Hellen Keller Quote – 1
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Hooked on to this video for the past few weeks..From the Movie ‘Wake Up Sid’…Find it too infectious… The Joy and the friendship..The colours… The fun!….
Makes you wanna just break loose!.. You realise that Life is Crazy in more ways than one… And we gotta celebrate each day…Have fun and make the most of each moment with our near and dear ones… That is true happiness to me! … Not the money or the wealth we carry…But how much fun we have each day.. And if we can bring a smile on someone else’s face….
I hope the joy spreads to you too
Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.
— Terence McKenna
Very well written article… Do read it :)..Even though the Blogger writes it from a Christian perspective it is useful to people from every faith & ideology :)…
Originally posted on A journey of faith...:
Physical battles take place on a battlefield with armies, with weapons, and with fire.
But spiritual battles often take place in the battlefield of our mind where it is not an army or a sword that will keep us captive, but our own thoughts.
Steadfastness…A rarety nowadays…
Originally posted on lead.learn.live.:
We become religious,
then we turn from it,
then we are in need and maybe we turn back.
We turn to making money,
then we turn to the moral life,
then we think about money again.
We meet wonderful people, but lose them
in our busyness.
We’re, as the saying goes, all over the place.
Steadfastness, it seems,
is more about dogs than about us.
One of the reasons we love them so much.
~ Mary Oliver
“An immortal soul, corrupted by vice and purified by virtue, of whom the body is only an instrument”
When you feel all alone
And the world has turned its back on you
Give me a moment please to tame your wild wild heart
I know you feel like the walls are closing in on you
It’s hard to find relief and people can be so cold
When darkness is upon your door and you feel like you can’t take anymore
Let me be the one you call
If you jump I’ll break your fall
Lift you up and fly away with you into the night
If you need to fall apart
I can mend a broken heart
If you need to crash then crash and burn
You’re not alone
Sometimes we’re so afraid of life , we stop living! You gotta trust someone along the way. You gotta open up…You gotta crash & burn…. And then you’ll rise back up like a falcon…Out of the ashes…. Ready to soar into the skies…Once again!…
So it’s been really long since I’ve blogged some ‘original material’.. Most of my posts have been videos. quotes, inspirational stories etc…And something from within me is craving to share something more..Something which comes straight from my heart….
Let’s go down to it…
What is it that I really want to spread through this blog? What is my driving force? What is my past and what do I want out of my future? What do i really want for mankind? What is it about this world that I hate? I would like to give a collective summary of all these questions….
I come from a fairly middle class family from Bangalore,India. The youngest child of a business man and a house wife and have an elder brother and sister who have themselves pretty much settled with their families and careers Growing up was not that easy as we had to depend on Dad’s business to make ends meet… Dad rolling with finances was a daily sight and Mum was strong enough to keep the family together..Some months we did well…some months we barely made it…This brought me closer to God and made me a firm believer of his providence..I was a mediocre kid growing up in school…Average in studies….average in sports…average in almost everything I did…. Then went on to do my engineering and was pretty much average over there too :)…Anyways now I’m a working IT professional…
Life’s pretty ‘OK’ as of now…But over the years I’ve realised that I’ve been so mediocre in life… I’ve just compromised too many times…There has never been a time when i really kicked ass in what I did! And then this feeling started growing little by little everyday… I started to realise that my life is not meant to be so mediocre..I have so much more to offer to my family…my friends…my colleagues…my country…my world… I started reading alot of biographies of people who moved the world… People who made an impact…It started attracting me …Everyday…I would read more of their lives…I would dream about the circumstances they went through…I would put myself in their shoes… And then the fire inside of me started to grow more and more… My heart started to burn with strong emotions..strong feelings…It’s hard to explain…
So here I am…A 25 year old boy, slowly turning into a man..Who wants to be on the opposite end of mediocrity.. I’m tired of just existing…I wanna live…And live life to the fullest….I have big plans for the future… I wanna win once and this time I want it big!…
I plan on taking up one of the toughest exams in the country called the UPSC exam. I want to become a government civil servant where in I am in a position to bring about a change in my country… In India , corruption & poverty are the two main challenges that haunt us to date… I want to alleviate poverty and want to fight corruption… I don’t want to sit on the sidelines and keep complaining..I want to stand up for the truth and want to be an example for the coming generations…Noone gets anywhere by just sitting on the fence..You need to really decide which side your on.. I don’t care about money…It is just a means of getting my day to day food and clothing…More than anything, I want to clothe myself with honour and respect…I find that more attractive than having a big fat wallet and a sports car
I feel that the world is losing it’s sense of morality… People are in this wrong notion that life is a ‘happy go lucky ‘ kind of thing where in there is no real truth… Relationships are thrown around like a pack of cards and people are changing partners like they are changing their clothes…Parents and infants are abandoned on the roads and old-age homes and orphanages are increasing in size every year.. At the workplace all an employee cares about is his appraisal…All the boss cares about is his appraisal!! lol!… There is no personal touch to it..The boss does not care about the growth of his employee..He just cares about getting the work done from him…When the same employee one day becomes a boss , he most likely will take the same path of his boss..Getting the work done from other..There is very little spiritual, mental or emotional growth at the end of it!….Simple courtesies are forgotten in normal day to day living and I find it really really sad… I hate that about people!…A simple thank you is said not from the heart…but because it’s a duty…. People have stopped really feeling from their heart and this is what precisely I wanna spread through my blog…
If each of us really felt each emotion from our heart… I know…I am sure about it…That this world would never be the same… I want the world to change…I want the world to ‘feel from the heart’…. I don’t want a single person reading this blog to go back to his old life…I want him\her to feel from his heart…. What is it that you really want??? Ask yourself… I want each person to grow and spread the word… I want to start a new philosophical dimension of life…Of modern day living….
Imagine a world full of people who lived from the heart…
Would there be a poor person begging on the street? 20% person of this world are consuming 80% of the world’s resources…
Would there be orphanages or old age homes??
Would there be bosses who just wanted to get the work done??
Would there be shallow meaningless relationships??
If each of us just lived from the heart….
Would there be so much evil??
“Most of the problems of this world are caused by the weakness of good rather than the strength of evil.”
I hope the core message of my blog reaches each one of you
I am only one,
But still I am one,
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
-Edward Everett Hale
God : Hello. Did you call me?
Me : Called you? No. Who is this?
God : What are you busy at? Ants are busy too.
Me : Don’t know. But I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic. It’s rush hour all the time.
God : Sure. Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you results. Activity consumes time. Productivity frees it.
Me : I understand. But I still can’t figure it out. By the way, I was not expecting YOU to buzz me on instant messaging chat.
God : I just want you to know that I am trying in more ways than one to reach out to you and start a new relationship with you.
Me : Tell me, why has life become complicated now?
God : Stop analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is what makes it complicated.
Me : Why are we then constantly unhappy?
God : You worry because you are analyzing your every move. Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.
Me : But how can we not worry when there is so much uncertainty?
God : Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is optional.
Me : But then, there is so much pain due to uncertainty.
God : Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.
Me : If suffering is optional, why do good people always suffer?
God : Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer. With that experience, their life become better not bitter.
Me : You mean to say such experience is useful?
God : Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.
Me : But still, why should we go through such tests? Why can’t we be free from problems?
God : Inner strength comes from struggle and endurance, not when you are free from problems.
Me : Frankly in the midst of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading.
God : If you look outside, you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Looking outside, you dream. Looking inside, you awaken. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides insight.
Me : Sometimes not succeeding fast seems to hurt more than moving in the right direction. What should I do?
God : Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.Life is about having a great journey. Don’t worry about the destination. You work with the compass. Let others work with the clock.
Me : In tough times, how do you stay motivated?
God : Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.
Me : What surprises you about people?
God : When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me”. Everyone wishes to have truth on their side, but few want to be on the side of the truth.
Me : Sometimes I ask, who am I, why am I here. I can’t get the answer.
God : Seek not to find who you are, but to determine who you want to be. Stop looking for a purpose as to why you are here. Create it. Life is not a process of discovery but a process of creation.
Me : How can I get the best out of life?
God : Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.
Me : One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.
God : There are no unanswered prayers. At times, the answer is NO.
Me : Thank you for this wonderful chat.
God : Well. Keep the faith and drop the fear.Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be gradually understood.
Today I would like to focus on the word “Enough” and it’s meaning and relevance in 2012. What does this word mean to you? I want you to be true to yourself when you ask yourself that question. Can you say that you have ‘enough’ in life? . I can personally answer saying ‘No, I don’t think I have enough! Nothing close to enough’.
To me ‘Enough’ relates to the words contentment, satisfaction and completeness. It means feeling whole and knowing that you have everything in control. It means to have a nice little cushion for yourself in all aspects of life. It means to get into a comfortable situation in life.Even I do want to have a comfortable life for my family and myself. Nothing wrong in wanting that.
For those of you who don’t know me personally, I would say that I’m the sort of person who likes to share my inner thoughts and feelings if I feel a certain comfort level with a friend.So one day I was talking to a close pal of mine and was telling him about my plans when I find a job for myself. I told him that I want to give some of my money to the poor and needy to make a difference to someone in need.I don’t mean to come across as a self-righteous person or anything. Just sharing the truth cause I feel the urge to share my experiences with you.In reply he told me that I was too early in my career and that I should first save up for myself and family.That I must first make a good foundation for myself and then think of giving.
This thought that my friend shared with me, I’m sure, is the same thought that is there in a lot of our minds. All of us want to do good. We want to make a difference in society. We do want to do good deeds. That’s the way we humans are designed. Why do we see a beggar by the road or a crippled person and feel bad about that person’s plight? It’s cause all of us in our deeper beings want to reach out to them.But we also see our situations and our needs and we realise so many things pending to be done in our lives. We want to get to a comfortable position before we can actually do acts of charity. The fear of not having anything tomorrow if we give today is on our minds. What if there is another recession and we lose our jobs? What if someone falls sick, will I have money for their treatment? So many questions stop us from taking the first step to give.
Maybe you’ve got everything covered for yourself and your dear ones, you’ve found a good job,you’ve got into a good Grad school or you’ve got a brand new Mercedez for yourself.Maybe things are really going fine at your end. You have a fat paycheck. Can you say that you have enough? Never! All I can say is that we will never reach an end to our needs. We will never find a solution to our fears of the future. We all know that. There will never come a time when we can truly say that we’re comfortable.If we are in the illusion that we will one day, have enough, I’m afraid we might never reach that day.
I did heed my friend’s words on saving up and making a foundation for myself. I understand the need to save. I do that by reducing my expenses. Do I need another pair of shoes when I already have 2 pairs ? Do I need the latest 2 GHz,quad-core phone when I already have a 1 Ghz phone? Do I need to travel by bike when I can cycle to office? These are the ways I can save up. But the joy I find in giving money to a beggar, knowing that I’ve just fed a hungry person is something I can’t explain. I feel good to know I’m making a small itsy-bitsy difference to this world by helping someone in need.I don’t judge the beggar saying that he’s a lazy person not wanting to work. I don’t know what his past is, that made him reach this hopeless state. I choose to help him out as he is in need. Period.
I remember a famous quote which goes like this,
‘You can never be rich without knowing how to give.’
I want you to try this out today. Help someone who’s in need by the road. Buy him a burger or a packet of biscuits if you don’t want to give him money, in fear that he/she’ll go drinking. But just try helping someone in need. I assure you that you will be on the road to saying ‘I have Enough’ one fine day.
Clear Stream Of Reason
Originally posted on lead.learn.live.:
Today we have more time to dwell on our problems than our ancestors ever did. Our free time is dominated by a hundred and one distractions. Thus, when we do get a free moment, the thoughts in our heads think that nothing is happening and want to move quickly to something more pressing. This leaves us with a feeling of “lack of fulfillment” which some people actually mistake for life itself, when in fact it is simply the chattering of the fallen mind. It is not more life itself than the exhaust of a bus is the bus itself.
~Archimandrite Meletios Webber
The hands of men and women, old and young, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, people belonging to backward classes indeed, of everybody who is living in India, should be strengthened. They should have the courage and they should have the strength, which will take this country along the road of development. All of us should work hard. It is not only a question of manual labour; it also concerns the mind. Let new ideas be brought in from different sources, so that in this scientific age India could progress.
Whenever I happen to meet scientists I have only one message for them; “Do something which is of use to the whole of the country.” But if along with this a scientifictemper is not cultivated, if we remain prisoners of superstitions, if we continue to quarrel among ourselves, if we tolerate communalism and do not fight against it, if we let casteism or regionalism develop and grow or if we start quarrelling in the name of language, how will we be able to preserve the unity of India?. If unity is not preserved, how will we protect our independence? Do not think that if we have won freedom once, we will be able to preserve it for all time to come. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. We have to think about it and do something about it every day. We have to preserve that freedom for our poorer masses, particularly for the people who are backward and are living in backward areas. We should make freedom a reality for them.
— Excerpts from Smt. Indira Gandhi’s last speech at Bhubaneswar just a day prior to her assassination in 1984.