Thursday, January 15, 2009

Embracing imperfection! !!!

Embracing imperfection! !!!


I read this very beautiful write up and wanted to share it for the benefit of all!!! Hope you feel the same too!!! "When I was a little girl, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom, and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember Watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite!When I got Up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad For burning the toast. And I'll never forget what he said: 'Baby, I love burned toast.'Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if He really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, 'Debbie, your momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides-a little burnt toast never hurt anyone!'You know, life is full of imperfect things...and imperfect people. I'm not the best housekeeper or cook.What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other's differences - is the one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting marriage relationship.And that's my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good,the bad, and the ugly parts of your married life and lay them at the feet of GOD. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a marriage where burnt toast isn't a deal-breaker!We could extend this to any relationship in fact - as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent - child or friendship!!

Contradictory proverbs.... Interesting !

Contradictory proverbs.... Interesting !

Every Action has an equal and an opposite reaction.

Similarly, every proverb has an equal and an opposite proverb! There always exists two sides of the same coin.



U be the judge..

All good things come to those who wait.
BUT
Time and tide wait for no man.

The pen is mightier than the sword.
BUT
Actions speak louder than words.

Wise men think alike.
BUT
Fools seldom differ.

The best things in life are free things..
BUT
There's no such thing as a free lunch.

Slow and steady wins the race.
BUT
Time waits for no man.

Look before you leap.
BUT
Strike while the iron is hot.

Do it well, or not at all.
BUT
Half a loaf is better than none.

Birds of a feather flock together.
BUT
Opposites attract.

Don't cross your bridges before you come to them.
BUT
Forewarned is forearmed.

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
BUT
Faith will move mountains.

Great starts make great finishes.
BUT
It ain't over 'till it's over.

Practice makes perfect.
BUT
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Silence is golden.
BUT
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

You're never too old to learn.
BUT
You can't teach an old dog new tricks

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
BUT
One man's food is another man's poison.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
BUT
Out of sight, out of mind.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.
BUT
Many hands make light work.

Hold fast to the words of your ancestors.
BUT
Wise men make proverbs and fools repeat them.

Jaunt in a foreign soil !!! Oloder than dirt

Jaunt in a foreign soil !!! OLDER THAN DIRT Hey Dad,' someone's kid asked the other day, 'What was your favourite fast food when you were growing up?'

'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' he was informed. 'All the food was slow.'

'Come on, seriously. Where did you eat?'

'It was a place called 'at home,'' it was explained. 'Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard the father was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so Dad didn't tell him the part about how he had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things he would have told him about his childhood if he figured his system could have handled it:


Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a store card. The card was good only at Farmers (now Myers).

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 18, and my grandparents never had one. It was, of course, black and white.


I was 20 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.


We didn't have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a 'machine.'


I never had a telephone in my room. Never had a phone in the house, until I built my own house. We fought with my mother to get a phone after Dad died. she used to use the phone box on the corner.. in all weathers. When growing up, there was no dial on the phone, you asked the switchboard operator for the number you wanted. The exchange joined the connections with cables.


Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.


All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I never delivered a newspaper.


Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.


Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend:


My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old tomato sauce bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old, coz I remember that.

Older Than Dirt Quiz:

How many do you remember?
Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about . Ratings at the bottom.

1. Choo Choo bars
2. Drive in movies
3. Passenger aircraft with propellers
4. Soft drink machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or milk bars with tableside juke boxes
6 . Home milk delivery in glass bottles with foil stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. Packard's
10. Blue flashbulb
11. Telephone numbers with 2 letters and 4 numbers
12. Peashooters
13. Wash tub wringer
14. 78 RPM records
15. Metal ice trays with lever
16. Not wearing seat belts
17. Cracker night
18. Using hand signals for cars without turn signals
19. Bread delivered by horse and cart
20. Head lights dimmer switches on the floor
21. Ignition switches on the dashboard
22. Heaters mounted on the inside of the wall
23. Real ice boxes
24. Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards
25. Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner

26. Kerosene lamps to light your living room because you didn't have electricity yet

27 Checkout ladies who punched in prices of groceries on the cash register

28 Savings account passbooks

29. Ladies wearing hats, gloves, stockings and high heels to church even on hot days

30. Computers that were the size of rooms and were only located somewhere overseas





If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young

If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older

If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,



If you remembered 15-20 = Better sign up for that pension, If you remembered 21-30 = You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my life.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

थौघ्त फॉर थे day

Wealth without work,
Pleasure without conscience,
Knowledge without character,
Commerce without morality,
Science without humanity,
Worship without sacrifice,
Politics without principles.

थौघ्त फॉर थे day

Wealth without work,
Pleasure without conscience,
Knowledge without character,
Commerce without morality,
Science without humanity,
Worship without sacrifice,
Politics without principles.

"Jana Gana Mana" - Just a thought for the National Anthem! How well do you know about it?

"Jana Gana Mana" - Just a thought for the National Anthem! How well do you know about it?

I have always wondered who is the "adhinayak" and "bharat bhagya vidhata",whose praise we are singing. I thought might be Motherland India ! Our current National Anthem "Jana Gana Mana" is sung throughout the country.

Did you know the following about our national anthem, I didn't.

To begin with, India 's national anthem, Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka, was written byRabindranath Tagore in honour of King George V and the Queen of England when they visited India in 1919. To honour their visit Pandit Motilal Nehru had the five stanzas included,which are in praise of the King and Queen. (And most of us think it is in the praise of our great motherland!! !).In the original Bengali verses only those provinces that were under British rule, i.e. Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat ,Maratha etc.were mentioned. None of the princely states were recognized which are integral parts of India now Kashmir, Rajasthan,Andhra, Mysore or Kerala. Neither the Indian Ocean nor the Arabian Sea was included,since they were directly under Portuguese rule at that time.

The Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka implies that King George V is the lord of the masses and Bharata Bhagya Vidhata is "the bestower of good fortune". Following is a translation of the five stanzas that glorify the King:

First stanza: (Indian) People wake up remembering your good name and ask for your blessings and they sing your glories. (Tava shubha naame jaage; tava shubha aashish maage, gaaye tava jaya gaatha)

Second stanza: Around your throne people of all religions come and give their love and anxiously wait to hear your kind words.

Third stanza: Praise to the King for being the charioteer, for leading the ancient travelers beyond misery.

Fourth stanza: Drowned in the deep ignorance and suffering, poverty-stricken, unconscious country? Waiting for the wink of your eye and your mother's (the Queen's) true protection.

Fifth stanza: In your compassionate plans, the sleeping Bharat ( India ) will wake up. We bow down to your feet O' Queen,and glory to Rajeshwara (the King).

This whole poem does not indicate any love for the Motherland but depicts a bleak picture. When you sing Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka, whom are you glorifying? Certainly not the Motherland.Is it God? The poem does not indicate that.It is time now to understand the original purpose and the implication of this,rather than blindly sing as has been done the past fifty years.Nehru chose the present national anthem as opposed to Vande Mataram because he thought that it would be easier for the band to play!!! It was an absurd reason but today for that matter bands have advanced and they can very well play any music. So they can as well play Vande Mataram,which is a far better composition in praise of our Dear Motherland - India Wake up, it's high time! Shouldn't Vande Mataram be our National Anthem ?

Come Join together to put Vande Mataram as our National Anthem.

Monday, January 12, 2009

GOD WON'T ASK

1. God won't ask what kind of fancy car you drove.

He will ask how many people you took to church who didn't have
transportation.

2. God won't ask the square footage of your house.

He will ask how many people you helped who didn't have a house.

3. God won't ask how many fancy clothes you had in your closet.

He will ask how many of those clothes you gave away.

4. God won't ask what social class you were in.

He will ask what kind of class you displayed.

5. God won't ask how many material possessions you had.

He will ask whether those material possessions dictated your life.

6. God won't ask what your highest salary was.

He will ask if you trampled over any people to obtain that salary.

7. God won't ask how much overtime you worked.

He will ask did you work overtime for your family.

8. God won't ask how many promotions you received.

He will ask what you did to promote others.

9. God won't ask what your job title was.

He will ask did you perform your job to the best of your ability.

10. God won't ask how many promotions you took to chase a dollar bill.

He will ask how many promotions you refused, to advance your family's
quality of life.

11. God won't ask how many times you didn't run around on your spouse.

He will ask how many times you did.

12. God won't ask how many degrees you had.

He will ask how many people you thanked for helping you get those
degrees.

13. God won't ask what your parents did to help you.

He will ask what you did to help your parents.

14. God won't ask what you did to help yourself.

He will ask what you did to help others.

15. God won't ask how many friends you had.

He will ask how many people you were a friend to.

16. God won't ask what you did to protect your rights.

He will ask what you did to protect the right of others.

17. God won't ask what neighborhood you lived in.

He will ask what other neighborhoods you visited.

18. God won't ask how many times you told the truth.

He will ask how many times you told a lie.

19. God won't ask about the color of your skin.

He will ask about the color of your heart.

20. God won't ask how many times your deeds matched your words.

He will ask how many times they didn't.

All of us will stand before God someday..and everything we did, said, and
thought will all come to light.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Management related Jokes

Rajan visits God and says "God, do you mind if I ask you a few questions?" God says "No, ask me anything at all."

So the man says "God, you've been around for a very long time, so, for you, how long is a thousand years?"

God replies "For me, a thousand years is only five minutes."

The man then says "That's interesting God. And, for you, how much is a million Rupees?"

God replies "For me, a million Rupees is only five Paisa."

The man says "Really? Well then God, could you lend me five Paisa please?"

God looks at the man, smiles, and says "Of course my son. Just wait five minutes!"

WHO OWNS MEDIA IN INDIA.................?

..... ONE MUST READ
How much is fact how much is fiction????
Who owns the media in India ?

Let us see the ownership of different media agencies.



NDTV: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in
Spain. Supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards
Pakistan because Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in
Pakistan . Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General
Secretary of the Communist party of India . His wife and Brinda Karat are
sisters.
India Today which used to be the only national weekly which supported BJP
is now bought by NDTV!! Since then the tone has changed drastically and
turned into Hindu bashing.

Gujarat riots which took place in 2002 where Hindus were burnt alive,
Rajdeep Sardesai and Bharkha Dutt working for NDTV at that time got
around 5 Million Dollars from Saudi Arabia to cover only Muslim victims,
which they did very faithfully.. . Not a single Hindu family was interviewed
or shown on TV whose near and dear ones had been burnt alive, it is
reported.

CNN-IBN: This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its
branches in all over the world with HQ in US.. The Church annually
allocates $800 million for promotion of its channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep
Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.

Times group list:
Times Of India, Mid-Day, Nav-Bharth Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijay Times,
Vijaya Karnataka, Times now (24- hour news channel) and many more...
Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. 'World Christian Council does 80
percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share
balance 20 percent. The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close relative of
Sonia Gandhi.
Star TV: It is run by an Australian, who is supported by St. Peters
Pontifical Church Melbourne.

Hindustan Times: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since
Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collaboration with Times
Group.

The Hindu: English daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken
over by Joshua Society, Berne , Switzerland .. N. Ram's wife is a Swiss
national.

Indian Express: Divided into two groups. The Indian Express and new Indian
Express (southern edition) ACTS Christian Ministries have major stake in
the Indian Express and latter is still with the Indian counterpart.

Eeenadu: Still to date controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao.
Ramoji Rao is connected with film industry and owns a huge studio in
Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Jyothi: The Muslim party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a
Congress Minister has purchased this Telugu daily very recently.

The Statesman: It is controlled by Communist Party of India.

Kairali TV: It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist)

Mathrubhoomi: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist leaders have major
investment.

Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: Is owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with
its chief Editor M.J. Akbar.
Tarun Tejpal of Tehelka.com regularly gets blank
cheques from Arab countries to target BJP and Hindus only, it is said.
The ownership explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The
result is obvious.


PONDER OVER THIS. NOW YOU KNOW WHY EVERY ONE IS AGAINST TRUTH, HOW VERY SAD.

DON'T FORGET TO FORWARD, LET THE TRUTH BE KNOWN TO EVERYONE







Live and Let Live

The Book Of Your LIFE

The most important Book – The Book Of Your LIFE

Are we Obsessed with acquiring…
Money,
Property,
Prestige ???

When we die,all our Money, Power, Property…
All Possessions pass on…
To belong to somebody else !

What remains ?
Not much ! In the sands of time …

Only memories remain, in the minds of those people that we have helped !

What would you wish to leave behind you …?
Beautiful remembrances of happy times !

Or…
Pages you wish you could tear out forever...?

Today you have been given a grand opportunity To re-write with a fresh sheet –
Make your own script ...

It’s up to you to choose the colors –
Even in adversity, you can add soft pastels of serenity....

If you knew you had only one more day to live –
How would you use this precious time ???

Would you now be able to appreciate the golden rays of the sun… the gentle breeze?
– a page that you will treasure.

Enjoy this new day !
– Take inventory of all the good things in your life
Live each hour with cheer.

Love and affection for the special people in your life – all the things you never did before it’s too late …

People we sometimes take for granted – tell them how you feel ! Offer a helping hand…

Live each day, as if there was no tomorrow !
Be Happy
Give Thanks

PERFORMANCE & not POSITION

A Priest dies & is awaiting his turn in line at the Heaven's Gates.



Ahead of him is a guy, fashionably dressed, in dark sun glasses, a long

shirt, leather jacket & jeans.



God asks him: Please tell me who are you, so that I may know whether to

admit you into the kingdom of Heaven or not?



The guy replies: I am Pandi, Auto driver from Chennai!



God consults his ledger, smiles & says to Pandi: Please take this silken

robe & gold scarf & enter the Kingdom of Heaven ...



Now it is the priest's turn. He stands erect and speaks out in a booming

voice: I am Pope's Assistant so & so, Head Priest of the so & so Church

for the last 40 years.



God consults his ledger & says to the Priest: Please take this cotton

robe & enter the Kingdom of Heaven ...



'Just a minute,' says the agonized Priest. 'How is it that a foul

mouthed, rash driving Auto Driver is given a Silken robe & a Golden

scarf and me, a Priest, who's spent his whole life preaching your Name &

goodness has to make do with a Cotton robe?'



Results my friend, results,' shrugs God.



'While you preached, people SLEPT; but when he drove his Auto, people

PRAYED'



"It's PERFORMANCE & not POSITION that ultimately counts."

About Sore Throat‏

What causes sore throats?
Sore throats can be caused by many things. Viruses (like those that cause colds) can lead to a sore throat. Bacteria can also cause a sore throat, as can smoking, breathing polluted air, drinking alcohol, and hay fever and other allergies.

What is tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis means swelling of the tonsils (at the back of your mouth on each side of your throat). It can cause a sore throat and other symptoms. Signs of strep throat and tonsillitis are often alike (see the box below). Tonsillitis is usually caused by bacteria, though sometimes a virus may be involved.


Symptoms of tonsillitis or strep throat

Sore throat
Fever
Headache
Vomiting
White patches in your throat or on your tonsils
Pain when you swallow
Swollen, red tonsils
Sore glands in your jaw and throat

If I have tonsillitis, will I need a tonsillectomy?
Tonsillectomy is a surgery used to remove tonsils. Most people who have tonsillitis don't need a tonsillectomy. You might need a tonsillectomy if you get severe tonsillitis a lot or if your tonsils are too large and cause problems with your breathing. Your doctor can tell you if a tonsillectomy is needed.

What is strep throat?
Strep throat is caused by a type of bacteria called Streptococcus. The pain of strep throat often feels much like sore throats caused by other bacteria or by viruses. What's important and different about strep throat is that if it isn't treated it can sometimes result in rheumatic fever, which can damage the valves of the heart.

What is mononucleosis?
Mononucleosis (mono) is a viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. One of the main signs of mono is a sore throat that may last for 1 to 4 weeks. Other signs include swollen glands in your neck, armpits and groin, fever and chills, headache, and feeling tired.

What tests may be used to find the cause of my sore throat?
Your doctor may do a rapid strep test, a throat culture or both. A rapid strep test will give results fast--usually within about 15 minutes. But the test won't tell if your sore throat is caused by a bacterium other than Streptococcus or if it's caused by a virus. A throat culture takes longer--about 24 hours--but it's more accurate. If your doctor thinks you may have mono, he or she will probably do a blood test.

What is the treatment for a sore throat caused by bacteria?
If your sore throat is caused by Streptococcus, your family doctor will probably prescribe penicillin, taken by mouth for 10 days. Another antibiotic, called erythromycin, can be used if you're allergic to penicillin. If your sore throat is caused by a different bacteria, your doctor may prescribe another type of antibiotic.

What is the treatment for a sore throat caused by a virus?
Antibiotics don't work against viruses. Infections caused by viruses usually just have to run their course. Most symptoms caused by a cold-type virus go away in a week to 10 days.

Symptoms caused by mono can last for 4 weeks or more. If you have mono, your doctor will probably suggest that you get plenty of rest and that you not exercise too hard. You can take acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol), ibuprofen (brand names: Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) or naproxen (brand name: Aleve) for the headache and other aches.

What about a sore throat that's caused by allergies?
If a sore throat is a symptom of hay fever or another allergy, your doctor can help you figure out how to avoid the things that trigger your allergies. Or you may need to take medicine for your allergies.

How can I avoid catching or passing a sore throat?
The best ways to avoid catching or passing the viruses and bacteria that can lead to a sore throat are to wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your eyes or mouth, and cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.

Easing the pain of a sore throat
Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen.
Gargle with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt per glass of water).
Suck on throat lozenges or hard candy.
Suck on flavored frozen desserts (such as Popsicles).
Use a humidifier in your bedroom or other rooms you spend lots of time in.
Drink lots of liquids.

WHAT WILL I DO WITH TODAY?

The little boy came to his Grandfather and said:

Paw, can I live right for all my life?

Paw thought and said, No, Grandson it is absolutely impossible to live a
perfect life for a life time.

The Grandson returned and said, Paw, How about for a year, could I live
right for a year?

The Grandfather thought and answered, NO, You can not live a good life for a
year.

The Grandson asked his Grandfather, How about a month? NO!

How about a week? NO!

How about for a day? The Grandfather thought much and said NO! You can't!

The Grandson said Paw, How about a hour? NO!

Then the Grandson asked the Grandfather, Paw, How about for a MOMENT?
Could I live right for a moment?

After much thought the Grandfather replied, Yes, maybe you could live right
for a moment!

The grandson returned later and said, Paw, then I want to live my life
moment by moment!!!

Time is broken up into millenniums, centuries, decades, years, months,
weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds for the benefit of man. If time was one
long, endless day, if we made a mistake, if we sinned, the whole would be
messed up. God's great mercy broke time into small increments, if we mess up
today, tomorrow we will have a brand new, fresh day to start over again.

Will we waste this day or will we use this day for what God designed us to
do?

I want your time

A Repeat -But Worth Another Read!!





Son: "Daddy, may I ask u a question"

Daddy: "Yeah sure, what it is?"

Son: "Dad, how much do you make an hour"

Daddy: "That's none of your business. Why do u ask such a thing?"

Son: "I just want to kw. Please tell me, hw much do u mk an hour?"

Daddy: "I mk Rs. 500 an hour"

"Oh", the little boy replied, with his head down.

Looking up, he said, "Dad, may I pls borrow Rs. 300?"



The father was furious, "if the only reason u asked that is so u cn borrow some money to buy a silly toy or other nonsense, then march urself to ur room and go to bed. Think why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior"

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.



The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions.

How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?



After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:



"May be there was something he really needed to buy with that Rs. 300 and he really didn't ask for money very often!" The man went to the door of little boy's room and opened the door.

"Are you a! sleep, son?" He asked.

"No daddy, I'm awake," replied the boy.



"I've been thinking, may be I was too hard on you earlier", said the man, "It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the Rs.300 you asked for"

The little boy sat straight up, smiling "oh thank you dad!" He yelled.



Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled some crippled up notes. The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at his father.



"Why do u want money if u already had some?" the father grumbled.

Becoz I didn't have enough, but now I do," the little boy replied.



"Daddy I have Rs. 500 now. Can I buy an hour of ur time?



"Pls. come home early 2morrow. I would like to have dinner with u"



MORAL OF THE STORY:



It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts.



If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.



But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family

The Art of Giving

The Art of Giving

"Rivers do not drink their own water , nor do tree eat their own fruit , nor do rain clouds eat the grains reared by them. The wealth of the noble is used solely for the benefit of others?

Even after accepting that giving is good and that one must learn to give , several questions need to be answered.

The first question is when should one give ?

Yudhisthir asks a beggar seeking alms to come the next day. On this , Bhim rejoices , that Yudhisthir his brother , has conquered death! For he is sure that he will be around tomorrow to give. Yudhisthir gets the message.
One does not know really whether one will be there
tomorrow to give!

The time to give therefore is
NOW.

The next question is 'how much to give ?

One recalls the famous incident from history. Rana Pratap was reeling after defeat from the Moghals. He had lost his army , he had lost his wealth , and most important he had lost hope , his will to fight. At that time in his darkest hour , his erstwhile minister Bhamasha came seeking him and placed his entire fortune at the disposal of Rana Pratap. With this , Rana Pratap raised an army and lived to fight another day.

The answer to this question how much to give is
" Give as much as you can !

The next question is what to give ?

It is not only money that can be given. It could be a flower or even a smile.

It is not how much one gives but how one gives that really matters. When you give a smile to a stranger that may be the only good thing received by him in days and weeks!

"You can give anything but you must give with your heart !

One also needs answer to this question whom to give ?

Many times we avoid giving by finding fault with the person who is seeking. However , being judgmental and rejecting a person on the presumption that he may not be the most deserving is not justified.
" Give without being judgmental !

Next we have to answer 'How to give ?

Coming to the manner of giving , one has to ensure that the receiver does not feel humiliated , nor the giver feels proud by giving.

'Let not your left hand know what your right hand gives? Charity without publicity and fanfare , is the highest form of charity.

'Give quietly !

While giving let not the recipient feel small or humiliated. After all what we give never really belonged to us. We come to this world with nothing and will go with nothing. The thing gifted was only with us for a temporary period. Why then take pride in giving away something which really did not belong to us? Give with grace and with a feeling of gratitude.

What should one feel after giving ?

We all know the story of Eklavya. When Dronacharya asked him for his right thumb as "Guru Dakshina". He unhesitatingly cut off the thumb and gave it to Dronacharya.

There is a little known sequel to this story. Eklavya was asked whether he ever regretted the act of giving away his thumb when he was dying.

His reply was "Yes ! I regretted this only once in my life. It was when Pandavas were coming in to kill Dronacharya who was broken hearted on the false news of death of his son Ashwathama and had stopped fighting. It was then that I regretted the loss of my thumb. If the thumb was there , no one could have dared hurt my Guru?

The message to us is clear.

Give and never regret giving !

And the last question is

' How much should we provide for our heirs ?

Ask yourself , 'Are we taking away from them the "gift of work?- a source of happiness!' The answer is given by Warren Buffett:

"Leave your kids enough to do anything , but not enough to do nothing !

I would conclude by saying: let us learn the Art of Giving , and quoting Sant Kabir:

"When the wealth in the house increases , When water fills a boat , Throw them out with both hands !

This is the wise thing to do!

True Story About Perceptions

A Violinist in the Metro

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousand of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people.

The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour:
Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

बलान्सशीत ऑफ़ life

BALANCE SHEET OF LIFE

Our Birth is our Opening Balance!
Our Death is our Closing Balance!
Our Prejudiced Views are our Liabilities.
Our Creative Ideas are our Assets.
Heart is our Current Asset.
Soul is our Fixed Asset.
Brain is our Fixed Deposit.
Thinking is our Current Account.
Achievements are our Capital.
Character & Morals, our Stock-in-Trade.
Friends are our General Reserves.
Values & Behaviour are our Goodwill.
Love is our Dividend.
Children are our Bonus Issues..
Education is Brands / Patents.
Knowledge is our Investment.
Experience is our Premium Account.
The Aim is to Tally the Balance Sheet Accurately

बलान्सशीत ऑफ़ life

BALANCE SHEET OF LIFE

Our Birth is our Opening Balance!
Our Death is our Closing Balance!
Our Prejudiced Views are our Liabilities.
Our Creative Ideas are our Assets.
Heart is our Current Asset.
Soul is our Fixed Asset.
Brain is our Fixed Deposit.
Thinking is our Current Account.
Achievements are our Capital.
Character & Morals, our Stock-in-Trade.
Friends are our General Reserves.
Values & Behaviour are our Goodwill.
Love is our Dividend.
Children are our Bonus Issues..
Education is Brands / Patents.
Knowledge is our Investment.
Experience is our Premium Account.
The Aim is to Tally the Balance Sheet Accurately

Some very Good and Very bad things

Some very Good and Very bad things
The most destructive habit………............ ......... .....Worry
The greatest Joy......... ......... ......... ......... ......... .......Giving
The greatest loss........ ......... ......... .....Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work........ ......... .......Helping others
The ugliest personality trait....... ......... ......... .Selfishness
The most endangered species..... .....Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource.... ......... .......Our youth
The greatest 'shot in the arm'......... .....Encourageme nt
The greatest problem to overcome…..... ......... ........Fear
The most effective sleeping pill........ ......Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease..... ......... ...Excuses
The most powerful force in life........ ......... ......... .Love
The most dangerous pariah...... ......... ......A gossiper
The world's most incredible computer.... ...The brain
The worst thing to be without..... ......... ......Hope
The deadliest weapon...... ......... .......... .The tongue
The two most power-filled words....... .......'I Can'
The greatest asset....... ......... ......... ......... .......Faith
The most worthless emotion..... ......... .....Self- pity
The most beautiful attire...... ......... ........SMILE!
The most prized possession.. .......... ......... Integrity
The most powerful channel of communication. .......Prayer
The most contagious spirit...... ......... ....Enthusiasm
The most important thing in life........ ......... .GOD THE ALMIGHTY.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Meeting God‏

Meeting God




There once was a little boy who wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of root beer and he started his journey.



When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her a Twinkie. She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer. Once again she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.



As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever. When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?" He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? She's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"



Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, "Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?" She replied, "I ate Twinkies in the park with God." But before her son responded, she added, "You know, he's much younger than I expected."

Why people become terrorists?‏

I felt like strangling this man; and then declare that I have taken revenge for Gaza. I was in a hospital recovering from heart procedure which was done to me in hospital in London when Israel unleashed a reign of terror on innocent people of Gaza.



I am educated man with very moderate views; and have advanced peace and advanced peace and politics of tolerance for many years. I am 54 years old and suffer from heart ailment since last year; yet after seeing scenes on TV about Gaza, my blood started boiling with anger and sense of helplessness.



Opposite my bed was another patient who was a Jew, he also had a small skull – cap on his head. He was younger than me and perhaps stronger as well. I had many wires attached to my body to monitor my heart and blood pressure; and he had none, which also meant he was in a better condition than me. He had personally done no harm to me and perhaps was a good man, but at that moment in time he appeared to me a party to 'war crimes' committed by the Zionist government.



I told my wife what was going through my mind and asked her to take off these wires that I could sort him out. She was also angry after seeing what was happening in Gaza, but she was shocked to hear my views. More than once I said to her that I wanted to go, and at least, slap on his face.



I know it was wrong of me to think like that but for how long one can remain silent when humanity is trampling under boots of Zionists in Gaza, when innocent children are deprived of food and medicine; when civilians are fired at by F16, missiles, helicopter gun ships and their houses are demolished by tanks and bulldozers. For how long can you look on the other side when injured women, old and children are in hospital with no medicine and no electricity that they could be treated?



If at this age and with my health condition I felt like that, what will be the reaction of those who are young, fit, not so moderate and less educated? Would they not feel obliged to go and fight all those who are responsible for this human catastrophe? And one wonders is Israel alone in this? What is the role of the USA and others in this? And more disturbing is the lamb's silence of so called Muslim World or Umma. Someone rightly said that OIC stands for organisation of impotent countries.



Before the USA and Britain started their illegal and immoral war against Iraq I wrote letters to Tony Blair and George Bush requesting them not to start their aggression as that 'will create chaos and instability and you will give birth to future 'terrorists' as people will take revenge for barbarism unleashed in name of 'liberation'. I further wrote: 'this theory that one can end terrorism with more terrorism has not worked in the past and it is doomed to fail in Iraq as well, even though manipulators like Tony Blair, Jack Straw, Bush, Powel and Rumsfeld are subscribing to it and actively following it.'



Of course there was no reason for them to listen to person like me as they had their own plans; and whether there were any weapons of mass destruction or not they had to follow the script prepared for them by those who always work from behind the scenes. What they have brought to Iraq and elsewhere is death and destruction, but 'terrorism' is on the rise and spreading like a wild fire. Many critics believe that this is what they intended to achieve as it provides them with excuse to continue with their policies and station their forces in those areas.



All those who want to end terrorism by inflicting pain and suffering on innocent people; or by unleashing state terrorism to end terrorism are trying to put out fire with petrol. That applies to all those countries that are using their superior weapons to oppress and kill people be it in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, FATA, Kashmir Chechnya or elsewhere.



I oppose terrorism and hatred, but I do support peoples right to defend themselves, defend their families and defend their property. Perhaps Israel and her allies are unhappy because they expect people of Gaza no to protest and take everything with smile on their face.



It is wrong to oppress but it is equally wrong to be oppressed and remain silent. I don't support killing of innocent people whether it is done by suicide bombers are by F16s or missiles, but how can you stop or control a young man who has lost everything in a missile attack or by shelling of helicopter gun ship? I can't tell him not to fight back or don't choose this weapon to fight.



He has no access to F16, helicopters, cluster bombs and tanks; all he has is his life and determination to take revenge. And when he sacrifices his life in taking revenge with home made weapons he is declared as a 'terrorist'; but those who are firing at him and his people from a safety of cock pit of F16 or a safety of a tank, they are declared as brave security men fighting the 'terrorists' and fighting for 'freedom'. What hypocrisy is this?



At my age and with my health condition I might not be a suitable candidate to be recruited for any group which are declared as 'terrorist groups' by those who plan and spread terrorism by using their state resources in order to ensure that their arms business and their economies keep flourishing; and their control our international affairs remains strong. But now I understand how hard these people have to work to plan a situation to create new terrorists that their dirty game could continue.



People are born free people. At that age they are simple, loving and innocent - they are not 'terrorists' when they are born. It is the society, it is injustice it is denial of their basic rights and oppression which makes them terrorists. Who should be held responsible – a person who is oppressed and wants to fight back or those who have made him a terrorist.



Writer is a Spokesman of Kashmir National Party, political analyst and author of many books and booklets. Also he is Director Institute of Kashmir Affairs.

Anjani putra, a silent spectator -ENJOY.............VERY GOOD ONE!!!!!!!Awesome Do Read!!!!

Anjani putra, a silent spectator अंजनी पुत्र तेरी यह कहानी
एक आंख में आंसू तो दूझे में पानी




Awesome Do Read!!!!


The Lord surveyed the Ram Setu and said "Hanuman, how diligently and
strenuously you and your vanara sena had built this bridge several
centuries back. It is remarkable that it has withstood the ravages of
the climatic and geographical changes over centuries. It is indeed an
amazing feat especially considering the fact that a bridge at Hyderabad
built by Gammon using latest technology collapsed the other day even
before they could stick the posters on its pillars."

Hanuman with all humility spoke "Jai Sri Ram, it is all because of your
grace. We just scribbled your name on the bricks and threw them in the
sea and they held. No steel from TISCO or cement from Ambuja or ACC was
ever used. But Lord, why rake up the old issue now."

Ram spoke "Well, Hanuman some people down there want to demolish the
bridge and construct a canal. The contract involves lot of money and lot
of money will be made. They will make money on demolition and make more
money on construction. "

Hanuman humbly bowed down and said "Why not we go down and present our case"

Ram said "Times have changed since we were down there. They will ask us
to submit age proof and we don't have either a birth certificate or
school leaving certificate. We traveled mainly on foot and some times in
bullock carts and so we don't have a driving license either. As far as
the address proof is concerned the fact that I was born at Ayodhya is
itself under litigation for over half a century, If I go in a
traditional attire with bow and arrow, the ordinary folks may recognize
me but Arjun Singh may take me to be some tribal and, at the most, offer
a seat at IIT under the reserved category. Also, a God cannot walk in
dressed in a three-piece suit and announce his arrival. It would make
even the devotees suspicious. So it is dilemma so to say."

"I can vouch for you by saying that I personally built the bridge."

"My dear, Anjani putra, it will not work. They will ask you to produce
the lay-out plan, the project details, including financial outlay and
how the project cost was met and the completion certificate. Nothing is
accepted without documentary evidence in India . You may cough but unless
a doctor certifies it, you have no cough. A pensioner may present
himself personally but the authorities do not take it as proof. He has
to produce a life-certificate to prove that he is alive. It is that
complicated."

"Lord can't understand these historians. Over the years you have given
darshan once every hundred years to saints like Surdas, Tulsidas, Saint
Thyagaraja, Jayadeva, Bhadrachala Ramdas and even Sant Tukaram and still
they disbelieve your existence and say Ramayana is a myth. The only
option, I see, is to re-enact Ramayana on earth and set the government
records straight once for all."

Lord smiled "It is not that easy today. Ravan is apprehensive that he
may look like a saint in front of Karunanidhi. I also spoke to his mama
Mareechan, who appeared as a golden deer to tempt Sita maiyya when I was
in the forest and he said that he won't take a chance of stepping on
earth as long as Salman Khan is around."

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bhagavan answers on 2012‏

mathematically, it appears that, by the year 2012,
the "Schumann's Resonance" is likely to be 13 cycles per second.
When this resonance is 13 cycles per second, the earth's core would
stop rotating with magnetic field gone, you mind is gone. When I
say "your mind", what I mean is your " samskaras". The pressure of
the past 11.000 years of samskaras will vanish.

In the Dharma, we also say, " Mind is Karma". All actions start from
your mind. The mind is nothing but a storehouse of samskaras or past
life vasanas from which all action emanates. This is stored in the
earth's magnetic field. So in the year 2012, it will become zero for
a few days. After that the core will start rotating again. This
would be a fresh beginning for man or the dawn of the Golden Age.
This is the significance of the year 2012. How do we know, it will
happen? The study of fossil records has shown that, it happens
roughly after 11,000 years. It's only a short time away and then we
can all start afresh. That is why I want you to become enlightened
by 2012. If you are enlightened, with all your samskaras gone, we
can begin a new yuga, which can be called Sathya Yuga or the Golden
Age. Man will enter into a new state of altered consciousness.

As I told you already, the earth's resonance is increasing which
means the earth's heart is undergoing a transformation. The earth
has got a physical body, like you have a body. It has got a
consciousness as well. Now as the resonance is increasing the earths
heart functioning very differently from before. Now, your heart and
the earth's heart are connected. The earth's heart can be influenced
by your heart and vice versa. That is why, it is essential that your
heart- beat synchronises with the earth's resonance. This means your
heart must flower. Your heart will flower when you discover love in
your relationships.

If you have discovered love, you must stop judging your parents,
spouses, etc., internally. Nobody can be judged as the whole
universe directly influences all events, even the behaviour of the
people.

So learn to experience life. Life has to be experienced, be it pain
or pleasure.

CAN U BEAT THIS RESUME ?????

EDUCATION /Qualification:

1950: Stood first in BA (Hons), Economics, Punjab University, Chandigarh ,
1952; Stood first in MA (Economics), Punjab University , Chandigarh ,
1954; Wright's Prize for distinguished performance at St John's College, Cambridge,
1955 and 1957; Wrenbury scholar, University of Cambridge ,
1957; DPhil ( Oxford ), DLitt (Honoris Causa); PhD thesis on India 's export competitiveness

OCCUPATION /Teaching Experience :

Professor (Senior lecturer, Economics, 1957-59;
Reader, Economics, 1959-63;
Professor, Economics, Punjab University , Chandigarh , 1963-65;
Professor,Internati onal Trade, Delhi School of Economics,Universit y of Delhi,1969-71 ;
Honorary professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University ,New Delhi,1976 and Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi ,1996 and Civil Servant

Working Experience/ POSITIONS :

1971-72: Economic advisor, ministry of foreign trade
1972-76: Chief economic advisor, ministry of finance

1976-80: Director, Reserve Bank of India ;
Director, Industrial Development Bank of India;
Alternate governor for India, Board of governors, Asian Development Bank;
Alternate governor for India, Board of governors, IBRD

November 1976 - April 1980: Secretary, ministry of finance (Department of economic affairs);
Member, finance, Atomic Energy Commission; Member,finance, Space Commission

April 1980 - September 15, 1982 : Member-secretary, Planning Commission

1980-83: Chairman , India Committee of the Indo-Japan joint study committee

September 16, 1982 - January 14, 1985 : Governor, Reserve Bank of India .

1982-85: Alternate Governor for India , Board of governors, International Monetary Fund

1983-84: Member, economic advisory council to the Prime Minister

1985: President, Indian Economic Association

January 15, 1985 - July 31, 1987 : Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission

August 1, 1987 - November 10, 19! 90: Secretary-general and commissioner,
south commission, Geneva

December 10, 1990 - March 14, 1991 : Advisor to the Prime Minister on economic affairs

March 15, 1991 - June 20, 1991 : Chairman, UGC

June 21, 1991 - May 15, 1996 : Union finance minister

October 1991: Elected to Raj ya Sabha from Assam on Congress ticket

June 1995: Re-elected to Raj ya Sabha

1996 onwards: Member, Consultative Committee for the ministry of finance

August 1, 1996 - December 4, 1997: Chairman, Parliamentary standing committee on commerce

March 21, 1998 onwards: Leader of the Opposition, Raj ya Sabha

June 5, 1998 onwards: Member, committee on finance

August 13, 1998 onwards: Member, committee on rules

Aug 1998-2001: Member, committee of privileges 2000 onwards: Member, executive committee, Indian parliamentary group

June 2001: Re-elected to Raj ya Sabha

Aug 2001 onwards: Member, general purposes committee

BOOKS:

India 's Export Trends and Prospects for Self-Sustained Growth -
Clarendon Press, Oxford University , 1964; also published a large number of articles in various economic journals.

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Adam Smith Prize, University of Cambridge , 1956

Padma Vibhushan, 1987

Euro money Award, Finance Minister of the Year, 1993;

Asia money Award, Finance Minister of the Year for Asia, 1993 and 1994

INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS:

1966: Economic Affairs Officer

1966-69: Chief, financing for trade section, UNCTAD

1972-74: Deputy for India in IMF Committee of Twenty on
International Monetary Reform

1977-79: Indian delegation to Aid-India Consortium Meetings

1980-82: Indo-Soviet joint planning group meeting

1982: Indo-Soviet monitoring group meeting

1993: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Cyprus 1993: Human Rights World Conference, Vienna

RECREATION :

Gymkhana Club, New Delhi; Life Member, India International Centre,
New Delhi

PERSONAL DETAIL:

Name: Dr Manmohan Singh

DOB: September 26, 1932

Place of Birth: Gah ( West Punjab )

Father: S. Gurmukh Singh

Mother: Mrs Amrit Kaur

Married on: September 14, 1958

Wife: Mrs Gursharan Kaur

Children: Three daughters

Our Prime Minister seems to be the most qualified PM all over the world.

Pass this to every INDIAN.... and be PROUD to be an INDIAN

Song of a married lady

He didn't like the curry
And he didn't like my cake.
He said my biscuits were too hard...
Not like his mother used to make.
I didn't prepare the coffee right
He didn't like the stew,
I didn't mend his socks
The way his mother used to do.
I pondered for an answer
I was looking for a clue.
Isn't there anything I could do
To match his mother's shoe,
Then I smiled as I saw light
One thing I could definitely do
I turned around and slapped him tight...
Like his mother used to!

Wishful thoughts

A walking stick that takes your weight and does not bend
A bathroom floor that is not slippery
Digestible food
Jeera water
Low height pillow
A wife who tolerates your snoring
Sleep undisturbed by frequent urges to urinate
Books bought long ago, at hand, to be read
Teeth that do not shatter
A head that does not sway from side to side
A pet dog that does never leaves you
The touch of your grand daughters
Enough money of your own for medical expenses
Pure vegetarian food
Hot water that is just warm enough
Friends to share unexposed weaknesses
A mind that welcomes death with a whistle
A smiling face after your breath ceases
If you get half of the above listed things, you are a king
More than half, you are a King of Kings
If you get them all, then you are GOD.

Who and How are the 7 kinds of noble persons?

Who and How are the 7 kinds of Noble Persons?

There are seven types of noble persons existing in the world. What seven?

1: The one freed both ways
2: The one freed by understanding
3: The body-witness
4: The one having won view & vision
5: The one freed by faith
6: The striver after Dhamma
7: The striver after faith

And how is the person freed Both Ways?
As to this some person is abiding, having directly experienced with both body and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, & having seen by understanding all his mental fermentations are utterly eliminated. He is freed both ways and has done what should be done. He can therefore never become negligent ever again…

And how is the person freed by Understanding?
As to this some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body & mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, yet having seen by understanding all his mental fermentations are utterly destroyed. He is freed by understanding and has done what should be done. He can therefore never become negligent ever again…

And how is the person who is a Body-Witness?
As to this some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body & mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, yet having seen by understanding only some of his mental fermentations are fully annihilated. He is a body-witness & he has still something to do. If he trains hard, lives remote with good friends, and balances his abilities, then he may realize here & now, by his own super-knowledge, that matchless goal of the Noble Life for which young men of good family go forth into homelessness, entering into & remaining in it, he might dwell in the bliss of that sublime fruit.

And how is the person who has Won View & Vision?
As to this some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and having seen by understanding only some of his mental fermentations are utterly eradicated. However, those things explained by the Tathagata are fully understood and fully practiced by him. He has won view & vision, but has still something to do. If he trains hard … then he might come to dwell in the sublime fruit.

And how is the person who is Freed by Faith?
As to this some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and having seen by understanding only some of his mental fermentations are utterly eradicated. But his faith in the Tathagata is settled, fixed, genuine, & established. This is called a person, who is Freed by Faith, but he has still something to do. If he trains hard … then he might come to dwell in the sublime fruit.

And how is the person who is Striving for Dhamma?
As to this some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and although having seen some by understanding his mental fermentations are not yet utterly destroyed! Furthermore: All those things explained by the Tathagata are still only moderately approved of and practiced by him… However, he possesses the ability of faith, energy, awareness, concentration, & understanding.
This is called the person, who is striving for Dhamma, but he has still something to do .If he trains hard … then he might come to dwell in the sublime fruit.

And how is the person who is Striving after Faith?
As to this, some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and although having seen some by understanding his mental fermentations are not yet utterly destroyed, but he has enough faith
in the Tathagata, enough affection to develop the ability of faith, energy, awareness, concentration, & understanding. This is called the person, who is striving out of Faith, but he has still something to do. If he trains hard … then he might come to dwell in the supreme fruit in the future.

I do not say that the attainment of profound knowledge suddenly comes straightaway!
Rather; gaining final knowledge is achieved gradually by study, training, practice, & steady progress...

Tale to Understand - Travel light and stay happy in life

THE BEGGAR'S RAGS A beggar lived near the king's palace. One day he saw a proclamation posted outside the palace gate. The king was giving a great dinner. Anyone dressed in royal garments was invited to the party.

The beggar went on his way. He looked at the rags he was wearing and sighed. Surely only kings and their families wore royal robes, he thought. Slowly an idea crept into his mind. The audacity of it made him tremble. Would he dare?
He made his way back to the palace. He approached the guard at the gate. "Please, sire, I would like to speak to the king."

"Wait here," the guard replied. In a few minutes, he was back. "His majesty will see you," he said, and led the beggar in.

"You wish to see me?" asked the king.

"Yes, your majesty. I want so much to attend the banquet, but I have no royal robes to wear. Please, sir, if I may be so bold, may I have one of your old garments so that I, too, may come to the banquet?"

The beggar shook so hard that he could not see the faint smile that was on the king's face. "You have been wise in coming to me," the king said. He called to his son, the young prince. "Take this man to your room and array him in some of your clothes."

The prince did as he was told and soon the beggar was standing before a mirror, clothed in garments that he had never dared hope for.

"You are now eligible to attend the king's banquet tomorrow night," said the prince. "But even more important, you will never need any other clothes. These garments will last forever."

The beggar dropped to his knees. "Oh, thank you," he cried. But as he started to leave, he looked back at his pile of dirty rags on the floor. He hesitated. What if the prince was wrong? What if he would need his old clothes again. Quickly he gathered them up.

The banquet was far greater than he had ever imagined, but he could not enjoy himself as he should. He had made a small bundle of his old rags and it kept falling off his lap. The food was passed quickly and the beggar missed some of the greatest delicacies.

Time proved that the prince was right. The clothes lasted forever. Still the poor beggar grew fonder and fonder of his old rags. As time passed people seemed to forget the royal robes he was wearing. They saw only the little bundle of filthy rags that he clung to wherever he went. They even spoke of him as the old man with the rags.One day as he lay dying, the king visited him. The beggar saw the sad look on the king's face when he looked at the small bundle of rags by the bed.Suddenly the beggar remembered the prince's words and he realized that his bundle of rags had cost him a lifetime of true royalty. He wept bitterly at his folly. And the king wept with him.

REFLECTION

When we put our faith in God, we must let go of our worries, our past sins and our old ways of living. When we turn on a new leaf at any point of our lives, forgetting the past and letting go our old habits and thoughts is important. We can let go only if we have complete trust in the Lord that HE would be with us in our new journey and take us to our destination. Our journey of life would be enjoyable if the unneccessary luggages of the past we carry in our minds are minimal. Travel Light and stay happy:) Why fear, when God is near? Hari Om!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Rose

A Rose The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
Oh, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rose bud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.
~ John Boyle O'Rielly 1844-1890



A Rose

A rose to rise

A rose to fall

A rose to conquer all

Thorns that hurt

Thorns that protect

Thorns to start what cannot be stopped

One rose to say one word

One rose to say many words

Several roses to say nothoing at all



From rise to fall

From hurt to protect

A rose is a rose

That can mean many things

But all depends on you

Your interpretation

Your perspective

Your own heart

With its own rose

Its own thorns

Nuku Desmond

Colour Lets look at the meaning of color first.

Red: Red is the symbol of love. To give red roses says "I love you still"

White: Shows purity and innocence. They also represent humility, youthfulness and charm.

Pink: To give pink roses shows grace, joy, and gratitude. Pale pink also has the meaning of fun attached to it.

Orange: Desire and enthusiam. These would be a great choice to give to someone if you want the relationship to develop further. Lilac and Lavender roses also show these feelings.

Yellow: Joy and friendship - yellow roses don't specifically show love. They can also represent starting over,or a new beginning. Yellow tipped with red shows friendship falling in love.



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How Many To Give?



The number of roses that you give is important. Convey the right message by giving the correct number of roses!

1:Love at first sight - you are "the one"



2:Mutual love and feelings



3: Also says "I Love You".



7: Together for ever



10:Represents perfection. To give someone 10 roses shows you feel that way about them.



12:The standard for "be mine". Often given on Valentines day, when for a married couple,actually 7 or 10 might be a better choice. (slightly cheaper as well! ;-)



13:A sign of enduring friendship



15: Im sorry

MEMO FROM GOD

I am God. Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help.

If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it.
Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours.

Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.

If you find yourself stuck in traffic; Don't despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work;
Think of the man who has been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad;
Think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend;
Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance;
Think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror;
Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities;
Remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!

Should you decide to send this to a friend;
Thank you, you may have touched their life in ways you will never know!

Balance of Life...‏

An Inspirational Story, Motivational Story -
Balance of Life




Mary and Susan were friends for years. They grew up together and attended the same schools. They were now both in their 40's, and both had great careers. They both had a similar upbringing - same education,same family values, similar support and financial position. But there was one main difference. Mary never seemed to have enough time. She watched her life long friend Susan. She had similar responsibilities and interests. Susan had a career, she had three children, she had her hobbies, one of which included golf. Over lunch, Susan was telling Mary about the golf game that she played last weekend.




"Susan,where do you find the time to play golf?" asked Mary. "I never seem to have the time, now with the children older and doing there own thing I thought I would have time to play golf like we did when we were in college."

Susan looked at Mary and laughed, "Mary, we both have the same hours in a day. You do have the time to play golf!"




With a sigh Mary replied, "That's easy for you to say. I never seem to have time. My work takes so much of my time. I am in the office at 7:30, I leave at 6:30 in the evening. By the time I get home and have dinner,it is 8:00! And, then I usually have a briefcase full of work. The weekends are full of more work. Just to keep up, I have to put in the hours. You know what it is like!"




"Of course, I know what it is like," Mary said. "But what would happen tomorrow if you got sick? Who would do the work?"




"Sick. Who has time to get sick! exclaimed Mary. "But if I did get sick, someone else would do the work, I suppose."




"You know something, Mary, I used to be like you. I worked night and day and of course on weekends. When I got home I was exhausted but I would push myself and read my children a bedtime story. By the time I went to bed,I would be more than exhausted. The boss I had was very demanding. She was there early in the morning, late at night, and she always workedweekends. I felt I had to do the same - I needed the job to help support my family - just as you did. But then I had a change of bosses.The man I worked for was older and much wiser, I might add! Of course,I continued to work the hours I had been working. One day he came to my desk and passed me a card that had a quote on it which said, 'What I do today is important, because I will never have today again' - then he left.

I sat there stunned. I suddenly thought of what was important to me. While my work was important, I realized my children were more important. I also realized that time for me was important. It was 4:30, the official closing time of the office. I straightened my desk, felt a twinge of guilt about leaving, but I forced myself to leave. I was home by 5:00.My children and husband were surprised. I had a wonderful evening. It was not a chore to read that bedtime story that evening."




Mary was looking at her friend thoughtfully and then questioned Susan about the work she had left on her desk.

Susan replied, "I never thought this possible, but I actually accomplished more the next day then I had in weeks. As I was leaving the next day I stopped at my new boss's office and thanked him for the quote. He told me a story about advice his dad had given him many years ago when he was working night and day. He referred to it as 'Balance of Life'. His dad told him to keep balance in his work, in his family life and in time for himself. He explained to me, while all aspects of our life are important, without a balance, you become addicted and like all addictions you lose-




- no balance with your family - you lose them




- no balance with your work - you lose your perspective and you actually lose focus on the important aspects of


your job.




- no balance with yourself - you forget who you are and when you retire you have nothing! Or worse than that, if you lose your job through a company sale or downsizing you lose your identity.




He went on to tell me that who we are is NOT what we do to make a living.Who we are is a balance of our family, our work, ourselves! It truly was the best advice I ever received."




Mary took a drink of her tea and tearfully looked at her friend, "But I would never get my work done if I left at 4:30!"




Susan looked thoughtfully at her, "When you go to work on Monday, look at what you have on your desk. Make a list of everything you have to get done and beside that list write the impact of not doing it. Then focusonly on the top three items that have the most impact. Do that everyday for a week. At first, you will find it difficult to leave. But, after a while, you will find that you will have more energy, and you will be more focused in your work because you have BALANCE! There are times when we have to lose balance - a special project at work, or a family matter at home - but consciously focusing on balance keeps everything in check."




Mary smiled at her friend, "Thanks for talking with me. We have been friends for so long. Thank heavens I have balance with your friendship! You have convinced me. I will leave the work in my briefcase this weekend.On Monday, I will make the list first thing. Perhaps next weekend, I will have the time to go golfing with you!"


"Balance of Life" - important for us ALL!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Man's end depends on deeds in previous births:

Man's end depends on deeds in previous births:

One of the Divine injunctions point out that God alone has the sole authority to create or destroy any sentient being. As such, anyone who cannot give or bring back life has no right to take it away. Whether man's passing away from this world should be easy and painless or agonizing is determined by the accumulated results of his deeds committed in his previous births.
This being the case, putting an end to a person's life prematurely is certainly a crime. Some people who are not able to meet problems and who are immersed in grief for a long time may feel disgusted with their very existence and may opt to quit by resorting to unnatural methods. References are there in sacred texts of even astute persons getting vexed and wondering why they should continue to live. So too are some who may pray to God to help them to shed their mortal coils because of certain types of incurable illness.
Why should not a person resort to any step that is not normal when he is keen not to survive any further, was explained by Sri Sugunendra Thirtha Swami. Opinion is gaining ground to excuse men who attempt to commit suicide interpreting their acts as stemming from a diseased mind. Legally such an attempt to do anything connected with suicide is punishable.
Giving an illustration, the Swami referred to the terminal illness of a person. He was aged and the doctors were fighting to put off the impending end by various ways. But the old man welcomed death. His kith and kin were determined to look after him very well till nature does her job. The patient desired to see that his end is accelerated while his children were keen to save him. Purchasing a bottle containing Poison and trying to consume it were entirely different acts. A rabid dog and so too a race-horse that suffers from a dangerous epidemic can be shot. But a man, even when he consents to any deed to alleviate his own agony, cannot be mercy- killed. Scriptures give details of the future of persons who may die premature or who my depart by adopting prohibited steps. God is the arbiter and He alone has the say about our end. Prayers will mitigate our sufferings and we can submit ourselves at His feet pleading for a peaceful journey.

PROFESSIONALISM AT ITS BEST !

Abortion in the ears.....Brilliant! This is a short story written by Dr Kishore Shah....he is a gynaecologist in Pune and a very gifted writer....enjoy this extremely funny story. My wife is an ENT Surgeon while I am a Gynaecologist. This can lead to some
complications, as I recently learned to my anguish. A General Practitioner called me up and told me that she is sending a patient of hers for an
abortion. Unknown to me, she had also referred a female with earwax for
removal of the wax to my wife.I duly informed the receptionist to send the patient right in as she was
expected (and expecting!) As Murphy lays down the laws of our hospital, it
was but natural that the patient who wanted the wax removed from her ear,
landed up with me. This is the conversation that I had with the patient."Please come in. Be seated..." I said with a big smile. I always have a big
smile, when I am going to earn some money. The patient gave a feeble smile
and sat hesitantly on the edge of the chair. "Relax.""Doctor, will this hurt a lot?""Not at all."The patient relaxed visibly. "You know something, Doctor, we tried removing it at home, but failed.."I was shocked. "Thank God. Trying this at home can cause serious complications. ""I first tried to remove it by jumping up and down, but it just wouldn't budge."I smiled and said, "If it were that easy, who would need doctors?"She gave a cute smile and said, "Yeah! My neighbour tried to remove it with
his finger, but the hole is so small that he used a hair pin.""Oh my God!""Yes! My mother even tried a matchstick."My blood pressure was shooting skywards. I just sputtered without uttering a word."Tell me, doctor, how do I avoid getting this dirt inside me?"I knew that it was an unwanted pregnancy, but calling it dirt was too much.
I replied a bit angrily, "There are tablets which can prevent this happening. Or you could use protection at night."Now it was the patient's turn to be confused, "You mean to say that it happens only at night?"I saw her point. "No! No! I meant anytime of the day, whenever you are in the mood, you should use protection."She was even more confused, "It depends on my moods?"Again I saw her point. "My mistake. You need not be in any sort of mood. It just happens.""My neighbour advised me to go to one of those chaps who sit by the roadside.""You mean that pin man?""Yeah!"This neighbour of hers seemed to be a very dangerous man. Besides using
pins, he was sending her to such quacks. The only safety he knew was among
the pins. "You were wise not to heed his advice.""But I tried his other advice. He told me to put warm oil inside and wait. However, that also did not work."This was getting more and more bizarre. Her neighbour deserved to be locked
up either in a padded cell or a barred one."But have you taken your husband's permission?"Now the patient looked confused. "Do I have to take my husband's permission?
Because if you need his sign, he is working in Dubai . We were not able to
meet for the last one year."It was my turn to be shocked. I gave a sly smirk. It was one of 'those'
cases. The pin-wielding neighbour seemed to me the usual suspect. I
reassured her. "No! No! The husband's sign is not at all needed.""However, I did inform him on phone."Her husband seemed to me a very broad-minded fellow. I didn't know whether
to congratulate her or to commiserate with her. So I hastily turned to
other aspects. "Its good that you came a bit early.""Actually I wanted to come early in the morning, but I had some other work.""Oh! I did not mean early today. I meant that if you had delayed this
removal, it would have started moving. Then it would have developed a heartbeat."The patient was staring at me wide eyed as if watching a horror movie.
Looking at her face, I decided that she was not fit to listen to the
grotesque details. I decided to relieve her a bit. I said, "You will bleed
a bit, but only for a few days."By now, the poor patient was trembling, "how-H-How much bleeding?""Oh, only slightly more than your menstrual period, and it will continue
only for a week or so."By now the patient was clutching her hair in her fingers and staring at me
wide-eyed. I asked her soothingly, "Why don't you lie down on the
examination table? Remove your clothes and relax."This was the final straw. She didn't even wish me goodbye. I saw just a blur of motion leaving my consulting room at top speed.

watchout for sign

Farmer John lived on a quiet rural highway. But, as time went by, the traffic slowly built up at an alarming rate. The traffic was so heavy and so fast that his chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day.
So one day Farmer John called the sheriff's office and said, "You've got to do something about all of these people driving so fast and killing all of my chickens." "What do you want me to do?" asked the sheriff. "I don't care, just do something about those crazy drivers!" So the next day he had the county workers go out and erected a sign that said SLOW: SCHOOL CROSSING Three days later Farmer John called the sheriff and said, "You've got to do something about these drivers. The 'school crossing' sign seems to make them go even faster." So, again, the sheriff sends out the county workers and they put up a new sign SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY That really sped them up. So Farmer John called and called and called every day for three weeks. Finally, he asked the sheriff, "Your signs are doing no good. Can I put up my own sign?" The sheriff told him, "Sure thing, put up your own sign." He was going to let Farmer John do just about anything in order to get him to stop calling everyday to complain. The sheriff got no more calls from Farmer John. Three weeks later, curiosity got the best of the sheriff and he decided to give Farmer John a call. "How's the problem with those drivers. Did you put up your sign?" "Oh, I sure did. And not one chicken has been killed since then. I've got to go. I'm very busy." He hung up the phone. The sheriff was really curious now and he thought to himself, "I'd better go out there and take a look at that sign. it might be something that WE could use to slow down drivers..." So the sheriff drove out to Farmer John's house, and his jaw dropped the moment he saw the sign. It was spray-painted on a sheet of wood NUDIST COLONY: Go slow and watch out for the chicks!

Can the Soul be seen?

Can the Soul be seen?



The Veda and the Gita say that the soul can be visualized by very careful analysis and vision (Drusyate Tvagrayaa…, Pasyanti Jnana Chakshushah…). After all, the soul is only pure awareness which is the nervous energy flowing in the nerves. Today we have very sophisticated instruments through which we can see this nervous energy flowing in nerves as waves. The soul is essentially the inert energy only. Of course, the chip of the information (Jeeva) existing in the brain is specific for an individual i.e., accumulated from several births. Your body is like computer. The electricity flowing in the computer (Power) is the awareness or the soul. The information fed into the computer (Programme) is specific and is called as the individual soul or Jeeva. Therefore, you can see the soul in its essential form as energy. At the time of death this chip of information (Jeeva) comes out of the body. When the radio station transmits some speech in to the space, it travels in the space with a specific frequency and it is essentially energy only. But when it enters the radio the speech is heard. Similarly the individual soul on entering a new alive body again transmits the information. Therefore, the soul or individual soul can be visualized as the energy only. When it enters another system (another human body), it behaves like the soul or individual soul which is the specific work form of energy. If you take the soul or individual soul as the specific form of energy only, it cannot be isolated like energy. You cannot take the photo of grinding work. The machine, the current, the motion of the rod that grinds the grains (Kinetic energy), grains etc., can be visualized. But none of these is the grinding work. The grinding work depends on all these components and we can see its effect as the flour of grains. The actual specific work cannot be visualized but can be experienced. By this point people have misunderstood that the soul is God because God is also not visible but can be experienced. But the difference is that God is independent, whereas the awareness (Specific form of work) depends on the brain, nervous system, food, oxygen and proper oxidation of food to release energy etc. Awareness is unreal by itself when isolated from all the components. God is the completely independent and ultimate absolute reality. A scientist told that the life energy is like the sound produced form the drum and stick. The sound is essentially mechanical energy and is neither the drum, nor the stick, nor the beat (Kinetic energy) nor the ear-drum that experiences the sound. Every item of the creation is a relative reality (Mithya) like the awareness except God. You can visualize the sound as energy waves but those waves are not sound. Only the effect of those waves is sound. Such effect is not self-existent independent item. Its existence is a compounded effect of all the parts of the system. Therefore, the soul in the form of inert energy can be visualized, which is its original form i.e., remaining in the state of deep sleep”.


Written by

His Holiness Shri Datta Swami

A date !

A date !


After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman
out to dinner and a movie.


She said I love you but I know this other woman loves you more and
would love to spend some time with you.


The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has
been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three
children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.


That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.


"What's wrong, are you well," she asked? My mother is the type of
woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is
a sign of bad news.


"I thought that it would be pleasant to be with you," I responded. "
Just the two of us."


She thought about it for a moment, and then said, " I would like that
very much."


That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit
nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed t hat she, too, seemed
to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on.
She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to
celebrate her last wedding anniversary.


She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel's.


"I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they
were impressed, "she said, as she got into the car. "They can't wait
to hear about our meeting".


We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and
cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we
sat down,


I had to read the menu. Large print. Half way through the entries, I
lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic
smile was on her lips.


"It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small," she said.


"Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favor," I responded.


During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation - nothing
extraordinary, but catching up on recent events of each other's life.
We talked so much that we missed the movie.


As we arrived at her house later, she said, "I'll go out with you
again, but only if you let me invite you." I agreed.


" How was your dinner date ?" asked my wife when I got home. "Very
nice. Much more so than I could have imagined," I answered.


A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It
happened so suddenly that I could not do anything for her.


Some time later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant
receipt from the same place mother and I had dined.


An attached note said: "I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure
that I could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one
for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that
night meant for me. I love you, son."


At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: " I
LOVE YOU!" and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve.


Nothing in life is more important than God and your family. Give them
the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till
"some other time."


Pass this along to everyone with an aging parent, to a child, to an
adult, to anyone with a parent. Here's hoping today is better than
yesterday and tomorrow.

A Miser's Death

A miser had accumulated five hundred thousand dinars and looked forward to a year of pleasant living before he made up his mind how best to invest his money, when suddenly the Angel of Death appeared before him to take his life away.

The man begged and pleaded and used a thousand arguments to be allowed to live a little longer, but the angel was obdurate. "Give me three days of life and I shall give you half my fortune," the man pleaded. The angel wouldn't hear of it and began to tug at him.

"Give me just one day, I beg of you, and you can have everything I accumulated through so much sweat and toil."

The angel was adamant still.

He was able to wring just one little concession from the angel-a few moments in which to write down this note:
"Oh you, whoever you are that happen to find this note, if you have enough to live on, don't waste your life accumulating fortunes. Live !!

My five hundred thousand dinars could not buy me a single hour of life!"

Reflection Questions

1. If you only had one hour of life left, what would it be worth to you?
2. What if you only had one year left instead?
3. If you were the miser, what would you have written in the note?

The Cage Door - Must Read

The Cage Door - Must Read
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A fable tells about two birds, each in a cage with food and water. One bird rebelled against his conditions, rejected the food and kept knocking his head against the cage door. A few hours later, he died of his injuries.
The other bird said, "Nothing's worth dying that way.

Let me enjoy the food and water and be grateful for the little space in which I can fly." At the end of the day, the master came to free both birds.

But only one was ready and able to enjoy freedom while the other lost it once and forever.

Our life may get trapped in a cage. Closed doors might be health problems, job problems, financial limitations, feeling of rejection and insecurity, marriage problems, inability to meet your life partner, etc.

If we focus on the closed door, we will eventually act like the poor bird. But if we enjoy our life the way it is granted, we will eventually be freed. In such situations, "It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."

Rajni v/s Amitabh Bachan(heights!!!!)

Rajnikant was bragging to Amitabh Bachan one day, "You know, I know everyone
Just name someone, anyone, and I know them.

Tired of his boasting, Amitabh Bachan called his bluff, "OK, Rajini how about
Tom Cruise?"

"Sure, yes, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it" Rajini said.

So Rajini and Amitabh Bachan fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise's
door,and sure enough, Tom Cruise shouts :--- "Thalaiva! Great to see you! You and your
friend come right in and join me for lunch!"

..Although impressed, Amitabh Bachan is still skeptical.After they leave
Cruise's house, he tells Rajini that he thinks Rajini knowing Cruise was
just lucky..

"No, no, just name anyone else" Rajini says
."President Bush", Amitabh Bachan quickly retorts
.."Yes", Rajini says, "I know him .
And off they go. At the White House, Bush spots Rajini on the tour and
motions him, saying, :----"Rajini, what a surprise, I was just on my way to a
meeting, but you and your friend come on in and let's have a cup of coffee
first and catch up".

Well, Amitabh Bachan is much shaken by now, but still not totally convinced. Af
ter they leave the White House grounds, he implores him to name anyone else.

"The Pope," Amitabh Bachan replies
.."Sure!" says Rajini, "My folks are from Germany and I've known the Pope a
long time".
Rajini and Amitabh Bachan are assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when
Rajini says, "This will never work. I can't catch the Pope's eye among all
these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go
upstairs and I'll come out on the balcony with the Pope."

And he disappears into the crowd headed toward the Vatican .. Sure enough,
half an hour later Rajini emerges with the Pope on the balcony.

But by the time Rajini returns, he finds that Amitabh Bachan has had a heart
attack and is surrounded by paramedics. Working his way to Amitabh Bachan's
side, Rajini asks him, "What happened?"

Amitabh Bachan looks up and says, "I was doing fine until u and the pope came
out on the balcony and the man next to me said,


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"Who's that on the balcony with Rajini?"