Showing posts with label Personal feelings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Personal feelings. Show all posts

Friday, November 4, 2016

Words Fail Me

There are lot of speculative things that come to our mind both for and against the life. This is my short attempt at absolution about the future, and why I contemplate that such a pain in the neck is extremely likely.

I am looking at the voidness of the blue sky,
Wondering what our lives will be;
The cloudless day high,
was an answer.
What future i might see.

Today will be Someday
But that someday will be shoddier
And worse than today’s abandoner;
I don’t think it will be caring
I don’t think it will be loving.

Greed blind the truth
Wisdom will be blinded by willfulness of self
Prayer will be trapping of money
Respect for one another will bleed dry
Love will wary without money.

Our best will be valued only by the Yama
I hope these answers are affirmative
For then I know that we will see
A future, filled with affliction
Like it's should not be.

Now I hate how I took so long to see
That life's joy is a closed book to me,
And it is filled with hate and spite
All I've got to say is, "spit!"

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Wet Summer

The rain is falling all around us
I see it in the fields,
I see it on the roads,
I see it on the trees,
I see it on the grasses.
Rain is all around us
And we cannot go anywhere.

Rain is falling on my nose,
On my head, hands and toes.
I am fully wet.
And my mind waits.

It comes in with the wind,
It comes with the clouds.
The streams are flooded
And the roads are flooded,
Rivers are so wide,
The rain keeps falling
There seems no end.
I’m stuck here in my bedroom,
So cold and so alone.

I can’t take any more
This summer
When will it stop raining?

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Language Policy: decolonizing the mind

A language will become dormant and ultimately vanish when it is no longer spoken as the first or primary language. It disappears when its speakers disappear or when a community of speakers of one language becomes bilingual in another language, and gradually shift to speaking another language – most often, a dominant language used by a more powerful people.

The lost of Language is not primarily caused by external forces such as military, but it is caused by educational subjugation and also internal forces, such as people’s negative attitude towards its own language.

The loss of language has consequences much wider than simply losing expressions. It means losing identity, culture, history and crucial knowledge. 

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 A dying Language in Bhutan

Educational Subjugation
The lost of language in many countries is to be blamed for education. The English language is beginning to conquest and contribute language shift in our country too. The Education Policy of Bhutan is that we must only speak English language in the classes and the schools. By and by, our mother tongue dialects like Khengkha, Kurtoe, Sharchop are vulnerable as most children speak English, and our local languages are restricted to home. Now local languages are mostly used by grandparents and older generations; and even our younger generations speak, they speak the language partially and infrequently.,

In schools, I remember we were punished for speaking our own mother tongue. The schools’ goal was to assimilate children into English language and culture. We had to wear the tag labeled ‘Speak English,’ for speaking Sharchop language or we were given grass cutting and even beaten badly just for speaking the native language. And this trend is still there in the schools. But little has it been reformed as language policy is being framed and students are made to use only English and Dzongkha in the school, and corporal punishment is not as common now like before. English has become the measure of intelligence. We have been rewarding any achievement in spoken or written English. And we tend to think that all things originating from the West are symbol of enlightenment and progress, and all things associated with what we have are seen as primitive and inferior.

And when or if this continues for more generations, it plays an active role in language death. If children are not speaking them now, the children will probably not speak in 50 years. Bottom of Form

Negative Attitudes by Parents and Community
Today, if children are with their parents, they might be punished for speaking their native language at home. Parents today encourage their children to speak and learn English language instead of their heritage language. Babies are taught other words and languages, not mother tongues. We are bombarded with American, British and Hindi shows, movies and games, language and many young people think they are cool and Bhutanese things are not. We have negative attitudes towards our own language that might lead to languages becoming endangered. Our students and parents feel ashamed and outdated when they speak their native languages. We have different views of where we belong.

I've met many Bhutanese people whose English and Hindi skills are arguably better than their Sharchop or Dzongkha.

What does language extinction mean for the rest of us?

The extinction of a language results in the loss of unique cultural knowledge embodied in it for centuries, including historical, spiritual and ecological knowledge that may be useful for many. Language is the knowledge-vessel of tradition and heritages. Many oral stories in Bhutan are passed down through its language, so when the language disappears, it may take with it important information about the early history of the society.

The extinction of a language results in the loss of culture. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o says that language carries aesthetics of a culture; the entire body of values by which we come to perceive ourselves and our place in the world. Ngugu (Decolonising the Mind) says that colonial power didn’t use any weapon to fight and colonized African countries. Language was used as both an insidious tool for imperialism as well as a weapon of resistance for colonized peoples. With language, they disrupted the entire fabric of the lives of its victims: in particular their culture, making them ashamed of their names, history, systems of belief, languages, lore, art dance, song, sculpture, even the colour of their skin. That’s why Ngugi considers English in Africa a "cultural bomb" that continues a process of wiping out pre-colonial histories and identities.

The loss of language results people to assimilate with other communities, thereby losing one’s identity. Language is a powerful symbol of identity. Much of the cultural, spiritual, and intellectual life of a people is experienced through language. This ranges from prayers, myths, ceremonies, poetry, oratory, and technical vocabulary to everyday greetings, leave- takings, conversational styles, humor, ways of speaking to children, and terms for habits, behaviors, and emotions. When a language is lost, all of this must be refashioned in the new language-with different words, sounds, and grammar.


The education system
The most important thing that can be done to keep a language from disappearing is to change education policy. Education system should support mother-tongue instruction or multilingual education, and create favorable conditions for its speakers to speak the language and teach it to their children. We cannot teach in our language, but we can use local languages in teaching to uphold our native language. Children mustn’t learn that their language and their culture are worthless, of no use in the modern classroom or society like in our education system. Our languages should be given attention in all education policies and it should be drawn up by the government. UNESCO also acts on many fronts to safeguard endangered languages and prevent their disappearance. It says, “In education, UNESCO supports policies promoting multilingualism and especially mother tongue literacy; it supports the language component of indigenous education; and raises awareness of the importance of language preservation in education.”

Increase of prestige
Since the most crucial factor is the attitude of the speakers toward their own language, it is essential to create a social and political environment that encourages multilingualism and respect for minority languages so that speaking such a language is an asset rather than a liability. Speaking ones language should be a pride rather than feeling detached from others. Children and parents must not think that their mother tongues are non-standard language, wrong to speak, inferior, uneducated, and should be abandoned.


The lost of language has great impact on one’s identity, culture and knowledge, knowing this, there are many things to be formulated in education or students’ learning as it is the main factor of degrading local language. So that we can change the mentality of our own language and speak with pride.  
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 Fun: Now we must teach word for word and use ‘code switching’ to teach words. For example, the word ‘Ashom’(maize) would be forgotten if it were to teach every time with English.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

True Faith and Love for God

I wonder people’s perception of religion. They take it differently. They think heaven and hell are somewhere. Their beliefs vary. Their faiths to Gods fluctuate then. I feel, one needs faith to the god; you don’t have to worship the image or idol, no attention to any others, no litanies by heart of verses; neither you need to obey the king’s commands, no eloquence in your speech, no good looks. What you need is confident in the power of god, the will of god, only faithfulness to god.

Sometimes god brings tragedy, and sometimes deliverance.

People say God punishes them despite their belief and faith to God. They say that the God doesn’t see all tidbits of our lives. But this is not true. It is the magnification of man himself. And that the man doesn’t see his true heart.  It is in our own heart, and we must think that the God’s grace is always sufficient. God is not in another realm, and He is unknowable. And we think that there is no way to experience God directly. He is far away and you just have to believe that He exists. But the true God is in your heart. He exists, and let me tell about my own turn of life that the God exerts deliverance, and it has its ways. In my training, I had to go to an unknown place for my teaching practice. As faith has acted upon me, there I met my life partner. It was a blessing in disguise. I asked for reason, the reason I asked was beyond my imagination. The God gives everything, and He gives in the crossroads and it has milestones effect. I asked to the God for blessing.

The basic principle of all religions is one and the same, that is Dharma ( Law of Self). So, I respect all religions. I hate none. Habits change. Rituals differ from one religion to another religion. I think no religion sustains for a long time. That’s why the guiding principle of religion is applicable to all ages. We can apply all Dharmas in our lives. What the world today needs is not religions with dogmatic belief. Man can live without religion. Dharma is important. Self-awakening is important. If man lives without selfishness, he can become Divine. We want higher consciousness. It will increase with our prayer. The power of prayer is supreme. It leads the world. It saves the world from calamities and chaos.

Love is the basis for prayer. Prayer extends your canvas. Religion teaches us to become a conscious human, a good and compassionate human.

The seeds and deeds of religion is soul. Outward worship is conceits when inner transformation is absence.