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What manifests externally is called 'Manas' (Mind). That
which is internal is 'Nama' (The Name of the Lord).
Repeating the Name of the Lord, you can gain control over
your mind and attain the state where there is no Mind
(Amanaska). As long as you are under the influence of
your mind, you will tread the worldly path and get lost. You
can clearly hear the voice of the Lord, only when you attain
the 'No Mind' State. To attain that state, you must listen to
the inner voice, the voice of the Lord within you. To hear
Him, you must practice Devotion and Surrender. The
easiest way to understand and experience God is to Love
Him. You can easily grow in love for God, by worshipping
Him in a specific form. A true devotee does all duties with
total surrender only to please God, and dedicates every
action to please Him.
- My Dear Students, Vol 3, Ch 7, Jul 9, 1989.
Keep the name of the Lord always radiant on
your tongue and mind, it will keep the antics
of the mind under control. - Baba. 0727062
T ravelling from New York to Australia via
Los Angeles with her husband and 20-
month-old daughter in tow, Solange
Baptiste Simon somehow found a quiet Wi-Fi
hotspot moment in LAX and decided to check her
What s App messages. That s when things went
T&T-born Baptiste Simon is director of Global
Programmes at the International Treatment Pre-
paredness Coalition (ITPC), a network of people
that fight for access to treatment for all communities
affected by HIV. She was one of more than 14,000
scientists, campaigners and politicians on their way
to the International Aids 2014 conference in Mel-
bourne last week.
"When I got to LA, my boss sent me a What s
App message saying, Did you hear that the Malaysian
plane crashed? " Baptiste Simon recalled in a tele-
phone interview with the T&T Guardian on day
two of the conference.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) from Amsterdam
to Kuala Lumpur crashed on July 17, killing all 298
people on board. The plane is believed to have been
shot down by pro-Russia separatists in a conflict
zone close to the Ukraine--Russian border. Baptiste
Simon s boss, Christine Stegling, was already booked
on another Malaysia Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur,
and she was calling to ask for one crucial piece of
"She was already scared about coming to Australia
on Malaysia Airlines because the other flight (MH370)
had gone missing before that."
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 from Kuala
Lumpur to Beijing disappeared on March 8, and was
"She texted me saying, Just saw that Air Malaysia
plane en route from Europe to KL has crashed over
Ukraine. This is who I am supposed to go with
tomorrow. Don t know what to do, what do you
"I wanted to help," Baptiste Simon said, her voice
dropping to a deep whisper, "but I just kept thinking
"The last time someone asked me for advice like
this, it was a colleague asking me where she should
stay in Pakistan, and I told her I stayed in the Marriott
Hotel in Islamabad. She eventually picked that same
hotel. But that hotel blew up."
On September 20, 2008, a dump truck filled with
explosives detonated in front of the prestigious Mar-
riott Hotel in an upscale area of the Pakistani capital.
At least five foreign nationals were among the 54
people killed in the terrorist attack.
"Half of her room was gone. She had no clothes.
She was in her pyjamas, jumping over dead bodies
with bare feet. She needed counselling."
Although her colleague survived, six years later
the gruesome sequence still gave Baptiste Simon
pause. After contemplating her reply to her boss,
she texted, Oh my goodness! Are you serious? All
I have to say is let God guide that decision.
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Solange Baptiste Simon, director of Global Programmes at the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition standing in front of a
booth with information about the ITPC programme with Bridging the Gap, the organisation run by Martine de Schutter, who died when
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down on July 17.
HIV activists stage a silent protest on July 20 at the opening ceremony of the
international Aids 2014 conference, during a memorial for six HIV activists who
died on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. On the screen is an image of renowned
researcher Prof Joep Lange.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
(MH17) from Amsterdam
to Kuala Lumpur crashed
on July 17, killing all 298
people on board. The
plane is believed to have
been shot down by pro-
Russia separatists in a
conflict zone close to the
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