Warrier's Collage 13092020 : Karma Yoga

Remembering Vivekananda : https://youtu.be/b0ehH17bfpw Yesterday Kiran Warrier sent a forward on the September 11, 1893 Chicago address by Swami Vivekananda. Collage had observed September 11 reaffirming its faith in PEACE. Warrier's Collage : 13092020 : Karma Yoga श्रीभगवानुवाच | असंशयं महाबाहो मनो दुर्निग्रहं चलम् | अभ्यासेन तु कौन्तेय वैराग्येण च गृह्यते || 6. 35|| BG 6.35: Lord Krishna said: O mighty-armed son of Kunti, what you say is correct; the mind is indeed very difficult to restrain. But by practice and detachment, it can be controlled. Almost all of us want to develop "good habits" and shed "bad habits". How to secure this? Gita says, by practice and persistence: Abhyaasa and Vairaagya. (Collage adds : Recall also Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.12 : https://youtu.be/rWQEbnD905g ) Here is a video which I received from my good friend who is a bank pensioner, not RBI. He has sent this video to his son! This should be better than the famous Polonius advice to his son on the eve of the latter's trip to France for studies -C V Subbaraman, Mysuru Watch "How to Develop Good Habits? - Pravrajika Divyanandaprana" on YouTube https://youtu.be/I1_rMWFOxDI Don't miss B1, C1,D1 Posted by : M G Warrier A Interaction 1) Dr T V Surendran, Mananthavady " Going through your Collage gives me a refreshing mood, in the morning. Just like reading morning newspapers, one can read it randomly, selectively and casually. All of your regular contributors( Babusenan, Vathsala Jayaraman, Mr.Nair, Kelkar, Subbaraman) are well versed in various topics.... from which I select subjects for detailed réading and scrutiny. And Editing all the above for publication, is indeed a herculean task👏👏" (This is more than an "Award" for me. Lucky I'm not in Kerala. Otherwise, all TV Channels there would be discussing about the propriety of a "Freedom Fighter's son 'encouraging and promoting his BiL in Social Media' for two days!- Warrier) 2) R Jayakumar Peace of Mind... The ultimate aim of all our actions is to find peace within our self. But our actions are not always straight forward. Even a robber or a murderer may act so promoted by the desire to get peace at the end of the day. We cannot individually achieve peace unless peace prevails collectively in the society. But our problem is that most of us believe that peace can be achieved only by depriving some one else of his/her peace. This is what we are witnessing in a suicide case of a Bollywood actor in the last two months. **. ** The present world does not appear to belong to peace loving people. When I opened the Warrier's TOI Blog dated 10th September 20 (Invest in Peace) I was confused as it opened to a blank space*. I waited for minutes for some photo or words to appear. Loosing patience, before closing the blog I scrolled further down and his article appeared. His article is about taking refuge in an ashram for a few days to seek peace after satisfying oneself that you are left with something to hold on even after loosing everything. I realised that the blank space he had left is to tell the reader that if we need peace we need to search for it somewhere in someone within the vacuum. I read in another place that we all are restless like the bees without a Queen bee. We need to take refuge in someone may be the Divine himself for peace... THE ART OF LOVING GOD 'Bees cannot rest as long as they have no Queen. They flutter incessantly hither and thither; there is scarcely any repose in the hive. But as soon as their queen is born, they all gather around her and stay there, never leaving her except to go and gather their spoils at their command. In like manner, our understanding and will, our passion and the faculties of our soul, like spiritual bees, have no repose until they have a Queen - that is until they have chosen to love God as their Sovereign." (Thanks. *There was an online comment about blank space. This was my response: " Thanks. i also don't know how so much blank space came before the "beginning". first i got a real shock. after posting so many blogs, here's one with a head and no body. when i went down, it was a relief to find the article.as you say, a time has come, we should leave space blank for others to fill!" Warrier) 3) V N Kelkar Doctor's advice "When to consult a doctor. Sound advice. People delay visiting the doctor for a variety of reasons. There is a general hope that health issues will automatically be resolved. There is a fear of getting a bad news. Cost concerns are high in the minds of the people even where cash flow is not critical. We hear stories of massive bills required to be paid by patients hospitalised for their ailments in general and for Covid 19 in particular. This is despite insurance some patients may have. Many are comfortable with family doctor. They are however reluctant to go to a specialist or to get admitted in a hospital as there is a strong fear that they will be subjected to a variety of tests though they may not be necessary. They have heard of a cut practice among medical professionals. Unnecessary consultations or tests are recommended in some cases to ensure a kick back from referrals. Doctors are concentrated in metros and other big cities. Every year a good number of doctors are turned out from medical colleges which are found here and there these days. Doctors from such colleges are not well trained, do not possess the required skills and have no experience. They struggle to survive by resorting to unethical practice. I am reminded of a Sanskrit Shloka: " VAIDYARAJA NAMASTUBHYAM YAMARAJASAHODARA I YAMASTU HARATI PRANANAM VAIDYO PRANAN DHANANICHA II" Meaning: 'O Vaidya (doctor), brother of YAMA (God of Death), I bow down to you. Yama only steals away one's life, but Vaidya steals one's life as well as money.' The shloka is an example of a satire about an incompetent doctor" Vathsala Jayaraman joins : " There are some other shlokas too on Bhishagvaras : "Vaidyaraja Namasthubyam Kashayitha Sesha Maanava Tvayee Vinyastha Bharoyam Kruthaantha; Sukhamethathe" Meaning : "O vaidyaraja. Namaskarams to you. You are capable of annihilating the entire humanity. Yamaraja has entrusted this responsibility to you and is simply taking comfortable rest." "Vyadhesthathwa parignaanam Vedanaayaascha nigraha; Ethath vaidyascha vaidyatvam Na vaidya: prabhuraayusha:" 'To understand the reason behind the diseases and to reduce sufferings therefrom are the attributes of a medical practitioner. He is not the authority on longevity, which has to be decided by Almighty.' Having spent lakhs on medical education, it is cruel to award the title of Yamaraja-Sahodara to a medical practitioner. Perhaps the poets have foreseen today's position." B Readers Write 1) V R Chittanandam, Chennai These are some of the responses I got on Dr.Tongaonkar's demise. V R Chittanandam 1 Gandhiji accepted to his highly idealistic devotee Ramachandra Rao (Gora) (an Andhra Brahmin, he gave his children in marriage to Harijan children) who was an atheist, that it is possible there is no God but he could not live without belief in God. He redefined God is Truth as Truth is God. If you believe in Truth, you are a man of God. Dr Tongaonkar was no doubt a man of God. God is a shorthand for ever so many things: love, selflessness, truthfulness, fearlessness, cheerfulness, contentment, equality of vision and so on. In his BBC broadcast on God in 1931, Gandhiji said: Faith transcends reason. K.V.Subrahmonyan 2 May be this noble soul had no time to look inward. He was totally dedicated to the service of the society around him. Millions of intellectuals better than him believed in God. One good man not believing is no loss to the God Almighty. Presence of God can only be experienced and felt in certain circumstances. If you worship him/adore him with total faith, he will appear before you in the way you worshiped him even though he is formless. This doctor was immersed in his services to humanity having no willingness to think about God. He achieved the purpose of his life. That was what God wanted from him. Mother never hates her child even if the child doesn't care for her. Her love is unqualified. T.V.Viswanathan 3 Thanks. Dr RT, an "Unsung Hero". Total focus on learning. All available gold medals. Life Mission. Janmabhoomi as his karma bhoomi. Nonprofit Social Medical Entrepreneur. Innovator. WHF recognition. Gandhian. An atheist can also, of course, be a Karma Yogi. Should have got Padma & other awards. My humble homage to his memory. He is a Chiranjeevi by his seva to Jan Janardan, Daridra narayan. Dr.M.B.Athreya 4 Many thanks. This piece was the first thing I read this morning. N.R.Krishnan 5 Sad that such a self-less passionate rural surgeon was taken by Covid 19. My humble respects. Agree with Shri Warrier that such noble human beings are best left alone with their beliefs. Not for us to judge. Ramamurthi Swaminathan 6 A truly great and noble man about whom very few of us knew. A great unsung hero. India lives because of, and through, men and women like him. It is they to whom that 'temples' and memorials should be built so that they would be an inspiration and role models to coming generations. Sankaran 2) V Babusenan Naming and forgetting... The Kerala University 'does not actually deserve to be called so because it has jurisdiction over only three of the fourteen districts in Kerala. Ezhuthachan, the father of modern Malayalam, had to wait for well over four centuries to see his name attached to a university. But he has very little to feel happy about it. The University, set up in Tirur in 2012, has two names: 'Thunchathu Ezhuthachan Malayalam University' and simply 'Malayalam University.' It has thus become easy for Malayalees to choose the second option and forget Ezhuthachan totally. What a lip-service to that great soul! Now, how long Kunchan Nambiar has to wait to be ignored like this? Among the other Universities in the State, the earlier established Sree Sankaracharya University for Sanskrit Studies has the same fate as it is referred to as simply 'Kalady University'. The lip-service technique has been applied openly in the case of the recently set up APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University by giving it another name 'Kerala Technological University'. Among others, only one bears the name of an eminent person. That is the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam. In fact, giving the Father of the Nation's name to an institution is non-controversial and does not serve any specific purpose. The only thing is that it has to be ensured that the name is not given to an institution that subscribes to himsa in any manner. The point is that, when a University is set up in a state, to the extent reasonable, it should be dedicated to the memory of a person born in the state who had contributed greatly to it, especially in scientific and cultural fields. Even in the case of Mahatma Gandhi University, what has happened? It is simply called 'M.G.University' for the sake of convenience, but M.G*.can stand for anything. English language has come to our rescue : M.G.College, S.N.College, S.D.College, T.K.M.College... Thangal Kunju Musaliyar was a successful businessman of Kollam during the first half of the last century. He earned a lot of money from cashew export, a substantial part of which he spent on an engineering college. Of course, it was started in his name, close to the Kollam town. The foundation stone was laid by Dr.Rajendra Prasad, the first President of independent India. I had the good fortune of attending that grand function, in the first week of February 1956. The college is one of the finest engineering colleges in the State. I feel proud of it but the sad fact is that, even perhaps to its Principal, it is only 'T.K.M.College of Engineering'. We have forgotten the man behind it! (This would not have happened had they given the name 'Musaliyar College of Engineering'). When we give the name of a person to an institution, the idea is that, by uttering his name every time, we keep his name and his ideals alive and we imbibe some value from it. When I say that our Tamil friends know this truth much better than us and practice it, I see my Malayalee comrades in the Collage raising their eyebrows. But it is a fact. Anna University, Bharathiyar University and Bharathidasan University are names that arose from this awareness. Each time you refer to any of these Universities, you have to utter the name of the great man forming part of it. Whether that brings about a change in you or not is a different matter. Tamils affectionately and proudly call V.O. Chidambaram Pillai 'Kappalottiya Thamizhan'. If Musaliyar were one among them, they would certainly have called him 'Kalluri kattiya Musaliyar'. This element of personal gratitude was more strongly present during the Sangha period, in the early centuries of the CE, with the result that the first Chera king who fed his people very well was called 'Perumchottuthiyan Cheral Aathan'. The poetic exaggeration was that he fed both sides in the Kurukshetra War! (*Thank you, Sir. Never imagined there were so many institutions (and roads) with prefix M G. Though I used to tell the call centre girls "Listen M G for Mahatma Gandhi... Warrier, W..A..R..R..I..E...R") C Karma Yoga 1) Isavasyopanishad https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/isha-upanishad/d/doc122461.html Karma Yoga explained 2) Vivekananda on Karma Yoga https://youtu.be/nCkKyx187J0 3) Dr S Radhakrishnan https://youtu.be/UjwhXOqfBJY A documentary on Dr S Radhakrishnan by RS TV. D Blogs and Links 1) Live your life https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/my-words-your-thoughts/live-life-dont-just-exist-25612/ 2) Significance of Om : M G Warrier https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/significance-of-om My Blog dated July 22, 2013 @ Speaking Tree

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