A FOOT HAS NO NOSE - An African tale narrated by the experiencer Of the many interactions I had with my mother those many years ago, one stands out withAug 22, 2007 1 of 3View SourceA FOOT HAS NO NOSE- An African tale narrated by the experiencerOf the many interactions I had with my mother those many years ago, one stands out with clarity.I remember the occasion when mother sent me to the main road, about twenty yards away from the homestead, to invite a passing group of seasonal work-seekers home for a meal. She instructed me to take a container along and collect dry cow dung for making a fire. I was then to prepare the meal for the group of work-seekers.The thought of making an open fire outside at midday, cooking in a large three-legged pot in that intense heat, was sufficient to upset even an angel. I did not manage to conceal my feelings from my mother and, after serving the group, she called me to the veranda where she usually sat to attend to her sewing and knitting.Looking straight into my eyes, she daid "Boy, why did you sulk when I requested you to prepare a meal for those poor destitute people?"Despite my attempt to deny her allegation, and using the heat of the fire and the sun as an excuse for my alleged behaviour, mother, giving me a firm look, said ""Lonao ga lo na nko" - "A foot has no nose". It means: you cannot detect what trouble may lie ahead of you.Had I denied this group of people a meal, it may have happened that, in my travels some time in the future, I found myself at the mercy of those very individuals. As if that was not enough to shame me, mother continued: "Motho ke motho ka motho yo mongwe". The literal meaning: "A person is a person because of another person"!!That day I learnt the most wonderful lesson of life that even the suffering people have a lot to teach us for our own upliftment of the soul!SPIRITUAL COMMENTARYSuffering people are often our best teachers.When someone we love suffers, we suffer with that person, and we would not have it otherwise, because the suffering and the love are one, just as it is with God's love for us. It is really rather foolish to so often feel we have to say something brilliant and enlightening to someone who is suffering but simple companionship and love & concern from someone is what suffering people often crave for - not a course in philosophy.There is a beautiful short story which explains the essence of helping others during their times of crisis (narrated by an anonymous person)- "On the street I saw a small girl cold and shivering in a thin dress, with little hope of a decent meal. I became angry and said to God, Why did you permit this? Why don't you do something about it? For a while God said nothing. That night He replied quite suddenly, I certainly did do something about it, I made you."God has created us to help eachother and keep eachother happy and peaceful. We all need eachother to comfort us during times of our crisis. We think we understand another person's struggle, until God reveals the same shortcomings in our lives.In whatever God does in the course of our lives, he gives us, through the experience, some power to help others.How can we help others ease their suffering?-Listen, Listen, Listen - the person who is grieving must be allowed an open expression of feelings without condemnation at all stages of the grief process.-Understand your own feelings - be honest about those feelings.-Affirm the value of the one who is grieving - share memories and stories.-Don't use cliches. They are meaningless, devalue the person, and show a real lack of understanding.-Encourage reality. Gently and patiently help the person to accept what has happened and to go on with life.-Weep with them. Tears unite us when words fail !-Don't stifle their grief. Every human being must go through the grief process after suffering a significant loss.-Touch, don't talk. One hug can say more than a million words.-Give practical help. Plan meals, clean the house, help make arrangements, care for the children, give some relief from daily requirements.-Don't avoid talking about the afflicted or departed one.-Motivate them to mingle with others. Invite them over to dinner or for an outing.-Don't disappear after a couple of weeks. Be committed to care after the initial crisis is past.It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself."Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve, you don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second law of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. " Martin Luther KingSo do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all times you can, by all the means you can, as long as ever you can!
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Dear All, Hari om! Pls refer to the attached flyer for the upcoming lectures on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 by Sri Vasudevacharyaji from 16-18th September atAug 22, 2007 1 of 3View SourceDear All,Hari om! Pls refer to the attached flyer for the upcoming lectures on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 by Sri Vasudevacharyaji from 16-18th September at Hindu Center, Singapore from 7.30pm 9pm.*********************************************************A brief introduction about Sri VasudevacharyajiSri Vasudevacharya ji (formally Dr Michael Comans) is a senior disciple of Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, one of the great contemporary Hindu teachers of the present day.Sri Vasudevacharya ji studied with Swami Dayananda in the traditional manner from 1980 until 1983, first at the Chinmaya Mission Ashram in Piercy, California, and later in Rishikesh, India. He returned to Australia in 1983 and completed his Doctorate in Classical Indian Philosophy at the Australian National University in 1987. He taught briefly at that University before taking up a position as Lecturer in Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy at The University of Sydney.He has published a number of articles and books on Advaita Vedanta, the most recent being The Method of Early Advaita Vedanta (Motilal Banarsidass, 2000).He has also composed an Advaita treatise in Sanskrit, Advaitapratibodha.In 1998 he was given diksha from his guru with the name Vasudevacharya. Since then he has been teaching the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads full-time to the general public. Sri Vasudevacharya ji is the first person in Australia to have taught the entire Bhagavad Gita to the general public. He commenced a Bhagavad Gita Jnana Yajna in March 1996, at a function inaugurated by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, and through regular weekly classes he concluded the teaching of the eighteenth chapter in October 1997. Since then he has taught the complete Bhagavad Gita at the Sri Venkateshwara Temple in Helensburg and on two other occasions in his regular classes.He is also the first person in Australia to have taught the major Upanishads: he has taught Isha, Kena, Katha, Mundaka, Mandukya, Taittiriya, Aitareya, Prashna, Chandogya (ch. 6) and Brihadaranyaka (Muni Kanda).He is able to present simply and clearly the essential vision of the Veda, and through the Bhagavad Gita he can show how spirituality intersects with everyday life. Sri Vasudevacharya ji holds regular classes on the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and Sanskrit in Sydney and Melbourne where he has a number of devoted students.***************************************************************More about him can be read at these websites :
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SHARPEN THE AXE Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job at a timber merchant s, and got it. The pay was really good and so were the workAug 22, 2007 1 of 3View SourceSHARPEN THE AXE
Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job at a timber merchant's, and got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.
His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought eighteen trees
"Congratulations," said the boss. "Go on that way !"
Motivated for the boss' words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could bring only fifteen trees. The third day he tried even harder, but could manage just ten trees. Day by day he brought less and less trees.
"I must be losing my strength." the woodcutter thought. He went to his boss and apologized, saying he could not understand what was going on.
"When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" the boss asked."Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees."!SPIRITUAL COMMENTARY
Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don't take time to "Sharpen The Axe".
In today's world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever, but less happy than ever. Why is that?Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay sharp? There's nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But God doesn't want us to get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, like taking time to pray, to read and do noble things in life.We all need time to relax, to think and meditate, to learn and grow. If we don't take time to sharpen the
axe, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness.So start today. Think about the ways in which you could do your job more effectively and make your life more meaningful and add a lot of value to it!!
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