September, 2010 – Editor`s Page

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The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best. Our destiny lies more or less from our thoughts and desires. `Independence` is not to do what one wants, actions by not provoking on other`s personal matters, causing discomfort or inconvenience to others or by way of public nuisance. Reach out and touch someone with your Love & Gratitude. Genuine happiness is of spiritual qualities of love, compassion, patience, tolerance and forgiveness. Patience is the pinnacle of discipline and spiritual suppleness. To love and to be loved, should be the ultimate happiness…..Sai Sri R. Venkatakrishnan

Decision-making capabilities, depend more upon an individual`s mental prowess and ambitious thoughts, not on one`s age or qualification, nor the awarded educational degree alone that matters, while there is no uniformity in curriculum internationally nor nationally. It is the really required mental acumen of specialisation in the relevant discipline that matters. Empower with cognitive skills, to meet today`s and tomorrow`s needs. Focus your mission without distraction, to plan and execute efficiently, which will keep the wheels of progress moving…..Capt. Arun Chandran

No one can predict the future fully. Be enlightened to try out good things for the well-being of mankind with the best of mental and physical ability. Key to making quick and wise decisions, is to promptly act with relevant factors without hesitating, While, time is running- out, when Time and Tide waits for none….. Dr. Chandran Peechulli

Public Service Officials in particular, to nurture self awareness. To become self aware, is to better understand the consequences of their own action of one`s feelings and attitude. This enhanced understanding of oneself, gives opportunity to alter the planned course of one`s personality and strive for an ideal life. The persisting lack of self awareness deteriorates, which allows outside forces to influence our decision. Awareness` enhances inter-personal skills and help to develop empathy for others. One cannot be successful in either external or internal world, if tossed by a powerful ego. What is needed is a strong will. While the ego is blind but the will has vision.

Ego` springs from a false sense of identification (avidya) with the external world, is usually concerned with preserving self-image-identity. Ego is characterised by stubbornness, selfishness, and unwillingness to compromise. The ego is like a little pool. An egotistical person is like a frog crouching in that little pool – his world is small, his borders insecure. He has only a vague awareness of the trees encircling his pool, and he cannot begin to imagine the frog-filled marshes just beyond. From his perspective, only his own feelings and his own voice are meaningful. The power of will, by contrast, is like a spring whose source is the Pure-Being. It infuses mind and body with enthusiasm, courage, curiosity, and energy to act. In spiritual literature this force – the intrinsic power of the soul – is called ichcha shakti, and it is from this force that all aspects of our personality, including the ego, derive energy to carry out their activities. Becoming successful in the world requires a strong will, and that strong will needs to be properly guided so we develop a strong personality. A strong personality exhibits tolerance and endurance. It has the power to vanquish and punish an opponent, but chooses to forgive and forget instead. When we are egotistical, on the other hand, we demonstrate our weakness by answering a pebble with cannon. We lose our composure the moment our feelings are even slightly bruised. We have a hard time forgetting the injuries we have received from others, but an even harder time remembering how much we have injured others. All problems – at home, work, in politics, everywhere – are caused by colliding egos. These problems are not overcome by one ego dominating others, but by a person of strong will and clear vision coming forward and overshadowing the trivial egos of those who are quarrelling. Intelligent environment, more conducive when things around go right (promoting working spirit with dedication of dutifulness, dignity, discipline, commitment, foresight, transparency and accountability instilling the Code of Professional Ethics, irrespective of whether they belong to the Executives(Bureaucrats), Legislative(Peoples Representatives), Judiciary, and the Media for non-polluted or clouded reporting. National Growth is the collective responsibility to leverage technology, to solve the day to day problems in the work-process. Let`s stop equating responsible citizenship with just the duty to elect a Government but instead of the idea of citizenship goes beyond “Live and Let Live others” But demands an active participation and contribution in the development process, beyond mere attendance, with dedication of dutifulness, commitment and responsibility, required sincerity, the zeal and energy.

A strong ego is as much of an obstacle in spiritual practice as it is in worldly matters. The stronger the ego, the bigger the hurdle it will create. However, the solution is not to kill or weaken the ego but to do our best to purify, transform, and guide it properly. We can do this by employing both our intelligence and power of discrimination. When we meditate, practise contemplation, pray, study the scriptures, serve others, and seek the company of the wise we make our ego pure and less confined, and this in turn inspires us to move one step forward. As we do, the purified ego, accompanied by a sharpened intellect, gets a glimpse of the next level of awareness, and naturally aspires to reach it. Thus the ego becomes the tool for purifying and expanding itself, and in this way the petty ego is gradually transformed into an expanded, more purified ego. This transformation must end with the ego dissolving and becoming one with the pure Self and experiencing its union with Universal Consciousness. As the ego of a dedicated seeker merges with the Infinite, all confusion disappears, the veil of duality lifts, and the purified ego sees the whole universe in itself and itself in the whole universe. Such egoists generally do what they want egoistically. They are what they think, having no fear in god nor their own conscience. They even doze-off while on duty, shirking their basic commitment and responsibility etc. We have been seeing and experiencing technology changing our lives so much that it is difficult to imagine without it. We, call upon the seafarers to take up higher studies to be an enlightened lot, as many of their prospects ashore are grabbed by others. Properly monitored, e-learning will make awareness and training more affordable in time money and efforts for all mariners, building realistic imaginations also contains all possible attributes than limiting ourselves to limitations. A life without expectations is empty in relationship. Expectations should be a creative centre and not be a begging bowl. Learn to enjoy difficult situations. Develop the skill to enjoy even much more difficult situations. The spirit of believing and sharing – can promote spirituality and human excellence. Invention will revolutionise, the way people interact with computers reaching new higher levels. Let`s think of harnessing the technology in better ways to better society`s needs and controls, than keep just watching the commercialisation of the up springing deemed universities in the country. Just as in Karate said of Power, Speed and balance, herein the need for Energy, well-balanced mind with the required speed of thought to implement the best.

Dr. Chandran Peechulli,
Ph.D; MBA; D.Sc; FIE(India), PgDIMS(UK), PgTED; FIIPE; MSEI; MSNAME(USA),
Ex.Chief Engineer(Marine), G.M.(Tech) Crossworld Shipping.
Managing Editor & Publisher-“MARINE WAVES” International Maritime Newsletter.

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