Saturday, October 27, 2012

Death: A Silent, Stealthy Attacker

All of us know that death is inevitable. One should remember this fact always.

It is a mortal world. Whoever is born into this world has to die. No one can escape it.

All the Medical innovations, all Scientific advancements, and all the Spiritual rituals and Prayers are all null at death. Whatever you may do, you can't avoid death.

Lord Krishna in Bhagavad-Gita emphasized this fact to Arjuna and asked him not to lay down his Bow and Arrows in the Mahabharata with the grief of having to kill his kith and kin in the battle.

He emphasized the fact that death for each one has been already pre-decided and Arjuna's arrows are only a tool for accomplishing the already decided fate of those people.

So, death is pre-decided already at the time of the birth of each and every one of us.

When Death is an inevitable end of every Birth is, why worry to die. Why do you break-up at the death of one of your dear ones? You can feel the loss of company and love. But don't get too much depressed or worried at the loss.

The Angel Of Death! He took my wife on 22/10/2012
But, it is a fact that death occurs at a time when you are unaware of it.
It does not come to you straightforwardly.
It doesn't provide you some hint.
It doesn't even warn you before attacking.
It attacks you suddenly and stealthily.

Death finds some means to attack you. When you are well prepared and wait for it, it does not come to you.

It attacks you stealthily, when you are confident that Death is not so much nearer to you, and when you are careless about it. 

Death wants some reason or some circumstance through which it can pounce on you. It enters you through some sickness, some accident, some natural calamity, etc. so that you may think that because of this reason the death took place.

As evident from Lord Krishna's teachings in Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna, the death to Kauravas enters through the medium of Arjuna's arrows. It is only an excuse. Because people always live in ignorance and do not realize that Death is a natural outcome of Birth. They always keep thinking that death occurred due to such and such a reason only.

But, it is not the reality. We should come out of this ignorance and realize that Death is inevitable once you are born.

Death is the ultimate destination for any person whoever comes on this earth.

Even God, when takes avatars on this Earth, has to end his avatar through the form of Death like Sri Rama has ended his life by entering into the Sarayu River or like Sri Krishna ending his life with the shot of an arrow that has been released from the bow of a hunter.

So, Death is an ultimate truth just like a Birth.

Do not get bewildered by death. If you are born, you have to die.

But always remember that Death is only for the physical form that you are in.

Bhagavad-Gita clearly states that Atma in your body is Eternal. It has no Death.

Death is only for the physical body.

Just like you are changing your clothes, you are changing your body. The inner soul is the same. It does not change or perish.

So be not afraid of Death.

Be prepared for your final journey always and face it with a smile and warm welcome.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Cricket Icon Sachin Tendulkar's Sports Career Achievements

There has been much talk about Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from cricket in November 2012. This was a very bad news for cricket loving fans. And especially for those who are his great fans and adore him very much. He is one of the world's greatest cricketers of the history and the contemporary period and our greatest hero also for always. We are so much emotionally attached to his cricket achievements that we were unable to think of Indian cricket without him.

We watched his strokes of fours and sixes so emotionally and excitedly that we even stopped taking the breath whenever his bat met the ball. He has hit such wonderful shots. His strokes have always been well planned and very smart ones. Even the greatest bowler was afraid of his strokes and whatever tricks they employed in their bowling they were unable to beat him.

Whenever he played, the stadiums were overcrowded and those watching on TV's were glued to their sets. His fans were much emotional with their tears rolling down, that they watched his game as if they were playing the game. He has achieved so many records at such a tender age that no other great player has achieved. It is very disappointing that we miss his play now. If age did not come in the middle, he could have played for some more years.

He retired from ODI in November 2012 and from Test cricket in November 2013.

Now, if he retires what will be the future of Indian cricket we can not say definitely. But there is the saying that nothing stops because of one's exit. Cricket will continue to be played and watched even after his retirement with same emotion and anxiety. But, perhaps most of his fans may not find that much interest in the game for some period. Perhaps such brilliant strokes may not be there. The shouts of "Sachin", "Sachin" will not be there to which we have become accustomed to. Even the bowlers of other countries may not find so much enjoyment and anxiety as they felt during their bowling to Sachin.

But we should not be as much worried about cricket's future as some of us are worrying because there are still good strikers in our teams and maybe they take the reins ahead and don't leave us disappointed. We shall hope for good.

Updated as on 15/02/2018:
Now, we are witness to the fact that our Indian Cricket Sport is having many more Top Cricket Stars in our Team, year after year, and the present Indian Cricket Team being headed by our wonderful player-cum-captain, Virat Kohli has become the TopMost Team of the World.

Sachin Tendulkar's career statistics:

  1. Sachin Tendulkar Started playing cricket at his age of 9 years (He was born on 24/04/1973) and played his first Test match on 15/11/1989 against Pakistan.
  2. He played his first ODI on 18/12/1989 against Pakistan.
  3. Sachin played overall 664 internationals- 200 test matches, 463 ODIs and also One T20 match that was against South Africa.
  4. Sachin scored a total of 34347 runs from above two formats of cricket matches.
  5. Sachin was the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in ODIs and the first player to cross each one thousand thereafter up to the mark of 15,000 runs in ODI format.
  6. He is the only player who scored 100 centuries in international cricket with 51 centuries in Test matches and 49 in ODIs.
  7. His top scores were 248 n/o in Tests and 200 n/o in ODI.
  8. He has hat overall 264 sixes in International Cricket.
  9. Sachin Retired from ODI cricket in November 2012, from T20s in October 2013 and from all forms of cricket after playing his final 200th test against West Indies on 16th November 2013 at Wankhede Stadium.
  10. Sachin Tendulkar has been honored with many awards. He got the Arjuna Award in 1994, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1998, Padma Vibhushan in 2008, and Bharat Ratna in 2014.
  11. He has been nominated as MP in Rajya Sabha and is an MP from 27th April 2012 and continuing even now.