‘The universe is a cobweb; minds are spiders’- Vivekananda (Post No.6212)

 April 2019 ‘Good Thoughts’ Calendar 


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Date: 19 March 2019


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Post No. 6212

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I have chosen Swami Vivekananda’s 30 quotations for this months calendar from Sri Ramakrishna mutt publications. This covers his quotes on World, Worship and Yoga

Holy days and Holidays

April 6-Ugadhi; 13-Sri Rama Navami; 14-Tamil and many other communities’ New Year;17- Mahavir Jayanthi ; 19-Chitta Purnima;
Good Friday; 21-Easter Sunday; 22-Easter Monday

Full moon day- April 19;New moon day- 4;Ekadasi Fasting Days- 1,15, 30.
Subha Muhurtham/ Auspicious Days -April-1, 10, 12, 17, 18, 22, 26, 29

April 1 Monday

Worship
The highest worship is that of the man who loves god for God’s sake;Vol 1-440
April 2 Tuesday
Worship is feeling the holiness of god; Vol. 2-478
April 3 Wednesday
External worship is only a symbol of internal worship ; but internal worship and purity are the real things 3-141
April 4 Thursday

This is the gist of all worship- to be pure and to do good to others 3-141
April 5 Friday

He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, in the diseased, really worships shiva; and if he sees Shiva only in the image , his worship is but preliminary 3-142
April 6 Saturday

Every worship consists of prayer in the highest form 4-110

April 7 Sunday
Let the Vedas , the Koran ,the Puranas, and all scriptural lumber rest now for some time- let there be worship of the visible god of love and compassion in the country 6-410


April 8 Monday
We must worship the beautiful for beauty’s sake, not for the hope of reward 4-191


April 9 Tuesday
Yoga
Non attachment is the basis of all the Yogas 1-101

April 10 Wednesday
Freedom of the soul is the goal of all Yogas 1-55


April 11 Thursday
The aphorisms of Patanjali are the highest authority on Raja yoga, and form its textbook 1-122

April 12 Friday

The whole theory of Yoga is to go beyond the mind 6-128

April 13 Saturday
Yoga means yoke, to join, that is to join the soul of man with the Supreme soul or god.


April 14 Sunday 

Yogi
A Yogi must avoid two extremes of luxury and austerity 1-136
The strong, the well knit, the young, the healthy, the daring alone are fit to be yogis 1-264

April 15Monday
World
The whole world is full of the Lord 2-146

April 16 Tuesday

All the world is my country, the whole universe is mine, because I have clothed myself with it as my body 2-283

April 17 Wednesday

The world is nothing. Beyond this world is something which is very real 2-144

April 18Thursday

We see the world as we are 2-87

April 19 Friday
Understand what this world is, so that it may not hurt you 2-312

April 20 Saturday
The world is just a playground, and we are here having good fun, having a game 3-94

April 21 Sunday 

We must die, that is certain; let us then for a good cause 3-446


April 22 Monday
The world is a means to an end, and not an end itself.4-8

April 23 Tuesday

Worlds must disappear in the soul like drops in the ocean 4-240.


April 24 Wednesday
The earth is higher than all heavens; this is the greatest school in the universe.5-94


April 25 Thursday
The progress of the world means more enjoyment more misery too.6-380

April 26 Friday
The world is not for cowards 6-83


April 27 Saturday
It is not creation but manifestation 7-424

The universe is a cobweb; minds are spiders 8-225


April 28 Sunday
The whole world is full of god and not of sin 8-219


April 29 Monday
This world will always be a mixture of good and evil, of happiness and misery; this will ever go up and come down; dissolution and resolution is the inevitable law. 8-341


April 30 Tuesday 
Jagat means that which is moving 6-110

And some more quotes:-

The world doesn’t exist outside. It is all a mental projection 6-487

The whole universe is composed of subtle vibrations 1-151

The whole universe is a play of unity in in variety, and of variety in unity.1-433
This whole universe is only one speck of the Infinite being 1-96


The whole universe is imagination, but one set of imaginations will cure another set 5-266

Everything must be sacrificed, if necessary, for that one sentiment, universality 6-285

Everything must complete the circle, and come back to its source 2-231

This world is too full of blustering talk. We want a little more earnest work, and less talk-2-380

–subham–



STORY OF TAMIL DEVADASIS – Part 12 (Post No.6208)

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Date: 18 March 2019


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Post No. 6208

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சீனாவில் 42,318 புத்த மத கோவில்கள்! (Post No.6202)

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Post No. 6202

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Sanskrit in China; 1000 students and 18 Saints arrested! (Post No.6200)

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Post No. 6200

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Japanese language.

STORY OF TAMIL DEVADASIS—PART 11 (Post No.6197)

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Post No. 6197

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WHY DID DONATELLO BREAK A STATUE INTO 100 PIECES? (Post No.6186)

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Post No. 6186

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New Painters Anecdotes

A merchant of Genoa commissioned Donatello to carve for him a colossal head. When the model was finished the Genoa merchant objected to the price, saying that he had been engaged only a month on it, and the sum asked was equal to half a Florin a day.
Donatello, turning round, exclaimed that it was possible in a moment to destroy the work of a year, and with a sudden push he threw the head to the ground, where it broke into a hundred pieces.
It was clear, he said, that the purchaser ought to confine himself to vegetables and leave art alone.

Xxx

SHEDDING TEARS

The works of Millais, the painter, had been collected in a gallery in London, and a friend, Lady Constance Leslie, went early in the day to the exhibition. Going up the stairs, she encountered the painter going out with head bowed down. As she greeted him and he looked up she saw tears in his eyes .
“Ah, dear Lady Constance”, he said “you see me unmannered.
Well I am not ashamed of averring that in looking at my earliest pictures I have been overcome with chagrin that I so far failed in my maturity to fulfil the full forecast of my youth”.

Xxx

When Sir Humphrey Davy returned from a visit to Paris he was asked how the picture galleries had impressed him. “The finest collection of frames that I ever saw”, he said.

Xxx

‘I DON’T MIND’ – MARK TWAIN

Mark Twain once visited the artist Whistler in his studio and was looking over his pictures. He started to touch one canvas,
“Oh, cried Whistler, don’t touch that”.
“Don’t you see, it is not dry yet?”
“I don’t mind, said Mark Twain , I have gloves on”.
Xxx
O Keefe

The fine American painter Georgia O Keeffe, was slow in appreciating the monetary value of her work, and has never ceased to be somewhat indifferent to it. Characteristic of her reactions was the day when the first sale one of her pictures occurred. The canvas brought 400 dollars. Miss O Keeffe who was standing nearby while the transaction was completed, became pale; not because of the sum of money but at the thought that she would never see her painting again.

Xxx

Upside Down!


Whistler once undertook to get a fellow painter’s work into the autumn salon. He succeeded and the picture was hung. But the painter, going to see his master piece with Whistler on varnishing day, uttered a terrible oath when he beheld it!
“Good gracious,” he groaned.
“You are exhibiting my picture upside down”.
“Hush, said Whistler, the committee refused it the other way”.

Xxx


POVERTY KILLED A FAMOUS PAINTER


Correggio was yet in the prime of life when he completed his great work,
‘The Assumption of the Virgin’, which he painted on the ceiling of the dome of the cathedral at Parma. So ignorantly unappreciated was his masterly performance by the canons, his employers , that they not only refused the unfortunate artist the price they had agreed upon, but paid 500 crowns , which was all that they would allow, in copper.


Correggio was carrying home this money to his family who were living in great poverty in a neighbouring village, when overcome by the heat of the weather and the weight of his coppers , he was tempted to slake his thirst at a spring by the wayside , and the consequence was an inflammatory attack, which soon proved fatal.


Xxxx SUBHAM xxxxx

PHILOSOPHER AND PAINTINGS (Post No.6177)

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Post No. 6177

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PAINTER CAN’T PAIN FOR THREE MONTHS!

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Alfred Stieglitz, the husband of Georgia O Keeffe , has also always been the exclusive handler of her paintings. In most cases he has been reluctant to part with them at all. Occasionally he would name, in a sort of irritation, a sum which he regarded safely beyond the pale. He once demanded 25000 dollars for a series of five flower paintings. To his astonishment, the price was accepted without question. Miss O Keeffe was so dumbfounded that for three months she was unable to paint.

Xxx

80 POSES FOR PICASSO FOR NOTHING!


In 1906, Gertrude Stein, posed 80 times for Picasso’s portrait of her, after which he wiped the face off , saying he couldn’t see her any more, and then finished the likeness in Spain, where he could not see her at all. He also gave her this portrait because, as he later said, at that time in his career, the difference between a gift and a sale was ,after all , negligible.

He also said, when friends complained that the portrait didn’t look like her, that someday she would look like the portrait.

Xxxx

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH HUMANITY

A philosopher called upon a young art student who had just set to work in his first studio after a brilliant course in the art schools of Europe. They talked of the problems relating to beauty, ideals and ambitions. Upon his departure the philosopher paused upon the threshold of the studio and said to the young painter,
“Your art will cease to be great art unless you keep in touch with humanity.”


Xxx SUBHAM xxxx



CAN DOCTORS ENJOY PAINTINGS? ‘NO’ (Post No.6172)

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Date: 9 March 2019


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Post No. 6172

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AMBER IN ANCIENT MEDICINES AND TALISMANS (Post No.6151)

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Date: 4 March 2019


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Post No. 6151

MYANMAR AMBER TRADER PICTURES ARE FROM HINDUSTAN TIMES NEWSPAPER.

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—SUBHAM–

Story of Tamil Devadasis- Part 8, Silambi, Anjanakshi, Shenbakavadivu (Post No.6147)

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Date: 3 March 2019


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Post No. 6147

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