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Preface – Princess Alice

In this paragraph, Alice sister has jotted down about how premature and out of place, it would be to attempt anything like a complete picture of Alice, so many sides of her characteristics and her viewpoints on Europe’s affairs which she very interested in and formed remarkable opinions about. Adding this she wrote about how the domestic side of her sister’s nature might for that time be dealt with freely and how her mother helped Dr. Sell by selecting the extracts from Alice letters.

Her mother never thought about making these extracts public, but they were found to be so lovely and so true expressions of her sister and were in compliance with her husband ( Grand Duke). The book was allowed, translated and published, to show the people how great the reason they had to love the one they lost.

I’ll write the letters in blogs as they are written in the book. I won’t write the summary or anything so that you could also get a clear picture of Alice’s characteristics and the way she was.

-Riya Shah

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Sadhus (holy person)

Sadhus are religious ascetic in Jainism and Hinduism referred to as Yogis. The spirits that are pure as God and have a direct connection with him. Devoting for him is the only thing that connects to him they say, they could communicate with him as they are an almighty favourite kid. They practice Sadhana and follows spiritual discipline.

Hinduism is an art of living I feel but for them, it’s a religion which must be followed in the disciple. Many questions arise in my heart I fail to explain that why do we bury them and why are Hindu mortal burnt when dead. Today I am raising a question for which I am sorry as sometimes some questions raised hurt some hearts, sometimes it becomes a controversy.

Why do we bury Sadhus in the land? Why does a holy person take “Samadhi” in the land?

Today I asked my father the same question he told me that Sadhus and Yogis are so inclined towards devotion that when they die they are tied with a chair and then people throw sand above them. It’s called Samadhi. Still, I didn’t get an answer to what I asked him. Dad, why do we bury them when we are burnt when we die? Disciplines should be followed by everyone. If we are a religion. I feel Hinduism is an art of living and there is nothing wrong about it.

Believe in things that are worth believing.

-Riya Shah