Thursday, November 23, 2017

1129. History a Mirror to the Past….!

History should not be altered it should not enhance the heroism of a historical character nor should it demean anyone. It has to be like a mirror to the past. Every individual be it a King, Queen, General or a Citizen will have a mixed sequence of events in life which could make them good or not so good. History has to just showcase that sequence of events without being judgemental or branding them.

Now some might ask, what is the necessity of history???

There can never be a person who can answer this question as none of us can remain mortal to know how history has abetted society. History is human studies; it is not the same as Chemistry, Physics or Athematic. The works of historians may not be “scientific” as works of other subjects. History has a lot to do with the role of the chronicler; not the rule of a formula. If we can understand it this way, this subject though least precise is the most precious of all human studies.

History is quest to learn about events of the past by studying the inscriptions, relics and artefact’s, etc. This study aids in imbibing the noble qualities that our ancestors had and also help us to be aware of those blunders they committed so that we do not repeat them in our lives.

Why has history become thorn in the flesh in recent days???

Interpretation of history on the lines of majority and minority is dividing the society. If history is understood this way it is like sowing the seed of poison. For example: when we can know from history that Mohammad Gazni and Aurangzeb ransacked temples looted them and also built mosques in the place of an existing temple, why should the minority of this country get offended and think of Gazni Mohammed and Aurangzeb as their own people and heroes??? Here if we look at these two characters of the past from the religion angle, the problem starts. This idea of looking at the history from the religion angle is for political benefits and this trend will not last long. With the advent of social networking the information of events from the past history is available. Yes, the authenticity though is debatable. 

There is a Shubhashita, “Vade Vade Jayate Tattvabodha” (Through continuous debate alone does one arrive at the Truth). Whether they are minority or majority, if they do not have the magnanimity to debate with emotional maturity and analyse then, such information is meaningless and also dangerous.

Historians are not new to us but their ways of projecting the events of history in recent times has made us deter from history. Suta Puranika was the first historian who kept tab of all the events that happened and recited it to Rishi Saunaka which later on were compiled by Bhagavan Vyasadeva and called it Puranas. Even in those literatures  there were “Suras” and “Asuras” but we never had problem with those characters we even recite the “Shiva Thandava Stotra” composed by Ravana. It is only in the recent times that we have people who have started adoring Ravana, Karna, Mahishasura and Mahabali. It is not the question of who adores whom but the concern is distorting the history. 

Let us take the example of “Maveli” (Onapattu) by Sahodaran Ayyappan, the social reformer, thinker, rationalist, journalist and politician from Kerala. For more than centuries the people from the “God Own Country” had revered Maha Bali for his able administration and welcome him with festivity every year on Onam day. I do not understand why the rationalist Sahodaran Ayyappan (normally rationalists do not approve Hindu puranas) had to write a song praising the King Bali and call him a Buddhist??? How can Maha Bali be a Buddhist when Buddha Avatara was after Vamana??? Was it to intimidate the Brahmins over Vamana’s Brahmanattva???  

This is what is called Distorting History with an hidden agenda behind it. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

1128. Natural, Herbal, Organic.....!

In Rig Veda there is Mantra “Ano Bhadrah Krathavo Yanthu Vishwathaha” (May all the good and auspicious beset me from all sides of the Universe). This wonderful Sukta (“Su” meaning “Good” Ukta meaning “Saying”) is the 89th in the First Ashtaka of the First Mandala.  

We are a pluralistic society and hence since ages we are advised to take all the good and auspicious pouring from every direction. The Sukta tells the seeker not to have Sankuchita Bhava (Narrow Mind) which could hamper growth. Instead if the seeker has Vishala Manobhava (Open Mind) he will consider new ideas and try to remodel himself for better. But this Mantra do not say that everything that we receive as new ideas are admirable, it only advice to test the validity of whatever is obtained. Sometimes because of the Vishala Manobhava we possess, we are taken for a royal ride. There is no need to entertain any new ideas which fail to improvise the already existing one. Unfortunately today we are infused with few new ideas which not only have the ability to improvise but vanquish the existing one. the only satisfaction though is that only a few fall prey to it.   

A few years back Kellogg’s entered India. Kellogg’s introduced Corn flakes, a packaged cereal product formed from small toasted flakes of corn, usually served cold with milk and sugar. It wanted Indians who relished Idly-Vaada, Puri-Bhaaji, Dosas, Pesarattu, Thalipeeth, Parathas, Pohas and the very humble Dal Khichdi (Pongal) for their breakfast to change to corn flakes. Yes, it was a new idea but it could not improve on the nutrition value nor score on the taste buds. 

Initially when it made the grand entry into the market we Indians made “Curious Buying” which the company misread the initial trends and the initial spike in sales. Also the middle class and the lower middle class did give the brand a chance, but the chances did not repeat. Our mothers in India do feel happy cooking and serving delicious breakfast even if it is tedious. They never prefer corn flakes with milk unless they are working women.

I am not so incline towards Ayurvedic products, but look at how an Indian FMGC company which came up in the year 2006 has shaken up the old players. It has its products themed around “Ancient Tradition” and “Indianness” which has made the already existing MNC companies to recheck thier flow chart. 

The Salt, Neem and Charcoal in toothpaste to now “Vedshakti” in the paste. The indian market was flooded with the “Chemical Formula” Fluoride while we Indians were using Salt, Neem twigs and Charcoal powder for oral care. Also these MNC’s have a nice way to market their products in India they use words like Natural, Herbal, Organic and Vedic or crown one of our many beautiful charming young girls as “Miss World” and make her the brand ambassador to their products.

Maybe it could work with Higher Class society but our Middle Class and Lower Middle Class retain their loyalty to the “Indianness” always. We go by the knowledge passed on to generations through tradition. The culture and tradition has somehow safeguarded the uniqueness of the natural product recipes which was once in every household and is returning back now with a brand name tagged.     

Monday, November 20, 2017

1127. ...... Real Conversion!!!

King Bittideva of Hoysala Kingdom was a follower of Jainism. During his rule Srimad Ramanuja stayed in Saligrama, he had a disciple Vaduga Nambi who informed about the political situations there. The daughter of Bittideva was suffering from an illness which none were able to cure her. When Srimad Ramanuja was in Kanchipuram he had cure the illness of daughter of King Veera Rajendra.  Bittideva was informed about Srimad Ramanuja being in his kingdom and the above incident. The King request Srimad Ramanuja for help and the princess was cured of her illness, with the help of “Narasimha Danda” from Yoga Narasimha temple atop the hill at Melukote. This act prompted King Bittideva become a disciple of Srimad Ramanuja and started following Vaishnavism. He was given the name Vishnuvardhana by Srimad Ramanuja. They say Bittideva who was a Jaina was converted to Hinduism by Srimad Ramanuja, which is not true.

Srimad Ramanuja never asked Bittideva to become a Vaishnava, if so he could have converted Shantaladevi, the wife of Vishnuvardhana, her parents Marasingamayya & Manchikabbe and all the chieftains of Vishnuvardhana who were all Jains. Even though their King changed his faith from Jainism to Vaishnavism, they all continued to follow Jain Philososphy without fear.  

While Vishnuvardhana was building the Pancha Narayana Kshetras (Chaluvanarayana at Melukote, Nambinarayana at Tondanur,  Vijayanarayana at Beluru, Kirtinarayna at Talakad and finally Veeranarayana at Gadag) Shantaladevi who continued to follow Jainism was built Savati Gandhavarana Basadi. There was no forceful conversion by the King; he let her follow her faith. Even Srimad Ramanuja had no objection to it. This is how religious harmony thrived in my country until the advent of a few Mughal rulers who either had with them Shahs, Qalandars, Murshids, Marabouts, Shaikhs, Faqirs and Darweshs who insisted on spreading Islam by converting the citizens to Islam or those who called themselves Khalifas like Alauddin Khilji and Tippu Sultan who butchered people for not converting to Islam.  
Look at what the conversion has done, Constantinople has been converted from Christianity to Islam to become Istanbul. What happened to those Buddhists and Hindus in Afghanistan Pakistan and Baluchistan???

History says that in the year 680 A.D a battle took place between a small group of supporters of Hussain Ali, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad and a larger military detachment from the forces of Yazid I, the Umayyad Kalifa. When Muawiyah I died in 680, Hussain did not give allegiance to his son, Yazid I, who had been appointed as Umayyad Kalifa by Muawiyah; Hussain considered Yazid’s succession a breach of the Hasan–Muawiya treaty which was made by the 5th Kalifa of Sunni Islam Hasan Ali, cousin of Hussain Ali and the 1st Kalifa of Umayyad. The treaty was that no successor has to be named during the reign but let the Islamic world choose the successor thereafter. The successor was appointed and hence the battle of Karbala. In those times there was trade between Bharat and Baghdad; Rahab Singh Dutt of Mohyal Clan of Brahmin warriors sacrificed his seven sons supporting Hussain Ali in the battle. Learning about the battle and the sacrifice of seven sons, a large army from present Rajasthan was sent by King to assist Hussain Ali. By the time they arrived, however, the Hussain Ali had been slain and those Brahmin warriors later on settled there. The uniqueness is that those Hussaini Brahmins observe Muharram even to this day.

Look at the history none of our Kings have invaded any other country or none of our Philosophers tried to convert anyone……..Mera Bharat Mahan.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

1126. Hippocratic Oath and Healthcare Professionals....!

I always had considered Doctors to be second God along with Teachers. Importantly the healthcare providers get into their profession after taking the “Hippocratic Oath”. The oath rekindles the high ethical and moral prerequisite in them. Also a doctor should be fully committed to cure, care and being compassionate.

This medical profession is and should have been only for the altruists as it is since ages interpreted as a huge social mission and public service. It implies spacious mind, intellectual capacity, recognition, and support of colleagues, continuous practise and its implementation. Hence some doctors enjoy a special status in society for their professionalism, attitude towards patient, commitment, expertise, theoretical knowledge and practical skills.  

This profession is never for money minded as this profession is not a money-yielding-tree kind of a profession. The logic of fleecing patients is a lame excuse to get back the capitation fee they paid to get the medical degree. The problem is that the medical institutions are either owned by the influential politicians or they have substantial representation in the board of directors of the institutions either directly or through their kith and kin. These medical institutions sell the medical seats to unworthy candidates in large numbers while a few of them are for reservation candidates. These both candidates end up as money sucking leeches by insisting patients to purchase specified medicines which the medical representatives have exhorted to them, so that they would get a commission from the pharmaceutical companies. They do recommend a series of expensive tests and investigations to be done from a specific laboratory as they receive their cut from the receipts.     
Most payments to the doctors are made in cash and it is astonishing to find that even in the laboratories they insist on cash payment so that the payment cannot be traced. Hence, in the annual Income Tax returns most doctors or laboratories show only a minuscule percentage of their actual earnings. 

Unfortunately at this period of digital money even the patient or his relatives do not request for the card payment fearing the doctors spoil their cases in anger. For them at that crucial time money will never be prominent saving the life of the patient is the priority. This is the trump card for those money sucking leeches.

The doctors and the paramedical staff on strike in my state has affected many patients. The protest was to demand the government to drop the proposed bill to amend to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act (KPMEA). The bill seeks to hike the penalties levied on doctors in case of errs in diagnosis and treatment to the extent of imprisonment. It is also aimed at regulating the amount of money charged in various private hospitals and to make the costing more transparent.

Personally I feel it is not the “Bill” but the “Will” of the healthcare professionals that matters more. The moment these professionals work with clear conscience then the relationship between the patient and the medic will flourish. There are a few regulations which need no enforcement by Law but by Love. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

1125. Five Prominent Distinctions......!

Dvaita Philosophy of Sriman Madhva is based mainly on Pancha Bedha (Five Distinctions) hence this concept of triple classification of Jeevis (Individual) as “Nithya Muktha, Nithya Samsaari, Nithya Naraki” (Those who are forever free; forever involved in mundane world and forever going through the torments of hell) arise and that is Reality. This classification has a broader hypothesis to explain the human nature. We are but forced to accept that malicious trait is very much present in human beings. No amount of pious hopes can explain away the fact that human beings lay hands on others properties, mothers get raped before children, fathers’ rape their own daughters as the atrocities happening in society today.

Now, the philosophical question is from where does these malicious thought originate???

We cannot believe it originated from Daiva (God) who is the source of all, nor can Vishaya (Matter), Desha (Space) or Kala (Time) be blamed. But it cannot come into existence all of a sudden without any Purvaja (Antecedent). Therefore, it has to be located in the Swarupa (Nature) of the Jeevi (Individual). This is a logical explanation for reality and also supported by scriptures. Sriman Madhva and the other two Acharyas Sri Sri Sankara and Srimad Ramanuja emphasise that Adyatma (Spirituality) is an inner activity of the Jeevi and he dives into it on his volition based how he perceives and contemplates. There is no reason to believe that a Jeevi is destined for Abhishasti (Damnation) alone. All the physical and mental tribulation he endures could be wearing off his Karmaphala (Resultant Fruits) of his past Karma (Actions). While at the same time he is designing his Agami Karma (Current Actions).

Irony is that despite all its philosophical strength the Dvaita school of thought which is most realistic has a few followers. Most of us are brain washed into believing Yang Ying of Zen philosophy which says opposite forces are complementary, interconnected, and interdependent and hence we have a little good and little evil in us. Then, why should we worry about the atrocities happening in the society??? If every individual is same then why do we have punishments and jails??? Or why is declining morality in society a concern to us??? False views do not inspire society. It is better to understand the reality, however unpalatable it is, and act accordingly than propagate falsehood for sake for imposing harmony.

As I understand that the value of currency note does not change even if it is soiled as Sri Sri Sankara feels, but the reality is that we prefer a crispy note to a soiled one which Sriman Madhva points to. There is Bedha and one has to accept it, see even our great Kannada novelist, poet, playwright, critic and progressive thinker Sri Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa (Kuvempu) when composing “Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate” purposefully left out Sriman Madhva. Every time this “Nada Geethe” (State Anthem) is sung there is an awkward fumbling when it comes to the line “...Shankara Ramanuja Vidyaranya, Basaveshwarariha divyaranya..” which omits  “Madhva” in that line, despite the great Acharya belonging to this region. 

Amazingly as explained by Sriman Madhva our Rashtrakavi (National Poet) Kuvempu who contributed a lot to “Vishwa Maanavataa Vaada (Universal Humanism) failed to display that trait in his thought, word & deed. By not including Sriman Madhva in the “Nada Geethe” (State Anthem) he proved that philosophy of Sriman Madhva is accurate and seem to have accepted that it is in the Swarupa (Nature) of an individual to incentivise discrimination while talking against it.

Philosophy is a dispassionate examination of questions about reality. Pramarthika Satya (Eternal Reality) cannot be modified or adopted to changing veracities of time. Dvaita is in accordance to Vedas which also deals with the nature of humans. Vyavaharika Satya (Mundane Reality) is the touchstone to determine the authenticity of Sriman Madhva’s works and not the changing political opinions of the day.

Friday, November 10, 2017

1124. Aham Brahmasmi...!

Maricha, the maternal uncle (Mama) of Ravana could see anxiety on the face of Ravana. There was something which was bothering the mighty Asura which was never seen or heard before. Ravana was walking anxious in his room Maricha approached him and asked, “What’s the matter something seems to be bothering you?”

Ravana looked at Maricha and said, “Sita, it is about Sita! I am not able to convince her to be my queen.”

Maricha replied. “That should not be a problem at all, tell her how powerful you are. Or force her to be your queen.”

Ravana said, “The curse of Vedavathi restricts me to touch her without her consent. Moreover one cannot win over a women heart by force.”

Maricha gave a thought to what Ravana said and suggested, “Don’t worry, you are expert in sorcery. Why don’t you use your power of disguise to cheat her to marry you? You can disguise as Rama and approach her; she will take you as Rama and will accept you as her King.

Looking even more bothered Ravana replied, “Mama, I have tried that too, but as soon as I disguised as Rama every women appear to me as my mother or sister. I do not understand why the moment I become Rama my mind too is changed.” 

Now this is what I understand is “Aham Brahmasmi.” The moment Ravana thinks he is Shri Rama, the true character of Shri Rama gets into him. 

Is it the trait of Rama or Ravana???

The one who has intense faith be it positive or negative will attain Him. For instance both Prahlada and his father Hiranyakashyapa were constantly thinking of Sri Hari. While Prahlada was remembering Him as the Lord of the Universe, Hiranyakashyapa considered Sri Hari to be his only enemy and was always after Him. Sri Hari emerged from the pillar for both. It was purely requital for Prahlada for his immense faith that his God is omnipresent. For Hiranyakashyapa it was going back home to guard the gates of Vaikunta. Immense faith is important with no place for skepticism.  

Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa popularly known as DVG, a Kannada writer and philosopher has written thus in His Mankutimmana Kagga, “Hiranyakashapu did not believe in Him; but Prahlada did; both got liberated, one from Kamba (Pillar) and the other by Bimba (faith on Image): You try to disbelieve in your own beliefs and wriggle like a fly caught in jelly; Mankutimma.

Sometimes I find that my friends have had an over dose of me and my philosophical thinking. As for them I am a person with philosophy more than they can handle. Sometimes I too feel that may be I am too much of a philosophical person and then the next question in my mind is, Is there anything wrong with being philosophical? It is not easy to understand whatever we see and deal with it here, so I try to look for some more insight from the philosophical dimension. 

Amazingly with the grace of Sri Hari there is always a way to that understanding.  

Monday, November 6, 2017

1123. Surrender unto Me...!

Mam ekam sharanam vraja (surrender unto me) said Sri Krishna. Pandavas too refuge in Him and as requital Sri Krishna took the responsibility to provide them Yogakshema (Prosperity & Welfare). Sri Krishna strategically removed their enemies one by one by.
All those who were stained were prominent allies to Kauravas. Astonishingly Sri Krishna used a tactical way to eliminate them. Let us see who were those allies.
Hamsa and Dimbaka were two friends who were ministers to Kamsa. They were invincible warriors so Balarama fought with a king whose name was Hamsa and killed him. Hearing about it Dimbaka concluded it to be his friend and jumped into water of Yamuna and died. Hamsa heard about the death of Dimbaka and he too Jumped into Yamuna and died.

Kalyavana was also invincible warrior who attacked Mathura. Sri Krishna  trapped him inside a cave and was killed. The story is interesting, King Muchukunda of solar dynasty helped Indra to fight against Asuras and wished to take rest. Indra granted him slumber. He told who ever woke him up will burn to death. Sri Krishna challenged Kalyavana at the battle and ran away from the battle field, Kalyavana followed. Sri Krishna entered the cave and hit there. Kalyavana mistook sleeping Muchukunda to Sri Krishna and woke him. He was reduced to ashes. 

Sishupala was killed by Sri Krishna at the time of Rajasuya Yagna Krishna was looking for an opportunity and justified killing of Sishupala for  badmouthing which as promised to the mother of Sishupala had tolerated 100 abuses and on the count of 101 Sri Krishna hurled his Sudarshana and killed him.

Hearing about the death of  Sishupala, his friend King Salva decided to attack city of Dwarka and destroy it. That was a fierce battle

Salva was a master magician. He decided to make himself appear as Devaki and approached Sri Krishna. Tears in the eyes imposter Devaki told Sri Krishna about Vasudeva's death. Sri Krishna knew about this trick He 
cut off Salva’s head with the Sudarshana Chakra.

Poundraka Vasudeva was ally of Jarasandha who dressed like Sri Krishna and imitated Him. He fooled many Kings who believed him to be Sri Krishna. He challenged  probably to take revenge of killing Sishupal and Salva who were his friend. In that war Ekalavya famous for gifting his thumb to Guru Dronacharya also attacked Dwarka.
Dantavakra who was a cousin of Krishna also attacked Dwarka. Poundraka, Ekalavya, Dantavakra were all killed. 

Thus before the war many great warriors were eliminated.

Sri Krishna is Pandava Pakshapathi….

Friday, November 3, 2017

1122. Water has memory....!

A seeker from across the ocean once asked a Sadhu in Himalayas why River Ganga is revered so much in India. 

The Sadhu answered, “The waters of Ganga has the touch of Trinity, Brahma pours the water out of his Kamandalu on to his palm to wash the feet of Maha Vishnu as Trivikrama and when she came down to this earth plane she was confined by Maharudradeva in his matted hairlock. Hence she is revered by everyone.”

To this the foreign seeker smiled and said that episode happened many many ages back and do Indians believe that water that washed the foot of Maha Vishnu still remain in Ganga. 

The Sadhu replied that in India among Hindus there is strong belief that the water that washed the foot of Maha Vishnu is still in the Ganga. Even though the waters of Ganga merges with ocean every year they recollect as clouds due to evaporation and transpiration and fall in the Ganga basin with the help of Vayuputra (Hanuman).

The Sadhu goes on to explain that water is one of the five elements which hold memory. Agni the other element is an eternal observer to events and hence Hindus have them as witness at wedlock. 

Water is taken in the palm while making a Sankalpa (one point resolve). It can be observed that while blessing holy water is sprinkled after uttering a mantra and water is thrown if a curse is imposed since water retains the memory of the holy words as well as harsh ones.
Water not only holds the memory of the words but also retains our thoughts and feelings absorbing it in our DNA and emits weak electromagnetic waves that cause structural changes in water that persist even in extremely high dilutions. 

The fact that water has memory was studied by Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier. In 2014 UNESCO hosted a meeting to discuss the study on “Memory of Water” acknowledgeding the fact that water does retain memory which the ancients had understood. Though many modern scientist ridiculed the thesis we Hindus can understand that water does have memory as we use the same in "Dharmodaka". Dharmodaka is an important rite performed on the 10th day following the death of a person. It is believed that the relatives and friends of the deceased ease the latter’s journey in the other world and lessen the burdens of his sins in this world by offering the fruit of their virtuous deeds to the departed. The person who offers this ‘Dharmodaka’ has to make a vow to transfer the fruit of all his good deeds to the departed one so that his journey to the source or to another womb thereafter is smooth. 

An atheist may ask how water in DNA would transport from one dead body to the zygote in the womb. My understanding is that the DNA can be teleported as water can remain in vapour form too…..what say???

1121. Demonetisation is not a Failure..

Reserve Bank of India had said in its annual report for 2016-17 that 7,62,072 pieces of fake notes were detected in the banking system last fiscal. It is a whopping increase of over 20% had mainly the denomination of Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 currency notes which amounted to Rs. 43.47 crores. Every Indian knows that these Fake notes were pushed by Pakistan through Nepal. The most notorious routes for smuggling fake currency into India were Bangladesh-Kolkata via North 24 Parganas, Nepal-Gorakhpur and Nepal-Bihar routes.  
Counterfeiter notes are only one aspect of “debauching” a currency. These notes then get christened as “black money”. We have this false notion that only unaccounted wealth is black money. Even fake currency also fall into this category as it is used firstly to market illegal goods such as narcotics, liquors, weapons, and human trafficking. Secondly market transactions for such goods are either unreported or under-reported.  Thus subsequent tax evasion leads to revenue loss leading to underestimation of GDP. 

These kinds of transactions involve bribery to twitch favours in business deals and to bypass administrative rules. Amazingly the bribery money is not in counterfeiter notes and gets invested in Gold, Benami properties or gets transferred to other countries through Hawala. Some clever players often bring it back in the form of FDI or using an NGO. So, now the Counterfeiter is in the system (among the ordinary citizens) and the RBI minted notes with the corrupt.   
The Government which took over in 2016 watched all these and decided to demonetize the higher denomination currency notes. Many of us have failed to understand that what was 20% increase in Fake Indian Currency notes could have increased to 50% in the next fiscal year and then more the next year. Demonetization has put a break on this. 

Understandably the phase out of the old notes was a bit chaotic. Some felt that the administration should have alerted the banking sector prior to announcement, but that would have led to an abortive demonetization effort. Bandh call given by opposition had lukewarm response indicating that the country was with the decision and accepted it as regrettable necessity in long term. We could see the corrupt running helter-skelter not knowing what to do with the unaccounted currency they had in their vault. Those no more invalid notes were found floating in rivers and burning in piles of garbage, apart from those confiscated by authorities from the fraudulent. 

It is very easy for the opposition to say that Demonetisation is a failure. It is the “I told you so attitude” in display which make them uncaring for the progress of the country. Demonetisation was just one way to curb corruption. It will have its meaning only if money transactions are made cashless by using debit cards and internet banking. My anticipation is that the next move by the government will be to take stock of black money invested in benami properties.

When the benami properties are investigated automatically the real estate will get back to its real worth. Just as G.S.T has been successful in bringing new tax payers in business sector the benami scrutiny will check the property rates which has soared high in metropolis. The politicians and bureaucrats pumping money for real estate projects will be hit. The rates of building materials like sand, steel, marbles, tiles, bricks, cement and wood will take a dip. Housing will be affordable for all. Time to keep a tab on the accounts of NGO’s, missionaries, donations pouring into political parties and bring them within the gambit of formal banking. 

If demonetisation is a failure the onus is on all of us to look for other means to check corruption and black money not to commemorate it as a “Black Day”. As we have often seen that the mostly the sufferer will mark it as black day…….Has the opposition lost anything monetarily??? I wonder!!!   

November 8th is “Anti- Black money Day”  

Please share this to as many as you can….

Thursday, November 2, 2017

1120. Perimeter of Square or Circle....!

The beauty of Sanatana Dharma is that there is clarity in every aspect. If there is any ambiguity it is because of the lack of understanding in the seeker. If the seeker thrives a little more he will arrive there. Vedas are unfathomable if there is doubt but once that doubt is cleared then everything seem to be comprehensible. A few suggest that the only way to clear the doubt is by having that Jignasattva (Desire to Know) to comprehend the Truth. Though a seeker is keen to know, he is pushed into cynical mode by the different versions in various scriptures on one same Truth.

The seeker may get confused as there is Advaita (Monoism), Vishishtadvaita (Qualified Monoism), Dvaita (Dualism). Whichever path the seeker takes, the goal is one Truth. Each path defers only as to how and under what circumstances Truth can be reached. If only we have preceptors like Sri Sri Maha Periyava, understanding those various paths is easy. In one occasion Swamiji talked about these paths and cleared the doubt of a seeker.

When asked if Advaita, Vishishtadvaita and Dvaita were different, he said, “These three paths talk of relationship between the Jeevatma and Paramatma. In Advaita the relationship is like the square and its perimeter. Four times the length of a side is its perimeter. It is very rational and there is no place for any ambiguity. To Sri Sri Sankara the perimeter is simply 4x (x being length of the sides of square).

In Dvaita the same relationship is like a circle and its perimeter. πD is its perimeter, here π is an irrational number and its popular approximation is 22/7 which is 3.1428571428571; it is close but not accurate. Even if we go to crores of decimals we can approach very close to the value but not the finite value. Likewise Jeevatma can never become Paramatma. Jeevatma can only get close to Paramatma, but can never be Paramatma. Sriman Madhva describes this limitation as Taratamya (Differentiation) brought about by Tattva Bheda (True Difference). Thus the relationship between Jeevatma and Paramatma remains uncertain and irrational in Dvaita. Amazingly Einstein’s relativity theory has this π. Einstein says there is uncertainty in all things in this universe. This is what Sriman Madhva explained in his Pancha Bheda (Five Un-equableness). An insentient object is different from sentient one. Astonishingly there is difference between two sentient objects also. Further sentient beings (Jeevatmas) are different from Paramatma. If Paramatma can be said to be a particular stage of Jeevatma like the perimeter of a square is 4x, then the very rational relationship will be limiting the Paramatma. This will then contradict the saying of the Vedas that Paramatma is Anantha or infinite. The perimeter of Square has a definite value while the perimeter of Circle does not have a definite value. Therefore Sriman Madhva looking at the relationship of Jeevatma and Paramatma as the perimeter of Circle can be justified”.

The person asked about Vashishtadvaita of Srimad Ramanuja.

Sri Sri Maha Periyava said, “To Srimad Ramanuja, Paramatma is a square looking like a circle by Maya (Illusion). He in a way accepted both Dvaita and Advaita. Jeevatma will lose heart if you say he can never attain Paramatma (as in Dvaita) or will become egoist if he is told he himself IS Paramatma (as in Advaita). So Srimad Ramanuja views are like Aristotle’s golden mean, a path in between which says that Paramatma is an uncertain circle as long as one remain ignorant and a clear square when wisdom dawns

For the Circle to become Square the “Golden Means is Sri Hari, says Srirman Madhva.

* Sri Sri Maha Periyava is Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamiji  the 68th Jagadguru of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

1119. Kannada Rajyotsava....!

On November 1st 1956, under the State Reorganisation Act boundaries of Indian states were formed on the linguistic lines.  The region where Kannada speaking people were predominant in Madras Province, Hyderabad Deccan, Bombay Presidency was included into what was formed to be “Mysore State”. 
Later in the year 1973 on 1st November “Mysore State” was renamed as “Karnataka”. The word Karnataka has been derived from two Kannada words “Karu” and “Nadu” meaning black land after the rich black soil it had.

It is this black soil which provides nutrition for the Paddy, Ragi, Groundnut, Sugarcane, Jowar, Maize and Cotton crops grown here. The soil of Karnataka is moist by the water from many major rivers. Karnataka state rivers can be divided into 2 groups Eastward flowing and Westward flowing River Krishna and its tributaries Bhima, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Tungabhadra and Vedavathi flow from northern side. River Kaveri and its tributaries Hemavathi, Arkavathi, Harangi, Shimsha, Laksmana teertha and Kabini flowing from southern side join the ocean flowing towards east at Bay of Bengal. While Rivers Sharavathi, Kalinadhi and Netravathi rivers flow towards west and join Arabian Sea.

Kannada is the lively language since ancient times but the historians have traced its script from 5th Century AD onwards.  A possibly more definite reference to Kannada language is found in an Egypt play of 1st Century AD called “Charition mime” This humorous play by an unknown author was discovered in the early 20th century at Oxyrynchus in Egypt. The play revolves around a Greek lady named Charition who is stranded on the coast of a country bordering the Indian Ocean. The script of the play has the King of the region and his countrymen speaking in their local language (Kannada), and the sentences they spoke include “Koncha madhu patrakke haki” (Pour a little wine into the cup) and “Paanam beretti katti madhuvam ber ettuvenu” (Taken up the cup and having covered it, I shall take wine separately). The dialect of Kannada language used in the play indicates that it is set in one of the numerous small ports on the western coast of India, between Karwara and Mangalore.

The beauty of Kannada is that the dialects change every 100 kms. There are about 20 dialects among them most notable are Kunda Kannada (spoken exclusively in Kundapura), Nadavar Kannada (spoken by Bants, Nador), Havyaka Kannada (spoken mainly in Mangaluru, Sagara, Sirsi, Honnavara), Hale Kannada also called Are Bhashe for its half speech which was intermediate to Hale and Hosa Kannada (spoken by Gowda community mainly in Madikeri and Sullia region of Dakshina Kannada), Malenadu Kannada (Kodagu, Shivamogga, Chikmagaluru), Gulbarga Kannada, Dharwada Kannada etc. All of these dialects are influenced by their regional and cultural backgrounds. There are also the other languages related to Kannada which is mixed with the language of that region which shares the boundary with Karnataka. Badaga which is spoken by the Nillagiri inhabitants has a mix of Tamil in it, we find this in some parts of Ooty and Coimbatore, Holiya is a mix of Telugu and Urali is a mix of Malayalam. These mix languages are mainly in use among the Girijana (Hill Tribes) and Vanavasi (Forest Dwellers) in the boarder. (Christian Missionaries have used these languages for propaganda of their school of thought, I came across "World Language Movies" series through which I was able to locate them on YouTube). There may be many dialects but Kannada in it is one.

Kannada script has its root in ancient Brahmi Lipi (Script) and the oldest known inscription was found in Badami caves with Kadamba Script which was categorised as Halegannada (Old Kannada). In fact it was the Kadambas of Banavasi which was the earliest native kingdom to rule over what is today the modern state of Karnataka. The Kadambas ascent to power as an independent Geo-Political entity with Kannada as the language of the soil marked a landmark event in the history of modern Karnataka with Mayura Sharma, a Brahmin who played an important role.

Sirigannadam Gelge, Sirigannadam Baalge…..! 

Jai Hind!
Jai Karnataka!

Monday, October 30, 2017

1118. Struggles of wearing a Saree to work....?

Saree is worn by Indian women is by far the most elegant dress. It is not merely an outfit but an ornament which attains the grace when draped by a woman. Saree which can be linked to Vedic Culture epitomizes the continuity of an age-old tradition that has withstood the onslaught of many different cultures to emerge today as a visible symbol of the resiliency, continuity and timelessness of the Indian way of life.

They say change is inevitable, yes change is inevitable but the best stays unchanged.  Saree is universally accepted as the best outfit to wear but in some countries weather does not permit the women there to wear a Saree. Even in the Malabar region of our country we had women who went with Roukka or Mulakacha and Mundu. The humidity and the climatic conditions in that region snatched the woman of their joy to wear Saree.

Last week India Today brought out a video on “Struggles of wearing a Saree to work”. The video which had a hidden agenda was very nicely conceptualized to show that Saree is not an outfit to the office goers. The reasons cited were ogling men, age-related comment, odd questions from co-workers, trouble while walking etc..,

Yes, in today’s world Indian women are more comfortable in Salwar Kameez and Jeans with Trendy top. There is no need to impose Saree as the outfit for them to wear in the name of tradition and culture. But at the same time there is no need to marginalise an outfit which is stood without defeat from the onslaught over it in the name of Fashion and Freedom.

In fact I was reading an article about the way the majority of Muslim women in northern Malabar region are force to wear “Burka”. 25 years prior Burka was not the outfit of even those Kashmiri women also let go Malabar. Women from Muslim community in Malabar wore Kachathuni (Mundu), Pennu kuppayam (a full-sleeved loose blouse). Astonishingly it is the same state where a woman called Nangeli fought against  “Breast Tax” imposed by the Kings of Travancore about 200 years back. The story came to light when a artist from Kerala shot to fame by using this incidence in his blog which is full of crass anti-Hindu propaganda and paintings with sexist remarks. Incidentally many so called “progressive” anti-Hindu liberals and feminists cling to this revelation by that artist to brand the way the upper caste Hindus behaved. The Communists have since eons used the back route to demean and defame others.  Now ironically they are forced to cover their whole body forcefully encouraging the Purdahculture in the same state where Nangeli lived. 

Since the year 2000 “Burka” is made the dress code for women folks in Kashmir and Kerala. While in Kashmir they threaten to behead woman who violated the dress code. In northern parts of Kerala the Burka clad women strength had gone up from less than 10 % to over 30 %. I pity the women in Kerala who have to be covered from head to toe in that humid conditions and our India Today has no video on it.

Why are they showing so much interest in probing into the inconveniences of wearing “Saree” at workplace rather than talking about “Burka” that need to be worn by those poor women in Kerala the whole day in scorching heat of Sun???  

Is it their convenience???

1117. Waves of Beauty....!

Yesterday our Prime Minister Sri. Narendra Modi joined a huge congregation of women in Bengaluru who were there to recite Soundarya Lahari.

Sivananda Lahari (Waves of Auspicious Bliss) & Soundarya Lahari (Waves of Beauty) are the famous hymns in Sanskrit by Sri Sri Sankara framed to connote Advaita philosophy. Sivananda Lahari has no tantric references in them, those reading and understanding this great hymn will automatically get inner peace, steadfast mind and most importantly Jnana of Advaita. This religious verses are hundred in numbers. It is a poem in praise of Maharudradeva which also transforms the one who recites spiritually.

Soundarya Lahari also has one hundred verses. These verses refers to aesthetic value that is appreciation of beauty in context of the Absolute. This appreciation of that Absolute value is realised as Ananda (Bliss) experienced when Soundarya (Beauty) is understood objectively.

The first 41 verses is believed to have to be distinguished evidently according to its contents as pertaining to the world of inner Self. This part of Soundarya Lahari is to have basic platform on which human values could be rediscovered, rearranged, revalued and restated more normally and normatively.

The next 59 verses is that appreciation of Absolute value in terms of global perspectives of objective beauty of Mother.

Now, how could there be this divide in the scripting of the verses. There is an interesting legend to it, once Sri Sri Sankara visited Kailasa to worship Shiva and Shakti. There he was gifted with a manuscript containing 100 verses which describing various aspects of the Shiva & Shakti including their union. Nandi doing his duty as the security in-charge, interrupted the Acharya when he was bringing the manuscript and in the scuffle, Sri Sri Sankara managed to get hold on the first 41 verses. Shiva then commanded the Acharya to write the remaining 59 verses.

The first 41 are the original work of Shiva, showering light on the ancient technic of Mantra, Yantra and Tantra. They describe the mystical experience of the union of Shiva and Shakti and related phenomena and is called “Ananda Lahari”. The next 59 verses, composed by Sri Sri Sankara focuses mainly on the appearance of Mother.

The entire 100 verses are collectively called as “Soundarya Lahari”.

Friday, October 27, 2017

1116. A Simhavalokana on my Birthday!!!

A lion after strolling a distance looks back to examine where it is and what is around. This gesture by the lion is termed Simhavalokana. I think birthday is the juncture to look back in to what happened in life. Looking back would provide an opportunity to offer gratitude on this day to all those who travelled alongside in this journey of life.

I do take this opportunity to acknowledge my parents, the role they have played in making me the person I am today. As always I remember them as they brought me into this world. They are the loveliest people in my life. It might be an exaggeration for me to say so, but I also believe that everyone is provided with loveliest parents by God. The word “loveliest” according to me is because my parents were both strict and lenient according to the situation. This is what both my Nana and my Amma have done for us (me & my sister), really going out of their way to keep us comfortable and at the same time whenever they felt we need to learn a few lessons of life they have reprimanded us without hesitation of any sort. Thus they always encouraged, inspired, guided and also rebuked me so that I do better in life.

I am thankful for inheriting certain traits from my Nana like, being very open, frank, to stand up and voice for whatever is right, the never to give up in any kind of situation, the ability to laugh at myself, to forget all the disappointments and only think of the positives in my life, to always have a natural smile. His simplicity, value for money, has really rubbed itself on me too. It was my blessings that he made me understand at a very young age in my life that “Money does not grow on trees” and “Money need to be prised but not given prominence”.

My Amma carried me for nine months before giving birth to me, and took such good care of me later till she left us. With her health issues she was able to mould me and teach me a bit of cooking which came handy in the later days of my life. I still remember how she would play the role of a mediator and calm the nerves of my Nana when I had been mischief beyond barriers. One shortcoming though in my life is that I was not able to nurture my mother with the money I earned as an individual. I lost her when I had just entered into my professional college. She ingrained in me the approach to endure the hardship in life rather than to find means to escape them to my convenience.

I think there is a reason why all these loveliest beings were and are still a part of my life, and I thank my stars for given them as my parents and making my life so meaningful and wonderful.

I would like to specially thank my Akka who filled the place of my Amma in her absence, nurturing me, advising me, encouraging me, and inspiring in ways I cannot even imagine.

Then I have all my friends who were, are and will be with me forever.

I felt like acknowledging all those good people who brought in all good things into my life. it was the best way to make this 50th birthday of mine more meaningful......

Thursday, October 26, 2017

1115. Ancient Illusion Sculptures......!

We come across two ancient architects in our Puranas, Vishwakarma was the one who devoted his skills to Devas and Mayasura built for Danavas. While the city of Dwarka is credited to Vishwakarma, Mayasura is the architect of Golden Lanka.  There is an interesting story in Mahabharata in connection with “Maya Sabha” (Palace of Illusions) which was the seed for the Great War of Kurukshetra.

Once it is said that Agni (Fire God) had severe stomach pain and was advised to gulp Khandava Vana (Forest) which was rich in medicinal plants. Agni sought the help of Arjuna to oversee the task without any obstructions. Arjuna along with Sri Krishna stood guard while Agni burnt down the forest. In the forest lived Takshaka, a Naga (Serpent) King and with him was Mayasura his friend. Arjuna saved both from the soaring tongues of Agni.

As a sign of gratitude Mayasura gave a conch called Devadutta to Arjuna and asked him to request for anything else. By that time Pandavas were homeless after Lakshagraha (House of Lacquer) was burnt down by Duryodhana. Arjuna asked Mayasura to build a palace so that his elder brother Yudhisthira could perform Rajasuya yagya. Mayasura was known for his excellence in the art of illusionary architecture. He started building the palace which was filled with illusions.  It was built with numerous pillars which were concealed by cascades. Walls were decorated with gems and precious stones to look like creepers filled with ever blooming flowers. It was so artistically designed that it created illusions of all seasons in one room. 

As one walked on the floor in intervals there would be an illusion of waterbed, which was not to be there. The floor in some places reflected the ceilings and in some places there was a feel of looking at a gorge. Some of the walls were transparent and some of the windows gave an illusion of being opened but they were merely reflecting the outside world onto their surface.

The entire Maya Sabha was weird and a crazy place and Pandavas performed the Rajasuya Yagna in it. Kauravas were invited and Duryodhana was stunned looking at the engineering marvel. While walking on the floor he found a pond and was taking a contour route and to his disbelief he saw some men walking over the pond. Surprised and in the state of incredulity that he was, he encountered another waterbed and thinking it to be like the one he just found, he stepped on it and fell into the water. 

Draupadi who was watching him from her quarters laughed at him and that’s when Duryodhana took a vow that he will take revenge of the humiliation. The seed of hatred towards Pandavas started to sprout. 

Even to this day we have artisans who create sculptures like we have had the “Vrishabha Kunjara” an interesting piece of artwork with head of Bull and Elephant in common. A dancer sculpted in three different angles with same torso and three different limbs. A dancer and two of her musicians share four legs.

Creativity at the best….!!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

1114. Ego and Self-Respect...!

Sri Krishna assures Arjuna that “Whenever there is a decline in Dharma (Virtuous), and a rise in Adharma (Vicious), then do I manifest myself, O Bhaarata”.

Sri Krishna says he will uphold Dharma as well as vanquish Adharma. How will he do the dual act??? The individual who is on the path of Dharma could be pulled towards Adharma. The main reason could be when he confuses Ahankara (Ego) with Swabhimana (Self-Respect). The distinctive vision with His grace tells us that Swabhimana (Self-Respect) always drives an individual to thrive for self-satisfaction and with Ahamkara (Ego) the individual always look for means to manipulate or exploit to self-absorption. One may ask Swabhimana turn out to be Ahankara???

Swabhimana and Ahankara are two different traits which need to be addressed differently. By puffing up Swabhimana one can cross the line and enter into Ahamkara realm. At the same time while taming the Ahankara one may crush the Swabhimana. How can we bring in the balance???

When I watch Sri Krishna as Bala Gopala doing Kaalinga Narthana (Dance on the Snake Hood), I get to understand how to strike the balance. River Yamuna was poisoned by Kaalinga the giant snake and the cattle that drank its water attained instantaneous death. On being apprised of their plight little Krishna came to the spot and jumped on the hoods of Kaalinga and stated dancing on its hood. He held the tail of that massive in one of his tiny left hands and in his right he assured Abhaya (Fearlessness). Astonishingly as his delicate feet stamped on one hood the other raised, in all that enormous snake had six hoods. The Ahamkara is so it manifests as Arishadvargas (Six Passions of Mind) namely Kama (Desire), Krodha (Anger), Lobha (Greed). Moha (Attachment), Mada (Pride) and Matsarya (Envy). When one is kept under control the other springs out.  

Sri Krishna is seen stumping the hood which represents Ahamkara and at the same time He is holding its tail high which is its Swabhimana. He is punishing the head which had spit the venom into the Yamuna and is caressing the tail. This is His dual act at the same time.       

Sunday, October 22, 2017

1113. Real Tipu.....please stand up!!!

History sometimes becomes ambiguous due to the fact that the interpretation of those who have seen the event would have recorded it according to their perception. Though the historical events articulated as stories of many Kings do not alter much, there was one ruler in Deccan who was hated in one region and had earned respect in the other.   

Tipu Sultan is hated in the Malabar and Kodagu region while in Mysore region he had earned respect, though he was not revered or adored.

Hyder Ali, father of Tipu captured the throne of Mysore in a treacherous way from Immadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar. His queen Lakshmi Ammani Devi constantly made efforts to restore and started negotiation with the British. Enemy’s enemy is a friend they say. The then Pradhan of Wodeyar, Tirumala Iyengar helped her and hence Hyder Ali imprisoned of relatives of Tirumala Iyengar who were called Mandyam Iyengars who lived near Melkote.

When Tipu came to know about Tirumala Iyengar talking to British, Tipu decided to massacre the Iyengars who were living in Melkote on Naraka Chaturdashi day. When all Mandyam Iyengars were immersed in Deepavali celebrations, Tipu’s men entered Melkote and massacred at least 800 people including women and children. Then on Naraka Chaturdashi became a black day in the history those survivors of Mandyam Iyengars belonging to Bharadwaja gothra. 

Some feel that Tipu fought against British and brand him a freedom fighter. This is not true he was surely an ambitious ruler who aimed at becoming Emperor of India which prompted him to convert Hindus to Islam religion.

Further we come to hear that he donated a lot to a Hindu temple. As I understand the history of Tipu, he had Purnaiah, a Brahmin as his dewan who advised him to take refuge in Sri Srikanteshwara Swamy at Nanjangudu when Tipu was facing hardship in this fag end days.

Once the favourite elephant of Tipu took ill and lost its sight, Tipu prayed to the presiding Deity and the elephant got back sight. Overwhelmed by the grace of the Deity, Tipu consecrated a Pachche (emerald) Linga adored it with Makara Kanti Hara. 
Tipu was never tolerant towards Hindus the circumstances made him revere the Deity at Nanjangudu nothing more. He is known for his atrocities in attacking temples in Kerala, the famous Guruvayur temple being one of them.

Ironically the descendents of Tipu are rickshaw pullers and daily wage works in Kolkata while my state  Government is planning to spend crores on Tipu Jayanthi celebrations.

Appeasement at the highest.....what say???