INDAR MAHARAJ

I am a Canadian national currently residing in Toronto, Canada. An alumnus of the University of Toronto, I graduated with a PhD in Microbiology before joining private industry as a research scientist analyzing and developing analytical methods for food, water, air and pharmaceutical samples. In addition to experimental work, I have lectured extensively on Microbiology, Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences. To extend my vistas, I spent four years in China. Among some of my activities were lecturing on Critical Thinking and teaching conversational English. I live by the credo that meaningful effort is never wasted. In this regard, I have delivered presentations on Personal Entropy, The Eloquence of Effort and Entropy and the Environment to interested groups. Currently, I am is on the Science Advisory Panel of the Green Think Tank, an organization dedicated to environmental issues. I am also affiliated with an environmental group affiliated with Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. In addition to authoring several scholarly papers, I have authored a book on personal development entitled The Eloquence of Effort available on Amazon and other online book vendors. During my tenure as a graduate student, I was the proud recipient of several prestigious scholarships.

The Price of Facile Wealth: Confessions of a Prostitute

As a courtesan, Natalia McLennan lived the melodic life. Her lifestyle embodied the path of least resistance: she reveled in a surfeit of money and love. In this fabled existence, she splayed her legs in far flung destinations in enviable style. Hence, in a two-month period she crisscrossed the country at the expense of her clients. Though it is difficult to compute the wealth amassed over her fleeting career, she made unwarranted amounts of money. Soothing her expensive taste, she splurged on pricey jewelry and other designer accessories. But the easy life on the fast track is a date with disaster and the contours of her life was predestined to validate this aphorism. In hot pursuit of self-indulgence, she became ensnared in a web of whoredom. After six months of uninterrupted whoring and drug-binging, her flight of sexual escapades begun its descent with deadly velocity. Hospitalized, broke and friendless she ended up in prison. In a stinging rebuke to the profession, she rued that prostitution is but a senseless degradation of the human spirit. In her words: In its purest, darkest form, it’s horrible. Hers is not a lone voice. On May 14, 2012, her enabler and pimp, Jason Itzler, was sentenced to four years in prison. Like Iceberg Slim and Polly Adler, Natalia McLennan ended up with where she began, with nothing – the price of a facile wealth.

OF PIMPS AND PROSTITUTES

The Perils of Prostitution: The Grim Reality The grim statistics against prostitution is harshly revealing.  While 73% of prostitutes reported having experienced physical assault, over 92% stated that they wanted to escape the abhorrent life immediately.[1]  This number has not changed in a hundred years.  Yet prostitution is a growing profession.  More depressing, is that prostitutes …

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THE MIRACLE OF JAPAN: IN DEFIANCE OF DEFEAT

If the economic success of postwar Japan was fueled by its unbending will and durable work ethic, applying the same philosophy the Japanese will again soar to higher echelons of success. Surely this is more than sanguine optimism. Sustained effort never fails. The evidence booms deafeningly. From the blackened ashes of destruction, Japan has risen, dusted off herself, licked her gaping wounds, buried her oozing dead, sobbed silently, swallowed her copious tears and faced her adversities courageously. She has endured the inflicted pain with resilience and dignity while her able sons and daughters dedicatedly sweated at 60-hourweek jobs heeding the precepts of their ancestral masters. They have learned the value of loyal service; they have learned that the needs of the group supersede personal needs; they have learned that dedication and hard work pays rich dividends; they have learned that all work is Buddha practice; and they have learned that the employees are the employers’ most valuable assets. And for that the results are conspicuously visible.

THE ELOQUENCE of EFFORT EMBODIED: THE JAPANESE WORK ETHIC

Philosophical Religious and Social Influences With a land mass of 145,000 square miles and a population of 126 million the phenomenal export output would suggest that the Japanese are probably overworked and under slept. Napping passengers on their daily commute provide ample evidence.  The saying among high school students – sleep four hours, pass; sleep …

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: The Source of Youthful Vitality

Physical Effort Inexorably, all things tend to randomization – disorder.  And regrettably, that includes the human body. The unrelenting offensive of the forces of entropy on the human organism spontaneously hastens it deterioration. Of personal concern is how can onslaught be minimized to ensure the body’s youthful vitality. What, if anything, can be done to …

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