Category: Social-Responsibility

Where women lack their right and responsibility?

 

Men are men in any part of the world, so is the case of women in the world, but there is a question arising on gender equality all the time. The women liberal thinking of attaining gender equality does not fetch the justice to their liberal thinking, but on the contrary, it would worsen their status in the society.

Although women across the globe think and act alike, there could be some nuance of thinking and acting by them. Women in American and European countries give less priorities in golden jewellery, whereas the case is other way around in India. Women in the African tribal territory, who walk half naked without any embarrassment, cannot be compared with the civilized societies in developed countries.  Women who stay with multi-relative system before and after their marriage in India are different from nuclear families in Western countries. Among a few differences, one common and concrete similarity in women in all over the world is ‘motherliness’, irrespective of one becomes motherhood or not. This is called ‘Matrutva’ in Sanskrit. The clement action or compassionate words are inherent naturally to women in any part of the world.

Women are basically born for caring and controlling the house and household, however, with the onset of cultural exchange between countries, most of the women have now lost their identity of their own culture and country. India is no more exception to this.

The role of women in ancient Indian literature is immense.  Ancient India had many learned ladies. There were two types of scholarly women — the Brahmavadinis, or the women who never married and chant Vedas throughout their lives and the Sadyodvadhus are those who became Vadhus or brides straightaway on the attainment of puberty, without undergoing the training in the Vedic studies.  Apart from Vedic learning and teaching, women were writing Sanskrit plays and verses, excelled in music, painting and other fine arts.  Women had enjoyed prominent roles in politics too in ancient India.  The foreign visitor, Megasthenes who was an ancient Greek historian, diplomat and Indian ethnographer and explorer in the Hellenistic period, author of the work ‘Indika’, mentioned that the Pandya women were running the administration.   The Satavahana queen, “Nayanika ruled the kingdom on behalf of her minor son, so did Prabavati, daughter of Chandragupta II, on behalf of the minor prince, are a few examples to understand women administration skills. The unknown fact is, in the ancient times is that even Kings used to request the scholarly women of their family or their kingdom, to address the issues faced by them. The best known woman administrators in our recent memory are, Jhansi Rani Lakshmi Bai, Rani Mangamma, Rudramma Devi, et al.

With such awe legacy behind in Indian women, where they lost their way in recent times?

The atrocity on women are being highlighted in every newspaper now and then.  The data were shown in the manner that India is the epicentre for the women atrocity in any manner.  An American website (https://www.rainn.org) claims that on average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States, the country we consider most developed and dominant.  The website also ascertains the following:

  • 82% of all juvenile victims are female. 90% of adult rape victims are female.
  • Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
  • Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Females of the same age who are not enrolled in college are 4 times more likely.

On the worst side, millions of men in the United States have been victims of rape, the website claims.   In the revealed data says, 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male.  To one’s dismay, sexual violence in the military often goes unreported in the United States, according the website.

The case of India reveals the different story.  Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty in the year 2014 shows 82,235.  Whereas the rape cases were 36,735 in the same year.  (Source: data.gov.in & ncrb.gov.in).  Those are few availed data from the website.

Well, there is no need to feel better on Indian incidents with the comparison of American. Although India is a much populated country than US, the crime rates are far below that of the US. Even one petty crime against women reported in any corner of the country is worth worrying.  Are crimes against women only by men?  There were 122,877 cases reported in the same year under cruelty by husband and other relatives.  Under Dowry Prohibition Act and Domestic Violence Act, there were 10,050 and 426 cases reported respectively.  One Nirbhaya case changed the thinking for reporting of crimes against women in India.

The Nirbhaya Act, implemented thereafter, did not curtail crime against women, but only persuaded the common public for reporting more such crimes.  The reporting could go higher in counting when the justice is given in a shorter period.  In the present scenario, the justice delivery rate of such crimes is a deterrent for many people to come forward to report.

On the other side, it gives feast to the news agencies to highlight such crimes in India and defaming the country’s image in worldwide.   India is a vast country (1.28 billion people where women are 624 million as of March 28, 2015 according to: http://www.indiaonlinepages.com/population/india-current-population.html) and atrocity against women are in fewer lakhs.  It does not mean to ignore these figures, but at the same time it should not be considered as alarming!

In the wake of fighting for women’s freedom in India by the so called reformers in both genders, the common women were being pushed into the darkness of unawareness of their unique places in the society.

The role and responsibilities of Indian women are often misunderstood and misconstrued by the so called reformers of women’s freedom.  The deviated women today in India are edging towards destruction of well-constructed indigenous society.

What actually Women freedom means?

–      Is it something like walking in the midnight in an impolite dress which provokes rogues and rowdy people to misbehave?

–      Is it something like smoking in the mid of the streets or drinking in the pub along with boyfriends?

–      Is it something like any comment made on women for the sake of their benefit which is simply arguing and opposing without understanding the very essence of it?

–      Is it something like using their gender opportunism to sideline their men colleagues?

Unfortunately, today most of women in the name of reform and modernisation, losing their cultural identity.  Women today with the urge of making money, go to jobs at different timings leaving their family members at bay.  No children could be brought-up as better citizen in the hands of men.  Men don’t have patience to look after family members in terms of organising food, clothes and other amenities like an Indian woman.  The family that deprived women’s care, never stood-up on its own for family, society and the country.  The Indian women do not need to be taught about her responsibilities as she learns them from her childhood.

India from the ancient times, worshiped women as Goddess.  Each and every Indian epics will usher to this fact.  Every Indian woman is being called ‘Grahalakshmi’.  Nowhere in the world, one will find women are acclaimed to this high position. Its Indian women to feel proud of such admiring.

Now the game starts.  Are the Indian women are deserving of such qualitative appreciation of calling ‘Grahalakshmi’, even today?  Sadly, no!  Women in the search of money, be it Indian or any other countries, be it for running their own family’s sake or for the sake of lavish family life, definitely lost their hold in the home.  Husbands are left uncared in most the cases, being women are working with the different shifts, they unable to follow up their husband’s ins and outs.  Men are being careless by nature, in most of the cases, movements of children are simply ignored.  Old people in the house, irrespective of any side, will obviously have chance blame both, especially the working woman.  After working with a hectic schedule in the offices, where she will be able to address these issues?

One of my classmates, a woman, commented such high appreciation, calling a woman as ‘Grahalakshmi’ is as enticing tactics.  She said that by throwing these alluring terms, Indian women are treated as slaves in their own houses.  How Sad!  I really felt bad such misinterpretation.  No house will prosper without due respect to the women in the family.  I have even seen some houses where women were dominating personalities.  Even to the level that I have witnessed the houses in which women were main bread winners, where household men were treated very unpleasant way.  Women where with highly paid salary treated disrespectfully in the low paid husbands, I am told.  I tried my best part to convince her the role of women in Indian society, but ended with disappointment sadly.  She was always talking about the rights of women’s freedom in every field.  Fine!

The right they should fight for, not mere women freedom, but for the right of education to the every girl child;

The right they should fight for, to bring-down the crime rates against women;

The right they should fight for, is stop the domestic violence against them;

The right they should fight for, job equality in both government and private sectors;

The right they should fight for, an equal place in the armed forces;

The right they should fight for, an equal space in science and technology sectors.

As far as Indian women are considered, the family first and the others next.  No country woman takes the role that an Indian woman takes.  The genetic quality of Indian women for caring the family is not been seen any other part of the world, it is evolved generation by generation.  The place of Indian women in the society cannot be filled by men, indeed.

 

Author: Balaji Canchi Sistla

On 8-3-2017 at 9.30 AM, Hyderabad

A psychological approach towards human behaviour

Human beings, as a social animal, tend to behave such behaviours that are destructive to own and others.  In the process of successful living, humans never hesitate to lie, cheat, steal and kill oneself or even others.  Science has dealt this subject very deeply only to find out as to why an intelligent species on the earth behaves in a spiteful way.

University of Massachusetts psychologist Robert Feldman claims that, “It’s tied in with self-esteem. We find that as soon as people feel that their self-esteem is threatened, they immediately begin to lie at higher levels.”  Even for no reason, people lie only to establish oneself as better than the rest.  Psychologists could not trace out that how extend, one can go on saying lie.

Theft is another typical human behaviour that is persisting thousands of years, even after human civilization has reached to a better level of living year after year.  In most of the cases, theft is motivated; either for a need or for a thrill.  A study reveals that when contacted several people they admitted that they shoplifted at least once in their lifetime for any of the above two reasons.  Probably theft is in our genes or else why some people do it for the sake of thrill even though one can afford to buy it.  Stealing for others’ sake is very seldom one can see.

When come to the behaviour of cheating, it is merely a lack of ethics in one’s mind.  A child that which did not learn about ethics from the parents in its childhood time, would probably end up as a cheater in social structure such as human relationships.  However, all above behaviours would vanish gradually as a child grows and develops self-confidence.  In most of the cases a child that lacks self-confidence, would continue to do regularly or as and when some opportunity flashes.

As a grown individual, psychological behaviour of individual human depends on the situation that one undergoes at that time or the situation that one underwent already.  These two will have the severe impact of person when they deal with the things/people in their day to day activity.  However, observed or shared result of others does influence to some extent.  Ultimately, this impact will change to time to time with the outcome of the gaining experience and self-confidence.  Scientists from Universities of several countries studied and done research work on human psychological behaviour or on the words psychological approach of human beings.

In most cases of research, all human beings behave alike across the globe in certain things.  One such experiment was done by Harvard and Kent State University on ‘missing events that what’s right in front of us’.  In 1988, researchers from Harvard and Kent State University chose pedestrians on a college campus to determine how much people notice about their immediate environments.  In the experiment, a deputed person sent to a pedestrian and asked for directions.  While the pedestrian was giving the directions, two men carrying a large wooden door, walked between the deputed person and the pedestrian, completely blocking their view of each other for several seconds.  During that time, the deputed person was replaced by another with a different outfit, haircut and voice.  Most of the participants didn’t notice this substitution.  The experiment was one of the first to illustrate the phenomenon of ‘change blindness’, which shows just how selective human beings are about what we take in from any given visual scene.  Further, it strongly asserted that human beings rely on memory and pattern-recognition significantly more than what kind of thinking in their mind.  This experiment is also proved that the information asked penetrates more deeply in the minds than that the face of the person who asked irrespective of his/her clan, colour, attire, etc., when two people meet in a short time.  This kind of human behaviour is more precisely being dealt in the criminal cases in the courts of law, as witness’s short time seeing of human face or outfit is more important in the crime scene.

Human communicates and behaves in different occasions in line with his temperament and power one has.  The psychological reason behind this fact is that those in power sometimes act towards others with a sense of entitlement and disrespect.  “When researchers give people power in scientific experiments, they are more likely to physically touch others in potentially inappropriate ways, to flirt in more direct fashion”, according to psychologist Dacher Keltner, one of the study’s leaders, wrote in an article for UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Centre in 2003 (Source: huffpost.com).  This misuse of power was very obviously observed in offices, colleges and of course in politics worldwide.  There are numerous cases registered against higher officials by their subordinates in the corporate offices; students claim misbehaviour activity by the teachers, professors; common pubic and political party members against political leaders, especially in South Asian Countries.

Transparent activity by the empowered people with monitor of cross functional teams in their respective areas, perhaps, would resolve this kind of misbehaviours.  A strong political will with dedication and people oriented governments only can implement such activities.

In a study which dealt human relationships with love and affection towards one can also change the behaviour of person.  It can be in either way, adverse or affectionate.  Love and affection that one person gets or interrupted would lead to change the behaviour of a person. A study from Harvard Grand in a period of 75 years on human relationships revealed this.  The study expressed that love really is all that matters, at least when it comes to determining long-term happiness and life satisfaction.  The long-time Director for this study, Mr. George Vaillant, Psychiatrist revealed that there are two pillars of happiness.  “One is love.  The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away”.  For that he also gives an instance, one participant began the study with the lowest rating for future stability of all the subjects and he had previously attempted suicide, but at the end of his life, he was one of the happiest.  Why?  As Vaillant explains, ‘he spent his life searching for love’.

Every now and then we always hear from other sources or read from newspapers that so many crimes, be it simple assault, be it killing other human, were ultimately ended with lack of love or interrupted love.  Human, by nature extends and expects love to others and from others.  Human is basically a lover of love and affection.  Time, situation, experience of others and self, will play a vital role in one’s life.  Being a social animal, human always thrives for love.

Human, in general, is a multi-face personality.  Upon available of opportunity one behaves badly and one behaves well in accordance with the need.  This is generally deliberate or may be natural.  In most of the cases, different behaviour with different areas and different people are basically self-experience oriented.  Although it might change in accordance with the outcome of the situation, sometimes the mind-set of one, hardly changes.  Human’s multi-face personality doesn’t give so much of adverse effect in most of the time but used only to handle the situation, in a rare situation it does few adverse impacts on others.  Such cases happened very seldom occasions.

A child behaviour cannot be compared with that of a matured man.  However, a grown and matured man does express his child like behaviour sometimes and some people even behave childish too.

In a rare occasions,  some children behave like matured.  This, however, is dealt as ‘Karma Sidhdhantha’ in Hinduism – a vast subject to discuss.  The modern science does not talk much about this.

Humans make mistakes and learn from them, in fact humans learn from others’ mistakes too.  Making mistake is psychologically required as it allows one to learn and boosts self-confidence when one resolves the problem.  A child who tries to walk independently, falls frequently but learns to walk quicker than the one which sits all the time on father’s shoulder.

Hundreds of stories from the prisoners would reveal more and more human behavioural aspects.  Most of the crimes are done with the situation demand or inappropriate knowledge of worldliness.  Such crime makers would reveal their inability to negotiate the situation, had they got a chance to talk, and had they understood the situation with matured way, they, perhaps would have never done such crimes.  Human, as a whole, all fit for peaceful living by nature, only analytical tendency towards other’s mind with respect to the situation and status, is required to overcome psychological barriers among fellow humans.

Author: Balaji Canchi Sistla

On 15-12-2016 @ 6.30 pm, Hyderabad

Life to live, not to leave halfway!

In the era of technological development, all are in speed.  Plane, Train, Bus, Car, Internet and what not.  In the restaurant, we need a speedy delivery of food.  In the petrol bunk, we seek speedy service.  In the office, your boss obviously expects a speedy service from you.  People are habituated to speed with their day to day life! It is speed everywhere!

That’s fine, does this speed really good to mankind?  Is the speed the measuring unit in quality of work anymore?  Does the speed will only solve our all sort of problems of humankind?  Have we ever thought that we are heading in the right direction?  Is the speed a boon or a bane?

With the advent of speedy technological advancement, humankind has lost its footsteps towards the correct direction of life style!  We missed the bus somewhere in the last 20 years, but time is still there to catch right directions now, for that only realization and analyzation are required.  If we continue to travel in the same direction that which ultimately leads to a catastrophe stage, no doubt we will have the credit of destroying our future generation with our own hands.  Are we prepared for that?

On the other hand, we need to think of corrective action to maintain the speed as well as a befitting life.  We need a better life for us and for our future generation.  We need a better life model for our future followers.  All we have to do now is, just think of present scenario, realize the faulty areas, analyze the solution and rejuvenate the life for better.

In the speedy world today, we have money to spend for our needs; we don’t have time to spend with family.  We have time to dedicate for our official work; we don’t have time to dedicate to our family expectations.  We have earned enough money, even more than enough, but all that for what purpose?  We have earned money at the cost of our health; havn’t we?  How much of wealth can regain your lost health?

Pay money, get the work done, is rapidly trending now. If money alone can complete all our needs every place, feeling and emotions of humankind have no value thereafter. Technological development should complement the human lifestyle; on the contrary, it derails from the track. We need a medicine to resolve our health problems, not to enhance it further, don’t you think?

Once we used to go to the Bank and Post Offices for services. We used to interact with the staff there and a cordial relationship was maintained always. Off the work, we maintained the relationship with the staff, there was no materialistic relationship at all.  There was no any mere money oriented service then. The scene has changed now. We don’t know even the name of the persons in the Bank.  We visited the Bank on the first few days during opening the account, that’s it!  Now, you don’t need to go Bank only to open an account but do it online straight away.  Neither Bank knows you personally, nor you know the staff…. What a relationship!

The other day, I went to my Bank for some password unlocking of my account which was by mistake locked.  As one of the staff (she recognizes me well and speaks nicely whenever I go there) was slightly busy in a temporary work which made me to sit some time.  During this period, I happened to hear the conversation between one account holder and the other bank staff.  The account holder was seeking some info and the staff was not able to satisfy him with the info and finally the staff had thrown a terrible question to the account holder, ‘do you have an account here?’  By now, the account holder lost his temper.  Later the Manager intervened and resolved it amicably.

This scene instigated a point in me.  Although it is very much possible to find out with the account number from which bank, he belongs to, but the scene could have been averted to worse, had the staff-customer relationship was maintained personally.  Poor customer who maintained an account in the Branch for years and he was not recognized by the Branch staff.  Sometimes the human relationships beyond the family, help a lot and maintains a smooth pathway between the customer and vendor, don’t you agree?

We make things work speedy, but personal life gets slower, since we could not maintain the same rapport in personal life. Speed is good, but not the best. I saw young chaps who work in the Pizza Centers, put their life at risk, only to deliver the Pizzas at the right time. They take very dangerous cuts on the road while ride their bikes. What made me feel bad is when I asked one of these guys as to why they take such risk in their life to deliver the Pizza, I got an instant reply from him that if they could not deliver it on time, then the Pizza is free for customers.  I asked him, ‘so what?  why do you worry about this, do you lose the job by this anyway?’  He laughed and said, ‘no sir, I won’t lose the job, but the cost of the Pizza, I am delivering late, will be deducted from my salary’.  I was shocked by hearing this. Mere for few hundred rupees these guys are putting their life at risk. The management does not care about this. How sad! This is what the speed gives us! Money is lost, nothing lost…. You can always gain it again. Life is lost, you lost everything.

In an another heartbroken incident, a girl who was working in a multinational IT company, committed suicide just because she could not deliver the project on time and stress from management forced her to do so. She could not complete the project quickly and the mental agony that she had at that time drove her for such an extreme step. Managements seek speedy performance, lest one will face the speedy exit. It does not show even any micro development of humankind nor a decent relationship between employees and management.

Such cases are very common now-a-days.  The time limitation is good and necessary to complete the work and it should not complete the life of the person who deals.  A warning or an increment cut or a transfer to other departments would suffice if the work is not done on time.  Managements which are stressing the staff repeatedly to complete it on time would ultimately lead to such life taking incidents only.  The Time bound jobs must be planned thoroughly an alternate way, if the job is not done on time, well before the commencement of the job, rather than giving mental agony to the staff by the means of stress. Providing such jobs, the managements should think of this.  After all, life is precious than the job that is dealt, doesn’t it?

Everyone’s life goal should not be mere money making, but also life striving for better going. Speed might fulfill something, but not all. Speed required, but not speed alone required. Without speed a pot maker cannot make a wonderful pot.  With speed a sculptor cannot make a statue!  Having food in speed does not get digested correctly and leads to physical complications. Speed is a part of life, not just life.

We, the present generation, should take this responsibility to make it understand to the next generation as to how speed bound things to be handled.  Works may be speedy not our lives so speedy to leave this world.  Think of life, think of living.

 

Author: Balaji Canchi Sistla

On 29-4-2016 @ 1 pm, Hyderabad

Where Indians stand today?

India – the cradle to all other civilizations of this planet; four great Vedas, Upanishads, so many Sastras, Puranas, great historical Avataras like Ram and Krishna, astonishing leaders,  all these happened here.  The country has a rich heritage values, and huge population to follow these.

Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma) – the first and perhaps only religion that teaches to respect other religions and never preaches to convert other religion people into its folder.  She never invaded to another country in the past 2000 years.

In a new era of modern world, India sent satellite vehicle first time to Mars and most significantly, it has successfully reached and communicating with earth continuously, is the bottom line.   No other satellite technology-rich country has this ‘first time’ credit.

The country that taught the rest of the world about the technological development, language, versatility, war techniques and many of others, is still retaining the same?

NO…. is the sad answer for this unfortunately.

India or Indians are losing their glory in the hands of religious and caste fighting.  The legacy of Sanatana Dharma has not been experienced precisely as it is supposed to be in the recent years.  India, once taught the other countries, is stranded at crossroads now as if she is in the dependency of other learning systems like Western.  The young generation of this great nation has been forcefully diverted to the Western culture of life style including food habits.  Indian history is not being taught more precisely to this country’s children.  They read more about foreigners of recent past 500-600 years who had made this country people as slaves.  This country has a past history of good governance of so many kingdoms more than several thousand years. Great Kings ruled and set examples for several next generations.  Those stories were not shown in the elaborated way whereas recent past rulers histories were shown in exclusive lessons in the text books.

‘It is the purpose of historical study to enable each generation to profit from the experience of those who came before, and advance toward higher aims, without being obliged to start anew from the same point as its ancestors after the manner of every race of brutes. He who knows little of those who proceeded is very likely to care little for those coming after.’

– F. Max Muller in his Introduction part of book, ‘India: What can it teach us’)

Muller had rightly said the above statement.  It is something like reinventing wheel.  Do we need to?  Where the progress will come from when we start learning again from the beginning, since our ancestors were already in the advanced stage with the comparison of present modern technologies?  India’s vigorous development has been stopped in the past 500-600 years, ever since the invasion of Muslims and Westerners.   Indians, to be precise, Hindus were preached the utility of castes in much wrong way by invading rulers.  Caste was used as a tool to gain unpleasant gains from society as well as government agencies.

“How did we lose our inner vitality? By giving up what have we become weak? What was it that nurtured our civilization and kept it growing for thousands of years? By parting with what have we descended so low as to be ashamed of calling ourselves heirs to this civilization? The fact is that, so long as we practised Varna dharma that is unique to our country, our civilization stood like a rock arousing the admiration of all the world. But after this dharma began to decline we have been on the descent day by day.

Why should this country alone practise Varna Dharma? Because this dharma is necessary if we want to sustain a civilization that can promote the growth of philosophy, nourish our arts and culture, inspire us more and more in our inward search and help us in the realization of Godhead. If the Varna system is followed at least in this country, it will be an example to the rest of the world.

If there is not Varna Dharma, it means at once the growth of social disharmony, the rise of jealousies and discontent among the people. Men will compete with one another for the jobs they like or are convenient to them. There will be competition for education on the same lines. Since all will not succeed in their efforts or in their desire or ambition being satisfied, the result will be hatred and resentment everywhere. Look at what is happening now in India. When educated unemployment is on the increase, it is suggested that admissions to colleges must be restricted, that there are too many engineers already in the country and that some engineering colleges must be closed down. Here we see that the theory of throwing open everything to everybody does not work; imposing some restriction on people is seen to be inevitable. In the old days a man’s work, whatever it was, became second nature to him and he had a sense of pride in it as an “asset”, legacy that had come to him from his forefathers, indeed a prized family “possession”. He also did his job efficiently and sincerely. Money was a secondary consideration then. Since everything was done on the basis of trust and with a high degree of personal involvement – the worker was always conscious that he was doing his work- there were no problems. The whole society prospered.

No civilization can flourish in the absence of a system that brings fulfilment to all. Varna dharma brought fulfilment and satisfaction to all.”

(Source: http://www.kamakoti.org/hindudharma/part3/chap5.htm)

The Four Castes or ‘Varnasrama’ has made for very good reason and necessity of society.

According to Purusha-Sukta of the Rig-Veda, there is a reference to the division of Hindu society into the classes. It is described there that a follower of ‘knowledge based profession’ is called a “Brahmin”; a follower of ‘justice or administration based’ profession is called a “Kshatriya”; a follower of ‘finance or economics based profession’ is called a “Vaishya” and anyone who is not following any profession is called a “Shudra”.  These four classifications of human beings are called the four “Varnas”.

The division is according to the Guna and Karma. Guna (quality) and Karma (kind of work) determine the caste of a man. This is supported by Lord Krishna in the Gita also. Lord Krishna says in the Gita:

“The four castes were emanated by Me, by the different distribution of qualities and actions. Know Me to be the author of them, though the action-less and inexhaustible” (Ch.4-13).

However, the above are not strict rules but the core rules of classification. There can be many exceptions or inter changeover in the Varnas of people.

To understand this, let us put like this. One may at the beginning of his career be working as a manager in a commercial company, he is a Vaishya then. After few years of experience, he may start teaching principles of management in colleges, at this time he may be called a Brahmin.

A Brahmana (Brahmin or priest) is no Brahmana if he is not endowed with purity and good character.  A Sudra is a Brahmana if he leads a virtuous and pious life. Vidura is the great example of this.  Caste is a question of character. Varna is not the colour of the skin, but the colour of one’s character or quality. Conduct and characters count and not lineage alone. If one is a Brahmana by birth and at the same time, if he possesses the virtues of a Brahmana, it is extremely good, otherwise the very word Brahmana has no meaning.

The system of Varna (or Varna Vyavastha) has nothing to do with Caste System, which is not supported by even Vedic Literature. It also has nothing to do with the system of using the surnames.  The invaders of this country had changed the very purpose of Varna Vyavastha into Jati Vyavastha for their personal goal and to command over native Hindus.

This was very much feasible to them by the way of hiding their history from them.  Your intellectual can be made dormant if you were not taught your ancestors’ rich skills generation after generation.  You do not know the intellectual level of Aryabhatta, Chanakiya, Bhaskara, Adi Sankara and in the recent past – Ramanujam, Vivekananda, Subhas Chandra Bose and so on.  How your thinking will awake when you do not know anything about your past?  How one will get instigated by their ancestors’ way of life and applied skills without knowing them?

For years Hindus, as a whole, forgot their ancestors root and route and fell in the ill-fated nets of these rulers like sheep fall in the well one after another meaninglessly. Thus, the collapse of Varna Vyavastha of Hinduism began. At least 2-3 past generation people have failed to pass on this rich heritage of ours to the next generation.  There could be only two reasons I see, one would be their loyalty towards British and secondly, they themselves do not know what the value of this country’s history is because they were forbidden from this to know.

The immature people and British-loyal political parties have carried out this process even post freedom of this country.  The Congress was found to be very keen in implementing division policy among Indians, especially Hindus in the name of caste and when comes to religion, they had used cleverly disguised name ‘Secularism’.  For India, secularism has no meaning as we are religiously tolerant people already.  If not, neither Mughals had conquered nor would Christians have dominated this country.

The saddest part is that in spite of decent education and advancement of computer technology and internet of this modern era, the Indians still behave in the same way like they did 70-80 years ago.  The mighty technological strength of this era has not been fully utilized for the sake of own historical documentation and preservation, finding the ancestral root and their way of life, their technical know-how and so on.

It is true that Indians emerging victorious in so many fields and so many countries.  How many of scholars and professionals in foreign and Indian soils are really deliberated to unearth these peerless treasures and proudly announce to the rest of the world that who the Indians were and are!

By 2020, India is set to become the world’s youngest country with 64 per cent of its population in the working age group, say 29 years in average.  Is it a going to be vital or trivial to this country?  Does not look that much promising, until now.

The present young generation does not put interest in knowing their root.  Their interests are different.

The ‘Facebook’, ‘Twitter’, ‘Instagram’, ‘Whatsapp’ are mostly used for simple, meaningless, time-pass chats.

The Pubs and Discotheques are their regular visiting temples.  Until late nights, spoiling their sleeps and health by consuming liquor and smoking, not only they bring loss to their parents but to this country also.

Any society or community can be destroyed by its own hands, only and only if their values are destroyed and history is hidden.  That’s what exactly done by over 600 years by two major invaders in this country.

There are plenty of our old temples still left unattended.  So many our old temples’ hidden rooms have remained unopened.  There are so many our ancestors’ stories are hidden in such temples to read about our ancestors.

The day young generation of this country understands the values of our heritage and legacy, no doubt, India will not only become super power but also set an example to rest of the country.

Hope is life.  Let’s hope!

Balaji Canchi Sistla

Hyderabad on 24-4-2015 @ 3 pm

AN AMAZING STORY…

Here is an amazing story from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11:

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic .
All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that “All Business” look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination.”

No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander, New Foundland. He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately — no questions asked. We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.

While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area. A few minutes later word came in about the hijackings. We decided to LIE to the passengers while we were still in the air. We told them the plane had a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander , New Foundland, to have it checked out.

We promised to give more information after landing in Gander .. There was much grumbling among the passengers, but that’s nothing new! Forty minutes later, we landed in Gander. Local time at Gander was 12:30 PM …. that’s 11:00 AM EST.There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world that had taken this detour on their way to the US.

After we parked on the ramp, the captain made the following announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have. The reality is that we are here for another reason.”

Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the US. There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. The captain informed passengers that Ground control in Gander told us to stay put.The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the air crafts. Only airport police would come around periodically, look us over and go on to the next airplane.

In the next hour or so more planes landed and Gander ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world, 27 of which were US commercial jets. Meanwhile, bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in DC.

People were trying to use their cell phones, but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada . Some did get through, but were only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the U.S. were either blocked or jammed. Sometime in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Center buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. By now the passengers were emotionally and physically exhausted, not to mention frightened, but everyone stayed amazingly calm.

We had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we were not the only ones in this predicament. We had been told earlier that they would be allowing people off the planes one plane at a time. At 6 PM, Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would be 11 am the next morning.Passengers were not happy, but they simply resigned themselves to this news without much noise and started to prepare themselves to spend the night on the airplane.

Gander had promised us medical attention, if needed, water, and lavatory servicing.And they were true to their word.

Fortunately we had no medical situations to worry about. We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The night passed without incident despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th a convoy of school buses showed up. We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.

After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel. We had no idea where our passengers were going. We learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander!

We were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the US airports opened again, but not to expect that call for a while.We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started. Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were extremely friendly. They started calling us the “plane people.” We enjoyed their hospitality, explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.

Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport. Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days.

What we found out was incredible…..

Gander and all the surrounding communities (within about a 75 Kilometer radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all these facilities to mass lodging areas for all the stranded travelers.Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.

ALL the high school students were required to volunteer theirtime to take care of the “guests.” Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander where they were put up in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged.

Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were taken to private homes. Remember that young pregnant lady? She was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24-hour Urgent Care facility.There was a dentist on call and both male and female nurses remained with the crowd for the duration.

Phone calls and e-mails to the U.S. and around the world were available to everyone once a day. During the day, passengers were offered “Excursion” trips.Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors. Some went for hikes in the local forests.

Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests.Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the schools. People were driven to restaurants of their choice and offered wonderful meals. Everyone was given tokens for local laundry mats to wash their clothes, since luggage was still on the aircraft.

In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travelers. Passengers were crying while telling us these stories. Finally, when they were told that U.S. airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single passenger missing or late. The local Red Cross had all the information about thewhereabouts of each and every passenger and knew
which plane they needed to be on and when all the planes were leaving. They coordinated everything beautifully.

It was absolutely incredible.

When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. Everyone knew each other by name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time. Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a chartered party flight. The crew just stayed out of their way. It was mind-boggling.

Passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.

And then a very unusual thing happened.

One of our passengers approached me and asked if he could make an announcement over the PA system. We never, ever allow that. But this time was different. I said “of course” and handed him the mike. He picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days.He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers.He continued by saying that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewisporte.

“He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number). The purpose of the trust fund is to provide college scholarships for the high school students of Lewisporte. He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers. When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers and addresses, the total was for more than $14,000!

“The gentleman, a MD from Virginia , promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well.As I write this account, the trust fund is at more than $1.5 million and has assisted 134 students in college education.

“I just wanted to share this story because we need good stories right now. It gives me a little bit of hope to know that some people in a faraway place were kind to some strangers who literally dropped in on them.

It reminds me how much good there is in the world.”

“In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today’s world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.

This is one of those stories that need to be shared.

Courtesy: (Osmania Campus MBA Alumni Association)

10 Principles for Peace of Mind…

 

DO NOT INTERFERE IN OTHERS’ BUSINESS UNLESS ASKED

Most of us create our own problems by interfering too often in others’ affairs. We do so because somehow we have convinced ourselves that our way is the best way, our logic is the perfect logic and those who do not conform to our thinking must be criticized and steered to the right direction, our direction. This thinking denies the existence of individuality and consequently the existence of God. God has created each one of us in a unique way. No two human beings can think or act in exactly the same way. All men or women act the way they do because God within them prompts them that way. Mind your own business and you will keep your peace.

FORGIVE AND FORGET

This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often develop ill feelings inside our heart for the person who insults us or harms us. We nurture grievances. This in turn results in loss of sleep, development of stomach ulcers, and high blood pressure. This insult or injury was done once, but nourishing of grievance goes on forever by constantly remembering it. Get over this bad habit. Life is too short to waste in such trifles. Forgive, Forget and march on. Love flourishes in giving and forgiving.

DO NOT CRAVE FOR RECOGNITION

This world is full of selfish people. They seldom praise anybody without selfish motives. They may praise you today because you are in power, but no sooner than you are powerless they will forget your achievement and will start finding faults in you. Why do you wish to kill yourself in striving for their recognition? Their recognition is not worth the aggravation. Do your duties ethically and sincerely

DO NOT BE JEALOUS

We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our peace of mind. You know that you work harder than your colleagues in the office, but sometimes they get promotions; you do not. You started a business several years ago, but you are not as successful as your neighbor whose business is only one year old. There are several examples like these in everyday life. Should you be jealous? No. Remember everybody’s life is shaped by his/her destiny which has now become his/her reality. If you are destined to be rich, nothing in the world can stop you. If you are not so destined, no one can help you either. Nothing will be gained by blaming others for your misfortune. Jealousy will not get you anywhere; it will only take away your peace of mind.

CHANGE YOURSELF ACCORDING TO THE ENVIRONMENT

If you try to change the environment single-handedly, the chances are you will fail. Instead, change yourself to suit your environment. As you do this, even the environment, which has been unfriendly to you, will mysteriously change and seem congenial and harmonious.

ENDURE WHAT CANNOT BE CURED

This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Every day we face numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations, and accidents that are beyond our control. If we cannot control them or change them, we must learn to put up with these things. We must learn to endure them cheerfully. Believe in yourself and you will gain in terms of patience, inner strength and will power.

DO NOT BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW

This maxim needs to be remembered constantly. We often tend to take more responsibilities than we are capable of carrying out. This is done to satisfy our ego. Know your limitations. . Why take on additional loads that may create more worries? You cannot gain peace of mind by expanding your external activities. Reduce your material engagements and spend time in prayer, introspection and meditation. This will reduce those thoughts in your mind that make you restless. Uncluttered mind will produce greater peace of mind.

MEDITATE REGULARLY

Meditation calms the mind and gets rid of disturbing thoughts. This is the highest state of peace of mind. Try and experience it yourself. If you meditate earnestly for half an hour everyday, your mind will tend to become peaceful during the remaining twenty-three and half-hours. Your mind will not be easily disturbed as it was before. You would benefit by gradually increasing the period of daily meditation. You may think that this will interfere with your daily work. On the contrary, this will increase your efficiency and you will be able to produce better results in less time.

NEVER LEAVE THE MIND VACANT

An empty mind is the devil’s workshop. All evil actions start in the vacant mind. Keep your mind occupied in something positive, something worthwhile. Actively follow a hobby. Do something that holds your interest. You must decide what you value more: money or peace of mind.

Your hobby, like social work or religious work, may not always earn you more money, but you will have a sense of fulfillment and achievement. Even when you are resting physically, occupy yourself in healthy reading or mental chanting of God’s name.

DO NOT PROCRASTINATE AND NEVER REGRET

Do not waste time in protracted wondering ” Should I or shouldn’t I?” Days, weeks, months, and years may be wasted in that futile mental debating. You can never plan enough because you can never anticipate all future happenings. Value your time and do the things that need to be done. It does not matter if you fail the first time. You can learn from your mistakes and succeed the next time. Sitting back and worrying will lead to nothing. Learn from your mistakes, but do not brood over the past. DO NOT REGRET. Whatever happened was destined to happen only that way. Why cry over spilt milk?

Think Positive!

THE ART OF GIVING

“Rivers do not drink their own water,nor do trees eat their own fruit, nor do rain clouds eat the grains reared by them.

Is the wealth of the nature used solely for the benefit of others?

Even after accepting that giving is good and that one must learn to give, several questions need to be answered.

When should one give?

Yudhisthir asks a beggar seeking alms to come the next day.  On this, Bhim rejoices that Yudhisthir his brother has conquered death and he is sure that he will be around tomorrow to give.   Yudhisthir gets the message.

One does not know really whether one will be there tomorrow to give! The time to give therefore is NOW.

How much to give?

One recalls the famous incident from history. Rana Pratap was reeling after defeat from the Moghals.  He had lost his army; he had lost his wealth and most important hehad lost hope, his will to fight.  At that time in his darkest hour, his erstwhile minister Bhamasha came seeking
him and placed his entire fortune at the disposal of Rana Pratap.  With this, Rana Pratap raised an army and lived to fight another day.

The answer to this question how much to give is “Give as much as you can!

The next question is ‘what to give’?  It is not only money that can be given.  It could be a flower or even a smile.  It is not how much one gives but how one gives that really matters. When you give a smile to a stranger that may be the only good thing received by him in days and weeks!  You can give anything but you must give with your heart!

Whom to give?

Many times we avoid giving by finding fault with the person who is seeking. However,
being judgmental and rejecting a person on the presumption that he may not be the most deserving is not justified.”Give without being judgmental!

How to give?

Coming to the manner of giving, one has to ensure that the receiver does not feel humiliated, nor the giver feels proud by giving. ‘Let not your left hand know what your right hand gives’, said Jesus Christ Charity without publicity and fanfare, is the highest form of charity.  ‘Give quietly’!  While giving let not the recipient feel small or humiliated.  After all what we give never really belonged to us.  We come to this world with nothing and will go with nothing.  The thing gifted was only with us for a temporary period.  Why then take pride in giving away something which really did not belong to us? Give with grace and with a feeling of gratitude.

What should one feel after giving?

We all know the story of Eklavya.  When Dronacharya asked him for his right thumb as ‘Guru-dakshina’.  He unhesitatingly cut off the thumb and gave it to Dronacharya. There is a little known sequel to this story..  Eklavya was asked whether he ever regretted the act of giving away his thumb when he was dying. His reply was “Yes!  I regretted this only once in my life.  It was when Pandavas were coming in to kill Dronacharya who wasbroken-hearted on the false news of death of his son Ashwathama and had stopped fighting.It was then that I regretted the loss of my thumb.  If the thumb was there, no one could have dared hurt my Guru.

The message to us is clear.  Give and never regret giving!

How much should we provide for our heirs?

Ask yourself, ‘Are we taking away from them the gift of work – a source of happiness’?

 

The answer is given by Warren Buffett:

“Leave your kids enough to do anything,

but not enough to do nothing!”

 

Let us learn the Art of Giving.

 

Quoting Sant Kabir:

“When the wealth in the house increases, when water fills a boat,

Throw them out with both hands !

 

This is the wise thing to do!