Shivaji Paintings: A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

15 11 2007
A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Shivaji Exhibition 1st to 15th March at Ravindra Natya Mandir

A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: Exhibition 1st to 15th March at Ravinra Natya Mandir.

15 11 2007

The Next exhibition A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj which will be organised at the Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi and HIS HOLINESS SRI SRI RAVISHANKAR will be inaugurating.

The exhibition will be an inquisitive and exploring miniature paintings of Shivaji and his times with Historicity as well as documentation from travellers of his times and sources of his times.
The Exhibition A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is a mix of History and Art blended to bring in a different angle for the man Shivaji who has changed the way we think and act. It will portray the Shivaji factor or the proactive and Do it now factors as well as his statesmanship and architectural as well as Naval and leadership qualities besides the various visions he had for the country and his subjects.

From 1st to 15th March at Ravinra Natya Mandir.

Near Siddhivinayak Mandir
Sayani Marg
PrabhadeviMumbai – 400028

A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

This exhibition will show the unique place of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the history of India, at a time when Hindus were experiencing great oppression and humiliation : their temples were being broken, and they were being discriminated against in various forms, such as in the matter of charging custom duties, restrictions on their fairs and festivals, their dismissal from government posts, large-scale conversions as a part of openly declared policy of the Mughal State, imposition of the religious tax Jiziya for being a Hindu, and these discriminatory acts were going almost unchallenged though the Hindus formed more than bout 80% of the country.

Shivaji, who was endowed with talents of the highest order and a clear vision, was the only one who stood-up to the injustice. He had also an inspiring and endearing personality which spontaneously commanded respect, loyalty and the highest sacrifices from his devoted soldiery and peasants.

This exhibition is relevant today because Shivaji embodied all the qualities that politicians should possess today, but do not have: he was just, firm and stood for the weak; he was an honest and able administrator; he confronted the enemy and was not cowed into submission; he was devoted to Mother India who appeared to him as Bhavani; he was ruthless with his enemies, but spared women, children and his own people ; he would go to both Muslim and Hindu saints and endowed mosques as well as temples.

This wonderful exhibition on India’s eternal hero is brought to Mumbai by FACT, an organization, which is non-political, non-religious and non-affiliated to any group. Let the spirit of Shivaji float on India again and deliver her from her present enemies.

Ramar Sethu is a man-made sea ridge: Study

15 11 2007

Sunday November 25 2007 08:01 IST


BANGALORE: A recent scientific research using archeo-astronomy tools has sought to prove that Ramar Sethu is not natural but a man-made sea ridge. It’s a testimony to the civil engineering marvel of an ancient civilisation, that stands even today as a man-made accretion over a natural formation in the sea.

DK Hari, conceptualiser of Bharath Gyan, a NGO which is in to collating specific, scientific knowledge of India has, at a presentation on ‘Historical Rama’ here on Saturday, said the records compiled together talk about Ramar Sethu’s usage until 1480. But it went into disrepair after a debilitating cyclone in 1480, he pointed out.

Hari said Rama indeed was a historical hero and lived nearly 7200 years ago. To rescue Sita from the clutches of Ravana, Lord Rama and his team built the bridge. With the help of Nala as the architect, he designed and executed the project along with the help of ‘Vanara’ tribe. So Rama named the bridge after Nala.

The Sethu came to be known as Adam’s bridge as Sri Lanka’s first Muslim leader, Adham, reached the island from India crossing over this bridge. The Europeans found it easy to call it Adam’s Bridge rather than Nala Setu or Ramar Sethu.

Hari said that the scientific corroborating evidences is the outcome from the analysis of astronomical skycharts using modern scientific tools, geological surveys and research, archaeological research, historical notes of travellers, published Government Gazettes and historical records of the British.

Today, there is a natural sea ridge formation over the seabed linking the land masses of India and Sri Lanka. Hari said “the sea level has risen nine feet above the bridge in the last 7000 years. The bridge is covered under the layers of hardened sands.”

About the execution of the bridge, Hari said that Nala identified a linear chain of islands and converted it with land fills and used it for building the 35-km bridge in just five days at a ratio of 100:10 with an average breadth of 3.5 km as found by NASA and also mentioned in the ancient scriptures.

The dilapidated structure still stands testimony to the engineering marvel of that period. It comprised 103 small patch reefs lying in a linear pattern with reef crest, sand and intermittent deep channels. The space left between the stones allows water to pass through it. Thus, the knowledge of pore pressure was incorporated in the bridge, Hari said.

Don’t demolish: On the research work of Bharath Gyan, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of Art of Living said, “while there are controversies surrounding the existence of Sri Rama, this organisation has come up with scientific details with facts and figures.”

Tehelka like operations on the anti-Sikh riots and Naxalite violence : SRI SRI

15 11 2007

“If what they have revealed is true, it is extremely shocking because Hindus are not known for such acts. It is not in the character of Hindu society to kill and burn others,” the spiritual guru told reporters during his visit to Maharashtra’s Vidarbha district, an area affected by a large number of suicides by distressed farmers.

“I congratulate the reporter (of Tehelka magazine) who has done this (the sting operation in which the perpetrators of the violence have been caught on camera admitting to the killings) and would like him to undertake similar operations on the anti-Sikh riots (of 1984) and Naxalite violence in the country,” Sri Sri said.

Describing the Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra as the biggest threat to the country’s internal security, Sri Sri urged the media to address the serious problem.
“I would appeal to the media to insist on the introduction of moral and spiritual instruction in the school curriculum as that would ennoble the young, impressionable minds,” he said, attributing violent tendencies to the disappearance of spiritual content from instruction at homes and schools.
“This is particularly true of the Hindu society today, which is why you will generally find Hindu youths among Naxal cadres,” Sri Sri said, pointing to the presence of Maoist rebels in Nepal but their absence in Bangladesh.

Indifference to Terrorism Leads to More Violence: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

15 11 2007

The Times of India

Non-violence does not mean passive acceptance of terrorism. Rather than reacting with violence to acts of terrorism, precautionary measures have to be taken to nip violence in the bud.

Every small crime and instance of violence has the potential to explode into bigger acts of terrorism. Whenever there is an act of terrorism, one points fingers at neighbouring countries, thereby absolving oneself of all responsibility.

When 400 serial bomb blasts occurred in Bangladesh, fingers were pointed at India, denying the existence of terrorism on their own soil. Same with us. When it happens here, we point fingers elsewhere.

There have been acts of terror in Coimbatore, Mumbai and other places where the persons involved were not from across the border.

Ideologies and crime are not confined by borders, so we cannot say that only a particular nation is responsible. When these are linked to religion or belief system it is even more dangerous.
Terrorists need not be from outside; they can be home-grown. When you accuse others, you fail to take steps to correct the problem at home. Recognise this first and then do something about it.

We need stringent laws and enforcement. When you are angry and full of hate, you lose control and powers of reasoning. Then values are lost. Respect for life is the basis of all values.
Terrorists have no respect for life. They have no religion, no nationality, and no philosophy. They are blind to reason. But we should not give up on them. They can definitely be reformed.
This can happen in prisons and through people in the prisons who have connections with the outside world. Lack of spirituality gives rise to domestic and societal violence and suicidal tendencies.

When a person is frustrated, angry or hateful, you can’t expect brotherhood and non-violence to prevail. Your sense of brotherhood depends on how you are oriented to the ideology of non-violence.

If the programming of non-violence is strong enough, no frustration or disappointment can overthrow it. We need to attend to the smaller incidences of violence before it is too late.
Often, peace-loving people are inactive and those who are proactive have no peace in them. Moreover, when through media, idols of society are demolished, a society becomes bankrupt of values and morality and turns corrupt, insecure and depressed.

A combination of peace and dynamism is needed. This may seem idealistic, but with education and orientation it can be possible.

Religious community leaders should stop being rigid; they should rethink on how they can reduce extremist tendencies in their communities, and learn why terrorism is prevalent.
They should throw open their doors to other schools of thought and inculcate a broader perspective in children. One way could be to provide mandatory multi-religious education.
Indifference to terrorism is another problem. We don’t care till it hurts us personally. We carry on with life as usual. Though some call it bravery, in reality, it may be just indifference.

Either we are complacent and do not react or we turn reactionary and violent. Tread a middle path, rise above politics and personal gains. Stand up and speak up for non-violence.