Sunday, July 24, 2011

A rich man and a priest

A rich man who once asked his priest, "Why does everybody call me stingy when everyone knows that when I die I will leave everything I have to this temple?"

The priest said:

There once was a pig and a cow. The pig was unpopular and the cow was loved by all in the village. This puzzled the pig.

The pig said to the cow, "People speak warmly of your good nature and your helpful attitude”. They think, “You are very generous because each day you give them milk, butter and cheese”.

“But how about me?”

“I give them everything I have”.

“I give them the famous sausages, bacon and ham i.e. my entire body”.

“Yet no one likes me”.” Why is that?"

The priest continued:" Do you know what the cow answered?
The Cow said, "Perhaps it's because I give while I am still living."

SELF-CONFIDENCE AND OVER-CONFIDENCE

Vamsi asks:

What is the difference between self-confidence and over-confidence?

Natarajan Amirapu answers:

(Considering the general reference people make to these terms, we are trying the differentiate them so that we may learn something.)

Let us first discuss over-confidence. Usually, we refer to it in the event of a failure. When someone fails at something, we say it is because of his/her over-confidence. We say, “He failed because of his over-confidence! He should have been careful!” This over-confidence is related to our ego. A man’s ego is indeed great. A man of over-confidence is always talking about himself and always complaining about things around. Either he talks about how great he is or how much he suffering because of the circumstances or the conditions around him. Either way, he gets carried away from what he should actually be doing in order to succeed.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Be not afraid of anything

A message from Natarajan Amirapu to Sriram.

Natarajan Amirapu:

Dear Sriram,

Take the word fear out of your life completely. From this moment be not afraid of anything. Never even for fun say that you are afraid of anything. Life is full of conditions and people who are bent upon creating fear in you. But our ideal is too big to waste even a second thinking that we are weak and afraid.

Remember what swamiji said: "This is the one great truth India has to teach to the world, because it is nowhere else. This is spirituality, the science of the soul. What makes a man stand up and work? Strength. Strength is goodness, weakness is sin. If there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the Upanishads, bursting like a bomb-shell upon masses of ignorance, it is the word fearlessness. And the only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. Either in this world or in the world of religion, it is true that fear is the sure cause of degradation and sin. It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature. Each of us is heir-apparent to the Emperor of emperors; we are of the substance of God Himself. Nay, according to the Advaita, we are God Himself though we have forgotten our own nature in thinking of ourselves as little men."


Always tell yourself you can do everything and anything. Never fear.You are the son of Swami Vivekananda and you have nothing to fear.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Is our future pre-determined

Discussion between Vamsi and Natarajan Amirapu.

Vamsi asks:

We Hindus believe that our future is already written. Can we change our future? If we can, how far we can change it?

Natarajan Amirapu answers:


The answer is yes and no. The statement saying that our future is already written is quite misunderstood. Swami Vivekananda explained that very clearly.

It all starts with the Karma Theory (karma siddhAnta). The theory says that all the works which you do, through body, speech and mind will leave an impression which will be stored. It will be like a bank balance.

Thiruvananthapuram temple riches

Discussion between Vamsi, Natarajan Amirapu, and Sridhar.

Vamsi asks:

What would you suggest about the ownership of Thiruvananthapuram temple riches? I can see that India is getting a lot of money. In the form of Hidden treasures, more share in sea water and more... Are we capable enough to handle this money?

Natarajan Amirapu answers:

India was the richest country in the world for a long, long time. Under the British rule, we reached a stage where we were almost bankrupt and had to pledge gold to stay afloat during the early 1990s. From that stage we have now reached a stage where we are in the top ten richest nations of the world.

GURU AND GOD

Discussion between Vamsi and Natarajan Amirapu.

Vamsi asks:

Swami Dayatmananda asked us a question and himself answered it as well. It is as follows

Question: Whom do we have to listen if our guru and God come to us and tell two contradictory things?

Answer: We have to listen to guru because we come to know about God from our guru!

I heard the same answer from Sri Chaganti Koteswara Rao Garu also.

Please explain this for me.

Natarajan Amirapu:


I agree with what swamiji said.

Sri Ramakrishna says that Satchidananda Parabrahman himself manifests as our Guru. That is why so much of respect is given to Guru. If we carefully think about it, we will find that the Guru resembles God in all his characteristics. God is Sat-chit-ananda. Knowledge-existence and bliss. The guru, by virtue of his pure character symbolizes all those and he talks of nothing but them and instills the same characters in us as well. That will make us go towards God. Swami Vivekananda says, “It is great men who lay down their lives to build the road on which millions of ordinary people cross this samsara.”(I changed the actual wording)(This does not apply to our day to day lecturers of our colleges, who teach for a salary!)

Nice Conversation between swamiji and disciple on religious magazine udbodhan

The Bengali fortnightly magazine, Udbodhan, was just started by Swami Trigunatita under the direction of Swamiji for spreading the religious views of Shri Ramakrishna among the general public. After the first number came out the disciple came to the Math at Nilambar Babu's garden one day. Swamiji started the following conversation with him about the Udbodhan.

Swamiji: (Humorously caricaturing the name of the magazine) Have you seen the Udbandhana?

Disciple:
Yes, sir; it is a good number.

SERVICE AND NATION BUILDING

An extract of the lecture delivered by Amirapu Natarajan at Computer Sciences Corporation India Pvt Ltd, Building 7, Raheja Mindspace IT Park, Madhapur, Hyderabad 500 081 on 21 June, 2011.

Before starting the discussion on Nation building we should know why we should think about the welfare of others and why should we try to help others at all.

Teachings of Swami Vivekananda from first Std. to tenth Std.

Govt. of Andhra Pradesh has ordered to SCERT to include the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda in their syllabus for the students for the forthcoming year. (Govt. G.O. No.16 dated 26.2.2011.)

As per the order the SECRT has introduced the teachings of Swamiji from 1st Std. to 10th Std.

Advaitism and Vedanta

Advaitism and Vedanta

Discussion between Sriram and Natarajan Amirapu

Sriram:


What is the difference between advaitism and Vedanta? To me both concepts appear same.

Natarajan Amirapu:

The word Vedanta encompasses Advaita in its fold.

Vedanta means Veda+Anta which indicates the end of Vedanta. That is the essence or the conclusion of Vedas.

PM's Tribute to Swami Ranganathananda

I deem it a great privilege and a great honour to be present on this occasion when we have gathered to celebrate the life and works of one of the greatest souls of our time, a truly learned and wise man, one who attained the ultimate in the knowledge of the self, a realized soul, a being who radiated bliss – Swami Ranganathananda.