Here is a beautiful story from India…
During one of his travels, Kalidasa (the Great Poet) felt very thirsty and looked around for water. He saw a woman drawing water from a well.
He went up to her and asked her for water. She agreed to give him water, but asked him, “Who are you? Introduce yourself.”
Now Kalidasa thought that an ordinary village woman was not worthy of knowing who Kalidasa was. So he said, “I am a traveller.”
But his lady replied, “In this world there are only 2 travellers – the Sun and the Moon. Both Rise and Set every day and keep travelling perpetually.”
Then Kalidasa said, “Alright then, I am a guest.” The lady promptly replied, “In this world there are only 2 guests – Youth and Wealth … both are temporary and hence can only be called as guests.”
Intrigued Kalidasa said, “I am a Tolerant person (sahansheel vyakti).” Now the lady replied, “In this world only 2 truly know the meaning of Tolerance – Bhoomi (Earth) and Tree. How much ever you stamp the earth or throw stones at the tree (for the fruits), both continue to nurture us.”
Now Kalidasa was completely perplexed. He said, “Fine. I am a stubborn person (hatavaadi).” The lady smiled and said, “There are only 2 truly stubborn personalities – our nails and our hair. We keep cutting them non-stop, but they continue to grow.”
Kalidasa had been patient so far, but now in anger he said, “I am a fool”. Now the lady gave a wide smile and said, “There are only 2 kinds of fools in this world – a King who rules without having any capability or knowledge & a Minister who is a sycophant to such a King and lavishes praises on such a useless king.”
Kalidasa realised that he had been outsmarted. He fell at the feet of the lady and when he touched her feet and then got up, whom did he see?
Mother Saraswati – the Goddess of Learning and Wisdom. She said, “Kalidasa, you are wise. But only if you know yourself do you become a Manushya (human being). A person without any awareness of self has not reached the pinnacle of being a Human.
The Guru who recounted this story in His Teachings said, “Children should become a Manushya & know themselves. More than teaching them how to earn more money and become rich, parents should teach them to become aware of themselves and become better Human beings.
Wouldn’t you agree?
What do you think of this ancient story and its relevance to our education today?
How far have we really come with the so called knowledge?
What legacy will we really be leaving behind for our children tomorrow?
When can we bridge this growing gap between learning for knowledge and learning for understanding?
How can we transform our methods of education where we educate not just the mind but also the human heart?
For the truth is that…
Humanity needs us all to be humane more than ever before to survive!
Once, a Junior School teacher asked her students to bring some potatoes in a plastic bag to school. Each potato will be given a name of the person whom that child hates. Like this, the number of potatoes will be equal to the number of persons they hate.
On a decided day, the children brought their potatoes well addressed. Some had two, some had three and some had even five potatoes.
The teacher said they have to carry these potatoes with them everywhere they go for a week.
As the days passed the children started to complain about the spoiled smell that started coming from these potatoes. Also some students who had many potatoes complained that it was very heavy to carry them all around. The children got rid of this assignment after a week, when it got over.
The teacher asked, “How did you feel in this one week?”
The children discussed their problems about the smell and weight.
Then the teacher said, “This situation is very similar to what you carry in your heart when you don’t like some people. This hatred makes your heart unhealthy and you carry that hatred in your heart everywhere you go. If you can’t bear the smell of spoiled potatoes for a week, imagine the impact on your heart of this hatred that you carry throughout your life.”
Our heart is a beautiful garden that needs a regular cleaning of unwanted weeds. Forgive those who have not behaved with you as expected and forget the bad things.
This also makes room available for storing good things…
What an impactful way to mentor...
Stories that touch the inner recesses of our hearts can truly leave us positively inspired in the reflections.
This story means so much and is truly relevant to one and all. The world today needs compassion and love more than ever. It needs to get rid of unwanted accumulation of past years both material or our mental manifestations.
In the letting go is the healing
In the healing is the learning.
Kindness is a gift of the being.
Kindness alters the thoughts and deeds
Where kindness manifests life evolves for the better.
Kindness is another face of grace and gratitude.
Kindness powers the being positively.
Kindness serves life in all subtlety from the heart.
Be kind where ever you are and whenever you can…
And its totally possible.
Would you be a little kinder than necessary?
For kindness kindles the human spirit to be better.
True learning happens when we realize we are the teacher and we are the student.
And life teaches the greatest lessons without anyone uttering a word or at times in just the sheer presence of a good soul.
Likewise, as we live from our heart and open ourselves to realization and acceptance of new possibilities… true living happens!
Artwork by Russian Surrealist Painter Vladimir Kush
How are you going to reach the tree of knowing?
The climb is not a cake walk
It is tough to balance on the way up or down.
You are at the base.
And yet you are not grounded.
In the knowing that sets you free.
At times you climb almost all the way.
But think twice about entering its core
For it is demanding.
Life never comes with a planbook
All happens in the living.
All is meant to flow along the way.
Things refine or distort
To change or transform
Into new paths of purpose.
All, a leap of faith
To reach beyond knowing.
A story share on Anger Management
There was a saint, who was never affected or angry at anyone, how much ever anyone ill treated or insulted him.
His disciple was intrigued by this nature and wanted to know the secret of his calmth.
When he asked the saint, the saint patiently explains how he conquered his anger.
“I had this long time habit of meditating while sitting in an empty boat on a lake. While doing so, once when I was in deep meditation suddenly another boat hit my boat . I was so angry to know who was so careless to disturb my meditation. But when I opened my eyes in anger I saw an empty boat which was moved by the blowing wind and hit my boat. I realised my anger was unaimed as it was an empty boat .
So when ever I get angry I remembered it n think this is an empty boat too and became quiet.
Our anger affects us in 3 ways.
1.It affects our wisdom
2.It affects our body
3.It affects our behavior.
Now you know the secret of my calm nature.”
The truly strong person is not the one who controls others by physical strength, but the one who can control himself from his anger.
This simple story elucidates the necessity of self reflection and awareness of the negative effects of anger on oneself as much as others.
Anger is often a result of frustration and feeling blocked . The reactions can escalate out of control in time.
Uncontrolled Anger ruins life and living.
Anger is damaging and destructive.It is important to break free from its vicious cycle.
Here are 5 tips for breaking free of Anger cycle.
1. Taking some ‘ me time out ‘ everyday.
2.Thinking before Speaking
3 Practicing Forgiveness & Letting go.
4 Using Humor to Diffuse Tension
5 Using Relaxation Methods for Calming
There is a need to acknowledge anger patterns and work on the triggers that affect. So more than prevention by suppression it is better to understand the loss of control of words and actions and channelize it well.
Like a little time out for self could be about engaging in physical exercise, dancing , music gardening, any hobby or reading a book, regular meditation or simply witnessing nature .
All are very helpful in bringing back a sense of balance in our perspectives of thinking and creating a space between our steps.🙂
Always remember, it is important to know it is completely ok to seek professional help to manage anger when it is affecting our life and the lives around us.
A hug is a magic circle …
A power within your reach
To embrace the good
And let out the unwanted.
Celebrate yourself be joyful.
The warmth of a hug
Flows like a river of joy
Healing with hopefulness.
Of love and tenderness
There is no special time
Every moment is willing
And waiting to be hugged.
Reach out with care
And spread the love today
To all your special ones
Share the magic you possess.
It has the potential to bring peace
To aching hearts and warring souls
Give a gift of tenderness
Give a hug today!
Years of conditioning
May often bring the habit of self criticism
Avoid self sabotaging the self
Often times we try to be too self righteous for our own good!
This makes way for a certain self doubt and self denial that disrupts our growth.
We are human and truly let us be so
We have our foibles and our feats to own up to.
We can accept the applause with dignity of being in a simple thank you!
We have no necessity to act small, helpless or defensive in every moment.
We are best serving ourselves
When we begin to express the potential in our being
Often we cover down in fear of being judged or criticized
Know this world is large enough for us all and more
Each of us must play our part in living here
We are all entitled to a life of dignity and we need to sense that in our being.
So let us change our song
From criticism to approval
And watch the change this single act of deliberation
Can bring about in your own life as well as in others around you
Watch the positive transformations
Through these three simple acts
Approve Appreciate and Applaud!
To all the women out there… when you see yourself in good light,
Simply know you begin the shine some more!
Living in an appearance oriented
world, we are quite conscious of
how we appear to the world on a
physical level , often disregarding
how we feel inside ,causing us to
very often disconnect with our inner
consciousness. Its important then to
bridge this mind body disconnect
with whatever the path that you
prefer to choose, peeling the layers
of disconnect and pave the path to healing oneself towards being a
better person inside to outside!
When we are more focused in our
inner cross examinations we may
gradually realise the real meaning
of why we are what we are , and
the true substance in our lives.
We must truly think of what and
how we can evolve into a better
being, cos life lived without direction
and focus is a life never lived…
however the process of our inner
ruminations need not always sap
our motivations and test our limits
to such extents that we lose ourselves
in the effort, and forget to smile
from our core, at our near and
dear ones! We can learn to find
our selves amidst the chaos if we
learn to stop overt thinking and
over analysing ourselves and
living the moment from now on.
Things are dandy if only we stop
and realise it…
Let’s care enough to ‘Smile from
Creativity is innate potential.
Deeply entwined in humility
In every realisation of potential infinite.
Creation manifests itself time and again.
Your life is a gift.
Explore the best in you
Take charge of yourself!
Choose to know your strengths.
Than search for influencers outside
Choose authenticity, to be real
There is much within awaiting you
So much to simply be…
It is actually simpler to be yourself. There is something that each of us can do better than any other. So important then to listen to the inner voice and bravely obey that.
Mindfulness is always a work in progress… It is a continuous journey in awareness, not just a destination.
It is a cultivation of appreciation for life and living in every moment…
- To meet & see things as they are
- To have an awareness of the self and another.
- To integrate the mind and body
- To know all is deeply connected
- To acknowledge the arising perspectives as part of the flow.
- To value the spaces between the steps
- To respond than react.
- To create a habit to be in a witness mode.
- To have patience in waiting.
- To sense the awareness of the oneness.
- To feel safe and supported
- To develop space to be content and connected.
- To be glad for no particular reason.
- To live with awareness than simply exist in the moment.
#morningmusings #thoughts #nowmatters # worklifebalance
Interesting set of reflections , I just had to share…
Hardly the day started and … it is already six o’clock in the evening.
Barely arrived on Monday and it’s already Friday.
… and the month is already over.
… and the year is almost up.
… and already 40, 50 … years of our lives have passed.
… and we realize that we lost our parents, friends.
and we realize that it is too late to go back …
So … Let’s try, however, to take full advantage of the time we have left …
Let’s not stop looking for activities that we like …
Let’s put color in our greyness …
Let’s smile at the little things in life that put balm in our hearts.
And yet, we must continue to enjoy serenely the time that remains.
Let’s try to eliminate the “after” …
I do it after …
I will say after …
I will think about it after …
We leave everything for ‘later’ as if “after” was ours.
Because what we do not understand is that:
after, the coffee cools …
after, priorities change …
after, the charm is broken …
after, health passes …
after, the children grow up …
after, the parents get older …
after, the promises are forgotten …
after, the day becomes the night …
after, life ends …
And after that it’s often too late ….
So … leave nothing for ‘later’ …
Because always waiting for later, we can lose the best moments,
the best experiences,
the best friends,
the best family …
The day is today … The moment is now …
The above post is replete with the wisdom of Now. It resonates so much, especially with two of my earlier share of verses… one penned by my mother…This moment!
And the second my own verses called The Potent Now.