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    Live, Live with Prosperity

    Principled Simplicity

    M.B. Nirmal

    Founder & Leader : ExNoRa

    Management Trainer : Seventh Intelligence

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    Mr. Anandapadmanabhan was a born leader and was a living example

    for today's youth. He aspired and worked hard to change the life of

    today's youth, to make them more educated, prosperous, so that they

    become worthy citizens of tomorrow's India.

    He silently but meticulously taught among school children, that

    simplicity is the best virtue to excel in life. Though the God of death has

    being so cruel in taking away the life of our dear Anandapadmanabhan,

    he lives forever in our minds inspiring us to lead a life with simplicity.

    I dedicate this book with tears and fond remembrance, to the epitome

    of simplicity, my friend Anandapadmanabhan.

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    Title: Live, Live with Prosperity

    Principled simplicity

    Author: M.B. NirmalFounder & Leader: ExNoRa

    Management Trainer : Seventh Intelligence

    Published by:

    Seventh Intelligence Publications

    20, Giriappa Salai, T. Nagar, Chennai 600017

    Tel: 91- 44- 2815 33 77/ 2475 95 77/ 98400 34 900.

    Email: [email protected]

    Original Tamil book titled, ", - ", of the same author Mr. M.B. Nirmaltranslated in English by 'REACH' J.Chandrasekaran

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    Forgetting gratitude is forbidden

    I owe my heartfelt thanks to those who helped in the

    original Tamil version:

    Mrs. Lavanya Senthilkumar, who designed this book,

    which is sure to create history, in the e-publishing

    format.

    'Navalar', Poet, 'Anagai' Mr. N. Sivan @ Sivalingam, who

    is our ExNoRa Senator. He did proof reading and editing.

    Mr. Shagul, of MOFA Enterprises, who computerized and

    digitized the Tamil edition.

    Mr. N.P. Manohar and Mr. P.G. Ramnath of Classic

    Printers, who brought out the printed edition of the

    Tamil book.

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    I dedicate

    I do not believe in the proverb, "to make or destroy, it is the woman's will". I

    respect womanhood. I believe in another proverb whole heartedly, which says,

    "Wife is the gift by the Almighty".

    There is a turning point in every man's life. His appearance, life style, thinking,

    dress code - all go for a change during his marriage, or soon after his marriage.

    The changes are of different types.

    A good wife reforms bad thugs. Good simpleton turning to bad habits after

    marriage is also common. There are instances, where one could not withstand

    the lavish life style of a spendthrift wife, making him earn money in unethical

    means.

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    I remember an instance, when a bank officer, went to the jail to distribute

    sweets to the prisoners. He was shocked to see his dear friend, a Government

    official in higher position, among them! When asked about how he came here, he

    said that he resorted to earn ill-gotten money to buy silk saris for his wife!

    I, the author of this book, was simple ever since I grew up. After marriage,

    simplicity took strong roots in my family. My wife, a Postgraduate practicingmedico, also practiced simplicity. At present, she is the Deputy Director of

    Madras Medical College. Nevertheless, she ever made her position or fame

    affect her path of simplicity. She naturally possesses simplicity as a jewel and

    her nature astonishes me!

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    Most of the days she travels by public transport. She also buys the vegetables

    and groceries required on her way back home. She cleans the home, sweeps the

    floor without engaging any servants. She travels by II sleeper class only while

    traveling by train. She checks the price of any commodity before she buys andsettles with the one with the lowest price tag. She never 'makes herself' up!

    Extravagance is never in her vocabulary. She also gets along with others with

    simplicity and straight forwardness.

    I dedicate this book to my wife who is the simplest and modest woman in my

    life. I am sure this book will bring happiness to countless people who will enjoy

    reading this book and absorb the contents to enrich themselves and their life.

    With love and gratitude.

    M. B. Nirmal

    Author

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    Live, Live in Prosperity

    Principled simplicity

    Simplicity as goal

    ExNoRa M.B. Nirmal

    Read this book once. Your live will change forever

    and rise higher!

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    Money that controls the world

    Even though there are many problems in the world, that varies from person to

    person, country to country, the most common problem every one has is,

    "MONEY" or the need for money. Money controls the world. Industries run,

    business persons compete with each other, fights for positions and going for a

    job - all are to generate money. Business is done for money. Some families strain

    relationship for dowry issues, ending up in want of money. Man robs to get

    money. Before the pyre's fire puts off, the heirs fight each other for want of a

    share in the wealth of the deceased soul, again for money.

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    Money will plough down to the core of the earth

    Men and money

    What does money yield?

    For the poor, next to oxygen, money matters. Money gets them food, cloth andshelter. Money wipes away their sorrow.

    For middle class folk, just to maintain their 'middle class' status, they need money! If

    they have more money, they can buy a bigger house with more amenities. Can buy

    car; go abroad; pay 'capitation' fees for higher studies; even though prohibitive, can

    discreetly give dowry for a safe marriage for their daughters. Let them earn well, but

    they should also learn to control their expenses and desires. Otherwise, they will

    loose control over the swirl of greed and desire and will put them in a crisis.

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    For the rich: Rich too worry about money. How to safe guard the hard-earned

    money? How to earn further ? On seeing some one richer, they yearn to beat them,

    by adding few more crores to their kitty . These are few worries they carry. This

    constant worry of making more and more money builds stress, which gives them

    immense pain, and invites all diseases. These 'rich' diseases carry those filthy richpeople towards the ICU of a rich hospital. Then they eventually loose the body worth

    crores for want ofmoneyor the thought of money.

    Is there any connection between money and happiness?

    If some is to read what I said earlier, they will surely conclude that money is

    everything. But great souls, saints, philosophers, patriots, freedom fighters, social

    workers, nature lovers - all are in unison by thinking otherwise!

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    "There is NO CONNECTION between money and merry. And absolutely no connection

    between money and mental peace," is what they say.

    Is this true? Here are two true illustrations:

    True incidents:

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    The poor rich man!

    I went to a rich man's house. His house is in Chennai main city

    which covers some acres together! There must be at least 15rooms within his bungalow. Not less than five cars were lined in

    his portico. A large door at the reception, on opening carries a

    huge surprise . A big swimming pool awaits you, with a

    springboard on its bank. You can dive into the water and comeout by the rising steps.

    Small trolleys carry food for guests. The food is driven to the

    guests' place, in these cars. They are converted to diningtables, in a moment! A big tennis court, grand wooden carvings,

    smooth silk carpets and many such jaw-dropping artifacts

    decorate the bungalow. This book would is not enough if I have

    to comment on everything I saw that day.

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    The owner of the bungalow knows me well. When I went there,

    he was sitting in a sorrowful mood. I was with him for half anhour. By then, two doctors had already checked him and left.

    One was a cardiologist and the other a diabetes specialist.

    I remembered many say that this man can do anything with themoney he possesses! What happened now? I slowly went near

    him and enquired, "I always get surprised by the wealth you

    have possessed, but now today, I feel very sorry for you.

    What's really your problem?"

    He replied, " I wish I lessen my burden by sharing my problems

    with some one else.' Having said that, he talked with me for

    about ten minutes.

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    I could summarize that as follows:

    A week before, the income tax sleuths have raided his house, dug theunaccounted money, and have raised an enquiry on him.

    He recently came to know that one of his business partners had beenswindling huge sums of money for a long period, unnoticed!

    On seeing his lavish life style, his factory workers have started asking for araise.

    His son-in-law's tantrum had reached a crescendo. He had first received aHonda car on persistent requests, and now he wants a Benz car, again!

    He also came to know that both his sons have illicit affairs. As he always thinks of his business, he has developed no attachment or

    relationship with his wife.

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    All these things put together had made this man bed ridden and a pressuredriven wreck.

    I suggested, Sir, why don't you do some meditation, go for a cool swimming?These would relax your mind, body and soul! He retorted back, I wish Iremove all the water and jump into the dry pool and commit suicide instead!"

    I am known for giving solace to many parched souls but I could not musterany reply for this man! I just bid bye and returned back, without uttering aword more. The surprise element is that, when this man had a smaller unit,he was happier as I saw him but as the unit grew in size, so grew hisworries, along!

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    The rich poor man!

    The same day evening, I had another experience altogether. The dhobi Dhanakoti, who

    lives near the slum next to my house, was sleeping peacefully. On hearing my vehicle's

    sound, he woke up, came running to open the gate of my house, to allow the vehicle in.I just enquired, Hows life man?" He gleefully replied, All in our family went to

    Muniandi Villas for sumptuous Biriyani, saw a MGR movie and are back home. Our day

    today went off happily!"

    Dhanakoti, his wife Mookayi, their children, all wash the clothes of their customer's

    outside their hut. They work hard throughout the day. They enjoy working hard. Theirhard work had made their arms muscular and strong. Morning 8 to 2 noon they wash

    the clothes. Then they dry the clothes, have food, take some rest and after five in the

    evening they start pressing the clothes and give the pressed ones to the clients' houses

    and come back with the collected money. While on work, the tape recorder in their hut

    belts out cinema songs continuously. After 7 pm, they all squat before the black & white

    television and see all the programme non-stop. They laugh, clap hands and get soinvolved with the comedy scenes they see and are immersed into the scenes

    themselves! Every weekend they visit the Mari Amman temple. Being dhobis

    themselves, they always sport well-washed, white linen. They always live happily.

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    Measure of happiness

    If at all we try to measure thehappiness, through some fictional

    'happiness readometer", the

    mercury in it, would cross all

    barriers and burst itself out! If weuse the same meter on the rich

    man, I referred earlier, the mercury

    would never rise to any level, and

    would stay put as if it is frozenforever!

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    The vision of truth

    On seeing two different families the same day, a great truth dawned upon me.

    Comparing these two families, I concluded that money and happiness have no

    connection. Money and Mental peace have no connection. Moreover, to top this all, I felt

    strongly, Money and mental solace have no relationship at all!" These two instances

    made me do a thorough research. The result is what you see, this book. If oneunderstands this book and its essence, the reader can get peace of mind, and happiness,

    forever. Money do gives comfort. However, it is only 90% a physical aberration. The mind

    never gets solace from money.

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    Earn

    Let more of money be there. If you can earn more money the

    righteous way, please go ahead. Earn as much as possible. Any

    earning member should follow a strict methodology. That is why I

    have this book before you. Not to stop you earning money. Let's

    come to that important methodology one has to follow, after

    earning hoards of money.

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    What can give you mental solace?

    There are many answers for the above question. But what stands out isjust one reply, 'simplicity'. The more simple you live, the more happiness

    and mental solace, you achieve. This is hundred percent true. Even if you

    earn more money and possess more wealth, just desist and be simple.

    Earning money is not a crime. Nevertheless, forgetting simplicity is a huge

    mistake! When money beckons a man, we see that simplicity tends to

    leave him.

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    Great men are simple. Simple men turn great.

    The most renowned men in the world are all simple. List out the beacons who lead

    a great, yet simple life. They may be from different class, kind, clan and

    nationality. However, the common thread, which runs through all such names and

    personalities, is 'simplicity'. Here is a sample list:

    The great Gowthama was not famous as a Prince, but he became world famous,

    after he became 'Buddha', leading a simple life, renouncing the charm of being a

    prince.

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    Same way, Jesus, Mohammed the prophet, Confucius, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates,

    Mother Teresa, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Arutperum

    jyothi Ramalinga Adigal, Guru Nanak, Mahaveer, Leo Tolstoy, Bernard Shaw,

    Albert Einstein, Poet Subramania Bharathi, 'Iron Man' Sardar Vallabhai Patel,

    Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Thiruvalluvar, Tamil poetess Avvaiyaar,

    Rabindranath Tagore, Gopala Krishna Gokhale, Bala Gangadhara Tilak, Ramana,

    Arabindo, Raghavendra Swami, Swaminarayan, Dr. Ambedkar, C.Rajaji, Karma

    warrior Kamaraj, Kakkanji, Lalbahadur Sastri, Annadurai, the saint who ploughs

    through your mind, 'Live prosperously' Mahan. Vethathiri Maharishi, and so on.

    If I again start listing such great souls of this soil, this book will be over flowing.

    Most of them listed here came from affluent background, but adorned

    simplicity. They never lived a pompous and rich life.

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    Gandhiji was from an affluent family and a Barrister from London. The

    world hails him for not for his Barrister Law degree, but for his simple life

    style, for living one among the masses, like a common person. He traveled

    the length and breadth of our country; saw the plight of many poor

    peasants wearing almost nothing except their loincloth. He too shed away

    lavish clothing and wore just a dhoti and a small towel on his frail

    shoulders. Even Winston Churchill ridiculed Gandhiji as, "Half naked fakir'

    from India. However, it was not the well-dressed suit attired Churchill,

    who won, but this so-called half naked man of India, Gandhiji!

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    A small girl told her mother, " Ma, leave me for serving the Church. Let me

    become a nun! Her mother refused saying, You are still a small girl.

    Become 18 and then you can decide on your life path." After years, the

    girl, now a grown up woman, went to her mother again and retorted, "Ma,

    leave me now. I am 18. Let me become a nun." The mother with tears

    rolling down her eyes, allowed her daughter to join the monastery. What

    is shocking is the fact that, after this incidence, the mother and daughternever met again!

    The young nun, who reached the shores of Calcutta, saw the poor and

    downtrodden dying in the streets with no shelter, but for the sky as their

    roof. Many were dying due to hunger, in footpaths. She sheds tears for

    them. She goes to her seniors in the Church, asking them permission to

    serve the mankind instead of serving the Lord.

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    She is an Albanian by birth, and white skinned. Will the locals accept her?

    She immediately sheds away her nun robes and gowns, but wears simpler

    sari, the Indian attire. Do you know which sari she chose to wear? The one

    that is being worn by the sweepers of Calcutta, which just cost her

    Rs.2.00. She is none other than the famous Mother of deprived, down

    trodden and the beacon of hope of destitute, the founder of Missionaries

    of Charity, Mother Teresa. Is there any other better example of a Greatperson leading a simpler life, yet becoming famous?

    The then Chief Minister of Tripura, Mr. Nirupan Chakraborthy was a

    bachelor. After his tenure, he went to live in a small rented room, leaving

    away the posh Government Bungalow. Do you want to know what he

    carried along when he vacated the Government accommodation? A simple

    trunk containing three sets of dresses!

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    The then Chief Minister of Kerala Namboodiripad, donated all his

    ancestral property to his party, before entering politics.

    The other Kerala Chief Minister Achyutha Menon was seen shopping like a

    commoner, the next day his tenure ended. Even minister A. K. Anthony is

    known for his simplicity even by his political oppositions.

    A member of the parliament, holding various ministerial posts in the

    erstwhile Madras state Shri. Kakkan was travelling by public bus. During

    his last years, he could not even afford a private hospital and stayed in

    the general ward of a Government Hospital.

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    Mr. Kamarajar, the 'King maker', who was known for his ability to select

    the Prime ministerial candidate of India, was then the chief minister of

    Tamilnadu. He did not own a small piece of land in this country, where we

    know that politicians who hold even the smallest of smaller posts, having

    Swiss accounts to save discreetly their ill-gotten money. Mr. Kamaraj did

    not even have a savings account in his name. Perarignar Anna, also an

    erstwhile Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is known for his great literary

    works, which were written by him squatting on plain floor. Rajaji was also

    known for his simplistic life style.

    Guljarilal Nanda, who was a minister for long period in the Central

    Ministry, struggled in his late years unable to pay his room rent. He used

    to stitch his torn cloth to wear them again.

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    Is there anyone greater than these Great men I mentioned? Did the

    society boycott these men because they were simple? Even after their

    death, they are remembered forever, as an epitome of simplicity. So,

    shall we all agree that simplicity is not to be ridiculed but to be hailed?

    The recent incumbent president, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is a living

    example for this generation. Similar to him, is also the current Prime

    Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Both of them lead a very simple

    life.

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    Advertisement Stunt and Show

    The politicians today, and even the Religious Heads

    advertise themselves. They keep themselves figuring in tall

    digital banners and posters competing with the skylines.

    Some of these even fall off and injure the common public

    who walk gazing at those monstrous cutouts! They

    encourage their so-called 'supporters' and acclaim many

    'titles' to themselves as prefixes and suffices to their

    names. They celebrate their birthday with pomp and

    extravagance.

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    Raise that comes with simplicity

    The Great men we discussed earlier never did advertise

    themselves. There was neither internet nor websites during their

    days. No televisions or cell phones. In fact, there wasnt that many

    publications or newspapers like what we read today. In spite of

    such short falls, they were famous. The whole world was familiar

    with these names. What gave them fame is their simple life style,

    their philosophy, their work and the path they lead. They not only

    preached simplicity but also lead by example.

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    Live, live happily

    There is a simple way to lead a happy life. That

    is to lead a simple life and to proclaim that

    simplicity will be the only motto to lead thatlife.

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    Principled simplicity is the only way to lead a happy life

    What is principled simplicity? What are the obstacles we face while observing

    principled simplicity? What is the real way to live a cherished and peaceful life?a

    If one understands the objective of principled simplicity and give shape to it, there

    cannot be a person better than you to lead the happier life. Again, what is this

    principled simplicity?

    a

    Before understanding this concept, it is important to understand that you will face a

    lot of obstacles while taking every effort to practice principled simplicity. In short, it is

    this 'society' which stops you practicing principled simplicity. We never see things in our

    own perspective. We always tend to handle any issue through the society's eye. What

    does the society think? "What will happen if 'x' thinks so, 'y' may blame me, how do I

    get fame and attention of the society or what will happen if the society shuns me for

    my deed .." and so on

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    a

    Therefore, by constantly thinking what the society thinks, we loose our own thinking,

    let our concerns to dilute and thought process to fade. We tend to bend ourselves to

    the thinking of the society and thus become a victim of borrowed opinion, resulting intension and restlessness.

    a

    We blame the society and conduct ourselves, even though we do not like it. In fact, we

    tend to become spendthrifts blaming the society, only to suffer and bear the brunt.

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    Neighbour Syndrome

    Ninety percent of the population suffers from what is called as 'Neighbour

    syndrome'. Do you remember the famous Tamil cinema song, "AduthaathuAmbujatha paartheyla? ( ?) Thisexplicitly explains how the singer envies her neighbour.

    The very concern of what would be our neighbours opinion makes us do things

    incorrectly. And the funniest part is here? Just to grab the attention of our

    neighbour, to attract him or to overcome him in terms of others' attention, we

    tend to do things differently than what is really ours.

    The truth is that no neighbour has time to think of us, fathom or criticize us,

    leave alone adulating or finding fault with. So, first and foremost, we should

    come out of the lifeterm we impose on ourselves called as the 'neighbourhoodsyndrome'. Instead of living our fullest life for ourselves, we start living for the

    sake of entering our neighbour's heart or mind. In this context, neighbour

    means, the surroundings and the society too.

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    The social uneasiness

    How is our neighbour or the society responsible for us

    shedding the simple life and falling prey for a pompous life?

    Here are the reasons:

    Will the society think that we have become paupers, having

    lost all our wealth and property, if we lead a simple life?

    Will they call us a 'miser'?

    Will they declare us as mad?

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    Such unwarranted thoughts engulf us, and we resort to get

    into a pompous life. Even if some one thinks like that, should

    we really worry about it? Shouldnt we decide how we live or

    is it the neighbour or the society, which should decide our

    destiny? Those who ridicule us, will they take care of us in

    hard times? Will they come forward to pay off our loans? Will

    they partake in our sorrows and pains? Will they share our

    burden now or ever?

    It is not bad to be poor in wealth, but it is certainly bad to

    be poor in intellect.

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    Prisoner of others' thoughts

    Both the neighbours indulge in wealth accumulation and are under stress, thinking

    that the other man would always think of us, the man next door! Both think that

    the other man is watching his movements closely, avoid face-to-face contact, do

    not talk with each other and spend their lives without fear, which is not worth

    undergoing. We loose ourselves, our self-esteem, are trapped and fail to come out

    openly with a clear thought and mind. We spend beyond our capacity to make the

    other man appreciate and feel envious about us. One day, we will be burying

    ourselves in deep depth of debt. It happens the same way in the other man's life

    too. This unaccounted life game becomes a threat to us; others feel hatred towards

    us and in fact avoid us. In front of our face, they hail us but behind our backs, they

    shun us. Some evil-minded enemies go to the extent of giving a complaint against

    us to the authorities, anonymously!

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    The movie, which detailed simplicity in an eloquent way

    The director with a sharp brain who has made many movies to evoke the intelligence of the

    society, by mixing both comedy and realism is none other than the Tamil Director

    K.Balachander. He not only made commercial movies, but also ensured that they carried

    social messages.

    Extravagance and its suffering were well documented in the Tamil movie 'Bama Vijayam'.

    The evils of being spending beyond ones limits is well explained interlaced with comedy, by

    showing how three middle class women fall prey to the glamour world and pretend to be

    rich, eventually suffering themselves due to their own plight. None can forget the song,

    'Varavu ettanaa, selavu patthaNaa' ( , ). Afamous adage goes like this in Tamil, 'swell, suiting to the size of the finger', which implicitly

    means spend suiting to your income'. In the beginning chapters, I had explained very clearly

    how money is not important for happiness, by two live examples.

    M t i ti hi !

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    My parents were money-minting machines!

    The true son makes his father proud

    By becoming a front-runner, in all claims...

    is the meaning of a couplet of Poet Valluvar who also says in the same breadth the

    duty of a father towards his son, in another one:

    Father does his true duty by making himself

    a role model to his son

    An industrialist father and a leading medico mother both work tirelessly and

    accumulate enormous wealth to their children, but they never spared time to spend

    with their children. They always worried about the future but forgot the present

    time. Out of the enormous interest they showed in making money not even an iota

    was showered on the children. The children themselves had to seek appointment of

    their father through his personal secretary!

    The children yearned for parental love and affection Soon both the sons got

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    The children yearned for parental love and affection. Soon, both the sons got

    addicted to drugs and this went on undetected by their parents. The parents became

    money-minting machines but had no love. When drug addiction became too severe,

    the eldest son lost his life. The other son was saved miraculously by highest and most

    expensive medical care! We come across many such instances in our daily lives.

    There are women weeping for the plight of a child in the television serial, forgetting

    about their own kin!

    The adage 'father' is equally important as that of being named as an 'industrialist'.

    Both have different work and different role to play. One complete man does both

    jobs correctly. If he fails in his dual role, life will fail him!

    The true incident mentioned above shows that he parents failed to understand the

    minds of the children, in spite of them being clever enough to accumulate so much

    wealth. Love and affection are also precious little things, which are essential in life.

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    Principled simplicity - a definition

    Another saying goes like this: As a cat burnt itself with hot tongs trying

    to imitate the tiger stripes'. We should lead a life within our earning

    capacity and should not fall a prey to the pomp and show outside. On

    the contrary, we should observe how poor folk who earn less live

    comfortably than we do.

    'I wept for a pair of shoes and stopped when I saw a lame man walk

    by' - is another proverb. This is what is aiming for simplicity. Decide

    from today, to lead a simple life.

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    Aim for natural happiness.

    The reason for you to lead a simple life is not that you

    do not have money, but because you have decided to

    live so. You are not broken. You are not a miser or

    insane. You observe simplicity as you have that as one

    of the aims in life. Simplicity is the path to happiness.

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    'Badge' - a symbol

    A simple designer badge can demonstrate principled simplicity. This is how it looks:

    Principled simplicity

    This can be made in engraved letters either in metal or plastics and can be worn close to

    your heart on your shirt pocket. This can be any language denoting the initials of principled

    simplicity. You can wear a simple dhoti, or wear sandal slippers, but yet by seeing this

    badge on your shirt people will look upon you, not tease or ridicule you. They will

    understand that the simple life you have chosen is by choice and not by force or situation.

    Principled simplicity is not a banned word! Those who see you with this badge will not

    think bad about you, but will look upon you as a role model. Your value will raise amongst

    them. Your style will spread like the fragrance of an incense stick to others around.

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    No 'badge' needed

    In fact, real masters with an aim of leading a simple life and who

    lead as an example, do not really need any badge. Their dress,

    their simple attire and their simple deeds are suffice to promote

    the idea and the person.

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    Badge needed

    But let's think the other way. In case you are a simple man wearing

    this badge. Anyone new to this concept, will surely approach you

    out of curiosity. You can then start explaining the concept, the

    virtues of simplicity. So the message spreads fast. So please wear

    such badge whenever you go out. Spread simplicity, its virtues,

    advantages and all the goodness it brings along with it. Keep

    spreading the message. Do this NOW!

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    Hypnotizing and Subliminal Advertisements

    Many advertisements come in television which attracts us, changes us, make us

    mad, which conquer us, make us addicted. A finding from a Western research

    says that some advertisements are produced in such a way, that they go deep

    and get embedded into our minds. The characters, their dress, their style,

    conversation, dialogue delivery, background score, all keep aside your

    judgmental mind and start imposing the advertiser's ideas forcibly into your

    brain. What next? You become like a keyed toy, go and buy the said commodity

    or expensive thing without ever wanting it really. This is called 'subliminal'.

    Those who see advertisements daily and also follow them strictly are sure to

    become paupers and to the streets! Then their own life becomes fit to be a

    screen play for another television serial!

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    Just do a 'small survey' immediately

    Walk around your home with a paper and pen. Just jot down all the needy things

    based on their use to you. Do not leave anything in your house. Everything you

    see. Give 100 marks for those who are inseparable like gas, gas stove, light, fan

    etc. Give lesser marks for things which are sparingly used. You will be surprised

    that 90 % of the goods in your house being useless or in other words, which are

    sparingly used. You may find surprisingly certain unwanted things filling your

    almirah unopened! The unwanted stuff makes cockroaches dwell there. Most of

    those unwanted things would have been purchased using credit cards and the

    dues would also accumulate for nothing. More the interest in the bank, more

    goes up your blood pressure!

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    A simple method to suppress the urge to buy

    Let bygones be bygones. Let the future be good. Do you feel like

    buying something you see at a friends place or see in an

    advertisement? Do you feel the rush to buy at any cost? You

    need to just do one thing. A self test. Just for two minutes. Sit

    in a chair. Relax and lean back then ask yourself the following

    five questions and answer back yourself.

    Those five questions:

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    Question 1: Is this thing very essential for me? Do I want it?

    If the answer is no, its OK. On the other hand, if the answer is yes, you are inviting

    trouble. Then go to the next question.

    Question 2: Do I need it?

    If the answer is no again, you are fine. If the answer is yes, it means you are in

    danger. Then go to the third question.

    Question 3: Can I afford to buy it? Do I have the capacity to buy it?

    It is pertinent to know before you answer this question, that you have the money to

    buy that thing, well in your account. If you are going to get credit for the same, thecredit should again be reasonable. Can you repay the credit card company in time?

    Ask this question too. If you have the capacity to re-pay the monthly installments, it

    is fine. If you get a big NO as an answer for all the questions, it is great, you are

    free. But if you get a big YES as an answer then YOU MUST go to answer question

    number four.

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    Question 4: Can I lead my life without this?

    This is an IMPORTANT question. Most of the things in our homes are not essentials in our

    life. Still we accumulate them. We can easily say, yes, this is not really an essential item in

    my life or life style. You can avoid buying such things immediately. Nothing will change or

    life become abnormal if we stop buying that thing. If your answer for this question is again

    a big no you are again saved, but if your answer is yes, you have to answer the final fifth

    question without fail and then may proceed with your purchase.

    Question5: Can I postpone buying it?

    By asking this vital question, you may postpone the purchase if needed, may be you may

    cut down your desire of buying the product later, for ever, which does more good than

    harm in long run.

    These 5 wonder questions:

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    These 5 wonder questions:

    You will be surprised that after answering these vital wonder questions, you will

    end up, not buying many unwanted things. You will be a true man using your sixth

    sense, not getting carried away by advertisements. Your family welfare will be

    safe. Simple life style will engulf you and you will walk with a raised head ever.

    You will feel light hearted. Savings will grow. All in your family together or alone

    can undertake these self examination. Better to do as a group.

    Sixth bonusquestion:

    Still is your desire to buy more is not doused? Then this sixth question which

    needs to penetrate your head and mind is:

    Does this affect the environment or will this purchase cause pollution?

    Good expense

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    Do you know the best expenditure in the world? It is spending to save!

    Yes, this four lettered word save saves you a lot. The more you spend on

    saving, the more you gain.

    Let others who are pompous and extravagant, weep around for their

    misfortune.

    We should remember a point. There are not less than 10 crore Indians

    living under the sky, as their roof. They live, eat, deliver children and die

    on footpaths. There are at least few crores of populace who starve

    without a square meal a day! Many die due to starvation. More than that,

    many tender hands of children toil and work hard in harsh conditions to

    support their family!

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    There are so many underprivileged poor souls like the lame, blind, orphans,

    destitute, discarded, aged, suppressed, women who resort to run brothels

    for want of food, starvers who beg, those who do petty thefts as they do

    not know how to earn their bread, and so on. Is it right on our path to

    spend lavishly when our brethren are dying due to penury? Is it fair?

    It is not the gold plate or aluminum plate which satisfies our hunger. It is

    the food on the plate that fills our stomach.

    Guilty conscience

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    More than making us feel rich, extravagance makes us feel pompous. The very feeling that we are

    pompous will develop a guilty feeling in our mind and that also leads us to illness.

    Way to lead a simple life

    You want to lead an easy life? Be stronger yourself. Control the wavering mind. You want your life to

    be a smooth sail? Be tough to yourself.

    What a ostentatious nature?

    There is a Tamil saying, An overnight filthy rich, holds an umbrella even for a midnight moon!. It is

    a fact that these sudden rich and snobbish act worsens their normal life. A sudden rich man asked

    the guy at the watch show room, not about the life of the watch, or its technicalities, but Which is

    the most expensive watch in your showroom?. He bought the costliest one. He did not buy for

    himself but insisted the sales man that none other than him should wear that particular branded

    watch, and must not be sold to any one else! As it is costlier, it shows more time than what is

    normal!! is a joke remarked on this incident. How snobbish and arrogant these filthy sudden rich

    ones are!

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    Money intoxication!

    A rich man had three children, who studied in the same school, but he chose to

    send them to a near by school which was within two kilometer radius, by

    individual car for each child! Separate drivers for each vehicle and brought them

    back. Just near by is a slum area, where most children live in penury and most of

    them have no clothes to wear or proper food to eat. Cant the rich man cut

    down on his expenses by sending all the three children to the school in one car?

    The money thus saved could have been used to provide education for all the

    downtrodden children in that slum. God will only bless those who live for

    others.

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    Fetish for imported goods

    There are many who boast of proclaiming, I do not buy

    anything local. All foreign make only!. However pretentious they

    are, can they remove the tag which is on them that they are only

    locals, i.e., Indians!

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    Buy only Swedeshi goods

    Many foreign goods, mostly unwanted goods, are adorning the shelves of our

    shops. If you are not ready to give up the snobbish attitude, so be it. At least

    listen to this simple advice. Do not buy foreign goods. Buy only Indian goods.

    That would indirectly benefit our brethren and give job opportunity to our own

    country men. Many houses will have their lights lit and we would save foreign

    exchange to our country. Our country will also prosper and grow.

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    Just see this imaginary situation

    You have two workers approaching you for help; a healthy cash-rich

    worker from abroad and the other a poor labourer from India. You need

    not help any of them. Just try to stick on to Made in India tag. Just buy

    Indian goods. Thats enough. This would be the best favour one could do

    for saving the lives of the Indian worker. Take an oath, with immediate

    effect as I would buy only Indian goods.

    The extravagance thats makes you loose your mind

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    Let me narrate an interesting story to illustrate how obsessed we are with money and an

    extravagant life. A rich man gifted a dog to his son. The son and the dog became inseparable

    and were play mates. One day unfortunately the boy sees the dog motionless and still. He wept

    profusely and asked his father to get back the dog its life. The father tried to console his son

    but failed. He said he will buy a similar one, but the son was adamant and went on crying. The

    father changed the track and proclaimed, See,lets do one thing. We will have a grand burial

    for your pet dog. The body will be carried in a chariot bedecked with garlands, driven by

    horses. A band will lead the way. After burial, we will have a grand feast for all who attended

    the cremation. The boys face lit up! He was happy and was about to get ready for the

    cremation. Then, the unexpected happened! The dog, which was actually unconscious, leapt

    back to life! The boy had a rude shock! He was expecting a feast and not the dog back to life.

    He immediately yelled to his gardener. Hey, kill that dog!

    I need not elaborate any further on this story. We all live like this, mindlessly. We are possessed

    with extravagance. We avoid being simple and end up simply loosing all good things in life. At

    times we are forced to live so and when such an attitude dominates our mind, we are forced to

    become cruel against others too.

    Why simplicity? Here are some reasons:

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    Why simplicity? Here are some reasons:

    Lavish life forces us towards debt.

    Dowry deaths, cruelty, bribery, robbery, all happen due to the desire for

    a lavish life

    This extravagance and desire to buy unwanted things make producers

    produce such unwarranted and unwanted goods in plenty. This in turnspoils the nature. The world will become a grave yard in the next

    generation. Natural resources will perish, and the earth will become

    barren.

    The more we buy useless things, the more they are produced. Due to

    increased production, pollution increases which in turn spoils our soil,

    air, earth and sea.

    More scrap and solid waste accumulates, due to the unrelated use of useless

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    things and discharge. The packing boxes, film covers, the thermocole or

    styrofoam packing's, paper, all add to the waste. We end up spending money

    for solid waste management and disposal. The vehicles which carry the waste pollute the air, sound as well as the land.

    The place were the waste is dumped also become a waste land, useless for

    irrigation, agriculture, in short useless for habitation. We also are loosing

    more of our lakes and ponds, which are used as dumping yards for the waste

    managers.

    Diseases spread due to the waste. We spend money to cure diseases. The

    medical expense in the city life has become inevitable.

    Luxury invites danger. Boot-leggers and criminals target people who own

    luxury cars. Thieves target those who flash their wealth.

    Many women who walk like a show piece bedecked with jewelry also become

    victims of murder and theft.

    What does simplicity give us?

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    What does simplicity give us?

    Simplicity gives mental peace and solace.

    Simplicity gives fulfillment in life.

    Simplicity uplifts the standard of our life.

    Simple men are always held in high esteem in the society

    A well deserved peaceful life, less expenses, adores us. Savings always saves us.

    Simplicity brings us all together. If simplicity becomes a common goal for all, the

    other unwanted differences in caste, creed, money, economics, etc., all of them

    will take a back seat. Simplicity should be your breadth. If so, happiness will

    surrender at your feet. If not, you will be at the mercy of the demon called debt

    money.

    Most of the work we were once doing physically are now taken care of machines. All

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    exercises are now gone. Grinding and pounding using hands, sweeping and cleaning

    the floor using wet cloth with our hands, use mug and bucket to bath, washing

    clothes by hand in a river bed, all have become bygones. The simpler exercises we

    do are now totally not practiced. We do not stand up to switch off a running

    television. We use remote control button! Only thing which you cannot operate

    using a remote control is your own brethren. We have invited body ache and pains

    by avoiding the smaller exercises we used to do once upon a time. What do we do

    to reduce the pain? We run to a gym. We pour money there and try out all kinds of

    exercises in all types of awkward looking machines! What a farce! Should we not

    feel ashamed of this? Exercise is the only thing which you should do yourself. You

    cannot assign that task to some one else.

    In short, we have reduced body motions by buying machines for every possible

    work. We have reduced normal exercises. We pay and join a gym! Then make the

    body sweat. What a shame! We waste money as well as time.

    Principled Simplicity here is the plan

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    Principled Simplicity here is the plan

    Make a badge like what you see here. Or like what I showed in the earlier

    pages.

    Live and lead a simple life and set yourself as a leading example

    Preach simplicity wherever possible. Call for gatherings to discuss

    simplicity. Talk to school children stressing the need to be simple.

    Become a messenger to spread the benefits of simplicity.

    Give this book to all known friends, relatives and well wishers. Gift this

    on any occasion to them.

    Make such badges and also sell it to them.

    Principled Simplicity here is the plan

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    Principled Simplicity here is the plan

    Please save the money saved by practicing principled simplicity in a bank.

    Use that to give quality education for children. Get them good books to

    read.

    All simple folk observe a walkathon wearing simpler dresses.

    Four friends can come together to start the Principled Simplicity Club.

    Meet twice at least a month to work out strategies to live simpler. Take

    wise decisions to cut costs and live happily.

    We resort not to talk to others and gain money to become rich. We

    become aloof. Instead, we can become a member of this principled

    simplicity club and share our experiences and knowledge with others to

    make them also live simple.

    Principled Simplicity here is the plan

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    Make more members join this unique but purposeful club.

    Talk in public forum, schools, colleges in appropriate stage and gatherings,

    the advantages of simple living. Create more clubs over there.

    Start such simplicity clubs in multi-storied buildings and on roads. Inform

    us. We will publish and popularize your club.

    Simplicity makes us save money. We can save this money and utilize a

    portion of that to donate to people who need it. Buy food, cloth and books

    to the needy and poor. If possible try to build shelters for the under

    privileged

    Share others joy as well as their sorrows. If you share their joy your joy

    doubles. If you share their sorrow, their sorrow will be halved.

    We need clean mind and control to lead a simple life. Take efforts to gain a

    O l i l i f

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    One logical question of yours

    You may ask, if all start observing simplicity, will not the industry

    fall down? Will not many factories which produce goods for the

    buyers, close down? Many may losejobs! Yes this is a meaningful

    question. Simplicity does not mean being a miser. One should

    always buy what we consider is very essential and avoid buying non-

    essential things. The result is, essential goods production will go up.

    Production of unwanted things will go down. Industries would then

    resort to make only those commodity which are very essential to

    mankind and avoid doing lavish, unwanted, goods of extravagance.

    What are essential goods?

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    What are essential goods?

    Food, water, shelter, clothes or dress, medicine and education are the

    essential needs of a man. If principled simplicity is observed by one and allsincerely, savings will grow; social awareness and work will improve, health

    standards will increase. Quality goods which are essential would be

    produced more and would also pave way for exports and earn foreign

    exchange for our country. Very few industry would loose business, but

    many new ones will spring up. By and large economy would not perish ordiminish, but will cherish along with simple living.

    The natural resources are not omnipresent and immortal. We may usurp all

    of them one day. By practicing principledsimplicity one will be forced to

    use the natural resources only for producing essential goods. Depletion ofnature will reduce. This is the best use and benefit for simple living.

    The money thus saved by living simple, can be utilized to serve the poor

    and needy.

    If savings increase

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    If savings improve, the banks can utilize the money as its

    resources for lending for many useful purposes. Job

    opportunity for many will spring up. Here is a sample

    list:

    Barren land can become cultivable land.

    Rivers can be embedded. Ponds can be deepened and cleaned.

    Wells can be bored.

    Trees can be planted

    We can reconserve and grow forests

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    Can cultivate vegetable garden

    Can start medicinal herbs cultivation

    Can create parks

    Can make money out of waste

    Can do rain water harvesting

    Can stop erosion of natural resources

    Can reduce pollution

    Can build hospitals

    Can use the money for more social cause and work

    So we can make such countless efforts by creating more

    and more jobs within ourselves as shown above.

    Do not forget

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    We are spending and ending natural resources, but are hardlyspending human resources properly.Lets learn and take an oath to increasingly use humanresources and save natural resources.Let us follow PrincipledSimplicity to achieve this.

    So, we now know, that production increases. We also know thatthose produce will be essential and useful. The investmentswould change from one industry to the other. Overall, a healthyworld would beckon us.

    Dear Parents

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    You teach your child how to read, write, compete, pray, conduct him or

    herself. Is that all needed for one to lead a complete life? Where will

    they live if the land, water and air they need, is under threat? There

    would be a huge shortage of natural resources in near future. Land, air

    and water would be polluted to unimaginable levels. (Join ExNoRa

    forums to save earth and control pollution)

    No money can save your future generation. Only principled simplicity can

    save their lives. You should follow that and teach your children and

    others too. Encourage your child to follow principled simplicity. Teach

    them the skills to adopt simplicity.

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    Old story and a new definition

    A king wanted to conduct a great yagna, a ceremony. He wished all hissubjects participate in it and ordered each of them to donate one litre of

    milk for the ceremony. He was observing them with pride, obeying him,

    pouring litre after litre into the big vessel kept for that purpose. Later,

    when the king opened the vessel, he was shocked to see the vessel full of

    water! Each citizen though to himself, When others pour milk, what

    would happen if only I pour a litre of water as my contribution? It will get

    mixed and go unnoticed. To everyone's surprise, all of them had cheatedthemselves and the king by pouring only water and no milk!

    Old story and a new definition

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    We can take this story as an example for a different reason. Do not think,

    all should start leading a simple life. You start first. You be the leader. Do

    not wonder why should I bother or worry about extravagance? Why not

    others? Rather, start leading a simpler life yourself. Think, All good things

    begin with me. Follow the beautiful philosophy ofprincipledsimplicity.

    I would remind you the words of Martin Luther King again

    The problems we see around us are not caused by evil men. It is because

    of those good men who remain silent!. Break that silence. Do social work.

    Give voice to the concerned.

    Lavish Children

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    We can understand the reason for why simple living is

    important, in a different way.

    If one understands, how extravagance spoils the minds of

    children, we will appreciate the need to live simpler. The

    reason to bring uniforms in schools is to avoid disparity. If

    one child wears a two thousand rupees worth dress and

    another child wearing a fifty rupees worth dress, parity

    crops up. The poor child will get affected mentally and

    psychologically and may feel depressed where as the rich

    ones may become arrogant and flashy. This in turn would

    affect the childs morale and hence his/ her studies. Suchdifferences may turn the child to a criminal too. Hence,

    uniforms were brought into practice at schools.

    Uniformity in uniforms

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    There is a big school campus named, Church Park in the heart of

    Chennai city. It had three schools running within its campus, namely the

    Sacred Heart, St. Ursula's and St. Andrews. The first school is for the

    rich, whose children wore Pale Green uniform, the second school is for

    the middle class who wore light blue uniforms and the third one was

    run for the poor, whose children were identified by their brown

    uniform. But among the common public and between the children, the

    parity in uniforms showcased their economic status, thus bringing an

    upheaval in their minds and attitudes. The management came to know

    of this and made a good decision of changing the uniform for all the

    schools into dark green uniform, thus bringing the parity to an end.

    That year the school were able to see a marked change in their end

    results!

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    This? or That?

    People who have insufficient earnings and who aspire to

    live beyond their means should read this:

    This or That?

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    -Air conditioner - Fan

    - VCD -Tape recorder

    - Refrigerator - Earthen Pot

    - Swanky car - Motor cycle, cycle

    - Palatious bungalow - Simple flat

    When we buy those listed above on the left hand side, one eventually will

    get the following without asking for it:

    Loan burden above ones head

    Sleepless nights

    Hidden life fearing for the creditors

    Diseases due to mental pressure

    Cases in court

    When one tries to get all the good things in life, which are surely beyond

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    his capacity, he is sure of inviting the problems mentioned above.

    Instead, if one lives with a contented life, with those shown in the right

    hand side of the comparison above, we can understand that one attains:

    Reasonable bank balance,

    Sound sleep

    Walking head held high

    Healthy mind, body and soul.

    So it is for you to decide which path you should tread.

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    The physical sweat is off and mental heat is on!

    A simple man, fell into the trap of lavishness. He bought all

    goods in his life in installments. TV, DVD, Fridge, Air

    conditioner, all except peace. He murmured later, I slept well

    without air conditioner before. Now, I have lost my sleep and

    have built mental pressure. My physical sweat is out but the

    internal mental heat is ON! Those who sold to him waited for

    his installments, later only to know that this man had become

    insolvent!

    Marriage and Pomp

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    Thirumagal Marriage Scheme: Many who resort to simpler life,

    surprisingly try to show off their wealthiness, when it comes to the

    marriage of their daughter or son. A famous bank brought a scheme called

    Thirumagal Marriage scheme in Tamilnadu. This acclaimed widespread

    appreciation among the masses. Once a girl child is born, a certain amount

    of fixed deposit or money to be paid in installments and that would earn a

    sizeable amount by the time the girl becomes grown up and become

    suitable for marriage, say at the age of twenty.

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    Thirumagal Marriage solvency scheme!

    Many whop resort to put their weight around a marriage

    and take loans and spend very much beyond their capability

    end up paying high interest to the lenders and become

    worried for their life! The girl who got married also spends

    sleepless nights, thinking of her unfortunate parents whohad ended up in loans and are suffering for making her get

    married. Should one throw money this way just for adays

    show?. Cannot we think of conducting the marriage by

    simpler means? We should think seriously and stop this

    menace. We should act constructively.

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    A good change!

    Twenty years ago, marriages were conducted for five or three

    days at a stretch, ending up in feasting for all three times, all the

    days, wherein an enormous amount were spent on food and

    lavishing parties. Nowadays these system are gone and many

    conduct the reception function on the very same day evening of

    the marriage. This is an excellent time and cost saving idea.

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    Unwanted pompous expenses

    Let us come back to discuss the marriage

    expenses. Normally in South India, the

    reception expenses are Bourne by the groom's

    family and the marriage expenses by the

    brides family. Most of the money is spent on

    clothes, jewellery, Marriage Hall rental,

    Decorations and food.

    Wasted food is money that goes waste!

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    Keep the expenses to prepare the food aside for this discussion.

    Think of those wasted or thrown out after the marriage feasts are

    over. You will be for a rude shock! There is always a maximum limit

    one can consume at a time. But we see in most cases, the marriage

    feast consists of varieties of food fed much beyond ones eating

    capacity. Eventually not all food that is served in eaten and they get

    thrown out in the dust bin. Many items would not be liked by you,

    but before you could spell it out or refuse, the item in question

    would have been served to you!

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    Food that gets wasted within the kitchen

    Worser situation, is when the food that gets cooked and not beingserved. That constitutes another 20- 50% food sometimes! One may

    predict for an example, say one thousand guests and prepare food

    accordingly. But due to unforeseen circumstances, only five hundred

    would have attended the feast. What happens? The remaining fifty

    percentage of the food goes unserved, and waste! One should

    remember that we cannot produce even one grain by any magic! We

    have to at least wait for full six months to get the crop of this grain!

    Need of the hour: One schedule marriage

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    Why cannot marriage become a one evening affair? Why cant all the functions be

    conducted at one time, say either in the morning or in the evening? Many

    neighbouring states, Christians and many north Indians conduct marriages only in

    the evening. If we have to conduct only in the morning, why not conduct it in a

    temple, and have a feast during night elsewhere? Why to waste rental money hiring

    the mandaps or halls for two full days? Why should so much food go waste? How

    many poor citizens in our country go without food the whole day? How many sleep

    with a wet cloth on their belly to ward off hunger? Who is going to become angry on

    you if you do not spend on multi-period feasts? Those who over feed themselves in

    the marriages get stomach aches as they are full but in another corner, a hungry

    man also gets stomach ache as his stomach has not felt food for many days!

    Here is an alternative

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    If hospitality and serving others are your sole aim,

    then do this way. Just prepare more food on themarriage day and send them to orphanages, call

    poor people around and feed them sumptuously.

    Those deprived children will have at least some

    good food and also will whole heartedly bless those

    who fed them. The workers and cooks also get

    employment due to your generosity. The principled

    simplicity club members will surely help you to

    conduct such marriage feasts, if you approach us.

    One feast which made one feel sad

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    I happened to attend a rich family marriage recently. The food was served in

    buffet style, the vessels with all delicacies were kept in rows one after the other

    both catering south Indian as well as Northern dishes. Guests were free to

    serve themselves, any quantity they want. After the food was over, all types of

    betel leafpaan was served with the same vigour, as they served the food. The

    guests too were unrelenting. They made way for the paan to go in and had a

    gulp of that too. Alas, I could overhear two speaking to themselves: Should he

    show off his money this way? There is a limit to be flashy. This limit got broke

    here in this dinner. The guests may feel that what happened was not fair in

    many counts I would reinstate my opinion: Marriages should be conducted in

    a simple way.

    A doctors great advice

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    A doctor s great advice

    A doctor once told me, One day marriage feast cuts down your

    life, by a day. Yes, of course! What is prepared to satiate only your

    taste buds end up in creating a commotion inside and would also

    invite all illness. The tongue may wager happily, but what about

    your heart, liver and digestive system? They may wail! The host

    spends a lot and the guest has no use of this lavish food, except

    for increasing his appetite and satisfy ones taste buds. Then why

    go for such unwanted lavishness? Here are few ideas to

    overcome this problem:

    Ideas

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    Conduct the marriage just in one period of the day, i.e., either morning or in the

    evening.

    Feed only once.

    Prepare few items that would satisfy the taste buds and are also good for health.

    Just serve only those limited items to the guests. That too, in the buffet system.

    The guests themselves will choose and have only those items they want to eat and

    not waste anything else.

    The food plate should not be too big. Shouldn't be too small too! It should be of

    medium size. Many attractive items may pull the guest towards them and irk the

    desire in him/ her to have more. Many would fill their plates with those temptive

    items and end up wasting them. So, better go for nominal or medium sized plates.

    If there is a display of the items to be served, as we do in hotels, one can make

    the guest ask for only those he wishes to eat and avoid serving all items to the

    guest.

    The problems which multiply

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    Those who serve are in a hurry. They want to finish their task faster. They

    have every reason to hurry up things. The next batch of guests would be

    waiting for their turn to occupy the seats in the dining hall! Worse, they

    would stand behind the one who is eating. The guest while eating does not

    feel comfortable as he is put under pressure to finish fast. The food which

    turns up unused or untouched land in garbage fills. The flies and mosquitoes

    cover that area and we can see a bad smell or odour emanate from the

    waste food pile which also is a generator of all germs! One may even

    observe some slums near the marriage hall. The one who is over fed and the

    one who has not seen food at all, both suffer with stomach ache. This book

    finds a way out to eliminate both stomach aches, by the tool principled

    simplicity. Is that OK?

    Here is a simple plan

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    Every village should have a social welfare scheme

    The volunteers of principled simplicity can also run this in

    their name. Those who follow principled simplicity will be

    called as principledsimplicists. By following this scheme, no

    food goes waste. The excess and unwanted cooked food, would

    be shared with those who have no square meal a day.

    This scheme can be named as principled simplicity scheme.

    Meet the parents of the groom and the bride groom separately.

    Explain the evils of spending more and convince them for

    adopting a simpler strategy.

    Create a forum for observing this principled simplicity

    scheme. You can do this in three ways:

    Scheme one:

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    Go with separate bags to the marriage halls. After food is served,

    go to each guest and request them to drop any items they feel

    they cannot eat, into the bag. Please see to that, each bag or

    food does not get mixed; otherwise the beneficiary may not like

    the mixed food!

    To do this in a better way, one may keep a paper plate besides

    each leaf. The following message should be printed on that plate:

    We join you in wishing the marriage couple, for a long happy married life.

    If you feel that you may not eat any of the served items kindly leave it

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    If you feel that you may not eat any of the served items, kindly leave it

    them on this paper plate kept aside for that purpose. We would collect,

    segregate and serve them to the poor and deprived. The wishes of those,who get the food by this small gesture also would wish the married couple a

    happy married life, if we jointly do this; you will also get the blessings of

    unknown starving brethren who would wish this donor a happy life.

    - principled simplicity forum

    Without making any fuss or drawing the attention of the guests, collect the

    food and take it to the nearby slum or to an orphanage and distribute tothem. Similarly the food cooked in excess, that goes waste without being

    served, straight from the kitchen can also be collected to be fed to poor

    people.

    Scheme two:

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    Scheme two:

    Try to get a three wheeler donated to your forum by any famous

    company. Preferably a motorized one; Keep the closed vessels in

    that vehicle while serving. After the marriage feast is over, the

    remains can be taken in the same vessels and be served to the

    needy.

    Scheme three:

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