August 2020

Dear Friends,

Sri Aurobindo (born Aurobindo Ghose; 15 August 1872 – 5 December 1950) was a philosopher, yogi, guru, poet, and nationalist.

Aurobindo studied for the Indian Civil Service at King's College, Cambridge, England. After returning to India he took up various civil service works under the Maharaja of the Princely state of Baroda and became increasingly involved in nationalist politics in the Indian National Congress and the nascent revolutionary movement in Bengal with the Anushilan Samiti. He was arrested in the aftermath of a number of bomb outrages linked to his organization in a public trial where he faced charges of treason for Alipore Conspiracy. However Aurobindo could only be convicted and imprisoned for writing articles against British rule in India. He was released when no evidence could be provided, following the murder of a prosecution witness, Narendranath Goswami during the trial. During his stay in the jail, he had mystical and spiritual experiences, after which he moved to Pondicherry, leaving politics for spiritual work.

July 2020

Dear Friends,

'His Masters Voice' (HMV) had once published a pamphlet giving the history of gramophone record.

Gramophone was invented by Thomas Alva Edison in the 19th century.

Edison, who had invented many other gadgets like electric light and the motion picture camera, had become a legend even in his own time.

When he invented the gramophone record, which could record human voice for posterity, he wanted to record the voice of an eminent scholar on his first piece.

For that he chose Prof. Max Muller of England (a German by ethnicity), another great personality of the 19th century.

He wrote to Max Muller saying,

“I want to meet you and record your voice. When should I come?”

Max Muller who had great respect for Edison asked him to come on a suitable time when most of the scholars of the Europe would be gathering in England.

Accordingly, Edison took a ship and went to England. He was introduced to the audience. All cheered Edison’s presence.

June 2020

I was preparing to speak at a conference and I decided to bring an orange on stage with me as a prop for my lecture. I opened a conversation with a bright young fellow of about twelve who was sitting in the front row.

If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come out?”  I asked him.
He looked at me like I was a little crazy and said, “Juice, of course.
Do you think apple juice could come out of it?
No!” he laughed.
What about grapefruit juice?
What would come out of it?
Orange juice, of course.”
Why? Why when you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?
He may have been getting a little exasperated with me at this point.
Well, it’s an orange and that’s what’s inside.
I nodded. “Let’s assume that this orange isn’t an orange, but it’s you. And someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, says something you don’t like, offends you. And out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, fear. Why? The answer, as our young friend has told us, is because that’s what’s inside.

May 2020

Dear Friends,

Sanjay Thakrar, CEO at Euro Exim Bank Ltd. got economists thinking when he said:

A cyclist is a disaster for the country's economy

- He does not buy the car & does not take car loan
- Does not buy car insurance
- Does not buy Fuel
- Does not send his car for servicing & repairs
- Does not use paid Parking
- Does not become Obese
- Yes.....and well, damn it !! Healthy people are not needed for economy. They do not buy drugs. They do not go to Hospitals & Doctors.
- They add nothing to the country's GDP.
- On the contrary, every new McDonald outlet creates at least 30 jobs - 10 Cardiologists, 10 Dentists, 10 weight loss experts apart from people working in McDonald outlet.

April 2020 (Yearly Report 2019 – 20)

Dear Friends,

Corona pandemic is a biggest blessing in disguise for the entire humanity. It is an opportunity for all of us to go back to our ancient wisdom and start “Living in tune with Nature”. VK-NARDEP is advocating this type of paradigm shift since its inspection in the year 1986. I am reproducing a very good letter which I received in the WhatsApp.

Dear Indians,

The government can only hold a lockdown for a certain period of time. The lockdown will end slowly. The govt. also will not show such strictness because the govt. has made you aware about Corona disease, social distinction, hand sanitization, etc. You are also seeing the situation after getting sick in the country. Now those who are sensible, understand their routine and work for a long time. The govt. will not guard you 24 hours 365 days. The future of you and your family is in your hands.

March 2020

Dear Friends,
Dr.B.M.Hegde (born 18 August 1938) is a cardiologist, professional educator and author. He is the former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University. He has authored several books on medical practice and ethics. He is also the Editor in Chief of the medical journal - The Science of Healing Outcomes. He was awarded the Dr. B. C. Roy Award in 1999. In 2010, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian awards. He is associated with a number of organisations and visiting Emeritus, International Advisor to the Royal College of Physicians London. He is a strong advocate of holistic approach to health and believes in alternate therapies. In this month, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

The entire world is in the grip of pandemic Covind-19 and many nations, including India declaring total lockdown. Catherine (Kitty) O'Meara of Madison, Wisconsin in March 2020 wrote a meaningful poem – “And People Stayed Home” which gives directions to all of us at this critical juncture.

In happenings section, we have included various training programmes such as:

January 2020

Dear Friends,
Hugh Edmondson Prather (January 23, 1938 – November 15, 2010) was an American self-help writer, lay minister, and counselor, most famous for his first book, Notes to Myself, which was first published in 1970 by Real People Press, and later reprinted by Bantam Books. It has sold over 5 million copies, and has been translated into ten languages. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

In this month we have given coverage to this year’s Padma Shri Smt.Tulasi Gowda who is a Green Warrior.

In happenings section, we have included various training programmes such as:

November 2019

Dear Friends,
James Lovelock (born 26 July 1919) is an independent scientist, environmentalist, and futurist. He is best known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, which postulates that the Earth functions as a self-regulating system.

In the 2000s, he proposed a method of climate engineering to restore carbon dioxide-consuming algae. He has written several environmental science books based upon the Gaia hypothesis, since the late 1970s. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.