July 2022

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Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American writer, poet, and visual artist, also considered a philosopher although he himself rejected the title. He is best known as the author of The Prophet, which was first published in the United States in 1923 and has since become one of the best-selling books of all time, having been translated into more than 100 languages. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

This month, our front page covers the simple teachings of Gautama the Buddha, which we can follow in our daily life.

In happenings section, we have covered (i) Farmer’s Association meeting (ii) Green health home and Mobile dispensary (iii) National Seminar on "Traditional and Scientific Wisdom of Herbs” (vi) Brainstorming session on “Sustainable Living” (v) Motivational camp and (vi) Exposure visit etc.
 

May 2022

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Thich Nhat Hanh (October 11, 1926 – January 22, 2022) was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist, prolific author, poet, teacher, and founder of the Plum Village Tradition, historically recognized as the main inspiration for engaging Buddhism known as the "father of mindfulness".

In the mid-1960s, Thich Nhat Hanh co-founded the School of Youth for Social Services and created the Order of Interbeing. He was exiled from Vietnam in 1966 after expressing opposition to the war and refusing to take sides. In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Thich Nhat Hanh established dozens of monasteries and practice centers and spent many years living at the Plum Village Monastery, which he founded in 1982 in southwest France near Thénac, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He promoted deep listening as a nonviolent solution to conflict and sought to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of all elements in nature. He coined the term "engaged Buddhism". After a 39-year exile, Thich Nhat Hanh was permitted to visit Vietnam in 2005. In November 2018, he returned to Vietnam to his "root temple", where he lived until his death at the age of 95.
 

April 2022

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Lao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

This month, our front page anecdote is about a Master explaining the Scientist the difference between Knowledge and Wisdom.

In happenings section, we have covered (i) Training on Azolla technology (ii) Training on Bio-methanation technology (iii) Varma training (iv) Massage treatment and Mobile dispensary (v) Interview on Jal Shakti Award  (vi) Study tours etc.
 

March 2022

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Herman Edward Daly (born July 21, 1938) is an American ecological economist and emeritus professor at the School of Public Policy of University of Maryland, College Park in the United States, best known for his time as a senior economist at the World Bank from 1988 to 1994. In 1996, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for "defining a path of ecological economics that integrates the key elements of ethics, quality of life, environment and community." In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

This month, our front page story gives a lesson to all of us. It tells us not to chase the thoughts - If you chase them they will come back. If you don’t chase them, they will not come back.

In happenings section, we have covered (i) training on Vermi wash technology (ii) Massage treatment and Mobile dispensary (iii) Seminar on Muppu Rasavatham and Traditional Siddha Varmam (iv) Jal Shakti Award ceremony (v) Paper presentation (vi) Study tours (vii) Media coverage etc.

February 2022

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Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (28 May 1883 – 26 February 1966), was a multifaceted personality, although people know him mainly as a freedom fighter. He was an activist, a social reformer, prolific writer, historian, a poet and a wonderful orator.  Veer Savarkar was a leading figure in the Hindu Mahasabha.

Savarkar began his political activities as a high school student and continued to do so at Fergusson College in Pune. He and his brother founded a secret society called Abhinav Bharat Society. When he went to the United Kingdom for his law studies, he involved himself with organizations such as India House and the Free India Society. His famous book “The Indian War of Independence” about the Indian Rebellion of 1857 was banned by the British colonial authorities. In 1910, Savarkar was arrested and ordered to be extradited to India for his connections with the revolutionary group India House.

On the voyage back to India, Savarkar staged an attempt to escape and seek asylum in France, while the ship was docked in the port of Marseilles. The French port officials, however handed him back to the British government in contravention of international law. On return to India, Savarkar was sentenced to two life terms of imprisonment totaling fifty years and was moved to the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. After his release in 1937, he started travelling widely, becoming a forceful orator and writer, advocating Hindu political and social unity. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

January 2022

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This year we celebrated 125th birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose on 23rd January 2022 in a big way. The government also announced that in future republic day celebrations will start from January 23 instead of January 24 to include the birth anniversary of Bose.

Subhas Chandra Bose is considered the most influential freedom fighter with extraordinary leadership skills and a charismatic orator. He was called Netaji. He raised the first Indian National Army (INA), Azad Hind Fauj in 1943 and started an armed coup and inspired thousands of Indian youths to join the struggle for independence from the British colonial rule. His famous slogans are 'tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe aazadi dunga', 'Jai Hind', and 'Delhi Chalo'. He is known for his militant approach that he used to gain independence. Netaji is considered by many as one of the greatest leaders ever born. Subhas Chandra Bose continues to be a symbol of assertive nationalism. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

This month, our front page covers a story of a farmer Amai Mahalinga Naik from Karnataka receiving this year’s Padmashree award.

December 2021

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Laurie Baker (2 March 1917 – 1 April 2007) was a British-born Indian architect, renowned for his initiatives in cost-effective energy-efficient architecture and designs that maximized space, ventilation and light and maintained an uncluttered yet striking aesthetic sensibility. Influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and his own experiences in the remote Himalayas, he promoted the revival of regional building practices and use of local materials; and combined this with a design philosophy that emphasized a responsible and prudent use of resources and energy. He was a pioneer of sustainable architecture as well as organic architecture, incorporating in his designs even in the late 1960s, concepts such as rainwater harvesting, minimising usage of energy-inefficient building materials, minimizing damage to the building site and seamlessly merging with the surroundings.

Lauire Baker received numerous awards in his life time, including Padmashri  in the year 1990. In 1992, he was awarded the Roll of Honour by the United Nations. In 1988, he was granted Indian citizenship, the only honour he actively pursued in his life. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

November 2021

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J.P. Vaswani (2 August 1918 – 12 July 2018), better known as Dada Vaswani, was   the spiritual head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission founded by his Guru, Sadhu Vaswani. The Mission, a voluntary organization having its headquarter in Pune, has centers around the world. He promoted vegetarianism and animal rights. Dada Vaswani authored about 150 self-help books in Sindhi and English.

Vaswani spoke at numerous venues including the British House of Commons,  London, the Global Forum of Spiritual Leaders in Oxford, the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, and the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations in New York. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

This month, our front page covers an interesting famous poem Desiderata – Desired Things - by Max Ehrmann. You can also enjoy the story on YouTube https://youtu.be/l4Wnq_r67eo