Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

I had writtern this after the hurrican just some thoughts.

America looks like a mess. It’s amazing to see the world super power that seemed untouchable to be in a state no different to that of a third world country after a natural disaster. America is really a mess with the affected area cut of and having no help in 4 days, with the news reporting of blasts, rape, looting, murder and anarchy.

we living in the "western developed" world think we are untouchable living in UK, USA, Canada, etc with the latest technology, arms defences and what not yet amazingly look how nature brings chaos to America its quite scary. People who had everything and people in other less well off countries aspired for have lost everything and now have nothing what so ever.

"We pee on the floor. We are like animals," 25-year-old Taffany Smith told the Los Angeles Times, cradling her three-week-old son in the Superdome stadium, BBC News.

The worst thing is like usual it’s the poor who are hit hardest. When they were evacuating it was the poor people who couldn’t as they didn't have the cars or the means to escape to safety and it is them now who aren’t being helped quickly enough with basic survival needs.

It gets you thinking doesn’t it? I mean we sit at home thinking about today and tomorrow taking the basics we have for granted not giving a second thought when we turn the water on, yet when its taken away from us suddenly the harsh reality of the world hits us smack in the face.

We look to the future to much, I’m just as guilty if not more of leaving things till tomorrow which then goes to day after and so on, yet we don’t really know when out short journey on the world will be up. The real question then is who will our actions in this life affect our future. As a Sikh I believe in the life of birth and death and Gurbani says:

This Shabad is by Guru Amar Daas Ji in Raag Raamkalee on Anng 917

eae sareeraa maeriaa eis jag mehi aae kai kiaa thudhh karam kamaaeiaa
O my body, why have you come into this world? What actions have you committed?

k karam kamaaeiaa thudhh sareeraa jaa thoo jag mehi aaeiaa
And what actions have you committed, O my body, since you came into this world?

jin har thaeraa rachan rachiaa so har man n vasaaeiaa
The Lord who formed your form - you have not enshrined that Lord in your mind.

gur parasaadhee har ma(n)n vasiaa poorab likhiaa paaeiaa
By Guru's Grace, the Lord abides within the mind, and one's pre-ordained destiny is fulfilled.

kehai naanak eaehu sareer paravaan hoaa jin sathigur sio chith laaeiaa 35
Says Nanak, this body is adorned and honored, when one's consciousness is focused on the True Guru. 35

That’s what it’s all about in the end... I mean what have we done in this world apart from get entangled in the 5 thieves of Kaam (lust), Krodh (anger), Lobh (greed), Moh (attachment), Ahankar (ego).

Back to the topic... So the Hurricane was it an act of god? Well yes everything is an act of god.

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