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The world of precious gemstones is so enchanting that once you get drawn into it, the pull and wonder only grows more intense. Which is why, during a vacation in the US, I succumbed to the urge to head to Washington DC just for the sake of visiting the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History which houses some of the most amazing gemstones and gemstone jewellery.
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It has been quite a few days since the tragedy, but pain and apprehension remain. Each day as I log in to see my social media feed, or turn the pages of the newspaper, it is with some trepidation - no, I don't want to see Alan there anymore. That image -- it is a grim reminder of too many painful, terrible things. But he surfaces again and again, not just shaming "humans" for their apathy but also starkly painting the truth about Death.
Who is my God? I am asked. It's a question I have never been faced with before and clearly, I am stumped. It's never an easy task to explain your faith. Of course, indicating your religion with a single word in forms, or identifying it with a representation on your person is effortless. How does one explain one's God, one's faith? It is like trying to define love, seeking the ineffable to be caught in the warp and weft of words...
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Consider the following scenarios: You wake up in the morning and reach out for your smart phone to see the latest news updates, the content of your mailboxes, your Facebook feed stream, the tweets that matter. At work, you must focus your thoughts completely on finishing the project that lies before you --solutions, crises, conversations, meetings etc. Some may repeat the routine once more when back into their sanctuary or may rely on the Internet to provide their next thinking cues.
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<em>Prithvi</em> is the clay that shapes you and me. The clay that forms the substratum on which we build our homes, our lives. That on which we grow our food and that in which we bury our dead. That which makes the vessel from which we eat and that with which we build our hearths. Here are some qualities of earth that we should assimilate into our own lives.
Revising the dictum of "<em>yat pinde tat brahmande</em>(that which is within is a microcosm of the outer world)," the fire that rages within the human being, can define the quality of life too.
Vedic wisdom has always emphasised that the human body is a microcosm of the universe. No wonder then that just as about 70% of the human body is composed of water, so is 70% of earth's surface. And there are some truths about the nature of water, which when applied to life, will most certainly help you thrive.