Summary: Connecting with craze of the media "Football World cup" to glean some spiritual lessons on the subjects of spiritual regeneration and spiritual enjoyment!!!

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First things first. Alcoholism is a serious social threat capable of breaking down individuals and their families. Increase in domestic violence is directly proportional to increase in alcohol abuse says a webpage dwelling on alarming increase of alcohol consumption in India

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While on the subject, boom in alcohol production often spells doom to the country wrote Honorable Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer (Former Judge of Indian Supreme court) some time back in The Hindu (a leading Indian daily)… in February 2010 to be more precise. You may go through this satirical “masterpiece” by clicking on the following URL…

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In this article which was rich in intent and content, this highly esteemed one-time presidential candidate was bemoaning the growth of the “bottle bug” in the south Indian state of Kerala, with the State Government itself being guilty of giving a fillip to an increase in the consumption of intoxicating beverages. Long –time The Hindu readers would vouch for the creativity in this reputed nonagenarian’s writing style and it came to the fore in this article too, without in any diminishing the seriousness of his concerns expressed. Quite logically, this astute judge of human behavior wrote that alcoholism usually takes its addict and his family through four stages…jocose, bellicose, lachrymose and comatose. Does this wordplay “dose” seem too heavy? I’ll explain.

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Jocose stage is one when a few pegs are downed unsuspiciously in innocent fun by an individual, not aware that he is walking straight into anaconda-like coils. Bellicose condition wrought by a few additional glasses is one of false security when muscles are flexed and danger is seemingly looked into the eye.

Scripture: Wine gives false courage; hard liquor leads to brawls; what fools men are to let it master them, making them reel drunkenly down the street!-Pro 20:1-TLB.

Bible students would see such a situation emerging in the following scripture portion- Judges 9:26-29.

Scripture: One day Gaal son of Ebed moved to Shechem with his brothers and gained the confidence of the leading citizens of Shechem. During the annual harvest festival at Shechem, held in the temple of the local god, the wine flowed freely, and everyone began cursing Abimelech. “Who is Abimelech?” Gaal shouted. “He’s not a true son of Shechem,[a] so why should we be his servants? He’s merely the son of Gideon, and this Zebul is merely his deputy. Serve the true sons of Hamor, the founder of Shechem. Why should we serve Abimelech? If I were in charge here, I would get rid of Abimelech. I would say to him, ‘Get some soldiers, and come out and fight!’”

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