Friday, April 4, 2014

Permaculture - Spirituality - Relevance to today's world

In today's post-post-modern, post 9/11, post Vietnam (or the whichever country is the lastest victim, post-existential crisis of identity, we are really so conforming and blindly West-driven (i.e.headless driven) that it is shocking. Now the West has some genuinely good things to offer us but few people take those up. My non-Indian friends agree. And if you don't agree with me, good. Let's now talk of being a bit more self-aware.
From clothing to choice of careers and homes we live in, we have moved beyond creating 'Little India's' in California or Sydney. We are creating 'Little America (as if there is only One America)' while in India!!
It doesn't occur to us that most of our current clothing (yes, trousers, collared shirts, jeans, closed shoes ...) is genuinely unsuitable to our climate or what it is costing The Earth to provide us with the granite counters and floors which cost the earth!
If you brought the ingredients from a regular store, this is inedible
We think we are choosing our own meal but sadly we are not. We are not eating baby carrots, crisp cabbage or lettuce and spinach with cubes of cottage cheese and dash of lemon, in our 'healthy' salad dinner. We are eating  nephrotoxic hard metals ( and carcinogenic pesticides ( see to name a few.

We believe we are educated, hard-working, ethical, aware, upstanding global citizens but we close our eyes and noses at the our own toilets and garbage and 'delegate' this personal responsibility to the less unfortunate or the nameless workers of municipal corporations.

We go to great trouble to find the one great love of our live, our future spouses. Then go to greater trouble to refrain from coffee, alcohol etc to deliver healthy babies and then promptly 'schedule' their arrival into the world as per Leaves offered by our faceless corporate giants and modern medicine. We then promptly find 'Child care' facilities with people and establishments doing so clearly as a business to make money. And our consciences are salved. If we even believe such a thing as a conscience exists. After all has it been scientifically proven? Can you see it? (sure, just like you can see the oxygen you breathe).

So what can we do about it? Should we stop eating altogether?, should we rip off our clothes and hold candle-lit dharnas at India Gate?, should we go off into almost extinct Wild with our families, eat roots and berries and live like primitives?...

On an aside, that last primitive bit is very interesting. I don't know if I can identify anything edible in a forest or make my own swiss knife and underwear!!!

What we can do, while we continue with our lives is first change our thinking, change how we do the little things (like what we first do on waking up), then our children's education, along with growing herbs and so forth to what we dream of. Discussed not so long ago by Pujya Saimaster in this unique Speech for children given at Mahanandi in Telugu.

Acharya Ekkirala Bharadwaja Enlightening Listeners
Mahanandi Speech by Pujya Acharya Ekkirala Bharadwaja Part A

Mahanandi Speech by Pujya Acharya Ekkirala Bharadwaja PartB

Anyone who does listen to these is missing something in life!
So that was Permaculture being discussed by Mastergaru!!!
As Babugaru (Dwarakanath Ekkirala Jnaneswar) puts it, the basis of spirituality (as in 'living life correctly') and Permaculture are the same. It all begins with the Three Ethics  of

1) Earth Care
2) People Care
3) Fair share or Return of Surplus

Unless and until we understand these completely and make that it it our  prime directive as one founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison says, ' take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children', we do not live. We exist as parasites and the world has no Future.

P. S. so many gems and all in Telugu!!! What a loss to us English speaking world. Praying for the day when these will be available in English transcript.

Sai Baba Magazine April 2014 released. What a grand issue!

This issue has got special articles by Divyajanani Alivelu Mangamma (Ammagaru). It is all the more to be treasured (i.e. read and implemented immediately and not to be stored on a shelf) because Ammagaru has written and edited them while suffering from extreme ill-health. All for our benefit.

The photo spread and design work is fabulous. Enjoy

Jai Sai Master

Pujya Acharya Sri Ekkirala Bharadwaja - Dhuni Pratishta at Sri Sai Baba ...

This video has been released just a few hours ago and what a treat it is. Mastergaru's Aradhana utsavam is on April 12th  and as per tithi (Indian Calender) on the 6th (that is just day after tomorrow).  What a treat it is to see Master in this clear video and attune our minds for the coming days. I saw Mastergaru as a child and do not remember him clearly. O mind! be ready to receive the Master.