Friday, January 12, 2018

From the Archives


                                        From the Archives

  •     In 1796, a cow was elected MP ( British member of parliament ) to the house of commons in protest against the king.
  • Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest and lost.
  • Charles Dickens kept the head of his bed aligned with the North pole, believing the earth's magnetic field would pass longitudinal through his body and ensure him a good sleep.
  • Mark Twain did not graduate from elementary school
  • Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian.
  • Florence Nightingale's 1860 Notes on Nursing was the first text book for nurses.
  • Benjamin Franklin never patented any of his inventions, feeling that they should be shared freely for the public good.
  • King Henry VIII slept with a gigantic axe beside him.
  • Choclate was once used as Currency.
  • Rene Descartes came up with the theory of co-ordinate geometry by looking at a fly walk across a tilted ceiling.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Life- A beautiful kaleidoscope

                             Life - A beautiful kaleidoscope

  •      Life is a festival, celebrate it
  •       Life is a blessing, accept it
  •     Life is joy , enjoy it.
  • Life is an opportunity, benefit from it 
  • Life is beauty, admire it.
  • Life is a dream, realize it .
  • Life is a challenge, meet it.
  • Life is a duty , compete it.
  • Life is a game, play it.
  • Life is a puzzle, solve it.
  • Life is a promise, fulfill it.
  • Life is sorrow, overcome it
  • Life is a song, sing it  .
  • Life is a struggle  , face it
  • Life is a tragedy  confront it.
  • Life is an adventure, dare it.
  • Life is luck, make it.
  • Life is too precious, do not destroy it .
  • Life is life, fight for it.
  • Life is love  , love it .
  • Life is a lamp  , light it .
  • Life is sacred, worship it.
  • Life is divine, adore it.
  • Life is consciousness, realize it  .
         Then the Nature will open her treasure-chest .
       Everything is yours  , everywhere you are only.
       There is joy, joy, joy alone, no sorrow at all .

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The concept of Immortality - Teachings from a Crow

Immortality as a trait is only possessed by gods and spirits.
Desire to live for ever is ever ingrained in human beings since the dawn of civilization.
Alchemy is a type of chemistry studied in the middle Ages that has three main goals namely to change ordinary metals into gold, to discover a medicine to cure all diseases and to discover how to live for ever. Now a days also Anti-aging techniques and biological Immortality are key areas of research.

A poem on ' Eagle ' throws light on this subject. An eagle became sorrowful when he grew old and the season of his youth had faded away. He took another road, to another land to find some elixir rare and wonderful to ease his mortal sickness. There far off below, a flock of sheep grazing in the pasture   , suddenly looking above at the eagle startled and bleated. The fearful shepherd ran away, letting all his prey go. The eagle came to a tree. A raven had his nest. The eagle espied him as he perched upon his twig.The raven surrendered himself to the eagle.

The eagle spoke, ' Alas, what is this life to me but a bubble upon waters ? My pomp and show gone. This black raven, my father's father's chase escaped with cunningness.' " Oh filthy raven, what is the source of your great longevity? A secret is hidden here. You filthy raven is yet the same that he ever was ! My life is fading. Unfold the secret." There upon the raven invited the eagle for a feast where he could eat things sweet and rare. The raven took the eagle to a dung hill. Left over food and meat were spread there with flies hovering over them.A horrible stench spread far and wide. The spot was disgusting to the soul and heart. The eagle could not sit there at all. The raven pointed out that such dirt and decay are behind the longevity of his life where as the eagle had passed his royal life in the sky breathing freash air and with every beast obeidient to his command, and had the breast of partridge, quail, pheasant as a warm and succulent meal. That he should fall upon carrion and decay, base and learn from a raven so disgusting.
The eagle sprang into air telling the raven, " unworthy I am to share your wonderful hospitality. I welcome my fate to die in heaven's zenith,death I await, I could never live on such dirty things aspiring for longevity."
The king of birds flew, poised in the topmost skies, with freedom limitless.
There is another interesting angle to the wisdom of a crow. Alexander, the Great felt that body is perishable and he should find something essence which if drunk once would make him immortal. He came across a wise sage who had neither allurement to riches nor was afraid of death. The king expressed his desire and the means to attain immortality. The sage told him about a cave where there was an eternal fountain of water. It was said that if a person drunk water from that spring, he would be free from death. Alexander reached the cave. The spring water was pure and attractive. As he bent down to drink water , he heard a voice from a crow sitting on the other side who warned him thus," Wait ! don't drink the water from it. I have drunk and I am very sad.Because of this , I have become immortal and been sitting here for centuries. I am fed up with this life and I want to die.But death does not approach. Whatever I wanted to know, learn in life I have learnt everything and now nothing remains to be known. What can I do ? To remain in this body looks a waste and there is no enjoyment.I tried to take away my life even then I have remained alive. I had a lot of birds as friends and I was their king. They all respected and loved me. All of have died but I am alive and I am fed up with this long life without any companion. So before drinking this water, think for a while whether you would like to become miserable like me without any hope."
Hearing these words of the crow , Alexander became alert and returned to his kingdom. If he had meditated over the matter properly, he would have understood the truth. He would have realized that the body made up of matter is perishable and the consciousness which impart life to the body is imperishable.To realize this, there is no need to go to a cave in search of water.the cave is your heart only which is the fountain-source of immortality.
In Ramacharitamanasa of Tulasidasa, the famous Hindi poet, Kakabhushundi , a self-realized sage tells Garuda ( Eagle,vehicle of Lord Vishnu ) that he took the form of a crow to enjoy the playful activities of child Rama. In Literature and even in the daily life of the Hindus, the bird crow is associated with Yama, the god of death. Even now food offerings are given to crows as a symbolic ones to the departed ancestors in ceremonies.It is narrated in the puranas that once when the gods were attacked by a demon,Yama assumed the form of a crow and escaped. So he conferred the boon of longevity on the crow and made the bird his vehicle.

It is daily seen and is an experienced fact that whoever is born whether man or a plant or an animal or anything is created like pot ,also dies or perishes oneday. This is the law of Nature. As a remedial measure to overcome the fear of death only, religions were propounded. All religions formulate values and ethical codes for leading a happy , peaceful life pointing out that there is immortal soul in the form of consciousness inside the body and only physical body made up of matter is perishable.Without proper understanding, man aspires for physical immortality in this life which is against the law of nature.
In Harry Potter, Voldemort's obsession with conquering death and his quest for impossible immortality make him lead a cursed life loosing all the values essential for a worthy human existence.He does not succeed in his mission and ultimately meets his own end.

Does immortality mean only to live a longer or eternal physical life? In reality, the implied meaning of immortality is something deep. Some people while living become immortal ( famous ) by their deeds and works.Many great men of yesterday are physically no more, but they are alive ( still remembered even now and in future also) for their valuable contributions to the welfare of the world.Even in Nature ,the same thing is seen. A flower blooms in the morning, spreads fragrance, helps bees in making honey, makes everyone happy and withers away.The flower may fade away but it still remains in the memory of people.So the real import is enshrined in the vedic mantras that as long as we live, we should have a healthy life with healthy organs dedicating ourselves to the welfare of humanity, leading a worthy life memorable to ourselves and to others.
Life is a blessing and a precious gift from the Almighty.Life itself is so beautiful and has so many secrets to unfold before us with its canvas of rich, vast,varied, novel and beautiful flora and fauna to learn from. When we find joy in life and Nature around us, slowly we will look for something beyond physicality. We will read sermons in stones,books in brooks, songs in springs. We will find joy and love everywhere- flora,fauna, Nature and human world.All will have a new coloring to us.The spiritual process will become a natural process of growth for us. This is the goal for which our life here is intended for.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Great men - Great are their ways

                                        Great men - Great are their ways.

  •     Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952 but he turned it down stating, " I cannot accept as I do not have the head for solving problems."
  •      Abraham Lincoln refused a case because he believed that some things are legally right are n't morally right.

  •   Artist Leonardo da Vinci would buy caged animals and set them free.

  •      There is no Nobel prize for Mathematics. Alfred Nobel did n't want one  .

  •        Rudyard Kipling refused to write with anything other than black ink.

  •  Beethoven was a passionate coffee lover and always counted out exactly 60 beans for every cup he brewed.

  •  Before fame, the impoverished Pablo Picasso burned his own paintings to keep himself warm against cold.

  •  When Alexander the Great was a child, his tutor rebuked him for wasting so much incense during a sacrifice to the Gods. Years later, Alexander conquered Gaza and sent back 18 tons of spices to his old tutor with a note telling him not to be stingy with the Gods.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pause and ponder


                                          Pause and ponder

  •  Life should be an ongoing journey of self- exploration and self- improvement.
  • The ways in which people choose to live determine the quality and character of how they age.
  • The utility of living consists not in the length of days, but in the use of time.
  • We live not upon what we eat, but upon what we digest
  • Good digestion waits on appetite, and health on both.
  • Cattle know when to go home from grazing, but a foolish man never knows his stomach measures.
  • Walking should refresh both the body and mind. It should not be taken as an exercise, but as a pleasurable enterprise and adventure of the day. You must walk like a camel, which is said to be the only beast which ruminates when walking.
  • Music training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way inti the inward places of the soul.
  • Where words fail, music speaks.
  • Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, we fell them down and turn them into paper.
  • We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
  • When education fails to keep pace with technology, the result is inequality everywhere.
  • Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
  • Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

From the mines of wisdom

                          From the mines of wisdom

  • The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
  • Each one on the earth is born with a specific purpose or mission to serve the humanity and discover the joy of living fruitfully.
  • If you have strong will power, good habits, proper goal,focus, persistence, work ehics and belief in your dream for a noble cause, your positive vibes will be surrounded by a flow of positive energy from all over the universe to assist you to opening the secret chambers of unimaginable achievements in life.
  • Action is the main key to success. And action is the natural trait of man. Inaction only breeds doubt and fear. Action instils and fosters confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it, go out and get busy.
  • Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind. So nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
  • Darkness is always before the dawn of light. Obstacles , disappointments, failure are natural on the path to success. Constantly learn new things, develop skills and hobbies. When faced with disappintment or failure, these things will keep you motivated and rebound with more energy to get over the obstacle and keep you keeping you going on your chosen path. Infact, the obstacle is a blessing in disguise offering an opportunity for growth and personal development.
  • I did not fail the test I just found hundred ways to do wrong.
  • You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
  • Never give up and never stop trying, there is no limit to what you can accomplish in life, the only limits are our own mind made.
  • You don't have to be great to start something, but you have to start to be great.
  • It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
  • The only to do great work is to love what you do. Love the process, the end will naturally follow on its own.
  • I attribute my success to this; I never gave or took excuse.
  • Believe you can and you're half way there.
  • You become what you believe.
  • Life is in our hands. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
  • It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Namaskara ( bowing down )

                                  Namaskara ( the act of bowing down )

        Namaskara is a gesture of respect and an express of humility. It is a powerful link in bringing a close contact between two people. This is seen almost in all parts of the world in different forms.

While leaving the temple, it is customary for the devotee to show his respects and humility by bowing down to the deity.

As commonly see , people put their closed palms together near the chest, close their eyes and pray. Some touch the feet of the idol with their forehead and do the bowing.

In Indian tradition, males do sashtanga namaskaram. Ashta means eight and anga means parts of the body. Sashtanga namaskara means bowing down before the deity with the eight parts of the body touching the earth ( floor ). It is a respectful obeisance made by the prostration of the eight limbs of the body on the ground. The eight limbs are knees, feet, hands, chest, mind, head, speech and eyes.
At the time of prostration, hands, legs, chest, knees, eyes, hands all should touch the ground and mouth should chant prayer or namah with full concentration of mind. It is also a prostration on the ground like a log ( dandavat ) .

For ladies, Panchanga namaskara is prescribed in the scriptures. While bowing down in a bending manner, the five parts of the body namely two knees, two hands and head should touch the ground and the mouth uttering a prayer with full concentration of mind. Her de.icate parts of the body should not touch the ground.

This Panchanga namaskara confers dheerga sowmangalya ( long married life ) and all good benefits to ladies. Thus namanskara creates a sense of equality among all. It is a sort of exercise to body, mind and intellect and purifies them .