Friday, August 18, 2017

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Good story with many lessons and the "anger was within him" is a good one. Another is a lesson on the strength of our focus during meditation that we can all relate to. In the story the monk "after a few hours of undisturbed silence" was still easily disrupted by the bump of another boat. I think we have all experienced a situation where our focus during meditation was disrupted by an external event. We have to question the level of our focus if we are paying more attention to what is going on around us. 
           "Manminder Bhachu"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Anger .... A Zen Buddhist Story

A monk decided to meditate alone, away from his monastery. He took his boat out to the middle of the lake, moored it there, closed his eyes and began meditating. After a few hours of undisturbed silence, he suddenly felt the bump of another boat colliding with his own.
With his eyes still closed, he felt his anger rising, and by the time he opened his eyes, he was ready to scream at the boatman who had so carelessly disturbed his meditation. But when he opened his eyes, he was surprised to find that it was an empty boat that had struck his own. It had probably gotten untethered and floated to the middle of the lake.
At that moment, the monk had a great realization. He understood that the anger was within him; it merely needed the bump of an external object to provoke it out of him. From then on, whenever he came across someone who irritated him or provoked him to anger, he would remind himself, that the other person was merely an empty boat, the anger was within him.

                                                 (A Zen Traditional Story)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Who is Poor?

A wealthy woman goes to a saree store and asks the salesman at the counter: 
"Bhaiya! show me some cheap sarees. It's my son's wedding and I have to give a gift to my maid."

After sometime, the maid comes to the same saree shop and says to the salesman:
"Bhaiya! Show me some expensive sarees please. I want to gift it to my boss on her son's wedding"

Who is poor? 
The rich mistress of the house or the maid servant?
 "Is Poverty in the mind or in the purse?"
It actually depends on “who the gift is for”. 
Usually, we don’t give a cheap gift to wealthy people because they might feel offended if it’s below their ‘standard’. However, we don’t see a need for giving expensive gifts to poor people. They will be happy to receive anything that might be useful to them. 
Shouldn't it be other way around? 
We give expensive things to the rich who don't need our help - Not to the poor - who may actually need them but cannot afford.  
Real Seva is to see and provide what someone needs – or will be happy to have it, but is unable to afford.

                              ‘Rajan Sachdeva’ 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Krishna Janamashtami

Janamaashtami is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna, who is considered, not only an incarnation but ‘The Jagat Guru’ as well. The ‘Bhagavad Gita, compiled on his teachings, is one of the greatest and most read book on Dharma in the world, which influenced and shaped all later ‘religions’ and Dharmas of India including Buddhism, Sikhism and their numerous branches as well as Sufism.
            'Rajan Sachdeva '

Friday, August 11, 2017

The World is Bad Enough As it is

The world is bad enough as it is .......
You should not contribute to make it any worse. 
                         ' Rajan Sachdeva'

Share Knowledge Responsibly

Today most people consider knowledge as a mere product to be packaged, marketed and sold. Their interest is not in providing benefit to others but in filling their own wallets or fulfilling some other selfish motives.
We live in a world where sharing knowledge unselfishly is not a virtue anymore. 
Today, the new technologies have provided much faster ways to communicate all over the world through the social media. One can send a message to thousands of people instantaneously, simply by clicking a button.
But the question is: Are we doing it responsibly? 
Are we using this wonderful technology for providing true Gyana, useful knowledge to others that can be beneficial to them?
Or to spread false and selfish ideas for some personal gain?

"Faridaa je tu aql lateef hain, kaalay likh na laikh
Aapunday girevaan me, sir neevaan kar daikh"
                                              'Sheikh Farid'

If you are knowledgeable (or if you think you are knowledgeable) then don’t write bad about others to denounce and degrade them.
Instead, we should look into our own mind to see where we stand. 

Before criticizing and denouncing others, one should look into one’s own actions, and motives behind them. 

' Rajan Sachdeva '

Sunday, August 6, 2017

ग़ाफ़िल नहीं रहा Ghaafil Nahin Rahaa

गो  मैं रहा रहीने सितम हाय रोज़गार 
लेकिन तेरे ख़्याल से ग़ाफ़िल नहीं रहा 
                               " ग़ालिब "

Go main rahaa raheen-e-sitam haye rozgaar
Lekin tere khyaal se ghaafil nahin rahaa

                                           "Ghalib "

Raheen ....    Subjected to
Sitam ........   Tyranny
Rozgaar .....  Career, work (to make ends meal)
Ghaafil  .....  Unmindful 

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