Warrier's Collage on Sunday November 26, 2023

Welcome To Warrier's COLLAGE On Sunday, November 26, 2023 Peruvanam Kuttan Marar https://www.keralatourism.org/kerala-article/2016/peruvanam-kuttan-marar/603 https://www.youtube.com/live/EJ9bP1sQ6GY?feature=shared Guruvayoor Ekadashi Last Friday was Guruvayoor Ekadashi. Let's enjoy some scenes from a Kathakali presented in Guruvayoor few months ago : https://youtu.be/v1QeMosJD7Q?feature=shared Krishna & Kuchela on stage 🙏 Friends Happy Birthday to all readers having Birthday during the week ending Saturday, December 2, 2023. Ayurarogyasoukhyam 🙏 and Best Wishes to all readers. M G Warrier A Responses/Messages 1) V T Panchapagesan PRAGYANAM Brahma is "Intelligence is Divine." Rig Veda Aham Brahmosmi is "I am Divine!" Yajur Veda Tatvamasi is "You are That!" Sama Veda Ayam Atma Brahma is "Soul is Divine". Atharva Veda Go step by step for Realization.. V T Panchapagesan 2) C V Subbaraman Ref : D How is man valued? Read Bha ja Govindam Stanza 5 यावद्वित्टोपार्जनसक्त-स्तवनिजपरिवारो रक्तः । पश्चाजजीवति विनाशदेहेवार्तां कोऽपि न पृच्छति गेहे So long as you are able to earn something, so long will the members of your family remain attached; if you live beyond that, and your body becomes weak, no one ever enquires about you. This is the "worth" of Man! No free tea anywhere. And the great Teacher says in the same Bhaja govindam: Stanza 21: पुनरपि जननं पुनरपि मरणंपुनर्पि जन्निजथरे शयनम्। इह संसारे बहुदुस्तारे कृपयाऽपारे पाहि मुरारे When invoking the grace of the Lord Muraari, if we remember the वटस्य पत्रस्य पुटे शयानं बालं मुकुन्दं , we become blessed soul! Subbaraman B Cover Story : Vatapatrasayi : Vathsala Jayaraman On reading Shri Warrier's take on "Peepal LEAF Krishna" I am reminded of the last line of Thiruppaavai 26th verse*. 'ஆலினிலையாய் அருளேலோர் எம்பாவாய்' Just three words. But convey a lot. *Verse 26 mAlE! maNivaNNA mArgazhi nIrADuvAn mElaiyAr seyvanagaL vENDuvana kETTiyEl jnAlattaiyellAm naDu#nga muralvan pAlanna vaNNattun pAnjanniyamE pOlvana sangangaL pOyppADu uDaiyanavE sAlapperum paRaiyE pallANDu isaippArE kOla viLakkE koDiyE vidAnamE Alin ilaiyAy aruL El Or embAvAy Continued at H C Kerala Model K N Rajan shared the following : Sen Vs Bhagawathi on Development Models Almost two decades back, there was a tussle between two economists, Amartya Sen and Jagdish Bhagawathi. The former batted for a Kerala Model of Development and the latter rooted for a Gujarat Model one! There are 28 States and 8 Union Territories(UTs) in India. Of these, 7 States and 3 UTs have a per capita income more than that of Kerala's. The States are Goa, Sikkim, Telengana, Karnataka, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat in that order. And the Union Territories are Delhi, Chandigarh and Pudussery. Excluding the UTs and the two small states viz Goa and Sikkim there are 5 states ahead of Kerala in terms of per capita income. We are using Per Capita Net State Domestic Product at constant prices as on 2021- 22, published by RBI last week, as a measure of income. 2022-23 figures are not available in the case several States. Of the 5 States ahead of Kerala in terms of per capita income, the leader is Telengana with Rs 2.71 lakh, as against Kerala's Rs 2.34 lakh. The others fall in between. Remember, per capita is just an average figure. To find out whether there are serious inequities in the distribution, we have to look for other factors and figures. The Multi Dimensional Poverty(MDP) figures published by Niti Ayog indicated that of the six States with high per capita income in India, Gujarat has the highest incidence of MDP at 11.7%, followed by Karnataka ( 7.6%), Haryana (7.1%), Telengana (5.9%),Tamil Nadu(2.2%) and Kerala(0.6%). The percentage of poor in Gujarat and West Bengal is almost at similar level. When it comes to Niti Ayog's Human Development Index rankings, Kerala is at No 1 position, followed by Haryana(11th), Tamil Nadu(13th), Karnataka ( 17th), Telengana (20th) and Gujarat (23rd). Here also the worst performer is Gujarat and the next worst one is Telengana. Remember, Telengana is the leader in terms of per capita income!! Next let us take the agriculture labour wages and the construction labour wages in these states published by RBI last week. In the case of construction labour wages Kerala has the highest and the second highest is for Tamil Nadu which is only 58.7 % of Kerala's. Gujarat pays the least which is, 37.1% of Kerala's. In the case of wages for agriculture labour Tamil Nadu pays 61.6% of Kerala's and Gujarat pays just 31.5% of Kerala's! In fact, among all the States In India, including the BIMARU States, other than Tripura, Gujarat has been paying the lowest wages to its agricultural labourers and construction workers for the last 10 years. Can you believe it.?? Still they call Gujarat a Developed State. ! What is Development then?? Shall we clamour for introducing this Gujarat Model of "development" throughout India?? MG Warrier : Interesting analysis. Our media (Mainstream, Social and WhatsApp University) will not show much interest in publishing or sharing such loud thoughts. Even in this group, many would opt silent mode. But Rajan and I are game to monologues. Yesterday in another group a forward was Singapore PM shouting about corruption. I quoted myself talking the same language 12 years ago and shared some published evidence. No one is was interested. I still believe there's an evolving Kerala Model which will, in comparative terms, improve life at grassroots level. That Model cannot be demolished by the present outrage. D Self Realisation "Material possessions are valued before you receive them. Human beings are valued after you have lost them. " A Good Morning WhatsApp message I received on November 21, 2023. My response is copied below : M G Warrier The !dea of self-realization is about this. Each one of us try to find the meaning of "Tathwamasi". To the extent we succeed, our self-esteem increases. The theory of imperishable "Atma" can also be linked to this. नैनं छिन्दन्ति शस्त्राणि नैनं दहति पावकः । न चैनं क्लेदयन्त्यापो न शोषयति मारुतः ॥ श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता में भगवान श्रीकृष्ण अर्जुन से कहते हैं: इस आत्मा को शस्त्र काट नहीं सकते हैं और अग्नि इसे जला नहीं सकती है | जल इसे गीला नहीं कर सकता है और वायु इसे सुखा नहीं सकती है ।। In the Bhagwad Gita, Lord Krishna expounds the nature of the atma and tells Arjuna – The atma cannot be shattered by weapons, it cannot be burnt by fires, it cannot be drenched by the waters and it cannot be rendered dry by the winds. |2.23| Extending the theory, imagine the child on the peepal leaf (Kararavindena Padaaravindam Mukharavinde Vinivesayantam Vatasya Patrasya Pute Sayaanam Balam Mukundam Manasaa Smarami) and what will remain of me (Govinda) after 'I' leave this body are one and the same. Paagal Ho Gaya Kya? Not yet. But try to rephrase the above para in your own words using your understanding of philosophy. Try this exercise. At least you will get guaranteed good sleep or insomnia 😁 E Book awaiting release The Business of Life: Answers to 101 Tough Questions https://amzn.eu/d/67iEvN Amazon brief : 101 game-changing answers to life’s burning questions on how to make the world a better place. What is an entrepreneur’s most useful skill? Some would say it’s communication, others creativity or management. But the greatest skill a leader possesses is curiosity – a strong desire to learn and know. Business leader and changemaker Vaibhav Maloo goes a step ahead to combine his innate curiosity and knowledge with his eagerness to share lessons drawn from his vast, varied personal and professional experiences. Arranged in 101 crisp Q&As, these lessons cover a wide range of topics, from world politics, social empowerment, business ethics to a deep dive into culture and religion. Throughout, Vaibhav raises several crucial, universal questions: what are the biggest challenges facing mankind, how to filter noise from facts, how does one build their brand’s ethos, and much more. Always thought-provoking, his answers inspire the reader to take positive action, whether in business or in life. The Business of Life is an engaging and accessible collection of stimulating thoughts, perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to pick a maverick business leader’s brain. F Current Affairs I CUSAT Accident : Four students dead A report on the tragic accident on November 25, 2023 : https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/kerala-cusat-university-stampede-death-count-kochi-music-concert-nikhita-gandhi-health-minister-veena-george-latest-news-2023-11-25-904406 II The 28th International Film Festival of Kerala will be held from Dec 08 to 15, 2023 at Trivandrum. Delegate registration begins at 10 AM on 22 Nov,2023@ https://registration.iffk.in - IFFK III Media Response : M G Warrier 1) Encouraging regular job opportunities This refers to the report "RBI takes stock of high attrition in private banks" (The Hindu Business Line, November 20). It is soothing to find that the central bank has initiated moves to understand the reasons for disproportionate attrition rates in banks, which is a sign of deterioration in institutional health. Higher attrition rate is only an external symptom and the HR issues leading to this health issue need to be addressed. Better management education and advanced technology have helped institutions in managing obesity. But the pressure to remain slim and beautiful is also extending working hours and encouraging unhealthy practices like outsourcing work which can be managed inhouse by skills development. RBI's own experience could be a case study. The staff strength has come down from 50,000 to 15 thousand in the last few decades. Reasons include branching off new institutions and outsourcing work. Introspection as to whether overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness have not suffered in the process may be necessary at this stage. The pandemic also played a role in banks trying to put pressure on staff to extend working hours. In hindsight, RBI's present intervention hasn't come a day too early. M G Warrier Mumbai 2) Gold management The Economic Times November 22, 2023 Chat Room Manage domestic surface gold stock First set of Sovereign Gold Bonds(SGBs) are maturing and the investors who could hold on till maturity must be a happy lot as the yellow metal turns pricier in 8 years. Need for better management of gold in India has been recognised and SGBs were one of the s used. The rising imports of gold signals the inadequacies in the management of domestic surface gold stock. This week, the passing away of former RBI Governor S Venkitaramanan brought back the horrific memories of the gold pledge of 1991 to raise meagre funds for meeting forex commitments. Sad to find that we still consider inauspicious to professionally and judiciously manage domestic stock of gold. Judicious gold management would mean, inter alia : (a) flushing out gold stocks from private vaults for productive deployment by enforcing a mix of incentives and disincentives and (b) fixing threshold limits for keeping solid gold in various forms by individuals and institutions. Such measures should be preceded by a transparent mapping of the nation's domestic gold stock. M G WARRIER Mumbai G Leisure : Shared by S Venugopal Mr Bhale Bhai went to a leading astrologer paid Rs 5116/- fee and asked him a question " When will I die, and under what circumstances?" Astrologer thoroughly analyzed the horoscope gone through some books and said "See Mr Bhale Bhai, your horoscope is excellent. You have a long life. Very clearly you will live upto the same age as your father, die at the same place he dies and in the same circumstances "...... Even as the Astrologer was continuing, Mr Bhale Bhai ran from the place, went to the old age home and brought his father back home! H Continued from B : The depiction of Markandeya's vision is one of the most potent and mystical images found in the painting of the Panjab Hills. This event is recounted in the Mahabharata epic, and in many other texts written about the great Hindu God Vishnu. The story relates how the deathless sage Markandeya wandered through the immense Night of Brahma, the interval between cycles of creation, when all was contained within the sleeping body of the god Vishnu. To discover the truth, Markandeya entered the cosmic ocean of existence and swam there for endless time. Finally he saw a light emanating from the radiant body of a child floating on the sprig of a banyan tree. Whether the tiny leaf is supporting the little baby who is the source of entire universe? Is the leaf AAdhara of the child? Is Krishna the AADHARA or AAdheya? Naturally Krishna is supporting the leaf and has given the credit to the leaf. The child showed Markandeya the secrets of creation, explaining that he was Vishnu, father of the universe, giver of life who brought forth creation and took it back into himself. Vatapatrasayi is often compared to the popular motif of Sheshasayi Vishnu—the God reclining on the coils of the sea serpent, Shesha. The Pahari regions of Kangra and Chamba are filled with the Sheshasayi motif on sculptures and monuments, specifically found at water bodies. Scholars observe:- lt is interesting to compare this conception of God brooding upon the waters of chaos at the time of universal dissolution with that of Vata-patra-sayin, the infant god floating on a banyan leaf in the chaotic waters of the dissolved cosmos, assuring, as it were, that the dissolution of the cosmos is in fact the infancy of its evolution. Vathsala Jayaraman


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