Warrier's Collage on Sunday July 30, 2023
Welcome To Warrier's COLLAGE On Sunday July 30, 2023 A V T Panchapagesan's thoughts I am not an astrologer. However based on the way I am living And as a nonagenarian, Rule of Life Decides and will pave way for the future. Goethe, German poet and Philosopher expressed His recipe for contentment in these nine lines : 1. Health enough to make work a Pleasure, 2.Wealth enough to support one's needs, 3.Strength enough to battle with difficulties And overcome them, 4.Grace enough to confess sins and forsake them, 5.Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished, 6.Charity, enough to see some good in others, 7.Love, enough to move to be useful and helpful to others, 8.Faith enough to make real, the things of God, 9.Hope, enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future. P S : Choice is ours, choosing the best available with these nine recipes. Be Well, V T Panchapagesan B Cover Story : Vathsala Jayaraman Mind Blowing Facts about Sanskrit --------------------- • Sanskrit has the highest number of vocabularies than any other language in the world. • 102 arab 78 crore 50 lakh words have been used till now in Sanskrit. If it will be used in computers technology, then more these number of words will be used in next 100 years. • Sanskrit has the power to say a sentence in a minimum number of words than any other language. • America has a University dedicated to Sanskrit and the NASA too has a department in it to research on Sanskrit manuscripts. • Sanskrit is the best computer friendly language.(Ref: Forbes Magazine July 1987). • Sanskrit is a highly regularized language. In fact, NASA declared it to be the “only unambiguous spoken language on the planet” – and very suitable for computer comprehension. • Sanskrit is an official language of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Continued at H1 C Current Affairs Books : Who Cares About Parliament? Limited-time deal: WHO CARES ABOUT PARLIAMENT? Speaking Up to Protect India’s Great Institution https://amzn.eu/d/32aA1H4 Excerpts from Amazon Review : "Derek O’Brien, India’s favourite quizmaster and now an award-winning parliamentarian, has observed parliamentary proceedings from the first row of the Rajya Sabha while playing a key role for the Opposition and raising difficult questions. In Who Cares about Parliament: Speaking Up to Protect India’s Great Institution, he explains how Parliament has been undermined in the last decade. The book narrates how rules, precedents and conventions established over the years have been bypassed and ignored; how this glorious institution is being mocked at and destroyed. With an in-depth insight into legislative procedures, O’Brien reminds us that Parliament is not just a new building; it is an establishment with old traditions and values—it is the foundation of Indian democracy. Who Cares about Parliament is a must-read for those who want a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by our nation today." M G Warrier adds : Many of the observations of the author hits the Bull's Eye. Some of them reminded a messed up Bull's Eye! While successive governments since independence cared more to win subsequent elections, they miserably failed in nurturing a healthy opposition. Yes, Congress is paying the price for their own ignorance. May take time to reconcile to the reality that opposition's role goes beyond opposing the government of the day. Also see Media Response down below D Babusenan's Column I The Divine Koel The year 1922 was drawing to a close when an important event took place in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the princely state of Travancore. It was the visit of a great Bengali poet who, seven years earlier , secured Nobel Prize for literature. Rabindranath Tagore's visit obviously electrified the literary circles. Kumaran Asan, one among the three prominent Malayalam poets of the time, wrote a poem to be read as a homage at the grand reception organized in Tagore's honour. It was most appropriately captioned 'Divyakokilam'( Divine Koel) Though the poet himself was a good singer, he specifically wanted it to be sung by a young man who later became a prominent freedom fighter. Being an excellent singer, he could enthral the entire audience including the creator of the poem. The great poet on the stage was visibly moved as he could guess the meaning from the Sanskrit words used. Here, I have ventured a crude paraphrasing of the poem in an attempt to convey the lofty ideas contained therin: "O, Divine Koel, you move about freely in the garden of the great Lord. The sounds that emanate from your golden throat dip the whole world in joy. Those sounds enter the ears of even a moron, cause a flutter, melt the mind and make the soul offer itself to the Lord. Although very quiet, the sounds create such waves as are strong enough to lift this globe of ours to the abode of the Lord. Even as you fly under the heavenly stars, the brilliant stardust gets collected on your body giving it a special glow. Your divine presence indeed is a feast to the eyes. O great among birds, you are 'Ravi' (the Sun) himself. Spreading your wings like the colourful morning sun, you fly across the sky and wipe away the dark ink of ignorance that covered the earth's surface. You are, of course, the Ravi from whose heart the waves of love emerge to soften the upheavals that crop up on account of the shifts that occur in the flow of time. Your songs restore the status quo in the world. Wherever they stand, whatever be their size and colour, you hand strokes all flowers in the Lord's garden with the same tenderness and love. Victory to you, oh, the brilliant one! Go on singing oh, the Golden Koel in the Lord's garden, stroking His holy feet with the edges of your wings. Live long comfortably for the sake of 'Viswa'( bharathi) ! Though you are our guest, it is you who have covered our senses with the pure honey of love. Oh, brightness that is the progeny of 'Rishi'(Devendranath Tagore) the auspicious day of your visit will ever remain shining in our lives! Oh, great soul! the very sight of you has thrilled us to the core and this very moment, great love has enthralled us all to you. Kindly permit us to welcome you on behalf of Malayalam language and literature fondled by the great Thunchath Ezhutthassan and this small State of Travancore! " The young man who read the poem later became a very prominent leader of the Independence Movement and the second Chief Minister of the Travancore-Cochin State. C Kesavan was his name. In his famous memoirs he specially remembers this occasion thus : "Everybody was moved to celebrate the song of 'Divyakokilam' as ethereal. I glanced once at Asan, sitting among the large audience in a corner, wearing a cream-coloured coat, cap and a shawl round his neck." Asan was around fifty when he wrote this poem welcoming Tagore and was at the pinnacle of his fame as a great poet. He just lived an year more. The boat in which he was journeying to Ernakulam capsized in a canal as it was approaching Alappuzha, in the dead of night, and Asan was one of those who lost their lives! The entire Kerala will gratefully remember him on his death centenary that falls on the 16th January 2024. II A memorable election See H2 E Responses/Messages S Nallasivan Dear Friends, You saw M G Warrier, in different roles. Now you see him in action, with Yoga Teacher, none other than his soul mate. S Nallasivan Yoga for seniors (Standing exercises) https://youtu.be/q_nsKip_VLw (Thanks 🙏 dear Nallasivan. This is an old video uploaded by my daughter Reshmy. Because it is a relevant reminder, sharing your response here Regards -Warrier) F Media Response 1 August 2023 MPC Meeting* This refers to the article "MPC to remain watchful" (The Hindu Business Line, July 27). The caption of the brief article, beyond telling the obvious, is reassuring the RBI-watchers that MPC was one of the best things that happened to Indian Economy during the current Century. GOI, on its part has ensured that MPC remains a non-controversial professional body of experts to which, RBI as an institution can bank. The independent and unbiased functioning of MPC was a relief for both RBI and the finance ministry during and after the pandemic, when going was not smooth. Base rate, around which so much of discussion precedes and succeeds every MPC meeting is just an indicative number. The Monetary Policy statement and the minutes of the meetings have become documents to watch, for knowing the trajectory of RBI's expectations from government and financial institutions including banks. There can be no policy independent of ground realities. M G Warrier Mumbai *Published on July 28, 2023 2 Tenure at the top This refers to the report "SC extends Mishra's tenure as ED Director till September 15" (The Hindu, July 28). The fact that by fifth year of incumbency the top executive in the Enforcement Directorate is on his third extension speaks eloquently about the hesitant approach of authorities to high level appointments. Ideally tenure of top positions like this at the time of initial appointment should be 3 to 5 years. Subsequent extensions should relate either to the date of superannuation (by age) of the incumbent or 2 to 3 three years at a time. Short term tenures unsettle the continuity of work at such positions for obvious reasons. These observations apply equally to positions like CAG, RBI Governor and CEOs of organisations like LIC and PSUs including public sector banks. M G Warrier Mumbai 3 Orderly conduct of in-house proceedings This refers to your editorial "Cynicism over Manipur" (The Hindu Business Line, July 29). The balanced views expressed deserve thoughtful consideration from the political leadership. First, there has to be a consensus on the equal role of government and opposition in ensuring law and order across the country. The mindset of the opposition that its role is limited to opposing government and that of the government to be on the defensive in every situation should change. It would have been possible to have a healthy debate, had the opposition agreed to the HM proposal for a discussion in the house on the specific issue. No confidence motion will get converted into a pre-election exercise which may divert the attention from the burning issue of handling the present chaos in Manipur. M G Warrier Mumbai G WC Editorial : M G Warrier We are going through tough times in more than one sense. Many of the messages, including personal, are disturbing. We pray for the wellbeing of all. Some content gets repeated here. Very rarely readers notice. M G Warrier H 1 Continued from B • There is a report by a NASA scientist that America is creating 6th and 7th generation super computers based on Sanskrit language. Project deadline is 2025 for 6th generation and 2034 for 7th generation computer. After this there will be a revolution all over the world to learn Sanskrit. • The language is rich in most advanced science, contained in their books called Vedas, Upanishads, Shruti, Smriti, Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana etc. (Ref: Russian State University, NASA etc. NASA possesses 60,000 palm leaf manuscripts, which they are studying.) • Learning of Sanskrit improves brain functioning. Students start getting better marks in other subjects like Mathematics, Science etc., which some people find difficult. It enhances the memory power. James Junior School, London, has made Sanskrit compulsory. Students of this school are among the toppers year after year. This has been followed by some schools in Ireland also. • Research has shown that the phonetics of this language has roots in various energy points of the body and reading, speaking or reciting Sanskrit stimulates these points and raises the energy levels, whereby resistance against illnesses, relaxation to mind and reduction of stress are achieved. • Sanskrit is the only language, which uses all the nerves of the tongue. By its pronunciation, energy points in the body are activated that causes the blood circulation to improve. This, coupled with the enhanced brain functioning and higher energy levels, ensures better health. Blood Pressure, diabetes, cholesterol etc. are controlled. (Ref: American Hindu University after constant study) • There are reports that Russians, Germans and Americans are actively doing research on Hindu’s sacred books and are producing them back to the world in their name. Seventeen countries around the world have a University or two to study Sanskrit to gain technological advantages. • Surprisingly, it is not just a language. Sanskrit is the primordial conduit between Human Thought and the Soul; Physics and Metaphysics; Subtle and Gross; Culture and Art; Nature and its Author; Created and the Creator. • Sanskrit is the scholarly language of 3 major World religions – Hinduism, Buddhism (along with Pali) and Jainism (second to Prakrit). • Today, there are a handful of Indian villages (in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh) where Sanskrit is still spoken as the main language. For example in the village of Mathur in Karnataka, more than 90% of the population knows Sanskrit. Mathur/Mattur is a village 10 kms from Shimoga speaks Sanskrit on daily basis (day-to-day communication). • Even a Sanskrit daily newspaper exists! Sudharma, published out of Mysore, has been running since 1970 and is now available online as an e-paper • The best type of calendar being used is hindu calendar(as the new year starts with the geological change of the solar system) ref: german state university • The UK is presently researching on a defence system based on Hindu’s shri chakra. • Another interesting fact about Sanskrit language was that the process of introducing new words into the language continued for a long period until it was stopped by the great grammarian Panini who wrote an entire grammar for the language laying down rules for the derivation of each and every word in Sanskrit and disallowed the introducing of new words by giving a full list of Roots and Nouns. Even after Panini, some changes occur which were regularised by Vararuchi and finally by Patanjali. Any infringement of the rules as laid down by Patanjali was regarded as a grammatical error and hence the Sanskrit Language has remained in same without any change from the date of Patanjali (about 250 B.C.) up to this day. • संस्कृत is the only language in the world that exists since millions of years. Millions of languages that emerged from Sanskrit are dead and millions will come but Sanskrit will remain eternal. Vathsala Jayaraman 2 Continued from D Babusenan's Column : A memorable election A memorable election It was the year1910. England was girding itself for a general election. Bertrand Russell, the mathematician, had completed the enormous work on his magnum opus and was spending his time and talents for the women's suffrage movement. Towards canvassing their cause, he stood as their candidate in a by-election knowing that defeat was a certainty, but enjoyed the whole experience. He even felt ,at times, that he was, perhaps, destined to follow on the footsteps of his paternal grandpa who happened to be England's Prime Minister twice. Wishing to contest as a Liberal candidate he approached the party office for a seat. The discussion that took place there was roughly on these lines: Q : "Are you a member of the Church of England? " A:"No, I grew up as a Non-confor mist." Q : "Are you still a Non-conformist?" A : "No." Q : "May we consider you as an Agnostic having no belief in God?" A : "That is right." Q : "Are you willing to visit the church occasionally? " A : "No, I am not willing." Q:"What about your spouse? Is she willing to go to the church? " A:"No, she is not." The interview ended abruptly and the world gained a great thinker, writer and a mighty anti-nuclear campaigner. Hundred years later, my friend Prof. Vasudev got a similar desire. Let us listen to him : "Senan, it was really an interesting episode. One fine morning, the telephone rang. The voice from the other end introduced himself as the party official in charge of preliminary selection of candidates for the state election. 'Thankarajan told me.' Thankarajan, a seasoned politician, was one of my favourite students. 'It is indeed an honour to our party, Professor. Please come to our office tomorrow morning. I hope you have a horoscope or a diagram of the planetary positions at the time of your birth. Bring it with you, will you?' I said yes. 'May I ask you one or two questions as part of formality?' The party leader said somewhat apologetically. 'Do you believe in God, Professor? ' 'I do, I replied, but not in any particular religion.' 'That is all right. Do you agree with those who say that women must be allowed to worship at Sabarimala? ' 'Yes. Women must have the right to visit any decent place that men do, including places of worship.' 'That is enough, Professor.' He paused and continued with a smile : 'Once upon a time, we had leaders who knew the pulse of the people and could say ,with almost certainty, as to who would win in an election. Those days are long gone. Now that we have seen that astrological predictions are, by and large proving right, we thought we may do well to make use of that devise. Our Warrier sir is examining your horoscope The decision in our case depends on what he is going to say'. It was only then that I noticed someone sitting there like a gold appraiser in a bank. After studying my dog -eared horoscope and a few calculations, Warrier said : 'The planetary positions clearly indicate that that the owner of this horoscope has Kesari Yoga. Kesareeva ripuvarga nihantaa. Like a lion, he will kill his enemies. You may not create a stir in the campaigns, sir. You may even sit quiet. Yet, you will be the winner, finally.' "But, Dr. Vasudev.. " "I know, I know what you are going to say", he interrupted me. "I lost my deposit."