Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Hinduism or miscommunication? - Guest Blogging!!!

நெய்யில் உறைந்திருப்பவர் யார்.. பாருங்க?
விநாயகர் முருகர் சிவன் மூணு பேரும் சமமாமே!!எப்படி ??


Hey
I invite people for guest Blogging- say, if you want to post - ask/ discuss something through my blogspot, you are welcome. Badhri is interested and he volunteered to guest blog!!! I am posting his message below.
- Mayaa

Hinduism or miscommunication?

I know that the title sounds like another religious controversy conceived by so-called thinker with a difference. With all the humblesness, I would like to say that this post is far from one. It is rather a question that has always been in my mind like a painless tumour - passive but palatable. Hinduism's source is the Vedas, a compilation that is mostly lost. The available portion is written in Sanskrit, a language not understood by most today. Hinduism we know today is primarily because of word-of-mouth and to a much lesser extent from the translated version of the book. If you consider other religions, The Bible and The Qur-an, have retained their form in entirity. So, the inevitable misinterpretation of the message delivered by the holy books can be debated, discussed and confirmed/denied as the message intended by the book. (Whether the message is correct, wrong, good or bad is beyond my concern). But this is not possible in Hinduism with a large portion of the Vedas lost. Considering all this, what are the chances that the Hinduism we know today is the Hinduism that the sages wrote? In other words, when a single-line message is passed down on one end of a line of people emerges at the other end fairly distorted (more often than not), how are we to believe that the Hinduism passed down primarily through word of mouth from generation to generation is distorted completely beyond recognition? I have no answer and the painless tumor in my mind is getting bigger and bigger!


- Badhri
Droplets
Overtea

Thursday, June 22, 2006

A must-see, must-read and must-know for every Tamilian

Hey all
I have been reading Ponniyin selvan at a very slow pace enjoying every scene..Needless to say, kalki's style of writing is awesome and Arulmozhi Varmar is unbelievable..

Must know!!
Though Kalki says about his bravery, generosity, unbiased feel to all religious sects and things, I was very much impressed by his aims /thoughts..Man.. he aims so high.. When he (the last kid at home) meets his sister after he comes back from srilanka where he rejected the offer (given by buddhists) to rule sri lanka, he tells her that " Sis, the so called reasons for not taking up srilanka to rule like 'It would be bad if i take up srilanka when my elders are alive/ruling' or 'it would create problem between buddhist groups etc' are not the main ones.. I wish to tell you the real one.. the land is not that big. I can come across in horse very soon. ". And she says' even our chola kingdom is not that big', he says ' yeh , if i really have to take up ruling a country, i would want to establish and rule a vast empire in South India and get good support from all the people". Man... he says ' when his ( presently) small chola kingdom had severe political instability. He aimed so high inspite of alll problems.. such a positive nature!!!!

And he did it!!! - this man later called as Raja Raja Chola achieved far beyond!! He did everything great and special...He has built hundreds of temples esp. the monumental tanjore temple. He has had a vast empire in South India which no body else could do (South india had always had many small kingdoms ). Above all, he has won the hearts of all people, even whose kingdom had been conquered by him

Unbelievable... He should be our inspiration !!!

Must Read!!

Read this article!! http://www.thebigtemple.com/emperor_rajaraja.html

Must see!!!
Even if dont have time to read or know abt Raja raja cholan, please take time to see the 52 min clipping in desikan's webpage. Its a documentary (in english) on South indian temples esp. abt Raja rajan!!

Chance illa!! Speechless after watching this!!!

Monday, June 19, 2006

காது வழியா கூட அசுரர்கள் வராங்க !! யாருன்னு தெரியுமா? சொல்லுங்க!!

விநாயகர் முருகர் சிவன் மூணு பேரும் சமமாமே!!
எப்படி ??


"HE is Professor and holder of the Chair in Tamil Studies. He has written extensively on premodern Tamil, its relationship to classical Sanskrit, and South Indian religion and culture. He has also translated several important works from Tamil, and his work was nominated for The American Book Award. He has taught all areas of Tamil literature as well as courses on Indian Civilization, Indian literature, and Indian religion. His latest publication (with Hank Heifetz) is an annotated translation of the great Tamil classic, The 400 Poems of Wisdom and War (The Purananuru) "- http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/sseas/people/faculty.html

He is also the one who strugggled hard to declare tamil as classical language by the Indian Government..

HE is George L. Hart, Ph.D. Harvard University (Sanskrit and Indian Studies) 1971..

yeh. he is one of the greatest men whom I really admire!!...

Monday, June 05, 2006

What will YOU do??

காது வழியா கூட அசுரர்கள் வராங்க !! யாருன்னு தெரியுமா? சொல்லுங்க

விநாயகர் முருகர் சிவன் மூணு பேரும் சமமாமே!!எப்படி?



Hey all,
Hope you are having fun now during summer..( People back at home!! dont get mad at me..I understand that its too hot even now.. anyways..still, you must be having some fun out, right !!) Everybody wishes to enjoy ever like that- not get back to our routine... yeh.. me too..

But, of late, I have been thinking that it will be nice if things allow us to do some other profession for a while, say, for 5 years and then switch for some thing else and go on... Yeh, we all would have liking on some other fields as well. I totally agree that it is not feasible due to family/ monetary/ committments that we can take them all as our profession.And, though, we may feel so, it may not interesting for long..Always other things always appear greener than what we are at.. we know all this..still, sometimes some kadi feeling makes us think like this..here I am starting up a tag due to this !!

If.... if incase you HAVE TO switch fields once in every 5 years between your 30 to 50 yrs of age assuming that your monetary needs are taken care in upper-middle class standards, what (4-5 professions) you would wish to do (and say few words about it) ?

Yeh , I wish to hear what would others wish to do. So, I tag Sendhil, Subha, Prabu karthik, Tj, Pb.
And here I give mine..

The day I am given this option..assuming that my parents and wellwishers dont worry / discourage me..assuming that I am given some start-up money for setting up each profession..I would say a biiiiiiiiiig bye to my research lab.. go to michael's and buy lllots of painting stuffs..come home.. book a bigger apartment.. go to stain glass painting classes and start painting.. yeh, I will take Painting as my career.

Okay, its time to change to next profession.. now in the last few months of painting career, I will look for Phd programs in Tamil..Join a good program.. Yeh, now I can read books with no interuption. Nobody can say 'Priya, you are wasting time reading books' and I can specialise in grammar!! Wow, what a great oppurtunity!!

Now, its time for the next five years..Now, I would wish to serve in education committee in India. If I gain so much power that I can change school curriculum, I would definitely take time to see and analyse with fundu people the present school syllabus esp. tamil and present college syllabus esp science.. Do some teaching as well.

and in the last 5 year, I would wish to take up correspondence classes in home science and interior design..sit at home... enjoy time with family..implement some of my ideas from these classes....take free tuitions..watch handicraft shows..cook bonda, bajji etc. eat and sleep..haahaa..


It will be great if you share what YOU would wish to do ..aaan haan !!!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Are you a Multitasker / Perfectionist?

தெரிந்த கேள்விகளின் விடைகள் இங்கே !!
Hey,

When we learn something new and want to incorporate into us, have you observed that people take different routes?? Some people try to maintain the same speed while adopting a new thing during multitasking. Others reduce the speed of doing it, learn to do it qualtitatively, become a perfectionist and bother less about the speed.

I have always wondered many a times which one gives minimal loss.. Which one has to be acquired first- speed or perfection.. Though we tend to ideally say ' ofcourse the quality/ perfection has to be acquired first', we can see that the multitasking personality in us will hurry us up to expedite things faster even before you get the perfect quality.. If it did not happen, then we will be a person who would not want to do multitasking but a good perfectionist.

Both, multitasking and perfectionism, has its own advantages and disadvantages...Say for example, when you learn type writing , you have to learn to type perfectly without errors and then learn to increase the speed. If you do the reverse, you will always stay imperfect but you will just be faster since the initial days. But, say, when you have so many things to be done within a span of time like clean the kitchen, cook and vacuam your home , we (multitaskers) tend to compromise on the quality which would make you do everything within limited time. But, over the period on striving towards perfection / quality, we learn to do all the three things with perfection within that limited time.

I have also wondered whether multitaskers can be perfectionist as well and vice versa?? Yeh, it can happen I guess .. we can take roles based on the situation (Though both at a time may not be that feasible). I feel that prioritising quality or speed can be done with respect to the demand of the situation. But, in general, I feel that many of us can't infact dont do that.. We tend to either stay as somebody who give importance to quality, be a perfectionist and try not to get into mustitasking to avoid messing things up or we get ssso many things done at a time, compromise little bit on quality (little bit is again relative - my little bit is too huge for some body) take little steps to strive towards quality and stay as multitasking personality. Yeh, we call it as our nature or personality and try to stick on to one!!

Consciously responding to situations, say, by analysing, which one - perfection/ multitasking is essential for that situation, by prioritising, can help us to do things effectively and efficiently.

Also I guess that its necessary to realise that 'its only we who just brand ourselves and stick to one of the two' and we (our mind) need to believe that we can take roles and stop thinking that ' I am like this only.. . I can do things like this only etc.' . In this way, we can be multitaskers as well as perfectionists with respect to the situation..Well, the reason that made think all this is this..I was (expecting to get back soon) an active multitasking personality (but I have compromised some quality for the speed ) and when I got sick , I lost the speed and could just accomplish few things .. But.I was astounded to see myself doing things with more perfection than I used to and realised that I can also attain core perfection when needed which I never believed before..Anyways..

As my ex boss in India used to say " What your mind believes and conceives, your body achieves"!!!
What do YOU feel on this??