Friday, May 30, 2008

Few more lovely stories 4 U

The Tailor's Needle
A tailor was at work. He took a piece of cloth and with a pair of shining, costly, scissors, he cut the cloth into various bits.Then he put the pair of scissors at his feet. Then he took a small needle and thread and started to sew the bits of cloth, into a fine shirt. When the spell of sewing was over, he stuck the needle on to his turban. The tailor's son who was watching it asked him: "Father, the scissors are costly and look so beautiful. But you throw them down at your feet. This needle is worth almost nothing; you can get a dozen for an anna. Yet, you place it carefully on your head itself. Is there any reason for this illogical behaviour?"
"Yes, my son. The scissors have their function, no doubt; but they only cut the cloth into bits. The needle, on the contrary, unites the bits and enhances the value of the cloth. Therefore, the needle to me is more precious and valuable. The value of a thing depends on its utility, son, not on its cost-price or appearance."Similarly, there are two classes of people in the world-those who create dissensions and disharmony, who separate man from man; and those who bring about peace and harmony, who unite people. *******The former are generally the rich people, powerful politicians and kings; the latter are generally the poor devotees of God, the penniless wandering monks, and mendicants. The Lord makes use of both to carry on his function of providing the field for the evolution of individual souls. He throws down on the dust the mighty kings and millionaires who create wars and disharmony; and He keeps the poor, pious devotee over His own head. In His eyes the scale of values is entirely different!

God created

God created the donkey and said to him।"You will be a donkey. You will work un-tiringly from sunrise to sunset carrying burdens on your back. You will eat grass, you will have no intelligence and you will live 50 years."The donkey answered: "I will be a donkey, but to live 50 years is much. Give me only 20 years"God granted his wish.******* God created the dog and said to him:"You will guard the house of man. You will be his best Friend. You will eat the scraps that he gives you and you will live 30 years.You will be a dog. "The dog answered: "Sir, to live 30 years is too much,give me only 15 years."God granted his wish.*******God created the monkey and said to him:"You will be a monkey. You will swing from branch to branch doing tricks.You will be amusing and you will live 20 years. "The monkey answered: "To live 20 years is too much, give me only 10 years."God granted his wish.*******Finally God created man ... and said to him:"You will be man, the only rational creature on the face of the earth.You will use your intelligence to become master over all the animals.You will dominate the world and you will live 20 years."*******Man responded: "Sir, I will be a man but to live only 20 years is very little, give me the 30 years that the donkey refused, the 15 years that the dog did not want and the 10 years the monkey refused."God granted man's wish*******And since then, man lives 20 years as a man ,marries and spends 30 years like a donkey,working and carrying all the burdens on his back.Then when his children are grown,he lives 15 years like a dog taking care of the house and eating whatever is given to him,so that when he is old,he can retire and live 10 years like a monkey,going from house to house and from one son or daughter to another doing tricks to amuse his grandchildren.That's Life. Is'nt it ??????????

The Bamboo
Once upon a time, in the heart of the Western Kingdom, lay a beautiful garden. And there, in the cool of the day, the Master of the garden was wont to walk. Of all the denizens of the garden, the most beautiful and most beloved was gracious and noble bamboo.
Year after year, bamboo grew yet more noble and gracious, conscious of his Master's love and watchful delight, but modest and gentle withal. And often when the wind came to revel in the garden, Bamboo would cast aside his grave stateliness, to dance and play right merrily, tossing and swaying and leaping and bowing in joyous abandon, leading the Great Dance of the garden, Which most delighted the Master's heart.

Now, once upon a day, the Master himself drew near to contemplate his Bamboo with eyes of curious expectancy। And Bamboo, in a passion of adoration, bowed his great head to the ground in loving greeting. The Master spoke: "Bamboo, Bamboo, I would use you." Bamboo flung his head to the sky in utter delight. The day of days had come, the day for which he had been made, the day to which he had been growing hour by hour, the day in which he would find his completion and his destiny.His voice came low: "Master, I'm ready. Use me as Thou wilt." "Bamboo," – The Master's voice was grave --- "I would have to take you and cut you down!" A trembling of great horror shook Bamboo…"Cut …me… down ? Me॥ who thou, Master, has made the most beautiful in all thy Garden…cut me down! Ah, not that. Not that. Use me for the joy, use me for the glory, oh master, but cut me not down!"Beloved Bamboo,"—The Master's voice grew graver still—"If I cut you not down, I cannot use you."The garden grew still. Wind held his breath. Bamboo slowly bent his proud and glorious head. There was a whisper: "Master, if thou cannot use me other than to cut me down.. then do thy will and cut"."Bamboo, beloved Bamboo, I would cut your leaves and branches from you also"."Master, spare me. Cut me down and lay my beauty in the dust; but would thou also have to take from me, my leaves and branches too?" "Bamboo, if I cut them not away, I cannot use you." The Sun hid his face. A listening butterfly glided fearfully away. And Bamboo shivered in terrible expectancy, whispering low: "Master, cut away""Bamboo, Bamboo, I would yet… split you in two and cut out your heart, for if I cut not so, I cannot use you." Then Bamboo bowed to the ground: "Master, Master… then cut and split."So did the Master of the garden took Bamboo…and cut him down…and hacked off his branches…and stripped off his leaves…and split him in two…and cut out his heart.And lifting him gently, carried him to where there was a spring of fresh sparkling water in the midst of his dry fields. Then putting one end of the broken Bamboo in the spring and the other end into the water channel in His field, the Master laid down gently his beloved Bamboo… And the spring sang welcome, and the clear sparkling waters raced joyously down the channel of bamboo's torn body into the waiting fields. Then the rice was planted, and the days went by, and the shoots grew and the harvest came.In that day Bamboo, once so glorious in his stately beauty, was yet more glorious in his brokenness and humility. For in his beauty he was life abundant, but in his brokenness he became a channel of abundant life to his Master's world.

The Lagoon

May be you have heared about the Great Barrier Reef, stretching some 1,800 miles from New Guinea to Australia। Tour guides regularly take visitors to view the reef. On one tour, a traveler asked the guide an interesting question."I noticed that the lagoon side of the reef looks pale and lifeless, while the ocean side is vibrant and colorful," the traveler observed. "Why is this?" The guide gave an interesting answer:"The coral around the lagoon side is in still water with no challenge for its survival. It dies early. The coral on the ocean side is constantly being tested by wind, waves, and storms -- surges of power. It has to fight for survival every day of its life.As it is challenged and tested, it changes and adapts. It grows healthy. It grows strong. And it reproduces."Then he added this telling note: "That's the way it is with every living organism."That's how it is with people. Challenged and tested, we come alive! Like coral pounded by the sea, we grow. Physical demands can cause us to grow stronger. Mental and emotional stress can produce tough-mindedness and resiliency. Spiritual testing can produce strength of character and faithfulness . So, you have problems? No problem! Just tell yourself, "There I grow again!". Remember, A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner- English Proverb.

A Rebellious Little Bird



There was once a little bird who decided to rebel against tradition, and when it came time to fly south for the winter, he decided to stay behind। All the other birds flew south for the warmer weather, leaving the rebellious one alone. Of course, it wasn't long before the little bird discovered he had made a terrible mistake. Winter set in and it became very cold. So, he decided that he had better take off and fly south like his friends. He started flying, but didn't get very far before the cold north wind began to freeze his wings, and he went plummeting down, down, down ... He fell straight down from the sky, through an open hole in the rooftop of a nearby barn, and directly into a fresh pile of cow dung. Well, the warmth thawed out his wings, and soon he was feeling fine again. But, as his little head popped out from the smelly dung, along came a cat who plucked him up and ate him. Moral : Whenever you end up in a pile of DoDo it may not necessarily be a bad thing, and everyone that comes to pull you out of your DoDo may not necessarily be a good thing. *******

Rabbit's Ph.D. Thesis

Scene It's a fine sunny day in the forest, and a rabbit is sitting outside his burrow, tippy-tapping on his typewriter. Along comes a fox, out for a walk.Fox "What are you working on?"Rabbit "My thesis."Fox "Hmmm. What's it about?"Rabbit "Oh, I'm writing about how rabbits eat foxes." (incredulous pause)Fox "That's ridiculous! Any fool knows that rabbits don't eat foxes."Rabbit "Sure they do, and I can prove it. Come with me."They both disappear into the rabbit's burrow. After a few minutes, the rabbit returns, alone, to his typewriter and resumes typing. Soon, a wolf comes along and stops to watch the hardworking rabbit.Wolf "What's that you're writing?"Rabbit "I'm doing a thesis on how rabbits eat wolves." (loud guffaws)Wolf "You don't expect to get such rubbish published, do you?"Rabbit "No problem. Do you want to see why?"The rabbit and the wolf go into the burrow, and again the rabbit returns by himself, after a few minutes, and goes back to typing. Scene: inside the rabbit's burrow. In one corner, there is a pile of fox bones. In another corner, a pile of wolf bones. On the other side of the room, a huge lion is belching and picking his teeth. Moral: It doesn't matter what you choose for a thesis subject. It doesn't matter what you use for data. What does matter is who you have for a thesis advisor. *******

A Bald Tale

Once upon a time there lived a man by the name of Abu. Abu was witty and clever man and all of the town loved him for his good nature. Abu too was a happy man except for one thing. Abu had rapidly lost all his hair and become completely bald. He was ashamed of his baldness and always wore a wig to cover his head. He only took of his head of false hear in the privacy of his home at night , so that no one might know of his predicament.

One day, Abu was out riding with his friends in the forest and there was a great gale. Strong gusts of wind swayed the trees and the leaves swirled into a whirlwind . The animals rushed into their shelters, as the horsemen tried to find some sort of a sanctuary from the fierce gale.

A sudden mighty gust of wind blew through the forest and as the horsemen tried to steady themselves in vain, Abu gasped in surprise as his wig was completely blown off. He watched in dismay as the woolly ball of hair went hurtling through the forest ground mingling with the scattered leaves and mud.

The other horsemen stared dumbfounded for a minute and then burst out laughing. How they laughed at Abu. The snorted and guffawed and roared with laughter. Abu's face went a beet root red as he tried to conceal his embarrassment. But his companions could not help laughing at the sight of Abu's bald head.

Slowly Abu's embarrassment began to turn to anger and resentment. He grew purple in the face and breathed heavily .

Abu wondered how he could save face and thought quick and hard. Suddenly, a wide smile spread across his face. He looked at his friends with great glee and joined in their mirth. He too laughed as loudly as they did. His companions thought that Abu was indeed weird ; laughing at his own self . "What is the matter Abu?" asked one finally
Abu, barely able to conceal his mirth looked at his friends with twinkling eyes and replied , ""What a marvel it is that hairs which are not mine should fly from me, when they have forsaken even the man on whose head they grew." "Yes," chorused his friends, " better a bald head than no head at all".

APHORISMS

APHORISMS

SOME SCINTILLATING APHORISMS
* * * * * * * DESERVE BEFORE YOU DESIREDELVE DEEP BEFORE YOU DEAL NEVER TEST THE DEPTH OF WATER WITH BOTH FEETTHE MOST WASTED DAY OF ALL IS ONE IN WHICH WE HAVE NOT LAUGHEDDO NOT ASPIRE TO BECOME IRREPLACEABLE, IF YO CAN'T BE REPLACED , THEN YOU CANNOT BE PROMPTEDNEVER FORGET THAT YOU ARE UNIQUE LIKE EVERY ONE ELSEIF YOU TELL THE TRUTH YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REMEMBER ANYTHINGGOOD JUDGEMENT COME FROM EXPERIENCE. EXPERIENCE COME FROM BAD JUDGEMENT.NEVER MISS A GOOD CHANCE TO SHUT UPEXPERIENCE IS SOMETHING YOU DO NOT GET UNTIL JUST AFTER YOU NEED IT.PESSIMISM IS MAN'S DEADLY ENEMYROBUST OPTIMISM IS DEATH DEFYINGLAZINESS IS WORSE THAN ALCOHOLISMSUCCESS COMES TO THOSE WHO DARE AND ACTNO RISKS TAKEN- NO SUCCESS ACHIEVEDREMEMBER THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS FREE LUNCHTO GET DIAMOND START WITH CARBONINSPIRATION MINUS PERSPIRATION IS HOLLOWIF YOU ACHIEVE SELF KNOWLEDGE THE WORLD IS AT YOUR FEETIMAGINATION MINUS COMMON SENSE IS DELUSIONDRIVE WITHOUT DIRECTION RESULTS IN ACCIDENTA SUCCESSFUL SALESMAN HAS FIRST TO SELF SELLTO WORK WITHOUT AIM IS TANTAMOUNT TO BAILING OUT WATER WITH A LEAKING PITSELF ASSESSMENT IS BASIC TO PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENTAT THE CONVERGENCE OF MOTIVATION AND HARD WORK HAPPPINESS SURFACESFALTERING STEPS TOWARDS SUCCESS ARE INGREDIENTS OF HOPEIF YOU INCREASE YOUR LISTENING TIME YOUR SUCCESS RATING GOES-UPIF YOU ARE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR WEAK POINTS YOU WILL BE A FORMIDABLE OPPONENTIF YOU CAN MARRY CONTENTMENT POVERTY POSES NO THREATIF YOU MENTALLY TIRE YOURSELF THE WAR IS LOST BEFORE THE BATTLE BEGINS.WORK NEVER KILLS, LAZINESS DOESINFORMATION BECOMES KNOWLEDGE IF FACTS ARE INTERLINKED, BUT KNOWLEDGE TO BECOME WISDOM HUMANISM SHOULD INFORM ITA JOB WELL BEGUN IS HALF COMPLETEDTAKE CARE OF PAISE THE RUPEE WOULD TAKE CARE OF ITSELFWORK IS WORSHIPPLEASURE AND PAIN ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COINWILL POWER IS BORN OUT OF INNER CONVICTION.A MENTAL LEPER IS MORE REPUGNANT THAN A PHYSICAL LEPERINTELLECT IS KNOWLEDGE IMBUSED WITH HUMANISMTHE ESSENCE OF MANAGERIAL TALENT IS TO UNDERSTAND OTHER'S POINT OF VIEWTO LEARN OBEYING IS THE FUNDAMENTAL ART OF GOVERNANCE.

A Story with Moral – Worth Reading

The “Want to!”

I remember the night in Chandigarh when our son, Ananya, was just five years old. We were staying with relatives and it was his bedtime. When I looked at the living room floor, I knew we had a problem. Toys were all over the place. "Ananya," I said, "you need to pick up all those toys before you go to bed."

"Daddy," he said, "I'm too tired to pick up my toys."

My immediate inclination was to force him to clean up the room. Instead, I went into the bedroom, laid down, and said, "Ananya, come here. Let’s play Humpty Dumpty."

He climbed up on my knees and I said, "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall." And he fell. Ananya laughed and said, "Let's do it again." Well, after the third "fall," I said, "Okay, but first go pick up those toys."

Without thinking, he ran into the living room and in ninety seconds he finished a job that could have taken half an hour. Then he jumped back on my knees and repeated, "Daddy, let’s do it again."

"Ananya, I thought you were too tired to pick up those toys." He answered, "I was, daddy, but I just wanted to do this!"

We can finish any job when we have the "Want to!"

Some words from a book‏ 3

I have learned that there are two things essential to a happy marriage-separate checking account and separate bathroom.
I have learned that young people need old people’s love, respect, and knowledge of life, and that old people need the love, respect, and strength of young people.
I have learned that you can ruin a good relationship with professional person such as a doctor, a lawyer, or a CAP when you assume he or she wants to talk shop after house.
I have learned that any place I haven’t visited offers the same potential for adventure and excitement as any other.
I have learned that shouldn’t handcuff yourself to your little brother and dare him to swallow the key.
I have learned that there are no unimportant acts of kindness.
I have learned that you should keep your promises no matter what.
I have learned that people are never sneaky in only one area of their life.
I have learned that on the one day I’m late for work that’s the one morning my boss is early.
I have learned that as long as I have my health, older is better than younger.
I have learned that to insure rain, schedule an outdoor wedding.
I have learned that there’s no substitute for good manner.
I have learned that if you talk on the phone too long with a girl, your parents suspect something is going on.
I have learned that I can’t tell the difference between a $20 bottle of wine and a $40 bottle of wine.
I have learned that the two happiest days of my life were the day I bought my boat and the day I sold my boat.
I have learned that if you can’t forgive and forget, you can at least forgive and move on,
I have learned that, ultimately, takers lose and
givers win.

I have learned that I love my brother because he sticks up for me.
I have learned that if you’re the boss and you stop rowing, you shouldn’t be surprised if everyone else rests too.
I have learned that everyone can afford to be generous with praise. It’s something available only to the well-to-do.
I have learned that what you are thinking about, you are becoming.
I have learned that it’s harmful for parents to live out their athletic fantasies through their children.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Value

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?"Hands started going up.He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up.He then asked, "Who still wants it?"Still the hands were up in the air."Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air."My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way.We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special - Don't ever forget it!

some words from a book‏ 2

I have learned that if your life is free of failures, you’re probably not talking enough risks.
I have learned that every time I’m on a trip I wish I were home, and every time I’m at home I wish I were on a trip.
I have learned that the person who says something can’t be done is often interrupted by someone doing it.
I have learned that when I grow up, I’m going to be an artist. It’s in my blood.
I have learned that you never ask a lady her age, her weight, or what’s in her purse.
I have learned that it’s just as important to forget a wrong as is it to remember a kindness.
I have learned that if you wait until retirement to really start living, you’ve waited too long.
I have learned that if you I don’t try new thing, I won’t learn new thing.
I have learned that total pleasure is a good book, a soft couch, and a cat curled up beside you.
I have learned that my success stop when I do.
I have learned that if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.
I have learned that the best way to cheer up yourself is to cheer up someone else.
I have learned that a full life is not determined by how long you live, but how well.
I have learned that to become successful, it helps to dress the part.
I have learned that violence on television and in the movie is so graphic and extreme that it’s numbing our children to pain and suffering in the real world.
I have learned that you should never jump out of a second story window using a sheet for a parachute.
I have learned that you should treat everyone with respect, and demand respect in return.
I have learned that milk tastes best when you drink it straight out of the plastic jug.
I have learned that even small children have a right to privacy.
I have learned that optimists live longer than pessimist. That why I’m an optimist.
I have learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly gland my parents are strict with me.
I have learned that if you stay focused on yourself, you are guaranteed to be miserable.
I have learned that you van keep going long after you think you can’t.
I have learned that good health is true wealth.
I have learned that if you want decent airline food. call ahead and ask for a low- sodium meal. It’s always better than the regular fare.
I have learned that the tooth fairy doesn’t always come. Sometimes he’s ब्रोके.

some words from a book‏ 2

I have learned that if your life is free of failures, you’re probably not talking enough risks.
I have learned that every time I’m on a trip I wish I were home, and every time I’m at home I wish I were on a trip.
I have learned that the person who says something can’t be done is often interrupted by someone doing it.
I have learned that when I grow up, I’m going to be an artist. It’s in my blood.
I have learned that you never ask a lady her age, her weight, or what’s in her purse.
I have learned that it’s just as important to forget a wrong as is it to remember a kindness.
I have learned that if you wait until retirement to really start living, you’ve waited too long.
I have learned that if you I don’t try new thing, I won’t learn new thing.
I have learned that total pleasure is a good book, a soft couch, and a cat curled up beside you.
I have learned that my success stop when I do.
I have learned that if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.
I have learned that the best way to cheer up yourself is to cheer up someone else.
I have learned that a full life is not determined by how long you live, but how well.
I have learned that to become successful, it helps to dress the part.
I have learned that violence on television and in the movie is so graphic and extreme that it’s numbing our children to pain and suffering in the real world.
I have learned that you should never jump out of a second story window using a sheet for a parachute.
I have learned that you should treat everyone with respect, and demand respect in return.
I have learned that milk tastes best when you drink it straight out of the plastic jug.
I have learned that even small children have a right to privacy.
I have learned that optimists live longer than pessimist. That why I’m an optimist.
I have learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly gland my parents are strict with me.
I have learned that if you stay focused on yourself, you are guaranteed to be miserable.
I have learned that you van keep going long after you think you can’t.
I have learned that good health is true wealth.
I have learned that if you want decent airline food. call ahead and ask for a low- sodium meal. It’s always better than the regular fare.
I have learned that the tooth fairy doesn’t always come. Sometimes he’s ब्रोके.

some words from a book‏ 2

I have learned that if your life is free of failures, you’re probably not talking enough risks.
I have learned that every time I’m on a trip I wish I were home, and every time I’m at home I wish I were on a trip.
I have learned that the person who says something can’t be done is often interrupted by someone doing it.
I have learned that when I grow up, I’m going to be an artist. It’s in my blood.
I have learned that you never ask a lady her age, her weight, or what’s in her purse.
I have learned that it’s just as important to forget a wrong as is it to remember a kindness.
I have learned that if you wait until retirement to really start living, you’ve waited too long.
I have learned that if you I don’t try new thing, I won’t learn new thing.
I have learned that total pleasure is a good book, a soft couch, and a cat curled up beside you.
I have learned that my success stop when I do.
I have learned that if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.
I have learned that the best way to cheer up yourself is to cheer up someone else.
I have learned that a full life is not determined by how long you live, but how well.
I have learned that to become successful, it helps to dress the part.
I have learned that violence on television and in the movie is so graphic and extreme that it’s numbing our children to pain and suffering in the real world.
I have learned that you should never jump out of a second story window using a sheet for a parachute.
I have learned that you should treat everyone with respect, and demand respect in return.
I have learned that milk tastes best when you drink it straight out of the plastic jug.
I have learned that even small children have a right to privacy.
I have learned that optimists live longer than pessimist. That why I’m an optimist.
I have learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly gland my parents are strict with me.
I have learned that if you stay focused on yourself, you are guaranteed to be miserable.
I have learned that you van keep going long after you think you can’t.
I have learned that good health is true wealth.
I have learned that if you want decent airline food. call ahead and ask for a low- sodium meal. It’s always better than the regular fare.
I have learned that the tooth fairy doesn’t always come. Sometimes he’s broke

Some words from a book‏

I have learned that days are long, but life is short.
I have learned that being a success at the office is not worth it if means being a failure at home.
I have learned that you can teach yourself anything by reading.
I have learned that children are the best teachers of creativity, persistence, and unconditional love.
I have learned that you learn most from people who are learning themselves.
I have learned that when Mommy and Daddy shout at each other, it scares me.
I have learned that when bad times come, you can let them make you better or use them to make you better.
I have learned that women with double first names usually know how to make a terrific peach cobbler.
I have learned that humming a tune you are upset can ease you mind.
I have learned that when making a decision, no is more easily changed to yes than yes is changed to no.
I have learned that I dont feel my age as long as I focus on my dreams instead of my regrets.
I have learned that the simple things are often the most satisfying.
I have learned that you should never sign a contract with blank spaces.
I have learned that if you allow people to make you angry, have let them conquer you.
I have learned that when I eat fish sticks they help me swim faster because they are fish.
I have learned that encouragement from a good teacher can turn a students life around.
I have learned that I have never regretted being too generous enough.
I have learned that when I wave to people in the country, they almost always stop what they are doing and wave back.
I have learned that nothing tastes as good as vegetables from your own garden.
I have learned that to love and be loved is the greatest joy in the world.
I have learned that children want their parents attention and will go to extreme lengths to get it.
I have learned that how you do your work is a portrait of yourself.
I have learned that successful living is like playing a violin-it must be practiced daily.
I have learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.
I have learned that you can make someones day by simple sending them a little card.

The Glory and Power of Ram Nam‏

1. Paramacharyal (former Kanchi KamakotiPeetathipathi), Sri Chandrasekhara Swamigal, has said:"There are two powerful 'araka Namas'. One is Aum andanother is Ram. All mantras have to be prefixed withAum for obtaining the benefits of those mantras,whereas there is no need to prefix Aum when the name'Ram' is recited because the name itself is 'TarkaNamam' " 2. Once, during their stay at the jungle, Lakshmanaobserved a Crow going to a river to drink water, butreturned without drinking the water. Like this it kepton trying for innumerable times but never drank thewater. Lakshman could not understand why the crow wasdoing like this and sought an explanation from LordRama. Rama said "this crow is uttering the name ofRama, non-stop. He is afraid he may have to stoputtering the name if he starts drinking water. He iswilling to die without water rather than stop chantingthe name of Rama." Sins are completely washed away by the utterance ofall Namas BUT IT IS ONLY 'RAMA NAMA' THAT SHIELDSAGAINST SINS IN THE FUTURE ALSO Such is the greatness of RAMA NAMA. 3. Wonder work of Sri Ramachritamanas It is said that Sri Tulsidasji started writing theRamayana in Sanskrit language during his stay atVaranasi. But to his astonishment each day's work willvanish after his return from the bath in Ganga. Heprayed to Lord Viswanath, the lord of Kasipuri who ischanting the Ramanama all the time. Lord Viswanath haddirected him to write the epic Ramayan in the languagethat could be understood by all, so that the Ramanamamahima is spread to nook and corner of the land.Accordingly he wrote the epic Ramayana in Avanthilanguage, which is now popularly known as "SRIRAMACHRITAMANAS". There was lot of opposition from thescholars of Kasipuri for this version of Ramayan. Itis said that the pundits of Kasi threw the script intoGanga. But to their astonishment the script was foundintact in the Lord Viswanath's temple. Then it wasrealised that the "Sri Ramachritamanas", the TulsiRamayan has the stamp of approval by the Lord Himself.

God's Pharmacy!!! Amazing !

God's Pharmacy!!! Amazing !
A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye...and YES science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes. A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food. Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are als profound heart and blood vitalizing food. A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function. Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys. Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically targe bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body. Eggplant, Avocadoes and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? .... It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolyti chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them). Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the motility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm cells to overcome male sterility. Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics. Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries Grapefruits, Oranges, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts. Onions look like body cells. Today's research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.
NOW.........GO EAT SOMETHING HEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!!

The Crow

The Crow
An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.

The father asked his son, "What is this?"
The son replied, "It is a crow".

After a few minutes, the father asked his son the 2nd time, "What is this?"
The son said, "Father, I have just now told you, It's a crow".

After a little while, the old father again asked his son the 3rd time, "What is this?"
At this time some expression of irritation was felt in the son's tone when he said to his father with a rebuff. "It's a crow, a crow".

A little after, the father again asked his son the 4th time, "What is this?"
This time the son shouted at his father, "Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times "IT IS A CROW". Are you not able to understand this?"

A little later the father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his son was born. On opening a page, he asked his son to read that page. When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary:-

"Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window.
My son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a crow.
I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times.

I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child".
While the little child asked him 23 times "What is this?", the father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the father asked his son the same question just 4 times, the son felt irritated and annoyed.

So....
If your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word, be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents. From today say this aloud, "I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me. They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make a person presentable in the society today".

Allah says:
Your Lord has enjoined the following: You should not worship anyone but Him Alone! Treat your parents with great kindness; if either or both of them attain old age, do not even say हार्ड wordsto them; nor rebuke them; but speak to them kind words. Treat them with humility and tenderness and pray, tO our Lord, be merciful to them, just as they brought me up with kindness and affection in my childhood
Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Bani Israel verses 23-24

The Crow

The Crow
An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.

The father asked his son, "What is this?"
The son replied, "It is a crow".

After a few minutes, the father asked his son the 2nd time, "What is this?"
The son said, "Father, I have just now told you, It's a crow".

After a little while, the old father again asked his son the 3rd time, "What is this?"
At this time some expression of irritation was felt in the son's tone when he said to his father with a rebuff. "It's a crow, a crow".

A little after, the father again asked his son the 4th time, "What is this?"
This time the son shouted at his father, "Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times "IT IS A CROW". Are you not able to understand this?"

A little later the father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his son was born. On opening a page, he asked his son to read that page. When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary:-

"Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window.
My son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a crow.
I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times.

I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child".
While the little child asked him 23 times "What is this?", the father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the father asked his son the same question just 4 times, the son felt irritated and annoyed.

So....
If your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word, be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents. From today say this aloud, "I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me. They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make a person presentable in the society today".

Allah says:
Your Lord has enjoined the following: You should not worship anyone but Him Alone! Treat your parents with great kindness; if either or both of them attain old age, do not even say हार्ड wordsto them; nor rebuke them; but speak to them kind words. Treat them with humility and tenderness and pray, tO our Lord, be merciful to them, just as they brought me up with kindness and affection in my childhood
Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Bani Israel verses 23-24

The Crow

The Crow
An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.

The father asked his son, "What is this?"
The son replied, "It is a crow".

After a few minutes, the father asked his son the 2nd time, "What is this?"
The son said, "Father, I have just now told you, It's a crow".

After a little while, the old father again asked his son the 3rd time, "What is this?"
At this time some expression of irritation was felt in the son's tone when he said to his father with a rebuff. "It's a crow, a crow".

A little after, the father again asked his son the 4th time, "What is this?"
This time the son shouted at his father, "Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times "IT IS A CROW". Are you not able to understand this?"

A little later the father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his son was born. On opening a page, he asked his son to read that page. When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary:-

"Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window.
My son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a crow.
I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times.

I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child".
While the little child asked him 23 times "What is this?", the father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the father asked his son the same question just 4 times, the son felt irritated and annoyed.

So....
If your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word, be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents. From today say this aloud, "I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me. They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make a person presentable in the society today".

Allah says:
Your Lord has enjoined the following: You should not worship anyone but Him Alone! Treat your parents with great kindness; if either or both of them attain old age, do not even say हार्ड wordsto them; nor rebuke them; but speak to them kind words. Treat them with humility and tenderness and pray, tO our Lord, be merciful to them, just as they brought me up with kindness and affection in my childhood
Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Bani Israel verses 23-24

Must read these valuable stories

A grandfather and granddaughter were sitting and talking when the young girl asked, "Did God make you, Grandpa?"
"Yes, God made me," the grandfather answered. A few minutes later, the little girl asked him, "Did God make me too?" "Yes, He did," the older man answered.
For a few minutes, the little girl seemed to be studying her grandpa, as well as her own reflection in the mirror, while her grandfather wondered what was running through her mind. At last she spoke up. "You know, Grandpa," she said, "God's doing a lot better job lately."

A man who absolutely hated his wife's cat decided to get rid of him one day by driving him 20 blocks from his home and leaving him at the park.
As he was nearing home, the cat was walking up the driveway.
The next day, he decided to drive the cat 40 blocks away and try the same thing.
As he was driving back into his driveway, there was the cat! He kept taking the cat farther and farther away, but the darn cat would always beat him home.
At last, he decided to drive a few miles away, turn right, then left, past the bridge, then right again and another right and so on until he reached what he thought was a safe distance from his home and he left the cat there.
Hours later, the man calls home to his wife: "Jen, is the cat there?". "Yes," the wife answers. "Why do you ask?"
Frustrated, the man answers: "Put that damn cat on the phone। I'm lost and I need directions!"

Comparison!

An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son। Suddenly a crow perched on their window.The Father asked his Son, What is this?The Son replied It is a crowAfter a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, What is this?The Son said Father, I have just now told you Its a crow.After a little while, the old Father again asked his Son the 3rd time,What is this?At this time some ex-pression of irritation was felt in the Sons tone when he said to his Father with a rebuff. Its a crow, a crow.A little after, the Father again asked his Son t he 4th time, What is this? This time the Son shouted at his Father,Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times IT IS A CROW. Are you not able to understand this?A little later the Father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his Son was born. On opening a page, he asked his Son to read that page. When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary :-Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window. My Son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a Crow. I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times. I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child.While the little child asked him 23 times What is this, the Father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the Father asked his Son the same question just 4 times, the Son felt irritated and annoyed.So,If your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word, be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents.From today say this aloud, I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me.They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make me a person presentable in the society today.Say a prayer to God, I will serve my old parents in the BEST way. I will say all good and kind words to my dear parents, no matter how they behave.



The Echo of Life

A son and his father were walking on the mountains. Suddenly, the son falls, hurts himself and screams, "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh! !!"

To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh! !!"

Curious, he yells, "Who are you?"
He receives the answer, "Who are you?"

Angered at the response, he screams, "Coward!"
He receives the answer, "Coward!"

He looks to his father and asks, "What's going on?"
The father smiles and says, "My son, pay attention."

And then he screams to the mountain, "I admire you!"
The voice answers, "I admire you!"

Again the father screams, "You are a champion!"
The voice answers, "You are a champion!"

The boy is surprised, but does not understand.Then the father explains: "People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE. It gives you back everything you say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life; life will give you back everything you have given to it.Your life is not a coincidence. It's a reflection of you!"

5 - MINUTE MANAGEMENT LESSONS

Lesson 1: A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, "I'll give you $800 to drop that towel, " After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, "Who was that?" "It was Bob the next door neighbor," she replies. "Great," the husband says, "did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?" Moral of the story
If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time,you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.********* Lesson 2: A priest offered a Nun a lift. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?" The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?" The priest apologized "Sorry sister but the flesh is weak." Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129 It said, "Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory."
Moral of the story
If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.********* Lesson 3: A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, "I'll give each of you just one wish." "Me first! Me first!" says the admin clerk. "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world." Puff! She's gone. "Me next! Me next!" says the sales rep. "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life." Puff! He's gone. "OK, you're up," the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, "I want those two back in the office after lunch." Moral of the story Always let your boss have the first say.********* Lesson 4: An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing?" The eagle answered: "Sure , why not." So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it. Moral of the story To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.********* Lesson 5: A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey,"but I haven't got the energy." "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients." The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree. He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree. Moral of the story
BullShit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.********* Lesson 6: A little bird was flying south for the Winter.It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him. Morals of this story (1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend. (3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

I am thankful for..

What I'm Thankful ForThe mess to clean up after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
The taxes I pay because it means that I'm employed.
The clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.
My shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
The spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
That lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.
The piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.
The lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
My huge heating bill because it means that I am warm.
Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means that I have been productive.
The alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I am alive.
I am thankful for you because it means that I am loved.

DIVINE MASTER:

DIVINE MASTER:Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND:

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD,across the sky flashed scenes from his life.For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.When the last scene of his life flashed before him, He looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his lifethere was only one set of footprints.He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it."LORD, Thou said that once I decided to follow Thee, Thou would walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,there is only one set of footprints, I don't understand whywhen I needed Thee most that Thou would leave me." The LORD replied, "My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

FOUR STONES

Stone one is the color white, the stone of the clear conscience. It is when the mind and spirit is free as it searches for knowledge. The child in us asks the world why, where and when? The child does not see the evil or good in an event, but only see the event.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

With a little help from my friend

A young wife sat on a porch in Waycross, Georgia on a summer day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter."Don't forget your girlfriends," she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. "They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you'll love the children you'll have, you are still going to need girlfriends. Remember to go places with them now and then; Do things with them. And remember that girlfriends" are not only your friends, but your sisters, your daughters,and other relatives too. You'll need other women. Women always do."'What a funny piece of advice.' the young women thought. 'Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the 'couple' world? I'm a married woman, for goodness sake... A grown up... Not a young girl who needs girlfriends! Surely my husband and the family we'll start, will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'But she listened to her mother. She kept in contact with her girlfriends and made more each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, girlfriends are the mainstay of her life.After 50 years of living in this world, here is what I know aboutgirlfriendGirlfriends bring you casseroles and scrub your bathroom when you need help. Girlfriends keep your children and your secrets.Girlfriends give advice when you ask for it. Sometimes you take it, sometimes you don't.Girlfriends don't always tell you you're right, but they're usually honest.Girlfriends still love you, even when they don't agree with your choices.Girlfriends laugh with you and don't need canned jokes to start the laughter.Girlfriends pull you out of jams.Girlfriends help you get out of bad relationships.Girlfriends help you look for a new apartment. Help you pack, then help you move.Girlfriends will give a party for your son or daughter when they get married or have a baby. (No matter in which order that happens!)Girlfriends are there for you, in an instant, when the hard times come.Girlfriends will drive through blizzards, rainstorms, hail, heat, and the gloom of night to get to you when your hour of need is desperate.Girlfriends will listen when you lose a job or a friend.Girlfriends listen when your children break your heart.Girlfriends listen when your parents' minds and bodies fail.Girlfriends cry with you when someone you loved dies.Girlfriends support you when the men in your life let you down.Girlfriends help you pick up the pieces when men pack up and go.Girlfriends rejoice at what makes you happy and are ready to go out and kill what makes you unhappy.
Time passes. Life happens. Distance separates. Children grow up. Marriages fail. Love waxes and wanes. Hearts break. Careers end. Jobs come and go. Parents die. Colleagues forget favors. Men don't call when they say they will... But girlfriends are there... no matter how much time and how many miles are between you.... A girlfriend is never farther away than needing her can reach.When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it for yourself, your girlfriends will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end. Sometimes, they will even break the rule and walk beside you... or come in and carry you out.SO, to my girlfriends, cousins, and extended family.... YOU BLESS MY LIFE! The world wouldn't be the same without all of you, and neither would I. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other every day... And we need each other still.Love to you all.

Life of the Buddha

The details of the Buddha's life are not known for certain, but most scholars are in agreement that he was an actual historical figure who lived in northern India around the 5th century BCE. The events of the Buddha's life are recorded in Buddhist tradition and are a favorite subject of Buddhist art.
Buddhist tradition divides the life of its founder into 12 glorious events. These defining incidents of the Buddha's life are given visual form in densely packed sequences narrated in a special genre of paintings known as the "Twelve Great Deeds of the Buddha's Life" (Tib. Dzad pa chu nyi). These artworks not only delineate Buddha's gradual progress towards spiritual enlightenment, but also present a visual depiction of a vast number of abstract philosophical notions underlying esoteric Buddhism.
The article that follows outlines the 12 traditional turning points in the Buddha's life and their significance for Buddhist life and art, especially in the esoteric tradition.
1. His Promise to Take Birth in the Human Realm and Guide Sentient Beings from Ignorance to Enlightenment
Before the Buddha was born into this world as Shakyamuni, he was a bodhisattva in the Tushita heaven (home of the contented gods). His name there was Shvetaketu ("White Banner"). From here he witnessed the dark ages engulfing the human realm, leading to its spiritual impoverishment. Moved to compassion like a true bodhisattva, he vowed to manifest himself in the sentient world and relieve people from their sufferings.
Indeed, in strictly canonical terms, a bodhisattva is defined as an individual who discovers the source of the Ultimate Truth better known as nirvana, but postpones his own enlightenment until he has guided all his fellow beings to this same source of fulfillment. Thus, Buddha, looking down upon the sentient beings suffering in the throes of ignorance, felt a pang of compassion, and in accordance with his bodhisattva status, decided to descend to the earth and spread the word of Dharma.
Visually, Buddha is depicted making this vow surrounded by other sacred beings, holding aloft a lotus flower in his right hand, symbolizing the purity of his intention (see painting, above).
2. Queen Maya's Dream
The Lalitavistara (1st cent. AD) says that Buddha himself selected the time, place, and caste of his birth. He finally short listed King Shudhodhana and his wife, Queen Mayadevi, rulers of the Shakya (Lion) clan, as his future parents. This generous couple was well known throughout the land for their just and noble bearing. Scriptures assert that Buddha chose a king as his father since the royal caste was more respected that the priestly one. It indeed seems strange that the Buddha, who never believed in the caste system, was so particular in the choice of a Brahmin or Kshatriya family for his own birth. In fact, it was precisely to show the futility of the notion of high-birth as an aid in spiritual salvation that this choice was made.

The bodhisattva's descent from the Tushita heaven occurred as a dream to Mayadevi. In this dream, a white elephant approached and touched her right side with its trunk. Through this symbolic act, the bodhisattva entered the womb of Mayadevi and impregnated her.
The choice of an elephant as a symbol of her impregnation is a well-thought out metaphor because elephants are known for their strength and intelligence, and also associated with gray-rain clouds and thus with fertility, since rainwater means that seeds will germinate and vegetables will be able to grow. The white color (of the elephant), adds to this an element of purity and immaculacy. The royal fortunetellers explained that the dream announced the queen's pregnancy, and that the newborn would possess exceptional traits.
3. Birth of the Buddha
The Zen master Daisetz Suzuki once narrated an interesting story. A young student said to his master, "Am I in possession of Buddha consciousness?" The master said, "No." The student said, "Well, I 've been told that all things are in possession of Buddha consciousness. The rocks, the trees, the butterflies, the birds, the animals, all beings." The master said, "You are correct. All things are in possession of Buddha consciousness. The rocks, the trees, the butterflies, the bees, the birds, the animals, all beings-but not you." "Not me? Why not?" "Because you are asking this question."
According to legend, Buddha was born from the right side of his mother. Immediately upon his birth, he stood up and took seven steps, and wherever his feet touched the earth lotuses sprang up. Raising his hand he said: "Worlds above, worlds below, there's no one in the world like me."
Finally, Suzuki elaborated. "They tell me that when a baby is born, it cries. What does the baby say when it cries? The baby says 'Worlds above, worlds below, there's no one in the world like me!' All babies are Buddha babies." So what was the distinguishing characteristic of Queen Maya's baby? He knew that he was a Buddha baby. According to Joseph Campbell, "The whole thing of Buddha consciousness means getting to know you are it. That takes a lot of work, principally because society keeps telling you that you are not it."
But we are here a bit ahead of ourselves. Mayadevi had successfully carried the Buddha-to-Be for ten months without any complications or pain. Near the end of her pregnancy, she took a trip to her parental home to have the baby there with her mother, an ancient custom that is still sometimes practiced. On the way however there was a pleasant grove, overflowing with a rich profusion of fruits and flowers. Desiring to rest among them, the queen instructed her party to put camp there. She stepped out of her palanquin and reached to grasp one of the branches of a flowering tree. No sooner had she done so than she felt the throes of giving birth. Standing thus, with her hand to the branch, she delivered, and the Buddha-to-Be emerged from his mother's right side.

In visual depictions, Mayadevi's unique posture has given rise to an entire genre of feminine imagery, where amply endowed female forms stand sinuously in dance postures with the left leg crossed in front of the right.

The lifted hand grasps a tree, entwined around the branch in a manner identical to that of the tree goddesses and female tree-spirits (yakshis) of yore, who denoted fertility in early Indian art.

Here, not only does Mayadevi's posture provide a powerful statement presenting her as fertility incarnate, but as the mother of the Buddha-to-Be, she is also the generative source of the enlightenment process.
Present at the time of birth were the Hindu gods Indra and Brahma. Normally in those ancient circumstances, everything connected with death, birth, excrement, and blood would have been considered unclean. The presence of these two important deities of the Hindu pantheon has significance over and above political interpretations. It indicates that the birth in question was non-defiling one, graced by their auspicious presence. In paintings, Brahma is easily recognized by his four heads (three visible and fourth invisible at the back). Indra too stands ready, holding a cloth to wrap the baby.
The advent of the newborn was accompanied by many pleasurable happenings not the least of which was a bountiful rainfall, leading to a rich harvest and prosperity all around the kingdom. Hence his father gave him the name 'Siddhartha,' meaning 'accomplisher of aims.' He was also called 'Gautama,' which was his clan name (gotra). How he got the third of his popular epithets (Shakyamuni), we will see later.
4. A Youth Dedicated to the Mastery of Learning and Athletics
Seven days after giving birth Mayadevi died, and her sister Mahaprajapati raised the prince. Additionally, 32 nurses were appointed after careful selection for his care: eight to carry him, eight to suckle him, eight to bathe him and the other eight nurses to play with him.

As the son of the king, Siddhartha was provided with the finest upbringing. His life had ample quantities of both opportunity and security. He received the finest education and mastered all lessons taught to him. In his younger years, he excelled in sports and other contests of skill. The vigorous training befitted the grooming of a future monarch. He was said to particularly excel on the horse and with the bow.
The most significant episode of his youth occurred during the contest for winning the hand of the beautiful princess Gopa. An elephant had been placed inside the city gate to test which one was the strongest. Devadatta, Buddha's cousin, killed the animal with one hand. Siddhartha, seeing the mindless killing, picked up the animal lightly and tossed it over the city wall, where it came to life again. Needless to say, Siddhartha was chosen as the groom.
5. The Skillful Conduct of Worldly Affairs
When he came of age and assumed royal duties, prince Siddhartha became a true man of the world and had a retinue of many queens and attendant ladies. Narrative paintings depict him at court, consulting his experienced father in the skilful conduct of material affairs.
6. The Four Encounters
Having been warned by the court astrologers that his son may well give it all up and choose the path of meditation, Buddha's father tried his best to shield him from the harsh realities of life. This state of affairs continued until one day, by chance, while riding his chariot, Siddhartha encountered an old man walking along the road. Intrigued by his first encounter with old age, the prince addressed his charioteer: "Who is this man there with the white hair, feeble hand gripping a staff, eyes lost beneath his brows, limbs bent and hanging loose? Has something happened to alter him, or is that his natural state?"
"That is old age," said the charioteer, "the ravisher of beauty, the ruin of vigor, the cause of sorrow, destroyer of delights, the bane of memories and the enemy of the senses. In his childhood, that one too drank milk and learned to creep along the floor, came step by step to vigorous youth, and he has now, step by step, in the same way, gone on to old age."
The charioteer thus revealed in his simplicity what was to have been hidden from the king's son, who exclaimed, "What! And will this evil come to me too?"
"Without doubt, by the force of time," said the charioteer.
And thus the great souled one, whose mind was but a store of merits, was agitated when he heard of old age - like a bull who has heard close by the crash of a thunderbolt.
He further encountered in such manner a sick man and a dead man, leading to great turbulence in his mind.
One day he came across an ascetic mendicant. "Who art thou?" he asked. To which the other answered, "Terrified by birth and death, desiring liberation, I became an ascetic. As a beggar, wandering without family and without hope, accepting any fare, I live now for nothing but the highest good." Convinced that herein lay the way to quell his mental agitation, Gautama resolved to follow this holy man's example.
7. The Renunciation of Worldly Life
Having made the decision, Siddhartha requested his father to allow him to proceed in his quest for truth. On hearing of the prince's resolve, his father became extremely anxious an
d entreated him to revert his decision. To which Siddhartha replied thus: "Father if you can fulfill my four desires, I promise not to leave you. These are: First, I should not die; Secondly, No disease should ever afflict me, youth should never desert me, and finally, prosperity should always be my companion." Hearing these impossible demands, the king was extremely dejected and became resigned to his fate. Gautama left the luxurious palace of his father in the middle of the night, leaving behind his sleeping wife and son.
The first thing Gautam Buddha did after leaving his father's palace was to severe his long and beautiful hair with his princely blade.
He thought, "These locks of mine are not suited to a monk; but there is no one to cut the hair of a future Buddha. Therefore I will cut them off myself with my sword." And grasping a scimitar with his right hand, he seized his top-knot with his left hand, and cut it off, together with his jeweled turban. His hair thus became two finger-breadths in length, and curling to the right, lay close to his head.
Taking hold of his top-knot and diadem, he threw them into the air, saying: "If I am to become a Buddha, let them stay in the sky; but if not, let them fall to the ground."
They rose into the air for a distance of one league before Vasava (corresponding to the Indra), the chief of gods, perceiving them with his divine eyes, received them in an appropriate jeweled casket, and established them in heaven.
"His hair he cut, so sweet with many pleasant scents, This Chief of men, and high impelled it towards the sky; And there god Vasava, the god with a thousand eyes, In golden casket caught it, bowing low his head."
8. The Six Years of Austerities
Wandering in his search for enlightenment, Buddha came to a pleasant hermitage by a lovely stream, where, for six years, he joined five mendicants in a way of discipline based on progressively severe fasting. He ate a single grain of rice for each of the first two years, drank a single drop of water for each of the second two years, and took nothing at all during the last two. Consequently, his bones stuck out like a row of spindles, and when he touched his stomach, he could almost feel his spine. His hair fell out and his skin became withered.

But all this was in vain. However severe his austerities, perhaps even because of them, the body still clamored for attention, and he was still plagued by material craving. In fact, he seemed more conscious of himself than ever. Buddha had to face the fact that asceticism had failed to redeem him. All he had achieved after this heroic assault upon his body was a prominent rib cage, and a dangerously weakened physique.
Finally, it dawned upon him that physical austerity is one of the two extremes, and that the 'Middle Way between these two extremes is the path to enlightenment.
He thus slowly rose, and went to bathe in the stream. He crossed over to the far bank where he met a village girl named Sujata who offered him a bowl of rice pudding (kheer). It was the first food he had accepted in years and it instantly restored his body to lustrous good health.
Thus nourished, and accompanied solely by his own resolve, Siddhartha strode majestically towards the bodhi tree, to make his last bid for liberation. Abandoning himself to meditation, he vowed not to move from that spot until he had attained full enlightenment.
9. The Defeat of Mara
Hearing this solemn vow, Mara, the Buddhist manifestation of death and desire, felt threatened. Mara's power over sentient beings originated from their attachment to sensuous pleasures and the consequent fear of death which lead to intense suffering. Enlightenment would free Siddhartha from Mara's control and provide an opportunity for others to free themselves also by emulating him.
Likewise, Mara first sent his three beautiful daughters named Desire (Future), Fulfillment (Present), and Regret (Past). The Buddha had already disengaged himself from these pinnings and thus remained unmoved. This prompted Mara to intimidate the venerable one by installing fear in his heart. Towards this end he generated an army of wrathful and hideous creatures, the very personifications of death. But all through the tribulations, Buddha sat calm and unflinching, and Mara had no other recourse than to withdraw, and thus was cleared the final hurdle on the way to Buddha's enlightenment.
10. The Proclamation of the Teachings
Having gained enlightenment, Gautama came to be called Shakyamuni, or the silent lion, indicating the explosive potential he carried within himself. He first went up to Sarnath near Varanasi where he met the five disciples with whom he had previously traversed the path of asceticism. Though they had deserted him after their failed experiment, the unearthly glow from his body now attracted them. Hearing his discourse, they became his first followers.
Amongst these five was a disciple named Assaji. Once when Assaji was begging for alms, he encountered an inquisitive gentleman named Shariputra, who was then a follower of Sanjaya Belatthiputta, a renowned skeptic sage of the times. Shariputra, along with his fast friend Maudgalyayana were Sanjaya's fervent and most important disciples. Of late however, they had both started experiencing disillusionment and felt dissatisfied by their master's nihilistic philosophy. Now in this state of mind, Assaji's noble mien and air of self possession so impressed Shariputra that he asked him who his teacher was and what doctrine he taught. Assaji answered him only briefly but it was enough to convince Shariputra. He immediately bounded over to Maudgalyayana and related to him what had happened. Maudgalyayana was able to perceive the greatness of Buddha's teachings and he and Shariputra thereupon resolved to become followers of Shakyamuni. They also brought over Sanjaya's complete entourage of two-hundred-and-fifty disciples to Buddha's monastic order.
This story is symbolic of the transformation Buddha's teachings bought about in the prevailing milieu of the times, wherein an entire school of thought came under the influence of his teachings. Later on Buddha was to predict that these two would become the foremost of his disciples.
Thus, characteristically, in the narrative paintings outlining the significant episodes of Buddha's life, there is nearly always at the center, a dominating image of Shakyamuni, flanked by his two devoted disciples Shariputra and Maudgalyayana.
11. The Descent from the Trayatrimsa Heaven
Queen Maya, after her death, was said to have been reborn in the Trayatrimsa heaven. Having attained enlightenment, Buddha decided to ascend to the Trayatrimsa heaven, literally the heaven of thirty-three gods, to visit his mother. The name 'thirty-three' derives from the fact that it is the residence of the 33 gods of Hinduism, an ancient notion, having roots in Vedic thought. With three strides Buddha reached the heaven, where he preached before the divine congregation, including his mother, for several months.
In painted depictions, we see the Buddha seated on the throne of Indra, the king of the gods, sitting in the so-called European position, with his legs hanging down.
When the inhabitants of the earth fervently supplicated him to return, Buddha coasted downwards with the help of a ladder that had thirty-three rungs, handcrafted by the divine architect Vishwakarma. This descent is the most celebrated event of the entire episode and is often glorified in independent artworks.
This legend cosmicises the historical Buddha in several ways. His ability to move between the two worlds is clearly indicative of his transcendental and divine nature. Moreover, the ladder here, reminiscent of the story of Jacob's ladder in the Bible, serves as a cosmic pillar that connects heaven and earth and is echoed in Shiva's symbol, the lingam. There too the lingam stretches from the heaven down to the netherworld and is worshipped by Brahma and Vishnu.
Similarly, the descending Buddha is revered by Indra and the four-headed Brahma, as well as other sacred beings. Yet another link is reflected in Buddha's taking three steps, both on the way up and down. The idea is clearly related to Vishnu's three strides in the myth of the Vamana (dwarf) avatar.
12. The Passage into Parinirvana

Traveling great distances to disseminate his teachings, Buddha finally reached the city of Kushinagara, where he asked his disciples to spread a couch for him in a grove. He lay there, reclining on his right side, facing west, with his head supported by his hand.

Shakyamuni realized clearly that death was approaching. Towards midnight of the same day, the event known in Buddhist terminology as the Parinirvana, or "Final Nirvana," took place. It was a full-moon night and also his eightieth birthday. The Enlightened One passed through progressively higher planes of meditation until he attained entry into Parinirvana.
One scripture gives an eloquent description of the scene: "The trees burst into full bloom out of season, bent down over the Buddha, and showered his body with their flowers, as if to do him supreme honor. There were heavenly flowers that rained down and scattered over the venerable one. . . . And the world was like a mountain whose summit has been shattered by a thunderbolt; it was like the sky without the moon."
The death of a truly great man often marks the beginning rather than the end of an era in terms of the progress of human spirit. The difference lies in whether that man lived essentially for his own glory or devoted his life to the pursuit of eternal principles of truth and to the true happiness of all mankind. The image of the dying Buddha is not supposed to evoke sadness as much as a feeling that all beings have the potential to become enlightened and attain release from the sufferings which characterize samsara. His serene, composed, and restful demeanor (he is actually slightly smiling) is meant to communicate his attainment of the highest state of Indian meditation, that of a deep, quiet and blissful sleep known in Sanskrit as 'turiya.' This is precisely the reason why 'Parinirvana' is thought of as the 'final' or 'highest' nirvana.

Why Cow is so sacred ?

Swamiji Maharaj has explained "Why cow is so sacred" very beatifully in Sadhaka Sanjivani (Ref: Gita 18-44, page 1947 in English). Some of the points from the commentary are:1. In the materialistic world of today, a cow is very useful. Her milk, ghee and cow-dung add to the wealth of a nation. India being primarily an agricultural country, bullocks are used to plough the land. The land can also be ploughed by male-buffaloes or camels. Buffaloes cannot work so efficiently as bullocks because the bullocks have more sattvic strength, they can work for a longer time in the sun compared to buffaloes. Camels cost lot more than the bullocks. 2. The grains produced by cow-dung and urine of the cows as manure are considered pure. Dung and urine of cows make the land more fertile as compared to chemical fertilizers as has been learnt by conducting experiments. Chemical fertilizers destroy the fertility of land in a few years and make it barren. Cow-dung is being exported to foreign countries so that the lost fertility of the land may be restored 3. Cows of India are gentle and sattvic in nature. Their sattvic milk sharpens the intellect and makes the nature of the person mild. Foreign cows give more milk but they are angry by nature, their milk makes one cruel. A she-buffalo gives more milk than a cow but her milk is of rajasic nature. Those who drink cow's milk are more active than those who drink a she-buffalo' s milk. Once an experiment was conducted on military horses, it was found that horses fed on cow-milk could cross a river while the horses fed on buffalo-milk could not do though the later seemed stronger. The milk of she-camel being of tamasic nature is not useful and it is not used to curd and butter.4. Cow occupies an important place in performing all religious rites. Her milk, ghee and dung are used in performing rites and ceremonies at birth, tonsure and sacred thread. Cow-dung purifies the places too where these rites are performed. Cow's milk is used in preparing sweet dishes which are offered to Brahmans, in honor of manes. When a cow is offered to a Brahman it is considered as a punya or high merit. Also cow's ghee is used in religious sacrifices which are performed to satisfy desires. 5. The cow is a sacred animal, even the air which touches her body becomes pure. Her dung and urine, check epidemics such as plague and cholera. Houses plastered with cow-dung are not so much affected by bombs as the cemented houses. Cow-dung eliminates poison. In Varanasi, there was a case of a saint saving a man who was supposed to be dead by a snake-bite, just by smearing the body with cow-dung two times. Urine of cow is very useful in heart diseases. A little quantity of urine of a she-calf, as a dose everyday cures stomach diseases. A saint suffering from asthma had a lot of relief by drinking a little urine of the she-calf. These days several medicines are prepared from cow-dung and urine of cows. Cooking gas is made from cow-dung also. 6. Service to the cow without expectation of any reward leads to purification of heart and enables eventually one to achieve salvation. Lord Krishana is known as Gopala because He staged a human play as a cowherd with bare feet. In ancient times in India sages reared cows so that they could have nourishment from the cow's milk & ghee to sharpen their intellect. Because of the sharp intellects, they could create such great and rare classic literature. Cow's milk and butter provided them with longevity, great emperors went to these sages for expert advice on complex matters related to their kingdoms. 7. In Indian historical records, innumerable names are mentioned who sacrifices their lives for the protection of cows. But today, it is sad plight that thousands of cows are slaughtered daily, out of greed only. If this state of affairs continues, cows will totally disappear. Then of course cow-dung will not be available. Without cow-dung land will go barren and there will not be production of corn, wheat and cotton. People will be deprived of the bare necessities of life, such as food & clothing and they will have a miserable life. Slaughter of cows is the main cause of increasing number of natural disasters such as famine, droughts, volcanoes etc.

BHAGAVAD GITA SUMMARY (गीता सार)

The Bhagavad Gita is the essence of the Vedas and Upanishads. It is a universal scripture applicable to people of all temperaments, for all times. It is a book with sublime thoughts and practical instructions on Yoga, Devotion, Vedanta and Action. The Bhagavad Gita has influenced many great thinkers over the years.
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" खाली हाथ अाए अौर खाली हाथ चले। जो अाज तुम्हारा है, कल अौर किसी का था, परसों किसी अौर का होगा। इसीलिए, जो कुछ भी तू करता है, उसे भगवान के अर्पण करता चल। "
"You came empty handed, you will leave empty handed. What is yours today, belonged to someone else yesterday, and will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow. So, whatever you do, do it as a dedication to God! "
क्यों व्यर्थ की चिंता करते हो? किससे व्यर्थ डरते हो? कौन तुम्हें मार सक्ता है? अात्मा ना पैदा होती है, न मरती है।
Why do you worry without cause? Whom do you fear without reason? Who can kill you? The soul is neither born, nor does it die.
जो हुअा, वह अच्छा हुअा, जो हो रहा है, वह अच्छा हो रहा है, जो होगा, वह भी अच्छा ही होगा। तुम भूत का पश्चाताप न करो। भविष्य की चिन्ता न करो। वर्तमान चल रहा है।
Whatever happened, happened for the good; whatever is happening, is happening for the good; whatever will happen, will also happen for the good only. You need not have any regrets for the past. You need not worry for the future. The present is happening...
तुम्हारा क्या गया, जो तुम रोते हो? तुम क्या लाए थे, जो तुमने खो दिया? तुमने क्या पैदा किया था, जो नाश हो गया? न तुम कुछ लेकर अाए, जो लिया यहीं से लिया। जो दिया, यहीं पर दिया। जो लिया, इसी (भगवान) से लिया। जो दिया, इसी को दिया।
What did you lose that you cry about? What did you bring with you, which you think you have lost? What did you produce, which you think got destroyed? You did not bring anything - whatever you have, you received from here. Whatever you have given, you have given only here. Whatever you took, you took from God. Whatever you gave, you gave to him.
खाली हाथ अाए अौर खाली हाथ चले। जो अाज तुम्हारा है, कल अौर किसी का था, परसों किसी अौर का होगा। तुम इसे अपना समझ कर मग्न हो रहे हो। बस यही प्रसन्नता तुम्हारे दु:खों का कारण है।
You came empty handed, you will leave empty handed. What is yours today, belonged to someone else yesterday, and will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow. You are mistakenly enjoying the thought that this is yours. It is this false happiness that is the cause of your sorrows.
परिवर्तन संसार का नियम है। जिसे तुम मृत्यु समझते हो, वही तो जीवन है। एक क्षण में तुम करोड़ों के स्वामी बन जाते हो, दूसरे ही क्षण में तुम दरिद्र हो जाते हो। मेरा-तेरा, छोटा-बड़ा, अपना-पराया, मन से मिटा दो, फिर सब तुम्हारा है, तुम सबके हो।
Change is the law of the universe. What you think of as death, is indeed life. In one instance you can be a millionaire, and in the other instance you can be steeped in poverty. Yours and mine, big and small - erase these ideas from your mind. Then everything is yours and you belong to everyone
न यह शरीर तुम्हारा है, न तुम शरीर के हो। यह अग्नि, जल, वायु, पृथ्वी, अाकाश से बना है अौर इसी में मिल जायेगा। परन्तु अात्मा स्थिर है - फिर तुम क्या हो?
This body is not yours, neither are you of the body. The body is made of fire, water, air, earth and ether, and will disappear into these elements. But the soul is permanent - so who are you?
तुम अपने अापको भगवान के अर्पित करो। यही सबसे उत्तम सहारा है। जो इसके सहारे को जानता है वह भय, चिन्ता, शोक से सर्वदा मुक्त है।
Dedicate your being to God. He is the one to be ultimately relied upon. Those who know of his support are forever free from fear, worry and sorrow
जो कुछ भी तू करता है, उसे भगवान के अर्पण करता चल। ऐसा करने से सदा जीवन-मुक्त का अानंन्द अनुभव करेगा।
Whatever you do, do it as a dedication to God. This will bring you the tremendous experience of joy and life-freedom forever.

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The King and the Sage

Once there was a king who was always fighting. One day he was badly wounded in a battle. A sage passed by and touched him, and the king was cured. He wanted to give the sage a reward for saving him, but the sage didn't want anything.

The king said, "I don't want to be indebted to you."
The sage said, "In the future I'll ask for something. I don't need anything now, but one day I'll come."

Months passed and the sage was praying to God one day for peace, light and bliss, when a desire entered his mind. For the past few months his cow had not been producing milk. "She's old," he said. "I'll ask the king for a new cow."

He went to see the king and found him in a temple. He was praying for more wealth and more fame. The sage said to himself, "I won't ask him for a cow. He's a beggar like me." And he turned to leave.

The king stopped him and said, "Sage, you saved my life. Please tell me what you want. I'll give you anything."

The sage said, "I pray to God and meditate. He is all I need. I don't want to take anything from anyone in need. You told me you took an oath that you would not be indebted to anyone. I, too, have taken an oath. My oath is that if anyone is in need, then I won't take anything from that person. That's why I won't take anything from you. You're praying to God for material things. You're begging for God to give you wealth and fame. So how can I ask anything of you? God has shown me that everyone is a beggar. So if I need something, I'll get it from Him."

The Silversmith Story
One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bagavat GITA Study.That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it" If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.************ ****Pass this on right now. This very moment, someone needs to know that God is watching over them.And, whatever they're going through, they'll be a better person in the end."Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once."

Moral stories

Once during a Management training program, a team of senior managers were given an assignment to measure the height of a flagpole.So these managers went out to the flagpole with ladders and tape. They're falling off the ladders, dropping the measuring tape - the whole thing is just a messAn engineer comes along and sees what they're trying to do, walks over, pulls the flagpole out of the ground, lays it flat, measures it from end to end, gives the measurement to one of the managers, re-erects the flagpole and walks straight-away.After the engineer has gone, one manager turns to another and laughs ..."Isn't that just like an engineer? We're looking for height and he gives the length!"Moral: No matter what good you do, managers can always find fault with यू
Two ChoicesWhat would you do? You make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice? At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?" The audience was stilled by the query.The father continued. "I believe that when a child like Shay, physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child." Then he told the following story:Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?" Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps. Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning." Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. His Father watched with a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart. The boys saw the father's joy at his son being accepted. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat. At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher. The game would now be over. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!" Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball ... the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman' s head. Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home. All were screaming, "Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay"Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third! Shay, run to third!" As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, "Shay, run home! Run home!" Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team. "That day", said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, "the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world".Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making his father so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day! AND NOW A LITTLE FOOTNOTE TO THIS STORY: We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate. The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces. If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the "appropriate" ones to receive this type of message. Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference. We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the "natural order of things." So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice: Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process? A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.