Warrier's Collage November 4, 2021

Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Thursday November 4, 2021 Good Morning WISHING A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS DEEPAWALI TO ALL COLLAGE READERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. M G Warrier A Select Happy Deepawali Messages 1) C V Subbaraman Mysuru Thanks for the Deepavali Greetings. We wish all readers of Collage a very Happy Deepaavali. May the lights bring warmth and solace to all the people. Sarve Janaah Sukhino Bhavanthu is our ancient wish. Subbaraman and family 2) Vathsala Jayaraman Wish all Collage readers a very Happy Deepavali Vathsala Jayaraman 3) R Jayakumar Mumbai Wishing a very Happy Diwali to all readers of Warrier's Collage and all members of Shri Warrier's family. AA Healthcare A talk by Dr Ramakrishna Modi Fortis Hospital on health and hygiene https://youtu.be/pNEVay1uFHQ B Spirituality/Faith 1) Thought for the Day charan singh (@CharanSingh60) Tweeted: Unity in Diversity - 59 नाम किति संसारि किरणि रवि सुरतर साखह उतरि दखिणि पुबि देसि पस्चमि जसु भाखह 1392, गुरु ग्रंथ साहिब Glory of Nam is as Sun-rays spread light or Maulsari tree spreads fragrance In all directions, praises of God are sung Kal Sahaar 1392 https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1455649467177345024?s=20 2) Response to Collage of November 3, 2021 : Vathsala Jayaraman Today's Collage had a wonderful article on Brahadharanyanyaka Upanishad. We come across the word Upanishad very often. But many of us do not know what it is. Continued at H2 C Current Affairs 1) Media Response Wanted, A Costs, Prices and Income Policy : M G Warrier To The Editor The Hindu Business Line Letters November 3, 2021 A costs, prices and incomes policy is overdue Please refer to the article"Are the two successive DA hikes justified?" (November 3). Though the writer claims to be a public finance specialist, from the assertions in the article one gets a doubt about the familiarity of the person with the recruitment, career progression and remuneration package systems in government. Unlike elsewhere, the prospective candidates who join government services have no say in career progression and remuneration package. Once they join the service, they are at the mercy of the employer for life. Coming back to the Dearness Allowance/Relief issue, there are accepted norms* government has been following in granting reliefs based on rise and fall in Consumer Price Index. Having said that there's no two views on the need for a national policy covering costs, prices and incomes which will impact wages and income at all levels. M G Warrier Mumbai *Know more about Dearness Allowance : "Dearness allowance ( DA ) - Meaning, Types, Calculation & more" https://cleartax.in/s/dearness-allowance All public sector employers pay basic salaries to their employees according to the respective pay scale. Several other components are then calculated added in respect to the basic salary and are then added to it to calculate the take-home amount. One such important component is Dearness Allowance or DA 2) "Taming Inflation" : M G Warrier A 2012 article https://www.moneylife.in/article/taming-inflation/30250.html Excerpts : "Distortion and therefore exploitation of the consumer is the highest in sectors like housing and healthcare. For obvious reasons, these two sectors get the maximum policy support or support by not having a transparent and rational policy. One need not be an economist to understand the porous marketing mechanism for sale of essential drugs, costs and margins, the vested interests in pharmaceutical industry and how they manage or frustrate even the genuine moves to control prices or improve availability of such drugs and how slow public distribution system works. Similar is the case in the real estate sector which remains in the game with no rules of the game that creates any trouble or any umpire watching." Please read full article. Many issues raised are still relevant. D Spanish Philosophers "Major Spanish Philosophers - Philosophers" https://www.the-philosophy.com/major-spanish-philosophers/amp Excerpts : Baltasar Gracian (1601 – 1658) Jesuit, his Criticon (in 3 volumes) depicts Critilo, the critical man incarnating disillusionment, and Andrenio, the natural man representing innocence and primitive instincts. Each scene is seen from the points of view of the two characters. This philosophical novel reveals a pessimistic thought, of which Arthur Schopenhauer, as well as Nietzsche, will salute as a founding thought. E Ayurveda Day : November 2, 2021 1) Ayurveda day, 2021 : https://www.indiatoday.in/amp/information/story/when-is-ayurveda-day-in-2021-date-significance-and-all-you-need-to-know-1761052-2021-01-20 2) "Kottakkal | Arya Vaidya Sala Kottakkal" https://www.aryavaidyasala.com/Kottakkal.php F Leisure Eating 'on' leaves* Eat with Leafs, K V Chellappa Village dinner plates : I go back some 60 years. The stainless steel plates had come in vogue, the poorer ones using aluminium ones. But, the orthodox shunned these as short of aachaaram (ecchil – salivated). The plant products used to be the dinner plates. Banana leaves were the pick, but were costly even then. There used to be an almond tree and its leaves were broad. Three or four will be stitched together with wooden splints. But, more common was banyan leaves, smaller, but more abundant. The trouble with these is that the splints may come off and get stuck in the throat. One must be careful. Another trouble was with flowy stuff like rasam which may run off to the neighbour's plate. Lotus leaves were also used with the green side being the bottom. Children used to have some fun as hot rasam poured on it would bubble. Mandara leaves were commonly in use. They have a good aroma. In restaurants, they used to spred a mandara leaf n the plate and also use it in parcel. With the smell of the leaf, the idli, vada, dosa used to be extra delicious. Apart from aachaaram, it was also eco-friendly. The used leaves will be dropped in the manure pit. *Received from S Venugopal via Group mail G Quotes about friendship "Friendship Quotes - BrainyQuote" https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/friendship-quotes Like : True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. Baltasar Gracian (Baltasar Gracián y Morales, S.J., better known as Baltasar Gracián, was a Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer and philosopher. He was born in Belmonte, near Calatayud. His writings were lauded by Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.) H 1) Reconnect with old friends, create new friends : "Reconnecting with friends" https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/reconnecting-with-friends-26375/ Excerpts : "Inspired, I started calling my elders with whom I worked during last century. When I talked to A, he wondered about B who had health issues last year. My contacting B ended up in queries about C and D, then D asking about E and so on. In between, I had to report a couple of deaths which happened months before also. All living friends were easily accessible over the phone. No one was “driving”, “not responding” or “engaged”. Like the old-timer domestic electrician, I ensured all networking connections were intact by replacing fuse wires wherever there was a mis-connect or disconnect." PS : Many Collage readers have accepted the invitation to use Collage Helpline to connect with old friends 🙏-Warrier 2) Continued from B2 If the Samhita is likened to a tree, the Brahmanas are its flowers and the Aranyakas are its fruit yet not ripened, the Upanishads are the ripe fruits. Upanishads chiefly represent the Jnana-Kanda or the knowledge portion of vedas. The Upanishads, however, are included in the Shruti. They are at present, the most popular and extensively read Vedic texts. The Upanishads are often called ‘Vedanta'. Literally, Vedanta means the end of Veda, Vedasya antah , the conclusion (Anta) as well as the goal (Anta) of the Vedas. As Upanishads contain difficult discussions of ultimate philosophical problems, they were taught to the pupils at about the end of their course. The chief reason why the Upanishads are called the ‘end of the Veda’ is that they represent the central aim of the Veda and contain the highest and ultimate goal of the Veda as they deal with Moksha or Supreme Bliss. Meaning of the word ‘Upanishad’ The word ‘Upanishad’ has been derived from the root Sad (to sit), to which are added two prefixes : Upa and Ni. The Prefix Upa denotes nearness and Ni totality. Thus, this word means ‘sitting near by devotedly’. . The word in course of time gathered round it the sense of secret teaching or secret doctrine (Rahasya) which was imparted at such sittings. Due to secrecy and mystery of the teachings, a teacher refuses to impart instruction to a pupil who has not proved his worthiness to receive the instruction. Number of the Upanishads There are 1180 shakas or portions and the last part of each portion is Upanishad. So literally there should be 1180 upanishads. But 108 upanishads are very popular. They are said to have been taught to Hanuman by Lord Rama. However, among these Upanishads, Ten Principal Upanishads known as ‘Dashopanishad’ are : Isha, Kena, Katha , Prashna , Munda , Mandukya, Taittiriya, Aitareya, Chandogya and Brihadaranyaka. According to the Muktikopanishad 108 Upanishads are divided according to four Vedas are as follows: 10 Upanishads from the Rigveda 19 Upanishads from the Shukla-Yajurveda 32 Upanishads from the Krishna-Yajurveda 16 Upanishads from the Samaveda and 31 Upanishads from the Atharvaveda. The Upanishads are religious and philosophical treatises. They constitute the last phase of the Vedic revelation. They represent the knowledge of Brahman (Brahma-Vidya). In the Upanishads, we get an intelligible body of verified and verifiable spiritual insights mixed with a mass of myths and legends and cosmological speculations relating to the nature and origin of universe. Certain upanishads we have never heard about. 1 Garba Upanishad is one among them. The foetus of 8 months becomes aware of the previous Janma and makes a sankalpa to attain saankya yoga soon after birth.But as soon as the lungs start the first breathing, it gets hold of Maya and starts weeping. 2 Aksha Malaika upanishad,jaabaali Upanishad, Kaalaagni ruthra upanishad talk about the mahima of viboothi. 3 Vaasudeva upanishad talks of Urdwa Pundram ( Naamam ) and Gopi Chandanam 4 Poorva Gopala thaapini and Uththara Gopal Thaapini talk of Shri Krishana Upasana 5 Poorva Rama Thapini and Uththara Rama Thaapini talk of Rama upaasana There are many more Upanishads like sharaba upanishad ,,Sithopanishad, saraswathi rahasya upanishad etc. There are many more treasures which we can seek. Vathsala Jayaraman


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