Friday, December 9, 2016

Soo Freeeee

The student approached the master and queried, "Master? When I was young, I desired for my family and loved ones to be proud of me. Were you ever the same way?"
 "Yes," the master answered.
 "Why did you desire this?" the student asked.
 "So that they would feel they had more reason to love and accept me," said the master. "And the reason I desired this was so that I in turn would feel I had sufficient reason to love and accept myself. That was what was at the root of it. But then one day, I woke up and realized, 'What if I bypass all of that and learn to unconditionally love and accept myself, without requiring anyone else's love, acceptance or approval in order to feel good about myself? Then my happiness will no longer be dependent on outer circumstances, but will be as constant as my own heartbeat resounding strongly within my chest.' Thus began my quest for Self-realization." 
"And you never desired them to be proud of you after that?" asked the student.
 "My ego did, but I no longer completely identified myself with my ego as I had. And I no longer cared what others thought in the same way. I respected it, and honored it, but no longer gave it so much weight or paid so much attention to it," the master replied, smiling. "And never had I felt so free, as when I finally released myself in this way..." 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Courage, Determination has another name : Arunima Sinha

Arunima Sinha is the first Indian female amputee who climbed Mount Everest.
Arunima Sinha was a national level volleyball and football player. She boarded the Padmavati Express train at Lucknow for Delhi on 11April 2011 to take an examination to join Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Thieves entered into general coach of the train. They wanted to snatch her bag and gold chain. When she resisted them, they pushed her out of the train. She fell on the railway track. Another train on a parallel track crushed her leg below the knee. On 18 April 2011, she was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for further treatment, spending four months at the Institute. She was provided a prosthetic leg free of cost by a private Delhi-based Indian company.


But Arunima’s grit and determination which saw her become a national level sportsman came to the fore once again. Inspired by the story of cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s battle with cancer, she told herself, that she could do anything she wanted if she set goals for herself.

“My left leg was amputated. A rod was inserted in my right leg, from knee to ankle, to hold the shattered bones together. What was the most impossible dream I could set for myself? I decided to climb Mount Everest,” recalled Arunima.
She fought her disability with a grit that surprised even the doctors. She began walking with her new prosthetic leg in just two days, when most people take weeks just to get used to it. 


She took training from the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest at Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF), Bachendri Pal.
Over the next year Arunima climbed Island Peak (6150 meters) and  Mount Chhamser Kangri (6622 meters) in her preparation for her assault on the world’s highest peak.
And then at 10.55 am on 21 May 2013, just two years after she had lost her leg, she stood atop the summit of Mount Everest, the national flag in hand,as part of the Tata Group-sponsored Eco Everest Expedition. She took 52 days to reach the summit. She was the first Indian amputee and the first woman amputee in the world to have conquered the giant summit.









Arunima Sinha has written a book “Born again on the mountain”, launched by Prime minister of India Narendra Modi in December 2014.









She was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Every Minute Zen

Zen students are with their masters at least ten years before they presume to teach others. Nan-in was visited by Tenno, who, having passed his apprenticeship, had become a teacher. 
The day happened to be rainy, so Tenno wore wooden clogs and carried an umbrella. 
After greeting him Nan-in remarked: "I suppose you left your wooden clogs in the vestibule. I want to know if your umbrella is on the right or left side of the clogs." Tenno, confused, had no instant answer. He realized that he was unable to carry his Zen every minute. He became Nan-in's pupil, and he studied six more years to accomplish his every-minute Zen.


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Interesting....Educative...Awesome....

Today I have decided to share with you some videos.
We watch these kind of videos on social media aplenty. But these small videos at one place will certainly entertain.

Do Watch and Let me know what you liked.

Do It Easy Way.....


Difficult Really .....



What a Sensitivity..... The child has lost his mother and some other lady is singing the song sung by his mother......



This really exemplifies the human spirit that fights adversity and fury of Nature.....



And for your love of Mathematics .......





Friday, November 6, 2015

Let Go

Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. 
The current of the river swept silently over them all -- young and old, rich and poor, compassionate and cruel -- the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.
Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.
But one creature said at last, "I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom." 
The other creatures laughed and said, "Fool! Let go, and that current will throw you tumbled and smashed across the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom!" 
But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks. Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.
And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, "See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all!"
And the one carried in the current said, "I am no more Messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure." 
But they cried the more, "Savior!" all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone, and began making legends of a Savior. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Clarify the Mind

Zen master Tetsuo was so famous for his brush painting that many people came to him just to study art.
He always used to tell prospective students, "You must remember the saying, 'If you want to avoid depending on society, don't let criticism and praise disturb your heart.' 
When you can cultivate your art without leaving any mundanity at all in your chest, then mind and technique will naturally mature, and you will eventually be able to arrive at the subtleties. This is the way out of darkness into light."



Once a distinguished Confucian scholar and statesman came to visit Tetsuo. Observing the Zen master executing a painting, the scholar noted that every move of the master's arm and brush was in conformity with classical principals of calligraphy. 
When he remarked upon this, the Zen master explained, "In terms of correctness of mind, calligraphy and painting are one. When I make a painting, if so much as one cane of bamboo or one leaf on a tree is even slightly off from the way the stroke should be, I tear the whole thing up and throw it away, then put aside my brush, sit quietly, and clarify mind. 



Saturday, October 24, 2015

Glass and Lake

An aging Hindu master grew tired of his apprentice complaining, and so, one morning, he sent him for some salt.
When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.
 "How does it taste?" the master asked.
 "Bitter," spit the apprentice.
 The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. 
The two walked in silence to the nearby lake, and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake." 

As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the master asked, "How does it taste?"
 "Much fresher," remarked the apprentice.
 "Do you taste the salt?" asked the master.
 "No," said the young man. 
At this, the master sat beside the young man who so reminded him of himself and took his hands, offering, "The pain of life is pure salt, no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things... Stop being a glass. Become a lake."