Finding the right nudge for your clients

“First, never underestimate the power of inertia. Second, that power can be harnessed.”

—​ Richard H. Thaler, Nobel Laureate, behavioral economist

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RAK Movement – Random Acts of Kindness today.

  1. Pay for someone’s bus ticket
  2. Make someone’s day – tell a friend why you appreciate them
  3. See someone struggling with lots of bags? Offer to help them
  4. Send a thank you card to someone who has made a difference in your life (a friend, family member, teacher etc.)
  5. Gift someone something they complimented you for
  6. Help someone academically – lend them your study notes
  7. We walk past homeless people every day; can you spare them 5 minutes of your time?
  8. Tell a friend about ARK/World Kindness Day
  9. It’s hard to stay connected – reach out to an elderly person you know
  10. Old laptop or mobile lying around? Donate it

Highlighted ones are my choices for the day.

Strange Bio-Rhythms, Random Phrases, creativity and Daily WebLog :)

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.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.  
  5. 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.  
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.  
  8. 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.
  9. 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!  
  10. 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.

Succession at Alibaba and other stories at newsletter

Mr. Jack Ma to hand over Alibaba’s helm to CEO Mr. Daniel Zhang in September 2019
Mr. Jack Ma, who founded e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and helped to launch China’s online retailing boom, announced that he will step down as the company’s chairman next September. In a letter released by Alibaba, Mr. Ma said he will be succeeded by CEO Mr. Daniel Zhang. Mr. Ma handed over the CEO’s post to Mr. Zhang in 2013 as part of what he said was a succession process developed over a decade. Mr. Ma, a former English teacher, founded Alibaba in 1999 in an apartment in the eastern city of Hangzhou to connect Chinese suppliers with foreign retailers. It expanded into consumer retailing, online finance and other services, becoming the world’s biggest e-commerce company by total value of goods sold across all its platforms. Mr. Ma became one of the world’s richest entrepreneurs and one of China’s best-known business figures. Alibaba said Mr. Ma, will remain a member of the Alibaba Partnership, a group that has the right to nominate a majority of the company’s board of directors. “This transition demonstrates that Alibaba has stepped up to the next level of corporate governance from a company that relies on individuals, to one built on systems of organizational excellence and a culture of talent development,” Mr. Ma said in his letter.
Source : 10-09-18   Compiled by
Hiring Activity sees 17% rise in August 2018 as compared to August 2017: Naukri JobSpeak
The Naukri JobSpeak Index for August 2018, at (2,161), marked a 17% rise in hiring activity from August 2017 (1,851). The Insurance & Construction/Engineering industries recorded notable rise in the hiring activity, growing by 68% and 22% respectively. The Oil & Gas industry which is undergoing revival, witnessed an increase of 36% in recruitment in August 2018. Hiring was positive across the metropolitan cities, increasing by 22% in Mumbai and 18% in Chennai. Commenting on the report, Mr. V. Suresh, Chief Sales Officer, said, “The Job speak Index has been consistently surging ahead over the past few months. The index for August has shown a very healthy 17% YOY growth. Apart from Non-IT sectors viz. Auto, Auto Ancillary, Real estate, Construction & BFSI, good news is the slow and steady revival of the IT & ITES sectors. The job market is likely to move further north in the months to come.” The Naukri JobSpeak Index for August 2018, at (2,161), marked a 17% rise in hiring activity from August 2017 (1,851). The Insurance & Construction/Engineering industries recorded notable rise in the hiring activity, growing by 68% and 22% respectively. The Oil & Gas industry which is undergoing revival, witnessed an increase of 36% in recruitment in August 2018. Hiring was positive across the metropolitan cities, increasing by 22% in Mumbai and 18% in Chennai. Commenting on the report, Mr. V. Suresh, Chief Sales Officer, said, “The Job speak Index has been consistently surging ahead over the past few months. The index for August has shown a very healthy 17% YOY growth. Apart from Non-IT sectors viz. Auto, Auto Ancillary, Real estate, Construction & BFSI, good news is the slow and steady revival of the IT & ITES sectors. The job market is likely to move further north in the months to come.”
Source : 11-09-18   Compiled by
Snap’s Chief Strategy Officer Mr. Imran Khan to leave
Snap Inc., the parent of Snapchat messaging, said that its chief strategy officer Mr. Imran Khan will step down, the latest top-level executive to exit the company. Mr. Khan, 41, whose last day has not been determined, became the chief strategy officer in 2015. He was one of the highest paid Snap executives and was instrumental in taking the company public in March last year. At the time of joining, Mr. Khan received stock worth about $145 million, according to media reports. Mr. Khan said the departure is not related to any disagreements with Snap, the company said. The company’s finance head Mr. Andrew Vollero left in May and its vice president of monetization engineering, Mr. Stuart Bowers, quit to join Tesla Inc. Snap said Mr. Khan would continue to serve as chief strategy office for an interim period.
Source : 10-09-18   Compiled by
Twitter India Head Mr. Taranjeet singh resigns, Mr. Balaji krish to fill in temporarily
Mr. Taranjeet Singh, who was elevated as Twitter’s Country Director for India in May 2017, has decided to move on. In a series of tweets, Mr. Singh announced his resignation, saying that Mr. Balaji Krish, Twitter’s Global Head of Revenue Strategy and Operations, will become the interim country head. He was earlier leading the charge for sales and marketing support for Twitter’s advertisers in India. Before joining Twitter, Mr. Singh was sales director, South Asia for BBC Advertising. Prior to the BBC, he held various positions at Outlook Publishing. “I’ll spend the next month transitioning my country duties to colleague and friend @BalajiKrish, our global head of revenue strategy and operations. “He’s coming from the US to be interim country lead until my replacement is hired,” Mr. Singh informed. During his career, he saw the launch of “Twitter Lite”, a more accessible, faster and affordable way to get real-time information.
Source : 07-09-18   Compiled by
WhatsApp may hire ex-Paytm VP Mr. Amit Lakhotia to head India payments arm
WhatsApp India is in the middle of finalising the senior leadership for its payments arm, even as it is stuck in regulatory issues. As per sources, former Paytm Vice-President Mr. Amit Lakhotia will be the head of WhatsApp’s payments entity. In consideration for the post was Mr. Sriraman Jagannathan, former India Head of Amazon’s financial services. He will reportedly be involved in another capacity. Senior executives of WhatsApp have been visiting India to conduct interviews with prospective candidates for these posts. WhatsApp Business Head Mr. Neeraj Arora was in India recently to finalize hires. At present, WhatsApp has one corporate entity in India, registered in Hyderabad, called WhatsApp Application Services, with Mr. Rakesh Rewari and Ms. Anne Hoge Milken as directors.
Source : 11-09-18   Compiled by
Capgemini rejigs top level management
France-based technology services company Capgemini said it has made several top-level appointments, including Asia Pacific unit head and business services top boss. Ms. Aruna Jayanthi, earlier head of Capgemini’s business services unit, will now be the Managing Director of Asia Pacific and Latin America businesses. Ms. Jayanthi reports to Mr. Aiman Ezzat, the group’s Chief Operating Officer, and will remain a member of the group executive committee, the company said in a statement. She joined Capgemini in early 2000. Ms. Jayanthi has previously been the head of Capgemini in India, where she managed operations of all business units covering consulting, technology and outsourcing services in the country. During her tenure, between 2011 and 2015, there was a significant increase in Indian integration, performance and capabilities, with headcount rising from 32,000 to 85,000. Prior to this, she was the Global Delivery Officer for Outsourcing Services at Capgemini. Ms. Jayanthi will be replaced by Mr. Anis Chenchah, who has now been appointed CEO, Business Services Global Business Line, and would report to Mr. Thierry Delaporte, Group Chief Operating Officer. He will join the group executive committee.
Source : 06-09-18   Compiled by
Ms. Anshula Kant appointed SBI Managing Director
Ms. Anshula Kant was appointed as the Managing Director of State Bank of India (SBI), an official order said. She is at present the Deputy MD in the bank. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Ms. Kant as the Managing Director (MD), SBI till the date of her superannuation i.e. September 30, 2020, the order issued by the Personnel Ministry said. Her name was recommended by the Bank Boards Bureau for the post.
Source : 06-09-18   Compiled by
HCL Tech names Mr. Prateek Aggarwal as new CFO
HCL Technologies has named Mr. Prateek Aggarwal as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with effect from October 1, 2018. Mr. Aggarwal will replace Mr. Anil Chanana, who will step down from his position on October 1 and would retire from the company on December 31, HCL Tech said in a statement. “The company constituted a committee of the board to review internal and external candidates and selected Mr. Aggarwal as a successor to Mr. Chanana,” the statement said. A graduate in commerce from SRCC, Delhi, Mr. Aggarwal holds an MBA degree from IIM, Calcutta. This is his second stint at HCL Tech, the statement said.
Source : 07-09-18   Compiled by
Merger complete, Vodafone-Idea looks to fire 2500 employees, limit total jobs to 15000
It has been nearly a week since Vodafone India and Aditya Birla Group’s Idea Cellular joined hands to create India’s largest telecom company. And now that the dust has settled, the combined entity, Vodafone Idea, which boasts of 408 million subscribers, is finally moving towards its targeted $10 billion synergy benefits from the merger. And the first step towards realizing the targeted benefits is limiting the head count. Vodafone Idea is likely to limit the headcount to 15,000 levels. Both the companies will shed up to 2,500 people from their total staff of 1,750,018,000 people. “There will be some rationalisation, which is natural and the company will look at reducing about 2,000-2,500 employees in the next few months,” said a senior executive. While the newly emerged company will be looking to cut jobs, the employees will be given severance packages and possibility of transfers within the Aditya Birla Group will also be explored. Besides reducing the headcount, the week-old telecom giant is also likely to hold back on increments and promotions for a while in a bid to tread ahead of the competition and maintain a leading position in the Indian telecom sector.
Source : 08-09-18   Compiled by
Pay delayed, Jet Airways pilots warn of non-cooperation
Jet Airways (India) Ltd will delay paying salaries for an additional two months of September and October as the loss-making airline battles its financial woes. Jet Airways has already delayed salary payments for July and August. It now plans to disburse salary for August in two instalments in September, according to an internal note sent to employees by Mr. Rahul Taneja, the airline’s chief people officer. Those affected are employees holding ranks of general managers and above, cockpit crew and aircraft maintenance engineers, Mr. Taneja said in the note. He said salaries for August would be disbursed in two instalments—half by 11 September and balance by 26 September. “For the months of September and October 2018, the same disbursement schedule will be followed,” Mr. Taneja said. A spokesperson for Jet Airways said “issues such as the disbursement of salaries are being amicably addressed and we continue to resolve ongoing concerns through constant dialogue with the airline’s management team.” “The management has been receptive of the cost saving initiatives suggested by NAG committee,” the spokesperson said.
Source : 06-09-18   Compiled by
Plan to hire 1,500 people in India: Nissan
Japanese auto major Nissan plans to hire 1,500 people in India to strengthen R&D and global digital hub while also stating that it would go for “voluntary separation” at its Chennai manufacturing unit. The company, which is seeking to revive its presence in India, said it would go for separate dealerships for Nissan and Datsun brands especially in smaller towns in the country. As part of a new strategy, the company is positioning the Nissan at the upper end building on the brand’s global SUV heritage while the Datsun brand will address the mass market segment, Nissan Chairman for Africa, Middle East and India Mr. Peyman Kargar said. Interacting with reporters on the sidelines of annual convention of SIAM, he said Nissan will also bring new products to India starting with the Kicks SUV in 2019. The company already employs around 7,000 people at its R&D centre near Chennai doing development work for vehicles in India and handling engineering activities for its alliance with Renault. “We are going to invest in this area in India further. We will hire 1,000 for R&D this year and another 500 for the newly set up digital hub,” Mr. Kargar said. In the coming years, in India, he said, “We will grow and our workforce will shift towards highly skilled jobs to lead the technological changes coming to the auto industry in India.”
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India’s ecommerce sector can create over 1 Mn jobs by 2023: Report
As per the recent report by PwC India and NASSCOM, the current Indian ecommerce market of $35 Bn is expected to grow at 25% in the next five years. The report also states that ecommerce can potentially create 1 million+ jobs by 2023. Ecommerce is expected to not just create regular corporate jobs but also increase employment in allied industries like logistics and warehousing. The report titled ‘Propelling India towards global leadership in e-commerce’ further states that e-tail and e-travel will continue to hold over 90 percent share of e-commerce, while online financial services will witness the fastest growth. The report says three out of four online customers are expected to come from tier II markets and beyond. A vast majority of them will be relatively less tech-savvy, seek greater transparency from brand and prefer consuming content in local languages. Additionally, the report stresses on the need for harmonization in the e-commerce policy framework that enables the growth of the sector. Ms. Debjani Ghosh, President NASSCOM said, “The e-commerce sector has been contributing towards various macroeconomic growth parameters, evangelizing local businesses and customers. In the next five years, the sector has the potential to create a million jobs in allied industries such as logistics, warehousing, etc. In addition, the FDI attracted enhances the country’s positioning significantly on the global stage. Ecommerce companies have to focus on building loyalty which will translate into repeat sales.”
Source : 07-09-18   Compiled by
Google builds new leadership team in India; Facebook, Myntra executives recruited
The Google India office is seeing unprecedented action these days as it ups the ante in the country, including making an aggressive play for the next wave of internet users hailing from the tier II cities and beyond. The buzz is that it is bringing back former employees and relocating existing ones to put together a strong leadership team. This is perhaps the first time in the company’s 15-year journey in India that it has made so many key appointments in senior leadership roles. To begin with, Mr. Sajith Sivanandan, former managing director of Google for Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and new emerging markets, has relocated to Bengaluru as the head of payments and access service in India. Similarly, Mr. Pankaj Gupta, the founder-CEO of Halli Labs – a Bengaluru-based artificial intelligence startup that the company acquired in July last year – has been appointed as director of engineering, Next Billion Users, Google India. Then, Mr. Ambarish Kenghe, the co-founder and former product management lead for Google’s Chromecast based at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, who moved on to Myntra as chief product officer in 2015, has been wooed back. Mr. Kenghe will now be leading product development for the payment app Google Pay. The internet giant is also casting its net wider to attract talent.
Source : 04-09-18   Compiled by
Mr. Amitabh Chaudhry to take charge as Axis Bank MD and CEO from January 1
The country’s third largest private sector lender Axis Bank Saturday appointed Mr. Amitabh Chaudhry as Managing Director and CEO from January 1, after incumbent Ms. Shikha Sharma steps down at the end of this year. Mr. Chaudhry, who resigned from the post of MD and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company, has been appointed as MD and CEO for a period of 3 years, with effect from January 1, 2019 up to December 31, 2021. “The Board of Directors of the bank at its meeting have taken on record the approval granted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to the appointment of Mr. Amitabh Chaudhry as the Managing Director and CEO of the Bank, for a period of 3 years, with effect from 1st January 2019 up to 31st December 2021 (both days inclusive),” Axis Bank said in a regulatory filing. Mr. Chaudhry will take over from Ms. Shikha Sharma after she demits office on December 31, 2018. The bank had selected three candidates to succeed Ms. Sharma at its board meeting held in July and had recommended their names for the approval of RBI. “I would like to thank the RBI and the Axis Bank Board for the privilege and honour given to me to lead this great institution. Axis Bank is amongst the leading private sector banks in the country. Together, with the support of the Board and the Axis team, I am confident of continuing the bank’s remarkable journey these past 25 years and to contribute to its future growth,” Mr. Chaudhry said. Chaudhry, 54 years, has been associated with HDFC Life since January 2010. He has been associated with HDFC Life since January 2010.
Source : 04-09-18   Compiled by
Hinduja Global Solutions sets up customer service centre in Florida, to create 500 new jobs
Hinduja Global Solutions said it is setting up a customer experience centre in Florida, US that will create 500 new job opportunities. “The centre, located in Jacksonville, FL, will bring more than 350 new career opportunities in the first phase of expansion, starting in September, with a total of 500 new job opportunities over time,” HGS said in a statement. This expansion is due to continued growth of the company’s domestic business, driven by a combination of providing additional services to existing clients and recent new business wins, it added. HGS has been aggressively growing its onshore presence across industries, growing its North American employee base by more than 40 per cent in the last 12 months. “We are excited to bring economic growth and job opportunities to the region and look forward to welcoming highly talented customer service people to the HGS team,” Mr. Tim Schuh, HGS President, North America said.
Source : 06-09-18   Compiled by

Branding led by HR KATHA – STORies and Katha Kahani way – very interesting

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Wipe out Sanskaras

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.



[Copyright © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust Ahmednagar (M.S.) India]

Lord Ganesha

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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Ganesha Hindu God Black And White Portrait
By Arun SivaPrasad

Master’s Suffering


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 …blessings come down

“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.”

                                                             ——Eruch Jessawala 

Real Treasure, Vol 2

By Ruston Falahati

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