Breathe free in 2016!



I breathe in 2016 and breathe out 2015, as my guru tells me to meditate on cosmic time. I have tried meditating on my daily existence and it perishes with each passing moment, while I still survive. Cosmic time breathes eons and ages and humans are only a blink in it, and why should we tie ourselves to this puny existence, as universal consciousness awaits us. We are not born to die a daily death, but are alive to live in ageless time. I awake from my meditation to life itself, and am unbound and unfettered to just be one, with eternity. Those who named me at birth, gave me a religion and a race and bound me in the shackles of my environment, I leave behind, and choose freedom; from this limited past. The manifest ever changing everyday slips away, as I try to understand my unchanging self.

Ah 2016 is full of possibilities and choice, and the path in the woods is open to explore, and the night is dark to better see the cosmos, and the day is bright to seek our internal truth. Light and darkness do not matter and happiness and sadness are only fleeting emotions, as we seek what is real, and not what is manifest. My sense objects derive a reality that my mind shapes, based on past experience, but my spirit is the true observer, and weapons do not cut it, and fire does not burn it. Each moment I transcend into a new awakening of consciousness, and each moment I release an old longing of desire.

Oh life what have you become, now that the past is no longer relevant. Where has the sorrow from attachment gone, and why is this light being, so free that it floats on the ether, and enters into heaven and beyond. If I am to return now, will I still find the old loves, and the clinging and the pain of shattered relationships, and dreams unspun; or will it be new longings, and nightmares, that arise from this dark matter of our universe. The rainbow of hope on the horizon is lit by the setting sun, against the dark clouds of despair. l look at the wonder that is our existence, and find the universe in this grain of sand, that slips through my fingers. I let it go for in releasing it, I also release myself, as true liberation is only possible in letting everything go.

I breathe in the universe and breathe out death, as the two are intertwined, in this dance of life. Sat Chit Anand or the truth of existence is blissful and eternal, so be free. As 2015 fades a new year arrives full of new promises, hope and life. Grasp only the real and the unreal will fade and life will become like an arrow, which you have been pulling back with all your might, finally released to find its mark. All your dreams will become real and the force that everyone told you to hold back, will be released, and your breath will be your salvation. There is unrealized joy in every moment, so just seize it in your newly awakened state, and make it all yours. Me and my existence have always been one with no duality, and as I pierce this film that life has woven around me, I become my spirit and water does not moisten It, and air does not dry It. Rejoice in the wonder of this unmanifest self (atma/soul) and its eternal destiny, for this is the only true freedom.

Om Shanti.

Silent night (trust the human spirit)

silent night

The labor market has expanded for 42 months and now the number of unemployed is lower than when I was in high school back in the 70’s. A lot of the current Millennial, Generation X and Y were not even born, since we have seen these low numbers in the US economy. The S& P was stuck in the doldrums of low hundred’s till well into the 80’s before its meteoric rise from there in the 90’s, to about 2,000 today. The remarkable fact is that just in Obama’s term it has gone from the low 700’s to increase by an astounding 1300 points or 180% in 6 years. The US market has the biggest capitalization in the history of our existence. Today in the US out of 326 million only 2.21 million Citizens or 5% of the workforce have no official work for pay, in an economy of trillions. The Federal Reserve believes we are at full employment, and has just raised rates after the cutback from the Great Recession by Bernanke. It has taken a woman to realize that rates need to rise because of “further improvement in the labor market and reasonable confidence that inflation would move back to 2 percent over the medium term”.
Hearing the Republican debates, one shudders on hearing a throwback to the times, when America was profligate in its wars abroad, and miserly to its own citizen’s infrastructure and social fabric at home. “Carpet bombing” is invoked lightly, as if we did not ban it under the Geneva Convention, as inhuman and a crime against humanity. Today’s labor market strength is helping to underpin consumer spending, supporting the economy as it deals with the headwinds of a strong dollar, slowing global growth, spending cuts by energy firms and an inventory overhang in the states of our union. All this is forgotten as racial, class and religious wounds that need dialogue, debate and human intervention to heal; are instead fanned by colloquial fires of lose rhetoric. We probably need another woman to tell the world that America is going to wage peace, and improve the lot of our citizen’s social, moral, economic and cultural standards.
We have to build trust within humanity as only then can we have peace and prosperity. For the hatemongers and the human dividers I say we are all one, and love is better than war. Look to your left and right and say from your heart, that I trust you. On this foundation of trust build the temples of human endeavor and cooperation. Nothing can hold us back from our goals of betterment, if we can only learn to strive harder for the improvement of our human spirit. The time has come to rise above our clannish petty quarrels, to work for a better world. If 195 countries and the EU can come to an agreement on Climate Change we can surely come to an agreement to come to a 1,000 years of peace. May Nostradamus’ prophesy come true in our life times and we take peace as a basic human right, and learn to trust each other and claim our true place in this universe. The time of human development and growth has just started, and there are golden ages before us, still to live together. Come join me in this quest for our own improvement.
On the eve of this holy day we should celebrate life by dying to oneself (and all our dark past), for it is in being reborn afresh that we truly live. When all the hate of this world surrounds us, is when we find that one spark of love inside us, which sends the hateful into oblivion. May our worst days be joyous and healthy, and your best days spent in the service, of those who need it the most. Trust in our human spirit, as it is truly all we have; on this silent night!

Om shanti!

Hope for Chennai’s recovery




Ripon Bldg

The Chennai Municipal Corporation is divided into 15 zones, which include Manali, Royapuram, Anna Nagar, Alandur, Adyar and Perungudi, most of which were submerged after the incessant rains battered the city and triggered a civic, transport and communication infrastructure collapse. It has 200 wards, which have grown under it, since its humble beginings in the late seventeenth century. being the oldest Municipal corporation in India having started in 1695 almost 320 years ago, and has grown into the colonial Ripon Building. It hopes to deploy over 20,000 employees, and get help from surrounding corporations to clean up the mess. It is a herculean task for such an ancient corporation, and it needs all the help that we can give to it in manpower, trucks, loaders and civic garbage removal equipment.

Post clean up, proper reengineering of certain areas of the city is required to make Chennai a city capable of handling such a natural disaster. Engineering to allow water flows to remove excessive waters, by use of huge pumps like New Orleans at flood prone zones, and other diverting measures, from lessons learned in this last flood; should be implemented. We have to make Chennai into a modern city and remove the weaknesses in the civic center, by recognizing flood zones, and becoming better at draining them; using modern methods. The people of Chennai should demand this from their corporation as countless man-hours have been lost, which could have been used for better purposes. Climate change is here and if we do not change and adapt, then nature will change us.

In another sign of things to come India’s oldest IIT in Madras, had for the first time resort to using Skype to hold interviews for companies, which are not able to make it to the campus, for the placements. Internet video calling has come to IIT Chennai, and HR of major corporations; and I wonder if virtual reality, is next! New technologies are disrupting the most important human functions and interactions, such as hiring, which are major milestones in an individual’s life.

At a minimum we need to ensure fail-safe and secure information systems for a modern city. After the floods valuable lessons were learned, and now remedial measures can be implemented in a planned manner. We need the best minds to work on helping this great city.

We wish Chennai and its citizens a speedy recovery from this natural calamity, and hope for its corporations to emerge stronger at the end!

Will Paris be the beacon of hope?

Bird at lake

A little bird told me that all the leaders of the world are gathered together after 5 years to discuss climate change. In Paris < 02, India initiated the Solar Alliance and will play a key part in its initiation at New Delhi. Metropolitan Delhi with 16 million people and the suburbs include another 9 million to total about 25 million citizens and growing rapidly, is one of those giant urban sprawls on earth; that defy imagination. It is now the most polluted city in the world, and in most measures way ahead of Beijing in a similar size. The need for green energy and clean transportation and mass transit for Delhi itself, should be paramount in any efforts, as the city has outgrown its infrastructure. Delhi has the highest level of the airborne particulate matter, PM2.5 considered most harmful to health, with 153 micrograms. Stopping its neighboring agricultural states from burning their paddy fields for the wheat field’s readiness, will reduce the environmental disaster, as the same can be better disposed off. We need modern machines and methods to improve the recycling of the bio mass, instead of burning it. Innovation also on an urban scale by roof use conversion and water harvesting and the cleanup and revival of the neighboring Yamuna River can go a long way for eco conservation. Green belt forestation so prevalent in traditional Delhi, must be revived, with massive investments, before this urban jungle dies without its lungs.

The future is in innovation and finding better wind/solar/nuclear/hydro/biomass solutions for energy and reducing our carbon footprint going forward across the world. It is anybody’s guess at the time as to how Modi’s Solar energy proposal for the 120 countries in the solar belt, will get the required funds to build giant solar farms. India also became a partner of Mission Innovation with numerous Indian Private Sector leaders wowing to support Bill Gate’s push on innovation, for new ways to solve the problem of Climate Change and energy consumption. “We will be proposing many new things. They are on cards.” We are talking of giga projects here of alternate energy that will reduce future human pollution into the air we breathe.

“China (is at) 29 per cent, US is second with 16 per cent, Europe third with 10 per cent and India at fourth with 5 per cent emission. “ As per the ET analysis current trends will balloon emissions, if our leaders do not take decisive action. India is just on the verge of increasing its energy footprint in one of the largest growth rates projected in the coming decades. It is increasingly coal, CNG and oil based for now with tankers of imports from Qatar and other trading partners feeding the needs of the hungry masses. Bihar almost a poster child for underdevelopment, is now the fastest growing state, as it has coal, iron steel and other industries to feed the nation. As Dams and canals to harness its ample water resources are built and its agricultural productivity increases through modernization, green development can spread in the land.

State Area km2 Population
Bihar 94,163 103,804,637
Germany 357,168 81,083,600
 It many be only a matter of time and investment that Bihar alone could rival Germany in the future if all the plans for rapid growth bear fruit!

Modern ports along the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal should adorn India.

Portal integration of modern logistics for freight,  automobile and passenger ferries along India’s ports has a huge scope. We need to use green methodology for Indian Ocean sailing and shipping and logistics by using clean diesel and renewable solar combinations. We have to augment existing road, rail and airports by making them green with wind, solar, biomass projects. The new Government is intent on improving Port infrastructure through the construction of a string of major ports around the Indian coast like a Samudramala. . These plans Port/Rail covered the linking of Mundra Port and Pipavav-Surendranagar, Hassan- Mangalore, Gandhidham-Palanpur and Bharauch-Dahej gauge conversion projects. These projects have added about 1030 km of rail lines also into the hinterland for better economic logistics, the official said. Many tens of thousand km more are required for a modern India, to match the developed countries.

Besides, railways have offered 400 stations to be redeveloped with private participation for improving passenger amenities inviting open bids from interested parties. This is a huge initiative that can spread best practices and improve services, using Private bidders, in an open electronic system. The model can then be rolled out to thousands of other stations to make clean green zones around these existing stations. Addition to India’s infrastructure by building these corridors of industrial and resource movements for energy and transportation, linking the land in an economic development, fueled by massive investments from the developed nations, to keep climate change at bay; is a must. We have to tackle this tough problem in our generation, as it cannot be allowed to fester and cause distress to future generations. The time to act is now after five years of waiting for Paris. There can be no turning back from this carbon loaded atmosphere, if we do not find a better way together; as it is well known that all living beings will suffer its terrible effects, on our mother earth soon.