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Monday, March 30, 2009

SARVE JANA SUKINO BHAVANTHU

SARVE JANA SUKINO BHAVANTHU

It was always a wonder ,right from my childhood, as to “why people both men and women, who are learned, who hail from a good family background, who learned / preached / practiced vedas and sasthras,Upanishads and epics, who are rich by HIS GRACE, who are in high positions, who have happiness to themselves- tortures, harasses, speak obnoxiously, seeks in pleasures in wounding other hearts, behave as though they knew too much etc etc and never allow the world at peace. Why?
When I was 7 year old I used to hear a lot shouts from men and women in my housing colony. A Hindi speaking lady whose husband was a senior executive, will keep on yelling at him for 2 hours till he goes to office. Why, when I was 9 years, my friend hit me hard for making him out in cricket and in turn my neighbor who was watching this belted him, I had pain but pain was there for that kid too---and next day we were going to school together. Such things do happen everywhere and all time and people who hit, abuse expect to find pleasure (do they?) and the affected victims crumble in-side.
Sigmund Fraud said its nothing but complex—inferiority complex. People never see inside themselves but always look around and compare. People do not like any one to be higher in measures, ranks, intelligence,work,sharpness, music, acting, dressed in neat fabrics, in color, in fashion, in beauty etc ,whether husband, sisters, brothers, friends, neighbors, office colleague, secretaries, servants, boss, doctors, lawyers, mothers –in-laws, ( have you ever heard a dispute between father-in-law and son-in-law?) ,businessmen ,and even vedic pundits! The envy, the inability to do, the basic possessiveness drive them to kill such people, in better level , in heart and deeds. In this aspect they fail to notice their own strength, their assets and their bright-side and lose their lives in comparisons and envy. They have one aim, “must crush the good “and in that process they lose their life and get crushed. The other always undoubtedly suffers but find a finer roots (routes also) in that process and get elevated. DO YOU REMEMBER 90-10 PRINCIPLE? REMEMBER 80-20 MBO? TWO LINES DRAWN ADJUCENT AND MAKE LIFE SMOOTH BY EXTENDING THEIR LINES BIGGER? However” such elements of compare and contrast”, make the world the hottest. In that process, they do appear to be vaingloriously victorious initially, and get sucked faster than their thoughts, perished forever. HISTORY SHOWS THEM ALL REPEATEDLY, BUT such-elements, DO NOT CARE.


That’s life. They are like sugar to our life -coffee; one thing you can take a lot of sugar, get energized, taking their deeds in positive attitude; take less sugar, and restrict the corbo- hydrates to show better health aptitude; or finally, ignore the sugar, and keep up the constitution stronger. By all means, once the nature of sugar is understood, you know ,to upkeep your health, physically and mentally strong and live refinery. In kids sugar makes them grow and hyper and so you can grow taking their attitude as publicity, Sugar has to be watched carefully, in the middle ages and youth, so also, watch them carefully, and build your growth on their edifice, using them as a stepping-stone-ladder and kick it out so they burn within themselves more. Sugar is dangerous after 50, so you have all the experiences drawn from them, as to how one should not be, so do climb up the peak and touch the APEX, and keep ignoring them.
AFTER ALL LORD KRISHNA DID HE NOT SAY IN BHAGAVAT GEETHA THAT HE IS THE POSITIVE AND THE NEGATIVE THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE? DO YOU THINK WORLD CAN BE ALIVE WITHOUT SUGAR? “GUNAS “ DO EXIST AND ‘”RAJAS AND THAMAS”” GUNAS TRY TO TORTURE THE “SATWA” AND “SATWA” KNOWS HOW TO USE THE SUGAR CAREFULLY ,OR ELSE HOW “SATWA GUNA” PEOPLE WILL BE HIGH-LIGHTED IN THIS WORLD? AFTER ALL, GOLD DOES NOT ATTRACT UNLESS ITS BEATEN AND BURNT, IS IT NOT?
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Thursday, March 5, 2009

UDUPI TEMPLES

Udupi and other Temples of Dakshina Kannada

Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka on the west coast has some of the most famous temples. They include famous Krishna temple at Udupi, Mookambika temple at Kolur, Manjunatha temple at Dharmasthala, Subramanya temple at Kukke and Sringeri mutt.
Sri Krishna Mutt, Udupi (Tel. No:0820-2520598) : This is one of holiest pilgrimage centers in India established by Dwaita saint, Sri Madhwacahrya. The unique feature of this temple is that darshana of the lord can be had only thru' a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki. It is said that idol turned around to provide darshana to Kanakadasa. Only the swamiji are allowed to enter enter the garbha gruha.The presiding Swamiji worships Lord Krishna fourteen times a day. Afternoon and night poojas are elaborate and a treat to watch. View Video
Apart from establishing Krishna Mutt, Madwacharya started eight mutts (called ashta matas) and all the eight mutts can be found in Udupi. Paryaya is an important event in Udupi. Paryaya is a system in which the eight pontiffs of Udupi undertake the responsibility of worshipping Lord Krishna and manage the temple by turn for a fixed period of time. More details of the mutt and the Shrine can be read here .

Udupi Accommodation: Udipi is the ideal base for you to explore all the temples in Dakshina Kannada district. Pilgrims can stay at in various temple guest houses. Gita Bhavan guest house and Krishnapura guest houses are right behind the temple. Sri Bhuvaraha Guest house is opposite Sode mutt.
Kukke Subramanya Temple (Tel #: 0825- 281265) : Temple is situated in Kukke- a scenic village on the foots of Kumara Mountains. Lord Subramanya is the deity worshiped in the form of a Cobra (Sarpa). In the temple, Subramanya is enshrined seated on a peacock in the sanctum of this temple. Also enshrined here are images of Vasuki and Adi Sesha. Legend has it that Garuda, the mount of Vishnu was once chasing Vasuki, the king of snakes. Vasuki took refuge in Subramanya who offered protection to the snake from Garuda
Many devotees visit the temple if their horoscope has “sarpa dosha”. Famous cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, visited this place to offer prayers as he was believed to be afflicted with Sarpa Dosha
Accommodation : Temple offers excellent accommodation including A/C guest houses. One can visit Dharmasthala in the morning and stay at Subramanya for the night. Regular buses ply between these two important shrines.
Trek to scenic Kumara Parvata is excellent and one of the important hiking trails.

Mookambika temple at Kollur (Tel #-08254-758488) :Goddess Mookambika is in the form of Jyotir-Linga incorporating both Shiva and Shakti. The swayambhu lingam in front of the image installed by Adi Sankara, has a golden rekha (line) approximately at the center, and is considered to be a Shiva-Shakti manifestation.

The Panchaloha image (five element mixed metal) of the Goddess on Shree Chakra is stated to have been consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya during his visit to this place.
You can visit Mookamika temple from Udupi via Kundapur. A trek to the peak of the Kudashadri peak and a hike to the Govinda Theertha waterfalls are noteworthy trips from Kollur. Pooja and other details are listed here

Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple: Manjunatha (Shiva) is the deity of the temple. Dharmasthala literally means “Place of Dharma”. Dharmadhikari at Dharmasthala provides judgement to local disputes and hence the name. Dharmasthala is a miracle of paradoxes. Here different faiths co-exist in harmony. Dharmasthala is famous for its Anna seva - food is provided to lakhs of devotees everyday. Food is prepared in hygienic environment and using modern techniques
Dharmasthala is 100 Kms from Udupi . You can take a bus to Belthangaddi and then a Jeep to Dharmasthla. Temple has numerous guest houses where pilgrims can stay comfortably. Visit the official site for more details.
Sringeri Mutt (Tel #08265-250123) : Sringeri Mutt was established by renowned 8th century philosopher saint Sri Adi Shankara, the principal exponent of Advaita (non-dualism). The Divinity of Knowledge, Goddess Sharada, installed at Sringeri by Sri Adi Shankara, graces the Peetham as the presiding deity. It is said that Shankaracharya decided to establish peetam at Sringeri after he saw a rare sight of a hooded king cobra giving shade to a pregnant frog, thus saving it from the burning rays of the sun. Adi Sankara felt that the place had to remarkable if the worst of enemies help each other.
Sringeri is located amidst the Western Ghats in Chikamaglur district of Karnataka, heart of "Malandu", on the left bank of the river Tunga. The twelve pillars in the Vidyashankar temple, popularly known as Rashistambhas (zodiacal pillars) is a major attraction. . Symbols of the twelve divisions of the zodiac are engraved on hese pillars. It is said that the design of the pillars involved certain astro-nomical concepts – for example, the first rays of the rising sun fall on specific pillars with the zodiacal symbol on the pillar corresponding to the position of the sun.
There are many routes to reach Sringeri. If you reaching from Udupi or Mangalore, you need to reach Karkala and take the scenic route to reach Sringeri. There are overnight buses from Bangalore.
Daily Anna Dhanam is a significant feature of Sri Sharadha Peetam Sringeri..Every Devotee or Pilgrim who visits Sringeri is given bhojan. Temple offers Annaseva as well has clean comfortable rooms for accommodation. More details can be found here




Mantralaya

Mantralaya is one of the important pilgrimage centers in South India as it houses the original samadhi of the great Vaishnava saint Sri Raghavendra.
Sri Ragahavendra selected Mantralaya for his Jeeva Samadhi. Devotees visit Mantralaya to have the darshan of the Brindavan of Sri Raghavendra. The mutt is situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra in the state of Andhra Pradesh bordering Karnataka.
Reaching Mantralaya: It is easily accessible by train as it on the Chennai /Bangalore – Mumbai line. Almost all train stops at Mantralaya Road station which is just 12 Kms from the Mutt. For those coming from Mumbai, Mumbai – Chennai Express starting from Mumbai at 2 PM is most convenient as it reaches Mantralaya by 4 AM. Bangaloreans can reach Mantralaya by Udyan Express. KSTDC also runs a conducted tour covering Mantralaya and surrounding places. More details on reaching Mantralaya from various cities is available here.
Sevas at Mantralaya : For sevas, you need to make a booking at the temple office by 8 AM. Detailed list of sevas are available here. Most popular is the Sankalpa Seva. Details on Sankalpa seva can be read here. Aradhana at Mantralaya is very popular and numerous devotes reach Mantralaya at the time of Aradhana. Poorna Aradhana for the year 2007 is on 29th August.
Accommodation :Temple has several guest houses which are provided to devotees for nominal fee. You can find teh availability at central booking office at the road junction near the Mutt. Rooms are clean and well maintained and available for a nominal fee. Advance booking is possible for the newly constructed 100 rooms guest house and AC rooms. Details for advance booking
Temple also serves free meals as Prasadam to all devotees visiting Mantralaya
Near Mantralaya :
Panchamukhi temple near Mantralaya is a must visit. Autorickshaws ply between Mantralaya and Panchamukhi temple. Navabrindavana and Hampi are other destinations near Mantralaya

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why obama cant stop outsourcing

Why Obama can't stop outsourcing (from a friend)

The Indian information technology industry has reacted with a mix of hope and caution after President Barack Obama said last week that he will not allow US companies that send jobs away to enjoy his tax breaks.

Obama is presumably talking about industry-specific tax breaks, though the details are not clear yet. But it is clear to me that he cannot go very far.

For instance, the US plan can affect General Motors, which is getting government help. I know from experience that GM is doing advanced design for its next generation of automobiles using aviation-standard materials in Bangalore. Does Obama's budget mean that GM will stop using India as a base for innovation? How will GM keep a global edge?

Now, take Accenture, which many think is a US company. It is actually incorporated in Bermuda. Will a US-based retail company (like J.C. Penney, for instance), handing over IT work to Accenture suffer from Obama's moves? If it does, and rival IBM gets a deal that Accenture might have had, remember that IBM has tens of thousands of employees in India, doing work for US clients. The simple point is that US has itself led efforts in making the world economy in an inter-connected web. The nitty-gritty of crunching IT spending is going to be painful.

US firms have already lost the game of efficiency in automobiles to the Japanese and in overall manufacturing to the Chinese. In pharmaceuticals and services, Indian firms can shake the US in everything but blockbuster product development. If you take new products, IT and distributed global research and development are at the heart of whatever remains of Ameri-can capital efficiency, innovation and competitiveness.

In other words, US firms are no longer US firms, but effectively global firms. By doing harm to what Americans call outsourcing, Obama may be axing a branch he is sitting on. Which is why I see his speech as little more than symbolic post-election posturing. If the benefits of tax breaks are outweighed by the gains of outsourcing, US firms will do what makes more sense to them.
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THOUGHTS AL(L)O(W)U(E)D: (my view)
A GOOD THINKING, HOWEVER AMERICAN CULTURE IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT AS FOR AS THE GROWTH IS CONCERNED. THIS KIND OF MISERY IS NOT NEW TO THEM. “N” TIMES THEY FELL AND “N+1 TIMES THEY HAD ARISEN. FORD WENT DOWN, BUT JAPAN COULD SURVIVE ONLY BECAUSE OF THE HIGHER VEHICLES OWNERSHIP IN USA. JAPAN MANUFACTURES TO THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY AT LESSER COST THAN SOLD IN THE OTHER PART OF THE WORLD. MY CAR HUNDAI IS SOLD AT A LESSER PRICE THAN THE PRICE I PAID HERE AND ITS SOLD IN USA WITH ALL FACILITIES,AS REQUIRED IN THEIR LAW WHEREAS I PAID MORE FOR LESSER ONE OF WHICH NEITHER THE COUNTRY NOR THE PUBLIC STAKE A CLAIM.
USA MAKE CAR OR BUY THEIR STYLE OF CAR; IT THROWS OUT THE OUT SOURCING, YET MAY HARP ON SOMETHING ELSE TO ACJEVE FOR THEM; AS ON DATE THEY DICTATE AND WE DO, MEAN EVERY ONE IN THE WORLD; THEY FIGHT AND GO DOWN YET RISE UP, MAY BE THIS IS THE NTH TIME; OUT OF JEWS IT GAINES ALL BUT ISRAEL IS NOT AS POWERFUL AND SELF CONTENTED AS USA. I BLESS YOUR WISHFUL THINKING
K RAJARAM IRS (Retd)

women day

Girl - Mother - Grand Mother –
WAV!!! - Appreciate Her From a friend)
Tomorrow you may propose a working woman,
but you should marry with these facts
firmly grounded in your mind........
Here is a girl, who is as much educated as you are;
who is earning almost as much as you do;
One, who has dreams and aspirations just as you have
because she is as human as you are;
One, who has never entered the kitchen in her life
just like you or your Sister haven't,
as she was busy in studies and competing in a system
that gives no special concession to girls for their culinary achievements.
One, who has lived and loved her parents & brothers & sisters,
almost as much as you do for 20-25 years of her life;
One, who has bravely agreed to leave behind
all that, her home, people who love her,
to adopt your home, your family, your ways
and even your family name,
ie: A tree getting transplanted in a new soil after two decades.
One, who is somehow expected to be a master-chef from day #1, while you sleep
oblivious to her predicament in her new circumstances,
environment and that kitchen


One, who is expected to make tea, first thing in the morning
and cook ood at the end of the day,
even if she is as tired as you are, maybe more,
and yet never ever expected to complain;
to be a servant, a cook, a mother, a wife,
even if she doesn't want to; and is learning just like you are
as to what you want from her; and is clumsy and sloppy at times and
knows that you won't like it if she is too demanding,
or if she learns faster than you;
One, who has her own set of friends, and
that includes boys and even men at her workplace too,
those, who she knows from school days and
yet is willing to put all that on the back-burners
to avoid your irrational jealousy,
unnecessary competition and your inherent insecurities;
Yes, she can drink and dance just as well as you can,
but won't, simply because you won't like it,
even though you say otherwise
One, who can be late from work once in a while when deadlines,
just like yours, are to be met;
One who is to bear your legacy -
enter the motherhood with all pains to make it gains
so that you can proclaim to the world as a proud father,its heritage,
And after sometime enter into grand parenthood too.!!

One, who is doing her level best and
wants to make this most important relationship in her entire life a grand success,
if you just help her some and trust her;

One, who just wants one thing from you,
as you are the only one she knows in your entire house -
Your unstinted support, Your sensitivities and most importantly -
Your understanding, or love, if you may call it.

But not many guys understand this......
Please appreciate "HER" ==========
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OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN (myself)
Poet Subramanya Bharathi used a word which I had not seen anywhere viz “Pennil oru peezhaiyurukkudamma” Yes It is-
As women have the chores to perform as duties assigned to women, men have been assigned certain things to do. Women has to take care of her husband and the home in which others reside, preferably husband’s relations. On the contrary a good husband has to take care of his wife children and relatives, apart from securing the worldly wisdom thro non-chalant hard work which is more difficult than, as it would involve psychological clash, aberrations and diplomatic play. Wife plays the foot ball at home ground where winning or losing does not matter, yet it’s a game played. However men play in the open field and have to endure tough competition since so many plays the same style.
God created men and women, made for each other and no one on this earth is EQUAL in all respects. Equality is heartily given and reciprocated, but virtually, there is no equality. Equality is objective and better understanding of the mind keeps up the balance of the earth. Men and women have to respect each other. Even if women are asked to rest, they won’t as their nature and thought process is different. Women think thro the heart and men thro the mind. Women is emotional and men pragmatic. Given the circumstances, one cannot exist without the other and cannot exist individually, whatever their habits and education.
At the same time it has to be accepted that the women by nature have strong heart and willing to sustain and sacrifice to uplift her children which except “thayumanavar” style men (rarity), may find it difficult however god a man he may be. Her world is around her husband and children and for the sake of peace she would endure any extraneous torture, provided she can achieve. Now regarding working women of the present day, well, both have to share, yet fish learn to swim sooner or later, as that is its strength.
Only if men folk understand this and love them more, life is a blooming flower. Yet the same women have the capacity to far exceed neglecting the husband and the family when, women hood descends down to abysmal and world is in chaos. Women pay the price to cross the nature as well as men for allowing it to happen. Problem and the solution is one and the same person and choice is made to carry further. No doubt, women shall deserve the greatness and reciprocate the greatness in men.
Thank you K Rajaram IRS (Retd)