PEOPLE’S PRINCESS PASSES AWAY
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant, VSM
A PRINCESS IS A PRINCESS and people are people. The twain shall never meet.(kipling , please forgive). There are exceptions and these exceptions prove the rule. Ninety years ago a princess was born in the state of Cooch-Behar and grew up to be a beauty par excellence. Her mother, the Maharani was a princess from the royal family of Baroda and thus the Marathi and the Bengali cultures left a combined imprint on the new born babe. Named Ayesha , she had her education in the school of life travelling from one country to another. It was in one of the Polo seasons of Calcutta where princely India and their British overlords including the Viceroy assembled every winter to play polo that His Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur took a fancy for Ayesha, a teenager. He asked the Maharani of Cooch-Behar for Ayesha’s hand in marriage and in one of her weaker moments the mother-maharani agreed. Ayesha too fell for him and much against the advice of family and friends, their marriage was solemnised in Europe. The Maharajah already had two queens and three children but that was no barrier to the budding love.
परम पूज्य महात्मा नारायण स्वामी जी का जीवन आर्यसमाज के इतिहास में एक कर्मशील का उज्ज्वल अध्याय है | उनका जीवन कर्त्तव्यनिष्ठा, तप, साहस एवं आत्म विश्वास का एक ऐसा उदाहरण है जो प्रत्येक पथिक को सुमार्ग पर चलने का पथनिर्देश कर सकता है | वे महर्षि दयानन्द के उन अनुयायियों में से थे जिन्होंने महर्षि के मनतव्यों का आंख बन्द कर अनुसरण न कर उन्हें समझा, परखा और स्वविवेक की तुला पर तोला और फिर उनको लेकर, जनसाधारण के उपकार हेतु, उन मंतव्यों के प्रचार-प्रसार का दृड़ व्रत लेकर संसार संग्राम में उतर पड़े | इस प्रयास में वे सफल भी हुए, इसमें सन्देह नहीं |
सोम गीर्भिष्ट्वा वर्द्धयामो वचोविदः |
सुमृडीको न आ विश ||36||
ACTING STUPIDLY IS GOOD FUN
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM
Acting Stupidly is no one’s prerogative. Your position in politics or society does not grant you an amnesty either. President of the United States of America, the most powerful man on earth, acted stupidly by describing an act of a Sergeant of Cambridge, Mass, police “acted stupidly”. The white Sergeant had arrested a black professor of Harvard for disorderly behaviour in front of his own house. The entire police department of Cambridge, Mass, was up in arms and their union asked the President to apologise. Indeed the professor had acted stupidly by arguing with the police officer and calling him a racist. The acting stupidly episode was in the process of snow balling and exploding into a racial confrontation between blacks and whites when sanity prevailed on all concerned. President Barrack Obama invited both Prof Gates and the white Police Sergeant to the White House and have a glass of beer with him. The two contending parties have accepted the invitation and the “acted stupidly” episode will blow over. Just a suggestion is made how to end the controversy for good. Instead of burying the hatchet or drowning it in beer tankards
अथा ते अन्तमानां विद्याम सुमतीनाम् |
मा नो अतिख्य आगहि ||3||
.....उपर्युक्त 3 वाक्यों में से पहला वाक्य स्पष्ट है | दूसरे वाक्य में, उपनिषद् के पहले वाक्य में जिस ब्रह्मविद्या के कह दिए जाने की बात कही गई है, उसी (ब्रह्मविद्या) के साधन बतलाये गये हैं | वे साधन 3 हैं - (1) तप (2) दम (3) कर्म | इन साधनों को बतला देने का अभिप्राय यह है कि, इन साधनत्रय पर आचरण करने ही से कोई ब्रह्मविद्या को प्राप्त कर सकता है | इनमें से (1) तप* कठोरताओं के सहन करने का नाम है | योगदर्शन में कहा गया है कि तप से अशुद्धियों का क्षय और अशुद्धि-क्षय से देह और इन्द्रियों की सिद्धी होती है |
LOOKING BEYOND KARGIL
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM
The Kargil War memorial at Drass is the centre of attraction. 537 names of Martyrs are inscribed there. They were the brave hearts who “gave their today for our tomorrow”. The Indian nation is proud of them. The Kargil Kalash is the centrepiece of the memorial and the temple architecture around lends a spiritually dignified look. The memory of our martyrs is sanctified by floral and emotional tributes of loved ones who come from far and near. Tears well up their eyes, roll down cheeks and mingle with the dust where soldiers lived, fought for and made the supreme sacrifice. They are gone forever but their presence can be felt by their loved ones who find solace and spiritual peace by just gazing at the war memorial and the Kargil Kalash. The living and the dead have an emotional bond of love that is etched in the hearts, never to be erased.