pachai maamalai pol mene

Sunday, October 31, 2010

experiences worse than death


साधुस्त्रीणां दयितविरहे मानिनो मानभङ्गे
सल्लोकानामपि जनरवे निग्रहे पण्डितानां।
अन्योद्रेके कुटिलमनसां निर्गुणानां विदेशे
भृत्याभावे भवति मरणं किन्तु सम्भावितानां॥
नीतिसूक्तिः
sādhustrīṇāṁ dayitavirahe mānino mānabhaṅge
sallokānāmapi janarave nigrahe paṇḍitānāṁ|
anyodreke kuṭilamanasāṁ nirguṇānāṁ videśe
bhṛtyābhāve bhavati maraṇaṁ kintu sambhāvitānāṁ||
nītisūktiḥ
സാധുസ്ത്രീണാo ദയിതവിരഹെ മാനിനോ മാനഭന്ഗേ
സല്ലോകാനാമപി ജനരവേ നിഗ്രഹെ പണ്ഡിതാനാം
അന്യോദ്രെകെ കുടിലമനസാം നിര്‍ഗുണാനാം വിദേശേ
ഭൃത്യ അഭാവേ ഭവതി മരണം കിന്തു സംഭാവിതാനാം

According to Bharthruhari it is    death or a condition worse than that when some people are confronted with pathetic  or unsavoury situations such as:-
For the chaste woman on separation from her dear husband
For a dignified and self-respecting person when his honour is challenged.
For noble persons when they are scandalized.
For the learned persons when they are openly defeated in  scholarly debates.
For the wicked fellows when they find others reaching high levels of fortune or welfare.
For the idiots with no knowledge and skill when they land up in foreign terrains.
For the rich persons who are used to pomp and pelf when they are deprived of the service of the menials and servants.

--

Fwd: 2 Real Stories






Two Stories -
                       Both True And Both Worth Reading!!!
STORY NUMBER  ONE



Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned  Chicago.  Capone wasn't
famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy
city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder..


Capone had a lawyer nicknamed
"Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason.  Eddie was very
good!  In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of
jail for a long time.


To show his appreciation,
Capone paid him very well.  Not only was the money big, but Eddie got
special dividends, as well.  For instance, he and his family occupied a
fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of  the
day..  The estate was so large that it filled an entire  Chicago City
block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little
consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.



Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved
dearly.  Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a
good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite
his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him
right from wrong.  Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he
was.Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he
couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good
example.



One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted
to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities
and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished
name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity.  To do this, he
would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would
be great.  So, he testified.



Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a
lonely  Chicago Street .  But in his eyes, he had given his son the
greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay.
 Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious
medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.



The poem read:
"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man
has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early
hour.  Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place
no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still."


STORY NUMBER
 TWO

World War II
produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch
O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier
 Lexington in the South Pacific.



One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission.  After he was
airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had
forgotten to top off his fuel tank.He would not have enough fuel to
complete his mission and get back to his  ship.His flight leader told
him to return to the carrier.  Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation
and headed back to the fleet.



As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned
his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way
toward the American fleet. The American fighters were gone on a sortie,
and the fleet was all but defenseless.  He couldn't reach his squadron
and bring them back in time to save the fleet.  Nor could he warn the
fleet of the approaching danger.  There was only one thing to do.  He
must somehow divert them from the  fleet.



Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the
formation of Japanese planes.  Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he
charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another.  Butch
wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes
as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he
continued the assault.  He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or
tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering
them unfit to fly.



Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another
direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped
back to the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event
surrounding his return.  The film from the gun-camera mounted on his
plane told the tale.  It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to
protect his fleet.  He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft 



This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch
became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to
win the Medal of Honor. A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat
at the age of 29.  His home town would not allow the memory of this WW
II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in  Chicago is named in
tribute to the courage of this great man.



So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give
some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his
Medal of Honor.  It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.


SO WHAT DO
THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?


Butch O'Hare was Easy
Eddie's son.









--
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Saturday, October 30, 2010

neither tonsure nor matted hair will make the king

राज्ञो हि दुष्टनिग्रहः शिष्टपरिपालनं च धर्मः।
न पुनः शिरोमुण्डनम् जटाधारणम् वा॥
चाणक्य सूत्राद्
rājño hi duṣṭanigrahaḥ śiṣṭaparipālanaṁ ca dharmaḥ|
na punaḥ śiromuṇḍanam jatādhāraṇam vā||
cāṇakya sūtrād
രാജണോ ഹി ദുഷ്ടനിഗ്രഹ: ശിഷ്ടപരിപാലനo ച ധര്‍മ;
ന പുന: ശിരോമുണ്ഡനം ജടാധാരണം വാ
  The duty of a King is annihilate the evil people and protect the law abiding subjects.  Neither tonsure of the head nor sporting matted hair will act as substitutes for these duties.  The master is at his sarcastic best here.   The function of a ruler is to safeguard the interests of his kingdom.  Spending time with barber or makeup-men will not stand substitute for this duty.   Somehow  the exhibition of  fiddling talents by  Nero the emperor  at the time of Rome being gutted comes to mind.
--

Friday, October 29, 2010

they forget the routine things

अर्थातुराणाम् न गुरुर् न बन्धुः कामातुराणाम्  न भयं न लज्जा।
विद्यातुराणाम् न सुखम् न निद्रा क्षुधातुराणाम् न रुचिर् न वेळा॥
सूक्तिसुधाकरं
arthāturāṇām na gurur na bandhuḥ kāmāturāṇām  na bhayaṁ na lajjā|
vidyāturāṇām na sukham na nidrā kṣudhāturāṇām na rucir na veḻā||
sūktisudhākaraṁ

അര്‍ത്ഥാതുരാണാം ന ഗുരുര്‍ ന ബന്ധു കാമാതുരാനാം ന ഭയം ന ലജ്ജാ
വിദ്യാതുരാനാം ന സുഖം ന നിദ്രാ ക്ഷുധാതുരാനാം ന രുചിര്‍ ന വേളാ
സൂക്തിസുധാകരം
for people whose sole aim is to amass wealth, the preceptors or relatives are of no consequence.
Those who are overcome by lust simply lose all sense of shame and caution and they have  no fear. 
People whose aim is to acquire knowledge simply give up  all comforts including  even sleep. 
And hungry men just want food and the  do not care about neither taste nor the time for eating..

--

Thursday, October 28, 2010

cuckoo vs donkey

वाङ्ग्माधुर्यात् सर्वलोकप्रियत्वं
वाक्पारुष्यात् सर्वलोकोऽप्रियत्वं।
को वा लोके कोकिलस्योपकारः
को वा लोके गर्द्दभस्यापकरः॥
सुभषितशतकत्रयं॥। प्रस्तुतिः   आर्षविद्यामन्दिरं
vāṅgmādhuryāt sarvalokapriyatvaṁ
vākpāruṣyāt  sarvaloko'priyatvaṁ|
ko vā loke kokilasyopakāraḥ
ko vā loke garddabhasyāpakaraḥ||
subhaṣitaśatakatrayaṁ||| prastutiḥ   ārṣavidyāmandiraṁ

വാങ്ങ്മാധുര്യാത് സര്‍വ്വലോകപ്രിയത്വം
വാക്ക്‌ പാരുഷ്യാത് സര്‍വലോക അപ്രിയത്വം
കോ വാ ലോകേ കോകിലസ്യ ഉപകാര:
കോ വാ ലോകേ ഗര്ദ്ദഭസയ അപകാര:
സുഭാഷിത ശതകത്രയം  ഒരു ആര്ഷവിദ്യാലയ പ്രസിദ്ധീകരണം

Everyone adores a person who always utters sweet words. A person with harsh words is abhored.  The sweetness or harshness need not be any special virtue. It is just in human nature to listen to sweet words, even when they are not worth a penny.  Harsh utternace which may be of great value go unheeded.  Apart from the sweet blabber what is the use for the cuckoo in this world.  Though it is possess of a very harsh voice, the donkey have many other good uses. 

--

।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

friendship of the noble

कल्पद्रुमः कल्पितमेव सूते
स कामधुक्कामितमेव दोग्धि।
चिन्तमणिश्चिन्तितमेव दत्ते
सतां हि सङ्गः सकलम् प्रसूते॥
सूक्तिसुधाकर सतसङ्गसूक्ति गीता मुद्रणालयेन प्रकाशितं
kalpadrumaḥ kalpitameva sūte
sa kāmadhukkāmitameva dogdhi|
cintamaṇiścintitameva datte
satāṁ hi saṅgaḥ sakalam prasūte||
sūktisudhākara satasaṅgasūkti gītā mudraṇālayena prakāśitaṁ

കല്പദ്രുമ ; കല്പിതമേവ സൂതേ
സാ കാമാധുക് കാമിതമേവാ ദോഗ്ധി
ചിന്താമണി: ചിന്തിതമേവ ദത്തെ
സതാം ഹി സംഗ; സകലം പ്രസൂതെ
They say there is a tree called kalpadruma, which yields whatever you wish, This tree will give you whatever you set your mind upon. The divine cow Kaamadhenu will provide you again what all that you yearned for. The divine stone chintamani ( like syamanthaka) will give you only what your have asked after applying your mind. But the friendship and eternal company with noble people will bring unto you all that is good in the world even without asking.

--
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

the binding forces

क्षमया दयया प्रेम्णा सूनृतेनार्जवेन च।
वशीकुर्यात् जगत् सर्वं विनयेन च सेवया॥
चाणक्य
kṣamayā dayayā premṇā sūnṛtenārjavena ca|
vaśīkuryāt jagat sarvaṁ vinayena ca sevayā||
cāṇakya

ക്ഷമയാ ദയയാ പ്രേംനാ സൂന്രിതെനാര്‍ജവേന ച
വശീകുര്യാത് ജഗത്‌ സര്‍വ്വം വിനയേന ച സേവയാ
ചാണക്യന്‍

One can attract  the whole universe to himself by  exercising the following noble traits. 1. patience  2. compassion 3. genuine love 4. nice and truthful words 5. enthusiasm.
 6. humility  7.devoted service.
--
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fwd: CNN HERO .... Pls vote for him....

i have already voted for Krishnan   please do it.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Srinivasan Ravi <sudhaandravi@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 3:36 PM
Subject: CNN HERO .... Pls vote for him....
To:



All, check this out..

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/04/01/cnnheroes.krishnan.hunger/

 
 
This guy is a real hero.
 
Hats off to him Forward it to as much as people as you can
 
 
Madurai:  If you had not heard of Narayanan Krishnan, as I had not, it
is a collective failure. This is one of the most incredible stories of
personal commitment.
 
Narayanan Krishnan, all of 29 years old now, does what he was
professionally trained to do as a chef. Feed people. Only Krishnan does
not do this in the swanky confines of a 5-star hotel. Every day, he
wakes up at 4 am, cooks a simple hot meal and then, along with his team,
loads it in a van and travels about 200 km feeding the homeless in
Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
 
Krishnan feeds, often with his hands, almost 400 destitute people every
day. And for those who need it, he provides a free haircut too.
 
Eight years ago, this award-winning chef with a five-star hotel chain
was all set to go to Switzerland for a high-profile posting. On a visit
to a Madurai temple, he came across a homeless, old man eating his own
human waste. That stark sight changed Krishnan's life.
 
Much to the dismay of his parents, Krishnan abandoned his career plans
and decided to spend his life and his professional training in looking
after those who could not care for themselves. He has provided more than
1.2 million hot meals through his nonprofit organization Akshaya Trust,
and now hopes to extend this to shelter for the homeless too.
 
Krishnan is the only Indian in a list of 10 heroes that CNN has picked
worldwide to honor. One of them will be chosen CNN Hero of the Year,
selected by the public through an online poll. If many Indians get
together to vote for this inspiring man, he can win by a long mile.
 
If Krishnan wins he will get $100,000 in addition to the $25,000 that he
gets for being shortlisted for the Top 10. Akshaya Trust needs all the
monetary support it can get to build on Krishnan's dream. Let's help him
get there.
 
To vote, follow the link: http://heroes.cnn.com/vote.aspx
 
 
We are crawling the Web for more great videos, tweets pictures, blogs
and people that just must be showcased.
 
You can go to CNNHeroes.com to participate in the poll, which continues
through November 18 at 6 a.m. ET.
 
Read more at:
 

 I have already voted for him. How about you?


--
S Ravi




--
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

knowledge is supreme

विद्वत्त्वञ्च नृपत्वञ्च नैव तुल्यं कदाचन।
स्वदेशे पूज्यते राजा विद्वान् सर्वत्र पूज्यते॥
चाणक्यः
vidvattvañca nṛpatvañca naiva tulyaṁ kadācana|
svadeśe pūjyate rājā vidvān sarvatra pūjyate||
cāṇakyaḥ
വിദ്വത്വം ച നൃപത്വം ച നൈവ തുല്യം കദാചന
സ്വദേശേ പൂജ്യതെ രാജാ വിദ്വാന്‍ സര്‍വത്ര  പൂജ്യതെ
ചാണക്യന്‍

wealth of knowledge and the position as a king should never be compared.  The king, at the best, is honoured in his own kingdom, but the scholar is honoured everywhere.

--

Sunday, October 24, 2010

tight rope walk

प्रदानं प्रच्छन्नं गृहमुपगते संभ्रमविधिः
प्रियं कृत्वा मौनं सदसि कथनं चाप्युपकृतेः।
अनुत्सेको लक्ष्म्याम् निरभिभवसाराः परकथाः
सतां केनोद्दिष्टं विषममसिधाराव्रतमिदं॥
भर्तृहरेः नीतिशतकात्
pradānaṁ pracchannaṁ gṛhamupagate saṁbhramavidhiḥ
priyaṁ kṛtvā maunaṁ sadasi kathanaṁ cāpyupakṛteḥ|
anutseko lakṣmyām nirabhibhavasārāḥ parakathāḥ
satāṁ kenoddiṣṭaṁ viṣamamasidhārāvratamidaṁ||
bhartṛhareḥ nītiśatakāt
പ്രദാനം പ്രച്ഛ്ന്‍നം ഗൃഹമുപഗതെ സംഭ്രമവിധി:
പ്രിയം കൃത്വാ മൌനം സദസികഥനം ചാപ്യുപകൃതെ
അനുത്സെകോ ലക്ഷ്‌മ്യാം നിരഭിഭവസാര: പരകഥാ:
സതാം കേനോദ്‌ദിഷ്ടo വിഷമമസിധാരാവൃതമിദം

The life of  noble men is a self taught penance sitting on the edge of a sword (asidhaaraavratam).  They give help to others in secret.  They are very fussy and careful while giving respect to guest who have come to their house.  They will keep absolute silence about some nice things they have done for others.  But they will be very lavish in praising in public the good deeds of others. They are indifferent to wealth. And they present even the criticism of the deeds of others in a manner that would cause no hurt.  The poet wonders who taught these people such a strict code of conduct.

--
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fwd: One of the best emails I've ever read



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Srinivasan Ravi









Two Choices

What would you do?....you make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?


At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its

dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.


Where is the natural order of things in my son?'


The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.'

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do the others let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the
plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.
The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first!
Run to first!'

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.
He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'
Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball. The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!
Shay, run to third!'

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day !

AND NOW A LITTLE FOOT NOTE TO THIS STORY:

We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the 'natural order of things.'

So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.

May your day, be a Shay Day. 
 


Forward it to everyone in your list, you will atleast make a difference in some of them who are fortunate enough to find the love and humanity within them. 
Just a click and change the world. It's up to u...








--
S Ravi




--


they never break rules

प्रळये भिन्नमर्यदाः भवन्ति किल सागराः।
सागराः भेदमिच्छन्ति प्रळयेऽपि न साधवः॥
चाणक्यनीति
praḻaye bhinnamaryadāḥ bhavanti kila sāgarāḥ|
sāgarāḥ bhedamicchanti praḻaye'pi na sādhavaḥ||
cāṇakyanīti

പ്രളയേ ഭിന്നമര്യാദാ; ഭവന്തി കില സാഗരാ:
സാഗരാ: ഭേദമിച്ഛ്ന്തി പ്രളയേപി ന സാധവ:
when the deluge at the end of a yuga sets in, the oceans throw to winds all the rules of propriety and transgress their boundaries to gobble up the entire land area.  Maybe the oceans were just waiting for an opportunity to break the rules.  But noble men will never be shaken and they will behave with equanimity and poise even when the greatest of catastrophes  overtake them.
--
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Friday, October 22, 2010

priority

दुर्जनाः सज्जनात् पूर्वं पूज्यतां तेन किं सतां।
पूर्वं प्रक्षाळितं पIयुः आननात् अधिकं किमु॥
सुभषितशतकत्रयं
durjanāḥ sajjanāt pūrvaṁ pūjyatāṁ tena kiṁ satāṁ|
pūrvaṁ prakṣāḻitaṁ payuḥ ānanāt adhikaṁ kimu||
subhaṣitaśatakatrayaṁ
ദുര്‍ജനാ: സജ്ജനാത്‌ പൂര്‍വ്വം പൂജ്യതാം തേന കിം സതാം
പൂര്‍വ്വം പ്രക്ഷാള്‍യതെ പായു ആനനാത്‌ അധികം കിമു

Let tyrants and arrogant people be   given priority over the noble persons.  
The noble are not the losers.  
Is it not the usual practice to clean one's excretory organs before washing the face? 
Does it mean that those organs are superior to one's face?

Out of fear and possible backlashes the arrogant people are given more importance in some situations.  
Men of steady character and repute need not be peeved by that . 
The ultimate winners will be persons with character.

--


Thursday, October 21, 2010

appearances can win the day..

निर्विषेणापि सर्पेण कर्तव्यो महती फणाः
विषमस्तु न चाप्यस्तु फटाटोपो भयङ्करः
चाणक्य नीतिः
nirviṣeṇāpi sarpeṇa kartavyo mahatī phaṇāḥ
viṣamastu na cāpyastu phaṭāṭopo bhayaṅkaraḥ
canakya nīti

നിര്‍വ്വിഷേണാപി സര്പേണ കര്തവ്യോ മഹതീ ഫണ:
വിഷമസ്തു ന ചാപ്യസ്തു ഫടാടോപോ ഭയങ്കര:
Even if its poison fangs are removed, it is in its own  interests of a cobra to raise its hood wide and make hissing noises. 
The onlooker, will not be aware of the loss of poison and ever the terrible sight of the upheld wide hood will scare away the enemies.


The master Chanakya  advises  that even if a person actually   knows that his chips are down, he should always put on a brave face.  
Most of the antagonists are carried away by the appearance and may never know that the material behind the brave face is just nothing .

And  if one decides to suffer in silence without any protest,  he is just free to suffer..
His woes will never end..

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

practice makes it perfect

गोमूत्रमात्रेण पयो विनष्टं तक्रस्य गोमूत्र शतेन किम् वा।
अत्यल्पपापैर्विपदः शुचीनां पापात्मनां पापशतेन किं वा॥
सुभाषितशतकत्रयं
gomūtramātreṇa payo vinaṣṭaṁ takrasya gomūtra śatena kim vā|
atyalpapāpairvipadaḥ śucīnāṁ pāpātmanāṁ pāpaśatena kiṁ vā||
subhṣitśatakatrayaṁ
ഗോമൂത്രമാത്രേന പയോ വിനഷ്ടം തക്രസ്യ ഗോമൂത്രശതെന കിം വാ
അത്യല്പപാപൈ: വിപദ: ശുചീനാം പാപാത്മനാം പാപശതെന കിം വാ
Even if a tiny drop of cow's urine is mixed with thousand litres of milk, the entire milk will be spoilt. But even if thousand litres of cow's urine is added to any quantity of buttermilk, nothing happens.  Similarly the noble persons would consider that all their accumulated virtues are lost if they happen to commit even some petty mistake. But for the persons who are doing evil things alone from the time of their birth  any additional evil deed would mean nothing.

In mahabharatham, during the war,, Yudhistira is persuaded to make an untruthful  statement regarding the death of ashwatthama and from that time onwards it is said that his chariot which always floated one feet above the ground level by virute of his dharma, landed on the earth for ever.  But we see liers and utter lier for whom telling a truth is a rare exception. Nothing  happens to them.

--
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

age does not mellow ...

वयसः परिणामेपि यः खल खल एव सः।
सुपक्वमपि माधुर्यम् नोपयातीन्द्रवारुणं॥
चाणक्यनीति
vayasaḥ pariṇāmepi yaḥ khala khala eva saḥ|
supakvamapi mādhuryam nopayātīndravāruṇaṁ||
cāṇakyanīti
വയസ: പരിണാമേപി യ: ഖല ഖല ഏവ സ:
സുപക്വമപി മാധുര്യം നോപയാതി ഇന്ദ്രവാരുണം

Just because one is advanced in age, his inherent nature of being cruel and idiotic does not undergo any change.  The bitter gourd, even if it has become very ripe and red will not leave its bitter taste and become sweet.
The master chanakya here underlines the force of habits.  If one has become used to being cruel and adamant in his younger days, he will not be able to give up his natural propensities and become a saint just because he has grown old.  The appearance of a man of ripe age can be very deceptive. In physical stature and in behaviour, he may appear to be very pious. But the poison inside will be still potent.  We are seeing many 'uncles' and "granddads' of this genre in our daily lives.

--
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Monday, October 18, 2010

blowing one's own trumpet

परैरुक्तगुणो यस्तु निर्गुणोऽपि गुणी भवेत्।
इन्द्रोऽपि लघुतां याति स्वयं प्रख्यापितैर् गुणैः॥
चाणक्यनीति
parairuktaguṇo yastu nirguṇo'pi guṇī bhavet|
indro'pi laghutāṁ yāti svayaṁ prakhyāpitair guṇaiḥ||
cāṇakyanīti
പരൈര്‍ ഉക്തഗുണോ യസ്തു നിര്‍ഗുണോപി ഗുണി ഭവേത്
ഇന്ദ്രോപി ലഘുതാം യാതി സ്വയം പ്രഖ്യാപിതൈര്‍ ഗുണയ്

Even the small merits of the people which do not deserve any particular praise gain great importance when the accolades come from others. However, even if Indra, the powerful king of gods, in spite of being a very important and powerful person deserving a lot of praise, will look silly and childish if he attempts to to brag of his own meritorious deeds.

Praise should come from others. This alone will make a person look respectable.  In old dramas we will find that when the hero or the person donning the attire of the kind appears on the scene, he starts to announce in no uncertain terms how important a person he is. He may even praise the length of his own moustache. That will be okay for a drama.  But we find people announcing to the whole world even the smallest philanthropic action to which they were part of.   Most of the charitable and apparently generous acts which are published by the doers themselves are more for advertisement and publicity than with any noble intent.
--
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Sunday, October 17, 2010

pranams to Rajarajeswari

गीर्देवतेति गरुडद्वजसुन्दरीति शाकंभरीति शशिशेखरवल्लभेति।
सृष्तिस्थितिप्रळयकेळिषु संस्थिता या तस्यै नमः त्रिभुवनैकगुरोः तरुण्यै॥
कनकधारास्तोत्रं  शङ्कर
gīrdevateti garuḍadvajasundarīti śākaṁbharīti śaśiśekharavallabheti|
sṛṣtisthitipraḻayakeḻiṣu saṁsthitā yā tasyai namaḥ tribhuvanaikaguroḥ taruṇyai||
kanakadhārāstotraṁ  śaṅkara

Pranams to that Devi who  is engaged in the functions of creation, protection and destruction of the universe in her roles as the goddess of words, the consort of Brahma, Lakshmi and Goddess Earth (saakambhari), the consorts of Vishnu the garudadwaja, and rajarajeswari, the consort of Lord Siva the Chandrasekhara,  the triumverate forming the parabhrahma.

--
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Saturday, October 16, 2010

welfare state

अधर्मस्तु महांस्तात भवेत्तस्य महीपते।
यो हरेद्बलिषड्भागं न च रक्षति पुत्रवत्॥
श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणं  आरण्यकाण्डं    ६---११
adharmastu mahāṁstāta bhavettasya mahīpate|
yo haredbaliṣaḍbhāgaṁ na ca rakṣati putravat||
śrīmadvālmīkirāmāyaṇaṁ  āraṇyakāṇḍaṁ    6---11

അധര്‍മ്മസ്തു മഹാന്‍ താത ഭവേത് തസ്യ മഹീപതേ
യോ ഹരേദ്ബലിഷട്ട്ഭാഗം ന ച രക്ഷതി പുത്രവത്‌

Sri Rama along with Lakshmana and Seetha is on his way to the deep forests for a sojourn of fourteen years there.  He reaches the hermitage of Sage Sarabhanga. 
The forest was infested with demons and evil people at that time and the ascetics living there were tormented by these demons in many ways. Therefore all the sages assembled at the hermitage of Sarabanga and voiced their complaint to the son of the King.  This sloka which reminds Rama of the duties of a king is appearing in the Itihasa in this context.  The sages say,  "Oh young prince, the great sin of dereliction from duty awaits the king who takes away one-sixth of the earnings of the subjects as tax but fails to look after their welfare and fails to  protect them as if they were his own sons.

Even though the warning is addressed to a prince thousands of years ago the basic idea underlying it applies to all governments headed by kings or ministers whatsoever. The rulers of a welfare state, who leave no stones unturned to collect the taxes from the citizens are duty-bound to ensure them a comfortable and unencumbered life.  The failure can result in revolution today.

--
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Friday, October 15, 2010

fourth volume of my compilation of slokas.

My dear friends.  Pranams to you all. I know that because of the synthetic methods of creating fonts, many of the slokas in Devanagari script read only as garbage and only the english translations could be read. I have  converted some 68 slokas into a pdf document and I am attaching the same . Hope this will be of permanent value. 
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2n1qyKu0eCcb1Nma19ydFpSTUE/edit
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my pranams and greetings to you all on Durga Pooja

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु मातृरूपेण संस्थिता
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः
yā devī sarvabhūteṣu mātṛrūpeṇa saṁsthitā
namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namaḥ
my dear friends,  these days are to be spent in the worship of the mother of energy, mother of wealth and the mother of muses.  anybody who is somebody has become so only because of her Grace.  Our Pranams to Her... no mother will expect pranaams from her children but only unconditional love. Let us love that Mother. How can we repay the affection of the mother?  No way.  Every female is respected as the embodiment of the great mother.  Let us pay respect to that motherhood. There is nothing in this wolrld more sublime that the love of the mother.  
श्री मात्रे नमः
śrī mātre namaḥ

Friends I have been taking some part of our cultural past in the shape of ancient books and was trying to explain some parts in my own way..I am sure, I borrowed the sanskrit text but the explanations were purely my own.  Therefore they are sure to be flawed.  I have committed too many howlers,  but hardly ever have I received a hate mail. This is a tribute to your magnanimity.
However I would request you to inform me whether my dispatches are often superfluous and something like chewing the cud, or working of a gramaphone record which has lose some threads.  I would at this stage request my dear friends to inform me  whether I should continue with this.  For me it has become a sacred mission, but I dont want to reach the mailbox of any of the friends as an unwelcome imposition.   I may please be advised.     My pranams to all friends.
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intellectual slavery

परेषां चेतांसि प्रतिदिवसमारध्य बहुधा
प्रसादं किं नेतुं विशसि हृदय क्लेशकलितं।
प्रसन्ने त्वय्यन्तः स्वयमुदितचिन्तमणिगणो
विविक्तः सङ्कल्पः किमभिलषितं पुष्यति न ते॥
भर्तृहरि    वैरग्यशतकं
pareṣāṁ cetāṁsi pratidivasamāradhya bahudhā
prasādaṁ kiṁ netuṁ viśasi hṛdaya kleśakalitaṁ|
prasanne tvayyantaḥ svayamuditacintamaṇigaṇo
viviktaḥ saṅkalpaḥ kimabhilaṣitaṁ puṣyati na te||
bhartṛhari    vairagyaśatakaṁ


പരേഷാം ചേതാംസി പ്രതിദിവസമാരധ്യ ബഹുധാ
പ്രസാദം കിം നേതും വിശസി ഹൃദയ ക്ലേശകലിതം
പ്രസന്നെ ത്വയി അന്ത: സ്വയമുദിതചിന്താമണിഗണോ
വിവിക്ത: സങ്കല്‍പ: കിമഭിലഷിതം പുഷ്യതി ന തെ

Oh my mind, why do you labour  hard and repeatedly  to please the hearts and moods of others?  If you can make yourself calm and clear, will not very pure and spontaneous gems of thought arise from you ?  And such noble thoughts will pave way for the attainment of all your cherished goals.

Life is quite cumbersome for people who are forced to speculate in advance what would please the boss or the elite who are to provide for their  subsistence.  Gradually it becomes a habit with the ordinary human being to extoll rightly or wrongly the thoughts and actions of others. Such dependence on the whims of others kills the capacity of a human being to think calmly and clearly and take decisions for himself.  Intellectual slavery is worse than the most potent poison.

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।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Thursday, October 14, 2010

neither near nor too far

अत्यासन्ना विनाशाय दूरस्था न फलप्रदाः।
सेव्यतां मध्यभवेन राजा वह्निर् गुरुः स्त्रियः॥
चाणक्य नीतिः
atyāsannā vināśāya dūrasthā na phalapradāḥ|
sevyatāṁ madhyabhavena rājā vahnir guruḥ striyaḥ||
cāṇakya nītiḥ

If one gets too close to a king, to fire, to a preceptor or a woman, it is doom for him.  But it will be equally disastrous to keep too much distance from them.  A sensible persons will do well to keep a balanced proximity with these people.
The favour of the king and men in power are essential for our existence.  But they wield the power to finish us in toto.  A lot of discretion is required to deal with them and also save our skin.  Similarly, without fire, survival for us is well nigh impossible. It is nice to cook our food but it may not be pleasant to cook ourselves.
 The preceptor is also of the same category. If we keep close to him he will be driving us crazy with his dicta all the time and can become a stone tied around our necks.  But without the preceptor's advise and guidance we will be nowhere. Here again discretion is the better part of valour. ( this would apply to mother in laws also.) 
The same discretion will save the day when we deal with women. They are like beautiful and fragrant flowers to watch from the correct distance. If you go near, the makeup will show.  If you are far off, you will see nothing,

Familiarity  breeds contempt.
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।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

character

कदर्त्थितस्यापि च धैर्यवृत्तेर्
न शक्यते धैर्यगुणः प्रमार्ष्टुं।
अधोमुखस्यापि कृतस्य वह्नेर्
नाऽधः शिखा यान्ति कदाचिदेव॥
भर्त्तृहरि   नीतिशतकं
kadartthitasyāpi ca dhairyavṛtter
na śakyate dhairyaguṇaḥ pramārṣṭuṁ|
adhomukhasyāpi kṛtasya vahner
nā'dhaḥ śikhā yānti kadācideva||
bharttṛhari   nītiśatakaṁ

Even when a person with innate steady character is insulted and forced to submission, he does not lose his boldness and capitulate. It is just like a flame of a lamp. Even if the burning wick of lamp is held upside down, the flame holds itself directed upwards alone.
Hard times can never dampen the character of a bold man.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

live today

गते शोको न कर्तव्यो भविष्यम् नैव चिन्तयेत्।
वर्तमानेन कालेन वर्त्तयन्ति विचक्षणाः॥
चIणक्यनीति
gate śoko na kartavyo bhaviṣyam naiva cintayet|
vartmānena kālena varttayanti vicakṣaṇāḥ||
caṇakyanīti

ഗതേ ശോകോ ന കര്തവ്യോ ഭവിഷ്യം നൈവ ചിന്തയേത്
വര്തമാനെന കാലേന വര്തയന്തി വിചക്ഷണ):

do not grieve over what has already happened, and do not worry over what is going to happen.
The learned and brave men live up to the present situation with utmost ability and sincerity.
Every lifestyle consultant or author has uses this dictum to encourage people to live their life full.
Dale Carnegie asked us to live "in day tight compartments"
Someone said, "tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today"

 Shelley wrote 
"We look before and after,

And pine for what is not:

Our sincerest laughter

With some pain is fraught;

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought."

The advice by the master Chanakya and other greats should not lead us to hedonism.  We should be always conscious of the path we have trodden in reaching the present state. Moreover we should have a clear-cut action plan for the future.  But while performing today's duties we should not be bogged down by our past and future.


Monday, October 11, 2010

the supreme being

अपाणिपादो जवनो गृहीता
पश्यत्यचक्षुः स शृणत्यकर्णः।
स वेत्ति वेद्यं न च तस्यास्ति वेत्ता
तं आहुर् अस्यं पुरुषं महiन्तं॥
श्वेताश्वतरोपनिषद्  ३-१९
apāṇipādo javano gṛhītā
paśyatyacakṣuḥ sa śṛuṇatyakarṇaḥ|
sa vetti vedyaṁ na ca tasyāsti vettā
taṁ āhur asyaṁ puruṣaṁ mahantaṁ||
śvetāśvataropaniṣad  3-19
അപാണിപാദോ ജവണോ ഗൃഹിതാ
പശ്യത്യചക്ഷു സ ശ്രുണത്യകര്‍ണ
സ വേത്തി വേദ്യം ന ച തസ്യ)സ്തി വേത്ത)
തംആഹൂര്‍ അസ്യo പുരുഷം മഹാന്തം

Without hands or feet he walks and grips, without eyes he sees everything, without ears, he hears everything.
He knows whatever that is to be known  but none knows what He is.
Him we call the almighty primordial god (purusha)


This stanza in upanishad comes from the awe and respect we have for the unknown force whose presence we feel but whom we are not able to measure through our sense organs.

लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।

lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fwd: glorious deeds



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From: Ananthanarayanan Vaidyanathan <kvananthanarayanan@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 12:26 PM
Subject: Re: glorious deeds

mama, as brahmins we are supposed to support the edicts of Vedas.  Human thought in fact adhered to the principle of quid pro quo, that is, if you offer god something he will give you back likewise...devaan bhavayathaanena they devaa bhavayanthu naH..krishna said in gita.. but human thought has  outgrown  this state...bribing and getting back bribe lost its appeal...and in upanishadic thoughts the material benefits of worship of god took the back seat...True,  in the Indo Gangetic epoch, attack was the best defence..and in that timeframe the aswamedha could have been justified if not praised.  But after the idea of peaceful co-existence became the cardinal human value, such belligerence lost its meaning.  We both are elderly brahmins, can you or me kill a goat brutally  to conduct a sacrifice? The ideas of such sacrifices were relevant in that period.  The idea of sacrifice was there in bible and Islam also.  We have travelled forward by eons.  Verbatim addiction to vedic dictates will make us aliens or anachronisms. Namaskarams. kva


On Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 11:57 AM, subramanian gopalaswamy
My dear KVA,

Namaste, I do not whether u are expected me to comment on the subject or just as usual u sent the slokas. However I have just givn my view since copy of e mail is sent to me.

Ur views are appreciable. But anything offered in a yagna is supposed to become holy and reach the feet of Easwara. There are some yagas where other animals are offered, and if that can be approved, this also may be approved. When the horse goes into other's territories, it is a symbol of inviting that king for war. So that cannot be taken as illegal. This is my view.
Rgds, S.Gopalaaswamy.

From: Ananthanarayanan Vaidyanathan <kvananthanarayanan@gmail.com>


my dear Krishnan
               I am not at all a votary to the methods and aims of  aswamedha.  In fact aswamedha was only a show of strength, show of arrogance and a means to show other kings their proper place below the performer of the yaga.  In fact the sacrificial horse was let out free to wander into any alien territory (an illegal trespass against all norms of peaceful co-existence) and people were following the horse and if a subject of another nation showed any disrespect, that country was conquered and the ruler was forced into submission.This is the political side of it. What you call hegemony today. Then there were many unnatural and demeaning rituals followed in the yajna. One worst thing was that the night before the killing of the horse and offering it as oblation to the gods through agni, the first queen on empress was expected to spend the night with the horse (sex implied) as if it were her husband.  The sacrifice was a source of immense wealth for the powerful kings because other kings has to send extra offering and tithes for the conduct of the sacrifice.  The brahmins priest, Brahma, Hota  Ritwik , aacharya, and others could demand almost anything by way of daskhina. So it was a field day for brahmins also.  But it would appear that people in those days praised heroic action ( sadistic hero worship) although today a calm and objective mind can view it as an aberration only. It is believed and written in vedas that a king who does 100 aswamedhas will attain the status of Indra. And the occupant of the seat of Indra would manipulate in any way to thwart the 100th aswamedha.  You might have heard the story of Nahusha who got the status of Indra this way and how Indra the purandara managed to dethrone him using the good office of the saptharshi, agastya.  Indra is called Sathamagha, Maghawaan etc because he had conducted more than 100 aswamedha sacrifices.
                  However,the achievement, although the means were nefarious was an exalted benchmark for glory.  Here in the sloka the glory one gets out of aswamedha alone is mentioned...The modus operandi  of performance is not an issue here. You can see such developments in even the silliest of the things...the groups like orkut, facebook etc.  The fellow who plays the role of the clown or who uses semi porno and tries to win arguments by foul means becomes the hero. The flow of history was the same.

                  But i have to reiterate one thing, helping the indigent, building temples and lending a helping hand in providing a dignified burial for a fellow human being are all great and exemplary actions.    Regards KVA

On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 12:15 PM, G.Krishnan <gkshyam@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear Mama,

The options/alternatives mentioned are genuinely great, and something I totally vouch for. But the concept of Ashvamedha Sacrifice, was not something, that had come across as something good, for me, when I read about it. I don't know how they could term such an act/ritual as a great thing.

Not just the final result of the horse being killed, but also the whole process by which the ritual is conducted, and the acts performed as part of the process, somehow could not be digested by me.

What is your take on it? Would be glad to discuss and know more...!

On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 12:00 PM, Ananthanarayanan Vaidyanathan <kvananthanarayanan@gmail.com> wrote:
दरिद्राय  कृतं दानं शून्यलिङ्गस्य पूजनम्।
अनाथप्रेतसंस्कारः अश्वमेधसमं विदुः।
सुभाषितशतकत्रयं
daridrāya  kṛtaṁ dānaṁ śūnyaliṅgasya pūjanam|
anāthapretasaṁskāraḥ asvamedhasamaṁ viduḥ|
subhāṣitaśatakatrayaṁ
ദരിദ്രായ കൃതം ദാനം ശൂന്യലിംഗസ്യ പൂജനം
അനാഥപ്രേതസംസ്കാരം അശ്വമേധസമം വിദു:
In our religion and culture, performance of the Aswamedha sacrifice is considered to be the most pious and glorious action in a successful mans life. Such performance is supposed go bestow one with all prosperity and suzeranity over people.  Some of the philanthropic act are equated to this great sacrifice in this sloka.  To lend a helping hand to the suffering fellow human being comes first.  Sometimes the idols of some temples (here idol of Lord Siva is cited) are left uncared due to change in the circumstance of the inhabitants of the terrain.  If one takes it upon himslelf the renovation of the fallen temple and arranging for proprer worship of the God in the shape of idol, the same benefits as that would enure on performance of aswamtha yagna.  A human being, however poor and helpless he is deserves a diginified burial or cremation of his mortal remains. If a person voluntarily undertakes to perform the final rites for the dead person, he is equal in status to one who has performed aswamedha.

True, aswamedha is a meaningless rite today. But we should see its importance as seen by our forefathers of four or five millenia ago.
Helping the poor, taking initiative in the renovation of a place of worship and most important helping in giving a diginified burial to an unclaimed human corpse are really glorious acts even today.    (I have seen many pamphlet  calling for help for temple renovation...This is an appropriate sloka which can form caption to such appeals)


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beware of inborn enemies

कार्पण्येन यशः क्रुधा गुणचयो दंभेन सत्यम् क्षुध
मर्यादा व्यसनैर्धनं च विपदा स्थैर्यं  प्रमादैर्द्विजः।
पैशुन्येन कुलं मदेन विनयो दुश्चेष्टया पौरुषं
दारिद्र्येण जनादरो ममतया चात्मप्रकशो हतः॥
सुभषितशतकत्रयं
kārpaṇyena yaśaḥ krudhā guṇacayo daṁbhena satyam kṣudha
maryādā vyasanairdhanaṁ ca vipadā sthairyaṁ  pramādairdvijaḥ|
paiśunyena kulaṁ madena vinayo duśceṣṭayā pauruṣaṁ
dāridryeṇa janādaro mamatayā cātmaprakaśo hataḥ||
subhaṣitaśatakatrayaṁ
A man's reputation is lost by idiotic actions.  
By exhibition of uncontrollable anger he loses all his noble traits and their positive effects.
 Honesty is sacrificed at the altar of pride.  
A person is forced to shed all his dignity on the face of insatiable hunger. 
 All the hard earned money will be squandered away through bad habits.  
When one faces extreme danger, his courage drains away.  
A learned man is ruined by wrong actions committed through forgetfulness.  Deliberate cruelty perpetrated by a member annihilates the entire clan. 
 A fellow throws to winds his humility because of excessive arrogance.. 

 A person's manhood is ruined by wrong and immoral actions. 

 When a person is reduced to penury, his popularity and respect in the society reach lowest ebbs. 
And a person loses  all his knowledge and discretion when  a sense of excessive attachment to mundane things haunts him.
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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Re: glorious deeds

my dear Krishnan
               I am not at all a votary to the methods and aims of  aswamedha.  In fact aswamedha was only a show of strength, show of arrogance and a means to show other kings their proper place below the performer of the yaga.  In fact the sacrificial horse was let out free to wander into any alien territory (an illegal trespass against all norms of peaceful co-existence) and people were following the horse and if a subject of another nation showed any disrespect, that country was conquered and the ruler was forced into submission.This is the political side of it. What you call hegemony today. Then there were many unnatural and demeaning rituals followed in the yajna. One worst thing was that the night before the killing of the horse and offering it as oblation to the gods through agni, the first queen on empress was expected to spend the night with the horse (sex implied) as if it were her husband.  The sacrifice was a source of immense wealth for the powerful kings because other kings has to send extra offering and tithes for the conduct of the sacrifice.  The brahmins priest, Brahma, Hota  Ritwik , aacharya, and others could demand almost anything by way of daskhina. So it was a field day for brahmins also.  But it would appear that people in those days praised heroic action ( sadistic hero worship) although today a calm and objective mind can view it as an aberration only. It is believed and written in vedas that a king who does 100 aswamedhas will attain the status of Indra. And the occupant of the seat of Indra would manipulate in any way to thwart the 100th aswamedha.  You might have heard the story of Nahusha who got the status of Indra this way and how Indra the purandara managed to dethrone him using the good office of the saptharshi, agastya.  Indra is called Sathamagha, Maghawaan etc because he had conducted more than 100 aswamedha sacrifices.
                  However,the achievement, although the means were nefarious was an exalted benchmark for glory.  Here in the sloka the glory one gets out of aswamedha alone is mentioned...The modus operandi  of performance is not an issue here. You can see such developments in even the silliest of the things...the groups like orkut, facebook etc.  The fellow who plays the role of the clown or who uses semi porno and tries to win arguments by foul means becomes the hero. The flow of history was the same.

                  But i have to reiterate one thing, helping the indigent, building temples and lending a helping hand in providing a dignified burial for a fellow human being are all great and exemplary actions.    Regards KVA

On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 12:15 PM, G.Krishnan <gkshyam@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear Mama,

The options/alternatives mentioned are genuinely great, and something I totally vouch for. But the concept of Ashvamedha Sacrifice, was not something, that had come across as something good, for me, when I read about it. I don't know how they could term such an act/ritual as a great thing.

Not just the final result of the horse being killed, but also the whole process by which the ritual is conducted, and the acts performed as part of the process, somehow could not be digested by me.

What is your take on it? Would be glad to discuss and know more...!

On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 12:00 PM, Ananthanarayanan Vaidyanathan <kvananthanarayanan@gmail.com> wrote:
दरिद्राय  कृतं दानं शून्यलिङ्गस्य पूजनम्।
अनाथप्रेतसंस्कारः अश्वमेधसमं विदुः।
सुभाषितशतकत्रयं
daridrāya  kṛtaṁ dānaṁ śūnyaliṅgasya pūjanam|
anāthapretasaṁskāraḥ asvamedhasamaṁ viduḥ|
subhāṣitaśatakatrayaṁ
ദരിദ്രായ കൃതം ദാനം ശൂന്യലിംഗസ്യ പൂജനം
അനാഥപ്രേതസംസ്കാരം അശ്വമേധസമം വിദു:
In our religion and culture, performance of the Aswamedha sacrifice is considered to be the most pious and glorious action in a successful mans life. Such performance is supposed go bestow one with all prosperity and suzeranity over people.  Some of the philanthropic act are equated to this great sacrifice in this sloka.  To lend a helping hand to the suffering fellow human being comes first.  Sometimes the idols of some temples (here idol of Lord Siva is cited) are left uncared due to change in the circumstance of the inhabitants of the terrain.  If one takes it upon himslelf the renovation of the fallen temple and arranging for proprer worship of the God in the shape of idol, the same benefits as that would enure on performance of aswamtha yagna.  A human being, however poor and helpless he is deserves a diginified burial or cremation of his mortal remains. If a person voluntarily undertakes to perform the final rites for the dead person, he is equal in status to one who has performed aswamedha.

True, aswamedha is a meaningless rite today. But we should see its importance as seen by our forefathers of four or five millenia ago.
Helping the poor, taking initiative in the renovation of a place of worship and most important helping in giving a diginified burial to an unclaimed human corpse are really glorious acts even today.    (I have seen many pamphlet  calling for help for temple renovation...This is an appropriate sloka which can form caption to such appeals)


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