Friday, 29 June 2018

Have A Heart!

The brain is not (nor should not be) the source of our thoughts.
Dear Reader,

Without further ado, please read this quotation from the Bahai Teachings site:
If you’re reading this, you obviously have a beating heart.
In fact, why don’t you take a moment, right now, to sit back and just feel your heartbeat? Touch a finger to your wrist or your neck, and there, right beneath your skin, try to imagine the marvel of that faithful muscle. It beats constantly, without stopping, every minute of every day for your entire life. Try to truly feel your pulse and consider your heart’s job. Approximately the size of your fist—a little muscle that weighs maybe 12 ounces—it powers your entire physical existence, loyally pumping blood starting about three weeks after you begin life in your mother’s womb until your last moment on Earth.
The average human heart beats a hundred thousand times a day.
If you live a normal lifespan, your heart will faithfully beat nearly three billion times. No human organ—with the possible exception of the brain—has a harder or more complex task.
Perhaps that explains why the ancients saw the heart as the seat of life. In the oldest human societies, the heart represented the source of empathy, emotion, consciousness, reason, will, intellect, purpose and even the mind. That expansive, warm wonder of a feeling centered in our chests when we experience love? The heart. That terrible broken pain centered in our chests when love fails us? The heart. That sympathy and connection we feel to others when their emotions peak? The heart.
But modern science has traditionally viewed our hearts as mere mechanistic pumps. Because it sends our blood coursing its way through our arteries and veins, medical science has treated the heart muscle as the most machine-like of our vital organs.
Recently, though, that thinking has begun to change, as extensive scientific research and the new field of neurocardiology has increasingly shown that our hearts actually have a much larger role than simply pumping our lifeblood:
…one of the early pioneers in neurocardiology, Dr. J. Andrew Armour, introduced the concept of a functional “heart brain” in 1991. His work revealed that the heart has a complex intrinsic nervous system that is sufficiently sophisticated to qualify as a “little brain” in its own right. The heart’s brain is an intricate network of several types of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells like those found in the brain proper. Its elaborate circuitry enables it to act independently of the cranial brain – to learn, remember, and even feel and sense. (From Neurocardiology, The Brain in the Heart, Heartmath Institute, 2015)
So we have known, for the past quarter-century, that the human heart contains a complex network of neurons that make up an intrinsic nervous system. These neurons transmit the heart’s signals to the brain, and the two organs actually work together. In fact, scientists have discovered neural pathways that allow the heart to inhibit or stimulate the brain’s electrical activity—to actually overrule the mind.
Everyone who has fallen in love understands how that mechanism works.
In fact, when we say our happiest and most spiritual feelings radiate from our hearts, we may be on to something scientifically and biologically real. The heart isn’t just a cardiac pump with its own nervous system—it’s also an endocrine gland, releasing peptides that stimulate the pituitary gland, which in turn releases hormones like oxytocin, commonly referred to as the love or bonding hormone. That expansive feeling of well-being, affection and love you’re experiencing in your chest? Turns out it literally does come from your heart. Maybe the ancients were right after all.
The article goes on to say that humans are "hard-wired, in other words, for attachment, affiliation and unity. We are inherently loving beings. We seek the bonds that only love can bring." Universal spiritual teachings state that every human heart innately and naturally desires connection, devotion and lasting love.

But we do not here talk simply about human inter-connection but about our connection with the entire environment in which we live, which is endless in reality. However, for now let's talk of our immediate (and physical) environment - called Planet Earth.

In the UK, these are some of the main development plans that our Government is pushing ahead with:
  1. Fracking.
  2. Heathrow's 3rd runway.
  3. HS2 (London-Midlands high speed railway), with HS3 to follow.
  4. Nuclear submarine replacement.
  5. Cancellation of a remarkable tide-control project in favour of nuclear power.
The cost and the ramifications of these projects are stellar in proportion and, frankly, hugely dangerous and wasteful in the main - and that's apart from the health issues.

Where is the heart that we allow these decisions to be made with barely a whimper? Since when has government been purely about economics and not inclusive of ethics?

There will be a cost to this: an enormous cost, not just in terms of money but the affect on people and nature itself. And we think that Mother Earth won't answer back?

We need to firstly think through the heart, not the head.

There's more to read - please click on this link.

Thank you for reading this.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Simple ... And Now, Not When or Which Religion

Dear Reader,

We have this extraordinary perspective of talking in terms of one religion versus another without making an honest effort at trying to seek out what is the commonality between different ... what I shall call 'ways'.

I prefer this line of thinking...

You speak of obstacle... and I speak of strength...

You speak of losing this, gaining that... and I speak of peace...

You speak of tears and pain... and I speak of endurance and wisdom...

You speak of change and time... and I speak of stillness and equal mindedness...

You speak of how and when... and I speak of here and now... 

You speak of becoming and wanting... and I speak of being and contentment...

You speak of religion and worship... and I speak of truth and simplicity...

You speak of success and failure... and I speak of accepting and standing...

You speak of wishes and dreams... And I speak of reality and awareness...

You speak of divinity and seeking God... And I speak of you and your heart...

(Inspirational message received by Seema M Dewan)

Doesn't that say it all? What a world this would be if we could come to think in these terms.

Thank you for reading this.

Please also read my Ten Perspectives.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Which Other World Leader Seeks Blessings From Elder Women?

Dear Reader,

How often have we squirmed at the behaviour of western leaders and then in the next breath said "Oh well, it's what men do", particularly in their general macho approach of going to war and in their conduct towards women.

I for one believe that the sign of manhood is when he recognises his animal traits and does something to change his ways, and instead seeks the way of wisdom.

But many of us are too weak to try it ourselves. At a young age we instead might look for an example from pop stars or film stars or star footballers. But of course that way is soon found to be short-term thinking and doesn't offer self-respect; when we come to have children ourselves we often question what we were doing in our younger years. 

We shouldn't be looking to worldly idols for our example of how life should be trod. Throughout history there have been many of much finer stature by whom the standard of living should be sought. But we now have in the world the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, who really does offer a real link to the great standard bearers. This link tells us accounts of how he treats older women with huge respect, and how younger women are properly accorded respect according to what is called "dharma", the way by which life should be conducted in the world.

I submit that in his own private way of life and in the kind of policies that he has been implementing over the past four years, we have a real standard to follow. The way of integrity. And this in a country which may well be soon leading the world in economic development and social policies.

The United States and Europe, and all other western-derived nations, should look and learn.

Thank you for reading this.

Please also read my Ten Perspectives.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Rushin' Here, Russian There...

Dear Reader,

What mess are we getting ourselves into? Is Mr. Putin really the arch villain that western leaders are trying to portray? Was the Skyrtal affair deliberately stage-managed to create an atmosphere of anti-Russian sentiment, and in preparation for the strike on Syria?

We don't really know (do we?) but I do know that it would be so unlikely that Mr. Putin would order the Skyrtal attack at that time in the Russian leader's programme, with his election and also the football World Cup coming up. And if the Russians had attacked and intended to kill the Skyrtals, I'm sure they would have done it, not done a half-job. 

After the fiasco in the going to war against Iraq and all the assurances given then that WMD was stock-piled (when the inspectors thought it unlikely and wanted to go and check) it seems to act as a precedent in my mind. "Here we go again!", I say to myself.

That Asad is not a nice guy I have not much doubt, but the intrigue against Russia and how it's being managed is worrying to me. 

It could be said that Mr. Putin is cut out of the same cloth as [China's] Xi Jinping. Over the decade and a half that he has ruled Russia not only have no palpable reforms moved forward, but in several cases, there has actually been regression towards central planning-like rules.

But it's okay to criticise when we live in a different culture that did not take to western ways with any sensibility when Communism fell. Having watched Putin closely in various documentaries, my impression is that there's more to him than meets the eye, that he seems to apply what policies are necessary to keep the worst internal dangers under control. 

We in the west have not experienced the kind of history that Russia has had, and neither their extreme weather conditions. And the mentality that such conditions can generate in their thinking. But has Russia posed any threat to the west this last 30 years? No - nor have they looked like doing so.

So, just what is Trump up to? He clearly has made Mrs. May into his European poodle and caused people to take their eye off him while those terrible Russian people were doing what they were doing at Salisbury, UK. Or so they say.

Are we just going to let them make us fools by giving the OK to their slippery ways? Or are we to make known that their ways are more transparent than they think?

Sunday, 25 March 2018

An Example for The World's Leaders

Dear Reader,

India, a nuclear power, is the world's largest and democracy and developing at an extraordinary rate. Yet the country's Prime Minister since 2014, Narendra Modi, works 18 hours per day and lives as simply as his station will allow. His family, meanwhile, are even greater examples of simple living.

In a country where politicians and senior bureaucrats are reputed to pass large benefits to their family members in terms of jobs, contracts and wealth, here is the Prime Minister whose brothers and cousins live a life of struggle, barely making ends meet. Here's what the brothers and cousins of Narendra Modi do for a living:

Please note: Less than 100 rupees make one British pound.

1. Amrutbhai Modi : Elder brother of Narendra Modi, he worked as a fitter in a private company. After retirement, he draws a pension of Rs 10,000 per month. Though his family has a small car, he still travels on a scooter. No one from his family, including his sons, have ever personally seen inside of an aeroplane !

2. Prahladbhai Modi : Younger brother of Narendra Modi, who runs a fair price shop and lives a life of obscurity. He could not afford costly treatment of his daughter Nikunjben, who passed away a few months ago after prolonged illness. It is an irony that in a country where relatives of politicians have crores worth of properties, the Prime Minister’s niece used to give private tuition to meet her ends.

3. Pankajbhai Modi : Among all the brothers of Narendra Modi, he is the only ‘better’ placed brother who has a permanent job. He works as a clerk in the Information Department of the Gujarat Government and has a 3 bedroom house. Narendra Modi’s mother also lives with Pankajbhai Patel.

4. Ashokbhai Modi : He is the first cousin of Narendra Modi, the son of Narendra Modi’s paternal uncle. Ashokbhai used to sell kites, crackers and snacks from a stall. However, with some meagre savings, he has rented a very small 8ft x 4ft shop now. From the shop, he earns just Rs 7000 a month and struggles to meet his daily expenses. His wife washes utensils in a food outlet which helps the family earn another Rs 3000 a month.

5. Bharatbhai Modi : First cousin of Narendra Modi (brother of Ashokbhai), he works as a petrol pump attendant and gets a salary of Rs 6000. His wife sells snacks, which helps the family earn an extra Rs 4000.

6. Chandrakantbhai Modi : Also the first cousin of Narendra Modi, he works as a helper in a local village Gaushala which is not enough to sustain his family. Due to his low income, he does not have a proper house to live in.

7. Arvindbhai Modi : He is a scrap collector – Collects scraps, tins, old metals going door to door… Leads an extremely tough life. There is hardly any month when he is able to earn more than Rs 10,000 !

8. Narendra Modi’s cousin sister (daughter of Modi’s uncle Jayantilal) is married to a bus conductor in Gujarat, which means Modi’s jijaji (brother-in-law) is a bus conductor.

The western world should look to their example, I suggest.

The above article is based on another site.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

The Reporting War Against Russia Continues

Dear Reader,

The once-famed BBC dropped another brick last night in trying to pin Jeremy Corbyn to the wall. Simply because Corbyn asked some perfectly legitimate questions in the Commons - about "what evidence is there?" (questions still not answered) - he's being touted as being out of touch.

Please read this.

I would throw the question back at May and Johnson: "Please give real proof as to why you think Putin is to blame" rather than we being treated as though those that don't follow the Tory line are somehow traitors to the UK. The more that the government pursues this line the more I think they're trying to deflect their poor record on Brexit and in dealing with poverty and also the NHS. And something else?

This government is incompetent, there's no other word for it. The real sadness is that though I can see the positive aspects of Corbyn, I somehow don't trust him as a future prime minister. But - there again - who else is there?

Corbyn is up against it. It was only a few weeks ago that he was accused of passing secrets to Russia (a move that seems to have been 'planted' to create room for this diversionary issue about Putin) and he clearly does not have proper support from within his own political party.

It makes you wonder what really did happen to the likes of John Smith and Robin Cook. I really do wonder whether their deaths were really of the natural variety. John Smith's death let in Tony Blair, and Robin Cook vehemently opposed Blair on the Iraqi War. Their deaths were coincidences?

Add in the strange death of Daivid Kelly (the weapons expert) and the foreign policies of the west (i.e. US/UK) since 2003 and the latest anti-Russia issue, then I feel there are some disturbing questions to be asked as to who is really pressing which buttons.

Friday, 16 March 2018

What's Wrong With Putin?

Dear Reader,

What is really going on in the west in their attitude towards Putin? In particular, is the west right to accuse the Russian government of the nerve agent attack at Salisbury? Where's the evidence, particularly in the light that Russia are by no means the only possessor of the agent.

It would behove us, I feel, to look more closely at what's been going on. Firstly, I learn that the secret service departments in Russia still carry on as they have done since Soviet days, so could it be they who master-minded the Salisbury attack (and other attacks) without the knowledge of their government (the Kremlin)?

There was a book written in 2014, entitled: "The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn't Telling You About Russia". The Amazon site tells you:
In the West, politicians and journalists of all stripes have referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "thug", a "tyrant", a "murderer", a "Communist", a "Nazi", the next "Hitler" and more. But amongst the Russian people, his popularity rating has reached levels as high as 85%. There is even a very popular hit 'disco' song about him - 'A Man Like Putin'. So, who's right? Why such hatred for Vladimir Putin? Is it justified? Or has Putin been targeted merely for standing up the US-EU Axis of Internationalism? In clear, simple, powerful and concise language - supported by more than 100 illustrations - 'The War Against Putin' takes readers on an exciting 'crash course' journey from Russia's Medieval founding, through the days of the Czars, through the Communist Revolution and bloody Civil War, through Stalin & World War II, through the Cold War, through the Soviet collapse, through the Yeltsin disaster, and finally the Putin-led rebirth of the Russian nation. It is one of the "greatest stories never told", and will shed badly needed light on the new Russia, its dynamic leader, the dark forces aiming to bring about its demise, and maybe even World War III. Says Dr. William Carlucci: "I was glued to the edge of my seat with jaw wide open as I read this gem of a book from start to finish, in a single sitting. The clarity and simplicity with which King's masterpiece demystifies current events represents a rare ability to speak to the reader with entertaining and understandable prose. This piece really needs to go viral, and fast. 5 Huge Stars!"
One reader of the book has remarked: "President Putin waged a war on globalism, George Soros and now with President Trump in office... the powers to be and ones to lose all so much want to stop a Putin/Trump dialog at all costs as they know together Putin/Trump would be the final blow to the globalists and Soros."

Over the years, Putin took the step of removing Rothschild's banking influence, removed Monsanto and wages a war against GMOs. Are these the real reasons why the west is so against Russia?

And we are still waiting for real evidence of whether Russia committed the Salisbury attack. All we've had is waffle from the British government about proof, and also a refusal by Britain to provide Russia with samples of the nerve agent used in the attack.


And why the argument against GMOs? Please watch this.