In God We Trust- So-Look Mommy no Hands!

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Bangaloreans are very religious people and they are of all faiths. Temples on the roadside like this are common. So are shrines to Christian saints. One can see mosques, temples, churches and gurdwaras all over the city.

This man driving on his scooter has even stopped holding on to the scooter handle bars as he joins his hand in prayer while driving on the road near Ulsoor lake. The Gurdwara below is also near the lake. It attracts many people from the Punjab and offers free shelter and food to weary travellers.

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Why do I need to speak?

People all around me are tripping over their tongues

Why needs must I speak?

People are just speaking to spit out some mud

On someone’s white clothes.

Why ever should I speak?

Their minds are always made up

They turn a blind ear to my speech.

God gave papyrus

God gave leaves

God gave walls and stone

The earth to write

My poems. I’ve sequestered them.

Why should I speak?

God and Job? What are my Questions?

God? What are my questions?

Why am I seeking answers about God? Why don’t I just go to a temple or a church and be content with it. Why do I want a one on one equation with God?
My questions are those of Job. The first one though is that of Zophar the Naamathite ; one of the three friends who ask job to seek forgiveness from God.
‘Canst thou by searching find out God?’ Zophar asks Job. So do I ask myself. (JOB IN ISLAM IS KNOWN AS AYYUB-SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE)

I ask like Job, ‘In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?’
‘If a man die, shall he live again?’
This one is for all us writers:-
‘Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!’
‘Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?
Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.’
‘But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?’
Here Job does give an answer:
‘And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.’
Job rants on and at last God deigns to appear and show Job his mighty works. Job is overawed by God’s appearance and his doubts are gone.

Then Job answered the LORD, and said,

‘I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.’

‘The LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.’
‘So Job died, being old and full of days.’

The thing is Job got to meet God. Will I get to meet God while I am living? Job had extreme faith and courage to question God’s fairness in dealing with people. Do I have that faith? This is really the beginning of my search for undivided faith.

“Why no! I never thought other than
That God is that great absence
In our lives, the empty silence
Within, the place where we go
Seeking, not in hope to
Arrive or find.”—RS THOMAS- VIA NEGATIVA

JOB IN ISLAM IS KNOWN AS AYYUB

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Job_in_Islam

Love Saves All–Book Review Excerpt–Maree and the Prince

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“”God Can Bring Love into Your Life God Can Bring Love into Your Life It is easy to get lost in the maze of your life. It seems inevitable to find oneself alone. It is wise to take hold of the helping hand of a friend. It is prudent to have faith. We are but dust particles in this universe; but each particle is linked by a cohesive force which is Godlike. We maybe tiny but are still linked to the planets, stars and galaxies by an infinite but personally approachable God. Seek God through a Guru. This is the message from a new eBook ‘Maree and the Prince’ now available on Google Play.””

 

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Chander_Malhotra_Maree_and_the_Prince?id=nBCvAgAAQBAJ&hl=en

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

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Jesus Christ Crucifix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Man cannot survive in this world without faith in some Messiah. There have been God sent great teachers like Moses, Jesus ChristGautama Buddha and Guru Nanak. These messengers of God have given guidance to ordinary human beings. One of the greatest messiahs has been Jesus Christ.

The Robe is a book set in the period of Jesus Christ’s life when he is about to be arrested by Roman soldiers. Marcellus is a Roman Tribune who encounters Jesus while near Jerusalem. His life changes into the sphere of the mystical soon after; he wanders through Galilee, Greece and Italy seeking for belief in the miracle of Jesus’ life.

It is a beautiful and gentle story told with wisdom. It is a book that should be read by all Christians (and non-Christians) who have had the foundations of their faith shaken by modern life.

The book is written by Lloyd C. Douglas. He was a pastor in the Lutheran Church. He was very popular as a writer in the 20th Century. Lloyd C. Douglas was a prolific writer with four of his books being made into movies. He died in 1951 leaving a rich literary legacy for his readers all over the world.

God Created Monsoons

Billowing Monsoon Clouds Mean Business in Tons of WaterMonsoons are evidence of God’s benevolent self operating franchise on world weather. Asian Monsoon clouds from June to September exhibit the power of the Creator.
Even an Atheist would accept the presence of a Super Intelligence on watching the transition of millions of tons of water to vapour, to cloud and then to rain. Man has been seeking telekinesis or psycho kinesis, the transportation of matter through thought. Here is a big example of psycho kinesis- Monsoon rains.

Monsoon clouds arise like angels of God. God has set up a gigantic system which works like a Celestial viaduct. The sheer volume of this manoeuvre boggles the mind. It is brilliant in its simplicity. The hot sun heats up the lands of the Indian sub continent. The hot air from the land surface begins to rise creating a low pressure zone. Meanwhile the difference in land and sea temperatures builds up a strong air current and clouds over the Indian Ocean, the Arabian sea and the Bay of Bengal. The air current transports the clouds towards the low pressure zones of India, Pakistan, and Myanmar. The Himalayas block their desire to go further.

It is very British to talk about the weather but today the mantle of weather discussers has been taken over by Asians who are sustained by the Monsoons. The building up of the Monsoon clouds and their long journey is tracked by the Meteorology departments and television channels of the world. It is tracked like the movements of an advancing army. The arrival of the clouds is very much like that of a great conquering army. A few straggling clouds arrive like heralds and relax on the blue skies waiting for the rest of the army of clouds to catch up.

Within minutes the sky turns pitch dark. The wind begins to blow with great vigour and trees begin to sway in an ecstatic frenzy at the final arrival of the Monsoon clouds. Birds fly from tree to tree in a panic discussing the big event. Monkeys chatter and jump up and down on tree branches in fear and awe. Men welcome the arrival of the Monsoon rains with prayers.

The black clouds, the thunder claps and the ferocious lightning are visions evoking the Genesis of the world. Indeed Monsoon clouds are the harbingers of new crops and the source and sustainers of life.