Warrier's Collage 14062020 : Self Knowledge

Warrier's Collage 14062020 : Self Knowledge

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About Atma Bodha (Self Knowledge)

Good Morning

Under Current Affairs I've given the video link for Dr Jayaram Nayar's talk on certain aspects of the functioning of banks in India. Link his thoughts to our earlier discussions on HR, NPA, Level Playing Field, Margins etc.

M G Warrier

Cartoon by Bimbadhar Misra (Hitavada)

A. Liberation

Watch "How to get Mukti or Liberation ? How to Attain Moksha ? || Sadhguru || Adiyogi"

I like the simplicity in Sadhguru's approach to spirituality.

B. Gajendramoksham

1) Gajendra Moksha or Gajendramoksham Symbolism explained


C. Current Affairs : Banking

Dr Jayaram Nayar talks about recent developments in banking affecting depositors and borrowers

One hopes the issues raised by Dr Nayar receive the attention they deserve from opinion/policy makers. The total absence of a costs, prices and income policy is behind some of the issues flagged here. When private and public sector business depend on the same pool of resources, there's blatant injustice in entrusting all social responsibility to the public sector alone and giving unbridled freedom to private sector in payment of profit-share to stakeholders (including remuneration to top officials). 
Link to my 2012 article on some related issues copied below:

D. Remembering Memory

Six simple steps to keep your mind sharp at any age*

Everyone has the occasional "senior moment." Maybe you've gone into the kitchen and can't remember why, or can't recall a familiar name during a conversation. Memory lapses can occur at any age, but aging alone is generally not a cause of cognitive decline. When significant memory loss occurs among older people, it is generally not due to aging but to organic disorders, brain injury, or neurological illness.

Studies have shown that you can help prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk of dementia with some basic good health habits:
•staying physically active
•getting enough sleep
•not smoking
•having good social connections
•limiting alcohol to no more than one drink a day
•eating a Mediterranean style diet.

Memory and other cognitive changes can be frustrating, but the good news is that, thanks to decades of research, you can learn how to get your mind active. There are various strategies we can use to help maintain cognitive fitness. Here are several you might try.

1. Keep learning

A higher level of education is associated with better mental functioning in old age. Experts think that advanced education may help keep memory strong by getting a person into the habit of being mentally active. Challenging your brain with mental exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them. Many people have jobs that keep them mentally active. Pursuing a hobby, learning a new skill, volunteering or mentoring are additional ways to keep your mind sharp.

2. Use all your senses

The more senses you use in learning something, the more of your brain that will be involved in retaining the memory. In one study, adults were shown a series of emotionally neutral images, each presented along with a smell. They were not asked to remember what they saw. Later, they were shown a set of images, this time without odors, and asked to indicate which they'd seen before. They had excellent recall for all odor-paired pictures, and especially for those associated with pleasant smells. Brain imaging indicated that the piriform cortex, the main odor-processing region of the brain, became active when people saw objects originally paired with odors, even though the smells were no longer present and the subjects hadn't tried to remember them. So challenge all your senses as you venture into the unfamiliar.

3. Believe in yourself

Myths about aging can contribute to a failing memory. Middle-aged and older learners do worse on memory tasks when they're exposed to negative stereotypes about aging and memory, and better when the messages are positive about memory preservation into old age. People who believe that they are not in control of their memory function — joking about "senior moments" too often, perhaps — are less likely to work at maintaining or improving their memory skills and therefore are more likely to experience cognitive decline. If you believe you can improve and you translate that belief into practice, you have a better chance of keeping your mind sharp.

4. Prioritise your brain use

If you don't need to use mental energy remembering where you laid your keys or the time of your granddaughter's birthday party, you'll be better able to concentrate on learning and remembering new and important things. Take advantage of smart phone reminders, calendars and planners, maps, shopping lists, file folders, and address books to keep routine information accessible. Designate a place at home for your glasses, purse, keys, and other items you use often.

5. Repeat what you want to know

When you want to remember something you've just heard, read, or thought about, repeat it out loud or write it down. That way, you reinforce the memory or connection. For example, if you've just been told someone's name, use it when you speak with him or her: "So, John, where did you meet Camille?"

6. Space it out

Repetition is most potent as a learning tool when it's properly timed. It's best not to repeat something many times in a short period, as if you were cramming for an exam. Instead, re-study the essentials after increasingly longer periods of time — once an hour, then every few hours, then every day. Spacing out periods of study helps improve memory and is particularly valuable when you are trying to master complicated information, such as the details of a new work assignment

*Received as a forward from Shri Haresh Tarachandani, Ex-RBI

E. Leisure

If we are not able to find our way to "Moksham" so soon, these tips will make the journey towards liberation more comfortable:

Lessons for all of us*

*एक दोस्त से पूछा, जो 50 पार कर चुका है और 60 की ओर जा रहा है। वह अपने जीवन में किस तरह का बदलाव महसूस कर रहा है?*
I asked one of my friends who has crossed 50 & is heading to 60. What sort of change he is feeling in him?

*उसने  निम्नलिखित बहुत दिलचस्प पंक्तियाँ भेजीं, जिन्हें  आप सभी के साथ साझा करना चाहूँगा ....।*
He sent me the following very interesting lines, which i would like to share with you all.....

*• मेरे माता-पिता, मेरे भाई-बहनों, मेरी पत्नी, मेरे बच्चों, मेरे दोस्तों से प्यार करने के बाद, अब मैं खुद से प्यार करने लगा  हूं।*
After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, my friends, now I have started loving myself.

*• मुझे बस एहसास हुआ कि मैं "एटलस" नहीं हूं। दुनिया मेरे कंधों पर टिकी नहीं है।*
I just realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.

*• मैंने अब सब्जियों और फलों के विक्रेताओं के साथ सौदेबाजी बंद कर दी। आखिरकार, कुछ रुपए अधिक देनेसे मेरी जेब में कोई छेद नहीं होगा, लेकिन इससे इस  गरीब को अपनी बेटी की स्कूल फीस बचाने में मदद मिल सकती है।*
I now stopped bargaining with vegetables & fruits vendors. After all, a few Rupees more is not going to burn a hole in my pocket but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.

*• मैं बची चिल्लर का इंतजार किए बिना टैक्सी चालक को भुगतान करता हूं। अतिरिक्त धन उसके चेहरे पर एक मुस्कान ला सकता है। आखिर वह मेरे मुकाबले जीने के लिए बहुत मेहनत कर रहा है|*
I pay the taxi driver without waiting for the change. The extra money might bring a smile on his face. After all he is toiling much harder for a living than me.

*• मैंने बुजुर्गों को यह बताना बंद कर दिया कि वे पहले ही कई बार उस कहानी को सुना चुके हैं। आखिर वह कहानी उनकी अतीत की यादें ताज़ा करती है और जिंदगी जीने का होंसला बढाती है |*
I stopped telling the elderly that they've already narrated that story many times. After all, the story makes them walk down the memory lane & relive the past.

*• कोई इंसान अगर गलत भी हो तो मैंने उसको सुधारना बंद किया है । आखिर सबको परफेक्ट बनाने का ओन मुझ पर नहीं है। ऐसे परफेक्शन से शांति अधिक कीमती है।*
I have learnt not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. After all, the onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.

*• मैं अब सबकी तारीफ  बड़ी उदारता से करता  हूं। यह न केवल तारीफ प्राप्तकर्ता की मनोदशा को उल्हासित करता है, बल्कि यह मेरी मनोदशा को भी ऊर्जा देता है!!*
I give compliments freely & generously. After all it's a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me

*• अब मैंने अपनी शर्ट पर क्रीज या स्पॉट के बारे में सोचना और परेशान होना बंद कर दिया है। मेरा अब मानना है की दिखावे के अपेक्षा व्यक्तित्व ज्यादा मालूम पड़ता है।*
I have learnt not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. After all, personality speaks louder than appearances.

*•मैं उन लोगों से दूर ही रहता हूं जो मुझे महत्व नहीं देते। आखिरकार, वे मेरी कीमत नहीं जान सकते, लेकिन मैं वह बखूबी जनता हूँ।*
I walk away from people who don't value me. After all, they might not know my worth, but I do.

*• मैं तब शांत रहता हूं जब कोई मुझे "चूहे की दौड़" से बाहर निकालने के लिए गंदी राजनीति करता है। आखिरकार, मैं कोई चूहा नहीं हूं और  न ही मैं किसी दौड़ में शामिल हूं।*
I remain cool when someone plays dirty politics to outrun me in the rat race. After all, I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.

*• मैं अपनी भावनाओं से शर्मिंदा ना होना सीख रहा हूं। आखिरकार, यह मेरी भावनाएं ही हैं जो मुझे मानव बनाती हैं।*
I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. After all, it's my emotions that make me human.

*• मैंने सीखा है कि किसी रिश्ते को तोड़ने की तुलना में अहंकार को छोड़ना बेहतर है। आखिरकार, मेरा अहंकार मुझे सबसे अलग रखेगा जबकि रिश्तों के साथ मैं कभी अकेला नहीं रहूंगा।*
I have learnt that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. After all, my ego will keep me aloof whereas with relationships I will never be alone*.

*• मैंने प्रत्येक दिन ऐसे जीना सीख लिया है जैसे कि यह आखिरी हो। क्या पता, आज का दिन आखिरी हो!*
I have learnt to live each day as if it's the last. After all, it might be the last.

*सबसे महत्वपूर्ण*–

I am doing what makes me happy. After all, I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to me.
*• मैं वही काम करता हूं जो मुझे खुश करता है। आखिरकार, मैं अपनी खुशी के लिए जिम्मेदार हूं, और मै उसका हक़दार भी हूँ।*

   ✅Lesson for all of us✅.
*Shared by my Thiruvananthapuram friend Shri Babu now in Australia.

F. Moksham

Whether women can attain moksham*?

The Digamber Jain sect believes that women cannot achieve liberation without being reborn as men first. The Swetambar sect disagrees.
Digambars believe that nakedness is the main route to liberation.Since this is almost impractical for women, the belief may have been existing.
Further it is difficult for women to be free from attachment.Women have been created to be emotional that enables them to bring forth children.
Another unscientific reason is stated to be monthly cycles of women during
which many micro organisms are destroyed and they swerve from the path of Ahimsa, an essential ingredient of Jainism.
But the other sect of Jains Swethambaras don't accept this.

We learn from scriptures that sabari, Mira and Andal attained Moksham.Though there is another story that Sabari did not attain Moksha during Ramaavatar but was born again as yogin in hill side and that is Sabari mala now.

But before answering this question ,do we know what 'moksham' is?
The word 'moksham' denotes emancipation or getting relieved.

Getting relieved from what?
Is it from the cycle of births and deaths?
Is it from attachment?
Is it from ignorance?
Is it becoming free from 'ego'?
Hinduism treats Moksha as one of the four attainable goals
along with Dharma( being virtuous) Artha, Being prosperous), Kaama ( emotional fulfuillment)

Sankara in his Viveka Choodamani defines Moksha as something beyond gender,caste, creed family or lineage,without name and form ,beyond merits and demerits
and beyond space and time.
There is nothing specific to prove that women are debarred from attaining moksha,if at all
at all there is a place called Moksha. Moksham is only a concept attainable even during one's life time.

In earlier times people were satisfied with the concepts of heaven or hell according to papas and punyas.The cycle continued indefinitely.Naturally scholars of later period developed the concept of Moksham ,that releases a person for ever from the cycle of birth and death.
 This in short is self realization or AAthma Vidya.
Even in the story of Gajendra Moksham, Gajendra symbolically represents man, Huhu represents sins and the lake is saṃsāra.
Dharma and Moksha seem to be the cause and effect.Vaishnavism
is more of a Bhakthi marga  and emphasizes on love and affection to Lord and devotees rather than gnana margam..

While talking about Jains ,Sankara and vaishnavism, we cannot omit Goddess
Saraswathi.. Saraswathi is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, learning and creative arts, while swan is a symbol of spiritual perfection, liberation and moksha. The symbolism of Saraswathi and the swan is that knowledge and moksha go together.

Saraswathi Rahasya Upanishad states

"No space, my loving devotee, exists between your self and my self,
Know this and you are free. This is the secret wisdom."
Since Goddess Saraswathi herself is a source of wisdom and knowledge
and once we know there is no space between ourselves and herself, that is
Freedom or Moksha.This awareness or knowledge or realization is attainable by one and all inclusive of women.
Received from Smt Vathsala Jayaraman by email


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