Principles of Life

Of all the independent Muslim Kingdoms that arose on the ruins of the Delhi Sultanate, the most powerful was the Bahmani Kingdom of the Deccan, which was established in 1347 after a revolt against Sultan Mohammed Bin Tughlaq. The first ruler, Nasiruddin Shah, ageing and ease-loving as he was, soon made way for one better fitted to govern, Hasan Gangu, who traced his ancestry back to the ancient King Bahman of Iran.

Whenever we analyse suffering, we fond that there are two main features to it. One is the thing which causes the suffering and the other is our own reaction to it. We should take courage from Thelma Thomson’s example, and so control our reaction that suffering is finally eliminated.

Some seem to be successful in this world and others appear to have failed. For this reason people have come to think of success and failure as confined to this world. Heaven and hell have become for them things of this world, not the next.

Man seeks wealth, honour, power and offspring in this world. He does all he can to obtain these things, but death shows him that his desires cannot be fulfilled in this world. He cannot find in this ephemeral world what he longs for above all else.

The greatest calamity afflicting our world is that one million people die every day. No one knows, of those who are alive today, who will be dead tomorrow. Every one of us shall taste death, but no one knows when death will come. We do not know which of our fellow men will leave this world tomorrow, and who will remain to receive this message.

Every one of us is hastening towards this fate. Everyone who is alive today is in danger of dying tomorrow. Then we will not have the chance to warn others, nor they the chance to listen.

Human babies are the most tender and weak of all the babies of living creatures. It, therefore, needs its parents’ care and guidance for its physical and mental growth for a longer period. This is why nature has endowed parents with a special attraction for their offspring.

In the past, the separation of children from their parents was caused only by emergency situations—war or occasional premature death. In normal circumstances, it was taken for granted that the children would enjoy the protection of their parents for as long as they required it.

The Qur’an contains this illuminating insight into the life and work of bees:

“Your Lord inspired the bee to build its homes in the mountains, in the trees, and in the hives which men make for it. Then to feed on every kind of fruit, and follow the trodden paths of its Lord. From its belly comes forth a fluid of many hues, a healing drink for men. Surely in this there is a sign for those who would give thought.” (16:68-69)

Nandini, daughter of Govind Narain, former governor of Karnataka, was just 38 years old when she passed away in New Delhi on September 16, 1981. Thus a young, vibrant life came to a sudden halt; a cheerful face was removed from the scene of life.

One of the terms that has recently been coined as a result of scientific discoveries and inventiveness in technology is Remote Control, — control from a distance without any material link, a method now frequently used with great success in a wide diversity of fields. The signals are sent from a base control point in coded form, to any machine or vehicle which has to be operated in a situation where manning or wire links prove impossible, for example in moving vehicles, aeroplanes, space probes and so on.