Warrier's COLLAGE : Teachers'Day, 2021
Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Sunday September 5, 2021 Teachers' Day Special Documentary on Dr S Radhakrishnan https://youtu.be/UjwhXOqfBJY (Rajyasabha TV) Good Morning Happy Birthday to all readers having Birthday during the week ending Saturday, September 11, 2021. Nice Day M G Warrier Educational Heritage of Ancient India https://youtu.be/vviYeA4fIPM (Sahana Singh : https://sahanasingh.com/about/) Listen to V T Panchapagesan Chennai Sunday Collage Ganesha/Vinayaka Chaturthi comes on the 10th September, 2021. Fourth day after New Moon called Valar Pirai, Waning in the month Of Avani month. Ganapatyam, out of Shanmatham founded by Aadi Sankara. First basic God of worship. Ganah in Sanskrit means multitude .Isha means Lord. It literally means the Lord of all beings. Ganesha is the first son of Lord Shiva. Shiva represents the supreme reality. The son of Shiva symbolizes one who has realized the reality. One who has discovered the Godhood in him. Such a man is said to be the Lord of all beings. He is also called Vinayaka The God of wisdom and the remover of obstacles. To understand an unknown ideal, Idol worship is absolutely necessary. He inspires us with 12 such qualities figuratively.. Let us learn reflecting our thought towards Him praying Him removing All the problems we are facing in this mundane world we live in. Big Ear.. listening to the eternal truth. Big Head Independent reflection upon those truths. Trunk. Intellect arising out of Wisdom. Two tusks, one broken. Representing likes and dislikes Broken one representing that He is not victimized by the two. One arm holding the axe Representing the Subtle body(mind) The other with rope. Intellectually binding the everlasting And enduring bliss. The third with Modaka. Joyous rewards of spiritual seeking, Leaving ego completely. Fourth with Padma. Supreme goal of human evaluation. Big belly. Digesting all types of experiences. One leg folded up. Ever rooted in single pointed Concentration upon the supreme reality. Other leg resting. Aspect of personality dealing with the world. Rat looking up. The desires are kept under perfect control. Chaturthi , four. Matha, Pitha, Guru, Deivam Going round his parents getting MANGO FRUIT. II In today's jargon we have to understand this clearly : Gross Intellect vs Subtle intellect. Gross intellect is to go everything through Science for our existence. We stop with this without going beyond as we feel it is not required. But in reality even great scientists explore much more, if they are not able to analyze things beyond a certain limit. They try to understand Subtle Intellect sharing them with like-minded people.. It needs inner awareness, exploring the self within, controlling sense organs.. Satyam, Shivam , Sundaram.... Truth, Love, Beauty... Be Well, V T Panchapagesan A Messages 1) V Babusenan Thiruvananthapuram On Shakespeare? Why doubt? He will live as long as there remains connection between word and its meaning. "...it is a tale told by an idiot Full of sound and fury Signifying nothing." life ( Macbeth) "...thy grandsire love'd thee Many a time he danc'd thee on his knee, Sung thee asleep,his loving breast thy pillow;" (Titus Andronicus) " If music be the food of love, play on" (Twelfth Night) "How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears." (The Merchant of Venice) 'Macbeth' was one of the Shakespearean plays prescribed for detailed study for our graduation course. For a young fellow in his teens, sans any worthwhile experience in life, the first quoted lines above didn't have any significance beyond being stuff for 'annotation.' What I mean is the exercise 'who said to whom and when?' I still remember having written : "These lines occur in Act V-Scene V of Shakespeare's famous tragic play 'Macbeth' ..." Now,during the sunset period of life, like many of the esteemed readers of Collage, I share something of the profundity of Macbeth's acerbic observation of the enigma called life. Many of us, the Collage-fans, have grand children.-some even have great grandchildren - living with them or living far away, even far, far away. Do we not feel one with Lucius what he tells his boy about his grandpa Titus Andronicus? As for the other quotations on music, those who suffer poignantly are the young folk in poor Afghanistan where music is banned. 2) M G Warrier Yesterday Collage included a message about inhalation and exhalation of oxygen. The context was : * https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/allahabad-hc-judges-statement-on-cow-and-oxygen-stirs-debate/cid/1829317 (Link Courtesy : G Mohandas Chennai) B Readers' Contribution Teachers' Day 2021 : Vathsala Jayaraman I Thoughts on Teachers' Day Sharing knowledge is an extraordinary skill. It involves getting into the depth of the subject learning oneself, finding the ways and means to effectively communicate that knowledge and then confirming that the knowledge transfer has really taken place. The sense of fulfillment the teachers enjoy when their students perform well in the exam is because of the affirmation that their attempt to share knowledge had succeeded. Teaching is not demonstrating what one knows but to scale down from the depth to break it down into sequence of steps to make the students digest that knowledge in easy steps. Simplifying the complexity is primary the goal of every teacher. It is said that teachers are reformers,educators and back bone of the nation.Is the profession considered noble these days? With commercialisation, teaching process has gone into a sea of change. In the internet era all have turned knowledgible. Corona has added fuel to fire. Teachers find it difficult to cope up with 'On -line' teaching. Teachers are compared to ladder, helping students to reach the zenith, themselves remaining at bottom for ever. Every year Sep 5th comes and departs. We scribble something and totally forget about it. Shrimat Bhagavatham speaks of 24 teachers including a bird, hunter, wasp and a courtesan among others having influenced the Avadhutha, Dattathreya. A detailed account of what he learnt from each of them has been narrated therein. There is no dearth of Gurus in India-many of them self proclaiming. Whoever be the Guru, ancient or modern, whatsoever be the number of books we read, we cannot find solutions to all our problems. The same solution may not work to the same problem in a different occasion or for different persons. How we apply Guru's teaching to the given situation is the vital aspect. Many teachers are versatile in their subjects, but only a few have got the knack of creating a LEARNING ATMOSPHERE by making the students, not only listeners but active participants and absorbers.. If we think aloud, learning is an ever lasting process. We are always learners in one form or other. 1 We learn from our children. They become our teachers. 2 We learn from our mistakes. Mistakes become masters. 3 All our anger and agonies, beatings & burnings, challenges & churns, cries and cracks, toils and turmoils, twists and turns make us mellow down & season us a lot. 4 From good persons we know how to be, and from the so called wicked we know how not to be. 5 When we listen to music, it soothens our hearts and music becomes our preceptor. 6 When we hear the mazhalai or babblings of children, we forget the pressing problems. then children become our masters. 7 The sun, the rain, the mountains, the rivers and trees- all are teaching the lessons of PAROPAKARA ,without uttering a single word by their mere routine. 8 The incidents of Nirbhaya's death in Delhi and Anitha's suicide resulting out of failure to get a medical seat are indirect teachers creating awareness of social responsibility. 9 Above all,"SILENCE" itself is the greatest GURU-MAUNA GURU. It is meditation in SILENCE that brought into our Bharat so many great thinkers, luminaries and Acharyas whom we revere most. The list is endless. Let us bow with reverence, not only to human teachers, but also to NATURE and above all to every small bit and piece of experience in our life. Let us learn, learn, learn.................and continue to learn for ever. Vathsala Jayaraman II Mind as a monkey Normally monkeys have a tendency to jump from one place to another and human mind is easily compared to the monkey. The monkey is not at all affected if it jumps from place to place whereas the same tendency in man subjects him to untold miseries. The monkey man makes the monkey dance to his tunes. A Karate Master is able to train a monkey, which may not be able to express its doubts. But concentration is much better in monkeys than in human beings. It does not have agitated mind and its wants are also limited. That is why the Karate master has been able to prove that teaching and learning are possible without the medium of any language. This also confirms that shri Anchaneya's attributes in Ramayana are not exaggerated versions as conceived by some. As the efforts towards raising the level of an animal into a human being, are successful, efforts to raise human to divine also will be possible. If human beings who are successful in training the monkey will be able to control their mind-monkey, it will be the greatest achievement in the world. Vathsala Jayaraman __._,_.___ C Kerala's Mural Paintings https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/min-k/kerala-mural-painting-36959/ Posted online comments : "an interesting introduction to kerala\'s heritage and immense future possibilities. coming at a time when media of all denominations project kerala from a negative perspective for various reasons. \"kerala is a land of art. it has a great tradition in architecture, chromatography, and painting.\" absolutely right. expect more from this writer.'" 2) Bonus Read K K Warrier : Muralist from Kerala https://www.onmanorama.com/entertainment/art-and-culture/2018/08/10/warrier-kerala-mural-painting.amp.html K K Warrier was 83 when he took up an artwork that ended up to be his last in a career spanning six decades as a Kerala-style muralist. The bespectacled veteran with flowing grey beard painted the mystical Hindu tantra diagram of Sreechakram last year at a historical palace down the coastal state, a good 450km south of his native place. The cultural dimension of the artist’s work on a wall of the heritage structure in Kilimanoor near Thiruvananthapuram has much more than just that of a Malabar-born man working in erstwhile Travancore. For, it was in the ancestral home of none other than Raja Ravi Varma that he sketched the Sreechakram featuring a definite number of interlocking triangles around a central dot called bindu. Ravi Varma, as a celebrated Malayali painter from the 19th century during which he blended European techniques with Indian sensibilities, has had a definite influence on Warrier since his early strokes with brush. That element of light-and-shade and a tendency to lend a three-dimensional touch to his images were what actually made the muralist’s work distinct from his fellow professionals. Thus, to do an ancient-era abstract work representing the cosmos with the human body at the princely residence of a bygone pioneer known for his realism was a pleasantly strange tribute. Warrier died at the age of 84 this week, marking the exit of the last of the few masters who revived the Kerala genre of traditional murals that was facing an acute existential crisis towards the end of the 1980s. D Books by Dr S Radhakrishnan https://m.timesofindia.com/life-style/events/happy-teachers-day-2018-sarvepalli-radhakrishnan-10-insightful-books-by-indias-philosopher-president-sarvepalli-radhakrishnan-teachers-day/amp_articleshow/65680743.cms Men of letters are best known by their own writings : Here are some books by Dr Radhakrishnan that shower us with his immense wisdom and teach us about the great man that he was. E Learning Together 1) Shanti Mantra https://youtu.be/LfgoS0uEg7k 2) Select Mantras and Meaning https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/30-some-select-shanti-mantras-from-upanishad/m-lite ॐ सह नाववतु । सह नौ भुनक्तु । सह वीर्यं करवावहै । तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्त- ु मा विद्विषावह- ै । ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ Om Saha Nau-Avatu | Saha Nau Bhunaktu | Saha Viiryam Karava-Avahai | Tejasvi Nau-Adhii-Tam-Astu Maa Vidviss-Aavahai | Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih || Meaning: 1: Om, May God Protect us Both (the Teacher and the Student), 2: May God Nourish us Both, 3: May we Work Together with Energy and Vigour, 4: May our Study be Enlightening, not giving rise to Hostility, 5: Om, Peace, Peace, Peace. F Leisure https://www.ducksters.com/jokes/school.php Q: Why did the music teacher need a ladder? A: To reach the high notes. Q: What's the worst thing you're likely to find in the school cafeteria? A: The Food! Q: What kind of plates do they use on Venus? A: Flying saucers! Q: Why did nose not want to go to school? A: He was tired of getting picked on! Q: How do you get straight A's? A: By using a ruler! Q: What did the pen say to the pencil? A: So, what's your point! Q: Why did the kid study in the airplane? A: Because he wanted a higher education! Q: How did the music teacher get locked in the classroom? A: His keys were inside the piano! Q: What do elves learn in school? A: The elf-abet! Q: What did you learn in school today? A: Not enough, I have to go back tomorrow! Q: What holds the sun up in the sky? A: Sunbeams! Q: What object is king of the classroom? A: The ruler! Q: When do astronauts eat? A: At launch time! G More about Teachers Day https://m.timesofindia.com/life-style/events/teachers-day-quotes-inspirational-quotes-messages-wishes-and-thoughts-to-share-on-teachers-day-2019/amp_articleshow/70948610.cms Parents are a child's first teacher who gives them life lessons and after them comes the Guru or teacher who leads the child ahead in life. In our young and impressionable years, our teachers played a very important role-- they have been our role models, our inspiration, and parent-figures outside of our home who taught us many lessons about life. At times they might be tough on us but, in hindsight, it was only to mould and shape our talents, to make us fight our fears and to work on our weaknesses. In fact, a good teacher not only imparts knowledge to their students but they inspire, encourage and instil curiosity to find solutions to problems. To honour these remarkable people in our lives, Teachers' Day is celebrated as an important day world wide. For instance, in the United States, it is celebrated in the first week of May; in the United Kingdom, it is celebrated on October 5. Meanwhile, in India Teachers' Day is celebrated annually on September 5 which also marks Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's birth anniversary.