Is there a Life after Death?

Humans are the only species on earth who know for a fact they will die one day. But then again, this knowledge isn’t the one they relish. Throughout history, people have sought eternal life trying almost everything and most recently trying to fulfill this hope by pinning it to science. The only thing that surpasses this hope that death can be postponed forever is the hope that life will continue after death. And this belief in life after death comes in all shapes and sizes. In between the views involving continued existence in a physical body, and those in which survival takes place outside the body we are still stuck with it, trying to reason and understand the same.

Today let’s talk about that one question which has troubled every mind for centuries, And the question is, is there life after death? I mean, what we know for a fact is that one hundred percent of the people that you’ll ever meet are you going to die because we are structured to. But, is that it? What happens to you after you die? And if that is so, what’s the basis of the same? How does it even work? Let’s try to evaluate.

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If words of Plato were to be considered, he said that “I’m not sure what’s after death but nature seems to give us a picture of what it will be like, some new kind of life after death. Inside of every piece of fruit is a seed and if you plant the seed, you get the tree that brought it. An oak tree has an acorn and the acorn, if you plant it, you get another oak tree. The caterpillar goes into this cocoon and it seems to die and then it bursts forth as a butterfly.” Does that mean we have an ulterior purpose ? or is it all about For you are dust, And to dust, you shall return.”

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According to Anthropologists almost every culture and religion known on the face of the earth believe in some kind of afterlife – everyone from the primitive cultures to the Amazon to the Himalayas to urban cultures.

There is this something in human beings that believe that death is just not an end, there’s something. Some people end up building pyramids while others build tombs, if we look closely into the rituals, people think that they can take their riches with them. Somehow death unites us all (at least the way we think). There’s a universal belief system in terms of life after death – a common thread of all people.

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That hunger, that thirst for knowing the meaning, the significance which never quite gets satiated. No matter what we accomplish, no matter how good it gets, there’s always that, hmmmm, we’re not quite there. And that is another reason to believe that there is life after death. Heaven or hell whatever you name it, there has to be something.

And then, even a part of science, i.e. “NDE” or the near-death experiences conducts various researchers trying to put an end to this mystery. With numerous people reporting near-death experiences where they see a light at the end of the tunnel or a mystic figure waiting to take them has been largely reported.

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Then comes our mythologies, the Hindu Mythology for that matter has a whole book called “Garur Puran” which tells you about how will you treated in hell or heaven according to your past deeds and the way you had led your life on Earth. Bible Claims that Jesus resurrected after being dead and buried for 3 days which yet again gives us hope of the same.

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What is the truth behind Life and Death? Can we somehow live forever? Is there a light waiting for us at the end of the tunnel? Only time will tell. Till then let’s hatch more conspiracy theories.

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Mythology and Alien Existence

Do aliens really exist? This is that one question that has been the matter of debate and controversy for centuries. From Roswell to Suffolk’s Rendlesham Forest, there have been sightings which the so-called UFO hunters have quantified as a proof of extra-terrestrial life.

A survey conducted in 24 countries has come up with findings that suggest that nearly half of the humans believe in alien life and want to make contact. This helps to explain the lasting popularity of the “Star Wars” franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened. Avengers or Avatar for that matter is possibly the highest grossing movies of all times which again leads us to accept the fact that we somehow believe that we are not alone.

Darwin’s theories tell us about the shape alien life will take. A new study from scientists at the University of Oxford found out that All aliens must evolve and that gives us something to look for.  But then there is another question that perplexes me. Does our Mythology (which we tend to believe in more than the living humans around us)  suggest the existence of Extraterrestrial life? Let’s explore!

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With about 31% population of the world following Christianity, Bible is one of the most sought-after mythologies which has many references to other-worldly beings and flying saucers. In One passage from the books of Infancy and Protevangelion, which is taken from The Lost Books of the Bible describes the same experience many abductees face in our times, where everything stopped and all surrounding people being “switched off.” But then there are another set of people who have a different interpretation of the same and find no reason to accept that the Bible depicts the existence of Alien life.

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For More :
http://www.aliens-everything-you-want-to-know.com/AliensinTheBible.html
http://listverse.com/2017/07/26/10-bible-accounts-that-could-be-interpreted-as-ufos-or-aliens/

Quran:

Qur’an Chapter 40 Verse 57
The creation of the heavens and the earth is definitely a greater thing
than a creation of mankind, however, most of mankind know not.

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Quran has a similar take on the Alien matter. It gives us a description of multitudes of other earth where God’s commandments are coming one after another as these other earth mature at different times. The word seven is used in following verses in the Quran to denote a very large number more like infinite.

Quran Chapter 65 verse 12
God it is who has created seven heavens, and similar number of earth, The commandments come down among them slowly, that you may know that God is Able to do all things And that God surrounds all things in knowledge

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The idea that there is life elsewhere in the universe  was derived from the Prophet Mohammad when he told the Muslims, “When you sit down in the prayer for the Attahiyat and say: “Peace be upon us, and the righteous servants of Allah” you actually send peace on all the righteous people living on the Earth and in the heavens.” which clearly implies that all type of people, good and bad live in the other worlds as they live on our Earth.

For More: http://www.endphysics.com/aliens_in_the_quran.html

Mahabharata / Ramayana / Veda:

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Gods in Hindu mythology wore animal masks to conceal their identities with chariots of fire representing UFOs of one kind or another , Gods mating with human women to create the human race in their image , Blue star gods ( The blue blood or royal bloodlines descended directly from the gods) and the mythical battles of Heaven and Earth , From the existence of the likes Of Brahma , Vishnu and Mahesh to Ram & Krishna to Ravana & Kans, all give us references regarding the existence of Ancient Aliens (Living Beings from A different Planet or Realm).

Excerpts :
“All of the above-mentioned incarnations are either plenary portions or portions of the plenary portions of the Lord, but Lord Sri Krishna is the original Personality of Godhead. All of them appear on planets whenever there is a disturbance created by the atheists. The Lord incarnates to protect the theists.” ( Srimad Bhagavatam 1:3:28)
and,
“Krishna, who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes.” (Brahma Samhita, 5:1)
For More :
Mahabharata:
http://www.crystalinks.com/Mahabharata.html
Ramayana: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread636402/pg1
Veda: https://hiddenremote.com/2017/07/22/ancient-aliens-voices-gods/

With references like such, it is always beyond the human mind to believe or not to which leaves me with another Question. Do they still Exist? Only time will tell.  Till then let’s go back to Netflix & chill with Star Wars. 😋

Brownie Articles :
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/4017563/aliens-conspiracy-theories-evidence-sightings-nasa/
https://futurism.com/theories-intelligent-life-fermi-paradox/

 

Lesser known Harvest Festivals of India

India is a land of festivities and various different festivals are celebrated. Being the colorful nation that India is, the most vibrant harvest festivals of India involve interesting mythological legends and joyous celebrations. They are incredible and diverse just like its people and landscapes and let’s one experience the beauty of the Indian culture.

Some of the lesser knowns of these harvest festivals are :

Jallikattu also known as eru thazhuvuthal and manju virattu, is one of those traditional spectacles(started from about 100 BC) in which a Pulikulam or Kangayam bull is released into a crowd of people, and multiple human participants attempt to grab the large hump on the bull’s back with both arms and hang on to it while the bull attempts to escape. Participants are supposed to hold onto the hump for as long as possible, in an attempt to bring the bull to a stop. In some cases, participants must ride long enough to remove flags on the bull’s horns.

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Pulikkali originated from the state of Kerala as a recreational folk art. It is performed by trained artists to entertain people on the occasion of Onam, an annual harvest festival. The fourth day of Onam witnesses (Nalaam Onam) where performers painted like tigers and hunters in bright yellow, red, and black dance to the beats of instruments like Udukku and Thakil. The literal meaning of Pulikkali is the ‘play of the Tigers’ hence the performance revolves around the theme of tiger hunting. The origin of Pulikkali dates back to over 200 years when  Maharaja Thampuran od Cochin is said to have introduced the folk art, who wanted to celebrate Onam with a dance that reflected the wild and macho spirit of the force.

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Madai festival is one festival originating from Chhattisgarh. The festival reflects the rich culture and tradition of the state, celebrated by the Gond Tribe from the month of December to March and tours from one place of the state to another.  The local tribes of the state along with other communities worship the presiding deity during the festival. The tribal people of Chhattisgarh launch a procession in the beginning on an open field where a large number of devotees and general tourists gather to witness the rituals, followed by the Puja ceremony where the priest or similar figure starts worshiping the goddess. When the worshiping finishes, several cultural events like folk dance, drama, songs etc. start taking place in the open space.

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Mim Kut Festival is a post-harvest festival celebrated in Nagaland and also in parts of Mizoram by the Kuki Nagas. It is one of the many popular festivals of Nagaland. It expresses exhilaration and triumphant over the harvest of Mim (Maize), which is the last harvest crop for the season. The Kuki people hold strong belief that the souls of their deceased ancestors rise from their graves and visit their family homes. The people offer tribute to the dead souls in form of wine that is naturally prepped from rice at every home. These dead souls are also worshiped by the villagers. The Mim Kut festival like most festivals of Nagas includes tradition singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and proud display of culture.

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Vautha Fair originating from Gujarat is one where tens of thousands of donkeys, as well as hundreds of camels, adorned in an array of colors and bright embellishments, are brought where they are traded on the fairgrounds at the Sangam tirtha. For some, this place is as divine as the Sangam in Allahabad, while many communities consider this fair even more important than Diwali. This is the meeting place of seven holy rivers: the Vatrak merges with the Meshwo, Hathmati, Shedhi, Majum, and Khari before it then meets the Sabarmati, so the locals call it Saptasangam (i.e. the meeting of seven).

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These were a few. If the same tingles your inquisitive self then follow the link for more https://traveltriangle.com/blog/harvest-festivals-of-india/.

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5 Ways Trekking Can Add Virtues To Your Student Life

Can you broaden your mind, acquire meaningful life qualities by locking yourself in one little corner of the college all your student life? Trekking is an antidote for the students helping them forget about the ‘stressful demands’ of routine life, and so the learning automatically follows. Here are few more ways trekking can be a life-long companion for students opening up their fatigued minds and hearts.

Conquer your anxieties and fears


Trekking is not about conquering mountains but ourselves. As students, you spend most of your days in the classroom and most nights in the library. But trekking helps you come out of your comfort to an alien place without any resources and rediscover yourself without the pressure of work, family, and home. The treacherous hiking and enchanting vistas provided by nature knock out the negativities from your life and help you change for the better. When you conquer the altitudes you know you can conquer the world.

Bonding with nature

Academic burden and stressful routine often bring us away from the tranquility and serenity of nature. But we cannot forget that the real beauty lies outside the boundaries of your classroom walls.While trekking you continuously observe nature, enchanting views and different culture which infuse tolerance, persistence, and perseverance in the student’s mind. It acts as a catalyst for togetherness and spiritual peace. After all, you can protect nature only when you love and appreciate it.

 Overall improved fitness

Woman With White Sunvisor RunningTrekking is the greatest way to keep a tab on the overall health. The entire experience depends on your stamina which restricts unhealthy eating practices. You can’t have a bowl of popcorn or a cheese burst pizza and think of climbing the altitudes. You’ll need extra energy during trekking as you’ll have to undergo severe pressure, so if you love munching on to the junk then this trekking trip is not for you. Build your stamina and revisit next time!

Disconnect from technology

If you’re a tech addict then the trekking experience can change your life. Have you ever thought of living without your phone, laptop and cool gaming console? Once in mountains, you’ll not have access to any of these, the only connectivity will be with nature. It helps in digital detoxification helping you spend time with yourself, know yourself.

Peace and serenity

How many times you’ve felt that the pause button is missing in your life? Besides the regular humdrum of life, we often forget to take time for ourselves. If you have ever felt like taking a getaway from life then you’ll find the stunning altitudes welcoming you with open arms. Mountains provide a distinct level of peace calming and soothing the withered mind. When you breathe in the fresh air your mind automatically turns into seeking more tolerance and painstaking. No other activity like mall visits, clubbing can relieve your mind as much as trekking does.

So what are you waiting for? Climb the mountains all by yourself with a backpack and add oodles of confidence and peace in your student life.

Elon Musk on Climate Change

Super Star Entrepreneur Elon Musk is passionately committed to both the environment and the future of the planet. He started Tesla, Space X, and SolarCity to try and help build a more sustainable world.

In the interview, from 2013, he talks about how he began thinking about all these when he was at university, when he looked at what would be the problems that need to be solved for the future.

When Donald Trump became President, he invited Elon Musk became part of a White House advisory forum. Musk said,

My goals are to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and to help make humanity a multi-planet civilization, a consequence of which will be the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs and a more inspiring future for all.

Last week, following America’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, that is aimed at reducing carbon emissions and retard global warming, Musk resigned from the advisory forum.

Watch this video, where Musk explains why climate change is important

For countries like India, with a large population, and rapidly developing, Climate change can have a huge impact.

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Green products and solutions, will be hot careers of the not so distant future. One way to get into this, is to start thinking what problems will India (or the world) face in the future, and what can you do to help solve them.