December 2020

Dear Friends,

Guru Nanak (15 April 1469 – 22 September 1539) was the founder of Sikhism and is the first of the ten Sikh Gurus. His birth is celebrated worldwide as Guru Nanak Gurpurab on Kartik - full-moon day i.e. October–November.

Nanak is said to have travelled far and wide across Asia teaching people the message of ik omkar ('one God'), who dwells in every one of his creations and constitutes the eternal Truth. With this concept, he would set up a unique spiritual, social, and political platform based on equality, fraternal love, goodness, and virtue.

Nanak's words are registered in the form of 974 poetic hymns, or shabda, in the holy text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, with some of the major prayers being the Japji Sahib (jap, 'to recite'; ji and sahib are suffixes signifying respect); the Asa di Var ('ballad of hope'); and the Sidh Gohst ('discussion with the Siddhas'). It is part of Sikh religious belief that the spirit of Nanak's sanctity, divinity, and religious authority had descended upon each of the nine subsequent Gurus when the Guruship was devolved on to them. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

This month we cover the front page story by Tom Roberts. You all will enjoy this bedtime story told to the younger sister during the Pandemic-19.

In happenings section, we have covered (i) training programmes on Vemi compost and Azolla technology (ii) Virtual training programmes on Bio-methanation and Agricultural related technologies (iii) Commissioning of Bio-methanation plant (iii) Project Monitoring Committee meeting of NABARD, and usual Networking etc.

In the wisdom section, we are covering Vinobaji Bhave’s anecdote on Detachment, Deepak Chopra beautifully synthesizes Science and Religion by giving the example – as the human mind, so is the cosmic mind - Aham Bramhasmi  and finally Tony De Mello in his characteristic way tells us that “Suffering is the royal way to Health”.

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With best wishes for New year and Kalpataru day! (The event commemorates the day on 1 January 1886, when his followers believe that Ramakrishna Paramhamsa revealed himself to be an Avatar, or God incarnate on earth. It is held each 1 January).
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