Warrier's COLLAGE August 20, 2021
Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Friday August 20, 2021 Munnar Tea* Plantation : Kerala https://youtu.be/m9ZTA2ZdFh0 *Tea Factory in Munnar, Kerala : https://youtu.be/VJYqt1Azav0 Good Morning Collage Onam Holidays : There'll be no regular morning edition of Collage on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Happy Birthday to all readers having Birthday during the week ending Saturday August 28, 2021. Nice Day M G Warrier Uthradam Greetings https://youtu.be/AIVw4-WV40A A Messages 1) Vathsala Jayaraman Chennai Nostalgia Mouth watering Onam dishes! They have their own unique taste of Kerala culture. My husband's grandfather retired as conservator of forests in Thiruvithancore region and settled in Tiruchirapalli in 1944. It was the fag end of his life. He wanted to taste varieties of Keralite dishes he had enjoyed 25 years back. So he appointed a Keralite cook, prescribed menu and enjoyed to his heart's content. After three months the cook left. On the last day, before leaving, he prepared chakka prathaman ( payasam made of Jack fruits, jaggery and coconut milk). Grandfather took it in excess, proved fatal. He was 88. I was just 21, newly married and settled with them. For me it was a novel experience. Too much usage of coconut and coconut oil, with strange taste. Mother-in-law cooked Tamil food for us, leaving Thatha to enjoy Sadya. Every year Onam traces those memories of 1962. 2) C V Subbaraman Mysuru Maaya The subject of Maaya covered a major portion of Collage of today. The other portion was Onam Sadhya. Is Onam Sadhya real or Maayaa?! Well, there is an interesting episode in Sankara's life. Aadi Shankara was advocating the theory of Maayaa. But when a wild elephant was behind him in the forest, he ran and climbed a tree for safety. One of the accompanying Sanyaasis asked him, "if Shankara, all are maayaa, the wild elephant was a Maayaa and then why did you have to run?" Shankara replied: Yes, what you saw me running and climbing the tree was also Maayaa..." ("All the world is a stage*... 🙏-Warrier) *Link : https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/56966/speech-all-the-worlds-a-stage (Lyrics at H2) That was Shakespearean Era when there was certainty in sequence and role-identity. Today children start worrying about old age and the old feel redundant-Warrier. B Spirituality/Philosophy 1) Collage Profile : Maharishi Mahesh Yogi https://tmhome.com/books-videos/maharishi-mahesh-yogi-tm/ Teaching the Beatles One of the great milestones on this road was Maharishi’s encounter with The Beatles in 1967. By that time, Maharishi was already a famous and renowned teacher; and the Fab Four, at the height of their creative powers, had established themselves as one of the cultural icons of the 20th century. The Beatles met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi while he was on a lecture tour in London, UK. After visiting one of Maharishi’s lectures, the Beatles decided, on the spot, to learn meditation. 2) Self Knowledge* Ashtavakra says, "jnana svarupo", "you are knowledge." Bhagavan. God is not an object of your senses. You can never see God, you can never hear God, you can never smell God nor taste God. "God is in you as you, in all forms. That is God." Never think that you will see God one day. Many people think that one day they will talk to God. Some people say that God talked to them. As though God is something far away - something different and foreign, an object. If you listen to many of these evangelical talks on God, they seem to be such a bundle of ignorance! The person does not know what he is talking about! (Source :Ashtavakra Gita) AHAM BRAHMASMI ADVAITHAM IS SATHYAM *Received from K P V Karunakaran Mumbai C Collage in Classroom : Transcendental Meditation https://www.byrdie.com/transcendental-meditation-5112916 We all are seeking for something more in our life—more happiness, better health, greater achievements and deeper fulfilment. Some people maybe looking for a way to reduce stress and increase inner peace; others may want to increase their mental potential and achieve more in life; and there may be a few searching for eternal freedom and bliss within. Here we have an ancient yet scientifically validated programme known as Transcendental Meditation(TM) as a simple technique for holistic development, providing solutions to all the contemporary challenges that individuals and societies are facing all across. Transcendental Meditation is Mantra Meditation The main difference between Transcendental Meditation and other forms of meditation is the mantra you're asked to repeat during a meditation session. "In TM, the mantra, used as the vehicle to help the mind settle down, is a meaningless sound versus other types of meditation that use words, phrases, or visualizations during the meditation practice," says Pink. By focusing exclusively on your mantra, you aim to achieve a state of perfect stillness and consciousness. D Books on Meditation https://www.verywellmind.com/best-books-on-meditation-4160661 For newbies, meditation can seem difficult and even dull, especially if you’re someone who is anxious or has a racing mind. Thankfully, Yesenia Chavan’s book breaks down the practice and makes it accessible to all readers. Not only does "Meditation for Beginners" walks you through the history and benefits of meditation, but the book also teaches readers about multiple forms, from guided to prayer meditation. Most importantly, readers put down the book with a clear understanding of how to prepare for and practice meditation daily. E Blogs & Links 1) Tips for living a good life https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-minute-therapist/202108/5-tips-roman-emperor-living-good-life "It's all in how you think about things “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. . . ” ― Marcus Aurelius Along with other Stoics, Marcus recognised that what affects us are the judgements we make about things, not things themselves. More than a millennium later, William Shakespeare framed the issue squarely when writing in Hamlet, “Things are neither good or bad but thinking makes it so.” 2) We are, what we think! : M G Warrier https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/we-are-what-we-think-27962/ Excerpts : "We are faster in sharing/transmitting negative messages. We accumulate or ignore positive messages. Result: Negative messages multiply and spread fast while the positive thoughts and messages either die or dry up. Many of us think that happiness is something to be accumulated/stored while negativism is meant for spreading and sharing. If we consciously make efforts to spread and share positivism and ignore negativism, things will change. For the better. Let’s make a beginning." F Leisure 1) Did you know - bet you didn't !! Vedic and Aitihasic Afganistan** How many of us know that Afghanistan was part of the Rgvedic horizon? The great river Kubha (now Kabul) a tributary of Sindhu watered the lands of Afghanistan, the land famous for its horses (Ashva : Af) and hence the name Afghanistan. It is the land of Ashva and the horse-people or the 'Ashva-Ganas' which is rendered as Af-ghana and as Afghanistan. This name is attested in history as Aśvakan and Assakan. The name Ashvaka is mentioned as a kingdom in the Mahabharata allied to the Kambojas and Gandharas but situated to their west, currently located in Afghanistan. Much older in Rgveda, the tribes like the Pakthas and the Bhalanas are mentioned. They were even part of the Dasarajnya battle against the Thristu Bharata king Sudas (who had his Rigvedic kingdom along the Sarasvati and Dhrishadvati region). From here the Rgvedic influence area spread to as far as south-eastern Afghanistan as indicated in the map* *Not copied here **Forward received from Shivaram Shetty Ex-RBI Mumbai 2) God on call* Though the following is an old one, still enjoyable. An American decided to write a book about famous churches around the World. So he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to China. On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read '$10,000 per call'. The American, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what The telephone was used for. The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 you could talk to God. The American thanked the priest and went along his way. Next stop was in Japan. There, at a very large cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in China and He asked a nearby nun what its purpose was. She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 he could talk to God. ' O.K., thank you,' said the American. He then traveled to Pakistan, Srilanka, Russia, Germany and France ... In every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same '$10,000 Per call' sign under it. The American, upon leaving Vermont decided to travel to India to See if Indians had the same phone. He arrived in India, to be precise in Kochi and again, in the first church he entered, there was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read : 'One Rupee per call.' The American was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign. 'Father, I've travelled all over world and I've seen this same golden Telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line to Heaven. But the price was $10,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?' Readers, it is your turn........ Think .....before you scroll down... .............. ......... ......... .......... ............ ...... .............. .......... ......... ......... ........... ...... The priest smiled and answered : 'You're in Kochi now, Son - it's a Local Call'. This is "God's Own Country" KEEP SMILING : Before someone started collecting taxes or "Nokku Kooli" on smiles! *Received from K P V Karunakaran Mumbai 3) It's your problem!* My Wife felt exhausted. She was irritable and grumpy, until one day, suddenly, she changed. My Wife replied: - Okay, you will recover, and if you don't, you repeat the semester, but you pay the tuition. My daughter said to her: - I smashed the car. My Wife replied: - Okay, take it to the car shop & get it fixed. All of us were worried to see these reactions coming from mom. We suspected that she had gone to the doctor and was prescribed some pills called "I don't give a damn”. We then proposed to do an "intervention" with my wife to remove her from any possible addiction she had towards some anti-tantrum medication. But then she gathered us around her and explained: "It took me a long time to realize that each person is responsible for their life. It took me years to discover that my anguish, anxiety, my depression, my courage, my insomnia & my stress, does not solve your problems but aggravates mine. I am not responsible for the actions of anyone and it's not my job to provide happiness. Therefore, I came to the conclusion that my duty to myself is to remain calm and let each one of you solve what corresponds to you. I have taken courses in yoga, meditation, miracles, human development, mental hygiene, vibration and neurolinguistic programming and in all of them, I found a common denominator. I can only control myself, you have all the necessary resources to solve your own problems despite how hard they may be. My job is to PRAY for you, LOVE you, ENCOURAGE you, but it’s up to YOU to solve them and find your happiness. I can only give you my advice if you ask me and it depends on you to follow it or not. There are consequences, good or bad, to your decisions and YOU have to live with them.” Everyone at home was speechless. From that day on, the family began to function better because everyone in the house knew exactly what it is that they needed to do! Rmbdrn *Forward received from B Chandrasekharan via Group mail G Quotes about flowers https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/flower-quotes Like : "Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you." Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was an Indian yoga guru, known for developing and popularizing Transcendental Meditation, and for being the leader and guru of a worldwide organization that has been characterized in multiple ways including as a new religious movement and as non-religious.) H 1) M G Warrier : Author Pages* a) Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/M-G-Warrier/e/B079ZC3JKX%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share b) Notion Press https://notionpress.com/author/m_g_warrier *These links are introductory. Buy books online only from outlets which you usually access. My books are available at major online outléts like Amazon.in and Flipkart. 2) Continued from A2 All World's A Stage... Speech: “All the world’s a stage” BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (from As You Like It, spoken by Jaques) All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms; And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lin'd, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion; Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.