Pie in the Poverty!

The global resolution on eradicating poverty is in big halt today amid the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a biggest social evil for long. To contemplate it well analysis have been made on different angles and concluded on absolute and relative basis. The theoretical basis of the aspect is an obvious compulsion to counter its uneven spread every moment. The world today is trying hard to back in normal course but the cost of the transition is very high and need to cough up hefty bucks from the fiscal pockets. In this critical point to dig deep into the crisis of poverty is beyond feasibility. So what social evolution is awaiting us? And what will be the fate of the poverty-stricken mass who are crying for appetite.

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Poverty has always been a winner against its eradication policy and now it is grappling the society in a rapid pace. The world economic downfall today has made every government helpless to take an accommodative stance and no feasible solution is seen. It’s a biggest obligation to bear with. Now we are on the edge and the time has come to see the problem on a religious eye (Given the situation I am just trying to see it bit differently). Let us try an effort to give a holistic healing to the problem. When crisis dominates the course of life every moment either we gain strength or finish. Gaining strength and to fight it back is life. An honest endeavour can never fail.
And to start with an avid observation on the aspect is indispensable. Apart from appetite the reach of poverty has invaded our mental and physical sphere also. Increasing level of crimes, tensions, insecurity, health hazards etc all are different avatars of it. All these are also in high correlation to the problem and thus the complexity of the concern is growing everyday.
Swami Vivekananda, the high priest of our country, was very deeply saddened and strongly urged the need of religious education to rebel the roar of poverty. To raise the common mass he favoured the Vedic education system which treats all equally. A religious way of education to bring forth the self is the best way, as Vivekananda viewed. The time is really alarming us to realise the inner potential and to break the outer bottlenecks. ‘We could serve ourselves better’ is an eternal quest of life. Yes if we want to serve ourselves we will surely be served by the divine will. So let us allow the divine intervention and pledge for eradicating poverty from within. Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) in his book ‘The Law of Success’ very divinely quoted the aspiration of seekers “The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success”.           

...In The Midst of Misery

The journey of human civilisation was never been smooth. During the very early phase of the civilisation human being in want of a little comfort in life started to live together and made livelihood bit easier to an extent re collecting foods, making shelter and so on. The life then was simple in a sense of a cohesive participation with the nature. So no remarkable conflict was seen in the path of evolution. But with the due passage of time the sense world has been luring the human civilisation aggressively and today we are on its threshold limit. When the heat start to scorch we have the machine to reverse it, when it is too cold it is no problem to make it comfortable, when it is required to cover a long distance within a short time we are not helpless – so with the advancement of civilisation we have made the best comfort available to us except overcoming some natural calamities out of the blue.

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Today the whole civilisation is crying with turbulent crisis covering a wider aspect of life. To make life a best comfort very unknowingly we are in conflict every moment, we are really in illusion to realise the real need of life.
Paying due respect to others I want to mention about the call of our ancient sages and scriptures which very auspiciously have consecrated the tricks of life. It has been boldly mentioned that the outward journey of life is a reason of misery (which Adi Sankaracharrya quoted as Dukham) because it is not permanent. Very simply I can validate this proposition with an example of simple concept of Economics like when we get the desired product and start to consume the utility of this gradually start to diminish and even become negative in a sense of dissatisfaction. And at this point a want for other things start to grow and become a reason of Dukham and the misery haunts us to grow more desirous. Altogether it brings us to a state of misery, but we strongly crave for happiness. Here it is worth mentioning that Buddhism talks of sarvam dukham dukham; sarvam kshanikam kshanikam; everything is full of sorrow; everything is from moment to moment. Now very consciously if we look around we could easily realise that happy events can soon fade from memory but sufferings cannot be forgotten. So the journey to the sense world proves that misery (Dukham) is real. Thus we owe allegiance to ancient sages and scriptures on blessing us with the trick to understand Dukham.   
The run of civilisation on the ladder of ‘instant comfort’ is non-existent but the journey inward to rediscover the self-existent light of knowledge could be a wise pick in the modern world. The highest level of misery out of the mundane world may fit the ladder of civilisation differently. The time has come and I am very upbeat to see a new dawn.  

Covid-19, a calamity; Stress, a killer

When a comparison comes on ‘mortality’ figure a number of studies confirm that deaths related to stress surpass easily the number of death due to Covid-19 pandemic. But unfortunately we are scared of the ongoing crisis. It has shattered life in all forms. People across world are in uncertainty about the future and waiting for an immediate ending to the crisis. It’s beyond our perception when and how the normalcy will be back in life.
We all are trying hard to come to the normal course with all sorts of caution and care but every moment the spread of the virus kept us in distress. A fear of being infected always haunting us and the anxiety has started to take hold of the minimal existing comfort still have with us. The modern world has yielded growing trauma to life and the burgeoning concern of mental disorders have taken a giant shape worldwide. Several social and economic factors are highly accountable to the concern. And the Covid-19 pandemic is like last nail in the coffin of the ‘dead consciousness’. What comes next? 
We are on the edge of life. This moment a single mistake is obvious death for all across board. Death is in a sense of losing the battle. Here a generous decision either for ourselves or for other only could bring us the win. In a trickier sense a religious practice of delivering duties to society is the demand of the time, no other options left. It’s bit critical but crossing the hurdle of ‘inflexion’ is only way out for a paradigm shift in society and self.

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Covid-19 is a different type of calamity in terms of its tenure and uncertainty. But with the due passage of time we are learning to go and grow with it. It’s a best part of life. Life has started to learn to live with an uncertainty. And the Corona nightmare will be the looser some day for sure.
Out of this critical injecture of life the best take away will be to preserve the experience for prospering in future. The super natural force ‘the God’ surely does exist and the Covid-19 pandemic as an ignorance killer alarming us every moment to learn to be conscious. A better dawn is awaiting us.