Friday, July 26, 2019

Karma

KARMA

A small story which beautifully illustrates that what you sow, you reap.

Once upon a time there was a small time business man from a small village who used to sell butter in the nearby town.

A big shop owner in the town was his regular customer.

The villager used to deliver every month the shop owner the required butter in 1 kg blocks and in turn he used to get grocery items like sugar, pulses etc from the big shop owner.

Once the shop owner decided to weigh the butter and to his surprise every block of butter weighed 900 gms. instead of 1kg.

Next month when the villager came to deliver  butter, the angry shop owner told him how he was cheated and told to leave the shop.

To this the villager replied to him courteously, Sir, I am a very poor villager. I don't have enough money to even buy the required weights for weighing the butter. I usually put the 1kg sugar you give me on one side of weighing scale and weigh butter on another side.

This simple story very beautifully illustrates that what we give to others comes back to us. That is karma!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Sunflower Trait!

Sunflowers 🌻 turn according to the position of the sun, in other words, they “chase the light.” You might already know this, but there is another fact that you probably do not know!

Have you ever wondered what happens on cloudy, rainy days when the sun is completely covered by clouds?🤔
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Perhaps you think the sunflower withers or turns its head towards the ground.

Well, that’s incorrect!

Then what happens?

They turn towards each other to share their energy.🌻🌻

Nature’s perfection is amazing; now let’s apply this reflection to our lives. We all want this light and seek it in different ways: in our family, friends, work and so on. But there are always going to be cloudy days, gloomy days, because there is no escaping them!

When this happens, most people become overwhelmed, low-spirited, and the most vulnerable ones, some-times, become depressed.
How about following the example of the beautiful sunflowers 🌻 Supporting and em-powering each other. Nature has so much to teach us.

Wishing everyone a "Sun flower"🌻 trait of turning towards each other on their cloudy and gloomy days.

Spread goodness..it will come back to you 🌻🌻🌻🌻

Monday, June 17, 2019

Salt V/s Rice: Be the salt in someone's life.

Salt -VS- Rice...Be the salt in someone's life.

If you were to cook 3 cups of rice, would you add 3 cups of salt to it?

Certainly not!

So, in every preparation of rice, the rice always outnumbers the salt, yet a little salt makes a huge difference/impact in the overall outcome.

In the room in which you currently are, look up at the ceiling...
What is the size of the bulb compared to the size of the room? It is probably a ratio of 1:5000.
Yet, darkness flees the entire space once the small bulb is flipped on.

If I am the salt of the earth, and the light of the world, then "little me" has the ability to make big things happen..

Sometimes, because we feel outnumbered or overwhelmed at the sheer magnitude of evil or wrong-doers, we then choose powerlessness, and decide to go with the flow, not standing up for what we believe is right.

Little doesn't mean insignificant.
You are significant. Your presence should make a BIG difference. Stop waiting to be on the side of the majority. They may be the majority, but they are the trivial majority, and you are the impactful minority.

They are the rice of the world, and you are the salt of the world..
They are the room and you are the light.
Make your influence felt!

Remember:
You are the world's seasoning, to make it beautiful...

So if we can just do the right seasoning to  make even one life beautiful our life is worth living. Have a blessed day😊

Onwards and Upwards! Be the salt in someone's life today

Friday, June 14, 2019

Is it worth to scale the summit?

On May 22, 2019, Mount Everest saw a traffic jam as 300 mountaineers made it to the summit that day, creating a traffic jam, a picture of which went viral the next day. German alpinist, David Gottler, was not among those who summited. He was just 200 meters from the peak when he turned back. David was also among the lucky ones, This spring, the Everest climb saw 21 mountaineers die while attempting to scale the world’s highest peak – the highest number to die so far!

Why did he turn back despite being an experienced climber who had already conquered five of the 14 different 8000m peaks on Earth, reaching the summits of Gasherbrum II (8035m), Broad Peak (8051m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Lhotse (8516m) and Makalu (8481m), as well as ascending to 8200m on K2 (8611m)? He took a crucial decision. That day the risks were way too much to attempt to summit despite being so close. 

His experience told him that the crowd trying to reach the peak would make him wait for his turn which could prove fatal as above 26,000 feet you are in the death zone when there isn’t enough oxygen for humans to breathe. The summit of Mount Everest is 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) high, an elevation at which each breath contains only one-third of the oxygen found at sea level. And David was a purist who was climbing without supplemental oxygen.

*At only 200 meters from the peak, David took perhaps the most sensible and courageous decision of his life – to give up the climb and come down.* He didn’t win the mountain that day, but he won over his ego. Only a man without an ego can decide when to give up and when to clench your teeth and push on regardless.

*All our lives we have been constantly told by motivational speakers and others, never to give up and yet here was an experienced mountaineer who simply says that making it to the peak is not all that matters, when even the less experienced ones were summiting that day.*

There were many who went up that day, but in the process exhausted their oxygen supplies while waiting for the queue of other mountaineers to clear up before they could summit. Some of them ran out of oxygen on the way down and died. The true climbers respect the mountains and as Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to set foot on Mount Everest said; “Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.” There are climbers who climb to enjoy the view and not always to plant a flag on the peak.

Sometimes in our lives it is more important on how we enjoy living than how “successful” we are in the eyes of others or even ourselves.

Quitting takes a lot of courage and sometimes only the wise can give up even when success seems so near. They always ask themselves: What is the cost of winning? Is it worth to scale the summit.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wedding in Russia

Wedding in Russia

By Sudha  Narayan Murthy
Wife of Mr Narayan
Murthy,  Infosys )
She writes:

Recently I was in Moscow, Russia.
The Day I Went to the Park, it was a Sunday. It was Drizzling and Cold, though it was Summer. I was Standing under an Umbrella and Enjoying the Beauty of the Place... when Suddenly, My Eyes Fell on a Young Couple.

It Was Apparent that They Had Just Got Married.

The Girl was in Her Mid-Twenties, Slim and with Blonde Hair and Sparkling Blue Eyes. She Was Very Beautiful Indeed.

The Boy Was almost the Same Age and Very Handsome. He Was in a Military Uniform.

The Bride was Wearing a Pretty White Satin Dress, Decorated with Pearls and Pretty Laces.

Two Young Bridesmaids were Standing Behind Her Holding up the Hem of the Wedding Gown, so as not to let it get Dirtied.

One Young Boy was Holding an Umbrella Over Their Heads, so that They Should Not Get Drenched.

The Girl was Holding a Bouquet and the Two Were Standing with Their Arms Linked.

It Was a Beautiful Sight. I  Wondered why They Had Come to the Park in This Rain Soon After Getting Married. They Could Surely Have Gone to a Merrier Place.

I Watched as They Walked Together to the Raised Platform Near the Memorial, placed the Bouquet, Bowed their Heads in Silence, and Slowly Walked Back.

By Now I was  Curious to Know as to What Was Going On...

There was an Old Man Standing With Them. He Looked at Me, My Saree, and asked, ‘Are you Indian ?’

I replied, ‘Yes, I am an Indian.’

And We Began Chatting Amicably. I Decided to use the Opportunity to ask some Questions.

- ‘ How Do You Come to Know English ?’

- ‘ Oh, I Worked Abroad.'

- ‘ Please Tell Me Why that Young Couple Visited the War Memorial on Their Wedding Day ?’

- ‘ Oh, that is the Custom in Russia. The Wedding takes Place Normally on a Saturday or a Sunday.

'Irrespective of the Season, after Signing the Register at the Marriage Office, Married Couples Must visit the Important National Monuments Nearby.

'Every Boy in this Country Has to Serve in the Military for a Couple of Years at Least.

Regardless of His Position, He Must Wear His Service Uniform for the Wedding.’

‘Why is That ?’

'This is a Mark of Gratitude.

Our Forefathers Have Given their Lives in Various Wars That Russia Has Fought.

Some of Them We Won, and Some We Lost, But Their Sacrifice Was Always for the Country.

The Newly Married Couple Needs to Remember That They are Living in a Peaceful, Independent Russia Because of Their Ancestors’ Sacrifices. They Must Ask for Their Blessings.

'Love for the Country is More Important Than Wedding Celebrations.

We Elders Insist on Continuing with this Tradition Whether it be in Moscow, St. Petersburg or any other Part of Russia.

On the Wedding Day They Have to Visit the Nearest War Memorial.’

This Set Me Wondering about What We Teach Our Children Here.

Do We Indians Have the Courtesy to Remember Our Martyrs on the Most Important Day of our Lives ?

We are Busy Shopping for Sarees, Buying Jewellery and Planning & Preparing Elaborate Menus and Partying in Discos etc..

My Eyes filled with Tears at the Thought.. and I Wished that We Indians Could Learn a Lesson From the Russians in This Noble Thought and Custom..

And We Too Could  Respect Our Martyrs Who Sacrificed Their Lives For Our Nation.. and For Our Today and Tomorrow Too...

And From the Heart...!
🙏🙏

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Self Imprisonment!

Before Nelson Mandela left  prison he said "As I stand before the door to my freedom, I realize that if I do not leave my pain, anger and  bitterness behind me, I will still be in prison".
Self imprisonment is worse than that imposed. How many are in self inflicted pains today for lack of forgiveness. How many of us have imprisoned ourselves inside the walls of anger and bitterness.
Holding grudges does not make you strong, it makes you bitter. Forgiveness does not make you weak, it sets you free.
Consider this while you are preparing to move into 2019
Happy Times in 2019

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Just Drops!

Just Drops!

Recently, when I was going to bed after using my bathroom, I started hearing sound of drops of water from the tap in slow successions, but since it was dropping into an empty bucket, I decided to let it be.

But, alas! When I woke up the next morning, around 5am, the bucket was almost full! I was surprised that just drops even in such slow successions could produce that much. I couldn't help it, 'Just drops?!' I questioned rhetorically.

But the following night, I made sure that the tap in my bathroom was locked completely and I checked the bucket and saw that it was empty, though wet. Then I went to sleep.

I guess you already know what I saw the next morning. The bucket was not wet as I had left it, but it was now dry!

Then I realized the importance of a drop and how much difference it can make in all ramifications of one's life compared to a dry tap.

Imagine letting the drops be for a year, I would be scooping with drums at the end of the year!

So, how about that drop of savings?

How about that drop of kindness and love everyday?

How about a drop of reading useful books today and every day?

How about that drop of a verse of the scripture today and every day?

How about that drop of prayer today and every day?

How about a drop of worship today and every day?

How about a drop of step towards your God-given dream today and every day?

How about a drop of giving into your heavenly account?

What virtue and discipline will you start today in little drops?

Never neglect the importance of a drop, for when the harvest time comes, you would have made a big difference.

......Ponder on this thought

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

You are what you think!

You are what you think!
In the movie "Taare Zameen Par"
The art teacher tells the rude and cursing father of the dyslexic kid about Solomon Islands..

In those islands, the tribal don’t cut down a tree. They surround the tree and curse it for hours every day..

Within a few weeks, the tree
dries up and becomes dead..

Many of us might find that example too difficult to believe. How can intangible and invisible thoughts and words kill a tree.!

Well, if you get to read Bruce H. Lipton’s THE BIOLOGY OF BELIEF, you won’t only believe in the Solomon Islands story, but would also think a dozen times before saying something demoralizing to yourself and the people you love..

In this book, Mr. Lipton tells in detail about the power of conscious and subconscious mind..

The subconscious mind is million times more powerful than the conscious mind, and decides most of the things in our lives according to the beliefs it has..

Many times we fail to change an unpleasant habit despite our will-power and consistent efforts..

It’s because the habit has been so strongly programmed in our subconscious mind that the efforts made by our conscious mind hardly make any difference.

Conscious Mind is just a shadow of our Unconscious Mind..

So, when the tribals of Solomon Islands curse a tree, they are actually installing negative and harmful beliefs in the tree’s emotion (yes, trees do have emotions too).

Within few days, those negative emotions becomes a belief & eventually changes the molecular architecture of the tree and kill it from inside..

2500 years ago, when the Buddha said that ‘You are what you think', he was not articulating a random philosophical theory.

Actually he was telling a scientific fact which is now proved correct by Quantum Physics and Molecular Biology.

The book has a special chapter on Conscious Parenting where it talks about the beneficial and harmful effects of what parents say to their children..

If you are a parent and you keep cursing your child in the name of constructive criticism, you are installing beliefs in their mind which will keep harming them forever..

But if you keep appreciating them in a sincere way, you are installing beliefs in their mind which will help them entire life..

And also be careful of what
you keep saying to yourself.

Repetition of words and thoughts is the best way to install a belief in your subconscious mind..

If you keep saying you are a loser,
don’t be surprised if you become one within a few months or years..

And if you have friends who keep saying such things to you, there is no harm in saying a quick goodbye to them..

May be you value the friendship a lot. But you must value yourself a little more..

So accept all as they are..
Love all unconditionally

And ...Always keep saying to urself..

I am healthy, wealthy, happy, successful & prosperous!

And if somebody asks you. How are you ?                                                Say, I am fantastic. The best time of my life is going on...😊👍

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Get set for a Happy Diwali!

Get set for a Happy Diwali!

Declutter your mind, discard all negative thoughts, keep calm, Stay positive.

We don’t live in bungalows, duplexes or flats. We live in our minds. 
Yes, that’s our permanent residence. And there are no constraints of square-feet there. It’s a vast space with unlimited area. And you know what! No matter how well-organized your rooms, balconies, garages and verandas are, life is good only when things are sorted there – in your mind.
And that’s where we keep things messy – regrets piling up in one corner, expectations stuffed in a closet, secrets under the carpet, worries littered everywhere, comparisons spilt on the table, complexes leaking from an old bottle, and grudges stinking in a box.
Be aware. For this ‘real home’ of yours, you can’t outsource housekeeping. You got to do it yourself.
Change your thoughts to change your world.

Lets start with our "Diwali Safaai "
🙏🙏

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Real fasting for Navratri.

Real Fasting for Navratri:

Real fasting for purification of soul is:

1st Day - I will leave all my Anger.

2nd Day -  I will stop Judging People.

3rd Day - I will leave all my  Grudges.

4th Day - I will forgive myself & everyone.

5th Day -  I will Accept myself &  every one as they are.

6th Day -  I will love myself & everyone unconditionally.

7th Day - I will leave all my feelings of Jealousy & Guilt.

8th Day - I will leave all my Fears.

9th Day - I will offer Gratitude for all the things I have and all which I will get.

10 - There is abundance in the universe for all and I will always tap the same and  create what I want through unconditional love, sadhna, nishkam seva, faith, swamaans

   *Happy Nav Ratri*

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