Intuitive power of Maharishi Aurobindo

Strange and mysterious things are thrown out from the subtle world to the surface consciousness and their truth is sometimes manifested much later.
Maharishi Aurobindo, the Great Yogi, the sage of Pondicherry, India has narrated his experiences in this regard very clearly. He says:“I was in the past a great tea-addict. I could not do any work without my usual cup of tea. Now, the management of the tea was in the charge of my brother-in-law. He used to bring it up any time he woke up from his sleep. One day I had a lot of work to do, but could not get into it without the tea. I began to think, “When will he bring it, why doesn’t he come?” and so on. So far I had never asked anybody for anything for myself. Suddenly I found that a particular hour was written on the wall before me and at that very time the tea was brought up. And thenceforth every day the hour used to be written in that manner.”
Prophesying without seeing the person is an intuitive power. Confirming that there is intuitive power Maharishi Aurobindo explains his experience: “One can know or see things or persons by clairvoyance. I once tried to see a man whom we wanted to get appointed as the Governor. I saw a figure seated in the
office, but a person totally unknown and quite different from the one we wanted. I was rather puzzled and could not account for it. After some time, there broke a quarrel between my brother-in-law Bose and a Government official. He was summoned to the office, but the latter addressed to him bore, by mistake, the title of Ghose instead of Bose. So I had to go and I found to my utter surprise the very man of my
vision sitting as the Governor.”
The great Siddhas (meaning perfect souls), Sages and Yogis could foresee each and every thing minutely.
By their yogic practice, these powers are automatically drawn from the Divine.


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The Power of Subconscious Mind

The amazing power of the subconscious mind has been explained by Joseph Murphy in his book titled, “ The Power of Your Subconscious Mind”. The miraculous cure could be obtained by this mind power. In his book he has explained about this thus:

“Some years ago, I was invited to lecture at the Yoga Forest University, in Rishikesh, India. While I was there, I had a long conversation with a surgeon who was visiting from Bombay. From him, I learned the astonishing story of Dr. James Esdaille.

Esdaille was a Scottish surgeon who practiced in Bengal during the 1840s. This was before either or other modern methods of chemical anesthesia began to be used. Nevertheless, between 1843 and 1846, Dr. Esdaille performed some four hundred major surgical operations of all kinds. These included amputations, removal of tumors and cancerous growths, and operations on the eye, ear, and throat. All these operations were performed under mental anesthesia only. Patients said they felt no pain, and none of them died during surgery.

Just as amazing, the mortality rate of Esdaille’s patients following surgery was extremely low. This was well before Western scientists such as Louis Pasteur and Joseph Lister pointed out the bacterial origin of infection.

No one realized that postoperative infections were due to unsterilized instruments and virulent organisms. Nevertheless, when Esdaille suggested to his patients, who were in a hypnotic state, that no infection or septic condition would develop, their subconscious minds responded to his suggestion. They set in motion the processes needed to fight off the life-threatening dangers of infection.

Think of it: Over a century and a half ago, this Scottish surgeon who had gone halfway around the world discovered how to use the miraculous wonder-working powers of the subconscious mind. It is enough to cause you to be seized with awe. The transcendental powers that inspired Dr. Esdaille and that protected his patients from mortal danger can be yours, too.

Your subconscious mind can give you independence of time and space. It can make you free of all pain and suffering. It can give you the answer to all problems, whatever they may be. There is a power and an intelligence within you that far transcends your intellect, causing you to marvel at the wonder of it all. All these experiences cause you to rejoice and believe in the miracle-working powers of your own subconscious mind.”So in order to get the full positive power we have to remove all negative thoughts and nurture positive thoughts in our mind.

This will pave way for our success in every sphere.


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Be A Tough Minded Optimist!

In order to achieve one’s goal one must be a Tough Minded Optimist.
Norman Vincent Peale has written a book titiled, “Tough Minded Optimist”.

A Readers Digest article (Win with your Strengths – June 1993 issue) suggests the following to get success:
To get Success .. Win with your Strengths.
1) Pick one strength to pursue
2) Enerzise your strength daily
3) Ignore weaknesses that don’t hinder you
4) Look for complementary partners
5) Develop a Support System

Everyday there is a crisis. How to overcome a crisis?
1) Optimism pays
2) One step at a time
3) Keep the faith
4) Take Stock
5) Take Action
(Readers Digest May 1992 issue)

To live in this world you have to be STRONG! – Or else.So Start developing inner toughness or tensile strength of mind and SPIRIT!When the going gets tough, Let the tough gets going! –

Remember : What you think you will become. Good or Bad, week or strong, defeated or victorious.Never be afraid of anybody or anything in this life.Remember old saying, it really works :”EVERY KNOCK IS A BOOST”.Keep on estimating people even when they act badly towards you.Be humble.Be big in mind and soul, Be kindly: You will like yourself that way and so will other people.
Remember GOD.God is great and He will guide you.Norman Vincent Peale’s above guidelines will make one victorious in this life.

Compiled by S.Nagarajan

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Einstein’s Belief  Compiled

What is the credo of Einstein?

Many persons have written about Einstein and his beliefs. But most of them are either wrong or the views of the very persons who have written about it.But at the end of August, 1939 Einstein has written ‘His Credo’ and recorded it.This is the authoritative version of his belief.

I am giving below his belief:

It is a special blessing to belong among those who can and may devote their best energies to the contemplation and exploration of objective and timeless things. How happy and grateful I am for having been granted this blessing  which bestows upon one a large measure of independence from one’s personal fate and from the attitude of one’s contemporaries. yet this independence must not inure us to the awareness of the duties that constantly bind us to the past present and future of humankind at large.

Our situation on this earth seems strange. Every one of us appears here, involuntarily and uninvited, for short stay, without knowing the why and the wherefore. In our daily lives we feel only that man is here for the sake of others, for those whom we love and for many other beings whose fate is connected with our own.

I am often troubled by the thought that my life is based to such a large extent on the work of my fellow human beings and I am aware of my great indebtedness to them.

I do not believe in free will. Schopenhauer’s words: “Man can do what he wants, but he cannot will what he wills, accompany me in all situations throughout my life and reconcile me with the actions of others, even if they are rather painful to me. This awareness of the lack of free will keeps me from taking myself and my fellow men too seriously as acting and deciding individuals, and from losing my temper.

I have never coveted affluence and luxury and even despise them a good deal. My passion for social justice has often brought me into conflict with people as has my aversion to any obligation and dependence I did not regard as absolutely necessary.

I have a high regard for the individual and an insuperable distaste for violence and fanaticism. All these motives have made ma a passionate pacifist and antimilitarist. I am against any chauvinism, even in the guise of mere patriotism.

Privileges based on position and property have always seemed to me unjust and pernicious, as does any exaggerated personality cult. I am an adherent of the ideal of democracy, although I know well the weaknesses of the democratic from of government. Social equality and economic protection of the individual have always seemed to me the important communal aims of the state.

Although I am a  typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice keeps me from feeling isolated.The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavor in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind. To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection, this is religiousness.

In this sense I am religious. To me it suffices to wonder at these secrets and to attempt humbly to grasp with my mind a mere image of the lofty structure of all that there is.From the above we may understand what the great man of the last century thought about fate and freewill and what are all his views about life.

Compiled by S.Nagarajan

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They All Laughed: Anecdotes From the Lives of the Great Scientist. 

“Invention is a very tough business. It takes a thick skin and the ability to keep smiling after constantly hearing the word no” – Ira Flatow

Behind every invention there will be a story. Those who dig could find it!It is indeed a pleasure to read anecdotes from the lives of the great men! And rarely we could find a good book that gives anecdotes only, especially from the lives of the great scientists.

The book titled ‘They all laughed’ is fulfilling our search towards that direction. Written by Ira Flatow, the book consists of 24 chapters that cover the fascinating stories behind the great inventions from light bulbs to lasers.

Ira Flatow was science reporter for CBS This Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered. He has written many articles and books.There are fascinating facts about Ben Franklin, Edison, Westinghouse, George Eastman, John Baird, Chester F Carlson and Willy etc.

Read the following facts, and then you will be surprised!Ben Franklin’s kite was never struck with lightning.When Remington introduced the first typewriter, surprisingly most people did not find it useful!

When Carlson received a patent for electrophotography his wife yelled at him, “Move out of my kitchen”! So he moved to the back of a beauty shop. No one wanted the Xerox machine initially!The idea for transmitting messages by laser dates backs to 1880s.The fax is older than the telephone and the radio! The invention of telephone is indeed a happy accident!

Astronauts faced a unique problem during their space travel; how to keep track of all of their stuff that are floating! The answer was Velcro – derived from velvet and crochet. Velcro was first made in France and now NASA uses ribbons of unique fastening material. George de Mestral invented Velcro!

Microwave popcorn was accidentally invented in 1946 by Percy L.Spencer. Actually he patented 120 inventions!All the above facts are written based on an extensive research by the author Ira Flatow.The book could be used by parents to tell stories behind the great inventions to their children!

I recommend this book to those likeminded persons like me who constantly search for good anecdotes!


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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle” said Plato

“Concentration is the secret of strength”, said Ralph Waldo Emerson.

For a successful life both compassion and concentration are essential.

I am giving below two Zen stories from my notebook.  I just collected these two stories – one from the net and the other from a magazine.After winning several archery contests, the young and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen Guru who was renowned for his skill as an archer.

The young man demonstrated remarkable technical proficiency when he hit a distant bull’s eye on his first try, and then split that arrow with his second shot.“There”, he said to the old master, “see if you can match that.”

Undisturbed, the Master did not draw his bow, but rather motioned for the young archer to follow him up the mountain.Curious about the old man’s intentions, the champion followed him high into the mountain until they reached a deep chasm spanned by a rather flimsy and shaky log.

Calmly stepping out onto the middle of the unsteady and certainly perilous bridge, the old master picked a far away tree as a target, drew his bow, and fired a clean direct hit.“Now it is your turn”, he said as he gracefully stepped back onto the safe ground.

Staring with terror into the seemingly bottomless and beckoning  abyss, the young man could not force himself to step out onto the log, no less shoot a target.“You have much skill with your bow”, the master said, sensing  his challenger’s predicament, “but you have little skill with the mind that lets loose the shot.”

A prince goes to a Zen master and talks him that he wants to be enlightened – immediately.Instead of sending him away, the  master says it could be arranged.After finding out from the prince that he plays chess very well, the master sets up a game between the visitor and one of his disciples who has just a passing knowledge of chess.

The condition is : Whoever loses will be beheaded.Predictably, the prince starts dominating the game. Soon, however, his conscience pricks him: “I would come to this monastery for a selfish purpose, but now  I may become the cause of this poor disciple’s death.”

He deliberately starts playing badly.

But playing well was  second  nature to him, playing badly needs his entire attention.  Neither does he want to play too bad a game to make his real move obvious. Soon he starts sweating.After some time, the master stops the game. “The first lesson is over”, he tells the prince.“You learnt two things today, compassion and concentration.Indeed we need both concentration and compassion to lead our life successfully.


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Secrets to Success – 2

“The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching.” ~ Dennis Green

“Success, which is something so simple in the end, is made up of thousands of things, we never fully know what” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.” ~ Jean Giraudoux

“The key to success is not much good until one discovers the right lock to insert it in.” – Tehyi Hsieh

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when he comes.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“The secret of success in life is known only to those who have not succeeded.” – John

Churton Collins

“A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Of course there is no formula for success, except perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what is brings.” – Arthur Rubinstein

“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” ~ Anthony Robbins

“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale


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Secrets to Success – 1

The secret of success is consistency of purpose

-Benjamin Disraeli

If A equals success, then the formula is

A equals X plus Y plus Z.

X is work.

Y is play.

Z is keep your mouth shut.

– Albert Einstein

The secret of your success is hidden in your daily habits.

– Mike Murdock

The best rules to form a young man are:

To talk little;

To hear much;

To reflect alone upon what has passed in company,

To distrust one’s own opinions;

And value others’ that deserve it.

– Sir W. Temple

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.

– Anna Pavlova

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.

– Henry Ford

The way to rise is to obey and please.

– Ben Jonson

The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the promptings of a brave, determined sprit.

– Mark Twain

The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.

– Mark Twain

Six essential qualities that are key to success:


Personal Integrity





– William Menninger

S. Nagarajan

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Napoleon’s Leadership Qualities

Napoleon Bonaparte was a great leader.Everybody knows his famous quote: “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.” His life is full of interesting anecdotes which reveal his true leadership qualities.Here are two incidents among the hundreds.

Build it

Bonaparte was passing along the dreadful road across the Echelles de Savoie, with his engineer,  when he stopped, and pointing to the mountain, said, “Is it not possible to cut a tunnel through yonder rock, and to form a more safe and commodious route beneath it?” “It is possible, certainly, sire,” replied his scientific companion, and continued -“but”—”No buts;–let it be done, and immediately,” replied the Emperor.Such was his clarity of thinking.

Destroy the evidence

Polignac.–Monsieur le Compte de Polignac was a French Statesman.He had been raised to honour by Bonaparte; but, from some unaccountable motive, betrayed the trust his patron reposed in him.As soon as Bonaparte discovered the perfidy, he ordered Polignac to be put under arrest. Next day he was to have been tried, and in all probability  would have been condemned, as his guilt was undoubted. In the meantime, Madame Polignac solicited and  obtained an audience of the Emperor.

“I am sorry, madam, for your sake,” said he, “that your husband has been implicated in an affair which is marked throughout with such deep ingratitude.””He may not have been so guilty as your majesty supposes,” said the countess.”Do you know your husband’s signature?” asked the Emperor, as he took a letter from his pocket and presented it to her.

Madame de Polignac hastily glanced over the letter, recognised the writing, and fainted.As soon as she recovered, Bonaparte, offering her the letter, said, “Take it; it is the only legal evidence against your husband: there is a fire beside you.”Madame de P. eagerly seized the important document, and in an instant committed it to the flames.The life of Polignac was saved: his honour it was beyond the power even of the generosity of an emperor to redeem.Napoleon was so great that he could even forgive his own enemies!


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Here are the two stories I could share regarding scheduling the work and team work

First things first means giving  due importannce to the important works. You have to put them in order according to the importance.

First Things First!

An exercise is known as ‘Stephen Covey’s Big Rocks’. Imagine a bucket. Put three or four big rocks in. “Is the bucket full? ” “No” you reply. “Of course not” I say and put some smaller rocks in it to fill in the gaps. “Full now? “, “No”. I put in some sand, then some water. It’s full.

So, what’s the learning here? It’s to do with the order. What would happen if you’d reversed the order? Put the water in first, then the sand, then the small rocks. There would be no room for the big rocks. These big rocks are the important things in your life. You need to schedule them first, not try to squeeze them in after arranging the water (writing pointless reports), sand (unnecessary travel) or small rocks (staff meetings where no-one listens and everyone looks at the clock).

What are the big rocks in your life? For many it’s things like family, time to watch the children grow up, time to write that novel, time for themselves, time to make a difference. You decide. You identify 3 or 4 things you believe are important. The 3 or 4 things that will make a difference at your funeral.

Source: Real Time Management by Byron Kalies


A mother, who wanted to encourage her young son to continue playing the piano, bought tickets and took her son to a performance of the great pianist Ignace Paderewski.They took their seats near the front of the concert hall the evening of the performance and eyed the majestic Steinway waiting on stage for the great pianist to begin.

Soon the mother found an old friend to talk to and didn’t notice that her boy had slipped away.On the hour the lights in the hall began to dim and the spotlights came on. It was at that moment the little boy’s mother noticed him up on piano bench hammering out “Chopsticks.”

She was shocked and embarrassed, but it was too late to hurry up and get him as the Master of the night appeared on the stage and quickly moved to the keyboard where her little boy was focused in on his own masterpiece.Paderewski gently whispered to the boy, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” Leaning over, he reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around the boy and improvised a delightful enhanced melody.

Together, the old master and the young beginning pianist mesmerized the audience with their blended and beautiful music.Teams kind of work this way don’t they? The novice to the expert on great teams work together to accomplish extraordinary things. There is little of what we do on teams that doesn’t require some type of help from someone. We can’t succeed without the help of others. Whether that is depending on someone to complete something for you, asking for a hand on something, asking a question, or simply working together – we need each other on teams!


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