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Lord Jagannath and the English Word Juggernaut

The English Word Juggernaut, which means ‘a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way’, is derived from the name of Lord Jagannatha. Actually from the Puri Jagannath chariot procession. The chariots pulled during the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra are really huge and earlier people used to get crushed under the big wheels while pulling it. Friar Odoric, a Franciscan missionary, witnessed one such accident in 14th century and wrote about the huge chariot in a European journal.

Christian Missionaries have contempt for all cultures and the description that Friar Odoric gave of Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra was of one that evokes fear and contempt. He wrote that people jumped in front of the chariot and performed an act of human sacrifice. People began to associate large objects that could not be controlled with the chariots mentioned by Friar Odoric. The word developed a negative undertone.
The word Juggernaut is a mispronunciation of the name of Lord Jagannath plus t…

One Who Is Addicted To Fame and Recognition Resist Change

Our biggest enemies are within.

Enemies outside cannot hurt us if we have tamed the enemies within.

Setting standards are good but we cannot always maintain them. When we are not able to maintain the standard set, it does not mean we are mediocre or worthless. Stress, anxiety and depression are the direct result of not maintaining standards. People who set standards ignore kindness and compassion. One needs to treat oneself kindly.

People who set standards want applause and recognition. They get that a lot in the beginning. They get addicted to it.

But in nature we have to give way. Nature is an ever flowing. We will be one day replaced by some who is better and younger.

The one who is addicted to fame and recognition resist change.

However hard we resist change will take place. Old will give away to new. That is the rule of nature. Abhilash