Entries by Venu Payyanur

Theyyam and Life lessons

“The measure of a man is what he does with power,” “Theyyam” is a popular ritual art form of worship of North Malabar in Kerala, India.  The Theyyam dance is performed in front of the village shrine and in the houses as ancestor worship. The Theyyam period is typically from the month November and comes […]

Leaving a Legacy

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” —Benjamin Franklin Can you visualize yourself inside a coffin and all your friends, relatives, colleagues and others standing around it? What would you like them to talk about you? That you were a […]

Arrogance leads to destruction

Parikshit was a great king who ruled righteously and protected all. Yet, one day he did an action that was unpardonable which led to his death. Even though he was tired and fatigued, arrogance of being a king made him insult a Yogi who was on deep meditation, because the silent Yogi did not answer […]

Sibling Rivalry

When children of the same parents behave differently and at times fight each other, we wonder what is happening. Only in Hindi movies, we have seen that separated on birth one becomes a Police officer and other a Villain and fight to death or reconcile at the end. However, the truth is different. Even though […]

Origins of Terrorism

 Throughout the history of mankind, societies have tried to balance between individual rights and the mighty coercive power of the State. There were many political unrest and associated deaths and destruction in India due to the compulsory acquisition of land for industrialization, building of dams, defence installations, new capital formation, etc. That includes issues we […]

Reward and Punishments

Janamejaya, the son of Maharaja Parikshit was attending a long sacrifice on the plains of Kurukshetra with his brothers. As they were sitting at the sacrifice, there saw a dog. Beaten by the brothers of Janamejaya, the dog ran away to his mother, crying in pain. Questioned by the mother Sarama, the dog mentioned that […]

Onam – myths, mysteries and myopic thoughts.

  “Maveli Naadu vaanidum kaalam, Manushyarellarum onnu pole Aamodathode vasikkum kaalam, Aapathangarku-mottilla thaanum Aadhikal vyaadhikal onnumilla, Baalamaranangal kelkkanilla Dushtare kankondu kaanmanilla, Nallavarallathe illa paaril… illa paaril” “When Mahabali was the ruler, all were happy and none had any problems or difficulties. People were very healthy and never heard of infant mortality. There were only good […]

Lessons from Trees

      Lessons from Trees The Tree is a common universal symbol that is found in many different traditions around the world. Trees are symbols of physical and spiritual nourishment, transformation and liberation, sustenance, spiritual growth, union and fertility. Exploring tree symbolism is one of the most beneficial way to learn big lessons in […]