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“Maharashtrache Havaman”: Dr Ranjan Kelkar’s new book on weather and climate of Maharashtra

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My new E-book entitled “Maharashtrache Havaman” will be available for free download on this site on Maharashtra Day, 1 May 2017.

World Meteorological Day 2017

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Lecture by Prof R R Kelkar

IMS Lecture Announcement

“Satellite Meteorology” Second Edition

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Prof R R Kelkar’s book “Satellite Meteorology” Second Edition is now available.  

View table of contents, text of first chapter, author’s biodata and other details on the web site of the publishers BS Publications

Order the book from the co-publishers CRC Press

Buy the book from amazon.in

Cyclone and Storm Surge Risk to Mumbai

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Prof R R Kelkar participated in a workshop organized by Columbia University Global Centre in Mumbai on 12 January 2017 on the subject of Cyclone and Storm Surge Risk to Mumbai. Darryl D’Monte has written a post on the subject in the India Climate Dialogue web site. To read it click on the link below:

http://indiaclimatedialogue.net/2017/01/20/mumbai-faces-increasing-storm-surges/

A New Book on Astrology

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Shri. Sadashiv Govind Shaligram has written a new Marathi book on astrology entitled “Krishnamurti Jyotish Sampada”. It has been published by Supriya Prakashan, Pune in November 2016. The book has a preface written by Prof R R Kelkar.  

Click here to read the preface

Observing God

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In the entire Bible, the word “observation” appears only once and it is used by the Lord Jesus himself in the context of the kingdom of God. (Luke 17:20 KJV) Observation can be much more than merely seeing with one’s eyes. When we observe rules, it means that we abide by them. When we observe silence, we maintain it. When we observe certain days, we draw attention to their importance.

At a meteorological observatory, most weather elements cannot be observed with the eyes. But wind speed, wind direction, atmospheric pressure, air temperature, humidity, can all be measured and recorded with instruments. At an astronomical observatory, only a fragment of the universe can be viewed closely, but scientists keep looking beyond in the hope of unravelling its mysteries.  

When Jesus began his work on earth, his opening call was “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!” (Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:15) His inaugural address, or the sermon on the mount, started with the words: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God!” (Luke 6:20) The kingdom of God, or the kingdom of heaven, was a new concept and Jesus went on explaining it to his hearers in many different ways. He once likened it to a gathering of little children (Luke 18:16). He compared it with the process of sowing and reaping, with the sprouting of a mustard seed, the addition of yeast to flour, a hidden treasure, a pearl, and so on. (Matthew 13, Luke 13).

However, Jesus’ listeners were still unable to visualize the kingdom. They could not understand whether the kingdom of God had come, and if it had, then where was it? Jesus clarified to them, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation. Nor will people say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21)  

Indeed, the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed from outside, because it is not a physical kingdom of this world. (John 18:36) It is in the realm of the spirit. Its virtual reality is to be seen, heard, felt and experienced by the spirit.  

The Spirit is Like the Wind

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Without air, human beings cannot survive. When breathing stops, life ends. God had breathed air into the dust of the ground to make the first man come alive. (Genesis 2:7) In fact, spirit, air and wind are used synonymously in the Bible, through a common word ‘ruwach’ in Hebrew and ‘pneuma’ in Greek.  

During a discussion about the spirit, Jesus had illustrated his point by comparing it to the wind in the earth’s atmosphere. (John 3:8) Like many meteorological elements, the wind indeed is invisible but it can be measured accurately and is known to be extremely variable. So does the spirit operate in the world, changing its intensity and purpose while remaining unseen by man.

The wind comes to us, we do not have to go to the wind. Similarly the spirit approaches us, we do not have to go looking for it. We can either make use of the wind or let it go. So it is with the spirit. We can receive it, get filled with the spirit, or allow it to pass by. (Jesus John 30:22, Acts 2:4; Eph. 5:18).

The wind can be gentle like a pleasant breeze on a hot day or on a moonlit night. Likewise the spirit can refresh us in our times of tiredness. (Psalm 23:2)

The wind can blow suddenly as in a gust. The spirit too may come blowing in suddenly, unannounced. (Acts 2:2)

The wind has great power. It can move clouds in the air and ships over the oceans and can drive turbines on land. The spirit also has great power. It can stimulate the human mind, give courage and strength to people, and help them accomplish great things. (2 Timothy 1:7)

The wind brings together air from distant places on earth. The spirit brings together different people into a common fellowship. (2 Corinth 13:14)

Yes, the spirit and the wind are alike, but not completely. There remains one big difference. The wind may be like the spirit of God, but it is not God. It cannot therefore be an object of worship. God is a spirit and he alone is to be worshipped is spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)

 

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