Governments can only survive if the masses accept them as the legitimate authority for their survival. Fear and Wisdom compete for a place with knaves and others.

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Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1513.  “Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.” The great philosopher David Hume recognized that the opinions that support government receive their force from “other principles,” among which he includes fear, but these other principles are “the secondary, not the original principles of government.”

 

 

 

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Jag Ghoomeya, I have looked for you everywhere in our world. Sultan, Kathak dance, Svetlana Tulasi, Kumar Sharma. Ketaki Gulab Juhi Champak Banna Phoole, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Manna Dey, Jayteertha Mevunthi, Pt. Anand Bhate. Raag Yaman.

Jag Ghoomeya, After having searched the world I found you in my heart.

Ketaki Gulab Juhi Champak Banna Phoole, The flowers Ketaki, Rose, Juhi and Champak blossom as if God were taking away the sorrows of this world.

Ketaki gulaab joohi, Champakban phoole, Rithu basanth apno kanth, The season of spring, our garland godi garwaa lagaay, is proud of her blossoms as a maiden. Julnaa mein baithe aj pee ke sang jhoole Bound together, the season and song sway with her. Ketaki gulaab joohi champakban phoole Gail gail kunj kunj, in the joyful forests guun bhanwaron ki goonj where bees make their home, raag rang ang ang, with melody Chhedat rasiyaa anang, come to spread honey among the flowers. Koyal ki pancham, upon hearing the song of the Koyel bird Suun dhuniyaa dhukh Bhoole, the world forgets its sorrow. Madhur madhur thori thori meethi bathiyon se gori, Providing sweetness in small doses Chit churaaye hasath jay, bees steal hearts with abandon.   Chori kar sir jhukaaye, with their head bowed, they admit theiving.  Seesh jhukaaye chanchal lat,  Known for the characteristic,  their demeanor acknowledges mischief,  Gaalan ko chhoo le, all the while tempting us with promises of glory. Ketaki gulaab joohi Champakban phoole. The flowers of spring the Ketaki, Rose, Juhi and Champak bloom in the forests and delight the world.

Bhisho (universal) Kobi (poet) Rabindranath Tagore’s song, Mono Moro Meghero Shongi, My heart’s companion.

Mon mor megher shongi, The peacock that is my heart is a friend like the cloud. Ure chale dhigdhigantherra pane.  It wanders to all the corners of the world. Nisheemo shunaeye, and in the dark universe shrabonobarshanesangite brings with it the season of the sraban month and with it the pitter patter sound of rain. Rimijhim rimijhim rimijhim. Mono mor hanshabalakar pakhai jai ure, My heart thus transformed into a swan has now taken flight.  Kochito kochito chokito thorito-aloke. Lightning covering  heaven and earth.  Jhanmanjarir bajai jhanjha rudra anade. My heart sings and melts the broken hearted. Kalo-kalo kalomandre nirjharinee.  Black hearts  weep for redemption, Dak dey praloy-ahwabhane.  That is what time demands Bayu bahe purbasamudra hothae See the winds shake oceans, Uchchalo chalo-chalo tatinitarange waves leaping hither and thither. Mono mor dhai thari matho prabahe, My heart is full and wants to share its riches with the world. Taal-tamalo-araneya, With tender renditions, Khuddha shakhar andolone speaks of Almighty God’s rule universally.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catullus_1. Catullus’s letter to Cornelius. Latin with English translation.

Cui dono lepidum novum labellum, To whom do I dedicate this new, charming little book, Arida modo pumice expolitum, just now polished with a dry pumice stone? Corneli tibi namque tu solebas, To you, Cornelius, for you were accustomed, meas esse aliquid putare nugas, to think that my nonsense was something, iam tum cum ausus es unus Italorum, then already when you alone of Italians, omne aevum tribus explicare cartis, dared to unfold every age in three papyrus rolls, doctis Iuppiter et laboriosis, learned, Jupiter, and full of labor. Quare habe tibi quidquid hoc libelli, Therefore, have for yourself whatever this is of a little book, ualecumque quod o patrona virgo of whatever sort; which, O patron maiden, plus uno maneat perenne saeclo, may it remain everlasting, more than one lifetime.

Do laws have the same rights as human beings? Sheila E, The Glamorous Life not.

Freedom is a state of being capable of making decisions without external control. Kathak Fusion. Rani gumpha andAshtapadi, Monisa Nayak.

The Spirit of Truth. The Rabbinate in Jerusalem or Yerushalayim of Gold. Sawarae, Beloved of God.

On or about MK Gandhi’s friendship with Leo Tolstoy.

tolstoyquotesTolstoy indicates it. ‘Do not resist evil, but also do not yourselves participate in evil–in the violent deeds of the administration of the law courts, the collection of taxes and, what is more important, of the soldiers, and no one in the world will enslave you’, passionately declares the sage of Yasnaya Polyana. Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. Leo Tolstoy.  Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must continue to bear testimony to truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced if it is the voice of Truth. MK Gandhi.

 

 

 

 

The note has been translated into English by Pais: Einstein suggests Gandhi’s assessment of Zionism.

MK Gandhi: “Zionism in its spiritual sense is a noble aspiration, but Zionism which aims at the re-occupation of Palestine by Jews does not appeal to me. I understand the yearning of the Jew to return to the land of his forefathers. He can and should do that in so far as this return can be achieved without English or Jewish bayonets. In that case the Jew who goes to Palestine can live in perfect peace and friendship with the Arabs. The real Zionism which rests in the hearts of the Jews is an aim one should strive and give one’s life. Such a Zionism is the abode of God. The true Jerusalem is a spiritual Jerusalem. And that spiritual Zionism can be realized by the Jew in every part of the world.”

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Do not wait for leaders; do it alone person to person.

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Anastasia. Once upon a December. Romanovs.