Monday, September 28, 2015

Help others to help oneself and all others

"There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best grown corn.
One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it.
The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. “How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.
“Why sir,” said the farmer, “Didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”
So is with our lives... Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help enrich the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches.
Those who choose to be happy must help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all...
-Call it power of collectivity...
-Call it a principle of success...
-Call it a law of life.
The fact is, none of us truly wins, until we all win!!

Friday, September 11, 2015

World is a Great Magic!

Universe is a Great Magic
क इन्द्रजालायते?
What is the great magic?
This whole universe.
(- Prasnottaramalika by Sankaracharya)
A High Court Judge refers to a principle that if the income exceeds upto 10% from the known source of income it could be exempted and thereby he releases a criminal as not criminal ( although a designated Court had held guilty after 15 years of trial) but in actual fact the High Court Judge made an error in adding the sum and if corrected income exceeds by 80%+ and yet it cannot be corrected by him and reverse his judgement ; what is worse, when it went to the Supreme Court even there the addition error is not corrected so easily and convict the criminal, error is not even a major issue and now the proceeding would go on all over again by going through tens and thousands of pages of documents taking yet another scores of years! What a magic!
A party gets a simple majority by winning 100 seats in a 198 seats BBMP Council and one would think that the party would form the new Council. No no, in actual fact the non elected members to the Council such as local MPs, MLAs,and MLCs also are members having voting rights (Karnataka Municipal Act 1974), and that would need 131 to get majority where the Party which won the election has only 128, although it is not the case in other Local Bodies such as Village and Taluk Panchayats. All those elected and non-elected other than the one which won the election to the Council would get majority and would rule the Council; and this is also democracy. What a magic indeed!
Either way the citizen may not get much difference is a different issue!
It is for nothing that the great Adi Shankaracharya has said that world is a great magic!