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unhappy - he was always laughing. He was laughter, his whole being was a perfume of celebration. In his old age, when he was dying - on his deathbed, and still enjoying death, laughing hilariously - a disciple asked, "You puzzle us. Now you are dying. Why are you laughing? What is there funny about it? ... How are you managing it?"
And the old man said. "It is a simple clue. I had asked my master. I had gone to my master as a young man; I was only seventeen, and already miserable. And my master was old, seventy, and he was sitting under a tree, laughing for no reason at all ... And I asked him, 'what is the matter with you? Are you mad or something?'
He said, 'One day I was also as sad as you are. Then it dawned on me that it is my choice, it is my life.'
Since that day, every morning when I get up, the first thing I decide is, before I open my eyes, I say to myself, 'Abdullah' - that was his name - 'what do you want? Misery? Happiness? What are you going to choose today?' And it happens that I always choose happiness."
It is a choice. Try it. The first moment in the morning when you become aware that sleep has left, ask yourself, "Abdullah, another day! What is your idea? Do you choose
"Looks like I haven't done enough ! What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. defaced & not easy to recognise from a distance." he said. He picked it up. . encashable in international & national markets for it's quoted value ?" replied one of the many participants who raised their hands. In the room of 200.misery or happiness?" You never really lose your Value! A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. he asked. "Now will some one like to trade it for its quoted value?" Many hands went in the air. which was now all crumpled. He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up using both his hands till it became a bundle of wrinkled paper. "Would you still be able to negotiate it for it's quoted value?" " Yes !!" was the echoing reply from the participants. "Well. He then unfolded it again and making an unsuccessful attempt to keep it straight he asked. "What is this piece of paper & is it worth any thing ?" "It is a $20 bill. dirty.
we feel like as if we are dropped." Values that you cherish are indeed devoid of worldly disturbance & always are your saviour."I think this piece of currency is still holding its quoted value" replied a participant in a slightly unsure voice. "My friends. there is a very valuable lesson in this exercise that we are just through with. But no matter what has happened or what will happen... deface. It may also appear to onlookers as if it has really happened to certain extent. you still upheld its negotiability because you were sure in your mind that my actions did not actually decrease its value. "Many times in our lives. "However. Every one agreed. It may have appeared to some of you. crumpled. please remember you never lose your "Value".worth reading and remembering . that I was able to deshape. It was still a currency note worth $20". No matter what I did to this piece of paper. Author Unknown ###### Change your attitude towards pain. mutilate & alter the $20 bill during the process as the effects were quite visible". "This bill can still fetch goods worth 20 Dollars" said the other participants. and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and/or the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless.
When the apprentice returned. "Bitter. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake.. But the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. no more. no less. the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things . The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful ofsalt and put it in the lake.." . and so. "How does it taste?" the master asked. "Do you taste the salt?" asked the master. the master asked. exactly the same." spit the apprentice. offering. the master sat beside this serious young man who so reminded him of himself and took his hands. "No. "The pain of life is pure salt. and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water. Become a lake. Stop being a glass. "Now drink from the lake. sent him for some salt.." As the water dripped down the young man's chin." remarked the apprentice. "How does it taste?" "Fresh. one morning." said the young man. the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. At this.An aging Hindu master grew tired of his apprentice complaining. The amount of pain in life remains the same. the old man said. So when you are in pain.
they strongly believe that there is absolutely no chance to get rid of the rope. they never attempt to break free because they "know" they have no chance at all! As you can see.000 pounds and more. And now it's getting interesting. weighing around 150 pounds. tug at it and some of them even try to chew it. But what to do with them when they are not working? How to restrain them? Their handlers came up with the idea to "program" them while they are still very young . isn't it? But listen carefully because it can make a world of difference of success and failure in your working and private life. the elephants try to get rid of it.. the elephants limits are not real. How does it work? When the elephants are still small. but exist only in their mind. weighing 8. They accept the "fact" that the rope limits them. You might know that in India elephants are used for manual labor. From this moment on.by setting self-imposed limits into their thinking. the elephants give up and the fight is over. All day long. But they can't break free. And with this imprinted belief in place. . their handlers are able to tie them with extremely small ropes! And even as adults. whine.. they get tied up with a very heavy rope. Finally.Never act like an elephant! Strange statement.
and your inner boundaries. we are unable. They are also not real but exist only in our minds. You always have the inner strength.. Don't attempt to define Happiness in your way of happiness.see it everywhere and rejoice..And also we are programmed with built-in-boundaries. you can change your inner belief system. Just try! So. If you truly want to become successful and are not kidding yourself. For that one has to be Pragmatic not Philosophic! Here's a story to illustrate this: .. with these inner boundaries. the personal power to change everything in your life for the better.. never give up! Never act like an elephant! ## develop ANANDA-RASA. * to live our lives to the fullest * to set and reach higher goals *to contribute more to society * to get the promotion and pay increase we always dreamed of * to fulfill our true dreams and desires * to ask for the love and warmth we need * to be successful as we could be * etc etc But it hasn't to stay this way... But with these imprinted belief systems. Our negative belief systems don't have to limit us for good. your attitude.
.. I dreamt that my Lord Hanuman appeared before me. my lord gave me laddoos as prasada" The Ram-bhakt friend said. get up your Hanuman-bhakt friend is busy wrestling.The Hanuman-bhakt friend said.. a new one arose.. without saying a word.between the 3. What fantastic views I enjoyed I even briefed the Lord on some historical sites! Then.. " I had only 1 small dream...if 3 parts were made.get up and eat my prasada.so they had an agreement--all would sleep and on waking up. .they bought a small packet of halwa with the money. Lord Krishna came in my dream and said---Idiot.. would tell the others about their dream... " Wait till you hear my dream..no criticism of any religion/sect.as they retired to their dorm... tired and extremely hungry.. She let them sit and boil. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl..) A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her... being happy with me.. Soon the pots came to boil.I dreamt that my Lord Rama appeared before me and took me on a world tour in the Pushpak Vimana.... a Krishna-bhakt ... bein g the Lord's obedient servant. in the second she placed eggs.10. your Ram-bhakt friend is busy on a world tour. being happy with me... The Krishna-bhakt friend said. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. taught me some wrestling moves....it is even better.. and upon my request.. It seemed as one problem was solved. or a cup of coffee -What are you? (You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.. all of them would go hungry since the parts would be small.There were three friends. . "tell us your dream".. They returned late in the evening. a Ram-bhakt and a Hanuman-bhakt ..the one with the best dream would get to eat the halwa. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.all 3 were great friends and had gone trekking in the mountains. "my dream was the best and so i should have the halwa.. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. In the first she placed carrots. an egg. So it is with life. Her mother took her to the kitchen.rather than philosophise.. be practical & eat the halwa that comes your way! ## A carrot.. my lord gave me laddoos AND fruits as prasada" Now the two friends looked at the Krishna-bhakt friend. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling.. they wondered how to eat it. I got up and ate the halwa. What fantastic moves I learnt. In the morning. Then. and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. they slept. they woke up even more desperately hungry and started narratingtheir dreams. having thus decided.they are seeking the prasada of their Lords and you are lying around . they had only Rs.
however. she observed the hard boiled egg. when things are at their worst. but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water. The carrot went in strong. The ground coffee beans were unique." "Carrots. an egg or a coffee bean? Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong. However. "Which are you?" she asked her daughter. and coffee. you get better and change the situation around you. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face. a financial hardship or some other trial. they had changed the water. but after sitting through the boiling water. She did and noted that they were soft. a breakup. the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter then asked. When the water gets hot. "When adversity knocks on your door." she replied. enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy. after being subjected to the boiling water. "Tell me what you see. Finally. the very circumstance that brings the pain. an egg or a coffee bean? Motivational Quote: May you have enough happiness to make you sweet. "What does it mean. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. Each reacted differently. do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit.Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean. its inside became hardened. and unrelenting. how do you respond? Are you a carrot. enough trials to make you strong. hard. After pulling off the shell. Turning to her daughter. but after a death. it softened and became weak. she asked. Which one are you? When problems come (and they will) how will we respond? Will they make us weak. After they were in the boiling water. but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart. eggs. The egg had been fragile. mother?" Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. Finally. hard hearted or will they cause us to change into something worthwhile? When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest. . she asked her to sip the coffee. have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same.
Smile when trouble pours like rain.In life. it's something you create. Motivational Quote: "Happiness is not something you find. smile in pain. things happen to us. things happen around us. but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us." Inspirational Quote: "Smile in pleasure. May we all be COFFEE .
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