12 January 2007

Synonym to knowledge, religion, sacrifice, courage and patriotism...Lets remember the great soul!!

I cannot write about Vivekananda without going into raptures. Few indeed could comprehend or fathom him even among those who had the privilege of becoming intimate with him. His personality was rich, profound and complex... Reckless in his sacrifice, unceasing in his activity, boundless in his love, profound and versatile in his wisdom, exuberant in his emotions, merciless in his attacks but yet simple as a child, he was a rare personality in this world of ours... Subhash Chandra Bose

He was that great a man. An inspiration to billions throught the world, even after a century of demise. This fact itself speaks volumes about him.

Lets remember him on the day of his birth anniversary.

Incedentally this day is being celebrated by the Indian Govt as National Youth Day. And rightly so. He has been an inspiration and a great motivating factor for country's youth for the last century and will remain so for many centuries to come.

Following is an absorbing account about this great Patriotic saint India has found in the modern times.

For those who can not read Kannada, here I'm typing it in English.

Whole world is still not able to figure out this personality. Even today he is a mystery.
He wandered across the world like an emeror, conquered hearts and minds of people all thru the globe, commended respect from even the powerful.
He attained all the knowledge available. There was nothing in the world that was not reachable to him.
Eastern, western philosophies, musics, scientific invensions, vedic mannerisms, complete proficiency in Sanskrit, English, Latin, French languages and literature,
thoughts from Ravivarma, Spencer, Hegel, pre-inscriptions about the contemporary invensions....what not!!

He was all these when he was a student. Professors amazed "We don't get to see such brilliant pupil even in German Universities."

Porabandar's Deewan Panduranga Swamiji, a scholar who was translating Atharvana veda in to English exclaimed "A 30 minutes disucssion with you is like reading 10 books at once."

He was denied permission to take part in the world religion conference. At that moment he was traveling to Boston from Chicago in search of a support. Some Miss Catherine asked him to stay with her family for some time and enlighten them with his knowledge. For one of the discourses, she invited her neighbour, a Harward professor, Henrilite. Impressed with the abode of supreme knowledge in front of him, he asked Swamiji why didn't he attend the Conference of world religions. For which Swamiji replied by saying that he didnt have a reference.
He was surprised and said "You dont need a reference Swamiji!! If they ask you for reference, its as stupid as asking Sun why does he shone." Professor also wrote a reference note to the organisers which had these words "Here is a monk from India who is more learned than all American professors put together." Rest is history.

Gandhi, Nehru, Netaji, Rajaji, Radhakrishnan, Jemshedji Tata...everyone got their inspiration from this great soul. They also followed his righteous path.
Unfortunately post-independence, we are looking at American, English and Russian professors for guidance.

As Professor Henrilite said, Sun alone is comparable to Swamiji. Swamiji with his positive thoughts, just like Sun, is an ocean of energy.
- Swami Nirbhayananda Saraswati.

Beware of everything that is untrue. Stick to truth and we shall succeed.
Fifty centuries are looking on you, the future of India depends on you. Work on
- Swami Vivekananda

09 January 2007

Year's first post....But the same old topic....

It has been quiet a long time since I said HI to you guys. Really out of time for anything apart from work. Now, after so many days, I want to share something good with you all.

By now, you all know that I am a staunch anti-reservationist ;). I can declare that I hate this concept out right.

Now, there are some people, no names taken, who will never come to terms with my stance. What do I do with them? I honestly try some stories to make them understand. If they are not budging, simple, I just disagree with them and go ahead. But no one has presented anything to me impressively for his or her love for reservation system. I assume that caste-based reservation system is in existence to make some politicians mass heros and for nothing else.

To all the reservation supporters and also to those who call themselves neutral after supporting the reservationists, here’s a story that spills correct beans as to why no-reservations doesn’t affect social set-up, and how does the set up is affected, by having reservation. Go ahead, read it completely. Its fun :), but unfortunately true too.

Disclaimer : I don’t claim the ownership of the story, as I don’t know who created it. I got it thru e-mail. Just thought of sharing it with my friends.



The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house. Medha Patkar goes on a fast along with other grasshoppers demanding that grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter. Amnesty International and Koffi Annan criticize the Indian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the grasshopper. The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the grasshopper (many promising Heaven and Everlasting Peace for prompt support as against the wrath of God for non-compliance). Opposition MP's stage a walkout. Left parties call for "Bharat Bandh" in West Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry. CPM in Kerala immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among ants and grasshoppers.

Lalu Prasad allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Indian Railway Trains, aptly named as the 'Grasshopper Rath'.

Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the Prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act [POTAGA]", with effect from the beginning of the winter.

Arjun Singh makes Special Reservation for Grass Hopper in educational institutions & in Govt Services.

The ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV.

Arundhati Roy calls it "a triumph of justice". Lalu calls it 'Socialistic Justice'. CPM calls it the 'revolutionary resurgence of the downtrodden' Koffi Annan invites the grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly.

Many years later...The ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi billion dollar company in silicon valley.100s of grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation somewhere in India...