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Precious and Pious Personality, Sri Rama Chandra!

Sage Valmiki asks Narada, “Who is the one person in the world…with high attributes – affable to everyone, valiant, virtuous, principled, thankful, true to his word, determined in his deed highly adept, benign to all beings, scholar with adorable ability and admirable personality, and who is pleasant to look at who is a courageous one, who has controlled ire, who is non-emulative, non-jealous and by whom, even the gods are afraid, when angered in a battlefield?” [SIXTEEN prime qualities]

In response to Valmiki’s question, Narada gives a beautiful, powerful, and impactful synopsis named: Sankshe:pa Ramayanam.

This synopsis lets one quickly experience the life of Rama Chandra. An interesting aspect that one can observe throughout this historical epic is how he captivated everyone through His qualities. These qualities are the reason why He is worshipped till date.

Sri Rama Chandra was admired not only by one section of people but all sections. He was adored by everyone not only in his physical presence but also in his absence.

He was loved not only by human beings but also all other beings and nature. He was revered not only in the past but also worshipped in the present and will be in the future.

He impressed not only his friends but also his foe like Ravana!

Maha Vishnu descended as Rama (vibhava avatar) to pacify sages from the atrocities of Ravana. How did He do that? Definitely not magic, only through qualities of a perfect human being!

He was an embodiment of primely 16 glorious guna:s (qualities).  The true sampada (wealth) of the Rama avatar constituted His mesmerising qualities, and of course all the abilities driven by those qualities. Such incarnations are also therefore called ‘vibhava avataaras’ (vibhava means wealth).

How is this knowledge about vibhava avataras beneficial to us?

If you want to lead a life making the right choices, then Sri Ramayanam is your guide book!

 

– From the discourse of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji

 

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India Is Tolerant, And I Am Proud To Be Indian- Zakir Hussain

Zakir Hussain is India’s iconic tabla maestro. Speaking with Sugandha Indulkar, Hussain discussed the high volume tolerance debate, why he feels media should temper its tone – and being the first heartthrob of Indian music:

We’re seeing a considerable debate on tolerance currently – is India a tolerant nation?

Yes, India is a tolerant nation. Indians know how to live peacefully with each other. We are a diverse country and in our diversity, we’ve found peace and compassion.

I am proud to be an Indian. My wife is an American. I can get an American passport – i never went for it. I believe i am an Indian, my father believed it, because there is a deep-rooted connection with the culture and art of India that we are constantly aware of. At the time of Partition, many people went to Pakistan but we stayed here because we knew we were Indians. It really is unique, this beautiful, culturally rich nation of ours. We are peace-loving – and we need to hold on this harmony. We should not give anyone an opportunity to pit us against one another.

But we are hearing many contrarian views. Have you faced any intolerance yourself?

 

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain who was the chief guest for the IFFK 2015 performing at the inaugural function in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday

Not at all. I am the quintessential Mumbai boy. I was brought up in Mahim. My father was the best tabla player I knew. His discipline and dedication were very inspirational. My parents were staunch followers of Islam. At home, after my morning prayers and riyaaz, I would go to a madrasa and pray. From there, I’d go to St Michael’s school, before which I would go to the chapel and say my hymns and novenas. In the evening, I used to go to a temple and then come home to learn tabla again.

 

Courtesy: Indiatimes

Speech by Sushma Swaraj at a meeting

I attended a meeting of Intellectual and Professionals today along with a few of my friends, in which Smt. Sushma Swaraj was the Chief Guest…..She was there to appeal the people to elect Sri N.Ramachander Rao as MP for Malkajgiri. Few points from her Brilliant speech. (The first two are Mighty Diplomatic Achievements….)

1) She recollected the Yemen incident which took place a couple of years back, in which India saved 5000 odd people ( 4000 Indians and the rest belonging to various countries)….. Saudi was attacking Yemen — Indians & many other foreigners stuck…To airlift Indians aerial attacks have to be stopped…On her request, Prime Minister  Modi called Saudi head right in front of her and asked for one-week ceasefire….. They called back 30mins later and they said they can ceasefire for 2 hours only a day — how Yemen opened its airport for this Indian Operation — and how India could evacuate 5000 plus people including foreigners—and 48 countries requested India to evacuate its citizens safe from Yemen and how heart fully the heads of those countries thanked Indian PM.

2) The OIC meeting happened in March 2019(soon after the Balakot Airstrikes)…..Pak blackmailed the “Organization of Islamic Countries” that it would boycott the meeting if they allowed India…But OIC refused to listen and admitted India and forced Pakistan to skip the meeting…..and Pakistan was shamed……50 years back in 1969, in a similar situation, Pak could successfully thwart India’s presence in the meeting by a similar type of blackmailing…. and how things are different now.

3) No bomb attacks inside the country since the last 5 years and any terror attacks restricted to borders.

4) The Balakot Airstrikes and the tough decision of PM behind it.

5) How the opposition leaders are keen to believe Masood Azhar and Imran Khan but not prepared give credit to Army for the Airstrikes, Surgical strike and the political will behind it.

5) She blasted the Congress Manifesto which brazenly promises Removal of Anti Sedition law, Review of AFSPA, Soft approach in Kashmir, playing into the hands of Liberals and Anti nationals. There is a huge difference between Modi who came up the ladder after starting from Grass root level and Rahul Gandhi who is a sort of a prince…..Modi knows the pulse of Indians whereas the other is not even anywhere close to it.

6) And the Unprecedented development that happened in the last 5 years in so many areas. And how foreign countries expressed astonishment with her at such great progress. She said that the development is a reflection of Modi’s will power and also the clear mandate given by people of India in 2014 which empowered him to take bold decisions……

And finally, to end the meeting, she appealed all to vote for the development again.

Most of the Development aspects she mentioned can be seen in this slide👇

 

-A report by Jagadish