Ten Things a Hindu Can Do While Using English Language: – written by Francois Gautier (check his Facebook page. He knows more Hinduism than many of us)

Ten Things a Hindu Can Do While Using English Language: – written by Francois Gautier (check his Facebook page. He knows more Hinduism than many of us)

1. Please stop using the term “God fearing” – Hindus never ever fear God. For us, God is everywhere and we are also integral part of God. God is not a separate entity to fear.

2. Please do not use the meaningless term “RIP” when someone dies. Use “Om Shanti”, “Sadgati” or “I wish this atma attains moksha/sadgati /uttama lokas”. Hinduism neither has the concept of “soul” nor its “resting”. The terms “Atma” and “Jeeva” are, in a way, antonyms for the word “soul”.(to be understood in detail)

3. Please don’t use the word “Mythology” for our historic epics (Itihas) Ramayana and Mahabharata. Rama and Krishna are historical heroes, not just mythical characters.

3. Please don’t be apologetic about idol worship and say “Oh, that’s just symbolic”. All religions have idolatry in kinds or forms – cross, words, letters (calligraphy) or direction. Also let’s stop using the words the words ‘idols’, ‘statues’ or ‘images’ when we refer to the sculptures of our Gods. Use the terms ‘Moorthi’ or ‘Vigraha’. If words like Karma, Yoga, Guru and Mantra can be in the mainstream, why not Moorthi or Vigraha?

4. Please don’t refer to Ganesh and Hanuman as “Elephant god” and “Monkey god” respectively. You can simply write Shree Ganesh and Shree Hanuman.

5. Please don’t refer to our temples as prayer halls. Temples are “devalaya” (abode of god) and not “prathanalaya” (Prayer halls).

6. Please don’t wish your children “black birthday” by allowing them to blow off the candles that are kept on top of the birthday cake. Don’t throw spit on the divine fire (Agni Deva). Instead, ask them to pray: “Oh divine fire, lead me from darkness to light” (Thamasoma Jyotirgamaya) by lighting a lamp. These are all strong images that go deep into the psyche.

7. Please avoid using the words “spirituality” and “materialistic”. For a Hindu, everything is divine. The words spirituality and materialism came to India through evangelists and Europeans who had a concept of Church vs State. Or Science vs Religion. On the contrary, in India, Sages were scientists and the foundation stone of Sanatan Dharma was Science.

9. Please don’t use the word “Sin” instead of “Paapa”. We only have Dharma (duty, righteousness, responsibility and privilege) and Adharma (when dharma is not followed). Dharma has nothing to do with social or religious morality. ‘Papa’ derives from Adharma.

10. Please don’t use loose translation like meditation for “dhyana” and ‘breathing exercise’ for “Pranayama”. It conveys wrong meanings. Use the original words.

Remember, the world respects only those who respect themselves!
*Please circulate so that people can understand about their Hindu Dharma….*

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President Xi Jing Peng of China said: When I was a small child, I was very selfish, always grab the best for myself. Slowly, everyone left me and I had no friends. I didn’t think it was my fault but criticize others.

President Xi Jing Peng of China said:

When I was a small child, I was very selfish, always grab the best for myself. Slowly, everyone left me and I had no friends. I didn’t think it was my fault but criticize others.

My father gave me 3 sentences to help me in life.

One day, my father cooked 2 bowls of noodles put the 2 bowls on the table. One bowl has one egg on top and the other bowl does not have any egg on top. He said, ”My child. You choose. Which bowl do u want. ”Eggs were hard to come by those days! Only get to eat eggs during festivals or New Year. Of Cos I chose the bowl with egg! As we started eating. I was congratulating myself on my wise choice/decisision and wallop up the egg. Then to my surprise as my father ate his noodles, there were TWO eggs at the bottom of his bowl beneath the noodes! I regretted so much! And scolded myself for being too hasty in my decision. My father smiled and sad to me ,”My child. You must remember what your eyes see may not be true. And if you intent on taking advantage of people, you will end up losing!”

The next day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles: one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top. Again, he put the two bowls on the table and said to me,”My child. You choose. Which bowl do you want? ”This time I am smarter. I chose the bowl without any egg on top. To my surprise, As I separated the noodles on top, there was not even a single egg at the bottom of the bowl!Again my father smiled and said to me,”My child. You must not always rely on experiences Cos sometimes, life can cheat you or play tricks on you. But you must not be too annoyed or sad, just treat this as learning a lesson .You cannot Learn this from textbooks.

The third day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles, again one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top. He put the 2 bowls on the table and again said to me ,”My child. You choose. Which bowl do u want? ”This time, I told my father,”Dad, u choose first. You are the head of the family and contributed the most to the family,”My father did not decline and chose the bowl with one egg on top. As I eat my bowl of noodles, Sure in my heart that there is no egg inside the bowl. To my surprise! There were TWO eggs at the bottom of the bowl.

My father smiled at me with love in his eyes,”My child, you must remember! When you think for the good of others, good things will always naturally happen to you!”

I always remember these 3 sentences of my father and lived and do my business accordingly. True Enough , my business was a roaring success.

Xi Jing Peng

RIP.. Stephen Hawking: 8 Jan 1942 – 14 Mar 2018 Who was Stephen Hawking?

RIP.. Stephen Hawking: 8 Jan 1942 – 14 Mar 2018

Who was Stephen Hawking?

> He didn’t learn to read until 8 years old.
> When 13 years old, his family could not afford high school fees so he had to try get a scholarship.
> He was too sick to take the scholarship exam, failed to get into the high school he wanted to and struggled at academics.
> He finally gained an interest in physics but as a 21 years old university student was told by doctors he had only a few months to live.
> Diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease, he became wheelchair bound without the ability to speak or barely move for the next 55 years of his life.
> Of his disease, Stephen said “When faced with the possibility of an early death, it makes you realise that life is worth living and there are lots of things you want to do. Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.”

What did Stephen Hawking do then?

> He wrote his university thesis on the ground break idea the Universe began with a Big Bang
> He became a world renowned physicist, known for his work on quantum gravity, black holes and the radiation they emit (now known as Hawking radiation)
> He was elected Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, where he dedicated his life to studying the wonders of the universe
> He wrote “A Brief History of Time”, which sold over 10 million copies
> He was awarded the American Franklin Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and 13 honorary degrees.
> And he died one of the world’s most famous scientists of all time, at his home in Cambridge, 14 March 2018.

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

~ Stephen Hawking

#RIPStephenHawking

Never underestimate anybody; Stay Humble.

Never underestimate anybody; Stay Humble.

THE SALES GIRL IN CHENNAI GIRI STORE, THROUGH THE EYES OF “ WASHINGTON POST.”

After the Temple Darshan at the Kapaleeswarar Koil at Mylapore, we entered the “Giri Trading stores”
and started searching for this Book on “Thatva Bodha”.

We found many people buying various Books and CDs and from their smart walks and accumulation of CDs
from Abhang to Aruna Sairam and Bhajans to Bombay Jaishree, sent a nice feeling in us, that we have come to
the right place indeed.

I was looking for this Book while my wife started collecting Bharathiar’s songs and MS’s Music. I searched
everywhere for this Book.

There was this Girl, standing next to the Cashier, sincerely watching all our movements – a dark complexioned Girl, should be from a nearby Village, might be 17 or 18, should not have crossed 8th Std., might be out of poverty she is here.. All my Journalist’s brain unnecessarily calculated about this Gullible Girl..and tho’ she was repeatedly
watching me, I ignored her and started searching for “Thathva Bodha”.

I saw many books from “Sandhya Vandanam” to Swami VIvekananda’s “Chicago Speech” but having spent a
good 40 minutes. I looked at her, she also looked at me curiously.

I did not asked her, knowing fully well that such a girl cannot have any idea of anything, leave alone “Thathva Bodah”.

“Sir, may I help you?” (in Tamil)
“Yes. I am looking for ‘Thatva Bodha’ ”
“Sanskrit Text or English/Sanskrit?”
God..she knows. “Sanskrit & English”
“Do you like to have the Publication from Chinmaya Mission or Indu Publications or by Ramakrishna Mutt?”
“I don’t know..I just want to only Learn you see.. I don’t really know indeed”
“Do you read Tamil Sir?”
“Yes I am a Tamilian ” (thinking to myself how most of mylife time I like to act in most Other places that I am not)
“Then Sir, you can take this”..she ran to the shelf where I had searched for 30 minutes, removed the books in
the front and came out with a Book in Tamil.
“This one in Tamil by N.Sivaraman by Indu Publications infact is simple and wonderful. You have the Sanskrit Text too inside.”

My God! Why did I under estimate such a Genius. Just because of my Arrogance that I am an NRI. Or Just
because I presumed such a Black, dark complexioned, gullible girl, who would have come for this job out of absolute
poverty, wouldn’t have any idea of “Thatva Bodha”.

I decided to change my attitude and realized that I am absolutely an ‘Idiot’ at this moment in front of this
wonderful girl and submitted myself in all humility. “Madam, I really don’t have any idea of even who wrote ‘Thatva
Bodha’ till yesterday. I just attended a lecture on this subject and was fascinated by the lecture and hence…..”

“Did you attend Goda Venkateswara Sastri’s lecture in Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan?”
“Oh God. How did you know?”
“He regularly takes classes on such subjects. In fact he is one of the best Sir, in the city on such subjects.”
“You are interested in such subjects?”
“Yes Sir, I read a lot about Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna and Thathva Bodha incidentally is my favourite Subject”
“Do you mean to say you have read Thatva Bodha?”
“I have read this one by Sivaraman. Once you read it you won’t feel like keeping that book on the table at all.”

“Why what is so great about this Book?”
“Sir,you must be joking that you don’t know about ‘Thatva Bodha’.”
“Really. I accept my ignorance.”

My wife was watching from the corner, admiring all her CD collections.

“Sir, according to me, if you read this it gives the entire Vedanthic Saramsam and to say it in-one-word you become a bit more humble in life, leaving Ahamkaram once for all.”

“Is it a fact that reading this simple book one would get so humble?”
“Of course one should be involved totally into the text. Needs a lot of conviction and devotion.”

My wife joined the conversation and she felt this girl is indeed a very very talented intelligent girl, so she told
me, “Why don’t you interview her for Washington Post? Why at all you should think of Paris Hilton?”

I also felt that I owe something to her.. So, I asked her whether she can spare sometime for an interview.

She politely refused saying “My boss is to give me permission. Besides, many people are looking for guidance
or help, like you and hence I have to go.”

“What is your name?”
“Kalaivani.”

My wife’s admiration for her devotion to duty and her total involvement in her work, made her go direct to the Boss and said, “Sir,that girl Kalaivani.”
“Yes very hard working Girl.”
“This is my husband Viswanath.”
“Nice meeting you Sir”
“He is the Senior Journalist in Washington Post.”
The Boss stood up.” Washington Post?”
“Yes Sir. I would like to interview this girl. I am highly impressed with her ethics.”

The Boss called her. Time was 5:45 Pm. “Kalaivani, they have come all the way from USA., They would like
to spend some time with you. Can you?”

“Sir, there are so many customers waiting for some guidance. as it is a rush time. If they can come again
tomorrow.”
“OK. I can come again tomorrow.”
I came back next day morning leaving all my appointments with ‘Times of India ‘and “Madras Press Club “ just
to see this girl. It was no rush hour.

My wife and myself found out. Kalaivani is from a small village near Arcot. She has 5 sisters, she being is the eldest. Her father was a drunkard and he died a few years ago caring for none of them. Her mother used to work as
a helper in Masonry and passed away two years back, leaving all the 6 on the streets.

This girl who had completed her 9th std decided to search for a job and ‘Giri Trading’ came forward to help her out. She brought up all her 5 sisters with her and with her meagre salary she is taking care of them. All the 5 sisters
are going to a nearby Chennai Corporation School.

“Kalaivani. But when did you get this enthusiasm to learn about ‘ThatvaBodha’?”

“Sir after joining here, I decided that the best way to be of help to the customers is to know the Subject first.
I took small Books on Ramana, Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and started reading. I found the subject so fascinating..
I decided to read other books in Tamil like Bhagavad Gita, and Viveka Choodamani. Thats how….”

“What is your salary?”
“Rs 2,500/ a month, Sir.”
“Are you able to manage all your expenses with the 5 sisters?”
“Not at all Sir, but the Boss helps me a lot.”
“What is your aim in Life ?”
“I want all my sisters to get education. Then they would easily get employment. Is it not Sir?”
“If I give you Rs 10,000 per month, for meeting all your expenses, would that suffice?”
“It is indeed too much, but I would accept it only through my Boss.”
We took her to the Boss and told him that we would like to send Rs.10,000 every month so that all her sisters’ education would be completed.

The Boss said “She deserves it Sir. You can trust me – I will hand over the amount to her every month
or alternately you can open an account in her name and start transferring to the account.”

My friend John Paul, who is the Regional Manager of ‘Times of India’ had also come with me. He said, “You have done a good thing.”
My wife said, “I pray that ‘Karpagambal’ helps Kalaivani to become an expert in ‘Vedantha’ and start giving lectures in USA . We can arrange for her lectures.”

We left wonder struck! If we go into the interiors of India, how many more ‘Jewels’ like Kalaivani can
be found!!

I really became humbled!
Really the above incident teaches you an important lesson. Be humble and open always. Never underestimate others without knowing them. It can be misleading.

👍👍👍🏻
Made me cry.

Time to Time Update & Upgrade” Run with time and get success.

In 1998, Kodak employed 1,70,000 employees and sold 85% of the world’s photo papers. Within the last few years, digital photography made them out of the market. Kodak went bankrupt and all his staff came on the road. .

HMT (clock)
BAJAJ (scooter)
DYNORA (TV)
MURPHY (radio)
NOKIA (Mobile)
RAJDOOT (bike)
AMBASDOR (car)

Friends,
There was no shortage of quality at all, yet they were out of the market !!
reason???
They have not changed over time. !!

You have an idea that in the coming 10 years, the world will change completely and 70 to 90% of the companies  running today will be closed.

Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution …

Uber is just a software. He does not have a single car of his own, despite this he is the world’s largest taxi company.

Airbnb is the world’s largest hotel company, while they do not have a single hotel of their own.

There are many examples like paytm, ola cabs, oyo rooms.

There is no work left for young lawyers in the US now because the software named IBM Watson gives better legal advice throughout the moment. In the next 10 years, 90% of Americans will become unemployed … who will save 10% … they will be Super Specialists.

The software named Watson is diagnosed with 4x Accuracy of Cancer compared to humans. By 2030 the computer will be more intelligent than humans.

By 2018, Driverless cars will land on the roads. By 2020, this single invention will start to change the whole world.

90% cars will disappear from the streets of the world in the next 10 years … Those who will survive will either have electric cars or hybrid … roads will be empty, consumption of petrol will decrease by 90%, all Arab countries will become bankrupt .

You will request a car from a software like Uber and in a few moments, a driverless car will be parked at your door … if you share it with someone, that ride will be cheaper than your bike.

Due to being a driverless of cars, 99% of accidents will stop. This will stop the business of Car Insurance.

No employment like a driver will survive on earth. When 90% cars will disappear from cities and roads, problems like Traffic and Parking will end automatically … because a car will be equal to 20 cars today.

From today 5 or 10 years ago, there was no such place where there is no PCO. Then when the mobile phone came in all the pockets, the PCO started to shut down. Then all the PCO people started selling the phone again. Now the recharge is also going on line.

Have you ever noticed ..?

Nowadays every third store in the market is now mobile phone.
sale, service, recharge, accessories, repair, maintenance.

Now all is done by Paytm .. Now people have started booking railway tickets with their phones. Now the transaction of money is also changing. Currency Note was replaced by Plastic Money and now Digital becomes Transactions are

The world is changing very fast .. Keep the eye ears nose open or else you will lose …

Prepare to change over time.

Hence…
The person should continue to make changes in his business and his nature over time.

“Time to Time Update & Upgrade”

Run with time and get success.

A very interesting read about Mahabharat and Kurukshetra War

A very interesting read!!

It is said in the texts that 80% of the fighting male population of the civilization was wiped out in the eighteen days Mahabharata war.

Sanjay, at the end of the war went to the spot where the greatest war took place; Kurukshetra.

He looked around and wondered if the war really happened, if the ground beneath him had soaked all that blood, if the great Pandavas and Krishna stood where he stood.

“You will never know the truth about that!” said an aging soft voice.

Sanjay turned around to find an Old man in saffron robes appearing out of a column of dust.

“I know you are here to find out about the Kurukshetra war, but *you cannot know about that war till you know what the real war is about*.” the Old man said enigmatically.

“What do you mean?”

*The Mahabharata is an Epic, a ballad, perhaps a reality, but definitely a philosophy*.

The Old man smiled luring Sanjay into more questions.

“Can you tell me what the philosophy is then?”
Sanjay requested.

Sure, began the Old man.

*The Pandavas are nothing but your five senses*,
sight,
smell,
taste,
touch
and sound…,

and do you know what the *Kauravas* are?
he asked narrowing his eyes.

*The Kauravas are the hundred vices that attack your senses everyday but you can fight them*… and do you know how?

Sanjay shook his head again.

“When Krishna rides your chariot!”

The Old man smiled brighter and Sanjay gasped at that gem of insight.

*Krishna is your inner voice, your soul, your guiding light and if you let your life in his hands you have nothing to worry*.

Sanjay was stupefied but came around quickly with another question.

“Then *why are Dronacharya and Bhishma fighting for the Kauravas, if they are vices*?”

The Old man nodded, sadder for the question.

It just means that as you grow up, your perception of your elders change. *The elders who you thought were perfect in your growing up years are not all that perfect. They have faults. And one day you will have to decide if they are for your good or your bad. Then you may also realize that you may have to fight them for the good. It is the hardest part of growing up and that is why the Geeta is important*.

Sanjay slumped down on the ground, not because he was tired but because he could understand and was struck by the enormity of it all.

*What about Karna*? he whispered.

“Ah!” said the Old man. “You have saved the best for last. *Karna is the brother to your senses, he is desire, he is a part of you but stands with the vices. He feels wronged and makes excuses for being with the vices as your desire does all the time.*

*Does your desire not give you excuses to embrace vices*?”

Sanjay nodded silently. He looked at the ground, consumed with a million thoughts, trying to put everything together and then when he looked up the Old man was gone….
disappeared in the column of dust………leaving behind the great philosophy of Life!
🙏🙏🙏🙏