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3-2-1 Thursday – My fav news letter


Note: You are receiving this email because you subscribed to my weekly 3-2-1 newsletter. Every Thursday, I share 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder. Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on habits and self-improvement.

3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (May 21, 2020)

“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”
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Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Let’s get right to it. Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to consider this week.

3 IDEAS FROM ME

I.
“Knowledge is the compound interest of curiosity.”
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II.
“A practical definition of opportunity cost:

If you spend too much time working on good things, then you don’t have much time left to work on great things.

Understanding opportunity cost means eliminating good uses of time. And that’s what makes it hard.”
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III.
“There are 3 primary drivers of results in life:

1) Your luck (randomness).
2) Your strategy (choices).
3) Your actions (habits).

Only 2 of the 3 are under your control. But if you master those 2, you can improve the odds that luck will work for you rather than against you.”
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2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS

I.

Poet Yahia Lababidi on the power of listening:

“A good listener is one who helps us overhear ourselves.”

Source: Signposts to Elsewhere


II.

Author Michael Lewis on the stories we tell ourselves:

“As I’ve gotten older—I would say starting in my mid-to-late 20s—I could not help but notice the effect on people of the stories they told about themselves. If you listen to people, if you just sit and listen, you’ll find that there are patterns in the way they talk about themselves.

There’s the kind of person who is always the victim in any story that they tell. Always on the receiving end of some injustice. There’s the person who’s always kind of the hero of every story they tell. There’s the smart person; they delivered the clever put down there.

There are lots of versions of this, and you’ve got to be very careful about how you tell these stories because it starts to become you. You are—in the way you craft your narrative—kind of crafting your character. And so I did at some point decide, “I am going to adopt self-consciously as my narrative, that I’m the happiest person anybody knows.” And it is amazing how happy-inducing it is.”

Source: The Tim Ferriss Show #427: Michael Lewis on the Crafts of Writing, Friendship, Coaching, Happiness, and More

1 QUESTION FOR YOU

Simple question to find work you love:

What do you enjoy refining? (It’s the areas you can’t help yourself from editing and optimizing where you have a long-term advantage.)

Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of the Bugs Bunny Stamp? In 1997, the U.S. Postal Service issued the first stamp bearing the likeness of Bugs Bunny. Go, Bugs, go!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.”

— Gilda Radner

Fast Company Compass Newsletter


Happy Friday!
Normalcy. It’s still hard to imagine, with people across the U.S. wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart. But with trillions of dollars at stake, one industry is eager for business as usual: the airline industry.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade group that represents hundreds of airlines and over 80% of all flights globally, and earlier this week, they shared a tentative, 21-page road map for what flying should look like in the age of COVID-19. The report sweats the small details, with advice for everything from checking in to cabin service.
So what’s flying look like in the future? Temperature checks are the new security screening. But your flight is still going to be packed. Read the full list of most notable changes here.
A MESSAGE FROM SALESFORCE

Alch0hol, fallacy, duplicity, hypocrisy


“`Now, this is spectacular 😂

Liquor Shops opened in Delhi by AAP, opposed by BJP.

In UP, opened by BJP, opposed by Congress.

In Punjab, opened by Congress opposed by AAP.

In Maharashtra, opened by Shiv Sena opposed by BJP.

In Tamilnadu opened by ADMK opposed by DMK

Pondy opened by Congress opposed by ADMK

Karnataka opened by BJP opposed by Congress

Like Politics, Alcohol too has no permanent friends or enemies.

Finally opened by husband and opposed by wife.“`

WOTD


WORD OF THE DAY
Regent
REE-jənt
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 15th century
1

A person appointed to administer a country because the monarch is a minor or is absent or incapacitated.

2

A member of the governing body of a university or other academic institution.

Examples of Regent in a sentence

“Until the young king reached his 18th birthday, his cousin was appointed regent.”

“As a regent of the university, she wanted to direct the endowment to grant more scholarships to low-income students.

Agenda Weekly from the World Economic Forum.


Agenda Weekly from the World Economic Forum.
Grüezi mitenand! Welcome to the World Economic Forum’s newsletter.

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Global deaths. How COVID-19 compares to other diseases.
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Coronavirus: How are companies responding?

Public health and economic recovery: see the latest collaborations and innovations from the World Economic Forum and its partners, as we work together to fight this pandemic.

On the Agenda

Thrive in the post-COVID workplace: 4-step guide.

The top vaccine challenges — and how the world is overcoming them.

How you’ll travel again. 5 ways global tourism is adapting.

7 tips to spot and stop COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

How to stop the next pandemic: protect the natural world.

The World vs the Virus: Listen to the latest podcast on Spotify or Apple.

Strategic Intelligence

From COVID-19 to blockchain, energy, global governance and more, explore and monitor the forces shaping our world.

On our radar

The first shot: inside the COVID vaccine fast track.

How did small Chinese farmers survive the pandemic? Live streaming.

The key variable in easing lockdowns? Culture.

A new outbreak shows signs that the virus may be changing.

How the Atlantic alliance helped make a world fit for money laundering.

Futurism Newsletter


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The Future Is In The Bionic Eye of The Beholder

21 MAY 2020

TOP STORY

This Bionic Eye Is Better Than a Real One, Scientists Say

Researchers say they’ve created a proof-of-concept bionic eye that could surpass the sensitivity of a human one. “In the future, we can use this for better vision prostheses and humanoid robotics,” researcher Zhiyong Fan, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, told Science News.

The eye, as detailed in a paper published in the prestigious journal Nature today, is in essence a three-dimensional artificial retina that features a highly dense array of extremely light-sensitive nanowires.

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HEADLINES FROM TODAY

ONEOil Companies Are Pumping Worthless Oil Back Underground

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TWOA Famed Neuroscientist Is Investigating Near-Death Experiences

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THREEScientists: Climate Change Is Turning Parts of Antarctica Green

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FOURThis Startup is Building a Huge Magic Mushroom Farm in Jamaica

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OF INTEREST

Astronomers: Ancient “Wolfe Disk” Should Never Have Existed

Astronomers say that a massive disk galaxy from the ancient universe, known as the “Wolfe Disk,” should never have existed. “Most galaxies that we find early in the universe look like train wrecks because they underwent consistent and often ‘violent’ merging,” Max Planck Institute for Astronomy researcher Marcel Neeleman said in a statement. “These hot mergers make it difficult to form well-ordered, cold rotating disks like we observe in our present universe.”

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NEWS IN QUOTES

“ Participants will experience environmental aspects similar to those astronauts are expected to experience on future missions to Mars. 

Brainpickings.org – my. fav newsletter


This is the Brain Pickings midweek pick-me-up: Once a week, I plunge into my fourteen-year archive and choose something worth resurfacing and resavoring as timeless nourishment for heart, mind, and spirit. (If you don’t yet subscribe to the standard Sunday newsletter of new pieces published each week, you can sign up here — it’s free.) If you missed last week’s edition — philosopher Martha Nussbaum on how to live with our human fragility — you can catch up right here. And if you find any solace, joy, and value in my labor of love, please consider supporting it with a donation – over these fourteen years, I have spent tens of thousands of hours and tremendous resources on Brain Pickings, and every little bit of support helps keep it – keep me – going. If you already donate: THANK YOU.

FROM THE ARCHIVE | The Wisdom of Trees: Walt Whitman on What Our Silent Friends Teach Us About Being Rather Than Seeming

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“When we have learned how to listen to trees,” Hermann Hesse wrote in his lyrical love letter to our arboreal companions, “then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.” Two generations earlier, a different titan of poetic sentiment extolled trees not only as a source of joy but as a source of unheralded moral wisdom and an improbable yet formidable model of what is noblest in the human character.

At fifty-four, a decade after his volunteer service as a nurse in the Civil War awakened him to the connection between the body and the spiritWalt Whitman (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) suffered a severe stroke that left him paralyzed. It took him two years to recover — convalescence aided greatly, he believed, by his immersion in nature and its healing power. “How it all nourishes, lulls me,” he exulted, “in the way most needed; the open air, the rye-fields, the apple orchards.” The transcendent record of Whitman’s communion with the natural world survives in Specimen Days (public library) — a sublime collection of prose fragments and diary entries, restoring the word “specimen” to its Latin origin in specere: “to look at.” What emerges is a jubilant celebration of the art of seeing, so native to us yet so easily unlearned, eulogized with the singular electricity that vibrates in Whitman alone.

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Walt Whitman (Library of Congress)

In the years following his stroke, Whitman ventured frequently into the woods — “the best places for composition.” One late-summer day in 1876, he finds himself before one of his favorite arboreal wonders — “a fine yellow poplar,” rising ninety feet into the sky. Standing at its mighty four-foot trunk, he contemplates the unassailable authenticity of trees as a counterpoint to what Hannah Arendt would lament a century later as the human propensity for appearing rather than being. In a meditation from the late summer of 1876, Whitman writes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngHow strong, vital, enduring! how dumbly eloquent! What suggestions of imperturbability and being, as against the human trait of mere seeming. Then the qualities, almost emotional, palpably artistic, heroic, of a tree; so innocent and harmless, yet so savage. It is, yet says nothing.

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Illustration by Arthur Rackham for a rare 1917 edition of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

Nearly a century and a half before researchers uncovered the astonishing science of what trees feel and how they communicate, Whitman adds:

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Art by Jacques Goldstyn from Bertolt, an uncommonly tender illustrated story about of the friendship of a tree.

Two centuries after an English gardener exulted that trees “speak to the mind, and tell us many things, and teach us many good lessons,” Whitman considers their quiet wisdom as a model for human character:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngGo and sit in a grove or woods, with one or more of those voiceless companions, and read the foregoing, and think.

One lesson from affiliating a tree — perhaps the greatest moral lesson anyhow from earth, rocks, animals, is that same lesson of inherency, of what is, without the least regard to what the looker on (the critic) supposes or says, or whether he likes or dislikes. What worse — what more general malady pervades each and all of us, our literature, education, attitude toward each other, (even toward ourselves,) than a morbid trouble about seems, (generally temporarily seems too,) and no trouble at all, or hardly any, about the sane, slow-growing, perennial, real parts of character, books, friendship, marriage — humanity’s invisible foundations and hold-together? (As the all-basis, the nerve, the great-sympathetic, the plenum within humanity, giving stamp to everything, is necessarily invisible.)

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Art by Cécile Gambini from Strange Trees by Bernadette Pourquié, an illustrated atlas of the world’s arboreal wonders.

Specimen Days is a beautiful, healing read in its totality. Complement this particular fragment with a tender illustrated ode to our bond with trees, the story of how Marianne Moore saved a rare tree’s life with a poem, and a lyrical short film about our silent companions, then revisit Whitman on democracyidentity and the paradox of the self, and his timeless advice on living a vibrant and rewarding life.

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👋 Hey Failories!

This is Nico – I’m lately taking care of Failory and will do for the upcoming months. From now on, I will be the one sending these emails. Will do my best to share high-quality content – any kind of comments are really appreciated!

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RANDOM Phrases


  1. Elephant in the RoomMeaning: Ignoring a large, obvious problem or failing to address an issue that stands out in a major way.
  2. Go Out On a LimbMeaning: Putting yourself in a risky situation in order to help someone; or to hazard a guess.
  3. Jaws of LifeMeaning: Usually this references a tool used by rescuers when they pry or cut open a car to save the occupant.

Would you rather…


  1. Would you rather live in luxury in a town you don’t like or in a shack in a town you love?
  2. Would you rather spend the rest of your life underwater or underground?
  3. Would you rather be famous now and forgotten when you die or unknown now and famous after your death?
  4. Would you rather have lips made of teeth or teeth made of lips?
  5. Would you rather only be able to go out when it’s light outside or only when it’s dark outside?

Never have I ever….


  1. Never have I ever have I thought I knew the words to a song, but they were completely wrong.
  2. Never have I ever laughed at an inappropriate time.
  3. Never have I ever watched Star Wars.
  4. Never have I ever been to an amusement park.
  5. Never have I ever met a TV star.
  6. Never have I ever gone on a famous person tour.
  7. Never have I ever watched a superhero movie.
  8. Never have I ever seen the Emmy Awards.
  9. Never have I ever accidentally sent a sexy email to the wrong person.
  10. Never have I ever gone skinny dipping.
  11. Never have I ever spilled a drink all over myself.

Facts


  1. Of the 70% of water covering the Earth only 3% of it is fresh, the other 97% of it is salted.
  2. There is a correlation between pulling an all-nighter and snapping out of depression. This is because the brain gets more active the longer it goes without sleep.
  3. Originally, cigarette filters were made out of cork, the look of which was incorporated into today’s pattern.

Wisdom Quotes 9


You can’t overcome fear by thinking about it. Face it head on.

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. (Dale Carnegie)

It takes a fool to do the same thing again and again with the hopes for a different result.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (Albert Einstein)

My Mentoring Failures


I am a successful mentor. My success depends upon the Mentee, Protege’,, Mentoree’s success.

I have had my share of failures.  Notable ones had one thing in common.  The Protege’ had the gift of gab. They were presentable, They were smart, They had all the knowledge, tools, techniques, wisdom in the world,

They even had me by their side whom they used as ATM  – Any Time Mentor. I do not take share in their business, I do not invest my own money in their business, do not put my skin in the game – as some would argue.  So be it.

The failures occur due to lack of INTEGRITY.  To me Integrity is very simply – “Do what I say and Say what I do”. – no fat, no excuses,  Those who failed – some showed this trait repeatedly.   It was a factor beyond any Coach or mentor’s control who can lead a horse to water, even persuade him to drink it but to digest is not for mentor to do.

Failures also occur due to inertia, inaction, ineptitude, self imposed procrastination in the garb of ” I need to think this through” , ” I need to consult a, b, c….. zee” zillions of people before I shall act – if at all.

 

WhatsApp forward I liked- This is why I love Mumbai


Superb answer by a Mumbai-lover to a question “Is Mumbai​ likable place”

I took a Cab from Lower Parel to Worli. The fare was Rs.67. Since I was coming from Bangalore, I gave Rs.100 to the cab driver and started walking towards my office. The driver called me back. He gave me Rs.30 back. I started walking again. He called me back again and gave me 3 bucks back.

This is why I love Mumbai.

It was Holi Morning. I had to come to office. My cab fare was again 70 bucks. The driver did not have change. He went ahead and bought a Vada (a typical Mumbai snack) worth Rs.10 and returned me the balance. When I was walking away. The driver took his plate of Vada, offered me half of them. “Boss, ek lelo, Holi hai!”

This is why I love Mumbai.

It was my first night out on Marine Drive. The rainy days were about to start.I sat on the rocks with my friend. And suddenly it started raining. Ohh, I can’t even start to tell you how much people love the first rain here. It was 3 a.m. I saw a group of 3 girls, all dressed up in their short LBDs , probably coming back after party. They got out of their car. And started drenching and dancing in the rain. And no, not a single guy catcalled them.

This is why I love Mumbai.

Just on the opposite side of the road ,where the girls were dancing, there was an old traditional Muslim couple. They were completely wet . The rain poured like nothing I have ever seen. Yet they sat there enjoying the view of the sea, holding hands. They were in their 60s.

This is why I love Mumbai.

Every Time I took the local train, I realized there is always a place for another person. It always looked impossible from the outside to get in. But somehow “we” always used to fit in those small coaches.

That is why I loved Mumbai.

Every time it rains here, I wonder if the city is coming to a stop. It literally is like the hell broke down. I saw platform being overflown by rainwater. Then when I reached my office, I saw everyone came to work. People somehow manage to live here, irrespective of anything. The best part is they do it with a smile.

That is why I loved Mumbai.

There used to be a couple, just below my first apartment, on the street. They did not have a place to stay. They were homeless. I used to take the cab for my office from the front of their tent. I saw the old guy reading his news paper, sipping tea and I saw her wife combing hair of her one of the street dogs. I never saw them sad in their happy little home (tent?). The wife always wore a little lilly on her hair.

That is why I loved Mumbai.

I was at Dadar Station . It was 9 in the morning. It is pointless to say that it is one of the busiest hour. I saw a couple smooching on the platform. They were probably saying goodbyes to each other. From what I figured out later the girl was moving to another city on a long distance train. And then I realized I am one of the very few people watching. Everyone else is busy about their own train.

That is why I loved Mumbai.

The city is an infrastructural mess. The air is so polluted at times I could not see the top of my own building due to dust. The place is so over crowded that there is probably more space in a first world country’s prison than in Mumbai. Yet, I saw a Punjabi 26 year old guy,dressed in formal, singing his heart out while coming back from office on a bike. I saw a Jaguar stuck in the same traffic light. And they coexisted happily, side by side.

That is what Mumbai is for you “naked, sheer raw acceptance of truth”
I saw thousands of small homes. Homes of the size of washrooms of my place in Kolkata . Yet, I never saw a permanent sad face in any of those windows. People ran, people fought, people struggled for their dreams . “One does not live in Mumbai, One struggles in Mumbai”.

Mumbai is still the city of dreams. Mumbai can give you respect, happiness, irrespective of your caste, creed, gender and economical status. As the tea stall owner just outside my office used to say.. “Ambani bhi petrolpump pe petrol deta tha.. To hum konsi maal hai?”

One more thing , just shout Ganpati Bappa anywhere in Mumbai u will hear MORYA next minute

That is why I love​ Mumbai.
AUTHOR UNKNOWN.

Article courtesy a friend on Whatsapp


The Jagadguru Versus a Missionary

Following is an interesting debate that took place between the Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Shringeri Sharada piitam, Shrii Shrii Abhinava Vidyathiirtha mahaswamigal ( 1931 – 1989 ) and a Christian Missionary, sometime in the year 1973.

The missionary had come to Shringeri to debate with the Acharya and establish the “superemacy” of Christianity over the Hindu dharma. After exchanging a few words of formality,

Jagadguru: What is the purpose of your visit ?

Missionary: Swamiji, I intend to open a Christian church and an ashram just near you mutt.

Jagadguru: What’s the objective or motivation for doing so?

Missionary: I want to preach Christianity and help distressed people seek peace and salvation

Jagadguru: Well, what do you preach ?

Missionary: Regarding Christianity; the greatness of Jesus Christ and thereby convert people to our Christian religion

Jagadguru: Well, could you kindly explain to me about your religion ?
Missionary: With Pleasure Swamiji !!!. You may ask me specific questions. I will answer to them.

Jagadguru: How old is your religion ?

Missionary: It has been 1973 years since my religion was founded.

Jagadguru: Good. It means that there is a specific date for the beginning of your religion. But were there not people before your religion was born ? Were they not living happily ?

Missionary: If there were no people at all, for whom should we have preached our religion? Before Christianity was born, people were very much there. Christianity began to show people the sure way to go to the heaven.

Jagadguru: Ok !!! you mean to say that only those who follow your religion go to heavens and the rest fall into hell. What happened to millions of people who lived (and died) before your Christianity was born ? Were they going to heavens or to hell after death ?

Missionary: They were all sinners since they didn’t follow
Christianity and hence went to hell to suffer.

Jagadguru: That is highly unfair !!!!!!!!!!!!!. Even the most corrupt government of the present age won’t follow such a foolish policy !!!!. Is it justifiable to say that all those who didn’t follow the rules and regulations before it was formulated would go to hell ? Is it possible to know in advance the rules of Law that would be enacted sometime in distant future and follow it now ?

Hence it is not only unfair, but highly foolish to say that all those who didn’t embrace and follow Christianity before it was
founded, were sinners and went to hell.
[ At this point, the Missionary was highly confused and embarrassed.

His face turned pale. He had observed that the Mahaswamy was very cool and composed throughout the debate. In contrast, the Missionary was breathing heavily due to anxiousness and showed signs of restlessness. Unable to look at the glittering persona of the Mahaswamy, the Missionary bent his head and said in a low voice

Missionary: True Swamiji. I agree to your words. Those people (who
lived before Christianity was born) would not have gone to hell. They would have only gone to the heavens.

Jagadguru: Even that would be highly unfair. Because according to
you, every person who lived before the birth of Christianity would have gone to the Heaven. But according to the teachings of Christianity, only those who follow the Christ’s path would go to
the Heaven and the rest would go to hell. Therefore, it was better
before Christianity was born, since everyone could go to heaven without discretion !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Your Christianity is indeed doing injustice to people.

[Now the Missionary was highly disturbed. He had to eat his own words. He simply wished to somehow escape from that place; but could not do so]

Missionary: Swamiji, please don’t ask me such questions. Please let
me go
[taking pity at the vulnerability of the Missionary, the Swamji
continued:]

Jagadguru: Ok, let us leave all those stuff for now. You see, people
in this world are subject to different kinds of worries, sufferings and pleasures. What’s the reason for this?

Missionary: The almighty God Jesus is responsible for this.

Jagadguru: If your God is responsible for the pitiable condition of a beggar and the pleasures enjoyed by a wealthy man, then doesn’t it mean that your god likes some people and dislikes the rest ?

Missionary: That is God’s own wish. We are helpless. He can act
according to his wishes.

Jagadguru: Ok then, He could have blessed everyone with only pleasures and happiness. Why did He then give sorrow and sufferings to some people ?

Missionary: Its all left to God’s wish. We never know why

Jagadguru: I find no logic or essence in your answer. By the way, one more question to you. Some people die while in childhood itself.
Some others die in their old age. Where do the children go after death – to heaven or hell ?

Missionary: How can small children commit any mistake ? they are
flawless. Since they are too young, there is no question of sin or good deed.

Jagadguru: That’s why I asked you regarding children

Missionary: All children go to heaven only!

Jagadguru: Oh !!! Then our parents have done a great injustice to all of us. They should have killed us while we were small children so that we would have not committed any sin when we grew up. The
heavens also would have been ours!!!!!!!!
[The Missionary was once again in trouble]

Missionary: Swamiji, I am unable to say anything.

Jagadguru: Ok leave it. After death, all have to go either to the Heaven or hell. Can you tell me when this happens?

Missionary: Whenever the God wishes to dispense justice, the fate of a soul is decided

Jagadguru: What a surprise !!!!!! Is God so lunatic that he dispenses justice as and when he wishes ?

Missionary: No not like that. There is a particular order

Jagadguru: Ok please explain to me that order explained in your Bible
[The Missionary started sweating and blabbering]

Jagadguru: Ok I will tell you what has been told in your Bible.
Kindly correct me if I am wrong

Missionary: Sure Swamiji

Jagadguru: After the death of all people on this earth, on one fine
day (known as “the Judgement day”), the God will dispense justice by sending some to heaven and the rest to hell.

Missionary: Yes Yes !!! your words are very much true Swamiji

Jagadguru: Look my dear, observe the happenings of our own world. If a person is caught for committing a crime, he is housed in a jail for a couple of days, before conducting an inquiry. If it is
required to keep him in jail for long, he has to be produced before
the Magistrate and obtain his permission. If the Magistrate doesn’t
agree for that, the culprit has to be let free.

According to your religion, after the death of a person, his soul
has to wait for the death of all the rest of the people on this
earth, even if it means billions of years, to seek judgement from
the God. People keep taking birth and dying. How unfair it is to say
that one has to wait for the death of all the rest !!!!!!!!!!. Even
in man made courts, no judge will ask an accused to wait for trial
until all the rest commit some crime !!!!!

[The Missionary was totally speechless and blank. He didn’t know
what to do or how to react. He just sat like stone. The Jagadguru
continued:]

Your religion is supreme to you alone. You should follow it with
utmost faith and reverence. But you have no right to question and
destroy the faith of others, nor try to “convert” them.

Also it is not at all fair to preach that those who don’t follow your religion will go to hell. It is nothing but ignorance to think that only your faith leads to God and that of others are useless.

Stop preaching and start seeking the Truth. A realized person treats all equally.
[As usual, the Jagadguru blessed the visitor (Missionary) and blessedh im with fruits and “mantrakshatha”. The Missionary
prostrated before the Jagadguru with utmost reverence and left the place. Now, the Jagadguru addressed his disciples who were present around him:]
Jagadguru: “sahayajnaah prajaa ShrsShtA purOvAcha prajApathih |
anEna prasaviShyaThya mOkShOvOsthwiShwa kAmaDhuk ||”
The Supreme Father of the Universe created men along with the yajnasand blessed us that yajnas will be our “kAmaDhenu” [a divine Cow that fulfills all wishes]. The Supreme Father, while
doing creation has also formulated the rules for the well-being of
our Universe. This is the philosophy of our Vedic Hindoo Dharma,
this is the greatness of our Dharma.

Our holy scriptures proclaim that the Supreme Being (God) is
primordial (one who has no beginning or end). So is this Universe
and our Dharma. Living beings enjoy the fruits of their own actions.
Good deeds and actions bring good results. Likewise, bad deeds and actions bring bad results to living beings.

The Paramaathma (Supreme Being) is alone capable of judging the fruits of our actions. It is very much true that God is very kindful. Just like a judge lessens the punishment of a convict who confesses before the court, the God forgives those who repent for their bad actions and leads a virtuous life thereafter. But he will not, forgive for sure, those who repeatedly commit the same mistake………

Our Shasthras urge that one should possess good intellect along with faith. They strongly emphasize right thinking. But other religions preach that just faith is enough. Blind emotions are the hallmark of such religions. Our Vedic Hindu Dharma strives to strike a balance between emotions and intellect.

Our Saints and philosophers accept something only after giving much thought to it and subjecting it tol ots of “fire tests”. Hence ours are time tested values and they are very much relevant for all ages.

Incarnations of great divine personalities like Lord Rama and KrShnA are unique to our Vedic Hindoo Dharma. Our Dharma is not founded by these great men. Instead, our Dharma contributed such great men to humanity. Such is the greatness of our Sanathan Vedic Hindu Dharma.

We are all greatly blessed indeed to have born in such a great country and society. Let us all inculcate and assimilate the essence of our Dharma and accomplish the real purpose of our births.

Courtesy via Shri Ganesh Gopal

The above is taken from the book “Yogiraj Shri Abhinava Vidhyathirtha” in Kannada language, authored by Shri Huragalawadi Narasinha Shasthry.

WhatsApp forward I liked- This is why I love Mumbai


Superb answer by a Mumbai-lover to a question “Is Mumbai​ likable place”

I took a Cab from Lower Parel to Worli. The fare was Rs.67. Since I was coming from Bangalore, I gave Rs.100 to the cab driver and started walking towards my office. The driver called me back. He gave me Rs.30 back. I started walking again. He called me back again and gave me 3 bucks back.

This is why I love Mumbai.

It was Holi Morning. I had to come to office. My cab fare was again 70 bucks. The driver did not have change. He went ahead and bought a Vada (a typical Mumbai snack) worth Rs.10 and returned me the balance. When I was walking away. The driver took his plate of Vada, offered me half of them. “Boss, ek lelo, Holi hai!”

This is why I love Mumbai.

It was my first night out on Marine Drive. The rainy days were about to start.I sat on the rocks with my friend. And suddenly it started raining. Ohh, I can’t even start to tell you how much people love the first rain here. It was 3 a.m. I saw a group of 3 girls, all dressed up in their short LBDs , probably coming back after party. They got out of their car. And started drenching and dancing in the rain. And no, not a single guy catcalled them.

This is why I love Mumbai.

Just on the opposite side of the road ,where the girls were dancing, there was an old traditional Muslim couple. They were completely wet . The rain poured like nothing I have ever seen. Yet they sat there enjoying the view of the sea, holding hands. They were in their 60s.

This is why I love Mumbai.

Every Time I took the local train, I realized there is always a place for another person. It always looked impossible from the outside to get in. But somehow “we” always used to fit in those small coaches.

That is why I loved Mumbai.

Every time it rains here, I wonder if the city is coming to a stop. It literally is like the hell broke down. I saw platform being overflown by rainwater. Then when I reached my office, I saw everyone came to work. People somehow manage to live here, irrespective of anything. The best part is they do it with a smile.

That is why I loved Mumbai.

There used to be a couple, just below my first apartment, on the street. They did not have a place to stay. They were homeless. I used to take the cab for my office from the front of their tent. I saw the old guy reading his news paper, sipping tea and I saw her wife combing hair of her one of the street dogs. I never saw them sad in their happy little home (tent?). The wife always wore a little lilly on her hair.

That is why I loved Mumbai.

I was at Dadar Station . It was 9 in the morning. It is pointless to say that it is one of the busiest hour. I saw a couple smooching on the platform. They were probably saying goodbyes to each other. From what I figured out later the girl was moving to another city on a long distance train. And then I realized I am one of the very few people watching. Everyone else is busy about their own train.

That is why I loved Mumbai.

The city is an infrastructural mess. The air is so polluted at times I could not see the top of my own building due to dust. The place is so over crowded that there is probably more space in a first world country’s prison than in Mumbai. Yet, I saw a Punjabi 26 year old guy,dressed in formal, singing his heart out while coming back from office on a bike. I saw a Jaguar stuck in the same traffic light. And they coexisted happily, side by side.

That is what Mumbai is for you “naked, sheer raw acceptance of truth”
I saw thousands of small homes. Homes of the size of washrooms of my place in Kolkata . Yet, I never saw a permanent sad face in any of those windows. People ran, people fought, people struggled for their dreams . “One does not live in Mumbai, One struggles in Mumbai”.

Mumbai is still the city of dreams. Mumbai can give you respect, happiness, irrespective of your caste, creed, gender and economical status. As the tea stall owner just outside my office used to say.. “Ambani bhi petrolpump pe petrol deta tha.. To hum konsi maal hai?”

One more thing , just shout Ganpati Bappa anywhere in Mumbai u will hear MORYA next minute

That is why I love​ Mumbai.
AUTHOR UNKNOWN.

Did you know…


… that today is You Are Somebody Day? This day celebrates all of us who are good but not yet that proverbial Somebody. Celebrate you as you. Make a list of what you do, what you have done, and what you want to do. Build your self-esteem!

~~~

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”

— Hippocrates

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