Editor’s note: A supposed “open letter from Bill Gates,” the tech billionaire and philanthropist, has been bouncing all over the internet since at least March 23. The letter — titled “What is the Corona/Covid-19 virus really teaching us?” — is a fake. Gates did not write it. But there’s a reason it has gone viral. It’s pretty terrific. We’d like to share it with you here, with our thanks to Anonymous.
Beautiful message from Mr Bill Gates:
Subject: What is the Corona/ Covid-19 Virus Really Teaching us ?
I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad.
As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:
1) It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should to. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Hanks.
2) It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.
3) It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.
4) It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.
5) It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.
6) It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.
7) It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do. Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.
8) It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are, a virus can bring our world to a standstill.
9) It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only our self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.
10) It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.
11) It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.
12) It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.
13) It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.
14) Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a great corrector
It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.
After airing fatal arrow on the battlefield of Lanka, Lord Rama told his brother Lakshman: Go to Ravana quickly before he dies and request him to share whatever knowledge he can.
A brute he may be, but he is also a great scholar!
The obedient Lakshmana rushed across the battlefield to Ravana side and wispread in his ears:
Oh demon king, do not let your knowledge die with you.Share it with us and wash away your sins!
Ravana responded by simply turning away his head. An angry Lakshman went back to Lord Rama and said:
He is arrogant as he always was, too proud to share anything!
Rama conformed his brother and asked him softly: Where did you seat while asking Ravana for knowledge?
Next to his head so that I hear what he had to say clearly! – spoke Lakshman.
Lord Rama smiled, placed his bow on the ground ans walked to where Ravana lay.
Lakshmana watched in astonishment as his divine brother knelt at Ravana’s feet.
With palms joined with extreme humility, Lord Rama said:
Lord of Lanka, you abducted my wife, a terrible crime for which i have been forced to punish you. Now, you are no more my enemy. I bow to you and request you to share your wisdom with me. Please do that, for if you die without doing so, all your wisdom will be lost forever to the world.
To Lakshmana surprise Ravana opened his eyes and raised his arms to salute Lord Rama:
If only i had more time as your teacher then as your enemy.
Standing at my feet as a student should, unlike your rude younger brother, you are worthy recipient of my knowledge.
I have very little time so I cannot share much but let me tell you important lessons i have learned in my life.
1) Things that are bad for you seduce you easily; you run towards them impatiently. So you must defer the bad action as much as you can and avoid them.
2. Things that are actually good for you, fail to attract you; you shun them creatively, finding powerful excuses to justify your procrastination. So you must do good action without any delay and as much early as you can.
This is why i was impatient to abduct Sita but avoided meeting you.
This is wisdom of my life, Lord Rama. My last words. I give it to you! said Ravana and died.
Please let your children read this, it maybe too late for some of us but if you are young its the right time
There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second Richest man who has Donated $ 31 billion to charity.
Here are some very interesting aspects of his life:
He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!
He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.
He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha, which he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.
He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.
He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world’s largest private jet company.
His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis. He has given his CEO’s only two rules.
Rule number 1: do not lose any of your share holder’s money.
Rule number 2: Do not forget rule number 1.
He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His past time after he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch Television.
Bill Gates, the world’s richest man met him for the first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became devotee of Warren Buffet.
Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.
I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.
His advice to young people: Stay away from credit cards and invest in yourself and Remember:
A: Money doesn’t create man but it is the man who created money.
B: Live your life as simple as you are.
C: Don’t do what others say, just listen to them, but do what you feel good.
D: Don’t go on brand name; just wear those things in which u feel comfortable.
E: Don’t waste your money on unnecessary things; just spend on people who are really in need.
F: After all it’s your life then why give chance to others to rule.
The above may not make you Warren Buffet. However it will surely make you successful and bring you more wisdom.
Sometimes in the dark of the night I visit my conscience To see if it is still breathing For its dying a slow death Every day.
When I pay for a meal in a fancy place An amount which is perhaps the monthly income Of the guard who holds the door open And quickly I shrug away that thought It dies a little
When I buy vegetables from the vendor And his son “chhotu” smilingly weighs the potatoes Chhotu, a small child, who should be studying at school I look the other way It dies a little.
When I am decked up in a designer dress A dress that cost a bomb And I see a woman at the crossing In tatters,trying unsuccessfully to save her dignity And I immediately roll up my window It dies a little
When at Christmas I buy expensive gifts for my children On return, I see half clad children With empty stomach and hungry eyes Selling Santa caps at red light I try to salve my conscience by buying some, yet It dies a little
When my sick maid sends her daughter to work Making her bunk school I know I should tell her to go back But I look at the loaded sink and dirty dishes And I tell myself that is just for a couple of days It dies a little
When I give my son the freedom To come home late from a party And yet when my daughter asks I tell her it is not safe I raise my voice when she questions why It dies a little
When I hear about a rape or a murder of a child, I feel sad, yet a little thankful that it’s not my child I can not look at myself in the mirror It dies a little
When people fight over caste creed and religion I feel hurt and helpless I tell myself that my country is going to the dogs I blame the corrupt politicians Absolving myself of all responsibilities It dies a little
When my city is choked Breathing is dangerous in the smog ridden Delhi I take my car to work daily Not taking the metro,not trying car pool One car won’t make a difference, I think It dies a little
So when in the dark of the night I visit my conscience And find it still breathing I am surprised For, with my own hands Daily, bit by bit, I bury it.
By Rashmi Trivedi Author of Woman everything will be fine!
Ganesh mantra SUM KAISSYIA KA DANTASYA KAPLO GAJ KARN KA LAMBO DHARASYE VIKTO VIGHNA NASO VINAYAK
These two mantras are very powerful and can be recite in the morning as soon as awake.
Before opening the eyes you have to pass the palms of the hands on the face, then hold them togheter. Opening the eyes, you’ll recite the mantra of the awakening looking only at the palms. Then for seven times you’ll recite the mantra passing the hands on the whole body. At the end you’ll recite the Ganesh mantra.
MANTRAS TO LIGHT INCENSE
त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव ।त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव ।त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणम् त्वमेव ।त्वमेव सर्वम् मम देव देवः ॥त्रहि माँ त्रहि माँ त्रहि माँ
tvameva mātā ca pitā tvameva ।tvameva bandhuśca sakhā tvameva ।tvameva vidyā draviṇam tvameva ।tvameva sarvam mama deva devaḥ ॥trahi māṁ trahi māṁ trahi māṁ
White as camphor, the avatar of Karuna (god of Compassion), adorned with the garland of the Serpent King, ever dwelling in the lotus of my heart, to the Lord and Lady, Shiva and Shakti together, to them I bow down.
SHANTI MANTRA (Peace Mantras)
we are everything, we are together
ॐ सहना भवतु सहनौ भुनक् तुसहवीर्यम् करवावहै तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विष्आवहै ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः
In the Vedas the mantra (sound) is the primary source from which the universe has sprung (in the Bible: “in the beginning it was the Verb”); it is the primordial vibration presents in every thing, the motor of the universe. Through the study and the search on the mantrasthe ancient wise man have discovered how we can be in harmony with the cosmos and with ourselves.
ॐ (Aum) it is the primordial sound, is the matrix of all that exists in the universe. it doesn’t have a particular meaning, it is rather a sacred syllable that represents the essence of the vital energy from which the creation has sprung. ॐ is the combination of three sounds: A – U – M. The A represents Brahma the creator, the conscience, the state of vigil. The U represents Vishnu the preserver, the subconscious, the state of dream. The M represents Shiva the destroyer, the unconscious, the state of deep sleep. It can be noticed as these three letters are tightly correlated with the endless breath of the universe, in which the three strengths of creation, preservation and destruction continually follow one another and how they are correlated with the three dimensions of the human conscience.
The utilization of the sounds for spiritual purpose is universally used. In a lot of religions the continuous repeating of a sentence or a sacred sound with the help of a rosary (japa mala) represents the highest form of meditation. The mantras are the best vehicle in the meditation because through them the mind calms the incessant flow of thoughts and it settles in a state of deep concentration.
Bija means seed, root. It is a very powerful Mantra that usually consists of a single syllable. The Bija Mantra evoke particular aspects of nature or of the divine, each Devata has his or her own Bija. The greatest of all Bijas is Om or Pranava, because it is the symbol of Para-Brahman.
The following table lists some of the most common Bija Mantras:
Meaning – Element
auṃ / oṁ
Mahamaya – Bhuvaneshvari
Kali – Kama
Kavacha Bija – Armour
Mother of Viras – Mahakala
Kurcha Bija – Bestows Protection
Vaivasvata (son of the Sun-Vivasvan)
Cosmos – Heart
Astra Mantra (weapon mantra)
Svaha (consort of Agni)
Oblations – Sacrificial Fire
Ananda Bhairava – Guru
Bestows Protection – Inspiration
Some Important Mantras
ॐ ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे
om aiṃ hrīṃ klīṃ cāmuṇḍāyai vicce
om – The Pranava Mantra represents the Nirguna Brahman, the infinite beyond conception.
aim – The Vak beeja, the seed sound of Mahasarasvati. The knowledge that is consciousness. Creation, rajo guna, the energy of desire.
hrim – The Maya beeja, the sound of Mahalakshmi. The all pervasive existence. Preservation, sattva guna, energy of action.
klim – The Kama beeja, the seed sound of Mahakali. The all consuming delight. Destruction, tamo guna, energy of wisdom.
camunda – The slayer of the demons Chanda and Munda, of passion and anger.
yai – the grantor of boons
vicce – in the body of knowledge, in the perception of consciousness
Hindi Translation: हम त्रिनेत्र धारी शिवकी आराधना करते हैं, जो अपनी शक्ति से संसार का पालन करतें हैं। उनसे प्रार्थना है कि वे हमें जीवन व मृत्यु के बंधन से मुक्त करे और हमें दिखा दे कि हम कभी भी अपनी अमर प्रकृति से अलग नहीं होते हैं॥
English translation: I worship that fragrant Shiva of three eyes, the one who nourishes all living entities. May he help us severe our bondage with samsara by making us realise that we are never separated from our immortal nature.
Source: Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, Rigved 7.59.12
The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a boon to humanity and a panacea to all forms of ailments – Physical, Mental, Intellectual and Spiritual. The deeper one delves into the ocean of knowledge that this verse is, the more valuable are the pearls of wisdom.
This is one of the most beautiful shloka of chapter 9 (BG:9.8) of Bhagwad Gita. It signifies the power of Krishna and his creation. Krishna resides in each and everything as everything is created by him. The very element of our existence lies within these few beautiful words.
Krishna says that he only creates and then it is for us how we evolve. Though he is the supreme commander and directs everything with a neutral mind, it is for his creation to grow and evolve.
Krishna resides in each and everything as everything is created by him. The very element of our existence lies within these few beautiful words.
Curve back within yourself again and again till you have absolved yourself of all negative forces. Then create a beautiful human being who is above any form of pain and anger. Create a human who is not affected by the proceedings around him and takes everything in his stride with a calm and composed mind.
In Ayurvedic medicine the use of aromatic essences to therapeutic purpose is practiced a great deal. The essences are used in the preparation of oils for massage and diffused in the environment for their quality to influence body and mind. Little is the use of the essential oils for by inside, contrarily of the western Aromatherapy.
TO CHOOSE THE ESSENTIAL OILS ACCORDING TO THEIR CHARACTERISTICS
FOR THE SKIN
1) Antiseptic for cuts, punctures of bugs sage-eucalyptus-tea tree-lavender-thyme-carnation-lemon
2) Anti-inflammatory for eczemas, infected wounds, swellings camomile-lavender-yarrow
3) Fungicides for foot of athlete, candid lavender-tea tree-myrrh-patchouli-marjoram
4) Stimulating of the fabric of granulation and cicatrizant for burns, cuts, scars lavender-camomile-pink-neroli (flowers of orange tree)-incense-geranium-sandal-wood of rose
5) Deodorant for excessive perspiration, cleaning wounds bergamot-sage-lavender-thyme-juniper-cypress-lemon grass
6) Insectifuges and parasiticides hybrid lavender-geranium-citronella grass-eucalyptus-carnation-camphor-cedar of the atlas
1) To make to go down the tension for cases of hypertension, palpitations marjoram-ylang-ylang-lavender-lemon
2) To increase the tension for cases of circulatory insufficiency rosemary-hybrid lavender-eucalyptus-mint-thyme
3) Equalizer of the tension: hyssopus officinalis
4) Balmy and rubefacenti for pains, rheumatisms, muscular rigidity, sciatica, lumbagos camphor-rosemary-marjoram-juniper-eucalyptus g.-niaouli-black pepper
5) Depurative and antitoxic for arthritis, gout, congestions juniper-lemon-fennel
5) Stimulating lymphatic for cellulitis, obesity, water retention grapefruit-lemon-files-mandarin (bland)-white birch tree
6) Tonic venous astringents for launch us and capillary cypress-juniper-rosemary-yarrow-lemon-files-orange tree
1) Expectorant for catarrh, sinusitis, cough, bronchitis Eucalyptus g.-pine-thyme-myrrh-sandal-fennel
2) Antispasmodic for colics, dry cough, pertussis hyssopus officinalis-cypress-cedar of the atlas-bergamot-camomile-cajeput
3) Balmy for cold, hits of cold, congestions benzoin-incense-Tolù balm-Peru balm -myrrh
4) Respiratory antiseptic for influence, sore throat, tonsillitis thyme-sage-eucalyptus g.-basil-pine-niaouli-cajeput-tea tree
1) Spasms, pains, dyspepsia (troubles of the digestion) Camomile-fennel-orange-mint-lemon balm
To establish of what type of constitution we are and to establish a diet is good routine to address to an ayurvedic physician.
In this section the matter is treated in general line to better understand the principles and the techniques of Ayurveda.
The diet, being of primary importance, has a big consideration in ayurvedic medicine. In western country is given more importance to the quantity of calories of the food and the classification in fat, carbohydrates, proteins etc., with little consideration on the digestive ability of the consumer, on the season, on the mental state of the individual or on the equilibrium of the energies in body and mind. According to the ancient Indian medicine the diet is above all a tool of preservation of the state of health and prevention of illness. That’s why we cannot ignore these important factors that so heavily influence our psycophysic equilibrium.