Sunday, May 10, 2015

HE IS HERE


               An atheist teacher was very eager to spread his views against the existence of God among his students. One day he eloquently taught his students against their faith in God. He was proud and glad that he had proved and could convince them that God did not exist. Victoriously he wrote the summary of his sermon on the black board in large capital letters: “GOD IS NOWHERE.”
               But in his excitement, unknowingly, he happened to leave a little more space in between the letters W and H when he wrote the word, ‘NOWHERE.’
               He then jubilantly asked his students to read aloud the concluding sentence on the board. The innocent students read aloud,
“GOD IS NOW HERE.”
               The atheist was lost for words. He left the class sadly as the students had publicly denied his concept. The students apparently reiterated their firm faith in the loving God who is now present there, with them.
               A teacher once overheard the dialogue between two innocent infants in a school. One asked the other, “How many Gods are there?” The other child replied confidently, “Only one.”
“How can you be so sure?” asked the first student.
The second one said, “God fills the whole world, oceans and the sky above. So there is no space for another God!”
               The teacher felt enlightened. The simple kids had provided a clear answer to an important question which the teacher had been trying to answer.
               God is the Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnibenevolent. He is infinitely intelligent, virtuous, truthful and perfect. He is eternal, immortal and infinite. He is our creator, sustainer, guardian, provider, and protector. He is the final and most just judge of our actions.
               An orphan boy, staying in an orphanage was the captain of the football team of his school. The team achieved a remarkable victory in an inter school football competition. He had played exceptionally well. The parents and siblings of all the players except the orphan boy were present in the gallery, applauding the players. Every member of the team was awarded a prize in recognition of the outstanding performance of the team. The orphan boy was very sad as he had no relative to appreciate him. Desperately, he threw his prize into a bush near his orphanage. Later, the warden of the orphanage learned about this action and tried his best to console him.
               A believer finds in God a loving father and a beloved friend.  He enjoys the affection and care of God at every moment of his life, especially during periods of trials, tribulations, pain and distress. But an atheist suffers the sadness of an orphan in difficult situations. He may find it difficult to bear the bitterness of solitude and agony.
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© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India, Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Alfeen Public School, Kanjirappally, Kerala, India. 
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THE BOOK OF NATURE



                An inspector was formally inspecting a school in Kerala, South India. He entered a class where the teacher was teaching geography with the help of a globe. The children got up and greeted him with respect. The inspector asked the students, “What is the name of this town?”  They answered together, “Kottayam.”
               The next question was, “In which state is Kottayam situated?” They answered, “Kerala.”
               He asked again, “To which country does Kerala belong?”
“India”, they answered.
               He then asked them, “Where is India?”
A few students said, “In Asia”.
               Next, he asked, “Where is Asia”?
Two students said, “In the world.”
               His final question was, “And where is the world?”
A bright student stood up and answered clearly, “In the hands of God.”
               The inspector was greatly impressed by the confident reply of the student.
               The Universe is like an open book, spread out before us by the Creator. It is a treasure-house revealing the majestic, miraculous and mysterious works of an infinite intelligence, God. Looking at the exquisite elegance and harmonious variety of nature, including the beauty of butterflies and the fragrance of flowers, poets and scientists have praised the glory of the Creator. Let us read the book of nature, with a sincere vision and a genuine mission to learn the truth. The truth shall enlighten us.
               The great poet of Malayalam, Mahakavi Kumaranasan, in his famous poem entitled, “PSALM” (സങ്കീർത്തനം) says,

ചന്തമേറിയ പൂവിലും ശബളാഭമാം ശലഭത്തിലും
സന്തതം കരതാരിയന്നൊരു ചിത്രചാതുരി കാട്ടിയും
ഹന്ത! ചാരുകടാക്ഷമാലകൾ അർക്കരശ്മിയിൽ നീട്ടിയും
ചിന്തയാം മണിമന്ദിരത്തിൽ വിളങ്ങുമീശനെ വാഴ്ത്തുവിൻ.”

               These wise words may be translated as:
“In the blooms very beautiful and in butterflies which are beauteous,
Ever showing the artistry of His skilful hands which are marvellous,
And extending His kindly gaze through the brilliant rays of the blazing sun,
Praise the God who resides and shines in the mansion of human reflection.”
(Translator: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip)



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© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India, Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Alfeen Public School, Kanjirappally, Kerala, India. 
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Saturday, May 2, 2015

ARROGANCE AND ARGUMENTS


                       This is an entirely fictitious story. A ship was moving at night. There was thick fog all around and visibility was very poor. The ship lost its course and moved eastwards. The captain and the crew were vigilant and very alert as they were off course. Suddenly they saw a light at a distance. They watched it carefully and were alarmed as it was proceeding directly towards them. The captain was sure that it was another ship that had lost its course in the heavy fog.
                       They sent a stern message to the other ship that was apparently approaching them rapidly, “Divert your course twenty five degrees to the North immediately or you will hit us.” The reply was quick and sharp. “We cannot change our course. You must turn through twenty five degrees to the South immediately.” The Captain was furious. He shouted angrily, “This is the captain warning you. Change your course to the North. Avoid a collision.”
                       The reply was frantic, “There is no way, Captain. This is a light house. Turn to South and save yourselves.” The Captain realised the danger and the gravity of the situation. He put away his ego and promptly turned the ship away from the shore in time and averted a major accident by his timely action.
                      We behave like the captain when we insist that others should change their course to suit our convenience. The situation may become explosive due to the stubbornness of the persons involved. Often a solution to a conflict is easy if one is ready to sacrifice his egotism.
                        Dale Carnegie, in his famous book entitled ‘How to win friends and influence people’ says that no one wins in an argument and that the best way to win an argument is to avoid it. A slight flexibility in our behaviour may help to avert serious arguments in life, especially in family life.
                        Let us remember that ‘ANGER’ is only one letter short of ‘DANGER’. Robert Green Ingersoll said, “Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.” Benjamin Franklin said, “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”
                        Lord Buddha taught, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burnt.”
                       Let us avoid angry arguments with others which increase the distance between the hearts, sometimes to such a great extent that a return to the former state of friendship becomes difficult or impossible.
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© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India, Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Alfeen Public School, Kanjirappally, Kerala, India. 
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Friday, May 1, 2015

THE PRAYING HANDS



               Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) was a renowned artist, engraver and painter who lived in Nuremberg in Germany. His famous works include ‘St. Sebastian at the Column’, ‘Young Hare’ and ‘The Praying Hands.’ There is a very popular story behind the creation of ‘The Praying Hands’.
              Albrecht Durer worked with his close friend, Franz Knigstein in Nuremberg. They aspired deeply to study the art of painting. But being very poor they had to work hard and could not find time or money to fulfil their cherished dreams. Finally they found a solution to their problem. They decided that one of them should work and earn money to support both of them while the other would study. When he becomes a rich and successful artist, he would in turn support his friend to pursue his studies. They tossed a coin and Albrecht won. He went to study in the famous art schools in European cities while his friend, Franz Knigstein started manual work to support them. He had to toil hard in a blacksmith’s workshop for several years.
              When Albrecht returned after completing his studies, he was shocked to find that his friend’s sensitive fingers had become bruised, calloused, deformed, gnarled, stiffened and twisted by years of hard manual labour.  Kingstein’s fingers were now unfit to perform the delicate brush strokes necessary for fine painting. But Kingstein was not worried or depressed. He rejoiced sincerely at his friend’s success in his career. One day Albrecht Durer witnessed with great grief, his friend praying with his folded hands. As a mark of gratitude and affection, he painted his friend’s ruined hands, displaying the gnarled fingers, worn and torn with toil, intertwined in prayer, displaying the wrinkles and other signs of hard manual labour.
              The painting displayed the silent and selfless sacrifice of a true friend who was loving and loyal and was ready to suffer for the benefit of his loving friend. This famous painting is thus an eloquent memento of lofty love, brotherhood, friendship, gratitude and sacrifice.
              The Holy Bible teaches, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” Jesus Christ taught, “My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them”



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© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India, Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Alfeen Public School, Kanjirappally, Kerala, India. 
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

THE LARGER LOSS


                 A man had two young children. When the elder boy was at School, he gave a toffee to the younger son who was at home. But when he was about to eat it, his elder brother returned from school. He snatched the toffee from his younger brother, put it in his mouth and ran away. The younger brother burst into tears and rushed to his room. He locked the room from inside and fell on his bed, weeping profusely, worrying about the lost toffee. After a while, his father learned about the incident and came to the younger child’s room, carrying a bottle full of toffees which he had kept secretly in his safe. He knocked at the door and asked his child to open the door. He even announced that he had brought a lot of toffees for him. But the child refused to listen to his father. He lay on the bed, paying a deaf ear to his father’s knock and talk. He continued to cry, worrying about his minor loss. His worry prevented him from gaining a much greater joy.
                  A famous painting portrays God knocking at a ‘door without a handle’. The door represents the mind of man which has to be opened from inside in response to the knocking from the outside. God does not open the door of our mind by force. This message teaches us that God is knocking at the door of our heart, awaiting our invitation to enter and be with us, to console us and shower His infinite blessings upon us. It is said that though God is omnipotent and omnipresent, the human mind is a special place where He enters only with our consent. He has granted us the freedom to frame our attitude to Him.
                 We may waste a lot of time, energy and opportunities worrying about the minor losses that have happened in our lives and cursing the persons, who were, in our view, responsible for our losses. But by this foolish action, we are actually shutting the door of our heart against the merciful God and refusing to receive greater gifts of grace from our loving Lord.  We must accept moments of pain and apparent losses we may encounter in our life as parts of God’s plan for our ultimate victory and prosperity.
                 Let us open the doors of our heart and greet our loving God with pleasure. Let us seek His blessings and request Him to purify our heads, hearts, hands and habits.


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© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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