Learning Philosophy from current events – A 2016 unedited social media chat

Received in WhatsApp. Posted as received.


  1. Change is Sudden
    Everybody is concerned about the overnight action making high value currency invalid across India. Nobody saw it coming; or was prepared; or had even any idea of its happening.

But there is something else which we know will surely come, but are not sure when, where and how – that is death. And it will come even more stealthily than this!

We had 4 hours advance notice for this – but in death, there will not be 4 seconds. Are we prepared for the secrecy and suddenness in Death?

  1. Value can be Lost in a Second

We had Lakhs of Rupees in 500 and 1,000 denomination yesterday – but today they are just pieces of paper!

Similarly, all wordly gains – money, wealth, fame, power – not just high currency – will all be worthless for us a second after death.

  1. Don’t Bank upon Banks

Like the ATMs and Banks are closed today, options to do good deeds will close with death. No further good deeds can be done / notes withdrawn by us directly.

We can enjoy the assets we purchased earlier with the 500 / 1,000 currency but can’t purchase any new ones now. Similarly, only the lasting assets of good deeds we created will benefit us after death – no new goodness can then be done.

  1. Fakes Will Not Last

One of the purposes of the action is to deal with fake currency. After this, all fake notes will be out of the system. So will it be with ourselves and our actions…

Let us test ourselves – do we have authentic notes or fakes ones – of success, relations, happiness, even good deeds? Is our life itself authentic or are we living a fake life in a fake world?

  1. Small is Big

Big deeds run the risk of breeding pride and arrogance. The real gems are the small, quiet, hidden, good deeds that are done with sincerity when no one is looking.

The person with two 100 rupee notes is today richer that the a person with a thousand 500 rupee notes!

  1. Source Matters

For each of your actions, you shall be questioned and your source / intention seen.

When you go to the Bank to exchange the Rs 500 / 1,000 note, you will be asked for identity / PAN / source of Income.

Similarly when you bring your deeds to the Creator, he will ask for your source / intentions / purpose. Did you do it to be called a generous person? Or to compete with someone? Or only for the will and happiness of God?

Only the last will be valid currency there!

  1. Plan Ahead

A lot of people are busy worrying and planning what they can do with the invalidated currency now. But it may be too late.

Planning for the Hereafter needs to be start in the Now – with right intention, sincere devotion and regular action. Else it could be too late.

—— Courtesy to the unknown author who wrote this good message.

Unedited chat in Facebook when the above message was posted by me in Facebook follows:

Jasobanta Kumar Panda What a beautiful comparison!!! Salute!! But one point I don’t agree as I am always with you.
The last point, plan ahead, it does match to the saga of currency ban nor it really much applicable to life. Live today is the hyme of life. No plan will succeed if God has planned something else. Is not it?

Ganapathy Subramanian N You have not read the first lines. I am not the author.

However I give my views:God never plans for us. It is we who have created our present and are creating our future. That is the principle of Karma theory I strongly believe in and probably you are in disagreement with.

Dharma is a set of rules that tries to tell what is correct and what is not correct. We have to learn from Dharmic texts to understand the correct and not-correct and then apply this knowledge to decide what we do or intend to do is good or not, that is positive or negative.

Thus we only create Fate for us and God is an omnipotent force of love who, if we invoke the blessings, will agree to help us in our quest for development.

It is not necessary ( or probably not good ) that I expect all who read my posts should or may agree with my view points.

Just as I think I have, everyone has freedom to think and express and I had never wanted to impose my ideas or interfere in another’s way of thinking. I just express my views in my posts.

Just because I happen to post material from some other’s posts, it does not make me responsible to either own up or feel responsible to justify or explain all the ideas expressed in others’ writings.

Hope you can appreciate this.

As for your query, I state emphatically that we create our fate and if are willing and feel humble to pray to the God, God will come and help in our endeavour to complete our efforts.
Jasobanta Kumar Panda Sir, I also believe in Theory of Karma, I am confused about prarabdha karma and punarjanma. I also believe in Bhagyabaad, and I feel that it sometimes superceds Karmabaad.
I love to discuss with you and do the same by disagreeing with you. But I am sorry, my style of words did hurt you a bit. I apologize for the same. I am small child, don’t mind on my words please.

Ganapathy Subramanian N Your words did not hurt and I have not taken it in any wrong sense.

We learn through experience, study and thinking and everyone is at various levels in the path of progress.

View points change over the distance.

That is the shape of the view we hold about a thing or experience is different when we are very far from it and it certainly changes when one moves nearer to the thing or experience.

But please do not believe that I am obliged to explain everything somebody else said, just because I chose to post that matter written by others.

Narayanan Ramaswami Jayashri Plans shatter;Path is brighter but shorter; to be earned in follow up

Ganapathy Subramanian N We need not plan. We have to do what is good for us and should realise that what is good for us may not be right for us to do when it implies affecting the good of others. Our actions take us to the deserving path. If we ask, God comes with us in our journey.

Piraisudi Murugan Really wonderful! Thought provoking statements.

Manickavasagam good thought.



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