Warrier's Collage January 3, 2022

Welcome To Warrier's COLLAGE On Monday January 3, 2022 Ask Swami https://youtu.be/nENMCNBSQvQ (Sarvapriyanda answers questions) Good Morning Collage tour of Kerala begins from Kannur : See G. Nice Day M G Warrier A Responses Sharat Warrier, Kochi The analysis of the two epic characters "Sita" and "Draupadi" was very good and informative. Thank you B Spirituality/Faith charan singh (@CharanSingh60) Tweeted: Unity in Diversity - 119 मनि बिलासु बहु रंगु घणा द्रिसटि भूलि खुसीआ छत्रधार बादिसाहीआ विचि सहसे परीआ Mind/Eyes stuck in playful pleasures, amusements: going astray Even emperor stuck in anxiety (Peace? Thru company of Holy) Arjan, Srirag, 42, SGGS https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1477372228677238784?s=20 C Literature/Life 1) Babusenan's Column : Accidents again 'Swaaminaatha paripalayaasu maam' is a very popular krithi composed by one of the Trinity of Carnatic music. It propitiates Lord Muruga whose another name is Swaminatha. There is another Swaminatha, a mere mortal, to whom every Tamil friend, who takes pride in the classical status of his mother tongue, should feel obliged. He is Swaminatha Aiyar (1855-1942) whose ceaseless efforts brought to light what is now known as Sangham Poetry that lay buried under the weight of about two millennia. On 21st October 1880, Swaminatha Aiyar, a very great scholar in Tamil, happened to meet the munsif of Kumbhakonam, the famous temple town. The latter was not impressed with his learning. He enquired whether Aiyar had read the 'old texts' and named some of them. Aiyar had to admit that he had not even heard of them. The munsif then gave him a handwritten manuscript to take home and read. That changed him totally. Then commenced a ceaseless search on every attic of Tamilnadu for manuscripts of this ancient literature. His persistent efforts bore fruits and we have with us the 'Akam' and 'Puram' poems of the Sangham poetry. The early classical Tamil literature covers a period of 350 years roughly from BCE 100 to CE 250 and consists of 'Ettuttokai'(eight anthologies), 'Patthuppattu' (ten long poems) and 'Tolkappiyam' (book of grammar and rhetoric) The sangham poems(there are in all 2381 poems of varying lengths from 3 to over 800 lines) are called so because it is a collective contribution of around 400 poets belonging to all strata of society. Nearly half the poems were written by 16 poets of whom the better known are Kapilar, Ammuvanar and Avvaiyar. Akam poems are called so as they deal with matters relating to the inside of a house, mainly love. The Puram poems obviously deal with war, kings, death, etc. Tolkappiyam puts the Akam poems into five categories according the landscape divisioning of Tamilnad into Kurinchi(the hills), Neytal(the seashore), Palai(the wasteland), Mullai(the forest) and Marutam(the lowland). This is a unique classification, said to be not seen in any other literature. According to the late Indian English poet A K Ramanujan, the date on which Swaminatha Aiyar accidentally met the munsif of Kumbhakonam should be 'etched in red letters'. More or less the same thing happened to him too although, in his case, the munsif of Kumbhakonam was not a person but an internal compulsion to acquire such degree of knowledge in Tamil classics as would justify his official status as Professor of Tamil in the department of South Asian Languages in the University of Chicago. The effort took him to the University library where he found the eight palm-leaf manuscripts of Sangham poetry, abandoned in a basket in the attic of a village house, which, by sheer accident, reached the hands of Swaminatha Aiyar and transformed his life altogether. The wonder of wonders was that the University of Chicago acquired the same manuscripts which were waiting for Ramanujan in it's library to change him too. It was a love at first sight. Luckily he could get a copy of Tolkappiyam too. The long and arduous study of ancient Tamil and the English translation of the poems-he was anxious to prove to the West the force and beauty of the Sangham poems, especially that of the love poems-resulted in the publication of two volumes, one in1967 and the other about two decades later. The former named 'The Interior Landscape' was obviously a collection of love poems and the latter 'Poems of Love and War' was a mixture of both Akam and Puram poems. Ramanujan was very particular to disprove what the famous American poet Robert Frost said about poetry("It is what is lost in translation") and he succeeded in it. 2) Handling fear : M G Warrier https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/handling-fear-40112/ Excerpts : "Arun Shourie’s life is a mixed bag of challenges of different denominations. As the other side of life is clueless, even Shourie can only talk about probabilities while talking about death. But by openly discussing a subject which we avoid hearing about, in a way, the author of “Preparing for Death” has done a great service. Such debates help in clarifying several doubts many entertain, but avoid discussing in public." 3) Love 2022, A Two Days Old Baby, A bundle of hopes and aspirations... https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/political-reforms/2022-is-just-2-day-old-new-born-baby-year-now-40111/ Posted online comments : ' excellent positive thoughts to start the new year. let's make a beginning. let's look forward to the happening of a world about which vivekananda, tagore, gandhi, kalam and millions of others were dreaming.' D Hell & Heaven are our creation Vote Wisely - A JOKE YOU SHOULDN'T MISS* While walking down the street one day a politician is hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by an angel at the entrance. "Welcome to heaven," says the angel. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see politicians around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you." "No problem, just let me in," says the man. "Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity." "Really, I have made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the politician. "I'm sorry, but we have our rules," says the angel. And with that, the angel escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and dressed in the finest batik there is. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then indulge themselves on lobsters, caviar and the most expensive food there is. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where the angel is waiting for him. "Now it's time to visit heaven." So, 24 hours pass with the politician joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and the angel returns. "Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity." The politician doesn't need to reflect for too long. He answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I am better off in hell." So the angel escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. "I don't understand," stammers the politician. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?" The devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning just like you during an election...... Today you voted." *Shared by Vathsala Jayaraman E Story Time with Vathsala Jayaraman Hanumath Jayanti in Tamil Nadu Hanumat Jayanthi is being celebrated on various dates in various parts of India, perhaps denoting the incarnation of Hanuman in different Kalpas. 1 Tamil Nadu-----margazhi amavasya mostly coinciding with Moola Nakshatram 2 Andhra, Karnataka and Maharashtra----Chaitra Paurnami. It may fall in March or April,mostly in Tamil Panguni month 3 Bihar and U P------vaisaka month Krishna Paksha Dasami 4 As per Agastya Samhita-----Kartigai month Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi with Swathi Nakshatra. All days seem to agree to different versions. Whatever be the birthday, there is no second opinion as to the fact that Lord Hanuman is the humblest and mightiest. Why Vadai? ----------------- The rakshasas were huge fatty people with lot of fat in their body & Hanuman pressed them to insignificance with His valour. Urad dhal( or any other pulses or grains) representing fat is pressed into thin vadais and offered to shri Hanuman as a commemoration of His might. Why Verilai Malai? -------------------------- When Shri Hanuman met Sita Devi in Ashoka Vanam and gave an assurance to her that Shri Rama will arrive soon and defeat Ravana, Sita placed a small vetrilai from a creeper nearby on Hanuman's head and blessed Him to be Chiranjeevi victorious. We offer Vetrilaimalai praying for victory in any enterprise undertaken by us. Why butter? ------------------ Though Hanuman appears somewhat fearful at the outset , He is all merciful. His heart melts like the butter on hearing RAM NAM & the devotees are relieved of their sufferings with His grace. This seems to be the significance of "VENNAI SAATRUDAL" An episode where Arjuna and Hanuman were humbled. In Dwapara yuga, once Arjuna came near the Sethu said to have been built by Shri Rama to cross the ocean. He met Hanuman there. Arjuana sarcastically remarked "The sethu has been built by rocks and stones. Why didn't Rama think about consructing the bridge with his arrows considered to be sopowerful?".Hanuman replied "the bridge made of arrows will not be strong enough". Immediately Arjuna constructed a bridge with his arrows and challenged Hanuman. Anjaneya simply climbed on the bridge & broke it into bits & pieces. Hanuman felt greatly elated. Arjuna with a sense of humility prayed sincerely to Lord Krishna who appeared as an elderly brahmin and advised Arjuna to construct the bridge again with arrows.This time Hanuman could not dismantle the bridge though he jumped on it again and again using all his strength. Hanuman felt humbled. Hanuman also was made to realise that the strength of the bridge depended not on the materials but essentially on the blessing of God. He thought of Lord Rama. Immediately Krishna gave Darsan to him and as per Krishna's commands Hanuman installed himself in the flag attached to Arjuna's chariot, with Shri Krishna as a charioteer. Needless to say, with Shri Krishna and Hanuman by his side, Arjuna turned victorious in the Mahabharata war. JAI HANUMAN! Vathsala Jayaraman. F Leisure Learn from animals* The tortoise has hard top, so use Helmate while driving as you are not tortoise. Never horn unnecessarily, but behave like a Deer who makes sound only when there is a danger. Safeguard your children when walking on road like keeping them in pouch as done by Kangaroo. Speed can save a Deer but not you when driving. It can be fatal. Have a Eagle like vision and be alert while driving. Do not expect a head like a bull so wear seat belt when driving to avoid head injury. So learn from Animals. *Shared by Vivek Amin Nagpur G Mysterious Kerala Kannur https://youtu.be/G5mW2iZmI8g Narration is in Malayalam. See the preserved heritage...

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