God;s incarnation


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Upanyasam by Sri Akkarakani Swamin – ‘ The Hindu ” dt 30 Aug 2012;

Lord Narayana incarnates for three reasons: to save good people, to destroy the wicked and to establish dharma.

Once an acharya was instructing his disciples on the reasons for God’s descent upon Earth.
One of them was puzzled. He asked his teacher: “There are thousands of wicked men like Hiranyakasipu these days. So why doesn’t the Lord come to destroy them?” The teacher answered that while it was true that there were thousands of people as wicked as Hiranyakasipu, there was not even one Prahlada. So why would the Lord come? The primary purpose of His avatars is to save His devotees. The killing of Hiranyakasipu was not the purpose of the Narasimha avatar, but the saving of Prahlada was, said Akkarakkani Srinidhi in a discourse.
We may wonder how the Lord will welcome us, when He has beside Him those who have been devoted to Him for years. Will new entrants be welcomed?
The answer is that just as when a new calf is born, it is given more attention than the older ones, the Lord too will give us more attention than He gives to the ones who have been loyal for many years. A cow that gives birth to a calf licks the filth off the newly born. Likewise, the Lord will welcome us into His fold, though we may not have been His devotees for long, and He will not spurn us because of our sins.
One day, Tirukannamangai Aandaan, a Vaishnavite devotee, saw two dogs fight. One of the dogs bit the other and the latter died. The owner of the dead dog was furious and he and the owner of the other dog engaged in fisticuffs. In the process, one of them killed the other. Fearing the consequences of his action, the man committed suicide. Thus, two men lost their lives over two dogs.
Aandaan thought to himself that if two men showed such love for their dogs that they were willing to die for them, how much more would God’s love be towards those who surrendered to Him?
Some who surrender to Him cannot bear to be separated from Him and seek moksha at once. Others want liberation, but not right away. God embraces both categories of devotees.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Creating and building a business is not a one-man show. It requires a team effort, or at least the ability to build trust and confidence among key players, and effectively communicate with partners, team members, investors, vendors, and customers. These actions are the hallmark of an effective leader.

Behind the actions are a set of principles and characteristics that entrepreneurial leaders, like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, seem to have in common. Look for these and nurture them in your own context to improve the odds of success for your own startup:

  1. Clarity of vision and expectations. You must be able and willing tocommunicate to everyone your vision, goals, and objectives. Just as importantly, you have to be absolutely clear about who you are, what you stand for, and what you expect from everyone around you. People won’t follow you if they are in the dark or confused.
  2. Willingness to make decisions. It is often said that making any decision is better than making no decision. Even better than “any decision” is a good decision made quickly. Business decisions always involve risk, at times a great deal of it. Smart entrepreneurs always balance the risk with facts, when they have them, rather than their gut.
  3. Experience and knowledge in your business area. Effective leaders set a personal standard of competence for every person and function in the startup. It must be clear that you have the knowledge, insight, and skill to make your new company better than your very best competitor.
  4. Commitment and conviction for the venture. This commitment must be passionate enough to motivate and inspire people to do their best work, and put their heart into the effort. Behind the passion must be a business model that makes sense in today’s world, and a determination to keep going despite setbacks.
  5. Open to new ideas and creativity. In business, this means spending time and resources on new ideas, as well as encouraging people to find faster, better, cheaper, and easier ways to produce results, beat competition, and improvecustomer service. Be a role model and guide others to excel.
  6. Courage to acknowledge and attack constraints. An effective leader is willing and able to allocate resources to remove obstacles to the success of the startup, as well as removing constraints on individuals on the team. It is believing that where there is the will, there will be a way.
  7. Reward continuous learning. You have to encourage everyone to learn and grow as a normal and natural part of business. That means no punishment for failures, and positive opportunities for training and advancement. Personally, it means upgrading your own skills, listening, and reading about new developments and approaches.
  8. Self-discipline for consistency and reliability. An effective leader is totally predictable, calm, positive, and confident, even under pressure. People like to follow someone when they don’t have to “walk on eggshells” to avoid angry outbursts, or assume daily changes in direction.
  9. Accept responsibility for all actions. Everyone and every company makes mistakes. Good entrepreneurs don’t want to be seen as perfect, and they have to be seen as willing to accept the fact that “the buck stops here.” No excuses, or putting the blame on the economy, competitors, or team members.

The good news is that all of these principles of leadership are learnable. The bad news is that it’s not easy. Don’t assume that success as an entrepreneur is only about great presentations, killing competitors, or having insanely great ideas. It’s really more about leadership, understanding the needs of your prospective clients, and communicating your solutions with clarity.

 

God’s incarnation


Upanyasam by Sri Akkarakani Swamin – ‘ The Hindu ” dt 30 Aug 2012;

Lord Narayana incarnates for three reasons: to save good people, to destroy the wicked and to establish dharma.

Once an acharya was instructing his disciples on the reasons for God’s descent upon Earth.

One of them was puzzled. He asked his teacher: “There are thousands of wicked men like Hiranyakasipu these days. So why doesn’t the Lord come to destroy them?” The teacher answered that while it was true that there were thousands of people as wicked as Hiranyakasipu, there was not even one Prahlada. So why would the Lord come? The primary purpose of His avatars is to save His devotees. The killing of Hiranyakasipu was not the purpose of the Narasimha avatar, but the saving of Prahlada was, said Akkarakkani Srinidhi in a discourse.

We may wonder how the Lord will welcome us, when He has beside Him those who have been devoted to Him for years. Will new entrants be welcomed?

The answer is that just as when a new calf is born, it is given more attention than the older ones, the Lord too will give us more attention than He gives to the ones who have been loyal for many years. A cow that gives birth to a calf licks the filth off the newly born. Likewise, the Lord will welcome us into His fold, though we may not have been His devotees for long, and He will not spurn us because of our sins.

One day, Tirukannamangai Aandaan, a Vaishnavite devotee, saw two dogs fight. One of the dogs bit the other and the latter died. The owner of the dead dog was furious and he and the owner of the other dog engaged in fisticuffs. In the process, one of them killed the other. Fearing the consequences of his action, the man committed suicide. Thus, two men lost their lives over two dogs.

Aandaan thought to himself that if two men showed such love for their dogs that they were willing to die for them, how much more would God’s love be towards those who surrendered to Him?

Some who surrender to Him cannot bear to be separated from Him and seek moksha at once. Others want liberation, but not right away. God embraces both categories of devotees.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Let’s pass it when we pass away.
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Monument Valley, in the United States.
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Turkana Lake, in Kenya.
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Red dunes in Namib Desert.
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Peculiar Hawaii Island landscape.
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Lake in Blue Mountains National Park, in Chile
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Geyser, in the State of Nevada, the United States
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The Sahara Desert, world’s largest desert.
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Dracaena draco, on Yemen islands.
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Peculiar circular landscape, about 50 kilometers in diameter, center of the Sahara Desert.
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“Twin Towers” Monument Valley, in the United States.
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The Hunger Argument
Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of malnutrition this year: 20 million
Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by people:20
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock:80
Percentage of oats grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 95
Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 90
How frequently a child dies as a result of malnutrition: every 2.3 seconds
Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on an acre: 40,000
Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 250
Percentage of U.S. farmland devoted to beef production: 56
Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of edible flesh from feedlot beef: 16
The Environmental Argument
Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect
Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels
Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more
Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75
Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85
Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet:260 million
Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and South America:300,000,000 pounds
Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75
Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 square feet
Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses:1,000 per year
The Cancer Argument
Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8 times
For women who eat eggs daily compared to once a week: 2.8 times
For women who eat butter and cheese 2-4 times a week: 3.25 times
Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times
Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times.

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