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Within lies The Truth

I fully recovered from a semi paralytic strike a while ago. During the recovery period (three months) I thought a lot. Introspected. Examined my own self. My mind. My thoughts. Like never before. 

Then I went on a journey to see some things. I traveled to eight Tier 1 and Tier Two cities and discovered the best hospitals in these cities had their ICU’s filled with folks sub 50 years of age. Suddenly it dawned on me that it wasn’t old age that was really the killer.  Our generation was being decimated, by something they termed “stress”. Bad work environments. Such poor eating habits. It was a poor attitude, ignorance and complete disregard for our health.

In the rural spaces of our own country, I discovered, we have a huge contrast. There are children with healthy teeth, old but healthy people, good rustic food, tough living but more healthy than their city brethren. Here people have time to talk, share stories and experiences, look at distant horizons, mull about nothing, breathe, sleep and in a perfect sync with their, (what seems to us urbanites as), poor living. 

There ‘God’ is a powerful presence found in trees, harvests, in the deep breaths that they breathe in between arduous tasks, in the bare but fibre and protein and carb filled but rather poor fare they call food. There they reach out to Him in gratitude, in despair, in happiness and in sadness. ‘God’ is an omnipotent part and parcel of their lives. He is irreplaceable, Supreme and indispensable. Thus most rural attitudes of hospitality, kindness, honesty and indeed better health, much less stress and anxiety levels than city dwellers is because of such reverence to a Supreme Power and therefore ultimately to oneself. I felt the calmness that these poor country cousins exude when they interacted with me. I smiled at them. I hugged kind strangers. I touched their kindness. 

In our cities, ‘God’ is a powerful listener of demands, however mundane or sophisticated. Here, the gratitude is in exchange of ‘granted boons’ and there is more lip service connect with the Higher Energies than anything real. Yes there are exceptions. I refer to the bulk majority. Here an act of kindness attracts headlines because kindness per se is a rare quality. 

Things are changing in the past few years. More and more people are looking inward. Yoga, meditation, silence seeking are all sought after activities. But the numbers in the hospitals ICU’s aren’t diminishing. More and more hospitals are coming up. Illnesses are striking younger populations. India is growing. Better paying jobs. More opportunities. All of that. But at what cost? 

It’s time to spend quiet time to look within. To find Quiet within. Fall in love with that Space. Spend more time with that Being within your Human. Develop a conversation with that Being. It’s a real discovery to realize the quintessential beauty we carry within ourselves. Touch it once, there’s no way to ignore it’s presence after that. 

Those that have, have stepped off high paying jobs and found ways to serve the less blessed, those that have found projects that brought smiles to hopeless faces. 

Life is much more than making it big. 

Life, it’s worth discovering what we carry within.

Stay Connected. See the Light emerging from within. Strangers will smile at you. Friends will ask you how you’re glowing. Your attitude and therefore your character will attract great people, beautiful children. 

Discover the beauty Within.

@ Bobby Menonn

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Swacha Bharat warriors

There are groups of people who are going about quietly with the Swacha Bharat initiative. I am impressed by their commitment to the cause and their utter dedication. They work in small villages in various aspects of Swachatha including Garbage Free Communities, Women’s hygiene and health, Open Defecation Free Communities etc. They seek to see transformation emanating from their work and not personal aggrandizement or necessary attention to themselves. 

One such is a young girl called Chaitrali Maske. She is the eldest of five girls and a boy, children of a poor farmer and still living in a seventy five year old mud and stone structure. Bright as a student she managed to get to class ten. At that point her father gave up on educating her further and said that it’s time to get married. 

Luckily one of her city dwelling aunts came to her rescue and suggested she move in with the relatives and complete her eleventh and twelfth. 

Unfortunately, after going there she realized that for providing fees and clothes and shelter she had to work like a maid for those relatives. She didn’t complain and passed her twelfth standard. 

This gutsy girl didn’t stop there. She went on to dream bigger and got a seat in engineering college. But her father once again said he couldn’t afford to educate her. 

So the option was to find a groom who’d marry her and allow her to continue her education. 

Fast forward her marriage and completing her course in civil engineering, the girl passed first class with distinction. Immediately she got a placement. 

In six months she quit her job and is now into full-time swach Bharat work, converting green garbage into bio degradable manure. 

I think she must be commended and supported and if any of you feel so, please reach out to her @swachachaitrali on Twitter. 

She told me something that I’ll never forget. She said that it’s the first time after Independence that a national leader made a clarion call and youngsters like herself are answering that call to join the movement called Swach Bharat mission. 

Please do support her work. 

Bobby Menonn

A caring Nature

There is no other greater act than caring. Caring comes from a Deep love that one cherishes deep within. It isn’t a selfish love, it isn’t a love that’s directed at any particular person or object. It is a distinguishing characteristic. 

It is an embedded reservoir. 

From it flows this Caring nature. It makes it possible for that person to connect with people, lead them and teach them to make the extra ordinary look ordinary and even transform those who seek to do so.

Caring is an essential trait that is needed today, everywhere. 

There are fabulous examples of caring. There are organizations today whose core ethos is founded on Caring.  

From it flows this Caring nature. It makes it possible for that person to connect with people, lead them and teach them to make the extra ordinary look ordinary and even transform those who seek to do so.

Caring is an essential trait that is needed today, everywhere. 

There are fabulous examples of caring. There are organizations today whose core ethos is founded on Caring. 

It’s a phenomenal attribute to possess and one only connects with the effect of its impact when one is down and out. When a tragedy strikes us and a complete stranger offers to help beyond his call of duty as a citizen or an eye witness to the incident call of duty as a citizen or an eye witness to an incident. 

Much after the anxiety of that incident, when the adrenalin isn’t pumping anymore, when senses are normal and when the mind puts the pieces together like some jig saw puzzle, does the sheer impact of that caring act that one experienced dawns.

Often times in stunned recall people said, “Oh that person back there was God sent.” 

It just goes to show that ordinary human beings do have ability to demonstrate God like characteristics. 

All it needs is a little bit of love. That’s the seed. From that grow mighty trees and forests of caring.  

I urge you to reach out today and show one person, one animal, one tree…. Anyone… That you care. 

Don’t be surprised if they exclaim, Oh you’re beautiful.

@ Bobby Menonn

I wish this for you. 

We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse.  For my grandchildren, I’d like better.  I’d really like for them to know about hand-me-down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches.  I really would.

I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.  I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.  And I really hope nobody gives you a brand-new car when you are sixteen.

It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.  I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.  I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother.  And it’s all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he’s scared, I hope you let him.

When you want to see a movie and your little brother wants to tag along, I hope you’ll let him.  I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.  On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don’t ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won’t be seen riding with someone as uncool as your mom.

If you want a slingshot, I hope your dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.  I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.

When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.  I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.  May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.  I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor’s window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you–tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness.  To me, it’s the only way to appreciate life.

Author unknown

The Thomas Friedman Philosophy

Thomas Friedman, the Pulitzer prize-winning author and New York Times columnist, believes the three big trends that will shape the 21st century are the three Ms: Markets or economic globalisation; Mother Nature, including climate change, biodiversity loss and population pressure; and Moore’s Law, that is the impact of technology. Given everything is changing, how can we equip our children – and ourselves – for the jobs of the future?

But the emphasis on technical skills is overdone. Technology is changing so rapidly that you can’t possibly equip schoolkids with the hard skills of the future, because they’ll be obsolete before they reach the workforce. The only way to equip children for the future of work is to develop their imagination, creativity and emotional intelligence. If the world is changing, the best thing you can do is equip them for change. They need to be emotionally resilient with a habit of self-directed lifelong learning. Friedman agrees soft skills are more important than hard skills, and cites his recent trip to Appalachia, where employers favour farm kids and veterans because they know how to show up and work hard.  He believes five mindsets will be needed this century, especially in the world of work. 

1. Think like an immigrant, because we are all immigrants to the age of acceleration. You need to be a paranoid optimist – you believe there are opportunities, but take nothing for granted.

2. Think like an artisan. Don’t settle for being a cog in the machine, like Adam Smith’s division of labour in the pin factory. Instead take such pride in the outcome that you want to carve your initials into it.

3. Think like an innovator. If you think of yourself as a “finished product”, you’re finished. Consider yourself in “permanent beta”, like a software release. Be a lifelong learner and always be ready to reinvent, re-engineer or reimagine your job before someone does it to you.

4. Think like an entrepreneur – even if you’re waiting tables. Even if you don’t control much, used what you have to do something extra that would make a difference. 

5. Think of equation PQ + CQ = >IQ. That means that passion quotient plus curiosity quotient beats intelligence quotient.
Friedman says his advice applies equally to people who’ve been in the workforce for a few decades. I posit that many people will have the passion and openness when they’re young, but it can fade as they settle into life. This is not an unfounded stereotype, it’s what the psychological research reveals, as I wrote in a recent column on generational differences in the workforce. Friedman agrees: “There’s a whole group of men and women aged 45 to 60 who are really caught in that vortex, their jobs have been disrupted and disintermediated but they don’t have the predisposition to go out and learn something else. It’s a real challenge for all developed societies.” But as someone who has dealt with change for most of my career, I think you can lean into it at any age and get used to the discomfort. Your comfort zone is a trap. 

Caitlin Fitzsimmons

The Power of Sound

Working with Sound

Wisdom Teachings

Fundamentals of Spiritual Life

Book: Sound – The Key and its Application

People in the West have little or no idea of the forces that lie latent in sound, the vibrations that may be set up by those who understand how to pronounce certain words. The wisdom teachings tell that the entire activity in the cosmos takes place because of sound and that the study of the effect of sound will give an enormous instrument into the hands of humanity. Sound can be constructive, but also cause destructions. It is said that during the time of Atlantis some ascended to higher planes with the help of the science of sound, but others destroyed themselves through an irresponsible use and that it resulted in the submerging of humanity.

Through the influence of time and the increasing materialism man lost the key to sound, colour and form and the related divine powers. It was only in some parts of India and Tibet that the knowledge was preserved, but kept back in order to protect it from misuse. A little bit more than 100 years ago the Spiritual Hierarchy decided to give out once again the principles of use. Thus the knowledge is now given to people who are willing to work with it for the good of humanity. Mantras help purifying the emotions and the mental body. They can be sounded in hospitals and healing centres proposing relief and even cure to the sick. They can be used in conferences and seminars to provide clarity at the mental plane to the participants. When important global events of significance are about to take place, when for example peace talks are held between warring nations, the groups are recommended to work with mantrams to bestow Love and Light on the concerned men. During natural calamities too mantrams can be utilized to mitigate the damage to life and property. They help in works of good will to rebuild the society in tune with the Law. They produce and spread a field of Light around the practising groups and insulate against the impact of negative forces.

The Soundless Sound
In this age sound is the central key for transformation and for inner work. Sound is more subtle than light or forms. When we are speaking, we are diverging from the one sound to many. When we start listening, from divergence we are getting back into convergence towards the one sound. When we listen to the silence, we will hear a humming sound. This is the undertone, the basis of all speech, all inhalation and exhalation. We don’t utter it, it is only a continuous happening within ourselves. When we listen to the subjective sound, we listen to the OM. The OM which we utter is only to tune us up to the OM that is in us, it is a duplicate of the OM that is eternally happening inside. If OM concludes, we are concluded, if OM terminates, the worlds terminate. Many people sing OM, but don’t really listen to it. We only can listen to the intonated OM when we have developed the faculty to listen in the day to day life.
The source from where the sound emerges is the heart centre. This centre is called Anahata in Sanskrit, meaning the sound without the contact of two objects (an – ahata). There we can hear the soundless sound and listen to the voice of the silence. This manifests electric energy of the spirit and magnetic fluid of the soul and prana. The daily invocation of the Sacred Word repudiates thoughts of a lower vibration and attracts thoughts of a finer nature. Thus good bodies for high souls can be built up. When we use the OM it is important that we utter it with determination, think constructively and cause only thoughts of good will translated into good actions. We will destroy other thoughts with OM, otherwise OM will destroy us. All our intentions to work with OM will be destroyed, when the throat and the tongue are critical, judgemental and negative and we thus hurt and discourage others. Through thoughtless speech we also waste accumulated energy.

Seed Thoughts, Mantrams and Rhythmical Arrangement
The heart centre is the door to the inner chambers which leads us into the system of the spinal column. There you find seven energy centres with seven seed sound, and each seed sound has groups of sounds as its companion. In all, there are 35 seed sounds, which are very powerful and essentially fiery. Mantrams have their roots in the seed sounds and are diluted versions; further diluted are hymns, bhajans and songs. The mantric sounds are universal and should not be understood as Eastern, Indian or Sanskrit versions. The Gayatri mantram for example relates to the entire universe and invokes the solar energy into us, it is a contemplation on THAT which exists on all three planes as consciousness, force and matter, so that THAT permeates and fulfils us. Therefore the Spiritual Hierarchy has decided to spread the Gayatri mantram globally and to see to it that it is sung by as many groups as possible.
The sound may be regarded as the spirit, while the seed sound, the mantrams and the language relating thereto represent the soul and the language the personality of a race or community. Attachment to one’s own language can be seen as love of one’s own personality. With a mantram the sound vibrations are essential, but not the language and the meaning. Therefore the approach to a mantram is towards the vibration set forth, but not to the meaning. There the concrete mind, trying to systematize, would find it difficult and crystallize.
“Mantric forms are collections of phrases, words, and sounds which by virtue of rhythmic effect achieve results that would not be possible apart from them.” (Letters on Occult Meditation, p. 163) The specific intonation brings in rhythm to the person practicing, in order to reach the vibration he should carefully listen to the sound of the letters. He is recommended not to utter unless he has listened well and gained the related confidence with the utterance. When we utter a mantram regularly and with an attitude of veneration, the sound vibration creates a funnel of Light, a protective etheric shield, which allows us to proceed in the right direction and prevents us from wrong directions. But casual utterance would not give such results.
By rhythmic arrangement of sound vibrations a mantram can be given by an initiate in any language. It was prophesied by a Master of Wisdom that in the years to come English will be the language of spiritualists (Yogis), and therefore the seers and the Devas of Sound are now working out the patterns and modalities in English, as they did in Sanskrit in the past. Thus the syllables of the English language are now selected as the meditation symbols of the spiritualists of all the regions of the earth globe.
Some names of masters have become mantrams. We can utter the sound and visualize or just propose the presence without any further mental contemplation on it. In his presence we can do our meditative exercises and try to put his teachings into day to day practice. No genuine master has ever asked to meditate on his form; he remains only a channel for THAT which is beyond.
It is the work of Uranus to introduce anew working with sounds. In the present cycle Master CVV was the first who invoked the rays of Uranus and made them available. He proposed the syllables C V V (English pronunciation) as sound potency in order to stimulate the uranian energy in us and to transform the matter. It is his promise to correct us from within and to take us to a faster development through dynamic changes. It is in this way that within twelve years the energies of synthesis lying latent in us will become dynamic and our consciousness will get integrated into the universal consciousness or into synthesis.

Author unknown

Source used: K. P. Kumar: Mantrams. Their Significance & Practice / On Healing / seminar notes. The World Teacher Trust – Dhanishta, Visakhapatnam, India. Alice A. Bailey: Letters on Occult Meditation. Lucis-Trust, London ( http://www.lucistrust.org )

THAT’S WHY I LOVE MUMBAI

😍😍😍😍😍
Superb answer by a Mumbai-lover to a question “Is Mumbai​ likable place?”
I took a Cab from Lower Parel to Worli. The fare was Rs.67. Since I was coming from Bangalore, I gave Rs.100 to the cab driver and started walking towards my office. The driver called me back. He gave me Rs.30 back. I started walking again. He called me back again and gave me 3 bucks back.
This is why I love Mumbai.
It was Holi Morning. I had to come to office. My cab fare was again 70 bucks. The driver did not have change. He went ahead and bought a Vada (a typical Mumbai snack) worth Rs.10 and returned me the balance. When I was walking away. The driver took his plate of Vada, offered me half of them. “Boss, ek lelo, Holi hai!”
This is why I love Mumbai.
It was my first night out on Marine Drive. The rainy days were about to start.I sat on the rocks with my friend. And suddenly it started raining. Ohh, I can’t even start to tell you how much people love the first rain here. It was 3 a.m. I saw a group of 3 girls, all dressed up in their short LBDs , probably coming back after party. They got out of their car. And started drenching and dancing in the rain. And no, not a single guy catcalled them.
This is why I love Mumbai.
Just on the opposite side of the road ,where the girls were dancing, there was an old traditional Muslim couple. They were completely wet . The rain poured like nothing I have ever seen. Yet they sat there enjoying the view of the sea, holding hands. They were in their 60s.
This is why I love Mumbai.
Every Time I took the local train, I realized there is always a place for another person. It always looked impossible from the outside to get in. But somehow “we” always used to fit in those small coaches.
That is why I loved Mumbai.
Every time it rains here, I wonder if the city is coming to a stop. It literally is like the hell broke down. I saw platform being overflown by rainwater. Then when I reached my office, I saw everyone came to work. People somehow manage to live here, irrespective of anything. The best part is they do it with a smile.
That is why I loved Mumbai.
There used to be a couple, just below my first apartment, on the street. They did not have a place to stay. They were homeless. I used to take the cab for my office from the front of their tent. I saw the old guy reading his news paper, sipping tea and I saw her wife combing hair of her one of the street dogs. I never saw them sad in their happy little home (tent?). The wife always wore a little lilly on her hair.
That is why I loved Mumbai.
I was at Dadar Station . It was 9 in the morning. It is pointless to say that it is one of the busiest hour. I saw a couple smooching on the platform. They were probably saying goodbyes to each other. From what I figured out later the girl was moving to another city on a long distance train. And then I realized I am one of the very few people watching. Everyone else is busy about their own train.
That is why I loved Mumbai.
The city is an infrastructural mess. The air is so polluted at times I could not see the top of my own building due to dust. The place is so over crowded that there is probably more space in a first world country’s prison than in Mumbai. Yet, I saw a Punjabi 26 year old guy,dressed in formal, singing his heart out while coming back from office on a bike. I saw a Jaguar stuck in the same traffic light. And they coexisted happily, side by side.
That is what Mumbai is for you “naked, sheer raw acceptance of truth”

I saw thousands of small homes. Homes of the size of washrooms of my place in Kolkata . Yet, I never saw a permanent sad face in any of those windows. People ran, people fought, people struggled for their dreams . “One does not live in Mumbai, One struggles in Mumbai”.
Mumbai is still the city of dreams. Mumbai can give you respect, happiness, irrespective of your caste, creed, gender and economical status. As the tea stall owner just outside my office used to say.. “Ambani bhi petrolpump pe petrol deta tha.. To hum konsi maal hai?”

 

One more thing , just shout Ganpati Bappa anywhere in Mumbai u will hear  MORYA next minute 

That is why I love​ Mumbai.

Author unknown