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Change

Grateful for the opportunity to vote today in the advance polls. Praying for change, within and without.

You are not the same, nor are you another. – The Buddha

The Buddha is saying that we change from moment to moment. Personality is not cast in a rigid mold; the whole secret of personality […]

The Best

I am very lucky to have two wonderful, eternally young parents. The quote below has always reminded me of my father. You are the best Dad – happy birthday! The commentary after the quote is from Eknath Easwaran’s Thought for the Day.

The best, like water, benefit all and do not compete. They […]

Limiting Principles

This was yesterday’s thought for the day. I am using systems theory for my thesis, and E.F. Schumacher (Small is Beautiful, 1973) was one of the early systems thinkers. So was EE. The book Words to Live by, from which the Thought for the Day are excerpted, was first published in 1990.

An attitude to […]

Charm of the Name

Oh! the charm of the Name! It brings light where there is darkness, happiness where there is misery, contentment where there is dissatisfaction, bliss where there is pain, order where there is chaos, life where there is death, heaven where there is hell. – Swami Ramdas

Repeating the mantram is a powerful way to harness […]

Leading by Example

Some wise Sunday thoughts from EE.

Loving someone does not mean automatically acquiescing to their every whim. Sometimes love shows itself in saying no to an attitude or desire that is harmful. But your opposing must be done tenderly, without anger or condescension. This is a difficult art.

Go slowly. Remember that […]

Hunger Cure

There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, for thoughtfulness; and this is the great poverty that makes people suffer so much.

– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Our modern civilization is so physically oriented that when we hear the word hunger, we immediately think of vitamins and […]

Slow Down Sunday

A mind that is fast is sick. A mind that is slow is sound. A mind that is still is divine. – Meher Baba

Somehow, in our modern civilization, we have acquired the idea that the mind is working best when it runs at top speed. Yet a racing mind lacks time even […]

Living in Joy

Whatever you do, make it an offering to me – the food you eat, the sacrifices you make, the help you give, even your suffering. – Bhagavad Gita

We can’t give anyone joy or security by increasing her bank account or adding to his collection of vintage wines. Of course, a well-chosen gift […]

A Green Stand

Ancient Forest by Drew Hopper via Green Renaissance

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. – William Blake

One day, when I was a growing boy, my grandmother asked me a question, “Have you ever […]

Epiphany

Image: http://catholicexchange.com/the-magi-men-of-international-intrigue

Yesterday Christians celebrated the feast of “epiphany.” The day primarily commemorates the visit of the Three Magi to the baby Jesus, revealing his Christ nature to the world. Catholics traditionally take their Christmas tree down the day after Epiphany. In honour of this feast, I thought I’d post something from another very […]