Suryoday Nov-2013

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Lamp 1

Mr. Balu Pawar and Mrs. Sangeeta Balu Pawar are disabled and married to each other. They live near Kopargaon Railway Station. Their disability does not stop them from living a life which is full of love, laughter and togetherness. If you meet them, their smiling faces will make you forget your own sorrows.

However, daily life of Mr. Balu and Mrs. Sangeeta’s family is full of challenges. Balu drives his 3 wheeler cycle to Kopargaon Railway station a kilometer away from their hut. He sells some readymade food items there and makes mere 50-100 Rs. a day. Mrs. Sangeeta is housewife and takes care of their two daughters Gayatri aged seven and Pallavi aged 5. She stays back at home.

With their mere income and daily challenges posed by disability they find it extremely hard to buy electricity for their hut. Their poverty have forced them to live in darkness. Their daughters don’t get access to light after school.

So we decided to donate our first Solar Lamp to Balu Pawar and his family. We hope this small contribution will help in lightening up lives of Balu’s family and their daughters will get an access to clean light for studying.

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Lamp 2

Second solar lamp for the month of November we donated to a very talented student named Keshav Damu Rathod from Dheku Khurd Tal. Nandgaon Dist. Nashik. Pin – 423106

Keshav is studious, talented and science lover. He participates in various science exhibitions, quiz competitions etc. His teachers are very happy with his academic performance.

Keshav’s village does not have access to uninterrupted electricity. They spend most of the nights in dark. Keshav always complained to his parents about not having enough light during night study sessions. Kerosene lamp they have in their home is not sufficient for an entire family. Same kerosene lamp is used for various purposes which includes cooking, other household chores, farm visit during night. And Keshav does not get access to it for his studies.With increasing prices of kerosene many families are finding it hard to buy sufficient kerosene for an entire family.

We got introduced with Keshav when his school teacher Mr. Yogesh Janrao heard about our Mission Suryoday and urged us to donate one such lamp to Keshav.

Mission Suryoday team is very happy to help Keshav in his studies and wishes him for his bright future.

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Mind Wondering is making you unhappy.

Initially Mind wandering was thought to be a evolution’s gift to mankind. It allows us to wander wherever we want. Our thoughts travel faster than anything and we often treat this as a blessing to us. However mind wandering may have an emotional cost.

While most people think of mind-wandering as a lifting escape from daily drudgery, research shows that this may not the case. In fact, mind-wandering appears to be correlated with unhappiness. When people were mind-wandering, they reported feeling unhappy most of the times. Meanwhile, when they were focused on the present moment, they reported feeling more happy.

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Happiness is one of the most complicated human emotions and there has been substantial research done on it. Matt Killingsworth while doing his PhD research at Harvard invented a smart tool: an iPhone app called Track Your Happiness that captured user’s feelings in real time. The tool alerts the user at random times and asks: How are you feeling right now, and what are you doing? Matt captured the data and analyzed it which later became the main source of knowledge for the notable paper “A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind”. Unlike other animals, human beings spend a lot of time thinking about what is not going on around them, contemplating events that happened in the past, might happen in the future, or will never happen at all. Indeed, “stimulus-independent thought” or “mind wandering” appears to be the brains default mode of operation.

Escaping mind wandering

Building focus and increasing our mindfulness are an ultimate ways to reach happier life.

Many philosophical and religious traditions teach that happiness is to be found by living in the moment, and practitioners are trained to resist mind wandering and “to be here now.” These traditions suggest that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.

Eckhart Tolle a spiritual teacher and the author of bestselling book The Power of Now, suggests “living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment.” His book sparked a wave of awareness about mindfulness in recent days. The book talks about mind wandering; it’s relation to our sorrows. It shows how we invite misery in our lives by not accepting the present moment. Tolle says the more we escape from now the more unhappy and miserable we become. So being fully in the now is an ultimate solution to find bliss and happiness. Tolle’s philosophy is inspired by Zen Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism and the Bible altogether.

What modern day scientists, philosophers are inventing is in fact proving to be an ancient wisdom which was practiced long ago in history. Hinduism, Buddhism teachings are focused on many advanced meditation techniques. In fact many Hindu gods are visualized as sitting in meditation postures.

Practical solution to escape the life’s miseries is a focused mind. Meditation is a scientifically proven way to decrease mind wandering and in turn our happiness levels.

In conclusion, a human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost.

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

— Buddha

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Albert Einstein’s advice to his son about learning.

Einstein writes an affectionate letter to his son during turbulent times of war in 1915 from war-torn Berlin while his estranged wife and their two sons were living in safer place Vienna.

Einstein had just completed his monumental work of “Theory of Relativity” that made him international celebrity.

My dear Albert,

Yesterday I received your dear letter and was very happy with it. I was already afraid you

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wouldn’t write to me at all any more. You told me when I was in Zurich, that it is awkward for you when I come to Zurich. Therefore I think it is better if we get together in a different place, where nobody will interfere with our comfort. I will in any case urge that each year we spend a whole month together, so that you see that you have a father who is fond of you and who loves you. You can also learn many good and beautiful things from me, something another cannot as easily offer you. What I have achieved through such a lot of strenuous work shall not only be there for strangers but especially for my own boys. These days I have completed one of the most beautiful works of my life, when you are bigger, I will tell you about it.

I am very pleased that you find joy with the piano. This and carpentry are in my opinion for your age the best pursuits, better even than school. Because those are things which fit a young person such as you very well. Mainly play the things on the piano which please you, even if the teacher does not assign those. That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes. I am sometimes so wrapped up in my work that I forget about the noon meal. . . .

Be with Tete kissed by your

Papa.

Regards to Mama.

Einstein’s Book: Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

अब्राहम लिंकनचे हेडमास्तरांस पत्र

एक पत्र ज्याने बालपणापासून पासून दिशा दाखवली.

प्रिय गुरुजी,

सगळीच माणसे न्यायप्रिय नसतात,
नसतात सगळीच सत्यनिष्ठ,
हे शिकेलच माझा मुलगा कधी ना कधी.
मात्र त्याला हे देखील शिकवा,
जगात प्रत्येक बदमाशागणिक
असतो एक साधूचरित , पुरुषोत्तमही
स्वार्थी राजकारणी असतात जगात,
तसे असतात अवघं आयुष्य समर्पित करणारे नेतेही.
असतात टपलेले वैरी , तसे जपणारे मित्रही,
मला माहित आहे !
सगळ्या गोष्टी झटपट नाही शिकवता येत………
तरीही जमलं तर त्यांच्या मनावर ठसवा,
घाम गाळून कमावलेला एकच छदाम,
आयत्या मिळालेल्या घबाडापेक्षा मौल्यवान आहे.
हार कशी स्वीकारावी ते त्याला शिकवा
आणि शिकवा विजयाचा आनंद संयमाने घ्यायला ,
तुमच्यात शक्ती असती तर ………
त्याला द्वेष मत्सरापासून दूर रहायला शिकवा
आणि शिकवा त्याला आपला हर्ष संयमाने व्यक्त करायला.
गुंडांना भीत जावू नको म्हणावं,
त्यांना नमविणे सर्वात सोपं असतं.
जमेल तेवढं दाखवित चला त्याला ,
ग्रंथ भांडाराच अदभूत वैभव.
मात्र त्याबरोबरच ,
मिळू दे त्याच्या मनाला निवांतपणा,
सृष्टीचं शाश्वत सौंदर्य अनुभवायला ,
पाहू दे त्याला , पक्षांची अस्मान भरारी …………
सोनेरी उन्हात भिरभिरणारे भ्रमर ……….
आणि हिरव्यागार डोंगर उतारावर डुलणारी चिमुकली फुलं……
शाळेत त्याला हा धडा मिळू दे ,
फसवून मिळालेल्या यशापेक्षा ,
सरळ आलेल अपयश श्रेयस्कर आहे .
आपल्या कल्पना, आपले विचार ,
यांच्यावर दृढ विश्वास ठेवायला हवा त्याने ,
बेहत्तर आहे सर्वांनी त्याला चूक ठरवलं तरी ,
त्याला सांगा …………….
भल्याशी भलायीन वागावं,
आणि टग्यांना अद्दल घडवावी .
माझ्या मुलाला हे पटवता आल तर पहा ………
जिकडे सरशी तिकडे धावत सुटणाऱ्या भाऊगर्दीत,
सामील न होण्याची ताकद त्यान कमवायला हवी ,
पुढे हेही सांगा त्याला ,
ऐकावं जनाच अगदी सर्वांच ………..
पण गाळून घ्यावं ते सत्याच्या चाळणीतून ,
आणि फोलपट टाकून निव्वळ सत्व तेवढं स्वीकाराव.
जमलं तर त्याच्या मनावर बिंबवा,
हसत रहावं उरातल दुख्ख दाबून ,
आणि म्हणावं त्याला
आसवांची लाज वाटू देऊ नको.
त्याला शिकवा ………
तुच्छतावाद्याना तुच्छ मानायला ,
अन चाटुगिरीपासून सावध रहायला .
त्याला हे पुरेपूर समजवा की ,
करावी कमाल कमाई त्याने, ताकद आणि अक्कल विकून,
पण कधीही विक्रय करू नये, हृदयाचा आणि आत्म्याचा.
धिक्कार करणाऱ्यांच्या झुंडी आल्या तर,
कानाडोळा करायला शिकवा त्याला.
आणि ठसवा त्याच्या मनावर,
जे सत्य आणि न्याय वाटते,
त्याच्यासाठी पाय रोवून लढत रहा.
त्याला ममतेन वागवा,
पण, लाडावून ठेवू नका.
आगीत तावून सुलाखून निघाल्याशिवाय
लोखंडाच कणखर पोलाद होत नसतं,
त्याच्या अंगी बाणवा अधीर व्हायचं धैर्य,
अन धरला पाहिजे धीर त्याने,
जर गाजवायच असेल शौर्य .
आणखीही एक सांगत रहा त्याला ……….
आपला दृढ विश्वास पाहिजे आपल्यावर,
तरच जडेल उदात्त श्रद्धा मानवजातीवर,
माफ करा गुरुजी,
मी फार बोललो आहे _
खूप काही मागतो आहे………
पण पहा……..
जमेल तेवढ अवश्य कराच,
माझा मुलगा, भलताच गोड छोकरा आहे हो तो.

अब्राहम लिंकन

Thinking matters.

Pebbles

Many years ago  in a small Indian village, A farmer had the misfortune Of  owing a  large sum of money to a village moneylender. The Moneylender,  who  was old and ugly, fancied the farmer’s beautiful Daughter. So he proposed a bargain.

He said he would forgo the farmer’s  debt if he could marry his Daughter.  Both the farmer and his  daughter were horrified by the Proposal. So the  cunning money-lender  suggested that they let Providence decide the matter.

He told them that he would put a black Pebble  and a white pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would Have  to pick one pebble from the bag.

1) If she  picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her  father’s  debt would be forgiven.

2) If she picked the white  pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be  forgiven.

3) But if she refused to pick a pebble, her  father would be thrown into  Jail.

They were  standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer’s field. As  They  talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he Picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up  two Black pebbles and put  them into the  bag.
He then asked the girl to pick A pebble from the  bag.

Now, imagine that you were standing in the field.  What would you have Done if you were the girl? If you had to advise  her, what would you Have told her?

Careful  analysis would produce three possibilities:

1. The girl  should refuse to take a pebble.
 2. The girl should show  that there were two black pebbles in the bag And expose the  money-lender as a cheat.
3. The girl should pick a black  pebble and sacrifice herself in order To save her father from his  debt and imprisonment.
Take a moment to ponder over the  story. The above story is used with The  hope that it will make us  appreciate the difference between lateral And logical  thinking.

The girl’s dilemma cannot be solved with  Traditional logical thinking. Think of the consequences if she  chooses The above logical  answers.

What would you recommend to the Girl to  do?
Well, here is what she did:

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble.  Without Looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the  pebble-strewn path Where it immediately became lost among all the  other pebbles. “Oh, how clumsy of me,” she  said. “But never mind, if you look into the Bag for the one that is  left, you will be able to tell which pebble I Picked.”

Since the remaining pebble is  black, it must be assumed that she had Picked the white one. And  since the money-lender dared not admit his Dishonesty, the girl  changed what seemed an impossible situation into An extremely  advantageous one.

                                                                                                                                                                                               
MORAL OF THE  STORY:
Most complex problems do have a solution. It is  only that we don’t Attempt to  think.

                                                                                                                                              

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Doubt!

A boy ‘n a girl were playing together. The boy had a collection of  marbles. The girl had some sweets with her. The boy told the girl that  he will give her all his marbles in exchange for her sweets. The girl  agreed. The boy kept the biggest ‘n the most beautiful marble aside ‘n  gave the rest to the girl. The girl gave him all her sweets as she had  promised. That night, the girl slept peacefully. But the  boy couldn’t sleep as he kept wondering if the girl had hidden some  sweets from him the way he had hidden his best marble.

If you don’t give your hundred percent in a relationship, you’ll always keep doubting if the other person has given his/her hundred  percent.