Warrier's COLLAGE August 28, 2021

Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Saturday August 28, 2021 Krishna Avatar : The Complete Incarnation https://youtu.be/LiG1DcqYjXU (Sadguru) Good Morning Nice Day M G Warrier Interpreting the Vedas** One must learn all sacred texts through one's preceptor, who will throw light on difficult passages in the texts. Attempts at self- learning can lead to misinterpretations, said M A Venkatakrishnan in a discourse. The Taittiriya Upanishad, talking about how to give daana, says, “Shradhhayaa deyam; ashraddhayaa deyam.”* Shradhhayaa deyam means “give with respect”. But the very next line uses the word ashraddhayaa, and we may wrongly interpret it as “Give disrespectfully". If such an interpretation were to be taken, then it would be the opposite of the previous injunction. Why would two contradictory statements be given by the Vedas? And there is no way the Vedas will ask us to give daana in an improper and arrogant manner. So, clearly, to interpret ashraddhayaa as implying that one must give disrespectfully, would be very wrong. The correct interpretation is “do not give disrespectfully.” If one studies under an Acharya, he will teach one how to properly understand the statement. The Vedas were passed down orally, and this has ensured that they have come down intact, without mistakes, because different permutations and combinations were used to ensure accuracy. *The Upanishadic Stanza reads differently (Please see link at H2): Taittiriya Upanishad (1-11-3) says about charity giving (Daan) ''Shraddha-ya deyam (give with faith), Ashra-ddhaya adeyam (do not give without faith), Shriya deyam (give with a sense of plenty), Bhiya deyam (give with a feeling of fear for the cause is great and the amount is so small), Hriya deyam (give with humility), Samvida deyam (give with the knowledge of the purpose to which you are giving)." **Source : The Hindu, August 27, 2021 A Messages 1) Vathsala Jayaraman Shri Babusenan's ARUM captivated my attention. Interesting was the annecdote about the great poet Kumaran Asan and the impact of poetic lines on him. I am reminded of my paternal grandma, who was a widow, brought up all her children single handedly by doing odd jobs. Her blessings were famous in our village. All the new married couples stood in Q to get her strange blessings. Do you like to know how she blessed in Tamil? "Thaali peruga; kumkumam kalaiya; koonthal avizha; poo sithara" (May the sacred mangalya thread be cut; Let the thilakam be smeared; Let the hairdo be dismantled; Let the flowers be thrown to pieces) Even fully knowing the meaning people stood to receive her blessings first. I have not seen my Paatti. My mother used to explain the meaning of Paatti's blessings. " When the mother suckles the child, the baby in its anxiety and involvement would just pull the sacred thread very fast and sometimes it may be cut also; The big kumkuma thilakam would enchant the baby. When the child tries to catch it, the kumkumam will spread through removing the tilakam; When the child grows to 12 or 15 months, it would stand behind the mother and slowly untie the pinnal, remove the flowers and play with flowers." True, all these customs are followed when the husband dies. But this is what happens during and after childbirth and all the playful activities are literally enjoyed by the mother. Amma said that on getting these precious blessings, the couples would be blessed with children within a year . That is why people gathered even from neighbouring villages to get such awful (Is it awesome) Blessings. It is the faith that counts and not the ARUM. ( In Tamil Grammar there is a literary style (rasa) called 'Amangalam' by which auspicious things are revealed through inauspicious words.There is absolutely no possibility that the Grandma, who had never seen a school, was aware of Tamil Grammar) 2) V Babusenan Thiruvananthapuram Rajaji was not an individual ;he was a phenomenon. How many could have seen the unbelievable sight of a Governor General washing his own clothes? Rajaji did it during the period he occupied the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. He was one of our very few senior leaders of the freedom struggle who never cared to leave the shores of India. Of course,he did it once and that was when he was past 83and as representative of the Gandhi Peace Foundation in1962 to convince the world leaders of the need for nuclear disarmament. He visited the UK and the USA. If I remember correctly, in early 1962, M C Chagla, who was at that time our High Commissioner in UK, paid a courtesy call to Rajaji in Madras. During the conversation, Rajaji spoke about many areas in London and its suburbs as if he had gone to those areas. The visitor was amazed as he was aware that Rajaji had never left India. Rajaji told him that his familiarity with London was acquired from books! Rajaji had great respect for Bertrand Russell and his anti-nuclear activities. When the US planned a nuclear test in 1962 in the Christmas Islands in the Pacific Ocean, Russell suggested to Prime Minister Nehru to send a ship to the test area as a symbolic action of protest by a peace- loving and neutral country. Rajaji liked this idea and persuaded Nehru to do so. Not only that. He sought the PM's permission to go in that ship!. The latter rejected the idea saying that it would be interpreted as an unfriendly act by the US government. Rajaji suggested that this objection could be overcome by making it clear to the American government that the action was symbolic and no element of enmity was involved. Nehru refused to yield. Rajaji closed the chapter saying that he felt sorry for his failure to convince the PM. B Current Affairs Reserve Bank's Perceptions : Business Line https://m.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_SpeechesView.aspx?Id=1117 Governor's Mind : Since the last monetary policy statement, have you seen any positive signs in the economy? Whatever I said in my last interview, by and large, holds good even today. There are signs of recovery; there are signs of some of the fast moving indicators improving. Passenger vehicles, sequentially, have improved marginally. Several of the fast moving indicators that include GST collections, e-way bills, railway freight, have improved over the position a month ago. Manufacturing PMI has come back to the expansion zone, as per the latest data. Services PMI is still in the contraction zone. Though below 50, it is sequentially better than the previous data. So, on the economic activity and the revival front, whatever was stated in my statement on August 6, holds good and it is showing the kind of momentum and revival we were expecting. The latest inflation print for July is also on expected lines. We expected it to moderate from a high of 6.3 per cent in May and 6.26 per cent in June. It has now moderated to 5.6. So, therefore, by and large, things are on expected lines so far. But having said that, we are constantly watchful of the situation because things can change rapidly. C Readers' Contribution 1) Mythology : Krishna's Life & Times : Vathsala Jayaraman Chennai Though Shri Krishna's exact date of birth is still a matter of research and controversy, almost all people agree that it falls on Bhadrapada month( Avani), Krishna Paksha Ashtami mostly coinciding with Rohini. (Continued at H1) D Introduction to Hope https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199399314.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199399314 Abstract The Oxford Handbook of Hope provides a comprehensive overview of current knowledge regarding the science and practice of hope. Hope has long been a topic of interest to philosophers and the general public, but it was only in recent decades that hope became a focus of psychological science. Rick Snyder defined hope as a cognitive trait that helps individuals to identify and pursue goals and consists of two components: pathways, the perceived capacity to identify strategies necessary to achieve goals, and agency, the willpower or motivation to pursue those pathways to achieve goals. Hope has become one of most robust and promising topics in the burgeoning field of positive psychology. This book reviews the progress that has been made in the past 25 years regarding the origins and influence of hope. Topics covered include current theoretical perspectives on how best to define hope and how it is distinct from related constructs, current best practices for measuring and quantifying hope, interventions and strategies for promoting hope across different settings and the lifespan, the impact that hope has on many dimensions and domains of physical and mental health, and the many ways and contexts in which hope promotes resilience and positive functioning. Experts in the field both review what is currently known about the role of hope in different domains and identify topics and questions that can help to guide the next decade of research. The handbook concludes with a collaborative vision on the future directions of the science of hope. E Social Media Addiction https://www.quoteslyfe.com/category/social-media-addiction-quotes Like : "If you are on social media, and you are not learning, not laughing, not being inspired or not networking, then you are using it wrong. Germany Kent (Germany Kent is an American print and broadcast journalist. Kent has also authored ten non-fiction books, including The Hope Handbook series, and You Are What You Tweet. Kent is also regarded as a social media etiquette expert) F Leisure Lawful Defence* A Jamaican lawyer defending a man in New York accused of burglary tried a creative defence. "My client only inserted his arm into the window and removed a few trifling articles. His arm is not himself, and I fail to see how you can punish the whole individual for an offence committed by his limbs!” “Well put!", the Judge replied. "Using your logic, I hereby sentence the arm of the defendant to 5 years imprisonment. His whole body can accompany it or not, as he chooses." The defendant with the help of his lawyer, detached his artificial limb, laid it on the bench, and walked out. Lawyers are the same anywhere. Don't mess with them...!!! (They lie in the Court for livelihood. Better than many others who lie just to make other people's lives miserable-Warrier) *Received from Dr T V Surendran Mananthavady G From Warrier's Archives https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/temples-of-education-29775/ Excerpts : "My Google search for Kanthalloor took me to ancient Indian Universities and their locations where the Archeological Survey of India is active. While preserving heritage is important, I wonder why our thoughts do not travel to the idea of reviving and reforming our Heritage and exploiting their infinite possibilities for solving our current economic and social problems. To give some idea about what I am talking about, let me share with you an excerpt from an internet content I stumbled upon today while searching for Kanthalloor-related links: ” Known as the Nalanda of South, the Kanthalloor Shala was once a famous centre of knowledge and due to the quality of education provided by this ancient university, it attracted scholars from other parts of India and Sri Lanka. What set Kanthalloor apart from other ancient Indian universities of that era was the diversity in the subjects it offered.”" H 1) Continued from C1 Sri_Krishna_Shri Krsna with his flute, Cow & Calf. Krishna lived for nearly 125 years*. Most of the period he fought against evil doers to protect the common folk. On one hand Krishna is an embodiment of beauty, love and grace, on the other hand he is a personification of power, glory and magnificence. While we enjoy his childhood plays as Navaneeta chora, he inspires all the villagers by lifting the Govardhana hills by his little finger. He astonishes us by his brave killing of the asuras. Krishna as a cowherd proves himself as a friend of the lowly and downtrodden. By killing asuras and rakhsasas and certain ruthless rulers, Krishna proved himself as the protector of the sadhus. Krishna's intelligence is revealed on all the occasions from fixing the date of Mahabharata war, to the tricks played by Krishna during the Mahabharata war resulting in the death of Drona, Karna and others. (though some of his deeds are commented as extremely atrocious, they form part and parcel of administrative intelligence) Establishing the great city of Dwaraka miles away, speaks volumes of his political genius. Krishna loves peace. But when war is inevitable, he preaches that a Kshatriya is duty-bound to fight for righteousness. It is something like saying 'If you see corruption, and yet do not strive against, it amounts to dereliction of duty.' While many people see the messages of Gita as a cult of Bhakti, Mahatma Gandhi, Aurobindo and Tilak see the emphasis on Karma Yoga. For Swami Vivekananda, Gita is a message of manliness or bravery. We find from works of Vivekananda that he encouraged young men to worship Shri Parthasarathi and not the Krishna of Brindavan, whose prema-Dharma concept is very often misunderstood. Patriots of pre- independent India were greatly influenced by Krishna's manliness, prowess and heroism. Krishna preaches a pattern of socialism when he says in Gita "whoever cooks food for himself alone, commits a sin." No wonder Krishna's life is a message. He has been a source of inspiration not only to holy men and women but also to patriots and philanthropists, social and religious reformers, political leaders and above all to common people, rich and the poor alike. Even the wisest, purest and the most selfless heroes, Bhishma, at his last breath, addresses Shri Krishna as the ETERNAL SUPREME. Why not we? Jay Shri Krishna! Vathsala Jayaraman (*Krishna's "Swargarohanam" was during Dvapara Yuga. According to Hindu belief, the events of the Mahābhārata took place in the Dvapara Yuga According to the Puranas, this yuga ended when Krishna returned to his eternal abode of Vaikuntha. According to the Bhagavatha Purana, the Dvapara Yuga lasts for 864,000 years or 2400 divine years. Source : Google Search-Warrier 🙏) 2) https://www.esamskriti.com/e/Spirituality/Upanishads-Commentary/Taittiriya-Upanishad~-Petal-5-2.aspx


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