Modi refers to an interesting episode between Adi Sankara and Mandana Mishra to bring out the very essence of an enlightening debate. Centuries ago, debates, aka Nyaya-sastra or Tarka-sastra were the main methods of learning and understanding. Debates were in a context and Logic or reasoning were, of course, indispensable to them.Tarka is the process … Continue reading Decorum of a Debate!
A distraught husband went running to a doctor and pleaded, “Doctor, please do something about my wife’s memory, I am in great trouble.” The doctor enquired, “What do you mean, does she forget everything?” “No, she remembers everything,” said the devastated husband. Today’s article in TOI provides an opportunity to reflect on two of the … Continue reading Remember to Forget!!
A wise man had said centuries ago; a lady expects a husband before marriage, suspects him after marriage and respects him when he is no more. I am not sure if all the souls have sinful desires and natures as highlighted by Vatsayana in his chapter on ‘parakiya-rasa’ in kamasutra. However, while a wife … Continue reading The Spouse Suspects!!
“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” ― John Maynard Keynes In Indian restaurants, one may have observed, a quarter plate is placed to the right of a full plate: In the army, the reverse is the norm; it is to the left of a full … Continue reading Continuity is the only Constant!!
There was a small hamlet, inside a dense forest that remained cutoff from the rest of the world. Since the inhabitant were not conversant with the methods of contraception, the population kept growing rapidly and led to few associated problems. Sensing trouble, an NGO from a neighboring town contacted them to educate on the … Continue reading Condom on a Broom!!
Why do Indian soldiers fight the way they fight? Because, they are competing with a fellow buddy, next to them. After the fabled battle of Saragarhi, in 1897, where 21 Sikh soldiers were martyred fighting nearly 10000 tribesmen who surrounded them, the Second-in-Command of the battalion, an officer of the Australian origin, described the unrivalled … Continue reading Indian Soldier and his Spirit!
Spirituality is not a serious business, after all. A preacher who is able to pepper his discourses with humour and anecdotes is placed well to deliver the message effectively. Guru Gopal Gaur, Guru Sarvapriyananda, Sukhabodhananda etc have set a new trend in delivering their lessons through laughter On this day of Guru Purnima, I am … Continue reading Spirituality and Laughter!
On this eve, the world needs to acknowledge, with appreciation, the service of all the doctors, healers and therapists. To me, these are the three kinds of hospitals: One each for the body, mind and soul. While the bodily ailments are attended to in a conventional hospital, a temple is a hospital for the … Continue reading The Doctor’s Day!!
Covid has taught humanity one important lesson that there is nothing known as a ‘comfort zone.’ It is a searing reminder of the uncertainties of life whose very middle name is, ‘if’. The world today is in the grip of, it appears, ‘demonic possession’, that is the only way to describe the Corona pandemic. Is … Continue reading Was this Ordained??
YOU GIVE BUT LITTLE WHEN YOU GIVE OF YOUR POSSESSIONS. IT IS WHEN YOU GIVE OF YOURSELF THAT YOU TRULY GIVE. ~KAHLIL GIBRAN FROM THE PROPHET The story of extra-ordinary sacrifice of Subaida, a 60 year old woman from Kollam, Kerala, has largely gone unheard and has remained confined to the physical borders of the … Continue reading Instant Inspiration!!