18 # Year 2015’s Resolution- Read/Listen Books

WARNING : LONG BUT USEFUL BLOG

Dear Readers

This is the end of the year and I am about to cross my annual book reading/listening target of minimum 20 books a year as reading is one of my resolution for year 2015 and will be forever in my resolution list.

Due to time and other commitments, I couldn’t read any of the books through physical copies but thanks to modern day storytelling via audio books, I was able to  listen 28 books till date.

Here is the list of books which may interest you if time is the constraint to you.You can use your commute time to listen such wonderful books.

  1. Jaya -An Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattnaik  – Wonderful peace of ancient epic covering all the stories some of them which you may not have ever heard of with different / logical perspective however it appears that it is high influenced by Wendy Doniger’s ideology and works showing derogatory views on Hinduism.
  2. Business Sutra – An Indian Approach to management by Devdutt Pattnaik – An Indian way to understand the management, very interesting illustrations and simple language.
  3. 7 Secrets of Shiva by Devdutt Pattnaik – An approach to explain Lord Shiva- An Indian Supreme Deity and his incarnations in simple logical way however it appears that it is high influenced by Wendy Doniger’s ideology and works showing derogatory views on Hinduism.
  4. Yatharth Gita (Bhagvad Gita) by Swami Adgadanand – Explaining Bhagvad Gita in its true meanings for life, more for spiritual growth and about winning internal war within your mind. Very different than stereotype Gita explanations. I actually ended up listening more than 3 times. MOST Recommended.
  5. Chanakya’s New Manifesto by Pavan K Verma – Very good book explaining India’s core problems and its possible solutions. Author is very well known ex-bureaucrat and politician.
  6. Asura : The story of Ravana & His Men by Anand Neelkanthan – A good book if you want to fantasize that Ravan was the victim of Brahim atrocities. This is fiction books which may have little historical facts embedded in it. Well narrated sending subliminal messages however it appears that it is highly influenced by westen liberal (breaking india) ideology showing derogatory views on scriptures, social fabrics and false fault lines.
  7. Ajaya : The story of Kaurava Clan by Anand Neelkanthan – Similarly a good book if you want to fantasize that Kauravas were innocents. This is also fiction having little facts sequenced in. Great as fiction book.Well narrated sending subliminal messages however it appears that it is highly influenced by westen liberal (breaking india) ideology showing derogatory views on scriptures, social fabrics and false fault lines.
  8. Krushnayan : Story of God Lived as A Human by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A fiction novel imagining Lord Krishna’s feeling while he was leaving the earth as human. Very well narrated and I fell goosebumps even in some narrations.
  9. Stri – Lecture by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A lecture recording speaking about Gujarati/Indian women, her attitude and empowerment.
  10. Gita : Karma and Destiny by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A lecture on difference between Karma and destiny,which one comes first Karma or Destiny. Very interesting explanation those who are looking for the answers. Fresh perspective to those who wants to know about Karma and Niyati (Destiny).
  11. Gandhi and Celibacy by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A lecture on mis interpretation about Gandhi and his actions especially on celibacy. Gandhi lovers/haters must listen to this.
  12. Scarcity and Childhood by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A very emotional lecture addressing to the kids of orphanage and schools who live in scarcity. Wealthy/ advantaged must listen to this to have an empathy and compassion for disadvantaged ones.
  13. Draupadi by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A lecture on the spirited woman character of Mahabharata, her empowerment and message to modern age women and men.
  14. Personality of Krishna by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A lecture on character of Krishna and his personality explained in epic Mahabharata.
  15. Bringing Up the Child by OSHO Rajneesh – Osho speaks in response to a question about the right way to help children to grow without interfering in their natural potentiality.
  16. The Oath of Vayuputras by Amish Tripathi – he Oath of the Vayuputras is the final Audio book of the Shiva Trilogy. In the earlier Audio books of the trilogy, Shiva finds out that the Nagas are not his enemies and joins hands with them to reach the root of all evil.
  17. Chanakya Neeti by Chanakya –

    Chanakya was not gifted with beauty or looks, however, he was gifted with intelligence, creativity and statesmanship. He is the best administrator to be born to date. The greatest strategist of his time, his hard labour, perseverance and guidance bore fruit to Chandragupta Maurya and who became the Emperor of the great Mauryan Empire.
    Chanakya served as his Prime minister and he is still known for his great wisdom, far -sightedness, power of persuasion, manipulation and spreading dissension.Chanakya Neeti is a treatise on the ideal way of life, and shows Chanakya’s in depth study of the Indian way of life.
    ‘Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.’ – Chanakya

  18. My Journey : Transforming Dreams into Actions by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam -Transforming Dreams Into Actions documents the life of a young boy from Rameshwaram, who not only became a renowned scientist in India, but also held the highest post that the country could ever offer. Through the course of this book, Kalam tells his readers about key events in his life that brought him to where he is, today. Kalam doesn’t only talk about him being India’s former President, but as a boy, son, student, and scientist. Kalam’s hometown, Rameshwaram, was indeed a serene place to dwell.A very motivational piece of stories about his life.
  19. Gautam Buddha by Rahini Chawdhary – Very unknown facts about the life of Gautam Buddha starting from before his birth to after his death. Referenced from Pali Cannon. Very interesting to know more about Gautam Buddha.
  20. Swami Vivekananda by Devika Rangachari – I have read Swami Vivekananda’s biography many many times since my childhood however haven’t read from last 10 years which gave me fresh source of inspiration and energy. A great read with all facts about the life of Swami Vivekananda- The youth monk of modern India.
  21. Turning Points : A journey through challenges by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam– Dr. Kalam spoke to the PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, his life was set for an unexpected change. Turning Points takes up the incredible Kalam story from where Wings of Fire left off. It brings together details from his career and presidency that are not generally known as he speaks out for the first time on certain points of controversy. It offers insight not only into an extraordinary personality but also a vision of how a country with a great heritage can become great in accomplishment, skills and abilities through effort, perseverance and confidence. It is a continuing saga, above all, of a journey, individual and collective, that will take India to 2020 and beyond as a developed nation.
  22. Wise and Otherwise by Sudha Murthy – As a chairman of Infosys Foundation-philanthropic foundation, Sudha Murthy come across to variety of people with variety of situations. Their lives and incidents are well narrated in simple language.
  23. The Day I stopped Drinking Milk by Sudha Murthy – As a chairman of Infosys Foundation-philanthropic foundation, Sudha Murthy come across to variety of people with variety of situations. Few incidents which made Sudha Murthy to stop herself drinking a milk. Very emotional narration to the heart touching incidents happened to her.
  24. Stay Hungry Stay Foolish by Rashmi Bansal– The story of 25 such IIM Ahmedabad graduates who chose the rough road of entrepreneurship. They are diverse in age, in outlook and the industries they made a mark in. But they have one thing in common: they believed in the power of their dreams. This book seeks to inspire young graduates to look beyond placements and salaries. To believe in their dreams. A good read to those who wants to take knowledge based entrepreneurship.
  25. Connect the Dots by Rashmi Bansal – The story of 20 enterprising individuals without an MBA, who started their own ventures. They were driven by the desire to prove themselves. To lead interesting, passionate, meaningful lives. Their stories say one thing loud and clear. You don’t need a fancy degree or a rich daddy to dream big and make it happen. It’s all in your head, your heart, your hands.
  26. I have a Dream by Rashmi Bansal – This book gave me a motivation for my further course of life. The story of 20 idealists who think and act like entrepreneurs. They are committed to different causes, but they have one thing in common: a belief that principles of management can and must be used to achieve a greater common good. These stories say one thing loud and clear change starts with one person, and that person could be someone next door. Someone like you.
  27. Poor Little Rich Slum by Rashmi Bansal – What we think of Dharavi a biggest slum of Asia . Just a filth, poverty and deceases . We are wrong. I was wrong. One little two little three little Indians, four little five little six little Indians, seven little eight little nine little Indians… One million little Indian entrepreneurs. These are the stories of the little people who make up the Big Idea of Dharavi. A slum of energy, enterprise and hope.
    Where every hand is busy, every head held high.Where people could be miserable but choose to be happy. A choice each of us can make.
  28. Enterpreur -5pm to 9am by Kanth Miriya – You have a job. And an idea for a business. What do you do then? Crisp, reader-friendly and practical, Entrepreneur 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. tells you how you can become an entrepreneur even if you have a full-time job and are risk-averse. With facts, flowcharts and illustrations, this is a fast and super-useful read through which you will come away with a clear and solid roadmap for converting your idea into a viable enterprise and taking your venture from zero to launch. To be very honest this is the last book I am going through for the year but it is not as interesting as all of the above. This could be my experience only.

The transformation I have found in myself and my thinking is enormous and can’t explain it in words however can tell you one thing for sure that the person I am now was not before. Started to love my own company. I become very inclusive to the various perspectives. I hope it will keep transforming in upward spiral.

I am hungry and I am foolish.

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Happy Reading to All

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17 # Happy Festive Season of Diwali

Remember those days, when we were excited about vacation, new clothes, lots of crackers, sweets and meeting our friends,cousins and relatives in Diwali. Never realized those were golden days. You always miss your family in the festive season because festival is all about smell of the land, vibrancy of the atmoshere in society, family gathering and love. Happy virtual Diwali to all. I remember old Gujarati Diwali wish on these days…..

પ્રભુ એટલું આપજો કુટુંબ પોષણ થાય ,
ભુખ્યા કોઈ સુવે નહિ , સાધુ સંત સામાય.

Oh God! Give us enough that I can nurture my family and help the needy.

અતિથિ ભોઠો નવ પડે , આશ્રિત ના દુભાય ,
જે આવે મમ આંગણે , આશિષ દેતો જાય .

Guests are always welcomed and dependent never feel hurt, We get blessings from anyone comes to our place.

સ્વાભાવ એવો આપજો , સૌ ઈચ્છે મમ હિત ,
શત્રુ ઈચ્છે મિત્રતા , પાડોશી ઈચ્છે પ્રીત .

Give us the disposition that everyone wishes our wellbeing, my enemies yearn my friendship and neighbors wish love.

વિચાર વાણી વર્તને, સૌનો યાચું પ્રેમ .
સગા , સ્નેહી કે શત્રુનું , ઈચ્છું કુશળ ક્ષેમ. ”

By thoughts, speech and behavior I wish for everybody’s love and I pray for wellness of relatives, loved ones and even enemies.

મારા સૌ મિત્રો ને , દિવાળી ના તહેવારો ની હાર્દિક સૂબ કામનાઓ …….

To my all friends we are heartily wishing a happy diwali festive season.

આપ સૌ ના જીવન માં ખુશી ના દીવા સદાય ને માટે પ્રજ્વલિત રહે .

The lamps of happiness always light up in the lives of you all.

15 # On the Day of Krishna Janmasthami

The character of Krishna is mesmerizing Indians from at least last 5000 years because of his completeness as a human with his divine qualities.

He born in the royal family but became the king maker rather than the king himself. Faced problems every single moment in his life since birth but always smiled, always accepted what life has gave him, even the curse of his own family destruction.He always thought and cared about humanity as a whole. He took clear stand on which side he should be in the Dharm Yuddh (War of humanity). He had his all the actions for wellbeing of others yet never sought any validation from the world. He sang a song of wisdom called Bhgavad Gita for others yet never tried to impose his thoughts on anyone.

Tonnes and tonnes of paper can be used to write about him. One day by his grace and wisdom, I also will write about him with my tiny understanding.

Today these few words are to get Krishna born within all of us.

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When we say “Krishna Janmasthami” that really should mean let Krishna’s divinity and wisdom be born within us,

Let us make this world peaceful and worth living in so do our inner peace,

Let humanity and love be florished in the world so in every individual,

Let’s win over our lust, anger, attachment and greed,

Let’s be kind to every element of the universe by not disturbing it’s natural integrity.

May all be happy, healthy, look good and there will be no sorrow in the world.

Happy Krishna Janmasthami to whole world.

13 # Chanakya Niti: Fruitless Acts

 

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“One, who try to teach the fool disciple; nourish and protect the wicked wife and keeping the close relationship with the depressed one, will be at pain regardless of being Pandit (Wiser).”

Chanakya is trying to highlight the importance of fruitless acts which may cause you the pain here.

The fool person described here is about the dumbness of the disciple but this is more about the unwillingness to change oneself and negligence towards the acquisition of the knowledge surely gives the pain to one’s teacher or Guru because if one who is not willing to learn, how could anyone teach to oneself. It will just increase the pain of the person who tries to teach disciple but he can’t because disciple doesn’t want strive for it which will fill the heart of even very wise person with guilty of not teaching the disciple properly.

 
The wicked wife, who shows no love, dedication and sacrifice for the household then surely she will cause a pain to even a wise householder. The love comes with care, dedication with commitment and sacrifice with empathy. If wife doesn’t care about the family, how family will survive as the woman can do multitasking and she was considered the mother goddess of the house in ancient India. If she doesn’t have commitment towards the home for nurturing the family then how can family be happy and grow it should be grown. If she is not willing to forego her personal passions for family good then how can she will understand the value of controlling the streamlining passions for the family good which will eventually be her fortune too. Absence of these important qualities for cohabitation will lead the wise person’s house to the insensitive cohabitation and eventually cause intense pain to even wise person.

The depressed person mostly spreads the depression as the personal filled with negativity and no hopes. He doesn’t trust himself or someone else. Helping the depressed one with material things like money and food does not last for long until internal transformation happen which is hope and blissfulness. If one stays with the depressed one the repetitive negativity will affect the wise person too. Constantly being in contact with such a person will lead to initial few random negative thoughts then he starts to contemplate on those negative thoughts which prevent the person to think in the positive perspective of the matter. This state of mind leads a wise person to the depression and hence pain.

 

Mahabharata # 01 Prelude: Sarpsatra-The great serpent sacrifice

The bright yellow flames were reaching up high like they were trying to touch the sky, they were blazing such that other animals feared and run away to the jungles. The Sage Uttanka with many brahmins were chanting the sacred mantras and pouring more and more Ghee, the purified butter, with sacred herbs. There were thousands and thousands of innocent crying Nagas-the serpents being thrown into the fire roasting them alive turning them into the ashes. That was a Sarpsatra-The great snake sacrifice to destroy entire Naga breed from the earth. The immolating flames were killing the snakes and cobras instantly which was the job given to the Agni- the fire god, who was also known for his purifying nature, to assassin the whole breed into the coals and ashes. The host emperor of the great Bharatvarsa  (India)- Janmejay-Son of King Parikshit and grandson of Abhimanyu and great grandson of Arjuna was taking his revenge to the entire Naga breed of serpents as the Naga king Takhshaka killed his father Parikshit. Emperor Janmejay was strong determined to destroy whole breed of Nagas and hence was pouring Ghee with sacred herbs fiercely like a warrior was moving his sword to slay his foes.

“STOP THIS MEANINGLESS AND ENDLESS ACT” a young boy shouted when the soldiers were about to throw the Naga king Takshak into the Yagna Vedi-fire pit.

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King Janmejay looked upon surprisingly to find out who claimed the emperor’s actions meaningless. Whole sacrificial ground was amazed by boy’s courage to oppose the emperor’s actions.

“Who are you” Janmejay asked. “I am Astik, son of sage Jaratkaru and Devi Manasa-sister of Naga king Vasuki so I am not favoring anyone.”

“Why are you opposing the Sarpasatra?” asked Janmejay.

“Because it is never-ending cycle of revenge, why are you planting the seeds of enmity for next generations that your grandfather did?” said Astika.

“What hostility my grandfather the Great Pandav Arjuna sown? He wouldn’t have made any mistakes.” said Janmejay.

“He did, my lord ! by burning the dwellings of millions of Nagas living with themselves in the Khandav van which is called Indraprastha now.” replied Astik.

“O great king you need to know when the cycle of hostility will stop, I reckons never because enmity only could be won by love. You are unknown that you are also half Naga and half human.” Astik continued.

“Me A half NAGA!!!!! STOP THE SACRIFICE.” The words of the emperor of great India echoed in the Yagna hall and the snakes stopped being thrown into the scorching fire.

“O great sage! Please narrate me the story of my great ancestors and the great descendants of Bharata-The great king on after him this great country is called Bharatvarsha.

“I am happy for the mankind and the Nagas for avoiding generation long hostility.” said Astik.

“ Rajan! Please ask sage Vaishampayan the pupil of Krushna Dwaipayan Vyas to narrate you an epic called Bharat. Bharat has been evolved by sage Vaishampayan from original epic Jaya written by Krushna Dwaipayan Vyas who is also called Maharshi Vedvyas.” Continued Astik.

“O mperor of entire greater Bharatvarsh! May you find your all answers within and learn peace, love and humility from the consequences of war sprouted from five enemies within which are Kam-lust, Krodh-rage, Lobh-greed, Moh-attachment and Ahankar-ego.” Astik showered his blessings onto Janmejay and Sarpsatra-the great serpent killing mission withdrawn.

Sage Vaishampayan narrated Bharat-the story of great descendants of the emperor Bharat. With much of delight, Janamejay won his enemies within and found the peace.

  • The core story of Mahabharat is called Jaya which was written by Maharshi Vedvyas.
  • Jaya was expanded by Sage Vaishampayan, the version called Bharat.

Bharat was turned into Mahabharat with total 100,000 verses centuries later with more stories added into.

Dear readers I am starting a series of Mahabharat retelling of my own version please give me your feedback and share if you like it.

12# Why to Have Great Goals In Life

When a person chooses the great goal in the life, the thoughts,principles etc.start to get great.

Then the person gets influenced less and less by obstacles and problems in the life due to great goals, principles and thoughts.

In the absence of influence of obstacles and having deep sincerity for the goals, the qualities like patience, daring, valour and self-realisation are slowly get cultivated.

Once qualities like patience, daring, valour and self-realisation are developed any perceived unachievable task appears easy.

Success in one difficult task increases the self confidence of the person.

This self confidence escalate the person’s capabilities to the infinite hence the person not only lead oneself but also the society, country and the world by using the continuously increasing capabilities due to one and only the greal goal.

11# Naari : The Women- Your Daily Life Goddesses

Excerpt from Manusmriti 3.56 Reads:

Sanskrit:

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English :-

Yatra Naryastu Pujyante Ramante Tatra Devata Yatraitaastu Na Pujyante Sarvaastatrafalaah Kriyaah ।।

Meaning: “Where Women Are Honored , Divinity Blossoms There; And Where They Are Dishonored , All Action Remains Unfruitful.”

“Nar” in Sanskrit means “Man” and “Naari” means “Woman”. It is said that “Naari tu Narayani” literally means “Woman you are world creator, preserver and protector.”

Woman is the energy of anyone’s life, very right from the beginning of anyone’s life. When any life is born, it is born through a female in the nature and humans are not an exception. Our life starts from the woman; she is the Adi Shakti (First Energy) of anyone’s life. The woman is the source of mankind and without her the human life wouldn’t exist on earth. The love, care and sacrifice of the mother (including Mother Nature) for her children is matchless, selfless and of course priceless.

I praise the divine qualities in every woman which are compassion, love, care, sacrifice, sensitivity, emotions, life creation, forgiveness and strength. The women are considered the sources of Astha Aishwarya (Eight Wealth) – prosperity, good health, knowledge, strength, progeny, and power.

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Woman is the Saraswati (Goddess of Wisdom) when she bestows you a knowledge and wisdom in the form of advice and teaching right or wrong. Woman is the Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) when she prospers you by showering happiness, providing motivation and opportunities in the life. Woman is the Kali (Goddess of Power) when she strengthens you to reach out to your maximum potential by destroying your all fears obstructing your growth. Woman nurtures our good health by preparing and feeding us a nutritious and delicious food and motivating for keeping active healthy lifestyle. Only woman can bless us children, she is the only source of creation of the human life.

Women must be respected, honoured and acknowledged for what they contribute in our day-to-day life and in any good aspects in the world. As a daughter and sister she must be adored as a princess, as a wife she must be loved as a queen and as a mother she must be worshipped as a goddess. By not appreciating woman in the society, you are disapproving love, care, source of life, emotions, family, values and empathy not only from your daily life but also from the entire mankind.

On this International Women’s Day, I acknowledge my respect towards my Shakti- my life energies which are/were women in my life in the form of my grandmothers, mother, wife, sisters, daughters, friends and colleagues. I also bow to all live goddesses of the world who contributes to their families, cities, societies, communities, environment, space, nations and more many more areas which are ever thought about.

“O our Tri Shaktis (3 Powers) – Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali ! May bless this world Wisdom; Wealth and Strength to overcome the ignorance, poverty and fear. You have enormous potential to inspire us to create your divine qualities within.”

Please share this article if you truly believe in appreciating the women’s contribution in the world.

 

 

9# Gyan – The Wisdom Which Liberates

Shlok

tatkarma yanna bandhāaya sā vidyā yā vimuktaye| āyāsāyāparaṁ karma vidya’nyā śilpanaipuṇam||1-19-41|| —śrīviṣṇupurāṇe prathamaskandhe ekonaviṁśo’dhyāyaḥ

That is action, which does not promote attachment; That is wisdom which liberates [one from bondage] All other action is mere [pointless] effort/hardship; all other knowledge is merely another skill/craftsmanship.

Above words are the wonderful Sanskrit shlok couplet which clearly sing the glory of the wisdom. It clearly says acquiring wisdom is the only action which does not create attachment to this material world only liberates one from all the bondage and one’s prejudices, negativity, ignorance greed and so on. Taking hardship for other material things is aimless and which will never satisfy your hunger only will create the attachment to them. Without wisdom all acquired information and knowledge is pointless.

From the birth to around 4-5 years of human life, the humans start to learn basic life skills like eating, walking, speaking, thinking, socializing etc and values like empathy, love, care etc. The most skills they learn, are from home and the environment around from own experiences.

As human grows,He/she goes to any external educator like schools. That shapes the discipline, responsibility, accountability, analytical skill, imagination and so on in the human. Still the hunger for wisdom differ the person from another.

The education, information, knowledge and wisdom are unique and different facets of the human learning process.

Education is the formal learning process which person may have to go through regardless of the interest.

Information is the set of facts which you know when someone need to or have to know about something or someone. It is need and interest driven learning.

Knowledge is the combination of different facets of the learning. Deep understanding derived due to own or someone’s experiences from formal or informal education and the application of the information in the life situations.

Wisdom is the ability to apply education, information, knowledge, values, common sense, intuition, belief and experience while responding to particular life situation. By using wisdom makes you happy about the decisions you have taken and problems you have solved. This is the best possible ability can be derived from all the learning human can obtain from various forms. Customised wisdom applied on the particular life situations.

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In Hindu ancient scriptures and texts, the four Ashram (phases) and Purushartha (meaning/goal of existence) of the life are described. The average human age was divided in 25 years’ phases. The Ashram and Purushartha divided into 25years each.

Human Age (Years) 0 to 25 26 to 50 51 to 75 75 till Death
Ashram Brahmacharya (Being the Celibate Student) Gruhastha (Married Family Man) Vanprastha (The Hermit in Retreat) Sanyasa (The Wandering Recluse)
Purushartha Dharm (Acquiring the Wisdom) Arth and Kam (Acquiring Wealth and Pleasure) Arth and Moksha (Acquiring Wealth and Liberation) Moksha (Acquiring Liberation)

It clearly supports acquiring the knowledge into first phase of the life when a person generally has good memory and grasping capacity; fresh mind without worldly set rules; good imagination power and no household worries, which enables him/her to learn and acquire knowledge about future opportunities, threats, duties and responsibilities in the life.

Asking questions “why” and “how” of the information is the key to get deep dive into the information. “Why we are learning this? Or why this information is required?” will give an insight of the need and “How can you use the information or education to solve the problem or get things done?” will allow to think the application of the acquired information. When a human remembers and relates the “why” and “how” of information used in various situations in the life which is called life experiences, the mind slowly transforms the information into the knowledge.

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The school system of ancient India called Gurukul, which literally means living in the teacher’s domain, was set up for students who were required to live and study in teacher’s house being a part of their family by learning 14 Vidya (Techniques) 64 Kala (Art forms). Even all royal children were expected to live the life of celibate student which was not different than any other student. The main aim was to teach them reality of the life if future prince may have to face. Ram-the prince of Ayodhya is the prime example of the princely student who learnt and experienced all the hardships and reality of the life during the phase of student life made him aware with the ground reality of human life which is considered knowledge. When he destined for his 14 year exile period, he could concentrate on his Tapa (effort to achieve self-realisation,which can be considered as wisdom) than his discomforts which were quite opposite to his royal luxury. This shows how acquired knowledge enables a knowledgable prince into the ideal rule upholding king can be worshiped as a god.

Acquiring the knowledge and turning into the wisdom takes time,persistance and patience. By being exposed to various life changing experiences and then doing Chintan (thinking or meditating) on those experiences by using acquired knowledge.Finally wisdom floats like butter(Wisdom) floats by churning the curd (Knowledge) .The wisdom is not easy to achieve as that requires a person should have some prerequisites like education, information, knowledge, values, common sense, intuition, belief and life experiences and many more things. Hence getting wisdom in first two phases of the life is hard because human is acquiring all the prerequisites unless the person is passionate about it.

May goddess Saraswati give you wisdom and liberates from all the matrial bondage.

P.S. Dedicated to my son-Avyukt’s first day to school.

8# What do you want to be? Diplomatic or Real?

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”- William Shakespeare

“Always stand on principle … even if you stand alone.” by John Quincy Adams (the 6th US president)

We think, someone is honest, narrow or real while he/she is dealing with the life situations? Is it so? Or Is she/he “practical”, open or diplomatic?

We have always been taught that “honesty is the best policy.” but in real life situation are we able to stand on those principles?

Being honest or real for someone is to be courageous (great quality) and most of the time it is risky (drew back) too. It is risky to the relations, career and life but on other side it is rewarding too.Being honest in the life situations may be bitter as truth however it may reap good rewards if it is taken positively. For example, An academically poor student has been told to get improved in academia may be bitter for a student in the student life timeframe but they will appreciate the importance of good education and learning in the life once they will be benefiting from that education. The major risk is to the “truth speaker”, in above example is teacher or parents, to lose their nice and glossy image in front of those students and sometimes fear of getting hurt their own ego due to the opposition or disobedience. However in longer term the “truth speaker” will be remembered for his/her views as compared to the person without expressing any views or pampering the students.

Being diplomatic may be sweeter than a honey however it may create your impression as “fair weather person” or “person without principle” among general people. Taking the same example if students are pampered regardless of poor academic performance just to keep nice and glossy image of teacher up in front of the students, he/she will be cursed once they will need to use the learning from that academia. Then  the teacher loose his/her lovely  image forever. Only people were remembered in the history who lived  and stood on their principles. Even politicians, who have been too diplomatic, never been remembered by the history.

Truth and Principles

In Indian epic Mahabharata, while there was a time for Dharma Yuddha -“War between good and evil”, Shri Krishna, godhead personality, himself took the stand on his principles and truth, so he supported the Pandavas – the five brothers who were fighting to regain their kingdom which was denied to return by Duryodhana and his brothers – Evil minded cousins of the Pandavas. On the same time Shri Krishna’s brother Shri Balrama, who was equivalent in the strengths to Shri Krishna, had chosen to be reluctant to participate in the war because he was supporting both of them. Later in the war, he cursed Bhim-the strongest Pandava for killing Duryodhana by not following rules of warfare then Shri Krishna told him politely not to intervene as he had a chance to stand on his views but he avoided to join the war of Mahabharata and he chosen to be good to both parties.

Sardar Patel-First Union Home Minister of India took his stand on uniting over 600 princely state into the one independent India. His bitter views about merging the states into new country and principles were opposed by Nehru and many other politicians otherwise there would be chaos in the region. He is now being appreciated by current generations ,While on the other side initially adored Nehru is being cursed for dividing the one nation in two nations -India and Pakistan. Gandhi is also being blamed for not doing enough to stop this divsion.They never regarded well in the history for this cause.

Being diplomatic is still good for the person where you need to treat each person equally at the work without standing on his/her own views. For example as a professional employee you generally stand on your employer’s view points and values same as politician who stand on his/her party’s principles.

But on the other side you need to understand and justify to yourself and the world how good are your principles overall or is it just your ego?

It is risky , It is scary , There is a possibility of being hurt even though be yourself however it doesn’t mean you hurt others.

What do you want to be diplomatic or real ?

 

 

 

7# पितृ देवो भव् – Remembering My Father on His Birthday

“मातृ देवो भव् पितृ देवो भव् “… (Taittiriya Upanishad) means Respects to Mother and Father. They are all forms of God.

I believe they are the only living gods we see in our life.

I am dedicating this article to my inspiration,friend,philosopher and guide – My Father.

He was a fourth child among six siblings born to educated farmer. His parents and my  grandparents Narayandas and Gangaben were a happy couple, working hard to raise their family with very small pack of land inherited by forefathers and were living in my native village Karbatiya (Ta. Vadnagar , India).

I heard from my father that his parents had to sell their most of their belongings over the time to give their kids a good education. My grandfather always believed that the education is the only way to transform to your spiritual and socio-economic status.The same belief percolated into my father due to his real life experiences.The respect and love for his parents was great.He did anything he could do to make them feel cared and loved. I rate him dedicated and responsible son.

My Father-SSC Photo

 A person being emotional , family , friends and native place lover was very popular in every community of our native village. Even today his friends still tell us his stories about all the mischief they did together and also how academically brilliant, handsome (actually people called him Rishi Kapoor in his school/college days) and brave was he? that makes us feel proud. I have seen his friends cried for him when he left us forever.Members of every community came to his funeral.That showed the love he received from his friends and community and vice versa.

I consider his love for his siblings and their kids was very sacrificial however it has never been appreciated. My cousins still recognise and accept the fact about his solicitude to our big family.

His love and respect to my mother was just phenomenal however he admitted that he could never give everything she deserved due to his illness and other commitments. He expressed regret in front of me in his last days that whether he could ever give her anything back what she has sacrified for us.

We two brothers of course were jewels of his eyes. His way to love us was quite a different.The discipline and health were main themes in his affection.We were denied other food if would not eat any healthy stuff like bitter melon :). A good thing was that he just motivated to be excellent at whatever we do regardless of type and level of work.That made us more pressure free in our career paths. The bedtime stories he told us included the stories of Ramayan,Mahabharat and Indian independence.Further he nurtured our hobby of reading and my natural fine art skills. As a Mukhya Shikshak at RSS Shakha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashtriya_Swayamsevak_Sangh), he took us there every evening.That encouraged our self-awareness of nationalism, morality, duties, leadership, equality and physical fitness. His teaching on moral values was practical, one of the real life experience when we kids bought chocolates from the shop and the shopkeeper returned us more change than it should be,we were happy kids because we got extra money by somebody’s mistake but eventually we had been brought back to the shop and told to return the extra bucks.We didnt like that initially but we felt respect about ourselves and our father for doing the right thing.

His motivation on our failures still reminds me that how positive was he.On the failures in the life exams and having the greatest disappointments, he usually said “you will have many other chances,this is not the end of life,on positive side you still can learn from your failures.”, to be honest he was damn right. Despite of his on and off 15 year bedridden illness , he was full of positivity and spirituality.He never got depressed because of his deteriorated health and eventually financial and other opportunities in his life. I don’t know where did he get that energy from? He always believed in “Law of Karma”. He always said that the reason of his suffering might be his Karma from his past life. He preached us to be conscious about our Karma and we are trying to be very conscious. We are taking our health very seriously because he gave his own example about how health is the real wealth.On kids development he used to say , “parents are the only best teachers in the world and we can’t just transfer our major responsibility of values and academic education to the kids’ school teachers only.”He used to say make good and long term friends and love them without any expectations.

I don’t know what people would have ever recognised him – just by his financial success or by his status? but for us he was our teacher, motivator, philosophical friend and a great father.

Would we ever be able to give such a wealth to our new generations? Would we be able to do such a great sacrifices for our parents ?

On his birthday today (23 November) he would have completed 60 years and we would have celebrated his Shasthi Poorti (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shashti_Poorthi).Unfortunately he is physically not with us since December 2007 but spiritually,by his thoughts and ideology he will be will us forever, generations to generations.

Love you dad and we need you today for ourselves and our kids.We acknowledge and appreciate your importance in our life. We know you are smiling and blessing us from the sky as Pitru (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitrs).

Wishing you a very happy birthday Pappa and Miss you so much…………………………