Warrier's Collage 12092020 : Doctor's Advice
As you read on... B2 Moneylife article of 2013 : Healthcare C2 A YouTube link : Self-Knowledge D2 Vihar to Bihar : Proud of Bihar M G Warrier https://youtu.be/V6w4T1OLuWw Koojantam Rama Rameti.... Warrier's Collage 12092020 : Doctor's Advice https://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/mindspace/2020/apr/10/unsung-heroes-who-make-our-days-brighter-2128099.html Unsung heroes A Interaction 1) V N Kelkar B 2 World Peace "Today's good news is that 'India China agree on 5 point plan to ease LAC tensions.' Continuous dialogue between fighting nations should bring in peace on Earth. Today's ET (edit ) has reported that if Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State could have won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 after playing a pivotal role in the US decision to aerial-bomb North Vietnam and Cambodia that killed thousands of civilians in 1969-70, then Trump is worth for the gong. Tybring-Gjedde, a Norwegian parliamentarian has nominated Trump for his contribution for peace between Israel and UAE. Incidentally, the Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Swedish Industrialist, inventor of dynamite and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel. Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai are some of the well-known names who were awardees of the prestigious peace prize for their contribution for peace efforts. Its essential to fix international relations to achieve world peace." 2) C V Subbaraman a) Peace of Mind, Piece of Money Peace of Mind and Piece of Money are both inter-related. What is the exact level of money one requires? This "level" eludes every one. As the divine caution poster outside the big bazaar inside the Puttaparthi Sai Baba complex reads, "Buy only what is necessary", shoppers are found to buy a lot of things and converted the message into "Whatever is bought is necessary"! The contentment level fluctuations even within one individual are erratic. There is no question then of interpersonal comparison of contentment. By the way, is contentment desirable too? If people were content with whatever Nature provided so liberally and cost-free, would there have been inventions like Airconditioning, fans, heaters, geysers, et al? Necessity is the mother of inventions and most of the items which are used by a "modern" man are the result of his quest for more comforts (and less contentment). Is contentment then a dampener for more inventions for "improving" the comforts of life and living? So long as the urge to create more money (wealth) does not lead to despicable ways of resorting to cheating and scams and violence, such urge I think is desirable. And if one learns to give more from more money made or earned, for charities, any of peace of mind lost initially, if any, could be regained. Earning more aimed at more charities should perhaps not result in loss of peace of mind." b) Aascharyachoodaamani The work, destroyed by the despair of one Sankara and resurrected by the genius computer memory of another Sankara, is rightly named so. Incidentally, I could not read the link article in The Hindu, as this paper has become unreadable unless one pays for it! No freebees any longer. (No idea about The Hindu policy. They say, they are allowing me to read 10 articles free in a month. This was one of them. I have not subscribed. A 2011 link on the same subject : https://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/theatre/Gem-of-a-play/article15379095.ece -Warrier) 3) Vathsala Jayaraman Vivekachoodamani* remember to have read a big article about Aascharya Choodamani in The Hindu Friday review nine or ten years back.That was the first time I had a chance to read about the king and poet who wrote Aascharya Choodamani. Babusenan's Aascharya Choodamani drove me to Advaith philosophy, Vivek Choodamani in particular. Vivekachudamani literally means the "Crest-jewel of discrimination". It expounds the Advaita Vedanta philosophy in the form of a self-teaching manual, with many verses in the form of a dialogue between a student and a spiritual teacher. Viveka Chudamani is believed to have been authored by Adi Shankara.Though the key concept and ideas in Viveka Choodamani match with those of Sankara, many argue that it might not have been written by Adi Sankara.The reason being that the work addresses itself to an altogether different audience with a different emphasis. It is stated that other genuine works of Adi Shankara do not possess a high poetic style as found in Viveka Choodamani and there are not many commentaries on Viveka Choodamani also. Viveka Choodamani gives special importance to Nirvikalpa Samaadhi whereas Shankara's other works don't talk much about this. May be Viveka Choodamani is the work of some other Shankara of a later period. Irrespective of whether Adi Shankara wrote Viveka Choodamani or not,Vivekachóodmani is a significant work of Advaita. According to Swami Dayananda Saraswati, a Vedanta teacher, "I do not think we lose anything even if the authorship is attributed to any other Sankaracharya of one of the various Sankara-mathas." It expounds the significance of Self- Realisation, ways to reach it, and the characteristics of a Guru. It teaches the disciple the ways to attain Self-realisation, methods of meditation (dhyana) and introspection of the Atman. It is an aid to an Advaitin's spiritual journey to liberation rather than "philosophy for the sake of philosophy". (Collage : *Chinmayananda on the opening stanzas of Vivekachudamani : https://youtu.be/5f3CleSzl2I ) B Doctor's Advice 1) When to consult a doctor https://www.houstonmethodist.org/articles/should-i-see-a-doctor/ When you are not well! 2) Prevention is better than cure https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/heart-talk/prevention-is-better-than-cure-25835/ Thoughts of a doctor from Chandigarh. 3) What I said in 2013 https://www.moneylife.in/article/universal-healthcare-when-will-the-government-act/30971.html We have come a long way since 2013. Still mailes go... 4) Understanding NITI Ayog National Health Stack https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/india-health-sector-data-ecosystem-niti-aayog-national-health-stack-bluebook-6553690/ It's not easy to dig out facts from the heap of unprocessed gossips Media dish out day in and day out. Not directly connected with this article. Just remembered. C Readers Write 1) Vathsala Jayaraman Research on Ramayanam Ever so many papers have been published and the discussion is still going on. The anxiety of devotees reg reducing historical facts to mythology is easily understandable. While many research scholars agree on the date of Ramayana & the date of his birth as 10th Jan 5114B.C. there are controversial reports given by equally eminent scholars backed by their own evidences. In south India Shri Rama's Janma Divas (RAMA NAVAMI ) is celebrated in the month of Tamil month PANGUNI-SHUKLA NAVAMI. This is a minor deviation. There are other contradictory reports too. For example, here is an extract from one of the Research papers published by great scholars. " The description of places & natural surroundings given by Shri Valmiki corresponds to the locations upto Madya Pradesh only.The present Dhanushkoti, Rameshwaram & Sri Lanka do not any way relate to Valmiki Ramayana, even after allowing provision for the natural calamities that might have occurred in 7000 years.Therefore it has to be concluded that rakshasas referred to in Ramayana belong to a tribal sect probably headed by a leader called Ravana.The RAMA RAVANA YUDDHA might have taken place in jungles presently occupied by Madhya Pradesh & adjacent places.Lanka might have been a tribal region not at all connected with Sri Lanka of the present days. Ten heads of Ravana may be a poetical exaggeration to en-noble the heroic deeds of Shri Rama" Some other explanation has been given for SETHUBandhanam & crossing of the ocean etc. The above research paper also rolled out from Ujjain, a very big cultural centre of Excellence. As too many contradictory reports are emerging time to time from scholars and popular universities from different parts of India, both intellectuals & ordinary people have a tendency to take in whatever is advocated to them.People cannot be blamed for this. Research alone may not help.Inculcation of values is more important than the establishment of the correctness of the historical facts. Whether history or mythology,Ramayana is indisputably a great treasure for the rich moral ethical, social & political values it imparts & the exuberance of poetical excellence.It is this value that has to be initiated into young minds & make them feel that Ramayana is our wealth and our proud possession." II Hanuman I am reminded of a funny experience in USA .When we were going around the famous Harvard campus, a westerner around 30 approached us and asked" Are you from India?".When we said "yes', he asked " Do you know Aanoo Man". When we could not reply, he expressed his astonishment "Such seniors don't know Aanoo Man". We were actually thinking that he was referring to somebody like Superman, Spiderman, Green Man widely talked about by kids in US. I felt I should have misunderstood his pronunciation.I gave him a paper and asked him to write what he wanted. He wrote in capital letters 'HANUMAN' He thought ' H' to be silent and had said Aanoo Man' He was an MBA ,First year student and his curriculam included study about Hanuman and Bhagavatgita of India.We were talking to him about the greatness of Hanuman and he was kind enough to accompany us and show important buildings and the library in the campus. Locating Sita and giving Rama’s message to her was Hanuman’s mission. Some of the key management principles in successfullycompleting an assignment are to prepare oneself mentally to execute the job, adopt a positive attitude, analyse the strength of competitors and then embark. Accordingly, Hanuman made his own strategy to know the strengths and weaknesses of the Lankans. This can easily be compared with the modern management principle that involves analysing the competitor’s strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). Utilising core competency of an individual or an organisation is a leading management mantra today. Post Globalisation the word ; Management' is heard everywhere and all students, irrespective their basic degree,want to become MBA s and the demand is growing by leaps and bounds.Communication is the divine weapon available ready on hand for succeeding in management. The new managers can learn a lot from Hanuman, the Communication Expert. In Valmiki Ramayana, Rama gives out his open appreciations about Hanuman soon after the first meeting.. " See how excellently Hanuman has spoken! He did not utter a single word without relevance or significance.He has not wasted a single word. Nor did he omit an appropriate word.He has not taken more time than it was absolutely necessary to express what he wanted to say. Such words, never to be forgotten, remain for ever in the hearts and minds of generations to come". Modern Communication experts say there are seven Cs essential for communication. CORRECT,CLEAR,COMPLETE,CONCISE, CONCRETE,CANDID,and COURTEOUS. All these attributes are packed into one character, namely Maruthi by Valmiki long ago. All Hanuman's talks and activities from the day he met Rama till the Pattabhishekam, picturises Hanuman as a great scholar, having a harmony in thought speech and deed, his timely decisions to change his form while crossing the ocean,the way of introducing himself to Sita,utilising his life threat of being burnt as a fine opportunity to burn the city of Lanka, his determination to achieve any task at any cost like bringing the Sanjivi hills to save his master, above all his humility--What else do we need to make a Management expert? We find that the story of Hanuman, as the management Guru finds a place in MBA studies of all the top ranking Business Schools throughout the world. Let us not defer studies about the good old scriptures to our old age. Let youngsters learn and get the maximum benefit out of those teachings in their life and prove themselves proud sons/ daughters of India. Jai Hanuman!" 2) Self Knowledge https://youtu.be/VmyPKI2Jk-4 Who Am I ? 3) V Babusenan When a well-known academic joins a bureaucratic institution, he gets certain advantages, but at the same time, he is prone to certain disadvantages too of which the cruellest is the jealousy of his superiors. It actually happened to a reputed development economist who joined the Industrial Development Bank of India(IDBI)as its General Manager.The Chairman did not like him from the very beginning and his dislike was intensified several folds as a result of an incident over which the Professor had no control. The incident is said to be like this: A meeting of the Board of Directors of the institution was about to take place. The Chairman and the nominee of the Central Government were having a serious discussion on a certain issue, in the former's chamber. The General Manager came there to furnish some clarification. The moment he entered the room, the Government nominee stood up respectfully as he happened to be his former student. This was quite an unexpected thing. Protocol demanded that the Chairman should follow suit. Though tall in stature, he was small in mind . This incident rankled in his mind and he made his General Manager's life miserable. This can happen anywhere. In fact, it had happened almost a century ago in the royal palace in Thiruvanantapuram. The victim was not an academic but a very gifted painter and a protege of the late Maharaja. He was none other than Raja Ravi Varma, the internationally known realistic painter who recreated on canvas some very emotional incidents narrated in the Puranas. At that time, he was a rising star. The ruling Maharaja, Vaisaakham Thirunal, had an instinctive dislike of all that his elder brother, the late king Aayilyam Thirunal liked, and this dislike extended to the artist too. He disliked particularly the appellation 'Raja' in his name. Is it not an equivalent of Thampuran?One may ask. That is okay as a suffix, but as a prefix, it sounds as though you are a king which is the height of arrogance, particularly when one grew up as a protege. One day, a top British official from Madras came to see the king. During the course of the talk, the former expressed his wish to see the artist as he came to know from the Residency that Ravi Varma was in the palace. The king sent for Ravi Varma. When he came, the British official stood up respectfully as he highly regarded the artist. The king also stood up as he should not sit when the visitor was standing. The artist could not sit even if the king was sitting. The result was he and the visitor discussed art standing and the king had perforce to stand the whole time! The artist wisely fled from Travancore that very day and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise." 4) Traps* "This is how the professionals get trapped into SISI - Single Income, Single Identity. A "mouse" was put at the top of a jar filled with grains. He was too happy to find so much of food around him. Now he doesn't need to run around searching for food and can happily lead his life. As he enjoyed the grains, in few days time, he reached to the bottom of the jar. Now he is trapped and he cannot come out of it. He has to solely depend upon someone to put grains in the same jar for him to survive. He may even not get the grain of his choice and he cannot choose either. If he has to live, he has to feed on whatever has been put into the jar. Here are top 4 lessons from this: 1) Short term pleasures can lead to long-term traps. 2) If things are coming easy and you are getting comfortable, you are getting trapped into survival mode. 3) When you are not using your potential, you are losing it. 4) If you don't take right Action at right time, you will finish what you have and will be in no position to come out." *Forward received from Dr T V Surendran D Blogs and Links 1) Mini Krishnan https://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/mindspace/2020/apr/11/time-to-listen-to-the-sound-of-leaves-2128543.amp A squirrel and the sound of leaves. Both I could connect with well. A squirrel was my pet for about an year (1959-60). The drumstick tree in the compound of our Thiruvananthapuram house, planted in 2003 by me, hopefully, is still there... 2) Vihar to Bihar https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/bliss/vihar-to-bihar-magnificent-glory-unfolded-25532/ Proud of Bihar. Posted online comments. E Leisure Kelikottu https://youtu.be/VGixwgMr3Eo Kelikottu in advance announces the performance of "Kathakali" later in the evening.