Tuesday, August 31, 2004


Interesting piece... Footprints...

A man dreamt that he was walking on clouds with God..... His entire life's journey was flashing back at him... He noted two set of footprints during some aspects of his life..... One set of footprints were God's and the other set were his, walking through the journey of life...Other times when he flashed back, there were only one set of footprints...
He noticed that during those time where there were one set of footprints, he had very tough times, he was very unhappy and in misery...... He asked God, that why this was the case, why there were only one set of footprints during the rough times... He asked God, "you are the father, shouldn't the father be there all the time and not only during the good times".
God responded, "Son, you only see one set of footprints because during those times, I was carrying you".


Monday, August 30, 2004

"Facts are the enemy of Truth."

I was reading a commentary online where I came across the above saying - "Facts are the enemy of Truth".
Fact is defined as "a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred".
Fact is always limited; it's a piece of information about something. Fact is a small division of Truth as interpreted by the experiencer. Facts makes us form opinions. Our opinions are a major piece of our ego. Ego is what keeps us away from the Truth. To live in this world we need to act, to act we need to make decisions, to decide we need facts. We have to use facts to make decisions of what we think is right. But we have to keep in mind that truth is the combination of our side and the other side. Truth is the big picture, the whole picture, it includes all sides, our side and the other side. We have the right to make decisions with our facts but we should not judge the other side since we don't know the whole picture. Judgments bring negative emotions such as anger and fear. We have to stand against injustice but with love not with hatred. There's a reason for everything, with our very limited intellect, we are seeing a small piece of it -- like an ant who is walking on Mona Lisa painting and cannot understand or appreciate it. The other side is playing its part in the world, we have to focus on what we are doing and are we generating love or hatred in the world?

Instructions for Life

The Dalai Lama's Instructions for Life

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
3. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
4. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
5. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
6. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
7. Spend some time alone every day.
8. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
9. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
10. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
11. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.
12. Don't bring up the past.
13. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
14. Be gentle with the earth.
15. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
16. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
17. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
18. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
19. Follow the three R's:
- Respect for self.
- Respect for others.
- Responsibility for all of your actions.
20. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.