Thursday, September 04, 2014
1635- Renowned Telugu filmmaker Bapu, also an acclaimed artist, painter, cartoonist and illustrator, passed away in Chennai On 31st August following a brief illness.
He was 80.
Bapu had begun his career as a director in 1967 with Sakshi, which was then screened in international film festivals. He went on to direct about 50 films in his career.
He received several coveted honours, including Padma Sri from the Union government in 2013 and the prestigious Nandi Award of the Andhra Pradesh government.
Bapu, in combination with his friend and writer Mullapudi Venkata Ramana, made critically-acclaimed and successful films like Muthyala Muggu, Tyagayya, Bhakta Kannapa, Pelli Pustakam and Mr Pellam.
Bapu made a few films in Tamil and Hindi as well. His Hindi films include Ham Paanch and Seeta Swayamvar.
Bapu's Vamsa Vriksham in Telugu was one of the earliest films in the career of veteran Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor.
Bapu was also an artist, painter, cartoonist and illustrator par excellence, whose works signified the benchmark for Teluguness.
In casual conversations, a traditional-looking Telugu girl is often described as "a girl in Bapu's picture"
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
1634- The Bible and the land!
(Tutu is a celebrity world wide.
from Wikipedia: He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).
Tutu's admirers see him as a man who since the demise of apartheid has been active in the defense of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, homophobia and trans phobia.
He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He has also compiled several books of his speeches and sayings.)
1633- Kushwanth Singh on Osho
Late Kushwant Singh writes in his forward to "Life's mysteries, an introduction to the teachings of OSHO" -
"... Rajneesh was perhaps the first of the great teachers who had carefully examined tenets of other faiths: he could rightly claim to be the only teacher who was a scholar of comparative religions. The fact in itself entitled him to be heard with respect...In 35 years of giving discourses everyday...,he touched upon a vast and baffling range of subjects.There are almost 600 volumes of Osho's works in print and thousands of tapes available in Osho centres and bookstores.
Many of his discourses were on ancient religious texts of different religions.I can personally vouch for their profundity...I translated Guru Nanak's morning prayers,Japj into English verse.I thought I knew everything worth knowing about this morning prayer till I heard Rajaneesh's voice on tape propound esoteric meanings behind every line quoting the Upanishads and writings of Bhakta saints. I had not heard anything as profound from scholars of Sikhism..."
1632- Out of box thinking
You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night, it's raining heavily, when suddenly you pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for a bus:
* An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
* An old friend who once saved your life.
* The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.
Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing very well that there could only be one passenger in your car?
This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.
He simply answered:
"I would give the car keys to my Old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams."
Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations. Never forget to "Think Outside of the Box."
What will you do if I run away with your sister?
The candidate who was selected answered " I will not get a better match for my sister than you sir"
Interviewer (to a student girl candidate) What if one morning you woke up & found that you were pregnant.
Girl I will be very excited and take an off, to celebrate with my husband.
Normally an unmarried girl will be shocked to hear this, but she managed it well. Why I should think it in the wrong way, she said later when asked.
Interviewer: He ordered a cup of coffee for the candidate. Coffee arrived kept before the candidate, then he asked what is before you?
Candidate: Instantly replied "Tea"
He got selected.
You know how and why did he say "TEA" when he knows very well that coffee was kept before.
(Answer: The question was "What is before you (U alphabet) Reply was "TEA" ( T alphabet)
Alphabet "T" was before Alphabet "U"
Interviewer said "I shall either ask you ten easy questions or one really difficult question.
Think well before you make up your mind!" The boy thought for a while and said, "my choice is one really difficult question."
"Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice! Now tell me this. "What comes first, Day or Night?"
The boy was jolted into reality as his admission depends on the correctness of his answer, but he thought for a while and said, "It's the DAY sir!"
"How" the interviewer asked,
"Sorry sir, you promised me that you will not ask me a SECOND difficult question!"
Sometimes just thinking out of the box is all it takes!
Share with your friend and give them a special moment of thinking...!!
Very beautiful lines
Try to Understand People before Trusting them......B'coz we are living in such a world, Where Artificial Lemon flavor is used for "Welcome Drink" and real lemon is used in "Finger Bowl"
1630- The story about the black cat:
"All conditioned things are impermanent and subject to change"
Once upon a time, there was a temple on top of a mountain. Daily, the Chief Abbot of the temple conducts chanting and meditation sessions for the monks. During the chanting, the monks have to sit motionless.
One day during the chanting session, a black cat appeared and ran around the meditation hall. The blank cat disturbs the monks, scratching them and making noises. The monks could not do anything and continued chanting.
After awhile, the Chief Abbot then instructed two monks to catch the black cat and tie it to a pillar in the meditation hall. The monks could then chant in peace, undisturbed by the roaming black cat.
Henceforth, before the start of every chanting session, the black cat will be tied to the pillar.
This practice went on for a long time.
When the Chief Abbot died, his disciple replaced him as the new Chief Abbot.
One day, the black cat also died.
When the new Chief Abbot started the chanting session the following day and found that no black cat was tied to the pillar in the hall, he instructed two monks to go to the forest to catch a black cat and tie it to the pillar. The chanting session then resumed.
A black cat must be tied to the pillar before the start of every chanting session. This practice continued over and over and over....
Nobody ever tried to find out why a black cat must be tied to the pillar of the meditation hall before the chanting session could start.
What is the moral of the story?
Certain traditional practices are passed down over the generations and nobody knows how such practices originated, and why some obsolete practices are still continued because of the resistance to change.
1627- Perpetual anxiety on account of Uncertainty!
Of course it is impossible for man to fall back to the level of the animal and lose the consciousness he has acquired; therefore there is only one means, one way to get out of this condition he is in, which I call a miserable one, and to emerge into a higher state where worry is replaced by a trusting surrender and the certitude of a luminous culmination - this way is to change the consciousness.
And that is why all spiritual disciplines begin with the necessity of surrendering all responsibility and relying on a higher principle. Otherwise peace is impossible.
And yet, consciousness has been given to man so that he can progress, can discover what he doesn't know, develop into what he has not yet become; and so it may be said that there is a higher state than that of an immobile and static peace: it is a trust total enough for one to keep the will to progress, to preserve the effort for progress while ridding it of all anxiety, all care for results and consequences.
Collected Works of Mother
1626- British rule, wa it in any way useful to India?
The East India company received a Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth in 1600, making it the oldest among several similarly formed European East India Companies. Wealthy merchants and aristocrats owned the Company's shares. The government owned no shares and had only indirect control. The company eventually came to rule large areas of India with its own private armies, exercising military power and assuming administrative functions.Company rule in India effectively began in 1757 after the Battle of Plassey and lasted until 1858 when, following the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the Government of India Act 1858 led to the British Crown to assume direct control of India in the new British Raj.
over the course of two centuries, British intellectuals and Indian specialists made the highest priority bringing peace, unity and good government to India. They offered many competing methods to reach the goal. For example,
-Cornwallis recommended turning Bengali Zamindar into the sort of English landlords that controlled local affairs in England.
-Munro proposed to deal directly with the peasants.
-Sir William Jones and the Orientalists promoted Sanskrit,
-while Macaulay promoted the English language.
-I need not tell about CPBrown who did yeoman service to Telugu and in turn to the Telugus.
In the long-run, what matters most about the legacy of the Raj is the British political ideologies which the Indians took over after 1947, especially the belief in unity, democracy, the rule of law and a certain equality beyond caste and creed.