The game is all in the name
By Swahilya Shambhavi
21st July 2012 12:59 PM
What does a magician do when he places a woman on the table and slits her into two parts with blood dripping, closes the screen and opens it back to see her get up, all alive and smiling? Well, there is nothing much happening there, but he holds your mind spellbound. In that spellbound state of mind, all suggestions work wonders and a whole audience can suggest to themselves that all what was happening were really happening.
Samskritam is a language that has its beneficial uses in many fields including Artificial Intelligence and software programming is a tongue that has not just therapeutic benefits, but is a sole inducer of the feel-good factor. It improves intelligence and centres the mind in a trice. The mind or rather the thoughts have a natural tendency to wander and be unstable. The language has such a power over the mind that it collects all those vagrant thoughts, gives a concrete form to them and puts them in place.
When thoughts are in check, words are informed by the thoughts and they too conform immediately to the flow of the mind. When words conform to the mind, then actions follow in toe like a pet dog on a leash in the hands of his master.
Even though for many years now, there has been a propaganda going on that Samskritam is a dead language and it has gone beyond the scope of resuscitation, people do not realise that those very people who say that have Sanskrit names themselves. Even today, when babies are born in India or to Indians abroad, irrespective of their religious preferences, they wish to choose a Samskritam name for the baby.
The idea behind using Samskritam names is also the same logic. Each time you call the name of the child, the form and quality associated with the name is recalled every time. For instance, if a girl is named Shanti which means peace, each time she is called with love and affection by the close members of the family or even without such emotional bonds by the rest of the world, the image of peace and contentment keeps building up and growing along with the child. At one point of time in life, the person has the potential to really live up to the name.
However, this can happen only with conscious use of the language. Today, people have the most beautiful names, but are called by unmeaningful short names such as Ammi, Pittu, Kuttu etc and worse still by abbreviations and acronyms like AKD, BAS, DKM or ABCD!
If you wish to be a power centre, you don’t need to go too far. It’s in your name. Find out the meaning, spell it out clearly when you have to and ask others to call you fully by that name. It helps the caller and the one called.
—Swahilya Shambhavi (www.swahilya.blogspot.com)
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