Us – Human being

A human being has never managed to stay too far from the darkness. What we really have to fight for is the light. The day brings you light, the night brings you darkness. 

Having your hands cover your eyes drags you into darkness in a second. But reaching light with your eyes closed demands the greatest discipline. The kind of discipline only found in a monk. The ever so enlightened monks – who fear nothing, who have mastered not to show any reactions to the behavior and acts of those who surround them. Letting go the urge of reacting to something can lead us all closer to that inner and ever so shining light. 

Unfortunately we are not monks. Pity how we do not bother to practice any such discipline. We are sadly mistaken simple people, who is rightfully referred as “human being”, who has never managed to stay too far from the darkness.

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Spreading the lightness has truly proved to be the hardest task. But there is a sign of hope I find in Andy Williams “Impossible Dream”

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.

There was a time when I would write a blog here after skipping a few days, and feel like “Yes, I am back”. But now, after having to update 4 different blogs publishing writings of different genres, trying to find what genre of writing I can swim into without having a fear of sinking some day, it is tough to keep track of it all.

Good thing among all of this is the battle to keep writing continues. It only tells me that I haven’t given up yet. I haven’t given up after the disappointments from many of my friends who said are waiting to read “Get Inspired Get Thinking” book but have never bothered even downloading it for a dollar. On the other hand, there was a hope given from all the strangers who continue to send me positive feedback through blogs or e-mails.

For the same I must continue trying. This one is for all those, who are forever hopeful to reach the light or die trying.

What I learned in last year.

Today is my birthday. In 2012 on 15th January I decided to start writing. Since I started doing that, lots of positive changes have surrounded me.

The following blog is about what I learned between 15th January, 2012 till today – the same day of 2013. I am sure you have your own list every year. Following is the list I have of all the lessons I learned last year, hope you find it interesting.

  1. Follow your instincts. Your curiosity n instincts will lead u to greater achievements.
  2. Separation from a person will only make you understand and help you realize how well you are really connected with them. May put any sort of relationship to a test. Whether it is your life partner or a friend.
  3. Realization is the first step in any transformation process. Until you do not realize that change is needed or wishful, the transformation for good or bad will not commence.
  4. Breads and almonds will start burning while toasting, right when you take your eyes off them.
  5. It’s dangerous to be a back stabber. Because while you are busy trying to attach someone you may trip over a banana skin and stab your own self. (no I did not do that)
  6. Luck plays a major role in your progress.
  7. If it is meant for you nothing or no one in the world can stop you from achieving it. If it is not meant for you nothing or no one in the world can help you get it.
  8. Nothing is impossible for you if you decide to do it. And mean it.
  9. Everybody gets 24 hours in a day. You can make it feel like 2 hours or 200 hours. It is entirely up to you.
  10. Whether you compose music; publish a book; get that big break in your acting career – everyone you expect may not be as interested as you thought. Just accept it and learn to go with it.
  11. Your daily horoscope is not always correct, but if you find something positive written there. Convince your brains to believe it’s true. It will help you big time to live the day positively and happily.
  12. Co-incidences may have something in common, may b a sign. Last year on 15th January 2012, I decided to do something with my life that may help others, I decided to start writing something inspiring and positive and started a blog. That led me to publish a similar self-help book “Get Inspired Get Thinking”. This year, I got a picture of (Indian) Goddess Saraswati, let’s say she is the Indian version of Muse. Today I read my sign.
  13. Ask your close friends who are reliable to give an honest feedback about your performance at new venture, ask them for suggestion. My best friend was very honest about my writing. That led me to studying writing techniques. I have stopped writing for a bit, but I have to admit, while I am busy studying writing techniques, I am already feeling more confident about writing better next time when I sit down continuing the inspiring fictions I am in the middle of.
  14. The way you use your Facebook or twitter and your access to internet in your free time – it all together will affect your thinking and your behaviour accordingly and vice versa.
  15. Always try to see the other side of the story. Listen to others before judging the situation.
  16. Disasters can strike anywhere any time. This world didn’t come to an end on 21st December, but if you had your eyes wide open and yourself awake, you may have noticed that crime and other crimes which looks like an accident are increasing. Human race is ashamed and scared to some point – that my friend is almost similar to the end of the world. It is the end of the world, if you cannot go places and do what you feel like in the moment, considering your safety and keeping it in the core of everything you do, no matter where you are. Yes, I am referring to things like gang rapes, body parts of a person found scattered around in the park, some weirdo killing people in a theatre or even school kids to cross the limits.
  17. Rely on God and your prayers a bit more. It will only help you gather all the positive energy around you that randomly floats in the Universe, which no one else wants to claim.
  18. If you do not believe in God, That God you can find even in a rock. Because we are people, we see God in a similar body form. (Who knows, may be a Dog sees God on four legs. Did you know? “There are some Dogs who think we are Gods”). But with all the faith and devotion and prayers, you can have a rock or even a pebble turn into something omniscient. It is all about how much faith you have to show.
  19. Sometimes it is important that you do know who is running which country. Sometimes that does not matter at all, as long as at the end of the day you can catch a sound sleep answering yourself that “yes, I made a difference out there today, positively.”
  20. You get what you give. I never cared to leave a review of the book I just read or the game I just played on the website I bought it through. My e-book was downloaded more than 700 times roughly (including free promotion days), but I only received 1 review. So many of my friends told me they liked the book, but I did not get any review that will help the sales. That time I realized how important each review can be. It hurt me not having review, good or bad (because even a bad review helps you realize what improvement is needed in your work), about my book. Now, I am eager to hear from even one more reader comparing the number of downloads to the number of reviews. I am now making sure to leave review of anything i experience.
  21. New Year resolutions, birthday resolutions – they all sound cool. But you do not have to wait for such special day to start making changes for good. It can be today or tomorrow. You may decide on 22nd March, to start making positive changes in your lifestyle for healthy living and may achieve such amazing results, by next year that 22nd March may become a very important day for you for rest of your life.
  22. No matter how small you think your job is, it is the way you do it will make the difference. No matter what you do, make sure you do it so good; no one else can ever replace you.
  23. You don’t have to be satisfied financially only with what you do as a job. If there is a job you know out there, doing which you will feel peaceful and happy grab it without thinking of the money. It will give you more happiness than the one that will pay you more money and you do not like.
  24. Having a blog mascot is a lot of work. Lol… if you have him and your followers like it, make sure they get a lot of it. If you cannot commit to that, don’t introduce one at first place. That’s for you, speedy sparks.
  25. If it makes you feel good, do it. No matter what it is, you do it because it makes you feel good. Doing what makes you feel good, will help you bring “the real you” out in front of the world. You will be more loved that way.

The funny cat lesson.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here is the image I saw on Facebook 2 days back. I was laughing hard reading what’s written next to the cat picture.

Then it got me thinking, besides being funny doesn’t it all make sense? Why should someone put limit to life.

There is nothing wrong in being someone else. Well, it will be only if you don’t know your real self and try to copy someone.

But there is nothing wrong in aspiring to be something more than you are.

Wonderful lesson in this picture I found. That pipe and that cat – I don’t know really who is trying to be what, HA HA.

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For sake of this cat and the pipe trying so hard to inspire the world, we should all remind ourselves right now that we are capable to do beyond anyone’s imagination. You are filled with the strength to move the world. You are capable of doing what had been waited to be done, because no one else was good enough to make it happen.

Start your day strong, stay strong, finish stronger, be a legend, live forever.

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And Remember the Cat lesson. You can do better than they think.

Get Inspired Get thinking – the ebook

 

My first e-book is coming out soon. For more updates subscribe by entering your e-mail, or simply click on FOLLOW button.

“Get Inspired Get Thinking” promises you to keep you inspired n keep you thinking for good. This is volume 1 of Get Inspired, Get thinking that will be published n available to buy soon. I am already working on volume 2 to bring you something even better.

My dream of writing something inspirational has come to reality only because of all your support and it was always you the readers, who kept guiding me to strive for better and bigger. You – the readers always kept me inspired to keep writing. I am very thankful for that.

We will keep the journey continued. Soon will be publishing the final contents, and a sample of the book here. so keep an eye. 🙂

Thank you.

2nd October, 1869.

2nd October, 1869 he was born. Born to do something great. He was not an ordinary man like you and me. He just looked ordinary. He was always under estimated and misunderstood for his peaceful and non violent ways of fighting for justice and for what was right. He did so all his life, what we cannot do for a few hours a day. Image

This one is for Mahatma Gandhi, who played a vital role in bringing freedom to India in 1947. Freedom – for what he sacrificed all his life, without knowing that our generation is only going to misuse it to some extent.

For most years of his youth, just like us he stole, he begged, he suffered, he cried…..but he corrected his mistakes with his efforts by practicing honesty and fighting for what was right and what was for the GOOD of all. It is our turn to repay it, by turning back if we are headed the wrong way. Today seems like a perfect day to continue what he started.
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This one is for Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who proved that turning back from wrong way and choosing the right way is possible. This one is for Bapu, who gave us HOPE forever that greatness can be exhibited from any walk of life. (Please share if you agree). – Vighnesh Acharya.

God is Now here

Some believe, “God is nowhere”.

If you shift that W in no where adding a space then it reads, “God is now here”.

Feel the presence of God, and everything will feel smooth and under control.

This blog is inspired from couple of signs I read in this week. I am usually a person, who observes what is going on and try to relate one thing to another and try to read the sign.

It was last week, I took my wife to a “new immigrant evaluation” program. She was to give some English language test there. After the test was over, I had a chance to talk to the examiner. The chat was interesting and I told the examiner how I enjoy writing and catch simple mistakes in English I use, as I keep writing more everyday.

When talking about writing she said, “If you are writing for a good purpose, what you must do before you sit down to write is try talking to God folding your hands, and ask to give you the most pure and inspiring thoughts that will help you and the readers in a positive way.”

I was touched by what she said. To some of you it may sound a bit stupid, but I thought over what she said over and over. It made a lot of sense when I lately tried it a few times. I am not too sure of what I wrote and what I am writing is any good and if my words have the impact I wish I can put into it, but lately every time I sit down to write, I feel more and more confident after I have prayed to God to help me unleash the most inspiring thoughts to generate more good and more positive out there.

Something similar came to my way when I put my mp3 on 2 days back.

I mix different genre of music in my play list. While listening to 2pac n Elton John’s “Ghetto Gospel” soundtrack, I found a line something similar.

“I feel his hand on my brains, when I write rhymes; I go blind and let the Lord do his thang.”

That was part of 2pac’s rap in that track.

Like I mentioned earlier, I read signs. I have a habit of observing and relating one thing to another, trying to get the bigger picture.

Well, that is just me. But if you ever feel down and feel God is nowhere, try convincing yourself to believe, “God is now here” and God will show up. He won’t show up in his direct form, but he will show up in your actions and in your thoughts indirectly making you feel his presence.

Good luck trying that.

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My ebook is coming out soon. I know I bragged about it long and was away for too long. Too bad of an image to create, when you have followers. But now my cooking exams are clear, and back to writing. the ebook is ready to be edited and to go to amazon.

Will see you with more very soon.

Keep reading and spreading the germs of positivity and try inspiring someone; you may just make their day or may be their whole life, you never know. 

 

 

why to worry?

 

Why to worry? – something that my father used to tell me.

He would often find us – kids,  worrying about something that may be happening soon; something that we are afraid that is coming up. In my case, I would be mostly worrying about tests in school or visiting a new place where I would have to deal with strangers or something as simple as having to wake up early next morning.

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
– Albert Einstein.

I used to be the one (using my own example I am trying to relate to many people out there who think or act like I used to) who would be deep down busy worrying about silly things that may happen.

That was the time when he(my father) used to say, “you are not even sure of those scary things happening; worrying about things that may not even happen, you are only allowing the matter to weaken yourself from within. You are worrying without even being sure of things to be worry about.”

This exactly is an issue that will make you lose your today. You are letting your “right now” slip out of your hands by worrying about tomorrow.

Half of the terrible things we worry about do not even happen, or may be more than half of them.

So, do not forget to live this moment. Do not get too busy worrying about what is happening tomorrow.

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I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about. 
– Henry Ford.

 

Put family first

About 1500 school kids in America were asked in 2011, “what is it that makes a happy family?” Out of 1500 kids there was not a single one who said, “Money”. Instead most of them said “Warm Love”.

It was that easy to figure out for an innocent kid. Then why does it take us so long to figure it out?

I have seen people working really hard. They spend day and night after work. Almost like they are not working to live, they are living to work. But when you ask them why so much work you do? Mostly the answer is, “so that I can keep my family happy; I can buy stuff for my wife and kids; send my kids to better University.” or in some cases you hear that, “I want to buy a house or a store or a factory. Then I can keep my family happier. If I do not work hard where I will get the money from?”

Both examples above are real surveys that has been done in 2011.

Now, compare the answers that kids gave and what adults gave. Are kids asking for things or money? All they are asking for is “Warm Love”. Why adults/parents are working hard? So, that they can get more money and give their kids better future.

Now, ask yourself what is more important to you? Building a character of your son or daughter OR Having enough money to be able to send them to Yale; buy them expensive gifts on Christmas. Sure, they would love it. Even at the age of 27 I would also love to have someone giving me a hot-wheels car on Christmas.

The real question is, “what is more important ?” Gathering enough money or being there with the kids to have them feel that you are there. It is very important to spend time with your family.

I had stressed on the example of kids; because once again I have no hesitation repeating that “Kids are the future responsible citizens of this country”. As responsible citizens they will be holding the key to the future. I have mentioned this in 2 or 3 of my blogs before. I will not stop stressing on this same issue that the world is challenged with.

Besides the example of kids the above theory applies to anyone and every one in the family. You have to be sure that every one feels loved the way they deserve to, for whatever role they are playing in your family. Each member is important.

  • If it was not for your father or mother “YOU” will not be here. That “YOU-ness” that you are always so cocky about wouldn’t even exist today, if it was not for your parents. When you were scared as a kid it was them who hold you in their arms and said, “You are safe here with me”.
  • It was the woman you are married to who once said “YES” to you while you were on your knees feeling helpless because if this is not it you are doomed.
  • It was the man of your house that once comforted you in his arms saying, “I am here, I will make sure everything is going to be okay”.

Please value your family. I planned to publish this article especially on Friday so that all of you reading this can realize if you had been lacking in your efforts to put in your family and have the weekend to improvise. Get the family united.

Some monks especially insist on “family time” once or twice a week. Get everyone together; play a board game; do a movie night; have a talk to address everyone facing the problem in the house and find answers together that works for every one’s best.

Put Family First. Starting from now – this very moment!!! Have a lovely weekend.

 

My Magical Rock

(The following does not have to hit you as hard it hit me because I believed. If you believe you would love what you are going to read. If you do not believe I hope something would happen to you soon that will make you believe.)

The title is pretty clear to explain that I have a magical rock. I mean I really do. It was not a metaphor to some philosophy or life lesson. Here is a story for you.

Long ago – almost a year ago; I watched that video (documentary) they made from the book “the secret”. It was impressive at some points. In that there was a story of a man who had this little rock that he called “a gratitude rock”. What he used to do is now and then he would hold that stone in his hands and say things he is very thankful for. Nothing to do with the stone here, it’s just some idea he came up with. He would even carry the stone to make sure at least once or twice a day he does this “thank you for this and that” routine. 

Once when his friend’s son was sick, he sent this rock to him. They put the rock under this kids pillow or something (as I vaguely remember) and in few days the kid was cured; while good medicines did not seem to work for him. The point is this positive energy of being thankful was transformed into that rock over a period.

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Now, that story impressed me. I have no friend with a sick kid or no such mission to carry out, but the idea sounded perfect. The idea of having something that reminds you to be thankful to things and people you have around now and then. And so I started looking for my rock. My only purpose to have a rock that time was to start being thankful and appreciate more in my life.

When I started looking for this rock, I was determined to find something outstanding; something with a style and attitude of its own. It was almost like picking a star cast for a movie that has a potential to win Oscar. Then I started looking for that rock every where I go. On the streets when I am walking; in the park literally searching for it; hiking near the lake, I tried all I could. It was over a week to 10 days I seemed to find no rock that caught my eye or spoke to me.

One morning when I was at work – in the kitchen I had to put away a huge food-order delivery for a busy week. Doing my job like a normal day. Emptying boxes of produce one after another. Potatoes; tomatoes; eggplant, it actually was getting tiring. Then came the box of green beans. As soon as I turned over the box of green beans into a plastic crate there it appeared. The rock that I was looking for past 2 weeks. I wanted a little rock that was impressive with its style; that had an attitude; the one that will speak to me and make me pick it up. I was looking for it out in the streets and in the park but none of those million rocks spoke to me. And here, this one little rock came travelling to me all the way from “I don’t know where”.

 The one here and above is the picture of that rock I found. I found it had style and attitude. Why? Because it came looking for me all the way inside my work place kitchen, where even a fly cannot get in. Barely there is a bunch of cilantro with a little sand in it once in a while. Having this huge rock was just the most surprising thing I ever imagined in a produce order. And so I believed that very instant. I believed that’s gotta be it and so I kept it.

It was one of those happy days in my life. It felt great within to experience something amazing like this. They always said, “Look harder; try harder and you shall get it.” Well, I did look and try hard to find that rock and I think I tried a bit too hard and made this rock travel to me.

Later I kept it with me along with my other “holy” stuff (I’m a bit of religious guy). Reason keeping it with my chanting beads and other little talismans is because I do sit down to pray almost everyday. I tried carrying it with me but was scared it may scratch of the screen on my phone etc. was not a good idea to carry it everywhere. Ever since that day, when I sit down to pray; I hold this rock in my fist and think of all the people and things I am thankful for that includes, “My job (like it or not I am thankful for having one); my family (each with a different gift); my friends (each having little secret of mine to keep); my laptop; my phone…pretty much everything I love or use a lot and can think of at that time.

It really helps. Not by feeding positive energy and life into that rock, but by reminding myself of what surround me and how incomplete or unhappy I may have been if it was not for those things and people in my life. It really helps to realize everyday or now and then, that how good it feels to be thankful.

Hope you all have a good start to your week. In case you missed yesterday’s cartoon “blogs this week”. Check it out. It will give you an idea of what else is coming up this week.

Thank you for reading. Have a great Monday (who am I kidding? We all know Mondays are bad and lazy).