Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Splash on Happiness

When the whole world is trying to figure out ways to remain happy, I just figured out something too.

  • That happiness does not have a definition.
  • That happiness is a breeze and not permanent factor.
  • That happiness has an antonym too.
  • That happiness is an inherent thing that needs to be discovered.
  • That happiness can never be measured.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Splash on Best

  • Best is a superlative, which means it is a 'relativity' word and not the verdict of any authority. Partly why there are percentiles in scoring these days.
  • There is no such thing as second best.
  • If you say 'Do your best' to a person with zero inclination on the task, consider your job undone.
  • If Best is expected from you, expect and accept nothing less than the best compensation, appreciation, or encouragement, as may be applicable.
  • "Best hearts are ever the bravest" is a hearsay; Are they talking about anatomically best or emotionally best or socially best
  • "The Best is yet to come" is probably the best quote that applies in most situations.
  • Often, it helps to think if Best really means Be Steady.
  • At all times ask for the strength to Be Steady.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Avane Ivane Sivane - Gavanikka

அவனே இவனே என்று நினைக்காமல் சிவனே என்று
உள்ளே போறவனையும் வெளியே வரவனையும் மட்டுமே கவனிக்கவும்

நேற்று நடந்த யோகா வகுப்பில் நான் கற்ற மிக பெரிய பாடம் இது.

நாம் அனைவரும் நாள்தோறும் பல வேலைகள்  செய்கிறோம், செய்யாமல் இருக்கோம்,நாம் செய்யாமல் இருக்கும் பல வேளைகளில் நிதானமாக மூச்சு விட பழகுவதும் ஒன்று.

மூச்சு என்பது பாடல்களுக்கு சேர்கப்படும் ஸ்ருதியைபோல மிக முக்கியமானது. ஒரு பாடல் பாட தொடங்கும் முன்னதாக, செய்யபடுவது ஸ்ருதி சேர்த்தல் ஆகும். இந்த ஸ்ருதியை அடிப்படையாக வைத்து தான் பாடல் இயற்றபடுகிறது.

ஒரே பாடலை பல ஸ்ருதிகளில் பாடினால் அது வேறு வேறு பாடல்களாக தோன்றும். அதே போன்று மூச்சை விதம் விதமாக உபயோகிக்கலாம். அதில் எல்லா விதமும் சரியாக இருப்பதில்லை.

நாம் எல்லாரும் சரியாகதான் மூச்சு விடுகிறோம் என்று எண்ணினால் தவறாக விடுவது எப்படி என்று யோசிக்கத்தோன்றும்.அப்படி யோசித்ததில் தெரிய வந்தது தான் பிரணாயமம்.

ஒவ்வொரு நாளும்காலை எழுந்த உடன் நம் மூச்சாகிய ஸ்ருதியை சரியாக வாசித்தோம் என்றால் அன்றைய நாள் முழுவதும் மூச்சு சரியான ரீதியில்  இருக்கும். உடம்பின் இயக்கங்களும் சரியாக இருக்கும்.

அவனே இவனே என்று நினைக்காமல் சிவனே என்று
உள்ளே போறவனையும் வெளியே வரவனையும் மட்டுமே கவனிக்கவும்.

இதில் உள்ளே போகிறவர், வெளியே வருபவர், ரெண்டும் நம் மூச்சே ஆகும்.

ஒரு நல்ல யோகா வகுப்பில் பத்து நாள் பழகினால் சரியாக மூச்சு பயிற்சி செய்ய முடியும்.

பயிற்சி செய்து தான் பாருங்களேன். நான் தொடங்கியுள்ளேன்.நீங்களும் முயற்சி செய்யுங்கள். உங்கள் உடல் உங்களுக்கு நன்றி சொல்லும்.

Good health

Good Food, Good Exercise, Good Meditation, and Good Life style converge in Good Health.

Good Food is in simplest terms - Food that is not over-cooked, not over-greased, not over-spicy, and not old.

Good Meditation means taking simple steps to improving focus of the otherwise usually scattered brain - Regular prayer routine, Regular Five minute hobby time, Regular stereo-typical work that doesn't require your mind's complete attention. When you do one of these or activity similar to these, your mind meditates on the work and not anything else and these activities are not done by force or do not have materialistic gains.

Good Exercise is to just ensure you move every part of your body to activate the otherwise sleeping joints and muscles. You can choose to walk for twenty minutes or be a regular in a local gymnasium or dance class.

Good Lifestyle  - Spend family time at home, Share work load at home, Have strict disciplines on prayer, morals, food, clothing and manners, Make time for fun and friends, Attend weddings and functions of relatives and friends, Keep your word and Keep to time.

All these will easily converge to Good Health on constant practice.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

What's in a name??

"What is your name ?" is probably the first question each of us has been asked when we started school. Quite an easy answer, I thought until I started filling up forms in life.

School forms ask you to expand names with Initials.

Passport Application form asks you to fill up Surname, First Name, Last Name.

College Application forms ask for First, Middle and Last names.

I happened to look at PAN card application form this evening. There is an illustration which shows the main name written in the Surname column.

For example someone with A.K.Rainbow as the name will have issues filling up the name in any form in her life:

In the school, the name will be A.K.Rainbow
In college, it will be Always.K.Rainbow
In Passport, it will be Rainbow.K Always
In PAN Card, it will be Always K.Rainbow

Now, with such a complication in the name, when this person has to go to the bank to open an account, they will have rules to say.

Thirty years later, when there is a property transaction in Ms. Rainbow's name ( I am not mentioning the confusion in the documents when Ms. Rainbow decides to get married and change her Surname) and two proofs for name are asked, what documents will Ms. Rainbow furnish??

There are workarounds for everything. So, some document will be furnished and some gazetted officer will attest and the work will get done, but there are instances when authorities are unable to spell the right name due to the various permutations/proofs prevalent in names. There are many land and property transactions pending closure due to this problem. There are many bank account issues faced by bankers every day due to the same.

Now, when someone is faced with an inheritance issue that is pending clarification on name, do you think this person will agree that "What is your name?" is a simple question anymore??

One solution: Can there be a standardization for all forms across the country?? Some rule has to be passed somewhere if not already done, to standardize names and it has to start from school forms.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Old is Gold

In the context of health, we are hearing many things these days. In olden days people never seemed to need as many lessons on health like we do, because they were all naturally healthy. At least that is what I keep telling myself.

As a general concept, man tends to talk about what he doesn't have and is never happy. Most of us are not really happy about our health and so we see umpteen resources online about health.

Here is one simple way to good health I heard today:

  • Wake up early in the morning, which is between 5:00 A.M and 7:00 A.M
  • Have a filling breakfast between 7:00 A.M and 9:00 A.M
  • Do not eat or drink anything between 9:00 A.M and 11:00 A.M which is the late morning time.
  • Drink water, beverage, soups between 11:00 A.M and 1:00 P.M
  • Have a moderate lunch between 1:00 P.M and 3:00 P.M. Do not sleep in the horizontal position, as in do not lie down comfortably on a bed. If your system is working fine, your eye lids will automatically close at 2:00 P.M. Recall a boring after noon lecture in college. It was not the lecture that was boring, but the system inside is working on what you ate and failed to really work up your brain to understand the lecture. Five to ten minutes nap with your head bent on your work desk can work wonders.If you sleep longer in the same position, it is still okay, just that your boss or teacher will have questions to ask. That is up to you to handle.
  • Drink water, beverages, and water between 3:00 P.M and 7:00 P.M. If you can manage to have your dinner between 6:00 P.M and 7:00 P.M, then, good for you.
  • Latest by 9:00 P.M you must finish your dinner.
  • Retire off for the day between 9:00 P.M and 11:00 P.M

Now, this is all our ancestors followed. They just woke up early in the morning and ensured that they kept to their timing and did the right things.

The timing is because the human body has many interesting organs that are programmed to work in a certain way in a certain time. You mess up with the timing or overload it, then you are in for a rude shock. But for all the insincerity that we are all showing to our bodies, I guess the machine really doesn't give up very easily. We are still alive and healthy enough to be reading this post.

At the end of this prose, am sure we all will shout in unison, that includes me, 'Just how on earth is this timing possible with today's work demands'... and many other demands that each of us have.

Correct,, but this is just the path to good health. Our body doesn't work on its own. It needs fuel in the form of food. The mechanics of it is governed by the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. But since the body is auto programmed, when we try to change many parameters about the way it works based on our customized life demands, at one point it just stops working.. One part after the other will stop functioning and that is why we see people living on medicines and never get to really age gracefully and be wise for their age.

When health is a problem then wisdom can take a back seat. Try reasoning and rationalizing on any problem you face on a bad head ache day... if you want to know what I mean. When there is no wisdom, stress factor sets in and then fails every part very quickly.

We can change our habits if we alter our thinking slightly. Instead of asking how can I  adjust my health routine to my work schedule or other demands, why not ask it this way? " What can I do to ensure that my health routine doesn't get disturbed??"

We are not talking about gym, exercise, walk, Yoga, Meditation, Sports, and all other health watch activities. We are just talking about getting up in the morning, bathing, eating on time and retiring off on time every day. Is it really that hard??

Do you have a night shift job?? Then it is time you checked your health routine and see a doctor, a really informed doctor on what to do. A good Doctor will ask you to change your job or your day's routine. A doctor who wants you to keep coming back for advice, will ask you to take rest.. which you wont/cant during the day. So it is up to you to decide what you want to do with your work and health in life. An occasional night shift at work is really okay. You can always compensate with three night's sleep and one day's sleep.. yeah right... that is how it works.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Do you have a Gate pass to my mind?

The word Mind may be a derivative of Mine. We hear quite a lot about Mind in everyday talks. Any place that promises health, peace, happiness preaches about Mind.If I get into research about Mind, am sure I'll find sea-deep or a mine of information related to the subject.

I have always wondered how to express this 'thing' called Mind in a drawing when asked to, how to give the right analogy to my children when discussing or talking about the mind or how to really explain to someone what the word Mind in the phrase ' Mind your own business' really means.

Yoga, Meditation, Spiritual lectures and even the latest medical researches talk about mind playing an integral part in one's health and life.

There is another concept of tuning health through positive energy transfers called Reiki ( - Not sure if this is how the real explanation goes, but I like to keep it simple as I consider myself a total layman when it comes to the human body right from my Zoology days in school) which again is about mind working on the affected zone.

Then it was purely by chance that I came across this word and talk about cosmic energy from a colleague who said 'It is all in the Mind' and when the Mind believes the Universe assures. I always thought that it is beyond me to get this thing about Mind, more so when I cant understand what the 'It' in the phrase means at any given point in time.

The aesthetic side of the world believes in Vaasthu, Fengshui which are about the right setting in the house and positive energy that are believed to work wonders in the mind of the people and hence solutions to their problems. If you are not following this, then you are probably not the only one who faces the problem of not understanding how colors, objects, structures, and positions in a house affect the well being. It is a whole science and needs lessons to follow.

When there is so much more talks like this going on in the world about Mind, which has no form and which enjoys total freedom and which is supposed to be the controller of everything and which is very imbalanced, this evening I came across this big truth that "To be in control of your mind is to understand what it is".

For those of us who are not going to do doctoral degrees on the mind science, here is a simple version of what I understood:

Mind is a combination of the Mind, the Sub-conscious Mind, the Unconscious Mind, the Super-conscious mind, and the Cosmic Mind. Draw a concentric circle. Mark a Gate on every one of the five circles and number them.Mind is at Gate 5 and Cosmic Mind is at Gate 1. 

When you say something and I don't want to listen, I just hear it and it gets registered in the Mind level and doesn't go any further. I can just decide not to really let it penetrate any further. So what you said doesn't really affect or effect in my life.

When I want to buy a car, it stays in the Mind level. When I think of it many times it gets registered into my sub conscious mind.. and then I start dreaming about it often. If I don't have any other priority that is bigger than this car I want to buy, then it gets into the next level called' Unconscious mind - meaning, in my sleep and wakefulness I only think of this car... and then the Super-conscious mind makes me work hard to realize the dream (But I don't complain of pains, stress or anything.. the hard work comes naturally here..)and then the cosmic mind makes sure it makes the right moves and triggers the correct switches in this world to realize my dream.

So the next time you hear about Mind It, Never Mind, Its all in the Mind and anything to do with Mind, I guess you will know that chances of something getting realized is really about how many gates of the mind the thought penetrates.

Now, it is all the more worth our while to really learn all the sciences to master the gate keeper job. You choose which thoughts get into your inner most gate and which ones stay outside. Do not give a Gate pass without examining how the entrant will affect your peace of mind. This is one great way to happiness and health. It is quite a challenge how we learn this art, but that is all about well being in this world - good health, success, money, friends, and anything else that matters to you and affects you in a positive way...


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