WITH BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS FROM LORD BALAJI, THIS BLOG CARRIES NEWS THAT CONCERNS CLASS 1 PENSIONERS OF LIC. WE ADD A LITTLE PEPPER , A LITTLE MINT OR MIRCHI HERE AND THERE TO HELP US REJUVENATE , RECONCILE AND RELAX, AND LEARN TO LIVE IN PEACE

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Osho

“गुरु पर संदेह और श्रद्धा” – ओशो
‘मैं यही कहता हूं कि जो बात आपकी बुद्धि को उचित मालूम पड़े, आपके विवेक से ताल—मेल खाये, उसे ही स्वीकार करना। जो न ताल—मेल खाये उसे छोड़ देना, फेंक देना।’
गुरु की तलाश में भी यह बात लागू है, लेकिन तलाश के बाद यह बात लागू नहीं है। सब तरह से विवेक की कोशिश करना, सब तरह से बुद्धि का उपयोग करना, सोचना—समझना। लेकिन जब कोई गुरु विवेकपूर्ण रूप से ताल—मेल खा जाये और आपकी बुद्धि कहने लगे कि मिल गयी वह जगह, जहां सब छोड़ा जा सकता है, फिर वहां रुकना मत। फिर छोड़ देना।
लेकिन अगर कोई यह सोचता हो कि एक बार किसी के प्रति शिष्य—भाव लेने पर फिर इंच—इंच अपनी बुद्धि को बीच में लाना ही है, तो उसकी कोई भी गति न हो पायेगी। उसकी हालत वैसी हो जायेगी जैसे छोटे बच्चे आम की गोई को जमीन में गाड़ देते हैं, फिर घड़ी—घड़ी जाकर देखते है कि अभी तक अंकुर फूटा या नहीं। खोदते है, निकालते है। उनकी गोई में कभी भी अंकुर फूटेगा नहीं। फिर जब गोई को गाड़ दिया, तो फिर थोड़ा धैर्य और प्रतीक्षा रखनी होगी। फिर बार—बार उखाड़ कर देखने से कोई भी गति और कोई अंकुरण नहीं होगा।
तो कृष्ण ने भी जब कहां है, ‘मामेकं शरणं ब्रज‘, तो उसका मतलब यह नहीं है कि तू बिना सोचे—समझे किसी के भी चरणों में सिर रख देना। सब सोच—समझ, सारी बुद्धि का उपयोग कर लेना। लेकिन जब तेरी बुद्धि और तेरा विवेक कहे कि ठीक आ गयी वह जगह, जहां सिर झुकाया जा सकता है, तो फिर सिर झुका देना।
इन दोनों बातों में कोई विरोध नहीं है। इन दोनों बातों में विरोध दिखायी पड़ता है, विरोध नहीं है। और अर्जुन ने भी ऐसे ही सिर नहीं झुका दिया, नहीं तो यह सारी गीता पैदा नहीं होती। उसने कृष्ण की सब तरह परीक्षा कर ली, सब तरह, चिंतन, मनन, प्रश्‍न, जिज्ञासा कर ली। सब तरह के प्रश्‍न पूछ डाले, जो भी पूछा जा सकता था, पूछ लिया। तभी वह उनके चरणों में झुका है। लेकिन अगर कोई कहे कि यह जारी ही रखनी है खोज, तो फिर जिज्ञासा तक ही बात रुकी रहेगी और यात्रा कभी शुरू न होगी।
यात्रा शुरू करने का अर्थ ही यह है कि जिज्ञासा पूरी हुई। अब हम कोई निर्णय लेते हैं और यात्रा शुरू करते हैं। नहीं तो यात्रा कभी भी नहीं हो सकती।
तो, एक तो दार्शनिक का जगत है, वहां आप जीवन भर जिज्ञासा जारी रख सकते हैं। धार्मिक का जगत भिन्न है, वहां जिज्ञासा की जगह है, लेकिन प्राथमिक। और जब जिज्ञासा पूरी हो जाती है तो यात्रा शुरू होती है। दार्शनिक कभी यात्रा पर नहीं निकलता, सोचता ही रहता है। धार्मिक भी सोचता है, लेकिन यात्रा पर निकलने के लिए ही सोचता है। और अगर यात्रा पर एक—एक कदम करके सोचते ही चले जाना है तो यात्रा कभी भी नहीं हो पायेगी। निर्णय के पहले चिंतन, निर्णय के बाद समर्पण।”

– ओशो

[महावीर वाणी – 27]

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Friday, June 23, 2017

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At Central Office .....GNS

An informal but useful Meeting in CO


I was at Mumbai last week in response to the invitation extended by our Mumbai Assn for  attending their AGM on 17/6. As I had reached a day earlier our President and myself along with Sri Sawant, utilised time by visiting CO and met Senior Officers particularly in the Legal and Personnel (ER) departments. The Chairman and the concerned MD being by on a daylong meeting, we could not meet them.

From the interaction with the CO Officials, we could get the following impression.

1) LIC is probably not going to agitate against the DHC judgement .The  CO is now engaged in working
out the cost of implementing the .29 &.23 formula on DR for pre 97 retirees. On their specific query, we could not avoid mentioning that AIIPA and AIRIEF are also contemplating similar action like us by approaching the SC.

2) On   medical scheme the suggestions made by us and others including reimbursement of Domiciliary medical expenses are under consideration. We were told that it could not be effected immediately as the group policy for the current year has already been issued, and hence we can expect improvements for policy year 2018-2019.

3) Despite our legal notice the attitude on 92-93 retirees' issue appears to be negative (as we have sent notice to Govt also we have to wait for some more time.
As for cost aspect on no.1 above we, with the limited information with us, believe that LIC's monthly pension bill will go up by 4 Cr or so only, and the arrears may be around 40 Cr. 


The well attended AGM of Mumbai Assn. Was held on 17/6 and details will follow in our next circular on organisational matters.

With greetings

GN Sridharan 

Gen. Secy 

Fedn of Retd.LIC Class I Officers' Assn

Thursday, June 22, 2017

We are proud of

<sureshprabhu@irctc.co.in>
Date: Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 12:30 AM
Subject: Ministry OF Railways - Achievements & Initiatives
To: arunachalam.m9@gmail.com
indian railway images க்கான பட முடிவு

Dear Friend,
As always it gives me immense pleasure to write to you again.
It is our Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's firm belief that Railways can give Gati and Pragati to the nation.We are driven by his vision to make Indian Railways the growth engine of our country. As I look back at the financial year gone by, I can say that we had many success and few misses. I am satisfied but not content.Innovative policies which we introduced have started giving dividends resulting in increase in both passenger and freight traffic. We reversed trend of declining number of passengers and carried 8221 million passengers which is 70 Million more than the last year. I would like to thank all my stakeholders for the connect and their trust on Indian Railways.
To remove bottlenecks, which are created because of the under investment over last many years,it was imperative to work on infrastructure creation. By working on infrastructure augmentation we aspire not only to catch up with the rising demand but also to be ready for future demand.I am glad that we have been able to achieve significant success. Some of the key highlights have been:
  • Highest ever 2855 kms of new lines, gauge conversion and doubling commissioned
  • Highest ever 953 kms of new line commissioned
  • Entire meter gauge has been converted to broad gauge in north east region
  • Highest ever 2013 kms of electrification done
  • Highest ever 1503 unmanned level crossings eliminated
  • Highest ever 1306 Road Over Bridges and Subways completed.
    We are working on an ambitious Rs. 8.56 Lakh crore investment plan in the next five years. We have gone beyond the traditional method of financing and are leveraging innovative financing models for fuelling our capital expenditure plan. We have formed Joint Ventures with states to speed up infrastructure augmentation keeping the specific needs of every state in perspective.
    It is our endeavour to provide superior travel experience to our passengers. We have taken a number of measures to ensure with significant success. Augmenting passenger amenities, new train products, special trains, increase in carrying capacity are just some of the measures we have taken to provide comfort to our passengers. However, we have a lot more to do and we will not rest. Some of the significant achievements in 2016-17 have been:
    • Launched new train products: Humsafar, a completely air conditioned luxury service at affordable price with improved aesthetics, amenities and Antyodaya, a completely unreserved long distance service with improved coaches
    • We commissioned 48 lifts and 61 escalators
    • High speed Wi-Fi was provided at 100+ stations
    • On Board Housekeeping facilities were extended to 157 more trains making a total of 830 trains
    • Attached 586 coaches in regular trains, generating an additional capacity of 43,420 berths
    • 150 toilets provided for Divyang
    • Total 1313 stations have been provided with 100 % LED lights
    • We ran 31,438 trips of special trains
      Sustainability is another thrust area. We have mainstreamed sustainability and it is no more a peripheral activity. We are working on not only reducing our carbon footprint but also creating positive environmental impact. Some of the highlights in 2016-17 have been:
      • 4 MW of installed solar capacity added
      • Record 34,000 bio-toilets fitted. In last six years 36,000 bio-toilets were provided
      • Energy audit conducted at 205 stations
      • 1313 stations have been provided with 100 % LED lights
      • We came up with a new Water Policy for efficient use of water resources
      • We came up with Mission 41k to achieve a savings of Rs. 41,000 Cr in next 10 years by energy efficiency
        It is worth mentioning that since India's independence the freight traffic in Indian Railways has increased by about 1400% and passenger kilometres by about 1700%, but the route kilometres have grown by just 23%. This has resulted in congestion on the tracks. 40% of the sections are running with more than 100% line capacity utilisation. With increased capital expenditure we are trying to de-congest the network. However, infrastructure creation is a time consuming activity. We have also created a Rail Sanranksha Kosh with a total investment of Rs.1 lakh crore. We want to see a quantum jump in the safety performance on the Indian Railways in the next few years. We are introducing latest technology and moving from preventive to predictive maintenance. The augmentation of more physical infrastructure in terms of more railway lines, road over bridges, better signalling, safety related works etc. are impacting the punctuality of trains a little.But the works which we are undertaking now were long overdue and would give much better service delivery in the times to come. We are working on improving the punctuality of trains, and we seek your cooperation. while we have made major inroads in many areas, a lot is yet to be done and we have ambitious plans ahead.Some of the significant plans we are working on and which will facilitate in benchmarking of Indian Railways with the best in the world are:
        • Rs. 8.56 Lakh Crore capital expenditure plan
        • Mission "Zero fatality" to ensure complete safety
        • 100% Elimination of Unmanned level Crossings
        • Mission One ICT to leverage IT in all aspects of Indian Railways' functioning for greater efficiency
        • Dedicated freight corridor to segregate passenger and freight traffic and thus reduce congestion considerably
        • Setting up Rail Development Authority (RDA), an independent regulator to recommend passenger and freight fares and set service level benchmarks
        • Rs. 1 Lakh Crore Rail Saranksha Fund for spending on upgrading safety standards
        • Mission Raftar to enhance both average and highest speed of trains
        • Implementation of accounting reforms to ensure co-relation between input parameters and organisational outcomes
        • Mission 5 Cr trees to plant trees for environment conservation
        • Redevelopment of stations into world class terminals having best-in-class amenities
        • Enhancing non fare revenue through advertisements, monetisation of real estate etc.
        • To connect all capital cities of North Eastern States with broad gauge by 2020
        • Making Indian Railways 100% human waste discharge free through use of Bio-Toilets
        • Generation of 1000 MW solar power, thus becoming one of country's largest solar power producer
          Our Honourable Prime Minister has taken keen interest in Railways and under his leadership, as we continue on our journey to take Indian Railways to greater heights, your cooperation is important to us. Let us work together to make Indian Railways, one of the best in the world 

          Yours, 

          Suresh Prabhu

          Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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          International Yoga Day 21st June 2017

          International Yoga Day: Ayush ministry issues 'Common Yoga Protocol'

          Jun 20, 2017, 02.21 PM IST
          International Yoga Day: Ayush ministry issues 'Common Yoga Protocol'
          NEW DELHI: In preparation for the 'International Day of Yoga' on Wednesday, June 21, the Ayush ministry has issued a 'Common Yoga Protocol' to create general awareness toward achieving "harmony and peace through yoga".

          The Yoga Protocol is contained in a slim booklet that includes a message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sections on the history of yoga, its various schools and general exercises for health and well-being. 

          Read the entire Common Yoga Protocol booklet here

          Also included are detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to perform various 'asanas', along with accompanying sketches.

          The booklet does add though that physicians be consulted for specific ailments.

          "The information, techniques and suggestions mentioned in this yoga protocol are not a substitute for the medical advice of physician," says a disclaimer in the Yoga Protocol. 

          The ministry developed the Yoga Protocol in consultation with yoga experts and heads of the eminent yoga institutions in the country.

          "Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body," says the Yoga Protocol booklet.

          "'Yoga' also refers to an inner science comprising of a variety of methods through which human beings can achieve union between the body and mind to attain self-realisation," it adds.


          In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) approved by consensus a proposal to celebrate June 21 as the "International Day of Yoga".


          "Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being," said PM Modi at the September 2014 UNGA session.


          "Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us to deal with climate change," he added.

          Monday, June 19, 2017

          Useful Meeting at Central Office. GNS writes.

          An informal but useful Meeting in CO


          I was at Mumbai last week in response to the invitation extended by our Mumbai Assn for  attending their AGM on 17/6. As I had reached a day earlier our President and myself along with Sri Sawant, utilised time by visiting CO and met Senior Officers particularly in the Legal and Personnel (ER) departments. The Chairman and the concerned MD being by on a daylong meeting, we could not meet them.

          From the interaction with the CO Officials, we could get the following impression.

          1) LIC is probably not going to agitate against the DHC judgement .The  CO is now engaged in working
          out the cost of implementing the .29 &.23 formula on DR for pre 97 retirees. On their specific query, we could not avoid mentioning that AIIPA and AIRIEF are also contemplating similar action like us by approaching the SC.

          2) On   medical scheme the suggestions made by us and others including reimbursement of Domiciliary medical expenses are under consideration. We were told that it could not be effected immediately as the group policy for the current year has already been issued, and hence we can expect improvements for policy year 2018-2019.

          3) Despite our legal notice the attitude on 92-93 retirees' issue appears to be negative (as we have sent notice to Govt also we have to wait for some more time.
          As for cost aspect on no.1 above we, with the limited information with us, believe that LIC's monthly pension bill will go up by 4 Cr or so only, and the arrears may be around 40 Cr. 


          The well attended AGM of Mumbai Assn. Was held on 17/6 and details will follow in our next circular on organisational matters.

          With greetings

          GN Sridharan 

          Gen. Secy 

          Fedn of Retd.LIC Class I Officers' Assn

          Saturday, June 17, 2017

          FATHERS' DAY SPECIAL.

          Kireedam (2007) 
          What more happiness can a father enjoy than having a son who shares the same dream as he does. In Kireedam, Rajarajan (Rajkiran) is a conscientious father who tries to control the circumstances and make it in favour of his son Sakthivel (Ajith) who strives to become a cop. The film had two climaxes with one in which the lead ends up as a cop and the other in which it doesn’t happen. Nevertheless, the film ‘arrests’ the thought process of a caring father who wants nothing but a good life for HIS SON  

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          Who else but You, can I invoke!

          Pallavi:

           nagumōmu ganalēni nā jāli telisi nanu brōvaga rādā śrī raghuvara nī 

           Anupallavi: 

          nagarājadhara nīdu parivārulella ogi bōdhana jēsē-vāralu gārē yiṭu luṇḍudurē

           Charanam: 

          khagarāju nī yānati vini vēga canalēdō gaganāni kilaku bahu dūrambanināḍō jagamēlē paramātma evaritō moraliḍudu vaga jūpaku tāḷanu nannēlukōra tyāgarājanuta nī

          English verse:

           Knowing that bereft of Your smiling face, Distraught is my state, Foremost of the Raghus, won't You Come to me, to alleviate? 

           Bearer of the king of mounts! The members of Your retinue, They who give good counsel, Could they fail to remind You? 

           Does not the king of birds Hasten to do Your bidding? 

          Or did he find, Heaven to Earth, A distance too forbidding? 

           O Supreme Self who rules over all, Who else but You, can I invoke! 

          Elude and leave me not in a pall, Take your bard under Your yoke.

           Notes: 

          Nagaraaja is frequently interpreted as the Govardhana hill of the Krishnaavatara. But Govardhana is only described as a hill. Nagaraaja literally means king of mountains. So, Mount Mandara, which is one of the 7 major mountains, and can be called the king of mountains, is more appropriate. Vishnu in the Kurmavatara, as the Great Tortoise, supported Mandara on his back, when it was used to churn the Ksheera Saagara or ocean of milk. The king of the birds is Garuda. Also, there are more references to Vishnu and Heaven in the kriti, like retinue, Garuda's abode in the heavens etc, than to Krishna and Earth. So, Mandara is again more consistent. Rather than give the literal but convoluted, "one praised by Tyagaraja" for the last line, I have given the much nicer "bard". I have similarly varied my rendition of his "mudra" or lyrical stamp, in the remaining kritis too.

          Transformation Through Experience

          Monday, June 12, 2017

          Hanuman Chalisa by Pandit Jasraj

          MANAGING PAIN




          MANAGE YOUR PAIN

          REASONS OF PAIN

          HOW YOU MANAGE THEM

          ALL HERE


          managing pain before it manages you IAMGES க்கான பட முடிவு

          THIS POSTING WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO BE POSTED IN MY OTHER
          HEALTH WEBSITE
          www.Sury-healthiswealth.blogspot.com
          but inadvertently posted here.

          Later, however, I thought no mismatch would happen . A good many of us suffer from pain
          as we do  create a lot of pain for ourselves
          by treading in territories not to be tread at this age.

          Sunday, June 11, 2017

          LIVE PROGRAMME


          LIVE PROGRAMME.

          LIC settles 99.92 % claims.

          LIC sets record on claims front, settles 99.92% cases

          The Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) pulls off a record claim performance by settling 99.92% of death claims in 2016-17 as against industry average of 95%
          Till date, LIC has had nearly 11 lakh such cases outstanding. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

          Till date, LIC has had nearly 11 lakh such cases outstanding. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

          Mumbai: The Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has pulled off a record claim performance by settling 99.92% of death claims in 2016-17 as against industry average of 95%. The insurance behemoth is keen to push the boundary further, looking to settle 99% claims on a monthly basis too in future.
          “LIC has settled 99.92% of death claims in 2016-17, which is undoubtedly one of the best performances not only in the country, but in the world,” an LIC source told PTI here. According to industry body Life Insurance Council, there are a total of 24 players, including LIC, active in the life insurance space and the industry average of death claim settlement stands at around 95%.
          “One of the fundamental reasons for the strong brand of LIC is our service delivery and... our claim settlement operations in particular,” the source said, adding that “we would expect that not only we continue to focus on this area, but further strengthen it by settling 99% claims on month on month basis”.
          Till date, LIC has had nearly 11 lakh such cases outstanding and expects that each and every case needs to be followed up to its logical end. According to the source, the customer relationship management (CRM) department of LIC has been asked to ensure claim particular sheet is prepared for every outstanding case and regular monitoring is done.
          LIC, the source said, is making further efforts in the CRM space, where the corporation would like to see visible and perceptible changes in the quality of response to customers, turnaround time in attending to customer complaints or queries, courteous attitude and business etiquette of officials dealing with customers.
          According to the source, prompt handling of queries by the SMS-based helpline has brought down the number of complaints drastically and it would revive the helpdesk in each branch so that customer is attended to promptly.
          “Further, to provide instant service, we need to ensure our customers are empowered to use e-services. Their mobile numbers, e-mails and NEFT details are registered as early as possible to provide instant services,” the source added. As for information technology, LIC’s immediate focus is to ensure comprehensive cyber security for data, software as well as hardware.
          This is all the more relevant in the wake of the Wannacry malware attack that hit computers across globe. The corporation may go for a net addition of 69,000 agents, potentially taking its agency strength to 11,31,181 at the end of March 2017.

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          LIVE EVENT ..


          ARJUNA'S SORROW

          (courtesy: Sam Blog )

          Arjuna is in high spirits as he enters the Kurukshetra battlefield blowing his bugle.  He imperiously asks the charioteer to take the chariot to the front of the Pandava army to survey the assembled armies. The charioteer, Lord Krishna, implicitly obeys and takes the chariot forward and stops it not before his arch-rivals, Duryodhana and Karna, who started the war, but before Drona and Bhishma.  Seeing them as the revered Guru and beloved grandfather and not as warriors supporting adharmic Duryodhana, his enthusiasm collapsed, his attitude underwent a sea- change and his mental weakness was exposed.  Instead of seeing the warriors in opposing armies, he saw now his cousins and relatives arrayed on both sides engaged in a do or die battle.  Until this moment he was clear in mind that this was not a battle between relations but between Dharma and adharma.  But the sight of Drona and Bhishma changed all this and his attachment for them now started ruling his emotions, influencing his words and directing his action. He is struck with deep sorrow directly proportional to the intensity of attachment to Bhishma and Drona.  The impact of grief on Arjuna, in his own words is as follows (1-29,30):
          सीदन्ति मम गात्राणि मुखं  परिशुष्यति। (Seedanti mama gaatraani mukham cha parishushyati)वेपथुश्च शरीरे मे रोमहर्षश्च  जायते।।1.29।। (Vepathushcha shareere me romaharshashcha jaayate)
          My limbs fail and my mouth is parched up, my body quivers and my hairs stand on end! 
          गाण्डीवं स्रंसते हस्तात्त्वक्चैव परिदह्यते। (Gaandeevam sramsate hastaat twak chaiva paridahyate)  शक्नोम्यवस्थातुं भ्रमतीव  मे मनः।।1.30।।(Na cha shaknomyavasthaatum bhramateeva cha me manah)
          The Gandiva (bow) slips from my hand and my skin burns all over; I am unable even to stand, my mind is reeling, as it were. 

           We can see Arjuna’s condition as one of anxiety neurosis from the symptoms he described. His limbs started shaking so much that he could not hold on to his famous bow, Gandiva, firmly.  His mouth goes dry with increasing anxiety and the skin felt burning and the hairs on the body stood at their ends due to rising tension.  His limbs failed him to such an extent he couldn’t even stand steady.  His attachment led to this grief and the grief in turn leads to confusion or delusion, as he himself acknowledges that his mind was reeling.  The one who used the words ”well-wishers of evil-minded Duryodhana” , to describe the warriors on the other side when he asked Lord Krisna to take the chariot forward, now started referring to them as ‘svajana’, relations.  He calls Duryodhana an “aathathayee”, and yet he says that sin will accrue by killing him forgetting that as Kshatriya it is his duty to punish an aathathayee.  For an aathathayee is one who has committed any of the Pancha Maha Pathakas, five great sins.  They are; setting fire to one’s house, poisoning a person, stealing the property of another person, taking the land or wife of another person, and killing an unarmed person in fight.  Duryodhana had committed all these; tried to burn Pandavas alive by setting fire to their house of wax, tried to poison them and took their kingdom by deceit through game of dice. He also tried to kill Lord Krishna, when he went to Duryodhana’s court as a messenger of Pandavas.  Yet Arjuna reacts as he did towards Duryodhana and Kauravas, shows that he was terribly confused and deluded due to his deep attachment. 

          Arjuna’s deluded mind affects his intellect as well with the result Arjuna now mistakes Dharma for adharma and adharma for Dharma and has Dharma-Adharma-aviveka.  He advances brilliant arguments about the evils of war which are very much true, but now he talks from a weakness of mind at a time when he has come all set for a war that has been forced upon the Pandavas by adharmic acts of Duryodhana. Secondly for a kshatriya not to fight a war forced upon him and to run away from battlefield is against his Dharma.  By not following his Dharma he will be then incurring Pratyavaya papa.  He also tries to justify his delusion by arguing eloquently about the importance of family for preserving the culture and how war will destroy the family fabric and spell the doom of culture.  Though the arguments cannot be faulted, the time and place for them are not proper ones as they are advanced for wrong reasons, to cover up his mental and emotional turmoil.  All this eloquence on the evil effects of war and on saving the culture is only to camouflage his anguish to take up arms against Bhishma and Drona is revealed when Lord Krishna sharply rebukes him and calls upon him to stand up and fight, giving up the unmanly behaviour.  After pouring out his mental dilemma and emotional helplessness, Arjuna surrenders to Lord seeking His advice.

          The three afflictions, attachment (Raga), sorrow (Soka) and confusion (Moha), put together is samsara or bondage.  This problem of samsara is not unique for Arjuna but it is universal.  We also find in our life we are confronted with moments of sorrow and confusion arising from our attachment and emotional dependence.  As children it is for toys or balloons and as grown-ups it is for luxury things and relationships. In life normally we experience only movement from one bondage to another and not to Liberation, if we do not build up a spiritual buffer.  Here it is to be noted that Arjuna after the initial rambling finally came to recognize the problem and states clearly the reason for his grief and confusion.  Secondly he did not hesitate to seek advice from a competent person. His experience of samsara was so intense that he did not want to proceed with the fight and sat down in the chariot with tears of sorrow.  Luckily he had Lord Krishna at hand to seek guidance and surrender and Lord’s advice to Arjuna in the form of Gita is available to us now also to tide over similar circumstances of emotional turmoil and mental confusion in our life’s battle. Let us equip ourselves with that advice to help us to stand up and fight keeping the Lord always in our heart rather than sit back depressed, crying in desperation and blaming others and factors outside our control.

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          THE WRITER OF THIS ESSAY SRI SAMBAMOORTHY IS AN LIC PENSIONER.

          Abhang

          Bho Shambho -

          Tuesday, June 6, 2017

          G N S writes

          sns.I had the privilege of attending the AGMs of four of our units during the period 1/5/2017 till date. They were Ernakulam ,Chennai, Thrissur & Tiruvananthapuram.

           The details of the meetings at these centres are being sent separately by post to all concerned.


           Meantime I am glad to inform that the Federation  of in-service Class I Officers have decided to include in their Charter of Demands some of the issues concerning retirees like introduction of provision for periodical up gradation of pensions, improvements in medical scheme etc .This was disclosed by Shri R Rajkumar the All India Gen.Secy. who attended the Gen. body meeting of our Tiruvananthapuram Assn.held on 4/6/2017 as a special invitee.

           He informed that their Charter was under preparation and will be finalised soon. As I was also present at the meeting   I will be touch with them on the subject as suggested by him

          We are thankful to shri. Rajkumar and his organisation to have decided to include pensioners' problems for the first time in their Charter

          GN Sridharan 

          Gen. Secy 
          Federation of Retd. LI C ClassI Officers' 
          Associations.

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          Friday, June 2, 2017

          92-93.

          Re-fixation of  pension for 92-93 retirees

          Members are aware that we have been following up assiduously for the past 3 years  the vexed issue of refixation of pensions of  the small number of pensioners who had retired during the period of 1/8/92 and 30/3/93. 

          The matter came up for serious discussions at the meeting held at Delhi on 26/5 and it was decided that since we have waited enough for positive response from LIC we should immediately cause a legal notice to be served as a prelude to our approaching the judiciary on this issue also if necessary. 

          We would like to inform that in quick implementation of the said decision, a notice on our behalf has been sent yesterday (1/6/2017) on our behalf by a senior advocate experienced in service matters calling upon LIC to act on the stand of the Hon'ble Supreme court in MC Jain's case and extend the benefit to all similarly placed retirees within two months

          Now that we have taken a serious step, let us wait and see whether we should go to court on this issue as well hoping in the meantime for a favorable response. We may add that the govt has also been made a party to the notice.

          With Greetings 

          GN Sridharan  
          Gen.Secy 
          Fedn of Retired Lic Clas1 Officers Assns.