Isavasyam Idam Sarvam Story (Post No.4752)

Date: 16 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4752

 

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There is a famous Upanishadic couplet saying that everything is controlled and owned by God. One should not be greedy to take other’s property.

 

There is a story to illustrate this point. There was a king who had some ego problem. He gave lot of gifts to the poets and bards and expected everyone to praise him as the Anna Data (Giver of Food). Once he called two of his beneficiaries and asked them who gave them money and everything. One of them was a sycophant and replied immediately,

Oh, My Lord, You are the one who helped me and without you people would have died of hunger.

The other person, who is a great scholar said, everything is given by God. Isavasyam Idam sarvam.

 

The king did not like this answer. He wanted to hear the praise of every one. But he did not dare to say it in public. The king wanted to teach him a lesson. He sent them home.

 

Later the king filled the inside of a big pumpkin  with costly gems and sent it to the person who praised the king. The scholar who praised god instead of the King was given two small coins. They were not of big price.

 

The person who received the pumpkin did not know what was inside and so he decided to sell the pumpkin. He was very dissatisfied with the king. At that time the scholar who got two coins was passing his house. The person with a big pumpkin told the scholar to take the pumpkin. He readily agreed and gave his two coins to him.

 

When the scholar went home, opened the pumpkin and found it was full of costly gems. Then he ran to the king and told that he got a treasure from a pumpkin. The person who sold the pumpkin was also there and he told the king that he sold it to him for two coins of lesser denomination.

 

The king realised his mistake and felt everything in the world was done by God and controlled by God. The king’s vanity was completely cured by this occurrence.

Unassisted by the hand of Providence, human endeavours are fruitless.

 

He remembered the famous first couplet of Isavasyopanishad:

 

Isavaasyamidam sarvam yathkinchajagathyaam jagath
Thena thyakthena bhunjeethaah, maa gridhah kasyaswid-dhanam

“All things of this world, the transitory, the evanescent, are enveloped by the Lord who is the real Reality of each. Therefore, they have to be used with reverent renunciation, without covetousness or greed for they belong to the Lord and not to any one person”.

 

–Subham–

Stories based on two Tamil Proverbs (Post No.4730)

Date:11 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4730

 

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In a town in South India there was a wealthy Brahmin lady who was living alone. In those days, robbers enter the town and loot the houses. But they followed certain rules. They will only rob rich people, that too only after informing them!

 

One day this Brahmin lady also received a note saying on such and such day the house will be robbed. This lady was a clever lady. She knew that she can’t prevent them and any attempt to stop them will result in bloodshed. So she prepared the best food on the day for the robbers. The flavour of the food items travelled far away in the air in the streets. Since the town people knew about the robbers’ visit all of them shut the doors and switched off the lights.

 

This lonely lady left the door slightly open. The robbers came beating big drums and entered the house. This lady welcomed them with a smile and asked them to eat first and then continue their work. They couldn’t say no because of the excellent smell of the food. They ate to their full stomach. Before they finished eating this clever lady spread a silk saree on the floor and placed all her jewels and silk sarees on it signalling to them to take them. The juniors in the group were waiting for the orders from the chief of the robbers. When he kept quiet the junior robbers asked him whether they can lay their hands on them.

 

No, he said firmly.

There are proverbs in Tamil that you should never harm a house where you ate. They say that you should ever think about the people who gave you salt ( food). Never ever steal in the house wo gave you food. So don’t touch anything; let us go.

 

He not only left the house intact, later he gave his plundered property to that family. This is a true story, but the author who wrote it in 1916 in a bout about Bhartruhari’s Niti Sataka, did not give the place and the name of the person.

 

Black Bag floating in the River!

River Godavari in South India was in floods. Two friends Ramappan and Thimmappan went to see the floods. They were enjoying watching lot of furniture, house hold utensils and trees and animals that were washed away and floating. Suddelny Ramappan noticed a big black bag floating in the middle of the river. He pointed it out to Thinnappan and said,

“Thinnappa, go and get that black bag. It is big. It must contain something valuable; Let us share it”.

 

Thinnappan jumped into the floods without hesitating and swam towards the black bag. He grabbed it and pulled it towards him. But the bag was not a bag; it was a bear washed away by the flood. That was struggling to get a grip and so it caught hold of him. Thinnappan tried to get out but couldn’t.

 

Ramappan still thought that the floating bag was a treasure and his friend was trying hard. But at one stage he shouted to Thinnappan,

“Please come back if you can’t get hold of the bag. Come back safe”

 

Thinnappan said: No Ramappan; it is not a bag; it is a bear.

He shouted back: Leave it and come back.

I am ready to come back. But it wouldn’t allow me. I have left the bear; but the bear is not ready to leave me”.

Both of them went along the floods; Ramappan was helpless.

 

Desire is like the bear; once you catch hold of it, even if you want to get out, it wouldn’t leave you. So strong is the grip of desire!

There are lot of proverbs in Indian languages about desire.

–subham–

 

 

 

‘SHOCKING’ BLESSING OF LIVING BUDDHA! (Post No.4713)

Date: 7 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Pagan Gods

According to a story told by Roy Chapman Andrews, the famous explorer, the Living Buddha of Mongolia, a personage only a stage less exalted than the Great Lama of Tibet, was a man of original ideas. One of the regular ceremonies of his office was the laying on of hands to many worshippers and lesser priests who came daily for his blessings. The Buddha conceived a mass blessing. He had a small American Delco generator in his palace. This he rigged up with a wire stretching down a long area way. The many pilgrims would line up clutching the wire and each received a memorable blessing as the Living Buddha threw the switch by his throne.

Dr Andrews was invited to partake of the blessing, which courtesy he could not refuse. He reports that the shock nearly knocked him over.

 

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Atheists and Agnostics Anecdotes

The noted agnostic Colonel Robert Ingersoll, during a visit with Henry Ward Beecher, noted a beautiful globe portraying the constellations and stars of the heavens.

This is just what I have been looking for, he said after examining it. Who made it?

Repeated Beecher in simulated astonishment,

Why Colonel, nobody made it; it just happened.

 

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Doubtful Agnostic!!

Someone once charged David Hume , the agnostic, being inconsistent because he went to hear the orthodox, Scotch minister, John Brown.

Hume replied, “I don’t believe all that he says, but he does. And once a week I like to hear a man who believes what he says”.

 

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Sculptor Recognised his God!

A Portuguese SCULPTOR, upon his death bed, had a crucifix placed before his eyes by a confessor, who said,

“Behold the god whom you have so much offended.”

“Do you recollect him now?”

“Alas! Yes, Father”, replied the dying man.

“It was I who made him”.

 

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Permission only to Ingersoll!

When Philips brooks was recovering from an illness, and was denying himself for all visitors, Robert G Ingersoll , the agnostic called. The bishop called him at once.

I appreciate this very much, said Mr Ingersoll, but why do you see me when you deny yourself to your friends?

 

It is this way, said the bishop, I feel confident of seeing my friends in the next world, but this may be my last chance of seeing you

 

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Did a whale swallow Jonah?

Once while addressing an open air meeting, an atheist asked Bishop Carpenter f he believed that Jonah was swallowed by the whale.

When I get to heaven, I will ask Jonah , said his lordship.

But supposing, the other persisted, he is not there?

Then you will have to ask him,was the quick retort.

 

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CHRISTIAN FANATICS DISAPPOINTED (Post No.4684)

Date: 31 JANUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4684

 

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Bigotry Anecdotes

 

BURN THE LIBRARY!

In connection with the destruction of the 700 000 manuscript volumes of the Alexandrian library, the Caliph Omar said

Either these books conform to the Koran or they do not. If they do, they are not needed; if they do not, they are positively harmful. Therefore, let them be destroyed.

 

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WHAT DID CHRISTIANS DO?

 

What did Puritans come to this country for?

Asked a teacher in a class of American history.

 

To worship in their own way, and make other people do not same, was the reply

 

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FANATICS DISAPPOINTED!

 

The Young Men’s Christian Association appointed a committee to go to President Lincoln to protest his appointment of the Rev Mr Shrigley as hospital chaplain in the army. When they first approached, the president mentioning Mr Shrigleys name, he misunderstood them and thought they had come to praise his choice and said,

“Oh yes, I have sent it to the Senate. His testimonials are highly satisfactory, and the appointment will no doubt be confirmed at an early date”.

Hastily the committee spokesman protested,

“But sir, we have come not to ask for the appointment, but to solicit to withdraw the nomination, on the ground that Mr Shrigley is not evangelical in his sentiments”.

“Ah! Said the president, that alters the case. On what point of doctrine is the gentleman unsound? “

“He doesn’t believe in endless punishment”, was the reply.

“Yes, added another member of the committee, he believes that even the rebels themselves will finally be saved; and it will never do to have a man with such views as hospital chaplain”.

 

The president was silent for a moment. Then, regarding the expectant faces about him, he said with emphasis,

“If that be so, gentlemen, and there be any way under heaven where by the rebels can be saved, then let the man be appointed!”

 

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TRAGIC GALILEO

 

There are few more tragic records of the struggle of the human mind and spirit against bigotry than this text of Galileo”s recantation before the Holy Inquisition

 

“But because I have been enjoined by this Holy Office altogether to abandon the false opinion which maintains that the sun is the centre and immovable, and forbidden to hold, defend or teach the said false doctrine in any manner and after it had been signified to me that the aid doctrine is repugnant with the Holy Scripture.

 

I abjure, curse and detest the sad heresies and errors…….. and I swear that I will never or assert anymore in future say or more anything verbally  or in writing , which may give rise to a  similar suspicion of me”.

–SUBHAM–

 

 

‘SOME ARE BORN GREAT’: CHANAKYA AND SHAKESPEARE! (Post No.4669)

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Date: 27 JANUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4669

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Chanakya, the great Indian genius, who lived 2300 years ago composed some verses on fame and good qualities. We see good similarities between him and other poets such as Shakespeare and Tiru Valluvar.

 

Here are Chanakya’s verses in his work Chanakya Niti:

“One goes by one’s qualities and not by occupying a high seat. Does a crow by sitting on the top of a place turn into Garuda?

“It is qualities that elicit praise and not enormous riches. Does the full moon evoke as much worship as the week but spotless one the day after the new moon day?

 

“With others proclaiming his qualities, even a person with no qualities comes to possess them. With his own self proclaiming his qualities even Indra loses his stature.

 

Chnakaya Niti , Chapter 16, slokas 6, 7, 8

Now compare it with Shakespeare’s famous quote in Twelfth Night,

(Malvalio  reads a letter)

 

“If this letter falls into your hands, think carefully about what it says. By my birth I rank above you, but don’t be afraid of my greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. Your fate awaits you. Accept it in body and spirit. To get used to the life you’ll most likely be leading soon, get rid of your low-class trappings. Show some eagerness for the new upscale lifestyle that’s waiting.”

 

Tiru Valluvar says,

In the abode of the gods, more honoured than the saints are those who have won lasting fame on earth.

Kural 234

Better to be born covered with glory on earth than never to be born at all.

Kural 236

 

Bemoan your own sloth that stands in your way to glory; why fret about the insults that others hurl at you?

Kural 237

 

Verily do the wise cry shame on those that leave no foot prints on the sands of time when there is glory to be sought and won in the world of men.

Kural 238

Alive is the soul that is free from reproach; but dead is the heart that lives without a name

Kural 240

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Where and When Qualities Shine?

Chanakya adds two more verses on qualities (Guna)

“Qualities appear more charming when associated with a wise person. A jewel when united with (studded) in gold shines all the more.

“Even he who equals the omniscient one through his qualities, if alone, with none to support him, comes to grief. Even a priceless jewel needs the support of gold.

chapter 16, slokas 10 and 11

 

xxxxxxxx SUBHAM xxxxxx

 

TIT FOR TAT- CHANAKYA’S ADVICE (Post No.4661)

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Date: 25 JANUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4661

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‘Cut a diamond with a diamond’, ‘take a thorn with another thorn’ are some of the proverbs in many Indian languages. We have many stories of ‘Tit for Tat’ in Indian folk tales. Chanakya also advocates this policy.

 

Every South Indian child has heard the story that elephant and pots are equal. If you have not heard that story, here it is in short : A person hired an elephant for a procession and unfortunately it died while it was in the procession. When the owner came and demanded the elephant the person was ready to give its price saying it was dead during the procession. But the owner harassed him saying that he wanted the elephant alive and not the money. The person who hired it was struggling to convince him. But he had a wise friend who whispered something into his ear. Then he asked the owner of the elephant to come to his house next day morning to get the elephant.

 

The stupid owner went to his house the next morning. When the door did not open, he broke it open and entered the house. Behind the door were several mud pots staked into several rows. All those pots were broken because of his gate crashing. And yet he demanded his elephant.

 

Now the person inside the house cried, “ Oh my god, my pots with big antique value were all crushed into pieces’. He demanded that the owner of the elephant should return all those pots intact. When he told that he would give the money for the pots he refused to accept it. He told him , “ you refused to accept my money for the elephant and wanted the dead elephant to come back alive. In the same way, I  want my pots with antique value to come back ‘alive’.

 

When the argument grew louder and louder they went to the court and the judge told that you lost your elephant and he lost the valuable mud pots. Both of you refused to accept money and the lost elephant and the lost antique pots were equal and so no one need to give anything to the other party. Case was settled.

 

This is what we call ‘Tit for Tat’.

Chanakya says,

“A good turn is to be repaid by good turn and the violence by counter-violence. There is nothing wrong in it. One should behave in a wicked manner with the wicked.”

-Chanakya Niti, Chapter 17, Sloka 2

krute pratikrutam kuryaad himsane pratihimsanam

tatra dosho na patati dushte dushtam samaacharet

 

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At bad time, Mind goes astray!

He also added that one’s mind go astray when one’s end is near i.e Vinaasa Kale Vipareetha Buddhi

 

“The golden deer was not made by some one, nor was it seen earlier, nor it heard about. When adversity is round the corner, mind goes astray.”

-Chanakya Niti, Chapter 16, Sloka 5

na nirmitah kena na drushtapuuvah

na sruuyate hema mayah kurangah

tathaapi thrushnaa raghunandanasya

vinaasa kale vipareeta budhdhih

 

(This is a reference to the golden deer anecdote in the Ramayana)

 

–Subham–

 

DON’T HATE YOURSELF AND OTHERS- MANU, BUDDHA, CHANAKYA & VALLUVAR AGREE! (Post 4631)

DON’T HATE YOURSELF AND OTHERS- MANU, BUDDHA, CHANAKYA & VALLUVAR AGREE! (Post 4631)

 

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Date: 18 JANUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4631

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Hatred to oneself leads to death;

to another person loss of wealth;

to the king to destruction and

to a Brahmin to the destruction of the family

–Chanakya Niti, chapter 10, sloka 11

aatmadveshaad bhavenmrtyuh paradveshaad dhanakshyah

rajadveshaad bhavennaaso brahmadveshaat kulakshayah

 

We know that if someone hates oneself, it leads to one’s suicide; if one hates others it leads to conflicts and clashes resulting in destruction of life or property.

 

The message is any form of hatred creates problems.

Buddha in Buddhist Veda Dhammapada and Tiruvalluvar in Tamil Veda Tirukkural deal with this topic. It shows the importance of the topic.

The opposite of hatred is Love.

 

Chanakya dealt with hatred in only one couplet/ sloka.

 

Tamil poet Tiru valLuvar deals with this topic in ten couplets!

 

Valluvar says,

Out of hatred arise all evils; out of love comes the glory that is called discreteness- Kural 860

“The evil of hatred is the grief of griefs. If it is rooted out, you can enjoy the joy of joys (854)

Nip in the bud the feeling of hostility and you prosper well. FOr one is fast ruined by fomenting hatred – Kural 858

 

Buddha said,
For hate is not conquered by hate; hate is conquered by love. This is a law eternal (Dhammapada1-5)

 

Valluvar said,
The best punishment for those who do evil to you, is to shame them by returning good for evil (Kural 314).

 

Manu hates Hatred!

Manu, the author of the world’s first book on law—Manu Smrti deals with hatred in more places than the Buddha.

 

In the very beginning he says law book is ‘only for those who are without passion or hatred’!

 

“Learn the religion that is constantly followed by learned men, good men who have neither passion nor hatred”- Manu 2-1

“If someone speaks wrongly and someone questions wrongly, one of them will die or incur other’s hatred “ 2-11

“By obstructing his sensory powers, destroying passion and hatred, and doing no violence to living beings, he becomes fit for immortality”- 6-60

 

“The man who is deluded to hate the king will certainly be destroyed, for the king quickly makes up his mind to destroy him” – Manu 7-12

 

“ A husband should wait for one year for a wife  who hates him; but after a year, he should take away her inheritance and not live with her”- 9-77

“Satva Guna is traditionally regarded as knowledge, Rajo Guna as hatred and passion, Tamo Guna as darkness and ignorance”– Manu 12-26

Duryodhana was an embodiment of hatred and jealousy; Yudhishthira was a symbol of love and righteousness. Duryodhana destroyed himself; Yudhishthira survived! This is a lesson from the Mahabharata.

If you want to live without problems, don’t hate anyone.

 

–subham–

 

 

 

The Man Who ‘Discovered’ Yosemite! (Post No.4628)

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Date: 17 JANUARY 2018

 

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Travel Anecdotes

 

YOSEMITE

One day in Yosemite valley, a traveller was told that there was an old man in the office of the hotel who in 1851 had been one of the company that had discovered the Yosemite. Eagerly he seized the opportunity of finding out what it was like to be the first of civilised men to behold one of natures most marvellous works. It must have been wonderful, he said, to have the valley burst suddenly upon you.

 

The old man spat over the edge of the veranda and looked reflective for a moment.

Well, he said, I will tell ye. If I ‘d ha’ knowed it was going to be so famous I ‘d ha’ looked at it.

 

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GRETA GARBO

A tourist journeyed by camel to see the great pyramids. He was swept away by the beauty of the desert night and the work a day world seemed to fade away from his remembrance. After absorbing all the glamour of the experience and desiring to preserve every detail of the dream like world in which he found himself, he remounted his steed, at the same time asking his Arab guide,

What is the name of my camel?

Greta Garbo, replied the guide.

 

Greta Garbo was a famous actress and she said,”I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said, ‘I want to be left alone.’ There is all the difference.”

Garbo also means Dustman

 

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TO HELL WITH YALE!

 

There’s the story of a Harvard man who spent some days in Egypt, and enjoyed during that time the services of a French speaking native guide and courier.

As they parted the guide requested

Sire teach me words of English with which I may attract your country men.

The Harvard man did so.

Some time later he returned to Egypt, looked up his guide, and said,

How did you make out with the English I taught you?

“Sire, said the guide, “some there were who smiled and came with me, others there were who were angered and turned away”.

The phrase he had been taught was

“To Hell with Yale!”

 

(Harvard and Yale are two different universities in Harvard and Yale)

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How to go to Canada?

 

 

In the days of underground Railway many Southern Negroes conceived of Canada, the ultimate objective of most runaway slaves, as a kind of free paradise. Old Uncle Jake had the notion that he would like to get there. He asked a friend how one might get to Canada, and was told that if he were to travel far enough all the way up the length of Missisipi he could get there.

 

The old Negro had no geographic sense, but he had a considerable desire for liberty. Sneaking off early one morning, he took his battered row boat and headed upstream, rowing as vigorously and intently as he could. The current was swift and the old man, working feverishly without looking to the right or left, barely held his own and, by the end of the day, actually lost some six or twelve feet of distance. At this time he was aroused from his intense concentration by an acquaintance who hailed him from the shore,

What you doin’ out there in that boat, Jake?

Fo’de Lord’s sake, exclaimed Jake.

Who on earth knows me way up here in Canada!

 

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To Boston!

The poet John Godfrey Saxe, had his bag packed for a trip when a friend encountered him and asked,

Where are you going?

To Boston, Deo volente

What route is that?, his acquaintance asked.

By way of Providence, of course, replies Saxe.

(Deo volente means God willing , or if nothing prevents it)

 

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Names are Misleading!

Texas is a big state. Easterners go far into the Middle West as Chicago have a lot to learn about it. An instance is the Chicago firm that sent a wire to its travelling representative in El Paso, saying that as long as he was in Texas anyway, he might as well clear up a little affair in Texarkana.

The salesman wired back, “Be cheaper, send a man from Chicago. Closer than I am.”

Astonished, his home office checked with the map and sent out a man from Chicago.

(Distance between Texarkana and Chicago-  792 miles; distance between Texarkana and El Paso- 813 miles)

xxxxxxxxxxxxxx SUBHAM xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

TAMIL POET VALLUVAR AND VOLTAIRE (Post No.4619)

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Date: 15 JANUARY 2018

 

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Tiru Valluvar is the most famous didactic poet of India. Though he wrote in Tamil, his work Tirukkural consisting of 1330 couplets on moral values was translated into many of the old (Sanskrit and Latin) and modern languages.

Voltaire was a French philosopher and historian who lived 300 years ago.

 

There are some interesting and striking similarities between some western authors and Tiru Valluvar.

 

Valluvar says,

‘All men are born equal, but distinctions arise only on the basis of performance,

In the respective occupations they take on’- Kural 972

 

Another translation of the same couplet (972) runs as follows

‘Alike is birth to all; but in their greatness they are not alike owing to the divergence of their actions’.

 

French philosopher Voltaire said,

‘Men are equal; it is not the birth but virtues that make the difference’.

 

In the Bhagavad Gita (4-13) Lord Krishna says,

‘The four fold order was created by Me according to the divisions of the quality and work. Though I am its creator, know Me to be incapable of action or change’.

 

Dr S Radhakrishnan comments on this Gita sloka/ couplet (4-13) as follows,

‘The emphasis is on Guna (aptitude) and karma (action) and not Jati (birth). The varna or the order to which we belong is independent of sex, birth or breeding. A class determined by temperament and vocation is not a caste determined by birth or heredity.

 

It is very interesting that Thomas Jefferson also used the phrase in the U S Declaration of Independence:

“All men are created equal”

Later Vietnamese also used the phrase.

J J Rousseau, French philosopher of the 18th century also believed in this principle.

 

Later day politicians and leaders freely used this phrase in their political speeches.

 

Tamil poet Kamban also says that one’s greatness or meanness comes from one’s action; otherwise everyone is equal.

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VALLUVAR AND CICERO: Face is the Index of the Mind

Cicero was a Roman politician and lawyer who lived 2000 years ago. He was one of the great orators. He said,

“The countenance is the portrait of the soul”

He also said,

“All action is of the mind and the mirror of the mind is face, its index the eyes”.

 

Tiru Valluvar said,

The mirror reflects nearby objects. even so the face indicates the emotions throbbing in the mind—Kural 706

Another translation runs like this:

‘Even as a crystal reflects what comes near, within its line of sight

The face reflects the offending thoughts of the heart’.

 

‘Face is the index of the Mind’- is an English proverb known to everyone.

 

Great English playwright Shakespeare also uses facial expressions in several of his plays:

“there is a kind of confession in your looks which your modesties have not craft enough to colour” – Hamlet , Act 2, Scene 2

 

In the Srimad Bhagavatam commentary, Srila Prabhupada, use this facial features to illustrate another point:

 

SB 4.21.15, Translation and Purport: King Pṛthu’s body was tall and sturdy, and his complexion was fair. His arms were full and broad and his eyes as bright as the rising sun. His nose was straight, his face very beautiful and his personality grave. His teeth were set beautifully in his smiling face.

 

Amongst the four social orders (brāhmaṇas, kṣatriyas, vaiśyas and śūdras), the kṣatriyas, both men and women, are generally very beautiful. As will be apparent from the following verses, it is to be concluded that not only were Mahārāja Pṛthu’s bodily features attractive, as described here, but he had specific all-auspicious signs in his bodily construction.

 

As it is said, “The face is the index of the mind.” One’s mental constitution is exhibited by his facial features. The bodily features of a particular person are exhibited in accordance with his past deeds, for according to one’s past deeds, his next bodily features—whether in human society, animal society or demigod society—are determined. This is proof of the transmigration of the soul through different types of bodies.

 

–SUBHAM–

DRINK COFFEE, LIVE 100 YEARS! SECRET OF LONG LIFE (Post No.4603)

Compiled by London Swaminathan 

 

Date: 10 JANUARY 2018

 

Time uploaded in London  11-34 am

 

 

Post No. 4603

Pictures shown here are taken from various sources such as Facebook friends, Books, Google and newspapers; thanks.

 

Longevity Anecdotes 

Fontenelle was continually being told by his doctors that what he liked to eat was bad for him. Towards the end of his life, one warned him that he must give up coffee, explaining at great length in most appalling medical terms, that it was a slow poison and would eventually ruin his system. In a tone of deep conviction the nonagenarian-replied

Doctor, I am inclined to agree with you that it’s a slow poison– very slow , for I have been drinking it for the past 80 years.

Coffee lovers may derive some comfort from the fact that Fontanelle came within a month of to be a hundred years old.

 

Xxx

NEVER WALK, DRIVE!

Joseph Chamberlain

Until Joseph Chamberlain, British prime minister was seventy, he seemed to hold the secret of perpetual youth. Someone asked him what the secret of his good health was. He smiled and said,

“Never walk if you can drive; and of two cigars always choose the longest and the strongest”.

 

Xxxx

 

Maxim Gorky: Relaxation Anecdote

   

When Maxim Gorky visited America he was taken to Coney Island by friends who wanted him to behold this huge playground swarming with holiday throngs. They took him through the crowded concessions, where he saw one dizzy contraption after another, swinging people through the air, swirling them in eccentric curves, shooting them down breath-taking inclines.

 

They took him under ground and over ground, into bewildering mazes, museums of freaks, palaces of jugglers , theatres of dancing ladies and living statuary. They were giving Maxim Gorky the time of his life.

 

Finally, at the end of what may have seemed to them a perfect day, they asked him how he liked it. He was silent for a moment. Then he said very simply,

“What a sad people you must be! “

 

Xxxx Subham xxxxx