Have A Blessed Easter!

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The Greatest Networker in history, a vegetarian (as claimed by many) named JESUS, had no servants, yet they called him master.

He had no degree, yet they called him teacher.

Had no medicines, yet they called him healer.

He had no army, yet kings feared him.

He won no military battles, yet he conquered the world.

He committed no crime, yet they crucified him.

He was buried in a tomb yet he lives today.

The power of networking is touching people’s lives and transforming them.

Happy Easter!

 

 

 

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Podcast #2: In Conversation with OS Arun

Many of you are aware that Vijayaratnam Foundation recently organised a fundraiser performance of the classical dance drama production Dasavatar in Malaysia recently.

Accompanying the dancers in this beautiful production was the man popularly referred to as the Prince Charming of Carnatic Music, the legendary O.S.Arun from India. A versatile singer whose astounding range of music in performance have often proved his remarkable ability to infuse traditional composition with new vigour and impact.

I had the opportunity to invite him to be a part of this podcast and talk to him about reaching the youth through music and culture. I present to you, my conversation with O.S.Arun.

In Conversation with OS Arun by VijayEswaran

Podcast #1: Missionary Vs Mercenary

After my various trainings, the one constant question I get is – How do we ensure that the effect of this training lasts?

Based on all the feedback I have been receiving, I decided to start a podcast series that will be available on my blog starting today; where I will tackle the various questions I get via sms, email, facebook and twitter.  My first podcast is inspired by a discussion I had with a group of people recently on the right approach to dealing with anything in life – Missionary vs. Mercenary.

 

Missionary Vs Mercenary by VijayEswaran

Taarana – A school for children with special education needs

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It has long been a dream of my wife and I to set up a school for children with learning disabilities that provides quality education at affordable costs. This dream is now coming true with the establishment of Taarana, a centre for children with special educational needs under the aegis of the Vijayaratnam Foundation in Malaysia.

 

Such a school requires highly specialised training facilities and teachers specifically qualified in this niche area. As we would like to keep the fees reasonable enough for lower and middle income families, we are organising a series of fund raiser events in aid of Taarana.

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Why Vegetarian?

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Many non-vegetarians, especially in the western world are quick to identify vegetarianism with some kind of spiritual or religious belief – as something traditionally oriental or even new age, like the practice of Yoga! This is, of course, perfectly understandable, given that a majority of the world’s non-meat-eaters share a connection with eastern philosophy and thinking, particularly in countries like India where the predominant Hindu population has traditionally followed a vegetarian diet. However, there is an increasing number of vegetarians all over the world (including the west), who choose to forego the consumption of meat for more practical reasons, grounded in reality.

In China, vegetarianism has been around in a lesser form since at least the 7th Century and has been practised by devout Buddhists. In recent years, it has seen a new resurgence in the cities as the emerging middle class in China pay attention to issues of health and diet. In 2010, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao proposed a nationwide campaign of “one day of vegetarian every week” mainly as part of a broader environmental platform.

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