Be A Tough Minded Optimist! (Post No.4184)

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Date: 5 September 2017


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Post No. 4184

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In order to achieve one’s goal one must be a Tough Minded Optimist.

Norman Vincent Peale has written a book titiled, “Tough Minded Optimist”.



A Readers Digest article (Win with your Strengths – June 1993 issue) suggests the following to get success:

To get Success .. Win with your Strengths.


  • Pick one strength to pursue
  • Enerzise your strength daily
  • Ignore weaknesses that don’t hinder you
  • Look for complementary partners
  • Develop a Support System


Everyday there is a crisis. How to overcome a crisis?

  • Optimism pays
  • One step at a time
  • Keep the faith
  • Take Stock
  • Take Action

(Readers Digest May 1992 issue)


To live in this world you have to be STRONG! – Or else.


So Start developing inner toughness or tensile strength of mind and SPIRIT!


When the going gets tough, Let the tough gets going! – YOU ARE TOUGH!


Remember : What you think you will become. Good or Bad, week or strong, defeated or victorious.


Never be afraid of anybody or anything in this life.


Remember old saying, it really works :”EVERY KNOCK IS A BOOST”.


Keep on estimating people even when they act badly towards you.


Be humble.


Be big in mind and soul, Be kindly: You will like yourself that way and so will other people.

Remember GOD.

God is great and He will guide you.


Norman Vincent Peale’s above guidelines will make one victorious in this life.





Compiled by S.NAGARAJAN


Date: 1 September 2017


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Post No. 4177

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Here are the two stories I could share regarding scheduling the work and team work

First things first means giving  due importannce to the important works. You have to put them in order according to the importance.

First Things First!


An exercise is known as ‘Stephen Covey’s Big Rocks’. Imagine a bucket. Put three or four big rocks in. “Is the bucket full? ” “No” you reply. “Of course not” I say and put some smaller rocks in it to fill in the gaps. “Full now? “, “No”. I put in some sand, then some water. It’s full.


So, what’s the learning here? It’s to do with the order. What would happen if you’d reversed the order? Put the water in first, then the sand, then the small rocks. There would be no room for the big rocks. These big rocks are the important things in your life. You need to schedule them first, not try to squeeze them in after arranging the water (writing pointless reports), sand (unnecessary travel) or small rocks (staff meetings where no-one listens and everyone looks at the clock).

What are the big rocks in your life? For many it’s things like family, time to watch the children grow up, time to write that novel, time for themselves, time to make a difference. You decide. You identify 3 or 4 things you believe are important. The 3 or 4 things that will make a difference at your funeral.

SourceReal Time Management by Byron Kalies



A mother, who wanted to encourage her young son to continue playing the piano, bought tickets and took her son to a performance of the great pianist Ignace Paderewski.

They took their seats near the front of the concert hall the evening of the performance and eyed the majestic Steinway waiting on stage for the great pianist to begin.

Soon the mother found an old friend to talk to and didn’t notice that her boy had slipped away.

On the hour the lights in the hall began to dim and the spotlights came on. It was at that moment the little boy’s mother noticed him up on piano bench hammering out “Chopsticks.”

She was shocked and embarrassed, but it was too late to hurry up and get him as the Master of the night appeared on the stage and quickly moved to the keyboard where her little boy was focused in on his own masterpiece.

Paderewski gently whispered to the boy, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” Leaning over, he reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around the boy and improvised a delightful enhanced melody.

Together, the old master and the young beginning pianist mesmerized the audience with their blended and beautiful music.

Teams kind of work this way don’t they?

The novice to the expert on great teams work together to accomplish extraordinary things. There is little of what we do on teams that doesn’t require some type of help from someone. We can’t succeed without the help of others. Whether that is depending on someone to complete something for you, asking for a hand on something, asking a question, or simply working together – we need each other on teams!


Secrets to Success (Post No.4163)

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Date: 26 August 2017


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Post No. 4163

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The secret of success is consistency of purpose

-Benjamin Disraeli

If A equals success, then the formula is

A equals X plus Y plus Z.

X is work.

Y is play.

Z is keep your mouth shut.

–      Albert Einstein

The secret of your success is hidden in your daily habits.

–      Mike Murdock

The best rules to form a young man are:

To talk little;

To hear much;

To reflect alone upon what has passed in company,

To distrust one’s own opinions;

And value others’ that deserve it.

–      Sir W. Temple

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.

–      Anna Pavlova

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.

–      Henry Ford


The way to rise is to obey and please.

–      Ben Jonson


The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the promptings of a brave, determined sprit.

–      Mark Twain


The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.

–      Mark Twain

Six essential qualities that are key to success:


Personal Integrity





–      William Menninger



“The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching.” ~ Dennis Green

“Success, which is something so simple in the end, is made up of thousands of things, we never fully know what” –   Rainer Maria Rilke

“The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.” ~ Jean Giraudoux

“The key to success is not much good until one discovers the right lock to insert it in.” – Tehyi Hsieh

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when he comes.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“The secret of success in life is known only to those who have not succeeded.” – John

Churton Collins

“A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Of course there is no formula for success, except perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what is brings.” –  Arthur Rubinstein

“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” ~ Anthony Robbins

“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale




Napoleon’s Leadership Qualities (Post No.4155)

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Date: 23 August 2017

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Post No. 4155

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Napoleon Bonaparte was a great leader.

Everybody knows his famous quote: “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.” His life is full of interesting anecdotes which reveal his true leadership qualities.

Here are two incidents among the hundreds.


Build it

Bonaparte was passing along the dreadful road across the Echelles de Savoie, with his engineer,  when he stopped, and pointing to the mountain, said, “Is it not possible to cut a tunnel through yonder rock, and to form a more safe and commodious route beneath it?” “It is possible, certainly, sire,” replied his scientific companion, and continued -“but”—

“No buts;–let it be done, and immediately,” replied the Emperor.

Such was his clarity of thinking.

Destroy the evidence

Polignac.–Monsieur le Compte de Polignac was a French Statesman.

He had been raised to honour by Bonaparte; but, from some

unaccountable motive, betrayed the trust his patron reposed in him.

As soon as Bonaparte discovered the perfidy, he ordered Polignac to be put under arrest. Next day he was to have been tried, and in all probability  would have been condemned, as his guilt was undoubted.

In the meantime, Madame Polignac solicited and  obtained an audience of the Emperor.

“I am sorry, madam, for your sake,” said he, “that your husband has been implicated in an affair which is marked throughout with such deep ingratitude.”

“He may not have been so guilty as your majesty supposes,” said the countess.

“Do you know your husband’s signature?” asked the Emperor, as he took a letter from his pocket and presented it to her.

Madame de Polignac hastily glanced over the letter, recognised the writing, and fainted.

As soon as she recovered, Bonaparte, offering her the letter, said, “Take it; it is the only legal evidence against your husband: there is a fire beside you.”

Madame de P. eagerly seized the important document, and in an instant committed it to the flames.

The life of Polignac was saved: his honour it was beyond the power even of the generosity of an emperor to redeem.

Napoleon was so great that he could even forgive his own enemies!






Date: 9 August 2017


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Post No.4141



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All of us know how many times Abraham Lincoln failed.

Very many times we have come across the list given below in books and net sites.

Abraham Lincoln overcame great setbacks and obstacles on his journey.

1809 Born February 12

1816 Abraham Lincoln’s family was forced out of their home and he needed to work to support his family.

1818 His mother passed away

1828 His sister dies

1831 A business venture failed

1832 He ran for the State Legislature. He lost.

1832 In the same year, he also lost his job. He decided he wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.

1833 He borrowed money from a friend to start a business. By the end of the year, he was bankrupt.

1834 He ran for the State Legislature again. This time he won.

1835 The year was looking better as he was engaged to be married. Unfortunately, his fiancee died and he was grief stricken.

1836 This was the year he had a total nervous breakdown and for 6 months was bedridden.

1836 He sought to become Speaker of the State Legislature. He was defeated.

1840 He sought to become Elector. He was defeated.

1842 He gets married to a woman named Mary Todd. They have 4 boys but only one would live to maturity.

1843 He ran for Congress. He lost.

1846 He ran for Congress again. He won and moved to Washington.

1848 He ran for re-election to Congress. He lost.

1849 He sought the job of Land Officer in his home state. He didn’t get the job.

1850 His son, Edward, dies.

1854 He ran for the Senate of the United states. He lost.

1856 He sought the Vice Presidential nomination at a national convention. He got less than 100 votes.

1858 He ran for the Senate again. He lost again.

1860 Abraham Lincoln is elected President of the United States

1862 His son, Willie, dies at age 12.

1865 On April 14, Abraham Lincoln is assassinated

Lincoln’s confidence took him to the top post of the U.S.

He made every stumbling block as a stepping stone.

‘Self trust is the first secret of success’ said Ralph Waldo Emerson.

‘For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is’ said Johann W. Von Gothe.

‘They are able who think they are able‘– Thus observed the great Virgil.

Failures are not failures; They are the stepping stones; that is all.

Let us have confidence and then we will also  achieve anything and everything.



மறைந்திருக்கும் ஆற்றல்- PART 3 (Post No.4126)

Written  by S NAGARAJAN


Date: 4 August 2017


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Post No.4126



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யோகிகளின் ஆற்றல்

மறைந்திருக்கும் ஆற்றல் – முதல் பகுதி கட்டுரை எண் 4008 17-6-17இல் வெளியானது

மறைந்திருக்கும் ஆற்றல் – இரண்டாவது பகுதி கட்டுரை எண் 4079 14-7-17இல் வெளியானது

இந்த இரு கட்டுரைகளையும் படித்த பின்னர் இந்தத் தொடரின் இறுதிக் கட்டுரையை இப்போது படிக்கலாம்.


மறைந்திருக்கும் ஆற்றல் : அலெக்ஸாண்டர் கானானின் புத்தகம் – 3





அலெக்ஸாண்டர் கானானின் ‘தி இன்விஸிபிள் இன்ஃப்ளூயன்ஸ்  (The Invisible Influence): Alexander Cannon ) என்னும் புத்தகம் பல சுவையான சம்பவங்களைக் கொண்டிருக்கிறது. 168 பக்கங்கள் அடங்கியது இது.



  கடைசியாக இன்னும் ஒரு சம்பவத்தைப் பார்க்கலாம்.

சீனாவில் தான் இது வரை சென்றிராத பகுதிகளில் கானான் பயணம் மேற்கொண்ட போது பிச்சைக்காரன் போலத் தோற்றமளித்த பலரிடமிருந்து அவர் மேல் உலகத்திற்குத் தேவையான ஏராளமான விஷயங்களைத் தெரிந்து கொண்டாராம். (பக்கம் 34)



அவரது லக்கேஜ் மொத்தம் 35 பெரிய பெட்டிகள் அடங்கியது.

ஒரு முறை அவர் ஒரு நதியின் வழியே பயணப்பட்டார். ஏழு நாட்கள் அந்தப் பயணம் தொடர்ந்தது. அவரது 34 பெட்டிகள் மட்டும் அவருடன் வந்தன. நம்பர் 9 என்ற பெட்டியை மட்டும் காணோம்.பெட்டியின் மேல் நம்பர்கள் வெள்ளை வர்ணத்தில் பூசப்பட்டிருக்கும். அந்தப் பெட்டி இப்போது எங்கிருக்கிறது என்பதைக் கண்டுபிடிக்க அந்தக் கலையில் வல்லவரான ஒரு மகானை அணுகினார் கானான்.


பழைய கோட்டை ஒன்றில் காலியாக இருந்த ஒரு அறையில் அந்தப் பெட்டி இருப்பது தெரிய வந்தது. ஒரு வாரத்திற்கு முன்னர் தான் அந்தக் கோட்டையை விட்டு வெளியே வந்தார் கானான்.



அடுத்து அதை எப்படிப் பெறுவது?அந்தக் காலத்தில் தந்தி கிடையாது. தபால் என்றால் அங்கு போய்ச் சேர பத்து நாட்கள், பதில் வர இன்னும் ஒரு பத்து நாட்கள் ஆகும். தனி ஒரு நபரை அனுப்பலாம் என்றால் 16 நாட்களுக்குக் குறைந்து ஒருவர் அங்கு போய்த் திரும்ப முடியாது. ஒரே ஒரு விஷயத்தால் மட்டும் தான் பெட்டியைப் பெற முடியும். டெலிபதியை உபயோகிப்பது தான் அது!



ஆனால் சீன மொழி கானானுக்குத் தெரியாது என்பதால் அந்த வேலையைத் தனக்குத் தெரிந்த மகானிடம் அவர் ஒப்படைத்தார்.



பத்து நிமிடத்தில் அந்த மகான் ஆழ்ந்த சமாதி நிலைக்குச் சென்றார்.அவரது உடல் குளிர்ந்து போனது. அவர் மூச்சு விடுவதும் நின்றது. அவரது இதயத் துடிப்பு ஸ்டெதாஸ்கோப் வைத்துக் கேட்டாலும் கூடக் கேட்க முடியாத படி ஆனது.அவரது நெற்றியிலிருந்து வியர்வை வழிந்தோடியது. இதே நிலையில் சுமார் மூன்று மணி நேரம் அவர் இருந்தார்.

பின்னர் சுய நிலைக்குத் திரும்பினார். அவர் உடலை வளைத்தார். ஏதோ முணுமுணுத்தார்.


அவர் சக்தியெல்லாம் இழந்து களைத்துப் போயிருந்தார். அவருக்கு பிராந்தியும் பாலும் கொடுத்து அவரது களைப்பைப் போக்க கானான் உதவினார்.



முழு சுய உணர்வுக்குத் திரும்பிய மகான்  எல்லாம் ஏற்பாடு செய்யப்பட்டு விட்டது என்று கூறினார். இன்னும் பத்து நிமிடங்களில் வராமல் தங்கி விட்ட ஒன்பதாம் நம்பர் பெட்டி கப்பலில் ஏற்றப்பட்டு விடும் என்று உறுதி படக் கூறினார். இன்னும் எட்டு நாட்களுக்குள் அது வந்து விடும் என்றார் அவர். அதே போல எட்டே நாட்களில் அந்தப் பெட்டி வந்து சேர்ந்தது.



அந்தப் பெட்டியைக் கொண்டு வந்தவரிடம் கானான், அந்தப் பெட்டி பழைய கோட்டையில் காலியான ஒரு அறையில் இருந்ததை அவர் எப்படி அறிந்தார் என்றும் தனக்கு அந்தப் பெட்டி வேண்டும் என்பதை அவர் எப்படி அறிந்தார் என்றும் கேட்டார்.


அந்தக் காலத்தில் அந்தி நேரம் ஆன பின்னர் யாராவது ஒருவர் வீட்டிற்கு வந்தால் யார் அது என்று சத்தம் போட்டுக் கேட்பர். வந்தவர் தனது பெயரையும் அடையாளத்தையும் சொன்ன பின்னரே கதவு திறக்கப்படும். பெரும்பாலும் கதவைத் திறக்காமலேயே செய்திகளைக் கேட்டுக் கொண்டு வந்தவரைத் திருப்பி அனுப்பி விடுவது தான் சாதாரணமாக நிலவி வந்த பழக்கம்.



இந்த சமயம் போலீஸ் கமிஷனரின் கதவு தட்டப்பட்டது. எப்போது கானானின் நண்பராக அமைந்த மகான் சமாதி நிலைக்குப் போனாரோ அதே சமயம் இது நிகழ்ந்தது. கமிஷனர் கானானின் நண்பரான மகானின்  குரலை அவர் வெளியிலிருந்து எப்படிப் பேசுவாரோ அப்படித் தெளிவாகக் கேட்டார்.



கமிஷனருக்கு எந்த வித சந்தேகமும் எழவில்லை. கானானின் நண்பராக இருந்த மகான் குரல் அவருக்கு நன்கு பரிச்சயமான குரல். அதன்படியே அவர் நடந்து கொண்டார். ஒன்பதாம் நம்பர் பெட்டி உடனே அனுப்பப்பட்டது.


மறு நாள் கமிஷனர் அந்த மகானைத் தேடிய போது அவர் அந்த ஊரில் இல்லை. கமிஷனர் கானானுக்கு கடிதம் எழுதி மகான் அங்கு வரவே இல்லை என்பதை அறிந்து அதிசயப்பட்டார்.


இப்படிப் பட்ட பல சம்பங்கள் கீழை நாடுகளில சகஜம் என்கிறார் கானான்.


சிப்பாய் கலகம் நடந்த நாட்களில் பிரிட்டிஷ் படையினரின் நடமாட்டம் முழுவதும் டெலிபதி மூலமாகவே இடத்திற்கு இடம் அனுப்பப்பட்டதாம். ஆங்கிலேயர் எப்படி தமது படையினரின் நடமாட்டங்களை அனைவரும் அறிகின்றனர் என்று திகைத்துப் போனார்களாம்.


வாம சார மற்றும் தக்ஷிணாசார மார்க்கம் மூலமாக மறைந்திருக்கும் ஆற்றல் ஹிந்து வீரர்களை வழி நடத்தியது.

கானானின் புத்தகம் இது போன்ற பல சுவையான தகவல்களைத் தருகிறது.

ஹிந்து யோகிகளின் ஆற்றலைத் தெரிந்து கொள்ள ஆர்வமுள்ளோர்  படிக்க வேண்டிய நூல் இது.

நூலை முழுதுமாகப் படிக்க விரும்பும் அன்பர்கள் இணைய தளத்திலிருந்து இதை இலவசமாகத் தரவிரக்கம் (டவுன்லோட்) செய்து கொள்ளலாம்.


டவுன்லோட் செய்து கொள்ள வேண்டிய தொடுப்பு இது :




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Compiled  by S NAGARAJAN


Date: 2 August 2017


Time uploaded in London:- 5-13 am



Post No.4119



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Without Concentration nobody could achieve anything.

Here are the best quotes on Concentration.


  • The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication.

Harold S. Geneen

  • (To) have one’s ideas exclusively focused on one central interest

– Sigmund Freud


  • What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.

Patty Berg


  • Beware of dissipating your powers, strive constantly to

concentrate them.

Johann W. Von Gothe



  • When you want a thing deeply, earnestly and intensely, this feeling of desire reinforces your will and arouses in you the determination to work for the desired object. When you have a distinct purpose in view, your work becomes of absorbing interest. You bend your best powers to it; you give it concentrated attention; you think of little else than the realization of this purpose; your will is stimulated into unusual activity, and as a consequence you do your work with an increasing sense of power.

Grenville Kleiser


  • Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.

Andrew Carnegie


  • When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.

Michael Le Boeuf

  • I have admired two principles. The first one is to train hard and get into the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight.

Rocky Marciano


9) Concentration of the mind is in a way common to both Knowledge and Yoga. Yoga aims at union of the individual with the universal, the Reality. This Reality cannot be new. It must exist even now, and it does exist.

Ramana Maharshi


10) The first law of success in this day, when so many things are clamoring for attention, is concentration – to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor to the left.


William Matthews


ARE INDIVIDUALS POWERFUL? 2nd Part of Development of Tamil Culture (Post No.4016)

ARE INDIVIDUALS POWERFUL? 2nd Part of Development of Tamil Culture (Post No.4016)


Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 19 June 2017
Time uploaded in London- 20-33
Post No. 4016
Pictures are taken from various sources such as Face book, Wikipedia and newspapers; thanks.


This is the second part of my (London swaminathan’s)  speech at the first Anniversary of Mitra Seva, UK held on Saturday 17th June 2017 in London. First part was published yesterday.


Individuals are also powerful in fighting against injustice. As part of my charity work I have succeeded in a few instances. Once I saw  an advertisement with a picture of Yogasana in Metro Newspaper, London with a big caption Yogasana is Rubbish. It was an advertisement for some tablets for head ache. I got upset because it maligned the Yogasana which is part of Hindu meditation. I wrote to the Editor of the newspaper and there was no reply from him. As a journalise I knew who to complain. I sent the complaint to the Press Commission and then they did proper enquiry and made the paper to apologise to me and then the advertisement was banned for ever.

Charities and Individuals can do good work.


I have been collecting stamps for over 50 years, over half a century,  and still I am collecting. Every year Britain and other Christian countries release stamps in November or December on Christian themes. Few years back I bought the Christmas stamps and was surprised to see a Hindu woman with Tilak on her forehead. I wrote to Royal Mail asking “what a Hindu lady is doing  among Christian worshippers and is it not openly encouraging conversions?” The Royal mail wrote to me back saying it was approved by a committee and they can’t withdraw the stamps but apologised to me. I took the matter to Hindu Forum of Britain whose Secretary General Ramesh kallidai convened a Press conference and flashed the news of opposition to the stamps. My letter with my name was published on the first page of monthly stamp magazine. So individuals are as powerful as charitable organisations. We should not sit back and grumble when injustice happens.


Very recently Five pounds currency notes in Britain were made up with animal fat. We opposed it on behalf of Hindu Forum of Britain. British Government said it can’t withdraw the notes and already ten pound notes are also ordered with the same materials, but from twenty pounds notes onwards it would be VEGETARIAN currency notes!


Another wrong notion about charitable work also irked me much. People think that if someone comes into a committee or taking a post in an organisation, they think it is for name and fame or to help their family members to get a stage to show their talents. It is not the case with everybody. Some people derive pleasure in watching TV shows, films or reading novels etc. And in the same way, I derive pleasure in doing social service/ community service.


I can give you one or two interesting anecdotes from my life. I employed a teacher to teach Sanskrit and paid him every month from the charity fund, since I received some funding. One day he came to me when there was no one else around and asked me if I would be angry if he put some question regarding funding.

I told him that there shouldn’t be any problem and told him to fire the question.

He asked me, Sir what is the percentage of commission you get or take from each meeting that you organise?

(Since I was holding key posts in four London organisations simultaneously over two decades and holding one meeting every week, he got this doubt!)

I thanked him wholeheartedly for putting that wonderful question:

“Mr S, thank you very much for opening your mouth/heart. If you were not bold enough to ask this question, you would be suspecting me all through your life. I never take a single penny. For every even,t I pay the entrance fee as well.  I might have used one or two A 4 sheets or envelopes from the charity stationary at home. But my family spend more money from their own pockets just to support my charity work. My son drives me to all the events and he never took money for the petrol or for his vauable time.”


Once I had an encounter with my wife. Great archaeologist and historian Dr Nagasamy used to visit London every year to deliver lectures in the  British Museum and V and A museum. When he came to London with his wife who lead a drama troupe of girls, she could not use public transport for the fear of escalators in London Tube stations. Probably she had a very bad accident in the Underground escalator. When he told me this problem, I offered to bring her fresh vegetarian food every day. My wife also cooked for them without any hesitation. Seeing my great enthusiasm and punctuality in the task, one day she stopped me and told, “hey, you are hiding something from me? are they not related to you? you have never told me about it”. I was laughing and laughing and asked her what made her to ask such a question. Who else would do it if one is not related? she said to me. So, people may suspect you if you do such work continuously with great enthusiasm. But I do it for ‘Atma trupti’ for self satisfaction. I derive great pleasure in it.


Now we have an example here in Mitra seva. They don’t have any elderly relative in this country and yet they do this self-less service. We must support such work.


Pitfalls in Community Services



There are some pitfalls in this Charity work.


It is a thankless job. Not many people come to you and say ‘thanks’. But they are ready to find small mistakes and criticize you. So, please make it a point to thank one who does good work.


You should not be too open as well. Dr Dandapani was a  great supporter. After every meeting, he will ring me at 7-30 am the following morning and say all the plus and minus points. One day he even chided me for being very open and listing all the funding during Vote of Thanks. He told me it was foolish to do such a thing because not all the people are good and they may suspect something else.


( I knew what he meant. One’s self-less service may be mistaken and they may think that anyone would do such a thing if they have so much funding.) So we don’t need to tell everyone everything. I have learnt a lesson.


Very recently I had a difficult task of sending three funeral notices because one death came after another. They approached me to send the notice to all the community members. I did it without any hesitation. One of them was not known to me very well. They were just acquaintances. But in the crematorium, the woman who lost her husband, told me, ‘Mr Swaminathan you have done a great help to my family’. I never expected such  thanks in the crematorium that too from the bereaved family. That one ‘thanks’ is worth over thousand pounds!


Thank you.


Under Tamil Oral History Project , funded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, London sath sangam ( I was the secretary at that time and I drew the project and executed it to the satisfaction of the funders) 30 people were interviewed for 20 to 40 minutes each. The summary of which was put on a CD and sent to all the important libraries and the interviewees and the artistes; Following 30 artistes who stayed in Brittan for over 25 years or did the service for over 25 years narrated their experience. I think we did this project in 2004.

1.Mrs.Premaleela Ganesan (vocal & Veena)

  1. Mrs Sarojini Sudaresan (vocal)
  2. Mrs Kokila Thangarasa (vocal)
  3. Mrs Padmini Gunaseelan (Dance)
  4. Mrs Sukirthakala Kadaksham ((vocal & Violin)
  5. Mrs Vijayambikai Indrakumar (Dance)
  6. Mrs Sita Venkatraman (vocal and Acting in Dramas)
  7. Mrs Latha Murthy ( Acting in Dramas)
  8. Mrs Thusyanthy Thyagaraja (Dance)
  9. Mrs Kala Yogaraja (Vocal)
  10. Mrs Saraswathy Bagyaraja (Violin)
  11. Mrs Geetha Sridhar (Dance)
  12. Mrs Pavithra Mahesh (Vocal & Veena)
  13. Mrs Harini Raghu (Vocal)
  14. Mrs Annapurani Sathyamurthy (Dance)
  15. Mrs Laksmi Jayan (Vocal and Violin)
  16. Mrs Sivasakthi Sivanesan (Vocal and Veena)
  17. Mrs Pushkala Gopal (Dance)
  18. Mr Umesh (Light Music)

20.Mr Kothandapani (Violin)

  1. Dr Musaffar (Light Music)
  2. Mr Bala Ravi (Poet)
  3. Mr Murali (Acting in Dramas)
  4. Mr. Muthukumar Sivarajah (Mridangam)
  5. Mr P K Ramakrishnan (Acting in Dramas)
  6. Mr Karaikkudi Krishnamurthy (Mridangam)
  7. Mr Manickam Yogeswaran (Vocal)
  8. Mr Sathyamurthy (Light Music)

29.Mr Balendra (Acting in Dramas)

  1. Mr Unnikrishnan ( Dance)


Here is the updated list of my charity work where I raised money for different projects.  I hope this this will help others to get the funding:










SINDHI CULTURE and Language Teaching


Two funds for two different organisations in different years: a)  Peabody Trust through Millennium Grants for £3000;  World Hindu Mahasangam – £5000 from Awards for All

ESOL Classes for women – £3000 from Peabody Trust

Fitness Women for Tamil Women – £3000 from the Pea Body trust

Fitness for the Elderly -£1500 from the Age Concern

London Arts Council  Funding for Sindi mandhir – £7500


CORONARY HEART DISEASES: EDUCATION & PREVENTION PROJECT—Grant Received £ 10,000 from City & East London FHSA, 1995

LONDON TAMIL SANGAM (LTS)  BUILDING  EXTENSION – £10,000 FROM City and Parochial Foundation, 1997

Elderly Care Project for LTS: £6000 from Bridge House Trust Fund, 1998

Tamil Elders Luncheon Club for LTS – £6500 per year for four years from  1997 from New Ham Social Services


TAMIL BOOKS DIGITIZATION: I got a small funding for Tamil Heritage  Foundation to digitize ten old books from the British Library in London. They are available even now in T H F site.

TAMIL HERITAGE (Oral History)  PROJECT: We interviewed thirty artistes in London who have settled here 25 years ago to record the history and development of Tamil culture in London. The recordings were put on a CD and the CDs were distributed to the libraries.

MILLENNIUM GEM PROJECT : This is to give another chance to showcase their talents who have already staged their debut show and let it to get rusted.

Internet for the Elderly at LSS —£ 5000 from Awards for all

Vegetarian Cookery Demo Classes

Fitness Through Dance

To celebrate Mental Health Day

To celebrate Black History Month

Two Dramas by us raised funds for SIS and B V Bhavan



RECENTLY I WAS ON THE  SOUVENIR COMIITEE OF  Nagapooshani Amman temple in London

RELIGIOUS EVENTS are organised by WHM Sagam


(For Bharatiya Viddhya Bhavan we staged a Tamil Drama and raised over 1500 pounds. We staged a Tamil drama for South Indian Society and raised over 1500 pounds. I took the main roles in both the dramas.



Amrit Vela Trust (for buying small equipments)


Awards for all

National Lottery

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Harrow Council (for Black History Month)

New Ham council

Camelot foundation

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Peabody Trust

Bridgewater Trust

City and East London FHSA

City Parochial Foundation

The Millennium Commission

Health Education Authority


London Arts Council

Age Concern





Positive Thinking and Negative Thinking! (Post No.3981)

Compiled by S NAGARAJAN


Date: 8 June 2017


Time uploaded in London:-  5-54  am



Post No.3981



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It is my hobby to collect Management stories/ anecdotes for the past 30 years.

They not only give you guidelines but also make you think deeply.

We have seen three stories in my last article. Now three more…

Happy Reading!

Positive Thinking and Negative Thinking!

What is the difference between positive thinking and negative thinking:

Many years ago two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.

The first salesman reported back, “There is no potential here – nobody wears shoes.”

The second salesman reported back, “There is massive potential here – nobody wears shoes.”

Morals of the story:

A single situation may be viewed in two quite different ways – negatively or positively.

A  situation’s problems and disadvantages may be really your opportunities and benefits.


Sharing critical info!                        

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings.
The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.
When she opens the door, there stands Smith, the next-door neighbor.
Before she says a word, Smith says, ‘I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.’
After thinking that she has a chance earning $800 within a minute, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Smith, after a few seconds, Smith hands her $800 and leaves.
The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.
When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, ‘Who was that?’
‘It was Smith the next door neighbor,’ she replies.
‘Great,’ the husband says, ‘Did he give the $800 he owes me? He promised me that he would give it today!’
Moral of the story:
Do not share any critical information unless you understand the need of opposite person. It may or may not help him but surely won’t help you. 

Never ever share your secret with a stranger without consulting your husband/elders!

Not everyone is your enemy!

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and she fell to the ground into a large field.
While she was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on her.
As the frozen bird laid there in the pile of cow dung, she began to realize how warm it was.
The dung was actually thawing her out!
She lays there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.
A passing cat hears the bird singing and comes to investigate.
Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug her out and ate her.
Morals of the story:
[1] Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
[2] Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
[3] And when you’re in deep shit, keep your mouth shut! 




Compiled by S NAGARAJAN


Date: 5 June 2017


Time uploaded in London:-  5-03  am



Post No.3972



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It is my hobby to collect Management stories/ anecdotes for the past 30 years.

They not only give you guidelines but also make you think deeply.

Here are the first three stories which I enjoyed very much.

Happy Reading!!

Your Boss and You : Always let your Boss have the first Say!

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.
They rub it and a Genie comes out.
The Genie says, ‘I’ll give each of you just one wish.’
‘Me first! Me first!’ says the admin clerk. ‘I wantto be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.’
Puff! She’s gone. 
‘Me next! Me next!’ says the sales rep. ‘I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.’
Puff! He’s gone.
‘OK, you’re up,’ the Genie says to the manager.
The manager smiles and say, ‘I want those two back in the office after the lunch-time.’
Moral of the story:
Always let your boss have the first say. 

For doing nothing you must be very very high!

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.
A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, ‘Can I also sit like you and do nothing?’
The eagle answered: ‘Sure, why not.’
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story: 
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Staying at top is not easy!

A Turkey was chatting with a Bull.
‘I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree’ sighed the Turkey, ‘but I haven’t got the energy.’ ‘Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?’ replied the Bull. They’re packed with nutrients.’
The Turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave her enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.
The next day, after eating some more dung, she reached the second branch.
Finally after a fourth night, the Turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree..
She was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot her out of the tree.
Moral of the story:
Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won’t help you stay there for long.