Warrier's COLLAGE September 9, 2021
Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Thursday September 9, 2021 Remembering September 11 https://youtu.be/oZAvMHs7cy8 (Illuminating the Skyes) Good Morning Nice Day M G Warrier Thought* for the Day Dr Charan Singh : (@CharanSingh60) Tweeted: Unity in Diversity - 3 One day, grounded sandalwood Went all way to Temple to worship Guru showed, God resides in mind Ramanand, Rag Basant, 1195 SGGS एक दिवस मन भई उमंग घसि चंदन चोआ बहु सुगंध पूजन चाली ब्रहम ठाइ सो ब्रहमु बताइउ गुर मन ही माहि रामानंद, बसंत https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1435322015548805121?s=20 A Messages 1) Kasthurirangan Narayanan Collage of September 6, 2021 A very good concert of MDR. After a long time l was enjoying very good Carnatic music. Thanks for sharing an excellent performance. 2) Prabha Ramadurai Cheñnai Global Kitchen Today's (September 8) Collage gave me a pleasant surprise on seeing Charukesi's article on cooking. I usually go through all her articles published in various magazines under Food and Culture column. It will not be an exaggeration if I say that although she had a rare entrance into the kitchen, she quickly grasped the basic idea of what to do. Those days elderly ladies would not allow youngsters entry into the kitchen because of Acharam, Madi etc. The kitchen was supposed to be their Samrajyam. They were the queen. I was lucky to be with my mother-in-law for a long 35 years. Till the last few years of her life, she didn't allow me to cook. I was always a helper (Sittal in Tamil doing other works in the kitchen). Just watching her preparing the recipes, I learnt a lot from her. So I was familiar with Kan dittam, Kai dittam technique. Considering the amount of quantity, deciding the quantity of spices, salt, tamarind, oil, sugar, ghee etc. We were taught to sprinkle salt, like throwing with our fingers if a deficiency of salt in sambar or rasam was felt. If we do so, the correct quantity will fall in the vessel and extra salt behind the stove or ground and really it used to work. (Continued at H1) 3) S K Gupta Panchkula* RBI MAF Scheme-TPA Cards In terms of Para 4 of Central Office Circular dated August 14, 2021, communicating the details of Medical Assistance Fund Scheme (MAFS) for the period August 15, 2021 - August 14, 2022, members can use MAF membership card / Retired ID card issued by the Reserve Bank for admissions and procedures under GMP 2021-22. However, some hospitals are learnt to be 'insisting' solely on the production of the TPA Cards, as a pre-condition to provide the 'Cashless' medical facilities. This virtually tantamounts to the 'non-recognition’ of RBI mandated MAF cards by them and any one wishing to avail the said facilities may be denied the same in the absence thereof, which obviously defeats the very purpose of our Bank taking the Group Mediclaim Policy with Iffco Tokio General Insurance Co. Ltd. for the year 2021-22. It is therefore, most humbly suggested that the Reserve Bank may suitably take up the matter with various empanelled hospitals to duly honour the MAF Cards issued to the retired staff members while keeping the Iffco Tokio General Insurance Co. Ltd. in loop too. This may obviate the possibilities of any undue harassment being caused to them in the absence of currently 'over-emphasised' TPA Cards. S. K. Gupta, EX-AM (PP) RBI, Chandigarh *Letter published in RBI Newsletter, August 31, 2021 B Happy Memories https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/ulterior-motives/202109/happy-memories-are-even-happier-if-they-involve-people An easy way to make yourself feel better when you're sad or stressed is to think back to happier times. Recalling a day spent hiking the woods alone can give you a sense of inner peace. Recalling a football game you attended in college with a group of classmates may give you a sense of positive nostalgia. Thinking about a birthday party with close family can make you feel the warmth of connection to loved ones. C Remembering 9/11 Mainstream Weekly http://mainstreamweekly.net/article11512.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MainstreamWeekly+%28Mainstream+Weekly%29 The 9/11 terrorist attack in the USA was the most horrible and destructive terrorist attack and was mounted against the most powerful and resourceful country with the most extensive intelligence system and highest media concentration. Hence it is highly surprising that it has been investigated in detail time and again, officially as well in numerous independent efforts. Despite this, as we come close to the 20th anniversary of this tragedy, many unanswered or inadequately answered questions still continue to linger and trouble. Pew research https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2021/09/02/two-decades-later-the-enduring-legacy-of-9-11/ Americans watched in horror as the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, left nearly 3,000 people dead in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 20 years later, they watched in sorrow as the nation’s military mission in Afghanistan – which began less than a month after 9/11 – came to a bloody and chaotic conclusion. D Readers Write 1) Ganesha Worship : Vathsala Jayaraman Anything we do has to fall under one of the two categories: material or spiritual. As we know Lord Ganesha rules the 'Muladhara chakra' of our body. 'Muladhara chakra' is the interface between the material and the spiritual worlds. Lord Ganesha is said to control both these worlds. He is the one who gives the material enjoyments in this world and He is the one who liberates us from the endless cycle of birth and death. (Continued at H2) 2) Nambudiri Joke : V Babusenan Thiruvananthapuram These days, the tendency to view things from an angle of religion is growing stronger and it will be quite in the order of things to call Tata's money Parsimoney which is homophonous with the word 'parsimony '. The latter word by its meaning of showing extreme reluctance in spending is obviously contra to the former as the Tatas are widely known for their generosity. One may not like the bee as much as the honey it produces. The English do not like the Scots as much as the Scotch they produce. They say that the Scots are, by and large, not only parsimonious but rather very slow in comprehending humour.Once they were very much concerned about the much unhappy state in which the elderly Scots lived. The government invited suggestions from the public for improving the mental state of the senior and super senior segments of the Scots. One suggestion was this : "Tell them jokes when they are young." All cannot enjoy jokes and, only a few can crack real jokes. If one cracks a good joke and it goes unresponded by a smile or laughter, there cannot be many things worse than that. A rich repertoire of jokes can be rightly regarded as part of a nation's cultural wealth. All of us know and respect what is called the 'Sardarji' jokes, but not many are aware of the Namboodiri jokes special to Kerala. To enjoy a joke is one thing, but to crack and enjoy a joke at one's own expense is another thing, much greater. Such jokes are plenty in Namboodiri jokes. Here is one: Kerala appeared in the railway map of India in 1861 with the introduction of the 30 km long Beypore-Tirur line. One rich Namboodiri landlord entered a first class compartment of a train at Tirur and occupied with gusto a window seat. It was his first rail journey. After sitting comfortably on the cushioned seat, he took out his silver container of the ingredients for a royal betel-chewing. Generally, a servant would be with him with a spittoon ready for him to spit at any moment he wanted,but during this train journey, for reasons of parsimony, he was alone. After a hearty betel-chewing, he spat through the window with all force at his command. The poor Namboodiri did not know that the glass shutter of the window was still down. The entire red spit got scattered and fell on the white shirt of the English gentleman who sat opposite him and who was, till that moment, watching the native with rising irritation. Dropping his gentleness, he stood up and slapped the Namboodiri on his face and then the train started with a loud whistle and a pull. The Namboodiri got down at the next station with his vettilachellam (betel-leaf box). His servants came running. Someone asked : "How was the trip, Tirumemi? (your exalted highness). He replied : "Quite nice, quite nice. But the starting slap spoils the whole pleasure." E Story Time with B Chandrasekharan Rag to Riches* Once, a beggar while begging in a train, noticed a well-dressed businessman wearing a suit and boots. He thought that this man must be very rich, so he will surely give good money if I ask him. So he went and asked that man for alms. The man looked at the beggar and said, "You always beg and keep asking from people, do you ever give anything to anyone?" (Continued at H3) *Received via Group mail F Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) https://www.lifepositive.com/blog/spirituality/why-eft-paradigm-shift-how-we-see-deal-negative-unresolved-emotions "Though emotions are an integral part of us human beings, they are generally being avoided and ignored for various reasons from the beginning of our lives. Emotions are generally seen as weakness and not as a strength and the proof of this is the language and words, we use to define emotions. “We should not take emotional decisions.” “People are emotional fools.” “Don't be so soft and emotional. It will make you weak.” “Why are you crying like a girl?” And when we see emotions as the weakness we tend to ignore and avoid them as much as we can. And this becomes a too deep cause of our depreciated physical, mental, and emotional health." More on EFT in less words : https://www.healthline.com/health/eft-tapping G Quotes about September 11 https://parade.com/125076/parade/09-tribute-to-9-11/amp/ Like : “With almost no time to decide, [your loved ones] gave the entire country an incalculable gift. They saved the Capitol from attack. They saved God knows how many lives. They saved the terrorists from claiming the symbolic victory of smashing the center of American government. … They allowed us to survive as a country that could fight terror and still maintain liberty and still welcome people from all over the world from every religion and race and culture as long as they shared our values, because ordinary people given no time at all to decide did the right thing.” —President Bill Clinton in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in 2011 H 1) Continued from A2 Before marriage my daughter rarely got a chance to cook but she became an expert in cooking, with the help of the book called ‘Samaiththuppaar’ by Meenakshi Ammal, which was supposed to be a learner’s guide for newly married girls. Today she has reached the status of an expert cook (all types of dishes including continental), taking interviews and writing about everything on cooking. Now on each and every festival or party, she would display all the items on the dining table and send me a snap for my feedback. Thank you Warrier Sir, for taking me to those days when Charu used to enter the kitchen (she rarely got an opportunity) to prepare some dish and wait eagerly to get expert comments from her Patti, and praise from me. Prabha Ramadurai 2) Continued from D Our material life as well as our spiritual journey starts from the 'Muladhara Chakra' which is controlled by Lord Ganesha. It is He who informs Kundalini when it is time to awaken and to reach nirgun nirakar swarup(brahman). Hence, to complete our life cycle without any obstacles, we need the blessings of Lord Ganesha. Since He is the one who gets rid off all the obstacles from our lives, that is why we worship Lord Ganesha before beginning any important work/task/pooja. The purpose of doing pooja to manjal pillayar is essentially waking up Kundalini and it is needed during Vinayaka Chaturthi also and Chaturthi pooja also should be completed without any vighnas or impediments. Manjal pillayar is considered essential during all poojas, inclusive of Vinayaka Chaturthi pooja. "un arulaale un thaal vanangi'-we need His grace even to worship Him. Our rituals are highly scientific - we failed to understand them and pass to our next generation. Every Pooja (worship of various Supreme Powers that endows us in our different aspects of our life and on a specific day this power is very high due to the position of cosmic bodies, when the Power is deemed to be high and conducive. So in sankalpa we define the place, period and exact time (muhurat) for worship. Also Lord Ganesha is invoked as part of (Pre) Pooja after cleansing our Gross Body to bless us to complete the task ahead successfully without hindrance. The main worship is done after empowering Prana of self and installing the Prime Deity through the process of Prana Prathishtha and seek the Blessings, Benevolence and respective Energy (Power). Ganesha Pooja is first in the series of worships to be performed, next worshipping Pitrus and next series of Prime Poojas till the start of next Dakshinayana. Vathsala Jayaraman 3) Continued from E The beggar said, "Sir, I am a beggar, I can only keep asking people for money. How will I be able to give anything to anyone?" The man replied, "When you can't give anything to anyone, then you don’t have any right to ask as well. I am a businessman and believe in transactions only - if you have something to give me, then I can also give you something in return.” Just then, the train arrived at a station, and the businessman got down and left. The beggar started thinking about what the man had said. His words somehow reached the beggar’s heart. He started thinking that maybe I do not get much money in alms because I am not able to give anything to anyone in return. But I am a beggar, I am not even worth giving anything to anyone. But for how long will I keep asking people without giving anything. After thinking deeply, the beggar decided that whenever he gets something on begging, he will definitely give something back to that person in return. But now the question was, what could he give others in return for begging? The whole day had passed thinking about this but he could not find any answer to his question. The next day while he was sitting near the station, his eyes fell on some flowers blooming on the plants around the station. He thought, why not give some flowers to the people in return for alms. He liked this idea and plucked some flowers from there and went to the train to beg. Whenever someone gave alms to him, he would give some flowers to them in return. People used to keep those flowers happily with them. Now the beggar used to pluck flowers everyday and distribute those flowers among the people in return for the alms. Within a few days he realized that now a lot of people have started giving him alms. He used to pluck all the flowers near the station. As long as he had flowers, many people used to give him alms. But when no more flowers were left with him, he wouldn’t get much. And this continued every day. One day when he was begging, he saw that the same businessman was sitting in the train, because of whom he was inspired to distribute flowers. The beggar immediately reached out to him and said, "Today I have some flowers to give you in return for alms." The man gave him some money and the beggar gave him some flowers in return. The man liked his idea very much and was quite impressed. He said, "Wow! Today you too have become a businessman like me." Taking flowers from the beggar, he got down at the station. But once again, his words had reached deep into the beggar’s heart. He kept thinking again and again about what the man had said and started becoming happy. His eyes started shining now, he felt that he had now got the key to success by which he could change his life. He immediately got down from the train and excitedly looked up at the sky and in a very loud voice said, “I am not a beggar anymore, I am a businessman now, I can also become like that gentleman, I can also become rich.” When people saw him, they thought that maybe this beggar has gone mad. From the next day that beggar never appeared at that station again. Four years later, two men dressed in suits were traveling from the same station. When both of them looked at each other, one of them bowed to the other with joined hands and asked, "Do you recognize me?" The other replied, "No! Maybe we're meeting for the first time." The first one again said, "Sir, try to remember, we are not meeting for the first time but for the third time". Second person, "Well, I can't remember. When was it that we met before?" Now the first person smiled and said, "We have met twice in the same train before. I am the same beggar whom you had told in the first meeting what I should do in life, and in the second meeting you told me who I really am." "As a result, today I am a very big flower merchant and I am going to another city in respect of the same business." "You told me the law of nature in the first meeting... according to which we get something only when we give something. This rule of transaction really works, I've felt it very well, but I always thought of myself as a beggar, I never thought to rise above it. When I met you for the second time, you told me that I have become a businessman. Thanks to you, from that day onwards, my perspective changed and now I have become a businessman, I’m not a beggar anymore.” Indian sages probably put the most emphasis on ‘knowing yourself’. As long as the beggar considered himself a beggar, he remained a beggar and when he considered himself as a businessman, he became one. Similarly, the day we will understand our true nature, then what will be left to know and understand?