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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The importance of your job - HT inner voice


Jasmeet Singh


I was four when my mom's farther passed away and did not get a chance to “download and install" some intensive values directly from him. But I have always heard from my mom that he was a man of his words and carried a spiritual air around him.

His principles and moral values are quit visible in our family. Even God couldn’t overlook such love and has showered every one of us with happiness every one of us with happiness and success. Our entire family is proud of the way he worked.

I wondered at times when I see my family talking about him and saying it with immense pleasure that he was just a "carpenter”. No matter the heights and success they have achieved now, yet the voice and heart never goes down in communicating that he was just a carpenter.

I would like to share a small story which is in reference to President Abraham Lincoln. On the very first day as he entered to deliver his inaugural address, just in the middle, one man stood up. He was a rich aristocrat.

He said. ” Mr. Lincoln, you should not forget that your farther used to make shoes for my family”. And the whole Senate laughed; they thought they had made a fool of Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln looked at the man and said, “Sir I know that my farther used to make shoes in your house for your family, and there will be many others here... Because the way he made shoes; nobody else can. He was a creator. His shoes were not just shoes; he poured his whole soul in it. I want to ask you, have you any complaint? Because I know how to make shoes myself; if you have any complaint, I can make another pair of shoes."

The whole Senate was struck dumb. It does not matter what you do, what matters is how do it-of our own accord, with your own vision, with your own love. Then whatever you touch becomes gold.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Body is just a vehicle - HT inner voice

Ajit Bishnoi

The soul is the owner of the human body. Once we accept this fact, we are in a good position to get a hang of the whole picture about our bodies, which are vehicles given to us for use.

We can understand this by an example of a car. We use cars but know ourselves to be different from them.

Having this knowledge, one makes the best possible use of one's car, one maintains it properly and drives it as carefully. Similarly, one maintains one's body and uses it dispassionately.

Getting attached to bodies gives rise to many serious problems, the most common being fear of death and diseases. Anxiety about the well-being of one's body affects adversely the immune system of our bodies.

And, our bodies work the best when we don't worry about them. The second serious problem is that of giving too much comfort to one's body.

The body works the best when it is efficiently used. Fruits of labour come only by exertion.

By being lazy one deprives oneself by default. The third problem relates to the overuse of one's body.

This is another extreme. One suffers health problems, fatigue, diminished efficiency and may even get into accidents.

One can see the signs such as sleep disorder, reduced digestion, irritability, headache, chest discomfort,etc. Therefore, one should make oneself fully aware of the realties of the human body.

It is given to us for a limited period only. There are natural changes like getting old, slowing down of its internal systems.

One should accept these changes in good grace, and make the necessary adjustments in one's life. A wise person strikes a good balance between exertions and comforts to get the best use out of his body.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Envoys for peace - HT inner voice

Who are Avataars? In Sanskrit, Avataran means to appear, to descend, to take birth or to manifest. In Hinduism, an Avataar is the incarnation of a highly evolved soul, or of the ultimate Supreme Being.

It usually implies a deliberate descent into mortal realms for special purposes either as a man, an animal or some mythical creature. Such an incarnation is thought to be beyond the clutches of Mayaa (illusion) and Karma.

An incarnation is a divine intervention that comes about due to free-willed activity of ignorant beings.

When evil increases disproportionately, then Divinity is believed to come to the earth in physical form to restore order and morality. An incarnation may exist for a brief period or for a lifetime.

The incarnation may have all the powers and awareness of Divinity, or only a portion of it. But Shaivites hold a contradictory opinion.

According to them, Shiva would not incarnate because God is the knower of the past, the present and the future and the controller of all. Everything happens according to his will and even evil cannot act itself without his will.

Shiva would manifest directly as an embodiment of wisdom, as in a guru, or appear as himself, but would not incarnate. A similar view is held by Ganesha and Shakti worshippers too.
Deepam Chatterjee
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mankind's 3-D existence - innervoice@hindustantimes.com

KVR Murthy

There are three dimensions to an individual - physical , psychological ,and social. One can either be strong or weak in all of these dimensions or be strong in one or more or weak in one or more.

All the day-to-day activities of an individual take place within the physical, psychological and social dimensions. It is of utmost importance that an individual strives to reach perfection in all the dimensions and move towards evolution.

Evolution is a multi-dimensional, multi-directional progressive development and is different from growth. Growth usually works in one direction.

It connotes the development or increase in number or stature. For example, a child grows physically as well as psychologically from the day of his birth and eventually grows vis-Ã -vis his standing in the society.

On the other hand, evolution connotes the act of unfolding or opening up just as the unfolding of a lotus. The awareness an individual gains from the fruits of search and research helps him to unfold and acts as a guide in the process of evolution.

Though the physical, psychological and social growth of an individual stops after reaching a certain stage, the evolution process continues till his last breath. It's difficult to be perfect in all three dimensions.

However, the path of evolution makes it essential that an individual tries to approach perfection in all the dimensions. And that is ultimate rehabilitation.

An individual with improper thoughts also requires rehabilitation because improper thoughts can be the cause of the physical diseases or even social problems. And when an individual character does not meet the standards set by society, and his character needs to be re-established, then also he needs rehabilitation.


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