Number 4!

They all gathered , blue jerseys they wore;
With slogans and banners all for number 4!
They came in huge numbers, but were just a few from many crores;

As the coin was tossed a question rose;
How long will it take to see number 4!
And soon the shopkeepers opened their windows and doors;
So that everyone could see the screens and cheer for NUMBER 4!

The match finally started, but they had to wait a little more,
to see their favourite number 4!
As the umpires finger second time rose, The stadium’s silence broke;
It was what they were waiting for, to see the ‘LITTLE TENDULKAR’ on NUMBER 4!

Because he is the one we all adore,
throughout the day there was only one roar;


Lessons From History!

“How can a nation progress when most of its people are fighting to be called as backward
I read this post on a social media long time back, this small post demanded attention, and it did have our minds on it!

In recent times, we Indians were very enthusiast to raise our voices and cast our opinions on numerous ideological wars (yes, they weren’t limited to debates) , thanks to our democracy and the freedom of speech which our constitution allows us to exercise; otherwise people shouting the slogans of nation’s downfall don’t even deserve a trial.
Amidst all these chaos and violence, it was very disappointing to see the JATS of haryana and PATIDARS of gujarat fighting for reservation.

Indian History has always been inspiring, the civilization contributed greatly in scientific political and cultural principles. Indians achieved great success in the fields of technology, medicine, surgery, maths, astronomy and what not. We all still feel proud on the discovery of zero!! In the land of great knowledge and preachers like Mahavira I wonder how and when the caste system took its root?

The caste system divided the human race into 4 classes;The  Brahamins, The kshatriyas , The vaishya and the shudras. It is said in the VEDAS that the brahamins were appeared from the head of the virat purush(GOD), kshatriyas from arms, vaishyas from thighs and the shudras from the feet.
The brahamins had the responsibility to teach and spread knowledge ,they were the learned men and knew the vedas. It was the responsibility of kshatriya to protect the society and people. The vaishyas looked after farming, animals and trading ethics. Occupations  like cleaning and that of a cobbler etc were expected from shudras. This was the caste system or varna vyavastha, mentioned in the vedas
The caste of a person became the deciding factor of ones profession. A person born in a shudra family could only do the work of cobbler or barber, he wasn’t given the rights to choose his profession.  It was believed that the work of shudras was of lower esteem and they were treated miserably in the society.  An hierarchy of castes was created, in which the shudras were kept at the lowest position. Untouchability, slavery and humiliation were the things the shudras had to deal with.
The birth based caste system didn’t give an opportunity to the shudra child to rise up the hierarchy and was hence treated in the same manner against his will and wish.

But was this mentioned in the great vedas?

The same vedas that mention shudras came from the feet, also mention that the planet earth appeared from the feet. No shloka no line in vedas discriminate among occupation. The fact that the earth itself is originated from feet proves that shudra are no lower than other castes and hence no job is big or small.
At the same time the vedas never supported caste system based on birth:
नानानं वा उ नो धियो वि वरतानि जनानाम | तक्षा रिष्टं रुतं भिषग बरह्मा सुन्वन्तमिछतीन्द्रायेन्दो परि सरव ||
जरतीभिरोषधीभिः पर्णेभिः शकुनानाम | कार्मारो अश्मभिर्द्युभिर्हिरण्यवन्तमिछतीन्द्रायेन्दो परि सरव ||
कारुरहं ततो भिषगुपलप्रक्षिणी नना | नानाधियोवसूयवो.अनु गा इव तस्थिमेन्द्रायेन्दो परि सरव ||
अश्वो वोळ्हा सुखं रथं हसनामुपमन्त्रिणः |शेपो रोमण्वन्तौ भेदौ वारिन मण्डूक इछतीन्द्रायेन्दो परि सरव ||

-RIGVED chapter 9 hymm 112

WE all have various thoughts and plans, and diverse are the ways of men.The Brahmin seeks the worshiper, wright seeks the cracked, and leech the maimed.The smith with ripe and seasoned plants, with feathers of the birds of air,With stones, and with enkindled flames, seeks him who hath a store of gold.
A bard am I, my dad’s a leech, mammy lays corn upon the stones.
thriving for wealth, with varied plans, we follow our desires like kine.The horse would draw an easy car, gay hosts attract the laugh and jest.The male desires his mate’s approach, the frog is eager for the flood, Flow, Indu, flow for Indra’s sake.

The poet (BARD) says my father and mom are of lower caste (indicated by leech), the creators of veda thus himself pointed that he did not belong to brahamins class, trying to point out that caste system should not be based on birth.
There are various shlokas which mention that caste should be assigned only by karma and guna, work and qualities and not birth. The veda advocated that the identity of a person ie. his caste should be his work and qualities and not his family background

cātur-varṇyaṁ mayā sṛṣṭaṁ | guṇa-karma-vibhāgaśaḥ | tasya kartāram api māṁ| viddhy akartāram avyayam||
“the four division of human were created by me according to the differences in quality, activities and aptitude”

The knowledge of vedas were in the hand of the brahamins, it was them who the people trusted blindly,  the people followed them and made them leaders. Society was misled by some handful of these influential leaders .Which then was followed blindly by the society.
Time and again some brahmins stood against this injustice, when channakya promoted a lower caste chandragupta to take the throne and unite the nation, when great saint parshuram picked up the swords like a kshatriya, The greates poet valmiki was a robber in early stages of life! all defied the then established system and society.
But the structure was well established and nurtured, Following such leaders left stains on our culture, such stains which are not cleaned till date, even after 7 thousand years!

Seeing the recent headlines and newspaper I believe we need to understand this one point not to make heroes out of people easily, to choose our leader carefully! and not to follow other’s opinion blindly. THINK and then react. The nation will be at peace.
This caste system still prevails maybe in another form where the then lower caste are getting more privilege. In either ways equality is compromised. Lets establish a system where actually people are recognized by their karma and guuna. and not by their family background.

On your way to success!

It was an usual morning for me, sitting with a cup of bournvita and the copy of HT…. I actually had well predicted the headlines being about the modi wave.. but the headlines was covered with an advertising page reading out ‘success success success’……
it was an advertisement from one of the leading coaching classes whose student had done exceptionally well and they made sure the excellence, the hard work and the commitment of their student is well appreciated…. the page started with the name of the topper scoring 98.7% and ended with 95% on the 25th spot..
Wondering if this would have been a case during my time , I wouldn’t even get the 1000th spot even after getting a decent score!!
10th standard’s percentage always meant to be important… important to get admission in good colleges.. important so that the parents can flaunt their child’s marks in front of relatives and friends :P…
High percentage in 10th bring with them a much needed confidence to start the actually important journey of life
By saying this I limit the importance of this success to the extent of a confidence booster exam only, which prepares you for further tests of life…
The thought process was on as I was turning the pages of HT and reading articles and comments on modi’s success.. his successful journey from a tea seller to the PM of India!!!
The stories of success; all motivating and inspiring !
But then behind all these front pages, shouting out loud the success of people .. there hid an article which was much more moving then the front page’s story it read
“15 year old commits suicide after scoring a 2nd class in icse board exams”
And this was not new!!
We students hit by our education system and society which makes success larger than life often end up taking wrong decisions.. definition of success is the ‘aim we set for ourselves’, it is ‘when we our satisfied with what we achieved’ and it ends with an important point ‘ if dissatisfied try again till you succeed’
We all go through a bad phase .. we all face failure in life.. that is the time to stand strong.. be what you are and fight back:

“On your way to success, when you feel stressed don’t rest,
Go ahead ……..
success is not the story of cowards it demands immense courage and power..
‘It will come to those who shed their sweat
To those who take the pain till the end of the victory parade’

On your way to success, someday if you feel the road is tough ahead ,
Don’t forget…….
Success is for those who never give up..
‘For them who make those things possible which for world is simply a thing of admiration.’

‘On your way to success, if ever you feel alone ,
dive within your soul….
you’ll find a strong voice who’ll give you the helping hand, the strength to fight the odds ..
‘that will be your biggest inspiration and your visa to the successful’s nation

‘On your way to success, if ever you feel broken and find everything
Close you eyes ……
Recall that dream which brought you in this race.
‘that dream of honour and fame..
Before leaving the race give just 1 minute for your dream’s sake
and then again take up the challenge …
ride again on the horse of determination ..
as you ride high ahead LET THE SMILE BE BRIGHT AGAIN..
don’t look back as 2 step ahead is the victor’s stand.,,

–nilesh Jain