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  1. sln

    sln Platinum IL'ite

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    Random quotes and their relevance to life

    All of us have learnt a lesson during the current lock down.Quite a few people had to be counselled by Psychologists as to handle a lazy mind.Many families had planned marriages but had to be postponed..We face problems,lose people dear to us-but life has to carry on.Shri. Sukhabodhananda has some suggestions:

    “Misery is a by-product of a lazy mind. Happiness is a by-product of an alert mind. Stop kicking yourselves with regrets and guilt feelings. Learn from mistakes, and give up feelings of being guilty. You will find yourself happy.”
    Gods timing is not always our timing.He may not work things out as we planned. But he is working things out for our good.Trust him and trust his timing.The tree does not bother about the flowers that fall.It is always making new flowers that blossom.Life is not about what we lost so far.It is about what we can still grow.

    There are occasions when we feel like shutting ourselves in a room and cry without anybody’s knowledge.There are other occasions when we enjoy a joke ,rush out ,share it with friends and laugh in gay abandon. Many complain that we become irrelevant once we lose your position or wealth.We know success has nothing to do with our intelligence or education.Shri.Kannadasan has the following to say:

    Azhumbodhu thanimayil azhu - Cry when you are alone

    Sirikumbodhu nanbargaludan siri-Laugh when you are with friends

    Kootathil Azhudal nadipu enbargal-If you cry in a crowd people will call it drama

    Thanimayil sirithal payithiyam enbargal-If you laugh when you are alone they will call you mad

    Uyarntha idathil irukkum pothu ulagam unnai mathikkum,

    Un nilamai konjam irangi vanthaal , Nizhalum kooda mithikkum,

    When you are in high places , the world respects you,

    When your position comes down , even your shadow will stamp on you

    Buthiyulla manithan yellam,

    Vethri kanpathillai ,

    Vethi kanda manithan yellam budhi saliyillai

    All human beings who are intelligent,

    Do not achieve victory,

    All those who are victorious are not intelligent.


    Pulamaipithan defines the parameters for leading our lives:

    Siriththu vaazha vaendum - pirar Sirikka vaazhndhidaadhey

    Uzhaiththu vaazha vaendum - pirar Uzhaippil vaazhndhidaadhey

    Lead a life of laughter-don’t become a laughing stock

    Have a life of hard work- not on others hard work


    There are maverick self styled godmen who are laughed at but some of their thoughts are either funny or deserve discussion. A lady politician complained of a hidden camera in the change room of a garment store and the suspects were caught. There are periodical discussions on the examination systems which merit discussion.Shri.Nithyananda is reported to have made these statements:

    It is easy to search God

    but difficult to search the hidden camera

    if you try to play mischief

    you will get caught with a CD[The quote tweeked to suit the audience]]

    Do what you like and put energy into your time.You will be successful..You will be celebrating what you are doing and what you are doing will celebrate you

    If you are spending time on a job you are a servant.But if you are spending energy along with time on the job you are a boss.

    If there is a teacher for every subject why should you learn all subjects.What will I do after passing? You can become a teacher.So you are referring to the notes while teaching why not you allow me to write the exam with notes by my side.

    If you analyse multiple problems you will find a single reason for it.On the other hand if you find a single problem you will have multiple reasons for it.[it took some time for me to decode the statement and agree with the hypothesis]

    Mahatrias quotes on some issues:

    There's a saying: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called a "present”.Don’t ever allow someone tell you that you cant do it.When people find that they cant do it themselves they are going to tell you that you cant do it.You want something.Go get it. Period.When prayers go up blessings come down.

    This Guru laughs and gives you advice-on what- how to use the mind to be happy.Satguru says:“If you use your mind as a memory bank, the past will repeat itself in cycles.“External circumstances can only cause you physical pain. Suffering is created in your mind.” Nothing in life is a problem, everything is a possibility.” “If you want to know whether you are moving forward in life, just see if you are a little more joyful today than you were yesterday.”
     
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    Nice one. In my opinion quotes and proverbs are always with reference to the context. Taken alone, the same can be used any which way, like crying in public or laughing alone. There is a county proverb- Mother in law died in the month of Sravan and daughter in law crying in the month of Bhadra. One would say the daughter in law is heartless and a drama. Other would say she remembered her when she needed her the most.
    Yet some quotes are universal.
     
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    You are right-quotes and proverbs suited to the situation convey a powerful message like a punch dialogue.Pen is mightier than sword and actions speak louder than word are commonly used proverbs.They are powerful and convey the same message which may take a paragraph to explain.People dont use proverbs these days -may be they feel that proverbs are irrelevant or they are meant for use by old people. On the other hand quotes are distilled wisdom out of intellect,intuition and inspiration .Regards.SLN
     
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    Wonderful snippet laced with quotes and quotes of various types.
    Our scriptures and puranas reveal so many morals. There is
    Neethi shatakam, vairagya shatakam and so many works and commentaries by Adi Shankara and other Acharyas.We have Bhagavatgita,the life essence.stated to have been narrated by lord Krishna.We have Quran , Bible and Thirukkural and many more pieces .Now the communication science has developed so much and we have Google Guru at every home to guide us.We receive so many moral stories, valuable Quotes daily in our mail box.
    If all these things have reached people in the proper perspective,by now there would have been no thefts, no corruption, no raping, no cheating.Is it the reality?

    The answer to this question is given by Bhartrihari himself
    संतप्तायसि संस्थितस्य पयसो नामापि न श्रूयते

    मुक्ताकारतया तदेव नलिनीपत्रस्थितं राजते ।

    मध्ये सागरशुक्तिमध्यपतितं तन्मौक्तिकं जायते

    प्रायेणाधम मध्यमोत्तमगुनाः संसर्गतो देहिनाम्
    If water falls on a hot pan, instantly it gets burnt;When water falls on a lotus leaf,the lotus becomes more beautiful with the dancing of a dew drop of water,but with a little breeze water disppears.But if the same water falls on an oyster,it takes that one drop and converts it into a pearl.
    The qualities one acquires depend on the quality of the person with whom one associates. The same analogy can be applied to the moral lessons and quotes that are dinned into our ears day in and day out.
    For some people ,listening to the teachings is like water falling on a dosa pan.As you listen it disappears.If you are filled with anger,jealousy, hatred,and distress your mind is like a dosa pan and teachings of Gita or any other valuable lesson,which is really like beautiful water drop, falls and disappears instantly.
    A little more evolved person is like lotus. He shines for some time.The moment he goes home
    from the lecture hall or deviates his mind from moral lessons,he is totally disturbed by surroundings and the lesson flies away in air.
    But if you are like an oyster,retain the water( morals) and absorb,the water itself gets converted into pearl.At that time moral and the person are not two different entities and they become one and the same.
    No doubt, this is also a moral lesson.

    We can choose to be a dosa pan, lotus or an oyster.
    Let the morals and quotes continue and we may expect a few oysters.Vivekananda rightly asked for only hundred people among 30 crores of Indians who ,he thought could transform the entire nation.

    I am reminded of a joke in those days.Schools had thatched roofings. A master
    was teaching.A student was staring at the roof.The master asked the boy" Did anything enter?'( he meant whether anything entered his head.
    Pat came the reply" everything entered , but not the tail". he was referring to the rat which was struggling to enter the roof, but its tail never entered the roof"
    This is the position of many of the listeners and readers.

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    Dear Jayasala,
    Lovely explanation from like a harikatha exponent.Similar explanation is given for handling adversities.Are you carrot,egg or coffee bean?.When put in boiling water.Carrot became soft.Egg became hard boiled egg.Coffee tasted nice with aroma.The question mother asks her daughter when adversity knocks at your door how do you respond? Are you a carrot,an egg or coffee bean? Carrot which is strong wilts-egg with a malleable heart changes with the heat and becomes hard or the coffee bean which release the fragrance and flavour.Thanks for a deeper explanation of the human psyche.
    Regards.SLN
     

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