Blog by Ishwar Jha

Control your ungoverned tamper – a Zen Story

A Zen student went to Bankei and said:”Master,I have an ungovernable temper.How can I cure it?” “You have something very strange,Show me where it is?” asked Bankei. “Just now I can’t show it to you” said the student. “If not now, when?” asked Bankei “It arises unexpectedly,” replied the student. Then,” concluded Bankei, “it must not be ur own true nature. If it were, you’d show it to me any time. When you’re born, you did not have it,and your...

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United with God you become immortal

Dewdrops stuck on the grass leave evaporate as soon as it comes in contact with the sunshine in the morning. But, when the same dewdrop falls into the sea, it merges with the seawater, retains its existence, and adds a drop of water to the ocean reservoir. Our relationship with God is somewhat similar to the dewdrop relationship with the sea. There is a significant similarity between the dewdrop’s relationship with the sea and ours with God. To forget God is to miss the whole purpose of your existence. The great sages are not...

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Your true measure is how you treat inferiors, not equals

I am sure you know that billionaires and beggars are just like you – all have a heart, all have struggled through challenges, and all feel a streak of genius. I was profoundly impacted by noticing an incident while traveling along with Dr. Subhash Chandra, the founder and chairman of Zee Entertainment. A liftman saluted him, showing his gratitude when he entered the lift. He immediately reciprocated, “Namaste! How are you?” The glow on the face of the liftman was worth a billion. Later, he told me, “It is so...

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You will never come up with anything original if you are not ready to be wrong

I keep drawing inspiration and love telling this story to people. A six-year-old little girl was in her drawing lesson. The girl was so deeply engrossed in her drawing that she didn’t pay attention to anything around her. Watching her so engrossed in her work, the teacher felt fascinated and approached her, “What are you drawing?” The girl said, “I’m drawing a picture of God.” The teacher quizzed further with her sense of affirmation, “But, nobody knows what God looks like.” The girl...

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How to design a better life

You can design a better life, if you only remember these few things… Remember that you are a designer of your life. To be a designer of your life, you must think about your life plan as a designer – what is your desirability to reap tangible and strategic outcome. Listen to you, people and environment to find the inspirations that will be like a dewdrop to invoke your own intuition, creativity and confidence. Remember that Not knowing is just fine. Awaken your genius within to learn, experiment, risk and having the attitude to feel...

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Strength is a must to live a good life

I did my primary education in the same school where my father was a teacher. Every day, I’d walk for 6 KM to go to school and return back home. My father would ride a bicycle at the speed of maybe 10 kilometers per hour, and on most days, I’d run behind him to reach school. One day, during the summer, I was running behind him, wet with sweat, red-faced, and breathing high. A fellow teacher and friend of my father, noticing my condition, said to my father, “Why are you becoming so merciless? Don’t you notice...

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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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