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By Devakinanda Pasupuleti, MD
Ashtottaram 34) OṀ KĀRUṆYABHŨMYAI NAMAH:
Ashtottaram 34: OṀ (AUM) –KAA-RUṆ-YA-BHOO-MYAI— NA-MA-HA
ॐ कारुण्यभूम्यै नमः
(Kāruṇyam: Compassion, empathy, understanding, kindness)
Words like dayā, dākshiṇyam, karuṇa are in our culture eternally. Showing dayā or compassion to all living creatures and not harming them has been a basic moral discipline enjoined on all in Hinduism.
These words have been defined in various ways: 1) Desire that arises in one’s heart to mitigate the sufferings of others by putting forth the necessary effort, and 2) Desire to do well to others even as one wishes others should do towards one-self. The Devībhāgavatam describes kāruṇyam (dayā) as one of the eight female companions accompanying the Devi (Divine mother). The word is also used as an appellation for goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Vishṇu since she is the very personification of it towards all living beings who are her children.
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Our society shows immeasurable respect irrespective of socio-economic status to those who show kāruṇyam to all living beings including animals. Our culture venerates people with divine qualities like dayā, kāruṇyam in their speech and actions. This is deep-rooted in our society. The way we show respect to sādhus, swamīs and sanyāsīs reveal this fact. These swamīs are invited by Indians abroad and treated like demi-gods.
In our purāṇās and epics, these qualities are portrayed and highlighted in characters like Shri Ramachandra Murty. There is a legend that Lord Shri Rama gently stroked the back of a squirrel when it showed its devotion to Him by dipping its back in the sand and shaking it in the ocean when monkeys were helping Shri Rama to build a bridge to cross the ocean. Even today, we see these three lines on the backs of squirrels. In these dark and selfish times also, we see some Indians in India and abroad live their lives with these qualities in their talk and actions towards every living being. Those might be in a small number, but still, there are a few left.
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In Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Shri Krishna taught that dayā (kāruṇyam) is one of the divine qualities one should practice. Possessing these divine qualities is considered a wealth by some Hindus. They not only enjoy peace but also spread it to others.
Our motherland and our ancient sages, seers taught and practiced dayā and kāruṇyam towards other living beings and hence our land are ‘Kāruṇya Bhūmi’.
Samsung Electronics will quickly decide on a foundry investment in the US, a senior executive said Tuesday, as the South Korean tech giant seeks to become the world's number one player in the logic chip and foundry sectors. Samsung Electronics, the world's number two foundry firm behind Taiwan's TSMC, announced in May that it will build a $17 billion fab in the US.
Samsung's de facto leader Lee Jae-yong is widely speculated to visit the US, possibly next month, to finalise the site, with the city of Taylor, Texas, emerging as the strongest candidate. Other candidates include Arizona, New York, and Austin, Texas. Kim Ki-nam, Vice Chairman and CEO of Samsung's device solutions division, said it takes time for the company to review all the factors such as "infrastructure, site, personnel and state incentives," and make a final decision.
"We are trying to make a decision as soon as possible," Kim told reporters on the sidelines of the Korea Electronics Show 2021, which is under way at an exhibition center in southern Seoul. He made the comments when asked whether Samsung will make an investment within this year. He did not elaborate, reports Yonhap news agency.
Separately, Kim said the company has been "calmly" preparing answers to a recent request by the US Department of Commerce about its semiconductor business. The US has asked global chipmakers, including Samsung, to share information on inventories and demanded other details by November 8 to "help improve trust and transparency within the supply chain." The request spawned concerns about the leak of chipmakers' major trade secrets. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: samsung, electronics, investment, US, chipmakers
It's been over two years since Hrithik Roshan appeared on celluloid. Fans have been waiting to witness his next performance on the silver screen and it seems like their wishes will be soon granted. Earlier, Hrithik had made an announcement about getting back to shooting schedule for the upcoming film 'Vikram Vedha'. And now, it's learnt that the actor has recently wrapped the first ever action sequence from the film.
The news came out when a few stuntmen from the film's set shared pictures of the sequence wrap. The stunt sequences seem to be quite crazy as suggested by the stuntmen. Talking about the same, a stuntman posted on his instagram as he wrote, "Wrapped up the first action sequence of Vikram Vedha. A big 'Thank you' to @parvez.shaikhh sir for this opportunity. Wouldn't have been possible without you ?? @hrithikroshan."
Another stuntman posted, "First craziest action sequence have done (sic).!! Cheer's To @hrithikroshan @parvez.shaikhh @stuntindia1 and all the stunt boys.!!"
'Vikram Vedha' is a Hindi remake of the runaway Tamil hit of the same name which was released in 2017. While the original action thriller starred R. Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi, the Hindi version will see Hrithik Roshan squaring off against Saif Ali Khan. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Hrithik Roshan, Vikram Vedha, action, sequence, wrap up
The niece of Japanese Emperor Naruhito, Princess Mako, married a commoner Tuesday, relinquishing her royal status following a heavily scrutinized, controversial four-year engagement.
The Japanese Imperial Household Agency issued a statement announcing the marriage of Mako to Kei Komuro, both 30 years old.
The couple broke with tradition by foregoing the usual rituals and ceremonies of royal weddings, including a reception, while Mako also refused the one-off payment of about $1.3 million typically made to royal women who leave the imperial family to marry.
The couple had been classmates at Tokyo's International Christian University when they announced their engagement in 2017, saying they intended to marry the next year.
But shortly after the announcement, a dispute involving money Komuro's mother, a widow, had received from a former suiter surfaced and the wedding was postponed. Komuro wrote a lengthy statement explaining the situation, and but it is still unclear if the dispute has been fully resolved.
Komuro spent the last three years at law school in New York City, where The New York Times reports tabloid newspapers documented everything from his hairstyle to the food trucks where he bought his lunch.
At a news conference, the former princess addressed the controversies, gossip and mixed public opinion about the relationship, saying, "I am very sorry to the people who had trouble (with our marriage). Also, I feel gratitude towards people who cared and quietly worried about me, or people who were not misled by the non-factual information and still continued to support me and Kei."
The couple expressed their love for one another, and Mako said, "As we go on with our lives, I think there will be different difficulties. But as we have in the past, we will work together and continue to move on together."
The couple plans to live in New York City. (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Japan, Princess Mako, Komuro, Marriage, Royals