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Deepasthambam Mahaachryam

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  1. Tamildownunder

    Tamildownunder Bronze IL'ite

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    Whenever mediocre things are glorified for extraneous reasons other than their pure merit I am reminded of 'Deepasthambam Mahaacharyam'. The story behind this phrase goes like this.

    Once a king in Kerala found that his palace gate is not properly lighted. So, he asked his minister to erect a lamp post. Accordingly, the minister brought a stone pillar and erected it at the gate and placed an oil lamp on top of it. Now, the poets in those days lived by the mercy of the kings. Their existence depended on the gifts doled out by the kings. Similarly, poets of that country met the king next day with poems praising him for the lamp post. One poet said, ' Oh, King! you have not only lighted the palace gate, you have lighted the whole world'. Another poet siad, 'the lamp emits not only light, but also it spreads your fame'. Like this many poets came and praised the king, got gifts and went back happily. There was among them a very learned poet who on hearing about the lamp post and the poems got curious and came to see the king. When he saw the lamp post which had no big architecture or design, he was surprised. Meanwhile, his turn before the king came and he said ' O, king!
    deepasthambam mahaacharyam, enikum kittanum panam' meaning 'the lamp post is a great wonder since I also need money'.

    Many a times in BARC I was knowing that my bosses were scientifically or technically wrong. But, I had to keep my mouth shut thinking of 'Deepasthambam mahaacharyam' since I needed to survive to support my family. Have you faced such situations?

    Regards,

    TDU
     
  2. Nivedi

    Nivedi New IL'ite

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    Very interesting story TDU Sir.
     
  3. Shanvy

    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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    hi ramansir,

    IT happens a lot...you are in a gathering..you are all discussing..suddenly your husband's boss...talks something that is wrong..but have to keep our mouth shut (I basically have to try twice as hard) ....for not wanting to wound his ego..
     
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    mithili New IL'ite

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    gumbaloda govindha...
    justg follow the weather..
    u wil be lucky if the weather is gud or else fall in to the pit...
    many times it happens with our colleagues..huge discussions and hot arguments end up wiht the mere thought of not hurting anyone though it is wrong...one such inceident in our office where in the boss is under the influence of his subordinate and helped him during a conversation just to avoid his head falling down...shame ..
     
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    kanaka Raghavan IL Hall of Fame

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    Nice post.Very interesting.
     
  6. Vysan

    Vysan Gold IL'ite

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    Dear TDU,

    This very much happens in the Corporate world.... Sometimes we are forced to remember our family and other financial commitments....

    Nice post... This happens in day to day life....

    Veda
     
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    TDU,

    I do not agree for the SAKE OF IT.

    I always find a way express myself.

    And my boss appreciates it, I have been reporting to the Director of the Company for the past four years.

    All you need is the courage and proper words to express yourself.
     
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    Tamildownunder Bronze IL'ite

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    Thanks, Nivedi for the appreciation.
     
  9. Tamildownunder

    Tamildownunder Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear shanvy,

    You are absolutely right. It is in these type of situations, remembering this story will help. In fact, when I used to remember this, it used to make me laugh and become light hearted.

    Regards,

    TDU
     
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    Dear mithili,

    What you have said is very true. This story I narrated is being used by many to get over the agony of having to tolerate mediocrity.

    Regards,

    TDU
     

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