Monday, June 29, 2009

Three Immense Division Members

Gandhi King Ikeda – A legacy of building peace

There is much in the world today that appears wrong, that needs correction. Yet, institutions that safeguard human needs and interests are themselves corrupt. It is hardly surprising that then there is a growing sense of hopelessness in society and more particularly in the individual who feels totally effete and isolated. This frustration manifests itself most frequently in acts of violence and destructive behavior and culminates in war.

But even one individual, if he or she decides to stand up can make a difference. This is the message of the exhibition that showcases the lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Diasaku Ikeda. One is a Hindu the other a Christian and third a Buddhist. They come from different countries and cultures. What links them is the fact that they had a vision, worked towards its realization and determination, despite great obstacles and realised it. What distinguishes their effort is the means – completely non-violent – with which they achieved their goals.

Though Gandhi and King are no more, their vision and ideals live on and are greatly enhanced in the person of Diasaku Ikeda.

The Gandhi/King/Ikeda exhibit is a nationally renowned exhibit extolling humanist virtues and its champions. Originally commissioned in 1999 by Dean Lawrence Carter of the Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), it has been held at universities across the globe including Delhi University (2005). The photo–exhibit was first mounted in Delhi on March 16, 2002, at the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and was inaugurated by Shri Omar Abdullah, the then Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs. The exhibition has also been held in Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Mumbai and many more cities across India.

Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) is the Indian affiliate of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) an NGO whose over 12 million members based in 192 countries and territories work for worldwide peace through the principles of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhist life philosophy. Central to this is the belief that fundamental change in a single individual can bring about a societal transformation.

Taking an initiative in this direction, Bharat Soka Gakkai is bringing the exhibition, “Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace” to Hyderabad to tell you about what you can make of your life. The fact that it runs all the way up to your birthday is sheer coincidence. The exhibit has 18 panels each in English and Hindi. It is divided into sections that present their lives as they relate to key themes.

Forging Destiny imparts the importance of mentors and the key influences upon each man’s life.

Humanity at the Heart explores their common belief in the innate dignity of humanity.

Principles into Action illustrates how each man was able to translate his principles into dynamic action.

Nonviolence explores the principles of nonviolent action as a way of life and a means to bring about positive change in society.

Adversity and Resistance shows each man’s ability not only to triumph over adversity, but to utilize it to further their growth as humanists.

In addition to the exhibition we will have parallel activities for you to grasp and give way to your creativity toward building a peaceful society. We hope to empower the lives of individuals, particularly the children, and wise men like you, in our area and reinforce the message of the power of one, in Mahatma Gandhi’s words, ‘Be the change you wish to see’.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

See you there!!

Scuse me while i go hit the depths for my July fourth up time!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

come sing with me

ARTIST: Stephen Stills
TITLE: Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Lyrics and Chords

It's getting to the point where I'm no fun any more
I am sorry
Sometimes it hurts so badly I must cry out loud
I am lonely

/ D G - D Asus4 A / G - / :

I am yours, you are mine, you are what you are
You make it hard

/ D A G Gsus4 / D G /

Remember what we've said and done and felt about each other
Oh, babe, have mercy
Don't let the past remind us of what we are not now
I am not dreaming


Tearing yourself away from me now, you are free
And I am crying
This does not mean I don't love you, I do, that's forever
Yes, and for always


Something inside is telling me that I've got your secret
Are you still listening
Fear is the lock, and laughter the key to your heart
And I love you

...And you make it hard
And you make it hard
And you make it hard

... / D G / / / D - - - /

Friday evening
Sunday in the afternoon
What have you got to lose
Tuesday morning
Please be gone, I'm tired of you
What have you got to lose

/ D - - - / D - G - / - - D - - - / :

Can I tell it like it is
Help me I'm suffering
But listen to me baby
It's my heart that's suffering
Help me, I'm dying to lose
It's dyin' and that's what I have to lose

/ C - / G - / C - / G - D - - - /

I've got an answer
I'm going to fly away
What have I got to lose?
Will you come see me
Thursdays and Saturdays
What have you got to lose

Chestnut brown canary
Ruby throated sparrow
Sing a song, don't be long
Thrill me to the marrow

/ C D / C Dsus4D / CD CD / D7 CD /

Voices of the angels
Ring around the moonlight
Asking me, said she so free
How can you catch the sparrow

Lacy lilting lyric
Losing love lamenting
Change my life, make it right
Be my lady

Do do do do do, do do do do do do
Do do do do do, do do do do
{Repeat bunches}

/ G Am EmC D / :

Que linda me la traiga Cuba
La reina de la Mar Caribe
Quiero solo visitarla alli
Y que triste que no puedo vaya
O va, o va

How beautiful it would be to bring me to Cuba
The queen of the Caribbean
I only want to visit you there
And how sad that I can't go
Oh go, oh go!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I deleted a post

I just deleted a post as wellwisher's thought it looked pretty elsewhere. So, since I took one away, here is another instead, this one is from Alanis Morrisette.  The jump here is one that has evolved across the months and years as this particular post started picking up visits and time.  So, here goes...

Ok.  Jump.  He he he!

Winners never really gloat, because if one of us loses, we all lose.  Those who lose in a battle always want to go back and win another battle, while those who win a battle want to go back and win another one.  This is from a fourth grader on a TED talk. Google it yourself.

For foodies, the best kebab recipe ever, click here.

For Christians and non-Christians of all shades, if Lent is just over for you, read about my Lent 2011 here.  The post doesn't refer to the developments in Indian current affairs and civil society across the first few months of 2011, since google will suffice.  However, it does record my March madness, and April cruelties.  And if you want to see what came out of it, you will want to visit the writers' pages at Trillium Gallery.  So do read up the Easter leavening, and the poems, and sure leave your comments behind.

Stop jumping.

Here is the substitute post, lyrics from a lover...

Like anyone would be
I am flattered by your fascination with me
Like any hot-blooded woman
I have simply wanted an object to crave
But you, you're not allowed
You're uninvited
An unfortunate slight

Must be strangely exciting
To watch the stoic squirm
Must be somewhat heartening
To watch shepherd need shepherd
But you you're not allowed
You're uninvited
An unfortunate slight

Like any uncharted territory
I must seem greatly intriguing
You speak of my love like
You have experienced love like mine before
But this is not allowed
You're uninvited
An unfortunate slight

I don't think you unworthy
I need a moment to deliberate

Alanis' body of work is one of the most amazing among singer-songwriters across ages and cultures. I am sure you will cherish your discoveries like I do mine.

Once you are sure you want to look at what looked good elsewhere, click here.  This is what got taken off.


If you liked this, you may also like my posts on the life and/or work of
Jimi Hendrix
Janis Joplin
John Lennon
Bob Dylan
Paul McCartney
Melody Gardot
Joan Baez 
Do leave your comments and suggestions.


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