Thursday, October 19, 2017

Do not make our country a land of orphans

Do not make our country  a land of orphans

(Possibly some of you may think this is an exaggeration .But it is not ,Our girls getting married very late  and then get their only child still later.Many of them do not have any child .So  inspite of our country  not introducing one child norm like China(after 37 years experimentation  they withdrew it) , we  are implementing it. This article shook me to the chore .Are our children marching fast to becme a generation of orphans?)

By
P.R.Ramachander




(The entire material is borrowed from  the  tamil speech of M.Porchelvi   in a debate   which was  posted by  ny friend Rajagopalan Srinivasan .It was with tears  that  I read it and wrote this.  Each and every relation that I have mentioned has a word in every Indian languages.(I am reproducing  the tamil word  as given n the face book  post of my friend . Each of them  have a great role to play  in our  joy and sorrow.Just  for a minute , I imagined a  world without them  and I felt extremely bad, One child norm is going  to create   a land  of rich orphans)

Words    indicating   relations in Indian languages like,
Elder brother , younger brother , younger sister  ,
Junior elder brother  , Senior   elder brother  ,
Junior elder  sister  , senior elder   sister  ,
Father’s  younger brother   and elder brother ,
Paternal aunt  , maternal uncle ,
Husband’s brother  and sister, Elder brother’s wife  ,
Wife’s brother   and sister , Paternal cousin  brother,
Paternal  cousin sister  , Paternal  aunt’s daughter   and son,
Maternal  uncle’s daughter   as well as son ,
(அண்ணன், தம்பி, அக்கா, தங்கை, சின்ன அண்ணன், பெரிய அண்ணன், சின்ன அக்கா, பெரிய அக்கா,
சித்தப்பா, பெரியப்பா, அத்தை, மாமா, மச்சான், மச்சினி, அண்ணி, கொழுந்தனார், நாத்தனார், தாய்மாமன், சித்தப்பா பையன், சித்தப்பா பொண்ணு,
பெரியப்பா பையன்,
பெரியப்பா பொண்ணு,
அத்தை பையன்,
அத்தை பொண்ணு, மாமன் பொண்ணு,
மாமன் பையன்,)
Would not fall  on the  ears  of any one , fifty  years later,
For no one would  have  any such relations in India,
And slowly words for such relations   would vanish from Indian  language dictionaries.

The reason   for this  is  that most  of the families ,
Have decided  to adopt   the  one child norm,
And how can these   relations   continue to exist,
When no one has   a brother   or sister.

After  this   there   would not be  maternal uncles ,
For celebrating  his nieces   attaining  majority,
There would not be  elder brothers   to Hoist,
The first  pillar during  marriage of his sister ,
There would not be younger brothers,
To put a ring  to  the groom of his elder  sister,
There  would not be   mother’s brother for any children
To keep little ones  on his lap  during their first head shave,
There would  not be younger  or elder brothers ,
To rush to   the help of any married   girl in trouble,
And each and every girl  are going   to sob their heart out,
With no  relations or brothers to wipe away  their  tears,
And each and every man   , when facing any crisis in life ,
Is  going to find that  there are no siblings   to bale him out,

After  this like the   bird developing   wings and flying away ,
When the only child  of the family  goes  his way for a job,
Or go away   after  marriage   with their partner  ,
For leading    a life  where  privacy  is more important  ,
All parents  like orphans  would be either put  in an old age home,
Or   rot and  die  alone with no one to care,   in their   palatial own homes.

This is definitely   going to happen to every one in India,
Who are adopting  the one child norm  ,
Aimed at enhanced  prosperity ,
Without bothering about  the banyan tree of shade,
That can only   be provided  by  chains  of relations.

If you  one day become sick in your lonely home  ,
Should you not have some   relation nearby,
Who would  postphne all his work and engagements  ,
And rush    to help you  , in that time of dire need?

It is those  sons of ours   who quarrel ,
Among themselves   for getting  even little things,
Who would  with tears  in their   eyes,
And anguish in their  heart , rush to your help, when you are in need
Even our daughters , engaged  in employment,
Looking after   their husbands , children and family,
Would throw  away all that  in a jiffy  and be by your side,
If  either  one of you   is  sick or in need  of help.

Just for once   do think of your  last days,
You  would  not be an orphan  without money,
But you would definitely  be one   without relations.

Are you  not  engaged   in bringing   up an orphan child ,
Without any relations   except   you in this earth ,
With  millions of bank balance , bunglow,
Chauffer   driven  car  and  modern gadgets all around him,
For  your dying  like an orphan and he also  having  the same  fate.


You are all  struggling to earn  an orphan filled   India 

Monday, October 16, 2017

The temple which is open only for a few days during Deepavali (Hasanamba temple , Hassan)

The temple which is open only  for a few  days during Deepavali (Hasanamba temple  , Hassan)

Compiled  by
P.R.Ramachander




(One of my sisters  of face book  called  Smt Bhavani Mangalam   requested me to write   whatever I know of this temple. I am dedicating this small article to her.)

   Hassan is an important town in Karnataka. One of the important temples is that of Hasanamba  (The mother of Joy) This is a temple dedicated  to Goddess  Durga. Strangely  the deity inside  the temple  is represented  by an ant hill. The following is the belief.
    Once upon a time   the seven Mathrukas   viz  Maheswari, Kaumari  , Vaishnavi  , Indrani and Chamundi   came floating  to the southern part of India . They were captivated  by the beauty  of Hassan  and decided to make that town their home.  While Maheswari, Kaumari   and Vaishnavi decided   to live in  three anthills  , Brahmi decided to live in a place called  Kenchamma’s hoskote  in the  town   And Indrani , Varahi  and Chamundi   chose to live in three   wells  in Devegere Honda , The presiding deity, Maheswari among them took the name of Hasanamba (The mother who is smiling)  and the town was called as Hassan (old name Simhasanapuri)  in her honour.   The temple is open only for a few days during deepavali  . It opens on the Thursday next to Full moon day in the month of Aswija(October-November) and closes  on the Bali Padyami day i.e Prathama thithi following Deepavali festival. Several miracles   are believed to happen in this temple.Some of them are
1.The flowers offered t the deity do not fade and the lamp lit  before closing never gets puts out till the next year  when the  tample opens.
2.There was once a suffering daughter in law devotee to the Goddess who was tortured by her mother in law. Once the mother in law threw a stone at her daughter in law  and she was greatly hurt. When she appealed to the Goddess , she turned her in to a sone . This stone is in front of her  and it is believed  that it keeps moving nearer  to the Goddess . Devotees also believe , that once the stone reaches the Goddess Kaliyuga would end.
 3.It is also believed  that four robbers wanted to steal  the treasure of the temple and the goddess  turned them in to stones.Some people call the temple as Kallappana gudi( the temple of men turned in to stones)
      The structure seen at the entrance of Hasanamba temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva locally called Siddheshwara. It is renowned for its self-manifested linga. There's also an interesting idol of a nine-headed Ravana playing the Veena here. Honouring the devout nature of Ravana, every new moon day people gather at the temple. The annual chariot festival also takes place on the closing day of the Hasanamba temple during Deepavali.

      This year the temple has opened on 12th October 2017  and would be open till October 21st. The  temple would be closed daily from 1.30 PM to 2.30 PM , In this short period , it is expected that  about a million devotees would visit the temple.

Enjoy seeing a video about the temple  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQow2CIgXqA




Do not make family wait , says dead mother to her son

Do not make  family wait  , says dead  mother  to her son

By
P.R.Ramachander



(based on a write up in Whatsapp.Thanks to the original author)

One day Malini’s husband   too her to an ice cream parlour
And Malini asked her husband ,”I wanted to ask you something”
“Go ahead “ her  husband told  and she asked “There is some change in you,
You come d from office  early, help me  by sharing  umpteen items of my work,
And more that  , I feel  recently you have   become   very close   to me.How come”

And he replied, “Dont be silly  , I have not changed   a bit ,”
Malini seriously asked, Dont hide, Have you fallen in love  with some one else?
And is your sudden behaviour change    due to guilt ?”
He  felt sad and he opened his diary took out a paper  and gave it to her and said “Read”

She opened   and found that  it was a long letter  from his mother ,
Addressed  to him  and she said  in it , “I am writing  this long letter,
When I was  a wife to your father   and I know  it is very long,
But please  do read it   with attention  for I want to tell you.”

“When I married your father   , I was a professor  in a college ,
But after you were born, your father  started becoming  very lucky,
And  got  completlly immersed  in his  real estate  business,
And as per his wish, I resigned my job, to look after the  house.”

“Your father  got drowned  in the dream of earning  more and more money,
And after this my life instead  of pleasure   was filled  with nothing but waiting,
He used to go very early   and come very late  and you and your sister  were  my only friends,
Then you  both started  going to school and I used to wait for you  to come back.”

“After you return   you both  would tell the story of  day to day  happenings,
IN the school   and as a teacher , I knew   that  more than half were lies.
You  both further grew up   and slowly you found that  you have nothing  to tell to me,
Then you started going out  and when you would be back, only God knew  and I would wait.”

“Then t your father became sick  and I had to look after  him,
I used to give physiotherapy   and then I   was forced  to wait,
AS he was  not in a mood to speak  to me  and then one day,
WE gave your sister  un marriage and then I had to take permission to talk to her,”\

“You took up the  business  of your father  as he was often sick,
And even then he  never  used to speak to me  , He  used to read,
He used  to eat  and he used   to sleep as  he had never knew,
On what aspect he should talk to me  and thus I lead my silent life.

Whenever  I used to go out  , I used to notice  this longing ,
Of Companionship in the eyes of ladies as old as  me,
And I used to see  young ladies  talking without stop to their husbands,
On the  holidays when they used to come out  as they knew ,
That  for one  more session of talk  , they have to wait  for six more days.

You must be wondering , why I am telling   all these  to you,
I failed with your father as he never heard what I talked ,
Even when I was alive  I was not able to tell    all this to you,
As you were busy like your father and thought That I was wasting your time.

So after  my death  I wanted   you to hear  all that I wanted to tell,
You have a wife and a daughter   who are   waiting   to you at home,
You do not know hiw much your sister  loved   your father  ,
But at the time she   was ready to show it , he was bedridden.

He was so busy that  no one her school knew that he was her father,
All her dreams    of visiting various places  along with her father   were sgattered,
And when he wasa bed ridden and had  only time   with him,
She was not able to talk with him, as she  had gone to her husband’s home  .

Please for god’s sake do not  punish   your daughter like that,
So not make your wife   write a similar  letter to her son,
You have sufficient money    to lead   a peaceful life.
And in fact what you have saved is   suffeceint for you three  for the rest of your life,

You are struggling in your office  to make more and more money,
So that    you will leave  lot of money to your children,
I have a humble request   do not blow more air  in to the balloon of your dreams,
Come back early , give time to your wife and daughter,
Because  it is an unspeakable   to make others  wait   .

Though it was a posh parlour  , his wife was sobbing ,
She knew   that  the torture  of waiting  is over for her,
She knew  that  her husband has realized  that he has erred,

And she thanked her late   mother  in law   for that,

Letter from a married daughter to her mother

Letter  from a married  daughter   to her mother

By
P.R.Ramachander



(Completly based on the post of my friend  Rajagopal  Srinivasan .Thanks to him)

Dearest  mother  mine , just like ,
Every one else I got married  to him,
Whom I liked , with your consent ,
And expected life to be a sweet dream.

Only now I realize   that my life   really starts,
Only  after   the “end”  slide is shown in the cinema,
I came to know   there  is much more things  in being,
What is desired in life and about that  some one desiring you.

How  many responsibilities  , burdens ,
Expectations    and sacrifices  it  involves  was unknown to me,
For example I am not able to have a late morning wake up,
And am forced to get up in dawn and start my work before others wake up.

When I was with you , I used to fly in dresses  that I liked,
But now they want me to wear   dresses that they  like,
I used to simply vanish telling   you , I have to meet a friend,
But nowadays  , I have  to change my programme  according to others needs.

I am not able to sleep when I want  ,
Watch the   TV serial   which I like  ,
And Some times  I feel  married life is boring ,
For Have I not sacrificed my freedom   for its sake.

Was I not    flying  with joy when I was with you,
Some times I even  feel like  coming   back to you  ,
I want to lie on your lap  and make you  force me  ,
To eat  at the proper time and make you prepare  all  sweets that I like.

I feel  that without any worry , I should  be,
Enveloped  in your dear hug  and talk all nonsense with you,
But Suddenly I start  thinking  that you too  ,
Would have  undergone all   these sufferings in your life,

Had you thought like  me, would I have been there,
Should I not return your toil, sufferings   and affection,
I know that  even this thought  , I have  learnt from you,
And when I think like that  Life seems to be easy  and not hard.

AS times go by  , I also would   start loving my family ,
I would become   ready to make  sacrifices like you,
The mental strength we gave you, would be  given to me by my family,
And So Sweet Mummy , I have become  ready to give like you.

Affectionately  yours

Your pet   daughter

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Words have not changed but who tells whom has changed

Words have not changed  but  who tells whom  has changed

By
P.R.Ramachander

   9Based on a facebook post  of Vasantha  Krishnaswamy in face book.)





Once upon a time

    The mother used to tell  her daughter while bidding her  farewell to her  husband’s home:-

Do not talk unnecessarily
Be a good daughter  in law there
Adjust your  life to  his home
Get good name

Nowadays

    The daughter   tells her mother  while bidding  her farewell  to her   son’s home:-

Do not talk unnecessarily
Be a good  mother in law  there
Adjust your  life to  his home
Get  a good name


Friday, October 13, 2017

Interview with God

Interview  with God

By
P.R.Ramachander



(I read this in Tamil  in Whatsapp.To the great author my pranams)

One journalist   of a  modern TV  channel,
Went to heaven and the first thing  he wanted,
Was to interview  the  God   himself   and,
Without any fuss  God gave  him time immediately.

Journalist asked,”What makes you surprised about human beings?”

God laughed and told, “They do not want to  be babies and want to grow up  , but after  growing up , they live  more like babies,

They sacrifice their health  for money and loose money to regain their health ,

They are worried always  about  their future , forgetting  about  their present
So they do not have past or future,

Also They live not to die and die  without really living”


Journalist asked  again “What advices  you want to give your children on earth?”

God said  “Ten plus  one advices ”  and listed  them:-

1.“Dear child, do not ever want to be loved  but live in such a way  that others love you,

2.The  amount  of wealth  that you have earned is not important  , but how you earned it , is,

3.Never ever compare  one with the other   or one person    with another  ,

4.Do not think the person  who has everything is rich but understand that only one who does  not want anything is rich,

5.It takes only few seconds to hurt any one who loves us, but the curing of the hurt  takes very long,

6.Know that  It is true that  many people who love us do not know  how to express it  .

7.Know  that with money you can buy everything , for instance  happiness  can never be brought  .

8.Understand   that every person has  his own way of knowing  or understanding things.

9.Understand that a friend knows all your friends  abd circumstances  and also loves you.


10.It is not suffecient if you  know how t pardon others, you should also know how to pardon yourselves.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Read the story to know your wealth, number of children and age .

Read the story to know  your  wealth, number of children and age .

By
P.R.Ramachander





(I read it in Tamil in a face book message .It is told by THiru Muruga Krupaanda Variaar , who  lived all his life  teaching religion  and way to live,)

There   was a great sage   who only   told truth,
And  ate  only  in a home  where  truth is told.
One day when he went   to a village   and wanted to eat,
And told about this, they showed   the home of a  rich ,
AS well as old  merchant, who had   four sons.”

As soon  as the sage went there   the merchant  ,
Came running  to hospitably receive   him and give him food,
But the  sage told him  , “I only eat in a home  where  truth is told”,
And the  merchant assured  him that  he only told the truth.

The sage wanted   to test  the merchant   about that  and,
He asked ”How much wealth you have?”  and he told “Twenty two thousand rupees”
Saint again asked “How many children you have.” And he said , only one sir”.
And saint asked  “How old are  you?”  and he said ,”three years
Five months, seven hours and sixteen and a  half hours”

The sage got livid with rage and when he   was about to walk out,
The merchant told him   that  he had only said the  truth and nothing but truth,
And the saint asked him, “Others say   you have one lakh rupees wealth”,
And the merchant told, “Yes, that  is the money in my box , but,
I have given only twenty two thousand as charity so far ,
And that is the only wealth   that  would be mine even when I die.”

The sage asked “People say you have   four sons” and the merchant said,
“Four were born to me  and I will summon them before   you now and he called,
“Hey Nataraj” and he replied , “Father  I am playing cards  and cannot come now”
Then he called “Hey Velu” and he said “Why are  you shouting, shut up”
Then he called “Hey Siva” and he said, “Hey fool, why don’t you die”
And then he called “Hey Muruga” and the boy came running to  help him:,
And then the merchant told , “Do you now   agree  that  I have only one son.”

The sage  then asked, “You look about 70 years old  and what about ,
The non sense   you told ?”  and then the merchant told  him,
“Every day I worship God  only for one and half hours,
After  the age   of attaining   ten years  of age  and I believe,
That this is my age  and multiplied by sixty  I told you my  total age,”
The sage was convinced that  it was truth and ate in his home.

This story   tells us all  that what money we gave in charity only is ours,
The son  who respects  us and obeys  us is our only son,
And the ime  we spend in worship is the time   we have really lived.,
This  was a great story by  the great Thiru Muruga Kripananda  Varriaar.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

You may change but your heart will not


You may change but your heart  will not

By
P.R.Ramachander




(Thanks  Radhakrishna Bhagavathar    for  the story)

There  was mouse  in a sage’s hermitage,
And this mouse   was scared  of  cats ,
And so   it said to the sage , “I am scared of the cat,
Change me to a cat”  and the sage said “Amen”

That cat got scared  of a street  dog and requested,
The sage “I am scared  of the dog  and so change me to a dog”,
And sage  said “amen”,  and the dog  got scared  of a tiger ,

Got changed in to a tiger   and scared of a hunter it became a hunter.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hammer , own key , other key and a lock

Hammer  , own key , other key and a lock

By
P.R.Ramachander

(A pretty idea  got from a face book post.Thanks to the author)







One day a hammer   asked the key,
“I am stonger   than you   but  ,
I struggle   to open a  lock,
How come   you open it so quickly?”

The key   replied “You are stronger  than me,
But to open the lock, you hit  on its head ,
And it protests  , but  I  am  his own,
And I touch his  heart  and so it opens its heart.

But had I not  been its own but a stranger ,
Even if I touch its  heart  , it will not open its heart.”
This  only  proves  that love from their  own,
Would  open hearts up but from others, it would protest.”


Monday, October 9, 2017

Surrender to Him, He will lead you


Surrender  to Him, He will lead you

Translated by
P.RRamachander





(The concept of surrender   and the fact that we will only suffer , if we do not do is brought out in this great write up in Tamil, which is given below my translation)

Bullock cart   does not have life  ,
Bullocks have  life as well as wisdom,
But the cart man hitches  the lifeless  cart to the wise  Bullock,
And would decide  where to go and drive it towards  that place.
How far , for how long and  how much load  is decided by the cart man.

Though wise , though it carries  ,Bullock cannot do anything,
And like that the , body the cart is hitched  to  the  wise soul,
And is driven by the   cart man called  God,
He decided , He drives and he makes the man to go and man goes

He drives and man acts  ,
For how many years   and how much time  ,
Is  being decided  by God only,
This is the design   that has  been formulated  by God

This is the assignment    given to us by God,
To the one who realizes this  , there  is no sorrow,
To the one who does not realize  this , there  is no peace,
Lead your life  with prosperity, Lead it with joy and then good  only will happen,
And  till we do this , our  journey would continue happily.

Kumar Ramanathan quotes from Whatsapp Thanks to him
#சரணாகதி:-

எழுதியவருக்கு நன்றி
"'எளிய முறையில் சரணாகதி விளக்கம்""

மாட்டு வண்டிக்கு உயிர் இல்லை
மாட்டுக்கு உயிர் அறிவு இரண்ண்டும் உண்டு
ஆனால் வண்டிக்காரன்
உயிரில்லாத வண்டியை
அறிவுள்ள மாட்டில் பூட்டி..
எந்த இடம் செல்ல வேண்டும் என்பதை தீர்மானித்து
வண்டியை செலுத்துவான்.
எவ்வளவு தூரம்
எவ்வளவு நேரம்
எவ்வளவு பாரம்
அனைத்தையும்
தீர்மாணிப்பவன் வண்டிக்காரன் மட்டுமே!


அறிவிருந்தும் சுமப்பது தானாக இருந்தாலும்
மாட்டால் ஒன்றும் செய்ய இயலாது
அதுபோல
உடம்பு என்ற
ஜட வண்டியை
ஆத்மா உயிர் என்ற மாட்டில் பூட்டி
இறைவன் என்ற
வண்டிக்காரன் ஓட்டுகிறான்
அவனே தீர்மானிப்பவன்

அவன் இயக்குவான்
மனிதன் இயங்குகிறான்
எவ்வளவு காலம்
எவ வளவு நேரம்
எவ்வளவு பாரம்
தீர்மானிப்பது இறைவனே
இதுதான் நமக்காக இறைவன் போட்டிருக்கும் DESIGN
இதுதான் இறைவன் நமக்கு
தந்திருக்கும் ASSIGNMENT
இதை உணர்ந்தவனுக்கு
துயரம் இல்லை
இதை உணராதவனுக்கு
அமைதி இல்லை
வாழ்க வளமுடன்
வாழ்க நலமுடன்
நல்லதே நடக்கும்


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wishful wishes-a tamil poem

Wishful wishes-a tamil poem

அவள் விகடனில் வந்த ஒரு கவிதை.:-
A poem from Aval vIkatan

Translated by
P.R.Ramachander




This was a song popular and published in 2005,to welcome the New year, and holds good today also (From post of my friend Sri.Vasu Iyengar)


தண்ணீர் பஞ்சம் தொலைய வேண்டும்
தங்கம் விலை குறைய வேண்டும்
அழுகை இல்லா சீரியல் வேண்டும்
அழாமல் பிள்ளை சாப்பிட வேண்டும்

The scarcity   to water  should end ,
The prices  of God should come down,
Tv Serials  without tears  should be shown,
The children should take  food without crying.


வாரா வாரம் அவுட்டிங் வேண்டும்
வஞ்சனை இல்லா ஷாப்பிங் வேண்டும்
சண்டை போடாத சர்வன்ட் வேண்டும்
சமையலில் உதவும் ஹஸ்பண்ட் வேண்டும்

Every week we should  go for a pleasure trip,
WE should be able to do shopping  as much as we want,
We should have servants     who do not fight ,
Husband should help   us   in kitchen

வாக்கிங் இன்றி மெலிய வேண்டும்
வல்கர் சினிமா ஒழிய வேண்டும்
தொடர்பு விட்ட தோழிகள் வேண்டும்
தொல்லை தராத சொந்தங்கள் வேண்டும்

WE should become thin without walking,
There should not be  any vulgar  cinema,
WE should have lady friends without connections,
WE should have  relatives  who should not trouble

மயக்கம் இல்லாத மசக்கை வேண்டும்
மதியம் குட்டித் தூக்கம் வேண்டும்
மளிகைச் செலவு குறைய வேண்டும்
மாசக் கடைசியிலும் மகிழ்ச்சி வேண்டும்

WE should be in family  way without nausea,
WE should be able   to take a  short nap at noon,
The bills for groceries  should come down,
WE should have happiness  ebven at month end,

வேண்டும் வேண்டும் இறைவா--என்
ஏக்கங்கள் எல்லாம் தீர்ப்பாயா
புன்னகை ததும்பும் வாழ்வை--நீ
புத்தாண்டு வரமாய் சேர்ப்பாயா!

Oh God we want, we want,
Would you bring an end to all  our problems,
Oh God  please  give a new year gift ,

Of a life   filled with a smile.

Flute and Football

Social service  is like a Flute,
Selfishness  is like a  Football,
Both of them work   with air ,
We kick the football,
WE kiss   the flute  ,
Beacuse the football keeps the air  for its own self,
The flute gives out the air  and entertains others,
Selfish  person would be ignored,
Person who does service to society   would be praised,





Translated from a face book post  by P.R.Ramachander

God does not want us to be beggars before him.

God does not want us  to be beggars  before him.

BY
P.R.Ramachander






(God made me see  the post of Hamsabai Santhana Krishnan  and he told me read this  and then rewrite it in a way  that I have taught you. I did and I thank God  for making me walk by that wway.God, Thank you.)

From God, I requested for strength , God gave me  troubles,
“Fight   and get over them” , He said, “You will get strength”
From God  I requested for wisdom , God  gave me problems ,
“Try and solve all of them ,” , He said  “you will get wisdom.”

From God, I requested for wealth , God showed  me myself,
“Think and work, “ He said, “Wealth   would come by itself.”
From God  , I requested  for courage, God gave  me dangers .
“Meet all of them”, He said  ,”Courage would come  by itself.”

From God , I requested  for satisfaction, He  showed me all that he has provided,
“Share  all this  with others  who lack them”, He said, “you  will get satisfaction”,
From God  I   requested  for health , He showed me , people  who work ,
“Ceaselessly  work like them, “He said, “You  will never lack  strength”

I realized  that the   God does  not  give anything free,
He does  not want us  all to become   beggars  ,
He shows us the way  to get what  we want  in a honest  way,
And provides  us all that  we need  to travel by that way.

We have not created soil, We have  not created sun light,
We are incapable  of making or stopping  a  rain fall,
And if we want grains, we cannot  expect God to plough and sow for us ,
And if we want wisdom, we cannot expect  God to run a school and compel us to study

So pray  and after you pray , open your  eyes of wisdom,
And wait , God   would definitely    show   you the way ,
Obey him , act along  various  ways  shown by him  to get all that we need,
You will succeed and then feel satisfied  about your own self  and then tell him, “Thank you God” .

Examine  carefully  as to what you have asked   and what he got by walking his way ,
You would realize, that  you  yourself  are  the cause  for the difference,
Do not blame yourself  or God  but tell God  , “Sorry God  , I did not succeed,
But I would again   and again  do what you have  told  and  would definitely succeed.



Friday, October 6, 2017

Worm in ear of the king

Worm in   ear of the king

Rewritten by
P.R.Ramachander




(Based on a folk story posted in face book, by my friend  Sri Guru Moorthi . Thanks to him)

Promadha  was a very great  king,
Fighting umpteen wars  to expand his kingdom,
And one day  when  he was  sleeping  ,
In the  military tent , a worm entered his ear.

All the doctors who accompanied  his army,
Tried their best   to take out  the worm from his ear,
They got the best medicines for that  from  all places,
But the king felt that the worm was moving within his ears.

Huge awards   were announced   for  taking out the worm from the king’s ear,
And several great  doctors   came  from all parts of the world,
And they all failed and because  of   the movement of the  worm,
Inside his ear , the king was not able to sleep and started becoming weak.

At that time  a great sage from Himalayas visited  his kingdom ,
And the wife of the king met him and requested him to cure her  husband ,
And the sage visited the palace  and  examined the ear of the king  and told him,
“This is a rare worm  and only the juice of a rare herb  which grows in a far of  forest can kill it.”

And he continued, “I would send my chief disciple   to get the herb ,
And he would come back within a  month   with that rare herb.”
The king provided a horse to his disciple   and also sent people  to assist him,
And the  sage;s disciple   returned back in  three weeks, making the king happy.

Next day early morning  even when the king was sleeping deeply due to hope,
That medicine was  poured in his ears and with in seconds the dead worm fell out ,
The King  became greatly healthy  and thanked  the sage  profusely  ,
And after  a few days the  sage along with his retinue   bid farewell to the king

After the left the kingdom , the  disciples asked the sage  about  the worm,
As well as  the great medicine used  to  kill it   and then the  sage told them,
“The herb is only a type of grass available everywhere and the worm was already dead .
Inside the ears of the king and I acted as if I am getting  a great medicine from a far off place .”

“I simply poured the medicine and placed a dead   worm by his side  and he got cured,
Because I knew no worm can live this long and the king due to strong belief,
Felt it was  alive and moving and what I did was to  act in a drama ,
Which would convince him   that   the worm was taken out and is indeed dead.”

When the disciples   were surprised  the sage continued , “the worm in the ear was dead,
But not the worm that  had entered  his mind , and in fact most of the sickness  that we suffer,
Are not sickness of body but that  of the mind., but all of us  never understand this ,
And these   type of drama would cure  most of the  diseases of most of us.”



A twitter from money

A  twitter  from money

By
P.R.Ramachander

(based on a whatsapp message in Tamil .Thanks to the creator of the letter, possibly not money him/herself)



Dear Mr/Mrs  Human being,

If  I am with you  , you are  rich,
If I am not with you , you are poor,
If you give me to others you are charitable,
If you get me   from others you are a lone taker,
If you spend me, you are  spendthrift,
If you  do not spend me, you are a miser,
If you re attached to me , you are avaricious,
If you are not interested in me you are a saint
You created  me for your needs,
And today  I  am your only need,
Your value  is determined not by your conduct,
But the place where  I am  with you.

Yours sincerely,

Money

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Personal problems of senior citizens and some suggested solution

Personal problems  of senior  citizens and some suggested solution

Rewritten by
P.R.Ramachander



(To celebrate senior citizens day , Usha Ramakrishnan of Global  adjustment foundation interviewed  some senior citizens living in   Ananya shelters , Coimbatore  and also sounselled them. Excerpts were  published  as a booklet called “Anubavathin Pathayile(In the path of experience) “  in Tamil was brought out by the Tamil Magazine “Mangayar Malar” in their laest  issue. I thought that this would be useful to all  senior citizens  and have rewritten it in English.My deep sense of Grattitude to Smt.Usha  Ramakrishnan, Members of Ananya  shelters, Coimbatore as well as mangayar malar)

1,Nani asks,”For a very long time we have toiled hard for sake of family welfare,
Our children have developed wings and flown away, Can he not  spend some time with me?
Can he  not tell some consoling words ? AS  he is engaged only in politics, newspaper and  Television,
I am getting bored and it is but  natural  that  I get angry with him  and some times shout at him.”
We tell Nana, “Hey Nana,  can you not  jointly go for walks , see the   television serial together?
If you cannot , can you not   talk to her  , about your life in flash back, Laugh or cry together,
And we feel that the love of young age is torrential  and love at your age  is calm, serene and pleasant.”

2.Nana and Nani told  “Though we have several  minor  problems of health  and  tiresomeness always,
We rarely talk about  them   to our children in USA , but when talking   with my son the skype ,
And when he asked , “Why do you  look so weak and so   dull, Without holding our toungue,
WE blurted out about our  major and minor problems , making him sad  and we feel bad.”
WE tell them, “By telling your  stomach upset  , he is not  going to send gelusil  tablets from there,
And all that  you have to do is to look after yourselves  to the best  of your ability  and tell him,
Oh son, By grace of God   except for  minor problems we  are okay, and keep him happy.”

3.Nana  and Nani told, “we feel weak but our thought  keeps on galloping fast like a horse,
Worried whether Swacha Bharath  yojana  would work out , What would happen in Tamil Nadu,
How can my   son’s  in laws   talk  to me like that, ,Who will win  the Big Boss  this time, and so on and on”
We told them , “Repeat  the name of God  as many times as possible, do not see  those tear jerkers in TV,
But see some entertaining  programmes , Try  to sing even if you   do not know   how to sing,
Daily spend time in meditation and drive away   worrisome  thoughts   from your mind.

4.Nana and Nani told, “The  most unfortunate  thing  about old age  is forgetfulness,
We do not know where  we kept the key, We do not remember about what day it  is today,
WE do not remember  , what we ate  yesterday and feel scared  that it will increase  with advancing age.”
And we told them, ‘you  can jot down important matters on a white  board  in your home,
When important matters are being told , you can concentrate  more on them,
You can play games like cross word and Sudoku so that our brain also get exercise,
And most important of all, try not to get worried   about how it will progress with age.”

5.Nana  and Nani told, “ we  both grew up in a joint family   where  life was,
Full of joy, care  , love teasing  and day in and day out of  cracking of jokes,
But for the past few years ,  we  have become all alone and solitude hurts us.”
And we told them, “Happenings in life  which were  beyond us are done by God,
But then how to face the   life now onwards  is very much with us  ,
If only you  take  things in a  positive manner , you may even enjoy loneliness.”

6.Nana as  well as Nani told , Our son presented us with latest model  of cell phone,
As well  a tab, and we are not able to understand   anything  about them,
IN fact  out LKG grandson   is really a Ph D  in their operation, but still we hesitate”
WE told them, “we congratulate  you on your  past great life  which was  a constant fight for survival,
WE understand how  wise you are  , but please understand that  every one need not know everything,
Try  to approach a well meaning friend and even your grand son   to learn about it,
For your  using them slightly will make    your children happy and they do not expect  you to become a master”

7.Nana and Nani told, “ They put hearing aid and made us hear  better, they put glases,
And made us see better, when the knee joints were paining they replaced it,
If we have high or low blood pressure, high sugar etc we were asked to swallow tablets,
Is there any such cure for  mental worry   and consequent  restlessness?”
We replied, “For any thing which can be seen by the eye  or felt by some means,
There can be a cure but for   curing mental worry , the medicine is within you,
Pat the mind and say to it, Darling, from now  on have  only positive never negative thoughts.”

8,Nana and Nani said  “ Our daughter  is begging us to come again and again to  USA,
We  along with her parents  have been visiting her  every time  when she becomes in the family way,
After  spending lots of time  marketing for pickles , under garments  and so on.
We  have retired   from our job but will  we be  able to retire  from these back breaking  duties”
We told them,”Life without our usual friends and  surroundings would be  indeed boring,
It is for you to tell them , sorry and they  would understand and make other arrangements.”

9.Nana and Nani say, “we understand that  our government is bringing out,
Several plans to help its   senior citizens right from travel to  saving money,
But how do we know about them because asking half baked people have only added to our  confusion”,
We told “true, you can search the internet but if you are not familiar, you  can read,
Government announcements or even approach the   agencies  or officers directly.”

10.Nana and Nani told , “ we are scared  to live in apartments in metros  , though they say  that,
There is only one common wall , most of them living there run from morning to night,
And we are also scared  when we read that people like us living alone are  attacked by criminals.”
We said, “what you are  saying is true  for there is solitude and scare  in old age,
But why don’t you choose  living in a community of people like  well planned senior citizen homes.”

11.Nana  told  “grand children never speak to me for they are  busy in their own way,
It is difficult to see  our  son in the home and daughter in law  is very busy all  the time,
And Nani spends all  her time in front of idiot box, how  do I talk with another human being”,
We told , “dear sir, large number of NGOs  need people like you to help them, you can go to hospitals,
Or old age homes and read books for those who cannot get up, you can tell them  about God.
If what you talk gives pleasure to others , you can do counselling and  you would  get love by giving it .”

12.Nana and Nani said, “Have you seen a Tamil flick where  the hero is scared of everything,
Our life is very much similar, we think of death, how , when and what sort?
All the people who were  near and dear  to us  are daily  bidding us bye  and going to the  other world.”
We said, “true, after a certain age  death  comes nearer and nearer  and  spiritual  and Godly,
Pursuits  are one method of avoiding thinking about them, Should you not,
Set an example to others  and make others feel  sad that  you would one day be not there with them.”


13.Nana  and Nani said, “we are above seventy, we desire to go to new temples, want  to,
Go to yoga classes , meet near and dear relatives but our capacity for walking has gone down,
Even for routine tasks since we cannot  walk or go by bus, we are forced to pester our busy kids.”
WE said, “things have changed a lot as dependable mode of transport  like auto and taxis are in your finger tips,
And you can also ask your children when  they go  out and plan a trip in his route  , Gods had only one vehicle,
But we   are  having so many choices  which  rush to do your needs.What about sharing with your friends?”