24th JANUARY – NATIONAL COMPLIMENT DAY

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COMPLIMENT is a magical word that has the potential to build up
Peace and harmony, joy and pleasure here and there everywhere
Compliment – remark neatly expressing praise -expression of courtesy!
Winning word leading to WIN -WIN situation among all not fantasy!
Twenty Fourth January today is National Compliment Day!
Sure let us make the day memorable in many lives -a happy day!
One  celebrates National Compliment Day by going all out with praise. The power of a compliment is pretty remarkable: either
Giving or receiving one can boost our happiness and confidence — Making the act a win-win. One never knows when someone could use Some good vibes and hence  spread the positivism by giving someone a reason to smile! Let us go all out to a reason to smile and be happy!
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INTERNATIONAL HUMAN SOLIDARITY DAY December 20th

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In the great creation of God, HE willed it all humans must live in solidarity
But alas we see the opposite takes place all over the world on some count or other
Rightly the United Nations Organization has declared December twentieth
Today as International Human Solidarity day centered on people and planet!

The new Sustainable Development Goals agenda underpinned by human rights
Determined to lift people out of poverty, hunger and disease.built on a
foundation of global cooperation and solidarity.
a day to celebrate our unity in diversity;
a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements;
a day to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity;
a day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication;
a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.

Let the whole world join together in this noble task and promote solidarity
Lack of which is bound to result in disharmony and restlessness the society cannot
Afford! Anything done against natural law is to be corrected with utmost care!

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ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 2,28,000 views.
I am glad to share with you that with the 51st view at 13.45 hrs today viz Friday   the Twentieth  December 2019, (20/12/2019) , total views of the BLOG  crossed    TWO LAKHS AND TWENTY  EIGHT THOUSAND (2,28,000) from more than 219 countries around the world on the 1784th day and 1818th post, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue.

VICTORY DAY OF BANGLADESH -December 16th.

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Neighbors must be friendly and cordial whether in society or for a nation
For peace and prosperity, health and happiness to prevail all over. Passion
For peace is a must for all!  Lacking on either side leads to war and strife
Nation to nation at a huge cost,  in a personal way in society not that bad.

Bangladesh Victory day  is today the Sixteenth December
Celebrated on to commemorate the victory of the allied forces over
The Pakistani forces in the Bangladesh Liberation War in
Nineteen Seventy One. The Commanding officer of the Pakistani Forces
General AAK Niazi surrendered with his forces to the Allied forces
Of India and Bangladesh, marking the end of the Nine month-long
Bangladesh Liberation War and  Bangladesh genocide
And official secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh.
This day and event is also commemorated across India
As the Vijay Diwas to honor Indian and Bangladeshi martyrs
Who laid down their lives to liberate Bangladesh from Pakistan.
Aim and endeavour should be to avoid such strifes in future.

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INTER NATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY- December 5th.

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Volunteering for any good cause is gradually on the wane
In the fast food days everyone is concerned with one’s own!
Here is a day today Fifth December International Volunteer Day
To make me conscious of volunteering to be of assistance to all!

International Volunteer Day desired by the United Nations
General Assembly, is  viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and Organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and
To promote their work among their communities, non-governmental Organizations, United Nations agencies,  and the private sector.
Programme contributes to peace and development by advocating
For the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate
Volunteerism into development programming. Great objective indeed-great.

The diverse and dynamic role of volunteerism in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals merits strong support from Governments and other stakeholders. On this International Day, I thank volunteers for their efforts to leave no one behind. Secretary General’s gratitude expressed.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

 

 

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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS! Part I

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Our Brahadaranya Upanishadic prayer:

Asathomaa sath gamaya, thamaso maa jyothir gamaya
Mruthyomaa amrutham gamaya om shanthi, shanthi, shanthi!

 

Sanskrit Lyrics Lyrics transliterated in english Meaning in English
असतोमा सद्गमय ।

तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमय ।

मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ॥

ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः ।।

asato mā sadgamaya

tamasomā jyotir gamaya

mrityormāamritam gamaya

Oṁ śhānti śhānti śhāntiḥ

From ignorance, lead me to truth;

From darkness, lead me to light;

From death, lead me to immortality

Om peace, peace, peace

 

Yes “FROM DARKNESS LEAD ME TO LIGHT”

Here are two specific days today and tomorrow- Deepavali Day –twenty Fifth and twenty Sixth October this year- FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.!
In any religion, festivals and prayers have deep meanings which many do not seem to appreciate well. Many a time criticize also unfortunately!
This DEEPAVALI, otherwise called DIWALI is one such. Those against would refer to the exorbitant expenses the festival imposes, air pollution thanks to crackers, likely accidents due to indiscriminate fire crackers etc. etc.

Coming from a family of humble means, I recollect Deepavali in my childhood days-say right up to my teens- when we had to make the purchases of dress just on the night of the first day when the merchants will  sell at a cheaper rate to clear their stock! I mean nineteen forties and early fifties!!! Similarly crackers for a couple of rupees!! My mother will do sweets and snacks at the cheapest cost!!! We used to look at those rich who used to fire 1000 valas and 5000 valaas with awe!!!

DEEPA AVALI-Deepavali –is ‘keeping the lamps in line’ that emit lot of light around and thus expelling darkness. The festival has religious, spiritual and social significance and dimensions making this Festival an all India pervasive!

RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE
Like every other festival in India, Diwali has a rich history. The reasons to celebrate the festivals of light can be traced back to ancient India. As several religions developed, more and more explanations and stories got attributed to this day. There are different legends associated with Diwali, which vary from region to region in India.

Legends of Diwali

Following are the Hindu legends associated with the festival of Lights: :
Return of Ram to Ayodhya
The most popular legend associated with Diwali is the legend of King Rama. Diwali is the day when Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and defeating the demon king Ravana who abducted Sita, wife of Rama. People of Ayodhya were absolutely ecstatic at the homecoming of Rama and rejoiced by lighting up their houses and distributing sweets to each other, a tradition still followed by all those who celebrate the festival.

Legend of Narakasura

According to this legend, Diwali is the day when Narakasura was killed by Krishna. It is believed that Narakasura had availed a boon of long life from Vishnu. He created havoc in all the three worlds and started assaulting women. It is said that Narakasura requested Krishna that his death should be remembered by all, and this is the reason why the day is celebrated as Narakachaturdashi.

Incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi

Goddess Lakshmi was born when Devas and Asuras were fighting over nectar while churning the ocean. Goddess Lakshmi decided to give nectar to the Devas.

Return of Pandavas

It is believed that Pandavas returned to their capital Hastinapura on this day after twelve long years of exile. And the occasion was marked by people by lighting earthen lamps (diyas).

Legend of King Bali

Diwali is also believed to be the day when King Bali was sent to Patala by Lord Vishnu in his Vamana avatar. Fearing the rising influence of King Bali, Vishnu asked for as much land as he can measure with three of his steps. He measured the entire earth and heaven with two steps and by placing third at the head of Bali (at his request), sent him to Patala.

Coronation of King Vikramaditya

It is believed that legendary king Vikramaditya was coronated on the day of Diwali, giving another reason to people to celebrate the festival.

Diwali as a Harvest Festival

Diwali was initially celebrated as the festival of harvest. It is the time when farmers in India reap their harvest and worship the Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of prosperity & wealth) by offering Her portions from fresh harvest.

History of Diwali in Sikhism

Also known as the Bandi Chorr Devas among Sikhs, the festival is celebrated to mark the release of the sixth guru of Sikhs – Guru Hargobind Singh from the Gwalior Fort, along with 52 other Hindu princes in 1619. When Emperor Jahangir agreed to release the Guru at the demand of the Sikhs, the Guru announced that he would not leave without other captive princes. Clever Jahangir declared that only those princes who would be able to hold the Guru while he is leaving the prison would be released along with him, knowing that all the princes won’t be able to hold the Guru. The Guru got a garment made which had 52 strings. Each prince held one string and thus the Guru was successful in getting all the princes released. Sikhs celebrated this day by lighting Golden Temple. Also, the foundation stone of Golden Temple was laid on the day of Diwali in 1577.

Significance of Diwali in Jainism:

Festival of Diwali is of importance to the Jains as it is on this day that Lord Mahavira (Last Jain Tirthankar) attained Nirvana. It is said that Mahavira attained Nirvana in the presence of several Gods who enlightened Mahavira and eliminated darkness from his life. Also, Ganadhara Gautam Swami (Chief disciple of Mahavira) gained Kevalgyan (complete Knowledge) on this day.

Importance of Diwali in Buddhism:

Buddhists celebrate Diwali to mark the conversion of emperor Ashoka to Buddhism on this day. The festival is known as Ashoka Vijayadashami among the Buddhists and they celebrate it by praying and decorating the monasteries.

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PART II will be posted tomorrow

TREMENDOUS TREAT!

METVERSE MUSE IV cover-June 2019 issue.

Here is  a very interesting Sunday story this week for our esteemed viewers- which deals with one of the leading poetry journals  in the world being regularly published from Visakhapatnam-Andhra Pradesh.

To edit and publish FABULOUS FIFTY SIX English Poetry Journals over a period of considerable time is indeed a Himalayan achievement   and rightly HIMALAYAN ACHIEVEMENT has been made by an EIGHTY TWO YEAR OLD LADY poet from Vishakhapatnam! Yes the journal is METVERSE MUSE and the Poet Editor is DR. H. TULSI who has taken us TOWARDS THE SUMMIT through her JUNE 2019 issue!

This issue presents more than three hundred and fifty poems from around 45 countries! I am a long time enjoyer of this treat and a life member too, contributing my poems regularly. Recent addition is one S. Nivetha a III year BCA student from one of the leading women’s colleges in Chennai- National Book of Records for Children holder for having been a poet delegate in an International Multi Lingual Poets Meet -held in Vijayawada  in 2016 at the age of 18- my granddaughter. Her acrostic poem METVERSE MUSE MY POETRY PET and my translation of 10 couplets of Tamil magnum opus TIRUKKURAL written more than two thousand years ago  find a place in this issue.

Only those who have experience of an Editor-Publisher can appreciate such a venture in the literary world! There was a poet who edited and published a monthly poetic journal for more than fifty years continuously without break and on his death at ninety two, others could not continue and the journal is gone. Journal was named POET and its Editor-Publisher was Dr. Krishna Srinivas from Chennai.

Since not much of recognition was extended to youngsters, inspired by Dr. Krishna Srinivas I started a quarterly journal by name YOUNG POET – by definition only the poems of those less than 25 years of age were published in Young Poet. It was started in 2000 and came to an end by 2011!

Such being the conditions prevailing in the poetry journal world, one has to appreciate the tenacity of purpose of 82 year old Poetess Dr. H Tulsi!  We the poets all over the world only pray God Almighty to give health and strength of mind to continue this great literary service for the present up to her age 100 and thereafter beyond!

Madam Tulsi is very particular about Metrical Verse if the poems are strictly not, they will not find  a place in the journal!

MUSE is one of the nine Goddesses inspiring learning and arts.

Muse also means ‘be lost in thoughts’ –a ‘state of musing’.

Yes METVERSE MUSE inspires the readers to learn the art and science of poetry writing! As we read issue after issue we are sent to MUSE and we are lost in thoughts in a state of musing!!!!

Coming to the current issue June 2019, it is 54th to 56th Triple issue! Taking the readers TOWARDS THE SUMMIT! ( A Roundel in Hexameter)   

On receipt of the journal, I rush to see whether my photo has come under any head!!!!Photos of the individuals a special feature of every issue-very logical and very systematic!

Lot of important and significant notifications another regular feature that gives awareness of many happenings.

Readers psychology is unique. Some are vocal and some are silent. Those who are local they express themselves in so many words  definitely pleasant to the Editor and team.

When they are published as READERS RESPONSE, they feel elated to see their names in print!!! In that way about HUNDRED readers responses in different categories adorn this issue!

Mr. Bernard M. Jackson, U. K. has aligned himself so much inextricably with METVERSE MUSE that every issue carries his highly intellectual articles and Book Reviews.

82 year old Editor Dr. Thulasi’s  history is something really inspiring:

To my esteemed viewers Dr. Thulasi’s background will  be quite inspiring.  Her name is in circulation as the Editor-Publisher of the admirably acclaimed poetry journal Metverse  Muse. She herself has authored more than ten poetry collections.

The academic aspect of Dr. Tulsi’s life had to ply a path strewn not with roses! Due to several reasons, her formal education ceased with the sixth standard  in school at Hyderabad. Thereafter playing dual role of the teacher and taught, she completed her Matriculation, Intermediate and degree B A English Lit.

Harmony University of California based on her first three poetry collections conferred Doctorate on her. Over a score of Awards, Honors and Medals adorn her for her contribution to Literature.

Several of her po0ems have been translated into a dozen other languages including five of India.

She had rich experience as Andhra Pradesh State Secretariat and Lok Sabha Secretariat.  She had the honor og being the First lady reporter in the Indian Parliament.

Besides her literary talents, Fabric painting, Oragami,  Veena  playing  were her forte. She was an Doordarshan artist also.

It is a great gesture on the part of Ms. Sandhya V. Kode  (Editor’s brother’s daughter ) to have sponsored this issue!

On the whole here is a great treasure of English poetry for those who love – indeed a great and sumptuous treat!

On 10th- yesterday a gala function was organized by the IPC-INDIA POETRY CIRCLE -in connection with the release of CONFLUENCE III an anthology of collabarative poems by Shri Jayaram Seshadri. There was a challenge for the young ones-from class V to Class XII students from Chennai city -a competition for writing a poetry in one hour. A warm reference was made to METVERSE MUSE in the course of the deliberations.

I am sure  the Sunday story should have been of great interest for the connoisseurs of the poetry loving! We shall  meet tomorrow -Monday morning with our normal feature on yet another interesting post.Till then GOOD BYE!

METVERSE MUSE carries the following poems of the Blogger and S.Nivetha:

N V Subbaraman, India
Chapter Fourteen
ON GOOD CHARACTER
1.
Character exalts
Sure to be nursed more than life
Decorum promotes!                                          (Kural 131)
2.
Good conduct the best
Among all virtues observed
It’ indeed a test!                                                (Kural 132)
3.
Conduct takes him high
Sans worse than the sinners low
To be nurtured tight!                                         (Kural 133)
4.
Lost the learnt, recall
The learned lose character
Never to regain!                                               (Kural134)
5.
The jealous loses
All that he amassed – he sans
Good conduct, faces!                                         (Kural 135)
6.
Those who know it great
Strays not from good character
Tigers eat not grass!                                           (Kural 136)
7.
Character abound
He prospers now and later
Lest, he falls aground!                                       (Kural 137)
8.
Men with right conduct
Sow the seeds for life noble
Bad ones breed evils!                                         (Kural 138)
9.
Men with decorum
Even by slip, speak not bad
In any forum!                                                      (Kural 139)
10.
Learning, no avail
When the learned learns not how
With the world to prevail!                                (Kural 140)

The above are English translation of ten couplets in the Tamil magnum opus THIRUKKURAL written by  Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar 2000 years ago. Translations are strictly in HAIKU format (5-7-5 syllables with first and third lines rhyming.

Bio data in brief:
79 year old bilingual poet, writer, communicator, trainer Dr. N V Subbaraman is a well-known person from 12/1045, Jeevan Bima Nagar, Chennai,Tamilnadu in thev literary world.. He has 44 awards for his literary contributions and 38 books authored and published. He is Asia Pacific Book of Records holder for his Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com which has been viewed by more than  1, 92, 000 from more than 210 countries. World Records Univer5sity in UK has offered hon. Ph.d .  He is a retired Deputy Zonal Manager, Life Insurance Corporation of India. Contact numbers 044 26544950/9840477552

  1. S.NIvetha, Chennai, India

METVERSE MUSE MY POETRY PET!

Metverse Muse my poetry pet more than three years
Effectively  it  improves my poetic skills nice
Thanks to Madam Doctor Tulsi at age Eighty Two,
Very much learned and experienced in this field
Encourages young budding poets like me –a shield
Respected and regarded by poets young and old
Surely an inspiration for poetry lovers
Ever loving Poet madam to all like  showers!

Matters dealt in the poems are very interesting
Understandable for youngsters like me -inspiring
Surely makes the poetry journal quite unique
Expecting always for the next issue enlighten!

Meaning full, thoughtful poetic forms very grand
Youngsters like me feel it is our Poetry teacher great!

Poets are made by Madam Editor for long
Opportunities provided for all very strong
Engaging youngsters like me in useful work
Thank you very much Madam Editor for great work!
Regular writing poems increases my skill
You are my Master and the pet is my dear friend.

Poetry work needs a lot of patient thinking
Ever I will now and in future to improve writing
Thank you readers and bless me for my success!

( I tried my favorite acrostic style and the above is METVERSE MUSE MY POETRY PET)

Short Bio data:

Nivetha S is a second year BCA student of Ethiraj College for Women, in Chennai, Tamilnadu. She loves writing English poems, articles, drawing cartoons, marathon running, playing co-co. She is  a India Book of Records for children holder for having participated as the youngest poet delegate in International Multi Lingual Poets Meet at Vijayawada I 2016. She was born on 23rd October 1998. She has one published Book to her credit “FLY,FLY, FLY”. She is a member of Chennai Poets’ Circle.

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INTERNATIONAL FORGIVENESS DAY- August 4th

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To err is human and to forgive is Divine rightly said
All over the world and in particular India that is Bharat,
In a way a part of our culture and tradition and today entire
World is after this noble principle and philosophy -sure!

International Forgiveness Day -is observed every  First
Sunday in August-indeed  a great gesture and to make the world
Aware of the divinity in FORGIVE AND FORGET philosophy
A noble quality to be developed foe peace and joy in the society!

It is the renunciation or cessation of resentment, indignation
Or anger as a result of a perceived offence, disagreement, or mistake,
Or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution. ‘forgiveness is ‘to grant
Free pardon and to give up all claim on account of an offence or debt’.

 

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