Monday, September 22, 2008

Great Sunday(21-Sept-08)

This sunday will remain as one of the best sunday in my life. It become so special because I attended one of the best workshop on personality development. Which was conducted by Viveka Hamsa and they named it as Hanate[Light].

There were many speakers and they blossomed the occassion with their knowledge source.

It was held at N.M.K.R.V Auditorium-Mangala Mantapa. It was scheduled from morning 8:00am to evening 6:00pm. I reached the arena by 7:45,there had arranged for breakfast. After having breakfast I stepped in to the auditorium. Programme started with reciting Sri Vishnu Sahasrama(which is trend in all Ramakrishna Mutt programme) from disciples of Mutt followed by that we had Bhajans form Sri Swami Swarthatma Nandaji Maharaj.

Them programme officially started by lightening the lamp(which is Indian Culture) by Sri Swami Harshanandji President of Ramakrishana Mutt Bangalore. While addressing the gathering(1200+) he cited that
"Clarity of Understanding is more important than marks"
"Avoid Imitation mania"

Following that we had a talk on the topic "Responsibility of Youth in Nation Building" by Swami Japanandaji. Than we had a tea break.

After that we had a talk on "Positive Thinking" given by Prof.Sri Raghothamma Rao. He gave some tips to be positive those are
- Keep Smiling
- Be Proactive
- Be enthusiastic
- Always be cheerful
- Have faith
- Always be calm
- Always be communicative
- Always be Creative
- Develop good sense of Humuour

Than we had a talk by S.Shadakshari[Kshna Hottu Hani Muttu fame] on time management. He gave some simple timps for time management:
1. Prepare To-Do List everyday in the morning
2. Fix some time for each activity in the list
3. Prioritize the tasks.
4. Plan for days/weeks ahead.
5. Carry a small size note books.
6. Desire befor you start doing things.
7. Keep improving.
8. Use some time saving facilities
9. Respect your parents
10. Be far from time killing hobbies.

After that we had a talk on "Prosporous Society-Safe Country" by Chakravarthy Sulibele. As soon as he stepped on to the diaz the students gave him a warm applause for more than 5 minutes.

As soon as he started speaking some sort of unknown power started flowing in the auditorium. That is why he got huge fan following.
Than we had a delicious lunch. Following that just for a change from the routine talks we had a mucic concert by Music director Sri Praveen.D.Rao and his team. It was mind blasting performance....
Than we had a talk by Sri Hiremagalur Kannan[known as Kannadada Pujari, Kannan Mama] on the topic " Life is a candle". I will write one more article about him...
Following that we had a talk on "Simple_Living-Extraordinary_Enlightening" by Paramapujya mathaji Vivekamayi...
We came to the end of the wonderful programme... We had aarthi(puja at the end) and prasada...

Chanting of Vishnusahasra Nama from Ramakrishna Mutt Seers

Bhajans from Sri Swami Swarthatma Nandaji Maharaj.


Chakravarthy Sulibele

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Affect of Inflation on Peppermint

Recently I had been to an exhibition which has put up a sale in our area. I went to buy some gift articles. While I was coming across each shop (there were more than 50 shops of varieties), I used to see wide range of collections. The one shop which dragged my attention was the condiments shop. I saw so many varieties and finally I picked of a Peppermint packet (small piece of chocolate, which you don’t get in super markets) . I thought it would cost us around 5 bugs but when I asked the shopkeeper he said it is 15 bugs (for hardly 30 pcs). I was shocked...

When we were kids (i.e. when we were in 5th or 6th standard) we use to buy the same peppermints for 10ps each. Later I realized this might be the affect of Inflation. This is a major concern all these days.

I just wanted to remember my childhood days. I bought that without having a second thought. We enjoyed not because of its taste but coz of memories…

Teachers Day Celebrations

Till this year, every September 5th I used wish all my teachers on the occasion of Teacher’s Day. Which is the birth day of our Former President and Renowned Teacher Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishna . As usual I wished all my teachers in the morning by sending messages and calling few of them.

But this year it was so special for me as well. I celebrated this being a full fledged lecturer. My students wished me on this auspicious occasion

I have chosen this profession because of its nobleness. I believe in my own dialogue “Innovating the Innovators and Inventors” is the job of any lecturer (not just explaining what’s there in text books). That’s what I actually doing by being a lecturer... I love my students a lot. That is the age where they need support and encouragement to their thoughts. If we ignite their minds they will be the strength of this country.

The gifts that I got from my students

Raksha Bandhan

All these days, I believed in a fact that the Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) is celebrated between brothers and sisters. After I joined Sangha Parivar I learnt that, it can be celebrated by anyone who cares for each other. Rakhi is celebrated by tying the holy thread to each other.
Raksha Bandhan means a bond of protection,love and care. There are many stories on how it’s started. I will narrate few of them.
1. Indra's fight with Vritra - Indra, the king of devtas (gods), had lost his kingdom to the asura (demon) Vritra. At the behest of his Guru Brihaspati, Indra's wife Shachi tied a thread around her husband's wrist to ensure his victory in the upcoming duel.
2. Draupadi and Krishna during the Rajsuya yagya - After Shishupal's death, Krishna was left with a bleeding finger. Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, had torn a strip of silk off her sari and tied it around Krishna's wrist to stop the flow of blood. Touched by her concern, Krishna had declared himself bound to her by her love. He further promised to repay the debt many fold. Many years later when Draupudi was about to be shamed by being disrobed in front of the whole court by her evil brother-in-law Duryodhana, she called on Krishna to help her, and he did by divinely elongating her sari so it could not be removed.
But in Sangha Parivar we believe every one in this country belongs to same family and it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect each other to build a strong nation….

This year we celebrated this festival at many places. More than 20 people tied me a Rakhi.
Here is the picture of Rakhi(The holy Tread)