Qualities for a meaningful life

Qualities for a meaningful life

Bhagwat Geeta – 16 1-3

श्रीभगवानुवाच |
अभयं सत्त्वसंशुद्धिर्ज्ञानयोगव्यवस्थिति: |
दानं दमश्च यज्ञश्च स्वाध्यायस्तप आर्जवम् || 1||
अहिंसा सत्यमक्रोधस्त्याग: शान्तिरपैशुनम् |
दया भूतेष्वलोलुप्त्वं मार्दवं ह्रीरचापलम् || 2||
तेज: क्षमा धृति: शौचमद्रोहोनातिमानिता |
भवन्ति सम्पदं दैवीमभिजातस्य भारत || 3||

śhrī-bhagavān uvācha
abhayaṁ sattva-sanśhuddhir jñāna-yoga-vyavasthitiḥ
dānaṁ damaśh cha yajñaśh cha svādhyāyas tapa ārjavam
ahinsā satyam akrodhas tyāgaḥ śhāntir apaiśhunam
dayā bhūteṣhv aloluptvaṁ mārdavaṁ hrīr achāpalam
tejaḥ kṣhamā dhṛitiḥ śhaucham adroho nāti-mānitā
bhavanti sampadaṁ daivīm abhijātasya bhārata

śhrī-bhagavān uvācha—the Supreme Divine Personality said; 
abhayam—fearlessness; 
sattva-sanśhuddhiḥ—purity of mind; 
jñāna—knowledge; 
yoga—spiritual; 
vyavasthitiḥ—steadfastness; 
dānam—charity; 
damaḥ—control of the senses; 
cha—and; 
yajñaḥ—performance of sacrifice; 
cha—and; 
svādhyāyaḥ—study of sacred books; 
tapaḥ—austerity; 
ārjavam—straightforwardness; 
ahinsā—non-violence; 
satyam—truthfulness; 
akrodhaḥ—absence of anger; 
tyāgaḥ—renunciation; 
śhāntiḥ—peacefulness; 
apaiśhunam—restraint from fault-finding; 
dayā—compassion; 
bhūteṣhu—toward all living beings; 
aloluptvam—absence of covetousness; 
mārdavam—gentleness; 
hrīḥ—modesty; 
achāpalam—lack of fickleness; 
tejaḥ—vigor; 
kṣhamā—forgiveness; 
dhṛitiḥ—fortitude; 
śhaucham—cleanliness; 
adrohaḥ—bearing enmity toward none; 
na—not; 
ati-mānitā—absence of vanity; 
bhavanti—are; 
sampadam—qualities; 
daivīm—godly; 
abhijātasya—of those endowed with; 
bhārata—scion of Bharat

What is I.D.E.A.?

What is I.D.E.A.?

I – Interested –

Cultivate a sense of curiosity, develop lifelong learning, gather information from reading and from people, reach out to idea-bearers, keep an open mind.

D – Diversity

Tune in to different wavelengths, see analogies, create diverse workforces, avoid herds, cultivate ‘weak’ ties also, bridge different disciplines

E – Exercise

Intellectual calisthenics: prowl in stores, reflect and record, refine a culture of deliberate observation, develop prototypes, build ideas out of bits and pieces

A – Agile

Create a flow of ideas, rub ideas together, create and move between idea spaces and terrains, let ideas percolate, prioritise and defer some ideas, hang out with freaks!

Five Thinkers

Five Thinkers

If you have a passion for changing your life forever, then listening to these five experts –
Dr. Joe Dispenza,
David Goggins,
Marc Allen,
Tom Chi, and
Nassim Haramein
– will help you realize new ways of thinking about the world, your place in the world, and how you can make optimistic changes in your life (and the wider world, as well.)

Some people are dismissive of so-called “self-help” experts. They think that motivational speakers and self-help gurus base their ideas on whatever will appeal to people desperate to change their lives, promising ‘easy fixes’ that don’t really work. However, these five experts have backgrounds in advanced science, extraordinary achievements in the business world, and even world-record breaking athletic achievements to back up what they say. They ‘walk the talk,’ so to speak.

Wouldn’t you be interested in learning how to innovate from a successful inventor?
Or how to overcome challenges from a world champion endurance athlete?
How about learning about making positive changes in your mindset from an actual neuroscientist, or learning how to attract success into your life from a self-made multi-millionaire?
Do you think a physicist might have something to teach you about harnessing the different energies in the universe to help you achieve your goals?
If so, read on, and discover five great minds that can help you change your life.

DR. JOE DISPENZA – A NEUROSCIENTIST AND EXPERT IN EPIGENETICS WHO BELIEVES YOUR THOUGHTS CAN CHANGE YOUR REALITY

Dr. Joe Dispenza is a chiropractic doctor who is also a lecturer, author, and educator. If you want positive changes in your life, you need to listen to Dr. Joe Dispenza because his advice comes from a strong scientific background – he uses principles from neuroscience and developments in epigenetics to advise people on how to change their lives for the better.

Dr. Dispenza believes strongly that every person has the potential for greatness and unlimited abilities. He believes people can rewire their brains and condition their bodies to make lasting positive changes in their life.

Dr. Dispenza teaches:

  • People with illnesses can heal their bodies without drugs or surgery, through thought alone
  • Meditation grows your brain so that you have more of the raw materials in your brain that you need to create, invent, dream, learn, remember, and improve your mind and awareness.
  • Repeating thoughts always lead to the same choices. Recurrent choices always lead to the same behaviors. Repetitious behaviors create similar experiences, and the same experiences create the same emotions – and those emotions create the very same thoughts.
  • It is all about how you think, how you act, and resulted in feelings to make your personality, and personal reality is the end product from your personality.
  • In order to create a new, better life, you have to become aware of your self-limiting thoughts and change them.
  • You will be predictable in your life if you are not passionate about the vision of the future, which is more significant than you.
  • To change is to think greater than the realities of your life. It requires a vision of something that is not yet ‘real’ but is alive in your mind.
  • When you first make changes, it can be uncomfortable, but that is a good sign that you are moving past the same old predictable thoughts and behaviors.

Visit Dr. Joe Dispenza Website

DAVID GOGGINS – A RETIRED NAVY SEAL WHO USES HIS EXPERIENCE AS AN ENDURANCE ATHLETE TO TEACH ABOUT PERSEVERANCE, NEVER GIVING UP AND RUNNING YOUR OWN RACE

David Goggins is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL. He is the only veteran who has completed SEAL training, the U.S. Army Ranger School and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. He is best-known for his achievements as an endurance athlete, competing in ultra-marathons and ultra-triathlons, and also once held the Guinness World Record for pull-ups. If you want to change your life, you need to listen to David Goggins because he has valuable advice about overcoming obstacles, getting in the right mindset for success, and not just surviving, but thriving even when things are though.

Goggins’ advice is all about how to achieve your personal bests by pushing yourself well past your comfort zone. For him, physical and mental suffering are not setbacks but assets on your journey of self-discovery, helping you feel more clear, focused, and alive.

Goggins teaches:

  • It’s always your responsibility to fix your problems, even if someone else caused them. For example, if you’ve been bullied or abused, it’s your responsibility to move past this and stop acting like a victim.
  • You can’t achieve anything until you believe it’s possible. You need to get rid of defeatist attitudes what will stop you from succeeding in your own goals before you even try.
  • You always need to find energy and strength to stay in the fight, no matter how challenging things are, because ‘giving up’ is just another term for ‘failing.’ You can never fail if you simply never give up.
  • You need to be prepared for everything that might happen to you – every obstacle you might find in your way – to have the mindset you need to conquer life’s biggest challenges.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others and despairing – your life is yours alone, and you are always running your own race. Focus on personal bests, not being the best.

Visit David Goggins Web Site

MARC ALLEN – A SELF-MADE MILLIONAIRE WHO BELIEVES YOU CAN BECOME ONE TOO THROUGH THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

Marc Allen is a renowned author, composer, and speaker. On his thirtieth birthday, Marc co-founded New World Library and has grown the business to become a successful multi-millionaire. If you want to change your life, you need to listen to Marc Allen because he understands the principles of the ‘law of attraction,’ which teaches us that in order to reach our goals, we first need to believe that we will have what we want and banish negative or discouraging thoughts.

Allen believes everyone can achieve the same success he has if they just believe in themselves. He believes that every thought we have – good or bad – is creative, and our reality is determined by whether we let the bad thoughts dominate the good things.

Allen teaches:

  • Every thought we have is a powerful creative force. This means that affirmations, prayers, declarations, ‘the law of attraction,’ positive thinking, creative visualization, and self-actualization are real methods to create change.
  • The only thing that can stop us from achieving our dreams is our fears and doubts. This is because these negative thoughts are also creative forces, and if we let them, they will override our positive thoughts.
  • As soon as we focus on our dreams as much (or more) as we think about our fears and doubts, a process begins that helps us realize those dreams. Thinking about our dreams is the first step in this process.
  • Because our thoughts and beliefs are so powerful, it is essential to be aware of our thoughts and beliefs at all times – and if we need to, either let them go or change them into more powerful, positive beliefs.

Visit Marc Allen Website

TOM CHI – A FORMER ASTROPHYSICIST AND TECH ‘GENIUS’ WHO IS NOW WORKING TO HELP SOLVE ‘PEOPLE PROBLEMS’ AND INSPIRE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

Tom Chi is a former astrophysicist who helped to invent software, including Microsoft Outlook and hardware including self-driving cars and Google Glass. That experience led him to see that there was a lot more to the world than just creating expensive technology products, so he began working on social entrepreneurship projects to benefit impoverished people using the same methods he has used in the tech world – working rapidly, inventing new technologies – and found that they worked. If you want to change your life, you need to listen to Tom Chi because his ideas about keeping your mind open will help you become more receptive to new possibilities and new opportunities.

Chi focuses on strategies for being creative and inventive and encouraging the flow of new ideas, emphasizing the importance of keeping your mind open and being willing to accept solutions that work even if you don’t fully understand why they work. He believes that everything is connected – and not in an abstract, esoteric way, but in a very concrete, realistic way.

Chi teaches:

  •  Knowing is the enemy of learning. Knowing makes learning something new impossible, because you are not open to new data or new possibilities when you think you ‘know’ the answer.
  •  When we work in the real world (or ‘use reality as our medium’), our ability to understand things and create solutions is so much greater. We need to do before we think, not think before we do. Doing is the best kind of thinking.
  • You don’t need to know how things work, as long as you can see that they do work.
  • You can maximize your rate of learning with a difficult project by maximizing the time you use to try new ideas. This model also works for getting funding for new businesses and doing social work in developing communities – the faster you move, the better the results.
  • Thinking too much – or having endless planning meetings/sessions before you actually start doing something – will only slow down the process of making real progress and solving your biggest problems.
  •  Even the small things you can create today might become the big things that future generations will continue.
  •  It’s worth thinking that maybe the meaning of our lives may be beyond our understanding.

Visit Tom Chi Website

NASSIM HARAMEIN – A SELF-TAUGHT PHYSICIST WHO DEFIES CONVENTIONAL THINKING TO SEARCH FOR BETTER ANSWERS

Nassim Haramein is a physicist who saw a problem with conventional theories of physics – there were explanations for big phenomena (like gravity and black holes) as well as smaller phenomena (like communication between atoms in individual cells) but not enough connecting the ‘big ideas’ and ‘small ideas.’ If you are passionate about improving your life, you should listen to Nassim Haramein because he has developed a unified theory of space and energy – including phenomena both big and small – in what he calls ‘our connected universe.’

When you see the universe as connected, you understand that what you do has power, and matters in not just human history, but the history of the universe. Many mainstream physicists do not accept Haramein’s theories, but remember, many groundbreaking scientists – from Galileo to Einstein – didn’t receive a lot of recognition in their lifetimes, and some of the most influential scientists experienced a severe backlash. Haramein is a good role model because this lukewarm reception from other physicists hasn’t stopped him from further developing and refining his theories.

Haramein teaches:

  • ‘Empty space’ does not exist anywhere in the universe.
  • Sometimes, significant breakthroughs will be resisted by people who are wedded to old, outdated ideas. This is not a reason to become discouraged and stop trying to make important breakthroughs.
  • Time does not exist without memory. Time and psychology are connected – memory is what produced the concept of time. The main ingredient of time, or memory, is space. Our memories leave a trail of information in space.
  • If memory is inherent to humans, it is inherent to the universe – which means that advanced societies could exist elsewhere in space.
  • There is no longer a separation between spirituality and technology. Spiritual concepts are usually precursors to understanding science and material reality.
  • If you think of yourself as an astronaut exploring your own mind, you will begin to understand yourself better and better. There is great value in becoming an ‘inner space’ explorer and discovering (and transgressing) the boundaries of your inner self to find fundamental truths that will help you understand the rest of the world.

Know more about Nassim Haramein

CONCLUSION:

If you’ve always thought self-improvement or self-help is ‘pie-in-the-sky thinking’ for people who would fall for anything that makes them feel better about themselves, these five thinkers will help you see that it is actually firmly grounded in the real world.

 Dr. Joe Dispenza, David Goggins, Marc Allen, Tom Chi, and Nassim Haramein are all educated people who are masters in their respective fields, from science to entrepreneurship to succeeding as an elite athlete.

 These incredible thinkers have found ways to relate complicated concepts in easy to understand ways to help you change your life for the better, by being aware of the power of your thoughts, understanding your place in the universe, and recognizing your ability to effect change.

 Consider the possibilities;

what if you can heal illness not with drugs and surgery, but through thought alone?
What if you don’t have to feel like a victim forever, but can take charge of your own destiny?
What if the only thing preventing you from achieving success is your fear, something you can conquer?
What if you don’t need to know or understand everything to make real breakthroughs that will not just improve your life, but can help others around you?
What if everything in the universe really is connected, so what you think and do becomes part of the organization of the universe?
What could you achieve then?

It may be that not every thinker on this list makes resonates with you, and that’s okay. However, just opening your mind to new possibilities is enough to inspire greater learning and understanding, so it’s worth giving each of these thinkers a chance. You have nothing to lose – and everything to gain as you work to improve your life and make your life matter.

How to organize files/folders on a computer?

How to organize files/folders on a computer?

Organizing Directories / files on a computer are more important or else directories/files will end up in a mess.

The best way to organize computer data is to name the standardize directory/file names. Following is one of the best ways to structure your data electronically, which worked well for me because it is simple, easy to maintain and navigate.

Structure of Directories: Create the following four directories in the root directory, name it according to best suites you. Your root directory may be One Drive, Google drive or User folder on the computer disk / external disk.

  • Area or Output or Final or Issued – This folder contains outcomes of any product.
    • Divide the Outputs or Area into categories; I have divided into the following categories.
      1. LI – Life around
      2. CA – Career
      3. BU – Business
      4. FI – Finances
      5. SR – Sources and Resources
      6. BM – Body and Mind
      7. GB – Giving Back.
    • Above is the example of categorizing various life elements in seven parts.
    • Another example – Dividing the Output location-wise or different subjects.
  • Models or Projects – is a working folder where you will store data for existing projects or day to day activities.
    • Create sub-folders for each (even a small) activity with the following naming convention:
      YYYY-MM-DD_XX_NameOfProject/Model/Issue/Output/Area, where XX is two letter identification for categories. Organizing in this form is the best way to store a byte size data generated out of any discussion or tasks or document notes.
  • Resources – This directory will consist of all references like articles, documents, books, software copies, etc. This directory will be a frequent visitor for different resources you acquire over the time from various sources.
  • Archive – Directories, or files which are not in use or obsolete.

Filename Convention – All files should be named in the following format:
YYYY-MM-DD_TypeOfDocument_Purpose/Subject/Title_REVISION
– Type of Document could be “letter”, “Specs”, “book”, “Drawing”, etc.
– Purpose/Subject/Title of the content in the file.
– REVISION could be DRAFT, FINAL, REV01, ARCHIVE_IT, OLDREV, TODELETE, etc.
advantage of this filename convention is over the period it creates a timeline in the directory which clearly provides the revision history without opening any file.

6 Steps to Create a Blog

6 Steps to Create a Blog

CREATE A BLOG IN FOLLOWING SIMPLE STEPS:

In this blog, I will provide you with six simple ways to write a blog.

  1. TOPICS: List down your Bog Post Topic of interests. Or proceed if you already have in mind.
  2. NOT RECOMMENDED METHOD: Find cooked material on the Internet and publish. Make sure you test it with plagiarism. There are 100s of plagiarism sites available. Through this method, it is effortless to create a blog but very hard to find content. So, I will not recommend this method. Instead, if you follow the next four steps, you will be amazed by your capability.
  3. RESEARCH TOPIC: Find information about the topic of interest from the Websites or blogs or videos or Books or Journals or through your mind. I will recommend – through your mind.
  4. COLLECTIONS OF RAW INFORMATION: Collect all useful information at one place in Word document. Let it be in random order. You may add your fleeting thoughts to the collection of content for the blog.
  5. REARRANGING RAW INFORMATION: Rearrange the material in a chronological – make sense order.
  6. EDITING: At this point, you have the raw information which is not in good shape. To make it correct, I have divided this section into four steps:

A. The Content Edit
B. The Structure Edit
C. The Style Edit
D. The Presentation Edit

Editing is an essential step to create great content for the blog. There is no foolproof method for it. It comes with thorough practice.

So, if you do not have experience or training doing editing, how will you create blog….! I know it is a challenge and not easy to do it.

However, there is one way which I feel works perfectly. I accidentally created great content sometimes without knowing it consciously.

It is straightforward, ask below questions to yourself under the above four steps around your collection of RAW INFORMATION  and let your sub-conscious answer automatically. Try it!

A. The Content Edit: Question to ask self –

  • What is the territory of the piece?
  • What is its ultimate purpose?
  • What are the individual points?
  • Does every point make sense?
  • Is every point relevant?
  • Is every point unique?
  • Are all the “facts” correct?
  • Is anything missing?

B. The Structure Edit: Questions to ask self – 

  • What is the angle?
  • What are the key sections?
  • Are the points ordered elegantly?
  • What is the narrative structure?

C. The Style Edit: Questions to ask self – 

  • Is there a narrative definition?
  • Does it read well?
  • Is there any clutter?
  • Are the paragraphs in good shape?
  • Could it start better?
  • Can we make it more evocative?
  • Is every person and entity correctly introduced?

D. The Presentation Edit: Questions to ask self –

  • Is the spelling, grammar, punctuation and respectable?
  • Do the headlines and text square up?
  • Is everything consistent?
  • And finally, READ OUT LOUD.