Happy New Year 2015


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Thought for Today-427:

Occupation is scythe of time - Napoleon

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Monday, September 27, 2010

A Thought for Today-426:

There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds - Tennyson

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Random Thoughts-37: Unique Talent

I strongly believe that every living being is endowed with some unique talent.  Take human beings, nay take only Indians; the figure runs to more than a billion.  Then take the entire population of the world.  Go further, take all the living things including plants, animals, insects etc.  You get a mind-boggling number.  Still I believe every living being is endowed with some unique talent or the other.  No kidding.

The tragedy of life is most of us, human beings, are not even aware of this fact.  Even those who are aware of it - or who get an inkling of it now and then - never pursue or probe it further.  Tragedy again.  Some of us - the number dwindles down further - do not stop with the awareness but try to identify it; look for it; search for it.  The number is down further.  Sometimes life is gone before we identify it.  Greater tragedy.  The few who nurture it, cultivate it but use it only for their own selfish ends or still worse, use it to oppress or exploit others.  Even greater tragedy.  Then there is the luckiest few who become aware of their unique talent at a very young age, nurture it cultivate it, allow it to blossom and manifest it in their lives; they go further and use it not only for their own welfare, not only for the welfare of near and dear but also to the welfare of the world at large.  I feel only these people find fulfillment in their life.  Their life becomes meaningful, purposeful and fruitful.

What stops others in making life meaningful and fruitful?  Past karma? Lack of effort?  Plain laziness? Lack of divine grace?  or something else?  Honestly, I don't know.

But I do know this.  The least one can do is to strive.  To borrow a few lines from Tennyson's Ulysses, Strive, Seek, Find and Never Yield.  Never yield to distractions, temptations, unmanliness, slovenliness, laziness and faint-heartedness. Continued effort, relentless effort with a strong will - that is what is needed.  I am sure divine grace shall follow.

There is this assurance of Lord Krishna in the Gita:


Let each one of us put in our efforts to the best of our ability.  All the best.

A Thought for Today-426:

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost;  that is where they should be; now put foundations under them - Pope Leo

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Thought for Today-425:

The reason why birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings - J M Barrie

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Monday, September 20, 2010

A Thought for Today-424:

Advice is like snow.  The softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind - Coleridge

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Thought for Today-423:

Be ceaseless in doing good, prevent evil from arising in the mind.  The mind of one who is slack in doing good finds pleasure in evil - Dhammapada

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

TED Talks-5: Living Online by Mena Trott

Grateful thanks to Mena Trott and TED.com.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

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Monday, September 13, 2010

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Saturday, September 04, 2010

Self-Improvement-80: Stay Focused

Grateful thanks to BeyondTheQuoteVideos.com and YouTube.

A Thought for Today-422:

It is perhaps safe to say that every man, however brilliant he might be, uses during his life no more than one billionth fraction of the potential of his brain - N.Dubinin

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

A Thought for Today-421:

When you regularly practice silence, great truths of life are revealed unto you.

A Thought for Today-421:

When you regularly practice silence, great truths of life are revealed unto you.

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