Monday, March 31, 2008

Story of a Widow and Her Son

Story of a Widow and Her Son

There lived a poor widow mother and her only son in a village beyond a forest. When the boy grew up a little, the mother thought to send him to school. But the school was in the city and to go to city one had to cross that forest. But she had to send him to school so she sent him there.

For a couple of months she herself took him to school and brought him from there. But then there were some days when she could not go with him, so she sent him alone. Sometimes the boy used to say that he was afraid to go alone through that forest. The mother then thought another way for him to send him to school. She was a great devotee of Krishn. She said - "Dear son, whenever you feel afraid, you should call Gopaal (another name of Krishn). He will come and be with you all the time through the forest." The boy asked her - "Maa, How does He look like? Is he of my age?" Mother said - "Yes my son, He is very beautiful and he will always accompany you while you will be going to school. Just call Him whenever you need Him." The boy got satisfied and he started going to school again.

One day, again, he got afraid of lonely forest. He wanted to speak, but could not speak of fear. Then he remembered his mother words "Call Gopaal", so he called "Gopaal, Gopaal" and looked here and there around him. He saw nobody around, but the then he saw a beautiful boy coming from his behind and saying - "Friend, why are you so afraid? I am here with you." The boy held His hand and proceeded further to school. Now he was happy and was not afraid of anything. Gopaal accompanied him through the forest. When the city came near, He said - "OK, now I take leave. We will see each other some other time." and He went away.

Now the boy was very happy. First he called Him whenever he was afraid, but later he used to call Him often, because he had started liking his company. When Gopaal had come, both crossed the forest playing together.

After some time his mother asked - "My son, how do you feel now going through the forest? Don't you feel afraid now?" The boy said excitingly - "Maa, The day you told me to call Gopaal, when I got afraid, I called Gopaal and since then He often joins me as the forest starts and we cross the forest together playing. Then He leaves me at the corner of the forest and goes away. I am not afraid any more now."

Mother was surprised to hear this, so she asked again - "What are you saying? Are you speaking the truth? Does Gopaal really join you in the forest?" "Yes, Maa. I am speaking the truth." Mother whispered - "I just asked him to call Gopaal so that he is not afraid, but I never knew that Bhagavaan will really come to help him. He has really seen Gopaal. He is so fortunate that he has seen God at such a young age."

She said loudly - "My son, I also want to see your Gopaal, so I will also go with you to school tomorrow." And next day she went to school with him. When they entered the forest, the mother asked him to call Gopaal. He called "Gopaal, Gopaal" and Gopaal came there hopping and jumping. The boy said to his mother - "See, this is my friend Gopaal. This is the one with whom I go to school daily."

But mother could not see anybody there. She asked "Where is He? I can't see anybody here." The boy said to her several times pointing towards Him that that was Him, but still she could not see Him. Then the boy asked Gopaal as why his mother couldn't see Him? He wanted her to see his everyday friend. Then Gopaal appeared before her and she could see Gopaal. She fell on His feet and thanked Him for taking care of her son who helped her to see Gopaal.

[The mother believed in Krishn, and the boy believed in his mother, that is why both got what they wanted.]

Story of a Braahman Boy

Story of a Braahman Boy

There lived a Braahman Pandit. He had a son, of about 8 years of age, whom he used to train in worshipping, prayers etc. He had some idols also whom he used to give bath, to clothe, to worship them daily two times a day - in the morning and in the evening. The boy was learning all this slowly.

One time he had to go out of town for some urgent work. Since he had been training his son for this work, he handed over his idols to him and said - "Serve Bhagavaan daily two times faithfully. Never forget to do worship two times a day. And don't take food without offering it to Bhagavaan." The boy nodded in agreement and Braahman also, a little bit convinced, went away.

Next day the Braahman boy started with the same procedures as he used to see his father doing. He Gave a nice bath to the idol, then put on new clothes to Him, applied sandal paste on His forehead, offered rice, offered light also through a big large lamp, folded his hands, bent his head and said some prayers whatever he remembered. It took him some time to do all this, he started feeling hungry.

Now the turn was to offer Him food, because his father said - "Do not eat anything without offering first to Bhagavaan." and he was feeling really hungry by now. So he brought some food and kept it before the idol to have it, and said "This is the food, please eat it, so that I can also eat food."

But after all it was an idol, how could it eat anything? But the boy asked Him repeatedly to eat it, saying that he was very hungry and he also could not eat anything until He ate the food. But the idol wouldn't eat anything. The boy started crying with hunger.

When Bhagavaan saw him crying he appeared in the same form as the idol was and said to him - "Why are you crying thus?" The boy said - "My father told me that I should eat only after you have eaten food, and I have been requesting you to take food, and you are not taking it. I am very hungry and cannot eat anything without offering you first, so please come and eat this food." Bhagavaan said - "Why first me? Come and let us have this food together. You seem to be very hungry." "Yes, I am." And then both ate that food. After eating the food, Bhagavaan disappeared.

Now the Braahman was out for three days. For all the three days he had been thinking about his lonely son and that how he might have done the worship of Bhagavaan. After three days, as soon as his work was over he returned home. He asked his boy whether he followed his instructions about the worship?

The boy said - "Your Bhagavaan is very obstinate. He gave me hard time in eating food. First He did not come to eat food, but when He came, He ate a lot. Then He came daily to eat food and we have been eating together since then." Braahman got very surprised to hear all this, he said - "What are you saying? Did He come really to eat your food? You must be joking. How can an idol eat food?" The boy said - "OK, I will show you tomorrow."

Next day the boy worshipped the idol in his usual way and invited Him for taking food. Bhagvaan came to eat his food in person and both started eating together. The boy showed Him to his father but the father could not see Him. The the boy prayed Him to appear in front of his father also saying that otherwise his father will think him a liar. Then Bhagavaan gave Darshan to Braahman also.

Braahman asked - "Bhagavan, I have been worshipping since my childhood and you never appeared before me in person to eat my food, and this boy who has not yet learned worshipping properly, you ate food with him? And still you don't want to appear before me?"

Bhagavaan said - "You have been performing only rituals, but he worshipped me with his true heart. You ate food after just offering me, but he could not have eaten food unless I had appeared and accepted his food, so I had to appear in person and eat food myself, otherwise he would have lost faith in me." Braahman repented for all his life he spent, but thanked his boy because of whom he could have Darshan of Bhagavaan.

[Bhagavaan is hungry of true love, not of rituals, if one calls Him from deep down of his heart He certainly listens to him, appears before him and helps him.]

The Power of Words

The Power of Words


There once was a wise sage who wandered the countryside. One day, as he passed near a village, he was approached by a woman who told him of a sick child nearby. She requested him to help this child.


So the sage came to the village, and a crowd gathered around him, for such a man was a rare sight. One woman brought the sick child to him, and he said a prayer over her.


"Do you really think your prayer will help her, when medicine has failed?" yelled a man from the crowd.


"You know nothing of such things! You are a stupid fool!" said the sage to the man.


The man became very angry with these words and his face grew hot and red. He was about to say something, or perhaps strike out, when the sage walked over to him and said: "If one word has such power as to make you so angry and hot, may not another have the power to heal?"


And thus, the sage healed two people that day.

JUST BE

JUST BE

Be strong enough to face the world each day.

Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything.

Be generous to those who need your help.

Be frugal with what you need yourself.

Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.

Be foolish enough to believe in miracles.

Be willing to share your joys.

Be willing to share the sorrows of others.

Be a leader when you see a path others have missed.

Be a follower when you are shrouded in the midst of
uncertainty.

Be the first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds.

Be the last to criticize a colleague who fails.

Be sure where your next step will fall, so that you
will not stumble.

Be sure of your final destination, in case you are
going the wrong way.

Be loving to those who love you.

Be loving to those who do not love you, and they may
change.

Above all, be yourself!

Quotes to think...

Quotes to think...



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Don't compare yourself with any one in this world. If you compare, you are insulting yourself.

Don't complain about others; change yourself if you want peace.

It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to cover the earth with carpet.

No one can go back and change a bad beginning,but anyone can start now and create a successful ending.

Easy is to judge the mistakes of others. Difficult is to recognize our own mistakes.

If a problem can be solved, no need to worry about it. If a problem cannot be solved what is the use of worrying?

'Changing the Face' can change nothing. But 'Facing the Change' can change everything.

Be bold when you loose and be calm when you win.

No one will manufacture a lock without a key. Trust that God created solutions for all problems we meet.

Every successful person has a painful story. Every painful story has a successful ending. Accept the pain and get ready for success.

Heated gold becomes ornament. Beaten copper becomes wires. Depleted stone becomes statue. So the more pain you get in life you become more valuable.

Mistakes are painful when they happen. But year's later collection of mistakes is called experience, which leads to success.

Life laughs at you when you are unhappy... Life smiles at you when you are happy...Life salutes you when you make others happy...

If you miss an opportunity don't fill your eyes withtears. Tears may hide another better opportunity in front of you.

If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you have always gotten.

For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better, you have to get better

Take care of your parents. THEY ARE PRECIOUS.

This was narrated by an IAF pilot at
a Seminar on Human Relations :

Venkatesh Balasubramaniam (who works for IIT) describes
how his gesture of booking an air ticket for his father, his maiden

flight, brought forth a rush of emotions and made him (Venkatesh)
realize that how much we all take for granted when it comes to our
parents.

My parents left for our native place on Thursday and we
went to the airport to see them off. In fact, my father had never
traveled by air before, so I just took this opportunity to make him
experience the same. In spite of being asked to book tickets by train,
I got them tickets on Jet Airways. The moment I handed over the tickets
to him, he was surprised to see that I had booked them by air. The
excitement was very apparent on his face, waiting for the time of
travel. Just like a school boy, he was preparing himself on that day
and we all went to the airport, right from using the trolley for his
luggage, the baggage check-in and asking for a window seat and waiting
restlessly for the security check-in to happen. He was thoroughly
enjoying himself and I, too, was overcome with joy watching him
experience all these things.

As they were about to go in for the security check-in,
he walked up to me with tears in his eyes and thanked me. He became
very emotional and it was not as if I had done something great but the fact
that this meant a great deal to him.

When he said thanks, I told him there was no need to
thank me. But later, thinking about the entire incident, I looked back
at my life. As a child, how many dreams our parents have made come
true. Without understanding the financial situation, we ask for cricket bats,
dresses, toys, outings, etc. Irrespective of their affordability, they
have catered to all our needs. Did we ever think about the sacrifices

they had to make to accommodate many of our wishes? Did we ever say
thanks for all that they have done for us? Same way, today when it
comes to our children, we always think that we should put them in a good
school. Regardless of the amount of donation, we will ensure that we
will have to give the child the best, theme parks, toys, etc. But we
tend to forget that our parents have sacrificed a lot for our sake
to see us happy, so it is our responsibility to ensure that their dreams
are realized and what they failed to see when they were young. It is
our responsibility to ensure that they experience all those and their life
is complete.

Many times, when my parents had asked me some questions,
I have actually answered back without patience. When my daughter asks
me something, I have been very polite in answering. Now I realize how
they would have felt at those moments.

Let us realize that old age is a second childhood and
just as we take care of our children, the same attention and same care
needs to be given to our parents and elders. Rather than my dad saying
thank you to me, I would want to say sorry for making him wait so long
for this small dream. I do realize how much he has sacrificed for my
sake and I will do my best to give the best possible attention to all
their wishes.

Just because they are old does not mean that they will
have to give up everything and keep sacrificing for their grandchildren
also. They have wishes, too.



Take care of your parents. THEY ARE PRECIOUS.

This is interesting . . . . ..

This is interesting . . . . ..

Margarinewas originallymanufactu red to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it?. They have come out with some clever new flavorings.

DO YOU KNOW.. the difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams.

Eating margarine can increaseheart diseasein women by 53%over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butterincreases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

Butter has many nutritional benefitswhere margarinehas a few only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.

Butter has been around for centurieswhere margarinehas been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine..

Very high in trans fatty acids. Triple risk of coronary heart disease.

Increases total cholesteroland LDL(this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold. Lowers quality of breast milk.

Decreases immune response. Decreases insulinresponse.

And here's the most disturbing fact.... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULEaway from beingPLASTIC. .

This in fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

You can try this by yourself:

Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:

* No flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (That should tell you something).

* It does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny micro organisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?.

Share This With Your Friends..... (If you want to "butter them up")!.

Chinese Proverb:

"When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

So..., DO IT NOW!
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True Love

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.

On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

I inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, 'She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is.'

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, 'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

With all the jokes and fun that is in e-mails, sometimes there is one that comes along that has an important message. This one I thought I could share with you.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.
I hope you share this with someone you care about. I just did.
Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain!

A sweet story to share...hoping life doesn't come to this, but if it does, may it be as kind.

Reason why never visit a 5* Hotel

Reason why never visit a 5* Hotel


Question : "What would you like to have ..Fruit juice, Soda, Tea, Chocolate, Milo, or Coffee?"

Answer: "tea please"

Question : " Ceylon tea, Herbal tea, Bush tea, Honey bush tea, Ice tea or green tea ?"

Answer : "Ceylon tea "

Question : "How would you like it ? black or white ?"

Answer: "white"

Question: "Milk, Whitener, or Condensed milk ?"

Answer: "With milk "

Question: "Goat milk, Camel milk or cow milk"

Answer: "With cow milk please.

Question: " Milk from Freeze land cow or Afrikaner cow?"

Answer: " Um, I'll take it black. "

Question: " Would you like it with sweetener, sugar or honey?"

Answer: "With sugar"

Question: " Beet sugar or cane sugar ?"

Answer: "Cane sugar "

Question:" White , brown or yellow sugar ?"

Answer: "Forget about tea just give me a glass of water instead."

Question: "Mineral water or still water ? "

Answer: "Mineral water"

Question: "Flavored or non-flavored ?"

Answer: "I'll rather die of thirst





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Friday, March 28, 2008

Read This!!! Laugh till death...

Read This!!! Laugh till death...

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You will laugh your heads out after you finish reading this!!! (Nice One From Reader Digest)One day I met a sweet gentleman and fell in love. When it became apparent that we would marry, I made the supreme sacrifice and gave up eating beans.

Some months later, on my birthday, my car broke down on the way home from work. Since I lived in the countryside I called my husband and told him that I would be late because I had to walk home. On my way, I passed by a small diner and the odour of baked beans was more than I could stand. With miles to walk, I figured that I would walk off any ill effects by the time I reached home, so I stopped at the dinner and before I knew it, I had consumed three large orders of baked beans.

All the way home, I made sure that I released all the gas. Upon my arrival, my husband seemed excited to see me and exclaimed delightedly: "Darling I have a surprise for dinner tonight." He then blindfolded me and led me to my chair at the dinner table. I took a seat and just as he was about to remove my blindfold, the telephone rang. He made me promise not to touch the blindfold until he returned and went to answer the call. The baked beans I had consumed were still affecting me and the pressure was becoming most unbearable, so while my husband was out of the room I seized the opportunity, shifted my weight to one leg and let one go. It was not only loud, but it smelled like a fertilizer truck running over a skunk in front of a pulpwood mill.

I took my napkin from my lap and fanned the air around me vigorously. Then, shifting to the other cheek, I ripped off three more. The stink was worse than stinking cabbage. Keeping my ears carefully tuned to the conversation in the other room, I went on like this for another few minutes.

The pleasure was indescribable. When eventually the telephone farewells signaled the end of my freedom, I quickly fanned the air a few more times with my napkin, placed it on my lap and folded my hands back on it feeling very relieved and pleased with myself. My face must have been the picture of innocence when my husband returned, apologizing for taking so long.

He asked me if I had peeked through the blindfold, and I assured him I had not. At this point, he removed the blindfold, and twelve dinner guests seated around the table chorused: "Happy Birthday!"!! I nearly died!!!

isn't strange.............?

Isn't it strange how a 20 rupee note seems like such a large
amount when
you donate it to temple, but
such a small amount
when you go shopping?


Isn't it strange how 2 hours seem so long when
you're at Temple, and how
short they seem when you're
watching a good movie?



Isn't it strange that you can't
find a word to say when
you're praying,
but you have no trouble
thinking what to talk about
with a friend?



Isn't it strange how difficult
and boring it is to read
one chapter
of the Bhagwad Gita, but how easy
it is to read 100 pages of
a popular novel ?


Isn't it strange how everyone
wants front-row-tickets
to concerts or
games, but they do whatever
is possible to sit at the last
row in Jagran?


Isn't it strange how we need to
know about an event for
Temple 2-3
weeks before the day so we can
include it in our agenda, but we can
adjust it for other events in
the last minute?


Isn't it strange how difficult it
is to learn a fact about God to share it
with others, but how easy
it is to learn, understand,
extend and repeat gossip?




Isn't it strange how we
believe everything
that magazines and newspapers
say, but we question the words in the
Bhagwad Gita?


Isn't it strange how everyone
wants a place in
heaven, but they don't want
to believe, do, or say anything
to get there?


Isn't it strange how we send
jokes in e-mails
and they are forwarded
right away,
but when we are going to send
messages about God, we think
about it twice before we share
it with others?

IT'S STRANGE ISN'T IT?
Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a lot of things, which bring us happiness

Health - Important

Health - Important

Reduce the amount of TEA you consume
Do not eat bread which has only JUST been toasted
Keep your distance from hand phone CHARGERS
Drink more WATER in the morning, less at night
Do not drink coffee TWICE a day
Reduce the amount of OILY food you consume
Best sleeping time is from 10pm at night to 6am in the morning
Do not have HUGE meals after 5pm
Do not take alcohol more than one glass/cup/serving a day
Do not take pills with COOL water
Do not lie down immediately after taking medicine before sleeping
Getting LESS than 8 hours of sleep affects your health
People used to napping will not get old easily
When battery is down to the LAST grid/bar, do not answer the phone
The radiation is 1000 times
Answer the phone by LEFT ear
It'll spoil your brain directly by using right ear
Do not use headphones/earphone for LONG period of time
Rest your ear awhile after 1 hour
Forward this to friends whom you CARE about

knowledge of self-realization

A disciple approached his master and asked him to bestow on him
immediately the jnAna - knowledge of self-realization. Master told
him that he needs to discipline himself. Then the disciple
says, "Oh Master, you are ocean of compassion. I don't like all
these disciplines. By your compassion please give me the knowledge
directly". To which the Master replies, that he would come to his
house for Bhiksha(alms) tomorrow, and then impart the knowledge.

The disciple was very excited to know that he was getting easily
the ultimate knowledge, which others with years of discipline are
still trying to receive. And, he made elaborate preparations for
the Bhiksha. Next day, Master took his vessel, or begging bowl,
that traditional sanyasins accept food from, and started towards
the disciple's home. On the way, he smeared some muck - a smelly
substance to the vessel.

Disciple received the Master with honors, and was about to serve
delicious food into the Master's bowl. He then noticed the dirt and
bad smell in it, and was about to clean the bowl. Master asked him
not to clean the bowl, but offer the food directly in it. Disciple
said, "Oh Master, the bowl is unclean and stinking. All the
delicious food I prepared with great care will get spoiled if I put
in it. Please allow me to clean the bowl first". And then master
replied, "Just as you want to clean the bowl before offering your
food, should I not clean your bowl (head) into which I want to put
carefully prepared food of knowledge"?! The disciple understood.

Man's life span

On the first day, God created the dog and said: 'Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.'

The dog said: 'That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?'

So God agreed.



On the second day, God created the monkey and said: 'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span.'

The monkey said: 'Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?'

And God agreed.



On the third day, God created the cow and said: 'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.'

The cow said: 'That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?'

And God agreed again.



On the fourth day, God created man and said: 'Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years.'

But man said: 'Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?'

'Okay,' said God, 'You asked for it.'



So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

HOTEL BILL GATE

A SHORT STORY - by raj bhatia


HOTEL BILL GATE


Year 2015


I attended a five days conference in Los Angles. On my way back to India, I took a detour to San Francisco, the city I had always loved for unkn own reasons. I had come to know that a new hotel had opened a few months earlier - HOTEL BILL GATE . My professional curiosity made me avail the opportunity.


I took an early morning flight from LA to San Francisco. At the airport, I took the sharing limousine service to the hotel. The weather was pleasantly cool. I was enjoying the view from my side of the window. Even though it was seven in the morning, there was a lot of traffic. I heard the driver saying - 'You people are lucky. There is no heavy traffic at this time.' Whenever I had gone down to States, I used to be enchanted with - the endless traffic on the freeways. You could see the cars driving at all the twenty four hours of the day. In my mind I would say, 'This country never sleeps.'

I reached my hotel in twenty minutes. As the car stopped, my side of the door opened, I paid the fare to the driver, got down and collected my baggage. As the car took off, I turned around towards the entrance of the hotel. I noticed a small counter in the corner, on which a neon sign started flashing. 'Good Morning. Welcome to HOTEL BILL GATE. If you re quire a baggage trolley, please press the button here'. As I had one baggage with wheels, I ignored the message and proceeded towards the entrance. The double glass doors opened automatically as I came closer.


I entered the large lobby, but did not find a soul. I was surprised, because it was a 800 rooms hotel and I thought it would be quite hectic at this time. I saw on one side a counter on top of which it was written RECEPTION. I walked to the reception counter, but there was no staff. The moment I came near the counter, a screen on the opposite wall lighted up and a pretty young lady appeared on the screen. I noticed that there were three large screens of 72' on the opposite wall. The recepti onist looked at me and said, 'Welcome to HOTEL BILL GATE. Will you like to check in?' Without waiting for the answer, she asked me to enter the name on the key board lying in front of me. I started typing my name. As I entered the words 'Ra..' the recepti onist said, 'Mr. Raj Bhatia, we have a booking for two days for you. Your particulars are on the screen. Please confirm if these are correct by pressing 'Y' on the keyboard.' I looked at the screen which showed my personal data. I pressed the letter 'Y'.


'Mr Bhatia, you have indicated that you will settle the bill through your American Express credit card. Will you please swipe your credit card for me?' After the formality was complete, she s aid, 'Please keep your right hand on the glass screen to the left side of the key board. Also, there are blank - hotel cards lying on the right side of the key board, will you please swipe one.' After I gave finger prints of my right hand and swiped the hotel card, which was similar to any credit card, she said,' Mr. Bhatia, this card is your room key and your companion during your stay at HOTEL BILL GATE. For any information or service at the hotel, you can use this card.'


All along when I was hearing and looking at the receptionist, there appeared to be some familiarity, which I could not figure out. On the screen at the bottom , her name 'Simi' was appearing. Finally, I dared to ask, 'Ms. S imi, though I have never met you in San Francisco, but you look very familiar.' Simi giggled and said, 'You are right, Uncle. I live in the same building as you do. I am living on the 15 th floor, while you live on the tenth floor. We have met m any times in the lift, though we have not talked to each other.'

'Simi, when did you move to States?' I said.


She again laughed and said, 'No, I have not moved to States - I am still in Gurgaon. I am c hecking you in from my Call Centre in Gurgaon, where I am working. Actually I am not allowed to give my location to the guests, but I have told you.'


This information came to me as a shock. As I was about to ask some more questions, Sim i said, 'Ok, Uncle. See you soon at home. I have already taken 3 minutes in checking you in, while the standard time allowed is 2 minutes. Any further delay will call for my explanation.'

'Can I talk to you again?' I said.


'Most likely not, because your call may be taken by any of the 1,500 operators in twenty locations in twelve countries. Good bye, Uncle. Have a pleasant stay at HOTEL BILL GATE .'


With that the screen changed and a few promotional materials started appearing. I was not out of shock, when the next screen became alive. A European looking female appeared and started addressing the person , who had just moved next to me. 'Good morning, Mr Hoto. We hope you had a pleasant stay at the Hotel?' The gentleman, who appeared to be Japanese, bowed and said, 'Most pleasant.'


'Mr. Hoto, your hotel bill has been charged to yo ur credit card. You had asked for the taxi. Taxi No CA WBX 648 is now reaching in the porch. Have a pleasant journey back home to Tokyo. Sayonara.'


'Thank you.' With that the Ja panese guest took a bow towards her. The girl smiled and took a bow as well, though her bow was a little awkward, which may have been that she was sitting on a desk and not standing or not fully trained to Japanese custom. I noticed that a taxi just came to the porch with a screeching halt.


I was lost in my thoughts and reviewing the magical moments, when I heard somebody calling me. I turned round and found an unmanned trolley which had a small screen in the front. The screen had a smiling face of an American, who was saying to me, 'Good morning Mr. Bhatia. My name is Kenneth. I will take you to your room 1621. If you would please keep your bag on my trolley.'


I picked up my suitcase an d kept it on the trolley. 'Please follow me.' I followed the trolley which was moving just ahead of me and took me towards the elevators. As we approached, one of the elevators' doors opened. 'Mr. Bhatia, the lift will take you to the 16 th floor. I will go in the service lift. I will meet you on the 16 th floor.


With that the trolley took off in other direction. The moment I walked in the lift, the door clos ed. It started moving at a speed and stopped on the 16th floor. As I came out of the lift, I saw a neon sign on the opposite wall, which started blinking. It showed my Room No and arrow direction. I started moving towards the arrow direction. I heard my b aggage trolley approaching me from other direction. The trolley moved just ahead of me and came to halt outside my room. The room door opened when I came close. The trolley followed me inside. I removed my baggage from the trolley. Kenneth said, 'Mr Bhatia, you can have all the information about the services of the hotel on the TV screen. Have a pleasant stay at the hotel.' I was in a confused mind, how to tip the robot trolley. Kenneth smiled on his screen and said, 'Mr. Bhatia there is no need of tipping. Thank you very much and good day.' With that the trolley turned, went out and my room door closed.


Immediately, thereafter, my TV screen came on. A girl, with features of Far-East countries - Ko rean, Chinese or Japanese came on the screen. She said, 'Mr. Bhatia, I would like to inform you some of the features of your room. It has all the modern facilities. Room temperature is automatically controlled to 68 degree. Should you re quire to change, you can set it on the dash board next to your bed. You can call any where in the world without any charge. A computer with internet connections are provided in the room. In the room, a safe has been provided where you can keep your valuable items. Full bar and snacks are provided in the refrigerator. Any consumption is automatically charged to your bill. We do not have Room Service. Every alternate floors have a limited dining facility which is open from 7 a.m. to 10 pm. We have extensive dining, bar, sports, entertainment facilities in the - Annexe of the hotel. Details can be seen on TV. Please remember to carry your hotel card at all times during your stay at the hotel. For use of the servic es, you need to present your card each time. In the hotel there are TV screens in various locations. You can enter your card and get whatever information that you may require. Mr Bhatia, do you have any question?'

'Only one question. Can you see me?.'

Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo
(1872 – 1950)


Sri Aurobindo was born on August 15, 1872 in Calcutta; he was the third of the six children born to Dr. Krishna Dhan, a surgeon, and his wife Swarnalata Ghose. He was educated at a convent school in Darjeeling in his childhood. At age the age of 7 Aurobindo was sent to England along with two of his brothers to acquire an English education by his Anglophile father who wanted his children to become Westernized. In England an English family looked after him and he was admitted into St. Paul's School in London in 1884 and he later went on to join King's College, Cambridge, where he studied for two years. In 1890, he passed the I.C.S examination with flying colors, but he had become aware of the movement for an Independent India, and did not want to serve the British colonial administration, so he voluntarily disqualified himself by not attending the compulsory riding test and returned to India at the age of 21 in 1893.
In Baroda he acquired the job of a revenues administrator under the Baroda Government and he later went on to serve as the Vice-Principal in the Baroda College. Sri Aurobindo was an avid reader and already mastered Latin, Greek, English, Italian and French languages during his stay in England and after returning to India he began to study Sanskrit and other Indian languages along with Hindu scriptures in his spare time and soon became fluent in Sanskrit, Marathi, Gujarati and Bengali. At the age of 28 in 1901 he was married to a religious Hindu girl named Mrinalini Bose according to Hindu marriage rites. In the year 1906 he finally left Baroda for the city of Calcutta where he became the first principal of the newly established Bengal National College.
The time period of 1902-1910 was the period of Sri Aurobindo's active political life. In 1905 the British ruled province of Bengal was partitioned into Hindu majority West Bengal and Muslim majority East Bengal that sparked widespread agitation throughout Bengal, it was during this period that the Swadeshi movement gained popularity in which Sri Aurobindo played a major role. He became a leader of a group of freedom fighters who were dubbed as extremists because of their willingness to use direct action and non-constitutional methods to achieve their objective of complete independence for India. Later in 1907 Sri Aurobindo became the editor of a nationalist newspaper named Bande Mataram which was circulated all over India, the newspaper however was closed down by 1908. He was prosecuted for sedition in 1907 but was acquitted and in 1908 he was again arrested in the Alipore Conspiracy Case, but he came out in 1909 after being in prison for about a year. By the time he was out of jail the movement that he was part of was broken and its leaders dispersed, he later tried to revive the movement by publishing an English weekly newspaper named Karmayogin and a Bengali weekly named Dharma. But by 1910 he felt more and more drawn towards spirituality because of his profound spiritual experience in Alipore Jail and withdrew from politics.
In the year 1910 Sri Aurobindo finally moved to the French colony of Pondicherry, but he was already estranged from his young wife who by now had gone back to her parents but she accepted the pain of separation and was faithful to him throughout this time. He spent most of his time in silent meditation and in 1918 he finally wrote to her saying that "My sadhana is over. I have achieved my object, siddhi. I have a lot of work to do for the world. You can come now and be my companion in this work."[1] She agreed to come but was stricken with influenza and passed away before she could even meet Sri Aurobindo. In 1914 four years after arriving in Pondicherry he began publishing a philosophical magazine named Arya which was published until 1921, most of his important works such as The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga, Essays on the Gita, The Isha Upanishad, The Foundations of Indian Culture, The Secret of the Veda, The Human Cycle, The Future Poetry and The Ideal of Human Unity appeared in the magazine Arya. It was also in the year 1914 that he met a French woman of Egyptian ancestry, Mirra Alfassa who would later be called as The Mother and who would later carry on Sri Aurobindo's work after his death. As time went by more disciples began to gather around him, which eventually lead to the formation of Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
Sri Aurobindo passed away on December 5, 1950. The Mother took over where Sri Aurobindo left off and continued his work until November 17, 1973 and their work continues even today.
Sri Aurobindo's Political Philosophy:
Hindu society today suffers from lack of clear thinking about how to deal with problems and threats facing our society; our society is seen as passive and weak because of our refusal to do anything in the name of ahimsa. In these circumstances it would be interesting to take note of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy. Sri Aurobindo in a word was a realist who followed the teachings of Bhagavad Gita, in his own words, "A certain class of minds shrink from aggressiveness as if it were a sin. Their temperament forbids them to feel the delight of battle and they look on what they cannot understand as something monstrous and sinful. "Heal hate by love, drive out injustice by justice, slay sin by righteousness" is their cry. Love is a sacred name, but it is easier to speak of love than to love.... The Gita is the best answer to those who shrink from battle as a sin and aggression as a lowering of morality."[2] And the following comment of his about the Hindu-Muslim problem after the Khilafat agitation when Muslim aggression was at its peak, "I am sorry they are making a fetish of this Hindu-Muslim unity. It is no use ignoring facts; some day the Hindus may have to fight the Muslims and they must prepare for it. Hindu-Muslim unity should not mean the subjection of the Hindus. Every time the mildness of the Hindu has given way. The best solution would be to allow the Hindus to organize themselves and the Hindu-Muslim unity would take care of itself, it would automatically solve the problem. Otherwise, we are lulled into a false sense of satisfaction that we have solved a difficult problem, when in fact we have only shelved it."[3] Is very insightful and should be followed by Hindus even today if we want to permanently solve the problem.
Sri Aurobindo's Contribution to Hindu Philosophy:
Sri Aurobindo contributed greatly to modern day Hindu philosophy through his enormous corpus of writings; his major contribution was to bring in the notion of evolution into Vedantic thought in which he put forward the idea of an evolution of spirit instead of matter as he rejected the materialistic Samkhya philosophy and his philosophy also rejected the idea of world negation.
Sri Aurobindo On Sanatana Dharma and India:
Sri Aurobindo was born into the Hindu community and had mastered the Hindu scriptures inspite of the objections of his Anglophile father and contributed greatly to Hindu philosophy, therefore it would be interesting to read his own thoughts on the connection between Sanatana Dharma and India according to which "When therefore it is said that India shall rise, it is the Sanatan Dharma that shall rise. When it is said that India shall be great, it is the Sanatan Dharma that shall be great. When it is said that India shall expand and extend herself, it is the Sanatan Dharma that shall expand and extend itself over the world. It is for the Dharma and by the Dharma that India exists..."[4], the sooner we grasp this the better it is for our community and for the Indian nation.
Others On Sri Aurobindo:
It would be interesting to know what other prominent personalities thought of Sri Aurobindo, the following are some quotes from different renowned personalities about Sri Aurobindo:
"At the very first sight I could realise he [Sri Aurobindo] had been seeking for the Soul and had gained it," – Rabindranath Tagore
"In my undergraduate days Aurobindo Ghose was easily the most popular leader in Bengal, despite his voluntary exile and absence since 1910. His was a name to conjure with." – Subash Chandra Bose
"Sri Aurobindo is one of the greatest thinkers of Modern India...[He is] the most complete synthesis achieved upto the present between the genius of the West and the East..." - Romain Rolland [5]
In conclusion Sri Aurobindo was not just a yogic seer; he was a poet, philosopher and a revolutionary who made great contributions to modern day Hindu philosophy through his enormous corpus of writings which continue to inspire Hindus around the world even today, his translation and commentary on Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita shed new light on our own understanding of the scriptures. Hindus around the world should take pride about a person like Sri Aurobindo and we should do our bit to help fulfill his ambitions for humanity and Bharat in particular.

Judge Gently

Judge Gently

Pray, don't find fault with the man that limps
Or stumbles along the road.
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
Or struggled beneath his load.

There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt
Though hidden away from view.
Or the burden he bears placed on your back
Might cause you to stumble too.

Don't sneer at the man who's down today
Unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.

You may be strong but still the blow
That was his if dealt to you
In the selfsame way, at the selfsame time
Might cause you to stagger too.

Don't be too harsh with the man that sins
Or pelt him with word or stone
Unless you are sure - yea, doubly sure -
That you have no sins of your own.

For you know, perhaps,
If the tempter's voice should whisper as soft to you
As it did to him when he went astray
It might cause you to falter too.

Let's all try to be a little bit more sympathetic to others.
Let's try to live life with a clear conscience.
Let's not judge others.
Let's treat everyone like we want to be treated.
Let's act as Jesus would want us to act.
Let's not just talk about it.
Let's really do it!
Starting right now!!

Time

TIME
They say time is precious,
That time is of the essence,
But what is this illusion?
What is time?
It goes by, they say,
But I don't see anything.
They even say, How time flies,
Does it have wings?
Never have I seen it,
Never have I understood it's physical being.
But I do know some things,
I know the time that I'm away from you.
Time is precious.
It is of the essence.
But no time is worth my time,
Unless that time is spent with you.
How time weighs heavily on my heart.
Oh, how time does eat away at me.
Time is not physical, but rather spiritual,
For no time is more spiritual then when you're with me.

Power of Positive Talk

Power of Positive Talk

I remember my dad teaching me the power of language at a very young age. Not only did my dad understand that specific words affect our mental pictures, but he understood words are a powerful programming factor in lifelong success.

One particularly interesting event occurred when I was eight. As a kid, I was always climbing trees, poles, and literally hanging around upside down from the rafters of our lake house. So, it came to no surprise for my dad to find me at the top of a 30-foot tree swinging back and forth. My little eight-year-old brain didn't realize the tree could break or I could get hurt. I just thought it was fun to be up so high.
My older cousin, Lalitha, was also in the same tree. She was hanging on the first big limb, about ten feet below me. Lalitha's mother also noticed us at the exact time my dad did. About that time a huge gust of wind came over the tree. I could hear the leaves start to rattle and the tree begin to sway. I remember my dad's voice over the wind yell, "Vighnesh, Hold on tightly." So I did. The next thing I know, I heard Lalitha screaming at the top of her lungs, laying flat on the ground. She had fallen out of the tree.
I scampered down the tree to safety. My dad later told me why she fell and I did not. Apparently, when Lalitha's mother felt the gust of wind, she yelled out, "Lalitha, don't fall!" And Lalitha did… fall.
My dad then explained to me that the mind has a very difficult time processing a negative image. In fact, people who rely on internal pictures cannot see a negative at all. In order for Lalitha to process the command of not falling, her nine-year-old brain had to first imagine falling, then try to tell the brain not to do what it just imagined. Whereas, my eight-year-old brain instantly had an internal image of me hanging on tightly.

This concept is especially useful when you are attempting to break a habit or set a goal. You can't visualize not doing something. The only way to properly visualize not doing something is to actually find a word for what you want to do and visualize that. For example, when I was thirteen years old, I played for my junior high school football team. I tried so hard to be good, but I just couldn't get it together at that age. I remember hearing the words run through my head as I was running out for a pass, "Don't drop it!" Naturally, I dropped the ball.
My coaches were not skilled enough to teach us proper "self-talk." They just thought some kids could catch and others couldn't. I'll never make it pro, but I'm now a pretty good Sunday afternoon football player, because all my internal dialogue is positive and encourages me to win. I wish my dad had coached me playing football instead of just climbing trees. I might have had a longer football career.
Here is a very easy demonstration to teach your kids and your friends the power of a toxic vocabulary. Ask them to hold a pen or pencil. Hand it to them. Now, follow my instructions carefully. Say to them, "Okay, try to drop the pencil." Observe what they do.
Most people release their hands and watch the pencil hit the floor. You respond, "You weren't paying attention. I said TRY to drop the pencil. Now please do it again." Most people then pick up the pencil and pretend to be in excruciating pain while their hand tries but fails to drop the pencil.

The point is made.
If you tell your brain you will "give it a try," you are actually telling your brain to fail. I have a "no try" rule in my house and with everyone I interact with. Either people will do it or they won't. Either they will be at the party or they won't. I'm brutal when people attempt to lie to me by using the word try. Do they think I don't know they are really telegraphing to the world they have no intention of doing it but they want me to give them brownie points for pretended effort? You will never hear the words "I'll try" come out of my mouth unless I'm teaching this concept in a seminar.

If you "try" and do something, your unconscious mind has permission not to succeed. If I truly can't make a decision I will tell the truth. "Sorry Vighnesh. I'm not sure if I will be at your party or not. I've got an outstanding commitment. If that falls through, I will be here. Otherwise, I will not. Thanks for the invite."

People respect honesty. So remove the word "try" from your vocabulary.
My dad also told me that psychologists claim it takes seventeen positive statements to offset one negative statement. I have no idea if it is true, but the logic holds true. It might take up to seventeen compliments to offset the emotional damage of one harsh criticism.
These are concepts that are especially useful when raising children.

Ask yourself how many compliments you give yourself daily versus how many criticisms. Heck, I know you are talking to yourself all day long. We all have internal voices that give us direction.
So, are you giving yourself the 17:1 ratio or are you shortchanging yourself with toxic self-talk like, " I'm fat. Nobody will like me.
I'll try this diet. I'm not good enough. I'm so stupid. I'm broke, etc. etc."
If our parents can set a lifetime of programming with one wrong statement, imagine the kind of programming you are doing on a daily basis with your own internal dialogue. Here is a list of Toxic Vocabulary words.
Notice when you or other people use them.
Ø But: Negates any words that are stated before it.
Ø Try: Presupposes failure.
Ø If: Presupposes that you may not.
Ø Might: It does nothing definite. It leaves options for your listener.
Ø Would Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn't actually happen.
Ø Should Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn't actually happen (and implies guilt.)
Ø Could Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn't actually happen but the person tries to take credit as if it did happen.
Ø Can't/Don't: These words force the listener to focus on exactly the opposite of what you want. This is a classic mistake that parents and coaches make without knowing the damage of this linguistic error.
Examples:
Toxic phrase: "Don't drop the ball!"
Likely result: Drops the ball
Better language: "Catch the ball!"
Toxic phrase: "You shouldn't watch so much television."
Likely result: Watches more television.
Better language: "I read too much television makes people stupid. You might find yourself turning that TV off and picking up one of those books more often!"
Exercise: Take a moment to write down all the phrases you use on a daily basis or any Toxic self-talk that you have noticed yourself using. Write these phrases down so you will begin to catch yourself as they occur and change them.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Chanakya Neeti - For self realization

Chanakya Neeti - For self realization

MONEY

TYAJANTI MITRAANI DHANAIRVIHIINAM ||
DAARAASHCHA BHRITYAASHCHA SUHRIJJANASCHA ||
TAM CHARTHAVANNTAM PUNARAASHRAYANTE ||
HYARTHO HI LOKE PURUSHASYA BANDHUH ||

(The money- less man is quit cold by friends, wife, and well wishers and dependents, on his becoming rich, they hang on to him again. In this world, money is only the true ally of man.

ANYAAYOPAARJITAM VITTAM DASHAVARSHAANI TISTHATI ||
PRAPTE CHAIKAADASHE VARSHE SAMULANCHA VINASYATI ||

(Unjustly earned money stays only for ten years. In the eleventh year, it disappears along with the Principal)



BIRTH AND DEATH

JANMA MRITYUN HI YAATYEKO BHUNAKTYEKAH SHUBHAASHUBHAM ||
NARAKE CHA PATATYEKA, EKO YAATI PARANGATIM ||



(Everyone experiences birth and death alone, he also faces the consequences of good and bad actions, and he faces the hell and heaven alone)


DESTINY

PATRAM NAIVA YADA KARIRVITAPE DOSHO VASANTASYA KIM ||
GHUKO NAIVA VILOKATE YADI DIVA SURYASYA KIM DUSHANAM ||
DHAARAA NAIVA PATANTI CHATAKMUKHE MEGHASYA KIM DUSHANAM ||
YATPURVAM VIDHINAA LALAATALIKHITAM TANMAARJITUM KAH KSHAMAH ||



(It is not the fault of spring season, if leaves don't grow on a KARIRA tree. It is not the fault of the sun if the owl can't see during the day. Cloud is not to be blamed if no raindrops fall into the mouth of the cuckoo. One is powerless to wipe off the destiny inscribed on one's forehead)

AAYUH KARMA CHA VITTAM CHA VIDDYA NIDHANAMEYA CHA ||
PANCHAITAANI HI SRIJAYANTE GARBHASTHASYAIVA DEHINAH ||

(Life-span, occupation, wealth, education and 'How death will occur, these five things are determined while a person is in the womb of the mother)

RANKANKAROTI RAJAANAM RAJAANAM RANKAMEVA CHA ||
DHANINAM NIRDHANAM CHAIVA NIRDHANAM DHANINAM VIDHIH ||

(The beggar becomes a king and the king becomes miserly. Destiny makes the rich poor and the poor are made rich by destiny)


ALMIGHTY GOD

AGNIRDEVO DVIJAATINAAM MUNINAAM HRIDI DAIVATAM ||
PRATIMA SVALPABUDDHINAM SARVATRA SAMADARSINAAM ||



(Brahmin (Dvija) believes God to be in fire. Sage believes God to be in the heart itself. A person with little knowledge thinks that God resides in the Idol. But a man with just knowledge knows that God is omnipresent)

NA DEVO VIDDYATE KAASTH, NA PAASHAANE NA MRINMAYE ||
BHAAVO HI VIDDYATE DEVASTASMAADVBHAAVO HI KAARANAM ||

(The deity neither dwells in a piece of wood or in a stone or clay model He dwells in one's faith)


DUTIES

MAATRU DEVO BHAVAH! PITRU DEVO BHAVAH! ||
AACHAARYA DEVO BHAVAH! ATITHI DEVO BHAVAH! ||



(MOTHER, FATHER, TEACHER AND GUEST are perceivable Deities)

EKENAAPI SUPUTRENA VIDDYAYUKTENA SAADHUNAA ||
AAHLAADITAM KULAM SARVAM YATHAA CHANDRENA SHARVARI ||

(As the moon illuminates up in the night, in the same way only one good son who is well educated and upright is a delight to the whole family)

KIM JAATAIRBAHUBHIH PUTRAIH SHOKASANTAAPKAARAKA IH ||
VARAMEKAH KULAALAMBI YAATRA VISHRAAMYATE KULAM ||

(One virtuous son is enough than a hundred duds for only one moon can dispel the darkness and not the stars though they are in thousands)

EKEN SHUSKAVRIKSHENA DAHYAMAANENA VAHVINAA ||
DAHYATE TADVANAM SARVAM KUPUTRENA KULAM YATHAA ||

(A wicked son causes distress to the whole family, in the same way as one dried up burning tree makes the whole forest to burn)


DUTY OF PARENTS TOWARDS THEIR CHILD

LAALAYETPANCHA VARSHANI, DASHA VARSHAANI TADAAYET ||
PRAAPTE TU, SHODASHE VARSHE, PUTRAM MITRAVADAACHARET ||



(A child should be given all the love and affection for the first five years. The next ten years, discipline should be taught to him strictly. A son should be treated as a friend after the age of sixteen).


DUTY OF A WIFE

SAA BHAARYAA YAA SUCHIRDAKSHA SAA BHAARYA YAA PATIVRATAA ||
SAA BHARYAA YAA PATIPRITA SAA BHARYAA YA PRIYAVAADINI ||



(Wife is she who is chaste and deft, she swears only by her husband and she takes delight in her husband and she is soft spoken).


MIND CONTROL AND PURITY OF MIND

MANA EVA MANUSHYAANAAM KAARANAM BANDHMOKSHAYOH ||
BANDHAAYA VISHAYAASANGO MUKTAYAI NIRVISHAYAM MANAH ||



(The human mind is the cause of bondage and deliverance. The love for pleasure enslaves us but indifference towards it, liberate us).

NAASTI KAAMSAMO VYAADHIRNAASTI MOHASAMO RIPUH ||
NAASTI KOPASAMO VAHNIRNAASTI GYAANAATPARAM SUKHAM ||

(Passion causes distraction of the mind, the delusion is the biggest enemy of the mind, and Anger burns the mind the most. One who possesses the enlightened mind is the happiest)


ANGER (KRODHA)

KRODHO VAIVASVATO RAAJAA TRISHNAA VAITARNI NADII ||
VIDDYA KAAMDUHA DHENUH SANTOSHO NANDANAM VANAM ||



(Anger is the king of death, greed is the river of hell, knowledge is the wish granting cow and contentment is the celestial garden)


GREED (LOBHA)

DHANESHU JIVITAVYESHU STRISHU CHAAHAARKARMASU ||
ATRIPTAH PRANINAH SARVE YAATAA YAASYANTI YAANTI CHA ||



(Man is unsatisfied with life, women and food because it does not have permanence. Man has to leave all his belongings one day)


ATTACHMENT (MOHA)

YASYA SNEHO BHAYAM TASYAA, SNEHO DUHKHASYAA BHAAJANAM ||
SNEHAMULANI DHUKHANI SNEHAM TYAKTVA VASETSUKHAM ||



(Attachment is the root cause of fear and suffering by giving up attachment one gains happiness)

The Bhagavad Gita

THE PATH OF KNOWLEDGE
(Sankhya Yoga)

"... the cessation of your pain and sorrow will depend on how well you overcome your ignorance of your True Self that lives within you."

1. Arjuna's eyes were burning with tears of compassion and confusion. The blind old king was rejoicing, thinking an easy victory was at hand. Sanjaya continued
his straightforward report of the distant battlefield :

2. As Krishna watches the once-brave warrior prince plunge into pitiable weakness He normally soft eyes become steely, and He speaks. "Arjuna, where does
all this despair come from? This egoistic self-indulgence at a time of crisis is shameful and unworthy of you. You are a highly evolved, cultured man who
is supposed to live a truth-based life, a life of dharma. And yet your confused mind is unbalanced and would not know truth if it hit you over the head.

3. "I know you are astounded at My lack of commiseration, but you must not yield to this feebleness! Truth and right can never be obtained by the weak.
You are a great warrior, a proven winner. Cast off this faint-heartedness. Stand up, O scorcher of enemies!"

4-5. Arjuna interrupts : "I can't believe you're telling me to fight!" He shakes his head as though trying to clear his mind. Krishna sits quietly. Arjuna
breathes deeply and blurts, "How?" The word hangs in the air between them. "How?" he repeats, "How can I not be weak, Krishna? For me to attack Bhishma,
who has been like a grandfather to me, and assault my beloved former teacher Drona, would be wrong! I should revere these elders, not shoot at them. I
don't want a blood-smeared victory.

6. "If I kill them, I would not care to live, Krishna. It would be better to be killed myself. Ah," he mutters ruefully, "I don't know which way to turn.
Either way winning or losing this battle, I lose."

ARJUNA BECOMES THE DISCIPLE,
KRISHNA THE DIVINE TEACHER

7-8. "I'm utterly confused," Arjuna continues, "as to what is my duty. I can't think of any remedy for this awful grief that has dried up my energy, Krishna.
If I were to gain great wealth and power, what would that prove? I'm asking you to help me, not to just tell me to go out and fight. I beg you to tell
me what I should do. I am your pupil; be my teacher, my guru. I take refuge in you and surrender to you. Please instruct me, beloved Krishna, show me the
way."

9. The great warrior-prince who has never known retreat, slips deeper into his dark dejection. He mumbles, "I shall not fight," and becomes silent.

10. Now that Arjuna has submitted himself as a pupil, Krishna transforms into His true role as the Divine Teacher. He tightens the reins in His hand, looks
long into the crestfallen warrior's eyes, and begins to speak.

11. "You may grieve sincerely, Arjuna, but it is without cause. Your words may seem wise, but the truly wise one grieves neither for the living nor the
dead!

12. "There has never been a time when I, or you, or any of these kings and soldiers here did not exist - and there will never be a time when we cease to
exist. Physical bodies appear and disappear, but not the Atma (the soul, the life force) that lives within them.

13. "This life force comes and dwells in a body for a while. While therein, it experiences infancy, childhood, youth, and old age, and then, upon death,
passes eventually to a new body. Changes such as death pertain to the body, not the Atma. The wise person does not get caught up in the delusion that he
or she is this body, Arjuna. This delusion is the very definition of ego.

14. "Arjuna, the contact of bodily senses with objects and attractions in the world creates feelings like sorrow or happiness, and sensations like heat
or cold. But these are impermanent, transitory, coming and going like passing clouds. Just endure them patiently and bravely; learn to be unaffected by
them.

15. "The serene person, unaffected by these worldly feelings and sensations, is the same in pain and pleasure, and does not allow him - or herself to get
disturbed or sidetracked. This is the person fit for immortality. Realize this and assert your strength, Arjuna. Do not identify your True Self merely
with your mortal body.

16. "Real, as used in spirituality, means that which is eternal, never changing, indestructible. This is the very definition of 'Reality'. That which is
Real never ceases to be. Anything that is impermanent, even if it lasts a very long time and seems durable, eventually changes and thus does not have true
Reality. The wise ones understand the difference beween the Real and the not-Real. When you fully understand this profound fact, you will have attained
the zenith of all knowledge.

"One's body, according to this logic, is not Real. And yet, there is something that dwells within the body that is Real : the Atma - which is existence
itself; awareness, pure consciousness.

17. "Get to know this Reality. It pervades the entire cosmos and is unchanging and indestructible. No power can affect it. No one can change the changeless.

"This Atma, Arjuna, is like space or sky. Clouds appear in the sky but their presence does not cause the sky to grow apart to make room for them. In the
same manner, the Atma (the True Self Within) remains ever itself. Things of the material universe come and go, appear and disappear, but the Atma never
changes.

18. "Only the body is mortal. Only the body will come to an end. But, the Atma, which is the True Self Within, is immortal, and will never come to an end.
So fight, O Warrior!

19. "You talk about killing or being killed; know that the body may be killed by the indweling Reality (the Atma) can never be. To say the person slays
and the other is slain may be correct from a physical worldly standpoint,, but it is not the Reality of the matter.

20. "The Atma, this Real us, was never born, nor will it ever die. In fact, this eternal Reality within is never destroyed; it never undergoes any changes.
When your ego takes over and you erroneously identify your self with the body, you feel that physical death is death to the self, and that is frightening.
But the Self (Atma) can never be 'killed'. When the body is slain the Atma remains unaffected.

21. "The one who understands this hard-to-grasp principle of Atma - the True Self Within that is eternal, indestructible, and changeless - realizes that
at this level of comprehension there is no 'slaying' and no 'causing another to slay.'

22. "As a person sheds a worn-out garment, the dweller within the body casts aside its time-worn human frame and dons a new one.

23-24. "The Indweller - the Self, Atma - remains unaffected by all worldly changes. It is not wounded by weapons, burned by fire, dried out by wind, or
wet by water. This indwelling Self is all-pervading (which means it is everywhere). It is also eternal and changeless because it is beyond the worldly
dimension of time - time has no access to it.

"Arjuna, the cessation of your present pain and sorrow will depend on how well you overcome your ignorance of your True Self that lives within you."

THE QUALITIES OF THE ATMA

25. "It is not easy - as I said, Arjuna - to fathom this mysterious concept of the True Self. Everything else in the world changes. Every creature, rock,
blade of grass, human being, element, or component of any kind changes. Only the Atma never changes! Because it is never modified it is termed immutable.
Because it is invisible, has no form, and cannot be heard, smelled, or touched, it is termed unmanifested. Because the human mind cannot perceive or conceive
it, it is said to be unknowable. Why grieve over a Self that is immutable, unmanifested, and unknowable?"

26-27 Krishna lets those ideas sink in, and then continues. "Even if you do choose to see yourself as a worldly body that dies, why suffer this anguish?
Your despondency steals your strength. Death is inevitable for all the living. You know that death is certain in all of nature, so why mourn that which
is natural? Nothing - absolutely nothing - in nature is permanent.

28. "All beings are temporary. Before birth, they are unmanifested (nonmaterialized) . At birth they become manifested. At their end they again become unmanifested.
What is there in all this to grieve over? Grieving over the temporary just uses up your energy and holds back your spiritual growth.

29. "No one really understands the Atma, Arjuna. One person sees it as wondrous, another speaks of its glory, others say it is strange, and there are many
who listen but do not comprehend it at all. Very few even thin of inquiring into what is beyond this physical world.

30. "I am well aware that I have veered into high philosophy, but you must understand that all beings, whether called 'friend' or 'enemy', have this indestructible
Atma within. You must be poised above this debilitating sorrow of yours."

THE WARRIOR'S PERSONAL KARMA

"One's personal duty in life (one's sva-dharma) should be viewed as one's responsibility to his or her highest Self, the Atma. This ultrahigh level of duty
carries with it the requirement that one never does anything that is contrary to this True Self Within. And even if you consider your sva-dharma more narrowly
from the standpoint of being true to your profession, you should not hesitate to fight. For a warrior, war against evil, greed, cruelty, hate, and jealousy
is the highest duty.

32. "The tide of fortune comes in but rarely. This war is a great, unsolicited opportunity for you to fight for righteousness; for a warrior this is no
less than a free pass to heaven. Therefore, rejoice, Arjuna. Be happy. This is your opportune moment!

33. "But if you do not fight this battle of good over evil, you will fail in both your worldly duty and in your duty to your very Self. You will violate
your sva-dharma. Not doing the right thing when it is required is worse than doing the wrong thing.

34. "If you do not do your duty the tale of your dishonor will be repeated endlessly. For a man of honor to go down in history as dishonorable is a fate
worse than death. Ordinary human beings naturally strive to preserve their lives, but the warrior has a different way. Warriors must be ever ready not
merely to safeguard, but to sacrifice their lives for a cause. Knowingly surrendering your life to an ideal increases your glory.

35. "But your superb soldiers will think it was fear that made you withdraw. Though they esteemed you before, they will treat you and your name with derision.

36. "Your enemies who have harbored a grudging respect for your prowess in battle will slander you and ridicule your bravery. Do you really think they will
believe that you withdrew out of love for kith and kin? Those who used to shudder at the thought of fighting you will crack insolent jokes about your faintheartedness.
Failure to do your duty will destroy the well-deserved reputation you built over many heroic battles.

37. "This battle is a righteous cause, Arjuna. No matter what happens, you win. If killed, you immediately enter heaven; if victorious, you achieve a great
name and fame. Either way, you triumph. So, arise, Arjuna! Fight!

38. "And heed this important point about life in general: The way to win this great war is to react alike to both pain and pleasure, profit and loss, victory
and defeat."

THE SECRET OF SELFLESS ACTION

39. Krishna, as though to solidify that point, pauses a moment and then continues. "You have now heard an intellectual explanation of the principle of Atma
(the True Self), and of the need to discriminate between the Real (unchanging) and the not-Real(anything that changes). Now pay attention while I explain
a practical spiritual discipline called karma yoga for living a more effective, happier life in this vexing, ever-changing world. This is the path of selfless,
God-dedicated action. By making this your path you can live a spiritual life and yet stay fully active in the world. You can remain a man of action, achieving
your very best, and yet not be bound or caught by the worldly.

40. "Karma yoga (literall, 'union with God through action') is not in the least bit dangerous, Old Friend. On this path no effort ever goes to waste and
there is no failure. Even a little practice of this will protect you from the cycle of death and rebirth.

41. "When one's actions are not based on desire for personal reward, one can more easily steady the mind and direct it toward the Atma, the True Self Within.
For the person of steady mind, Arjuna, there is always just one decision, but for the quivering mind pulled in a thousand directions, the decisions that
plague it are endless, and they exhaust one's mental strength. People with an unsteady mind inevitably end up failing; those with an unwavering mind achieve
great success.

42-43. "There are people, ignorant of this principle, who take delight in their own particular dogma, proclaiming there is nothing else. Their idea of 'heaven'
is their own enjoyment. The main reason they do their activities is to achieve the pleasures and power that 'heaven' promises. Thus, even though their
motive is common and positive, they are in truth filled with rather selfish desires.

44. "With their minds thus taken up by their own selfish desires for everlasting pleasure and power, they are not able to develop the utter concentration
needed to reach union with God, which is mankind's only real objective.

45. "The scriptures describe three components of nature (called gunas). I will describe these in more detail later, but for now, concentrate on transcending
all of them. Focus on going beyond all of nature and all worldly attachments. To be bound to worldly nature is certainly not the purpose of life. Focus
instead on the Eternal that lies beyond this worldliness. Concentrate on freeing yourself from the tyranny of the so-called pairs of opposites. Release
yourself from always trying to evaluate and judge everything. Disentangle from your habit pattern of seeing things as good or bad, lovable or hateful,
pleasant or painful, and so forth. The tendency to get trapped in apparent opposites is a common and debilitating malady. Instead, remain tranquil and
centered in the Self (Atma). Take care not to seek acclaim or acquire earthly objects.

46. "A reservoir that is necessary during a dry spell is of little use during a flood. Similarly, to the enlightened person even scriptures are superfluous.
Yes, live amicably with worldly existence, but know you must transcend it. Prepare yourself for nothing less than union with Divinity itself!

47. "Work hard in the world, Arjuna, but for work's sake only. You have every right to work but you should not crave the fruits of it. Although no one may
deny you the outcomes of your efforts, you can, through determination, refuse to be attached to or affected by the results, whether favorable or unfavorable.

"The central points of issue, Arjuna, are desire and lack of inner peace. Desire for the fruits of one's actions brings worry about possible failure - the
quivering mind I mentioned. When you are preoccupied with end results you pull yourself from the present into an imagined, usually fearful future. Then
your anxiety robs your energy and, making matters worse, you lapse into inaction and laziness.

"One does not accomplish great ends in some by-and-by future, O Warrior. Only in the present can you hammer out real achievement. The worried mind tends
to veer from the only real goal - realizing the Atma, uniting with Divinity, the True Self Within.

"The ideal, Arjuna, is to be intensely active and at the same time have no selfish motives, not thoughts of personal gains or loss. Duty uncontaminated
by desire leads to inner peacefulness and increased effectiveness. This is the secret art of living a life of real achievement!

48. "To work without desire may seem impossible, but the way to do it is to substitute thoughts of Divinity for thoughts of desire. Do your work in this
world with your heart fixed on the Divine instead of on outcomes. Do not worry about results. Be even tempered in success or failure. This mental evenness
is what is meant by yoga (union with God). Indeed, equanimity is yoga!

49. "Work performed with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done in a state of calmness. Equanimity - the serene mental state free from likes
and dislikes, attractions and repulsions - is truly the ideal attitude in which to live your life. To be in this state of mind is to be lodged in the Divine.
Pitiful are those pulled by the fruits of their action.

50. "When you are endowed with this basic detachment, you shed the karmic consequences of both your good and bad deeds, casting aside the inevitable effects
of your actions. Never lose sight of the overriding goal, which is to free yourself from bondage during this lifetime, to shed attachment to worldly things,
detach from ego, and truly release yourself from the wheel of birth and death. When you do this, you actually become one with God.

"I see that you sigh at this breathtaking goal, Arjuna. Know that you can achieve this by first uniting your heart with God and only then pursuing worldly
things. Proceed in this order, not in the reverse order, and then your actions will be linked to the very purpose of life - which is, again, union with
the Divine.

51. "A yogi is a truly wise person whose consciousness is unified with Brahman (the Godhead)." True yogis are detached. They are not at all concerned about
the fruits of their actions and thus have left all anxiety behind. Detachment is the means to convert misery-laden karma (here indicating the entangling
consequences of one's acts) into misery-free living. Detachment is the means for rising above worldly activities and getting to a state beyond the worldly.

"Achieve that transcendent state, Arjuna, and enter the battle not merely as a soldier but as a man of true wisdom, a yogi. These high spiritual teachings
are not meant just for the recluse; they are intended for active people like you, immersed in the hustle and bustle of the world.

52. "When your mind crosses the mire of delusion and your intellect clears itself of its confusion about the truth of who you really are, your True Self,
then you will become dispassionate about the results of all your actions.

53. "At present, Arjuna, your mind is bewildered by conflicting ideas and philosophies. When it can rest steady and undistracted in contemplation of the
True Self Within, you will be enlightened and completely united in love with the Divine. This is where yoga reaches its culmination: the merging of individual
consciousness in Cosmic Consciousness. This is nothing less than the goal of life!"

DESCRIPTION OF THE ILLUMINED ONES

54. Arjuna, listening attentively, interrupts, "But, Krishna, how does one identify the enlightened person you describe, the one absorbed in the Divine?
How would such a one speak, sit, or move about, for example? If I knew that I could better strive for it."

55. Krishna answers, "Old friend, you should strive to become such a person! This person is called an Illumined One, a Sthithaprajna (literally, one who
is established in wisdom). This is the one who abandons all selfish desires, cravings, and torments of the heart; who is satisfied with the True Self (Atma)
and wants nothing outside the Self. This one knows that real bliss is only found within.

56. "This is the man or woman whose mind is unperturbed by sorrow and adversity, who doesn't thirst for pleasures, and is free of the three traits that
most tarnish the mind - namely attachment, fear, and anger. Such a one is an Illumined One, a Sthithaprajna.

57. "The person who is detached, desireless, who neither rejoices or gets depressed when faced with good fortune or bad - that person is poised in wisdom
above worldly turmoil and is therefore an Illumined One.

58. "The Illumined One has learned to deftly withdraw the senses from the attractions of the world, just as the turtle naturally pulls in its limb to protect
itself. This is very important, Arjuna. Let Me explain further.

59-60. "When people pull back from worldly pleasures their knowledge of the Divine grows, and this knowing causes the yearning for pleasure to gradually
fade away. But inside, they may still hanker for pleasures. Even those minds that know the path can be dragged away from it by unruly senses.

"Much of one's spiritual discipline must therefore focus on taming wayward senses and being ever vigilant against the treacherousness of the senses. The
refinement of an individual or a society is measured by the yardstick of how well greed and desires are controlled.

61. "The Illumined One subdue their senses and hold them in check by keeping their minds ever intent on achieving the overarching goal of union with God.
They get in the habit of substituting divine thoughts for attractions of the senses.

62-63. "The downward spiral to one's ruin consists of the following process : Brooding on (or merely thinking about) worldly attractions develops attachments
to them. From attachments to sense objects come selfish desires. Thwarted desires cause anger to erupt. From anger arises delusion. This causes confusion
of the mind and makes one forget the lessons of experience. Forgotten lessons of experience cloud the reason, which results in loss of discrimination (between
Truth and non-Truth, Real and not-Real). Finally, losing the faculty of discrimination makes one veer from life's only purpose, achieving union with the
Divinity within. Then, unfortunately, one's life itself is wasted.

64-65. "But when you can move about in a world that surrounds you with sense attractions, and yet be free of either attachment or aversion to them, tranquility
comes and sits in your heart - and you are absorbed in the peace and wisdom of the Self within. Serenity, Arjuna, is the point at which all sorrow ends!

66. "This Atmic wisdom (knowledge of the True Self) is not for all. Those with agitated, uncontrolled minds cannot even guess that the Atma is present here
within. Without quietness, where is meditation? Without meditation, where is peace? Without peace, where is happiness?

67-68. "The roving mind that attaches to the objects of the senses loses its discrimination and is adrift, a ship without a rudder. Even a small wind blows
it off its safe-chartered course. Those who use all their powers to restrain the senses, steady the mind, and free themselves from both attachment and
aversion - they are the people of true wisdom, Illumined Ones.

69. "Worldly people perceive existence itself quite differently than do spiritually wise people. It is like night and day; what is nighttime for one is
daytime for the other. What worldly persons experience as real - the body, earthly pursuits, pleasure, pain, illness, sensory attractions - the Illumined
Ones see as not Real and of no consequence. What the Illumined Ones knows as Real - Spirit, quietness, and so forth - the unenlightened consider to be
unreal and of no value.

70. "Waters from many rivers continually flow into the ocean but the ocean never overfills. In a like manner desires and attachments constantly flow into
the mind of the Illumined One, but he or she, like the ocean in its deepest depths, is totally still and never disturbed.

71. "To gain access to this state of utter peace, Arjuna, you must be free of ego (the sense of 'I' and 'mine"), and live devoid of cravings. You must forget
desire.

72. "This is the fixed, still state of the Illumined One, the Sthithaprajna, the one firmly established in union with God. Once one achieves this state,
one never falls back from it into delusion. Furthermore, the person in this state at the instant of death merges into Divinity and becomes one with the
Divine. And this, Arjuna, as I have often repeated, is the very goal of life!"

(From : The Bhagavad Gita

Secrets of a happy married life!!!

Once X asked Y, "What is the secret behind your happy married life?"

Y said, "You should share responsibilities with due love and respect to each other. Then absolutely there will be no problems."

X asked, "Can you explain?"

Y said, "In my house, I take decisions on bigger issues where as my wife decides on smaller issues. We do not interfere in each other's decisions."

Still not convinced, X asked Y "Give me some examples"

Y said," Smaller issues like which car we should buy, how much amount to save, when to visit home town, which Sofa, air conditioner, refrigerator to buy, monthly expenses, whether to keep a maid or not etc are decided by my wife. I just agree to it"

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True and Amazing

True and Amazing

People who ride on roller coasters have a higher chance of having a blood clot in the brain.
Black bears are not always black they can be brown, cinnamon, yellow and sometimes white.
People with blue eyes see better in dark.
Each year 30,000 people are seriously injured by exercise equipment
The placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet.
The sun is 330330 times larger than the earth.
The cow gives nearly 200000 glass of milk in her lifetime.
There are more female than male millionaires in the U.S.A.
A male baboon can kill a leopard.
When a person dies, hearing is usually the first sense to go.
Bill gates house was designed using Macintosh computer.
· Nearly 22,000 cheques will be deducted from the wrong account over the next hour.

Almost all varieties of breakfast cereals are made from grass.
Some lions mates over 50 times a day.
American did not commonly use forks until after the civil war.
The most productive day of the week is Tuesday.
in the 1930's America track star Jesse Owens used to race against horses and dogs to earn a living.
There's a great mushroom in Oregon that is 2,400 years old. Covers 3.4 square miles of land and is still growing.
Jimmy Carter is the first U.S.A. president to have born in hospital.
Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
Cleopatra married two of her brothers
Human birth control pill work on gorillas.
The right lung takes in more air than the left.
it is illegal to own a red car in shanghai china.
A hard-boiled egg will spin. An uncooked or soft-boiled egg will not.
Astronauts cannot burp in space.
The snowiest city in the U.S.A. is blue canyon, California
Lake Nicaragua in Nicaragua is the only fresh water lake in the world that has sharks.
Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.
The great warrior Genghis khan died in bed while having sex.
No matter how cold it gets gasoline will not freeze.
· In 24 Hours Average Human:

1) HEART beats 1,03,689 times.

2) LUNGS respire 23,045 times.

3) BLOOD flows 16,80,000 miles.

4) NAILS grow 0.00007 inches

5) HAIR grows 0.01715 inches

6) Take 2.9 pounds WATER (including all liquids)

7) Take of 3.25 pounds FOOD.

8) Breathe 438 cubic feet AIR.

9) Lose 85.60, BODY TEMPERATURE.

10) Produce 1.43 pints SWEAT.

11) Speak 4,800 WORDS.

12) During SLEEP move 25.4 times.

SNAILS have 14175 teeth laid along 135 rows on their tongue.
· A BUTTERFLY has 12,000 eyes.

DOLPHINS sleep with 1 eye open.
A BLUE WHALE can eat as much as 3 tones of food everyday, but at the same time can live without food for 6 months.
The EARTH has over 12,00,000 species of animals, 3,00,000 species of plants & 1,00,000 other species.
The fierce DINOSAUR was TYRANNOSAURS which has sixty long & sharp teeth, used to attack & eat other dinosaurs.
DEMETRIO was a mammal like REPTILE with a snail on its back. This acted as a radiator to cool the body of the animal.
CASSOWARY is one of the dangerous BIRD, that can kill a man or animal by tearing off with its dagger like claw.
The SWAN has over 25,000 feathers in its body.
OSTRICH eats pebbles to help digestion by grinding up the ingested food.
POLAR BEAR can look clumsy & slow but during chase on ice, can reach 25 miles / hr of speed.
KIWIS are the only birds, which hunt by sense of smell.
ELEPHANT teeth can weigh as much as 9 pounds.
OWL is the only bird, which can rotate its head to 270 degrees.
·  In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

·  On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

·  The c!garette lighter was invented before the match.

·  Most lipstick contains fish scales.

·  Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

·  Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.

·  A baby bat is called a pup.

·  German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.

·  A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.

·  It takes 35 to 65 minks to produce the average mink coat. The numbers for other types of fur coats are: beaver - 15; fox - 15 to 25; ermine - 150; chinchilla - 60 to 100 .

· If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

· Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history. Spades - King David Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts ,Charlemagne Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

· If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

· What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? Ans. - All invented by women.

· The only food that doesn't spoil is HoneY.

· A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

· A snail can sleep for three years.

· All polar bears are left handed.

· American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

· Butterflies taste with their feet.

· Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

· Coca-Cola was originally green.

· The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

· The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

· The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

· TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row ! of the keyboard.

· Women blink nearly twice as much as men!

· You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

· It is impossible to lick your elbow.

· Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.

· Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

· People say "Bless you " when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

· It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

· The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

· The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court. 98% of brown bears in the United States are in Alaska.

· Before air conditioning was invented, white cotton slipcovers were put on furniture to keep the air cool.

· The Barbie doll has more than 80 careers.

· To make one pound of whole milk cheese, 10 pounds of whole milk is needed.

· 99% of pumpkins that are sold for decoration.

· Every 30 seconds a house fire doubles in size.

· The month of December is the most popular month for weddings in the Philippines.

· A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine.

· Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes.

· The largest ever hailstone weighed over 1kg and fell in Bangladesh in 1986.

· Ants can live up to 16 years.

· In Belgium, there is a museum that is just for strawberries.

· The sense of smell of an ant is just as good as a dog's.

· Popped popcorn should be stored in the freezer or refrigerator as this way it can stay crunchy for up to three weeks.

· A quarter of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.

· The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.

· There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard. A capon is a castrated rooster.

· The world's largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.

· The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.

· The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.

· The poisonous copperhead snake smells like fresh cut cucumbers.

· A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.

· Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.

· The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.

· Cheetahs make a chirping sound that is much like a bird's chirp or a dog's yelp. The sound is so an intense, it can be heard a mile away.

· The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.

· An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.

· The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

· The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

· The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to Squirt blood 30 feet.

· Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear By 700 times.

· Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

· The biggest member of the cat family is the male lion, which weighs 528 pounds (240 kilograms).

· Most lipstick contains fish scales.

· Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

· Each day in the US, animal shelters are forced to destroy 30,000 dogs and cats.

· A shrimp's heart is in their head.

· A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

· A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.

· The cat lover is an ailurophile, while a cat hater is an ailurophobe.

· A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.

· Ants don't sleep .

· Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this, they cannot move their eyes.

· A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.

· The mouse is the most common mammal in the US.

· A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.

· A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

· The Canary Islands were not named for a bird called a canary. They were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae - "Island of Dogs."

· There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.

· A polecat is not a cat. It is a nocturnal European weasel.

· The animal responsible for the most human deaths world-wide is the mosquito.

· The biggest pig in recorded history was Big Boy of Black Mountain, North Carolina, who was weighed at 1,904 pounds in 1939.

· Cats respond most readily to names that end in an "ee" sound.

· A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.

· Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.

· Snakes are immune to their own poison.

A drop of ocean water takes more than 1000 years to circulate around the world.
An average human body contains 1mg of uranium 2mg of gold and 1mg of arsenic.
During gold rush in 1849 some people paid as much as $100 for a glass of water.
The normal static electricity shock that zaps your finger when you touch a door knob is between 10,000 to 30,000 volts.
You mostly breathe from only one nostril at a time
Over the course of an average lifetime, a person breathes 591,300,000 times It means 21,600 times a day.
Your lung contains around 300-350 million respiratory units called Alveoli.
We breathe in 13 pint of air every minute.
More than half a litre of water is lost via breathing.
People under 30 take in double the amount of oxygen as those who are 80.
Some scientists believe that the earth began billions of years ago as a huge ball of swirling dust and gases. If you dig in your backyard, don't worry about running into the earth's core. You'd have to dig a hole 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers) deep!
How do reindeers survive in the extreme cold? Most animals don't eat moss. It's hard to digest, and it has little nutritional value. But reindeer fill up with lots of moss. Why? The moss contains a special chemical that helps reindeer keep their body fluids warm. When the reindeer make their yearly journey across the icy Arctic region, the chemical keeps them from freezing—much as antifreeze keeps a car from freezing up in winter
A cat can run about 20 kilometres per hour (12 miles per hour) when it grows up. This one is going nowhere today - it is too lazy !.
A cheetah can run 76 kilometres per hour (46 miles per hour) - that's really fast! The fastest human beings runs only about 30 kilometres per hour (18 miles per hour).
a cheetah does not roar like a lion - it purrs like a cat (meow).
Did you know Sailor, Dead Leaf, Paper Kite, Blue Striped Crow, Julia and Great Egg Fly are all names of BUTTERFLIES
The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'!
A Zipper joins two pieces of material together. A zipper is used everywhere, on clothing, pencil cases, boots and suitcases, wallets, and a zillion other things. Everyone thinks it was Whitcomb Judson who invented the zipper but it was really Elias Howe. Elias was so busy inventing the sewing machine that he didn't get around to selling his zipper invention which he called a "clothing closure".
The largest frog in the world is called Goliath frog. Frogs start their lives as 'eggs' often laid in or near fresh water. Frogs live on all continents except Antarctica. Frogs belong to a group of animals called amphibians.
Bears whose brown fur is tipped with lighter-colored hairs are called grizzly bears . The smallest species of bears is called sun or Malayan bears. Male bears are called boars. Bears are native to the continents of North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. Alaskan brown bears, world's largest meat-eating animals that live on land, can weigh as much as 1,700 pounds (771 kilograms)
No two zebras have stripes that are exactly alike. Zebras enemies include hyenas, wild dogs, and lions. Male zebras are called stallions. Zebras usually travel in herds.
There are more than 50 different kinds of kangaroos. Kangaroos are native of Australia. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. Young kangaroos are called joeys.