A New Dawn

So 2005 is finally here! After a year of many dramatic events, and tragic ones too, we have a fresh new chance to make up for our mistakes, aim for new heights, and make this world a better place to live in.

What makes the first of January different? Why don’t we see it as any other day? It’s because we all want to see some change. And the arrival of a new year just raises our expectations. and thay’s why we all see it as a reason to celebrate and wish everybody we know to have a good year. We make resolutions that we promise to follow(?) so that we become a better person. And if lucky enough, we keep them too.

With a new year comes a new dawn in our lives, that we must use in the best way possible to be happy and keep the others around happy. Don’t be too enthusiastic and make big resolutions that you later dump when you realize that you can’t fulfill them. Make little, simple resolutions that you know you can achieve. And never let go of hope. Talent and resources apart, that alone will lead you to your goals.

A new dawn has arrived, embrace it with a smile

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A simple poem

This is a small poem that formed in my mind after the tidal wave killed over 1000 people in India. This is not a great poem, not big, not a literary masterpiece, it might not even look like a poem. Just a short, simple collection of words that comes straight from my heart!

for many a reason, we fight…

for religion, fight we do

for caste, fight we do

for money, fight we do

for honour, fight we do

today…

mother nature, looks at us

asks, stern her ways may be

“you are all my children, why do you fight?”

she is in tears now, hurt they do

Originally, this post contained only the poem, but since I like writing sentences rather than verses, I feel helpless as I write down all my views on the disaster today. The idea of my poem(?) is pretty obvious.

Most of us are victims of ego, don’t easily let go of something that is ours, be it our ideas, property, community, money, anything. But when a tragedy of this magnitude happens, we are all struck hard by a simple truth. We all are, after all, people! Today, all of us would have been glued to the TV screens and worried, felt, wept for the unfortunate victims and their families. When you saw a dead child, the religion or status of the child would have been the last thing on your mind.

In such a great tragedy, if there is one positive thought that could emerge, it is this. Everybody was either helping or praying for the victims… Saving as many people as they could… helping people vacate their houses. This tragedy has proved, once again, all your thoughts and egos absolutely melt away at the slightest feeling of love towards others. Though we may refuse to accept it at times, that is the truth.

So, when everybody is wondering why nature brought such a tragedy upon us, I will say

“Thank you Mother Nature,

for reminding your children,

the simple art of love.”

A simple poem

This is a small poem that formed in my mind after the tidal wave killed over 1000 people in India. This is not a great poem, not big, not a literary masterpiece, it might not even look like a poem. Just a short, simple collection of words that comes straight from my heart!

for many a reason, we fight…
for religion, fight we do
for caste, fight we do
for money, fight we do
for honour, fight we do
today…

mother nature, looks at us
asks, stern her ways may be
“you are all my children, why do you fight?”
she is in tears now, hurt they do

Originally, this post contained only the poem, but since I like writing sentences rather than verses, I feel helpless as I write down all my views on the disaster today. The idea of my poem(?) is pretty obvious.

Most of us are victims of ego, don’t easily let go of something that is ours, be it our ideas, property, community, money, anything. But when a tragedy of this magnitude happens, we are all struck hard by a simple truth. We all are, after all, people! Today, all of us would have been glued to the TV screens and worried, felt, wept for the unfortunate victims and their families. When you saw a dead child, the religion or status of the child would have been the last thing on your mind.

In such a great tragedy, if there is one positive thought that could emerge, it is this. Everybody was either helping or praying for the victims… Saving as many people as they could… helping people vacate their houses. This tragedy has proved, once again, all your thoughts and egos absolutely melt away at the slightest feeling of love towards others. Though we may refuse to accept it at times, that is the truth.

So, when everybody is wondering why nature brought such a tragedy upon us, I will say

“Thank you Mother Nature,

for reminding your children,

the simple art of love.”

What is success anyway???

Success – this word may hold different meanings to different people. For a child, getting its own way is success. For an employee, it may be a raise or promotion. The perspectives are many. But isn’t it strange how we forget some basic rules of life in pusuit of this success? Is what you are trying to achieve really success at all? Will it really make you happy? Is there something you need to know other than just achieveing that success? Yes, there is.

First, we need to prioritize our goals among other things in life that are also important like our family, friends, and some moral duties we may have. Of course, it is always good to aim for something in your life, but is it so important that you achieve it at the expense of others? Is being rich or famous a greater achievement than being known as a good person? Definitely not. Anybody can earn money or fame once he knows what he needs to do. But love for others is something that comes from within you, and cannot be taught by anybody. It is an art in itself. Consequently, earning the respect and admiration of others is tougher than earning success. If you have noticed some great personalities, you would have noticed how unbiased they are and talk freely with everybody. Note the word great, not famous. It is this character of theirs, and not their money, that has earned them the respect of all around them. My point is pretty simple, respect for your status may be lost, but respect for your behaviour will stay forever.

Next, is the ever-raging battle between the ends and means. Which is more important? Imagine that you have just won the lottery. You have so much money. Suddenly, you don’t know what to do with it. You did not have any plans. In your excitement, you may end up spending more than you really need and watse most of the money. Now imagine if you had actually worked for that money, months or years it may be, will you not be in a better position to use that money? You will know the value of your money and retain it well. This is just one example that illustrates that no matter what the end result, it is the path you have taken that shapes your success and it’s aftermath. The harder you actually try, the better you are able to taste your success.

So true success does not lie in what you have achieved. It is how you achieve it. The purpose of life is truly fulfilled only when you hear someone say “There goes a great human being.”

What is success anyway???

Success – this word may hold different meanings to different people. For a child, getting its own way is success. For an employee, it may be a raise or promotion. The perspectives are many. But isn’t it strange how we forget some basic rules of life in pusuit of this success? Is what you are trying to achieve really success at all? Will it really make you happy? Is there something you need to know other than just achieveing that success? Yes, there is.

First, we need to prioritize our goals among other things in life that are also important like our family, friends, and some moral duties we may have. Of course, it is always good to aim for something in your life, but is it so important that you achieve it at the expense of others? Is being rich or famous a greater achievement than being known as a good person? Definitely not. Anybody can earn money or fame once he knows what he needs to do. But love for others is something that comes from within you, and cannot be taught by anybody. It is an art in itself. Consequently, earning the respect and admiration of others is tougher than earning success. If you have noticed some great personalities, you would have noticed how unbiased they are and talk freely with everybody. Note the word great, not famous. It is this character of theirs, and not their money, that has earned them the respect of all around them. My point is pretty simple, respect for your status may be lost, but respect for your behaviour will stay forever.

Next, is the ever-raging battle between the ends and means. Which is more important? Imagine that you have just won the lottery. You have so much money. Suddenly, you don’t know what to do with it. You did not have any plans. In your excitement, you may end up spending more than you really need and watse most of the money. Now imagine if you had actually worked for that money, months or years it may be, will you not be in a better position to use that money? You will know the value of your money and retain it well. This is just one example that illustrates that no matter what the end result, it is the path you have taken that shapes your success and it’s aftermath. The harder you actually try, the better you are able to taste your success.

So true success does not lie in what you have achieved. It is how you achieve it. The purpose of life is truly fulfilled only when you hear someone say “There goes a great human being.”

The power of Positive Thought

Nowadays, with all the pressure and stress that normal life offers us, it’s easy to lose touch with ourselves and become nothing short of a complete wreck! So how do we cope with it all, and bring some peace back into our lives? It’s quite simple, just a change in attitude is what’s required. But how is it done?

First, we must learn to face the obstacles that come our way. It’s just too easy to think negative when we are faced with a problem. When you feel bad about something you just need to sit down and think what you can do to overcome the problem. If you can’t, then just ignore whatever is bothering you… maybe it’s not that bad after all!

Second, you must use the obstacles you face as a tool to improve your mental strength. You might have observed, people with disabilities, are able to do what normal people cannot. For example, in our country, we see that while many people with good health are jobless, those with a missing arm or leg are still able to survive in a self-sufficent way. How is that possible? Nothing much, it’s just that people with disabilities have that little extra drive to do achieve something in thier lives. They use their problems to motivate them, not bog them down. Most of us who stop and look at them in awe, don’t realize how we can to apply this simple principle to achieve our goals. You must have determination in whatever you do, however the simple or hard the job may be, you must not rest till you have completed it to your satisfaction. You must use your mind to bring about maximum determination and perseverence in every job you do.

Also, think of what such a positive attitude will do to others around you. When people see how confident and optimistic you are about what you do, they will be encouraged and inspired by your actions.

Another aspect of positive thought is the body language, or rather, the facial language. I’m talking about the simplest, yet hardest at times, of expressions – the smile. So what’s so hard about a smile, you ask… Will you smile when your friend hurts you, or when you find that nobody appreciates what you did? You will not, because these are things that will disappoint anybody. At this point you must realize that the connection between your expression and feelings is two-way. If you feel happy you smile. And if you try hard and bring a smile on your face, you will see that almost all your worries are simply washed away for those few moments. It will also make those around you happy, and it only multiplies from there, which is not true in case of a frown.

Remember, worries will not take you anywhere, they only serve to exagerrate the problem. Just throw away those worries, and face the world and it’s cruelties, if one may call it so, with a happy, confident and honest heart.

A tear will touch only those who care for you… a smile will reach anybody.

The power of Positive Thought

Nowadays, with all the pressure and stress that normal life offers us, it’s easy to lose touch with ourselves and become nothing short of a complete wreck! So how do we cope with it all, and bring some peace back into our lives? It’s quite simple, just a change in attitude is what’s required. But how is it done?

First, we must learn to face the obstacles that come our way. It’s just too easy to think negative when we are faced with a problem. When you feel bad about something you just need to sit down and think what you can do to overcome the problem. If you can’t, then just ignore whatever is bothering you… maybe it’s not that bad after all!

Second, you must use the obstacles you face as a tool to improve your mental strength. You might have observed, people with disabilities, are able to do what normal people cannot. For example, in our country, we see that while many people with good health are jobless, those with a missing arm or leg are still able to survive in a self-sufficent way. How is that possible? Nothing much, it’s just that people with disabilities have that little extra drive to do achieve something in thier lives. They use their problems to motivate them, not bog them down. Most of us who stop and look at them in awe, don’t realize how we can to apply this simple principle to achieve our goals. You must have determination in whatever you do, however the simple or hard the job may be, you must not rest till you have completed it to your satisfaction. You must use your mind to bring about maximum determination and perseverence in every job you do.

Also, think of what such a positive attitude will do to others around you. When people see how confident and optimistic you are about what you do, they will be encouraged and inspired by your actions.

Another aspect of positive thought is the body language, or rather, the facial language. I’m talking about the simplest, yet hardest at times, of expressions – the smile. So what’s so hard about a smile, you ask… Will you smile when your friend hurts you, or when you find that nobody appreciates what you did? You will not, because these are things that will disappoint anybody. At this point you must realize that the connection between your expression and feelings is two-way. If you feel happy you smile. And if you try hard and bring a smile on your face, you will see that almost all your worries are simply washed away for those few moments. It will also make those around you happy, and it only multiplies from there, which is not true in case of a frown.

Remember, worries will not take you anywhere, they only serve to exagerrate the problem. Just throw away those worries, and face the world and it’s cruelties, if one may call it so, with a happy, confident and honest heart.

A tear will touch only those who care for you… a smile will reach anybody.

Why do we pray?

This topic has really been bothering me for quite a while now… Why do we pray to God?

1. Asking for something?

This is the reason most of us pray to God. We may be asking for anything… money, good marks, world peace…

But is it necessary? We pray to God with the belief that he can do anything, well no arguments about that! But why do you think it is necessary for you to tell the capable-of-everything God what you want?

To further clarify my point, consider this example :

Let’s suppose your teacher is correcting your test papers. Will you go and tell her how you want your paper corrected and graded? No. You trust her (maybe out of fear or respect) and accept your marks as they come.

But you don’t trust God, who has created everything on Earth and is governing all life for millions of years, to know what you need?

Ok, some of you might say, “I don’t ask anything for myself, I ask God to keep everybody happy and peaceful”. This point also comes under what I said earlier. God knows what, when and how to do things. Realize that whatever happens, He is responsible. Good or bad, He causes it, and He will control it. Your prayer need not ask God for anything, it is just a tool to remember him in your heart.

2. Thanking Him

This is another reason why we pray. People ‘thank’ God by performing pujas, donating money to temples, etc. Does God need to be thanked?

“He has done so much for me, I must thank him for his favours.” This is what some people say. Favours??? Do you think God is doing you favours in return for your rituals???

To drive home my point, I will ask one question…

How many times in your life have you thanked your mother? She has done so much for you from the day you were born, but have you thanked her at all? Most probably, you have not. And I’m not saying it’s wrong at all. We will not do it because we are well aware that our mother will never expect thanks from us and will be deeply hurt if we do thank her for making our breakfast or washing our clothes. Infact, your mother will be happier if you grow up into a good human being and get a good name in society.

God is also like a mother to you. He does not want you to repay him for anything! Just use his gifts to the fullest and be a good person, that is the only way you can ever repay God for all he has done for you.

Finally, I am not asking anybody to stop praying. Do pray, it is a good thing for your mind and body. But use those moments to just think how great God is, and how lucky you are to be his child…

Why do we pray?

This topic has really been bothering me for quite a while now… Why do we pray to God?

1. Asking for something?

This is the reason most of us pray to God. We may be asking for anything… money, good marks, world peace…

But is it necessary? We pray to God with the belief that he can do anything, well no arguments about that! But why do you think it is necessary for you to tell the capable-of-everything God what you want?

To further clarify my point, consider this example :

Let’s suppose your teacher is correcting your test papers. Will you go and tell her how you want your paper corrected and graded? No. You trust her (maybe out of fear or respect) and accept your marks as they come.

But you don’t trust God, who has created everything on Earth and is governing all life for millions of years, to know what you need?

Ok, some of you might say, “I don’t ask anything for myself, I ask God to keep everybody happy and peaceful”. This point also comes under what I said earlier. God knows what, when and how to do things. Realize that whatever happens, He is responsible. Good or bad, He causes it, and He will control it. Your prayer need not ask God for anything, it is just a tool to remember him in your heart.

2. Thanking Him

This is another reason why we pray. People ‘thank’ God by performing pujas, donating money to temples, etc. Does God need to be thanked?

“He has done so much for me, I must thank him for his favours.” This is what some people say. Favours??? Do you think God is doing you favours in return for your rituals???

To drive home my point, I will ask one question…

How many times in your life have you thanked your mother? She has done so much for you from the day you were born, but have you thanked her at all? Most probably, you have not. And I’m not saying it’s wrong at all. We will not do it because we are well aware that our mother will never expect thanks from us and will be deeply hurt if we do thank her for making our breakfast or washing our clothes. Infact, your mother will be happier if you grow up into a good human being and get a good name in society.

God is also like a mother to you. He does not want you to repay him for anything! Just use his gifts to the fullest and be a good person, that is the only way you can ever repay God for all he has done for you.

Finally, I am not asking anybody to stop praying. Do pray, it is a good thing for your mind and body. But use those moments to just think how great God is, and how lucky you are to be his child…

The Human Mind II

Hope u all liked my last post. Hope it made u think too…

I said about people not accepting others’s views. Now I’ll talk about the exact opposite! People who blindly believe what others tell them. As soon as I say this, the line that would be running in most people’s mind (forgive me if I’m wrong) will be

“I don’t listen blindly to others. I have a mind of my own…”.

Yes, accepted that any normal human being would definitely think about every decision he makes, and know what is right and wrong. But I didn’t mean that people act like robots acting according to commands of others!

All of us have a thought pattern of our own… it is exactly this pattern that I’m talking about. We all ‘think’ and make decisions at every point in our lives… but how many times have we thought on our own? Thinking on your own is different from just thinking. How many times have you let the views of your society, friends or your immediate family influence the decisions you make?

Most of us tend to weigh our own decisions against ‘how others will react’ and conclude if its ‘right or wrong’. But how many times have you looked at the rationality behind the thinking of others? Yes… I said in my last post that we must respect the views of others. But it must not affect how you decide your life. Even the ‘adamant’ views we hold about certain issues, though we may not be aware of it, will be modelled on what the society and those close to us have told us all along.

What I conclude from the 2 posts (howmuchever contradictory they may have been…) is don’t let your mind get conditioned to any one view, whether your own or what others impose on you. Good, rational thinking means thinking from scratch, analysing the situation, taking in all possibilities, see what will lead to what, and then select the best decision that will result in the most good for everybody.