This & That

(1) Victor Frankl in “Man’s Search For Meaning”, popularised the notion that ‘freedom’ is not the same as ‘liberty.’  LIBERTY indicates the presence of a variety of options from which I can choose.  TRUE FREEDOM, however, refers to the internal power I possess to exercise my options —– to act or not to act —— and not just to act in one way or other.

(2) A reporter called the EARTHQUAKE —— EARTH-BREAKING NEWS.

(3) That which LOVE BEGETS, that which REBELLION CREATES, that which FREEDOM REARS are three manifestations of God.  And God is the expression of the INTELLIGENT UNIVERSE.
(4) Friendly forces are to be mobilised when he and the ally have the same objective ; his own success depends on the ally ; the all, being close, deserves to be favoured ; or the campaign helps to get rid of traitors in the army of the ally. —–The Arthashastra. 

large-The original manuscript of Arthashastra(5) It is the LAW OF LOVE that rules mankind.  Had violence ruled us, we should have become extinct long ago.  And yet, the tragedy of it is that the so-called civilised men and nations conduct themselves as if the basis of society was violence.—Gandhiji.

(6) Work is essential.  It irons out the surface roughness of life.  It creates a healthy mental environment.  Work is essential to balance life, for the great purpose of life on this earth, is to correct and balance oneself, and all work should be an attempt at this fulfilment. —— Dada J. P. Vaswani.

(7) Verily the kindness that gazes upon itself in a mirror, turns to stone ; And a good deed that calls itself by tender names becomes the parent to a curse. –Kahlil Gibran.

(8)  If you ever think of becoming greedy, transfer this trend of thinking towards acquirement of more Godly knowledge, virtues and gains in yoga.  These gains will accompany us after death and make us wealthy or many lives.
(9) Few of us can stand prosperity —– another man’s, I mean. —Mark Twain.

(10) What is an ETHIC ?  An ETHIC, as we understand the term, is a configuration of value preferences and behavioural norms, attitudinal orientations and motivating symbols ——– put together in an historical context for a specific people over time.  The relationship between such an ETHIC to the structure and functioning of a society, is certainly problematic, whether we speak of a religious ethic or a secular one —— like a work ethic or an ecological one.

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