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Exclusives - 04 April, 2020

Let your faith save you and the country Mr Prime Minister

Let your faith save you and the country Mr. Prime Minister. Led by ancient myths and superstitions, and of course without any scientific base, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through a video message... #Letyourfaithsaveyouandthenation...

Samuel Mathai

Bhopal: Let your faith save you and the country Mr. Prime Minister. Led by ancient myths and superstitions, and of course without any scientific base, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through a video message on April 3 at 9 am, called upon the nation for the 9 pm show of lights on Sunday the 5th of April, saying it would introduce the novel coronavirus to "the power of light".

Everybody, who has breathe in his nostrils, in the universe know that showing candlelight or lamp will have no effect on the dreaded coronavirus, but we are Indians, we follow our ‘leader’ blindfolded. The PM’s clarion call drew immediate criticism and jibes from a section of right thinking people, but there are supporters too.

Padmashree Dr. K.K. Agrawal, in a video clip, claimed that Modi’s request was based on the collective consciousness which comes from Yoga Vasistha Chapter 6. He says, “Whatever five percent people of a nation do, the rest 95 percent people will do; whatever one percent of people think, the rest 99 percent people also will think. If the 130 crore people of India will collectively pray with one intention, the effect of which will be upon 100 crore people.”

Dr. Agrawal said, “It is based on the quantum physics principles; it is based on the concept that collectively whatever we think, at the level of quantum physics, at the level of strength theory, and at the level of Ritambhara Pragya (a science of manifestation believed to be founded on an obscure, almost secret teaching that was first practiced over 4,000 years ago in ancient India) everything will unite together to work in our body that will help.”

According to Yoga Vasistha Chapter 6, the mind, the intellect, the senses, etc. are all the play of Consciousness. They are unreal and seem to exist only due to lack of insight. If the Prime Minister Modi’s intention was to pray collectively by holding candlelight and lamps for nine minutes, one should pray to the Almighty God, seeking his intervention at this hour of dreaded pandemic that engulfed the entire world.

Instead of showing candlelight in the darkness, first we should lit candles in our heart which is filled with the darkness of hatred and pray to God for forgiveness. We should seek pardon from God for our lack of LOVE towards our fellow citizens. Accept that we are not experiencing JOY in spite of all material and physical blessings. We have to pray for grant of PEACE in our home, workplace, institution and the nation and should reconcile with one another to restore PEACE.

The nation has lost the virtue of PATIENCE, so pray to God to help us to show PATIENCE to the weak and the less intelligent. Stop speaking harsh words to others and be kind enough towards our fellowmen, as we are what we are only because of God’s KINDNESS. Bring GOODNESS in our thoughts, words and deeds. Let us be FAITHFUL towards one another and the nation. Show GENTLENESS to others and let us have SELF-CONTROL in everything.

These are the fruits of the Spirit. If these things are abound in us, the darkness of our heart will be removed and the light will shine from us and that will enlighten the whole world. “Even ignorant persons convert, by the firmness of their conviction, poison into nectar and nectar into poison.”

‘No Accident’: Shashi Tharoor's 'Number 9' Theory

Congress Member of Parliament from Kerala Shashi Tharoor took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hours after the PM urged people to switch off their lights and hold lit candles and lamps for 9 minutes at 9 pm on Sunday the 5th of April 2020, in what he said would "challenge the darkness spread by the coronavirus crisis".

In his tweet Tharoor, who is among several Congress leaders to have taken the government to task over its handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak, criticised the Prime Minister for resorting to "auspicious elements Hinduism associates with (the) number 9" and exclaimed: "#COVID19 must be more serious than we thought!"

"This is no accident: The PM spoke on Ram Navami at 9 am for 9 minutes, asked us to light diyas & candles on 5/4 at 9 pm for 9 minutes. He is invoking all the auspicious elements Hinduism associates with number 9. Back to Ram Bharose?! (trusting Lord Ram)," the Congress leader wrote.

This was also Tharoor's second tweet in reply to "India's Photo-Op Prime Minister". "Listened to the Pradhan Showman. Nothing about how to ease people's pain, their burdens, their financial anxieties. No vision of the future or sharing the issues he is weighing in deciding about the post-lockdown. Just a feel-good moment curated by India's Photo-Op Prime Minister!" he had said.

Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, who has hit out at the government for failing to provide economic support for migrant workers and those most badly affected by the virus outbreak, tweeted: "Get real Mr Modi".

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday took a sharp jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his appeal to the nation to hold candles, lamps and mobile flashlights on Sunday in a show of solidarity amid the coronavirus crisis, and said hope ‘they’ don't burn down their own homes.

"When people were asked to clap, they crowded the roads and beat drums, I just hope now they don't burn down their own houses. Sir 'diya to jalalenge' but please tell us what the government is doing to improve the condition," he tweeted.

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