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Quotes About India

June 21, 2006 2 comments

Quotes about India.

We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.
Albert Einstein.

India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grand mother of tradition.
Mark Twain.

If there is one place on the face of earth where all dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.

French scholar Romain Rolland.(In the picture)


India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.

Hu Shih
(former Chinese ambassador to USA )

 

WORLD HISTORY FACTS ABOUT INDIA

June 21, 2006 1 comment

1. India never invaded any country in her last 1000 years of history.

2. India invented the Number system. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.

3. The world’s first University was established in Takshila in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4 th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.

4. According to the Forbes magazine, Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software.

5. Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans.

6. Although western media portray modern images of India as poverty stricken and underdeveloped through political corruption, India was once the richest empire on earth.

7. The art of navigation was born in the river Sindh 5000 years ago. The very word “Navigation” is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH.

8. The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is now k! known as the Pythagorean Theorem. British scholars have last year (1999) officially published that Budhayan’s works dates to the 6 th Century which is long before the European mathematicians.

9. Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India . Quadratic equations were by Sridharacharya in the 11 th Century; the largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Indians used numbers as big as 10 53.

10. According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds to the world.

11. USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century-old suspicion amongst academics that the pioneer of wireless communication was Professor Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.
12. The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra.

13. Chess was invented in India.

14. Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted surgeries like cesareans, cataract, fractures and urinary stones. Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India.

15. When many cultures in the world were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilisation).

16. The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.

The Picture in the Blog is Takshila

Facts that Would Make Every Indian Proud

June 21, 2006 Leave a comment

Facts that Would Make Every Indian Proud


Q. Who is the GM of Hewlett Packard (hp
)?
A. Rajiv Gupta


Q. Who is the creator of Pentium chip (needs no introduction as 90% of the today’s computers run on it)?
A. Vinod Dahm


Q. Who is the third richest man on the world?
A. According to the latest report on Fortune Magazine, it is Azim Premji, who is the CEO of Wipro Industries. The Sultan of Brunei is at 6 th position now.


Q. Who is the founder and creator of Hotmail (Hotmail is world’s No.1 web based email program)?

A. Sabeer Bhatia


Q. Who is the president of AT & T-Bell Labs (AT & T-Bell Labs is the creator of program languages such as C, C++, Unix to name a few)?
A. Arun Netravalli


Q. Who is the new MTD (Microsoft Testing Director) of Windows 2000, responsible to iron out all initial problems?

A. Sanjay Tejwrika

Q. Who are the Chief Executives of CitiBank, Mckensey & Stanchart?
A. Victor Menezes, Rajat Gupta, and Rana Talwar.

Society’s friend or foe: Tolerance

June 14, 2006 1 comment

      In the last few decades, there has been a wave of cultural changes that has prompted the existence of divergent value and belief systems. As a result, it is commonplace to hear people lobbying for lofty social ideals such as “tolerance”, “freedom of choice”, “equality” and “diversity”. These concepts would appear to be at the root of familiar statements such as “whatever is true for me may not be true for you” and “that may be your truth, not mine”. As a common denominator to these notions, there seems to be an undercurrent of making morals and truth all a matter of personal preference. On the surface, this ideology appears to be the pragmatic approach in establishing common ground between people of different belief systems. However, this philosophy, known as moral relativism and tolerance, is inherently flawed. When objective truth is suppressed and labeled intolerant, no moral law exists. Since people act and trust their own feelings, it will be followed by chaos and the subsequent destruction of society as we know it.

 

Proponents of moral relativism and tolerance suggest that a person’s lifestyle is inexorably tied to who they are as a human being. It is mistakenly believed that in order to truly tolerate someone, one must accept them as a person and their lifestyle. Otherwise, the insidious label intolerant bigot is applied. If this could be written as an equation, it would read “Who I am=What I do”. Generally speaking, this ideology is used to justify moral relativism on the grounds of cultural identity and association. However, this is diabolically opposed to the traditional definition of tolerance, which is defined as “to recognize and respect others beliefs, practices etc. without sharing them”. The bottom line is that a person and their beliefs are not inseparable. Implied in this definition is the personal privilege to outright disagreement and disapproval to an extent that a legal line has not been crossed by either party. Unfortunately, the “Who I am=What I do” precept has created a culture in which people can do the most outrageous things due to cultural reasons and then claim some type of discrimination or injury to their freedom of expression if objections are raised.

          This willing ignorance of reality has caused today’s generation, to become unaware of the parameters that define mature, responsible behavior. Whereas in previous generations the limits of decency were known, Today’s young conservatives grew up when sleeping around was no longer a sign of rebellion. It is the accepted norm. Using drugs was no longer a means of expanding consciousness. It is simple recreation. Relativism wasn’t an abstract moral theory; it is the unquestioned assumption in most classroom instruction

The effects of Tolerance on North American society have been staggering. The worst effect is that this ideology is the root cause of the disintegration of the family. Most social commentators regard this recent phenomenon as the ultimate source of all the problems society is currently facing.

As used today, moral relativism and tolerance are very misleading terms that are at the heart of a move to redefine good and bad behavior, a cultural change historically proven to destroy the world’s greatest empires. The Romans are a typical example, as they collapsed from within due to corruption and moral decay which was tolerated by individuals and society at large.

 

 

 

 


Crabby Old Women

June 14, 2006 4 comments


 When an old lady died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near Dundee, Scotland, it was believed that she had nothing left of any value

Later, when the nurses were going through her meagre possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Ireland.

The old lady’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on her simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this little old Scottish lady, with nothing left to give to theworld, is now the author of this “anonymous” poem winging across the Internet:


 Crabby Old Woman

What do you see, nurses?
What do you see?
What are you thinking
When you’re looking at me?

A crabby old woman,
Not very wise,
Uncertain of habit,
With faraway eyes?

Who dribbles her food
And makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice,
“I do wish you’d try!”

Who seems not to notice
The things that you do,
And forever is losing
A stocking or shoe?

 Who, resisting or not,
 Lets you do as you will,
 With bathing and feeding,
 The long day to fill?

 Is that what you’re thinking?
 Is that what you see?
 Then open your eyes, nurse,
You’re not looking at me.

 I’ll tell you who I am
 As I sit here so still,
 As I do at your bidding,
 As I eat at your will.

I’m a small child of ten
With a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters,
Who love one another.
A young girl of sixteen
With wings on her feet
Dreaming that soon now
A lover she’ll meet.

A bride soon at twenty,
My heart gives a leap,
Remembering the vows
 That I promised to keep.

At twenty-five now,
I have young of my own,
Who need me to guide
And a secure happy home

A woman of thirty,
My young now grown fast,
 Bound to each other
With ties that should last.

At forty, my young sons
Have grown and are gone,
 But my man’s beside me
To see I don’t mourn.

At fifty once more,
Babies play round my knee,
Again we know children,
My loved one and me.

 Dark days are upon me,
 My husband is dead,
I look at the future,
 I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing
Young of their own,
 And I think of the years
 And the love that I’ve known.

I’m now an old woman
And nature is cruel;
 ‘Tis jest to make old age
 Look like a fool.

 The body, it crumbles,
 Grace and vigor depart,
 There is now a stone
Where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass
A young girl still dwells,
And now and again,
My battered heart swells.

I remember the joys,
I remember the pain,
And I’m loving and living
Life over again.

 I think of the years
All too few, gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact
That nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people,
Open and see,
Not a crabby old woman;
 Look closer . . . see ME
!!


 (Well i really donot know if the story is true….it came as a forward to me. I am sure it is not going to cange my life but what i has done for sure is, a change in perspective when I see an elderly lady again.
Thinking about it aloud…I fell it has a lot to do with our Halo in life….we percive things in life rather than interpret the perceptions. The root cause of all hate and prejidice is because we react on what we see rather than interpret what we are seeing.
I imagin the the lady in her hospital bed waiting for the inevitable and pleading to interpret her for what she was rather than what she is……but i guess she is asking the wrong set of animals that we call humans,who have somewhere down the line lost the ability of interpretaion of reality.)

Source of the Photograph

Categories: Poetry

In The Name of Religion

June 6, 2006 2 comments

 

What is God?

 God is a concept devised my Man to help him fill the fissure in his understanding of reality because of his borne perception skills.  With borne or limited perception skills I refer to the human ability to perceive only 3 dimensions of space when this world is a multidimensional universe. (The Multidimensional Universe is a theory that is still being debated at various levels by physicists. If you want to know more about it is here… Link                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

In an interesting analogue that we can all relate to can you explain color red to some one who was born blind. He/She can not perceive color and we have no method of explaining it to him. It is something that can be felt but can not be explained.

Now is there God?

 

Yes, but definitely not, as we have defined. It is the force that drives the universe. It is the force which has laid down the rules of the universe, which keeps this universe ticking. In one of the books that I was reading it was rightly put it…it cannot be defined, cannot be classified and definitely cannot be felt in the present state of human consciousness.
One might be able to experience the force in a state of enlightened consciousness which can be attained under meditation.

 

 
Did God lay down the rules that we know today?

(This is a personal opinion) No, all the rules that we know today moral, ethical, religious have been defined by humans in the name of GOD. These rules have been made to make place where we live a better place to live in harmony and peace.
If you study all the religious granths, they all say the same, but tailor made to the era and place where they originate.


Then what is religion?

Religion is a promise taken by men/women to follow the above rules laid down by those great men and women whom we mistake as god or incarnations of god.

 

In all the labyrinth of spiritual hullabaloo we have lost track of the essence of the religious institution
. It, in my opinion, was created to bring in harmony and collectiveness in this dichotomous world but over all these year it has lead to more and more destruction. The single most significant reason of death and destruction over the ages has been religion now I wonder was it all in vain… one the many sites that speak about it Link

 

(This is a personal view point and I guess there are millions of different view points which are different from mine. I mean no offense to any religion but just a reservation on how they are practiced)

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