Blog by Ishwar Jha

The truth reveals itself to those who are truthful to the self

The truth reveals itself to those who are truthful to the self Satyakama, a young man, reached the hermitage of Sage Gautam. He had a desire to know the Brahma and wanted to know the truth. He bowed his head on the feet of the sage Gautam and pleaded,” Oh; Great Sage, I have come in search of truth. Be kind to me and teach me the knowledge of Brahma. I am blind and I want light.” The Rishi asked him:” Son, what is your Gotra? Who is your Father? What is his name?” That young man did not know his father. Nor...

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प्रश्न है जबतक मैं स्वयं को नहीं जानता

कई दिनों से एक प्रश्न था मन में मचलता रहा परेशान करता रहा कई लोगों से पूछा कईयों से चर्चा भी की कई ने मुह फेर ली कई ने डांट लगा दी. प्रश्न फिर भी प्रश्न था मनपटल से मिटा नहीं घूमता भटकता मन में आया एक ख़याल क्यूँ न जाऊँ प्रश्न लेकर बुद्ध के पास बोल मैं बुद्ध से ओ महात्मन हो अगर न आपको कोई कष्ट या दुबिधा बड़ी एक प्रश्न है हल ढूँढने को बेकल है मन मेरी बुद्ध ने कहा – अब तक तुम्हे क्यों न उत्तर मिला मैंने कहा पूछा कईयों से पर किसीने न उत्तर दिया बुद्ध ने कहा जवाब के लिए आना एक साल बाद फिर दे दी शर्त तुम यह प्रश्न किसी से न पूछना...

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My father wanted me to do these five things and yours too

1. Educate well When you were born, your father dreamt of you becoming a better version of him. Not seeing me much interested in education during my early childhood, my father said, “education is the light that will develop the intelligence through which you can see the world in a new perspective.” My father always felt that we should be well educated and achieve excellence. His emphasis was on substantiating our learning with practical field skills. Your father wants to hold his head up and announce to the world about...

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The real value of a man comes not just by standing tall but the difference you make

The great sage Narada visited Mansarovar. Mansarovar was very pleased to host Narada. He pleaded Narada to answer his question, “O great sage, I am the tallest mountain peak, I possess pure air, most of precious metals, plants and creatures. Still I don’t get same respect as river Ganga. Why?” Narada replied,” O great mountain, it’s because you’re not leaving in to serve the humanities. Ganga travels across the length and breadth of our country, offers it’s pure water, cleanse people’s sin, instil faith, and nourishes plants and...

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Other is not so “other” as you think

Veda mentions the whole universe as the supreme self. On the battlefield of Mahabharata, Lord Krishna shows his vast self and says, “I am the only one; second is none.” Lord Jesus says, “Love your enemy just as you love yourself.” Gautam Buddha said to his disciples, “After each meditation when you are feeling blissful, full of joy, peace, silence… shower and share your silence, your peace, your blissfulness with the whole of existence. It is not a question of whether someone deserves it or not. The more you share it, the more you...

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Good deeds of today are enough to forgive your sin of past

Even if you have indulged in a bad deed, but you carry out the acts of heroic stature, the world will forgive your bad past and salute you for your goodness; ~~ Maharishi Balmiki was a serial killer and hunter. When Narada met him and advised him to become a god devotee, he pronounced Ram as Mara. We all know he went on to write Balmiki Ramayana, through which we instill the value of humanity and holistic living in our life. ~~ King Ashoka was a great warrior, and he killed many, including his family, in arrogance and out of taking...

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What is in your possession?

The river never drinks its own water, nor do trees eat their own fruit – Seek your true eternal pleasure by giving your possession of body, mind, and wealth for uplifting the planet’s harmony. It’s not the money, gold, or another form of material that weighs you – you’ll be known for the contribution that you have made to the uncommon cause of society. Unfavorable circumstances and eventualities are never going to go away – you must take these with a loving and positive attitude to emerge as a winner, which...

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Rabbit vs Wolf

Do you fear obstacles and fear? Do you get scared when you face the confrontation? Do you search for the safe heaven to burrow yourself deep beneath the earth to feel safer and comfortable — you’re very likely possessing the Rabbit nature; always fearing; always running for cover to be safe and live comfortable. If you are like a Wolf, you’d like to play it far and wide with aggression. Try analyzing yourself to seek whether you possess the brevity to go far and beyond to accomplish whatever you wish rather than remaining in the...

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Belief is like a lantern in a blind man’s hand

The lantern in the hand of a blind man is of no use – he cannot see, cannot use, cannot lighten, and the lantern is just a burden to him. Belief is about believing in what others say. Belief is dangerous – you develop belief out of ignorance. Someone says that there is a God, so you develop a belief in God. Remember when you listen to jokes told by a standup comedian – you laugh because everyone else is laughing without understanding the joke. Belief is like that, you get carried away for belief. We see the side effects of belief...

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A drop of water fell into the ocean

One day a drop of water fell into the ocean. When it found itself there, it began to weep and complain. The great ocean laughed at the drop of water. Why do you weep? it asked.”I don’t understand. When you join me, you join all ur brothers and sisters, the other drops of water of which I’m made. You become the ocean itself. If you wish to leave me, you have only to rise up on a sunbeam into the clouds. From there you can descend again, little drop of water, a blessing and a benediction to the thirsty...

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How to tune into your patience frequency

Make list of things that create inconvenience and upsets you Against each of the item write down the level at which you can be pushed before you retaliate or loose your control. Think of the ways by which you can raise the bar of your patience and develop ways to handle these circumstances. Your target should be to attain the level where nothing, absolutely nothing causes you even the slightest shred of annoyance. Imbibing patience is the secret of permanent...

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Only capable hands can realise your true potential

Hanuman possess greatest strength, power, wisdom, ability, and indomitable spirit and all these he put at the feet of Lord Rama. Hanuman did not use for himself. He did not go berserk. He did not use his talents to promote himself or to dominate over others or to glorify himself. There was no self in Hanuman. It was all Ram, Ram, Ram… Surrender your abilities to capable hands to realize your true...

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Zen Story: First empty your cup

Nan-in, a Japanese master met a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured until cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor kept watching the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!” “Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your...

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Zen Story: I wish I’d give him this beautiful moon

Ryokan was living in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One night a thief entered the hut and he was disappointed to find nothing to be stolen. Ryokan caught the thief–“U’ve come from long distance.You’d not return empty handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.” The thief was bewildered.He took the clothes and slunk away. Ryokan sat naked watching the moon. “Poor fellow,I wish I’d give him this beautiful...

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Let fate move on its own path, and you focus on doing what’s your calling

The concept of destiny may be correct, but you don’ rely on it. Brave are those who rely on their singular capabilities to turn the tide in their favor, whatever may be the fate would have decided for it. God Krishna said, “God does not reward or punish, but the nature does it.” A brick may hit you, but you continue forging ahead confident as if you’ll keep doing what you love to do.nt,” “work hard,” “peddle fast and focus,” as a must for becoming a successful entrepreneur. It...

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Don’t destroy yourself in the race to win big in life

I used to work usually 12 – 14 hours every day. My father stayed with me for some time. He observed me every day going early to work and returning very late. One day he asked: “Are you running away from me or genuinely, you work so much?” My wife echoed her opinion saying that I am coming a bit earlier because of my father. He stated: “Today, you are working hard to make money. Tomorrow you will need to work harder to arrange the money for medical expenses.” His thoughts changed my lifestyle and working...

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4 types of people you should not believe what they say

बातुल भूत बिबस मतवारे। ते नहिं बोलहिं बचन बिचारे॥ जिन्ह कृत महामोह मद पाना। तिन्ह कर कहा करिअ नहिं काना॥ बालकाण्ड ११८ “Those who are delirious or mad, those who are possessed and those who are inebriated, do not talk sense. None should give ear to the ravings of those who have drunk the wine of infatuation.” Goddess Parvati requests God Shankar to share the story of Ram with her. God Shankar starts narrating the story of Ram, telling her about whom to consider getting the advice: Lord Shankar warns her not to consider...

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5 Skills to Take Your Life and Business to the Next Level

Are you hitting the ceiling? Hitting the ceiling means feeling stuck, frustrated, and living every day like there is not enough time. Try developing these five skills to break through the ceiling and see yourself advance to the next level. SIMPLIFY – eliminate complexity and reducing everything to the essential. DELEGATE – free and elevate yourself to do what you are best at and then delegate others to the next best person you know. PREDICT – choose your path after evaluating the long-term and short-term goals. SYSTEMIZE – document...

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What would your museum say

You must have visited a museum at some or other time. A museum is an organized collection of things someone did over time and then collected the stories and artifacts for you to see. Every time I went inside a museum, it has inspired my interest in an area of study, item, time, period, or idea. During one of my visits to the museum in Patna, I became so inspired that I decided to write an article about getting a job as museum staff. It turned out to be my first published article in Hindustan Times way back in the year 1990. Since...

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A tale: God is within us

In the ancient Indian kingdom lived a highly respected sage. The Sage was wise, fearless, knowledgeable, gentle, and endowed with divine nature. Jealous of his popularity and unfathomable spiritual philosophy, the King sent him a notice to appear in his senate. The Sage obliged the King’s order. The King said: “You are considered wise and spiritual. You must be knowing all things about God. I have three questions for you. If you don’t provide me with the satisfactory answer to these questions, you will get beheaded...

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