This is a name which will forever haunt the memories of countless Americans. Yet, a part of me feels extremely sad for him, not just the victims and those close to the victims. Was this about homosexuality? Was it about Islamic radicalization? Or was it something else?…”
What is minority?
When a set of people are different (in their ethnicity, faith, color, wealth, gender, sexual orientation etc.) in relation to the rest of the population of a country they are considered minority within the boundary of that country.
It intrigues me to observe that one land’s minority is another land’s majority. And yet Minority Issue is a burning issue of our world. Since when? Ever since men started to –
- set borders and create own territory leaving others to need permission to enter their territories.
- nurture superior feelings.
- fight each other over different opinions, different ability to earn a day’s living, different ability to protect ownself.
- deem it justified to offense or attack whoever seemed easy to dominate!
I have been observing some news and people reaction to minority issues. Some recent issues regarding the killing of people of minority group evoked concern among the minority groups and they came out to the street to speak loud for justice. But i haven’t seen them doing so before when people of majority groups were killed unjustly too.
In few days when on the other side of earth a group of another minority group was attacked some people from anther side of earth immediately got concerned whether their relatives around that neighborhood is safe or not. Once they knew they are safe they felt safer.
When a person from majority group is oppressed by men of the majority group it is taken as normal injustice issue. You will hardly see any mention of religion in such cases. But if this man was killed by someone from minority group or if someone from minority group was killed by man from majority group then it immediately sparks fire of ‘Religious love’ and general people alongside the media will name it a religious enmity issue! Why? Isn’t killing an universally recognized crime? I admit there are some people who use the name of faith and their desired interpretations to feel justified about their killings. But do we too somehow feel less justified to speak for justice unless we can add the label of religion to it? Do we secretly recognize it that it is religion which teaches justice so we can expect justice through it? Whatever thoughts are running in our head at that moment those are a mix of our dark and light sides. No?
For the reason i haven’t mentioned the name of the minority groups nor of the majority groups is these are common phenomenon from dynamic perspectives.
So we usually move our bodies to speak for justice only when our countrymen or whom we consider of our type are involved? Think how would it be if we knew we all are in reality of one family and one country. Let’s at least consider to ponder upon it. At this point i would like to share a quote of a messenger of God –
“The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth. In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.” ~Gleanings from the writings of Baha’u’llah
It is sad when we want tolerance and justice towards all faith when we play ‘minority’ in a country but when we play ‘majority’ in another country or land we are oppressive. Thankfully not all are like this and that is where the hope is shining. The bright side is the majority of the people of a country do not support oppression over the minorities. Yesterday just from the responses to one word prompt of ‘understanding’ the way everyone spoke out for the lost lives i strongly believe together we all can rebuild humanity and the country named ‘Earth’ without borders. Please tell me under the Umbrella of One God, our Maker, our Creator, who is minority and who is majority? I see neither but a great Oneness, One big family.
This word mostly used to bring to mind an act of understanding others. But in recent years i have realized the importance of ‘understanding my self’. Understanding comes from knowing. Knowing comes from curiosity and seeking and discovering.
Knowing to understand and realize has always been prescribed by the Great Thinkers, Philosophers, Prophets, Great men since very ancient times. Most of us are pretty familiar with the quote of Socrates, ‘Know Thyself’. Even the holy scriptures point to the importance of knowing one’s own self. Those say the one who knows himself knows the God. Profound!
Several years ago i came across some events which lead me to this thought – ‘Something is missing! It seems i really don’t know my self.’ Then i took the task of looking into my self seriously to know my self. I won’t say i have discovered it all . But i would like to share that in the process i started to understand my self and it lead me to transform into a changed person who started to understand others better than before. When i fearlessly faced my both dark and light sides i understood others too. When i saw how i improve from a less good act to better then i also believe in the same for others. The understandings of my self led me to love my self more as well as others regardless of their sex, nationality, colors, faith etc. The understanding of my self led me to understand the visible and invisible connections with all creations. The understanding led me to be more compassionate towards other animals and creatures in the nature and be more respectful to them.
How good would you feel to be offended or be attacked only because you don’t have lots of weapons in the house or you look polite enough to not hit back or you too look somewhat angry (although you haven’t posed any threat yet) or you just have the potential to attack or because you look simply Different! It seems MisUnderstanding or Non Understanding can even promote ‘Wars’. No? Not understanding and not preserving the rights of other animals lead to the current deforestation issues and wild animal extinctions. Not understanding is leading some parts of earth cutting down the big trees while not planting at least 2 to replace the cut one. When you go in the scorching sun how much care do you take for your self –
- cover your head with a veil at least
- use sunscreen lotions
- use umbrella
- use sunglasses
- drink lots of water etc.
What about the earth? God has provided Big Trees as source of foods and also as the umbrella upon earth. The earth which we literally feed on what are we providing for it? If earth becomes sick isn’t it a simple math that we’ll get sick too? If we care for it wouldn’t it mean to care for our selves too?
In many cultures it is taught that humans are superior to other animals. But how superior are humans’ actions? What does the sun take from us and yet sheds light upon whole earth without asking who is what color and what faith. The trees give us shades and even its fruits. How often does it ask for something in return, does it even ask which part of earth was i born so it knows if i m native to it or not so it can decide whether to provide me the shade or not? I have a feeling the trees can feel the touch of same Maker on it and us. So the nature world treat all equally. We have a lot to understand from them and apply in our lives.
Remember the story of Abel (Habil) and Cain(Qabil) – how God taught men to bury the dead by sending two crows? Animals had been appointed even as teachers for humans since such ancient time. Intriguing! This is my understanding. 🙂
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We all are connected. By the word ‘We’ i mean all Humans( regardless of their sex, age, faith, color etc.), all Animals, all the Plants and Trees, all Elements everything in nature and beyond. What is the connection between all of us? We all are creations of One Creator. We may call This Supreme Power with different names but He remains the Same One. We are a creation family. Although we have produced some separating factors like- birth location, colors, language, faith, physical appearance etc. But how rational is this act of us? Think within a family if 2 siblings were born in 2 different locations would/ do you consider each other ‘not family’?
Just like in a family each member plays different roles the same way, look at this big creation family, we all play different roles. Our different roles are not to separate us but to fulfill our collective needs. My favorite example to understand this unity is ‘human figure’. Look at every part of you. How diverse are they in appearance, their locations in your body, and their actions. Yet each are connected by bones, muscles, veins etc. We consider them collectively as one human body. The whole creation is connected the same way through visible and invisible threads. Therefore when we hurt other creatures we somehow hurt ourselves. Sometimes we understand it ,sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we feel it sometimes we don’t. But I believe we all actually do understand and feel. We discover the feelings and understandings at different times may be but we all do after all. It is kinda inevitable. Because we all are connected.
As soon as i saw this word the first line came to my mind was – “Survival of the fittest.”
So, whoever survives is the fittest? Or whoever is the fittest do survive for sure? Then i must know what is survival or what is even fitness.
I was around 7 years old. One day i, my mother and one niece were going to visit my eldest sister. On way we met an accident and we all fell off to the street. I remember seeing the car passing closely by me when i was laying on the ground. and i saw on the other side people ran to help us and helped my mom to take to a safer side. After that we were taken to home or my sister’s place i don’t remember very well now. I remember my mom got terribly hurt and she was bleeding here and there. I arms and legs were bleeding and i got a loose tooth. I remember the scene of me crying like ..umm.. i don’t know what should i compare it to.. well it was very loud cry as i was being taken to the doctor’s chamber for injection. I wasn’t willing at all even to see a piece of needle before my eyes! Let alone getting injected :p . I was crying and holding a pillar right outside doctor’s chamber. Someone once told me i am somewhat like monkeys. My grips were good enough even in childhood, now i realize. But still i was taken inside and injected … i honestly don’t remember how did they manage it finally.
So i can say I survived the car accident but i didn’t survive the needle! haha.. But was i fit? How did I survive? By God’s Grace I was a healthy kid. But is physical fitness enough? When we were lying in the ground the people in the street came running to help us get up and take to a safe place. My niece jumped off somehow when the car hit and she was good. She helped us immediately. So all of their contributions should be included in my survival. From this event i came to know what is survival. But this survival still didn’t prove my fitness! Or may be it did. Physical or any type of fitness sure is a gift of God. When we fell weak God through his people took us in His arms and comforted us. The kindness and compassion in the creations’ hearts too are the gifts of God. That day God made us collectively fit. Isn’t it a great fitness for a being to help others in their needs? 🙂
Praise God! Through Survival i just got to travel in God’s Heart. Thanks.
Wood, 94 x 42 cm, 2011
Serigraph/Silk screen print, 63 x 50 cm, 2012
Collage and poster color on paper, 84 x 52 cm, 2013
A world of realization is presented through this work . In this world of realization man realizes that this world and everything in it are reflections. So s/he starts to seek for the True Being and in this journey the True being keeps revealing many sides of the Truth to the seeker.
The upper segment of this work shows how we grow up spiritually from a lower to higher level. Starting from the left top corner a progress is shown through earth , plant , an animal and a human . I have used these forms as metaphors. They represent both physical and spiritual progress. At the beginning stage of our life we cannot walk, or speak neither do we ponder upon ourselves or creation. At the second stage we can walk, speak and we start to become aware of our needs slowly. At the third stage we enter a disciplined area of education. And those who get a proper guide ,progress towards a higher level of consciousness. Gradually they become a successful human being. Likewise, when we become aware of our soul and start to seek truth ,at the beginners level we are like trees- we need to acquire knowledge so that we can walk upon the spiritual realm and we also need to know about the true path to the True Being. Upon acquiring knowledge the seeker’s lower self dies and s/he enters a new level. At the second stage our ego or animal instincts are still dominant . At this level if the seeker struggles s/he may get over the ego . That Ear on the background represents a call from the divine guide. The seeker in this picture heard the call and accepted. So her false ego dies and she progress to be a human being. This is the level when seeker becomes more aware of the soul and by the divine guidance she starts meditating upon the Truth. The open window on her right side represents the spiritual eye which enables her vision.
The lower segment reflects upon her search and some realizations. Here reflections on various surfaces are shown (such as mirror, land, water etc). It shows how the reflections vary on different surfaces and from different perspectives. From the seekers own reflection she realizes how some reflections convey incomplete message about the person it reflects, and how some reflections convey totally confusing messages. The mirror here is most reliable . Yet one should not take it for all. A mirror at a time may reflect only a side and although it is one truth, it is not the complete truth. Even if the mirror rounds the person and reflect all the sides of the person it still would reflect a little about the heart of the person. From this the seeker realizes that we as the mirror of the True Being may reflect a very little of the complete truth. So to know the Truth one must journey deep inside. The steps and gates drawn on the main character’s body represent the spiritual journey. 5 gates with the colors represent 5 stations and 7 steps represent 7 planes of consciousness.
This way or that way we humans do like to decorate ourselves. For some it may appear as if trying to look someone else, just different from what one naturally appears to be.:)
Today i am so intrigued by this thought – Who is it that one seeks to be? What is this drive?
Some of us may not like to do make-up or wear jewellery but yet they might be choosy about the fabric or patterns or simply the colors of their clothes. some might feel beautiful about themselves without much artificial stuffs on them. I mean we have different ways of being content about beauty.
The core thing is ‘Beauty’…
It is Beauty (Source of course is God. I also view God as Beauty!) who is ever active to become manifest. And it becomes manifest in different ways in different individuals according to one’s openness to Beauty(may be).
Beauty knocks on the door of our heart. When the outer door is open we see its manifestation in one’s outer appearance. When another door opens we see one mostly content with how one naturally is. Another lock is unlocked and one finds beauty not only in the outer shell but also on the inside. Gradually one discovers beauty in our inner nature… Another door is unlocked and one sees beauty in the knowledge which influences our nature. Another door opens and we discover beauty in our ways of living …. Another opens…. we discover beauty in our ways of Being… Another opening … we find beauty in our ways of coming into being… We pass another layer we find beauty in Being… We pass layers… we discover …. where are the doors where are any lock … this heart is an open meadow … where is its beginning and where the end… Why am I even calling it heart which is not limited into place … Where is it… Beauty itself?!!!
He (God) has written His mysteries
everywhere in His creation
at every corner of His creation!
Even in the smallest of creations
is His mystery inscribed!
In each part of our body,
in each minute design
there are His mysteries inscribed!
In every atom
is His mystery inscribed.
Like Hansel He has laid
trail of bread crumbs
all the way to Him for us.
No matter how much and
how many times a bird eats up
all the bread crumbs
God keeps laying the trail afresh
and He doesn’t get tired 🙂
One day I saw a child jumping
into the bosom of her mother
even after being scolded by her hardly.
She cried and yet didn’t go elsewhere
to find solace.
After the very strike of pain
the very first place she sought shelter in
is the giver of the pain!
I was amazed and asked inside-
O God! What is this love?
And how…. ?
He answered me immediately!
But I heard it clear today
when I found that child within me.
God sowed the seed of His answer in me
and nurtured that child in me
and all these years I have been that child
even as I grew up that child is still in me…
Yesterday I saw it less clearly
and today I see it more clearly.
So my dear, now probably you too know
how I love you.
You are good or bad, angel or Satan, great or mean
I love you
You are loyal or betrayer
I love you
You are prince or pauper
I love you
You love me or you hate me
I love you and accept both gifts from you.
You praise me or despise me
I love you and either way
I run to your bosom.
You tend me or scold me
I love you and either way
I find solace in you.
You look at me or turn from me
I love you and I stay by your side either way.
And when you turn to me again
you find me just there
holding the corner of your sleeve
ready to jump into your bosom
no matter how hard or soft your bosom is…
I love you.
Now seeing this love I ask-
The One (God), Who has given love
inside me to this extent
can you even imagine His limitless Love for you?
Can you even imagine to which extent
He can go for the Love for you?
Can you feel how close He has been to you?
Can you feel His breath in you?
Can you feel His warmth all over
and inside of you?
Can you feel His Bosom where
He is always holding you?
Like a child or a lover… sorry
there is no enough misaal
to describe His Misl.
Your light and darkness
both are His gifts.
He has created even a Day
with the combination of day and night.
We all at various degrees tend to
feel secure with the sunlight mostly.
But when we find love we learn to
love the moon even with its one side dark
and learn to read the stars in the night sky.
We find path in Love even in the darkness.
Incomparable is the Purity of His Love!
All the love that there is, is His only.
Yet He takes disguise of others name
as if it is not Him but someone else!
Oh God! Humbleness!
He is the most worthy of all love.
Yet He is the first to approach us
to respond to His Love.
We were breathless
He breathed from Him into us.
We were soulless
He gave us His Soul!
Can you find any greater Zakah than this?
On this earth the zakah we give are
only small misaals to understand His.
But His Misl is only Him!
Wherever you go or whichever way you go
you’ll end up in Him
There is no without.
Hmmm.. Beach.. What thought or memory does this word bring?
Memories of the views of the beaches, sands, waves, crabs walking and hiding in the sands, beautiful patterns on sand made by the crabs, walking barefooted near the water so that it feels as if the waves are playing or interacting with me, Sounds of the waves, watching the stars laying under open sky, smell of yummy fish fries, clod water from a deep tube well, walking longest distance for the first time..
Thoughts of the vastness, depth, calmness, excitement, distance, nearness, love, passion, innocence and some abstracts in the nature as well as in the humans.
Wow.. for a moment i got back to that time in those places. We humans are so peculiarly amazing. I can’t help praising God. How just one word sometimes makes us travel a thousand miles and even more. Up to the moon and beyond.
The picture above is from a beach in Himchhari which we visited on way to Inani Beach of Cox’s Bazar. We didn’t have plan to visit this place. But the views and the colors and calmness were so captivating i had to stop there. It wasn’t much crowded. Standing there it felt tranquility embraced me.
At the Inani Beach it was super hot. walking on the hot sand wasn’t that much fun. To reach near the water i had to walk a lot. Then finally when reached there i was excited like a kid to find a big turtle!
Hahaha.. yeah.. my excitement didn’t go away even after discovering that it wasn’t a turtle. After that i discovered more forms like crocodile, folk horse, ancient mother statue, antique coins etc. It was fun.
After Inani we went to the Saint Martin’s Island.
I haven’t been to such beautiful beach before. The rocks, hermit crabs, corals, shells, sands, water, trees, plants, sky, sun, moon, stars everything looked so differently beautiful from there. The night sky felt as if much bigger and closer than the city sky. May be it has a scientific explanation. But I don’t know. I met a friendly dog there who could smile. When i saw that my expression was- Oh really!? Well, may be you would call it some other expression.. But i saw smile 🙂