|BREAKING NEWS....BP GULF OIL SPILL STOPPED...but find out why Shiv-BHgvaan did not drink up this oil poison like HE did during KSHiir saagr mNthn....|
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on July 25, 2010
|A vEDik TAKE ON
BP GULF OIL SPILL OF SAY 35,000 TO 60,000 BARREL A DAY
(guess estimate and
nobody really knows)
FOR 89 DAYS TO JULY 16, 2010
Left Photo: BP'S
rig in Gulf of Mexico prior to explosion
vessels combat the fire on the
United States Coast Guard
searches for missing crew
.....THE BP'S GULF OF MEXICO APRIL 2000 OIL SPILL
AS IT HAPPENED OVERVIEW....
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill,
the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the BP oil disaster or the Macondo
blowout) is a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is the
largest offshore spill in U.S. history.
Some estimates placed it by late May or early June 2010, as among the
largest oil spills in history with hundreds of millions of gallons
spilled to date. The spill stems from a sea floor oil gusher that
resulted from the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig
explosion. The explosion killed 11 platform workers and injured 17
On July 15, 2010, BP said the leak had been stopped by capping the
gushing oil wellhead, though there is a risk that a significant pressure
shift could create a new leak on the sea floor. The drilling of relief
wells to permanently close the well is ongoing.
The gusher was estimated by the quasi-official Flow Rate Technical Group
to be flowing at 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of crude oil per day. For
comparison, this is an amount equal to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill
every four to seven days.
The exact flow rate is uncertain due to the difficulty of installing
measurement devices at that depth and is a matter of ongoing debate. The
resulting oil slick covers at least 2,500 square miles (6,500 km2),
fluctuating from day to day depending on weather conditions.
Scientists have also reported immense underwater plumes of oil not
visible at the surface.
The spill continues to cause extensive damage to marine and wildlife
habitats as well as the Gulf's fishing and tourism industries. There
have been a variety of efforts to stem the flow at the wellhead. Crews
have been working to protect hundreds of miles of beaches, wetlands and
estuaries along the northern Gulf coast, using skimmer ships, floating
containment booms, anchored barriers, and sand-filled barricades along
shorelines. The U.S. Government has named BP as the responsible party,
and officials have committed to hold the company accountable for all
cleanup costs and other damage.......(You
can continue reading the entire story at Wikipedia updated daily by
......PVAF'S TAKE ON THIS NEWS
(contributed by PVAF Program
Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada since
PVAF's natural birth in 1996)
PVAF for the first time is publishing today's new story... although it
has been the hot and headliner story for over 90 days to July 16, 2010 and still hitting
the headlines around the world.....
PVAF delayed publishing because PVAF was looking for a vEDik
angle on this human-made calamity resulting from extracting natural
resources for its sustenance and prosperity.....This mining of natural
resources by humanity is humanity's natural life right ordained by God
but has to be done with the rules and regulations of
oil-spill which is the largest in the currently known history of mankind
on this planet earth and especially since 1850's when fossil oil
replaced whale oil and started
to become the driving economical commodity in western civilization's
current growth to material prosperity. And oil need and greed has shown how
current humanity lacks in living its daily life by the tenets of
Also when one looks at such man-made events.....a commercial giant like
BP and other resource extractors have shown a regular trait to break the tenets of
for its greed beyond normally acceptable profits in its economic and
PVAF was looking for a take on this oil spill calamity from a
perspective and finally found one....from
Aseem Sukla, MD who is an Associate Professor in urologic surgery at the
University of Minnesota medical school and is also a Co-founder and board member
with a mandate of "Promoting Understanding, Tolerance and
Pluralism." under the auspices of
Hindu American Foundation
|This sharing by Dr. Shukla who is American-born and American educated medical scholar
is profound because it contains so much of basic
sciences of life and
creation....of course, expressed to the limits of understanding
and use of vEDik
knowledge in the time-era called
kli-yug the current humanity lives in......in
kli-yug, as kli-yug
progresses from its current 5012th year to its
after a total kli-yug
duration of 432,000 years (in 428,988 AD)...the natural tendency of the
majority of humanity will be to live by progressively breaking
more and more the rules of
DHARm in daily life and also break the man-made
laws at the first chance it gets in its materialistic life focus to
create more and more wealth at any cost at an individual level.....
Please click on the next line to read Dr. Shukla on BP Gulf Oil Spill
and also about Dr. Shukla himself to understand his writing.....PVAF
invites more vEDik
takes on the BP Gulf Oil Spill and you can share this on this
AASHRAM NEWS by
clicking the red button POST A
COMMENT in the header of this news item and/or email
your sharing for publication by clicking
BP'S GULF OIL SPILL
FOR 89 DAYS TO JULY 16, 2010:
......A vEDik TAKE ON THE
NATURAL LIFE KILLING HAPPENING.....
A barometer of greatness?
How a nation treats the vulnerable
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress
can be judged by the
way its animals are treated.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Washington Post: June 15, 2010: by
Dr. Aseem Shukla)
Aseem Sukla Associate Professor in urologic surgery at the
University of Minnesota medical school. Co-founder and board member of
Hindu American Foundation at 5268G Nicholson Lane #164,
Kensington, MD 20895 USA.
Views expressed in the article below here are the personal views of Dr. Aseem Shukla, and
not necessarily represent those of the University of Minnesota or Hindu
READ A DETAILED PROFILE ON Dr. Shukla at the end of this news story)
Deer, camel, donkey, monkey, rats, creeping animals, birds and flies -
one should consider them like one's own children, and not differentiate
between one's children and these creatures." (Bhagavata Purana 7.14.9)
For anentheistic Hindus, who with many Dharma faiths and Pagan
traditions worship Earth as a manifestation of the Mother Goddess,
divinity is found within every part of nature just as it transcends an
earthly realm. The suffering animals endure in our blind pursuit of
black gold to support a craven addiction will bear the brunt of the
consequences of karma.
It is empirical that every action has an equal
and opposite reaction; while today the shrimpers and oyster harvesters
are enduring for our collective sins, we must know that all of us will
be affected as the dominoes of suffering fall.
Hindu iconography is replete with representations of animals and even
trees and plants as infused with the divine (Lord Ganesha, famously
endowed with an elephant head) or godly vehicles--Lord Vishnu's serpent,
Ganesha's mouse or Shiva's bull.
Hindu seers describe how the souls of
seemingly insensate animals are very much on their own path to
liberation, or moksha. The difference between the Dharma traditions view
of animals and the Abrahamic perspective that man has dominion over
animals and the earth is stark indeed.
It is a logical consequence, then, that over 400 million of mostly Hindu
India's billion declare themselves vegetarian according to a recent
poll, and make up more vegetarians than the rest of the world combined.
Amongst Dharma traditions, many Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs join Jains,
whose unequivocal insistence on ahimsa, or non-violence, is absolute and
doctrinally fundamental. Violence against animals is tantamount to
harming one's self, as the Jain scripture Acaranga Sutra states:
To do harm to others is to do harm to oneself.
- You are he whom you
intend to kill. You are he whom you intend to dominate.
- We corrupt
ourselves as soon as we intend to corrupt others.
- We kill ourselves as
soon as we intend to kill others.
Animals most certainly belie emotions. My own dog's eyes showed sad
confusion recently when she lacerated her coat on a tree branch in our
backyard, and I felt certain that I saw the same innocent perplexity in
the face of the oil-coated pelican flashed across the news wires last
To a Hindu, eating meat causes one to ingest and absorb the slaughtered
creature's pain, suffering and terror before its death. Stop the cycle
of accumulating negative karma, our scriptures tell us, and work we must
to ameliorate not only the suffering of animals caused by the oil spill
in the Gulf, but also species endangered by human assaults on habitats
Exponents of Hinduism's heterodoxy will insist that many Hindus do eat
meat, and abhorrent animal sacrifices continue in some Hindu temples in
India. And just as I sacrificed animals as a pre-med student mapping
neural pathways to understand the effects of a stroke years ago, I would
not flinch prescribing chemotherapy drugs known to work because of the
sacrifice of millions of mice, guinea pigs, rhesus monkeys and the like.
|We all have our personal heterodoxies/hypocrisies perhaps, but just as
Hindus must call out and condemn the few temples among millions where
retrograde animal sacrifices still occur, as scientists, we must
redouble efforts to create suitable artificial substitutes for animal
models and treat every laboratory animal humanely.
Animals are integral
to human life and we can exploit our trust with this kingdom only when
our survival is at stake.
To many Indians living on rugged coastlines
where subsistence fishing is the norm, for example, fish is considered
vegetarian. But sacrificing animals for human comfort--eating a
hamburger, hunting deer, fishing for walleye, wearing mink--most
certainly begets a time of karmic reckoning.
Hinduism's relationship with animals is predicated on mutuality and an
essential equality that finds expression and common cause with animal
The Hindu American Foundation just completed an
exposition of Hinduism's view of animals in partnership with the Humane
Society emphasizing the core concepts raised here.
Along with the
promotion of pluralism in the public sphere, I firmly believe that
ahimsa, in all its varied expressions, are essential contributions of
Dharma traditions to our nation's spiritual legacy and ethos.
Divine premonition, perhaps, but the same Puranas, a popular genre of
Hindu scripture quoted in the excerpt above, also describe a mystical
churning of the ocean of milk in the quest for the nectar of
Devas, or benificent divine beings, formed an alliance with
the asuras, those with demonic qualities, to commence the
Manthan, or churning of said ocean.
While the churning yielded the
sought after nectar and many other treasures, it first yielded an
overpowering poison that nearly consumed the nascent universe. Lord
Shiva, this story that is widely celebrated in Hindu, Buddhist and East
Asian art tells, captured the poison within his neck that then turned
So the churning of the Gulf
has indeed yielded a sought after nectar,
but the black gold gusher is poisoning all that it touches.
weeks have gone without respite, and no Lord has appeared to ingest the
poison and end this nightmare.
And the casualty count of livelihoods,
marshes, beaches and, yes, within the animal kingdom, relentlessly
Humanity has proven itself imperfect stewards of creation, and the gulf
disaster is simply an epic demonstration of our failures.
But as other
recent calamities--from 9/11 to Katrina--brought forth our essential
goodness, nobility and brotherhood, our redemption in the gulf will be
in the compassion and care we show for the seaborne creatures that are
the innocent casualties of our latest folly.
.....TO UNDERSTAND THE VIEWS IN THE ABOVE ARTICLE
YOU NEED TO KNOW WHO DR. ASEEM SHUKLA IS.....
Dr. Shukla was born in
Stamford, Connecticut (U.S.A.) and grew up in New York before moving
with his family to Gujarat, India for his primary education.
His family then relocated to Florida, where Dr. Shukla completed his
education from middle school through medical school. He completed a
residency in urological surgery at the University of South Florida
College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida and has completed a pediatric
urology fellowship at the renowned Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,
Awarded a grant by the National Institutes for Health, Dr. Shukla had
completed a two-year commitment in basic science urological research at
the University of Pennsylvania. As of July 1, 2004, Dr. Shukla assumed a
position as Assistant Professor of Urological Surgery at the Mayo Clinic
and University of Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.
He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Suhag, who is an
attorney, and two sons.
Dr. Shukla is committed to the provision of advanced pediatric
urological care in India. He has performed extensive reconstructive
surgery and delivered scientific lectures at the Christian Medical
College-Vellore and in various forums in Ahmedabad, Gujarat (India) and
is in the process of initiating infrastructure for annual visits.
Dr. Shukla believes deeply in the preservation of Vedic heritage. His
family founded and administers the Amritam Trust Ved Pathshala at Sola
Vidyapeeth near Ahmedabad.
Placing equal importance on the quest for the social empowerment of
women, Dr. Shukla's family also founded and supports the Vardhman
Gruhudyog Mahila Mandal in Surendranagar, India. Continuing this
tradition in the United States, Dr. Shukla became actively involved in
the promotion of Hindu dharma within American society: first as a camp
counselor for the Shanti Niketan camps in Miami, Florida, then assisting
in the coordination of the Hindu Students Council chapter at the
University of Florida. He was a co-founder of the Bhagavad Gita Group of
Tampa Bay during his years in surgical residency.
Dr. Shukla enjoys writing frequently and is a contributor to the online
magazine, sulekha.com. His essays have been published in an anthology on
the post-Godhra state of affairs in Gujarat. Dr. Shukla is-committed to
fostering greater understanding of Sanatana Dharma and the cause of
Hindu advocacy in the United States.
Dr. Shukla is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hindu American
"Promoting Understanding, Tolerance and Pluralism."
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