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Thursday, October 10, 2013

RECLAIMING THE INDIAN GENIUS

This post is part of a series on the resurgence of that renowned culture and civilization that ancient India (Akhanda Bharath) showcased to rest of the world once upon a time, and its present synergy with the expanding boundaries of knowledge and innovation of our times (Nav Bharath). This is indeed the golden ideal that Swami Vivekananda dreamed and often espoused in his many lectures. What better way for India Pundit to showcase the not-so-celebrity architects behind this silent reconstruction, than to present vignettes from out of IITM's own homegrown Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC). In this continuing series, we proudly present the breath-taking breadth and depth of the vidwat of Shri. ShraddALu RAnade, scientist, educator and scholar, who has a striking physical resemblence to Sri Aurobindo himself:

Friday, October 04, 2013

INDIAN IDENTITY - Mr. GOPINATH

What better way to start the series of RECLAIMING THE INDIAN GENIUS than with Gopinath? And who better to shake the modern Indian youngster by his hair roots other than Mr. Gopinath, the self made Vijay TV Anchor and News Media Whiz? Starting from a humble background, by sheer dedication and application of life principles to develop smartness and success, Gopinath had many a rough road to travel and hoops to jump. All of this have made him extremely worldly-wise, but also passionately Indian in his core values. So much so, he dressed only in Dhoti and Shirt for his marriage, avoiding the westernized coat/suit for marriage reception that many of us are guilty of. In short, Gopi puts his mouth where his deed is, and as he himself strongly asserts, content over mere decorative form. In the video excerpt below, he defines with an uncanny clarity what the true Indian identity is, how we are becoming the victims of international treachery in losing it and feeling proud about it, and how we can recognize our true worth as Indians to regain and reshape our history of a warless world dominance through intelligence, industry and vision.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Conveniently Forgotten Past - NETAJI

It should come as no great surprise that Indians always win the 1st place in forgetfulness. If at all history has taught us any valuable lessons, the foremost is that it repeats itself, not once or twice, but an uncountable number of times. If human history is a big circle, then Indian history has many smaller ones inside, that could account for a major part of our combined learning and growth through the many epochs. Cut to the chase, Indians have not only floundered many a great opportunities, but have attempted to bury their ineptness in the sands of time through outright deception sometimes, and sometimes through willful neglect and ingratitude. The treatment afforded to NETAJI SUBASH CHANDRA BOSE is a sterling example of such behavior.

I need not have to rummage through the annals of Indian Freedom Movement to refresh anyone's memory because the imprints are still there. Only the honesty of public acceptance is lacking, specially among the Indian elite. It is as if the inconvenient truths would expose their many lies, wash their dirty linens, and parade their vile nakedness in public. Today's India with many a misguided youth, unprincipled leaders, despondent parents, elders and teachers, and an equally hapless poor and destitute substrata is a far cry from the one imagined by our freedom fighters, particularly Gandhiji, Patelji, Vinobaji, Rajaji, Lalaji and quite especially, Netaji. The blood sacrifices of the countless martyrs led by Azad, Bhagat Singh, Veer Savarkar and Thiruppoor Kumaran seems to be a mere fairy tale to the present generation. Jallianwala Bhagh massacre, Dandi march lathi charge or Quit India movement atrocities are occasional appetizers to be seen and appreciated in bollywood films, more to root for the favorite film heroes than to learn, imbibe and preserve. On the contrary, the film heroes seem more desirous and sincere to relive these events as their personal tribute and expression of patriotic fervor. Why this abject negligence? Is it actually in our DNA?

Viewing into the glorious and often tumultuous course of Indian history from mythology to the modern age, through the kaleidoscope of time, we will explore the various aspects of our distinct and colorful culture. We will continue to journey guided by the extraordinary visions of our ancient seers through the itinerant visionaries of our future, who continue to shape the destiny of Mother India.

An excellent speech by Netaji and a film tribute on his exemplary life, as videos:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

RECLAIMING VEDIC INDIAN VALUES

September 22 is considered, like March 21/22, a day of inspiration for equanimity. Because it is the Autumnal Equinox. These two days are like a spiritual plateau, just like the earth-sun combo is the astronomical plateau. Here's a link to my Vernal Equinox post for a delightful recap.

I have also come to my inner plateau on this day. The previous post is where I stop writing popular, funny or drab news based posts that you can read in other blogs. I will be henceforth writing solely on those topics which I myself can read and respect. It will primarily center around reclaiming our Indian lost genius and glory from the Vedic age. There will even be caustic articles on the deplorable state of the current Brahmin society etc., so beware. I can't but help writing about it, because this crusade will begin with a generous tribute to the leader amongst Indian leaders, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, and deal with the many issues that plague our modern Indian society. And what the current day scholars and visionaries like Sri. Shraddalu Ranade and Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan recommend we do.

With these few introductory words, I hereby empower my keyboard to seek and write truth, for it shall set us all free!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ivan Romba Nallavannu Sollittaan!

Katta Thoraikku Kattam Chariyille! En Kooda MOtharathe Avanukku VedikkaiyAyiducchu. Iru Varen Katta Thora, Pala Gettappula Vanthu Asatthuvaan Intha Kaippulla. Ha Ha Ha!

Friday, September 13, 2013

PARAMACHARYAL AND PEDANTIC

Paramaacharyal Jagathguru Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswathi SwamigaL is well known for his wit and wisdom, while imparting lessons to anyone including the Kanchi Mutt's disciples. But here is an instance of the eruptive force of his boundless gnana, yet with that caring compassion of a strict, correcting father:

விதண்டாவாதியும் மஹாபெரியவாளும்

ஒரு விதண்டாவாதியை மஹாபெரியவா எப்படி மாற்றினார் என்பதைப்பற்றி, ரா. கணபதி அண்ணா விவரிக்கும் ஒரு சுவையான நிகழ்ச்சி. மூலம்---------சொல்லின் செல்வர் ஸ்ரீகாஞ்சி முனிவர்.ஆசிரியர்------ஸ்ரீ ரா. கணபதி. வெளியிட்டோர்-------திவ்ய வித்யா ட்ரஸ்ட்.

ஓர் இரவு பெரியவாளிடம், ஒரு வெளியூர் அடியார், மறுநாள் அதிகாலை ஊருக்குப் புறப்படவிருப்பதாகச் சொல்லிப் பிரஸாதம் கேட்டபோது, "நாளைக்கு விடிகாலை ஊருக்குப் போறயா? ஸ்ரீராமநவமியாச்சே? ஒண்ணு வந்தது வந்தே, இங்கே மடத்துல ராமர் பூஜைக்கு இருக்கணும், இல்லாட்டா, இன்னி ஸாயங்காலம் ரயிலுக்கே போயாவது இருக்கணும். அப்ப ஊருக்குப் போய்ச்சேர்ந்து ஆத்துலயாவது பூஜை பண்ண முடிஞ்சிருக்கும். ஆத்தையும் கோட்டை விட்டுட்டு, இங்கேயும் இல்லாம, நாளை காலம்பர பஸ்ஸிலே போறேங்கறியே!" என்றார் ஸ்ரீசரணர்.

'அடியார்' என்று மரியாதையை உத்தேசித்துச் சொல்லப்பட்ட அந்நபர் ஒரு விதண்டாவாதி. மரியாதை முறை பாராது ஜகத்குருவிடமும் விதண்டை செய்பவர். அதற்கேற்பவே இப்போது, "நான் வேதத்துல ஸ்பஷ்டமா சொல்லியிருக்கிறதுகளைத்தான் பண்ணுகிறது. வேதந்தானே நமக்கு எல்லாம்? அதுல இல்லாதது எதுக்கு? வேதத்துல ராமனை, க்ருஷ்ணனைப் பத்தியெல்லாம் எங்கே இருக்கு? வேதம் ஏற்பட்டு, எத்தனையோ காலம் கழிச்சுப் பொறந்து அதைப் பின்பத்தினவாதானே அவாளும்? அதனால, ராமர், க்ருஷ்ணர் சமாசாரமெல்லம் எதுவும் நான் எடுத்துக்கிறதில்லே. ராமநவமியும் பண்றதில்லே. ராமர் படம் கூட ஆத்துல கிடையாது." என்றார்.

அப்படியானால், அவர் வேதோக்த கர்மாக்கள் செய்வாரா என்றால் அதுவும் மாட்டார்! இது ஸ்ரீசரணாளுக்கா தெரியாது?

'புரு, புரு, புரு' என்று ஒரு வேகம் ஏறி, பெரியவர்தானா பேசுகிறாரென வியப்புறுமாறு பெரியவர் விளாச ஆரம்பித்தார்!

"ஓ! வேதத்துல இல்லாத எந்த ஒண்ணும் ஒனக்குத் தள்ளுபடியாடாப்பா? ஸரி, அப்ப கார்த்தால எழுந்த ஒடனே டூத்பேஸ்ட், அப்புறம் காபி மூஞ்சில் முழிக்கறையே, டூத்பேஸ்டும் காபியும் வேதத்துல சொல்லியிருக்கோ? அப்புறம் சோப்புத்தேச்சுண்டு குளிக்கறயே, அந்த சோப்பு? ஒன் ஆம்படையா க்ரைண்டர்ல அறைச்சு, ப்ரெஸ்டீஜ்--ல சமைச்சதைச் சாப்படறயே, அந்த க்ரைண்டரும் குக்கரும் வேதத்துல சொன்னதுதானாடாப்பா? எல்லாத்தையும் விட, 'ஆபீஸ்'னு, அதைத்தான் ஜீவனோபாயத்துக்கே வழியா வெச்சுண்டு போறியே, ஸூட் மாட்டிக்கிண்டு! ஸூட் வேதத்துல இல்லேங்கறது இருக்கட்டும். மொதலுக்கே மோசமா வேதத்துலே இப்படித்தான் ப்ராமண ஜாதிக்காரனை ஆஃபீஸ் உத்யோகம் பார்க்கச்சொல்லியிருக்கோ? ஆஃபீஸுக்கு ஸ்கூட்டரோ, பஸ்ஸோ,எலெக்ட்ரிக் ட்ரெயினோ எதுவோ ஒண்ணுல போறியே, அந்த வாஹனாதிகள் எந்த வேதத்துல இருக்கு?" என்றார். அதோடு விட்டரா? மேலும் மேலும், மின்விளக்கு, மின்விசிறி, ஸினிமா, கிரிக்கெட் என்பதாக அடியாரது அனுபவத்திற்கு உரிய பலவற்றை அடுக்கிக் கொண்டே போய், அது ஒவ்வொன்றும் "வேதத்தில் சொல்லியிருக்கா?" என்றோ, "எந்த வேதத்தில் சொல்லியிருக்கு?" என்றோ முத்தாய்ப்பு வைத்தார்!

முடிவாக "வேதத்துல எங்கேயும் 'டைரக்'டா இந்த மாதிரி ஒரு அத்வைத ஸன்யாஸி, மடம்னு வெச்சுண்டு 'பப்ளிக்' பூஜை பண்ணீண்டு, பூஜை ப்ரஸாதம் குடுக்கலாம்னு இருக்கறதா தெரியெல்லே--ன்னு கூட உன் மாதிரி மேதைகளோட ஆராய்ச்சியில ஏற்படலாம்! அதனால், நீ இப்ப எங்கிட்ட கேக்கற ப்ரஸாதமே வேதத்துல சொல்லாததுதான்--னு ஆகறது. போய்ட்டு வா!" என்றாரே பார்க்கலாம்!

விதண்டாவாதி ஆடியே போய் விட்டார்! தடாலென்று தண்ட நமஸ்காரம் செய்து ஸ்ரீசரணரிடம் தம்மை க்ஷமித்து நல்லறிவு தர வேண்டினார்!

கோபப்புயலாயிருந்த ஸ்ரீசரணாள் அக்கணமே அருட்தென்றலாகிக் கூறலானார்.

வேதகாலத்திற்குப் பிற்பட்டும் அதில் நேராக உள்ளவற்றை அநுஸரித்தே, அந்த விருக்ஷத்துடைய புதுப்புதுக் கிளை, இலை என்றெல்லாம் காலம் தோறும் அநேகம் ஏற்பட்டு வைதீக ஸம்ப்ரதாயத்தில் அங்கமாகக் கலந்து விட்டன. அதெல்லாமும் வேதமாகவே மதித்து, போற்றி, நாமெல்லாம் அநுஸரிக்க வேண்டியவைதான். மூலமாக ஒரு 'தியரி' இருந்து அதை அப்புறம் காலம் தோறும் 'அடாப்ட்' பண்ணிப் புதுப் புது 'டிஸ்கவரி' கள் செய்தால் அதெல்லாவற்றையும் கூட அந்தத்துறையைச் சேர்ந்ததாகவேதானே எடுத்துக்கொள்கிறோம்? அப்படியும் வேத தாத்பரியங்களை ப்ரயோஜனப்படுத்திப் பிற்காலங்களில் அநேகம் சேர்ந்து தற்போதுள்ள ஹிந்து மதம் என்கிறதை ரூபம் பண்ணீயிருக்கிறது----என்பதை தீர்க்கமாக விளக்கி விட்டுத் தொடர்வார்:

"இது ஒரு அம்சம். இன்னொரு அம்சம், வேதத்தில் என்னென்ன கார்யம் சொல்லியிருக்கோ, அநுமதிச்சிருக்கோ, அந்தக் கார்யங்களுக்காகவே, ஆனா வேதத்தில் சொல்லாத உபகரணங்கள் பிற்காலங்களீல் கண்டு பிடிச்சிண்டே வந்திருக்கா. அத்யயனம், யக்ஞம், பூஜை, ஜபம், த்யானம் முதலான அநுஷ்டானங்கள் பண்றதைப்பற்றி மட்டும் வேதத்தில் சொல்லி நிறுத்திடலை. எழுந்ததும் தந்த தாவனம்--னு பல் தேய்ச்சுக்கறது, அப்புறம் ஸ்நானம் பண்றது, சாப்படறது, பானம் பண்றது, ஸ்வதர்ம கர்மா பண்ணி ஸம்பாதிக்கறது, வாழ்க்கை--ன்னு ஏற்பட்டிருக்கிறதில அங்கே இங்கே ஓடறது, ப்ரயாணம் பண்றது, 'ரிக்ரியேஷன்' னு கொஞ்சம் உல்லாஸமாயிருக்கறது---எல்லாமே வேதத்துல சொன்ன, அநுமதிச்சிருக்கற கார்யந்தான். ஆனா அந்தக் கார்யம் நடத்திக்க அன்னிக்கு இருந்த உபகரணம் போய், இன்னிக்கு வேறே வந்திருக்கலாம். அன்னிக்குக் குதிரை மேலேயோ மாட்டு வண்டியிலேயோ ப்ரயாணம் பண்ணிணா--ன்னா இன்னிக்கு ஸ்கூட்டர், எலெக்ட்ரிக் ட்ரெயின் வந்திருக்கலாம். இதுகளை வேதத்தில சொன்னபடியே இருந்தாத்தான் ஏத்துக்கிறதுன்னு ஒரு 'பாலிஸி'யா வெச்சுண்டு தள்ளுபடி பண்ண வேண்டியதில்லே! இந்த உபகரணங்களில் எது எது வேதத்தின் 'ஸ்பிரிட்' டுக்கு விருத்தமாயிருக்கோ[விரோதமாகயிருக்கின்றனவோ] அநாசாரத்தை உண்டாக்கறதோ அதையெல்லாம்தான் தள்ளுபடி பண்ணணும். டூத்பேஸ்ட்லேந்து, காபிலேந்து ஆரம்பிச்சு, அநாசாரம் கலந்ததையெல்லாம்தான் நிஷேதிக்கணும் [விலக்க வேண்டும்]. சிலது ஸந்தர்ப்பக் கொடுமையால் சேந்த தவிர்க்க முடியாத அநாசாரமாயிருக்கு---ப்ராமணன் வைதீக வ்ருத்தியை [தொழிலை] விட்டுட்டு, ஆஃபீஸ், கம்பெனி--ன்னு உத்யோகம் பார்க்கறது இப்படி ஏற்பட்டு விட்டதுதான். இது பெரிய்ய அநாசாரந்தான், பெரிய அபசாரமே! ஆனாலும் என்ன பண்ணலாம்? தவிர்க்க முடியாததா ஆயிருக்கே? அதனாலே, பெருமை பெருமையா, 'நாமாக்கும் பெரிய உத்யோகம் பண்ணி, வாரி வாரிக் குவிச்சுக்கிறோம்! இன்னும் பெரிசாப் பண்ணி ஜாஸ்தியா குவிச்சுக்கணும்'னு பறக்காம, பகவான் கிட்ட மன்னிப்பு கேட்டுண்டு, 'இப்படி இருக்கே'ன்னு தாபப்பட்டுண்டுதான், வாழ்க்கையோட அத்யாவஸ்யத் தேவைக்கானதை மட்டும் உத்யோகம் பண்ணி ஸம்பாதிச்சுக்கணும். நெறைய 'டயம்' ஒழியும்படிப் பண்ணிண்டு அந்த டயத்துல வேதத்யயனாதிகள், அநுஷ்டானாதிகள் பண்ண ஆரம்பிக்கணும். ரிடயர் ஆன விட்டு, வேதத்துக்கே வாழ்க்கையை அர்ப்பணம் பண்ணணும். அப்படி இப்பவே ஸங்கல்பம் பண்ணிக்கணும்.

"ராமநவமி, கோகுலாஷ்டமி, இன்னும் இப்ப இருக்கிற ரூபத்துல ஹரிகதை, பஜனை--ன்னெல்லாம் வேதத்துல இல்லாததுகளும் வேத வழியில் நாம சேர்கிறதற்கு ரொம்ப ஒத்தாசை பண்றவைதான். வேதகாலத்துப் புருஷ ஸிம்ஹங்களா இல்லாமப் பூஞ்சையா வந்திருக்கிற பின்தலைமுறைக்காராளை அவா மனஸுக்கு ரஞ்சகமான மொறையிலேயே வேத வழிக்குக் கொண்டு சேர்த்துப் பரோபகாரம் பண்ணிண்டு வந்திருக்கிறது இதுகள்தான். ஸங்கீதக் கச்சேரியில பல்லவி பாடறதுன்னு சன்ன பின்னலாத் தாளத்தை வித்யாசப்படுத்தறதைத் தேர்ந்த வித்வான்கள்தான் ரொம்பவும் ரஸிச்சுத் தாங்களும் பங்கு எடுத்துப்பா. மத்தவாளுக்கு அது கடபுடாதான்! வைதீகாநுஷ்டானங்கள் பூஞ்சையான நமக்குக் கொஞ்சம் அப்படி இருக்கறதுதான்! பல்லவிக்கு முன்னாடி ஸர்வஜன ரஞ்சகமா அநேக கீர்த்தனைகள், பல்லவியிலேயே ராகமாலிகை ஸ்வரம், அப்பறம் துக்கடா—ன்னு கச்சேரி பத்ததியில் நன்னா இளக்கிக் குடுத்து லேசு பண்ணி எல்லாரையும் ‘ப்ளீஸ்’ பண்ணிட்டா, அதனாலேயே அவாளும் ‘இந்தப் பல்லவி ஸமாசாரம் என்னன்னு நாமுந்தான் தெரிஞ்சுப்போமே!’ன்னு ‘இன்ட்ரெஸ்ட்’ எடுத்துக்கறாளோல்லியோ? அந்த மாதிரிதான் ராமநவமியும், ஜன்மாஷ்டமியும், பஜனையுமே நமக்கெல்லாமும் ரஞ்சகமாயிருந்துண்டு, அதோட, ‘இதுக்கெல்லாமும் வேதந்தானே மூலம்—கிறா? அதுலயுந்தான் நமக்குப் பரிசயம் வேணும்’னு நம்மை உத்ஸாகப்படுத்தற ‘இன்ஸென்டிவ்’ கள்! பல்லவியானாலும், துக்கடாவானாலும் எல்லாம் ஸங்கீதம்தானே? அந்த மாதிரி, வாஜபேய யாகத்துலேந்து, ‘ஹரி போல்’ வரை எல்லாமே ஒரே ஸனாதன தர்மத்தின் ‘ஸ்பிரிட்’டில் தோணினதுதான். துக்கடா கேக்கறதுலேயே ஆரம்பிச்சவா அப்பறம் கொஞ்சம் கொஞ்சமா ஈடுபாடு ஜாஸ்தியாயிண்டே போய் ராகம் கண்டு பிடிக்கறது, தாங்களே பாட்டுக் கத்துக்கறதுன்னு போய், பல்லவி பாடறதுலேயே ‘எக்ஸ்பெர்ட்’ ஆ ஆனதாக்கூட ஒண்னு ரெண்டு கேஸ் நானே பார்த்திருக்கேன். கச்சேரின்னா அதுக்கு நடுநாயகம் பல்லவிதான். ‘இன்னிக்கு என்ன மெய்ன்?’னு அதைத்தான் மெய்னாகவே வெச்சிருக்கறதாத் தெரியறது? அப்படி வேத ஸம்ப்ரதாய பத்ததின்னா, அதுக்கு வேத யக்ஞாதிகள்தான் மெய்ன். அதுதான் நமக்குப் பூர்த்தி ஸ்தானம்.

“அந்த யக்ஞாதிகளைப் பண்ணணுமே தவிர, அதுதான் எல்லாம்—னு சும்மா வாயால சொல்லிண்டு, ஆனா அதையும் பண்ணாம, அதுக்கு அழைச்சிண்டு போறதுகளையும் பண்ணாம விட்டுடறது தனக்குத்தானே ஹானி உண்டாக்கிக்கறதுதான். இப்படி அழைச்சுண்டு போறதுகளும், எந்த லக்ஷ்யத்துல கொண்டு சேர்க்கிறதோ அந்த லக்ஷ்யத்தின் ‘ஸ்பிரிட்’டிலேயே பொறந்ததுதானானதால், இதுகளையும் ஒரு போதும் தள்ளாம யக்ஞாதிகள் பண்றவா அநுஷ்டிக்கத்தான் வேணும். மத்த ஸமூஹத்துக்கும் அப்பத்தான் தடுமாத்தம் உண்டாகாம வழிகாட்டினதா இருக்கும். இன்னி வரைக்கும் நல்ல சிஷ்டாசாரத்தோட இருக்கிறவா அப்படித்தான் ரெண்டையும் அநுஷ்டிச்சுண்டும் வரா.

“நீயும் ஸ்ரீராமநவமி பூஜை மாதிரி சின்னதா ஒரு பூஜைல ஆரம்பிச்சு வாஜபேயி ஆற வரைக்கும் மேலே மேலே அபிவ்ருத்தியா [வாயாக]!. நாளைக்கு இங்கேயே வழக்கமான மடத்துப் பூஜையோட ராமர் பூஜையும் பாரு! ரெட்டை ப்ரஸாதமும் தரேன். ஸந்தோஷமாப் போய்ட்டு வா!”

உருகிவிட்டார் உருகி, மாஜி விதண்டாவாதி!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

PARAMACHARYAL: MATH-MATHAM

A post that was long pending. My good cousin Mrs. Rangam Balaji sent me the forum link from where this is simply cut and pasted (authenticity that ParamAchAryAL himself blessed this, is to be validated by you, the reader):
நாம அத்வைதத்த எடுத்துட்டாலும், த்வைதமா இருந்தாலும், விசிஷ்டாத்வைதமா இருந்தாலும் ஒரு ஜீவனுக்கு இறுதி இலக்கு பரமாத்மா தான். இதுல 'செகண்ட் தாட்'டே கிடையாது. ஆனா என்ன ஒவ்வொரு மார்க்கமும், ஒரு ஜீவாத்மா எப்படி, எந்தசூழ்நிலைல, என்ன வழிமுறைல பரமாத்மாவை அடையும்கறதுல வேறுபடறது.

இங்கே இருக்கற நிறைய பேர் கணிதம் படிச்சிருப்பீங்க என்ற நம்பிக்கைல சொல்றேன். மத்வாசார்யாரின் த்வைத மார்க்கம் கொஞ்சம் ஸ்ட்ரிட். சங்கரரின் அத்வைத மார்கத்துலபரமாத்மாவுக்கும் ஜீவாத்மாவுக்கும் உள்ள தொடர்பு ஒரு சதுரத்தின் பக்கத்துக்கும் அதன்சுற்றளவுக்கும் உள்ள தொடர்பு மாதிரி. அதாவது பக்கத்தை மிகச் சரியாக நாலு மடங்குசெய்தால் அதன் சுற்றளவு வந்து விடும். நான்கு என்பது ஒரு RATIONAL நம்பர். எந்த Ambiguityயும் கிடையாது.

ஆனால் த்வைத மார்க்கத்தில் ஜீவாத்மாவுக்கும் பரமாத்மாவுக்கும் உள்ள தொடர்புஒரு வட்டத்தின் விட்டத்துக்கும் அதன் சுற்றளவுக்கும் உள்ள தொடர்பு போன்றது. விட்டத்தை பை (Pi) மடங்கு பண்ணா அதன் சுற்றளவு வரும். ஆனால் நீங்க படிச்சிருப்பீங்க பை என்ற நம்பர் ஒரு Irrational number என்று. அதாவது அதை இரண்டு முழுஎண்களின் விகிதமாக எழுத முடியாது. இருபத்து இரண்டு bi ஏழு அப்படீங்கறது ஒரு approximation தான். பை (Pi) என்ற இந்த விகிதம் முடிவில்லாமல் அனந்தமாகப் போய்க்கொண்டே இருக்கும் என்று உங்களுக்குத் தெரியும். மூணு புள்ளி ஒண்ணு நாலு அப்படீன்னு எழுதி அதற்குப் பிறகு கோடி கோடி இலக்கங்கள் போட்டாலும் பை (Pi) என்ற எண் முடிவு பெறாது. எனவே வட்டத்தின் சுற்றளவை அதன் விட்டத்தைப் போல இத்தனை மடங்கு அப்படீன்னு சரியாக, உறுதியா சொல்லவே முடியாது. விட்டத்தின் எல்லை அதன் சுற்றளவு தான். சுற்றளவு என்பது ஒரு முழுமையான எண். வட்டத்தின் விட்டமும் ஒரு முழுமையான எண். ஆனால் இவை இரண்டின் விகிதம் ஒரு முற்றுப்பெறாத எண். விட்டம் தான் ஜீவாத்மா, சுற்றளவு தான் பரமாத்மா என்று எடுத்துக்கொண்டால் பரமாத்மா ஜீவாத்மாவின் இலக்கு என்றாலும் அது ஜீவனின் இத்தனையாவது படிநிலை என்று உறுதியாக சொல்ல முடியாது. விட்டத்தின் ஏதோ ஒருமுடிவிலி மடங்கில் சரியாக வட்டத்தின் சுற்றளவு வரலாம். ஆனால் எத்தனை துல்லியமாக கணக்குப் போட்டாலும் (Pi)பையை கோடி தசம ஸ்தானம் வரை எடுத்துக்கொண்டாலும் விட்டத்தின் மடங்குக்கும் சுற்றளவுக்கும் ஒரு சிறிய மைன்யூட் வேறுபாடு இருந்து கொண்டே தான் இருக்கும். அதே போல ஜீவனின் இலக்கு பரமாத்மாஎன்று சொன்னாலும் பரமாத்வை அடைய (பரமாத்மாவாக மாற) ஜீவாத்மா எண்ணிலாத, கணக்கற்ற படிகளை கடக்க வேண்டி இருக்கிறது. ஒரு ஜீவன் சாதனைகளை செய்து படிப்படியாக எவ்வளவு தான் முன்னேறினாலும் அது சுற்றளவை நெருங்கலாமே தவிர சுற்றளவாக மாற முடியாது. த்வைதம் ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணனை சுற்றளவாக நிர்ணயம் செய்கிறது. உலகின் எண்ணிறைந்த ஜீவன்கள் தான் வட்டத்தின் எண்ணிறைந்த விட்டங்கள். விட்டம் சுற்றளவாக மாற எண்ணிறைந்த முடிவிலியான படிநிலைகளைக் கடக்க வேண்டும். இதை தான் அவர்கள் தாரதம்யம் என்று அழகாகச் சொல்கிறார்கள். அதாவது ஒரு ஜீவாத்மா பரமாத்மாவாக முழுவதும் மாறி விடுவதை, எப்படி கணிதம் விட்டம் சுற்றளவாக மாறி விடுவதை தடை செய்கிறதோ, அப்படி த்வைதத்தின் பஞ்சபேத தத்துவம் தடை செய்கிறது. விட்டம் சுற்றளவா மாறுது அப்படீன்னா பை (Pi) அப்படீங்கறது ஒரு Rational நம்பர் அப்படீன்னு ஆயிரும். கணிதத்தின் முக்கிய எண்ணான பையின் அழகே அது கணிக்க முடியாமல் irrational ஆக இருப்பது தான்.எனவே ஜீவன் மற்றும் பரமாத்வாவின் உறவும் இப்படி நிச்சயமற்று Irrational ஆகஇருக்கிறது என்கிறார் மத்வாச்சாரியார்.

ஒரு சுவாரஸ்யம் என்ன அப்படீன்னா ஐன்ஸ்டீனின் ஈர்ப்பு பற்றிய சமன்பாடுகளிலும் இந்த பை அப்படீங்கற நம்பர் வருது. அப்படீன்னா நம்மால் பிரபஞ்சத்தில் எதையும் இதுஇதன் இத்தனை மடங்கு அப்படீன்னு சொல்ல முடியாது. எதிலும் ஒரு நிச்சயமின்மை இருக்கவே செய்யும். இதை தான் மத்வாச்சாரியார் பஞ்சபேதம், அதாவது சமமின்மை என்கிறார். ஒரு ஜடப்பொருளும் ஜீவாத்மாவும் பேதப்பட்டது, ஏன் ஒரு ஜீவன் இன்னொன்றில் இருந்து பேதப்பட்டது. ஒரு ஜீவன் பரமாத்மாவிடம் இருந்துபேதப்பட்டது என்கிறார். சங்கரர் மாதிரி சி இஸ் ஈக்குவல் டு ஃபோர் ஏ (C= 4A) அப்படீன்னு சொல்லிட்டா, பரமாத்வா ஜீவனின் இத்தனையாவது படி அப்படீன்னு சொல்லிட்டா நாம பரமாத்மாவை வரையறை செய்து ஒரு குறிப்பிட்ட வரம்புக்குள்ள அடைச்சுட்ட மாதிரி இருக்கும். ஆனால் வேதாந்தம் பரமாத்மாவை நி-சீமா, எல்லையற்றவன், வரம்புவரையறை அற்றவன் என்று சொல்கிறது.

எனவே மத்வாச்சாரியார் ரொம்ப சைன்டிபிக்-கா சி இஸ் ஈக்குவல் டு பைடி அப்படீங்கறார். ஒரு சுவாரஸ்யம் என்ன அப்படீன்னா திரிகோணமிதில சைன் (sine) மற்றும் காஸ் (cos) மதிப்புகளை கண்டுபிடிக்கும் 'டைலர்' சீரீஸை அப்பவே கண்டுபிடித்தவர் மத்வாசாரியார். அவர் ஒரு பெரிய கணிதவியல் மேதை கூட .அவர்எவ்வளவு அழகா தன் சித்தாந்தத்தை கணிதத்தில் இருந்து, கணிதத்தின் ஒரு அழகான எண்ணில் இருந்து எடுத்திருக்கார் என்பது அற்புதம்.

சரி இங்க விசிஷ்டாத்வைதம், அதாவது ஆண்டாள் போன்ற ஆழ்வார்களின் நெறி என்ன அப்படீன்னா, பரமாத்மா என்பது வட்டம் போல மாயத்தோற்றம் காட்டும் ஒரு சதுரம் என்பது. இந்த மார்க்கம் த்வைதம் மற்றும் அத்வைதம் இரண்டையும் ஓரளவு ஒத்துக்கொள்கிறது. அரிஸ்டாடிலின் கோல்டன் மீன் (Golden Mean) அப்படீன்னு சொல்வாங்களே அது மாதிரி. ஒரேயடியாக ஒரு ஜீவனிடம் நீ தான் பரமாத்மா அப்படீன்னு சொல்ல முடியாது. அவனுக்கு மிதப்பு வந்து விடும். அதே போல உன்னால் எத்தனை சாதனை செய்தாலும் பரமாத்மாவாக எப்போதும் மாற முடியாது என்று சொன்னால் அவன் மனமுடைந்து விரக்தியாகி விடுவான். எனவே நீ அஞ்ஞானத்தில் இருக்கும் வரை பரம்பொருள் உனக்கு ஒரு குழப்ப வட்டம். நீ ஞானம் பெற்றால் அது உனக்கு ஒரு தெளிந்த சதுரம் என்று சொல்கிறது இந்த நெறி. அதாவது வெளியே குப்பன், சுப்பன், கந்தன், கண்ணன் என்று பலபேர்களில் அழைக்கப்படுபவர்கள் பஸ்ஸில் ஏறியதும் கண்டக்டருக்கு 'டிக்கெட்' ஆக மாறி விடுவது போல.

பெரியாவாளுக்கு நிகர் பெரியவாள்தான்.

Friday, September 06, 2013

INDIA in the eyes of MICHEL DANINO

I was about to post a run-of-the-mill humor slide show of actor Vadivelu's many moods, when during my search for Is Indraloka Real? led to the site of Jayashree Saranathan who provides a fund of well researched information about ancient India and its civilizational connections to elsewhere in the globe, including the migration of Sun God worshipers. Something irked me to go you tube scavenging on the Saraswati Civilization, and lo presto I stumbled on this 2012 video. But I also remind myself that I made a foray into blogging only in 2006, and that too not as seriously then, as now.

So having decided to postpone a 10,001th run down post in a wayside 101th blog everyone would gladly skip, this fresh breath of Indian self pride is being presented:
This lecture is a part of Symposium on Indian Cultural Heritage organised by Vivekananda Study Circle of IIT, Madras in Mar-Apr 2011.

Born in 1956 at Honfleur (France) into a Jewish family recently emigrated from Morocco, from the age of fifteen Michel Danino was drawn to India, some of her great yogis, and soon to Sri Aurobindo and Mother and their view of evolution which gives a new meaning to our existence on this earth. In 1977, dissatisfied after four years of higher scientific studies, he left France for India, where he has since been living.

Studying India's culture and ancient history in the light of both Sri Aurobindo's (Auroville) pioneering work and archaeological research, in 1996 Danino authored The Invasion That Never Was, a brief study of the Aryan invasion theory. Intended primarily for the educated non-specialist Indian public, the book has also been well received in scholarly circles.His recently launched another book Lost River: On The Trail of the Sarasvati which delves deeper into the Aryan invasion theory.


The other well known indophile is David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) of American Institute of Vedic Studies and author of the famous book, The Myth of Aryan Invasion of India.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Followup on Mumbai Journalist Rape

It's so shocking, I am going to desist from recapping it in print. Let the videos speak:

Friday, August 30, 2013

WISH YOU A HAPPY SRI JAYANTHI

My father introduced me to the joy of being an unabashed fan of the legendary Tamil thespian P.U. Chinnappa. One of the narratives he use to exult about, was from the film Krishna Bhakthi (famous for the song Saarasam), in which there is a 15 minute Kathaa Kalakshepam on Lord Krishna narrated by P.U. Chinnappa posing as a pious bhagavathar. His outrageous action of using snuff powder while talking of pranayamam, splits us into peals of laughter.

On the other side of Krishna Bhakthi is the serious Sri Krishnaanubhavam, by U. Ve. Velukkudi Krishnan Swamigal. He needs no introduction to the world of Asthikas especially Sri VaishnavAs. I am blessed that I had a brief association with him as a co-student of Vivekananda College, after which the torrents of a nomadic life took us apart. His Krishna Bhakthi, though is beyond any reproach.

The two vignettes of Krishna Bhakthi with very Happy Wishes for Sri Jayanthi:

Sunday, August 25, 2013

TWO SIDES OF A DESPERATE MAN

Normally, I avoid posting articles that are reserved for Video Pundit blog. But the two video songs from two different Tamil films provoked me to do this post. The first video song, Kadavul Manithanaaga Pirakka Vendum from Vaanampaadi (SSR starrer), is an emotional outburst of a man who has experienced the pain of life at the hands of a woman he loved, and is railing at God for His apathy. Biting lyrics from the flaming pen of Kaviyarasu Kannadasan. The second video is a rare song that I am listening and viewing for the very first time - Paaviyennai Marupadiyum Pirakka Veikkaathe from Ennathaan Mudivu (AVM Rajan starrer). This song is pictured with the inimitable comedian/character actor Late T.S. Balaiah. This is the desperate and soul-rendering outcry of a guilty heart.

Some things happened with me today morning that made me reach out to the first of these two songs, when I spotted the golden egg that is the second song. I think both songs together create the imagery of a desperate soul at the mercy of a puppet master who just resides as a stone, but does not answer to it's heartfelt pleas. Even the greatest believer is sometimes subject to the harshest test in life where even the most righteous of boons don't get granted, and is subject to the temptations and tempests aptly called the dark night of the soul.

I hope my righteous pleas don't fall to deaf ears and are instead blessed to happen:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sri Vaishnavam and Biblical Revelations

One may think - what is this bald head and below knee (Mottai Thalai and Muzham Kaal loosely translated) connection? Or better still what is this sudden, strange connection between GokulAshtami and GhulAm QAdir? All for a good reason, as we will discover with some patience.

Biblical Revelations, like Kalki Puranam and Kalki prophecy in Vishnu Puranam, paints a grim picture of our Earth's future harping on the irrevocable truth of God's wrath against errant humanity. As we can see with our own eyes today, many of these symptoms are already manifest in our present world. There seems to be less love and tolerance, and greater dissent. There is an abominable down-slide in what is considered as godly life, and a palpable disobedience to God and His Immutable Law, divined at the very outset of human history on Earth. When this behavior supposedly reaches an intolerable limit, judgment is prophesied to be visited upon our planet. In order to sequence these catastrophic events in a destiny time-line, biblical revelations presents through St. John's vision, a visual imagery of opening the Seven Seals, pouring out the Seven Bowls and sounding the Seven Trumpets. This not only serves to warn us of the grave consequences of irreparable actions, it also intends to instill the fear of God in place of antagonism and gross neglect.

On the other hand, Sri Vaishnavam relies solely on the Vishnu Puranam for its predictions of end of the Kali Yuga (roughly 427,000 years from now), disregarding any useful information revealed in the other puranams (Raajasa and Taamasa) as not suitable for the average Vaishnavaite. But as unbearably as it may fall upon orthodox ears, the divine is also in the details specially in Kalki and Bhavishya Puranams, about a time of intense Tribulation aptly termed the Day of our Lord. Despite few blinders like this, the Vaishnava tradition is yet able to offer its own insights into the concept of 7 bowls and 7 divine musical instruments. If anyone can point me to information sources on the 7 seals in Vedic tradition, I would be much obliged.

In the daily worship of Lord Vishnu as various saalagramam forms (called Thiru Aradhanam), a vaishnavaite uses vessels to hold sanctified water called Pancha Patrams. These are usually 5 in number, with a sixth reserved for Acharyan's (preceptor's) sake and the seventh being the Pratigraham to transfer sanctified water. No wonder there are 7 total bowls. Thirupalliyezhucchi, the early morning invocation to Lord Ranganathar, names 7 divine musical instruments sounded daily in Sri Vaikuntam for waking up our Lord and his divine consorts. They are called by ancient tamil names - YethamiL, Thannumai, Ekkam, MaddaLi, Yaazh, Kuzhal and Muzhavu. I have not been able to identify YethamiL and Ekkam (they are probably horn and cymbals), but have been successful in tracing the other 5 on the web. Remember, Muzhavu could have meant the keralite Mizhavu or our Ghatam or even Murasu (a later deprecation perhaps?). Similarly Yaazh may be Lyre/Harp, Tanpura, Veena or other String Instruments. Kuzhal may have meant pullanguzhal or flute, nayanam or pipe, israeli shofar, indian horn, or other reed instruments. MaddaLi would have been the Tavil, Chenda, or other indian drums played by wearing around the neck. Thannumai, per Silappadigaram and other ancient Tamil Literature, seems to be a Mridangam/Pakhavaj precursor. The 7 bowls as in Vaishnavism, Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism are:

Pancha Paathrams

7 Bowls of Wrath

7 Tibetan Singing Bowls








The 7 divine musical instruments of Vaishnavism are also shown below.
Thannumai
Maddali Drums
Yaazh Tanpura Veena Rudraveen
Kuzhal Flute
Mizhavu Ghatam Murasu
Cymbals Kartals
Shorke Shofar Horn
Indian Instruments Balinese Instruments

Friday, August 16, 2013

LOSING A FATHERLY FAMILY PRIEST

India Pundit blogs record with deep regret and sorrow the paramapadam advent of yet another near and dear one, a father figure who was also the family priest - Ubhaya Vedanta Sri. Sundarraja Iyengar Swamigal, fondly known to the family as Vatthiyaar Maama. He was 90 when he left us all grieving.

Sri R. Sundarrajan, who was a salesman of electrical supplies, was also a professional priest for many families in Tamilnadu, though he mostly frequented only the ones in Chennai, Srivilliputtur and his favorite hometown, Srirangam. Some of the families are from the upper echelons of the society, but nevertheless held him and his vidwat in great respect. He was a sort of a bridge between disparate Iyengar families within the city. A short stature man of quicksilver temper with a thenkalai thirunaamam across his broad forehead culminating near his furry eyebrows, his laughter would expose his unruly teeth which he would cover with his right hand. He had a pet peeve against many of his peers, because he knew them to be charlatans who he claimed were only money-minded that were not qualified to conduct religious ceremonies properly. He taught us brothers Vedic Mantras, Sukthas and Thiru Aaradhanam (daily worship of God). He taught us Medha Suktham and the renowned Raja Rajeshwari Mantram fortified with powerful Beejakasharas. His brother-in-law was the priest for my Upanayanam while he himself was the priest for my brother, my cousin and my son's Upanayanam. He also conducted my grandpa's Shataabhishekam. In short, he was my dad's older brother who had even the right to get annoyed with my dad at times.

Blessed with three daughters, the devout srivaishnavaite couple that he and his wife  (one of my many mothers) were, lived in a traditional rental home in Saidapet, Chennai. Few years back, his wife reached the holy Thirunaadu, even as she was attending the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival (the very Ekadasi day if I remember it correctly) at the Srirangam Temple. She had leaned on the bamboo support of PeriyAzhwar's palenquin at the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam (1000 pillared Hall) and breathed her last. She had died within the temple precincts. I suppose that had weighed in on his mind for a while. He continued living with his daughter Kalyani.

Like my loving Aacharaya Swamigal, he was yet another pillar of our family, the other being my father. The three years 2011, 2012 and 2013 are watershed years for our family because of three father figures leaving us - my father, my preceptor and finally my priest. Vaathiyaar Maama loved my parents, my wife and my son a lot, but he was specially fond of me and my brother. We were like the sons he never had. My letter encomium on his departed wife, in traditional Sri Vaishnavaite language, impressed him so much so that he proudly showed it to his friends and relatives. He had even framed it for display in his Srirangam home.

May he decorate Nithya Vibhoothi as a fragrant Tulasi garland as he was here (his backyard grew a forest of Krishna Tulasi plants). And may he be reunited with his blessed wife (a mother to me) who left us years back. And may they serve Our Lord and His Consort together as a liberated couple.

My family feels devastated as much as my sisters Kalyani, Ranganayaki and Maduravalli (I have been blessed with a mother, a wife and a sister, all named Maduravalli). But then there is also a crazy hope of a blessed reunion with our elders, in some nebulous future. God be our strength at this time of bereavement!

Thursday, August 08, 2013

DHOTI IS NOT A DRESS FOR DUBAI?

The word Dubai brings to any Indian's mind, crowded streets, India-like residential localities, ferries, multi-storied buildings, endless constructions, expatriate Indian workers, golden sand, palm date trees, Indian restaurants,  Sharjah cricket stadium, artificial palm islands archipelago resort and now Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world. And of course, the local Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) operates the Dubai Metro also, other than ferries and buses. And Indians are always welcomed with open arms into this international beehive city of UAE. It is therefore quite shocking to hear such an incident even happened in Dubai last Saturday.

Yes! This is about the local news that a policeman near the punching gates of the Etisalat Metro Station prevented the 67 year old father of Madhumati from entering the metro clad in his, hold your breath, DHOTI. In spite of RTA claiming there is no such regulation or dress code that they are aware of, Madhumati told Gulf News that their pleading fell to deaf ears and her father was very upset at this incident.

"What has happened is really surprising. There is no official restriction from the RTA and we have not given instructions on dress codes," said Ramadan Abdullah, Director of Operations at the RTA's Rail Agency. "I think anything that covers the body and is respectable should be allowed. I believe it was a personal reaction on the part of the policeman and this matter will be investigated."

Abdullah urged the victim to approach the RTA with details of the incident which would help in the investigation. Madhumati has lodged a formal complaint in the matter.

Ramadan Abdullah? And this happened during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan? Chillingly coincidental! By the by, Abdullah originates from Abd Allah which means faithful servant of Allah. No wonder his reaction and action both exuded fairness. But the burning question is, can an Indian not roam the streets of Dubai in his traditional attire, especially when the mental image is of Kaili/Lungi clad Indians in Dubai?

Friday, August 02, 2013

LORD KRISHNA IN WESTERN HOMES

A KAAMIKA EKADASI (August 2, 2013) SPECIAL POST:
In an age where being a Krishna Conscious Hindu implies competing with fellow Hindus for better social status, greater wealth and career success, there seem to be a few rays of hope in the western homes, and quite surprisingly so.

When many Indian families are aspiring to teach their kids adaptability in western nations (often times within India, encouraging to ape the west shamelessly) through recitation of famous English nursery rhymes like Old McDonald Had a Barn, many western families are turning to Hinduism and teaching their kids remixed rhymes such as the one shown below. Is devotion to Lord Krishna and Vaishnavism making a surprising comeback in the most unexpected of ways? Is this a sign of the great success ISKCON enjoys in spreading the enlightening message of Srila Prabhupada Swami across nations and tongues?  You be the judge!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

AN AADHAAR LESS HUMOR

A Scene in 2020...long after AADHAAR CARD becomes a scary reality! (humor submitted by a friend from North Potomac, MD):

Operator: Hello Pizza Bhatt! How may I help you sir?
Customer: Hello, can you please take my order?
Operator : Can I have your multi purpose Aadhar card number first, Sir?
Customer: Yeah!  Hold on.....My number is 889861356102049998-45-54610
Operator : OK... you're... Mr Singh and you're calling from 17 Jalan Kayu. Your home
                  number is 40942366, your office 76452302 and your mobile is
                  0142662566. You are calling from you home number now.
Customer: (Astonished) How did you get all my phone numbers?
Operator : We are connected to the system, Sir.
Customer: I wish to order your Cheese Supreme Pizza...
Operator : That's not a good idea Sir.
Customer: How come?
Operator : According to your medical records, you have high blood pressure and
                  even higher cholesterol level, sir.
Customer: (Exclaims) What the? Ok...What do you recommend then?
Operator : Try our Low Fat Kairabut Mee Pizza. You'll like it.
Customer: How do you know for sure?
Operator : You borrowed a book titled 'Popular Kairabut Dishes' from the National
                  Library last week, sir.
Customer: OK I give up... Give me three family sizes then.
Operator : That should be enough for your family of 10, Sir. The total is Rs. 2,450.
Customer: Can I pay by credit card?
Operator : I'm afraid you have to pay us cash, Sir. Your credit card is over the limit
                  and you owe your bank Rs. 1,51,758 since October last year. That's not
                  including the late payment charges on your housing loan, Sir.
Customer: I guess I have to run to the neighbourhood ATM and withdraw some cash
                 before your guy arrives.
Operator : You can't Sir. Based on the records, you've exhausted even your overdraft
                  limit.
Customer: Never mind just send the pizzas, I'll have the cash ready. How long is it
                  gonna take anyway?
Operator : About 45 minutes Sir, but if you can't wait you can always come and
                  collect it on your antique Royal Enfield motorcycle.
Customer: What?
Operator : According to the details in the system , you own a motorcycle registration
                  number 1123.
Customer: "????" (hmmm.. these guys know my motorcyle number too!)
Operator : Is there anything else, sir?
Customer: Nothing! By the way... aren't you giving me the 3 free bottles of cola?
Operator : We normally would sir, but based on your records, you're also a diabetic.
                  In the best interest of your health, we are not offering it for you.
Customer: ***%&$%%### You $##$%%@!)))
Operator: Better mind your language sir. Remember on 15th July 2017 you were
                 imprisoned for 2 months and fined Rs.5,000 for using abusive language
                 against a traffic constable?

Customer faints.......!!!!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

THE INDECENT INDIAN WRITERS

Before anyone starts taking cudgels on me for the title, let me clarify! This post is intended as an expose of only the new breed of devil-may-care, self-styled, prurient purveyors like Pratibha Ray (Yajnaseni The Story of Draupadi), Pradip Bhattacharya and writers in Boloji.com such as Indrajit Bandhopadhyay and Satya Chaitanya. No wonder most of these pseudo-intellectuals seem to hail from West Bengal or Kerala, the two communism infested states. Since communism is also known to be quite irreverent to any tradition, it comes as little shock that it is a breeding ground for such warped minds. Even more alarming is the shameless support they receive from some arguably well informed Indian literary circles as well as the ever publicity hungry establishment.
 Draupadi in Tears, possibly due to new wave Indian writers! (courtesy Ravi Varma)

It is good that we have such strong sentinels of Indian tradition and folklore such as Dr. Indulata Das, who can bring to light the abyss to which many of these so-called acclaimed writers have taken Indian literature. But we need more such people and an active movement to prevent abject distortion of hoary Indian scriptures and literature in the name of fanciful flights of imagination or unbridled modern thought. Even though there's a lot of hue and cry against press censorship, I feel it's time we ought to impose severe literary censorship to prevent such elite rakes from twisting the tale(s) to their toxic tastes, so to say.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

STAGFLATION INDIA?

The term stagflation was first coined by British Conservative Party politician Iain Macleod, according to the Douglas Harper Online Etymology Dictionary. Macleod, as the opposition spokesman on treasury and economic affairs in the House of Commons used this word in 1965 while attacking the government's economic policy for promoting stagnation and inflation. Collins English Dictionary defines stagflation as a situation in which inflation is combined with falling output and employment.

Is India facing the stark reality of such a stagflation? Chakravarthi Rangarajan, the chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC), spilled the beans in February in his paper titled 'Growth and Austerity: The Policy Dilemma'. "It is pertinent to note that stagflationary tendencies have already reared their head in emerging markets, like India, where financial intermediation was never a problem," he wrote, creating quite a flutter.Whereas we have assurances from the Finance Ministry that India will achieve its fiscal goals by Financial Year 2014, one has to only look at the looming statistics below that could indicate otherwise:

Sunday, July 21, 2013

COMPUTER PUNDIT LAUNCHED

COMPUTER PUNDIT (aptly named Clog) is being launched today. Like its other cousin Pundit blogs, hopefully it rakes in many page views. At least, that's what the pretty parrot in the logo seems to have picked from the KILI JOSYAM type prediction cards.

KAVIGNAR VAALI LAST RESPECTS

Last Respects to the departed soul of Kavignar Vaali, payed by many Cine Artistes and admirers (videos courtesy of India Glitz and Behindwoods):

Thursday, July 18, 2013

CINE LYRICIST VAALI NO MORE

INDIA PUNDIT DEEPLY REGRETS THE PASSING AWAY OF KAVIGNAR VAALI aka T.S. RANGARAJAN AT 82 TODAY EVENING AT 5:10 PM. VIDEO PUNDITPHOTO PUNDIT AND POEM PUNDIT PAY EARLY TRIBUTE. DETAILED TRIBUTE FOLLOWS.
On other blog news, WORLD PUNDIT and VEDIC PUNDIT have been updated as well.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

HUMOR BREAK!

Take a Happy Break* I asked my new girlfriend what sort of books she's interested in, she said:  Check Books.

* The easiest way to make your old car run better, is to check the prices of new cars.

* What is the difference between men and pigs? Pigs don't turn into men when they drink.

* What's the difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer?
A: A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge.

* Nurse: A beautiful woman who holds your hand for one full minute and then expects your pulse to be normal.

* Boss: We are very keen on cleanliness. Did you wipe your feet on the mat as you came in?
New employee: Yes, sir.
Boss: We are also keen on truthfulness. There is no mat.

* Banta enters kitchen, opens sugar container, looks inside and closes it. He does this again and again. Why? Because his Doctor told him to check sugar level regularly.

Monday, July 15, 2013

ONE THIRUPPATHI, TWO MIRACLES

Thiruppathi/Thirumala, the divine abode of Lord Venkateshwara or Srinivasa is in itself a miracle. Comprised of seven verdant hills called Venkataadri, Seshaadri, Narayanaadri, Vrishbaadri, NeeLaadri and Anjanaadri (adri means hill), this Vaikunta on Earth (Bhooloka) houses one of the richest temples in the world and a God who grants boons to His devotees in a jiffy, though after testing their mettle. Having married Padmavathi Mangathaayaru in Thiruchanoor near Lower Thiruppathi, He stands a tall the hill with his two consorts on either side of his broad chest, with one hand pointing to His Lotus Feet (मामेक शरणं व्रज) and the other hand protecting us as Abhaya Hastam. And the two videos below add to this self-manifest wonderment that is Thiruppathi itself (view'N'joy):
Lord_Venkateshwara's_Face UFO@Thiruppathi

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A JUGGERNAUT RATH YATRA

Puri (Orissa) Jagannatha Temple's annual Rath Yatra started with all pomp and grandeur yesterday. As many of you know, the term Juggernaut is derived from Jagannath chariot (or Rath) and is used to represent a merciless and unstoppable destructive force. So by the very definition, it is little wonder that it continues with unstoppable success every year.

Rath Yatras emulating Puri are conducted by Lord Krishna devotees (specially ISKCON) elsewhere in India (for example in Ahmedabad, Gujarat) and all over the world, including London, UK, Sophia, Bulgaria and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. This video on 2010 Los Angeles Rath Yatra details how the Rath was assembled and contains demonstration scenes by Christian faith groups.

The three presiding deities of this temple are Jagannath (Lord Krishna), Balarama and Subhadra. In mythological lore, they are also called as Vatabhadra, Balabhadra and Subhadra. Since triangle is considered the most basic of stable geometric shapes, triangulation is the preferred method to ascertain the spatial location any object and the triforce of gravity, electromagnetism and quantum permeates all creation, the triad of these deities represent all of creation's primordial forces. They can also be said to represent the inaccessible heavens, intervening space and habitable worlds or God, Law and Creation. Since Balarama is considered the avatar of Adisesha serpent himself, the term sesha meaning both subservient and remainder, it is only apt that he represents all that would sustain creation, apart from the self existing Lord. Subhadra, on the other hand, is our hope for obtaining the grace of the Lord.

With these words of meditation in mind, let us enjoy the slideshow below:

Puri Lord Jagannath is a deity worshipped primarily by Hindu people, mainly in the Indian states of Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, Manipur and Tripuraand by Hindus in Bangladesh. Jagannath(a) means Lord of the Universe

INDIA COULD BE A POLICE RAJ?

It's surprisingly coincidental that after yesterday's post in World Pundit about airport police carting away a kid passenger from the Asiana plane crash, another one about police excess in Rajasthan caught my eye in the Indian news today. What a luck! But looking beyond such marring incidents, I am quite convinced that we can truly salute police forces everywhere in the world, for their duty consciousness and supreme sacrifice in some daring encounters with criminal elements and terrorists.

I do see many videos about Indian police brutality in you tube, but the one showing a confrontation with the lawyers (the other pillar of the judicial system) and within the !force themselves! is genuinely interesting:

Saturday, July 06, 2013

REMEMBERING SAROJA PARASARAN

இன்றோடு இருவருடம் என்தாய் எனைப்பிரிந்து  
அன்றாடம்  ஒரு சோகம் உருக்குது என்  உளம்புகுந்து
என் தாயின் வேதனைகள் புரிந்தேதான் வாழ்கின்றேன்
என் மகற்கு தாய் தானே தெரியாமல் போய்விடுமா?
நான் பிறந்த நாளில்தான் மறுபிறவி அவளுக்கு
நானிறந்து போனேனே அவள் மறைந்த நாளன்று
அன்னைக்குத் தீவைத்து அழுதாலும் தொழுதாலும்
அன்றைக்கும், வாழும்நாள் முழுநேரம் நினைத்தாலும்
வட்டிமட்டும் கணக்கில் வரும் அசல் என்றோ
பட்டினத்தார் தீர்க்கும் நாள்  சொல்வீரே   -  ரங்கம்

It was this very day in the year 2010, that the blessed lady of the Parasaran family, Srimathi. Saroja Parasaran (fondly called Ammaayi) left for her heavenly abode, leaving behind shattered hearts of her family, relatives, friends and well wishers. Of all the rich tributes she received from everywhere, the title of Annapoorani (the Goddess of plentiful gifts) perhaps summed it up the best. Personally, I lost a great benefactor of my family who I used to fondly address as Periyamma (elder mother).

Parasarans are a well known family within India, particularly in Chennai, Tamilnadu. The head of this illustrious household is Sri. K. Parasaran, Ex Attorney General of India and present MP of Rajya Sabha, an authority on the Indian Constitution. He has an insuperable career track record of having served during the stewardship of many Indian Prime Ministers starting with Smt. Indira Gandhi. His first son, Mohan Parasaran is the present Solicitor General of India. The family boasts of other competent and highly successful legal counsels like Mohan's younger brother Satish Parasaran and nephew Rahul Balaji. Mohan's first son Vishnu is on his way to making his father proud. The Parasarans are a banyan tree with many shoots. But they all derived their source and strength from their root, Saroja aka Ammaayi.

Ammaayi commanded respect and was very popular within her extended family, but held a special place in her heart for my parents. Of her two daughters, the elder Rangam (a natural poetess) and the younger Vasupradha (dancer & lyricist), she enjoyed a special mother-daughter bonding with her elder daughter. Rangam is a veritable library and storehouse of the Parasaran family history, and delectable episodes about each member. Laced with her own brand of self effacing humor, Rangam would recount and regale us about the multi-faceted gem who was Ammaayi, but would invariably end up with tears welled up in her eyes. The quietly charitable nature of Ammaayi, magnanimity as a hostess and being the real boss of her big family would resurface time and again in many of the sweet, long narratives. Ammaayi is blessed with wonderful daughters-in-law, who shoulder the family in the tradition of their loving mother-in-law, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. In 2011, Rangam organized a musical tribute for her mother.

Ammaayi left this world as gracefully as she found it, having celebrated her golden marriage anniversary and Shathabishekam (80th birth Anniversary). Dignitaries and celebrities poured to the Parasaran home to convey their condolences to a lady who lived with true grit, elegance and grace. For the Tamil film obsessed who may wish to know Ammaayi better, she is the immediate relative of the famous Hassan trio, Kamal, Suhasini and Charuhassan. But she is best remembered by her relatives as the life and soul of the first family of Chennai based legal experts, the Parasarans.

Friday, July 05, 2013

A GRANDPA OF MY MEMORIES

We would hardly hear anyone complain about their grandparents, even if they do so about their parents. I am no exception!

Every memory of a grandparent is always grand and apparent. Especially if it is about someone who is the source of a family's connection to divinity. A grandfather who is God's prophet, an honest and upright lawyer (I do know that is an oxymoron), lover of English literature with phenomenal memory for recitation, indulgent and clowning with his grandchildren. Every letter written to me by Sri. K. Srinivasaraghavan B.A.B.L., my maternal grandpa, would begin with Love, Light, Liberation. It's a blessing that I am able to offer my humble tributes to this towering personality who left us on July 5, 1987.

At 16, he was a muscular and sporty teenager devoid of any signs of a spiritual gift. He was any average iyengar boy just initiated into bachelorhood after his Upanayanam. But amidst all his rambunctious teenage adventures in Pudukkottai Raaja KuLam (tank) with ghosts and fiery deities like the notorious Porpanaiyaan, he was struck with delirium one fateful day when Lord Venkateshwara entered his being and changed his life forever. Since that day, he was God's spoken word for everyone around him who cared to pay heed. The session would start with a divine intuition, after which he would bathe and get ready in front of the hallowed family shrine. Golden letters would be written on his left palm using the right, from which prophecies and solutions to common family problems would flow. Many times his gift was challenged by unbelievers (a Siddha mystic included), only to be rebuked by God during these sessions. I still maintain the notes I took during some of these direct revelations from God, one especially about Markata (Monkey) versus Maarjaara (Cat) Nyaaya (the types of relationship between a devotee and God) and other startling philosophical insights like the creation of the Universe. This divine gift remained with my grandpa until his late 80s. My mom received a similar call in 1971, but implored God to exempt her until later.

He was unsuccessful as a lawyer simply because he was way too honest and cared enough about people to build his fortunes over their misfortunes. But I have been fortunate enough to hear him recite extempore speeches from the works of William Shakespeare and poetry from the likes of John Keats and William Wordsworth. He was yet another motivation (my father being the other) for my love of the English literature. His daily routine of Sri Vaishnava mantras and Azhwar paasurams became a source of inspiration in my effort to learn them. Seated in his chair near the apartment window with a tumbler of water and ThirumaN box, he would elegantly mix the paste and sport a huge naamam on his broad forehead. Then would begin his daily Sandhyaavandanam. It would be treat to watch him hide his hand inside his favorite towel to recite silently the Gayathri Mantra. Finally, he would finish his Nithyanusandhaanam (daily prayers) starting with the recitation of Asmad Gurubhyo Namaha, Asmad Parama Gurubhyo Namaha, Asmad Sarva Gurubhyo Namaha, Srimathe Sri Aathi VaN Sadagopa Yatheendra Mahadesikaaya Namaha.

As a clowning and indulgent grandpa he would narrate the most ridiculous stories, and provide us valuable insights about Carnatic music doyens and great Indians of his times as well. Some of his ridiculous rhymes were:
  • Acchaana Bahuta Aravinda Lahuta Eko Piyaa Mama Te, Ho Ho Mama Te Eko Piya Mama Te
  • Are Chum Chum Chum Pari, Kucha Nacha Nacha Pari, Hara Pari Hara Pari Ha Ha Ha...Ayi Killaayayi (Adi Killathedi)
Whenever my brother and I bothered him, he would retort with a "Pongadaa! Poi pesaama kalyaanam pannindu avaLai konjungo", spitting from his toothless mouth in an attempt to control his mirth. Other times he would narrate a raunchy tale of a local Pudukkottai drama troupe where a clueless singer would start on the wrong note with the audience by singing "Kanaga Rattiname, Unnai Izhutthu Kutthiname", and how the audience pelted stones on that idiot. I didn't care if it was somewhat mature for us at that time. It provided me an affectionate access to my grandpa and took me on a guided tour through the typical South Indian life experiences of his times.

His favorite drink was Complan - "Amma Janakam, Konjam Complan Kudukkariyaa?" he would ask his wife lovingly. Unlike the drink, his life was not completely planned. And of course his immaculate instructions to anyone wanting to visit him in Chennai, would start with the customary "Nera Judge Jambulinga Mudali Street Poi...". All through his life he provided us that steady direction towards divinity but silently, while struggling his 87 years with a leg afflicted by Elephantiasis, caused by a mosquito bite. His was not a charmed life, unlike his more successful peers. But he was a patriot who associated with the great Rajaji (CR), was a gifted spiritual giant and the root of a blessed matriarchal line. And a man who loved his frail, dark skinned, not so good looking wife of 60 golden years so much that he had 8 children through her, out of whom only my mom and her three brothers survived. Incidentally, my grandma is a close childhood friend of the legendary Srimathi M.S. Subbalakshmi.

Monday, July 01, 2013

GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Hearty Wishes to all couples who celebrate their Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary this year on July 1. And to others too, whose Anniversary falls on this date.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ACUMEN + ZEITGEIST = RAJINI

If there is someone who possesses the startling ability to cover topics from A through Z answering with brazen honesty and innate wisdom, it has to be the one and only Super Star, Rajinikanth. Don't trust me? I stumbled on these two videos, yes, I admit that because I didn't know they existed in You Tube until now.

You see, the Rajini brand of openness is quite infectious. The two interview videos below provide an insight into the man, the myth and the magic that is Sivaji Rao:

A 1995 Q and A with S.V. Ramanan            K.Balachander's Interview at DA   

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

UTTARAKHAND TRAGEDY - UPDATE

Rescue operations resumed in full swing in Uttarakhand even as the death toll climbed to 822 after 127 more modies were recovered from the rubble that used to be Kedarnath. There are still around 8000 left stranded that are being rescued. The rescue operations received a setback when a rescue MI-17 chopper crashed leaving all 8 aboard the chopper dead (5 crew members and 3 civilians).

Meanwhile a photo journey of the aftermath and reaction of Swami Ramdev to the apathy of the authorities in handling this crisis:

Sunday, June 23, 2013

UTTARAKHAND TRAGEDY

Words fail to describe the tragedy caused by the catastrophic floods in Uttarakhand, that could have claimed around 5000 lives and has left over 19,000 people stranded. It has also left the holy shrine of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath temple, in utter disrepair in its wake. The grim surreal picture of devastation appears to us as if it were a re-enactment straight out of the Hollywood movie 2012 scene, where a giant wave overpowers a Tibetan monastery. So much for the mocking disbelievers who ridiculed the content and the import of 2012, the movie that deals with global climate changes.

As usual, the Indian Armed & Air Forces, and ITBP/NDRF have stepped up to provide relief and rescue effort to all the hapless devotees left bewildered and clueless about mother nature's sudden fury. Prayer and help is pouring from across the nation to the affected pilgrims. So far over 70,000 have been rescued. There are over 8500 soldiers on ground zero working day and night conducting the daring rescue. It is hard to believe that one of the key mountain abodes of Lord Shiva and holiest shrines on the planet visited by millions every year, has been subjected to this unimaginable destruction. Only the first family amongst Gods knows why this happened right under their own godly sovereignty.

As pictures after pictures of the rescue operations keep pouring in, one can only sit and watch in wide-eyed terror as to how the events unfolded from last week when the rains started battering this North Indian territory unmercifully and relentlessly, through the present news of death toll and stranded victims.

If the photo (click for video) below of the giant statue of Lord Shiva in meditative posture seen submerged under the torrent, and the videos of the extent of devastation at Kedarnath cannot scare the living daylights, I am imagining what else will?