Warrier's COLLAGE July 26, 2021

Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Monday July 26, 2021 1) Inevitability of Mahabharata War https://youtu.be/X96pJT7Kdrc (Simple answers) Good Morning Nice Day M G Warrier A Select Responses 1) Vathsala Jayaraman Chennai Today's collage had interesting essay from Google on planning to settle in old age home. It is just an exact reflection of my mind. I am reminded of our cleaning activity-to clean the dusty loft and throw away the unwanted stuff. It used to be a well planned activity for a holiday. In our house nobody would climb the ladder except me. (Continued at H1) 2) V N Kelkar F Leisure Pencil philosophy was very good. 1. Once, Mark Twain arrived very late for a meeting. Initially the crowd was about 5000. Since he was so late the crowd had dwindled to 500. He started his speech: "I did not want to address that crowd of 5000 but to a cream of 500, that is you". 2. Once an old lady in Russia complained to Napoleon: "In Russia, if we fight, we fight only for honour". Napoleon replied: "Yes, madam. I agree with you . Everybody fights for what he or she doesn't have". VNKelkar B Collage Follow up Central Bank Digital Currency https://www.livemint.com/industry/banking/rbi-working-towards-phased-implementation-for-a-digital-currency/amp-11626967870426.html "However, conducting pilots in wholesale and retail segments may be a possibility in the near future," said RBI Deputy Governor Rabi Sankar, speaking at a webinar organized by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. CBDC, he said, is a digital or virtual currency, but it is not comparable with the private virtual currencies that have mushroomed over the past decade. In line with the RBI’s concerns around cryptocurrencies, Sankar said that private virtual currencies sit at substantial odds with the historical concept of money. C Collage in Classroom 1) Mahabharata War : Who fought and who survived? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurukshetra_War 2) Lessons from Mahabharata https://www.indiatoday.in/amp/lifestyle/culture/story/mahabharata-epic-narrative-life-lessons-way-of-living-lifest-972070-2017-04-18 The epic narrative of Mahabharata had been written ages ago. Yet the legendary tale continues to find prominence in every form of art, and continues to overwhelm us even today. The fact that the epic is still revered is not only because of its poetic grandeur. The stories that almost all of us have grown up with hold relevance even during present times. The deeply philosophical ideas that perpetuate throughout the epic have a lot to teach us about the art of living. 3) Bonus Read http://indiafacts.org/geographical-data-mahabharata-1/ Vyāsa's knowledge of history, astronomy and the geography of Bhāratavarsha got embedded into Jaya. Vyāsa thus seeded a growing knowledge repository in the form of Jaya. This war-narrative called Jaya had 8800 verses, structured as a dialog between Dhritarāshtra, the Kuru king and his minister and aide Sanjaya. (Continued at H2) D Interesting Mahabharata episodes Did you know? https://www.speakingtree.in/allslides/untold-tales-from-mahabharata/241406 Sehdeva ate his father's brain, literally! When Pandu, the father of the Pandavas, was about to die, he wished for his sons to partake of his brain so that they inherit his wisdom and knowledge. Only Sahadeva paid heed, though; it is said that with the first bite of his father's brain, he gained knowledge of all that had happened in the universe. With the second he gained knowledge of the present happenings, and with the third he came to know of all that would occur in the future. (This is news to me. I know people who enjoyed monkey's brain, as a delicacy served in 5 plus Star hotels abroad during 20th Century, and changed habits!-Warrier) E Survivors of Mahabharata War https://mythgyaan.com/warriors-survived-kurukshetra-war-mahabharata/ Mahabharata or Mahabharat war lasted for 18 long days. But do you know that only 12 warriors survived Kurukshetra war among millions of warriors who fought it. These 12 warriors include only 3 Kauravas!! This war is fought by approx. 3.94 million warriors. Many warriors died in the field of Kurukshetra. But here we are talking about the people who actively participated and survived Kurukshetra war. Therefore Draupadi, Kunti, Vidura, Dhritarashtra etc are not considered here as they do not actively participate in the war. Thus the 12 warriors who survived Kurukshetra war Mahabharata are Krishna, Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishthira, Nakula, Sahadeva, Yuyutsu, Satyaki, Kritavarma, Ashwatthama, Kripacharya and Vrishaketu. F Leisure Guru Vs Teacher* Guru Vs Teacher Difference between A Guru and A Teacher!!!!!! 1. A teacher takes responsibility for your growth. A Guru makes you responsible for your growth. 2.A teacher gives you things you do not have and require. A Guru takes away things you have and do not require. 3. A teacher answers your questions. A Guru questions your answers. 4. A teacher requires obedience and discipline from the pupil. A Guru requires trust and humility from the pupil. 5. A teacher clothes you and prepares you for the outer journey. A Guru detaches you from worldly possessions and prepares you for the inner journey. 6. A teacher is a guide on the path. A Guru is a pointer to the way. 7. A teacher sends you on the road to success. A Guru sends you on the road to freedom. 8. A teacher explains the world and its nature to you. A Guru explains yourself and your nature to you. 9. A teacher gives you knowledge and boosts your ego. A Guru takes away your knowledge and punctures your ego. 10. A teacher instructs you. A Guru constructs you. 11. A teacher sharpens your mind. A Guru opens your mind. 12. A teacher reaches your mind. A Guru touches your spirit. 13. A teacher instructs you on how to solve problems. A Guru shows you how to resolve issues. 14. A teacher is a systematic thinker. A Guru is a lateral thinker. 15. One can always find a teacher. But a Guru has to find and accept you. 16. A teacher leads you by the hand. A Guru leads you by example. 17.When a teacher finishes with you, you celebrate. When a Guru finishes with you, life celebrates. Let us honor both, the teachers and the Guru in our life. Dedicating the day for the inner wellbeing. Eat light, listen to music, meditate, watch the moon – Let it be a fantastic day for you because it is the first full moon day after the solstice. Happy Gurupurnima (July 23, 2021) *Received from Shivaram Shetty Ex-RBI Mumbai G Quotes on Mahabharata https://zerotoeternity.com/quotes/mahabharata-quotes/ Like : "When the waiting is over who remembers how long the wait was or how difficult" – Kripi To Dhronacharya (Kripa the 'master', is a figure in Hindu mythology. According to the epic Mahabharata, he was a council member of Kuru Kingdom and a teacher of the Pandava and Kaurava princes. Born from the seed of the warrior-sage Sharadvan, Kripa and his twin-sister Kripi were adopted by King Shantanu of Kuru Kingdom.) H 1) Continued from A1 Attic cleaning would start at about 8 A. M. after second dose coffee. There were tens of card board boxes .I took one box and handed over to my husband standing below. On seeing the contents my MIL's face shone bright. This coffee filter was purchased for Rs2/ by me in Kumbakonam. Decoction will get filtered so fast that within seconds you can prepare coffee for 20 people.The filter was bent on all sides and looked green.My MIL was not prepared to throw it out. Then came a bundle of some 100 notebooks in which 'SriRama Jayam' was written by my Father-in-law during his life time. Many note books were torn. My husband wanted to throw away the notebooks. MIL started weeping. "I will throw away five sarees and keep the notebooks in their place," she shouted. Another box contained some spoilt lemon turned black given by expert astrologer that the lemon and the copper plate should be preserved for generations; otherwiser some great misery would befall. A big box containing new stainless vessels, tumblers and dubbas in dozens to be gifted to my daughter during her wedding. Three boxes contained kolu dolls, some broken too. They were gifted during MIL's marriage. So can't be thrown away. Another big box contained old diaries in which my son in 8th Std had written humorous essays about all his 24 cousins. He started enjoying his own writings and didn't want to throw away since he wanted to show all his writings to his progeny to come after 15 years. Everybody at home had their preferences and did not want to throw away anything. They have some sentimental attachment for things which will never be used at all. Attic cleaning was over and all boxes occupied their place. I never thought that my daughter would live abroad. Her box of vessels are still there gathering dust. In addition, my daughter-in-law's silver vessels have also occupied our loft. Her old Bharatha Natyam dresses, left after being distributed to her students are with me. My grandsons have left a few card puzzles with 900 pieces to play when they come here. We two are unable either to keep or throw away anything. Our attic and cupboards are full to the brim. I cannot deceive my grandchildren. Even when he lands in Chennai airport, he would start nagging about the good old toys. My attic was brimful. All articles were happily occupying the loft for more than 55 years. When are we going to be deprived of this gathering mentality knowing fully well that nothing comes with us during last journey? The bad news in early 2021 brought forth some good intentions.This time attic cleaning was real cleaning. My son brought down everything. We had very old desks and broken tables. A new cot with water bed specially purchased for my husband. My mother-in-law's cot with her two old trunks were taken out. Google Guru came to our rescue. My son telephoned to a few numbers and decided on an agent distributor for charities.We took a list of some 70 things and sent to him by e mail.The procedure was fast. We kept everything in the outside veranda. The agent came with a lorry.We paid Rs 1000 for transportation charges. He has vacated everything. Hopefully the articles would reach the needy. Nearly 40 percent of articles had gone for charity. Many of Tamil books around 300 were listed and donated to District Central Library. My desire to clean the attic came into effect after 35 years. I think that the time for claening arrives only after we are nearing 80, when we plan to leave. Vathsala Jayaraman 2) Continued from C3 Dhritarāstra’s sons participated in the war opposing the Pāndavas and Sanjaya witnessed it. Vyāsa, who fathered Dhritarāshtra turned this war-narrative dialog into an Itihāsa called Jaya. This Jaya became Bhārata of 24,000 verses – structured as a dialog between Vyāsa’s disciple Vaiśampāyana and Janamejaya, the great grandson of the Pāndava Arjuna. Bhārata then becames Mahābhārata of 100,000 verses, structured as a dialog between Ugrasrava Sauti and sage Śhaunaka. Jaya starts with astronomical observations and a geographical analysis of Bhāratavarsha. Mahābhārata mentions about every corner of Bhāratavarsha (which we now know as India) – its rivers, mountains, lakes, forests and constituent provinces and kingdoms. Mahābhārata is full of travel narratives showing how ancient people travelled across Bhāratavarsha connecting the places. Vyāsa, is thus the real visionary behind a United Bhārata (much before the United India of 1947). Mahābhārata is of 100,000 verses as revealed in this verse (MBH.01.56.13):- This consists of a hundred thousand shlokas composed by the son of Satyavati of pious deeds and of great mental power. idaṃ śatasahasraṃ hi ślokānāṃ puṇyakarmaṇām satyavaty ātmajeneha vyākhyātam amitaujasā This is found to be true if we count the number of verses in currently available versions of Mahābhārata and Harivaṃśa together. Mahābhārata is having 84,879 verses and Harivaṃśa is having 16,374 verses, totaling to 101,253 verses. I am using the Bengal edition of Mahābhārata for this verse count. Other editions too arrive at counts close to 100,000 verses.

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