Archive for June 1st, 2011

Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2011 10:52:05 -0600


From: “Punya’tman Deva”

Subject: Who Can & Cannot Produce…









Note: This entire letter is related with an article appended below about a terribly degenerating disease known as Huntington’s disease and the ghastly effect it has on families.



Baba wants that we should create a healthy human society, free from all kinds of problems such as illnesses and diseases.


To that end, we have to follow His designated do’s and don’ts in both individual and collective life. In personal life we have to sincerely follow all of Baba’s teachings like 16 Pts, conduct rules, and various other guidelines. And in collective life we have to watch for the well-being of society.


In this latter facet, Baba clearly guides us who should produce offspring and who not. Just as the plant and animal kingdoms undergo “natural selection” and “survival of the fittest” in order to keep their breeds strong and healthy, similarly humans also need to adopt such a process.


Baba says, “Good varieties of seed, fertile land, adequate nourishment, light, air and water are all essential for good reproduction in both the plant and animal kingdoms. In this respect human beings are no different from other creatures. In human society the selection of suitable males and females is desirable for reproduction of a high order. Until human beings are produced in scientific laboratories, it will be detrimental to society if this matter is neglected.” (AFPS-9, Population Growth and Control)


In His above teachings Baba is guiding us that we must set standards determining who can and should be able to produce children. One way to start implementing this approach is to offer financial support to those people who are mentally sharp and physically healthy. Such bonuses should not be offered to mentally imbalanced and physically diseased people. This would be one way to encourage those with good genes and sound intellect to produce more children.


Here below Baba describes further about this important – yet potentially misunderstood – program.


Baba says, “If people of sublime intelligence and brilliance reproduce more offspring, it will be very beneficial for society. The responsibility for nurturing and bringing up these children will have to be taken by the society or the government. Similarly, it will be harmful for society if mentally deficient, naturally delinquent or insane persons produce many children.” (AFPS-9, Population Growth and Control)


Here again Baba is offering that those of good health should be supported by the society and the government in their child producing endeavours. If more children are born to parents of good genes etc, then that will help prevent the spreading of diseases. Thens society will be greatly benefited.


Baba furthermore guides us that those who are shown to be unfit for producing healthy children should be swayed from child bearing.


There is of course no scope for opportunistic people to proclaim that this race or this caste cannot produce children. That is not the methodology. Rather, through medical screening and genetic testing, on a case by case basis, it can be rationally determined who is most appropriate for producing children.


For instance, those who are HIV positive and those with the genes for Huntington’s disease (see article below) should refrain from having children. And there are so many others who are predisposed to producing diseased offspring. All such persons should not be permitted to have children – according to Baba. That significantly reduce human suffering.


While those of good health and good genes should be encouraged to produce children. By this way, our new borns will be be healthy and our society strong.


This is one of Baba’s key programs for building a bright new humanity. We should all study more about this and propagate Baba’s ideas. Failing that, more and more families will undergo the horrors and sorrows as depicted in the below article about Huntington’s disease. Please read the following:



A Deadly Disease Destroys Patients and Families



As far as Carol Carr’s family knows, Huntington’s disease, a fatal genetic disorder that destroys its victims’ minds and bodies as it ravages their families, first appeared in her husband’s mother.


She passed it to her daughter, Roslyn, who died of it, and to two sons: George Scott, who committed suicide when he learned he had it, and Hoyt Scott, Carol’s husband.


By the time Hoyt learned he had the disease, he was in his 30’s and he and Carol had already had three sons. Carol, who had a low-level phone company job, devoted most of her adult life to caring for Hoyt, a factory worker, as over the course of more than two decades the disease left him unable to move, swallow, talk or think.


When her husband died, in 1995, her oldest sons, Randy and Andy, who were in their 30’s, had the disease. Mrs. Carr turned her life toward their care, doling out medicine, feeding and bathing them, getting them to the bathroom, coping with Randy’s violent moods. When she could no longer do those things by herself, she placed her sons, reluctantly, in a nursing home. Relatives say she was consumed by guilt for having brought them into the world.


On June 8, she killed her boys, shooting them as they lay in bed in the room they shared at the nursing home. Family members say she could no longer bear their suffering. Mrs. Carr, 63, has been charged with two counts of murder, but her surviving son, James, 38, who is in the early stages of the disease, says Huntington’s had killed Randy, 42, and Andy, 41, long before his mother ever fired the gun.


Mrs. Carr’s lawyer, Virgil Brown, said: ”I see no evidence of malice aforethought. I see only love.”


To those who have the disease, or love someone who does, this is not incomprehensible.


Susan Caldwell, for example, felt compelled to attend the Scott brothers’ funeral, and afterward to offer comfort to James Scott. In 1985, her mother, Glenda Caldwell, 42, sensed the onset in herself of the disease that had killed her father and did not want to risk her children’s developing it. She fatally shot her 19-year-old son, Freeman, and shot at Susan, then 18, but missed.


The violence that tore through the Caldwell and Carr families is unusual. The despair, experts say, is not. Huntington’s afflicts about 30,000 people in this country; an additional 150,000 have the gene but not the symptoms. Those numbers do not include the family members who suffer, too, coping not only with the burdens of caregiving but with watching helplessly as the disease erodes its victims’ personalities.


”They’ve changed in so many fundamental ways — they’re no longer themselves physically, emotionally or mentally — but there are enough remnants left that you’re reminded every day of the loss of the person you love,” said Dr. Steven Hersch, a neurologist who established the Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Center for Excellence clinic at Emory University in Atlanta, where he worked with Carol Carr and her family, who live in Hampton, about 35 miles away. Carol Carr and her relatives say she could tell by the look of misery in her sons’ eyes that they had had enough. But they were no longer able to speak or communicate, and doctors say it would have been impossible to know what they wanted.


Because Huntington’s is a genetic disease, Dr. Hersch said, there is always the fear of who in the family might be struck by it next.


That is the fear that overcame Glenda Caldwell, her daughter said. Over dinner at a restaurant near her home in suburban Roswell, Susan Caldwell, 35, a software engineer, told her mother’s story. ”My brother had gone out with friends,” she said. ”He came home, walked through the door, and she shot him three times.


”I was asleep. I remember hearing my door open. I turned my head. She fired into my bed, close enough for the bullet to graze my cheek, leaving powder burns. I jumped up and turned on the light. She fired again. The gun did not go off, nobody knows why.”


Her mother was sentenced to life in prison. ”I hated her for killing my brother,” Ms. Caldwell recalled. ”I was the prosecution’s star witness. Without me, there would have been sympathy for her.”


But after a severe depression and a couple of suicide attempts, Ms. Caldwell came to understand her mother’s suffering. ”My mother and Carol Carr were two women who both felt total despair,” she said, adding that she could not condone what Mrs. Carr did.


In 1992, Mrs. Caldwell was found to have Huntington’s disease. In 1994, this time with her daughter testifying on her behalf, Mrs. Caldwell was retried and found not guilty by reason of insanity. Unable to take care of her mother alone, Mrs. Caldwell spent the final years of her life in a nursing home.


As the disease advanced inexorably, mother and daughter drew close. ”She smoked and she loved Cokes and Little Debbies,” Ms. Caldwell said. ”I would take her 12 packs of Cokes, boxes of Little Debbies and her cigarettes. I would light cigarettes and put them in her mouth. She pretty much felt that smoking wasn’t going to be the thing that killed her.”


Susan Caldwell buried her mother in March. ”It was only the last year that was unbearable,” she said.


Ms. Caldwell learned eight years ago that she had the gene for the disease. ”I know it’s there and now I can focus on all the things it hasn’t yet taken,” she said.


So she has hiked the Appalachian Trail and driven to Alaska by herself. She snorkels, goes in-line skating, meditates and spends time with her friends. She visits her neurologist regularly.


She has only the earliest signs of the disease, occasional memory lapses and clumsiness. She is hopeful about her future. Dr. Hersch, who knows her from the Emory clinic, says she has reason to hope.


Since the discovery of the gene 10 years ago, a number of promising treatments are being tested that could slow the progress of Huntington’s, said Dr. Hersch, who now runs the Huntington’s clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


While it is too late for those for whom the disease has advanced, Dr. Hersch said, ”Susan Caldwell may well have a different fate.”




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