WEIGHT OF AN ELEPHANT: Boatman who outsmarted Aurangzeb!

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Article No. 2043

Written by London swaminathan


Date : 4  August  2015

Time uploaded in London : –17-34

Tulapur is a village near Pune in Maharashtra. This place is historically important because of the execution of Sambhaji, son of Shivaji the Great.

His Samadhi is situated there. Shivaji shook the very foundations of Moghul Empire and carved a Hindu kingdom in the western part of India. But to avenge all the onslaughts and victories of Shivaji, Aurangazeb caught hold of Chatrapati Shivaji’s son Sambhaji and executed him at Tulapur. But there are some heroic episodes that happened even after this sad killing.

Muslim invaders are fanatics and they always kill their enemies and show disrespect to their dead bodies. We can see such barbaric actions throughout Muslim rule in India. Hoysala King Veera Vallala was killed by Sultan Giazuddin Damghani. Moroccan explorer Ibn Batuta wrote the following in his diary in 1341:

“Treating him at first with great consideration, Giazuddin persuaded him (Veera Ballala) to part with all his riches, horses and elephants; and then had him killed and flayed. His skin was stuffed with straw and hung upon the wall of Madura, where I saw it in the same position” – Ibn Batuta, year 1341.

Later Kumara Kampanna’s wife Gangadevi wrote in her book ‘Madura Vijayam’ about the spiked heads of Pandyan soldiers on both sides of the pathways in Madurai. She was the first war correspondent in the world who accompanied her husband Kumara kampanna and wrote a live war commentary in Sanskrit. Kampanna reopened the Madurai Meenakshi temple  which was closed for forty years under Madurai Sultans rule.

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Shivaji’s son cut into pieces

In the same way Aurangazeb caught Sambhaji and executed him in Tulapur and cut his body into pieces and threw them into river Bhima. This is to prevent a proper Hindu funeral. But the heroic community in the town jumped into the river and collected all the body parts, sewed them together and cremated the body with due respect according to Hindu custom. That community is called shewale (those that sewed) community until this day.

A Samadhi for Sambhaji is at Vadhu near Tulapur. There is one at Tulapur as well. This town is at the confluence of rivers Bhima and Indrayani. There is a famous temple for Shiva with the name Sangameswar. The original name of the town was Nagargaon.


Tula means balance. There are two stories about Tula. Murarpant Jagdev was one of the important official in Adilshah’s court. When he developed some white patches on his body, he met a sage called Swami Rudranath Maharaj. When he was cured of the disease he gave lot of donations and the sage diverted everything to the temple at Tulapur. Following the sage’s order he donated 24 items equal to his weight. Tulabharam is a Hindu custom followed in all parts of India. One will weigh himself against the selected items from grains to god and donate it to a person or a temple. Guruvayur, Tirupati and other temples have big balances for it in the temples.

It is said that he donated gold to the weight of an elephant. This is the reason for the name of the town TULAPUR.


Elephant’s Weight on Planet Pluto

There is another story.

When Aurangazeb came here he wanted to cross the river Bhima in a boat. He had his elephants and horses with him. When he was worried about the weight the boat can carry, the boatman boasted that he can weigh anything under the Sun. Immediately Aurangzeb asked him whether he can tell him the weight of his elephant. The boatman told Aurangazeb that it was not all a problem. He called a big boat and asked him to put the elephant in the boat. The emperor’s servants did this. When the elephant was on the boat he marked the water level with a line on the boat. Then he asked the elephant to get out of the boat and filled the boat with heavy stones till it reached the same water line. He sent the stones to the nearby wood shop where big weights are used. They weighed all the stones and gave him the total weight. The boat man took it to the emperor and told him the correct weight of the elephant. When the emperor came to know the method he employed, he appreciated it and gave him a valuable prize. Because the boat man used the weighing balance (Tula) Nagargaon was renamed as TULAPUR. 


Magic in Hindu, Sumer and Egyptian Culture


Research Article No. 2036

Written by London swaminathan


Date : 2nd August  2015

Time uploaded in London : – 19-12



This article is about the Hindu beliefs of burying hair and bones at the place of an enemy to eliminate him/her and hanging ugly faces to ward off evil eye (Dhrsti) that were found in Egypt, Greece and Sumer.

Western “Scholars” used to project Greeks as advanced in modern thinking or philosophical thinking. It is true only after they came into contact with the Hindus.  We see it from the period of Pythagoras and Socrates, who came into the world only after the Upanishad period. Greeks, Egyptians and Sumer people had similar beliefs about magic, witchcraft and ghosts which was in the Vedas at least one thousand years before them. There are of similarities in the Atharva Veda, Sumerian and Egyptian literature. I will take only one set of beliefs for comparison in this article:


How to destroy enemies or evil spirits?

All the ancient people believed that they can eliminate their enemies or evil spirits through curses. They also believed that they can destroy the statues or dolls of their enemies and eliminate them. They thought that they can bury something like hair, magical plates or talismans at the residence of their enemies and subdue them.

Kavachams are a genre of hymns where in god is prayed to protect every part of the body. In addition to it, they pray for the elimination of their enemies and counter act the enemy’s black magic activities. The most famous kavacham of Tamils is Kantha Shasti Kavacham which prays to God Skanda, son of Shiva. It specifically refers to the enemies act of burying dolls, cat’s hair, bones, hair and nails of children etc. The devotee of Skanda prays to neutralise such things and act against all the ghosts, spirits, ghouls etc. The basis for such belief is in the Atharva Veda (10-1-18 and 19). This shows that it is an age old belief; may be several thousand years old.

This belief spread to different parts of the world when Vedic Hindus spread to different parts of the world.

To ward off the evil eye, an ugly figure was hung in all the palaces or houses of the Hindus. This is called Dhrsti (Evil Eye) doll. This is found in all other cultures.

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Sumerian beliefs

Magic was used to drive away demons, to undo the bad effects of certain sinful actions, to counteract the potential effects of certain portended effects, to increase sexual potency, to secure the favours of a loved one, to quieten squalling infants and to frustrate the activity of hostile sorcerers

(All these are in Hindu mantras/incantations)

Sumer people wore ugly figures similar to ugly Dhrsti dolls of Hindus. ‘Pazuzu’ was Sumer demon. They hung it at the entrance of the houses like Hindus. Hattic and Hittites cultures were sources for all this belief. They were Kshatriyas who migrated from India.

Akkadian had ‘namburbu’ incantation rituals to ward off evil things. Some aspects of these were done during night time like Hindu black magic rituals. Hindus did this at the dead of night.

Sumerian incantations are similar to Atharva Veda incantations/mantras. (I have already shown that even the most popular Valentine day symbol of an ‘arrow piercing the heart’ is from the Atharva Veda).


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Egyptian Beliefs

The magical rituals that are most easily understood involved the deflection of enemies by cursing formulae (similar to Vedas). These are accompanied by ritual destruction of wax or clay figures (Even now it is done by magicians in Kerala) Ritual devised for vanquishing cosmic enemies Apep and political enemies, also private individuals, were essentially similar in character. Some Greco-Egyptian spells invoke evil gods and demons to appear in a person’s nightmares.

Magic was used for benign purpose as well. A love potion was given to wanted man or woman with incantations (like in Athrva Veda). Talismans, amulets and Lucky charms were also used to bring fortune to the wearer. Huge quantities of amulets representing gods and goddesses, parts of the body replicas were recovered from Egyptian burial sites. Magical spells written on papyrus were also used as amulets. Hindus also did this. They put such magical spells inside the metal containers and hung on their necks.

Isis was the goddess frequently addressed. Bes was a curious dwarf whose hideous features personify the supernatural world’s mixture of frightfulness and beneficence.

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Bes in Louvre Museum, Paris


Bes’ ugliness wards off evil. He appears with a large bearded and barely human face, a thick body, short arms and short bandy legs. He wears a plumed crown and often wields a short sword. He possesses a lion’s mane, usually has his mouth open and tongue protruding. He is also drawn as a dancing musician.  Bes was absorbed by Greco – Roman culture. The Greeks depicted him in strong ithyphallic (erect penis) guise.

(This can be compared with the Dhrsti doll of Hindus or Ayyanar/Sastha, village God with sword and protruding tongue at villages in South India).

Bes was a protective deity, usually portrayed as a hideous but jovial dwarf. It was revered as the god of pleasure and entertainment and as a protector of the family, especially of children and women in child birth

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Hekate in Greece

Hekate is the corrupted form of Sakti in Sanskrit. The goddess of sorcery, who resided in the Underworld.  There she oversaw the ritual purifications as well as magical invocations. Witches, such as Medea, drew power from the goddess. Hekate would sometimes appear on earth at night time, especially at cross roads, accompanied by baying hounds.

(Hindus fear to cross junction of three roads, particularly at night time,  and they believe evil spirits occupy those places. Greeks also believed in it)

Artistic representations show her carrying torches. Where paths met, a triple figure of Hecate rose from masks placed at the junction. Offerings were left at road side shrines and at junctions. In some parts of Greece she was worshipped by occult bands and moon worshippers.

(Vedic Hindus believed in Path way god Pushan. In South Indian villages lot of road side shrines are there for village gods and goddesses.)

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image of Sumerian Pazuzu


Dictionary of the Ancient Near East by British Museum

Ancient Egypt by David Silverman

Atharva Vedam(tamil Book) by Tamilmaaran

Dictionary of World Myth by Roy Willis

Encyclopaedia of Gods by Michael Jordan

Pictures from various sources



Article No. 2034

Written by London swaminathan


Date : 1st August  2015

Time uploaded in London : – 14-44

“It is very hard, my lord”, said a convicted person at the bar to judge Barnet, “to hang a poor man for stealing a horse.”

“You are not to be hanged, sir” answered the judge, “for stealing a horse; but you are to be hanged that horses may not be stolen.”


Allen, the Quaker, waited upon the Duke of Sussex to remind him of his promise to present a petition to abolish capital punishment. The Duke did not seem to like the job, and observed that the scripture has declared,

“Whoso, sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.”

“But please note,” replied the Quaker, “that when Cain killed Abel he was not hung for it.”

“That is true,” rejoined the Duke, “but remember Allen, there were not twelve men in the world then to make a jury”.


When Lord Bacon was chancellor of England, a witty criminal was brought before him. “Your Honour should let me go,” he observed. “We are kin. My name is Hogg, and Hogg is kin to bacon.

“Not until it’s hung,” said Bacon.



Jokes apart, ancient Sanskrit and Tamil literatures are full of death sentences by different methods. Chopping the head was the most used method by the kings. Sanskrit dramas describe the scene of criminals dragged or paraded along the streets in coloured attire, mostly red or black, to the place of execution.

Famous Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar says it is the duty of the king to weed out the criminals:-

“When the king imposes the severest penalty on a cruel murderer, it is like weeding the field to protect the crops” – Tirukkural 550

Rajaji, the First Governor General of Independent India, said that capital punishment for grievous offences is like the weeding of fields, necessary for protecting the food crops.

Indians knew that hundreds of freedom fighters were hanged by the British for being patriotic. They did it in all the places they colonised. During French revolution over 1000 people were guillotined and at the end, the person who invented the Guillotine was also guillotined. In the United States after a long discussion they came to the conclusion that the most humane method of execution is by lethal injection.  Electrical chairs are also used.


The British burnt alive thousands of women dubbing them as witches. Whoever did not believe in Christianity and practising pagan religions were called witches throughout Europe. Joan of Arc was the most famous woman who was burnt alive in France. The English clergy burnt her body three times to make sure that she is charred to ashes.



Research Article No.2025

Written by London swaminathan


Date : 28  July 2014

Time uploaded in London : 16.19

Hindus stand out in understanding TIME, Working of MIND and Explaining DREAMS. Western scientists have not reached the level of Hindus In these fields. They still lag behind.

Dreams find a place in a Hindus’ everyday life. They knew about the REM sleep and the unavoidability of dreams. Brahmin Hindus pray to Sun thrice a day to kill the nightmares (Dus Swapna Nasanam). This shows how much they have understood about the dreams.

Adi Shankara, greatest philosopher of India, use dream hundreds of time in his hymns and commentaries. Mandukya Upanishad use it to explain the state of mind. Varahamihira, author of Brhat Samhita and several others before him dealt with the dreams. Hindus have several books interpreting dreams. Poets of Sangam Tamil literature even sing about the dreams of birds and animals. Tamil encyclopaedia Abidhana Chintamani has a summary of the interpretation of dreams over six pages. It is the summary of Sanskrit book on dreams attributed t Deva Guru Brhaspati. Like the dream of a dumb person is a popular simile used in Hindu literature.

FRANCE - CIRCA 2005: A stamp printed in France shows sleeping baby in a rose, circa 2005

FRANCE – CIRCA 2005: A stamp printed in France shows sleeping baby in a rose, circa 2005

Ten Bad Dreams in Vedic Literature

The meaning of dreams was an interesting part of Vedic literature. It is dealt with in various passages, including an Athrvan Parisista. The Rig Veda regards as ominous the making of a garland or neckband in a dream.

Ten dreams which presupposed death are recorded in Aitareya Aranyaka (3-2-4); they are

When a black man with black teeth kills you

When a boar kills you

When a wild cat springs on you

When one eats and spits out gold

When one drinks honey and eats lotus roots

When one goes to a village with asses or bears

When one drives south a black cow with a black calf

Wearing a garland of nard (Spikenard plant; Death of Jesus Christ is also associated with nard!)

If one has a dream one should wash one’s mouth.

Dreams in Rigveda:–2-28-10; 10-162-6; evil dreams – RV 2-28-10;

Atharvaveda :– 7-101-1; 10-3-6 (evil dreams)

Vajasaneyi Samhita :– 20-16

Satapata Brahmana:– 3-2-2-23

In classical Sanskrit literature we have several references to dreams.

Separate book on dream interpretation is attributed to Deva Guru Brhaspati.

Svapna is the Sanskrit word for dream. In Sanskrit hymn books there special slokas/hymns to avoid nightmares.


Sleeping Beauty Stamp of USA

My previous Research Articles on Dreams:

Role of Dreams in Tamil Saivite Literature (posted on July 4, 2013)

Do our Dreams have Meaning? (Posted on December 29, 2011)

God’s Note Book (posted on March 16, 2014)


Mystery of Einstein’s Brain! Smaller than ours!


Article No.2021

Written by London swaminathan


Date : 26  July 2014

Time uploaded in London :10-58 am

The first part of this article was posted yesterday under the title “Einstein’s Hindu Connection.”


1.Greater than Einstein!

At a gathering of mathematicians, someone undertook to discourse upon the meaning of Einstein’s theories. After he had run on tediously for nearly an hour, someone interrupted to say, “I think you are greater than Einstein himself. Twelve men understand Einstein—but nobody understands you.”


2.I am NOT a good mathematician: Einstein

Sir William Rothenstein was in Berlin doing a portrait of Einstein. The mathematician was always accompanied to the studio by a solemn, academic looking individual who sat in a corner throughout the sittings. Einstein, not wishing to waste any time, was putting forth some tentative theories, to which the silent companion replied only by an occasional nod or shake of the head.  When the work was concluded, Rothenstein, who was curious, asked Einstein who his companion was. “That is my mathematician”, said Einstein, who examines problems which I put before him and checks their validity.  You see, I am not myself a good mathematician.”



3.Success Formula

Asked one day for a mathematical formula for success in life, Albert Einstein gave the following:

“if ‘a’ is success in life, the formula is,  ‘a’ equals ’x’ plus ‘y’ plus ‘z’. x being work and y being play.”

“And what is ‘z’?” he was asked.

“Z”, he said, “is keeping your mouth shut.”



4.Einstein’s jibe at Nazis

The sculptor Jacob Epstein tells this story”When I was doing Professor Albert Einstein’s but he had many a jibe at he Nazi professors, one hundred of him had condemned his theory of relativity in a book. ‘Were I wrong’, he said, ‘one professor would have been enough!”


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5.Brain of Einstein

Charles Saatchi, author of the book   “DEAD: A Celebration of Mortality” gives lot of interesting information about Einstein’s brain.

Einstein’s brain was smaller than our brains

During Albert Einstein’s autopsy his brain was cut into 240 blocks and tissues were taken on slides from all the blocks. The slides were distributed to some of the world’s best neuro pathologists. The autopsy revealed that Einstein’s brain was a great deal smaller than average.

Years a later lot of people asked for his brain samples. The researchers noted a uniquely formed pre-frontal cortex and concluded that this would explain the kind of abstract thinking Einstein would have needed for his experiments on the nature of space and time – such as imagining riding alongside a beam of light.

The advances he ushered into the first half of 20th century – quantum theory and relativity are still the twin pillars of physics, encompassed in the vast sweep of modern science. However, Einstein abilities did not always make themselves clear.



6.Einstein’s childhood

As a child Einstein struggled to speak, and his worried parents took him to see doctors who misread his lack of interest in taking as a sign of someone of below average intelligence. He also displayed stunted social development, was stubborn and preferred to play alone.

At supper when he was about five years old he surprised his parents by breaking his silence to explain in perfect German: “This soup is too hot.” His parents asked him why he barely uttered a sentence before and he replied: “Because up to now everything was in order.”

Many exceptionally intelligent people have displayed similar slow development at a young age, causing social theorist Thomas Sowell to name the behaviour as Einstein Syndrome.



7.Belief in God

Einstein’s radical scientific leaps convinced many that they left him with no room for a belief in God.

He explained his position simply:

“Imagine a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books but does not know how, or the languages in which they are written.

“It may dimly suspect a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe marvellously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws.”



  1. Top Ten Highest Earning Dead People!

There is a Tamil proverb about elephants:

An elephant is worth 1000 gold coins whether it is alive or dead.

Even in death Einstein has been prolific.  He is one of the top ten highest earning dead people and generates an annual revenues of $20 million spreading his teaching through educational materials including Disney’s Little Einsteins.



9.Anagram of Albert Einstein!

“Albert Einstein” is anagram of “Ten Elite Brains”!

If you rearrange the spelling using each letter once, you will get new words TEN ELITE BRAINS.

DWGDN2 Two Mongolia postage stamps featuring Albert Einstein. In one he is sitting in a chair, holding a pipe; the other is a portrait.

DWGDN2 Two Mongolia postage stamps featuring Albert Einstein. In one he is sitting in a chair, holding a pipe; the other is a portrait.

Source: Thesaurus of Anecdotes

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Einstein’s Hindu Connection!

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Article No.2017

Written by London swaminathan


Date : 25  July 2014

Time uploaded in London : 6-48 am

Where did Einstein get this E= mc2 formula from? Did he get this concept after reading Hindu scriptures? We can’t say anything for sure. But there are two important clues.

Einstein was a Jew. Jews are Yadavas who migrated to Middle East during Rig Vedic days. Yadu became Juda. J=Y is linguistics. But it won’t give any clue to his discovery.

The concept of time in Hindu scripture is very different from the old Western concept. Hindu concept is very scientific. Hindu sages are called Tri Kala Jnanis= who can go beyond Past, Present and Future. Like we see TV serials and films on VCR by ‘Fast Forwarding’ and ‘Rewinding’ they saw TIME!

We are the one to tell the world first about Big Bang and Big Crunch/Shrink. We are the one to tell the world that time is different for Brahma in Celestial Worlds and Brahmins on earth. We are the one who spoke about very big numbers in astronomical terms where as other books were able to count 40 to 120. We are the one who told the world about Zero without which no scientific invention was possible. We are the one who taught the world to write numbers 1,2,3 etc. They were using complicated Roman script to write numbers until a few centuries ago.

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First clue

Einstein had several books about Hinduism in his library. One of them was ‘The Secret Doctrine’ published by the Theosophical Society. He has met Hindu scholars including Tagore. Does it say anything about what Einstein said? No. it might have helped him to think scientifically. For instance the Viswarupa Darsanam (Arjuna’s Vision of Universal Form of God) in Bhagavad Gita explains the cyclical nature of time. Even Black holes may be explained with that description. Everything is sucked into this Universal Form in an amazing speed. Arjuna was shown a parallel universe. And I am not the first one to see nuclear science in Bhagavad Gita. Even the Father of Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer recited Gita sloka in great excitement when he witnessed the first atomic explosion (Please read my Atomic Bomb to Zoology in Bhagavad Gita article).

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Second Clue

The following anecdote is found in a very old book of anecdotes:

This story is told of, and possibly by, Alfred Einstein, who was asked by his hostess at a social gathering to explain the theory of relativity. Said the great mathematician,

“Madam, I was once walking in the country on a hot day with a blind friend, and said that I would like a drink of milk.

“Milk? Said my friend, ‘Drink I know; but what is milk?

“’A white liquid’, I replied.” ‘Liquid I know; but what is white?’

“’The colour of swan’s feathers.’

“’Feathers I know; what is a swan?’

“’A bird with a crooked neck’

“’Neck I know; but what is this crooked?’

“Thereupon I lost patience. I seized his arm and straightened it. ‘That is straight’, I said; and then I bent it at the elbow. ‘That is crooked’.

“’ ‘Ah!’ said the blind man, ‘Now I know what you mean by milk!’”.

(Thesaurus of Anecdotes, page 198)


This story is found in the Hindu ‘Katha Sarit Sagara’, which is the largest Story collection in the ancient world. All the seeds or plots of old stories such as Arabian Nights are found in it. If Einstein has said it, then he must have read several Hindu stories and scriptures. This might have given some new idea for his lateral thinking on TIME!

15 Anecdotes from George Bernard Shaw’s Life- Part 2


Article No.2016

Written by London swaminathan


Date : 24  July 2014

Time uploaded in London : 13-37


(Seven of the 15 anecdotes were published yesterday in Part-1)


8.I think of nothing but Money!

It is reported that Sam Goldwyn telephoned to G.B.Shaw and attempted to drive a bargain for the film rights for some of his plays. Shaw’s terms were stiff and Goldwyn endeavoured to whittle them down by an appeal to the artist.

“Think of millions of people who would get a chance to see your plays who would otherwise never see them. Think of the contribution it would be to art.”

“The trouble is, Mr.Goldwyn,” Shaw replied, “that you think of nothing but Art and I think of nothing but money.”


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How Producer Gabriel Pascal acquired the film rights to Shaw’s plays – a mine of entertainment material practically every producer in Hollywood has tried one time or another – is utterly implausible story. In 1935, after spending six months in Hollywood doing nothing, Pascal, who had made one successful picture and a succession of shorts, left in disgust. He arrived in London, and out of a clear sky called on Shaw, whom he had never met, saying he wanted to produce his plays. When Shaw asked how much capital he had to do it with, Pascal replied: “ Fifteen shillings and six pence – but I owe a pound.”

Delighted as much with his effrontery as with Pascal’s obvious admiration for his work, Shaw gave him a pound to pay his debts, and agreed to the experiment. The successful “Pygmalion” was the result.

(My connection with Shaw’s plays: When I was working as the Producer of BBC Tamil Service in London, we produced Pygmalion in Tamil and broadcast it. I acted as professor in the play. The BBC has got official permission to translate St Joan of Shaw into Tamil, which I translated for the BBC Tamil Service. But we did not produce it in the studio for lack of time between 1987 and 1992—London swaminathan)



10.Swimming: Helped a youth

Bernard Shaw was enjoying a swim in a pool during a stay in South Africa; so were some boys who knew nothing of the august author one small boy was “dared” by his playmates to “duck the old man” for a Shilling. He accepted, but when he was close to his victim, panic seized him. Shaw turned, saw the youngster, and asked him what he wanted. In halting accents, the boy revealed the plot and the shilling bet.

“Well”, said Shaw, looking sternly at the youngster, “if you wait a moment while I get my breath, I will let you push my head under water.

He did, and the small boy swam back triumphantly to collect his shilling.

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11.Shaw writes “Nonsense”

After the premiere performance of “Arms and the Man”, Bernard Shaw was called upon to take a bow. As he stepped forward upon the stage amidst the applause, a loud voice called from the balcony, “Come, come, Shaw, you know all this stuff is balderdash.”

((Balderdash = nonsense, senseless writing))

Shaw good-naturedly looked up toward the balcony and called back, “I quite agree with you, my friend, who are you and I against many?”



12.True Characters in Shaw’s Drama

“When I wrote ‘Major Barbara’, the characters were modelled on people I knew. The liknesses were unmistakable, and therefore I was anxious to make sure that no words used in the play could hurt the originals. I read the play to an old dear friend of the family.  All went well till I came to the lines: “ Never call me Mother again”. ‘Oh’, said she, ‘you must not say that for those are the very words used by ….. (the character copied in the play), and used in tragic circumstances.’”

Shaw paused. Bridges opened his eyes, ‘remarkable co-incidence,” he said and closed his eyes again.


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13.Social Activities

Bernard Shaw one day received an invitation from a celebrity hunter: “Lady X will be at home Thursday between four and six.”

The author returned the card; underneath he had written: “Mr Bernard Shaw likewise”.


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“Youth”, said George Bernard Shaw, “is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.”


15.Vegetarian Shaw

George Bernard Shaw was noted as a vegetarian. On time, at a dinner party in London, he had before him on his plate the special concoction which was always provided for him, consisting of some greens with a mixture of salad oils.

Sir James Barrie, who was Shaw’s neighbour at the table, bent over him and, in a confidential tone, asked, “Tell me one thing, Shaw, have you eaten that are you going to?”



15 Anecdotes from George Bernard Shaw’s Life- Part 1


Article No.2013

Written by London swaminathan


Date : 23  July 2015

Time uploaded in London : 14-17


There is a legend about the fervent message Bernard Shaw received from Isadora Duncan expressing the opinion that by every eugenics principle they should have a child.

“Think what a child it would be”, she said, “with my body and your brain.”

Shaw sent the following response, discouraging the preposition, “Think how unfortunate it would be if the child were to have my body and your brain.”

2.Shaw—an imaginary Personage?

Bernard Shaw’s name first became familiar to the general public as the result of scurrilous attacks, disguised as interviews, made upon by him by a section of the London evening press. The interviewer would force his way into Shaw’s modest apartment, apparently for no other purpose than to bully and insult him.

Many people maintained that Shaw was an imaginary personage. Why did he stand it? Why didn’t he kick the interviewer downstairs? Failing that why didn’t he call the police? It seemed difficult to believe in the existence of a being so Christian as this poor persecuted Shaw appeared to be. Everyone talked about him.

As a matter of fact, the interviews were written by Shaw himself.



3.Shaw as a Critic

When Bernard Shaw wrote dramatic criticisms for the “London Saturday Review” he commented about a certain play in his column as follows:

“I am in a somewhat foolish position concerning a play at the Opera Comique, whither I was bidden this day week. For some reason I was not supplied with a program; so that I never learned the name of the play. At the end of the second act the play had advanced about as far as  an ordinary dramatist would have brought it five minutes after the first rising of the curtain; or say as far as  Ibsen would have brought it ten years before the event. Taking advantage of the second interval (intermission) to stroll out into the Strand for a little exercise, I unfortunately forgot all about my business, and actually reached home before it occurred to me that I had not seen the end of the play.  Under these circumstances, it would ill become me to dogmatize on the merits of the work or its performance. I can only offer the management my apologies.”

4.Practical Joking

George Bernard Shaw was poring over a second hand book stall of volumes much marked down, when he came across a volume containing his own plays. The book was inscribed, moreover, to a friend, beneath whose name on the fly-leaf, G.B.S. saw, written in his own hand, “With renewed compliments. G.B.S,” and sent it back to the early recipient.


In reply to an invitation to lunch with Lady Randolph, George Bernard Shaw wired: “certainly not; what have I done to provoke such an attack on my well known habits?”

Lady Randolph sent another telegram:

“Know nothing of your habits; hope they are not as bad as your manners.


6.Shaw came to conquer England

Lillah Mc Carthy asked Bernard Shaw why he had come to live in England instead of seeking inspiration among the Dublin (Irish) poets – George Moore, A.E.Yeats and the others. He answered: “Lord bless you, I am old enough to be A.E.’s father; and George Moore had not discovered Ireland then. He was in Paris studying painting. He hadn’t even discovered himself. The Ireland that you know did not exist. I could not stay there, dreaming my life away on the Irish hills. England had conquered Ireland; so there was nothing for it but to come over and conquer England. Which, you will notice, I have done pretty thoroughly.”

7.Oscar Wilde  on G.B.Shaw

When G.B.Shaw, as a young man, emerged from his native Ireland and moved to England he began writing a column for a London weekly publication.  At that time Oscar Wilde was enjoying his vogue as a wit and epigram maker. One evening an acquaintance, calling upon Wilde, happened upon a copy of the paper to which Shaw was a contributor and reading therein one of Shaw’s characteristic articles which was signed with the author’s initials, said to his host:

“I say, Wilde, who is chap G.B.S. who is doing a department for this sheet?”

“He is a young Irishman named Shaw,” said Wilde. “Rather forceful, isn’t he?”

“Forceful”, echoed the other, “well, rather! My word, how he does cut and slash! He doesn’t seem to spare anyone he knows. I should say he is in a fair way to make himself a lot of enemies.”

“well,” said Wilde, “as yet he hasn’t become prominent enough to have enemies. But none of his friends like him.”

Rest of the anecdotes in Part 2……………..

Greek Philosopher Diogenes lived like a Hindu Yogi!


Research Article No.1996

Written  by London swaminathan

Date 15th July 2015

Time uploaded in London: 20-33

Diogenes (410- 320 BC) was a Greek philosopher. He belonged to Sinope in modern Turkey, an ancient Greek colony. He came to Athens (now capital of Greece) and founded the Cynic sect with his Guru Antisthenes. The English word Cynic (doggish) came from this sect. People who belonged to this sect lived like Hindu ascetics sacrificing all comforts. Greeks thought it is a dog’s life.

Diogenes life was like a Hindu ascetic. He was like Seshadri Swamikal, a sage who lived in Tiruvannamalai during Ramana Maharishi’s time. Many of his acts were categorised as a mad man’s activities. But he was a great saint and senior to Ramana Maharishi. Diogens was also like him.


I wrote a post in 2013 with the title “Philosopher who carried Lantern in day Time!” posted here on June 17, 2013 .


Diogenes was said to have lived in a big broken jar. When Alexander the Great came to him and asked what he could do for him, Diogenes asked him to move away so that his shadow would not block the sunlight!

He wandered through Athens with a lamp in day time! When people laughed at him, he told that he was looking for an honest man!


Here are more anecdotes about the great philosopher:

Diogenes was a prominent citizen of Sinope. He was exiled about the middle of the fourth century BCE, allegedly for defacing the currency. He lived in Athens and Corinth, becoming the prototype of cynicism.

Plato said about Diogenes, “He is a Socrates gone mad”

Diogenes embraced bronze statues in winter to train the body in hardship and eradicate physical desire. He would court insult to test the subjugation of emotion in his mind.

Diogenes’ own life as a stateless beggar sleeping where he could in Athens was a practical demonstration of endurance of hardship. His nickname was Dog, from which the word Cynicism.


The politic philosopher Aristippus, by paying court (praise) to the tyrant Denys, had acquired a comfortable living and looked down upon his less prosperous fellow sages with no small degree of contempt. Seeing Diogenes washing some vegetables, he said to him disdainfully, “If you would only learn to flatter King Denys you would not have to be washing lentils”.

“And you,” retorted Diogenes in the same tone, “if you had only learned to live on lentils, would not have to flatter King Denys.”


Diogenes visited Plato one day and perceiving that the floors were beautifully covered with carpets of the richest wool and finest dye, stamped his foot in scorn exclaiming:

“Thus do I tread on the pride of Plato!”

“With greater pride”, mildly added Plato.


Alexander meeting Diogenes


An Athenian (as was customary with that people) had caused the following inscription to be placed over the door of his house:

“Let nothing enter here but what is good”

Diogenes asked, “Then where will the master of the house go in?”


“Bury me on my face”, said Diogenes, and when he was asked why, he replied, “ Because in a little while everything will be turned upside down.”

When the mighty Alexander the Great asked the ragged philosopher Diogenes what favour he could grant him, the cynic who was reclining on the ground, remarked quietly:

“Now please little out of my sun.”



A lawyer and a doctor having a dispute about precedence, referred it to Diogenes, who gave it in favour of the lawyer in these terms:

“Let the thief go before and the executioner follow.”





Research Article No.1994

Written  by London swaminathan

Date 14th July 2015

Time uploaded in London: 19-43

“Judges shall discharge their duties objectively and impartially so that they may earn the trust and affection of people.” (Arthasastra 3-20-24)

“ A king who observes his duty of protecting his people justly and according to law will go to heaven, whereas one who does not protect them or inflicts unjust punishments will not.” (Arthasastra 3-1-41)

“It is the power of punishment alone, when exercised impartially in proportion to the guilt, and irrespective of whether the person punished is the king’s son or an enemy, that protects this world and the next.” (Arthasastra 3-1-42)

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Greek View

Lawyers = Robbers (Thief)

Doctors =  Yama Dharma (Executioner)

I gave fifteen interesting anecdotes about doctors and lawyers yesterday to illustrate the western view of these professionals. Diogenes, the Greek philosopher, who lived 2300 years ago, called the lawyer a thief and a physician an executioner. Today, even Indians say this. But 2000 years ago, Hindus, unlike Greeks, had very high respect for  these professions. Here are some quotes about the lawyers and physicians:-

Earlier in my posts I quoted  the Rudra (Yajur Veda) mantra where Lord Shiva is called a doctor (Bhishak). He is a doctor to our physical illness and mental illness.

Popular Sanskrit proverb says

Vaidye grhaste mriyate kathannu

Whence death when the doctor is at home?

But it is true that there are sayings against inexperienced doctors and doctors running late:–

Anubhava rahito vaidyo loke nihanti praaninah praanaan

An inexperienced physician snuffs out the life of the living

Siirse sarpah desaantare vaidyah

The serpent dangles over the head and the doctor is miles away

Both in Tamil and Sanskrit we have a proverb

Hatvaa nrnaam sahasram pascaat vaidyo bhavet siddhah

It is only after finishing off a thousand that a doctor becomes proficient.

The hidden meaning is that doctors too learn by mistakes.


Kautilya’s Arthashastra

India was the most civilized country and the richest country in the world  2000 years ago. I have given enough proof for these in my 1800 articles so far. In all the fields that we know of, India stood first, whether it is environmental science or consumer protection, etymology or grammar, aeronautical engineering or nuclear physics.

Kautilya (Chanakya), who lived 2300 years ago, wrote the first economic treatise. It gives a list of punishments and fines for all the mistakes or errors or blunders committed by various workers or professionals:

“Physicians shall inform the authorities before undertaking any treatment which may involve danger to the life of the patient. If, as a result of the treatment, the patient dies or physically deformed, the doctor shall be punished (Arthasastra 4-1-56)

Doctors not giving prior information about treatment involving danger to life with the consequence of physical deformity = same punishment as for causing similar injury”.

Only after patients sued the hospitals or the doctors claiming millions in damages, the consumer/patient protection rules came into Western countries. Nowadays they inform the patient about the risks involved in a treatment and then get the signature of the patient in a consent form. Kautilya thought about it 2300 years ago!

Because of these strict rules, the standard of physicians was very high. They were treated like angels.

“Any doctor who is called to a house to treat a severely wounded person or one suffering from unwholesome food or drink shall report the fact to the ‘gopa’ and the ‘sthanika’. If he does not report, he will be charged” – Arthasastra 2-36-10

Gopa and sthanika were like supervising officers.

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There are clear guidelines to judges about testimony of witnesses and punishments in 3-11 (Chanakya’s Arthasastra)

Manu says

“A king who wishes to hear legal cases should enter the court-room modestly with priests and counsellors who know how to counsel” (Manu smrti 8-1)

There are 18 causes of legal action. When the king could not sit in the court he must ask a priest to sit there with three judges.

A man who gives false evidence is an offender.

How to find an offender?

“The king or judge should discover the inner emotion of men from the outward signs, by their voice, colour, involuntary movements, and facial expressions, by their gaze and their gestures.

The inner mind and heart is grasped by facial expressions, involuntary movements, gait, gesture, speech, and changes in the eye and the mouth.” (Manu 8—25/26)

This shows that there was no lawyer in those days. But the ministers or judges used various methods to find the true criminal.

Chapter eight of Manu Smrti gives lot of information about the judicial procedures. They were very careful not to punish the innocent.

“Neither the king nor even one of his men should start a law suit himself, nor ever swallow up a case brought by anyone else.

Just as a hunter traces the track of a wild animal by the drops of blood, even so the king should trace the track of justice by inference.

When he is engaged in a legal proceeding, he should examine the truth, the object of the dispute, himself, the witnesses, the time and place, and the form of the case.”  (Manu. 8-44/46)