WHY DO PEOPLE COME TO MY MEETING? GERMAN PHILOSOPHER EXPLAINS (Post No.5672)

WHY DO PEOPLE COME TO MY MEETING? GERMAN PHILOSOPHER EXPLAINS (Post No.5672)

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While he was dramatic critic on the old Denver Post, Eugene Field was given an assignment to report on a performance of King Lear, his review was brief but pointed

Last night at the Tabor Opera House, So and So played King Lear. He played it as though under the premonition that someone was about to play the Ace.

Xxxx

Lecture Anecdotes

Professor Agassiz, the naturalist, had declined to lecture before some lyceum or public society, on account of the inroads which previous lectures given by him had made upon his studies and thought. The gentleman who had been deputed to invite him continued to press the invitation, assuring him that the society was ready to pay him liberally for his services.

That is no inducement to me, replied Agassiz, I cannot afford to waste my time in making money.

Xxxx

 

I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ON WIT AND HUMOUR

Artemus Ward was once about to lecture on American Wit and Humour, but the chairman spoke at such length on the subject when Artemus rose he said,
The chairman has said all that needs to be said on the American Wit and Humour, so instead of taking that subject, I shall lecture on Indian Meals, and he did.

Xxx

MY AUDIENCE
The German philosopher and theologian , Frederich Schleilermarcher , once attempted to explain to a questioner the type of people who composed his audiences.

My audience is composed mainly of students, young women and soldiers. Student s come because I am a member of the Board of Examiners. The young women come because of the student s. And the soldiers come because of the young women.

XXX SUBHAM XXX

A B C D POEM REVIEW –1 2 3 4 ! (Post No.5660)

 

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CRITICS ANECDOTES

According to Richard Aldington, in the early days of Dada (predecessor of surrealism) I received for review a book which contained the following poem
A B C D E F
G H I J K L
M N O P Q R
S T U V W X
Y Z

on which I commented,

1 2345
678910

I still think that was the most snappy review I ever wrote; but unfortunately The Times refused to print it.
Xxx

WHO WILL MAKE A NAME?

Richard Aldington tells that,
An American friend of mine was then editing the Outlook, and asked me to write an article telling his readers about young writers and picking out those I thought would make a name. I made a choice which I modestly think wasn’t bad for 1919 :
James Joyce, T S Eliot, d h Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, and marcel Proust. I received a letter from the editor in these terms,
For God’s sake, Richard, can’t you think of somebody who has been heard of or is ever likely to be heard of?
I protested, and my article was submitted to the judgement of that eminent expatriate, Mr Logan Pearsall Smith, who decided that my writers never would be heard of; and the article was rejected. If I had chosen such mediocrities as Jack Squire, Hugh Walpole, Frank Swinner town, I should have received a cheque and a crown of wide parsley.

Xxx

BURY THE CRITIC
A man said he was afraid he was going to be of no use in the world because he had only one talent.
Oh that need not discourage you, said his pastor. What is your talent?
The talent of criticism.
Well, I advise you, said his pastor, to do with it what the man of one talent in the parable did with his. Criticism may be useful when mixed with other talents, but those whose only activity is to criticise the workers might as well be buried, talent and all.

Xxx

 

BEATING A BIG DRUM

Jerrold admired Carlyle, but objected that he did not give definite suggestions for the improvement of the age which he rebuked.
Here, said he, is a man who beats a big drum under my windows, and when I come running down stairs, has nowhere for me to go.

Xxx

DR JOHNSON ON CRITICISM

A friend of Dr Johnson s, in conversation with him, was lamenting the disagreeable situation in which those persons stood who were eminent for their criticisms. As they were perpetually expected to be saying clever things, it was a heavy tax on them.
It is indeed, said Dr Johnson, a very heavy tax on them; a tax which no man can pay who does not steal.

XXXX SUBHAM XXXX

CAN YOU FIND THE 7 HOLY RIVERS AND 7 HOLY CITIES IN INDIA? (Post No.5658)

 

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ANSWER ISGIVEN AT THE END

I T A V S A R A S
R A Y A M K A S I
A W O A A A N I K
V A D Y T R U N A
A N H A H A M D V
H T Y M U W A H E
D I A R D Y U R
O K k A N C H I
G A N G A W E R

 

 

SEVEN HOLY RIVERS (GANGASINDHUS CHA KAVERI YAMUNA CHA SARASVATI,REWA,GODHAVARI…)

SARASVATI

KAVERI

SINDHU

GANGA

REWA=NARMADHA

YAMUNA

GODAVARI

SEVEN HOLY CITIES (AYODHYA MATHURA MAYA KASI KANCHI AWANTIKA DWARAKAPURI…..)

AWANTIKA= UJJAIN

AYODHYA

KANCHI

MATHURA

KASI

DWARAKA

MAYA=HARIDWAR

–SUBHAM–

Missing College Board (Post No.5656)

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Students and Class Room Anecdotes

Missing College Board

A tradition of Haverford College centers around the administration of its famous President, Dr William Wistar Comfort. On the occasion of the erecting upon the campus of a beautiful metal sign proclaiming the name of the College, an enterprising group of seniors stole the sign and concealed it. It was missing for many days, during which Dr Comfort instituted a search, located the sign, and caused it to be removed to a place of concealment of his own . There upon he announced a joke was a joke but that unless the culprits returned the sign by the following Saturday night, all privileges of the senior class would be indefinitely revoked.

The dismay of the culprits was great when they were unable to find their trophy and comply with the ultimatum. Accordingly, an extremely glum and down in the mouth body of senior s assembled in chapel the Sunday morning after the deadline. Dr Comfort stepped in to the pulpit, surveyed the faces before him, and opened the great bible for the reading of the morning text, which was,
A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh for a sign and there shall be none given unto them.

Xxxx

Udder Committee

A little girl who was attending a progressive school had a cold one morning and her mother suggested that she remain home from school.
But I can’t Mother, the little girl insisted.

This is the day when we started to make a clay model of a cow and I am chairman of the uddder committee.

Xxxx subham xx

MEN OF WIT ARE NOT FIT FOR JOBS (Post No.5643)

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Learned Men Anecdotes

Someone once rudely taunted John Maynard, Lord Commissioner of the Great Seal of England, with having grown so old as to forget his law.
“True Sir”, he replied,
“I have forgotten more law than you ever learned” .

Xxxx

PHILOSOPHERS ALSO NEED FOOD

A noble man observing a person eminent for his philosophical talents, intent on choosing delicacies at table said to him,
What! Do you philosophers love dainties?
Why not — do you think my Lord, that the good things of the world were only made for blockheads?

Xxx

 

MEN OF WIT ARE NOT FIT FOR JOBS
The Duke of Newcastle, when prime minister, once told the author of Tristan Shandy, that men of wit were not fit to be employed, being incapable of business.

“They are not incapable of business, my Lord, but above it, replied Sterne. A sprightly generous horse is able to carry a pack saddle as well as an ass, but he is too good to be put to the drudgery”.

Xxxx

 

WORDS WORTH AND COLERIDGE COULD NOT DO IT

Cottle, the Bath bookseller, recorded,

I removed the harness…..but…… could not get off the collar. In despair I called for assistance. Mr Wordsworth first brought his ingenuity into exercise, but, after several unsuccessful efforts, he relinquished the achievement as altogether impracticable. Mr Coleridge now tried his hand, but….after twisting the poor horse’s neck, almost to strangulation, and the great danger of his eyes, he gave up the useless task, pronouncing that the horse head must have grown (gout or dropsy) since the collar was put on! for it was a downright impossibility for such a huge os frontis to pass through narrow a collar! At about this juncture the servant girl appeared, turned the collar upside down, and removed it.

Xxx


PLATO HAS MY IDEAS!
One of Emerson’s rural neighbor s at Concord borrowed from him a copy of Plato
Did you enjoy the book?, asked Emerson, when it was returned.
I did that, replied his neighbour.
This Plato has a lot of my ideas

Xxx

QUEEN CHRISTINA
Queen Christina of Sweden complimented the celebrated Vossius by saying that he was so well learned as not only to know whence all the words came but whither they were going.

Tags: Plato, Men of wit, Coleridge, law, philosophers

XXX  SUBHAM XXX

Gateway to Hell and Gateway to Heaven (Post No.5638)

 

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There are beautiful slokas/couplets in Sanskrit language giving details about gateways to hell and heaven. We find it in Pali scriptures and Tamil scriptures as well. Bhagavad Gita, Dhammapada, the Buddhist Veda and Tamil Veda Tirukkural have got similar couplets.

Let us look at Sanskrit slokas first:-

Hitopadesa (sloka) says,

Doors to Death (Mrtyoh dvarani):-

1.Beginning of an unworthy act

2.Enmity with one’s own kin

3.Competition with a stronger person

4.Faith in young women

Anicita karyarambah svajana virodho baliyasa spardha

Pramadajanavisvaso mrtyoh dvarani catvari

–Hitopadesa 3-149

 

Gateway to Moksha/Liberartion

Yoga Vasistah says

1.Control of mind

2.Inquiry

3.Contentment

4.Association with saints

are the four gateways to Moksha.

mokshadvare dvarapalascatvah parikirtitah

samo vicharah santosascaturtah sadhusangamah

Gateways of Hell

kama krodha lobha dambha

kamo lobhastatha  krodho dhambascatvara ithyami

xxx

 

Bhagavad Gita (16-21) says,

The Triple Gate of Hell

trividham narakasyaedam

dvaram nasanam atmanah

kamah krodhas tatha lobhas

tasmad etat trayam tyajet

The gateway of this hell leading to the ruin of the soul is threefold, lust, anger and greed. Therefore, these three, one should abandon (BG 16-21)

Tiruvalluvar, author of Tamil Veda Tirukkural says,

Once the triple evils of lust, anger and delusion are eliminated

All sorrow will come to an end —(Kural 360)

Buddha in The Dhammapada says

He in whom these (envy, greed and wickedness) are destroyed, removed by the very root, he who is free from guilt, and is wise, is said to be handsome (263)

Lord, saints and poets repeated the same advise in different words.

Tags- Gateway, Hell, Heaven, Moksha, Greed, Lust, delusion, envy, anger.

–Subham–

WEBSTER WAS ‘SURPRISED’ WHEN HE HUGGED A CHAMBERMAID! (Post No.5631)

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NOAH WEBSTER

AMERICAN LEXICOGRAPHER

ENGLISH SPELLING REFORMER

FATHER OF AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP

WRITER

BORN ON- 16 OCTOBER 1758

DIED ON – 28 MAY 1843

He published the famous Webster Dictionary in 1806. He was the one who changed the spelling of English words to make it simpler and more meaningful (Eg.Colour= color). Americans follow only his spelling for English words ignoring Oxford dictionary etc.

XXX

SURPRISED OR AMAZED?
It is related of Noah Webster that his wife, coming suddenly into the pantry one day, caught him in the act of embracing the chamber maid.
“Mr Webster, she said, I am surprised”.
The great lexicographer gazed upon her in mild reproof.

“No, my pet”, he replied,
“You are amazed. It is we who are surprised”.

Xxx

POOR SCHOLARSHIP!

Noah Webster once undertook to write out a letter for an illiterate servant. Before concluding, he asked,
“Is there anything else you would like to add?”
His serving man replied,

“Well, you might just ask him to excuse the poor scholarship and want of sense the letter shows.”
XXX SUBHAM XXX

‘I like people who can do things’– R W Emerson (Post No.5624)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson had read philosophy, poetry, science and histories, but none of them had said anything about an effective and harmonious way of pushing a female calf into a barn. His son Edward grasped an ear, the father pushed diligently from behind, and together they tried to propel the animal. The heifer resisted with calm obstinacy. The pale face of the sage reddened and perspiring beads gathered on his high white forehead.

And then an Irish servant girl came by. With an amused glance she thrust a finger into the animal s mouth, and the calf, seduced by this maternal imitation, at once followed her into the barn.

Edward grinned, but Emerson was already absorbed in thought. After cleansing his hands of their hairy bovine smell, he recorded this telling declaration in his journal,

‘I like people who can do things’.

Xxxx

Emerson profile

American Essayist and Poet
Born May 25, 1803
Died April 27, 1882
Age at death 78

Publications

1836 Nature
1841 Essays
1844 Essays
1847 Poems
1850 Representative Men
1856 English Traits
1860 The Conduct of life
1867 May Day and other pieces
1870 Society and Solitude
1893 Natural History of Intellect

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an important 19th century American poet and essayist. His ideas had a strong influence on the development of American culture.

Emerson, the son of a minister, was born and raised in Boston. Like his father, he attended Harvard and then entered the ministry. He was appointed pastor of the important Second Unitarian Church in Boston, but three years later, at the age of 29, he had a crisis of faith and left the church. The same year Emerson visited England, where he became a close friend of the writer Thomas Carlyle.

Back in America Emerson settled in Concord, Massachusetts, and began a successful career as a lecturer and essayist. His first book Nature was published, when he was 33, summed up his ideas. He emphasised individualism and self-reliance and rejected traditional authority. He also believed that people should rely on their reason to learn what is right and should try to live a simple life in harmony with nature and with others.

Emerson became famous for his lectures. He encouraged American scholars to break free of European influences and create a new American culture. His first collection of essays, in which he explored his ideas more fully, was published when he was 38. They were widely read and further collection s followed. At the age of 44 he published his first collection of poetry. Later he became involved in the anti-slavery movement and worked for women’s rights.


–Subham–

University and College Anecdotes (Post No.5613)

 

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GREATNESS OF HARVARD

Dr Charles W Eliot, the eminent educator of Harvard whose fate it has been to be dubiously immortalised by a five foot shelf of books, was once asked how Harvard had gained its prestige as the greatest storehouse of knowledge in the nation.

In all likelihood , said Dr Eliot slyly, it is because the freshmen bring us so much of it, and the seniors take away so little.

Xxx

 

SAVE OUR TOBACCO
Attorney General Seymour of Virginia snorted at the establishment of William and Mary College, which was founded not only to inculcate learning but to save souls? He cried.

Damn your souls. Make tobacco.

Xxx

COW AND COLLEGE

Sir William B—, being at a parish meeting, made certain proposals which were objected to by a farmer. Highly enraged, Sir, said he to the farmer, do you know, sir, that I have been at two universities, and at two colleges in each university?

Well, sir, said the farmer, what o’ that? I had a calf that sucked two kye, an’ the observation I made was, the mair he sucked the greater calf he grew.

Xxx

100 years to make an oak tree!
When James A. Garfield was president of Hiram College a man brought up his son to be entered as a student. He wanted the boy to take a course shorter than the regular one.

My son can never take all those studies, said the father.
He wants to get through more quickly. Can’t you arrange it for him?
Oh, yes, said Mr Garfield, He can take a short course: it all depends on what you want to make of him. When god wants to make an oak he takes a hundred years, but he only takes two months to make a squash.

Xxx

ADVENTURE OF A TOURIST GUIDE
A guide, New at his business, was showing a group of tourists around Oxford. Conscientiously, he pointed out all the places of interest. Coming in front of one of the buildings he paused and said,
‘And this is Trinity Hall, where the president of the college, the famous Benjamin Jowett, lives.’
Glancing around at the upturned faces, the guide then stooped and picked up a handful of gravel and threw it at a second story window. A red faced and a furious man opened the window almost immediately and peered out.

And that is president Jowett himself, said the guide in a tone of voice as though he had just completed a task well done.

Xxx

MISS

Hendrik Willem Von Loon was visiting Cambridge.
That, said someone who was showing him around the university, is Miss Jones, pointing to a formidable looking female striding along before them. She is the mistress of Ridsley Hall.

Who, asked Von Loon, is Ridsley Hall?

Xxx Subham xxx

33 QUOTATIONS ON TAPAS/ PENANCE (Post No.5603)

 

NOVEMBER 2018 ‘GOOD THOUGHTS’ CALENDAR



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This month calendar consists 30 quotations from Tirukkural of Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar, Bhajagovindam of Adi Shankara and from other Sanskrit books.

FESTIVAL DAYS- DEEPAVALI 6 (TAMIL NADU), 7 (NORTH INDIA), 13-SKANDA SASHTI, 14- CHILDREN’S DAY, 23- KARTHIKAI DEEPAM

NEWMOON DAY- 7; FULL MOON DAY- 22; EKADASI FASTING DAYS- 3,19;

AUSPICIOUS DAYS- NOV.4,5,9,11,14,28

DIWALI FIRE CRACKERS

NOVEMBER 1 THURSDAY
Penance consists in enduring pain and refraining from inflicting injury on the living — Tirukkural 261
NOVEMBER 2 FRIDAY
Asceticism befits a person who has deserved it by his past actions— Tirukkural 262

NOVEMBER 3 SATURDAY
House holders wanted to give basic needs (food, shelter and clothing- roti,kapda aur makhan) — to ascetics. That is the reason for them forgetting asceticism— Tirukkural 263

NOVEMBER 4 SUNDAY
The body has become decrepit;t the head has turned grey; the mouth has become toothless, grasping a stick , the old man moves about. Even then the mass of desires does not go— Bhajagovidam
15

NOVEMBER 5 MONDAY

The ascetic with matted locks, the one with his head shaven, the one’s with hairs pulled out one by one, the one who disguises himself variously with the ochre coloured robes — such a one is a fool who, though seeing, does not see. Indeed, the various disguise is for the sake of the belly -Bhajagovidam 14 of Adi Shankara

NOVEMBER 6 TUESDAY

Ascetics acquire powers by their austerities to curse and give boons— Tirukkural 264

NOVEMBER 7 WEDNESDAY

Asceticism is practised in this world to attain what they wanted in the next world — Tirukkural 265

NOVEMBER 8 THURSDAY

They discharge their duty who practise asceticism. Others entrapped by their desire harm themselves— Tirukkural 266

NOVEMBER 9 FRIDAY

Men of penance may indeed be asked any question under the sun— Shakuntala of Kalidasa

NOVEMBER 10 SATURDAY

The curses of sages are irrevocable— Pratima nataka of Bhasa

NOVEMBER 11 SUNDAY
Penance confers powers — Bharatamanjari

NOVEMBER 12 MONDAY

Penance is the ultimate good; all other joys are delusory— Valmiki Ramayana 7-84-9

NOVEMBER 13 TUESDAY

Hotter the fire, purer the gold. Harder the austerity, the more refined the human soul becomes— Tirukkural 267

NOVEMBER 14 WEDNESDAY
All living beings worship him who has gained control of his own life— Kural 268

NOVEMBER 15 THURSDAY

Those who have acquired strength through asceticism have the power of overcoming even death— Tirukkural 269

DIWALI NEW YEAR ACCOUNTS

NOVEMBER 16 FRIDAY

The rich are few and the poor are more. It is in proportion to those who perform penance and those who do not— Tirukkural 270

NOVEMBER 17 SATURDAY

The five elements will laugh at the secret conduct of deceits -Tirukkural 271

NOVEMBER 18 SUNDAY
What use an appearance of saintliness if one is guilty of conscious sin? — Tirukkural 272

NOVEMBER 19 MONDAY
A deceiving fake fakir/ascetic is like a cow grazing clothed in tigers skin.— Tirukkural 273

NOVEMBER 20 TUESDAY

Penance ever fraught with obstacles and assailed with difficulties— Valmiki Ramayana 3-10-14

NOVEMBER 21 WEDNESDAY
Yogis attain everything by penance- Naisadiya caritra

NOVEMBER 22THURSDAY

Ascetics are by nature docile — Shakuntala of Kalidasa

NOVEMBER 23 FRIDAY

Retire to the penance groves in simple attire— Shakuntala

NOVEMBER 24 SATURDAY

He who sins under the guise of asceticism is like a hunter trapping birds hiding behind a bush— Tirukkural 274

NOVEMBER 25 SUNDAY

There are none so hard hearted as those who pretend to be ascetics in heart without renouncing the world — Tirukkural 276

NOVEMBER 26 MONDAY

The world has persons who are red like abrus seeds but heart as black as the face of that seed — Tirukkural 277

NOVEMBER 27 TUESDAY
There are many who wash their exterior and pretend to be saintly, while their heart remains impure.— Tirukkural 278

NOVEMBER 28 WEDNESDAY

Cruel arrow is straight; but the sweet lute is curved and shapeless; don’t judge men by appearance— Tirukkural 279 (appearance of saints)

NOVEMBER 29 THURSDAY

It matters not whether a man shaves his hair or allows it to grow in flowing locks if he could refrain from what the world shuns— Tirukkural 280

 

NOVEMBER 30 FRIDAY
Bereft of protection, ascetics use curses as weapons and expend their spiritual energy—Raghuvamsam 15-3

Words of saints never fail —Nagananda

Nothing is impossible with austerity— Kathasarith sagara

–SUBHAM–