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London. Is everyone safe? - Blasts on buses and trains.



adiyen - Thu, 07 Jul 2005 15:40:25 +0530
Are our friends in London safe? I'm thinking of Madan Mohan, who is a bus driver, and others who may be there. I read of buses blowing up.
jijaji - Thu, 07 Jul 2005 20:20:53 +0530
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adiyen - Fri, 08 Jul 2005 05:59:02 +0530
Latest info says one bus blast and 3 blasts on trains in the underground.

Madanmohanji has not posted since 6th July.
Are you OK?

Tamal Baran, what about you and your family?
Anyone else?
Kamala - Fri, 08 Jul 2005 19:09:37 +0530
Not dead yet!

We Brits are used to this sort of thing, stiff upper lip and all that cool.gif

Since I passed my driving test today though, the world may be a less safe place!
jijaji - Fri, 08 Jul 2005 20:11:24 +0530
QUOTE(Kamala @ Jul 8 2005, 04:39 PM)
Not dead yet!

We Brits are used to this sort of thing, stiff upper lip and all that cool.gif

Since I passed my driving test today though, the world may be a less safe place!

Wheels as a weapon hey? Enjoyed your blog....

accha


nabadip - Sun, 10 Jul 2005 01:51:47 +0530
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Driver of bomb blast bus relieved to be alive
The driver of the London bus blown apart by a bomb that killed 13 people said, "I am just relieved to be here." Survivor George Psaradakis recounted .......
Advitiya - Sun, 10 Jul 2005 08:07:06 +0530
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Latest info says one bus blast and 3 blasts on trains in the underground.

Madanmohanji has not posted since 6th July.
Are you OK?

Tamal Baran, what about you and your family?
Anyone else?

Madamohanji did post on July 8 in Bengali subforum and also added this little information along with his posting:
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he kRSNa rakSasva mAm. I started work yesterday at 5 am and my lunch break was between 9 and 10. So I missed all the bombs that went off. I spoke to a no. 30 driver today and he told me the driver of the bus that was blown up yesterday ( a no. 30) was unhurt, but others were injured and some met fate.
(just in case you were wondering)
anuraag - Sun, 10 Jul 2005 22:07:33 +0530
I recall an e-mail sent to me a few years ago.
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After Sept. 11th, one company invited the remaining members of
other companies who had been decimated by the attack on the Twin Towers to
share their available office space. At a morning meeting, the head of
security told stories of why these people were alive..... and all the stories were
just: L I T T L E things.

As you might know, the head of the company got in late because his
son started kindergarten that day.
Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring in donuts.
One woman was late because her alarm clock didn't go off in time.
One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an
auto accident.
One of them missed his bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.
One's car wouldn't start.
One went back to answer the telephone.
One had a child that dawdled and didn't get ready as soon as he
should have.
One couldn't get a taxi.

The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes
that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got
there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a
Band-Aid. That is why he is alive today.

Now when I am stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to
answer a ringing telephone all the little things that annoy me.
I think to myself, this is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment.

Next time your morning seems to be going wrong, the children are
slow getting dressed, you can't seem to find the car keys, you hit every
traffic light, don't get mad or frustrated; God is at work watching over you.

May God continue to bless you with all those annoying little things
and may you remember their possible purpose.


Radhey Radhey
QUOTE
he kRSNa rakSasva mAm. I started work yesterday at 5 am and my lunch break was between 9 and 10. So I missed all the bombs that went off. I spoke to a no. 30 driver today and he told me the driver of the bus that was blown up yesterday ( a no. 30) was unhurt, but others were injured and some met fate.
(just in case you were wondering)
nabadip - Mon, 11 Jul 2005 00:21:07 +0530
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Next time your morning seems to be going wrong, the children are
slow getting dressed, you can't seem to find the car keys, you hit every
traffic light, don't get mad or frustrated; God is at work watching over you.


I think concern for a fellow vaishnava is always in place in times of calamity. But whether it is really God watching over everyone or not, seems to be a question open to interpretation.

As a counter-example I refer to the following tragic news-clips:

http://www.gaudiyadiscussions.com/index.ph...t=0&#entry41529

Tamal Baran das - Mon, 11 Jul 2005 07:41:15 +0530
Dear Adiyen,
Thank you for your sincere care.
We were coming from holidays when it have happened.We have stayed that night on Gatwick airport under the, as always good security.There was no moving in the London city.

This attack was just another show of the uneducated, barbarian low life primitivism.
I just think that Great Britain should not take any further asylum seekers or any refugees from Islamic countries(and other countries too).

Tapati - Mon, 11 Jul 2005 07:46:28 +0530
I am glad our members are safe.

I also have to weigh in to disagree with the notion that God personally throws in obstacles to prevent some people from being killed in major tragedies while allowing others to get to work on time only to be killed. I think it's interesting that we like to credit God when we are saved but excuse Him if our loved ones were killed, all to affirm our faith.

I doubt that He involves Himself in the day to day affairs of when we leave our bodies--because it simply isn't important when that happens to us, as long as we are each trying to live good lives and keep our focus on Him at all times. Yes we sentimentally want to have our loved ones here as long as we can, that is only natural. I just see no need to attach these notions of Divine intervention to every event.

Real Divine intervention is making that mutual connection with us so that we are safe in His arms whether we go or whether we stay, no matter what the barbarians do.
Gaurasundara - Thu, 14 Jul 2005 08:36:37 +0530
By the grace of Sri Gaurasundara, everything is fine at my end too. The interesting thing is how one of the bombs has caused damage to King's Cross station, and I work one station away from KC and I need to pass through KC to get to work! So there is just a minor inconvenience in my work arrangements that I have to travel by bus now and not by train. Tributes must be paid to the British people who have been extraordinarily courageous and resolute in their determination to carry on la "business as usual." Due to the inconvenience of travel arrangements everywhere, employers are prepared to give leeway to latecomers.
It is also fortunate that I had been moved to the afternoon shift the previous week, so I no longer have to travel to work in the mornings which is when the attacks happened. I didn't go to work that day nor the next day for understandable reasons.

Central London is also an area that I frequent in order to visit the ISKCON temple there as well as do lots of shopping. This Sunday (Jul 17th) will be the London Ratha-yatra, and many of the devotees are feeling slightly uneasy about holding such a grand parade in the heart of London. Most are resigned to Krishna's will. The London Ratha-yatra has historically always begun from Marble Arch, which was one of the areas devastated by the bombs. So there is just a general unease about travelling in London except for definite purposes such as work, but other than that everything is OK. smile.gif

It is unlikely, though possible, that there will be another attack which cannot be helped cosidering the current political situation. The British police have only recently discovered that suicide bombers were involved. And they were home-grown too.

The previous day, the whole country was delirious with happiness that London will be hosting the Olympics in 2012. The next day all of that joy had completely evaporated. Though no one could foretell London's winning og the Olympic bid, the attacks seem timed to disrupt the G8 summit that was going on in Gleneagles. And they did.
lbcVisnudas - Thu, 14 Jul 2005 10:41:36 +0530
My and my family's thoughts and prayers to all Gaurasundar's beloved and to all Europe as well.
Jai RadheSyam!
adiyen - Thu, 14 Jul 2005 16:20:51 +0530
Good to hear you're OK Tamal Baran, and all of you!

dasanudas - Thu, 14 Jul 2005 18:56:00 +0530
Welcome back gaurasundara . I was thinking abt your return from Sri Lanka. It is been quite long time since you made ur last post here. smile.gif
Gaurasundara - Fri, 15 Jul 2005 05:07:06 +0530
Thank you very much, I am glad that I was in the thoughts of the elvated Vaishnavas, I don't deserve it. As for more postings, let me get hold of my Caitanya-bhagavata... tongue.gif
Tamal Baran das - Fri, 15 Jul 2005 05:59:54 +0530
Dear Adiyen,
Thank You from me and my family.smile.gif