Good Friday is a day of reflection

Sydney, 19 April 2019

Good Friday is today, 19 April, 2019.

It occurs on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus.

The most important events in Christianity are the death and later resurrection of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God, and whose life and teachings are the foundation of Christianity.

Good Friday is a day of mourning. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus’s suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith.

In some countries, there are special Good Friday processions, or re-enactments of the Crucifixion.

Why is it called ‘Good Friday’?

At first glance, it seems a strange name for a day that marks such a terrible event as a crucifixion, but when we look at the origin of the name it becomes clearer… or it would if there was one origin that people could agree on. As it stands, you can take your pick from the following:

  • Some say it comes from the use of “Good” as an adjective applied to the day, which is an Old English synonym for “holy.”
  • Others believe it stems from a corruption of the word “God,” in much the same way that “Good Bye” comes from the phrase “God be with ye.” So the name may be derived from ‘God’s Friday’.
  • Undoubtedly most Christians perceive the day as “good” because the message of Easter is of Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the devil. Indeed, the New Testament is also known as the Gospel, which is Greek for ‘Good News’.

Also, it also worth noting that this confusion over the name is confined to mostly Western European and North American Christians. Eastern Orthodox Christians call it “Great and Holy Friday”. Around the rest of the world, it’s known as Holy Friday in most Latin nations, ‘Great Friday’ by the Slavic peoples, “Friday of Mourning” in Germany and “Long Friday” in Norway.

(Above material is copied from https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.officeholidays.com/amp/holidays/good-friday)

Dr Yadu Singh

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Beware of fake people

Sydney, 19 April 2019

Like others, I have had a very dispiriting and disappointing experience with some people over the years, but one particular person in Sydney takes the medal for disheartening and substandard behavior, based on my recent experiences.

I was under the false impression that he was a friend, but in reality he anything but a friend. He turned out to be an enemy within (आस्तीन का सांप).

He trued to inflict damage for no obvious reason except his pathological envy.

He tried to create difficulties and division in our community group. We worked with him for an event or two, but the grub tried to hijack our association aa well.

Many people have shared their experiences like this with me. I thought I should outline my own experience to make people aware.

I will be generic, not specific, for the obvious reasons. This actually is my attempt for my own healing.

This person will be called Mr CRZ for this article.

1. CRZ has a sense of grandiosity, thinking he is an entrepreneur or some sort of a top advisor for businesses, but has no experience or training to back this claim up. His training is in something else other than business. He is a sweet talker, but sweet talking doesn’t take you long. No wonder, he moves from one business to another on very flimsy reasons. In the last 10 months, he is now with the third business group. CRZ wants to control people around him, and gets very negative and destructive if his controlling behavior is rebuffed. Controlling behavior obviously wouldn’t work on the long term, and it certainly doesn’t work with me. A smart person learns from the experience, but a dumb person is obviously not smart.

2. CRZ is double faced, saying one thing to one person and another to other persons. In August last year, I was under significant stress and pressure, due to two deaths in my family. I was in India for 3 weeks, returning to Sydney about 13 days before a major event of our group. I was having difficulties from one of the sponsors for India Day Fair. Thinking CRZ to be a friend, I confidently shared my frustration, which he promptly passed on to the sponsor, without my knowledge, permission or request. This undermined me and was clearly unethical. This was a selfish as CRZ was trying to have a few brawny points with that sponsor for himself at my cost. Later on when I met the sponsor in a community event, they told me how adversely CRZ used to say things about us. I knew how adversely CRZ used to say things about the sponsor too. So, we both were bad! You can’t get a better example of unethical, immoral and double faced behavior. What a scumbag!

3. He has a desire to be a political leader, sucking up an MP, who is a minister now, but without doing anything worthwhile for the community. Manipulation is the only mantra. CRZ acts like a slave to that MP. He has taken me to that MP and tried his best to get me to support him (CRZ), which I have shown not much enthusiasm about. My view is and has been that you must do meaningful community work, before dreaming for political positions. This particular person doesn’t qualify for such roles, in my view. His plans to make me a member of his cheer squad didn’t work, because I don’t wish to become such a member, but also because he is not a worthy person. He hosted a dinner too, hoping to enlist me as a member of his cheer squad, but it didn’t work. He can sweet talk others, but not me. I go for the quality and the value system, not some superficial words and bluff. I am not for sale.

4. He loves microphones, gets into people’s events and then tries to claim those events to be his own. He often brings his own cameraman and gets pics and social media posts, promoting himself. Subservient people can put up with such behavior, but people with self respect and sense of what’s right and wrong will not allow it, if they see such behavior. What a low class behavior!

5. His deranged thought process and uncontrolled envy make him imagine that he can control the guest list and list of speakers of an event. He imagines “this” and “that” person as his adversary, when he is actually not an adversary. How can a person, who is a candidate for a political position by a political party, be his adversary, when CRZ is neither a member of that political party nor a candidate for any political position? Bizarre, to say the least.

6. He quotes “due diligence” too often, but doesn’t understand its meaning and certainly doesn’t practise it himself. After getting discarded by us, he is in bed now with those very same people, whom he was attacking by every means possible until recently and those who are undeniably the top grade scumbags and low lives of our community. He wrote emails to City of Parramatta Council against two such scumbags not long ago, but is now their (scumbags’) biggest fan. He spoke with a particular Councilor very rudely, demanding answers for something, for which CRZ had no right, and tried to bully the Councilor by quoting about his so-called connections with a minister. This was an attempt to intimidate the Councilor, but the Councilor, to his credit, told him (CRZ) off. This was an example of childish behavior by CRZ, because that Minister doesn’t control the Council or the Councilor, and the Councilor hadn’t done anything wrong, not to mention that the Councilor and the minister come from different parties. You can’t get a better example of idiocy. Let’s not forget that he happily took a junior position in a high sounding group in our community, led by a particularly notorious fraudster, who has fleeced millions from gullible people from our community and was happily meeting ministers etc with him. CRZ’s over-ambitious and envious personality forced the fraudster boss to discard him (CRZ). Today, CRZ talks bad things about that fraudster, but people wonder about his “due diligence” abilities before he happily became a sidekick to the fraudster. I suppose a scumbag will always support a scumbag, and selfish & self-centered person will not differentiate the right from the wrong. As I see it, CRZ really needs help. Very apt to say “Hypocrisy, thy name is CRZ”!

7. He is a coward too, because only cowards create fake Facebook accounts to harass and abuse decent people, when they dissociate themselves from CRZ. Using diversionary tactics (like “Long live India Pakistan brotherhood” to confuse people and mentioning his own name as the potential president of a group, of which he is not even a member) in the fake Facebook profile can fool gullible, but not those who have brains. He thinks he is cleaver, which he isn’t by any means. He is an ass, and will remain an ass.

In summary, fake people will remain fake, irrespective of how much they try to disguise themselves and how much sweet talking they do. True self definitely shows up at some stage.

I found out his true colours, and discarded him into a rubbish bin, where he belongs. And I am happy and relieved about it. To those fools, who think CRZ is a great person, and side with him, I say you deserve one another. We don’t need you. We are better without you.

Good riddance!

*Disclaimer: I have used multiple examples, which are a compilation of my bad experiences with several people. I am not pointing to any one person specifically.*

Dr Yadu Singh

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Happy Ram Navmi 2019

Sydney, 14 April 2019

Happy Ram Navmi 2019!

Ram Navami is the occasion to celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, who is the seventh avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu.

Hindus eagerly wait for the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Navratri, which is a nine-day long festival and on each day, a different form of Goddess is worshipped. Devotees pray to Goddess Durga for good health, wealth and prosperity. The festival of Navratri is celebrated twice a year—Chaitra Navratri comes during the springtime and Sharad Navratri, takes place ahead of the autumn.

As per the Gregorian calendar, the Chaitra Navratri festival takes place in the months of March-April. This year, Navratri began on April 6 and will culminate with Ram Navmi on the April 14.

Lord Ram was the eldest son of King Dasaratha and his wife Kausalya in Ayodhya. The festival is celebrated and observed across the country by reciting stories of Lord Rama, his journey through life, his teachings as part of Indian epic Ramayana.

Lord Ram followers visit temples and offer prayers on the occasion to celebrate the festival. People also send happy Ram Navami messages to their loved ones to spread blessings and create a better environment.

May the almighty Lord Rama bless you all with good things and perfect health. Happy Ram Navami!

(Info copied from https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/m.timesofindia.com/astrology/rituals-puja/ram-navami-2019-all-you-need-to-know-about-ashtami-navami-date-significance-shubh-muhurat/amp_articleshow/68831140.cms and https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.dnaindia.com/india/report-ram-navami-2019-whatsapp-facebook-messages-to-wish-your-loved-ones-2739167/amp)

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Happy Vaisakhi 2019

Sydney, 13 April, 2019

Happy Vaisakhi (Baisakhi), folks!

May Wahe Guruji encourage you & your family to do good deeds, fill your life with love and contentment and give you and your family good health.

May Vaisakhi be the beginning of everything, which is good for you and your family!

Dr Yadu Singh

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Can NRIs vote in Indian elections

9 April, 2019

Sydney, Australia

Can NRIs (Non-resident Indian’s) vote in Indian elections?

It’s answer is YES, but it’s complex and not easy. https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.thehindu.com/elections/lok-sabha-2019/fact-check-can-nris-vote-in-this-general-elections/article26520133.ece/amp/

If you have obtained a passport of any foreign country, you are not permitted to vote in India. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holding foreign citizens are not permitted to vote in Indian elections either. OCI is not equivalent to Indian passport.

Photo of an Indian Passport

If you have an Indian passport, and haven’t acquired any overseas passport, you can vote, but only in the polling booth of your constituency in India. You will need to travel to India and then vote on the day of election. Online or proxy voting is not allowed for NRIs at present. Pre-poll and postal voting are also not allowed for NRIs.

Every voter in India must be registered for electoral rolls (voters’ list). This can be done online http://ecisveep.nic.in/voters/overseas-voters/ by filling form 6a (and by providing necessary documents) or submitting necessary documents in the election office in your constituency in India. NRIs can thus be registered as overseas voters. This can be then used for voting in a polling station in your registered constituency in India on the day of election.

You may or may not know that ECI was not in favour of online voting for NRIs, but was in favour of proxy voting for NRIs. Indian Government moved a bill in the Lower House of the Parliament to allow proxy voting for NRIs, which would have allowed them to authorize their relatives to vote on their behalf. The bill was passed in the Lower House of Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha), but it wasn’t passed in the Upper House of the Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and will lapse soon since the Lok Sabha is going to be dissolved in May 2019. Hopefully, it may be re-introduced later and passed in future. NRIs will need to lobby again, not just for proxy voting, but also for online voting.

There are a few scams floating around, with links outlining that NRIs can vote online. They use Election Commission of India (ECI) logo too, but they are all illegal and fake sites, and being used for phishing to steal people’s identities. ECI has recently lodged a police complaint to track down the culprits and punish them. https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/online-voting-rights-to-nris-election-commission-asks-delhi-police-to-investigate-fake-news/article26341709.ece

DON’T GET SCAMMED!

Dr Yadu Singh

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Immigration minister makes changes to help religious institutions access relevant skills & fill religious workers shortage

Sydney/7 March 2019

I Met Federal Minister for Immigration, The Hon David Coleman MP at Hilton Hotel, Sydney this evening, along with other community reps.

I was pleased to know that the federal government listened to the concerns and feedback and is introducing new measures to help religious institutions ie temples, access the skills and fill manpower (priests) shortage.

I too was asked to provide feedback in this matter. I consulted various temples, especially Pt Jatin Bhatt from Sri Mandir, Auburn and Mr Jagdish Chawla from Shiva temple, Minto, to have a full understanding of the issues and submitted a report to the ministry of Home Affairs.

Apart from relaxing the religious labor agreement settings in regards to previously introduced “minister of religion” visa sponsorship, religious institutions will also be allowed to sponsor overseas religious workers as “religious assistants” to overcome the shortage of appropriately trained religious workers in Australia.

Minister said “these new measures will help address Australia’s religious-worker skill shortage”.

He also said “religious freedom is a fundamental tenet of our nation and religious institutions should be supported in their important work”.

These changes are good and will ease the difficulties, which our temples and other religious institutions face in filling the positions of religious workers in their institutions. These changes will be implemented from Monday, 11 March 2019.

Dr Yadu Singh

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