Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Buddha Quotes : Wisdom by Buddha : Volume II

Buddha Quotes : Wisdom by Buddha : Volume II

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

"It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways."

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."

"A noble person is mindful and thankful for the favors he receives from others."

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little,
and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die;
so, let us all be thankful."

"Reverence, humility, contentment, gratitude and hearing the good Dhamma, this is the best good luck."

"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship."

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."

"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."

"Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes."
"Live every act fully, as if it were your last."

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger."

"If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path."

"There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt.

"Doubt separates people. It is the poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relationships. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts. It is a sword that kills."

"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles,because the victory is yours it cannot be taken from you angels or demons, heaven or hell"

"Believe nothing no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense."

"Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed."

"It is you who must make the effort. Masters only point the way."

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Buddha Quotes : Wisdom by Budha : Volume I

Budha Quotes : Wisdom by Budha : Volume I 

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought."

"If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him."

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."

"Happiness follows sorrow, sorrow follows happiness, but when one no longer discriminates happiness and sorrow, a good deal and a bad deed, one is able to realize freedom."

"What you are is what you have been.What you'll be is what you do now."

"Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings, man will not find peace"

"A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden."

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."

"Always be mindful of the kindness and not the faults of others."

"Life is so very difficult. How can we be anything but kind."

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."

"The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings."

Monday, February 20, 2012

An Eagle and a Chicken : Motivational Story

An Eagle and a Chicken story

Once upon a time, there lived an Eagle Couple on the top of the hill.

They live happily and had 5 eggs in the nest.

Unfortunately due to the earthquake one of the egg fell down to a chicken farm.

A chicken couple accepted this new Egg as a family and given it enough warmth till it hatched.

A nice eagle came out from the egg one day, he was different than other hatched chicken kids but all lived as 
family for long.

Day passed by and one day when the kids were roaming on ground, the small eagle kid saw a group of eagle 
roaring in the sky.

He liked it so much that he asked the chicken Mom, “Mom can’t I roar like them in sky”

Mom knew what he is talking about but before she could speak, the brother chicken said “Hey dude, don’t 
be over ambitious, just live like a chicken, okey?”

Since the eagle kid was aggressive by nature, he waited for the day when he could run away from his 
chicken siblings and reach to the top of the mountain.

That was the day he jumped from mountain and tried to balance himself in the air. By virtue and nature of the 
eagle, it was not so difficult for him and finally he was soaring one day.

Moral of the story: Eagles are eagles, no matter if they live within chickens, they should learn to soar as soon as they can. Find an eagle in you.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Character Building is a Necessity or Complicity?

Character Building is a Necessity or Complicity?

Now this is something for new parents or aspiring parents.  Proven lessons I learned I from my mother and father.  

My parents, especially my mother was almost illiterate. But somehow she believed that she will build a social animal (like me  J ) that would make her proud some day. Where did she learn these lessons only god knows but she took mine and my brother’s character building as complicity.(Other’s take it necessity and fail sometimes) 

1. Let our personal priorities take back seat; this is quite difficult but important stage in building a character of a child. Involve yourself in their day to day life.

2. Do not tell them your problems; they may not understand it at their age. Be creative if you want to give them a glimpse of what you are going through.

3. Discipline is the key. Don’t be liberal to everything. 

4. Don’t let them be afraid of you, let them respect you while they keep loving you for long.

5. Communication of their problem openly is important; let them speak in front of you and family.
6. Keep reminding them about the long term goal of them or what you expect them to be

7. Reward their small achievements, don’t punish hard for mistakes but don’t forget to tell them the mistake.

8. Help them doing their things in a better way, that’s am easiest way to be friends with them.

9. Encourage their specialty and find a professional way of grooming their god gifted skills.

10. Forgive them but do not forget them, make sure they inform you for whatever they do in day to day life.

11. At teen age, don’t mind to give them difficult tasks and let them do on their own way. Spoon feed is not allowed.

12. Develop a down to earth personality in them, show them the poor and needy and tell them that one day they have to help them. 

13. Do not do anything in front of them that you do not want them to do. No Smoking, No Drinking, No sex, No Abusive language should be used in front of them.

14. Keep them away from media,movies, games that promote aggression/fight/killing. Exposure to such things develop a negative mindset and over aggressive nature. 

15. Tell them the stories of good karma, great people that inspired you and society. Be it Geeta, Kuran, Bible or Ramayana, read/see/listen yourself first, keep telling good things of those to the children. 

Character building in today’s scenario takes lot more effort than it used to be, due to the influence of media, internet and so many things. 

But keep your self up to the date with latest trends and keep learning new ways of grooming your child. Happy parenting. 

Suggestions are welcomed to make this blog effective and relevant to the subject.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Midas Touch : Motivational Story

Once upon a time, there was a king, his name was Midas.
He has lot of Gold in his lockers.
He was counting his gold everyday and feeling proud about it.

One day, a holy saint came close to him while he was counting his gold.

The man asked Midas, make a wish and I will make it true for you.

Midas was quick to make a wish, he said "Whatever I touch, that should turn the Gold".

The holy saint said, OK, are you sure that this is the only wish you have?

The Midas said, Yes I am sure, Please grant this wish to me.

Saint said, Ok, From tomorrow, Whatever you will touch will turn out as Gold.

Midas got up early in the morning and started touching various things to test the Holy man's promise.

He touched the bed and it turned out as Gold, He touched the windows and they became the Gold Windows in few moments.

He wanted his only daughter to know this great virtue he has received.

He sent his slaves to call his daughter, The daughter came to his place and rushed to Hug his father.

As soon as she hugged Midas, She became the Gold Statue.

Midas was upset and full of grief. He cried for his daughter.

he kept crying for the whole day and night till next day, then the saint came again on another day.

He asked Midas if his wish came true? How much Gold he has gathered for now?

Midas cried and complained, "Holy Man, My Only Daughter has become a Gold Statue. I cann't live without her. Take my all god and returrn my Daughter."

Holy man realized that Midas now understands the value of life. 

Since Midas was sorry about his mistakes, the holy man reversed his virtue and converted the gold statue back to his Daughter.

Moral : Real values of life are much higher than Gold/Silver/Money. Let's value our life and Love everyone around us. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Motivational Story : A Man and Star fishes

Years ago, there used to be an interesting man,

He was going for morning walk on seashore every day

He was seeing the morning Tide of the sea coming and going back every day

One day he noticed that along with the tide, some star fishes were coming towards the seashore.

But once the tide was going back, the star fishes were left on the seashore.

Gradually they were dying as soon as the morning sun rays were catching them.

Since this man was a humble soul, he determined to save the star fishes.

The task was this,  he was taking the left behind star fishes from the shore and  throwing them back to the water.

He was doing this for as many fishes as he can and saving few lives everyday.

Another man passing by the shore laughed while seeing this all and finally asked the humble man.

“Hey, what difference you would make by doing this? See there are many fishes still left on shore and dying”.

The humble man replied by his act, he took one fish, thrown it towards the sea water and said.

“See I have made difference for this one at least”

The other man was speechless after that act; finally he joined the humble man to do this job well.

Moral : You may not make the difference for all but you can make difference for few. Start today