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It is my debt to the print media in general, but to the highly esteemed Daily Excelsior newspaper in particular, since it is the most widely circulated and widely read newspaper in UT of Jammu and Kashmir, in d other parts of the country and even abroad through Internet services.
I am of the opinion that this document renders a great service in imparting knowledge to those who wish to learn about the state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir in addition to other useful information.
However, my goal is to emphasize the importance of the newspaper’s obituary pages. Personally, I believe that the timely information provided to readers connects them to socially or otherwise wronged people related to mortal human beings who have left this world forever.
Not consulting this page sometimes causes a major embarrassment of not being able to participate in the various rituals practiced by the members of the family. Sometimes the information like the memories of relatives and friends highlights the gratitude they have for the departed souls, regardless of the time which can be even decades. Such a tribute to departed souls serves as a bond for the generation that was not born at that time.
The main highlight is my respectful reaction to these particular columns on the obituary page which I treat as “Who was who”, and I react by closing my eyes and beginning to pray for all those included on this page/these pages.
The prayers offered are as follows:
O, the creator of this universe
I bow before their splendid supreme.
I pray to the Almighty to bless the souls with eternal peace of those mortals who have left this world and gone to a destination whose realm no one but you knows. They left this world forever with their good or bad deeds, never to return.
Furthermore, I pray continuously to give strength and comfort to all who have been wronged because of the irreparable loss they have suffered. The total time taken for this prayer is 3-4 minutes.
Thereafter I begin to read the rest of the news in detail for my knowledge.
I call on all my supporters to adopt this practice, but the final prerogative is yours. But I can assure you that it will add to your mental peace.
It can be said here that there was a unity of beliefs and thoughts among all human beings in this universe, but it will not be so now.
According to Merriam-Webster, America’s most trusted online dictionary, there are two types of human beings, when it comes to belief in God.
Atheists are those who do not believe in the existence of God or a higher power or spiritual force of any kind.
The other types are referred to as theists who firmly believe in God.
In our country, India, majority of them believe in God and accept him as the creator of this universe, its sustenance, maintenance and balance on this earth.
Accordingly, we bow to Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh for being blessed by them and guided in all activities of our life, so we treat them as our gurudevas.
However, there is one thing in common between atheists and theists. Both types agree on the question of the end of life, that is, death. This is for sure, the irrefutable and established truth of life as accepted by all. This harsh reality is independent of religious caste and creed. Death is actually an equalizer for all rich or poor powerful or weak, kings and beggars. No concessions are given to anyone based on any merits or demerits mentioned above.
Sharing the commonalities, all those who left this world for the last journey are treated by performing rituals according to the religion of the remaining family members and other aggrieved people.
(The author is the professor of surgery)