Wake Up Call For Citizens

  (published in Millennium Post Edit page August 2, 2013) India is destined for greatness. But where will this greatness come from? Is it only the government of a country that can lead it to greatness? Is it only the political leaders that can forge the destiny of a nation? No. The true greatness of any nation lies in its people. There is potential for greatness in every citizen of the land. For the true owners of our nation are its citizens. Government is only the custodian of the nation and is there exclusively to serve the people of the…

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An Eternal Voyage of Wonder

Before Galileo Galilei and Nicholas Copernicus, we lived in a geocentric solar system. This was the truth that was the accepted one. This was excepted by the church, the governments, the scientists, the philosophers and the common people of the day. There was just one little problem - it was not true. Today, largely due to the bravery of the two Renaissance scientists mentioned above, we know that we actually live in a heliocentric solar system. The sun, and not the earth, is the center of the solar system and all the planets move around the sun and not the…

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Anybody out there?

(published in The Speaking Tree, The Times of India - October 26, 2012) When NASA recently landed the Curiosity rover on Mars, the moment once again raised the age-old question, "Is there life in outer space?" The most logical answer is that there must be life out there considering the infinite nature of our known universe with its assumed 70 sextillion stars distributed across billions of galaxies. Fermi's Paradox Either way you look at it - creation or evolution or both, as they are not mutually exclusive - there is no logical reason why Earth should be the only planet…

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All That Is, Is Nothing But Love

There are moments in our lives that remind us of our true Divine nature and oneness with all of creation. In these moments we get a glimpse of our true nature as living sparks of a loving God. Sometimes we understand and experience things that we cannot easily put into words. Like when we are listening to good music or meditating and suddenly we feel a moment of bliss and expansion in our consciousness. Many times you may have been listening to a score of music or meditating and felt a sudden surge of love towards not just all of…

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When Your Earth Visa Expires

Where do we go when our Earth visa expires? Most religions suggest that our souls live on and travel into another realm. While this is the common belief, it is not as simple as it sounds. Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity talk about multiple levels, dimensions or frequencies of existence after the soul leaves Earth. The Quran and Bible have instances where the term "Seventh heaven" is used. Hinduism talks of various astral planets and even higher spiritual planets or 'loks' where souls travel to after physical life comes to an end. There have also been accounts on record of…

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Astral and Physical Worlds

Astral life begins once physical life ends. There have been many accounts of the astral plane, which describe its luminous nature. One of the most famous accounts is in the book, Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. In the astral plane, we inhabit astral bodies that are much like the physical ones we currently inhabit, but those are much subtler and radiant. These astral bodies are not confined within the narrow limits of current space-time continuum that governs the physical cosmos. In the astral plane, inhabitants communicate through telepathy and since we recognise people who were our family and…

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Budget 2011: Extend a helping hand to the realty sector that employs many

  (published on The Economic Times website, February 24, 2011) As the nation awaits the Budget for FY 2011-2012, the real estate sector is eagerly looking forward to certain reforms and amenities that will help spiral its much needed growth. The existing Taxation laws have room and scope for much improvement. By considering these incentives for the sector, the government will be adding a well needed boost to a sector that has given much to the nation in the form of employment, infrastructure and shelter, but has not got much in return so far. Apart from tax incentives, there are…

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Yin and Yang

  (published in The Speaking Tree newspaper, a part of The Times of India November 21, 2010) We all have a Father and a Mother God within us; the merging of these energies results in spiritual awakening, says Prashant Solomon. Recently,I had a very powerful dream, a dream in which I was in a strange realm, where I could feel something called the 'female healing energy' or FHE. This energy represents the feminine aspect of creation and is crucial for the process of healing. It is clear — from the knowledge I acquired in that dream state — that all…

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Faith, Reticence and Work

  (published in The Speaking Tree column, The Times of India March 31, 2010) The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ performed many miracles, including healing the sick and even raising the dead. Christ tells healed people two things: ''According to your faith be it unto you'', and ''your faith hath made thee whole''. Then he charges them by saying, ''Tell no man about what has happened to you.'' Faith has a vital role to play here. The Roman centurion whose servant was ill had so much faith in Christ that though Christ offered to come to his house the…

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Ultimate faith in the divine will

(published in The Speaking Tree column, The Times of India October 31, 2008) Why do we pray? Some want health, others wealth. Some pray for the longevity of their parents, the safety of their children or that some other desire of theirs gets fulfilled. These prayers, like all others, have power and energy that bring them to life. The only difference between a prayer and a desire is that a prayer is directed towards God with faith. Faith plays an important role in whether the prayer is answered or not. But do we always know what is best for us?…

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