December 7th National Flag Day

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Armed Forces Flag Day is today -a great and important day
Grateful nation pays homage to the martyrs who laid their lives
In the cause of our Motherland- holy nation-India – Bharath
Let us donate to the Flag Day collection as much as possible!

Since my eighth year -forty nine Seventh December observed as
Armed Forces Flag Day to honor the martyrs as well as men and women
In uniform, who valiantly fight on our borders to safeguard our honor.
Important occasion to remind our obligation to look after them.

Veterans, disabled soldiers, war widows and their dependents
Who have sacrificed their lives for the safety, and Integrity.

Armed forces Flag Day Fund’ constituted by the Government
For the welfare and rehabilitation of the Ex-Servicemen
More than thirty lakh Including six lakh and fifty thousand
Widows are provided basic sustenance needs through welfare schemes!

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TEACHERS DAY/SANSKRIT DAY -5th September

 

All over the world, teachers are kept on a high pedestal- a mentor, a preceptor to be respected and revered. In fact India holy Motherland deems TEACHER as next to Father and Mother and before God! Matha- Pitha – Guru -Dheyvam!

To me my elementary school teachers who taught me alphabets and fundamentals are more venerable! My father was also a Guru for me as he was a Teacher/Headmaster!

Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan-basically a teacher turned Philosopher-President was born on FIFTH SEPTEMBER and in deference to his desire and wishes the day is observed as TEACHERS DAY in India. Today also happens to be SANSKRIT DAY! It was therefore decided to post a SANSKRIT hymn in praise of GURu-the TEACHER in the original in Sanskrit, its English transliteration and meaning in English I am confident and sure that our esteemed viewers are bound to enjoy the read.

॥ गुरुस्तोत्र सार्थ ॥

अखण्डमण्डलाकारं व्याप्तं येन चराचरम् ।
तत्पदं दर्शितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ १॥
AkaNdamaNdalaakaaram vyaaptham yaena chraacharam
Thathpadham dharsitham yaena thasmai sriguravae namaha.
अज्ञानतिमिरान्धस्य ज्ञानाञ्जनशलाकया ।
चक्षुरुन्मीलितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ २॥
Angaana thimiraandhasya ngaananjanasalaakayaa
Kshatchrunmeelitham yaena thasmai sriguravae namaha

गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः ।
गुरुरेव परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ ३॥
Gururbrammah gururvishnuhu gururdhevo mahesvaraha
Gururaeva parambrammha thasmai sri guravae namaha.

स्थावरं जङ्गमं व्याप्तं यत्किञ्चित्सचराचरम् ।
तत्पदं दर्शितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ ४॥
Sthaavaram jangamam vyaaptham yathkinchith sacharaacharam
Thathpadham dharsitham yaena thasmai sriguravaenamaha.
चिन्मयं व्यापि यत्सर्वं त्रैलोक्यं सचराचरम् ।
तत्पदं दर्शितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ ५॥
Chinmayam vyaapi yathsarvam thrailokyam sacharaacharam
Thathpadham dharsitham yaena thasmai sriguravae namaha.

सर्वश्रुतिशिरोरत्नविराजितपदाम्बुजः ।
वेदान्ताम्बुजसूर्यो यः तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ ६॥
Sarvasruthi siroarathnaviraajitha[padhaambujaha
Vaedhaanthaambujasooryo yaha thasmai sriguravaenamaha.

चैतन्यश्शाश्वतश्शान्तः व्योमातीतो निरञ्जनः ।
बिन्दुनादकलातीतः तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ ७॥
Chaithanya saasvathassaanthaha vyoamaatheethou niranjanaha
Bindhunaadhakalaatheethaha thasmai sriguravaenamaha.
ज्ञानशक्तिसमारूढः तत्त्वमालाविभूषितः ।
भुक्तिमुक्तिप्रदाता च तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ ८॥
Njanasakthisamaarutaha thathvamaalaa vibhushithaha
Bhukthimukthipradhaathaa cha thasmai sriguravaenamaha.

अनेकजन्मसम्प्राप्तकर्मबन्धविदाहिने ।
आत्मज्ञानप्रदानेन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ ९॥
Anaekajanmasampraapthakarmabhandhavidhaahinae
Aathmangaanapradhaanaena thasmai sriguravae namaha.

शोषणं भवसिन्धोश्च ज्ञापनं सारसम्पदः ।
गुरोः पादोदकं सम्यक् तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ १०॥
Soashanam bhavasindoascha ngaapanam saarasampadhaha
Guroaha paadhoadhakam samyak thasmai sriguravae namaha.

न गुरोरधिकं तत्त्वं न गुरोरधिकं तपः ।
तत्त्वज्ञानात् परं नास्ति तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ ११॥
Na guroradhikam thathvam na guroradhikam thapaha
Thathvangaanaath param naasthi thasmai sriguravae namaha
मन्नाथः श्रीजगन्नाथः मद्गुरुः श्रीजगद्गुरुः ।
मदात्मा सर्वभूतात्मा तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ १२॥
Mannathaha srijagannaathaha madhguru srijagathguru
Madhaathmaa sarvaboothaathmaa thasmai sriguravae namaha.

गुरुरादिरनादिश्च गुरुः परमदैवतम् ।
गुरोः परतरं नास्ति तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ १३॥
Gururaadhiranaadhischa guruh paramadhaivatham
Guroho paradharam naasthi thasmai sriguravaenamaha.

त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव । त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव
त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणं त्वमेव । त्वमेव सर्वं मम देवदेव ॥ १४॥
Thvamaeva maathaa cha pithaa thvamaeva thvamaeva bandhscha sakha thvamaeva
sakha thvamaeva
Thvamaeva vidhyaa dhraviNam thvamaeva thavamaeva sarvam mama dhaeva dhaeva.
॥ इति श्रीगुरुस्तोत्रम् ॥

Saluatations are to that guru who showed me the abode–
the one who is to be known–whose form is the entire
universe and by whom all the movables (animals) and
immovables are pervaded . (l)
Salutations to that guru who opened the eyes of the one
blind due to the darkness (cover) of ignorance with the
needle (coated) with the ointment of knowledge . (2)
Salutations to that guru, who is the Creator, Sustainer,
and Destroyer and who indeed is the limitless Brahman . (3)

Salutations to that teacher who showed me the one to be
known, who permeates whatever that is movable and immovable,
sentient and insentient . (4)
Salutations to that teacher who showed me (by teaching)
the pervader of all three worlds comprising the sentient
and insentient . (5)
Salutations to that guru who is the sun to the lotus of
VedAnta and whose lotus feet are made radiant by the
jewel of all Shrutis (UpaniShads). (The guru is
established in the vision of the Shruti and is the one
by whom the Shruti blossoms forth.) (6)
Salutations to that guru who is Awareness, changeless
(beyond time), who is peace, beyond space, pure (free
from rAga and dveSha) and who is beyond the manifest
and unmanifest (NAda, Bindu, etc.) (7)
Salutations to that guru who is rooted in knowledge
that is power, adorned with the garland of Truth and
who is the bestower of the joy of liberation . (8)
Salutations to that guru who by bestoying the knowledge
of the Self burns up the bondage created by accumulated
actions of innumerable births . (9)
Salutations to that guru; the perennial flow of wisdom
from the one rooted in the vision of the Shhruti dries
up totally the ocean of transmigration (saMsAra) and
reveals (teaches) the essence of all wealth (the fullness,
freedom from want). (10)
There is nothing superior to knowledge of truth; no
truth higher than the truth, and there is no purifying
austerity better than the truth; salutations to that
guru . (11)
Prostrations to that guru who is my Lord and who is
the Lord of the Universe, my teacher who is the teacher
of the Universe, who is the Self in me, and the Self
in all beings . (12)
Salutations to that guru who is the beginning and the
beginningless, who is the highest Deity and to whom
there is none superior . (13)
Oh God of all Gods! You alone are my mother, father,
kinsman, friend, the knowledge, and wealth . You are
to me everything . (14)

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ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,69,000  views.
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INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY August 15th.

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From the age of seven to seventy seven enjoying
Freedom hard won under the leadership of Mahatmaji
With the army of millions- sans weapons- but weapons
Of truth and non-violence not seen in the world earlier!

Proud patriots called Indians-the great and noble sons and
Daughters of Bharatha Matha – beyond religion and region,
Caste and Creed, language and lineage-all were one- Indian
First and last- Britishers had no alternative- freedom was born!

Laid his life at the hands of a fanatic Indian
Misfortune it was. Let us give not any space for fanatics
In any form-in any part and in any religion
To ensure peace and prosperity, joy and plenty-resolve!

 

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INTERNATIONAL NELSON MANDELA DAY 18th JULY

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World continues to be blessed by the Lord Almighty
By the birth of noble souls-men and women mighty!
All over the world to protect the humanity
By the great thoughts, words and deeds with nobility!

Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Tilak, Patel,
And host of others from India -fought for freedom
And led the people! Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama,
Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and a host!

Forget the past.
We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.
To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children
Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

TOP TEN QUOTES of NELSON MANDELA for the world to red, think nd practice!

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PRESIDENT HE WAS!

 

One of the largest democracies of the world-India that is Bharath- my Holy Mother land had a galaxy of great FIRST CITIZENS right from the time we won freedom under the noble leadership of our Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.

  1. HE Babu Rajendra Prasad 1950 to 1962
  2. HE Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan 1962-1967
  3. HE Zakir Hussain          1967-1969
  4. HE V. V. Giri        5/1969 to 8/1974
  5. HE Fakruddin Ali Ahamed 1974- 1977
  6. HE B D Jatti        2/1977 – 7/1977
  7. He Sanjeeva Reddy                 1977- 1982
  8. HE Sardar Zail Singh         1982-1987
  9. HE R. Venkataraman        1987- 1992
  • HE Shankar Dayal Sharma 1992- 1997

11.HE  K R Narayanan                        1997-2002

  1. HE Dr. APJ ABDUL KALAM 2002- 2007
  2. HE Prathiba Patil 2007-2012
  3. HE Pranab Mukherjee 2012 – 2017

 

Each one was great in his own way and the whole world acknowledged with great respect  not only because he/she was Indian President but for their intrinsic worth.

One of them Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam though came of a humble origin and means rose to the level of the President of India was born on this day in the year 1931- 86 years ago in the South of India and brought glory as a great Space Scientist and the First Citizen of India!

The other finer side of his greatness besides as a Scientist, is that he was a secularist, Universalist, lover of fine arts and music, a nice veena player!

With my personal experience I recollect and share with you though already done a couple of years ago.

A lover of Karnatic music Kalam  loved
My Tamil translation of Thyagayya’s gems five proud
Listened personally sung by great artists at night
Ten at Madurai at the artists’ humble home- a delight!

A noble first citizen of Bharath – our homeland
Moved so freely with all in simple style- made wonderland
Lives ever in the minds of all- on that great day
We pay our respects to him in all humility this day.

Yes; I had the opportunity of translating the five gems of keerthanas on the Lord Rama – of Thyagabrammam of Thiruvaiyaru at the instance of a learned scholar on visishtadwaitha  of Kanchi Mutt, Tanilnadu- infact our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurating Thyagabranha Adadhana in Thiruvaiyaru in the year 1963 expressed his desire that such  great keerthanas of the Saint composer in Telugu must be translated into other Indian languages for the entire nation to get benefit!

My translation of the same  into Tamil and rendered by One of the leading Karnatic music vocalists- Smt. Ranganayaki of Madurai accompanied by her husband Sachidanandam on violin and Dr. K Thyagarajan on Mridangam and brought out in the form of CD reached Dr. Kalam through a common friend. Dr. Kalam greatly delighted at the translation and rendition wanted to hear the songs sung in person and on 13th Februaru 2015, he sent word to the musicians in Madurai that he will be visiting their home on that night to listen in person to the Pancha rathna keerthanas!

“ It was on that day former President of India His Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam visited a humble musician couple living in Madurai to personally hear the great Pancharathna Keerthanas of Thiruvaiyru Thiyagaraja swamigal – Thyagabrammam-in Telugu translated into Tamil from the lips of the karnatic musician accompanied by her husband in violin and a co-musician in Mridhangam.

Dr. Kalam has already heard the renderings in Tamil through the CD which he came across through a common friend. He said that he was so impressed by the translation and the rendition that he used to hear one gem each day. Now utilizing his visit to Madurai he wanted to hear right from the troupe directly! Of course the musicians who with great efforts brought out the CD were making efforts to render the Keerthanas in the presence of the former President who loves Karnatic music, our culture, our traditions, our literature et all with all his heart.

After fulfilling a few engagements in the city of Madurai, he planned to visit the musicians in the night and accordingly he arrived at their humble residence at 9.30 in the night and spent an hour. The musicians were in an ecstatic mood and delighted to have a great and noble personality in their humble residence. As the public saw the former President’s convoy entered the street, there was a big surge to have a glance of Dr. kalam who indeed is “காட்சிக்கு எளியவன், கடுஞ்சொல்லன் அல்லன்” எனவே சிறந்த ஆட்சியாளனாக விளங்கியவர், உலகமே வியந்து பாராட்டப்பட்டவர்.

As Dr. kalam arrived he was received with a shawl and the team that rendered the “five gems” of the Saint composer was duly introduced. As he was eager to hear the melodious rendering of “ENTHARO MAHANUBAVULU”- “எத்தனையோ மகான்கள் அத்தனை பேருக்கும் வந்தனம்” it was rendered by the team-vocal accompanied by violin and mridhangam. The prestigious guest heard the rendering with great attention and his body language expressed it all- he was so enthralled with the translation and the rendering. Then he openly appreciated the artists profusely and said the translation was ideal. For decades he has been hearing this ‘keerthana’ without understanding the full meaning and import of the song. He enquired about the person who translated the ‘keerthanas’ and he was shown the profile of the translator and Dr. kalam read it with great joy. He requested the artists to convey his appreciation and compliments to the translator.”

Yes, it was a great day for the musical party, -‘a day never to be got in life ‘!

 

Such was the type of a man was Dr. Abdul Kalam  whose birth day is today 15th October.

And hence this Sunday Story!

 

The Saint Composer Thyagayya.

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From left to right: Sachidanandam-Violinist, Ranfganayaki vocalist, Dr. Thiyagarajan Mridangist,  DR> A P J ABDUL KALAM being offered a shawl

 

 

ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,11,000 views.

I am glad to share with you that with the 121st view at 22.30 hours yesterday viz Saturday  the 14th October 2017, total views of ENVIUS THOUGHTS  crossed ONE LAKH  AND ELEVEN THOUSAND (1,11,000) from more than 210 countries  around the world on the 939th day and 1006th post, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue. Thanks aplenty.

 

 

TEACHERS’ DAY IS TODAY 5th September 2017

Gurur Bramma gurur Vishnu
Gurur dhevoa Mheswara
Gurus saatchaath Param Brmma
Thasmai sri Guravae namaha.

Teacher is Lord Bramma the Creator
Lord Vishnu the protector
Lord Maheswara the Destroyer
He is the primary cretor
Him we bow in respect and reverence!
Ethos of India reveres teacher above God
Several centuries ago this got the nobles’ nod
Continue this Tradition and culture all over the land
Today is the TEACHERS’ DAY – holy day in the holy land!

Teacher-Philosopher-President born on this day
Said ‘no birth day for me’ ‘call Teachers day’ his call
Noble and great soul was he-we salute with respect
May Goddess of Learning grace and bless us all perfect!

 

ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,05,000 views.

I am glad to share with you that with the 101st view at 19.10 hours yesterday viz Monday  the 4th September 2017,- holy day of ONAM- total views of ENVIUS THOUGHTS  crossed ONE LAKH  AND FIVE THOUSAND (1,05,000) on the 899th day and 965th post-from more than 210 countries around the world, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue. Thanks aplenty.

 

 

 

INDIAN CONSTITUTION DAY 26th November.

Fought against the formidable British for decades
Knife less, gun less, in a nonviolent manner-no shade
Of enmity and hatred-hall mark of Karam Chand Gandhi
Father of our nation noble-caste-less, creed-less-shanthi!

World’s greatest democracy blossomed under Mahatmaji
Government was formed under the leadership of Nehruji
Developed tremendous to the chagrin of neighbors
To the awe and wonder of the world nations harbor!

Greatest Republic was born giving unto ourselves
Sacred Constitution of India framed by the great
Not to be tampered with narrow minded rulers to be
Secularism, equality of all in the eyes of Law!

November twenty sixth “Indian Constitution Day”
To be observed and honored by all on the great day
Resolving to uphold the honor and dignity of all
Never let down with thoughts and deeds-to make the Nation tall!

No place for narrow parochialism, regionalism
All irrespective of language and religion walk fast
Walk with pride carrying the poor and have-nots to the last
Abiding by the Law of the land under all times and climes!