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The question is how to carry this on after the crisis of Covid-19 passes. Your life will be more meaningful if you contribute to meaningful solutions that reach far, far beyond the rampage of this virus....

 

This pandemic will change us, change our economy, our culture, our priorities, our personal lives. That we cannot avoid. But let’s remember: One day we will tell our grandchildren how we lived, how we loved, during the Great Pandemic....

Religion by itself is common sense – created to build cohesive societies where every human feels secure about his/her faith, ethnicity, culture, race, and other uniqueness. The idea of religion was to bring peace and harmony to society in general....

Moreover, as one doctor has reported after researching the data on Italy, where the greatest rate of COVID-19 infection has occurred: ‘80% of the deceased had suffered from two or more chronic diseases’ and ‘90% of the deceased are over 70 years old’. In addition, ‘Less than 1% of the deceased were healthy persons’ defined, very simply, as ‘persons without pre-existing chronic diseases….

Nature is a great experimenter, known to discard species that cannot adapt to its environs and contribute to the “Whole”. I believe that as humans, we have not evolved enough to realise that we can only survive if we harmonise our species’ way of living with life in totality....

But there is a difference between the motivations of the superstitious and the faithful even though their actions may be interpreted as similar by many. Some leading religious scholars are recommending offering prayers to seek divine help against the pandemic....

 

When choosing between alternatives, we should ask ourselves not only how to overcome the immediate threat, but also what kind of world we will inhabit once the storm passes. Yes, the storm will pass, humankind will survive, most of us will still be alive — but we will inhabit a different world.  Many short-term emergency measures will become a fixture of life….

As through the lens of coronavirus, I interrogate the self-perception of modernity, I need not be misunderstood as a pessimist with eternal despair and defeatism. Instead, as I wish to argue, this crisis is also the occasion to redefine the art of living and dying in a more meaningful way….

 

It is only an arrogance cultivated in us by those narcissists who have risen to power through their own destructive egotism that blinded us to the necessary mix of humility and awe we ought to feel as we watch a drop of rain on a leaf, or a baby struggle to crawl, or the night sky revealed in all its myriad glories away from city lights….

Today my thoughts are with all those battling the virus, with the families of all the victims around the world, and also with the doctors, paramedics and health officials and all others who have put their lives at risk for the rest of us....

There is a thoughtful word in Sanskrit, ‘Ekamevadwitiya’, to describe a defining attribute of god. It means One and only One, with no second. Come to think of it, does it only describe god? Doesn’t it also connote an important characteristic of every individual human being?...

 

The opening aphorism sets the tone for an inquiry into the cause of this material-temporal world, by asserting that the Aum principle lies at the root of not only this manifest universe but also at the heart of the cosmic rhythm itself….

The simple act of consuming more than we actually need drives the world’s governments and corporations to endlessly destroy more and more of the Earth to extract the resources necessary to satisfy our insatiable desires….

 

Unclaimed bodies pile up in India for a host of reasons: they could be people who lost their lives in road and rail accidents, or people who died far from home - pilgrims, migrants, old people abandoned by their children....

Linked Dangers to Civilization
Linked Dangers to Civilization
John Scales Avery, New Age Islam

Science and technology move extremely rapidly, compared with the slow rate of change of our institutions and habits. This is part of the explanation of our inadequate response to the dangers of catastrophic climate change and thermonuclear war. Thus, while the explosive growth of knowledge has brought many benefits, the problem of achieving a stable, peaceful and sustainable world remains serious, challenging and unsolved.

 

At a deeper level, religion, for worshipers, is the ultimate source of meaning. The most profound claim of every religion is to make sense of the whole of existence, including, and perhaps especially, circumstances marked by suffering and tribulation…

The ultra-right is on the ascendant, stridently questioning the relevance of the ‘liberal lobby’.  In India, liberals are pejoratively dismissed by the ruling establishment and its hangers on as ‘libtards’, part of the ‘Khan Market gang’ or the ‘Lutyens elite’….

The science is discovering that the universe has consciousness and that we are all part of that consciousness. We are all the creations of God, and He loves us more than a mother loves her child. We should all love each other, as He does....

A revolution in values and understanding alone can reverse this tragic degeneration. A spiritual movement that will open up the minds of people to a broader outlook of life and a sense of calmness is needed to usher in that revolution....

A true nationalist is not one who says ‘My country, right or wrong’, but one who says ‘My country, for which I must do that which is the right thing to do, for if I do wrong I wrong my country.’…

 

Being Saudi Arabian no doubt gives her an edge in some ways, but many visitors to the exhibition will marvel at the gender of the painter who has done so much, presumably without a Mahram driver. Of course, the beauty of Makkah is that driving is irrelevant. So, it seems, are other restrictions that are usually assumed to operate for the Muslimah of that nation.

 

A second common teaching is that death is not the end of us. Death is the dying of the physical body but not of the real ‘I’—the soul. We continue to live (in some or the other form and in some or the other realm) even after the death of our body. Our state or fate in the life after death will depend on how we had lived our short life while on Earth….

Our Pujas, Namaaz, prostrations, temple and church bells, offerings, sacrifices, oil, fire and ashes enable us to invoke, meditate and experience bliss. But religious practices that anaesthetise us from social injustices are dangerous....

 

Practice of such silence would be an appropriate preparation to enter into the eternal silence when we breathe our last and be united with God, whose language is silence....

 

When Abu Bakr was leaving Mecca due to the Muslim persecution there, a man by the name of Zaid Ibn Al-Daghinna said to him, ‘Where are you going?’ Abu Bakr expressed his desire to find another place on earth where he could worship Allāh freely...

 
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