Around a million years ago [give or take a few hundred thousand], our ancestors, the first humans, walked this earth. Continue reading “Evolution [Part II]”
“सा विद्या या विमुक्तये|” –
Most of us have heard this quote at some time or the other. This is the motto of quite a few educational institutions in India. The complete verse, which is from the Vishnu Puran, is as follows–
तत् कर्म यत् न बन्धाय सा विद्या या विमुक्तये|
आयासाय अपरं कर्म विद्या अन्या शिल्पनैपुणम्||
As a child, I loved the story of Pinocchio, the little wooden puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy some day. He had an unusual trait- whenever he told a lie, his nose would begin to grow!
They say that Speech is silver, but silence is golden.
Silence, or perhaps we should say discretion, is better than speaking eloquently. When in doubt of what to say, in many cases, it’s better not to say anything at all. Talking can land us in a lot of trouble.
This Sanskrit subhaashit tells us-
आत्मनो मुखदोषेण बध्यन्ते शुकसारिकाः |
बकास्तत्र न बध्यन्ते मौनं सर्वार्थसाधनम् ||
Talking birds like the parrot and the myna, are caught and imprisoned in cages. However no one puts a crane [who does not/cannot speak] in a cage. [The moral is that] silence is the means to get whatever one wants. Continue reading “To Speak or Not to Speak”
I first heard the story of Dattatreya’s twenty-four Gurus many years ago. It is an interesting story and goes something like this-
A great king was travelling through a forest along with his large retinue. He came across the young Dattatreya, an Avadhuta. The king saw that Dattatreya was radiant with an inner joy, and realized that this was no ordinary ascetic.
The king began to converse with Dattatreya, and asked him who his Guru was. Dattatreya told the king that he had twenty-four Gurus, and proceeded to explain. Continue reading “The 24 Gurus of Dattatreya”