Saturday, May 2, 2015


TRAPPED IN EARTHQUAKE RUBBLE As the death toll in the Nepal earthquake continues to climb, more amazing stories of survivors are emerging. A 4-month-old baby was rescued from the disaster – 22 hours after the earthquake struck, the Nepal newspaper Kathmandu Today reports (via The Independent). Soldiers searched the wreckage of the infant's collapsed home, but were unable to reach him and eventually left the site, believing him to be dead.
However, when they returned hours later, they heard the baby boy's cries and he was finally pulled from the rubble, covered in dust, but free of any serious injuries. Meanwhile, another man, Rishi Khanal, 27, was rescued from a collapsed hotel after being trapped for 82 hours.

"There was no sound going out, or coming in," he said. "I kept banging against the rubble and finally someone responded and came to help. I hadn't eaten or had anything to drink so I drank my own urine. "My nails went all white and my lips cracked," he added. "I was sure no one was coming for me. I was certain I was going to die." He was eventually saved by a French rescue team that was able to extract him from the rubble. "I am thankful," he said. 
Additionally, a 15-year-old boy was rescued five days after the quake. Pemba Lama, who was trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building, told the BBC he stayed alive by eating clarified butter and drinking water off wet clothes.

The final death toll could reach 10,000 as rescue efforts continued after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated Nepal. However,  after almost a week of heartbreaking news from earthquake-hit Nepal, there were rare moments of joy for rescue teams five days . A baby boy has been rescued from the rubble of the Nepal earthquake after being buried under a collapsed building for 22 hours. Then, a disaster team, pulled a 15-year-old boy from the debris of a seven-storey structure, five days after the earthquake. It was miraculous, and there are more cases of astonishing rescues. Our concept about life and death is always shaken when we face world events like this. In the most unexpected moments comes death, and when all is death around inexplicably life continues. We should remember that so long as there is birth there will also be death in this world. Unfortunately, whatever happiness we hope to attain from this material plane of existence is not real happiness. Our spiritual masters have taught us that we should inquire about these topics, “Who are you?” “Where were you before coming to this world?” “For what purpose have you come here?” “What activities have you performed in your life so far and have they made you happy?” “What activities will truly make you happy?” “Where you will go after death?" No doubt, in the holy lips of our spiritual guides we can get all the answers. Therefore, we must go to them with a humble spirit and ask them for enlightenment about the scriptures in order to understand the right purpose in this life. (Editor's note).

In this world, we are flanked by birth and death, and whatever we do in between these two is temporary. One poet has therefore written, "We are but actors on the stage of this world." [...] Therefore, in the scriptures on sanātana-dharma, the ārya-rsis have said:  “In childhood one is engrossed in playing, in youth he becomes captivated by the opposite sex, and in  age he becomes immersed in anxiety; thus he never  becomes absorbed in thoughts of the Supreme Truth.  In this world we pass our time eating, sleeping, defending and so on; rather, we should consider that the time allotted to us in this body is fixed.” - (Śrī Śankarācārya).

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Mahārāja :
“Sanātana-dharma: The Solution to World Conflict”
Speech at Śrī Meghalaya Gaudīya Matha, Tura, India - 1/9/1983
Bhaktivedanta Memorial Library -

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

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