Sun Om

Those who have been exposed and tried the Mantra of OM can identify this.
Try taking a deep breath, start saying   O   MMMMMMMMMMMM as long as you can, in one breath….you will feel the vibations in your skull.
This is one of the Pranayam, quickly brings down the blood pressure, STRESS  and anxiety when done five times in a row…..
The SUN makes a sound that never reaches our planet EARTH.
NASA laboratory, in space,  captured this sound and recorded to be able to be heard by the human ear.
It is most astonishing that this sound reverberates as our  “OM..”
Scientists are still trying to correlate why/how the ancient Hindu mantra and sun’s sound are the same.
Do listen in to the above video.
Draw your own conclusions..

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The Mother on Aum

24th April is the day of the Mother’s final arrival at Pondicherry in 1920. It is celebrated in the Ashram as a Darshan day.
A darshan card will be distributed on this ocassion , here is an e-version of the same


– Putting Indian aeronautics on the international stage

In the captain’s seat

– Putting Indian aeronautics on the international stage

Brijesh D. Jayal
There is something about the procurement of fighter aircraft from Western commercial sources that generates interest far greater than perhaps the sum of its economic or strategic content. The entire spectacle of open tendering, nail-biting selection followed by endless negotiations, all played out in the public arena, resembles a soap opera more than the very serious business of dealing with a strategic weapon system for war fighting. In the heated debate that has followed the latest announcement by the prime minister regarding Rafale, the sanest voice has been that of the raksha mantri when he said that such strategic systems should not be “open tendering and lowest bid” affairs, but of agreements between national governments.

We have, since 1962, procured and licence-produced Soviet and Russian fighter aircraft in hundreds so that the Indian Air Force’s inventory today is predominantly Russian. More recently, the IAF and the Indian navy have procured aircraft worth over $10 billion from the United States of America alone. As the defence minister said, these have all been government-to-government deals. None has elicited the feverish media debate and partisan comment that some others following the tender route have done. One example of the latter is when, after the 1971 Indo-Pak conflict, the Indian air force began to look westwards to both diversify its sources of supply and meet its long-range strike requirements. At the time being, an integral part of the planning and procurement process within Air HQ, this writer had a ring-side view of the media scrutiny and games played by vested interests of all hues.

There were then three contestants, the Mirage F1, the Jaguar and the Viggen. With two contenders left, a news magazine published what was portrayed to be adverse views on one of the test pilots involved in the flight evaluation. With the decision pending with the cabinet committee on political affairs, the then prime minister, Morarji Desai, was concerned enough to request the air chief to arrange for the test pilots to meet him one-to-one. It was only after the prime minister had met the two very distinguished test pilots, P.K. Dey and Pirthi Singh (both now deceased), and satisfied himself of the report being fabricated, did the CCPA proceed to consider the matter.

One is reminded of the above history, because the IAF’s current proposal for medium multi-role combat aircraft has been facing its own share of problems. Having won a stiff competition, Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale aircraft, have made little headway in negotiations lasting three long years. One of the main obstacles being Dassault’s reluctance to take responsibility for the quality of aircraft produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, a pre-condition spelt out in the initial tender and one they must have been privy to. Why, one wonders, was such a self-defeating condition put into the tender in the first place? What does this say about HAL’s confidence in itself specially when its website claims its vision to “become a significant global player in the aerospace industry”? Did this amount to a tacit admission that it was not confident of manufacturing an aircraft like the Rafale fighter without being shepherded by Dassault?

Since the principle articulated in the foreword to the defence procurement procedure is for the process to be impartial and transparent, we were now caught in a trap of our own making. This is where process becomes more important than the outcome and no one dare deviate, even for valid functional or operational reasons, for fear of being accused of mala fide intent at some future date. Fortunately, the framers of the DPP had the dexterity to put a clause allowing for deviations arising out of strategic considerations, which, in turn, allowed flexibility for imperatives of strategic partnerships or major diplomatic, political, economic, technological or military benefits. That the government has taken the bold step to invoke this clause to wriggle out of the corner it found itself in merits applause, because for the first time there is a message to the armed forces that their essential operational needs will not be held hostage to abstract notions of transparency and impartiality.

In Paris, the PM announced that in view of the critical operational needs of the air force he had requested the French president for a quick supply of 36 Rafale jets in flyaway condition through an inter-governmental agreement on terms better than those demanded by Dassault as part of a separate process. Not surprisingly, this announcement has taken both the strategic community and observers of the Indian aeronautics scene completely by surprise, used as they are to being slaves to the DPP and which, as the defence minister admitted, got us into a “loop or vortex with no solution in sight”.

By opting for the government-to-government route, both countries have no doubt been guided by self-interest. On our part, since aeronautics is the greatest driver of technology, Indian aeronautics needs to strive to find a place amongst the international players. Only when this happens can we hope to reap the benefits of “Make in India” in the field of aeronautics. There are no short cuts, and finding strategic partners is the only cost effective route. Those critical of the prime minister’s move as being against the “Make in India” concept clearly fail to understand what modern aeronautics industry and its broader eco-system truly entail. On the other hand, military aircraft R&D and costs are spiralling with orders dwindling worldwide and manufacturers like Dassault finding it difficult to use economies of scale to make affordable products after amortizing R&D investments. For them, the way ahead is to find reliable strategic partners, share costs and benefit from economies of scale.

It is even possible that recognizing India’s operational imperatives and looking at its own longer term interests, the French government may be willing to let IAF Rafales take priority over French air force orders on the production line. This perhaps explains the two-year ambitious delivery that the defence minister has stated. It is worth recalling that in the case of the Jaguar purchase in the Seventies, the United Kingdom’s ministry of defence had diverted aircraft on loan from the RAF reserves to help IAF bridge the gap in anticipation of its own deliveries.

In the absence of the contours of this decision being available in the public domain, this writer would like to believe that the surprise announcement by the prime minister in Paris was a consequence of a well thought out and strategized move for putting Indian aeronautics on the international stage in keeping with its human and technological potential, a journey that must encompass the genius of the Indian private sector, the large public investments in aeronautics and international strategic partnership.

Planners of the prime minister’s “Make in India” mission are only too aware that in the longer term it is the aeronautical industry that will add technological depth to this mission. They are mindful that in the United States of America, a Congressional commission on the future of the aeronautical industry in 2001 had reported the sector as a whole contributing 9 per cent of GDP and 11.2 million jobs. In China, there has been a dramatic growth in the aeronautical ecosystem during last 10-15 years. The Chinese are using terms like “aeronautical patriotism” and have invested large sums in this ecosystem. Viewing these developments with equanimity is inimical to our national security.

To begin this ambitious journey of Indian aeronautics, the first priority clearly was to make good the IAF’s operational requirement with a weapon system that had been found the most suitable after due evaluation and to leverage this for the longer term “Make in India” vision. The next was to reach understanding at the highest levels in France for a strategic partnership in the aeronautics sector. For India, the take-away is partnering with one of the most sophisticated aeronautical countries in the world, one with which we have a history of aeronautical ties from the days of Ouragans, Mystères and now Mirages. It is also one that has never flinched in product support during crises, and has a major presence in the international civil aeronautics field with the Airbus series of aircraft. It is commercial aviation that will be the primary driver of any aeronautics sector of the future, so the prime minister’s visit to Airbus Industries assumes significance. For France, the problem is that purely military aircraft business is becoming unsustainable without finding suitable partners and with the focus shifting to the Asia Pacific region. A regional footprint adds commercial flexibility to their military aeronautics.

Third, the concept of joint Indo-Russian design and development of a fifth-generation fighter has been rendered sterile with Russian prototypes already flying with no Indian design involvement so far. This can usefully be replaced by a joint Indo- French successor to the Rafale that would be an attractive option for the future international market. And finally concurrent with this strategic partnership will be the development of an aeronautics ecosystem of small and medium, high technology enterprises in India that are the backbone of any mature aeronautics country. This fledgling ecosystem, presently struggling because of the absence of our aeronautical footprint internationally, will get a well-deserved boost.

If, indeed, this has been the strategic vision behind the prime minister’s bold announcement in Paris, then all that is left for his planners to do is dust out the already existing proposal for a comprehensive national aeronautics policy, prepared by the Aeronautical Society of India and let the proposed aeronautics commission take the captain’s seat in guiding Indian aeronautics to its rightful place in the international market.

The author is a retired air marshal of the Indian Air Force

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The formation and purpose of the nation unit- Sri Aurobindo

The nation-unit is not formed and

does not exist merely for the sake of existing; its purpose is to

provide a larger mould of human aggregation in which the race,

and not only classes and individuals, may move towards its full

human development. So long as the labour of formation continues,

this larger development may be held back and authority and

order be accepted as the first consideration, but not when the

aggregate is sure of its existence and feels the need of an inner

expansion. Then the old bonds have to be burst; the means of

formation have to be discarded as obstacles to growth. Liberty

then becomes the watchword of the race. The ecclesiastical order

which suppressed liberty of thought and new ethical and social

development, has to be dispossessed of its despotic authority, so

that man may be mentally and spiritually free. The monopolies

and privileges of the king and aristocracy have to be destroyed,

so that all may take their share of the national power, prosperity

and activity. Finally, bourgeois capitalism has to be induced

or forced to consent to an economic order in which suffering,

poverty and exploitation shall be eliminated and the wealth of

the community be more equally shared by all who help to create

  1. In all directions, men have to come into their own, realise the

dignity and freedom of the manhood within them and give play

to their utmost capacity.

For liberty is insufficient, justice also is necessary and becomes

a pressing demand; the cry for equality arises. Certainly,

absolute equality is non-existent in this world; but the word was

aimed against the unjust and unnecessary inequalities of the old

social order. Under a just social order, there must be an equal

opportunity, an equal training for all to develop their faculties

and to use them, and, so far as may be, an equal share in the

advantages of the aggregate life as the right of all who contribute

to the existence, vigour and development of that life by the use

of their capacities. As we have noted, this need might have taken

the form of an ideal of free cooperation guided and helped by a

wise and liberal central authority expressing the common will,

but it has actually reverted to the old notion of an absolute

and efficient State—no longer monarchical, ecclesiastical, aristocratic

but secular, democratic and socialistic—with liberty

sacrificed to the need of equality and aggregate efficiency. The

psychological causes of this reversion we shall not now consider.

Perhaps liberty and equality, liberty and authority, liberty and

organised efficiency can never be quite satisfactorily reconciled

so long as man individual and aggregate lives by egoism, so long

as he cannot undergo a great spiritual and psychological change

and rise beyond mere communal association to that third ideal

which some vague inner sense made the revolutionary thinkers

of France add to their watchwords of liberty and equality,—the

greatest of all the three, though till now only an empty word on

man’s lips, the ideal of fraternity or, less sentimentally and more

truly expressed, an inner oneness. That no mechanism social,

political, religious has ever created or can create; it must take

birth in the soul and rise from hidden and divine depths within.



The Formation of the Nation-Unit P 383

what exactly is happening in Yemen

What exactly is happening in Yemen ?

In the past six months, a war for political dominance between the two sects of Muslims—Sunni and Zaidi Shia—has intensified in Yemen, the Arab country in southwest Asia that has been imploding since 2011.Saudi Arabia has been trying to thwart the attempt by the Iran-backed Zaidi Shia group to take control of the country.
In February, however, Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi fled the capital Sana’a when the rebel Shia group—also known as Houthis—strengthened their presence in the city.
Due to the worsening condition of the country, the Indian govt on March 31, decided to send Gen V.K. Singh, one of its senior ministers and former Chief of The Indian Army, to oversee the mission and ensure safe return of its citizens.The operation was called as ‘ Rahat’ – which means relief in Hindi Here are a few facts about Operation Rahat, that every Indian should know about :
1) Saudi Arabia is attacking Yemen, but from the air. Their soldiers are afraid of setting foot on land fearing for their lives.
2). Pakistani Army & Air force form the bulk of Saudi force in Yemen, but Paksitani soldiers are afraid of landing in the cities due to the fear of being killed by Shia Militia.
3) Pakistani Ambassador to Yemen Dr Irfan Yousuf Shami escaped with all his staff, leaving behind hundreds of stranded Pakistani nationals.
4) What made the situation more complex was the fact that the airport and airspace in Yemen, is under the control of Saudi Arabia.
5) PM Modi called up Saudi King Salman for his co-operation in rescuing Indians from Yemen. Since the PM shares a good relationship with the Saudi King, the King assured his complete support. PM Modi requested the Saudi King to stop the air strike for some time and also allow Indian planes to fly out of Yemen, so that Indians could be evacuated from the strife torn country.
6) The Indian national carrier, Air India, carried 488 people through three special flights from Sana’a to India on April 5. A day later, Air India is reported to have evacuated 574 people from Sana’a to Djibouti, described as the single largest evacuation by air in a day. The Indian Airforce had dispatched its C-17s on April 2, and brought back 358 Indians.
7) GOI decided to take sea route to rescue the expatriates stranded in Aden, a port city, after the government’s plans to airlift them did not materialize due to attack on Sana’a airport.
5) Two merchant vessels and two warships — destroyer Mumbai and stealth frigate Tarkash — also left for Yemen, to help ferry other stranded expatriates back home. The government had also pressed into service INS Sumitra to ensure the safety and security of the passengers from pirates.
5) India’s shipping corporation also sent two passenger ships—Kavaratti and Corals— to assist the navy. In all, India sent five ships to Yemen. Small boats were used to transport Indians from Yemen’s port city Aden onto the naval vessels that could not enter the ports due to heavy firing.
6) Eyewitnesses state that, in such a hostile atmosphere, unarmed Gen VK Singh toured the cities & villages in Yemen, collecting Indians & anybody else who asked him for help. He did not sit in a car or a Helicopter. He actually got on the ground & walked on the roads, in the streets & commanded the operation.
7) Because of the stunning rescue work done by India, 26 nations reached out for help in evacuating their citizens. Countries like USA, Germany, France were amongst those which sought help.
8) Most aircrafts and ships landed in Mumbai and the southern Indian city of Kochi. The evacuees were then transported to their hometowns by Indian Railways. The railways offered free tickets for their onward journeys. In addition, state governments have offered financial support to many evacuees.
Its a matter of shame for the nation, that no leading newspaper or media channel finds this historic mission worthy enough to cover frontpages or be on prime time. Its up to social media now, to let truth prevail.