Saturday, July 3, 2021

ELDER ABUSE - Domestic Violence

Emotional elder abuse takes place when an older person suffers harm through insults, yelling or verbal harassment. It is also referred to as elder psychological abuse. Emotional abuse may be one of the most common forms of elder mistreatment. 

Margie Eckroth-Bucher in Devious Damage (Elder Psychological Abuse) states the following-

"Though it leaves no outward scars elder psychological abuse exploits older adults' vulnerabilities through cruel acts of omission or commission.

Psychological abuse is believed to be the most common of all types of elder abuse, with a reported incidence rate of 54.1%. Psychological abuse is the most difficult form of abuse to detect because it lacks clear evidence and concrete assessment criteria. It can occur as the only type of abuse an older adult experiences or in conjunction with other types of abuse.

Psychological abuse wreaks mental anguish by means of threats, humiliation, fear, manipulation or other cruel conduct.

It can be inflicted via verbal or nonverbal communication cues. It is the systematic perpetration of malicious and explicit nonphysical acts against an elder. Examples include harassment, scolding, insults, denigration and stalking. Perpetrators of psychological abuse against older adults often take advantage of elders' vulnerability in ways that control and humiliate.

Threatening an adult with physical punishment or the deprivation of basic needs is a particularly heinous form of this type of abuse. Such actions may include denying or creating long waits for food, money and other basic care. Additional acts are calculated to create an oppressive atmosphere with a stern expression.

Interfering with decision making, false accusations, and controlling the individual's freedom can effectively destabilize the elder and lead to isolation, feelings of low self-esteem, and psychological pain. Psychological abuse can exacerbate clinical depression from which an older adult may already suffer and may aggravate other mental/physical health issues as well."

FORMS- Not all domestic violence is equivalent. Differences in frequency, severity, purpose, and outcome are all significant. Domestic violence can take many forms including physical aggression or assault (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects, beating up etc.) or threats thereof, sexual abuse, controlling or domineering, intimidation, stalking, passive/covert abuse and economic deprivation. It can also mean endangerment, criminal coercion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, trespassing and harassment- Courtesy- WIKIPEDIA

Even treating an adult as a child is belittling and borders on abuse as such a treatment lowers the adult's self esteem.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS PUNISHABLE-

The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (indiankanoon.org)



Wednesday, June 30, 2021

ANDRU IVVULAGAM


Today's radio broadcast of my very old recording (recorded15 years ago in the studios of AIR Chennai) had the favourite Andal Pasuram ("Andru Ivvulagam") of my husband. In his memory........ 
(Mridangam-Sherthalai Sri. Ananthakrishnan
Ghatam- Sri. T.V.Vasan)

 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021

Om Achyuthaaya Namaha, Om Ananthaaya Namaha, Om Govindaaya Namaha- NEED OF THE HOUR

SLOKAS RENDERED BY SMT. GAYATHRI GIRISH

24th April, 2021, a hot summer afternoon- The eerie silence on the otherwise busy roads of Bangalore gave me the chills. I thought of the sloka recommended by Maha Periyava, for defeating terminal diseases.

1) ACHYUTHAANANTHA GOVINDA NAAMOCCHAARANA BHESHAJAATH
NASHYANTHI SAKALAA ROGAAHA SATHYAM SATHYAM VADAAMYAHAM.
2) ACHYUTHAANANTHA GOVINDA VISHNO NAARAAYANAAMRUTHA 
ROGAANMEY NAASHAYAASESHAAN AASHUDHANVANTHAREY HAREH.
3) ACHYUTHAANANTHA GOVINDA VISHNO DHANVANTHAREY HAREH
VAASUDEVAAKHILAANASYA ROGAAN NAASHAYA NAASHAYA.
4 ACHYUTHAANANTHA GOVINDA SACCHIDAANANDA SHAASHVATHA
MACCHETHO RAMATHAAM NITHYAM THVACCHAARU CHARANAAMBUJE.

The above 4 slokas from Aapadudhaaraka Stotram are specifically meant for prevention of serious diseases. Chanting this sloka as many times as possible will protect one from serious health issues.

 A simplified method-

OM ACHYUTHAAYA NAMAHA, OM ANANTHAAYA NAMAHA,OM GOVINDAAYA NAMAHA  are the magical mantras one must keep chanting to ward off diseases. The 3 magical names of Lord Vishnu have powerful vibrations to keep diseases of any magnitude at bay. 

The Nama-thraya-mantra is known for its powers of healing and curing any deadly disease.

Method- Chant aloud for 108 times, chant mentally through out the day.



The Magical Slokas- NEED OF THE HOUR


 Powerful slokas for healing chronic diseases - recommended by Maha Periyava. (Slokas rendered by Smt.Gayathri Girish).

Sunday, April 18, 2021

SPEECHLESS, PRICE TAG



 A LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON (18th April, 2021).... my granddaughter Shreeja belting out SPEECHLESS and PRICE TAG...

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Selfless Dedication

SUBBALAKSHMI WITH HER GRANDSON 
Smt. Subbalakshmi Satyanand, well known as Meduri Subbalakshmi (child prodigy in Veena of the 70s) in one of her prayer-like Veena sessions in her residence. This most sattvik artiste who plays the acoustic Saraswati Veena is my cherished childhood friend right from early 70s. Precious as she is, her strict practice routine at home is charged by the power of Time. She maintains certain practice hours and never changes her timings. Such time-bound practice yields divine inner strength and ultimate tranquility. Smt. Subbalakshmi Satyanand exudes qualities imbibed through  her meditative Veena practice. 

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