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No horse ever gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
-- Harry Emerson Fosdick

I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. ... I firmly believe that any man's finest hour--this greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear--is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle victorious.
-- Vince Lombardi

Life is tons of discipline.
-- Robert Frost

Quote of the Day!!!

Brian's Quote of the Day
"Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility and commitment."

– H. Ross Perot, EDS and Perot Systems founder

Brian's Quote of the Day
"Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom."

– Phyllis Theroux, columnist

Whats your name?

Just to start the day with some humor.

A college student needed a small two-hour course to fill out his schedule. The only one available was Wildlife Zoology. After one week the professor gave the class a test. He passed out a sheet of paper divided into squares.In each square was a carefully drawn picture of some bird legs. No bodies, no feet, just legs. The test asked each student to identify the birds from their legs. The student sat and stared at the test and got more and more angry. Finally he stomped up to the front of the classroom and threw the test on the teacher's desk. "This is the worst test I have ever taken." The teacher looked up and said, "Young man, you have flunked this test. What is your name?" The student pulled up his pant-legs and showed the professor his legs and replied, "You tell me!"

Don't Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,.
When the road you are trudging all seems uphill,
When the funds are low and debts are high,
And when you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you want, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with it's twists and turns
as everyone of us sometimes learns
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out-
Don't give up though the space seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is near than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned it too late
When the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is a failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the fight when you are the hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

Essence of Bhagavad Gita

Why are you unnecessarily worrying? Whom do you fear? Who can kill you?

Soul is not born, nor does it die.

What has happened has happened for the best.

What is happening is happening for the best.

What will happen will happen for the best.

Do not brood over the past.

Do not worry about the future.

The present is on.

What have you lost, that are you weeping?

What have you brought, that you have lost?

What have you made that has been destroyed?

You brought nothing.

What you have, you got from here.

What was given, was given here.

What you took, you took from this Universe.

What you gave, you gave into the Universe.

You have come empty handed and shall go empty handed. What is yours today was someone else's in the past and will be somebody else's in the future. You think it is yours and are deeply engrossed in it. This attachment is the cause of all the sorrow.

Change is the law of life.What you call Death is Life itself.

In a moment you are a millionaire, and in the very next you are a poor man. Mine-yours; Small-Big, Ours-Theirs. Remove this from your mind, then everything is yours and you are everybody's. This Body is not yours nor you are of this body. Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether comprise this body and unto this shall it turn. But the soul is immortal, then what are you?

Surrender unto the Lord, He is the ultimate support. He who experiences this is completely free from Fear, Worry and Despair. Whatever you do offer unto Him. By this you shall forever experience Eternal Bliss.

-Lord Shri Krishna

Father's Instruction for Life

From Reader's digest (July 1994 issue)

Years ago, I read that it was the responsibility of parents not to pave the road for their children, but to provide a road map. So as my son, Adam, prepared to leave for college, I jotted down a few words of counsel and put them in a binder. After his mother and I had helped him move into his hostel room, I presented him with the bound pages.

A few days later, Adam called me, " Dad" he said, " the book is one of the best gifts I 've ever received. I'm going to add to it and some day give it to my son." Every once in a while life hands you a moment so precious, so overwhelming, that you almost glow. I had just experienced one.

Some of the words I gave him were reproduced in the November 1993 issue of Reader's Digest. Here are some more:

* Compliment three people each day.
* Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
* Look people in the eye.
* Say " thank you" a lot.
* Say " Please" a lot.
* Live beneath your means.
* Buy whatever kids are selling.
* Treat everyone you meet as you want to be treated.
* Donate some of your blood every year.
* Make new friends but cherish the old ones.
* Keep secrets.
* Don't waste time learning the "tricks of the trade", Instead learn the trade.
* Admit your mistakes.
* Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
* Choose a charity in your community and support it generously with your time and money.
* Use credit cards for convenience, never for credit.
* Never cheat.
* Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.
* Never deprive someone of hope, it might be all he or she has.
* Pray not for things, but for wisdom or courage.
* Never take action when you are angry.
* Have good posture.
* Enter a room with purpose and confidence.
* Don't discuss business in the elevator. You never know who may overhear you.
* Never pay for work before it is completed.
* Be willing to lose a battle in order to win the war.
* Don't gossip.
* Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
* When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to lose.
* Don't agree to do too many things at once. Learn to say 'no' politely and quickly.
* Don't expect life to to be fair.
* Never underestimate the power of forgiveness.
* Instead of using the word "problem" try substituting the word "opportunity".
* Never walk out on a quarrel with your wife.
* Regarding furniture and clothes, if you think you will be using them five years or longer, buy the best you can afford.
* Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.
* Forget committees. New, noble, world-changing ideas always come from one person working alone.
* Street musicians are a treasure. Stop for a moment and listen; then leave a small donation.
* When faced with a serious health problem, get at least three medical opinions.
* Wage war against littering.
* After encountering inferior service, food or products, bring it to the attention of the person in charge. Good managers will appreciate knowing.
* Don't procrastinate. Do what need doing when it needs to be done.
* Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his deathbed, " Gee, if I'd only spent more time at the office."
* Don't be afraid to say " I don't know."
* Don't be afraid to say " I am sorry."
* Make a list of 25 things you want to experience before you die. * Carry it in your wallet and refer to it often.
* Phone your mother.

Successful person is

A Person who lives well, laughs
often, and loves all mankind;
Who gains respect of intelligent
man and women and the love
of little children;
Who fills one's niche, does one's
work well, and makes the corner
of earth where God has placed
him or her a better place than
it was before;
One who feels the flow of beauty
in all life and never fails to
voice praise for it,
Who always sees the best in
other people and let them
know it-

If by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you but make allowances for their doubting too.
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting or being lied about, don't deal in lies or being hated, don't give away to hating and yet don't look to good not talk too wise.
If you can dream and not make dreams your master - if you can think and not make thoughts your aim.
If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same.
If you can hear to hear the truth you've spoken twisted by knaves to move a trap for fools or watch the things you gave your life to - broken and stoop and build them with worn out tools.
If you can make one heap of all your winnings and risk it on one turn of pitch and toss and lose and start again at the beginnings and never breathe a word about your loss.
If you can force your heart and nerve-sinew to serve your turn long after they're gone and so, hold on, when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them, "Hold on".
If you can walk with crowds and keep your virtue or walk with Kings nor lose the common touch.
If neither the foes nor loving friends can hurt you if all men count with you but, none too much.
If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run, Yours is Earth and everything in it ( which is more).
You'll be man my son!

-Rudyard Kipling

Sense of Values

  • No one will ever get out of this world alive.
  • Resolve therefore to maintain a sense of values.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Good health is everyone's major source of wealth.
  • Without it, happiness is almost impossible.
  • Resolve to be cheerful and helpful.
  • People will repay you in kind.
  • Avoid angry,abrasive persons. They are generally vengeful.
  • Avoid zealots. They are generally humorless.
  • Resolve to listen more and to talk less.
  • No one ever learns anything by talking.
  • By chary of giving advice; Wise men don't need it. Fools won't heed it.
  • Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and wrong- Sometime in life you will have been all of these.
  • Do not equate money with success-There are many successful money-makers who are miserable failures as human beings.
  • What counts most about success is how a man/woman achieves it. It is the process determines everything.


  • " LORD, Keep me from the habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.
  • Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs.
  • Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details - give me wings to get to the point.
  • I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others' pains. Help me to endure them with patience. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains - they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
  • Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible that I may be mistaken.
  • Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be saint- Some of them are so hard to live with- but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.
  • Give me the ability to see Good things in unexpected places; and talents in unexpected people,and give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.
  • Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful, but not bossy.
  • With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it at all.- but thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end."

Goal setting and follow-up

I do my affirmations everyday but never realize my goals. What am I doing wrong?

Most people who set goals expect everything to fall into their laps. There is a saying which goes, “when you pray, move your feet”. This means that affirmations and visualization without action is useless.Do not worry about how to get to the destination. Just make sure to have the goal in mind. The way will be set before you. Be alert to little clues which will present themselves and seize them when they come.Setting goals is not about the destination. You will discover that it was not as enjoyable as the challenges you had along the path of the journey. This is where you did most of your spiritual growth.

Your life

A son and his father were walking on the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!" To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"

Curious, he yells: "Who are you?" He receives the answer: "Who are you?" Angered at the response, he screams: "Coward!" He receives the answer: "Coward!" He looks to his father and asks: "What's going on?"

The father smiles and says: "My son, pay attention."And then he screams to the mountain: "I admire you!" The voice answers: "I admire you!" Again the man screams: "You are a champion!" The voice answers: "You are a champion!" The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains: "People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE. It gives you back everything you say or do.

Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life; Life will give you back everything you have given to it.


Creative Visualization

Your mind creates the circumstances and events of your life. You attract success and prosperity with the power of the mind.You are not the mind, but the consciousness beyond it. Rise above your mind, and become aware of the powerful consciousness beyond it.

The Law of Attraction states that you'll attract to your life whatever you give your attention, energy and focus to, whether wanted or unwanted--emphasis on the unwanted.The "vibes" that you put out into the Universe (also called vibrations) are either negative vibes or positive vibes, and at every moment, the Law of Attraction is responding to the vibes you are offering by giving you more of the same, whether wanted or unwanted.If you are curious about what it is that you are offering vibrationally in any area of your life, you simply need to take a look at that area and see what you're getting… it's a perfect match.

Visualization is the ability to use the imagination and see images in our minds. If we add concentration and feelings, it becomes a great creative power that makes things happen. Used in the right way, visualization can bring changes into our lives. The thought is the matrix or blueprint; the feelings provide the energy, the "electricity". This is the power of creative visualization. This is the power that can alter our environment and circumstances, cause events to happen, attract money, possessions, work and love, change habits and improve the health. It is a great mind power. It is the power behind every success.

What are you "thinking" right now?

When you think, you are constantly making impressions on your subconscious mind. The heavier the impression, the more likely it will become your reality. The reason for this is that the subconscious mind doesnt know whether these impressions are real, or if they are not. So it adjusts your outer reality to match the impressions that are most dominantly being imprinted onto your mind.This process is called the imprinting process. You must watch what you are printing onto your subconscious all day long. You must be vigilant at all costs. Thoughts are things and will come to life if left unattended.

Ask yourself, do I want this thought to be my reality? If you don’t, simply become aware of the thought. Your awareness will stop the thought from being imprinted onto the subconscious. Most of the time, we attract by default rather than by deliberate choice. We just sort of go through our day, focusing on problems that need to be solved or on things that did not feel good nor seem right. In doing so, we are actually creating more problems, more of what does not feel good, and more of what does not seem right.

Think of yourself as a huge magnet; the kind that pulls metal to itself from afar off. It doesn't try to attract, it simply does attract. It is the same way for us. Whether or not we are trying to attract, we are doing so all the time. (Except when we are asleep.) And we attract the likeness of what we think about.If we are thinking about a lack of something, we are attracting more scarcity. If we are thinking about something we love, we are attracting more of what we love and enjoy.I know it sounds incredibly simple, and it is. When we are full of joy and gratitude, we tend to send out higher waves of positive energy, which magnetize back to us high frequency experiences like great opportunities, positive-minded people, healthy bodies, etc. Also, when we send out the energy of doubt, frustration and fear, we tend to attract challenging experiences that aren’t desirable.

All you really need to do in order to be successful and happy is to constantly emit high frequency vibrations which will attract your desires to you! It's important to know that we are each born with the natural power to create our own reality. We do so everyday! The real question is... are you creating what you WANT, or stuck in creating what you DON'T WANT? There always is another choice. It is up to you. After all, what you sow is what you reap.

What is Will Power?

It is the inner strength to make a decision, take action, and handle and execute any aim or task until it is accomplished, regardless of inner and outer resistance, discomfort or difficulties. It bestows the ability to overcome laziness, temptations and negative habits, and to carry out actions, even if they require effort, are unpleasant and tedious or are contrary to one’s habits...So with will power, persistence and discipline, success is guaranteed.

Mind control

Most people are enslaved by their thoughts. It does not occur to us that we can become free from their grasp. From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we fall asleep at night, this chatter of the mind continues incessantly. The habit of thinking is very deeply ingrained in the human race. Yet, this habit can be undone.To change or stop a habit we have to act consciously in the opposite direction. Whatever new skill we develop, we have to work at it until it turns into second nature, and becomes easy to perform. The same is with mind control.When one is really free from thoughts they become free from their mind as both are one and the same thing. One comes to see and understand the illusiveness of the mind. When the clouds hide the sun, the sun is still there, beyond the clouds. Our Essence, our inner Self, is always here. We only need to remove the sheets and covers that envelope it in order to experience peace and calmness. These sheets and covers are our thoughts, ideas, habits and beliefs. I do not mean to tell you that you have to stop using your mind. You need it in order carry on your life. I mean that it has to be under the control of the Self. It should be your servant to serve you right, and not your master..

Positive and Negative Mental Attitude

For some reason, most people find it easier to think in a negative way than in a positive manner. It seems that some effort is needed to think positive thoughts, whereas negative thoughts come easily and uninvited. This has much to do with education and the environment one has been living in. In an empty barren land, weeds grow and not the trees...It always takes effort to cultivate good crops...and that is the reason why not watching TV takes more effort than watching TV...If you want to grow in the ladder of life, the first step is to get uncomfortable..and then make a game plan of how to get the work done.

Make a change

Each time you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, change it into a positive one.

If you catch yourself visualizing failure, switch to visualizing success.
If you hear yourself repeating negative words, switch to positive ones.
If you hear yourself saying, “I cannot”, say to yourself, “I can”.
Do you repeat useless and unnecessary negative words and phrases in your mind? Change them to positive ones.

Open your mind to positive attitude, happenings and events. Expect them and think about them, and soon you life will change for the better.

Decide that from today, from this very moment, you are leaving negative thinking behind, and starting on the way towards positive thinking and behavior. It is never too late. Soon your life will turn into a fascinating, wonderful journey.

Be Thankful for what you have

The secret to inner and outer abundance is to constantly give thanks for the blessings you have in your life, instead of focusing on what you don’t have. Always give thanks for what you have, even if it is so little, because you may find, that it is more than what a lot of others may have. Cultivate the feeling of being blessed, because this feeling will multiply and project itself outwards.

Focus on the "Solution"

It is said, 'Kindness is the ability to treat your enemy decently'. But is nature treating us kindly? The question which haunts people is, ‘Why is there so much difficulty and disappointment? Is there a hidden purpose or is life a series of accidents?’

The only way to erase unkindness is to be kind.

One has to understand that life is not going to be according to our likes and dislikes. The river is not going to flow according to our wishes. The sun is not going to rise according to our imagination. The ability in wise living is to surf when the waves rise. Nature is kind in giving us difficulties. We experience sadness if our lives were to go according to our imagination. Most of our sorrows are psychological. We give a meaning to a situation as sorrowful, making it so for us. The hunter gives a meaning that it is fun venturing into the forest and being with dangerous animals. Thus, hunting becomes fun for him.

Nature in its own way, mysteriously coaches us.

A King had a stupid son. The son who once thought he was a hen, hid himself under a table and took his clothes off and when asked why, replied, ‘I am a hen.’

A saint offered to solve this madness. But the king felt suspicious as the saint himself looked like a mad man. He took a calculated risk. The saint took off his clothes and sat next to the prince. The mad prince said, 'I am a hen. Don't sit next to me'. The saint replied, 'I too am a hen but mad people don't see that we are hens'. He built a rapport with the prince. The saint wore his dress and asked the prince to follow him. He later convinced him that since both of them were wise hens they had to demonstrate, how flexible they could be to mad people around them. The prince was convinced and followed the saint. He then sat on the dining table and made the prince eat, giving a similar logic. Thus step-by-step the saint made the prince into a normal human being.

Nature teaches us in similar ways… through difficulties, removing our madness of arrogance and vanity.

How do we get rid of problems?
Problems should be treated as fun and must be enjoyed. One should not complain but focus on what could be the solution. Be part of the solution and not a victim to problems.

Focus on the right thing

Male or female, young or old; there is a great power within each and every individual in this world. The earth has many seasons like summer, fall, spring and rain, which the Sun is devoid of.

Similarly, it is the body that goes through the changes of aging from child to youth, from adulthood to old age, while the mind remains ageless.We can keep our minds in total alertness and joy, at all ages. “This is easier said than done,” you may think. Is it really possible to achieve it?

Yes, it is one hundred per cent possible. But we need to practice certain things to achieve this. We need to see a lot and listen a lot.

“What is that you are saying? Every one has eyes and ears. Every one sees and listens! But is everyone full of vigor and joy?” you may ask.

Think for a while! Every one has pens and pencils, that are required to come out with a beautiful piece of art or even an interesting piece of writing that you just can’t put down.

But does everyone become a prolific writer or a talented artist? Just as pens and pencils are mere tools, so are eyes and ears.Only if one knows how to use pens and pencils does one become a writer or an artist.

In the same way, if our eyes and ears are in an effective manner, happiness can be surely be attained.

Most of us focus our attention on what is not in front of us.

We almost always miss seeing things in front of us.

This reminds me of the story of a Italian father and son. A rich Italian father was celebrating his only son’s birthday. The highlight of the day’s programme was a soccer game.

The stadium was flooded with people who longed to watch the enthralling match between the two most famous teams of Italy.The crowd roared with joy as the teams competed with each other, but the birthday boy watched the game without enthusiasm. He looked at his father and questioned sulkily, “Dad! Why are you so stingy?”

The father, who had spent millions of dollars for the celebration of his only son’s birthday, was perplexed. He looked at his son surprised.

The son explained, “In this hot sun, look how these fellows are chasing only one ball. How sad? Could you not be little more generous in providing each one of them a ball so that they could play with them happily?”

At times, we are just like this boy. We fail to notice the joyful, energizing aspects of many incidents taking place in front of us.

Instead, we brood on meaningless issues and miss all the fun in life. So make sure we focus on the right things in life which makes life more meaningful and more fun everyday as you trudge the path of life.

Being Happy

Just be happy. Just rejoice the present. Be grateful to the present. See the good in others. Rejoice others' success and don't define your failure by others' success.

You are unique so are the others. Enjoy the uniqueness of your being. Learn to keep the mind calm. Just like those 'stick no bills' signs on a wall, don't entertain negative thoughts. Just as how you don't allow a thief to enter into your house, so too don't allow negative and unhappy thoughts in your heart and mind.

"We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same."
Carlos Castaneda
1925-2000, Author

Positive Attitude

A positive attitude can make a normal day a great day.

Always remember these little sayings and you'll be a happier person.

You are too anointed to be disappointed!

You are too blessed to be stressed!

Losers let things happen.  Winners MAKE things happen!

Have a fantastic day!

Where is God?

Some humor to start the week with a smile..:)

Two little boys, ages 8 and 10, are excessively mischievous. They are always getting into trouble and their parents know all about it. If any mischief occurs in their town, the two boys are probably involved. The boys’ mother heard that a preacher in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The preacher agreed, but he asked to see them individually.

So the mother sent the 8 year old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the preacher in the afternoon. The preacher, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly,"Do you know where God is, son?" The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open.So the preacher repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God?" Again, the boy made no attempt to answer. The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, "Where is God?"

The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.

When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "What happened?" The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time.

("I just LOVE reading next line again and again")

"GOD is missing, and they think we did it!"

You can be or do anything

Believe that you can, and you will.

Imagine yourself to be the type of person you want to be and then be it. You may have to let go of some bad habits and develop some more positive ones but don't give up-for it is only in trying and persisting that dreams come true.

Expect changes to occur and realize the power to make those changes come from within you. Your thoughts and actions, the way you spend your time, your choices and decisions determine who are and who will become.

You are capable and worthy of being and doing anything. You just need the discipline and determination to see it through. It won't come instantly and you may backslide from time to time, but don't let that deter you. Never give up.

Life is an ever-changing process and nothing is final. Therefore, each moment and every new day is a chance to a new beginning. May all your wishes and dreams come true. They will...if you believe in yourself.

Your future

Can you please predict my future?

If you dont change yourself today, you will get tomorrow, much more of the same that you got yesterday. The future for most people is usually a reflection of what they got in the past, albeit in another form.

To change the future, you must change yourself in the present moment. It is in the present moment that all change occurs.

I got this one from one of my friends who's in Indian Navy. "The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in War."It applies very much to normal civilians as well!! Very much similar to "Dig your well before you're thirsty"

Art of Success

A pleasant smile accomplishes wonders.
Acknowledge all introductions cordially.
Extend a hearty handshake, never a flabby one.

Memorize the names of everyone you meet.
Look people in the eye while conversing.
Talk with calm-assurance, do not raise your voice.
Shun Idle gossip; never meddle in personal affairs.

Be a good listener; Respect other's view points.
Avoid arguments, Keep cool even if provoked.
When you are in the wrong, admit it promptly, frankly.
Be open-minded, tolerant, considerate.

Co-operate readily, Cheerfully.
Be a booster; Praise Generously, criticize tactfully.
Show that you appreciate all favors, big or little.
Say " thank you" expressively, not just politely.

Be sympathetic, but never complain or seek sympathy.
Always be punctual, keep no one waiting.
Make your work respected by keeping all promises.
Be fair and square, loyal and secure.

Take pride in your work and appearance.
Do your best today and every day.
Radiate Friendliness, Enthusiasm and Goodwill!

-Karthik Gurumurthy

Promise Yourself

* To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
* To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
* To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
* To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
* To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
* To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
* To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
* To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
* To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
* To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble

How do you lead people?


By Dr. John C. Maxwell

A young man once asked me a very provocative question at one of my leadership conferences. He'd been listening intently all day, and it was obvious that the subjects we were covering were really striking a chord with him.

"I've decided I want to be a leader," he said. "Who do I start leading?"

As I said, this guy was young—he didn't have a company or even a department to run, yet. I could have advised him to read some of my books, get a job managing a few people, and come back to another conference in five years when he had some experience. But I didn't.

"That's an easy answer," I told him. "Start with yourself."

I wasn't trying to be cute with that response; I was completely serious. If you want to start leading, you must always start with yourself, because if you wouldn't follow yourself, why should anybody else? Becoming the person others want to follow might involve honing certain technical competencies, learning how to be a better motivator, sharpening your ability to cast a vision, identifying your core values, or polishing your organizational skills. But here's the key: The secret to your success doesn't lie in the specifics; it lies in your willingness to start.

Just how essential is starting? Let me describe it this way. Starting is the great separator. It separates the doers from the do nots. It separates the haves from the have nots. It separates the winners from the whiners. In short, it separates successful people from unsuccessful people.

I've always said the bookends of success are starting and finishing. People who achieve great things must possess both the ability to begin—to be a self-initiator, and the ability to close—to be able to finish well. In the grand scheme of things, both are equally important. But you can't end well if you don't start. So for the next several issues of "Leadership Wired," we'll talk about how to start successfully.

The first step, as we've already discussed, is to start with yourself. Why is this so important? Here are three reasons.

1. It gives you experience, confidence, integrity, and influence.Leaders are either travel agents or tour guides. Leaders who are like travel agents send people to places they've never been themselves, while leaders who are like tour guides take their people to places they know well. Instead of saying, "Here's a map—I hope it's accurate," tour-guide leaders can say, "I've been here many times; I know the best way to get around; follow me." Starting with yourself equips you with the experience, confidence, integrity, and influence you need to be a tour-guide leader.

2. You are with yourself more than anyone else.You may have had trouble finding another leader to mentor you because everyone else is so crunched for time. But you can't use that excuse with yourself—you spend more time with yourself more than anyone else. So don't sit around waiting for someone else to help you—start learning and growing yourself!

3. Start with yourself to give something to others.At first blush, starting with yourself might sound a bit selfish. But, as anyone who has ever listened to a flight attendant give pre-flight safety instructions can attest, you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of someone else. You can't export what you don't have. You can't teach what you haven't learned. Starting with yourself isn't putting yourself before others. It's putting yourself in a position where you can give—of your time, your encouragement, your resources, your expertise, etc.—more effectively.

In the next issue of Leadership Wired, we'll talk about the value of starting early. Until then, I'll leave you with this bit of advice from the great revolutionary leader M.K. Gandhi: "Be the change you want to see in the world."

How do you do that?

The answer is simple.

Start with yourself.

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Take responsibility for your actions

Most people think and believe that their thoughts originate from them, but have they ever stopped and considered whether their thoughts, desires, likes and dislikes are really theirs? Maybe they are outside influences that they have unconsciously accepted? If there is no filter to process the thoughts that enter the mind, there is no freedom. Then all actions are like the actions of a puppet on a string, though no one will admit it.

You may object and say that the thoughts that pass through your mind are yours, but are they really manifestation of your dreams and goals which makes you tick? Have you deliberately and attentively created every thought that entered your mind?Everyone has desires, ambitions and dreams that he or she may foster from childhood. They may be the thoughts of their parents, teachers and friends, and which have lodged into our minds, and are carried around throughout our lives. Are they necessary? Do we need all this excessive baggage?

In order to reduce the power of outside influences and thoughts on your life, you need to be aware of the thoughts and desires that enter your mind, and ask yourself whether you really like them, and are willing to accept them into your life. Analyze your motives and actions, and you will be surprised to find out that many of them were triggered by outside influences.You do not have to accept each and every thought, idea or information. Think and find out whether you entertain certain thoughts because you decided to do so, or because they just popped into your head due to outside influences.

The moment you start taking responsibilities for your actions, things starts to happen. What is your dream? What is your ambition in life? Are you doing something in life because it makes you good in front of others or are you doing something because it is the right thing to do. Most of us do what we do because everybody does it..even though internally..we are not too enthusiastic about it...

Always take responsibility for your actions and do what is right...than what appears good in front of other people. If the circumstances and situations dictate what you do, what is the unique "you" doing?...Are you victim of the circumstances and situations which happen to you or do you emerge victorious because you took some actions to counteract the circumstances and situations which happen to you. Take responsibility and work hard as if it is impossible to lose and pray to God hard as if is not possible to fail. You will see some changes internally and externally which will surface out with the changes you make within yourself.

Remember that God always helps people who helps themselves.

Live life to the fullest

Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special. Do not set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you. Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless. Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past nor for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all of the days of your life. Do not give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying. It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Do not be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave. Do not shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give love. The fastest way to lose love is too hold it too tightly. In addition, the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

Do not dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope. To be without hope is to be without purpose. Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going.

Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

Self discipline and Will Power

Most people admire and respect strong individuals who have won great success by manifesting will power and self discipline. People in all walks of life, who with sheer will power, self discipline and ambition have improved their life, learned new skills, overcame difficulties and hardships, reduced their weight, rose high in their chosen field or advanced on the spiritual path.The truth is that everyone can reach high levels of will power and self-discipline through a practical method of training. These inner power are not reserved for a few special people.Will power and self discipline are two of the most important and useful inner powers in everyone’s life, and have always been considered as essential tools for success in all areas of life. They can be learned and developed like any other skill, yet, in spite of this, only few take any steps to develop and strengthen them in a systematic way.

Both will power and self discipline are required for daily actions and decisions, and also for making major decisions and attaining major success. They are needed to start and continue studying, building a business, losing weight, bodybuilding and physical exercises, maintaining good relationships, changing habits, self improvement, meditation, spiritual growth, keeping and carrying out promises and for almost everything else.One of the most simple and effective methods to develop will power and self-discipline is by refusing to satisfy unimportant and unnecessary desires. Everyone is constantly confronted and tempted by an endless stream of desires and temptations, many of which are not really important or desirable. By learning to refuse to satisfy every one of them, you get stronger.

Is having more money bad?

Why do some people say, that money is the root of all evil?
There a few reasons why some people say, that money is the root of all evil. One of them is that those people are trying to justify why they dont have any, and that they are good people because they dont have any.

Another reason is that maybe you have misinterpreted the true meaning of the statement. What they are trying to say is, that your thoughts about money is evil, because your preoccupation is always keeping you in the past or the future about it.

Money is one of the best self help tools on the planet to help you grow spiritually. When you don’t have a good relationship with money, it means that something is out of balance within you, and that is then projecting out towards lack of money.

Do not fear money. Remember this. Money will always make you more of what you already are. So it is a good way of projecting out, what is already within. You can learn a lot from it.

Importance of Meditation

Meditation empowers one to soar to the heights of success keeping the mind calm and silent. Success without silence is like a flower without fragrance.

Modern man is a victim of insecurity, why is it so?

Insecurity is a result of dissatisfaction of the past, which leads to the distaste of the present and distrust of the future. One has to learn from the past and enjoy the present and plan for the future. Only then insecurity will disappear.

Why is that we are not able to do that?

Learning from the past, enjoying the present and planning for the future requires a certain type of mindset. That is when we see the objective world subjectively.

What do you mean by that?

The objective mind falls on our mind in the form of impression. If the mind has a cat pattern, whenever the impression of the outer world falls on that pattern of the mind then one will be as indifferent as a cat. You can pour lot of love on a cat but you will find it very indifferent and non-expressive. Some people are indifferent in spite of love being showered on them.

Some people have dog pattern of mind. If a dog is loved and given attention then it will be wagging its tail but when it is not given attention it will start barking. If one has a dog pattern of mind then when some one does not give attention one will start fighting and creating rackets.

Meditations help one work on those aspects that focus on different patterns of the mind. The mind that distort the experience of the outer world due to subjective patterns creates tension and makes one ineffective. By understanding and meditation the mind will be purified.

Different Mudras facilitates thoughts that impacts instant change. Sheer change in attitude is not sufficient but behavioural change is important.

If one is calm and serene then the dopamine and serotonin levels in the body will be well balanced. Meditation and pranayama is a great aid in supporting this process.

Nature in its infinite wisdom puts us to sleep to overcome stress. In this state, the balancing and the repair work of the body happens. In the waking state with a disturbed mind due to internal and external sources of stress the dopamine levels are disturbed. In that disturbed state you don’t perceive “what is” but project “what should be”. The projected reality does not fit into the objective reality and this creates conflict. In this state of conflict one complains and wines. It further brings disorder in your inner being. With this unhappy state one emotionally eats, drinks or gets into unhealthy practices. This adds fuel to fire. One gets caught in a vicious cycle. Any one can be prone to this state of mind, including a housewife, an executive or even a student.

Mudras both modern and ancient will help one to overcome stress. Personal stress, financial stress, family and work related stress should be handled effectively.

Inner dialogues

If someone hurts you in some way, or says something you do not like, what do you do? You enact a whole scene of anger in your mind! You envision yourself talking angrily; you shout at him/her and tell him/her some not so nice things. Sometimes people spend hours in such negative, destructive inner dialogues.There is a continuous conversation going on in everyone's head, and a lot of energy, time and attention are wasted on small unimportant incidents. This conversation goes on from the moment of waking until falling asleep. These inner conversations and dialogues bring about a snowball effect.

The more we conduct them, the more we become chained to them and unable to stop them. When the emotions are also evoked, more power, energy and attachment are added. This has an adverse effect on the behavior, judgment and general performance.On many occasions the inner dialogue is negative and strengthens any negative attitude and behavior. Few people have enough faith in themselves and in their abilities, so as to conduct positive inner dialogues. The process and effect of these inner conversations is similar to affirmations. Constant thinking about the same subject influences the subconscious mind, which consequently accepts these thoughts and words and acts on them. Negative inner dialogues bring negative results, and positive inner dialogues bring positive results.

Protect your mind

The media constantly bombards the mind with a lot of information about disasters, catastrophes, wars and other negative happenings. This information sinks into the subconscious mind, and let the power of negative thinking grow. By occupying the mind with negative thoughts and expectations one radiate negative energy into the surrounding world, thus creating and recreating more negativity, failures and disasters.

The mind can be directed towards positive thinking or negative thinking. The power of thoughts is a neutral power. The way one thinks determines whether the results are positive and beneficial or negative and harmful. It is the same of energy acting in different ways. Just avoiding TV protects your mind from unnecessary garbage. Few people are aware of the thoughts that pass through their minds. Thinking is performed like a habit, in an automatic manner. If the thoughts are positive, then it is all right, but if they are negative, they may cause trouble.

The mind is like small child, who accepts and takes for granted whatever it sees or hears, without judgment and without considering the consequences. If you let your mind behave as it likes and give it complete freedom, YOU will lose your freedom.

Persistent inner work can change habits of thoughts. You must be willing to put energy and time to avoid negative thinking and pursue positive thinking, in order to change your mental attitude.

Self discipline

Self discipline is the rejection of instant gratification in favor of something better. It is the giving up of instant pleasure and satisfaction for a higher and better goal. It manifests as the ability to stick to actions, thoughts and behavior, which lead to improvement and success. Self-discipline is self-control, and it manifests in spiritual, mental, emotional and physical discipline. The purpose of self-discipline is not living a limiting or a restrictive lifestyle. It does not mean being narrow minded. It is one of the pillars of success and power. It endows the inner strength to focus all the energy on a goal and persevere until it is accomplished.

Practicing Unconditional love

Enjoy this moment and do not waste time brooding over the bad yesterday. Tomorrow may be even worse. One should learn to enjoy little things, for they exist in abundance.

Floating along with waves is an art and gives immense pleasure. Dead bodies do not drown but only people who are alive drown. That is because they fight with the ocean. In life, we should learn to float and not to fight. This is a great learning experience.

How to float with life and not fight it?
Please get the spirit of what is being said. Fight is also part of life. However, the art of wise living involves how one can be relaxed in life. In martial arts like Judo, we observe how humble and relaxed the fighters are.

Learn to relax. Even if you have to fight, be alert and relaxed. For example if you encounter a snake and are tense, you may fall on the snake and harm yourself. Alternatively, if you are alert and relaxed, you may not have to kill the snake, it may just pass away.

Fight when required, your fight will then be from a flow of relaxation. When someone shouts at me, how can I be relaxed and float in the moment? When someone shouts at you, just keep your body relaxed and be alert, to what the person is saying. When you are alert, your mind is calm. Your body is a good anchor to play with. The intention to relax will make the body relax. Remember that a tensed body creates a tensed mind and a tense mind will have its impact on the body. Let relaxation become a part of life, be it when you eat, bathe or walk. Let all your movements have a quality of relaxation.

Reflect on this:
A lady approached a Taoist monk and told, “My mother-in-law is creating hell in my life. Can you give me some medicine to kill her?”.

The monk gave her some medicine to mix it with tea and said there is one condition, “be very kind and loving to her, only then would the medicine work. Also when she dies no one will suspect you. She will die after two months”.

After one month she returned to the monk and pleaded, I do not want my mother-in-law to die, she has changed. She is very kind to me nowadays. Then the monk said, more than the medicine, it is your love that worked.

Just bring your loving energy in whatever you do. See the miracle of love. It will uplift you and others too.

In the power of love is God. God is not an entity. God is a principle. The principle of pure goodness. Anbae Sivam.

Why is it that many people do not change despite giving them love and respect?

Let not love be akin to barter system. Do not treat love as a means to an end. Be loving and you will be creating heaven amidst you. If some one does not change, understand every soul has a journey. Sometimes their journey has to be fulfiled.

Also understand when some one does not change, it is because his or her hurt body is very strong. They have not created a spiritual body. Learn from them. Be kind to them. Let your spiritual body respond to them, let not your hurt body react to them. God has given you the opportunity to contribute to his or her life. Be kind. Each one is fighting a hard battle, which, one does not realize.

So you are telling us to keep the body relaxed and vibrant. Keep one's emotion pure, mind calm and understanding. Is there anything more?

There is much more. Do not take all this knowledge and decorate your intellect. Then it will be like a donkey carrying sandalwood. You have to practice it.

When you practice then your being will be sacred. At present we have a sensuous mind, not a sacred mind. Once your being is sacred a spiritual apparatus would be created. Then intelligence would flow. Knowledge does not really bless us; it is intelligence that uplifts us.

Self talk and Inner Peace

Our biggest problem is not outer space but inner space. We live in a universe but we fail to realise that there is a universe within us. Each one of us live in a personal universe created by our mind. Our thoughts and feelings create a new world within. The quality of our life is the quality of our inner world of thoughts, feelings and personal beliefs. The root cause of all our problems is that we fail to see our inner world of thoughts. It lives and rules in a state of unawareness.

We live life mechanically and hence we suffer. Mechanically means with unawareness. We wish each other good morning, but how meaningfully do we say that? Unless we become more aware and allow awareness to guide our lives we will be like a drunkard, lost in his drunkard ness.

Reflect on this.

A group was engaged in a singing practice. They were rehearsing for the next day’s event. A carpenter was setting the stage. Every time the carpenter made some noise the choir leader looked at the carpenter silently, indicating that he was disturbing their practice. This continued for a while and finally the carpenter told the leader, “Don’t worry, please continue your practice. It is not disturbing my work.”

We are unaware who is disturbing whom. More than the external world the internal world is disturbing our lives.

What exactly is the mind?
Understand that the mind is not an entity. It is a process. It is a process of thoughts. Learn to understand and transform thoughts. Mind is not the brain; it is where thoughts emerge from the brain. Learn to discipline the thoughts and you have disciplined the mind. Thoughts are nothing but internal words. Let those internal words be empowering and not dis-empowering.

Recently a youngster came to me and said, “I am hurt because my boss banged me with harsh words. It was my fault but why should she say such harsh words. She told me my presentation was bad, but she could have said it more kindly?”

I told him that he is harsh on himself. This incident happened a week back and he was hitting himself so badly. The incident was not hitting him but his inner words were hitting him. If one can be more aware of what internal words we are generating we will have more control over our mind. For mind is the cause for hell or heaven.

You go on solving problems and problems go on surfacing. It is like cutting the branches of the tree and not its root. The root cause of the problems is that you are unaware of your unawareness. More than the incident it is the wording of the incident that is creating hell or heaven.

A Jain monk fasts and is very happy that he could fast for 20 days but your wife does not prepare breakfast for one day and you want to break the relationship.

What else should I do to master the mind?
Firstly understanding that your mind is not an entity but a process of inner wording. Secondly learn to see the gaps between thoughts. The gaps between thoughts are pure silence. Once you observe silence, you will experience silence. In the gaps between thoughts lies heaven waiting for you.

Also put this understanding into practice, that you are not the thoughts but separate from the thoughts. You see thoughts and thoughts are seen and you are the seer. Thus you will see thoughts are ‘yours’ but you are not the thoughts… the shadow is similar to the mind but you are not the shadow. Thoughts are only visitors and you are the host. You have to put this understanding into practice.

Only then you will be a master of your mind.

Next thing is that either you can give a thought as a gift or infection. Develop the commitment to give thought as a gift but not as an infection. Even to your enemies learn to pray.

Why is that I feel jealous when I see someone successful?
You have not learnt to celebrate others’ good fortune. Don’t postpone your joy by being jealous of the other. Each one is unique. Learn to rejoice uniqueness. Don’t define your failure by some one’s success. Learn to bless others’ success. Don’t be a stingy tipper. Understand success has a way of coming where it is needed. Trust this process. Have a bigger picture of life.

Learn to visualize yourself as successful. Learn to visualize yourself happy and feel you are seeing God in others and in yourself. As you conceive yourself of rejoicing more, you will find the capacity to rejoice. Learn to use the power of visualizing in a creative way that is uplifting.

Learn to open your heart and embrace others mentally. The heart of education is the education of the heart. Learn to meditate by opening your heart and giving love to others. Learn to feel that others are teaching you something beautiful.

Nine vital tips

Nine tips for advancing on the path of spiritual growth:
1. Read PMA books. Think about what you read, and find out how you can use the information in your life.
2. Learn to make your mind quiet through concentration exercises and meditation.
3. Acknowledge the fact that you are a spirit with a physical body, not a physical body with a spirit. If you can really accept this idea, it will change your attitude towards many things in your life.
4. Look often into yourself and into your mind, and try to find out what is it that makes you feel conscious and alive.
5. Think positive. If you find yourself thinking negatively, immediately switch to thinking positively. Be in control of what enters your mind. Open the door for the positive and close it for the negative.
6. Develop the happiness habit, by always looking at the bright side of life and endeavoring to be happy. Happiness comes from within. Do not let your outer circumstances decide your happiness for you.
7. Exercise often your will power and decision making ability. This strengthens you and gives you control over your mind.
8. Thank the Universe for everything that you get.
9. Develop tolerance, patience, tact and consideration for others.

Attachment to detachment

A student and a monk while walking on the banks of a river, saw a woman drowning. The monk rushed and rescued her. The student was upset, as the monk had touched the woman and that was against the vow of monk-hood. After a couple of hours when they reached the monastery, the student expressed his disappointment.

The master answered, 'I touched the women and dropped the idea of touching at that very moment. Whereas you did not touch her but are carrying the thought throughout the day that I have touched the women. Who is more attached'?

One has to drop one's attachment and allow one's intelligence to flow.
Many times we are victims to our concepts and suffer. Our sufferings are self-made. Our concepts become more important than happiness. We create all sorts of imprisonments; boundaries… and they become our identity and false protection. We start living in such illusions thereby creating a great delusion.

Before death comes dragging us, let us wake up.
An old man on his deathbed gets up and screams, 'Where is my watch'?

He was dying and still attached to the unessential. He could not watch himself. Our bodies are being dragged to the grave while our illusions are dragging us nowhere.

Just learn to be happy. Learn to be a flower of joy. A flower gives fragrance unconditionally. Give happiness unconditionally. A flower is open and dances to the breeze. Can one be open and dance to the breeze of change? Let us be anchored in joy.

If one is not centred in happiness one will be sad. From sadness one starts thinking…such a thinking will be polluted by sadness. The sadness starts justifying and develops its own survival tactics. One starts logically proving why one is sad and gets hypnotised by such logic. Logic acts like a drug… that makes one get addicted to such thinking. Such thinking binds one's thinking.

Let us learn to be happy without reason, without logic. Only then we will be out of the trap of logic. If we win we win, if we lose we learn and therefore we win. Thus, we will always be winners. A joy that is caused is bound to change into unhappiness. In most cases when the cause vanishes, happiness too vanishes.

Be happy without a cause. Let this be your mantra.

A monk was watching a football match between two communities. Every time one group took the ball to the other group's court, he used to jump out of joy and vice-versa. When asked which group he was supporting, he answered, 'I am here just to enjoy the game'.

When we operate from such a space, innocence opens up. One will be like a mirror just reflecting 'what is' as 'is'. One learns to accept life in all its beauty and see elegance in imperfection. One sees beauty in 'what is' and not 'what should be'. In such a climate one's relationship grows to newer heights. One learns to enjoy both peaks and valleys of life.

Let go of the 'ego'

Why do we waste our time waiting for people to live up to our expectations?
Reflect on this story.

A tortoise family went on a picnic. They packed food and set out to a place they had decided. They reached the spot, and unpacked their picnic basket and then realised they had forgotten to bring salt. After a lot of discussion the youngest tortoise was chosen, as he was relatively faster than the others.

As usual the youngest objected stating that before he could come back the others might eat the snacks. But they assured him they would wait for him. Six months passed by but the youngest tortoise never returned. So the rest of the family decided to open the snacks and eat. When they did so, the little tortoise jumped out of the bushes and screamed, “look, I knew you would not wait for me. Hence for six months I was waiting behind the bushes to make sure you would not eat without me. Now I am not going to go to get the salt’.

Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our expectations. We are concerned about what the others are doing, instead of we doing the right thing.

Is not stress the result of us being egoistic?
It is very true. Ego means our point of view is more important than others, more important than even truth. Being stuck to our point of view creates stress.

When ego enters you become a competitor with everyone. You are drowned in your own world.

Be playful and flexible.

Drop the ‘I’ and ‘mine’ and live in the ‘We’... the universe is one, it is a unity. You feel yourself connected with the stars, the sky and the birds. You will find them to be different parts of your body, just as your hands, legs and eyes are. they are different yet are connected. It is this connectedness that is known as ‘Nirvana’.

Why am I so impatient?
One has to develop being patient. We have to trust the universe will have its own way to open its doors. Learn to be patient. A boy loved mangoes. He bought the best of seeds and planted them. Every morning he would dig the earth to see if it had sprouted. Our impatience works so stupidly.

Impatience is a result of lack of trust. Since we depend on our ego we take for granted how nature reveals its mysteries in its own way. Our imagination projects a reality and we don’t see the external reality. We are lost in our subjective reality.

Patience means trust, that God knows better than what I know. Impatience means, ‘my will is greater than God’s will.

Are you giving good vibes or bad vibes?

Think about the expression, “He and she give off good vibes.” Each one of us gives off good or bad vibes. In fact, we are constantly vibrating.If you are excited, content, appreciative, feeling gratitude or pride, then you are offering positive vibrations.If you are angry, sad, disappointed, feeling poor, unlucky, or defeated, then you are sending out negative vibrations.It’s important to be in touch with, and aware of, your vibrations because whatever you’re vibrating, that’s what the Law of Attraction will give you more of.

Supermarket Approach to Life

A disciple once asked his Master:

“What is the power that makes the eyes see?”
‘The eye of the eye!’

“What is the power that makes the ears hear?”
‘The ear of the ear!’

The master then asked the disciple - ‘Did you understand what I said?’
‘No, I did not!’ said the disciple in confusion.

“If you did not understand my explanation, it means you have understood.
“If you have understood, it means you have not understood!”

Does the above dialogue read like it’s between two people under the influence of narcotics?

Well, not really. In fact the the above mentioned dialogue can be found in Kena Upanishad, one of the Hindu Scriptures.

Human beings possess one special faculty that none of the other living beings have. That is the ability to think.

A computer on the ground controls satellite thousands of miles away. It can carry out all the instructions set by humans, perfectly. But it cannot think.

The only living beings on earth that are capable of thinking are human beings! How many of us utilize this thinking capacity?

In order to make a disciple think, during the ancient days the sages devised several methods. Many such strategies are found in Kena Upanishad. Once we stop thinking, we become fools.

There was a trader who sold rabbits. One day, he gave a rabbit to his servant and said, ‘Go and deliver the rabbit to a lady and bring the cash in return, without fail. Here is the address.’

The servant, while going through a crowded market place, happened to collide with a man coming in the opposite direction. He fell down and the rabbit escaped from his hand.

The servant merely stood, watching the rabbit running away. The onlookers said, ‘Hey, you idiot! Run and catch the rabbit!’

But the servant said unperturbed, ‘So what, if the rabbit ran away? Where will the rabbit go? I still have the address given by my boss safe with me!’

Parables are narrated only to instil the moral values of the stories. But, if one takes only the joke and keep aside the morals, it would be like the servant who was satisfied in keeping the address intact and allowing the rabbit to escape.

Ignorance is a very serious curse. Being foolish is a greater punishment. The strange thing is, we are solely responsible for inflicting on ourselves, the curse as well as the punishment.

In this world, it is not enough just to accumulate degrees awarded by the universities. One should also be intelligent. Therefore one needs to read a lot! One should think deeply and work with a purpose! All twelve months of an year in one’s life should be like springtime!

A Guru told his disciple who was graduating from the Gurukula: “Be like a winnow (grain-sorting pan) and not like a sieve!”

A sieve allows all the good stuff to pass through its pores while retaining the waste materials within. A winnow (grain-sorting pan) on the other hand, discards the stones, chaff… and retains only the good grain.

How would we like ourselves to be? Would we be like a Sieve retaining all the negative aspects of life or would we like to be like a winnow, retaining the positive elements of life.