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Transcendental Meditation

transcendental-meditatiLet’s talk motivation in a different way. We know how motivation works on different levels. It can bring about some beautiful changes in one’s life pattern. Transcendental mediation is one of the meditation techniques which is known to bring wonderful positive effects in many peoples’ lives. It’s effective and unlike its name, quite easy to learn. So who should go for this meditation technique? Well, it’s primarily for people who are kind of fed up of everyday quagmire like traffic problems, continuously ringing cell phones, garbage of TV shows etc. its basically a refuge from every day’s insanity. Transcendental meditation is getting hugely popular in India as well as abroad. In fact, it is being recommended by doctors to get rid of anxiety and stress disorders.


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is credited to introduce this amazing technique in 1958. he has written several books on this subject, traveled numerous countries to spread this technique along with training more than 40,000 people to become teacher of transcendental meditation. Many people wonder what’s so special about this mode of meditation? Difference lies in its simplicity and easiness to learn. All one requires is dedication and focus. Transcendental meditation causes a deep state of relaxation but at the same time your alertness of mind remains there. One needs to focus on a particular thing and delve deep into it. One you are ‘there’, you will find complete peace. This process lasts from 10 minutes to one hour.    


Many studies have been conducted on this subject and research findings have been astonishing. One of the finding is, it can reverse the ageing process. It also increases focus and creativity aspects. Other benefits include, less stress, riddance of insomnia, and easing of blood pressure etc.


Motivating Employees
December 23, 2008, 6:45 pm
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Motivation works on several platforms and in different aspects of life. Inspiration is something which is mostly self-developed and some other times, we need some sort of external spark or rekindle that inspirational ting. If we take corporate field as an example, one of the most important tasks for a manager is to motivate his employees. In fact, keeping the morale high on a consistent basis is not an easy job. But then, a manager has to perform it or else repercussions can be too damaging. Inspiring your employees also signifies creating a positive work environment and keeping the mood light.


The manager must begin with knowing his employees. It pays to know about the personal aspects of employees including his interests, family, after work routine etc. the thing is different people are motivated by different things so knowing an employee well means, a manager can work upon the things which might prove useful in motivating that particular employee.


A manager should always try to spend some time with his employees. It won’t take more than few minutes per day. But it signifies you are interested in your employees and personally concerned with their well-beings. That means a lot for the employees. Another method is to arrange for periodic reviews every now and then where you can sit with employees and talk about professional and personal hazards.


A manager should focus upon knowing new things in motivation aspects. Being a manager it’s of prime responsibility to keep learning new things. Sharing management things with employees also indicate generating motivation amongst employees. Apart from that one should try to know the feelings of employees about his job.

Motivation for Laziness
December 17, 2008, 6:28 pm
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Motivation is a multi-dimensional term. It traverses through several layers of human existence. It will not be an exaggeration to say that, its one of the most important word in our lives. This article will talk about the miracle of self-motivation for the lazy people. Good number of people in this world suffers from one common problem of struggle with self motivation.  It’s not about having one particular bad day but it’s about having in same state of laziness regularly. If we look closely at this phenomenon, we will find that it’s an issue of self-esteem and laziness combined together. So what is the solution?


Of course, solution lies with us because we must believe that we are in charge of our destiny and we play a great role in shaping our future. Let’s fix the problem. But before embarking on this spiritual and mental journey of fixing, let’s make sure it’s not a physical problem. Thyroid, diabetes and other medical issues often cause low self-esteem and reduced motivation.


How about writing your goals on a paper and sticking it to your office wall or bed-room? It really helps to write down small goals with specific plans. Small goals are easier to achieve and to create motivation. Beginning with large goals won’t serve the purpose. Then start taking small steps to achieve those goals. Slowly, also start writing about the outcomes of your goals. Keep reminding yourself about the consequence of non-fulfillment of your goals. Once initial goals are achieved, make new goals. Keep this process active and you will soon start finding the change in your otherwise lazy life. Don’t just try to reach your goal once. When your goals are completed, start on new ones. Just remember to start writing goals on paper.


Motivation for Anti-War
December 11, 2008, 5:57 pm
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War and terrorism has caused grief of monumental proportions to the many innocent people all over the world. These two curses of humanity have no religions. Their victims can not be categorized in any religious or ethnic or spiritual community. They were just plain humans, innocent humans. I recently came across this poem vividly depicting the impact of war in a hard-hitting way. Thought of sharing this with readers who feel the same way.


There is no poem that will stop this war


This is not the one. There is none. There is

nothing to be done. We are not anything but

the Hun the fierce images in old textbooks

the Mongol horsemen rape and pillage

villages burning and the laughter of old men.

The radio and television prepare us

for the Super Bowl. But already in Ohio

we are number one. All of us better

than all of the rest of the world. Admit it


it was the perfect game. Allah praise Ohio State.

And admit this all who listen to NPR

the president is smarter than you.

He is riding the armored car of history while you

look for a refuge some safe place for your children.

But there is no place to hide. We are the virus.

Everything that cannot be bought and sold

for a profit falls before us. He knows this

even if you believe he is a fool. He lives and breathes

Karl Marx while you hold up a sign that says

Peace is Patriotic. The laughter of old men.


There is no image to stop the war. No child

with burned blacked skin like barbecued chicken.

The children waste away from bad plumbing and no

medicine. We pass along to each other the chips

and organic carrots.  Bottled water.


There is no poem as good as government ensured

bonds. We are wounded with so little interest. There

is no poem that will pay us ten percent and stop

this war. The Germans marched prematurely

through history never understanding the power

of the dollar never having heard of Lexus and SUV

never knowing anything about baseball never

knowing that the Yankees only lose enough

to make the game seem fair. Vietnam is empty

in the memory. Cambodia fills with Wal-Mart

and Burger King. Bombs from 20,000 feet.


The first dictate of battle is to make sure

the enemy has no weapons to harm you.

Disable their best batter. Tonya Harding their best runner.

Then attack and wait for the parade. But dont wait

for the poem that will stop this war. There is none.

The history of the empire has just begun.



:- By Joe Napora


Collective Voice of Common People
December 3, 2008, 6:38 pm
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rules_photo1Recently Mumbai face the burnt of terrorism and was held hostage for almost 57 hours. Terrorism has no religions and the only people who suffer are innocents’ people who had nothing to do with all the mess surrounding religious fanatics. But human ability of moving ahead despite all the losses incurred in the journey of life again came to the fore.

I came across a poem written by lyricist and famous ad personality which is dedicated to all the victims. He wrote this after the Mumbai terror attacks. This is a poem which reflects our collective voice and pain. I am sharing this poem with all the people.


Is baar nahin

Is baar jab woh choti si bachchi mere paas apni kharonch le kar aayegi

Main usey phoo phoo kar nahin behlaoonga

Panapney doonga uski tees ko

Is baar nahin


(This time when that little girl comes to me with her bruises, I will not blow gently at her wound, nor distract her, I will let her pain grow.

Not this time.)


Is baar jab main chehron par dard likha dekhoonga

Nahin gaoonga geet peeda bhula dene wale

Dard ko risney doonga,utarney doonga andar gehrey

Is baar nahin


(This time when I see pain on faces

I will not sing the song that eases pain

I will let the pain seep in, deep.

Not this time.)

Is baar main na marham lagaoonga

Na hi uthaoonga rui ke phahey

Aur na hi kahoonga ki tum aankein band karlo,

gardan udhar kar lo main dawa lagata hoon

Dekhney doonga sabko hum sabko khuley nangey ghaav

Is baar nahin


(This time I won’t apply any balm

Nor will I ask you to shut your eyes

and turn your head

While I gingerly apply medicine

I will let everyone see the open, naked wounds

Not this time.)

Is baar jab uljhaney dekhoonga,chatpatahat dekhoonga

Nahin daudoonga uljhee door lapetney

Uljhaney doonga jab tak ulajh sake

Is baar nahin


(This time when I see difficulty, uneasiness

I will not run to solve the problems

I will let them become complicated

Not this time.)

Is baar karm ka hawala de kar nahin uthaoonga auzaar


Nahin karoonga phir se ek nayee shuruaat

Nahin banoonga misaal ek karmyogi ki

Nahin aaney doonga zindagi ko aasani se patri par

Utarney doonga usey keechad main,tedhey medhey raston pe

Nahin sookhney doonga deewaron par laga khoon

Halka nahin padney doonga uska rang

Is baar nahin banney doonga usey itna laachaar

Ki paan ki peek aur khoon ka fark hi khatm ho jaye

Is baar nahin


(This time I won’t pick up my tools as a matter of duty

I will not make a new beginning

Nor will I stand as an example of one dedicated to my job

I will not let life easily return to normalcy

I will let it descend into muck, on the twisting paths

I will not let the blood on the walls dry out

Nor will I let its colour fade away

This time I won’t let it become so helpless

That you can’t tell blood from paan-spit

Not this time.)


Is baar ghawon ko dekhna hai

Gaur se

Thoda  lambe  wakt  tak

Kuch  faisley

Aur uskey baad hausley

Kahin toh shuruat karni hi hogi

Is baar yahi tay kiya hai


(This time the wounds need to be watched


For a long time

Some decisions are needed

And then some brave moves to be made

We have to begin somewhere

This time this is what I have resolved)


… By Prasoon Joshi