WRITTEN by London Swaminathan 


Date: 16 April 2018


Time uploaded in London –  15-51 (British Summer Time)


Post No. 4921


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GAYATRI Mantra/hymn is the most powerful mantra in the Rig Veda and it is found in other Vedas as well. It is a great wonder that mantra which reverberated on the banks of River Sarasvati and later Sindhu (Indus) and Ganges is still chanted by millions in India. While Brahmins only were chanting in those days and in recent years, great saints like Chinmayananda and Sathya Sai baba made it popular among other communities as well.


The meaning of the Mantra is

Let us meditate on that excellent glory of the divine vivifying Sun (light) and May He enlighten us.

There are lot of Mantras/hymns on Ushas (the dawn):

Immortal Ushas, please by praise

What mortal may enjoy they days!

Who, mighty one, can reach thy place!

Rig Veda 1-30-20


The parallelism of thought is very remarkable, between the general Vedic concept of Ushas with the lines of blind poet Milton.


Compare the following lines on Ushas (Dawn)


English poet, though blind, sings about light in the following lines:


“Hail, holy light, offspring of Heaven first born,

Or of the eternal, co-eternal beam

May I express thee unblamed? since God is light,

And never but unapproached light

Dwelt from eternity, dwell thou in me,

Bright effluence of bright essence increate

Or hear’st thou rather, pure ethereal stream,

Whose fountain who shall tell? Before the sun

Before the heavens thou wert, and at the voice

Of God, as with a mantle, didst invest

The rising world of waters dark and deep

Won from the void and formless infinite.

Paradise Lost, Book 3


The Rig Veda says

Fair as a bride embellished by her mother thou showest forth thy form that all may see it

Blessed art thou, O dawn. Shine yet more widely. No other Dawns have reached what thou attainest.


Rich in cattle, horses, and all goodly treasurers, in constant operation with the sunbeams,


The Dawns depart and come again assuming their wonted forms that promise happy fortune.

Obedient to the reins of Law Eternal give us each thought that more and more shall bless us.

Sine thou on us today, Dawn, swift to listen. With us be riches and with chiefs who worship.

RV 1-123


Upanishads say,

To the illumined soul the Self is all. For Him, who sees everywhere oneness, how can there be delusion or grief?

–Isha Upanishad 7

The whole world is illumined by His ilight.

–Sveteshvatara Upanishad 6-14


Milton also said God is Light (see above)




Easy Way to become a Philosopher!


Written by London swaminathan

Article No.1934

Date :15th June 2015

Time uploaded in London: 20-50

Socrates’ marital difficulties are well known. Out of them he coined this sage advice: “By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you will become very happy; if you get bad one you will become a philosopher – and that is good for everyman”.

To be or Not to be

When Socrates was asked whether it was better for a man to marry or remain single, he answered:

“Let him take which course he will, he will repent of it”

Thunder and Rain

From my post 60 Second Interview with Socrates (posted on 12-2-2012)

We understand that your wife was very rude to you. One day she scolded you for lecturing. When you did not stop, she poured on you a bucket full of water. Shakespeare in his play “Taming of the Shrew” mentions your wife’s rudeness. What did you say to your friends then?


You heard thunder and now it is raining”.

HOD HASHARON, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 31:  A flash of lightning lights up the sky before dawn on October 31, 2009 over Hod Hasharon in central Israel. The storm brought much needed rain to the Holy Land which has been suffering from years of below normal precipitation leaving the Sea of Galilee and underground aquifers at dangerously low levels.  (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)


Football and Marriage

An old gentleman, who had never attended a football game, allowed himself to be persuaded by a fan to accompany him. “Now then”, said his friend, as the game was about to begin, “you are going to see more excitement for a couple of dollars than you ever saw before”. “I doubt it”, said the old timer, “that’s all I paid for my marriage license”

The Light has Gone out

A widower in his great bereavement, expressed his feelings by having engraved on the tombstone of his wife the line, “My light has gone out”. As he was about to marry again, he asked the advice of Bishop Henry C.Potter as to  whether or not he should have the inscription erased as it seemed at variance with the new conditions.

“Oh, No,” said the Bishop, “I wouldn’t have taken it off; just put underneath it, “I have struck another match”.

Rose and Thorns

When the poet Milton was blind he married a shrew. The Duke of Buckingham called her a rose. “I am no judge of colours”, replied Milton, “and it may so, for I feel the thorns daily”.


Tamil and English Proverbs

There is a Tamil proverb , “After marriage there will be  desire for sixty days, lust will last thirty days, and after ninety days have passed, she will be considered a broomstick ( In Tamil – Aasai arupathu Naal, moham muppathu Naal, Thonnuuru Naalum ponaal Thudappai kattai).

There is an equivalent English proverb:

“When a couple are newly married, the first month is honey moon or smick and smack;

The second is hither and thither;

The third is thwick-thwack;

The fourth – The devil take them that brought thee and me together”.

“Mother, what sort of a thing is marriage?

Daughter, it is spinning, bearing children and weeping”.