346. Helping

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Today a bird at the temple was helped by some visiting guests.

A fishing twine had badly gotten entangled around the birds feet. So bad that it had sliced into its small tender feet. It’s been there for some time from the looks of it and the bird must have been in constant pain.

Probably the bird realized that its other bird friends would not be able to help. Taking a chance, it decided to put its full faith in the humans gathered at the temple and flew down. Luckily, a few of the guests amongst a hundred at the temple didn’t ignore it.

They saw the problem and immediately about 6 of them came nearer to the bird. One of them gently grabbed it around the wings while another knew exactly what to do. Almost 30 mins passed where each and every sharp plastic twine was removed by the man like an experienced surgeon. The bird was patient and bearing the pain. It knew very well that we were trying to help.

Once all removed, the bird was placed on the ground. We all stood back. Then with so much grace, the wings came out and it took off to the roof of the temple. And from there it looked down upon us – “Thank you”, it seemed to say.

There is much to learn from the experience of this bird. When we are entangled in the sharp and fine thread of life and you realise that your fellow friends and relatives cannot help you out any longer, you must take a chance and with full faith descend upon the kind and sincere spiritualists. When you surrender your wings of desire to them, they will gently and gradually remove the old and severely embedded twines – greed, envy, ego, anger, illusion and madness. You just need to be patient and bear the pain of losing these old qualities and attachments. Once all taken, the gentle teachers of life will let you back on the ground to take your new flight back home, back to Godhead. And we must not forget to say “Thank You” all the way to the top .

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343. Suffering

Just saw pictures and read few articles on cruelty to animals – cows slaughtered, dogs boiled alive, pigs packed into small spaces, little chicks smashed, elephants shot etc. What a sad state of affairs for the animal kingdom.

Humans have absolutely ruined everything – the environment, the animals, their relationships, their body, their mind and their consciousness. But we don’t care really. As long as we have fashion, music, sports, food, sex, money and technology in plenty – who cares who suffers!

Get out of my way while I enjoy when I want, how I want and where i want!“, seems to be the mantra of the populace in general.

The fate of the Earth and her belongings have a dim and bleak future. And those who care really have to work harder and together to ensure that everyone knows what is going wrong.

317. Cow issue in a land of drought

I was reading somewhere that India has close to 22 million millionaires ! And yet there is shortage of food for the dear cows. Such a sad state the country is in – she has forgotten completely the value and practice of her ancient culture. As schools and universities are busy gearing up children to be future employers, adults busy with career, mortgages, Bollywood and sports, the very backbone of the country in which they live – the farmers and probably the only country who considers the cow as holy – is suffering.

Click the URL/post header and read the situation. The article is titled, “Cattle Camps – The Last Resort” under the Lifestyle Section on Yahoo! called, “Water Woes – The Land that Rain Forgot“.

Please read, contemplate, share and act.

312. Boy Realises Where Meat Comes From

Luiz Antonio questions where his dinner came from.A video has gone viral of a Portuguese boy, Luiz Antonio, explaining to his mum why he doesn’t want to eat octopus gnocchi for dinner, saying that animals should be taken care of and not eaten

via Boy Realises Where Meat Comes From | Essential Kids.

 

Interesting news and video this one. Even a child knows about compassion. Why do adults have a strong distaste for love and care for other living beings? Why are they so adamant that they want to use animals and birds for experiments, sports and taste? Is is this our so-called advancement?

On another note, we can also see he is bringing his past life habits and desires into this life. Otherwise, it is very hard to have such strong views right from an early age. Perhaps, in a life prior to this, the boy must have been a strong advocate of animal rights and protection. He has taken another birth to carry on his mission. Good luck Luiz !

308. Fast Food Nation

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Are we what we eat?

To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar Amerca. Though created by a handful of mavericks, the fast food industry has triggered the homogenization of our society. Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled the juggernaut of American cultural imperialism abroad. That’s a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.

Schlosser’s myth-shattering survey stretches from the California subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many of fast food’s flavors are concocted. He hangs out with the teenagers who make the restaurants run and communes with those unlucky enough to hold America’s most dangerous job — meatpacker. He travels to Las Vegas for a giddily surreal franchisers’ convention where Mikhail Gorbachev delivers the keynote address. He even ventures to England and Germany to clock the rate at which those countries are becoming fast food nations.

Along the way, Schlosser unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths — from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate. He also uncovers the fast food chains’ efforts to reel in the youngest, most susceptible consumers even while they hone their institutionalized exploitation of teenagers and minorities. Schlosser then turns a critical eye toward the hot topic of globalization — a phenomenon launched by fast food.

 More info on the book at Wiki
Summary & Pic came from Google Books
I was searching for something else and came across this book and it’s summary. Could be a worth-while read this book.

I have always felt strongly that our demise as a decent human society began when we started to eat wrongly. Scriptures say clearly that we must nourish our body and brain with food in the mode of goodness and avoid those in passion & ignorance. If we are what we eat, how good are we?

Could the solution to world problems be our very own tongue?

268. Sunshade to fight climate change?

(Reuters) – Planes or airships could carry sun-dimming materials high into the atmosphere for an affordable price tag of below $5 billion a year as a way to slow climate change, a study indicated on Friday.

via Sunshade to fight climate change costed at $5 bln a year | Reuters.

Why can’t the world just save cows, use less paper and go vegetarian? You would save so much money, health and earth. Simple and immediately effective.

261. Oh those animals….

These were the notes I was making when I was in a team meeting at work. Completely distracted as you can see…

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It’s just crazy the way the world is going on with such large scale killing of animals. Over 60 billion, I read somewhere. Besides our Street Harinam, Kirtan shows, vegetarian restaurants, temple festivals, spiritual studies, yoga retreats, we also need to actively pursue a separate department for animal cruelty prevention at every temple of ours.

We go to save these creatures. And I think the best way to do so would be to combine with other organisations that have worked hard to protect them. They have the experience, contacts and media power. Combined with our spiritual strength and their initiatives, a difference can surely be made.