WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE PRIDE

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RANI PADMINI OF CHITTORGARH 

I had the good fortune to serve in the Indian Army and had the opportunity to take part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. During my school years, I was a student of Indian History and always performed exceedingly well in that subject. In 1962, when China launched a massive attack across our Himalayan frontier, I was a young college student and took part in a protest march to express my resentment. I participated in the National Cadet Corps training but I never had the physical strength and profile to qualify myself to join Army and fight a battle on behalf of my country. I went to Medical School and in the pre-final year, I was selected in an interview and was granted the rank of Second Lieutenant and joined the Army Medical Corps. I could join the battle in support of those brave and strong men who confront the enemy. Army Service gave me the opportunity to know people of this Land and their great traditions. I take pride in the fighting spirit of each one of them, to name a few, the Jat, the Rajput, the Sikh, the Dogra, the Garhwal, the Kumaon, the Gorkha, the Maratha, the Mahar and the Madras.  

I contemplate on ideas of dignity, pride, honour and courage. I knew my men well. I know their strength as well as their fears. I understood that the word courage does not mean being fearless. I see courage as the ability to meet your challenge and perform your duty in spite of fear. The ability to conquer fear is courage and it is not the absence of fear. 

If I have to choose one reason to claim that I am proud to be an Indian, I would give that credit to Rani Padmini. India has produced several great sons and daughters who are well-known for their accomplishments. I am proud because of Padmini’s faith in her own personal dignity and her decision to uphold her honour and integrity when she faced the challenge of fear induced by an impending outcome that she was unwilling to accept. Her monumental courage gives me the reason to claim that I am proud to be an Indian. 

 

     

Rani Padmini - Her Essence and Her Existence. She had defended her essence and had destroyed her physical existence and her essence still lives in the heart of Indians and gives them a sense of pride. She had declared her Victory over Death.

 

ESSENCE AND EXISTENCE : 

What you are is your essence and what you do is your existence. Man is a physical, mental, social, moral, and spiritual being. Man’s essence is defined by the contents of his character and conduct. Rani Padmini had set values and had defined her existence in terms of those values that she had cherished. She had responded with a great sense of courage and had dissolved her physical existence to defend her essence; the sense of dignity and the sense of honor was her true nature, and her physical being merely existed to project her essence. She had declared her Victory over Death and her spirit, her essence, her true nature still lives in the hearts of Indians making her an immortal being. 

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, 

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India, 

M.B.B.S.,  Class  of  April,  1970.

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WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE HISTORY

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One of the Kirti toranas of Kakatiya Dynasty
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PRATAP-RUDRA: The names speak for themselves. It is a testimony to the influence of Kakatiya Dynasty over Telugu speaking people.

 

 PICTURE OF PRATAP-RUDRA    

 My elder brother Pratap and me(Rudra) come together as Prataparudra. Does that name sound familiar to you? My father taught Indian History all his life and he was clearly inspired by the names of the legendary figures found in our history books. He selected names to reflect his admiration for people who lived before and who had established a glorious period in the collective memory of Indians. My elder brother got his name Pratap to remind us of the bravery of Rana Pratap who challenged the Mughal emperor Akbar. Telugu people also take pride in the legacy of the great Kakatiya Dynasty that ruled much of the Telugu speaking areas in 12 th century A.D. The famous Thousand-Pillar Temple in Hanamkonda near Warangal was built in 1162 A.D. by the Kakatiya king Rudra Deva(1158-1195A.D.) who is also known as Prataparudra I. One of the few queens in Indian history and a most prominent ruler of Kakatiya Dynasty was Rani Rudrama Devi(1262-1295 A.D.). Her grandson, Prataprudra ascended the throne in 1280 A.D. During his reign, art and literature flourished. The conquest of South India(Deccan) by the Delhi Sultanate started in 1296 by Alauddin Khilji. The first invasion in 1303 A.D. was repulsed by the valiant resistance of the Kakatiya army. The Khilji dynasty ended and Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq ascended the Delhi throne in 1320 A.D. The first attack by Muhammad bin Tughlaq was repulsed. During 1321 A.D. after an initial failed attempt, a much larger force attacked the Warangal Fort for the second time and finally King Prataparudra was taken prisoner. While being taken as a prisoner to Delhi, King Prataparudra released his life into the loving embrace of River Narmada and preserved his dignity. Maharana Pratap, Chatrapati Shivaji and King Prataparudra are our national heroes because of their resistance to foreign rulers and occupation.   

ESSENCE AND EXISTENCE  :Who you are ( your essence ) is defined by what you do ( your existence ). King Prataprudra desired to exist as a man of honor and integrity and had defended the dignity of his existence and did not desire to yield his dignity to keep his existence. Indian tradition makes a distinction between Subjective Reality of Existence and the Objective Reality of Existence. The Subjective Reality of King Prataprudra who was taken as a prisoner by his enemy was not consistent with the Objective Reality of Existence of King Prataprudra as defined by his nature. The King took the extreme measure to destroy the reality of his subjective existence as a prisoner and upheld the  true nature of his essence which was consistent with the Objective Reality of his existence. By killing the prisoner, the King  became an immortal individual. The prisoner had died and the King lives in the hearts of Telugu people.     

Our names have stories to tell and guide us to revisit the history and we take pride in our Telugu heritage.    

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,  

 Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,  

 M.B.B.S.,  Class  of  April,  1970    

WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE TERROR

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The Tragic Scene at Lumbini Park, Hyderabad

Om Sarvesham Swastir bhavatu,

Sarvesham Shantir bhavatu,

Sarvesham Purnam bhavatu,

Sarvesham Mangalam bhavatu.

Om Sarve bhavantu Sukhinah

Sarve santu niramayah

Sarve bhadraani pachyantu

Maakachidukha bhagaveth.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti hi

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti hi

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti hi.

In the Land from where such beautiful thoughts have blossomed, the people have now become increasingly vulnerable to Terror Attacks and a countless number of innocent lives have already perished because of evil forces which desire to wipe out our Identity as a people. While we commit ourselves to promote peace and goodwill and work for the well being of all people, there is no escape from the challenge that we face today. As a community and as a nation, we have no alternative other than preparing ourselves to this threat that is showing its ugly face without prior notice or warning.

A STRATEGY TO FACE THE SECURITY CHALLENGES OF TERRORISM

Terror and ruthless violence have become the tools of fanatics who would like to impose their socio-cultural agenda to bring about large scale societal changes by using coercion and not negotiation. The recent bomb attacks in the city of Hyderabad is establishing a trend. The targets of terror are very soft and nothing was known about an impending attack. There is no easily identifiable group. There is no proclaimed goal or agenda other than that of destroying the fabric of the Indian society. We should stop clinging to the traditional views of conventional wars between countries. Each incident of terror attack should be legally defined as an act of war and the suspects should be held accountable for war crimes. The Armed Forces of the country should be equipped, prepared and redeployed to join this battle at a short notice.The military planners need to evolve a strategy for urban warfare and to pursue an enemy hiding in densely populated areas and to engage enemy targets with great precision and fire power which could be delivered with greater accuracy. The military intelligence capabilities should be enhanced to evolve military operations against internal enemies. We may need trained, rapid response teams to respond to this kind of aggression and its aftermath of wounded victims. The asymmetrical war unleashed by the terror groups is of equal importance in terms of the danger it poses to our national sovereignty. The response to each attack should come from the nation as a whole with the Armed Forces keeping the option of a military strike in retaliation.

The most important task following a terror attack would be that of caring for the victims. The Army Response Teams should be called in to arrange for the evacuation and treatment of the victims in the same manner that casualties from a battle field are taken care of. The wounded should be treated, rehabilitated and be provided followup care and paid a disability pension if required. We need to take care of victims instead of forgetting about them after paying some compensation. The investigation of the incidents and the prosecution of suspects should happen under the jurisdictional directions from the military authority.There should be no public disclosures about the evidence and the tools and methods used for collection of evidence. Such disclosures would only help the terror groups to plan their future attacks better. The suspects should be tried under the provisions of the military law in military courts. Indian citizens who are accomplices to these acts of war should be charged with treason and tried as traitors. If we are at war with groups and terror outfits based in foreign countries, our trade and diplomatic relationships should reflect the state of war that exists and there should be no normalization of relationships till such time the threat is neutralized.

Our government has an obligation to protect and defend the rights of the people and we need to step up our response to these acts of war of aggression.

WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE ICONS

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Kasturi tilakam la laata palake vakshasthale kaustubham,

Nasaagre nava mouktikam karatale venum kare kankanam

Sarvaange hari chandanam cha kalayan kanthe cha muktaavalim,

Gopastree pariveshtitho vijayate Gopaala choodamanee.

THE PORTRAYAL OF RELIGIOUS ICONS

Apart from the basic differences in the ideas and thoughts of various religious traditions of this world, there is a fundamental difference in the visual characterization of the religious icons. The first thing that strikes the mind of the reader of religious scriptures is the difference in the way the scriptures portray their icons. I have seen The Holy Bible, The Holy Quran and no image comes before my eyes. I have to really struggle hard to imagine as to who is speaking to me.These Scriptures have several characters which are clearly human but there is no description of their physical attributes and the portrayal is lacking in information that would help the reader to develop a visual image. If you read the above verse, the beautiful image of Lord Krishna automatically comes before you without any effort. I define this as Indian Identity, it is a reflection upon our nature and our literature does a marvellous job giving life and color to the icons and I feel it becomes very easy for me to get connected to them and listen to them as they guide us in our spiritual journey.

Yasya smarana matrena, janma samsaara bandhanaath

Vimuchyatey Namasta tasmye, Vishnave Prabha Vishnave.

Just remembering Vishnu’s name could deliver us from the trappings of samsara and the remembrane becomes all the more easier when you recall the image.

WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE DIVINE

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Tridevi: Lakshmi, Parvati, Saraswati
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THE DIVINITY OF MOTHER  AND FATHER  :  

Jesus taught this prayer to His disciples and it is given in The Book of Matthew, Chapter 6, verses 9-13. ” Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” In relation to God whom He called “Father”, Jesus claimed the unique and distinctive relationship of “Son”. In an absolute and unqualified way, Jesus claimed that He is the Father’s unique Son. “No one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son”(MATTHEW 11:27). Jesus expressed this intimacy of relationship by addressing God as “ABBA”,  the word for father in Aramaic language. Nowhere in the literature and the prayers of ancient Judaism is this invocation of God as “ABBA” to be found. The final words of Jesus when He died on the cross were,” Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit “(LUKE 23:46).    

THE DIVINITY OF MOTHER     

   

 

   

  

MOTHER GANGES OR GANGA DEFINES THE MOTHER MOTHER PRINCIPLE - RIVER GANGES OR RIVER GANGA IS VIEWED WITH REVERENCE AND AFFECTION BY PEOPLE OF THE LAND OF INDIA.

 

My Indian Identity could be attributed to my claim of the Divinity of my Mother. When I speak to God, I refer to the Divine Entity as my Mother and Father. In Indian literature, while speaking of parents, invariably the word mother takes precedence over the word father. In my prayers, I address God as my Mother and Father. My traditions, my rituals and Cultural practices stress the Divinity of Mother. The river I worship is Ganga Maa(Mother Ganges), the cow I worship is Go Maata, the provider of my linguistic identity is Telugu Talli, the country of my origin is Bharat Maata. The following prayers are an example of my belief in a Divine, Universal Mother.    

Siddhi buddhi pradey Devi, bhukti mukti pradaayini    

Mantra Murtey Sadaa Devi, Maha Lakshmee namostutey.    

Padmaasana stitey Devi, Para Brahma Swaruupini    

Parameshwari Jaganmata Maha Lakshmee namostutey.    

THE MOTHER PRINCIPLE IN INDIAN TRADITION  :    

The term or word mother describes a female parent and it also conveys an idea that mother gives birth to something, it is the source, or origin of something, it nurtures something in a manner like that of a mother, and it also speaks of having the responsibility, and authority of a mother. The word mother could be used as a title to address a female person with respect and affection. The word mother is also often used as an adjective to describe something derived or learned from one’s mother. Indian Culture has given three icons who represent the three aspects of motherhood. Goddess Lakshmi represents the mother who nurtures, the provider of material wealth, prosperity, and well-being. Goddess Parvati represents the mother who defends, the source of energy, and the sustainer. Goddess Sarasvati represents the source of knowledge, and the provider of learning, speech, and wisdom   

  

BHARAT MATA OR MOTHER INDIA REPRESENTS THE COUNTRY AND THE LAND OF MY ORIGIN.

 

 

     

 

   

  

     

  

  

GREETINGS TO BELOVED MOTHER TELUGU. TELUGU TALLI, THE MOTHER OF LINGUISTIC TRADITIONS OF TELUGU LANGUAGE, MY MOTHER TONGUE.

 

 

     

 

   

  

     

   

  

  

 

     

 

   

  

  

   

  

 

    

 

   

  

Goddess Laxmi - The Mother Principle that is the Origin of Life and its material well-being.

 

Goddess Shakti or Goddess Parvati, The Divine Mother, The Source of Energy and the Sustainer of Life.

 

Goddess Sarasvati, The Divine Mother, The Provider of Pure Knowledge and Perfect Wisdom.

 

MOTHER IS A BIOLOGICAL PARENT, THE SOURCE OF MY LIFE, THE SOURCE OF MY ENERGY, THE SOURCE OF MY KNOWLEDGE TO PERFORM MY LIVING FUNCTIONS.

 

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,    

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,    

M.B.B.S.,  Class of  April,  1970.    

WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE MYLAPORE

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Thiruvalluvar-The Saint Poet of India 

MYLAPORE – MY BIRTH PLACE : 

 

     

    

    

MYLAPORE - THE TOWN OF PEACOCKS

 

The Tamils called it ‘ MAILAPUR ‘(town of peacocks), Mailiga Vandha Voor(town where peacock offers worship) and in Sanskrit it is known as ‘MAYURPURI’. Greeks called it ‘ MALIARPHA ‘ and the Portuguese called it ‘ MELIAPUR ‘.Finally, the English called it ‘ MYLAPORE ‘. It is a known center of human habitation for thousands of years. Even before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Tamil Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar lived here.He conveyed his noble thoughts in the form of poems and his work known as ” THIRUKKURAL ” can rightly be claimed as a gift of God to mankind. I am happy to present some poems translated into English by Shri.J Narayanaswamy. 

10. KINDNESS IN WORDS 

91. Sweet words laced with love, free from 

deceit, are the gift of the enlightened 

92.Saying sweet things with a smile, is as 

good as munificence of a kind soul 

93.Earnest words from the mind, conveyed 

with a smile, have virtue in them 

94.The woe of unfriendliness does not afflict 

those who instil mirth by sweet words 

95.Those adorned with modesty, speaking sweet 

truth do not need other decorations 

96.Pursuing virtue in the goodness of 

fruitful words, vanishes harm 

97.Graceful words of kindness 

yield fruitful good deeds 

98.Sweet words free from deceit, afford 

pleasure to life and fame beyond it 

99.who perceive seeds of goodness in sweet 

words have no mind for harsh things 

100.None having ripe fruits relish raw ones; who will 

speak harsh when sweetness can achieve good. 

Please feel free to spread those sweet words which took birth in MYLAPORE. 

 

      

     

 

     

    

    

Kapaleeswara Temple
This landmark Temple of Kapaleeswara binds me to my birthplace of Mylapore, Madras(Chennai). The Presiding Diety of this Temple is chosen as my personal Protector and hence I am given the name of "RUDRA".

 

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, 

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India, 

M.B.B.S.,  Class  of  April,  1970. 

WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE VALUES

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‘VANDE MATARAM’

THE LAND OF CULTURAL VALUES :

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”.

The Book of Matthew, Chapter 5,verse 5 of The Holy Bible teaches that humility has its own rewards. I inherited a sense of humility from the Land of Bharat.I consider humility as my acquired behavior and my Culture helped me to learn it through repeated practice and by giving me opportunities to display it in every aspect of my life. My Indian Identity is defined by this Cultural value. The ultimate purpose of life is defined as getting back to the Lotus Feet of the Lord. I am encouraged to touch and worship feet to reach my goal with a sense of humility. I began the process of learning with a sense of meekness. First I was directed to humble myself before Lord Shiva. I seek pure and perfect knowledge and humility is the light that shines on the path to wisdom. Humility is the gentle wind that dispels the dark clouds that prevent you from viewing the brilliant sun shining in the sky. Ego, like the cloud that causes darkness, could be driven away by learning to be humble. In my daily life, I am given the opportunity to humble myself several times. My living experience is full of interactions with objects which I am guided to treat with a sense of reverence. The Sun, the Sky, the Moon and the Stars, the Wind, the Earth, the River and Water, the Fire and the Light, the Mountain and the Hill, the Plants and the Trees, the flowers,the fruits, the grains and the orchards, the lion, the tiger, the elephant, the Cow, the Bull, the Monkey, the Eagle and the Peacock, the Snake, the Spider, the Rat and the changing seasons I view with respect. As a kid , my learning experience began with showing respect to my parents, my elders, my teachers and the idols and the images that receive worship. The essence of my learned behavior is humility. The Land has given me a sense of meekness and with that I may inherit the Identity of the Ultimate Reality.