6) GENERATION GAP :
Q) Has the generation gap widened of late ?
Ans : It is an expression that connotes a wide gulf between the aspirations, exprectations Values, standards, ideologies and dreams of the young and old. It has caused a friction in varyin degrees. It reflects the change in attitude of life. The see-saw of old and young is supported by the fulcrum and is lubricated with oil of love and
While the older people are wedded to traditional values and convictions, the young has discarded them. This has led to the clash in priorities, interests and ego (PIE).
While the old have their right priorities, peer group, with whom they spent most of their time, influences the young. Since the youth is raw and untamed it is easily influenced by the westerm thoughts and ideas (anything western). Man wants to feed his pride. Satisfy his ego and establish his supremacy. So the ego clash becomes inevitable. When one side of the seesaw is pressed, the other side gets up in proportion to the pressure put. With love and understanding the gap between generations can be bridged. The old must not view the life and ideals of the younger generation with old glasses and vice versa. The old must appreciate and adjust to the ambitions of the young.
The young should understand that the old have no hidden agendas or motives behind them and it is for their well-being. Certain moral code of conduct is imposed on them.
The moral code of conduct is like a brake to a speeding vehicle to avert accidents. In life it averts moral degeneration and ruin. The old should have a strong will to counter the influence of the peer group and the west. Love and understanding are the two magic words, which would work wonders in bridging the generation gap.
7) I PHONE :
Q) Do you think launch of i-phone recently would make life easy and joyful ?
Ans : I happened to go the airtel showroom to recharge my mobile phone. There was a huge anxious crowd but each one had an attendant to promote the product, (they never had time or inclination to promote or elevate them in life) The ways of the world are strange.
While the person was explaining the technology of the iphone I was reflecting and relating on the hidden concept of a mobile phone.
The mobile instrument is the gross body the simcard is the soul and its memory, the subtle mind and the tower from which signals are recerived is the godhead. Just like a simcard casts of old mobile phones the soul casts off the gross body in the merry go round of trasmigration according to the doctrines of the three gunas (satva, tamo & rajo) or the latest tendencies of the mind. The sim card is activated by the signals from the tower. In a similar fahion, a soul is activated by the grace of the super soul. The numbers and tunes that are latent in the memory of the simcard is seen reflected when the simcard enters a new mobile phone
Same way, the soul’s subtle body has the doctrines of the three gunas and accordingly reflected in the next birth.
In a nutshell
Mobile – gross body
Simcard – soul
Memory – subtle body (mind)
Tower – super soul (god head)
The iphone would only make life more complicated and miserable. Because sky is the limit for man’s desires. As and when the technology improves man is left behind and hence discontented and sad, if he does not update with the latest technology. So the scope for his mental well being is very less and hence his life becomes miserable.
8) ODD MAN OUT :
Q) In today’s world who is the odd man out ?
Ans : He takes a little time to catch up with the rest of the world as far as fashion is concerned.
He knows fashion is a passion fancy. If it is academics of armchair philosophy he is a ‘with it’ man. He likes to merge with the crowd rather than hroak curious stares in tomorrow’s clothes. He is dismissed as a bad dresser and the professor of an unimaginative, limited wardrobe lacking dash and color.
Dismissing them as odd we are erasing the family values of our society we are internationalizing the American way of like making people to identify with unreal situations. We misunderstand bizarre situations as universal.
The odd man has Indianism in his blood and spirituality in his genes. He leaves behind a rich family tradition of the east. Man has four pious obligations namely to 1) God 2)
Teacher or Guru 3) Parents and 4) Humanity He is not bitten by the Western bug and thus does not being about degeneration of family values.
Ironically today a husband and wife living together are termed joint family. The institution of marriage is undermind. The disatrous consequences being fatherless children, unwed mothers, orphans, maximum number of divorces, alcohol and drug abusem suicide in children, depression and poverty. The west can boast of all the above said ills, which the odd man of today does not have. The odd man does not know to move with the crowd of the so-called civilized society and hence stands distinctly apart, for good.
9) QUOTA IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS :
Q) Do you believe in Quota / Reservation in Educational Institutions ?
Ans : It is not education, nor brains, nor hard word, nor self-sacrifice, nor compassion, nor character that matters. Why you need not even be sane ! A simple requisite is a caste certificate even that need not necessarily be a true one. A fake certificate is sufficient that is Indian democracy today.
The Bhagavad-Gita classifies men based not on social or economical backwardness but purely on capabilities or merits of an individual. The Brahmins / Priests were a knowledgeable lot and so had the responsibility of educating the people. The Kshatriyas were the ruling class, with great strength and valour. The vyasas were the business class, who knew the tricks of the trade. The Shudras looked after menial Jobs. There was perfect hamony, in the division of labour. Today, the chaos on
the society is due to the imbalance created by the Quota and Reservation.
The Bhagavad-Gita classifies men based not on social or economical backwardness but purely on capabilities or merits of an individual. The Brahmins / Priests were a knowledgeable lot and so had the responsibilitity of educating the people. The Kshatriyas were the ruling class, with great strength and valour.
The vyasas were the business class, who knew the tricks of the trade. The Shudras looked after menial Jobs. There was perfect hamony, in the division of labour. Today, the chaos on the society is due to the imbalance created by the Quota and Reservation.
In a Bamboo forest, all the trees do not go into the making of a flute, some are used in making paper, while some in firewood and others for various purposes based on the worth and quality of the tree. People who get admitted into universities do not get te understanding and students who have the knowledge and dunderstanding do not get admissions. As a result the quality of education has declined. When merit has no recognition there is severe brain drain.
The political force is the greatest force to reckon with in our country. Politicians can neither be taken seriously nor brushed aside as a bunch of jokers. They divide and rule over the people in the name of caste, religion and language. But countering the political force remains a distant dream because pollitica is the very breath of Indian living.
But the matter of fact is that real talent can never be suppresed and shall come out in flying colors. Only that country could be great. Whose honest and wise men could speak as loud as the scoundrels.
10) RAT RACE :
Q) Are you part of the Rat race ? Why is it called so ?
Ans : Indian countryside is rich with sayings. “When everybody dries the grains the rat dries its tails”
People who do farming dry the grains (produce) but the rat has nothing to be proud of except for its long tail and so dries it. Same way wants to compare and compete with the fellow beings and so runs a rat race to establish his supremacy.
They can be classified into :
1) Conscious runners
2) Unconscious runners
3) Runners with awareness
The conscious runners know that they are running and want ot run after material grains. The unconscious runners are the ignorant lot who run out of certain compulsions and also because others are running. Those who run into awareness are far better because they are fully aware that they are running a futile race in search of a illusory mirage. These men do not get entrapped in a rattrap like the other two runners so the outcome of the race has least impact on them.
The law of nature clearly states that every living entity is endowed with some merits and also limitations. An ass in a lion’s skin cannot roar. A fowl cannot spead its wings and dance like a peacock. A cat cannot eat like an elephant. Likewise no two men are alike and so he should realize the need to think and act instead of being blindly driven by the ways of the world.
11) SANSKRIT EDUCATION :
Q) Do you think, the wrong notion about Sanskrit education has to be dispelled ?
Ans : The importance of Sanskrit in modern education cannot be denied. In our country, our people’s academic vision is clouded with the belief that Sanskrit is a Brahmin language and any regional language a non-Brahmin languge and that therefore as part of self-respect movement, Sanskrit should be destroyed and other languages should be given a predominant position. I have no lesser love for the other languages than Sanskrit. My view is that Sanskrit is not a Brahmin language. The greatest works had been written by Non-Brahmins. All languages are common to Hindus, and therefore, we as intelligent people, fight against any attempt on the part of anybody to create a rivalry in the name of languages. A study of Sanskrit or any calssical language promotes accuracy in speech and Idiom. As far as the Hindus are concerned, the basis of our culture is largely found in Sanskrit writings.
Clear thinking and accuracy of expression is possible only by sound classical education. The world is moving in the direction of having classics are part of their education
curriculum. In one of the TV channels, a group of men were airing their views that they would protest against using Sanskrit in temple prayers and rituals. The irony of the show was that the serious discussion turned out to be a comedy The way they expressed them selves in Tamil language struggling to pronounce the syllable ‘zh’ in Tamil.
The distinctness of Sanskrit or any classical language for that matter will be gone once we lose touch with their ancients So study of classics should be encouraged. Great men have become so only by wide knowledge derived from classical education.
12) INDIAN UNIVERSITIES :
Q) India’s contribution to the world of science is simply amazing. Why is that the Indian universities are imparting the territories of west to our pupils ?
Ans : It is unfortunate that we do not have with us records to acquaint ourselves with the glory ous part of our country in the field of Religion and science. Branches of Science like physics, chemistry, astronomy, mathematics and Botany were well developed in India. It is an irony that children are taught that scientific studies began in west.
Mathematics studies all in the Vedas. Algebra Trigonometry try Geometry have their origin in India. The decimal al system was in vogue in India as far back as Christian era. The zero was discovered by Vedic scholars. The Pythagoras theorem was known to Bodayana and Kathyayana 1000 years before Pythagoras. Aryabatta discoverd the value of II, much earlier than anyone.
Metallurgy is another field where Indians have excelled. Metals like gold, silver and copper were used in making jewellery. when excavations were still going on in mohenjadaro.
In the field of botany, classification of plants based on their appearence and qualities are found in atharvaveda. Sage parachara classified trees in 100 B.C while modern
classification was made in 1700 A.D. saint and poet purandaradasa sang in his compositions the presence of 84,00,000 species of animals forms.
Many ancient buildings made of high quality bricks speak volumes of our architecture, the temple architecture such as the one tanjore brahadeeswara temple temple, the meenakshi temple in madurai, konark sun temple in orissa, ellora and ajantha caves and innumerable such examles can be quoted, which have no parallerls or beyond compare. The sculptural splendor and the intricate carvings, in Indian temples is so magnificent, that no words can express its greatness. Today man is more inclined towards glamour, their goddess so anything glossy and glamorous is acceptable. They are brain washed to believe the theories of west to be original and the pioneers of such theories. The media sours this myth effectively and strongly. The power of such campaign drives the present world.