My SCRAPBOOK (సేకరణలు): A COLLECTION of articles in English and Telugu(తెలుగు), from various sources, on varied subjects. I do not claim credit for any of the contents of these postings as my own.A student's declaration made at the end of his answer paper, holds good to the articles here too:"I hereby declare that the answers written above are true to the best of my friend's knowledge and I claim no responsibility whatsoever of the correctness of the answers."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

1697- bliss

Dance like a dervish!
(Sufi whirling (or Sufi spinning) is a form of Sama or physically active meditation which originated among Sufis, and which is still practised by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order. It is a customary dance performed within th
e Sema, or worship ceremony, through which dervishes (also called semazens) aim to reach the source of all perfection, or kemal. This is sought through abandoning one's nafs, egos or personal desires, by listening to the music, focusing on God, and spinning one's body in repetitive circles, which has been seen as a symbolic imitation of planets in the Solar System orbiting the sun.)
Laugh, for happiness is God! "aanandO Brahma"


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1696- Lead a better life, not a bitter life

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1695- Amazing Quotes by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam .

1. I am not a handsome guy, but I can give my hand to someone who needs help. Beauty is in the heart, not in the face.

2. Dream, Dream, Dream. Dream transforms into Thoughts, and Thoughts result in action.

3. All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.

4. To succeed in your mission, you must have single- minded devotion to your goal.

5. Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.

6. God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.

7. You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

8. We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.

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1694- Religions & God

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014


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1692- Love aaj kal!

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1691- What is the meaning of life?

It has none. It is there without any reason. It is like urinating. Just witness. Even if life is understood as knowledge of the Self, the knowledge gained is untrue. There will not be a vestige of it left. As soon as the prana leaves you, you will be as if you never existed.
The Absolute is there forever. The knowledge ‘I am’ comes over the Absolute. It is the source of misery. This ‘I am’ itself is the knowledge. Your beingness is untrue. This is the essence of spirituality.
Observe yourself, keeping aside the name and form. Now how do you see yourself? Is this not enough in order to realize? Meditate on how you were before the body-form.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

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1690- Character or clothing

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1689- 10 of the most valuable and practical insights on leadership

(Robin Sharma)
To help you Lead Without a Title, I’ve distilled 10 of the most valuable and practical insights on leadership that I’ve taught to our global corporate clients like Starbucks, IBM, Nike, GE and FedEx. These ideas have helped them do some great things. My deep wish is that they deliver the same results for you.
I’ll be blunt: if you’re not building more leaders, then you’re not leading, you’re following. Your job (regardless of whether or not you have a title) is to help people do work they never dreamed they could do. Your job is to inspire people to own their talents, express their gifts and do the best work of their lives. That’s part of what it truly means to lead.
Start small, dream huge but begin today. Nothing happens until you take massive action. The sad reality is that procrastination is nothing more than the defense mechanism of choice used by scared people. Here’s what I mean: if we actually did our goals and acted on our visions, we’d become ultra-successful. And spectacular success brings responsibility. That frightens most among us. And so we put off getting great things done. And blame the world for any mediocrity that infuses our lives.
You tell the world what you believe via how you behave. Complain all day long and you reveal a deeply ingrained set of beliefs that you are powerless and apathetic. Present work that has typos and poor wording and you express a belief that average is cool with you. Mistreat others and you reveal that you’re selfish–and disconnected from the beautiful humanity that surrounds you. The good news is that as you wire in the beliefs of leadership (versus victimhood), your behavior changes automatically.
I’d rather have an average idea that my team and I flawlessly execute on than a genius-level idea with poor execution. The best Leaders Without Titles and the organizations that win big are all about “less talk and more do”. Less meetings and more delivery. Less analysis and more rolling up of sleeves and getting amazing projects done.
To double your income, triple your rate of learning. Few things have served my professional career–and the careers of the billionaires, Titans and CEOS I privately coach than this idea. Please simply remember that genius is much less about natural talent and much more about out-studying, out-preparing, out-practising and out-learning everyone around you. Almost nothing yields the return on investment that investing in workshops, conferences, online course, audiobooks/books and coaching does.
Leadership is about relationships. The smartest, fastest and most effective leaders all get that the whole game is about people–developing teammates + serving customers + making the world a whole lot better by the way you show up in it. Learn to listen like a master. Commit to being more inspirational. Keep your promises. Do nice things for people. Be the most generous person you know. Staggeringly great opportunities will come your way. Trust me.
A title, position and a large office do not guarantee people will respect you. Nope. You’ve got to earn that gift. And the quickest way to earn respect is to give it. No need to say much more.
Yes, we live in The Age of Dramatic Distraction. According to The Financial Times we collectively spend 100,000,000 minutes a day playing Angry Birds on our smartphones. Most people in business are spending the absolute best hours of their days being busy being busy. Leaders Without Titles are completely different. I teach my clients a whole system of tactics to 20X productivity but a few to apply are these: start your day at 5 am/set 5 daily goals and get them done before leaving the office (that’s 1850 “small wins” in 12 months)/use your first 90 minutes at work to fuel your most important project/get good at saying no.
Victims make excuses while leaders drive exceptional results. You can spot a victim a mile away: they blame and complain and are negative and cynical. They’ve given away their power to achieve amazing things to other people and outer conditions for so long they’ve actually conditioned themselves to think they have none. You are not a victim. This day–and every one that follows for the rest of your life–offers a platform of possibility. And the great thing about using your power to make things better is that the more you use it, the more powerful you become.
My Dad is awesome. He often said, “Robin, when you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Son, live your life in such a way that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice.” I’ve always remembered my Dad’s striking advice. And carried it with me in all that I do. To truly be a leader has nothing to do with ego-stroking, applause and fame. No, to be a leader is to make phenomenal contributions that make the world better and cause a lasting difference. To lead is to serve. And to be of use.
As always, hope these 10 points are helpful to you, your life, your team and your mission.
Please shSharma)em with your others, discuss them and–most importantly–live them.
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1688- Let's find out just how clever you really are .

Below are four (4) questions and a bonus question. You have to answer them instantly. You can't take your time, answer all of them immediately. Ok!
Let's find out just how clever you really are .
GO!!! (Scroll down)
Question 1 :
You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?

To answer the second question, don't take as much time as you took for the first question.
Question 2 :
If you overtake the last person, then you are...?
Question 3 :
Very tricky math! Note: This must be done in your head only. Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it.
Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the total?
Question 4 :
Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter?
Okay, now the bonus round . . .
Question 5 :
There is a mute person who wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing one's teeth he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done.
Now if there is a blind man who wishes to buy a pair of sunglasses, how should he express himself?
(1)Answer: If you answered that you are first, then you are absolutely wrong! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second!
(2)Answer: If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person?!
(3)Answer: Did you get 5000? The correct answer is actually 4100.
Don't believe it? Check with your calculator!
(4)Answer: Nunu?
NO! Of course not. Her name is Mary. Read the question again
(5)Answer: bust has to open his mouth and ask, so simple.

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1687- కసి & కృషి

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1686- What an idea , Sirji!

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1. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill
2. “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
3. “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.” – William James
4. “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker
5. “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee
6. “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” – Martin Luther King
7. “When you have completed 95 percent of you journey, you are only halfway there.” – Japanese Proverb
8. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln
9. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown
10. “God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them.” – Author Unknown
11. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t — you are right.” – Henry Ford
12. “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
13. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar
14. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi
15. “Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.” – Oscar Wilde
16. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman.
17. “Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?” – Caroline Myss
18. “Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” – Marianne Williamson
19. “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott.
20. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot

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"Islam is derived from the Arabic root "Salema": peace, purity, submission and obedience. In the religious sense, Islam means submission to the will of God and obedience to His law.
Everything and every phenomenon in the world other than man is administered totally by God-made laws, ie. they are obedient to God and submissive to his laws, they are in the State of Islam. Man possesses the qualities of intelligence and choice, thus he is invited to submit to the good will of God and obey His law, ie, become a Muslim.
Islam dates back to the age of Adam and its message has been conveyed to man by God's prophets and messengers, including Abrahim, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
Islam's message has been restored and enforced in the last stage of the religious evolution by God's last prophet and messenger, Muhammad.
The word Allah in the Arabic language means God, used by Arabic speaking Jews and Christians."
In Hinduism ,Prapatti is the complete surrender of the individual to God and His mercy. The term prapatti is derived from the root words pra-pad. Pad means to move and pra implies in the best manner. In the context of upaya, the term implies total self-surrender to God as the sole refuge. A more appropriate Sanskrit language term for prapatti is atma niksepa or bharanyasa, that is, to place the burden of the protection of the self in the care of God. It is also known as saranagati, or seeking God as the sole refuge.
In the Bhagavad Gita which is part of the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna enjoins Arjuna to observe saranagati as a last resort for attaining God, if other harder paths of yoga such as bhakti yoga are found difficult. The verse on this subject which appears in the concluding portion(66/18) of the Gita is upheld as an important mantra (carama sloka) by the Vaishnavas enunciating prapatti as an alternative means to moksha.
"Sarvadharman Parityajya Mam Ekam Saranam Vraja
Aham tva Sarva Papebhyo Mokshayishyami Masuchaha"
( the 18th Chapter of the 66th Shloka of the Gita.)
Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.