SHANA MARIA VERGHIS

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Today I'm going to be the person walking around with a hammer to break someone's heart, because its Valentine's Day!


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  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS replied to the topic Today 14th Feb was the day when the death sentence was announced by the court to Bhagat Singh and his comrades. Today is also Valentines day. Who remembers Bhagat Singh?.

    February 16 at 7:02 am

    Shana sez" That's an interesting juxtaposition. Valentines and Bhagat Singh. I was thinking about both and interestingly, I heard that Bhagat Singh's trial in the Saunder's case is still going on in Lahore! There's a great report by Chaman Lal in http://www.dailyo.in/politics/bhagat-singh-sukhdev-rajguru-trial-lahore-high-court-freedom-india-march-23/story/1/8818.html, under the title, Pakistan is proving to be a bigger fan of Bhagat Singh than RSS. Read this if you have time. I thought its quite funny how the martyr, or traitor, depending on your viewpoint is no longer around, but history is still not done with him. Nor is judgement. Ha, Ha. Imtiaz Rashid Quereshi, chairman of the Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation in Lahore had made the petition, based on his understanding that Singh got unfair deal and his name should be rehabiliated to show his befitting contribution to history. He has asked that streets be named after him in Pakistan, and also that Poonch HOuse the trial was held be converted into a "museum of national history of Pakistan". Now if you're bringing the Valentine's Day connection into this, I think there is love behind our India and Pakistan's shared histories. Not only hatred. And we probably ought to remember this more frequently. You often wind up having the fiercest battles sometimes with those who have a lot in common with you. 

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS replied to the topic Is anyone of you a caregiver? Or do you know someone who is?Has technology been of any use in this regard?.

    February 16 at 6:44 am

    Shampa Sadhya wrote: usha manohar wrote: Shampa Sadhya wrote:Some of my loved ones were bed ridden of whom the whole family looked after and certainly nurses were appointed too but we never came up with any innovative tool. We took help of such tools which were available in the market. Thats how it is most families, they help each other out with whatever is available at their disposable ..It has been the same within my family and scores of other families that I know of..   Absolutely @usha manohar My aunt was on bed for almost a year, my father for two months and my mother for six years. She had Alzheimer's Disease. More than me, my siblings took care of them as I was far away in my matrimonial home. I could take care for short period of time but my siblings and my sisters-in-law did a great job   Shana sez: So you'll understand more than the rest of us, what this actually involves. It's interesting that you mention Alzheimer's though, because that is an entirely special kind of care giving. Are your parents still around? i wonder if you've seen the film, Still Alice, which got an Oscar last year. It's about Alzheimer's if you are interested. I saw it on a really bad download on YouTube. I think you'll find it if you click it if you type in Still Alice Full Movie. Really, unless the whole family cooperates without grumbling and whining and losing their temper too often (except occasionally to vent, because that's okay I suppose, under the pressure of the circumstance), things can get miserable for all. Not just the ailing person.And with Alzheimer's they might be totally oblivious to what is going on. I think someone taped each day, as the person degenerated, so that they could refer to the tape to remember people's names etc, I don't know if this actually worked, but i guess that's one use of technology. Which reminds me, that its not just the family. I guess entire society has to be geared around dealing more sensitively to people with disabilities that you cannot see on the surface. And which might be misconstrued for being rudeness or bad behavior.  

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS said thank you to Jincy Aby for his/her reply to the topic Is anyone of you a caregiver? Or do you know someone who is?Has technology been of any use in this regard?.

    February 16 at 6:32 am

    SHANA MARIA VERGHIS wrote: Jincy Aby wrote: I am very happy to know that you are a social worker and are interested in care giving and health care sectors. Keep it up. It is not possible for all people. Only the gifted people can involve in such activities. You are a special and gifted person of God  and so there is no doubt that you will get so many blessings from God. Shana sez: That's a very fine thought and thanks for your wishes, but I wish to clarify that I don't think I should take credit for being a social worker. I am certainly no Mother Teresa. I'm mainly a writer and journalist, and I'm interested in various subjects that might seem very different from each other. It just so happens that I am doing this project involving personalised health, and if all works well it will be a national project. It will take a long time and funding and sponsors are required. At the moment its at the very early stages. But I am not the brainchild. I'm using my journalism skills and writer skills and my interest in fellow human beings. I think there are lots of people who are genuine social workers. I have a few in my own family and some friends of mine are. And I know that its often very tiring, thankless work that you should make your vocation if you were born to do it. Frankly for the thought you shared, you should be entitled to the blessings! Through your words you are proving that you are totally different from others. Your thoughts and attitude separate you from others. Your contribution in this forum is a best example for this. I am sure that you are capable to make so many changes in the society through your writing and activities. 

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS answered the question What makes you good?.

    February 14 at 6:42 am

    I think its your state of mind, your intent and your action. But in nature there is no good or bad. You don't have a badly behaving raindrop or a river that is evil. You don't have a  lion or a bad flower. Animals follow instinct. Though pet owners will disagree! But even the Dog Whisperer knows this. We have certain impressions formed because of our limited five senses. Which is our way to access the world, in general. But when we use our sixth sense we realise that good and bad are just labels and they keep changing according to our mood, our enviroment and thought. Mostly it all seems to revolve around the thoughts that supply us with labels and information that is usually based on limited perspective. This leads to misconceptions, flawed conclusions, unfounded fears and baseless biases. We literally create imaginary worlds of paradise and hell in our head which is seldom in rhythm with the reality around us. And we don't give ourselves enough time to reflect on our perception and watch reality in slow motion. We rarely see the bigger picture and our role in it as bit players. Instead we construct universes with ourselves as the focal point. When science discovered that the Earth was not the centre of the universe, it was not just a technical discovery, but a purely philosophical and spiritual one, that allowed man to see his part in the scheme of things. Although he doesn't seem to be paying much notice to that information. Perhaps he is not ready to absorbed the knowledge because of the leisurely natural process that involve his evolving from an atom to superconsciousness. It's probably part of a long process and will take its course. I, for my part, am pretty sure that's where he is supposed to be heading.

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS replied to the topic Does anyone have any idea how the Gayatri Mantra and other mantras were originally discovered?.

    February 13 at 6:10 pm

    usha manohar wrote: RAMAKRISHNAN. A wrote: What I have learned from some philosophical books regarding the evolution of mantras is as follows: A mantra is a sacred word or words discovered by the ancient sages in a state of super-consciousness. Mantras when uttered produce sacred sounds and every sound is responsible for a particular form. In creation, sound precedes form.  Mantras exist both in subtle state and in gross state, depending on the degree of vibration of its sound. Normally, we can hear only gross sounds. But the sages with spiritual practice could hear them or ‘see’ them in their subtle state (and hence sages are called ‘Seers’). In the super-conscious state the sages heard or ‘saw’ these subtle mantras and their meaning had been revealed to them.  When they returned to their conscious state, they remembered these mantras and taught to their disciples, insisting them the repetition of mantras so that they can also reach the super-conscious state in which the mantras were revealed.   That sums it up beautifully ! To add on - the great benefit of chanting the mantras is 1, building self discipline in children and secondly, the chanting and the words and the pronunciations themselves activate certain nerve endings thereby making a person totally aware of his surroundings and self - Like I heard one of our renowned godmen say in one of his discourses  " Mantras are like  oil or fuel , much like an engine , that a soul needs to perform to its optimum capacity . because uttering them touches those parts of our soul that may be in deep slumber ! Shana sez: I think this line, 'and the pronunciations themselves activate certain nerve endings thereby making a person totally aware of his surroundings and self'  calls for some deep reflection.   

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS replied to the topic Does anyone have any idea how the Gayatri Mantra and other mantras were originally discovered?.

    February 13 at 6:06 pm

    RAMAKRISHNAN. A wrote: What I have learned from some philosophical books regarding the evolution of mantras is as follows: A mantra is a sacred word or words discovered by the ancient sages in a state of super-consciousness. Mantras when uttered produce sacred sounds and every sound is responsible for a particular form. In creation, sound precedes form.  Mantras exist both in subtle state and in gross state, depending on the degree of vibration of its sound. Normally, we can hear only gross sounds. But the sages with spiritual practice could hear them or ‘see’ them in their subtle state (and hence sages are called ‘Seers’). In the super-conscious state the sages heard or ‘saw’ these subtle mantras and their meaning had been revealed to them.  When they returned to their conscious state, they remembered these mantras and taught to their disciples, insisting them the repetition of mantras so that they can also reach the super-conscious state in which the mantras were revealed. Shana sez: Yes exactly. I do meditation so I understand this perfectly. In fact I have had a Kundalini rising so I'm with it every day. Though I am not saintly for most of the time! But I want to dig even deeper. I've already written a book about my Kundalini experience. It's with the publisher, and it is a constantly evolving process. I have actually seen the light form of the Kundalini with my naked eyes, when I was wide awake. It was a most surreal and I was happy to discover a few reported cases on the web who had the rare sighting. Otherwise it is mostly felt, rather than seen. It is basically your storehouse of energy making you aware that this abundance lies within you. And it is infinite potential. Meditation is basically about reaching subtler states of perception to widen the human experience which is personal and can  be enjoyed through the mind and the sense. To have a more rounded experience of reality, your senses have to be finer, and refinement comes through processes like meditation. Then you can see what is actually going on, instead of blundering in constant survival mode. And wasting unnecessary energy without putting it to good purpose.  You wrote 'sacred sounds and every sound is responsible for a particular form.,' I think that calls for very deep exploration of what the possibility actually means.  

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS replied to the topic Is anyone of you a caregiver? Or do you know someone who is?Has technology been of any use in this regard?.

    February 13 at 12:03 pm

    Jincy Aby wrote: I am very happy to know that you are a social worker and are interested in care giving and health care sectors. Keep it up. It is not possible for all people. Only the gifted people can involve in such activities. You are a special and gifted person of God  and so there is no doubt that you will get so many blessings from God. Shana sez: That's a very fine thought and thanks for your wishes, but I wish to clarify that I don't think I should take credit for being a social worker. I am certainly no Mother Teresa. I'm mainly a writer and journalist, and I'm interested in various subjects that might seem very different from each other. It just so happens that I am doing this project involving personalised health, and if all works well it will be a national project. It will take a long time and funding and sponsors are required. At the moment its at the very early stages. But I am not the brainchild. I'm using my journalism skills and writer skills and my interest in fellow human beings. I think there are lots of people who are genuine social workers. I have a few in my own family and some friends of mine are. And I know that its often very tiring, thankless work that you should make your vocation if you were born to do it. Frankly for the thought you shared, you should be entitled to the blessings!

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS replied to the topic Is anyone of you a caregiver? Or do you know someone who is?Has technology been of any use in this regard?.

    February 13 at 11:54 am

    rambabu wrote: SHANA MARIA VERGHIS wrote: rambabu wrote: A care Giver could be a family member or an unskilled person who has basic training in caring for the elderly. A care Giver assists an elderly person in their daily activities like bathing, going to the Toilet, feeding and dressing. Care givers may also assist the aged to  drive away loneliness, depression, low self esteem and create a sense of Security in the remaining part of their lives. I'm not a Care Giver. But visited a few Old Age Homes run by Voluntary Organisations.  I don't think Technology  can match with Personal care. Shana sez: Actually there are a lot of homes where old people are living by themselves, because their kids don't wish to care for them, its out of their own choice, or because the kids are working very far away. Or overseas. So what happens, and I know this because its happened with some of my elderly relations in their late eighties or late seventies, is that they hire a nurse or something. But in some cases those people are not professionally qualified. And are more like domestic workers. Or they might be temparamentally unsuited for the job. Normally, because its a paid job, one cannot expect them to feel extra attached to the client, unless its in their nature to be unconditionally affectionate. Others might exploit or cheat or mistreat their clients, who are dependent on them. In the cases where children are attentive, but owing to their own lifestyles and jobs, cannot be there fulltime, things like Skype have been useful to monitor their condition. But they have to be told to use it, because anyway its user friendly, so if one is not a technophobe it can be done. Moreover, in towns like the ones I am in now, they are developing apps and other mobiles with special single digit numbers that can connect you to a helpline for emergency assistance. If you are alone and having a stroke or something. In my personal opinion, older people have to be monitored constantly like babies, especially if they are frailer. Because anything can happen. And if you can do this from afar, by getting the person online and seeing their health status etc, or even connecting them to a doctor, who can monitor them from far. It will be for everyone's convenience. The personalised health model is also to make things convenient so that you don't have to queue for a doctor-older people find this particularly strainful. Instead you can get assistance and also reminders about when to take your medicine etc. Ideally, there is nothing like personal assistance, but when its not humanly possible, there are going to be good substitutes. But you need to know they exist, how and when to use them. And the interfaces will be very user-friendly, so even someone who is not tech-savvy can apply them. I'm doubtful if a sick and old person can handle the apps. Old age is a stage, where more external assistance is required. This can be achieved only through a dedicated family member or another person who is well versed with the Patient's needs and necessities. If a patient is in a position to handle Apps on his own, I don't think there is a necessity of any Care Giver. Shana sez: That's what I'm trying to say. It depends on how adaptable and flexible towards new technologies. I feel its usually designed to make human lives more comfortable and convenient. And each time its being simplified for better use. But if you are 'used to things a certain way', then you might fail to take advantage of the help that is offered right in front of you. Of course in this case it also depends on the person's will. Some very  sick, elderly people are still stubborn enough to do things on their own and use help when needed. Others might be just too sick to move without help every minute. Or there might be those who would have used the help but didn't know it existed because they didn't have the info, or access to internet, for instance. And the Internet of Things has a healthcare segment that is being developed for this purpose. You can do further reading if you are interested.      

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS replied to the topic Is anyone of you a caregiver? Or do you know someone who is?Has technology been of any use in this regard?.

    February 13 at 11:52 am

    rambabu wrote: SHANA MARIA VERGHIS wrote: rambabu wrote: A care Giver could be a family member or an unskilled person who has basic training in caring for the elderly. A care Giver assists an elderly person in their daily activities like bathing, going to the Toilet, feeding and dressing. Care givers may also assist the aged to  drive away loneliness, depression, low self esteem and create a sense of Security in the remaining part of their lives. I'm not a Care Giver. But visited a few Old Age Homes run by Voluntary Organisations.  I don't think Technology  can match with Personal care. Shana sez: Actually there are a lot of homes where old people are living by themselves, because their kids don't wish to care for them, its out of their own choice, or because the kids are working very far away. Or overseas. So what happens, and I know this because its happened with some of my elderly relations in their late eighties or late seventies, is that they hire a nurse or something. But in some cases those people are not professionally qualified. And are more like domestic workers. Or they might be temparamentally unsuited for the job. Normally, because its a paid job, one cannot expect them to feel extra attached to the client, unless its in their nature to be unconditionally affectionate. Others might exploit or cheat or mistreat their clients, who are dependent on them. In the cases where children are attentive, but owing to their own lifestyles and jobs, cannot be there fulltime, things like Skype have been useful to monitor their condition. But they have to be told to use it, because anyway its user friendly, so if one is not a technophobe it can be done. Moreover, in towns like the ones I am in now, they are developing apps and other mobiles with special single digit numbers that can connect you to a helpline for emergency assistance. If you are alone and having a stroke or something. In my personal opinion, older people have to be monitored constantly like babies, especially if they are frailer. Because anything can happen. And if you can do this from afar, by getting the person online and seeing their health status etc, or even connecting them to a doctor, who can monitor them from far. It will be for everyone's convenience. The personalised health model is also to make things convenient so that you don't have to queue for a doctor-older people find this particularly strainful. Instead you can get assistance and also reminders about when to take your medicine etc. Ideally, there is nothing like personal assistance, but when its not humanly possible, there are going to be good substitutes. But you need to know they exist, how and when to use them. And the interfaces will be very user-friendly, so even someone who is not tech-savvy can apply them. I'm doubtful if a sick and old person can handle the apps. Old age is a stage, where more external assistance is required. This can be achieved only through a dedicated family member or another person who is well versed with the Patient's needs and necessities. If a patient is in a position to handle Apps on his own, I don't think there is a necessity of any Care Giver. Shana sez: That's what I'm trying to say. It depends on how adaptable and flexible towards new technologies. I feel its usually designed to make human lives more comfortable and convenient. And each time its being simplified for better use. But if you are 'used to things a certain way', then you might fail to take advantage of the help that is offered right in front of you. Of course in this case it also depends on the person's will. Some very  sick, elderly people are still stubborn enough to do things on their own and use help when needed. Others might be just too sick to move without help every minute. Or there might be those who would have used the help but didn't know it existed because they didn't have the info, or access to internet, for instance. And the Internet of Things has a healthcare segment that is being developed for this purpose. You can do further reading if you are interested.      

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS said thank you to suni51 for his/her reply to the topic Does anyone have any idea how the Gayatri Mantra and other mantras were originally discovered?.

    February 13 at 8:21 am

    SHANA MARIA VERGHIS wrote: Babu saroj wrote: well i don't know actually who discovered the gayatri mantra and mantras. but i know that gayatri mantra is from vedas. i guess i am not exactly sure but i think the gayatri mantra was discovered by Brahmarshi Vishvamitra. Shana sez: Actually I'm looking for hard to get more detailed information, about how mantras evolved. How did someone find out that sound vibration can affect manifestations in reality?   I guess the link provided here will solve your problem to some extent https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vishvamitra      

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS replied to the topic Is anyone of you a caregiver? Or do you know someone who is?Has technology been of any use in this regard?.

    February 13 at 7:45 am

    rambabu wrote: A care Giver could be a family member or an unskilled person who has basic training in caring for the elderly. A care Giver assists an elderly person in their daily activities like bathing, going to the Toilet, feeding and dressing. Care givers may also assist the aged to  drive away loneliness, depression, low self esteem and create a sense of Security in the remaining part of their lives. I'm not a Care Giver. But visited a few Old Age Homes run by Voluntary Organisations.  I don't think Technology  can match with Personal care. Shana sez: Actually there are a lot of homes where old people are living by themselves, because their kids don't wish to care for them, its out of their own choice, or because the kids are working very far away. Or overseas. So what happens, and I know this because its happened with some of my elderly relations in their late eighties or late seventies, is that they hire a nurse or something. But in some cases those people are not professionally qualified. And are more like domestic workers. Or they might be temparamentally unsuited for the job. Normally, because its a paid job, one cannot expect them to feel extra attached to the client, unless its in their nature to be unconditionally affectionate. Others might exploit or cheat or mistreat their clients, who are dependent on them. In the cases where children are attentive, but owing to their own lifestyles and jobs, cannot be there fulltime, things like Skype have been useful to monitor their condition. But they have to be told to use it, because anyway its user friendly, so if one is not a technophobe it can be done. Moreover, in towns like the ones I am in now, they are developing apps and other mobiles with special single digit numbers that can connect you to a helpline for emergency assistance. If you are alone and having a stroke or something. In my personal opinion, older people have to be monitored constantly like babies, especially if they are frailer. Because anything can happen. And if you can do this from afar, by getting the person online and seeing their health status etc, or even connecting them to a doctor, who can monitor them from far. It will be for everyone's convenience. The personalised health model is also to make things convenient so that you don't have to queue for a doctor-older people find this particularly strainful. Instead you can get assistance and also reminders about when to take your medicine etc. Ideally, there is nothing like personal assistance, but when its not humanly possible, there are going to be good substitutes. But you need to know they exist, how and when to use them. And the interfaces will be very user-friendly, so even someone who is not tech-savvy can apply them.  

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS replied to the topic Does anyone have any idea how the Gayatri Mantra and other mantras were originally discovered?.

    February 13 at 5:33 am

    Babu saroj wrote: well i don't know actually who discovered the gayatri mantra and mantras. but i know that gayatri mantra is from vedas. i guess i am not exactly sure but i think the gayatri mantra was discovered by Brahmarshi Vishvamitra. Shana sez: Actually I'm looking for hard to get more detailed information, about how mantras evolved. How did someone find out that sound vibration can affect manifestations in reality?  

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS created new topic Is anyone of you a caregiver? Or do you know someone who is?Has technology been of any use in this regard?.

    February 12 at 7:15 pm

    There was a schoolgirl in North Kerala who was taking care of two bedridden parents by herself. She had to get water from the river each day, bringing the bucket alone. So she developed a trolley system, and got an innovation award for it. Do you know of similar stories that are probably not mentioned on the Web? And also those involving technology, because I"m assisting in a project thats related to personalised healthcare using apps and the internet. It's part of a new thing called Industry 4.0. It's already begun and is going to affect manufacturing sector and other industries. I'm sure you are already familar with it, because a lot of the tech giants like Microsoft, HP etc are already involved. Basically its about connecting thousands of objects to your mobile phone. I'm specifically interested in care-giving and healthcare sectors.

    3 years ago

  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS created new topic Does anyone have any idea how the Gayatri Mantra and other mantras were originally discovered?.

    February 12 at 7:03 pm

    It might help if some of your anscestors were priests I suppose. And you're into the scriptures etc. Unless history has turned the oriiginal memories into myth making machines

    3 years ago

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  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS replied to the topic Places to explore Incredible India.

    February 11 at 6:09 pm

    Beeyootiful! I've never been to any of these places.

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    February 11 at 6:08 pm

    Here is a list of a variety of Wonders in India. http://www.walkthroughindia.com/attraction/top-15-lesser-known-wonders-of-incredible-india/  

    3 years ago