Suppose you owned a factory. Would you manufacture only goods that you—or anyone else—do not want, do not need, and cannot use? Would you deliberately operate your factory in such a way as to make it definitely harmful to you, the owner? Well, then, consider that you do own a factory, a thought factory. It is inside you, and you are both owner and superintendent. Nothing can happen in that factory without your approval. Nothing can go into it, neither raw materials nor partly manufactured goods, except with your permission. Nothing can come out of it except the products that you yourself design.
“A thought factory! That’s what you have inside you,” Vash Young said. Take a look at your products. Fear, worry, impatience, anger, doubt. Are you proud of them? Not a bit of it! Your factory is capable of taking the raw materials of experience, mingling them with…
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Balance – A tightrope walk
Balance in life is a tight rope walk. It is eternal, it is non-conclusive. To walk on a tight rope is a big discipline. One wrong step—a leaning to the left or to the right and you are gone. A little unbalance and death is waiting at every step. This is the key to a balanced life—never going to the extreme. If you lean towards the left, immediately balance it by leaning towards the right. If you live life in this way you will acquire the knack of living life in the correct way. Thousands of experiments in good living, by trial and error, by falling and rising—suddenly one day you have the knack of it.
Middle is not a position—it is the constant gaining of balance. It is not a fixed state but a constantly changing movement, just like a tightrope walk. Middle is…
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"Micchami Dukkadam". Say this to one – say this to all. A beautiful tradition in the Jain religion. The Jains, a small religious denomination, present residing mostly in India, follow this beautiful tradition of saying "Michhami Dukkadam" to all their brothers in humanity.
"Michhami Dukkadam" means – please forgive me. Isn’t it lovely to ask for forgiveness from all your family, relatives, and friends ? How important it is to mend all fragile relationships and keep our human relationships barometer clean of the baggage of negativity, and hatred !!! Indeed, "Michhami Dukkadam" is the formalization of individual forgiveness to a community setting. It has far greater effects of increasing human compassion than individual forgiveness. It encompasses a whole community, a whole society.
Forgiveness is indeed a most important human value. It allows the human race to mend their past mistakes. It teaches humanity a lesson in forgiveness. There is nothing to be ashamed of in asking for forgiveness. And when asked for forgiveness from someone always give it. Forgiveness is a great healer.
Ganesha is known by 108 different names and is the Lord of arts and sciences and the deva of wisdom. He is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies as he’s considered the God of beginnings. He’s widely and dearly referred to as Ganapati or Vinayaka.
On this day Lord Ganesh is worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.