Rise,Rise the world’s yet large to discover…

Penning down some of the things that you might consider as your best friend to write a post that communicates and narrates rather than just inform. Consider them as your best friends in crafting an effective post to speak what you feel and experience and know.

Tip to Craft an Effective Post

Tip to Craft an Effective Post

1) Right from the start of the line. use proper punctuation. Make subject clear to the reader.

2) Use words, reading which one can easily understand what you want to say.

3) Use long sentence in the header, in case you cannot convey in a word or two.

4) Don’t separate yourself from the audience, if you are conveying a lesson you have learnt.
Use the words  : ‘Us’, ‘Ours’, ‘We’  than ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘mine’.

5) Remove repetitive lines. This, you will learn to unlearn, when you keep reading. You will soon get to know what words are repetitive.

6) When you are attempting to write a conversation, use punctuation and express the right question. Imagine someone is actually sitting in front of you. How will you talk?
Remember the pause you take, even that pause makes the conversation understandable.

Consider this sample sentence :

1) Are we going to be happy forever after that?
2) Are we going to be happy after that, forever?

See how just a change in position of the last three words and the punctuation, comma makes the difference!
First line is so straightforward.
Make it involving. Like a dialogue. How will you talk in actually, like that!  Then it will engage the audience more in your writing. Just like how the conversations run in the mind, just put them like that, word to word.

Now, have a look at this sentence : “No, then there will be another desire..& it will go on…”

This sentence might puzzle someone : What will go on?

So many times, we are clear in our mind, of what we want to say and take it for granted, that people will understand it.

To avoid any questions, write it giving references, deliberately – with purpose.

So a revised sentence could be : “No, then there will be another desire &  this cycle of wanting something & desiring for more will go on..”

Involve the audience in your writing.

So, How did the question arise in your head? Say that sincere question!
Avoid “I” whenever you can if you are talking about a lesson. Use We, Us, Lets. This creates a feeling of inclusion, that the lesson and the learning is normal and part of all of us.

Another set of sentences :
1) “May i get that something or not. My happiness is not going to change according to my desires.”

2 )
“Whether i get that something or not, my happiness is not going to change according to my desires.”
Take this firm decision.

Observe both sentences, in the first, the point is made but left with a statement. Second one emphasizes the urgency.

So remember, When you make a strong point, emphasize on it.

Here – “Take this firm decision” is an emphasis. You stress on that line again.

Deliver the impact, don’t wait for the audience to get that experience, give that experience.

( Sentence 1 )

“Now you are Happy”

( Sentence 1 – edited )

“That confidence & faith will bring peace in you and eventually make you happy.”

Be clear in giving the experience.

What makes me happy? What would make me happy? It is that feeling of confidence and faith that will make me happy.

So you see, we have got that learning, we have experienced, but we take it for granted and skip it with habit and thus end up not expressing the sentence completely.

(  Sentence 2 )

“Now you can take tension free steps to get anything in life (as you are already Happy)”

( Sentence 2 – edited )

“You will feel ready to take steps to achieve anything in life.”

Frame it correctly. Sometimes you may write something and then realize, oh! something is missing.

So re-write it again.
The last word should leave the reader complete, with the experience.

The last word should leave the reader, complete with experience.

But How is that going to happen?

1) Write it from the first thought to the last thought.

2) Use proper pause. Use commas and punctuation and write in full words, avoid shortcuts – short words – SMS/chat language.

3) Write more. Read whenever you can. You will see a lot of how to write in flow in write-ups that engage you more in the write-up :)

Involve the audience, lead them into a conversation. :)

Write first, add punctuations then.

Take a break and read it again. :)

Sometimes we write being emotional or in the feeling of Aho Niranajana – When it clicks and so we miss out on writing the tiny details that make it a experience.

So take a break and re-read it after some time and then again overlook the flow, the punctuation and make the necessary edits :)

and last of all, don’t worry how the audience will take you – they might or might not appreciate you. Just take the lesson of writing and move on.

Improve on writing. Don’t feel down by critics. :)

Even you can be an awesome writer!

At least just this intention and practice is good enough :))

remember :

Thumb rule to write well by Aristotle

Thumb rule to write well by Aristotle

VOTING DAY Guide of Do’s and Dont’s FOR Everyone :

Responsible Indian!

Responsible Indian!

A) Voter ID confusion

1) If your name is in electoral list & you have not got voter ID – Goood news, CAN VOTE.
Take your photo Id proofs along to the polling booth.
2) If you dont know if your name is in electoral list, and you have already applied – check name online here
-> ceo.maharashtra.gov.in
a) Check your name through
“Final Electoral Lists’ or through “Partwise Pdf lists”.
if your name is present, YOU CAN VOTE.
If not still go on voting Day and check if your name exists on that day through the volunteers generally present around your booths on voting day.
If your name is not there —
Bad news -> apply again after MAY for future.

3) If your name is in electoral list, and got voter ID, but shifted to another city, state, area and you did not change to your current residing area – YOU CAN Still VOTE with self effort. Please spend ur precious money & time to travel to ur constituency to exercise your right to vote.
Because your country is precious.
YOU call her Bharath”Maata” for a reason.

4) IF There is mistake in Voter ID
“spelling of name” ( no stress),
“age” (no stress), “address” (slight stress, go to the polling booth corresponding the wrong address & vote this time).
Later u can fill appropriate forms to make any sort of correction.
5) If you haven’t applied. Puppy Shame.
Don’t get carried away by whatsapp forwards by EC, that you can vote if u just show up with documents on voters-day. That’s a big fat rumor. All you can do is just pray for the country this time.

B) “I Hate Them All” syndrome (I sympathize with you. But vote nevertheless.)
1) NOTA – most dangerous. most useless.
Because there won’t be a re-election if NOTA is more than winning candidate.
You have been royally fooled if you believe otherwise.
If you don’t trust me. google it.

2) Nation election = is electing a Stable government, PERIOD.

Any government which can garner max. votes. so that atleast some sensible work can happen.
This time, the majority with minimum alliance based on social media & news is OBVIOUS.
You can show off and swim against the tide, but it wont help really. so you might have to vote for a moron because his party at the center is the best bet. Do it. Shit happens.
Remember this is National Elections…!!!

In State elections however, one must totally focus on the credentials of a person and not bother much/at all abt the party.

C) EVM – Electronic Voting Machine
1) This is where the final deal is sealed.
This is most imp.
2) You got to press a blue button against the logo of the party of your choice.
Make sure there is a decently loud beep sound that follows.
Make sure that the machine selects the party of your choice and make sure the machine is not making wrong choice
3) For which you should
first know the logo!
Ask google bhaiyya.
Because against the logo,
the party’s name WONT BE WRITTEN in the EVM. Only candidate & logo.

4) if i want party X in the center & they are allied with Y & Z, In your constituency, dont only byheart logo of party X, cos there may not be candidate of X standing there.
So byheart logo of Y & Z too & vote accordingly.
5) Know your candidate’s name & party logo.
https://www.google.co.in/elections/ed/in/districts

6) carry something to eat, just in case the line may be long.
Allow the older folks to jump the line, carry ur ipod etc. etc.

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Ways to check your name on the voters list (for Mumbai, Maharashtra):
1. www.ceo.maharashtra.gov.in

2. SMS – Type EPICID space 10 digit voter id number & send it to 9869889966
eg : EPICID ABC1234567 and send it to 9869889966

3. Call on the following 24 hour toll free numbers:
1800 22 1950 (for Maharashtra)

1800-22-1951 Sion to Churchgate / CST
1800-22-1952 Mumbai Suburban Mahim to Dahisar and Sion to Mulund
1800-22-1953 Thane district

4. Go physically with your receipt to your assembly election office.

LAST BUT Not THE LEAST!!
Be the early bird risers!! Vote the first thing at 7am – Give it that prime importance and dress up like its your best friends wedding or the most important time of your life and go and vote together with your family and friends
B-)
Once you have done your part – Inspire and take people around you to VOTE!! B-)
Lets BE COOL this Summer! Lets VOTE B-)

Power of Knowledge and Sadhana

Power of Knowledge and Sadhana

1. Today my Long Kriya follow up teacher had a story to tell!
2.With moist eyes, she said i could have almost gone in the morning accident but i am here now!
3 When that accident happened the only thing happened -i was not fearful of death!
4.I was not worried what would happen what about xyz. I was ready to face it.
5.& Only knowledge & Sadhana has brought such inmense strength within.
6.For any reason don’t leave this path, be there. You have no idea of its potential! How it will transform you!
7.Such commitment & determination it can instill that you will be amazed & at a loss of words of gratitude!
8.How much you will get & when, is not a question. The question is of being there!! With commitment &  determination!
9. When you need it, you will get it :) The knowledge, the practice will leave you wealthy with a strong mind!
10. You can’t assure that problems won’t come. But you can train your mind to learn to get out of negativity :) a lifelong practice!
11. That fear psychosis & insecurity just dissolves.

 

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Rajshree Didi ( file pic )

Rajshree Didi ( file pic )

Some excerpts of what Rajshree Didi spoke on March 10,2014

1. Like a GPS, it shows u the path.It makes u the path clear.Though there is still traffic jams & all.

2. Likewise when u r clear with ur purpose with why u are doing. When there is clarity,U move on, even though problems exists & things have not changed.

3. Many times you know its wrong yet u do it? How to stop & avert this tendency?

4. You know u like what the small mind does. Because many times your logic works, reasoning wins!

5. & with that attitude u keep moving & at times get lost in that ambition to win your small mind.

6. That is vasana, that binds you back with misery.

7. To overcome Vasana, one out of ten times, you say a no to it. Start with this.

8. You know observe the wall. If there is a crack how will the water flow?

9. It flows thru the cracks & soon there is a continuous flow & water gets directed to it.

10. Same is with the mind. Vasanas are those cracks. If you let them be, it widens & concentrates!

11. You have to fill the crack with cement.& stop the water flow at some point

12.You have to say no to those vasanas that bind you to misery.

13. Through awareness & understanding you can overcome the vasana with Purushartha – SelfEffort!

14. So KarmaYog & BhaktiYog both are there. You have to do & you have to relax

15. You have to sing & you have to surrender.

16. You have to relax & stop running around in the mind!

17. Trust in the innocence ( bhola bhaav) of the present moment..
Bholenath..thats Shiva..

18. If the creator created all this without any purpose…how will we ..the creation have any purpose!!!!!..
its just his daydream!

19. You want to know the how & the why. You just relax & Be. Be in this moment & Move with the confidence that everything is alright :)

20. Die every moment – that small mind that keeps hankering to misery & bondage ,
to let Life spring up & align itself with a greater cause. To not get stuck up again in misery :)

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SOME excerpts from meet with Rajshree Didi , March 11,2014

1. Whenever you meet Guruji,  your mind should be stable & clear without any turbulence. It should not be like he is coming & making you calm. You should be ready to learn or experience his presence.

2 . Have at least one “Guru brother, Guru friend,companion” who will be there to keep you on path.

3. Come out of & drop all patterns to be free.

4. Having anything is your choice.  Your friends, positions,food.
You choose you reap.

5 . Behind everything there is intelligence working,  there is even mismanagement.

6. It’s that intelligence which is carring us n everything . Like wood log in river flow.

Once again remember…
Our consciousness is like water & body is like log..
Its about merging with the big consciousness & getting out of our small minds!

connect to Rajshree Didi’s Facebook updates here :

Rajshree Didi (file pic )

Rajshree Didi (file pic )

https://www.facebook.com/patel.rajshree

JaiGurudev!

 

 

Q n A with Sri Sri

Q n A with Sri Sri

 

Q : Gurudev, taking out time for Sadhana in everyday life becomes little difficult, whereas I enjoy doing Sadhana.
How to make it an easy habit?

Sri Sri:
Look, is it difficult to take out time to brush your teeth?
You need to take time out to go to the washroom, isn’t it? You bathe everyday or not? Do you run to the office after getting up from the bed? Without having breakfast, do you go?
There is time to have tea, breakfast, and gossip.
There is time to bathe for an hour, and there is time to stand in front of the mirror and comb your hair. Whoever comes home we have time to talk nonsense with them. And on top of all this, there is time for television.
But for doing Sadhana, after doing which one feels so good, how come there is no time?

I know there is a lot of running around to do in life, and it feels like there is no time, but you have to create a discipline for Sadhana. Make a commitment, ‘If I don’t do Sadhana today, I won’t have breakfast.
I don’t have the right to eat anything until I sit for 15 minutes’.
Only 15 minutes, in the morning after waking up, sit in bed. Loosen your whole body, and realize that God is your own, God is within you.
Just sit there for a few minutes.

I tell you, once in the year 1980, we went to Badrinath and Kedarnath (pilgrim spots in North India). In those days going to Badrinath and Kedarnath was very difficult.
It would take three days from Rishikesh to Badrinath.
We had to stop frequently and couldn’t travel at night. There were two Germans with us who we taught pranayama and meditation. ]
When it was evening, they would ask the driver to stop the car near any pavement.
And there on the road, by the pavement, they would spread their mats and sit in meditation.
I was surprised seeing them. Whatever condition you are in, wherever you are, you should meditate.

During my college days, if I was traveling by train, even I would also do it (my Sadhana) there itself, in the train.
But I was seeing these two Germans, they were so particular about the time. As soon as it was 6 PM they would stop the car, and sit in meditation.
What I mean to say is, we should make it a habit.
Morning or evening, at least one time – when you return home from work, wash your face and sit for 20 minutes. This much time we can definitely take out. Or wake up a little early in the morning.
If you were not able to wake up early and got late one day, then do it after returning home in evening.

When you have decided that without doing sadhana you won’t have food, then this becomes a part of your routine. Then if you miss one or two days, no problem. But don’t make missing it a habit.
There’s a very nice bhajan by Sant Kabirdas.
“Kaam na choda, krodh na choda, satyavachan kyu chod diya, Naam japan kyu chod diya”.
(You didn’t leave lust, you didn’t leave anger, then why did you leave the words of truth? Why did you stop chanting his name?)

 

Uddalaka blessing his son Shwetaketu

Uddalaka blessing his son Shwetaketu

Do you know this Awesome story of Shvetaketu?

We come to understand in the Chandogya Upanishad that SHVETAKETU learned everything that could be learned,
Then there was nothing else to be taught, so the master said, “You have known all that can be taught. Now you can go back.”
Shvetaketu was thinking that his father would be very happy – he had become one of the suprememost scholars of the country; he was known everywhere, respected everywhere – but he saw that the father was sad, so he asked, ”Why are you sad?”
The father said, “Only one question I have to ask you. Have you learned that by learning which there is no need to learn anything any more?
Have you known that by knowing which all suffering ceases?
Have you been taught that which cannot be taught?”
The boy also became sad.
He said, ”No. Whatsoever I know has been taught to me, and I can teach it to anybody who is ready to learn.”
The father said, “Then you go back and ask your master that you be taught that which cannot be taught.”
The boy said, “But that is absurd. If it cannot be taught, how can the master teach me?”
The father said, “That is the art of the master: he can teach you that which cannot be taught. You go back.”
He went back. Bowing down to his master’s feet, he said, ”My father has sent me for an absolutely absurd thing. Now I don’t know where I am and what I am asking you.
My father has told me to come back and return only when I have learned that which cannot be learned, when I have been taught that which cannot be taught.
What is it? What is this? You never told me about it.”
The master said, “Unless one inquires, it cannot be told; you never inquired about it.
But now you are starting a totally different journey. And remember, it cannot be taught, so it is very delicate; only indirectly will I help you.
Do one thing: take all the animals of my gurukul – there were at least four hundred cows, bulls and other animals – and go to the deepest forest possible where nobody ever comes and moves.
Live with these animals in silence.
Don’t talk, because these animals cannot understand any language.
So remain silent, and when just by reproduction these four hundred animals have become one thousand, then come back.”
“So go to the hills, to the forest. Live alone. Don’t talk. And there is no use in thinking, because these animals won’t understand even your thinking.
Drop all your scholarship here.” Shvetaketu followed. He went to the forest and lived with the animals for many years.
For a few days thoughts remained there in the mind – the same thoughts repeating themselves again and again.
Then it became boring. Shvetaketu became aware.
There were four hundred animals, birds, other wild animals, trees, rocks, rivers and streams, but no man and no possibility of any human communication.
There was no use in being very egoistic, because these animals didn’t know what type of great scholar this Shvetaketu was.
They didn’t consider him at all; they didn’t look at him with respect, so by and by the pride disappeared, because it was futile and it even looked foolish to walk in a prideful way with the animals.
Even Shvetaketu started feeling, ”If I remain egoistic these animals will laugh at me – so what am I doing?” Sitting under the trees, sleeping near the streams, by and by his mind became silent.
The years passed and his mind became so silent that Shvetaketu completely forgot when he had to return. He became so silent that even this idea was not there.
The past dropped completely, and with the dropping of the past the future drops…. So he forgot what the master had said, he forgot when he had to return.
There was no when and where, he was just here and now. He lived in the moment just like the animals, he became a cow.
When the animals became one thousand, they started feeling uncomfortable.
They were waiting for Shvetaketu to take them back to the ashram and he had forgotten,
so one day the cows decided to speak to Shvetaketu and they said,
“Now it is time enough, and we remember that the master had said that you must come back when the animals became one thousand, and you have completely forgotten.
Now is the time and we must go back.
We have become one thousand.”
So Shvetaketu went back with the animals.
The master looked from the door of his hut at Shvetaketu coming with one thousand animals, and he said to his other disciples,
“Look, one thousand and one animals are coming.” Shvetaketu had become such a silent being – no ego, no self-consciousness, just moving with the animals as one of them.
The master came to receive him; the master was dancing, ecstatic.
He embraced Shvetaketu and he said, “Now there is nothing to say to you – you have already known. Why have you come?
There is no need to come now, there is nothing to be taught. You have already known.”
Shvetaketu said, ”Just to pay my respects, just to touch your feet, just to be grateful. It has happened, and you have taught me that which cannot be taught.

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