Message for the Day… ” Only when you face difficulties squarely and bear troubles with patience and fortitude, you will understand Divine Love. Never allow yourself to be overwhelmed by difficulties and sorrows, doubts and disappointments. “

True Love is priceless with no trace of selfishness! It is pure, unsullied and does not change. It is spontaneous, always grows and never diminishes. God’s Love is of such a nature: spontaneous, free from selfishness, unwavering and always full. Ordinary human love, motivated by selfish considerations, is liable to change with changes in time and circumstance! Pure Love wears the mantle of Truth and will not submit to the forces of envy or hatred however powerful they may be. Love prevails over all negativities. In the pursuit of the good and godly life, you may encounter many difficulties and disturbances. Doubts and questions may also crop up. Only when you face difficulties squarely and bear troubles with patience and fortitude, you will understand Divine Love. Never allow yourself to be overwhelmed by difficulties and sorrows, doubts and disappointments. Have faith, confidence in yourself and strive to secure God’s love. The transforming power of pure Love is boundless!

Source….http://media.radiosai.org/

Natarajan

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Transnistria, The Country That Doesn’t Exist….

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, a thin sliver of land on Moldova’s eastern border with Ukraine broke apart from its parent country and declared independence from Moldova. A four-month war followed and some 700 casualties later, a ceasefire was signed. Since then, Moldova has stayed out of Transnistria’s business but still refuses to recognize it as an independent state. In fact, no other nation does.

Yet, Transnistria acts as an independent country, with its own government, military and police force, postal system, currency, constitution, flag, and coat of arms. Its flag still uses the communist symbol of a hammer and a sickle—the only country to do so.                         

A statue of Lenin stands in front of Transnistria parliament building in Tiraspol. Photo credit: Marco Fieber/Flickr

At the core of the conflict is the fact that Transnistria has been a primarily a Russian-speaking territory since the Ottoman Empire ceded the region to the Russian Empire in the late 18th century. The people of Transnistria have naturally felt more Russian than Moldovan. Even today, Russian-speaking people make up the largest ethnic group in Transnistria.

As per the ceasefire signed at the end of the Transnistria-Moldova conflict, Russia maintains a peacekeeping force in Transnistria, and provides constant financial, military and political support without which Transnistria could not exist. Russian subsidy, both direct and indirect, accounts for nearly half of Transnistria’s budget. Inevitably, there is a huge Russian influence on public life. Transnistria’s people watch Russian TV, kids in schools learn from Russian textbooks, and many pensioners receive Russian pension.

The lack of officially recognition does not bode well for Transnistria, especially the future of its younger generation. While the older generation is still hoping for Transnistria to be recognized and to become a part of Russia, the younger Transnistrians are struggling with lack of jobs and the tough economic situation. Most youngsters are eager to emigrate abroad, to Moscow mostly. Since the birth of the country, the Transnistrian population has decreased by more than a third.

When Justin Barton, a British photographer visited Transnistria in 2015 and asked a 23-year old girl to think about her homeland, she reportedly burst into tears. The girl, Anastasia Spatar, had never traveled beyond Transnistria.

German photographer Julia Autz, who travelled to Transnistria to capture portraits of the state’s youth, found the community closed and hard to penetrate.

“They can become kind of paranoid when they see a foreigner from the western world with a camera. Many people don’t relate with western values. Instead, they admire Putin and hope that Transnistria will become a part of Russia,” said Autz.

Like Justin Barton, Julia Autz too was struck by the permeated sadness in their expressions.

Despite the hopelessness of their situation, Autz found the teenagers and young people very receptive. “The young generation was very interested in me and they were curious about what I was doing in the country,” she recalled. “There are not many foreigners in Transnistria and most people have never been to western Europe, so they were really excited and wanted to spend time with me.”

Russia’s continuing presence in the region and its constant involvement in the affairs has soured relationship with Moldova. The Russian presence in Transnistria, so close to the Ukrainian border, is also perceived as a threat to Ukraine. Recently, a Ukrainian MP, accused Russia of using the conflicted region to influence the pro-European states of the post-Soviet space against joining the European Union.

Source…..http://www.amusingplanet.com

Natarajan

 

வாரம் ஒரு கவிதை ….” யார் இட்ட சாபம் …? “

யார் இட்ட சாபம் …?
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இதோ வந்து விட்டது புதிய விடியல்
பிறந்து விட்டது புதிய  பாரதம் !
புதுமை பல காண்போம் நாம் !
நமக்கு நாமே இனிமேல் !
சுதந்திர இந்திய விடியலில் என்
தாத்தாவும்  அப்பாவும் கேட்ட
முழக்கம் இது ! நான் பிறக்கவே
இல்லை அப்போது !
ஒரு அப்பாவாக , தாத்தாவாக நான்
இன்றும் கேட்கிறேன் அதே முழக்கம் !
ஆட்சியும் மாறுது ….காட்சியும் மாறுது !
புதிய விடியல் , புதிய பாரதம் முழக்கம்
மட்டும் மாறவே இல்லையே !
பழகி விட்டேன் நானும் இந்த முழக்கம்
தினம் தினம் கேட்டு !
புது விடியல் மட்டும் நான் காண
முடியவில்லையே இன்னும் !
இது யார் இட்ட சாபம் ?
K.Natarajan
http://www.dinamani.com  dated  21st May 2018

Message for the Day…. ” You have within your reach, the capacity to challenge your own evil propensities and change them. “

Amongst the qualities that make up a flawless character, love, patience, forbearance, steadfastness, and charity are the highest, and must be revered. The hundred little deeds you indulge in everyday harden into habits; these habits mould your outlook towards life. All that you weave in your imagination, seek and yearn leave an indelible imprint on your mind and form a picture of ‘your world’ and then you get attached to it. But whatever is your character today, it can certainly be modified by changing your thought pattern. The wickedness of nobody is incorrigible. Wasn’t the robber Angulimala turned into a kindhearted person by Buddha? Didn’t thief Rathnakara become Sage Valmiki? You have within your reach, the capacity to challenge your own evil propensities and change them. By selfless service, renunciation, devotion and prayer, old habits can be discarded and new habits that take you along the divine path can be instilled.

Soirce…. http://media.radiosai.org

Natarajan

Message for the Day… ” God is not different from faith. Faith and God are one and the same. Love is God, Devotion is God – they are not different entities.”

God is not different from faith. Faith and God are one and the same. Love is God, Devotion is God – they are not different entities. What does devotion mean? Devotion is that which enables the unmanifest Divine Principle to manifest itself in the devotee’s inner vision. Then, for the pure devotee nothing exists other than God. To reach that stage you must discharge your duties keeping God in mind constantly. To cross the vast, deep ocean of worldly existence, you need the small boat of God’s Name. In the beginning of the spiritual journey, Lord’s name is the foundation for progress, but it should evolve gradually into loving service to God at all times. Whatever service you render, do not feel that you are serving others, but you are serving God Himself. Even while serving food to your family or to a needy person, consider that God has come in that form and you are offering it to God Himself.

Source….. http://media.radiosai.org/

Natarajan

Joke of the Day….” No holiday for Atheists,….” ? !!!

An atheist became incensed over Christmas holiday preparations.

He filed a lawsuit about the constant celebrations given to Christians and Jews while atheists had no holiday to celebrate.

The case was brought before a judge.

After listening to the long, passionate presentation by the atheist’s lawyer, the judge banged his gavel and declared, “Case dismissed!”

The lawyer immediately stood and objected to the ruling.

“Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter, and many other observances. Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur, and Hanukkah. Yet, my client and all other atheists have no such holiday!”

The judge leaned forward in his chair and simply said, “Obviously, your client is too confused to know about, much less celebrate his own atheist holiday!”

The lawyer pompously said, “Your honor, we are unaware of any such holiday for atheists. Just when might that holiday be?”

The judge replied, “Well, it comes every year on exactly the same date. Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’

Thus, if your client says there is no God then, according to the Bible, he is a fool.

April Fool’s Day is his holiday. Now, get out of my courtroom!”

Source…..www.ba-bamail.com

Natarajan

Message for the Day…. ” The Lord is in every heart, in the subtle and the gross forms. The Divine is in the ant and the elephant, in atom and the atmosphere!”

For the Lord, this drama of time in three acts – past, present, and future is clear as crystal. In the twinkle of an eye, He grasps all three, for He is omniscient, and it is His plan that is executed, and His drama that is being enacted on the stage of creation. But, actors and spectators are lost in confusion, unable to surmise its development and meaning! For, how can one scene or act reveal its meaning? The entire play must be witnessed for the story to reveal itself – isn’t it? When the mystery is cleared and the play is discovered as ‘mere play’, conviction dawns that you are in Him and He is in you. Therefore, seekers of wisdom, always be conscious of this: The Lord is in every heart, in the subtle and the gross forms. The Divine is in the ant and the elephant, in atom and the atmosphere!

Source….http://media.radiosai.org

Natarajan