WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE RESOLUTION

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LEAP OF LORD HANUMAN – PRUDENCE IS INDISPENSABLE TO A GOOD LIFE:
This New Year’s Day of the Year 2009, I have resolved to seek strength, intelligence, and practical wisdom to overcome my shortcomings and to get over the pain and misery caused by my blemishes. Prudence is indispensable to a good life. Lord Hanuman before His legendary leap across the Sea, looked at the Sea carefully, evaluated the challenging task, offered prayers before undertaking the task, demonstrated the practical value of prudence. A simple mortal being like me has no choice other than that of using prudence in every action that I may undertake. 
 
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
M.B.B.S.  Class  of  April,  1970.
 
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WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE LEAP

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LORD HANUMAN’S LEAP – PRUDENCE IS INDISPENSABLE TO  GOOD HUMAN LIFE 

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP 

The Indian epic poem of ‘RAMAYANA‘ describes the life journey of Lord Rama, the Prince of Ayodhya Kingdom. He is exiled to live in the forest. The story narrates the abduction of His wife, Princess Sita. While searching the forest to find Sita, Lord Rama befriends the ‘VANARA’ or Monkey Forces of Kishkindha Kingdom. The Vanara King Sugreeva in an effort to find Sita dispatches his forces in all directions with very strict orders to report back within a month. The search party that proceeded southwards eventually reach the southern sea-shore at the end of their appointed time for reporting back to the King. As they are feeling anxious being delayed, they receive a vital clue that Sita is held captive in the island of Lanka that is ruled by the demon King Ravana. The search party now gets fearful about the course of action they have to choose. They seek counsel from the eldest member of their party. They decide against returning to home with secondhand information about Sita’s whereabouts. After due deliberation, they choose to physically verify the accuracy of the information that Sita is present in the island. The action that they have selected requires crossing the sea, entering an enemy kingdom, searching diligently tightly guarded places, and returning safely crossing the sea one more time. In the context of the story, as there is no land bridge to reach the island, the safest way to get there is to jump across the sea in one leap. The party’s elder leader recommends that Hanuman is to be entrusted with this difficult and challenging mission. The choice of Hanuman is prudent because of His strength, courage, intelligence, and other special abilities like changing of body size at His discretion. The story describes that Hanuman stood on a hill by the name of Mahendra to gain advantage for the proposed leap. He looks at the sea and directs His mind towards the island of Lanka. He is sure about His devotion to Lord Rama and He is certain about His desire to fulfil Lord Rama’s purpose. He said to Himself : “I shall search and find Sita. I shall fly in the sky and cross the sea”. However, He undertakes this mission with a sense of absolute modesty and humility. He offers worship and prayers to God and to all creation before He leaps into the sky with a roar of triumph. With that leap, Hanuman’s role in the story of Ramayana reaches heroic proportions and continues to be very exalted till the end of the story. 

THE QUALITY OF PRUDENCE 

The quality of prudence is most concerned with action. Prudence is a product of experience and a possession of reason. The maxims of prudence are counsel, deliberation, and judgment. A prudent man knows how to deliberate or calculate well about things to be done. He evaluates the negative as well as the positive consequences of his actions. Prudence also shapes the character of the person. Use of unjust or dishonest means to achieve the end or goal set for oneself is not prudence. ‘ One cannot have prudence unless one has the moral virtues; since prudence is right reason about things to be done, to which end man is rightly disposed by moral virtue’. The choice of the best means is as important as the election of the right end. The clever thief who plans and executes a successful robbery exhibits no prudence but its counterfeit called cunning. The rightness of the means requires not merely that they be adapted to an end, but that the end itself be right. Prudence has a role in all the concerns of life. The right end, whether that be the goal of personal happiness or the common good of society, or the performance of one’s duties, cannot be achieved unless the means to it are rightly chosen. Prudence can be acquired through learning to take sufficient counsel and to deliberate enough before taking any action. The habit of prudent action can be gained by remembrance of the past experience, by the understanding of what is present, and providing for the future by resolving thoughts and making decisions and commanding their execution. 

A PRAYER TO LORD HANUMAN 

Budhi heena tanu jaanike 

Sumirau Pavan Kumar 

Bala budhi vidya dehu mohe 

Harahu kalesha vikaar. 

Having known that my body is deficient of intelligence, I call upon Pavan Kumar(Son of Wind God or VAYU) and ask Him to grant me strength, intelligence, and true knowledge to dissolve all of my blemishes which cause pain and misery. 

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S., 

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India, 

M.B.B.S.,  Class of  April,  1970.

WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE FORTITUDE

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NINE YEARS LONG SERVICE MEDAL AWARDED BY INDIAN ARMY SYMBOLIZES GOOD CONDUCT AND TEMPERANCE :

John Milton in his greatest poetic achievement of ‘PARADISE LOST’ has claimed that man can live for many, many long years and death could be like the gentle act of gathering a ripe fruit when it is fully mature only if man diligently observes the rule of ‘Nothing Too Much’. In matters pertaining to food and drinks, sex, money, and power associated with social status or position, each man has to set his own personal limits. Man has to apply restraint, and use reason while seeking satisfaction of his desires. Excessive passion or desire for material wealth is described as avarice or greed. Excessive sexual passion is called lust. Excessive indulgence in food and drink is known as gluttony. Man experiences contentment if his desires are satisfied. But, it is not easy to measure or quantify contentment. If there is no contentment, man gets depressed, or remains anxious because of a sense of dissatisfaction. Temperance is a quality that gives man the ability to use moderation in his thoughts and actions. Each man must establish reasonable limits on individual desires and passions and live according to the Law of Temperance.

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,

M.B.B.S.  Class  of  April,  1970. 

WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE SERVICE

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NINE YEARS LONG SERVICE MEDAL AWARDED BY INDIAN ARMY SYMBOLIZES GOOD CONDUCT AND TEMPERANCE

THE LAW OF TEMPERANCE  :

John Milton (1608 – 1674), in his greatest poetic achievement of ‘PARADISE LOST’ describes Man’s First Disobedience of God, and the loss thereupon of Paradise wherein Man was placed. Adam, the first Man who was created in God’s image and likeness brought Death into the World. God declares that Adam and Eve could no longer abide in ‘Garden of Eden‘, the Paradise. God sends Angel Michael with a Band of Cherubim to dispossess them. Michael reveals to Adam the ‘Law of Temperance’ which could help him to live for many long years. Angel Michael also comforted Adam by assuring him that if he observes the ‘Law of Temperance’, Death would be like the gentle act of gathering a ripe fruit when fully mature.

PARADISE LOST, BOOK XI ( 520-540)  :     

 

 

 

In John Milton's epic poem of Paradise Lost, angel Michael explained 'The Law of Temperance' to Adam, the first created man to face the threat of death.

 

I yield it just, said Adam, and submit.

But is there yet no other way, besides

These painful passages, how we may come

To Death, and mix with our connatural dust ?

There is, said Michael, if thou well observe

The rule of not too much, by temperance taught

In what thou eatst and drinkst, seeking from thence

Due nourishment, not gluttonous delight,

Till many years over thy head return:

So maist thou live, till like ripe Fruit thou drop

Into thy Mother lap, or be with ease

Gathered, not harshly pluckt, for Death mature:

THE NATURE OF TEMPERANCE  :

The essence of Temperance is choosing moderation and deliberately avoid excess. In Indian Culture, and Tradition, living in moderation and living in virtue are almost identical. Socrates suggests that one should “choose that which is orderly and sufficient and has a due provision for daily needs”. He compares the intemperate man “to a vessel full of holes, because it can never be satisfied”. Socrates describes the temperate man as able to satisfy his limited desires, whereas the intemperate man of boundless desire, can never pause in his search of pleasure. According to Freud, when “the ego learns that it must inevitably go without immediate satisfaction, postpone gratification, learn to endure a degree of pain, and altogether renounce certain sources of pleasure”, it “becomes ‘reasonable’, is no longer controlled by the pleasure-principle, but follows the reality-principle”, which seeks ” a delayed and diminished pleasure, one which is assured by its realization of fact, its relation to reality”.

TEMPERANCE AND COURAGE  :  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Thomas Aquinas and 'The Law of Temperance'.

 

Thomas Aquinas has defined Temperance as “a disposition of the soul, moderating any passions or acts, so as to keep them within bounds. Temperate refers to a man who abstains from bodily pleasures and delights in this very fact. A man not only acts temperately, but is temperate in character, when his desires are themselves habitually moderated to be in accord with reason. A temperate man is not pained at the absence of pleasure or by his abstinence from it. Temperance contributes the virtue of Fortitude which strengthens men against “the enticement of pleasure” as well as against the fear of pain. A man who is able to stand firm against the onslaught of pleasures is more able to remain firm against the dangers of death. And so “Temperance can be said to be Brave”. The endurance of pain is central to the nature of Courage. Temperance and Courage are not distinct virtues as both are based upon an ability to stand firm against pain and danger.

NINE YEARS LONG SERVICE MEDAL – A SALUTE TO THE LAW OF TEMPERANCE  : 

During my service in the Indian Army Medical Corps, I learned the values of Temperance, Fortitude, Courage, and delaying gratification of desires, and avoid seeking physical comforts and pleasures.

 

During the first nine years of my Indian Army Service, apart from taking part in the War of Liberation of Bangladesh, I had participated in a variety of Army Operations that keep the men ready and prepared for a battle. Military Training and Service can be best described as habituation for a temperate character. The nature of Army Operations and Tactics always demand overcoming the onslaught of sense pleasures and voluntarily delaying the gratification of personal desires. A life style based upon physical ease and comfort, and indulgence in food and alcohol is not compatible with the Army way of life. The nature of Army Operations is influenced by terrain, climatic conditions, distances and the availability of transportation. There is no scope to cater for physical comfort, relaxation, and entertainment. The supply of rations and food provisions is limited because of the problems of their bulk and weight. Army Rules and the Code of Conduct would emphasize that men should honor their commitment to serve more than anything else. Such commitment to Serve with Honor would only be possible only when the man in uniform lives in accordance with the Law of Temperance.

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,

M.B.B.S.,  Class  of  April,  1970.

WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE MOON

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LORD MOON, KNOWN AS “CHANDRA” AROSE FROM CHURNING THE LEGENDARY OCEAN OF MILK( SAMUDRA MANTHAN ) :
Full Moon has always attracted human attention. The Full Moon of Friday, December 12, 2008 is special. Moon makes a trip around Earth every 29.5 days. The orbit is elliptical; the average distance is about 238, 855 miles. The closest point of Moon’s orbit or perigee is about 221, 560 miles. The Full Moon of Friday, December 12, 2008 is special because the Moon is at its closest point of its orbit and it coincided with the Full Moon phase. This Full Moon is 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other Full Moons.
 
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
M.B.B.S.  Class  of  April,  1970.

WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE CONVICTION

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THE TEMPLE OF LORD SOMNATH: THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE POWER OF CREATION AND THE POWER OF DESTRUCTION.
Kindly pay homage to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first Deputy Prime Minister who had recreated the Temple of Lord Somnath and vanquished the evil forces which visited Somnath repeatedly to utterly destroy this sacred place of Hindu worship.
 
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
M.B.B.S. Class  of  April,  1970.

WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE BRIGHT

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LORD MOON TOOK BIRTH FROM THE LEGENDARY OCEAN OF MILK

FULL MOON OF FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2008- A DAY TO REMEMBER

Moon orbits Earth at an average distance of about 238, 855 miles ( 384,400 Km). Moon makes a trip around Earth every 29.5 days and rotates around his axis in the same time. Moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical and the closest point of the orbit is called perigee. Last Friday, December 12, Moon was just 221, 560 miles ( 356, 567 Km ) away from Earth and it coincided with the Full Moon Phase. As a consequence, to viewers upon Earth, Moon appeared in the sky, 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than some other Full Moons during the year.

LORD MOON IN INDIAN MYTHOLOGY

Moon is Earth’s only natural satellite. Moon has a special place in Indian traditions, astronomy, and calendar. Indian astrologers have ranked Moon( known as ‘CHANDRA’) as a planet and He belongs to the group of ‘Nine Planets’ ( Nava Graha) and He is married to Ashwini and twenty six other known stars. He is known as ‘SOMA’ and had worshiped Lord Shiva and was given a boon that resulted in the waxing and waning phases of the Moon. Lord Shiva acquired the name of ‘SOM NATH’ which means ‘The Lord of Moon’. In addition, the crescent shaped Moon always adorns the matted hair locks of Lord Shiva.In India, the ‘Moon Day’ or ‘Monday’ is known as ‘SOM VAAR'(the day of Moon). Moon was born when the legendary Ocean of Milk was churned to extract ‘AMRIT’, the Divine Nectar of Immortality. Along with Moon, Goddess LAXMI( the Goddess of Wealth and spouse of Lord VISHNU) also arose from the Ocean of Milk and hence Lord Moon and Goddess LAXMI are considered to be siblings. Hindu festivals are mostly based upon the Lunar Calendar. There are several festivals associated with the Full Moon Day or ‘PURNIMA’. The Spring festival of ‘HOLI’ is celebrated during March(Full Moon of Phalgun). The Full Moon of December is observed as ‘DATTATREYA PURNIMA’. Other festivals include ‘BUDDHA PURNIMA’, GURU PURNIMA’, ‘VAT PURNIMA’, ‘RAKSHA BANDHAN on SHRAVAN PURNIMA’,’SHARAD PURNIMA’, and ‘KARTIK PURNIMA’.

HYMNS IN PRAISE OF LORD MOON KNOWN AS ‘CHANDRA’

1.Dadhi Shanka Tushaa raabham, Ksheeraarnava samudhbhavam

Namaami Sasinam Somam, Shambhor makuta bhushanam.

I respectfully greet Lord Soma, who arose from the ‘Ocean of Milk’, who adorns Lord Shiva’s head like a crown jewel, who is pure white in color and the color resembles the color of yogurt, conch shell, and snow.

2.Ksheera Saagara sampanna, Laxmi priya sahodara

Hirnya makutaabhaasawa bala Chandra namostu tey.

I respectfully greet Lord Chandra, who took His birth from the ‘Ocean of Milk’,the dear brother of Goddess LAXMI, as He rises in the sky with light emanating from His golden crown.

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,

M.B.B.S.  Class  of  April,  1970.