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Trivia

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

To be having a thing and not knowing that it is there… is like not having it at all … true for awareness, love, warmth. 

And to live in the ignorant state would be the biggest tragedy!!!

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Passion…contd…again

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Passion is to do … to be … with no expectations… and no attachments!!!

Passion … contd.

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Passion is God wanting to say ‘Hi’

Passion

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Never deny Passion… for that is to deny Who you are and Who you truly want to be !!!

Categories: Coats and Thots

ITHAKA

December 23, 2009 2 comments

As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon – don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that one on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon – you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbours you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfumes of every kind –
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvellous journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean

By Constantine P. Cavafy

Constantine P. Cavafy (Kavafis), born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1863, one of the most original and influential Greek poet of this century.

From Wikipedia

The Laestrygonians are a tribe of giant cannibals from ancient Greek mythology

In Greek mythology  a cyclops, is a member of a primordial race of giants, each with a single eye in the middle of its forehead.

In Greek mythology, Poseidon was the god of the sea.

Detach from The Noise

December 23, 2009 Leave a comment

An interesting piece … was lying with me from a long time … from somewhere on the net…

One of the primary traits of world-class performers (in business and in life) is their ability to “detach from the noise”. Each day, “noise” such as little crises, minor interruptions and interesting distractions beg for our attention. To get to your own unique form of personal and professional greatness, it’s important – no, essential – to detach from the noise and stay “on vision”.

A simple daily practice to keep you on course to get to your dreams is spending a period immersed in silence each morning. Before your day gets noisy, close your eyes and reflect on your mission. Think about your goals. Reflect on what are your most important To Dos today. Those things that will get you to your dreams. We all face “the tyranny of the urgent” during our days. But the best of the best stay true to their vision, values and virtues. And they ensure that the things that truly count never get sacrificed for those seemingly pressing but unimportant ones. They simply refuse to major in the minor. They avoid the noise.

The gift of insults By Paulo Coelho

December 16, 2009 1 comment

A blog by Paulo Coelho…

Near Tokyo lived a great Samurai warrior, now old, who decided to teach Zen Buddhism to young people. In spite of his age, the legend was that he could defeat any adversary.

One afternoon, a warrior – known for his complete lack of scruples – arrived there. He was famous for using techniques of provocation: he waited until his adversary made the first move and, being gifted with an enviable intelligence in order to repair any mistakes made, he counterattacked with fulminating speed.

The young and impatient warrior had never lost a fight. Hearing of the Samurai’s reputation, he had come to defeat him, and increase his fame.

All the students were against the idea, but the old man accepted the challenge.

All gathered on the town square, and the young man started insulting the old master. He threw a few rocks in his direction, spat in his face, shouted every insult under the sun – he even insulted his ancestors. For hours, he did everything to provoke him, but the old man remained impassive. At the end of the afternoon, by now feeling exhausted and humiliated, the impetuous warrior left.

Disappointed by the fact that the master had received so many insults and provocations, the students asked:
– How could you bear such indignity? Why didn’t you use your sword, even knowing you might lose the fight, instead of displaying your cowardice in front of us all?

– If someone comes to you with a gift, and you do not accept it, who does the gift belong to? – asked the Samurai.
– He who tried to deliver it – replied one of his disciples.
– The same goes for envy, anger and insults – said the master. – When they are not accepted, they continue to belong to the one who carried them.

By Paulo Coelho

http://paulocoelhoblog.com/