Sunday, November 11, 2007

Last Working Day

My Last working day in life has finally arrived.. After a journey which started off in Trivandrum in TCS, its finally come to an end. As Steve Jobs said in one of his speeches, the heavyness of being successfull was replaced by lightness of being a starter.. My lightness is somewhat similar to that. Its a new beginning to a new life. 8 years havent been easy , it was full of challenges , right from hectic schedules to do something for the firsttime every time..
Working for MNC's like Lucent, HP, Agilent, Portal and INTEC.. I have probably worked on the entire telecom domain, right from call processing to NMS to 3G wireless and finally the billing part. Probably touched all the "FCAPS" in telecom domain..

I really cant say that I wont miss software, I will.. but I will make up for it by working on it for what I want to rather than being asked to be done.. Its something like my love for photography.. I cant ever take it up as my proffession as thats something which has always been my hobby and making it an profession can take out all the juice in it..
Looking back these 8 years, I dont think that I would ever repent for NOT having spent that extra weekend or extra hours in office.. though I have spent many .. But I would definitely repent for not having spent those extra hours with my family, my friends, my friends wedding as some lousy work was waiting for me ..
Today I know I have taken a big decision in my life, but I know its for my betterment.. and this is what will give me my time and money freedom and most importantly give me the satisfaction for doing something which I always wanted to do, ie to help others.

This is something no money can even substitute.Its that "High" which can be only felt and cant be explained..
I have a question for each one of you reading this , ' Why are you doing what you are doing?' If your answer to this question is okay for you from your heart then you are doing great! .. else you still need to find the reason which will give you the satisfaction for what you are doing...

Do what you want to do in life rather than doing which someone else is asking you to do..
Finally what I can say is " Today is the first day of the remaining part of my life"

Go out , touch lives and bring a smile on others faces. No money can ever replace that satisfaction

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Page 3 !

On this friday night ,as I was surfing the channels I came across this movie ,Page 3. Had seen this movie long time ago. I must agree that this is one of the best movies and real connectivity to reel and real life. This is story of a journalist who writes Page 3 articles. And looking at the whole life of everyone it just seems so artificial. Every article written in newspaper is all planned. Its not really news.. Its more of what you want and whats the price you are ready to pay. And every thing is like a pre planned drama..

Relations are not really relations. They are just stepping stones to your temporary happiness or success. The song which is played through out the movie is simply awesome..
"Kitne ajeeb rishte hain yahan pe.. do pal milte hain, saath saath chalte hain.. jab mod aaye to bach ke nikal te hain" and this is so true in everyone's life.

Only when someone needs others they remember.. else make use of them and move on. In the movie even the ACP is not bothered of the bomb blast thats happened in the city that day and he is busy enjoying in the party...

The news, the stories in the media today, is controlled by a set of few people. They are the people who control everything. Its a simple gamble. They are the movers and shakers of the world. They have the money. If they do illegaal things, they get hold of the political and the big officers. The news papers will not publish such articles as that will impact their ad money flow..

In short, its the rich and the famous who rule everything.. Its the 0.1 % of the people who control the remaining 99.9% of the remaining ..Isnt that news for you now..

They make the rules, they are the ones who have the big lobbies due to which the govt decides its policies and the financials of the country or a region..
If USA invades Iraq, its not that Bush wants it.. its the companies that back him want it and he has no other choice.. its as simple as that..

Media in all respects has always been the strength ... but not anymore.. its right now sold out in the hands of a few rich people. IIPM issue was the same again.. No paper went against it .. why ???
They would lose the full page ads they would eventually get..

I have seen and met people in this media industry. You take them to a 5 star restaurant , give a wonderful dinner/lunch and hand over the article you want to be printed.. well thats how it works..
If you are a politician, you call for a press meeting, pay the reporters to ask the whatever questions you want them to ask and answer them accordingly..

Looking at these people , the people in the media, get so used to this that they do the same in their personal life also. Using people rather than builing relationships. Short term benefits out number the long term bondings.. Using others as doormats to their path of so called success.. How long will that work .. all these only have an expiry date...

At the end of this , where are we leading to ??

Friday, July 27, 2007

Quote from Lee Iacocca

"The trick is to make sure you don't die waiting for prosperity to come"

"There ain't no free lunches in this country. And don't go spending your whole life commiserating that you got raw deals. You've got to say, 'I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it"

Rejections

There's a four-letter word you must use when you get rejected ... NEXT!

Jack Canfield I (the author of the book) remember that Jack Nicholson, upon accepting his Academy Award for Best Actor in "One flew over the cuckoo's Nest", said something like, "I dedicate this to my agent - who told me ten years ago I had no business being a serious actor.

All successful people have stories like this to tell. Albert Einstein failed math.
Winston Churchill failed English. Failure is just another step on the road to success.
If you get rejected by someone, they just aren't "Your People!"

Here are some of the rejection experiences of very famous, successful people :
Alex Haley received 200 rejection notices before "Roots" became a mega-best-seller.
Chicken Soup for the Soul was rejected by thirty-three New York publishers. the best-selling franchise has now sold over 50 million books.

John Grisham's first novel, "A Time to Kill", was turned down by more than thirty agents and fifteen publishers. there are now more than sixty million copies of his books in print.

The reviewer of Fred Astaire's first screen test said, "Can't act. Can't sing. Can dance a little."

"Lust for Life" by Irving Stone, a novel that later became a motion picture starring Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh was described by an editor as "a long, dull novel about an artist."

Harry Warner, President of Warner Brothers pictures, said in 1927, "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
Alexander Graham Bell's banker said to him, "Get that toy out of my office immediately."

"Playing the guitar is all very well, John, but you'll never make a living at it," said John Lennon's Aunt Mimi. "The Beatles Anthology" told how some of his fans made a sign of her quote and sent it to her. She hung it up on display - in the house he bought her with the money he made from playing the guitar.

These are all nay sayings from the nay sayers. They are to be pitied, not believed.

Today's Affirmation : "I am successful - financially and spiritually - in everything I do!"

Monday, July 23, 2007

Jobs in danger

Reading todays headlines in the newspaper wasnt all that good to start a monday morning..
With the rising Rupee and the weakening Dollar, the companies are facing huge losses.
Imagine with the same billing rates , the conversion is getting lower , and to maintain the same Indian salaries isnt a great news for most of the IT and BPO companies.

If these further continues, these companies are looking for other options to maintain the
profitability. Some have chose to make employees to work on saturday and hence increase the billing hours. Some have decided not to increase the salaries in the future etc etc..

Whatever be the case, we should first be aware that as long as the companies that we work in are profitable, then no issues to our jobs. else sooner or later we all need to pay a price for that..
The BPO industry will probably be hit first as most.
Are we all ready to see the negative impact of the whole IT economy ??

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Five Point Someone

Its been ages since I read that book and laughed to glory.. but yesterday was different.
I went for a Play on FPS at Chowdiah Hall and it was simply great!!
Its been a real long time that I actually went for a play. But it was well worth it ..
It had been directed really well..and the casting were quite upto the mark of my imaginations while reading the book.
The best fit was that of Ryan 's role. He did a terrific role and just fit my imagination perfectly.

A must watch if they have it again..

Thursday, July 12, 2007

THE DAFFODIL PRINCIPLE

Loved this - Hence posting -
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"Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
So work like you don't need money.
Love like you've never been hurt, and
Dance like no one's watching".

Several times my daughter Carolyn had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead "I will come next Tuesday", I promised a little reluctantly on her third call.
When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.

"First we're going to see the daffodils. It's just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm used to this."
"Carolyn," I said sternly, "please turn around." "It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."
After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read, "Daffodil Garden." We got out of the car, then as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight.

It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain peak and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.
"Who did this?" I asked Carolyn. "Just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house, small and modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house.
On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking", was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain." The third answer was, "Began in 1958."

For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration.
That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time--often just one baby-step at time--and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world ...

"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"
My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said. She was right. It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, "How can I put this to use today?"

Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting.....

Until your car or home is paid off...Until you get a new car or home... Until your kids leave the house...Until you go back to school...Until you finish school...Until you clean the house...Until you organize the garage...Until you clean off your desk...Until you lose 10 lbs. ....Until you get married...Until you get a divorce...Until you have kids...Until the kids go to school...Until you retire...Until summer...Until spring...
Until winter...Until fall...Until you die... ??

There is no better time than right now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
So work like you don't need money.
Love like you've never been hurt, and, Dance like no one's watching.

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

07/07/07

One of those rare days where we get to see such dates. As we are in the beginning of the century we get to see these dates every year, next year would be 08/08/08 and so on.. but then the gap would be approx 11 years to get such dates..

This day was more popular as it has all seven's in it and astrologically quite good for many people. Today had a huge number of weddings fixed and also the 7 wonders of the world would also be announced :)

Whatever be the case this was just another saturday for me.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Vote for TAJ ?

Offlate, am getting many emails and sms for voting for Taj Mahal so that it gets listed in the 7 Wonders of the world, which will be declared on 07/07/07 in Lisbon.
Well the thought is good and being patriotic everyone feels that we all ie Indians should vote for the Taj...

No doubts its one of the most beautiful monuments in the world, supposedly an embodiment of love towards his wife Mumtaz.
But I am still not able to convince myself to vote for a monument, which took 20 years to built and at the end of it, it very LOVINGLY chopped off the hands of all the artisans who built it, so that no such monument be built again.

On the other hand , we can see the Great Wall of China. This again took 20 years to be built to safeguard a nation against its enemies. This Wall was built by the all the people in the region on a time sharing basis, irrespective of whether they were paid or not. All that they had was love for their King and their neighbours. Now wouldnt this be a better symbol or Love and Peace ?

Whats ur take on this ???

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

News or Politics?

With the ever increasing number of news channels , there is a dearth of news and every thing becomes a news which wouldnt have been even entitled a middle page in the earlier days ..

Today I saw one news channel beaming news of the upcoming President of India, Pratibha Patil.
I guess this channel or who ever wanted it to be, wanted some spicy news against this candidate.
They found a very old video in which she had visited the Brahmakumaris Headquaters in Mt Abu and she spoke of her experiences out there when she was the Governor of Rajasthan. Its quite remarkable that not a sound was raised when this event actually occured and only now, when she is contesting for the election all the so called stale news has got freshened.

The news channel also has some weird news
here is what they quote in the first few lines of the report

"It's said that superstition ends where science begins. But Rashtrapati Bhawan seems to be bracing for a reversal. For five years, scientist APJ Abdul Kalam whispered a vocabulary of science in the hearts and minds of a nation. "

Little did the reporter of this article know that the current President has very great respect for this Organisation. The official website of The President of India has articles on his visit to the headquaters and how science and sprituality has to go hand in hand for the betterment of people and society as a whole .
http://presidentofindia.nic.in/presentation/splangnewPDF%20Format760.pdf

If one just searches for words "Kalam Brahmakumaris" one can find a bunch of links which shows one of finest Scientist of India and also the President of India has tremendous faith in this organisation.

The dearth of quality news and TRP ratings has really made our current news reporters portray anything , even with regard to our current president ..

Is this the reason that our freedom fighters gave us freedom and enjoy freedom..? Is this really what Bhagat Singh and Gandhiji gave their lives so that we could enjoy a free nation ..
Do we really deserve what these great leaders gave us for FREE ?

Monday, June 25, 2007

Todays fortune:)

My today's fortune on orkut...

"The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do"

Isnt this very much true.. we all love to do and prove to others that we too can do things which most of us thought that one cant do..
As long as one has the commitment and the vision to see the future and follow the dreams nothing is impossible.
The path to success is always tough , and is also has very tempting parking spots. Its up to you when you want to use those parking spots or follow your dreams. There will be lots of negativity in whatever one is doing on the path to success. The beauty is to be untouched by those negativity and believe in your self .

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Doors

How many doors do you open every day ? and in how many different way ...
I just found that its hilarious , while most of it goes unnoticed or just a way of life.

I leave from my office and there I need to use my access card to open the door. I press a button to open the door of the lift (elevator). I down to the parking lot and the car door gets open with a press of a remote in my hand .. I reach home. I press a passcode to open the door to my Apartment building , and then when I reach my apartment I use the good old key to open the door..
So many doors we open and close every day and in so many different ways.. yet, most of the times we use the right option to open any given door.. Isnt it amazing how our mind is regulated to use the right options at the right time..Its only once, that I used to access card to try to open my apartment door and before I could do it.. i knew I was wrong and started to look for the keys..

I havent mentioned what happens in other scenarios.. like visiting a mall and a door opens as soon as it senses u .. other places a dog barks at u and the onwer automatically opens the door for you ..
small things..
so the next time you reach a door .. think whether its a new way of opening a door that you have encountered.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Ripple Effect

Try this experiment today. Enter the office with a straight face (not too straight). As you meet others who have a similar kind of straightness on their face, force yourself to smile. Then watch the other person return the smile - perhaps not to the same extent or for so long, or absolutely immediately - but it will return. This is the absolute and often instant proof of the 'ripple and reflect effect'. You get back whatever you put out. We know this, but we forget, and then wonder why everyone seems to give us a straight face, even a grumpy face, on a regular basis. Now learn to make the smile more real, deeper, smilier! Where does a real smile begin? From the heart. Can you smile at will from the heart? Why not? You need to find out soon, because you will live an unsmiling life if you don't find out what is stopping your heart reaching your face! No one else is responsible - there's only you in there! So don't go blaming others if you are not radiating from head and heart. What's blocking it? Take your time. Look in, listen in and see. You'll be surprised. You'll probably laugh. And say, "How silly!"

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Theatre Of Life

Ignorance makes you believe that life functions haphazardly. Wisdom teaches you that everything that happens in this theatre of life has profound significance. What you see today is not the fruit of chance but a fruit from seeds planted in the past. Plant seeds of peace now and you will create a life of peace in the future.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Steve Jobs Speech at Stanford

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA

Really inspirational

The text version of the same..
Please read
http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

Text of Steve Jobs' Commencement address (2005)
This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.
I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.
The first story is about connecting the dots.
I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?
It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.
It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.
None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.
Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
My second story is about love and loss.
I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.
I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.
I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.
I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.
My third story is about death.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.
I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.
This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
Thank you all very much.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Comparison with Others


Comparing yourself with others will leave you vulnerable on three counts: you'll either feel inferior, superior or impressed. All three of these states are dangerous because they all disregard the underlying principle of our true connection with each other - mutual love and regard, based on independently generated self-esteem. To protect yourself from this vulnerability, make sure that your attention remains turned within, towards the spiritual experience of pure pride. Staying centred in your elevated self-respect will help you remain undisturbed by others around you. Keep asking yourself, "Who am I?" "How would my spiritual personality respond to this event or person?" this will help to centre you further, and allow you to enjoy the successful efforts of others.

Monday, March 05, 2007

The Spiritual Aspect Of Healthcare

Silence, happiness, love and blessings are important aspects. Happiness leads to good health. It is only you who can give this medicine to yourself. Some bring illness to themselves through anger, greed, unfullfilled desires, expectations, suppression of feelings and relationships not based on true love. Look in your heart, you will know where your illness comes from. There are three ingredients for a long and healthy life: live with attention but without worry; use time in a worthwhile way; keep your thoughts pure, positive and filled with strength.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Thought for the day

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with £86,400. Every evening whatever part of the balance you fail to use during the day is deleted. What would you do? Draw out every cent and use it well, of course!!! Each of us has such a bank - Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Invest the day's deposits well, or the loss is yours. How could you bring the most contentment, happiness and benefit to yourself and others? The clock is running.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Thought for the day

Lighten UpWhen someone lightens up your life just by their presence, you can be sure they are emitting a very positive energy. When someone puts a damper on the meeting or a conversation, you can be sure there is some hidden inner baggage which contains sorrow and darkness. Which do you bring to the party? A little light or a little dark? A lot of optimism or a little pessimism? In olden days, before one switch could illuminate a whole city, one candle had to be lit by another. So if you are aware that you are carrying a little darkness, perhaps it may be useful to spend time with someone whose inner light is already lit, and stays lit in all circumstances. Eventually we may learn the art ourselves, and then serve as a candle to others.