“First, never underestimate the power of inertia. Second, that power can be harnessed.”
— Richard H. Thaler, Nobel Laureate, behavioral economist
People don’t change faulty behaviour despite awareness, as humans are not rational beings. So you need new theories to change people’s behaviour
Pay for someone’s bus ticket
Make someone’s day – tell a friend why you appreciate them
See someone struggling with lots of bags? Offer to help them
Send a thank you card to someone who has made a difference in your life (a friend, family member, teacher etc.)
Gift someone something they complimented you for
Help someone academically – lend them your study notes
We walk past homeless people every day; can you spare them 5 minutes of your time?
Tell a friend about ARK/World Kindness Day
It’s hard to stay connected – reach out to an elderly person you know
Old laptop or mobile lying around? Donate it
Highlighted ones are my choices for the day.
I believe in Bio-Rhythms. Have done so for over 30 years – ever since I read the book about the research on Bio-rhythms and wanted to buy the Japanese – CASIO watch which showed 3 biorhythms – Physical, Emotional and Intellectual. They also sold Cards in those days where you can calculate your critical days and avoid major financial decisions, Driving, Flying a plane etc. etc. etc.
It was interesting when I found the Apps on Android and iPhones. I downloaded and saw a fourth one added – i.e. Intution ! I said, it is getting interesting. As per initial book if I were to calculate I should have been Dead when I was 58+ i.e. 23 X 28 X 33 days = 58 years, …. days. I did not believe it. The book also talked about how they scientifically studied the Date of birth and time of birth of the Rail, Plane, Sea, Cycle, Bicycle, Car, Bus and Electrical accidents and deaths. It appeared scientific and eventhough a Skeptic I said let us give it a try and it has remained with me as a Daily watch every morning before my morning walks – to watch in the phone.
Today was not supposed to be great. The biorhythm explanation said do and see what Random Phrases turned up this morning.
Hard Pill to Swallow Meaning: Something that’s difficult to accept. Wife was travelling and I had to cut short my morning walk by 2/3rd to be back home for opening door for the housemaid.
Yada Yada Meaning: A way to notify a person that what they’re saying is predictable or boring. I recall having done this a few days ago and quite harshly using all the bitterness and venom in my brain flowing thru my fingers and typing.
Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees Meaning: Suggests that money is a resource that must be earned and is not one that’s easily acquired. True enough, nothing worth challenging the statement but which tree to plant is a question came to my mind as I am seriously thinking of joining some Kisan Morcha of a political party and fight for their rights.
On the Same Page Meaning: Thinking alike or understanding something in a similar way with others. Not happening with me for few months. I am too much of a challenger this year and have broken off with many due to differences, attitudinal issues or having met simple INGRATES and suckers and some who were a disgrace to the word MENTOR.
No-Brainer Meaning: Anything that requires minimal brain activity to accomplish. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I recently heard a speech and to a longwinded un=stupid question ( questions are never stupid – answers are) the speaker could not properly respond. I thought of C A P – Common sense, Alert response, Presence of mind – if this was used by the old man = A DTM ( toast masters lingo) he would have been better off.
Read ‘Em and Weep Meaning: Often said by the winner in poker, as the others ‘weep’ over the loss. No. Not happening. I am playing for negotiation, accent, agreement these days perforce.
Jumping the Gun Meaning: Something that occurs too early before preparations are ready. Starting too soon. May be, I should have waited for the 500 words contest write up submission till the last date but I just sent it. I also sent an article 3 months before the magazine is due to be published on the occasion of an International conference in which the organisers wish to invite me.
Dropping Like Flies Meaning: To fall down ill or to die in large numbers. We had this with our relatives family when every one fell sick couple of weeks ago. Mumbai weather made me sick too.
Goody Two-Shoes Meaning: A smugly virtuous person. I met one recently, was introduced by a friend, highly recommended but the guy was so snooty, SOB and highhanded – he did not even offer to shake hands. I said F. Off!
Fish Out Of Water Meaning: Someone being in a situation that they are unfamiliar or unsuited for. Not seen this yet, but the Astrologer friend’s remark about a foreign proposal that it will be below dignity if we accept was intriguing. Need to probe him further.
So overall still an interesting day.
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Master is the source of purity and to set one’s heart on the Master is the beginning of self purification.
Even half a minute in a Sadguru’s presence will wipe out million of sanskaras.
——-AVATAR MEHER BABA
[From- LESSONS FOR SPIRITUAL ASPIRANTS, Complied by: BIRENDRA KUMAR]
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The Symbolism Of Ganesha, The Elephant-Headed God —-
GANESHA (Skt., Ganeśa; Hindi, Ganesh) is that aspect of creative intelligence which removes obstacles to success, happiness, and fulfillment. Beloved by Hindus as a rotund deity with an elephant’s head on a human body, he has been likened to the Laughing Buddha and the monk Pu-tai of Chinese legend (both associated with the future Buddha, Maitreya); to Janus, the two-headed god of Rome; and even to Santa Claus, grantor of boons and gifts.
Ganesha is the Lord of Beginnings, invoked at the start of every new endeavor. He is called the Gatekeeper, and his image is placed at the doorways of homes and temples, mediating the realms of sacred and profane space. His dwelling place is the threshold. Ganesha is also the god of education, knowledge, and wisdom, and patron of art, science, and literature. In reality, He is Brahman, the One Reality.
In the most popular story regarding Ganesha’s birth, told in the Puranas, Shiva’s wife, the Divine Mother Parvati, created a childlike form from the dirt of her own body and breathed life into it. She appointed him to stand guard at the door of the palace while she bathed, and when Lord Shiva returned home, the boy prevented him from entering. In a rage, Shiva cut off the boy’s head.
In order to console the grief-stricken Parvati, Shiva sent out His troops (ganas), who found an elephant sleeping and severed its head. Shiva attached the head to the child’s body and revived him. He named the boy Ganapati, which, like the name Ganesha, means commander of troops (gana = troops, multitudes, categories). The troops are the deities in Shiva’s retinue; more broadly they are all living beings in creation; symbolically they are thoughts and desires. As the material manifestation of the mind (manas) of Lord Shiva, Ganesha is also lord of the five elements (earth, air, fire, water, and ether).
Tradition describes thirty-two images of Ganesha. He may appear seated in the attitude of royal ease, standing, or in a dancing pose. He may have four, six, eight, or more arms and several heads; his hands may hold a variety of symbolic objects: his broken tusk, a conch shell, a bowl of sweet cakes (modaka), fruits, red or yellow flowers, books, writing implements, and weapons.
Commonly he wields a noose, symbolic of his gentle restraint of the mind, and an elephant goad, his “fierce” weapon, used to remove obstacles from his devotees’ path and to drive them in the right direction. The vitarka mudra, or hand gesture of teaching, with the thumb and index finger forming a circle, is associated with Ganesha. He also typically has one hand raised, palm outward, in a reassuring gesture (varadahasta mudra) meaning “Don’t worry.”
Patron of literature, Ganesha is a scribe who helped put the Mahabharata, India’s massive oral epic, into writing. The act of writing is a threshold activity, and Ganesha removes the obstacles involved in the transmission from thought or speech into a written medium.
He is lord of the muladhara chakra, the subtle energy center at the base of the spine, the seat of instinct, memory, and will. In this chakra the kundalini power, envisioned as a coiled serpent, lies dormant until it is awakened and rises upward to the sahasrara or crown chakra, producing enlightened consciousness.
Although he is said to be celibate, Ganesha is often depicted with two consorts, Buddhi (discriminating wisdom) and Siddhi (success, fulfillment, attainment), which are aspects of his being, his shaktis or powers.
Each part of Ganesha’s body is symbolic. The sacred syllable OM written in Sanskrit resembles a profile of Ganesha’s head with its curved trunk; hence his trunk is a symbol of the sound from which the world was created. With his large ears Ganesha hears the prayers of all; yet he does not always give his true devotees what they ask for, but gives them what they need for their spiritual progress. Thus his ears are likened to winnowing fans, sifting out the true and essential from the false and nonessential. His huge potbelly and insatiable appetite for food demonstrate the abundance of his life-giving energy.
Ganesha is extraordinarily fond of modaka, sweet balls made of rice or wheat flour, symbolizing the immortality-bestowing, bliss-giving nectar at the crown chakra. His belly is like the vast expanse of space, holding countless modakas, or human souls.
In addition to the elephant, the serpent and the mouse are symbolic animals associated with Ganesha. A snake girds his belly or is draped across his shoulder, suggesting the awakening of the kundalini power. A mouse is his vehicle or mount. When the mouse smells the sweet modaka, it starts gnawing: symbolically it chews through the knots or hindrances in one’s consciousness until the kundalini can reach the crown chakra. The tiny mouse shoulders the heavy form of Ganesha, carrying his grace everywhere, squeezing into the smallest space, silently and invisibly working to reveal the Divinity hidden within humanity.
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Lord Ganesha: Benevolent Deity for the Modern Hindu World. Compiled, written, and designed by the Saiva Swami Sangam of the Saiva Siddhanta Yoga Order. Concord, Calif.: Himalayan Academy, 1989.
Source: Kind Courtesy Of Kendra’s notebook.blogspot.com
Ganesha Hindu God Black And White Portrait
By Arun SivaPrasad
DID CHRIST SUFFER PHYSICALLY ON THE CROSS?
Since the Westerners were from a Christian background, there would often be questions about Jesus Christ. Since Baba had already explained that Jesus did not die on the cross, there would be questions about the crucifixion and Jesus’ suffering.
One of them asked, “Did Christ suffer physically on the cross?”
Spelling out from his alphabet board, Baba answered:
If not, why the body? What need for Jesus if he was not affected? Christ indeed suffered. If not, what would be the meaning of his taking form? Through his universal mind – which the knowledge of Godhood continually gives – Jesus experienced that all is nothing and was sustained by the Godhood’s bliss. He suffered, but was not affected by his suffering. Knowledge means perfect union with God. The Master’s suffering is universal suffering. But his universal suffering has no effect on the Master’s Godhood.
How to explain what happens when you become God-Realized? No more body, mind, ego; no more universe, only you as God experiencing bliss. You then experience knowledge too, power too, but you do not use power. You are one with this power, this knowledge, this bliss.
When you come down for the world, you take on a universal mind. Now, as God, you see all souls as your own; you see yourself in everything and your universal mind has all minds in it – as one mind. What every mind suffers comes into your mind. Your mind suffers the suffering of all minds and experiences the happiness of all minds. But as ignorance exists in all minds, the suffering is infinitely more than the happiness of those minds; therefore, you suffer infinitely. However, your soul – which is fully conscious and enjoys God’s bliss continually, and which is also enjoying its infinite state – is not affected by this suffering. Now you, as soul, in your present state are unconscious of God and God’s bliss. Your mind now suffers or is happy according to your impressions. Soul, as it were, is not affected because through ignorance your soul is identified with your mind.
After attaining knowledge, your soul consciously experiences God’s bliss. If you come down, your mind then experiences suffering or happiness but soul is not affected. You are soul. When your mission is complete the universal mind goes and with it universal suffering goes; then soul enjoys God’s bliss eternally. By knowing, I mean you must experience to know.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 7, p. 2318.
“Invoke His Grace. Beg Him, fall at His feet, and remember Him constantly. Do all this sincerely. Have a sincere longing in your heart for that goal only. Let this be the single and the most important desire of your heart that burns all other desires to ashes.
When you do that, then you are taking care of your spiritual health. When you are spiritually healthy, His Grace is bound to descend and you become Him. That’s how it is.”
Real Treasure, Vol 2
By Ruston Falahati
Painting Courtesy: avatarmeher.org