My Birthday and other’s problem remembering it!


Happy birthday to me!

This is the email I received this morning from an old friend:


Please click on the link below and enter your birthday into my calendar.
It’s quick, easy, and you’ll be helping me out.

After this a link was given. Now we do not meet that frequently and it has become a problem to remember the relationship. This was my reply:

Dear friend

I celebrate my birthday at least 370 days in a year, which means sometime celebration is twice a day. You can congratulate me whenever you like.

Being alive is a celebration at all the times.Why bother about a date? To restrict it to one day is not proper. Do we actually celebrate it every day?


We miss you Krishna, even more, on your birthday

Lord Krishna displays his Vishvarupa (Universa...

A letter to Lord Krishna:

Madhav (knowledge filled lord), you are known by so many names that speech of every living being calls you at least once everyday. While you Achala (still lord) remain Achyuta (unmoved) by prayers made to Adbhutah (amazing lord) in the temples of Adidev (lord of lords).
Aditya, (son of aditi) the message you Ajaya (conqurer of life and death) gave through Arjun has been printed so many times, that entire earth can be physically enveloped by its printed paper. But our Amrut (Lord who is like sweet nectar) we got it all wrong. We picked up different paragraphs of  ‘whole message’ and interpreted it to justify our stupid actions.
Ajanma (limitless and endless) while you Anandsagar (Compassionate Lord) left your body and withdrew, we continue to separate each other and now we want to save individual souls, thus separating ourselves from Anaadih (The beginning).
Akshara (indestructible lord) your message about our indestructibility is wholly misunderstood and we remain disassociated with Ananta (endless lord) inspite of crystal clear teachings of Avyukta (crystal clear).
Anantjit (ever victorious) after our Anaya (who need no leader) i.e. you Aniruddha (beyond obstruction) left us, we have gone back to our ways of wars and self-destruction.
Bali (lord of strength) now we are at war in your names and for Balgopal’s temples. We build more and more of Chaturbhuj‘s temples praying for Danavendra, Dayalu and Dayanidhi‘s mercy but we fail to act compassionately among ourselves. Dharmadhyaksha (lord of Dharma), in your name justice is sold to highest bidder while poor and weak are tormented to circle around the courts for life.
While you were Jagdisha (protector of all) we are divided in the name of nations, provinces, castes and races and without Hrishikesh (lord of senses) have lost all our control over our senses.
Gopal, without your Gopalpriya we have Mad Cow disease swine flu and what not. Govinda the earth is in danger. Hari (lord of nature) we have exploited your world to an extent that we are unable to replenish it. Food is turning into poison.
Pollution is the today’s Kans which only Kamsantak (Slayer of Kans) can slay.
Jagadguru (preceptor of the Universe), Jagannath (lord of Universe) we really need your Janardhana (boon) in this dark hour when leaderships of all are failing.
Gyaneshwar (lord of knowledge) give us wisdom to pass through difficult time for you forbade Brahmastra (nuclear weapons) but we have re-built it. All the knowledge stored in digits is not enough to change our path away from self-destruction. Drought, flood, tornado etc. are still beyond our comprehension while we are busy to understand the devastation of Mars which once was full of life.
Upendra (Brother of Indra the lord of Rain) please do something.
Greed is the only Madhu (Sweetness) left, please Madhusudan (Slayer of Madhu named demon), kill it from us. For once again Madan (lord of love) may teach us to co-exist without. Murli (flute playing lord) please play that flute due to which you are called Murlidhar, on which we may remember ourselves but may forget the ‘me’.
Keshava (one with long black hairs with locks), in your name we are shaving our heads and wearing saffron, while you Nandgopala (son of Nand) is called Mayur for wearing peacock feather crest.
How can you deny our request after all you are Narayana (refuge of everyone). Your Niranjan (unblemished) and Nirgun (beyond tangible properties) presence can only make things right.

Would Padmanabha (lotus navel) place his Punyah (Pure) Padmahasta (lotus hand) upon us at this dark hour?
Would Parthsarthi (Charioteer of Parth/Arjun) be once again sarthi (charioteer) of the world?
Would Sanatana (Eternal) Sakshi (witness) Sarvajana (Omniscient) Sarvapalak (Protector of all) Sarveshwar (lord of all lords) reveal to ourselves for the Satyavachna (truth) was never more eluded?

We are reciting Hare Rama Hare Krishna for 600 years and it does calm the mind and at times we feel satisfied with this accomplishment but some of the verses of Sumedha (Intelligent lord) spoken to Parth (Arjun) are lost.

Vasudev (all prevailing lord), how can you ignore the Vishwamurti (form of entire universe) and let us spoil Vishwarupa (universal form of lord) by our misdeeds.
Vaikunthanath (lord of heaven), reveal your Sudarshana (pleasant-looking avatar) and lead us for once entry to your temple for the darshan of Srikanta (beautiful lord), is a matter of struggle unless in position to favour, through VIP corridors.

O Shreshta (Most Glorious lord) Yoginampati (Supreme yogi), who never abstained from any worldly pleasures (sans poisons), why in your name saffron clothes are foisted upon those who follow Vishwadakshinah (Most efficient and skillful lord).

O Trivikrama (conqueror of all three worlds) what is this Leela?

O Ravilochna (lord with sun as eye) have you closed your eyes to us?

Reply from Vardhmaanah (formless lord):

I am revealed when seen. I am and always will be. I never came nor ever left. I am the seer and I am the scene. Words spoken or written have no meaning without content. More a word is spoken, more its meaning is lost. Words are depleting assets. Activity on visions of mind without need of body, will always cause pain with the option that pain may follow the pleasure or it may come first followed by pleasure.

The reply is very precise and seems to be incomplete, which is impossible. I do not fully understand the implications but may be some day I will understand. May be sometime in future.

Note: All the names in italics are Sanskrit/Hindi names of Lord Shri Krishna, the Devkinandan (son of Devki), Dwarkadheesh (King of Dwarka) and the eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

© Sandeep Bhalla

Quantum Physics

Max Planck was guest in Rumestluns

Max Planck (1858-1947)

Happy Birthday Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck

He was born in Kiel, Germany, on April 23, 1858, the son of Julius Wilhelm and Emma née Patzig Planck. His father was Professor of Constitutional Law in the University of Kiel, and later in Göttingen.Planck studied at the Universities of Munich and Berlin, where his teachers included Kirchhoff and Helmholtz, and received his doctorate of philosophy at Munich in 1879. He was Privatdozent in Munich from 1880 to 1885, then Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics at Kiel until 1889, in which year he succeeded Kirchhoff as Professor at Berlin University, where he remained until his retirement in 1926. Afterwards he became President of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society for the Promotion of Science, a post he held until 1937. The Prussian Academy of Sciences appointed him a member in 1894 and Permanent Secretary in 1912.  (extracted from  Max Planck – Biography.)

Planck is said to be the fore father of quantum physics. He was first scientist to notice that in application of principles of physics to the quanta level there was some deviation. To put it simply, as Newton had explained that if an object falls from a height, its speed will be determined by its mass or weight, among other things like friction.  It has now been noticed that at quanta level (quanta is smallest possible particle of any matter) the matter does not behave in the same manner and that the temperature has an effect on this behavior. Planck was the first to notice the effect of temperature of black-body upon the energy in its radiation. That was time when even atom was not discovered what to speak of quanta. More detailed introduction to quantum Physics can be reached here.  By the way Quantum Physics has evolved much more but has yet to make sense of all the experiments so as to make it a coherent science.

Happy birthday Mr. President Abraham Linclon

The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning. Five months before receiving his party’s nomination for President, he sketched his life:

“I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families–second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks…. My father … removed from Kentucky to … Indiana, in my eighth year…. It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up…. Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher … but that was all.”

Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and rode the circuit of courts for many years. His law partner said of him:

“His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest.”

He married Mary Todd, and they had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity. In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator. He lost the election, but in debating with Douglas he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860.
For those who know nothing about him, he was the instrument to abolish Slavery in USA by his Emancipation Proclamation. His famous views about the government and Lawyers were:

The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves – in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere. The desirable things which the individuals of a people can not do, or can not well do, for themselves, fall into two classes: those which have relation to wrongs, and those which have not. Each of these branch off into an infinite variety of subdivisions. The first – that in relation to wrongs – embraces all crimes, misdemeanors, and non-performance of contracts. The other embraces all which, in its nature, and without wrong, requires combined action, as public roads and highways, public schools, charities, pauperism, orphanage, estates of the deceased, and the machinery of government itself. From this it appears that if all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need for government. (Fragment on Government [July 1, 1854?] in “The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln“, ed. Roy P. Basler, Vol. 2, p. 220-221)

His views on discouraging litigation:

Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. Who can be more nearly a fiend than he who habitually overhauls the register of deeds in search of defects in titles, whereon to stir up strife, and put money in his pocket? A moral tone ought to be infused into the profession which should drive such men out of it. (Fragment, Notes for a Law Lecture July 1, 1850?, cited in Abraham Lincoln: Complete Works, Comprising his Speeches, Letters, State Papers, and Miscellaneous Writings Vol. 2, 1894.)

About lawyers:

There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest. I say vague, because when we consider to what extent confidence and honors are reposed in and conferred upon lawyers by the people, it appears improbable that their impression of dishonesty is very distinct and vivid. Yet the impression is common, almost universal. Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief — resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave. ((Fragment, Notes for a Law Lecture July 1, 1850?, cited in Abraham Lincoln: Complete Works, Comprising his Speeches, Letters, State Papers, and Miscellaneous Writings Vol. 2, 1894.)

(Source: Abraham Lincoln – Wikiquote.)

I consider him a master statesman who by abolishing slavery not only restored civil rights for But also won the Civil was by winning new allies i.e. Blacks.