To love without any pre-condition
Giving abundantly without any reason
Prattle along without any intentions
Time spent is worth every pennies worth
Together we can all laugh out loud
And to care without any expectations
Is the heart of a beautiful family?
Blessings that pour forth like sweet honey
From Grandparents and extended families
Love that grows within the siblings
Dogs and cats too are equally adored
A sense of unity and happiness permeates
Outings are fun loving, joyful and gay
Parties are wild and reckless
Fights and brawls are almost daily occurrences
Relationships are blended like jam and butter
A family that eats together stays together………..
Forest Dept: Shoot the bird with a camera and take an awesome picture but not with your Gun. They too are God’s gift, why kill them for our pleasure.
Traffic Dept: Donate blood, but not on the roads and drive safely. It is good for one and all. Do not drink and drive.
Petrol Pump: ‘No Smoking’. Your life may be worthless for you but our petrol is costly and dear to us.
Home: A place where there is love and harmony. Not where there is sparring and war. Take it to the boxing ring.
Hospital Board: If you still want to continue looking at girls, even after your death, ‘Donate Your Eyes.
My Smart Mouth: It always gets me in trouble in someway or the other and if its not my mouth, its my facial expressions.
Keep Moving: Life is like riding a bicycle you must keep moving. If you use a horse-carriage it will slow you down.
Toilet Seat: Is meant for you to do your big or small job and give others a chance to use it too. Newspapers and books are to be read in libraries.
Garden: An early breath of fresh air where you are one with the natural surroundings. Not a place where you throw garbage or litter all around.
Steps: Climbing to heights of Truth. If you are not willing to move your feet, do not ask for guidance.
At a seaside resort in Hawai, James Donald who knew a lot on boats was very often called by many owners to paint their boats. One such person asked James to paint his boat. He brought with him paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner suggested. While painting, he noticed that there was a small hole in the hull and quietly without making much fuss repaired it. When finished painting, he received his money and left.
The next day, the owner of the boat came and presented James with a nice fat cheque, much higher than the payment for painting his boat. James was surprised and said ‘You’ve already paid me for painting the boat Sir and it was such a small service, certainly it’s no worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant.’
The owner replied: ‘My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me tell you what happened. When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention about the hole. When the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went on a fishing trip. They did not know that there was a hole. I was not at home at that time. When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole. Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing. Then I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole! You see, now, what you did? You saved the life of my children. I do not have enough money to pay for your small good deed. I am so thankful to you and cannot tell you how pleased I am to see my children safe and sound and all the credit goes to you. I fall short of my words.’
So, no matter who, when or how, just continue to help, sustain, listen attentively and carefully repair all the ‘leaks’ you find, because you never know when one is in need of us or when God holds a pleasant surprise for us to be helpful and be of importance to someone. You may have repaired numerous ‘boat holes’ along the way of several people without realizing how many lives you’ve saved. So keep up the good work.
Free the Bird
From its cage of Illusions
No net ensnares Him, He is born free
Whatever comes in its wake?
He has to overcome
Be it darkness of the gargoyles
That are ripping his wings apart
Or the deep forests like tall goliaths
Are waiting to strangle him
Wingless, broken he can never fly
Once he sees the guiding light
With a mighty push, He tears open his wings
Cutting through the maze of tentacles
Once he is set free, he leaps
On the back of the wind
And floats downstream, dipping his wings
To fly like an eagle fearlessly
Above the clouds of Joy……………..
– Have you heard the joke about the butter?
I better not tell you, it might spread!
-What did the triangle say to the circle?
You are hopelessly pointless!
-What do you call a ghost’s mom and dad?
They are called Transparents!
-What do you call a group of men waiting for a haircut?
-What do you call a person that chops up cereal?
A cereal killer!
-What do you call two fat people having a chat?
A very heavy discussion!
-Why did the tree go to the dentist?
To get a root canal done!
-Why did the tomato turn red?
It saw the salad dressing!
-What kind of shorts do clouds wear?
-Why did the boy tiptoe past the medicine chest?
He did not want to wake up the sleeping pills!
A little fun and wit in our life goes a long way. Someone very cutely asked Life: ‘Why are you so difficult????? my friend’. Life gave a big smile and said: ‘You people never appreciate easy and funny things in your life. You take life too seriously. The time will pass anyway, you can either spend it creating the life you want or spend it living the life you don’t want. The choice is yours. So have a little mischief and have a happy countenance and be a jolly good fellow and make others merry too.’
Once Gautama Buddha was travelling with a few of his followers to a village that he frequently went to. From morning they were travelling on foot and were tired, hungry and thirsty too. While they were passing a lake, Buddha told one of his disciples, ‘I am sitting near the shade of a tree and am very thirsty, do get me some water from the lake.’ The disciple immediately did what Buddha said and walked up to the lake. At that very moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake, as a result of which the water became very muddy and turbid.
The disciple thought, ‘How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink?’ So he came back and told Buddha, ‘The water in there is very muddy, I do not think it is fit for you to drink.’ After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake. He did so and found that the water was still muddy. Nothing could be done. He returned and informed Buddha about the same. This went on for quite some time, again Buddha who was thirsty by this time, asked him to go back and check out the water. This time, the disciple found the mud had settled down and the water was clean and clear. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.
Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said in a calm voice, ‘See what you did to make the water clean, you let it be and the mud settled down on its own, and you now have clear water to drink. Your mind is like that too. When the mind is gloomy, depressed or disturbed, its actions too are chaotic and binding. It will not allow you to think properly and it will always be agitated.
Hence arises the supreme need to maintain cheerfulness, enthusiasm and equipoise under all circumstances. Learn to practice self-denial and accept difficulties in life. Give the mind a little time, it will settle down on its own. You do not have to put in any effort to calm it down, it will happen, it is effortless. Having ‘Peace of Mind’ is not a strenuous job. It is an effortless process so keep your mind cool and calm and have a great life ahead. The disciple understood what the Great Buddha meant and they happily walked ahead.
Now Be Silent
Delightful Soul of Passion
Make peace within the folds of your Heart
Let the One who creates
Speak Words of Affection
Smile hilariously till tears roll down
Your happiness is only yours
Love is whistling from dew-drops
Echoes of laughter like subtle bells
In his presence, let your heart sing
Sweet songs of blossoms beauty
Unfurling like daffodils in early springs
My Timid Heart, You were never lost
The Key was in your hands
All You had to do was turn it inside
Where the Beloved’s door was never locked
And listened to your Heart’s saga…………………