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May 15, 2007
The world cannot remain a fossil fool anymore, oblivious of the environmental destruction wrought as it guzzles fuels like coal and oil.

The world has just eight years to act and bring down the concentration of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere if the rising global temperatures are be contained between 2-2.4 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial era, a hard-hitting report of the UN’s apex body on climate change released on Friday said.


All countries, including India, will have to take drastic steps to shift from fossil fuels like coal and oil, which emit global warming gases upon burning, in order to avert a global crisis, the report said with a firmness and certainty that the experts of more than 100 countries have never asserted before.

It has warned that any delay in action would lead to the temperatures rising alarmingly.

Nailing all quibbles on climate change from sceptics’ chambers, the report warned that emissions of heat-trapping gases had increased alarmingly by 70 per cent between 1970-2004, with levels of carbon dioxide increasing by 80 per cent over the same period.

In an ominous prediction, it noted that if the world continues to burn fossil fuels along current lines, then the dangerous emissions would rise by 90 per cent by 2030.

The recommendations mark repudiation of arguments of both developing and developed countries.

Countering the argument of the developing countries, like India and China, that reducing emissions would hit their economies, the report says that at worst, the global GDP would be blunted by about 3 per cent by 2030 if it undertakes these emission cuts.

It, however, admits that some countries will bear the brunt more than others.

On the other hand, developed countries have also been bluntly told that they would have to change their lifestyles and alter consumption patterns. These countries, with a mere 20 per cent of the world’s population, account for 50 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. The message for them is that mere adoption of technologies won’t do.
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May 14, 2007
A crisp note on India and its culture - For all those who want to know

  • India is acountry with a uniquely evolved culture and civilization, language and literature, art and architecture, laws and moral codes, customs and calendar, history and traditions, geography and politics.

  • India is one billion people, speaking myriad tongues, dressing in numerous modes of apparel, exhibiting countless mannerisms and group characteristics, woven into the multi-hued fabric that this nation is.

  • There is certainly something very special about this country of ours, that one after another, age after age, generation after generation, great Saints are born into the laps of this land to re-discover and spread the Supreme Knowledge that the Rishis of the days of yore had discovered through years of penance and research. 
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    May 13, 2007
    Whether it is a love relationship or a platonic friendship some connections feel deeper than others, like they have been there forever. Sometimes it is just as if you "click" and other times it is like you've known one another your entire lives.
    Some believe that a soul mate is someone with whom a person has shared other life times through reincarnation. How many of you do?

    Richard Bach describes soul mates as "A soulmate is someone who has the locks to fit our keys, and the keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we; we can be loved for who we are and for who we're pretending to be. Each of us unveils the best part of one another. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person were safe in our paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life. "


    There is no doubt that somewhere, possibly in the deepest recesses of our heart, we are all looking for a person who will make us feel complete.

    Many search for their soulmates, the sole reason being that they are convinced that finding their soul's ideal counterpart will lead to undreamed-of happiness and fulfillment. Some find "the" one in just a moment and for some it can take lifetimes. It could take many reincarnations for the souls to meet and come together.

    You would know you have found one when he or she 'vibes' completely with you; even the unsaid is understood, almost instinctively, by the other.
    Experiences of my search, is to follow your heart and listen to what it tells you. It will eventually lead you to the person that you have been searching for all your life. I believe this !

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    May 12, 2007
    Wrong imagination is the bane of life; all failures can be directly traced to an impoverished mental equanimity created by the unintelligent entertainment of unfounded fears of possible failures.
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    May 12, 2007
    Hi..I posted this article on "Secret Crafts" forum..wanted to share this with you all as well..

    A good read on the law of Karma -

    The study of ethics presupposes that we can assert our will over our lower impulses. We cannot be held morally responsible for actions that are out of our control or not within our capacity to change. A moral system must be based upon an understanding of the nature of mankind and its capacity for change.

    The Law of Karma

    The law of karma has often been confused with the law of destiny, when actually there is a great deal of difference between the two.  The law of destiny has a corroding effect upon the human heart, and those who depend entirely upon it to guide them become weak-minded, passive human beings.

    Those who believe in predestination, or that all actions and events have been determined since the beginning of creation, deny any personal responsibility for their actions, hiding under the cloak of fatalism-asserting that since they were fated to act thus, they are not to be held morally responsible for their low actions.

    On the other hand, a people believing in and living up to the law of karma become dynamic citizens and spiritual giants. The law of karma is based upon the conclusion that this life is not an end in itself but is just an incident in the eternal existence of each of us. Each one of us is unique and each one's life is different from another's. The destiny of one is obviously different from that of another. Had this been the very first and the last of our births and had we all entered the world as equal, justice would have necessitated that we all have a similar experience of life.

    Whenever we inquire into the differences among human beings, we arrive at the conclusion that, having risen from different causes, each of us should manifest as a different effect. Effects depend upon their causes. This life which we live is only one of our incarnations, according to the law of karma. From birth to death and from death to birth, the cycle goes on, but we do not appreciate it or understand it because we view life from a very circumscribed point of view.

    .We think that life means only the period spent by us from our birth to our death, and what we experience during this interval is the sum total of life. But let us for a moment take the example of a picture painted on a canvas. In order to see the entire picture painted on it, we have to step back some distance and only then can we get the entire view, the rhythm of the colours, the beauty of the shapes, and so on. Similarly, when life is viewed 6:um a close perspective, we feel that it is illogical and unrhythmic. But when we stand back 6:um our present life in detachment and try to view the whole of life in its entirety, we can begin to perceive a vast harmony 'and perfection.

    Some of us blame the Creator for the sorrow or sin in our lives, and despair by saying that the sorrows have been fated to us. The Vedantins teach differently. It is important that we understand that there is a rhythm in the universe, that the planets move regularly, that the stars ride in their appointed paths, and that the natural laws never deviate from nature. Everywhere we can discover the law of 'rhythm (rtu), and everything conforms to that law. Why then, in the case of human life, do we say that there is no logic or reason in it?

    The law of karma, when understood correctly, is the greatest force of vitality in Vedantic philosophy. It makes us the architects of our own future. We are not helpless pawns in the hands of a mighty tyrant. If we are weak or sorrowful, it is solely because of our own willful actions. In our ignorance, we may have pursued certain negative values of life in the past, and their fruits have reared up now to give us the pattern of circumstances we are living today.

    Still, take heart. By living rightly today the divine values of love, kindness, tolerance and mercy, you will ensure a more noble pattern for you; future. By honest introspection, you can detect your wrong tendencies and eliminate them through constant, deliberate effort. Develop positive thinking and thus come to be the creator of your own future life. Then only will lasting success be yours
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    Posted: May 12, 2007 10:29pm
    May 12, 2007
    I sometimes stare at the sky and wonder why we have made such a mess of things. I wonder how we can tear up the seas and use up the trees all in the name of progress. It is such a tragedy that we are damaging things so fast and they will soon be way beyond repair.


    It is very sad to think future generations will not have the natural things to enjoy as we have had, and that they will be paupers when it comes to the offerings of the natural world.



    Nature can bring a lot of beauty into our lives. Nature has a way of affecting our moods and it can force us to change our plans. Nature is responsible for the sun, clouds, rain, and snow. When it is sunny and bright outside, we feel cheerful inside. When it is cloudy and rainy, we often feel gloomy. When there is a beautiful and starry night, the moonlight makes us feel romantic.

    LETS PRESERVE NATURE !!!
     
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    I sometimes stare at the sky and wonder why we have made such a mess of things. I wonder how we can tear up the seas and use up the trees all in the name of progress. It is such a tragedy that we are damaging things so fast and they will soon be way beyond repair. It is very sad to think future generations will not have the natural things to enjoy as we have had, and that they will be paupers when it comes to the offerings of the natural world. Nature can bring a lot of beauty into our lives. Nature has a way of affecting our moods and it can force us to change our plans. Nature is responsible for the sun, clouds, rain, and snow. When it is sunny and bright outside, we feel cheerful inside. When it is cloudy and rainy, we often feel gloomy. When there is a beautiful and starry night, the moonlight makes us feel romantic. LETS PRESERVE NATURE !!!

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