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Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Meditation is the focussing of the mind on some object. If the mind acquires concentration on one object, it can be so concentrated on any object whatsoever.          SWAMI VIVEKANAND.

When we talk of the concentration of mind, some of us get bogged down. However, we may develop the concentration in funny ways also.
Have you observed a group of people? Some of them spontaneously smile, some become gloomy. Their facial expression changes according to the thoughts coming into their mind. We may consciously modify the process.
My one colleague Mr. X always remained upset. This affected performance of my department also. Once I invited Mr. X to have a cup of tea with me. I asked him politely," Why are you always upset?"
He started telling me about all the unfortunate things that had happened in his life. I heard him patiently. When he got exhausted, I asked him to recall a recent event that made him happy. First, he could find none. But on my persistent, friendly goading, he related a happy event.
 Recently his brother-in-law presented a bicycle to his daughter. His daughter was euphoric along with his son. On seeing his both the offspring elated he also became happy. His wife prepared delicious dinner consisting of chicken curry, fried rice and other mouth watering dishes. His whole family enjoyed the yummy meal. 
Now I asked," How are you feeling?" He accepted with hesitation that he was feeling fine."
Try to recall any happy event of your life. Practice concentrating on that happy event only. You will enjoy the whole experience tremendously. Initially, it will be difficult to focus on even a happy event, but you may master the art with practice.

 While discussing a problem with friends, adopt the same technique. First, resolve one issue, and then present another problem. The productivity of your department will improve drastically with concentrated efforts.

Monday, November 24, 2014

क्या कुछ लोग जीवित भूत होते हैं ?

मैं बचपन में भूत से बहुत डरता था। अँधेरी रात में हर खजूर का छोटा पेड़ भूत ही लगता था।  अँधेरी रातों में मैं  ताली बजाते हुए और श्रीकृष्ण भगवान का नाम जपते हुए घर आता था।  हमारे बुजुर्ग बताते थे कि जो मनुष्य मन में  असीम इच्छाएं लिए मर जाता है, वह भूत बन जाता है। भूत बिना शरीर का आत्मा होता है। वह अपनी असीम इच्छाओं की पूर्ति के लिए  बेचैन होकर भटकता रहता है। 
दुर्भाग्यवश कुछ लोग जिन्दा भूत बन जाते हैं।  उनकी इच्छाएं अनियंत्रित होती हैं। उनका शरीर, उनकी वित्तीय स्थिति  या  नैतिक  मर्यादाएं  उनकी सारी इच्छाओं का बोझ उठाने में असमर्थ होती  है। लेकिन वे अपनी इच्छाओं को नियंत्रित नहीं करते हैं और येन -केन -प्रकारेण  अपनी उचित-अनुचित  इच्छाओं  की  पूर्ति  करने  का प्रयास करके घोर कष्ट उठाते हैं और अपनी सामाजिक प्रतिष्ठा भी  खो देते हैं 
मेरे एक मित्र मधुमेह से बुरी तरह पीड़ित हैं। कुछ महीनों पहले उन्होंने बताया कि उच्च  शक्ति  की अंग्रेजी  दवाएँ  खाने  के  बावजूद उनके खून में चीनी का स्तर कम ही नहीं हो रहा है। वे अत्यन्त परेशान थे और लम्बे अवकाश पर थे। कुछ  दिनों  पहले  एक भोज में मुझे उनके दर्शन हो गए । वे गुलाबजामुन और आइसक्रीम मजे ले-लेकर खा रहे थे। उनकी तरफ देखकर मैं मुस्कराया  तो वे झेंप गये, लेकिन मिठाइयों का आनंद उठाते रहे। 

58 वर्ष की उम्र के मेरे एक अन्य परिचित के अनेक अनैतिक सम्बन्ध  हो गये । अतः उन्हें अपने पापों के पोषण के लिए ज्यादा रुपयों की जरुरत थी। परिणामस्वरूप उन्होंने बैंक के खातों में धोखाधड़ी कर दिया और जब उनकी धोखाधड़ी पकड़ी गयी तो जेल जाने के डर से उन्होंने  जहर  खा लिया। अफ़सोस,पहले वे जीवित भूत बने, फिर सचमुच  भूत बन गए। 

हमारे धर्मग्रंथों में हमारे पूर्वजों ने इच्छाएं नियंत्रित करने की शिक्षा दी है। अब यह हमारे ऊपर है या तो हम अवांछित और असीम इच्छाओं का गुलाम बनकर जीवित भूत की तरह घोर कष्ट उठाते हुए जलालत  भरी  जिन्दगी जियें या फिर अवांछित इच्छाओं को नियंत्रित करके सुखमय जीवन बिताएँ।  
प्रसिद्ध  प्रेरक -साहित्य  लेखक एंथोनी रोब्बिन्स ने अपनी एक पुस्तक में सटीक बात कही है," यदि आप ज्यादा खाना चाहते हैं और लम्बी उम्र तक जीना चाहते हैं तो थोड़ा-थोड़ा खाएं , इस तरह आप लम्बी उम्र तक स्वस्थ जिएंगे और कुल मिलाकर ज्यादा भी खाएंगे। "

Saturday, November 15, 2014


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

Do you know," We give access to the remote control of our mind to any Tom Dick and Harry." Any ordinary person has the power to make us happy or depressed. Just imagine any small fry tells bad things about us; we become frustrated, sad and upset. Any insignificant person comes and showers praises on us we become euphoric and start flying high in the skies.

 Is it proper to allow any person to use the remote control of our mind? Our senior friend and retired Chief Manager commented on Facebook that it is but natural. Our good friend Satyajit Barooah exclaimed," Our mind is a precious asset, we should not allow others even to pry at it. To win over weaknesses in us is the sole purpose of our life."

  Kindly enrich my knowledge with your comments and experience. I shall include the best ones in this article.

Monday, November 3, 2014


Use all your six senses to cope with challenges thrown by swindlers.

My grandma used to tell stories about thugs and crooks. Those villains used to have big mustaches and terrible faces. But, in real life, they look like normal human beings. They look friendly but will deceive you, as soon as you go off guard. There are many rackets where they swindle people as part of organized profession.
Medicine companies are one of the best examples. Same drugs are sold by the companies on huge price differences ranging from 100% to 300% or more. I wonder how the government allows this. The height of irony is that the affordable medicines marketed by the reputed companies are not available at all places.
Online swindlers ask debit card numbers and passwords by impersonating themselves as bank staff and siphon off all the money by making online purchases. They give their address to the online marketing companies for shipment of goods even then our efficient Police is unable to catch them, and the racket is going on unabated. 
One can be duped at innocuous places also. Recently I went to get petrol from a well-known petrol pump and asked for 5 litres. The innocent looking petrol pump operator suggested me politely to get the tank filled completely. As soon as the tank became full, he reset the meter within a nanosecond. He claimed 595 bucks. I protested that I did not see the meter. But I didn't want to make a scene for some small amount he might have swindled. Moreover, there was a long queue behind me, so I paid silently. When I related the story to my colleagues, they told that the petrol pump operators dupe as soon as somebody goes off guard.
Therefore train your five senses of smelling, hearing, looking, touching and tasting to cope with the challenge. The sixth sense or the intuition of the attentive persons  also strengthens automatically.