Inspirational

Pride comes before fall

When Ravana succeeded in getting control over all the nine planets, he installed them face down on the nine steps that led to his throne. Each morning, he would step on their back to ascend his throne, causing insult and anguish to them.

One day sage Narada came to Ravana, and upon seeing the state of the nine planets asked Shani, “how as the mightiest and most terrible of the planets, he could bear this insult?” Shani replied “because he was lying face downward he was helpless, but if he could cast his gaze on Ravana, matters would change. “

After Narada was shown around the magnificent palace of Ravana the proud king wanted his opinion. The wise sage replied that everything was excellent at the palace of Ravana, except for one. ‘How can Ravana get the pleasure of subduing the nine planets when they were lying face downwards?’ he asked. It was better if they were lying with their faces upward so that when Ravana stepped over their chests, he could get the pleasure of seeing the discomfort on their faces.

Ravana due to his arrogance and pride liked the suggestion and he quickly ordered his staff to turn the nine planets around on their backs. As soon as that was done, Shani’s gaze fell on Ravana and his reason abandoned him.

Within a few months he kidnapped Sita, the wife of Lord Rama that led to Lord Rama’s invasion of his kingdom. Ravana and his entire family were killed.So, even Ravana, mighty king and worshiper of Shiva lost everything due to his pride.

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Trust your own wings

I had read this story somewhere sharing it with my readers…

There was a huge banyan tree in a forest, spreading out its mighty branches. Each of these mighty branches bore many smaller secondary branches which in turn bore many more. This kind of repeated branching resulted in small twigs with leaves on them. On one such twig sat the little sparrow.

The sparrow was chirping away merrily. Its high-pitched notes filled the air and resonated through the forest. It was a happy song.

Suddenly, there came a strong gust of wind which soon developed into a storm. At first, the twig on which the sparrow sat, began to quiver and quake; shiver and shake. As the wind grew in its strength and intensity, the whole branch began to sway uncontrollably. soon, the huge banyan tree itself was reeling under the impact of the powerful storm. It was trembling as the furious wind began to lash at it. In a moment, the little branch on which the sparrow was sitting snapped. The branch fell to the ground.

What happened to the little sparrow?

“Nothing happened to the sparrow because it just flew away. It fluttered its wings even as the branch broke and it just flew away.”

Moral of the story is

Bird sitting on the tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because its trust is not on the branch but its wings

Similarly in life when problems and disaster strike with full force and try to uproot you, do not depends on anyone else but on your own wings. Wings of faith and self-confidence.

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Time Zone

Read this somewhere on social media

> New York is 3 hours ahead of California, but it does not make California slow.

> Someone graduated at the age of 22, but waited five years before securing a good job! Someone did a job for 5 years and then did the graduation.

> Someone became a CEO at 25 and died at 50. While another became a CEO at 50 and lived to 90 years.

> Obama retires at 55, but Trump starts at 70.

Absolutely everyone in this world works based on their Time Zone. People around you might seem to go ahead of you; some might appear to be behind you. But everyone is running their own RACE, in his or her own TIME.

Don’t envy them or mock them. They are in their TIME ZONE, and you are in yours! Life is all about timing and the right moment to act. You’re not LATE. You’re not EARLY. You are very much ON TIME, and in your TIME ZONE

Destiny set up for you. Make today your day!!

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PERFECTION is lot of little things done right

A German once visited a temple under
construction where he saw a sculptor making an idol of God…Suddenly he noticed a similar idol lying nearby…
Surprised, he asked the sculptor, “Do you
need two statues of the same idol?”
“No,” said the sculptor
without looking up, “We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage…”

The gentleman
examined the idol and found no apparent damage…

“Where is the damage?” he asked.
“There is a scratch on the nose of the idol.” said the sculptor, still
busy with his work….

“Where are you going to install the idol?”

The sculptor replied that it would be
installed on a
pillar twenty feet high…

“If the idol is that far who is going to know that there is a scratch on the nose?”
the gentleman asked.

The sculptor stopped work, looked up at the gentleman, smiled and said,

“I will know it…”

The desire to excel is exclusive of the fact whether someone else appreciates it or not….

“Excellence” is a
drive from inside, not outside….

Excellence is not for
someone else to notice but for your own satisfaction and efficiency.

Don’t Climb a Mountain with an Intention that the World Should See You,
Climb the Mountain with the Intention to See the World

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Seven Pots of Gold

Once upon a time there was a Royal barber, who earned a handsome salary and was happy and cheerful man.

One day while returning home from work while walking through the forest he heard a voice which asked “Do you want seven pots of Gold?”. Puzzled by this question he said “Yes”, the voice replied “Go home you will find the pots at your home”. He rushed home and much to his suprise he found seven pots, out which six were filled till brim but seventh one was only half filled. He decided to fill the seventh pot also with gold.

From next day onwards he started dropping all his earnings into that pot, he starved himself and his family just so that he can get more gold to fill the pot. His happiness and cheerful nature vanished and day by day he became more miserable thinking about the pot which not matter what he added was not getting full.

He decided to request king for a raise to which king happily agreed and gave him a raise. Now he could add more gold and soon hoped for the pot to be full.But Alas! no matter how much gold he added the pot was not getting full…….

Day by day he was becoming weak due to starvation, he could not sleep at night thinking about the pot. King also noticed the change in him and one day finally asked him “Did you accept the seven pots of gold?”

He was suprised by this question and admitted to have taken that gold. King said “You should not have taken that gold. It is Yaksha (meaning:Forest Spirit) ‘s gold, it is of no use as you cannot spend it and will only keep on adding to the pot which will never get full.” “Immediately go back and ask the Yaksh to take back his gold and then only you will get back your happiness and peace of mind”

Barber immediately followed his advice and asked the Yaksh to take back his gold, that moment the pots disappeared. Barber also lost all the gold he added from his earnings by starving himself and his family…….

We are also like that barber and all our life we run after money, ignoring our health and our family. No matter how much we earn we always want more and more and in the process lose our happiness and peace of mind and finally end up with nothing left…………….

 

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Barrier

Few days ago I experienced a major setback in my career, my life was completely disturbed and I felt very hurt, somedays I felt like giving up on life. I accepted complete defeat. Then one day while browsing on internet I came across a below story

“During a research experiment a marine biologist placed a shark into a large holding tank and then released several small bait fish into the tank.

As you would expect, the shark quickly swam around the tank, attacked and ate the smaller fish.

The marine biologist then inserted a strong piece of clear fiberglass into the tank, creating two separate partitions. She then put the shark on one side of the fiberglass and a new set of bait fish on the other.

Again, the shark quickly attacked.  This time, however, the shark slammed into the fiberglass divider and bounced off.  Undeterred, the shark kept repeating this behavior every few minutes to no avail.  Meanwhile, the bait fish swam around unharmed in the second partition.  Eventually, about an hour into the experiment, the shark gave up.

This experiment was repeated several dozen times over the next few weeks.  Each time, the shark got less aggressive and made fewer attempts to attack the bait fish, until eventually the shark got tired of hitting the fiberglass divider and simply stopped attacking altogether.

The marine biologist then removed the fiberglass divider, but the shark didn’t attack.  The shark was trained to believe a barrier existed between it and the bait fish, so the bait fish swam wherever they wished, free from harm.

The moral:  Many of us, after experiencing setbacks and failures, emotionally give up and stop trying. Like the shark in the story, we believe that because we were unsuccessful in the past, we will always be unsuccessful. In other words, we continue to see a barrier in our heads, even when no ‘real’ barrier exists between where we are and where we want to go.”

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Still I Rise

Sharing below a beautiful inspirational poem which gave me hope to continue in my difficult days……..

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

-Maya Angelou

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यशस्वी

डॉ. अब्दुल कलाम यांना पायलट बनायचे होते..
त्यासाठी कुणीही मार्गदर्शक नसल्यामुळे त्यांनी बी.एस्.सी. ला एडमीशन घेतली..

नंतर फायनल ईयरला त्यांना कळले की ,पायलट बनायचे असेल तर ईंजीनीयरींग मधील ‘एयरोनॉटीकल ईंजीनीयरींग’ ला प्रवेश घ्यावा लागतो !..
मार्गदर्शक नसल्यामुळे आयुष्यातील तीन वर्ष वाया घालवीले असे त्यांना वाटले !..खुप रडले!..

परंतु याच बीएससी फीजीक्सने त्यांचे जीवन घडविले !…

नंतर एयरोनाॅटीकल ईंजीनीयर ची पदवी घेतली ,त्यावर्षी संपुर्ण भारतातुन केवळ आठ मुलं ही पदवी घेऊ शकले !.. त्यात डॉ कलाम टॉपर होते !..

त्याकाळी फक्त ‘एअर ईंडीया’ हीच पायलटच्या जागा भरायची !..

त्यावर्षी त्यांना सात जागा भरायच्या होत्या!.अर्ज आठ !.. डॉ.ए.पी.जे. अब्दुल कलाम टॉपर !..

ईंटरव्यु होऊन सीलेक्शन झाले!.

डॉ. कलाम सोडुन सर्व उमेदवारांना नौकरी मीळाली!..
डॉ. कलाम यांची “ऊंची” कमी आहे,या निर्णयामुळे सीलेक्शन कमीटीने त्यांना नाकारले !..

डॉ. कलाम खुप हताश झाले !..

रामकृष्ण मठातच बालपण गेल्यामुळे उदास होऊन हरीद्वारच्या मठात गेले !..

तेथील स्वामीजींनी सांगीतले, ” का ऊदास होतोस?.. जीवनातील एका संग्रामात अपयशी ठरलास, याचा अर्थ नव्हे, की तु कर्तृत्ववान व यशस्वी पुरुष बनु शकत नाही !.. कदाचीत ईश्वराने तुझी निवड एखाद्या महान कार्यासाठी केली असेल !..

डॉ. कलाम घरी जाण्यासाठी दिल्लीला परत आले!..
दुस-या दिवशी पेपरमधे,”एयरोनाॅटीकल इंजीनियर पाहीजे” अशी जाहीरात होती, कुण्या विक्रम साराभाईंची !.. पगार एअर इंडीयाच्या दुप्पट !..

ईंटरव्यूहला पुन्हा तेच आठ कँडीडेट!..

एकच जागा !..

यावेळी मात्र कलाम यांचीच निवड झाली !..

दुस-या दिवशी नोकरीला गेले, म्हणाले, “सांगा विमान कुठे घेऊन जायचे?”..

विक्रम साराभाई म्हणाले, “आपल्या जवळ विमानच नाहीये ..आणि मला खात्री आहे की हे विमान तूच बनवू शकशील!”..

पुढचा इतिहास तुम्हाला माहीती आहे !..

तर मित्रांनो !.. तुम्ही आयुष्यात जरी अपेक्षित ध्ये़य मिळवू शकले नसाल, तर डॉ. ए.पी.जे.अब्दुल कलाम सर यांच्या जीवनातील हा प्रसंग विसरु नका !…

कदाचित तुम्ही भारताचे भावी कलाम सर असाल !..

“जीवनात अयशस्वी जरी झालोत
तरी निराश होऊ नये
कारण,
F.A.I.L. चा अर्थ
First Attempt In Learning
असाच आहे..!!

प्रयत्नांना कधीही
शेवट नसतो
कारण,
E.N.D. चा अर्थ
Efforts Never Die
असाच घेऊयात..!!

आयुष्यात कोणाकडूनही
नकार आला तरी
खचून जाऊ नये
कारण,
N.O. म्हणजे
Next Opportunity
म्हणून नेहमी आशावादी राहुयात
आणि
जीवनात पुढेच चालत राहुयात;