A Sufi story.... A man went in search of truth. The first religious man he met was sitting under a tree, just outside his own village. He asked, "I am searching for a true master. Please tell me the characteristics of a true master." The fakir told him the characteristics. His description was very simple. He said, "You'll find him sitting under such and such a tree, sitting in such and such posture, his hands making such and such gestures -- that is enough to know he is the true… Continue
Added by Liana on September 30, 2009 at 11:04pm —
Hey I am BACK on spiritual.ning. Here is some key ideas from a new book on Inspirations for your site.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
1. "Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good."
2. "Never regard something as doing you good if it makes you betray a trust or lose your sense of shame, or makes you show hatred, suspicion, ill - will or hypocrisy, or a desire for things… Continue
Added by amit on September 28, 2009 at 4:38pm —
The Song of the Ancient Earth
I am the ancient Earth
I have been here millions of Years
The deep, deep peace that you feel now
Is the peace of the ancient Earth.
There is no need to hurry or rush
Go slowly and take my gift of peace.
I know you well, for you are very ancient too.
Every starborn cell in your body
has been here since time began.
You are infinite… Continue
Added by Tayira on September 28, 2009 at 6:35am —
AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY AND ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY.
Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests… Continue
Added by Prasanna santhi on September 25, 2009 at 8:29pm —
"I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will." -- Clint Eastwood
"There ain't no free lunches in this country. And don't go spending your whole life commiserating that you got the raw deals. You've got to say, 'I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it.' It's called perseverance." -- Lee Iacocca
“The life that… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 24, 2009 at 9:30pm —
by Vic Johnson
(excerpted from Day by Day with James Allen)
“Thoughts of doubt and fear can never accomplish anything. They always lead to failure.” - As A Man Thinketh
There is significant economic evidence that the Great Depression might have been avoided but for the “panic” that swept over the country (and the world) after the 1929 stock market crash. What should have been no more than a deep recession altered our world forever because of… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 24, 2009 at 9:29pm —
Yesterday I lived bewildered, in illusion. But now I am awake, flawless and serene, beyond the world. From my light the body and the world arise. So all things are mine, or nothing is.
- Ashtavakra Gita
Glorified by heaven, O radiant Sun, illumine the earth forever and more that the hearts of its inhabitants unite and ascend and become one with the exalted Divine.
- Rumi, "Mathnawi"
Once in a while it really hits people that they don't… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 24, 2009 at 9:27pm —
The falcon made the king's hand his joy, and became indifferent to the search for carrion. All animals from the gnat to the elephant are of the family of God and depend on Him for sustenance. What a sustainer is God!
- Rumi, "Mathnawi"
As for those who seek the transcendental Reality, without name, without form, contemplating the Unmanifested, beyond the reach of thought and of feeling, with their senses subdued and mind serene and striving for the good of all beings, they… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 24, 2009 at 9:25pm —
Q There is another thing in the teachings of Christ, that of a missionary angle. Some people take that as literal?
A. That instruction he might have given to one whom he wanted to carry on his work.
Q. But it is misinterpreted?
A. That is always the case with the instructions of every saint. It does not apply only to Christ. Saints are generally not recognised in their own time. It happens with every saint, and whatever little I have analyzed the Bible and I am… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 21, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Question: Did the other religions do it extensively, like Christianity?
A. Well, the Christians may be a little moremodern or better organized. They may have a better economic position, a better purse, or they may have abetter hold on the masses due to various reasons, but every organized religion wants to do the same thing. What have the Mohammedans done? Theydid it with the help of the sword. They converted half of the world in the Middle East just with the sword. Every religionis… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 21, 2009 at 3:50pm —
At the timberline where the storms strike with the most fury, the sturdiest trees are found.
- Hudson newsletter
Music can be all things to all persons. It is like a great dynamic sun in the center of a solar system which sends out its rays and inspiration in every direction....Music makes us feel that the heavens open and a divine voice calls. Something in our souls responds and understands.
- Leopold Stokowski
When the senses contact sense objects,… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 21, 2009 at 3:41pm —
"I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced nothing finer than a man or woman who thinks and practices true tolerance." -- Frank Knox
"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one." -- Maya Angelou
"Patience is a bitter plant that produces sweet fruit." -- Charles Swindoll
"Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast." -- William Shakespeare
Unless we learn the lesson… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 21, 2009 at 3:38pm —
There is a famous Chinese saying:
A tiger leaves his skin behind,
a man leaves his name behind.
It makes you think what you want
to be remembered for and what you
are living for?
We all know we are going to die sooner
or later and it is only wise to think
about life, your purpose and what
comes next. Many spiritual and enlightened
beings have told us we are a spiritual being
in a human body so what does that mean
Added by Bruce Seah on September 20, 2009 at 9:58am —
I am reading a Book named "The Master Answers" and this refers to our Mind and Soul. Our Mind and Soul are bound to each other. Mind is pulled downwards by the Senses and hence the Soul suffers. If we can control the Mind by lifting it upwards away from the Senses then we are free from this world as then our mind will something more interesting to cling to. What is this? Those who have experienced it know it as Spiritual Bliss or Enlightenment or whatever way you may… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 18, 2009 at 5:07pm —
"The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion. It is the current which he puts forth, which sweeps you along in his passion” -- Pierre-Auguste Renoir
"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing." -- Agatha Christie
"There is… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 18, 2009 at 4:56pm —
DIAL IN THE TONE
by Tony Jeary
One of the primary tenets of any successful presentation (a presentation is defined as any time you talk to one or more people) design is the establishment of “tone.”
When it comes to presentations, the term tone refers to much more than merely an individual’s “tone of voice.” The tone of a presentation is really about audience perception. The simple truth is that your success or failure at anything – whether ordering a hamburger in a… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 18, 2009 at 4:49pm —
There were around 40 people including us who were part of this Trip to Valley....
Yes this is another observation of the trip.. you will few more articles on this experience ... Its all about Valley and people I met.
One of the co-traveler with us was a young lady "At her 60's"
. Yes I would say young lady as she was dynamite in our group. The energy, enthusiasm and charm she carried with her was amazing also was an inspiring source for us. At Badrinath temple… Continue
Added by SUPREETHA on September 14, 2009 at 12:09am —
The Lord as Sri Krishna appears to have set some records straight.
Srimad Ramayanam and Mahabharatam give us glimpses of such instances.
1. Manthara (Rama hit her hunchback) and Kubja (Krishna straightened her hunchback)
In Srimad Ramayanam, we have reference as to how as a kid Sri Rama used to dart small mud balls at the back of the hunchback Manthara, the servant maid of Queen Kaikeyi, albeit in sport. This was mistaken by Manthara as Rama making fun of her… Continue
Added by Prasanna santhi on September 13, 2009 at 11:38pm —
OVERCOMING THE NEGATIVE
“Man's greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes - obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes.” -- Victor Hugo
"People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them." -- George Bernard Shaw
"We were not created to be eaten by anxiety, but to walk erect, free, unafraid in a… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 13, 2009 at 7:38pm —
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
- Mother Teresa
Not killing is the first and foremost good. The virtue of not lying comes next.
- Tirukkural 323
Live in this world like a stranger, a wayfarer, and deem yourselves as dwellers of the graves.
- The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Ibn Umar
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade… Continue
Added by Pravin Kumar on September 13, 2009 at 7:23pm —