5 STORIES-LEARNING LEADS TO JEALOUSY, MONEY LEADS TO ARROGANCE (Post No.5437)

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Date: 16  September 2018

 

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Post No. 5437

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5 STORIES-LEARNING LEADS TO JEALOUSY, MONEY LEADS TO ARROGANCE (Post No.5437)

 

Bhartruhari composed 300 slokas and they are in three books- Neeti Sataka, Srngara Sataka and Vairaga Sataka. The Neeti Sataka looks at the ethical issues; let us look at two slokas.

 

बोद्धारो मत्सरग्रस्ताः
प्रभवः स्मयदूषिताः ।
अबोधोपहताः चान्ये
जीर्णम् अङ्गे सुभाषितम् ॥ 1.2 ॥

The learned are filled with jealousy, the wealthy are full of arrogance, all others are ignorant. Therefore my words of wisdom have become emaciated 1-2

 

There are a few stories to illustrate these points.

Learned men suffer from jealousy. Tamil poet Valluvar says,

 

‘The wise will do no wrong actuated by jealousy as they realise that evil bound is to result from such wrong doing- Tirukkural 164

 

He who is envious needs no enemy to ruin him. Envy itself is enough to bring him ruin’- Tirukkural 165

 

1.Bandi, an arrogant scholar was in the Court of Janaka who ruled from Mithila. He used to challnege scholars coming to the Royal court and if the scholars lose they will be thrown into river nearby. This was the fate of many and one of them was Kahoda, a Brahmin scholar. Kahoda’s son Ashtavakra learnt about his father’s death at the age of 12. He set out to avnge him. The lad was possessed of great wisdom and great ability.  He got better of the court poet Bandi who worsted his father. He insisted that Bandi should be thrown into river and it was done. This story is found in Vana Parva of Mahabharata.

2.There is a similar story in Tamil Nadu. A poet of 15th century by name Villiputhurar challenged all the scholars and cut the ear of the opponent if he was lost. Many lost their ears. Once Arunagirinatha, a great saint and disciple of Lord Skanda happened to be at the same place. He was challenged by Villiputhurar. Arunagiri accepted the challenge and on his part asked the meaning of certain verses composed by him on Lord Muruga. Villiputturar couldn’t answer his questions and his ear was cut off.

 

3.The greatest of the Tamil poets of ancient Tamil Nadu, Tiruvalluvar was also asked to prove his book Tirukkural a genuine one and above fault. In ancient India book launch was not an ordinary meeting. Great scholars will assemble and try to tear the new poet like sharks in the sea. He has to answer all critics and prove that his book is fit for approval. When Tiruvalluvar came with his master piece Tirukkural, jealous poets challenged him. There was a magical plank which would allow only genuine poets to sit on it. It allowed only Tiruvalluvar and his book throwing all other wrong doers into water.

 

These anecdotes show how jealous were scholars in those days. In the same way money also corrupts.

 

There are two anecdotes from Mahabharata and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s life.

4.Drupada was the king of Punjab (Panchala) and he was the schoolmate of Drona, greatest archer and teacher of Pandavas and Kauravas. When Drona went to see him as an old classmate, he was sent back saying that he did not know him at all. When the Pandavas and their cousins finished their training under him ,they asked what Guru Dakshina ( convocation fees for the teacher) would make him happy. Drona told them that they had to bring Drupada and make him fall at his feet. Arjuna took the challenge and defeated Drupada in a battle and brought him as a prisoner of war. Drona got half of his kingdom and released him. This shows that power and money corrupt.

 

5.Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the great saint of Calcutta always warned about Kamini and Kanchana (Women and Money/gold). He narrated the following anecdote:

“Money is an upadhi ( a deceptive influence) of a very strong nature. As soon as a man becomes rich, he is thoroughly changed. A Brahmin who was very meek and humble used to come to Dakshineswar every now and then. After some time he stopped his visits, and we knew nothing of what happened to him. One day we went to Konnagore in a boat. As we were getting down from the boat, we saw him sitting on the banks of the Ganges, where in the fashion of a big folk, he was enjoying the breeze of the river.

 

On seeing me, he accosted me in a patronising tone with the words, ‘Hello, Thakur! How do you do now?’

 

At once I have noticed the change in his tone and said to Hriday who was with me, ‘I tell you Hriday, this man must have come by some riches. See what a great change has come over him!’ And Hriday burst into laughter.

 

That is the evil power of money.

 

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अज्ञः सुखम् आराध्यः
सुखतरम् आराध्यते विशेषज्ञः ।
ज्ञानलवदुर्विदग्धं
ब्रह्मापि तं नरं न रञ्जयति ॥ 1.3 ॥

 

It is easy to explain an ignorant man. It is even easier to explain to a wise and leanrned person. But, even Brahma cannot explain and please a person who has only a little knowledge and yet considers himself to be the mot learned man 1-3

In Tamil there are some proverbs to say that that a fool cannot be taught. ‘He will argue that the rabbit he caught has only three legs’.

There is another proverb which says ‘a dog’s tail can never be straightened!” And the last one is “An ignorant idiot and a crocodile will never lose the grip of its catch’. That is an idiot will stick to his argument,come what may.

 

There is an Arabic saying which categorizes people into four types:-

 

“He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool. Shun him.
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is simple. Teach him.
He who knows, and knows not he knows, is asleep. Wake him.
He who knows, and knows that he knows is wise. Follow him.”

 

–Subam–

 

 

Seneca and Valluvar (Post No.5434)

 

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Post No. 5434

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Who is Seneca?
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE-65 CE) was a Roman stoic playwright, author of essays and nine tragedies. He was tutor to the future emperor Nero but lost favour after Nero’s accession to the throne, he lost his support and was ordered to commit suicide. His tragedies were accepted as classical models by 16th century dramatists.

Who is Valluvar?
The greatest of the ancient Tamil poets. He was the author of Tirukkural, an ethical work with 1330 couplets dealing with 133 topics. His aphorisms are famous for its brevity and clarity.


PURITY OF MIND 

There are number of similarities between Valluvar and Seneca. Let us look at few couplets:
Tiru valluvar says in the chapter on the Importance of Virtue,

To be of pure, spotless mind is real virtue; all else is of no avail- Kural 34

He says a blemish less mind is the basis of all virtues. Every thing else is an empty show.
Seneca agrees with him ,
‘Between good men and the gods there exists a good friendship brought about by virtue (arising from a pure mind)’.– Seneca on Providence

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PATIENCE 

Under the chapter on Forbearance or Patience, Valluvar said,

‘Overcome by forbearance those that harm thee by this overbearing act’– 158

Another translation of the same couplet is

‘Pride leads a man to do wrong; but this could be overcome
By the greater pride of one’s own forbearance.

Seneca also says,
Unkindness must be treated with kindness.

This, we find, in Dhammapada of Buddha and Mahabharata of Vyasa.
Almost all Hindu saints said this.

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ANGER, CONTROL OF TEMPER

If you would protect yourself, guard against your own anger.
For anger, not controlled would lead to self- destruction–305

Seneca’s words fully agree with Valluvar,
‘Anger leads to self- destruction’.

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NOT CAUSING INJURY


We find in Valluvar’s Kural,
Refraining from doing harm in retaliation of harm done with animosity is the rule of conduct of the noble hearted- Kural 312
This is also said by all the great saints
Seneca said,
‘For the wise and the great injuries don’t exist.’

Once again we are reminded ‘Great men think alike’.

Source for Seneca s quotations- Tirukkural by Dr S M Diaz
Xxx subham xxxx

More Banquets and Dinners Anecdotes (Post No.5426)

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Post No. 5426

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At the dinner-parties which the poet Sam Rogers (English Poet) gave, he started the custom of having no candles on the table, all the lights being attached to the walls and ceiling. This novelty created quite a buzz of comment in London society. While Sydney Smith was dining with Rogers one evening, the host asked him to say what he thought of the illumination of the table. “For my part, I don’t fancy it at all, Rogers, returned the candid guest. It is too uncomfortably like the Day of Judgement. Here we are, a flood of light on all above, and below nothing but darkness and gnashing of teeth.”

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Lord Holland Statue in London
It is said of Charles Fox that from infancy to manhood it was the practice of his father, Lord Holland, to show him the most unlimited indulgence. The following story is told in proof of it.

Master Charles, when six or seven years of age, one day strolled into the kitchen ; and while dinner was cooking, and a pig roasting at the fire, he amused himself with making water upon the unresisisting porker it was a standing order of the house to contradict him on nothing, so there was nothing to be done- but to let the pig be so basted. The cook, however, thought it fair to give the guests warning of the sauce to it, which he did sending up the following lines upon a label in its mouth.


If strong and savoury I do taste
Tis with the liquor that did me baste
While at the fire I foamed and hissed
A Fox cub upon me
.
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Gossip Anecdotes


‘How this world is inclined to slander’, said a maiden lady to an English noble man.
‘Can you believe it, sir, some of my malicious acquaintances reported that I had twins’.

‘Madam, I make it a rule to believe’ only half of what I hear!’ replied his lordship.

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Mrs Graham Bill Vanderbilt had been displeased by a number of things which the late Maury Paul had written about her in his ‘Cholly Knickerbocker’ column.
Upon meeting him one time at a nightclub, she said,
‘You are a rude and scurrilous man’.
Yes, confessed Paul, ‘I am. But I would rather make a living that way than by selling bonds’.

 

Mrs Vanderbilt

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Once when Madame de Stael, was praising the British Constitution, Talleyrand explained in an aside,
‘Above all she admires the habeas corpus’.

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The society gossip purveyor, Maury H.B.Paul , had been writing in a number of familiar and impertinent items about Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt for many years. Then one day Vincent Astor unexpectedly introduced Paul to the mighty lady.

With a gasp he said,’ I am not really the disreputable person you think I am, Mrs Vanderbilt’ .
Mrs Vanderbilt replied, ‘My dear Mr Paul from what you have been writing about me, I was under the impression that you thought I was the disreputable person’.

Xxxx Subham xxx

Mark Twain, Coleridge, Boswell, Dr Johnson Books Anecdotes (Post No.5419)

 

Mark Twain, Coleridge, Boswell, Dr Johnson Books Anecdotes (Post No.5419)

 

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Post No. 5419

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Mark Twain Startled!

 

It was an English man, met somewhere in Europe, who startled Mark Twain by saying abruptly, Mr Clemens, I would give ten pounds not to have read your Huckleberry Finn! And when Mark looked up awaiting an explanation of this extraordinary remark, the English man smiled and added
“So that I could have again the great pleasure of reading it for the first time.”

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‘Life of Johnson’ Book!

Sir John Malcolm once asked Warren Hastings, who was a contemporary and a companion of DrJohnson and Boswell, what was his real estimation of Boswell’s Life of Johnson?

Sir, replied Hastings, ‘it is the dirtiest book in my library’.
Then proceeding he added,
‘’I knew Boswell intimately; and I well remember when his book made its first appearance. Boswell was full of it that he could neither think nor talk of anything else; so much so, that meeting Lord Thurlow hurrying through parliament street to get to the House of Lords, where an important debate was expected, for which he was already too late, Boswell has the temerity to stop and accost him with,
‘Have you read my book?’
‘Yes, damn you! replied Lord Thurlow, ‘every word of it; I could not help myself’.

Xxx

‘Thief’ Coleridge

Coleridge was always a tremendous reader. While he was a student at Christ’s Hospital he used to spend his free time wandering aimlessly about London, shivering in front of the window s of book shops and print shops. Once, while so standing, he got, in his own words, ‘absent mindedly involved with the coat tail pocket of a stranger, who at first took him for a thief, then was so charmed by his conversation that he made him free of a library’ in Cheapside . Thenceforth he would run all risks in skulking out to get the two volumes to which he was entitled daily.

Xxx

 

Rousseau

When Dr Johnson was told that Rousseau’s ‘Confessions’ would contain every motive that had induced him to act in every situation— ‘Then’, replied he, ‘if he was an honest man, his book will not be worth a farthing’.

Xxx Subham xxx

Gandhi condemned Purdah: Nehru (Post No.5405)

 

Gandhi Statue in San Francisco, USA; picture by Krishna Srinivasan

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Post No. 5405

 
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India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru refers to Gandhi several times in his book ‘Discovery of India’.
Here are some quotations:
Some kind of ethical approach to life has a strong appeal for me, though it would be difficult for me to justify it logically. I have been attracted by Gandhiji’s stress on right means and I think one of his greatest contributions to our public life has been this emphasis.
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Blood-shot Eyes!

I remember the words that Gandhiji said on that fateful evening on August 8 th,1942( about World War II)
We must look the world in the face with calm and clear eyes even though the eyes of the world are blood- shot today.

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Bogus Interview
Some weeks earlier a friend in Rome had written to me to say that Signor Mussolini would like to meet me. There was no question of going to Rome. And then there had been the bogus interview with Mr Gandhi which the Giomale d’italia had published in 1931.

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Gandhi is not a Brahmin
There are innumerable examples of non- Brahmins and even persons belonging to the depressed classes, being so respected and sometimes
considered as saints.

Even today, in this money age, the influence of this tradition is marked, and because of it Ganghiji who is not a Brahmin can become the Supreme leader of India and move the hearts of millions without force or compulsion or official position or possession of money.

Xxx

 

Tapas- Penance does it!
This idea of some kind of penance, tapasya, is inherent in Indian thought, both among the thinkers at the top and the unread masses below. It is present today as it was present some thousands of years ago, and it is necessary to appreciate it in order to understand the psychology underlying the mass movements which have convulsed India under Gandhiji’s leadership.

Xxx


About Bhagavad Gita
Even the leaders of thought and action of the present day— Tilak, Aurobindo, Ghose, Gandhi— have written on it, each giving his own interpretation. Gandhiji places his firm belief in non -violence on it, others justify violence and warfare for a righteous cause.

Xxx

Caste must be eliminated!
Gandhiji’s references to caste have been progressively stronger and more pointed, and he made it repeatedly clear that the caste as a whole and as it exists, must be eliminated. And again, quite recently, he said:
The caste system, as we know, is an anachronism. It must go if both Hinduism and India are to live and grow from day to day.

Xxx
Anti Purdah

Muslim Voters in Gujarat where Gandhi was born

Gandhiji has been, and is, a fierce opponent of purdah and has called it ‘a vicious and brutal custom’ which has kept women backward and undeveloped. I thought of the wrong being done by the men to the woman of India by clinging to a barbarous custom which, whatever use it might have had when it was first introduced, had now become totally useless and was doing incalculable harm to the country. Gandhiji urged that woman should have the same liberty and opportunity of self -development as man.

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Tagore and Gandhi have undoubtedly been the outstanding and dominating figures of India in this first half of the twentieth century.

 

Picture by london swaminathan; location Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, London

— Subam —

Parties Anecdotes (Post No.5380)

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Post No. 5380

 

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At Dinner one day Douglas Jerrold was forced to listen to a noisy argument between an admirer of Prince of Orange and a henchman of William III. Having exhausted the political issues of the debate, they entered upon the personal phases of the question. One of the arguers finally brought his fist down on the table and exclaimed,

Bah! to you sir; I spit upon your Prince of Orange.

The other, determined not to be outdone, rose to his feet and screamed, “And I Sir, spit upon your King William!”

Hereupon, Jerrold unable to endure the racket longer, rang the bell and shouted to the waiter, “Here, boy – spittoons for two!”

 

Dictionary meaning:–

spit·toon

/spiˈto͞on/

noun

  • a metal or earthenware pot typically having a funnel-shaped top, used for spitting into.

 

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Thomas Alva Edison was once reluctantly persuaded by his wife to attend one of the brilliant social functions of the season in New York.
At last the inventor managed to escape the lionizers who had crowded about his, and sat alone unnoticed in a corner. Edison kept looking at his watch with a resigned expression on his face. A friend edged near to him unnoticed and heard the inventor mutter to himself with a sigh,
‘If there were only a dog here’!

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, having been at an afternoon tea, authoritatively defined such functions for all time as,
‘Giggle. Gabble. Gobble. Git’

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Dorothy Parker once attended a party at which the greater number of people Seemed to be the rankings of Bohemia. Her companion said to her,
Where on earth do these people come from and where do they stay the rest of the time?
I think, Miss Parker said thoughtfully, after it is o over they crawl back into the woodwork.

 

DICTIoNARY MEANING:

Bo·he·mi·an

(bō-hē′mē-ən)

n.

1.

  1. A native or inhabitant of Bohemia.
  2. A person of Bohemian ancestry.
  3. The Czech dialects of Bohemia.

3.

  1. ArchaicA Romani person.
  2. An itinerant person; a vagabond.

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Dorothy Parker (American poet, writer, satirist)  completely bored by a country weekend, wired a friend,
Please send me a loaf bread — and enclose a saw and file.

 

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‘I have had a wonderful evening’, said
Groucho Marx to his hostess as he was leaving a dull Hollywood party, ‘but this was not it’.

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Once, it is said, Margot Asquith gave a party in London — a big party. She received the guests with graciousness, set them spinning into the rhythm of pleasure and then retired to an upper room to play bridge.

Next day, a well meaning, but tactless woman fluttered up to her in a restaurant and said,
Oh, Lady Asquith, I was at your party last night,
‘Thank God, I wasn’t’, answered Margot, and moved on.

Xxx subham xxx

 

30 Quotations from Tamil Book Vertriverkai (Post No.5377)

 

 

September 2018 Calendar

 


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Post No. 5377

 

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This month’s calendar has 30 quotations from Vertiverkai of Athi Veera Rama Pandyan who wrote several Tamil books

 

Important Festivals: Sep.2- Janmashtami; 11 Sama Veda Upakarma; 13 Ganesh Chaturthi; 14 Rishi Panchami; 5- TEACHERS DAY; 11- BHARATI DAY.

New moon/ Amavasai- 9

Full moon- 24

Ekadasi Fasting- 6, 20

Auspicious Days- Sep. 6, 12

 

 

September 1 Saturday

He who teaches letters to one is God (Teacher is God)

September 2 Sunday

Correctness of the language is the beauty of language.

September 3 Monday

To support their relatives is an ornament to the rich

September 4 Tuesday

To study the Vedas and good conduct are ornaments to Brahmins.

September 5 Wednesday

The right administration of justice is an ornament to kings.

 

September 6 Thursday

To increase their capital is ornament to merchants

September 7 Friday

The desire to live by ploughing is an ornament to farmers.

 

September 8 Saturday

The clear foresight of events is an ornament to ministers of state.

September 9 Sunday

Heroism is an ornament t military commanders.

September 10 Monday

To eat in company with guests is an ornament to food.

 

 

September 11 Tuesday

Not to contradict their husbands is an ornament to wives.

September 12 Wednesday

To take care of her husband is an ornament to a lawful and virtuous wife.

September 13 Thursday

The beauty of prostitutes is to ornament their persons

September 14 Friday

It is an ornament to the wise to study, understand and govern their passions.

 

September 15 Saturday

It is an ornament to the poor to be honest in poverty.

 

September 16 Sunday

In the scented Palmyra’s round ripe fruit there is a seed; though it grows so high to reach the sky, yet it affords no shade sufficient even for one person.

September 17 Monday

But in the beautiful banyan’s small fruit there is a seed; though it is smaller than the egg of a little fish that lives in the pure fresh water, yet it gives shade to the king and his whole army, consisting of huge elephants, splendid chariots, horses and soldiers.

September 18 Tuesday

Therefore all little people are not little

September 19 Wednesday

All great people are not great

September 20 Thursday

All children are not children

 

September 21 Friday

All relatives are not relatives.

 

September 22 Saturday

All wives are not wives

September 23 Sunday

Cow’s milk does not lose its flavour when boiled

September 24 Monday

Pure gold does not lose its lustre, when burnt in fire.

September 25 Tuesday

Sandal wood doesn’t lose its odour by grinding

 

September 26 Wednesday

When black akil -wood (eagle-wood)  burns its smoke does not give a bad smell.

September 27 Thursday

The sea does not become muddy, when stirred up.

September 28 Friday

Therefore, Greatness and littleness come from one’s own acts.

 

September 29 Saturday

All the little faults that the lowly commit ought to be borne and forgiven by the great.

September 30 Sunday

If lowly persons commit great faults it is rare to see great bearing with them.

Therefore,

To live according to these precepts is good.

(Translated by Rev.S. Winfred in 1872)

Tamil version of this is given in this months Tamil Calendar)

 

–Subham–

 

QUOTATIONS ON INDIA AND BHAGAVAD GITA (Post 5352)

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Post No. 5352

 

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FOLLOWING TWO PAGES ARE TAKEN FROM LONDON HOLY MISSION SINDHI COMMUNITY HOUSE NEWS LETTER, AUGUEST 2018.

TWO PAGES OF QUOTATIONS ON BHAGAVAD GITA (HINDU HOLY BOOK) AND INDIA.

 

 

 

 

 

-subham-

I can’t read my Hand writing! (Post No.5351)

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Post No. 5351

 

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Hand writing Anecdotes

 

Horace Greeley is another instance of a famous man noted for the illegibility of his handwriting. He once wrote the following letter,
Mr M B Castle,
Sandwich III
Dear sir
I am over worked and growing old. I shall be 60 on next February the 3rd. On the whole, it seems I must decline to lecture hence forth except in this immediate vicinity. If I go at all, I cannot promise to visit Illinois on that errand, certainly not now.
Yours truly
Horace Greeley

A few days later he received this answer:-
Horace Greeley
New York Tribune

Dear sir,
Your acceptance to lecture before our association next winter came to hand this morning. Your penmanship not being the plainest, it took some time to translate it. But we succeeded and would say your time February 3rd and the terms 60 dollars, are entirely satisfactory. As you suggest we may be able to get you other engagements.

Respectfully
M B Castle

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I don’t know me!
John Calhoun’s handwringing, though it looked neat, was almost undecipherable. Once his friend sent him back one of his letters because it was too difficult to read. Calhoun replied,
“I know what I think on this subject but cannot decipher what I wrote.”
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Admission Pass or Doctor’s Prescription!


The actor, Macready, was notorious for the illegibility of his handwriting. He frequently was called upon to scrawl a chit for the free admission for friends and acquaintances to his performances. Although unrecognisable, they-were familiar to the door man and served their purpose. One day, however, a friend of the actor jestingly took one of Macready’s scrawled passes to a pharmacist and gravely handed it over as a prescription to be filled. The latter unhesitatingly compounded a potion from various phials and powder boxes, and handing it across the counter to the waiting customer, observed,
“A cough mixture, and a very good one. Fifty cents, please!”

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Said Marie Antoinette,
“My tastes are not the same as those of the king, who cares only for hunting and blacksmith work. You will admit that I should not show to advantage in a forge. I could not appear there as Vulcan, and the part of Venus might displease him even more than my tastes”.

  Xxx Subham xxx

 

EXAMPLE OF HUMILITY; AMERICA’S FIRST PRESIDENT! (Post No.5348)

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Following news item appeared in Metro newspaper of London yesterday (201-8-2018).

This emphasizes that George Washington a humble man. Eric Newman was a great charitable man. He has donated all his collections to charity.

It illustrates what the great Tamil poet Tiru Valluvar said in his Tirukkural:

There is a goodness and grace in our humility, but it crowns anew men of fortune—Kural 125

 

The graceless misers who hoard up their wealth and eventually lose it, do not know the pleasure which the wise derive in  giving to the poor what they need Kural 228

Enjoying alone the hoarded wealth , without giving others is worse than begging-  Kural 229

 

A  gold coin with the face of the first president of United States is sold for 1-37 million pounds!

It is a ten dollar coin with the date 1792 with

George Washington’s profile. It was specially made by a company seeking to make the first US currency. But he declined to have his head used so as not to look like European royalty. However he kept the coin as a memento and , a year later, the first coins had Lady Liberty on the front and a bald eagle on the back.

The coin had belonged to prominent American coin collector and author Eric Newman since 1942. Following his death at the age of 106 last year, his son Andy sold the coin through Heritage Auctions.

 

Andy said George Washington was a personal hero to his father. NOT PUTTING HIS IMAGE ON THE COINAGE WAS AN EMBLEMATIC EXAMPLE OF WASHINGTON’S PROFOUND HUMILITY.

More than 56 million pounds worth of coins from Eric Newman’s collection have been sold for charity since 2013.

 

–subham–