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Posted on
Nov
16
2017
Thu
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Lust, anger, greed, vanity, instincts: Haiku and doodles
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16
2017
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From Lalit Kishore






Lust, anger and greed
degenerate and degrade –
make you devilish.
~*~

Overcome, regulate
your lower nature, instincts
to become human.
~*~

Lack of vanity,
absence of sense-slavery,
can make you divine.
~*~

Right action choices -
that is human’s sole duty,
remain equipoise.
~*~
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Posted on
Nov
12
2017
Sun
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Positivism: Haiku
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12
2017
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From Lalit Kishore






Couple positive thoughts
with affirmative actions.
Lead a happy life.

Use your strengths, virtues
to get into flow to grow
and gain life's meaning.

flourish with happiness
for your optimal well being
nurture warm relations.

with creativity,
temperance and optimism,
nurture higher self.

Emote, smile, engage -
relate positively
for meaningful life.

Follow not the fads
Be content with wherewithal
Study, work hard, be frank.

Deny luxuries
Seek not wealth, gains and comforts
Think, create, care and share.

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Posted on
Nov
6
2017
Mon
11:36
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Alumni meet: A collage and haiku
From Lalit Kishore
HAIKU

Alumni meet up -
Reunion is renewal -
Revived learnership.
~*~
A nostalgia trip
down the sweet memory lane
to keep spirits high.
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Posted on
Nov
3
2017
Fri
7:07
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Shri Guru Nanak Devji: Revisiting His Teachings on Guru Parva
From Lalit Kishore
Shri Guru Nanak Devji: Revisiting His Teachings on Guru Parva

On the occasion of the birthday anniversary of the Shri Guru Nanak Devji (1469 – 1539), known as Guru Parva, on November 4 this year, it would be appropriate revisit his his teachings which were relevant even today.
The followers of Sikhism consider the day most auspicious to dwell on Gurubani and
take a leaf from pious life of the first Guru of Sikh Religion.

Learning from the spiritual life and sacred words Shri Guru Nanak Devji is the biggest blessing for the followers. His thoughts and words have got immortalized in the Shri Guru Granth Sahib – the scripture of the Sikhism. He has always held the Scripture’s word should be understood and converted into righteous actions rather than ritualistically chanting them.

He had emphasized on contemplation on the God’s name to awaken inner-self and live worldly life by righteous means. His conception of God has been has been described in the opening lines of Guru Granth Sahib as “There is but One God, The Supreme Truth; The Ultimate Reality, The Creator, Without fear, Without enemies, Timeless entity, Without Birth, Self Created, By His grace revealed.”

Shri Guru Nanak Devji had held that God was omnipresent; therefore, there was no need of any ritualism or worship practices. He had emphasized purity, devotion or bhakti and self-less service to attainment self-realisation and to be free from the cycle of birth and death.
Guru Nanak’s main teachings are simple to live a righteous worldly life. These have been put in mixed haiku as follows.

Naam japo ever -
Devote eternally to God.
Chant the Holy Name
~*~
Vund chako all -
relate well to those in need
for sharing, caring
~*~
Kirat Karo ji -
Earn an honest, just living -
Social equity
~*~
Imbibe purity
Live fair, simple and honest life.
Love the name of God.

He subscribed for justice, goodness and the love of God. He also introduced systematic Kirtan - the singing of God’s praise along with music as a means to connect to God.
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Posted on
Oct
31
2017
Tue
9:01
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Appreciation is wondering about things
From Lalit Kishore
Inner feel and act
Are appreciation, praise.
When they get verbalized,
Actualized overtly –
They become rubbish, trash.

Appreciation lies in
Dwelling on things, events
As they just unfold
And wonder about things –
Inwardly and deeply.

Do not act out welcome.
Do not sing away praise.
Shun rituals, externals.
Do not formalize things -
Get going and wonder!

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Posted on
Oct
28
2017
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Photo-Haiku on Light Painting and Sun & Kite
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28
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From Lalit Kishore


Light painting: A picture and a haiku

Light offers itself
to paint with camera-brush
on vast space canvas
~*~
Sun and kite: A picture and a haiku

Sun rose and went down.
Kite soared high and nose dived down –
Rise is delayed fall.
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Posted on
Oct
25
2017
Wed
7:49
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Chhuth Puja: Shun rituals; fill life with sunshine of hope and pure mind
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25
2017
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From Lalit Kishore
All festivals have been turned into rituals that involve materialistic show offs with a sequence of unanalysed activities and behaviours during a social or religious event involving gestures, words, motifs and allied objects, used at specific places according to set sequence.

Market forces have cashed on this human behaviour by creating business around motifs and objects of various socio-religious events including the inputs for professionalized event management.

Currently, the four-day Chhath Puja festival is being celebrated with rituals and markets are upbeat.

There is a need to learn about the true spirit of the festival as expressed through the following haiku on the Sun who has no religion.

SUN HAIKU:

Veiled in Earth's blue mist
The Sun rises with orange hues -
but, sets as dusky red.
~*~
The source of all life -
The Sun tells: be self-luminous -
be source of own light.
~*~
Sunrise and sunset -
Each day, point for fresh beginning
to bring out the best.
~*~
Fill your existence
With pure thoughts, speech and actions
to gleam forth like Sun.

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Posted on
Oct
24
2017
Tue
8:53
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जीवन नहीं स्वतंत्र: लघु पंक्ति कविता
From Lalit Kishore
भूल गए
मानव धर्म।
भूल गए
सद कर्म।।
~*~
नहीं रहा
अब प्रजातंत्र।
नहीं रहे
हम स्वतंत्र।।
~*~
मन भेद
बना मूलमंत्र।
करो विभाजन
रचो षड़यंत्र।।
~*~
बना समाज
अब स्वार्थतंत्र।
जन्मे स्वतंत्र
बने परतंत्र।।
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Posted on
Oct
22
2017
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8:58
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Creating '5 Whys Poems' has the potential to make secondary school students critical thinkers
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22
2017
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From Lalit Kishore
When poems are created with textual material or on a current event in the progression poem format with chain of causes and effects, they can be relevant for cognitive development. Such a poem can be in the form of root cause analysis often called '5 Whys Poem'.

When you are using poetry with factual material, often metaphors, analogies or similes are avoided. The basic premise is to think and memorize subject matter actively. The cognitive development requires non-poetic use of poetry to restructure subject matter in some pattern poetry format to make it recitation-worthy through a rhythm created through simple language art forms.

The best example of '5 Whys Poem' for language development is the “For Want of a Nail” poem by George Herbert, which goes as follows.

Title: For Want of a Nail

For want of a nail the shoe is lost;
For want of a shoe the horse is lost;
For want of a horse the rider is lost;
For want of a rider the battle is lost;
For want of a battle the kingdom is lost;
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

However, where possible, this kind of pattern poetry should also be used for converting textual material of sciences and social sciences.

As part of the life skills education to develop critical thinking, a child of grade ten wrote the following '5 Whys Poem' after the murder of a seven-year old child in Gurugram based public school.

Title of poem: the child is murdered in school washroom

Why-1: Why was the child / murdered in the / school washroom? Because of / lack of /safety in the school
Why-2: Why was there / no safety / in the school? Because of / lack of / concern by the / school management
Why-3: Why was the / school management / not concerned? Because of / lack of / non-participation / in school visioning
Why-4: Why were they not /involved in / school visioning? Because of / lack of / of including it / in school action plan
Why-5: Why was there / no action plan / with a vision? Because the / affiliation board indulged in / criminal neglect of / norms and rule / and did not insist / on action plan / being in place

Lesson: The unprofessionalism of the school affiliation board could be the root cause of murders and sexual attacks in the school. (That's what the student thought. This poem is just a case illustration.)

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Posted on
Oct
22
2017
Sun
10:57
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What is inner darkness: Haiku?
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22
2017
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From Lalit Kishore
Inner darkness is state of consciousness that is ignorant of enlightenment or self-realization as supreme purpose of life. It is the denial of the spiritual, non-physical and illuminating existence of life.

Diwali - the festival of light is meant to remind us that the physical, sensual and materialistic living leads to dense mental darkness or gloom and we must seek the inner light of spiritual awakening to dispel the inner darkness.

Here are a few haiku on mental darkness and awakening.

We’re deep in darkness
Stuck into a silken web.
In-lamp light redeems.
~*~
Know your ignorance -
caused by the conditioned mind –
deluded, dark mind.
~*~
Self-knowledge is light
to redeem us from darkness
of ignorance, strife.
~*~

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Posted on
Oct
19
2017
Thu
5:26
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Floor paintings as representation of cultural reality: Example of Diwali rangoli
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19
2017
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From Lalit Kishore
Only humans create symbols of different kinds to work as communication of thoughts, feelings and culture as representations of reality. Every culture has its own set of symbols associated with different experiences and perceptions which occur in different forms: verbal or nonverbal, written or unwritten in the form of a sound, word, drawing and gesture.

Language and drawings are important source of continuity and identity in all cultures. Festivals are important of culture and have visual symbols. Geometric drawings as visual communication of the festivals as part of various cultures all across the globe.

On Diwali, the tradition of drawing floor paintings had been part of culture in Indian subcontinent for ages. Let us learn to draw the simple rangoli of Diwali in six steps as follows (see inset picture).

1. Draw a square
2. Draw an inscribing square
3. Draw out the lines of inscribed square divergently at its four corners
4. Close the end of these divergent lines to complete the triangles
5. From the mid-points of outer lines of the triangles draw the symbol of wick flames
6. At the center of the inscribed square draw Swastika symbol.

In this simple rangoli, four earthen lamp representations mean 'Deepawali' and Swastika means 'Auspicious".

Rrangoli as a part of social learning for visual communication and enhancement of visual intelligence should be integrated with curriculum so as provide cultural linkage to learning.
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Posted on
Oct
18
2017
Wed
8:15
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Diwali haiku to reflect on
From Lalit Kishore
Essentially, on a more personal level, Diwali is the occasion to turn inward and light the lamps of knowledge, goodness and truth.

Diwali is a time to self-reflect on our thoughts, words, and actions afresh and begin the process of transforming ourselves. It is a time to discover how we can be more loving, kind, respectful, and skillful towards ourselves and others.

It needs to treated as a day to share our material and spiritual wealth with others since Diwali is the celebration of inner light of self knowledge that dispels darkness of ignorance caused by ego, evils and vices.

Here are some Diwali haiku to dwell on.

Light dispels darkness
Light up your lamp of wisdom
To see own real self.
~*~
Ignite your in-lamp
To dispel the gloom within
Don't you breed darkness.
~*~
There is spark within
Despite all the gloom around
Ignite spark, create light.
~*~
Ignite light within
Darkness is absence of light
In your inner self.
~*~
Curse not darkness
Know your darkness, your ego.
Light is humbleness.
~*~
Know your ignorance -
The gloom of deluded mind
and leap out of it.
~*~
Know your 'true self lamp'
Ignite* its liberating light
For freedom from gloom.

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Posted on
Oct
17
2017
Tue
9:08
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Non-physical existence and its significance
From Lalit Kishore


Humans have the potential to reflect on their life and existence. Often, the non-physical entity of a person is seen as the spirit or soul beyond his or her physical reality.

Looking at the human potential to think and philosophise, one can posits that non-physical entity can exist but it is a highly abstract and personalized aspect. Non-physical entity is said to exist outside of space and time or as a conception above and beyond mind which is often called self-realization.

HAIKU ON NON-PHYSICAL

The physical self deludes.
The real is non-physical
Realize this, wake up.
~*~
The non-physical one
Resides beyond senses, mind -
Beyond thought process.
~*~
A physical life -
A materialistic life -
has karma effects,
~*~
A detached living
With an equipoise still mind
is non-physical.
~*~
Rituals, vows, resolves -
are physical – actions and words.
They delude, mislead.
~*~
The nonphysical science -
The best of all the sciences -
The science of release.

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Posted on
Oct
17
2017
Tue
7:43
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मन के पार
From Lalit Kishore
मन के पार
-ललित किशोर

झूम-झूम के नाचें गे ,
गीत ख़ुशी के गाएँ गे।

मन की रीत जाने गे ,
मन की जीत जाने गे।
झूम-झूम...

मन के भेष जाने गे ,
मन के द्वेष जाने गे।
झूम-झूम...

मन के राग जाने गे ,
रे सब्ज़ बाग जाने गे।
झूम-झूम...

मन की शक्ति जाने गे ,
मन की युक्ति जाने गे।
झूम-झूम...

मन को तार जाएं गे,
मन के पार जाएं गे।
झूम-झूम....
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Posted on
Oct
15
2017
Sun
6:34
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On including medical humanities in professional development of medical practitioners
From Lalit Kishore
In India, the government sector public health services run through circulars-based command-and-control management system have crippled down. The government hospitals have become the death traps for patients due to poor practice and sloppy management. On the other hand, private hospitals have turned into insensitive health industry fleecing patients and their kinfolk.

Even in the times, when most doctors were patient-oriented, there were stray incidents of unethical practices by doctors which often got ignored. Even at that time, Voltaire was unhappy with the professional preparation of doctors and had cautioned saying, “Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.” He was hinting that education of medical humanities was being ignored during the professional development, education and training of doctors.

Over the years, the over-emphasis on cramming human biology and physiology facts, de-emphasized practicals, poor internship and badly supervised practice coupled with a total neglect of social determinants of health has made doctors short-sighted and dehumanized both in the public and private sectors.

The medical humanities emphasise that the sick should not be treated as physical infected body to teated and cured but as the person with cultural and pycho-social context.
Here are some haiku for medical sciences to known the significance of medical humanities for keeping the profession sane and sensitive towards patients.

HAIKU ON MEDICAL HUMANITIES

Use artistic tools
to combine cure with relief.
Sick too are humans.
~*~
Reflect on practice
to humanise medicine
with aesthetic touch
~*~
Reflect on patient's
culture, family contexts for
therapeutic bonds
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Posted on
Oct
14
2017
Sat
8:56
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Spiritual message of Jain Diwali
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14
2017
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From Lalit Kishore


Bhagwan Mahavira attained Nirvana on the day of Diwali. Before, his liberation, he gave his last sermon called Shri Uttaradhyayan Sutra and the compilation is treated as a sacred and revered scripture by the followers of Jainism.

Shri Uttaradhyayan Sutra offers insights into fundamental doctrines of Jainism and Jain Codes of Conduct as narratives that nourish spirituality and shows the way to Nirvana.

Here are some haiku that describe the essence of Jainism.

Study scriptures
to attain omniscience state,
end karma cycle.
~*~
Injure not, slur not.
Abuse, oppress, enslave not.
Kill not creatures
~*~
Make non-injury
your truth, only religion.
All are the same self.
~*~
Refrain from violence.
Hate, injure not any one.
Hurt not with words, deeds.
~*~
Conquer your wild mind.
Cease to injure living things.
Attain Nirvana.
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Posted on
Oct
14
2017
Sat
8:56
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Schools need to stop aping and rote learning: Haiku
From Lalit Kishore
Schools need to draw inspiration from humanistic psychology not from behavouristic psychology as indicated by unabated school violence and crime against children.

Schools and teachers need to strengthen the foundation of education by basing learning on on humanistic psychology based on equity and positivism.

Here are two haiku based on the pictures of the monkey taken recently.

Behaviour is act –
Enacted often thoughtlessly.
Thoughtless are ape acts.
~*~
Shun should schools
Aping, rote learning, grading -
Humanise classrooms.
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Posted on
Oct
13
2017
Fri
7:13
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The Underachieving School & Deschooling Society: Books that talk about revolution in education
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13
2017
Fri
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From Lalit Kishore


The current scenario of institutional education which is unable to provide even safe learning environment and has turned education into a commodity, needs to be analysed critically and draw lessons from the two books that talk about un-schooled society and creating a learning society devoid of institutions.

In his provocative book titled “The Underachieving School”, John Holt hits hard at the tyranny of testing, reading failures, and teachers who talk too much in the schools.

As a promoter of the concepts of home-schooling and un-schooling, Holt, writes in his book that that most schools are cruel and bad places for children. He further adds that there are far more societies for prevention of cruelty to animals with far more members and money than those for prevention of cruelty to children.

In respect of the situation of learning in most schools, Holts holds that often children find learning a passive process, something that someone else (the teacher) does to them (children), instead of something children do for themselves.

Furthermore, Holt criticizes the present system of education by saying that everything schools say and do tends to separate learning from life. In a way, the book is an eye opener about the dismal state of affairs in the present day schools.

The Indian edition of the book has been published by a Bhopal-based NGO Eklavya. It is soft bound cheap edition and is must for every teacher and educator.

Another book “Deschooling Society” by Evan Illich consists of a critical discourse on defunct and ineffectual nature of institutionalized education as practised and promoted by modern economies and private sector.

He holds that universal education can never be achieved through institutionalised education. He has suggested that the society must work towards ‘self-directed education, supported by intentional social relations in fluid informal arrangements’.

I think, if we have bring about a revolution in education we must work towards a learning society which ‘heighten the opportunity for each one to transform each moment of his living into one of learning, sharing, and caring’ as envisaged by Illich.

He posits that education must have three purposes: ‘it should provide all who want to learn with access to available resources at any time in their lives; empower all who want to share what they know to find those who want to learn it from them; and, finally, furnish all who want to present an issue to the public with the opportunity to make their challenge known’.
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Posted on
Oct
12
2017
Thu
6:45
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Haiku on 'Silence'
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12
2017
Thu
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From Lalit Kishore
Spiritualists have written quite a bit on the virtue of silence but the thoughts and observances of J. Krishnamurti on silence are off beat. According to him, ‘silence is not built up through practice’ but silence naturally dawns ‘when you realize that there is no method, no system, no mantra, no teacher, nothing in the world that is going to help you to be quiet’.

He rejects such practices by posing the question: “The whole brain, the mind, the feelings, the body, everything is quiet. Can this quietness, stillness, look at itself, not as an observer who is still? Can the totality of this silence watch its own totality?”

He further holds that what is experienced by the experiencer is merely a self-projected repetition since the mind can never experience the new, and so the mind must be utterly still for silence to be.

Here are a few haiku of mine on silence.

When mind is silent,
There is no moment of thought
Silent mind is pure.
~*~
When mind is thought-free,
When mind not seeking stillness,
Silence just happens.
~*~
Silence dawns itself
Naturally in a mind
Untainted by thoughts.
~*~
Don’t think of silence
Don’t desire, don’t seek silence.
Ascend beyond mind.

Just read and go beyond these haiku to realise silence, since silence cannot be described by words which are the products of a moving mind.


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Posted on
Oct
5
2017
Thu
8:16
PM
Essential message Valmiki Ramayana in haiku
From Lalit Kishore
Today, it is Valmiki Jayanti – the birth anniversary of the first ever writer of Sanskrit poetry – a lyrical pattern poetry that was born after a painful episode of a dove killed by a hunter and its companion going around the dead dove with grief.

His essential verses dwell on the greatness of penance, sublime spiritual life and message of self-realisation as the true aim of life while narrating Ramayana or "The Life of Rama".

Here are some of the messages culled out of Valmiki Ramayana and written as haiku.

Be richly blessed
Be sane, sing glory of Lord
In clear, sweet accent.
~*~
Be Rama – the ideal.
There won’t remain any fear,
Nor any failure.
~*~
Wash away your stains –
Of sins of bad words and deeds.
Be good, be a sage.
~*~
Wealth grips you in sin.
Adversity is fortune –
Makes humble, noble.
~*~
We leave, depart,
To seek our own fulfilment
Still bonded by love.
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Posted on
Oct
2
2017
Mon
3:18
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Gandhiji's Nayee Talim pedagogy and haiku
From Lalit Kishore
Nayee Talim model of education that combines knowledge and work or craft was floated by Gandhiji after independence and few schools still exist in Gujarat that are being run on this model and known as Basic Schools.

Gandhiji had emphasised the significance of and respect for manual work along with pedagogy with three main elements of a learning process that was lifelong, social and holistic.
Gandhiji had said that the principal idea was to impart the whole education of the body, mind and soul through the handicraft that was identified to be taught to the children.

I like the educational philosophy of Gandhiji and chose to write a few haiku based on Nayee Talim or Basic Education methodology promoted by him.

Here are a few haiku on Nayee Talim.

Develop children
wholly, goodly and fully -
That’s Nayee-Talim

Let folks impart
religious learning, not school -
That’s Nayee-Talim

Body- mind-spirit
draw out innate best of child -
That’s Nayee-Talim

Shun rules, punishment –
They do not purify mind
In Nayee-Talim.

A harmonious growth
of body, mind and spirit
aims Nayee-Talim .

handicrafts as means
to learn combine life, truth, love
in Nayee-Talim.
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Posted on
Oct
1
2017
Sun
9:26
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Gandhi Ji's thoughts said in haiku
Modified on
Oct
1
2017
Sun
9:30
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From Lalit Kishore
Gandhi Jayanti is an Indian national festival celebrated to honour Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October as his birthday. United Nation has declared his birthday as the International Day of Non-Violence to spread the values of truth, non-violence and peace.

The observance is meant to subscribe for a non-violent way of life and remember Gandhi's contribution for freedom struggle through passive resistance.

Here are a few haiku describing the thoughts of Gandhi ji.

Don't try to change world.
Rather strive to change yourself
for envisioned world.
<>~<>
Live intensely.
Live solely for this day -
as your final day.
<>~<>
Hate sin, not sinner.
Forgiveness is real strength -
The weak can’t forgive.
<>~<>
Love always conquers.
The whole world will get blind with -
An eye for an eye.
<>~<>
Your good thoughts and words,
Become your good great actions,
That shape destiny.
<>~<>
God's no religion.
Have faith in humanity -
Service of others.
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Posted on
Sep
29
2017
Fri
11:55
AM
INNER BEAUTY
Modified on
Sep
29
2017
Fri
11:57
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From Lalit Kishore
Break the shackles
of body,
of form,
of shape
of figure.
~*~
Come out
of the mould of
of sheath of
body consciousness.
~*~
Get to see
the wonder, the magic, the glory
that enshrines the body.
~*~
The body consciousness is
the slavery of
the beauty that is skin deep
~*~
All the make up,
all the make over
is the patch work
to cover up the ugliness
to hide the stink
with deodorants.

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Posted on
Sep
29
2017
Fri
9:23
AM
ABC verse on the flop side of digital technology
From Lalit Kishore
In a growing number of workplaces, schools, hospitals, transport system, governance system, residential buildings and neighbourhoods the use of digital technology is being encouraged. The scheme of Digital India has been launched and on-line translations are being brought into force.

However, with activists, ‘going green’ and ‘going social’ are the new normal. They are drawing attention towards the flop side of new technology. It is being felt that ecological ethics are required to be stressed to help us navigate out of the present eco-crisis caused by digital technologies.

Here is the ABC verse on the flop side of digital technology which is being hyped as solution to all problems.

A: Addiction for digital gadgets is seen legitimate as it has become a high-end industry supported by the government and education.

B: Brain damage and diseases of the bones and other vital organs on rise due to impact of radiation from devices and digital technology waste

C: Creating faith in every new digital technology as a problem-solver and hard selling products to cross the line of environmental and social sustainability

D: Degradation of atmosphere due high-tech industry and lifestyles that are raising carbon footprint

E: Enchantment of electronic consumerism that compels new generation technology addicts to buy every new product as a ‘must-have’

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Posted on
Sep
28
2017
Thu
2:34
PM
Today, yesterday and present: Cinquain
Modified on
Sep
28
2017
Thu
3:19
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From Lalit Kishore
Today
My day, this day
Act, transcend, grow
Today is the reality, it’s the essence of life
Now
~*~
Yesterday
Past, history
Gone by, done with, over
A fully-lived today makes every yesterday a cherished dream
Former day
~*~
Present
Current, at hand
Being with this moment; living moment to moment; accepting as things come
This moment is real, past is done and future is unknown, so, live moment to moment
Now-n-here

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2017
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Broken Heart
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From Lalit Kishore
Locked up are the problems
as springy setbacks of life
in the heart
with knobby, knotty levers.
~^~
Both, catches and keys
go hand in hand
within the chambers of the heart.
~^~
Look through heart's key hole
have a deep peep
into inner chambers of the heart
to search solutions.
~^~
When heart ventures out
looking for solutions
it gathers more pains, problems.
~^~
Soon, gets shattered
the outward-bound heart
into pieces
like a fragile mirror.
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Sep
26
2017
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Thought Hay(na)ku
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From Lalit Kishore
Hay(na)ku is a simple 3-line poem with one word in the first line, two words in the second, and three in the third. It is a 21st century poetry form which a sort of nano poetry.

One's
thoughts create
one's inner harmony.
~*~
Sick
thoufgts create
a sick mind
~*~
Sick
mind
creates
a sick body
~*~
Power
is within
our own thoght.
~*~
Have
good thoughts
to be good.
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Sep
26
2017
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Bliss: Said in Syllabic Pattern Verse
From Lalit Kishore
Syllabic Pattern Verse

Line 1: 1 syllable; line 2: 2 syllables; line 3: 3 syllables; line 4: 4 syllables

Life
becomes
meaningless
devoid of bliss
~<>~
When
mind meets
the true self
it becomes bliss.
~<>~
Make
body
and mind still
to rouse true self
~<>~
Be
one with
your true self
to be blissful.



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Sep
23
2017
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Fatal attraction: A free verse
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From Lalit Kishore


Progenitive instinct
is only a small speck
of life.
But, through ignorance
we make it
larger than life

We stunt our life
by staking all
on this mean -
mundane instinct.

Pleasures of
the progenitive instinct
are momentary,
But, charge is
too serious.

The slavery of
the progenitive instinct
is like squandering life
for the insignificant.

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23
2017
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Egoistic we: A free verse
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From Lalit Kishore






Victims are we –
Of our ego
Of our past mental impressions
Of our past sensual experiences

Shackled are we with numerous -
endless consuming desires
countless fiery attachments

Stink we
of self-centered activities
of fickle stale mind
of the garbage we have picked
on our journey of life
in the past

Throw your ego away –
destroy your ego
in one stroke
this very moment
and be enlightened.

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Posted on
Sep
23
2017
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1:39
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Essential message of Muharram in haiku
From Lalit Kishore
The Islamic New Year started on 21st September this year as per the Islamic lunar calendar and Muharram as its first month will last for 28 day and it is considered to be the second most sacred month for the followers after Ramadan. This year, Muharram will draw to a close on October 19.

The Quran states that Allah marked Muharram as a holy period to be observed with religious solemnity. During this month, the Shiites re-enact scenes to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad. However, the Sunni Muslims fast on the 10th day of Muharram as marked in religious scriptures.

The Shiites believe that Imam Hussain rose to salvage the dignity of humanity from the claws of a materialist caliphate and re-established the Islamic faith in its true essence. He had urged the followers to tread the Divine path as the pinnacle of human merit. According to him: “He who has You has everything, and he who has deprived himself of You is the poorest in the world.” Here, ‘You’ stands for one’s non-material self.

Here are my haiku to describe essence of Muharram.
It is Muharram -
Great time of divine ambience
To gain humanness.
<>~<>
It is Muharram -
Time to reject tyranny,
Injustice, felony.
<>~<>
It is Muharram -
Time for new inspiration
To renew our lives
<>~<>
It is Muharram -
To restore Humanity -
To connect to self.
<>~<>
It is Muharram -
To abstain materialism,
Greed and aggression .
<>~<>
It is Muharram –
Time to tread the divine path -
Spiritual being.
<>~<>
It is Muharram –
To work for human dignity,
Oneness, brotherhood


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Sep
23
2017
Sat
1:31
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Essential message of Muharram in haiku
From Lalit Kishore
The Islamic New Year started on 21st September this year as per the Islamic lunar calendar and Muharram as its first month will last for 28 day, which is considered to be the second most sacred month for the followers after Ramadan. This year, Muharram will draw to a close on October 19.

The Quran states that Allah marked Muharram as a holy period to be observed with religious solemnity. During this month, the Shiites re-enact scenes to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad. However, the Sunni Muslims fast on the 10th day of Muharram as marked in religious scriptures.

The Shiites believe that Imam Hussain rose to salvage the dignity of humanity from the claws of a materialist caliphate and re-established the Islamic faith in its true essence. He had urged the followers to tread the Divine path as the pinnacle of human merit. According to him: “He who has You has everything, and he who has deprived himself of You is the poorest in the world.” Here, ‘You’ stands for one’s non-material self.

Here are my haiku to describe essence of Muharram.

It is Muharram -
Great time of divine ambience
To gain humanness.
<>~<>
It is Muharram -
Time to reject tyranny,
Injustice, felony.
<>~<>
It is Muharram -
Time for new inspiration
To renew our lives
<>~<>
It is Muharram -
To restore Humanity -
To connect to self.
<>~<>
It is Muharram -
To abstain materialism,
Greed and aggression.
<>~<>
It is Muharram –
Time to tread the divine path -
Spiritual being.
<>~<>
It is Muharram –
To work for human dignity,
Oneness, brotherhood.
<>~<>

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Sep
23
2017
Sat
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Celebrate Navratri by emphasising non-physical and soul-lifting messages: Haiku on feminine divine
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From Lalit Kishore




Both ritualisation and commercialization of festivals has eroded their real essence and messages. Current emphasis on externalization, commodification, politicization, glamorization, polarization of communities and profit-making hard selling tactics has robbed the soul of festivals.

Materialism and commercialization have marred the real meaning of Navratri festival, which has become a event of designer clothes, special jewelry, dandiya raas night performances, discount sales, revelry and special meals at eateries.

There is need to revive the true spirit of the festival of Navratri which is being currently celebrated which has non-physical and non-material message of evoking feminine divine within.

Here are a few haiku on feminine divine to highlight the true message of Navratri.

Feminine divine
Awakens us through creation, love,
Nurturance, care, share.
<>~<>
Feminine deep-sense
Is humans’ ‘being’ experience
Of whole existence.
<>~<>
Feminine-invoke
Is the most creative process
Of our existence.
<>~<>
Realise your true self
Which is feminine divine
To stay yet blessed.
<>~<>
True life experience -
feminine divinity
within and without,
<>~<>
Feminine divine –
Harmony of spirit
In creation, newness.
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26
2017
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What is love all about after all?
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From Lalit Kishore
Reportedly, "What is love" is most searched phrase on the internet. People’s perceptions and notions about love abound and vary from its biological to sociological to cognitive to platonic to divine shades and forms.

According to Jim Al-Khalili, a science writer, love is a powerful neurological condition like hunger or thirst, only more permanent since we have no control over it. So, biologically speaking, love is deemed as an attraction based on sexual desire. It may begin with fooling around, flirting or dating leading to physical intimacy and sensual gratifications.

This notion of love, chemistry and physical attraction are often given important. I feel that market forces, materialism, behaviourism, masculinism and entertainment industry try to shape behaviour of children right from their formative stage to this notion of love by objectifying women as things of desire. Many people believe that this notion of love leads to crime and social strife.

On the other hand, Merriam Webster Dictionary describes the sociological aspect of love as a strong affection for one another arising out of kinship or personal ties based on tender feelings leading to endearment and mutuality.

Thus, sociologically speaking, love is seen as an unselfish and benevolent concern - a non-sexual intimacy - for the good of one another. Social groups and reformers invariably stress this form of love. Sociology of upbringing, education and learning should stress an affectionate bond of love between various role-actors as a community of learners as a pre-condition to formal and institutionalized learning and development, I feel.

Psychology portrays love as a cognitive and emotional phenomenon leading to social bonding. Positive psychology focuses on pleasant and desirable emotions like happiness and optimism through love as a social bonding to optimal functioning of a person. In a way, positive psychology sees love as an outcome of many tangible pleasant and feel-good emotions and stresses refinement of emotions by removing negative traits. Love will happen if we remove hatred and self-gratifications by exploiting others, it is claimed.

There is a spiritual notion of love too. Catherine Wybourne, a Benedictine nun, says that love is more easily experienced than defined since it is more of a theological virtue that can never hurt anyone. For humans, love is life's greatest blessing. As Aristotle puts it “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”

It is often said that true love is to be discovered as a personal indescribable spiritual experience within to become love-personified. Looks like a paradox - something impossible. Spirituality looks at love as the ‘art of the impossible’. As Mother Teresa puts it “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

Often people, while trying to know about love, want a definition of love. It is really impossible to define love. What is love? It is one of the most difficult questions for the mankind since no one really knows it and it cannot be defined. However, everyone has an opinion to offer on love.

Thus, my take on love is that it is more of a thing to be experienced than defined. Love is life's greatest blessing and a mystic experience.

Here are my haiku as opinions on love.

-Love's liberation / Real love is without ego - / Unconditional.
-Love ends otherness / Love unifies one and all / Love makes us divine.
-Love's cosmic oneness / The end of all dualities / It the blissful state.
-Mind just corrupts love / Flee mind and love will follow / Pure mind begets love.
-Love resides within / Know thyself and be pure / To live life of love
-Reach in-realm of life. / Realise your resilient spirit / 'n experience love.
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4
2016
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Teachings of Sant Kabir said in haiku -2
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From Lalit Kishore
Do remember God
All times, in all that you do.
Contemplate-n-renew.

Rid gross behaviour.
Give up ego and anger
Spread love, amity.

Promote Love of God,
Tend love of humanity.
Sing for love of God.

Get salvation
Purify body-n-mind
Despite religion.

Sever bondages.
Detach from perishable things.
Hug simplicity.

Repeat Satyanaam
Quietly within to realize
The Real inner self.

Revere your Guru
Who Dispelled your ignorance
To attain Godhead.

Simple vegan food,
Bare least clothing and effects
For Bhakti path.

Strive for Godhead
With an intense devotion
through Bhakti path.

To attain Godhead,
To attain the salvation
Surrender to God

Purity of heart
and unflinching devotion
Are pre-conditions

Total submission,
no rituals, no rites needed
to attain Godhood.

Our soul is our life
It is ultimate knowledge.
Know your true in-self.

The soul – the true self
is both creation and creator.
knowledge-n-knowledgeable.
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3
2016
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Sant Kabir's teachings said in haiku - 1
From Lalit Kishore
Kabir Haiku

Love one formless God
With devotion to reach Him
for your salvation.

All human beings
come from the same Supreme Being -
We’re pots of same clay.

Always do good deeds.
And, live a life of pure love
to gain salvation.

Liberate yourself
from the cycle of birth and death
by means of Bhakti.

Worship not idols,
Nor should indulge in rituals.
Look for light within.

Don’t be a pilgrim
of so called holy places.
Seek holy in-spot.

Perform not rituals
Do not wear any charms
They’re superstitions.

All are the same soul.
Be one with all and God.
Don’t discriminate.

Believe in one God.
Trust in oneness of humans
United by love.

Unity of God
Unity amongst all religions.
Oneness is release.

God is not in books,
Not in places of worship,
Rather in our hearts.

God resides within.
Seek Him within your own heart.
Bear in mind all times.

Love lives in pure mind
Ego and pride expel love.
Love’s true religion.
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Sep
20
2015
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NGOs need to perform, empower and get dispensed with after fulfilling the purpose
From Lalit Kishore
In the last two decades, NGOs have mushroomed and their motives have become varied and selfish. Consequently, social work, people’s empowerment or activism has taken a backseat. A recent report has revealed that in some states, the number of NGOs outnumbered the police force. Even, the annual verification of the NGOs and their activities has become a tedious job.

I was told by acquaintance that a socialite had started a school for the deprived girls centered on the concept of women empowerment in a big village which had her family’s tourism business interest. The school had full-filled its purpose long ago with expansion of education in the government and mainstreaming of children from deprived group.

However, an NGO was raised by the socialite to regulate the funds. Close relatives of the socialites and some friends were taken on the executive committee. After sometime, the funds grew and the school turned into a family property and it was no more a people’s organization.

In some under-developed countries, some NGOs have become so big that they can put the corporate sector to shame. The top level functionaries live a luxurious life at the cost of the funds received for the development of the deprived groups.

My personal experience during evaluation of the projects run by a few NGOs has revealed me that generally an NGO works as people’s organization for first five years or so when it has to solve some social problem and empower people. After that the NGO slips towards being the personal property of founding secretary or chairperson to be handed to the aspiring family member.

In fact, NGOs are supposed to work in project mode and empower people and hand over the enabling processes and resources to a local community-based organization to continue the work.

Most NGOs have become the mediators of the ulterior motives of the funders and donors of different hues. Even those who raise NGOs these days see it as way to earn wherewithal or merry-making by both the funders and ‘NGO-owners’. The review meetings and trainings of NGO functionaries are held in starred hotels these days who are supposed to work with deprived groups and grassroots level.

There are so many schemes floated by the government and they become the money laundering projects through the NGOs who absorb the funds for their administrative perpetuation and hardly anything reaches the real beneficiaries, it seems. Currently, most NGOs seem to have turned into socially insensitive institutions but clever organizations being run to hoodwink deprived groups.

I think, the NGOs should be allowed to work for five years with Pachayati Raj Institutions to empower local people and help them create Community-based Organisations (CBOs) to carry on the work at the grassroots level.

There is a need to strengthen Pachayati Raj Institutions to function as people’s organizations and implement schemes by the people for the people.
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28
2015
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ONAM: A SENTENCE ACROSTIC
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From Lalit Kishore


Today, all across the world, August 28, 2005, Malayalis are celebrating Onam festival. In Kerala, Onam is celebrated as a national festival with fun, frolics, fervour and feast.

Traditionally, Onam celebrates the annual visit of the mythical benevolent king Mahabali who once ruled the Kerala region. Every year, in honour of the King, Malayalis across the globe celebrate the festival in all grandeur and gaiety.

Music, dance, boat races, flower rangoli and food are usually the centre of all celebrations for days. In rural Kerala, Onam is celebrated as harvest festival and Vamana poojas are held for prosperity and bountiful harvest. In villages, the festivities last for ten days to carry out a sea of activities such as organizing cleaning and decorating houses as well as cultural functions to commemorate the festival.

Here is my sentence acrostic on ONAM to greet Malayalis on the festival.

O: offering worship to Vamana – the fifth Avatar of Vishnu –and remembering King Mahabali
N: Noted for austerities, penance, benevolence and
A:Abundonment of pride, who visit annually to remind us that
M: Moksha is the ultimate aim of life.
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Aug
15
2015
Sat
12:02
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The spirit of Independence: Haiku and ABC verse
From Lalit Kishore




In essence, true independence is a living a life of self-reliance and self-regulation, and anything less is a form of slavery or servitude. In other words, to be independent we have to emancipate yourselves from vagaries of your mind. Therefore, better seek self-discipline and self-governance to find your independence.

Freedom which is used synonymously used with independence is not a license in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought to do with wisdom or ethically.
Here are a few thoughts on independence expressed in haiku.

Just being your real self
And, taking charge of your own life.
That's independence.
***
Externalization's
slavery and servitude.
That's loss of freedom.
***
Be responsible
for your actions and omissions.
That's independence.
***
Respect your own self.
Respect your own independence.
Else you'll loose freedom.
***

Here is my ABC verse on independence to understand the concept in a nutshell.

A: Autonomy and freedom from control
B: Being objective and not under obligation to others
C: Capability to act on one's own.
D: Democratic and decentralized governance that is self-sufficient, self-contained and self-reliant
E: Equity with impartial, just, fair and welfare-based governance
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Aug
2
2015
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7:58
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Understanding the notion of 'friendship'
From Lalit Kishore
Across the world, 'Friendship Day' is celebrated on the first Sunday of August and this year it fell on August 2.

However, the ritualistic and market-place celebration has diluted the notion of friendship. However, the celebration should also make us revisit the notion of friendship to cultivate true friendship, feel many.

In social psychology, friendship is viewed as a bong of mutual affection between two or more people. These days it is seen as a component of life-skills education to developed inter-personal intelligence.

In the academic areas social psychology and theory of multiple intelligence, friendship has been studied and it has been found that people with close friendships are happier.

Researchers inform that the main characteristics of friendship as a concept include 'affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other's company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one's feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend'.

Here is my ABC poem to make you 'friendship literate'.

A: Association and proximity to interact and do things together in a social setting
B: Bonding emotionally and socializing informally with other person(s)
C: Creating and affording opportunities to share ideas and personal feelings with each other
D: Developing and maintaining stable social support in life
E: Establishing caring and sharing social environment to be together with no trace of selfishness
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Posted on
Jun
20
2015
Sat
10:42
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Understanding yoga through pattern poetry and sketch note
From Lalit Kishore




First ever International yoga Day is being observed on June 21 this year. Here are my two pieces of pattern poetry on yoga dedicated to the observance.

An acrostic on Yoga

Y: 'Yuj' is the root word meaning 'union' of the individual self with the cosmic self
O: Originated as pre-Vedic Indian tradition about 5000-600 years ago as a philosophy of life
G: God Shiva is called Adi Yogi who introduced the concept with ultimate goal of Yoga as moksha
A: Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali systematized it as practice and knowledge area to unify body, mind and self

ABC verse on Yoga

A: Attaining the ultimate aim of life – liberation – through union of body, mind and spirit
B: Being enlightened through let go and detached action
C: Controlling body and mind through techniques of body postures and regulated breathing
D: Developing self-observation, meta-cognition through meditation to dispel darkness of ego and for self-realization
E: Expansion of consciousness to become one with cosmic consciousness

Inset is also my sketch note on Yoga.
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Jun
18
2015
Thu
6:25
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Essence of holy Ramadan observance
From Lalit Kishore




The blessed month of Ramadan commenced on June 19 this year on sighting of new moon to mark the revelation the Holy Qur’an meant to guide the followers to discern right and wrong. Fasting, self-restraint and praying for self-purification are obiligarory for all Muslims during Ramadan. This is viewed as one of five pillars of Islam. The basic tenet underlying the observance is "Allah is with those who restrain themselves."

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are called upon to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic principles and guidance to lead an ethical life.

Here are my Ramadan haiku to convey the essence of the observance.

Fasting, self-restraint -
Shield they us from the evil
To lead blessed life

Say only kind words.
Be polite to those who revile.
Fast with a calm grace.

Fast and shun desires
You will be blessed, happy
to feel God's presence.

It's Ramadan fast -
It's the fast of expiation -
self-purification.

Here is my ABC verse to describe Ramadan

A: Abstinence from food, drink, and other physical needs as a complete fast during the daylight hours
B: Beaconing attention on the Almighty through prayers and self-sacrifice
C: Commitment to good thoughts, words and actions along with re-focusing one's self on the worship of God.
D: Developing an attitude of self-restraint and not falling prey to evil forces
E: Evolving by cleansing the body, feelings and soul from impurities
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May
27
2015
Wed
5:53
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A visit to Kushinagar - the place of Gautama Buddha's Parinirvana
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From Lalit Kishore






I had an urge for a long time to visit Kushinagar town of Uttar Pradesh which is located about 50 km east to Gorakhpur city. Being a great admirer of the life and works of Gautama Buddha, my desire to visit the place was fulfilled when I went to Deoria to conduct a teachers' seminar on May 25, 2015. I returned to Lucknow via Kushinagar and spent an hour at this most important Buddhist pilgrimage site where Gautama Buddha had attained Parinirvana.

I took some photographs of the serene and peaceful place where the remains of the Parinirvana Stupa and Parinirvana Temple are located. The remains belong to the late Gupta period as witness to the Buddha's final passing.

The place has been developed to attract the followers of Buddhism and a Buddha Relic Distribution Site has been added as a new pilgrimage spot at village Anirudhawa, at a walking distance from the main Mahaparinirvana Temple and right behind the Thai Temple.

Also, the Buddha Ghat has been constructed on the banks of the river Hiranyavati—Buddha was cremated on its bank—right behind the Ramabhar Stupa. It is said that Buddha's body was given the last bath in this river.

Since Gautama Buddha had preached that desires were the main cause of strife and a desireless society was most equitable society, I wrote a few Haiku on 'desire' as follows.

Worldly gains, desires, / Bring they strife, pain and sorrow. / Desires destroy peace.
If you chase desires, / If you chase sensual pleasures, / Life will be painful.
You be desireless. / You will live well life and death. /You will be blissful.
Harbour not desires. / Desires make you subservient. / They breed bondages.
When we have desires, / We compete to fulfill them / To make life a war.
Desires entice us. / Desires enslave, veil the Truth, / Fitter away life.
In chasing desires, / Life and death become sufferings. / Desires are sin and strife.
Renounce all desires. / Eternal truth will show up. / You will get blissful.
Renounce all desires. / Never ever fall for them. / To set yourself free.
For being at peace, / For eternal peace of mind, / Just be desireless.
Give up all desires, / Renounce desires, not actions. / Desires are devilish.
Desires disunite, / Desires breed divisive ego, / Distance you from soul.
Desire not, rise up. / Desires unleash in-devil. / They're cause of sorrow.
Desires degrade you. / Desires make you sub-human. / Desires breed grabbers.
Wanna be happy, / Renounce all desires of yours. / Just act, aspire not.
Desires leash and lead. / Desires externalize you, / Away from your true self.
Only humans're free / To renounce their desires. / Use freedom of yours.
Renounce all desires. / Divinity will arise. / True self will shine forth.
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1 Comment
Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2015 4:48:16 PM
From Proloy Kumar Bagchi
Many thanks for enlightening us about Kushinagar and your writings on desire. We are witnessing the results of uncontrolled greed and temptations.
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May
14
2015
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1:35
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Tushar Gandhi on 'Make in India' and 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'
From Lalit Kishore
Addressing a gathering on May 8 in Jaipur during his interactive talk "Modern India: Bapu's Dream Come True" in memory of Gandhian Babu Brijpal Das, the founder of Clark Hotels, Mahatma Gandhi's great grandson Tushar Gandhi said that empowerment of labourers and farmers along with providing them significant space in ' Make in India' scheme would be more realistic in context of our country.

According to Tushar Gandhi, only labourers and farmers of the country have the potential to deliver the best and contribute to the development of the country.

He was dismayed and disappointed with approaches of various governments since independence and current politicians toward the issues such as the empowerment of farmers, labourers, poor, marginalized and villagers who have been often neglected in the developmental schemes. No one seems to be caring for rural and small scale industry which was the main source of subsistence for the poor, he felt.

According to Tushar, the vision of Bapu regarding booming cottage industry in India has suffered a great setback since government supports market economy and industries with investments running into thousands of crores.

Independent India has not been able to live up the vision of Mahatma Gandhi due neglect small scale industries, rural business, handicraft and agriculture which feed the poor and needy, he claimed.

A day earlier, Tushar while talking to media persons, stressed self-purification or soul’s cleanliness first and foremost, rather than indulging in the fads like Swachh Bharat.
He was of the view that linking Swachh Bharat Abhiyan with Gandhi Jayanti is not a right idea since cleanliness itself had its own significance and Bapu had considered cleanliness as devotion to God.

He said Bapu had believed in "atmashudhi" or purity of the inner-self or clean consciousness before externalizing anything. He went to extent of saying that there was a lot of hypocrisy in democracy today because of lack of Gandhian ideology in our functioning.

There is need to follow the values, principle and thoughts Bapu stood for instead of launching campaigns in his name, he said to this effect to the reporters. According to him, politicians of all hues and public in India had been worshiping the image of Mahatma Gandhi and following not his (Gandhi’s) principles and ideology. He advised the politicians to follow Bapu's ideas as a philosophy to serve the nation and public in true sense.
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May
3
2015
Sun
12:15
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Haiku on desire on the occasion of Buddha Purnima
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3
2015
Sun
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From Lalit Kishore
This year, Buddha Purnima festival is being celebrated on May 4. According to Lord Buddha, desires are the cause of strife and enlightenment dawns when one harbours no desires. In other words, the lesser the desires, the happier the person.

Greeting people on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima, the Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari in his message said, “Lord Buddha’s timeless message of right conduct, universal love, compassion and tolerance continue to show the way to alleviate human suffering in our times.” He urged people to commit themselves to tread the path shown by Lord Buddha to build a truly peaceful and humane society.

Here are my haiku on desire.

Worldly gains, desires,
Bring they strife, pain and sorrow.
Desires destroy peace.
***
If you chase desires,
If you chase sensual pleasures,
Life will be painful.
***
You be desireless.
You will live well life and death.
You will be blissful.
***
Harbour not desires.
Desires make you subservient.
They breed bondage.
***
When we have desires,
We compete to fulfill them
To make life a war.
***
Desires entice us. / Desires enslave, veil the Truth, / Fitter away life.
In chasing desires, / Life and death become sufferings. / Desires are sin and strife.
Renounce all desires. /Eternal truth will show up ./ You will get blissful.
Renounce all desires. / Never ever fall for them. /To set yourself free.
For being at peace, /For eternal peace of mind, /Just be desireless.
Give up all desires, Renounce desires, not actions. Desires are devilish.
Desires disunite, /Desires breed divisive ego, / Distance you from soul.
Desire not, rise up. / Desires unleash in-devil. /They're cause of sorrow.
Desires degrade you. / Desires make you sub-human. / Desires breed grabbers.
Wanna be happy, / Renounce all desires of yours. / Just act, aspire not.
Desires leash and lead. / Desires externalize you, / Away from your true self.
Only humans're free / To renounce their desires. / Use freedom of yours.
Renounce all desires. / Divinity will arise. / True self will shine forth.
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Posted on
May
1
2015
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Learning: Free Verse
From Lalit Kishore
Mistake not
telling, experience, activity,
with learning,
with achievement.

Unless analysed,
unless codified,
unless practiced,
unless internalized,
unless applied,
and unless integrated
with past knowledge;
all discourses,
all experiences,
all activities,
become futile.

In schools,
perform not activities
for heck of activities,
convert activities
into learning
through analysis,
through synthesis,
followed by practice
till internalized.


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Posted on
Apr
15
2015
Wed
1:38
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Spiritual message of Malayalam New Year festival "Vishu?
Modified on
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15
2015
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From Lalit Kishore
The Malayalam New Year festival "Vishu” is being celebrated today (April 15) in Kerala. The main ritual of the festival is "Vishukkani" which literally means "that which is seen first". On the occasion of New Year, the Vishukkani in Malayalam homes is a panorama of auspicious items, including images of Lord Vishnu or Krishna, flowers, fruits and vegetables, clothes, mirror and gold coins arranged in the pooja room on the eve of New Year by the mother or mother-figure of the family.

Rest of the family members have a look at the auspicious things in the morning of New Year and offer oblations to Lord Vishnu. Covering their eyes, the mother or mother-figure of the family leads the family members to the puja room, where she allows them to have an auspicious sighting.

Also, Vishu marks the first day of the Zodiac New Year with auspicious looking and lighting of lamp or deepam. The ritual signifies the auspicious new beginning and embarking on the life journey of another year with righteousness. This conveys the spiritual message of Vishu.

The lighting of lamp signifies spiritual light that dispels the darkness of ignorance. The mirror— which is symbolic of female-divine, not only increases the lustre of the Vishukkani via the reflection it offers but also signifies the importance of self-reflection in life for self-development.

Here are a few haiku that convey the spiritual message of Vishu.

Take first step rightly.
Better get off to good start
For life's grand journey.
***
Begin things rightly.
Insure an auspicious start.
Take off gracefully.
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Admit finitude.
Admit inadequacies.
Make a humble start.
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Purify your mind.
Pure-self is your true nature.
Self-reflect and shine.
***
Light up your in-lamp.
Dispel darkness of illusions.
Get self-enlightened.
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Posted on
Apr
14
2015
Tue
2:01
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Jaipur celebrates Sindhi Bhasha Diwas
From Lalit Kishore

Sindhi Language Day was marked by a number of events in Jaipur on April 10 organized by Rajasthan Sindhi Academy, Sindhu Prasar Sanstha and Sindhi Girls Higher Secondary School.

At the Rajasthan Sindhi Academy in Jhalana Institutional Area of the city, a discussion on Sindhi literature was held and a book release function was organized. The book “Mithari Sindhi Boli” by Bhojraj N Khemani was released. While, Sindhu Prasar Sanstha organized a panel discussion on the topic “Maan Aur Matribhasha: Kitani Sameep” in Mansarovar.

At the Sindhi School in Jawahar Nagar locality of Jaipur, the key speaker Madhu Kalani said that Sindhi Language Day was being celebrated by Sindhi community around the world for the last 48 years ever since it became one of the Indian languages recognized by our Constitution. Sindhi as one of the Indian languages was recognized in the Eighth schedule on 10th April 1967 in the Indian Constitution and it is among the 22 constitutionally recognized languages, he informed students. Sindhi author Sunder Agnani also addressed students and stressed to need to preserve Sindhi language.

It may be recalled that although Sindhi was not a regional language in a well-defined area, there were persistent demands from the Sindhi-speaking people for the inclusion the language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution which was conceded to by the Government of India.

Also, the Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities had recommended the inclusion in the Eighth Schedule. Consequently, on 4th November 1966, it was announced by the Government that decision has been taken to include the Sindhi language in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
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Posted on
Apr
14
2015
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1:52
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Mahatma Jyotiba Phule remembered
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14
2015
Tue
1:56
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From Lalit Kishore




The birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotirao Govindrao Phule was celebrated on April 11 with gaiety in Jaipur by organizing processions and seminars on his life and works as a thinker, social reformer, feminist and activist.

Rajastan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje greeted people on Mahatma Phule Jayanti and paid tribute to the social revolutionary who had promoted of girls' education and equal rights for the downtrodden.

State agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini laid the foundation of Pushp Mandi at Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Terminal Market and inaugurated the Mandi Shramik Kalyan Yojana named after Mahatma Phule. He paid rich tributes to the work of Mahatma Phule in the upliftment of Indian society.

Mahatma Phule (1827 – 1890), a leading theologist from Maharashtra, was also remembered by Jaipur-based organizations such as Mali (Saini) Samaj Adarsh Vikas Sanstha, Dr. Ambedakar Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Sahitya Academy, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya Vichar Sansthan, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Sansthan and various educational institutions on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

In various seminars in the city, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and his wife, Savitribai Phule, were lauded for their efforts for women's education, social reforms, promoting new agricultural practices, removal of untouchability and fight against caste system.

He was fondly remembered for founding the Satyashodhak Samaj to attain equal rights for peasants and the lower caste as well as to prevent female infanticide.

In a released message, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, paid tributes to Mahatma Phule on his birth anniversary and stated, "Mahatma Phule devoted his life to empowering the downtrodden through education and social reform."
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Apr
7
2015
Tue
7:58
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ABC of safe food
From Lalit Kishore
Today, April 7, the World Health Day is being observed around the globe to create awareness about keeping oneself healthy – safe and sound.

Created by the United Nations and coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO), this year the observance is focusing on food safety with the slogan: “From farm to plate, make food safe.”

Here is my ABC verse on safe food on the occasion of World Health Day.

A: Accept less-processed and fresher foods and preserve the leftover food at about 5 degree Celsius

B: Be plant-based or vegan since plants are eco-friendly, provide less safety hazards and capable of providing a better balanced diet

C: Cook your food optimally by boiling or steaming but never overcook to loose nutrients

D: Do wash and wipe your raw food for a few minutes as well as your hands before cooking, eating and serving food

E: Ensure that the cooked food is served hot at 60 degrees Celsius
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