Friday, September 29, 2006

The Better A Man is, The More Mistakes He Will Make


An insightful quote for our sharing...

"The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try," says management consultants Peter Drucker. "I would never promote into a top-level job a man who was not making mistakes...otherwise he is sure to be mediocre."

A now famous story at IBM involved founder Thomas Watson and one of his vice presidents who took the initiative on the development of a new product. As reported in Fortune (August 31, 1987), the product was a risky venture that ended up colossal failure and cost the company $10 million. Watson called the executive into his office saying there was something he wanted to discuss with him.

Sure he was about to lose his job, the young man blurted out, "I guess you want my resignation."
Watson replied, "You must be kidding. We've just
spent $10 million educating you."

Anyone making a multi-million-dollar mistake had to learn something that would help him do a better job the next time. Drucker's comment that people who are not making mistakes are sure to be mediocre is comforting to those of us who make mistakes as a part of our daily regimen.
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Monday, September 25, 2006

Penetrating Worldly Illusions

This is a story from India. I find it a good one. It really challenge our very own thoughts and sincerity. A good piece of info to feed the mind. What do you think ?.

Once an enlightened master asked his
disciple to renounce the world and join his monastic order.
However, the disciple said that his wife, parents and siblings
all loved him very much, and he could not forsake them. His
departure would bring unbearable pain for his family. "Well, let
me show you how much your family members love you," said his
master.

Together, they came to the home of the disciple. Then the master
gave the disciple a pill and hid himself outside, pretending to
be a stranger. After swallowing the pill, the disciple became
like a dead man, with no heartbeat or breathing. His body turned
stiff and icy cold. His family members burst into tears, crying
and imploring God to save him, but to no avail.

Suddenly the master entered and said to them, "I can save your
relative." On hearing this, they became very happy. They bowed
down and begged him to waste no time saving the man. "But there
is one requirement," said the master. "For him to be revived,
one person must die in his place, because this is the law of
cause and effect. If I raise him from death, then I have to die
for him. But I am not his kin! He is your relative. Since you
love him so much, you must be very happy to die for him. I am
just a passer-by. How can I die for him? So if one of you is
willing to die for him, I can immediately bring back his soul.
As we cannot transcend the karmic law of cause and retribution,
an exchange has to be made."

None of the relatives were willing to die for him. They found
very good excuses. "If I die, who will take care of this home?"
"If I die, who will take care of this business?" Though the wife
of the disciple loved him very much, and had cried desperately
and rolled on the floor, she answered, "No, no! If I die, there
will be no one to take care of my two children." Then they said,
"Oh, well! The man is already dead. Then let it be so. Let us
just send the body for cremation." Hearing that, the disciple
got up immediately and said, "I am not dead yet!" Then he said
good-bye to his family and left with his master.

There are many stories like this. Sometimes when we love
someone, or when someone loves someone else, there are always
some aspects of imperfection. Usually we do not love others to
the extent of forgetting ourselves, or to the extent of being
willing to die for them. Hence, with certain things, we do not
know the truth without personal experience. We perceive only the
outside appearances, which are not correct.

The attachments that we feel for this world are not the
ultimate. It is best that we do not have to come back anymore
because no matter how deeply attached we are, after a while we
still have to leave. So, it is best to be prepared beforehand,
and at the time of departure, to be gone forever. Otherwise, the
next time we come back, we will again become attached, and get
tied up with one another. After a while, we will have to leave
once more. Again at that time, our relatives will feel great
pain. Therefore, it is best to just be gone once and for all,
without any need to come back again to trouble others. This is
also an act of filial piety. Don't you think so? (Audience: Yes.)

It is this way between husband and wife. After a while, each
goes his or her own way. Since both feel so attached and
miserable at the time of separation, do not repeat it. Hence, we
should be prepared spiritually. It is better to leave in a
clear-cut manner. Do not come back again to re-play these
painful scenes. Otherwise, we will be miserable and so will be
the other party. What good will it do us?
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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Things that my Mother had taught me

1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION... "Just wait until your father gets home."

2. My Mother taught me about RECEIVING.... "You are going to get it when we get home!"

3. My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE... "What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you! Don't talk back to me!"

4. My Mother taught me LOGIC... "If you fall out off that swing and break your neck, your not going to the store with me."

5. My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE... "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

6. My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD... "If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job."

7. My Mother taught me ESP... "Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you're cold?"

8. My Mother taught me HUMOR... "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

9. My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT... "If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

10.My Mother taught me about SEX.... "How do you think you got here?"

11.My Mother taught me about GENETICS... "You're just like your father."

12.My Mother taught me about my ROOTS... "Do you think you were born in a barn?"

13.My Mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE... "When you get to be my age, you will understand."

14.And my all time favorite... JUSTICE... "One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you....Then you'll see what it's like."
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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Success Tips - DO what you love most.

“Along with a strong belief in your own inner voice, you also need laser-like focus combined with unwavering determination.” -Larry Flynt

Are you restless in your current job position and hate going into work everyday? Do you have a nagging want to do something else or a particular goal to accomplish? Most psychologists believe that if individuals ignore their desires, they will end up having increasing restlessness.

If you have to work 40 or more hours a week, you should at least be doing something you enjoy. Desires are often blocked out by the daily grind and people forget that they have goals they want to accomplish.

Procrastination is a dream stealer and can leave you bitter in your old age. If you want to do something you truly enjoy you need to start today. You are capable of anything you set your mind to. With the right amount of time, energy, and pure determination you can do anything your heart desires.

Perhaps you are doing something you hate simply because you do not know what you would really enjoy doing. Begin by taking the time to reflect on what makes you happy. Make a list of professions you would like to try or activities that you enjoy doing.

Think back to your childhood and what games you liked to play. Think about who you pretended to be and what you loved to do. Ask yourself “What do I want to achieve in my work?” Is it only individual success, or do you have hopes of changing the world?

You may want to consider visiting the local library or looking online for career resources, classes, or even a life advisor. This will help you bring into focus what you would love to do with your life. This is the first step in doing what you love. Once you have decided on the path just go for it and implement your plan. There is plenty of time along the way to build skills, and acquire new knowledge.

Another factor which prevents people from doing what they love is age. Many people think they are simply too old for a career change and are resigned to live out their miserable existence. Whether you are a new graduate, a middle aged mother of 4, or a new retiree – you still have the time and energy to achieve those dreams which have been pushed to the sidelines. Doing what you love will bring fulfillment and satisfaction in your life that is unmatched by any other endeavor.

Begin your new life today!
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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Boy with Divine Power

Some old articles on a Boy who seek meditation without food and water and dramatically able to survice for 10 months until he finally dissapear into forest to seek and find real peace to complete his meditation stint of 6 years in completer meditatation solidarity.

Pilgrims flock to see 'Buddha boy' said to have fasted six months
By Thomas Bell in Bara District, Nepal (Filed: 21/11/2005)

Thousands of pilgrims are pouring into the dense jungle of southern Nepal to worship a 15-year-old boy who has been hailed as a new Buddha.
Devotees claim that Ram Bomjon, who is silently meditating beneath a tree, has not eaten or drunk anything since he sat down at his chosen spot six months ago.

Ram Bomjon maintains his vigil in the shade of his pipal tree
Witnesses say they have seen light emanating from the teenager's forehead.
"It looks a bit like when you shine a torch through your hand," said Tek Bahadur Lama, a member of the committee responsible for dealing with the growing number of visitors from India and elsewhere in Nepal.
Photographs of Ram Bomjon, available for five rupees (4p) from his makeshift shrine, have become ubiquitous across the region. "Far and wide, it's the only topic of conversation," said Upendra Lamichami, a local journalist.
He said no allegation had yet emerged of Ram breaking his fast or moving, even to relieve himself.
Santa Raj Subedi, the chief government official in Bara district, appealed to the capital, Kathmandu, for assistance in dealing with the influx of visitors, and for a team of scients to examine the case.
Local doctors failed to reach a final conclusion, although they were allowed no closer than five yards from the boy mystic, declaring that they could confirm no more than that he was alive.

The popularity of the phenomenon is partly because it resembles an episode in the life of the historical Buddha, who was born 160 miles away around 543 BC. The Buddha achieved enlightenment when he meditated beneath a sacred pipal tree for 49 days.
Ram Bomjon is also sitting beneath a pipal tree, in the same posture as the Buddha is depicted, but his vigil has already taken longer.
Ram's mother, who is called Maya Devi, like the Buddha's mother, admits to anxiety, particularly at meal times. But she tells herself: "God took him to the forest and I have faith that God will feed him."
She said: "He's definitely got thinner. Early in the morning he looks sunken, like there's no blood in him, but as the sun rises he seems to get brighter and brighter."
The fervour increased last week when a snake is said to have bitten Ram, and a curtain was drawn around him.
After five days it was opened and he spoke. "Tell the people not to call me a Buddha. I don't have the Buddha's energy. I am at the level of rinpoche [lesser divinity].
"A snake bit me but I do not need treatment. I need six years of deep meditation."
Despite his protestations, "Buddha boy" is famous.
A thriving market has grown in the once pristine forest, supplying pilgrims with everything from chewing tobacco and bicycle repairs to incense and sacred amulets. The ground is covered in litter.
A fence was built around Ram's tree to prevent pilgrims prodding him, then a second, and now a third is planned, as well as a bus park, leaving Ram at the centre of an ever growing circle of rubbish.
Prakash Lamsal, a businessman said: "Some people are selling 2,500 rupees [£20] worth of tea a day.
"These lamas [monks] are going to build mansions out of this. If I wasn't a bit embarrassed I'd take a van down there and set up a stall."

On another separate article.
Buddha Boy has nation guessing: holy or hoax?
By Connie Levett February 11, 2006

IN SOME ways, Ram Bahadur Bomjan is a typical teenager: he loves his cricket, he sits with shoulders slumped, hair falling into his eyes, uninterested in the world.
In other ways, he is definitely not. For the past nine months, the 15-year-old has sat, meditating at the base of a peepal tree in Nepal's Bara District, without food, water, sleep or the need to use the toilet. If that was not remarkable enough, on January 19, he spontaneously combusted, burning off the clothes he has worn for nine months but leaving no scars. Lest there be doubters, his followers caught that combustion on video and plan to present the footage, seen by The Age, at a news conference in Kathmandu, soon.
The Buddha Boy, as he is known in Nepal, is a source of equal scepticism and reverence. To the doubters, it is an elaborate scam, which has drawn thousands of pilgrims, domestic and international, to a dirt poor area of Nepal's terrai region.
To the pilgrims and merchants in the food bazaar that have sprung up to cater to them, there is no questioning the boy's legitimacy. He is the reincarnation of the Lord Buddha, despite the boy's own denials.
Last November, he briefly emerged from his meditation to announce: "Tell people not to call me the Buddha, I do not have the Buddha's energy, I am only at tapaswi level." A tapaswi is a sage who practises austerities.
To find the Buddha Boy's forest shrine, you travel 250 kilometres south of Kathmandu.
The final kilometre of the pilgrimage is on foot, to prevent traffic disturbing the boy's meditative state. At the site, a series of fenced alleys loop through the forest, directing pilgrims in a one-way stream past the open front of the peepal tree where the boy, with distinctive sloping shoulders, sits slumped inside. Pilgrims are kept at 30 metres distance as they walk past the donation boxes stuffed full of Nepalese rupees.
"We believe him, he has been meditating without food for the last six or seven months, (and) we cannot live for even one day without food," said Shesh Raj Lamichhane, 30, a member of the bazaar management committee. "Many people are staying through the night and nobody has seen him eating." At night the forest site is dark and only his supporters stand guard.
Mr Lamichhane said on the most holy day of Dashain festival last year, there were 4800 vehicles in a single day.
Those who grew up with Ram are surprised at his sudden fame. Prem Lama, his boyhood friend, said he had no sense during his childhood that Ram would be special.
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Monday, September 04, 2006

An interesting article ..

Remote viewing Tibetan monks see Extra Terrestrial powers saving the World from destroying itself in 2012N.K. Subramanium, Special CorrespondentDecember 26, 2004

Remote viewing is nothing new in Tibetan monasteries. For thousands of years remote viewing in the middle of other spiritual activities have dominated Tibetan culture. What some Indian tourists came to learn from a few Tibetan monasteries under the current Chinese rule is extremely alarming and fascinating.

According to these tourists remote viewers are seeing world powers in the course of self-destruction. They also see that the world will not be destroyed. Between now and 2012 the world super powers will continue to engage in regional wars. Terrorism and covert war will be the main problem. In world politics something will happen in and around 2010. At that time the world powers will threaten to destroy each other. Between 2010 and 2012, the whole world will get polarized and prepare for the ultimate dooms day. Heavy political maneuvers and negotiations will take place with little progress. In 2012, the world will start plunging into a total destructive nuclear war.And at that time something remarkable will happen, says, Buddhist monk of Tibet. Supernatural divine powers will intervene. The destiny of the world is not to self-destruct at this time. Scientific interpretation of the monks’ statements makes it evident that the Extra Terrestrial powers are watching us every step of the way. They will intervene in 2012 and save the world from self-destruction. When asked about recent UFO sightings in India and China, the monks smiled and said the divine powers are watching us all. Mankind cannot and will not be allowed to alter the future to that great extent. Every human being though their current acts in life called “Karma” can alter the future lives to some extent, but changing the destiny in that large extent will not be allowed to that great an extent.Monks also mentioned that beyond 2012 our current civilization would understand that the final frontier of science and technology is in area of spirituality and not material physics and chemistry. Beyond 2012, out technologies will take a different direction. People will learn the essence of spirituality, the relation between body and the soul, the reincarnation and the fact we are connected with each other are all part of “God”.In India and China UFO sightings have increased in many folds. Many say the Chinese and Indian Governments are being contacted by the Extra Terrestrials.

In recent days most UFO activities have been seen in those countries who have indigenously developed Nuke capabilities.When asked if these extra-terrestrials will show up in reality in 2012, the answers remote viewers are giving is: they will reveal themselves in such a way that none of us scared. They will reveal themselves only if they have to. As our science and technology progresses, we are destined to see them and interact with them any way.According to the remote viewers, our earth is blessed and is being saved continuously from all kinds of hazards all the time that we are not even aware of. As our technologies progress we will realize how external forces saved us.

http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/12-26-04.asp
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