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A devotee without the faculty of observation and discrim-
ination fails to ascertain what is real and unreal. They
cause pain to others, though they have no intention of
troubling others, as they lack the capability of under-
standing. Such people and many others preach about
devotion beyond attributes. Anyone who does not have
the quality of being helpful to others, and is devoid of
compassion and pity is said to be possessing demonic
devotion. Some other people lose the relationships with
people who are near to them, thinking that the object that
is dear to them is far away. Such devotees can be called
as practicing devotion with hatred. Stay away from all of
these practices. The true aspirant is the one, who has
love, compassion and concern for all, including those
who are less privileged than themselves. They work with
them and help them in a way in accordance to the status.
Love is primordial in devotion.
What has devotion got to do
with serving those around us?
Bhagawan lovingly awakens the
sense of inner discrimination
and makes us introspect on our
innermost feelings today.
To regard the universe as a manifestation of God and
to experience it as such is real devotion. - Baba
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The results of the Express-
commissioned poll which shows
the results of the 2015 general
election would be close, with the
People s Partnership in the lead,
has brought strong and diverse
reactions from the two main
political contenders and political
The results have left the PNM
gloating about its improved pop-
ularity and impending victory,
and boasting it has not even
played its best card yet, its man-
ifesto and its 41 candidates.
On the other hand, UNC
Deputy Political Leader Dr Roodal
Moonilal said they were heartened
by the results and are cautiously
Moonilal said the results dis-
puted the PNM s position over
the last few years that it was
growing in popularity and was a
clear-cut winner for the 2015 gen-
Tobago-based political analyst,
Dr Winford James, said all the PP
needed for victory was its safe
seats and three marginals and said
the poll s results confirmed sus-
picions that the Government
altered the Constitution to win
Dr Indira Rampersad said the
marginals of Tunapuna and San
Fernando West would determine
the results of the election. She
said polls were snapshots in time
and a lot could change by 2015.
The results of the poll done by
Solution By Simulation (SBS)
show voters divided in near equal
numbers for the UNC and the
PNM, with the People s Partner-
ship emerging with "34 per cent"
and the PNM, "32 per cent".
The poll also says the Oppo-
sition has the edge in the mar-
ginals but runoffs (recently passed
in Parliament) in these seats can
lead to the PP winning the elec-
Moonilal said the PP was very
much heartened by the findings
of the SBS poll.
"We are cautiously optimistic.
We take all polls seriously because
they are a snapshot of the elec-
torate at a given point in time.
"If we had listened to the PNM
over the last few years, you would
think they were ascending and
were the clear-cut winner for the
2015 general election.
"But we have confidence in the
people. The poll indicates we are
ahead or in a dead heat in some
of the marginals.
"And we have not begun our
2015 election campaign as yet."
Moonilal added that the poll
showed Persad-Bissessar enjoying
widespread support even when
she had to make critical and, at
times, controversial decisions on
"But the most important deci-
sion Dr Rowley had to make over
the last four years was whether
to play golf in Trinidad or Dubai,"
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PP, PNM put SBS
poll in perspective
Al PNM PRO Faris Al Rawi said the
poll was a snapshot in time and
demonstrates the ascendancy of the
"Importantly, it confirms the PNM's
lead in the marginals and,
disaggregated, confirms an overall
victory for the PNM in the general
Reminded of the newspaper's
headline which stated the election
would be a tie, while at the same time
showing the PP in the lead with 34 per
cent and the PNM 32 per cent, Al Rawi
said he was not concerned with the
headline but the details as revealed in
the content of the poll's results.
"Thirty-four and thirty-two are
irrelevant. From what the details say,
the PNM is ahead in the marginals by
eight per cent.
"If the election was called now, the
safe seats would be rendered
irrelevant. And the PNM has not even
played its best hand yet, its manifesto
and 41 candidates."
Asked about rumours that Mikela
Panday, daughter of former UNC
leader and prime minister Basdeo
Panday, was likely to contest a Princes
Town seat as a PNM candidate, Al
Rawi replied: "We will wait and see.
Calls for screening have been made
and there is massive interest in the
PNM and you have to wait until you
see who comes out."
He said the poll further
demonstrated that the popularity
rating of Opposition leader Dr keith
Rowley has improved from 17 per cent
to 42 per cent while Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar's has dropped
from 75 per cent to 46 per cent. Al
Rawi made no comment on the fact
that Persad-Bissessar still remains the
He said the PNM's own internal
polls, broader and deeper than the
SBS poll, were even more positive.
Commenting on the SBS poll which
shows that while the PNM had the
edge in the marginals, runoff elections
here can favour the PP, Al Rawi said,
"The poll also demonstrates the
machinations in seeking to amend the
Constitution to provide for the runoff
"The UNC is in a do or die situation
and now has to rely on trickery
through constitution amendment for
AL RAWI: UNC IN A DO OR DIE SITUATION
Dr Roodal Moonilal
Faris Al Rawi
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