Selections from Bhartruhari’s Niti shatakam – 2

Bhartruhari was a famous king and he renounced the world and composed Niti Satakam consisting of  one hundred verses .We have seen some of the selected verses from the Niti Satakam. Some more are given below.

The original is in Sanskrit and the verses given here are translated by the scholar (late) Sohan Lal. Our thanks to this great scholar.

WEALTH DISPOSAL IN THREE WAYS

There are three ways in which wealth may be disposed of viz., enjoyment , gift and destruction.One who has neither enjoyed it nor given it to others, his wealth must be fated with nothing but destruction.

TWO DIFFERENT STAGES OF LIFE

When anybody is suffering from poverty, he would be anxious to accept a handful of millets, and the same person when he turns out to be a wealthy man would consider the world as a mere straw. Thus, these two different stages of life make people high and low spirited and spreading and folding of all other things is dealt with in the same manner.

WEALTH IS IMPORTANT

One who is wealthy is a man of good family, a wise scholar, full of qualities and worthy of an interview.From this, it follows that all qualities are subject to wealth.

FRIENDSHIP WITH WICKED AND VIRTUOUS

Friendship with the wicked is just like the shadow of the sunshine of noon, which is very long and broad in the beginning and decreases at every moment, whereas the sincerity of the virtuous is just the opposite. It is but trifling in the beginning and as the time passes, it increases rapidly at every step and moment.

Bhartruhari’s poems are quoted by every scholar through out the length and breadth of India for the past many centuries.

All the one hundred verses are very interesting and informative. Those who read Niti Shatakam will lead a very successful life.

 Compiled by S.Nagarajan

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The Secret is revealed – 3

  • Given below are some more interesting quotes from “The Secret”!
  • Decide what you want. Believe you can have it, believe you deserve it, believe you deserve it, believe it is possible for you.
  • Close your eyes and visualize having what you have already. Enjoy it! Then release into the universe. The universe will manifest it.
  • “Whatever the mind of man can conceive, it can achieve.” – W. Clement Stone
  • Set a goal so big that if you achieved it, it would blow your mind.
  • When you have an inspired thought, you must trust it and act on it.
  • Life is meant to be abundant in All areas.
  • We are the creators of our universe.
  • Write down the things you like most about them. Law of attraction will not put you in the same space together if your frequencies don’t match.
  • You are the only one that creates your reality.
  • No one else can think or feel for you … It is YOU… ONLY YOU.
  • Health: thank the universe for your own healing. Laugh, stress-free happiness will keep you healthy.
  • The immune system will heal itself.
  • Parts of our bodies are replaced every day, every week,… etc… Within a few years, we have a brand new body.
  • See yourself living in a new body. Hopeful = recovery. Happy = happier biochemistry. Stress degrades the body.
  • Learn to become still.. and take your attention away from what you don’t want, and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
  • You are not here to try to get the world to be just as you want it. You are here to create the world around you that you choose.
  • Write your script. When you see things you don’t want, don’t think about them, Write about them, talk about them, push against them or join groups that focus on them…. Remove your attention from don’t wants…. And instead, place them on DO wants.
  • ALL THAT WE ARE IS A RESULT OF WHAT WE HAVE THOUGHT – BUDDHA.

Having read all these beautiful and useful quotes, now you may go in for the book or you may get the film ‘The Secret’.

Best of Luck!

S.Nagarajan

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The Secret is revealed – 2             

Given below are some more interesting quotes from “The Secret” Your thoughts cause your feelings.Thoughts that bring about good feelings mean you are on the right track.

You get exactly what you are FEELING.Happy feelings will attract more happy circumstances.

What you focus on with your thought and feeling is what you attract into your experience.

Shift your awareness.‘You create your own universe as you go along.’ – Winston Churchill

It is important to feel good.

You can change your emotion immediately, by thinking of something joyful, or singing a song, or remembering a happy experience.

Universe will rearrange itself accordingly.The universe likes SPEED. Don’t delay, don’t second- guess, don’t doubt.

You can start with nothing – a way will be provided.

Gratitude will bring more into our lives immediately.

Play the picture in your mind – focus on the end result.

VISUALIZE –  Rehearse your future.

VISUALIZE – See it, feel it     This is where action begins.

Always Feel the Joy … Feel the Happiness.

An affirmative thought is hundred times more powerful than a negative one.

Our job is not to worry about the ‘HOW’. The ‘HOW’ will show up out of the commitment any belief in the ‘WHAT’.

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

We will see some more quotes in our next article.
Compiled by S.Nagarajan

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The Secret is revealed – 1  

Have you ever heard about the book ‘The Secret’ or the name of Rhonda Byrne?Rhonda byrne was born in Australia and began her career as a radio producer before moving into television production.  In 2006 her work took a very different direction when she released The Secret film, viewed by millions across the planet.

She followed with The Secret book, a worldwide best seller available in 50 languages with over 20 million copies in print.She has written subsequently the books – The Power, The Magic and Hero.

Byrne says The Secret was inspired by the 1910 book The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles.The Secret was also known as The Law of Attraction.The Law of Attraction is sometimes described with the catch phrase “Ask, Believe, Receive.”

Some of the best quotations from The Secret is given below:

  1. We all work with one Infinite Power.
  2. The Secret is the Law of Attraction (LOA)
  3. Whatever is going on in your mind is what you are attracting.
  4. We are like magnets – like attracts like. You become and attract what you think.
  5. Every thought has a frequency. Thoughts send out a magnetic energy.
  6. People think about what they don’t want and attract more of the same.
  7. Thought = Creation. If these thoughts are attracted to powerful emotions (good or bad) that speeds creation.
  8. You attract your dominant thoughts.
  9. Those who speak most of illness have illness, those who speak most of properity have it etc.

10.Choose your thoughts carefully. You are a masterpiece of your life.Let us see some more quotes from the Secret in our next article.

S.Nagarajan

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Suggestions to Live Long!- 2       

Some more suggestions from the people who lived 100 + years.

21) My inspiration is Robert Browning’s poem ‘AbtVogler’. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles.

22) Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it.

23) Science alone can’t help or cure people.

24) Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do.

25) It is wonderful to live long. Until one is 60 years old, it is easy to work for one’s family and to achieve one’s goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute to society.  Since the age of 65, I have worked as a volunteer. I still put in 18 hours seven days a week and love every minute of it.

26) I try not to worry, I just try to live it.

27) I try to have enough trust and confidence in myself to deal with things as they come.

28) Keep busy doing what you like.

29) Try not to eat anything that is unhealthy.

30) Quit while you are ahead.

31) It is important to take care of your mind.

32) Humor is a life force, a way of surviving the difficulties of living.

33) When you laugh at yourself, you prevent others from laughing at you.

34) I think people have to be curious. They have to be excited about seeing new things, meeting new people, watching a new play – just passionate about life.

35) Age is not a disease.

36) Don’t get hurt.

37) Help ever, hurt never!

38) Be honest. I have rarely lied.

39) Keep an open mind, and things seem less strange.

40) Always listen to the other person. You will learn something.

Let us follow what they told us so that we could also live long!

Compiled by S.Nagarajan

 

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Suggestions to Live Long!

Everybody is interested to live long.That too, without any diseases.There is nothing wrong in this desire. We may get suggestion from the persons who lived long ௲ at least a hundred years!
Here are some of the suggestions from those who lived long:

Don’t look at the calendar.Keep celebrating every day.

Invest in quality pieces, they never go out of styles.
I make myself go out everyday, even if it is only to walk around the block. The key to staying young is to keep moving.
Don’t compare. You ‘ll never be happy with your life. The grass is always greener.
Do one thing each day that is just for you.
Forgive!
Find your passion and live it.
Most time things will figure themselves out.
Choose the right partner.
Learn to adapt.
Keep going and never give it up.
Don’t just die because you want to.
Life is fun. It is all up to the person. Be satisfied. You don’t have to be ‘happy’ all the time, you need to be satisfied.
Love people. Find something to like about the person- it’s there-because we’re all just people.
Get a great education. That is something that no one can take away from you.
Think positive.
Exercise every morning.
Be active. Eat pretty correctly and get exercise and fresh air and sunshine.
There is no need to ever retire, but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65.
To stay healthy always, take the stairs and carry your own stuff.

Well, these are some of the suggestions we get from the people who lived 100+ years!

Compiled by S.Nagarajan

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Wise Sayings of Vidur – 2

 Some of the sayings of Mahatma Vidur to the king Dhritharashtra is given below:

These two persons never shine because of their incompatible acts, viz., a householder without exertion and a beggar busied in schemes.These two live (as it were) in a region higher than heaven itself, viz., a man of power endued with forgiveness, and poor man that is charitable.

These two should be thrown into the water, tightly binding weights to their necks, viz., a wealthy man that does not give away, and a poor man that is proud.Great fear springs from these three crimes, viz., theft of other’s property, outrage on other’s wives, and breach with friend.

These three, besides, being destructive to one’s own self, are the gates of hell, viz., lust, anger, and covetousness. Therefore, everyone should renounce them.Crowned with prosperity and leading the life of a householder, let this four dwell with you, viz., old consanguineous, relatives, high-born persons fallen into adversity, poor friends, and issueless sisters.

These five fires should be worshipped with regard by a person, viz., father, mother, fire (proper), soul and preceptor.By serving these five, men attain great fame in this world, viz., the gods, the ancestors, men, beggars, and guests.These five follow you wherever you go, viz., friends, foes, those that are indifferent, dependants, and those that are entitled to maintenance.

The six faults should be avoided by a person who wishes to attain prosperity, viz., sleep, drowsiness, fear, anger, indolence, and procrastination.These six should be renounced like a splitting vessel in the sea, viz., a preceptor that cannot expound the scriptures, a priest that is illiterate, a king that is unable to protect, a wife that speak disagreeable words, a cow-herd that doth not wish to go to the fields, and a barber that wish to renounce a village for the woods.Verily, those six qualities should never be forsaken by men, viz., truth, charity, diligence, benevolence, forgiveness, and patience.

These six are always miserable, viz., the envious, the malicious, the discontented, the irascible, the ever-suspicious, and those depending upon the fortunes of others.A king (or in modern times, a leader or an administrator) should renounce these seven faults; women, dice, hunting, drinking, the harshness of speech, the severity of punishment, and misuse of wealth.These eight qualities glorify a man, viz., wisdom, high birth, self-restraint, learning, prowess, moderation in speech, gift according to one’s power, and gratitude.

This house has nine doors, three pillars, and five witnesses. It is presided over by the soul. That learned man who know all this is truly wise. (Meaning : The human body has nine holes. The three pillars are as per ayurveda – vada,pitham,kapam.The five witnesses are five senses)

These ten do not know what virtue is viz., the intoxicated, inattentive, the raving, the fatigued, the angry, the starving, the hasty, the covetous, the frightened, and the lustful. Therefore, he that is wise must eschew the company of these.One should read Vidurneethi so that he could lead a successful healthy, wealthy and spiritual life.

S.Nagarajan
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20. September 2017

Wise Sayings of Vidur 

Mahabharata,the great Indian Epic is unique in the sense one may get all guidelines to lead a healthy.wealthy, spiritual life from it.
In Udyogaparva we come across a beautiful dialogue between Vidur and King Dhrutharashtra.
Vidur was the half-brother of Dhrutharashtra. He is considered to be the incarnation of Dharma Raja Yama (God of Death)
Duryodhana, the son of Dhrutharashtra.refused the demand of Pandavas for minimum compensation.
Worried over the turn of events Dhrutharashtra called Vidur and wanted to hear the policies that must be adopted by all for leading a smooth worldly life.
This portion is called as VidurNeethi.

Vidur Says:
I How to be happy?
Discriminating the two by means of the one, bring under thy subjection the three by means of four, and also conquering the five and knowing the six, and abstaining from the seven, be happy.
It is very difficult to understand here what is meant by one, two etc.
The learned have explained the meaning thus:
One means firm intelligence
Two means determining correctly what is to be done and what not to be done.
Three means friend, enemy and a neutral person
Four means Sama,Dana,Bheda, Dhandam. Sama means conciliation. Dana means gifts or compensation.Bheda means usage of Logic or Trickery of mind.Dhanda means force or armaments.
Five means five senses
Six means sandhi,vigraham,yanam,asanam, dvidhibhav and samasrayanam
These are the six ways which Code for Kings stipulates.
Seven means excessive desire of women, playing dice, hunting, drinking, using harsh words, hard punishment and spending money recklessly.
Now if we apply our mind using the above definitions, we will be able to understand what Vidur says.

II What one should not do alone?

Alone one should not partake of any savoury viand, nor alone reflect on concerns of profit, nor alone go upon a journey, nor alone remain awake among sleeping companions.

III Which are the two like thorns on the body?
These two are like sharp thorns afflicting the body, viz., the desires of a poor man, and the anger of the impotent.
(To be continued)

S.Nagarajan

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How to Prevent Ageing: Use Your Brain to Change Your Age

 Daniel G. Amen is a clinical scientist, psychologist, and brain-imaging expert. He has published 45 professional articles and written twenty-eight best-selling books.The book under review, ‘Use your brain to change your age’ consists of ten chapters in 368 pages.

The fountain of youth is between your ears declares the author. It is your brain that makes the decisions that keep you healthy, happy, and on track to live a long time, and it is your brain that makes the bad decisions that ruin your health and send you off to the undertaker early.

The brain is the most complicated organ in the universe. It is estimated that there are hundred billion cells in the brain. It is 80 percent water. The brain is the most energy hungry and expensive real estate in our body. It is needless to say that we have to take care of our brain.

He is giving seven principles for a healthier living. Next, he advises us to know our numbers. The body mass index should be between 18.5 and 24.9. The waist to height ratio should be less than half your height. Know the number of calories you need and spend in a day. Know the number of fruits and vegetables a day you eat. Know how many hours you sleep each night. Getting less than eight hours sleep chronically is associated with cognitive decline.

And there other numbers you must know about you! Next you have to follow the seven simple rules about brain healthy nutrition that will become your longevity medicine!

There are twenty brain tips for making food your fountain of youth. Regular exercise will not only increase how long you live but also the quality of life in those years. There are eight steps to optimize both your PFC or prefrontal cortex and level of consciousness to boost the control you have over your life.

Just plants need water; the skin and brain also need water. Drink plenty of filtered water in order to flush toxins from your body. Basically there are eight brain types namely impulsive, compulsive, impulsive-compulsive, sad, anxious, temporal lobe, toxic and post-traumatic stress. Knowing the type of brain is critical to getting the right help.

This inspiring book is very powerful. It gives you practical advice. All chapters are filled with great stories.

Those who started reading this book will naturally go in for the other books of Daniel G. Amen. I strongly recommend this compelling and convincing book for everybody.

 Santhanam Nagarajan

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Miraculous Incidents Due to Positive Emotions From Day to Day Life and History

Human beings are driven by emotions. Emotion was defined by William James in 1884 as ‘a state of mind that manifests itself by sensible changes in the body’. There are positive emotions and there are negative emotions too.

John A. Schindler in his book, ‘How to Live 365 Days a Year’ says, ‘In any emotion, there are external manifestations- that is, changes one can see exhibited externally on the surface of the body.

Thus negative emotions like anger, anxiety, fear, discouragement, longing etc. induce illness. On the contrary positive emotions like love, joy, hope etc. cures many diseases.

We could read many news from newspapers which are unbelievable.

Here is one such event published in Times of India 4th March 2013 issue.

One Mr Dharmarajan, a 70 – year old Sri Lankan Tamilian, Vavuniya was bedridden due to a prolonged ailment. He has lost trace of his 55 – year old sister.

Thevathu Rukmini Devi was lost for the past 26 years. Suddenly one day he heard the news that his sister is alive. On hearing this news he simply jumped out of his bed and started walking.

When he had almost given up hope of ever meeting his sister, he heard the good news which acted as a tonic and the news acted as a booster shot of energy. His sister was living in Madurai, South India in a refugee camp for many years after escaping from Sri Lanka.

One positive emotion, true love cured his illness when doctors failed.

Such is the power of positive emotion.

Let us go to Indian history. Tavernier in course of his visit to India had chronicled his experiences in a book, Travels, that was first published in 1677 A.D. One of the incidents he mentioned in his book is worth to be noted.

The Raja of Vellore was killed in a battle with the king of Vispur. Eleven of his wives resolved to die with him. On knowing this, the General of Vispur imprisoned all of them together. They told the keeper at the time, ‘Imprisonment is futile. We shall die in three hours’.

After three hours all of them lay stretched on the floor dead, and were gone with their husband, without any mark of violence on their bodies.

It is out of pure love, they sacrificed their life.

We come across one more news published recently in the Times of India dated 25th December 2016.

A couple married for 64 years spent their final few moments together clutching each other’s hands tightly before dying just hours apart in neighboring hospital beds.

Dolores Winstead, 83, and husband Trent Winstead, 88, from Tennessee died in Nashville’s Saint Thomas West Hospital – five weeks short of their 64th wedding anniversary.

Dolores suddenly began to complain of a headache and was taken ill. She has suffered a severe brain aneurysm – and needed to be connected to a ventilator as – in tandem with her husband – her condition began to deteriorate. Hospital staff placed them in the same room and the couple were pictured holding hands next to each other. Dolores died first, with Trent blowing her a kiss when he was told she had passed before then dying himself a few hours later.

Many awe-inspiring incidents as above may be compiled which will make us understand the true meaning of life.True, positive emotions inspire everybody.and create history.Let us develop positive emotions to make our life richer.

Santhanam Nagarajan

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