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Dr. Sunil Ji Garg

Dr. Sunil Ji Garg, presently Managing Director of Sunmitra Education, Lucknow, is a holistic healer, writer, social activist, scientist and individuality development trainer, who is noted for his commendable contributions in Data-Communication, Software Engineering and Multimedia.

Worship Decibels

Some Tuesdays in summers are considered very very auspicious and special in our town, Lucknow. People call them “Bara Mangal”. Incidentally today also when I am keying in this article, it happens to be one of such Tuesday. On previous Tuesday, when our family was strolling around in the nearby market area, we decided to enter a temple to pay respect to the Tuesday idol “Lord Hanuman”. Suddenly the priest and his allies started sounding the temple bells with full force. It was the time of the evening prayer. It was a small temple and the temple bells were rather large. The thumping sound of the bells made me feel uncomfortable and we came out of the temple room. I did remember the famous couplet from Saint Kabir, who objected to sounds from religious places, arguing if the God has become deaf or what? I narrated the same couplet to my son and he also remembered that he read it in his school days. 
That day itself, I decided to share this episode with my readers. Later, I searched the net for knowing the related facts. With the kind of experience I had, I can tell you that the sound we were forced to listen inside the small temple room must have been in the order of 130 to 140 decibels. It was deafening and made all of us feel giddy. More than 90 db we start feeling discomfort and with every 10 db increase the intensity of sound actually doubles. Sometimes I feel that the custom of making high volume sounds along with religious prayers might have been by design a method to hallucinate the people standing there, so that they give more donations and offerings. The minds become so blank after hearing such sounds, that whatever the priests says appears to be true. When I dig deeper into the ancient history, the custom of making sounds might actually be a way to keep jungle animals away from the place of dwellings. Along with evening food that people cooked on fire, they used to sing and dance around the fire, which was a form of God for them. Then they created clay or stone idols and placed it nearby and started worshipping them. A system that was created due to a need actually carried through centuries and today also we are making unreasonably high decibels of noise on daily basis in the name of worship. We have laws, but implementation is definitely challenging. Even few steps like making smaller bell size, controlling PA system volumes and following strict time guidelines can help a lot. God is already listening to us; we don’t have to awake him by our more than 100 db efforts. 

By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 01-06-2016

A Lesser Known Indian Polymath

Okay! Most of you would like to know the meaning of “Polymath‟ first. It simply means a person who expertises in significant number of different subjects. One of the greatest polymath in history is well known to all of us. He is none other than Leonardo da Vinci, the great Italian painter, sculptor, engineer, scientist, architect and an anatomist. In India, people like Mahatma Gandhi, Ravindra Nath Tagore, Bhagat Singh were also polymaths. In our times some known names like Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Navjot Singh Siddhu, Farhan Akhtar can be taken. I know you might object to taking some names and not taking some other names, but my point you must have well understood by now. Here I am putting forth a story of a lesser known Indian Polymath, Late Lala Har Dayal. He was an Indian freedom fighter and reformer who was a Disciple of Lala Lajpat Rai and was a founder of Ghadar Party in America. Other than being a political activist, freedom fighter not living on Indian soil for most of his lifetime, he also authored some great books on doctrines of religion and life. One of his book “Hints for Self Culture”, I have in my possession since child hood. Four personality aspects like Intellectual aspect, Physical aspect, Aesthetic aspect and Ethical aspect have been discussed for balancing rationalism versus religion. An extremely wide coverage from science, history, psychology, economic, philosophy, religion and from arts to politics has been done along with self development guidance in all aspects. I wrote this post for young generation “Z‟ everywhere around to know that such a brilliant author walked this planet about a century ago. His writings are worth reading as a variation from out day-to-day face book and WhatsApp chats. If curious, try reading this book on Google books itself. 

By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 25-05-2016

Medico Vs. Medico

Recently two Indian doctors wrote a book about their own community regarding widespread mal practices in the medical eco system. Be it the hospitals, pathology labs and pharma companies. All seems to be involved in minting money by fooling the common man who is taken for granted. Many things about which we just had perceptions, when it comes like a naked proven truth, it definitely comes like a shock to even moderately sensitive people. Sometimes it becomes difficult to decide whether we need to weed out the black sheeps between the white ones or the vice versa. It is difficult to pass a judgment whether such efforts would create a significant impact on diseased working systems. But one thing is definite, that such efforts must be continuously done if any society needs to move forward. History is full of examples where individuals did some revolutionary things which may not have been noted in their life times, but which proved trend setters much later. I meet a lot of young people who are afraid to do any thing which is different from a set path most people around them are taking. Independent, lateral thinkers are a rare breed, but it is definitely a required breed. I will surely say that most interesting games are played when there are some game changing players. Are you ready to find those lateral thoughts in your minds. Come on! Give it a try. May be theme of another best seller is already getting cooked there. 

By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 18-05-2016

A Focused Young Boy

I could immediately spot that this boy was different amongst the three other children who were watching the cartoon film on TV while lying on the bed. This boy was different as he was never lying near these children. He was either sitting on the floor or sitting near the edge of the bed. He had a story book in his hand. I asked the name of every child. All others replied unwillingly. This boy replied only after I encouraged him to reply. He was too shy.
Next day, I had another opportunity to meet this boy as he was travelling with her mother. Her mother was telling about this boy that he always asks her to get back to home at night and this boy feels that home is the best place for him. Her mother was actually a house support staff at the place we went. I could now understand that why this boy was different on the first day I met him. He had an element of self pride, while reading the book, while other children were just watching TV. He also knew the distance he needs to keep with other children. I wish this boy to reach heights. Children born to parents with limited resources often face a conflicting situation of being carried away with the money power or stick to their goals. If we can just inculcate this one habit of not getting carried with the glitter of the world at young age, we are definitely going to get a much brighter tomorrow and a better world to live.

By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 11-05-2016

Inner Silence

 A friend who is a Yoga buff was explaining to me a new definition of Time as he learnt from his Guru. He says, “Time is defined as the inner silence gap between two thoughts”. The argument went further to explain that during this gap our body doesn‟t age. We know that one such limb of yoga, which is called „Dhyana‟ or Meditation in common language, talks about techniques of silencing your mind to reach your sub-conscious level. As per Albert Einstein, in physical world we can probably stop ageing if we can travel at the speed of light. As per some theories that talk about inner silence period, in the metaphysical world ageing can be stopped if this silence period can be increased. We have heard of ancient sages remaining in Samadhi beneath the ground for very long periods and then they come out fresh after that. Yes! All this is theoretical and beyond official scientific evidence. But what is a matter of experience for everybody to watch that if one can find time to talk to himself, he does feel periods of inner silence where a feeling comes as if nothing was thought. It is said that the period of inner silence, even if it may not be able to increase our age, may still be able to leave us with a chatter free mind, ready to solve problems in a better way. I am definitely going to give this harmless experiment a try without trying to challenge whether it is a scientifically proven fact. I hope many of you must have had experienced similar inner silence periods. Share your experiences if you can. 

By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 04-05-2016

Teena and Meena

As the title indicates, this article will definitely begin with a story of two female characters named 'Teena' and 'Meena'. Before you think anything otherwise, let me tell you that these are just names of two pet fishes in my aquarium. I do have some sixth sense of talking and hearing to my pets. One fine morning while having my breakfast on my dining table, I could hear some whispers in the aquarium, which is kept quite nearby. It was 'Teena' calling 'Meena' and telling her about a TV programme she had watched the previous night. I did not turn my head as I wanted this conversation to continue. Teena was talking about the increasing pollution level in the river they used to live earlier. She heard on the TV that government has floated a scheme to clean the river. She also told Meena if she is interested in going back to the river. Meena told Teena, “I would have loved to go back to the natural environment but what if promises made by the government are not met, what will happen.” Based on the TV show, Teena had a feeling that this time government looks serious. Meena was still skeptical. She said, “First of all! it is difficult to convince our master, and secondly nothing new is happening this time, which had not happened earlier”. Teena said, “Let us at least discuss this issue with our master. May be he knows something more”. Hearing this I started preparing myself. I knew that next time I am going to clean my aquarium; I will have a job of talking to these two fishes. Next day itself, I was supposed to do routine cleaning of the aquarium. Meanwhile, I had collected sufficient information about the government's plan. I came to know that something is happening, but if it is sufficient for declaring it good enough was not really known to anyone. When it will be declared as clean, was also a difficult question for government officials. When I was posed this question, I told the young fishes that enjoy the environment in the aquarium till you get the news that the river is cleaned up. Since I did not wanted to face the next question, I quickly made distance from the aquarium, as I knew next question would be 'When'. I knew I will not be able to answer this one to them. I knew that in their short life span they will not see the day about which I had given hopes to them. I do not know how many more generations of these fishes we will have to avoid talking to till we are able to show the real action. All of you know that whatever I wrote above is Imaginary. Friends! The thought is real. Episode I created in my mind, but it was a sort of helplessness on part of river cleaning programmes we run in our country that let my mind create such a drama. I hope someday I can become answerable to nature.

By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 19-04-2016

Vested Interests

Doing something for present or future benefit is what is a simple meaning of vested interests. Mostly politicians are charged with having vested interests for each of their acts. It is said that all treasure chests are opened when there are elections in an area. In fact every human being perform actions due to vested interests. Behaviour research has repeatedly proved that people do take decisions, which favour their own group, family or friends etc. People do speak lies due to vested interests. Sometimes the vested interests may be actually useful for a larger section of society. Here is an interesting story.
Louis Pasteur is a well known name connected to discovery of the process of pasteurization for preserving milk and wine. He is also known as the father of vaccination techniques as he first made vaccine of rabies. Interestingly his laboratory notebooks which were made public in 1971, seventy six years after his death, revealed the fact that he had tried rabies vaccines directly on his first subject, a young boy bitten by a dog, with out first trying it on other non-human subjects. He simply lied to the authorities that he had tested this vaccines on fifty dogs. He was not even a qualified medical professional to do such a test on humans. He was fortunate that his first such known test was successful and it marked a new era in the branch of immunology. I am saying it first such known test, as his assistant had been mentioning that he had earlier tried this vaccine on a girl, who had died earlier for reasons that went unreported. The risk Pasteur took in such a major test can be labelled by people as risk taken out of vested interests. At least his assistant labeled him so before resigning from his team. Life is like that. People who try things against the set norms are always objected to and discouraged. May be only a just handful are able to become Heroes, like Pasteur became in his times. Others may just vanish in oblivion. Attempts must still be made, even at the risk of being labeled anything the routine followers do.

By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 13-04-2016

Change or Change

“Who moved my cheese”, the famous story from Dr. Spencer Johnson has been one of my favourites in the recent times. It is all about changing with times narrated with the help of interesting characters, two small rats and two dwarf humans. The messages of the story are quite well established, “Sense the change early – change with change – accept and enjoy the change – be ready for the next cycle very soon.” This book is also being used by corporate leaders as a tool to convince their employees when the organization restructuring happens. So there are actually two types of people, one who are asked to change or one who want others to change. People who are asked to change are also of two types. One who are able to show that they have changed and one who might have changed a bit, but are actually not able to show that they have changed. It is quite obvious that who is able to make change makers happy.
The times have certainly changed. They have always been changing and today is not an exception. Change is bound to create impact on our lives. Choice between taking it as a positive impact or a negative impact is surely ours. Even the toughest nut has a weak spot. We keep hearing stories where people could change things by simple change of attitude. Interestingly these stories are promoted on social media by many such people who themselves are considered by their family and friends as people with attitude problems. “A CEO, I know took twelve days off on the death of his mother who could not give one hour company to his mother when she was alive”. This kind of messages are being spread by people who are actually trying to hide their own guilt. You can yourself decide what kind of change is this. When I read my own write-up, sometime I also feel if I am struggling for a change I always needed. Please do not get me wrong. I am not the hero of any of these examples. It is simply that I have been knowing such people whom some times are inspiring and sometimes are those people whom I feel, that whatever I may become, but I should not become like them. Anyway I expressed myself this way, you can also find your own good way to change or at least express a desire to change. Change will surely come. We together can make it a worthy change. Here this 'We' means a 'Self' that goes for a change and a 'Self' that keeps asking whether it is worthwhile to change.

By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 06-04-2016

Brave Advisors

I often receive internet links and documents in my email to give my feedback on content quality. It is always a challenge to give a truly constructive feedback without any bias and make sure that it doesn't hurt. Sometimes the need of avoiding any harsh words may conflict with telling the truth. Being critical about something always reminds me of the washer man and the donkey story. A washer man and his son were riding a donkey with a load of clothes. They were going to deliver the clothes to the clients in a nearby location. They received the random comments from passerby that they had put too much load on the donkey and this is a cruelty towards the animal. Hearing this the washer man himself gets down. His son and the clothes bag is still on the donkey's back. The new comment is that the old man is walking on the ground, while a young son is enjoying the ride. When they reverse the roles, then also public was not satisfied and the comment is that how can a father ignore his young son and not provide him enough comfort. When both got down and started walking, then also people called them fools for not taking enough advantage to ride the animal they had. A stage came when they lifted the animal themselves, who jumped off their shoulders while moving on a river bridge and they lost their clothes as well as the animal.
The moral of the story is, if you give lot of importance to criticism, you are bound to loose. So becoming a critic my aim is not to become someone who criticizes everything in every situation. I should not behave like a mob while being a graceful critic. A graceful critic has to be knowledgeable. To be a trustworthy as a critic one should be like someone who can probably do a better job. If you do not have this quality, do not accept the job of giving the feedback. Otherwise you can easily be labelled as someone we amusingly call in hindi as 'Rai Bahadur' or the brave advisor.

By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 30-03-2016

Mentor Analysis

I was just watching a religious preacher talking in front of a crowd of thousands of people sitting on the ground. The topic was “respect for a Guru or Mentor”. The speaker, who was a self labeled Guru was continuously quoting examples of why a Guru should be followed blindly. The explanation had content like why a Guru should be seated on a stage and followers on the ground; Why followers should be believing every word of a Guru. Why following a guru is following the God. Why only he is the only way to connect to God. Frankly, I was not surprised with the mannerism with which this gentleman was talking. I had seen many like him earlier too. Somehow a huge following is also available for such preachers.
Now, on another day, I was taking a special class of a student who had come to me to clear certain doubts, what he could not understand in his school. After I clarified few doubts, the student said, “I am surprised, that why my school teacher doesn't teach me this way”. He had shown a feeling of dis-respect for his current school teacher. I was alarmed with this kind of comparison. I said, “Please don't raise doubts regarding your mentors, it doesn't help you learn. Let us just focus on learning and not on analyzing mentors.” I was surprised with myself, when my tone of explanation was almost similar to the story of self-labeled Guru I narrated earlier. That's how we all are. We have two kinds of personality analysis systems working within us. One tool is for others and one is for us.

By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 23-03-2016