Thursday, June 30, 2011
Yep. One struggle is against external oppressors and one is WITHIN OURSELVES—the battle between our higher and lower selves.
Guess which one is known as the "greater holy war"?
Bingo. The struggle within *ourselves.* The battle between the good and the evil within our own being is, easily, the greatest struggle there is.
All the great traditions talk about it.
The Bhagavad Gita, a core text of Hinduism, is set on a metaphorical battlefield and features a reluctant warrior receiving Divine counsel to do the battle necessary to conquer his lower self and live his dharma.
While Proverbs 16:32 tells us: "He who rules his spirit has won a greater victory than the taking of a city."
And Lao-tzu tells us: "Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power."
And, the Buddha tells us: "One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand men on the battlefield."
And, finally, Muhammad himself says: "The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self."
Ultimately, it's all about self-mastery. Let's show up fully in the most holy of wars as we truly live the ideals in which we so passionately believe. We all do that and the "other" wars will dissolve.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply.
He said, "Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you."
We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said good-bye.
But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.
Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.
He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.
While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,
"While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse.
Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.
Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."
By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.
I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.
"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.
I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."
I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway."
I said, "Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."
Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company
that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.
But the family we left behind will feel the loss
for the rest of their lives.
And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more
into work than into our own family,
an unwise investment indeed, don't you think?
So what is behind the story?
Do you know what the word FAMILY means?
FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU
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Sunday, June 26, 2011
A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the House, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection. And miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to
deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.
The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw. So I
Planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.
Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house?
Moral: Each of us has our own unique traits sometimes maybe like the cracked pots. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life.
Who does Israel belong to . . . or to be grammatically correct, to whom does the land of Israel belong?
An Israeli's sense of humour at the UN set the record straight. An ingenious example of speech and politics occurred recently in the
United Nations Assembly and made the world community smile.
A representative from Israel began: "Before beginning my talk, I want
to tell you something about Moses. When he struck the rock and it
brought forth water, he thought, 'What a good opportunity to have a
Moses removed his clothes, put them aside on a rock and entered the water.
When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished.
A Palestinian had stolen them.
The Palestinian representative at the UN jumped up furiously and
shouted, "What are you talking about? The Palestinians weren't there then!"
The Israeli representative smiled and said, "'And now that we have
made that clear, I will begin my speech."
"One more thing" and other quotes by Peter Falk: A tribute to the American actor
Angela Schnaubelt, Quotes & Jokes Examiner
Posted: 06/24/2011 7:23 PM
Most know him for his role as Columbo, but I will always hold him in my heart as the narrator of my second favorite film of all time: Princess Bride. Peter Falk died today, June 24, 2011 at age 83.
Actor, certified public accountant, author and cancer survivor (his eye was removed at age 3 due to cancer), Peter Falk was America's police detective, Columbo. He was an icon for three decades solving murder crimes on TV from 1971 to 2003, downplaying his intelligence, faking an exit, and then saying, "just one more thing" as he ensnares the criminals into a confession or springs on them how he solved the case.
"As you wish:" Peter Falk in Princess Bride
As the grandfather of a sick child, Peter Falk reads an adventure/love story in the movie Princess Bride . His role is somewhat of a cameo role, but it was brilliantly played, lovingly played. There is somewhat of a cult following for the movie Princess Bride , and fans know that the phrase, "as you wish" really means "I love you."
If you are a Columbo fan, a Peter Falk fan or a Billy Crystal fan, you should watch Princess Bride in honor of his passing! This is a classic fairy tale, a classic for adults, a classic family film. It's good, clean fun.
Grandpa (Peter Falk) reads to his sick grandson: "Since the invention of the kiss, there have been five kisses rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. The end." So romantic, so poignant, so fitting after all that they went through in the film.
Columbo quotes: "One more thing"
We all remember his frumpy raincoat, chewed cigar in mouth, slouched and casual demeanor while crime-solving on TV as Lieutenant Columbo, the homicide detective. As he pretends to give up, throwing the criminals off guard, he would say, "Oh, and there's just one more thing..." and the audience knew here comes the punchline to solve the case!
The character Columbo was indeed humorous:reticent at times, uncooperative, pretending to be a bumbling detective. When asked what his first name was, he'd say "Lieutenant."
Just One More Thing: Stories from My Life , the autobiographical book by Peter Falk
Falk's autobiography came out in August of 2007 and has rave reviews on Amazon.com. Sales will likely sky rocket, now, with the news of his recent passing. If you buy it and read it, post a review to honor his legacy.
Readers rave about how his storytelling narrative is engaging and claim that the book is hard to put down.
Just One More Thing: Stories from My Life is currently not available on Kindle, but the paperback or hardback is available on sites like Amazon.com.
We've lost an iconic actor, Peter Falk, who suffered from Alzeimer's but lived a long life into his 80's. He is survived by his wife Shera and his two daughters, Jackie and Catherine Falk (who is a private detective in real life).
EIGHT CLUES TO HAPPINESS
THIS ABOVE ALL - KHUSHWANT SINGH
Having lived a reasonably contented life, I was musing over what a person should strive for to achieve happiness. I drew up a list of a few essentials which I put forward for the readers' appraisal.
First and foremost is good health. If you do not enjoy good health you can never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial, will deduct from your happiness.
Second, a healthy bank balance. It need not run into crores but should be enough to provide for creature comforts and something to spare for recreation, like eating out, going to the pictures, traveling or going on holidays on the hills or by the sea. Shortage of money can be only demoralizing. Living on credit or borrowing is demeaning and lowers one in one's own eyes.
Third, a home of your own. Rented premises can never give you the snug feeling of a nest which is yours for keeps that a home provides: if it has a garden space, all the better. Plant your own trees and flowers, see them grow and blossom, cultivate a sense of kinship with them.
Fourth, an understanding companion, be it your spouse or a friend. If there are too many misunderstandings, they will rob you of your peace of mind. It is better to be divorced than to bicker all the time.
Fifth, lack of envy towards those who have done better than you in life — risen higher, made more money, or earned more fame. Envy can be very corroding; avoid comparing yourself with others.
Sixth, do not allow other people to descend on you for gup-shup. By the time you get rid of them, you will feel exhausted and poisoned by their gossip-mongering.
Seventh, cultivate some hobbies which can bring you a sense of fulfillment, such as gardening, reading, writing, painting, playing or listening to music. Going to clubs or parties to get free drinks or to meet celebrities is criminal waste of time.
Eighth, every morning and evening, devote 15 minutes to introspection. In the morning, 10 minutes should be spent on stilling the mind and then five in listing things you have to do that day. In the evening, five minutes to still the mind again, and ten to go over what you had undertaken to do.
Nathaniel Cotton (1721-1788) summed up my views on the subject in one verse:
If solid happiness we prize,/ Within our breast this jewel lies;/ And they are fools who roam:/ The world has nothing to bestow;/ From our own selves our joys must flow/
And that dear hut, — our home.
Kindness of strangers
I am not a humble man. I am not cowed down by men in powerful positions or by men of great wealth. But I do feel humble when I meet people who dedicate their lives to looking after sick or needy human beings and animals.
On her death anniversary, I recalled the three days I had spent with Mother Teresa in Calcutta over 40 years ago. We walked through crowded streets, rode trams to visit her various hospitals, crèches for abandoned children and home for the dying. I wrote a humble tribute to her for The New York Times and put her picture on the cover of The Illustrated Weekly of India.
Until then she was little known outside Calcutta — after that more people got to know about her work. She sent me a short note of thanks. I have it in a silver frame in my home in Kasauli.
It was the same with Bhagat Puran Singh. I heard of his Pingalwara (leper home) in Amritsar and persuaded members of my family charitable trust to donate a block for boarding the patients. Manmohan Singh, then finance minister, inaugurated it. Whenever I think of Bhagat Puran Singh, I feel humble.
Although I have no respect for Maneka Gandhi as a politician, I give her full credit for being the first Indian to make her countrymen aware of their duty to protect animals. She has done more for them than anyone else I know.
There are quite a few people living near me who do their bit by animals and humans: there was Bheem Varma of Cooch Behar (nephew of Maharani Gayatri Devi) who spent his evenings going around feeding stray dogs. After he died, his wife, Rita Devi, took on the job. In addition she now runs two mobile clinics, one donated by Kapil Sibal, the other by Sir Elton John.
These clinics go around different parts of the city along with doctors, nurses and medicines to treat sick people free of charge. Rita Devi has been promised more such mobile clinics, one by the Poddars, another by the Ansals. In a couple of months she will be running four mobile hospitals treating over 2,000 people a day.
There is my niece, Veena Balwant Singh, who now spends her entire day taking packets of food and medicines around many parts of New Delhi to feed and medicate stray dogs. That costs a lot of money. A friend of hers has pitched in to share half the expenses.
In the evening, she runs into Parveen Talha of the Union Public Service Commission who also feeds stray dogs in Lodhi Gardens before she goes home for the night. I have known her for more than 20 years now, but never knew of her love for animals.
There must be thousands of such kindly men and women for whom taking care of sick, hungry humans and animals is a sacred duty. I don't do any such thing, only write about them. But I do feel humble in their presence.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Mansour Bahrami, tennis' greatest entertainer.
This is a video montage of Mansour Bahrami's greatest comedic moments, tricks and skills. A fantastic athlete and gentleman who has the led the most incredible life.
Buy his book, watch his DVD but ensure you see him live!
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Interview met Mansour Bahrami tijdens de AFAS Tennis Classics
You will be surprise to know that there will always be at least one gullible sucker to believe this monkey from Africa and be conned by this conman fidiot.
Don't be and don't be tempted to click on any links provided by this dickhead.!
|STRICTLY AND CONFIDENTIAL :|
I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise as we never met before. I am Mr. Ibrahim Arwan, the manager of Auditing and Accounting section of Bank Of Africa (B.O.A) Ouagadougou Burkina Faso. I Hoped that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that I am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of our both families. I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand united state dollars ($15.5mUSD) Immediately to your account.
The fund has been dormant (in-active) for 10 years in our Bank here without any body coming for it. I want to release the fund to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer Mr. Andreas Schranner (the owner of the account) who died a long with his supposed next of kin in air crash since on 31st July 2000. I don't want the fund to go into our Bank treasury as an abandoned fund, so this is the reason why I contacted you, so that my Bank will release the fund to you as the nearest person to the deceased customer.
For more information about the crash you can visit this site: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/ world/europe/859479.stm
Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret and delete it if you are not interested. Upon receipt of your reply, I will give you more details regarding this transaction and also note that you will have 40% of the above mentioned amount if you agree to help me execute this business. And also after the funds has been transfered into your bank account you will take 10% out as a compensation for the expenses you will make in this transaction and 50% is for me. I need to hear from you urgent so that I will give you more information regarding this transaction.
Your Full Name.......................... .?
Your Sex........................... ......?
Your Age........................... ......?
Your Country....................... ......?
Marital Status........................ ...?
Your Occupation.................... ......?
Your Personal Mobile N°...................?
Your Personal Fax N°......................?
Waiting for your urgent response so that we will starts immediately.
This one gets first prize...
I e-mailed it to my Chinese doctor friend who e-mailed back:
"If light stay on more than 4 hour, call erectrician.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Talking Twin Babies - PART 1 - Headstand - OFFICIAL VIDEO
Talking Twin Babies - PART 2 - OFFICIAL VIDEO
twin baby boys have a conversation ALL GROWN UP
Twin Baby Boys Have A Conversation 30 years Later (SPOOF)
*Click on the link 'ECGeneral' below to view the blogpost*
Two dogs waiting patiently to get served in "restaurant", and in spite of waiting, never get anything to drink.
This video has had many positive comments - thanks to all of you. Some people though are worried for the dogs - were they forced and did they hurt themselves on the forks?
Firstly the dogs loved it - they are best friends and really like getting all the attention. We practiced with the cutlery in advance, and both dogs very quickly figured it out. Besides the "waitress" kept on talking to them and encouraging them. They are very well behaved, and know when to sit still, take it slow and wait. This video was shot in one take, no cuts or editing - and both dogs had a wonderful time..The hand coordination was not preplanned - since everything was up to the dogs - but we both intuitively acted on the feeling of the dogs movement, plus we could hear from the "waitresses" comments, what the dogs were doing.
Enjoy and don´t be worried - both dogs love it, and we love them..
Monday, June 20, 2011