Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Two interesting messages...

I'd received two interesting messages from two course mates of mine. They've interesting content and I thought I must pass them on to you.....

1. An Empty Boat.

    A monk decides to meditate alone away from his monastery.

    He takes his boat out to the middle of the lake, moors it there, closes his eyes and begins his

    After a few hours of undisturbed silence, he suddenly feels the bump of another boat colliding with
    his own. With his eyes still closed, he senses his anger rising and by the time he opens his eyes, he
    is ready to scream at the boatman who dared disturb his meditation. But when he opens his eyes,
    he sees it's an empty boat that had probably got untethered and floated to the middle of the lake.

    At that moment, the monk achieves self-realization and understands that the anger is within him; it
    merely needs the bump of an external object to provoke it out of him.

    From then on, whenever he comes across someone who irritates him or provokes him to anger, he
    reminds himself, "The other person is merely an empty boat. The anger is within me".

Take time for introspection and search for an answer. Empty boat is a famous metaphor. Its value lies in its implementation!

 2. Eight Points to Ponder.

     8. Death is the number one killer in the world.

     7. Life is sexually transmitted.

     6. Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

     5. Give a person a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a person to use the internet and he won't
         bother you for weeks, months maybe years.

     4. Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.

     3. All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

     2. In the '60s, people took to drugs to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people
         take antidepressants to make it normal.

     1. Life is like a jar of chilli chutney. What you enjoy today might burn your ass tomorrow.

     .......and don't worry about old age; it doesn't last long!


(a) It was a knotty situation. The guy who delivers the LPG cylinder was firm that the new cylinder had no problems, whatsoever, as one out of the three burners was burning, albeit, at a low flame and insisted that the fault was with the burners. Babeesh, who'd serviced the burners, just the previous day, was insistent that there wasn't any fault with them and wanted to have another new gas cylinder. Consequently, I had borrowed one from our neighbour and presto, Babeesh was able to prove his point. The gas agency was called up by Lekha and the matter reported. The delivery boys came by evening, took away the faulty cylinder and provided a replacement.

(b) Ramesh, the gardener, had come by to tell us about his nightmarish experiences when the Chalakkudippuzha's waters had sloshed into his house at Chittaattukara, about 5 kms south from us, during the last week's deluge. Poor guy, he has put in his losses to the revenue authorities and is awaiting some sort of relief. Hope he gets it.

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