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Teachers Everywhere

When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

Festivals come once in a year but festivities are round the year.

Teachers Day comes once a year but teachers are with you, throughout the year.

Is learning the essence of life?

Not to everyone.

There are some who believe, and rightly so, that action is all that matters. Learning is the fuel, action is what puts it into motion.

There are others who have a cordial relationship with learning. They open their doors to learning once in a while- to let in some guests who are otherwise unwelcome generally.

And there are others who consider learning as an intruder and keep their senses on full alert to thwart any attempts from this unwanted intrusion in their zone of comfort.

To each his own. And we can rarely find fault with the different approaches. After all each of us has a right to decide how we wish to lead our lives, our priorities, our interests, grow, or evolve.

Gautam Buddha too was living in a blissful state of ignorance, in the lap of luxury, till he decided to explore and discover himself. This reveals two things – one, you can change course in life at any time, and two, it’s never too late.

Is learning self-realisation? Is it education? Is it discovery?

Does learning happen, or is it delivered by a teacher?

Can one learn without a teacher?

What role does a teacher have?

Teachers are not labelled. They may not necessarily be human. They may not be physically present. You can learn from a story, an anecdote, an observation, a thought.

You can stay untouched though surrounded by teachers, and you can learn despite the absence of teachers. The essence of learning is not what is being taught, but what is being learnt. And for that it is not the teacher in front of you, but the learner in you that seeks the teacher.

For those who seek teachers, they keep looking. For those who seek learning – teachers are everywhere.

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Transform through form

In Hindu mythology Vishnu took ten avatars on earth. Each birth had a purpose and role to fulfill, and it was the ninth avatar that left an indelible mark on mankind. Krishna.

Rarely has any person – natural or super natural ever been remembered for touching and transforming lives in so many ways as Krishna did.

Super Natural: I recollect a learned person pointing out that Krishna is the only one who is worshipped even in the child form. Krishna showed very early signs of being super natural and his feats became the talk of the town. His first mission was to get rid of his maternal uncle who was responsible for slaying seven of his siblings. Through his mischievous escapades and his childish manoeuvres to quench his insatiable love for butter, he exposed his human weakness that made him endearing to all.

Eternal Lover: To account tales of romance of Gods is virtually taboo but Krishna’s romanticism is revealed through the countless tales where he enchants the village gopis with his flute and the eternal bond of love with Radha has been an inspiration to many. Once again we witness his natural human traits which he makes no attempt to supress. He showed you can rise in love too.

Friends Forever: That he understood the meaning of friendship and didn’t let time or wealth dilute it over the passage of time is revealed in the Sudama episode. Rushing to welcome him personally on learning of his arrival, guessing his discomfort of revealing the real reason behind his visit, he quietly makes sure his friend’s visit is fruitful. True friends understand even when their friend hasn’t spoken and their actions are remembered, not words.

Statesman and Strategist: Through his life Krishna showed his prowess as a master strategist as he plotted his moves and moved the pieces to his advantage. Never using force or authority he cajoled people to do what would get him to the results he wanted. One instance was asking Duryodhan whether it would be appropriate to wear a loin cloth rather than go fully nude in front of his mother ensured the vulnerability that he was looking for. You can win people over without getting under.

Right Side: If you decide that you will be on the right side there’s nothing left to ponder about. Krishna always chose to be on the right side of truth irrespective of his relations and affiliations. Though he was equally related to the Kauravas he chose to side with the Pandavas because he believed they were right. His brother Balrama was inclined to be with the opposition but he tactfully kept him disengaged during the war. Backing your convictions and beliefs will always keep you on the right side, rather than taking sides.

Protector: While Krishna slayed many demons and cleansed the world of people with evil designs he is remembered to come to the rescue in times of absolute need. Answering the prayers of Draupadi he saved her when she was being humiliated by being disrobed publicly. When Krishna’s antidote to Ashwathama’s brahmshastra posed a challenge to the child in the womb of Uttara, he protected his life. He taught us to be rock solid behind people who we care for.

While there are countless reasons to remember Krishna, there are three that top my mind.

At the break of war two cousins approached him for his help. To them he offered two options – they could either choose his army, weaponry and resources, or him. And as they say, the rest is history. That a single individual can indeed make such a huge difference and impact the outcome is unparalleled in the annals of history. Each human being has an unlimited potential packed at time of manufacture. After it leaves the factory, it is up to the user to make the best of it.

Whenever I see the pyramids of people celebrating Dahi Handi on his birthday, I am overwhelmed by the simplicity with which it teaches people, teamwork. Aiming higher is always on everyone’s mind but only with the right talent; in the right formation and working together can you achieve it. Did Krishna anticipate this practice would live for so many years? With his envious record of anticipation, it is difficult to rule it out. Having a common purpose is the key rather than working at cross purposes.

If mankind has to live by the leaves of a single book, they have not to look beyond the Bhagwad Gita. It is a book that doesn’t teach business or personal life but offers lessons on life. Every page in the book is a condensed lesson which a single life cannot comprehend. And this humble preaching to Arjun has become the bedrock of motivation and guidance for humans to lead their lives.

The beauty of Krishna’s life was that despite being super human he lived his life humanly. His various forms touched people and transformed them. Each one loved a different Krishna. To some he was the prankster in his childhood and to some the lover.  To friends he was a saviour in need, and someone to count on, in a crisis. To the world he showed the path, guided people, and motivated them to move their chariot of life. Through his various forms he transformed lives.

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Tiranga

Are you proud to be an Indian?

World History – Facts about India

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 4th 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 struck 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 known as the Pythagorean Theorem. British scholars have last year (1999) officially published that Budhayan’s works dates to the 6th Century which is long before the European mathematicians.

9. Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. Quadratic equations were by Sridharacharya in the 11th 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 Civilization).

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

Indians in USA

Indians are the wealthiest among all ethnic groups in America, even faring better than the whites and the natives.

There are 3.22 millions of Indians in USA (1.5% of population) YET,

• 38% of doctors in USA are Indians.

• 12% scientists in USA are Indians.

• 36% of NASA scientists are Indians.

• 34% of Microsoft employees are Indians.

• 28% of IBM employees are Indians.

• 17% of INTEL scientists are Indians. .

• 13% of XEROX employees are Indians.

Indians around the Globe

Q. Who is the GM of Hewlett Packard?

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, CEO of Wipro Industries. The Sultan of Brunei is at 6th position now.

Q. Who is the founder and creator of Hotmail (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, Mc Kinsey & Stanchart?

A. Victor Menezes, Rajat Gupta, and Rana Talwar

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