Monthly Archives: May 2014

Hidden Water

This morning Sri Suki Sivam gave another wonderful talk on the subject of the ‘hidden water’ that is neglected by us in producing and manufacturing things. Giving details from some experts from India and outside, he warned us about the loss of water that is going outside our country through every kind of export. For example, to produce one egg it takes around 160L of water. If we keep the minimum (government) price of water for one litre as Rs. 10, how much money is spent on producing one egg. Whereas in order to get foreign exchange we sell them just for Rs. 3 a piece. The same is the case with so many other products — from cars to Jeans.

According to Sivam, other countries like China and Israel who are aware of this problem, have prohibited the production of certain things, and import them instead. For example, as pig rearing takes more water, China has stopped it and now imports pork. Similarly, Israel stopped producing oranges as it requires more water. Then he warned us to think about how we allow foreign companies to come and start big factories to manufacture so many things (like cars), which are sucking our water resources. Continue reading

Tamil Songs 111-120

111 வாழ்ந்து காட்டு

 

வாழ்ந்து காட்டு

நிலையில்லா மனதுடனே

நித்தமும் போராடி

தத்தளிக்கும் வாழ்வினில்

தடுமாறி கரைஏறி

சற்றேதான் மூச்செடுத்து

தப்பிக்கும் போதினிலே

சஞ்சலம் மீண்டும்வந்து

சறுக்குதே மனதை ஏனோ

என்னதான் செய்வேனோ

ஏன் இந்த போராட்டம்

ஏதுதான் வழி இங்கு

என்றுதான் விடைகாண்பேன்

போராட்டம் ஓய்வதில்லை

போராடிப் பயனும் இல்லை

புலம்பாமல் மனதினிலே

புறப்பட்டேன் வாழ்ந்து காட்ட.

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The Defeat of Dynastic Politics

Thanks to Sonia and Rahul.

I celebrated the defeat of the ‘dynastic’ politics (also in Tamilnadu) by making sweets and distributing them to others.

I know many have reservation against Modi. But I strongly feel that the ‘internal’ democratic checks-and-balances within the BJP will never allow him to push his personal agenda. He is better than the ‘high command’ to which all Congress men have to surrender without understanding the local situation and need. That alone deprived the Congress to represent around 20 states and union territories in the Parliament.

Thanks to Sonia for taking Mahatma Gandhi’s call to dissolve Congress both seriously and soberly. One non-Indian helped to found the Congress and another to put the last nail in the coffin. I hope Congress will resurrect in a new form from the ashes with proper leadership. It is a sad fact that the need for a strong Opposition in a healthy democracy is missing. But I hope the collective ‘Opposition’ will play that role, as the reduced status of Congress has deprived them of their role as the ‘main’ opposition. Thanks Rahul, keep the good work.

 

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17-5-14

Kannadasan

This morning in Raj TV News on, “The Wonderful Hint from History”, they shared an interesting point, which I would like to share with others.

Kannadasan was a great poet who also wrote many Tamil poems. He wrote more than 30,000 songs for films and many other poems, books, articles, etc. He is one of my favourite poets.

Once, he was invited to speak at a student program. Before he gave his final address, several students read their poems. After the last student read his poem, Kannadasan read one poem. After he finished, the crowd gave a great round of applause. Then Kannadasan spoke and said:

The song which I recited is the same one which was read by the last student. He read my poem but none of you gave him any applause for that one. But when I recited the same poem, you all appreciated it. This shows that we appreciate the person than the product for its worth.

This reminded me of another Tamil proverb. “Only if the water is poured from the shall, then it becomes teertham (holy water).”

சங்கிலிருந்து விழுந்தால்தான் தீர்த்தம்.

 

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11-05-2014

Scripture and Idealism

Though one can ‘enquire the human condition’ from the Mahabharata’s point of view, it never going to reflect the reality of life, at least here in India. The Indian worldview is shaped by various thoughts, apart from the known authoritative scriptures of sruti and smrti.  However, the average Indian uses these thoughts either to explain away or justify his/her actions rather than to use them to set her/his course of life. Of course, this should not be treated as a sweeping generalization. This is my personal experience, and the observation of other’s life as well. Unless we allow the scripture to be the final authority to decide our action, every (valuable) thought coming from the scriptures or tradition will be ‘used’ to serve our purpose rather than guiding our life. But the Hindu dilemma always is: which is the scripture to which one should submit? Continue reading