Food for thought #31

“Winners never quit; quitters never win”

 

“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war”

 

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on the idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, this is the way great spiritual giants are produced”   – Swami Vivekananda.

 

“In the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height; in the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own death”    -Rabindranath Tagore

 

“Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it”   – Rabindranath Tagore

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Food for thought #30

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”

 

“The quality of life is what matters, not the quantity”

 

“True happiness in life lies in helping others”

 

“Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace”

 

“Hate begets hate. Violence begets violence”

Food for thought #29

“Whatever a noble person does, the world follows”     – Bhagavad Gita

 

“War is not about vengeance or ambition, it is about governance”

 

“He who is at peace with himself, happy with himself, illuminated by the knowledge of the resident within all beings, finds supreme bliss everywhere”      – Bhagavad Gita

 

“Don’t think of what you’ll receive. Think of what you’ll leave for others”

 

“A true friend sees the first tear, catches the second and stops the third”

Food for thought #28

“Desire and rage can block all wisdom, as smoke masks fire, dust masks mirrors and the womb masks a baby”      – Bhagavad Gita.

 

“To want nothing is as delusional as to want everything”

 

“Wisdom is enjoying things that drift in and letting goo of things that drift away like watching the waves drift in and out of the beach”

 

“Those who keep thinking of property get attached to it and crave it relentlessly, which causes frustration, which leads to anger, then confusion, then loss of memory, then loss of intelligence, and eventually destruction”      – Bhagavad Gita.

 

“One who gives up conceit and ownership and craving, in other words the sense of ‘I’, ‘mine’ and ‘me’, will always find peace”.       – Bhagavad Gita

Food for thought #3

“While competition is a powerful tool to excel, one should not make it an exercise to dominate others”

 

“Domination through display of prowess is the way of the beast, not the way of the civilized man”

 

“Confrontation and conflict does not necessarily happen when one is right and the other is wrong; it can happen simply because two people follow different value systems”

 

“Peace of mind does not come from renouncing worldly life; it comes from knowledge of the soul and a true understanding of the world as it is”

 

“One must accept that one’s life is the result of past karmas and that one has the power to choose one’s response to every situation”

Neetha & Co.

There was a pause to the evil smile but the chirruping continued. She did make me feel that she was friendly enough and that did not put a full stop to the discussion in the room which was about Neetha and her boyfriend, who we assumed was one since they both seemed very close during their entry to the Induction Session. As night sprang upon us and the next early mornings assemble, we retired for the day.

As everyone was getting ready hit their first morning jog, I just then woke up with a lazy smile since it was too cold. Oh Yes, Darjeeling! Tightly packed with a 3 layered dressing including a monkey cap and a pair of gloves I exited towards the road when I couldn’t get a sight of Neetha as she kick started the regime even before me. We did get a chance to meet during our jogging and the warm up sessions which is when the beauty of the mighty hills caught our sight from the rays of the emerging sun. We also saw the Japanese Peace Pagoda, St. Paul’s Secondary School (post Main Hoon Na fame) and headed for a long walk in the streets of Darjeeling. When we were back to the base camp we sent off with a cheer to a group that was headed for a 6-day trek to Sandakphu. We were back in our rooms post breakfast for some rest and then to pack our luggage just for the fact to restrict the burden to essential items and carry on. We were leaving to trek to the same place the very next day!

It was dinner time when Neetha and I met, and relished Thepla with desi mango pickle shared by a friend from Gujarat, Shristi. Neetha was very interested in posing questions to Shristi especially about her marriage to a Kannada guy when we knew of the fact that Neetha was married off when she was 23 and that the assumed boyfriend happened to be her husband 😀

Though I remained a silent spectator to that conversation, it was a shocking surprise on Neetha being married. We all retired to bed as the next day was alarming with the trek in schedule. When we woke up the next day, we witnessed Ruthwik (Neetha’s husband) heading towards our room with a sigh of hot water being available in his room which is when Neetha decided to take a head shower when we went into a serious argument since our instructors had advised us not to.

Everyone busily buried with their routine chores and the packing, I was thinking of Neetha and her character (nothing to judge) but still something to ponder upon. I started looking at her differently from the time she ignored my comments on the shower and when she did what was best to her without much worrying about what people felt or spoke and circumstances threw on her. Yes, she looked and seemed to possess a unique character – simple, yet to her own self with a way of getting things done the way she has planned or wanted them to be. Nothing seemed to bother her happiness.  One another feature that kept me starring at her was that of an early marriage that too by a tech-savvy Bangalorian girl!

Gazing at my friend in a way that’s as neat as possible, I learnt that one can stay happy if they would want to, irrespective of the surroundings and people that paint them through. Stay with me as I answer the questions that struck me hard of my friends…