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Sunday, April 03, 2005


What you think, feel and believe, you ultimately become. Control your thoughts and master your destiny. Thoughts translate into actions. The whole world rotates around the power of thoughts.

Before you change your thinking, you have to change what goes into your mind. To change your weight and health you change your diet. Your input determines your output. What goes in, that only comes out. What we sow, so shall we reap. We must sow before we reap. Likewise, we must fill our mind with positive, healthy and inspirational thoughts.

If you cut the apple you can see the seeds in its core. These seeds are the future apples. But you cannot count the future apples that are in these apple seeds. When we sow a seed we do not reap a single fruit- our harvest is manifold. If we sow a positive seed our harvest will be manifold in the positive, and if we sow a negative one, the harvest shall be manifold in the negative. So also are the inspirational thoughts, which are the seeds to reap a greater acts and greater destiny.

Before seeding the positive thoughts into your mind please follow the advice of the Zen Master in the following story.

A professor came to a Zen master to learn about Zen. The master served him tea. He poured tea into the professor’s cup and even when the cup was full he kept on pouring. The puzzled professor exclaimed, “Stop! Stop! No more can go into the cup.” The master said: “The cup cannot take any more unless I empty it first. Like the cup you are full of your own ideas. How can I teach you Zen unless you first empty your mind?”

So, please, first empty your mind of the things that will kill your dreams and aspirations- fears, doubts and all the negative/ pessimistic thoughts to replace them with the positive thoughts.

There is a story of two men who got drunk on an island. About midnight, they staggered down to their little boat, took up the oars and started to row furiously. In an hour they should have reached the mainland, but daybreak saw them along side the island, still rowing. They had forgotten to untie the rope which held the boat to the island.

Many of us are like those two men. We work and work but we get nowhere. We are not drunk. We are indifferent. We row furiously to go ahead, but forget to cut the rope that binds us to our faults, short comings, fears, and negative thoughts etc. If you keep doing what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten. CUT THE ROPES. Then, sow into your mind the positive, uplifting, healthy, encouraging & inspirational thoughts and initiate action. Action leads to good habits. Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. Form good habits and become their slave. This will change your destiny to reap an abundant harvest of success, for-

“Thoughts lead on to purposes;
Purposes go forth in action;
Action form habits;
Habits decide character; and
Character fixes our destiny”