Eloquence

Tagore’s ‘Gitanjali’ …

Posted on March 23, 2017. Filed under: Eloquence, Great Writing, Searching for Success |

Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, chose as his favorite, “Let My Country Awake” by Rabindranath Tagore.

Salil Shetty describes the poem as “a powerful call to action and a declaration of belief in achievable change”. Perhaps most moving, however, is his statement that the final phrase, “let my country awake”, could quite easily be replaced with, “let the world awake”.

The poem is “about universal aspirations” and improving ourselves and is a great source of inspiration and motivation.

“Let My Country Awake”

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action –
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

PS  Rabindranath Tagore was an admirer of Tolstoy’s humanism. However according to Tagore, “Everything about Tolstoy is filled with strength and energy and violence!”
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Who is the Greatest Person that History has Forgotten? – Quora …

Posted on September 30, 2016. Filed under: Eloquence |

One…………..  The world will little note nor long remember what we say or do here – but it can Never forget what They did here ………………

Two. ………  . Full many a flower is born to blush unseen and waste its sweetness in the desert air. Full many a gem of the purest ray serene the dark unfathomed caves of oceans bear ………..

Three. ……… Is it not strange? – that of the myriads who have passed the Door of Darkness through, not one has returned to tell us of the road to learn about which we must travel too …….
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Three Words and Culture .. ….

Posted on November 5, 2015. Filed under: Eloquence, Guide Posts, Searching for Success |

These Three Words have Everything – Culture, Care, Courtesy, Consideration, Courage.

I will help ……… I am here …………. Count on Me;

Things are alright ….. Nothing to worry ….. I thank you;

Forgive me please……  You are right …… I am wrong;

I understand you; I respect you; I miss you; I love you;

Life is based on thoughtfulness. Culture shows consideration. It has quality and style. It exhibits gentleness, sweetness, politeness and kindness.

Anticipation is the Soul of Happiness. Everybody – specially wives and husbands – like attention. Neglect any and they will seek it elsewhere. Errors, mistakes, stupidity cannot be corrected by scolding and offensive action.

Charms are embellishments of manner, method, thought and feeling. They give power and advantage to those that possess them.

Charms enforce evenness of action and freedom from friction. They make one appear cool and free from embarrassment. When charm is strong, brain is strong.

Practice politeness as an art before the the high and low. Talk to the least of your fellow humans as if you believed them worthy. Become skilled in the art of etiquette and polished in good breeding.

Sympathy is a Quality of the Heart. Politeness is a Quality of the Mind and Muscles. Polish is the fairest of all accomplishments.

Alone or in company, take exacting care to behave and speak with the best culture. Diction should be free from coarseness and slang. Private refinement enriches the character.

Observe yourself and note the faults that will lesson the respect others may have for you.

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Jesus’ – Sermon on the Mount …

Posted on June 3, 2010. Filed under: Eloquence, The Good Book |

First. Jesus the Speaker  from TR Glover’s, ‘The Conflict of Religions in the Early Roman Empire’.

“What stamps the language of Jesus is its delicate ease, implying a sensibility to every real aspect of the matter in hand – a sense of mastery and peace’.

“Men marvelled at the charm of his words. The homely parable may in other hands be coarse enough, but the parables of Jesus have a quality about them after all these years that leaves one certain that he smiled as he spoke them’.

At the cost of a little study of human character and close reading of the synoptists and some careful imagination, it is possible to see him as he spoke – the flash of the eye, the smile on the lip, the gesture of the hand, all the natural expression of himself and his thought that a man unconsciously gives in speaking, when he has forgotten himself in his matter and his hearer – his physiognamy, in fact’.

“We realize very soon his complete mastery of various aspects of what he says. That he realizes every implication of his words is less likely, for there is a spontaneity about them – they are out of the abundance of his heart; the form is not studied; they are for the man and the moment. But they imply the speaker and his whole relationship to God and man – they cannot help implying this, and that is their charm. Living words, flashed out on the spur of the moment from the depths of him, they are the man’.

“It was not idly that the early Church used to say, ‘Remember the words of the Lord Jesus’. On any showing it is of importance to learn the mind of one whose speech is so full of life, and it is happily possible to do this from even the small collection we possess of his recorded sayings”.

Randomly selected quotes from Jesus’,  ‘Sermon on the Mount’.

“Blessed are the meek in spirit, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

He maketh his Sun to shine on the evil and on the good and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust.

Behold the fowls of the air; they do not sow, and neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them.

Our Father! Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts; lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

It was said by them of old times, “Thou shall not commit adultery”; but I say unto you, “Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart”.

Take heed that you do not your alms hefore men. When thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth, that thy alms may be in secret. And thy Heavenly Father shall reward thee openly.

Enter ye in the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth unto destruction, Strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leads unto life”.

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John of Antioch …

Posted on September 14, 2008. Filed under: Eloquence, Searching for Success |

Saint John Chrysostom was nicknamed, the ‘golden mouthed’; and rose to become Archbishop of Constantinople. He is supposed to have gone into the desert for nearly a decade of self study and discipline before he accidentally came upon his chosen field.

In the Nineteenth Century John Henry Newman painted this notable portrait –

“He spoke because his heart, his head, were brimful of things to speak about.

His elocution corresponded to that strength and flexibility of limb, that quickness of eye, hand and foot, by which a man excels in manly games of mechanical skill.

It would be a great mistake, in speaking of it, to ask whether it was Asiatic or Attic, terse or flowing – when its distinctive praise was that it was natural’.

‘His unrivaled charm, as that of every. eloquent man, lies in his singleness of purpose, his fixed grasp of his aim and his noble earnestness”.

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Debate – Point and Counter Point!!!

Posted on March 12, 2008. Filed under: Eloquence |

Charles Darwin provided scientific evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from one or a few common ancestors through the process of natural selection. Thomas Henry Huxley was a biologist, known as “Darwin’s Bulldog” who had little schooling and taught himself almost everything he knew. Here is an extract from a famous debate which gave Huxley instant stardom. 

The charming, eloquent, overconfident Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce, set out to ‘smash Darwin’. In the course of his hour long discourse, he casually remarked –

“I would like to ask Professor Huxley, who is sitting by my side, ready to tear me to pieces when I sit down, as to his belief in being descended from an ape. Is it on his Grand Fathers or his Grand Mothers side that the ape ancestry comes in?”.

The Bishop sat down to a storm of applause and there was little enthusiasm when Huxley proceeded with his severely scientific discussion of Darwin’s Theory. He concluded with this response to the Bishop’s and gained instant Stardom!

“I assert that a man has no reason to be ashamed of having an ape for his grandfather.

If there were an ancestor whom I should feel shame in recalling, it would rather be a man – a man of restless and versatile intellect – who not content with an equivocal success in his chosen sphere of activity, plunges into scientific questions with which he has no acquaintance, only to obscure them with aimless rhetoric – and distract the attention of his hearers from the point at issue by eloquent digressions and skilled appeals to religious prejudice”.

 

 

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Eloquence – a Style!

Posted on February 8, 2008. Filed under: Eloquence |

Jean Léon Jaurès (1859 – 1914) was a French Speaker and Socialist leader – the first of the Social Democrats. Georges Benjamin Clemenceau (1841 – 1929) was a statesman, physician and journalist. He was the French Premier who led France during World War I.

Jean Jaures and Georges Clemenceau, the two most famed personalities of the era, are in the Chamber of Deputies, Paris, June 1906, debating the question of Capital and Labor.

Jaures, ” There is no means ….. to reconcile, definitely, these two opposing forces”.

Clemenceau, ” You must not confound the bankruptcy of the human mind with the bankruptcy of the mind of M. Jaures”.

Churchill on Clemenceau –

“He ranged from one side of the tribune to the other, without a note or book of reference or scrap of paper, barking out short staccato sentences as the thought broke upon his mind. He looked like a wild animal pacing to and fro, behind bars, growling and glaring. All around was an assembly, which would have done anything to avoid being there, but having put him there, felt they must obey”.

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Lord Curzon on an Irish Leader …

Posted on January 17, 2008. Filed under: Eloquence, Personalities, Searching for Success |

Curzon as Viceroy of India, controlled the NWFP and established British presence in Tibet. He was perhaps the only civilian leader who lost to the army when he failed to get political support in his dispute with the army’s Lord Kitchner.

Curzon did not have Lloyd George’s support either. This PM thought him overly pompous and self-important. It was said that he used him as if he were using a Rolls-Royce to deliver a parcel.

Lloyd George said that Churchill treated his Ministers in a way that he would never have treated his; “They were all men of substance — well, except Curzon.” The sense of opportunities missed by Curzon was summed up by Winston Churchill when he observed, “The morning had been golden; the noontide was bronze; and the evening lead. But all were polished till it shone after its fashion”.

Now let us hear Curzon describe an Irish Leader in Parliament –

“The ill kempt handsome Irishman who could so soberly, steadily, deliberately and with that full familiar deep insight into the facts speak on any thing touching his nation- rarely spoke. But when he did speak, the silence that crept over the House was painful in its intensity’.

“He was not eloquent, much less an orator but as he hissed out his sentences of concentrated passion and scorn, he gave an impression of almost demonic self control and illimitable strength”.

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You and Poise – I

Posted on May 9, 2007. Filed under: Eloquence, Personal Magnetism, Public Speaking, Searching for Success |

Midway between extremes is natural perfection and this is Poise.

A person, who controls all moods and feelings, is in personal poise and he becomes their master and they become his slave.

Poise inspires the highest degree of confidence and creates self containment.
No other single trait of personality can equal it.
Law of Poise favors vitality.

A person in poise holds many reins of control and he himself is not controlled by any power – human or other – except by deliberate consent.

A person out of poise cannot control others but he himself may the more readily be swayed.
Lack of personal poise results in loss of immediate advantage, loss of power and it produces a feeling of distrust and disgust.
It is lack of Poise that makes the masses, slaves to feelings and devoid of their thinking faculties

A person of power is always self contained and in perfect poise.

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About Dignity …

Posted on May 5, 2007. Filed under: Eloquence, Guide Posts, Personal Magnetism, Personalities |

Dignity and Manliness will render you Supreme Master of Every Situation.

Dignity is always a sign of a higher nature in man or woman.

Dignity sits enthroned on many men and women as their chief attribute.

“Sage, he stood with Atlantian shoulders fit to bear the weight of mightiest monarchies”.

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