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Subhas Chandra Bose POSITIVE THINGS

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Subhas Chandra BoseSubhas Chandra BoseINDIAN MILITARY LEADERBORNc. January 23, 1897
OdishaIndia
DIED August 18, 1945
Taipei?Taiwan?
POLITICAL AFFILIATIONIndian National Congress
NOTABLE WORKS“The Indian Struggle”
ROLE INNoncooperation Movement
FOUNDER OFForward BlocSubhas Chandra Bose, byname Netaji (Hindi: “Respected Leader”), (born c. January 23, 1897, CuttackOrissa [now Odisha], India—died August 18, 1945, Taipei, Taiwan?), Indian revolutionary prominent in the independence movement against British rule of India. He also led an Indian national force from abroad against the Western powers during World War II. He was a contemporary of Mohandas K. Gandhi, at times an ally and at other times an adversary. Bose was known in particular for his militant approach to independence and for his push for socialist policies.India: The Congress’s ambivalent strategy…the militant Congress leaders was Subhas Chandra Bose (1897–1945) of Bengal, a disciple…Early Life And Political ActivityThe son…

Annie Besant POSITIVE THINGS

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Annie BesantAnnie Besant (1847-1933)  – political reformer, women’s rights activist, theosophist and Indian nationalist.“An imperious necessity forces me to speak the truth, as I see it, whether the speech please or displease, whether it bring praise or blame. That one loyalty to Truth I must keep stainless, whatever friendships fail me or human ties be broken.”

– Annie Besant, An Autobiography Chapter XIV.Annie Besant was born 1 October 1847 in Clapham London to parents of Irish roots. After the early death of her father in 1852, the family were brought up in relative poverty and Annie was looked after by a friend of the family Ellen Marryat. This enabled Annie to gain a good education and travel around Europe.In 1867, aged only 19, she married a clergyman Frank Besant, seven years her senior. They went to live in Sibsey, Lincolnshire, where Frank was a vicar. However, the marriage soon experienced difficulties. Annie became increasingly radicalised in her political views – whereas F…

Muhammad Yunus POSITIVE THINGS

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Muhammad Yunus Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi banker and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (2006). Yunus is credited with developing the concepts of microfinance and microcredit. These are schemes which offer small loans to the rural poor – to enable them to invest and lift themselves out of poverty.“When we want to help the poor, we usually offer them charity. Most often we use charity to avoid recognizing the problem and finding the solution for it. Charity becomes a way to shrug off our responsibility. But charity is no solution to poverty.

— Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World PovertyYunus worked for the Bangladesh Grameen Bank until March 2011 when he was removed by the government. He travels frequently around the world and serves on the United Nations Foundation, and the Yunus Social Business – Global Initiatives (YSB)Early life Muhammad YunusYunus was born on 28 June 1940 to a Muslim family in Hathazarai, Chittagong. In 1940, that wa…

Rabindranath Tagore POSITIVE THINGS

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Rabindranath TagorePoet, writer and humanitarian, Rabindranath Tagore was the first Indian to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and he played a key role in the renaissance of modern India. Tagore is most widely known for his poetry, but he was also an accomplished author of novels, short stories, plays and articles. He took an active interest in a widespread range of social, cultural and artistic endeavours. He has been described as one of the first Twentieth Century’s global man.“So I repeat we never can have a true view of man unless we have a love for him. Civilisation must be judged and prized, not by the amount of power it has developed, but by how much it has evolved and given expression to, by its laws and institutions, the love of humanity.”

— Sadhana: The Realisation of Life, (1916)Short Biography Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath was born on 7 May 1861 Calcutta. His father Debendranath Tagore was a leading light in the Brahmo Samaj – a reforming Hindu organisation whic…

Shri Chinmoy POSITIVE THINGS

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Biography Shri ChinmoyShri Chinmoy (1931-2007) is a spiritual teacher who advocated meditation and selfless service as a path to inner and outer peace. He initiated numerous programs for global peace, such as the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run. S also advocated a philosophy of ‘self-transcendence‘ – the effort to make continual progress – spiritually, physically and integrally. He also founded the global Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, which organise many ultra-distance running events.Early LifeChinmoy Kumar Ghose was born 27th August 1931 in the tiny Bengali village of Shakpura, Chittagong. It was then part of India, although Chittagong now forms part of modern Bangladesh. As a young boy Chinmoy or “Madal” as his nickname was at the time, was full of energy and enjoyed being very active and not a little mischievous.However, at an early age, he experienced an intense mystical vision which encouraged him to spend many hours in meditation.Soon after this experience, he entered the Sri Au…

Paramahansa Yogananda POSITIVE THINGS

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Biography Paramahansa YoganandaParamahansa Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur India January 5th, 1893. Gorakhpur is in the north of India and is associated with the great saint Gorakshanath who lived in the 10th – 12th Century. Yogananda was brought up in a devout loving Hindu family. At an early age, Yogananda’s mother passed away and this pushed the young Mukunda (as he then was) into a deep grief. However, this experience encouraged Yogananda to seek beyond the world and practise spiritual discipline.In his famous Autobiography of a Yogi, he explains how his early life was filled with visiting the various saints of Bengal and seeking to learn from their spiritual wisdom. One of these early teachers was Master Mahasaya who was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and wrote the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. Yogananda’s interest in spiritual studies did not, however, extend to academic studies and his book explains how he sought to do as little academic work as possible. In fact, at one poi…

Sri Aurobindo POSITIVE THINGS

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Sri Aurobindo BiographySri Aurobindo (1872 – 1950) was an early Indian revolutionary, who later left politics to pursue his spiritual sadhana. Sri Aurobindo founded an ashram in Pondicherry, where he became a prominent spiritual philosopher, poet and Spiritual Master. His greatest work was the epic poem Savitri.Short Biography Sri AurobindoAurobindo Ghose was born in India on 15th August 1872. At a young age, he was sent to England to be educated at St Paul’s. Sri Aurobindo was an excellent student and won a scholarship to read classics at King’s College Cambridge. It was at university that the young Aurobindo became increasingly interested in the fledgeling Indian independence movement. Given a chance to enter the civil service, Aurobindo deliberately failed as he didn’t want to work for the British Empire.Upon graduating he decided to return to India where he took up a position as a teacher. It was also on returning to India that Aurobindo recounts his first most significant spiritu…