Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Little Story

The Magical Mustard Seed
Author Unknown
There is an old Chinese tale about a woman whose only son died. In her grief, she went to the holy man and asked, "What prayers, what magical incantations do you have to bring my son back to life?
"Instead of sending her away or reasoning with her, he said to her, "Fetch me a mustard seed from a home that has never known sorrow. We will use it to drive the sorrow out of your life." The woman went off at once in search of that magical mustard seed.
She came first to a splendid mansion, knocked at the door, and said, "I am looking for a home that has never known sorrow. Is this such a place? It is very important to me.
"They told her, "You've certainly come to the wrong place," and began to describe all the tragic things that recently had befallen them.
The woman said to herself, "Who is better able to help these poor, unfortunate people than I, who have had misfortune of my my own?
"She stayed to comfort them, then went on in search of a home that had never known sorrow. But wherever she turned, in hotels and in other places, she found one tale after another of sadness and misfortune.
The woman became so involved in helping others cope with their sorrows that she eventually let go of her own. She would later come to understand that it was the quest to find the magical mustard seed that drove away her suffering.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Answer To Every Question

Sent by - Shruti Aggarwal

An Essay by Christine Schaefer

Love is the answer to every question.

Why are we here? Love.
Where do we come from? Love.
How do we create world peace? Love.
It may sound overly simplistic to the modern human being, since we are want to analyze andlook for complex answers to questions. We don’t believe that life is simple and the answers to its problems can also be simple: love.
In truth, what are anger, sadness, pain but the soul’sdesire for love?
If we learn to love ourselves without reservation, and to love the world in the same way, the answer is simple. It is impossible, when filled with love, to be aggressive or hate-filled or violent.
When we know that we are beautiful and wonderful, we see the world through those eyes. We see the beauty and wonder in all things around us.
We don’t need to look outside ourselves for the love we seek. It has been there all along. It is the voice of our self-esteem. It is our anger saying, ‘hey this is not right for me. I don’t want this in my life any longer.’
Self-love is saying no to abuse and betrayal. It is wanting the very best for yourself and accepting only that in your life. It is healing the wounds that you have carried all your life.
Self-love is walking away from those who mistreat you, knowing that you deserve better. It is taking the risk to pursue the career that will bring you joy. It is listening to your own inner voice – the one that will always guide you to what is best. It is trusting in yourself completely.
Self-love is following that little voice within that says, ‘ooh I want to do that today.’ Sometimes it means ignoring the voice of 'shoulds' and 'have-tos.' It is believing that, when you seek what you desire and fill yourself with joy, you will also be spreading that joy to those around you.
Love will fill you up so you will know there is nothing missing in your life.Love will lead you to every answer.


Sent by- Sumit Aggarwal

Author Unknown

If a dog were your teacher

These are some of the lessons you might learn...
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your faceto be pure ecstasy.
When it's in your best interest practice obedience
Let others know when they've invaded your territory
Take naps and stretch before rising
Run romp and play daily
Thrive on attention and let people touch you
Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do
On warm days stop to lie on your back on the grass
On hot days drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree
When you're happy dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scoldeddon't buy into the guilt thing and poutrun right back and make friends
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm
Stop when you have had enough
Be loyal
Never pretend to be something you're not
If what you want lies buried
dig until you find it
When someone is having a bad day
be silent
........sit close by
....and nuzzle them gently.

Friday, May 8, 2009

I Am Powerful! (Essay)

Author Unknown

I am very powerful!
Whatever I set my mind on having, I will have.
Whatever I decide to be, I will be.
The evidence is all around me.
The power of my will has brought me precisely to where I am right now.
I have made the choices. I have held the thoughts.
I have taken the actions to create my current reality.
And I have the power to change it into whatever I want it to be.
With the choices I make, I am constantly fulfilling the vision I have for my life.
If that does not seem to be the case --
then I am deceiving myself about what I really want.
Because what I really, truly want, I will get!
What I truly wanted in the past, I already have.
If I want to build a billion-dollar business, I will take the actions necessary to do it.
If I want to sit comfortably watching TV night after night --
I will take the actions necessary for that.
Don’t be disappointed in my results --
they’re just the outward manifestation of my priorities.
I will be sure of what I truly want,
because I am sure to get it!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Love, Wealth and Success - Best Little Story

Sent by Shruti Aggarwal

A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said, "I don't think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat."

"Is the man of the house home?" they asked. "No", she said. "He's out."

"Then we cannot come in", they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened. "Go tell them I am home and invite them in," he said.

The woman went out and invited the men in. "We do not go into a house together," they replied. "Why is that?" she wanted to know. One of the old men explained: "His name is Wealth," he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, "He is Success, and I am Love." Then he added, "Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.

" The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed. "How nice!" he said. "Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!"

His wife disagreed. "My dear, why don't we invite Success?" Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: "Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!"

"Let us heed our daughter-in-law's advice," said the husband to his wife. "Go out and invite Love to be our guest."

The woman went out and asked the three old men, "Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest." Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other two also got up and followed him.

Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: "I only invited Love, why are you coming in?" The old men replied together: "If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would've stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!"

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Best -Chanakya - Niti

Sent by- Sumit Aggarwal

“A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.”
“Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.”

“The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody! It will destroy you.”

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

“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.”

“As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.”

“Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.”

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

“Whores don’t live in company of poor men, citizens never support a weak company and birds don’t build nests on a tree that doesn’t bear fruits.”

“God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.”

“A man is great by deeds, not by birth.”

“Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.”

“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.”

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Time, yoga and yourself

Sent by- P.Holani

Who ever seems to have enough time? And yet, time can widen to accommodate our needs. All it takes is a few moments to slow down and become more present and mindful. Time can be like an accordion, expanding and contracting, but it will expand the more we are able to be deeply present in each moment.

Try this soothing meditation whenever you feel stressed for time. Get comfortable and close your eyes. Breathe… Settle into the present, for this is where all life really takes place. Each moment carries you into the next… Each moment different from the one before -- alive anew, fresh experience.

Feel yourself settling down and relaxing in to the present -- welcoming the moment -- completely present, letting go of what was or what might be, being in the moment.

Breathe… your breath can always keep you present… just as gravity holds all in Earth's embrace. The present is the gravity that holds us in time's embrace… When you breathe, relax. Time carries you.

Imagine moving through your life fully present in each moment; as you open to each moment, each moment expands and opens to you -- welcomes you. Each moment carrying you to the next -- welcoming life… Only in present time can life be appreciated … Let go into the embrace of present time.


Each time you exhale, you settle into the present -- even more than before. Share in the presence of breath, of energy … Simply be with your breath. With each breath you settle more and more into the present… more of you settles. All of you present. Whole. Be aware of your exhalations. Follow your exhalations. Imagine following your exhalations moving out from your body . . Breath moves out into the expanses of space. Breathe.

Follow your breath. Imagine that your exhalations carry you into the expanses of space. Imagine it. Each time you exhale your horizons extend further and further. Breathe.

Follow your exhalations… Horizons expand--lots of space, infinite space… Breathe. Follow your breath… Quiet… Expansive.

So expansive… There is room for anything, room for everything. Follow your breath into the infinity of space. Quiet… Expansive…

Just as there is lots of space, experience how there is lots of time--all the time you need… As you follow your breath, experience the broadening of time… Sense how this is. You have all the time in the world--you always do… As you rest in breath, feel time open up… With each exhalation you settle into the present… Openness happens… Breath opens. Space opens… Time opens… With each exhalation, time and space expand out as you settle in. Sense this… Witness how as breath opens, space opens; time opens… Relax into time … Time carries you. Relax into it… lots and lots of time … All the time you need. It is true. In the present, time is infinite. Inhabit time. Don't chase it. Relax into it… It carries you. Time brings the gift of the future. Time holds the past. Time is a gift. Be friendly to it… Time carries you; relax into it. You needn't chase after it or try to get ahead of it. Relax into it and it supports you, carries you…

Time is generous. You always have all the time you need. It is true. In the present, time is infinite… In the present there is room for life. The present is where life lives… As you exhale, send your breath to those place in your life that feel cramped… Imagine that your breath opens space there… Lots and lots of space. Expansive. Breathe…

Dr. Vivek Nigam - Obesity Specialist