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The British Commentator returns to discuss the ass-whopping OBL got. The last minute is hilarious. This guy is good.
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 04.11.2011)The British Commentator returns to discuss the ass-whopping OBL got. The last minute is hilarious. This guy is good. (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 04.11.2011)
SRI PADMANABHASAWMY TEMPLE, TRIVANDRUM
SIR THOMAS MUNRO, GOVERNOR of MADRAS
Hinduism, also called Sanathana Dharma, is universal in application and does not make any difference between one religion and the other. All the devotees who believe and follow the tenets of Hinduism are respected and rewarded alike. The foregoing is a classic example of an Englishman by name Sir Thomas Munro [1761-1827] who was the Governor of Madras and his devotional attachment to Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Trivandrum [then called Travancore].
When India was ruled by the British, there were so many princely states like Mysore, Rajasthan, Travancore etc. which were directly ruled by the respective Maharajas who owed allegiance to the British throne. The erstwhile Maharajas of Travancore ruled the State in the belief that it was their ‘Divine Right to Rule’. They were simultaneously aware of the fact that the Right to Rule entirely depended on their ability to rule ‘rightly’ in keeping with the tenets of Hindu Dharma or Raja Dharma as it is called in Sanskrit. They also knew that it was Divinity that gave them the power to rule.
In 1750, King Martanda Varma, the most powerful of the Travancore rulers, pledged that he and his descendents would serve the kingdom as servants of Lord Padmanabha [Padmanabha Dasa], the Lord being the King. The British had observed the tradition and honoured the Lord with a 21-gun salute.
When the Indian states were merged, Independent India appointed the Travancore royal head as the Raj Pramukh; but he preferred to be known as Padmanabha Dasa, and not as Raja Pramukh. The government had continued to honour the tradition of 21 gun-salutes to the Lord till 1970 when, along with the abolition of princely titles, the honour of the Lord was withdrawn.
Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, as seen today, was built by Maharaja Martanda Varma in 1773. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Temple has an 18 feet long idol and a seven-tier Gopuram.
Sometime in the early 19th century, the State was ruled by Maharaja Martanda Varma. When he passed away in 1813 he had no male heir to succeed him to the throne. So, the British Government approved of a provisional arrangement to rule the State by making his wife Rani Lakshmibai as a Regent. This was an immediate and temporary arrangement till a final decision was taken about the successor. At that time Thomas Munro who was stationed at Travancore was representing the British Government as Dewan.of Travancore. After sometime, the Governor General of India asked Munro to intimate the name of a suitable successor. Munro could not give an immediate reply as he knew that at that time Rani Lakshmibai was carrying and the delivery was expected soon. If the Rani failed to deliver a male child, the Travancore State, as per the Doctrine of Succession, would lapse to the British throne.
When a final reminder came from the Governor General for an immediate reply and the decision could not brook any delay, Munro was in a real fix. The Queen had not yet delivered. However, as Munro had great respect to Hinduism and believed in the Divinity of Lord Padmanabha and as he was also keen on continuing the lineage of the Maharaja, he prayed to Lord Padmanabha and sent a letter to the Governor General saying that the Queen had delivered a male child, even though no delivery had taken place. He took a great risk of uttering a lie, guided by an inner voice that divine intervention would prove him true.
Munro spent sleepless nights after sending the letter. One fine morning he went on horse back to the East Fort at Travancore and facing the Lord murmured “O Lord! I believe you are omnipotent. I adore you. Please grant me a boon. Let Her Highness deliver a male child. There should not be a gap in your Slave Kings. Bless Her Highness with a male child for the throne”. He further added “if it is true that you are there, grant me my boon. If it is not granted, I cannot say what I will do”. After his prayer, Munro returned to the Residency, his official residence. Within a few minutes, he heard the news that Her Highness had delivered a male child. The joy of the Resident knew no bounds. He cried in ecstasy “O Lord Padmanabha! You are a reality. You are very much there in flesh and blood”.
The male child that was born to Rani Lakshmibai in 1813 was none other than the most famous ruler of the State who later ascended the throne of Travancore as Swathi Tirunal Maharaja—one of the greatest composers of Carnatic music. Besides music, His Highness was highly learned in Sanskrit, poetry and other fine arts. Though His Highness died at the young age of 34 years, he ruled the State for nearly 18 years and was a master of 13 languages. Apart from music compositions, he has written a book on “The Theory of Music” in his own handwriting which is preserved even today in the Department of Oriental Studies, Trivandrum.
Munro became an ardent devotee of Lord Padmanabha and personally undertook the work of temple administration. The code he evolved in Temple Administration is even now followed in several temples of that region.
As a digression, it may be noted that when Munro first came to India and took service under the British Government in 1801, he was for some time looking after the administration of some of the districts in the South, ceded by the Nizam of Hyderabad. In this capacity, he was once entrusted with the job of bringing the land on which the famous Sri Raghavendra Swamy Math is situated in Mantralaya under the control and jurisdiction of the East India Company under the Permanent Settlement Act. When this order came to the notice of the local citizens, many natives and devotees of the Math vehemently opposed the move as they thought it would be a religious sacrilege for a foreign government to encroach upon the holy premises of the Math. They approached Munro with their grievance. Munro decided to visit Mantralaya personally and check about the religious sanctity of the Math. It is said that when he reached the Math premises, removed his shoes and was about to enter the Math, Sri Raghavendra Swamy himself appeared before him in a vision and it is further said that both became involved in a conversation. However, no one knew about this till the fact was made known by Munro himself. A subsequent issue of the Madras Government Gazette, however, bears witness to this strange incident. It is also learnt that soon after this incident, Munro was promoted as the Governor of Madras Presidency in which capacity he got cancelled the earlier decision of the British Government to annex Mantralaya. When the Math sent some consecrated coloured rice [Mantrakshatha] to Munro as God’s Blessings on the occasion of his elevation to the post of Governor, he received it with all humility and reverence.
Sir Thomas Munro, Scottish by birth and Hindu at heart, died of Cholera in India in 1827 when he was on tour of the Northern Districts.
(contributed by:Mohan Rao on 25.06.2011)SRI PADMANABHASAWMY TEMPLE, TRIVANDRUM And SIR THOMAS MUNRO, GOVERNOR of MADRAS Hinduism, also called Sanathana Dharma, is universal in application and does not make any difference between one religion and the other. All the devotees who believe and follow the tenets of Hinduism are respected and rewarded alike. The foregoing is a classic example of an Englishman by ...
He is one of the world’s most dangerous predators. But meeting his newborn cub for the first time, this fearsome lion appears as gentle as a tabby cat.
The heartwarming first encounter between the adorable lion cub and his father was captured on camera in a series of stunning images.
At first the seven-week old cub appeared nervous as he approached his father, but the youngster quickly forgot his initial shyness and began playfully scratching and biting the adult lion, before appearing to reach up and plant a kiss on his head.Photographer Suzi Eszterhas spent months tracking the pride of lions on the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya in order to capture the touching first meeting between father and son.After catching sight of the newborn cub and his two siblings at around three weeks old, she followed them as they grew.When they reached seven weeks the lioness decided her cubs were old enough to be introduced to the rest of the pride – including their father – and the 36-year-old Californian was there to capture the special moment.The photographer said the protective lioness kept a close watch on all interactions between the cubs and their father to ensure the adult lion was not too rough with her brood.But the breathtaking shots show the mighty lion was tender in his treatment of the vulnerable cub.‘Newborn animals are always difficult to photograph,’ said Miss Eszterhas.‘You spend a lot of time just waiting while they are tucked away, completely hidden in long grass, deep brush, or a cave.‘But if you put in enough hours, you will be there when the mother brings them out into the open.’Nice to meet you: Father and son lay eyes on one another for the first time, as the cub’s protective mother keeps a close watch nearbyFatherly pride: The adult lion places a protective paw on his cub’s back as the pair meet for the first time on the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Playful: The excitable cub may have been a little too eager with his claws judging by the expression on his father’s face
Ouch: The adult lion bares his impressive teeth as the cub appears to playfully bite his father, watched by a sibling
‘In this case, I followed the pride for three months, every day from sunrise to sunset, from the time the cubs were only three weeks old.‘In these scenes the mother brought them out of the den to meet the pride for the first time, including their father.’Miss Eszterhas said of the first meeting between father and son: ‘The cub was a bit shy and apprehensive but the father was very gentle.‘In the other photos, the cubs are more familiar with the father and are playing with him.‘The father reacted by gently playing with them and often growling.‘In both situations, the mother was sitting nearby, watching very closely, ready to pounce on the father if he got a bit too rough with her cubs.’The photographs have been published in a children’s book series, Eye on the Wild.‘In total, I worked with two different prides for about six months to get the material from the book,’ said Miss Eszterhas.‘And seeing the cubs meet their father for the first time is one of the most memorable wildlife experiences I have ever had.‘Working with lions means that you are coping with a lot of downtime, since they sleep about 20 hours a day.‘But it makes it all worthwhile when you get to witness and capture incredible moments like this.’(contributed by : SN on 10.09.2012)
Mona Lisa’s Mother: ‘After all that money your father and I spent on
your braces, is that the biggest smile you can give us?’
Columbus’s Mother: ‘I don’t care what you’ve discovered, you still
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inside your jacket, take your hand out of there and show me.’
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just wear a baseball cap like the other kids?’
Mary’s Mother:’ I’m not upset your lamb followed you to school, but I
would like to know how he got a better grade than you.
Albert Einstein’s Mother:’ But it’s your senior picture. Can’t you do
something about your hair? Styling gel, mousse, something…?’
George Washington’s Mother: The next time I catch you throwing money
across the Potomac, you can kiss your allowance good-bye.’
Jonah’s Mother’:’ that’s a nice story. Now tell me where you’ve really
been for the last three days.’
Thomas Edison’s Mother:’ Of course I’m proud that you invented the
electric bulb. Now turn it off and get to bed.
(contributed by: user mohan on 21.04.2011)Mona Lisa’s Mother: ‘After all that money your father and I spent on your braces, is that the biggest smile you can give us?’ Columbus’s Mother: ‘I don’t care what you’ve discovered, you still could have written !’ Michelangelo’s’ Mother: ‘ Can’t you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get ...
Top Theories for the Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle
IN AN AREA that stretches from the Florida coast to Bermuda to Puerto Rico, the infamous Bermuda Triangle – also known as the Deadly Triangle or Devil’s Triangle – has been blamed for hundreds of shipwrecks, plane crashes, mysterious disappearances, craft instrument malfunctions and other unexplained phenomena. Author Vincent Gaddis is credited for coining the term “Bermuda Triangle” back in 1964 in an article he wrote for Argosy magazine, in which he catalogued many of the anomalous events in the area, and several other authors, including Charles Berlitz and Ivan Sanderson, have added to their number.
Whether or not phenomena of a paranormal nature are taking place there has been a matter of debate. Those who are convinced something odd is happening, as well as researchers who take a scientific view, have offered a number of explanations for the mystery.
Fortean researcher Ivan Sanderson suspected that the strange sea and sky phenomena, mechanical and instrument malfunctions, and mysterious disappearances were the result of what he called “vile vortices” where, he said, “tremendous hot and cold currents crossing the most active zones might create the electromagnetic gymnastics affecting instruments and vehicles.” And the Bermuda Triangle wasn’t the only place on earth where this occurred. Sanderson drew out elaborate charts on which he identified 10 such locations precisely distributed around the globe, five above, and five below at equal distances from the equator.
This theory, proposed by the Coast Guard over 30 years ago, states: “The majority of disappearances can be attributed to the area’s unique environmental features. First, the “Devil’s Triangle” is one of the two places on earth that a magnetic compass does point towards true north. Normally it points toward magnetic north. The difference between the two is known as compass variation. The amount of variation changes by as much as 20 degrees as one circumnavigates the earth. If this compass variation or error is not compensated for, a navigator could find himself far off course and in deep trouble.” More information.
It’s been suggested that from time to time a rift in space-time opens up in the Bermuda Triangle, and that planes and ships that are unlucky enough to be traveling the area at this time are lost in it. That is why, it is said, that often utterly no trace of the craft – not even wreckage – are ever found. But where do they disappear to? Another time and place? Another dimension? The physics for how this would actually take place are fuzzy at best. However, consider the following related idea for “electronic fog.”
Is an “electronic fog” responsible for many of the unexplained incidents and disappearances in the infamous Bermuda Triangle? That is the assertion made by Rob MacGregor and Bruce Gernon in their book The Fog.Gernon himself is a first-hand witness and survivor of this strange phenomenon. On December 4, 1970, he and his dad were flying their Bonanza A36 over the Bahamas. On route to Bimini they encountered strange cloud phenomena – a tunnel-shaped vortex – the sides of which the plane’s wings scraped as they flew. All of the plane’s electronic and magnetic navigational instruments malfunctioned and the magnetic compass spun inexplicably. As they neared the end of the tunnel, they expected to see clear blue sky. Instead, they saw only a dull grayish white for miles – no ocean, sky or horizon. After flying for 34 minutes, a time corroborated by every clock on board, they found themselves over Miami Beach – a flight that normally would have taken 75 minutes. MacGregor and Gernon believe that this electronic fog that Gernon experienced may have also been responsible for the famous disappearance of Flight 19, and other vanishing aircraft and ships.
(user ajmalkhan on 24.04.2014)Top Theories for the Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle IN AN AREA that stretches from the Florida coast to Bermuda to Puerto Rico, the infamous Bermuda Triangle – also known as the Deadly Triangle or Devil’s Triangle – has been blamed for hundreds of shipwrecks, plane crashes, mysterious disappearances, craft instrument malfunctions and other unexplained phenomena. ...