Over 100 People Were Killed by Police in March. How Many More Will It Take?

Distracted, Bloody Fool!

In a head-to-head race against time, the laborious pace at which public policy evolves is no match for the Usain Bolt-like speed of technological change: For example, would a ban on handheld devices be applicable to the new Apple Watch? To remain relevant, our public policies on distracted driving may need to sidestep the specific technologies and focus instead on such measures as eyes-on-the-road. Over time, new technology will solve the distracted driving problem that technology created. Eye-tracking devices mounted on the dash or rearview mirror will monitor the driver's mental state for signs of distraction, and will sound an alarm. Eventually -- 10 to 20 years from now -- self-driving cars will enable us to text to our heart's content. But, until technology provides the ultimate fix, the carnage on our roads will continue, and may even grow worse before it gets better. But it doesn't have to.

JAGAN DEMANDS FULL COMPENSATION FOR FIRE CRACKER UNIT BLAST VICTIMS

 YSR CP chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday strongly criticized the AP Government for not giving the ex-gratia as announced earlier to the kin of those killed in the fire cracker unit blast in Gokulapadu of Visakhapatnam district.
He said Labour Minister Acham Naidu had announced that Rs 5 lakh would be given as ex-gratia, but the Vizag district administration had only given Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. He said he would present the minister’s statement to the AP Assembly and demand that total compensation be given to the victims.
Jagan called on the families of Ramana, B Lovaraju, K Durga, L Seshamma and N Satyavathi, who perished in the fire cracker blast, and consoled them.  
Earlier, YS Jagan  called on senior party leader Jyothula Nehru, who recently lost his brother. Jyothula Nehru's brother Sattibabu died due to a massive cardiac stroke recently.
YS Jagan drove straight to Irripaka, the home turf of Nehru from Madhurapudi airport near Rajahmundry. Senior party leaders Vijay Sai Reddy and Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy accompanied YS Jagan.

ROJA TAKES ON TDP OVER ANTI-JAGAN INNUENDO

 Brushing aside the baseless allegations of TDP leaders that YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had a personal agenda behind his Delhi visit, YSR Congress has said the ruling party is scared as the irregularities of Pattiseema and other issues were highlighted during YS Jagan’s visit.
“With YS Jagan Mohan Reddy categorically explaining to the Prime Minister and the Union Finance Minister the need to complete Polavaram project in three years and the redundancy of Pattiseema which is laden with irregularities from the bids stage itself, the TDP government stands exposed and to cover up these facts TDP leaders are leveling baseless allegations against our leader.” Party MLA,RK Roja told reporters on Wednesday.
“Chandrababu Naidu has never spoken to the national media in Delhi as his priorities are different and issues of state interest have no concern for him. It is the Singapore jaunts and excess bidding in Pattiseema project that matters for him,” said roja.
 “If Yanamla Ramakrishnudu’s contention that our Party President has met the Prime Minister to get absolved from the cases he is facing is true, it means that they believe that the Prime Minister can drop or foist any case without the need for any judiciary. TDP has no faith in its own ally BJP. The minutes of both the meetings are recorded and the comments of the TDP only shows its desperation,” she said.
Pk roja, ysrcp, tdp, narendra modi, delhi tour, yanamala ramakrishnudu

YEMEN CONFLICTS: 190 INDIANS REACH MUMBAI

 Mumbai:  Out of 349 Indian evacuvated from Yemen, one batch with 190 Indians flew down to Mumbai by an Indian Air Force flight on Thursday. Another 169 went to Kochi in Kerala.
Around 4000 Indians are stranded in Yemen, out of which 350 Indians were safely evacuated from Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Tuesday by Indian Navy Ship INS Sumitra. Out of 350 people, 220 are men, 101 are women and 28 children. The food and ticketing assistance is being provided by Central Railways.
An IAF C17 (Globemaster) with 190 people took off from Djibouti on Wednesday night and landed at Mumbai airport at 3.30 a.m. on Thursday.The evacuated people were handed over to the Air India ground staff for baggage and immigration formalities.

KASHMIR: RAINS KEEP LOCALS ON TENTERHOOKS

 Srinagar:  Nightlong rains kept Kashmiri's at edge on Wednesday.
As people are sighing a relief as Jhelum water levels are comming down to normal, the rains all night in Jammu and Kashmir kept all the locals worried. The water level due to continous rains didn't go up to danger level. But, the last week rains killed 19 people officially and many missing. People who are still not through their September 2014 floods loss are more scared to face one more flood.
Flood control department officials, on Thursday said, "Today morning, the water level of the Jhelum river was 12 feet at Sangam (Anantnag). It was 15.15 feet at Ram Munshibagh (Srinagar) and 11 feet at Asham (Bandipora). At all these places,  the river is flowing below the danger mark," Meanwhile, the strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway which was opened for one-way light vehicular traffic on Wednesday once again gets shut due to landslides in Ramban district of Jammu region.
More than five hundred passenger vehicles are stranded at different points at safer places on the highway, officials said. "There have been fresh landslides on the road at Magarkoot and some other places. The landslides are being cleared so that stranded vehicles are cleared  to pass. No traffic will, however, be allowed to move on the highway from either Srinagar or Jammu today (Thursday)," a senior traffic department official said on Thursday.

'AMARAVATI' : ANDHRA'S NEW CAPITAL


 Hyderabad: Amaravati will be the name of the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh, CM N. Chandrababu Naidu officially announced on Wednesday.
In a press meet on Wednesday, CM told reporters that it was unanimously decided to name the new capital 'Amaravati'.The press meet followed cabinet meet, in which the name was finalized and approved by the team.
The new capital was proposed and is being built in Vijayawada-Guntur region and Amaravati, the ancient and town with its own historical importance is part of the choosen region.
CM Babu who was lately proving to be a strong believer in 'Vasthu' and 'Muhurtham' said the new capital would have the strength of both the 'vastu' and auspicious name.
Amaravathi historically was known Dhanya Kataka and was the capital of during the Satavahana era. However, Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu has named it Amaravathi.The new capital would be located 20 km from the historic Amaravathi town, the seat of one of the five Arama Shiva temples and the seat of Budhist Kalachakra festivities.Amaravati was home to the Satavahana dynasty 2,000 years ago. It is famous for Buddhist sites including a stupa built during Emperor Ashoka's time

LIFE SENTENCE FOR KURNOOL RAPE CONVICTS


 Hyderabad: A court in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh sentenced two men to imprisonment till the rest of their lives in a rape case on Wednesday.
The verdict comes after almost close to two years of court procedures. A young women in her 20's was raped by two auto drivers on outskirts of Kurnool on 17 July of 2013. Accused M Ravi and K Srinivas, both auto-drivers were found guilty and are sentenced to  life-time imprisionment along with a penalty of Rs Five lakh each. For Srinivas this is second conviction, Ravi and Srinivas also face two more similar cases. The duo criminals selectively offer auto-ride to women travelling alone and assualt them, according SP.

RTC BUSES GO ON STRIKE, COMMON MAN SUFFERS


 Telangana RTC buses went on strike for wage revision without any prior intimation.
The telangana bus unions were in talks with government regarding wage revision since few days. But this sudden strike, created lot of troubles for common man. With all public transportation halted, 10th class students, employees, teachers suffered. All bus stops in twin cities are packed with people who don't even know about the strike.
Taking advantage of the situation, auto-drivers and private vehicles are demanding heavy prices making it more difficult for commuters. The RTC drivers will do a rally till bus bhavan at 11 am and show their protest. The strike follows failed talks between unions and TRS government.

2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners announced

Architecture
The winners of this year's eVolo Skyscraper Competition have been announced. The annual contest was established in 2006 with the aim of recognizing outstanding ideas for vertical living. This year's overall winner, the Essence Skyscraper, contains a variety of diverse natural habitats

Seventh and eighth satellites join the Galileo constellation

Space
Two new Galileo satellites have been successfully placed in orbit. They're joining the existing six probes in the constellation that aim to provide a European alternative to GPS and Glonass networks

Amazon moves "Buy Now with One Click" into the physical world, with the Dash Button

Around The Home
You can prepare for a barrage of April Fools' jokes in the next 24 hours or so, but this isn't one of them. The Amazon Dash Button is the company's latest (rather clever) attempt to get you to buy more stuff from the online superstore.

Silicon nanoneedles could lead to "super bandages" that help blood vessels grow and reprogram cells

Science
Researchers at the Imperial College London and the Houston Methodist Research Institute have developed biodegradable, silicon "nanoneedles" that can deliver genetic material to stimulate the growth of blood vessels. They could perhaps even be used to reprogram living cells as needed

SnapPower adds USB power to any wall outlet, no rewiring required


Around The Home

Not everyone wants to leave their computer powered up, every time they need to charge a device via USB. The new SnapPower Charger, however, offers an alternative. It's a wall outlet cover plate that provides 1 amp of USB power, with no rewiring or extra hardware necessary

Google launches new Chrome devices, including a Chrome OS-based HDMI stick


Computers

Another day, another new Chrome OS device. Or rather four. Alongside the standard (but very affordable) Haier Chromebook 11 and Hisense Chromebook, and the ultra-portable Asus Chromebook Flip, Google has unveiled the Chromebit, a computer on a stick which can be used with any HDMI display

Researchers develop crowdsourced tool for dealing with depression


Health and Wellbeing

A combined research effort between MIT and Northwestern University has led to the development of a new tool designed to help people cope with depression. Focusing on a technique known as cognitive reappraisal, the application allows members to both receive help from others, and offer it themselves

Rhema tech coaches public speakers via Google Glass


Wearable Electronics

Many people absolutely hate public speaking, in part because they think that they simply aren't good enough at doing it. Well, that's why Rhema was created. Developed at the University of Rochester, it delivers real-time performance feedback to the speaker via their Google Glass headset.

Sparx Skate Sharpener aims to bring professional skate sharpening home

Sports


Sparx aims to allow people to sharpen their own skates right in their home with perfect results every single time, saving a trip to the local hockey shop. All of the processes that require skill and practice are automated, which means anyone can do it.

McLaren 570S Coupé: A "classic sports car" for the McLaren Sports Series

Automotive


Having teased some cursory details last week, McLaren has now revealed the full specs of its upcoming 570S Coupé. The 570S is the first model in McLaren's Sports Series of cars. The company describes it as "a classic sports car with mid-engine rear-wheel drive layout and carbon fiber structure."

Microsoft Surface 3 is no "Pro," but still runs full Windows

Mobile Technology

For its first two generations, Microsoft made "Pro" and standard (RT) versions of the Surface. You also may have noticed that Microsoft ditched the RT and went exclusively with the Pro for last year's Surface Pro 3. Today it's bringing back a new version of the cheaper model.

3D flash technology moves forward with 10 TB SSDs and the first 48-layer memory cells

Electronics


Flash storage technology will soon see a three-fold improvement in data density thanks to a joint development at Intel and Micron that will allow the production of 3.5 TB flash sticks and 10 TB standard-sized SSDs.

Snug Vest addresses anxiety by inflating

 HEALTH AND WELLBEING

An inflatable sports and outdoors-style vest relieves anxiety and stress with deep pressure therapy, a clinical method that essentially simulates a good firm hug. Snug Vest is designed especially for children with autism and other behavioral disorder, but it is available for adults, too

Lumo projects an interactive, motion-sensitive game experience onto walls and floors

CHILDREN

Designers who brought motion-sensitive experiences to museums and hotels have introduced Lumo, a pico projector game system beaming interactive games onto your wall or floor. This game system also offers an SDK to convert existing games into participatory fun

Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe tent delivers glamping for under $2,500

 Outdoors

Australian company Lotus Belle has recently released the newest edition in its range of luxury tents which have been created especially for glamping.The Outback Deluxe is a 5 m (16.4 ft) circular tent that represents an upgrade from its 4 m and 5 m predecessors.

Six "million dollar cars" sold at Bonhams' Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart auction

 Automotive
The strength of the marque was on display at Bonhams' second annual Mercedes-Benz auction in Stuttgart at the weekend. Six cars sold for more than a million dollars, the highlights being a 1931 model 770 Cabriolet D which sold for $2,516,987 and a 1938 540 K Cabriolet A which sold for $3,005,357

Zivix adds hexaphonic pickup and Bluetooth to pocket string picker

MUSIC

Zivix has launched on Kickstarter to take its new jamstik+ MIDI guitar into production. The supercharged travel guitar boasts better picking detection and processing speed than the original JamStik, and uses Bluetooth LE instead of Wi-Fi to keep surfing channels open while playing.

New Cyber Security Federal Regulations: How This Is Impacting Application Network



It is imperative that companies, not just the financial services industry, do everything in their means to not only mitigate cyber threats, but also to comply with emerging industry regulations in order to optimally protect their networks, applications and data – and most importantly, their customers

Dyson unveils next-generation air purifier

 Around The Home
Not content with vacuums and fans, Dyson is expanding into the realm of air purification with its Pure Cool purifier fan, which was unveiled today. Building on the company's Air Multiplier technology, it's designed to filter ultrafine particles, which are a major component of air pollution

CareJack vest takes soft (and smart) approach to lifting heavy loads

Health and Wellbeing


Claiming almost 10 percent of lost days of work in Germany are due to lower back problems, researchers are developing CareJack, an orthopedic prosthetic embedded with flexible, smart electronics to ensure those lifting heavy loads don't have to go home early

Soundbrenner Pulse: The musician's smartwatch

Wearable Electronics


 The mechanical metronome has long been a vital tool for musicians, but it's limited. Berlin-based startup Soundbrenner's answer is the Pulse wearable metronome, which keeps the beat by vibration or light and can be programmed for multiple players.

Non-invasive brain-machine interface gets a grip on bionic hand control

Medical


Researchers have developed an algorithm that enabled a man whose right hand had been amputated to grasp objects using a bionic hand controlled by his thoughts. While we've seen similar accomplishments in recent years, the new technique is non-invasive, capturing brain activity via a scalp EEG

ARC vibrating pen steadies the ship for people with Parkinson's disease

Health and Wellbeing


The symptoms of Parkinson's disease can sometimes lead sufferers to put down their pens forever. The ARC pen is a vibrating writing device that stimulates muscles in the hand, giving those with Parkinson's better control when putting pen to paper.

Ford's new technology chief ponders the future of driving and mobility

                                                     


Global trends appear to be moving towards a future where in many markets, car ownership may look like an expensive, impractical and inconvenient way to get around. So what's the next model of personal transport, and where do automakers fit in?

Light bulb set to be graphene's first commercial consumer application


Researchers at the University of Manchester have produced both the first commercial application of graphene and the world's first graphene light-bulb. Longer lasting, cheaper to run and make than LEDs, it may well revolutionize lighting. It is also promised to be on sale in just months.

Quality Wallpaper Cats

The Alphabets Of Happiness

A – ACCEPT Accept others for who they are and for the choices they’ve made even if you have difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives, or actions.

B – BREAK AWAY Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.

C – CREATE Create a family of friends whom you can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and happiness with.

D – DECIDE Decide that you’ll be successful and happy come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.

E – EXPLORE Explore and experiment. The world has much to offer, and you have much to give. And every time you try something new, you’ll learn more about yourself.

F – FORGIVE Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh you down and inspire unhappiness and grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

G – GRATEFUL for all that we got from our parents, friends and God.

H – HOPE Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task.

I – IGNORE Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your goals and remember your accomplishments. Your past success is only a small inkling of what the future holds.

J – JOURNEY Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, by remaining open-minded. Try to learn something new every day, an you’ll grow.

K – KNOW Know that no matter how bad things seem, they’ll always get better. The warmth of spring always follows the harshest winter.

L – LOVE Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart, there’s room for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there’s room for endless happiness.

M – MANAGE Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you’ll suffer less stress and worry. Then you’ll be able to focus on the important things in life.

N – NOTICE Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering. Offer your assistance when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.

O – OPEN Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even during the worst of times, there’s still much to be thankful for.

P – PLAY Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing without happiness.

Q – QUESTION Ask many questions, because you’re here to learn.

R – RELAX Refuse to let worry and stress rule your life, and remember that things always have a way of working out in the end.

S – SHARE Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others. Everything that you invest in others will return to you many times over.

T – TRY Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway. You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

U – USE Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent that’s wasted has no value. Talent that’s used will bring unexpected rewards.

V – VALUE Value the friends and family members who’ve supported and encouraged you, and be there for them as well.

W – WORK Work hard every day to be the best person you can be, but never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise offers a second chance.

X – X-RAY Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you’ll see the goodness and beauty within.

Y – YIELD Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated, you’ll find success at the end of the road.

Z – ZOOM Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rears its ugly head. Let nothing interfere with your goals. Instead, focus on your abilities, your dreams, and a brighter tomorrow.

The Biggest Resume Mistakes and How to Correct Them

The Biggest Resume Mistakes and How to Correct Them

I've sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I've personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google we sometimes get more than 50,000 resumes in a single week. 

I have seen A LOT of resumes.

Some are brilliant, most are just ok, many are disasters. The toughest part is that for 15 years, I've continued to see the same mistakes made again and again by candidates, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job. 

What's most depressing is that I can tell from the resumes that many of these are good, even great, people. But in a fiercely competitive labor market, hiring managers don't need to compromise on quality. All it takes is one small mistake and a manager will reject an otherwise interesting candidate.

I know this is well-worn ground on LinkedIn, but I'm starting here because -- I promise you -- more than half of you have at least one of these mistakes on your resume. And I'd much rather see folks win jobs than get passed over.

In the interest of helping more candidates make it past that first resume screen, here are the five biggest mistakes I see on resumes.

Mistake 1: Typos. This one seems obvious, but it happens again and again. A 2013 CareerBuilder survey found that 58% of resumes have typos.

In fact, people who tweak their resumes the most carefully can be especially vulnerable to this kind of error, because they often result from going back again and again to fine tune their resumes just one last time. And in doing so, a subject and verb suddenly don't match up, or a period is left in the wrong place, or a set of dates gets knocked out of alignment. I see this in MBA resumes all the time. Typos are deadly because employers interpret them as a lack of detail-orientation, as a failure to care about quality. The fix?

Read your resume from bottom to top: reversing the normal order helps you focus on each line in isolation. Or have someone else proofread closely for you.

Mistake 2: Length. A good rule of thumb is one page of resume for every ten years of work experience. Hard to fit it all in, right? But a three or four or ten page resume simply won't get read closely. As Blaise Pascal wrote, "I would have written you a shorter letter, but I did not have the time." A crisp, focused resume demonstrates an ability to synthesize, prioritize, and convey the most important information about you. Think about it this way: the *sole* purpose of a resume is to get you an interview. That's it. It's not to convince a hiring manager to say "yes" to you (that's what the interview is for) or to tell your life's story (that's what a patient spouse is for). Your resume is a tool that gets you to that first interview. Once you're in the room, the resume doesn't matter much. So cut back your resume. It's too long.

Mistake 3: Formatting. Unless you're applying for a job such as a designer or artist, your focus should be on making your resume clean and legible. At least ten point font. At least half-inch margins. White paper, black ink. Consistent spacing between lines, columns aligned, your name and contact information on every page. If you can, look at it in both Google Docs and Word, and then attach it to an email and open it as a preview. Formatting can get garbled when moving across platforms. Saving it as a PDF is a good way to go.

Mistake 4: Confidential information. I once received a resume from an applicant working at a top-three consulting firm. This firm had a strict confidentiality policy: client names were never to be shared. On the resume, the candidate wrote: 

"Consulted to a major software company in Redmond, Washington." Rejected! There's an inherent conflict between your employer's needs (keep business secrets confidential) and your needs (show how awesome I am so I can get a better job). So candidates often find ways to honor the letter of their confidentiality agreements but not the spirit. It's a mistake. While this candidate didn't mention Microsoft specifically, any reviewer knew that's what he meant. In a very rough audit, we found that at least 5-10% of resumes reveal confidential information. Which tells me, as an employer, that I should never hire those candidates ... unless I want my own trade secrets emailed to my competitors.

The New York Times test is helpful here: if you wouldn't want to see it on the home page of the NYT with your name attached (or if your boss wouldn't!), don't put it on your resume.

Mistake 5: Lies. This breaks my heart. Putting a lie on your resume is never, ever, ever, worth it.

Everyone, up to and including CEOs, gets fired for this. (Google "CEO fired for lying on resume" and see.) People lie about their degrees (three credits shy of a college degree is not a degree), GPAs (I've seen hundreds of people "accidentally" round their GPAs up, but never have I seen one accidentally rounded down -- never), and where they went to school (sorry, but employers don't view a degree granted online for "life experience" as the same as UCLA or Seton Hall). People lie about how long they were at companies, how big their teams were, and their sales results, always goofing in their favor.

There are three big problems with lying: (1) You can easily get busted. The Internet, reference checks, and people who worked at your company in the past can all reveal your fraud. (2) Lies follow you forever. Fib on your resume and 15 years later get a big promotion and are discovered? Fired. And try explaining that in your next interview. (3) Our Moms taught us better. Seriously.

So this is how to mess up your resume. Don't do it! Hiring managers are looking for the best people they can find, but the majority of us all but guarantee that we'll get rejected.

The good news is that -- precisely because most resumes have these kinds of mistakes -- avoiding them makes you stand out.

In a future post, I'll expand beyond what not to do, and cover the things you *should* be doing to make your resume stand out from the stack.

Photo: Smit/Shutterstock - Article source: Pulse

Vedanta Study Group

“When you see the snow covered peaks or listen to the roar of the waves dashing against the rocks or witness the sky ablaze with a myriad of colours at sunset, your response often is one of awe. You find you are at peace with yourself. Where does this composure come from? From you alone because you look at nature with an attitude of acceptance. You do not want it to be any different. This means you are at this particular moment neither a liker or disliker. you accept the world as it is. Nothing can take this awareness from you. There is nothing to accomplish because it is always accomplished. All that is needed is understanding and a change of vision. - Pujya Swāmiji Dayananda Saraswati

Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Chapter VIII: The Yoga of the Indestructible Brahman

VIII.11. YADAKSHARAM VEDAVIDO VADANTI 
    VISHANTI YADYATAYO VEETARAAGAAH; 
YADICCHANTO BRAHMACHARYAM CHARANTI 
    TATTE PADAM SAMGRAHENA PRAVAKSHYE. 

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
That which is declared imperishable by those who know the Vedas,  that which the self-controlled (ascetics) and passion-free enter, that desiring which celibacy is practised-that goal I will declare to thee in brief. 

VIII.12. SARVADWAARAANI SAMYAMYA MANO HRIDI NIRUDHYA CHA; 
MOORDHNYAADHAAYAATMANAH PRAANAMAASTHITO YOGADHAARANAAM. 
Having closed all the gates, confined the mind in the heart and fixed the life-breath in the head, engaged in the practice of concentration, 

VIII.13. OMITYEKAAKSHARAM BRAHMA VYAAHARAN MAAMANUSMARAN; 
YAH PRAYAATI TYAJAN DEHAM SA YAATI PARAMAAM GATIM. 
Uttering the monosyllable Om-the Brahman-remembering Me always, he who departs thus, leaving the body, attains to the supreme goal. 

Sri Swami Sivananda

SUGGESTIONS

By giving positive suggestions, we can elevate and educate others. We should understand the value of suggestions and their effects upon the mind. Never give harmful suggestions as they will have a destructive effect on the person to whom they are given. You will be doing harm and disserrvice to him.

—Sri Swami Sivananda

Sanskrita Slokam

Shivaya Vishnurupaya, Shivarupaya Vishnave 
Shivashya Hrudayam Vishnu, Vishushya Hrudayam Shivaha
Yadha Shiva Mayor Vishna, Yevam Vishnu Maya Shivaha
Yadhantaram Na Pashyami, Tadha Mey Swastir Ayushi

Jabali Muni.
Sarve    Bhavantu    Sukhinah,       Sarve     Santu    Niraamayaa
Sarve Bhadraani Pashyantu, Maa kascchid Dukh bhaagbhavet

May all become happy, may all be free from disease;  May there be nothing but auspiciousness in everyone's lives; May no one undergo pain or suffering.

4 Aashramas&4Varnas in Veda Samhitas

4 Aashramas&4Varnas in Veda Samhitas
                 I cursorily read the 4 Veda Samhitas (did not read the related Brahmanas,Aranyakas&Upanishads).
Aaashranas: In Vedas,  references are made to 4 aashramas( Brahmacharya,Gruhastha,vanaprastha & Sanyas). But in Ramayana,Mahabharata, episodes of Krishna & others in Maha Bhagavatam, a large number of the people including Kings,Poets & Brahmins, Muni-Rushies did not follow the sequential 4 aashramas. Vedas stress the importance of both Aihika (Material) & Aamushmika(spiritual) as rqually important to humans. Getting married & enjoying with family members incl wife do not bar from paraloka chintana (moksha). Rugveda,Brahmanas& Upanishads concentrate on Aamushmiks-daiva sambandha aspects.
4 VARNAS (Castes/Communities): 4 Varnas are mentioned elaborately in Yajurveda-Rug –Purusha Sookta explain the origin of vishva & 4 types of Varnas/people. The 4 varnas are based on Karmas-characteristics of people, & not at all on birth.   
More on the aashramas & Varnas later.

Sri Satya Sai Baba

Do not make God modern to suit your fancy.  He is neither ancient nor modern.  His countenance never changes, nor His glory.  Present Him, if you must, in a modern manner or present-day style so that He may be understood today. If a child is reluctant to swallow a pill, insert it into a banana and offer him the fruit.  He will swallow both the fruit and pill. But do not change the pill to suit the whims of the child's taste. Then the illness cannot be cured.

Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 2, pg. 110 - A Day book of analogies selected from the discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba 

Quotable Quote

అధికారి లక్షణములు 

ఉత్తమాధికారి దూది వలే నిర్మలముగా ఉండును. దూది అగ్ని స్పర్శచే భస్మమగునట్లు, గురూపదేశముచే  వీని  అజ్ఞానము  సమూలముగా  నశించును  

మధ్యమాధికారి ఎండిన కట్టె వలే ఉండును. వాని యందు అగ్ని ప్రవేశించినను  కొంచెము సేపు ఊదిన అగ్ని ప్రజ్వరిల్లినట్లు వీనికి యోగ, ధ్యాన, శ్రవణ మనన నిధిధ్యాసములు కొంతకాలము ఉండవలెను. 

కనిష్ట అధికారి మలి కట్టె వలే ఉండును. అవి ఎండపెట్టనిదే జ్వలింపవు కదా. అదే విధముగా వీరును జప, తప, ధ్యానాదులు ఈశ్వరార్పిత బుద్ధితో చేయవలెను. 

- శ్రీ మలయాళ స్వామి  --  radha krishna kantamneni

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here’s no easier way to cure foolishness 
than to give a man leave to be foolish. 
And the only way to show a fellow 
that he’s chosen the wrong business 
is to let him try it.
~ George Lorimer
(Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son)

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The Seven Relationships With The Supreme

Every soul has a close relationship with the Supreme (God), but we simply forget it as we become over-involved in, attached to and distracted by our life on the physical plane and our different relationships with different physical beings during our journey of births and rebirths. Spirituality makes us realize the need of restoring our connection with God, which has either broken or has become loose. It also makes us realize that this connection needs to be a very deep and personal one.

God plays many roles, just as a good parent, being one, but will play many roles while bringing up his or her child. Each role consists of different spiritual characteristics and virtues of God, expressed by Him.

Take a few moments to think about the main roles that God plays in our life and identify the main virtues and characteristics which He expresses e.g. in the role of Father He demonstrates the art of living to us and how to perform right karmas. In the role of Mother he gives spiritual sustenance, in the form of virtues like peace, love and joy to us. In the role of Teacher, he showers us with true knowledge of the spirit or the soul. These are just a few examples. We suggest you do your own thinking about seven different roles that God plays:

Father,
Mother,
Teacher,
Guide (or Guru),
Companion (or Beloved),
Friend,
Child and how he plays them.

Once you have done this inner thinking exercise, experience each of these seven roles on each of the seven different days of the week, one role per day. Feel Him being in that role for you and then note what you feel exactly and how you relate to Him. Also identify the spiritual characteristics and virtues that it brings out from within you.

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My prostrations to God, who is omnipotent and omniscient.
He is the one who created the world and saves us from His Maya power.
He is the glorious eternal Purusha wielding all potencies and functions.
Surrender to HIM is the sure means to reach His holy feet, the Liberation.
Temple is the holy place to meet Him for prayer.
True wealth of man is constant remembrance of God.
Company of great souls is the carrier safely to reach Him.
The false ego within is destroyed by devotion and surrender.
Devotion means our love directed towards the Higher as our True Nature to meet Him in deeper meditation.
Moral values and noble actions are true aspects of devotion.
God, the Truth resides in the hearts of all human beings.
Religion is the science of knowledge of the Self as Truth.
Study of Scriptures at our Guru's feet leads us to the goal.
Qualifications for study are Viveka, Vairagya, and other qualities.
And an ardent desire for'Liberation' from the sense of limitations.
Ignorance of truth is the cause for desire of happiness and fear of sorrows.
Guru's grace builds the bridge to cross from ignorance to knowledge.
Knowledge of the Self alone is the remedy to remove ignorance and end sorrows.
That is gained only through deep meditation on Mahavakya "Tat twam asi".

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Give More Time to God 

Choose which habits you are going to destroy in the New Year. Make up your mind about them and stick to your decision. Resolve to give more time to God: to meditate regularly every day, and on one night each week to meditate several hours, so that you can feel your spiritual progress in God. Resolve that you are going to practise Kriyayoga regularly and that you are going to control your appetites and emotions. Be a master! Make up your mind strongly now.

Think of the good resolutions you have made in the past -- that you were not going to be dictated to by your old habits and thoughts. But have you kept them? It is an insult to your sol and to God to give in to your weaknesses. Be master of yourself, captain of your destiny. Danger and you were born together, and you are elder brother more dangerous than danger! Do not lose the courage and determination that you feel as you listen to me now. Pray with me: 

"Heavenly Father, give us the strength to carry out all our good resolutions in the New Year. May we always please Thee by our actions. Our spirits are willing. Help us to materialize all our worthy wishes in the New Year. We will reason, we will will, we will act; but guide Thou our reason, will, and activity to the right thing that we should do in everything. Aum. Peace. Amen."

-- Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

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LIFE IS WONDERFUL

Life is wonderful if you know how to live

A rare conversation between Ramkrishna Paramahansa & Swami Vivekanand

Swami Vivekanand:- I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.
RamkrishnaParamahansa:- Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you free.

Swami Vivekanand:-  Why has life become complicated now?
RamkrishnaParamahansa:-  Stop analyzing life.. It makes it complicated. Just live it.

Swami Vivekanand:-  Why are we then constantly unhappy?
RamkrishnaParamahansa:- Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.

Swami Vivekanand:-  Why do good people always suffer?
RamkrishnaParamahansa:- Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer.
With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.

Swami Vivekanand:-  You mean to say such experience is useful?
RamkrishnaParamahansa:- Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.

Swami Vivekanand:-  Because of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…
RamkrishnaParamahansa:- If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides the way.

Swami Vivekanand:-  Does failure hurt more than moving in the right direction?
RamkrishnaParamahansa:- Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you. 

Swami Vivekanand:-   In tough times, how do you stay motivated?
RamkrishnaParamahansa:- Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.

Swami Vivekanand:-   What surprises you about people?
RamkrishnaParamahansa:- When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me?” 

Swami Vivekanand:-  How can I get the best out of life?
RamkrishnaParamahansa:- Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

Swami Vivekanand:-  One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.
RamkrishnaParamahansa:- There are no unanswered prayers.  Keep the faith and drop the fear.  Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.