Friday, February 27, 2009

Never fail to make an attempt.

It's called Mindset!!

As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

"Well," he said, "when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it's enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free." My friend was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn't, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? So make an attempt to grow further.... Why shouldn't we try it again?

"YOUR ATTEMPT MAY FAIL, BUT NEVER FAIL TO MAKE AN ATTEMPT."

Something to lift up your spirit

Something to lift up your spirit

A list of actual announcements that London Tube train drivers have made to their passengers.. .

1 “Ladies and Gentlemen, I do apologize for the delay to your service. I know you’re all dying to get home, unless, of course, you happen to be married to my ex-wife, in which case you’ll want to cross over to the Westbound and go in the opposite direction.”

2 “Your delay this evening is caused by the line controller suffering from A&E syndrome: not knowing his arse from his elbow. I’ll let you know any further information as soon as I’m given any. “

3 “Do you want the good news first or the bad news? The good news is that last Friday was my birthday and I hit the town and had a great time. The bad news is that there is a points failure somewhere between Stratford and East Ham, which means we probably won’t reach our destination.”

4 “Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for the delay, but there is a security alert at Victoria station and we are therefore stuck here for the foreseeable future, so let’s take our minds off it and pass some time together. All together now.... “Ten green bottles, hanging on a wall.....”.”

5 “We are now travelling through Baker Street .. As you can see, Baker Street is closed. It would have been nice if they had actually told me, so I could tell you earlier, but no, they don’t think about things like that”.

6 “Beggars are operating on this train. Please do not encourage these professional beggars. If you have any spare change, please give it to a registered charity. Failing that, give it to me. “

7 During an extremely hot rush hour on the Central Line, the driver announced in a West Indian drawl: “Step right this way for the sauna, ladies and gentleman... Unfortunately, towels are not provided.”

8 “Let the passengers off the train FIRST!” (...pause). “Oh go on then, stuff yourselves in like sardines, see if I care – I’m going home....”

9 “Please allow the doors to close. Try not to confuse this with “Please hold the doors open.” The two are distinct and separate instructions.”

10 “Please note that the beeping noise coming from the doors means that the doors are about to close. It does not mean throw yourself or your bags into the doors.”

11 “We can’t move off because some idiot has their hand stuck in the door.”

12 “To the gentleman wearing the long grey coat trying to get on the second carriage – what part of “stand clear of the doors” don’t you understand?”

13 “Please move all baggage away from the doors.” (...pause). “Please move ALL belongings away from the doors.” (...pause). “This is a personal message to the man in the brown suit wearing glasses at the rear of the train: Put the pie down, four-eyes, and move your bloody golf clubs away from the door before I come down there and shove them up your arse sideways!”

14 “May I remind all passengers that there is strictly no smoking allowed on any part of the Underground. However, if you are smoking a joint, it’s only fair that you pass it round the rest of the carriage. “

Tale to Understand - Take responsibility for your actions, dont blame others.

THE LOVING HUSBAND A boy was born to a couple after eleven years of marriage. They were a loving couple and the boy was the gem of their eyes.

When the boy was around two years old, one morning the husband saw a medicine bottle open. He was late for office so he asked his wife to cap the bottle and keep it in the cupboard. His wife, preoccupied in the kitchen totally forgot the matter.
The boy saw the bottle and playfully went to the bottle fascinated by its colour and drank it all.
It happened to be a poisonous medicine meant for adults in small dosages. When the child collapsed the mother hurried him to the hospital, where he died. The mother was stunned. She was terrified how to face her husband.

When the distraught father came to the hospital and saw the dead child ,he looked at his wife and uttered just five words.

What were the five words? The husband just said "I am with you Darling"

The husband's totally unexpected reaction is a proactive behaviour. The child is dead. He can never be brought back to life. There is no point in finding fault with the mother. Besides, if only he had taken time to keep the bottle away, this would not have happened.

No one is to be blamed. She had also lost her only child. What she needed at that moment was consolation and sympathy from the husband. That is what he gave her!! REFLECTION
If everyone can look at life with this kind of perspective, there would be much fewer problems in the world. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears. And you will find things are actually not as difficult as you think.

Sometimes we spend time in asking who is responsible or whom to blame, Whether in a relationship, in a job or with the people we know. By doing this actually we are missing out the warmth and beauty in human relationships. All blame is just a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. Learn to be responsible for your actions and consciously be aware of your emotions towards others and be careful when you point your fingers at others before pointing them at yourself first. By blaming others, you are only fooling yourself by finding an excuse to cover up the problem you dont want to face or dont know how to face. Always try to fix the problem and not the blame. A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tale to Understand - Most problems have a solution,if only we attempt to think.

THE FARMER'S WISE DAUGHTER Many years ago in a small Indian village,a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer's beautiful daughter. So he proposed a bargain.

He said he would forgo the farmer's debt if he could marry his daughter. Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal.So the cunning money-lender suggested that they let providence decide the matter.
He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag.
1) If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father's debt would be forgiven.
2) If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father's debt would still be forgiven.

3) But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer's field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag.He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.

Now, imagine that you were standing in the field. What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?
Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:
1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.
2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the money-lender as a cheat.
3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.

Take a moment to ponder over the story. The above story is used with the hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral and logical thinking.
The girl's dilemma cannot be solved with traditional logical thinking. Think of the consequences if she chooses the above logical answers.

What would you recommend to the girl to do? Well, here is what she did ....

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

"Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked."

Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one!

REFLECTION
Most complex problems do have a solution. It is only that we don't attempt to think. When the mind is alert, sharp and calm while facing any problem, there definitely would crop a good solution to it whereas if the mind is too agitated, depressed and fidgety, the brain loses its ability of positive "thinking" and everything seems blank and bleak with no solution that the mind forces a person to take drastic and negative measures like commit suicide or a crime as an immediate solution. If we can understand the problem, the answer will come out of it because the answer is not seperate from the problem! Also, the important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution! Next time you face a problem, consciously make an attempt to think more clearly, cleverly and calmly...and you will surely find the best solution for it.

One day I decided to quit......

One day I decided to quit...




I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality. .. I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"
His answer surprised me...
"Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?"
"Yes", I replied.
When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.
I gave them light. I gave them water.
The fern quickly grew from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo. He said.
"In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. "I would not quit." He said. "Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.

Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. .. But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.

It had spent the five years growing roots.

Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle."

He said to me. "Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots."

"I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you. " Don't compare yourself to others .." He said. "The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern ... Yet, they both make the forest beautiful."

Your time will come, "God said to me." You will rise high! "How high should I rise?" I asked.

How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.

"As high as it can? I questioned.

"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can.

I left the forest and bring back this story.

I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.




He will never give up on you. Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you happiness..Bad days give you experiences; ..Both are essential to life.
A happy and meaningful life requires our continuous input and creativity. It does not happen by chance. It happens because of our choices and actions. And each day we are given new opportunities to choose and act and, in doing so, we create our own unique journey." Keep going...

A true life experience with God

THE FRUITS OF TRUE DEVOTION Respected Bhagavatha Shri Shankarapillai told one real life story during his Naaraayaneeyam discourse. This happened about 5-7 years ago and I feel it is worth sharing with all of you.

There is a small town near Guruvayur by the name Chaavakkad. I have heard that in Chavakkad, there is no household without at least one member of the family employed in the Gulf countries. Anyway, there is no importance for that aspect in this story.
There was a woman in that village or town who made her living by making and selling sweets like Jilebis, Laddus,Mysore pak etc. In addition to her excellent cooking skills, she was a very sincere devotee of Guruvayurappan. Every time she made sweets for her clients, she would offer a few to Guruvayurappan before she packed everything for them. To put it differently, she offered the sweets to Bhagavan and made it a prasadam before delivering to the customers.

One day, one customer who had to fly to Dubai the next afternoon gave emergency order for some jilebis and laddus.Poor "maami" accepted the order and she had to get the necessary ingredients in the late evening. Some how she managed to make all the sweets by next day morning. She had to hurry up to pack the whole thing and in that hurry, for the first time in her life, she forgot to offer a few sweets for her Lord Guruvayurappan. Customer came on time and picked up the sweets and "maami" went to Guruvayur for the daily darshan. When she was about to enter the inner praakaram of the temple, a beautiful boy about 8-10 years old came and asked her " Maami, can I have a few jalebis and laddus?' She told the boy that she did not have any left at home, but will make some and bring for him when she comes for evening darshan. The boy agreed. Maami went home made some more sweets and brought with her when she came to the temple in the evening. The same boy was standing near the inner praakaaram (naalambalam) and waiting for the sweets. Maami gave him and they were talking about something.

Then the security guards asked Maami why she was talking to herself. Maami said: "I am talking to this boy who asked me for some sweets in the morning and I could give him only now. I was explaining to him how I got a late order and how I had to work almost all night." Security guards told her that they could not see any boy near her and they
were wondering why Maami was talking to herself. They said: Maami, may be you did not sleep well and you are confused. Maami looked again to show the guards, the boy holding the sweets she just now gave, but unfortunately the boy had disappeared from her eyes also!

Then Maami realized along with others around her that the boy who asked for sweets and accepted sweets from her was none other than Guruvayurappan Himself! She sat there and cried calling "Kanna, come again near me, I will give you more sweets." All the eyes of devotees watching this incident welled up and they did namaskaar to Maami who could see her Lord Kannan and treat Him with sweets made exclusively for Him with her own hands!

When Respected Shankara Pillai narrated this story with utmost Bhakthi and bhaavam, tears rolled down my cheeks and I am sure all the devotees felt the presence of Krishna in that room. It was an experience!

True devotion really pays, what more would one ask for in life than having the darshan of the Lord! How blessed are such devotees who are so pure hearted that the Lord Himself comes down in search of them to give His darshan!

Are you a carrot?... egg?... or coffee?....

Carrot, Egg and Coffee... (You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.




A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.



Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.



In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see.” Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell,
she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?" Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot
went in strong, hard, and relenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.



The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. "Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?" Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?






Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation
around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten
past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was
smiling.



Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you, to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to
those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.



It's easier to build a child than repair an adult. This is so true - may we all be COFFEE

Another inspring story"Wings"

Long ago God had a great many burdens which He wished to have carried from one place to another on earth, so He asked the animals to lend a hand. But all of them began to make excuses for not helping, the elephant was too dignified; the lion, too proud; and so on.
Finally the birds came to God and said, "If you will tie the burdens into small bundles, we'll be glad to carry them for you. We are small but we would like to help."
So God fastened upon the back of each one a small bundle, and they all set out walking across the plain to their destination. They sang as they went, and did not seem to feel the weight of their burdens at all. Every day the burdens seemed lighter and lighter, until the loads seems to be lifting the birds, instead of the birds carrying the burdens.
When they arrived at their destination, they discovered that when they removed their loads, there were wings in their place, wings which enabled them to fly to the sky and the tree tops.
"They had learned how to carry their burdens, and their loads had become wings to carry them nearer to God".

Burdens we carry for others may become wings of the spirit, to lift us near to happiness of being near to our beloved god Shri Krishna

Another inspring story"Wings"

Long ago God had a great many burdens which He wished to have carried from one place to another on earth, so He asked the animals to lend a hand. But all of them began to make excuses for not helping, the elephant was too dignified; the lion, too proud; and so on.
Finally the birds came to God and said, "If you will tie the burdens into small bundles, we'll be glad to carry them for you. We are small but we would like to help."
So God fastened upon the back of each one a small bundle, and they all set out walking across the plain to their destination. They sang as they went, and did not seem to feel the weight of their burdens at all. Every day the burdens seemed lighter and lighter, until the loads seems to be lifting the birds, instead of the birds carrying the burdens.
When they arrived at their destination, they discovered that when they removed their loads, there were wings in their place, wings which enabled them to fly to the sky and the tree tops.
"They had learned how to carry their burdens, and their loads had become wings to carry them nearer to God".

Burdens we carry for others may become wings of the spirit, to lift us near to happiness of being near to our beloved god Shri Krishna

The Butter Hidden In The Milk

The Butter Hidden In The Milk

The young daughter had gone to her village home for the first time from her city-dwelling. At night before retiring to bed, her mother opened a pot in which there was good cow’s milk and poured a little buttermilk. The girl asked her mother: .Mother, that was butter milk; and why have you mixed it with Milk? The milk may be spoiled! .Child, answered the mother, .that is the way to prepare the milk in order that we might get butter out of it .But where is butter in it, mother?

It is in every drop of the milk, dear; but you can’t see it now. I will show you in the morning.. In the morning the daughter saw that what was liquid the night before had become solid overnight. Mother put a churning rod into it and started churning the curd vigorously. Butter began to float on the surface of the curd. Then she gathered it all up and presented it to the astonishment of the daughter.

The mother explained: .The addition of the buttermilk curdles the milk. Milk is transformed into curd. Then you have to churn it. By this process the butter which was all-pervasively hidden in the milk is obtained. At first you were not able to see it; it was hidden. From where has it come now? From the milk only. Therefore you understand now that it was there all the time. It awaited the process of churning to reveal itself to your great joy.. The daughter, too, followed the same process and got the butter, for herself.

Similarly, a worldly man approaches a Mahatma and asks him: .O Sadhu, why have you renounced the world, and poured this new element of Vairagya and Tyaga into your life? Why don’t you let the life take its natural course?. The Sadhu replies: .Brother, I do so in order to realize God?. .Where is God?. He is all-pervading.. The worldly man does not see and is not convinced.

The Sadhu then explains how the inner personality which is fickle and out flowing should be made solid and firm. Then the churning rod of one-pointed concentration and meditation should be taken hold of, and this solid Antahkarana should be very well churned. Then God is realised. He is all-pervading, in every atom of creation. But He is not visible to the naked eye nor is He realisable by a man except through this process called Sadhana.

Just as a mother was necessary for her daughter to learn that butter exists in milk and that churning will bring it out, even so a Guru is necessary for a man to know that God is, that He is all-pervading, and that He is attained through Sadhana. If the aspirant follows the Guru.s instructions, he too, can realise God.

थे harmony

The Harmony

Once, three monks gathered at an unattented lonely temples. "Why is this temple so unattended?", nobody knew who started the conversation, but then, "Must be because the monks do not have the sincerity in doing the prayers and rituals that the deities did not showed them their miraculous powers.", answered the first monk. "Must be that the monks here are not hardworking enough that the temple was left unattended," explained second monk. "Must be because of the monks living here do not respect one another that the followers grew few," added the third monk.

Three of them argued...until that they decided to live in that temple to see who was the truest. The first monk do prayers, ceremonies, rituals sincerely, the second monk fixed and renovated the temple, and the third monk went preaching out to the public. Time passed and the temple became a very crowded well known temple.

"This all happened because of my sincerity in prayers that the deities decided to help and grant me miracles," said the first monk. "No, because of my hardwork working on the temple that it looked so magnificent and beautiful," replied the second monk. "Of course because of me who goes out teaching truths and preaching that our followers grow even larger everyday," the third monk explained.

Day and night they kept arguing, and cared less of the temple condition. They did not realized that they began to neglect the temple's prosperity and was more concerned with their egoistic pride. Time passed again and the temple returned to its former condition, it was then as unattented as it once was before.

The three monks left the temple, they realized and concluded that the temple was unattented not because of anything, but because there was lack of harmony within the people inside.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

गुड thought

"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them - Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you're keeping all of these in the Air.



You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.



But the other four Balls - Family, Health, Friends and Spirit - are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it."

Tale to Understand - As our vision of life, so the world appears to us

THE MILLIONAIRE AND THE MONK There was a millionaire who was bothered by severe eye pain. He consulted so many physicians and was getting his treatment done. He did not stop consulting galaxy of medical experts; he consumed heavy loads of drugs and underwent hundreds of injections.

But the ache persisted with great vigour than before. At last a monk who has supposed to be an expert in treating such patients was called for by the millionaire. The monk understood his problem and said that for sometime he should concentrate only on green colours and not to fall his eyes on any other colours.
The millionaire got together a group of painters and purchased barrels of green color and directed that every object his eye was likely to fall to be painted in green colour just as the monk had directed.
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When the monk came to visit him after few days, the millionaire' s servants ran with buckets of green paints and poured on him since he was in red dress, lest their master not see any other colour and his eye ache would come back.

Hearing this monk laughed said "If only you had purchased a pair of green spectacles, worth just a few rupees, you could have saved these walls and trees and pots and all other articles and also could have saved a large share of his fortune."!! REFLECTION

You cannot paint the world green.Let us change our vision and the world will appear accordingly. It is foolish to shape the world, let us shape ourselves first.
Lets change our vision!! Think simple, Live simple!

वे अरे the medium

There lived in Nepal a person named Prashanta. Prashanta was very skilled in computers and made a lot of useful software that he used to give to his co-workers for free. His co-workers recognized his skill and used to praise him very highly, but Prashanta never seemed to be affected by their praise and would continue his simple ways.

One day there was a crisis in the IT department. They desperately needed software for extracting images from their old database and inserting into the new one. All of them suggested Prashanta to make it and he calmly agreed and set about making it. The finished product was very professional looking and worked wonderfully.

Everyone was pleased with the software and highly praised Prashanta, but he remained unaffected by their praise and would calmly thank them. Seeing his nonchalance a friend asked him how he could be so calm and unaffected when even the CEO himself was very pleased and excited about the software. "Don't you feel proud to have created such a fine piece of software? asked his friend.

To his query Prashanta replied, "I am not the doer, I am simply the MEDIUM."

वे अरे थे medium

There lived in Nepal a person named Prashanta. Prashanta was very skilled in computers and made a lot of useful software that he used to give to his co-workers for free. His co-workers recognized his skill and used to praise him very highly, but Prashanta never seemed to be affected by their praise and would continue his simple ways.

One day there was a crisis in the IT department. They desperately needed software for extracting images from their old database and inserting into the new one. All of them suggested Prashanta to make it and he calmly agreed and set about making it. The finished product was very professional looking and worked wonderfully.

Everyone was pleased with the software and highly praised Prashanta, but he remained unaffected by their praise and would calmly thank them. Seeing his nonchalance a friend asked him how he could be so calm and unaffected when even the CEO himself was very pleased and excited about the software. "Don't you feel proud to have created such a fine piece of software? asked his friend.

To his query Prashanta replied, "I am not the doer, I am simply the MEDIUM."

We are the MEDIUM

20 Important Spiritual Instructions by Sri Swami Sivananda

These twenty instructions contain the very essence of all Yoga Sadhana. Karma, Bhakti, Jnana, and Raja Yoga will all come to one who follows them whole-heartedly. They are the unfailing keys to quick and effective development and culture of the physical, mental, moral and spiritual self of man.
1. BRAHMAMUHURTA Get up at 4 a.m. daily. This is Brahmamuhurta which is extremely favourable for Sadhana. Do all your morning spiritual Sadhana during this period from 4 a.m. to 6:30 or 7 a.m. Such Sadhana gives quick and maximum progress.
2. ASANA Sit on Padmasana (lotus pose), Siddhasana (adept's pose) or Sukhasana (any pose you like) for your Japa and meditation for half an hour, facing east or north. Increase the period gradually to three hours. Practice Sirshasana (headstand) and Sarvangasana (shoulderstand) for maintenance of health and Brahmacharya. Take light physical exercises as walking, etc., regularly. Do twenty rounds of easy, comfortable Pranayama (breathing exercises). Do not strain yourself while doing Pranayama.
3. JAPA You can repeat any Mantra (sacred syllable), such as pure Om or Om Namo Narayanaya, Sri Ram, Sita Ram, Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram, Om Namah Sivaya, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, Om Saravanabhavaya Namah, Hari Om, or Gayatri (a sacred Vedic Mantra), according to your taste or inclination, from 108 times to 21,600 times daily. Devotees of Christ may repeat the name Jesus or Hail Mary, Mother of Jesus. Parsis, Sikhs and Muslims may select a name or Mantra from the Zend Avesta, Granth Sahib or Koran respectively.
4. DIETETIC DISCIPLINE Take Sattvic food. Give up chillies, tamarind, garlic, onion, sour articles, oil, mustard, asafoetida. Observe moderation in diet (Mitahara). Do not overload the stomach. Give up those things which the mind likes best for a fortnight once or twice in a year. Eat simple food. Milk and fruits help concentration. Take food as medicine to keep the life going. Eating for enjoyment is a sin. Give up salt and sugar for a week or a fortnight. You must be able to live on rice, dhal and bread without any pickle. Do not ask for extra salt for dhal, and sugar for tea, coffee and milk. People taking a non-vegetaraian diet should try their best to gradually give up flesh-eating as completely as possible. They will be immensely benefited.
5. MEDITATION Have a separate meditation room under lock and key. If this is not possible then a corner of the room should be set apart with a small cloth screen or curtain drawn across. Keep the room spotlessly clean.
6. SVADHYAYA Study systematically the Gita, Ramayana, Bhagavatam, Vishnu-Sahasranama, Lalita-Sahasranama, Adityahridaya, Upanishads, Yoga Vasishta, Bible, Imitation of Christ, Zend Quran, the Tripitakas, the Granth Sahib and other religious books from half an hour to one hour daily, and have Suddha Vichara (pure thoughts).
7. ELEVATE THE MIND Learn by heart some prayer - Slokas (prayer verses), Stotras (hymns) and repeat them as soon as you sit in the Asana before starting Japa or meditation. This will elevate the mind quickly.
8. BRAHMACHARYA Preserve the vital force (Veerya (seminal energy)) very, very carefully. Veerya is God in motion or manifestation (Vibhuti). Veerya is all power. Veerya is all money. Veerya is the essence of life, thought and intelligence. This instruction is not for bachelors only. Householders also must follow it as far as possible. They must be extremely moderate in their marital connections with their spouse. This is very important.
9. CHARITY Do charity regularly, every month, or even daily according to your means. Never fail in this item. If necessary forego some personal wants but keep up this charity regularly.
10. HAVE SATSANG Give up bad company, smoking, meat and alcoholic liquors entirely. Have constant Satsang (association with holy people). Do not develop any evil habits. Deliberately exert to develop positive virtuous qualities.
11. FAST Fast on Ekadasi (11th day of the Hindu lunar fortnight) or live on milk and fruits only. Christians must fast on alternate Sundays, Muslims on alternate Fridays, and Parsis on a suitable day every fortnight.
12. JAPA MALA Have a Japa Mala (rosary) around your neck or in your pocket or underneath your pillow at night. This will remind you of God. Twirl the beads during your leisure. You should repeat the Name at all times, whatever task you may be engaged in.
13. OBSERVE MOUNA Observe Mouna (vow of silence) for a couple of hours daily. Do not make gestures and inarticulate noises during the period of silence.
14. DISCIPLINE OF SPEECH Speak the truth at all cost. Speak a little. Speak sweetly. Always utter encouraging words. Never condemn, criticize or discourage. Do not raise your voice and shout at little children or subordinates.
15. BE CONTENT Reduce your wants. If you have four shirts, reduce the number to three or two. Lead a happy, contented life. Avoid unnecessary worry. Be mentally detached. Have plain living and high thinking. Think of those who do not possess even one-tenth of what you have. Share with others.
16. PRACTICE LOVE Never hurt anybody. Ahimsa Paramo Dharmah (Non-injury is the highest virtue). Control anger by love, Kshama (forgiveness) and Daya (compassion) . Serve the sick and the poor with love and affection. This is service of God.
17. BE SELF RELIANT Do not depend upon servants. Self-reliance is the highest of all virtues.
18. HAVE SELF-ANALYSIS Think of the mistakes you have committed during the course of the day, just before retiring to bed (self-analysis) . Keep a daily spiritual diary and self-correction register as Benjamin Franklin did. Maintain a daily routine and resolve-form. Do not brood over past mistakes.
19. DO YOUR DUTY Remember that death is awaiting you at every moment. Never fail to fulfil your duties. Have pure conduct (Sadachara).
20. REMEMBER GOD Think of God as soon as you wake up and just before you go to sleep, and at all other times whether engaged in any work or not. Repeat His Name always. Surrender yourself completely to God (Saranagati) .

This is the essence of all spiritual Sadhana. It will lead you to liberation. All these spiritual canons must be rigidly observed. You must not give any leniency to the mind.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Important Vatican Notice

On Vatican Church Notice Board and Press Release:

"Be all Women informed that lying in bed, naked

entangled with somebody and screaming:

-Oh my God *

-Oh my God *

-Oh my God *

will not be considered PRAYING"

Tale to Understand - Your pains feel lighter when you enlarge your sense of things

THE MASTER AND THE YOUNG MAN An old Master instructed an unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.

"How does it taste?" the Master asked.

"Awful," spat the apprentice.

The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake.

The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the apprentice swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake."

As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the Master asked, "How does it taste?"

"Good!" remarked the apprentice. "Do you taste the salt?" asked the Master. "No," said the young man.

The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said,

"The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the 'pain' depends on the container we put it into!"

REFLECTION

So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake!

HAUGHTY NARADA LEARNS A LESSON

HAUGHTY NARADA LEARNS A LESSON


Humility is a virtue we should embrace. Pride and arrogance should be kept at a distance. This is a story of how the great Indian mythological sage Narada, proud and arrogant about his musical knowledge learnt a lesson.

Long, long ago, the great sage Narada was roaming around the three worlds, singing and playing Mahati, his Vina. He was so proud of his own music and knowledge that he suddenly stopped singing for a second and thought, “Who could sing better than me? There is none that knows more about music than me! I am the greatest!.” Thus glorifying himself, he continued to sing.
Sage Narada then reached Kailasa where Lord Siva was having a discussion with Goddess Parvati on music. On seeing Narada, Lord Siva welcomed him and asked him his views on music. The proud Narada held his head high in the air and said, “I am the right person to answer any of your questions. Produce if you can, any person who has the courage to sing or play before me.”

Lord Siva was aghast at Narada’s arrogance and thought, “Narada thinks too much.of himself. He must be taught a proper lesson”. Thus thinking, Lord Siva went to seek the help of Lord Vishnu in Vaikunta who was seated on the Adisesha, the snake, with his consort, Goddess Mahalakshmi and told him about Narada’s pride. Lord Vishnu assured Lord Siva with a smile, that he would teach Narada a befitting lesson.


Sage Narada


With a view to curb Narada’s pride, Lord Vishnu took him to the abode of the Gods, where they saw many men and women weeping over their broken limbs.

On seeing this Lord Vishnu asked with concern, “Why are you all crying? Who did this great injustice to you?”
The head of the Gods replied, “We are the Ragas and Raginis of music, created by Lord Siva. Narada here, ignorant of the true knowledge of music and unskilled in
performance, sang and played them recklessly. The result was the breaking of our limbs! Unless Lord Siva or some other skillful person sings them properly, there is no hope of our being restored to our former state”.

At this stage, Lord Siva appeared and asked Narada, with a teasing smile, “What is this, Narada? Is this the greatness of your music that you were boasting about?”




The Saptaswaras with broken limbs
Narada could not answer and he bent his head down in shame. To relieve the Ragas and Raginis of their pain and restore them back to their original shape, Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of learning and music, was requested to appear. As soon as she appeared on her traditional white swan, Lord Siva said, “Oh! Goddess of learning! Kindly redeem these Ragas and Raginis from their plight with your divine music.”
The Goddess immediately sang with her Vina, Vipanchi, to the ecstasy of everyone present. The music was so pure and perfect that the Ragas and Raginis were immediately cured.

Narada, breathless with surprise at her great ability, prostrated before her and said, “Oh! Presiding Deity of music, please forgive me for my arrogance. I am nothing in front of you and your ocean of knowledge.”

Lord Siva, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Saraswati forgave Narada and blessed him.



Moral: Pride goes before a fall

The Man Who Loved Bread

The Man Who Loved Bread

A man eating in a restaurant called the waiter and complained that he had been given only one loaf with his meat dish.
"I like lots of bread," said the man. "Remember that next time."
The next time he came the waiter served him three loaves. "This is better than the last time," said the man. "But I would have liked more bread."
The next time he came the waiter served him five loaves but sill the man seemed unhappy. Later the waiter told the cook about the man. The cook said he would see to it that the man was fully satisfied the next time he came.
Two days later the man came again. The waiter alerted the cook who alerted the bakery with whom he had placed an order for a loaf 2ft wide, 3ft thick and 6ft long. The bakery delivered the loaf to the restaurant, and the cook and the waiter triumphantly carried the loaf to the customer. The customer stared at the loaf in disbelief.
"This is the last time I'm coming here!" he announced getting up angrily from his chair and throwing his napkin on the table. "I keep telling you I want more bread and here you are once again serving me just one loaf!"

Monday, February 23, 2009

Lateral Thinking --- Good to read‏

Lateral thinking....

Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer's beautiful daughter. So he proposed a bargain.

He said he would forgo the farmer's debt if he could marry his Daughter. Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. So the cunning money-lender suggested that they let providence decide the matter.

He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag.

1) If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her Father's debt would be forgiven.

2) If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her Father's debt would still be forgiven.

3) But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into Jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer's field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.

Now, imagine that you were standing in the field.

What would you have done if you were the girl?

If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?

Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:

1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.

2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the money-lender as a cheat.

3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order To save her father from his debt and imprisonment.

Take a moment to ponder over the story.

The above story is used with the hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral and logical thinking.

The girl's dilemma cannot be solved with traditional logical thinking. Think of the consequences if she chooses the above logical answers.

What would you recommend to the girl to do?




















.... C below!!



















Well, here is what she did....

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without Looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

"Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into the Bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I Picked."

Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his Dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.

Moral of the story: Most complex problems do have a solution. It is only that we don't Attempt to think.

PROBLEMS in life should be perceived as ......
Purposeful Roadblock Offering Beneficial Lessons to Enhance Mental Strength

The Dream Stealer

The Dream Stealer

There was once a young girl who was very fond of dancing. Her skill in dancing was extraordinary and surpassed her dancing friends that she often appeared as the champion in many competition held. She thought, with what she possess at that time, one day later when she grew up, she would want to be a world class dancer. She imagined herself dancing in Russia, China, America, Japan, being watched by thousands of people giving applause to her on salutation.

One day, the city she resided in was visited by a dancing expert proffessional who came from abroad. This dancing expert was very fascinating, from his hands have been born out world class dancers. The young girl desired very much to dance and exhibit her prowess in front of the teacher, or even if possible, to be one of his pupil. Finally the opportunity came at last. The young girl managed to meet with the teacher behind the screen after his performance was over. The young girl asked "Sir, i really want to be a wold-class dancer. Can you give me a moment of your time, to judge my dancing skill? I want to know what you think of my dance." "Fine, dance then for 10 minutes", the expert responded.

Not even 10 minutes have passed, the teacher stood up from his chair, and left the place without saying any word to the young girl. How broken heart the young girl was upon that. The girl immediately ran out, reaching her home, she cried and cried. She began hating herself. Afterall, the dance that she had been proud of all those years were nothing at all for the teacher. She then get hold of her dancing shoes and threw it in the garbage. Since then, she swore not ever to dance anymore.

Several decades have passed, now the young girl have became a mother with three children. Her husband had passed away. And to feed her family, she had to work as waitress in a restaurant at the corner of a street.

One day, there was a dance exhibition being held in the city. The same expert could be seen behind the young dancers behind the platform. The expert looked much older, with his hair whitening. The mother with her children went to see the dance show. After the show, the mother brought her three children into the back, looking for the teacher, and introduced him to her three children. The old teacher still recognize her, and so they converse with each other enjoyfully.

The mother asked, "Sir, i still have one thing that still bothers me. It was about me performing in front of you many many years ago. Was my perfomance that bad that you leave straight away?" "Oh yes, I remembered it. Frankly speaking, I never have ever seen in my life such beautiful dance that you showed me at that time. I was even sure that you would surely become a world-class dancer, but i was dumbfounded how you suddenly stopped from the world of dancing", answered the teacher.

The young mother was extremely shocked hearing it. "This is not fair!", she exclaimed. "Your attitude had stolen all my dreams! If it was true that my dance was good, why did you just leave me that way when i had just only danced for several minutes? You should have praised me, not ignoring me like that. I am supposed to be a world-class dancer right now, not just a waitress!"

The teacher answered calmly with his wisdom, "No...No, I think I have done what I thought was right. You don't need to drink a barrel of wine to know that the wine is good. The same goes with me. I didnt need to watch you for 10 minutes to prove that your dance was good. That night I was also very exhausted after the show. So I was thinking to leave you for a moment, to get you my name card, and hoped that you would contact me again the next day. But then you were not there anymore when i returned. And another thing that I have to remind you, that You should focus on your dreams not, on what I say or what I do or what the world say! Then applause? So you expected praise and applause? Ah, maybe at that time you were still growing, young lady. Praise like a dobule edged sward. at some times it will motivate you, at the other times it will weaken you. And the fact is that I had observed that most of the PRAISE GIVEN TO A GROWING CHILD, WILL JUST MAKE HIM/HER FEEL SATISFIED OF THE CURRENT PROGRESS AND HINDERS FURTHER GROWTH. I EVEN PREFER TO IGNORE YOU, AS IT SUPPOSEDLY CAN ROCKET YOUR PROGRESS. Besides, praise is something that should come from myself, not something that you should ask for."

"You see, this was actually only a small matter. If only at that time you didnt ignore what happened and kept on dancing, you would have became a very great world-class dancer. Ypu might hurt at that time but it will dissipate quickly once you keep on practising again.But the hurt emerged from this regret today will never disappear for the rest of your life..."

Every person those who r far away from their parents for jobs should have to read this heart touching mail !!!

Every person those who r far away from their parents for jobs should have to read this heart touching mail !!!

ONE BEDROOM FLAT....
WRITTEN BY AN INDIAN SOFTWARE ENGINEER..
A Bitter Reality

As the dream of most parents I had acquired a degree in
Software Engineering and joined a company based in USA, the
land of braves and opportunity. When I arrived in the USA, it
was as if a dream had come true.


Here at last I was in the place where I want to be. I decided I
would be staying in this country for about Five years in which
time I would have earned enough money to settle down in India.

My father was a government employee and after his retirement,
the only asset he could acquire was a decent one bedroom flat.


I wanted to do some thing more than him. I started feeling
homesick and lonely as the time passed. I used to call home and
speak to my parents every week using cheap international phone
cards. Two years passed, two years of Burgers at McDonald's and
pizzas and discos and 2 years watching the foreign exchange
rate getting happy whenever the Rupee value went down.

Finally I decided to get married. Told my parents that I have
only 10 days of holidays and everything must be done within
these 10 days. I got my ticket booked in the cheapest flight.
Was jubilant and was actually enjoying hopping for gifts for
all my friends back home. If I miss anyone then there will be
talks. After reaching home I spent home one week going through
all the photographs of girls and as the time was getting
shorter I was forced to select one candidate.


In-laws told me, to my surprise, that I would have to get
married in 2-3 days, as I will not get anymore holidays. After
the marriage, it was time to return to USA, after giving some
money to my parents and telling the neighbors to look after
them, we returned to USA.


My wife enjoyed this country for about two months and then she
started feeling lonely. The frequency of calling India
increased to twice in a week sometimes 3 times a week. Our
savings started diminishing.

After two more years we started to
have kids. Two lovely kids, a boy and a girl, were gifted to us
by the almighty. Every time I spoke to my parents, they asked
me to come to India so that they can see their grand-children. .


Every year I decide to go to India… But part work part
monetary conditions prevented it. Years went by and visiting
Indiawas a distant dream. Then suddenly one day I got a
message that my parents were seriously sick. I tried but I
couldn't get any holidays and thus could not go to India ... The
next message I got was my parents had passed away and as there
was no one to do the last rights the society members had done
whatever they could. I was depressed. My parents had passed
away without seeing their grand children.


After couple more years passed away, much to my children's
dislike and my wife's joy we returned to Indiato settle down.
I started to look for a suitable property, but to my dismay my
savings were short and the property prices had gone up during
all these years. I had to return to the USA...


My wife refused to come back with me and my children refused to
stay in India... My 2 children and I returned to USAafter
promising my wife I would be back for good after two years.

Time passed by, my daughter decided to get married to an
American and my son was happy living in USA... I decided that
had enough and wound-up every thing and returned to India... I
had just enough money to buy a decent 02 bedroom flat in a
well-developed locality.


Now I am 60 years old and the only time I go out of the flat is
for the routine visit to the nearby temple. My faithful wife
has also left me and gone to the holy abode.

Sometimes

I wondered was it worth all this?

My father, even after staying in India,

Had a house to his name and I too have
the same nothing more.

I lost my parents and children for just ONE EXTRA BEDROOM.

Looking out from the window I see a lot of children dancing.
This damned cable TV has spoiled our new generation and these
children are losing their values and culture because of it. I
get occasional cards from my children asking I am alright. Well
at least they remember me.


Now perhaps after I die it will be the neighbors again who will
be performing my last rights, God Bless them.

But the question
still
remains 'was all this worth it?'

I am still searching for an answer...... ......... ..!!!

START THINKING

IS IT JUST FOR ONE EXTRA BEDROOM???

LIFE IS BEYOND THIS …..……..
START LIVING IT …….

THE JAPANESE POLICY TO KEEP EMPLOYEE ENERGETIC

THE JAPANESE POLICY TO KEEP EMPLOYEE ENERGETIC

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the water close to Japan has not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring the fish. If the return trip took more time, the fish were not fresh. To solve this problem, fish companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer.

However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen fish. And they did not like the taste of frozen fish.

The frozen fish brought a lower price. So, fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, they were tired, dull, and lost their fresh-fish taste.

The fishing industry faced an impending crisis!
But today, they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan. How did they manage? To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks but with a small shark.

The fish are challenged and hence are constantly on the move. The challenge they face keeps them alive and fresh!

Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired and dull ? Basically in our lives, sharks are new challenges to keep us active. If you are steadily conquering challenges, you are happy. Your challenges keep you energized. Don't create success and revel in it in a state of inertia. You have the resources, skills and abilities to make a difference. Put a shark in your tank and see how far you can really go!

"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character" - Albert Einstein

एन्जॉय...............

Enjoy !!!!!










Teacher: 'What is your name?'
Student: 'Mera naam Suraj Prakash hai.'
Teacher: 'When I ask a question in English, answer it in English.'



Student: 'My name is Sunlight.


Teacher: 'What is your name?'.
Student: 'My name is Beautiful Red Underwear'
Teacher: 'What kind of a name is this? Don't joke tell me the right name'
Student: 'My name is Sunderlal Chadda."

Teacher: What happened in 1869?
Student: Gandhiji was born.
Teacher: What happened in 1873?
Student: Gandhiji was four years old.

Teacher: What is the full form of maths?


Student: Mentally affected teachers harassing students

Teacher: Now children, if I saw a man beating a donkey and stopped him then what virtue would I be showing?
Student: BROTHERLY LOVE

Teacher: Because of Gandhiji's hard work what do we get on 15th August?
Student: A holiday


Teacher: 'Can anyone give me an example of Coincidence? '


Johnny: 'Sir, my mother and father got married on the same day same time.'

Teacher: How old is ur father.
Sunny: As old as I am.
Teacher: How is it possible?


Sunny: He became father only after I was born. (1st Rank)


Teacher: There is a frog, Ship is sinking, potatoes cost Rs3/kg...Then, what is my age?
Student: 32 yrs.
Teacher: How do you know?
Student: Well, my sister is 16 yrs old and she is half mad.

WONDER OF MEDICAL SCIENCE

A French doctor says 'Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can
take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him looking for
work in six weeks.'

A German doctor says 'That is nothing; we can take a lung out of one
person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in four weeks.

A Russian doctor says 'In my country, medicine is so advanced that we can
take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have them both
looking for work in two weeks..'

The Texas doctor, not to be outdone, says 'You guys are way behind, we
recently took a man with no brains out of Texas, put him in the White
House for eight years, and now half the country is looking for work !!!

Vote...........

One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replies, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The florist was pleased and left the shop.

When the barber goes to open his shop the next morning there is a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replies, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The cop is happy and leaves the shop.

The next morning when the barber goes to open up there is a 'thank you' card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Later that day, a college professor comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replies, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The professor is very happy and leaves the shop.

The next morning when the barber opens his shop, there is a 'thank you' card and a dozen different books, such as 'How to Improve Your Business' and 'Becoming More Successful.'

Then, a Member of Parliament comes in for a haircut , and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The Member of Parliament is very happy and leaves the shop.

The next morning when the barber goes to open up, there are a dozen Members of Parliament lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the Members of Parliament.

Vote carefully this year.

अ स्टोरी वोर्थ रीडिंग.......

The Parrot's Advice

A story worth reading..... or listening to.A story worth reading..... or listening to.

A man had a parrot of which he was excessively fond. He kept it in a silver cage and fed it fruits and nuts and anything else the bird asked for, for the parrot was so clever it could engage in conversation.
The parrot longed for freedom and often asked for it but the merchant would always reply: "Ask for anything else."
One day the parrot said to him: "Give me freedom and I'll give you three pieces of advice that could be of great benefit to you." The merchant loved the parrot but he loved money more. He thought: "If his advice helps me amass wealth, it would be worth it."
"Go," he said, opening the cage.
The parrot hopped out onto his hand.
"Never grieve over loss of wealth," he said. The merchant thought it was tame advice but said nothing.
The parrot flew to the roof of the merchant's house. "This is my second advice," he said. "Never believe everything that is told to you."
"Tell me something that I don't know," said the man, sounding annoyed.
"What you don't know is that I've two priceless gems in my stomach," said the bird.
"Two priceless gems," echoed the merchant. "Oh, what a fool I was to set you free! I'll regret this for the rest of my life!!"
"Don't you want to hear my third advice?" asked the parrot.
"Tell me," said the merchant, bitterly.
"I advised you never to grieve over losses but here you are grieving over losing me," said the parrot. "I advised you never to believe everything you hear but you immediately believed me when I told you I had two gems in my stomach. Could I have survived if I really had two gems in my stomach? My third advice is: "Listen, learn to listen with your mind instead of just with your ears."
And with that, the parrot flew away, leaving the merchant gaping.

अ स्टोरी वोर्थ reading.......

The Parrot's Advice

A story worth reading..... or listening to.A story worth reading..... or listening to.

A man had a parrot of which he was excessively fond. He kept it in a silver cage and fed it fruits and nuts and anything else the bird asked for, for the parrot was so clever it could engage in conversation.
The parrot longed for freedom and often asked for it but the merchant would always reply: "Ask for anything else."
One day the parrot said to him: "Give me freedom and I'll give you three pieces of advice that could be of great benefit to you." The merchant loved the parrot but he loved money more. He thought: "If his advice helps me amass wealth, it would be worth it."
"Go," he said, opening the cage.
The parrot hopped out onto his hand.
"Never grieve over loss of wealth," he said. The merchant thought it was tame advice but said nothing.
The parrot flew to the roof of the merchant's house. "This is my second advice," he said. "Never believe everything that is told to you."
"Tell me something that I don't know," said the man, sounding annoyed.
"What you don't know is that I've two priceless gems in my stomach," said the bird.
"Two priceless gems," echoed the merchant. "Oh, what a fool I was to set you free! I'll regret this for the rest of my life!!"
"Don't you want to hear my third advice?" asked the parrot.
"Tell me," said the merchant, bitterly.
"I advised you never to grieve over losses but here you are grieving over losing me," said the parrot. "I advised you never to believe everything you hear but you immediately believed me when I told you I had two gems in my stomach. Could I have survived if I really had two gems in my stomach? My third advice is: "Listen, learn to listen with your mind instead of just with your ears."
And with that, the parrot flew away, leaving the merchant gaping.

Nice Ones

The easiest way to make your old car run better, is to check the prices of new car.


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• Sometimes when I reflect back on all the ciggarettes I smoked, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the ciggarette & think about the workers in the ciggarette factory & all of their hopes & dreams. If I don't smoke this ciggarette, they might be out of work & their dreams would be shattered, Then I say to myself, it's better that I smoke this ciggarette & let their dreams come true then be selfish & worry about my LUNGS.


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• Several women appeared in court, each accusing the other of the trouble in the flat where they lived. The judge called for orderly testimony. "I'll hear the oldest first," he decreed. The case was closed for lack of evidence.


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• My wife thinks "freedom of the press" means no-iron clothes.


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• When the best actors are chosen by other actors, it's called the Oscars. When the best actors are chosen by the people, it's called an election.


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• A husband, the owner of a new car, was somewhat reluctant to allow his wife to drove his prize possession...even to the grocery store which was a few blocks from the house.

After she insisted, he finally relented, cautioning her as she departed, "Remember, if you have an accident, the newspaper will print your age!"


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• "Take a pencil and paper," the teacher said, "and write an essay with the title 'If I Were a Millionaire'"

Everyone but Philip, who leaned back with arms folded, began to write furiously.

"What's the matter," the teacher asked. "Why don't you begin?"

"I'm waiting for my secretary," he replied.



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• Q: What's the difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer?

A: A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge.


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• Nurse: A beautiful woman who holds your hand for one full minute and then expects your pulse to be normal


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Snake eyes..........

Snake Eyes...







A old snake goes to see his Doctor.

"Doc, I need something for my eyes...can't see well these days." The Doc fixes him up with a pair of glasses and tells him to return in 2 weeks.

The snake comes back in 2 weeks and tells the doctor he's very depressed.

Doc says, "What's the problem...didn't the glasses help you?"

"The glasses are fine doc, I just discovered I've been living with a water hose the past 2 years!"

Know about CHOLESTEROL & Home remedies for its TREATMENT

Know about CHOLESTEROL & Home remedies for its TREATMENT




Cholesterol is present in the diet of all people, and it can be absorbed slowly from the gastrointestinal tract into the intestinal lymph. It is highly fat soluble but only slightly soluble in water and is capable of forming esters with fatty acids. Food rich in nucleic acids and nucleoprotein e.g. meat, fish, organ meats also should be avoided. Cooking in olive oil, safflower, sunflower is good for people with high cholesterol.
Factors that affect plasma cholesterol concentration. The important factors that affect plasma cholesterol concentration are as follows:
An increase in the amount of cholesterol ingested each day increases the plasma concentration slightly.
A highly saturated fat diet increases blood cholesterol concentration 15 to 20 percent
Ingestion of fat containing highly unsaturated fatty acids usually depresses the blood cholesterol concentration in slight to moderate amount.
Lack of insulin or thyroid hormone increases the blood cholesterol concentration, whereas excess thyroid hormone decreases the concentration.


Normal blood cholesterol varies between 150 –200 mgm per 100 ml, which is equally distributed between plasma and cells. But in the cells it is present chiefly in the free form, while in the plasma the major part remains occurs in the combined form as esters. The rise of blood cholesterol is associated with the rise in bile cholesterol. There is also rise in blood cholesterol when cholesterol rich diet is not ingested which indicates that this is due to increased absorption of cholesterol derived from bile.
Arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis are the results of diet containing high cholesterol. In hypothyroidism blood cholesterol rises. In diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis, blood cholesterol is often found to be high
The most important factor in causing atherosclerosis is a high blood plasma concentration of cholesterol in the form of low-density lipoproteins. The plasma concentration of these high cholesterol low-density lipoproteins is directly increased by increased saturated fat in the daily diet. To a lesser extent, it is also increased by increased cholesterol in the diet. Therefore, both or either of these dietary factors can contribute to the development of atherosclerosis.
Familial hypercholesterolemia is a hereditary disease in which the person inherits defective genes for the formation of low-density lipoproteins receptors on the membrane surfaces of the body cells. In the absence of these receptors, the liver cannot reabsorb either the intermediate density lipoproteins or the low-density lipoproteins.

HOME REMEDIES FOR CHOLESTEROL TREATMENT

Walking also helps to reduce cholesterol levels to a great extent. Moreover it also helps to increase the good cholesterol, which helps to prevent the heart disease. Regular physical exercise also plays an important role in lowering LDL cholesterol and in raising the level of protective HDL.
Prepare a mixture of 1 tsp. of roasted chicory root, 1 tsp. of lime flowers, ½ tsp. of fenugreek seeds,½ tsp. of ginger rhizome, 1 quart of water. Boil all ingredients, let it cool, strain. Drink 2 cups a day.
Chromium also helps in the formation of cholesterol, fats and protein. Chromium maintains stable blood sugar levels through proper insulin utilization and can be helpful for people with diabetes and/or hypoglycemia.
Ginger reduces cholesterol and thins the blood and thus improves the circulation.
Guggul decreases LDL by 35% increases HDL by 20 % in 12 weeks, and helps to prevent arteriosclerosis.
Take 2-3 cloves of garlic daily to reduce the cholesterol. This is an effective home remedy for cholesterol treatment .
Take finely chopped small onion and mix it with 1-cup buttermilk along with 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper powder and drink.
Fenugreek seeds help to control high serum cholesterol.
Turmeric helps by lowering serum cholesterol and by preventing the formation of the internal blood clots improves circulation and prevents heart disease and stroke.
Onion juice can be taken as cholesterol diet to reduce cholesterol, clean the blood, and regulate the heart.

Mix a teaspoon of powdered methi seeds in a glass of water and take in the morning on an empty stomach for a month.
Bran cereals are a very good source to reduce cholesterol. Eat some bran after each meal.

Lecithin is a fatty food substance and is found mostly in the phospholipids, is beneficial in case of increase in cholesterol level. It breaks up cholesterol into small particles, which can be easily digested by the body. With sufficient intake of lecithin, cholesterol cannot build up against the walls of the arteries and veins.
Vitamins B6, choline, and inositol are effective in reducing the level of blood cholesterol. The patient should take sufficient quantities of vitamin E-rich foods such as sunflower seeds, safflower, soyabean oils, butter, and sprouted seed and grains.
Regular drinking of a decoction of coriander seeds helps lower blood cholesterol.
Ishabgul has been found vary useful in the treatment of high cholesterol level.
Persons with high blood cholesterol level should drink at least eight to ten glasses of water every day.
Another home remedy for cholesterol treatment is -prepare a mixture of a glass of water & 1-2 gms of powdered cinnamon. Filter this mixture & add a spoon of honey to it. Drink this solution once a day for 15-25 days. This would control cholesterol.
Prepare a solution by adding cactus and lemon and garlic. Drink one cup every day in the morning and in one-month cholesterol will go down.

BEING A MOTHER

BEING A MOTHER

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 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 spend
some time 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 that 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.
Her eyes could only read large print. Half-way through the entrees, I lifted my eyes and saw Mother
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 didn't have a chance to do anything for her. Sometime 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 your family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till some 'other' time.

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby... somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, 'normal' is history.

Somebody said you can't love the second child as much as you love the first... somebody doesn't have
two or more children.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery.... somebody never watched her 'baby' get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten. ... or on a plane headed for military 'boot camp.'

Somebody said a Mother can stop worrying after her child gets married... somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in- law to a mother's heartstrings.

Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home... somebody never had grandchildren. .

Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell her... somebody isn't a mother.

Pass this along to all theGREAT'mothers' in your life and to everyone who ever had a mother.

This isn't just about being a mother; it's about appreciating the people in your lives while you have them... no matter who that person is!

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes...
your destiny.

'Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting

Tale to Understand - Do not abandon your dreams.

THE 2 BROTHERS
There were once 2 brothers who lived on the 80th level. On coming home one day, they realized to their dismay that the lifts were not working and that they have to climb the stairs home.

After struggling to the 20th level, panting and tired, they decided to abandon their bags and come back for them the next day. They left their bags then and climbed on. When they have struggled to the 40th level, the younger brother started to grumble and both of them began to quarrel. They continued to climb the flights of steps, quarreling all the way to the 60th floor.

They then realized that they have only 20 levels more to climb and decided to stop quarreling and continue climbing in peace. They silently climbed on and reached their home at long last. Each stood calmly before the door and waited for the other to open the door.

And they realized that the key was in their bags which was left on the 20th floor!!!

REFLECTION

This story reflects on our life...many of us live under the expectations of our parents, teachers and friends when young. We seldom get to do the things that we really like and love to do and are under so much pressure and stress, that by the age of 20, we get tired and decide to dump this load. During our youth, from the age of 20, when we become independent and full of freedom, we begin to feel much lighter from our burdens of previous stress and pressure, and thus we work enthusiastically and dream ambitious wishes to fulfil them, especially all our desires.

But by the time we reach 40 years old, we start to lose our vision and dreams. We began to feel unsatisfied and start to complain and criticize. We live life as a misery as we are never satisfied. Reaching 60, we realize that we have little left for complaining anymore, and we begin to walk the final episode in peace and calmness. We think that there is nothing left to disappoint us, only to realize that we could not rest in peace because we have an unfulfilled dream ...... a dream we abandoned 60 years ago.

So what is your dream ?

Follow your dreams, so that you will not live with regrets! Do what you love to do in life and start NOW, as only that gives you the complete satisfaction and a sense of fulfilment, when you sit back and reflect in your old age, about the life you have lived all along.

Friday, February 20, 2009

आफ्टर death

After Death

In deep sleep and Maha Pralaya, the soul is transformed into its basic form of inert energy. The bundle of qualities called as Jeeva is also transformed into a bundle of inert impressions of inert energy called as pulses (sphotas). But during death, the jeeva remains in the state of awareness, which means that these pulses are waves of awareness alone and not waves of inert energy. The awareness is not transformed into inert energy [at the time of death]. The soul is in the form of awareness alone. The soul and the jeeva are not different here in the case of ordinary human beings. Only vibrated awareness exists as the soul i.e., only jeeva exists here. Let us call him as ‘Jeevatman’ at the best. The non-vibrated soul, without jeeva exists only in a realized or liberated devotee. This Jeevatman is dragged out by the servants of Lord Yama. The Jeevatman is aware of the entire journey to hell. If the human being did selfless works without the element of God in the service to society, he will be taken to heaven by the angels. Human rebirth is very rare and can be treated as almost impossible. Even the first human birth is rare. From the hell, he comes down to take birth as animals or animal-like human beings. From heaven, he comes down to enjoy births of happiness at the same heavenly level. But a spiritual person goes to the abode of God, who is in an energetic form, called as Father of heaven or Brahma, or Vishnu or Shiva. He will also return back to earth in the service of God as a divine human being. In all these three cases, only Jeeva exists in the form of a bundle of qualities. If the qualities are bad he is circulated in hell and if he has good qualities like serving the society without selfishness, he is circulated in heaven. Hell and heaven exist on the earth too apart from the upper worlds. Thus the Jeeva is in a single phase whether he is here or in the upper world.

Similarly, he is near God, either here or in the upper world, if he is a spiritual devotee. In the upper world, God is in an energetic form, where as God is in a human form here. For Him too a single phase of circulation exists. Thus there is no difference between the life on the earth and after death. The only difference is that the Jeeva is in an energetic body in the upper world and the Jeeva is in a human body here. The important point here is that the soul is in the form of awareness either on the earth or after death. Of course, on the earth the soul goes into deep sleep or it means the soul is converted into inert energy here for sometime. In the upper world, such chance of deep sleep does not exist because the upper world is a continuous engagement of enjoying the fruits (Bhoga loka). Since the body is energetic, no rest is required in the upper world.

Written by

His Holiness Shri Datta Swami

आफ्टर death

After Death

In deep sleep and Maha Pralaya, the soul is transformed into its basic form of inert energy. The bundle of qualities called as Jeeva is also transformed into a bundle of inert impressions of inert energy called as pulses (sphotas). But during death, the jeeva remains in the state of awareness, which means that these pulses are waves of awareness alone and not waves of inert energy. The awareness is not transformed into inert energy [at the time of death]. The soul is in the form of awareness alone. The soul and the jeeva are not different here in the case of ordinary human beings. Only vibrated awareness exists as the soul i.e., only jeeva exists here. Let us call him as ‘Jeevatman’ at the best. The non-vibrated soul, without jeeva exists only in a realized or liberated devotee. This Jeevatman is dragged out by the servants of Lord Yama. The Jeevatman is aware of the entire journey to hell. If the human being did selfless works without the element of God in the service to society, he will be taken to heaven by the angels. Human rebirth is very rare and can be treated as almost impossible. Even the first human birth is rare. From the hell, he comes down to take birth as animals or animal-like human beings. From heaven, he comes down to enjoy births of happiness at the same heavenly level. But a spiritual person goes to the abode of God, who is in an energetic form, called as Father of heaven or Brahma, or Vishnu or Shiva. He will also return back to earth in the service of God as a divine human being. In all these three cases, only Jeeva exists in the form of a bundle of qualities. If the qualities are bad he is circulated in hell and if he has good qualities like serving the society without selfishness, he is circulated in heaven. Hell and heaven exist on the earth too apart from the upper worlds. Thus the Jeeva is in a single phase whether he is here or in the upper world.

Similarly, he is near God, either here or in the upper world, if he is a spiritual devotee. In the upper world, God is in an energetic form, where as God is in a human form here. For Him too a single phase of circulation exists. Thus there is no difference between the life on the earth and after death. The only difference is that the Jeeva is in an energetic body in the upper world and the Jeeva is in a human body here. The important point here is that the soul is in the form of awareness either on the earth or after death. Of course, on the earth the soul goes into deep sleep or it means the soul is converted into inert energy here for sometime. In the upper world, such chance of deep sleep does not exist because the upper world is a continuous engagement of enjoying the fruits (Bhoga loka). Since the body is energetic, no rest is required in the upper world.

Written by

His Holiness Shri Datta Swami

हाउ तो इदेंतिफ्य दिफ्फेरेंत सितिएस ऑफ़ India

HOW TO IDENTIFY DIFFERENT CITIES OF INDIA

Hope that i am not drawn to any court!!!

Scenario 1
Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes along, then a fourth and they start arguing about who's right. U are in Kolkata

Scenario 2
Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes along, sees them and walks on. That's "Amchi Mumbai"... busy place dude...

Scenario 3
Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes, along & tries to make peace... The first two get together & beat him up. That's Delhi

Scenario 4
Two guys are fighting. A crowd gathers to watch. A guy comes along and quietly opens a chai-stall That's Ahmedabad.

Scenario 5
Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes. He writes a software program to stop the fight. But the fight doesn't stop b'cos of a bug in the program. That's Bangalore.

Scenario 6
Two guys are fighting. A crowd gathers to watch.
A Guy comes along and quietly says that "AMMA" doesn't Like all this nonsense. Peace comes in.. That's Chennai.

Scenario 7
Two guys are fighting. Both of them take time out and call their friends on their mobiles Now 50 guys are fighting. You are DEFINITELY IN PUNJAB !!!

Scenario 8
Two guys are fighting. Third guy comes along with a cartoon of beer. All sit together drinking beer and abusing each other and all go home as friends. You are in Goa.

Scenario 9
Two guys are fighting. Third guy comes and resolve their fight with the help of others passing over their. You are in the Heart of India (M.P)...

And the best one is here…………………

Scenario 10
Two guys are fighting.. Third guy comes from nearby house. And says "aamchya gharasamor bhandu naka, dusarikade jaun bhanda".

"आमच्या घरासमोर भांडू नका , दुसरीकडे जाऊँ भांडा " .

कलले का !!

That's Pune for sure !!!



Scenario 6
Two guys are fighting. A crowd gathers to watch.

The crowd saysthat one is leftist and others is aetheist.

Manasula aayiyo

മനസുല ആയിയോ

That's kerala

हाउ तो इदेंतिफ्य दिफ्फेरेंत सितिएस ऑफ़ India

HOW TO IDENTIFY DIFFERENT CITIES OF INDIA

Hope that i am not drawn to any court!!!

Scenario 1
Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes along, then a fourth and they start arguing about who's right. U are in Kolkata

Scenario 2
Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes along, sees them and walks on. That's "Amchi Mumbai"... busy place dude...

Scenario 3
Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes, along & tries to make peace... The first two get together & beat him up. That's Delhi

Scenario 4
Two guys are fighting. A crowd gathers to watch. A guy comes along and quietly opens a chai-stall That's Ahmedabad.

Scenario 5
Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes. He writes a software program to stop the fight. But the fight doesn't stop b'cos of a bug in the program. That's Bangalore.

Scenario 6
Two guys are fighting. A crowd gathers to watch.
A Guy comes along and quietly says that "AMMA" doesn't Like all this nonsense. Peace comes in.. That's Chennai.

Scenario 7
Two guys are fighting. Both of them take time out and call their friends on their mobiles Now 50 guys are fighting. You are DEFINITELY IN PUNJAB !!!

Scenario 8
Two guys are fighting. Third guy comes along with a cartoon of beer. All sit together drinking beer and abusing each other and all go home as friends. You are in Goa.

Scenario 9
Two guys are fighting. Third guy comes and resolve their fight with the help of others passing over their. You are in the Heart of India (M.P)...

And the best one is here…………………

Scenario 10
Two guys are fighting.. Third guy comes from nearby house. And says "aamchya gharasamor bhandu naka, dusarikade jaun bhanda".

"आमच्या घरासमोर भांडू नका , दुसरीकडे जाऊँ भांडा " .

कलले का !!

That's Pune for sure !!!



Scenario 6
Two guys are fighting. A crowd gathers to watch.

The crowd saysthat one is leftist and others is aetheist.

Manasula aayiyo

മനസുല ആയിയോ

That's kerala

Don't give up.....

Don't give up.....



One day I decided to quit... I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality. .. I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. 'God', I asked, 'Can you give me one good reason not to quit?'


His answer surprised me... 'Look around', He said.. 'Do you see the fern and the bamboo?' 'Yes', I replied 'When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful and again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. He said. 'In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would not quit.' He said. 'Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. ..But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survival would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.'

He asked me. 'Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots’? 'I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you.' 'Don't compare yourself to others.' He said. 'The bamboo had a different Purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful.' 'Your time will come', God said to me. 'You will rise high'


'How high should I rise?' I asked. 'How high will the bamboo rise?' He asked in return. 'As high as it can?' I questioned 'Yes.' He said, 'Give me glory by rising as high as you can..' I left the forest and brought back this story. I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you. Never, Never, Never Give up.


Don't tell the Lord how big the problem is; tell the problem how Great the Lord is!



Heavens door opened this morning, God asked me... My CHILD...
what can I do for you?' and I said 'Protect and bless the one reading this message.
God smiled and answered ... 'request granted ............ This message is now in your hands. What will YOU do with it?
send this to your friends so they too will have their lives in God's hands You never know when GOD is going to bless you!! Good things happen when you least expect them to !!!!!!!!

voting rights ...

Did you know that there exists a system in our constitution, as per the 1969 act, in section " 49-O" that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey to the presiding election officer that he doesn't want to vote for anyone!


Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these leaders have never disclosed it.

This is called "49-O".

Why should you go and say " I VOTE FOR NOBODY"... because, in a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received "49-O" votes more than 123, then that polling will be cancelled and re-polling done. Not only that, the candidature of the contestants stands cancelled and they cannot contest the re-polling, since the people have already expressed their decision on them..


This would instil fear into parties forcing them to look for genuine candidates for the elections. This would bring a dynamic change in our whole political system.... it is seemingly surprising why the election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public.....



Please spread this news to as many as you know...

Seems to be a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India ... show your power, expressing your desire not to vote for anybody, is even more powerful than voting... so don't miss your chance. So either vote, or vote not to vote (vote 49-O) and pass this info on...


Use your voting right for a better INDIA

why women R special

Mum and Dad were watching TV when Mum said, "I'm tired, and it's
getting late. I think I'll go to bed."

She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches.

Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper
the following evening, checked the cereal box levels,

Filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and
started the coffee pot for rewing the next morning. She then put some
wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer,
ironed a shirt and secured a loose button. She picked up the game
pieces left on the table,

Put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer.

She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry.

She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by
the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for
the excursion and pulled a text book out from hiding under the chair.

She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the
envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store. She put both
near her bag Mum then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her
Night Solution & age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her
teeth and filed her nails.

Dad called out, "I thought you were going to bed."

"I'm on my way," she said. She put some water into the dog's dish and
put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked and the
patio light was on. She looked in on each of the kids and turned out
their bedside lamps and radios, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty
socks into the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one up
still doing homework.

In her own room, she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day,

Straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her 6 most
important things to do list. She said her prayers, and visualized the
accomplishment of her goals.

About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in
particular. "I'm going to bed." And he did...without another thought.

Anything extraordinary here? Wonder why women live longer...?