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NARA'S NOTEPAD

VOLUME 11

DECEMBER 2015

NUMBER 12



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MEMO FROM NARA



Transition from the past to the present to the future has been realized by one and all. Nature changes from season to season with slight modification although the transition is certain. In other words, transition brings changes. Many changes are for good whereas some are not.

One of the glaring changes we observe in our daily life is food habits. People who have visited the US – in fact, most of the educated classes and business people and their young ones very often do – generally taste the American foods and develop a taste for them. They prefer to eat pizza, potato fries, KFC, Mc Donald burger etc. These people when come back home, try to search for such food to which they have developed a special taste. Of course, we do find the same types of food in Pizza Huts, Subways, KFCs and Mc Donald outlets in every city of India. The transition of food from country to country has become popular because of people’s preference.

Religions preach that God is beyond transition and thus there is no change in God.  Godly thoughts also do not change. Is it true that the natural process of change is applicable only to human beings? Is it possible for us to stop transition from the past to the present? I don’t think so, because the present and probably the future generations look for change and create changes. They live in change and bring in change. Advancements and progress in human activities like education, science, health, business, and social service bring in changes and transition happen from year to year and decade to decade. History hints at all these aspects. The transition from a manual typewriter to a computer and sending letters (messages) through posts to e-mails are very common examples we all know. In future, how these things are going to be transformed? – Only time will tell. So transition is linked somehow with time. We have heard about the animals lived in Planet Earth millions of years ago. Today they are extinct. Transition led to new kinds of animals! Therefore, we can assume that there is no end to transition on earth.

However the religious and philosophical ideals postulate that the intransient and immortal as the highest order of being. But transition is an inescapable reality. The nature of social organization and the innate political wisdom make transition not only inevitable but even desirable. Every country tries to improve the living conditions of its people and empower them with health and education. Such attempts bring progress and improvements in individual life and generate good citizens who in turn contribute for the changes. Marketing of commodities, management of finance and communicating the quality of products produced (Advertisements) have evolved over time. Selling things what human being needs in a sophisticated manner is another example for transition from exchange of goods for our food. By allowing education for women – a big change in countries like India – we have revolutionized the society and social order. Because of this transition today we see women working like men in all fields without fear or favour. They have built up courage and confidence in their mind to involve all aspects of social services. Someone rightly said: “Even truth changes every 8 or 10 years.” Therefore, whether one likes it or not change is bound to happen to create transition and we have to accept it.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT



Citizens cannot be expected to conform to identical views and values.

Even within a family that may not be possible.

What is decent, moral or acceptable are not static concepts since they vary from society to society and also alter with the passage of time.

– Navin S Kohli

JUST TO LAUGH




An elderly man decided his wife was getting hard of hearing. So he called her doctor to make an appointment to have her hearing checked. The doctor said he could see her in two weeks, but meanwhile, there’s a simple, informal test the husband could do to give the doctor some idea of the dimensions of the problem.

“Here’s what you do. Start about 40’ away from her, and speak in a normal conversational tone and see if she hears you. If not, go to 30’, then 20’, and so on until you get a response.” So that evening she’s in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he is in the living room, and he says to himself “I’m about 40’ away, let’s see what happens.” “Honey, what’s for dinner.” No response. So he moves to the other end of the room, about 30 feet away. “Honey what’s for dinner?” No response. On to the kitchen door, only 10’ away, “Honey what is for dinner?” No response.

So he walks right up behind her and screams. “Honey, what’s for dinner?” His wife turns to him in rage. “I told you, chicken! For the fifth time it’s chicken!!!”

LINES TO BE REMEMBERED IN LIFE


  • Never share your secrets with anyone. This can be self-destructive, perhaps the most important advice in life.
  • Never tell your problems to anyone; 20% will not care and 80% will be glad that you have them.
  • Life is similar to Boxing game; defeat is not declared when you fall down; it is declared when you refuse to get up.
  • Wrong persons teach the right lessons in life; that is called life experience.
  • Faith is taking the first step; even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
  • Keep your face to the sun and you will not see the shadow.
  • Everything is valuable at two times: 1. before getting it and 2. after losing it.
  • Two things bring happiness and success in life. 1. The way you manage when you have nothing and 2. The way you behave when you have everything.
  • Two places are most valuable in the world: 1. The nicest place is to be in someone’s thoughts and 2. The safest place is to be in someone’s prayers.
  • Fear has two meanings: 1. Forget everything and run and 2. Face everything and rejoice…!

Smitha Sabharwal IAS

RAISE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS





Connect with nature – Go for a walk in the forest, jungle, field of daisies, or wherever you feel like getting a connection with nature. It is possible to feel at deep sense of peace and oneness when you attempt to connect with nature. As you learn to connect and appreciate nature, you allow your consciousness to rise up.



 Get your body moving – Exercise and dancing will raise your consciousness by promoting healthy brainwave patterns, healthy neurotransmitter levels, and great circulation throughout your nervous system. Help yourself rise up and break the pattern of not exercising by going for a friendly walk with one of your friends or even going to the club to dance.

FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS




We have these rights as long as we do not harm others.

  1. We have the right to be treated with respect.
  2. We have the right to express our feelings, opinions and wants.
  3. We have the right to set our own priorities.
  4. We have the right to say “no” without feeling guilty.
  5. We have the right to get what we pay for.
  6. We have the right to have our opinions different than others.
  7. We have the right to take care of and protect ourselves from being threatened physically, mentally and emotionally.
  8. We have the right to create our own happy and healthy lives.

LINES I LIKED


  • An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
  • You are poor because you have no ambition.
  • Ambition is a magnificent goal in life that must be realized.
  • Writing is just like any other muscle – you need to exercise it.
  • What is the point of life if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?
  • Change for the better, don’t change for someone else, change for yourself.



DNA is the software of the cell, and when we change the software we change the species.

TO QUOTE


Those who live in accordance with the divine laws without complaining, firmly established in faith, are released from karma. Those who violate these laws criticising and complaining are utterly deluded and are the cause of their own suffering. Bhagawad Gita



The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers; he is one who asks the right questions. – Claude Levi-Strauss



Ability is a poor man’s wealth.


Meet you next month –January 2016


 


Professor A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP





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