DEWDROPS

I was expecting some guests in the evening over a cup of tea. I went to my kitchen garden to pick up some homegrown vegetables. We have a few beautiful flowers plants in the garden which are in full bloom. I picked a good number of them and kept them in a flower vase in the drawing room to create a good impression before my guests. The room really looked lively with a lot of fragrance and freshness of flowers.

When the guests came they had words of appreciation for the beautiful flowers and wanted to know as to from where had I bought such fresh and beautiful flowers. I really felt elated by the good words and I told that the flowers were from my own garden. In the heat of excitement, I invited all to see my garden. They were all happy to see the green, fresh, and organic vegetables and the flowers and appreciated my gardening skills. There was a very cute baby with the guests. She was looking at the flowers with a strange sense of curiosity. I asked her,” Didn’t you like beautiful flowers, my dear”? “I liked, but why are there very few flowers on the plants, uncle,” She asked. I told her that since I have plucked many that day itself to decorate the drawing room and in a few days more flowers will come on the plants. She didn’t seem satisfied and shot back, “Uncle, the flowers look fine only on their plants and not in the drawing room”. I tried to convince the baby, “Didn’t you like them in the flower vase in the drawing room, my dear”. She retorted, “Uncle, when we had seen plenty of them in the flower vase, then why are you showing us a few on the plants now”. I felt embarrassed,  and then her mother came to my rescue scolding the little angel to stop arguing. “Mom, the teacher says not to pluck flowers as they too have life and they feel a lot of pain”, Shot back the little girl. She continued further and asked me with complete innocence, “Uncle, didn’t your mam ever tell you not to pluck flowers?” I felt ashamed before the little angel and admitted that my teachers too had taught me many times not to pluck flowers or harm the plants. She exclaimed with an innocent gesture by putting her little hand on her mouth, ” Oh! uncle, you didn’t obey your teachers, my God!” Her mother pulled her to her lap and advised her not to argue with the elders. “Sorry uncle”, She said and went inside to play with other children as advised by her mother.

We had tea and after a lot of chit chat the guests left but the impression the little girl created kept rewinding in my mind throughout the night and I couldn’t have a sound sleep. I got up early in the morning and went to the garden to refresh myself. I looked at the flowers but everything didn’t seem to be as usual.

The dewdrops on the petals which used to look like pearls shining under the fresh ray of the sun and displaying different rainbow colors were looking like tears on the cheeks of the flowers.

I had become sentimental by the brave and sane words of the little girl. It appeared as if the flowers had wept out of pain the whole night. I looked at the flowers with love and resentment and tried to kiss them when the tears rolled down their cheeks. This made my eyes wet and with a remorseful voice I whispered: “sorry, I will not harm you again my dear, please forgive me.”

I had become too emotional and I could hear the feeble sobs of the flowers who were hurt, annoyed, and expressing their anger and grief. I could hear them saying, “You man who considers yourself as the top of the God’s creation and very close to Him is actually the cruelest of all the creatures on this planet. You never hesitate to hurt and give pain to any creature in this world including your own race and that too without any meaningful purpose. We wouldn’t mind, had you plucked us for your basic need i.e hunger, but you did it just to decorate your home which you could do with other things without taking any life. It is not only we the plants but you kill rare animals and birds; the finest of God’s creation and hang their skin on the walls and their heads on the pillars of your house as showpieces. You want to show to your fellow men that you are very brave and have hunted such mighty beasts. We do agree that God created everything on this planet for your proper use but certainly not for your misuse. Our cries are not audible and that doesn’t mean that we don’t have pain and feelings. You cut us from our branches and put us in the flower vase with some medicated water which keeps us in a state of coma for a little longer time so that you can enjoy our freshness. It is as if we have been put on a ventilator where we can neither live nor die peacefully but keep on suffering abundance pain. God gave you wisdom with some great purpose but you use it only to show and prove that you are the most clever of all the creatures”.

 They continued, “You are wasting God’s gift i.e the wisdom on negative tendencies and your mind games instead of utilizing the same for the further improvement of your race, character, thinking, and behavior matching God itself. Instead of going up you are going down. You are perhaps the only creature on the earth who don’t contribute to the perseverance of ecology and the balance of nature.NATURE’s EQUILIBRIUM It seems as if you are bent upon turning this beautiful planet to the worst of the hells”.

They continued, ” we provide you the best we have like our beautiful colors, our sweet fragrance, and help in maintaining the delicate balance of nature which supports life of all types including that of yours on the earth. We have nectar in our bosom which we provide to the bees who come to pollinate us and which they convert the same into sweet and nutritious honey for you. Many insects dance around us and produce a sweet humming sound which pleases your ears. we attract nature’s most beautiful butterflies and your children run after them in excitement. We deserve and expect a fair deal in return, but you instead give us a lot of pain and sufferings. Whenever we notice you approaching us we start shivering with fear”.

The feeble words of the voiceless flowers were piercing through my soul. I realized that the innocents are the real braves who have the courage to speak the truth so plainly and with the utmost ease. My mind was restless and cursing me. I promised I will not hurt them again and let them live a full life very peacefully. I assured that I will nurse them with more compassion and love. I slightly touched the cuts/wounds, I gave them the other day. The subtle repentance gave me some relief, and my day passed peacefully. I had a good sleep on that cloudy night. The words of the little angel and the feelings of the flowers had changed my behavior towards other species on this earth.

I got up early in the morning and rushed towards the garden to see the flowers in order to refresh myself. To my utter surprise, the tears appeared to have dried and the flowers too seemed to have passed the night peacefully. The flowers and the new buds that have opened during the night were vacillating by the pleasant breeze that was blowing. they seemed to be free and fearless and inviting me to come and enjoy with them. Their welcome gesture made me believe that they have trusted my words. This gave me an indescribable satisfaction.

HISTORY-A thing of Past and a Lesson to Future.

History is an important subject which no one can afford to ignore if one is really interested in making progress and development in life. Both progress, as well as development,  are relative terms and always need a platform to measure them in any field. This platform is provided by history. Without the availability of an honestly documented history written with an unbiased mind, we can’t compare our yesterdays with our present and would fail to properly plan our future. It is therefore important to have an unbiased history available in order to match our present with our past in order to understand whether we are moving in the right direction of making development and progress in life.

The date of the origin of mankind is not known. All we know is that mankind evolved from lower species and by and by developed to the present form. Evolution from lower species to higher ones also changed his ways of life like thinking, eating, dressing, behaving, fighting, defending, learning, etc. He went on making improvement in all fields of activities by utilizing the resources available to him all around. He went on moving forward from the stone age to the iron age and to the machine age and now to the electronic and atomic age.

Humans, unlike any other species, have an instinct of dissatisfaction always present in them despite all the heavens at their command. Humans are never satisfied with anything and always try to have more and more, may it be physical possessions or other mental attitudes such as enjoyments, pleasures, tastes,  power, command, respect, status, lifestyle, etc. etc. In order to satisfy their ego, they always compare their present with their past. This instinct is the cause of the so-called development and progress of mankind.

The very ancient history seems neither recorded so is not known. Some inscriptions on stones/rocks are not readable or are not decoded for lack of knowledge of the language in which these are written. Anyhow some ancient books considered to be holy by different religions or some fiction books do contain a lot of events or imaginations of historical importance, which have set a goal or a benchmark for developing various items for making life better or easy for the mankind in order to satisfy his lust for power, pleasure, and dominance over one and other.

The description of “Brahamastra”,  and “Agnibaan” during the great battles of Ramayana and Mahabharata seems to have inspired the humans to make atom bombs, long-range guns, intercontinental ballistic missile, and other items of modern warfare. The mantras whispered before firing these deadly arrows may be the secret codes as are used in releasing/firing the modern day missiles and bombs. The reference of “Urhan khatola” and Flying carpet for transport in some fiction books seem to be the base for the invention of airplanes and rockets. Similarly, the inspiration for the invention of television seems to have been taken from the description of the battle of Mahabharata by Sanjaya the advisor to the blind king Dhritarashtra, who had the power to see events at a distance right in front of him. Without being present on the battlefield he narrates all the events of the battle to the blind king in the same way as we see live today on TV. Had those events or the fictional conceptualizations been not recorded in the books as history, the modern gadgets in the present form would not have been possible.

The history of great battle techniques helps in further improvements in modern warfare. The cultural history of dance, music, poetry. paintings, engravings, designing has added to the modern-day fine arts for a better lifestyle.

The history of the old system of medicine, surgery, games, and public administration is the basis for today’s developed systems in these respective fields.

Whatever is happening today will be history tomorrow and the humans by nature would continue moving forward with improvement on the existing systems. They will never be satisfied and will go on craving for more and more development and progress in all physical fields of activity.

The irony is that despite so much struggle for the countless ages for making more and more progress, the human race remains unsatisfied as ever before. It is believed that humans evolved from the lower species and which is the actual progress in the real sense. Now they seem to be stuck up in this human form and there is no further progress. This is the reason for actual frustration and dissatisfaction for him. No efforts are taking him further to a newer and a better form of species. Is the human race the last and final destination? Had it been so, the humans would have been the most satisfied and the happiest lot, which they are not.

The progress for which we toiled for ages has failed to make our life better. If we compare ourselves with the prior races we are as good or as bad as they were.

Still, we are enslaved by greed, anger, hate, intolerance, bias, and complexes of various types. We have not made any progress on the real values of human life.

We, therefore, need to evaluate our thought process and channelize it to make progress and development in the field of values of life which the great Saints, Sufis, and messengers of God taught us. Our motto of life should be love, compassion, universal brotherhood, and tolerance so that we can make this beautiful planet a place worth living. We have to pick up from the history the best things and follow the best examples to make life worth living without any tension and fear or hate and ignore the part which takes us away from these values of life. We need to follow the BEST.

 

 

 

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TEAM BUILDING

No one is perfect in every field of activity in this world. One always needs a team to accomplish various tasks in life. Any task however small it may be requires efforts of a team for its accomplishment. A good leader requires a good team for success in his mission and likewise, a team requires a good leader for leading it. Both are supplementary to each other. Good leaders therefore always build good teams to support them in the achievement of their goals in life.

Building a good team is an art and it requires experience, wisdom, strong will, tolerance, and tact. Same applies in choosing a good leader because ‘A BAD LEADER CAN SPOIL THE EFFORTS, GOOD WORK, AND THE REPUTATION OF A GOOD TEAM AND A BAD TEAM CAN SPOIL THE FUTURE AND THE CARRIER OF A GOOD LEADER’. The history is full of such examples where the situations worsened because of the adverse combination of leaders and their teams. For success in different aspects, activities, and missions of life it is as such very important to build good teams, be it for the running of the affairs of the family, a game, an organization, a party, or a nation. At the same time, it is all the more necessary to follow a good leader for all-round success in life. Following few suggestions are made for building a good team in order to successfully achieve the desired goals and accomplish tasks:-

  • Always choose honest, bold, dedicated, and intelligent people in your team.
  • All the team members should have the same motto, same goal, the same concern, and a deep sense of belonging for the organisation they represent. Any personal interest spoils the team and ultimately the organisation they represent. Personal interests act as a slow poison for the organisations.
  • Full freedom should be provided to the team members to put forth their point of view while discussing the issues within the four walls and their point of view be appreciated and taken well care of. An honest difference of opinion must always be encouraged and appreciated. No member should be dodged or reprimanded during the course of discussions, rather they should be encouraged to express their views fearlessly. Please understand that you as a team leader are not the only wise person in this world, and otherwise also as a team leader, you have the right to agree or disagree with any suggestion put forth by any member and take a final decision. So listen to all with patience. Once you discourage any member from putting forth his point of view he would hesitate to contribute his share of experience and wisdom in the future. Once a common decision is agreed upon all the members should own it. There should not be any bickering by any member outside the four walls of the venue once a final decision is agreed to be implemented, not even in the circumstances where the decision fails to bring the desired results. The success or failure of a decision depends upon many visible and invisible circumstances. Some decisions may not meet the desired results.

    The leader should be honest and bold enough to own all failures and pass on the credit for all successes to his team.

  • A leader should be able to differentiate between a critic and an opponent. While a critic should be appreciated because he keeps you active and alive to the situation and provides his services without any cost to point out your shortcomings as against an opponent who opposes all your action irrespective of any discrimination between a bad and a good decision/action. Opponents should be totally ignored without taking any cognizance.
  • Keep members in your team who are not only loyal to the organisation but also loyal to you and not those who are only loyal to you and not loyal to the organisation. Beware of the sycophants who are loyal to you out of compulsion or with some motive other than the welfare of the institution. They are the ones who would be the first to desert you and hit you once you show signs of weakness or of losing grip on the management of the institution. Such dangerous species should be kept out of any decision making or implementing the process. Such elements need to be identified and kept under strict watch.
  • As a leader behave as head of the family and not as a despot.

When there is Same concern, Same motto, and the Same goal in a team and the leader provides equal opportunity to all, listens to all and appreciates the concern of the team members ; then the success and harmony always knocks at the doors of the organisation they represent.

GENERATION GAP

Generation gap is a variation or contrast in thinking, attitude, and behaviour of people of different generations. This is a natural phenomenon and is bound to happen because of the changes in the living environment with the development of resources and the availability of new fields of activities all around. This gap started happening from the date the evolution of man. With every passing day, a change in attitude, behaviour, and thinking kept going on slowly and with the passing of a generation it becomes more visible.

This gap is a sign of development if it is happening on the positive side, but in case it is the other way then it is dangerous not only for the concerned person or society but for the entire humanity as a whole. The new generations must inherit positive mental attitudes and values of life from their elders. All generations, therefore, need to be very particular about passing on the family traditions, culture, and values of life to the coming generations.

History plays an important role in understanding the difference between generations, their attitudes, behaviors, and traditions. A look at the history of nations shows that there has been a lot of development in every field be it health, education, food production, defense, infrastructure, science and technology and especially, the artificial intelligence. At present, although there is hardly a dearth of anything in this world yet we find some people suffering from malnutrition, deprivation of medical facilities, shelter, education, and justice which are the basic needs of life. The gap between the rich and the poor is widening day by day. This is not because of the dearth of anything but because of a lack of basic human characteristics such as compassion COMPASSION., contentment, humanity, and love. These human values of life have always existed in races/generations but the generations failed to protect and pass them on to the future generations; as a result all the negative tendencies such as greed, hatred, bias and intolerance took over and overshadowed the basic human values of life.

The development should have made our lives comfortable but the opposite has happened. We have become slaves of this development and have no time to enjoy its benefits. The wild race for more and more possessions has eaten the priceless possession of our contentment.

At a time when the world is fast changing, the rate of widening of the generation gap is also gaining speed. It needs to to be properly channelized because the negative trend already set in the values of life may attain greater proportions and which will be responsible for the degradation of human values resulting into a narrowing of the gap between the behaviors of humans and the animals. Is that our goal?.

The generation gap exists only in humans. Animals don’t have this gap. The reason is an abundance of intellect provided to humans by nature, which they can use for their good or bad. The choice depends on the atmosphere around us. The role of elders, therefore, is to provide a good and healthy atmosphere to their younger generations.

Parents/elders, teachers(Guru)/Religious leaders as well as social and political leaders have to become a role model for the youngsters and keep a vigilant eye on their wards, students/disciples and the subjects so that they may not get led astray. Regular contact is necessary with the children especially at the present times when there are a lot of avenues available to the children for slipping into the wrong zones. The misuse of artificial intelligence such as computers, laptops, mobile phones, and the internet has resulted in stress as well as distress which can lead to depressions and sometimes addiction to drugs for relief.

A positive gap is a welcome sign but a negative one which has already started taking roots is very dangerous for society as well as for humanity as a whole. The diminishing respect in the eyes of youngsters for elders, the allurement towards intoxicants and drugs is creating a great disturbance in the societies all over the world.

Such a generation gap needs to be filled with understanding, love, compassion and great devotion by the elders, teachers and the leaders, who have to become role models and create a self-example for the coming generations or otherwise we all shall be responsible for the great destruction of values of human life leading to degradation of life values and behavior of the future races to the lower species i.e animals.

The trend of behaving like lower species of life has already knocked at our doors and has rather entered our world. The widespread of drug addiction, intolerance among races and religions, increase in criminal activities, undue anger, hate, degradation of values in politics and religion are the signs of this trend.

Every cloud has a silver lining. Still, there are families, societies, and nations which have preserved their values of life, culture, and traditions and have passed on the same to their future generations. We need to learn from them and must follow them in the overall interests of our generations.

 

 

DEEPAWALI – THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.

Deepawali, the festival of lights is celebrated on a moonless dark night in the month of October or November every year in the whole world and especially in the Indian subcontinent by the Hindus, Sikhs, and people from all other religions who contribute to the celebrations in one way or the other. The festival has become more of a good business proposition than purely a spiritual activity. It is related to the return of Lord Ram, Sita Ji, and Laxman back to their home in Ayodhya from an exile of fourteen years during which period Lord Ram passed through different phases of life and established a proper code of conduct for all of us by creating self-examples and discipline of life(BURNING THE EVIL: DUSSEHRA). He himself underwent various difficulties and faced the challenges of life with maturity and with utmost wisdom thus setting examples for us as to how to face various problems and aspects of life in a balanced manner.

We learn a lot from the examples set by Lord Rama about our obligations to the society, family members including father, mother, stepmother, brothers, wife, friends, teachers(Guru), friends, supporters, disciples, true followers, opponents, and the learned persons.

His priority towards Mata Shabri who was a very poor lady from a lower caste, over the most learned and famous Rishis including the great Matang Rishi who were proud of their knowledge and wisdom, is a true example of the love of a Master towards his disciple. Out of this love, he ignored the feast arranged by the Rishis and chose to eat the wild berries collected by Mata Shabri from the forest and each one of which she had tasted to check the sweetness.

After winning the war against Ravana who was hurt and was about to die in the battlefield; Lord Rama directed his brother Laxman who was an angry young man to go to Ravana and approach him respectfully for a piece of advice based on his knowledge and wisdom because Ravana was highly intellectual and a learned person.

By this act, Lord Ram taught us that we should not be biased even against our foes and appreciate their good qualities.

He made Laxman shun his anger, pride of winning the war and hatred if any towards the defeated enemy. He taught everyone to eliminate only the evil and appreciate the virtues even that of an enemy.

During those fourteen years of exile, he faced all the good and bad events of his life with courage, faith, complete humbleness and with a balanced and positive approach. After successful completion of his exile, he returned to Ayodhya where he was greeted with lights, dances, fireworks and that day of victory and Homecoming is still celebrated in the form of Deepawali.

No one likes to remain in the darkness. Everyone wants to be in the light. One philosopher describes darkness as the absence of light. There is never an absence of light in this world. Sun gives us light during the day and the moon appears before the sun disappears and so the stars. The light is always there as The God never blinks. The problem is with our own attitude. We turn our back to the light and focus only on the darkness so remain deprived of its shine.

How desperately we long for the light but search it outwardly whereas God has kept the same within all of us. Being extroverts we can’t get in touch with this divine lamp to which some call Akhand jyot, some call it Noor-e-Haq or Sham-e-Allahi or by various other names. This lamp is within everyone. All we need is to be introverts and focus our attention within ourselves instead of allowing it to scatter it outside. The longing for this light is not only the domain of any particular religion. Every religion has appreciated this and has always been in search of this Divine light. Our various festivals and traditions are connected with the appearance of the sources of light such as fire,  stars, the moon, and the sun.  This is actually the light within which Lord Ram was greeted on his homecoming. This is the same light which Hazrat Moosa encountered at Koh-e Toor. This is the same light which we symbolize on the Shab-e- Raat or on a Christmas tree during the Christmas celebrations. All we need is to have a true Guru, a perfect Master, a Kamil Murshid and learn from Him the technique of becoming an introvert and focus our attention inwards and follow a simple and chaste lifestyle in order to achieve salvation.

We the humans too have been exiled like Lord Ram for a fixed time period i:e our lifespan, for having disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit. This period of exile is granted to us as a chance to purify our soul, pay for the mistakes and liberate ourselves from the shackles of wishes, anger, greed, attachment to worldly objects, and the ego/ pride. If we succeed, we will find our way back home and would be greeted with the lights which will remove all darkness from our life and liberate us from the unending cycle of birth and death thus leading us to attain Moksha, Mukti, or Najaat.

May this Diwali show us the way to the light within; the light that liberates; the light that removes all the darkness from our lives, thoughts, and the behaviors.

Wishing a very Happy Diwali to all the Readers….

BANKS AND THE POLLUTION

Pollution is a big monster which has engulfed the whole world especially the developing and the underdeveloped countries. The reason being that such countries need to develop factories, industry, infrastructure, mining, technology, defence, agriculture and education etc. Except for services and education, all other sectors of the economy create pollution in one way or the other. Factories, industries, and technology create smoke dust, dangerous gases, heat and noise which all add to the pollution level all around. Infrastructure creates noise, dust, and electronic pollution. Development in defence is the mother of all types of pollution in the air, on the ground and in the sea. On the micro level, all of us contribute to the addition in pollution in many ways.

Banks are the agents of development and no economy can survive or develop without a sound banking system. while they are contributing to the development of nations, they are by default contributing to the creation of pollution. Creation of pollution can’t be segregated for elimination from the development, however, it can be reduced by going green wherever possible. But we can’t have a green defense, ammunition, missiles, warplanes. Likewise, we can’t dream of green industrial wastage, green effluents, and green noise, smoke, and e- wastage. These need to be properly managed and treated before being disposed of.

Pollution as such is a compulsory evil which needs to be managed in a proper manner and kept at a tolerable level: a total elimination is impossible.

There are mainly two bodies which are entrusted with the job of managing pollution and cleanliness. Urban and rural local bodies such as municipal committees/corporations and the pollution control boards. However, the green tribunals are also doing a wonderful job by enforcing applicable laws for the safety of the environment and ecology. Municipal bodies lack planning, adequate funds, and trained manpower. The very urgent and necessary job of cleaning and garbage management is being done in a very casual manner. Municipal garbage from drains is removed and stocked in lanes, dumped on the roads in open where animals, birds, and flies feast to their will and is ultimately transported to dumping yards which are either within the dwelling areas or are very close to them. The small and the big drains remain choked thereby creating harmful gases and spreading of foul smell laced with dangerous bacteria. The effluent in the drains is allowed untreated into the rivers and canals with impunity. It appears as if all the concerned are in a deep slumber although they like other citizens are equally affected by the pollution so created.

The plight of the municipal field workers is pitiable. They are not properly trained to handle such a risky job which in addition to affecting their health has sometimes resulted in their deaths due to exposures to hazardous and toxic gases while cleaning the gutters. Their very tedious, dangerous, and risky job which ordinarily no one will like to do unless one has the compelling circumstances of poverty, is not properly appreciated and suitably compensated. The need of the hour is to provide adequate training to these menial laborers and their job to be properly compensated and appreciated. They need to be provided with all the necessary items required for their safety such as helmets, long gumboots, rubber gloves, and pollution masks. Unless they are not adequately trained, compensated, provided with necessary safety items, they can’t be held accountable for any lax in the performance of their duty. A very casual approach at the administrative level is bound to induce a work culture of casual nature.

The pollution control boards have the prime responsibility of controlling the pollution but the level of pollution all around speaks volumes about the failure of their efforts to control the same. The history is witness to the fact that whenever any control was exercised on any activity, it went out of control. We had exchange control, gold control, and also the birth control but all these controls failed to achieve the desired results and ultimately their nomenclature was changed. Exchange control was changed to Foreign exchange management act (FEMA). Gold control act too has been repealed and now it is from control to seamless trade. Birth control is now Family planning. Control seems to be a crude word. Pollution control boards are therefore desired to be renamed as pollution management boards which should be made accountable for the proper management of pollution.

The present position of these boards is not appreciable and seems to be lacking in action, performance, and governance. Factories and industries are existing in the middle of towns, cities, and the metros, making hell for the life of the residents. Diesel generator sets at almost all commercial complexes as well as at Pvt. residences are contributing a lot to the already existing pollution. Municipal waste is dumped in the lanes and on the roads. Even the greenest agriculture/horticulture sector is not behind in contributing their share of pollution by burning huge quantity of stubble in the fields and pruned branches and dry leaves of the trees. Excessive use of chemical fertilizers and spraying of poisonous pesticides is adding to the pollution in the air and on the earth thereby disturbing the balance of nature ( SAVE THE EARTH ). Toxic effluents from factories and households are allowed freely to flow to the so-called sacred rivers.

And above all, we the citizens do clean our houses but unmindfully throw the garbage on the lanes and roads sometimes just in front of our houses. We always expect others to respect the law and do things for us. Who will come to our rescue if we are bent upon digging our own graves and make this wonderful planet a hell for our coming generations? The coming generations will curse us if we all, responsible for this mess, didn’t mend our styles of working and ensure the health of the Earth and that of humanity as a whole.

Construction of unplanned or wrongly planned concrete jungles after destroying the natural green cover without caring a bit for the ecology and environment is being allowed which also is a major cause for the pollution. Who will stop this or mend the wrongs already done? Are the concerned authorities waiting for someone to come from the heavens to set things right for us? Nature has already started showing its anger(NATURE’s EQUILIBRIUM) and reaction in the form of storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. These early warnings are signs of the Doomsday. We all have to respect nature and try our best to save our beautiful planet.

Banks although not directly creating pollution, but are aiding the creation of the same in a big way. They can play a vital role directly and indirectly in managing pollution in a big way. There is hardly any activity which is not in one way or the other dependant on the banks. Banks should strictly ensure that the activity they are financing will not pollute the air, water or the land in any manner. They should ensure that the factories and the big complexes have proper sewage treatment plants (STP) in proper working order as well as arrangements for the proper treatment and disposal of the garbage, effluents, and the emissions. Installments of finance can be withheld until these facilities are not created. Banks should ensure that such add ups are in proper working order by physically inspecting them during their periodical inspection of the inventories and the plant, machinery, and other assets financed by them.

Banks do ensure that the unit proposed to be financed has adequate space/land available but have failed to ensure that the proposed loanee for a vehicle loan has adequate parking space at his place of residence or elsewhere excepting the lanes and the roads. The lanes and the roads appear as car bazars with hardly any space left for movement of vehicles or for the people to walk. Banks have a great role in the creation of congestion in the lanes and on the roads thus slowing down the movement of traffic and creation of a lot of pollution. One may have to visit the bank ten times to get a loan sanctioned for the purchase of a buffalo, but the car loan is sanctioned, disbursed, and even the car is got delivered within less than an hour. We see attractive advertisements of the banks in the newspapers about the facility of quick sanction and disbursement of the loan for the vehicle and other electronic items at much cheaper rates and at no margin or very nominal margin. Has anyone seen such an advertisement for a loan for the purchase of a cow, buffalo, or a horse which provide livelihood and create no pollution? Banks also need to promote with the similar zeal the sectors which are eco-friendly and provide more job opportunities to the people.

Banks need to promote those sectors which are going green by setting a self-example of going green themselves. To start with they can get all their main buildings run on green solar energy by harnessing the same on their rooftops and growing more green plants, grass, and flowers in the open spaces. This would set an example for others to follow. They should promote the use of green manure in agriculture and horticulture by helping the farmers to convert animals dung into vermicompost and the converting the other field wastage, leaves, pruned branches of trees into the green manure by the available techniques which are cheap and easy to use. This needs to be done in a mission mode as this can change the life of people in terms of quality as well as financially. They can do this as well as help farmers in the management of stubble by diverting their CSR funds for this noble cause. Banks are agents of development, let them now prove that they are agents of change also. With the type of dedication, commitment, and zeal with which the bankers have been working, it is expected that they can do this very effectively.

BURNING THE EVIL: DUSSEHRA

Dussehra is celebrated in the Indian subcontinent with much fanfare every year after the culmination of nine Navratras. Hindus observe fast during these nine Navratras and worship Goddess Durga in order to purify their souls and burn all evils on the tenth day i:e Dussehra by burning the effigy of Ten-headed  Ravana – The king of Lanka and who despite being so learned and having so much wisdom and intellect couldn’t control the evil in his mind. Overpowered by the evil thought he committed the heinous crime of kidnapping Sita, the wife of Lord Rama, knowing it well that Lord Rama was powerful enough to defeat him and rescue Sita. Despite all the wisdom and intellect at his command, he committed an immortal sin for which he was never forgiven and we still burn his effigy every year.

Burning of the effigy is symbolic. People nowadays do burn effigies of living leaders or people of high position as a protest against their actions which don’t suit them, but the burning of the effigy of Ravana signifies the victory of Good over the Evil. Does this actually burn the evil? Where is the evil, and Does it vanish by burning it every year? The evil tirelessly follows the good and it grows like the weed. Unless we de-weed it regularly every day rather every moment, it will overshadow the good crop. Symbolism will not do any good to us. We need to cleanse our mind and soul and condition them in such a way that they always remain positive.

Ramayana the Great epic teaches us the various aspects of perfect life and duties towards others. Lord Rama is also called Maryada Purshotam,  A person with Maryada i:e proper code of dignity and decorum. Lord Rama personally practiced perfect discipline in life and set examples for the conduct with parents, brothers, wife, society, followers, associates, master(Guru), and the enemies, without the slightest care for self-ego, pride, esteem, and hardships.

Dussehra signifies the constant fight with evil which grows faster than weed in our mind and we need to burn it rather uproot it moment by moment before it overshadows our intellect and makes us Ravana.

Ravana signifies Evil, Sita signifies a Pure soul and Lord Rama signifies The true spirit and a Perfect Master. India signifies the upper region i:e the abode of The Lord and Lanka signifies the earth. The pure soul descended to this world and got entrapped by the mind and its evil designs(Ravana). Having full faith in her Master, Sita remembers and prays her Lord for help; twho then invades Lanka and rescues the pure soul(Sita).

We the enslaved souls need to trust a Perfect Master/ Lord and pray before Him for help with full faith and trust. He will listen to our prayers if we are sincere and have complete trust in Him ; He will burn all evils from our mind and liberate us from this world of delusion. So, we need to understand the core of this symbolism and resort to its actual practice sincerely.