Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ten Pearl Of Books Certainly Change Your Destiny if.......?

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Books you will find dozen of hard-headed practical ideas, techniques, and principles that will enable you to harness the tremendous power of thinking by, so as to gain for yourself the success, happiness, and satisfaction you want too much. You discover not only what to do but what is even more important, you see exactly how to apply each principles to actual situations and problem.

There are many people who consider books as a dying act form, especially as physical objects, while I accept that books will one day be nothing more than words on a screen, stories will always live on. This means choosing what to read is a big decision. Sorting the wheat from the chaff is impossible. Without some help. Which is why recommendation from other book lovers are crucial. While friend and family are the obvious choice. Have a good read.

Ok. I've provided you with ten incredibly inspiring books, any one of which could literally charge your life.Here are my classic picks of 10 Gems!!

1. The Greatest Salesman In The World. by OGMandino 

Each generation produces its "literature of powers." This type of writing literally has the power to change the reader's life. In this tradition, The Greatest Salesman In The World is destined to influence countless lives. Not only one of the best books on selling ever written, this is one of the best book on living ever written. This is the gripping tale set in ancient Palestine of a little camel boy, Hafid, two thousand years ago, and his burning desire to improve his lowly position in life. To prove his potential ability, he is dispatched from Beth-elem by his master, the great caravan merchant Pathos, to sell only one robe. He fails and instead, in a moment of pity, gives the robe to warn a new born baby in a cave near the inn.

Hafiz return to the caravan in shame but is accomplished by a bright star shinning above his head. This phenomenon is interpreted by Pathos  to be sign from the Gods and he gives Hafiz ten ancient scrolls, which contain the wisdom necessary for the boy to achieve all his ambition.

The timeless story also present the complete writing from the original scrolls. Hafiz applied their secrets of success to become the greatest salesman in the world......and what they accomplished for him they can also achieve for you.....for we are all "salesman"....and the success we attain in life depends greatly on how we "SELL" ourselves to other. OG. Mandino's first book. A perennial best seller, this may be the best book you read this year.

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Image result for og mandino imagesOG Mandino, is the most widely read inspirational and self-help author in the world today. In 1976, at the age of fifty-two, he shocked the publishing industry by resigning his presidency of Success Unlimited Magazine to devote all his time to writing and lecturing. Thousand of people from all walk of life have openly credited OG Mandino with turning their lives around for the miracle they have found in his words.

The principles that OG Mandino teaches are tried and tested in his own life. OG was anxious to share them with the world. This led to more books, lectures, and speaking managements. At his death, he was among the most sought-after speakers in the world.

O.G. Mandino sixteen books of inspiration, love and wisdom have sold more than 36 million copies world-wide in eighteen languages, second only to Bible. He was the first recipient of the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for literary achievement and has been called "The Greatest Writer in The World.

2. Greatest Miracle in The World. by O.G. Mandino

A heart warming story of hope and inspiration that will affect your thoughts and actions long after the final sentence has touched your heart. This is the incredible story of Simon Pottor, a rag-picker who delivers an inspiring "God Memorandum" to make the difference between success or disaster in your life. This book is sure to bring you up when you are feeling down-a great antidote for depression. One of  OG Mandino's best stories.

In The Greatest Miracle in the World, a great inspirational writer tells his greatest story–an amazing narrative revealing exciting new secrets for your personal happiness and success.

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3. The Greatest Success in The World. by O.G. Mandino

Through the deeply inspirational story of one extraordinary man who lived in the time of Christ, you too can learn to shed failure, overcome frustration and heart break to achieve a rich, satisfying life of peace and well-being. Learns to play the game of life fearlessly and know the rewards of personal success.

The 10 Commandments of Success are in some ways similar to the principles in Mandino’s classic first book, The Greatest Salesman in the World. Nevertheless, these timeless truths never grow old. Read and improve.

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4 . The Magic of Thinking Big. by David J. Schwartz PhD

Millions of people throughout the world have inspired their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and-most important of all-find greater happiness and peace of mind.The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don't need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction-but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there. This book gives you those secrets! "Believe you can succeed and you will".The timeless and practical advice in The Magic of Thinking Big clearly demonstrates how you can:
Smell more.
Manage better.
Lead fearlessly.
Earn more.
Enjoy a happier, more fulfilling life.
Wit h applicable and easy-to-implement insights, you'll discover.
Why believing you can succeed is essential.
How to quit making excuses.
The means to overcoming fears and finding confidence. 
How to develop and use creative thinking and dreaming.
Why making and getting the most of your attitudes is critical.
How to think right towards others.
The best ways to make "ACTION" a habit. 
How to find victory in defeat.
Goals for growth, and
How to think like a leader.

Believing big, "says Schwartz's. "The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. Remember this, too! Big ideas and big plans are often easier-certainly no more difficult-than small ideas and small plans.

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Image result for David Joseph Schwartz imagesDavid Joseph Schwartz, (March 23, 1927-December 6, 1987) was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959. He was a professor at Georgia State University and also began his own work as a self-help coach and life strategist. Later he founded his own consultancy firm focusing on leadership development called 'Creative Educational Services Inc.' He became well known through his motivational publication and self-help books, especially for the Magic of Thinking Big, published in 1959.

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 

by Stephen R. Covey

Powerful lesson in personal change. One of the most inspiring and imp-actual books ever written. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, Educators and Parents-in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations have used its step-by-step pathways to adapt to change and to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. 

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Image result for Stephen R. Covey imagesStephen R. Covey, recognized as one of Time Magazine's 25 most influential Americans. Stephen R. Covey was internationally respected leadership authority Family expert teacher, Organizational Consultant and Author. His books have sold more than 25 million copies in 38 language, and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the No.1 most influential business books of the twentieth century. After receiving  an MBA from Howard and a doctorate Degree from Birmingham Young University. He became the Co-founder and Vice Chairman of Franklin Covey, the leading professional service firm.

6. Awaken The Giant Within. by Anthony Robbins.

Awaken the Giant Within is a fascinating, intriguing  presentation of cutting-edge findings and insights across a brood spectrum of issues, including the growing consciousness that true success is anchored in enduring values and service to others. Are you in charge of your life? Or are you being swept away by things that are seemingly out of your control? In awaken The Giant Within, shows you how to take immediate control of their mental, emotion, physical and financial destiny.

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Image result for Anthony Robbins. images Anthony Robbins, is an American Life-coach, self-help Guru, motivational speaker and author. The most famous works of his career are his books, "Unlimited Power" and "Awaken Th Giant Within" and his innovatively designed seminars, "Unleash The Power Within" and 'Mastery University'. He writes and talks on subjects like health and energy, breaking conventional fears, accumulating more wealth, optimum utilization of the available resources, maintaining and enhancing relationships and communication.

7. Rich Dad Poor Dad. by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom. Rich Dad Poor Dad will explode the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich. Challenge the belief that your house is an asset. Shows parents why they can't rely on the school system to teach their kids about money. Define once and for all an asset and a liability. Teach you what to teach your kids about money for their future financial success the main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money-but never learn to have money work for them.

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Image result for Robert T. Kiyosaki  imagesRobert Kiyosaki, is a Japanese American born in Hillo, Hawaii truly a multi-talented personality. He is an entrepreneur, investor, motivational speaker, author and also a financial knowledge activist. Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad - the international runaway bestseller that has held a top spot on the New York Times bestsellers list for over six years - is an investor, entrepreneur and educator whose perspectives on money and investing fly in the face of conventional wisdom. He has, virtually single-handedly, challenged and changed the way tens of millions, around the world, think about money. In communicating his point of view on why 'old' advice - get a good job, save money, get out of debt, invest for the long term, and diversify - is 'bad' (both obsolete and flawed) advice, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. Rich Dad Poor Dad ranks as the longest-running bestseller on all four of the lists that report to Publisher's Weekly - The New York Times, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today - and was named "USA Today's #1 Money Book" two years in a row.

8. The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of love. Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth. By M. Scott Peck. M.D.

Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, The Road Less Traveled continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us learn how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one’s own true self.

Recognizing that, as in the famous opening line of his book, “Life is difficult” and that the journey to spiritual growth is a long one, Dr. Peck never bullies his readers, but rather guides them gently through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding.

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Related image Dr. M. Scott Peck, was a nationally recognized authority on the relationship between religion and science, and the science of psychology in particular. In 1992 Dr. Peck was selected by the American Psychiatric Association as a distinguished psychiatrist lecturer "for his outstanding achievement in the field of psychiatry as an educator, researcher and clinician." From 1963 until 1972, he served in the United States Army, resigning from the position of Assistant Chief Psychiatry and Neurology Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster. From 1972 to 1983, Dr. Peck was engaged in the private practice of psychiatry in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

9. How To Win Friends and Influence People. 

by Dale Carnegie

The only book you need to lead you to success. In his exuberant conversational style, interventionally best selling author. Dale Carnegie often practical advice and techniques for how to get of a mental rut and make your life more rewarding. How to Win Friends and Influence People has the potential to turn around your relationships and improve your dealing with all of the people in your life. This book will do for you to: Get you out of a mental rut, give you new thoughts, new visions, new ambitions. Enable you to make friends quickly and easily. Increase your popularity. Help you to win people to your way of thinking. Increase your influence, your prestige, your ability to get things done. Increase your earning power. Help you to handle complaints, avoid arguments, keep your human contacts smooth and pleasant.

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Image result for Dale Carnegie  images Dale Breckenridge Carnegie, a pioneer in the fields of adult educations and self-improvement, Carnegie's books and courses inspired an entire genre of non-fiction writing. Dale Breckenridge Carnegie, born on 24th November 1888-1st November 1955 was a highly acclaimed American writer, professor and also the founder of causes such as salesmanship, public speaking, self-improvement and interactive skills. He was born in an impoverished family in Maryville, Missouri. Carnegie harbored a strong love and passion for public speaking from a very early age. 

10. The Untethered Soul. by Michael A. Singer

What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul offers simple yet profound answers to these questions. Whether this is your first exploration of inner peace, or you've devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You'll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness.

By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enables us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.

'The Untethered Soul' begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotion, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. It then develops into what you can do to free your self from the habitual thoughts, emotion, and energy patterns that limit your consciousness. Finally, with perfect clarity, this book open the door to a life in the freedom of your innermost being.

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Image result for Michael A. Singer  images Michael A. Singer, is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller, The Untethered Soul and New York Times bestseller, The Surrender Experiment, which have been published worldwide. He had a deep inner awakening in 1971 while working on his doctorate in economics and went into seclusion to focus on yoga and meditation. In 1975, he founded Temple of Universe, a now long-established yoga and meditation center where people of any religion or set of beliefs can come together to experience inner peace. Along with his more than four decades of spiritual teaching, Michael has made major contributions in the areas of business, education, healthcare, and environmental protection.

Now It's Your Turn!! 

What book ought to be on this list? What book has motivated you? What motivational book do you recommended to your friend?

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Life And Teaching Of Gautama Buddha

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Life of Buddha: The Buddha, or "enlightened one", was born Siddhartha ( which means "he who achieves his aims"). Gautama was born in the year 624 B.C. in Lumbini (Nepal) as a prince. His father was king Suddhodana and his mother was Queen Mahamaya. Gautama Buddha was a spiritual leader on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.  Born as a prince, he spent his childhood in the lap of luxury. Once on a trip through the city on a chariot he witnessed on old man, a diseased person, and a corpse. This new knowledge  about the sufferings in the world gave rise prince soon renounced all his worldly affairs in order to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Siddhartha then made his way to place near Bodh Gaya (Bihar) in India, where he found a suitable site for meditation. Finally after years of rigorous contemplation and meditation, he found Enlightenment, and became the Buddha, meaning "awakened one" or "the enlightened one".

Buddha Teachings: The earliest available source of Buddha's teachings is the Pali Sattapitaka consisting of Five Nickayar. Buddha was a reformer who took note of the realities of life.The religion of Buddha is famous as Buddhism. The followers of that religion are known as Buddhist. In his teachings, Buddha showed a new path. In his religious mission, he did not give value to the so-called sacred rites and rituals. Instead, he showed the way for a life of ethics and spirituality. His doctrines were simple as well as practical for adoption. He preached against the extreme means of worldly life which lead to man's self indulgence, pleasures, and unending desires. At the same time, he did not prescribe for the common man extreme hardship of ascetic life by physical punishment and self-torture. He was the noble 'Middle Path' which was possible for every man to follow. Between the two extremes of pleasures and penance, he showed the path of really virtuous life. Buddha in his own word says, Learn from the earth, whether people spread pure and fragrant and flowers, perfume, or fresh milk on it, or discard filthy and foul-smelling fees, urine, blood, mucus, and spit on it, the earth receives it all equally without clinging or aversion. When pleasant or UN-pleasant thought arise, don't let them entangle or enslave you.

Learn from the water. When people wash dirty things in it, the water is not sad or disdainful. Learn from fire. Fire burn all things without discrimination. Learn from the air. The air carries all fragrances whether sweet or foul.

Practice loving kindness to overcome anger. Loving kindness has the capacity to bring happiness to others without demanding anything in return. Practice compassion to overcome cruelty. Compassion has the capacity to remove the suffering of others without expecting anything in return. Practice sympathetic joy to overcome hatred. Sympathetic joy arises when one rejoices over the happiness of others and wishes others well-being and success. Practice non-attachment to overcome prejudice. Non-attachment is the way of looking at all things openly and equally.

Loving kindness, compassion,sympathetic joy, and non-attachment are beautiful and profound states of mind. Practice them and you will become a refreshing source of vitality and happiness for others.

Buddha explain what self-sufficiency and what is the better way to live alone. A self-sufficient person is a person who dwells in mindfulness. He is aware of what is going on in the present moment, what is going on his body, feelings, mind, and objects of mind. He knows to look deeply at things in the present moment. He does not pursue the past nor lose himself in the future, because the past no longer is and the future has not yet come. Life can only take place in the present moment. If we lose the present moment, we lose life. This is the better way to live alone.

To pursue the past means to lose yourself in thoughts about what you looked like in the past, what your feelings were then, what rank and position you held, what happiness or suffering you experienced the giving rise to such thoughts entangles you in the past.

Learning yourself in the future means to lose yourself in thoughts about the future. You imagine, hope, fear, or worry about the future, wondering what you will look like, what your feelings will be, whether you will have happiness or suffering. Giving rise to such thoughts entangles you in the future.

If you are ruled by worry, frustration, anxiety, anger, or jealousy, you will lose the chance to make real contact with all the wonder of life. At the time of his enlightenment he gained complete insight into the cause of suffering, and the steps necessary to eliminate it. He called these steps the "FOUR NOBLE STEPS"

The following main doctrines constitute the substance of his teachings.

Four Noble Truths or the Arya Satya.

This documentary tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity.

The path he suggested is a code of practical ethics which has a rational outlook. Buddhism was more social than religious. It advocated for social equality.He was more conceived to worldly problem. In his enlightenment, Buddha discovered the real causes of the miseries of human existence. He also discovered the way to escape from those miseries which followed endlessly in the wheel of karma, birth and rebirth. These discoveries were called the Four Noble Path.

  1.  Dukkha -The existence of suffering.
  2.  Samudaya -The cause of suffering.
  3.  Nirodha -The cessation of suffering, and
  4.  Marga -The path which leads to the cessation of suffering.

1. The First is the existence of Suffering:  Birth, Old age, Sickness, and Death are suffering. Sadness, Anger, Jealousy, Worry, Anxiety, Fear, and Despair are suffering. Separation from loved ones is suffering. Association with those you hate is suffering. Desire, attachment and clinging to the five aggregates are suffering.

2. The Second Truth is the Cause of Suffering:  Because of ignorance, people cannot see the truth about life, and they become caught in the flames of desire, anger, jealousy, grief, worry, fear, and despair.

3. The Third Truth is the Cessation of Suffering: Understanding the truth of life brings about the cessation of every grief and sorrow and gives rise to peace and joy.

4. The Fourth Truth is the Path which leads to the Cessation of Suffering.

Buddha said, "Life can be found only in the present moment, but our mind rarely dwell in the present moment. Instead we chase after the past or long for the future. We think we are being ourselves, but in fact we almost never are in real contact with ourselves. Our mind are too busy chasing after yesterday's memories or tomorrow's dreams. The only way to be in touch with life is to return to the present moment. Once you know how to return to the present moment, you will become awakened, and at the moment, you will find your true self.

The cause of suffering is ignorance, a false way of looking at reality. Thinking the impermanent is permanents that is ignorance. Thinking there is a self when there is not, that is ignorance. From ignorance is born greed, anger, fear, jealousy, and countless other sufferings. The path of liberation is the path of looking deeply at things in order to truly realize the nature of impermanence, the absence of a separate self, and the interdependence of all things. This path is the path which overcomes ignorance. Once ignorance

Noble Eight fold Path of Buddha: After describing the chain of causes that lead to suffering Buddha suggested the Eight-Fold Path (Arya Ashtanga Marga) as the means of deliverance from these sufferings. This path was the real path to end the cycle of karma and the re-birth.
  1. Right Understanding.
  2. Right Action.
  3. Right Thought
  4. Right Speech
  5. Right Livelihood
  6. Right Effort.
  7. Right Mindfulness and
  8. Right Concentration. 
The first three practices lead to sila or physical control, the second three lead to samadhi or mental control, the last two lead to prajna or development of inner sight. Buddha call it the right path because it does not avoid or deny suffering but allows for a direct confrontation with suffering as the means to overcome it. The noble eight fold path is the path of living in awareness. Mindfulness is the foundation. By practicing mindfulness you can develop concentration which enables you to attain understanding. Right concentration, you realize right awareness, thoughts, speech, action, livelihood, and effort. The understanding which develops can liberate you from every shackle of suffering and give birth to lure peace and joy.

Buddha also prescribed a code of conduct for his followers.

These are called the 'Ten Principles' consisting of......
  1. Do not commit violence.
  2. Do not steal.
  3. Do not involve in corrupt practices.
  4. Do not tell a lie.
  5. Do not  use intoxicants.
  6. Do not use comfortable bed.
  7. Do not attend dance and music.
  8. Do not take food irregularly.
  9. Do not accept gifts or covet other's property.
  10. Do not save money.

By following these ten principles, one can lead a moral life.

Law of Karma: Buddha laid great stress on the law of karma and its working and the transmigration of souls. According to him the condition of man in this life and the next depends upon his own actions. Man is the maker of his own destiny not any god or gods. One can never escape the consequences of his deeds. If a man does good deeds in this life, he will be reborn in a higher life, and so on till he attain nirvana. Evil deeds are sure to be punished. We are born again and again to reap the fruit our karmas. This is the law of karma.

Ahimsa or Non-Violence: One of the important tenants of Buddha's teaching is ahimsa. Non-violence towards life is more important than god deeds. He advised that one should not kill or injure others either man or animal. Buddha attached great importance to non-violence, he permitted his followers to take a meat when no other food is available to keep them alive.

God: Buddha neither accepts nor rejects the existence of God. He remarked that Gods or Gods were also under the eternal law of karma. He was only concerned with the deliverance of man suffering.

Opposition to Vedas: The Buddha opposed the authority of Vedas. He also denied the utility of vedic and complex Brahaminical practices and rituals for the purpose of salvation. He criticized the Brahmanical supremacy.

Opposition of cast systems: The Buddha opposed vaina order or caste system. According to him a man is to be judged not by virtue of his birth but by his qualities.

Gautama Buddha spent the rest of his life traveling, teaching a diverse range of people from nobles to criminals.He had ten thousands of disciples and accumulated a large public following. He later established an order of monks and a corresponding order of nuns.

His health began to fail when he was in this late 70s. After forty-five years of teaching, he died in a small town named Kushinagar (Now modern town in Utter Pradesh-INDIA), at the age of 80, apparently of natural causes. His final words were, "Decay is inherent in all things. Be sure to strive with clarity of mind." for Nirvana.

He did not choose a successor. He felt that the Dharma.....his teachings.....plus the Vinaya......his code of rules for the monks and nuns....would be sufficient guide. Two and a half centuries later, a council of Buddhist monks collected his teachings and the oral traditions of the faith into written form, called the Tripitika. This included a very large collection of commentaries and traditions; most are called Sutras (discourse).


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Buddha Five Precepts Of Living Peace and Harmony

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Most religions have moral and ethical rules and commandments. Buddhism has Precepts, but it's important to understand that the Buddhist Precepts are not a list of rules to follow.

In some religions, moral laws are believed to have come from God, and breaking those laws is a sin or transgression against God. But Buddhism doesn't have a God, and the Precepts are not commandments. However, that doesn't exactly mean they're optional, either.

The Pali word most often translated as "morality" is sila, but sila has many connotations that go beyond the English word "morality." It can refer to inner virtue such as kindness and truthfulness as well as the activity of those virtues in the world. It can also refer to the discipline of acting in a moral way. However, sila is best understood as a kind of harmony.

Buddhism is not just a religion, but also a discipline and way of life that encourages people to follow certain guidelines to help them conquer suffering. Buddha teachings are about about peaceful, righteous and thoughtful. The Five Precepts of Buddhism are actually the gist of the teachings and a moral guidelines that people can follow. These precepts, if followed can help people to build up their moral strength and live peacefully with their fellow. Buddhism places a great emphasis on 'mind' and it is mental anguish such as remorse, anxiety, guilt etc, which is to be avoided in order to cultivate a calm and peaceful mind.

Five Precepts of Gautama Buddha

As the way to create peace and happiness for one's family and all the Kingdom.

1. The First Precepts is do not kill: Observing this precept nourishes compassion. All living being fear death. As we cherish our own lives, we should cherish the lives of all other beings. Not only should we refrain from taking human life, we should strive to avoid taking the lives of other species, We must live in harmony with people, animals and plants. If we nourish a heart of love, we can reduce suffering and create a happy life, the kingdom will have peace. When the people respect each other's lives, the Country will prosper and be strong and it will be safe from invasion by other countries. When if the Kingdom possesses great military force, there will be no reason to use it.

2. The Second Precept is do not steal: No one has the right to take away the possessions that another has earned by his own labor. Attempting to seize an-other's goods violates this precept. Do not cheat others or use your influence and power to encroach on other's goods. Making profits from the sweat and labor of others violates this precept, as well. If the Citizens observe this precept, social equality will flower and robbing and killing will quickly cease.

3. The Third Precept is avoid Sexual Misconduct: Sexual relations should only take place with your spouse. Observing this precept builds trust and happiness in the family, and prevents unnecessary suffering to others. If you want happiness and the time and will to help your country and people, abstain from having several concubines.

4. The Fourth Precept is do not lie: Do not speak words that can create division and hatred. Your words should be in accord with the truth. Yes means Yes.. No means No. Words have the power to create trust and happiness, and they can create misunderstanding and hatred and even lead to murder and war. Use words with great care.

5. The Fifth Precept is do not Drink Alcohol or Use Other Intoxicants: Alcohol and Intoxicants rob the mind of clarity. When someone is intoxicated he can cause untold suffering to himself, his family, and others. Observing this precept is to preserve health for the body and mind.

Buddha said. "In addition to the sufferings of Birth, Old Age, Sickness and Death, human beings endure other sufferings which they themselves create. Out of ignorance and false views, people say and and do things that create suffering for themselves and others. Anger, Hatred, Suspicion, Jealousy, and Frustration cause suffering. All these arise from lack of awareness. People are caught are caught in a house on fire, and most of our suffering we create ourselves. You can not find freedom by praying to some God. You must look deeply into your own mind and situation in order to uproot the false views which are the root of suffering. Once you understand the nature of suffering it can no longer bind you.

If someone is angry at you, you can get angry back at him, but that only creates more suffering. If you follow the way of awareness, you will not react with anger. Instead, you will quiet your mind in order to discover why that person is angry at you. By looking deeply, you can uncover the caused that led to the person's anger. If you see that you bear responsibility for angering the person, you will not angry, but you will accept that your own misconduct has contributed towards creating his anger. If you are without blame, you can try to see why the person has misunderstood you. Then you can find true intention. In this way, you will avoid causing more suffering to both yourself and the other person.

Only with understanding can we love. All suffering can be overcome by looking deeply into things. On the path of awareness, we learn to follow our breath to maintain mindfulness. We follow the precepts in order to build concentration and attain understanding. The precepts are principles of living which foster peace and joy. Practicing the precepts our ability to concentrate develops, and we are able to live with great awareness and mindfulness. Mindfulness nurtures the capacity to illuminate the true nature of our mind and our environment. With that illumination comes understanding.

Buddha speaks "But suffering is only our face of life. Life has another face, the face of wonder. If we can see that face of life, we will happiness, peace and joy. We are hearts are unfettered, we can make direct contact with the wonder of life. When we have truly grasped the truths of impermanence, emptiness of self, and depend co-arising. We see how wondrous our own hearts, minds and bodies are. Because we imprison ourselves in our suffering, we lose the ability to experience the wonders of life, when we can break through ignorance, we discover the vast realm of peace, joy. liberation, and nirvana. Nirvana is the uprooting of ignorance, greed, and anger. It is the appearance of peace, joy, and freedom.

Buddha said that the more a person loves, the more he will suffer and despair. Life has a great need of the presence of love, but not the sort of love that is based on lust, passion, attachment, discrimination and prejudice. There are another kind of love, sorely needed, which consists of loving kindness and compassion, or Maitri (Friendship) and karuna (Compassion). Usually when people speak of love they are referring only to the love that exists between parents and children, husbands and wives, family members, or the members of one's cast or country. Because the nature of such love depends on the concepts of 'ME' and 'MINE'', it remains entangled in attachment and discrimination. People want only to love their parents, spouse, children, grandchildren, their own relatives and countrymen. Because they are caught in attachment, they worry about accidents that could befall their loved ones even before such things actually take place, when such accidents do occur, they suffer terribly.

People become indifferent or even hostile to those outside their own. Circle of love, attachment and discrimination are source of suffering for ourselves and others. Love for which all beings truly hunger is loving kindness and compassion. Maitri (Friendship) is the love that has the capacity to bring happiness to another. Karuna (Compassion) is the love which has the capacity to remove another suffering. Maitri (friendship) and Karuna (compassion) do not demand anything in return. Loving kindness and compassion are not limited to one's parents, and countrymen. They extend to all people and all beings. In 'MAITRI' (Friendship) and 'KARUNA' (Compassion) there is no discrimination, no 'me' or not 'mine'. And because there is no discrimination, there is no attachment. Maitri (Friendship) and Karuna (Compassion) bring happiness and ease suffering. They do not cause suffering and despair. Without them, life would be empty of meaning. With loving kindness and compassion, life is filled with peace, joy, and contentment.

According to the way of Enlightenment, love cannot exist without understanding. Love is understanding. If you cannot understand, you cannot love. Husbands and wives who do not understand each other cannot love each other. Brothers and Sisters who do not understand each other cannot love each other, cannot love each other. Parents only want children who do not understand each other cannot love each other. If you want loved ones to be happy, you must learn to understand their sufferings and their aspiration. When you understand, you will know how to relieve their sufferings and how to help them fulfill their aspirations. That is true love. If you only want your loved ones to follow your own ideas and your remain ignorant of their needs, it is not truly love. It is only a desire to posses another and attempt to fulfill your own needs, which cannot be fulfilled in that way.

In the way of liberation, there is no cost. To the eyes of an enlightened person, all people are equal. Every person's blood is read. Every person's tears are salty. We are all human beings. We must find a way for all people to be able to realize their full dignity and potential.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Chanakya-Observations On Everyday Life

CHANAKYA  was famed as India's Machiavelli, primarily because he was responsible for causing the downfall of the last ruler of the Nanda Dynasty and also, for the climb of Chandragupta Maurya to the throne. Chanakya lives during the period 350-275 B.C. 

Chanakya was endowed with so much of wisdom and earned him so many accolades during his time and thereafter. The most famous work of Chanakya is the tretise on the science of politics, referred to as, "Arthashastra". Chanakya being the Chief Minister of Chandragupta Maurya. Chanakya was after-all, the one person who played a critical, crucial role in the establishment, enhancement and continuance of the dynasty of the Maury-as. Chanakya was shrewd and wily politician, often referred to as the "Brahmin Fox". One who would justify any means for the achievements of the desired ends. Chanakya better known as Kautilya. Simple and austere in his life, uninterested in the pomp and pageantry of high position, when he had redeemed his pledge and accomplished his purpose, he wanted to retire Brahman like, to a life of contemplation. Chanakya possessed the immense wisdom his grasp of the human mind and its nuances, his expertise with regard to every single aspect that influenced the life of man. He did not restrict himself to the limitations of exploring the political and administrative arenas. This multi faced, astute wisdom and intelligence is demonstrated in all his maxims. 

It is essential that we do not miss out on the principle and moral standpoint that is part and parcel of Chanakya's thoughts and ideas.

CHANKAYA's brand of wisdom is ageless and immutable. Chanakya  expounds his views with amazing foresight and charity.  His startling prophecies, meaningful reflections on everyday living and heard headed axioms.

1. If a town is inhabited by fools, who do not know how to respect others, then one must forsake it. Also, if a town offers no source of livelihood or friendship; if there is no institution that imparts education; if there are neither doctors, nor men of learning or affluence; then it should be abandoned, as a town not worthy of settling in.
2. Knowledge in a man, born into an inferior family, and cultured manners in a girl, with an infamous ancestors, should be accepted be accepted, as unhesitatingly, as poison found in elixir, or gold discovered in an UN-sanctified place.
3. One must be secretive. Take the utmost care not to reveal one's heart to others. One must always act, after having carefully pondered over the blunders one has committed in the past. To succeed in this world of competition and rivalry, the virtue of secretiveness has to be acquired. 
4. An astute man marries his daughter into a family with a noble, and illustrious ancestry. He provides his son with the best education, religiousness his friend, and entangles his enemy in a messy situation. A man who fulfills all these duties, can be assured of a happy and meritorious life. 
5. Diligence puts an end to one's penury. The company of noble men and saints keeps one away from sin. Taciturnity helps one avoid unnecessary hostility. Constant alertness enables one to overcome fear.
6. How am I passing my time? who are my friends and enemies? which country an I a citizen of ? which clan do I owe allegiance to ? what are my gains or losses in my endeavors? A man must always ponder over these questions, for in their answers lies his destiny, and his key to worldly success. 
7. A prudent man is always on the alert for problems that may manifest themselves in the future. As a result, he is always equipped to meet them. The simpleton who behaves without any foresight, is forced to suffer the consequences.
8. One should not be alarmed at the sight of misfortune on a distant horizon. Should one see calamity approaching swiftly, then one must face it fearlessly. 
9. An affluent man's relatives will constantly flock around him. Nobody will approach a pauper. A prosperous man must always take care to avoid those relatives, who are conniving with each other to rob him of his wealth. An affluent man is always be fooled by others into believing that he is a wise man. He should always be conscious of people's attempts to deceive him. He should save his money, and refrain from extravagance. 
10. The lion, king of the animals has one outstanding virtue. He puts his heart into every activity he undertakes. Whatever he does, he does with vigour. Every deed is executed with total commitments, devotion and single minded intensity.
11. A dog is content with whatever he gets. He is complacent, even when he begins to experience the pangs of hunger. He is brave and faithful. A dog is alert even in sleep. These are his outstanding virtues.
12. If a man makes sincere efforts to amass knowledge; unhesitatingly interchanges food and money; and firmly believes in mutual give and take, then he will always be happy. 
13. A man who constantly hankers after wealth, will never attain the happiness of the man, who is content with what he has.
14. One must always be content with one's wife, one's supply of food and one's wealth.
15. Initially, one's enemy should be handled in accordance with the ethical code. He should be approached submissively, and every effort must be made to appease his animosity. Yet, if despite sincere efforts at conciliation, the evil enemy maintains his hostile stance, then one should prepare to handle him with the necessary cunning. He must be crushed ruthlessly.
16. If one drinks water, after one has digested one's food, then water will have the quality of ambrosia. But, if one drinks water before digesting one's meal. then water will have a toxic effect. Drinking water immediately after a meal could prove to be injurious to health. 
17. Anything that Man does independently, indicates his superiority. If one makes one's own beaded garland, rubs one's own sandal paste, and composes one's own hymns, they will be a class apart. They will also bring one immense joy and gratification. Dependence makes a man inferior in his own eyes. All kinds of dependence should be discouraged. One must be self-reliant. 
18. Soil, sugar-cane, sesame (Sesamum indicum) sandal wood ( Santalum album) and gold will exhibit their inherent worthy, only when they are crushed and ground repeatedly. 
19. With patience and diligence, even poverty can be transformed into affluence. Brisk, vigorous cleaning will remove dirt, and successfully transform an unsightly home into a beautiful one. This is similar to cooking raw vegetables to lend them flavor and spice. 
20. One must always remember to give careful consideration to each deed. Each step must be taken with great caution. One must take care to behave sagaciously in the society of men; speak as instructed in the scriptures; and drink only filtered water.
21. Knowledge and wisdom will forsake the one who pursues worldly pleasure, luxury, and sensuality. One who aspires to acquire scriptural knowledge, must not attach any weight to such frivolous things. The convergence of the worldly and saintly life is as illusory as the convergence of the earth and sky on the horizon. 
22. Knowledge can be attained, only after a laborious and persistent effort. 
23. One, who is magnanimous with his family; sympathetic to others; rigidly opposed to the wicked; and respectful and humble in the company of saints and savants, is the wisest of men. One who is brave before his enemies; complacent before his elders; astute with women; and self-centered in his dealings with the crafty and cunning, will always be happy. He will never trespass the limits of decency.
24. If a man spends extravagantly without foresight, and tends to be parasitic, quarrelsome, and ever ready to enter into a sexual relationship with women, irrespective of her caste, creed or religion, then he will surely meet with an untimely death. 
25. If a man is always receptive to more knowledge and education; UN-hesitant in accepting food from others; and strongly inclined to share everything that he has, then he will live a calm, quit and fulfilling life. 
26. One cannot change the past, but one can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future. The past is irrevocable, and the future is totally unpredictable. Only the present exists, so one should think of today. If one treads the path of the present, then one will touch the peaks of happiness. 
27. Blind attachment and infatuation will only cause suffering, pain, anxiety and fear. That is why, wise men never commit the folly of getting attached to people. Thus, they remain in a state of bliss.
28. If a man has the foresight and wisdom to seek the remedies for imminent hazards, and he is prepared to face the world squarely, then he will move fearlessly through life. A blunt fatalist, who believes that everything is governed by some unknown power called god, deadens himself before his death. His attitude deprives him of his brilliance and vitality, and renders him soulless.
29. If a man is fickle and indecisive, then he can never taste happiness. A life of isolation in a forest will make him crave for human company; a life in the society of men will baffle him. Neither of these alternatives can bring him lasting joy. Such a man will always be burdened by his discontent.
30. It is true that, as a man sows, so shall he reap. A man's destiny is governed solely by his actions. He, who is astute and perceptive, will always think carefully before carrying out an action. 
31. It is only a knowledge of the world and self-awareness that distinguishes man from animal- for an animal too, eats, sleeps, copulates and feels fear. Therefore, a man without knowledge, is in no way superior to an animal. 
32. If a man's heart is full of magnanimity and compassion towards his fellow human beings, he will attain worldly prosperity, as he moves through life. All his problems will be solved of their own accord. 
33. A man must openheartedly accept two things in life. Firstly, erudition, and secondly, the company of noble, virtuous people. Those men, who earnestly aspire to be happy and prosperous will always seek the company of noble ones.
34. In order to please others, one must always use mellifluous language. Speaking in a charming and pleasant manner does not cost one anything.
35. If one has earned money by adopting unjustified means, then it will remain with one for ten years. In the eleventh year, such undeserved wealth is not only destroyed, but also serves as one's nemesis. One must always keep this in view. Take care never to employ illegal measures to earn money!
36. Before doing any deed, one should always ponder over its consequences. If a deed should compel one to repent later, and atone for one's action, then it is not worth doing. Before carrying out any action ask yourself three questions!why am I doing this? what will be the consequences of this action? will this exercise be a success, or a fiasco? After questioning oneself, one should act according to the conclusion one arrives at. One should only trust oneself. often, trusting others is futile and dangerous. They will not hesitate to lead us straight into the pit of treachery. One should always have confidence in oneself.
37. Even that, which is unattainable through effort, is attainable through a life of austerity. A austere life is even mightier than a forceful effort.
38. Even if the Master has preached only a single word to his disciple, he deserves his reverence. The act of preaching or imparting knowledge is not only the noblest of all acts, but also a favor that can never be repaid.
39. Bereavement can bring about physical and psychological illness.
40. In the forest, only those trees with curved trunks escape the woodcutter's axe. The trees that stand straight and tall, fall to the ground. This only illustrates that it is not too advisable to live in this world as an innocent, modest man.
41. Betraying a friend; taking shelter in the enemy camp; and adopting illegal measures to obtain money, is not acceptable, even in days of adversity. The money earned employing illegal means is ignoble and contemptible.
42. If a man's heart is full of magnanimity and compassion towards his fellow human beings, he will attain worldly prosperity, as he moves through life. All his problems will be solved of their own accord.
43. When the earth is dug up with a hoe, the water gushes to the surface. Similarly, if the disciple serves his master with unconditional love and faith, he is sure to gain wisdom and knowledge of the self.
44. One's mind is responsible, both for one's worldly bondage, and liberation from material life. An attached mind is inclined towards earthly objects. A detached mind is indifferent to them. Bondage is when one's mind is enmeshed in worldly life. The ultimate emancipation, is when one's mind soars above earthly pleasures.
45. Milk lends one energy, ghee thickens one's semen, and meat fatten one's body.
46. One must bathe after copulating; massaging with oil; shaving off one's hair or beard; and inhaling the fumes from the funeral pyre. If one fails to do so, one remains UN-sanctified.
47. If a man makes sincere efforts to amass knowledge; unhesitatingly interchanges food and money; and firmly believes in mutual give and take, then he will always be happy.
48. The donkey works vigorously, even when his limbs are weary. He cultivates an indifference to the scorching summer heat, and this enables him to plod on relentless of his exhaustion. Come what may, he is always tranquil and content. This is an admirable quality.
49. If one makes a sincere attempt to acquire all the qualities narrated above, then success is inevitable.
50. The cock rises at the crack of dawn. He is always ready to fight and chase away his rivals. He also has the habit of snatching away other's food.