Slow Dance

 

Slow Dance

 

Have you ever watched kids

On a merry-go-round?

 

Or listened to rain

Slapping on the ground?

 

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,

Or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

 

You better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

 

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

 

Do you run through each day

On the fly?

 

When you ask: “How are you?”,

Do you hear the reply?

 

When the day is done,

Do you lie in your bed,

 

With the next hundred chores

Running through your head?

 

You better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

 

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

 

Ever told your child,

We’ll do it tomorrow?

 

And in your haste,

Not see his sorrow?

 

Ever lost touch,

Let a good friendship die,

 

Cause you never had time

To call and say, “Hi”?

 

You’d better slow down,

Don’t dance so fast.

 

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

 

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
You miss half the fun of getting there.

 

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

 

Life is not a race.

Do take it slower.

 

Hear the music

Before the song is over.

 

– by David L. Weatherford

 

About the Author
David L. Weatherford is a child psychologist with published poems in “Chicken Soup for the Soul”. If you want to enjoy more of David’s beautiful writings, please visit www.davidlweatherford.com

 

 

जीवन का मूल्य : Respect yourself

 

जीवन का मूल्य :

गुरुनानक Saheb के पास एक आदमी गया और उसने कहा बताईये गुरूजी जीवन का मूल्य क्या है?

गुरूनानक ने उसे एक Stone दिया और कहा , जा और इस stone का मूल्य पता करके आ , लेकिन ध्यान
रखना stone को बेचना नही है I

वह आदमी stone को बाजार मे एक संतरे वाले के पास लेकर गया और संतरे वाले को दिखाया l
बोला “बता , इसकी कीमत क्या है?

संतरे वाला चमकीले stone को देख कर बोला, “12 संतरे लेजा और इसे मुझे दे जा”

वह आदमी संतरे वाले से बोला गुरू ने कहा है इसे बेचना नही है l

और

आगे एक सब्जी वाले के पास गया, उसे stone दिखाया l सब्जी वाले ने उस चमकीले stone को देखा और
कहा “एक बोरी आलू ले जा और इस stone को मेरे पास छोड़ जा”

उस आदमी ने कहा , मुझे इसे बेचना नही है , मेरे गुरू ने मना किया है I

आगे एक सोना बेचने वाले सुनार के पास गया उसे stone दिखाया सुनार उस चमकीले stone को देखकर बोला
“50 लाख मे बेच दे” l उसने मना कर दिया तो सुनार बोला “2 करोड़ मे दे दे या बता इसकी कीमत जो माँगेगा वह
दूँगा तुझे ”

उस आदमी ने सुनार से कहा मेरे गुरू ने इसे बेचने से मना किया है l

आगे हीरे बेचने वाले एक जौहरी के पास गया उसे stone दिखाया l जौहरी ने जब उस बेसकीमती रुबी को देखा , तो पहले उसने रुबी के पास एक लाल कपडा बिछाया फिर उस बेसकीमती रुबी की परिक्रमा लगाई माथा टेका l फिर जौहरी बोला , “कहा से लाया है ये बेसकीमती रुबी

“सारी कायनात , सारी दुनिया को बेचकर भी इसकी कीमत नही लगाई जा सकती ये तो बेसकीमती है l”

 

वह आदमी हैरान परेशान होकर सीधे गुरू के पास आया l अपनी आप बिती बताई और बोला
“अब बताओ गुरूजी मानवीय जीवन का मूल्य क्या है?

गुरूनानक बोले :
तूने पहले stone को संतरे वाले को दिखाया उसने इसकी कीमत “12 संतरे” की बताई l

आगे सब्जी वाले के पास गया उसने इसकी कीमत “1 बोरी आलू” बताई l

आगे सुनार ने “2 करोड़” बताई l

और

जौहरी ने इसे “बेसकीमती” बताया l

अब ऐसे ही तेरा मानवीय मूल्य है l तू बेशक हीरा है लेकिन सामने वाला तेरा आकलन अपनी औकात अपनी जानकारी और अपनी हैसियत और मकसद से लगाएगा। घबराओ मत दुनिया में तुझे पहचानने वाले भी मिल जायेगे।

Respect Yourself

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Celebrate Life !!

 

What an elevating speech!
By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar..

“A plum once said, ‘just because a banana lover came by, I converted myself into a banana. Unfortunately, his taste changed after a few months and so I became an orange. When he said I was bitter I became an apple, but he went in search of grapes. Yielding to the opinions of so many people, I have changed so many times that I no more know who I am. How I wish I had remained a plum and waited for a plum lover.’

Just because a group of people do not accept you as you are, there is no necessity for you to strip yourself of your originality. You need to think good of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate. Never stoop down in order to gain recognition. Never let go of your true self to win a relationship. In the long run, you will regret that you traded your greatest Glory – your uniqueness, for momentary validation. Even Gandhi was not accepted by many people. The group that does not accept you as YOU is not Your world.

There is a world for each one of you, where you shall reign as king /queen by just being yourself. Find that world… In fact, that world will find You.

What water can do, gasoline cannot and what copper can, gold cannot. The fragility of the ant enables it to move and the rigidity of the tree enables it to stay rooted. Everything and everybody has been designed with a Proportion of uniqueness to serve a purpose that we can fulfill only by being our unique self. You as you alone can serve your purpose and I as I alone can serve my purpose. You are here to be you… Just YOU.

There was a time in this world when a Krishna was required and He was sent; A time when a Christ was required and He was sent; a time when a Mahatma was required and he was sent; There came a time when you were required on this planet and hence you were sent. Let us be the best we can be.

In the history of the universe, there has been nobody like you and to the infinity of time to come, there will be no one like you. Existence should have loved you so much that it broke the mould after making you, so that another of your kind will never get repeated.

You are original. You are rare. You are unique. You are a wonder. You are a masterpiece. .. Your Master’s piece.

Celebrate your Uniqueness!’

Celebrate Life 😊

 

Welcome 2018 !!!! – Who is packing your parachute?

 

Air Commodore Vishal was a Jet Pilot. In a combat mission his fighter plane was destroyed by a missile. He however ejected himself and parachuted safely. He won acclaims and appreciations from many.

After five years one day he was sitting with his wife in a restaurant. A man from another table came to him and said “You’re Captain Vishal ! You flew jet fighters. You were shot down!”

“How in the world did you know that?” asked Vishal.

“I packed your parachute,” the man smiled and replied.
Vishal gasped in surprise and gratitude and thought if parachute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.

Vishal couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. He wondered how many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because, he was a fighter pilot and that person was just a safety worker”

So friends, who is packing your parachute?
Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day.

We need many kinds of parachutes– we need the physical parachute, the mental parachute, the emotional parachute, and the spiritual parachute. We call on all these supports before reaching safety.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important.

We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.

As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize the people who pack your parachute.

I just want to thank everyone who packed my parachute this year one way or the other- through your words, deeds, prayers etc!! Don’t want to take any of you for granted .
From the bottom of my heart with all my love

Wishing you a memorable end to 2017 and an awesome beginning to 2018

 

Adarsh Halan

Editor

DropsOfTime.com

Be Present !!!

 

Few months ago I asked these two questions to all kids attending a gathering

Few things you want your parents to stop doing and….
Few things you want your parents to start doing

I got some interesting responses

Things I want my parents to stop doing:

—Stop comparing my life with your childhood. Things were really different back then, so stop comparing.

—Stop using these words and phrases: use your brain, are you deaf? Can’t you see? Useless, careless, good for nothing….etc….

—stop showing off my skills. I don’t want to dance in front of your friends. I don’t like to do that. Why do you force me to sing/ dance or show my art work to our relatives or friends?

—Can you speak softly? I’m tired to hear you shout, every day, every single moment.

 

Things I want my parents to start doing:

—Smile, please… I don’t remember when was the last time my mom smiled. She usually carries a frown on her face. That look irritates me.

—Appreciate. I know I’m not good at all things, but many things only I can do, no one else can. So a little bit appreciation is good na….

—Hug me, I see how my mom hugs my 5 year old sister, but when I run to hug her…she immediately says, “Later, first do you work” huh!

—Play with me. I love to play with my friends, but playing with mom dad is fun! If only they had time to play….

—Tell me a story. I’d love to listen to their childhood tales, especially about their mistakes, failures and mischief. But my parents always keep telling about all their achievements. It makes me scared. What if I can’t achieve success the way they achieved….?

—Keep that WhatsApp aside. Talk to me mom & dad.

—Can I sleep in your bedroom at least once a month? I love cuddling you guys.

 

 

So parents, wondering what to gift your child this holiday season, here’s your list. Be present for your children and make parenting engaging and fulfilling.

 

BE PRESENT

 

 

Do something different, do something that you would always think of, do something that you have been waiting to do… Make this year stress free and a happier one… Happy new year

Time has no holiday.. Dreams have no expiry date.. And life has no pause button.
Live it.. Love it..

Enjoy each and every moment of your life….!!

Save only those memories which gives twinkle in your eyes… Not wrinkles on your face…!!

 

What is Yoga ?

Yoga (Sanskritयोग) is a commonly known generic term for the physicalmental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace. It is practiced in many different ways all over the world. Specifically, yoga is one of the six āstika (“orthodox”) schools of Hindu philosophy. One of the most detailed and thorough expositions on the subject is the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, which defines yoga as “the stilling of the changing states of the mind” (Sanskrit: योग: चित्त-वृत्ति निरोध:). Yoga has also been popularly defined as “union with the divine” in other contexts and traditions.

  • Yoga is a timeless tradition from Rig Veda with a history of over 5000 years
  • Yoga means uniting individual soul Jeevatma with universal soul Paramatma
  • Yoga is Citta Vritti Nirodah means, yoga controls the fluctuations of the mind
  • Yoga is an ancient philosophy that educates on health and harmonious living
  • Yoga is a science of self-awareness, self development and self-transformation
  • Yoga is a holistic discipline that integrates body and mind, creates perfect balance
  • Yoga is not just physical exercise, it builds emotional stability and calms the mind
  • Yoga is a powerful health discipline that heals many health issues without medicine
  • Yoga is a way of life that boosts positive energies and improves quality of life
  • Yoga bestows self understanding, love, knowledge, wisdom and happiness
  • Yoga awakens the spiritual self, makes the practitioner experience inner divinity
  • Yoga is a natural therapy that makes one look healthy, youthful and beautiful
  • Yoga is an amazing inward journey that illuminates life beyond pain and suffering

 

 

Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita refers to the skill of union with the ultimate reality or the Absolute. In his commentary, Zaehner says that the root meaning of yoga is “yoking” or “preparation”; he proposes the basic meaning “spiritual exercise”, which conveys the various nuances in the best way.

Sivananda’s commentary regards the eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita as having a progressive order, by which Krishna leads “Arjuna up the ladder of Yoga from one rung to another.” The influential commentator Madhusudana Sarasvati divided the Gitas eighteen chapters into three sections of six chapters each. Swami Gambhiranandacharacterises Madhusudana Sarasvati’s system as a successive approach in which Karma yoga leads to Bhakti yoga, which in turn leads to Gyaana yoga:

  • Chapters 1–6 = Karma yoga, the means to the final goal
  • Chapters 7–12 = Bhakti yoga or devotion
  • Chapters 13–18 = Gyaana yoga or knowledge, the goal itself

 

Truths about Yoga

Most people think yoga is a physical exercise that improves body flexibility.
They are interested in fast paced activities and find yoga slow paced and
uninteresting. They do not realize that fast paced activities cause fatigue,
exhaustion and disturb the mind and body balance.

Some people think yoga is only an alternative therapy that provides relief for
headaches, arthritis, back pain, high blood pressure, diabetes and other ailments.
Such people attend yoga classes till their issues get fixed, and discontinue their
practice. Very few people are aware of the true benefits of yoga.

Some people think yoga is a religious practice that deals with rituals.This is not
true. Yoga is a basis of all religions. It educates the practitioner on self understanding,
love, selfless service, management of pain and peaceful living.

When yoga practice starts in childhood, it is a great blessing for the children. Their
systems will function well, posture and mental abilities will improve, there will be
awareness of right and wrong, children will develop positive thinking and emotional
stability. Their immune system will be strengthened and will be free from disease.

Yoga is for everyone. It is never too late to start yoga; one can start yoga even
after attaining age sixty. Yoga is a gift for all ages and a boon for the old age. It
infuses vitality in the old age, develops abilities to adapt to changing situations,
builds confidence and makes the extra years meaningful.

The only necessity is to learn yoga from a knowledgeable and experienced teacher
who will understand the needs of the individual, provide proper guidance and right
knowledge.

 

Food for Mind & Body – Guidelines for Healthy Eating

 

The food you eat determines your physical, mental and emotional health. Many people do not
realize this truth. They eat unhealthy food all the time and destroy their health. Unhealthy foods
are precooked frozen foods, pizzas, deep fried foods, hot-spicy, overcooked food, burnt food,
chips, burgers, colas, refined grains that do not have fibre, foods that contain too much sugar, salt, artificial colour and preservatives. Such foods have no nutritive value; they increase fat and bad cholesterol, weaken the digestive system and lead to ill-health.

Many people are not aware that water is an essential ingredient for the body and mind. Water is a natural detox that eliminates waste and toxins, refreshes the brain, carries nutrients, promotes digestion,prevents dehydration, reduces stress, prevents headaches, improves concentration and dissolves all the excesses. It serves as a lubricant, regulates body temperature and is vital for health just like oxygen. Drink at least twelve glasses of water everyday for good health.

 

Beverages such as tea, coffee, wine, beer and aerated drinks, have no calories, no vitamins and minerals. They contain caffeine, sugar, alcohol and chemicals that deplete natural energies and destroy mind-body balance. Drink home-made vegetable and fruit juices. They have vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, aid digestion, refresh brain, promote weight loss, nourish and heal cells, tissues, glands and organs. They rejuvenate mind and body after a surgery, provide good relief for ulcers , high blood pressure, fatigue, bad cholesterol, diabetes, cardiac and kidney problems.

A well planned vegetarian diet meets all nutritional needs of body and mind and also prevent diseases. Ensure your diet has all the essential nutrients. Snack on fresh fruits, keep your stomach light when you go to bed. If you work under great stress, drink plenty of water, 4-5 glasses of green tea in a day. To improve mind and body health, change your attitudes, choose the right food that will nourish and heal.

 

  • Begin your day with three glasses of luke warm water
  • Sit and sip water and mix it with saliva before swallowing
  • Drink at least twelve glasses of water every day
  • Breakfast is an important meal, please do not skip it
  • Eat at regular times every day and enjoy every meal
  • Eat when your mind is calm; do not eat when angry
  • Take vegetarian food, avoid non-vegetarian food
  • Take fruits, vegetable juices as a meal if you are stressed
  • Eat slowly and chew your food well; do not eat in a hurry
  • Eat to fill half your stomach and do not over-eat
  • Avoid all food that are too hot or too cold in temperature
  • Avoid drinking water or fruit juice during your meals
  • Drink water one hour before and one hour after your meals
  • Drink green tea everyday; it is alkaline and antioxidant
  • Snack on fresh fruits, nuts and dried fruits; avoid junk foods
  • Avoid eating the food that have excess salt and excess sugar
  • Excess sugar and salt destroy the mind and body strength
  • Have light and low calorie dinner three hours before sleeping
  • Sit in Virasana or recline in Supta Virasana after your meals
  • Supta Virasana, relieves heaviness and digests food faster
  • Fruit-fast once a month will cleanse your digestive system

Friends and Mathematician Ramanujan

Mathematician Srinawasan Ramanujan didn’t have any close friends- someone asked him the reason. He replied that although he wanted to have close friends -nobody was up to his expectations. When pressed how he expected his friend to be – he replied – like numbers 220 and 284!

The person got confused and asked what is the connection between friendship and these numbers!

 

Ramanujan asked him to find the divisors of each number!
With much difficulty – the person derived and listed them

220 → 1,2,4,5,10,11,20,22,44,55,110,220

284 →1,2,4,71,142,284

Ramanujan then asked the person to exclude the numbers 220 and 284 and asked the sum of the remaining divisors

The person was astonished to find:

220 → 1+2+4+5+10+11+20+22+44+55+110=284

284 →1+2+4+71+142=220

Ramanujan  explained that an ideal friendship should be like these numbers- to complement each other – even when one is absent – the other should represent the friend!

The person thought – no wonder this genius is on the world’s top list of mathematicians!!

 

Hardy–Ramanujan number 1729

The number 1729 is known as the Hardy–Ramanujan number after a famous visit by Hardy to see Ramanujan at a hospital. In Hardy’s words:

I remember once going to see him when he was ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one, and that I hoped it was not an unfavorable omen. “No”, he replied, “it is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways.”

Immediately before this anecdote, Hardy quoted Littlewood as saying, “Every positive integer was one of [Ramanujan’s] personal friends.”

The two different ways are

1729 = 13 + 123 = 93 + 103

Left or Right

I asked my friend’s son what he wanted to be when he grows up.

He said he wanted to be the Prime Minister some day.

Both of his parents, liberal leftists, were standing there…

I asked him, If you were the PM, what would be the first thing you would do?

He replied, I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.

His parents beamed with pride…

Wow… what a worthy goal. I told him. But you don’t have to wait until you’re the PM to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds and sweep my yard, and I’ll pay you ₹500. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the same ₹500, for food and new set of clothes.

He thought that over for a few seconds, then he looked me straight in the eyes and asked, Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him ₹500?

I said, Welcome to the Rightist fold, son.

His parents still aren’t speaking to me…

Author: Unknown

(Source: News snippets)

Just Drops!

 

Recently, when I was going to bed after using my bathroom, I started hearing sound of drops of water from the tap in slow successions, but since it was dropping into an empty bucket, I decided to let it be.

But, alas! When I woke up the next morning, around 5am, the bucket was almost full! I was surprised that just drops even in such slow successions could produce that much. I couldn’t help it, ‘Just drops?!’ I questioned rhetorically.

But the following night, I made sure that the tap in my bathroom was locked completely and I checked the bucket and saw that it was empty, though wet. Then I went to sleep.

I guess you already know what I saw the next morning. The bucket was not wet as I had left it, but it was now dry!

Then I realized the importance of a drop and how much difference it can make in all ramifications of one’s life compared to a dry tap.

Imagine letting the drops be for a year, I would be scooping with drums at the end of the year!

So, how about that drop of savings?

How about that drop of kindness and love everyday?

How about a drop of reading useful books today and every day?

How about that drop of a verse of the scripture today and every day?

How about that drop of prayer today and every day?

How about a drop of worship today and every day?

How about a drop of step towards your God-given dream today and every day?

How about a drop of giving into your heavenly account?

What virtue and discipline will you start today in little drops?

Never neglect the importance of a drop, for when the harvest time comes, you would have made a big difference.

 

These are called Drops of Time !!!

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