Homecoming of Lazarus

That last drop to the home
After 9 months of Graveyard Shift
When you know you don’t have to work in Night Shift anymore
That feeling of returning home from the border after an year
The nostalgic feeling of being who you were
It is like you were in a constant battle with life
And the war has finally end
It is like you return back from the war
With memories full of your mind
The memories you can live your life with
But you look forward to life
To see how simple things in life can now make a difference to you
You are a changed man
You appreciate everyone who makes a difference in your life
You are careful about the words you say
You are a pleasant being
And you want to live a delightful life
It is like growing flowers in your garden
You want to water them
You want to nurture them
You want to see them bloom completely
And you want to experience the aroma of your garden
You want to feel alive
You are looking forward to life
You are looking forward to live.
To the days of struggle and
to the days coming ahead
Cheers to Life !
Cheers to Life !


Open Letter to The Chief Justice of India

Dear Mr. Chief Justice,

Good morning. I hope you are feeling good today. This letter is in regard to the episode of you feeling emotional in some meeting with the PM. I am not quite sure of what happened and what is the that made you feel emotional. If it was some dust in your eyes, that made tears roll down your cheeks. You see the media always sensationalizes everything and a common man like me cannot be sure of what happened unless present there and sometimes even when they are present.

So I chose to write to you directly to know what made you breakdown emotionally and if it all in the first place you were emotional. Media says you were overburden with the work on your shoulder. Is that correct ? We know there is a long pending work in the field on Justice and I understand that it is difficult to deal with all the issues related to Justice because what is just for one may be completely unjust in someone else eyes. And when you are given the responsibility of taking care of all the issues in the country and making a decision on them, it is but natural to feel overwhelmed and burdened. But does that mean one should feel emotional ? (Well I cannot wait to hear your response/feelings on that ) Even if that makes you emotional and breaks you down, what after you shed your tears? Do you feel empowered now ? Is there a new energy in your thoughts ?

Because I have heard them all say that when you share your pain with others it lightens your heart. I hope you feel lighter now.

I have read the President notes from one of his books, that he worked towards making Justice his primary agenda and planned on moving all the cases to digitization. What is the status on that ? Is that helping you or are you burdened with it ? Do I need to mention who was the President, if you didn’t have time to read books, then it was Mr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Again as I said I wouldn’t know what is the status of it unless you tell me. I don’t want to file an RTI nor I want to wait until you retire and write a book. I know you cannot speak while you are on position, but you need to device some means to talk to the new Gen Justice guys.

I have been reading The Republic by Plato and having a hard time reconciling what Socrates speaks of and what my own thoughts are. I cannot read more than 2-3 pages a day while I complete Chetan Bhagat books in few hours and JK Rowling’s book in a day. In a way I don’t mind you not knowing CB n JKR, but I believe you have read The Republic ! Have you ? Please tell me frankly !

When I read that, (I have not yet completed it yet) I realized it is very difficult to provide Justice and the notion of what is just and unjust totally changed for me. I started to think and see everything with eyes of Justice. Yes your eyes. My blood raged with everything I saw and my heart broke to see how people follow unfair means for their own benefits. Those very tiny little things about – not traveling without a ticket, an employer not paying salary and similar kind. Those tiny little issues compared to what you deal with, make me realized that notion of Justice is totally flawed in India and it is very difficult and risky to provide a ‘100% Fair n Just Decision to Everything’.

By then I understood the gravity of your life and started to appreciate how you tackle everything so wisely. But then this happened. All the noise in news about you becoming emotional. So I want to know what happened !

Are you eating food on time ?
Do you get time to listen to your favorite music ?
How often do you meet your grandchildren ?
How is your brother (Read Dalveer Bhandari, Internal Court of Justice) ? Do you happen to talk to him! Is he doing a good job there.
Do you go on vacation ?

I do not intend to challenge your capabilities and skills but I talk to you as a family member, as a grandson. As to whatever is happening in the family (country) you are a hope to what good can happen. You may feel sad, dejected broken, but you cannot stop. You have a vision and you need to implement that. I do not have the experience of life as much as you do and so I am not entitled to serve  Justice so soon. You cannot on the other hand wait for me go gain same conscience as you have and serve the country, because by then you will not be there any more. I am here and I can see you. Give me an example to live by for the rest of my life.

The media might not speak of the amazing work you do, but I will, even the tiny little thing you do, I will remember that and I will be inspired. All your grandchildren will be inspired to serve Justice in the right way.

And I want to you tell me in the reply to this letter, as I have spoken my heart out with genuine care and affection for you, what are your suggestions to me.

Thank you and take care of your health. See you soon.

One of your many grandsons
waiting for you
to become my hero !
~ Bhanu

Hanuman Jayanti 2016

Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on Chaitra Poonam (full-moon day) as per the Lunar Calendar, which falls on April 22, in 2016. Hanuman was born on this day to Anjana and Kesari. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman.

Hanuman was a follower of Lord Rama and is worshipped for his strength, chastity and devotion. Hanuman is said to be able to assume any form at will and grow or reduce in size. There are many stories related to Hanuman in the story of Ramayana. In his childhood, he is said to have consumed the Sun. Hanuman was the first to fly across the strait from Rameswaram to Lanka. He was primarily responsible for the fire in Lanka and caused a devastation there. He is considered to be an avatar of Shiva and Rama to be an avatar of Vishnu, likewise.

From early morning, devotees flock Hanuman temples to worship him. They apply tilak of sindoor to their foreheads from Hanuman’s idol as Hanuman himself is of that color. Devotees observe Hanuman Jayanti during different time of the year according to their regional beliefs and the type of calendar being followed.

Hanuman holding a Gada (mace) in his hand. Picture credit Google.

I have not celebrated it ever and never seen anyone in my close network to have celebrated it so profoundly. However, in the recent development of my understanding with mythology and Indian ancient history, I have come to a different understanding about the stories in Epics and the celebration related to the characters in the Epic. They teach us virtues and values. They teach us of the events in life.

I learn the value of friendship from the stories of Hanuman. I learn that it is very important to have physical fitness in life. Also there is always immense amount of energy, strength and power within all of us, we just need to discover that or be motivated about it. Sometimes, when the situation demands everything within us comes out profoundly. The chastity maintained by Hanuman, teaches me of the discipline and self-control in life. It teaches of the selflessness and helping attitude towards life.

I believe the celebrations were a motto to spread this knowledge with the common people, during the times when there was no literature, no media and no means of press. We need to understand that we may not celebrate them now, but we should not forget the lessons imbibed in our mythological stories.

The story of Hanuman, consuming the Sun, is mentioned in Hanuman Chalisa ( 40 hymns/verses about Hanuman). This particular verse contains the information about the distance of Sun from the Earth. Isn’t that amazing ?

Devanagari  जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानू। लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू॥ १८ ॥

Read as juga sahasra jojana para bhānū। līlyo tāhi madhura phala jānū॥ 18 ॥

The Surya, sun situated {1 Yug = 12,000 years, 1 Sahastra = 1000, 1 Yojan = 8 Miles, (Yug x Sahastra x Yojan) = 12,000×1,000×8 miles = 96,000,000 miles (1 mile = 1.6 km) 96,000,000 miles = 96,000,000×1.6 km = 153,600,000 km} 153,600,000 km from the earth, was swallowed by you after you assumed him to be a sweet fruit.

This post is a part of series in Discovering the Cultural Significance of various rituals and festivals in India.