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I am happy to inform you -Joseph Xavier Dasaian Tbb

1513711_729380340426322_1926288886_nI am happy to inform you that I have received Honorary Doctorate from Jerusalem University ( A British, American autonomous body ) today. This is to acknowledge my . literature work for the last 15 years, mainly for my contribution to the Christian Literature. Thanks to God for all his blessings.
I am happy to share this news to you. My sincere thanks to each and every one of you who helped me some way or the other to achieve this. # Sincere thanks to John Paul, Founder of Madras Music College.
Joseph Xavier Dasaian Tbb

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Mohamed Ali மனமாா்ந்த வாழ்த்துக்கள்

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WON’T THOSE DAYS COME AGAIN? அந்த’ நாட்கள் மீண்டும் வந்திடாதோ?

kural983WON’T THOSE DAYS COME AGAIN? அந்த’ நாட்கள் மீண்டும் வந்திடாதோ?
WON’T THOSE DAYS COME AGAIN? (translated from The original Tamil version -with some editing – which is given in the bottom of this article)

People like us who were born between 1930-80 were really very, very lucky even if the present day children or people of this generation think about us otherwise or mock at us.

Not in separate beds we slept but with our mother and father together. We were not allergic to any type of food. Kitchen cup-boards wouldn’t have child-proof locks. We were not carriers of books like bullocks. We did not play with helmet while cycling. On return from school we would rush go to play till the sunset. We were not confined to a room, thus preventing ourselves from looking at the outside world.

  • We played with the living, natural, visible friends and not with invisible internet-friends. On being thirsty, we would straightaway go to drink water direct from street-taps and we would not look for bottled mineral water. Even if four friends drank and share the same juice, none had the fear of getting infected from one another. Even after having plate-full of sweets and rice, we wouldn’t be so much obese. Nothing would happen to our legs even if we roamed around throughout the day, bare-footed

    We did not have to put on glasses despite studying under dim candle lights or street lights. We wouldn’t consume nutrient drinks for gaining body strength which we achieved by consuming the water poured on surplus rice remaining after the previous night’s meals. We gleefully played by making the game equipments on our own. Our parents were not rich millionaires. Still they did not run after money . They looked for and bestowed love and not items

    We were very close to them. For them to be in touch with us ….a strong shouting was just enough. No need to look for mobile phone to call us. On being unwell, doctor would come to us and we wouldn’t run to the doctor

    We did not convey our feelings through mobile with fake words. We conveyed our true feelings from our hearts through a letter. So we never broke our words. We had no cell-phone, DVD, Play Stations, X-box, video game, PC, Net, Chat but we had many true friends

    Whenever wished, we would go to our friends’ houses and enjoyed ourselves having nice food and discussions. There was no need to seek prior permission to visit their houses. We had very talented leaders during our era. They spent their wealth for the society. They were not looting the wealth of the society like is being heard of nowadays

    Relatives were very close to each other. So our hearts were serene and thus we did not need health insurance. Our photos would be in black and white but one could feel the colorful good intentions of the people therein. The photos taken now could be in colour but the thoughts of the people therein are dark . We were not beggars of freebies.

    Please say now if we are lucky or unlucky after being born in that era.

    ‘அந்த’ நாட்கள் மீண்டும் வந்திடாதோ?

    1930- 1980 வரை பிறந்த நம்மை போன்றவர்களை இந்த கால குழந்தைகள் அல்லது இந்த ஜெனரேஷன் மக்கள நம்மைபற்றி என்ன நினைத்தாலும் கேலி செய்தாலும் நாம் மிக மிக அதிர்ஷ்டகாரர்களே.

    தனி படுக்கையில் அல்ல அம்மா அப்பாக்கூட படுத்து உறங்கியவர்கள் நாம் தான். எந்த வித உணவுப் பொருட்களும் நமக்கு அலர்ஜியாக இருந்ததில்லை. கிச்சன் அலமாரிகளில் சைல்டு புருஃப் லாக் போட்டு இருந்ததில்லை. புத்தகங்களை சுமக்கும்பொதிமாடுகளாகஇருந்ததில்லை. சைக்கிள் ஒட்டும் போது ஹெல்மேட் மாட்டி ஒட்டி விளையாண்டது இல்லை. பள்ளியில் இருந்து வீட்டிற்கு வந்தது முதல் இருட்டும் வரை ஒரே விளையாட்டுதான், ரூமிற்குள் அடைந்து உலகத்தை பார்ப்பதில்லை.

    நாங்கள் விளையாடியது நிஜ நண்பர்களிடம் தான் நெட் நண்பர்களிடம் இல்லை. தாகம் எடுத்தால் தெரு குழாய்க்களில் தண்ணிர் குடிப்போம் ஆனால் பாட்டில் வாட்டர் தேடியதில்லை. ஒரே ஜூஸை வாங்கி நாலு நண்பர்களும் மாறி மாறி குடித்தாலும் நோய்கள் எங்களை வந்தடைந்ததில்லை. அதிக அளவு இனிப்பு பண்டங்களையும் தட்டு நிறைய சாதம் சாப்பிட்டுவந்த போதிலும் ஒவர் குண்டாக இருந்ததில்லை. காலில் ஏதும் அணியாமல் இருந்து நாள் முழுவதும் சுற்றி வந்தாலும் காலுக்கு ஏதும் நேர்ந்ததில்லை.

    சிறு விளக்கு வெளிச்சத்தில் படித்து வந்தாலும் கண்ணாடி அணிந்ததில்லை. உடல் வலிமை பெற ஊட்டசத்து பானங்கள்அருந்தியதில்லை. மிஞ்சிய சாதத்தில் ஊற்றி வைத்த நீரைச் சாப்பிட்டே உடல் வலிமை பெற்றவர்கள். எங்களுக்கு வேண்டிய வீளையாட்டு பொருட்களை நாங்களே உருவாக்கி விளையாடி மகிழ்வோம். எங்கள் பெற்றோர்கள் பண வசதி மிக்க லட்சாதிபதிகள் அல்ல ஆனாலும் அவர்கள் பணம் பணம் என்று அதன் பின்னால் ஒடுபவர்கள் அல்லர். அவர்கள் தேடுவதும் கொடுப்பதும் அன்பை மட்டுமே பொருட்களை அல்ல.

    அவர்கள் தொடர்பு கொள்ளும் அருகாமையில்தான் நாங்கள் இருந்து வந்தோம். அவர்கள் எங்களை தொடர்பு கொள்ள ஏலேய்ய்ய் என்ற ஒரு வார்த்தை போதுமானதாக இருந்தது. அதனால் தொடர்பு கொள்ள செல்போனை தேட அவசியமில்லை. உடல் நலம் சரியில்லை என்றால் டாக்டர் வீடு தேடி வருவார். டாக்டரை தேடிஒடியதில்லை.

    எங்களது உணர்வுகளை போலியான உதட்டசைப்பினால் செல்போன் மூலம் பறிமாறவில்லை. உள்ளத்தில் இருந்து வரும் உண்மைகளை எழுத்தில் கொட்டி கடிதமாக எழுதி தெரிவித்து வந்தோம். அதனால் சொன்ன சொல்லில் இருந்து என்றும் மாறியதில்லை. எங்களிடம் செல்போன் டிவிடி, ப்ளை ஸ்டேஷன், எக்ஸ்பாக்ஸ், வீடியோ கேம் பெர்சனல் கம்பியூட்டர், நெட், சாட் போன்றவகள் இல்லை. ஆனால் நிறைய நிஜமான நண்பர்கள் இருந்தனர்.

    வேண்டும் பொழுது நினைத்த நண்பர்கள் வீட்டிற்கு சென்று உணவுண்டு உரையாடி மகிழந்து வந்தோம். அவர்கள் வீட்டிற்கு போவதற்கு போனில் அனுமதி பெற தேவையில்லை. எங்கள் காலங்களில் திறமை மிக்க தலைவர்கள் இருந்தனர். அவர்கள் சமுகத்திற்காக தங்கள் செல்வங்களை செலவிட்டனர். இந்த காலம் போல சமுக செல்வங்களை கொள்ளை அடித்தவர்கள் அல்லர்.

    உறவுகள் அருகில் இருந்தது உள்ளம் நன்றாக இருந்ததால் உடல் நலம் காக்க இன்சூரன்ஸ் எடுத்தத்தில்லை. நாங்கள் எடுத்த புகைபடங்கள் கருப்பு வெள்ளையாக இருந்தாலும் அதில் உள்ளவர்களிடம் வண்ணமயமான நல்ல எண்ணங்கள் இருப்பதை உணரலாம். ஆனால் இப்போது எடுக்கப்படும் படங்கள் கலராக இருக்கலாம் ஆனால் அதில் உள்ளவ்ர்களின் எண்ணங்கள் கருப்பாகவே இருக்கின்றன. இலவசம் பெறும் பிச்சைகாரர்களாக இருந்ததில்லை. இந்த காலங்களில் பிறந்து வளர்ந்த வந்த நாங்கள் அதிர்ஷ்ட சாலிகளா இல்லையா என்பதை இப்ப சொல்லுங்கள்.

    Regards

    Faizur AMB
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rE2qOP1MBQ

     
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    Socrates – Greek philosopher biography – quotes

    Socrates quotes :-

    Know yourself!

    [biography]

    The unexamined life is not worth living.

    I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

    I hold that to need nothing is divine, and the less a man needs the nearer does he approach divinity.

    An outline biography

    Socrates was born around 470 B.C. and as he grew to manhood learnt his family’s trade as a sculptor. As well as learning this trade he also received a more formal education in geometry and astronomy. He had a hunger for knowledge that was credible and that could not be undermined by contrary facts. According to an account in Plato’s “The Phaedo” Socrates started out with much enthusiasm for the sciences but eventually came to regard his teachers as merely imparting “received knowledge” that they could not themselves prove – he decided to seek true knowledge of “causes” and of “the good” elsewhere and was prepared to rely on his own intuitions as a guide in his search.

    Socrates personal appearance was not impressive. He was seemingly rather ugly with a snub nose, piercing eyes, a broad nose and a wide mouth – he nevertheless became prominent in Athenian life because of the range and qualty of his mind and his ideas!!! Athenians who came to know him held that whatever about his appearance he was “all glorious within” – he was on speaking terms with many of those who were at the centre of Athenian affairs.

    Alike with other citizens Socrates was called upon to serve the Athenian state in times of war. He served as a hoplite soldier and showed much personal courage – he had a naturally mystically inclined personality and was occasionally found to be somewhat rapt in ecstacies and trances even whilst on military service.
    The Athens of the day was morally and ethically dislocated due to the sufferings and struggles associated with the ongoing Peloponessian Wars with Sparta.

    A friend, in consultation with the Oracle at Delphi, asked was any man wiser than Socrates. The Oracle replied that there were not!!! Upon being told of this answer Socrates maintained that this implied that he, alone, had this claim to wisdom – that he fully recognised his own ignorance.

    From that time Socrates sought out people who had a reputation for wisdom and, in every case, was able to reveal that their reputations were not justified. Socrates regarded this behaviour as a service to God and decided that he should continue to make efforts to improve people by persuading and reminding them of their own ignorance.

    What we now call the “Socratic method” of philosophical inquiry involved questioning people on the positions they asserted and working them through further questions into seemingly inevitable contradictions, thus proving to them that their original assertion had fatal inconsistencies. Socrates refers to this “Socratic method” as elenchus. The Socratic method gave rise to dialectic, the idea that truth needs to be approached by modifying one’s position through questionings and exposures to contrary ideas.

    Whilst Socrates was polite and considerate, in the ways in which he brought people to face their own ignorance and at the same time encouraged them to join with him in a sincere search for truth, many of these interviews were conducted in public in market-place or Gymnasium. The youth of Athens came to regard it as a form of entertainment to see those of pretentious reputation humbled. Some people used the Socratic method to similarly bring others to face their own ignorance but may have been less polite and more personal in their approach. Those so discomfited often blamed those they held responsible for misleading youth rather than themselves for entertaining unjustifiable pretensions.

    Socrates came to feel that he had a “Divine mission” to improve the moral education of the Athenians and tended to neglect his business in order to spend time in moral philosophising and in informal educational discussions with Athenian youths.

    Prior to the times “philosophy” had been primarily directed towards the natural sciences. Socrates is held to be largely responsible for opening up moral, ethical, and political questions of virtue and justice as being of primary interest to philosphers.

    Socrates married Xanthippe late in his life, possibly as his second wife, some sources suggest that this lady was a tad shrewish. Socrates is held to have been way less serious about earning a living than in continuing his “mission” as a moral educator so Xanthippe, as the mother of a family, may have had grounds for impatience.

    As to Socrates’ personal philosophy – he left no writings of his own so we have to rely on sources such as Plato and Xenophon, who knew him and his philosophy personally, for information.
    Both these men were much younger than Socrates and were only really in a position to know him as a philopher during the last decade of his life. Of the two it is Plato who has left the more extensive and vivid record of Sorates’ life and teachings in a number of dialogues.

    In Plato’s dialogue “The Phaedo” Socrates holds that life must be lived with a view to the “cultivation of the Soul”. The Orphic and Pythagorean faith background of the day accepted the deathlessness of the Soul, and accepted physical death as also involving the release of the Soul.
    Where a person had lived a good life, – had cultivated their Soul, – they were held to merit a far more pleasant situation in an afterlife reincarnation than where a person had led a bad life.
    The very fact of belief in an afterlife making the cultivation of the Soul a matter of the utmost importance.

    Platos “The Symposium” (i.e. Banquet) has the mystically inclined Socrates delivering a speech that expatiates on the hunger of the Soul for the Good and the True.

    Socrates did not seek to involve himself in the political life of Athens as he felt that there would inevitably be compromises of principle that he was not prepared to make. As a prominent citizen he was called upon to fulfil minor political roles.
    In 399 B.C. Socrates was accused of “impiety”, of “neglect of the Gods whom the city worships and the practise of religious novelties” and of the “corruption of the young”.
    These accusations may have been to some extent political as Athens had recently been restored to democracy and several prominent opponents of democratic forms of governance had close links with Socrates.

    Although friends were willing to arrange for his escape Socrates, in deference to the rule of law, took the poison Hemlock in prison in accordance with a death sentence that he did not consider to be justified.

    Two other major quotations from Socrates – (as featured in Plato’s Republic which is set out as a report of Socrates’ philosophic conversation with several friends) – are featured on our page considering the relationship between “Spirituality and the wider world”:-

    Source : http://www.age-of-the-sage.org/greek/philosopher/socrates_biography_quotes.html

     
     

    Losing game of give and tech

    By Harry Mount, The Daily Mail

    Posted by fudzail

    Have you been inside a primary school recently? The old blackboards are gone and so are the wooden desks.

    Classrooms have become little offices. Whiteboards, hooked up to computers, are the main teaching tool in the classroom. In one north London classroom I visited recently to deliver a lecture on journalism, every child had their own laptop. I was astonished — and not a little dismayed — by this wholesale reliance on technology.

    Short attention span

    Yes, the children were on the whole polite, attentive and curious, and the teachers committed and good at keeping discipline — but the moment the teacher’s attention was diverted, the children turned to their computer games. The pupils were unable to complete their work (they had to produce a mock newspaper) because the printers had gone down. Cue another half an hour of computer games while the teacher tried and failed to get the printers working again.

    That’s why I was so dismayed by Gordon Brown’s latest misguided wheeze. At the beginning of the week, he announced he’s going to give away £300 million (Dh1,795 million) worth of free laptops and broadband access to 270,000 poor families, with priority for those with educational needs.

    His aim is to make every family a “broadband family”, in the naive belief that the internet, because it’s modern, is some kind of magic wand that will help lift them out of poverty. Read the rest of this entry »

     
     

    ISLAMIC CODE OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

    Author: Abdul Rahman C. Amine. M.D., and Ahmed Elkadi. M.D

    Medicine was defined by Muslim physicians such as Al-Razi (841-926 A.D.) and Ibn Sina (Avicenna.Y80-1036 A.D.) as the art concerned with the preservation of good health, combating of disease, and restoration of health to the sick. For several centuries, the world witnessed and benefitted from the great advances made by Muslim physicians in the area of health sciences. These advances were not just based on technical skill or intellectual superiority. They were equally well founded on a clear understanding of the role of the Muslim physician as derived from Islamic teachings and philosophy. For thousands of years, ethics have been recognized as an essential requirement in the making of a physician. Although the ancient codes of ethics’,’ have to some extent stressed this requirement, they were still deficient and contained grave errors.’ Contemporary codes of ethics tend to be more liberal and less restrictive.” The Qur’anic ethics, on the other hand, stand out as a perfect model for all mankind, all professions, and all time.

    The medical ethical requirements proposed in this paper are primarily based on Qur’anic ethics. They include guidelines for the physician’s behavior and attitude, both at the personal and professional levels. The same standard of moral and ethical values should guide the physician in his private life and while conducting his professional business. A person who lacks moral values in private life cannot be trusted in professional activities, even with the highest professional and technical qualifications. It is impossible for a person to have two different ethical standards. Truthful is God the Almighty when He says:

    “God has not made for any man two hearts in his body…”

    The following verses from the ()ur’an are most suited as a guide for the personal characteristics of the physician.

    “Luqman admonished his son: ‘My son,’ he said ‘Serve no god besides God for idolatry is an abominable injustice. We have enjoined man to show kindness to his parents, for with much pain does his mother bear him, and he is not weaned before he is two years of age. We said: Give thanks to Me and to your parents; to Me shall all things return. But if they press you to serve besides me what you know nothing of, do not obey them, be kind to them in this world and fellow the path of those who submit to Me; to Me you shall all return and will declare to you all that you have done.’My son, God will know about all things be they as small as a grain of mustard seed, be they hidden inside a rock or in heaven or on earth. God is wise and all-knowing. My son, establish regular prayer, enjoin what is just and forbid what is wrong; endure with fortitude whatever befalls you, for this is firmness of purpose in the conduct of affairs. Do not treat men with scorn nor walk proudly on the earth; God does not love the arrogant boaster. Rather, let your gait be modest and your voice low; the harshest of voices is the braying ofthe ass’.”

    God also says:
    “…and those who restrain anger and forgive othel· men, verily God loves those who do good.”‘

    God further states:
    “It was the mercy of God that you have dealt with them gently and if you were severe and harsh-hearted they would have broken away from about you. Therefore forgive them, pray for their forgiveness, and consult them in the conduct of affairs: then, when you have decided to proceed, depend on God for support: verily God loves those who depend on Him.””

    Based on the above, the Muslim physician must believe in God and in Islamic teachings and practice, both In private and public life. He must be grateful to his parents, teachers, and elders. He must be humble, modest, kind, merciful, patient, and tolerant. He must follow the path of the righteous and always seek God’s support. Read the rest of this entry »
     

    Construction of higher buildings and Signs of Last days

    by Zafar Khan

    Image Source: Black Camel in Abu Dhabi, UAE

    We were made aware of the following hadith which is quite interesting.

    Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 47:

    Narrated Abu Huraira:

    One day while the Prophet was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, “What is faith?” Allah’s Apostle replied, ‘Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection.” Then he further asked, “What is Islam?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.” Then he further asked, “What is Ihsan (perfection)?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.” Then he further asked, “When will the Hour be established?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.

    1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.

    2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.

    The Prophet then recited: “Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour–.” (31. 34) Then that man (Gabriel) left and the Prophet asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet said, “That was Gabriel who came to teach the people their religion.” Abu ‘Abdullah said: He (the Prophet) considered all that as a part of faith.

    Hadith Translation source here.

    The black camels are popular in Arabian peninsula and are not uncommon in Saudia Arabia and UAE. Maybe the hadith refers to them as they are busy competing by building taller buildings and grand structures.


     

    12 Foods Your Dentist Won’t Eat

    A fully grown male deer. The carbon body of a 2007 Shelby Mustang Funny Car. Tom Cruise. And all the sugar and other sweeteners you, the average American, will eat this year. What do they all have in common? They all weigh approximately 140 pounds.

    Life is sweet, all right—so sweet that each of us will eat the sugar equivalent of 3,628 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the next 12 months. Impossible, right? Sure, you like a piece of birthday cake now and again, and you’re not above raiding the kids’ Halloween stash or Christmas stockings or even stealing a serving of ice cream once a week or so. But 140 pounds of the sweet stuff? How can that be?

    The authors of the best-selling weight-loss books, Eat This, Not That!, reveal 12 of the most sugar-packed foods in America. Some are ice cream treats, sure. But just as many are regular food products that you’d never in a million years consider “desserts”—that is, until now. Steer clear of these 12 sugar-packed foods. Your blood sugar—and teeth!—depend on it.

    Source : http://eatthis.womenshealthmag.com/