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Think or sink!

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

276a. Der Mensch kann ein Pferd zum Wasser führen, aber er kann nicht für das Pferd trinken.

276b. Man can lead a horse to water, but he can't drink for the horse.

Some people are so lazy that even if you are willing to spoon feed them, they are too lazy to open their mouth and eat!

Der Mensch = Man
kann = can
führen = lead
ein = a
Pferd = horse
zum = to
Wasser = water,
aber = but
er = he
kann = can
nicht = not
trinken = drink
für = for
das = the
Pferd = horse.

The new bride understood much later, why during the wedding ceremony the groom was referred to in the mantrAS, as the avatAr of mahA vishNu.
All the groom did was to sleep the whole day - leaving the bed only to eat and drink!:(

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

Eine vergebene Verletzung ist besser als eine gerächte Verletzung.
Eine vergessene Verletzung ist besser als eine vergebene Verletzung.

An injury forgiven is better than an injury revenged.
An injury forgotten is better than an injury forgiven.

To one who wants to avenge an injury, there is no peace of mind.
To one who always remembers the injury, the wound remains raw and never heals.

The best way to forgive the injury and also forget it to have peace of mind.
Nature will make sure that the injurer is rewarded in accordance with his action.

Eine = An
Verletzung = injury
vergebene = forgiven
ist = is
besser = better
als = than
eine = an
Verletzung = injury
gerächte = revenged.
Eine = An
Verletzung = injury
vergessene = forgotten
ist = is
besser = better
als = than
eine = an
Verletzung = injury
vergebene = forgiven.

Visalakshi Ramani

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That old man is weird!
Nothing does satisfy him.

He believed he was in the center of the Universe.
He believed that everyone was created ONLY to serve him.

He wanted variety in everything he ate, he drank and he put on.
He will not compromise on his personal comforts and choices!

That Millions were losing their jobs and thousands of people
were dying everyday, did not affect him in the least.

How can he be given the 'rude awakening' he needs so badly?

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

278a. Eine Lüge hat kurze Beine. Wie kommt es, dass es schneller und weiter geht als die langbeinige Wahrheit?

278b. A lie has short legs. How come it travels faster and farther than the long legged truth?

Lies are loud and gaudy - in spite of being short legged!
Truths are soft and classy - in addition to being long legged!

So even as the Truth mumbles softly and respectfully,
the Lie screams off its head and spreads faster like fire.

Eine = A
Lüge = Lie
hat = has
kurze = short
Beine = legs.
Wie = How
kommt es = is it
dass = that
es = it
geht = goes
schneller = faster
und = and
weiter = farther
als = as
die = the
langbeinige= long legged
Wahrheit = Truth?

The best way to make sure a gossip spreads fast,
is to say that it should remain a secret for ever!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Social Distancing VS Personal Distancing.

Lock down has made Social Distancing compulsory to all the Law abiding citizens.

As a result of this the personal distance between persons in a household has reduced.

The too-much-of-togetherness has become too difficult to manage for some people.

Everyone is becoming high strung, jumpy, morose, short tempered and irritable.

Learn to walk on a landmine field if you wish to manage these angst and tension.

Visalakshi Ramani

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We are supposed to “Say it with flowers”!

But do we know that each flower stands for some emotion or feeling?

With a little background knowledge, we say say what we wanted to say perfectly with the flowers without uttering a word.

So now to the flowers and their significance…

Visalakshi Ramani


Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

279a. Eine Unze Übung ist eine Tonne Predigt wert.
Taten sagen mehr als Worte.

279b. An ounce of practice is worth a ton of sermon.
Actions speak louder than words.

Saying something is not the same as doing that thing!
Saying something is very easy but doing it is very tough.

So an ounce of sincere practice is worth a ton of empty preaching.
Ant teaches us the value of Time and Planning - without saying a word!

Eine = One
Unze = ounce (of)
Übung = practice
ist = is
wert. = worth
eine = one
Tonne = ton
Predigt = Sermon/ preaching.
Taten = Actions
sagen = say / speak
mehr = more
als = than
Worte = words.

Visalakshi Ramani

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People want to learn new languages. I too do!
People read / watch and listen to the chosen language.

People may become familiar with the language and understand it.
BUT yet they may not be able to speak in their chosen language.

Speaking needs practice in speaking just
swimming needs practice in swimming and
riding a bicycle needs practice in balancing.

You can't swim or ride a bike - after reading a book.
You have to actually do it until you master that.

Children learn a new language faster since they
listen to, imitate and do not mind making mistakes!

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

280a. Dummköpfe eilen herein, wo Engel Angst haben zu treten.
280b. Fools rush in where angels have fear to tread.

Discretion is said to be the better part of valor.
Blindly jumping into an arena is not valor.

Dummköpfe = Fools
eilen = rush
herein = in
wo = where
Engel = Angels
haben = have
Angst = fear
zu = to
treten = tread.

Visalakshi Ramani

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People used to draw Krishna's feet all over the house to celebrate JanmAshtami.
Now they use oranges ( peeled) and applies ( sliced) along with pomegranate seeds to make the design. All the feet marks look the same size and so it is very interesting.

Visalakshi Ramani

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Those who CAN do so, lock up the COVID 19 victims in their own residence.

Those who can't do this, lock themselves up in their own residences. Brave Hearts!!

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

281a. Wahrheit und Morgengrauen können nicht für immer in der Dunkelheit bleiben.
281b. Truth and dawn can not remain in the darkness for ever.

Wahrheit = Truth
und = and
Morgengrauen = dawn
können = can
nicht = not
bleiben = remain
für = for
immer = ever
in = in
der = the
Dunkelheit = darkness.

Visalakshi Ramani

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For aadi veLLI I sent thaamboolam to all my friends virtually.

Surprisingly everyone responded and felt happy over the virtual exchange.
Obviously, it is the thought that matters - not what is being handed over.

Remember the story of the two of the worst misers in the world?
The first one enjoyed the smell of fish being cooked in the other man's house.

When asked to pay for smelling the fragrance of the fish being cooked,
he paid back his neighbor virtually, by jingling his money bag full of coins.

Virtual feast was paid for by virtual money!

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A proverb a day to brighten the day.

282a. Ein wenig Wissen ist keine gefährliche Sache, solange es nicht missverstanden wird, viel zu sein.

282b. A little knowledge is not a dangerous thing, as long as it is not misunderstood to be a great deal.

Knowing many things about many things is Knowledge.
Knowing that one's knowledge is but limited is Wisdom.

Everybody is ignorant is some field or the other.
Everyone is well informed in some field or the other.

Knowing what one is good at, is smartness.
Knowing what one is dumb at, is also smartness.

Ein = A
wenig = little
Wissen = knowledge
ist = is
keine = not a
gefährliche = dangerous
Sache = thing,
solange = as long as
es = it
wird = will
nicht = not
missverstanden = be misunderstood
zu = to
sein = be
viel = a lot.

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

283a. Jeder Mann hat seinen Preis. Er gehört dir, wenn du es bezahlen kannst.
283b. Every man has his price. He is yours, if you can pay it.

Man can be purchased!
I am not talking about slaves or servants or star players!

Everyone has a price.
He /She is under your control if you can pay it.

Some are cheap and some very costly.
Some need to be paid in cash and the others in kind.

Some like it as Gold or diamonds and others as a land or a house.
Some may prefer to indulge in one or more of the popular vices!

It is said that everyone makes a living by selling something.
It may be knowledge, expertise, talent, time, skill, art, music etc.

Jeder = Every
Mann = man / one
hat = has
seinen = his
Preis = price.
Er = He
gehört = belongs
dir = to you
wenn = if
du = you
kannst = can
bezahlen = pay
es = it.

Visalakshi Ramani

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கிருஷ்ணரின் பாதங்களைக் கோலமாக வரைவது ஏன்?
வேறு எந்தக் கடவுளுக்கும் இல்லாத பெருமை எதற்காக?

காரணம் தெரிந்தது ஜன்மாஷ்டமி அன்று பாடும் போது...
கணக்கற்ற முறை நான் பாடியுள்ள ஒரு பாடலில் இருந்து!

"காலினில் வழிந்த தயிர் கமல மலர்க் கோலமிட
கையில் வழி வாரும் வெண்ணை கானக் குழல் மூடியிட !"

தேடினால் தான் கிடைக்கின்றது எதுவுமே, எப்போதுமே!
தேடாதவை கண்முன் இருந்தாலும் கண்ணுக்குத் தெரியாது!

அனுபவியுங்கள் கிருஷ்ண கானம் - ஸ்ரீமதி. சௌம்யா

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Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A proverb a day to brighten the day.

284a. Ein Stich in der Zeit spart neun in Gefahr.
284b. A stitch in time saves nine in danger.

Any damage must be attended to before it becomes
a very serious, dangerous or life threatening problrm.

Ein = A
Stich = stitch
in = in
der Zeit = time
spart = saves
neun = nine
in = in
Gefahr = danger.

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
Now everyone of us is a ChAyA Sukar,

People can see us well on a wide screen.
People can talk to us on a phone/ microphone.
But no one can hug or touch anyone else.

VyAsa was very unhappy that he could not hug or touch his virtual son ChAyA Sukar.
Will everyone of us start feeling like Sage VyAsa in the near or distant future???
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