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By Nithin Sridhar
Gleanings from Hindu Scriptures – Part 8
One of the most basic themes or tenets that is dealt with again and again in various Hindu scriptures, is the tenet of “Daya”. Shandilya Upanishad (1.1) describes Daya as:
(Translation: Daya means showing compassion and kindliness to every object, every creature present everywhere)
But Daya is not just a simple compassion. It is not a simple show of empathy. It involves showing compassion to every object, every being from the lowest plants to the highest gods. Secondly, this compassion should be shown always and everywhere. It is not just a momentary feeling generated from an external stimulation, it should be ingrained in the very nature, so as to remain compassionate always and everywhere.
This Daya, in-fact, is the very root of Ahimsa (non-violence) and Asteya (non-stealing). One does not cause harm to another person or creature, when one recognizes that he/she are all part of this universe, this big family. This ideology is the very essence of Daya. Compassion stems from the recognition that we are all sparks of the same divine fire. This compassion then manifests as Ahimsa and Asteya.
Daya is another name for detached love. Love as we normally understand is simply an attachment with someone or something. A mother loves her son, a husband loves his wife, or a brother loves his sister. These are all worldly loves, love that is rooted in worldly attachments. Why are these forms of love defined as attachments? Because, such love is shown towards only a few specific people. Hence, it is not universal. Secondly, such a love is associated with expectation of reciprocation. As a result such love is limited and hence cannot be called as compassion.
On the other hand, the love generated out of vairagyam (dispassion), wherein the person views everyone with an equal sight (sama-dristi) and always thinks and acts for the welfare of everyone, is considered as a truly compassionate person.
Practicing Daya does not mean a person will practice pacifism or will ignore the crimes of society. Instead, a person with Daya will do his best for the betterment of the society including punishing the criminals if needed. Few illustrations would help in understanding the concept better.
- A person who renounces eating meat or has never eaten meat because of the realization that meat is associated with too much violence against animals. Such an act is Daya. On the other hand, if a person does not eat meat simply because he has been taught so right from his childhood, or because a person is forced to abstain from meat due to health issues, is not asserted as Daya.
- A King punishing a murderer is Daya, because without punishment, the criminals would create havoc in the city and harm people.
- Living life in an ecologically harmonious manner is also an act of Daya.
- Giving charity, feeding people, taking care of animals, they are all actions borne out of compassion.
- Speaking truth in a pleasant way is Daya. On the other hand, speaking falsehood, or speaking harshly shows lack of compassion.
Daya is not to be understood as a conception of the mind, it is a dharmic tenet that must be lived and practiced in mind, body and speech. It is said that, when the rishis used to roam in India, in the places where they stayed, even the wild animals used to become calm and non-aggressive. That is the power of Daya. Just as the fragrance of flowers spread everywhere, so does the compassion of a person spreads and engulfs everything and everyone in his vicinity.
Practicing Daya means performing only those actions which are beneficial to everyone including one’s own self. Such a performance is only possible, when one gets rid of selfishness. There is a difference between wishing personal happiness and wishing personal happiness at the cost of harming others. The former is not contradictory to Daya, the latter is.
A person practicing Daya will do his best to help others, to do those actions that are beneficial to everyone. He would be kind to everyone and would never play politics or be a part of gossiping.
Such a person who sincerely practices Daya would slowly be able to wipe out human weaknesses like jealousy, selfishness, anger, hate etc. Therefore, Daya is very vital for leading a fulfilling life.
It is for this reason that the Hindu scriptures advice every person to practice Daya in his/her life.
More in this segment:
Gleanings from Hindu Scriptures- Part 1
Gleanings from Hindu Scriptures- Part 2
Gleanings from Hindu Scriptures- Part 3
Gleanings from Hindu Scriptures- Part 4
Gleanings from Hindu Scriptures- Part 5
Gleanings from Hindu Scriptures- Part 6
The Centre on Wednesday directed all Union Ministries and Departments to clear Air India's dues immediately. An office memorandum from the Finance Ministry's Department of Expenditure said: "Recently, the Government of India has decided to disinvest Air India, and the process of disinvestment of Air India and Air India Express is ongoing.""Air India has stopped extending credit facilities on account of purchase of air tickets. Therefore, all Ministries or Departments are directed to clear Air India's dues immediately." "Air tickets from Air India may be purchased in cash till further instructions."
In 2009, the Centre had mandated that Central government officers travel via Air India for all official purposes including availing of LTC. On Monday, conglomerate Tata Group entered into a share purchase agreement with the Central government for buying out the latter's stake in national carrier Air India, Air India Express, and AISATS.
Earlier, a Letter of Intent was issued to the Tata Group. After the SPA, Tata Group would need to fulfill the conditions precedent in the agreement before taking over the airline. The rest of the transaction is expected to be completed by December.
Tata Sons' subsidiary Talace emerged as the highest bidder for the national carrier under the divestment process. Talace had quoted an enterprise value of Rs 18,000 crore for 100 per cent equity shareholding of the Centre in Air India along with that of Air India Express and AISATS. (IANS/ MBI)
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Sports betting has been around for centuries for the audience to not only watch the sport but to get more deeply involved in the match. It is a fun and often profitable activity for the viewer to win some extra fortune or simply get some extra sweat while watching the game. At first glance, sports betting may look like it's pure luck, but when you indulge deeper into the activity you realize it is more of a calculative and research activity than just pure luck. We must note that yes, luck does play a certain role to some extend but a win is not completely dependent on luck, if you're putting your bets on a certain team you have to make sure to do some research about the players on the team, history of wins and losses of the team and compare the probability of winning and then place bets.
Even though sports betting has existed since the ancient era, it was not until recently that it became increasingly popular among the youth. This happened due to the legalization of the activity and the rise of online sports betting. The technological revolution has expanded the sports betting industry, offering the bettors new markets and ways to bet. The only major difference between online bookmarkers and traditional brick-and-mortar venues of sports betting is that now you can place bets online from your mobile devices, laptops, computers etc.
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Online sports betting allows the sports enthusiastic bettors to place their sports bet online from wherever they are on real-life happening sports events. For instance, if there is a match between Chelsea F.C. and Machester United in the English Premier League, you can place wagers on either of the team to win from your comfort space, on your device and if you correctly predict the outcome, you'll win money.
How to Bet on Sports?
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Now that you understand the basic mechanism of sports betting, how and where should you place your bets? For new bettors, sports betting can be a little intimidating because you're putting real money as stakes and no one wants to lose it. Here are the steps to place your sports bets online:
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It is indeed good news that the book showcasing the wisdom of India in the eyes of Western intellectuals is getting due recognition and appreciation from other states and abroad. After Karnataka and Punjab, the Government of Assam has recently consented to translate the research-based book by Shillong-based author - Shri Salil Gewali titled "Great Minds on India". The Chief Minister of Assam - Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma was amazed to know that so many top western scientists and philosophers have drawn a considerable amount of inspiration from ancient scriptures of India, particularly in the studies of modern physics, linguistic and astronomy. In the recent meeting with the author, the Chief Minister had highly appreciated Gewali's book and promised to read it thoroughly. Gewali's book was also approved for translation in the year 2020 by the former Chief Minister – Shri Sarbananda Sonowal but due to COVID-19, the translation work was delayed.
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Furthermore, the two scholars from Canada --- Dr Hema Murty -- Air Space Engineer at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Harsh H Thakkar of Sheridan College of Brampton, Ontario have sought permission from Mr. Gewali for the translation of 'Great Minds on India' into the Sanskrit language. After the translation, the Sanskrit edition will be published and circulated and utilized by Samskrita Bharati of Canada, besides its other branches in India, USA and UK. Gewali says that the book that has been praised by countless scholars and publication by the Government of Karnataka and Punjab has so far been translated into thirteen languages, including German.
'Great Minds of India' by Salil Gewali is an impressive compact book discussing the power that Indian ancient wisdomFile
A university scholar from Winchester, United Kingdom - Ms. Janet Murphy remarks:
" 'Great Minds of India' by Salil Gewali is an impressive compact book discussing the power that Indian ancient wisdom, thought and way of life had an impact on western minds, especially those who are of great historical significance, such as Voltaire, Albert Einstein, Ralph Emerson, Julius Robert Oppenheimer, Mark Twain, HG Wells et al. It is hoped all right-thinking scholars will find Gewali's work extremely applaudable."