Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Chanakya's Quotes - Worth reading…

Chanakya's Quotes - Worth reading…

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"A person should not be too honest.
Straight trees are cut first and honest people are victimised first."
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC 75 BC)

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"Even if a snake is not poisonous,
it should pretend to be venomous."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
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"The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. ! It will destroy you."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)

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"There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no Friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
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"Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, what the results might be and
Will I be successful? Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
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"As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
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"Once you start working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it.

People who work sincerely are the happiest."
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)

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"The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind.
But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)
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"A man is great by deeds, not by birth."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)

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"Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them.
By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)

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"Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)
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"Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Deposit of Love

Monica married Hitesh this day. At the end of the wedding party,

Monica's mother gave her a newly opened bank saving passbook.

With Rs.1000 deposit amount.
Mother: 'Monica, take this passbook. Keep it as a record of your marriage

Life. When there's something happy and memorable happened in your new

Life, put some money in. Write down what it's about next to the line. The

More memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I've done the

First one for you today. Do the others with Hitesh.When you look back

After years, you can know how much happiness you've had.'

Monica shared this with Hitesh when getting home. They both thought it

Was a great idea and were anxious to know when the second deposit can be made.

This was what they did after certain time:

- 7 Feb: Rs.100, first birthday celebration for Hitesh after marriage

- 1 Mar: Rs.300, salary raise for Monica

- 20 Mar: Rs.200, vacation trip to Bali

- 15 Apr: Rs.2000, Monica got pregnant

- 1 Jun: Rs.1000, Hitesh got promoted

..... And so on...

However, after years, they started fighting and arguing for trivial

Things.They didn't talk much. They regretted that they had married the

Most nasty people in the world.... No more love...Kind of typical

Nowadays, huh?

One day Monica talked to her Mother:

'Mom, we can't stand it anymore. We agree to divorce. I can't imagine how

I decided to marry this guy!!!'

Mother: 'Sure, girl, that's no big deal. Just do whatever you want if you

Really can't stand it. But before that, do one thing first. Remember the

Saving passbook I gave you on your wedding day? Take out all money and

Spend it first. You shouldn't keep any record of such a poor marriage.'

Monica thought it was true. So she went to the bank, waiting at the queue

And planning to cancel the account.

While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked,

And looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joy and

Happiness just came up her mind. Her eyes were then filled with tears. She

Left and went home.

When she was home, she handed the passbook to Hitesh, asked him to spend

The money before getting divorce.

The next day, Hitesh gave the passbook back to Monica. She found a new

Deposit of Rs.5000. And a line next to the record: 'This is the day I notice

How much I've loved you thru out all these years. How much happiness

You've brought me.'

They hugged and cried, putting the passbook back to the safe.

Do you know how much money they had saved when they retired? I did not

Ask.I believe the money did not matter any more after they had gone thru

All the good years in their life.

Whenever you fall, don't see the place where you fell, Instead see the place from where you slipped.

Life is about correcting mistakes."

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, 's positive attitude

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the great philosopher and former President of India, made his first visit to the United States when John F. Kennedy was the President.
The weather was dark and stormy in Washington; and when Dr. Radhakrishnan alighted from the plane, it began to rain cats and dogs, as the ex-pression goes.
The young American President greeted his Indian counterpart with a warm handshake and a smile. "I'm so sorry we have such bad weather during your visit,"
he remarked courteously.
The philosopher- statesman smiled. "We can't change bad things, Mr. President," he observed. "But we can change our attitude towards them."

Ask nothing; want nothing in return.

Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you -- but do not think of that now. Learn that the whole of life is giving, that nature will force you to give. So, give willingly. Sooner or later you will have to give up. With clenched hands, you want to take. But nature puts a hand on your throat and makes your hands open...The moment you say, "I will not", the blow comes; you are hurt. Ask, therefore, nothing in return; but the more you give, the more will come to you.

Thoughts of Swami Vivekanand

Faith in Oneself
Swami ji held faith in one's potential divinity as the sheet anchor of personality development. Faith in god came next only to faith in oneself. If one believes that ones' real nature is the spirit - not the body or the mind - one would be a better individual with strong character.

Think Positive thoughts - Swamiji decried, in no certain terms, weakness in human beings. Positive wholesome thoughts based on our inherent divinity are essential for strong character. Go on doing good, thinking wholy thoughts continuously, thats the only way to suppress base impressions. ..Character is repeated habits and repeated habits alone can form character. Further, according to Swamiji, the only sin is to think of oneself and others as weak.

Attitude towards Failures and Mistakes :
Swamiji advocated upholding the ideal once again even if person failed a thousand times. He appreciated committing mistakes and learning from them rather than leading an inert existence like a wall, which cannot even tell a lie.

Self-Reliance - Man is the maker of his own destiny, said swamiji : "we are responsible for what we are, we have the power to make ourselves"

Malaysia Islamic body bans yoga for Muslims

Malaysia Islamic body bans yoga for Muslims

November 21, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysia's top Islamic body has ruled against Muslims practicing yoga.

In its non-binding edict, Malaysia's National Fatwa Council says yoga has elements of Hindu religion that could corrupt Muslims.

Council chairman Abdul Shukor Husin says yoga involves not just physical exercise but also includes spiritual elements.

Though the council's decisions are not legally binding on Malaysia's Muslim population, many nevertheless abide by the rulings.

King and charity

A person was advised by a holy man to gift a vegetable a day and told that he would attain great merit by doing so.

The poor man strictly followed the advice. After death, he was reborn in a royal family and grew up to become a king.

He was able to recall what he had done in his past birth. So, he continued to gift a vegetable a day.

Surprisingly, after death, he was reborn as a beggar.

The man was unable to comprehend the reason and so sought the advice of the holy man who had earlier blessed him.

From the sage, he learnt that prior to becoming a king he had been very poor and so a gift of a vegetable a day was sufficient to give him a lot of virtue.

On the other hand, as a king he was endowed with affluence. So, thereafter, the gift of just a vegetable a day was quite insufficient to earn him merit of any consequence.

The person realized that the extent of charity needed to earn a certain degree of merit depends upon one's financial status!!



Maharishi Gautma has spoken of eight 'Atma Gunas' or personal qualities that every individual should cultivate.

They help a man to enjoy mental peace and happiness. They also give rise to virtue and so their benefits are not confined to the present life.

Further, if people strive to cultivate these, the world will become a happier place.

The seventh ordained quality is 'Absence of niggardliness'. The tendency to hoard and not part with anything in charity is the result of greed.

Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita has spoken of desire, anger and greed as the triple gates of hell. Hoarding will never benefit us and when we die, we cannot take our wealth with us.

Neelakanta Deekshitar has humorously advised, "If you are keen that even after death you should not be parted with your wealth and that you should carry it with you in a bundle on your head then give it to the deserving".

Currency notes cannot be taken to the next world. On the other hand, if a miser converts them into virtue by performing charity, he need not fear that he will lose them after death. After all, virtuewill accompany him to the next world.

The scriptures prescribe the giving of gifts to the deserving as an antidote for greed. So, charity, apart from bringing about happiness in others, greatly conduces to the spiritual well being of the donor.

A person who loses some money feels unhappy. But he feels happy, not sad, when he voluntarily gives the same amount to a poor student who is not in a position to pay his examination fees. Charity can thus make not only the donee happy but also the donor!

Thus absence of Niggardliness is a supreme quality one must try to practise for his own evolution and also to keep others around him happy as other's blessings that comes from a true heart is a true blessing for us to have a fulfilled and contented life at every stage!!

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one." - Mother Teresa.

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." - Kalil Gibran

"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving." - Albert Einstein

"Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, "here, my poor man", but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself.

It is not the reciever that is blessed, but it is the giver. Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world, and thus become pure and perfect." - Swami.Vivekananda.

"Giving is most blessed and most acceptable when the donor remains completely anonymous" - Anonymous.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I've learned............


subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis.


written by Andy Rooney, a man who has the gift of saying so much with

so few words.




That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly




That when you're in love, it shows.



That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my




That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most

peaceful feelings in the world.



That being kind is more important than being right.



That you should never say no to a gift from a child.



That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to

help him in some other way.



That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs

a friend to act goofy with.



That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to




That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when

I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.



That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the

end, the faster it goes.



That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.



That money doesn't buy class.



That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.



That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated

and loved.



That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.



That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that

person continue to hurt you.



That love, not time, heals all wounds.



That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself

with people smarter than I am.



That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.



That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.



That life is tough, but I'm tougher.



That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.



That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere..



That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time

before she passed away.



That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow

he may have to eat them.



That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.



That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his

little fist, that you're hooked for life.



That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the

happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.



That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.