Sunday, October 17, 2010

Wise and....

"Some people are wise. Some are otherwise."


"You can know how clever a person is by his/her answers. You can know how wise a person is by his/her questions."

"Questions get answers. Statements get resentments."

"Leaders do not have to know all answers. They should know most of the right questions to ask."

"It is better to be approximately right than absolutely wrong."

"Two wrongs do not make one right. But, three LEFTs do make one right."

Cheers to being wise.

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Emotions - from repression to expression

"Controlling the emotions is repressing them. Transforming the emotions is expressing them." - Osho Rajneesh

Bear with me on this not-so-pleasant analogy. Or bear with Osho because he is the one who used it. If you feel like vomiting due to some food poisoning or something else, do you just go and puke on somebody? or puke on the restaurant waiter or owner where you think you had the meal that gave you this food poisoning? Most likely, you do not. Like any normal person, you go to bathroom/toilet bury your head into the pot, relieve yourself and come out feeling  the relief of getting the bad stuff out of your system.

Osho asks, then why do we vomit our anger on somebody for wrongs or what we think as wrongs? Anger is nothing but mental food poisoning. You took some bad ingredients, your restless mind processed it and could not withstand it, so it is giving you that equivalent sensation to go and puke. If that's the case, go and puke in private and not on somebody else. Osho says, go and run around your house for seven times and sit down under a tree and see where the anger has disappeared. Sri Eknath Easwaran says go for a brisk walk repeating your mantra.

"You are not punished for your anger. You are punished by your anger." - Buddha. Anger and other negative emotions are THE punishments. There is not any separate punishment for feeling angry or being nasty. Just see how you feel afterwards, you just feel terrible - even if you feel you stuck it up well into the other person. As they say - "in war, victors are vanquished. Defeated are destroyed." Both are lost.

"Forgiveness is the highest form of revenge."

"If you want to take revenge, dig two graves. One for the other and one for yourself."

Cheers to tranquility.

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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Desire To Will To Deed to Destiny

You are what your deep driving desire is.

As your desire is, so is your will.

As your will is, so is your deed.

As your deed is, so is your destiny.

                - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.

Upanishads (Indian spiritual classics) are worth our time to read and understand for these kind of wonderful nuggets full of practical wisdom.

It's not hard to see the truth in this eternal truth. How our life is just our deep driving desire?


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"Life is only 10% what others do to you. It's 90% how YOU react to what others do to you."

You can not control what others do to you. You can only control how you respond. Many times our response are either wrong or at wrong level. Over reacting is the common word we hear many times. That's the wrong level. Many times, just letting things cool down takes care of many of the things. As they say, "everything will fall in place with time and patience."


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