UTHAYA ON ENVIUS THOUGHTS!

                     Mr. N V Subbaraman in his official cabin of those days in service!

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I do believe that the view score has its own significance and Blogging has become my passion, I have become quite sensitive and addictive to the scoreboard!
As of now my Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS is 483 days old and has total posts of 521. WORDPRESS is such a great organization that it provides a fund of data at any point of time. I am indeed fascinated!
This blog has a total view of 46311 through 32665 visitors from 198 countries!.
In the society we come across most of the people are not very vocal. They view, enjoy and cherish! Some share with their good friends through Face Book and other media. Some give feed back now and then. Some make it a point to make their sharing with their own comments on the post. In that way I have the pleasure and honor of visitors/viewers in all categories.
My esteemed viewers would have observed and can recollect a few of my Sun day stories have carried such posts as:
1. Viewer’s View on ENVIUS THOUGHTS 9 parts (Sri OKR Sivanganam).
2. Visitor’s Voice  ENVIUS THOUGHTS 3 parts. (Sri. Rajeev Jha)
3. A journalist’s View on ENVIUS THOUGHTS (Sri Muthu Aiyer)

Today’s Sunday story carries the views of one of my former colleagues in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu whom I have seen through my Blog- (only through the Blog!!!) after a couple of decades! A tinge of philosophy will run through his comments and I am sure my esteemed viewers will find them quite interesting and enjoyable.

1. 13/6/16. On Paradoxes
Perhaps, in the world of duality, fear is also required in contrast to courage! But for one should fear? Fear for committing non-ethical acts. Fear itself is not very much terrible; the thought of fear in the mind is more terrible than fear itself.
2. 10/6/16.
Very true; people chase mirages and want to acquire more and more wealth without realizing whether they would be able to make the best use of the wealth so acquired. But, in the midst of these people, we see rainbows also. There are very committed people like my friend NVS who have made it a point to follow the path shown to us by the great Acharyas of this country. Even though we may be a minority let us resolve to pursue our goal by being honest and sincere to ourselves. If we are able to answer conscience, then we do not need any credentials from others, for we know that we follow the righteous path and when the judgment day comes God will settle our account taking into account what we have done in the world till our last breath.
3. 10/6/16.
How many of us have experienced heaven and hell on this earth? It is our mindset which is responsible for feeling that we are in heaven or hell. And how many of us are willing to follow the Gitacharyan when he says “Sukhae Duhkhae Samae Kruthva Labha Labhou Jaya Jayou”? A tranquil mind keeps us in contentment; neither heaven nor hell.
4. 9/6/16.
Even now we see some people who lead their lives in tune with nature and with utter simplicity. I am able to use the personal computer in my home. What will happen if, in future, there is no personal computer? Am I preparing my mind to face that situation? Moreover when we seek a change we must ensure that the change should be beneficial all and the benefits should envelop all classes of people irrespective of their status in the society.

5. 8/6/16
Beautiful write-up! Sometimes we do not remember what is nearer us. For example the heart or eyes. We think of the heart only when there is a congestion or think of the eye when there is a coating of film. But, irrespective of whether or not we think the creations of the Almighty nature is doing its duty perfectly. Everything is a gift of God and the oceans are certainly the boon given to us by HIM.
6. 7/6/16.
A beautiful outpouring of the heart! Instead of dreaming of the arrival of a new Mahatma, let us remember Mahatma’s life and words and start preaching and following his sermons in letter and spirit. The need of the hour is an effective leadership for the country and there are many people to follow him sincerely.
7. 6/6/16.
A world full of love, peace and harmony is an ideal for many of us. Is it a pipe dream? No. It is within everyone’s reach provided we make earnest and honest attempt. How many of us are aware that the Supreme Self is residing in every self? How many of us are able to recognize and bring out the Supreme Soul relegating ourselves to the background? Let us have introspection find out the peace, love and harmony within.
8. 5/6/16.
As for rewarding for one’s work I think it would be pertinent to mention one thing. Once a Guru assigned a task to a disciple, which other disciples felt very tough. When the work was accomplished to the satisfaction of the Guru, the disciple who accomplished should have been rewarded; that is our expectation and another disciple raised this question, to which the Guru replied: “The moment I assigned the task to my disciple, I have conferred on him the reward too!” Sometimes we are unable to distinguish what is a reward and what is not. Similarly, the moment you commenced this blog, the Lord Rama has decided that your effort should be a continuous and uninterrupted one, providing food for thought for many and uplifting them from their present position. Did not Saint Thjyagaraja sing: “Nithi Saala Sukhama, Ramuni Ninnithi Seva Sukhama, Nijamula Balgu Manasa?”

9. 4/6/16.
Our elders have taught us to live in tune with nature. One important advice given by them is cleanliness. When we talk of environment, we attach much importance to cleanliness, for without cleanliness the grossness would become very thick and at one point of time it would be a Herculean task to clean the stable. Let us make it a point to observe every day as environment day and not be satisfied remembering environment on one day in a year! By-the-by I cannot fail to notice your good intention of showing the picture of Thulasi leaves, which are symbols of purity!
10. 3/6/16.

Summer; one side of the coin. When we want to own a coin we have to accept that we take both sides of the coin. So summer and winter, two sides of the coin, have become a regular feature and we are thankful to the Creator!

11. 2/6/16.

God has given men many gifts and trees are more prominent among them. People, by and large, do not want to cut the trees for they know their value. What surprises me is there is no mechanism so far to check the unauthorized felling of the trees and to prevent the action. Greed has overcome man and he is prepared even to sell his parents for cash!
12. 1/6/16.
If we give more importance to love, elders will not have to face a grim situation in their old age. In recent times people, both young and old, have started attaching too much of importance for money and this has caused heart-burns, when a son says “this is my money.” After all money is only a method for financial transactions and nothing more. It is high time we revert to the old system of love and love alone, where there will be no giver or taker.
13. 31/5/16.
The society cannot be said to have progressed in the negative direction! It is moving in the reverse direction. For, any such progress, tangible results would be visible which would be helpful to the mankind.
14. 31/5/16.
In my school days for the first time in life I went to a doctor at Erode for some complaints. I was very much impressed by a board hanging there. The words written in that board were “PLEASURE IS THE KEYNOTE OF SMOKING. BUT IS IT? PLEASURE AT 20, IRRESISTIBLE ADDICTION AT 30, CARDIO-VASCULAR PAIN AT 40; CANCER AT 50; DEATH CERTIFICATE AT 55; THESE ARE ALL THE JOYS OF TOBACCO!” The pity is, now-a-days I find some of the doctors smoking in the presence of their patients! The preceptor should follow his own preaching, which is wanting now!
15.29/5/16.
I am sorry I have not heard of him! (It is always better to accept our ignorance when we know nothing!)
16. 29/5/16.

It is surprising that from time immemorial the plight of the citizens has not changed for the good. There is no guarantee that the chieftain will be benevolent to his subjects; very often he conducts himself as a dictator to which poor people submit without knowing the real power latent in them. This is also evidenced by the present day happenings when we see someone stealing money from someone but we do not have the courage to stop the stealing or chastise or reprimand the thief! We are afraid of even rebuking or admonishing the wrong doer! The people write their own fate and only a powerful revolt can change the situation, which, in the near future, appears as a mirage!
17. 28/5/16.

We salute the peace keeping force throughout the world. But the inner peace alone is most important. It stems from the self and spreads like wildfire when there is proper communication. In such a condition there is no place for mistrust, hatred, acrimony or enmity. Everyone considers his brother or sister. This may be called a Utopian idea; but the farsightedness of a few has changed the history of countries.
18. 27/5/16.

Nehru was one of the architects of the nation. In his public life he was honest and faithful to himself and to the nation. India would not have seen this much of progress but for him.
19. 27/5/16.

I think there is no use of speaking ill of the late leader. There was no competent person to bridle him at a time when his action was objectionable, if at all the charges levelled against him are serious. The inaction of a few close persons to Nehru has caused much harm to the nation, which we cannot deny!
20. 26/5/16.
The evils of smoking and drinking are known to all. But they are caught in its clutches; even if they are shown a way they do not want to give up this habit. But what is more worse is the Government working hand in glove with the tobacco and liquor industries in order t o raise its revenue, discounting the health of the citizens!
21. 25/5/16.
The missing child’s parents first and the society second are primarily responsible for the missing love and affection.
Sometimes poverty compels parents not to continue their search for the missing child! As the reformer poet Subramanya Bharathi said, let us ensure that all the people in the world are provided with the first basic necessity of food. Then comes compassion and love, which should be showered on the children, so that there will not be any chance for them to go astray! A day should come when we shall proclaim that there is no missing child!
22. 24/5/16.

The coining of the word commonwealth itself is an indication that the wealth in the world should be common to all. A high ideal accepted willingly many countries and marching on the road to progress!
23. 23/5/16.
Rajiv Gandhi’s sincere efforts to improve the country became like the beauty of a rose that bloomed in a forest! We can only pray the Almighty to show us the beacon of light and lead us to a new era of Ramrajya. People belonging to the old school of thought feel and say that one should do his duty meticulously without expecting any reward. Now the trend has reversed!
24. 22/5/16.

I am very happy to find that even now you are only in white-and-white!
25. 21/5/16.
There are two schools of thought; one wants to be orthodox and conservative and the other wants to be reformist and joyful. Are these thoughts wrong? My thinking is an emphatic NO. But we must learn to blend the good features in both conservative and reformist natures and derive the optimum benefit. In our younger days we were asked to apply a four point test for anything. Do what we hear is truth? Is there any benefit to the society by this news? Is the credibility of the author of the news dependable one? Did we make dispassionate enquiries to find out ourselves the basis of the news as to whether it is a true one or not? What should be our next course of action? If we remember these things then we can contribute a lot for a harmonious living.
26. 20/5/16.
You have rightly taken the subject of weather condition. When there is a change in weather it affects many. Strong wind uproots plantain trees and we are made to seek alternative for the plantain leaf; inadequate rain or excessive rain both cause havoc in food production. In spite of advancement in technology we are surprised to find the dramatic changes in the weather conditions, which are found to be unpredictable fully. This leaves the people to appeal to Mother God to spare them from the fury of nature and let them live the normal life.
27. 19/5/16.
When I first went to Chennai (it was then known as Madras) my friend told me that he would take me to Seththa College (dead college)! I was curious to know what it was and found that he had named the museum in his Chennai slang as Seththa College!
28. 17/5/16.

When the word “telepathy” was used, there were not many takers to the idea that one communicate to another person without physical presence or the use of any written communication. The advent of computer technology and introduction of new smart phones has proved that one can communicate with other person not necessarily with physical presence. Who knows, technology may usher in new marvels which man has not thought of till now and make best use of the advanced technology, which is growing from year to year in newer and newer forms!
29. 16/5/16.
If one is asked to select any one of the following, viz., happiness, joy, contented mind or peace, which one he or she would prefer? Certainly peace; for where there is peace that place becomes heaven!
30. 15/5/16.

For some the worship in the temple is a must every day. What is the significance of worshipping the deities in the temple every day? Does not it appear monotonous? Absolutely NO! For many a temple is a shelter, where they can unload the weight from their hearts and return home with a sense of satisfaction. A day may come when we may not need the temple at all, i.e., if we start feeling the presence of God in our heart, there will be no necessity to look for HIM outside. But this is practicable only for spiritual aspirants, whose only aim is oneness with God. Let us all create the carving to be with God forever, so that the afflictions of the materialistic world will not affect us. We will certainly react to these afflictions and do our might to mitigate the hardships of many; but we would do our duty without any attachment. Let that day usher in for all!
31. 13/5/16.
The expression of fragrance, abundance and dedication are reflected by flowers. Let us pray the life of our brethren be filled with fragrance of the flowers.
32. 6/5/16.

There is lot of discussion, of late, on No Diet Day. If we keep everything in moderation, including food, work, play, sleep, etc, it can work wonders. As for the Bard of Bengal it is an indication that it is high time we return to the old days when nothing but love permeated everywhere. There was time, irrespective of the religious affiliation, people maintained a high standard, full of honour, dignity and integrity. When we show an accusing finger towards a person that he or she is corrupt, we have to remember that three fingers point out at us! Financially we can be free from corruption. Yet, it becomes our onerous duty to raise our voice with courage and that we are not charged of our inaction when something goes wrong in our neighborhood or elsewhere.
33. 5/5/16.
Time is a remarkable gift of God to mankind. The special feature is there cannot be any carry forward of unused time! If we do not use time, then it is lost forever. If we are willing to use it properly, then it is available 24 hours in a day. This gift cannot be equated with any other boon!
34. 5/5/16.

The Bible says gift of tongues. Man is provided with lots of opportunities to spread in the world and athletics is one such way. The sporting spirit found in our sportsmen is quite appreciable and we wish them many laurels.
35. 4/5/16.
Service minded fire-fighters not only deserve a cake but recognition of their valiant efforts!
36. 3/5/16.
The right to freedom of opinion and expression, in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties, was recognized by all citizens in a decent and dignified way and there was no occasion for any war of words or acrimonious debate. Let us take a pledge that we would return to those days to ensure a harmonious living. If the opinion of a person is wrong, we may tell him/her how our assessment is based that it is wrong. Let us also have the patience to listen to the voice of other person who has a dissenting opinion from ours! The principle of thesis, antithesis and synthesis may be our guiding factor.
37. 2/5/16.

Neither strikes nor lockouts”. Very true. Are all people treated equally? Why the authorities prefer to keep a Nelson’s eye to the peoples’ problems? Why a select few want to live in ivory tower at the sweat of others? The case is that of Vijay Mallya who is said to be liable to pay Rs.9000 crore to the lending banks and still has been allowed to go Scot free. The preceptor should follow his own preaching; otherwise liberty, equality and fraternity can be found only on paper.
38. 1/5/16.
A good travelling account has been presented by S. Nivetha! One has to be careful in keeping his or her belongings safe everywhere.
39. 30/4/16.
Dawn–one more gift of Nature to the world!
40. 29/4/16.

Good day. Let us dance to the tunes of the Mighty Monarch alone!
41. 28/4/16. On views crossing 33000.
A beautiful expression!
The light from the candles becomes more and more bright attracting many insects.
42. 27/4/16.
One wonders whether man can create such a variety of colors (not in the artificial way but as nature presents it to us
43. 25/4/16.
Apart from enjoying the haiku, let us take a resolve that we will do everything within our power to preserve nature with all its pristine glory and leave it in the same way we found it when we were born. Too many drops make an ocean. So, if more number of people come forward to promise to themselves that they would live in tune with nature, the quality of life can certainly be improved.
44. 24/4/16.

Birds of the same feather flock together. One who goes through the blogs would sooner or later join the priceless group of people whose only aim in life is to progress more and more in life.
45. 23/4/16.
In our childhood days we had no way of spending the leisure time except reading books. A book in any language makes a man to think. It enriches his knowledge. It teaches him how to marshal arguments in a case [example: The pleadings of Lord Rama to Seetha Devi not to come with him to the forest and the reply given by Seetha Devi (Vanam Duhkaharam)]. It helps to ruminate for a long time what we had read and this gives us a lot of mental happiness!
46.22/4/16.
A reminder once again to live in tune with nature!
47. 21/4/16.

Rajeev Jha, The old groups of people who were free, frank and fearless have vanished. What happened to our courage and valour? What is the difficulty in calling a spade a spade? Have not we learnt enough lessons from the stories of King Canute, etc? Why should we surrender our prestige to a penniless thing? The Bhagavad Gita says that the biggest friend to a man is himself and the worst enemy also himself! Let us realize that they might is in our hands and raise our head and proclaim to the world that we are more than equal in patriotism to any other country!
48. 20/4/16.
In Pitman’s Shorthand book, in lesson 121, we read “That which is lightly got is little valued.” As for the water scarcity let us have introspection. What do we do when Mother Nature is gracious enough to give us more than enough water in one season? When I first came to Coimbatore, I was surprised to find that boats were moving in Vaalankulam lake and was told that the rain water would flow as a chain from Periakulam lake up to the lakes in a place known Palladam (covering nearly a distance of about 30 kilometers). So, for a major portion of the year, we had no water problem. Why there is a total change now? The myopia of the ruling classes in amassing the wealth of the nature and the lack of fore-sightedness about the needs that would arise in the years to come are also major causes for our suffering. Of course, when nature wants to punish us to remain without water for years together we feel helpless and we are simply at the mercy of God. So this time let us beseech the rain God and sing the “Aazhimazhaik Kanna” song. We are sure sincere prayers would definitely be answered.

49. 17/4/16.
Mr. Subbaraman, with the passing of every year you are becoming more and more young! I pray the Almighty for your good health and longevity.
50. 16/4/16.
Lord Rama has set an example to us all as to how should one live in this world and conduct himself/herself. If everyone follows the footsteps of Sri Raama there will be no bickering or hatred.
51. 16/4/16.

I agree with Sri Subbaraman; a bird requires both the wings to fly. But, if it tilts one wing to a lower degree, then the bird will only be circling over an area and would not proceed further straight!
52. 15/4/16.
Let the change start from ourselves. Let us set a noble example for others and let our example be emulated by others.
53.10/4/16.

When friends state that they admire you being a totaller it does not strike me much for the simple reason that sugarcane can always be sweet and it never loses its character! Very many times I have been wondering from whom you learnt the edicts of the great Patanjali, whose Ashtaanga Yoga are our footsteps in our effort to reach HIM!
54.9/4/16.
Fresh and cool air passes through us when we read your message! We very much expect you all to attend the wedding of Aswini next month.
I will try to be at Chennai sometime in August or September this year (God willing)! My granddaughter who has been working in Montevideo, Uruguay has been pressing me and my wife to accompany her to Melbourne where she would be settling down after her wedding. I do not have a fancy in the flights but my wife’s thinking is different! We read in Sivapuiraanam “Avanarulaal Avan Thaal Vanangi.” So let us pray Sri Ramana to enable us to meet at a suitable time as HE thinks congenial.
55.9/4/16.
Thank you very much, Mr. Subbaraman! I wonder when we could meet and exchange pleasantries! May the Almighty help us for it!
56.6/4/16.
What appears to one person as normal looks abnormal in the eyes of another. Many of us do not think about the Haiku. We are simply satisfied with our daily monotony of food and sleep! One must be fortunate even to appreciate the beauty of the Mother Nature and all that is bestowed on the mankind by the most benevolent Almighty!
57.3/4/16.
Dear Mr. Subbaraman, It is a good thing to show to the world that no job is mean job! If we study our body health day after day we find that cleanliness is an important function; the bad cells in the body are washed away when we take a bath before taking our food and this principle is inter-twined in many ways. First from the body-level and then to the mind-level. The more a person is clean, he becomes like a feather and is able to navigate easily among all groups of people, or areas or animals.
58. 31/3/16.
Dear Mr. Subbaraman, It is a good thing to show to the world that no job is mean job! If we study our body health day after day we find that cleanliness is an important function; the bad cells in the body are washed away when we take a bath before taking our food and this principle is inter-twined in many ways. First from the body-level and then to the mind-level. The more a person is clean, he becomes like a feather and is able to navigate easily among all groups of people, or areas or animals.
59. 14/6/16.
Donating blood is not only a sacred one but also saving some one’s precious life. The peculiarity is the donor does not see the person who receives his blood and vice versa. It is something like a life-cycle where everything fits in conveniently, according to the Will of God.
60. 15/6/16.
Not giving the attention to the parents, which they rightly deserve, stems out of selfishness and greed; unwillingness to part with even minor financial and medical help. But western culture did not teach this to us! Why are we drifting from the wisdom of our ancestors?
61. 17/6/16.
The only thing that does not change in this world is change. The old order changeth; yielding place to new. But, in the name of change, let us not forget our cultural moorings and tradition.
62. 19/6/16.
Apart from being good companions of man, cats and dogs do a lot of work for him and he should ever be grateful to God for having sent these domesticated animals to his help!
63.20/6/16.
Fathers have done their duties perfectly and made us worthy sons in this life. In my young age my father taught me time-audit and made me to know the value of time! I may not be a perfect father to my children because their views did not go along with mine. But all fathers ensure that their children lead a better life than themselves and are willing to sacrifice anything for their sake.
Thanks for all your support to my Sunday stories. I hope you would have enjoyed this post.

 Mr. Uthayamurthy with his spouse.

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