Happy Independence Day India! 2017

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Today, we celebrate once again the fact of India becoming a sovereign nation, free from the rule of the British Monarchy. Colorful decors, hoisted flags, patriotic songs, happy children will flood schools, streets, and stadiums.

We celebrate our political freedom today. But, we are not blind to the sight of oppressed and marginalized fellow citizens. We are not deaf to the cries of orphans and widows. The nation still bleeds and groans in agony from bruises of internal hurts. The external chains have fallen. But, there are wars within.

Social evils, terrorism, naxalism, false gurus, evil rackets, kidnappings, rapes, murders, employee injustice, abuse, drunkenness, thefts, crowd fury, human trafficking, educational corruption, bureaucratic corruption, bribery, cheating, faking, lying, infidelity, forgery, drug abuse, unnatural acts fill the content of daily newspapers. They paint a sad, dismal picture of the nation.

But, there are several groups and organizations that are fighting against these evils. Some of them have achieved tremendous success. They have helped women, children, and men find justice and dignity in the world. On this Independence Day, we laud their combined efforts.

There have also been millions of alert and responsible citizens who have been  alert and have helped rescue children, women, men from dangers, from trafficking, from exploitation. Some of them may not have done very big heroic deeds. They only have been cautious to keep our environment clean, to not litter, to not cause pollution. These simple deeds have contributed to the infinity of drops that have made the ocean of goodness in our nation resplendent as the morning sun. We appreciate and honor them on this day!

We laud every gesture of kindness, every eye of mercy, every helping hand, every act of goodness, every labor to excel in that which is noble and philanthropic. We laud every voice of gentleness, every demeanor of politeness, feet that have gone the extra mile to do others good.

We praise those who have borne pain with strength and refused to return evil for evil, who have chosen to put an end to evil by bearing its scourges on their backs. They are the true heroes of our nation.

We celebrate the Independence of the truly independent Indian!

Happy Independence Day!

Seat Conditioning

SEAT CONDITIONING: Individuals with this condition prefer a particular seat at various places. They can’t enjoy food unless they sit on their favorite chair at the table, can’t worship well unless they are at their “own” seat at church, can’t feel comfortable unless they are sitting in the particular seat in bus, car, train, or flight. :D

Promises of Love

I love you (John 3:16)

I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. (Isaiah 43:1)

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you (John 15:16)

Since thou wast precious in my sight, and I have loved thee. (Isaiah 43:4)

Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. (Jeremiah 31:3)

How shall I give thee up? how shall I deliver thee? (Hosea 11:8)

Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49:15-16)

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand (Isaiah 41:13)

Fear not: for I have redeemed thee. (Isaiah 43:1)

for I am with thee (Isaiah 43:5)

I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:20)

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in me. (John 14:1)

I will help thee. (Isaiah 41:14)

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. (Isaiah 43:2)

Take no thought for your life (Luke 12:22)

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear ye not therefore (Matthew 10:30-31)

For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee (Isaiah 54:10)

Therefore, behold, I will bring thee into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto thee.

And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD. (Hosea 2:14, 19-20)

I AM THAT I AM. (Exodus 3:4)

I’m the Lord, your God.

Rise, let us be going (Matthew 26:46)

Good, Better, Best

God didn’t use the words “better” and “best” in Genesis 1. He only used the word “good”, for He never creates anything less good than any other. It is only SIN that brings feelings of comparison, competition, rivalry, envy, and pride. Therefore, God resists the proud, or those who have a higher opinion of themselves. But, He exalts the humble and lowly.

Forced Ambivalence

How would your emotions be like if you found, on the same page of a newspaper, both a heart-breaking news and also a joyful news?

The modern world of information explosion, with various mutually disconnected threads and streams of information, force humans to have several disconnected and split responses at the same time. One thread of news reports a violent train or airplane accident in which hundreds were killed (Experiencer A). Another thread of news reports jubilant celebration of a political victory or a sports trophy won by a favorite team (Experiencer B). Can both of these be reconciled? Do they need to be reconciled? The diversified information forces ambivalent responses. We are forced to both share in the joy and also share in the sorrow at the same time. The ambivalence gets severe when there is a mutual disconnection between the two experiencers (A and B), but only the respondent (C) is aware of both the news at the same time.

When the experiences are both deep, the ambivalence is also deep and genuine. It seems to reflect a split personality since one cannot be happy and sad at the same time, but the new ability makes one so towards the two stories, and troubled within. Does some sort of, dash of, amnesia or forgetfulness help to keep these two apart from each other?

Also, the pace and speed with which things happen afford less luxury for emotions to settle down. The world of experience is like a stage of shifting shadows, and the shadows excite joy and sorrow simultaneously.

This turns our mind to Divine Emotions. Of course, finite minds cannot understand anything of Divine Emotions. God is omniscient, knowing all things from the beginning to the end, and there is no surprise information to God. He knows all things. But, the Bible also talks about God being grieved and also being joyful. While in one part of the globe, one of His children may be rejoicing in celebration of a joyous moment, in the other part of the globe, someone may be weeping. God shares joy and sorrow with both individually, personally and is genuine to both.

Adversity forces our spirit to present itself to God, to stand straight by His power in face of storms, to be timeless and unaffected by events of time and yet be genuinely responsive to these at the same time; yet, without being confused.