Saturday, April 26, 2003
M A I L  B O X

Remembering the Lord

THIS refers to "Death is fundamental change" by Hardit Singh (April 12). Nobody can say anything about death which may have even a semblance of a fact. All theories about the end of life are mere speculations, at best, wishful thinking.

One thing, however, is exasperatingly baffling. Why does the Lord need remembrance? Why is he so addicted to flattery? How does he deserve to be the "beloved", when there is so much misery in the world created by him? Are not prayers cheques on a bank whose very existence is in doubt? Besides, who knows whether He considers this form of negotiation even valid.



Death is inevitable and this fact cannot be denied. There is no armour against it. Knowing full well that it will come when it will, men fear it the most. However, the fear of death is useless. Rather the fear of God should be kept in mind. By reciting his name one can find a good place in the next world.




In today’s world, whether they believe in one life only or in life after death, most people are so preoccupied with providing for their material needs. No one has the time to contemplate death despite the knowledge that the only thing certain in the material world is ‘death’ and that it can come any time. It is no wonder, therefore, that human being seldom, or perhaps never, think of death, particularly their own. More so most religions speak of death in fearful tones. That is why when death comes, almost all fear it.

P.L. SETHI, Patiala

Hunting the guru

In this write-up "Hunting the guru" (March 23) Khushwant Singh has asked why do so many people look for a guru? The need of a guru arises out of our insensitivity and unintelligence. If we are sensitive, intelligent then life is enough. Then there are sermons in stones and books in brooks. We need not go to the Vedas, the Koran, the Bible or to any guru. But we are not able to listen to the song of divine, hence the need of a guru. The guru is a catalyst: an alchemist.


Bad behaviour

This refers to Khushwant Singh’s "Irritation, anger, rage" (April 19).

It is an outcome of Sahib Singh Verma and Krishna Menon’s frustrations which caused them to misbehave since things were not going their way, nor were they getting respect as per their expectations, from their colleagues and junior staff.

S.K. HANS, Jalandhar