Warrier's COLLAGE July 18, 2021 : Zen Buddhism

Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Sunday July 18, 2021 Zen Buddhism https://youtu.be/_WAi2fwUqN4 (A beginner's guide) Sunday Xtra (Introducing Kiran Biligiri) https://youtu.be/83PjlTdZBEU (He inspires new entrepreneurs) Good Morning Happy Birthday to all readers having Birthday during the week ending Saturday July 24, 2021. Best Wishes. Nice Day M G Warrier I Satsangam with V T Panchapagesan Sunday COLLAGE We all know we have Sareeram, Manas and Buddhi which we call them today, Body, Mind and Intellect . The Soul is monitoring these three watching their functioning. Body has two layers which are organs of action and organs of perception.....in the form of work....... Mind and Intellect combined are called Emotional intelligence. In life to handle ourselves we use our Head, but to handle others use our Heart. Gurudev Sayings : Emotional intelligence is a means to control one's emotions without allowing them to water down one's ability to act and take decisions.. When one is anxious or sad, one is most likely to be dissatisfied with one's behavior or decisions... Therefore it is important to be aware of our emotions and transcend them properly, duly passing on the lessons from the experience to future generations, by our actions. Present generation has to learn this, fostering it to future generation by their performance to recognize the opportunity for intimacy, and teaching with proper technique, to help finding words to label the emotion he or she will be experiencing, to set limits while exploring strategies to solve the problems at hand. A person has to understand the expressed emotions of others first. Empathize, persevere and control impulses. Learn to communicate clearly. Solve problems by taking balanced decisions. Have the ability and maturity to handle negative emotions such as Anger, or Disgust, when they arise. Lead a happier life with more satisfying relationships. Be more productive at work and inspire others to follow the example. It is the duty of present generation having learnt and practiced these principles to pass them on to future generation with a satisfaction of having done our duty using our head properly. V T Panchapagesan II Sunday Special A memorable speech* by Lakshman Kadirgamar : https://www.cricketmachan.com/cricstories/witty-speech-late-lakshman-kadirgamar-2004/ He concluded : "For me it has been a great pleasure and an honour to be here with you tonight. When I was invited to be the Chief Guest at this occasion on my way to New York for the General Assembly of the United Nations, I accepted with eager anticipation of meeting our cricketers and relaxing for a moment. Nobody told me that I had to make a speech, until last night. It came home to me then that there is no such thing as a free dinner." (*Text received from V R Chittanandam. Link included to save space-Warrier) A Select Responses 1) P A Premkumar Bangalore Thanks for sharing my e album* in Collage. The link for Vol 1 is given below : https://heyzine.com/flip-book/a566e2d90c.html (*Shared on July 17, 2021. Thanks & Regards-Warrier) B Collage in Classroom Zen Buddhism https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/buddhism/subdivisions/zen_1.shtml The essence of Zen is attempting to understand the meaning of life directly, without being misled by logical thought or language. Zen techniques are compatible with other faiths and are often used, for example, by Christians seeking a mystical understanding of their faith. Zen often seems paradoxical - it requires an intense discipline which, when practised properly, results in total spontaneity and ultimate freedom. This natural spontaneity should not be confused with impulsiveness. Zen - the word 'Zen' is the way the Chinese word Ch'an is pronounced in Japan. 'Ch'an' is the Chinese pronunciation of the Sanskrit word Dhyana, which means (more or less) meditation. Zen - the essence and the difficulty Christmas Humphreys, one of the leading pioneers in the history of Buddhism in Britain, wrote that "Zen is a subject extremely easy to misunderstand." He was right. Zen is something a person does. It's not a concept that can be described in words. Despite that, words on this site will help you get some idea of what Zen is about. But remember, Zen does not depend on words - it has to be experienced in order to 'understand'. Bonus Financial Inclusion : Shaktikanta Das https://m.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_SpeechesView.aspx?Id=1110 "I would like to emphasise that we must continue our efforts for greater financial inclusion in pursuance of the goal of sustainable future for all. There is need for accelerated universal reach of bank accounts along with access to financial products relating to credit, investment, insurance and pension. It is the responsibility of all stakeholders to ensure that the financial ecosystem (including the digital medium) is inclusive and capable of effectively addressing risks like mis-selling, cyber security, data privacy and promoting trust in the financial system through appropriate financial education and awareness. These efforts have to be supported by a robust grievance redressal mechanism. I look forward to interesting ideas and thoughts emanating from this forum which would enhance the process of financial inclusion in the country." -Shaktikanta Das C Crocodile Tears : Vathsala Jayaraman We shed tears due to extreme sorrow or due to extreme happiness. Sometimes man sheds crocodile tears denoting insincere remorse. The word is being used as an idiomatic expression. Do crocodiles cry? Crocodile tears are the products of its lachrymal glands situated behind the nicitating membrane, the third eye lid of the crocodile. Earliest reference to this phrase has been in existence from the year 1563 only, with the implication of insincerity. It is very difficult to trace the origin of this phrase. But it is sheer commonsense to understand that why an apparently remorseless creature should weep over its victims inspiring people to frame such a popular phrase after its name. Crocodile observers say that crocodiles create a strange sound, cry and sob in a strange way to lure sympathetic victims into its vicinity, surprises them, slays them, makes a sound like that of weeping and then swallows the victims. It is this strange pretence ( not exactly), natural way of preying that has created the popular saying. Leave alone the phrase. Many of the creatures like crocodiles tend to swallow the salt water along with their food. The natural way of releasing this salt is through tears.It has been tested and proved that crocodile tears contain three times more salts than the sea water,and 5times more salts than what is present in its blood. It is a pity that the innocent crocodile with its nomal behaviour has become a symbol of false remorse. Apart from this, a rare disorder called "crocodile tears syndrome" exists in human beings. It is a complication resulting from facial paralysis. The nerve fibres destined for a salivary gland are damaged and by some error develop into extra tear glands producing profuse lacrimation. Whenever such patients start eating,these glands produce excess tears through one of their eyes.Since this is not due to emotional outburst, the medical world has termed it as'crocodile tears syndrome" Vathsala Jayaraman D Cockroach Theory* : Sunder Pichai A beautiful speech by Sundar Pichai - an IIT-MIT Alumnus and Global Head, Google Chrome: The cockroach theory for self development : At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady. She started screaming out of fear. With a panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach. Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky. The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but ...it landed on another lady in the group. Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama. The waiter rushed forward to their rescue. In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter. The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt. When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant. Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behavior? If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed? He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos. It is not the cockroach, but the inability of those people to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach, that disturbed the ladies. I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it's my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me. It's not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me. More than the problem, it's my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life. Lessons learnt from the story: I understood, I should not react in life. I should always respond. The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded. Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of. A beautiful way to understand............LIFE. Person who is HAPPY is not because Everything is RIGHT in his Life.. He is HAPPY because his Attitude towards Everything in his Life is Right..!!! *Received from Saravana Varma Mumbai E Fiction STATE SECRET (fiction) : Reshmy Warrier I marched in. Did the customary army greeting before sitting opposite. I could sense his discomfort. But this had to be done. The air was tense on both sides. Between mouthfuls, he spoke. "I am not as young and sprightly now. Else I would have done this myself." The old man spoke to me in a hushed tone, but loud enough for anyone in close distance. Must be the age, I thought. His eyes kept shifting, probably checking for eavesdroppers. "I know you think me to be crazy. But if you have lived through what I have, you cannot help but border on paranoia." I nodded. And possibly agreed. He seemed quite hungry, excitable and anxious, all at the same time. "I don't trust anyone, you know. But you...." He let that trail. Sometimes when he spoke, I could almost feel the war inside. So futile, I felt. I saw him looking at me or was it him catching me looking at him, anyway, he rummaged under the table for spyware. He smiled or so I thought. I smiled nervously. He wiped his face and closed his fork and spoon. Dinner was done. "Sir! I'm sure you had something important to tell me. Isn't that why I was summoned?" I helped. I had as much urgency to visit today as he had to summon me. I felt guilty as I was not being honest here. But I had my reasons. I did. He replied, "Yes. Yes of course. I have to pass on a message. I have managed to decode that communication from our enemy camp. It is not good news." He looked visibly worried. Years and years of managing grave situations like these had done him in. He spoke again, "Give this to Major Jaspreet Singh. He will understand. Keep it safe. Don't. I repeat, Don't open it!" But I marvelled at his experience, his brilliance. The wrinkles and scars shone like medals. I took the delivery from under the table. He looked relieved. The matter of life and death had shifted hands. The weight that he carried was off. He pulled out a cigar and lit it. And then coughed. Age was indeed catching up. I placed the message in my trouser pocket. Today though, I was planning a strike of a different kind. "Young man, do be careful. These are dangerous times we live in.” he said. “I was just like you. Skeptical. Today, you think you are just a messenger. Odd delivery jobs here and there? Haha, me too, me too.. Tomorrow, you will realize its significance. Look where I am today." he said wagging his finger at me and then beaming with pride.. "Your contribution to the country will not go unrewarded. You are doing something big for yourself and our nation. So do be careful with that. Can you promise me?" I inhaled. Deep. This had to be done. "Your secrets are safe with me. You have my word, Sir, I mean.. Major." I assured. "But I must be off now or they will get suspicious" "Yes, go safe. I also have other things to attend to. If you need something, you know where to reach me. Enemies all around...Keep your eyes and ears open........ Ah yes. One more thing. I am not sure how long I can carry this on, young man. I don't trust what I eat or drink. Or these folks around here. So in case something foul happens, ensure you carry on with your duties. Do not worry about me. The handler will differ but the war must go on." I looked at him. He was so damn right. He looked haggard and weak. This can’t and won't go on for long. I gulped. No emotions are allowed between gentlemen of the army. Much as I am not allowed to say, I will miss this old man. I nodded, did the customary salute to my septuagenarian senior, stood in attention with a click of Sir! and left the mental hospital. Visiting dad has never been easy. I tightened the grip further on the heirloom tissue paper as I walked on. My other pocket held a signed agreement to euthanasia. F 1) V N Kelkar Pandharpur Wari or Wari pronounced vaaree, is an annual pilgrimage (yatra) to the town of Pandharpur, which is the seat of Hindu God Vithoba in Maharashtra, in honour of the deity. Palakhis (palanquin processions) carrying the paduka (a type of sandals or footprints) of the deity and various saints, most notably Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram from the Warkari sect, are taken from their respective shrines to Pandharpur. Warkari is a Marathi term which means "one who performs the Wari" or "one who venerates the Vithoba". The tradition is more than 700 to 800 years old. The Wari is undertaken in honour of the god Vithoba. The two most revered palakhis, Saint Dnyaneshwar's palakhi leaves from the town of Alandi, while Saint Tukaram's begins at Dehu; both these towns are located in Pune district of Maharashtra. This march on foot from various locations in Maharashtra to Vithoba temple, Pandharpur, attracts over a million pilgrims. The journey takes 21 days. Numerous palakhis join the main Tukaram and Dnyaneshwar palakhis along the way. The Wari culminates at the Vithoba temple on the holy occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi. Devotees from all over Maharashtra and nearby areas set out for Pandharpur, wearing holy basil beads and singing the glories of Vithoba and songs like "Gyanba Tukaram", commemorating the saints. Upon reaching Pandharpur on Ashadhi Ekadashi, these devotees take a holy dip in the sacred Chandrabhaga River/Bhima River before proceeding to visit the Vitthal Temple . VNKelkar 2) Vathsala Jayaraman https://youtu.be/DKsd_J9WA80 The Hindu dated 17th July 2019 A meet held in Ernakulam 37 years ago ushered in the practice of reading Ramayanam As Karkidakam, the Malayalam month of rain and poverty, sets in, Ramayanam verses begin to rend the air across the State. This last month of the Malayalam calendar has much significance in Kerala, culturally and historically. Though the practice of reciting Ramayanam on special religious occasions has been prevalent for nearly 500 years, households observing Karkidakam as a holy month (‘Ramayana maasom’ or Ramayana month) has a history of hardly 37 years. The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Visweswara Theertha, seers; Karan Singh, regarded as a cultural ambassador; and Rajendra Singh, former RSS chief, in Ernakulam in 1982. Now, elders as well as children recite the Adhyatma Ramayanam written by Thunchathu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, regarded as the father of Malayalam literature. Organisations like Travancore Devaswom Board, Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Chinmaya Mission, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Kshetra Samrakshana Samiti, etc. too started popularising Ramayanam recital among households. “Ramayanam has been an eternal source of inspiration for Indians and Central and South Asians. Our national ideals, concepts of the State and governance, relationships and our attitude to flora and fauna have been influenced by Ramayanam,” says Gopalakrishna Vaidik, Vedic scholar. “Ezhuthachan’s Adhyatma Ramayanam is brimming with spiritual energy,” he adds. From first to last Households recite the Adhyatma Ramayanam daily from the very first day of Karkidakam so that they could complete it in a phased manner by the last day of the month. Global concern The prayer is for divine blessings for the fulfilment of the sublime Upanishadic dictum Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu, meaning ‘Let all the world be happy.’ Ezhuthachan has narrated the epic in the form of Kilippaatu. “What we should do in this age of chaos is to pray for global peace by reciting Ramayanam. Each generation of Indians has rediscovered its own Ramayanam for finding solutions to its problems. Rama, Sita, Bharatha, Lakshmana, and Hanuman are companions in our life’s journeys sharing our sorrows and enhancing our joys,” says Mr. Vaidik. The TDB too has launched the Ramayana Month observance in all is 1,200 odd temples on Wednesday. Forward received from Vathsala Jayaraman G Quotes from Zen Buddhism https://quotabulary.com/famous-zen-quotes-about-life Like : "When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way." --Dalai Lama "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." ― Zen Proverb

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