A Dog's Love

on Monday, December 26, 2011

The dog Mintu, a mother of seven puppies, breastfeeds a young monkey in Bishwanathpur village, some 300 kilometres ( 180 miles) northeast of Dhaka on December 21,2011. Scores of people visit Shipar Reza house to see the unusual bond between the two animals.


Even Animals share their love? Where do we stand ?

Help Please!

on Sunday, December 25, 2011

 Please help poor people who cannot afford  even their medical expenses.Serving poor people is equivalent to serving god!

Details given below,

Patient:‌V.Akash (Age 1)
Disease: Open Heart Surgery - Intracardiac Repair
Required: Rs.One Lakh ans Ten Thousand
DD/Cheque in favour of : G.Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, Coimbatore
Address: K.G.Veerasamy, New No.2/110 A, Bharathidasan Street, Kuralkuttai Village & PO. Udumalpet (TK), Tirupur (DT), Coimbatore - 642 154
Payment may be sent upto : 22.01.2012

Patient:L.Cruz Sagayaraj (Age 42)
Disease: Kidney Transplantation & Dialysis
Required: Rs.Four Lakhs ans Fourty Five Thousand
DD/Cheque in favour of : K.Govindaswamy Naidu Medical Trust, Coimbatore
Address: L.Cruz Sagayaraj, No,54 A, Vasantham Nagar, E.B.Colony, Kappikkadai, Saravanampatti (P.O.,) Coimbatore - 641 035
Payment may be sent upto : 21.01.2012

Patient:L.Selvam (Age 42)
Disease: Kidney Transplantation & Dialysis
Required: Rs.Four Lakhs
DD/Cheque in favour of : M.R.Hospitals, Chennai - 600 029
Address: L.Selvam, No.21, Thillai Nagar Main Road, Korattur, Chennai - 600 080
Payment may be sent upto : 20.01.2012

Patient:G.Swaminathan (Age 35)
Disease: Kidney Transplantation
Required: Rs.Three Lakhs and Fiftyfive Thousand
DD/Cheque in favour of : Kaliappa Renal Center (P) Ltd, Chennai - 600 028
Address: G.Swamtnathan, No,35/56, First street, II Floor, Greenways Road, S.K.P.Puram, R.A.Puram, Chennai - 600 028
Payment may be sent upto : 18.01.2012

Patient: B.Ragupathy (Age 20)
Disease: Kidney Transplantation
Required: Rs. Four Lakhs
DD/Cheque in favour of : Meenakshi Misson Hospital & Research Center, Madurai-625107
Address: V.Balaguru, Suresh Theatre Colony, Genguvar Patti (P.O.), Periyakulam (T.L.) Theni (Dt.)
Payment may be sent upto : 15.01.2012

Patient: K.Rajadurai (Age 56)
Disease: Heart Surgery - Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
Required: Rs. One Lakh Seventy Five Thousand
DD/Cheque in favour of : Sri Ramachandar Hospital, Porur, Chennai - 600 116
Address: K.Rajadurai, No.56, Linga Reddy Street, Sholinghur, Walaja Tk. Vellore Dist. Pin - 631 102
Payment may be sent upto : 14.01.2012

Patient: S.Gokula Krishnan (Age 20)
Disease: Haploidentical Transplantation
Required: Rs. Three Lakhs
DD/Cheque in favour of : CMC Hospital, Vellore
Address: K.K.Sampath, F/O.Gokulakrishnan, No, 43/1, Perumal Koil Street, Kangiyanur Village & P.o., Villpuram Taluk & Dt., Pin - 605 302
Payment may be sent upto : 13.01.2012

Patient: Srinivasan (Age 15)
Disease: Post Operative Care & Medicine
Required: Rs. One Lakh Fifty Thousand
DD/Cheque in favour of : SPT Hospitals, Coimbatore - 641 009
Address: Smt.D.Devika, No. 19.A,Sri Amman Garden, Velappan Kowndan Valasu, Villarasanpatti, Erode ( P.O.)
Payment may be sent upto : 07.01.2012

Patient: Ajitha (Age 13)
Disease: Chemotherapy
Required: Rs. Four Lakhs
DD/Cheque in favour of : Meenakshi Misson Hospital & Research Center, Madurai-625107
Address: R.Chandran, 4/300, PRC Colony, Thanakkankulam, Madurai - 6
Payment may be sent upto : 06.01.2012

Patient: Richardson (Age 17)
Disease: Chemotherapy
Required: Rs. Four Lakhs
DD/Cheque in favour of : Meenakshi Misson Hospital & Research Center, Madurai-625107
Address: Pawl, No.70, VOC Street, Vishwanathapuram, Krishnapuram Colony, Madurai (Dt)
Payment may be sent upto : 26.12.2011

Sources: Dinamalar.com 

Comments on Bhagavat Gita!

on Monday, December 19, 2011

 "The secret of karma yoga which is to perform actions without any fruitive desires is taught by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita." - Swami Vivekananda  "The Bhagavad-Gita is a true scripture of the human race a living creation rather than a book, with a new message for every age and a new meaning for every civilization." - Sri Aurobindo
  "The Bhagavad-Gita calls on humanity to dedicate body, mind and soul to pure duty and not to become mental voluptuaries at the mercy of random desires and undisciplined impulses." -Mahatma Gandhiji   "When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous." - Albert Einstein  
"The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity." - Aldous Huxley 
  "In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny and trivial." - Henry David Thoreau  
 "The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion." - Herman Hesse  
"I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-Gita. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson  "The Bhagavad-Gita is an empire of thought and in its philosophical teachings Krishna has all the attributes of the full-fledged montheistic deity and at the same time the attributes of the Upanisadic absolute." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  "In order to approach a creation as sublime as the Bhagavad-Gita with full understanding it is necessary to attune our soul to it." - Rudolph Steiner   "The Bhagavad-Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions." - Dr. Albert Schweizer

One bedroom flat..

on Friday, November 25, 2011


A Bitter Reality

As the dream of most parents I had acquired a degree in Software Engineering and joined a company based in USA, the land of braves and opportunity. When I arrived in the USA , it was as if a dream had come true.

Here at last I was in the place where I want to be. I decided I would be staying in this country for about Five years in which time I would have earned enough money to settle down in India .

My father was a government employee and after his retirement, the only asset he could acquire was a decent one bedroom flat.

I wanted to do some thing more than him. I started feeling homesick and lonely as the time passed. I used to call home and speak to my parents every week using cheap international phone
cards. Two years passed, two years of Burgers at McDonald's and pizzas and discos and 2 years watching the foreign exchange rate getting happy whenever the Rupee value went down.

Finally I decided to get married. Told my parents that I have only 10 days of holidays and everything must be done within these 10 days. I got my ticket booked in the cheapest flight.
Was jubilant and was actually enjoying shopping for gifts for all my friends back home. If I miss anyone then there will be talks. After reaching home I spent home one week going through all the photographs of girls and as the time was getting shorter I was forced to select one candidate.

In-laws told me, to my surprise, that I would have to get married in 2-3 days, as I will not get anymore holidays. After the marriage, it was time to return to USA , after giving some money to my parents and telling the neighbors to look after them, we returned to USA .

My wife enjoyed this country for about two months and then she started feeling lonely. The frequency of calling India increased to twice in a week sometimes 3 times a week. Our savings started diminishing.
After two more years we started to have kids. Two lovely kids, a boy and a girl, were gifted to us by the almighty. Every time I spoke to my parents, they asked me to come to India so that they can see their grand-children.

Every year I decide to go to India ... But part work part
monetary conditions prevented it. Years went by and visiting India was a distant dream. Then suddenly one day I got a message that my parents were seriously sick. I tried but I couldn't get any holidays and thus could not go to India . The next message I got was my parents had passed away and as there was no one to do the last rights the society members had done whatever they could. I was depressed. My parents had passed away without seeing their grand children.

After couple more years passed away, much to my children's
dislike and my wife's joy we returned to India to settle down.
I started to look for a suitable property, but to my dismay my savings were short and the property prices had gone up during all these years. I had to return to the USA ...

My wife refused to come back with me and my children refused to stay in India ... My 2 children and I returned to USA after promising my wife I would be back for good after two years.

Time passed by, my daughter decided to get married to an
American and my son was happy living in USA ... I decided that had enough and wound-up every thing and returned to India ... I had just enough money to buy a decent 02 bedroom flat in a well-developed locality.

Now I am 60 years old and the only time I go out of the flat is for the routine visit to the nearby temple. My faithful wife
has also left me and gone to the holy abode.

I wondered was it worth all this?
My father, even after staying in India ,
Had a house to his name and I too have
the same nothing more.

I lost my parents and children for just ONE EXTRA BEDROOM.

Looking out from the window I see a lot of children dancing.
This damned cable TV has spoiled our new generation and these children are losing their values and culture because of it. 

I get occasional cards from my children asking I am alright. Well at least they remember me.

Now perhaps after I die it will be the neighbors again who will be performing my last rights, God Bless them.
But the question still remains 

'was all this worth it?'

I am still searching for an answer.................!!!






..……live life happily……..

A Rare picture..

on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A true warrior of india,the great Bhagat Singh while he was in prison in 1922.

Girl with Down syndrome is a swimming champion

on Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bhopal: A 12-year old swimming champion from Bhopal, Ira Parihar, has accomplished what most swimmers have not even attempted, despite suffering from Down syndrome.

Ira Parihar has been swimming since she was 3-year old. 
 At the age of 8 she crossed the breadth of Bhopal's Historic Upper Lake. This is nothing unusual, except that Parihar has Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder associated with learning disabilities. Now, the 12-year-old can swim for hours without showing any sign of fatigue. And although she has clocked 1.5 km in a little less than 30 minutes, her love for the water keeps her away from the finish line.  

But coach Mukesh Mishra pushes her gently to move towards the bank when attempting a record.
"She finds it diffcilut to comprehend between start and finish. Otherwise she is as good as anyone," coach Mishra said. 

 Ira Parihar won two gold medals at the special state Olympics in Mandsaur in 2006. She also participated in the special national Olympics in Mumbai in 2007. Her mother Nishi Parihar who doubles up as her friend, coach and all-time companion has tried her best to instill discipline and perseverance in her child.

"The results are showing. Now we plan to double the distance and then we will increase it. After that we plan to take her to Narmada and then to the sea," her mother said. 

Familiarity is important for Parihar. She communicates mostly with her family members. Rarely does she ask for anything to eat, with her mother sometimes having to force-feed her. And when the water bird is not lapping up the waves, she is busy dancing away her child-like worries only to stop when someone starts watching her.

Swami Vivekananda thoughts on Dinamalar paper

on Sunday, November 13, 2011

* அனைத்திலும் இறைவனை காண்பது
நம்முடைய லட்சியமாகும். அனைத்திலும் காண முடியாவிட்டால், நாம் நேசிக்கும்
ஒன்றிலாவது பார்க்க வேண்டும்.

* வாழும் காலம் எவ்வளவு
வேண்டுமானாலும் இருக்கலாம். ஆனால், லட்சியத்தை அடைவதே நம்முடைய
உயிர் மூச்சாக இருக்க வேண்டும்.

* இயற்கையின் ரகசியத்தை அறியும் போது மனிதன் இயற்கையின் உதவியால் இயற்கைக்கு அப்பாற்பட்ட பரம்பொருளை உணர்வதுடன் மரணத்தையும்
வெல்கிறான். இயற்கையைக் கடந்த அந்தப் பொருளின் உதவியால் அவன் எல்லையற்ற ஆனந்தத்தை

* நீங்கள் இறைவனை உணர்ந்தால் உங்கள் முகம்
மாறுவதுடன், குரலும், தோற்றமும் மாறுகிறது.
அப்போது நீங்கள், மனித குலத்திற்கு ஒரு
வரப்பிரசாதமாக மாறிவிடுவீர்கள்.

* பிரார்த்தனையால் நுண்ணிய ஆற்றல்கள் எளிதாக விழிப்படைகின்றன. பக்தியுணர்வுடன் பிரார்த்தனை செய்தால் அனைத்து விருப்பங்களும் நிறைவேறும்.


Motherliness in Nature :)


on Monday, November 07, 2011

Eureka Child Foundation, over the last fifteen years have worked, chiefly, in Tamil Nadu to ensuring quality education and healthcare reaches the poorest. To clarify, in demanding quality education all we require is that children in each class be able to perform the tasks the minimum curriculum prescribes.The organisation as a whole (including the chapters abroad) was awarded The Times of India Social Impact Award this year for Global Contribution to India.

A "Eureka Run" was organised last year on Nov. 14th, Children's Day, to raise awareness about the quality of education the poorest in Tamil Nadu receive. A total of 1,500 runners aged between 2 and 75 years showed their support running a 5 kilometer stretch on Chennai's Marina Beach. The money raised at this event has transformed the lives of 500 children. This year the event is to take place on Saturday, 12th of November 2011.


Funds will be raised by charging a registration fee of Rs. 250. Each registration will give one child 3 months of academic help through the Eureka SuperKidz program. All registrants will receive a T-shirt and those who complete the run will receive a certificate.

Registrations are open on http://eurekachild.org/run2011/ or at Odyssey - Annanagar & Adyar, Express Avenue, Royapettah, Chennai.
RSVP your attendance: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=231319860256166

PROBLEM: Several studies have pointed to consistently low learning levels in schools for the poorest in rural Tamil Nadu. Studies in 2010 found that 79.5% students in class 3 cannot even subtract despite being expected to multiply and divide by the prescribed curriculum. It was found that learning levels can be raised by up to 60% in one academic year, as demonstrated by the Eureka SuperKidz program. This is done through a deeply researched outcome focused pedagogy.

The Eureka Run is an effort to not only raise funds to fix the problem but to also create awareness of the problem itself allowing an interest in ensuring that the poorest children have access to what is so essential to them in school- Quality Education.

Please REGISTER ONLINE for the event and tell friends and family to also. It is time for change and Tamil Nadu's children need all the support they can get. Registrations are open on http://eurekachild.org/run2011/ or at Odyssey - Anna Nagar & Adyar, Express Avenue, Royapettah, Chennai.

Jai Hind!

on Sunday, October 23, 2011

  Do you know what it reads? Its written in Punjabi. It translates to:

On occasion of 101th Birthday of Shahide Azam S. Bhagat Singh, shoes will be polished for free!

I'm completely speechless after reading that statement :(


A great service to the voter!

on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Simply amazing!
You will get almost all details about the candidate like their education, criminal cases, total assets etc.
Click on a particular candidate and you will get more data than you can imagine!!

Great work done by a group of professors from IIM , Ahmedabad (ADR)

So check this link before you go for voting..!! Very Interesting data U get!



Vasi Yogam/Gathagatham/Siddha Yogam

on Friday, October 07, 2011

The ultimate part in yoga is Vasi yogam,  AKA Siddha Yoga/Gathagatham etc. This was composed by great siddhars and it is used a short cut for Self realization.

Vasi” means to dwell or reside inside. The one that resides inside is the true self keeping the body and mind as instruments. Vasi Yoga comprises the process of harmonious breathing by which  we are enriching our body and mind with the energies required for health and happiness in our self.

The body and mind are activated and energised by the life force called “Prana”.There are five different pranic energies in our being responsible for the functioning of our Gnana-indriyas and Karma-indriyas which are the faculties helping us to live in this world.

A combination of lifestyle changes, Yogic Kriyas and breathing techniques harmonise the energies of our body and mind for a healthy living. 

You also need a connection to the inner being through understanding and feeling of our inner energies through Meditation.  

Even in Patanjali’s Yogasutra, Pranayama is given more importance to bring in a balance of energies of body and mind. Any disturbance of either the body or the mind brings about a disturbance to the other viz – Anger initiation brings about a change in the breathing pattern making it heavy before the actual manifestation in the body. Hence right breathing termed Swasa kriyas along with Pranayama and pranic energization techniques are required to attain a state of healthy well-being.

This simple method of prayer and meditation introduces one to spiritual pursuit. This method is as universal as the goal itself and its origin is traced back to the sages of the glorious past. It prepares the aspirant for initiation into the grand path of the truth.

Vasi yogam AKA Flame meditation
Taught by Doctor,who is a great spritual Master.

Light a lamp or a candle. Sit erect on a chair or over a plank at a distance of five feet from the lighted candle. Position the Flame of the candle at eye level. Steady your mind and look at the Flame, without batting your eyelids. Invite the Flame into you: Oh Flame! Come, enter me! Then close your eyes and start looking at the Flame with your inner eye. Keeping your eyes closed imagine the Flame entering through your mouth and let it alight on your tongue. Let the light of the Flame spread over your tongue, palate and uvula. Then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! Purify me. Burn away untruth. Henceforth, let the words that come from me be good". Plead thus to the Flame for about two minutes. Then imagine that the Flame travels down, to your throat. See with your inner eye, the throat illuminated by the Flame. This region is a nerve plexus. Then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! Purify me. Burn away untruth". Pray thus to the Flame for about two minutes. The Lotus

Then imagine the Flame moving down to the center of the thoracic cavity (rib cage). Let the light from the Flame penetrate through your heart and other organs, dispelling darkness. Then pray: "Oh beloved Flame!, purify me. Burn away untruth and sublimate my emotions". Then allow the Flame to slide down to the center of your stomach into the region behind the naval. Then pray "oh beloved Flame!, purify me. Burn away untruth. Let all my strength be used in the right way". Then imagine the Flame engulfs the inner side of the stomach. Retain the Flame here for two minutes.

Then bring it down to the region between the pelvic bones (a little above the sex organs). Retain the Flame there for two minutes and then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! purify me. Burn away untruth. Dispel darkness". Then bring the Flame down to your Mooladhara, the first of the six chakras. Sit erect and imagine a vertical line plunging down from the central point of your head, to the ground piercing through the middle of your trunk. That last portion of your body through which the straight line traverses before touching the ground is the Mooladhara Chakra. Imagine the light from the Flame spreading all over this region. Then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! purify me. Burn away untruth. Make me as immaculate as you are. Do away with Vasanas(tendencies) I have accumulated".

Then move the flame up slowly through the spinal column. Stop the Flame at the nape of your neck for two minutes. Then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! Purify me. Burn away untruth". Then bring the Flame between your eyebrows. Retain it there for two minutes and then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! Purify me. Burn away untruth". Then bring the Flame to the center of your skull (cranium) and then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! Purify me. Enlighten me".

Then imagine the Flame to come out of your body from the top of your skull. Retain it four to five inches above your head for two minutes. Meditate on the Flame. Imagine the Flame becoming big enough to engulf the whole of your body. Sit within the Flame for sometime in silence and peace. 

Trip to India as teen was a life-changer for Steve Jobs

on Thursday, October 06, 2011

NEW DELHI: Steve Jobs came to India as a teenager in search of enlightenment. He returned disappointed, following a brush with lice, scabies, dysentery and a near mob thrashing after he protested at being sold watered-down buffalo milk.

But the trip did mark a turning point in his life. In his own words, it helped him realize that "Thomas Edison did a lot more to improve the world than Karl Marx and Neem Karoli Baba (the guru he was seeking, who died before they could meet) put together".

Steve Jobs: His works, legacy

Jobs' India connection, though, preceded his trip. As a penniless college drop-out , he would walk seven miles every Sunday to get a free meal at the Hare Krishna temple. He also retained a lifelong admiration for Mahatma Gandhi. In 1997, Apple's 'Think Different' ads, which featured his personal idols, included the Mahatma.
Tough India visit led him to question many illusions

Steve Jobs' trip to India was eventful, to put it mildly. He arrived in India, accompanied by his friend Dan Kottke, who later became Apple's first employee.

Soon, he had swapped his jeans and T-shirts for lungis as he set out from Delhi for the Himalayas. Along the way, Jobs and Kottke slept in abandoned buildings and survived on local food. "He looked at prices everywhere, found out the real price, and haggled. He didn't want to be ripped off," Kottke was quoted as saying in the book 'iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act In the History of Business'.

While he was searching for Neem Karoli Baba, Jobs chanced upon a mendicant who laughed uproariously at the sight of him, led him up a mountain path, dunked his head in a pond at the top of the mountain and shaved his head. Jobs and Kottke then set off to meet one Harikan Baba, but came away unimpressed. On the way back, while sleeping in a dry creek bed, they were trapped in a fierce thunderstorm.

As Kottke narrates in 'iCon', "I remember us praying to any god that could hear us, 'Dear God, if I ever get through this, I'll be a good person, I promise'."

Having picked up lice and dysentry, the two set off to see Tibet, but contracted scabies near Manali. Worse, Kottke's traveller's cheques got stolen, which ended their trip.

"The hot, uncomfortable summer made Jobs question many illusions he had nursed about India. He found India far poorer than he had imagined and was struck by the incongruity between the country's condition and its airs of holiness," author Michael Moritz wrote in Jobs' biography, as he was quoted as saying in his biography, 'The Little Kingdom - The Private Story of Apple Computer'.

However, Jobs retained his interest in spirituality. In fact, he suggested the name Apple to Steve Wozniak after a visit to a commune in Oregon which he referred to as an "apple orchard".

Sources: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international-business/trip-to-india-as-teen-was-a-life-changer-for-steve-jobs/articleshow/10264889.cms

Durga Puja

Holy Mother (Sri Sri Sarada Devi) graced the Durga Puja celebrations held at the Belur Math by her presence. To attend the Puja at Belur in 1912, she camped there for about a week.
When she arrived at the gate of the Math at the close of the Bodhan ceremony (awakening of the Deity), the monks and devotees, headed by the great Swami Premananda, unhorsed the carriage and drew it through the Math grounds. On successive days hundreds of devotees made flower offerings at her feet.
Swami Brahmananda worshipped her with one hundred and eight full-blown lotuses, and her devotee and disciple, Dr. Kanjilal, danced before the image of the Deity with gestures and postures like a mischievous imp, to entertain the Divine Mother, as it were.
She was again present at the worship of Durga held in 1916. We get an impression of the exaltation she created by her presence, in the following extract from a letter of Swami Shivananda: 'Owing to the presence of the blessed Holy Mother amongst us, this year's Puja has been a direct worship of the Divine Mother, unlike the usual one through the consecrated image. Although there was continuous rain and wind on all the three days, no part of the celebration suffered, thanks to the Mother's grace. We were astonished to note how even the rains stopped whenever it was time for devotees to take Prasad (consecrated food), sitting in the unprotected courtyard. Afterwards we learnt from Yogin-Ma that whenever rain seemed imminent at about the meal time, the Holy Mother would sit down to make Japa of Durga's holy name, praying,  
"Mother, save us. How can these devotees take Thy holy Prasad in this pouring rain?"
And Mother Durga did, indeed, save us.'

Humanity Still exists :)

on Monday, October 03, 2011

Two blind persons wanted to drink water at the RagiGudda temple, Bangalore.
When, they were unable to operate the tap, this mother monkey opened the tap for them, allowed them to drink water, drank some water  for herself and then closed the tap before leaving the scene.

Do share this link with your friends. It is proof that humanity does exist - even if we humans have forgotten it ourselves...!!!

Let all beings be happy..

on Monday, September 19, 2011

Doing is very good, but that comes from thinking fill the brain, therefore, with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.

The infinite future is before you, and you must always remember that each word, thought, and deed, lays up a store for you and that as the bad thoughts and bad works are ready to spring upon you like tigers, so also there is the inspiring hope that the good thoughts and good deeds are ready with the power of a hundred thousand angels to defend you always and for ever.

Mentally repeat, "Let all beings be happy; let all beings be peaceful; let all beings be blissful." The more you do that the better you will feel yourself. You will find at last that the easiest way to make ourselves healthy is to see that others are healthy, and the easiest way to make ourselves happy is to see that others are happy.

-Swami Vivekananda.

The dog's curly tail

on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

There was a poor man who wanted some money; and somehow he had heard that if he could get hold of a ghost, he might command him to bring money or anything else he liked; so he was very anxious to get hold of a ghost.

He went about searching for a man who would give him a ghost, and at last he found a sage with great powers, and besought his help. The sage asked him what he would do with a ghost. "I want a ghost to work for me; teach me how to get hold of one, sir; I desire it very much," replied the man. But the sage said, "Don't disturb yourself, go home." The next day the man went again to the sage and began to weep and pray, "Give me a ghost; I must have a ghost, sir, to help me." At last the sage was disgusted, and said, "Take this charm, repeat this magic word, and a ghost will come, and whatever you say to him he will do. But beware; they are terrible beings, and must be kept continually busy. If you fail to give him work, he will take your life."

The man replied, "That is easy; I can give him work for all his life." Then he went to a forest, and after long repetition of the magic word, a huge ghost appeared before him, and said, "I am a ghost. I have been conquered by your magic; but you must keep me constantly employed. The moment you fail to give me work I will kill you." The man said, "Build me a palace,", and the ghost said, "It is done; the palace is built." "Bring me money," said the man. "Here is your money," said the ghost. "Cut this forest down, and build a city in its place." "That is done," said the ghost, "anything more?" Now the man began to be frightened and thought he could give him nothing more to do; he did everything in a trice. The ghost said, "Give me something to do or I will eat you up."

The poor man could find no further occupation for him, and was frightened. So he ran and ran and at last reached the sage, and said, "Oh, sir, protect my life!" The sage asked him what the matter was, and the man replied, "I have nothing to give the ghost to do. Everything I tell him to do he does in a moment, and he threatens to eat me up if I do not give him work." Just then the ghost arrived, saying, "I'll eat you up," and he would have swallowed the man. The man began to shake, and begged the sage to save his life.

The sage said, "I will find you a way out. Look at that dog with a curly tail. Draw your sword quickly and cut the tail off and give it to the ghost to straighten out." The man cut off the dog's tail and gave it to the ghost, saying, "Straighten that out for me." The ghost took it and slowly and carefully straightened it out, but as soon as he let it go, it instantly curled up again. Once more he laboriously straightened it out, only to find it again curled up as soon as he attempted to let go of it. Again he patiently straightened it out, but as soon as he let it go, it curled up again.

So he went on for days and days, until he was exhausted and said, "I was never in such trouble before in my life. I am an old veteran ghost, but never before was I in such trouble." "I will make a compromise with you;" he said to the man, "you let me off and I will let you keep all I have given you and will promise not to harm you." The man was much pleased, and accepted the offer gladly.

This world is like a dog's curly tail, and people have been striving to straighten it out for hundreds of years; but when they let it go, it has curled up again. How could it be otherwise?

One must first know how to work without attachment, then one will not be a fanatic. When we know that this world is like a dog's curly tail and will never get straightened, we shall not become fanatics. If there were no fanaticism in the world, it would make much more progress than it does now. It is a mistake to think that fanaticism can make for the progress of mankind. On the contrary, it is a retarding element creating hatred and anger, and causing people to fight each other, and making them unsympathetic. We think that whatever we do or possess is the best in the world, and what we do not do or possess is of no value. So, always remember the instance of the curly tail of the dog whenever you have a tendency to become a fanatic.

They traverse miles to light up a smile

Rebecca Buchanan, dressed in a pink salwar, comes out to greet us along with her friend Tillodore Wilton alias Tilly. Tilly, a farmer from Glasgow, has been on the move since March to raise awareness of environmental issues. She started from the symbolic Heathrow in London, where many a journeys take off – almost daily. Only difference, however, is that, she took off on a bicycle.

Pedalling till Dover and taking a ferry over the English Channel to Calais in France, Tilly has cycled through Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Iran, UAE and finally into India after 9000 kilometres of riding.
I had to fly into India, since the monsoon had struck Dubai and no ships would have me aboard,” says the anthropology graduate who is against flying due its environmental ill-effects.

On her way, Tilly met farmers to promote organic farming and labour intensive techniques, which according to her is the best method of farming. Landing in Bangalore, she headed to Koppal district to learn ‘Kinnal craft', an indigenous art form of Kinnal in Karnataka.

Tilly came down to Devarayaneri to join Rebecca in learning about the Narikurava culture. “It's very exciting to meet the Narikuravas. Their community structures are distinct from other communities that surround them. We swap stories about the challenges faced in everyday lives ,” says Tilly, who is heading back to Karnataka to learn more about handicraft making. Rebecca, who has been living here for three months, is involved in documenting the Narikurava culture and spreading awareness on their needs. Developing communication skills of teachers and bringing out the creative side of children through soft skills and art are her goals.

The University of Glasgow graduate, hailing from a gypsy community, is one of the few from her community to have completed college. She has devoted herself to social causes . She had taken care of children in Germany, worked at an orphanage in Cambodia and at an anganwadi in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. 

She draws parallels between her community and the Narikuravas, “Both are either nomadic or semi-nomadic, always on the move,” she reckons. On the education scenario she says, “Thirty five per cent of the gypsies would be literate as compared to the 50 odd per cent here.

There is one major cause of the Narikurava's both Rebecca and Tilly is backing. “They should be given the scheduled tribe (ST) status as there is still inequality and discrimination, says Rebecca. “I was travelling with a Narikurava and the bus conductor refused to halt at our bus stop despite repeated pleading from both of us,” said Rebecca to buttress her argument.

They are also contemplating to launch an online signature campaign to build a strong case for including the Narikuravas under the Scheduled Tribes. Just as the Narikuravas, who are not bounded by the limits of time and space in their search for livelihood, there is a sense of limitlessness that characterises kTilly and Rebecca as they tread along the path to discover more about cultures and diversity. 

Breakfast at A RESTAURANT

This is a good story and is true, please read it all the way through until the end! (After the Story, there are some very interesting facts!):

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree.

The last class I had to take was Sociology.

The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with.

Her last project of the term was called, 'Smile.'

The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.

I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake,


Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to A RESTAURANT one crisp March morning.


It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.

We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then
Even my husband did.

I did not move an inch... An overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.

As I turned around I smelled a horrible 'dirty body' smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.

As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was 'smiling'

His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light as he searched f or acceptance....

He said, 'Good day' as he counted the few coins he had been clutching..

The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.

I held my tears as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.

He said, 'Coffee is all Miss' because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes..

That is when I noticed all eyes in the

Restaurant were set on me, judging

My every action.

I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.

I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand.

He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, 'Thank you.'

I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, 'I did not do this for you.. God is here working through me to give you hope.'

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son.... When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, 'That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope..'

We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.

We are not GOING TO TEMPLE REGULARLY, but we are believers.

That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.

I turned in 'my project' and the instructor read it.

Then she looked up at me and said, 'Can I share this?'

I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.

She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed.

In my own way I had touched the people at THE RESTAURANT, my son, the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.

I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:


Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to



An Angel wrote:

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart

To handle yourself, use your head..

To handle others, use your heart.

God Gives every bird it's food, but He does not throw it into its nest.

There is an Angel sent to watch over you.

In order for her to work, you must pass this on to the people you want watched over.

If you don't pass on this, Who really cares??

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