A DAY WITH GOD


 

 

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.
 
When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her some chips. She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.
 
Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer. Again, she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.
 
As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman, and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.
 
When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”
 
Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, “Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?” She replied! “I ate potato chips in the park with God.” However, before her son responded, she added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”
 
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally!
 
Have lunch with God…….bring chips. Send this to people who have touched your life in a special way. Let them know how important they are. I did!!!!
 
God still sits on the throne. You may be going through a tough time right now but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith. My instructions were to pick four people that I wanted God to bless, and I picked you.
 
P.S.: Wisdom and Kindness make a person Attractive
 

help needed. helping deserving students from economically weaker sections for higher education


Education has become a costly affair and poor deserving students belonging to other castes are not able to meet the financial demands of educational institutions.

we are planning to assist meritorious students with some financial aid for their higher education. we welcome all philanthropists, well wishers, charitable organisations to join us in this endeavor and contribute liberally to assist deserving students from economically weaker sections without any distinction of caste creed or colour
Ranjani Geethalaya(Regd.)
(Registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. Regn No S/28043 of 1995)
A society for promotion of traditional values through,
 Music, Dance, Art , Culture, Education and Social service.
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Art of Giving


Art of Giving

 

 

Here is the samskR^tam wisdom verse (suhAshitam) that your first paragraph beautifully explains:
 
 
pibanti nadya: svayameva nāmbha:
svayaṁ na khādanti phalāni vṛkṣā: |
nādanti sasyaṁ khalu vārivāhā:
paropakārāya satāṁ vibhūtaya: ||
 
su.bhā. – sajjanapRaśaṁsā (51/170)
 
nadīṣu jalaṁ bhavati | parantu nadya: svayameva tat jalaṁ kadāpi na pibanti | vṛkṣeṣu phalāni bhavanti | te vṛkṣā: api svayameva tāni phalāni kadāpi na khādanti | jalavarṣaṇena sasyāni yathā samyak pravṛddhāni bhaveyu: tathā kurvanti meghā: | parantu te svena vardhitāni sasyāni svayameva na khādanti | evameva sajjanā: svasamīpe vidyamānānāṁ sampattīnām upayogaṁ svayaṁ na kurvanti | api tu paropakārārthameva tāsāṁ viniyogaṁ kurvanti | 
 
 
 
 
पिबन्ति नद्य: स्वयमेव नाम्भ:
स्वयं न खादन्ति फलानि वृक्षा: ।
नादन्ति सस्यं खलु वारिवाहा:
परोपकाराय सतां विभूतय: ॥

सु.भा. – सज्जनप्रशंसा (५१/१७०)

नदीषु जलं भवति । परन्तु नद्य: स्वयमेव तत् जलं कदापि न पिबन्ति । वृक्षेषु फलानि भवन्ति । ते वृक्षा: अपि स्वयमेव तानि फलानि कदापि न खादन्ति । जलवर्षणेन सस्यानि यथा सम्यक् प्रवृद्धानि भवेयु: तथा कुर्वन्ति मेघा: । परन्तु ते स्वेन वर्धितानि सस्यानि स्वयमेव न खादन्ति । एवमेव सज्जना: स्वसमीपे विद्यमानानां सम्पत्तीनाम् उपयोगं स्वयं न कुर्वन्ति । अपि तु परोपकारार्थमेव तासां विनियोगं कुर्वन्ति ।

 
There is water in the rivers, but the river never drinks its own water.  There are fruits on the trees, but those trees also never eat their own fruits. It is through rainfall that all plants and trees grow lusciously, but the clouds never eat the plants brought up by their own water.  In the same way, Virtuous People use their abundances such as wealth, knowledge, etc. not for themselvesbut for others.
 
പിബന്തി നദ്യ: സ്വയമേവ നാംഭ:
സ്വയം ന ഖാദന്തി ഫലാനി വൃക്ഷാ: | 
നാദന്തി സസ്യം ഖലു വാരിവാഹാ:
പരോപകാരായ സതാം വിഭൂതയ: || 
 
സു.ഭാ. – സജ്ജനപ്രശംസാ (51/170)
 
നദീഷു ജലം ഭവതി |  പരന്തു നദ്യ: സ്വയമേവ തത് ജലം കദാപി ന പിബന്തി |  വൃക്ഷേഷു ഫലാനി ഭവന്തി |  തേ വൃക്ഷാ: അപി സ്വയമേവ താനി ഫലാനി കദാപി ന ഖാദന്തി |  ജലവർഷണേന സസ്യാനി യഥാ സമ്യക് പ്രവൃദ്ധാനി ഭവേയു: തഥാ കുർവന്തി മേഘാ: |  പരന്തു തേ സ്വേന വർധിതാനി സസ്യാനി സ്വയമേവ ന ഖാദന്തി |  ഏവമേവ സജ്ജനാ: സ്വസമീപേ വിദ്യമാനാനാം സമ്പത്തീനാം ഉപയോഗം സ്വയം ന കുർവന്തി |  അപി തു പരോപകാരാർഥമേവ താസാം വിനിയോഗം കുർവന്തി |
 
பிப³ந்தி நத்³ய: ஸ்வயமேவ நாம்ப⁴:
ஸ்வயம்ʼ ந கா²த³ந்தி ப²லானி வ்ருʼக்ஷா: | 
நாத³ந்தி ஸஸ்யம்ʼ க²லு வாரிவாஹா:
பரோபகாராய ஸதாம்ʼ விபூ⁴தய: || 
 
ஸு.பா⁴. – ஸஜ்ஜனப்ரஸ²ம்ʼஸா (51/170)
 
நதீ³ஷு ஜலம்ʼ ப⁴வதி |  பரந்து நத்³ய: ஸ்வயமேவ தத் ஜலம்ʼ கதா³பி ந பிப³ந்தி |  வ்ருʼக்ஷேஷு ப²லானி ப⁴வந்தி |  தே வ்ருʼக்ஷா: அபி ஸ்வயமேவ தானி ப²லானி கதா³பி ந கா²த³ந்தி |  ஜலவர்ஷணேன ஸஸ்யானி யதா² ஸம்யக் ப்ரவ்ருʼத்³தா⁴னி ப⁴வேயு: ததா² குர்வந்தி மேகா⁴: |  பரந்து தே ஸ்வேன வர்தி⁴தானி ஸஸ்யானி ஸ்வயமேவ ந கா²த³ந்தி |  ஏவமேவ ஸஜ்ஜனா: ஸ்வஸமீபே வித்³யமானானாம்ʼ ஸம்பத்தீனாம் உபயோக³ம்ʼ ஸ்வயம்ʼ ந குர்வந்தி |  அபி து பரோபகாரார்த²மேவ தாஸாம்ʼ வினியோக³ம்ʼ குர்வந்தி |
 
 
 
Here is a beautiful message for most of us which I humbly believe not only as to be nice to have but how nice if we are able to practice!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Art Of Giving
 
“Rivers do not drink their own water, nor do tree eat their own fruit, nor do rain clouds eat the grains reared by them. The wealth of the noble is used solely for the benefit of others!
Even after accepting that giving is good and that one must learn to give, several questions need to be answered.
 
The first question is:
When should one give?
 
We all know the famous incident from Mahabharat.
Yudhisthir asks a beggar seeking alms to come the next day. On this, Bhim rejoices that Yudhisthir his brother, has conquered death! For he is sure that he will be around the next day to give. Yudhisthir gets the message.
One does not know really whether one will be there tomorrow to give!
The time to give, therefore, is now.
 
The next question is:
‘How much to give?’
 
One recalls the famous incident from history.
Rana Pratap was reeling after defeat from the Moghals. He had lost his army, he had lost his wealth, and most important, he had lost hope, his will to fight. At that time, in his darkest hour, his erstwhile minister, Bhamasha, came seeking him and placed his entire fortune at the disposal of Rana Pratap. With this, Rana Pratap raised an army and lived to fight another day.
The answer to this question how much to give is:
“Give as much as one can!

The next question is:
‘What to give?’
 
It is not only money that can be given away. It could be a flower or even a smile.

It is not how much one gives but how one gives that really matters. When you give a smile to a stranger that may be the only good thing received by him in days and weeks!


“You can give anything but you must give with all your heart!”
 
One also needs answer to this question 
Whom to give?
 
Many times we avoid giving by finding fault with the person who is seeking. However, being judgmental and rejecting a person on the presumption that he may not be the most deserving, is not justified.
 
“Give without being judgmental!”

Next we have to answer:
‘How to give?’
 
Coming to the manner of giving, one has to ensure that the receiver does not feel humiliated, nor the giver feels proud by giving.

In giving, follow the advice ‘Let not your left hand know what your right hand gives? Charity without publicity and fanfare is the highest form of charity.’

‘Give quietly!’
While giving, let not the recipient feel small or humiliated. After all, what we give never really belonged to us. We come to this world with nothing and will go with nothing. The thing gifted was only with us for a temporary period. Why then take pride in giving away something which really did not belong to us?
Give with grace and with a feeling of gratitude.

“What should one feel after giving?”
 
We all know the story of Eklavya. When Dronacharya asked him for his right thumb as “Guru Dakshina, he unhesitatingly cut off the thumb and gave it to Dronacharya.
There is a little known sequel to this story.
Eklavya was asked whether he ever regretted the act of giving away his thumb. He replied, and the reply has to be believed to be true, as it was asked to him when he was dying.

His reply was “Yes! I regretted this only once in my life. It was when Pandavas were coming in to kill Dronacharya who was broken hearted on the false news of death of his son, Ashwathama, and had stopped fighting. It was then that I regretted the loss of my thumb. If the thumb was there, no one could have dared hurt my Guru?

The message to us is clear.

Give and never regret giving!
 
And the last question is:
‘How much should we provide for our heirs?’
 
Ask yourself ‘are we taking away from them the gift of work? – A source of happiness?
The answer is given by Warren Buffett:
“Leave your kids enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing!”

would conclude by saying:
 
Let us learn the Art of Giving,
and quoting the Saint Kabir:
 
“When the wealth in the house increases, when water fills a boat, throw them out (for good causes) with both hands!”
This is the wise thing to do!
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  Truth is always like oil in water.
  No matter how much water you add to depress it,
  it always floats on Top…
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Why Charity is is important


In today’s materialistic society, charity is often seen as low priority. 
 

However the reality is that the community we live in has a huge influence on us personally – it fosters safety, responsibility and sustainability – so it is important that we take our community seriously for the greater good of humanity and for our own personal benefit. 

Most importantly though, you’ll gain an appreciation for what REALLY matters – and it’s not fame or fortune! 

After-all, there are many high-profiled people who are great believers in charity and the planet. Bill Gates donates millions of dollars to charities, Bob Geldoff and U2’s Bono are great crusaders against world poverty, and many other celebrities offer money and their time to a variety of causes. 

Yes, these people have the money to give and their image has done pretty well out of their endeavours – but at the heart of their generosity is the genuine desire to make a difference. And they do. 

But, you don’t need lots of money or fame to contribute to the community – we all can. 

It is my honest belief that we should all help those less fortunate than ourselves – and trust me, if you have the resources to be able to read this article on-line, then there are lots of people out there who are less fortunate! 

Whether this help is financial through appropriate donations or through donating your time as a volunteerdoesn’t really matter, but we should all feel some social responsibility to do something. 

Everyone can do something. YOU can do something. If you don’t have the time, DONATE. If you can’t afford to donate money, VOLUNTEER and offer your time or services. 

Making Donations 

As a general guide, aim to donate 10% of your income to charity. You may have heard the phrase, “Charity starts at home” – so make sure your budget can afford it! 

Some things to keep in mind when choosing a charity:

  • Pick a cause that you believe in the most – all charities are worthwhile, but which ones are YOU passionate about?
  • Look around your, there are thousands of poor people desrve to be helped out, there are so many families which are not having food, money for education, warm clothes, fan for cooling, shelter to stay, basic comodities. Go help them, help them on weekly, monthly basis. Consider the ways they can get their jobs back so that they are not depenedant on anyone anymore Work on the preventive actions to reduce poverty and poorness.
  • Payment terms – do they have a ‘subscription’ donation system where you’re set up to make regular donations? Do they have a minimum donation acceptable? Do they accept all payment options? Do they provide a written receipt (they should!)? An of course, is this all acceptable to your finances.
  • Can you claim donations for this particular charity as a Tax Deduction? What are the particular tax laws in your country?
  • What does the charity do with the money – are you concerned that too much of the money is spent on administration fees and staff costs?
  • Of the charities you’ve investigated, which one gives the biggest ‘Bang for your buck’?

And of course, encourage your children to give some of their money to charity too – little kids love putting money in donation boxes, and you may be surprised how well older children understand the concept of giving to charity

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the basic differences between God and humans is,

God gives, gives and forgives.

But the human gets, gets, gets and forgets….& still not Happy ?

Always Be Thankful to GOD for giving us a wonderful Life….

 

CHARITY

True charity brings prosperity to the donor. “The way to receive is to give”. Sacrifice is a synonym for success.

The phenomenon of colour substantiates this law of nature. Science explains this truth. Light is constituted of seven colours- violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. When an object is bathed in light the seven colours impinge upon the object. Some objects absorb all the colours. Those objects appear black. Some objects throw back, reflect all the colours. Those appear white. When an object absorbs six colours and reflects one colour only, then that object appears in the particular colour that it gives away. For example, a lotus appears blue because it absorbs all other vibgyoric colours except blue. Strange as it may seem but that is the phenomena of colours. An object gains the colour it gives away.

Learn this wonderful lesson from nature. Give away, sacrifice, renounce everything and you become white, pure and perfect. Take in, aggrandize, and accumulate you become black, impure and imperfect. This is the law.

Give the unfortunate more than they expect and do it cheerfully…the more you give, the more GOD will give you.

Values are related to each other as if they are members of a Great Family.

From Peace & Happiness emerges Inner Joy.

From this state of Wholeness Love awakens and with it the desire to Share & Give.

Two of its relatives are Tolerance & Respect.

All values have a shared origin which unites them – the Peace of Spirituality.

When you lose Peace you begin to lose Everything…!

Courtesy – Sudhaji, Dubai

 

 

 

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Ripple Effect


 

When you throw a stone into a pond, you’ll see a splash and hear a specific sound generated by the touch of stone with the water. You will notice circles rippling out from the point where stone hit the water. The stone touched the water only once however the number of waves was more than that. Did you also noticed that you did one simple act of throwing a stone but it resulted in several waves generation in all directions travelling to a large distance? This is what we call Ripple Effect.
 
If you closely observe your day to day life, you will notice that most of your acts are generating ripples in the society since a lot of people are getting affected either positively or negatively. If you are doing a positive act, the ripple effect is going to be positive. For example, if you help your friend or colleague, there is a most likely chance that he will help you and others when he finds you or others in any crisis. Hence I believe that positive acts result in positive ripples and negative effects generate negative ripples. Since this article is going to be read by all kind of intellectuals so I will summarize some basic example of positive and negative ripples.
 
1- When you share some inspiring article/video/story with your friends through email, Facebook, Google Plus, blog, website or any other online media, it will have a positive impact on hundreds of lives; Just to elaborate, if you have sent this article by email to 100 friends and only 20 of those share the same information with their colleagues/friends then this article will reach and inspire another 20*100 = 2000 people. This won’t stop here since these 2000 people are going to share that with another thousands of people so the article consequently touches millions!
2- When you work on some humanity service project (for example, giving some money for charity on monthly basis, opening an orphan house, installing water tanks in areas where water is not available to drink, visiting hospitals to help poor people etc) you are generating an unstoppable ripple effect. Hundreds of people will get inspired by you and start doing the same (more or less) acts.
 
3- When you want to show your driving ‘skills’ and ‘thrills’ by bad or speedy driving while your friends or family members are with you, you are encouraging them to do the same when they are given a chance. These friends will probably do the same and encourage more people for this bad act. Down the road in 6 month you might become the root cause of rash driving for 100+ people or more!
 
This paragraph is for Muslims only: If we closely think, the positive ripples can become a source of Sadqa Jaria which is extremely required after your death. If you have done something similar to Point-1 and Point-2, these deeds will keep sending you the Hasanat (currency of Aakhirah) in your after-death-bank-account. Always remember that dollars, pounds or euros wont help you on the day of Judgment, the thing which will help you is your acts of kindness and their usage by the society. If you inspire and convince more and more people for any good deed (by your words or by doing the task actually) you are basically ensuring your share in the Hasanat which they is going to do (while their share will not be impacted). 
 
Conclusion: Positive Acts of kindness can bring magical results on earth. Everyone need to understand the concept that all of his/her acts are generating ripples in the society which are either improving or polluting the society.
 
Do you audit yourself on how much pollution or prosperity you are contributing to the society?