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who are your changemakers? - The Changemakers initiative aims to identify the leading activists, elected officials, authors, bloggers, actors and thought leaders who have the greatest capacity to spark change on issues of importance. - http://www.change.org/changemakers/
[Albert Einstein] : If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
* [Rebecca Blood] believes that "everyone can choose how they respond - one person can make a difference; each person does make a difference - love can transform hate and indifference - everyone deserves food, a home, education, safety, and a healthy world"
* [Asha Bhosle] says "If your thoughts remain simple, your face remains young, and your voice, youthful."
* [Maya Ma|http://www.wisearth.org/] : The goal of our mission is to cultivate health and healing without medicine, to evoke your memory of wellness and love and joy and to awaken in everyone there innate power of healing and a sense of shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family as a whole. Each one of us on this earth travels a unique path, guided by karma and desire.
* Fast Company's [Who's Fast 2002|http://www.fastcompany.com/online/52/wf_intro.html] : ...Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Our fourth-annual Who's Fast issue arrives at a time when our feelings about work, life, business, and purpose need thoughtful recalibration...
* [Computerworld's Premier 100|http://www.idg.net/ic_784761_4394_1-1681.html] : ...Courageous in a crisis, an inspiration to their staffs and attentive to business goals as well as technology innovation. The Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2002 are the might and muscle of today's corporate IT organizations. They have the weight of a staggering economy and pressing security fears on their shoulders, but they've also got the heart and soul to carry the load. And they have a lot to say about how 2002 will shake out for IT. Meet them and learn from them in our third annual special report...
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Weblog2001November
(via [PaperQuote]) [Ralph Waldo Emerson] : Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting.
(via [Gleanings]) [The emergent new order|http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2001/11/28/emergence/index.html] : Feed magazine founder [Steven Johnson] explains how self-organizing systems are made to order for ants, cities, software and terrorists.
A [Petition|http://www.PetitionOnline.com/CRYfor93/] : 93rd amendment - Making Education a Fundamental Right in India
(via [PaperQuote]) [Oliver Wendell Holmes] : What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
[Health Education Library for People]
We went to [Salzburg] for the weekend. We will go again in Spring, Summer or Autumn and we have learnt some valuable lessons about Winter, Snow etc. !
[Guido van Rossum]'s [Computer Programming for Everybody]
After reading [Andre Durand]'s [Global Consciousness 1.0|http://discuss.andredurand.com/stories/storyReader$187], I have an idea about combining this thought with [Quaker]ism... Why not we implement a system where members can raise 1 issue per day and only 1 a day, Every other member can post their opinion after careful thought and it would be possible to edit the opinion only a few times within the next 1/2 hour ! and That's it ! - I will try to refine it !
[Charles du Bois] : The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
[Stephen Hawking] in [A Brief History of Time] : As we shall see, the concept of time has no meaning before the beginning of the universe. This was first pointed out by St. Augustine. When asked: What did God do before he created the universe? Augustine didn't reply: He was preparing Hell for people who asked such questions. Instead, he said that time was a property of the universe that God created, and that time did not exist before the beginning of the universe.
Later we went to Munich and waited in the [Marienplatz|http://www.muenchen-tourist.de/deutsch/stadtinformationen/plaetze/marienplatz.htm] for the [Glockenspiel im Rathausturm|http://www.muenchen-tourist.de/englisch/stadtinformationen/plaetze/muenchen-stadtinformationen-sehenswuerdigkeiten-plaetze_e_m.htm]. But, in winter, it only happens once a day at 11AM !
[Joel Spolsky] : It's about time that I updated my crufty old list of recommended books. What books should I have up there? - [Vote for ONE Book|http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftware/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=934]
[Jeremy Stangroom] is the on-line editor for [The Philosopher's Magazine|http://www.philosophers.co.uk/]
[Tim Pozar] : One of my main "themes" in life is to give tools to the world that help them express their ideas. I have this rather utopian idea that if everyone has the tools to exchange ideas then the world will be a better place.
[Kalpana Mohan] : I live in a place where a million dollars is loose change for most people. I live in a place where people lease Mercs while they await their Porsches. It's a place where every minuscule movement of the NASDAQ rumbles into a seismological event. A place where deals are made - to be broken when options vest...
Susan Dempsey (responsible for providing users with continued quality service from [HotLinks]) : ...Sadly, all good things must come to an end and this version will be subscription only...
[HotLinks] is going to charge for their service from 3rd December 2001... If they allow me to maintain 1 URL with multiple categories, I will consider paying for their service... Anyway, they have very nicely allowed me to export the content as a [html file|http://www.carnatic.com/2001/hotlinks.kishorebalakrishnan.2001nov14.htm] - Thanks a lot !
I sent an email to [Jonathan Abrams] several months ago and he prompty responded by stating that 'the request will be forwarded to Development' - Let us see...
[Free Alina Lebedeva|http://www.geocities.com/elsvenjo/FreeAlina.html] : ...This site is in support of Alina Lebedeva from Latvia. Alina is the schoolgirl who gave Prince Charles a slap in the face with  a bunch of flowers in protest over Britain's involvement in the war against Afghanistan. She is provisionally charged with endangering the life of foreign dignitary. If found guilty she could face up to 15 years in prison...
[Bill Clinton] : [A struggle for the soul of the 21st century|http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2001/11/10/speech/index.html]
[Richard Fritzson] [reacts|http://www.interesting-people.org/archives/interesting-people/200111/msg00189.html] to article [Study of Disputed Florida Ballots Finds Justices Did Not Cast the Deciding Vote|http://www.interesting-people.org/archives/interesting-people/200111/msg00183.html] by starting 'This is a pretty outrageous headline for this story.'
[This Diwali has lost its sparkle|http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow.asp?art_id=2125046482] : ...Sampoorna Kohli, weaving his way through the small lanes of the Central Market in Lajpat Nagar, sums it up succinctly: "There is uncertainty for everyone. Nobody is feeling particularly festive what with jobs on the line and businesses doing badly. The light has already gone out of this Diwali."...
[Eric Margolis] : [ANTHRAX AND ABDUL HAQ: WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND|http://www.bigeye.com/foreignc.htm]
[Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi] : [50 Divine Thoughts]
[Alwin Hawkins] : [New tag line|http://www.vfth.com/2001/11/10] and the cornerstone of a new ethic for me. : ''Work, Don't Whine''
[Freeman Thomas], head of advanced product design for DaimlerChrysler : "A lot of people in the design business are full of BS. They want to create the facade of an extreme individual. I don't want to be someone who can't be approached."
Fast Company's [Who's Fast 2002|http://www.fastcompany.com/online/52/wf_intro.html] : ...Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Our fourth-annual Who's Fast issue arrives at a time when our feelings about work, life, business, and purpose need thoughtful recalibration...
I have started collecting [Cool Tools]
[Vincent Laforet] : [Frontiers of War|http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/19/international/index_JOURNAL01.html]
Weblog2001December
!2002 - Looking forward...
[Ford Focus], [Digital IXUS], [Presario 701EA]
From [Never settle for the best] : ...Give the proper [tools] to a group of [people] who like to make a difference, and they will...
Apart from family and friends, I would like to thank the following people for sharing their thoughts/life and making available usable/useful/enjoyable tools on the web.
* [Jakob Nielsen] : [usable information technology|http://www.useit.com/]
* [Steve Wainstead] : [PhpWiki|http://phpwiki.sourceforge.net/]
[MSN Messenger] was very useful. We were able to speak to very close friends for a long time.
[Peter Koestenbaum] in [After Shock|http://www.fastcompany.com/online/54/aftershock.html] : ...We must resolve to work with greatness and never forget to do so again. Every workday is a concert, a Nobel-prize ceremony, or an Olympic victory...
[Top 10 Technologies for 2002]
Inspiration for everyone from [Google] : [Never settle for the best]
[The three most difficult things for a human being]
For eg., I would not rate this movie more than [Blast from the past] overall !
[Buckminster Fuller] : "For the first time in history it is now possible to take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. Only ten years ago the ‘more with less’ technology reached the point where this could be done. All humanity now has the option to become enduringly successful."
[Babylog|http://babyblog.org/] [:|http://babyblog.org/archive/archive.php?12/10/2001_7807035] [W. Bruce Cameron] : [The 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenaged Daughter]
[Stephen Palmer] : If you happen to be looking for a technical architect, project director or development manager to produce a high quality result, I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending [Jeff De Luca] to you.
[Extreme Programming] and [Feature Driven Development] : [a short comparison|http://www.togethercommunity.com/coad-letter/Coad-Letter-0070.html] : The Bottom Line in the article is the essence : ...It is important to discover what works for you and your organization. The name of the process you use is not important. What is important is the ability to repeatedly deliver frequent, tangible, working results on time, within budget and with agreed function...
[IBM's Test-Tube Quantum Computer Makes History|http://www.research.ibm.com/resources/news/20011219_quantum.shtml] : ...Scientists at IBM's Almaden Research Center have performed the world's most complicated quantum-computer calculation to date. They caused a billion-billion custom-designed molecules in a test tube to become a seven-qubit quantum computer that solved a simple version of the mathematical problem at the heart of many of today's data-security cryptographic systems...
[Russell H. Conwell]'s speech [Acres of Diamonds] concludes ...If you forget everything I have said to you, do not forget this, because it contains more in two lines than all I have said. Bailey says: "He most lives who thinks most, who feels the noblest, and who acts the best."...
[Philip James Bailey] : We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
[James Allen]'s [As A Man Thinketh] is partly responsible for the creation of the entire personal development industry. Most contemporary PD authors and teachers credit this little book for providing foundation to their principles.
[Derek Powazek]'s book [Design for Community]
[Margaret Mead] : Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
[Why we have a terrorism problem with our airlines|http://www.interesting-people.org/archives/interesting-people/200112/msg00227.html] : ...the FAA had come down hard on the airport only because 1,000 badges was too many, in that regulations permit that airport to have only 500 unaccounted-for access badges....
[Aristotle] in [Nicomachean Ethics] : The man who gets angry at the right things and with the right people, and in the right way and at the right time and for the right length of time, is commended.
[Jason Levine] : [Stanford University Interview|http://www.broaderminds.com/Profiles/Stanford_university/reviews/987553538431.html] : "More important than the workload at Stanford, I find, is the ‘humbling factor’. Basically, if you can gain admission to a school like Stanford, I have no doubt that you can work at the level set by the professors. The problem is more egotistical: can you handle meeting people just as and possibly more intelligent than yourself?"
[Osho] : [CREATIVITY: Unleashing the Forces Within] : ...Creativity means loving whatsoever you do -- enjoying, celebrating it! Maybe nobody comes to know about it -- who is going to praise you for cleaning the floor? History will not take any account of it; newspapers will not publish your name and picture -- but that is irrelevant. You enjoyed it. The value is intrinsic...
But, [Chris Mitchell] has a powerful message on his home page for all of mankind - WOW !
[Albert Einstein] : If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
I received an email response from [Richard P. Gabriel] regarding a spelling mistake on his site and another from [John Patrick] for a similar issue. Nice!
I want the following feature in MS Outlook or any email client for that matter: When I send an email, the tool should prompt me... you have sent a similar email to this person and didnot get a reply ! dont bother !!!
I was looking for a [Digital Camera] and the winner is [Digital IXUS]. We bought it at [New York Camera] yesterday in person. [Christian Kwyas] is a great sales man. It was (will be) a memorable shopping experience. However Christian should be thankful to [Jeff Keller]'s very useful reviews at [Digital Camera Resource Page]
[Dave Winer] [:|http://scriptingnews.userland.com/backissues/2001/12/06#l86b0989154cbfbef88f0a30f41b96187] Bug reports should have three parts. 1. Here's what I did. 2. This is what I expected to happen. 3. This is what actually happened. For extra credit, if it's a public Web app, provide a URL. It also couldn't hurt to say what version of the software you're using, what OS, and other things that might make your installation different from others.
[Peter Longo] is [Pratt & Whitney|http://www.pratt-whitney.com/]'s CIO. Pratt & Whitney is a leader in the design, manufacture and support of engines for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft, and space propulsion systems
I want to buy a [Digital Camera]. [Canon PowerShot A20|http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/canon/a20-review/index.html] is on the top of my list... [Jeff Keller] states ...As always, I recommend a trip to your local camera store to try out the /camera/ and its competitors before you buy!... Do you have any recommendations ?
I am in [The Search for Beauty] in [An English Country Garden|http://www.alfresco.demon.co.uk/]
"For his([Christopher Alexander]) Ph. D. Thesis, later published as the book [Notes on the Synthesis of Form], he was awarded the first Gold Medal for Research by the American Institute of Architects."
via [PaperQuote] [Andre Gide] : It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
Weblog2002January
[Pongal] festival is celebrated on 14th this year. This is the day on which the sun begins to move northwards (also called Makara Shankranti). For Tamilians, Makara Shankranti ushers in the New Year. The corn that is newly-harvested is cooked for the first time on that day. Joyous festivities mark the celebration in every home.
[Mattu Pongal] : "...According to a legend, once Shiva asked his bull, Basava, to go to the earth and ask the mortals to have an oil massage and bath every day and to eat once a month. Inadvertently, Basava announced that everyone should eat daily and have an oil bath once a month. - - - This mistake enraged Shiva who then cursed Basava, banishing him to live on the earth forever. He would have to plough the fields and help people produce more food. Thus the association of this day with cattle. - - - A festival called [Jallikattu] is held in [Madurai], Tiruchirapalli and Tanjavur on this day..."
[We] will play [badminton] again tomorrow morning... I look forward to it!
[Field Observations] : ...The [Amish], for instance, have succeeded simply by asking one question of any proposed innovation, namely: "What will this do to our community?"...
[Derek Powazek] is [looking for work|http://www.powazek.com/resume/]
[John Dingell] (after he was [forced to strip!|http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-congressman-searched0108jan08.story]) "I asked Norman to check to see if they treated me like they do everybody else," Dingell said. "I just wanted to be sure that what they did was necessary, that I got the same treatment, no better or no worse, than anyone else."
before getting to work (4) get back from lunch (5) check email,
[Voltaire] in [Freedom of Thought] : It rests entirely with you to learn to think. You're born with a mind. You are a bird in the cage of the Inquisition: the Holy Office has clipped your wings, but they can grow back. Whoever doesn't know geometry can learn it; every man can tutor himself: it's shameful to put your soul in the hands of those to whom you'd never trust your money. _Dare to think for yourself._
[Karl-Erik Sveiby] [:|http://www.businessworldindia.com/archive/200306/Strategy2.htm] "You don't need to interview me. Simply read the [Upanishads]. They knew all about it long before I did"
I found something better for students...
[Cyber Essays] is "your one-stop source for free, high-quality term papers, essays, and reports on all subjects."
[Craig Jensen] [:|http://booknotes.weblogs.com/2001/12/22] "With the tumultous state the world is in I feel uncomfortable, even guilty, being in any kind of festive or celebratory mood. And, in fact, I'm not festive. Nor am I filled with hope from any kind of religious faith. I'm mostly depressed. - - - But I realize that the sphere within which I have the most influence is my family. The most important people to me are my wife, son and daughter and then my extended family. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews. All the quirks and dysfunctionalty set aside, this is the circle where I can find unbounded love and acceptance. It is the place where I can return that love, equally unbounded, without fear of reprisal or rejection. I am lucky. Truly so. I intend to immerse myself in my good fortune. In my own little circle I will enjoy peace and love and joy. - - - My hope and wish is that you will find yourselves enjoying the same. Be safe and well."
The [Literature, Arts, & Medicine Database] is an annotated bibliography of prose, poetry, film, video and art which is being developed as a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource in MEDICAL HUMANITIES, for use in health/pre-health and liberal arts settings.
People are searching for interesting phrases at [Google] like [a way of life that does not consist of taking away from someone else|http://www.google.com/search?q=a+way+of+life+that+does+not+consist+of+taking+away+from+someone+else] and the first hit is [Quotations|http://kishore.editthispage.com/stories/storyReader$5] at my ex-weblog :-)
[Brent Simmons] has [many ideas|http://inessential.com/2002/01/02.html] for [Apple]. One of them "[Mac OS X] for x86" is something I would like too :-)
[Howard Rheingold]'s [Tools for Thought] is an exercise in retrospective futurism
[Alan Kay] is enraptured by the potential impact that computing technology can have on the world. He is especially interested in education and hopes that this new technology will create, what he calls, a "skeptical man." He likens the personal computer to the present day book and believes that if everyone had access to a computer, people would be more prone to play "what-if" games with information. He says that "the [information] retrieval systems of the future are not going to retrieve facts but points of view. The weakness of databases is that they let you retrieve facts, while the strength of our culture over the past several hundred years has been our ability to take on multiple points of view. It should be possible for every kid everywhere to test what he or she is being told either against arguments of others or by appeal to computer simulation. The question is: will society nurture that potential or suppress it?"
I am reading a new article [A Time for Dialogue about Things That Really Matter] by [John Renesch].
In Germany, [Fourth phase of ecological tax reform started on January 1, 2002 |http://eng.bundesregierung.de/top/dokumente/Artikel/ix_66146.htm?template=single&id=66146_4317&script=1&ixepf=_66146_4317]
Nature doesnot know that I drive a super car and my neighbour a 'super O super' car. It covers both with the necessary amount of snow to make our lives interesting. Thanks for the lesson !
[Veronica Lynne]'s [WannaWrite?|http://wannawrite.editthispage.com/] is "A Place for Poetry, Prose and Ponderings"
[Ponderings|http://wannawrite.editthispage.com/questions] : ...Why is it when you are driving at night looking for an address, you instinctively (at least I have) turn down the radio?...
[The Secret Subversive Purpose|http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/aboutclwg.html] of [Children's Literature Web Guide]: ...If my cunning plan works, you will find yourself tempted away from the Internet, and back to the books themselves! Please remember that the Internet is not the most comprehensive source of information about children's books. Books and Libraries cover the field far better than I can ever hope to. - - - The Internet is a tremendous resource, but it will never compete with a Children's Librarian with a purposeful gleam in the eye!
Sushma is preparing [Sago Payasam|http://www.indiatastes.com/categories/316.html] for lunch.
mmm... Is anyone researching "What is the average number of days before everyone writes 2002 instead of 2001" !
Howard Rheingold
[Tools for Thought]
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lecture took this unconscious colloquial form before audiences. An
bringing the audiences of America together. For lecture audiences
lectures into book form, "Big Business" and "Pockets and Paradises"
requires effort--Prodigals must be bumped--The fly and the sticky
we get ready for them
VI. THE PROBLEM OF "PREPAREDNESS"--Preparing children for
life--Most "advantages" are disadvantages--Buying education for
books only give better tools for service--"Hard knocks" graduates--
Menace of America not swollen fortunes but shrunken souls--
VII. THE SALVATION OF A "SUCKER"--You can't get something for
eighty--Too busy to bury--Sympathy for the "sob squad"--Child sees
worst days, not best--Waiting for the second table--Better days on
principle, not praise--Doing duty for the joy of it--Becoming the
"Father of Waters"--Go on south forever!
lecture go differently before every audience. The kind of an
form. So abstract truths in their lowest terms do not always
about your present. I care much about your future for that is to
Some of us learn to go forward with a few bumps, but most of us are
We never graduate. When we stop learning we are due for another
foreigner I had never met. His name was Shakespeare. It was this:
"Tongues in trees," I thought. "Trees can't talk! That man is
I was sorry for Shakespeare--when I was thirteen.
For as I learn to listen, I hear every tree speaking, every stone
Perhaps you are "naturally bright" and feel sorry for Shakespeare.
The longer I thought about it the more angry I became. What right
We get off the right path. We go down forbidden paths. They seem
downward, but we have to make effort to go upward.
when we get bumped twice in the same place, for it means we are
born under an unlucky star." You don't know how that comforted me.
The seeress is the soothing syrup for mental infants.
Notice that churches, schools, lyceums, chautauquas, reform
And so with our own lives. Real living is conscious effort to go
If you are making no effort in your life, if you are moving in the
Look out for the bumps!
upward. Note the multitude making little or no effort, and even
willing to make the effort to rule themselves. They are content to
for nothing. They must be led--sometimes driven--by minorities.
where your poor dear father was lost." And Johnny Fly remembers for
You see Johnny fly back and forth and have the time of his
just as they please, for they are strong-minded flies. They have
pitied, for he must get some more knocks.
was darkened, your plans were wrecked, you thought you had nothing
more to live for.
humanity need the same preparation for greater usefulness.
have been tried in the crucibles of affliction. For I am learning
There you stood in the forest, a perfectly good, green young tree.
man into the woods with an ax, and he looked for the best trees
throwing out of that hole what I thought was red mud.
of which being The College of Needful Knocks for Red Mud.
fine work!" They paid much money for it now. They paid the most
money for what had been roasted the most.
right down to the foot of the platform. The subject was The
Afterwards I went to her. "Little lady, I want to thank you for
happy for years. Why am I not happy?"
The cripple girl had traveled ahead of her jealous mother. For
business might wreck. Your fortune might be swept away. Your good
look out! Some of your friends would say, "I am so sorry for you.
for it is not true. The old enemy of humanity wants you to believe
have reached to the bottom, for he gave me the worst mess of runts
I saw that for thirty years before I saw it. Did you ever notice
how long you have to see most things before you see them? I saw
before, the largest on top and the smallest at the bottom.
Let us try that right on the platform. Here is a glass jar and
beans and some walnuts. You will pardon me for bringing such a
simple and crude apparatus before you in a lecture, but I ask your
forbearance. I am discovering that we can hear faster thru the eye
forget it, and I do not want these young people to live thirty
years before they see it.
themselves just as they were before.
down in the bottom saying, "Help me! Help me! I am so unfortunate
There is only one way for those objects to change their place in
ready for places before we can get them and keep them.
cannot keep you down. You do not ask for promotion, you compel
I believe if I were so fortunate or unfortunate as to have a number
of people working for me, I would have a jar in my office filled
them had been there for a long time. There came a raw, green Dutch
faculty the world is bidding for--initiative.
for she is the office superintendent.
Going out of the building, I asked the foreman, "Do you see that
The foreman's face clouded. "I hate to talk to you about that man.
things in the same way day after day, thinking the same thoughts,
forward and upward. That is the only way to hold our place.
I am sorry for the one who says, "I know all there is to know about
I am sorry for the one who struts around saying, "I own the job.
They can't get along without me." For I feel that they are getting
Big business men keep their ears open for rattles in their
I am sorry for the man, community or institution that spends much
For it is mostly rattle. The live one's "my day" is today and
give much for a young person (or any other person) who does not
want a great place. I would not give much for anybody who does not
look forward to greater and better things tomorrow.
joke, for we would rattle. And when we have grown as great as the
great boots, but he rattles. He must grow greater feet before he
gets greater boots. But he must get the feet before he gets the
We must get ready for things before we get them.
All life is preparation for greater things.
Moses was eighty years getting ready to do forty years work. The
hands." I heard a Chicago superintendent say to his foreman, "Give
It is dangerous to overboost people, for the higher you boost them
Then they become a mirror for his vanity instead of a monitor
for his vitality.
few press-notices. "There, I am all right, for this clipping says
was filled before was entirely too big for the audience! The
a home enterprise--not for the sake of the imported attraction but
for the sake of the home folks who import it.
rejoice, for the kingdom of success is yours.
cannot help many people, for there are not many people willing to
Maybe he paid a commission for such a choice beggars' beat.
would not bring it down again for a soulless corporation.
minutes, down to the peanut row, for I was only a peanut. Remember,
the clodhopper is enchanted into readiness for kingship before he
other people? He wants something for nothing.
naturally today, and we see it is because we have grown ready for
We go up by our own personal efforts. We go up by our own service,
Come, let us grow greater. There is a throne for each of us.
the world is in the business of getting--getting great fortunes,
and "Forging to the Front." Too often they are the sordid story of
were half so busy preparing for greatness. They even had their
mother out electioneering for them.
are now upward for an infinite number of steps.
As we grow greater our troubles grow smaller, for we see them thru
ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." That great ocean is
before us all.
"This poor widow hath cast in more than they all. For all these
saveth his life shall lose it, but he that loseth his life for the
Our greatness therefore does not depend upon how much we give or
The great people of the community serve and sacrifice for a better
the happy ones, happy for the larger vision that comes as they go
sweetest pay comes from doing many things they are not paid for.
They rarely get thanked, for the community does not often think of
effort in the town--the greatest man there, because the most
history of each place, and before dinner he knew more about the
"There is a sermon for me," he would exclaim every half-hour. He
for himself, but every day he was trying to make an investment in
everybody else? He wears himself out for other people until he
the by-products. His life of service for others makes him
for number one," stipulating in advance every cent he was to get
for life. All other kinds of "preparedness" fade into
insignificance before this. The history of nations shows that their
But when the struggle stopped, the strength waned, for the strength
living for our children. We are going to give them the best
Then, forgetful of how they became strong, they plan to take away
forced to sink or swim. Thus he learned to swim.
home. They are going to force this education into them regularly
do is to buy them some tools, perhaps, and open the gate and say,
He had an idolatry for a book.
education is all arranged for in advance and he merely rides thru
They "canned" Gussie. He had a man hired to study for him. He rode
the community. People forgot all about Bill's lowly origin. They
So when the courts were looking for somebody big enough to take charge
Colleges Give Us Tools
went to one of "them highbrow schools." I am sorry to say I thought
that way for a good while.
furnish you finer working tools. But the real education is the
journey you make, the strength you develop, the service you perform
with these instruments and tools.
tools and no experience in using them. Bill was the man with the
poor, homemade, crude tools, but with the energy, vision and
For education is getting wisdom, understanding, strength,
poor, crude tools at their command.
They realized how they have been handicapped by their poor mental tools.
Get the best tools you can. But remember diplomas, degrees are not
greatness to their children--they can make great places for them in
to grow great enough for the places. The child gets the blame for
making the wreck, even as Gussie was blamed for wrecking his
I rarely tell of it on a platform that at the close of the lecture
For years poor Harry Thaw was front-paged on the newspapers and
the training of their children. Poverty is a better trainer for the rest.
The menace of America lies not in the swollen fortunes, but in the
they have. I'm fixed for life."
No, you are unfixed. You are a candidate for trouble. You are going
a strong mind and back. Anybody who does for you regularly what you
can do for yourself--anybody who gives you regularly what you can
earn for yourself, is robbing you of your birthright.
struggle. For it was this struggle of breaking its own way out of
junkpile, means little. "One day nearer home" for such a worker
Such a worker is like the packhorse who goes forward to keep ahead
by day for them to hatch. And sure enough, one day the eggs began
"Shell out, little turkeys, shell out," I urged, "for Thanksgiving
know how fortunate you are. Ordinary turkeys do not have these
I am pleading for you to get a great arm, a great mind, a great
character, for the joy of having a larger life. I am pleading with
of myself and watching for symptoms that I became a physical wreck.
one round of joy, and I ought to pay people for the privilege of
follows the dog when I forget all about it. The grunter lets the
To work at the things you love, or for those you love, is to turn
for these places keep just what the people want to buy. What a lot
The man who will not make the effort to think is the great menace
to the nation. The crowd that drifts and lives for amusement is the
want to start a new party to reform the government.
The Prodigal Son came to himself afterwhile and thought upon his
hope for the person who will not stop and think. And the devil
born in Poseyville, Indiana, and I came to this city forty years
log-cabin ancestry has been over-confessed for campaign purposes.
log-cabin, save that there the necessity for struggle that brings
struggle and service that makes for strength and greatness. And as
If it were not for Poseyville, Indiana, Chicago would disappear.
If it were not for Poseyville, New York would disintegrate
for lack of leaders.
"Hep" and "Pep" for the Home Town
get together. They cannot organize for the public good. They break
factions and neutralize each other's efforts.
massing for the common good. And when the churches fight, the devil
stays neutral and furnishes the munitions for both sides.
promising place for the young people. No home town can afford to
spend its years raising crops of young people for the cities. That
The slogan today should be, For God and Home and the Home Town!
for the military department. His school was one surging mass of
that he was initiating an individual or class effort to win. The
getting new members, going every term to unbelievable efforts to
companies turned the school into a military camp for weeks each
year, scarcely sleeping while drilling for a contest flag.
of men and women of uniformly greater achievement.
schools offering encouragement and facilities for young people to
equipment and maintenance. Today we scour the earth for specialists
But each student has the same definite effort to make in
endowment, when the fact is that its struggle for existence and the
Can we keep men before millions, and keep our ideals untainted by
learning one sentence, "You can't get something for nothing." I
For that sentence utters one of the fundamentals of life that
them the full complement of strings for their life symphonies.
forth with the E, A, D and G strings all in place. Educated now?
and college can do is to give the strings--the tools. After that
"You Can't Get Something for Nothing"
get something for nothing." That is, getting it in partial tune. It
me here on this platform in my graceful and cultured manner, and
Even the gentleman running the game was fooled. He thought it was
I had saved up my money for weeks to attend the fair. I bet it all
Sadly I thought it all over, but I did not get the right answer.
When anybody says that he is due for a return date.
around me, for I am going to give away dollars."
hat. Now who will give me five dollars for the privilege of taking
and therefore good picking. They began to let me in on the ground
much to live for--the dividends. I have been so near the dividends
It would have been better for me if I had thrown about all my
train for St. Louis. I was afraid somebody might beat me there if
money for Tom, the friend of our family. But I see now I need not
I think it must have been a pool, for I know I fell in and got
thirty-third degree in financial suckerdom for only eleven hundred
had made up to that time, for I got the most out of it. I do not
sentence, You cannot get something for nothing. Life just begins to
a big ad, "Grasp a Fortune Now!" I will not do it! I stop my
that ad in it, for I have graduated from that class.
I will not grasp a fortune now. Try me, I dare you! Bring a
fortune right up on this platform and put it down there on the
If he offers me a hundred per cent. I call for the police!
You can't get something for nothing. If you do not learn it, you
will have to be "selected." There is no other way for you, because
thought it very funny," said he. "I couldn't laugh. It was too
always goes out of the pockets of the people who can least afford
Absalom, wake up! This is bargain night for you. I paid eleven
hundred dollars to tell you this one thing, and you get it for a
Even the young person who has large fortune given him does not own
To me that is one of the great arguments for eternal life--how slowly
Number One comes forth and begins:
"Beyond the Alps (sweep arms forward to the left, left arm leading)
How embarrassing at a commencement for the fingers not to follow
essays. (How did they ever have commencements before Emerson?) But
mine. I had a call. At least, I thought I had a call. I think now I
ready for my try-out. I certainly loaded it to the muzzle.
express-wagon and got no load for it. So it rattled. I got a
necktie, but failed to get any man to hang it upon. I got up before
a mirror for six weeks, day by day, and said the sermon to the
Then came the grand day. The boy wonder stood forth and before his
that earlier. I wish now I had sat down before I got up. I was the
trimmings for the song, but she had no steam, no song. She sang the
cannot sing "The Last Rose of Summer" yet, for you do not know very
never know the ache and disappointment you must know before you can
sing that song, for it is the sob of a broken-hearted woman. Learn
good fortune to be sitting at table with her I wanted to ask her,
only home I had, that I began to write songs. I wrote them for my
asks for more of them."
"Just a Wearyin' for You," "His Lullaby" and many more of those
The world is full of theorists, dreamers, uplifters, reformers, who
ideas must be forged into usefulness available for this day upon
I used to have respect amounting to reverence for great readers and
was a walking library index. I thought him a most wonderful man.
Indeed, in my childhood I thought he was the greatest man in the
practical life. He seemed to be unable to think and reason for
didn't supply the one sentence needed for the occasion. The man was
in running brooks." Most fortunate is he who has learned to read
You came here thinking that perhaps you would forget your trouble
for a little while. I know there are people in this audience in pain.
to live for."
For all lives have about the same elements. Your life is going to
had been sending forth the noise and discord.
WHAT a price we pay for what we know! I laugh as I look
tie a red string around our spoons when we loaned them for the
There is hope for green things. I was so tall and awkward then--I
that I thought would make it go. My first rule was, Make 'em study.
arouse their enthusiasm for an education. With the pupils larger and
fried chicken, doughnuts and forty kinds of pie.
shut my eyes and see it yet. I can see my pupils coming forward to
for we were "dressed up." Many a head showed father had mowed it
There came a breathless hush as "teacher" came forward as the last
got up before that "last day of school" audience and opened my
wept. It was a teary time. I only said, "Weep not for me, dear
friends. I am going away, but I am coming back." I thought to cheer
For on the way home I met Deacon K, and he borrowed it all. Deacon K
tho, why he didn't take a pillow to church. I took his note for $240,
season. I really thought a note was not necessary, such was my
For years I kept a faded, tear-spattered, yellow note for $240,
left any forwarding address.
I was paid thousands in experience for that first schoolteaching,
but I paid all the money I got from it--two hundred and forty
I went back to the same hall to speak, and stood upon the same platform
where twenty-one years before I had stood to deliver my graduating oration,
for I will sa-a-a-a-ave you!" or words to that effect.
half the night living it over. Time was when I thought anybody who
years before, just before commencement. I had not seen the picture
these twenty-one years, for I could not then afford to buy one. The
before? It is a memorable experience.
a little sorry for Jim.
appointed for that purpose took Jim back of the schoolhouse and
a lot of men working for him. The committee that took him out
behind the schoolhouse to inform him he could not speak at
commencement, would now have to wait in line before a frosted door
it short, he's busy!" before they could break any news to him
that the foolish dreams of success faded before the natural
twenty-one years before.
years afterwards, he was doing time in the state penitentiary for
forgery. He was now called a bad man, when twenty-one years ago
seedy, sleepy, helpless relic at forty. He was "perfectly lovely"
way. But I naturally thought of Clarice, our social pet of the
popularity for success. The boys voted for her, but did not marry
these years to support a home and care for her family. She had kept
never know how their thoughtless jeers and jokes wounded the
see when you look forward.
a fortune, broke his father's heart, shocked the community, and
disgrace. He is haled into court and tried for a crime he never
said, judge not, for you have not the full evidence in the case. I
looking back at us and envying us. For while we envy others, others
will win?" "The man with the stronger forearms," they whisper.
stronger forearms. They are bands of steel that swell in the
forearms of Ben Hur. They swing those flying Arabians into the
forearms? From the galleys!
by grim necessity, every honest effort is laid up at compound
those around us fall--and it is won with the forearms earned in the
I thanked God for parents who believed in the gospel of struggle,
and for the circumstances that compelled it.
cradle where the baby river leaps forth. We all start about alike.
to go south. He has not much water, but he does not wait for a
thought! He has water enough to start south, and he does that.
not at the end of the journey, for there is no end. Success is
GROW GREATER. For this is life, and there is no other. This is
Nine out of ten stenographers who apply for positions can write a
Contented to think today what you thought yesterday.
moment for all the years before it. I have their footings at
These same corporations send out Pinkertons and pay any price for
are the most valuable, for they have the vision and wisdom of many
whole world going to that person for direction, advice, vision,
lecture a good while. I am almost ashamed to tell you how long, for
O, I want to forget all the past, save its lessons. I am just
were good enough. I told him I wanted to get better lectures, for
the people on the platform who were contented with their offerings,
what they were doing, did not stay long on the platform. I have
acting, for she remains the "Divine Sarah" with no crippling of her
at ninety-two--just a short time before his passing--he went out to
"My boy," laughed Senator Davis, "I was an Odd Fellow before
to play to your ford!
arrived." They would have put in their time litigating for their
before I hit upon that."
the face of seven thousand failures. Today he brings forth a
to this platform and ask him, "Have you succeeded?" he would say
Moses, the great Hebrew law-giver, was eighty years old before he
Israel, forward, march!"
I see Moses at eighty starting for the Wilderness so fast Aaron
"Well, he ought to be dead, for he is old enough."
and makes all the arrangements for a gorgeous funeral next
mortified, for all the invitations are out. It waits.
nor his natural force abated." He had not time to stop and abate.
I am so sorry for the folks who quit, retire, "get on the shelf" or
sorry for a child. Hurry up and go on south. It is better on south.
I wish I could forget many of my childhood memories. I remember the
meeting day." Elder Berry would stay for dinner. His name was
Elder Berry always stayed for dinner. He was one of the easiest men
to get to stay for dinner I ever saw.
jelly tremble? I used to think it ought to tremble, for Elder Berry
was coming for dinner.
and father would sit down in the last seat. There was no place for
and wait. There's no room for you at the table."
for joy. Our life is one continual unfolding as we go south.
Afterwhile this old world gets too small for us and we go on south
forever. Anything that does not stop cannot grow old or have age.
will never grow old, for God cannot grow old. You and I will go on
But some day I shall know! I patiently wait for the answer. Every
Go to Keokuk, Iowa, for your answer.
unfortunate. I could do these great things, but alas! I have so
ring up the hearse, for you will be a "dead one."
For they are dead from the ears up. They have not thought a new
thought the past month. Sometimes they sit and think, but generally
is the supreme test of character. That is, Why go on south? Not for
blessing nor cursing, not for popularity nor for selfish ends, not
for anything outside, but for the happiness that comes from within.
those streams that unite to form the treacherous, sinful,
to those around us. We say, "I can forgive, but I cannot forget."
Oh, forget it! Drop it all. Purify your life and go on south all
sweet again. We forget what we ought to remember and remember what
we ought to forget. We need schools of memory, but we need schools
of forgettery, even more.
others because that is the way to be happy, but do not wait for a
receipt for your goodness; you will need a poultice every time you
wait. I know, for I have waited!
for a better community, gets discouraged at times.
get the sharp edge started into your thought, he is going to drive
valley for praise or blame, for appreciation or lack of it. You do
if we are not praised or thanked for it, if people do not present
for outside thanks instead of inside thanks. They were trying to
streamlet starting southward thru the forests of Minnesota, there
Go on South Forever!
performance, do you think of the years of struggle and overcoming
You have to shoot many men's eyes out before they can see. You have
to crack their heads before they can think, knock them down before
they can stand, break their hearts before they can sing, and
bankrupt them before they can be rich.
Do you remember that they had to lock John Bunyan in Bedford jail
before he would write his immortal "Pilgrim's Progress"? It may be
Do you remember that one musician became deaf before he wrote music
blind before writing "Paradise Lost" the world will always read?
remembered had he lived the life of luxury planned for him? He had
to be blinded before he could see the way to real success. He had
For that is the only way to say, "Success to you!"
why I was living. I thought I had nothing more to live for. When a
feet, more than a mile, into the orange belt of Southern California.
forty miles is the blue stretch of the Pacific Ocean, on westward
that mountain sanctuary, for I was not searching for sublimity. I
was searching for relief. I was heartsick.
I saw clouds down in the valley below me. I had never before looked
down upon clouds. I thought of the cloud that had covered me in the
forever shining and God forever in His heavens.
For the peace and the light are always above the storm and the
shall be in the new day of the mountain-top, forever above the night.
for them that love Him."
happiness now in our work, and not tomorrow for our work.
"It is a great big boost for everybody who will read it. People
ought to be read today and tomorrow and forevermore every
The Augsberg Teacher, a Magazine for Teachers, says:
book before us is wholesome and vivacious. It provokes many
You Can't Get Something for Nothing
Up to You!" for their workers.
Rutger Kortenhorst
Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, we are going to spend an hour together looking at the topic ‘Why does my child do Sanskrit in John Scottus?’ My bet is that at the end of the hour you will all have come to the conclusion that your children are indeed fortunate that this extraordinary subject is part of their curriculum.
Firstly, let us look at Why Sanskrit for my child? We are the only school in Ireland doing this language, so this will need some explaining. There are another 8 JSS-type schools around the world that have made the same decision to include Sanskrit in their curriculum (they are all off-shoots from the School of Philosophy).
Secondly, how is Sanskrit taught? You may have noticed your son or daughter singing Sanskrit grammar songs in the back of the car just for the fun of it on the way home from school. I’ll spend some time telling you HOW we approach teaching Sanskrit now since my year in India.
But first of all: WHY Sanskrit? To answer that we need to look at the qualities of Sanskrit. Sanskrit stands out above all other languages for its beauty of sound, precision in pronunciation and reliability as well as thoroughness in every aspect of its structure. This is why it has never fundamentally changed unlike all other languages. It has had no need to change being the most perfect language of Mankind.
If we consider Shakespeare’s English, we realize how different and therefore difficult for us his English language was although it is just English from less than 500 years ago. We struggle with the meaning of Shakespeare’s English or that of the King James Bible. Go back a bit further and we don’t have a clue about the English from the time of Chaucer’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ from around 700 AD. We cannot even call this English anymore and now rightly call it Anglo-Saxon. So English hadn’t even been born! All languages keep changing beyond recognition. They change because they are defective. The changes are in fact corruptions. They are born and die after seven or eight hundred years –about the lifetime of a Giant Redwood Tree- because after so much corruption they have no life left in them. Surprisingly there is one language in the world that does not have this short lifespan. Sanskrit is the only exception. It is a never-dying constant. The reason for the constancy in Sanskrit is that it is completely structured and thought out. There is not a word that has been left out in its grammar or etymology, which means every word can be traced back to where it came from originally. This does not mean there is no room for new words either. Just as in English we use older concepts from Greek and Latin to express modern inventions like a television: ‘tele [far] – vision [seeing]’ or ‘compute –er’. Sanskrit in fact specializes in making up compound words from smaller words and parts. The word ‘Sams - krita’ itself means ‘completely – made’.
The exceptional features of Sanskrit have been recognised for a few centuries all over the world, so you will find universities from many countries having a Sanskrit faculty. Whether you go to Hawai, Cambridge or Harvard and even Trinity College Dublin has a seat for Sanskrit –although it is vacant at present. May be one of your children will in time fill this position again?
Although India has been its custodian, Sanskrit has had universal appeal for centuries. The wisdom carried by this language appeals to the West as we can see from Yoga and Ayurvedic Medicine as well as meditation techniques, and practical philosophies like Buddhism and most of what we use in the School of Philosophy. It supports, expands and enlightens rather than conflicts withlocal traditions and religions.
The precision of Sanskrit stems from the unparalleled detail on how the actual sounds of the alphabet are structured and defined. The sounds have a particular place in the mouth, nose and throat that can be defined and will never change. This is why in Sanskrit the letters are called the ‘Indestructibles’ [aksharáni]. Sanskrit is the only language that has consciously laid out its sounds from first principles. So the five mouth-positions for all Indestructibles [letters] are defined and with a few clearly described mental and physical efforts all are systematically planned: [point out chart]
Sanskrit automatically teaches your child and anybody else studying it to pay FINE attention due to its uncanny precision. When the precision is there the experience is, that it feels uplifting. It makes you happy. It is not difficult even for a beginner to experience this. All you have to do is fine-tune your attention and like music you are drawn in and uplifted. This precision of attention serves all subjects, areas and activities of life both while in school and for the rest of life. This will give your child a competitive advantage over any other children. They will be able to attend more fully, easily and naturally. Thus in terms of relationships, work, sport– in fact all aspects of life, they will perform better and gain more satisfaction. Whatever you attend to fully, you excel in and you enjoy more.
Sanskrit has the most comprehensive writings in the world expressed through the Vedas and the Gítá. The Upanishads –translated by William Butler Yeats have given people from all over the world an insight into universal religious feelings for more than one century now. To know these well expressed simple words of wisdom in the original is better than dealing with copies or translations as copies are always inferior to originals. We really need clear knowledge on universal religion in an age faced with remarkable levels of religious bigotry and terrorism arising from poorly understood and half-baked religious ideas.
You can put a mass of knowledge into the world, but that will not do it much good. There must come some culture into the blood. We all know in modern times of nations which have masses of knowledge, but what of them? They are like tigers; they are like savages, because culture is not there. Knowledge is only skin-deep, as civilization is, and a little scratch brings out the old savage. Such things happen; this is the danger. Teach the masses in the vernaculars, give them ideas; they will get information, but something more is necessary; give them culture.
Just think for the moment how confusing it is for a child to learn to say ‘rough’ , but ‘dough’. And why does the ‘o’ in ‘woman’ sound like an ‘e’ in ‘women’? How come the ‘ci’ in ‘special’ is different from the ‘ci’ in ‘cinema’? Teachers may well say ‘Just learn it’ as there is no logical explanation, but it only demonstrates to a child that it is all a bit of a hit-and-miss affair. What else does this randomness in the fundamental building-blocks of language teach a child about the world? That it’s just a confusing, random chance-event? How can this give anyone any confidence?
I have seen myself and others growing in such qualities, because of our contact with Sanskrit. I have just spent a year in India. Though it felt a bit like camping in a tent for a year, it was well worth it. For many years, we taught Sanskrit like zealots i.e. with high levels of enthusiasm and low levels of understanding, to both adults in the School of Philosophy and children in John Scottus School. We did not perhaps inspire a lot of our students and may have put a number of them off the study of Sanskrit. It felt to me like we needed to go to the source. Sanskrit teachers worth their salt need to live with people whose daily means of communication is in Sanskrit. I had already spent three summers near Bangalore doing just that and becoming less of an amateur, but it really needed a more thorough study. So I moved into a traditional gurukulam for the year. This meant living on campus, eating lots of rice and putting up with a few power-cuts and water shortages, but by December 2009, I made up my mind that I would step down as vice-principal of the Senior School and dedicate myself to Sanskrit for the rest of my teaching life. It felt like a promotion to me as quite a few could be vice-principal but right now which other teacher could forge ahead in Sanskrit in Ireland? [Hopefully this will change before I pop off to the next world.] With Sanskrit I’m expecting my mind to improve with age even if my body slows down a little. Sanskrit is often compared to the full-time teacher, who is there for you 24/7 whereas the other languages are more like part-timers. The effects of studying Sanskrit on me have been first and foremost a realistic confidence. Secondly, it meant I had to become more precise and speak weighing my words more carefully. It also taught me to express myself with less waffle and therefore speak more briefly. My power of attention and retention has undoubtedly increased.
Now, let me explain for a few minutes, HOW Sanskrit is taught. To my surprise it is not taught well in most places in India. Pupils have to learn it from when they are around age 9 to 11 and then they give it up, because it is taught so badly! Only a few die-hards stick with it, in time teaching the same old endings endlessly to the next generation. This is partly due to India having adopted a craving to copy the West and their tradition having been systematically rooted out by colonialism.
For learning grammar and the wisdom of the East, I was well-placed in a traditional gurukulam, but for spoken Sanskrit I felt a modern approach was missing.
Then I found a teacher from the International School belonging to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. His name is Narendra. He has developed a novel, inspiring and light method to teach grammar, which doesn’t feel like you do any grammar at all. At the same time it isn’t diluted for beginners so you don’t end up with partial knowledge. I also foolowed a few Sanskrit Conversation camps, which all brought about more familiarity.
Narendra says he owes his method to Sri Aurobindo and his companion ‘the Mother’ who inspired him to come up with the course we now follow in Dublin. This is one of the many things ‘the Mother’ said to inspire him:“Teach logically. Your method should be most natural, efficient and stimulating to the mind. It should carry one forward at a great pace. You need not cling there to any past or present manner of teaching.”
This is how I would summarize the principles for teaching Sanskrit as we carry it out at present:
1. Language learning is not for academics as everyone learns to speak a language from an early age before they can read and write and know what an academic is. So why insist in teaching Sanskrit academically?
We have started on this course since September and it has certainly put a smile on our pupils’ faces, which makes a pleasant change. I now feel totally confident that we are providing your children with a thorough, structured and enjoyable course. Our students should be well prepared for the International Sanskrit Cambridge exam by the time they finish –age 14/15- at the end of second year. We will also teach them some of the timeless wisdom enshrined in various verses. At present we are teaching them:
Sri Aurobindo said…at once majestic and sweet and flexible, strong and clearly-formed and full and vibrant and subtle…
Sanskrit and computers are a perfect fit. The precision play of Sanskrit with computer tools will awaken the capacity in human beings to utilize their innate higher mental faculty with a momentum that would inevitably transform the mind. In fact, the mere learning of Sanskrit by large numbers of people in itself represents a quantum leap in consciousness, not to mention the rich endowment it will provide in the arena of future communication. NASA, California
One thing is certain; Sanskrit will only become the planetary language when it is taught in a way which is exiting and enjoyable. Furthermore it must address individual learning inhibitions with clarity and compassion in a setting which encourages everyone to step forth, take risks, make mistakes and learn.

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