ततः परं ब्रह्मपरं बृहन्तं यथानिकायं सर्वभूतेषु गूढम्। विश्वस्य एक परिवेष्टितारमीशं तं ज्ञात्वा अमृता भवन्ति ॥ 7 ॥            You are the Supreme Brahman, infinite, yet hidden in the hearts of all creatures. You pervade everything. They, who know You, are free from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. (Svetasvatara 3 : 7)            परमात्मा सब प्रकार से सब काल में मुक्त और शुद्ध है। वह अपरिमित और अनन्त होते हुए भी सभी प्राणियों के हृदय में छिपा हुआ है। परमात्मा को जानने वाले व्यक्ति ही जन्म-मरण के चक्र से मुक्त हो जाते हैं।

ज़्येठॖ (ज्येष्ठ) ज़ूनॖ पछॖ (शुक्ल पक्ष) च़ोरम (चतुर्थी) बॊम्वार (मंगलवार),श्री सप्तर्षि सम्वत 5096, Today isJyesth Maas Shukla Paksh Chaturthiyaam Mangalvaasra sanayitaam. Kashmiri Pandit Nirvasan Samvat_31 Sapthrishi Samvat _5096
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A superman exists in all of us

Hari Warrier

So superman, is no more. The 1995 horse riding mishap which left Christo­pher Reeve a quadri­plegic, however, brought a new mean­ing to the word that had become eponymous with his name — Su­perman. Activities of the Christopher Reeve Paraly­sis Foundation are a legend. What is it about adversi­ty that brings out the best in man? Earlier this year, for instance. Lance Arm­strong won his sixth Tour de France — the gruelling 2,428-km event, which is the Holy Grail of endurance sports. His battle to over­come testicular cancer is equally famous.

The winner of the men's 200 m sprint at this year's paraolympics, a double am­putee, was a mere 0.2 seconds off the time of the Olympic winner in the same event. Can we forget the image of Stephen Hawking, strapped to a wheelchair, gasping out words through a computer? One of the most famous brains of the 21st century embodied in a brittle case of flesh and blood. What irony!

Or is it? Could it be thai adversity- and the fight against it brings out tlie superman latent in all of us? The other day I was telling

 My son, who is batling kidney problems at all of seven years, about Hindu gods. They are por­trayed with four hands, car­rying 'shankhapushpagada chakra'. The flower signifies blessing. So long as man sticks to what he is supposed to do. the Divine blesses him. Err a little, and the conch is sounded: hey man. you're wandering. If he still doesn't pay heed, wham! comes the club. And if he remains stubborn, off with his head.

Reeve got the club. So did Armstrong and Hawking. So has my son. People who do their hit reap the reward and the obstinate plunge the world into disorder and get their comeuppance.

As Reeve put it, "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."