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Greetings and commendation to all gathered in Bengalooru to observe the 122nd birthday of our great DVG. I had the honor of meeting DVG several times and I had escorted some visiting distinguished foreigners to his home as well. And I had listened to his talks at the Indian Institute of World Culture, Basavanagudi 1956-1962. I am eternally grateful to DVG for all the wisdom treasured in his creation Manku Thimmana Kagga which has helped me lead a fulfilled life in the United States over the past 45 years. I would like to share some of my experiences with the Hi - tech generation and say that the wisdom DVG has gifted us is universal & eternal that transcends time and place. We Kannadigas are fortunate to benefit from it.
For example: When you study for your MBA, in India or abroad, you will likely study Abraham Maslow"s hierarchy of needs ie. Security needs Prestige needs and Self Actualization. DVG was 50 years ahead when he conveyed similar message in “Annadaaturakintha ….. Chinnaadaatura Theekshna , Mannaneya Daahavee ellakam theekshna kama… When you all travel the world remember “Naguvudu sahaja dharma Nagisuvudu para dharma… which in modern times says “the smile speaks all languages". Or Ellarolagondaagu.. Which preceded the famous Dale Carnegie"s work, How to win friends & influence people.
I have known and interacted with many great and successful personalities from all walks of life and from around the world. The really great ones among them, in my opinion, live up to DVG"s message in Vanasumadolenna Jeevanava….. This poetic gem was my High School Prayer in Kanakapura which gives me strength every day. Last year, in our Northern California Sahitya Goshti Suresh Babu & Saraswathi Vattam made a memorable two hour recitation & commentary on DVG"s Kagga. And that"s how we revere DVG in our Kannada Community in the original Silicon Valley far away from Karnataka. My wish is to be with you all next year on DVG"s birthday observeance in Bengalooru.
Thank you organizers for giving me this opportunity to remember and salute DVG.