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,

Literally.

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:


UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.



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



LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS -



NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.

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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