The decisions you make today will determine the stories you tell tomorrow.
Craig Groeschel – Pastor

Did you know..

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of Roget’s Thesaurus? In 1852, Peter Roget published the first edition of his thesaurus. Trivia fans: Roget’s general inquisitiveness and his Victorian faith in social and personal improvement led him to publish learned articles on sewer sanitation, magnetism, bees, geology, and how the knight might be moved to every square on the chess board.


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My mission is simple. I want to help successful people achieve positive, lasting change in behavior; for themselves, their people, and their teams. I want to help you make your life a little better. Thank you for subscribing! Life is good.

Creating a New Team Culture

Do you play well with others?

Marshall GoldsmithApr 29

This is a great question. If you answer it honestly.

Your answer could lead to your success or demise as a leader. It could be the key factor in your personal and family relationships.

So, let’s ask it again. Do you play well with others?

Many of us may think “plays well with others” is a category for grading schoolchildren, not grown-ups like us. We tell ourselves, “I’m a successful, confident adult. I shouldn’t have to constantly monitor if I’m being nice of if people like me.”

We may hold ourselves blameless for any interpersonal friction; it’s always someone else’s fault, not ours. “The other guy needs to change. I shouldn’t have to. In fact, I don’t need to, it’s his fault!”

Or we’re so satisfied with how far our behavior has already taken us in life that we smugly reject any reason to change. In other words, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

When my good friend Alan Mulally became CEO of Ford, he set to work to create an environment where the executive team, notorious for not working together, could learn to play well with each other. Through Alan’s leadership, the focus of the team and ultimately the focus of the entire company became, “How can we help one another more?”

It worked. The company survived through incredibly difficult times, and returned to achieving great success again through working together. If Ford had been a schoolyard, and the executives school children, they would have gotten the highest of marks in “playing well with others.


You can answer this question with your team by trying this simple four-step process, which I call “team building without time wasting.” The steps are:

  1. In a team meeting ask each team member to rate “How well are we doing?” vs. “How well do we need to be doing?” in terms of teamwork. Have each member do this on paper. Have one of the members calculate the scores — without identifying anyone. One a 1-10 scale — with 10 being the highest score — the average evaluation from over 1,000 teams is “We are a 5.8. We need to be an 8.7.”
  2. Assuming there is a gap between “we are” and “we need to be,” ask each team member to list two key behaviors that, if each other individual team member improved, could help close the gap and improve teamwork. Do not mention people — only behavior — such as listening better, clear goals, etc. Then list the behaviors on a flip chart and have the team pick the one that they believe will have the biggest impact.
  3. Have each team member conduct a three-minute, one-on-one meeting, with each of the other team members. (Do this while standing and rotate as members become available.) In these sessions each person should ask, “Please suggest one or two positive changes I can make individually to help our team work together more effectively.” Then have each person pick one behavior to focus on improving.
  4. Begin a regular monthly follow-up process in which each team member asks each other member for suggestions on how to continue their improvement based on their behavior the previous month. The conversations should focus on the specific areas identified for improvement individually as well as general suggestions for how to be better team members.

When asking for input the rules are that the person receiving the ideas cannot judge or critique the ideas. He must just listen and say “thank you.” The person giving the ideas must focus on the future — not the past.

This is a quick and easy process that helps teams improve and helps team members become better team players. Try it for yourself and see!

Thank you for reading! I hope this is helpful to you and those around you.

Life is good. Marshall.

Mad honey: The rare hallucinogen from the mountains of Nepal – Big Think

‘Mad honey’: The rare hallucinogen from the mountains of Nepal

Of the world’s 300 honey varieties, none is stranger and more dangerous than mad honey.


Mad honey

Honey bee (Apis dorsata) hiveCredit Nireekshit via Wikipedia

  • Mad honey is produced by bees who feed on specific species of rhododendron plants, which grow in mountainous regions like those surrounding the Black Sea.
  • People have used mad honey for centuries for recreational, medicinal, and military purposes. Low doses cause euphoria and lightheadedness, while high doses cause hallucinations and, in rare cases, death.
  • Mad honey is still harvested and sold today, though it’s illegal in some nations.

On the mountainsides of Nepal and Turkey, bees produce a strange and dangerous concoction: mad honey.

It’s a rare variety of the natural fluid. Compared to the several hundred other types of honey produced around the world, mad honey is redder and slightly more bitter tasting, and it comes from the world’s largest honey bee, Apis dorsata laboriosa.

Mad about honey

But what really distinguishes mad honey are its physiological effects. In lower doses, mad honey causes dizziness, lightheadedness, and euphoria. Higher doses can cause hallucinations, vomiting, loss of consciousness, seizures, and, in rare cases, death.

Here’s one account of what it’s like to take a moderate dose of mad honey, provided by a VICE producer who traveled to Nepal to join mad honey hunters on a harvesting expedition:

“I ate two teaspoons, the amount recommended by the honey hunters, and after about 15 minutes, I started to feel a high similar to weed,” wrote David Caprara for VICE.

“I felt like my body was cooling down, starting from the back of my head and down through my torso. A deep, icy hot feeling settled in my stomach and lasted for several hours. The honey was delicious, and though a few of the hunters passed out from eating a bit too much, no one suffered from the projectile vomiting or explosive diarrhea I’d been warned about.”

Here’s another account from Will Brendza at The Rooster:

“Within 40ish minutes I could feel the honey creeping up on me. The back of my head started to tingle, like I was getting a scalp massage. Then, from within, I felt a warmth around my heart, in my chest and abdomen. Things slowed down a little, and my state of mind became tranquil. By the time we left the restaurant I was feeling good and strange.”

“There are no visuals, though. The high is very much a bodily one and a mental one; a warm and relaxed sensation more like a sedative than your conventional psychedelic.”

What is mad honey?

The psychoactive effects of mad honey stem not from bees but from what bees feed on in certain regions: a genus of flowering plants called rhododendrons. All species of these plants contain a group of neurotoxic compounds called grayanotoxins. When bees feed on the nectar and pollen of certain types of rhododendrons, the insects ingest grayanotoxins, which eventually make their way into the bees’ honey, effectively making it “mad.”

Mad honey

Rhododendron ferrugineumCredit albert kok

Bees are more likely to produce mad honey when and where rhododendrons are dominating. The reason has to do with scarcity: With fewer types of plants to feed on, the insects feed almost solely on rhododendrons, so they consume more grayanotoxins. The result is especially pure mad honey.

But accessing honeycombs that contain mad honey can be difficult. One reason is that rhododendrons grow best in higher altitudes, and bees often build their hives on cliffs near the plants, meaning harvesters have to climb mountainsides to harvest the honey.

However, harvesters bold enough to go for the honeycombs stand to profit. The Guardian reported that a kilogram of high-quality mad honey can sell for about $360 in shops around Turkey, while National Geographic noted that a pound of mad honey goes for about $60 on Asian black markets. In general, the value of mad honey is much higher than regular honey.

That’s partly because many people believe mad honey has more medical value than regular honey. In the Black Sea region and beyond, people use it to treat conditions like hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and sore throat, though the research on the medical benefits of hallucinogenic honey from Nepal and Turkey is unclear.

In northeastern Asia, some buyers believe mad honey treats erectile dysfunction, which might explain why the majority of cases of mad honey poisonings involve middle-aged men, as noted in a 2018 report published in the journal RSC Advances.

How does mad honey affect the body?

Although the medicinal benefits of mad honey aren’t clear, what’s certain is that humans can be poisoned by consuming too much grayanotoxin-rich honey, which can cause dangerous decreases to blood pressure and heart rate.

Forensic toxicologist Justin Brower elaborated on his blog, Nature’s Poisons:

“Grayanotoxins exert their toxicity by binding to sodium ion channels on cell membranes and preventing them from closing quickly, like aconitine. The result is a state of depolarization in which sodium ions are freely flowing into the cells, and calcium influx is on the rise.”

This process can lead to a series of symptoms involving increased sweating, salivation, and nausea, Brower said, noting that symptoms typically disappear within 24 hours, as they did for a man in Seattle who suffered mad honey poisoning in 2011. While the exact amount of mad honey it takes to become poisoned depends on the individual and the quality of the honey, the 2018 RSC Advances report noted:

“Consumption of about 15-30 g mad honey leads to intoxication, and symptoms appear after half to 4 [hours]. The level of intoxication not only depends on the amount of mad honey consumed but also on the grayanotoxin concentration in the honey and the season of production. According to Ozhan et al., consumption of one teaspoon of mad honey may lead to poisoning.”

Although Turkey records about a dozen cases of mad honey poisonings per year, a 2012 study published in Cardiovascular Toxicology noted that it’s rare for people to die from the substance, though cases of animal deaths have been reported.

Mad honey throughout history

The strange effects of mad honey have captivated people near the Black Sea for millennia. One of the oldest accounts comes from 401 BCE, when Greek soldiers were marching through the Turkish town of Trabzon and came across a bounty of mad honey. The Athenian military leader and philosopher Xenophon wrote in his book Anabasis:

“The number of bee-hives was extraordinary, and all the soldiers that ate of the combs, lost their senses, vomited, and were affected with purging, and none of them were able to stand upright; such as had eaten only a little were like men greatly intoxicated, and such as had eaten much were like mad-men, and some like persons at the point of death.”

“They lay upon the ground, in consequence, in great numbers, as if there had been a defeat; and there was general dejection. The next day no one of them was found dead; and they recovered their senses about the same hour that they had lost them on the preceding day; and on the third and fourth days they got up as if after having taken physic.”

Centuries later, in 67 BCE, Roman soldiers weren’t so lucky. As the soldiers pursued King Mithridates of Pontus and his Persian army, they stumbled across mad honey that the Persians had intentionally left behind, intending to use the substance as a bioweapon. Vaughn Bryant, a professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University, explained in a press release:

“The Persians gathered pots full of local honey and left them for the Roman troops to find. They ate the honey, became disoriented and couldn’t fight. The Persian army returned and killed over 1,000 Roman troops with few losses of their own.”

But mad honey was more often used for nonviolent purposes. People in the Black Sea region have long consumed small amounts of the substance (about a teaspoon’s worth), in boiling milk or on its own, both for pleasure and as a folk medicine.

In the 18th century, merchants in the Black Sea region sold honey to the Europeans, who infused liquor with a bit of the substance to enjoy its milder effects.

Mad honey today

Today, beekeepers in Nepal and Turkey still harvest mad honey, though it represents a small fraction of the nations’ total honey production. Both countries allow the production, sale, and exportation of mad honey, but the substance is illegal in other nations, like South Korea, which banned the substance in 2005.

While interested buyers in the U.S. can purchase mad honey from countries like Nepal and Turkey, it might be worth sticking with the regular stuff. After all, the handful of experiences posted on the website of the non-profit psychedelic research organization don’t sound too enticing.

One user said they “wouldn’t even recommend trying it.” Another user suffered mad honey poisoning after taking too much, writing that the “symptoms can seem life threatening” and that they hope their report might help “some poor bastard out there not make the same mistake.”


I like James Clear Newsletter

3-2-1 Newsletter by James Clear

“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”

3-2-1: On the the bottleneck to achieving results, the discomfort of growth, and friendship

read onJAMESCLEAR.COM | APRIL 29, 2021

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to consider this week…

3 Ideas From Me


“How did you accomplish that?”

“Same as everything else. Gradually, then all at once.”

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“Books for mindset.

Quiet time to think for strategy.

Conversations with successful peers for tactics.”

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“In many cases, the bottleneck to achieving results is simply making the time to do the work.

You’re capable of exercising, but are you making the time?

You’re capable of writing, but are you making the time?

You’re capable of reading, but are you making the time?”

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2 Quotes From Others


Writer Alice Walker on the discomfort of growth:

“Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger than we were before.

Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant.

But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be… for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.”

Source: Living by the Word: Essays


Poet David Whyte on friendship:

“The dynamic of friendship is almost always underestimated as a constant force in human life: a diminishing circle of friends is the first terrible diagnostic of a life in deep trouble: of overwork, of too much emphasis on a professional identity, of forgetting who will be there when our armored personalities run into the inevitable natural disasters and vulnerabilities found in even the most average existence.

The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness … to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.”

Source: Consolations

1 Question For You

How have my bad habits become a crutch I lean on? What stories do I need to let go of so I can walk freely?

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CCI approves acquisition by Tata Digital Limited of up to 64.3% of the total share capital of Supermarket Grocery Supplies Private Ltd (SGS) and SGS’ sole control over Innovative Retail Concepts Private Limited
New high-yielding and pest-resistant variety of soybean can help boost countrywide production
India’s crosses a major landmark with more than 15 Crore Cumulative Vaccination Coverage
Ministry of Home Affairs issues order to all States and Union Territories to Consider Containment Measures as Conveyed in Advisory of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of April 25th
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Puducherry presents Annual Action Plan to achieve ‘HarGharJal’ under JalJeevan Mission
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Decoding the sign – by Seth Godin

* Decoding the sign [ ]

A “Deer Xing” sign isn’t there to tell the deer where to cross the road.

It’s there to let drivers know that this is the spot where deer often choose to cross the road.

Because deer can’t read signs, and even if they could, they probably wouldn’t bother to obey them. People, on the other hand, are far more likely to be killed by hitting a deer than they are by a shark bite.

A good signmaker is aware of “who’s it for” and “what’s it for.” In this case, the hope is that drivers will be more careful.

Too often, signs of all kinds (metaphorical signs, not just physical ones), are simply ALL CAPS YELLING about how the signmaker is frustrated about something they can’t control. If you can’t influence something, why are you yelling about it?

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Are You Stuck in a Rut? It’s Time to Adjust!

Adding awareness gives us a choice to adjust our behavior

Marshall GoldsmithApr 27

Our lives don’t occur in a vacuum. They are usually the result of unappreciated triggers in our environment—the people and situations that lure us into behaving in a manner diametrically opposed to the colleague, partner, parent, or friend we imagine ourselves to be.

These triggers are constant and relentless and omnipresent.

You might think that triggers would cause you to act in new and novel ways, expanding your horizons, making you more successful with each passing moment. Hardly!

Triggers initiate a simple formulaic response in us:


This is difficult enough, but add in the environment and unbeknownst to us, it is holding us in a rut even more by triggering old behaviors.

How do you recognize triggers?

Well, triggers come in many forms:

  • Habits
  • Smells
  • People
  • Sounds
  • Sights

Triggers can be external, or they can be internal. They can be daydreams; they can be thoughts.

What is true about all triggers is: the trigger happens, it sets off an impulse, you act.

By becoming aware of our typical triggers, we can change that sequence to:


Adding awareness gives us a choice to adjust our behavior!

Once you’re aware of your triggers, you can arrange to avoid them. If you can’t avoid them, you can anticipate problems that might arise and learn how to recognize the triggers and adjust your behavior in the moment.

How do you become aware of your triggers?

The most effective way to become aware is through daily tracking. Ask yourself, “Who do I want to be?” (That’s the personal development question). Then, make up a set of questions you can ask yourself on a daily basis. They should be yes/no questions, or questions that can be answered with a number. For example, “How many times did I lose my temper at my assistant yesterday?” Every day, review the questions with a friend and write down the answers.

This simple act of tracking will keep the new you front-of-mind. This is the behavior modification part of the process. If you choose the questions to align with who you want to be, you won’t be able to fool yourself as to whether you’re making the changes you need to make to becomethe person you want to be.

Change, no matter how urgent and clear the need, is hard. Knowing what to do does not ensure that we will actually do it. Gaining awareness of the triggers in our lives gives us a chance to make the choice to adjust to triggers and create the changes we weren’t able to make before!

Thank you for reading! I hope this is helpful to you and those around you.

Life is good. Marshall.


Irrefragableih-REF-rə-gə-blPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, mid 16th century
1Not able to be refuted or disproved; indisputable.
Examples of Irrefragable in a sentence “As a student, it was Kevin’s irrefragable right to play football on school property.” “It was an irrefragable truth that Wren was the best manager that the restaurant had ever employed.”

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Solatiumsə-LAY-shee-əmPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, early 19th century
1(Formal) A thing given to someone as a compensation or consolation.
Examples of Solatium in a sentence “Management gave all the customers who had been overcharged a free item as a solatium.” “Even though his dog came home on her own, Jacob still offered a solatium to everyone who had helped him search.”

Untenable – by Seth Godin

 Untenable [ ]

You can build a city below sea level, and it might work for a while, but sooner or later, the water will win.

Trends don’t determine whether we’ll be able to accomplish something tomorrow. But seeing and then understanding the trends allows us to work with the wind at our backs, instead of fighting it.

Consider demographics, technology and science. All three are inexorably moving, and while they can be ignored, sooner or later, they catch up with our project and push against it. We can deny the facts of the world around us, with passion or even vitriol, but trends compound.

When you can, focus on something tenable.

* You can’t beat the algorithm by Seth Godin

* You can’t beat the algorithm [ ]

When a new medium shows up that allocates attention, someone comes out ahead.

They win a Google search, amass a ton of FB followers, hit the jackpot on Twitter or even Clubhouse.

“They picked me!” and the attention feels inevitable. Others see the pennies from heaven and rush in to follow, eager for their share of traffic.

But there is no “they” and you weren’t picked. The algorithm needs to send attention somewhere, and for a while, it sent it over there. But it almost certainly won’t last. Because the ecosystem is changing, all the time.

You can’t post on a same platform twice, because the second time, it’s not the same platform as it was last time.

We have a chance to do work we’re proud of, and to do it for people who care. And maybe we can do it in a way that will lead them to tell the others. Traffic from an algorithm isn’t the point, it’s a random bonus.

No sense being a puppet, especially if you can’t be sure who is pulling the strings or why.

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Seasoned Nuts Quotable – via PNUTS newsletter

“If we don’t believe in free expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” — Noam Chomsky

“The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.” — John Stuart Mill

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Though I might travel afar, I will meet only what I carry with me, for every man is a mirror. We see only ourselves reflected in those around us. Their attitudes and actions are only a reflection of our own. The whole world, and its condition, has its counterparts within us all. Turn the gaze inward. Correct yourself and your world will change.”

— Kirsten Zambucka

Did you know

Did you know…

… that today is the anniversary of Sybil Ludington’s Ride? In 1777, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington rode her horse from New York to Connecticut during the night to rally her father’s militia. She rode more than twice the distance of Paul Revere. This is especially remarkable because modern day endurance horse riders using lightweight saddles can barely ride such distances in daylight over well-marked courses.


Best quotes of the week

Oscar Wilde“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

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Robert H. Goddard“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”

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Janine di Giovanni“Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.”

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Donald Cargill“This is the most joyful day that ever I saw in my pilgrimage on earth.”

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James Thurber“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”

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William Shakespeare“Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.”

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First Seeing Eye Dog Day

Did you know…

… that today is First Seeing Eye Dog Day? The first seeing eye dog, Buddy, was given to his owner, Morris Frank, in 1928. Buddy helped Mr. Frank fight for the rights of people with special challenges, including the right to bring service animals into restaurants, onto airplanes, and other places where pets are not typically allowed. Buddy met Presidents Hoover and Coolidge, and when she died in 1938, the New York Times ran an obituary honoring her impact on American compassion and civility.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Everyone has special talents, and it is our duty to find ours and use them well.”

— John Templeton

National Rebuilding Day.

Did you know…

… that today is National Rebuilding Day? Each year on the last Saturday in April, National Rebuilding Day encourages everyone to pick up their tools, roll up their sleeves, and join together to provide much needed repairs for vulnerable families in various communities. Help a neighbor repair their home today!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out, and help. This week reach to someone that might need a lift.”

— Pablo

I recently subscribed to Intelligence Fusion Newsletter. Interesting one.

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MIDDLE EAST & ASIAPakistanA suicide vehicle bomb detonated outside of the Serena Hotel in Quetta City on 21st April, killing four. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility shortly afterwards. The timing of the incident is significant, as the blast targeted the hotel as the Chinese Ambassador was allegedly staying at the hotel. In the TTP’s claim of the incident, no mention was made regarding the Chinese ambassador, instead the TTP claimed the blast targeted security officials. Chinese projects and staff working on projects in the Balochistan region have been targeted frequently by militant groups in the Balochistan region, however, the majority of attacks have been carried out by Baloch separatist groups such as the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF.) 
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EUROPERussia/UkraineOver the past few months we have been tracking gradual buildup of Russian and Ukrainian forces in and around the Donbass region. Reporting over April saw an increased effort by Russia with significant troop movements being carried out near the Russia/Ukraine border. However, reporting on 22nd April 2021 indicates Russia Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that troops were to be withdrawn from areas surrounding Ukraine and return to their respective bases by 1st May 2021. However, there has been a recent change in activities noticed within the Donbass region. Surveillance missions by the OSCE in the region have experienced several occasions where their drones were not just subject to likely electronic jamming, but frequently shot at. Additionally, even with reports of withdrawals, the Russian military has already placed a significant amount of military hardware inside the Donbass region, and the Kerch Strait (which provides maritime access to the Azov and Caspian Seas) appears to remain closed due to naval exercises which will conclude in October 2021. Overall, Russian military units along the Ukrainian border may well begin withdrawing, but this is unlikely to decrease the potential for tensions in Donbass region to escalate.
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AFRICAChadA day after being re-elected for a sixth term, it was announced on 20th April that President Idriss Deby had been killed on the frontline. Deby had visited troops in northern Chad where government forces have been fighting FACT rebels that launched an offensive on 11th April 2021 aiming to topple the President. His death, coupled with increased movement of military vehicles in N’Djamena, and fighting taking place about 300 km north of N’Djamena, generated panic with many fleeing into Cameroon. The creation of a transitional military council with Deby’s son, General Mahamat Kaka, named interim president, has created anger among the political opposition, who described its creation as an “institutional coup”, expressed doubt the transitional military council will not respect the 18-month transition period and called for an inclusive dialogue. Divisions have also been reported within the military, with a faction arguing that the military should be led by a civilian government. FACT have said “there can be no dynastic devolution” and vowed to continue with their offensive. Chad is a key western ally in the Sahel, playing a major role in COIN operations and further political instability will have wider ramifications in the region. 
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NORTH AMERICAColumbus, OhioOn the afternoon of 20th April a 16 year-old girl was shot and killed by a police officer in a residential area of Columbus, Ohio. The girl, Ma’Khia Bryant, was armed with a knife and in the act of attacking another woman when police arrived in response to a 911 call. The involved officer, Nicholas Reardon, fired four shots, killing Bryant at the scene despite their efforts to administer first aid. Reardon has been taken off patrol duty pending an investigation. Later that evening, protesters under the flag of Black Lives Matter (BLM) gathered at the scene of the shooting and outside Columbus police headquarters to march in protest against the shooting. Happening only minutes before the verdict in the Derek Chauvin/George Floyd case in Minneapolis, the shooting has added another incident that will likely continue to be cited by BLM as justification for ongoing protests at a time when it was hoped the Chauvin trial conclusion would reduce tensions.
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SOUTH AMERICAJalisco, MexicoOn the morning of 19th April, a large police operation targeted a set of safehouses of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in the heart of Zapopan, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. The incident began shortly before 11:00am in the otherwise quiet neighbourhood of Chapalita, where police responded to reports about the presence of an armed group. A shootout ensued as the suspects attempted to escape via the roofs. Three suspects were shot dead when they attempted to take a police officer hostage. Ultimately, 32 suspects were arrested and two police officers sustained minor injuries. Once inside, the police found seven blindfolded kidnapping victims, of which one had already passed away. Authorities believe the victims had been forcibly detained for about a week, despite no missing person reports having been filed in their names. Furthermore, 30 firearms, tactical equipment, and explosives were seized. In video footage recorded by the police, one of the officers examining the seized weapons can be heard saying: “They have better stuff than we do.”
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CryptonymKRIP-tə-nimPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, late 19th century
1A code name.
Examples of Cryptonym in a sentence “Entrants’ names were replaced with cryptonyms to prevent any possible bias.” “The news referred to the member of the jury by a cryptonym to preserve anonymity.”
CryptonymKRIP-tə-nimPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, late 19th century
1A code name.
Examples of Cryptonym in a sentence “Entrants’ names were replaced with cryptonyms to prevent any possible bias.” “The news referred to the member of the jury by a cryptonym to preserve anonymity.”

Wisdom Quotes

You can change neither the currents nor the tides, but you can use the winds to change direction.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. (Jimmy Dean)
No matter who you meet make sure they’re happier once they leave.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. (Mother Teresa)

Birthday of New Coke..

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of New Coke? In 1985, Coca-Cola announced it was changing the secret formula for Coke and creating a New Coke. The American public’s reaction to the change was not what Coca-Cola hoped for (major understatement!), and executives announced the return of the original formula on July 10, less than three months after New Coke’s introduction.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“If it’s sanity you’re after, there’s no recipe like laughter.”

— Henry Rutherford Elliot

World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week – 24-30 April 2021


This day aims to promote the use of vaccines to reduce the chance of disease among all.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: X Deadly diseases that have been eliminated due to vaccines
  • Infographic idea: What are the different types of vaccines?
  • Video idea: What’s the idea behind the vaccine passport?
  • Podcast idea: How do antivaxxers justify their stance?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video features former presidents of the US talking about the importance of taking the COVID-19 vaccine so that we can all go back to life the way it was.

Word of the day

Entelechyen-TEL-ə-keePart of speech: nounOrigin: Late Middle English, late 1500s
1(Philosophy) The realization of potential.2The supposed vital principle that guides the development and functioning of an organism or other system or organization.
Examples of Entelechy in a sentence “The instructor intended to guide all students to discover their own entelechy.” “The entelechy of a tadpole is to develop into a frog.”

The incredible – and still quite mysterious – way trees trade information via their roots | Aeon Videos

James Clear – Newsletters I like

3-2-1 Newsletter by James Clear“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”

3-2-1: On the paradox of focus, criticism, and the value of reading

read onJAMESCLEAR.COM | APRIL 22, 2021

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to consider this week…

3 Ideas From Me


“The more you move, the easier it is to keep moving. Maintain the momentum.”

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“The best properties are rarely for sale.

The best employees are rarely job hunting.

The best clients are rarely shopping.

The best option is usually off the market. Most people think this means you can’t have it. What it really means is you have to go find it and sell yourself.”


“The Paradox of Focus:

Make the most of one opportunity and more opportunities will come your way.

Moving boldly in one direction causes more paths to unfold before you.

To get more, focus on less.”

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2 Quotes From Others


Chilean saying on criticism:

“Criticizing a musician is easy, but it is more difficult when you have a guitar in your hand.”

Source: I’m told the original saying is, “Otra cosa es con guitarra.”


A letter from author Anne Lamott on the value of reading:

“If you love to read, or learn to love reading, you will have an amazing life. Period. Life will always have hardships, pressure, and incredibly annoying people, but books will make it all worthwhile. In books, you will find your North Star, and you will find you, which is why you are here.

Books are paper ships, to all the worlds, to ancient Egypt, outer space, eternity, into the childhood of your favorite musician, and — the most precious stunning journey of all — into your own heart, your own family, your own history and future and body.

Out of these flat almost two-dimensional boxes of paper will spring mountains, lions, concerts, galaxies, heroes. You will meet people who have been all but destroyed, who have risen up and will bring you with them. Books and stories are medicine, plaster casts for broken lives and hearts, slings for weakened spirits. And in reading, you will laugh harder than you ever imagined laughing, and this will be magic, heaven, and salvation. I promise.”

Source: A Velocity of Being: Letters to A Young Reader

1 Question For You

If I keep doing what I am about to do today for the next five years, will I end up with more of what I want or less of what I want?

Happy Earth Day! Happy Bicycle Around the World day…

Did you know…

… that today, besides being Earth Day!,  is Bicycle Around the World Day? In 1884, Thomas Stevens started a bicycle trip around the world. The trip took him over two years and nine months to complete. And he did it by riding a large-wheeled Ordinary, also known as a penny-farthing, where the front wheel is much larger than the back wheel!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”

— Henry Ward Beecher

From Dr. Marshall Goldsmith’s Newsletter

One Vital Thing Successful People Do Differently

The challenge for most of us is to anticipate our environment even in the minor moments when we’re not trying to be successful, when we’re not “on” or trying to achieve.

Marshall GoldsmithApr 22

Most of us go through life unaware of how our environment shapes our behavior.

When we experience “road rage” on a crowded freeway, it’s not because we’re sociopathic monsters. It’s because the temporary condition of being behind the wheel in a car, surrounded by rude, impatient drivers, triggers a change in our otherwise jovial demeanor. We’ve unwittingly (and that is the key word) placed ourselves in an environment of impatience, competitiveness, and hostility – and it alters us.

What I’ve noticed about successful people, is that they are never completely oblivious to their environment. They do one very important thing differently: They anticipate and prepare for what is next, and, they do what they can to create the environment they want when they get there.

Take for instance trial attorneys – they don’t ask questions to which they don’t already know the answers! Their entire line of questioning is based on one thing: anticipation.

Another example, a public official chairing a town meeting about a divisive issue. The official anticipates that some comments will be said in anger, that the exchanges could become inflammatory and personally insulting. In a heated environment, she reminds herself to stay cool and be fair. She may even prepare some mollifying remarks.

The challenge for most of us is to anticipate our environment even in the minor moments when we’re not trying to be successful, when we’re not “on” or trying to achieve. Most of our day consists of these lesser moments. We’re not thinking about our behavior because we don’t associate the situation with any consequences – we think it’s not important enough to give it much thought.

These seemingly benign environments, ironically, are when we need to be most vigilant. When we’re not anticipating the environment, anything can happen!

For instance, after a long day at work, we get home. It’s a beautiful summer day with three hours of daylight left. We could take a walk, call a friend, cook a nice meal, catch up on bills, or finish the book we’ve been reading. Instead, we take the easy road, we grab a bag of pretzels and a soda, turn on the TV, and plop down on the sofa to mindlessly watch a rerun of something we’ve seen at least 20 times before.

Why didn’t we do what was good for us? Because we didn’t anticipate our environment and create a way to continue our successful day when we got home.

What could we have done to anticipate and create our environment? We could have called or texted a friend earlier in the day to meet us for dinner, we could have put our shoes by the door so we’d remember to take a walk when we got home, we could have placed our book on top of the remote as a reminder that we want to read. These things aren’t difficult to do before you get home after a long day, but in the moment, when we’re tired and depleted, they are practically impossible.

When I consider the behavioral edge that anticipation provides, my only question is: “Why would anyone say no to a little more anticipation?”

Thank you for reading! I hope this is helpful to you and those around you.

Life is good. Marshall.

Did you know

Did you know…

… that today is National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day? This yummy cake has been dubbed one of the most popular recipes of the 20th century. Trivia fans: In 1925, the Hawaiian Pineapple Company sponsored a contest to find the best pineapple recipes. Over 60,000 submissions were entered and of those, 2,500 recipes were for pineapple upside down cake! The cake’s popularity soared with the publishing of 100 of the winning recipes in a cookbook the next year. Now go out and eat to celebrate!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I want to have a good body but not as much as I want dessert.”

— Jason Love

National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day!

Did you know…

… that today is National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day? Yes, bulldogs ARE beautiful and that’s why we celebrate them every April 21! If you’re a bulldog owner, then today is the day to shower your beautiful dogs with treats and love. 🙂


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.”

— Milan Kundera

Spirituality is a brain state we can all reach, religious or not | Psyche Ideas

Abundance has made fat an enemy, but it’s been a friend to humans for millennia | Aeon Videos

Ending it gracefully – by Seth Godin

* Ending it gracefully [ ]

Just about every business, every initiative and every intervention fails sooner or later.

Since that’s demonstrably true, it’s worth considering how you intend to fail when the time comes.

You can pull out every stop, fight every step of the way, mortgage your house and your reputation–and still fail. Or, perhaps, you can quit in a huff at the first feeling of frustration.

The best path is clearly somewhere between the two. And yet, too often, we leave this choice unexamined. Deciding how and when to quit before you begin is far easier and more effective than making ad hoc decisions under pressure.

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FROM THE ARCHIVE | Nina Simone on Time


“If our heart were large enough to love life in all its detail, we would see that every instant is at once a giver and a plunderer,” wrote the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard as he contemplated our paradoxical experience of time in the early 1930s just as Einstein, Gödel, and the rise of relativity had begun revolutionizing our understanding of time. “Time is the substance I am made of,” Borges proclaimed a generation later in his exquisite 1944 refutation of time. “Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.”

If Borges’s words sound like a song lyric, it is because there is something singularly musical about our perception of time — we speak of our daily rhythms, abide by the metronomic ticking of the clock, and feel the flow of time like one feels the flow of a melody. It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that the elusive and indomitable nature of time preoccupied not only the twentieth century’s greatest philosophers, scientists, and writers, but also one of its greatest musicians: Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as Nina Simone (February 21, 1933–April 21, 2003).


Nina Simone, 1969

On October 26, 1969, at the Philharmonic Hall in New York City, Simone performed a version of “Who Knows Where the Time Goes,” written by the English folk-rock singer-songwriter Sandy Denny and popularized by Judy Collins. The version was released a year later on her live album Black Gold and was later included in The Essential Nina Simone.

Simone, who was at least as devoted to civil rights as she was to music, considered this “a reflective tune” that “goes past all racial conflict and all kinds of conflicts,” for it deals with the supreme unifying force of all human existence: the shared experience of time’s inescapable flow. She introduced her cover with a beautiful, simple, profound prefatory meditation on time — please enjoy:


2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngSometime in your life, you will have occasion to say, “What is this thing called time?” What is that, the clock? You go to work by the clock, you get your martini in the afternoon by the clock and your coffee by the clock, and you have to get on the plane at a certain time, and arrive at a certain time. It goes on and on and on and on.

And time is a dictator, as we know it. Where does it go? What does it do? Most of all, is it alive? Is it a thing that we cannot touch and is it alive? And then, one day, you look in the mirror — you’re old — and you say, “Where does the time go?”


Across the morning sky, all the birds are leaving
How can they know that it’s time to go?
Before the winter fire, I’ll still be dreaming
I do not count the time

Who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?

Sad, deserted shore, your fickle friends are leaving
Ah, but then you know that it’s time for them to go
But I will still be here, I have no thought of leaving
For I do not count the time

Who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?

But I am not alone as long as my love is near me
And I know it will be so till it’s time to go
All through the winter, until the birds return in spring again
I do not fear the time

Who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?

Complement with the psychology of how we experience time, T.S. Eliot’s timeless ode to the nature of time, and James Gleick on how our fascination with time illuminates the central mystery of consciousness.



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Seasoned Nuts Quotable – via PNUTS newsletter

“Words like ‘freedom,’ ‘justice,’ ‘democracy’ are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.” — James Baldwin

“It is essential that justice be done, and it is equally vital that justice not be confused with revenge, for the two are wholly different.” — Oscar Arias

Madhura Parkhe’s article

निसर्ग ही देणगीच।रोज सकाळी मॅार्निग वॅाक साठी बाहेर पडते.रस्त्यात एक बहरलेला पारीजातक दिसतो.सर्वत्र सुगंध पसरला असतो.झाडाच्या भोवताली फुलांचा सडा पडला असतो.सकाळच्या प्रहरी हे सगळ फारच मोहीत करत ।खरच निसर्ग ही ईश्वरी देणगीच.।सकाळी सुर्याचे उगवणे, नंतर मावळणे,रात्रीचा चंद्र,लुकलुकत्या चादण्या,वारा, पाऊस,विविध रंगबेरंगी झाडफुलं,उसळणारऱ्या लाटा,बर्फाच्यादीत डोंगर।सगळेच अद्वीतीय,अप्रतीम।नारायणाच्या या सगळ्या विभुतीच.पावसाच्या धारांची जशी मोजदात करता येत नाही,तसेच या विभुतींची गिणती करता येत नाही. मानवानी या निसर्गाची जोपासना केली.ह्या निसर्ग प्रेमातुन विविध आविष्कार घडत गेले.भावनाविष्कार, कलाविष्कार असे पैलु पडत गेले.पारदर्शक अद्वितीयअनुपम सौंदर्याचा आविष्कार घडला आणी मनुष्य आपल्या भावना आवरु शकला नाही.एक आव्हानच मानवी मनाला मिळाले.उच्च कोटीचे साहित्याचे निर्मिती झाली. अनेक चित्रकार तयार झाले. निसर्गाच्या प्रेमात पडणारे बालकवी लिहतात , “आनंदी आनंद गडे,इकडे तिकडे चोहीकडे। वरती खाली मोद भरे,वायुसंगे मोद फिरे।सुर्याच्या उदय,अस्ता बरोबर बदलणारऱ्या आकाशाच्या छटा,रुतुनुसार बदलणारी सृष्टी हे सगळे जेव्हा चित्रीत केल्या जाते. त्यावेळेस रंगाचे मिश्रण करुन हुबेहुब छटा साकारणे हे चित्रकारासाठी आव्हानच असते.निसर्गाला मानवी मनानी आपले मानले.आपले मनोगत व्यक्त करायला तो जवळचा वाटला.वीर सावरकर अदंमानच्या जेलमध्ये असतांना आपली व्यथा ते सागराला सांगतात। “ने मजसी ने परत मातृभुमीला, सागरा प्राण तळमळला।अनेक बुध्दीवादी जाणकारानी झाडापासुन जडीबुटी तयार केल्या. औषधी वनस्पती उपयोगात येऊ लागल्या.निसर्गाच्या सानिध्यात जाऊन एक एक आव्हान स्विकारत मनुष्य प्रगती करत गेला.निसर्गाचा आधार घेतला आणी संशोधन कार्यात दुय्यम दर्जाचे स्थान प्राप्त झाले.William Wordsworth सारखे कवी स्वत:च्या एकटेपणाची तुलना ढगांबरोबर करतात. ते म्हणतात,मी एकटा आहे ,आणी नाहीपण! कारण हा निसर्ग माझ्या बरोबर आहे. ते लिहतात,I wondered lonely as a cloudThat floats on high o’ er vales and hillsWhen all at ones I saw a crowdA host of golden deffodilsBeside the lake beneath the treesFluttering and dancing in the breeze।पुर्वी निसर्गाची पुजा करत.आजही सुर्याला अर्घ्य दिल्या जाते।सर्वानां परीचीत निसर्ग स्थळ आहेत.तिथे जाऊन मनसोक्त निसर्गाचा आस्वाद घेतां येतो.निसर्ग देवतेला शत:ष प्रणाम।मधुरा पारखे

Article by Madhura Parkhe

।श्री।।श्रीकृष्णार्जुन संवाद ….हे शीर्षक पाहील्यावर लक्षात येईल,हे ज्ञानप्रधान गीताशास्र.नुकतेच ज्ञानेश्वरीचे वाचेन केले.अगदी साध्या सोप्या मराठी भाषेत असलेला ग्रंथ खुप आवडला. ज्ञानदेव माऊलींनी प्राकृत भाषेत असलेल्या गीताग्रंथाला देशी मायबोलीचा अलंकार चढवला.ग्रंथारंभी श्रीज्ञानदेवांनी श्रीव्यास व शंकराचार्य यांची थोरवी वर्णन करुन गुरुपरंपरा सांगितली.व त्यांचे गुरु निवृथीनाथ देवाच्या कृपासामर्थाने मला गीतेसारख्या असामान्य ग्रंथावर लिहण्याचे भाग्य लाभले,असे सांगुन कृतज्ञता व्यक्त केली.७०० श्लोकांचा,१२ अध्यायाचा ,असंख्य उदा.सहीत विस्तृत असा ग्रंथ आहे.अर्जुनाचे निमित्त करुन सांगीतलेल्या गीतामृताने जगाचा उध्दार झाला.श्रीमुखातुन निघालेले हे गीतामृत ज्ञानरुपी प्रकाशची वाटचाल करायला सहाय्यभूत ठरले.महाभारत युध्दात रणांगणावर विविध प्रकारच्या शंखाच्या निनादांनी आकाश पृथ्वी दणाणून गेले.अर्जुनानी आप्तस्वकीयांना पाहुन मीयुंध्य करु शकणार नाही,असे सांगुन शस्त्र खाली टाकले.आणी इथूनच गीताभाष्याला सुरवात झाली.मनानी खचलेल्या ,विचलीत मन:स्तिथीत असलेल्या अर्जुनाला स्थिरता देण्यासाठी विविध योगाचे स्पष्टीकरण देऊन अर्जुनाचे मनोबल वाढविले.भगवंत म्हणतात,हे पार्था तु क्षत्रीय आहेस.म्हणुन युध्यकर्म करणे हा तुझा धर्म. आहे.तुझे शौर्य श्रेष्ठ दर्जाचे आहे.म्हणुन हे शुद्र दुबळेपण सोडुन युध्यास तयार हो.तु आपले कर्म कर ,फळाची चिन्ता करु नकोस .आणी कर्म न करण्याचा आग्रह करु नकोस. स्वत: भगवंत ज्ञान ,सत्य,कर्म,भक्ती आणी शक्ती चे पुजारी आहेत.म्हणुनच त्यांनी गीताशास्त्रात कर्मकांड, उपासना कांड.ज्ञानकांड याचा विस्तृत असा उपदेश केला आहे. निष्काम कर्म करीत उपासना करायची ,आणी ज्ञान प्राप्त करायचे.हे अत्यन्त सोप्या उदा.सहीत सांगितले ज्ञानमार्गाचा अवलंब करण्यासांठी विविध अशा योगमार्गाचा अभ्यासक विचार अर्जुनासमोर मांडून उपदेश केलेला आहे.आपल्या शरीर ,वाचा ,मन यांच्यावर ताबा ठेऊन जे जे निष्काम कर्म उत्पन्न होइल ते ईश्वराच्या उद्देशाने करावे ,त्यालाच सर्मपण करावे.”निष्काम कर्म म्हणजे योग्य कर्माचे आचरण”।स्वत: भगवंत सुध्या विहीत कर्माचे आचरण करुन सृष्टीचा साभांळ करतात.सुर्याच्या प्रकाशात प्राणीमात्राचे सर्व व्यवहार होतात. पण सुर्य त्या कर्माने लिप्त हेात नाही.पार्था क्षत्रिय धर्मानुसार अहंकार रहित कर्म कर,रथावर आरुढ हो आणी युध्य कर। उपासना कांड यांत योगेशवर अर्जुनाला योग साधनेचा उपदेश करतात.इद्रीय निग्रह आणी मनोनिग्रह ही साधना करीत असतांना पुर्णवस्था प्राप्त होण्यापुर्वी आयुष्य संपले. तरी त्याला मोक्षाचीच गती प्राप्त होणार.एखादा प्रवासी सुर्यास्त झाल्यामुळे आपल्या ठीकाणी पोहचु शकत नाही.परंतु सुर्यदयानंतर तो तिथुनच पुढे आपल्या स्थानाकडे चालु लागतो.,त्याला मागे यावे लागत नाही. भगवंत म्हणतात,जेव्हा योगाचे नियमन केलेले चित्त आत्म स्वरुपामध्ये स्थिर होते.सर्व विषयान पासुन तृषाशुन्य होणे, त्याला योगसिध्द झाला म्हणता येते.कर्मफलाचा संकल्प ज्याला सुटला नाही ,असा मनुष्य योगी होत नाही.चंचल मनाचा निग्रह करणे अवघड।पण अभ्यासाने ,वैराग्याने हा निग्रह करता येतो.भगवंत म्हणतात,काही भोगाच्या इच्छेने भिन्न भिन्न देवतांची भक्ती करतात.त्यांना इच्छीत फळही मिळते.,ते सुध्या मीच देतो.ते माझे स्वाभाविक औदार्य आहे.दोऱ्यामध्ये मणी गुफांवे,तसे जग माझ्यामध्ये गुफंलेले आहे. सात्विक,राजस ,तामस हे विकार भगवंतानी निर्माण केले.तरी त्या पदार्थामध्ये ते नाहीत.अग्नीपासुन धुर उत्पन्न होतो पण धुरात अग्नी नसतो.सत्व रज तम या गुणांनी माझे आत्म स्वरुप झाकल्या गेले .म्हणुन प्राणी मला ओळखत नाही.मी आणी माझेपण या भ्रांतीने ते विषयांध होतात. पण जो माझी भक्ती करतो,तो सर्व कर्म पार करतो.माझा भक्त कधी नाश पावत नाही.भक्त चार प्रकारचे असतात.आर्त, जिज्ञासु,अर्थार्थी,ज्ञानी।चारही उत्कृष्ट असले तरी ज्ञानी भक्त माझा आत्मा आहे.म्हणुन हे पार्था ज्ञानाने माझे स्मरण कर.आणी माझ्याच स्वरुपाला प्राप्त हो.असे निश्चय पुर्वक सांगुन अर्जुनाच्या मनांत उठलेले विकल्प नाश पाऊन तो शस्त्र हातात घेईल हा प्रयत्न भगवंत करतात. पुढे आपल्या असंख्य अशा विभुती ज्याच्यामुळे हे जग व्यापून राहिले आहे,त्याचे निवेदन.कर्रुन ,सृष्टीचे आदी मध्य अंत मी आहे.असे योगोश्वर सांगतात. गीतेचा ११ वा अध्याय सर्वश्रेष्ढ मानल्या जातो.भगवंतानी आपले दिव्य विश्वरूप दर्शन अर्जुनाला घडवले.अर्जुनाची ज्ञान संपादन करण्याची जिज्ञासा बघुन आनंदीत झालेले भगवंत त्याला विष्वरुप दर्शन देतात.हे दर्शन अनेक प्रकारच्या अलंकारानी शोभत होते.या विश्वरुपात सर्व जग अर्जुनानी पाहिले.पण भगवंताचे अक्राळविक्राळ ,अतिभयंकर रुप अर्जुन फार काळ बघु शकला नाही.अर्जुन बघतो,रणांगणातील सेना समुदाय श्रीकृष्ण गिळून टाकत आहेत.भयभीत झालेला अर्जुन श्रीकृष्णाला सौम्य रुप धारण करण्यासाठी विनंती करतो.भगवंत म्हणतात हेच माझे खरे रुप आहे.हे पार्था तु निमित्त मात्र होऊन युध्य कर.आपापल्या कर्मानुसार ते आधीच मरण प्राप्त झाले आहेत. योगेशवर सांगतात,शुध्द ज्ञानानी जे माझ्याशी एकरूप होतात त्यांना पुर्नजन्म नाही.सत्व रज तम या गुणाचे आधिक्य वाढले की जीवाकडुन तशी कर्म घडतात.मुखात ब्रम्हनामाचा जप.,हाताने सात्विक कर्म ,पण विनीयोगाचे तंत्र माहीत नाही ते कर्म निष्फळ ठरते.भगवंताच्या सहज स्वरुप स्तिथीला भक्ती हे नाव आहे.जो माझा नाही तो माझी भक्ती करतो हे कसे कळेल.जो स्वत: आकाश झाला नाही. त्याला आकाशाची व्याप्ती कुठून कळणार. भगवंत म्हणतात, हे अर्जुना तुझ्यसारख्या क्षात्र धर्म स्वभाव ,शौर्यवान तुझ्याकडुन युध्य करवेलच.हरप्रकारे आत्मज्ञानाचा उपदेश करुन श्रीकृष्णानी अर्जुनाला युध्यासाठी प्रवृत्त केले .ते म्हणतात तुझे चित्त माझ्याठायी स्थिर कर आणी युध्य कर। ज्ञानेश्वर माऊली म्हणतात ,गीता श्रवणानी सुध्या मोहाची निवृती.व ज्ञानाची प्राप्ती होते.ही गीतारुपी आकाशातील अमृत वृष्टीच आहे.निवृतीनाथाच्या कृपादृष्टीने मी गीतेवर अलौकिक टीका केली.आणी ग्रंथ पुर्ण केला.भगवंत म्हणतात,आत्मस्वरुप प्राप्त झाले की,कर्म हीच पुजा,जी कल्पना केल्या जाईल तोच जप,ज्या स्तिथीत असेल तिच समाधी,व तो जे पाहील तिथे माझे दर्शन,जिथे पाय वळतील ते तीर्थस्थान ठरेल. धन्य ती माऊली ।धन्य ते योगेश्वर। दोघांनाही माझा शतश: प्रणाम। मधुरा पारखे

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श्रीकृष्णार्जुन संवाद …। (भाग २)मागील भागांत उल्लेख केल्याप्रमाणे गीताशास्त्र ज्ञानप्रधान असुन मोक्ष प्राप्तीसाठी स्वतंत्र,सामर्थ्य वान ग्रंथ आहे.योगेश्वर म्हणतात,ज्ञान हे काही दूर नाही.ते ज्याचे त्याच्याजवळच असते.ते त्याचे स्वरुपच आहे.पण नाशिवंत विषयाच्या आवडीमुळे आपल्या ठीकाणच्या ज्ञानास तो विसरतो.जीव आपल्या स्वरुपाला विसरतो,त्या स्तिथीला अज्ञान म्हणतात.अज्ञानाचा अंगीकार करुन बाहेर पडलेली अंत:करणवृती विस्तार पाऊन सत्व ,रज,तम या गुणांची वृध्दी होते.भगवंत म्हणतात, हे भारता सत्व गुण सुखाच्या ठीकाणी,रजो गुण कर्माच्या ठीकाणी आसक्तीचा उत्पन्न करतो,आणी तमोगुण तर ज्ञानाला झाकुन प्रमादाच्या ठीकाणी आसक्ती ऊत्पन्न करतो.तिन्ही गुण आपापल्या धर्माप्रमाणे देहाच्या मागेपुढे करीत असतात.सत्व गुणाच्या वाढीमुळे सर्व इद्रीयात ज्ञानांचा प्रकाश पडतो.आणी मी ज्ञानी आहे असा त्याला गर्व होत नाही रजोगुणात जीवाला रजंविणारी कला आहे. अभिलाषा आणी आसक्ती याच्यापासुन उत्पन्न होतात.वारा जसा क्षणभर विश्रांती घेत नाही.तसा रजोगुणी पुरुष सतत काम करतो.आणी तमोगुण अज्ञानापासुन उत्पन्न होतो. प्रमाद आळस आणी निद्रा या तीन पाशांनी तो प्राण्याला बध्य करतो. या देहामध्ये सर्व ईद्रीयाच्या ठीकाणी प्रकाश म्हणजे ज्ञान उत्पन्न होते.त्यावेळेस सत्व गुणाची वृध्दी झाली असे म्हणतात.हे भरतश्रेष्ठा रजोगुण अधिक झाला असता लोभी वृती ,दुर्धर अभिलाषा,विषयाची लालसा बळावते तमाची वृध्दी झाली तर प्रमाद मोह अविवेक , अप्रवृती निर्माण होते.सात्विक कर्माचे फळ निर्मळ असते.राजस क्रमाचे फळ दु:ख,आणी तामस कर्माचे फळ अज्ञान असते. आपल्या सर्व कर्माना हे गुणच कारणीभूत आहेत.चित्तावरील रजोगुण ,तमोगुण,हे सात्विगुणाने नाहीसे होतात.तसे परीसाचा स्पर्श होताच लोखंडाचा काळेपणा ,गंज जातो. म्हणुनच हे पार्था सत्वगुणांनी युक्त कर्म कर.। भगवंत म्हणतात,हे अर्जुना ज्यानी ईद्रीय निग्रह करुन मनाची एकाग्रता साधली आहे ते रात्रदिवस माझी भक्ती करतात.सगुण भक्तांवर माझी प्राप्ती होण्यास फार कष्ट पडत नाही.सगुण भक्ती करणाऱ्याने माझी अनन्य भावे भक्ती केली तर त्याच्या सर्व योगक्षेमाचा भार मी घेतो.तो मला अत्यन्त प्रिय आहे. हे कौतेया,मन आणी बुध्दी माझ्या स्वरुपाच्या ठीकाणी स्थिर नांदु लागली तर तु आणी मी हा भेद उरेल का? तिकडे मन ,बुध्दी जातात तिकडे त्याच्या बरोबर अहंकार जातो. म्हणुनच हे अर्जुना मन बुध्दी स्थिर कर. ज्ञान, घ्या भजन पुजनादी कर्मानी सुध्या माझी प्राप्ती होइल. अभ्यासाहुन ज्ञान गहन आहे.ज्ञानापेक्षा ध्यान श्रेष्ठ ,ज्ञानापेक्षा कर्मफल त्याग श्रेष्ठ ,कर्मफल त्यागाहुन शांती सर्वश्रेष्ठ आहे.अर्जुना ही भक्ती मार्गातील चढती परंपरा आहे.याचं क्रमाने शांतीच ठाव गाठतां येतो.ब्रम्हानंदापर्यन्त पोहोचतां येते.लोकांना ज्यांचा कंटाळा येत नाही.व लोकांचा जो कंटाळा करत नाही. आनंद ,क्रोध, भय,उद्वेग याच्या पासुन जो अलिप्त आहे. तोच भक्त मला प्रिय आहे.चित्तवृती सतत ब्रम्हानंदात लीन झाल्यामुळे कोणत्याही दु:खद प्रसंगाचा अथवा मानहानीचा अनुभव अशा व्यक्तीना येत नाही.द्वेष शोक खंत शुभाशुभ गोष्टींचा त्याने त्याग केला असा भक्तीभाव पुरुष मला प्रिय आहे.ज्याच्या ठीकाणी भेदभावाची गोष्ट नाही .घरच्यान साठी उजेड परक्यान साठी अंधार असा भेदभाव दिवा जाणत नाही.त्याप्रमाणे त्याची वृती असते. म्हणुनच अशी भक्ती कर आणी स्थिर हो.।स्थीरवृती योग्यतेला प्राप्त होते.वरील भक्तीच्या लक्षणा्नी जो युक्त तो मला प्रिय आहे.त्याचे मी नेहमी कल्याणच करतो.हे अर्जुना तु माझा प्रेमळ भक्त.श्रोता आहेस.म्हणुन ओघानेच तुला अनेक गोष्टी समजाउन सांगितल्या। धन्य ती माऊली। धन्य ते योगेश्वर। मधुरा पारखे

The Discard Pile – by Seth Godin

* The discard pile [ ]

Walking away from something that we’re used to, even if it’s unjust or inefficient or ineffective–it usually takes far too long. Fear, momentum and the status quo combine to keep us stuck.

And so it builds up. The cruft calcifies and it gets in our way, making our world smaller, our interactions less human. What used to be normal is rejected and obsolete. It turns out that the status quo is the status quo because it’s good at sticking around.

But brave people stand up and speak up and take action. And far too slowly, the system starts to change.

Sunk costs are real, but we must ignore them. Culture changes, our standards evolve, opportunities arise.

Better is possible… if we care enough to walk away from what was and brave enough to build something new.


SyncretismSING-krə-TIZ-əmPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, early 17th century
1The amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought.2(Linguistics) The merging of different inflectional varieties of a word during the development of a language.
Examples of Syncretism in a sentence “The food festival was the perfect opportunity for syncretism of Martha’s Jamaican and French heritages.” “The lexicographer’s paper explored the syncretism of the English language in different countries.”

Ram Navami Utsav. Article by Madhura Parkhe

।।श्री।। ।चराचरातील राम।“ राम जन्मला ग सखे राम जन्मला” एक नुसते डोळ्यांसमोर दृश्य उभे करा .अयोध्या नगरीत प्रभुरामचंन्द्राचा जन्म झालेला आहे, किती सुंदर आनंदोत्सव साजरा झाला असेल.संपुर्ण नगरी आनंदानी दुमदुमून निघाली असेल.आकाशातून देवलोकांनी पुष्प वर्षाव केला असेल.विष्णुचे ६वा अवतार प्रभुरामचंनन्द्र जन्माला आले.हेतुपुरस्सर झालेला हा जन्म, या मनुष्यजन्मात असुरांचा संहार करायचा होता. सर्वांच्या मनांत रुजलेली रामकथा तिची गोडी अपुर्व आहे. बाललीला करत मोठे झालेले ,किशोर वयातील रामलक्ष्मण वशिष्ट रुषीच्या बरोबर पृथ्विला राक्षसरहीत करण्यासाठी बाहेर पडतात.वशिष्ट रुषी दशरथ राज्यांना विनंती करतात,” जेष्ठ तुझा पुत्र मला देई दशरथा” या गीत रामायणातील गीतात किती माधुर्य आहे.सुंदर अशी विनवणी आहे.यज्ञ सुरु असतांना त्रस्त करणाऱ्या असुरांचा वध प्रभुरामचंन्द्र करतात.पुढे मिथीला नगरीत सीता स्वयंवरासाठी जातात.त्रीपुरारी महादेवाचे धनुष्य जो कोणी तोडेल त्याला जानकी वरमाला घालणार, हा जनक राजांचा प्रण प्रभुच्या हातुन पुर्ण होतो.”आकाशाशी जडले नाते धरणी मातेचे स्वयंवर झाले सीतेचे.!”परत एकदा अयोध्या नगरी मोहुन निघते.सीतादेवींना बरोबर घेऊन अयोध्येला परत आलेल्या रामांना , राज्याभिषेक होणार असतो. पण नियतीने काही वेगळेच ठरवले असते.हे सुध्या हेतुपुरस्सर च! राणी कैकयीच्या हट्टामुळे प्रभुराम चौदा वर्ष वनवासात जातात.बरोबर लक्ष्मण , सीतामाई असतेच.तर अयोध्येत राजा दशरथ पुत्र वियोगाने निधन पावतात .भरत आपल्या आईची पापीणी म्हणुन निर्भत्सना करतो.। वनवासात प्रभुंना भिल्ल, कोळ,वनवासीवानप्रस्थ,ब्रम्हचारी,संन्यासी भेटतात.हे सगळेच राम भेटीमुळे परमपदाचे अधिकारी होतात.मुक्त पावतात.. निषध राज गुंह सारखा सखा त्यांना भेटतो.तेा त्यांना गंगा पार करायला मदत करतो.“नकोस नौके परत फिरु ग , नकोस नौके उर भरु,श्रीरामाचे नाम गात या श्री रामाला पार करु।जय गंगे जय भागीरथी जय जय राम दाशरथी” या ग.दी.माडगुळकरांच्या अप्रतीम अशा गीताने डोळ्यांसमोर गंगा पार करण्याचे दृश्य उभे रहाते.मुनी वेषातले राम सीता लक्ष्मण मार्गस्थ होतात.वनवासात रहात असणारे अगस्थी रुषी,वाल्मिकी रुषी,अत्रीरुषी, अनुसुयादेवी यांची भेट होते.प्रभुंच्या आगमनाने संपुर्ण अरण्य पावन होते.सगळे रुषी प्रसन्न होतात. वाल्मिकी रुषींना प्रभु विचारतां त ‘हे मुनीश्रेष्ट, काही दिवस वस्ती करता येइल असे स्थान मला सांगा। वाल्मिकी रुषी म्हणतात,हे सर्वव्यापी,सर्वज्ञाता तुम्ही मला विचारतां मी कुठे राहु? हे सगळे विश्वच तर तुमचे आहे.प्रभु तुम्ही स्वत: वेद मर्यादारक्षक जगदीश्वर आहात.जिथे तुम्ही नाही असे स्थानच नाही. तरी पण तुम्ही विचारतां म्हणुन सांगतो.”जिथे तुमची कथा ऐकुन कान अतृप्त असतात, त्याचे नेत्र चातक पक्षासारखी तुमच्या दर्शनाला वाट बघतात,आपल्या सच्चीदानंदी स्वरुपाचे सुक्ष्म तरी दर्शन घडावे या लालसेने अधिर झालेले,नित्य तुमचे स्मरण केल्या जाते अशा ठीकाणी ,श्रध्यानी तुमच्याशी एकरूप झालेले आहेत,जिथे रामनामाचा जप होतो,केलेल्या कर्माचे फळ म्हणुन अखंड श्रीरामाच्या चरणी सेवा घडो हे मागीतल्या जाते,ज्या मनांत काम,मोह,मत्सर,क्षोभ,द्वेष,कपट नाही अशांच्या ह्यदयांत तुम्ही वस्ती करा।ज्याच्या मनांत तुमच्या बद्दल सहज स्वाभाविक असे प्रेम आहे,त्या ठीकाणी तुम्ही निरंतर वस्ती करा ।प्रभु पुढे वाल्मिकीरुषी च्या सांगण्यावरून चित्रकुट पर्वतावर निवास करतात.त्या पर्वतावर निवास करत असलेले अत्रीर्रुषी प्रभुनां ह्यदयलिंगन देऊन स्वागत करतात.अनुसुया माता सीताला कधीही मलीन न होणारे वस्र प्रदान करतातं. जिथे जिथे प्रभु जातात ती भुमी,चराचर सृष्टी पावन होते. इकडे भरत आपल्या प्रभुच्या वियोगाने शोकाकुल होतात.प्रभुरामचंन्द्राना परत आणण्यासाठी प्रचंड सेना, सर्व मातासहीत,वशिष्ट ,विश्वामित्र मुनींना बरोबर घेऊन अरण्यात जातात .रघुनाथांचे अहोरात्र स्मरण करीत त्याचा शोध घेतात.पण प्रभु पिताश्रीच्या आज्ञेनुसार मला वनवासात रहावे लागेल असे सांगुन भरताला परत पाठवतात.भरत रामाच्या पादुका बरोबर घेऊन अयोध्येस राजसिंहासनावर स्थापित करतो.व स्वत: नंदीग्राम मध्ये पर्णकुटीत राहुन अयोध्येचा राज्य कारभार सांभाळतो.भरताचा सेवाधर्म वाखाण्यासारखा आहे. विविध सृष्टी सौदर्याच्या सानिध्यात व मार्गात येणाऱ्या राक्षसांचा वध करत पुढे जात असतात.खर -दुषण सारख्या दैत्यांचा वध होतोअगस्ती रुषीचां शिष्य सुतीक्ष्ण ला प्रगाढ भक्ती,वैराग्य,समस्त ज्ञान,गुणशील राहशील असा वरदान देतात.दंडकारण्यात असलेल्या पंचवटीला पवित्र करतात.गोदावरीसमीप पर्णकुटीत राहु लागतात.सर्व रुषीमुनीना भागवत धर्मात प्रेम उत्पन्न होईल अशा कथा सांगतात. अहील्याला गैातम रुषीच्या शापातुन मुक्त करतात.”अहील्या शिळा राघवे मुक्त केली पती लागता दिव्य होऊन गेली.लक्ष्मणाला विविध सुखकारी गोष्टी सांगुन, कर्म वचन मनानी जे माझी भक्ती करेल त्या ठीकाणी मी सदा निवास करतो.,असा उपदेश करतात.लक्ष्मण दिवसेंदिवस वेगवेगळ्या गोष्टी ऐकुन सुखकारी होतो.दैत्य रावणाची बहीण शुर्पणखाला कान नाक करुन पाठवतो.तिला बघुन क्रोधीत झालेला रावण मारीचच्या सहाय्याने सीताहरण करतो. सीता वियोगाने दु:खी झालेल्या प्रभुंना पुढे सुग्रीव,हनुमान,बाली पुत्र अंगद आणी हजारोनी वानर सेना भेटते. त्रीकुट पर्वतावर लंकाधीश रावण रहात असतो. सेतु बांधारे सागरी म्हणत सागरावर सेतु बांधल्या जातो. तो पार करुन लंकेत घनघोर युध्य होते.युध्य भुमीवर राम लक्ष्मण योध्या म्हणुन सुशोभित होतात.सर्व देवतांना त्रस्त केलेल्या रावणाचा व त्याच्या परीवाराचा वध होतो.देवलोकांतुन पुष्प वर्षाव होतो.श्रीरामांना विमुख झालेला कधीही सुखी होत नाही.पुढे लंकेचा राजा झालेल्या विभीषणनी पुष्पक विमानातुन राम लक्ष्मण सीताला अयोध्या नगरीत पोहोचवतो.परत एकदा अयोध्या नगरी हर्षानी, आनंदानी न्हाऊन निघते.कौशल्या माता श्रीरामाच्या वाटेकडे डोळे लावून बसली असते.“पाऊले रामाची वाजली , आसवे आईची हासली” पुत्रभेटीने माता तृप्त होते. त्रिभुवनचे स्वामी श्रीरामचंन्द्राना राज्याभिषेक होतो.प्रजेसाठी राजा होता.सामान्य मनुष्याप्रमाणे राहुन अनेक लिला केल्या.प्रभुच्या भक्ती शिवाय त्यांच्या प्रभुतेची जाण होत नाही.विश्वास होत नाही.विश्वास नाही तर प्रीती नाही.आणी प्रीती नाही तर भक्ती नाही.”जे जे मंगल तेथे राम।” हा सिधांन्त सतत डोळ्यांसमोर ठेऊन कर्म करणे. प्रभुरामचंन्द्राच्या चरणी ही रसपुर्ण कथा अर्पण। मधुरा पारखे

Chapter 10, Verse 4-5 – Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 10, Verse 4-5

बुद्धिर्ज्ञानमसम्मोह: क्षमा सत्यं दम: शम: |
सुखं दु:खं भवोऽभावो भयं चाभयमेव च || 4||
अहिंसा समता तुष्टिस्तपो दानं यशोऽयश: |
भवन्ति भावा भूतानां मत्त एव पृथग्विधा: || 5||

buddhir jñānam asammohaḥ kṣhamā satyaṁ damaḥ śhamaḥ
sukhaṁ duḥkhaṁ bhavo ’bhāvo bhayaṁ chābhayameva cha
ahinsā samatā tuṣhṭis tapo dānaṁ yaśho ’yaśhaḥ
bhavanti bhāvā bhūtānāṁ matta eva pṛithag-vidhāḥ

buddhiḥintellectjñānamknowledgeasammohaḥclarity of thoughtkṣhamāforgivenesssatyamtruthfulnessdamaḥcontrol over the sensesśhamaḥcontrol of the mindsukhamjoyduḥkhamsorrowbhavaḥbirthabhāvaḥdeathbhayamfearchaandabhayamcourageevacertainlychaandahinsānonviolencesamatāequanimitytuṣhṭiḥcontentmenttapaḥausteritydānamcharityyaśhaḥfameayaśhaḥinfamybhavantiarisebhāvāḥqualitiesbhūtānāmamongst humansmattaḥfrom meevaalonepṛithak-vidhāḥvarieties of

buddhir jnanam asammohah kshama satyam damah shamah
sukham duhkham bhavo ’bhavo bhayam chabhayameva cha
ahinsa samata tushtis tapo danam yasho ’yashah
bhavanti bhava bhutanam matta eva prithag-vidhah


BG 10.4-5: From me alone arise the varieties in the qualities amongst humans, such as intellect, knowledge, clarity of thought, forgiveness, truthfulness, control over the senses and mind, joy and sorrow, birth and death, fear and courage, non-violence, equanimity, contentment, austerity, charity, fame, and infamy.


In these two verses, Lord Krishna continues to confirm his Supreme Lordship and absolute dominion over all that exists in creation. Here, he mentions twenty emotions that manifest in a variety of degrees and combinations in different people to form the individual fabric of human nature. He declares that the various moods, temperaments, and dispositions of humankind all emanate from him.

Buddhi is the ability to analyze things in their proper perspective.

Jñānam is the ability to discriminate spiritual from material.

Asammoham is the absence of confusion.

Kṣhamā is the ability to forgive those who have harmed us.

Satyam is the veracity to declare the truth for the benefit of all.

Dam means restraining the senses from the sense objects.

Śham is restraint and control of the mind.

Sukham is the emotion of joy and delight.

Duḥkham is the emotion of sorrow and affliction.

Bhavaḥ is the perception of one’s existence “I am.”

Abhāvaḥ is the experience of death.

Bhaya is the fear of oncoming difficulties.

Abhaya is freedom from fear.

Ahinsā is abstinence from harming any being through word, deed, or thought.

Samatā is equanimity in good and bad situations.

Tuṣhṭi is feeling content in whatever comes by ones karma.

Tapa is voluntary austerities for spiritual benefit, in accordance with the Vedas.

Dān is giving in charity to one who is worthy.

Yaśh is fame arising from possessing good qualities.

Ayaśh is infamy for possessing bad qualities.

Shree Krishna states that all these qualities manifest in individuals to the extent sanctioned by him alone. Hence, he is the source of all good and bad natures in living beings. This can be likened to the electric power supplied by the power house being used by various gadgets. The same electric power passing through different gadgets creates different effects. It creates sound in one, light in the other, and heat in the third. Although the manifestations are different, their source is the same electric supply from the powerhouse. Similarly, the energy of God manifests in us positively or negatively according to our puruṣhārth (the actions we perform by exercising our freedom of choice) in the present and past lives.

Word of the day

Numismaticnoo-məz-MAD-ikPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: French, late 18th century
1Relating to or consisting of coins, paper currency, and medals.
Examples of Numismatic in a sentence “Mei’s extensive numismatic collection included several rare forms of Chinese currency.” “The numismatic exhibit features coins from around the world.”

The map is not the territory : by Seth Godin

* The map is not the territory [ ]

And that’s a feature, the reason the map exists.

The phrase reminds us not confuse the diagram or model or overview of the situation with the situation itself. Because they’re not the same.

We make a map so we can leave things out.

By leaving things out, we can help people focus on the core concepts we’re trying to get across. And so, the map of the London subway is not actually the London subway. In fact, it’s not even geographically accurate. That’s okay. The job of the map isn’t to show us precisely where each station is, the job is to make it easier to get around London by showing us a theory of the subway.

And the words someone uses don’t accurately convey everything they’re feeling and thinking. They simply stake out some of that in a way that the speaker hopes will express the point they’re trying to make.

When we decide what to leave out, we’ve made a series of decisions about the story we’re trying to tell with the parts we leave in.

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Wisdom Quotes

The intelligent know to belief only half of what they hear. The wise know which half.
An intelligent man believes only half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half. (Even Esar)
There’s only one you in the entire world, so don’t try to be somebody else.
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! (Dr. Seuss)

Did you know.. National Garlic Day

Did you know…

… that today is National Garlic Day? Each year on April 19, we celebrate a vegetable also known as the stinking rose! Recognized for its medicinal properties in the treatment and prevention of disease, garlic is rich in protein, vitamins A, B-1 and C and contains essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron. Celebrate today by paying homage to those pungent cloves!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”

— Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Courtesy: Daily PNUTS newsletter

APRIL 19, 2021

The Good News

“No country that permits firearms to be widely and randomly distributed among its population — especially firearms that are capable of wounding and killing human beings — can expect to escape violence, and a great deal of violence.” — Margaret Mead

“If a mysterious virus suddenly started killing eight of our children every day, America would mobilize teams of doctors and public health officials. We would move heaven and earth until we found a way to protect our children. But not with gun violence.” — Elizabeth Warren

Too Many Guns (And Not Enough Lawmakers) Fired

(Jon Cherry via Getty Images)

Gun violence in America is completely out of control. Virtually anyone can get access to a gun, whether a domestic violence perpetrator, someone with documented mental health issues, or a child. There have been more than 45 mass shootings in America in the last month, and at least 147 mass shootings so far this year. 

Less than two weeks ago, President Biden called this country’s gun violence “an epidemic… an international embarrassment.” He announced a series of executive actions aiming to do what he could in his limited capacity to curb the violence. 

Biden said his actions in no way relieved Congress of its responsibility to act. Pledging to push for sweeping change to the country’s firearms laws, the President urged lawmakers to take up gun-control legislation, including measures already passed by the House that would require more gun buyers to undergo background checks. 

Since then, a 19-year-old man — whose family “tried to get him the help he needed” — had purchased two assault rifles which he used to kill eight people, including himself, at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis Indiana last Thursday. Also on Thursday, Chicago officials released a police officer’s body cam video of the fatal shooting on March 29 of a 13-year-old boy whom prosecutors said had a gun as he fled from police. Just yesterday, a 41-year-old man