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Wisdom of Solomon! 


Solomon’s wisdom! 
“For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it”

The above is the tenth verse of the Seventh chapter of Ecclesiastes. 

The beauty about this verse is that Solomon, whom I assume to be the author of this verse, distinguishes WISDOM from KNOWLEDGE. 

Firstly, he asserts that Wisdom is a tool of defence. Thereafter goes on to say that Wisdom is a tool of defence just like money, a defensive tool PROTECTS, and it PRESERVES what is already there with the defender. Wisdom protects. 

Thereafter he talks of the EXCELLENCY OF KNOWLEDGE, and asserts how Wisdom gives LIFE to those who have Knowledge! 

Amazing!!!!

Knowledge is a skill, a skill is learnt and applied in the most purposeful way. Let us take the most known example, David, who had the skill of playing the harp, but he was also skilled in the art of slinging with force and accuracy. David reaches Saul’s palace first as a musician, and plays for Saul. But his skill as a musician is not going to impress either Saul or Mehrab or Michal. 

David had to match, if not excel the skill or the resources for skill of Saul to impress Mehrab or Michal. They are princesses and know that the fairest belong to the most courageous. David downplays his skill as a harpist and shows his skill as a slinger, when the challenge of Goliath was staring at Saul and Israel. 
A little knowledge of the Bible would show that the tribe of Benjamin had the best slingers, WHO COULD SLIBG ACCURATELY AT A HAIRBREADTH – so the Old Testament says. 
David’s “knowledge” was WISELY DEPLOYED. David proved his skill and was chosen to challenge Goliath. As already mentioned in my blogs earlier, Saul was no fool, neither was Abner one, to accept the challenge of subservience if lost to Goliath, if they were not sure of winning with the missile based skill of David.   
David’s knowledge of his skills were WISELY deployed by him which led to David getting a LIFE. David could legitimately lay a claim to Mehrab’s hand. That Mehrab couldn’t see in David more than a harpist or a onetime successful upstart is a pity.

But this verse of Solomon shows amply that Wisdom only protects, but coupled with knowledge it would lead to LIFE. 

David was not discouraged when denied the hand of Mehrab, he conducted himself wisely in the king’s affairs. Another skill in DIPLOMACY. David still doesn’t make it, he was set a challenge by Saul himself hoping Saul would be able to eliminate him- the challenge of hundred prepuce! 

David’s skills helped him, it was the excellency of his knowledge coupled with WISDOM which gave David the imperial life and the imperious Michal! 


LIBERTY is the only idea at stake when any activity is pitted against an IDEOLOGY! 

Ideologies are concepts refined and intended to give direction to human ACTIVITY and not merely to impose RESTRICTIONS AND EMBARGOES on human activity, especially based on interpretation of an Ideology, however desirable the Ideology might be! 

For example, Communism was an ideology conceptualised by Marx and Engels but interpreted by Lenin and Mao through their political apparatuses and presented to their peoples as a way of LIVING. This was the Liberty to conceptualise , propagate and proselytise people and through democratic means or other political means, galvanise people to empower those proponents and thereby such leaders obtain political power. 

In this scenario of the early and middle of the 20th century, emerged communist countries. India leant to the left without being bowled over by Communism and concocted a SOCIALISM model and gave its own tweak to communo-democratic process. 

The Supreme Court also bred a host of Justices who coloured their judgements based on their understanding of Socialism. A kind of ROB PETER TO PAY PAUL, philosophy crept in making a severe disarray of the fiscal planning, till FISCAL DISCIPLINE was recommended and subtly imposed by the World Organisations. Societies realised that Peter would unscabbard his sword and slay Paul, if the robbing went beyond reasonable limits. Worse still was the killing of the SPIRIT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP!  Besides the slide down in economic and entrepreneurial fronts, in the name of providing opportunities to all the principle of LOCUS STANDI , was completely compromised. 

Liberty thus instead of EMPOWERING an INITIATIVE FOR ANY LEGITIMATE ACTIVITY, was surreptitiously curtailed and  restrictions were imposed on man or his activity for oblique reasons. 

If any ACTIVITY is not patently illegal or not having the ineluctable potential for illegality, then that Activity should at its worst be REGULATED and authorities put for oversight and disciplining that activity. 

BANNING AN ACTIVITY BASED ON AN IDEOLOGY MAY HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR TREMENDOUS MISCHIEF! 

Gone are those days when, we the denizens of the Crown, were restricted from engaging in tendu leaf cultivation and harvesting during the harvest time of paddy and other grains & cereals, as that affected the revenue of the Imperial coffers.  The Imperial priorities have been slowly restructured.

When JALLIKATTU , the traditional bull taming sport is shown as a sport of yore from the transcribed records in Thamizh, a few who have NO GROUNDING IN THAMIZH TRADITIONS should not be allowed to sit in their armchairs and show overweening imaginary concern for the bulls and compel the decision making institutions by striking at their sentiments of concern on the pretext that the Bulls are being ill treated or administered unwholesome substances. Such sham concern and subterfuges cannot and ought not to be made a pretext for BANNING JALLIKATTU. 

Thamizhnadu’s culture is intertwined with JALLIKATTU. If critics require the assurance that the participating Bulls are not mistreated, those critics could become a part of the monitoring committee to protect their interest of the Bulls! Puritans, who are merely arm chair philosophers, having no cultural nexus or interest in the preservation of the hoary Thamizh culture have engaged eminent lawyers to bring about a blanket ban on JALLIKATTU in Thamizhnadu. 
Even the Hindu Marriages Act makes an exception to polygamy, where it can be shown that there was an unbroken tradition of permitted polygamy in their tribal traditions. When even the ills of polygamy have been counterpoised against traditions, how much less is the sport of JALLIKATTU? 
Moreover, the other states which have been indulging in bullock cart race should be delinked from this issue as, JALLIKATTU is a sport recorded in Thamizh history for more than two millennia thereby it is a proven fact that JALLIKATTU has become an integral part of Thamizh culture. Whereas ‘rekla’  was an interpolation which occurred because of the Marathi Serfojis of Thanjavoor!

In the pretext of sham concern for the bulls, I feel that the Liberty of the Thamizh people, especially from Palamedu, Alanganallur and Avaniapuram should not be curtailed through the political power of the state through its legislative and judicial institutions. 

Let Indians stop this myth peddling and start granting Liberty of Activity to individuals and enterprises. Let us not convert ourselves into administrators of justice through Ideologies which are evanescent. 
There was once an eminent Justice of the Supreme Court of India, who when asked for his opinion on Tamil being made a classical language, said that India should not encourage such HIERARCHIFICATION OF LANGUAGES! He was a minister in a Communist government before he took to the courts. One can imagine his sympathies! 
Alas! Socialism cannot form the basis of either determining facts or excluding the preeminence of certain cultures! 

If Thamizh has it and wants to show it, LET IT or to put it in Jacobean English “SUFFER IT”.

Sad that there is no written word to counter the edicts, written palm leaves to counter the Thamizh claims. So what to do? Become concerned for the Bulls! 

God help India! 

THE FIG TREE!


The FIG TREE! Oh! Come on, one needn’t have to be a prophet to interpret the Bible. To interpret The Bible, one needs to understand Life. The liberation of the Bible took place more than five centuries ago. No single person has any exclusive “Authority” to interpret the Bible. 

I start on the interpretation of the CURSING OF THE FIG TREE by Jesus, bestowed by the Divine Liberation granted to man. The woman who had an issue of blood for over a decade did not take the permission of the Levites and Priests to touch the HEM OF THE GARMENT OF JESUS! Even Jesus was surprised, not that His garment’s hem was able to transmit ‘virtue’ , but that a suffering woman was ABLE TO BELIEVE DESPITE NO PRECEDENCE OF SUCCESS IN SUCH BELIEF! 

So, a mortal that I am, and acutely aware of my limitations, yet bestowed with the Liberty to Believe in methods which in my opinion may improve my lot, I launch on the interpretation. 

Honestly, I care a fig for all those revealed interpretations which have been declared from those pulpits by doctrined minds. 

The Fig tree and its products were first used by Adam & Eve to cover their own nakedness after they realised that they were NAKED (Gen: 3:7). 

So the first use of the Fig product was the leaf, for covering the open display of the fallen status of man and woman. 

Since that day till Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, man had been in fig leaves. Unsalvationed and unredeemed! That was about to END! 

Shall we say Hallelujah? 

Jesus at Matt 21 and Mark 11, curses the fig tree for not having offered Him any fruit. At Matt 21 it reads as follows :

And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
Mark the words ” but leaves only” 
Herein lies the CRUX! 

Jesus, whom I believe to be God, after years of the act of Adam still found the leaves were there without the ‘ fruits’! 

Man has to be redeemed and the false sense of ‘ not being naked’ has to be ripped apart. The clothes sewn by Adam and Eve to befool themselves and other creatures have to be ripped apart! That Jesus did a few days before His crucifixion! 

Jesus, got rid of the leaves which prevented man from realising his own nakedness! He did it. 

If any interpreter says that FIG tree stands for Israel, God bless him (I’m merely blessing my enemies!)

I would like to end this revelation with the caveat that this is not the only interpretation nor the only valid interpretation, but I am cocksure that this interpretation is both edifying and consistent with every Christian creed.


The interpretations of Prometheus herein is based on the THEOGONY of Hesiod.Prometheus was on the winning side of the war among the Greek gods. Cronus, the father of Zeus on the one side and Zeus, leading the other side.

After the war was won and lost, Prometheus did two deeds, which infuriated Zeus, the Chief of the Gods, on whose side Prometheus had once played the games of the gods. One of the deeds was restoring to man “fire”, which was removed by Zeus; the second deed was making Zeus choose the fat and bones of the bull, which is sacrificed to the gods, instead of the flesh of the sacrifice, which went to man.

Prometheus’  falling out with Zeus has engendered various  interpretations in literary, art & cinematic works .

For me Prometheus, like any follower of a victorious man assumed that once the victory was won, EVERYTHING should be made possible for the followers, forgetting that the followers  added volume to the cause & the camp, and not necessarily proffered the right inputs like Prioritizing and Balance of Action, which led to the victory. In fact the followers fail to realize that Prioritizing of Action and Balance in Action, are to be continued by the Victor even after the Victory.

The crowd which had followed either would have had no opinion at all or even if they had one, not a very balanced one. The leader provides the greatest inputs: balancing & prioritizing the action plan, which in the Altar of Time gets sanctified as Victory! 

Prometheus turned a rebel, created man and restored fire to man against the WILL of Zeus!

Zeus, whom I tremendously admire, keeps his once vanquished foes in Tartarus, alive and kicking but severely constrained through rationing and sequestered from external interaction. Zeus knew fully well that if an external enemy were to be eliminated, sure enough even for gods, inimical forces would sprout from within! 

Hiranya Kasiphu had to counter Prahlad, his own son. Likewise, Kamsa had to decimate his own nephews. The principle of UNIPOLARITY OF UNCHALLENGED EXISTENCE is denied even to the Greek gods! A great piece of wisdom.

Prometheus, is thus the voice of modesty of the victorious willful SELF. 

But, it has its own pangs. The pangs of INGRATITUDE which visits every night to peck at the liver of Prometheus! The liver is restored each morning, but the eagle visits every night and inflicts the excruciating pain of being pecked at.

In Sisyphus, it was a repeated FUTILE TASK, which was merely an exercise in futility, in its most unadulterated form, but Prometheus’ punishment was crying for mere relief every night and probably the days spent in anxiety over the impending nights!

Yet, the spirit of Prometheus to debunk Zeus wouldn’t subside!

Prometheus restored fire to mankind, but that led to Pandora and her box of gifts! The bigger evil came visiting MANkind!

BEEP SONG OF SIMBU!


BEEP SONGBeep song, is the name assigned to the song composed in Thamizh by Anirudh a popular Music Director of Thamizh films and Simbu, a Thamizh actor who since those days of a leakage of his telephone conversation with a girl, who is supposedly the daughter of an iconic Thamizh actor, has gained notoriety in no small measure ! 

So a Thamizh film song sung by him and set to tune by the said music director had been posted in the whatsapp before it was released officially. 

The trouble with the song is that a derogatory term used for a female body part has been used in the lyrics, which coincides partially with a beep and as the song progresses, the beep is a trifle out of line with the expletive and reveals itself in all its vulgarity! 

Simbu says it was MEANT FOR PRIVATE USE! 

Nevertheless it has leaked and found its way into the Internet! 

Women’s organisations are reported to be outraged and have filed a complaint in the courts, which has been pleased to summon Simbu! 

One of the lines I enjoyed, notwithstanding the discreet expletive, was the philosophical prescription that: A WOMAN WHO DOES’NT BREAK HEARTS IS NO WOMAN, AND A MAN WHO DOESN’T LEARN TO LIVE WITH A BROKEN HEART IS NO MAN! 

Now returning to the thread of the issue, I for one believe that I have a RIGHT TO MY REPUTATION, therefore if someone hurts my personal reputation I need to be outraged and take remedial steps, depending on my means and desirability of reacting! One surely doesn’t want to end up taking offence like Oscar Wilde and end up not only losing a defamation case but also allow the respondent to prove what he had stated was INDEED TRUE! The remedy gets worse. 

But the word peekingly used from behind the beep, is just a body part and one needn’t have to take offence at the utterer’s perception of the other gender’s body part. Probably he or she suffers from depletion of the aesthetics in perception of such body parts! So be it ! Why take offence, as long as it doesn’t refer to my body part? It is generic! 

But there is a lurking minuscule who believe that the opposite gender entertains derogatory opinions on their body parts and any reference is seen as making a DEFAMATORY STATEMENT on their own body parts. 

Now that Simbu says that the song was stolen , does it amount to STRICT LIABILITY or ABSOLUTE LIABILITY? 

The matter has entered the courts and we need to apply these evolving principles . 

Like the Delhi OLEUM LEAK CASE, if Simbu and the music director had produced such a vulgar song so as to outrage the modesty of women in general and a few in particular, should he not have kept the song to himself and his coterie and not allowed it to ESCAPE, like it is claimed by him to have happened? 
Or , alternatively the leaker of the song is to be criminally held liable for the public release unauthorisedly? 

Finally, the decision would have to be based on facts more than on principles, as the SHO’s version would prevail, for all practical purposes !

Long live Liberty to do, think or simply be! 

Diogenes & the smart Alec’


Move over! Let me receive some sunlight.
That was something Diogenes is supposed to have told Alexander, the Great! An appendage which the society bestows with such parsimoniousness, that I know of not more than three all starting with the letterA. 

Unheard melodies, when made, are sweeter than when imagined. 

So I’d rather believe not only the context, but the meaning of those words in relation to the context.

Diogenes would have meant it with the supreme CONTEMPT of a humanitarian being with supreme awareness, on an illiterate who goes about bullying people for land and labour! 

Diogenes with that statement must have wanted to make the smart Alec! , realise that Bullying may get you land and labour, but it does not create goodwill! Further , Alex was not ‘giving’ sunlight but merely BLOCKING it. For the Alec to move, I Diogenes should make a request! Sun is nature in all its glory and splendour! 
Alex learnt that he was blocking the benefits bestowed by Nature freely! 

Diogenes proved that not everything is give and take, but there are benefits which the Nature provides out of its benevolence ! Humans can block it, but never Give it! 

Similarly, even during inundation and flash floods innate human benevolence comes into play. But politicians want to take credit for that milk of human kindness which springs eternal in human hearts! Lady Macbeth couldn’t appreciate that too! Rounding it off with the Hope of another Alexander (Pope), feels good! 


CHENNAI FLOODS!
One of the first principles which ought to be defended staunchly by a Democratic government is to protect the parties to a freely made CONTRACT from each other . 

Especially to protect the weaker of the two and to ensure that unambiguous laws are made so that the weaker parties are not pushed to the courts, where delays and costs could wipe them out. 

I think while everyone is doing his/her bit to the alleviation of the enormous man hours and property lost, one segment which is SILENT like Jonah and sleeping in the lower decks unheard and undetected are the INSURANCE GUYS! 

No doubt they are running a business, but they should also realise that they are under the protective cover of the Government in many ways and areas. 

I would appreciate if the IRDA sets up an office in Chennai to look into the claims of those who have been affected by the rain/drain water flooding and settle their claims expeditiously. 

Otherwise, most of the claims are bound to languish in the courts and the weaker individual would be eaten away by the metronomic inflation and the deep pockets of the insurance fat cats! 

The INSURANCE companies, which prey on the improbable insecurities of human existence should also be willing to rush to the aid of those who get caught in those insecurities, if it ever happens. 

Insurance companies have lived off India’s inflation more efficiently than any other industry. They have collected the premium today and paid more money of less purchasing power, after two or three decades. What the insurance companies have done with all the cream of the premium is anybody’s guess!

So as a gesture of solidarity with the Chennaiwasis, all property, life insurance companies should stop playing for TIME, which is the crux of their game!

Why I believe that the Government should get the Policies enforced is because it has not only control but also has been the only agency which knows the real value of the Govt owned insurance companies’ assets. Since the policy holder has in good faith taken a policy in good times, the Govt should ensure that the Insurance companies do not let their Lawyers distinguish before the courts as to why the claim cannot be settled! 

Incidentally I haven’t seen a single insurance advertisement during and after the Chennai rains. A ‘claimable’ situation makes the whole insurance industry shy of being heard or seen! 

Help! Rein in the Insurancewallahs! 

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