The Mahabharat tells us the story of a great warrior named Karna, who meets his end in Kurukshetra. There are a lot of reasons that are listed for his fall. But if you look closely there is a single big mistake that Karna made, that was to make friendship with an evil prince Duryodhan. Karna accepted a favor from Duryodhan, and was in his debt forever, and chose the path of ‘Adharma‘, forever straying from the path of righteousness. For this reason, it is said that you should never accept favors (daan) from unrighteous people.

In 1982, Feeney created The Atlantic Philanthropies, and in 1984, secretly transferred his entire 38.75% stake in DFS, then worth about $500 million, to the foundation. Not even his business partners knew that he no longer personally owned any part of DFS.[8]

For years, Atlantic gave away money in secret, requiring recipients to not reveal the sources of their donations. “Beyond Mr. Feeney’s reticence about blowing his own horn, ‘it was also a way to leverage more donations––some other individual might contribute to get the naming rights.’”[3]

Feeney has given substantial personal donations to Sinn Féin, historically associated with the IRA, and has worked to support peace efforts in Ireland.[2] Through Atlantic, he has also donated around $1 billion to education in Ireland, mostly to third-level institutions such as the University of Limerick.[1]

Feeney has been a major donor to his alma mater Cornell University, which has received nearly $1 billion in direct and Atlantic gifts, including a donation of $350 million enabling the creation of Cornell’s New York City Tech Campus.[12]

He has also supported the modernization of public-health structures in Vietnam.[8]

In February 2011, Feeney became a signatory to The Giving Pledge.[13] In his letter to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, the founders of The Giving Pledge, Feeney writes, “I cannot think of a more personally rewarding and appropriate use of wealth than to give while one is living—to personally devote oneself to meaningful efforts to improve the human condition. More importantly, today’s needs are so great and varied that intelligent philanthropic support and positive interventions can have greater value and impact today than if they are delayed when the needs are greater.”[14]

He gave away his last $7 million in late 2016, to the same recipient of his first charitable donations: Cornell. Over the course of his life, he gave away more than $8 billion.[3]

Very interesting debate about AI in the 1970s. I was impressed by what they could achieve in the 70s with primitive computers. Michie demonstrates a robot that can assemble toy cars. It is amazing they could pull off such vision analysis with those TV cameras.

It seems the Lighthill report caused UK Govt. to withdraw funding of AI research. Did Lighthill make a mistake and kill off AI progress in the UK? Could they have achieved more progress if funding continued?

Source: Param Vir Chakra Shaheed Abdul Hamid, the Tank Buster!!

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos. 

Source: The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought – The Atlantic

still in search…

Posted: February 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

still in search

still in search of something in life that had been eluding me forever; something that can fill the void that is keeping me awake at night for no reason at all; something that would make me feel that I’m home; something that  gives me the feeling that I’m on my way to fulfilling my life’s purpose.

 

I left behind a piece of my heart
a real big piece of it, in your gentle care
I trust you father to care for it like only you can do

Forgive my weakness, for I can’t stop worrying about it
Even when I know for sure, you are there to take care

So currently Krishna is flooding parts of Karnataka while Kaveri basin is dry and there is a huge dispute running between Karnataka and Tamil nadu  in regards to Kaveri water.

Many such occurrences keep repeating in India, where some parts are in floods and some parts are in drought. Interlinking rivers is a grand plan that can solve this problem.

Currently there is Telugu Ganga project that connects Krishna to Pennar, and eventually supplies some water to Tamil Nadu. I was wondering if it is possible to send flooding Krishna waters to Tamil Nadu instead of scarce Kaveri water. I looked for maps to see if there is interlinking somewhere that will allow this Telugu Ganga water to eventually reach Kaveri basin in Tamil Nadu. I don’t have much time in my hands so I had to put an end to my search before I can accurately reach a conclusion on this. I think there might be some possible way. Telugu Ganga water reaches up to Poondi reservoir in Tamil Nadu. Kaveri Basin seems close enough to the flows from this reservoir. I also saw some potential links between this and other dams on cauvery in Tamil Nadu. So it might be possible.

So, a possible compromise to handle current Cauvery crisis could be for Karnataka to release more Krishna water into Andhra pradesh. Andhra can in turn release this water to Tamil Nadu through Telugu Ganga. It is a crazy thought, but might be worth thinking out of the box in these hard times.

PS: I found interesting things while I was conducting this search on Cauvery flow and Telugu Ganga flow. Do you know that there is a Water Wiki detailing all water flows, river basins and projects in India?

Tell me how to be brave

Posted: June 23, 2016 in life
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I want to be brave. Tell me how to be brave” asked my darling son today before leaving for his school. I didn’t have an answer. As my eyes welled up, I asked if he is scared of anything in particular.”No, I am brave. I am not scared of anything” came back his reply.

I don’t want to forget this incident, and the feelings he was fighting as he reluctantly agreed to attend school today to make me happy. New school, new teacher, new classmates – I can understand how overwhelmed he is with all this. “There are too many people in the class” he declared on his second day at the new school. For a three year old who doesn’t like noise, it is not easy to be in a class of twenty strangers for the first time. He is fighting his battles bravely. I wish it doesn’t have to be this way, I wish we could stop demanding so much from our little ones.

Many times I am overwhelmed at the enormous responsibility parents have in helping their kids reach their full potential. Our fears push us to force the tiny toddlers to do what the world expects of them. Because we are not brave, and we are scared of the world, and the future, we are asking our little ones to be brave and face the world before they are ready; forcing them to bear burdens their little hearts shouldn’t have to.

I hope I will find in me the strength and wisdom to guide, and guard my son as he ventures into the world bravely. Time and again he makes me realize how blessed we are. Hope we can preserve his precious childhood from the harsh demands of this cruelty we call education.

 

The important bits are at the end: If you believe someone is harming you on purpose, it hurts more. There is discussion of turning pain into pleasure : presenter quotes pleasure of riding a roller coaster as an example; I am not sure if adrenaline is also responsible for the pleasure here, if only partly. Eating chillies is also an example of turning pain into pleasure.

Following excerpt is from Vignana Bhairava Tantra, an ancient Hindu text. This particular translation and explanation is by master Osho. I was reminded of this when I was watching the video; the parallels and similar conclusions are uncanny. How are we feeling pleasure from an experience that should have resulted in pain? The answer is simple: pain and pleasure are within us, and we have the control to feel one or the other irrespective of the external situation.

Whenever there is joy, you feel that it is coming from without. You have met a friend: of course, it
appears that the joy is coming from your friend, from seeing him. That is not the actual case. The
joy is always within you. The friend has just become a situation. The friend has helped it to come
out, has helped you to see that it is there. And this is not only with joy, but with everything: with
anger, with sadness, with misery, with happiness, with everything, it is so. Others are only situations
in which things that are hidden in you are expressed. They are not causes; they are not causing
something in you. Whatsoever is happening, is happening TO YOU. It has always been there; it
is only that meeting with this friend has become a situation in which whatsoever was hidden has
come out in the open – has come out. From the hidden sources it has become apparent, manifest.
Whenever this happens remain centered in the inner feeling, and then you will have a different
attitude about everything in life.
Even with negative emotions, do this. When you are angry, do not be centered on the person who
has aroused it. Let him be on the periphery. You just become anger. Feel anger in its totality; allow it
to happen within. Don’t rationalize; don’t say that this man has created it. Do not condemn the man.
He has just become the situation. And feel grateful towards him that he has helped something which
was hidden to come into the open. He has hit you somewhere, and a wound was there hidden. Now
you know it, so become the wound.
With negative or positive, with any emotion, use this, and there will be a great change in you. If
the emotion is negative, you will be freed of it by being aware that it is within you. If the emotion is
positive, you will become the emotion itself. If it is joy, you will become joy. If it is anger, the anger
will dissolve.
And this is the difference between negative and positive emotions: if you become aware of a certain
emotion, and by your becoming aware the emotion dissolves, it is negative. If by your becoming
aware of a certain emotion you then become the emotion, if the emotion then spreads and becomes
your being, it is positive. Awareness works differently in both cases. If it is a poisonous emotion,
you are relieved of it through awareness. If it is good, blissful, ecstatic, you become one with it.
Awareness deepens it.

Ancient Hindu philosophers have mastered the internal, and their insight into human mind is amazing.