The ‘I’ FACTOR!

 THE ‘I’ FACTOR!

GURU POORNIMA SPECIAL!

Adi Sankara

Someone asked Sankara :

“I want Happiness!”
Sankara replied :

“Its very Easy :(1) First Remove the ‘I’.. it is Ego! (2)Then Remove the ‘want’.. it is Desire (3)Then what you see is ALL Happiness!”

EGO FROM DOB TO DOD!

“Man gets his Ego right on the day he kicks his feet in his mother’s womb itself and he can never get out of it till his last day to the Graveyard “says Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev.

The famous scientist, Albert Einstein, probably aiming at his educated peer group, made an equation for the Ego of a Man :

Einstein on Ego!

” One has to Starve the Ego and Feed the Soul!”
Swami Paramarthananda used to narrate a nice anecdote to nail the Powerful ‘I’ factor like this :
There was a very successful District Collector whose contributions to the entire poor and downtrodden people of the District was very much appreciated by one and all, like the famous Sahayam! His attender was all in admiration of the collector’s help, particularly for his family too in getting his children educated! But the day came when the Collector was transferred to another district,  which many like this attender cdn’t stand at all! The farewell party was over and a Group photo with this famous Collector was also taken. The photographer brought the Group photo when the Attender was also standing near the Collector? Please tell me where the attender’s eyes will get focused on the Photo instantly?  Not on the Famous Collector but to that corner, where he was standing! That’s natural Ego as he can’t even notice with whom he is standing! Everyone of us can’t get out of this ‘I’ but can try to ‘minimize its influence’ , Swamiji used to say!

My Classmate Mouli’s Beautiful Tagore Sketch!

The ‘I’ factor is surely responsible for one’s immeasurable anger too! Because of the big ‘I’ we fail to place ourselves in the other man’s position and understand his problem !
Everyone  knows about the great Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The fact is many such great people have another side to them, Short Temper! One day Tagore had to go for an important function at 7AM. The day before,  he had directed his driver to come on time so that Tagore Cd attend the function on time!
Next day 7AM.. Driver absent.. 8AM.. 9..10… 
Tagore was furious beyond words!
Driver came after 2 days and Tagore burst out for 30 minutes, even asking him to quit, without allowing the Driver to speak, who was silently weeping, beyond words!
When the Volcano subsided, the poor driver said, weeping, “Saab, I lost my 3 year old son and I cdn’t send the message as we were all unable to think of anything else and I was far away in my place..!”
For a minute Tagore was dumbstruck to realize his Stupidity! He hugged the Driver and apologized profusely and felt so ashamed, that he wd  never ever get angry anytime in his life. Tagore writes ‘I failed to place myself in his position because of my position, power and arrogance! “
“It is better to Lose your Ego to Save the one you Love, than to Save Your Ego to Lose your Love!”
Let’s learn to Analyze our’ I’ FACTOR on this Guru POORNIMA!

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For many,A High School Teacher is God Himself!

Karmegam,is a School mate of mine.

On Every Full moonday he never misses to go for Girivalam@Thiruvannamalai.

I come to know that it is a Full Moon Day because of his never Failing SMS..

“Suri..I am doing this Girivalam,praying sincerely for your family’s welfare!”

President's Award 1965

President’s Award 1965

Invariably,tears will blind my eyes,when I see this SMS!

Karmegam means,A  Dark Cloud-literally if translated.

Was it a Dark cloud around this wonderfil fellow in his early days?May be Yes.

My Father's last Photo in a function in Ramnad

My Father’s last Photo in a function in Ramnad

Dry lands of Ramnad produced drier people and their ability to think and do something great was relative to their intake- after all you need food which is hard to get.Karmegam was a young man who desired to excel in studies but poverty prevented him from pursuing what he wished to do.

One day he met his Teacher and explained to him his desire to study and his inabilty to come all the way from his village which was 15 kms away.He was also from a very poor SC Family,adding to his woes.His Teacher,being taken aback by this man’s

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amazing enthusiasm and alertness in General Knowledge Quiz he did for him,said:”You can join VIvekananda Hostel and study well.But with a condition that you must excel every where to become an engineer ultimately to bring glory to this Ramnad!”

Well Karmegam used to live on frugal meals in that Hostel and did well to go to Engineering college as demanded by his Teacher.He excelled in Engineering and he became an authority in Water Management in India.He went to various conferences in UK,USA and presented his papers.One fine morning in 1990 he came to see me at a very early dawn.He greeted me with an young boy of 15 yrs age.

“Suri,I want you to bless my son….”

“Karmegam,come on man,who am I to bless your wonderful Boy?”

“I see my beloved Teacher in you and I want your blessings before he Joins his engg., college?”

“Nice to know he is going to do engg.All the very best and do well like your Dad?”I said

“You know ,Suri.He is a British Citizen!”

“Thats a great news Karmegam.How come?”

“well when I was in England I got married to a Malaysian Lady and we are nicely settled now and as you know I am the Director of Water Management at Anna University!”

“I am so proud that from such a background like Ramnad,you have come thro hard fought life and indeed you deserve everything in life,Karmegam”

“It is definitely my Teacher’s blessings and thats why I chose to take yours for my son too today.”

After a few years again Karmegam gave me a ring.

“Suri I am retiring as Director of Anna University tomorrow.But I want to confide with you that the Correspondent of Rajalakshmi Engg., college was after me for a while and he wants me to be the Dean!”

“Great news.Why dont you join,Karmegam”

“I want to take your blessings before I do that on MOnady -day after tomorrow”

He is now heading that Institution with Honour and Pride!

I sulked a bit ,as ,as a son I haven’t been telling my father many things in life and what great citizens this Teacher has produced.

Tho’ these anecdotes are not for self glorification,it may one day motivate others to emulate them to do more good to the society.

‘vidyadhanam sarva dhanam pradhanam

Pls read this Blog too:
http://creative.sulekha.com/mayalagu_136722_blog

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Are you a Laughing Stock..?Nothing Wrong!

To day is World Laughter Day!
If anyone doesn’t know how to Laugh,One doesn’t deserve to be a Human…
As we dont know whether Animals laugh at us but every one else will!!

There is also nothing wong if someone laughs at us..
Look at Me..
The people around me try to avoid me as I am supposed to be a Moran..
Sometims my own closest family members wd like to avoid me as they wd like to have some more pleasnter ,laughabale company,as I am not that very Laughable!!

Well dont worry..

If we know how to laugh at our ownself we have achieved the Ultimate..

Upanishads divided the HUman form into 5 Kosas or Shields starting from the Earthly Mass…our Body as the very Basic form as Annamay Kosa….till the ultimate 5th one as Ananda Maya Kosa!
Yes..We,every one of us, are supposed to be the Happiest for ever and ever…

So dont worry if anyone says you are a Laughing Stock..

Every one else is also..to be TRue to Upanishads…

There was a time Times of India sold their dailies ‘Only based on R.K.Laxman’s catoons..People used to buy only just for that momentary tocklish time..”

Look at the Kerosene Lantern!in 1995!!

Look at the Kerosene Lantern!in 1995!!


Because when we laugh,we reach the ultimate eality Ananda Maya Kosa..
Even after today’s Karnataka Elections,
we may again see a Krishna who read a wrong paper in a wrong coutry as External Affairs MInister,as CM of Karnataka,for alll that you know..
In every Election Politicians Promise the Moon!

In every Election Politicians Promise the Moon!


Don’t worry..Just Laugh..
Laughter is the best Medicine..
Especially in India when we see Darkness and Corruption everywhere!
Have faith in your ownself..
That you are the Happiest by Nature..
Thats what Upanishads say!
Look at these catoons for a change & Relax!!

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My Father’s greatest strength..

Feb 21st is a fasting day for me since 1974..

I cdn’t digest the sudden departure of a Great Gandhian & guide in mylife.

It was just impossible to forget Him from then on,I have always been a miserable man!

Receiving President's award in 1965

Receiving President’s award in 1965

My father’s greatest strength was His Truthfulness.He never ever deviated from the Path of Truth and I wd like to recall some incidents as a tribute to His greatness on this day..

1967…

He being a simple Headmaster of  Rajah’s High School ,was only a servant to the Rajah of Ramnad,Shamugaraja Sethupathi who commanded so much respect all over Tamil Nadu and in many Princely states..But since my father was such a strict disciplinarian and headed a school of nearly 2000 students with such discipline,none including the Rajah,wd like to interfere with this great Institution..Rajah also had so much respect for my father and probably my father was the only one Rajah of Ramnad used to call “Mr.Rajah Iyer” as all others wdn’t get that special respect..

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In 1967 when the elections were announced,Kamaraj,the great Congress Leader refused to give COngress Ticket to the Rajah,who was earlier a COngress MInister!Rajah wanted to contest the elections as an Independent!

Since my father was also an elected M.L.C representing the TEachers COnstituency,He was well aware the mood of the people.So my father ‘advised’ the Rajah ‘not to contest’ as th mood was against him..Rajah refused to listen to my father.My father went out of the way to tell the Rajah that people around him were after his money only and hence ‘this elections wd be a big drain on his wealth’.He didnt listen to My father…

I was doing my Final year Engg. examn when the elections was in the offing and had come down to Ramnad to prepare for the examns.Normally I used to spend a lot of time with my father and when we were together in an afternoon in our HOuse,there was such a noise outside our house..that nearly 400 to 500 boys shouting slogans..’Vote for DMK..Vote for Thangappan’ was heard.My father was a bit startled when the very crowd suddenly became silent when they reached my house!

A tall 6 footer,with a thick MOustache,Thangappan entered my house with a Huge Garland of Roses..He prostrated before my father seeking His blessings..

My father,being never afraid of anyone,leavealone Thangappan,an Old student of His,told him”How dare you enter my own House and ask for my vote for you?”. The crowd  was watching!Thangappan again prostrated and sought His blessings.My father told him”All the best..”

Thangappan won the elections and Rajah was devastated after losing the elections,that too to a drop out from his own school!Thangappan,after the announcements were made,again came with nearly a 1000 boys with a bigger garland and prostrated to my father..”I need your guidance in the Assembly.”

My father told him”Do everything possible for the poor..all the best.”While Thangappan was going back ,my father called him and asked him “How did you come?”

“By a Horse -Cart!”

“Don’t worry..sooner you will get a car!”

Exactly in 6 months’ time,he was given a car by the DMK and he drove straight to my house to take my father’s blessings…

In the meantime,the Rajah was bedridden after the elections..

He sent word for my father and my father went to the Palace..Rajah hugged my father and wept over His shoulders

“Rajah Iyer..you are the Only One who advised me Truthfully..I have lost a few crores..I am so much upset..”Rajah was uncontrollable..

He passed away in a few months..

My father used to say..”Rajah cd have lived a bit more had he ‘not stood for that elections.”

My father served as an M.L.C., for 12 yrs between 1962-74 when he died as a sitting member(see Govt notification)He was commanding so much respect from all the Chief Ministers,like Kamaraj,Bakthavatsalam,Annadurai and Karunanidhi.

He died a poor man.He never had a car.He always travelled by Bus in Madras as an M.L.C.,Some of His students are holding top positions in Nasa,in UK,Singapore&Middle East and the Crescent Group Chairman was my father’s student..Abdul Kalam used to recall about my father’s greatness,as narrated by Abdul Kalam’s gaurdian in Rameswaram,Manikkam,who was my father’s student.Kalam writes he owes a lot to Manikkam!

Well..He has left behind a wealth of pride for us,thats immeasurable!My tribute@Ramnad function

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A Day with Lions,Leopards &Rhinos!

13 th Jan 2013!

A memorable birthday present for me from my younger daughter!

a day with Lions,Leopards,Rhinos,Wilddogs!

Lion Cub 1

Lion Cub 1

Sarasa with Lion Cubs

Sarasa with Lion Cubs

Set in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind, the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve lies roughly 40 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg; a chance to see white rhino, lion, buffalo, hippo and other species of game up close and within half an hour of the major metropolis.

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If you get to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve at feeding time, you’re virtually guaranteed to see predators, as they are hand-fed – a bit like cheating, but a big bonus if you haven’t the time to head off to the Kruger National Park on safari. You can also select to go on a game drive offered by the reserve with a knowledgeable ranger, and with roughly 600 head of game within the reserve, a visit is bound to include almost all of the reserve’s species – endangered species such as cheetah, wild dog and the Cape vulture.
The highlight of any visit to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, which covers 1200 hectares of land, is without doubt a visit to see the lion cubs, one of the species that forms part of the reserve’s breeding programme. Most of the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve’s focus is on their breeding programme.

Another interesting project of the reserve is the vulture restaurant – literally a way of providing the vultures that live in the surrounding Magaliesberg with carcasses, donated by local farmers. Up to 200 birds feast at a time in the reserve.
If you wish to enjoy a ride in a Nature Reserve,with an experience of touching the cubs like Lions,Tigers,Cheetah..this is the place to be in!
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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – பாரதி யார்?

பாட்டுக்கொரு புலவன் - பாரதி

பாட்டுக்கொரு புலவன் – பாரதி

ஏலே பித்துக்குளி!
‘என்னடா பாரதி பிறந்தநாளாமே? ‘

“ஆமாம்.. பாரதி
சிலைக்கு
மாலை போடுவார்கள்,
சிலர் !
திருவல்லிக்கேணி
வீட்டை வேடிக்கை
பார்த்திடுவர்
பலர்!
கதர்சட்டை போட்டு,
கவிதை செய்வர்
காந்தியை வைத்து
ஏமாற்றும்
சிலர் !
‘ தனி ஒருவனுக்கு உணவிலைஎனில்
ஜகத்தினை அழித்திடுவோமென்பர்!’
வீரத்தமிழில்
மிதக்கின்ற பலர்!
திரும்புமிடமெல்லாம் குப்பையைகொட்டி
‘பாருக்குள்ளே நல்ல நாடென்பர்!’சிலர்!
கொள்ளையயே
தொழிலாககொண்ட பலர் ,
‘தன்னலம்பேணி

இழிதொழில் செய்யோமென்பர்!’இறுமாப்புடன்! 

பொய்யிலே பிறந்து பொய்யயே 

உருவம் கொண்ட சிலர் 
‘உண்மைநிலைத்திட வேண்டுமென்பர் ‘

நிற்பதுவே
நடப்பதுவே
பறப்பதுவே!
நீங்களெல்லாம்
சொப்பனந்தானோ?
பலதோற்றமயக்கங்களோ?
‘ நெஞ்சில் உரமுமின்றி
நேர்மை திறமுமின்றி’
வஞ்சனையே உருவான
இந்த
வாய்ச்சொல்லில்
வீரர்களை
நினைத்தால்
நெஞ்சு
பொருக்குதில்லையே!
பித்துக்குளி!
என் செய்வேன்!
இது
பாரதிகண்ட
பாருக்குள்ளே
நல்லநாடல்லடா,
பித்துக்குளி!
Bar க்குள்ளே
நல்லநாட்டாகி
விட்டனரடா
பித்துக்குளி!
வெட்க்கமில்லை
வெட்க்கமில்லை
வெட்க்கமென்பதில்லையேடா யாருக்கும்
பித்துக்குளி?

பாரதி கனவை,

கனவாகவே வைத்து, 

வெட்க்கித்தலை

குனியவைக்கும்

இந்நாட்டினி லே, இன்பத்தமிழையும் இன்னிசையோடு நெகிழவைக்கும்

சிங்கப்பூர் தமிழர்

போன்றோர்தான்

பாரதிகானும்,

பாருக்குள்ளே நல்ல நாடு! 

புரிஞ்சதோடா பித்துக்குளி

 

 

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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – பிட் காய்ண்

ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – பிட் காய்ண்!

‘ஏன்டா, இந்த பிட் காய்ண்ணா எங்கடா கிடைக்கும்?’

“ஓ! உனக்கும் அந்த ஆசை

வந்துடுத்தா! பேஷ்! பேஷ்!

சில நேரங்களில்

சில கூரையை பிச்சுண்டு

கடவுள் கொட்டுவார்,

அதிர்ஷ்டம் இருந்தால்!

2000 லே Nasdaq Bubble லே

பணம் பண்ணாதவன் எவனோ

அவன்தான் ‘மடையன்!’ 

2010 லே 45 ரூபாய்க்கு

ஒரு பிட் காய்ண் வாங்கிருந்தேன்னா

இன்னிக்கு நீ

ஒரு கோடீஸ்வரன்!

Stock Market லே இந்த மாதிரி அப்பப்ப ஓர் 

Opportunity, வரும்

Multi Baggers மாதிரி!

எல்லாத்துக்கும்

‘பொருமையும்’ 

‘போனால்போகட்டும்ன்னு’ 

ஓர் மனோ தைரியமும்

‘ தினம் இன்னிக்கி

எவ்வளவு Loss ன்னு

-ve thinking wife ம்’ 

இல்லேன்னா,

Why go to Bit Coin?

இங்க இந்தியன்

Stocks லேயே

நீ கோடீஸ்வரன்

ஆகலாம்!

(Subject to Maverick

North Korean Joker.) 

இந்த NSK பாட்டை கேள்!

பிட் காய்ண் எங்கே

கிடைக்கும்ன்னு

தெரியும்!

புரிஞ்சதோடா

பித்துக்குளி? “

 

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Mother’s Day!

My Daily Prayer starts with thanking my Parents immensely with all Gratitude!

My Mother @Srirengam

Today is My Mother’s Remembrance Day and hence this written tribute to a Great Woman,just studied upto 8th std and got married after her elder sister suddenly passed away,  without any issues to the very Great Man,my Father!My father with my mother’s elder sister,a rare suited and booted Teacher (see above)

Appa in Suit

In those days young Teenage girls like my mom used to start their life in alien surroundings,without any knowledge of cooking and my father’s mother and my father’s Periamma (picture below )gave all the help to this new entrant, in their Family!

Periyamma Patty

My Periamma Patty used to cook till her death for all of us!My mother was completely protected and taken care of by this Great Lady, we shd remember life long!

Mother’s Love is Gift of God!I have seen her suffering after a Scorpion,  caught in her sari,repeatedly bit her and her sufferings!She was carrying too and luckily that offspring died saving my Mother!

My Parents during my Marriage

A woman’s life changes drastically after her husband’s demise!Especially in those days when you have many children and each one is busy minding their own Goals!

In 1974, I cdn’t recover from the shock of my beloved Father’s untimely demise,  for quite sometime when I asked my mother ‘what shd I do for her!’ She said in one word:”I can never live in Ramnad after having lived like a Princess all my life.You take steps to get this house disposed off and gve me the amnt.Let not any of you(6 of us)bother about me!”

Our Ramnad House

I took power of attorney for my borther and elder sister,took all younger sisters to Sub Registrar’s office Ramnad and handed over the amnt to her!

She single handedly went and bought a house next to the Srirengam Temple,in West Uthara Street and decided to live a lonely life!I used to visit her often but she never ever bothered to show the Registration documents of that house and I used to make fun of her that ‘ it is certainly Not in her Name!’

My mother used to always wear’ Madisar ‘and preferred to lead a simple lonely life in Srirengam  for 25 yrs.but I used to visit her  atleast 4 times in a year with my kids!

Those were the happiest days in my life as I used to take my kids to Kolladam River,  after buying vegetables on the Roadside for an excellent bath and by the time we come back,my mother wd have made a very tasty Kuzhambu and Rasam Satham in her ‘Kumutty Aduppu!’ I used to have a great sleep after lunch there!

Amma@Kallanai

Once, as the CEO of TTKs Tantex,I came from Tanjore factory in my car.We used to have a well Dressed Chauffeur, Dressed  in White with a British style Hat too and I thought my mother wd be so proud, to receive me! My mother’s house was inside the West Uthara Street at a blind end and I parked the car and greeted her.She came from the backyard and to my surprise,she wasn’t too happy to see the car!She asked me to pay the Chaffeur and send him back somewhere,which I did!First thing before dinner she said :”See Don’t bring the car hereafterwards here!I am living a very very simple life and all my people shdn’t know that my son is a Big shot..it doesn’t help me as I can’t afford to pay the servant maids if they raise their demands.So Never do that!”

I said ‘Ok Ma”Thereafterwards I never used to bring Tantex car but occasionally I wd drive in my car all the way from Madras!Every time I used to visit,she used to be so affectionate to my kids,as her Love for my kids can never be Quantified! When my elder Daughter, Charu got the prestigiousCecil Goshin Shieldfrom Trinity College of Music,  they gave it in Style at the British Council, Madras. I wanted my mother to be present which she was reluctant initially but on my insistence she attended and was seated along with the Britishers !When Charu received the Shield and came and hugged my mother,one cd imagine her Happiness!

Charu,Sharmi after an award ceremony at British High Commission
Both won man awards from Trinity college London in Piano

(Please see my mother behind looking at us)

In 1986 when TV was just getting introduced,there was only one TV if I remember correctly, EC TV and during that visit,she asked me whether I cd get a TV for her ?I said “For you I do anything Ma!”I got it delivered and during my next visit I saw almost all her neighbours along with their kids watching TV,to the happiness of my Mom!She said “I got this only for them as they want to see Movies and watch Cricket!”

She used to visit me atleast once or twice a year,without any notice!We had a Dog in our house,and she was dead scarred of Dogs.On the very first day,Shadow,my Dog understood her command and always used to sit in the Balcony,whenever she was around and my mother used to admire:”Such a brilliant Dog!I wish some humans have such brilliance and affection!”

Sharmi and Shadow

She used to scold me with authority…but she always used to say while entering my house..”I am coming here not to see you,your wife,Sarasa only!”as she was most affetionate to my wife who cared for her and took care of my last two sisters, after my Father’s demise!

One day we drove to Srirengam after a Diagnosis that she was suffering from Throat Cancer!While we were leaving(normally she refused to come with us in the Car to Madras)she told me :”Keep my bag also in the Car!”

“Are you coming with me Amma?”

“I have already decided that I wd die only in Sarasa’s hands!”

I used to make Coffee for her everyday in the morning and sit by her side and spend a nice time,cracking jokes!One day she wanted me to go and see the Srirengam house and she quoted a figure which I laughed it off!When I visited to decide  a Buyer,I saw virtually a long Queue from NRI’s to Jeer’s representatives to Retd IAS,all  begging me to fix any price but give them the house…There was one Kannan Iyengar who met me and said “Sir,we are basically Cooks.I am settled in Madras and we cook for all TVS groups.This is my son who is here!My Grandfather used to make ‘Puliyotharai’ and”Thayir Satham’ and go and sell at Rockfort everyday!This fellow is looking after that business and we think he shd have a house of his own to continue in that Business!I was moved by their Frankness andfinalised the deal,to my mother’s immense satisfaction!

One day when I was taking Coffee, in the morning, with her I wept uncontrollably looking at her sufferings!

She told me :”Why are you Weeping?Do you know how much I suffer!If you imagine, a room full of  the Hottest Chllies  and I am sitting inside,that much agony,  I am undergoing!So if you REALLY LOVE ME,PRAY TO GOD TO TAKE ME IMMEDIATELY!DON’T THINK ABOUT SENTIMENTS!”

That was a Thursday!I sincerely Prayed to Mahaperiyava to spare my Mother from all the sufferings! She passed away peacefully on Monday Morning,the 29th Of November’1999!All my staff from my Co FLORENTIA FASHIONS Ltd gave a nice send off!

I can never forget her special  love and affection for me and my kids!  She used to Systematically send New Year Greetings like this every year:

Amma’s New year Greetings

If I have built the OP Ward Block at the Hindu Mission Hospital,Tamabaram in my parents name,it is just to perpetuate their memory, for the Great kindness, showered by them, not only on me but on many more deserving Poor! 

 

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Flame of Democracy,South Africa..

Old Fort,Jbrg

Nowhere can the story of South Africa’s turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to Democracy can be felt,other than the Constitution Hill,Old Fort,Jbrg.

Constitution Hall

You can see a continuous Flame of Democracy..

Old Fort,Jbrg

This National Heritage site has witnessed a century of South Africa’s history. From British soldiers who fought with the Boers at the turn of the century, to the youth caught up in the Soweto Uprising, to the dawn of democracy and the building of South Africa’s Constitutional Court, Constitution Hill has witnessed it all.A Visit to the Constitution Hill is an education,about the injustices of South Africa’s past while observing the process by which freedom was won and is now protected. One can feel the sufferings of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela in No4:

Number Four

The journey to Number Four, the dark heart of Constitution Hill, deepens the visitor’s understanding of what it means to be placed at the bottom of the racial hierarchy and how the apartheid system made criminals of black men. Prisoners such as Mahatma Ghandi, Robert Sobukwe, Nelson Mandela and the Students of the 1976 uprising know this prison all too well.

Old Fort Prison,Jbrg

The Old Fort

Built in 1893, this is one of Johannesburg’s oldest buildings and was used as a fortress by Paul Kruger during the Anglo Boer War. This was a prison for white male prisoners, with Nelson Mandela being the only black prisoner to be held in this “whites only” prison.

Old Fort Prison,Jbrg

The Women’s Gaol

The grace of this Victorian-style building belies the pain and suffering that occurred within. This is the place where the likes of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Fatima Meer and many other political activists were held.

Blankets,Old Fort Prison,Jbrg

Constitutional Court

South Africa’s highest court, the guardian of the basic human rights and freedom that so many imprisoned here had fought for and won, also houses a collection of artworks by eminent South Africa artists.

Constitution Hall

Constitution Hall..Entrance

Constitution Hall..Entrance

A tour through the court gives a visitor a chance to experience a real court case from the visitor decks.

Old Fort Prison,Jbrg

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Melrose Temple where Mahatma used to Worship

Vinayakar

I have been going to some temple or a Meditation centre if I travel abroad on my most Sacred Anusham days and this October I was again visiting Shiva Subramania Temple @Melrose in Johannesburg, with my Grandkids. This is an age old Temple started in 1870 by the Indian Laborers, working in a Laundry in Johannesburg. Mahatma used to visit this Temple every week when he was in Johannesburg.

Melrose Temple Jbrg – Utsava Murugar

Melrose Temple Jbrg – Utsavar

Vinayakar

Parameswarar

Melrose Temple Jbrg – Anjaneya

Melrose Temple Jbrg – Garudar

 

The Temple that initially started out as a tin shack was extensively renovated in 1996 and then again in 2011. The Melrose Temple is now a beacon of Murugan worship in South Africa and the world and has a a congregation in excess of 20,000 devotees.

Sarasa with Grandkids in Dhotis

The Melrose Temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Muruga, his consorts, Valli and Deyvani, his Parents Lord Siva and Mother Parvathi and his Brother, Lord Vinayager. The Melrose Temple also houses a Temple for Lord Perumal, Anjeneyar and a Navagraha! 

At Mahalaxmi Mandir

The Melrose Temple serves its congregation the Annual Prayers as reflected on the Tamil Calendar, Navagraha Prayers, Car Prayers, House Prayers, Panchangum (book) readings, performing of Weddings, blessings and counseling by the Resident Priest and Spiritual Head.

CONTACT DETAILS: 079 696 6445 / 011 728 6590 / bookings@melrosetemple

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MS – Katrinile Vandha Geetham!

MS Katrinile Vandha Geetham!

I just finished reading MS Biography ‘A Life in Music ‘by TJSGeorge and I have never come across a more thrilling Biography in my Life! To be honest, I wd rate T. Sadasivam a great Management expert though he was a drop out from School! From every angle as a devoted Freedom fighter admiring Subramaniya Siva to sell off the vast Kalki Gardens in Chetpet to pay off all his staff, with more than double their expectations, my respect for this man has multiplied beyond my unimaginable Admiration for the gifted singer MS!

Sadasivam_M.S._Marriage_photo_1940

Let us start with the thriller Appendix at the end of the Book! TJSGeorge has done such a Research to unearth all the Love Letters written by MS to GNB during the 39-41 shootings of the famous movie Sakunthala! More thrilling was the fact that GNB had preserved all these letters in various places from Trivandrum to Bangalore, and one has to give credit to MS for accepting Sadasivam ultimately as what else a talented poor girl Cd do coming from a Devadasi family!
I Cd understand Sadasivam’s excessive possessiveness of MS and even locking her inside the house whenever he was going out, as Sadasivam was confronting two groups to run away with the young MS, the Madurai Group headed by MS’ mother Shanmugavadivu and the other, as imagined by Sadasivam, from GNB, though GNB was not interested at all in MS! It was a one sided Romance which forced MS to ultimately marry her custodian Sadasivam who was 15 yrs older to her, in a simple ceremony at Thiruneermalai!
Sadasivam, born in a family of 15 children was involved in Freedom struggle, dropped out of School and was blindly following Subrahmanya Siva and he cdn’t comprehend Siva ‘apologising ‘to the Britishers to get Released, because of Siva’s unbearable leprosy! Sadasivam was looking for someone to replace Siva when he comes across Rajaji and till Rajaji’s Demise in 72, Sadasivam wd never do anything in his life without his advice, including the marriage to MS as his 2nd wife!
During the Freedom struggle Sadasivam was making a remarkable sale of Khadar in Bangalore and his amazing marketing ability brought him to be the Advertisement Mgr of S. S. Vasan for Ananda Vikatan whose Editor was Kalki Krishnamurthy!MS whose talented debut in Madurai as a 12yr old girl made waves through HMV Records (please listen to her first song)

MS mother wanted to make use of her talents by making her sing in Mahamakam and took a house in Pursawakkam, nearer to Veenai Danammal! Sadasivam was involved in making a movie with K. Subramanian ‘Sevasadan ‘Sadasivam having seen MS’ Singing talents, forces K. Subramanian to take MS in the lead role and both become close to each other!
Sadasivam’s closeness to MS was not to Shanmugavadivu’s liking as she had many calculations on her mind for her beautiful young talented daughter! So suddenly to severe the connections with Sadasivam, Shanmugavadivu takes her away to Madurai and was keen on getting her married to a wealthy Chettiar! Sadasivam was not bothered about MS at this stage trying to establish a separate magazine ‘Kalki ‘as Vasan was unhappy with Kalki’s vociferous writings against the British in Ananda Vikatan! I salute Sadasivam to come out of Ananda Vikatan though Vasan very much wanted him and thereby, helping Kalki to continue writing! Ponniyin Selvan, Sivakamiyin Sabatham and such masterpieces from Kalki’s pen owes their origin to Sadasivam!
MS finds herself in a disgusting state at Madurai with her mother trying to force her in marriage to some wealthy Chettiars! MS, suddenly one day, takes the train to Madras without anyone’s knowledge!
MS during her stay in Madras was in touch with a Congress freedom fighter, Subramanian, apart from Sadasivam and she boldly goes to his house straight from the Station! Subramanian a married man with kids was taken aback to receive an young girl and decides to take her to Sadasivam, as Subramanian firmly believes Sadasivam is the only one who can give asylum to a poor girl like MS! Despite his marriage to Parvathi with 2 girls, Sadasivam gives asylum to MS and that’s how MS’ Long musical journey starts!

Sadasivam, once decides to give MS a place in his house as a Guardian to start with, he doesn’t care for what the world may talk about them. This estranges his relationship with his wife Parvathi and her life ends in a mystery at her native place Udayarpalayam! All in all Sadasivam promotes the talented MS through his Cine contacts and influence to bring out some amazing movies Sakunthala and Savitri and his own Meera which was a superhit with the famous ‘Katrinile Varum Geetham!

Whatever might have been Sadasivam’s treatment given to his first wife, George writes ‘Sadasivam has not only taken  care of her father’s financial problems but even for MS’ brother and sister, Sadasivam had helped with finance whenever required by a wayward brother Sakthivel! ‘with a holistic view of the Debt ridden families!’
After Meera’s success, Sadasivam also promotes MS’ musical talents as a Gifted Carnatic music Singer, rather than promoting her as a Cine Artiste! Through Rajaji’s contacts MS becomes close to Mahatma and Nehru and her concerts for National movements bring plentiful of financial support for Mahatma! Sadasivam’s Kalki Gardens have constant visitors and after their simple marriage at Thiruneermalai, MS becomes the most responsible in Sadasivam’s family taking absolute care of Sadasivam’s daughters Vijaya and Radha!
Sadasivam helps Rajaji to buy a house in T. Nagar after Rajaji’s retirement as Governor General of India and also gives a cottage inside Kalki Gardens for Rajaji to keep as his office and later on to start his Swatantra party! In 1954 Sadasivam was finding difficult to get his daughters married, when Rajaji, whose counseling Sadasivam values more than anything else, tells Sadasivam to seek Kanchi Paramacharya’s Blessings! To Sadasivam’s amazement within a few weeks of his seeking Kanchi Paramacharya’s Blessings, his daughter’s marriage was fixed. From that time onwards Sadasivam firmly believes that Kanchi Mahan is everything for him and MS!
In 1974, Kalki being stickler to certain rules faces immense competition from Vikatan and newly started Kumudam and experiences financial pressures! Added to this was the workers dispute and strikes, which force him, in a fit of anger to sell Kalki Gardens and to pay off all his staff and moves into a rented house owned by Suhasini and Mani Rathnam with an ad inserted in the papers : ”Henceforth MS will do concerts only for Charities! “
That is Sadasivam, a Karmayogi, may be misunderstood due to circumstances! But looking at another very talented Singer, N.L.Vasanthakokilam’s tragic life, MS’ wd have also ended that way but for Sadasivam!
Whatever it may be, listening to MS’Venkatesa Subra patham to Kanakadara Stotram, I feel MS is God’s gift to mankind and Sadasivam was chosen by God Himself as her protector! God denied any progenies for MS,may be for her to devote more attention to her music!Her immeasurable affection for Vijaya and Radha, is quite amazing indeed!

MS is indeed காற்றினிலே வந்த கீதம்!

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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – சரஸ்வதி பூஜை

ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – சரஸ்வதி பூஜை!

Adi Sankara

‘ஏன்டா எதுவும் அறிவுரை உண்டோ?’
“நான் யார் அறிவுரை
கொடுக்க!
நம்மகிட்ட இருக்கும்
திருக்குறள் முதல்
தைத்ரீய உபனிஷத்
வரை கொட்டிக் கிடக்கும் அறிவுரைகளை ஒருதரம்
ஓர் வாழ்நாளில் புரியாட்டாலும்
படித்தாலேபோதும்!
பிறந்தபயனை
அடைந்துவிடலாம்!
அதுக்குதான்
ஒளவையார் 
‘கற்றது கைமண் அளவு ‘என்றார்!
சங்கரர் எதை
விடனும் என்பதை
அழகாக
‘பிரஸ்னோத்தர ரத்ன மாலிகாவில் ‘
வர்ணிக்கிறார்!
*1. எது இதமானது ?*
தர்மம்.

*2. நஞ்சு எது ?*
பெரியவர்களின் அறிவுரையை அவதிப்பது.

*3. மதுவைப் போல மயக்கத்தை உண்டு பண்ணுவது எது ?*
பற்றுதல்.

*4. கள்வர்கள் யார் ?*
புலன்களை இழுத்துக் கொண்டு போகும் விஷயங்கள்.

*5. எதிரி யார் ?*
சோம்பல்.

*6. எல்லோரும் பயப்படுவது எதற்கு ?*
இறப்புக்கு.

*7. குருடனை விட குருடன் யார் ?*
ஆசைகள் அதிகம் உள்ளவன்.

*8. சூரன் யார் ?*
கெட்ட வழியில் மனம் செல்லாமல், அதை அடக்குபவன்.

*9.மதிப்புக்கு மூலம் எது ?*
எதையும் யாரிடமும் கேட்காமல் இருப்பது.

*10. எது துக்கம் ?*
மன நிறைவு இல்லாமல் இருப்பது.

*11. உயர்ந்த வாழ்வென்று எதைச் சொல்லலாம் ?*
குற்றங்கள் புரியாமல் வாழ்வதை.

*12. தாமரையிலை மேல் தண்ணீரைப் போல நிலையில்லாதவை எவை ?*
இளமை, செல்வம், ஆயுள்…. ஆகியவை.

*13. சந்திரனுடைய கிரணங்களைப் போல் மற்றவர்களுக்கு இன்பம் தருபவர்கள் யார் ?*
நல்லவர்கள்.

*14. எது சுகமானது ?*
அனைத்தையும் தியாகம் செய்துவிட்டு பற்றின்றி வாழ்வது.

*15. எது இன்பம் தரும் ?*
நல்ல மனதுடையோர்களின் சிநேகிதம்.

*16. எது மரணத்துக்கு இணையானது ?*
அசட்டுத்தனம்.

*17. விலை மதிப்பற்றதென எதைக் குறிப்பிடலாம் ?*
காலமறிந்து செய்யும் உதவி.

*18. இறக்கும் வரை உறுத்துவது எது ?*
ரகசியமாகச் செய்த பாவம்.

*19. எவரை நல்வழிப்படுத்துவது கடினம் ?*
துஷ்டர்கள், எப்போதும் சந்தேகத்திலேயே இருப்பவர்கள், சோகத்திலேயே சுழல்பவர்கள், நன்றி கெட்டவர்கள்… ஆகியோர் !

*20. சாது என்பவர் யார் ?*
ஒழுக்கமான நடத்தை உள்ளவர்.

*21. உலகத்தை யாரால் வெல்ல முடியும் ?*
சத்தியமும், பொறுமையும் உள்ளவரால்.

*22. யாரைத் தேவர்களும் வணங்குகின்றனர் ?*
எல்லாவற்றின் மீதும் கருணை உள்ளவனை.

*23. செவிடன் யார் ?*
நல்லதைக்
கேட்காதவன்.

*24. ஊமை யார் ?*
சரியான சந்தர்ப்பங்களில் தகுந்த இனிமையான
சொற்களைச் சொல்லத் தெரியாதவன்.

*25. நண்பன் யார் ?*
பாவ வழியில் போகாமல் தடுப்பவன்.

*26. யாரை விபத்துகள் அணுகாது ?*
மூத்தோர் சொல் கேட்டு நடப்பவனையும், அடக்கமுள்ளவனையும்

நல்ல பண்புடைய
மனிதனாக திருந்தி
மன நிறைவுடன்
மடியவேண்டும்ன்னு
சரஸ்வதி தேவியை
வேண்டிக்கடா
பித்துக்குளி! “

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