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Digest #4818
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Positive Life by p_gopi_krishna
Positive Life by p_gopi_krishna


Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:35 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Today people want to live happily but not lead ideal lives. Parents, for instance, do not set a good example to the children. In the modern age, the father does not instruct the child properly and the child does not pay heed to the words of the mother. Where there are some good children, leading a pious life, the fathers rebuke them saying, "Have you gone crazy? Don't take part in Bhajans or social service." Parents who behave in this manner are like Hiranyakashipu, who could not tolerate his son worshipping Hari. Today we have many parents like Dhritarashtra and Hiranyakashipu, but few who encourage their children to adhere to righteousness. Children today do not relish edifying works like the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Bhagavatham. They waste their time on reading trash. Parents should see that children do not read bad books. If the nation has to prosper, improvement must start with the parents. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:18 am (PST) . Posted by:


Study the lives of our great women who were role-models of patience, fortitude, compassion and sacrifice. Since ancient times, the feminine aspect of the Divine is worshipped. Vedas declare: Where women are honoured and esteemed, there Divinity is present in full potency. Unfortunately, today men consider it demeaning to honour women. This is wrong and is a sign of ignorance. Men should give a honourable place to women. The woman is the Goddess of Prosperity for her home (Grihalakshmi), virtuous spouse (Dharmapatni), mistress of the house (Illalu) and the better half (Ardhangi). People gloat over petty titles conferred on them, but these highest titles conferred on women are valid for all times. A home without a woman is a jungle.. Men should not make women weep and shed tears. A home where a woman sheds tears will be ruined. Women too, should endeavor to develop qualities of empathy, compassion, love and sacrifice. They should change themselves and help transform men and children. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:14 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Why should Krishna get less from us than what our boss gets?

When we practice bhakti, we may feel, "I have too much service to do. Why am I being stretched so much?"

Sometimes, we may be overburdened. But frequently, our mind may be justifying its laziness, its tendency to choose the path of least resistance.

Our lethargic mind also complains about our office workload. In spite of its complaints, we persevere at work, knowing that our job is a matter of our livelihood. But we often treat our spiritual life as an optional activity to be done when it feels good and to be abandoned when it doesn't.

However, such a feeling-based practice of bhakti keeps us spiritually under-developed. Why? Because bhakti centers on developing a loving relationship with Krishna. And every serious relationship requires firm commitment that is not swayed by fickle sentiment. Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (09.14) states that serious devotees serve Krishna determinedly. They serve determinedly means they don't give up their service because of obstacles, including the obstacle of a complaining mind.

To follow such serious devotees, we need to ask ourselves: "Am I really having too much service or am I being misled by my complaining mind?" To answer this question, we can compare our devotional situation with a similar professional situation. If our boss asked us to do some extra work, would we refuse? Usually not. Occasionally, we might, when the workload is unreasonably excessive. But we won't nonchalantly refuse just because we don't feel like working.

Just as we stretch ourselves for our boss, we can similarly stretch ourselves for Krishna. When we thus give Krishna our best, he gives us a reward far greater that what any boss can ever give. He reveals his all-attractiveness, thereby helping us become joyfully absorbed in him and ultimately attain eternal ecstatic life with him.

Think it over:

Why does a feeling-based practice of bhakti keep us spiritually underdeveloped?

How can we know if we really have too much service or if our mind is misleading us?

When we stretch ourselves for Krishna, how does he reward us?

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Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:43 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Habits - Change in Life

Developing good habits is the basic of personal development and growth. Everything we do is the result of a habit that was previously taught to us. Unfortunately, not all the habits that we have are good, that's why we are constantly trying to improve.

The following is a list of 30 practical habits that can make a huge difference in your life.

You should treat this list as a reference, and implement just one habit per month. This way you will have the time to fully absorb each of them, while still seeing significant improvements each month.

Health habits

1. Exercise 30 minutes every day. Especially if you don't do much movement while working, it is essential that you get some daily exercise. 30 minutes every day are the minimum recommended for optimal health.

2. Eat breakfast every day. Breakfast is the more important meal of the day, yet so many people skip it. Personally, I like to eat a couple of toasts in the morning along with a fruit beverage.

3. Sleep 8 hours. Sleep deprivation is never a good idea. You may think that you are gaining time by sleeping less, when in reality you are only gaining stress and tiredness. 8 hours are a good number of hours for most people, along with an optional 20 minutes nap after lunch.

4. Avoid snacking between meals. Snacking between meals is the best way to gain weight. If you are hungry, eat something concrete. Otherwise don't. Update: for clarification, I mean don't eat junk food between meals, but eating real food it's ok.

5. Eat five portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Our body and brain loves getting vegetables and fruit, so I highly recommend eating as much of them as possible. Five portions is the dose that's usually recommended by many health associations.

6. Eat fish. Fish is rich of omega 3 and other healthy elements. At least one meal per week of fish should be enough for getting all these nutrients.

7. Drink one glass of water when you wake up. When you wake up, your body is dehydrated and needs liquid. Make the habit of drinking one glass of water after you wake up in the morning. Also, drink more during the day.

8. Avoid soda. Soda is often one of the un-healthiest beverages you can find. Limit your consumption of soda as much as possible and your body will be grateful for that.

9. Keep your body clean. I don't advise spending your day in front of the mirror, but a minimum of personal care does never hurt.

10. If you smoke, stop it. There is no reason to smoke anymore, and quitting is possible.

11. If you drink, stop it. Same as above. Don't think that alcohol will solve your problems. It never does. The only exception is one glass of wine per day during meals.

12. Take the stairs. This is just a hack that forces you to do a minimum of exercise. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs.

Productivity habits

1. Use an inbox system. Make the habit of keeping track of all the ideas and things that comes to mind. You can use a notebook to do this, and then sync everything on your computer.

2. Prioritize. If you have a list of things to do, where do you start? One way is to prioritize your list. If you are in doubt, ask yourself: If I could only accomplish one thing today, what would it be?

3. Plan, but not too much. Planning is important, and you should decide in advance what you are going to do today or this week. However, planning for more than a few weeks is usually inefficient, so I would not worry too much about that.

4. Wake up early. Waking up early in the morning is a great way to gain extra time. I personally like to wake up at 5 am, so that by 9 am I have already accomplished what otherwise would have taken me many days.

5. Check your email only twice per day. Email can easily become an addiction, but it is usually unnecessary to check it every 10 minutes. Make an effort and check your email only once or twice per day, see if the world will still rotate as before after you try this.

6. Eliminate unimportant tasks. Being busy all day does not mean you are doing important stuff. Eliminate every activity that is not important, and focus on what really matters.

7. Clean off your desk and room. Having a clear room and desk is important to maintain focus and creativity.

8. Automate. There are a lot of tasks that you need to perform every day or every week. Try to automate them as much as possible.

9. Set strict deadlines. When you do something, decide in advance when you are going to stop. There is a rule that states that you will fulfill all the time you have available for completing a task, so make an habit of setting strict deadlines for maximizing your productivity.

10. Take one day off per week. Instead of working every day, take one day off per week (for example Friday / Sunday) where you are not going to turn on your computer. Use that time for doing recreational activities like going for a walk.

Personal Development habits

1. Read 1 book per week. Reading is a good way to keep your brain active. With just 30 minutes per day you should be able to read one book per week, or more than 50 books per year.

2. Solve puzzles. Quizzes, word games, etc. are all good ways to exercise your brain.

3. Think positively. You are what you think, all the time.

4. Make fast decisions. Instead of thinking for one hour wherever you are going to do something, make your decisions as fast as possible (usually less than 1 minute).

5. Wait before buying. Waiting 48 hours before buying anything is a tremendous money saver, try it.

6. Meditate 30 minutes per day. A great way to gain clearness and peace is through meditation. 30 minutes are not a lot, but enough to get you started with meditation.

Career habits

1. Start a blog. Blogging is one of the best way to put your word out. It does not have to be around a specific topic, even a personal blog will do.

2. Build a portfolio. If your job is creating stuff, building a portfolio is a great way to show what you are capable of. You can also contribute stuff for free if that applies to your work.

What do you think?

What are the habits that

Changed your life?

Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:47 pm (PST) . Posted by:


10 Ways to Relieve Stress

Relaxing is something everybody deserves, and it takes less time than you realize. You don't have to go on vacation or to a spa to feel calm. There are simple practices that offer relief, with a method for everyone's tastes and beliefs. Practicing a few of these techniques every day can help reduce the level of stress in your life.

1. Meditate

There's not much skill required for meditating and it's an instant way to ease anxiety. Daily practice has been shown to alter your brain's neural pathways, which can make you more resilient to stress.. Sit up straight and close your eyes. Focus on reciting a mantra to yourself, such as 'I feel at peace', and sync the mantra with your breathing. If a thought enters your mind, let it float away.

2. Breathe deeply

This technique works very similarly to meditation. This practice slows the heart rate and lowers blood pressure, countering the effects of stress. Sit up straight and close your eyes. Inhale through your nose slowly. Pay attention to how your breath begins in the abdomen, working its way to the top of your head. Reverse this process while exhaling from your mouth.

3. Be present

By slowing down and focusing on the time spent in the moment, you can relieve tension. This is done by focusing on your senses. Take five minutes to focus on a single thing. This can be the taste of the food you're eating or the feeling of your feet hitting the ground when you're walking.

4. Talk to friends

A great way to lessen the effects of stress is not to bear it by yourself. Reach out to your friends. Talking with others, whether face to face or over the phone, can offer you the opportunity to share your concerns and feelings. It also provides you with a different perspective and strengthens your bond with others.

5. Listen to your body

Sometimes you don't realize where stress and physical tension is resting in your body. A mental scan of your body can help you understand how stress affects your joints, muscles and bones on a daily basis. Sit still or lie back on a bed, starting from your toes, working upwards, simply being aware of what feels loose, and what feels tight.

6. Practicing gratitude

Being grateful can help cancel out worries and negative thoughts. The best way to keep a positive perspective is by keeping a gratitude journal. This can help you remember all the good things that you have in your life, such as your accomplishments, loved ones, passions and skills. When you start feeling stressed, take a moment to look over your notes. This will remind you what really matters, and not to be a "Negative Nancy".

7. Decompress, with a DIY massage

Treat your neck and shoulders to some relief with a warm heat wrap, for 10 minutes, wearing it close to your eyes, relaxing your face, neck, upper chest and back muscles. Next, take a foam roller or a hand-sized ball to massage away the tension. Place the ball between your back and the wall. Leaning against the ball, apply gentle pressure for 15 seconds, then move the ball to other tense areas.

8. Giggle, chuckle, laugh

Laughing has a chemical effect on your mood because it lowers cortisol, the body's stress hormone, and releases endorphins, which are chemicals produced by your brain that elevate your mood. There are many ways to tickle your funny bone. Read jokes or comics, watch a funny video, or chat with a funny friend.

9. Get moving

Exercise is another way to release feel-good brain chemicals. You don't have to engage in extreme sports. Mild exercise such as walking and yoga has been shown to ease depression and anxiety. Start with something easy, like a walk around the block, choosing the stairs or even some stretching.

10. Music or soothing sounds

Research has found that listening to soothing music helps lower blood pressure and your heart rate. You can create a playlist of soothing nature sounds or melodic music, allowing your mind to focus on something pleasant. Some people might prefer to be more active, singing along to louder or more upbeat music to blow off steam.

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