30.1.11

Nothing Has Changed In This World

This morning I was basking in the sun reading Dickens, and I felt relaxed and sleepy so I placed the book on my face between page 46 and 47. It was a paperback edition and I saw a thin line glowing between the two pages where the spine was. The sun had fallen on my face and that very moment I realized, thirty days into the New Year and nothing has changed. I'm still lost and it seems to me that wherever I go I don't seem to fit. So I’m still here, waiting, wishing, ‘What could be there in store for me?’ My mind tells me something and my heart wants something else. But I plan on staying focused with whatever I do from now on because I’ve realized one thing, this world doesn’t look for creativity or talent; they ask for degrees and diplomas. Without those they don’t care how brilliant you are, and frankly I don’t care what they think.

21.1.11

Relevance of Spirituality in an Age of Science and Technology

According to Einstein, “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind”. Science is the systematic knowledge derived from hypothesis, experimentation, observation and explanation of the results to test the hypothesis. Spirituality is the final distilled essence of all religious principles. Science is the religion of the known and religion is the science of the unknown. At the same time science does not need religion; religion does not need science; but humans need both.

Science is a great blessing to mankind. The world into which science came was a world of ignorance, suffering and hardship. Science has come to relieve us of our ignorance and to lighten our toil. Man has begun to enjoy innumerable benefits of science in his daily life. These developments let to the belief that man is all powerful and God, only an imaginary concept. People began to loose faith in Heaven or Hell, God or the Supreme power.

The path of science did not prove to be smooth as its worshipers had thought it to be. It turned out to be a mixed blessing. It did provide some physical comforts but at the cost of man’s moral and spiritual development. It turned man into a creature without any faith but only lofty ideas to inspire and guide him. It destroyed man’s simple faith, fellow feelings, affection and kindness. In fact, science alone cannot give peace and happiness to mankind. Science must be related to religion. Mere science makes man materialistic, but spiritualism upholds his faith in the higher spiritual value of life.

It must be admitted that there are more things between heaven and earth than science can actually dream of. The beauty and mystery of human life and moral values can only be learned with spiritualism. But if we are guided by science and science alone, we would all become science drunk!

It is on account of this neglect of moral and spiritual aspect that science has been applied for destructive and immoral purposes. Those who think that science and religion are contrary and cannot flourish together are totally mistaken. Werner Heisenberg, a Nobel Laureate in Physics once remarked, “The first gulp from the glass of natural science will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” Science and religion, in fact supplement each other.

Science as well as religion aim at the investigation of truth for the promotion of human happiness. Their destination is one though their approach, scope or manner of enquiry may be different. Spiritualism is one word which puts man on the highest pedestal of life. Spirituality is the way we find meaning, hope, comfort and inner peace in life. Science and Spirituality together forms the fabric to which man can lean on to and work for the development of a world in which war will be considered a taboo and violence a rejected creed. The world must be made a safe place to live in. And, “spiritual reconstruction” can help us in achieving this object.

~ Benjamin Karam

10.1.11

Humor And Elegance

Last week I was reading an Anne Frank book called "The Last Seven Months of ANNE FRANK: The stories of six women who knew Anne Frank" by Willy Lindwer. I came across the following paragraph and it caught my attention, humored me a bit but the undercurrent is really strong. I just wanted to share it with you all. The essence of the whole narration is simply charming.

The setting is a Nazi concentration camp in Poland during the Second World War.

"I remember something very nice about the French girls. They had been shaved completely bald. They found a little piece of glass and a small comb with three pongs. With that they combed their eyebrows, looking into the little mirror. Then they tied clothes around their heads and looked again to see they weren't still a little bit elegant.

I find such things delightful. The Nazis tried to set countries and nations against each other and to attack and take away a person's best quality-his dignity. And so I find people like those French girls so marvelous-those girls who fixed up their eyebrows with a little dirt in order to look a little better-really what the French call esprit, the strength not to give up, not to knuckle under . Never." 

  ~  Janny Brandes-Brilleslijper

6.1.11

Drowning In A Pool of Guilt

It is not repentance at the eleventh hour, but it still is repentance. I choose the wrong way and now my mind is wandering between my wishes and my mistakes; this body is lost in between. When you are drowning in a pool of guilt you never know where to point your head. You only think of the things you did , which you shouldn't have done or the things which you could've done but didn't do. I had a friend who told me once that ''There are only two real things in life: one which you want and the other which you need. The later is more important and so you always end up giving up what you want. And with this regret people go to their graves. No one knows what he wants, no one cares."

I just want to make it clear that if I should ever die young, I want to die drowning.
Not in a pool of water or a pool of guilt. I want to drown in music.

1.1.11

A Good Year

And just like that another whole year went. Happy New Year folks.

There is nothing I have done that I am proud of last year, but lets not talk about that. The only realization I had was that the world is cruel, yet there are people who are ready for a change and I enjoyed a lot talking to them. They gave me a glimpse of Hope. I think these people were the only good part of 2010.

I look forward to a change this year. The city I live in currently is sucking me in a bad way and I fear if I don't get out now I'll be stuck here forever. I realized this only yesterday two hours before the midnight bell. I'll take care of myself, and for all you folks out there I wish you a good year ahead, and remember 'Family Comes First'.

Have A Good Year !!!