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The sacred success mantra from The Bhagavad GITA

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This is good :-)


IMAGINE this. You’ve been

preparing for the most prestigious exam of your nation, The Civil Services Exam.
You know getting into that coveted services could make your life. Your
parents have been praying for this

day, hoping you get admission in LBSNAA. And
then when the entrance results are out, you find you haven’t made it.
What do you do?
Do you say “Oh, this is terrible. I

am doomed!”? Do you worry about it for a long time, and blame your luck and the circumstances that
conspired to keep you out? Or do
you say, “Wow, this is good!” and

move on?
What you say could actually make a difference to the rest of your life.
It is a good idea to believe that
whatever happens, happens for

good. That doesn’t change your
past, but it can dramatically alter
your future. It doesn’t help to
worry about things you cannot

change. Focus instead on what you can change.
When you get caught up in looking
back at your misfortune, you start looking for someone else to blame. And rather than working on picking up the pieces and building a new future, you start looking for excuses. When one door shuts, there is no point in banging your head against it.Look out instead for other doors that may be opening up. Next time you find

yourself in that situation, pause,

take a deep breath, and smile. And remind yourself about this story of an African king and his dear friend.
The king’s friend was a cheerful
person, very optimistic. Whenever something happened – good or bad

– the friend would remark, “This is good!” They would often go on
hunting expeditions, and the friend would help prepare the rifles for the king. One day, the friend made a mistake with one of the guns. When the king took that gun and pulled the trigger, his thumb got

blown off. Seeing what happened,
the friend remarked, “This is
good!” That infuriated the king and landed his friend in jail.
A few years hence, another hunting expedition took the king to a place, inhabited by cannibals. The cannibals caught him and began celebrating their upcoming feast.

The king’s hands were tied and he
was being washed to be put into a large earthen pot that was being readied for cooking. Just then,
someone noticed that the king had no thumb. As it happened, these cannibals were a superstitious lot.

They never ate anyone who was less than whole. So the king was set free.
As he headed back to his palace,
the king recalled the incident when he had lost his thumb. He realized his dear friend was right in saying,

“This is good!” Losing a thumb that
day had actually saved his life. He
quickly ordered his friend to be set free. He narrated to his friend

what had happened and apologized.
“I shouldn’t have put you in
prison,” said the king. “That was
bad!”
“No, no. This is good!” said the

friend. “What do you mean,” asked
the King. “How could sending you
to jail have been good?”
“Don’t you see?”said the friend, “If

I had not been in jail, I would have been out with you. And the
cannibals would then have killed
and eaten me!”
So, next time you find things are

not going your way, think of the
king’s thumb. And whatever
happens, just say, “This is good!”
Your world will be a better place.

None of us can control external
events. What happens can be good or bad. What you can control is
your response, your feelings. You
can choose to feel good or you can choose to feel bad. The choice is yours.

When you moan and say this is
bad, the mind gets conditioned to look for difficulty in opportunity.
And when you say this is good, the mind looks for opportunity in

difficulty. And therein lies the
difference between winners and
losers.
Just say ‘this is good’. It’s a good

mantra to live by…

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Regards
Sumeet Mahendra
www.twitter.com/sumt7

Belief is everything


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“Seeing is believing” is an
outdated belief that has been long
rejected by science in its onward
march. Then why should it be allowed
to block us in our onward spiritual
march?
Mainstream physicists today derisively
reject the idea of “seeing is believing,”
labeling it as “naïve realism.” Albert
Einstein echoed this subordination of
observations to theory: “A theory is
significant not to the degree it is
confirmed by facts observed in nature,
but to the degree it is simple and
logical.” Current physics determines
the logicality of a theory by the
soundness of its mathematical
equations, and these equations often
stray light years away from Einstein’s
principle of simplicity. Indeed, “shut
up and calculate” – a phrase first
uttered by physicist David Mermin –
has become the mantra of physics, as
it became increasingly mathematical
and abstract. Cutting-edge physicists
no longer worry about how their
theories relate with our world of daily
experience or what they mean; all that
matters is their equations.
The prime example of such
experiment-free mathematical
theorizing is the string theory.
Distinguished theoretical physicist Lee
Smolin in his book The Trouble with
Physics, and respected mathematician
Peter Woit in his book Not Even
Wrong have both uncompromisingly
critiqued string theory for not having
any connection with experiments –
not even in prospect. Nonetheless, for
most string theorists, sacrificing reality
for the sake of theory is no big deal.
Thus being freed from any obligation
to reality, they let their imagination run
lose, coupled, of course, with their
sacred, non-negotiable mathematics
which most lay people can’t
understand and many of their rival
string theorists don’t agree with. The
end result of this fact-free speculation
is a self-serving dimensional overflow,
with various versions of string theory
proposing either ten or eleven or even
twenty-six dimensions – anything
except the four dimensions that can
be subjected to experimental scrutiny.

Continue reading Belief is everything

Supreme Faith


FaithIf you think you can – and if you think you can’t – in both cases, you are right. This
pithy saying illustrates not just the power of attitude, but also a scientific and
spiritual truth. One of the most significant scientific developments of the last
century was the discovery of the mind-body connection. Medical researchers discovered
that our thoughts can both hurt and heal us. Psychosomatic illnesses as well
as phobias illustrate the power of thoughts to negatively influence the body.
Positive thoughts have been observed to increase endorphin levels, which are
conducive to vibrant physical health. Conversely, negative thoughts are seen to
increase adrenalin levels, which sap bodily vigor. Placebo effect – the surprising
medical observation that patients who believe that they are under proper medication recover even
if administered just sugar pills – signifies that thoughts can activate healing. The upcoming field
of psychoneuroimmunology is based on the correlation between mental strength and physical
immunity.
Spiritually, thoughts don’t just decide things; thoughts are things, albeit in subtle form. The
Bhagavad-Gita (8.6) declares that our thoughts determine our future – both in this life and the
next. So scientifically and spiritually, positive thinking is desirable and beneficial. Is positive
thinking an inborn trait or can it be cultivated? By genetic influence, which is a result of good
karma from past lives, some people may have a greater tendency to see the “silver lining in the
cloud”, than others. But upbringing and association also influence our thinking abilities. And most
importantly, our thoughts are deter-mined not as much by our conditioning or conditions as by
our own choices. So all of us have the potential to tap the power of thoughts and become positive
thinkers if we acquire the necessary knowledge and training.
Lets do a quick thought exercise: sit down in a peaceful place,
breath deeply and observe our thoughts. We can classify the
observed thoughts into four categories
We will soon realize that our default thoughts often tend to be
either waste or negative, resulting in absent-mindedness or depression
respectively. By vigilance and diligence, we can train
ourselves to reject the negative and waste thoughts – or, better
still, replace them with positive. If we consciously cultivate this
habit, we will soon find ourselves mentally and physically stronger in facing life’s ups and downs.
Spiritual thinking enables us to further tap the power of thoughts by raising our life to a higher,
more empowering dimension. Positive thinking is very difficult when confronted with extremely
negative circumstances such as shattering of cherished plans or outrageous behavior of others.
Spiritual knowledge enables us to go far beyond positive perception of reality to perception of
positive reality. As long as we are spiritually uninformed, positive thinking alone will fall short in
tackling the negative realities of life. Nothing illustrates this often-overlooked limitation of
positive thinking more than the greatest – and the most neglected – truth of life: death. If a
loved one passes away, will positive thinking bring back that person? If someone is afflicted by a
terminal disease, will positive thinking save that person from imminent death?
Spiritual positive thinking enables us to understand and harmonize with the spiritual positive
purpose of our existence. We are all souls, spiritual beings, beloved children of God and are
entitled to rejoice in eternal loving exchanges with Him. The truly positive purpose of our present
human life is to awaken our dormant love for God, experience His unlimited love for us and
ultimately returning back to His everlasting abode of ever-increasing bliss. Spiritual
enlightenment blesses us with the vision to see all events in our life as expression of God’s love
for us. Spiritual empowerment enables us to choose our actions so that they become expressions
of our love for Him. No wonder Jesus declared loving God wholeheartedly as the most important
commandment. The very word Islam refers to loving surrender to God. The Bhagavad-Gita
unequivocally declares constant devotional meditation on God, Krishna, as the pinnacle in the
evolution of human thinking. We can most easily and effectively experience God’s love for us and
express our love for Him by chanting His bona fide Holy Names like Jehovah, Allah and Krishna.
God being omnipotent fully manifests Himself in His Names and gives us the strength to reject
negative and waste thoughts and fills our mind with positive spiritual thoughts. Thus spiritual
positive thinking enables us to live positively by harnessing our latent positive spiritual energy.
And at the time of death, it will enable us to leave positively by opening the door to eternal life.
Hence cultivating loving thoughts for loving God is the ultimate key for tapping the power of
thoughts.

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Being Ram


DESTROY THE RAVANA WITHIN
The basic storyline of Ramayana is very similar to that of a typical
movie. Both feature a hero, a heroine and a villain; both depict the
villain lusting for the heroine; both delineate an exciting confrontation
between the hero and the villain, culminating in the destruction of the
villain and re-union of the hero and the heroine. However, there is one
vital difference – in the movie, the hero, the heroine and the villain are
all actually villains.
Many people think of a villain as a person who enjoys by exploiting and
harming others. Though not wrong, this conception of evil is incomplete
and naïve as it ignores a fundamental reality: our supremely responsible
and loving father God. Probably most of us never got spiritual education
to realize that it is God who selflessly provides us our daily food. It is true that we have to work
hard to earn our living, but our effort is secondary; its like the hard work of the birds searching
for grains. Without God pre-providing the grains through nature, their search, no matter how
painstaking, would be fruitless. Similarly without God pre-designing the miraculous mechanism of
photosynthesis which transforms “mud into mangoes” (a feat far beyond the best scientist and
the latest computer), we would never have any food, no matter how much we labored. All our
other necessities – heat, light, air, water, health – are similarly fulfilled – primarily by divine
arrangement, secondarily by human endeavor.
Unfortunately our education, media and culture preoccupy us with so many materialistic
allurements that we become blinded to the fact of our dependence and obligation to God. Fear
of God is the beginning of wisdom, just as healthy fear of a loving father is necessary for a
naughty restless child to become disciplined and responsible. And love of God is the culmination
of wisdom, just as gratitude and love for a benevolent father shows the maturity of a grown-up
son. Sadly however our society fosters neither love nor fear for God, but glamorizes godless
selfish materialism instead. Consequently nowadays many people are extremely selfish in their
relationship with God; they don’t give even a few moments to the person who has given them
their entire life. In a family, if a son doesn’t care for his father, who is his connecting link with
his brothers, very soon he will stop caring for them too. In fact he may even become malevolent
toward them because they become his competitors for inheritance. Similarly selfishness
towards God is the origin of all evil. We have all sown that evil seed in our own hearts and are
now force-feeding each other its bitter fruits – terrorism, corruption, crime, exploitation – all
due to fighting with each other for the world’s resources, which are God’s inheritance for us.
The Ramayana gives us a glimpse of true heroism, of selfless love and of selfish lust. Lord Rama
and His consort Sita are the eternal hero and heroine. Hanuman, the godly hero, personifies the
tendency to selflessly assist the Lord in His divine love, wheras Ravana, the godless villain,
personifies the tendency to selfishly grab the Lord’s property for our own
lust. The godly hero aspires to enjoy with God, whereas the godless villain wants to enjoy like
God.
On the other hand, in a typical movie, all the protagonists – the hero, the heroine and the villain
– have the same evil mentality of wanting to enjoy without caring for God. In the hero and
heroine, that mindset is masked in the guise of romance, whereas in the villain, it is expressed
without reservation. But they are all Ravanas; the difference is merely in the shades of black.
Our selfish attempts to be imitation heroes and heroines – whether in the movies or in real life –
are intrinsically evil and they fuel and fan all the greater evils that we dread. Ultimately our evil
boomerangs on us, for it perpetuates the illusion of our bodily misidentification and our body
subjects us to the tortures of old age, disease, death and rebirth – again and again and again.
Of course we can all be heroes too – in service to the supreme hero, like Hanuman.
Unfortunately our society portrays the Ravana tendency as heroic and the Hanuman propensity
as obsolete. The festival of Dusserha commemorates the ultimate defeat of Ravana and reminds
us of the destiny that awaits our society, if it continues in its godless selfishness.
But Dusserha is also a festival of hope and joy. The destruction of Ravana teaches us that the
Lord is competent to destroy the evil within and without. The same Lord Rama who destroyed
Ravana millennia ago has re-appeared as His Holy Name to destroy the Ravana within the hearts
of people. The holy name offers us real happiness – not by imitating God, but by loving God. So
this Dusserha let us not be content with burning lifeless effigies of Ravana; let us also burn with
the purifying fire of the holy names the living Ravana in our own hearts.

Real Ravana





                                                    DESTROY THE RAVANA WITHIN
The basic storyline of Ramayana is very similar to that of a typical
movie. Both feature a hero, a heroine and a villain; both depict the
villain lusting for the heroine; both delineate an exciting confrontation
between the hero and the villain, culminating in the destruction of the
villain and re-union of the hero and the heroine. However, there is one
vital difference – in the movie, the hero, the heroine and the villain are
all actually villains.
Many people think of a villain as a person who enjoys by exploiting and
harming others. Though not wrong, this conception of evil is incomplete
and naïve as it ignores a fundamental reality: our supremely responsible
and loving father God. Probably most of us never got spiritual education
to realize that it is God who selflessly provides us our daily food. It is true that we have to work
hard to earn our living, but our effort is secondary; its like the hard work of the birds searching
for grains. Without God pre-providing the grains through nature, their search, no matter how
painstaking, would be fruitless. Similarly without God pre-designing the miraculous mechanism of
photosynthesis which transforms “mud into mangoes” (a feat far beyond the best scientist and
the latest computer), we would never have any food, no matter how much we labored. All our
other necessities – heat, light, air, water, health – are similarly fulfilled – primarily by divine
arrangement, secondarily by human endeavor.
Unfortunately our education, media and culture preoccupy us with so many materialistic
allurements that we become blinded to the fact of our dependence and obligation to God. Fear
of God is the beginning of wisdom, just as healthy fear of a loving father is necessary for a
naughty restless child to become disciplined and responsible. And love of God is the culmination
of wisdom, just as gratitude and love for a benevolent father shows the maturity of a grown-up
son. Sadly however our society fosters neither love nor fear for God, but glamorizes godless
selfish materialism instead. Consequently nowadays many people are extremely selfish in their
relationship with God; they don’t give even a few moments to the person who has given them
their entire life. In a family, if a son doesn’t care for his father, who is his connecting link with
his brothers, very soon he will stop caring for them too. In fact he may even become malevolent
toward them because they become his competitors for inheritance. Similarly selfishness
towards God is the origin of all evil. We have all sown that evil seed in our own hearts and are
now force-feeding each other its bitter fruits – terrorism, corruption, crime, exploitation – all
due to fighting with each other for the world’s resources, which are God’s inheritance for us.
The Ramayana gives us a glimpse of true heroism, of selfless love and of selfish lust. Lord Rama
and His consort Sita are the eternal hero and heroine. Hanuman, the godly hero, personifies the
tendency to selflessly assist the Lord in His divine love, wheras Ravana, the godless villain,
personifies the tendency to selfishly grab the Lord’s property for our own
lust. The godly hero aspires to enjoy with God, whereas the godless villain wants to enjoy like
God.
On the other hand, in a typical movie, all the protagonists – the hero, the heroine and the villain
– have the same evil mentality of wanting to enjoy without caring for God. In the hero and
heroine, that mindset is masked in the guise of romance, whereas in the villain, it is expressed
without reservation. But they are all Ravanas; the difference is merely in the shades of black.
Our selfish attempts to be imitation heroes and heroines – whether in the movies or in real life –
are intrinsically evil and they fuel and fan all the greater evils that we dread. Ultimately our evil
boomerangs on us, for it perpetuates the illusion of our bodily misidentification and our body
subjects us to the tortures of old age, disease, death and rebirth – again and again and again.
Of course we can all be heroes too – in service to the supreme hero, like Hanuman.
Unfortunately our society portrays the Ravana tendency as heroic and the Hanuman propensity
as obsolete. The festival of Dusserha commemorates the ultimate defeat of Ravana and reminds
us of the destiny that awaits our society, if it continues in its godless selfishness.
But Dusserha is also a festival of hope and joy. The destruction of Ravana teaches us that the
Lord is competent to destroy the evil within and without. The same Lord Rama who destroyed
Ravana millennia ago has re-appeared as His Holy Name to destroy the Ravana within the hearts
of people. The holy name offers us real happiness – not by imitating God, but by loving God. So
this Dusserha let us not be content with burning lifeless effigies of Ravana; let us also burn with
the purifying fire of the holy names the living Ravana in our own hearts.

Its real life,what I really means…


IIMA

Food,pleasure enjoyment  is available to anyone and everyone; IIM-A
education to only a select few. Similarly bodily pleasures –
food, sleep, sex and show of strength – are available to all
species of life; divine joys to humans alone.
Just as the non-performing IIM-A student is expelled and loses
the chance for a bright career, spiritually lackadaisical souls
are expelled from human bodies back to animal bodies,
where they have no access to spiritual bliss. And just as an
irresponsible IIM-A student will never feel satisfied and always
feel guilty, similarly spiritually irresponsible humans never
feel fulfilled and always feel a vacuum in their hearts. The
Bhagavad-gita (16.23) therefore declares that a godless
materialist finds happiness neither in the next life, nor in
this. On the other hand, just as the IIM-A student who applies
himself to studies soon experiences the refined pleasure of
learning, those humans who apply themselves to chanting
the names of God soon relish the sublime pleasure of
devotion. Let us therefore wisely reject the lure of selfdeluding
enjoyment and fully utilize our human potential to
attain sublime happiness in this life and the next

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