04 June 2006

Worth Reading

This is the story of Robby. He was a young boy who lived with his elderly mother. His mother wanted him to learn how to play the piano because she longed to hear her son play for her. She sent her son to a piano teacher who took Robby in under her guidance. However, there was one small problem because Robby was not musically inclined and therefore was very slow in learning. The teacher did not have much faith in the boy because of his weakness. The mother was very enthusiastic and every week she would send
Robby to the teacher.

One day Robby stopped attending the piano lessons. The teacher thought that he had given up and in fact she was quite pleased since she did not give much hope to Robby. Not long after, the piano teacher was given the task to organize a piano concert in town. She sent out circulars to invite the students and public to attend the event. Suddenly, she received a call from Robby who offered to take part in the concert. The teacher told Robby that
he was not good enough and that he was no longer a student since he had stopped coming for lessons. Robby begged her to give him a chance and promised that he would not let her down.

Finally, she gave in and she put him to play last, hoping that he will change his mind at the last minute. When the big day came, the hall was packed and the children gave their best performance. Finally, it was Robby's turn to play and as his name was announced, he walked in. He was not in proper attire and his hair was not properly groomed. The teacher was really nervous since Robby's performance could spoil the whole evening's brilliant performance. As Robby started playing the crowd became silent and was amazed
at the skill of this little boy. In fact, he gave the best performance of the evening. At the end of his presentation the crowd and the piano teacher gave him a standing ovation. The crowd asked Robby how he managed to play so brilliantly. With a microphone in front of him, he said, "I was not able to attend the weekly piano lessons as there was no one to send me because my mother was sick with cancer. She just passed away this morning and I wanted her to hear me play. You see, this is the first time she is able to hear me play because when she was alive she was deaf and now I know she is listening to me. I have to play my best for her!"

This is indeed a touching story of love and excellence. When you have a passion and a reason to do something, you will surely excel. You may not be talented or gifted but if you have a strong enough reason to do something, you will be able to tap into your inner God given potential.

"Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it."

"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.
That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes."

<><><><> 101Romantic Ideas <><><><>

  1. Remember to say "I love you" and "I need you" often.
  2. Walk hand in hand in the rain.
  3. Write a love poem.
  4. Call a radio station and dedicate a favorite song.
  5. Write "I Love You" in lipstick or shaving cream on the mirror.
  6. Hide love notes in a lunch box, briefcase or purse.
  7. Make heart-shaped cinnamon toast for breakfast.
  8. Place a love note in the personals section of the newspaper.
  9. Take a carriage ride around the city.
  10. Plan a surprise getaway.
  11. Do your mate's household chores.
  12. Write notes on future dates in their date book ("I love you," I miss you," etc.)
  13. Make reservations at a favorite restaurant.
  14. Let them choose the movie.
  15. Give a foot massage.
  16. Make a heart-shaped bookmark, and place it in their book.
  17. Pop in a romantic music CD and slow dance.
  18. Throw a just-because surprise party for two.
  19. Buy a stuffed animal for your honey.
  20. Read each other's horoscopes.
  21. Make a list of the top 10 things you love about your partner.
  22. Display it in a prominent place.
  23. Tattoo your mate's name on your body.
  24. Make an album or scrapbook of your favorite memories together.
  25. Go camping together and only take one sleeping bag.
  26. Send a mushy message in a bottle...a balloon...a sandwich...
  27. Cut out a silly cartoon that you know they'd enjoy.
  28. Shower together.
  29. Dim the lights, and snuggle together on the couch.
  30. Be the first to say "I'm sorry" and kiss and make up.
  31. Give each other a full-body massage.
  32. Kiss every hour on the hour all day long.
  33. Send a gift basket of indulgent items.
  34. Write "I'm hot for you" in the steam on the bathroom mirror.
  35. Ribbon wrap your bed with a big bow.
  36. Fill up the gas tank of your partner's car.
  37. Act like teenagers. Maybe even pierce something!
  38. Show up with a bouquet of flowers -- for no reason at all.
  39. Play Scrabble together, using as many "love" words as you can.
  40. Run a warm bubble bath for your partner, with lots of lit candles.
  41. Meet in the park for a picnic.
  42. Hold hands.
  43. Leave a trail of rose petals through the house, leading to a romantic candlelight dinner.
  44. Make a donation in your mate's name to a special cause or charity.
  45. Pick up their clothes from the floor -- without saying a word about it.
  46. Watch an old black and white romantic movie and share a bowl of popcorn.
  47. Reenact your first date.
  48. Surprise your partner with tickets to a special event.
  49. An unexpected hug can brighten any day.
  50. Buy a silly, impromptu gift.
  51. Send an email just to say "I'm thinking of you."
  52. Bring home a balloon bouquet.
  53. Serve breakfast in bed.
  54. Make an ornament with a picture of both of you for the Christmas tree.
  55. Play tag.
  56. Wash and wax your partner's car, and leave a little note on the dashboard.
  57. Plant a garden together.
  58. Leave a mushy message on voicemail.
  59. Stay at a hotel for the night, just because.
  60. Make angels in the snow.
  61. Every time you say "hello" or "goodbye", seal it with a hug and a kiss.
  62. Take a drive in the country.
  63. Spend the evening looking at the stars -- and make a wish together.
  64. Cast a playful wink any time, anywhere.
  65. Think up a list of silly little pet names for times when you're alone together.
  66. Read poetry to each other.
  67. Celebrate your half-birthdays together.
  68. Put a picture of both of you in your wallet.
  69. Buy that favorite book or CD for no reason at all.
  70. Send a care package to work filled with treats like food, photos, candy, a love note, heart-shaped confetti, etc.
  71. Go out for the evening and tell people you're on your honeymoon.
  72. Take a hike together and carve your initials in a tree.
  73. Write a thank you note for all the things you take for granted.
  74. Make a fire in the fireplace and roast marshmallows.
  75. Tape your favorite TV show and spend the evening talking.
  76. Do the dishes together, then apply hand lotion to each other's hands.
  77. Write a love letter to your partner and cut it into jigsaw puzzle pieces.
  78. Decide on secret signals and use them to communicate with each other in large groups of people.
  79. Schedule a regular mid-week "date night" for just the two of you.
  80. Do the laundry together.
  81. Romance Theater Weekend: reenact each other's favorite love scene - hers on Friday, his on Saturday.
  82. Call your partner at work and ask for a date.
  83. Pretend you haven't seen each other for a month. Act accordingly.
  84. Send a written invitation to do something special.
  85. Take turns reading to each other.
  86. Stand outside the window and sing a romantic song.
  87. Hide favorite candy in your partner's coat pockets.
  88. Put a tape recording of your voice (saying anything) in the car stereo and turn it on so it plays when the car starts.
  89. Go to a drive-in movie.
  90. Get up to turn off the last light after you're both comfy-cozy in bed.
  91. Hold each other tight during a thunderstorm.
  92. Make a tape recording of favorite love songs.
  93. Leave a bunch of bananas on the kitchen table with a note, "I go bananas over you!"
  94. Hide love notes in a magazine.
  95. Declare your undying love via a telegram.
  96. Make a romantic dinner together, and serve it on your finest china.
  97. Surprise your partner with a big kiss on the neck.
  98. Give unexpected compliments.
  99. Share an ice cream cone.
  100. Have a picnic on the living room floor.
  101. Draw a silly picture of the two of you. Frame it.

"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.
That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes."

12 Ways 2 b happy

12 Ways To Be Happy:

1. Make up your mind to be happy.
Learn to find pleasure in simple things.

2. Make the best of your circumstances.

No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.

3. Don't take yourself too seriously.
Don't think that somehow you should be protected
from misfortune that befalls other people.

4. You can't please everybody.
Don't let criticism worry you.

5. Don't let your neighbor set your standards.
Be yourself.

6. Do the things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.
7. Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones.

8. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish jealousy, Avoid people who make you unhappy.

9. Have many interests. If you can't travel, read about new places.

10. Don't hold postmortems. Don't spend your time brooding over sorrows or mistakes. Don't be one who never gets over things.

11. Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.

12. Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.

Blaming your faults on your nature does not change the nature of your faults!!!

Chanakya's quotations- (part 1)

(Indian Politician, strategist and Writer, 350 BC-275 BC)

  • The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.
  • A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
  • The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
  • Once you start a working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
  • As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
  • Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person."
  • God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple."
  • There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
  • The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
  • Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
  • A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
  • A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning like a mother does, loves him in the day like a sister does and pleases him like a prostitute in the night.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
  • 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.
  • Save your wealth against future calamity.
  • Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
  • Do not put your trust in a bad companion nor even trust an ordinary friend, for if he should get angry with you, he may bring all your secrets to light.
  • There is no disease (so destructive) as lust; no enemy like infatuation; no fire like wrath; and no happiness like spiritual knowledge.
  • The one excellent thing that can be learned from a lion is that whatever a man intends doing should be done by him with a whole-hearted and strenuous effort.
  • Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and the of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform.
  • Water is the medicine for indigestion; it is invigorating when the food that is eaten is well digested; it is like nectar when drunk in the middle of a dinner; and it is like poison when taken at the end of a meal.
  • Knowledge is lost without putting it into practice; a man is lost due to ignorance; an army is lost without a commander; and a woman is lost without a husband.
  • The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.
  • Even a pandit comes to grief by giving instruction to a foolish disciple, by maintaining a wicked wife, and by excessive familiarity with the miserable.
  • One should save his money against hard times, save his wife at the sacrifice of his riches, but invariably one should save his soul even at the sacrifice of his wife and riches.
  • Do not say, ""What fear has a rich man of calamity?"" When riches begin to forsake one even the accumulated stock dwindles away.
  • Do not inhabit a country where you are not respected, cannot earn your livelihood, have no friends, or cannot acquire knowledge.
  • A wise man should marry a virgin of a respectable family even if she is deformed. He should not marry one of a low-class family, through beauty. Marriage in a family of equal status is preferable.
  • Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, women, and members of a royal family.
  • Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher of poison with milk on top.
  • Let not a single day pass without your learning a verse, half a verse, or a fourth of it, or even one letter of it; nor without attending to charity, study and other pious activity.
  • Fondle a son until he is five years of age, and use the stick for another ten years, but when he has attained his sixteenth year treat him as a friend.
  • For the moon, though one, dispels the darkness, which the stars, though numerous, can not."
  • Consider again and again the following: the right time, the right friends, the right place, the right means of income, the right ways of spending, and from whom you derive your power.
  • The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.
  • To wake at the proper time; to take a bold stand and fight; to make a fair division (of property) among relations; and to earn one's own bread by personal exertion are the four excellent things to be learned from a cock.
  • Union in privacy (with one's wife); boldness; storing away useful items; watchfulness; and not easily trusting others; these five things are to be learned from a crow."
  • Although an ass is tired, he continues to carry his burden; he is unmindful of cold and heat; and he is always contented; these three things should be learned from the ass.
  • A wise man should not reveal his loss of wealth, the vexation of his mind, the misconduct of his own wife, base words spoken by others, and disgrace that has befallen him.
  • The life of an uneducated man is as useless as the tail of a dog which neither covers its rear end, nor protects it from the bites of insects.
  • By preparing a garland for a Deity with one's own hand; by grinding sandal paste for the Lord with one's own hand; and by writing sacred texts with one's own hand -- one becomes blessed with opulence equal to that of Indra.
  • All the creatures are pleased by loving words; and therefore we should address words that are pleasing to all, for there is no lack of sweet words.
  • One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.
  • If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation?
  • There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.
  • He whose son is obedient to him, whose wife's conduct is in accordance with his wishes, and who is content with his riches, has his heaven here on earth.
  • Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.

If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher.
Over-long, detailed to the point of distraction - and ultimately without a major resolution.

Chanakya's quotations - (part 3)

(Indian Politician, strategist and Writer, 350 BC-275 BC)

  • Residing in a small village devoid of proper living facilities, serving a person born of a low family, unwholesome food, a frowning wife, a foolish son, and a widowed daughter burn the body without fire.
  • What good is a cow that neither gives milk nor conceives? Similarly, what is the value of the birth of a son if he becomes neither learned nor a pure devotee of the Lord?
  • We should not grieve when we must inevitably part company from our dear ones.
  • By going to the den of a lion pearls from the head of an elephant may be obtained; but by visiting the hole of a jackal nothing but the tail of a calf or a bit of the hide of an ass may found.
  • The rain water enlivens all living beings of the earth both movable (insects, animals, humans, etc.) and immovable (plants, trees, etc.), and then returns to the ocean it value multiplied a million fold."
  • A man who encounters the following three is unfortunate; the death of his wife in his old age, the entrusting of money into the hands of relatives, and depending upon others for food.
  • Generosity, pleasing address, courage and propriety of conduct are not acquired, but are inbred qualities.
  • Popularity: "He who is not shy in the acquisition of wealth, grain and knowledge, and in taking his meals, will be happy"
  • Kings speak for once, men of learning once, and the daughter is given in marriage once. All these things happen once and only once."
  • Poverty, disease, sorrow, imprisonment and other evils are the fruits borne by the tree of one's own sins.
  • Wealth, a friend, a wife, and a kingdom may be regained; but this body when lost may never be acquired again."
  • We should secure and keep the following: the blessings of meritorious deeds, wealth, grain, the words of the spiritual master, and rare medicines. Otherwise life becomes impossible.
  • It is ruinous to be familiar with the king, fire, the religious preceptor, and a woman. To be altogether indifferent
  • of them is to be deprived of the opportunity to benefit ourselves, hence our association with them must be from a safe distance.
  • I do not deserve that wealth which is to be attained by enduring much suffering, or by transgressing the rules of virtue, or by flattering an enemy.
  • He is a pandit (man of knowledge) who speaks what is suitable to the occasion, who renders loving service according to his ability, and who knows the limits of his anger.
  • There are many ways of binding by which one can be dominated and controlled in this world, but the bond of affection is the strongest. For example, take the case of the humble bee which, although expert at piercing hardened wood, becomes caught in the embrace of its beloved flowers (as the petals close at dusk)."
  • He whose hands are clean does not like to hold an office; he who desires nothing cares not for bodily decorations; he who is only partially educated cannot speak agreeably; and he who speaks out plainly cannot be a deceiver.

If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher.
Over-long, detailed to the point of distraction - and ultimately without a major resolution.

Chanakya's quotations- (part 2)

(Indian Politician, strategist and Writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
  • Foolishness is indeed painful, and verily so is youth, but more painful by far than either is being obliged in another person's house.
  • He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious, whose vision impure, and who is notoriously crooked, is rapidly ruined.
  • In this world, whose family is there without blemish? Who is free from sickness and grief? Who is forever happy?"
  • A man's descent may be discerned by his conduct, his country by his pronunciation of language, his friendship by his warmth and glow, and his capacity to eat by his body.
  • Of a rascal and a serpent, the serpent is the better of the two, for he strikes only at the time he is destined to kill, while the former at every step.
  • Do not keep company with a fool for as we can see he is a two-legged beast. Like an unseen thorn he pierces the heart with his sharp words.
  • The beauty of a cuckoo is in its notes, that of a woman in her unalloyed devotion to her husband, that of an ugly person in his scholarship, and that of an ascetic in his forgiveness.
  • Give up a member to save a family, a family to save a village, a village to save a country, and the country to save yourself.
  • What is too heavy for the strong and what place is too distant for those who put forth effort?
  • What is the use of having many sons if they cause grief and vexation?
  • He who runs away from a fearful calamity, a foreign invasion, a terrible famine, and the companionship of wicked men is safe.
  • Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, comes of Her own accord where fools are not respected, grain is well stored up, and the husband and wife do not quarrel.
  • These five: the life-span, the type of work, wealth, learning and the time of one's death are determined while one is in the womb.
  • As long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant, try to save your soul; when death is immanent what can you do?
  • A single son endowed with good qualities is far better than a hundred devoid of them.
  • When one is consumed by the sorrows of life, three things give him relief: offspring, a wife, and the company of the Lord's devotees.
  • The house of a childless person is a void, all directions are void to one who has no relatives, the heart of a fool is also void, but to a poverty stricken man all is void.
  • Scriptural lessons not put into practice are poison; a meal is poison to him who suffers from indigestion; a social gathering is poison to a poverty stricken person; and a young wife is poison to an aged man.
  • A thing may be dreaded as long as it has not overtaken you, but once it has come upon you, try to get rid of it without hesitation.
  • The learned are envied by the foolish; rich men by the poor; chaste women by adulteresses; and beautiful ladies by ugly ones.
  • Religion is preserved by wealth; knowledge by diligent practice; a king by conciliatory words; and a home by a dutiful housewife.
  • Charity puts and end to poverty; righteous conduct to misery; discretion to ignorance; and scrutiny to fear.
  • A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.
  • Rain which falls upon the sea is useless; so is food for one who is satiated; in vain is a gift for one who is wealthy; and a burning lamp during the daytime is useless.
  • There is no water like rainwater; no strength like one's own; no light like that of the eyes; and no wealth more dear than food grain.
  • The poor wish for wealth; animals for the faculty of speech; men wish for heaven; and godly persons for liberation.
  • The earth is supported by the power of truth; it is the power of truth that makes the sun shine and the winds blow; indeed all things rest upon truth.
  • The duration of life is uncertain, and the place of habitation is uncertain; but in all this inconsistent world religious merit alone is immovable.
  • Among men the barber is cunning; among birds the crow; among beasts the jackal; and among women, the malin (flower girl)."
  • As is the desire of Providence, so functions one's intellect; one's activities are also controlled by Providence; and by the will of Providence one is surrounded by helpers.
  • Time perfects all living beings as well as kills them; it alone is awake when all others are asleep. Time is insurmountable.
  • He who gives up shyness in monetary dealings, in acquiring knowledge, in eating and in business, becomes happy.
  • The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.
  • Conciliate a strong man by submission, a wicked man by opposition, and the one whose power is equal to yours by politeness or force.
  • He who has wealth has friends and relations; he alone survives and is respected as a man.
  • O wise man! Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others. The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet.
  • Perfection can be achieved only through devotion (to the Supreme Lord) for devotion is the basis of all success.
  • here is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.
  • Moral excellence is an ornament for personal beauty; righteous conduct, for high birth; success for learning; and proper spending for wealth.
  • It is better to be without a kingdom than to rule over a petty one; better to be without a friend than to befriend a rascal; better to be without a disciple than to have a stupid one; and better to be without a wife than to have a bad one.
  • As gold is tested in four ways by rubbing, cutting, heating and beating -- so a man should be tested by these four things: his renunciation, his conduct, his qualities and his actions.
  • Oil on water, a secret communicated to a base man, a gift given to a worthy receiver, and scriptural instruction given to an intelligent man spread out by virtue of their nature.
  • There are two ways to get rid of thorns and wicked persons; using footwear in the first case and in the second shaming them so that they cannot raise their faces again thus keeping them at a distance.
  • The cuckoos remain silent for a long time (for several seasons) until they are able to sing sweetly (in the Spring ) so as to give joy to all.
  • Friendship between equals flourishes, service under a king is respectable, it is good to be business-minded in public dealings, and a handsome lady is safe in her own home.
  • Fish, tortoises, and birds bring up their young by means of sight, attention and touch; so do saintly men afford

If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher.
Over-long, detailed to the point of distraction - and ultimately without a major resolution.