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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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Creatures of a lesser god.

Ashraf  Shara   

Goggles was one month old when I  first saw him. He had a shiny, jet-black coat and dark, lively eyes. He was slightly overweight, compared to other Labradors of his age. His chubbiness was a reason for him to be picked up out of seven siblings in a dog's home by a rich trader. An Octavia drove Goggles home where he received the warmest wel­come a puppy could hope for. The trader's family showered all its love on Goggles. He drank a bowlful of warm milk and took his first bite of dairy milk chocolate.

Goggles exchanged laps, was smoth­ered with kisses and lovingly tucked into a soft bed near the hot air blower. I thoughts Goggles’s rags-to-riches story would surely earn him the envy of less­er-placed dogs: the trader's family had an adorable pet and Goggles had been blessed with a home, family and security.

But Goggles’s happiness was short- lived. He developed a prominent limp as he grew up. His disability however did­n't cast a shadow on his antics. Ty­ing to rise on his hind legs, he would never miss a chance to say hello to strangers. He would run to his owner at first sight, gleefully wagging his tail and limp happily around him.         :

The vet declared that there was a deformity in Goggle's leg that could not be treated. A quick decision to send Goggles away was taken. The trader would not have a limping dog as his pet, lest his neighbours should laugh at him. So, least suspecting, Goggles was dispatched on a ser­vant's bicycle. He was abandoned in a lane a few kilometers away, to fend for himself amidst fierce street dogs.

1 recently heard that the trader bought a new dog. Now nobody in that family talks of Goggles. But there hap­pened to be a ready taker for Goggles: the trader's dhobi. So Goggles lives in the dhobi's quarters and follows his new master to the trader's home when he goes to pick up clothes- Of course, he limps. But the dhobi doesn't mind.

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Courtesy: The Times of India: The speaking tree