मित्रों ! कुछ नादान लोग सिक्ख भाइयों को अपनी ओर से शायद व्यंग्य करते हुए कहते हैं कि सरदार जी बारह बज गए। वे शायद नहीं जानते कि बारह बजे क्या होता था ? शायद मेरे सभी सिक्ख भाई भी पूरी जानकारी नहीं रखते हैं | उन सभी लोगों के लिए वास्तविक जानकारी प्रस्तुत है जो इसका मतलब नहीं जानते हैं ।
इतिहास गवाह है कि सिक्खों ने असहाय और कमजोरों की मदद के लिए कभी भी अपनी जान की परवाह नहीं की ।
सन 1737 से 1767 के बीच भारत पर नादिरशाह और अहमदशाह अब्दाली जैसे लूटेरों के अनेकों हमले हुए । मारकाट के बाद वे लोग सोना-चांदी और कीमती सामान के साथ साथ सुन्दर लड़कियों और स्त्रियों को भी लूटकर साथ ले जाते और ग़जनी के बाज़ारों में टके टके में बेचकर उनकी इज्जत नीलाम करते थे । भारत भर में इन हिन्दू बहन - बेटियों की चीखो पुकार को सुनने वाला कोई न था | खुद परिवार के लोग भी अपनी जान बचाते भागते फिरते थे | लूटपाट के माल और स्त्रियों के साथ इन लूटेरों को पंजाब से होकर गुजरना पड़ता था | यहाँ पर सिक्खों ने उन लूटेरों से स्त्रियों को बचाने की ठानी और संख्या में कम होने के कारण छोटे छोटे दल बना कर अर्द्ध रात्रि के बारह बजे हमले की व्यूह रचना बनाई | अपने दल को हमले हेतु तैयार व चौकन्ना करने, अपनी मुहिम को पूरी कामयाबी से अंजाम देने के लिए सिक्खों ने एक सांकेतिक वाक्य बनाया था "बारह बज गए" इस तरह अर्द्ध रात्रि को नींद में गाफिल असावधान लूटेरों के कब्जे से अधिक से अधिक स्त्रियों को छुड़ाकर वे ससम्मान उनके घर पहुँचा देते थे ।
दुर्भाग्यवश इस वाक्य के सही महत्त्व का ज्ञान लोगों को नहीं है कि किस तरह से सिक्खों ने हिन्दू बहन, बहू-बेटियों की इज्ज़त बचाई, जब दुर्बलता व लाचारी घर कर गई थी |
यह वाक्य उस समय मुस्लिम लुटेरों के लिए भय का पर्याय और हिन्दुओं के लिए वरदान के समान आश्वासन का प्रतीक बन गया था कि अब सिक्ख उनकी बहन - बेटियों को बचा लेंगे |
सिक्खों के लिए यह वाक्य आज भी वीरता एवं गर्व का प्रतीक है। यदि कोई व्यक्ति इस वाक्य का प्रयोग करता है तो इसके दो ही अर्थ हो सकते हैं :- कि या तो वह इतिहास समझकर वीर सिक्खों का आभार व्यक्त कर रहा है या उसकी बहन- बेटी को आज फिर खतरा है जिसके लिए वह सिक्ख से मदद चाहता है |
मित्रों ! सिक्खों की बहादुरी की ऐसी अनेकों दास्तानें फ़्रांस के स्कूली बच्चों को पढ़ाई जाती हैं | आप चाहें तो यूनेस्को (UNESCO) द्वारा छापी गई किताब "STORIES OF BRAVERY" में छपे यह सभी तथ्य पढ़कर तसल्ली कर सकते हैं |
"सिक्ख हिन्दूओं की एक श्रेष्ठ जाति है कृपया इन लोगों का आदर व सम्मान करें |"
यदि आप इससे अभी तक अनभिज्ञ थे तो कृपया ये जानकारी अपने मित्रों को भी शेयर करें |
There has been another reported sighting of a UFO outside the international space station.
In a video posted to YouTube, a glowing orb was spotted hovering as the space station makes its orbit around the Earth.
Credit UFO Sightings Daily with reporting Sept. 21 of the existence of the latest YouTube video of an unidentified flying object caught by a live NASA space station camera. The video, which was posted by user Streetcap1, displays a glowing orb keeping pace with the International Space Station, which is in decaying orbit about 261 miles (420 kilometers) above the Earth.
In the posting by Scott Waring, he explains that not only does the glowing orb "moving upward" in the video, it is also seen "fluctuating." Waring notes that the UFO is a "fantastic example" of the white ball type. "Most UFOs recorded around the world (about 20%) are white glowing balls," he attests.
It could be space junk also illuminated by SUN.
In 1602, England's Queen Elizabeth I died without leaving any heirs to the throne except a first cousin twice removed, Scotland's James I. King James became the ruler of both nations, though the countries maintained their political independence.
However, in 1707, Scottish leaders agreed to completely merge with the English and form the United Kingdom.
Some Scots were outraged, and riots spread across the country. Others thought that "bigger is better," and felt the two countries were stronger together.
Through the years, the Scots have tried and failed to break away from the U.K., but it wasn't until 1999 that Scotland re-established its own parliament. England let Scotland make its own decisions on some local issues like health, education and housing, but the money to run that government was still doled out by London.
“What would happen if Indian Americans practised a little bit of … Indian-ness? They would shine, be an example to their fellow Americans, and make India proud. Instead, they want to become more Americans than the Americans, and merge themselves totally in American culture. In this process, they drop their unique identity and are a loss not only to India, but also to America, as they bring nothing new to American culture.” – Francois Gautier
It is lunch time at the home of the Consul General of India in New York, Dnyaneshwar M Mulay. A young Hindu American arrives. Her name is Suchitra Vijayan and she teaches part-time in Columbia University, one of the most prestigious in the US, and plans to start there a course on South Asian Human Rights. She says that she is first going to travel to India to interview Kashmiri Muslims andChristian Nagas — obviously an anti-Indian agenda — while her Indian consular mentor smiles proudly.
Welcome to America, the home of millions of Indians, some of whom make a living out of bashing India in American universities and in the US publications.
Let’s face it: Indians who immigrate to America most of the time merge totally in the American way of life and their children never come back to their homeland. The culprit, of course, is the Indian education, which mass-produces brilliant Indians, who are only good for export, as they are not taught to be proud of their own culture, the way French are proud to be French or the Americans proud to be Americans. As a result, American Indians know nothing about Kalidas, probably one of the greatest poets ever, or Shivaji Maharaj, who is on par withNapoleon Bonaparte, or Sri Aurobindo, India’s greatest contemporary philosopher — but all about William Shakespeare, the latest Dan Brown novel, or the best Italian restaurant in New York.
This is the greatest brain drain in the world, which allowed the Silicon Valley to flourish (80 per cent Indian engineers), or the American medical system to expand (60 per cent Indians).
Compare this to the American Chinese: Not only do they unabashedly stand out as Chinese, but they repatriate many of their funds to China and even go back to the mainland, to be part of the great Chinese economic boom.
American Indians rave about the American way of life, but it burns out a human being in 30 or 40 years, starting early for work — by 7 am, America’s millions of highways are already clogged with traffic; the fierce competitiveness in the workplace — you can be fired in a minute for no reason; the late hours and heartburn produced over the years by food too quickly swallowed on the run or in the car; the immense stress at airports where security — thanks to continuing terrorism — has reached inhuman proportions.
If only American Indians did retain a bit of their Indianness. Today’s Hollywood stars all do yoga, India’s gift to the world. Yet, not only is it not taught in Indian schools and universities as it should, but our Hindu Americans do not practise it. What else?Pranayama is the ancient Indian science of breathing. Through it you cannot only gain more energy, but also distress naturally and balance your mind. It is also a perfectly secular science: Respiration has no religion and a Muslim, a Hindu or a Christian breathe the same air. In fact, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who has revived and modernisedpranayama, has many Muslims and Christian teachers and disciples. Yet, neither is it taught in India, nor our Indian Americans seem to practise it much.
What about meditation, this most ancient technique that has again no religion, and can be practised by anybody, with wonderful effects on the mind and the body? In fact American companies have begun introducing meditation in their seminars and it is becoming mainstream in the US. Does that mean that meditation is taught in Indians schools, as it should be, or that our Indian Americans practice it? Not at all. What about Ayurveda, the oldest medical science still in practice that knew 3,000 years before Western medicine, that many diseases have a psychosomatic origin? Do our Hindu Americans use Ayurveda? Unlikely.
Yet, what would happen if Indian Americans practised a little bit of that Indian-ness? They would shine, be an example to their fellow Americans, and make India proud. Instead, they want to become more Americans than the Americans, and merge themselves totally in American culture. In this process, they drop their unique identity and are a loss not only to India, but also to America, as they bring nothing new to American culture.
And because they do not stand out, they allow these multiple South Asian groups that sprout everywhere, to be dominated by hostile Indian Americans, who, for instance, convinced for 10 years the US Government to deny Modi a visa.
At the same time it is true that America, whatever its faults, has always stood up for freedom and democracy. It did so during the World War II, when it saved Europe from Nazi domination. It is doing so today, by being the only country in the world willing to take on terrorism head on. Americans are friendly, hard-working, and it should soon dawn upon them that India is their natural political ally, in an Asia confronted with terrorism born out of Pakistan, Afghanistan or Indonesia. It is also the obvious democratic, pro-Western and liberal economic destination to counter-balance China’s aggressive hegemony in Asia.
Meanwhile, it is very unfortunate that the second-highest Indian official in the US endorses and promotes anti-Indian agendas, whereas he should be the first one to hunt them out. This Nehruvian mindset in diplomats has got to go. – The Pioneer, 31 August 2014
Click on the above image to download a PDF of the letters from John Hardon and the Missionaries of Charity.
The death of journalist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens last month gave those familiar with his work a chance to revisit one of his more controversial subjects: the Albanian nun Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, better known to the world as Mother Teresa. In his 1997 book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, Hitchens argued that the "Saint of Calcutta," who founded and headed the international Missionaries of Charity order, enjoyed undeserved esteem.
Despite her humanitarian reputation and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa had set up a worldwide system of "homes for the dying" that routinely failed to provide adequate care to patients, Hitchens argued — an appraisal shared by The Lancet, a respected medical journal. Mother Teresa also associated with, and took large sums of money from, disreputable figures such as American savings-and-loan swindler Charles Keating and the dictatorial Duvalier family of Haiti.
Notwithstanding these black marks on an otherwise sterling reputation, Mother Teresa — who died in 1997 and is now on the fast track to a formal proclamation of sainthood by the Vatican — was never known to have been touched by the scandal that would rock the Roman Catholic Church in the decade after her death: the systematic protection of child-molesting priests by church officials.
Yet documents obtained by SF Weekly suggest that Mother Teresa knew one of her favorite priests was removed from ministry for sexually abusing a Bay Area boy in 1993, and that she nevertheless urged his bosses to return him to work as soon as possible. The priest resumed active ministry, as well as his predatory habits. Eight additional complaints were lodged against him in the coming years by various families, leading to his eventual arrest on sex-abuse charges in 2005.
The priest was Donald McGuire, a former Jesuit who has been convicted of molesting boys in federal and state courts and is serving a 25-year federal prison sentence. McGuire, now 81 years old, taught at the University of San Francisco in the late 1970s, and held frequent spiritual retreats for families in San Francisco and Walnut Creek throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He also ministered extensively to the Missionaries of Charity during that time.
In a 1994 letter to McGuire's Jesuit superior in Chicago, it appears that Mother Teresa acknowledged she had learned of the "sad events which took [McGuire] from his priestly ministry these past seven months," and that McGuire "admitted imprudence in his behavior," but she wished to see him put back on the job. The letter was written after McGuire had been sent to a psychiatric hospital following an abuse complaint to the Jesuits by a family in Walnut Creek.
"I understand how grave is the scandal touching the priesthood in the U.S.A. and how careful we must be to guard the purity and reputation of that priesthood," the letter states. "I must say, however, that I have confidence and trust in Fr. McGuire and wish to see his vital ministry resume as soon as possible."
The one-page letter comes from thousands of pages of church records that have been shared with plaintiffs' attorneys in ongoing litigation against the Jesuits involving McGuire. (The documents were also shared with prosecutors who worked on his criminal cases.) It is printed on Missionaries of Charity letterhead but is unsigned, and thus cannot be verified absolutely as having been written by Mother Teresa. Officials in the Missionaries of Charity and the Jesuits did not respond to requests for comment on its provenance.
Yet statements throughout the letter point to Mother Teresa as the author. The writer speaks of "my communities throughout the world" and refers by name to Mother Teresa's four top deputies, calling them "my four assistants." Rev. Joseph Fessio, a Jesuit and former University of San Francisco professor who knew Mother Teresa, said the reference to her assistants is an "authentic" aspect of the letter.
The letter could have an impact on the near-complete process of canonizing Mother Teresa. In 2003 she was beatified by Pope John Paul II, the penultimate step to full sainthood.
"What we see here is the same thing we see over and over in regard to the [priest pedophilia] scandal — the complete lack of empathy for, or interest in, possible victims of these accused priests," said Anne Rice, the bestselling author of novels including Interview with the Vampire and a former Catholic who has been outspoken in her criticism of the church's handling of the sex-abuse scandal. "In this letter the concern is for the reputation of the priesthood. This is as disappointing as it is shocking."
Other documents that have emerged in the criminal and civil cases involving McGuire could affect the sainthood prospects of another deceased religious leader eyed by the Vatican for sainthood. Among the newly uncovered church records are letters by Rev. John Hardon, a Jesuit who also worked extensively with Mother Teresa and died in 2000. He collaborated with then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a landmark summation of contemporary church doctrine. In 2005, the Vatican opened a formal inquiry into whether Hardon should be made a saint.
But statements by Hardon in his letters could complicate that process. The documents reveal McGuire admitted to Hardon that he was taking showers with the teenage boy from Walnut Creek whose complaint led to McGuire's psychiatric treatment. He also acknowledged soliciting body massages from the boy and letting him read pornography in the room they shared on trips together.
Despite these admissions, Hardon concluded that his fellow Jesuit's actions were "objectively defensible," albeit "highly imprudent," and told McGuire's bosses that he "should be prudently allowed to engage in priestly ministry."
The postulators, or Vatican-appointed researchers and advocates for sainthood, assigned to investigate Mother Teresa and Hardon did not respond to repeated requestsfor comment.
While it is unclear exactly what impact the new documents will have on the evaluation of both figures for sainthood, the evidence of involvement by two prominent and internationally respected Catholics in the McGuire sex-abuse scandal is likely to cause consternation among critics of the church's handling of predator priests. The situation is aggravated since McGuire went on to abuse more children after suggestions to return him to ministry were heeded.