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Friday, October 30, 2015

Arun Shourie

Well said and well written. 

I too was a great admirer of Arun Shourie and I even wrote a short piece on his observations in December 2014 amid the busy music season in Chennai.

Then I have only these quotes from one of my favorite Sufi writer of practical wisdom and leave it for readers to draw their own conclusions.

One thing is certain when men with vision and missionary zeal embark on a task they will succeed despite all the hurdles and that has been one of the few consistent law of lessons drawn from history.

“MAN: Kick him-he'll forgive you. Flatter him-he may or may not see through you. But ignore him and he'll hate you”  Idries Shah

“Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions.” 
 Idries Shah, Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way

“If you want to make an ordinary man happy, or think that he is happy, give him money, power, flattery, gifts, honours. If you want to make a wise man happy - improve yourself!”  Idries Shah, Reflections

 “It is not important to have said a thing first, or best - or even most interestingly. What is important is to say it on the right occasion.”  Idries Shah, Reflections

“You have not forgotten to remember;
You have remembered to forget.
But people can forget to forget. That is just as important as remembering to remember - and generally more practical.”  
Idries Shah, Reflections

 “Opinion is usually something which people have when they lack comprehensive information.”  Idries Shah, Reflections

“A real secret is something which only one person knows.”  Idries Shah, Reflections

Inflated egos cannot scream in desperation rather they must gracefully retire and graciously guide the mission of good governance, economic development etc for the sake of posterity.

Neither preening and parading the past glory nor pandering to please all activities can ensure that. Only practical implementation of certain measures can deliver that.

Unfortunately the same Arun Shourie made me write this last week.

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