Lessons Learned from Mahakavi Bharathi

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Lessons Learned from Bharathi

A few years ago I saw Kamal’s movie, Mahanathi where in the climax scene Kamal says the following lines –

தேடிச் சோறு நிதந் தின்று
பல சின்னஞ் சிறு கதைகள் பேசி
மனம் வாடி துன்பம் மிக உழன்று
பிறர் வாட பல செயல்கள் செய்து
நரை கூடி கிழப் பருவம் எய்தி
கொடும் கூற்றுக்கிரையென பின் மாயும்
பல வேடிக்கை மனிதரைப் போலே
நான்வீழ்வேன் என்றே நினைத்தாயோ?

நின்னை சில வரங்கள் கேட்பேன்
அவை நேரே இன்றெனக்கு தருவாய் 
என்றன் முன்னைத் தீயவினை பயன்கள்
இன்னும் மூளாதழிந்திடுதல் வேண்டும் 
இனி என்னைப் புதிய உயிராக்கி 
எனக்கேதும் கவலையறச் செய்து 
மதிதன்னை மிக தெளிவு செய்து 
என்றும் சந்தோஷம் கொண்டிருக்க செய்வாய்! 
என்றும் சந்தோஷம் கொண்டிருக்க செய்வாய்!

People whose only goal is to search (scavenging) for their next meal ,
those who are engaged in constant small talk about worthless things
as a result their minds have wilted and in constant mental despair and agony,
those who committed deeds with the motive of hurting many,
those who are growing old , evident with the greying hair (without achieving anything else),
and then would succumb to the cruel fate of death in the end,
Like these risible people,
Did you think that I will fall prey to these follies?

Oh Almighty! I ask you for certain boons,
grant them to me directly right away!
Let all the mistakes (sins) of my past,
be pardoned right away (Please help me get rid of them and they should not haunt me henceforth),
From now on let me begin afresh as a new soul,
no worries should haunt me,
make my intellect clear and sharp,
make me eternally happy,
make me eternally happy.

(Translation courtesy – tamilthathuvarasigan.wordpress.com)

These lines were so powerful that ever since I heard them, I have used them as a touchstone to revive myself whenever I feel down or sad.

One of the powerful lessons that I learnt from Mahakavi was –

Don’t waste your life. Don’t die like a normal man .. be the change ..

About Raja King

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Raja King

Raja is a B.Tech IT graduate from Madurai who is currently working as a business analyst in Coimbatore. He is interested in history, literature and art. He loves to write and dabble in political writing and analysis.

Lessons Learned from Vegetarianism

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Lessons Learned from Vegetarianism

“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.” George Bernard Shaw

My name is Raja. I am from Madurai though right now I live in Coimbatore and I am a pure vegetarian.

Born and brought up in a family that cooked non-vegetarian, I used to eat non-veg at least three times a week. But my perceptions changed when I started reading about Gandhi, Einstein and Bernard Shaw. Their life and views had a profound impact on me, so much so that I stopped eating non-vegetarian.

The following are the lessons that I have learned since I became a vegetarian –

I became a vegetarian because I am against cruelty to animals. I don’t believe animals are any less than humans by any stretch of rational thinking. Feasting on their flesh or wearing their dead skin is both disturbing and disgusting to me.

Many of my friends said that animals are here only for humans to eat. Many want to question my reason to turn into a vegetarian rather than simply accepting the fact that I have changed. Though until a few years ago I too made fun of vegetarians, calling them ‘sambar’ and ‘thayir saatham’ (curd rice). Today, I am a vegetarian by choice, and I was well able to deflect their attack on my so-called madness.

Food choices are personal, not universal. All my family members are non-vegetarians. And they strongly believe that meat is good for health. I have never imposed my opinion on them. Some of my friends know for a fact that vegetarian food is good for health but they find it difficult to control their taste for non-veg food. I am not judgmental of their choice as food choices are truly personal by nature.

If you are arguing in favour of vegetarians, don’t tell people that they have a good heart and that they know the value of lives. In case you are wondering why, remember that even Hitler was a vegetarian.

Nature is an integral part of my life. My village is located near the Western Ghats. I love bird watching and trekking at Western Ghats. I have realized that vegetarianism can protect our environment as it protects the animals.

 

About Raja King

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Raja King

Raja is a B.Tech IT graduate from Madurai who is currently working as a business analyst in Coimbatore. He is interested in history, literature and art. He loves to write and dabble in political writing and analysis.