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bsxShorts The OutlookIndia 2015 year-end issue was a fabulous one on movies.  Most interesting find: the many short films that were showcased. There's even one ( Unread ) by Chakri Toleti , who used to live right in front of my childhood home in Sea Sands a...
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Random references to Ma Narmada

Of late, there have been references to the River Mother out of the blue.

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Para Dharma

If dharma that purportedly works for others doesn't work for you, you should reject it, rather than beat yourself up.
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From a recent pravachan

| Sometimes the kite rises so high in the sky that it gets lost to sight. And yet, the boy says, "I have it at my command," for he holds the string. Similarly, so long as we maintain the string of continuous nama-smarana, God is assuredly with us. The moment that is broken, God slips away.

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lovely interview with a Vizag-ite:

https://youtu.be/IEVhJ5PQsww

This guy is from Timpany!⁠⁠⁠⁠

This guy's Telugu is fantastic, just like ours ;-)
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Random references to Ma Narmada

Of late, there have been references to the River Mother out of the blue.

The other evening, was taking darshan in front of the Shirdi Sadguru Mandir in Palm Meadows when a schoolgirl was telling someone: We have four houses: Ganga, Cauvery, Godavari, & Narmada!

Then, during the daily read of the Gospel, saw this at the bottom of a page in Chapter 22:
https://sites.google.com/site/shastrix/sri-ramakrishna-1/the-gospel-of-sri-ramakrishna
| Narendra told the story of two yogis in Bhutan who used to drink daily a pound of the bitter juice of neem-leaves. He had also visited the hermitage of a holy man on the bank of the Narmada. At the sight of the Bengali Babu dressed in European clothes, the sadhu had remarked, "He has a knife hidden under his clothes, next to his belly."

Last evening, met Thadi at the Oberoi. Was telling him about my trips to the Narmada over the last year when he said that he had stayed in Narmada hostel at IIT-M (hostels were named after rivers).

This afternoon, got the NatGeoMag for this month; i flipped the page and there was an ad for Malwa Resort [https://goo.gl/maps/baUpQjNF8YG2] in Mandu, Madhya Pradesh with the Narmada flowing not far away (~40km by road)!
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Yet another strike for WhatsApp the Wonder App

| Another sure-shot growth hack for them was leveraging WhatsApp, for it was the time when e-retail was almost synonymous to selling on BBM, Facebook, and WhatsApp. “We created WhatsApp groups with customers for bridal jewellery and shared over 1,000 designs to ensure that the customers get what they want. In fact, our largest order worth Rs 1.62 croretook place over WhatsApp,” shares Kapil.
The experience of a young bride from Mumbai, who came across jewellery site VelvetCase looking for bridal jewellery designs, defined the problem statement,
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The joy comes forth unbidden
Thinking of That which is hidden
By the Old Mother
But there is no Other
Only thoughts that "chidden"

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The Master gives a different allusion to the kites :-)

He sings in Chapter 22 of the Gospel:
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In the world's busy market-place, O Syama, Thou art flying kites;
High up they soar on the wind of hope, held fast by maya's string.
Their frames are human skeletons, their sails of the three gunas made;
But all their curious workmanship is merely for ornament.

Upon the kite-strings Thou hast rubbed the manja-paste of worldliness,
So as to make each straining strand all the more sharp and strong.
Out of a hundred thousand kites, at best but one or two break free;
And Thou dost laugh and clap Thy hands, O Mother, watching them!

On favouring winds, says Ramprasad, the kites set loose will speedily
Be borne away to the Infinite, across the sea of the world.
~~~~~

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How i learned to tell whether a guy's using WhatsApp Web or not

From Feynman in Surely…:
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At all these places everybody working in physics would tell me what they were doing and I'd discuss it with them. They would tell me the general problem they were working on, and would begin to write a bunch of equations.

"Wait a minute," I would say. "Is there a particular example of this general problem?"

"Why yes; of course."

"Good. Give me one example." That was for me: I can't understand anything in general unless I'm carrying along in my mind a specific example and watching it go. Some people think in the beginning that I'm kind of slow and I don't understand the problem, because I ask a lot of these "dumb" questions: "Is a cathode plus or minus? Is an an-ion this way, or that way?"

But later, when the guy's in the middle of a bunch of equations, he'll say something and I'll say, "Wait a minute! There's an error! That can't be right!"

The guy looks at his equations, and sure enough, after a while, he finds the mistake and wonders, "How the hell did this guy, who hardly understood at the beginning, find that mistake in the mess of all these equations?"

He thinks I'm following the steps mathematically, but that's not what I'm doing. I have the specific, physical example of what he's trying to analyze, and I know from instinct and experience the properties of the thing. So when the equation says it should behave so-and-so, and I know that's the wrong way around, I jump up and say, "Wait! There's a mistake!"
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An amusing take on the need for a Guru from Face to Face with Sri Ramana Maharshi

One day we brought up the question of guruship and asked, "Is it necessary for spiritual attainment to have a guru?" The Maharshi ordered a certain treatise to be read, in which it was stated that as in all physical and intellectual training a teacher is sought, so in matters spiritual the same principle holds good. "And", he added, "it is hard for a man to arrive at the goal without the aid of such a one." I turned to him and said, "But you had no guru."

A rustle of shocked horror ran through the hall. But the Maharshi was not in the least disturbed by my thoughtless remark. On the contrary, he looked at me with a twinkle in his eye. Then he threw back his head and gave a joyous whole-hearted laugh. It endeared me to him as nothing else could. A saint who can turn the laugh against himself is a saint indeed!

http://shastrix.blogspot.in/2015/03/the-need-for-guru.html



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