Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Who is a HINDU

Overview of Hinduism and Religious Fundamentalism in India

Religion means to BIND. It is the systematic set of expressions which reflect the ultimate order, meaning, and possible transformation of existence for people. Dharma means to HOLD.

Statistically there are 700 million Hindus in the world which account for ~15% of the world’s population. That means one in every 8 persons on the earth is a Hindu. Mostly in India and Nepal. Hinduism is Sanāthana Dharma (meaning "the eternal law”). Sanathana means (Chira purathana and Nithya noothana) most ancient and most modern. Hinduism has no founder or single founding event, no prophets named, all people are prophets and or mystics. Anyone can call himself a Hindu. One can question the authority of any scripture or even the existence of the divine (GOD). Worship could be to sun, tree, river or air, at home, in bathroom, on the bed, during sex, in temple, in graveyard!!

Hinduism is not a religion, but is a way to live your daily life. An intricate web of religious, philosophical, social, economic, and artistic elements. No common creed. No single doctrine. No direct divine revelation. No rigid narrow moral code. It is based on the practice of Dharma, the code of life. Thus it is revolutionary in space and time. Critics are also given the Rishi (saint) status (Eg. Charvaka).

Hindu scriptures’ never have the word Hindu in it. Veda is the knowledge, the truth. NOT WRITTEN BY GOD, but knowledgeable RISHIS / Yogis / Sanyasis / Saints. Reading these teachings of seers provides the basis and path for spirituality. Despite being the oldest religion, the truth realized by the seers proves that the Truth and Path provided by Hinduism is beyond time. It talks for the humanity and the living being. They are broadly classified into sruthi (heard – the truth from Godly men), smruthi (remembered – law for the society, may be for the rulers) and nyaya (logic, for analysis of knowledgeable public). There are four Vedas, namely Rig, Sama, Yajur, and Atharva Veda. Each Veda consists of sections namely Samhita (containing the hymns) and Brahmana (significance of the hymns, BRUH means spread), Aranyakas (interpretations), and Vedanta (upanishhads, which are metaphysical dialogs. UPA means near and NISHAD means construct). The oldest Bharatheeya Literature is BRAHMANANGAL. These are based on VEDAS (Jnanam / Karmam / Upasana). VEDAS get referred in KANADA’s Vaiseshikam, GAUTHAMA’s Nyaayam, KAPILA’s Sanghyam, PATHANJALI’s Yoga, JAIMINI’s Poorva Meemamsa and BADARAYANA VYASA’s Uttara Meemamsa. Also are VEDANGANGAL (Siksha, Vyakaranam, Nikhandu, Jyothisastram, Chandas, Kalpam) and UPAVEDAS (Ayurveda, Ghandarvaveda, Dhanurveda, Ardhaveda). MANU’s Dharma (Rituas Path), BRAHASPADI’s Artha (Wealth), NANDIKESAN’s Kama (Need), BADARAYANAN’s Moksha (Salvation), JAIMINI’s Swarga (Heaven) and DHANWANTHARI’s Chikitsa (Treatment).

The messages are taken through guru parampara (chain of traditional gurus) like Sankara, Chinmaya, Arabindo, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Yati, Narayana Guru, Maharishi Mahayogi, Saibaba, Mata Amruthanandamayi et. al. These are a few who popularized their understanding of sanathana dharma in their-own interpretations. What holds on to his inner law is which leads from ignorance to Truth.
Om bhurbhuva: sva: thath savithurvarENyam
bhargO dEvasya dhiimahi dhiyO yO na: prachOdayaath
(The whole world is enlightened by you, the sun; please enlighten my inner-self).

Most Hindus believe that the spirit or soul — the true "self" of every person, called the ātman — is eternal. According to the monistic/pantheistic theologies of Hinduism (such as Advaita Vedanta school), this Atman is ultimately indistinct from Brahman, the supreme spirit. Hence, these schools are called non-dualist. The goal of life, according to the Advaita School, is to realize that one's ātman is identical to Brahman, the supreme soul. The Upanishads state that whoever becomes fully aware of the ātman as the innermost core of one's own self realizes an identity with Brahman and thereby reaches moksha (liberation or freedom).

Most of the Rituals / Prayers are for physical / emotional / intellectual / social / spiritual development. Veda contains science, philosophy, psychology, social norms etc. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Energy concept, Health, the science of war etc. is part of it.

See the mathematics law stating as infinity operated on infinity produces infinity in the hymn
Poornamada. Poornamidam, Poornal Poornamudachyathe
Poornasya Poornamadaya Poornameva Avasishyathe - Aum Santhi Santhi Santhi.
The salutation to sun is the definition of velocity (12.11 X 2202/0.14 Km/sec) in
yojanaanam sahasre dwe sathe dweja yojane ekena nimishardhena kramamaana namosthuthe

God (Krishna) didn’t give all the answers. Krishna directed Dharmaputhra to Bheeshma (Mahabharatha) to learn the best method of ruling the country. The answer given by Bheeshma was VISHNUSAHASRA NAMAM (Thousand names of Vishnu). On this Dharmaputhra asks Bheeshma, ‘who has to chant this?’ Answer was
vedanthako brahmanaha syath kshatriyo vijayeebhaveth
vaisyo dhana samrudhaha soodraha sughamavapnuyath
(If Brahmin chants, he gets knowledge; if Kshatriya chants he gets power, if Vaisya chants he gets money, if Sudra chants he gets happiness) [Brahmans: are the teachers, religious leaders, and scholars; Kshatriya: political leaders and warriors; Vaisya: are engaged in trades or farming and Sudra: are the lowest class and provide services to support the society].

Krishna in Gita teaches all knowledge and secrets and asks Arjuna to logically analyse and decide according to his will and wish
Ithithe jnaanamaakhyaatham guhyaath guhyatharam maya
Vimrusyaithadeseshena yadheschathi thada kuru

Veda talks for living together and sharing knowledge. Let all the people in the world be happy says
loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu
Let us share shelter, food, work, and learning; let us not have hatred through
sahana vavathu, sahanau bhunakthu sahaveeryam karava vahai
thejaswinaa vadheetha masthu maa vidwishaa vahai - Aum santhi saanthi saanthi.

NO IDOL worships recommended
agnirdevo dwijatheenam muneenam hruthidaivatham
prathima swalpabhudheenam sarvathra vidhithathmanam
Priest see sun as GOD, Saints see their GOD within, half-knowledgeable see Idol as GOD, The knowledgeable see GOD everywhere; says Lord Krishna himself to Arjuna in Uthara Gita.

Concept of Education is seen from stating the importance of vidya-dhaanam (teaching) in
annadhaanam param dhaanam, vidyadhaanam athath param
annena kshanikaa thrupti yavath jeevancha vidyaya
Meaning - Feeding is a good philanthropy activity. But educating is much higher. The food will get digested soon. The education will remain the whole life.

Deva pooja, devotion to God - is seen as serving and making others happy says in
Ene kena prakaareNa yasya kasyaapi dehinaha santhosham janayeth praajna thadaivam iswara poojanam

Logical Thinking was given priority. Give value to logic and don’t follow blindly even if Brahma says -
Ukthi-ukthamupaadeyam vachanam baalakaadapi anyathranamavathyaajya-mapyuktham brahmakaadapi

Bharatheeya Dharma talks about two activities viz. Ishta and Poortha. The poortha dharma is more of a social commitment. Ishta karma is the activity that one does for the self, salvation, piece, better life, prosperity, what so ever. They are said as
agnihothram thapa sathyam vedaanaam chaanupaalanam
aadithyam vaisyadhevam cha ishta ithyabhitheeyathe
Service comes under “poorth dharma” and it includes digging wells and ponds, feeding the poor, building temples for the spiritual well-being, and laying out gardens. Excavating wells and ponds has been mentioned first in
vaapee koopa thadakaani dhevathanayathanani cha
anna pradhanamudyannam poortha ithyabhitheeyathe

Ishta will take people to swarga and poortha can give moksha. Thus the social service is seen as higher.
ishtathelabhathe swargam poorthe mokshamavapuyeth

Moksha (Freedom or Salvation) from the cycle of birth and death is the ultimate goal of Hindu religious life. Moksha is the state of supreme bliss and there is no quest beyond it. Moksha is release from all attachments. It is a state in which the self remains ever in freedom and blessedness. The chief purpose of preaching is to teach us how this supreme state may be attained.

TODAY’S HINDUS IN INDIA owe much to Sankaracharya(~800 AD). Sankara reinstalled Hinduism after the degeneration due to the other religion started its activity in India. He revived Temples, Rituals, and Prayers etc. But his teachings are not prescriptions to follow any specific instructions. He gave interpretations and left for the people to decide. Later part of his writing he says that he had three wrong-dings viz., providing shape to god, describing god through prayers, installing the sacred places in
roopam roopa vivarjithasya bhavatho dhyaanena yath kalpitham
sthuthya nirvachaneeyathaakhilaguro doorikrutha yanmaya
vyaapthithwam cha niraakrutham bhagavatho yath theertha yathraa dina
kshandhavyam jagadeesa thadwikalathaam doshathrayam math krutham

HINDUS ARE NOT FUNDAMENTALISTS can be further seen from the Quote from Vivekananda’s ADDRESSES AT THE PARLIAMENT OF RELIGIONS, Chicago, September 11, 1893: “… We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. .”

Hindus never invaded any land. Never captured or ruled any other nations. Never converted anyone. Provided land, food, shelter for other religions, and people from any land and tolerated all their mis-deeds.
athidhi devo bhava.

Modern Independent India remained and is a Secular Tolerant nation, with Hindu assets being under government and other religion given minority status, funding, reservations and concessions. If the majority of the Hindus were fundamentalists, this would never have been possible. India remains as the cradle of all the other religions.

Largest democracy in the world today religion playing big role in politics. (“I can say without the slightest hesitation . . . that those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means.” Quote from Mahatma Gandhi). But in India we have / had president / Prime minister / Top Ministers from Sikh, Muslim, Christian. This is possible because maximum of the Hindus are not fundamentalists.

Approximately 81% of Indians are Hindus. Majority of Hindus (over 95%) do not know what Hinduism is. Efforts are not much in teaching this, not have a uniform thinking on this. The religion gave the freedom to be part of it with out any demand from the individual and no discipline. Many believe that the Idle, God, temple, pooja and being part of festivals is Hindu dharma.

A few who thinks Hindu religion is like any other religion with multiple gods. They are blind and close to fundamentalists. They shift their stand in confusion and for personal material benefits; gets converted to other religion accepting the tempting offers. Many of them continue to attend temples and Hindu festivals.

Other religion in India is Muslim (~13%) and Christian (more than ~3 %). Others include Sikh, Buddhists, Jain, and Parsis etc.

Thomas landed at Musiris (Cranganore / Kodungallur) in Kerala in 52 A.D. He made his first converts of Jews and Hindus in Cranganore, Palayur and Quilon among other places. At Palayur, he organized the new coverts and appointed priests from among the leading families. Alongside he organised the erection of the first church in India at Palayur, now in Trichur district. He is also credited with establishing six other churches in India. Today 60 % of Christians in India are from south India.

Malik Ibn Dinar and 20 others who were the followers of Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, first landed in Kodungallur in Kerala when they came to India. Islam received royal patronage in some states here, and later spread to other parts of India. He was gifted a defunct Jain temple by the local ruler, where he established the first mosque in the Indian subcontinent. The exact date of its establishment is not known but is believed to be in 629. Islam sweeps through central India from the 8th -10th centuries AD.

Kerala has around ~57% Hindus, around ~24% Muslims and ~19% Christians. Muslim population in Kerala is increasing faster (~2%) and Christian Population is growing (~1%). (Christians are reduced in percentage (no in number) against ~24 %, from 1950. Church is now asking their brigades to work hard, including the measures against birth control).

Culturally Muslims and Christians are mixed and adapted the native Indian practices. Examples can be seen from the similarity in dance forms Kaikottikali (Traditional Hindu) in the Margam Kali (Christian) and Oppana (Muslim). Churches have oil lamps and drum beats (Traditional Hindu system). The bible in India (Kerala) is called Veda-pusthakam. Many Muslims are learning the Hindu texts and temple arts. There are temples in Kerala with rituals that need the participation of Muslim and or Christian. Cross religious marriages are common. Most of the celebrations are participated across religion.

Indians are not religious. Else in India, seeds of other religion would not have grown. This basic character will show that other religions also can’t make much influence in India. Countable few politically / externally motivated people are trying to create troubles in the society in the name of religious fundamental group. They are insignificant and will not last long. India will remain in Santayana Dharma.


Dr T P Sasikumar, INDIA
9911484007 / 9447437948
drtpsasikumar@gmail.com / dr_tps@yahoo.com

Monday, May 12, 2008

INTERVIEW in ORKUT FAME

Interview of Dr.T.P Sasikumar- A space scientist, social worker.
Filed Under (Career, Education, Interviews, Social Service on orkut) by zazo on 10-05-2008
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Zazo: Dr T.P Sasikumar has tons of achievements and long list of qualifications, There position in society and in there professional circle is far more bigger than what i can describe here. I would like to request Dr Sasikumar to write about himself in there own words and would also like to thank you for giving me this pleasure which is my biggest achievement ever till now.
Welcome Sir to Orkut’s Hall of Fame!
Dr. T.P Sasikumar:
Thank you.
I am truthfull to self and to all around who interact with me as best I can; trying to be less of frictions and as simple as I can in interpersonal relationships.
Keep motivation and skill active and use the opportunity as best as I can like a tree and a river.
Learning and teaching is the passion, happy on all that I have around me and proud on this gifted life.
Zazo: Sir, please tell us about your educational and professional background.
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: I was a good student at young age.At teen (10th) had very bad mark. I passed out at My native school at Naduvil in 1979. In VIII I was with Tagore Vidya Nikethan at Taliparamba. In Kannur, Kerala.BSc. Maths I got 89 % at Payyanur College, Kannur Kerala after studying at Kanjangad Nehru and Kannur SN Colleges for a while.MSc. Second Rank at Cochin Uni. of Science & Tech in 1986.MPhil at Bangalore Uni. with First Rank.PhD at Bangalore in Fluid Mechanics/Heat Transfer in 1989.
LLB at Osmania Uni. after I got into Space Dept. for Job.MBA from IGNOU with HRD / Knowledge management of ISRO.MS in Psychotherapy and Counseling from IPMS, Mumbai.Studied little Indian Knowledge though Veda, Upanishad, Thanthra etc. from various gurus including (Late) Brahmasree K P C Anujan Bhattathiripad.Astrology and Vasthu from Payyanur (Late) Kesavan Achary.Hypnotism and Many of the Therapies including REIKI, Pranic Healing.. and initiated with ESOTERIC Healing and DOWSING..Professionally learned Computer Vision, Image Processing, Remote Sensing, Mapping etc.
Zazo: How do you feel getting so many degrees& certificates, Is there any subject you left or wish to study?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: The certificates are not the credit.I read only serious matters. But they made me to read. When I have target, I get focused. Else i am not a serious reader. A serious reader need not bother on certificates.I have half done MA Philosophy, left for some reason. Wanted to read more on Philosophy and Psychology.I wish I know more biology and chemistry.I am not satisfied.Presently keen on Gita, Yoga Vasishta and Works of Ramana, Sankara et. al.Need more time to read and teach.Waiting for 2009 october to take VRS for full time learning and teaching.
Zazo: Sir, please throw some light on your job profile and any new or completed projects if possible?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: Basically I am in Space Department as a Scientist since 1989.
Worked on Remote Sensing, Mapping, Image Processing, Photogrametry, Computer Vision etc..
Was with Calicut University at Kerala as a DIRECTOR of UGC-Academic Staff College for over an year on deputation.The job was training teachers - Orientation and Advanced topics in their concerned fields.
Apart from all these I teach at various Colleges/Universities/Institutes/Public/etc..Was with Vivekananda Institute for Human Excellence, Ramakrishna Mat at Hyderabad for so many years were hundreds of youth attend my classes weekly.Teaching Educational Techniques / Effective Learning & Teaching / Management / Human Rights / SOFT-SKILL, MAN making / Attitude Setting / Personality Development / Mind management etc. is my passion.General Talks and Spiritual Talks at Temples are also part of my life since 8 years.
Zazo: On the part of Education in India as you experienced please tell how you find it the whole system of education?, where India is lacking? and where we need to improve? The statistics shows development in South India what about North and North Eastern states?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: It is a wonderful question, but don’t have a page answer.See the bloghttp://drtpsasikumar.blogspot.com/NECESSARY BUT NOT SUFFICIENTfor my view.
India need education that will teach about what we need in India, and what we need to do to grow further.
Our education have no learning of our culture, history, system.We have not much grown in the basic far sighted education planning..
The change, faster tracks and development in South is just due to the better English and the international role they play. Many goes abroad and gets educated. and many are employed outside.
These are good for immediate growth and development.
But as India, we are not growing and living with the money we are getting by supporting the developed nations. Also working for them.
We need to improve the infrastructure. The educational background of India is good. We could attract foreign students to India, instead of the today’s situation, of students from india are going abroad for education.
Zazo: What is your comment on introducing sex education as a subject for school students in India?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: The basic biology that is taught in the school level is enough.The animals don’t learn sex in the classes. Instinct is the lesson.What is required is the human value education.Value based education will set human nature. Being human is human being.Thus not just sex, all the feelings are controlled. Learning to live as a social being, living protecting others’ rights.Hatred, unwanted competition, human right violations, etc. can be stopped.
Zazo: Being a space scientist for so long you have seen many ups and downs, many development and new technologies. Where you place India among some developed countries like U.S, Russia & Japan?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: The question is India developed or not.Money matters.The knowledge and the power will not make money, need to strive.We lack that.We work abroad and they get the merit and credit.Indians are great, but not India.We will be able to make India too great.To achieve this in the near future, we need good leaders.
Zazo: Any political leader in past you got impressed with? Who is your role model?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: Mahatma Gandhi..
Many may not call his as political leader, but he was… SWAMY VIVEKANANDA.Vivekananda predicted the future of India..
They had a vision for the country.Not of selfish interest.In these days may be KALAM.
Not many other political leaders around..
Had lot of hope on Bajpai, but the party is not in good shape..Bajpai was good as an opposition leader and had good vision.
Not more..on this..
Zazo: Sir, what is your work as a spiritual director and life skill trainer? Please tell us a little bit about your journey to spirituality.
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: Nothing around us is constant so people move between happiness and sadness.If we fluctuate with those scenes we are unable to be constant internally.But when we turn to the One who is permanently radiating virtues, we receive power and become unshakable.God offers all His potential to us.He is ever constant in being the light that never fades.That he is within..I found people lack this understanding.
Our Traditional style had lot of methods for this realization…Many of them is today being commercialized…
In a small way, wherever I can reach I am taking the messages, as i understood.
Personality Development, Communication Skill, Positive Thinking/Acting, Mind Management, Activity Management are all LIFE Skills….
Both Spiritual Direction and Life Skill are same…This is the message I am taking to people.
Had 1000s of classes / workshop ..Over lakhs of public / youth / students / teachers …over variety of topics across govt. offices / clubs/ educational institutes / banks / temples / etc..
Zazo: What about your online activities, like your yahoo group…what is the purpose of that group? you also own a blog and some communities on orkut too..Hows that going on?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: It is almost 3 years back, I started yahoo groups. That was when same questions were asked by many of the students the answers were put on groups postings and asked the students to see them. Few lecture schedules were also intimated through the group.
Orkut started again for my students of Ramakrishna mat, the youth, around 200 averages per week, whom I see and most of them wanted the orkut reference.
The blog was again by some one demanded, i am not very up-to-date on it.. Still posted a few.
The community LIFE is to LIVE picked up very fast, as i was very active in the lectures during that time.
2005 October as I moved to Delhi and I lost my password of gmail and the LIFE is to LIVE community password too. Someone hacked.. My old orkut login too I lost. I had more than 1000 friends and I had to remove many of them, that is the time I lost it.
It is then i started LIFE made SIMPLE. As I don’t have many lectures around these days the growth is less. But have a few who reads and sends email to me. they scrap too. But don’t reply on the community.
I am not very pushy and thrashy.. have a few good friends and they are with me for long..
I got many of my relatives too on the list, they otherwise would not have been in contact.
My stay in Delhi, I got arranged through my orkut friend, whom i have not met yet.Social network have done a lot of favour to me and I am positive on them.I have good number of friends, many of them keep in constant touch too,even when they are not live and active on orkut.
Zazo: Sir how was your experience outside India?, I saw that you gave many lectures in different countries, any memorable moment you want to share with us?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: I had a few lectures in OMAN, MUSCATAt muscat I remumber the special secretary and Kimji (the richest at Oman) attending my talks. The personal meetings after the lecture at their invitation showed lot of love and admiration.I have never had such an encouragement in India.
In SOHAR, OMANI remember the crowed, the keraliates, who are all very poor and lives in small sheds.After the lecture they offered me some money, I rejected.They said mainly people come here to collect money, and we find someone rejecting - their first experience.I told them I am living in a better place and have better facility than you. So you require money and not me.I felt that they love others more than them.DUBAI, In an SCHOOLI was chanting the slokas and asked the students to repeat, they could not, i said leave it. They didn’t leave. They wanted to learn it. The one hour class went for three hours. The students were from Brazil, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Europe, UAE etc..I have not found any other places; the kids are much interested to learn like this.The students in one school interviewed and they recorded the interview to write in their magazine.
DUBAI, Narayanettan.The one who came to attend my class in Dubai have not left my company for the ten days and attended all my 42 lectures without attending his office and home. He was with me throughout.
In India too have many such instances, but those abroad was a few sticking..
Zazo: What is the key to success in your words? I think this is the question every student and professional want to ask.
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: For every success one should haveattitudeskillopportunityis equal proportion.
Anything more and anything less will have problems in life.
The opportunity is not in our hand, but as it comes, one have to use it.
Skill need to be developed with specific target in mind, else will go waste and will feel bad for not having opportunity, and will get into depression.
Good attitude will create a balanced desire and enjoyment in life at all levels.Will have been happy and never get satisfied.The desire to grow and achieve higher must be within.
When one achieves what he aims, he is called successful.Thus desire is a must for as the starting point for the success.
Zazo: Did you ever faced failure in your life? if yes, how did you came up with it?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: I had and do have many failures in LIFE.Every one will have.
Whe I took birth, i won over millions of my unborn brothers and sisters, that is success..THE BIGGEST WAR EVER ANYONE WILL FIGHT IN HIS LIFE, is before the birth.
I lost my father and sister in an accident when i only survived, do we call it a failure.
I never had a childhood of enjoyment, a traditional village farmer’s son, FAILURE ?
I was the last rank fellow in my 8th class, a failure.
many in list…. is this all failures ? Yes, I do had pains and grief over these.. at those times, they were failures…
THESE sort of stories each and everyone will have …Not getting good marks, not getting the job required, not getting promotion, not getting the gilrl loved, not having a good house, car etc. etc…. NOT OF MY CHOICE !!
I HAVE NO SUCH FAILURES… or had many… but i always feel they are not failures..
ONCE you miss a bus, u has many options.Once you get into a bus, you miss many busses..
So missing a bus is good..
This is my word.. i keep telling this to people too..SO nothing in life is a failure..We get chances and many more chances..Thus failure is only a displacement for a short time.. must enjoy it.Take it as a challenge..THAT IS WHAT I DO.
We do not know what is good for us, let god decide and provide the best…HAVE FULL FAITH IN GOD… DO the JOB.THAT IS WHAT I DO.
Zazo: Please give a guidance and way to those students who are intended to become a scientist and teachers as you experienced both.
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: Learn well any subjectthat is it..one can get into research…and be a scientist in any field of interest….
And one learn the subject then will be able to teach well.Thus could be a good teacher..
Research and teaching must go together..a teacher who is not research cant be active and grow.
a researcher who is not a teacher is not practical too..
The field of research is not the matter, but the aptitude and the outlook mattersthat will help being a creative teacher too.
Zazo: Any message to the readers of this interview?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: If this interview could inspire a few..This is a wonderful experience.The effort of this person who tried this is worth.
I enjoyed, and thank you very much.
Let this Hall of fame be full….So that these first fame will be out and new good faces are up..
All the very bestBye.DrTPS
Zazo: Thanks a lot sir for giving your precious time for this superb and informative, inspiring and wonderful interview…i really enjoyed talking to a personality like you. Thanks for all the appreciations and kind words.Thanks a lot.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

NECESSARY BUT NOT SUFFICIENT

Education, Science and Technology is
NECESSARY BUT NOT SUFFICIENT
for Combating Hunger and Violence

Dr T P Sasikumar
Scientist, Department of Space, Secunderabad - 500009
drtpsasi@gmail.com, 09440422863 / 04027242863 / 09447437948

Is there a better way than education, science and technology to combat hunger and violence? ‘Necessary’ part need not be elaborated through write-up or explanation. ‘Not sufficient’ part has two clear meanings (‘not enough’ – need more and ‘can not support’ – need to be supported with something more). These two aspects will be discussed here.
National Objectives
The increase in scientific and technological knowledge and the ways in which the knowledge is transmitted as education are fundamental to the pursuit of national objectives. Developing new technologies, establishing industries and initiatives in education can only combat disease, hunger, violence etc.
We are living in years when people fear deadly attacks by terrorists, suffer from genocide or massive violations of human rights carried out by, on most occasions, their own governments. Despite the great advances in science and medicine, millions are dying from HIV/AIDS and other killer diseases. Despite all the efforts, too many people live in extreme poverty, hunger, disease, or do not have access to clean water, or to basic education and health. Worst victims everywhere are the women and children. Hunger and lack of opportunities deprive people of their dignity as human beings, leaving them hopeless and incapable of pursuing the kind of life they may desire. Marginalization and abuse based on gender, religion, social turbulence, repression, violence and terror are all closely linked to poverty and the concurrent lack of basic human rights. These are huge, persistent problems, which call, as never before, for unity within the international community; for unity across borders and religions, and for an integrated approach to solve them; that is, based on education, science and technology, commerce and development for peace, human rights, health, wealth and knowledge through democracy.
Development - a Paradox
“How many people have benefited from the education, development of science and technology?” Living in the developed / developing age of science we have moved human beings to a New World that is “full of promise” as well as “of peril”. The paradox of our times is that on the one hand, we have made abundant and remarkable scientific and technical achievements and improved the education but on the other hand, violence, conflict, uncertainty and hunger overwhelm the world.

As we are in our journey in the twenty-first century, we cannot but, consider the paradox existing in the level of development reached by the modern world. On one hand, through globalization, an irreversible trend toward a global city has been established, while on the other, divisions and gaps have increased. Progress in the fields of science, technology, commerce, trade and communication, has boosted global wealth to levels that seemed unreachable few decades ago. We can now see immense possibilities. We have the power to change the world for the better. However, great differences still exist between regions -- disparities and inequalities have over the years only augmented causing the world to enter into a new era of insecurity, health, wealth and knowledge. With a click of a mouse, billions of dollars move from one part of the globe to another. Science has provided many improvements for human life, yet in today’s world we still see people
o without minimum income
o with no access to drinking water
o without adequate sanitation facility
o breathing polluted air that is below acceptable standards and
o dieing of hunger

In the past few decades while science has been developing with unprecedented speed, more and more issues considered to be threats to human survival have become urgent topics to resolve. Advanced science had widened the already widened gap between the rich and the poor. In today’s world, the top 20% of the world’s wealthiest population consumes 85% of its income, and the remaining 80% population live on 15% of the world’s income. The bottom 20% lives on a mere 1.3% of the world’s total income. And these disparities are still growing. A generation ago, people in the top 20% were 30 times as rich as those in the bottom 20%. Now, they are more than 70 times as rich.
The three wealthiest people on the earth have more money than the combined gross domestic product (GDP) of the world’s 47 poorest countries. The richest 15 persons have more wealth than the combined GDP of all of sub-Saharan Africa with its 550 million people who control the trend of this widening gap? The more wealth a country has, the more advanced its science will become simply because it has sufficient capital to invest into developing new technology; new products and such investments will in turn bring more gross income for the nation. On the other hand, a poor country cannot even overcome its hunger, let alone invest in science and technology. Therefore, the rich become richer and the poor become poorer. The rich population will consume most of the world’s resources whereas the poor people have to face more hunger-caused deaths.
Non-violence – Peace Culture : Education
As Mahatma Gandhi has said: “Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being”. Scientists and Educationalists must have social responsibility and the task is of securing peace, health and wealth for the whole society and not only for a few industrialists and the richest upper stratum. Non-violence can flourish only when all are free of hunger, hunger, discrimination, exclusion, intolerance and hatred. Until then, each and every one of us would have to contribute – collectively and individually - to build peace through non-violence.
Despite so many troubling issues in our human society, most people wish for science to develop and advance faster. They see science as the God for all human beings. But, is science capable of solving all these problems? What we find is that all the challenges that we are currently facing are beyond the control of science. Even though the rice genome has been fully sequenced today, there are still more than 800 million people suffering from hunger. How many people will think of it and help these hungry people after they themselves have a good meal with plenty of wine? How many people will think about the scarcity of the earth’s resources after they have consumed them wildly? How many people will worry about the pollution and deterioration of the air and water and the erosion of soils? Even if science advances further, can it change the corruption of human moral standards? Even if science develops at a higher speed, can it prevent the rich from consuming less?
Even if science develops ever faster, it can not stop violent politicians from abusing human beings and killing innocent living beings. If human beings are controlled by their never-ending desire for profit, the advancement of science can do nothing to help maintain our ecosystem. Hearts returned to all of the high moral standards and traits such as kindness, diligence, gratitude, loyalty, politeness, and so on can only help. If all these good moral standards returned to human beings and to social communities, and if everyone completely follows them, human beings will instantly solve all those troubling issues such as environmental pollution, the growing gap between the rich and the poor, man-made destruction, violence, wars and terrorism. When human moral standards rise up again, the ecological environment that we depend upon will improve as well. Education, Science and technology in the hands of people with good heart could do wonders.
The most significant way of promoting a culture of peace is through peace education. Peace education needs to be accepted in all parts of the world, in all societies and countries as an essential element in building a culture. Peace studies in all educational institutions must be incorporated as part of their curricula. We must pursue our goal of a world without violence with even greater commitment, dedication and, above all, unending enthusiasm. Your work will empower the people of the world to secure for all of us, the inherent right to peace and non-violence.

Conclusion – Necessary but not Sufficient
Hunger and violence reduction is the ultimate measure of development effectiveness. Science and Technology programme is that we designed to examine thinking, policy and practice on vulnerability and poverty. It provides students, teachers and researchers with the knowledge and skills to engage professionally with the design, implementation and assessment of national and international efforts to reduce poverty and violence.
Students must have dissertation on aspects of poverty and violence reduction as part of their course. Education must provide compulsory professional skills for using the knowledge towards the development of the society.
Every student must gain knowledge of the main theories, concepts and debates of development in their historical and contemporary context with specialised knowledge on combating poverty and violence. Also the ability to use commonly applied research methods and skills, drawing on both qualitative and quantitative methods. Every student must have a course that is designed to equip them to appreciate, understand and assess poverty and violence. The student must be able to examine the impact of economic growth and social development on hunger, inequality and violence and vice versa. The course examines the social, political and economic drivers of vulnerability and considers how local, national, regional and global policy influences the processes.
Every Social Science student must gain practical understanding of how established techniques of education and research in science and technology are used to create and interpret knowledge for the benefit of the society.
Science and Technology students must gain the ability to engage in an informed and critical way with other professionals from diverse social science backgrounds concerned with hunger and violence reduction and development.
Education, Science and Technology together looking with a humanistic approach can only combat hunger and violence. Education must be - of life, - for life and - through life and must aim at
(1) yoga : total development of life, i.e., physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual;
(2) udyoga : correlation of education and manual work leading to self-reliance in the basic necessities of life; and
(3) sahayoga : harmonious living with nature and society.

Cross Flow Needed, Specific to India: Villages - Cities
India is a country where 80 per cent of the people live in villages. There is little education in the rural areas, as these have suffered neglect for centuries. If the village child is educated, he tries to find a job outside the rural areas and is uprooted from the family and the village: there is a brain drain from rural to urban areas. Education, Science and Technology should reach in villages to help them to stay in the villages.
It is said that nations are not built by parliaments or assemblies. Nations are built in families and in schools. As Lenin said, "If I know the songs on the lips of your children, I can tell you the future of your nation". People’s education and child education are interdependent and they must work simultaneously. The aim of education is not solely to induce literacy and numeracy. This is only a medium. The aim of education is to develop the whole personality of the child. The personality of the child is developed in the family and in the school, hence it is essential to develop the family too. People’s education and children’s education must go hand-in-hand, so education must be correlated with development work. Jawaharlal Nehru, had said, "A poor country like India needs a school which would be a centre of development also”.
It is inconceivable that there should be some 800 million people going hungry in a world that has the resources to provide the most basic of all human needs. What a world we are now living in! This contrasting fact is true in our ‘Incredible India’ too!!
Our development must be evaluated at villages. Poverty is in Villages. Violence is in Cities. Education, Science and Technology is in City. Our villages must have the infrastructure and facility like any city; and city must have the feelings and relation like any village. This cross flow of education, science and technology along with non-violence culture can combat hunger and violence.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

FAITH

1) Superstition as a status of mind. The material / object / things around us / idea / thoght is the impression of anything in the mind. The understanding of the things by an individual depends on what he has learned so far and so on. Based on this some people do not believe in some things as they compare with what they believe. Then those which are not matching with their state of mind at that time they consider as superstition.

2) Dharma is the merit of activity of an individual. This is relative. Generally accepted actions that are acceptable to the society is marked as dharmic. In this context any individual have two actions one - for self, and the other - for society. The dharma of an individual to satisfy him and the people around him and the societ that supports him are important and they are classically parted as ishta and poortha.
3) Religion
I follow the definition of Vivekananda et. al. The way of life, a culture, a social binding, a class that defines the rituals for the better life. It is a culture and not be named and classified. It varies and evolves.
4) Prayer is the best way to control breath, get into meditation, lighten the feelings, sooth the pain etc. The different diety and the variety of prayers are for the choice of the individual. Practicing will have a psycho-neuro effect. It unites the feelings of the participants. The sathsang will have a unique thought process when thay are into it.
5) GuruThe classic definition is the person who takes us to light. There could be many taking to more bright spots. In todays world, the short interaction and paid membership makes one to follow a 'guru'. But the guru is one who understand the constitution of the sishyan and the sishyan understand the guru. For someone it does not require long time, a click may do. May not be seen too. But they see eachother through the divya drushti. Yes, it do happen.
6) ASHTAMANGALAM
Common items are mirror (kannadi), lamp (deepam), dress (vasthram), clean rice (akshatham)
The other optional include
filled vessal (nirakutam)
gold (swarnam)
lady (sthree)
Cow (pashu)
or
ghee (naye)
book (grandham)
Sindoor (kumkumam)
or
Fruits (pasham)
or
beetal leaf (vettila)
pan (adayka)
wooden vessal (mara-pathram)
All of them are nice to see and makes us happy too.
7) Onam:

Onam is to remumber the great devotee of Lord Vishnu (the Emperor Maha Bali who was the grandson of Prahlada - the great devotee of Lord Narasimha). Mahabali received benediction and liberation with the blessings of the Lord, who had assumed the form of Vamanadeva, the dwarf incarnation.

Onam is celebrated in August-September in Kerala. Onam is a ten-day festival marked by women and kids creating beautiful floral patterns in front of their houses, pujas for Lord Vishnu, feasting and boat races.

Basically Mahabali is an asura and the ruler being asuras, the keraliates must be closer to asura guna, despite being the devotee of vishnu. The people who settle abroad and have a desire to go abroad are asuras (mayans are those who are in America too). Once your birth land is left and the brahmana swabhava is lost. That is the reason why brahmanas were not allowed to cross the sea traditionally. I do not know hoe the ‘vasudaiva kudumbakam’ ; ‘lokaa samastha….’ etc. get along with this vision.

A contradiction in the story is that the mahabali is in the vamana avathara time. The fact that parasurama came after vamana; mahabali must not have ruled kerala. If the vamana story is to be believed the ‘parasurama created the kerala’ cannot be true. Probably mahabalipuram must be the maveli’s kingdome and is in tamilnadu. Hope Maveli knows that kerala is looking forward for him and not the mahabalipuravasikal.

Do not worry about these and try to festive the coming ONAM. New cloths, good sadhya, happy get-togethers etc. - A cheerful life that is what Lord Krishna want us to lead. Geetha also says ‘MA SUCHA (means - do not be sad).

8) Ugadi and Vishu:

Vishu is celebrated in a big way in Kerala. Families wake up in the morning and make sure they feast their eyes on good things like a picture of God, grains, flowers, fruit and gold. It is believed seeing these first thing in the morning of the New Year will bring them prosperity and wealth throughout the year.

These are two festivals that celebrate the New Year in different communities of south India. Ugadi is celebrated in March-April. Vishu is celebrated in mid-April. The word Yugadi means the day of the inauguration of the Yuga or Age. The Year is computed and the starting of the year is considered as vishu. The best things are to be seen on this day as KANI, so that the coming days will have similar sight.

The Vishu / Ugadi must be the same day as the computations/concepts are the same. This year there was a difference of 4 days. The yuga for us and other south Indians cannot be different. There is an error on the computation and that need to be corrected.

Do not worry about the kaala (time/year) computations enjoy seeing good things on VISHU and there after too. All that are prescribed in the ashtamangalyam are good to see. The must are the new cloth, money, gold, book, close relatives like mother, sister et. al., fruits, vegetables, grains (navadhanyam).

9) RAHUKALAM

Many do believe in rahukalam and such kalas!!

Considering the uniform sunrise time as 6:00a.m.and sunset as 6:00 p.m rahukalam is given as .
Monday 7:30 to 9:00
Tuesday 15:00 to 16:30
Wednesday 12:00 to 13:30
Thursday 13:30 to 15:00
Friday 10:30 to 12:00
Saturday 9:00 to 10:30
Sunday 16:30 to 18:00

The Rahu Kalam will be of an hour and a half duration for every day. Rahukalam is always in the day time only.

“Eleven bays had a good football club”. By heart this and see that seven words are from Monday to Sunday.

Eleven is for Monday.
Count for E from the first alphabet ‘a’; you will get 5
Take one and half times and get 7:30
Thus rahu on Monday is from 7:30 to 9 am

Club is for Sunday.
Count for C from the first alphabet ‘a’; you will get 3
Take one and half times and get 4:30
Thus rahu on Sunday is from 4:30 to 6
MOTHER SAW FATHER WEARING THE TURBAN ON SUNDAY - where Mother is for Monday 7.30 - 9.00 Saw is for Saturday 9.00 - 10.30 Father is for Friday 10.30- 12.00 Wearingis for Wednedsay 12.00- 01.30 The is for Thursday 01.30- 03.00 Turban is for Tuesday 03.00- 04.30 and Sunday as it is 04.30- 06.00


Rahu kalam varies from place to place, changing every day. This is based on sunrise and sunset. The rahu kalam available on your calendar and panchangam is based on the assumption that sunrise is at 6 am and sunset is at 6 pm. One must see the sunset time sunrise changing every day. This variation can change rahukalam more than one-hour in some days.

Get rahukalam timing at your place by adding or subtracting the sunrise time from 6 and buffering the same on rahukalam. For example if the sunrise is at 6:23 and the day is Monday, the Rahukalam on the day will be 7:53 to 9:23 (not 7 to 9).

The above note is only if this makes some meaning and for those who are following and do not correct the timings. I know many following this blind!

I do not have any reason for to believe RAHUKALAM or any other kalam!!

How and why does these time? As per bharatheeya knowledge I do not see the relevance of the day (week) itself. The seven-day concept is not very relevant in any of the computations. These are only for convenience. There can be many more related questions to this – how can be Friday, Monday etc. are found good for one each god? This too is a question!!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Motivation , Stress Management, Communication and Inter Personal Relation

My Method - You Prepare
I do not teach academically. People need to relax and have an enjoyable experience and try things out for themselves in order not just to learn effectively, but also to be able to put what they have learned into effect.
I believe in an attitude of curiosity, openness and adventure, and a way of being able to find out what works in people's minds in order for them to be able to get the best out of life. As each person is different, I enable each one to discover what works best for them.
Therefore get ready with questions for us to discuss. Make it more interactive. Let the learning with me be more of experiential rather than academic.
Introduction
In Organizational Behaviour, the three components are Self, Team and Organizational System. The Human element in this aspect is the Self and the Team. Human is important because the Organizational System is evolved by the performance of the individuals over a period of time.
Self is flow through Motivation, Confidence, Values, Stress, Time etc..
The Team / Group is managed by the Communication Skill and Inter Personal Relationship etc.
Motivation & Personal Confidence
Any Performance depends on the Motivation, Skill and the Opportunity. The opportunity and the Skill are very much dependent on the Motivation and Personal Confidence.
All of us are motivated externally and internally if and have confidence, though all of us could probably benefit from being more motivated and confident in at least some situations. True confidence is based on knowing that you can achieve what you need and want to, and also, very importantly, being able to deal with challenging situations in a resourceful and positive way. It means that instead of being at the mercy of our emotions, we can have our emotions supporting us.
HOW TO ?
• Feel Good!
• Manage the mind to creates good feelings and moods
• Deal with negative emotions
• Manage Stress
• Prevent, defuse and overcome tension
• Detach from and rise above problems
• Build confidence and
• Motivate yourself.
Stress Management
Many believe that their job is extremely stressful and that their work related stress was making them physically ill. Stress has been specifically implicated in heart disease, eating disorders, stroke, insomnia, ulcers, accident proneness, cancer, decreased immunity, chronic headaches, diabetes, depression, substance abuse, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue. In fact, estimates are that 50 to 80% of all physical disorders have psychosomatic or stress related origins.
The personal and interpersonal management skills are foundation to the coping strategies to overcome stress.
Major issue for stress is bad time management (As commonly said). But it is not Time that is to be managed and neither stress. The management of activity will lower tension and prevent the risk.
For those often essential individuals who have put too much effort for too long into what they sensed was vital activity; pushing themselves beyond the threshold of efficiency are bound to have stress / tension. Burnout does not happen to those who are never committed.
Have stressed people in the organization. Enable them to relax. So that they can far more rapidly recuperate their energies. Once they are recovered, help them re-asses their vision, review their strategies, learn new responses and regain their enthusiasm to take on their tasks more satisfyingly and efficiently.
Communication Skills & Inter Personal Relationship
One may have to interact with dissatisfied, frustrated, irate, disgruntled, impatient and sometimes abusive people around him.
It is not just enough dealing in demanding situations with other people, it is also getting people to trust you, to feel good about you and to feel wonderful themselves. It is about being able to see the other person's point of view in a way that makes it far easier to get them to see yours. It is about being able to encourage, inspire and motivate others to assist you in getting what you want in a way that also gets them what they want.
Good Skill is the mastery over
• The subtle secrets of rapport
• Getting people's attention
• Respectful assertiveness and how to take over the lead
• Handling difficult people
• How to detach and avoid taking things personally
• How to see things from the other person's point of view
• Put your own point of view across more effectively, but politely
• Create a 'Win-Win' situation,
• Willing to be unreasonable.
• How to make people feel good
• Inspire and motivate others
• Simple skills on letter / word / telephone / email / sms etc.
• Simple yet surprising language patterns
• Better communication / clean and clear words
• Reading people
• Clarifying communication
• Why people assume so much and how to constructively challenge their assumptions
• The structure and language of influence
• Body Language
Each and every individual in the organization have to feel to raise from existence through recognition to growth. Feel for the increase in effectiveness of the organization, so that the best of the resource can satisfy the needs of the organization for which it is created. Concern should be on performance improvement, capacity development and adaption to the changing environment. Methods of yester years are inadequate for problems of tomorrow.
--
Dr T P Sasikumar
9911484007 / 9447437948

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

EXAM Preparations – Points for the Students

1. Don't worry about the exam. Failing is never a problem.You can write the exam again In a long life of more than 60 years, one year is not a long period. Next year you have to learn more, so why not now?
2. Not all those who have good marks have a wonderful life. People who have scored less mark in their exams have also grown well in life. You could improve later, regardless of past, then why not now?
3. Everyone cannot score good marks. There are average and poor performers too. You could work hard and improve, that will produce a better result.
4. Your brain is brilliant and you need to use it. You have the capacity to learn, but it is less used. At least do it now, else you will miss the chance.
5. This is the last chance for you to read these books that is with you for the past one year. You will have many things to learn the rest of your life and you may not revisit this book. Consider it as a chance for you to read. Enjoy learning.
6. You may branch out into any field, but the basic knowledge of the entire subject will help you, later in your life in terms of general knowledge and extra mileage in learning many other concepts. You will repent for missing the chance of learning the basics of the variety of topics, which are used in other subjects even if you are branching out after this course. Every subject has a relation to learning other subjects. Concentrate on the subjects and score good marks in all of them.
7. Make a timetable date wise. Write the exam date and subjects. Decide the preparation time for each subject, taking a gap in-between the exams for preparation from TODAY.
8. Calculate the time at your disposal. Keep 8 hours for sleep and 4 to 6 hours for other routine activity like food, recreation and enjoying with family/TV etc. You have 10 hours for studies. In next 30 to 40 days you will have around 400 hours. This is sufficient time for exam preparation. Now you have more time for revising all the subjects. Be cool.
9. One who does not have learned anything can start now and get good marks, as there is lot of time left for the exam. Plan and use the time well. Time is a good investment; don't spend it wastefully.
10. Reduce Tuition time, and combined classes, as individual time is a must. For a subject which requires attention you must be able to concentate and study alone.
11. Before reading the chapter try to get the idea / concept and make a brief note on what you are going to read. With these points, get into reading. Reading will become interesting, as you will search for more points.Let each chapter be milestones. After studying one chapter write out points to recollect what is learned. Such written point-capsules are to be made for each chapter on all the subjects.
12. Break after each chapter that may take not less than one hour. Take rest of 5 to 15 minutes.
13. There is no good and bad time for studies. Individuals can find their choice of time. Sleep at anytime and wakeup any time. But do not keep changing your routine just before the exams. What you practice is the best time for you. It is important to find a long duration for studies.
14. At the end of the day, before going to sleep, look at all that capsules made on that day. Be happy with the fact that you have learned a lot each day.
15. Sleep only when you get sleep, and get up as soon as you wake up. Cold/Chill season will make one lethargic, Fight it with frequent washing of the face in warm water. Be fresh always. Keep your face, hands and legs wet to gain more concentration.
16. Have sufficient light at the reading place. Use the Agni (fire) colored tablecloth at the study table.
17. Take a deep breath and stretch your body at frequent intervals to make yourself energetic.
18. Drink lots of water and eat good food.
19. Sit in a good posture. Don't play with items around. Behave like a grownup / serious person during study time.
20. Recount to some one what you learnt that day. Keep auditing, that will improve your confidence. Keep updating and keep the targets for each day.
21. Finish your revision well in advance. Don't keep pending what you can finish in a day. You must have the capsules ready for the whole subjects well in advance.
22. If you are one who manages time while writing exams read all the questions in advance. Plan your writing and select the best question that can be answered first and next one in order of confidence.
23. Take old question papers and answer them, as if you are sitting in the exam hall. The answer sheet may be exchanged with a fellow student for correction. You will learn the way the other is writing and add to your points. You and your partner will get advantage and will improve.
24. If you are one who is not good in managing time in exam hall, do not read the whole question paper. Start writing as you read the question, which you can answer. Write as fast as you can
25. In case of large paragraphs in the answers,look at the answer sheet and underline the main points once you finish answering all the questions.
26. Write neatly maintaining a good margin. Write question numbers clearly inside the margin.
27. Mark those questions answered and note the completion time after each of the larger questions on your question paper.
28. Don't cut/cross the answer that you wrote first, in case if you decide to rewrite the answer (specially in Maths and Science). Do it only after rewriting. You may end up in mess, as you see sometimes the first one was right.
29. Don't discuss future plans and link it with exams. The present task is just to perform well in all the subjects.
. 30. Discussions on branching out and specialization will only divert attention and serve to lose concentration .

EXAM Preparations – Points for the Parents and Teachers

1. Over night one can't change the ward. If they are poor / average performers, don't pressurize them. There is a limit for all.
2. They are your product and if they are not good, it is just because of you. They are good it is because of you and their effort.
3. Give a positive stroke, by supporting them to do the best.
4. Don't discuss negative aspects of your child, unless that is productive, and some creative idea is being sought.
5. Don't recall the previous failures, but recall the best performances.
6. The child may have a bad intellect, but good emotional, social, spiritual and physical performances. Bad intellect can be improved. It is only a matter of time and chance.
7. Life can't be assessed based on one or two exams. This is not the exam of life!
8. All cannot be the best products. Don't compare with other siblings.
9. Negative remarks will keep the child away from you and could lead into depression and withdrawal. This is the time they require your company and support.
10. Mothers must have children on their lap and love them. Father must support them emotionally.
11. One hour learning is equal to three hours of walking. Intense study will make the child tired. Provide an emotional supportive environment.
12. Keep a realistic and practical goal for the child. Protect your child.
13. Values, self-discipline, habits etc. are developed over a period of time. Do not be harsh with them , at the time of exams.
14. Give good drinks, food and other support required. Preferably more water, fruits and vegetables. Not too heavy and fast food.
15. Provide pen / pencil and papers for writing practices. Give a good filing system for keeping them in order. Look at them and appreciate the effort. Audit progress in studies.
16. See that capsule creation and reproduction of the learned lessons are done without referring text/note.
17. Help your child in getting a good partner for study. This will help to evaluate his progress.
18. Provide a proper exam environment at home and support them in the practice of answering question papers at home.
19. Do not discuss vacation plans, guests and outings, as the concentration of the child will be impaired.
20. Consult counseling expert / doctor in case of aggression / depression / tension / mentally drained out / gloomy / fussy / frightened / sleep disorder / lack of concentration / not pleasant / not socializing / disorder in appetite / digestion problems / headache / backache / sweating / breathing problems / etc.

Dr T P Sasikumar drtpsasikumar@gmail.com, dr_tps@yahoo.com, 9911484007