Connect the Dots . . .

November 27, 2010

On one side we talk of Supreme Human Beings and on the other we blame the current generation commenting they are going crazy and start doubting the future of our country.

A small exercise defines our aura of positives and negatives around us by listing down 10 names of people we come across other than our family members followed by up an down arrow corresponding to their names where Up arrow identifies the set of people with healthy, inspirational or motivating and on the other hand Down arrow representing the set of people with dominating characteristics, demotivating and subdued personalities. This way one can also identify and analyze their core circle and improve upon..Thus turning all the Dreams into Reality.

Now it also becomes important to connect to the source to which we are born. Our parents, honestly tell me how many of us can answer these questions: Where my father was born, Where did he had his primary education, Where did he go for higher studies, what kind of friend circle he had, Where was his first job and his profile, what salary did he draw, how did he grew in the corporate world establishing his legacy, When did he get married, How did he manage his personal and professional life. When you were young and were adamant how he fulfilled all your demands. So my dear friends to grow further we have to connect to the source first to lead life with a Grace.. Unless we are connected to our source we cannot understand our society we live in..

I met many students in Universities and Business Schools and to my surprise the spark to connect the dots was missing. This is a very concern area. No doubt everybody want a good start in their career and are looking high up in the sky but the basics need to be very clear in their mind, unless a strong foundation is laid we cannot build palaces.. How they would manage their career in the corporates.

We all have come with one expiry date which is unknown so this is the time Awake up friends and start inward journey.

““It has been the way of human beings that he wants to understand everything through reasoning. This is correct on his part because his awareness has not yet awakened. When his awareness is limited and when he is searching the proof of everything through his intellect, it is difficult for him to adopt some other means, which are outside the scope of reasoning”.-Dr N.D.Srivastava

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Abraham Lincoln – The 16th President of USA

October 15, 2009

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The last known high-quality photograph of Lincoln, taken March 1865

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He successfully led his country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery. Before his election in 1860 as the first Republican president, Lincoln had been a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, a member of the United States House of Representatives.

All about the White House President:
Abraham Linclon – 1861 – 1865

“I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families–second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks…. My father … removed from Kentucky to … Indiana, in my eighth year…. It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up…. Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher … but that was all.”

Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and rode the circuit of courts for many years. His law partner said of him, “His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest.”

He married Mary Todd, and they had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity. In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator. He lost the election, but in debating with Douglas he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860.

As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.

Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Lincoln won re-election in 1864, as Union military triumphs heralded an end to the war. In his planning for peace, the President was flexible and generous, encouraging Southerners to lay down their arms and join speedily in reunion.

The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds…. ”

On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South. The opposite was the result, for with Lincoln’s death, the possibility of peace with magnanimity died.

All sources taken from http://www.whitehouse.gov

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International Day of Non Voilence – 2nd October

October 11, 2009

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“There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.”
Mahatma Gandhi
The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi,Mahatma is a sanskrit word for “Great Soul”, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence.

The wide and diverse co-sponsorship of the UN resolution reflects
the universal respect that Mahatma Gandhi commands and the enduring
relevance of his humane philosophy. In his own words, “Non-violence is
the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the
mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”. His
“novel mode of mass mobilization and non-violent action” brought down
colonialism, strengthened the roots of popular sovereignty, of civil,
political and economic rights, and greatly influenced many a freedom
struggle and inspired leaders like Badshah Khan, Nelson Mandela, Martin
Luther King Jr. and many others.

Time magazine named Gandhi the Man of the Year in 1930. Time Magazine named The Dalai Lama, Lech Walesa, Dr. Martin Luthur King Jr., Ceasar Chavez, Aung San Suu Kyi, Benigno Aquino, Jr., Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela as Children of Gandhi and his spiritual heirs to non-violence. The Government of India awards the annual Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize to distinguished social workers, world leaders and citizens.

In 1996, the Government of India introduced the Mahatma Gandhi series of currency notes in rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 denomination. Today, all the currency notes in circulation in India contain a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. In 1969, the United Kingdom issued a series of stamps commemorating the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The wide and diverse sponsorship is a reflection of the universal respect for Mahatma Gandhi and of the enduring relevance of his philosophy. Quoting the late leader’s own words, he said: “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”.


A Thousand Salutes to Motherhood

September 23, 2009

From my collection.Author unknown………….

A baby asked God, “They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?”

“Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.”

The child further inquired, “But tell me, here in heaven I don’t have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy.”

God said, “Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel’s love and be very happy.”

Again the child asked, “And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t know the language?”

God said, “Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.”

“And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?”

God said, “Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.”

“Who will protect me?”

God said, “Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it’s life.”

“But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.”

God said, “Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you.”

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, “God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.”

“You will simply call her, ”Mother”.

Author Unknown


Calender date 09/09/09

September 9, 2009

This is a very special calendar date syndrome, It really is remarkable and memorable so lets get started on projects in pipeline which have been waiting for implementation since a long time, as is a unique date for a fresh beginning in the history. We are already aware of the Importance of Calenders in our life bringing in more systematic living some either use it to discipline their lives and so on.

Going into little more details do we really need calenders for starting a new day meeting our appointments, coming events, planning holidays and so on. All days in the Calendar are auspicious and you will reap what you sow. Are we really based on Calendars for party, dance, fun, picnics and enjoyment.

One was happier before the invention of calendar at least no chasing of deadlines less tension more life. Life should be more spontaneous in action full of vibrant colors than mechnical in nature.

Ancient Indians knew no deadlines, no last date, no opening date and so lived a very easy and simple life without any hurry. They had enough time for their family friends relatives and neighbors. Have we complexed our living status with the rapid inventions to ease our lives.
Are we increasing our dependence on electronic gadgets, fast paced cars, chasing technological advancements leading to more mechnical life.
Today we have large think tanks behind all the Research and Developments taking place. Progress in a positive direction is always good but we keep losing the Principles and Ideologies which is sad. I am not against growth but it is high time we need to discriminate when to Accelerate and when to Brake.

I would request all my readers to stop following the calendar date and time format for making a fresh beginning taking a U-Turn breaking all conventional / traditional barriers to identify one self truly for leading contented and satisfied life. Taking every day as a re-birth for attaining
Self Actualization.

Wake up dear and know thyself ..
Happy 09/09/09


Abdul Kalam’s Speech

September 5, 2009

The Visionary !!!

The Visionary !!!


The President of India DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ’s Speech in Hyderabad .:-C
Why is the media here so negative?
Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements?
We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
We are the first in milk production.
We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
We are the second largest producer of wheat.
We are the second largest producer of rice.
Look at Dr. Sudarshan , he has transferred the tribal village into a
self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.
I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news.
In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. Why are we so NEGATIVE? Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? We want foreign T.Vs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology.
Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance? I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is. She replied: I want to live in a developed India . For her, you and I will have to build this developed India . You must proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly developed nation.
Do you have 10 minutes? Allow me to come back with a vengeance.
Got 10 minutes for your country? If yes, then read; otherwise, choice is yours.
YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don’t work, the railways are a joke. The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.
YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it?
Take a person on his way to Singapore. Give him a name – ‘YOURS’. Give him a face – ‘YOURS’. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best. In Singapore you don’t throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground links as they are. You pay $5 (approx. Rs. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your status identity… In Singapore you don’t say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn’t dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai . YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah.
YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London at 10 pounds (Rs.650) a month to, ’see to it that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else.’YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, ‘Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so’s son. Take your two bucks and get lost.’ YOU wouldn’t chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand .
Why don’t YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo? Why don’t YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston??? We are still talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the same here in India?
Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal commissioner of Bombay, Mr. Tinaikar, had a point to make. ‘Rich people’s dogs are walked on the streets to leave their affluent droppings all over the place,’ he said. ‘And then the same people turn around to criticize and blame the authorities for inefficiency and dirty pavements. What do they expect the officers to do? Go down with a broom every time their dog feels the pressure in his bowels?
In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan.
Will the Indian citizen do that here?’ He’s right. We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility.
We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative. We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.
We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity.
This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to the public.
When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child! and others, we make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse? ‘It’s the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my sons’ rights to a dowry.’ So who’s going to change the system?
What does a system consist of? Very conveniently for us it consists of our neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities and the government. But definitely not me and YOU. When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a Mr.Clean to come along & work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away.
Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England . When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money.
Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great deal of introspection and pricks one’s conscience too…. I am echoing J. F. Kennedy’s words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians…..
‘ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE INDIA WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY’
Lets do what India needs from us.


Revolutionary times ..

August 15, 2009

Today on the eve of India’s 63rd year of independence from the British rule, do we really think we are independent. We are still dependent on a number of things as we are in a revolutionary age where we have developed dependence on a variety of things and really cant think of living without them. Science and technology if not playing their role and still would have been in an unimaginable state (I really fail to imagine my life without…) Everything has its own importance and has to play its role in human evolution from an amoeba to self reliant human. Every minute particle on earth is a part of evolutionary process. It is we who has to align ourselves with the process which is taking us into the New Age.
However, I feel the real India’s growth graph took off only after the 70’s when we had a self position. It was only after 70’s that we see rapid changes taking place in overall development either be it in science and technology, automobiles, infrastructure, power and today we are exploring life on moon. 1970’s can be identified as a turning point in the history of growing India.
Awakening and understanding our moral values and duties towards our Nation and society most importantly lies within us. It is ultimately the ‘ego’ that brings upon the element of darkness in us. In that darkness it is not possible to see the good aspect. Thereby people fall into the garb of all evil, corruption and dishonesty. One should never support the element of dishonesty and should avoid telling lies stress to be laid upon declining ethics and moral and the essence of Truth.
Let us take a resolution on this day to stand collectively against all the liars, dishonest, corrupt, evil and the wrong doers. We can even form up a committee so that encountering any falsehood, dishonesty or corruption.
We must be proud to announce that we are an Indian. Today on the 63rd Independence day celebrations, Lets stand together with our folded hands praying for peace and prosperity from our Mother Land.


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