My SCRAPBOOK (సేకరణలు): A COLLECTION of articles in English and Telugu(తెలుగు), from various sources, on varied subjects. I do not claim credit for any of the contents of these postings as my own.A student's declaration made at the end of his answer paper, holds good to the articles here too:"I hereby declare that the answers written above are true to the best of my friend's knowledge and I claim no responsibility whatsoever of the correctness of the answers."

Friday, June 16, 2017


"Philosophy is the No man's land between science and theology, exposed to attack from both the sides."
~Bertie Russell
"The basic laws of the universe are simple, but because our senses are limited, we can’t grasp them. There is a pattern in creation…"
~Albert Einstein
The karma garland!
"God gives you a garland made of all good and bad that you have done in previous lives. You have been born with that garland round your neck."
- Bhagavan Sri Satya Sai Baba
Animals may have the transmigrated souls of human ancestors. Therefore,  eating animal products is cannibalism.
Ego (Aham) is like a shadow. The shadow is not real, yet it won't leave us so easily!
- Jaggi Vasudev

Nakkeeran's comment :
"Animals may have the transmigrated souls of human ancestors. Therefore, eating animal products is cannibalism."~Pythagoras  

With reference to this view I recollect a saying by Pattinaththadigal in one of his songs as under, loosely translated to English.  " In my previous births, I could have been a parent to many a soul, so also I could have been a son or daughter to many others, I could have eaten the body of many of the souls and also could have been eaten by many other souls." That way I find a lot of convergence of thought between our Seers and western thinkers.

CNR's comment :
We believe in transmigration and we take a series of births before we are born as human beings, and we may be any living (any animal form) and nonliving form in between because we believe that the permanent soul wears dfferent bodies like our changing of clothes till all the karma wears off!
Nakkeeran's comment :
"Ego (Aham) is like a shadow. The shadow is not real, yet it won't leave us so easily!"~Jaggi Vasudev    

To avoid the shadow, the solution is to become self illumined, which is easier said than being achieved.

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2156~ Success

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2155~ దేహమును ప్రేమించుమన్న

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When we write about emotions, many times we feel that another word would have given a better expression. English teacher Kaitlin Robbs has created a vocabulary wheel which is very useful in finding the right word when writing 'emotional matter'. The wheel is posted below...  Zoom it and see ... Quite interesting !!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2153~ Quotes

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2152~ An ode to old age!

I am at a loss to comprehend,
why I linger, all faculties lost,
For survival is only of the fittest!

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2151~ Just in jest

😀 !!!Just in JEST!!! 😀
😀A punter was at the races playing the ponies and all but losing his shirt.

He noticed a Catholic Priest step out onto the track and blessed the forehead of one of the horses lining up for the 4th race. Lo and behold, that horse - a long shot - won the race.

Next race, as the horses lined up, the Priest stepped onto the track. Sure enough, he blessed one of the horses. The bookie made a beeline for a betting window and placed a small bet on the horse. Again, even though it was another long shot, the horse won the race.

He collected his winnings, and anxiously waited to see which horse the Priest would bless next.
He bet big on it, and it won.

As the races continued the Priest kept blessing horses, and each one ended up winning.
The bookie was elated.

He made a quick dash to the ATM, withdrew all his savings, and awaited for the Priest's blessing that would tell him which horse to bet on.

True to his pattern, the Priest stepped onto the track for the last race and blessed the forehead of an old nag that was 100/1. This time the priest blessed the eyes, ears, and hooves of the old nag.

The bookie knew he had a winner and bet every cent he owned on the old nag.He watched dumbfounded as the old nag pulled up and couldn't even finish the race.

In a state of shock, he went to the track area where the Priest was. Confronting him, he demanded, 'Father! What happened? All day long you blessed horses and they all won. Then in the last race, the horse you blessed never even had a chance. Now, thanks to you I've lost every cent of my savings'.

The Priest nodded wisely and with sympathy. "You are not Catholic are you my son?”
"No, I'm Jewish".
"That's the problem", said the Priest, "you couldn't tell the difference between a BLESSING and LAST RIGHTS ".

(Via Sushanta Sen)


2150~ Ladies special

This one's a Ladies special...
Written by a lady... 😁😁😂
"After a meeting I was coming out of a hotel and I was looking for my car keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room, it wasn't there too.

Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car.
My husband has shouted many times for leaving the keys in the ignition.

My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them.
His theory is the car will be stolen.

Immediately I rushed to the parking lot, I came to a terrifying conclusion.
His theory was right. The parking lot was empty.

I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, Description of the car, Place I parked etc, I equally confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that the car had been stolen.

Then I made the most difficult call of all, to my husband, "Honey", I stammered; (I always call him "honey" in times like these.) "I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen."

There was a period of silence. I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard his voice.
"Idiot", he shouted, "I dropped you at the hotel !"

Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "Well, then pls come and get me."

He shouted again, "I will, as soon as I convince this policeman I have not stolen your car."..."


2149~ misunderstanding in a Chinese Call center

Caller: Hello, can I speak to Annie Wan ?

Operator: Yes you can speak to me..

Caller: No, I want to speak to Annie Wan !

Operator: Yes I understand you want to speak to anyone. You can
speak to me. Who is this ?

Caller: I am Sam Wan, and I need to talk to Annie Wan. It's urgent !

Operator: I know you are someone and you want to speak to anyone.
But what's the urgent matter about ?

Caller: Well.. just tell my sister Annie Wan that our brother Noe Wan was involved in an accident.
Noe Wan got injured and now Noe Wan is being sent to hospital. Right
now, Avery Wan is on his way to the hospital.

Operator: Look, if no one was injured and no one was sent to the hospital, then the accident isn't an urgent matter ! You may find this hilarious but I don't have time for this !

Caller: You are so rude ! Who are you ?

Operator: I'm Saw Ree.

Caller: Yes ! You should be sorry. Now give me your name.

Operator: Oh...God..!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2148 😀!!! JUST IN JEST !!! 😀 _ Banta in the KBC

Amitabh : Aapka last question 5 crore ka.. yeh raha apke samne..

Contestant  Banta is tensed.

Amitabh : Who is the father of Abhishek Bachan?

Computer Screen:
A. Amitabh Bachan
B. Dharmendra
C. Amjad Khan
D. Sanjeev Kumar

Amitabh : Apka kya jawab hai ?
(He is quite sure that Banta will opt for A)
But Banta is still confused.

Banta : I think it is A ..

"Are you sure?", says Amitabh in style..

Banta gets more confused and nervous.

Banta : I would like to use 50:50?

Amitabh: Ok, computer ji , do galat javab ko mita deejiye...

Computer after deleting two names, leaves two options which are: -

B. Dharmendra
C. Amjad Khan

Amitabh is confused.. and tensed.. thinks how come the computer has made this mistake. But as is said in bollywood, the show must go on.
Now Banta is even more confused..

Banta: I would like to use the last life line.. phone a friend..

Amitabh : Ap kisko phone karna chahenge?..

Banta: Mein Jaya Bachan ji ko phone karna chahoonga..

Amitabh Bachchan is shocked !!!
But the call gets connected to Jaya Bachchan...

Banta: "Jayaji, Who is the father of Abhishek Bachchan!?"


Jaya Bachchan asks, "What are the options?"

Amitabh faints...


2147~ పాటే వెన్నెల... పదమే ఊయల...

అమ్మ పాడే లాలి పాటలు.. అమ్మా అని బిడ్డ నోరారా పాడే పాటలు... అల్లరి వయసు విరహ గీతాలు.. ప్రేమికుల సరసాల సయ్యాటలు.. వ్యక్తిత్వానికి వన్నెలుదిద్దే నీతిపాఠాలు.. జీవిత సూత్రాల చద్దిమూటలు.. ఇలా తెలుగు సినీ సాహితీవనంలో సినారె వెదజల్లిన సౌరభాలెన్నో. ఆయన లేకపోయినా ఆయన జ్ఞాపకాల్లా ఆ పాటలు శాశ్వతంగా నిలిచిపోతాయి.

‘అమ్మా అని నోరార పిలవరా.. ఆ పిలుపే అందరు నోచని వరమురా..’ అంటూ ‘మనుషులు మట్టిబొమ్మలు’లో బిడ్డల కోసం పరితపించే ప్రతి కన్నతల్లి ఆర్తిని అక్షరాల్లో ఆవిష్కరించారు. ‘కంటేనే అమ్మ అని అంటే ఎలా.. కరుణించే ప్రతి దేవత అమ్మే కదా..’ అంటూ అమ్మ అనే మాటకు సరికొత్త భాష్యం చెప్పారు ‘ప్రేమించు’ చిత్రంతో. తల్లి, చెల్లి, అర్ధాంగి, కూతురు... ఇలా మగవాడి కోసం తన జీవితం మొత్తం ధారబోస్తోంది మగువ. ఆ సత్యాన్ని ‘మాతృదేవత’లో ‘మానవజాతి మనుగడకే ప్రాణం పోసింది మగువ..’తో చెప్పారు సినారె. ‘ముద్దుల మా బాబు నిద్దరోతున్నాడు.. సద్దుచేశారంటే ఉలికులికి పడతాడు..’ అంటూ చిన్ని కన్నయ్యలను అమ్మతో జోకొట్టించేశారు ‘జీవనజ్యోతి’లో.

అమ్మ గొప్పతనం గురించి చెప్పే క్రమంలో నాన్నను తక్కువ చేయలేదాయన. బిడ్డలను పూలతోటలో నడిపించేందుకు తాను ముళ్లబాటలో నడిచేందుకు సిద్ధమయ్యే తండ్రిని ‘ఓ నాన్నా నీ మనసే వెన్న.. అమృతం కన్న అది ఎంతో మిన్న..’ అని ‘ధర్మదాత’లో కీర్తించారు. ‘అనగనగా ఒక రాజు అనగనగా ఒకరాణి.. రాజు గుణము మిన్న.. రాణి మనసు వెన్న..’ అంటూ ‘ఆత్మబంధువు’తో పిల్లలకు విలువలు నేర్పించారు. ‘చదువురాని వాడివనీ దిగులు చెందకు.. మనిషి మదిలోన మమతలేని చదువులెందుకు..’ అంటూ నిజమైన చదువంటే ఏంటో బోధించారు.

ఇలాంటి కన్నప్రేమ గీతాలే కాదు.. కన్నె ప్రణయగీతాల్లోనూ తన చమక్కు చూపించారు సినారె.
‘వగలరాణివి నీవే.. సొగసుకాడను నేనే..’ అని ‘బందిపోటు’తో పాడించి రాకుమారిని మేడ దింపారు. ‘పూజాఫలం’లో ‘పగలే వెన్నెల జగమే వూయల..’ అంటూ వూహాలోకంలో పరవశింపజేశారు. ‘తెలిసిందిలే తెలిసిందిలే నెలరాజా నీ రూపు తెలిసిందిలే..’ అని ప్రేమ వూసుల ఆచూకీ చూపించారు ‘రాముడు భీముడు’లో. ‘ఛాంగురే బంగారు రాజా.. మజ్జారే మగరేడా.. మత్తైన వగకాడా..’ అంటూ ప్రియురాలి విరహ తాపాన్ని ‘శ్రీకృష్ణపాండవీయం’ లో కళ్లకుకట్టారు. ‘నువ్వలా ముందుంటే నిన్నలా చూస్తుంటే..’ అని ‘గూఢచారి 116’ పాడుకున్నా, ‘కోటలోని మొనగాడా వేటకు వచ్చావా..’ అంటూ ‘గోపాలుడు భూపాలుడు’లో పడుచు పిల్ల చిలిపిగా ఆరా తీసినా, ‘అమ్మమాట’లో ‘మాయదారి సిన్నోడు మనసే లాగేసిండు..’ అని కన్నెపిల్ల వాపోయినా, ‘ఎంతవారుగానీ వేదాంతులైనగానీ వాలుచూపు సోకగానే తేలిపోదురోయ్‌..’ అని ‘భలే తమ్ముడు సెలవిచ్చినా, ‘చిట్టిచెల్లెలు’లోని ‘ఈ రేయి తీయనిది.. ఈ చిరుగాలి మనసైనది..’ అనే పాట ఇప్పటి ప్రేక్షకుల నోళ్లలోనూ నానుతున్నా.. అదంతా సినారె కలం మహత్యమే.

మెరిసే ముత్యాలు...: సినారె పాటల్లో ఎన్నో ఆణిముత్యాల్లాంటి సూక్తులు, జీవిత సత్యాలూ ఉన్నాయి. ‘గాలికి కులమేదీ.. నేలకు కులమేదీ..’ అనే పాటతో మనుషులకెందుకు కులభేదమని ప్రశ్నిస్తారు ‘కర్ణ’ చిత్రంలో. ‘ఎవరికీ తలవంచకు.. ఎవరినీ యాచించకు..’ అని ఆత్మవిశ్వాసం నూరిపోస్తారు ‘నిండు సంసారం’లో.
‘మంచి మిత్రులు’లోని ‘ఎన్నాళ్లొ వేచిన ఉదయం..’ పాటలో మంచిని పెంచిన మనిషిని ఏ వంచన ఏమీ చేయదని ధైర్యమిస్తాడు.
‘ఇదేనా మన సంప్రదాయమిదేనా..’ అంటూ ‘వరకట్నం’ దురాచారంపై ఎలుగెత్తి నిరసిస్తాడు.
‘నీ ధర్మం నీ సంఘం నీ దేశం నువు మరవొద్దు..’ అని ‘కోడలు దిద్దిన కాపురం’లో గుర్తుచేశాడు.
‘రైతు కటుంబం’లో ‘ఈ మట్టిలోనే పుట్టాము.. ఈ మట్టిలోనే పెరిగాము..’ అంటూ మట్టితో రైతు అనుబంధాన్ని ఆవిష్కరించారు.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

2146~ unrelenting focus for success

Unrelenting focus is the only mantra for SUCCESS :
[Vinita Dawra Nangia,o-zone
Jun 11 2017 : The Times of India (Chennai)]
You can get anything done.
The only requirement is sharp, intense focus, discipline and endurance.

Success is a demanding, high-maintenance mistress needing absolute dedication and single-minded pursuit. She does not tolerate rivals, not even inconsequential ones.
If you wish to achieve something, then stop wishing and dreaming ­ just get going. Develop a sharp, unrelenting focus. Manoeuvre yourself into a space where all else blurs away. Put the rest of your life on the backburner. Discipline and consistency is all.

That is what the world's most successful people do! Those who gain iconic status have pursued their goal relentlessly to the exclusion of all else. And once at the top, they have stuck to their laurels. Nothing matters except the determination to stay where they have reached.

Life becomes one long schedule of training, practice, mental coaching and nurturing of that hardtaskmaster: Success.

Football icon Cristiano Ronaldo says, “We have money, we have cars, we have everything. But you don't know we suffer to achieve this... I've become the person I am today because of the time I spent without my family and going through difficult times.“ This is true of all achievers.
The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps said in an interview, “Eat, sleep and swim. That's all I can do. Get some calories into my system and try to recover the best I can.“
A group of long-distance runners training in Patiala for World Championships are kept away from smartphones all week.Coach Surendra Singh argues, “Small distractions have consequences... after a tough training, athletes should focus on recovering and not texting.“

Indeed, there can be no normal life for those who court the limelight. No spontaneous holiday plans, no standing and staring, nor any sudden bingeing trips. Discipline is all. Everything has to be planned around gruelling work routines. If you are chasing success, the mantra is ­ Sharp focus, discipline and rigorous practice.

Yes, even for those who are not into sporty activities. Film stars, models, sports icons, and even writers at the top of their ilk ­ every discipline demands focused dedication.

 Whatever the field, physical and mental fitness are as much a key to success as talent and hard work. To develop this package, focus and discipline are mandatory.

World-renowned Japanese author Haruki Murakami lists his daily regimen ­ he gets up at 4 am and writes for five to six hours. Then he runs for 10 kms or swims for 1500 m, after which he reads and listens to music.
By 9pm he sleeps. “The repetition itself be comes the i m p o r tant thing; it's a form of mesmerism. I mesmerise myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long... requires a good amount of mental and physical strength.“

 Those unwilling to give up normal lives are scared of success because she demands sacrifice ­ from her followers as well as their families.

You can either be a success, or lead a normal life! But then there are obvious rewards too.

Japanese Sumo wrestlers have a punishing regimen and their life expectancy is at least 10 years shorter than the average Japanese male. And yet, they are proud to be Sumo wrestlers.

Once you are sure of your goal, consider everything else a distraction. Work first thing every morning and don't connect with anything or anyone till your day's work is done. Develop discipline and get obsessive about routines. Nurture patience and endurance.

The only way to reach your goal is ­ focus, focus and more intense focus! You have to develop a tunnel vision, one where your goal is all ­ your only God, as well as your only form of worship


2145~Anando Brahma (Don't add, delete)

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

2144 🌹Philosophical Gems🌹

🐊😃 Never Tell Ur Problems to all,
20% will not Care
80% will be Glad that U have Them.

🐊👗 Life is similar to Boxing Game.
Defeat is not Declared when U Fall Down.
It is Declared when U Refuse to Get Up.

🐊👗 Always WRONG PERSONS Teach the
That is called LIFE EXPERIENCE.

🐊👗 Faith is taking the 1st Step,
even when U dont see the whole Staircase.

🐊👗 Keep Ur Face to the Sun,
& U will not see the Shadow.

🐊👗 Everything is Valuable only at 2 Times:
1: Before Getting It.
2: After Losing It.

🐊👗 2 Things brings Happiness & Success
in Life:
1: The way U Manage
when U have Nothing.
2: The way U Behave
when U have Everything.

🐊👗 2 Places are most Valuable in the World:
1: The NICEST Place is to be in
Someone's Thoughts.
2: The SAFEST Place is to be in
Someone's Prayers.

🐊👗 'FEAR' has 2 Meanings:
1: Forget Everything & Run.
2: Face Everything & Rejoice.
Choice is Ours.

🐊👗 ATTITUDE at its Best:
"My BACK is not a VOICE MAIL.
Kindly Say whatever U have by FACING ME".

🐊👗 What is SUCCESS ?
SUCCESS is, when Ur Photo's are Uploaded on 'GOOGLE' instead of FACEBOOK.

🐊👗 'EGO' is the only Requirement
to Destroy any Relationship.
Be a Bigger Person,
Skip the 'E' & let it 'GO'.

🐊👗 Do U know why God did not give Us
the Gift to Read Other's Mind ?
So that, We could have the Chances to
'TRUST' & Privilege to be 'TRUSTED'.

🐊👗 As long as We do not Forgive People
who have Hurt Us,
They Occupy a 'RENT-FREE-SPACE'
in our Mind.

🐊👗 Always keep Hoping for Good.
Keep a Green Tree in Ur Heart.
The Singing Birds will Automatically come.

🐊👗 If U Walk the Way guided by Humans,
U will find a Hopeless End.
If U will Walk the Way guided by GOD,
U will find Endless Hopes & Opportunities.

🐊👗 GOD always likes to know again & again
what U want.
It is not that He Forgets Ur
Dreams & Prayers,
But He Loves to Check Ur Passion
towards Ur Desire.
That is why He wants U to have Ur
'QUIET TIME' which We call as
'PRAYER TIME' with Him everyday.

🐊👗 I asked GOD: If everything is already Written in Destiny,
then why should I Pray ?
GOD Smiled & said: I have also Written

🐊👗 Empty Pockets Teach
Millons of Things in Life.
Full Pockets Spoil Us in Million Ways.

🐊👗 TRUST is like a Sticker.
Once it is Removed, it may Stick again,
but not as Strong as it Holds
when U First Applied.

🐊👗 Always take Care of RELATIONS.
Thats why they say, when U are in Doubt,
'SILENCE' is the Best Policy.

🐊👗 Never Win People with Arguments.
rather Defeat Them with Ur Smile.
Because People who always Wish to
Argue with U, cannot Bear Ur SILENCE.

🐊👗 If a Drop of Water falls on a Lake,
its Identity is Lost.
If a Drop of Water falls on a Lotus Leaf,
it Shines like a Pearl.
Drop is the Same,
but the 'COMPANY' matters.

🐊👗 Our HOPES should be like HAIR & NAILS.
No matter how many times they get Cut,
but they never stop Growing.
That is why they say,
Always Hope for the Best,
however Bad the Situation may be.

🐊👗 'MEMORIES' are always Special.
Sometimes, We Laugh by
Remembering the days We Cried.
Sometimes, We Cry by
Remembering the days We Laughed.
Thats LIFE.👍

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2143 Religion

" Imagine, with John Lennon, 'a world with no religion'.

Imagine no suicide bombers, no 9/11, no 7/7, no crusades, no witch hunts, no gun powder plot, no Indian partition, no Israeli/ Palestinian war, no Serb/ Croat/ Muslim massacres, no persecution of Jews as 'Christ-killers', no Northern Ireland 'troubles', no 'honour killings', no shiny-suited bouffant haired televangelists fleecing gullible people of their money ( God wants you to give till it hurts). Imagine no Taliban to blow up ancient statues, no public beheading of blasphemers, no flogging of female skin for the crime of showing an inch of it."
-Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion)
There is no bad religion, but there are only bad people!
Followers of each religion, are indoctrinated to feel that their religion is superior to others and want to have hegemony over others using force. They die or kill for their religion but never live by the principles of their religion. Mankind has transformed one God into many religions. When each can realise that, God has no religion and all religions are born out of regional cultural differences and all are different paths leading to one God, then there will not be any conflict.
As Rabbi Rami Shapiro said:
"To me religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or say as well in another; and the more languages you learn, the more nuanced your understanding of life becomes.
Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multilingual.
In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence."
Live and let live!

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