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GOOD LIFE – WHAT Part III

Teachers' Day: Here Is Why Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's Birthday Is Dedicated To Teachers | India.com

 

Former President of India Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan was a great thinker, philosopher, communicator, teacher all rolled into one in a remarkable manner.Last week’s Sunday story carried the Part II of his concept of GOOD LIFE! Enthused by the responses of our valued viewers, i am bold to give this week Part III and I do hope this too will be very well received by all.
Let us read what he has to convey on the theme.

 

Radhakrishnan’s concept of yoga which is similar to Hindu tradition is
associated with his concept of dharma. He suggests that yoga harnesses man’s energies by the most intense concentration of personality and there by forces “the passage from the narrow ego to the transcendental personality.” The basis for this theory of yoga is his metaphysics, is the realization of unity of Atman and Brahman.
Man is not necessarily liberated by dharma or yoga any more than by metaphysics,but yoga like dharma is the discipline that makes Radhakrishnan’s metaphysics to liberation. Radhakrishnan notes, “Man is not saved by the metaphysics, spiritual life involves a change of consciousness.” There are at least three ways or margas or yogas by which this change of consciousness can be effected, but according to Radhakrishnan, all of these lead to Jnana Yoga or the way of Knowledge. He says’“we can distinguish certain broad ways to man’s realization, the karma marga, the way of work, bhakti marga, the way of devotion, the dhyana marga, the way of mediation. All these lead to Jnana, wisdom or enlightenment. All yoga is one and includes the different aspects of work, devotion and knowledge.” For each of these margas the model is the exceptional personality, whether the exemplar of the faithful
performance of one’s duty, the religious devotee or the contemplative in each case the goal is the kind of knowledge which is conducive to and ultimately identical with moksa or liberation. The ideal personality, according to Radhakrishanan, is the integration of both internally and in relation to his environment, so also dharma “has two sides -the social and individual, the varnadharma and the asramadharma?’  He relates the theory of dharma with the theory of reality. He says “dharma tells us that
while our life is the first instance for our own satisfaction, it is more essentially for the community and most of all for that universal self which is in each of us and all beings.” Thus, dharma is the obligation or duty to become a universal self, also the realization of Brahma- Atman unity in a cultural as well as in individual context. In this sense dharma comes to mean the ideal of the summum bonum of life. Radhakrishnan says that, ideal of civilization are generated and prescribed by dharma.
Thus we find that Radhakrishnan is not only concerned with individual well being but also with all human community as a whole.
Since Radhakrishnan’s ethics has a metaphysical basis, therefore ifwe do not
discuss the concept of world and Reality – god in relation to human being then his moral theory cannot find its fulfillment. His theory gives a reconciliation of these concepts, so it is refreshingly a new and original one. His concept of liberation follows from the concept of ‘reality, world and man’. If reality is ultimately one and if, man is man only in creation and if man as man is finite-infinite then the ultimate human end can be nothing else but the realization of oneness with the Supreme. Until and unless man is in the embodied state he cannot attain his highest good, he would
be freed from embodied existence. Radhakrishnan says, “The destiny of human soul is to realize it oneness with the Supreme.” The world is real though imperfect. Since the supreme is the basis of the world, world cannot be unreal. As a social being man loves those with whom he lives in close association. The world is a place where the human being has to attain integration, his fulfillment. They are called upon to act in a
disinterested way, freed from egoism. Human being should not become victims of material interests and vulgar appetites. The soul bound so long as it has a sense of mineness, with the absence of the sense of mineness, it is liberated. Radhakrisbnan says that virtue is heaven, self sufficiency and health of the soul and vice on the other hand is hell, suffering and disease of the Goodness is its own reward and evil doing carries its own penalty with it. He says, “Ideal conduct is that which requires us to refrain from anger, covetousness, to be pure and loving in thought word and deed.” According to Radhakrishnan, the highest virtue consists in doing to others as we
would be done by. The different types of virtues of fortitude, justice, love,
compassion, self control are not separate qualities but are the different facets of the personality. According to Radhakrishnan, inward awareness or Satya and the life of compassion or Ahimsa are the two principal sides of a spiritual life. We must be truthful in our words and deeds. The Divine is expressed in natural as an impersonal non-ethical creative power and as ethical consciousness in human life. When we are able to realize that the Divine is expressed in us as in others we feel the obligation to help others. Thereby the individual spirit becomes enriched. “Ahimsa is reverence for
all life, active devotion to and a sense of union with all that exists.” If we believe in God we will adopt the principle of ahimsa When ahimsa is said to be the supreme moral law it is not merely abstention from injury to living beings, but positive love for them all. He says, “Love is non-resistance. Conflicts are to be over not by force, but by love.” Non-violence, of course is emphasized throughout as a major comprehensive practical virtue. Sympathy and compassion are its expressions. Charity with kind words, knowledge without pride and courage with forbearance and wealth with renunciation – these four are difficult to attain, but they make for man’s
progress. We should cultivate love not only in words but in thoughts and deeds. All religions teach us that. He says, “When we see the universal spirit of truth in each individual, we shall love the meanest of creation as oneself.”24 In the spiritual common wealth every one has a definite place by reason of his specific mode of being. No man has any claim to precedence over others. We should love our enemies. Radhakrishnan says, “Even our enemies are not objects of contempt and aversion as they are moral personalities.” Non-violence thus is a comprehensive practical virtue.
Universal love, forgiveness and non-violence as well as renunciation and suffering are never to be considered negative. As Radhakrishnan consciously says, “Detachment of spirit and not renunciation of the world is what is demanded from us.” Thus essence of the god life is detachment i.e. the control of our worldly desire and the directing our entire life towards its spiritual destiny are the core of good life. He accepts Patanzali’s statement of the major vices: ignorance, egoism, attachment, hatred and self love. So he says, “These five are different expression of the fundamental ignorance. Only when a man rises to dispassion and acts without selfish attachment is
he really free.” By analyzing this version we find that to achieve good life
knowledge is necessary, so also consideration of other people’s love is also a
necessary requirement for good life. Radhakrishnan says, “To know oneself and not to be untrue to it is the essence of the good life.”28 It does not mean that we should impose our views on our neighbors. Instead of incessantly resisting the evil in the name of an ideal, we are to endure it lovingly on its behalf. Love of neighbor means endurance of evil. Radhakrishnan regards truth as the supreme virtue. It provides the
proper basis of the right way of living. Man can know the truth by controlling his narrow selfish motive by transcending his egocentricity. The follower of truth can lead a truly moral life. He says, “In order to know the truth we must cease to shut up the walls of the body, life and mind. We must renounce the narrow horizon, the no selfish interest, the unreal objective. This is an ethical process. Truth can never be perceived except by those who are in love with goodness.” Thus we find that a morally developed human being is able to attain victory over the suffering and evils of life. He must be inspired by inner spirit not by the conventional standard. When a
human being develops his moral and spiritual freedom, then external standard has nothing to do. Therefore inner development on duty rather than the externally imposed standard is more essential in leading a spiritually and morally developed life. So the real goal of human life is the attainment of perfection or spiritual self realization. Like Hinduism Radhakrishnan also believes that all true existence is non material, unchangeable and eternal. So the good of man consists not in transforming
the world which is a vale of woe but in transcending it. His aim is not to change the world but turn away from it. God is taken as being as the ground of human morality. According to Radhakrishnan man as a finite being moves together with other beings in the vegetable and animal world. But man’s action is different from that of animal due to a remarkable attitude i.e. the capacity to be rational and to distinguish right from wrong and therefore, the unique capacity to be moral. He says, “The quality of deciding what is right or dharma is special to man. Hunger, sleep, fear and sex are common to men and animals. What distinguishes men from animals is the knowledge
of right and wrong.

5 inspiring quotes of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan for new learnings in your life | People News – India TV

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ITHAKA -WHAT?

Many of our esteemed viewers are interested to know what is this ITHACA!
Google Guru explains  this. I am sure it is satisfying to all these seekers.

Odysseus Ithaka Island Tour – Kefalonia Excursions

 

IthacaIthaki or Ithaka (/ˈɪθəkə/; Greek: Ιθάκη, Ithaki [iˈθaci]Ancient Greek: Ἰθάκη, Ithakē [i.tʰá.kɛː]) is a Greek island located in the Ionian Sea, off the northeast coast of Kefalonia and to the west of continental Greece.

Ithaca’s main island has an area of 96 square kilometres (37 sq mi) and had a population in 2011 of 3,231. It is the second-smallest of seven main Ionian Islands, after Paxi. Ithaca is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and the only municipality of the regional unit. The capital is Vathy (or Vathi).

Modern Ithaca is generally identified with Homer’s Ithaca, the home of Odysseus, whose delayed return to the island is the plot of the classical Greek tale the Odyssey.

  • Val di Compare (Valley of the Bestman), Piccola (Small) Cephallonia, Anticephallonia (Middle Ages until the beginning of the Venetian period)
  • Ithaki nisos (Greek for island), Thrakoniso, Thakou, Thiakou (Byzantine period)
  • Thiaki (Byzantine and before the Venetian period)
  • Teaki (Venetian period)
  • Fiaki (Ottoman period)

 

04th July-Vivekananda’s Death Anniversary.

Death Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda | English News Portal

 

Men may come and men may go but going man leaves his foot prints great
Not to get erased for decades and centuries! Here is one above
Birth and Death Anniversaries come and go and people recall and
Revere! India that is Bharath has a lot of men of gold !

Death anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is today
Fourth July -hundred and eighteenth anniversary of Swami
Vivekananda – Punyatithi or Mahasamadhi.  messenger
Uplifted the dying spirit of Indians. reminded us
Of our past glory, and our present wretched condition and what bright
Future holds for us..  “Arise! Awake! And stop not until the goal is reached.”

He died at an early age of thirty nine on July fourth Nineteen not two.
Known in  pre-monastic life as Narendra Nath Datta, revived
Vedanta and took to the world.  mentor and Guru Sri Ramakrishna
Paramahamsa guided him on the spiritual path.
After the passing away of Sri Ramakrishna, under the leadership of
Swami Vivekananda, disciples of Sri Ramakrishna formed a new monastic Brotherhood. Swamiji was not happy with a settled monastic life.
He took the teachings of his Guru to the world.after discovery of real India.

When Guru Ramakrishna had said to Swami Vivekananda, 'Your bones ...

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June 25th- Emergency Declared

State Repression During The Indian Emergency Of 1975-77 And Its ...

Our Homeland India that is Bharath one of the largest democracies
In the world  had a period some use to call BLACK Period alas!
Citizens welcoming or opposing were there quite natural
A male Prime Minister was there who had will power necessary
To declare emergency on this day Twenty Fifth Nineteen Seventy Five!
Many people sure felt and said had a good effect and impact on the Indian Society!
Withdrawn on March Twenty First Nineteen Seventy Seven for good!
When an extreme measure was initiated all knew that it will have low points:
Elections suspended, civil liberties curbed, jail sans trial, press censorship!

On the positive side people  felt had it continued they would have got
Accustomed to the trains and buses plying on time without a minutes
Late running! Not a pie to be paid as illegal gratification to different
Authorities to get job done- Automatically done at the quickest
Possible time! Employees at their seats on the dot of time working
Hard and bringing benefits to the clientele happily!

Had not that bitter pill administered the nation might have been….. !
Naturally party ruling then lost heavily in the elections next
Matters little when the  citizens at large stood benefited!

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16th June- Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev.

Guru Arjan Dev Ji Martyrdom Day 2020: Know All About The Fifth Guru of Sikh And The Event That Led to His Martyr

Our holy Motherland India that is Bharath home of religions
Several- coexisting with freedom of practice- Hinduism,
Jainism, Sikhism, Islam and Christianity, -all great religions
Preaching peace and harmony, love and service to all human beings!

Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth guru of Sikhs,  first of the two gurus to be
Martyred in the Sikh faith. compiled the first copy of the Sikh scripture
Adi Granth- Guru Granth Sahib. First Guru  born in the Sikh family,
Completed the construction of Darbar Sahib in Amritsar, compiled the
Hymns of previous Gurus and other saints into Adi Granth and installed
In the Harimandir Sahib. In sixteen hundred and Six, he was captured by Mughal Emperor Jahangir and was imprisoned in Lahore Fort due to his  Influence in
Northern India and the fast spread of Sikhism.
Guru also blessed Jahangir’s rebellious son Khusrau.  his conversions to
Sikhism threatened the orthodox Muslim clergy and Hindu elite.
After arresting  guru, Jahangir asked him to convert to Islam but he refused.
He even fined the guru with Rupees Two Lakh plus removal of all text
From the Adi Granth that the Mughal emperor found ‘offensive’ !
He refused. Jahangir condemned him to be tortured to death.

Guru Arjan Dev Jayanti 2020 Interesting Facts Of Sikh Guru Arjan ...

NEHRUJI MEMORIAL DAY May 27th (Yesterday)

पूर्व पीएम जवाहर लाल नेहरु की ...

Coming from a great Kashmiri Pandit family-a great Gandhian
Inextricably  intertwined with freedom  movement under Mahatmaji
Rightly chosen as the First Prime Minister of free India!
Born on Fourteenth  November Eighteen Eighty Nine
And lived up to TWENTY SEVENTH MAY Nineteen Sixty Four

Indian independence activist, and the first Prime Minister of India
Central figure in Indian politics before and after independence.
Emerged as an eminent leader of the Indian independence movement.
Served India as Prime Minister from  Nineteen forty Seven
Until his death in Nineteen Sixty Four.
Son of Motilal Nehru, a prominent lawyer and nationalist statesman
And Swaroop Rani. Nehru was a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge and
Inner Temple, where he trained to be a barrister.  enrolled at the
Allahabad High Court and took an interest in national politics.
Replaced his legal practice. A committed nationalist since his teenage
He became a rising figure in Indian politics during the upheavals.
Became the prominent leader of the left-wing factions of the
Indian National Congress earlier  and finally entire
Congress, withApproval of his mentor, Gandhi.

Nehru and the Congress dominated Indian politics
As the country moved towards independence. His idea of a secular nation-
State was validated when the Congress swept the provincial elections and
Formed the government in several provinces; Nehru,  reluctantly heeded
Gandhi’s call for immediate independence.,
Nehru was elected by the Congress to assume office as
India’s first Prime Minister,  Gandhi felt Nehru as his political heir and Successor. As Prime Minister, he set out to realize his vision of India.  he Started an ambitious program of economic, social and political reforms. Chiefly, he oversaw India’s transition from a colony to a republic, while nurturing a plural, multi-party system.

Under Nehru’s leadership, the Congress emerged as a catch-all party,
Dominating national and state-level politics and winning  three Elections .
He remained popular with all in spite of political troubles in last years
His birthday is Children’s Day.We salute Nehruji on this memorial Day.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stock Photos & Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ...

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Maharana Pratap Jayanti 25th May

Maharana Pratap Jayanti in India in 2020

Greatness of India that is Bharath our Motherland is not of
Recent origin!Bharath Matha  has given birth to a great number
Of rulers, scholars, saints and seers, scientists and mathematicians
Of the world order!One such Ruler was Maharana Pratap!

Twenty fifth May today a holi day !Maharana Pratap Jayanti
In the  states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan!
This day is the birth anniversary of an eminent ruler of sixteenth
Century who stood up to the might of the Mughal Empire.
Maharana Pratap born  in Rajasthan as a son of Maharana Udai Singh II,
Ruler of the Kingdom of Mewar, with the capital at Chittor.
As the eldest son, Pratap was the Crown Prince.

Chittor was surrounded by  formidable forces of Mughal
Empire of Emperor Akbar. Maharana Udai Singh II decided
To leave Chittor, and relocate rather than capitulate to the Mughals.
Maharana Udai Singh Two died , Pratap Singh became the Maharana of Mewar.
. He passed away, aged 56, fighting for his nation, for his people
And most importantly for his honor! WE salute him today!

2020 Maharana Pratap Jayanti Date and Time, 2020 Maharana Pratap ...
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Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Day May 21st

File image of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. (image: Getty Images)

Tamilnadu one of the very cultured and disciplined States of
India that is Bharath-our home land got blurred in an indelible
Manner by assassinating Rajiv Gandhi on this soil- unfortunate.
Twenty first May tomorrow his twenty eighth memorial day.

Born on August Twentieth nineteen forty four, born in Bombay,
To Feroz Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. the seventh Prime Minister
Of India, serving for six years.  he was named after his
Maternal Grandmother Kamala Nehru, wife of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
She refers to Goddess Lakshmi and Rajiv means Lotus.

He remained apolitical till his brother Sanjay Gandhi’s death
In nineteen eighty. At forty Rajiv Gandhi became the youngest
Prime Minister of India. sworn-in on October thirty first eighty four
Same day his mother got assassinated by her own bodyguards.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on this day  Twenty nine years ago
In  public meeting campaigning in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur
For a Lok Sabha Congress candidate.
Posthumously awarded India’s highest civilian award,
Bharat Rathna In nineteen ninety one.

Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi - Wikipedia

Sriperumpudur-where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated

NO TO PM-INDIA!

 

Sonia Gandhi | Biography & Facts | Britannica

History is resplendent with many unique and peculiarities!
Human nature is to grab anything that comes good-by means fair or foul.
More so in politics- in the current political atmosphere prevailing!
Today eighteenth May in that way is a unique or peculiar day!!

In two thousand four this day – Mahatma Gandhi’s grand daughter in law
Sonia Gandhi declined  to lead India as Prime Minister! NO TO PM-INDIA!
Right or wrong, good or bad nothing to comment by any one any where.
It is individual’s wisdom and decision! What happened
Subsequently is a matter of recent history! All know about it!

May be a lesson for every one to think, think, think and accept or reject.
Might have regretted- individual conjecture now- fact is a fact!
One has to watch with interest what the future holds for India-Bharath!

Sonia Gandhi's journey: From skirt-wearing bride to saree-clad ...

March 8th- Chinmayananda Jayanthi

Chinmaya Mission Worldwide | Official site of Chinmaya Mission

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive but to be young was very heaven
To be the Secretary of Chinmaya Mission Thanjavur was indeed a bliss
At  young age of twenty two-it was all HIS blessings still green memories!
Attended Geeta Gnana Yagnas-great spiritual experience and that is bliss!

Thanjavur Mission Branch at my home in North Main Street has seen
Weekly Study classes,  library and mission members meets!
Geetha Gnana Yagyas in Big temple premises for almost a decade!
Monthly Sathsangs, quarterly Sadhana camps annual yagyas !
Bissful period in my life! Still I ruminate at age to enter eighty in a days few!

More than Geeta- “MY six thirty means six thirty neither six twenty nine
Nor Six thirty one! My eight means neither seven fifty nine nor eight not one!”
Such a punctualist to the core not to come across any longer
My refrain in my training classes used to be a subject of discussion on this
With a quiz “Can you tell me a Barrister turned spiritual head?”
As a clue poorvashrama name started with ‘B’ sanyashrana name started with ‘C”!

Eighth May is today a holy day! Guru purnima day!Swamiji’s jayanthi day!
Chinmayananda Saraswati born as  Balakrishna Menon born on Eighth May
Ninteen Sixteen, entered God’s feet on Third August Nineteen Ninety Three
A Barrister at Law turned spiritual leader and a teacher who inspired the
Formation of Chinmaya Mission, a worldwide nonprofit organisation,
And spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, non-dual system of thought
In the Upanishads, which epitomize the philosophical teachings of Vedas.

Swami taught Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other ancient Scriptures
For four decades and more, led a global Hindu spiritual  Cultural renaissance
And popularized religion’s esoteric scriptural texts, teaching in English
All across India and abroad His greatness indeed!

Inspired  formation of Chinmaya Mission program  by his disciples
And led by him, a spiritual, educational, and charitable  organization
In more than three hundred centers in India and internationally. authored
Ninety five works  commentaries on the major Upanishads and  Gita.
Visiting professor of Indian philosophy at  American and Asian universities-
Conducted university lecture tours in many  countries. India’s greatest son!

Visited Sandhipani Sadhanalaya- College of Hinduism at Powai, Mumbai!

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SOKA GAKKAI DAY-May 3rd.

Soka Gakkai International (SGI)

SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL

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SOKA GAKKAI DAY

A very important day in my life too thanks to the great friendship that was handed over to me more than a decade ago by the then President of the International Poetry Society- Dr. Krishna Srinivas of Chennai who presented Dr. Sethukumanan, a poet, a great educationist, devotee of Japanese stalwart poet DR. Daisaku Ikeda . That in fact prompted this week’s Sunday Story on 1924th day of Envius Thoughts. In fact two posts are already there in this connection in the Blog.

Peaceful world, harmonious society
Sure heaven on earth invoking piety
Peace and joy, values and morals its crown
Saints, seers and prophets to us handed down!

Where is peace and where is harmony smart
Gifted boon from the God, where do they start?

Where there is no nasty hatred and greed
Where the mind is free from fear and weed
Where there is no malaise and violence
Where there is no ego and arrogance
Where there is no anger and jealousy
Sure there is peace and poise, fine harmony!

Religions teach me to spread love and peace
Little I care for what they teach with ease!

Who can bring this here and now, pure and sure?
What can bring this nectar to more and more?
Noble poets with wisdom and passion
Poetry with vision and devotion!

Krishna and Buddha, Jesus and Prophet
Gave message of love and peace to trumpet!
Lincoln, Gandhi, Mandela and many
Did trumpet to follow with dignity!

Through the noble wings of poetry pure
Tagore and (Dr.) Krishna won our hearts sure!
Daisaku, great apostle of world peace
Five decades and more, efforts not to cease
To serve the Poetry World with deep ease
God bless him with hundred years with grace!
(Poem presented by me at the Poets Meet organized by the World Poetry Society Intercontinental on the occasion of felicitating Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, for his fifty years of successful completion as President of the Soka Gakkai International.

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda is a Buddhist Philosopher, Peace builder and Educator.)

This occasion made my friendship with Dr. Sethukumanan become stronger and long lasting. Dr. Kumanan published my translation of Dr. Ikeda’s Japanese poems into Tamil through English. It was titled THANNEER ISAI”.

One of Dr. Sethukumanan’s educational institutions is SOKA GAKKAI IKEDA’S COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCINCE FOR WOMEN. A delegation of Spanish Poets visited this college and on that occasion I also enjoyed the hospitality of the students and staff of the college under the leadership of the President Dr. Sethukumanan.

Let us have a peep into the life and services of the great Japanese giant Dr. Ikeda.
May 3 is known as “Soka Gakkai Day.” It was on May 3, 1951, that Josei Toda was inaugurated as the second president of the Soka Gakkai, and on May 3, 1960, that Daisaku Ikeda became the third president. May 3 is also “Soka Gakkai Mother’s Day,” symbolizing the vital role that women play within the organization.

Josei Toda became second president at a time when there were only around 3,000 Soka Gakkai members in Japan, seven years after the passing of first president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, who died in prison for his beliefs during World War II.
Ikeda recalls that on that day, Toda announced his goal of achieving a membership of 750,000 households during his lifetime. He comments, “This was a soaring pledge to accomplish kosen-rufu (world peace through the spread of Nichiren Buddhism). The goal he announced was truly staggering. But I was overjoyed. Courage surged through me. My mentor, incomparable leader of kosen-rufu, had finally resolved to stand at the helm as president.”

The Significance of March 16
March 16 is a symbolic day for Soka Gakkai members, commemorating the occasion on March 16, 1958, when Josei Toda, second president of the Soka Gakkai, then in fra…Toda’s passionate efforts to realize this vision inspired hundreds of thousands of people throughout Japan to join Soka Gakkai over the next few years and eventually laid the path for Nichiren Buddhism to gain a following around the world.

In May 1960, two years after Toda’s death, Ikeda, only 32 years old, was inaugurated as the third president of the Soka Gakkai. Under his leadership, the movement began an era of innovation and expansion, becoming actively engaged in cultural and educational endeavors worldwide. Ikeda has continued to dedicate himself to fulfilling Toda’s dreams by developing initiatives in the areas of peace, culture and education. He has described May 3 as “a day to embark afresh on our struggle for world peace and the happiness of humanity.”

Toda had always emphasized the importance of the role of women in spearheading the organization’s development, and Ikeda also recognized that Soka Gakkai’s growth was largely due to the efforts of the women members—the “mothers of kosen-rufu.”

On April 27, 1988, at the first national Soka Gakkai Women’s Division meeting held in Tokyo, Ikeda therefore proposed that May 3 also be designated “Soka Gakkai Mother’s Day” in the spirit of appreciation for the sincere efforts of the women members.
Rightly Dr. Sethukumanan has chosen to provide education to teen ageds at the school and college levels.

Soka Ikeda College of Arts and Science for Women is named after a renowned Japanese poet and Buddhist philosopher Dr. Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Education System, which stresses on moral building. Dr. Daisaku Ikeda is the Honorary Founder and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda is the Honorary Principal of the college.

Soka Ikeda College of Arts and Science for Women has gloriously embarked the twentieth year with many accolades and achievements since its inception in the year 2000. Having emerged as a pioneer institution, in its neighborhood, the college offers humanistic education. “The Institution of Excellence” award given by the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, New Delhi adds glory to the success saga of the institution. The college is affiliated to the University of Madras and recognized by the Government of Tamilnadu (G.O.281). The college offers 13 courses at the U.G. level, 4 courses at P.G Level and M.Phil course in Commerce in Shift-I and 3 U.G. Courses, 3 P.G. courses in Shift-II.
So this much is for this week’s Sunday Story and till we meet tomorrow STAY SAFE AT HOME. Good bye!

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Fourth from left Dr. Krishna Srinivas on the right is Dr. Sethukumanan

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