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The Search for the Egg is On, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 31st March 2017

The Search for the Egg is On

Easter 2016

Every year comes a time, where there is a full weekend of joy, eating out, good times and a treasure hunt for Easter Eggs. In fact there is a city in Texas, which will conduct their biggest search ever of over 20,000 Easter eggs. Well, what does all this Treasure hunting and Easter has to do with each other? The giving of an Easter egg symbolizes the celebration of new life and that since Jesus Christ rose from the dead after dying on the cross, it shows that there can be a miracle of life over death. The cracking of the egg is like the tomb opening.

But in these harsh economic, water shortage, drought and famine times how shall we best spend this Easter weekend? In general, what do these festivities do for us? Yes they are an integral part of our cultural and religious life but somehow with this materialistic world, values are getting distorted. On one hand, you are buying a brand new outfit to celebrate and on the other side there is a refugee suffering. Are we meant to take on the moralistic cap and be conscious about what is happening to humanity and the planet? Who will draw the line? The suppliers selling Easter eggs, the shopping malls with offers or the simple man celebrating Easter for its significance?

Festivities have their benefits. They bring the family together, friends make more memories, weddings and maybe funerals happen. They remain important to each and everyone, from the worker who needs time off to that one who wants to work overtime and catch up a pending bill. Fortunately while there is doom and gloom there is merry and shine from a few in the world. Just like in business the 80 – 20 rule, the reverse needs to happen, 80% doing the good. You have a choice to be who you want and where, now that everything is at the tip of your fingers. You can learn about a festival, your religion, cultural rituals, the pros and cons and make up your mind about what it matters to you. That is especially if you are not caught up in a rat race to please others or have not been fortunate enough to come to self-realization that all good things come in small packages.

Make the festival about the saving a life, giving a life, sharing a life. Go and donate your blood, plant a tree or spend time with strangers you never thought you would. The joy of being with such a task are unbelievable. Unfortunately they are the hardest to do because you are either alone in this vision or you give up soon and since majority are partying it out you fail to see the profits of your investment in kindness. Have you noticed that while the world is becoming more conscious of how humanity is suffering and that we need religious tolerance and that we exist in multi-cultural communities, the need to be isolated and powerful is growing exponentially?

Suddenly our borders are more important and walls are necessary to protect National interests and this virus is spreading across oceans. At the core of all this apart from power and national pride is the commercial success of the country itself. Whatever happened to making the ladoos at home with the full family? The westernized families find these a waste of time and against their “religious practices”, while the remaining eastern families are looked down upon that “oh they can’t afford it”. What a complexful crap way of living. If you had a ladoo company, do you really think your relatives would honestly support your business?

Just forget it and look at the big picture. Make the festivities count and spread kindness. Do not wrap up shiny objects and with fake smiles keep up public appearances. Do the fun and feasts but mean it for the well not for the weall-thy.

Choose your meaning of the festivity for the well-being of all and not the shopping mall.

 

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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Point Blank with Asian Weekly, 3rd April 2015

How Real is Easter?

Happy Easter Courtesy Busy Living Pretty

Happy Easter Courtesy Busy Living Pretty

About a week ago I was driving with a friend along Peponi Road and you have the vendors selling clothes, scarves, puppies and rabbits. She pointed out, why don’t you buy a rabbit and have it for Easter? After all it is a bunny! But just incase most people eat the ears of the bunny chocolate, the feet and the tail before they eat the rest.

I was shocked at her cruelty but it got me thinking what else goes on or possibly can happen over Easter. As we know it the weekend is about when Jesus Christ died and resurrected. By the way did you know that people don’t actually die from cruxification, it is actually from loss of breathing and suffocation to the lungs because the feet have no ground to touch.

Back to Easter and the shenanigans that happen around it.

Apparently there was an egg throwing game played in Church when the Priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to the choirboys and whoever caught it when the clock struck 12 would keep it. That doesn’t happen anymore instead it is more about ribbons, presents, chocolates and more chocolates. Also did you know that the egg is the symbol of life for the Egyptians? Well you are learning new treats about Easter on Point Blank.

From the egg and back to the bunny, according to legend the name of Easter comes from the Goddess of fertility Eostre but many have debated it actually originated from Pennsylvania USA or it is a stylized name from the word ‘Passover’. You can choose what works for you.

Easter takes place after the 40-day period called Lent which is a time of fasting, which makes me think is this not similar to the tradition of Ramadan? In fact myth says that Jesus Christ was in the desert for these 40 days and that Christians have to imitate his journey and also abstain from meat. In many levels especially if you go with the Zeitgeist theory then Christianity is a borrowed religion from the Egyptians, Persians and Hindus too.

The deeper quest still revolves around resurrection. Did Jesus Christ really wake up? Where is his body? Who met him, who healed him? What really happened? Personally I think that he lived on and was rescued by Mary Magdalene who was possibly his wife. However history dictates otherwise, that he woke up and roams the earth. I will leave it to the religious experts or atheists to determine the truth.

Here’s an example of the inconsistency within the Bible:

Matthew 27:63 “…Saying, Sir, we remember that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again”

Mark 8:31 “And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed. and after three days rise again.”

I Corinthians 15:4 “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:…”

Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

Not talking about Good Friday would make this article incomplete. Good Friday is the day when Jesus Christ died in the ninth hour and traditional Catholics wear black. In case you want to do any stock trading, know that the NYSE is closed on Good Friday and back in the 1890s when trade dipped many thought of it as a sign from God that he didn’t want the stock exchange open.

To conclude I will pick up from the Norse mythology, where the missionaries who first brought Christianity to them, found the feast in honour of Frey and Thor of great importance and changed it to be a feast for Christ. And then Easter festival was held in honour of Frigga, wife of God Odin, who is father of Thor.

Legends, myths will also surround stories told from generations, take it upon you to check on the facts and make your belief stronger. Happy Easter.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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