My Power Quote !

A good book on a rainy day is happiness for me - Ruskin Bond

Thursday, June 30, 2016

NOBODY LIKES TO BE DISLIKED !

Playwright Edward Bond rightly said " All you now do is pursue your private objectives within society. Instead of us being a community, everybody is asked to seek their own personal ends.  It's called competition.  And competition is antagonism.


The other day, when I entered into a hospital premises to meet a  dentist, an unexpected opponent welcomed me.

A stray dog continuously barked at me and  I was forced to lift a stone to save myself from it. Anybody in my situation would certainly act the same way.  Though, I convinced myself that I should not think much of that episode, a part of me watched my own thought process on the incident.

When I gathered the reasons , I found answers.  I was hurt not because the dog barked at me.  I was hurt because, I lifted the stone with an intention to beat it.  As a survival need, I did that but my heart pondered deeply on how to tame it.  I said to myself : Don't do any act that may injure other living beings.  This is the ultimate lesson of spirituality.  You being the human, the crown of creation,  if react this way, how can you raise yourself in life ?  Luckily, I did not pelt a stone on that dog but walked out of the situation safely.

Though we all have material  goals, the spiritual goals come above them.  That's why famous psychologist Abraham Maslow in his famous  Theory of Hierarchy of Needs put Self Actualisation at the top of the pyramid.

What is Self Actualisation ?    It  refers to the need for personal growth and show equanimity on all living beings, including animal and  plant world.

The best barometer to gauge a person's reputation is how many opponents he/she has ? If the number swells rapidly, it is time to pause and review the entire gamut of relationships.  The best way to keep good relationships is to treat all beings equally.  When you treat a person  according to his position on social ladder, you are indirectly creating more opponents in your life. Nobody wants to be unequally treated and in fact, it is the greatest sin !

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

BEST WEBSITES ON COUNTRIES

The success of any website or blog lies with it's easy interface and authentic Information.



Though Google helps us to take to right location, in majority of the cases, the information may not help us.  The reason is obvious.   The search result of  any search engine  is nothing but an algorithm with little human intervention.   Unless somebody writes on a particular subject, you can't find that information at the click of a button.

In a world driven by  massive flow of  information on  digital front, finding write kind information involves  stupendous efforts.

But constant search of internet sometimes land you to marvellous websites.  Being a blogger with a mission to help the folks, it is my duty to bring such best websites to the knowledge of more people. 

All daily news pertain to countries and if you wish to know more about countries and their data, I find the following three websites very useful as they  have  credible information.

 Check yourself with the following links :
http://www.un.org/en/member-states/

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

http://www.worldatlas.com/nations.htm

With regard to information  on India, the Government of India's Portal   https://india.gov.in/ always comes to your aid. 
For statistics on India, better to knock the doors of  Ministry of  Statistics and Programme Implementation's Portal http://mospi.nic.in/Mospi_New/site/home.aspx


Saturday, June 25, 2016

GREAT FREE BOOKS

Old wine and old books are always on perennial demand.


My fortune of  reading great books lies with my source material I bank upon - Quotes. The sayings or quotes of great authors, celebrities, successful businessmen, sports-persons and above all  wisdom masters attract my eye.  Through these quotes, I was introduced to some of the greatest writers like Orison Swett Mardon, Khushwant Singh, Ruskin Bond and the list goes endless.



If you dig deep into the books of any great wirter, you find their favourite authors who  influenced their lives.

I do this digging process which gives me the highest joy. Great writers of past centuries like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Benjamin Franklin , Orison Swett Marden, etc. came into my radar only after I ploughed through Internet since 2011.

The beauty is, books of all such great authors are freely available on internet, and the only prerequisite is, you should have a heart to search for them.


The other day, I  re-read Ruskin Bond's small volume called A Book of Simple Living - Brief Notes from the Hills.  It is a sort journal written by Ruskin over the years.  While giving a brief account of his return journey to India from U.K., in 1955, the then twenty-one year old Anglo-Indian says that I had two books with me - Thoreau's Walden and Richard Jefferies's The  Story of My Heart.  


I already read Walden which is a mine of wisdom on simple living.  But, little I know about the other writer Richard Jefferies, Ruskin referred. When I curiously looked into Google, I was taken to the direct link of Jfferies's book The Story of My Heart. 

This book is a must read for all Nature lovers, recommended by Ruskin Bond.  Once you read this book,  you never feel lonely, even if you are alone and  that wisdom takes your life into next orbit.

Here is the direct download link for the Richard Jefferies's book : The  Story of My Heart  




Thursday, June 23, 2016

MUSCLE POWER !





Success does not require lengthy sermon. In one word, it is perseverance.  When success embraces you, it itself becomes a great narration. 

In the world when one becomes a celebrity, each of his or her act is seen from a magnified glass. When I flip through the newspapers, tabloids, magazines, I feel that a paradigm shift is needed in the journalistic ethos.  Instead of concentrating their energies for  attracting more eyeballs,  the scribblers must honestly do their jobs with novelty.  The problem in fact is, only a handful of them do what is supposed to be done and rest fall into mediocrity.

One way to find a loyal reader is to write in an engaging tone. The secret also lies on the subject you choose. If you write on people of everyday life, it would attract more loyal readers. I always give my first preference to read  such stories where the person shows  unmatched resolve in  achieving  the goals. 

The man you are seeing above is Rishipal, 45,  an ordinary cook in a police force in Delhi, but with an  immense passion for fitness.  When I sit with him for a chat, his radiant eyes and raised biceps narrated half the story.  No tricks were involved but only  four years workout through a  natural process, he contends.  It means, he has not used any supplements, protein powders in the process of body-building. 


His daily workout includes 3 km run in the morning after which, he has a set of exercises on sophisticated machines that would tone up his muscles and different parts of the body.

When asked, how he got this whole idea, Rishipal says that God plans us to live this way, where as most of us are not adhering to the fitness level required. When asked about the food he eats, Rishipal says that he takes six bananas after one litre of water in the morning, then starts exercise. His breakfast includes baked badam, soya and multi-grams. He advises us to have solid breakfast in the morning. His special diet includes 1 ltr milk with 20 eggs.

Rishipal's  secret behind keeping this  envious body lies in this fact : I don't take artificial sweets at all.  If I require glucose, I take it from natural sources like fruits.
With a wink of smile, Rishipal wraps up the chat with these concluding remarks : Even if you lure me with money  to skip these workouts, I don't ! 

What Rishipal believes can't be dismissed as  it is a Science of Body !









 

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