Daily Archives: January 15, 2012

Freedom from hankering, lamentation and fear

The grace of the Lord is abhaya, free from fearfulness. The benediction of the Lord is never to be lost. It is simply to be enjoyed. One simply gains and enjoys gaining. Bhagavad-gita also confirms this: when one achieves the grace of the Lord, the result is that all distresses are destroyed. When situated in the transcendental position, one is freed from the two kinds of material diseases—hankering and lamentation. Lamentation is for loss, and hankering is for gain. Hankering means, “I have no money, but if I get a million dollars, then I’ll be happy.” And when we have a million dollars, somehow it will be lost. So lamentation, “Oh, I have lost it!” So both hankering and lamentation are distresses. If someone accumulates a million dollars, he is always full of fear thinking, “What if the money is lost?” When one is situated in his own spiritual consciousness, then he will have no hankering and no lamentation. If we know that Krishna is the source and proprietor of the entire material energy, we understand that everything belongs to Him and that anything gained is given by Him for His service. Thus we do not hanker for the things of this world. Furthermore, if something is taken away by Krishna, then what is the need for lamentation? We should think, “Krishna wanted to take it away from me. Therefore, why should I lament? The Supreme Lord is the cause of all causes. He takes away, He also gives.” When one is thus in full knowledge, there is no more lamentation and no more hankering. That is the spiritual platform. This is the best education, by which you become anxiety-less. That is perfection of education.

Crow death shadow spreads to Sambalpur

Bird flu panic spread to Sambalpur with the city and its adjoining areas witnessing the mysterious phenomenon of crows dropping dead on Saturday.

“We are really scared after we found three dead crows in our locality. We immediately intimated the authority about it,” said Radhey Shyam Verma, a resident of Nayapara area in Sambalpur.

Crow deaths were reported from Sambalpur satellite town of Burla earlier on Friday. Since migratory birds flock to Hirakud reservoir during winter, some people feel the winged guests may have a role to play in the death of crows in Burla town.

Sambalpur CDMO Bhakta Prasad Guru tried to allay fears of human infection due to bird flu. “The H5N1 virus cannot survive beyond 70 degree Celsius. Since we eat food after cooking it, chances of survival of the virus are quite negligible,” Guru said.

Veterinary officials said they have already collected samples of dead crows for laboratory examination to ascertain the cause of the deaths. “There are several reasons behind the death of crows. Severe cold is also one of the reasons. However, we have collected samples of the dead crows and sent it to Bhubaneswar. The samples will soon be sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute of Bhopal for laboratory examination,” said chief veterinary medical officer of Sambalpur, Bholanath Behera.

Restrictions have been imposed on the import of chicken from coastal Odisha as a precautionary measure, he said.

Madhuri Mehta is selected in Indian women’s cricket team

Madhuri Mehta is selected in  20 member lists of Indian Women’s cricket team. She will soon to tour West Indies with Indian Team.

The National Women’s Selection Committee announced a twenty players name at the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Indore on Saturday for the India’s tour of the West Indies, in February-March 2012.

Madhuri hails from Balangir district, Odisha. She represented Balangir district in State level women’s cricket tournaments. She represented Orissa in Zonal and National level women’s cricket tournaments. Madhuri represented East Zone in Inter-Zonal Women Tournament at Ahemdabad in 2011. She selected to receive coaching at National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. Her patient 72 against Uttar Pradesh at Ahmedabad is best performance so far.

Innovative practice boon for sugarcane farmers

Farmers cultivating sugarcane under a new method Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) in Nayagarh, Ganjam and Bargarh shared their experience about the method in a recently concluded State level workshop organised by NIRMAN and AgSri. The SSI method was introduced by NIRMAN.

Naba Kishor Das (48), a farmer of Khairapati, said that he earned Rs 5,200 from intercrops and Rs 26,000 from sale of buds to other farmers. Sources said during last 10 years, sugarcane production in Odisha has been declining by around 50 per cent. The productivity level is less than 32 tonnes per hectare which is less than the national average of 40 tonnes per hectare.

In traditional method of sugarcane cultivation, farmers spend Rs 12,000 per acre whereas in the SSI, the cost of cultivation in seed declines considerably. The SSI farmers only take the bud of sugarcane and raise it in nursery and transplant in the field. In the SSI method, farmers not only save Rs 12,000 per acre in seeds but also save in cost on water and labour. At the same time, they get a bonus from intercropping as the practice gives spaces between rows and plants.

Board of Revenue member Aurobindo Behera, State Programme Officer, UNDP Ambika Nanda, Joint Director, Agriculture, G.N. Mohanty and Prasant Mohanty of NIRMAN, among others participated in the workshop. Successful farmers Nishakar Pradhan from Ganjam, Duryodhan Champatray of Nayagarh and Dhaneswar Sahoo from Baragarh were awarded. Over 100 farmers from various districts participated.