An American friend of mine who was familiar with India, travelled with a friend of his who was visiting the country for the first time. His friend, who had brought with him a bunch of books, set out to read throughout his journey. He missed the scenery, the colours and sounds, the noise and bustle…

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In some of his conferences, Tony de Mello would most unflatteringly tell his listeners: “Most human beings are already dead. Some people are 3/4 dead, getting decomposed. In fact they already stink.” Then looking at the shocked expression on some of the faces, he would continue, “I know it is a hard thing to say…

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A tourist visiting a place of breath-taking beauty makes frantic efforts to capture every moment and every scene on his camera. He spends all his time shooting everything he sees, and from various angles, knowing that it is a rare opportunity that may never come again. And he hopes to review, edit and enjoy the…

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Changes are exciting when they are along expected or desirable lines. But they don’t always do. Life doesn’t follow our own well written script where everything happens at the “right” time, where nothing goes wrong and we live happily ever after. Changes always call for some readjustments. What is most difficult is that they come…

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Not long ago RTE Guide carried a brief report of a talk by Robin Sharma in Dublin. The well known author referred to a meeting he had with one of Asia’s top CEOs. Sharma asked him what the secret of his outrageous success was. The CEO smiled and said: “I make the time to think.”…

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We were all quite happily talking about global warming until recently and were hardly thinking of an impending global financial meltdown. But here it is, and we seem to be rather clueless about the dimensions of the problems as well as a way out of this. Our first impulse in difficult situations is to look…

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A parable from the Buddha: A man travelling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where,…

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A parable from the Buddha: A man travelling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where,…

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Many years ago a friend confided that he felt inferior and discouraged because he lacked creativity. He could name several people he knew who were creative but he was not one of them. He had not invented anything. He had not written a poem or story. He could not draw or paint. Obviously he was…

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