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Process Re-engineering : Reuse, Recycle, Reduce, Rethink, Recyle

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Process Re-engineering : Reuse, Recycle, Reduce, Rethink, Recyle
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Buddha, one day, was in deep thought about the worldly activities and the ways of instilling goodness in human beings.
One of his disciples approached him and said humbly " Oh my teacher ! While you are so much concerned about the world and others, why don't you look in to the welfare and needs of your own disciples al...so."

Buddha : "OK.. Tell me how I can help you"
Disciple : "Master! My attire is worn out and is beyond the decency to wear the same. Can I get a new one, please?"

Buddha found the robe indeed was in a bad condition and needed replacement.
He asked the store keeper to give the disciple a new robe to wear on.
The disciple thanked Buddha and retired to his room.

A while later, he went to his disciple's place and asked him "Is your new attire comfortable? Do you need anything more ?"
Disciple : "Thank you my Master. The attire is indeed very comfortable. I need nothing more"

Buddha : "Having got the new one, what did you do with your old attire?"
Disciple : "I am using it as my bed spread"

Buddha : "Then.. hope you have disposed off your old bed spread"
Disciple : " No.. no.. master. I am using my old bedspread as my window curtain"

Buddha : " What about your old Curtain?"
Disciple : "Being used to handle hot utensils in the kitchen"

Buddha : "Oh.. I see.. Can you tell me what did they do with the old cloth they used in Kitchen"
Disciple : "They are being used to wash the floor."

Buddha : " Then, the old rug being used to wash the floor...?"
Disciple : " Master, since they were torn off so much, we could not find any better use, but to use as a twig in the oil lamp, which is right now lit in your study room...."

Buddha smiled in contentment and left for his room.

We need to handle wisely, all the resources earth has bestowed us with ….both natural and material so that they can be saved for the generations to come.

If not to this degree of utilization, can we at least attempt to find the best use of all our resources at home and in office?
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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May I add some more words please...?
Refuse to buy,
Reckon the aftermaths,
Resist the temptation and
Return the products - if bought hastily.
 

vgane

Well-known member
I am able to relate this to a simple technique which each one of us can follow in our work..It impoves productivity of any
process..Called the SCAMPER methodology -
SUBSTITUTE
COMBINE
ADAPT
MODIFY
PUT TO ALTERNATE USE
ELIMINATE
REARRANGE

Any of these techniques would help in eliminating waste, saving precious resources (in terms of man, material & money)
 

Brahmanyan

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May I add some more words please...?
Refuse to buy,
Reckon the aftermaths,
Resist the temptation and
Return the products - if bought hastily.

Dear Mrs.Visalakshmi Ramani,

Well said. I am with you in this regard. We should try to live on day to day basis or at the maximum
collecting our needs to the minimum, which I would call "saving for the rainy day". But more
than that is "hoarding", which is usurping some other person's needs - an unpardonable crime. The present day wasteful excess of consumerism has disturbed our economic equilibrium.

Warm Regards,
Brahmanyan,
Bangalore.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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My military mama's house used to appear to me as big as an ocean!

Now there is hardly any free space.

Five refrigerators, five washing machines, half a dozen microwave ovens are among the many things I am able to recollect.

He will never gift them, nor donate them, nor sell them while they are in good condition.

He keeps adding more and more rooms and his three sons keep dumping in more and more junk as they buy newer models .

Both mama and mami are quite old now. Their servants get frightened seeing the size of the house, the number of rooms and the amount of cleaning to be done.

They themselves are used the luxurious lifestyle of the highly placed military officers and not used to the physical work involved in maintaining a home. So they are deep in trouble.

When I settled in a tiny flat ~ 750 sq. foot, all my relatives were making fun of me. They all have palatial houses.

But I knew my requirements, my physical limitations and also my financial limits. I have everything I really need organized neatly in my tiny flat and am quite happy and content with the things and space at my disposal.

We are not growing younger but only older all the time!
Right???

Dear Mrs.Visalakshmi Ramani,

Well said. I am with you in this regard. We should try to live on day to day basis or at the maximum
collecting our needs to the minimum, which I would call "saving for the rainy day". But more
than that is "hoarding", which is usurping some other person's needs - an unpardonable crime. The present day wasteful excess of consumerism has disturbed our economic equilibrium.

Warm Regards,
Brahmanyan,
Bangalore.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
[h=1]தேவைகளைக் குறையுங்கள்.[/h]
செறிந்த அறிவினன் ஆத்மா ஆயினும்,
சிறந்த உடலின்றி இயங்க இயலாதவன்;
துரத்தும் கரும வினைகளை அழிக்கவும்,
துறந்த மனதுடன் சித்திக்கு முயலவும்;

கடமை உணர்வுடன் உடலைப் பேணுவீர்!
உடலே ஆத்மா குடியிருக்கும் கோவில்;
“சுவர் இருந்தால் தான் சித்திரம் எழுத”,
உடல் இருந்தால் தான் முக்திக்கு முயல!

ஊனுடன் உயிர் கலந்து வாழ்ந்திட,
தேவைகள் சில நாம் பூர்த்தி செய்குவோம்;
தேனும், பாலும் எனத் தம் தேவைகளை,
வானளவாக வளர்த்த வேண்டாம்.

எத்தனை பொருட்கள் தேவை என்போமா,
அத்தனை பொருட்களின் வசத்தில் சிக்குவோம்;
எத்தனை பொருட்கள் தேவை இல்லையோ,
அத்தனைக்கத்தனை விடுதலை அடைவோம்.

“அகழ்வாரை தாங்கும்” பூமி இருக்க,
அகன்ற கட்டில் , மெத்தைகள் எதற்கு?
திண்ணென்று இரு நீள் கரங்கள் இருக்க,
திண்டினைத் தேடி, நாடுவது எதற்கு?

கனி, காய்கறிகள் பசி தீர்க்கும் எனில்,
இனிக்கும் உணவினைத் தேடுவது எதற்கு?
பருத்தி ஆடைகளே மானம் மறைப்பதால்,
பகட்டான ஜரிகை பட்டாடைகள் எதற்கு?

புன்னகையால் முகம் பொலிவுடன் இருக்க,
பொன்னகையைத் தேடி போவது எதற்கு?
சின்ன இல்லத்தில், சீரிய வாழ்வு என்னாமல் ,
மின்னலைத் தொட்டிடும் மாளிகைகள் எதற்கு?

தன் தலைமுறை வாழ வழி செய்தாலும்,
பின் ஏழு தலைமுறைக்கு சேர்ப்பது எதற்கு?
பளபளக்கும் பேருந்து பயணம் இருக்க,
குளுகுளு வண்டிகளை வாங்குவது எதற்கு?

“மரத்தை வைத்தவன் தண்ணீர் ஊற்றுவான்”
மற்ற உயிரினங்கள் முற்றும் நம்புகின்றன,
மனிதன் மட்டும் “இன்னமும் வேண்டும்”, என
மாளாத் துயரைத் தேடிச் செல்கிறான்.

தேவையைக் குறைத்துக் கொள்ளுங்கள்,
சேவையை பெருக்கிப் பாருங்கள்;
தனக்கென வாழ்பவனுக்கு தன்னிறைவில்லை,
தனக்கென வாழாதான் தன்னிறைவடைகிறான்.

வாழ்க வளமுடன்,
விசாலாக்ஷி ரமணி
 
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Absolutely, Visalakshmi Madam. Sikkanam Soru Podum. People need to know what is necessary (தேவை) for their life, and what is necessity (அவசியம்).
 

vgane

Well-known member
Absolutely, Visalakshmi Madam. Sikkanam Soru Podum. People need to know what is necessary (தேவை) for their life, and what is necessity (அவசியம்).

Being frugal is definitely going to help...We should spend our money wisely..We have to take care of our basic essentials required for living..As we grow older the wants reduce and we get back to the basic needs...Want is something that we desire...In financial planning remebering this would pay us back especially during the retirement years when our earning power diminishes or vanishes
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
As we grow old, most of us we settle down into a simple and clean life style but the medical bills take viswaroopam.

So unless we have saved wisely for the rainy days like the ever-busy-ant aunt, but enjoyed life in the sunshine like the grasshopper we are surely in for BIG trouble. :whoo:

No income or dwindling income but the ever-increasing unavoidable expenditure. :bump2:

"Waste NOT want NOT" is a golden rule :popcorn:
for all ages and both genders.

Being frugal is definitely going to help...We should spend our money wisely..We have to take care of our basic essentials required for living..As we grow older the wants reduce and we get back to the basic needs...Want is something that we desire...In financial planning remebering this would pay us back especially during the retirement years when our earning power diminishes or vanishes
 

Raji Ram

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The poem 'தேவைகளைக் குறையுங்கள்' is excellent to read!

But in reality... Even the lower middle class people need cots, beds, TV, telephone, sitting room and dining room furniture as the basic needs! We can avoid very high budget things but don't we need these for a comfortable living? :couch2:
 

Raji Ram

Well-known member
My mother is an expert in recycling cloths. Used sarees will take four avthArs in her sewing machine.

First - pAvAdai, Second - pillow cover, T
hird - napkins for kitchen and Fourth - cleaning / dusting cloth! :thumb:
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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I MYSELF can't sit on the floor and eat food. :pout:

The concept is that we should minimize our needs or

at least the cost of our real needs.

We should be able to differentiate Needs from Greeds. :decision:

No man should use more than his quota or share of Nature's wealth

just because he can very well AFFORD to do so. :nono:

The poem 'தேவைகளைக் குறையுங்கள்' is excellent to read!

But in reality... Even the lower middle class people need cots, beds, TV, telephone, sitting room and dining room furniture as the basic needs! We can avoid very high budget things but don't we need these for a comfortable living? :couch2:
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
Some of my neighbors have bought "sink-in-sofas!" :)

a misfit in the small hall-cum-dining hall of our flats.

They have hardly any moving space but are still proud of their furniture. As far as possible they discourage visitors from sitting on them too :rolleyes: as the sofa may become dirty!!!

They are just prized possession for the eyes ONLY and for the hindrance in free traffic in the room.

One man bought an exquisite sofa-set and a glass topped teapoy spending a fortune just before his by-pass surgery.

I asked him why this wasteful expense just before a costly operation!

He said he wanted to impress the people who will be visiting him after the surgery.
:crazy:
 

Raji Ram

Well-known member
.......We should be able to differentiate Needs from Greeds. .......
That is what I wrote! 'We can avoid very high budget things....'

I don't think everyone should say NO to car and travel by bus and sleep on a mat with the arm as pillow!

The minimum comforts should be there in a house.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
We hear about gold plated/silver plated /gem studded cars!!!

What a waste of precious stuff and even more precious time!


That is what I wrote! 'We can avoid very high budget things....'

I don't think everyone should say NO to car and travel by bus and sleep on a mat with the arm as pillow!

The minimum comforts should be there in a house.
 

Raji Ram

Well-known member
'வாங்கினா நல்லதா வாங்கணும்; இல்லைனா வாங்கவே கூடாது!' - The policy of one of my brothers in law! :peace:
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
The Royal Car!




The wealth of the Indians kings and princes in the past was legendary. The Rajas exhibited their wealth in the form of exquisite jewels, enormous palaces, gala parties and sumptuous dinners.

In the 20th Century, the new status symbol became the Rolls-Royce– tailor made to suit the whims and fancies of the Kings and Queens. Between 1907 and 1947, a total of 36,000 Rolls-Royces were produced in Great Britain. Of these about 1000 were exported to India!

The Maharaja of Patiala owned none less than 38 royal cars. The Maharaja of Mysore placed an order for 8 Rolls-Royce in 1947. The Maharaja of Nawangar, Jamsaheb, had a garage that could accommodate 450 cars–eight of which were the Rolls-Royces. Each car had a chauffeur and a cleaner.

The Maharaja of Nabha desired and got made a Rolls-Royce in the shape of a swan. The exhaust was discharged through the beak of this giant metal bird, making it look like a Fire-breathing-bird!

The Maharaja of Patiala had his Rolls-Royce upholstered in Salmon pink silk and its body work was painted in a matching color. The diamond studded dashboard of the car was so valuable that, four armed guards had to stand in protection, whenever that car was being serviced!

The Raja of Monghyr commissioned a silversmith to decorate his Rolls-Royce with silver to make it look like an ornate chariot!

Due to an export ban introduced in 1969, these opulent cars can not be taken out of India. The cut on the Privy purses of the princes coupled with the ever hiking price of petrol has made the maintenance of these “white elephants” practically impossible. Though some cars are maintained in good condition, most of them lie in ruin.

Apparently the hay days of Rolls-Royces are over along with the hay days of the Royal Maharajas of India.

Visalakshi Ramani
Source: <visalakshiramani.wordpress.com>
 

vgane

Well-known member
Read about this car which is worth 22 crores!!

Tata Nano car worth Rs 22 crore! - The Times of India

There is a market for luxury products for satisfying every need of ours (from palatial bungalows to gold plated watches, mobiles encrusted with precious diamonds to the most expensive wardrobe and privately owned aircraft)...


The question is how do we draw the limit for spending..

The rich people splurge on the expensive items, while the middle class counts on every penny spent and saves hard for the severe winter (retirement, children's education & marriage, retirement etc)..

Can we see what are the ways of reducing the waste in our day to day work & life
 

prasad1

Well-known member
Every time we start talking of the distribution of wealth, we should see what happens to socialist or communist societies. They do not work. Capitalist society may be the lesser of all evil forms. In a capitalist society every individual is allowed to spend their legal wealth, as they want. It should not be the cause of jealousy.

This is also supported by our Karma theory. So we all should aspire to do the best we can in our chosen (?) fields. We can propose that people should be charitable towards others, but that is all we should do. Look at Bill Gates, or Warren Buffet as an example.

One persons fortune is not the cause of someone else's misfortune. So we should not disparage the life style of some rich person, or their style of living.

I agree that we should mold our life style to reduce waste, and try to do NISHKAMA Karmas. Our personal goal should be to not acquire any more Karmas.
 

biswa

New member
Even though I agree with the thread in general, one small counter-point. If we take out wealth or the accumulation of wealth from the equation, what will motivate most people from getting out of bed in the morning?
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A rich man went for a vacation to a seaside resort.

He saw a lazy man sitting with a fishing rod morning to

evening basking is the sun and lazing around.:fish2:

He spoke to him sternly about the need to work, amass

wealth so that he too can enjoy long vacation like he

himself did.:popcorn:

The man replied casually,:cool:

"That is WHAT I am doing right now dear sir- even

without working and amassing wealth!"
:rolleyes:


Even though I agree with the thread in general, one small counter-point. If we take out wealth or the accumulation of wealth from the equation, what will motivate most people from getting out of bed in the morning?
 
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