Warrier's Collage on Sunday January 29, 2023

Welcome To Warrier's COLLAGE On Sunday January 29, 2023 1) Happy Republic Day 2023 https://www.youtube.com/live/pLnrnGJRLKg?feature=share https://www.facebook.com/reel/490643039904729?s=yWDuG2&fs=e&mibextid=Nif5oz 2) Halwa Ceremony https://youtu.be/Q7V3c_pI2V4 3) African Kumpo Dance https://youtu.be/13oEfQiwAtI Good Morning Happy Birthday to all readers having Birthday during the week ending Saturday February 4, 2023. Ayurarogyasaukhyam 🙏 and Best Wishes to all readers. Nice Day M G Warrier A Messages/Responses 1) V T Panchapagesan Criticism….. What do we learn by Criticism In today's mundane world? If it is Constructive , it is OK. But when shows his or her Intelligence by negativity Of thought, it loses its CHARM… We criticize all matters freely Because no one can question us. On the same analogy can we criticize other celigions.. Dare not… I feel let us learn to be wise Only on constructive views Elevating to a higher plane of thought….. Listen, Learn and Trust with positive Approach………on all matters…….. Be Well, V T Panchapagesan 3) S R Badrinarayan Ref : Some readers are unhappy about the long size of Collage. Selective reading is one option for them. Nice Day M G Warrier May be this is possible in a daily newspaper that has different areas of coverage like politics, economics, music,cinema,sports and a little space for religion too. But the Collage is by and large a digest and it can not be further abridged. The suggestion to have selective scanning is worth the trial. ..... Badri B Current Affairs HBR https://hbr.org/2021/04/6-strategies-for-leading-through-uncertainty Media Response 1) All's not fine This refers to the reports "AI slapped with Rs10-lakh fine for not reporting 'incidents'..." and "... Airline says action against pilot excessive" (The Hindu Business Line, January 25). One suspects the brand name Air India and the long-term association of the celebrity corporate brand name "TATA" with it resulted in ballooning the incident out of proportion in the public media space. The resultant multiple punishments and the sufferings and agony caused to the AI crew should be dispassionately reviewed by government and Tatas for future guidance in handling passenger misbehaviour in such situations. The public statement by Air India that it deemed "the licence suspension of the commander excessive and will be assisting him with an appeal" gives one more proof to show that Tatas continue to be a model employer in the private sector. M G Warrier Mumbai 2) A national prices, income and wages policy* This refers to the article "Lower tax rates, not a great idea" (The Hindu Business Line, January 25). The author has covered most of the tax and income related concerns of the common man on the budget eve. Falls short of suggesting a comprehensive review of the national prices, income and wages policy for integrating workable action points into the budget exercise. The above observation is in the context of debates on tax proposals hovering around only tax slabs and "deductions". Few points which can get more attention come to mind : 1) As rightly observed, taxpayers deserve better services in addition to healthcare and lifetime social security. 2) Just as prices of goods and services should take care of remunerative production, storage and marketing costs, wages (including daily wages) in all sectors should cover healthcare and cost of post-job life. Responsibility to save for retirement life should gradually shift from government to individuals and families. 3) When it comes to income-generating investment in gold and gold-backed instruments, incentives and disincentives should flush out yet-to-be mainstreamed and accounted domestic gold stock with individuals and institutions. M G Warrier Mumbai *Published on January 26, 2023 : https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/letters-to-editor/article66433359.ece C Collage Essay : Vathsala Jayaraman EGO Today I woke up with 'EGO' before my eyes.Yes,there is a beautiful poem on EGO by Shri Subbaraman Sir.,couched in rhythmical phrases and waves of energy passing through each line. Definitely a thought provoking poem that made me contemplate. Many are of opinion that 'Ego' has to be eliminated totally. Is it possible rather feasible? Continued at H D Sunday Collage Panchapagesan's Column YOU ARE UNIQUE, RESPECTFUL, REMEMBERED ALWAYS WEEKLY MESSAGE TO COLLAGE A VERY BEAUTIFUL MESSAGE :) A man went to God and asked, "What's the value of life?" God gave him one stone and said, "Find out the value of this stone, but don't sell it." The man took the stone to an Orange Seller and asked him what it's cost would be. The Orange Seller saw the shiny stone and said, "You can take 12 oranges and give me the stone." The man apologized and said that the God has asked him not to sell it. He went ahead and found a vegetable seller. "What could be the value of this stone?" he asked the vegetable seller. The seller saw the shiny stone and said, "Take one sack of potatoes and give me the stone." The man again apologized and said he can't sell it. Further ahead, he went into a jewellery shop and asked the value of the stone. The jeweler saw the stone under a lens and said, "I'll give you 50 Lakhs for this stone." When the man shook his head, the jeweler said, "Alright, alright, take 2 crores, but give me the stone." The man explained that he can't sell the stone. Further ahead, the man saw a precious stone's shop and asked the seller the value of this stone. When the precious stone's seller saw the big ruby, he lay down a red cloth and put the ruby on it. Then he walked in circles around the ruby and bent down and touched his head in front of the ruby. "From where did you bring this priceless ruby from?" he asked. "Even if I sell the whole world, and my life, I won't be able to purchase this priceless stone." Stunned and confused, the man returned to the God and told him what had happened. "Now tell me what is the value of life, God?" God said, "The answers you got from the Orange Seller, the Vegetable Seller, the Jeweller & the Precious Stone's Seller explain the value of your life. You may be a precious stone, even priceless, but people may value you based on their level of information, their belief in you, their motive behind entertaining you, their ambition, and their risk taking ability. But don't fear, you will surely find someone who will discern your true value. I surely do." In the eyes of God you are very very precious :) Respect yourself. You are Unique. No one can replace you! With Gratitude remember always, God loves us more than we can an imagine. He wants to make our Life HAPPY, FULFILLED, WONDERFUL IN ALL WAYS. V T Panchapagesan Bonus Dr Charan Singh https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1617328244625375236?t=ygnLAnHmwdCZlaFKTraDLg&s=08 Unity in Diversity - 505 जा की सेव सिव सिध साधिक सुर असुर गण तरहि तेतीस गुर बचन सुणि कंन रे Attentively listen to teachings of Guru: By serving whom did Shiva, Siddhas, seekers, angels, demons, devotees, 33 (million) swam across (the ghastly world ocean)? Bard Nalh, 1401, SGGS E Babusenan's Column : A noble friendship When we talk eloquently on our freedom struggle, most often we hardly appreciate the behind-the-curtain role played by the India League formed under the presidentship of Bertrand Russell. There is a very vivid description of the League's first meeting in Mulk Raj Anand's1984 autobiographical novel 'The Bubble'. The meeting took place in a dilapidated hall of an old building at the heart of London on an evening in the month ofJune in1931. It was convened by V K Krishna Menon at the instance of his mentor, theosophist Annie Besant, the British lady who played a significant role in our freedom struggle. The meeting was presided over by Russell and was attended by some prominent British politicians. Madam Besant wanted the new instituition, meant to prepare the minds of the common people of Britain, especially the workers, to think in favour of granting independence to the colonial India at the cost of their own living standards, to be named 'Commonwealth of India League'. There were objections to that name. Russell intervened and said : "Those assembled here prefer the simple name 'India League'. I agree with them. I shall be writing to Ms. Besant about it". The presidentship of Russell attracted many prominent persons to the India League. Harold Laski, Aneurin Bevan, Kingsley Martin, Michael Foot, Monica Whately and Jennie Lee were some of them. Added to this was the astonishing dynamism of Menon who was its Secretary. The India League did remarkable work, of which one was the sending of a team to India, with Menon as its secretary, to report to the people of Britain the grave misdeeds of the colonial government. Russell was the brain behind it and the team's detailed report was published with a preface of his. The report created a strong impact in Britain. In India 'The Hindu' wrote that the study group deserved the gratitude of all Indians. Menon was Nehru's close friend and through him the latter established with Russell a friendship that lasted until his demise in1964. Nehru started respecting Russell during his Cambridge days. According to him, Russell was at the top of the very few thinkers who maintained their mental balance during the first world war. He was an avid admirer of Russell's books. He advised his daughter to read all books of Russell except those on mathematics. Once, on finding to his utter dismay that the Indian National Congress was falling into the grip of communalists, he wrote to a friend that to save the country Russell's books should be taught in schools and colleges. Russell was indeed very happy that, post independence, India chose the path of democracy. He was equally happy that it pioneered, as regards its foreign policy, a non-aligned one. He knew very well that Nehru was behind both. Who does not know that Pugwash Conference was a landmark in the pretty long anti-nuclear struggle? Pugwash was a remote village in a Canadian island. Nehru's readiness to hold the conference in India pleased Russell, but unfortunately, the Suez Crisis of 1956 compelled the organizers to abandon the idea. If one says that their friendship was like a totally cloudless sky, one is slightly mistaken. In the1962 sino-Indian conflict Russell did not go along with Prime Minister Nehru. He made his stand clear in the book 'Unarmed Victory'. But that did not, in any way, affect their personal relationship. In an article Russell wrote in1965 reminiscing Nehru he reiterated that the latter did two great things of which the first, namely, choosing the democratic path for India, was a decision that needed enormous courage and a clear vision considering the situation of the country at that time. The second one, namely the policy of non-alignment, set a model for many newly free countries to follow. Russell was also happy that Nehru had opted for industrial development. According to him, the world had failed to fully understand Nehru's greatness. "But, I am fully confident", he wrote, " that, if mankind has the good luck to survive, a time will come when his greatness will be recognized in full." F Collage in Classroom : Kaushik Basu on future of Indian Education Link Courtesy : TNC Rangarajan : https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/west-bengal-school-could-point-to-future-of-indian-education-by-kaushik-basu-2023-01 G Leisure Sometimes* (Beautiful lines by Robert Drake...) Sometimes, I feel I want to go back in time... Not to change things, but to feel a couple of things twice.. Sometimes, I wish I was a Baby for a while... Not to be walked in the pram but to see my Mother's smile Sometimes, I wish I could go back to school... Not to become a child but to spend more time with those friends, I never met after school.. Sometimes, I wish I could be back in college... Not to be a rebel but to really understand what I studied Sometimes, I wish I was a Fresher at my work... Not to do less work but to recall the joy of the first pay cheque. Sometimes, I wish my kids were younger.... Not because they grew fast but to play with them a bit more. Sometimes, I feel I still had some more time to live... Not to have a longer life but to know what I could give to others. Since the times that are gone can never come back, let's enjoy the moments as we live them from now on, to the fullest.. Let's Celebrate our Remaining Life - Every Moment, Every Day. *Shared in a group by Mathew Abraham Thiruvananthapuram H There's a big difference between “letting go” of the Ego and “getting rid” of the Ego. When you are letting go of the Ego it's a movement free of struggle and has a sense of "compassion" or love at the background. But when you try to get rid of the Ego, there's an energy of fear and struggle involved in the movement. Anything you fight will become more concrete in you. It is not like bringing light to remove darkness. The paradox of life is that you cannot become free of anything by fighting it. When you resist something you automatically become shackled to it. In the same way, when you try to fight the Ego, or try to get rid of it or suppress it, you are unconsciously enhancing it. There are three parts to the personality according to Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory. These are the ego, id, and superego. The ego consists of your conscious decision making. The id is your instinctual, biological component, and the superego is the social component of our personality and our conscience. Your behavior is determined by the interaction of these three components. We can make a distinction between'I can do it' and 'no one else, except me,can do it' explaining the distinction between confidence and Ego. Whichever way you express, when you want to be No:1, automatically it means others will be lagging behind. If I try for University First rank, automatically it amounts to saying all others will be below me. In this world of reality nothing can be achieved by persons without ambition or self confidence.Every expression of 'I can' has an embedded ego in it, whether it is accepted or not. Why should we struggle ourselves to get rid of'ego' which has its own positive side? All epic characters including Krishna, Arjuna and Hanuman are depicted as ego centric in Mahabharata*. Krishna tells Uddhava,' had Draupathi sought my help earlier I would have come to her help earlier and prevented maana bhangam," " had Yudhishtira told that Krishna will play on my behalf as Shakuni plays on behalf of Duryodana, I would have played and won. Since both Draupathi and Dharmaputra were egoistic, I could not go to their rescue." When we consider this we feel that Krishna also was equally egoistic that he expects one to approach Him for help and that He won't render assistance unless asked for. This is not with a view to direct accusations against Krishna but to bring out the fact that even God* is not free from 'Ego'. Why should we struggle to get rid of this unavoidable ego,which is a part and parcel of our mind and lament for our inability? Let us not brand 'ego' as a villain. We can never get separated from Ego., however much we try. Even for sincerely trying to annihilate Ego, you need an ego. But this materialistic world measures everything, in some form of recognition, appreciation, and this becomes hurdles to move up in self-realization. At this point, more challenges are given to us to weigh our quality and we should be like the still waters, calm and quiet. Silence is Everything. Attachment to praise, longing for recognition, comparing ourselves with others and expectation drags us into the dungeons of the physical world. The very same discriminative faculty that humanity is gifted with for their growth and development gives a great sense of ownership and pride unfortunately.. It is not a press of the button that eliminates ego. I am reminded of a poem of my friend which still lingers in me. Initially the ego was a bubble, that was seen and burst sooner because, I knew it shouldn't have been. Then it turned out to be a boil causing some pain. I pressed it so hard, you see, To suppress it, feeling fine. Then it came as a lesion Eroding me more and more. With a suitable physician, I was able to find a cure. Then it came as butter in milk, not seen easier. I churned myself better, Finally feeling a lot lighter. Now its like the heat Latent in the water. I just don't know what I should do. It bothers! Vathsala Jayaraman


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