BHARATHIYAR’S  “WORDS OF WISDOM” TO THE CHILDREN!      

 

Bharathiyar is a universal poet and his words of wisdom do carry conviction in all the parts of the globe beyond region and religion, language and culture.

In some of his thoughts, being a poet from Tamilnadu, naturally there will be a tinge of his pride for his mother tongue in some places and about his motherland India.  But the message conveyed through his writings will have, of course, a universal appeal.

One of his fine verses in Tamil running to sixty four lines in 16 stanzas addressed to the young children, form the theme for ENVIUS THOUGHTS as a’ Sunday Write up’ this week. Though he has addressed this to the children, I honestly believe that these words are equally applicable to me at age 74+!   Let us have a taste of it.

A Rig Veda quote: “Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides”.

Here are the noble thoughts of Mahakavi Bharathiyar.

If these values are injected into the minds of the young ones who are to be the pillars of the tomorrow’s world, we can expect a world of love and compassion, character and conduct, patriotism and nationalism, dedication and devotion-all leading to greater peace and harmony in the world- verily a heaven on earth!.

Run and play my nice little child

Be not at lazy rest Even mild

Join with others and play full

Abuse not another child ill!                                      (1)

 

Like a sparrow beautiful-

Fly, glide and  roam plenty full

Looking at the birds lovely-an art

Feel  happy quite  in your heart!                            (2)

 

The hen that  pecks with its sharp beak

Needs to be played with joy and sleek

The crow that picks its food from away

Needs to be seen with sympathy each day!                           (3)

 

The cow that yields healthy milk big and small

Indeed a great and good, nice pet animal

The dog that wags its tail and comes around

Indeed man’s friend good and great on ground!                         (4)

 

The horse that pulls the cart fast

That buffalo that tills the land vast

The goat that depends on us cute

All to be taken care of well absolute!                              (5)

 

As you get up in the early morn- study

Then music and arts to be learnt ready

In the evenings games and play

To be practiced well every day!                                         (6)

 

Tell never lies my child

Abuse not from the back slight

God is there, sure to our support

Never comes  harm – quite comfort!                                              (7)

 

Fear not at the rogues and the rough

Who come to harm you  tough

Hit and crush them strong

Spit at their face along!                                                        (8)

 

When sufferings haunt us

Get not perturbed be pious

Kind God is there compassionate

All sufferings will go – dispassionate!                                                  (9)

 

Laziness is always worse

Neglect never mother’s words!

The lame child that weeps there

Take care quite bold and fair!                                      (10)

 

The land of Tamils where you are born

Be revered as your mother and respected – a lawn

Sweeter than the nectar sure

Our ancient land my darling pure!                         (11)

 

The words are high and sweet tall

Read Tamil with respect and love all

Our Bharath-rich with heritage

Praise daily and in honor with advantage!                               (12)

 

Himalayas in the North

Cap Comerin in the South

Oceans quite large and vast

In the close East and West!                                      (13)

 

Scriptures and Vedas galore in the land

That gave birth to scholars and the brave on hand

India without any holes ; mighty

Revere and respect as God Almighty!                        (14)

 

No caste and race high and low

Crime to talk ill on that basis- a blow

Those who are  wise, well read and just

With love are indeed people great!                           (15)

 

Love all the living beings

Believe in God, the Creator of all beings

Heart- with will and valor is the need

Best way of leading life indeed!                                             (16)

பாப்பாப் பாட்டு

ஓடி விளையாடு பாப்பா! –நீ

ஓய்ந்திருக்க லாகாது பாப்பா!

கூடிவிளையாடு பாப்பா!-ஒரு

குழந்தையை வையாதே பாப்பா!        (1)

 

சின்னஞ் சிறுகுருவி போலே –நீ

திரிந்து பறந்துவா பாப்பா.

வன்னப் பறவைகளைக் கண்டு – நீ

மனதில் மகிழ்ச்சி கொள்ளு பாப்பா!     (2)

 

கொத்தித் திரியுமந்தக் கோழி – அதைக்

கூட்டி விளையாடு பாப்பா

எத்தித் திரியுமந்தக் காக்காய் – அதற்கு

இரக்கப் படவேணும் பாப்பா!        (3)

 

பாலைப் பொழிந்து தரும் பாப்பா! – அந்தப்

பசுமிக நல்லதடி பாப்பா!

வாலைக் குழைத்துவரும் நாய்தான் – அது

மனிதர்க்குத் தோழனடி பாப்பா!         (4)

 

வண்டி இழுக்கும் நல்ல குதிரை – நெல்லு

வயலில் உழுதுவரும் மாடு,

அண்டிப் பிழைக்கும் நம்மை ஆடு – இவை

ஆதரிக்க வேணுமடி பாப்பா!            (5)

 

காலை எழுந்தவுடன் படிப்பு – பின்பு

கனிவு கொடுக்கும் நல்ல பாட்டு;

மாலை முழுதும் விளையாட்டு – என்று

வழக்கப் படுத்திக் கொள்ளு  பாப்பா!          (6)

 

பொய்சொல்லக் கூடாது பாப்பா – என்றும்

புறஞ்சொல்ல லாகாது பாப்பா!

தெய்வம் நமக்குத்துணை பாப்பா! – ஒரு

தீங்குவர மாட்டாது பாப்பா!             (7)

 

பாதகஞ் செய்பவரைக் கண்டால் – நாம்

பயங்கொள்ள லாகாது பாப்பா!

மோதி மிதித்துவிடு பாப்பா! – அவர்

முகத்தில் உமிழ்ந்துவிடு பாப்பா!        (8)

 

துன்பம் நெருங்கிவந்த போதும் – நாம்

சோர்ந்துவிட லாகாது பாப்பா!

அன்புமிகுந்த தெய்வ முண்டு – துன்பம்

அத்தனையும் போக்கிவிடும் பாப்பா!     (9)

 

சோம்பல் மிகக்கெடுதி பாப்பா! – தாய்

சொன்ன சொல்லைத் தட்டாதே பாப்பா!

தேம்பி யழுங்குழந்தை நொண்டி – நீ

திடங்கொண்டு போராடு பாப்பா!         (10)

 

தமிழ்த்திரு நாடு தன்னைப் பெற்ற – எங்கள்

தாயென்று கும்பிடடி பாப்பா

அமிழ்தில் இனியதடி பாப்பா! – நம்

ஆன்றோர்கள் தேசமடி பாப்பா!          (11)

 

சொல்லில் உயர்வு தமிழ்ச் சொல்லே – அதைத்

தொழுது படித்திடடி பாப்பா!

செல்வம் நிறைந்த ஹிந்துஸ் தானம் அதைத்

தினமும் புகழ்ந்திடடி பாப்பா!           (12)

 

வடக்கில் இமயமலை பாப்பா – தெற்கில்

வாழும் குமரிமுனை பாப்பா!

கிடக்கும் பெரிய கடல் கண்டாய் – இதன்

கிழக்கிலும் மேற்கிலும் பாப்பா!              (13)

 

வேதமு டையதிந்த  நாடு – நல்ல

வீரர் பிறந்த திந்த நாடு,

சேதமில் லாதஹிந்துஸ் தானம் – இதைத்

தெய்வமென்று கும்பிடடி பாப்பா!             (14)

 

சாதிகள் இல்லையடி பாப்பா – குலத்

தாழ்ச்சி உயர்ச்சி சொல்லல் பாவம்!

நீதி, உயர்ந்தமதி, கல்வி – அன்பு

நிறைய உடையவர்கள் மேலோர்!       (15)

 

உயிர்க ளிடத்தில் அன்பு வேணும் – தெய்வம்

உண்மையென்று தானறிதல் வேணும்;

வைர முடைய நெஞ்சம் வேணும் – இது

வாழும் முறைமையடி பாப்பா!          (16)

 

Yes; when the   children are brought up with such great values and  noble thoughts, and the schools and religious places reinforce such “words of wisdom”, children in any age and region are bound to imbibe qualities great and become assets to the society leading to global peace and harmony,  plenty and prosperity! Patriotism and nationalism, love for mother tongue and motherland, love for nature, God and His creations, studies and play, prayer and to be kind and compassionate are the universal needs!

 

 

 

 

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   DEATHLESS MEMORIES ON DAYANANDA!

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HH Swami Dayanandaji

On 24th early morning, my Bangalore based Journalist son brought me the sad news of the passing away of one of the versatile exponents of Bhagwat Gita Swami Dayananda Saraswathi , the first and prime disciple of Swami Chinmayananada of Chinmaya Mission in his ashram at Rishikesh..

Swami Dayananda’s Ashram in Rishikesh where Swamiji spent his last days.

In this Sunday Story of ENVIUS THOUGHTS I would reflect on my deathless memories about Dayananda and my mind flashes back to early 1960s.

My highly respected viewers of ENVIUS THOUGHTS may recollect my Tryst with LIC of India for more than four decades in different capacities and in different stations all over my great India that is Bharath. In the course of my group meetings and Training Sessions I would have referred to Swami Chinmayananda several scores of times!

HH Swami Chinmayanadaji

Yes; I used to start with a small quiz with the participants. I would ask them whether they can name the person who was a Bar-at-Law turned Spiritual master to thousands. It was the days of “KOWN BANEGA CROREPATHI” where Amitab Bachan used to give clues to elicit right answers. I will say in his ‘purvashrama’ his name started with “B” and later with”C’. Next clue will be “He is one of the most versatile exponents of “Bhagwat Gita”. At times I used to get the right answer Swami Chinmayananda and most of the times get disappointed and attribute the phenomenon to the present generations’ devaluation and demonetization of values and virtues!!!!

PUNCTUALITY-THE PRIME VIRTUE

I used to refer to Swami Chinmayananda who had the assiduous attachment towards the virtue of “PUNCTUALITY” in the success of human beings.

In whichever part of the globe Swami Chinmayananda will have morning lectures for one hour 7.00 am to 8.00 am and evening Geetha Gnana Yagna for 90 minutes during 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm. I have heard a few of his Geetha lectures in my mid teens in Chordia Mansions, Mount Road, Chennai. Where ever he is staying in any city, he will be exactly to his time and start at 6.30 with “Brahmmanandham, parama sukhadham, kevalam , njaanamoorthim……….”

and end with “OM, Thath sath” at 8.00pm. He used to tell the audience that “My six thirty means it is six thirty- neither six twenty nine nor six thirty one. My eight o’clock means eight- neither seven fifty nine nor eight zero one; if you have an appointment at 8.05 next building, you can have it on time without fail!”

We have been brought up in that tradition quite intolerant to being ‘not punctual’.

Mahatma Gandhi on the borrowed cycle to reach prayer meeting on time.

Another incident I used to quote on ‘punctuality’ is from Mahatma Gandhi’s life. We all know, he has his prayer meetings at six sharp in the evenings. Once when he was in Wardha, he went outside and was rushing back for his evening prayer. As the time was running out, he just requested a passing by cyclist to lend his cycle for a few minutes and collect it from his Ashram at any time and cycling his way, he was there on time at six pm sharp for his prayer. In such a great country with culture and principles, when any one fails to keep punctual, I get into trouble shivering due to what I call it ”punctophobia”!!!??

When someone makes a comment that this is “Indian punctuality” I used to be harsh saying: “take a dictionary and see for the word ‘punctuality’ and you will find only one word and not ”Indian punctuality”, “American punctuality” or “British punctuality” etc.”

“SWAMI DAYANANDA”

Manjakkudi  village in the then Thanjavur district where Swamiji was born in 1930.

Yes; Swami Dayananda who was known as “Natarajan” in his ‘purvashrama’ starting his career as a Steno in the Lucas group in Chennai was born in Manjakkudi- a place in the then ‘my’ Thanjavur District in the year 1930.

Entrance to Sandeepani Sadanalaya in Powai Hills, Bombay.

Attracted by Vedantha teachings of Swami Chinmayananda, he joined Sandeepani Sadanalaya in Powai Hills, Mumbai as Brahmachari Natarajan. He was so dear to Swami Chinmayanandaji that he gave Natarjan sanyas and thus Natarajan became Swami Dayananda Saraswathi-first and prime disciple of Swamiji. Sandeepani Sadhanalaya under the Central Chinmaya Mission Trust used to select Bachelors who decide to spend their life as Brahmachari till they attain sufficient knowledge on Hinduism, its Vedic and other literature and undertake to propagate the message of Geetha throughout the world in the centers chosen by the CCMT. Later they can opt for family life or continue to serve as Brahmacharis.

As prime disciple Dayanandaji used to travel far and wide and in the pattern of his Guru Swami Chinmayanandaji, Dayananda used to take one hour session in the mornings wherever he is on camp and usually in the morning sessions Upanishads, Ramana’s Upadesa saram like works will be discussed and in the evenings GEETHA JNANA YAGNA” lasting for about 20 days will be performed and in such Yagnas- JNANA YAGNAS- no fire or homa, no samith– it is connecting “YUJ” to “JNANA”-knowledge- of GEETHA- And one chapter out of 18 will be explained threadbare in ninety minutes an evening.

In that way, by HIS grace, I had the privilege and pleasure of organizing Chinmaya Mission activities in Thanjavur- my home town- as the Secretary of Chinmaya Mission Branch from 1962 to 1969 till I was transferred to Coimbatore. . With the kind and unstinting cooperation of many of my close friends- to mention a few names- Dr.S S Venkatakrishnan, Thasildar Vaidyanathan, Sarvodaya Venkataraamani, Dr. Shantha Devi, Dr. Thiyagarajan, FCI Krishnan, Prof. Chandra, TNCSC Sambamurthy, LIC Gurunathan and others.

Normally the following were the Mission activities in 1960s and I do believe it must continue in the same pattern even today.

(1)We had Daily Study Groups in different locations of Thanjavur –each group consisting not more than ten sadhakas. It will be again 90 minutes programme consisting of Geetha dhyana slokas, Geetha Chanting, meditation, study of the ART OF LIVING, bhajan and end with taking Chinmaya Mission pledge.

(2) “Monthly Sathsangs”: All the groups will join in a common place and the sathsang will go on for ninety minutes, with geetha dhyana slokas, geetha chanting, a lecture, bajan and to end with Mission Pledge preceded by important announcements.

(3) Quarterly SADHANA CAMPS: A place of spiritual centre within District will be selected and all the Branch Mission members will be leaving in the morning and returning around 8 in the night. Reading of scriptures, Bhajans, lectures, cleaning of roads and temples and so on will be the activities in the Sadhana camps. We had one or two Sadhana Camps in Manjakkudi where the Swami was born and had his elementary education. It is the rare privilege of Thanjavur Mission Members that Swamiji himself on a few occasions accompanied us for Sadhana camps.

(4) Celebrations of important days such as Vinayaka Chathurthi, Saraswathi Puja, Guru poornima, etc.in a fitting manner –all lasting for 90 minutes.

(5) MOST IMPORTANT ANNUAL GEETHA JNANA YAJNAS- by Pujyasri Swami Dayananda Saraswathi.

Thanjavur Big Temple-in the northern prakara where “Geetha Gnana Yagnas” were arranged

In fact what I referred to in the title of this write up as “DEATHLESS MEMORIES ABOUT DAYANANDA” are my memories of these annual events in Thanjavur during those eight precious years in my life. I was born in 1941-these opportunities arose during 1962-1969!.

Swami used to allot a session every year to Thanjavur center. In those eight years eight different chapters were discussed in the evenings. We used to organize the discourses in the Thanjavur Brahadeeshvara temple. Every yagna will be attended by not less than a thousand. We used to accommodate Swamiji in the Raja’s Rest House opposite to the LIC Divisional Office in the Mahatma Gandhi Road-Railway Station Road. As Secretary, it is the protocol that I will accompany him to the ‘yagnasala’ and back to the Rest House. During the day time a number of devotees will be visiting the room to discuss a lot of spiritual matters. I was a witness to what all were discussed and in the process I could also get some insights!  In the morning sessions Dayanandaji had taken the works like Bajagovindam, Ramana’s Upadesa saram, Upanishads, Viveka Choodamani etc for his discourses.

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Raja’s Rest House in Thanjavur

Normally Swamiji will be accommodated in the A/C room in the Raja’s Guest House, Thanjavur and will be taken to the ‘Yagnasala’ in the A/C car. The people, who were inimical to the spiritual activities, used to derisively question me on the A/C luxurious comforts for a Sanyasi! I used to reply that he never asks for ‘this and that’ and it is just the manifestation of the devotees’ respect and regards. In the Himalayan forests Swami used to walk bare-footed or with a pair of wooden sandals!

Swami Dayananda in his discourse desk.

In the Geetha Gnana Yagnas, on the first day we used to give a booklet to the audience containing the slokas of the chapter Swamiji is going to give his discourses –a sloka a page with the rest of the page blank for taking notes.

On the final day of the Yagna, Swamiji will distribute a book as “YAGNA PRASAD” to all the members of the audience, which has never been less than a thousand, with HIS OWN GRACIOUS hands!

He was a versatile speaker in a number of languages; yet he chooses to give discourses in English interspersed with mellifluous local language and the reasons given for English talks will be quite interesting. When a Sadhu speaks in a local language, normally only the old people will be around to listen; but when saffron clad Sadhu speaks in English, youngsters will be attracted and thus there will be a large number of youths for listening to GEETHA, one of the greatest pieces of Indian literature down the ages!!!!

It was my proud privilege to be so close to Swamiji, that though I lost my Mission activities from 1970- on transfer to Coimbatore- I was in his mind to the extent that even five years ago when I saw Swamiji in Kamarajar Arangam, Chennai he affectionately inquired “என்ன சுப்பராமன், எப்படியிருக்கே?” (What Subbaraman, how are you?)

HH Swami Dayananda Saraswtahi founded his Arsha Vidya Peetam in Yanaikatti near Pollachi in Coimbatore District.

Swami Dayanandaji’s Aanaikatti Ashram in Coimbatore District, Tamilnadu.

One of Swamiji’s great compositions was “Bho, Sambho” in praise of Lord Shiva, excellently rendered by Maharajapuram Santhanam.

Swamiji himself is a good singer and leads Bhajans often- in his mellifluous voice.! The cassette was released in a gala function at Coimbatore which I had the proud privilege of attending with my family members. As usual Swamiji inquired with his usual, graceful smiles “என்ன சுப்பராமன் எப்படியிருக்கே?”

Swami Chinamayananda has rendered yeoman service to our religion which according to him “is to give the MAXIMUM happiness to the MAXIMUM people to the MAXIMUM time”. His commentaries on various Upanishads are indeed unparalleled.

Normally Geetha commentary of Tilak “GEETHA Rahasya” is supposed to be one of the best works; it is also opined that Vinoba Bave’s commentary is also great. Swamiji’s commentary is deemed to be of very high order. HH Swami Chinmayananda’s “THOUSAND Ways to the Transcendental” is another excellent work of commentary on Vishnu Sahasranama.

Swami Dayanandaji had all respects and reverences to his Guru Chinmayanandaji and followed his practices and procedures in all his spiritual journey of more than six decades.

It is indeed remarkable of HH Chinmayanandaji to have given Dayananda Saraswathi to the Indian spiritual world.

And we the people, who had occasions to move with such great sons and messengers of God, deem it really fortunate and blessed by the Almighty. They are indeed deathless and continue to guide the world from their heavenly

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Swami Dayanandaji in his usual joyful mood.

  TEACHERS’ DAY TRIBUTES

Teacher-Philosopher- President Dr. S. Radhakrishnan

Philosopher-President Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan’s birth day is being observed as TEACHERS’ DAY throughout the length and breadth of India that is Bharath, our great Motherland   in deference to his wishes.   This year Dr. Radhakrishnan’s 127th birth day falls on coming   Saturday 5th September and hence the TEACHERS’ DAY. Since today is the Sunday Story Day preceeding Teachers’ Day, ENVIUS THOUGHTS today carries the story on teachers under the caption

 

Oh, Angel! You alone can!

An angel on her duties

With the innate strength of our basic culture and civilization, the country has witnessed over all progress since the dawn of freedom that do make us proud and neighbors envy thanks to the earlier good governance and commitment at different levels.

But then, even the most positive and optimistic citizens are worried over the increasing insensitivities of the present generation on several developments resulting in nauseating experiences of late.

Whether white colored or blue colored, highly paid or lowly paid, highly educated and qualified or illiterate – Senior Executives down to servant maids at homes or sweepers and scavengers on the streets- a sort of indifference and waning commitment to fulfill the promises made and assurances given is visible and that is the most unfortunate in today’s society.

Our falling deep into the trap of that omnipresent corruption in public life whether it is CWG or spot/match fixing in cricket including Lalit Modi controversy, vyapam scams, for obtaining a birth/death certificate, or getting a property registered by the competent authorities and any other necessities of life is indeed a sad departure from our pure and pristine culture and civilization.

There is no meaning in lamenting over the deteriorating values of life and progressing standards of living. Unless a solution is found or at least honest efforts are made by those who count, nothing but a bleak future is in store.

Who can arrest this rot or stop this menacingly increasing trend in the society?

Basically our religions and religious text books, my Bible and Koran, Dhammapada and Bhagawat Gita, Vedas and Upanishads all teach me great values of life that were in fact practiced for centuries and the society had all but peace and pleasure, joy and harmony. But then, interpretations and misinterpretations to suit the religious and political zealots have denied the role of religion and its textbooks in the society. At this stage, it will be very difficult to lean on them and hope for redemption from the current chaos.

Parents ,who should be normally interested in bringing up their wards in their own interest and in the interest of the society at large, have no time and taste for the same. In the fast moving world, with the joint family system having disintegrated, both the parents worried about their financial needs are happy to leave their wards alone not taking care of their build up. Their work, earnings, status, entertainment leave no time to devote for the finer aspects of the lives of their wards.

Elders, most of the senior citizens find their home at old age homes and none to take care and to be taken care of. It is unfortunate that their role in building up their grand children has become a zero due to several factors.

Who else to stop the rot and build up a vibrant and virtuous society at least a decade or two hence?

Oh, Angel! Thee alone can! Yes, we leave the children from three to seventeen years of age, for major productive hours of their life with you, the most respected TEACHERS.

Teaching is the noblest of the callings. You are the angels who spread your wings to protect the future generations  with the knowledge of the subjects, languages, besides the ‘man making’ education with values to build their character, mould their conduct, shape their behavior, chasten their attitude and heighten their vision of life.

Beloved angels!

Devote a few minutes in this area, every period every day before you teach your subject.

Observe their progress in building themselves over all, counsel them, and report to their parents constantly and periodically.

Interact with the parents and request them to be watchful of their positive attitude of their wards at home in respecting the elders, loving the neighbors, being kind to birds and animals, caring for the weak and poor , cherishing the great values of life.

In all your meetings with the other staff of your own Institution and those outside discuss this aspect of your role as an angel.

Oh, Angel! Thee alone can, as you have nothing at stake other than the welfare of the society that is going to be based on the way you mould the present generation of students under your care.

 

GOAL

Goal

To progress in life goal is a must
To reach the sane must is trust
Hurdles on the way lead to dust
Boldly face the hurdles lesson first!

Way to goal may be full of thorn
Constant efforts right from the morn
Problems on the way treat with scorn
Go bold lest you feel forlorn!

Success or failure treat them alike
Cease not efforts till you are alive
Waves in the sea never takes rest
Go fast till you reach the best!
Goal is sacred set it high
Life is short why hue and cry
Goalless life a rudderless ship
Aimless life a worthless gift!

Tireless attempts, ceaseless thoughts
Flawless flight, endless efforts
Fearless approach, greed-less response
Sure to reach the goal in style!

Effective Time Management

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Human beings we are, we come across several paradoxes in our life time. Some we are able to solve; some we are not! All over the world, we have marketing personnel in different fields and we do come across some insurance salesmen who excel in their activities, show fantastic performance year after year and find time enough to spend towards social work, domestic chores, and for the welfare of their class yet bemoaning “if only we have more time we will do still better in the market as there is no dearth of potential in the society”!

We come across senior executives engaging almost all their senior officers in discussion on all matters under the sun almost throughout the office hours – whether the individuals are connected with the subject or not, whether the subject discussed has any relevance, immediate or remote to the need of the organization or not and making up their time to attend to their files requiring immediate decision beyond the hours of office, in the process making their secretarial staff also sit – heart of heart curse –creating an impression in the visiting clients that the executives are really busy as seen in the files behind them and on either side growing into a little mount – all along bemoaning they are hard pressed for time and God has not given them forty eight hours a day!

We also come across other senior executives quietly doing the work, limiting their discussions just to the extent required, disposing the files at the shortest possible time, making their peers and subordinates extremely happy thereby improving their productivity, granting interviews to the visitors not making them wait for hours and still finding time to attend to their literary work, – may be writing, reading, addressing the gathering of the literators, regularly setting apart some time for their morning walk, evening shuttle-cock et al!

“Paradox indeed “is in the world!

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Typical are these examples, leaving millions who lament that they are not in a position to carry out even very important work – not to speak about pursuing their hobbies etc. on the spacious plea of “No Time”.

Yes; “time” is one of the most precious resources the society is endowed with but abused and misused, disused and trammeled. Time is one commodity that cannot be distributed to others, saved or shared, conserved or hoarded. Yours is yours and mine is mine.

It is unfortunate that such a valuable resource as ‘time’ is frittered away in most reckless and unproductive manner by most of the people.

Probably one third of our time is wasted in ‘waiting’ and ‘searching’. How much one waits for a friend, for a bus or train, stands in a queue for booking a ticket or for a delicious dinner in a posh hotel which consumes hours and hours.

How many hours of our precious time are lost in searching for a paper or a key bunch, a document that we have very carefully kept safe years ago or a book kept in home library? Every time I search for my pen kept on table over which I lay a heap of files in the course of my office work, I remember a senior executive who will never fail to keep his pens – different colors he used to keep for different purposes – for signature in a letter one color, for giving a decision on the office note another color, for signing cheques a third color and so on – in the respective holder of the pen stand – not wasting even a second for searching for the pen!

For those who use “No Time” excuse as a cover for laziness, leading to his incapacity to accomplish things the following poem provides an answer:

What a funny thing it is

No time for prayer, satsang we miss
No time to write or read we wish
No time to be with friends we think
No time to serve the needy who sink
No time to visit the shrines that lift!

Funny indeed

We manage time that dies!
Twenty four hours a day
Seven days a week
Four weeks a month
Twelve months a year
Hundred years to live!
No time to spend the way need
Paradox unsolved in life indeed!

Getting up early before sunrise
Starting the routine immediate nice
Wasting, gossiping, frittering avoided
Planning your work, being punctual wise
Gets you all the time you need to size!

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Photo by Sharadha NV

In our personal life or official – in the field or office – time has its own significant role to play and in fact our success to a great extent depends on how well we manage our time. Time management is an art and science. The mastery we acquire over that art and science makes us effective and productive.

Several text books are available on Time management and in fact, no training at any level is complete without a session on this science and art. Yet we have men and men in millions and millions bemoaning and lamenting that they have no time. The books we read and talks we hear may not be of great avail, if the managers of time are not endowed with or have not cultivated a strong ‘will power’. I firmly believe that it is the ‘will power’ that makes or unmakes a good time manager.

Psychologists opine that it is not the ‘lack of time’ that makes one miserable, but it is that lack of ‘will’ or the commonly said “mood to do or not to do” that matters after all. Many a time we attribute “lack of time” as the reason for not doing a thing and the genuine reason may be something else – normally ‘indifference’ to the work on hand or ‘incapacity’ to do that work.

We are living in an age where travel is becoming faster and faster and communication is becoming quicker and quicker thanks to technological advancement all over. Hence if only an individual has the “will”, he can manage the time admirably well.

Given below are some of the important tips for “Effective Time Management” – all experimented in day to day work environment and proved quite successful in personal and official life.

1 Pre-dawn getting up from sleep gets all the time on earth for you.

2 Prioritization of work on hand – first thing first and nth thing nth!

3 Beware of “Time Wasters”. Time wasters may haunt you through any mask – unproductive conversation, meaningless parties, useless dinners, valueless meetings, purposeless travels, unnecessary entertainments, wasteful searches and numerous other masks!

4 Master the art of limited talk.

5 Avoid brooding over yesterday’s failures which eat away not only your today’s time but saps your tomorrow’s energy – learning a point or two out of the past failures, of course, proves guidance for the future.

6 While you are to be in the field in the course of your marketing activities, programme your calls in such a way as to avoid “repetitive route”. “Engagements enroute” conserve time, energy and fuel.

7 Let “Punctuality – finest value of life” be our guiding principle. We often hear “that is Indian punctuality”! We never find the word ‘Indian punctuality’ any where in the dictionary – there is no Indian punctuality, American punctuality, British punctuality etc. There is only one word- punctuality and that punctuality is punctuality. Let us not be unpunctual and cause dent in other’s time nor allow our time to be dented by others’ unpunctuality!

8 Cultivate clarity in thoughts and deeds. Lack of clarity leads to confusion and results in wastage of time.

9 “Delegation” is an insurance against “loss of time”.

10 Procrastination – is a disease with and a villain for the time manager. What can be done today is not to be deferred till tomorrow. Tomorrow may be too late leading to the time and cause getting out of our control.

11 “Simultaneous operation” – an instrument of time saver. To the extent possible we can do more than one thing at the same time notwithstanding the dictum ‘one thing at a time’. For example, while we are on the morning walk, we can simultaneously complete the planning for the day

I have seen an executive carrying a mini office in his brief case and whenever / wherever he had to wait, without wasting time, he will do the office work!

To conclude this piece, a poem written long time ago comes to my mind – which appears to be a fitting conclusion.

God created time
Man measured it fine
Seconds, minutes, hours and day
Weeks, months and year we say!
Time is precious, life is short
Never time is short for the smart!
Every minute worth an hour
Wasted time sure loss for ever!
Well managed time worth a life
How we manage matter for the mind!
Punctuality finest value of life
One should keep till end of life!
Punctuality is double blessed
It blesseth the one who keeps
And also the one who waits
Time is precious for all on earth!
Manage time with entire mite
Enjoy its fruit in all your life!

LIFE AND TIME!

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Mysore Clock Tower at dusk

Oh! Mortals! Time and tide waits for none

So never treat time that flees as fun
Life is short, love is long and so love all
Love knows not young or old and short or tall!
Life is short, death sneaks in at its sweet will
So, do things right, speak things kind, make life still
With peace and poise, joy and health all the time
Serving poor, helping old, be your pastime!

Beware life is precious, time is precious
Never waste life, lest sure it goes vicious
Fritter not life, waste not time, don’t compare
Pleasures the idle have that bring despair!

Sing in praise of timeless God and time full life
Lead life with grace to serve all and God sans strife!

FINEST VALUE OF LIFE

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God created time
Man measured it fine
Seconds, minutes, hours and day
weeks, months and year we say!

Life is measured by the years one lives
Deed is measured by the good it gives!

Seasons spring in every year
Flowers blossom in every season
Kind nature wipes our tears
Happy people grateful for reasons!

Time is precious, life is short
Never time is short for the smart!

Every minute is worth an hour

Wasted time is sure loss for ever!
Well managed time worth a life
How we manage matter for the mind!

Punctuality finest value of life
One should keep till end of life!

Punctuality is double blessed
It blesseth the one who keeps
And also the one who waits
Time is precious for all on earth!

Manage time with all your mite
Enjoy its fruits in all your life!