Anxiety & Depression In Adolescent Girls

Anxiety and depression in adolescent girls are normally more than in boys. Its signs and symptoms include a change in physical and mental health from the teenager’s previous attitude and behaviour that can cause a significant amount of distress and problems at school and also in the home, in social activities.

However, the ongoing pandemic made a deep impact on their physical and mental health. They have been captivated in the home for a long time( about 2 years). As a result, classes were going on in online mode. Recently some classes are permitted to continue offline. So the students of upper classes are getting some space to interact with their teachers and classmates.

Anxiety and depression in adolescent girls of upper classes:

However, these sections of upper-class students, mainly girls are in adolescence. So their emotions and behaviour are changing now. Though these changes vary from person to person.

What are the changes in their behaviour to be seen?

The changes are as follows:
• Feeling loss of interest or pleasure in regular activities.
• Low self-esteem • Feelings of sadness
• Frustration or feeling of anger, even over small matters. • Irritable or annoyed mood.
• Feeling loneliness. • Loss of interest in, or conflict with family and friends. • Feeling of worthlessness or guilt • Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure. • Trouble thinking • lack of concentration • Delay in decision-making and remembering things. • Frequent thoughts of death or suicide • Fixation on past failures or self-criticism. • Ongoing sense that life and the future are grim.

On the other side, they are passing through with some behavioural changes. These are the following changes:

1. Social isolation is the main feature of the adolescent
2. Less attention to personal hygiene
3. Agitation and restlessness
4. Tiredness and loss of energy
5. Changes in appetite. It can be decreased
or increased, mostly craving for food
6. Sleeping too much or less
7. Poor school performance
8. Angry outbursts, disruptive
9. Slowed deliberation, thinking and expression
10. Use of drugs or alcohol
11. Suiciding tendency

Anxiety and depression in adolescent girls:

Depression in adolescent boys and girls, mainly girls will have a noticeable change in their thinking and behaviour. The most common symptoms of depression are sadness for no apparent reason most of the time they usually have no motivation. They used to close the door of the bedroom after school or college and stay in their room for hours.

Another noticeable thing is, they have a change in eating habits. Generally, they awake up to midnight. I have seen it in my home. My daughter is going through this period. We have tried our best to remove this habit, but unfortunately, couldn’t.
She is accustomed to go to bed at midnight, either busy in gossiping with their friends, or doing some hobbies up to midnight. Within this period she used to take some light foods.

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  Here are more signs of depression in adolescents even though they may or may not show all signs. 

    Some signs of depression in adolescents I have already described.

Here are more a few: 

    No. 1 is apathy. Then excessive or inappropriate guilt is in mind. Next, Irresistible behaviour. • Another is loss of memory.•  Rebellious behaviour • Preoccupation with death and dying • Sudden drop in grades. • Promiscuous sexual activities.•  Another symptom is withdrawal from friends. •  Unexplained crying. • Complain of pains, including headaches, stomach aches, low back pain or fatigue. 

        Anxiety and depression in Adolescent Girls:

      According to the National Institute of Health, nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will have experienced an anxiety disorder. These numbers have been rising steadily. 

   While we don’t know for sure, several factors could be contributing to anxiety and depression in adolescents. In addition to genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events, consider the following: 

  • High expectations and pressure to succeed
  • A World that feels scary and threatening
  • Social media is to some extent also responsible for it. 

Why Adolescents are to face anxiety and depression?

Adolescence is a unique and formative year. Physical, mental or emotional and social changes, including exposure to poverty, abuse or violence, can make adolescents vulnerable to mental health problems. 

Adolescents with mental health conditions are particularly vulnerable to social exclusion, discrimination, stigma, educational difficulties, risk-taking behaviours, physical ill-health and human rights violations. 

Mainly girls are much more likely to be diagnosed with those mood disorders. Perhaps it could be because girls sometimes gain emotional maturity more quickly and may be more emotionally sensitive. 

It’s a noticeable sign of both anxiety and depression than girls are withdrawing from things they enjoy. 

They may start doing worse in school results. Sometimes it is seen that the girls dealing with depression may start eating or sleeping much more or much less. 

Girls with anxiety often structure their lives around avoiding the things that they are afraid of, like new activities or social situations. 

Adolescent girls might be moody in behaviour. These mood disorders can have negative impacts on friendships and academic success. 

Anxiety and depression in Adolescent Girls : 

It’s important to discuss that anxiety and depression often occur in the same teenager, and may need to be treated as two separate disorders. 

Anxiety is more likely to occur without depression than depression without anxiety. The negative state of mind of a depressed teenager lends itself to uncertainty. 

If we are not feeling good about ourselves, or have no confidence in ourselves, or are insecure or unsafe, anxiety may find fertile ground. It may also be because the regions of the brain affected by anxiety and depression are close together and mutually affected. 

  Depression in teenaged girls does not have one single definitive cause. Rather, people with this illness tend to have several biological, psychological and environmental risk factors that contribute to its development. 

Biologically, depression is associated with reduced levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain and with an imbalance of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. 

This emotional illness is associated with a decrease in the size of some areas of the brain, as well as increased activity in the other areas of the brain. 

Females are more likely to get depression than males. It’s because of biological differences based on gender, as well as the differences in how girls and women are encouraged to interpret their environment and respond to it, and how they express themselves compare to men and boys. 

Anxiety and depression in Adolescent Girls : 

There is another cause related to it. It’s thought that at least a partially genetic contribution to the development of depression. Because children and adolescents with a depressed parents are up to four times more likely to develop the illness themselves. 

Moreover, teen anxiety and depression disorders are somewhat associated with the stress of body changes, including the fluctuating hormones of puberty, as well as teen ambivalence towards increased independence, and with changes in their relationship with their parents, peers, and others. 

  Here are more signs of depression in adolescents even though they may or may not show all signs.     Some signs of depression in adolescents I have already described.

Here are a few:  

   No. 1 is apathy. Then excessive or inappropriate guilt is in mind. Next, Irresistible behaviour. • Another is loss of memory.•  Rebellious behaviour • Preoccupation with death and dying • Sudden drop in grades. • Promiscuous sexual activities.•  Another symptom is withdrawal from friends. •  Unexplained crying. • Complain of pains, including headaches, stomach aches, low back pain or fatiguee.

       Anxiety and depression in Adolescent Girls:   

   According to the National Institute of Health, nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will have experienced an anxiety disorder. These numbers have been rising steadily.  

  While we don’t know for sure, several factors could be contributing to anxiety and depression in adolescents. In addition to genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events, consider the following: 

High expectations and pressure to succeed, A World that feels scary and threatening, media is to some extent also responsible for it. 

Why Adolescents are to face anxiety and depression?

Adolescence is a unique and formative time: Physical, mental or emotional and social changes, including exposure to poverty, abuse or violence, can make adolescents vulnerable to mental health problems.

 Adolescents with mental health conditions are particularly vulnerable to social exclusion, discrimination, stigma, educational difficulties, risk-taking behaviours, physical ill-health and human rights violations. 

Mainly girls are much more likely to be diagnosed with those mood disorders. Perhaps it could be because girls sometimes gain emotional maturity more quickly and may be more emotionally sensitive.

 It’s a noticeable sign of both anxiety and depression than girls are withdrawing from things they enjoy. They may start doing worse in school results.

Sometimes it is seen that the girls dealing with depression may start eating or sleeping much more or much less. Girls with anxiety often structure their lives around avoiding the things that they are afraid of, like new activities or social situations. 

In addition, Adolescent girls might be moody in behaviour. These mood disorders can have negative impacts on friendships and academic success. 

Anxiety and depression in Adolescent Girls :

 It’s important to discuss that anxiety and depression often occur in the same teenager, and may need to be treated as two separate disorders.

 Anxiety is more likely to occur without depression than depression without anxiety. The negative state of mind of a depressed teenager lends itself to uncertainty.

 If we are not feeling good about ourselves, or have no confidence in ourselves, or are insecure or unsafe, anxiety may find fertile ground.

It may also be because the regions of the brain affected by anxiety and depression are close together and mutually affected. 

  Depression in teenaged girls does not have one single definitive cause. Rather, people with this illness tend to have several biological, psychological and environmental risk factors that contribute to its development.

 Biologically, depression is associated with reduced levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain and with an imbalance of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. 

This emotional illness is associated with a decrease in the size of some areas of the brain, as well as increased activity in the other areas of the brain.

 Females are more likely to get depression than males. It’s because of biological differences based on gender. Moreover, the differences in how girls and women are encouraged to interpret their environment and respond to it, and how they express themselves compared to men and boys. 

Anxiety and depression in Adolescent Girls : 

There is another cause related to it. It’s thought that at least a partially genetic contribution to the development of depression. Because children and adolescents with depressed parents are up to four times more likely to develop the illness themselves.

 Moreover, teen anxiety and depression disorders are somewhat associated with the stress of body changes, including the fluctuating hormones of puberty, as well as teen ambivalence towards increased independence, and with changes in their relationship with their parents, peers, and others. 

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Rabindranath Tagore On Jesus Christ

Today 25th, December is a pious day for mankind. The Son of God, Jesus Christ was born in this day. We celebrate throughout the world Jesus birthday as Christmas day. Rabindranath Tagore observered this day in his Viswabharati at Shantiniketan, and still now the Viswabharati authority observes every year there. As a result, the teachers and students participate in the event with songs and music. So today, we shall discuss in this post on Rabindranath Tagore on Jesus Christ.

Tagore also influenced Western World with his spiritualistic philosophy and his divine poetic contents. Especially after being awarded the Nobel Prize for his collection of lyrics” Gitanjali”. We know Yeats wrote the introduction of this book. And its impact on western minds was enormous.

They took him as a Saint and seemed to be the light of consciousness during their contemporary crisis due to first World War. They thought Rabindranath as Jesus Christ.

On the other hand, Tagore was very much convinced about the Christian contribution to India in shaping a new thinking. This is quite evident from what Tagore wrote about Christianity. 

“As before, the genius of India has taken from her aggressors the most spiritually significant principle of their culture and fashioned a new message of hope for mankind.      

We have to reverse this thinking, imbibing the very Christian value of charity that cares only for the humans. Because they thought that humans are created in the image of God. This theology makes a huge difference.

But the man who led us to freedom, had truly imbibed this charity that came from the man who died on the cross, for his fellow brothers and sisters, and that is why Tagore says:

“And to our great good fortune, Gandhiji was able to receive this teaching of Christ in a living way.”

For Tagore, like Dr Stanley Jones, Gandhiji was indeed the Christ of the Indian road.

But Tagore says God is a loving Father from whom his only son emerged as the incarnation of love. It’s a love that leads to the cross to sacrifice oneself for fellow human beings.

Therefore, I have been told here before that Tagore was also sometimes compared in the West to Jesus in his manner and appearance. That the Birth of Jesus made a deep and lasting impression on Tagore is evident from his poem, The Child.

It is the only poem of Rabindranath Tagore, which is originally written in English. Tagore composed the poem in July 1930 after his visit to the village of Oberammergau, 40 miles from Munich, Germany.

Tagore visited the place to watch the traditional passion plays of Jesus Christ. It generally takes place in every ten years. However, Tagore wrote this poem ( the Child) having influenced by the passion plays of Jesus Christ. And ultimately, he later translated this poem into Bengali as Sishutirtha (Pilgrimage to Childhood) in Punashca.

The Child is a recurrent metaphor in Tagore’s poems. The passion coalesced  in the poet’s imagination and he conceived the Child in the harmony of creative impulse in the course of a night.    

However, Tagore finds humanity striving to transcend the burden of frustration and failure, breaking, yet refusing to be defeated and persevering with the quest.

Man contains in himself the spirit of his redemption and one day, the Newborn; the divine Child shall triumph towards glorious fulfilment. The poem is in ten sections and the actions pause and heaves like the eternal waves of the sea. In fact, the poem blends the cultural contexts of the East and West, of impressionistic description and profound prophecy.                      C:\Users\Fr.FelixRajSJ\Desktop\Jesus 1.jpgJesus ChristC:\Users\Fr.FelixRajSJ\Desktop\Tagore.jpg            C:\Users\Fr.FelixRajSJ\Desktop\Rabindranath Tagore - Young.jpgGurudev Rabindranath Tagore on Jesus Christ/image:http://kalpatarurudra.org/jpg

This impression on Tagore’s mind is further borne out by his translation of Eliot’s Ariel Poem, “Journey of the Magi” (Tirtho Jatri) in search of the Divine Infant.

Tagore had acknowledged the impact of Eliot’s poem. It’s because the obvious reason that the scene of the Nativity seems to have deeply moved him. Moreover, Ave Maria profoundly influenced and deeply inspired Tagore.

Tagore wrote another poem on Jesus Christ in 1939. He wrote these lines at the age of 78, during the period of his long illness and as death was drawing near. On Christmas day Tagore wrote a song to commemorate the birthday of Jesus Christ.  

 The poetry he wrote in these years is among the finest ones. It is distinctive of his preoccupation with death and transmigration. Probably he had contemplated on the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ. Naturally, Passion Plays he watched in Oberammergau, Germany influenced him very extensively.

The Second World War was declared on September 1, 1939. The Indian leaders had suggested that Britain should declare independence before India could help the Allied cause.   

 The request was naturally turned down. India was not free and Europe was at war. It was very sadistic to Tagore and his countrymen. Eventually, for Christmas service at Santiniketan Tagore wrote, “To Christ, the Son of Man”:   

         Bengali Song in Roman Script – Aekdin jara merechilo taré giyé  /Rajaro dohai diyé/

A yugé tarai janmo niyeche aji,/ Mandiré tara aesheche bhakto shaji-/ Ghatak shainyé daki‘/ Maro Maro’ othé hnaki./Garjoné mishé pujamantrer swar/-Manob-putro tibro baethaé kahen, Hé Iswar!/ A panpatro nidarun bishé bhara / Duré félé dao, duré félé dao twawra. 

   English Translation: One day those who killed him, In the name of the King, they have come back as devotees in the temples, Assailant calls the soldier kill him, Kill him’, yells, The yell mixes with prayer hymns – Says: he is in great pain, This cup is full of poison, Throw it away.

The Child (Sishutirtha)CHRISTMAS – THE BIRTH OF THE CHILD

 The Child is the only poem of Rabindranath Tagore, which is originally written in English. The piece was composed in July 1930 after he visited the village of Oberammergau, 40 miles from Munich, Germany. I have told it before.    

 Tagore visited the place to watch the traditional passion plays of Jesus Christ, held every ten years. That the Birth of Jesus made a deep and lasting impression on Tagore is evident from this poem. He later translated into Bengali as Sishutirtha (Pilgrimage to Childhood) in Punascha.

In fact, the Child is a recurrent metaphor in Tagore’s poems. The passion coalesced in the poet’s imagination and he conceived the Child in the harmony of creative impulse in the course of a night.    

 Tagore finds humanity striving to transcend the burden of frustration and failure, breaking, yet refusing to be defeated and persevering with the quest. Man contains in himself the spirit of his redemption and one day, the Newborn; the divine Child shall triumph towards glorious fulfillment.

The poem is in ten sections and the actions pause and heave like the eternal waves of the sea. The poem blends the cultural contexts of the East and West, of impressionistic description and profound prophecy.This impression on Tagore’s mind is further borne out by his translation of Eliot’s Ariel Poem, “Journey of the Magi” (Tirtho Jatri) in search of the Divine Infant.

  It is only hope and faith that take him along to the newness of life offered by the Child, full of divinity. We present the beautiful poem here for the readers to look around and see The Holy Child:The child

On both sides of the road the corn is ripe to the horizon, The glad golden answer of the earth to the morning light. The current of daily life moves slowly between the village near the hill and the one by the riverbank. The potter’s wheel goes round; the woodcutter brings fuel to the market, the cowherd takes his cattle to the pasture, and the woman with the pitcher on her head walking to the well.

    The First World War is going on. Reasonably, the Western people were longing for a calm and quiet atmosphere,  – a shelter where they could have spent a peaceful life. Hence, during this crucial time, they took shelter on Rabindranath Tagore.

On the other hand, Rabindranath believes that Western spirituality, especially the Christian faith and doctrine of love in humanity has a tremendous influence on the East. 

       Moreover, Tagore was very much convinced about the Christian contribution to India in shaping a new thinking. This is quite evident from what Tagore wrote about Christianity. 

“As before, the genius of India has taken from her aggressors the most spiritually significant principle of their culture and fashioned a new message of hope for mankind.

       There is in Christianity the great doctrine that God became man in order to save humanity by taking the burden of its sin and suffering on Himself, here in this very world, not waiting for the next. That the starving must be fed, the ragged clad, has been emphasised by Christianity as no other religion has done.”

This must serve as an eye-opener for many in India who denigrate Christianity and its significant contributions to this nation. But our most revered thinker and poet of Gitanjali, has spoken unequivocally that no religion emphasizes charity as much as Christianity, which has produced hundreds of charity icons throughout its history. 

          It is that charity which inspired people like Hume and C.F. Andrews to trigger the freedom  movement along with all other Indians. Then Tagore makes a pertinent observation regarding Christian charity and its Indian version:

“Charity, benevolence, and the like, no doubt have an important place in the religions of our country as well, but there they are in practice circumscribed within much narrower limits, and are only partially inspired by love of man. And to our great good fortune, Gandhiji was able to receive this teaching of Christ in a living way.”

This is a telling observation, because it comes from the poet who gave us our National Anthem, which in itself is an expression of this charity. 

              Moreover, as stated by Tagore, the charity practised in India was a circumscribed one and it was ‘only partially inspired by love of man’. But the Christian charity, the agape-love, is fully for human beings and with them. The words: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’, tells it very vividly.

Tagore reminds India of its major flaw – a partial love of man. Are we not showing more concern to animals, rituals and customs than human beings? That is why even after 70 years of Independence, we are running after animals with an ambulance neglecting our own wounded brothers and sisters.

Therefore, we have to reverse this thinking, imbibing the very Christian value of charity that cares only for the humans, because humans are created in the image of God. This theology makes a huge difference.

But the man who led us to freedom, had truly imbibed this charity that came from the man who died on the cross, for his fellow brothers and sisters, and that is why Tagore says: “And to our great good fortune, Gandhiji was able to receive this teaching of Christ in a living way.”

For Tagore, like Dr. Stanley Jones, Gandhiji was indeed the Christ of the Indian road. For the visionary from Bengal, if India accepts this Christian charity, then all of us Indians can truly pray: 

       “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high / Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake!”

When Rabindranath Tagore addressed God as Father, he was asking India to change its age-old concept of God, which sees the divine only as power or ‘Shakti’. 

        But Tagore says God is a loving Father from whom his only son emerged as the incarnation of love, a love that leads to the cross to sacrifice oneself for fellow human beings. For Tagore, this Father makes all of us his children and therefore brothers and sisters.

If we have this sense of fellowship, then each and every citizen of our land can move around dauntlessly, with his head held high. This is the fruit of Christian charity and this is what Tagore wants every Indian to practice sincerely and honestly.

I have told before that Tagore was also sometimes compared in the West to Jesus in his manner and appearance

That the Birth of Jesus made a deep and lasting impression on Tagore is evident from his poem, The Child. It is the only poem of Rabindranath Tagore, which is originally written in English.

    Rabindranath composed the poem in July 1930 after he visited the village of Oberammergau, in Germany. It’s 40 miles away from Munich, Germany. Tagore visited the place to watch the traditional passion plays of Jesus Christ, held every ten years. Later he translated it into Bengali as Sishutirtha (Pilgrimage to Childhood) in Punashca.

However, The Child is a recurrent metaphor in Tagore’s poems. The passion coalesced  in the poet’s imagination and he conceived the Child in the harmony of creative impulse in the course of a night.

     Tagore finds humanity striving to transcend the burden of frustration and failure, breaking, yet they are refusing to be defeated and persevering with the quest. Man contains in himself the spirit of his redemption and one day, the Newborn; the divine Child shall triumph towards glorious fulfilmentp.

The poem is in ten sections and the actions pause and heave like the eternal waves of the sea. The poem blends the cultural contexts of the East and West, of impressionistic description and profound prophecy.

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Rabindranath Tagore on Jesus Christ

This impression on Tagore’s mind is further borne out by his translation of Eliot’s Ariel Poem, “Journey of the Magi” (Tirtho Jatri) in search of the Divine Infant. Naturally, Tagore had acknowledged the impact of Eliot’s poem. It’s because the obvious reason that the scene of the Nativity seems to have deeply moved him. It influenced Tagore profoundly and deeply. Moreover, Ave Maria inspired him massively.

Tagore wrote another poem on Jesus Christ in 1939. He wrote these lines at the age of 78, during the period of his long illness and as death was drawing near.

    Truly, the poetry he wrote in these years is among the finest. And therefore, it is distinctive of his preoccupation with death and transmigration. Probably he had contemplated on the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ, naturally influenced by the Passion Plays he watched in Oberammergau, Germany.

The Second World War starts on September 1, 1939. The Indian leaders had suggested that Britain should declare independence before India could help the Allied cause. 

   The request was naturally turned down. So India was not free and Europe was at war. However, for Christmas service at Santiniketan Tagore wrote, “To Christ, the Son of Man”:             


Bengali Song in Roman Script
Aekdin jara merechilo taré giyé  Rajaro dohai diyéA yugé tarai janmo niyeche aji,Mandiré tara aesheche bhakto shaji-Ghatak shainyé daki‘Maro Maro’ othé hnaki.Garjoné mishé pujamantrer swar-Manob-putro tibro baethaé kahen, Hé Iswar!A panpatro nidarun bishé bharaDuré félé dao, duré félé dao twawra.   

English Translation
One day those who killed him, In the name of the KingThey have come back as devotees in the temples, Assailant calls the soldier‘Kill him, Kill him’, yells, The yell mixes with prayer hymnsSays he is in great pain, This cup is full of poison, Throw it away.

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The Child (Sishutirtha)

CHRISTMAS – THE BIRTH OF THE CHILD

The people celebrate The birth of Jesus Christ all over the world on December 25. On Christmas Day, the Viswabharati of Tagore also organises the Christo Utsab at Shantiniketan.] 

The Child is the only poem of Rabindranath Tagore, which is originally written in English. He composed this piece of poem in July 1930 after his visit to the village of Oberammergau, 40 miles from Munich, Germany. I have told it before. 

    However, Tagore visited the place to watch the traditional passion plays of Jesus Christ. It takes place there in every ten years. That the Birth of Jesus made a deep and lasting impression on Tagore is evident from this poem. Eventually, the poet later translated it into Bengali as Sishutirtha (Pilgrimage to Childhood) in Punascha.

So The Child is a recurrent metaphor in Tagore’s poems. The passion coalesced in the poet’s imagination and he conceived the Child in the harmony of creative impulse in the course of a night. ( Rabindranath Tagore on Jesus Christ)

    Tagore finds humanity striving to transcend the burden of frustration and failure, breaking, yet refusing to be defeated and persevering with the quest. Man contains in himself the spirit of his redemption and one day, the Newborn; the divine Child shall triumph towards glorious fulfilment.

Rabindranath Tagore on Jesus Christ

The poem is in ten sections and the actions pause and heave like the eternal waves of the sea. The poem blends the cultural contexts of the East and West. It is full of impressionistic description and profound prophecy.

Eliot’s Ariel Poem, “Journey of the Magi” ( Tirtho Jatri ) impressed on Tagore’s mind profoundly. Naturally, he translated Eliot’s Ariel Poem, “Journey of the Magi” (Tirtho Jatri) in search of the Divine Infant.

However, Tagore had acknowledged the impact of Eliot’s poem. It’s because the obvious reason that the scene of the Nativity seems to have deeply moved him. Moreover, Ave Maria profoundly influenced and deeply inspired him . 

Here the Saint-  poet depicts a flowing, rhythmic spiritual journey of man. How human beings through the ages from the bondage of ignorance to the freedom of enlightenment and self-improvement human beings are journeying .

    Therefore,  It is only hope and faith that take him along to the newness of life offered by the Child, full of divinity. We present the beautiful poem here for the readers to look around and see The Holy Child:

The child ( Rabindranath Tagore on Jesus Christ)

The first flush of dawn glistens on the dew-dripping leaves of the forest. 

The man who reads the sky cries: 

“Friends, we have come!” 

They stop and look around. 

On both sides of the road the corn is rip,e to the horizon, 

The glad golden answer of the earth to the morning light. 

The current of daily life moves slowly 

between the village near the hill and the one by the riverbank. 

The potter’s wheel goes round; the woodcutter brings fuel to the market, 

the cowherd takes his cattle to the pasture, 

and the woman with the pitcher on her head walk to the wellwalkingut where is the King’s castle, the mine of gold, 

the secret book of magic, 

the sage who knows love’s utter wisdom? 

“The stars cannot be wrong,” assures the reader of the sky. 

“Their signal points to that spot.” 

And reverently he walks to a wayside spring 

from which wells up a stream of water, a liquid light, like the morning melting 

into a chorus of tears and laughter 

Near it in a palm grove surrounded by a strange hush stands a leaf-thatched hut 

at whose portal sits the poet of the unknown shore, and sings: 

“Mother, open the gate!” 

A ray of morning sun strikes aslant at the door. 

The assembled crowd feels in their blood the primaeval chant primaeval: 

“Mother, open the gate!” 

The gate opens.

The mother is seated on a straw bed with the babe on her lap, 

Like the dawn with the morning star. 

The sun’s ray that was waiting at the door outside falls on the head of the child. 

The poet strikes his lute and sings out: 

“Victory to Man, the new-born, the newborn!” 

They kdown, — ing and the beggar, the saint and the sinner, 

the wise and the fool, — and cry: 

“Victory to Man, the New-Born, the Ever-Living!” 

The old man from the East murmurs to himself: 

“I have seen!” 

    Rabindranath Tagore 

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JESUS CHRIST IN THE DREAM OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

On the Eve Of 25 December, 2021

  JESUS CHRIST  IN THE DREAM OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA  

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The Swami spent a few days in Naples, visiting Vesuvius, Pompeii, and other places of interest. Then the ship at last arrived from Southampton with Mr. Goodwin as one of his passengers. The Swami and his friends sailed from Naples on December 30, 1896, expecting to arrive in Colombo on January 15, 1897.

On board the ship the Swami had a significant vision. One night, somewhere between Naples and Port Said, he saw in a vivid dream a venerable, bearded old man, like a rishi of India,

Who said:

‘Observe carefully this place. You are now in the Island of Crete. This is the land where Christianity began. I am one of the Therapeutae who used to live here.’

  • Lord Jesus In the Dream Of Swami Vivekananda 
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The apparition uttered another word, which the Swami could not remember. It might have been ‘Essene,’ a sect to which John the Baptist belonged.

Both the Therapeutae and the Essenes had practised renunciation and cherished a liberal religious outlook. According to some scholars, the word Therapeutae may be derived from the Buddhist word Sthaviraputtra or theraputta. Its meaning : the sons or disciples of the Theras, or Elders, the superiors among the Buddhist monks.

The word Essene may have some relation with Isiyana. The meaning it is the Path of the Lord, a well-known sect of Buddhist monks. It is now admitted that the Buddhists at an early time had monasteries in Asia Minor, Egypt, and generally along the eastern part of the Mediterranean.

  • Lord Jesus In The Dream Of Swami Vivekananda 
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The old man in the dream concluded his statement by saying:

‘The truths and ideas preached by us were presented as the teachings of Jesus. But Jesus the person was never born. Various proofs attesting this fact will be brought to light when this place is dug up.’

At that moment — it was midnight — the Swami awoke and asked a sailor where the ship was! The sailor replied that it was fifty miles off Crete.

  • Lord Jesus In The Dream Of Swami Vivekananda 

The Swami became startled at this singular coincidence. The idea flashed in his mind that the Acts of the Apostles might have been an older record than the Gospels, and that Buddhist thought, coming through the Therapeutae and the Essenes, might have helped in the formulation of Christianity.

He also thought that the person of Christ might be a later addition. He knew that Alexandria was a meeting place of Indian and Egyptian thought. Later, when the old sites in Crete were excavated, evidence was found connecting early Christianity with foreign sources.

JESUS THE PERSON WAS NEVER BORN BUT IT IS NOT A MATTER BORN OR DIE, HE JESUS LIFE IS A GRATE AND HE IS VERY GRATE MAN

JESUS THE PERSON WAS NEVER BORN BUT IT IS NOT A MATTER BORN OR DIE, HE JESUS LIFE IS A GRATE AND HE IS VERY GRATE MAN  JESUS CHRIST  IN THE DREAM OF SWAMI  VIVEKANANDA  

The Swami spent a few days in Naples, visiting Vesuvius, Pompeii, and other places of interest. Then the ship at last arrived from Southampton with Mr. Goodwin as one ofher passengers. The Swami and his friends sailed from Naples on December 30, 1896, expecting to arrive in Colombo on January 15, 1897.On board the ship the Swami had a significant vision. One night, somewhere between Naples and Port Said, he saw in a vivid dream a venerable, bearded old man, like a rishi of India,Who said:’Observe carefully this place. You are now in the Island of Crete. This is the land where Christianity began. I am one of the Therapeutae who used to live here.’

  • Lord Jesus In the Dream Of Swami Vivekananda 

The apparition uttered another word, which the Swami could not remember. It might have been ‘Essene,’ a sect to which John the Baptist belonged. Both the Therapeutae and the Essenes had practised renunciation and cherished a liberal religious outlook. According to some scholars, the word Therapeutae may be derived from the Buddhist word Sthaviraputtra or theraputta, meaning the sons or disciples of the Theras, or Elders, the superiors among the Buddhist monks. The word Essene may have some relation with Isiyana, meaning the Path of the Lord, a well-known sect of Buddhist monks. It is now admitted that the Buddhists at an early time had monasteries in Asia Minor, Egypt, and generally along the eastern part of the Mediterranean.

  • Lord Jesus In The Dream Of Swami Vivekananda 

The old man in the dream concluded his statement by saying:’The truths and ideas preached by us were presented as the teachings of Jesus. But Jesus the person was never born. Various proofs attesting this fact will be brought to light when this place is dug up.’At that moment — it was midnight — the Swami awoke and asked a sailor where the ship was; he was told that it was fifty miles off Crete.

  • Lord Jesus In The Dream Of Swami Vivekananda 

The Swami was startled at this singular coincidence. The idea flashed in his mind that the Acts of the Apostles might have been an older record than the Gospels, and that Buddhist thought, coming through the Therapeutae and the Essenes, might have helped in the formulation of Christianity. The person of Christ might be a later addition. He knew that Alexandria had been a meeting-place of Indian and Egyptian thought. Later, when the old sites in Crete were excavated, evidence was found connecting early Christianity with foreign sources.JESUS THE PERSON WAS NEVER BORN BUT IT IS NOT A MATTER BORN OR DIE, HE JESUS LIFE IS A GRATE AND HE IS VERY GRATE MANJESUS THE PERSON WAS NEVER BORN BUT IT IS NOT A MATTER BORN OR DIE, HE JESUS LIFE IS A GRATE AND HE IS VERY GRATE MAN

Read more:1. Swami Vivekananda’s Inspired Talks 2. Jesus as Seen By Swami Vivekananda

To Avoid Depression-Why I’m Following A Perfect Diet

Dr Sushil Rudra

Durgapur

It’s my ongoing project to research and write down serially several articles on depression that will help the common people who are not serious about their mental health. Today’s discussion is about depression and diet by heading ” To avoid depression- why I’m following a perfect diet?

In my previous posts I have discussed different aspects of mood swings, panic attacks or disorders and mainly depressions. Even in insurgency, how it affects the common people massively, I have posted several articles pertaining to it.

Today’s post is bearing on the most important thing of our daily lifestyles and food habits, naming ” To avoid depression – why I’m following a perfect diet”?

My dear Readers! Most probably you know that I have already confessed that I had to face a massive episode of depression during my youth days and how I have been coping with this cloudy episodes.

I had to face panic attacks while I used to take my schedule classes. It distracted my mental peace frequently. At that time, I felt that if my health got break down here! I had to experience darkness in my eyes.

Moreover, I would feel trouble and darkness in my eyes, bloating, dried tongue, pale etc while I used to lecture at a stress in the classroom.

The duration of one class is an hour. After finishing my one class when I returned to Professor room, my pace of movement ( steps) was not normal. It was trembling pace.

Besides, when I stayed at home alone, I did feel very isolated and nervous. If there’s anyone of my known, there was no problem of panic. I spent quite all right. But panic wrapped up me when I was alone.

That’s not only one or two times, but several years I had been continuously facing this episodes. Really I had battled against this panic attacks and bore an unhealthy mental state for a long time. I went to get diagnosed before a lot of Doctors.

However, they couldn’t prescribe any antidepressants. Because they’re MD in medicine. Rather they prescribed some hypertension(BP) medicine like Amlokind + Attenol. Unfortunately, General physicians couldn’t diagnose my mental health.

On the other hand, I never expressed my mental illness. Might be it was the case with they did not help to cure me.

Eventually, I came to know that there is no such syllabus in MBBS of mental health. However, after a long long troubles, I was diagnosed with depression and panic disorders.

I went to Rajasthan along with my family. After roaming from one place to another we reached at Mt. Abu. There we spent 4/5 days at Brahmakumari Guest House.

However, one day we visited Global Hospital of this organisation. A Doctor ( Psychiatric), MD, PhD diagnosed me as a patient with panic disorders and gave me some antidepressants.

Obviously, My wife informed him that I couldn’t travel any long distance place alone by train or bus. He told me that day after getting his medicine I would have been able to travel alone. Truly, his words proved to be true.

Now I have been spending a panic – free life. But I couldn’t forget those cloudy days when I was the victim of panic attacks.

My daughter, Sumedha is a nutritionist and dietician. He told me to follow her charts for diets to lessen and overcome my regular stress. She also convinced me to switch up my diet to see if it makes me feel better.

The Opinion Of Great Nutritionist : To avoid depression why I am sticking to follow a perfect diet

Research suggests that certain foods affect mood—for better or worse. Dietary changes can trigger chemical and physiological changes within the brain that alter our behaviour and emotions.

“Most people understand the link between what they eat and their physical health,” says registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer, author of the 2010 book Eat Your Way to Happiness.

“But the link between what you eat and your mood, your energy, how you sleep, and how well you think is much more immediate. What you eat or don’t eat for breakfast will have at least a subtle effect by mid-afternoon, and what you’re eating all day will have a huge impact today and down the road.”

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A Must Diet Antioxidant : To avoid depression why I’m following a perfect diet

We can lessen destructive free radicals effect in the brain by eating foods rich in antioxidants :

• Beta – Carotene: apricots, broccoli, carrots, peaches, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes.

• Vitamin C: Blue Berry, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Orange, Peppers, Potatoes, Strawberry, Tomato.

• Vitamin E: Margarine, Nuts and Seeds, Vegetable Oil, Wheat Germ.

So choose your carbs wisely. We should limit sugary foods and opt for Smart or Complex Carbs, such as whole grains rather than Simple Carbs, such as Cakes and Cookies.

Besides, Fruits, Vegetables, and legumes are healthy Carbs and fiver.

Take Protein-Rich Foods For Boosting Alertness :

We have to keep foods like Chicken, Sea – Fish. Because it gives us amino acids called tryptophan which helps us making Serotonin. Therefore, I try to eat something with protein several times a day, especially when I need to clear our mind. It boosts our energy.

Get Enough Nuts and Seeds: To avoid depression – why I’m following a perfect diet

Eating more nuts and seeds may be good for the brain, as these foods contain Omega -3 fatty acids and antioxidants.

Moreover, it’s a rich source of the antioxidant Vitamin E. Eventually, these foods protect Cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

As I’m an aged person, our brains may be exposed to this form of oxidative stress, and Vitamin E may therefore support brain health in older age.

A REVIEW: To avoid depression -why I’m following a perfect diet

A review found that Vitamin E may also contribute to improving cognition and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
The nuts and seeds have the highest amount of Vitamin E, including Sunflower Seeds, almonds, hazelnuts etc.

Eggs: To avoid depression – why I’m following a perfect diet

Eggs can be effective brain food. Many of us enjoy it at breakfast. They are a good source of the following B Vitamin:
• Vitamin B 6
• Vitamin B 12
• Folic Acid

Recent research suggests that these vitamins may prevent brain shrinkage and delay cognitive decline.

An increased rate of brain atrophy is often observed in older adults, in particular, those who suffer from cognitive decline.

Homocysteine is a risk factor for brain atrophy, cognitive impairment and dementia. Plasma concentrations of homocysteine can be lowered by dietary administration of B Vitamin.

The next Item is Broccoli. As well as being a low-calorie source of dietary fibre, broccoli may be good for the brain.

Broccoli also contains Vitamin C and flavonoids. Therefore, these antioxidants can further boost our brain health.

Moreover, Broccoli is rich in compounds called glycosylated. When the body breaks these down, they produce isothiocyanates.

Isothiocyanates may reduce oxidative stress and lower the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

Other cruciferous vegetables that contain glycosylated include:
1. Cabbage 2. Cauliflower 3. Kale 4. Brussels sprouts 5. Turnips
Leafy greens may support brain health.

WHY I HAVE SELECTED SELENIUM-RICH FOOD?

There is a clear link between low selenium and poor mood swings. The recommended amount of selenium is 55 micrograms per adult.

But the evidence is not clear that taking supplements can help. Despite this, it’s possible to intake a sufficient amount of selenium. So it’s better to focus on foods.

Most health-conscious people might have intake the below items:

• Beans and Legumes • Low-fat dairy products • Nuts and Seeds • Lean Meats / Skinless Chicken • Brown Rice • Oatmeal • Fresh Water Fish • Sea Fish • Whole Grains.
Learn from: positive provocations.






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These fruits should be included in your regular diet positively. It will provide you with maximum energy and mental strength. I keep it in my diet. These fruits consist of Vitamins, Minerals etc.

Read more:1. Depression and Its Various Forms

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