Friday, November 30, 2012



Life of Pi is a sea survival, Booker prize winning novel penned by a Canadian author Yann Martel and published in 2001.  

It has to be a  fantasy as ocean currents cannot carry you from the Mariana Trench to the West coast of Mexico and that too in 227 days.  The novel was initially rejected by at least five London publishing houses.

The movie under the same name is a super-grand tale of endurance, faith, friendship, and indefatigable human spirit.  This movie has the most astonishing and impressive ‘ 3D visual effects movie’ ever made.  

--what more could you ask for.  

Says adult Pi,  Irfan Khan, who appears to be at peace with his past  "You don't know the strength of your faith until it's tested."  

And this forms the basis of the entire plot from the point when Pi fights for survival on sea with a ravenous and famished tiger till the end of his adventure-filled voyage. For intelligent people , this movie provides abundant food for thought. 

David Magee's script is steeped in spiritualism, and Ang Lee's mastery of the computer graphics technology elevates the script to dizzying heights.  Wrestling with spirituality onscreen can often be exhausting and unrewarding.

This is one time, where the movie is better than the book. This type of a movie out of a book would have been “inconceivable” a decade ago due to technological limitations.  It succeeds thanks to new visual effects possibilities and director Ang Lee's mastery in his chosen craft.

The fact that we already know that adult Pi ( Irfan Khan ) has survived  the ordeal  doesn't make the story any less harrowing or devoid of suspense.

The main character  Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel,  is a 17 year old Indian boy from Pondicherry, who uses his wits and  survives 7.5 months  after his ship sank in the Pacific, near the 11 kilometer deep Mariana Trench.

Suraj Sharma, a non-actor selected by director Lee from a field of 3,000 candidates, plays Pi of the lifeboat sequences, which is really the heart of the movie. He has for lone company a fierce adult Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.  

Pi finished off his 227 day ordeal in a lifeboat at sea on a note of heartwarming self-awakening.  

The story shifts back and forth between two perspectives-- that of present-day Pi as he narrates the story to a novelist looking for a new idea, and through teenage Pi's eyes as it's happening first hand at sea .

Life of Pi is divided into three story telling sections.  In the first section, Pi as an adult ( Irfan Khan ) reminisces about his childhood, to a  character called Writer (Rafe Spall) in the kitchen of his Montreal home.

Writer has made the pilgrimage because in his travels in India, he met Pi's godfather who convinced him that that Pi had a story so astonishing it could make him believe in God.

The Indian boy of Piscine Militor Patel , takes the initiative to change  his name to "Pi" when he begins secondary school, because he is sick and tired of being taunted with the nickname "Pissing Patel".  

Young Pi declares himself a Catholic, a Hindu, a Muslim.  He starts to follow all three religions as he "just wants to love God.  He doesn't truly understand the meaning of faith  until he's alone at sea , battling all odds and pleading for a sign from God.

His love of God, of beasts and a first love back home in the dancing class at Pondicherry endear.

The whole story from the beginning has an undercurrent of faith versus. reason. Pi's father is a practical atheist while his mother is a traditionalist who holds onto her Hindu religion as something that connects her to her past.

His rationalist father who owns a zoo in Pondicherry, had provided Pi some elementary understanding of Bengal tiger  psychology early in life.. One day when Pi as a child attempted to feed the fierce tiger in the zoo while sitting outside the bars, his father gets upset,  at his faith in God . 

His father ties up a lamb at the same place , where Pi was sitting with a piece of meat outside the bars.  . “Why not start with reason?” he taunts his son.  The tiger named Richard Parker, a name given only due to clerical error, suddenly with an infra sound blood chilling roar,  pounces on the tethered lamb and pulls the carcass with its paws through the bars and carries it away for a meal. 

His father (Adil Hussain) forces him to watch this scene. His father concludes this gruesome demonstration with some terse advise  “A tiger is not your friend.”

Pi is open-minded about his spirituality, despite the pleas of his rationalist father to settle for one set of beliefs.  By believing in everything, perhaps the boy believes in nothing, his father rightly cautions his mother.

Having fallen into hard times, one fine day his father decides to shut down the zoo and move to Canada. So in the  second part of the novel, Pi leaves Pondicherry where he spent his childhood and had his first love . He embarks a small Japanese ship to Canada with his family carrying some of the exotic animals from their zoo. Their sea voyage soon takes a tragic turn.

In the middle of the night, woken up by the ship’s movements in rough seas , Pi goes out of his cabin and foolishly opens a water tight door ( which is the real reason why the ship sank ) . He goes on the upper bridge deck and starts a  foolhardy dance,  in a building typhoon , sliding around here and there with every roll of the ship.  

A huge wave causes water to enter the accommodation via the open water tight door.  The Japanese ship Tsimtsum takes a list and capsizes. His parents, the ship’s crew, and the rest of the animals meet a watery grave in the dark and deep Mariana trench..  

Taiwanese director Ang Lee does an amazing job of creating this typhoon.  I have been at sea for 40 years , trust me on this.

After the storm, Pi regains consciousness in a small 26 foot lifeboat with a small menagerie – a vicious spotted hyena, a zebra with a broken leg, an orangutan and of course the Bengal tiger Richard Parker.

The starving hyena tears into the disabled Zebra and gorges into its flesh. When the sea sick Orangutan kicks up a loud row in protest the vicious hyena now targets her next and kills her too. Natural instinct I must say. 

Probably this is why the movie got PG rating because Director Ang Lee chose to avoid bloodletting.  
Suddenly the tiger who was hiding under the bow awnings leaps on the hyena with a blood curdling roar and kills it . 

Totally frightened,  Pi constructs a small raft out of lifejackets , oars and lifeboat bilge wooden gratings , tethers it to the boat using the painter , and retreats on to it.

Man and beast must work out a uneasy truce—first out of need, then out of unstated respect. The tiger's weapons are his teeth and claws, against which  man has to pit his brain . The tiger needs Pi to keep him alive and NOT vice versa.

Circumstances eventually force Pi to forge an uneasy co-existence with the tiger. He provides food and water to the tiger using his mental faculty.  The sensitive relationship between man and beast evolves in front of your eyes—fraught with danger and fear of the unknown.

"Maybe Richard Parker can't be tamed," Pi tells himself in a soliloquy, "but with God's will he can be trained."

He now sets about proving that he is the master to the tiger. He rocks the boat till the tiger feels terribly seasick and starts puking all over the place. While the tiger is in acute discomfort Pi blows on the life jacket whistle. 

The whistle is now a signal –  rather an evil omen to the tiger, shape up buddy, or you are due for some real bad treatment.  

The majority of the film is one long sequence in which Pi and the tiger get to know each other and co-exist on the boat. 

Eventually, our Richard Parker learns to forge a wary co-existance with Pi's presence and they both live in the boat for several months.  

I must digress here. This year’s best performance honors must go to an animal -- a TIGER named  Richard Parker .  

His expressive eyes bores into your soul.  You could almost tell exactly what this grand creature was thinking or trying to express . Once he tried to catch a big fish and jumped into the sea. He could NOT climb back onto the boat due to exhaustion. 

While about to drown with only his eyes and nose above water with NIL aggro, his imploring eyes , eyeballing Pi’s eyes, spoke volumes . Till then Richard Parker had only looked at Pi as emergency lifeboat food rations. 

The computer graphics imaging ( CGI ) work here is absolutely amazing.  I am an artist myself and I do understand this poignant scene. The whole cinema hall audience went slack jawed after this emotional scene , where Pi keeps the tiger alive, till the end of the movie, giving it food and water using his initiative.

The real star of the show is the tiger who is forced by circumstances to be in a symbiotic relationship with a human.  Their face-off, and the ambivalence Pi feels toward the beast — both drawn to him and fearing him.
 Created from a mix of CGI and four actual Bengal Tigers, the animal character is an alternating mix of house pet lovability and blood chilling beastly impulse. 

The switches between real and CGI tigers are imperceptible most of the time. Once the tiger leaps out of the 3D screen on to your face, making some in the audience sh#t in their pants , or petticoats , as the case may be.  

When we saw the movie, there was a half wit who cried AIYYYYOOOOO so loudly out of fear and his family had to take him out of the hall.

Technical awards are in order for all those who helped create the most memorable movie character of the year.  I am a cat lover and I do know big cat behavior .  The tiger, fur ripples in the wind so realistically that you’d try to reach out and stroke it if you weren’t so alert to the animal’s fierceness.

The created graphically the ever changing ocean that’s alive with shifting hues and mesmerizing — sometimes swift and startling — sea life swimming past.  They created spectacular typhoons followed by turquoise serenity. The night time ocean aglow with luminescent sea-life may seem artificial to land lubbers , but having crossed the Pacific dozens of times I can tell you I have seen even better ones.…

Even after this scene there is never is a point where Pi can be sure he has made a friend of the predatory tiger, considering the lesson his father had given him in the zoo.  For 227 days, as he struggles to survive on canned water and tinned biscuits. One fine day finding no more biscuits , he had to break his vegetarian habits and start eating raw fish, to survive, at odds with his faith.

Pi recounts a chain of events  while adrift at sea , including discovering an island of carnivorous algae inhabited by thousands of  meerkats. 

The island was shaped like Lord Vishnu in recline. Pi and Richard Parker eat to their hearts content,  but soon discover that the island is home to a carnivorous algae that, at night turns the ground to a Methanetetraol acid trap. 

Pi realizes that eventually the island will consume them – so he stocks the lifeboat with edible roots , greens and meerkats and the pair sets sail again.  

He realised only because the tiger would NOT sleep on the island at night, and preferred the boat.  This is one time beast saves man.

After 227 days, the lifeboat washes up onto the coast of Mexico and Richard Parker immediately escapes into the nearby jungle WITHOUT CASTING A BACKWARD GLANCE. 

The significance of 227 days is from the common approximation of π using the fraction 22/7.

In the third part of the novel, two Jap superintendents from the Japanese Ministry of Transport speak to Pi at his Mexican hospital bed to ascertain why the ship sank.  Insurance matters have to be settled.  

When they do not believe his apparent cock and bull fantasy tiger story,  he tells an alternate story of human brutality, in which Pi was adrift on a lifeboat with his mother, a sailor with a broken leg, and the ship's cook, who killed the sailor and Pi's mother and cut them up to use as bait and food. 

Parallels to Pi's first story lead the Japanese officials to believe that the orangutan represents his mother, the zebra represents the sailor, the hyena represents the cook, and Richard Parker is Pi himself. 

Pi does NOT tell them that he opened up a watertight door in a typhoon , which is forbidden unless the Captain is informed,  by the watch keeper on the navigating bridge.

After giving all the relevant information, Pi asks the insurance adjusters , which of the two stories they prefer. Since the officials cannot prove which story is true,  and neither is relevant to the reasons behind the shipwreck, based on which they have to retrieve insurance moolah, they choose the story with the tiger.  

There are no answers . 

Pi thanks them and says, "and so it goes with God".



The audience must decide which story to believe. 

With such deep philosophical issues, Pi is most profound when he asks, “What does it all mean?” then answers, “It doesn’t have to mean anything.”

Was the obvious cannibalism suppressed by the Jap investigators as it would open the quintessential Pandora’s box? The tiger story would be less messy and more reader worthy.


You don’t just watch this compelling  movie, you live it.   It is a richly drawn interior work, much of it spent inside Pi's mind or awash in his memories.

Rarely will you come across such a unique human journey filled with self-discovery, self-doubt,  denial and affirmation of faith. Such a grand accomplishment in storytelling on 3D screen – it is both visual and emotional. Technology almost falls out of the equation.

The team of CGI, created a really credible flesh-and-blood wild beast, convincingly ferocious and undeniably scary, yet vulnerable and poignant too.  The audience is slack jawed most of the time as they are trapped in and over awed by the unfolding spectacle.  

Mountainous waves reach out to engulf us while,  underwater, boiling currents writhe and seethe. The phosphorescent sea glows under moonbeams, as whales breach and sharks circle and an entire air force of luminous silver fish flies,  some bang into Pi chest leaving behind scales and red welts.  

Blooms of bio luminescent algae , the ethereal underwater world illuminated by phosphorescence, and star-drenched midnight skies lavishes astonishing visual beauty .

Many people say that the end was a disappointment.  I would agree with them. 

Ang Lee should re-edit this movie by putting some nostalgia at the end – like how the Titanic movie ended with the rotten barnacle encrusted ballroom staircase coming into life--

-- with the dead lovers once again in flesh and blood on the staircase looking at each other.  

Let me give you a review of this exquisite  movie which can be seen by a small child to an old man,  made by India’s major film critic Rajeev Masand— yeah the one who speaks like a chakka while sitting on a stool .  

He wields so much of power that even Aishwarya Rai does cootchie coo to him , sometimes poking his ribs, so that he gives a better future review. 

Check out his intellect and his grasp of the narrative.  

Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer: Rajeev Masand Site: CNN IBN (IBN Live)

'Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee, is a film so fascinating and so stunning to look at, you don’t want to blink for fear of missing out on a moment. It’s the only film since James Cameron’s Avatar to exploit 3D so richly. Yet, Life of Pi is not an easy film, although it does deliver many pleasures. The payoff in the end feels slight and not entirely convincing, but what you can never deny is that this film is unlike any other you’ve ever seen.  

I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. It may not touch your heart, but it’s a feast for the eyes. Watch it for its sheer visual brilliance. 


Here is a movie , with spiritual underpinnings that dwells upon questions of human existence and man’s tangled relationship with God, flora, fauna and nature, with ridiculous ease. 

Life of Pi gives you a glance into the depth of this universe, while not allowing such visuals  to overshadow the substance of the narrative.

Find breathtaking enchantment in what is essentially a simple allegory about life, religion and survival in hostile circumstances. 

Here is a movie with a soul.

Grab a piece of this Pi action, made by a director at the top of his game.   

Along comes Ang Lee -- YIKES!

It is a must watch-- so says Capt Ajit Vadakayil.

Jealous and paid up DORKS keep away— complex themes of spirituality and self-discovery, in the guise of an accessible and engrossing fantasy , is not for you. 

EPILOGUE:  Our company had a modern Chemical tanker which was adrift sea without power for weeks.  In a hurricane, one crew member opened a watertight door like our man Pi.   A giant wave caused sea water to pour into the accommodation , and salt ingressed the emergency generator room.  The bus bar of the main generator was connected to ESB in this room by a clandestine connection and the ship lost the main switch board, with total loss of power and blackout.   Finally she had to be towed into port, and when the main power finally came back on after repairs , 42 days had passed.  When a ship loses power it starts rolling heavily due to beam swell.   Cargo in the holds of cargo ships shifts and the ship lists over and sinks.

 Grace and peace!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012





It is usual on parcel chemical tankers to introduce air or nitrogen at 7 kg pressure into pipelines to blow the stack or clear the line. Imagine a slug of free flowing dangerous cargo like Sulphuric acid being projected through a pipe by compressed air of 7 kg which you deliberately introduce into the pipelines at stripping time. It will smash into all corners like a bullet. 

Vapour lock means boiling in cargo lines due to excessive VP . Do not open any pipeline without depressurizing it first on a chemical tanker.

Crew must be aware of the direction of wind by looking at the anemometer fan on the mast when releasing the pressure.

All must be familiar with eye wash and shower arrangements. Goggles  of the appropriate type and as required are to be worn on top of hardhats by deck crew to be used when required at an instant notice.

When loading Carcinogenic, Toxic or Bioaccumulative cargoes, ascertain the TLV-TWA . The  Vervey’s  tankcleaning  guide  gives  the  VP/TLV  ratio---  anything  more  than  one  is  dangerous requiring the use of Draeger tubes on deck and great care while opening out blanks and spools at manifold.  Epichlorohydrin is 17, Methanol is 0.46 (200/92).

Filter protection must only be used against gases which has a distinctive smell and there is no lack of oxygen. If you can smell gas it means the filter is saturated and is to be discarded.
Class 1/ 1000ppm
Class2/ 5000 ppm
Mark X/ low BP products

Those not actually involved in a job should still be aware of what is happening, so that they may avoid putting themselves at risk or interfere with an unsafe act before it is too late. All  should care for their own health and safety and for their shipmates.

Gas suits have resistance tables Viton/ Chloroprene rubber/ PVC. Positive pressure inside the suits  add to safety.

Splash suits –for protection against liquid splashes –polyamide fabric coated both sides with PVC. Hood with draw string to fit under the helmet. Front  zipper must be protected by double fly

A PVP Permit must be issued for all maintenance and repairs to pressure vessels, bolted plates, manhole covers and pipelines used for pressurized or hot liquids, gases and vapours, e.g. cargo/fuel oil, hydraulic systems, water, compressed air, steam lines, etc.

A PVP Permit must also be issued where work on a pressure vessel or pipeline system may result in a potential risk from the above to cause:
-- Injuries to personnel,
-- Release of a pollutant to air or the sea or on deck,
-- Uncontrolled sea water ingress in the machinery or other  spaces.

PVP Permits must be issued in conjunction with " DO NOT OPERATE" tags.

Prior to commencing work all valves or cocks used to vent or drain the pressure vessel or pipeline system must be OPEN and secured; all valves or cocks used to isolate the pressure vessel or pipeline system must be CLOSED and secured.

All such valves, cocks and the associated machinery/equipment must be tagged with "Do Not Operate" tags. Details of the tagged valves should be listed on the Permit or a Tag Out/Lock Out Record.

The "Do Not Operate" tags must contain the following information:
-- The name and/or rank of the person placing the tag. This person is the only person who can remove or authorise the removal of such tags, unless a senior officer, authorises the removal. In such an event this Senior Officer must ensure that all work has been completed and/or that it is safe to return the system to use. 
-- The date and time that the tag was placed.
-- The PVP Permit identity number relating to the tag out.

Where a PVP Work Permit is issued for pipelines which are connected to equipment that is mechanically operated, but electrically driven, it must be ensured that the driving equipment is electrically isolated. The circuit breakers or switches must be locked out, and "Do Not Operate" tags applied, and an  Electrical Work Permit (EWP) issued.

These "Do Not Operate" tags should state the PVP identity number, name and/or rank of the officer posting the tag, date and time of posting.

The "Do Not Operate" tags must be completed using a non erasable ink, i.e. felt or fibre tip marker. They are of the "use once only" type.

A PVP Work Permit must be issued for each individual job.

Where more than one job is carried out on the same pressure vessel or pipeline system, a Permit is required for each job. However only one tag need be used, provided that all Permit identity numbers applicable to that pressure vessel or pipeline system, are recorded on the tag and the same person is carrying out all the work. Should different persons be carrying out work on the same pressure vessel or pipeline system then a tag is to be placed by each person

Note: The validity of this Permit is usually only for the working day. If extended or continuous work (24 hour) is to be carried out, the Permit should be cancelled and re-issued at the time of a change of shifts.

A PVP Work Permit must be authorised by a senior officer,  in respect of all relevant work carried out in the machinery spaces, accommodation spaces, store spaces or on deck by any personnel, including outside contractors.

It is the responsibility of the Permit Authoriser to ensure that the pressure vessel or pipeline system to which the Permit refers, is correctly isolated and drained or vented. The Permit Authoriser must ensure that all "Do Not Operate" tags are in position before work commences, and should be in attendance as work commences to ensure that the correct pressure vessel or pipeline system is being worked on.

The Permit Authoriser must regularly monitor the work progress to ensure that all isolation/safety requirements contained in the Permit are being adhered to.

A PVP Work Permit need not be issued for work undertaken during major repair periods with the machinery plant shut down. However, it is the responsibility of the Chief Engineer or Permit Authoriser, to ensure that all pressure vessels and pipeline systems that are to be worked on, have been completely drained/vented, cooled down and are safe to work on.

Although a pressure vessel or pipeline system may appear to be isolated and drained/vented, it is possible for valves to leak and vents or drains to be blocked. Personnel working on the pressure vessel or pipeline system, and the Permit Authoriser, must be aware of this and ensure that great caution is exercised when removing pipes, valves, covers, etc. as follows:-

--Never remove all the securing bolts at once before loosening a flange or cover.

--Always ease back the bolts and ensure that the flange or cover is free and there is no pressure behind it before removing the bolts or fixing clamp.

--Personnel must be aware of the potential danger from accumulated hot liquids or hot vapours being released from opened pipes or pressure vessels due to leaking valves.


Saturday, November 24, 2012



Hinduism is the original religion of this planet. Every Stonehenge you find on this planet is a Mandala of Sanatana Dharma.  The Hindu gods travelled by Vimanas or flying saucers propelled by gyroscopic mercury ion technology.


After one hundred centuries of the “pagan” religion , men dressed up as gods and new religions like Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam , Sikhism, Mormons etc came into this planet.
Cremation was banned in most religions while Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism being Indian offshoots of Hinduism continued with this practice.

Hinduism was considered a PAGAN ( savage ) religion , and our Vedas written in 5000 BC, were ridiculed as shepherd’s verses. Vatican did their part in injecting poison into Hinduism by sending Christian missionaries trained as  printers with press , translating our holy books all the while injecting poison into them.  

For example the 9th avatar of Vishnu Lord Ayyappa was born out of homosexual union between Hindu gods Lord Shiva as male and Lord Vishnu on the receiving end.  Even today Wikipedia spreads such poison everywhere.  Punch into Google search MOHINI WIKIPEDIA.  

Lord Shiva's pineal gland was converted into his prick inset in a vagina.

They fudged the religion so badly that Hindus themselves felt ashamed . There was no way we could retaliate as we were slaves for 800 years. Vatican even tried to say that white Aryans invaded India just to write our vedas ( SNIFF!) .  In this DNA age it is proved that Indian Aryan exodus was outwards in 4000 BC.

Then one fine day they burst the first nuclear bomb.  Shocked German physicists realized that the power of the atom  was mentioned clearly in our Vedas. 

The Vedic missiles and Vimanas were mind controlled . the trigger for nuclear missiles was a personalized sound mantra in Sanskrit. The advent of Quantum physics further proved that Vedas are priceless. 

Einstein’s theory and formula that energy and matter are inter-convertible was known to Indians 11000 years ago. 

The “quantum double slit experiment” of the power of conscious observation was written down all over the Vedas. 

The spectrum of energy waves, the butterfly effect, the tangled state, worm holes, the solition wave etc—all were written in such great clarity—that all these quantum scientists Jews, Christians etc opted for cremation instead of burial. 


What you believe in, you do to yourself , right? The Western world was shocked that that men of such caliber like Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Robert Oppenheimer, John F. Kennedy, Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Rubenstein, Neville Chamberlain, Alexander Fleming, George Harrison, John Lennon –the entire intellectual cream opted for Vedic Hindu last rites and cremation—without caring for ex-communication.

Knowing that their last wish might NOT be honoured ( under pressure from their church and religious bodies ) , these people put it down in their wills-- in which case it would be a crime NOT to cremate their bodies.

Now punch into Google search :-

It was a Russian by the name of Dimitri Mendeleyev who first said that he discovered his periodic table only because he knew the Sanskrit alphabets—and he just flowed along .

Today I will tell you why REST IN PEACE (RIP ) is a fallacy when your body is buried — as per quantum physics. 

I am NOT into conversions , so I don't care if you believe me or not.

Immediately after witnessing Indira Gandhis’ cremation and last rites, conducted by her son Rajiv Gandhi , one visiting Western Christian English speaking dignitary asked him , "Could you really do that to your mother?".  Only Christians are capable of such uncultured , insensitive talk and such bad timing --  not even atheists.

In the past , the hardcore Jew Rabbis care two hoots for such last wishes, as it is TABOO to cremate in Jewish faith .  

According to Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, a prominent Conservative rabbi in New York City, family members increasingly struggle with the wrenching question of whether to go against the wishes of dead Jews who have asked to be cremated. “I personally think that as a matter of Jewish law and tradition, that while it is good to honor the request of your dying loved ones, that it is forbidden to cremate a body, and that people are not obliged to follow those requests,” said Kalmanofsky, who leads Congregation Ansche Chesed in Manhattan. 

Some congregants bow down to Kalmanofsky’s fiat and secretly betray their parent’s last wish , burying them instead of cremating them.  

All this is now changing , and more and more modern Jews wish to be cremated, ever since Einstein led by example, with their children honouring this last wish,  and not bothering about ex-communication from their faith. They dont care if the Rabbis boycott the last rites . 

Brett Schwartz, a funeral director at Goldstein’s Rosenberg’s Raphael Sacks, a large funeral home with two locations in the Philadelphia area, said that 14% of the deaths they handle are cremations.  Joe Levine, of the city’s other major Jewish funeral home, Joseph Levine & Sons, said that roughly  11% of the funerals he handles are cremations. “If you were to go back as little as 15 years ago, it was 2.5 %,” Levine said.

Rabbi Adam Zeff, spiritual leader of Germantown Jewish Centre, a Conservative synagogue in Philadelphia, said “As rabbis trying to encourage people to follow Jewish tradition, certainly the cemeteries are not our partners in that,” Zeff said. “They’re in the business of serving their clients, so if the client wants to do something, they will do it.”

This abandonment of ritual and faith have even Orthodox rabbis worried.  As it is NOT about low cremation costs , as almost all the Jews who wished to be cremated were filthy rich.

“Jews have always had the tradition, going back to biblical times, to create a space on earth to mourn the dead,” said Rabbi Andy Bachman, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Elohim, a Reform synagogue in Brooklyn. “The simplest way to put it is, if you go all the way back to Abraham’s first act after Sarah died, it was to secure a plot of land in order to bury her.”

Among non-Jews, the popularity of the practice has skyrocketed in recent decades. In the year  2011, 45% of deaths in North America were cremated ,  and it is leap frogging every year— up from just 15% in 1985, according to a report published by the Cremation Association of North America, a trade group.  

There are few buyers for the ‘dust-to-dust’, ‘ashes-to-ashes’ teachings, when it comes to the journey to the unknown . Cremation is forbidden in Christianity because it might interfere with God's ability to resurrect the body.  Seeing the inevitable, the Catholic Church declared that they still officially prefers the traditional burial or entombment of the deceased, but cremation is now permitted as long as it is not done to express a "refusal to believe in the resurrection of the body". 

So, In 1997 the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments granted an indult to allow for "...the celebration of the Funeral Liturgy, including Mass, in the presence of the cremated remains. 

Provided the cremation has not be inspired by motives contrary to Christian teaching such as respect for the body or the resurrection of the body.  The rationale  being, " The Lord can resurrect a bowl of ashes just as conveniently as he can resurrect a bowl of dust." 

In 1963, Vatican admitted defeat and Pope Paul VI lifted the ban on cremation, and in 1966 allowed Catholic priests to officiate at cremation ceremonies. If you cant beat them join them, right?. But still they made crematoriums which look like churches.

Protestant churches were much more welcoming of the use of cremation and at a much earlier date than the Catholic Church, as they too could NOT stem the anti-burial and pro-cremation strong tide. 

The Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches strictly forbid cremation . In Orthodoxy, cremation is a rejection of the dogma of the general resurrection, and as such is viewed harshly, still people stonewalled and opted for cremation.

In ancient times throughout parts of Europe, cremation was forbidden by law, and even punishable by death . In Goa, India,  during the Portuguese inquisition, cremation was banned and most of the Hindus left their lands and migrated.  The poor having no choice , were given these deserted lands and houses and converted into Christianity.

An extreme form of cremation , when alive was used by Vatican authorities as part of punishment for heretics—this being burning at the stake.  

It is my prediction that in another 20 years almost ALL Christians would prefer to be cremated.  

Muslims may NOT dare to do it for fear of violence from orthodox mullahs and social boycott.

Hindu cremations are done on wood and in open air.  When you cremate a dead body the high-temperatures of the fire (  >1000 deg C  ) cause  burning, vaporization, and oxidation to reduce it to basic chemical compounds, such as gases and mineral fragments retaining the appearance of dry bone.

An adult human body of 90 kilos will just leave behind 2 kilos of bone reside, mostly dry calcium phosphates with some minor minerals, such as salts of sodium and potassium, with a very small amount of carbon as carbonate..

Not burying the body has nothing to do with groundwater pollution. It is about shooting the soul,  riding a soliton carrier wave , to an akashic or ethereal plane, via a quantum wormhole- when the skull pops during cremation.  A soliton is the quantum chaos sine wave that achieves anti gravity.

Since past 11000 years Hindu vedic rituals require breaking of the coconut at Yagnas with intention.  It is form of bloodless sacrifice.  The liquid spilt is electrolytic plasma. In quantum physics terms -- it causes a " butterfly effect ".  This is about sending your intention as an instantaneous message, faster than light. 

Human perception occurs because of interactions between the subatomic particles of our brains and the quantum energy sea. We literally resonate the Cosmos. The quantum field or pure consciousness is influenced by intention.  Zero Point Field is an information field as it encodes everything that has left its traces in the form of Scalar waves in this universe. This boils down to the recording of every little thought that was ever thought and every little move that was ever made. The interference patterns of the scalar waves form a huge hologram that permeates the whole of the universe. Intention is like the tuning fork which causes other forks to resonate to the same frequency. 

Mind and matter are both made of the same basic stuff. The difference has to be found in the composition of vibration or ripples. Matter belongs to larger and slower waves, which implies that it possesses less energy of the absolute. Mind is made out of much finer ripples, which indicate that it contains more of the consciousness of the absolute. Scalar waves allow for information transfer across the universe, connecting every atom with every other atom and since these waves travel at super luminous speeds they could be the explanation of the non-local effects that were predicted in theory and empirically discovered in quantum physics.

The popping of the skull during cremation has a similar the same quantum effect.  In this case it shoots the soul into a distant astral akashik plane within a carrier soliton wave via a wormhole.   A soliton is the quantum chaos sine wave that achieves anti gravity.  

The strange properties of a soliton is used in fibre optics, for long distance transmission without use of repeaters or boosters. Dark soliton is used in a optical fibre, unlike water solitons like a tsunami.

All living humans have a body made up of vibrational energy which is a duplicate of the physical body and will survive physical death. This vibrational energy body invisible to physical eyes can change form but can never be destroyed and retains consciousness. 

At the time of physical death, the duplicate body will have reached a certain vibrational level and will go to an energy sphere that can accommodate that particular vibrations. The after life has different levels of energy which form different spheres according to the frequency of vibration. The faster the vibrations of a sphere the more spiritually evolved are the denizens.

We cannot observe the quantum world using our limited five senses. Instead we must imagine particles as they really are: structures of matter waves (like quantum waves) in their wave medium, the quantum ether.

Hindus do not believe in bodily resurrection and the reuniting of each soul with its physical body, so they place no importance on preserving the corpse, which is the intent of burial in Christianity and Islam. 

The Hindu belief in reincarnation gives assurance that death is merely the soul's release from the current life. An ancient text puts it simply, "Even as the snake sloughs off its skin, even as the bird leaves its shell, even as in its waking state the soul forgets happenings of the dream state, thus does the soul migrate from one body to another..." (Tirumantiram 2132).  

A true hindu shall love death as he loves this life.  New bodies are donned by the dweller, like garments.   Death is viewed in a positive light: as an escape from one life on the road to a better an ultimate moksha (nirvana), shanti (peace) and paramapada (the ultimate place). Reincarnation is viewed as a never-ending set of cycles. 

One may be reincarnated millions of times. Escape from the weary cycle of reincarnation can be achieved through escape into “an unchanging anonymous Absolute" and attaining moksha . The aim of the Hindu is to "get off the wheel," to escape the cycle and merge finally with the Oneness that was there before Creation began. 

Methods used on the path of escaping reincarnation include charity, grace , kindness, simple living, or living as per the laws of the universe. Death is only another station on our soul’s journey to the perfect life. Once we understand what life really is, then death will lose its horror. 

The reality of our life continues.  The process of dying is similar to that of birth. To be born into a material life is a very natural event. The soul changes spheres. To die is to be born into the spiritual worlds.

Hindus belive that the body is made up of five elements which are earth, water, air, fire and ether and that the God of Fire transports these five elements to their respective mother sources at death.  Agni (holy fire) is the purifying agent that enables the soul to be liberated from the physical body. Usually the body is cremated within six hours, and on the very day the death occurs.

Death is only separation of the astral body from the physical body .The soul leaves the body as soon as the person dies. Cremation in Hinduism is to induce a feeling of detachment into the freshly disembodied spirit,  lest it remain near its former body for too long. 

Women do NOT attend the cremation as they are prone to get emotionally more upset .  The point of a funeral is to show respect not sadness.  Hindus believe the dead are off to a world far better than the one they left behind. 

The soul remains in the vicinity until the ceremony is completed and the skull pops releasing the solition carrier wave .  

Every atom and molecule within us depends on the rest of the universe. If the rest of the universe did not exist we could not exist.

Energy exchange occurs between two resonant states with identical frequencies. When it occurs, a source state always shifts frequency downward and a receiver state shifts frequency upward. This equality produces the observed conservation of energy.

Hindus believe in the soul being indestructible; and that death symbolises end of the existence of a person's physical being, but the start of a new journey for the soul. This soul then reincarnates in some other life form, and passes through the same cycle of taking birth, growing and eventually meeting death- only to begin the cycle afresh. 

During the period between one's death and the next birth, one's soul remains in a subtle form (that which cannot be seen) and roams in space in a chosen plane of compatible vibrations until it enters another body at its birth. Every soul can ascend only as far as it has developed. It is a question of similar vibrations.  

Those who lead a life of austerity, meditation and grace can look forward to the possibility of reaching Brahmaloka. This is the "highest among the heavenly planes" and the dwelling place of Brahma himself. "This is a place of intensely spiritual atmosphere, whose inhabitants live, free from disease, old age, and death, enjoying uninterrupted bliss in the companionship of the Deity." 

There is no need for them to return to earth because they have freed themselves "from all material desires." While they do experience a sense of individuality, they also experience a oneness with Brahma. This is the realm of immortality.

According to the spiritual law of gravitation - like attracts like - the soul will be drawn to the plane of purification that corresponds to it, its corresponding sphere of purification, to souls which correspond to it.

The Hindu belief is that the soul is eternal, that is, it never dies. It continues to go through many rebirths until it merges with the supreme God, Brahman, and becomes free from . The soul, called atman, is given a new life and body as an appropriate reward for the kind of life ( Law of Karma-what you sow you shall reap  ) he led before.

Before the cremation, the dead body is brought home, washed, clothed, garlanded and laid on its back on the floor, head pointing south as the region of Yama, the God of Death, is in the south. A lamp is lit and placed near the head of the body and this lamp is not to be extinguished until the body is cremated. A vigil is kept until the time of the cremation.  While the corpse is in the house no family member or neighbor can eat, drink , have sex or work.

Relatives and friends pay their last respects by walking round the body and by placing some flowers on it. They offer condolences by only touching the hands of the grieving family members. As this is a solemn and sad moment, no food is prepared or served in a house where a death has occurred.

Since cremation should not take place after dark, if the person dies during the daylight hours, preparations should be hastily made so that the burning will take place before sunset.  Otherwise the body should be taken after sunrise the next day.  The body should be burned before decomposition sets in.

After the body has been prepared it is carried by male relatives on a flower-draped bamboo bier to the cremation ghats. There is no coffin.  Male relatives that carry the shrouded body chant “Rama nama satya hai,” the name of the God of Truth. The eldest son is in the lead. He has been purified in a special ritual and carries a fire kindled in the home of the deceased. 

The fire is carried in a black earthen pot. The bearers of the body should be bathed, shoeless and without upper cloth on their bodies.  The members of the procession should also be without upper cloth, and hair should be unbound.

At the cremation site, the services of a priest are usually engaged.  The eldest son performs the ceremony as directed by the priest or elder. If there is no son in the family, an elder male relative performs the ceremony.

The body is placed with the head pointing south. The eldest son carries a pot of water on his left shoulder, using his right hand to hold the pot in place. He has to circumambulate (or go around) the body three times in an anti-clockwise direction, from left to right. The younger sons follow behind him.

He circumambulates the pyre counterclockwise– for everything is backward at the time of death. Even the dead body is taken out of the house feet first.  

When the eldest son circumambulates the body, the priest makes a hole in the pot so as to allow water to flow out of it. Water is important as it is a purifying agent. Each time he circumambulates, a hole is made.
In the first circumambulation, the water that flows facilitates the departure of the soul from this world. During the second circumambulation, the water that flows is to purify the atmosphere. During the third circumambulation, the water that flows is to lead the soul to heaven.

After the third circumambulation, the son faces north and throws the pot over the shoulder southwards, over his back. .. He is not to look back. The symbolizes  the break with the earth.

He goes to the foot of the body where a pot of fire which is brought from the home has been placed.  He takes a twig or cinder and lights it with the fire from the pot.  Gold coins or bell metal is placed on the eyes. He walks in a clockwise direction, places the burning twig or cinder on the chest and bows facing south where Yama is. The torch is used to light the funeral pyre: at the foot of a deceased woman or at the head of a deceased man.  The Brahmin priest reads sacred verses from the Garuda Purana, speeding the dead person’ soul to the next life.

Chants from 7000 year old Rig Veda: "Release him again, O Agni, to the fathers. The one offered to you now proceeds to his destiny. Putting on new life, let him approach the surviving, let him reunite with a [new] body, All-Knowing One!" (10. 16. 5).

Chants from Atharva veda: "Oh, departed soul, your lifeless body is offered so that the two fires may unite for your salvation. I set the body on fire. Through those two fires you may go in your best state of Yama, who controls death."

Verse of Sri Isopanishad, and ending in om shanti shanti shantih.
  vayur anilam amrtam / athedam bhasmanatam sariram
 om krato smara krtam smara / krato smara krtam smara

"Let this temporary body be burnt to ashes, and let the air of life be merged with the totality of air. Now, O my Lord, please remember all my sacrifices, and because You are the ultimate Beneficiary, please remember all that I have done for You."

Sri Isa Upanishad17
 agne naya supatharaye asman / visvani deva vayunani vidvan
 yuyodhy asmaj juhuranam eno / bhuyistham te nama uktim vidhema

" O my Lord, powerful as the fire, Omnipotent One, now I do offer You all obeisances,. O my Lord, please lead me on the right path to reach You, and, as You know all of what I have done in the past, please make me free from the reactions to my past sins, so that there will be no hinderance to my progress."

The younger sons walk off first, followed by the eldest son who walks off last.

Prayers and hymns from the Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita are recited while the body burns. They express the belief in reincarnation: "For to one that is born, death is certain; and to one that dies, birth is certain. Therefore do not grieve over what is unavoidable."

After the corpse is almost completely burned, and if the skull popping sound is NOT heard, the chief mourner performs the rite called kapälakriyä, the 'rite of the skull,' cracking the skull with a long bamboo stick, thus releasing the soul from entrapment in the body

The next day the son returns to pick the bones and collect the ashes which are then put into an earthen pot. The pot is placed into a flowing river ( Ganges, Thirunelli  etc)  where there is little likelihood of it coming back to land. The mourning period is usually ten, fifteen days or a year from the date of death in the Hindu almanac. During the period of mourning , the close relatives do not attend any marriages, they do not celebrate festivals, nor do they visit temples or priests for a year.

In Hinduism, during cremation the eldest son, the adopted son, or the younger brother put first fire on the dead person's body. This ritual is considered mandatory. Women are prohibited from attending cremations
After the cremation, the family may have a meal and offer prayers in their home. Mourners wash and change completely before entering the house after the funeral. A priest will visit and purify the house with spices and incense

Holy enlightened sages are buried in a meditative lotus position, in salt.  The holy man is already detached from his spirit while alive.  Young children less than two years old are also buried, as they egos and worldly attachments are not yet formed.. The individual soul has become impure through cravings, desires, egoism, pride, greed, lust and likes and dislikes. The Supreme Soul is Infinite, Omniscient and Omnipotent. It is an embodiment of knowledge and bliss.

Everything is energy and none of this energy is ever lost! Life on earth is only an intermediate station on the pathway of the soul, a journey whose purpose is to reach its original pureness, its original light-power, its original high vibration, by developing spiritually higher.. The soul is the "book of life.". Negative things burden our soul, shadow and darken it. 

Positive thoughts and actions relieve the soul and make it more light-filled. The soul, which is so strongly oriented to this life on earth, remains more or less connected with the physical body through energy streams even after it has left it. It clings to its physical "house," so to speak, because it thinks that life is possible solely in a material body. 

If  the dead body is  buried, the soul still believes that it is connected to its body. If a person has already aligned his soul with higher regions, his soul will be attracted by higher worlds after its disembodiment during cramation.  A soul’s capacity to feel is much more sensitive than that of a human being.  It suffers from the pain which the person’s relatives feel on its account.

Death is separation of the soul from the physical body. Death becomes the starting point of a new and better life. Death does not end your personality and self-consciousness. It merely opens the door to a higher form of life. Death is only the gateway to a fuller life. Just as a man casting off worn-out garments, takes new ones, so the dweller in this body, casting off worn-out bodies, enters into others which are new. 

Death is not the end of life. Life is one continuous never-ending process. Death is only a passing and necessary phenomenon, which every soul has to pass to gain experience for its further evolution. A man of discrimination and wisdom is not afraid of death. He knows that death is the gate of life. Death to him is no longer a skeleton bearing a sword to cut the thread of life, but rather an angel who has a golden key to unlock for him the door to a wider, fuller and happier existence.

Mind borrows its light from the soul. Soul is beyond the realm of physical science. Soul is beyond the reach of material science. Man is a soul wearing a physical body. Soul is extremely subtle. It is subtler than ether, mind and energy. 

Consciousness, intelligence are of the soul and not of the body. Consciousness is evidence of the existence of the soul. Personality of man is a brief, partial manifestation of the Immortal, All-pervading, Indivisible Soul or Atman or Brahman. 

Soul is the immortal part in man. Do not identify with this body. You are not this perishable body. You are the Immortal Soul. Identify yourself with the soul. “Tat Tvam Asi—Thou art That”. Feel this. Realise this and be free. 

The law of Karma is the law of cause and effect.  God does not punish any one.  Man reaps the fruits of his Karma.  The law of cause and effect operates on him.  He reaps a harvest of pleasure for his good actions. He suffers and experiences pain and disease, loss of property for his wicked actions. 

There is NO escape for the wicked,  your bad Karma will get you in your next life.  Have you noticed, the most hard core rationalists and atheists , lose their bravado and utter a prayer when they know that their "play to the gallery" times on the planet is over.  

You will NEVER EVER see them telling the supreme " COME ON TAKE ME ON, YOU SOB  --  DO YOUR WORST" when they are about to kick the bucket.  I challenge anybody to prove me wrong,  in the future too.

Reincarnation depends upon Karma. If a man does actions of a beastly nature he will take the birth of an HUMAN meant to suffer .

 Your present birth is the result of your past actions. All the actions that you do now will determine your future birth. You have set the law of causation in motion and you are caught in this wheel of birth and death. This is the law of reincarnation. This law binds all beings. 

When you attain the perfect knowledge of the Imperishable the wheel is broken and you attain freedom and perfection. . Each word, thought and deed lays up a store for you. Be good. Do good. Entertain good thoughts. Do virtuous actions. Purify your heart. Meditate regularly on the Immortal Atman, thy universal Self. You will free yourself from the round of births and deaths and attain Immortality and Eternal Bliss in this very life. 

The doctrine of reincarnation is quite rational. It gives ample chances for man’s rectification, growth and gradual evolution. The purpose of transmigration is not reward of punishment, but betterment and perfection. It prepares the human being for the ultimate realisation which frees him from the cycle of births and deaths. 

The doctrine of transmigration gives ample scope for the sinner to correct and educate himself in future births. The human body is only a vesture and dwelling place for the immortal soul. The soul can certainly re-inhabit another dwelling place and put on another vesture in order to develop and realise better than before the Divine plan and purpose for it. Vedanta says that there is hope of salvation even for the worst sinner.

The union of the soul with a particular body is known as birth and its separation therefrom is called death, when the soul leaves its physical sheath, it transmigrates into another body- human.

Once you become a conscious human you cannot go back as an animal ..  Laws of Karma applies only to humans.

The FAKE POISON INJECTED Kathopanishad says: “Now I will tell you, O Nachiketas, the eternal and divine mystery as to how the soul fares after attaining death. Some souls attain to other bodies, while some fall to the vegetable state according to their action and knowledge” (1-2-18).

According to Indian philosophy, there is a subtle body or Sukshma Sarira within the physical body. When the physical body perishes, this subtle body does not perish. It moves to heaven to enjoy the fruits of its good actions done here. This subtle body perishes only when the soul attains the final emancipation. The impressions or Samskaras, Vasanas or the tendencies are carried in the subtle body.

Yadrisam kriyate karma tadrisam bhujyate phalam,
Yadrisam vapyate, bijam tadrisam prapyate phalam.
Just as the fruit corresponds to the seed that has been sown, so also the fruit of the actions that are performed by us correspond to the nature of the actions that we perform. 

Birth follows death just as waking follows sleep. You will again resume the work that was left off by you in your previous life. Therefore, do not be afraid of death.

Hindus abroad do NOT like “covered” electric crematoriums, as the shooting of the soul into the astral plane is hindered, thus condemning the deceased to an inauspicious death that hampers them in the next life. As you can see soliton waves are affected by obstacles. This is one of the reasons Hindus do NOT want to travel abroad.

Cremation of a person's dead body is supposed to rid the departed soul of any attachments to the body it previously resided in.  Hindus believe that proper open air cremation releases an individual’s spiritual essence from its transitory physical body so it can be reborn.  If it is not done or not done properly, it is thought, the soul will be disturbed and not find its way to its proper place in the afterlife.


The shedding of old clothes, the underlying message --can be gleaned from a 7000 year old Vedic Sanskrit verse:

"Dhanãni bhumau pashavashcha goshthe,
Nãri gruhadware sakhã smashãne,
Dehashchitãyãm paraloka mãrge,
Dharmãnugo gachhati jiva ekaha."

"Wealth will remain buried, cattle will remain in the pen, (his) wife will accompany (him) to the doorway, friends will accompany him to the crematorium, the body will come till the funeral pyre, but on the path to the next world, the jiva goes alone (with his karmas)."

If we need a new start to this planet after 21st Dec 2012, we need to address the problem of disembodied restless souls , playing havoc, because they have been denied a chance to start afresh .

Check out this video above - it shows the effect of burials and vindictive cum greedy nature of man.

Few celebrities among hundreds who chose cremation-- Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein , Robert Oppenheimer , Arthur Rubenstein,  Harpo Marx ,Neville Chamberlain, Alexander Fleming, Greta Garbo, George Harrison, John F. Kennedy, Rudyard Kipling, John Lennon, George Bernard Shaw, Marlon Brando, Alfred Hitchcock Rock Hudson, Jill Ireland ,John F. Kennedy Jr. ,Vivian Leigh, Groucho Marx, Robert Mitchum, Steve McQueen ,Christopher Reeve, Neil Armstrong , Edmund Hillary,H. G. Wells etc

Harshil Shah
September 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM
Pranam Guruji,

Indeed, i read the above post and its exactly same. Sir, however one question - usually we offer water on shiva lingam (due to reasons explained in one of your earlier post), then at vatican and kabba, are they still continuing the same practice covertly ?... What happens if this is not continued or are there any other alternatives (may be a silly question).. I am still learning...

Harshil Shah


Capt. Ajit Vadakayil
September 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM
hi hs,

You will find millions of funda on the internet and Hindu literature – even by learned gurus like Vivekananda and hundreds of shankaracharyas..


NOBODY HAS UNDERSTOOD HINDUISM SINCE ADI SHANKARACHARYA OF 2000 BC—and few German Quantum physicists ( who all converted to Hinduism and got cremated. .)

Shiva Lingam contains the soul-seed ( DNA ) within which lies the essence of the entire cosmos.

Water holds memory.

Copper kalasha drips water right on top of the shiva lingam and this water bathes the lingam uniformly. In ancient days this water used to be LIVING ganges water.

The base has a run off for water – and this water is holy theertham . The white man called the Lingam as Shiva’s erect phallus and the run off base for water as YONI( vagina – note the extreme sarcasm ).


I have been telling this in my posts .

One day, three years ago NASA agreed with capt ajit vadakayil.

Punch into Google search-

You will find it on page one item one among 8 million posts—even ahead of NASA’s post on this subject .

If you cant see it by some quirk, enter-- NASA DNA METEORITE VADAKAYIL.

Theertham water holds memory .

The computers of the future ( maybe 200 years in future ) will NOT contain silicon chips.

They will hold water . In another 400 years I predict computers will be conscious and they can laugh at a joke or tell the moral of a story narrated to it .

Punch into Google search-


We had INDOPHILE white men and women ( like Wendy Doniger ) interpreting Hindusim for us , right?—all wolves in sheep’s clothing !




Capt ajit vadakayil


Grace and peace!