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OUR TROUBLES - FROM BUDDHIST POINT OF VIEW

By Thangjam Sanjoo Singh

Some quotations in this article are sayings of the great philosophers, free thinkers, scientists, psychologists, politicians and poets and some other publications, too. Their names are given under each quotations. Thereare also manyother statements in this article where references are not given. They are extracted by me.

A difficult situation can be handled in two ways: We can either do something to change it or face it. If we can do something, then why worry and get upset over it – just change it. If there is nothing we can do, again, why worry and get upset over it? Things will not get better with anger and worry.
-Shantideva-
Life is continuous journey beset with problems. As long as we live in this world, problems and troubles will always be a part and parcel of human experience. On some occasions, we may be blessed with gain, fame, praise or happiness; and we may also face the unfavorable situations of loss, ill-fame, blame and pain. Live swings like a pendulum. One moment, it swings towards favorable conditions which we receive so heartily; at another moment, it swings towards unfavorable conditions which we so desperately seek to avoid.
Instead of understanding worldly conditions, as what they really are, people sometimes have the tendency to magnify their troubles. This is similar to saying ‘making a mountain out of molehill.’ When people lose someone or something they love, they feel that they will never be able to be happy again. When disturbed and harassed by people who are insensitive to their needs, they fell they have never before been so harshly treated. And they carry that hurt in their minds, clinging to the pain needlessly and continuing to suffer with those thoughts. Would it be better to let go of such thoughts and realize that since all conditioned things must one day come to an end, so the unfavorable situations they are experiencing will also pass away?
We should understand that there is a way out of the suffering and problems we face in this life. None is hopelessly condemned to eternal misery, unless he /she himself/ herself allows to be it so. It is important to realize that all conditioned phenomena including suffering and all problems, arise out of causes and that nothing can arise by way of independent causes. Having realized this, we can put an end to each and every form of suffering by discovering the root causes of our problems.
We should not be disheartened when faced with problems but instead act wisely in overcoming them. No worldly-minded person can ever be free from problems. Hence, it is not so much who experiences problems that marks the difference between a wise and an unwise person but the manner in which he/she faces them.
Socrates, whose wife was reputed to be hot-tempered would always find fault with him and used to nag him almost daily. One day, when she had finished all what she had to say, Socrates complimented her saying that compared to previous occasions, she had on that particular day shown some improvement in her diction and style of speech.  
This shows how a wise person should face false accusation and blame in a humorous way.
Pandit Nehru once said: ‘We have to face problems and try to solve them. We have to face them,certainly, on aspiritual background; but not run away from them in the name of spiritualism.’
Ella Willcox gives her viewpoint on smiling one’s way out of troubles.

It’s easy enough to be pleasant;
When life flows like a song,
But the man worthwhile,
Is the one who can smile?

When things go dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble
And will always come with the years,
And the smile that is worth
The praises of earth,
Is the smile that shines through the tears.’

Dr. Rabindranath Tagore, a well-known Indian poet, explains in a prayer, the approach to face problems without harboring fear of worry.
‘Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
But be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain,
But for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved,
But hope for the patience to win my freedom.
Something unpleasant happens, say, our favorite thing or possession is lost or is accidentally broken. There are two ways of reacting to the loss and damage. We can either choose to brood over it, by blaming either ourselves or others. Or we can pass it off by saying ‘the thing is gone. It is bad enough to have lost it, but why should we allow it to make us unhappy to suffer to the loss and damage?’  It would be useful to trace back to the causes that had led to the breakage and loss so as to avoid such an occurrence in the future. We can also think about how the loss can be replaced, or how to avert whatever problems that may arise from the loss. If the loss is of real consequence to others, we may even start to do something else to take our mind from the incident, since it is in the nature of compounded things that such occurrence happen. Should an unfortunate thing happen and if it is beyond our control, then with the support of our understanding of the nature of life, we must have the courage to face it.
In other words, adopt a positive frame of mind when faced with such problems, rather than let it dwell on negative states. If unhappiness should arise due to negative frame of mind it is really our doing or seeking.
According to Buddha, ‘Mind is the forerunner of all states. Mind is chief; mind-made are these states.’ The Buddha also taught that our sorrows are caused by our own actions and arise from our own ignorance. He showed us how to remove sorrow, but we ourselves must work to gain happiness.

The writer is a lay Buddhist and a vocalist of a Rock band called ‘No Name’

Indian Eves shine on the Opening day at the Asian Juniors

Kiran outlasts Malaysian Chong; Manjit-Dingko duo make it to the second round

Results:
- Men Singles: Kiran George bt Chong King Ling 24-22, 21-16; Aman Farogh Sanjay lost to KaronoKarono (INA) 16-21, 21-16, 17-21.
- Women Singles: Dipti Kuttybt Aisha Zhumabek (Kaz) 21-18, 21-13; MedhaShashidharanbtIyaGordeyeva(Kaz) 21-9, 21-10; Kavipriya Selvam bt Seng Jar Nan (MMR) 21-5, 21-8.
- Women Doubles: Nafeesah Sara Siraj/MedhaShashidaran lost to Guo Lizhi/Yijing Li (CHN) 9-21, 18-21.
- Mixed Doubles: Srikrishna Sai Kumar/Srishti Jupudi lost to Muhammad Juan Elgiffani/Windi Siti Mulyani (INA) 21-17, 13-21, 15-21; OrijitChaliha/PreerthiKonadam lost to Lin Yu Chieh/Cheng Yu Pei 15-21, 18-21; Edwin Joy/Nafeesah S. Sriraj lost to Wu Guan Xun/Teng Chun Hsun17-21, 13-21.
- Men Doubles: Manjit Singh/Dingku Singh btMhod. C Chaniago/H.A. Hanifa (INA) 22-20, 23-21.

From our Correspondent
New Delhi, July 18,

It was a mixed bag for the Indians in individual events at Badminton Asia Junior Championships on the opening day at Jakarta yesterday.
After surviving the first game, the 16th seeded Kiran George kept his date with destiny in men singles to outlast Malaysian Chong King Ling 24-22, 21-16 and cash in his teammates’ wonderful day in women singles.

But a little before Aman Farogh Sanjay lost his first-round to tenth seed Indonesian, KaronoKarono 16-21, 21-16, 17-21 after a good fight.
Kiran met a fine match in the unseeded Malaysian who kept challenging the superiority of India No. 3. But Kiran responded well and despite losing two match points won on the third to go confident in his next. Kiran kept a tight leash on Chong and made fewer mistakes which paid dividends in the end for the seeded Indian.
Earlier, Dipti Kutty, MedhaShashidharan and Kavipriya Selvam found easy opponents in their women singles matches to move into the next round even as the Manipuri duo of Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam did themselves proud to hang on by a thin thread to live another day in men doubles.
India No. 7 Dipti provided India some cheers after the two successive losses—Srikrishna Sai and Srishti Jupudi and OrijitChaliha and Preethi lost in Mixed Doubles—in women singles as she prevailed over Kazakh counterpart Aisha Zhumabek 21-18, 21-13. Brushing aside her early problems, the girl form Kutch in Gujarat stopped the Kazakh three points short in the first set and went on to win the second rather easily.
This win was followed up nicely by MedhaShashidharan who accounted for IyaGordeyeva, also from Kazakhstan, with utmost ease (21-9, 21-10) and then Kavipriya Selvam who put it across Myanmar’s Seng Jar Nan 21-5, 21-8.
But what overshadowed other Indian wins was the men doubles match in which the two Manipuri boys—Manjit Singh and Dingku Singh—put up a wonderful resistance to overcome their Indonesian rivals Muhammad C. Chaniago and Helmi Abu Hanifa 22-20, 23-21.
No doubt, the match was over in 34 minutes but credit must be given to the Indian pair which came back nicely in the first game in their race to 21 points. But when the Indonesians deuced at 20-all, it was a touch-and-go affair for the Indian duo who held on to their nerves to claim the next two points.
Indonesians, tossing up well with deep serves and indulging in long rallies, kept the Indians on their toes in the next game as well which saw a couple of deuces and after saving a game point, Manjit and Dingku smashed the winner, much to their jubilation.
Later tonight, sixth seeded Indian Lakshya Sen is to take on Korean Hyeong Jung Kim in their first-round battle while PriyanshuRajawat will meet Sri Lankan Vikum Fernando.

MU Community says they will not co-operate the newly constituted Fact Finding Committee

IT News
Imphal, July 18,

Re-constitution of the earlier fact finding committee on the request of the Manipur Government for inclusion of a retired justice fails to tame the anger of the Manipur University Community as no change has been made to the nature of the committee as well as both the persons who were close associates from the UGC and the MHRD still remain as a member.
The Manipur University Community – MUSA , MUTA and MUSU has been demanding an independent enquiry committee after removal of the Prof. AP Pandey from the VCship. Earlier order released by the MHRD after 40 days of total shut down of academic activities comprises of JK Tripathi, Joint secretary of the university Grant Commission and Surat Singh Deputy Secretary MHRD.
Perhaps an assumption without going deep to the demand of the MU community, the Government of Manipur urged the MHRD for inclusion of T. Nandakumar , Former acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya. An order has been issued yesterday. An urgent Joint meeting of the MUSA, MUSU and MUTA today at Manipur University dissected the MHRD order structure of the reconstituted fact finding committee. After deliberation the members of the Manipur University find the committee as an absolute insult to the intelligence of the people of Manipur in General and the University Community in particular.
The members present during today’s emergency meeting however lauded the appointment of a retired acting Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court as the chairman of the committee. However, the members were dismay by the amorphous nature of the reconstituted fact finding committee as neither Independent nor judicial.
The meeting resolved to demand that the enquiry Committee after the removal of Prof. AP Pandey to look into the financial and administrative irregularities committee by him be truly independent and judicial.
The MU Community resolved not to extend any co-operation to the so call fact finding committee.
Regarding the demand for appointment of pro VC the members of the Manipur University Teachers’ Association expressed surprised on what prompt the Chief Minister to advise his secretary to mention it as selection of Pro VC is done after the recommendation by the Vice Chancellor and after getting approval from the Executive Council of the University.

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Inclusion of a retired Judge to ‘Fact Finding Committee’ have no meaning - O Joy

IT News
Imphal, July 18,

Veteran Politician and five time MLAs from Langthabal Assembly Constituency Okram Joy today said that inclusion of a retired judge to a fact finding committee have no meaning at all. Talking to this reporter exclusively at his residence today afternoon O Joy said that people are demanding an independent probe or Judicial enquiry and the MHRD is constituting a fact finding committee which is no difference from a departmental enquiry.
The committee demanded should be constituted under the Commission of enquiry act and inclusion of retd. Chief justice to the so call fact finding committee is meaningless.
“This fact finding committee will not be able to deliver impartial opinion”, O Joy said,.

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