The Origin of 8 Famous Phrases…

We use phrases, expressions, and proverbs on a daily basis when conversing with each other. Whether you’re at home, hanging out with some friends, or at work, chances are that you’ve uttered one of the phrases below more than once in your life. But, do you ever stop to think about what these expressions really mean? Where they come from? The answer to this is probably no, so let’s take a look at 8 common phrases and learn where there came from.

1. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

Houses used to have thatched roofs. These roofs had thick straw piled together to form a ceiling, but there was no wood underneath.

So how did this phrase come about? Well, according to a popular theory, on cold nights, animals such as cats, dogs, mice, and rats would climb onto these roofs in order to have a warm place to sleep. Unfortunately, when it started to rain, the thatched roofs got so slippery that cats and dogs would slip and fall off the roofs. Therefore, when it rained heavily, it would literally rain cats and dogs (and whatever other animals were on the roofs).

2. Mad as a Hatter

The average person will probably tell you that this famous expression comes from Alice in Wonderland, but they’d be sorely mistaken. The Mad Hatter character isn’t the reason you use this phrase when describing someone who has lost their mind.

The true origin goes back to the days when actual hatmakers used mercury to construct their hats. The mercury poisoned the hatmakers and affected their nervous systems. Mercury causes aggressive, heavy mood swings, and erratic behavior and, as a result, “mad hatter’s disease” became the nickname for mercury poisoning, and the expression has been popular ever since.

3. Cat Got Your Tongue?

This is often used when someone is silent or at a loss for words. Surprisingly though, it has nothing to do with cats. In the English navy, punishments were handed out in the form of a flogging, which was carried out with a whip known as a cat-o’-nine-tails.

This was a formidable weapon, and the pain from being flogged by it was so bad that it caused its victims to go mute. They would often be afraid to speak and would often remain mute for a long time after a flogging.

Drunken navy sailors would then walk around shouting, “Cat got your tongue?” as a way of taunting the victims. So, next time you’re rendered speechless because someone made a really good point, remember that it could be a lot worse.

4. Bring Home the Bacon

There are a number of theories as to where this phrase comes from, but the two most popular include pigs.

According to one theory, this phrase comes from winners at state fairs bringing home the greased pigs they caught in competitions. However, the more popular theory is that highly successful men back in the day would buy pork, cook some bacon, and then hang it on their walls when they had guests over. This showed everyone how successful the men were. Walking into a man’s house and seeing bacon hanging on the wall meant that he was to be respected. In this particular case, bringing home the bacon was the ultimate sign of power and class.

5. Eat Crow

Usually, we have to “eat crow” when we’ve been proven wrong after taking a strong stance on something.

The expression originates from where you’d expect. Crow meat tastes bad and is hard to swallow. The simple connection to this term can start and end here, but there’s an even more interesting origin story.

Back in 1812, an American accidentally went hunting across British enemy lines. The US soldier was caught shooting and killing a crow by a British soldier. As punishment, the British soldier, after praising the American for his accurate shooting, tricked him into giving up his gun.

Now armed, the Brit pointed the gun at the American and forced him to take a bite out of the crow. After the American complied, he was given back his gun. Angered, the American then turned the gun on the British soldier and forced him to eat the rest of the bird.

6. On Cloud Nine

It’s often thought that this is a reference to Heaven, but this is not true.

According to one known origin of this expression, one of the classifications of clouds, defined by the US Weather Bureau in the 1950s, is known as “Cloud Nine.” This is a type of fluffy, cumulonimbus type of cloud.

So, what makes this cloud so special? Well, this cloud is considered to be the most attractive in the cloud community, which is what gives the phrase it’s positive connotation.

7. Crocodile Tears

For those who may not know, this expression refers to someone who is faking crying or pretending to be upset. When they do this, they are said to be shedding crocodile tears.

Did this phrase come about because crocodiles never cry? Well, no, the origin is a lot more interesting than that. In an ancient anecdote, Photios claimed that crocodiles cry to strategically lure their prey closer to them. When the prey is close enough, the crocodiles drop the act and go in for the kill.

8. Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

This strange expression goes all the way back to the 1500s. Believe it or not, but people in the 16th century only bathed once a year, and to make matters worse, entire groups used to bathe in the same water.

The men would go first, then the women, and then the children and babies went last. The water was so dirty by the time the babies got in, that they often came out clouded. Sometimes, mothers had to make sure that the babies weren’t literally thrown out with the dirty bathwater.

The phrase, “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,” now means that you should make sure you don’t throw out anything valuable while getting rid of unnecessary things. Nothing is more valuable than a newborn baby, so the phrase still rings true even to this day.

Source: listverse  

http://www.ba-bamail.com

Natarajan

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வாரம் ஒரு கவிதை… ” நிசப்த வெளியில் …”

 

நிசப்த வெளியில் …
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கருவறை வாசம் மட்டுமே   நிசப்த வாசம் ஒரு சிசுவுக்கு
இந்த மண்ணில் வந்து பிறந்த  நேரம் முதல் சத்தம்
சத்தமே எங்கும்  எதிலும் !
சப்தம் தவிர்த்து நிசப்தம் தேடி ஓடுவது எங்கே ?
வாழ்வில் ஒலியும்  சப்தமும்  தேவைதான்
ஆனால் வாழ்வே சப்தமாகலாமா ?
ஒளி மயமான எதிர் காலம் தேடும்  குழந்தைக்கு
கிடைப்பது ஒலி மயமான இரைச்சலும் அலைச்சலும்தான் !
அண்ட வெளியிலும் இல்லையே இன்று நிசப்தவெளி !
நாளும் பல  விண்கலம் அண்டவெளியில் சுற்றி சுற்றி
நிசப்த வெளியின் தனித்துவமே தகர்ந்து விட்டதே !
சப்தம் மறந்து நிசப்தம் தேடி ஓடுவது எங்கே ?
நிசப்தம் தேடி நாம் ஓடிட வேண்டாமே  …நம் வீட்டைத்
தேடி ஓடி வரும் நிசப்த வெளி நாம் நினைத்தால் !
வாரம் ஒரு நாள் …ஒரே ஒரு நாள் …கொடுப்போம்
விடுமுறை நம் வீட்டு தொலைக் காட்சிப் பெட்டிக்கு !
எப்போதும் சிணுங்கும் கைபேசிக் குழந்தைக்கும்
தப்பாமல் தர வேண்டும் ஒரு நாள் ஓய்வு !
இரைச்சல் இல்லாத ஒரு ஒரு வீடும்  நிசப்த
வெளியே !  அலைச்சல் இல்லாத வழியும்
இதுதான் நிசப்தம் தேடி ஓடுவோருக்கு !
My Kavithai in http://www.dinamani.com dated 16th oct 2017
Natarajan

India”s Most unusual Post Offices….Our Country Celebrates National Postal Day today…

E-mails may have overshadowed the concept of snail mail, yet post offices still hold a special place in the Indian way of life. Having long had a presence in local communities, they have served as exchange posts for news, gossip and much more.

As the country celebrates the National Postal Day today, here’s a look at three of India’s most unusual post offices.

Send a postcard from any of these unique spots, and you are sure to score some travel bragging rights!

1. The Post Office at Hikkim

 

 

 

Perched at 15,500 ft above sea level in Himachal Pradesh’s strikingly beautiful Spiti Valley, the hamlet of Hikkim is reputedly home to the world’s highest post office.

A small hut with whitewashed walls and a red postbox hanging outside, the quaint post office is 23 km from the town of Kaza and has been functioning since November 5, 1983. With no internet and patchy cell phone signal, the facility is the only conduit to the world for Hikkim’s residents.

This inconspicuous little post office is single-handedly managed by Rinchen Chhering, who has been the branch postmaster for over 20 years. He was chosen for the post when he was just 22 because he could run fast and owned a bicycle!

Every day, two runners take turns hiking to Kaza on foot to deliver mail that is then taken by bus to Reckong Peo, onward to Shimla, further by train to Kalka, from where it is taken to Delhi and sent to its final destination. In winter, everything in the valley freezes – the rivers, the lakes, the mountains. As the snow cover cuts off Hikkim from the rest of the world, the village’s post office also shuts down for six months.

2. The Post Office at Antarctica

Dakshin Gangotri Station                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located in Dakshin Gangotri, India’s first scientific base in Antarctica, this post office first became operational on February 24, 1984, after it was established during the third Indian expedition to the frigid ‘White Continent.’ It was a part of the base’s multi-support systems that also included including ice-melting plants, laboratories, storage and recreational facilities.

The Dakshin Gangotri PO was brought under the Department of Post at Goa on January 26, 1988. Scientist G. Sudhakar Rao, who went to Antarctica as a member of the Seventh Indian Scientific Expedition in 1987, was appointed as its first honorary postmaster. Interestingly, in its first year of establishment, nearly 10000 letters were posted and cancelled at this post office.

However, in 1990, Dakshin Gangotri PO in Antarctica was decommissioned after it got half buried in ice. The post office was then shifted to the new permanent research base, Maitri.

Over the years, the unusual spot has become a favourite stop-off for tourists from cruise ships who came to explore the frozen continent and learn about its unique ecosystem. They send out postcards and letters that take between two and six weeks to reach their destinations via Hobart (in Australia).

3. The Post Office on Dal Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Built on an intricately carved houseboat, the Srinagar’s Floating Post Office claims to be the only one of its kind in the world. Here you can avail all regular postal services while being afloat on the Dal Lake. A heritage post office that has existed since colonial times, it was called Nehru Park post office before it was renamed by the then chief postmaster John Samuel in 2011.

After a pretty little philately museum and souvenir shop were added to it, the Floating Post Office was formally relaunched in August 2011. Interestingly, the seal used on everything posted from the this is unique, and tourist-friendly post office bears a special design — of a boatman rowing a shikara on the Dal Lake — along with the date and address.

While enthusiastic tourists row to the post office every day to send postcards back home, for the locals, the post office is more than an object of fascination. The islets in Dal Lake are home to over 50000 people (farmers, labourers, artisans and shikaraowners) for whom this state-run facility is the nearest source of postal and banking services.

Source…SanchariPal in http://www.thebetterindia.com

Natarajan

 

The Fascinating History of the Iconic Mysore Sandal Soap…

A soap that has held a special place in the hearts of Indians for more than a century, Mysore Sandal Soap’s legacy is intricately interwoven with Karnataka’s history and heritage.

There is something beautifully Indian about the fragrance of sandalwood. Sweet, warm, rich and woody, it is a scent that is deeply interwoven with the nation’s history and heritage. This is, perhaps, one of the many reasons why the Mysore Sandal Soap has held a special place in the hearts of Indians for more than a century.

Here’s the fascinating story behind India’s most-loved sandal soap.

One hundred and one years ago, in May 1916, Krishna Raja Wodiyar IV (the then Maharaja of Mysore) and Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (the then Diwan of Mysore), set up the Government Sandalwood Oil factory at Mysore for sandalwood oil extraction.

The primary goal of the project was to utilise the excess stocks of the fragrant wood that had piled up after World War I halted the export of sandalwood from the kingdom of Mysore (the largest producer of sandalwood in the world at the time).

Two years later, the Maharaja was gifted a rare set of sandalwood oil soaps. This gave him the idea of producing similar soaps for the masses which he immediately shared with his bright Diwan. In total agreement about the need for industrial development in the state, the enterprising duo (who would go on to plan many projects whose benefits are still being reaped) immediately got to work.

A stickler for perfection, Visveswaraya wanted to produce a good quality soap that would also be affordable for the public. He invited technical experts from Bombay (now Mumbai) and made arrangements for soap making experiments on the premises of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Interestingly, the IISc had been set up in 1911 due to the efforts of another legendary Diwan of Mysore, K Sheshadri Iyer!

From the talent involved in the research happening at IISc, he identified a bright, young industrial chemist called Sosale Garalapuri Shastry and sent him to England to fine tune his knowledge about making soap. Affectionately remembered by many as Soap Shastry, the hardworking scientist would go on to play a key role in making Visveswaraya’s dream a reality.

After acquiring the required knowledge, Shastry quickly returned to Mysore where the Maharaja and his Diwan were waiting anxiously. He standardized the procedure of incorporating pure sandalwood oil in soaps after which the government soap factory was established near K R Circle in Bengaluru.

The same year, another oil extraction factory was set up at Mysore to ensure a steady supply of sandalwood oil to the soap making unit. In 1944, another unit was established in Shivamoga. Once the soap hit the market, it quickly became popular with the public, not just within the princely state but across the country.

However, Shastry was not done yet. He also created a perfume from distilled sandalwood oil. Next, he decided to give the Mysore Sandal Soap a unique shape and innovative packaging. In those days, soaps would normally be rectangular in shape and packed in thin, glossy and brightly coloured paper. To help it stand out from the rest, he gave the soap an oval shape before working on a culturally significant packaging.

Cognizant of the Indian love of jewels, Shastry designed a rectangular box resembling a jewellery case— with floral prints and carefully chosen colours. At the centre of the design was the unusual logo he chose for the company, Sharaba (a mythical creature from local folklore with the head of an elephant and the body of a lion. A symbol of courage as well as wisdom, the scientist wanted it to symbolise the state’s rich heritage.

The message ‘Srigandhada Tavarininda’ (that translates to ‘from the maternal home of sandalwood’) was printed on every Mysore Sandal Soapbox. The aromatic soap itself was wrapped in delicate white paper, similar to the ones used by jewellery shops to pack jewels.

This was followed by a systematic and well-planned advertising campaign with cities across the country carrying vibrant signboards in neon colours. Pictures of the soapbox were noticeable everywhere, from tram tickets to matchboxes. Even a camel procession was held to advertise the soap in Karachi!

The out-of-the-box campaign led to rich results. The soap’s demand in India and abroad touched new heights, with even royal families of foreign nations ordering it for themselves. Another important turning point for the company was when, in 1980, it was merged with the oil extraction units (in Mysuru and Shivamoga) and incorporated into one company called Karnataka Soaps and Detergent Limited (KSDL).

However, in the early 1990s, the state-run firm did face a rough patch due to multinational competition, declining demand and lack of coordination between sales and production departments. As losses started rising, it was given a rehabilitation package by BIFR (Board for Industrial & Financial Reconstruction) and KSDL grabbed the lifeline with both hands.

The company streamlined its way of functioning and soon it had started showing profits again. Thanks to rising profits year after year, it had soon wiped out all its losses and repaid its entire debt to BIFR by 2003. The company also successfully diversified into other soaps, incense sticks, essential oils, hand washes, talcum powder etc.

Nonetheless, the Mysore Sandal Soap remains the company’s flagship product, the only soap in the world made from 100% pure sandalwood oil (along with other natural essential oils such as patchouli, vetiver, orange, geranium and palm rose). Due to tremendous brand recall and loyalty associated with the soap, it also bags a prized position on the shopping lists of visiting NRIs.

In 2006, the iconic was awarded a Geographical Indicator (GI) tag — that means anyone can make and market a sandalwood soap but only KSDL can rightfully claim it to be a ‘Mysore Sandalwood’ soap.

Thanks to this near-monopolistic presence in the market for sandalwood bathing soaps, KSDL has also become one of Karnataka’s few public sector enterprises that turns consistent profits. In fact, the company registered its highest gross sales turnover (of ₹476 crore) in 2015-16.

Such is the legacy of sandalwood and this earthy, oval-shaped soap in the state that even Karnataka’s thriving film industry calls itself Sandalwood!

Today, there are a multitude of branded soaps in the market but Mysore Sandal Soap continues to hold a distinctive place among all of them. Its production figures continue to rise, even as the availability of sandalwood is on the decline.

To counter this, KSDL has been running a ‘Grow More Sandalwood’ programme for farmers, that provides affordable sandalwood saplings along with a buy-back guarantee.Working in partnership with the forest department, it is also working to ensure that for every sandalwood removed for extraction, a sandalwood sapling is planted to replace it.

The story of Mysore Sandal Soap and its enduring appeal is an inspiration not just for Indian PSUs but for the entire FMCG sector. Here’s hoping that its future is aromatic as its history!

Source….www.the betterindia.com

Natarajan

 

The Stockholm Telephone Tower….

 

By the late 19th century, the miracle device called the telephone had been invented but the simple concept of undergrounding telephone cables had eluded engineers. Clumps of telephone wires strung from monstrous towers hung above the heads of pedestrians in all major cities with a sizable number of subscribers.

Telephone service was expensive at that time, and only the wealthy could afford it. In Sweden, the first public telephone exchange was opened in the capital city Stockholm, in 1880, by the Bell Telephone Company. It originally had only 121 subscribers. The telephone company charged subscribers between 160 and 280 Swedish Krona, depending on the subscriber’s location and distance to the exchange. This was equivalent to paying a subscription fee of 9,000 to 16,000 Krona (USD 1,100 to USD 1,966) in today’s value, which was a very high rate.

The Bell Telephone Company with their high rates soon got a competitor in Stockholm General Telephone Company (SAT), which was founded in 1883 by the engineer and businessman Henrik Tore Cedergren. His mission was to put a telephone in every household. Cedergren’s charged very low fees for a connection and monthly subscription, and the number of subscribers increased rapidly. By 1886, Stockholm had more telephones than any of the major cities in the world, with 4,832 subscribers, including about 1,600 at Bell Telephone Company. In 1887, SAT became the world’s largest telephone company, large enough to buy out Bell Company’s business in Stockholm in 1888.

In this early days of telephony, there were no substations and every subscriber was physically connected to the central exchange with an overhead wire. The Stockholm telephone exchange had thousands of wires converging in from every direction. A massive tower held these wires together.

This iconic Phone Tower, or Telefontornet, was opened in 1887, and had over 5,500 telephone lines whose collective length came to around 5,000 kilometers. As you can see from these pictures, it was quite a mess, and the network was extremely vulnerable to the elements. The locals thought the tower looked hideous and even complained that it darkened out the sun.

With the public and the press lambasting the tower at every opportunity, the telephone company decided that the tower needed a makeover. A decoration competition was announced, and in 1890 the tower got the four corner turrets. At all major events in Stockholm, the city’s flags were hoisted there.

However, by the turn of the 19th century, the tower was already on its path to obsolescence. The telephone company realized that laying cables underground was a far more elegant solution than stringing them from towers. By 1913, the entire network had gone underground and the Telefontornet lost its function. The remaining shell stood as a landmark for the several decades. At one point, the telephone company hung advertisement banners from the tower. In 1952, the tower caught fire which weakened the structure, and was demolished the following year on safety grounds.

Source….Kaushik in http://www.amusingplanet.com

Natarajan

வாரம் ஒரு கவிதை….” பறவையின் மனசு “

 

பறவையின் மனசு
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பறவைக்கும் உண்டு மனசு ..
சிறகு கட்டிப் பறக்கும் அதன்
மனசும்… ஆசையும் பாசமும்
பறவைக்கும் சொந்தமே !
ஆனால் இலக்கு  ஒன்று மட்டுமே
பறவைக்கு குறி ! விதி விலக்கு
இல்லையே இதில் எந்த ஒரு பறவைக்கும் !
கண்டம் விட்டு கண்டம் பறக்கும்
பறவை எந்த பள்ளியில் படித்தது ?
எங்கே பாடம் கற்றது விண் வெளியில்
தன் பயண  வழி தேட ?
மனிதன் கற்க வேண்டும் பாடம்
ஒரு பறவையிடம் இன்று
தன்  இலக்கு நோக்கி சரியான
வழியில் பயணிக்க !
இங்கும் அங்கும் அலையாமல்
ஒரு  வழி அதுவும் நேர் வழியில்
பயணித்து  தன் வாழ்வின்  சிகரம்
தொட  இன்று மனிதனுக்கு  தேவை
பறவை சொல்லும் பாடம் !
Natarajan
in http://www.dinamani.com dated 25th Sep 2017

“மிகவும் தொன்மை வாய்ந்த வாய்ஸ் ரெக்கார்டர் எது தெரியுமா …? “

 

விஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ரநாமம் நமக்கு எப்படி கிடைத்தது…

1950-களில் ஒருநாள் ஒரு வானொலி நிருபர் ஸ்ரீமஹாபெரியவாளை பேட்டிகண்டு அதனை டேப்ரிகார்டரில் பதிவு செய்துகொண்டிருந்தார்.

திடீரென்று பெரியவா அவரிடமும்,அங்கு இருந்தவர்களிடமும்,”மிகவும் பழைய காலத்து வாய்ஸ் ரிகார்டர் எதுவென்று யாருக்காவது தெரியுமா” என்று கேட்டார்.

யாரும் பதில் சொல்லவில்லை.

பெரியவா மற்றொரு கேள்வியைக் கேட்டார், ”விஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ரநாமம் நமக்கு எப்படி கிடைத்தது?”

யாரோ ஒருவர்,”விஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ரநாமத்தை பீஷ்மர் நமக்குத் தந்தார்” என்றார்.

அனைவரும் “ஆம்” என்று ஒப்புக்கொண்டனர்.

பெரியவா சிரித்துக்கொண்டே தலையசைத்து விட்டு, மற்றொரு கேள்வியை வீசினார்,

”குருக்ஷேத்திரத்தில் அனைவரும் பீஷ்மர் சொன்ன விஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ரநாமத்தை பக்தியோடு கேட்டுக் கொண்டிருந்தபோது, அதனை குறிப்பெடுத்ததோ, எழுதிக்கொண்டதோ யார்?” மீண்டும் அமைதி.

ஸ்ரீசரணர் புன்னகையுடன் சொல்ல ஆரம்பி த்தார்

“பீஷ்மர், ஸ்ரீகிருஷணரின் புகழையும், பெருமைகளையும் விஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ரநாமத்தால் விளக்கிக் கொண்டிருந்தபோது, ஸ்ரீகிருஷணரும், வியாசரும் உட்பட அனைவரும் வேறு எந்த நினைப்புமின்றி அவரையே உன்னிப்பாக கவனித்துக்கொண்டிருந்தனர்.

பிதாமகர் பீஷ்மர் ஆயிரம் நாமங்களையும் சொல்லி முடித்தபின்பு அனைவரும் விழிப்படைந்தனர்.

முதலில் யுதிஷ்ட்டிரர் பேசினார்,

”பிதாமகர், ஸ்ரீவாசுதேவரின் ஒப்பற்ற பெருமை வாய்ந்த ஆயிரம் புனித நாமாக்களை சொன்னார். அவற்றைக் கேட்பதில் கவனமாக இருந்த நாம் அனைவரும் அவற்றை குறிப்பெடுக்கவோ, எழுதிக்கொள்ளவோ தவறிவிட்டோம்.

நாம் அற்புதமான விஷயத்தை இழந்து நிற்கின்றோம்” என்றார்.

அப்போதுதான் அனைவரும் எப்படிப்பட்ட தவறு நேர்ந்துவிட்டதென்று உணர்ந்து திகைத்தனர்.

பிறகு யுதிஷ்டிரர் ஸ்ரீகிருஷணரிடம் திரும்பி,”ஆயிரம் புனித நாமாக்களை மீட்டுத்தர தாங்களாவது உதவக்கூடாதா” என்று கேட்டார்.

ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணர் வழக்கம்போல், “என்னால் மட்டும் என்ன செய்ய முடியும்? உங்கள் எல்லோரையும் போல நானும் ஆச்சார்யர் பீஷ்மரைத்தான் பார்த்துக்கொண்டிருந்தேன் என்றார்.

அனைவரும் சேர்ந்து ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணரிடம், “ஹே.. வாசுதேவா, நீ ஆனைத்தும் அறிந்தவர். உம்மால் இயலாததென்பது எதுவுமே இல்லை. தாங்கள் தயைகூர்ந்து எங்களுக்கு உதவ வேண்டும்.

அந்த ஒப்புயர்வற்ற பெருமைவாய்ந்த பரந்தாமனின் ஆயிரம் புனித நாமாக்களை மீட்டுத்தர வேணடும். அது தங்களால் மட்டுமே முடியும்” என்று வேண்டினர்.

அதற்கு ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணர்,”இதனை செய்ய முடிந்த ஒருவர் உங்களுக்குள்ளேயே இருக்கின்றார்” என்றார்.

எவருக்கும் ஒன்றும் புரியவில்லை.

ஸ்ரீவாசுதேவர் தொடர்ந்தார்,”சகாதேவன் அதனை மீட்டு சொல்ல, வியாசர் எழுதுவார்” என்றார்.

அனைவரும் சகாதேவனால் எப்படி சஹஸ்ர நாமத்தை மீட்க முடியும் என்பதை அறிய ஆவலாக இருந்தனர்.

ஸ்ரீவாசுதேவர் கூறினார்,”உங்கள் அனைவருள்ளும் சகாதேவன் மட்டுமே ‘சுத்த ஸ்படிக’ மாலை அணிந்திருந்தான்.

சகாதேவன் சிவபெருமானை பிரார்த்தனை செய்து தியானித்து ‘சுத்த ஸ்படிகம்’ உள்வாங்கியுள்ள சஹஸ்ரநாமத்தை சப்த அலைகளாக மாற்ற, அதனை வியாசர் எழுதிக்கொள்ளுவார்” என்றார்.

‘சுத்த ஸ்படிகம்’ அமைதியான சூழ்நிலையில் எழும் சப்தங்களை கிரகித்துக்கொள்ளும்.

இது ஸ்படிகத்தின் குணம், தன்மை.

‘ஸ்வதம்பரராகவும்’ ‘ஸ்படிகமாகவும்’ இருக்கும் சிவபெருமானை தியானித்து அந்த சப்தங்களை மீட்க முடியும்.

உடனே சகாதேவனும் வியாசரும், பீஷ்மர் சஹஸ்ரநாமம் சொல்லிய அதே இடத்தில் அமர்ந்தனர்.

சகாதேவன் மஹாதேவரை பிரார்த்தித்து, தியானம் செய்து சஹஸ்ரநாமத்தை மீட்கத் துவங்கினர்.

அந்த ‘சுத்த ஸ்படிக’ மாலையே உலகின் முதல் ‘வாய்ஸ் ரிகார்டராக’, அற்புதமான விஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ரநாமத்தை நமக்குத் தந்தது………..”

என்று சொல்லி குழந்தைபோல சிரித்தார் ஸ்ரீசரணர்.

ஹர ஹர சங்கர, ஜய ஜய சங்கர.

Source….FB input from Mohan Krishnaswamy and Subramanian Thanappa

Natarajan