Mar 30, 2017

An excellent interpretation of our Holy books


An excellent interpretation of our Holy books ... when the industry and society in general is suffering from loss of values, it is refreshing to re-interpret the historical narratives in today's language. Loved it !

Aug 23, 2016

America's secret weapon...H1B

Few years back there was a video that awed me. The fact that people could talk freely about why America is not the greatest country in the world. Did they not have 'anti-sedition - mongers' like we are experiencing these days? About how "the first step in solving a problem ... is realizing it".

And then I find this video again. About science in America. Worth a watch !

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Jan 14, 2013

An Indian monk 150 years ago...

When Swami Vivekananda went to Chicago in 1893 to address the Parliament, this oriental man in a saffron robe was given 2 minutes to speak. When he started with Sisters and Brothers... instead of the usual Ladies and Gentlemen, the 7000 strong crowd rose to their feet and clapped for 2 minutes and more. Therefore he was given his own time to speak.

On his 151st birth anniversary, here's the full text of his famous Chicago speech through which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions, Chicago in 1893.
Sisters and Brothers of America ...
It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. l thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions; and I thank you in the name of the millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects. My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to the southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings:
As the different streams having there sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to thee.


The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world, of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita:
Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me.
Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.