Sunday, May 30, 2010

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I accept myself completely ...

I accept myself completely.

I accept my strengths and my weaknesses,
my gifts and my shortcomings,
my good points and my faults.

I accept myself completely as a human being.

I accept that I am here to learn and grow,
and I accept that I am learning and growing.

I accept the personality I've developed,
and I accept my power to heal and change.

I accept myself without condition or reservation.

I accept that the core of my being is goodness
and that my essence is love,
and I accept that I sometimes forget that.

I accept myself completely, and in this acceptance
I find an ever-deepening inner strength.

From this place of strength, I accept my life fully
and I am open to the lessons it offers me today.

I accept that within my mind are both fear and love,
and I accept my power to choose
which I will experience as real.

I recognize that I experience only the results
of my own choices.

I accept the times that I choose fear
as part of my learning and healing process,
and I accept that I have the potential and power
in any moment to choose love instead.

I accept mistakes as a part of growth,
so I am always willing to forgive myself
and give myself another chance.

I accept that my life is the expression of my thought,
and I commit myself to aligning my thoughts
more and more each day with the Thought of Love.

I accept that I am an expression of this Love.

Love's hands and voice and heart on earth.

I accept my own life as a blessing and a gift.

My heart is open to receive, and I am deeply grateful.

May I always share the gifts that I receive
fully, freely, and with joy.
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

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Life is a strange and a wayward thing by Laurence Hope

Whether I loved you who shall say?
Whether I drifted down your way
In the endless river of Chance and Change,
And you woke the strange
Unknown longings that have no names,
But burn us all in their hidden flames,
Who shall say?

Life is a strange and a wayward thing:

We heard the bells of the Temples ring,
The married children, in passing, sing.
The month of marriage, the month of spring,
Was full of the breath of sunburnt flowers
That bloom in a fiercer light than ours,
And, under a sky more fiercely blue,
I came to you!

You told me tales of your vivid life

Where death was cruel and danger rife–
Of deep forests, of poisoned trees,
Of pains and passions that scorch and freeze,
Of southern noontides and eastern nights,
Where love grew frantic with strange delights,
While men were slaying and maidens danced,
Till I, who listened, lay still, entranced.
Then, swift as a swallow heading south,
I kissed your mouth!

One night when the plains were bathed in blood

From sunset light in a crimson flood,
We wandered under the young teak trees
Whose branches whined in the light night breeze;
You led me down to the water's brink,
"The spring where the Panthers come to drink
At night; there is always water here
Be the season never so parched and sere."
Have we souls of beasts in the forms of men?
I fain would have tasted your life-blood then.

The night fell swiftly; this sudden land

Can never lend us a twilight strand
'Twixt the daylight shore and the ocean night,
But takes — as it gives — at once, the light.
We laid us down on the steep hillside,
While far below us wild peacocks cried,
And we sometimes heard, in the sunburnt grass,
The stealthy steps of the Jungle pass.
We listened; knew not whether they went
On love or hunger the more intent.
And under your kisses I hardly knew
Whether I loved or hated you.

But your words were flame and your kisses fire,

And who shall resist a strong desire?
Not I, whose life is a broken boat
On a sea of passions, adrift, afloat.
And, whether I came in love or hate,
That I came to you was written by fate
In every hue of the blood-red sky,
In every tone of the peacocks' cry.

While every gust of the Jungle night

Was fanning the flame you had set alight.
For these things have power to stir the blood
And compel us all to their own chance mood.
And to love or not we are no more free
Than a ripple to rise and leave the sea.

We are ever and always slaves of these,

Of the suns that scorch and the winds that freeze,
Of the faint sweet scents of the sultry air,
Of the half heard howl from the far off lair.
These chance things master us ever. Compel
To the heights of Heaven, the depths of Hell.

Whether I love you? You do not ask,

Nor waste yourself on the thankless task
I give your kisses at least return,
What matter whether they freeze or burn.
I feel the strength of your fervent arms,
What matter whether it heals or harms.

You are wise; you take what the Gods have sent.

You ask no question, but rest content
So I am with you to take your kiss,
And perhaps I value you more for this.
For this is Wisdom; to love, to live,
To take what Fate, or the Gods, may give,
To ask no question, to make no prayer,
To kiss the lips and caress the hair,
Speed passion's ebb as you greet its flow,–
To have, — to hold, — and, — in time, — let go!

And this is our Wisdom: we rest together

On the great lone hills in the storm-filled weather,
And watch the skies as they pale and burn,
The golden stars in their orbits turn,
While Love is with us, and Time and Peace,
And life has nothing to give but these.
But, whether you love me, who shall say,
Or whether you, drifting down my way
In the great sad River of Chance and Change,
With your looks so weary and words so strange,
Lit my soul from some hidden flame
To a passionate longing without a name,
Who shall say?

Not I, who am but a broken boat,

Content for a while to drift afloat
In the little noontide of love's delights
Between two Nights.

---- Laurence Hope
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Vilvamangal Vs Chintamani

Chintamani, the dancing girl advised Vilvamangal, who was later known as Surdas:

"O Vilvamangal! You are mad after this nasty body of mine full of all sorts of impurities. This is the day o your father's death. You have come to me at dead of night by crossing the river. Your whole body is stinking now. You have crossed the river by taking hold of a female corpse. The dead body that was floating in the river would have attracted several young men an hour ago when there was a little gloss in the skin and a little puffing in the cheeks. It is all flesh, bone and fat. Had you directed your mind Godwards - the fountain source of this beauty, the beauty of beauties, the embodiment of undecaying beauty - You would have become a great saint and attained everlasting peace and bliss. What a fool you are!"

This chiding and admonition opened the eyes of Vilvamangal. The illusion set up by ignorance immediately vanished. He directed his mind towards Sri Krishna and later became a great saint 'Surdas'.

If you always remember the dead body of a woman, her skeleton, and the parts it is composed of blood, flesh, bone, ... - if you place before your mind the image of an old woman with wrinkled skin and rotten teeth or the image of a sickly woman who has mere skin and bone with a ghastly look; you would never run behind them. you can also become a great Saint.
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God exists?

From: pingali rajan
From: H.S.Chandraseckariah


God exists?

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed.

As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation.

They talked about so many things and various subjects.

When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said:
"I don`t believe that God exists."

"Why do you say that?" asked the customer. "Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn`t exist.


Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people?
Would there be abandoned children?

If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain.

I can`t imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things."

The customer thought for a moment, but didn`t respond because he didn`t want to start an argument.
The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop.

Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard.

He looked dirty and unkempt. The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber:

"You know what? Barbers do not exist."

"How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber.
"I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!"
"No!" the customer exclaimed. "Barbers don`t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside."

"Ah, but barbers DO exist! That`s what happens when people do not come to me."


"Exactly!" affirmed the customer. "That`s the point! God, too, DOES exist!

That`s what happens when people do not go to Him and don`t look to Him for help.

That`s why there`s so much pain and suffering in the world."

--
Warm regards



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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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An inspirational poem on Himalayas by Sohanlal Dwivedi

खड़ा हिमालय बता रहा है
डरो न आंधी पानी में
खड़े रहो तुम अविचल होकर
सब संकट तूफानी में |

डिगो न अपने प्राण से , तो तुम
सब कुछ पासकते हो प्यारे,
तुम भी ऊँचे उठ सकते हो 
छू सकते हो नभ के तारे |

अचल रहा जो अपने पथ पर
लाख मुसीबत आने में,
मिली सफलता जग में उसको
जीने में मर जाने में |
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Height - poem by Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Our land craves not for pygmies

But longs for men of stature

So tall as can touch the skies

And whose excellence soars to starry heights.

Nay, Nay, Never to such a loftiness then

Where no grass grows under the feet

Where no thorns prick the soles

And where buds cannot bloom

Where no spring nor winter does arise

Where but a dreary storm blows and howls

And where only a still desolation reigns.

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Winning in inches and edges.

The prizes go to those who meet emergencies successfully.

And the way to meet emergencies is to do each daily task the best we can.

In the hundred yard race the winner does not cross the tape line a dozen strides ahead of the field.

He wins by inches.

So we find it in ordinary business life.

The big things that come our way are rarely the results of long thought or careful planning,

but rather they are the fruit of seed planted in the daily routine of our work.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

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Grammar in poem ...

A noun is the name of anything - a school garden, kite or king.

Adjectives tell the kind of noun - as great, small, pretty, yellow or brown.

Instead of nouns the pronouns stand - his head, her face, your arm, my hand.

Verbs tell of something being done - to read, count, carry, laugh or run.

How things are done the adverbs tell - as slowly, quickly ill or well.

Conjunctions join the words together - as men and women, wind and weather.

The preposition stands before - a noun as in or through a door.

The interjections show surprise - as oh, how pretty, how wise.

These little words you often use are articles - a, an and the.

The whole are called parts of speech while reading, writing,  speaking, teaching.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

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Yesterday is not for you, do it now ...

If you have hard work to do, do it now.

Today the skies are clear and blue.

Tomorrow the clouds may come in view.

Yesterday is not for you, do it now.

If you have a smile, show it now.

Make hearts happy.

Let the friends around you know,

the love you have for them, Show it now.

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Living life to the fullest ....

1. Seize each day. Live each day as if it's your last. Leave the past behind and do not anticipate the future. Be present to enjoy the moment.

2. Be adventurous. Explore, live on the edge a little and embrace new challenges. Visit new places with your loved ones. Take the road less traveled.

3. Keep a journal. Record your accomplishments as well as your delights. Take time to reflect on what has been previously written. Be an inspiration to yourself and others.
  
4. Love yourself. Focus on your inner and outer beauty to see the same in others. Acceptance comes from within.
  
5. Love everyone. Love the ones who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't. Life is too precious to be wasted on waiting for love.
  
6. Accept everyone. Be kind and courteous. Enjoy the company of others. Acknowledge their goodness rather than the differences in their beliefs.
  
7. Find purpose in life. Be selfless in service to others. Begin with your neighbor. Do charitable service outside of your immediate community as well.
  
8. Be realistic. Set attainable goals according to your abilities and talents. Consider each effort to be an attainment. Achieve one step before the other towards stability and security.
  
9. Seek balance. Understand the night and day, back and forth, good and bad in all things. Focus on good thoughts and good things will happen.
 
10. Maintain control. Be responsible for your actions and inaction. Be true to yourself. Maintain a personal code in the situation at hand. Find common ground.
 
11. Listen to your heart and soul. Listen for advice, but be confident in making your own decision. Use your instinct.
 
12. Clear your mind. Rituals of yoga, meditation and tai chi will replenish and rejuvenate your soul to focus more clearly on serenity and happiness.
 
13. Be carefree. Desires, obsessions and possessions possess you. Free yourself of inhibitions. Make an active decision to have simple daily needs.
 
14. Laugh. Laughter is the best medicine. It releases endorphins and promotes longevity. Inner joy is beautiful!
 
15. Be flexible. Accept change as a positive thing in life. At times, go with the flow that is before you.
 
16. List a few daily goals. Meet a new friend, swim at the lake or walk in the park. Enhance your day and initiate fun!
 
17. Appreciate the little things. Take a walk around your community to experience the wonder in a way that you have never experienced it before.
 
18. Forgive yourself and others. Release your negative energy that holds you back, your past failures, embrace whatever life offers you.
 
19. Anticipate next day. Everyday is unique, like the blossoming clouds.It's never the same, but always beautiful.
 
20. Accept death. Pondering death brings appreciation to life. Take time to appreciate the expanse and beauty of your life and our earth. Let go peacefully.
 
21. Appreciate Environment. Take a break occasionally and go for a walk. Assume that you have come from another planet. Take a fresh look at the clouds, the colors of sky at sunset and sunrise. Look at the plants, trees, leaves, flowers and how they sway when wind blows..! Look at water how it shakes and shape itself in the vessel it's stored.. Look at numerous forms of life - insects, animals, birds and human. This exercise will clear off the dead memories and monotony that kills the joy of living.
 
22. Take actions towards resolving the root cause any bad thoughts (anger, fear, doubt, hate,...). Cancel each one out with a good thought called affirmations: "I'm over that." "I am brave!" "I know I can do it!" "I forgive and I do not hate!" You may not be feeling the best at the moment, but you will feel better once you think about good things. Think about all of the things life has to offer, because though things may be horrible at the moment -- the future holds a lot of hope. It should make you smile and not store negative feelings to be relived later.
 
23. Maintain a strong foundation of beliefs, but be humble and open to others opinions (in truth). If another person has another belief be humble and loving to show them why you believe a certain way. But, do not get caught up on little things, e.g. it's alright to think one colour is the better than another, but it's wrong to think massacre is good.
 
24. Make a bucket list. Make a list of all the things you want to do before you die like: bungee jumping, sky diving, and ziplining, etc. You'll feel like you've accomplished something.
 
25. Make friends whom you can be yourself around, ie: your true friends. Go more places with them so that you can share your joy with someone else. By being around people you will become a more understanding person.
 
26. Do all these in love, care and concern for others past, present and future. Do to others as you would want to be treated.Be happy and live life.
 
27. Express Gratitude. Recognize daily the things you are grateful for. Let your family, friends, and other significant ones know how grateful you are to have them. Share and express love while you can.


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Sunday, May 16, 2010

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History Speaks....

History id full of instances, wherein, victory would have been to the defeated if only they had battled a little longer! We often fall for lack of perseverance in our efforts. We leave our work half done, in our impatience; every job demands its quota of efforts. Never give up too soon; strive on until you win.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Universal Prayer

O Adorable Lord of Mercy and Love !
Salutations and Prostrations Unto Thee !
Thou Art Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient !
Thou Art Sat-Chit-Ananda (Existence-Knowledge-Bliss) !
Thou Art the Indweller of All Beings !


Grant us an understanding heart,
Equal vision, balanced mind,
Faith, Devotion and Wisdom !
Grant us Inner Spiritual strength,
To resist temptations and to control the mind !
Free us from egoism, lust, greed, anger, jealousy and hatred !
Fill our hearts with Divine Virtues !


Let us behold Thee in all these names and forms !
Let us serve Thee in all these names and forms !
Let us ever remember Thee !
Let us ever sing Thy glories !
Let Thy Name be ever on our lips !
Let us Abide in Thee forever and ever !

- Swami Sivananda

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Decide who you are ... successful, richest, stronger...

Most successful man - one who thinks positively.

The richest person - one whose needs are minimum.

The strongest man - One who has unshakable faith in God.

The greatest man - One who is above fear.

The large hearted - one who has compassion for fellow humans.

The healthiest man - one who keeps himself occupied all the time.
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Monday, May 10, 2010

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Are you overwhelmed by your list?

Are you overwhelmed by your list?


The dreaded 'To Do List'!


If you are, you certainly aren't alone!


Here's what I want you to do right now…


Grab your list


Do these 2 steps:


  1. For everything on the list ask yourself this, "Will doing this move me forward, sideways or backwards?"

  2. Keep, Leverage & Get Rid Of: This is how you handle the items now that they are labeled Forward, Sideways, Backwards


Forward: Keep


Sideways: Ask yourself if this really needs to be done, if the answer is 'Yes' then is there someone else you can leverage it to?


Backwards: GET RID OF IT!


Seriously…if you really want to get yourself moving toward the things you desire you HAVE to get rid of the things that are on your 'To Do' list that aren't moving you closer to what you want.


I could literally right 20 more posts just on how to maximize the things you are spending your time doing and getting out from under the feeling of being overwhelmed, but this is a GREAT start.


Do it now!


I guarantee you there are at least 3 things you can get rid of if you are completely honest with yourself.

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Tomorrow is the result of today.

What you are today is the result of what you have thought up to this moment.

What you will be tomorrow depends upon the thoughts you think from now on.

Thought is the sculptor that can create the person you want to be.

So check your thoughts to check your future.

Make your thoughts sublime enough to make your tomorrow better than today.
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

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Life is a continuous process ... progress

Some people say that life never gave them square deals but when a chance is offered to them, they start vacillating, saying it was not what they wanted, and it would not work out anyway to their advantage. Their doubts scared them of the future, because they had not the courage to grab the opportunity ad by fearing to attempt they never did anything big. Life likes the people who challenge it.

In life you have got to take risks when they come. People who dare do it, get a great deal farther than people who are very easily frightened ever to take a chance. Age is no barrier between you and any new effort. A great many of the most famous people in the world, began life fairly late. Your age in years does not count. Your mental age counts. There is no reason to put up with being an old fashioned fellow or to sit in back water complaining that life has always been stingy in its favors to you, or that you are too old to do anything worthwhile. Get up and get on with life.


Wake up and realize that if you are in the middle years, or older, you have allowed apprehension to tease you too long. This is the time to ignore it and take the risk.

Risk is frightening. Men are scared of poverty, of illness, and particularly of public opinion. To be afraid of public opinion is the most contemptible excuse of all. If one stopped to think of that, not one of us would get anywhere. Defy the gossips. Never let fear and doubt spoil your life. Take the chances you are offered and give them the courage they demand. You will get more by daring them than by slipping away into what you think are cool, safe, comfortable shadows.


Know what you want , and have the courage to do.

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My Mother - My First Love

Who ran to pick me when I fell?
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My Mother! She loves me well.
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

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The Secret of Jimmy Yen

A JURY OF DISTINGUISHED scholars and scientists, including Albert Einstein and Orville Wright thought enough of Jimmy Yen to vote him one of the top ten Modern Revolutionaries of the Twentieth Century. Yet all he did was teach Chinese peasants to read. 

What made that so amazing was that for four thousand years reading and writing in China was only done by the Scholars. "Everybody" knew, including the peasants themselves, that peasants were incapable of learning.

That thoroughly ingrained cultural belief was Jimmy Yen's first "impossible" barrier. The second barrier was the Chinese language itself, consisting of 40,000 characters, each character signifying a different word! The third barrier was the lack of technology and good roads. How could Jimmy Yen reach the 350 million peasants in China?

Impossible odds, an impossibly huge goal-and yet he had almost attained it when he was forced (by Communism) to leave his country.

Did he give up? No. He learned from defeat and expanded his goal: Teach the rest of the Third World to read. Practical reading programs, like the ones he invented in China, started pumping out literate people like a gushing oil well in the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kenya, Columbia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Ghana, India â€" people became literate. For the first time in their entire genetic history, they had access to the accumulated knowledge of the human race.

For those of us who take literacy for granted, I'd like you to consider for a moment how narrow your world would be if you'd never learned how to read and there was no access to radios or TVs.

180,000 Chinese peasants were hired by the Allied Forces in WW1 as laborers in the war effort. Most of them had no idea- not a clue-where England, Germany or France was, they didn't know what they were being hired to do, and didn't even know what a war was!

Jimmy Yen was a savior to them.

What was the secret of Jimmy Yen's success? He found a real need, and found in himself a strong desire to answer that need. And he took some action: He tried to do something about it even though it seemed impossible. He worked long hours. And he started with what he had in front of him and gradually took on more and more, a little upon a little.

The English author Thomas Carlyle said, "Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand." And that's what Jimmy Yen did. He started out teaching a few peasants to read, with no desks, no pens, no money, no overhead projectors. He started from where he found himself and did what was clearly at hand.

And that's all you need to do. Start now. Start here. And do what lies clearly at hand.
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