Warrier's Collage December 15, 2021

Warrier's COLLAGE On Wednesday December 15, 2021 Guruvayoor Music Concert https://youtu.be/BDMfrbt4lAo (Uploaded yesterday) Good Morning Nice Day M G Warrier A Select Responses 1) Vathsala Jayaraman More than Guruvayoor Ekadasi, more than Narayaneeya Dinam, the story of Nicky moistened my eyes. I could visualise the great efforts and sufferings of his mother to make him attain the level of being liked by one and all. It is not easy to bring up a down syndrome baby facing depressions and threats and 'why me' feelings for a few days or months and then accept the child whole heartedly with the confidence that God has entrusted the great job only in her hands. Hats off to such mothers! Nicky, you are really great! Greater than many of us. Vathsala Jayaraman 2) C V Subbaraman Thanks for the write ups on Guruvayoor Ekaadashi. Subbaraman 3) In praise of mistakes* A friend's response to my following message in another group on December 13, 2021 : "An error has crept in your post. While Upasana ground floor was got done with housing loan and first floor was with retirement benefits, in both cases you have mentioned first floor." "We are back in our Thiruvananthapuram house after more than two years. The first floor of this house (Upasana Sastamangalam) was constructed with a housing loan of Rs 37,800 plus much less than that amount which came as help/loan from friends and relatives. We started staying here on July 10, 1977. First floor was constructed using retirement benefits during 2004-6." Sorry for the error. 10 years younger, I would have argued that ground floor was the first floor I constructed and the error was in referring to the second floor as first floor 🙏-Warrier 4) Jyothylakshmi Anil Kumar Do you also follow Bhagawatham or Narayaneeyam ?? Are you spiritually inclined? I see posts on spirituality in Collage quite often !! I do like them and get inspired. Few participants of Collage seem to be very religious. I am curious to know bcz I remember once Sudha aunty had mentioned that she isn't too much into spirituality. (Many readers have raised such questions. Will try to clarify my position in the coming days. Some idea you can get by visiting my blogs. See D 🙏-Warrier) B Book on my table : GITANJALI https://en.m.wikisource.org/wiki/Gitanjali/Introduction Excerpts from Introduction III "We write long books where no page perhaps has any quality to make writing a pleasure, being confident in some general design, just as we fight and make money and fill our heads with politics—all dull things in the doing—while Mr. Tagore, like the Indian civilization itself, has been content to discover the soul and surrender himself to its spontaneity. He often seems to contrast his life with that of those who have lived more after our fashion, and have more seeming weight in the world, and always humbly as though he were only sure his way is best for him: "Men going home glance at me and smile and fill me with shame. I sit like a beggar maid, drawing my skirt over my face, and when they ask me, what it is I want, I drop ​my eyes and answer them not." At another time, remembering how his life had once a different shape, he will say, "Many an hour have I spent in the strife of the good and the evil, but now it is the pleasure of my playmate of the empty days to draw my heart on to him; and I know not why is this sudden call to what useless inconsequence." An innocence, a simplicity that one does not find elsewhere in literature makes the birds and the leaves seem as near to him as they are near to children, and the changes of the seasons great events as before our thoughts had arisen between them and us. At times I wonder if he has it from the literature of Bengal or from religion, and at other times, remembering the birds alighting on his brother's hands, I find pleasure in thinking it hereditary, a mystery that was growing through the centuries like the courtesy ​of a Tristan or a Pelanore. Indeed, when he is speaking of children, so much a part of himself this quality seems, one is not certain that he is not also speaking of the saints, "They build their houses with sand and they play with empty shells. With withered leaves they weave their boats and smilingly float them on the vast deep. Children have their play on the seashore of worlds. They know not how to swim, they know not how to cast nets. Pearl fishers dive for pearls, merchants sail in their ships, while children gather pebbles and scatter them again. They seek not for hidden treasures, they know not how to cast nets." W. B. YEATS. September 1912. C Spirituality/Faith charan singh (@CharanSingh60) Tweeted: Unity in Diversity - 100 इकु बिंनि दुगण जु तउ रहै जा सुमंत्रि मानवहि लहि जालप, १३९५, गुरु ग्रंथ साहिब Realising the one Lord, love of duality ceases (distraction is over) and one comes to accept/understand the sublime mantra of the Guru Jaalap, 1395, SGGS https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1470511813653458946?s=20 D Warrier's Blogs 1) www.warriersblog.com Warrier's Collage is being shared at this blog regularly. 2) WarriersViews @Timesofindia During the last two years, I have shared over 100 posts here. Like : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/faith-prayer-and-worries-karma-yoga-30001/ Excerpts : "That’s where human mind which is invisible comes in. No, I can’t define or show the mind. If you are a believer and believe MIND exists, read on. Else please go to the next blog… Without trying to argue my case, I’m making a statement depending on Joe’s story. This is my statement: “Faith can help you focus on your goals. Prayers can support you to remain focused. While remaining focussed and praying with faith, you will be able to remain in the present, active and vigilant with less fear about failure or anxieties about tomorrow.” E In praise of mistakes See A3. Remembered this essay by Robert Lynd : http://sahyadribooks-remesh.blogspot.com/2012/07/039-in-praise-of-mistakes-robert-lynd.html?m=1 Excerpts from a review : "What I wonder is why I did not snatch away as much wealth as I could from the Indian Coffers. People often write to newspapers about the frequent mistakes writers make in their articles and books. Geographical, historical or religious errors may occur in their works but those mistakes seldom make their works unreadable or unenjoyable. Instead, most often, they make the world merry for they give enough material for the world to laugh. One will wonder why writers do not make as many mistakes as they can so that the world can at least laugh heartily. In this aspect, the case framed by fault-finders against writers is a weak one. If it is presented in any court the writer, Lord Clive, may tell the jury that he wondered why he did not make as many mistakes as he could. Lord Clive was tried in the British Parliament for corruption during his India Service when he told senators, what he wondered was why he did not dare to snatch away more wealth from the vast treasure houses of the Indian Kings!" F Leisure Choice of Heart* A patient who needs a heart transplant suddenly gets a phone call from his surgeon "You are in luck, we have two matching donors. A twenty year old athlete and an 80 year old lawyer, which heart do you want?" The patient answers, "Give me the lawyer's heart." "Are you sure??" Asks the surgeon in surprise. "Yea, I'd rather have one that hasn't been used." *Received from A P Ramadurai G Mistake quotes https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/mistake-quotes Like : "A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether." Roy H. Williams

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