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!”


“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

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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 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..


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 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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Hatred is Man’s No 1 Enemy..But..

I didn’t want to write this Blog on Modi’s Fantastic Victory but after seeing a beautiful reply from Sangamitra to NYTimes,I feel like presenting my views:

Before you go further, please read what I wrote when Modi came with a Massive victory in 2014:


You may agree that Most of my arguments above in 2014 holds good even today in 2019..The Real gullible poor Indians just don’t read Time and NYT..They know how they are getting benefitted through (1)Subsidies are no more given to Congi Middleman but received in their Bank Accts (2)They know pretty well if they have to undergo hard times due to Demonetisation,it’s only for their good(3)They know very well that there is a pain in shorterm due to GST introduction,it’s for  their own welfare (4)If Aadar is enforced everywhere,they know 2 million infiltrators in West Bengal from Bangladesh will be sent back(5)They know that in the whole World no country can tolerate their own Army being pelted with Stones excepting in Kashmir ably supported by the Italian Mafia and so on..

From a Tea Boy to a Second time PM of such a great Country of History of Yagyavalkya and Chanakya,has been called by many names by people who hate him for Hating Sake, because these people strongly believed, till Modi’s arrival,India belongs to them though they are Italians!

Their kids, not even qualified in a High School, called the PM of India with all sorts of names, with absolutely no decency..Hatred!

They promised in this election,RS 72000 to every poor Indian to the account which Modi has opened . .. the Gullible Indians know the Truth!

Hatred has a way of Ruining some people like Raul Vinci..It is worse than Anger..Anger atleast if burst out, you can recover faster..but Hatred is a Silent Killer which only you yourself can Feel it..It makes a fellow like Mamta and Chandrababu Naidu act so Stupid,that the common man can see written large on their faces!

I feel Modi has just two principles in life for his Success Story:

(1) “Karmanyeva Dikarasthe maa palechu kadacana..”

“Do Your duty and leave the end Result to Him!”

(2) Sathyameva Jayathe..

Well for quoting the above,my MBA classmates may brand me ‘A Bakth!”..

I care a Damn!

Sathyameva Jayathe

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Mother’s Day… Is Every Day!

Remembering my affectionate Mom !

Amma and Appa on Appa’s Shatiabtha Poorthy

Recently,I went to Srirengam where my Mom spent nearly 25 years all alone after my father’s sudden demise in 1974!I cdn’t control my tears when I looked at the house she spent all alone in West Uttara street and never depending on any one of her 6 children for any help whatsoever!Amazing Will power!She was so affectionate to me and my daughters that its difficult for me to control my emotions…Recalling the days when I used to buy fresh vegetable on the North Tower at 7 AM and go for a Dip in Kolladam with my Two Daughters,come back when my mother wd have made a sumptuous Vaththa Kuzhambu for Lunch!I used to have such a nice sleep up to 2 PM,those days were really the Happiest Ones!When Charu received the Prestigious Hannam Clarke Award  at the British Council,for Coming First amidst 40000 students (all over the World for Grade 8 Piano Examn) in Trinity College of Music, London,I insisted my Mom’s  presence,but she vehemently said’ No..How can I come there in Madisar..”I said unless ‘she is present,I won’t go too..She said OK!’

Charu,Sharmi after an award ceremony at British High Commission(My mom in Background)


My Mother @Srirengam

I used to take her advice on all matters and without her OK I have not done a thing in my life..I enjoyed her stay in our house in Adyar, for a few days once in a year but she was always in a hurry to go back to her Srirengam!I remember her Iyengar neighbours who were more affectionate and taking care of my mother than any of her own kids…As we have reached the same state as my old parents,we are so selfish that we Expect our kids to be more caring and calling us every day and take care of us even for  small small things..but we forget how people like my old Mom would have felt in a totally alien surroundings ,having lived like a Queen in Ramnad,living in Srirengam after my father’s Shashtiabtha Poorthy!

She decided to go there and be by the side of this Temple!

The Thulasi Plant pot which she used to worship daily in Srirengam is my priced possession today.One day  it may  come under Soothbie’s Hammer! Mother’s Affection is indeed immeasurable!

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Gratitude…My Father’s Highest Priority in his Life!

My Father’s last Photo in a function in Ramnad

On this 45 th Rememberance Day of my father,who sacrificed his life for giving education to the many deserving poor children of Ramnad,he was very particular that One must have Gratitude as one’s highest priority in Life..He used to share with me ,often, some useful incidents in his life..

In 1955,he was attending a summer camp for a set of Selected Teachers of Tamilnadu/Kerala in Trivandrum conducted by Oxford Professors.He came back and shared with me about the Camp and sang some beautiful songs they were asked to sing like “We are all Jolly good fellows..we are all Jolly Good fellows..”and many more such songs..He also told me ‘it will be a great change for the students,toiling all the time with the books to sing and dance atleast once a week’.So he started a Skill development Hour on Friday evenings..and I used to sing “We are Jolly good fellows..”for a section of boys who chose “English” songs for their skill developments,ably headed by Teacher Mr.Natarajan!Soon,a competition between “the English” and “the Tamil” groups ,led by Sri Kalyansundaram with his very innovative  “Villupattus” erupted!On the whole, all thro’ the school ,the students and the teachers were always ,eagerly looking forward to this Happy hour every what?

Rajah of Ramnad unveiling a Photo in May2012

List of HMs Rajah’s High school Ramnad

My father told me one day..”That Professor from Oxford at Trivandrum offered me a Teacher’s job in London and asked me to come over..I said NO Politely..?”in the 55s!

“Appa Why..we all could have gone to London..!”

“No way…Rajah’s High School is where I will retire..”which he did..

I asked my Patti “why patti appa has done like this..”

Patti replied..”He is very Grateful to Rajah of Ramnad,Shanmuga Rajeswara Sethupathi..This is not the first time..He was offered during the British rule lucrative offers from the Income Tax departments..!”Then..
My patti explained how my father did his B.A and M.A with Scholarship in American College and joined a school in Paramakudi..On one occasion, when the Rajah of Ramnad was presiding,he was stunned to listen to my father’s beautiful ,welcome address in English!He immediately  asked your father  “whether he can come and join Rajah’s High School..I will give all responsibilities of the school to you..!”My father joined and later on he had to do his L.T..for which one had to go to Saidapet Training College,Madras..Rajah said..”Don’t worry..You go and join..I will send Rs 50 every month..!”which he did in the 30s  sincerely,with which your father was able to complete his LT.This gesture of the Rajah was always in his mind and he never even thought of leaving this School for which he became the Headmaster in 1944 when there were 3 equally competant Candidates..Sri S.V.Narashimhan who became HM of Mct Muthaiya School,Madras and M.S.Rengasamy Iyengar who went and made a name in NSVPM School,Devakottai…”

எந்நன்றி கொன்றார்க்கும் உய்வுண்டாம் ,உய்வில்லை செய்ந்நன்றி கொன்ற மகற்கு”

Says Thiruvalluvar!

Gratitude according to my father is what we should show to anyone who has given you a fresh life…(Please see the tributes by his students in 2012 Alumini ..Gratitude even after 40 yrs after his demise at Ramnad:Rajah Iyer of Ramnad)

Alumini of Rajah’s High school, Class of 71

My father always valued a Teacher and a School as very very Sacred..The respect he used to show them is quite amazing!

When my father wanted to contest the MLC elections in 1962, as a Teacher from Ramnad/Madurai/Tinnevely  Teachers’ constituency, for the first time, against great  stalwarts like Dr.Alexander Gyanamuthu, Principal of Alagappa Arts College and 9 others,it was the Rajah of Ramnad who encouraged my father to go ahead and helped my father, with a Jeep to go around to meet all the Teachers..One interesting incident at that time:

My father was highly moved when he met the Teachers and HM of Kanadukathan School near Karaikudi..My father had accepted an invitation long back to preside over the school function of this school in Kanadukathan for the 7th  of April!

My father ,while canvassing for this election,my Patti  was in her death bed..but he was busy meeting most of the teachers…and on April 2nd my Patti Passed away..The HM and Teachers  of Kanadukathan,were sceptical whether Rajah Iyer,having lost his mother on 2nd cd make it but they were surprised to see him on time…They were very very happy..

When Alexander Gyanamuthu,Principal of Alagappa went for canvassing for his votes to this school,it seems the HM and Teachers told him..”Sir last year we wanted to have you for our School function..but when we came to see you,we waited for 6 hrs and they didn’t even allow us to see your face..This year we were sceptical whether Rajah Iyer,having lost his mother on 2nd April, cd make it for the 7th..but he did turn up..KIndly tell us to whom we shall vote..!”

In Debritto school Devakottai,my father was received by Jesuit Fathers in a V Parade…what a Respect he commanded from the Teachers’ of Tamilnadu!

Am proud such a Great Man is my father and continuous calls from his affectionate students, even today,from far and wide,makes me feel Grateful to God!


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Oh!George..What a Man You are!

Some Indians like George Fernandes Never Die..They live with us for ever as described in Bagavad Gita “Najayathe Mriyatheva Kadachith”…

In my many years of close association with both politicians(My father was a very honest MLC for 12 years..Kakkan used to come to see my Father by Bus and my father always had a seat Reserved as an MLC in the BUS to Madurai whenever he travelled)I have seen many corrupt politicians,corrupt Government Officials..But George was like my father..Call a spade a Spade comewhat may..Never aspired to make money…for himself..Led such a simple life when he became the Minister at the  Centre,he opened his house to everyone at anytime…Many at Delhi didn’t like such Honest people..

Humanside Oh George

I had the privilege of seeing next to me,seated was George,the Minister ,on a flight from 1979…I said “Oh..You are the MInister!”

George..”So What..I must be prepared to go by Train also ” a Laugh..

He asked me..”That’s a nice Book by Douglas McGregor..”I was reading “The Human Side of Enterprise by Douglas McGregor,an authority in Human Psychology,who with Alfred Sloan evolved the Theory of X and Theory of Y..

“Yes,,it is amazing Sir..but whats your views on Theory X and Y?”

Laughing..”India has to go a Long way..we have all wrong Notions about the working class..Anyway what are you?”

There was some people interfering with drinks for the Minister..”Please don’t disturb me..I am having a nice Companion(because of my Book on Hand)..”

George continued…”What are you and whats your opinion about Theory Y..?”

“Sir..I am an MBA.. GM of Sakthi Textiles of Pollachi Mahalingam and I have successfully reopened a closed Mill with 2000 workers and with 9 Unions and we have given 33.33% Bonus last year..”

“Oh..Thats Great..How come Mill Owners allow such a huge Bonus..Great..!”

“Sir..we have a SIMA Formula as you know and based on that..”

“I know..but many Mill Owners wd fudge the figures..”Laughing..

George “I appreciate your dedication..”and he obliged me by autographing this Book..

George’s Autograph

George’s Autograph

While parting he said..”The Human Side of Indian workers is amazing..they have to be Trusted..Be a Proud Indian..Thanks for a Great time..”

Flight was landing..I didn’t realise that the time has passed so fast…

I feel sorry for this Great Man,a True Patriot,who was not well understood by many..

Indians,even educated Indians,don’t know who is a Patriot and who is not..

We all Live for momentary pleasures even by Mortgaging our own Conscience..

Thats Life in India..

Oh!George…You Never Die!

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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி-கண்ணதாசன்

ஏன்டா,இந்த இந்து மதத்தைப் பற்றி கண்ணதாசன் எழுதியதைப்படித்தையா ?’



அர்த்தமுள்ள இந்துமதமும்

ஒவ்வொரு மானமுள்ள

உண்மையான இந்து


எழுதியதைப் படி..


நாத்திகம், பகுத்தறிவு
பற்றி கவியரசர் கண்ணதாசன் அவர்களின்
சவுக்கடி! கவியரசே உன் நெஞ்சுரம் போற்றுகிறோம்!!

ஈ வே ரா சேலத்தில் நடத்தியது
போல் சென்னையிலும்
ஒரு ஆபாச ஊர்வலம்
நடத்த முயன்ற போது
கண்ணதாசன் அவர்களால்
எழுதப்பட்ட கட்டுரை இது.
இதை தொடர்ந்து
அந்த ஆபாச ஊர்வலம்
(கவிஞர் கண்ணதாசனின்
எண்ணங்கள் ஆயிரம்
என்ற நூலிலிருந்து!)

நான் ஒரு இந்து.
இந்து என்பதில் நான்

நான் எல்லா மதத்தினரையும்
மனமார நேசிக்கிறேன்;
ஆனால் இந்துவாகவே
வாழ விரும்புகிறேன்.

நான் கடவுளை நம்புகிறேன்;
அவனைக் காட்டியவனைப்

அந்தக் கடவுளைக் கல்லிலும்,
கருத்திலும் கண்டு

ஆன்மா இறைவனோடு
அமைதி இருதயத்தை
ஆட்சி செய்கிறது.

நாணயம், சத்தியம்,
தர்மம் இவற்றின் மீது
நம்பிக்கை பிறக்கிறது.

நேரான வாழ்க்கையை
இருதயம் அவாவுகிறது.
பாதகங்களை, பாவங்களை
கண்டு அஞ்சுகிறது.

குறிப்பாக ஒரு இந்துவுக்குத்
தன் மத அமைப்பின்
மூலம் கிடைக்கும் நிம்மதி,
வேறு யாருக்கும் கிடைப்பதில்லை.

கடைசி நாத்திகனையும்,
அது ஆத்திகன் என்றே
அரவணைத்துக் கொள்கிறது.

என்னை திட்டுகிறவன்தான்
அடிக்கடி நினைத்துக் கொள்கிறான்;
ஆகவே அவன்தான் முதல் பக்தன்”
என்பது இறைவனின் வாக்கு.

இந்து மதத்தைப்போல்
சகிப்புத்தன்மை வாய்ந்த மதம்
உலகில் வேறு எதுவும் இல்லை .

நீ பிள்ளையாரை உடைக்கலாம்;
பெருமாள் நாமத்தை அழிக்கலாம்;
மதச்சின்னங்களை கேலி செய்யலாம்;
எதைச் செய்தாலும் இந்து
சகித்துக் கொள்கிறான்.

ஏதோ பரம்பரையாகவே
பகுத்தறிவாளனாகப் பிறந்தது
போல் எண்ணிக் கொண்டு,

பாத்திரத்தை நிரப்புவதற்காகவே
சாஸ்திரத்தைக் கேலி செய்யும்
பகுத்தறிவுத் தந்தைகள்
இஸ்லாத்தின் மீதோ,
கிறிஸ்துவத்தின் மீதோ
கை வைக்கட்டும் பார்க்கலாம்.

கடந்த நாற்பது வருசங்களில்
ஒரு நாளாவது அதற்கான
துணிவு ஏற்பட்டதாக தெரியவில்லையே!

பாவப்பட்ட இந்து மதத்தை
மட்டுமே தாக்கித் தாக்கி,
அதை நம்புகிற அப்பாவிகளிடம்
‘ரேட்டு ‘ வாங்கிச் சொத்துச் சேர்க்கும்
‘பெரிய ‘ மனிதர்களைத்தான்
நான் பார்த்திருக்கிறேன்.

அவர்கள் பேசுகிற நாத்திக வாதம்,
அவர்கள் ‘குடும்பம் நடத்தும் வியாபாரம்’
என்பதை அறியாமல்,
வாழ்கையையே இழந்து நிற்கும்
பல பேரை நான் அறிவேன்.

பருவ காலத்தில் சருமத்தின்
அழகு மினுமினுப்பதைப் போல்,
ஆரம்ப காலத்தில் இந்த
வாதத்தைக் கேட்டு
ஏமாந்தவர்களில் நானும் ஒருவன்.

நடிகையின் ‘மேக் அப்’ பைக்
கண்டு ஏமாறுகிற சராசரி
அன்று இந்த வாதத்தைக் கேட்டு
ஏமாந்தவர்களில் நானும் ஒருவன்.

அந்த கவர்ச்சி எனக்கு
குறுகிய காலக் கவர்ச்சியாகவே
இருந்தது இறைவனின் கருணையே!

என்னை அடிமை கொண்ட
கண்ணனும், ராமனும்
இன்று சந்திர மண்டலத்துக்குப்
பயணம் போகும் அமெரிக்காவையே
ஆன்மீக நெறியில் திளைக்க

அமெரிக்காவை விடவா
ஈரோடு பகுத்தறிவில்

‘பணத்தறிவில்’ முன்னேறிவிட்டது
என்று சொல்லலாம்.

ஆளுங் கட்சியாக
எது வந்தாலும்
ஆதரித்துக் கொண்டு,
தன் கட்சியும் உயிரோடிருப்பதாகக்
காட்டிக் கொண்டு,
எது கொடுத்தாலும் வாங்கிக்
கொண்டு வாழ்கையை
சுகமாக நடத்துவதற்கு,
இந்த நாத்திக போலிகள்
போட்டிருக்கும் திரை,

உலகத்தில் நாத்திகம்
பேசியவன் தோற்றதாக
வரலாறு உண்டே தவிர,
வென்றதாக இல்லை.

இதை உலகமெங்கும்
இறைவன் நிரூபித்துக்
கொண்டு வருகிறான்.

அவர்கள் எப்படியோ போகட்டும்.

இந்த சீசனில் வாழ்ந்து
கொண்டிருக்கும் சில மனிதர்கள்
கோவில்களுக்கு முன்னால்
பகுத்தறிவு விளையாட்டு
விளையாடிப் பார்க்கலாம்
என்று கருதுகிறார்கள்.
இதை அனுமதித்தால்,
விளைவு மோசமாக இருக்கும்.

நம்பிக்கை இல்லாதவன்
கோவிலுக்கு போக வேண்டாம்.
நம்புகிறவனை தடுப்பதற்கு
அவன் யார்?

அப்பாவி இந்துக்கள்
பேசாமல் இருக்க இருக்கச்
சமுதாய வியாபாரிகள்
கோவிலுக்கு முன் கடை
வைக்க தொடங்குகிறார்கள்
வெள்ளைக்காரனின் கால்களை
கட்டிப்பிடித்துக் கொண்டு
‘போகாதே போகாதே என் கணவா ‘
என்று பாடியவர்களுக்கு
நாட்டுப் பற்று எங்கிருந்து வரும்?

நாட்டு பற்று இல்லாதவர்களுக்கு
தெய்வப் பற்று எங்கிருந்து வரும்?

தெய்வப் பற்று இல்லாதவர்களுக்கு
நாணயம், நேர்மை இவற்றின்
மீது நம்பிக்கை எங்கிருந்து வரும்?

இந்த நாலரை கோடி (அன்று)
மக்களில் நீங்கள் சலித்துச் சலித்து
எடுத்தாலும், நாலாயிரம்
நாத்திகர்களைக் கூட காண முடியாது.

பழைய நாத்திகர்களை
எல்லாம் நான் பழனியிலும்,
திருப்பதியிலும் சந்தித்துக்
ஆகவே இந்த காரியங்களுக்கு
யாரும் துணை வர மாட்டார்கள்.!’



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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – Swami Vivekananda

ஏலே பித்துக்குளி-Swami Vivekananda

Swami vivekananda

‘ஏன்டா Swami Vivekananda பிறந்த நாளாமே?’

” தன்னம்பிக்கைக்கு

Swami Vivekananda..
ஒவ்வொரு இந்தியனும்
ப்ராமிணாக பிறக்காவிட்டாலும்,
கரைத்துக் குடித்த
ஓர் சங்கரர்!
40 வருஷங்கள் தான்
ஆதி சங்கரரின்
பரப்பிய ஓர் தத்துவஞானி!
உலகமகா சமயமாநாட்டிற்கு
செல்லும் கப்பலில்
ஓர் Mill Owner,
இந்திய , Business Man,இளைஞனை
அவனுக்கு ஓர்
அறிவுரை வழங்குகிறார்:
‘பொது நலனே
உன் உள்நோக்கமாக
உன் சுயநலமாக,
அந்த இளைஞன் தான்,
Jamshedji Nasawanji Tata, First man before any one else, to start welfare measures for his workers.He also
pledged Rs30 lakh from his personal fortune towards setting up the Indian institute, Science, drew up a blueprint of the shape it ought to take, and solicited the support of everyone from the Viceroy, Lord Curzon, to Swami Vivekananda to turn it into reality. Swami Vivekananda, in his backing of the idea, wrote in 1899, “I am not aware if any project at once so opportune and so far reaching in its beneficent effects has ever been mooted in India… The scheme grasps the vital point of weakness in our national well-being with a clearness of vision and tightness of grip, the mastery of which is only equalled by the munificence of the gift that is being ushered to the public.” Despite this and similar endorsements, it would take a further 12 years before the splendid Indian Institute of Science started functioning in Bangalore [now Bengaluru] in 1911.
இந்த மாமனிதர்களை
100 வருடம்
வாழ விரும்புகிறோம்!
இந்த 12 வயது
இந்த சபரியை


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Hindu Mission Hospital, Tambaram

Dr.Sriram,HMH, Tambaram

I am really indeed indebted to Mr.Srinivasan ,Secretary of the Hindu Mission Hospital, Tambaram as, it was on a December 14th ,years back, when I went to see him ,this is what happened:

Srinivasan,HMH, Tambaram

Me and Sarasa were thinking of doing something useful for the public,in the name of my father, Sri Rajah Iyer.After various permutations and combinations,we came to know that Hindu Mission Hospital ,Tambaram is doing a dedicated social service in Health care, at a very affordable prices and hence,we called onMr.Srinivasan.We saw a new block just coming up funded by TVS!

Srinivasan received us, with utmost respect and wanted to know the amount..Then he said”See TVS block..adjusant to that you can have a floor in your father’s name!”

We were highly pleased and wrote out a Cheque.While filling up the details,Srinivasan,asked me : “You are Son of Sri Rajah Iyer,MLC.Educationist?”

“Yes Sir!”

Srinivasan said “Sir he has done so much for education.Some of our volunteers had worked as Head Masters and have benefited from him..”He called his Secretary to call one Mr.Hariharan and said “Hari ,he is son of Sri Rajah Iyer of Ramnad!”Hariharan almost fell on my feet”Sir what a man your father was and narrated how ‘without even knowing me personally,he took up my case in my School at Villupuram,which had suspended me and got me reinstated..all through his powerful letters to the Director of Public Instructions..”

Tears rolled down in my Eyes..

Srinivasan said “For such a great Man,I feel it is Our duty to honour him naming the unnamed OP Ward at the entrance..“..he took us and showed us the OP wardWwhere many poor patients were waiting..

That is how I was able to perpetuate my father’s memory in Hindu Mission Hospital Tambaram.

Rajah Iyer Block,Hindu Mission Hospital,Thambaram

My mother was the one most happiest on that day!

Later on after my mother’s passing away,Srinivasan was nice enough to accommodate her next to my father’s block in the same OP Ward!

Kamala Rajah Iyer Block,Hindu Mission Hospital

One can see this block at the very entrance on the right side of Hindu Mission Hospital Tambaram.

OP Ward Hindu Mission Hospital,Thambaram

I am very Grateful to Sri Srinivasan for his Kindness on that December 14th day…

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