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sanatan bharatvarsha and her seers

How seer of Kanchi the Paramacharya silenced the architects of Project Manhattan… Here an interesting incident… Those were the days when Indians were looked down upon by the west. She had just gained independence. Many of our budding scientists were working abroad and facing the cynicism of the west. One of them was Dr. Iyengar of the Atomic Energy Commission which became BARC. Once he was discussing about Paramaacharya when his senior Allen Cummins came and asked what they were discussing. When iyengar told about Paramaacharya Dr. Cummins ridiculed him asking, if your god-man knows everything why India did not make the Atomic Bomb first. After a few months Iyengar came to India and asked Cummins if he too wished to join him. The man waiting to ridicule Indians agreed. They both came to Chennai and proceeded to Kanchipuram. On the day they landed, they were asked by Periyaval to take rest and meet the next day. Cummins felt irritated but something in him made him wait. He had satvic food and realised something around the place. That night he had a peaceful sleep without his regular glass of drink. Next day they had Darshan and the moment Cummins saw Periyaval he was dumbstruck. For here was a person who was personification of simplicity which later turned to be the personification of knowledge and compassion. He came to confront Periyavaal but could not ask anything. ‘Did you see India’ Periyavaal asked Cummins . He just nodded. ‘You saw what Project Manhattan did to Japan and for the same reason we did not reveal the Anu Shastra . It brings only destruction’. The man was as feeble like a jelly, feeling the ground beneath him slipping. He had met presidents and many powerful men but never felt so feeble as he was feeling now. ‘How the hell did he know? Periyavaal was smiling like an innocent child. ‘I know why you came to see me and I don’t want your visit to go waste. ‘ Then what paramaacharyal told him made him feel still shameful. He heard the entire concept of relativity and atomic theory explained in such a simple language. ‘India will never use the atomic power to destroy, it will be only for constructive purposes.’ Cummins now felt ashamed and futile to work in such atomic project. He sought the Acharya’s blessings and left. He never worked in the atomic sector again. He thanked Iyengar and later became one of the chief architects of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty & who spoke in the UNO about it. That is the power of Paramaacharyal ! HARA HARA SANKARA JAYA JAYA SANKARA

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meditation on the moment

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, an...d stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

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aham brahmasmi

You're walking on the busy road.. 
You're strolling in a garden 
You're hurrying to the office 
You decide to walk to the market..

In every instance above.. 
You've to cross and criss-cross
A mileu of.. 
Trees, birds, flowers, lawns... 
People, children, dogs... 
Vendors, kiosks, shops..

All the time you're... 
Engaged within your own mind, 
Talking to yourself silently.. 
Seeing people in your mind.. 
Drawing pictures in your thoughts.. 
Smiling now, gnashing now.. 
Nodding now and then!

Open your door and step out 
Of your cocoon, your mind-shell 
Breath in the sights 
Merge in the scenes 
Drink the colours 
Taste the honey..

Keep this your daily sadhana.. 
A trip out of your mind's room 
Into the bubbling waters of life 
munch and reflect the excitement 
As you now dive within 
Telling your secret mantram 
Counting your beads 
You'll see wonderous visions 
As you settle gradually 
Surrounded by the melting pot 
You become the Homa fire 
Aham Brahma Asmi..

~V Ravichandran Salem

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