On Positive Thinking
October 10, 2009
There is a 'positive thinking' preacher from Houston, Texas who turns everything into 'must be what the Lord' wants - buy a house beyond your means, spend lots of money and, just be positive and think that it's what God wants! His name is Joel Osteen, a bible thumping 'jesus fairy land' snake oil salesman evangelist who is part of a lineage of evangelists who stick you with guilt and at the same time 'teflon positive thinking'. In the bursting 'housing bubble' of 2008-10, that positive thinking created millions of 'people problems'!
Problem is, positive thinking while walking on 'thin ice' is always going to get you cold and wet! There is a pervading mentality in America to shun any 'negative talk' as something to judge and avoid without thinking that the bearer of news not positive, may be realistic. Positive negativity is rarely considered as a possibility. Personally, I've always been considered by intelligent people to be very positive but years ago, I discovered through being positive about everything to the exclusion of all negativity, that I began to create a 'false reality' around me that had a 'high price'. Being 'gung ho' positive around others created an environment of overlooking the negativity that in a sense is sacred, in that negative can be a great teacher and, even lead to better results when staying conscious in the face of it.
It's a wise attitude to look beyond positive or negative and look at all sides in acceptance then, pick one of the best choices with little or no judgment for response. Someone's positive thinking is often a 'trap' to agree with their beliefs and ignore what might be true. That's especially true of politicians and religious 'quakers' (crackers!). Since 'scientists of religion' have collectively agreed, that many characters of all religions are 'made up' going back thousands of years, word is just beginning to seep out that all the 'guilt ridden' dictums from 'God' are twists and spins or, even worse, spins on what are really myths anyway, to manipulate humanity into 'boxes'.
Seeing reality with 'unclouded' assessments for a choice of best possible answers, does not ignore the negative but looks at it as a friend. Many of my readers don't want to read anything 'negative', ignoring that what I'm pointing out is a negative attitude that masquerades as 'positive' but, false positivity that is a 'bursting bubble' when they have to confront reality and, look at their closed mindedness. Positivity is being popularly used as a 'cover' to ignore personal and social faults. A 'cover up' like 9-11 continues to be?? Be inclusive of all and, use intelligence and discernment with an 'open mind' for value.
October 20, 2009
"You can’t handle the truth..! We live in a world that has walls! Walls that protect one from the noise out there providing comfort until, there’s a knock on the door! The ‘door of the closed-walled off mind’! But ... "those walls are guarded by men with guns"! Famous lines by actor Jack Nicholson in the 1992 movie 'A Few Good Men' also with Tom Cruise.
Very few people can handle input about themselves even if it could be helpful or, mind extending. to be open to unlimited truths about anything that could improve their lives.
People have a myriad of walls or excuses to block information that could well be life enhancing electing to choose instead to send out an impenetrable vibration that is only open for certain self censored communications. Truth can hurt so people isolate themselves from mental programming that may well be completely false so as to avoid the discomforts of admitting to themselves and others that they were full of .hooey.. Most have .road closed or detour. signs invisibly written on them. Sadly, they repel people who are rich in useful information and, perhaps are coming from a great space of love, inspiration, and just plain old positive thinking. To hear the truth one must be open and without agenda.
Hurt often can be a .breakthrough. and, as much as we want to avoid it, barriers only make the flow of life and love very blocked, to only let in .snippets. that can be used or, nothing at all. I know an author who claims certain people shift into .reptile looking creatures.! Now that raises eyebrows and yet, it certainly means some people are cold and sociopathic at least. Moving to what can only be seen by those with an open pinneal gland, certain people allegedly, shape shift on a different dimension into a reptile look for real! Doubt is an important tool in life that opens the mind and heart to what normally people can.t see. Doubt opens the door to truths that are invisible while the .walls. of darkness are clung to.
Truth is, not everyone is open to a lot of truths and, their space for that must be carefully respected if the continuing connection is desired. Some of these people may be friends or certainly relatives who have many other qualities to inspire cultivating. .Skillful means. is always a .to do. when imparting truths particularly, where there are closed walls with no doors or windows of openness. Truth leads to freedom within and an openness to love unconditionally.
Port Townsend, Washington, USA
August 27, 2009
There is no God as it's perceived by people. It's a lie that is for those who won't take the time to empty false information and utilize all senses to see what is beyond this 'fiction' that is infinitely more exciting! 'Atheist and God thumpers' are both paddling upstream in the 'boat of illusion' with leaking holes.
There is a wonderful story about a guru and his cranky disciple that Deepak Chopra has related many times. Both are getting on in their years, and they are sitting one afternoon in a cramped, dingy room waiting for someone to bring them their food.
"Why are you any different than me?" the disciple grumbled. "We're just two old men sitting here impatiently waiting for our dinner."
"That's true," the guru said.
"We see the same room,'' the disciple went on. "We live in the same world. There is no difference at all."
The guru shook his head. "You say we live in the same world, but we don't. You world is private; no one else can enter it. It is a made of personal memories, desires, feelings, and dreams. My world is not private but open to all. It is eternal and unbounded. Nothing exists in it that I claim as my own. Whenever I look I see love, trust, truth, eternity."
The disciple still complained, "If your world is so much better than mine, why do you even bother to be here?"
" Because your world is only a dream," the guru said quietly, and it gives me pleasure when someone wakes up."
We seem to find satisfaction in accepting very little that goes beyond the five senses. We believe what we are fed without 'letting go', opening our heart, mind and all the senses to grasp what is there all around but for our stubborn barriers. Seeking protection from the truth and instead accepting illusion handed down in the form of 'holy books' and 'fraudulent god men captivating the souls of mankind turning them into little more than robots.
A jump into the 'unknown' with eyes wide open is needed. Trust existence and going beyond the 'falseness' of a god is an exciting path to wonders beyond imagination. Don't 'seek to be saved', for why save that which needs disposal to see the divineness of life looking though the window. Just open the shades!
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August 4, 2009
All religions have embarrassing ‘pockets’ of members that challenge those who communicate with sensitivity and openness. Even saying that will raise the rebuttal of those that are more ‘literal’ interpreters of religions sources of acceptable behavior. People come into any group with usually a mixed background of ‘unresolved issues’ both from childhood and, current that influence their attitudes and, reflections of that particular religion.
In a sense, being active in a ‘religion’ ostensibly is an opportunity to learn how to deal with the many factions and idiosyncrasies that should make one more understanding of themselves and others. Tradition of those, who came before, is a large part of religions, as for the Jews, where strong social and family fabric is deemed so important. Betterment of values and morals is thought to be a requirement that necessitates belonging and, seriously melting and bonding with a religion.
The irony in promoting the desirability of being a certain religion is that no religion is necessary for the individual who, with ‘self love and awareness’, finds a rational, blissful existence on their own with no religion. The ‘Jesus life’, that has now been established as ‘symbolic’ of ‘enlightened ways of living’, was never about a man who was attached to any religion (Buddha also). Even well known contemporary ‘mystics or spiritual Masters’ clearly state that they would not be a follower of groups that tend to worship them. The path of the ‘seeker of truth’ is always a pathless path into the unknown and, alone. The masses are too occupied with other matters to pay strong attention to the challenges of finding their highest self.
Every religion creates ‘representatives’ that seemingly want to do good for everyone by proselytizing their ancient way as the only way to some promised objective after this life, be it a ‘heaven’ or some ‘nirvana’. Fear and guilt are primary methods of keeping the ‘sheeple’ in the flock. The ‘ancient paths’ are riddled with truths and falsities that may or may not apply to life today, not to mention, myths that are believed to be ‘real’. All answers are available to those that find self love and, are always in awareness and compassion for all moments here and now. One just has to be ‘more concerned and vigilant for the answers of the inherent blisses and joys of life that are found within.
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Two God Marriage
July 31, 2009
Few have an understandable idea of what this God is and, many couples have differing viewpoints about what they don't understand! Sometimes one partner follows a religion and the other just 'goes along with it' to keep the peace in the name of 'open mindedness'. Functional marriages are pretty 'boiler plate' anywhere in the world with the female more subservient and/or more disconnected with her heart than she would want and deserve.
Old 'cultural customs and habits' die a very slow death from centuries ago and, are rarely recognized as such by most. Few maintain a deep letting go that allows the merger of 2 people into a oneness of feeling and thought. Independence became favored in the '60's and '70's while ignoring that one plus one in love equals a new entity called an 'us' that allows free thinking by each, of course but, with compassionate communication always.
Inner feelings and thoughts, for an excellent relationship, must merge into one and not be separate even if respected or tolerated. This doesn't mean that two people can't have separate outer interests like one in golf and the other in tennis or fishing. Closeness in merging dissipates all religions, belief systems, chemical dependencies, selfish habits, etc., as that intimacy reveals the scriptures of the heart and, an awareness automatically when the chemistry is united. 'Functional' is a partial merger often for the sake of children or perceived responsibilities. The mysteries and beauties of coupling don't emanate clearly in any coupling that doesn't have the magical ingredient of deep communication and love.
Two differing philosophies, religions, belief systems, or, even selfish habits, creates a wedge beyond what a true marriage or intimate relationship should be. Marriage is first about love and, a love that endlessly grows with communication and agreements compatible with each other. All religions or spiritual worlds are for show 'only' without demonstrable total merging of two souls. Quality is an immeasurable measurement and, not quantity of time. One 'godliness' flows best. Truth is dangerous but, blissfully unbearable!
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Look in Your Eye
July 8, 2009
[Nobody doubts that he exists, though he may doubt the existence of God. If he finds out the truth about himself and discovers his own source, this is all that is required.] ~Maharshi Raman
See who you really are. Who better to start living and loving with them than you?! Those eyes will follow you from cradle to death and, beyond. Keep them open and clear for the road ahead needs clear vision. Keep the eyes open to see 'past the judgments of others and, never forget yourself. Look deep, forgive when needed to clear the eyes to better see all that comes by on the road of life. See, nurture and, keep the eyes as windows of your soul. Always focus the eyes on the gifts that nature presents in its iridescent displays. Use the breath as the gift that keeps you alive as the means to keep the eyes free of all substitutes for the highs that the deep breath instead, so provides. It is the breath that gives the eyes the sensitivity and smiles that hug the eyes and the trust that they exude. The eyes that see, create the memories that the mind can choose to nurture or remember with the wisdom and compassion of the heart. Let the mind translate what the eye sees in ways most favorable to the health of the body, mind, heart, and soul. Use the invisible third eye at the furrow between the eyes to see what can't be seen with open eyes. Call it intuition, extra sensory perception, psychic vision or, just a godly divine ability to discern what the visible eye may not see. The eyes will open 'all ones eyes' within the body to enable a deeper sensitivity to the many stimuli.
Let the heart open fully to fill the eyes with love and compassion. Let go of what blocks the vision of each of the eyes to better see the wonders of life. The eyes of the heart feel each of the emotions to receive and give the many facets on love's gifts. Be it sadness, anger, joy, or bliss, always be the watcher with the eye from within. Each of us is at full control with the 'unseen eye' of all life's gifts to view the miracles of life that surround us each on of us to see!
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July 3, 2009
The ego is 'rockin' and rollin' with the one's who call themselves 'enlightened', with rare exception. Have met many who proclaimed enlightenment yet, rarely are they not 'self deceived' usually because they have a demonstrable intellect sometimes manifesting as some semblance of 'total recall' (which computers do today), not realizing it has NOTHING to do with enlightenment but, fuels the illusion of such. Around me, they step lightly, fearing I might blow their 'cover' but, I don't like losing friends so I usually keep it to myself unless, they are 'fly though friends'.
Exposing one's delusion of illusion might win over the moment of truth but, truth shatters egos and creates a 'defensiveness' that elicits an 'emotional violence' masked usually by some form of denial.. In some cases I've known, the enlightened one has managed to build a 'wall around themselves' as a shield from what they can't bear to hear. Perhaps they have a tape playing in their head to keep them righteously convinced of the illusion? Truth is not always received well.
Having somewhat studied many of those in the limelight who are viewed as the 'pinnacles of evolution of consciousness, I rather doubt that any of them were 'this enlightened' but certainly enlightening and, exhibiting hopefulness for the evolvement of others. Some of the 'so called enlightened', like Jesus, have been established as mythical. It seems to be that it is epidemic for people to want to spread 'fairy dust' around either themselves or those whom they worship. Becoming identified with either creates a barrier to the unveiling of real truths.
Life is full of mysteries and laughs when one steps back to see. It's so important that we are able to laugh at what we see within and detach from too much seriousness on the outside. Being free to be alone in bliss whether by oneself or with the added bliss of being with another, is godliness. Friendliness is indeed very much friends with godliness or the divine like enjoyment of life.
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Your daily life is your temple, and your religion. Act in awareness, act consciously, and many things will start changing.
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Totally in the Moment
If you are totally in the moment - only then can you be aware. So forget the whole world while you are eating. Eating, just eat; walking, just walk; listening, just listen; talking, just talk and remain totally in it, alert, aware of each gesture, each nuance.
And slowly you will get the knack of it, the hang of it ......
The process can be reduced into a simple formula: whatsoever you do, do it but remain alert.
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Begin to be aware of anything
which ordinarily happens unconsciously,
for example - anger, jealousy, pride -
and your consciousness will be deepened.
even in day-to-day acts be conscious,
for example - walking, eating, talking -
and your consciousness will be expanded.
Be alert when thinking.
No thought should be allowed to pass unwitnessed.
And then, in the end, there is explosion
in which you become totally conscious
with no unconsciousness behind.
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Be in the Present
Learn to be in the present.
Withdraw your energy from the past. Don't waste your time in memories. What is gone is gone. Say goodbye to it and close the chapter.
What has not come yet has not come yet. Don't unnecessarily waste your time and energy in imagination, because no imagination is ever fulfilled. It is because of this that the proverb exists in every language: "Man proposes, and God disposes" because you imagine a certain thing in the future, and it is never so.
Withdrawing yourself from past and future, you will become a tremendously intense energy, focused in the present, concentrated in the present like an arrow.
Each moment being aware, alert, watchful, in the herenow, is the way not to miss the train. Every experience needs your presence here, this moment.
And this is a simple secret, but it opens the doors of existence, of all the mysteries, of all that is worth knowing, worth tasting, worth feeling, worth being.
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Light and Darkness
Light and darkness cannot exist together; they cannot have a
co-existence.Why can light and darkness not exist together?
Because darkness has no substance in it; darkness has no existence
in it. It is nothing but the absence of light, so how can absence and
presence exist together? If light is there then absence cannot exist.
If absence exists, light cannot be present there.
Awareness is a single solution to all problems.
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You Belong to Eternity
You exist in time, but you belong to eternity. You are a penetration of eternity into the world of time. You are deathless, living in a body of death. Your consciousness knows no death, no birth. It is only your body that is born and dies. But you are not aware of your consciousness; you are not conscious of your consciousness.
And that is the whole art of meditation: becoming conscious of consciousness itself.
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Be Aware: Here and Now
I am not here to give you a dogma. A dogma makes one certain. I am not here to give you any promise for the future - any promise for the future makes one secure.
I know you come here seeking some certainty, some creed, some 'ism', somewhere to belong to, someone to rely upon. You come here out of your fear. You are searching a sort of beautiful imprisonment - so that you can live without any awareness.
I am here simply to make you alert and aware. That is to be here now - with all the insecurity that life is, with all the uncertainty that life is, with all the danger that life is.
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Zen is not a teaching, because it knows you are asleep. The primary thing is not to teach you. The primary thing is to wake you up. Zen is an alarm.
A real Master is an awakener. His function is totally different from a teacher. His function is far more difficult. And only very few people can stay with a Master because to wake up after millions of lives is not an ordinary feat. It is a miracle.
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by Aju Mukhopadhyay
A Complete Human Being
He was not poet-turned-politician-turned-yogi
Such an idea is the flip side of the story
Abracadabra of the common man;
When a poet, rising up in him was the revolutionary,
While preparing for the secret revolution, yoga touched him secretly;
One prepared the other in him as he was a manifold man
The inner being pushed him from one to the other theme.
He was poet revolutionary yogi journalist writer and thinker
One rolled into the other inseparably forever
He was not one but many at a time;
This truth about Sri Aurobindo is verifiable in varying degrees
In other greats’ life-histories.
Under the hush of the early devout hours
an immaculate calm and a mystic silence prevailed:
Silent soft pearl drop dews
of grace and love of a myriad hues
were constantly falling from the divine bowers.
Then came the moment when all got drenched
by the heart-blossoming and joy-flowering showers
of the divine’s transcendent powers.
The throat and the lips and the tongue
remained unstirred; not even a whisper was heard.
Yet an unnamed name, a wordless cry
kept repeating and throbbing in the occult depths of the heart
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Friendliness of ''Hi'!
Friendliness Is next to Godliness. A twinkle in the eye, a smile once in a while, a phone call, email, letter, or a good word passed on from one to another, makes everyone’s world a little more worth while like the joy and spirit of a fresh Spring morning. Who ever invented the ‘unfriendliness’ should spend a sentence in a dog pen of friendly canines to get the ‘spirit’ to take out into this world without enough love. No circumcision of friendliness!Where has communication gone? Seems we need lawyers to break the ice or an earthquake or tsunami to wake up the frowns of selfishness. Now the greatest opportunity of all time is upon us with the internet and yet even there is the smell and roar of the toxicity of ignoring and unfriendliness. Surely, one of life’s great examples is the ‘dog’ and the friendly tail wagging.In New York City, where I spent many friendly years, I have a friend for over thirty years who continues to be so friendly, that he hasn’t had time to seriously consider marriage and children or any life of settling down. Perhaps there are extremes that are a bit too much for the average Joe and Barbie, but certainly friendliness is not outdated and very much in vogue for a happier life. My friend has always had a philosophy to keep open to all but, cater his time to the more friendly who don’t wear rejection on their sleeve. My friend over the years has used his friendliness to compile the largest co-ed softball league in the country with over 150 teams to ‘just have fun playing and intermingling 4-5 months out of the year + the infinite socializing in off months (and, even marriages).To be responsible in letting family, lovers, and dear friends become not only acquaintances but ‘strangers’ is tantamount to a rape of civility and ‘common sense love’. All it takes is one selfish being to lock the doors of welcome. From Calcutta, Taipei, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires and Los Angles, I have heard the same sad story from many, of the rejection of the open door to say ‘hi’! Love begins with the a simple word, written or spoken, like hello, ‘mornin’, ‘hi’,etc. Love and sensibility takes so little effort but the lack of it can create unnecessary loving disconnection's for life.
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3rd March 2008
The Beauty of The Stars
One has to become more aware than one ordinarily is. To become more spiritual means to enter into the phenomenon of the sacred. For that more awareness is needed, much more, because it is not something mechanical, something routine. It is now every day. It is moving from the unknown towards the unknowable. It is dropping the known every day, dying to the known and entering into the unknown. It is an eternal pilgrimage, because every moment is so full of mystery that one has to be very alert, otherwise one will miss.Very few people know the beauty of the stars... Very few people know the beauty of the mountains.
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A Story — Two Choices
What would you do? ....you make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?"
The audience was stilled by the query.
The father continued. "I believe that when a child like Shay, physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child."
Then he told the following story: Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?" Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.
Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play the boy looked around for guidance and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning."
Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. His Father watched with a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart. The boys saw the father's joy at his son being accepted. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.
At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.
The game would now be over. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that could have been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!" Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base... He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball ... the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head. Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.
All were screaming, "Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay"Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third! Shay, run to third!" As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, "Shay, run home! Run home!" Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team. "That day", said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, "the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world".Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making his father so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day! AND NOW A LITTLE FOOTNOTE TO THIS STORY: We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate. The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces. If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the "appropriate" ones to receive this type of message.. Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference. We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the "natural order of things." So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice: Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process? A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.You now have two choices:1. Delete2. Forward May your day, be a Shay Day.
This story is forwarded by Arhata Osho,
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From: Ganesh Eriyalath (HR) Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 8:32 AMSubject: Two Choices
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