Perfume Simile in Hindu Literature (Post No.3639)

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Date: 15 FEBRUARY 2017

 

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Post No. 3639

 

 

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Many of you would have read the famous quote of Shakespeare in Macbeth:

 

“Here is the smell of blood still. All perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.”

 

But the art of perfume making spread to various parts of the world from India. I have already written about the art of perfume making from Brhat Samhita of Varaha Mihira and Kamasutra of Vatsyayana. It is considered one of the 64 arts prescribed to all the women of ancient India. So there is no wonder we have some quotations and similes in our epics. here is one form Mahabharata:

As the perfume of flowers (in contact with them) scents clothing, water, sesame seed, or the ground, so qualities are born from contact (with the good or evil)

vastram aapas tilaan bhuumim gandho vaasayate yathaa

puspaanaam adhivaasena tathaa samsargajaa gunaah (Mbh 3-1-22)

 

In the olden days we mixed perfume with water, oil and used them.

In Tamil we have a proverb (Puuvoodu serntha naarum manam perum). Even the string that is used to make garlands gets the fragrance of the flowers. We use this to say that anyone who hasthe company of scholars will shine like the scholars.

 

There is another proverb saying that even the weaving tools in Kamban’s house will sing Ramayana!

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says that if anyone has done good or bad that lingering smell will still be there. So one must be careful not to join the same group:-

 

“The cup in which garlic juice is kept retains the odour, though washed several times. Egotism is such an obstinate aspect of  ignorance that it never disappears completely, however hard you may try to get rid of it.”

 

Once a Marwari gentle man, approached Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and said, “How is it, Sir, that I do not see God although I have renounced everything?”

The Master: “Well, haven’t you seen leather jars for keeping oil? If one of them is emptied of its contents, still it retains something of the oil as well as its smell. In the same way there is still some worldliness left in you, and its odour persists.”

 

–Subham–

 

 

Elections Anecdotes (Post No.3621)

 

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Post No. 3621

 

 

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My Vote for You!

There is the story of a Yankee farmer who promised his vote to the Democratic candidate for Selectman and ten minutes later promised it to the Republican nominee. To his wife’s rebuke he replied cannily,

“Did you notice how pleased each of the candidates were?”

“Yes”

“Well, I pleased them both, and on Election Day I will please myself, and then we shall all be pleased together”.

 

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Public offices anecdotes 

 

The typically parliamentary mind suffers considerably from the necessity of departing from orderly procedure. This was clearly demonstrated in the meeting of the Town Council of a small city on the West coast of USA. The session was interrupted by a mild earthquake shock, and all present hastened out of the building to safety.

The clerk found himself severely perplexed by the problem of concluding his formal minutes of the meeting in the proper manner. After mulling over the problem for a considerable length of time, he was inspired to the following conclusion:

“On motion of the City Hall, the Council adjourned”.

 

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I am ready to walk: Lincoln

Lincoln was once asked if he did not find the office of the presidency with all its attendant ceremonies rather tiresome at times.

Lincoln replied, “Yes, sometimes. In fact I feel sometimes like a man who was ridden out of town on a rail and said “If it wasn’t for the honour of the thing, I would rather walk”.

 

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God and Abraham Lincoln!

John Bach McMaster , the historian, told this story of Abraham Lincoln.

When he was a very small boy he was taken to a reception at the White House . The guests were lined up and led past the president under the watchful eyes of the ushers. No one was allowed to come very close or shake his hand. One old man who had come a long distance just for this occasion was very disappointed at not having shaken hands with  the President.

Just before leaving the line the old timer waved his hat at the president and shouted, “Mr President, I am from up in York state where we believe that God Almighty and Abraham Lincoln are going to save the country”.

Jovially the president waved back at him ,”My friend, you are half right, was his reply”.

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Lincoln’s Knowledge of History!

Jefferson Davis insisted on being recognised by his official title as commander or President in the regular negotiations with the US Government. This Mr Lincoln would not consent to.

Mr Hunte there upon referred to the correspondence between King Charles the first and his parliament as a precedent for a negotiation between a constitutional government and rebels. Mr Lincoln’s face then wore that indescribable expression which generally preceded his hardest hits, and he remarked ,”Upon questions of history, I must refer you to Mr Seward for he is posted on such things and I don’t profess to be; but my only distinct recollection of the matter is that Charles lost his head”.

–Subham–

 

Inspiring Anecdotes in the Life of Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati (Post No.3600)

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Date: 3 February 2017

 

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Post No.3600

 

 

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by Santhanam Nagarajan

Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati (Birth 8-5-1916 Samadhi 3-8-1993) was one of the greatest Hindu spiritual leaders of our times.

He was in Himalayas. One day there was a sudden call! He himself narrated what had happened thus: “Mother Ganga in her incessant hurry seemed to tell me, ‘Son, don’t you see Me? Born here in Himalayas, I rush down to the plains taking with me both life and nourishment. Fulfilment of any possession, is in sharing it with others.’ I decided. I was encouraged. I felt reinforced. The urge became irresistible.”

Then he came down to the plains and started meeting people. He travelled length and breadth of the whole world and attracted thousands of followers. His Gita discourses were very famous. He founded Chinmaya Mission on 8th August 1953. The Chinmaya movement was born out of love and rooted in the wisdom of Truth.

His eloquence in English is very famous. Once when one devotee told him that he was always in the midst of troubles he immediately retorted saying, “When troubles come to trouble you, don’t trouble to stop the troubles, but allow the troubles to trouble the troubles, so that no trouble is free to trouble you. Trouble not at troubles; let the troubles trouble the trouble”. Everybody laughed. The questioner understood the point and was cleared of his doubt. The great Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar said in his poem, “When trouble comes laugh at it”

He delivered several lectures in America.  At the end of the first talk in Palo Alto, one of the listeners asked him, “What is your technique?”

“What is my technique? My technique is to stand on my nose and meditate” said Swamiji. “But I only practice it in private”.

 

He gave a mischievous laugh, and then thundered seriously, “If you are looking for shortcuts in spirituality or instant psychedelic happenings, you have made a mistake today. But don’t repeat it – don’t come tomorrow.”

His words were straight.  Everyone got the message. They turned every day to hear the discourses.

Once, a young boy asked Swamiji, “What made you renounce the world? You were a postgraduate in English Literature and Law, and a very successful journalist:

Swamiji asked him in return, “when will you spit that thing out?” referring to the chewing gum in the boy’s mouth. “Oh! I am just about to spit it out. There is no juice left in it,” said the boy. “Ah! I, too, did just that,” laughed Swamiji. “I had chewed the world sufficiently and did not find any more juice in it.”

One skeptic asked him, “Whatever you teach is there in the books. What do I need a Guru for?” He replied, “Why don’t you ask the question to the books.”

How to inspire the young children imbibing the idea of God in them? In Manila, some children gathered around him.

He asked them, “What is the color of the milk?”

“White” answered all the children.

“What color is the cow?”

“Black.”

“What does it eat?”

“Grass.”

“What color is the grass?”

“Green.”

“What makes the green grass eaten by a black cow to come out as white milk?”

The children were silent.

He said “Krishna! It is the Lord who makes the impossible possible.”

His unique way of teaching is incomparable.  Devotees used to narrate hundreds of interesting anecdotes happened in his life.

Once, Mr Manian, the famous Tamil writer, journalist and editor of many magazines in his welcoming address at Madras said: “ We find in Swamiji a Good Teacher, a Popular Preacher, a Religious Leader, a Philosopher, a Rational Thinker, a Scientist, an Artist, a communicator, a Journalist, and Educationist and above all a Guiding Spirit. In him we see the wisdom of Vasishta, the vigour of Viswamitra, the knowledge of Brigu, the thought process of Veda Vyasa, the power of Kasyapa, the determination of Gautama and pardom me Swamiji, the anger and humour of Durvasa,”

Verily he was a great saint who propagated the glory of Hinduism.  His life was his message!

This article first appeared in www.ezinearticles.com on 26-1-2017

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Post No.3597

 

 

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by Santhanam Nagarajan

 

Sanskrit is one of the richest languages in the world. There are thousands and thousands of manuscripts which are not at all touched by anybody. These are being preserved in various countries.

One area in which everybody is interested in Sanskrit Literature is called Subhasitas. What is Subhasita?

There are thousands of moral maxims, ethical teachings and wise sayings in the Sanskrit literature. These are generally called as subhasita verses.

The great scholars of India used to quote very many subhasita verses in their discourses. Because these are well spoken words filled with Dharma, the ethics.  We may find riddles also in these short verses.

A very rough estimate indicates that there are about 20000 verses in this category.

Given below are a few wonderful, inspirational verses to make us understand its significance.

 

Sickness

Sickness arises in six ways; through too much water-drinking, and through eating irregularly (as a quantity and time), through sleeping by day and through staying awake by night, and through retention of urine and excrement.

 

The following five are considered as fathers: giver of food, the protector from fear, the giver of the young girl (in marriage), the natural father, and the preceptor.

 

The giving of food is a great gift, but the giving of education is a greater one; the satisfaction that comes out of taking food is momentary, whereas the good result of education is life-long.

 

Proficiency in other sciences is only a pastime, for at the time of need they mean nothing. But medicine (the art of curing), astrology and Mantravada (Science of Spells) infuse confidence are useful at every step.

 

Those who are acquainted with the nature of the Eternal and the Transient, do not lament for either of them; when some among these beings even are seen to mourn, it is to be understood, that nature rules supreme in them.

 

Some of the verses will give double meanings. For example let us go through this one:

Dear girl, you are affected by high fever (or, you suffer from the fever of love). I consider fasting good for you (or, the kindling of sacred fire for our marriage will be for your happiness).  The other meaning of this verse will be: O, best of physicians, prescribe mercurial preparation, for I am not able to undergo the fast as prescribed by you (or give me love, for I am not able to disregard what you have said.

 

Those who know Sanskrit could enjoy the verses for its beauty, words and meaning.

Several attempts have been made in the last two hundred years to compile as many subhasitas as possible.

We may assign some time daily to read and grasp the meaning of these beautiful verses which will enrich our knowledge to lead a better life.

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TYPES OF FRIENDS (Post No.3595)

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Post No. 3595

 

 

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Who is your reliable friend?

At home your wife is your reliable friend

In a foreign country, your knowledge or your wisdom is your best friend.

For a sick person, his or her medicine is the friend.

When you are dead Dharma is your best friend. Nothing else can accompany you. Whatever you have done good when you are alive will help you.

This is what our forefathers have found in course of thousands of years and have summarised their wisdom in two beautiful lines:-

Pravaase vidyaa- Knowledge in foreign country

Grhe bhaaryaa – Wife at home

Vyaadhitah ausadam- Medicine for the sick

Mrtasya dharma- Dharma for the dead

 

Vidyamitram pravaseshu bharyamitram Genesis ca

Vyaditasyausadam mitramdharmo mitram mrtasya ca

—-Sushasita Ratna Bhandagara159-287

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How do you get Friends?

 

Aurasa-Born of same parents

Krtasambhandha-Related by marriage

Vamsa-Lineage

Rakshaka-Protector in suffering

 

Aurasam krtasambandhamtatha vamsakrmaghatam

Rakshakam vysanebhya ca  mitral njeyam caturvidham

—Kamandakiya Nitisastra

 

The protector in suffering is a very interesting one. In Tamil and Sanskrit literature, we come across several poems where in a girl falls in love with someone who protected her. This is a theme widely used in feature films as well. It may be saving someone is who is drowning or someone who is attacked by a tiger or someone dying in poverty.

 

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Tamil Wisdom

Tamil saint Tiruvalluvar has summarised the good things about friendship in ten couplets in the Tail Veda ‘Tirukkural’

 

Valluvar compares good and friends with the moon in one of his couplets:

The friendship of the worthy develops day by day like like the waxing crescent moon,

but foolish alliances deteriorate as the waning thereof –(Kural 782)

 

He says good friends are like great books:

As one sees greater beauty and derives enhanced pleasures, from the deeper study of a great book, Noble friendships gain in worth and grace day by day (783)

Swimmer Flavia Zoccari’s wardrobe malfunction (valluvar used this as a simile)

He adds,

Friendship is not for laughing and merry making. It is to hit at wrong movements by harsh advice.(784).

But Valluvar is at his best when he talks about how quick one should help one’s friend in distress:

Like the hand that, that goes to the rescue when a garment slips, stepping into help

When a friend faces adversity, is true friendship (788)

This is reflex action. When one’s garments slips, the hand picks it up quickly. We have seen many such awkward moments in the public events. Valluvar must also have seen such slips!

 

There are beautiful quotations about Friendship in Panchatantra and Valmiki Ramayana. I will give them in another post.

 

–subham–

 

What is Happiness? Where is Happiness? (Post No.3592)

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Date: 31 JANUARY 2017

 

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Post No. 3592

 

 

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Following verses are available in Sanskrit literature. The verses and the proverbs are the summary of our ancient wisdom.

 

1.Santosah kartavyah/ Contentment to be had

 

Svadaaraa–With one’s own wife

Bhojana–In eating

Dhana–With one’s own wealth

 

Santosastrishu kartavyah svadare bhojane dhane

Subaashita ratna bhaandaagaaram

 

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2.Aagame sukh am, nirgame praanasankatam/ Happiness during association , sorrow in separation 

Adhikaaram–Rulership

Garbham–Pregnancy

Vittam–Wealth

Svaanamaithuna–Copulation of dogs

 

Adhikaram ca garbham ca Vitaminwater ca svaanamaithunam

Agame sukhamapnoti nirgame praanasankatam

 

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3.Types of Bliss

Visayaananda–Worldly happiness

Yogaananda–Bliss through yoga

Advaitananda–Non dual bliss

Videhaananda–Bliss beyond body

Brahmaananda–Supreme bliss

 

Vishaye yoganandau dwavadvaitananda Eva ca

Videhanando vikyata brahmanandasca pancamaah

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4.Dance is the climax of delight –Granthasthagaathegaaku

5.To reside in the same place for long, is unconducive to pleasure Mahabharata 3-36-36

6.Whom does not soothing speech console? Bharata Manjari

 

7.If contented, who then is rich or poor? Vairagya Sataka.53

 

8.The wise must make others happy – that itself is the worship of the Divine

(santosam janayepraajnaah tadaiva Isvara puujanam)-Sanskrit Proverb

 

9.No wealth equal to Happiness – Pancatantra 2-162

(santosa tulyam dhanamasti naanyat)

 

10.The happy achieve, the weeping scorch others—Sanskrit Proverb

(hasadbhih kriyate karma rudadbhih paripacyate)

 

–subham–

 

 

 

28 Beautiful Quotations of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa—Post No. 3587

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February 2017 Good Thoughts Calendar

 

Festival Days and Holidays:- February 3-Rata Saptami; 9-Thai Pusam;  24-Maha Shivaratri

 

Ekadasi- 7,22

New Moon Day-26

Full moon Day- 10

Auspicious Days-1, 2, 6, 9, 16, 17, 23.

February 1 Wednesday

There are pearls in the deep sea, but you must hazard all the perils to get them. If you fail to get at them  by a single dive, do not conclude that the sea is without them. So also in the quest for the Lord, if your first attempt to see him proves fruitless, do not lose heart. Persevere in the attempt, and you are sure to realise Him at last.

 

February 2 Thursday

As a lamp, does not burn without oil, so a man cannot live without God.

 

February 3 Friday

As the water of the ocean is now calm and next agitated into waves, so are Brahman and Maya. Th e ocean in the tranquil state is Brahman, and in the turbulent state, Maya.

February 4 Saturday

The snake itself is not affected by the poison in its fangs; but when it bites, the poison kills the creature bitten. Likewise, Maya is in the Lord but does not affect Him, while the same Maya deludes the whole world.

February 5 Sunday

Women and gold keep men immersed in worldliness. Woman is disarmed when you view her as the manifestation of the Divine Mother.

 

February 6 Monday

Snakes are venomous reptiles. But the man who has learnt the art of snake charming can play even with seven snakes coiled around his snake. Similarly a man of realisation is immune from the dangers of worldly life.

February 7 Tuesday

A Brahmana’s son is no doubt a Brahmana by birth; but some of these born Brahmanas grow up into great scholars, some become priests, others turn out cooks, and still others roll themselves in the dust before courtesans’ doors.

 

February 8 Wednesday

There are some who boast of their wealth and power, of their name and fame, and high status in society; but all these are for some time only. None of these will follow them after death.

February 9 Thursday

If  I hold this cloth before me you cannot see me anymore, though I am still as near you as ever. So also though God is nearer to you than anything else, because of the screen of egotism, you cannot see Him.

February 10 Friday

Hanuman was blessed with the vision of God both with form and without it. But he retained the ego of servant of a God.  Such was also the case of Narada, Sanaka, Sanandana and Sanatkumara.

 

February 11 Saturday

In the Kingdom of God, reason, intellect and learning are of no avail. There the dumb speak, the blind see, and the deaf hear.

February 12 Sunday

To explain God merely after reading the scriptures is explaining to a person the city of Banaras after seeing it only in a map.

 

February 13 Monday

Utter the word Gita, in quick succession, several times. It is then virtually pronounced as Tagi, Tagi, which means one who has renounced the world for the sake of God. Thus, in one word, Gita teaches, RENOUNCE. Renounce everything, and fix the mind on Lord.

February 14 Tuesday

As the water under a bridge enters from one side and passes out at the other, so religious advice given to the worldlings enters the mind thorough one ear and goes out by the other, without leaving any impression.

 

February 15Wednesday

Iron appears as red hot in the furnace, but becomes black soon after it is taken out. In the same way, worldly men are full of religious emotion if they are in a temple or in the society of the pious; but no sooner do they leave these associations the flood of devotion in them subsides.

 

February 16 Thursday

Out of the myriads of paper kites that are seen flying in the air, one or two get free by snapping of the string. So out of hundreds of aspirants practising spiritual disciples only one or two get free from worldly bondage.

 

February 17 Friday

When a certain quantity of milk is mixed with double the quantity of water it requires good deal of time and labour to condense it. The mind of a worldly man is diluted with the filthy water of impure thoughts and he has to work long and hard to purify it.

 

February 18 Saturday

Butter churned early in the morning is the best; that churned after sunrise is not so good. Addressing his young disciples, Master used to say, “You are like butter churned in the early morning; my householder disciples are like butter churned late in the day.

February 19 Sunday

The young bamboo can be bent easily , but the full-grown bamboo breaks when it is bent with force. It is easy to bend the young heart towards God.

February 20 Monday

The love in the heart of a boy is whole and undivided. When he gets married in time, half of his heart or more, is given away to his wife, and when children are born to him, he loses another quarter there off, while the remaining quarter is divided among father, mother, honour, fame, pride, dress and the rest; therefore, he has no love left to offer to God.

 

February 21 Tuesday

It is the nature of the winnowing basket to reject whatever is light and useless, and whatever is weighty and good. Such is the nature of all pious souls.

February 22 Wednesday

Wherein is the strength of a devotee? He is a child of God, and his devotional tears are his mightiest weapon.

February 23 Thursday

The man whose hair stands on end at the mere mention of the name of God, and from whose eyes flow tears of love – he has indeed reached his last birth.

February 24 Friday

A boat may stay in the water, but water should not stay in the boat. An aspirant may live in the world, but the world should not live within him.

February 25 Saturday

When you are engaged in devotional practices, keep aloof from those who scoff at them, and from those who ridicule the piety and the pious.

 

February 26 Sunday

If a white cloth is stained even with a small spot, the stain appears very ugly indeed. So the smallest fault of a holy man becomes painfully prominent.

February 27 Monday

Trust not a Sanyasin (ascetic) who practises medicine, uses spells and incantations, receives money and displays his piety with sign boards of elaborate external marks.

February 28 Tuesday

The oyster that contains the precious pearl is of very little value, but it is essential for the growth of the pearl. The shell is of no use after securing the pearl. So, ceremonies and rites may not be necessary for him who has attained the highest truth, namely, God.

–Subham–

 

 

Know these Ten “J”s (Post No.3584)

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Post No.3584

 

 

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Five “J” s difficult to obtain

 

Jananii- Mother

Janmabhuumi-Motherland

Jaahnavii- Ganga, river Ganges

Janaardhana- Lord Vishnu

Janaka- Father

 

Jananii janmabhuumiscajaahnavii ca janaardhanah

Kanaka pancamascaiva jakaaraah Pancha durlabaah

-Subaashita ratna baandaakaaram157-170

 

Five “J” s who never attain contentment

 

Jaamaataa-Son in law

Jatharam-Stomach

Jaayaa – wife

Jaatavedas-Fire

Jalaasaya-ocean

 

Jaamataa jatharam jaayaa jaatavedaa jalaasayah

Puuritaanaiva puuryante jakaaraah panca durbaraah

-Subaashita ratna baandaakaaram157-169

 

If you think deeper on each J you will know why our forefathers compiled this list of J-s. When they say Janaka=Father they mean an illustrious father who is praised as an example for other fathers. When they say Jananai= Mother , they mean an illustrious mother like Jeejabhai, who created a hero like Veera Shivaji.

–subham–

 

Voltaire, Churchill’s Wife and Max Beerbohm Anecdotes (Post No.3582)

French Poet Voltaire

 

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Fatness Anecdotes continued…………..

 

Chesterfield and Voltaire were once attending a ball in London. A celebrated beauty was there , much berouged and painted. This lady concentrated a great deal of her attention very flattering ly upon the renowned French man Chesterfield accosted Voltaire and cautioned jokingly

“Sir, take care that you are not captivated.”

 

“My old friend, said Voltaire, I scorn to be taken by an English craft with French colours”.

 

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Churchill’s Wife in Election Campaign!

Lady Randolph Churchill was canvassing among the voters of Woodstock on behalf her husband, the then chancellor of the exchequer . Interviewing a workman, she asked for his support. No, certainly not, he replied. I should never think of voting for a I unity lazy fellow who never leaves bed until dinner time.

The lady assured him that he was wrongly informed, adding,

As I happen to be his wife, my evidence ought to be conclusive.

“Lor, madam”, he at once replied,

“If you were my wife I should never want to get up”.

 

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British Painter Sir Joshua Reynolds

Signature for the Posterity!

 

One of the finest compliments ever offered was the compliment by Sir Joshua Reynolds to Mrs Siddons, the Queen of Tragedy, whose portrait he painted. When it was finished Mrs Siddons noticed a peculiar brocaded effect upon the corner of the robe, and found on closer examination that it was the painters name inscribed upon it. Turning to the artist she was met with a stately bow.

“I could not resist the opportunity, sir Joshua explained, of sending down my name to posterity on the hem of your garment.”

 

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Picture of Max Beerbohm

Discovered sudden beauty!

It was one of those Selfridge election parties that Max Beerbohm was heard to make one of his delightful remarks. He and his wife had been asked to come to the party, which was attended by nearly all London. There were beautiful girls from the stage , striking ladies from the film studios and others both beautiful and striking from addresses Mayfair.

He looked gravely round at the faces near him. All were painted, not with the art that conceals art, but with the determination to gain attention. This elderly exquisite looked again and shuddered, then he turned to his wife,

“My dear, you are looking so charming tonight that I simply must talk to you”.

—Subham–

Stubbornness and Vanity Anecdotes (Post No.3579)

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Post No.3579

 

 

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General Grant was known for his tenaciousness. Having once taken a place he never surrendered it.  Abraham Lincoln once commented on this to General Butler, saying,

“When General Grant once gets possessed of a place he seems to hang on to its if he had inherited it”.

 

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How to control Mules?

A man who was extremely successful in dealing with mule teams was once was asked by General Booth of the Salvation Army, how he managed the stubborn creatures

Well, General, explained the man,

“When they stop and won’t go on I just pick up a handful of soil and put it in their mouths. Of course, they spit it out, but as a rule they start on”.

Why do you think it has the effect?, asked the General.

“Well, I don’t know, but I expect it changes the current of their thoughts”, the mule driver replied.

 

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Vanity anecdotes

Byron’s vanity

Scrope Davies was on very intimate terms with many great men of the period, and he had such admiration for the author of Don Juan, Byron, that he could gain admission to his rooms at all hours . On one occasion, he found the poet in bed with his hair “en papillote”, upon which Scrope cried in great glee.

“Ha, ha, Byron , I have at last caught you acting the part of the Sleeping Beauty.”

Byron, in a rage, exclaimed ,

“No Scrope; the part of a damned fool, you should have said”.

Upon which Scrope answered ,

“Anything you please, but you have succeeded admirably in deceiving your friends, for it was my conviction that your hair curled naturally” .

“Yes, naturally every night; but do not, my dear Scrope, let the cat out of the bag, for I am as vain of my curls as a girlfriend sixteen.”

 

–Subham–