Spirit of Satan at work in India – M. K. Gandhi

This article is an eye opener for so many so called ‘Secularists’ in India who always refer Gandhi ji as their mentor. If that’s true, the so called ‘Secularists’ learn from Gandhi ji. Be a true follower of Gandhi, that is how one can respect his ideology! – Balaji Canchi Sistla

Bharata Bharati

M. K. Gandhi“So far as one can understand the present Christian effort, it is to uproot Hinduism from its very foundation and replace it with another faith.” – M.K. Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, and a few days before he was assassinated in January 1948. He did not receive the prize because he refused to be converted to Christianity and severely criticized missionary work in India. His firm stance is an example for us to follow today. India is being subjected to an accelerated pace of evangelization by foreign missionaries through their NGOs – World Vision being the leader – and paid Indian Christian surrogates, with the connivance of corrupt, minority-appeasing State and Central government administrators.

Government officials pay lip-service to Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of the Nation on national holidays, but they have otherwise forgotten him and his teaching. Their…

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The English left, but not English!

It was on 14th September, in the year 1917, Mahatma Gandhi gave a speech at Marina beach, the location – Marina beach was a part of Madras Presidency.  However, Telugu was the dominant language then, although Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada were official languages along with Telugu.  Gandhi ji was originally travelling from Ranchi to Pune when he took a detour to Madras.  He gave the speech in English in the august public gathering as most of the South Indians did not understand the most and widely spoken language of India – Hindi.  The other nationalist leaders who were present at that time were Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Subramania Bharati.

The Aftermath of the meeting, Subramania Bharati, who was lovingly called as ‘Bharathiyar’ by Tamils, wrote a letter to Gandhiji and he highly appreciated the speech on ‘Quit India Movement’.  He also mentioned his disappointment to Gandhi that he had used the English language to deliver the speech on ‘QIM’ for the purpose of removing Britishers from India.  He also mentioned that he would have felt happy, had Gandhiji used Gujarati as his mother tongue or even Hindi, the most spoken language of India.  Incidentally, the letter was in English.

In a reply to Bharati, Gandhiji narrated that even Bharati wrote the letter to him in English.  “Had it been Tamil I would have been much happier and what went wrong in using English in the meeting”, he added further.  To this Bharati gave another befitting reply to Gandhi. Where he said that “I love my mother tongue and when I want to say impolitely to any, I can’t use my own mother tongue since I love very much, hence English is a correct language for that”.  That was the love and affection he had with the mother tongue.  He not only had a love with Tamil, but also with all other mother land languages.  Once he mentioned in his one of the poems that he wanted to hear songs in Telugu as the sweetest language of his choice.

What made one to learn another language? In other words, what made one to give importance to other language?  Is it interest? Is it love affair? Is it career or business? Or is it education?  All these are possible in any nation or any nationals, as far as learning is concerned.  In India, it is absolutely different. English is spoken here not for any above purpose, but a matter of pride, dignity, self-esteem.  In no other country where English is not a native language, you would find like this.  This is India’s way… is it great or brat for this country?

The fact is English may not be the most spoken language in the world, but it is the official language in a large number of countries, including India.  There might be 2 billion people using this language.

English, as on date, remains the dominant business language and it has become almost a necessity for people speak English if they are to enter a global workforce.

Many of the world’s top films, books and music are produced in English.

The impact-full fact is, most of the content produced on the internet is in English.

Does it mean one to learn English by compulsion? NO…..  Certainly not!

The very purpose of language is just and only just to communicate with any common public.  If the purpose serves that much, one succeeds enough.  Why does one communicate with others, only for pleasure?  Does a common man in need of that sort of pleasure?  Who cares!

Unfortunately, most of the Indians, probably of yesteryear generation, still linger on this pleasure.  Is it some kind of slavery mind on which they are hanging on?  Do we need to speak a language only for the matter of pride?  If so, why not our own mother tongues?  Can’t we afford to use our Indian languages to express our views?  Do we need to depend on the other’s mother tongue?

Do we need to make a fun on people who cannot speak or write English correctly?  We never felt bad or ashamed when one speaks his/her mother tongue wrongly, then why English is elevated to some illusionary supreme stage?  Unfortunately, the yesteryear generation still feels pride of English knowledge.

The matter of fact, Indian languages are much richer than English, however in the recent past, English was respected more preferred language, just because we were ruled by the British and our slavery has not gone until last generation.  It is still witnessed that some of the yesteryear people voluntarily say that British rule was far better than the present.  This is slavery indeed.

According to data from the 2005 by India Human Development Survey shows that a survey of households reported that among men 72 percent do not speak English, 28 percent speak at least some English, and 5 percent are fluent. Among women, the corresponding proportions were 83 percent, 17 percent, and 3 percent.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population). 

This is the fact of English in India.  Why does one feel proud of speaking English then?  After all it is another infiltrated language in India.

Let’s make foreign languages, especially, English as only communicative purpose, not to feel pride of speaking.

By Balaji Canchi Sistla

Hyderabad on 11-5-15 @ 15.10 pm

Where Indians stand today?

India – the cradle to all other civilizations of this planet; four great Vedas, Upanishads, so many Sastras, Puranas, great historical Avataras like Ram and Krishna, astonishing leaders,  all these happened here.  The country has a rich heritage values, and huge population to follow these.

Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma) – the first and perhaps only religion that teaches to respect other religions and never preaches to convert other religion people into its folder.  She never invaded to another country in the past 2000 years.

In a new era of modern world, India sent satellite vehicle first time to Mars and most significantly, it has successfully reached and communicating with earth continuously, is the bottom line.   No other satellite technology-rich country has this ‘first time’ credit.

The country that taught the rest of the world about the technological development, language, versatility, war techniques and many of others, is still retaining the same?

NO…. is the sad answer for this unfortunately.

India or Indians are losing their glory in the hands of religious and caste fighting.  The legacy of Sanatana Dharma has not been experienced precisely as it is supposed to be in the recent years.  India, once taught the other countries, is stranded at crossroads now as if she is in the dependency of other learning systems like Western.  The young generation of this great nation has been forcefully diverted to the Western culture of life style including food habits.  Indian history is not being taught more precisely to this country’s children.  They read more about foreigners of recent past 500-600 years who had made this country people as slaves.  This country has a past history of good governance of so many kingdoms more than several thousand years. Great Kings ruled and set examples for several next generations.  Those stories were not shown in the elaborated way whereas recent past rulers histories were shown in exclusive lessons in the text books.

‘It is the purpose of historical study to enable each generation to profit from the experience of those who came before, and advance toward higher aims, without being obliged to start anew from the same point as its ancestors after the manner of every race of brutes. He who knows little of those who proceeded is very likely to care little for those coming after.’

– F. Max Muller in his Introduction part of book, ‘India: What can it teach us’)

Muller had rightly said the above statement.  It is something like reinventing wheel.  Do we need to?  Where the progress will come from when we start learning again from the beginning, since our ancestors were already in the advanced stage with the comparison of present modern technologies?  India’s vigorous development has been stopped in the past 500-600 years, ever since the invasion of Muslims and Westerners.   Indians, to be precise, Hindus were preached the utility of castes in much wrong way by invading rulers.  Caste was used as a tool to gain unpleasant gains from society as well as government agencies.

“How did we lose our inner vitality? By giving up what have we become weak? What was it that nurtured our civilization and kept it growing for thousands of years? By parting with what have we descended so low as to be ashamed of calling ourselves heirs to this civilization? The fact is that, so long as we practised Varna dharma that is unique to our country, our civilization stood like a rock arousing the admiration of all the world. But after this dharma began to decline we have been on the descent day by day.

Why should this country alone practise Varna Dharma? Because this dharma is necessary if we want to sustain a civilization that can promote the growth of philosophy, nourish our arts and culture, inspire us more and more in our inward search and help us in the realization of Godhead. If the Varna system is followed at least in this country, it will be an example to the rest of the world.

If there is not Varna Dharma, it means at once the growth of social disharmony, the rise of jealousies and discontent among the people. Men will compete with one another for the jobs they like or are convenient to them. There will be competition for education on the same lines. Since all will not succeed in their efforts or in their desire or ambition being satisfied, the result will be hatred and resentment everywhere. Look at what is happening now in India. When educated unemployment is on the increase, it is suggested that admissions to colleges must be restricted, that there are too many engineers already in the country and that some engineering colleges must be closed down. Here we see that the theory of throwing open everything to everybody does not work; imposing some restriction on people is seen to be inevitable. In the old days a man’s work, whatever it was, became second nature to him and he had a sense of pride in it as an “asset”, legacy that had come to him from his forefathers, indeed a prized family “possession”. He also did his job efficiently and sincerely. Money was a secondary consideration then. Since everything was done on the basis of trust and with a high degree of personal involvement – the worker was always conscious that he was doing his work- there were no problems. The whole society prospered.

No civilization can flourish in the absence of a system that brings fulfilment to all. Varna dharma brought fulfilment and satisfaction to all.”

(Source: http://www.kamakoti.org/hindudharma/part3/chap5.htm)

The Four Castes or ‘Varnasrama’ has made for very good reason and necessity of society.

According to Purusha-Sukta of the Rig-Veda, there is a reference to the division of Hindu society into the classes. It is described there that a follower of ‘knowledge based profession’ is called a “Brahmin”; a follower of ‘justice or administration based’ profession is called a “Kshatriya”; a follower of ‘finance or economics based profession’ is called a “Vaishya” and anyone who is not following any profession is called a “Shudra”.  These four classifications of human beings are called the four “Varnas”.

The division is according to the Guna and Karma. Guna (quality) and Karma (kind of work) determine the caste of a man. This is supported by Lord Krishna in the Gita also. Lord Krishna says in the Gita:

“The four castes were emanated by Me, by the different distribution of qualities and actions. Know Me to be the author of them, though the action-less and inexhaustible” (Ch.4-13).

However, the above are not strict rules but the core rules of classification. There can be many exceptions or inter changeover in the Varnas of people.

To understand this, let us put like this. One may at the beginning of his career be working as a manager in a commercial company, he is a Vaishya then. After few years of experience, he may start teaching principles of management in colleges, at this time he may be called a Brahmin.

A Brahmana (Brahmin or priest) is no Brahmana if he is not endowed with purity and good character.  A Sudra is a Brahmana if he leads a virtuous and pious life. Vidura is the great example of this.  Caste is a question of character. Varna is not the colour of the skin, but the colour of one’s character or quality. Conduct and characters count and not lineage alone. If one is a Brahmana by birth and at the same time, if he possesses the virtues of a Brahmana, it is extremely good, otherwise the very word Brahmana has no meaning.

The system of Varna (or Varna Vyavastha) has nothing to do with Caste System, which is not supported by even Vedic Literature. It also has nothing to do with the system of using the surnames.  The invaders of this country had changed the very purpose of Varna Vyavastha into Jati Vyavastha for their personal goal and to command over native Hindus.

This was very much feasible to them by the way of hiding their history from them.  Your intellectual can be made dormant if you were not taught your ancestors’ rich skills generation after generation.  You do not know the intellectual level of Aryabhatta, Chanakiya, Bhaskara, Adi Sankara and in the recent past – Ramanujam, Vivekananda, Subhas Chandra Bose and so on.  How your thinking will awake when you do not know anything about your past?  How one will get instigated by their ancestors’ way of life and applied skills without knowing them?

For years Hindus, as a whole, forgot their ancestors root and route and fell in the ill-fated nets of these rulers like sheep fall in the well one after another meaninglessly. Thus, the collapse of Varna Vyavastha of Hinduism began. At least 2-3 past generation people have failed to pass on this rich heritage of ours to the next generation.  There could be only two reasons I see, one would be their loyalty towards British and secondly, they themselves do not know what the value of this country’s history is because they were forbidden from this to know.

The immature people and British-loyal political parties have carried out this process even post freedom of this country.  The Congress was found to be very keen in implementing division policy among Indians, especially Hindus in the name of caste and when comes to religion, they had used cleverly disguised name ‘Secularism’.  For India, secularism has no meaning as we are religiously tolerant people already.  If not, neither Mughals had conquered nor would Christians have dominated this country.

The saddest part is that in spite of decent education and advancement of computer technology and internet of this modern era, the Indians still behave in the same way like they did 70-80 years ago.  The mighty technological strength of this era has not been fully utilized for the sake of own historical documentation and preservation, finding the ancestral root and their way of life, their technical know-how and so on.

It is true that Indians emerging victorious in so many fields and so many countries.  How many of scholars and professionals in foreign and Indian soils are really deliberated to unearth these peerless treasures and proudly announce to the rest of the world that who the Indians were and are!

By 2020, India is set to become the world’s youngest country with 64 per cent of its population in the working age group, say 29 years in average.  Is it a going to be vital or trivial to this country?  Does not look that much promising, until now.

The present young generation does not put interest in knowing their root.  Their interests are different.

The ‘Facebook’, ‘Twitter’, ‘Instagram’, ‘Whatsapp’ are mostly used for simple, meaningless, time-pass chats.

The Pubs and Discotheques are their regular visiting temples.  Until late nights, spoiling their sleeps and health by consuming liquor and smoking, not only they bring loss to their parents but to this country also.

Any society or community can be destroyed by its own hands, only and only if their values are destroyed and history is hidden.  That’s what exactly done by over 600 years by two major invaders in this country.

There are plenty of our old temples still left unattended.  So many our old temples’ hidden rooms have remained unopened.  There are so many our ancestors’ stories are hidden in such temples to read about our ancestors.

The day young generation of this country understands the values of our heritage and legacy, no doubt, India will not only become super power but also set an example to rest of the country.

Hope is life.  Let’s hope!

Balaji Canchi Sistla

Hyderabad on 24-4-2015 @ 3 pm

AN AMAZING STORY…

Here is an amazing story from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11:

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic .
All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that “All Business” look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination.”

No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander, New Foundland. He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately — no questions asked. We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.

While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area. A few minutes later word came in about the hijackings. We decided to LIE to the passengers while we were still in the air. We told them the plane had a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander , New Foundland, to have it checked out.

We promised to give more information after landing in Gander .. There was much grumbling among the passengers, but that’s nothing new! Forty minutes later, we landed in Gander. Local time at Gander was 12:30 PM …. that’s 11:00 AM EST.There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world that had taken this detour on their way to the US.

After we parked on the ramp, the captain made the following announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have. The reality is that we are here for another reason.”

Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the US. There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. The captain informed passengers that Ground control in Gander told us to stay put.The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the air crafts. Only airport police would come around periodically, look us over and go on to the next airplane.

In the next hour or so more planes landed and Gander ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world, 27 of which were US commercial jets. Meanwhile, bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in DC.

People were trying to use their cell phones, but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada . Some did get through, but were only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the U.S. were either blocked or jammed. Sometime in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Center buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. By now the passengers were emotionally and physically exhausted, not to mention frightened, but everyone stayed amazingly calm.

We had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we were not the only ones in this predicament. We had been told earlier that they would be allowing people off the planes one plane at a time. At 6 PM, Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would be 11 am the next morning.Passengers were not happy, but they simply resigned themselves to this news without much noise and started to prepare themselves to spend the night on the airplane.

Gander had promised us medical attention, if needed, water, and lavatory servicing.And they were true to their word.

Fortunately we had no medical situations to worry about. We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The night passed without incident despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th a convoy of school buses showed up. We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.

After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel. We had no idea where our passengers were going. We learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander!

We were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the US airports opened again, but not to expect that call for a while.We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started. Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were extremely friendly. They started calling us the “plane people.” We enjoyed their hospitality, explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.

Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport. Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days.

What we found out was incredible…..

Gander and all the surrounding communities (within about a 75 Kilometer radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all these facilities to mass lodging areas for all the stranded travelers.Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.

ALL the high school students were required to volunteer theirtime to take care of the “guests.” Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander where they were put up in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged.

Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were taken to private homes. Remember that young pregnant lady? She was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24-hour Urgent Care facility.There was a dentist on call and both male and female nurses remained with the crowd for the duration.

Phone calls and e-mails to the U.S. and around the world were available to everyone once a day. During the day, passengers were offered “Excursion” trips.Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors. Some went for hikes in the local forests.

Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests.Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the schools. People were driven to restaurants of their choice and offered wonderful meals. Everyone was given tokens for local laundry mats to wash their clothes, since luggage was still on the aircraft.

In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travelers. Passengers were crying while telling us these stories. Finally, when they were told that U.S. airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single passenger missing or late. The local Red Cross had all the information about thewhereabouts of each and every passenger and knew
which plane they needed to be on and when all the planes were leaving. They coordinated everything beautifully.

It was absolutely incredible.

When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. Everyone knew each other by name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time. Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a chartered party flight. The crew just stayed out of their way. It was mind-boggling.

Passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.

And then a very unusual thing happened.

One of our passengers approached me and asked if he could make an announcement over the PA system. We never, ever allow that. But this time was different. I said “of course” and handed him the mike. He picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days.He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers.He continued by saying that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewisporte.

“He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number). The purpose of the trust fund is to provide college scholarships for the high school students of Lewisporte. He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers. When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers and addresses, the total was for more than $14,000!

“The gentleman, a MD from Virginia , promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well.As I write this account, the trust fund is at more than $1.5 million and has assisted 134 students in college education.

“I just wanted to share this story because we need good stories right now. It gives me a little bit of hope to know that some people in a faraway place were kind to some strangers who literally dropped in on them.

It reminds me how much good there is in the world.”

“In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today’s world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.

This is one of those stories that need to be shared.

Courtesy: (Osmania Campus MBA Alumni Association)

Great Life Advice from Mark Twain

Mark Twain is considered by many to be one of the greatest American authors in history. He wasn’t only a writer though, he was also a source of constant inspiration, a fountain of memorable quotes and a man with an incredible intellect. So when we say we have some words of advice for you from the mouth of Mark Twain, there is a very good reason to listen!

 

1. Age is in your mind more than anywhere else.

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

With this clever play on words, Twain is telling us age doesn’t matter as long as you don’t give it significance. It means that a young soul can dwell in an old body and all the limitations we put on age, other than those physical ones, are actually in our head.

This advice isn’t just about age, it’s also about self-confidence. When we believe we have a problem, we transmit that to the people around us and so bring it to pass. People can feel the lack of self-confidence in others and they will treat you as you treat yourself. So, once you make that mental ‘switch’, the enviornment will too.

2. Humor is one of the most important things.

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”

The simple act of laughing and responding to humor is one of the greatest experiences of the human condition. Life is nothing without laughter, just a sad shell, and although there are pleasures in life that have nothing to do with humor, they are always improved upon and made more palatable with a good side dish of laughter. Humor helps almost all situations and using it will draw people to you faster than anything else you may do.

3.Anger will hurt you more than help you.

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

Anger is an inescapable human emotion; we all get mad once in a while. But there are ways to control out anger, and not let it control us. Just like laughter is transient in nature, so should anger be. A joke will make you laugh again and again if you think about it over and over, and anger is no exception, the more you think about it, the angrier you’ll become. So, when you are angry at something or someone, it’s important you let it die out naturally; don’t continue to feed it. Think of other things and apply your cognitive resources at things that make you happy.

4. The world doesn’t owe you, you owe yourselves.

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

The feeling of being owned something by the world is common in this generation. We all feel entitled to something, whether it’s a steady job, money, happiness etc. But these feelings usually lead only to frustration, bitterness, anger and resentment. Let go of these expectations from yourselves and from the world, and you’ll see that everything becomes a bit easier. You do deserve the best, but you’ll need to go and get it for yourselves.

5. Having a new idea is not a crime.

“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

When you see things differently than other people, expect mixed reactions. Some will support you, others ignore you, while still others will try to bring you down. Most people tend to hold on to their preconceived notions for dear life, and will even act aggressively or negatively when these are threatened by an opposing opinion. But remember, all great discoveries were once such novel ideas, and many of them carried negative reactions. You should say what you believe and act upon it, don’t let anyone tell you your ideas are ‘too weird’. After all, human flight used to be such a novel and strange idea.

6. Don’t let your thoughts dwell on the negative.

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”

You must watch your thoughts, because it is so easy to get into a habit of thinking negatively, hashing our worries and troubles over and over in our head, until they seem as big as mountains and as dark as night. Thinking positively is one of the best gifts you can give yourselves, and will ultimately lead to you doing everything a little better, with people reacting much better to your attitude. In the end, life is made up of ‘tasks’ we must accomplish, some small, some big and difficult. Try to look at any ‘difficult’ task as a challenge and as an opportunity to learn something about yourselves.

7. Instead of worrying about yourself, worry about others and help yourself.

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”

There is something magical about making someone else smile or getting them out of a tough situation. Helping others not only makes us better people and buys us goodwill from those around us, it also makes our own problems seem smaller because we’re not preoccupied with them 24/7. If you help others without thinking, just jumping in and helping out, you’ll be the one ending up with a smile on your face.

8. Try everything, regret nothing.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

A beautiful quote my Mark Twain and one that is full of truth. It’s always easier to delay things we want to do. After all, life usually gets in the way and we tell ourselves ‘well, we’ll try it later’. But as we get older, those opportunities become more and more rare, and the things we end up regretting the most are the things we simply never tried to do.

Failure shouldn’t scare us, it’s a part of life. What is scarier is having opportunities and never acting on them. So when you think you want to do something – do it. Failure may happen, but at least you’ll know the answer to the question: “What if?”

 

Courtesy: Osmania Campus MBA Alumni Association Newsletter

Is God mercy enough towards human?

I was just 8-10 years old when my maternal grandmother, at where I was born and brought-up by her throughout my childhood, told a story of lazy man and his desire of seeing a God. She also explained me as to how the trust in God should be. Most of us, always pray God whenever they undergo some problems in their life. When problem comes they say, ‘why me?’ When prosperity comes, they never say ‘why me’, as told by Swami Ramkrishna Paramahamsa. We need God to only protect always as and when problems come around us. We never even recall his mercy when we attain few peaks in our life, sometime we are not even eligible to reach of a few of them. For us, God was only and just only to remain as saviour all the time irrespective of all nonsense we do. Let’s bar a few who always in their life whatever good or bad they face, remember in every step. The belief in God should be like life and body not like water and lotus leaf. Just because we were not given few our likings, God should not become ‘Godness-less’.

I have reproduced the story exactly same way as told by my grandmother without changing the main theme, however, hardly any little flavours was used here and there for better interest reading. Now, let me narrate the story that my grandmother told me.

An indolent man who always wants to exploit the situation for the sake of shelter and some food instead of be industrious to make some. It became so habituated that he always sought some place where he could gain food for a day and shelter for night.

On his search he found one big temple where the food that offered to the deity, is distributed among devotees. By this way, this lazy man managed to get food three times a day. The temple was so huge that any corner would accommodate him for night sleep. His days were going nicely without any trouble.

His regular presence for food and stay at temple was noticed by one of the temple authorities and went to him for asking as to why he remained in the temple for day and night. As the lazy man has no proper answer to give, was just staring at wall with incessant silence. Sparing some mercy on him, the temple authority offered some temple job for his livelihood so that he can stay in the temple without any embarrassment. How would this lethargic man accept this offer, who never wanted to work? He refused to accept and that resulted him to throw out of the temple since lazy people has no place to stay anywhere. Being sent out all of sudden, the lazy man developed anger on the temple authorities initially, later that turned on the entire village community and finally stopped at God. He decided to meet God and ask as to why he was denied shelter and food in the huge temple, where it is no matter to offer these for a single man. Thinking of these, he started walking towards outside of the village without having any idea of finding a way to meet the God.

On his way out of the village there was huge tree and one old man was sitting and chanting some hymns on God. The lazy man thought that the old man looks wise and would be right person to answer his query and he asked the old man too. The old man was surprised on this question, but was not able to give any answer. However, he directed the lazy man to go to forest where some Saints are in penance whom might help this lazy man. Happy to hear this, the lazy man walked through to forest which is a few hundred miles from that village.

Walked on… walked on… and finally he reached the jungle and soon he could able to find a Saint who is in penance. He was in hesitation to disturb the penance, hence he waited entire day there along with the Saint. Days gone, and one day the Saint came out of penance saw a man sitting in front him. Asked him as to why he is here and what he is doing. The lazy man explained that he walked several miles to reach this jungle to only request the Saint to show the God. Hearing this, the Saint was slightly astonished and speechless for some time. He thought the lazy man might be mentally weak otherwise how can be a normal man without any penance or any virtue can see the God? Anyway, the Saint decided to show some ways to meet God. However, the lazy man did not want to undergo any practices, but wanted to see the God straightaway. By now, the Saint understood the character of lazy man so he directed him to go Himalayas where so many Sages who do incessant and rigorous penance for salvation of life, perhaps they might help him for his desire. Hearing this, the lazy man stared walking again towards Himalayas which is far, far away from this forest. The lazy man did not give up his desire of seeing God which made him to walk again and again towards his goal. His journey continued.

Few months later, at last, he reached the Himalayas. It was too chill to be there, but with unbroken desire he moved further to find some Sages who do rigorous penance around there. To his luck, he found very soon a Sage who was in deep penance. Having experienced earlier for waiting few days only to wake-up the Saint, he now decided to shake the Sage from his rigorous penance so that he can get the answer quickly. The lazy man got closer to the Sage and shook him up. Alas, unlike the earlier Saint, the Sage opened his eyes with terrible anger with the aim of burning out, the one who disturbed his penance, with the power of his years long penance. Observing the situation becoming out of control, the lazy man instantly fell on the feet of Sage and explained his intention. For a minute, the Sage was really anger but later he declared his mercy on him and said,

“Son, that’s not so easy to meet the God. You need extraordinary will power to perform penance continuously. You have to come out of all hurdles that would try to stop your penance. May be some years or for several years you might need to do this.”

The lazy man did not want do any such activities but wanted to see the God just like that. Hearing his idea of reaching God, the Sage now told him to climb the top of the Himalayas where the abode of God is there. The lazy man now asked the Sage, if that was the way to see the God, he could have simply climbed up and meet the God, why he was doing this penance for several years instead. Seeing his innocence, the Sage smiled a bit and said that his age would not allow him to do such adventurous journey to the top of the mountain. The Sage had cautioned him the danger he would face during his journey towards up side of the hill.

He walked day and night without any stop for any basic reasons such as sleep, food and drink. So many hundred miles up he climbed. With the loss of food and sleep, he was trailing his control and at one moment he placed his leg in a wrong place and rolling down and falling in air towards the valley. He was falling… falling and falling for long time. He now remembered the God, cried and said,

“Oh God, I have troubled myself all the way to only see you. Now that I am falling on air, you are only source to save me. Please help me, save me.”

There was no response from anywhere. He was still falling all the way. Suddenly he had to fall in between trees and caught hold of some branch of one tree to save his life. He was now hanging on the tree and there was full of dark all around. He was a bit happy that at last he could save his life by hanging on the tree. Now, he had to wait until sun light emerges. He was dangling some time and started crying again.

“My God, can’t you respond at least now? Is this the punishment you give to those who want see you or pray you?”

Miracle! There was a big bright light emerged in the sky and followed by a voice. It is the voice of God indeed!

The voice said, “My son, I am here to save you”.

The lazy man was so happy that God has come to help him. With overjoyed face, he said,

“What a grace my Lord, please save me now”.

God, “Ok my son, take-off your hands from the branch of the tree, I will catch you”

“What? You must be kidding with me God, if I take-off my hands from the branch, I will fall further and die. Is that what you want? You want me to see you after my death, up there?”

“No, my son, I will not let you fall further. Trust me, take your hands off now, I will catch you.”

The lazy man now developed doubt and thought, ‘Will it be wise to take-off my hands? There is no doubt that I would fall further and die. I would better dangle like this till sun light arrives and see what best can be done.’

God, “My son, this is your last chance, are you going to take-off or shall I push off?”

There was big silent from lazy man which was very evident that he has no trust on God now. Within seconds, the light and sound disappeared. There was a big silence everywhere with few insects’ ringing sound. Few insects sliding on his hands and neck; and few even bit off on his hands giving severe pain. After taking so much of pain by handing and insects’ bite, he never took off his hands from the tree. He cursed himself for believing God and took all pain and strain to reach there. Now, he had to wait till sun rise and see how to go down from the tree. After a few hours of awakening, the Sun slowly emerged from back of the mountains and things are visible now everywhere.

The lazy man slowly put his head down to see how far he is from landing. What he had seen made him almost faint. Yes, the land was just half-foot under his feet. Without knowing this, entire night he was hanging on the tree branch. He recalled what God had said, ‘take-off your hands and I will save you’. The voice of the God was hitting back his ears again and again. ‘What a shame! What kind of trust I had in God!’ How can I disbelieve the Supreme Power? How salvation comes to one when distrust laid on Creator of Universe?’ The lazy man had now, broken into tears!

Had he heeded the almighty, he would have not missed the chance of seeing God. In fact, his fortune of hearing the voice of the God itself because of his undoubted intention of seeing the God and taking such a long walk to Himalayas without sleep, food and water during his journey to the top of the hill. When his life was at stake, instead of heeding the words of God, he simply dismissed it. What human needs is undoubted trust in God.
God, saves everybody all those who deserve it!

There is no difference between distrusting your mother and God, because both are meant to be worshipped throughout one’s life.

Balaji Canchi Sistla
@ 4.07 pm on 11-11-2014 from Hyderabad

What is Life?

Most of the people around the world hardly understand, to be precise, confused the very meaning of LIFE.

Life is not just passing your day after day in any routine.

Life is not the one which just needs another companion as spouse or living together way.

Life is not just to spend life in offices/businesses to make money for self or for one’s family members.

Life is not just spare your entire time with your favourite sports and win few medals and awards.

What the life is at all then?

It is something or somebody should not command/dictate our day but we should able to make it on our own.

Let me put it this way.

Your day should commence with peace and pleasant and then followed with loved job/studies with the humanity services whenever/wherever possible and when you go to sleep, you should have the satisfaction of entire day and mentality anticipating another such day to come by which you will ease your entire night sleep.

Peace, pleasant, loved job/studies, humanity service, satisfaction of the day and placid sleep………..  Is it all possible, every day, with everybody?

Yes, of course, it is, if and only if life is perceived in a correct manner.  Is there any tool to accomplish this?  In life, your versatility and flexibility in taking-up and sharing experience whatever happening around you, accompanied by maturity of utilizing previous experience will only do, not tools and techniques.

A friend of mine, who is a doctor by profession, married a girl after a few years of continuous love.  The girl belongs to another community.  Right from basic rituals, all her customs are different from of his.  All our friends were eager as to how he would take up his future life with this girl who was raised-up in different environment.  My doctor friend does, not only understand the functions of body parts but also the functions (typical thinking) of human mind.  Yes, it is almost 20 years of marriage life, sailing smoothly with the flavour of love he had before marriage.  What is the secret?  Friends, it is adoptability of fact and versatility in changing his life according to present.  What one can make life better than these ways?  Life is not life when it is not felt from bottom of the heart.

In a get-together session of our old-batch mates after a period of 20 years (barring me and other two, most of our friends meeting him after a long gap), can you guess what would be the first question?  Yep, you guessed right.  ‘How is your marriage life?’ was the question.  For me (even to my doctor friend, I suppose) there was no surprise in this.  The answer was surprise to all our friends who raised the question.  He said, “For me, life is not bearing but sharing”.  How true it is.  The factious thing is that most of us do fail in this. Tell me guys, how many of us really sharing your life with spouse, children, elders and friends? We indulge all other activities which have no relevance with life but hardly have time for our beloved.  Do we blame our destiny, our elders or God?  No one gifts life, but it is to be made, day-by-day with your experience, maturity and sharing.  If you cannot understand your past mistakes and overcome from that, you would ultimately find yourself in the ruins of your life.  Some of the people who unable to face the hurdles in their day to day life, without understanding the precise reason of what happened and find a way to come out of it, would rather prefer to take even extreme steps, like suicides.  This is something which needs to be addressed in the school life itself.  Children are brought-up, now-a-days, in a manner in which do give better education but not better life understanding.  Success and failure are parts of life.  Our mind becomes joyous when success comes.  On the contrary, it does not want to hear the word ‘failure even.  Children in the home and school must be taught the value of failure.  No success tastes good without the previous experience of failure.  Nobody’s life is perfect but everybody can make life satisfactory only when you understand it.

For a husband and wife, sharing is the key to make life more enjoyable and satisfactory.  Sharing in all aspects with your spouse right from home making to official business (if it required be), from raising children to maintaining relationship with your neighbours and relatives, from bringing supplies to paying monthly bills.

Why life of most of the people does not sail smoothly because we always merely discuss, do not share.  Discussions can be with anybody, but the sharing can only be with your near and dear.

Sharing just not in words, clothes or bed with your spouse, but from the bottom of the heart, you ought to mean it.

Fight with your partner? Yes, it can be, but fight should be issue based not character based or one’s weakness based.

Disagree with spouse?  Yes, you can, but you should be capable enough to make him/her understand as to why you are not agreeing and what would be right.

Are you not able to understand and tackle problems?  Don’t hesitate to talk to your spouse.  Your ego has no role or meaning in this.  Probably sometimes, you might loose best opportunities in your life, when you do not share with your spouse.  Who knows she/he might be more knowledgeable than you on the subject.

One my neighbour, who was an accountant by profession, working in a small office and he was recently married at that time.  All of sudden he lost the job, just because his computer hard-disk, the one he operates daily at office, crashed. The entire company account details were in the computer.  He did not maintain the backup for few weeks.  Taking a disciplinary action against his irresponsibility at work, he was sacked.  However, he was given an opportunity, if at all he could retrieve the data from the lost hard-disk, his dismissal might be revoked.  He honestly tried his best to resolve the problem, unfortunately couldn’t in given time and lost his job.  Of late he came to know that his wife is an expert in retrieving lost data from any kind of crashed hard-disks.  Had it known earlier, it would have saved his job in time.  They never shared their past life it seems.  This example suffices to understand the very value of sharing life.

What all we need is to know how to live, not merely how to earn.  Most of the education systems in the present days unfortunately, dealt with only the second part instead of giving a stress in leading a life without pressure but with full of pleasure.  Life is a journey of education where you learn more and more new happenings every day.  May be a few good and bad, but life has to continue its course without break.  Consider bad as an experience to avert such things in future and good as the fruit of your effort. Whether you like it or not, good and bad do happen, how you are going to make such things to your favour is all that matters.

Before I call a halt to this article, let me share the discussion of two phenomenal discovery of this country, Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda.  The part of discussion was going like this:

Swamy Vivekananda asked, “How can one get the best out of life?”  In a reply to his question, Swami Ramkrishna Paramhamsa smiled and said, “Face your past without regret.  Handle your present with confidence.  Prepare for the future without fear.  Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve.  Life is wonderful if you know how to live”.

Balaji Canchi Sistla

31-10-2014 @ 5.05 pm at Hyderabad