awareness of our own thoughts and emotions. A living entity is always conscious of its own existence. A living entity always exists in a state of consciousness.
We identify a person as ‘UNCONSCIOUS’ if the person is not spontaneously interacting with his environment. There are several medical conditions that alter and affect our state of consciousness. Several drugs and intoxicants such as alcohol and poisonous agents like carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide cause drowsiness, stupor, and various levels of semiconscious to deep unconsciousness. Consciousness is very important in evaluating people with head injuries and neurovascular accidents such as ‘stroke’. While a person is unconscious of his environment, he is still aware of his existence. This fact could be easily demonstrated by conducting tests. A living organism or a living cell responds when exposed to a stimulus. For example, an unconscious individual is evaluated by testing to see the response of the pupil of the eye which reacts by constriction of its size on exposure to a light beam.
A LIFE-THREATENING CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING INCIDENT AT CHAKRATA MILITARY HOSPITAL:
An organism uses its awareness to survive in the environment. I could illustrate this by narrating my personal experience.
On January 21, 1974, I was the Duty Medical Officer at the Military Hospital Wing, Establishment No. 22, Chakrata. We were using the buildings and the living quarters of the British while they ruled India.
On that cold winter night, after finishing the midnight round of the hospital wards, I arrived at the Duty Medical Officer’s Room along with the on duty Medical Nursing Assistants. The Duty Medical Officer is allowed to get some rest as the Duty Officer returns to regular working schedule at 7.00 A.M. at the end of the night duty. All other night duty personnel remain alert for they just work during their night shift. When we reached the room, I found a charcoal ‘sigri’ that was just lit a few moments before my arrival at that room. This type of cheap charcoal burners are used by the poorer working class Indian families to provide warmth during cold winter nights. It is not uncommon to hear about carbon monoxide poisoning associated with the use of such charcoal burners. However, in the Chakrata Military Camp, we were not using charcoal as a heating fuel and during the official inspection tours of the Camp I never discovered the use of the charcoal sigri for heating rooms. Some buildings such as the Officers’ Mess have fireplaces with chimneys and use firewood and not charcoal which poses the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.
I was surprised to encounter a charcoal sigri for the very first time after arriving at Chakrata in 1971. The night duty personnel were not sure as to who placed the sigri in the Duty Medical Officers’ room. I never tried a charcoal sigri for room heating purpose while many Indians including my own family used wood coal for cooking purposes in the kitchen.
The Duty Medical Officer’s room at Chakrata Military Hospital is a small room that was not heated by any electrical space or personal heater, and the room had no fireplace or a chimney. I permitted the coal burner to remain in the room. The charcoal burns very slowly giving heat and it lasts for several hours and once the coal is lit, the burner needs no further attention. On that particular night, I did not recognize that the coal was of poor quality and it was not burning as expected and was giving away smoke while I turned off the light and resting in the bed. As the door and the windows of the room were shut, the smoke started filling up the room. The smoke is odorless and is lighter than the room air, and it slowly went up filling the room from the top without alerting me.
I was fully asleep in that dark room, unaware as to what was going on around me. I was suddenly alerted when I experienced ‘palpitation’, a consciousness of the beating of my heart (Heart palpitations, pal-pih-TAY-shuns, are the feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart). I awoke but still could not see the smoke in the dark room. I evaluated my condition to understand my rapid heart rate. I was in good health and there was no reason to experience an increased heart rate. I decided to investigate my problem and walked up to the door to turn the light switch on. The moment I had turned the light on, I could immediately see the smoke-filled room and the fresh, clear layer of room air was below my bed level. I immediately left the room to get fresh air from outside and saved my life. I was feeling very nauseous and threw up while a fainting spell forced me to hit the floor. The hospital Duty Nursing Officer who was on her rounds watched it and rushed to me to provide assistance. She alerted other night duty staff. I recovered very quickly with the intake of fresh air. The Staff took out the offending charcoal sigri and fully ventilated the room driving away the smoke. With the charcoal sigri gone, the room became safe to be reoccupied. I returned to the room and returned to my morning work schedule at 7.00 A.M.
In my analysis, the charcoal sigri was intentionally planted in the Chakrata Military Hospital Room to harm and endanger my life. I make that claim as no person came forward to apologize to me for placing the charcoal sigri in the duty room. In my view, only an enemy agent would have the motivation to conceal his involvement in the unexpected appearance of a charcoal sigri at our Military Hospital.
Many people are not that fortunate, and we read about entire families losing their lives while sleeping in rooms that are heated by improper burners. I was not conscious of what was going on around me while I was sleeping. However, my body was aware and conscious all the time. The chemical sensors in my body worked alright, they sent signals to my brain centers, which in turn sent signals to increase my heart rate to improve the oxygen delivery. It, fortunately, worked like an alarm for me. Very often, people become more drowsy, become fully unconscious, and lose life while asleep in smoke-filled rooms.
THE SQUIRREL IN THE STORY OF RAMAYANA:
Three-striped Indian Palm Squirrel, natives of India, and Sri Lanka are mentioned in the epic poem of Ramayana. All living entities are conscious. Just like the mother squirrel in Ann Arbor which demonstrated its consciousness, in the epic poem of ‘RAMAYANA’, the awareness and the behavioral response of a squirrel are described. The story narrates the construction of what is popularly known as “SETHU” or a bridge across the sea from the southern shores of Indian peninsula to the island of LANKA. The squirrels were apparently conscious of their environment. The Squirrel(s) observed the activities of thousands of monkeys throwing stones to build the ‘ADAM’S BRIDGE’, and recognized the presence of LORD Rama who had initiated the effort to build the bridge. The Squirrel(s) volunteered to help and in its behavior, it showed attributes of devoted service. The abilities of the Squirrel(s) are very small and yet it won the favor of the LORD and is blessed. The LORD is pleased with the Squirrel’s conscious efforts to offer devoted service and as per the Indian legend the stripes on the back of the Three-striped Indian Palm Squirrel represent the markings of blessings given by LORD Rama.
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Special Frontier Force-Establishment No. 22-Vikas Regiment
Each year on the third Monday of January Americans observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and reflect on the work that still needs to be done for racial equality. This January 20, make the holiday more than just a day off and take time to reflect and take action on civil rights issues across the globe. The holiday was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986. It’s observed on the third Monday of January rather than directly on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday because it follows the guidelines of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
The Land of India or Bharata Varsha is identified as KARMA KSHETRA or KARMA BHUMI.
The Sanskrit word Karma describes the totality of a person’s actions in any one of the successive states of that person’s existence. The Law of Karma governs all action and its inevitable consequences on the doer. Because of this deep-rooted belief in the inevitability of consequences on the doer, the Land of Bharat or India is identified as Karma Kshetra or Karma Bhumi.I can run but I have no place to hide or find shelter to avoid the consequences of Karma.
I left India on January 10, 1984 to avoid the trappings of Chakrata Karma. I can run but I can’t hide from God. The LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah and Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights (JONAH 1.1-16).
Please explore the connection between the Law of Karma and Fate/Destiny at my Home Page of BhavanaJagat.
Even after the Independence, the Indian Army did not have an Indian chief; instead it was led by British Army officers. On January 15, 1949, then Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army General Sir Francis Butcher handed over the charge to then Lieutenant General KM Cariappa, giving Army its first Indian chief. A decorated Army officer, Field Marshal KM Cariappa spearheaded Indian forces during 1947 India-Pakistan war. The first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, Cariappa hailed from Karnataka. Born on December 1898, his career spanned over three decades. He is also one of the first two recipients of the title of Field Marshal of India, the second Field Marshal of India is Sam Manekshaw.
Army Day is celebrated every year across the country on January 15. This year’s Army day celebrations will be different as a fourth-generation woman army officer is going to spearhead an all men contingent on January 15. Captain Bhavana Kasturi, marking a departure from the convention, led an all men contingent on Republic Day 2019. Army Day is celebrated to honour our brave soldiers who serve the country selflessly, sometimes, laying down their lives.
Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane will be chief guest at the Army Day celebrations this year. The parade will showcase various routines such as aerial stunts and bike pyramids.
On Army Day, the army chief takes the salute and inspects the parade led by the General Officer Commanding, HQs Delhi Area. The other two service chiefs also attend the parade every year and take salute. This year, the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat will also attend the parade this year and take salute. General Rawat took charge as CDS on 31st December, 2019.
This year, Captain Tania Shergill from the Corp of Signals will be leading an all men contingent on Army Day. Shergill was inducted in March 2017 from Officers Training Academy, Chennai. Her father and grandfather also served in the Indian Army.
The main event takes place at Cariappa Parade Ground at Delhi Cantonment. The ceremony begins with Indian Army chief taking the salute. Soldiers are accorded Sena medals for their service to the nation. However, Army Day is observed at all Army Command headquarters across the country.
Indian Army soldiers take out a parade and arsenals are put on display. This year, Army will exhibit the BrahMos Missiles, BLT T-72 ‘Bharat Rakshak’ tank, Advanced Light Helicopters, and the 155mm Soltam Gun.
15 soldiers will be decorated with gallantry awards while 18 battalions will get unit citations. The military hardware which will be showcased the parade includes infantry combat vehicle BMP-2K, K9 Vajra-T artillery guns, locally built Dhanush towed guns, T-90 main battle tanks and the short span bridging system.
Army Day 2020 Theme
The main focus of Army Day 2020 will be on the ‘Digital Transformation of Defense’.
MAKAR SANKRANTI, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020. THE REALITY OF LORD GOD CREATOR IS REVEALED BY THE POWER OF GRAND ILLUSION GOVERNING THE MAN’S MORTAL EXISTENCE
In my analysis, the man lacks the cognitive abilities to know God. The reality of LORD God Creator is revealed by the Power of Grand Illusion governing the man’s mortal existence.
Man’s mortal journey on Earth’s surface is measured by the duration of the Sun’s apparent motions across sky which is experienced as Day and Night while the Sun shines all the time without performing movements characterized as Sunrise and Sunset. Man blissfully exists without ever experiencing true motions of the Sun around Milky Way Galactic Center. The Grand Illusion, the apparent motion of the Sun across the sky is the fundamental basis of Biological Rhythm that governs the man’s living functions.
MAKAR SANKRANTI, Wednesday, JANUARY 15, 2020. THE PERCEPTION OF CHANGING SEASONS
Whole Concept – The Perception of Time and Unchanging Reality: Happy Makara Sankranti to all of my readers. Indians observe and Celebrate the Movement of the Sun across the Celestial Sphere. Human Existence is conditioned by Illusion; the Apparent Motions of the Sun and not the Real Motions of the Sun influence the experience of Life on Earth.
UNDERSTANDING TIME AND THE CONCEPT OF UNCHANGING REALITY:
Time is defined as the period or interval between two events or during which something exists, happens, or acts; the duration is a measurable interval. Indian thinkers have described ‘Time’ or ‘KAALA’ as a Power or a Force that is eternal suggesting that ‘Time’ existed before the formation of this created universe, Time operates during the existence of this created universe, and Time remains after the total dissolution of this created universe. ‘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 Force, who controls this Force and what are the Laws that operate this Force?
Everything that is born, everything that has come into existence, and everything that is conditioned arrives with its own plan for dissolution. Whosoever had arrived on this planet Earth, is sure to depart. Time operates this plan for dissolution. Time has the power to cause dissolution of the animate as well as the inanimate world and the physical universe. Whatever qualities, or attributes such as material wealth, social status, social position, and physical state of well-being that man cherishes and desires most would be dissolved and would be rendered useless by the effects of Time. Humans lack the material, and the biological abilities to transform their physical beings into sources of perpetual enjoyment. Time with its Power of Dissolution would eventually compel us to investigate and to explore the concept of Absolute and Unchanging Reality. This Subjective Reality of Man’s existence on this planet Earth which is a member of the Solar System would be dissolved by the influence of Time. Dissolution of the Sun and the Solar System would not lead to dissolution of this universe that we currently know and understand. Even when man is dissolved, the conditioned reality of this physical universe will continue and remains as before as Earth and the Sun do not describe the total reality of this conditioned universe.
THE PERCEPTION OF CHANGE AND HUMAN CONCEPTS ABOUT TIME:
Many of you who learned Physics understand the term Speed and Velocity. A person riding in a train or any other moving object could perceive a change that is caused by the motion. The nature of this perception depends upon the Speed or Velocity of that moving object. If the person jumps out of the train, the change that he has been perceiving immediately stops. There would be no changing landscape. As the speed of train increases, perception of change also alters and at very high speeds man loses the ability of visual perception. The visual image becomes a blur. If man is viewing a Motion Picture, his visual ability to view the Picture could be destroyed by simply increasing the speed of the Projector.
Any given point on the surface of the Earth moves with the Speed of the Earth. Earth is moving at a great speed and man has no ability to perceive this motion or the speed. Man perceives a change in his environment and calls it day and night.
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. Time is looked upon as a flow like a river. Sir Isaac Newton (1687) stated that the flow of Time is absolute; “It 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 measurement of Time is affected by the motion of the observer. The Relativity of Time becomes significant only at great speeds. Gravity affects both Light and Time. Gravity bends both Space and Light. Time is affected by the gravitational field of each celestial body. Time is unique to any one spot in the universe. If you and I do not exist at the same spot in the universe, our experience of Time will not be the same. Thus, experience of Time on this planet is an illusionary experience and is not an absolute experience.
‘KAALA CHAKRA’ OR THE CYCLICAL FLOW OF TIME:
Herman Minkowski, a mathematician, added Time as the Fourth Dimension of Three-Dimensional Space. Time is seen as a Dimension as it gives meaning to events and the order in which they occur. Physicists describe Time and Space as the building blocks of this universe. Biologists see Time in the internal clocks that keep all living entities in sync with Nature.
Human existence and the existence of all other living entities depend upon this illusionary experience of Time. Life exists and operates only if Time flows in a cyclical manner just like a wheel that moves, rotates on an axle or axis. Man needs this experience of day and night during his entire life journey. Man needs the changing Seasons with its cyclical regularity.
Just imagine the consequences to human existence if Spring Season does not arrive at the Time it is expected. Planet Earth is not at the same location or place in Space as Time flows. Last year, we had experienced the Spring Season while Earth existed at an entirely different location and we look forward for the arrival of a new Spring Season despite the Change in the position. Despite Changes in location or position, in relative terms, the Spring Season is the Unchanging Reality of the Conditioned State of Human Existence.
Because of the Conditioned nature of Human Existence, Man always looks forward, and hopes that Time would flow in a cyclical manner bringing cyclical changes. Biologists describe Life in terms of Life Cycles. All living functions have a rhythmic or cyclical quality. The exchange of gases during a cycle called Respiration involves the cyclical events of Inspiration and Expiration. The vital functions sustained by Circulation demands cyclical flow of Blood. The Individual and his State or Condition of Individuality remains existing as an Unchanging Reality if he experiences the cyclical changes in his bodily functions and in the environment in which he exists.
I am that Unchanging Reality; the Reality of my Identity and my Individuality remains unchanged as my physical body experiences changes in its appearance and in the environment where it exists. My phenotype or morphological appearance or outward appearance undergoes a constant change and this change is synchronized with the cyclical change called alternating periods of Day and Night. The Biological Clock precisely measures this Time interval or duration of my existence relative to the illusionary change; the Sun is always shining with all His brightness with no significant change that I can perceive.
THE GOD CONNECTION:
My Identity and my Individuality is the Unchanging Reality of my conditioned state of human existence. I had explored the Nature of this Unchanging Identity and Individuality. This Unchanging Reality of Identity and Individuality exists during the Time interval or duration of my God Connection. I know that Time existed before my creation, Time is operating during my existence as a created being, and Time would continue to operate after my physical dissolution. Time with its great power of Dissolution could not change my perception about my Unchanging Identity and Individuality because of my God Connection. It is rational, it is logical, and it is reasonable to reflect upon Absolute and Unchanging Reality as long as I maintain my Identity and Individuality which cannot be changed or altered by the flow of Time.
I was granted Short Service Regular Commission in the Indian Army Medical Corps during September 1969 while I was in Medical School and I was granted the rank of Lieutenant on July 26, 1970. While serving in the rank of major, as the Senior Regimental Medical Officer at the Army Ordnance Corps Centre (AOC CENTRE), Trimulgherry, Secunderabad, I relinquished my Permanent Regular Commission in the Indian Army Medical Corps on January 10, 1984. On the same day, I departed from India to serve in the Sultanate of Oman’s Land Forces ( the Royal Oman Army), Muscat, Sultanate of Oman as their Medical Officer of the Force Medical Services (FMS). I recognize Sultan Qaboos as a benevolent Ruler, verily a Blessed Soul.
I left Muscat on July 26, 1986 to continue my life in exile drawing inspiration from the national motto of the United States, “In God We Trust.”
On behalf of the Living Tibetan Spirits of my Consciousness, I deeply regret the loss of Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Sallāllāhu Alayhi Wa Sallam (Arabic: صلى الله عليه وسلم, Devanagari: सल्लल्लाहु अलैहि व सल्लम) is translated as “(May) Peace Be Upon Him” (PBUH) in English. May the Blessings of Peace Be Upon Him.
Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the longest-ruling monarch in the Mideast, has died at that age of 79, the country’s state-run news agency confirmed on Saturday. The sultan was thought to be fighting cancer. The British-educated sultan is credited with reforming Oman when he came to power in 1970 during a palace coup, overturning harsh laws that banned electricity, radios, eyeglasses and umbrellas, according to the Associated Press. He was also instrumental as an important liaison who worked to balance diplomatic ties between Iran and the United States. May Peace Be Upon Him.
ON THE TENTH DAY OF JANUARY, 2020, SEPTUAGENARIAN DISCOVERS THE SEPTUAGINT
On the tenth day of January, 2020, Septuagenarian Discovers the Septuagint.
I acknowledge the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy on the Tenth Day of January 2020. At any given place, and time, the external circumstances impacting our living conditions vary as all of us have individualistic life experiences even while sharing a common living environment.
I seek Emotional Equilibrium or Emotional Balance or Mood Balance while preparing to face challenges posed in the new year of my life. I seek Wisdom shared by Septuagint, the Greek version of the Bible known to Jesus during His lifetime. He cautions people about hardened hearts, spiritual blindness, and deafness that makes people unresponsive to human pain and suffering. I should not hope or desire to find people who have the heart to know my problems, who have eyes to see my difficulties, and who have ears to listen to my pitiable groans.
It helps me to secure my Emotional Equilibrium by knowing Septuagint, particularly, the ideas shared by Prophet Isaiah which guided Jesus during His very difficult Life Journey.
I am not surprised to find that people do not understand the pain that I reveal in my writing. I am not surprised to find that people do not perceive the hardships that I endure. I am not surprised to find that people cannot hear my voice filled with desperation.
I am not perturbed for I live among people whose hearts have become dull. At least for now, I must live without the benefit of healing promised by Jesus.
Jesus speaks of conversion that leads to healing of hearts. Time has healing power of its own. Both physical wounds and emotional injuries heal under the influence of Time. In 2020, I need to wait with patience and ask for blessings of perseverance for the healing process to manifest its results.My Redeemer lives. I live on the hope of meeting Him.
Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA 48104-4162 BHAVANAJAGAT.ORG
THE WISDOM AND POWER OF GOD – NEW YEAR GREETINGS – WISDOM TO GUIDE IN 2020
I seek wisdom to guide me in 2020 from thoughts shared by Saint Paul in his First Letter to the Church at Corinth.
I seek wisdom to guide me in 2020 from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 1, Verse 19: “For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
I seek wisdom to guide me in 2020 from 1 Corinthians 1:19 which refers to Book of Isaiah, Chapter 29, Verse 14:
“Therefore once more I will astound these people
with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish,
the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
I seek wisdom to guide me in 2020 from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 1, Verse 20:
“Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”
I seek wisdom to guide me in 2020 from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 1, Verse 21:
“For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.”
I seek wisdom to guide me in 2020 from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 1, Verse 25:
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”
I seek wisdom to guide me in 2020 from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 1, Verse 27:
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
I seek wisdom to guide me in 2020 from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 1, Verses 28 & 29:
“He(GOD) chose the lowly things of the world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are.”
WISDOM FROM THE SPIRIT TO GUIDE ME IN 2020:
I seek Wisdom From the Spirit to Guide me in 2020, wisdom from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 2, Verses 4 and 5:
“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”
I seek Wisdom From the Spirit to Guide me in 2020, the wisdom from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 2, Verse 6:
“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.” Saint Paul graciously acknowledges the wisdom of the ‘mature’ but I recognize the role of natural aging process which invariably and inevitably compromises man’s mental faculties and impairs man’s intellectual functions. No man can truly boast before God about his intelligence or wisdom. Man merely enjoys intelligence or wisdom under the operating Principle called Divine Providence. No man can escape from the natural consequences of aging or maturing called ‘Senescence’. For man leads a perishable, conditioned, mortal existence, man needs Wisdom of LORD of GLORY, the LORD who conquered Death.
I seek Wisdom From the Spirit to Guide me in 2020, wisdom from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 2, Verse 9:
“However, as it is written:
‘No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
This verse refers to wisdom from Isaiah, Chapter 64, Verse 4.
I seek Wisdom From the Spirit to Guide me in 2020, wisdom from Book of Isaiah, Chapter 64, Verse 4:
“Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.”
I seek Wisdom From the Spirit to Guide me in 2020, wisdom from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 2, Verse 10:
“But God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”
I seek Wisdom From the Spirit to Guide me in 2020, wisdom from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 2, Verse 11:
“For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s Spirit within him?”
I am glad to note that Saint Paul made a clear distinction between man’s Mind, the Seat of Thoughts and man’s Spirit which I often describe as ‘The Knowing-Self’, the true or real ‘SELF’ that knows all the activities of man’s Body and Mind. This Mind-Spirit Dualism is important to gain full understanding of man.
I seek Wisdom From the Spirit to Guide me in 2020, wisdom from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 2, Verses 13 & 14:
“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words( or Spirit interpreting spiritual truths to spiritual men). The man without Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
This statement of Saint Paul may give impression that man may live in this world without assistance of Vital, Animating Principle called Spirit or Soul. In my analysis, all men, and all living beings have Spirit or Soul as there is no existence in absence of Spirit or Soul. Man and all living entities need Divine Grace, Mercy, and Compassion often described as ‘PROVIDENCE’ to sustain, to support, and to maintain their fragile, transient existence in natural world. However, man can be foolish, man can be ignorant if he believes that he exists in physical world without assistance of Spirit or Soul. Man, very often fails to understand that he is connected, related, joined, associated, bonded, and is in partnership with God. Man receives Divine Providence because of Spirit or Soul that establishes this Unity between Man and God.
I seek Wisdom From the Spirit to Guide me in 2020, wisdom from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 2, Verses 15 & 16:
“The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord that He may instruct him?'”
This Verse refers to wisdom from Book of Isaiah, Chapter 40, Verse 13:
“Who has understood the mind of the Lord,
or instructed him as his counselor.”
Man cannot depend upon his own thoughts, mind, intellect, and wisdom to know God’s mind. It is the Spirit or Soul which is of the Lord that can counsel, guide, and instruct man to live according to God’s thoughts, mind, intellect, and wisdom.
I seek Wisdom From the Spirit to Guide me in 2020, wisdom from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 3, Verse 19:
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness.'”
I seek Wisdom From the Spirit, wisdom from Book of Job, Chapter 5, Verse 13:
“He(LORD) catches the wise in their craftiness,
and the schemes of the wily are swept away.”
Man cannot discover God’s mind by inventing schemes or mental tricks, or by using cunningness or deception. Man has to submit to Will of God and learn about God with guidance, assistance, instruction, and counsel of the Spirit, the Spirit of the Lord.
I seek Wisdom From the Spirit to Guide me in 2020 wisdom from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 3, Verse 20:
“and again, ‘The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.'”
During 2020, I need wisdom to guide me to discover my purpose in my life. I cannot discover the purpose of my life without understanding God’s Plan for my life. I cannot discern God’s Plan for my life using my thoughts, human mind, human intellect, and human wisdom for they are all destined to be destroyed and are not comparable to God’s thoughts, God’s Mind, God’s Intelligence, and God’s Wisdom. However, I draw inspiration and hope from the teachings of Saint Paul which he shared with us in his First Letter to Corinthians.
MAN’S PURPOSE IN LIFE
Knowing my purpose in life primarily involves knowing God and understanding God for my mortal existence is not accounted by my physical or intellectual work. I have no existence in this physical world if I do not experience God’s Grace, Mercy, and Compassion. I have no choice other than that of praising the LORD if I am able to think and act in natural world. In words of Saint Paul’s First Letter to the Church in Corinth, I submit:
“Therefore as it is written,
‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.'”(1 CORINTHIANS 1:31)
Saint Paul was inspired by divine revelation of Prophet Jeremiah and his statement refers to Book of Jeremiah, Chapter 9, verses 23 and 24:
“This is what the LORD says:
‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this:
that he understands and knows me,
that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight.'” declares the LORD.
Man has a purpose in life for certain things endure despite man’s mortal existence. These things are, 1. Man’s Faith in God, 2. Man’s Hope in God’s promise of Salvation, and 3. God’s Unconditioned Love.
Man has purpose in Life for God’s Unconditioned Love helps man to transcend barriers imposed by conditioned, physical existence which include challenges of illness, injury, and aging or senescence.
I wish all my readers a Very Happy New Year 2020. All said and done, a ‘Pound of God’s Foolishness is Greater than a Penny of man’s Wisdom’. For my thoughts and my words are futile, I ask you to seek Wisdom from God’s Power as revealed by the Spirit of God.
The story of my Bajaj Vespa Scooter begins in Chakrata, Uttar Pradesh (Uttaranchal) while I served in Special Frontier Force, Establishment No. 22, Vikas Regiment. I had no need for a Scooter while I worked in Chakrata. I made this purchase at Canteen Stores Department (CSD), Dehradun just a couple of months prior to my departure from Chakrata when I got posted to the Bison Division, Bolarum, Secunderabad Cantonment in December 1974.
For the first time in my life, I received the riding instructions from a military driver and rode this Bajaj Vespa Scooter on the driveway of the Establishment No. 22 Transit Camp in Dehradun. I never ventured to ride this Scooter on the streets of Dehradun.
However, my Bajaj Vespa Scooter of 1974 inherited the “KARMA” of Chakrata. In January 1974, I experienced a life threatening incident plotted by the Enemy agent while I was the Duty Medical Officer at Military Hospital Wing at Chakrata. This inheritance followed me even after I departed from Chakrata.
In 1982, I experienced a serious mishap while riding the Bajaj Vespa Scooter. In my analysis, the Scooter mishap was plotted by the Enemy agent. I initiated an action for my Self-Defense which eventually shaped my actions to relinquish my Permanent Regular Commission in the Indian Army Medical Corps and depart from India for reasons of personal safety as well as keeping my family away from danger.
From 1974, for the next ten years I used my Bajaj Vespa Scooter with the same License Plate ( very similar to the License Plate of the Jeep in the above photo image taken at Chakrata) issued by Government of Uttar Pradesh. The License Plate on my Bajaj Vespa Scooter easily reveals my connection to Uttar Pradesh if not that of Establishment No. 22 or Chakrata. In fact, I spent my time in India until January 10, 1984 without ever mentioning the name Chakrata in any of my conversations either at home or at my workplace. Just like the secrecy around the name Chakrata, I kept my Story about my Bajaj Vespa Scooter as a personal secret and I never discussed about it before with family, friends, or my military colleagues.
I currently have no photo images of my Bajaj Vespa Scooter. The Scooter I purchased was made in India and looks very similar to the Italian Vespa Scooter models. It had its spare wheel mounted on the back of the Pillion Seat. I don’t remember making use of the spare wheel during the ten years time I rode my Scooter.As I was in military service, I had neither the time nor the inclination to give attention to the daily maintenance of my Bajaj Vespa Scooter. Apart from the maintenance of the spark plug, the Scooter essentially provided a service without any hassles. Fortunately, I served in Units that have Vehicle Workshops and provided me with assistance to perform any of the Scooter maintenance tasks.
My Bajaj Vespa Scooter traveled with me since the time I purchased it in CSD Dehradun in 1974 after obtaining a License Plate issued by the Government of Uttar Pradesh. I rode the Scooter in Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Pune, and Ambala Cities.
I rode my Bajaj Vespa Scooter in Secunderabad and Hyderabad from December 1974 to December 1975 while I served in the Bison Division.
My Bajaj Vespa Scooter accompanied me to the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune where I rode it during my Advanced Training in Pediatrics Course and Medical Officers Junior Command Course (MOJC 67/76)from December 1975until September 1976.
In September 1976, I moved my family from Pune to Ambala Cantonment while I served in the Black Elephant Divisionuntil December 1978.
My Bajaj Vespa Scooter mishap happened in 1982 while I was taking my daughter to Saint Ann’s High School (ICSE) on Sardar Patel Road while I lived at 10-3-30, 2nd Floor, East Nehru Nagar, Secunderabad- 500 026 on a side street next to the present location of Heritage Fresh Supermarket on Entrenchment Road/East Marredpally Main Road. I went to the Army Ordnance Corps Centre Medical Inspection Room (M I Room) to attend to my Daily Morning Sick Report work and came back home to give a ride to my daughter going to her School before 8.00 A.M. While I entered East Marredpally Main Road from the side street, I recognized that the rear wheel brake of my Scooter was not working. To avoid colliding with other moving vehicles on the road, I moved to the side of the road which I has no pavement. I could not still control the speed of my Scooter and it came to a halt after I hit a Telephone Utility Pole just before reaching the East Marredpally – Tukaram Gate Road Junction near the Playfield in front of Shenoy Nursing Home.
My daughter who was not wearing any helmet survived this collision without any injury. The news about the Scooter crash reached my home quickly and my wife provided the ride to my daughter in my Fiat car to take her to the School in time.
I sustained facial injuries and a few bruises and avoided a serious head injury after colliding with the Utility Pole. The AOC Centre Commandant was informed about the Scooter mishap. I did not go back to work on that day while I treated myself at my home for the injuries. The Commandant,and his wife visited my home to wish for my speedy recovery and to share their personal concern about the Scooter mishap.As I thought that the Scooter mishap was not an accident due to mechanical failure, I kept my concerns to myself and made no attempt to either document or report my injuries to Indian Army by following the standard protocol such as the filing of Injury Report which often results in a Court of Inquiry to investigate the incident.
I will submit my analysis of the Bajaj Scooter rear wheel brake failure mishap and give reasons as to why the mishap could be interpreted as a plot by the Enemy agent and not as simple mechanical failure in my next blog post.
Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada
Special Frontier Force-Establishment No. 22-Vikas Regiment