India is unique: Nothing like it!
October 3, 2011
I often wonder the way in which government machinery works in my splendid and marvellous country, India. After all, all of us have no hesitation in admitting the fact that ours is a unique and great nation. Unique in many ways ! Great in many ways !
We Indians are also a great race. Each individual Indian is so blended with innumerable genes from generations to generation that each one of us possess a unique Indian personality, which is difficult to be analysed even with the help of ultra modern computers. Indians can just not be predicted. They are loving, caring, cruel, vicious, wise, ignorant, all-knowing, spiritual, godless, practical, analytical and illogical all at the same time! What the Indian say in public need not be his or hers personal opinion !
We are divided and united at the same time. We hate and love at the same time. No particular reason can be attributable to our love or hate. It evolves spontaneously and yet we are open to discussions and changes.
Indians are the wealthiest and the poorest. Traditional and modern. Orthodox and unorthodox. Many tongues at the same time and yet there is no problems of communication.
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Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
October 2, 2011
“Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. Those who are readers of the Bible might have read this famous discourse Jesus gave to the multitudes, many times. It is a verse from chapter 5 of the gospel according to St. Matthew in the New Testament Bible.
But have you ever thought of the deep lying message hidden in this verse? Only those who feel poor in spirit will ever hunger for righteousness. Only the humble seek for divine strength and crave spiritual power.
In the New Testament we also read about Jesus making his point clearer by telling the story of the two men visiting the temple to pray. One man was a Pharisee and the other a publican. The Pharisee was an important person of the society and the other was an ordinary worker of the society with little knowledge and importance. The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself: 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men, extortionists, unlearned, unjust, adulterers, or even like this publican. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' But the publican, standing at some distance did...
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Ivan the Fool and Me !
October 2, 2011
When I was a boy studying in Class-5 , for the first time ever we had a supplementary text book for Malayalam language study. It was an abridged translation of Leo Tolstoy's classical short story, titled ' Ivan the Fool' . As a boy I was a voracious reader of books in my mother tongue Malayalam. So this supplementary text book was read on the day it was purchased- well before the school opened.
I liked the story very much at that time. I was impressed by Ivan the fool and the manner in which he defeated the devil. More than that as a little boy I liked the morale of the story- of giving importance to working hard with your own hands on the farms rather than making gold and money by deceitful ways.
The details of the story became a forgotten thing over the years. But somehow while thinking about the manner in which the world and my country are moving where easy money making is the primary goal of all, I remembered about this story. I wanted to read it once again.
I was fortunate to google it out and read it full online once again in English.
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Just How Much Money I need for a Living ?
October 1, 2011
My country India is a rich nation of poor people. Some of the world's richest individuals are Indians. There could be millions of Indians who have multi-millions at their disposal.
But I do not know just what do they intend to do with this money and wealth that they have inherited or amassed. Money making for some people is some thing similar to an addictive game.
For some others money is some thing they cherish and love for its power to control others.
For some others money is for enjoying life the way the moneyed people are doing. Though they do not know for sure what these 'others' might be doing.
So those who have learnt the tricks of making money keep amassing wealth more and more and do any thing and everything for making more money.
Some years ago, I had an opportunity to meet a big business man who had amassed millions. He had a humble start as a lowly employee of a private firm years ago.
While he was explaining the greatness of the wealth and the company he had established, I just casually asked him whether he was happy with all these wealth he had amassed....
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The God Within Me .... and You !
October 1, 2011
Most of the species in the animal kingdom have many similarities. If you have a mind with some aptitude in creativity and if you ever divert your power of thinking to analyze the beauty and complexity of the designs that make up the living bodies of animals and humans, you will get stuck awesomely at the supreme intelligence that has designed it all in this way.
Each and everything what we see, living and non-living, both reveal a marvelous beauty of intelligent design. So awesome that it is beyond our comprehension. Our thought therefore comes to a naught. We leave it there. Why waste our thought energy?
Have you ever wondered about this? What is the essential difference between the humans like us and those on the other side of the animal kingdom that we call animals?
Difference ? Oh! yes. Animals do not think. They do not have intelligence, some of you might say. Are you sure? Nope!
Okay, I have noticed one marked difference. All of us humans have something to do with an entity we do not really comprehend and we call that God.
Ninety-nine percent humans publicly or privately worship God and all of them...
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Why do I write blogs ?
October 1, 2011
In this advanced age of computers and the internet, millions people especially those who are born in the computer age write their thoughts on what is now known as 'blog sites' in the internet parlour.
In my childhood days I computers were just beginning to make an impact in this world. When I was an engineering graduate student way back in the early seventies of the last century, we had to do lot of engineering calculations. In the beginning we used a technique using printed logarithmic tables to do tedious calculations involving multiplications, divisions and power functions. Later during those days we used a cute instrument in the form a measuring scale with the sliding scale fitted inside called the 'slide rule' to find the results of lengthy calculations involving multiplications, divisions and roots. This mechanical device was costly too- the cost being half a month's salary of my middle class dad who used to be a high school teacher.
Imagine our great joy and surprise when this electronic gadget called the pocket calculator was brought to our college by some fortunate colleague whose parents had access in the foreign markets. It had red light LEDs and it gave out all those calculations...
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Cleverness is not a substitute for true character.
August 28, 2009
A display of specialized skill does not signify possession of spiritual capacity. Cleverness is not a substitute for true character.
character, cleverness, skill, spiritual
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Marks of High Civilization.
August 27, 2009
To enjoy privilege without abuse, to have liberty without license, to possess power and steadfastly refuse to use it for self-aggrandizement--these are the marks of high civilization.
This one of the twenty-eight values highlighted by the Urantia Book in Paper-28. I agree fully and I know it correct. Any comments?
civilization, self-aggrandizement, urantia, values
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