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Hello Everybody....Oakland, Detroit, Miami

The Chapter 9 Bankruptcy of Detroit last Friday is a stark reminder of what happens to an economy when trust breaks down between communities and disrupts the social fabric, leading to decline and decay and a sad breakdown of an economy.
 
I understand from cursory reading of books on Detroit that the 1967 riots sparked off a distrust between the communities, and may have been the turning point for the breakdown of the economy which has now resulted to this sad, sad decline.
 
No two children of the same family will be totally understanding or obedient to their parent(s), but if family members work in harmony and common objectives, they tend to be more successful.  That rule of harmony holds true for organisations as well as for communities, there is no reason why it should not hold true for cities or even nations, hence last week I referred to Cario and Oakland but of course I should also have mentioned Miami.
 
Just imagine Detroit in the 1950s, which now appears to have been its heyday, full of harmony and enterprise, inspiring dreams, the American dream, contributing to its status as a city of great reputation worldwide, with its ballrooms, museums, theatres, skyscrapers....The industry and enterprise was there to give a livelihood to the 465,000 residents there, who soon grew to over a million and to nearly two million towards the peak.  The infrastructure was added to as it served the citizens and visitors, and the town grew to a city. 
 
The decline has seen people leave, mainly white people leaving the city to suburbs, leaving a ghetto at its core, the deserted buildings falling apart, now ready for demolition or refurbishment. 
 
The population has fallen, leaving the municipality with an income of about $1 billion a year, when it probably needs at least a billion-and-a-half just to service the interest on the bonds. 
 
A solution may be repopulation, with some company and a group of New Economy companies able to generate a lot of jobs and sustain the livelihoods of the citizens.  Obviously there is a lot of talent and raw energy, that can be purposefully employed and will create wealth and sustain the people and regenerate the city.  All that is now needed is for a few men and women of vision to locate their wealth generating companies there, and give a boost to the regeneration of the housing and public buildings.
The talent is there, you cannot stand and see a great city die.  Hopefully, the government can make a special provision for a funding programme to regenerate this great iconic city with its beautiful landmarks. 
 
As harmony exists between people, so will Recovery and Prosperity bloom in their midst. Today, I pray for restoration of faith in Detroit. 
 
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.
 

Hello, Oakland, Cairo, Goma

The people are not happy with the acquittal in the U.S. of George Zimmermann, accused of shooting dead the teenager Trayvon Martin.  It seems people both black and white and all ethnic groups are pouring out onto the streets of Oakland and Los Angeles, California.  According to the law of the land, the jury found the accused aquitted, but the people are not satisfied with this verdict. 
 
In the minds and hearts of the people protesting for justice for the late Trayvon Martin, the verdict delivered is not what they expected.  I don't know if they are likely to now lodge an appeal for a re-trial, but the current situation suggests that may be an option to cool people down. 
 
Meanwhile, in Cairo the pro-Mursi suppoters are filling the streets and the situation is far from peaceful.  Here about 20 million out of 86 million of the Egyptian people voted for Dr Mursi.  He seems to be the accommodative voice of peace and tolerance in this region, and obviously the U.S. were happy to see him in charge.  The Muslim Brotherhood under his guidance provides an orthodox but democratic brand of Islam, which itself means Democracy, and keeping within their cultural interpretation, are a progressive people.  The U.S. educated Dr Mursi and his supporters insist that the deposting was a coup d'état, counting on the U.S. to withdraw aid support for Egypt, which would hurt the nation.  An accommodative stance for the Egyptian military leaders would be to give Dr Mursi a position in the political top.   
 
Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a sad place, a country that is blessed with fertile land, plentiful rain, and used to provide plenty when it was Belgian Congo.  Alas, the dam at Matadi which was built to generate a huge amount of power, probably needs technical know-how to keep functioning and potentially provide the power that could electrify a good part of that region.  It seems sad that a million people of bare means are often being driven round and round in circles by a military that must now become their well-wishers and protectors and guides, so that the potential of this region can find fuller expression.
 
My Facebook friend Marc Allen, the living apostle of New Age thinking, sees sea changes around the globe which will bring changes in the collective consciousness.  His words today inspired a recap of the above scenarios.  Humanity loves peace, and strives for justice.  It is part of the unfolding picture today and when the leaders make efforts to provide pragmatic solutions to the situations that face them, then hope is there peace will be restored. 
 
Mahatma Gandhi popularised the concept of Satyagraha - non-violent struggle for justice.  Martin Luther King found success for his struggle with this method, although regretfully his life was cut short.  In South Africa, the great soul Nelson Mandela is glorious proof of this philosophy. 
 
I pray for peaceful outcome to all these situations.  As we emit peace from our hearts, so may peace reciprocate  from those around us.
 
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.
 
 

Swollen legs

Swollen legs are a most painful condition.  I am diabetic, and I developed swollen legs, and I was frightened.
 
My legs used to feel like lead.  The blood was not circulating properly.  In fact, blood was collecting in the lower parts of the legs.  I was determined to find relief for me, through some method, if a method there was.
 
First thing I remembered was something called 'bench exercises', which a reknowned magazine owner had once written about.  I tried what I imagined were bench exercises.  I would hold the edge of the table and try to raise up and down on my legs - do sit ups holding the table.  Very painful with bloated legs.
 
But observing Baba Ramdev doing his exercises on Aastah TV, I realized that the way to do this exercise is to lie flat on the back, then BREATHE OUT and bring one knee to the chest, BREATHE OUT again and bring the other knee to the chest.  In other words, knock the air out of the stomach, naturally and not forcefully.  The relax.  And, still lying down on the back, do cycling movements with your legs, for five, ten, fifteen, twenty minutes progressively as the legs become less bloated, more normal and are able to take more exercise.
 
Another thing, and in fact the first thing to do, is to soak your legs in a bucket of warm-to-hot water with some Dettol or antibacterial liquid, and enjoy this for 20 minutes to half hour, till the veins open up and gradually after a few days the circulation may be restored to normal.
 
The third thing is to wear tights (or hosiery) from a chemists shop, although I imagine any tights will do for the time-being if those are not available.  Wearing the tights will give pressure to maintain the good work done.  Then, if you follow this routine, within about eight weeks, your legs will start to look and feel normal.  Then use this routine with your own judgement, as and when necessary.
 
May friends, I wish you good health.
 
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.
 
 
 
 

The youth unemployment and the Retirement age

It seems a little bit of tweaking and changes in policy may improve the situation in Europe dramatically, at least I believe so.
 
The high rate of unemployment amongst the under-25s and the debate about the Retirement age surely throws up possibilities of correction and growth in the right segments. 
 
People like to retire early, not work into their old age!  People like to work a slightly shorter week, so they can enjoy some leisure time enjoying the sunshine, pottering around town, meeting friends, playing cards, taking youngsters to all the exciting places, and so on.  That is the boon of the Digital age, where people shouldn't have to work long hours.  Each new generation should have more leisure time, and a better standard of living.  Why not? 
 
And the young people, why should they be unemployed?  If there is work to be done, they should do it instead of the older people.  Does it not make sense?  It would reduce unemployment amongst the young people, who are the strength of this generation.  What a relief it would bring. 
 
If more young people are facilitated into the jobs market, they will become empowered to do all the traditional jobs such as plumbing, shop-keeping, driving, cooking and catering, house-building, architecture, book-keeping, teaching, nursing, pharmacology, dentistry, librarianship, well you can add a few names as well.
 
As the young people work, the economy will boom, able to support the people who need to retire and draw a pension.  It will seem fair if people who have worked hard for so many years can retire at a reasonable age and enjoy a future of a leisurely life, whilst the young can convert all their talents and energy into wealth for their nations, by work, enterprise and innovation. 
 
Europe can endeavour to put young people into traditional occupations, as well as nurturing talents for the digital economy.  Maybe the lucky ones will help create some star performers like Facebook or Pulse or Tumblr, and those can be developed as hobbies by the rest of us I guess. 
 
Now I hope the legislators and labour department superemos can sit down and formulate some ideas that will turn all that latent energy into wealth and growth for Europe.
 
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.
 

Heavenly Father likes us to be joyful

 
Saturday 18th May was start of the Romford Stake Conference of the Preisthood Leadership and it was very fully attended both days, including a full turnout on Sunday morning.
 
One of the speakers referred to Doctrine and Covenants 2, which tells of the 116 pages of the manuscript which came to be lost.  "As a Bishop, have you ever felt you have done something that has completely 'blown it'? (like the lost 116 pages?).  This was President Bleakley of the Romford Ward, who is now leaving to go and look after the Southend Ward.  He talked about Administering v. Exercising the Priesthood.  Reference was made to D&C 5:16, Moroni Ch 10: 8-17.  I personally admire President Bleakley, who always champions exercising the priesthood, and is a very capable Bishop. 
 
His wife, Sister Bleakley, who has three children, also told us as to why she is a Mormon.
"Why am I a Mormon?  It is because I was born in a household where both parents and grandparents were Mormons - I was born in the Church?  That's part of the reason.  But because I know our Saviour lives, I have chosen to be a Mormon."
Sister Bleakley grew up in Leeds, and there one day she saw a car with the registration LDS 4 EVA.  To her this was of course our Church for ever, although to the car owner it was most probably Leeds for ever.
 
One of the missionaries, Elder Nicols, has just returned from Greece.  He had a sunny testimony where he was at the Hills of Mars near the Acropolis, where the Saviour stood and prophesied in olden times.
     We are here that we might have joy.  Heavenly Father likes us to be joyful."
Brother Nicols is of the persuasion that we should continue to renew our covenants with Heavenly Father. 
It may sound strange, but in Greece Yes is Na.  (And the good news is that there has been a lot of repair
to the Greek economy, and it seems normality is fast returning to that golden land).
 
Sister Lydia Jacobs is a new convert, who met two missionaries is Southend.  She was offered the Book of Mormon - what is this? she said.  It talks about a Prophet (Joseph Smith) who lived to transcribe this book and make it available to the world.  But she had heard that no one who sees the Father lives, yet two men who saw the Heavenly Father did live, to glorify His name.  Lydia was baptised recently, after meeting President Jordan.  She sounded like a transformation had taken place in her life.  She is very joyful now.  It is refreshing to know that should we see God, in our hearts, we would still live on, to glorify His name through sharing His message.
 
President Jordan especially travelled over to be at this testimony.
 
His wife, Sister Jordan, spoke about the success of the recent 'I'm a Mormon' campaign.  People have even contacted the Church to enquire about tickets to the show, The Mormons are Coming.
There are Mormons all over London.  Two missionaries near the Prince of Wales Theatre were asked for their autographs.  "What do you actually do?" some missionaries were asked on a bus.
"Is that a real Book of Mormon?" others have asked, seeing a copy of the beautiful blue pocket size softcover volume, which is available for the asking to those who would read it and discover for the themselves the veracity of the message.
 
There is a special hotline to President Jordan between 9.30 and 10.30 pm each night, and missionaries phone in to tell him about the miracles that particular day.  It is an even busier time as there is ever-growing curiousity about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 
 
Sister Bonnel Lawal spoke about the consequences of breaking God commandments, signs of which are to be seen everywhere and something we should guard ourselves against, despite the struggles to make ends meet and endeavour to buy the first house.
 
President David Barter, the Stake President, summed up his testimony in two golden words : Service sanctifies. 
 
To all the above, in the name of our Saviour, whose message lives through the faithful congregations, I say Amen.
 
(Written by Duru-darshan
Melchizedek Priest at the Ilford Chapel)
 
18th and 19th May 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
  
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