Warrier's Collage on Tuesday August 9, 2022 : Focus on Motivation
Welcome To Warrier's COLLAGE On Tuesday August 9, 2022 उपोद्घातम्(Upodghatham) 1) A Motivation Speech : Krishna Teja IAS https://youtu.be/ne8ONCA6QJY (Link shared by T R Suresh Bangalore. Krishna Teja is District Collector Alleppey : https://alappuzha.nic.in/en/district-collector/) 2) Ekapada Thrimurthy https://youtu.be/4gvb3J9veK8 Know More : http://indiatemple.blogspot.com/2009/02/reflections-on-trinity-trimurthy-shiva.html?m=1 3) R Jayakumar shared a cartoon : "He can't believe it" https://photos.app.goo.gl/MqdWiYgDkPekXbny8 Good Morning 🌄 Nice Day M G Warrier Happiness : Franklin Misquith Verse for today --Happiness Happens Day 💐🌹🌷Happiness happens to both the reclusive, As well as those who are inclusive, Even to those who are aggressive, And also to those who are passive. Happiness is in and out like a gnome, goblin or elf, It does sit quietly on a shelf, Happiness happens to yourself, It does not also elude myself. Happiness is very much a part of life, It keeps us away from strife, And thus we shall not stab another with a knife, For then it will result in total rife. Happiness happens all the while, When we greet humanity with a smile, We can then easily run a mile, And hurdle over every turnstile.🌷🌹💐 A Messages/Responses 1) K P V Karunakaran Mumbai Respect : Give & Take It was first visit of an elevated saint (Shankaracharya) to Rastrapati Bhavan. Since President, Dr Kalam wanted to give due honour to the saint, he called me (I was Comptroller in President's House) to his office and asked me the traditional protocol. I told him, I will receive the saint at the gate and bring him inside. After few minutes of deep thinking, he asked me "What will happen if I receive him?" I said, "Sir, you will make Saint honour above President. He smiled. He didn't say anything. Then inside the office, I briefed him, "Sir, I will bring him here, put his seat (asan) on this sofa and will request him to sit and President will continue sitting on his usual sofa chair." He again asked me, "What will happen if I make him sit on my sofa seat?" I again said, "Sir, you will make saint's honour above president." Again he smiled and didn't give me any direction. After thirty minutes, when Saint was to come, few seconds before, to my surprise, I saw Dr Kalam, standing behind me at the gate. I immediately went behind. He was there to receive the Saint with garland and flowers. We received the Saint, walked through the corridors and straight entered into his office. When I was spreading Saint's seat (tiger skin asan) on the visitors sofa which we had discussed, he directed me to put the same on his sofa chair. I was shocked by this simple, humble and great gesture. He was president Kalam. We offered fruits and flower basket to the Saint. After the mulakat (meeting) I asked him the reason behind doing this. He smiled and said, "I wanted the sofa seat of the president of India, get blessed by the Saint's spiritual power so that who ever sits here later, also gets the Saint's blessings". I admired my spiritual guru Kalam's these words and said "Sir, you are not only a scientist but also a Saint in disguise too." As usual he gave his meaningful smile. Lt Col Ashok Kini H, SM, VSM Former Comptroller to Then President Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. #NamoSaintKalam 2) Sitendra Kumar Lots of interesting articles viz; one by C V Subbaraman on Patience and your rejoinder, a short narration on Martin Luther King and the interaction between an old lady and the Teller of the bank. The last one fully emphasised the fact that the customer was the king, the lifeline and bread of the employees in an organisation and any messing with him/her is fraught with grave consequences even to an organisation. Babusenan's column was an inspiring one, worth remembering. An interesting highlight of the Collage is bare facts on Moon, neatly compiled and I'm seeing the same for the first time. Thanks for such stupendous information. Sitendra Kumar (Thanks 🙏 and appreciation passed on to readers and others who contributed the content -M G Warrier) 2) K Balasubramanian Coimbatore Shared an experience : A Purohit known to me does last rites of the very poor free of his charges. He used to seek my help to share the crematorium charges. In Mumbai Mulund west there is a registered sangh since last 30 years who undertake the services of helping the bereaved. When any one informs them about the death, they reach the place, help the bereaved to get DC, BMC certificate And slot in crematorium. They are with the person till the related rituals in crematorium are over and leave without even accepting a cup of tea. They have built a room with the help of local MLA with all facilities to do the final rites. A few of exrbites are actively supporting them even to this day. Before this, in 1980s, one night around 1 A M my mother died all of a sudden. Suddenly from nowhere one gentleman appeared around 2 AM and helped me in cremation and left after cremation around 7 AM. Till date I don't know who he is. (Very unique experience. The universe exists because of these noble souls. Chittanandam ) B Current Affairs https://youtu.be/9aqFUHttthE "Don't worry Senator, one democracy will settle it!" Was S Jaishankar's response on Kashmir Media Response : M G Warrier August 8, 2022 Monetary Policy This refers to the piece "RBI's cautious stance likely to continue"(August 8). The possible rationale behind the August 5 RBI policy announcement is well analysed in the article. Those who are not satisfied could verify facts from RBI website. But, those who read "Below the line" on the same page will know the dilemma within RBI, which a former RBI Governor called trilemma. Deputy Governor has beautifully clarified that "the path to the neutral rate is a two-milestone journey". And all speculations are around those two milestones, namely, when inflation will come down and/or when it will align with the target. M G Warrier Mumbai C Collage Essay : Mahabharata War within you* *Shared by Mohan Krishnan Thiruvananthapuram (Worth reading a hundred times) Sanjaya, at the end of the war in Mahabharata went to the spot where the greatest war took place; Kurukshetra. He looked around and wondered if the war really happened, if the ground beneath him had soaked all that blood, if the great Pandavas and Krishna stood where he stood. “You will never know the truth about that!" said an aging soft voice. Sanjay turned around to find an Old man in saffron robes appearing out of a column of dust. “I know you are here to find out about the Kurukshetra war, but you cannot know about that war till you know what the real war is about.” the Old man said enigmatically. “What do you mean?” "The Mahabharata is an Epic, a ballad, perhaps a reality, but definitely a philosophy." The Old man smiled luring Sanjay into more questions. “Can you tell me what the philosophy is, then?” Sanjay requested. "Sure," began the Old man. "The Pandavas are nothing but your five senses, sight, smell, taste, touch and sound..., and do you know what the Kauravas are?" he asked narrowing his eyes. "The Kauravas are the hundred vices that attack your senses everyday but you can fight them... and do you know, how?" Sanjay shook his head again. “When Krishna rides your chariot!” The Old man smiled brighter and Sanjay gasped at that gem of insight. "Krishna is your inner voice, your soul, your guiding light and if you let your life in his hands you have nothing to worry." Sanjay was stupefied but came around quickly with another question. “Then why are Dronacharya and Bhishma fighting for the Kauravas, if they are vices?” The Old man nodded, sadder for the question. "It just means that as you grow up, your perception of your elders change. The elders who you thought were perfect in your growing up years are not all that perfect. They have faults. And one day you will have to decide if they are for your good or your bad. Then you may also realize that you may have to fight them for the good. It is the hardest part of growing up and that is why the Geeta is important." Sanjay slumped down on the ground, not because he was tired but because he could understand and was struck by the enormity of it all. "What about Karna?" he whispered. “Ah!”said the Old man. “You have saved the best for last. Karna is the brother to your senses, he is desire, he is a part of you but stands with the vices. He feels wronged and makes excuses for being with the vices as your desire does all the time. Does your desire not give you excuses to embrace vices?” Sanjay nodded silently. He looked at the ground, consumed with a million thoughts, trying to put everything together and then when he looked up the Old man was gone... disappeared in the column of dust...leaving behind the great philosophy of Life! The day we understand difference between needs and wants , all our mental chaos will end. (With this brief note shared by another Krishna, purpose of Collage is served. At least some readers had a feeling that Collage is messing up Mythology, Philosophy and modern science -M G Warrier) D Literature V Babusenan's Column To the readers of Malayalam short stories, the well-known Indian- English poet, Kamala Das , was Madhavikkutty. This, she did in order to avoid hurting her grandma whom she loved and respected greatly.(Grandma should not feel embarrassed that her sweet little Amy wrote all sorts of things)This affection and regard Kamala Das had for her granny, she had, almost in the same measure, towards the old family house at Nalapat in Punnayoorkulam, a coastal village on the Guruvayoor-Ponnani highway. Continued at H 1 Mythology Vathsala Jayaraman's Column : Kaliyuga What is Kaliyuga and what will happen during Kaliyug ? -asked The four Pandavas (except Yudhishthira who was not present) Krishna smiled and said "let me demonstrate you the situation of Kaliyug" He took a bow and four arrows and shot them in four directions, and ordered the four Pandavas to bring them back. Each of the four Pabdavas went in four different directions to search for the arrows. Arjuna- when he picked the arrow, he heard a very sweet voice.. he turned back and saw a cuckoo was singing bhajans in very spellbinding voice but was also eating flesh of a live rabbit which was in great pain. Arjuna was very surprised to see such a gory act by such a divine bird ...he left the place immediately. Continued at H1 Bonus from Dr Charan Singh : https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1556351117969149952?s=20&t=9rIKdlWtWkPZNExt_nfRPQ Unity in Diversity - 337 गुरू गुरू गुरु करु मन मेरे तारण तरण सम्रथु कलिजुगि सुनत समाधि सबद जिसु केरे My Mind, dwell upon Guru Listening to Guru Teachings can take you into deep meditation & ferry you across world ocean to God in this dark age of Kaliyug Bard Nalh, 1400, SGGS E Faith/Spirituality Dakṣināmūrthy Stōtram* Discourse by Swami Chidanandapuri in Malayalam. [Translated by Dr. Kamala Bangalore. Transcribed by Dr. Aruna] Class 29: Summary of Sloka 6. [15.37 minutes] Hari Om, We are in the 29th class of Dakṣināmūrthy Stōtram. We have completed the 6th verse and we have 4 more verses to complete this text. Here in the first four verses Srī Sankara Bhagavad Pādar has given us the essence of Advaita Vedanta. It is Ᾱtman alone that exists and nothing else exists. This is the essence. The entire world of dualities is nothing but an appearance, an illusion. Continued at H2 *Shared by Dr T V Surendran Mananthavady (For those who are interested in knowing more : https://templesinindiainfo.com/sri-dakshinamurthy-stotram-lyrics-by-adi-shankaracharya-english-with-meaning/) F Leisure Joke* of a life! Born with a horoscope https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/born-with-a-horoscope-22215/ Excerpts : "I was born past midnight on Tuesday, August 8, 1944, to be exact at 0015 hrs on Wednesday, August 9, 1944. Place of birth was a small outhouse, adjacent to our maternal ancestral house in Malabar. After the birth of my 3 sisters between 1926 and 1939, the arrival of a male child was an occasion for celebration in the family." *Just smile 🤗 & forget M G Warrier G Quotes on Bhagavad Gita https://www.myhappybirthdays.com/bhagavad-gita-quotes-by-lord-krishna/ As per Mahabharata, Lord Krishna gave the message of Gits to Arjuna in Kurukshetra war. It is an Upanishad given under Bhisma Parva of Mahabharata. Karma Yoga, Gyan Yoga, Bhakti Yoga Monotheism have been mentioned in the Bhagavad beautifully. And Bhagavad Gita is considered as an epic scripture that you can find all the answers to all your problems. Also, It was considered a spiritual dictionary by Mahatma Gandhi and was a book of motivation for many leaders of the Independence movement. H 1) Continued from D 1 Sitting somewhere in Delhi or Mumbai(most likely in the latter place as her husband Madhava Das was a top official in RBI) she wrote with nostalgia : There is a house far away where once I received love. That woman died, The house withdrew into silence, snakes moved Among books, I was then too young To read, and, my blood turned cold like the moon. ( My Grandmother's House) She depicts her tharawad(ancestral house) of the pre-electricity days beautifully thus: No lamps are lit at the Nalapat house When the first star comes, only the fire-flies Light up the stone steps and Their potted plants. (Evening at the Old Nalapat House) For young Kamala, writing prose and poetry was like a duck takes to water. Her mother was the famous poet Balamani Amma and her grand uncle was the equally famous poet Nalapat Narayana Menon who wrote an elegy on his departed wife and translated Victor Hugo's classic novel 'Les Miserables'. It was the English Muse that smiled at Kamala. Her poetic efforts were in English and naturally she faced the question: "Why do you write in English? " She answered through a poem thus: It voices my joys, my longings, my Hopes and it is useful to me as Cawing is to crows and roaring to the lions. Her fiery spirit suffered mainly under three things:Her father was a very strict person;for some reason, she had to abandon school education; and ,before she reached marriageable age, she was married to a relative double her age. In one poem she gave expression to her unhappy married life in this way: You called me wife I was taught to break saccha- rine into your tea and to offer at the right moment the vitamins covering beneath your monstrous ego I ate the magic loaf and became a dwarf. (The Old Playhouse) Later she gave full expression to her unhappiness in a so-called autobiographical writing 'My Story'. A large segment of the readers ignored her hints that many details in the book were products of her imagination and the result was more brickbats than bouquets. Luckily for her, she found fulfilment in Krishnabhakthi. She wrote: Until I found you I wrote verse, drew pictures and went out with friends for walks. Now that I love you curled like an old mongrel my life lies, content in you. (Love) As an Indian -English poet, Kamala Das was on a par with Nissim Ezekiel, A. K. Ramanujan and Jayanth Mahapatra who were professors in English. She was not even a matriculate. She wrote only stories in Malayalam and they were inimitable. The better known of her poetic collections are Summer in Calcutta (1965), The Descendants (1967), The Old Playhouse and Other Poems(1973) Stranger Time(1977) and The Anamalai Poems(1985). She embraced Islam in1999, at the age of 65, and passed away as Kamala Surayya ten years later. 1) Continued from D Bhima picked the arrow from a place where five wells were situated, the four wells were surrounding a single well. The four wells were overflowing with very sweet water as if they were not able to hold water and surprisingly the well in the middle of these four overflowing wells was completely empty. Bhima was also puzzled at this sight. Nakula was returning to the place after picking up the arrow he stopped at a place where a cow was about to give birth. After giving birth the cow started licking the calf but continued to lick it even after the calf was clean, with great difficulty people were able to separate them and by that time the calf was injured badly. Nakula was puzzled by the behaviour of such calm animal. Sahdev picked an arrow which fell near a mountain and saw a big boulder falling, the boulder was crushing the rocks and big trees on his way down, but the same boulder was stopped by a small plant. Sahdev was also amazed at this sight. All the Pandavas asked the meaning of these incidents from Krishna who smiled and started explaining- " In Kaliyug the priests will have very sweet voice and will also have great knowledge but they will exploit devotees the same way cuckoo was doing with rabbit. In Kaliyug poor will live among rich, those rich will have enormous amount of wealth which will actually overflow but they will not offer a single penny to the poor same as the four well didn't had a single drop of water for the empty well. In Kaliyug parents will love their children so much that their love will actually spoil them and will destroy their lives similar to the love shown by cow to her newborn calf. In Kaliyug people will fall in terms of character like the boulder from the mountain and they will not be stopped by anyone at the end only the name of God will be able to hold them from doom like the little plant held the boulder from further fall. That's the explanation of Kaliyug from Lord Krishna to Pandavas... Let's try to understand the meaning. Vathsala Jayaraman 2) Continued from E The first sloka gives us a picture of Darpananagari. This example of the mirror image is limited to explaining that the whole world is within the Self. In the same way, the various objects seen in the dream, including oneself, are all creations of the mind and these are all within the mind of the waker even though seen outside. Here it is the Māya that creates the world of duality and all experiences associated with it. In the dream, it is nidra which projects the dream [which is a thought in the mind of the waker] as being outside while doing the dream transaction. On waking the dream-world disappears totally. Similarly, when spiritual awakening comes [meaning when gets out of the grip of Māya], the world experiences also disappear. It is the Guru that helps you to come out of this grip of Māya. To Him, my Guru who is none other than Dakṣināmūrthy, my prostrations. In the 2nd sloka it is shown that Iswara is the jagat kāranam and jagat is kāryam. This verse forms the basis for the presentation of Advaita view of creation. Iswara projects the universe out of His own free will like a Māyāvi or magician. The world is already there in Iswara in its potential form – undifferentiated as a sprout in the seed – and becomes variegated later because of association with space and time brought forth by Māya. In the 3rd verse starting यस्यैव स्फुरणं Yasyaiva Sphuraṇam it says, - by whose brilliance or shining which is the nature of Existence, the world which is insentient, shines – meaning, it is the satta of that Ultimate Reality which gives existence to this world and makes this world shine. This tatwam is given to the disciple by Guru through Mahāvākyam Tat-Tvam-Asi. Once this teaching is received and assimilated, for them there is no return to the ocean of birth and rebirth or ocean on transmigration. In other words, Self-knowledge destroys avidya or nescience which was responsible for samsara or transmigration. The 4th verse starting with नानाच्छिद्रघटोदर Nānā-cchidra-ghattodara explains the Chit Principle. In the previous verse the ‘Sat’ Principle is highlighted and in the 4th verse, the Chit Principle is highlighted. Here through an example, it shows that the antakaranam is capable of flowing out through the senses like the eye etc, and establishing contact with the outside world and then bring back that image and the world of objects is known. An example is given in this sloka. A powerful light is paced inside a pot with many holes; the light comes out through these holes and illumines the various objects upon which it falls. Similarly, Consciousness of Ᾱtman [Paramātam] comes out through the antakaranam and senses and produces the knowledge of ‘I know’ this object. In the 5th sloka starting with देहं प्राणम Deham prāṇamapi , Srī Sankara Bhagavad Pādar indicates how this delusory power of Māya confuses some great students of Upanishads and even greater thinkers and philosophers. Those who are not emotionally very strong [like women, children, blind, idiots] fail to do logical analysis and they take their gross body, prana, senses and intellect as Ᾱtma; further there are some who claim Ᾱtma is sūnyam and they argue about this vehemently. They are Dehātmavādīs, Indriyātmavādīs, Prānātmavādīs, Vijnānātmavādīs and Sūnyavādīs. All this is due to the power of Māya; and the only way to destroy this mahāvyāmoham is through Self-knowledge given by Guru. To That Guru, Srī Dakṣināmūrthy, my prostrations. Now we will take up the summary of the 6th verse. राहुग्रस्तदिवाकरेन्दुसदृशो मायासमाच्छादनात् सन्मात्रः करणोपसंहरणतो योऽभूत्सुषुप्तः पुमान् । प्रागस्वाप्समिति प्रबोधसमये यः प्रत्यभिज्ञायते तस्मै श्रीगुरुमूर्तये नम इदं श्रीदक्षिणामूर्तये ॥६॥ Rāhu Grasta Divākarindu Sadrsho Māyā Samācchādanāt San-Mātrah Karaṇupasangharaṇato Yoabhūt-Sussuptah Pumān | Prāg Asvāpsamiti Prabodhasamaye Yah Pratyabhijnyāyate Tasmai Shrī Guru-Mūrtaye Nama Idam Shrii Dakssiṇāmūrtaye ||6|| Sloka Meaning: On folding up all the functions of the senses, He who enters into a state of deep-sleep and there becomes existence veiled in Māya, like the sun or the moon veiled by Rāhu during eclipse, and who, on waking, remembers to have slept well … to Him, the divine Teacher, Srī Dakshināmūrthy, is this prostration. Here Srī Sankara Bhagavad Pādar says just like during the eclipse the sun or moon is covered by Rāhu, Māya or avidya veils the Self, the Ᾱtman. Srī Sankara Bhagavad Pādar wants to tell us that ‘Existence’ Principle is always there in the Self even if the Chit part is not fully working. What happens during the eclipse? Imagine the shining sun or moon. Here Sun represents the Chit Principle and Moon represents the Bliss Principle. When we say that the shining Sun or Moon is gradually swallowed, it is a poetic expression because Rāhu is taken as the head of a snake. Rāhu swallows the Sun or Moon. When the Sun is swallowed [covered], is the Sun completely covered by Rāhu? If it were covered fully, then there should be pitch darkness. But that does not happen. What is it that happens? The shine of the Sun is dimmed. We see the eclipse in that reduced shine; once the eclipse is over, we see the Sun as before. Now a question can arise. Was the Sun’s effulgence really reduced during eclipse? Can Rāhu reduce the effulgence of the Sun? No, it cannot. It is not real. However, for our experience, it looked as though dim. In the same way, during susupti the antakaranam was not fully functioning- the senses were completely cut off. So, there was no experience of the external world. Since the mind is merged with ajnānam, its cause mind is also not working and it is in its seed form. Is it as a result of this, that there was no experience during deep sleep? No, there is an experience. What was there during deep sleep? The answer is ‘I did not know anything’ – but I slept blissfully. That is it. This statement also can be made only on waking. So, it says here in the 3rd line, प्रागस्वाप्समिति प्रबोधसमये यः प्रत्यभिज्ञायते Prāg Asvāpsamiti Prabodhasamaye Yah Pratyabhijnyāyate. ‘Pratyabhijna’ means recognition. Remembrance is actually recognition; that is, cognition of something that has already in the mind but forgotten. Here for the recognition of what already happened, there should be somebody already there. Otherwise, deep sleep will be void, sūnyam. If none existed during deep sleep state and it was all void, then who is it that recognises himself as it is ‘I’ who slept – when he wakes up. This shows the Ᾱtma’s Existence through all the three states. We have no doubt about the jagrat and Swapna states. In deep sleep there is no worldly experience – so one may have a doubt about what happened to Aatma’s Existence during deep sleep. No doubt Existence is there in deep sleep. We are very close to this Self – that is why we sleep blissfully during deep sleep without any duality. Each sloka of Dakṣināmūrthy Stōtram is more subtle than the previous one. So, we have to go through each one from different angles. That is why this elaborate explanation is necessary. Let us do vichāra on this sloka again and again.