Death of Free Europe

May 16, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI warned the abortion and gay marriages may bring the human race to the brink.

This message was delivered by the Pope in Fatima, an important pilgrimage centre in Europe for Christians. The message is a clear warning for Europe, mend your ways else loose your characteristic.

His message is very relevant for the Christian Europe. The birth ratio of Christians in Europe is below the sustainable level. The rapid decrease in the birth rate of Christians and increase in population of Muslims in the form of immigration and natural increase will change the demographics of Europe.

The Christian characteristics of Europe is under threat. The changing mind set and liberal abortion and gay marriages will further put pressure on Christian population. And in a democratic setup it is the number that is counted. As the plurality tends towards Islam, the Europe as we know will not exist.

This will be the end of free Europe.

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Easter

April 4, 2010

Easter is a very important event in the calendar of Christian Church. Its a day representing the resurrection of the Christ, who died for the human kind. To mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Christian community celebrates the Easter festival. The community observes the resurrection of Christ on the third day after he was crucified. To commemorate the day, services were also held on the eve of Easter and continue throughout the night. On the main day, thanksgiving prayers and masses would be held.

Meanwhile, at homes, people organize gatherings and feasts for their loved one. This is a day full of purity which after the forty fasting days and after Good Friday, the day which commemorates the crucifixion of Christ.

Crucifixion of Christ and his resurrection is one of the cornerstones of Christian Church.

Significance of the Easter eggs is that the eggs is a symbol of ‘new life’ and hence they are exchanged to celebrate the new life of Christ.

Catholics

March 31, 2010

The Catholic Church is going through a test by fire these days. My upbringing says that Church can not do anything wrong. But still there is an undercurrent of feeling that, may be the church is not handling the crisis in a proper way. There is a problem, it is all over the media, and it is not accepted in the right way and no earnest attempt is being made to address that shortcoming.

The media is just trying to trap the church. It is trying to catch the church on wrong foot. And the church is not handling it properly.

The church has served the mankind’s needs for these 2000 years. And it will be useful for the time immemorial. The teaching of the church peace, love and brotherhood is not replicated in any other religion. Catholicism has a beautiful message, has a peaceful way to salvation.

It is sad to know that the infallible has some dents in its armor, needs fixing.

Earthquake

January 16, 2010

Time and again the history of the mankind has proved that nature is the strongest. Nothing, absolutely nothing that man can do can prevent the nature from following its will. Man cannot not even predict what the nature will do next. Will man ever see this? Will man ever accept his defeat? I hope and trust not. The survival of man depends on this.

Haiti is devastated today. Yesterday it was in the back yard of America. And the previous day it was in Indonesia. The nature has struck against humans again and again. But the beauty of humanity is it has melted its heart in kindness and extended its hands for the people who were so unlucky to face the natures fury.

America has risen to the occasion and helped and is helping its neighbors. That is the heart of America. America has always helped the needy and the downtrodden. This image of America the world has to see and admire. Though a few countries with blinds on see it differently, and fly the planes against it.

Stowaway

January 13, 2010

Distant lands always beckoned the hungry trying to find a better life. In the recent past, Arabian Gulf has been an attraction for the people from all over the world. Generally, lowest of low jobs are offered to the workers from the Indian subcontinent. The salaries are low and living conditions horrible for these workers.

Habib Hussain was one such brave heart, who ventured out to realize his dreams. He reached Saudi Arabia in pursuit of happiness, but now he says he was duped by unscrupulous agents who forced him to work without pay.

Saudi Arabia has one of the worst Human Rights records. Its history is replete with stories of extreme ill treatment of foreign workers. Maids committing suicide, trying to jump from higher floors to avoid ill treatment by their employers, on the other side there were cases of amputation by the employers for deficiency in quality of work.

But Habib, to escape from “bonded slavery” hid in the plane’s toilet, ticketless and flew to freedom.

Allah- the word

January 12, 2010

Allah-word the world accepts as a translation for word God, has brought miseries to Christians of Malaysia. In Malaysia, around nine churches were subjected to fire bombs damaging four of them extensively. The Muslims are angry that a court has allowed Christians to use word Allah to denote God.

In the middle-east where these both religions took roots, the word Allah infuses virtually every salutation, greeting and condolence, spoken upon departure and arrival, and at birth and death. Inshallah, God willing, everyone says about everything let it be a piece of work that has to be done, to a simple occurrence in day to day life. The same goes for In Allah rad, if God wills it or khair Allah, or Allah Fawk. Middle-east, as we know, is not well known for tolerance. In spite of underlying conflicts of religion, this sort of friction over a word has not taken place, yet.

To them a shared God, the God of Abraham, has a shared name, Allah.

Twitter

January 7, 2010

Twitter, a magic wand on the internet. It is a method to decimate what you are thinking or about the things you are involved with to your followers. It is just a ‘now’ technology. It is valid for the moment. If that magic moment is passed the value of that information ceases its importance. Twitter asks you to broadcast “What is happening?”. That is simply put ‘what is your micro action?’. Till a few days ago Twitter’s tag line was “What are you doing?.

The information that you broadcast on twitter may not be important to the other people. The Tweep is sending out a piece of information that he thinks important to others. Going by this logic it is apparent that Tweeping is for self gratification. It is simply an outlet for ego rides. Any other uses of Twitter are a by-products of this.

Notwithstanding what is said about Twitter, it is addictive. It makes you think that you are ‘important’.

Snail Mail

January 3, 2010

Mother Teresa, the most kind hearted person the world known in recent past, has been honored by the US Postal department by releasing a postal stamp with her picture.  It is a heartwarming gesture. She is the most popular among the US Christians, particularly the Catholics.

In this era of email and social networks, the mailing stamp may not carry the same weight as it used to have a decade ago, but it is definitely something. The stamp will be released in March 2010. Those who will choose to fix this stamp on their envelopes will send a small message of peace with their other content.  The news says a portrait of Mother Teresa painted by artist Tomas Blackshear to be used.

The habit of hand written letters is dieing. It is more than routine today to write letters and post them through snail-mail. Younger generation prefers a fast paced life. It depends on internet for communication. It likes speed.

End of 2009

December 31, 2009

The year is coming to an end.  All those who matter are dissecting it, for what it was.  For some it has been a good year, so naturally they are sad that it is coming to an end.  For the others it is a joy that it is ending. Hoping that there is something new at the corner, that may change their life.

To think of it, there is no much difference, from one year to another.  The changes that we are expecting, depend on our belief in the movement of stars, moon and planets.  Only the peoples subconscious belief in astrology make them believe that new year will bring some new tidings.

The second belief which prompts people to expect change is the inner trust that anything new is a point of new beginning.  So, they hope that it will change their life for better.

Anyway, wishes for a happy new year eve, and blessings throughout the next year.

The Complete National Geographic on 160GB Hard Drive

December 30, 2009

A wonderful collection of National Geographic.

Who in the literate world did not appreciate National Geographic? In my childhood magazine was a treasure.

Explore 120 years of amazing discoveries, fascinating maps, and the world’s best photography with The Complete National Geographic.

This is a collectors item. Contains collection of every issue of National Geographic magazine, digitally reproduced in stunning high resolution, brings you the world and all that is in it.

Use the advanced interface to explore a topic, search for photographs, browse the globe, or wander on your own expedition. Lightweight and travel-friendly, the hard drive is just 3″ x 5″ and requires only a USB connection. Future updates can be easily accommodated. Includes approximately 100GB of hard disk space for personal use.

This will make as an wonderful gift idea for a deserving person.  If one thing I treasured most is my haphazard collection of National Geographic mags.  Never to my liking. Now it is all bundled together, searchable and a prized possession.


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