April 8th-ZOO LOVERS’ DAY!

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Yet another instance of man’s selfishness and expression of superiority
The Omnipotent Lord Almighty created all living beings with equality!
The animals big and small, mild and wild happily to roam about with freedom
Kept in cages in the Zoo , for the visitors to enjoy sans fear of getting harmed!

Food and water basic for living to wait to be provided by the zoo keepers
Showing anger at the visitors fun and pranks  by sound and jumping here and there
Within the small cage! Freedom for  man, cage for the animals what a disgrace!
Today the April Eight is “ZOO LOVERS DAY!” What a cruel love at the most!A pity!

First modern zoo  established in  Vienna, Austria in Seventeen Fifty Two
To viewing pleasure of the imperial family,after thirteen years extended to public.
In Seventeen Seventy Five next zoo was opened in Madrid, Paris  Seventeen ninety
Explosion of desire for zoo’s the power of a nation to have strange  animals
From far-flung places available for their pleasant peasantry view and joy!.

 

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POETS’ PET!

Oh, POETS, if you miss your O you become PETS of the world!

Stalwart IPCian Jayaram Seshadri with his pet

In the creation of the Lord Almighty, Omniscient and Omnipresent
Unique are the living beings-humans, animals, pretty dogs and cats!
Poets  love nature-the God- and its manifestations-li ving beings
Accountants turned poets- keeping great pets with them and enjoy!

Poetry their first pet- one Jeesji we call-at India Poetry Circle
Who loves his pet dogs- trained to receive all poets at his home!
Another ESAR tending his pet poetry,-dog. beautiful plants  flowers!

A lady had a LION as her pet in her young age long years ago-fine
The Lion was left in a zoo later for greater protection and life nice
She went to the zoo one day to find how it was nursed and kept
Moment  lion saw her, jumped  from the cage, embraced and slept!
Pet indeed a pet whether a child or adult, cat or dog, parrot or lion
Greatness of the creation of Lord Almighty and-Omniscient!

 

IPCian Sundararajan with a rover abroad.

December 11th-International Mountain Day

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Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Lord Almighty
In HIS ocean of compassion created the whole world with all
Living beings, humans and animals, high mountains and deep valleys,
All to coexist for the mutual peace and plenty, joy and health!

”Mountains Matter” – theme for this International Mountain Day
Crucial role they play in providing key ecosystem goods and services
To the planet and their vulnerability due to climate change,
We all of us have to step up and raise attention to mountains.

Mountains Matter for Water as mountains are the world’s ‘water towers’
All glaciers in mountain ranges around the world retreat and disappear.
Mountains Matter for Disaster Risk Reduction as climatic variations trigger disasters.
Avalanches, mud flows and landslides tumble downstream, strip bare forests.

Mountains Matter for Tourism as mountains attract global tourism
Mountains Matter for Food as centers of biodiversity
Mountains Matter for rural Youth as life in the mountains is tough.
Abandon their villages in search of employment elsewhere.

Mountains Matter for Indigenous Peoples as mountain areas host
Ancient indigenous communities with precious knowledge, traditions.
Mountains Matter for Biodiversity as half of hotspots are in mountains
Mountains are home to rare animals such as gorillas, snow leopards etc.

Large social movement can bring mountain issues through a global campaign
Social media strategy and events around the world, to tell the world
That the current neglect of mountains and mountain peoples must stop.
Let us use the hashtag Mountains Matter in all our social work.

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December 4th.-WORLD WILD LIFE CONSERVATION DAY

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In the wonderful creation of the Lord Almighty-my God
Animal kingdom is great,fine to live along with is indeed
Unfortunate man in his greed allow not their kingdom= to grow
Today is “World wild life conservation day- sure should follow.

Sadly world’s best loved, beautiful and fascinating species are
Slaughtered by dangerous criminals who will stop at nothing to get
What they want-animal parts and products for earning lots of money.
Man superior to animals- conserve them not- tastes like honey.

For ivory and fur, shark soup, slaughtering the animals cruel
No excuse for the amount of animals being poached all through
In two thousand eleven alone twenty three tons of ivory seized
Equivalent to two thousand five hundred elephants lost!

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PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE!

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Blessed with human life on this earth, we have to EXIST!

In HIS great creations there are human beings, animal beings, hills and dales, mountains and rocks, seas and rivers, tanks and lakes!

Because of religions, castes and sects a feeling has come in us that peaceful coexistence refers only to the people belonging to the different religions inside or outside their countries living and coexisting peacefully!

The following quotes will stand testimony!

Yes at a time when religions -a great unifying factor- sow the seeds of division, disharmony and distrust!

“Do not be overcome by hate. But conquer hate with love.”

 

“The pathos of the human life teaches one that idolatry of the ego is a sham. Only by living in harmonious accord with the entire world can a person distill happiness that flows from cultivating a state of mindfulness.”

“Our actions reflect the distilled wisdom that we possess of the innermost self. Our personal philosophy is an activated way of living. A peaceful person delves the truest definition of the self by maintaining an attentive state of conscious awareness and ceases escaping from reality with mindless diversions. Self-inquiry is the principal method to remove ignorance, increase self-awareness, and abide in a tranquil existence

 

“See that the most essential thing is life and that killing or oppressing one another will not solve anything.”

I firmly believe that the mission of religion in the 21st century must be to contribute concretely to the peaceful coexistence of humankind.

Daisaku Ikeda

“India is a living museum of different ethnicities and religions peacefully co-existing. This process is going on for centuries. Shia, Sunnis, Sufis, Hindus, Sikhs and others are living together,” Rouhani said.

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

 

Jagath Guru: “Hatred and conflict are often rooted in differences between people of different races and religions. We all need to respect people of different races as well as people of different faiths and religions. We need to unite by recognizing our common desire and need for a harmonious society — a society in which we and our children and families and friends and communities can all live our lives in peace and harmony. Regardless of our race or religion, we all want and need such social harmony.”

“Without respect for people of different races or ethnicities or religions, how can we have a peaceful and harmonious society or world? And without a harmonious society, how can there be the necessary economic development and atmosphere conducive to spiritual happiness and self-realization?”

 

Ramakrishna, a Hindu mystic: “God has made different religions to suit different aspirations, times and countries…one can reach God if one follows any of the paths with wholehearted devotion.”

 

Ancient Japanese saying: “There are many paths up the Mountain, but the view of the moon from the top is the same.”

The main purpose of this Sunday story is PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE with the other non-human beings like birds and animals, trees and plants, hills and dales, oceans and lakes!.

It is indeed sickening to see the trees being cut for selfish purposes.Trimming is OK and not cutting. When we think of global warming, we have to ensure the trees are protected at any cost.

Again the birds and animals! We have to coexist peacefully with them whatever the inconveniences to which we are put to.

One of the greatest Tamil poets Mahakavi Bharathiyar would say:

.  சின்னஞ்சிறு குருவி போலே-நீ

            திரிந்து பறந்து வா பாப்பா!

வன்னப் பறவைகளைக் கண்டு -நீ

           மனதில் மகிழ்ச்சி கொள்ளு பாப்பா!

கொத்தித்திரியுமந்தக் கோழி -அதைக் கூட்டி

          விளையாடு பாப்பா.

எத்தித் திருடு மந்தக் காக்காய்-அதற்கு

          இறக்கப் பட வேணும் பாப்பா!

பாலைப் பொழிந்து தரும் பாப்பா!-

        அந்தப் பசு மிக நல்லதடி பாப்பா!

வாலைக் குழைத்துவரும் நாய்தான்-அது

         மனிதர்க்குத் தோழனடி பாப்பா!

வண்டி இழுக்கும் நல்ல குதிரை-

        நெல்லு வயலில் உழுதுவரும் மாடு,

அண்டிப் பிழைக்கும் நம்மை ஆடு,-இவை

           ஆதரிக்க வேணுமடி பாப்பா!

In a poem addressed to the children he lists out a few of the animals and birds like sparrow, hen, crow, cow, dog, horse, goat, buffalo,  and so on and it is our duty to help, nurture, and live in peaceful coexistence with all domestic and non domestic!

Very interesting happenings are there in a big residential colony where there are about 5000 residents in about 1000 flats. Pet dogs and stray dogs are seen and the residents are unhappy with the residents feeding the stray dogs and allowing them inside the colony. They urge their Association to arrange with the Municipal authorities to catch them in their dog vans and see that the colony is rid of them. I am an early riser and take my morning walk at 3.00 am for an hour within the colony roads  and again for an hour in the evenings at 16.00 hours. There are half a dozen dogs just following me- some of them may be barking under the impression a-stranger I am why should I walk in the morning hours!!!!!

I don’t find any reason why these stray dogs are to be driven out of the colony!  We have to learn to live in PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE with this community of dogs- my creator and the creator of these dogs being the same ALMIGHTY GOD!

In a place where I was working for three years in Andhra Pradesh, for several years  there was a SNAKE Burrow, in our compound spanning dozens of acres There are about 300  employee- families residing there. . To my knowledge and information, there was no case of snake bite at any time in the past. One day on my return from my official tour, I found the burrow razed to the ground and I felt so bad and the result is the following.

                        SNAKES AND MEN

Snakes and men nature’s  creation.

Nothing created sans purpose of action

All to coexist with mutual appreciation

Alas!Many work to mutual destruction!

Survival of the fittest law of nature

Not for humans to make it a structure

To help each other and start nurture

Sure paves the path for glorious future!

Pity it is to see the stronger

Sit in judgement over the weaker

Brutal strength makes the other poorer

Keeps lives in agony or destroy altogether!

Man and serpent wonders of creation

Funny it is both in constant fears

Trying to provoke others extinction

Stronger is the man puts snakes in tears!

Lovely serpent made  molehill its home

Made its young ones sleep in foam

Taught its toddlings prey and roam

Fell the evil eyes fell on this zon!

   

Fear and panic razed the molehill to the ground

Parent snakes on return from their round

To their horror and sorrow razed home they found

And dead were their offsprings with misery around!

Living in harmony all with nature

PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE high in stature

All living and let living without torture

How to ensure for  glorious future?

So my esteemed viewers this brings us to the end of this Sunday Story. We shall meet tomorrow as usual. Till then GOODBYE!  

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INTERNATIONAL TIGER DAY 29th JULY

“International Tiger Day” is tomorrow the twenty ninth
July to raise awareness of the decline of wild tigers
Leaving them on the brink of extinction unfortunate.
Importance of Tiger conservation to be emphasized!

One of the wonderful creations of the Lord Almighty
A wild life member with its own importance of creation.
The largest of the world’s big cats a magnificent creature,
With its distinctive orange and black stripes and beautiful face!

Ninety seven percent of wild tigers disappeared
In the last century, with just three thousand left alive today.
On the brink of extinction and we have to halt their decline.
Habitat loss, climate change, hunting and poaching the causes.

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INTERNATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY! 27th February.

The great creation of the Lord Almighty indeed is fantastic
The world and its living beings -human and animals-wholistic
Ever to be grateful by living in peace and harmony with all
Surely human beings- greater role to play and become quite tall!

“International Polar Bear day’ is tomorrow- a day to enjoy
Polar Bear a wonderful creation –awesome look, to protect!
A gem in the animal kingdom the world has seen nice
Sure to the animal lovers a  delicious spice!

Surviving  in the arctic environment joyfully
Weighing around five hundred kilograms quite heavy
With a life span of fifteen to eighteen years they live
Females normally giving birth to twins looking alike!

Belonging to the vulnerable, endangered species
Polars prey on both ringed and bearded seals across their range
Taking other prey when available- manage food chain
A great creation of nature and God not causing pain!

Polar bear, kiddies friend and playing mate
Ever ready to make them smile, laugh and skate!
Kiddies find pleasure in asking:
“Polar bear, polar bear what do you do here?”
Happily it replies as if it is so near!
“I hear children
Growing like a polar bear,
Roaring like a lion,
Snorting like a hippopotamus
Fluting like a flamingo
Braying like a zebra
Hissing like a boa constrictor
Trumpeting like an elephant,
Snarling like a leopard
Yelping like a peacock,
Bellowing like a walrus!”
Weeping kiddies laugh,
Laughing children jump with joy!!