Dec 29, 2013

The power of time off

I definitely agree with this talk. I've at times been able to generate great ideas when my mind is off all the day to day activities and commitments. If the mind is off thinking about the daily chaos, it for sure creates great ideas. I would love to go on a sabbatical to rejuvenate. Does anyone wants to feed me and my family for year? :)

Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.

Dec 27, 2013

Get your Hot Chocolate in Orange Cup for better taste

European scientists say they have found further evidence that how you serve food and drink matters hugely in the perception of taste.

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the University of Oxford recruited 57 volunteers and asked them to taste hot chocolate served in plastic cups with four different colors — white, cream, red and orange with white on the inside.

The chocolate was the same in all the samples, but the volunteers found that the flavor was better when the drink was served in the orange or cream-colored cups.

Previous research has found that yellow containers boost the perception of flavor of lemons in soft drinks; beverages with cold colors, like blue, seem more thirst-quenching than warm colors like red; and if drinks are pink, they are perceived as being more sugary.

The study appears in a specialist publication, the Journal of Sensory Studies.

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A Somnambulist

Somnambulism is not mere sleep-walking. It is also an active state of physical expression of dreams, causing one to dive into one's distant past and act under the impulses of dormant desires and latent knowledge.
Amplified, it can be said that in dreams the physical body remains senselessly passive, whereas, in somnambulism it unconsciously and partially acts. People very often are able to recollect their dream experiences on waking up. But sleep-walkers who generally work in that state don't remember anything done by them under the somnambulistic sway. Nor do they complain of fatigue after coming to wakefulness.
Somnambulating in its plain form is more common in the exerting children of nervous disposition. Such children just walk over unconsciously and lie down close to their mother or elders in whose nearness they may be used to feeling more secure. Because infantile somnambulists don't perform abnormal or supernormal feats in that peculiar state, sleep-walking tendency in children pass off for ordinary childish pranks.
It is only when the adults are found sleepwalking and somnambulistically performing different works do we take it seriously and View them with astonishment.

The Taught Trouble The Tutor

We needn't believe that our jails abound with the guilty or the criminals alone. You will see from the following account that there must be good many individuals-innocent to the core - yet involved in criminal cases ingeniously levelled against them by the clever - minded schemers.
Kumari Nalini and Narendrakumar-both from rich families were school-mates studying in Matriculation. One Nirdoshkumar, an honours graduate happened to be their teacher in English & History - in the local High school.
Because children from rich families are freely pampered and are allowed to get used to a fast life right from their very childhood, they don't, on the whole, make bright students. Generally, it is through bought favours from the trickish teaching staff that they pass out from the lower classes. As for the University results, which are somewhat hard to purchase they make up their weak knowledge of subjects through private tuitions.
Nalini and Narendra were weak in principal subjects, so, Nirdoshkumar offered to teach them privately.
To vast majority of teachers and tutors at the higher level, private tuition means extra income. Most of them tire and dull themselves running from house to house teaching students, that during the regular classes in the schools, one finds them doing a lot of yawning and dozing.
Nirdoshkumar was different. He rightly felt that he was employed by the institution to give his time and self to train students and sharpen their brains and that if there were any students who didn't catch up with the rest of the class, it was his duty to give such students extra attention and bring them upto the mark without charging them tuition fees.
Because shri Nirdoshkumar's house was near Nalini's bunglow, it was arranged that Narendrakumar should go over to Nalini's place every morning to be coached by Nirdoshkumar there.
Day after day Nirdoshkumarji punctually called at the bunglow of Kumari Nalini to teach her and Narendrakumar. There were six other poor students also benefitting from his free tuition. He never expected or accepted any gifts or favours from them or from any of his other students. Barring the temptable teachers and the leisure-loving lecturers, all admired and adored him.
Annual examinations came and both Nalini and Narendra went through them all-claiming to have done well. During the summer vacation Nalini was to go over to some hill stations with some of her girlfriends.
It was earlier slyly arranged that Narendrakumar should join her at Delhi. With few days left for leaving on the trip, Nalini, who wanted extra money for an enjoyable time in the hill-stations, persuasively planned to pilfer from home.
Pilfering wasn't going to be easy. She needed a big amount and she feared detection. Servants were away on a short leave - otherwise, things could have been easy-for, then, the theft could the pinned on to them and they would be the natural suspects. There were just few days left for her to leave on the trip. She had promised Narendra and now she had to save her face by keeping her word. All the while she was simply pondering as to how to get the amount. Just then, Nirdoshkumar who was all along busy during the annual examination and who because of that could not go to Nalini's place all those days, called on her that day to check up as to how she had fared in her examinations. He remained with her for some time and left.
Now, Nalini grabbed the opportunity which so naturally presented itself. She removed a small jewelry box containing Rs. 5000/- in currency notes and few items of gold jewellery worth about Rs. 1200/- from the cupboard which was in the suite where Nalini and Nirdoshkumar met and passed on the booty to Narendra with hints to visit Nirdoshkumars place and plant the empty box and two gold rings there. Her intentions were plain.
Accordingly, Narendrakumar went to the place of Shri. Nirdoshkumar - casually, as he sometimes used to do and managed to leave behind, unnoticed, the empty jewelry box and the two rings and left as casually as he had gone there. He took care to see that his finger prints were wiped out from the box and the rings.
Nalini desired that the loss of that amount should be discovered by her parents before she left on tour. Her desire came to pass. While rearranging the contents of the cupboard Nalini's mother found the box which contained the amount of Rs. 5000/- and some jewelry missing. Nalini herself began a sham search with her mother. The amount couldn't naturally be found.
Nalini's father was informed of the theft and their suspicion centered around Nirdoshkumar. He consulted his friends and finally reported the case to the Police. Nirdoshkumar's house was searched and the Police recovered the tell-tale empty box and two gold rings from there. He was arrested. It was a strong case for the Police and a sensational one for the local papers.
With the police finding the empty jewel-box and the two gold rings from his room, Nirdoshkumarji openly surmised that it was the frame work of Nalini and Narendrakumar. But the poor fellow couldn't place as to why they should have falsely involved him.
The Police paraded Nirdoshkumar to the Magistrate's residence handcuffed and bound by ropes for securing a remand. Hardened criminals may perhaps need to be handled roughly but, our indiscriminate police force has a common rule for all. They take upon themselves the task of punishing and harassing the accused persons throughout the pre-trial period.
At the material time, I was camping at the place of the local Magistrate who happens to be a good friend of mine. It shocked me to see Nirdoshkumarji being brought before the Judicial officer that way. I knew Nirdoshkumar from his college days and I always had and do have a very high opinion about him. The Magistrate ordered that he be released on bail. The Police took Nirdoskumar away.
After that, my host exclaimed "so, swamiji, you seem to know the accused!. The charge against him is very serious. The Police have booked him for theft."
This magistrate friend of mine happens to possess not only a high acumen of legal knowledge, but is also a gifted physiognomist well versed in the science of phrenology. So I asked him as to what his knowledge of physiognomy revealed about Nirdoshkumar. He said "swamiji, a man with the dominating features such as that of the accused can never even think of doing any wrong - his case adds to my past surprises of innocent fellows landing in prisons for no crime of their own." When questioned by me, "will not your this observation influence your judgment of this case were it to come up before you for trial?" He said, "no, we, as is expected of us, dispassionately proceed with the case exclusively on the strength of the facts presented in the court at the time of the trial. Giving weight to personal preferences plus prejudices will not only amount to the denial of justice but also decrying it and that isn't the function of an independent and upright judge. "
Shri Nirdoshkumarji had none to stand surety for him, so he had to remain in Court custody for over 2 months. Finally, the case was put up for trial. He wasn't in a position to engage a pleader either. His request to the City Bar Association for a free legal help went unheard.
Unless it is for name and fame, we don't hear of lawyers who lavishly lie for a liberal living going to the aid of the poor accused persons who are falsely charged with criminal cases. With pain plus pride, the puffy pleaders perspire their heads persevering to secure acquittal for seeded criminals. If the legal practitioners all over the country pledged not to defend the habitual offenders, the high incidence of crimes in India could be done away with.
The police, Narendrakumar, Nalini, her father and shri Nirdoshkumars Land Lord were examined by the Court as witnesses for the prosecution.
The police deposed about the recovery of an empty jewel box and two gold rings from the house of Nirdoshkumar-in the presence of the panchas-identified to belong to the complainant. The panchas corroborated the deposition of the police
Narendra was next examined. The questions put to him were of a preliminary nature aimed at identifying the accused as Nirdoshkumar. As he was being examined by the Government pleader, the Magistrate's knowledge of character-reading began to instinctively work-even as he was consciously attentive to the proceedings in the Court. The sweeping gait of Narendra's walking revealed to the Magistrate Narendra's vacillating and untrustworthy nature.
Kumari Nalini next took her stand in the witness box. Her statements were akin to Narendra's. Kumari Nalini's pointing eyebrows towards her nose made it clear to the Magistrate that she was crafty and quarrelsome. He instantly recalled the axiom. ‘Believe not those whose eyebrows meet, for- in their hearts they harbour deceit. 'Her triangular head and dull deep-set eyes openly showed the criminal intention in her. The protruding lips-the sign of cruelty. The shape of her ears indicated selfishness and smallness of nature. The beak nose suggested a natural tendency towards mercenary leaning.
Undoubtedly, human organs unmistakably do reveal a wide range of facts about the taste, temperament and traits of individuals. It is a dependable key to human character confirmed by observations and experiments.
Nalini's father told the Court about his having kept Rs. 5000/- in currency notes at his house a week before and that he positively saw the jewel-box in the cupboard before noon on the day of theft. Asked by the Court if any of his household members were ever suspected of having stolen money or of having misappropriated them, he gave a negative reply with emphasis.
To add to the strength of the prosecution case, the land lord submitted to the Court by supporting evidences that Shri Nirdoshkumar had paid him Rs. 2000/- on the very day in question against the balance payment of his late father's debt.
Now, it so happened that from few years before this incident. Nirdoshkumar used to be attending upon an old invalid lady in the neighbourhood of his locality. When on the day previous to his arrest, he went to her on his usual evening visit, he found her somewhat different. As never before, seated erect, she appeared to be calmly reflecting upon something serious. When she became aware of Nirdoshkumar's presence, slowly yet sweetly, she said, "son, you have all along been very good to me. I can never forget nor can I ever repay your loveful services. Now, please listen, I have something important to tell you. 'DEATH' the eventual exit from this scene of earthly existence is now drawing near for me. I have an inkling that it will be obligatory for me to vacate this worn out physical vehicle in the early hours of tomorrow. "Punctuating here, she brought out a bag and giving it to Nirdoshkumar, informed him that there was Rs. 2001/- in it and that he should spend that sum towards feeding Brahmins in Bodh Gaya during the shraadh month (September.) Indeed, she passed off in the early hours-the next day. Nirdoshkumar collected few people, told them about the amount which the old lady had given him and cremated her according to Hindu rites. Since there were still five months left for him to use the old Lady's money at Gaya, and as by that time he would also receive an equal amount from a pending litigation, he paid off his Land Lord - in full and final settlement of his father's debts. This payment, unfortunately coincided with the theft at the place of Nalini and he could not convincingly explain the source of receipt of that Rs. 2000/-.
When Nirdoshkumar's house was being searched, even those friends of his, who had joined him in the funeral and who were earlier told about that amount from the old lady, were not inclined to believe that the dead old lady who had been subsisting on the favours of the charitable-minded people from the neighbourhood could have owned that big sum.
Summed up, all the circumstantial evidences strongly pointed to the guilt of the accused beyond all reasonable doubt, and so, the court had no alternative but to sentence Nirdoshkumar to a term of rigorous imprisonment.
Eighteen months later, I met Nirdoshkumar in Gaya. He was there to feed the poor brahmins according to the wishes of that late old lady. These days he is in Assam-managing one of the tea estates there.
Through unlawful and sinister means alone can people amass wealth. The children of the wealthy who inherit these disgraceful traits are generally criminal-minded. With resourceful ease they manage to escape the consequences of their offences by simply shifting the blame on the poor and innocent persons like Nirdoshkumar.

If all the-Newspapers and Magazines in the country just called for true cases under the caption of 'I AM INNOCENT', lakhs of shocking incidents will flood their offices revealing the hard-hearted tactics of the clever and the rich who are able to pin their crimes on the innocent.

Rampa's Rosary of Resolutions

In the year 1951, I trekked into some parts of the Naga Hills. There, in Ukhrul, a small hill town, I came in touch with a Tibetian monk and got friendly with him. I was privileged to be in his saintly company for a week.
Besides Tibetian, his mother tongue, the holy Rampa had a working knowledge of Burmese only. In his talks with me, he laid greater emphais's on ethics. He talked of meditation and NIRVANA only through the meaningful language of good-conduct.
Virtue, ethics, morality, good-conduct and religion are all synonymous terms. All the ills and strifes that are currently prevalent throughout the world are wholly and entirely due to our ethical poverty.
A persistent practice of moral values is the strong base on which the edifices of worldly happiness, spiritual growth and perfection can firmly and lastingly stand.
A mere intellectual knowledge of the various scriptural and philosophical treatises without a virtuous living can only be compared to rowing an anchored boat which will only fatigue us, make a laughing stock of us, and above all, take us nowhere beyond its stationary place. He who though not versed in the scriptures, should he be of humane conduct, such a person is far more great than he who is a Pandit in learning but ETHICALLY EMPTY.
Here below I present the hundred and eight resolutions of the holy Rampa for your knowledge and guidance. If we practised them all with due diligence, we will evolve even as all greatmen who attained the highest goal of life did by passing through the royal bridge of virtuous living.
(1).  HENCEONWARDS, I shall love one and all in a sincere spirit of true love in every conceivable situation without any reserve whatever.
(2).  HENCEONWARDS, I shall to the degree of my possibility always help the deserving and the needy.
(3).  HENCEONWARDS, I shall always endeavor to rightly understand all those I may have to deal with. Never shall I commit the mistake of misunderstanding anyone.
(4).  HENCEONWARDS. I shall be very cautious in exclusively relying upon my own opinions, but shall always honor others' reasonable and deserving view-points.
(5).  HENCEONWARDS, I shall readily share God's good gifts with all those whom I may come across
(6).  HENCEONWARDS, with the potential sparks of love, I shall reduce to ashes all hatred that may be directed towards me.
(7).  HENCEONWARDS, I shall openly admit my faults and shall earnestly strive to make suitable amends.
(8).  HENCEONWARDS, I shall be slow and thoughtful in making promises, but, having once made them, i shall zealously and quickly fulfill them.
(9).  HENCEONWARDS, I shall not make others to attend to the works which I myself can conveniently do.
(10).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not take undue advantage of other's kindness, nor shall I swoop to exploit the ignorant.
(11).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall particularly see to it that my pleasure-seeking pursuits do neither disturb nor hinder others' peace or happiness.
(12).   HENCEONWARDS. I shall not expect and accept favours; but shall remain content in the enjoyment of my legitimate rights.
(13).   HENCEONWARDS, with due esteem for my benefactors, I shall gratefully and openly acknowledge favours received: but shall outright forget the privilege of having helped anyone.
(14).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not pry into and interfere in the affairs of anyone.
(15).   HENCEONWARDS, retaliate if I must, I shall always take recourse to constitutional means.
(16).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall endeavor to suitably reward all those who may help me; but shall not myself seek any gains for having helped others.
(17).   HENCEONWARDS, before indulging in the activities of reforming the society, I shall first perfect myself.
(18).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall in all humility, keep myself open to learn from one and all irrespective of their age and station of life.
(19).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not burden or bother others with the details of my distresses, but shall silently suffer it all with courage and with an earnest determination not to charter them again.
(20).   HENCEONWARDS, as a servant of the Saviour and the society, I shall practice fidelity, submissiveness and obedience.
(21).   HENCEONWARDS, in obedience to the serious scriptural injunctions, I shall neither detest nor deride other religions and their venerable votaries.
(22).   HENCEONWARDS, through the cultivation of true and selfless love, I shall first redeem myself from the marshy meshes of mental monotony and thereafter alone shall I enter into the onerous social service.
(23).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall tactfully tackle the tough task of rearing children and mould them into useful and responsible beings.
(24).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not allow my thoughts to peep into the faults and shortcomings of others.
(25).   HENCEONWARDS, never in the course of my daily life shall I hurt or harm anyone through my thoughts, words or deeds.
(26).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall never attempt to deceive or dishonour anyone.
(27).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not harass my creditors through wilful delays, under-payment or non-payment.
(28).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not adopt an exacting and inhuman attitude in dealing with my distressed and displaced debtors.
(29).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not thrust upon others my beliefs and convictions.
(30).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not follow unwholesome customs and traditions.
(31).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not commit the blunder of forming an inconclusive, hasty or prejudicial opinion about anyone or anything.
(32).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not indulge in the unproductive lip-praise of anyone's admirable conduct and qualities, but shall sincerely and silently strive to imbibe and imitate the traits and dispositions that are worthy of praise.
(33).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not become a tool to the whims and wonts of the rich by allowing myself to be influenced by their wealth.
(34).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not desert or denounce those distressed and deserving, who need and seek my solace and support.
(35).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not butt in and crush the chances of anyone rightly receiving the required relief from others.
(36).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall so conduct myself as to do away with diseases, drugs and DOCTORS.
(37).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall practise discriminate moderation in the selection of my food.
(38).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall wholly and entirely avoid the usage of narcotics, stimulants and such other items which imminently and at times even immutably impair my health.
(40).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not talk while taking meals and thereby hinder the natural process of digestion and assimilation.
(41).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall reduce my wants to the degree of barest minimum necessity.
(42).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall punctually devote some time, daily, to productive spiritual practices.
(43).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall always remember that, with a firm will and strong determination, there is nothing in the world which I cannot accomplish.
(44).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall talk little, hear sufficiently and act abundantly.
(45).   HENCEONWARDS, by remaining impervious, I shall serenely suffer slights and slanderings.
(46).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall decisively develop a detached disposition.
(47).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall court the company of the pure plus pious hearted persons and avoid the vile and villains.
(48).   HENCEONWARDS, with mental equanimity I shall face all the vicissititudes of life.
(49).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall only read healthy and inspiring literature.
(50).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not coax or persuade others to break or give-up their worthy resolves.
(51).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall effectually erase the empty egoism.
(52).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall regularly rotate the rosary.
(53).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall speak the truth and truth alone. Never shall I even entertain the soul-sullying thought to lie.
(54).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall visit a temple daily and benefit myself from the elevating atmosphere there.
(55).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall develop and maintain a habitual countance of cheer which springs from contentment and full freedom from false apprehensions and cares.
(56).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall retire to bed early in a prayerful sway and likewise rise also early.
(57).   HENCEONWARDS, when confronted with doubts, confusions and complexities, I shall first relax myself mentally and then pray for God's gradely guidance.
(58).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall share a portion of my daily food with birds, insects and animals.
(59).   HENCEONWARDS, in this world market of activities, I shall always respect the element of time by being prompt plus punctual in everything I do.
(60).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall stubbornly resist all temptations.
(61).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall checkup before retiring to bed all bad actions committed by me during the day with a view to entering and negotiating the next day bereft of such heart-defiling moves.
(62).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall lead an ideal, orderly and a planned life.
(63).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall readily forego all benefits if they should come to me through pain plus privations to others.
(64).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not squander my time and energy in PERISHABLE PLEASURES PLUS PAINFUL PURSUITS.
(65).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall overcome all my weaknesses and limitations through perfect piety.
(66).   HENCEONWARDS, with a vigilant watch I shall sternly ward off all persons and all those things that may attempt to impede or stampede the prosecution and progress of my high, holy &. honourable aims.
(67).   HENCEONWARDS, in the rational belief that it is not right to anticipate a wondrous and instantaneous success in everything I do, I shall act my part well and leave the rest to time.
(68).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall especially see to it that my thoughts, words and actions are in absolute co-ordination with one another.
(69).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not maim myself by swimming in the imaginary waters of dead yesterdays and unborn tomorrows. Instead, I shall determinedly dive deep into the ocean of the living present and procure therefrom, the precious pearls of infinite bliss.
(70).   HENCEOWARDS, I shall respect and venerably treat all elders and the wise.
(71).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not allow myself to be chained by the lures of lust and luxuries.
(72).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not allow my mind to evince interest in anything evil.
(73).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not surrender myself to the haunts of vain and negative fears of sorts.
(74).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not hanker after the transient fame and fortune.
(75).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not indulge in the sinful and inhuman practice of eating the dirty, decomposed, disease-carrying flesh of dead animals.
(76).   HENCEONWARDS, unless it is absolutely unavoidable and pressingly necessary, I shall not indulge in or encourage borrowing and lending.
(77).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not pollute the places of pilgrimage by behaving there in a questionable manner.
(78).   HENCEONWARDS, in the knowledge that it is never profitable to throw oneself to despondency over the inevitable events of life, I shall never WEEP over the dead.
(79).   HENCEONWARDS, unless it is. essential to make up the previous night's
sleeplessness or when too tired, I shall never get used to sleeping in the daytime.
(80).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall neither myself accept nor induce others to take bribes.
(81).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not indulge in the practice of plagiarism.
(82).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall abstain from the foul habit of putting on a pretentious appearance of what I am not and profess to know what in reality I don't.
(83).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not revel in the habit of falsely praising anyone.
(84).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall desist from exhibiting my intellectual, attainments by refraining to speak unless asked to do so.
(85).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not take part in such critical, controversial and challenging discussions as are unproductive and thereby pervert my precious time.
(86).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall put to proper use all my possessions. Never shall I misuse or callously waste any of them.
(87).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not commit the error of expecting permanent pleasure plus perfect peace from the transient things and mundane activities.
(88).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not delay or hesitate to put my good thoughts to speedy action.
(89).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not take upon myself the questionable and offending vocation of testing the intellectual, mental or spiritual get-up of others.
(90).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not blame anyone but myself for the inequalities present in my life.
(91).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not give room to the binding tendencies of infatuation and emotional sentiments.
(92).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall not in any way foster false beliefs and faith.
(93).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall, with cheer accept God's gracious dispensations with the full knowledge that they all are for mv exclusive good.
(94).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall always perform virtuous actions and avoid the vicious ones.
(95).   HENCEONWARDS, with an awakened interest I shall efficiently discharge my temporal and spiritual obligations.
(96).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall conserve the vital energy by practicing continual continence.
(97).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall perform all my duties in a true spirit of dedication to God.
(98).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall forgive with ready sympathy the lapses of others, but shall severely censure myself and suffer mortification for all my errors.
(99).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall sincerely pray daily for the welfare of one and all.
(100).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall season my prayers with an unflinching faith - the only way to enlist sure and quick answers to them.
(101).   HENCEONWARDS, bearing in my mind that it is the only aspiration which will secure sure and sublime success, I shall earnestly yearn to achieve the highest spiritual perfection in this very birth.
(102).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall gratefully receive all that God may choose to give me and thankfully surrender all that He may want to withdraw from me.
(103).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall so guard myself as not to allow others' evil to contaminate or take roots in me and shall also see to it that no evil gets any support from me, whatever, for its spread and sustenance.
(104).   HENCEONWARDS, when the powerful latencies of my innumerable past lives lure me into taking to sinful ways, I shall implore the omniscient God to rouse my sense of discrimination and prevent me from yielding physically.
(105).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall treat life as given exclusively for the realisation of Brahmic union, the highest goal of human birth.
(106).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall sincerely repent for all my past transgressions and rigidly resolve to absolve myself from the taint of future violations.
(107).   HENCEONWARDS, I shall be constant in the conviction that no sooner I do away with the downward desires, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and jealously, I become fit to be ushered into the higher horizons of spiritual unfoldment.

(108).   HENCEONWARDS, out of an ardent love to attain the rich realms of PERFECT POISE PLUS PERENNIAL PEACE, I shall daily beseech the most merciful Lord God to nurse and bless all the resolutions which I may make and ACT upon.

A Well Woven Event

Just as it is difficult to say as to what set of clouds in the sky would come down as rains, equally so is it to say as to which of our dormant wishes might emerge upon the vast invisible expanse of our minds and materialise into an actual incident.
Here's a true event portraying the above truth.
In the first week of October 1963, one Dr. Mata Prasadji, a research-minded educationist who was formerly the Vice-Chancellor of Vikram University came over to Bhadran - my monsoon HQ for spending a few days with me.
Before leaving, Dr. Mata Prasadji entreated me to visit Agra during the Diwali which was then fast approaching. On my accepting his invitation, he informed me that his eldest son Dr. Rajendraji was also to go over to Agra with his family from Saurashtra. He therefore suggested that I may join the party on 14-10-1963 at Mehsana Junction.
As I had earlier planned to leave Bhadran around that date and proceed to Sri Nath Dwara a popular place of Vaishnav pilgrimage, it was convenient for me to agree to join Dr. Rajendraji and be with him atleast upto Marwar Junction where one has to change for Sri Nathji. So, I wrote to Dr. Mata Prasadji's son. He confirmed about his departure and informed me that he and his family members would be at Mehsana to catch the Delhi Express on 14-10-1963 at about 10.40 hours.
Now, I on my part made arrangements and got my seat booked for 14th October 1963. I reached Ahmedabad in time to be connected to the Delhi Express which leaves about 7-35 a. m. or so.
While the train was nearing Mehsana, a stray feeling in the shape of an urge to visit Ambaji – a shrine dedicated to the worship of the Goddess, near Abu Road - flashed in my mind and passed off instantly. Four long years had elapsed since I had last visited that temple. A little later, delightsome memories of my many past visits began surging up across the threshold of my conscious mind-all impelling me to go to Ambaji. But because I had already promised my friends at Sri Nath Dwara and Agra to be with them on definite dates, the time at my disposal wasn't enough to negotiate the trip. So, I dismissed the compelling desire and sat quiet.
As the train was steaming into Mehsana Station, I stood on the doorway of the compartment with a view to spotting my friend Dr. Rajendraji. The train dragged past the long platform and came to a halt at the farthest end. There wasn't much crowd and my Chemico friend wasn't there either.
The Delhi Express usually halts for 25 minutes at Mehsana. I got down and went straight to the waiting room hoping to find Rajendraji there. Not finding him there, I returned to the train and peeped into every compartment without any result. I couldn't believe that he will not have come. So, I went to the enquiry office to check - up if any reservation had been made for Rajendraji and his family members. The clerk behind the counter attended to me and took up a register to find out from therein. Just then, he had to answer a phone - call. While the clerk was so busy, I was restlessly looking into every car that pulled - up in the station - yard. Dr. Rajendniji and party were not in any of them.
As I was waiting there, I heard the guard's whistle. That gave me a jolt and I ran into the platform only to see the tram at the far end of the far-reaching platform, in motion, picking - up speed at every waving of the Gaurd's flag.
The train with my luggage had left. None could have caught it from that distance. I stood on the almost empty platform with a down-cast face, trying to think as to what course I should take either to rejoin the same train or to get back my luggage.
As I was mentally working upon few possibilities, a middle-aged gentleman came to me and querulously questioned, "Swamiji, why, you a Sadhu should look so shrunken and upset? The scriptures and the society expect you people to be moving about, with cheer born out of unconcern largely lit over your faces. "After I told him as to what had set me to appear so, his adverse attitude abated and he appeared genuinely interested in helping me out.”Some of my friends who have been directed in a common dream of last night are to go to Ambaji before noon-today. If they haven't already left, I can request them to give you a lift in their car upto Abu Road station and you can resume your journey by the Delhi Express from there. Now hurry along, "said he.
I was taken to a nearby bungalow. The car hadn't left. He spoke to his friends and I was told that they would first take me to Ambaji by a short-cut and, after their communion at the temple, they would drop me at the Abu Road station before 1340hrs. - the scheduled departure time of the train. The prospect of visiting Ambaji cropping-up so mysteriously made me feel really joyous.
The driver brought the still vehicle to life and we moved on and reached Ambaji when the temple was being closed after the deity had been laid to rest. The ritualistic rules rigidly require that the temple should close by noon and reopen only at 4 p.m. I became despairful. But the moneyed men from Mehsana were shifty enough to tackle the situation. They did some whispering in few ears and planted some vitamin ' M ' in the practical palms of the pliable priests. The scriptural law was broken and the temple was thrown open. Indeed, all physical gates leading to earthly gains open to the moneyed, if they spend. It hasn't been VERY wrongly said mat:—
“Money is sweeter than honey,
It is brighter than sun,
Without money nothing can be done."
We offered our prayers and the temple authorities entertained us with special food reserved for the rich. After all that, we were able to leave Ambaji at about 1240 hours. Somewhere when we were past midway to Abu, the car developed engine-trouble. The driver hurriedly set it right and by the time we reached the station, it was already 1340 hrs, the time by which the train ought to have left.
It was with great relief and satisfaction that I learnt on alighting from the car, that the train was late by 40 minutes. The train was to arrive at 1350 hrs. as against 1310 hrs. and leave at 1420 hrs. after the usual 30 minutes halt. The train arrived after ten minutes and I boarded ray compartment. One can depend upon the safety of one's luggage in the upper-classes, particularly during the day-time. I found my belongings intact.
I Changed at Marwar - Junction - visited Sri Nathji’s temple and taking a convenient train reached Agra on the morning of 16th October 1963 (DIWALI DAY).
The little Bhaiyu - Dr. Rajendraji's son was the first to greet me with a ' Happy Diwali ' on my reaching Dr. Mata Prasadji's doors. When I asked Dr. Rajendraji as to by which train they all had come, he cooly explained, "why, by the Delhi Express, of course! Continuing further, he said, "I knew for certain that you would positively come and that you will contact us. Where then was the necessity for me to publicly exhibit my anxiety, search for you and get out of ease? " As for myself not having seen anyone of them at Mehsana station or none of them having seen me, all that I can say is that it was something very odd and inexplicable.
The circumstances which brought about the materialisation of my visit to Ambaji - with no efforts whatever on my part, obviously reveal that, had I met Dr. Rajendraji at the Mehsana Station, I could not have gone to Ambaji. Had that person who took me to his friends no prior knowledge about his friends' Ambaji’s programme, I could not have visited the Goddess's temple. Had he not taken me to his friends, had his friends left before we reached them, or had there been no accommodation in the car, I could not have gone to Ambaji. Then again, had they planned to take the regular route, instead of the short - cut which they chose at considerable risk of damage to their new car, in that case, they would have dropped me at the Abu Road Station and that also would have come in the way of my having visited Ambaji.
What subtle forces or processes actuated all these seeming chain - coincidences is beyond the possibility of my explaining. Yet, I cannot withhold myself from asserting that while great many of our thoughtfully planned physical actions go barren, some of our involuntary off-shoots of passive desires, at times, mysteriously bring into being a well-- woven event like this.

Champa's Curse Came Correct

Mythological works are full of stories depicting the materialisation of curses. Shravan’s curse of Ramayana fame is a glaring case in point.
Thoughts are creative forces. Our thoughts and its emitted energy can do good or cause damage not only to us, but its subtle effects can work for the welfare or for the ill of others also.
Just as loveful thoughts of full - measure good feelings, springing from the depth of our being, can bring into effect auspicious conditions in the lives of others, so also, the concentrated thought forces of ill-will, released in an intense state of utmost anguish, can create bad situations for others. People with absolute deadened feelings don't gain or lose through blessings or curses. This category of human - beings are too very rare.
Blessings or curses operate more effectively and rapidly on persons so blest or cursed, depending upon the quantum of their qualitative openness and receptivity. Said otherwise, good or bad wishes of others react upon our lives commensurate with the degree of our acknowledgement of the mental powers of the persons who have fine or foul feelings for us. The emotionally sentimental people, in whom the cerebro - spinal system happen to work clearly, are easily affected when blessed or cursed. Our own self- blessing or self-curse aids or mars the force of others' healsome or harmful will - power.
Presently, you will read in these pages the shockful details of how an ideal Doctor was effectively cursed by a woman.

Complainant Cornered

The Railway Board formulates various rules for the convenience of the travelling public. But the staff generally flouts them and often applies those very rules so literally to the letter as to trouble those who incur their displeasure.
The Railways, like other government departments have their own codes of working. Any interference or even a mere expression of dissatisfaction can land one in hot waters.
“DON’T LOOK FOR OR ACCEPT FAVOURS - INSIST ON YOUR RIGHTS & GET THEM "-so read the placards displayed in the Railway stations. But the moment you assertively insist on your rights, you invite unpleasant situations.
No one likes to be complained against and should the victim be a man of position or pushy, the complainant is likely to be harassed as often and in as many ways possible.
Like an average moneyed man, those who are assigned the job of handling money are also haughty, harsh and harassing. The Railway Booking-Clerks belong to this despicable class of public servants.
Here then read on.

George Converts Ghosts

The lure for making easy and quick money is so enticingly deep rooted in men that the unscrupulous persons devise and resort to all sorts of merciless means to exploit the weaker members of the society. We, who are told that everything is fair in love and war, sadly see that this convenient let - out to practice deceit extends to the dark art of making black money also.
Herein I am to share with you the devilish tactics of a mean landlord who exploited many of his tenants by relentlessly causing them untold mental tensions and monetary losses.
For convenience's sake, let's call him Seth Durgaprasad. This man owned a beautiful double storey building in Bombay, where he lived with his wife, a young son and a servant. He used to rent out the ground portion of his house to well-to-do people after accepting sizeable pugree money and six months’ rent in advance from them.
The modern civilisation does not tolerate those who don't make hay while the sun shines. Such people are generally branded as fools and are thrown out of social cycle as misfits. This being the case, perhaps, there is nothing wrong when the landlords who invest a good deal of money on the buildings, taking advantage of the housing shortage, act wise by accepting pugree from those who can pay for the accommodation let out to them. To believe that the landlords alone are the profiteers in the deal is not correct, though of course they certainly are the immediate gainers. The resourceful tenants, we must also know, stand the chance of reaping rich dividends, when they cleverly sell their tenancy rights to others for a higher pugree. Complex though this revolving and involving game of pugree is, no tenant does really lose in the long run.

Death's Disruptive Drama

Our this life on earth is so fickle and uncertain that vast majority of us do not know in advance as to when exactly the curtain of death will fall over the stage of our physical existence, restraining us from putting into play our aspirations and attractions and reaping the relative results.
It is true, death does not affect those who are able to meet it with the rational understanding that it is only a fresh form of life in an unknown sphere and unknowable form. It is equally true that death of a guardian may not mean suffering or irreconcilable loss to those fortunate some who may have something or someone else to fall back upon. Or again, their position is also secure who are well - up to stand by themselves to build a life anew with the passing away of a supporter.
However, because our lives are so very much interdependent due-to karmic ties with good many souls, death of a person, particularly if he happens to be the only earning member in the family and that too, should it take place when the dependents are not able to earn a living, the situation can be one of shock, manifold privations and impassable trials.
Here's a pathetic case of two budding young-men bubbling with life, whom death relentlessly removed from the scene of a promising life, causing misery to some, shockful death to two and drove two other helpless sisters to put an end to their lives.

Shiva's Scorpions

Some places have a peculiar influence about them. Mysterious things which happen there pass our understanding and interpretation. They confound and astound us.
For the last thirteen years I have been annually visiting Galatga, for atleast a fortnight’s stay there. It is a village near Nipani, a prominent marketing center for tobacco, in Belgaum district, Mysore state.
Little away from the village proper is a Sidheshwar temple of Lord Shiva. Lord Sidheshwar is the personal deity of the Saivite devotees of Karnatak, they are known also as 'Virasaivas' Clusters of bilva trees near and around the temple adds to its sanctity, serenity and seclusion.
Unfortunately, like other places of worship, all over the country, located away from habitation, this temple also happened to be very much neglected and in the hands of notorious persons who used the holy place for illicit distillation of liquor, gambling and nautch parties. In order that their unlawful activities are not hindered or disrupted, the anti-social elements usually resort to spreading false stories of ghosts etc., and colour the place of their activities as dangerous for visits after sun-set.

Destiny's Duel Deal

Major events of our lives in this world market of activities are inexorably predestined. None can circumvent them. Our day to day experiences compel us to believe that we have to passively submit to the deals of fate.
Here's a glaring case in support of the above truth.
Once I was camping at the place of one Seth Prabhuji-a prominent businessman of Calcutta. One evening I went out with him for a drive. The car failed on our way back. We hailed a taxi to tow us home. A street boy who picked up our call ran to the farther taxi stand and brought us a cab. The boy was tipped and we returned home.
Some days later, we went out for a walk and while we were returning, we spotted that same little boy tending an old infirm beggar who was lying on a foot-path. My host recognised the boy at once and wanting to know who the old man was, questioned the boy. The lad in rags told us that he knew nothing about the old man and that he was trying to do what little he could for that neglected and suffering beggar. From the then condition of the beggar we knew that he wouldn't pull on long.
My friend gave few rupees to the boy asking him to get for the old man something to drink or eat.
Few days thereafter, when we were again walking back home after a brief stroll, that very boy came running to us. He reported to us about the death of that old beggar and about the disposal of his dead body which was removed by the municipality. Then, the boy pulled out Re. 1.25 and placing it in the hands of my friend said that happened to be the balance from Rs. 3/- that was given to him for providing eatables to the dead man.

Spirits Speak

The existence of invisible beings is now-receiving the acceptance and recognition from most reflective men of science.
A spirit is a disembodied being not subject to our earthly laws of time and space. Because they are differently constituted, .we can commune with them only under some special circumstances.
Narrated here below is an account of my communion with a spirit. Because I lack adequate knowledge of psycho-physiological subjects, I am not in a position to clarify or freely comment on the strange phenomena which I visually observed and conversed with.
Once, while moving about in Maharashtra, I happened to camp in a village near Sholapur. One night, a farm - owner took me to his farm where sugar - canes were being crushed for the manufacture of Jaggary. It is almost customary with all farmers to invite relatives and friends on such occasions for a treat. As the farm was fairly far from the village, it was earlier agreed that I should spend the night in the fields.
After the reception, I found that with the motor-operated crushing machines making roaring noise, I would not be able to sleep there. So, with the consent of my host I went to another farm about half a mile away, spread my bed at a convenient place and retired to sleep.

Freedom from Fear

Mental pain engendered by apprehensive feelings is what in short we call fear.
Fear springs out of ignorance. Fear haunts us because we are empty of perspective knowledge of life and rational understanding of situations. With our lacking of courage to face the natural effects of our thought-free and thoughtless actions, fear gets the better of us. When we are not able to squarely meet the eventualities of life which is orderly and just, we invite the rule of fear and oppression. Through attachment and infatuation for people and things we sow the seeds of fear and allow it to enslave us.
Major calamities and pangs that we suffer are born out of our imaginary fears. Onslaught of sickness, failures in examinations, service, or business, insecurity, premature ageing and sundry other unexpected events enter our lives more with the visa of one form of fear or the other. Fear robs us of all charms and chances of life. With gloom-cast faces, we become mere moving machines of melancholy, carrying our fears wherever we wander, withered, weary and weak to meet the little challenges of life.

Dec 23, 2013

Money does make you mean

While strolling my blog I found my earlier post money does tweak your mind today. I tend to agree and have myself experienced that money does make you mean at times (or most of the times). While reading stuff about the effect of money, I found this interesting research paper The Psychological Consequences of Money

In her research studies she gives people sentences to unscramble, some of which have money references, or she has them do tasks in a room where Monopoly money is on the table, or a picture of money is on a screen saver. Then she puts the participants into various situations, for example, someone walking through the room drops a box of pencils, or another (supposed) participant asks for help, or someone requests that the participant donate to a charity.

The findings are always the same. People who are "primed" with the idea of money ask for help less frequently, give help to others less often, donate less money, prefer to work or play alone, and put more physical space between themselves and others.

From NY Mag In another experiment, Stephens presented firefighters and MBA students with the following hypothetical situation: “You just bought a new car, and then you find that your friend has purchased the exact same car. How do you feel?” The firefighters were overwhelmingly pleased and said things like, “Fantastic. He gets a great car.” The MBA students were negative or ­ambivalent. “I would feel slightly irritated,” one said. “It spoils my differentiation,” said another.

Thanks to +New York Magazine and +Psychology Today