Ante Up

Imran’s 5th Volume of Verse, Ante Up (and kick in) was begun in March 2020 and is inspired by this line from Glory.

  1. Bless Mefor Dad - 24 Mar 2020
  2. Hurtfor Jaya - 17 Mar 2020
  3. Gizmofor Abigail - 17 March 2020
  4. The power is yourswith Abigail - 24 March 2020
  5. Let gofor G - 25 March 2020
  6. Someone to watch over mefor Dad - 26 Mar 2020
  7. ConnectedIncomplete - 26 Mar 2020
  8. Chainedfor G - 11 Apr 2020
  9. My Willfor Roger Waters - 6 Apr 2010
  10. Holy NightIn Ramzan - 9 Apr 2020
  11. Mayafor Maya and Shabana - 13 Apr 2020
  12. JukeboxMedley - 14 Apr 2020
  13. Friendsfor Kavitha - 15 Apr 2020
  14. Lamentfor Shyam - 24 Apr 2020
  15. Namazi Seniorfor Dad - 24 Apr 2020
  16. Dawnfor G - 2 May 2020
  17. Get Goingfor Ali - 3 May 2020
  18. Onefor Dad - 7 May 202
  19. Work with usfor Consultants - 20 May 2020
  20. My papa never saidfor Dad - 11 Jun 2020
  21. Sweetwith Longing - 17 May 2020
  22. Haafiz Praysfor Saakhib - 23 May 2020
  23. Perfect Againfor K - 24 May 2020
  24. Goodnessfor Meggha - 29 May 2020
  25. Changing Timeswith Meggha - 30 May 2020
  26. Spenton Self - 30 May 2020
  27. Help Mefor Ali - 18 Jun 2020
  28. Closerfor F Incomplete - 15 Jun 2020
  29. Bleedfor Countries torn apart - 19 Jun 2020
  30. Boy InterruptedOn Self - 28 Jun 2020
  31. Jumpfor Rozat - 28 Jun 2020

Fly Up

In JLS, Chiang’s last command to Jonathan was to “Fly Up, and find the meaning of love”… As calls to action go, this one is waaay out there. Join me as I fly up and find new verse.

  1. Cretins - 6th May 2019
  2. Adamantine - 1st Sep 2019
  3. StormbringerSonnet on death - 3rd Sep 2019
  4. Lifes MissionOn death - 3rd Sep 2019
  5. WavesFor paper children - 7th Sep 2019
  6. Anger - 10th Sep 2019
  7. Return - 14th Sep 2019
  8. Longing - 16th Sep 019
  9. Wet - 16th Sep 2019
  10. Krishna - 17th Sep 2019
  11. IMU - 18th Sep 2019
  12. Ark - 22nd Sep 2019
  13. Pains - 24th Sep 2019
  14. Lordwith Sripriya - 28th Sep 2019
  15. Fatherfor Dad - 13th Oct 2019
  16. Promisefor F - 14th Oct 2019
  17. Cest-la-vieIn French - 26th Sep 2019
  18. YesterdayFor N - 28th Oct 2019
  19. CastlesFor F - 30th Oct 2019
  20. RollFor U - 31st Oct 2019
  21. MendFor N - 1st Nov 2019
  22. LifeShort it is - 2nd Nov 2019
  23. HealFor M - 25th Nov 2019
  24. Kiss Kissfor L - 30th Nov 2019
  25. No more sadnessfor L - 30th Nov 2019
  26. Almost ParadiseFor U - 4th Dec 2019
  27. Song of LifeFor Life - 5th Dec 2019
  28. MountainsFor Niggle - 13th Dec 2019
  29. NiyatFor U - 16th Dec 2019
  30. StillnessFor Hans - 21st Dec 2019
  31. BoyoFor S - 29th Dec 2019
  32. DregsFor N - 1st Jan 2020
  33. EdibleFor F - 8th Jan 2020
  34. LonelyFor U - 10th Jan 2020
  35. Non Dualityfor Mohan Ram - 11th Jan 2020
  36. Foreverfor F - 10th Jan 2020
  37. Americafor Gary and Alabama - 12th Jan 2020
  38. Hillsfor F - 24th Jan 2020
  39. Dawnfor MSA - 1st Feb 2020
  40. Pliablefor MSV - 2nd Feb 2020
  41. Swayfor F - 8th Feb 2020
  42. PerfectionFor Shobi - 8th Feb 2020
  43. New DreamsFor N - 14th Feb 2020
  44. Heavenfor Suzie - 15th Feb 2020
  45. Traceyfor G - 16th Feb 2020
  46. Mothers Lovefor Uma - 20th Feb 2020
  47. Victoryfor Jayalakshmi - 6th Mar 2020
  48. Acefor Ace - 7th March 2020
  49. Warriors - 8th March 2020
  50. Blissfor Ananth R - 8th Mar 2020

A Radiant Muslim

Beautifully written by a Chinese revert sister. (It is written to the killer who attacked Muslims in NZ)

(I) Appreciate that you made the effort to find out the timing of our noon prayer.

Appreciate that you learnt more about our religion to know that Fridays are the days the men go to the Mosques for their congregational prayers.

But I guess there were some things you, rather unfortunately, didn’t get to learn.

Perhaps you didn’t know that what you did made them Martyrs.

And how you have single-handedly raised the statuses of our brothers and sisters in the eyes of their beloved Creator with your actions. And how, through your actions, they will be raised as the most righteous and pious of Muslims.

Perhaps you didn’t know that doing what you did, at the time and place you chose, it actually meant that the last words that escaped their lips were probably words of remembrance and praise of Allah. Which is a noble end many Muslims could only dream of.

And perhaps you didn’t know, but what you did would almost guarantee them paradise.

Appreciate that you showed the world how Muslims welcome, with open arms, even people like yourself into our Mosques, which is our second home.

Appreciate you for showing that our mosques have no locks or gates, and are unguarded because everyone and anyone is welcome to be with us.

Appreciate you for allowing the world to see the powerful image of a man you injured, lying on back on the stretcher with his index finger raised high, as a declaration of his faith and complete trust in Allah.

Appreciate how you brought the Churches and communities together to stand with us Muslims.

Appreciate that you made countless New Zealanders come out of their homes to visit the mosques nearest to them with flowers with beautiful messages of peace and love.

You have broken many many hearts and you have made the world weep. You have left a huge void.

But what you also have done have brought us closer together. And it has strengthened our faith and resolve.

In the coming weeks, more people will turn up in the Mosques, a place you hate so much, fortified by the strength in their faith, and inspired by their fallen brothers and sisters.

In the coming weeks, more non Muslims will turn up at the gates of mosques with fresh flowers and beautifully handwritten notes. They may not have known where the mosques in their area was. But now, they do. All because of you.

You may have achieved your aim of intended destruction, but I guess you failed to incite hatred, fear and despair in all of us.

And while I understand that it may have been your objective, I hate to say that after all of that elaborate planning, and the perverse and wretched efforts on your part, you still failed to drive a divide among the the Muslims and non-Muslims in the world.

For that, I can’t say that I’m sorry.
(A Radiant Muslim)

Poetrusic by Chaos

Named for a 8 month old PUPPY I met named Chaos, whose mother SIMBA I knew some years ago, POETRUSIC is a solo by Charlie Nuwanda Dalton!

Here is my 3rd set of VERSE… Begun with “I Know YOU GOT SOUL” on 11th March 2019

  1. SoulFor Jeremy Clarkson - 11th Mar 2019
  2. Beacon...12 liner - 9th Apr 2019
  3. GriefOn MC - 10th Apr 2019
  4. SupermanFor Daddy - 10th Apr 2019
  5. Sweetest HeartRomance - 12th Apr 2019
  6. Mon DieuMy God - 12th Apr 2019
  7. Heal Your HeartRomance, Healing - 12th Apr 2019
  8. Dear LoverRomance, Philos - 12th Apr 2019
  9. MaiaPhilos, Tolkien - 12th Apr 2019
  10. Choose LifeFor Abigail S - 12th Apr 2019
  11. EnoughFor Simon - 12th Apr 2019
  12. FightFor Simon - 12th Apr 2019
  13. Truth BeautyFor Biraja - 12th Apr 2019
  14. Energy HealingEHW1 - 14th Apr 2019
  15. FlamingoesFor 4 - 23rd Apr 2019
  16. ThirstyFor N - 26th Apr 2019
  17. YouFor L - 26th Apr 2019
  18. RhythmFor F - 26th Apr 2019
  19. SunlightFor L - 26th Apr 2019
  20. ListenFor M - 26th Apr 2019
  21. HealedFor F - 26th Apr 2019
  22. MadlyFor N - 26th Apr 2019
  23. DistanceFor M - 26th Apr 2019
  24. SorrowFor Dr Mahdi - 26th Apr 2019
  25. FriendshipFor Veena - 26th Apr 2019
  26. Planetary HealingFor Simon - 26th Apr 2019
  27. HumanityFor Simon - 2nd May 2019
  28. Mark and Mandyfor Enid - 7th May 2019
  29. Healers Creedfor Papa - 7th May 2019
  30. Charmaine - 9th May 2019
  31. Kiss And Make Upfor Papa - 12th May 2019
  32. Raji - 14th May 2019
  33. Mystic Riverfor Tahu - 19th May 2019
  34. Fresh Airfor Simon - 23rd May 2019
  35. Advaith - 31st May 2019
  36. Neelu - 31st May 2019
  37. Niha - 31st May 2019
  38. Vichu - 31st May 2019
  39. Thanksgivingfor Life - 3rd June
  40. Inspirefor N - 14th July 2019
  41. Memoryfor F - 15th Jul 2019
  42. Smilefor Shobi - 15th Jul 2019
  43. Blood Warriorsfor Cancer - 23rd Jul 2019
  44. Hugsfor M - 4th Aug 2019
  45. Oh Fatherfor Dad - 18th Aug 2019
  46. Weaverbirdsfor Friends - 18th Aug 2019
  47. Super Youfor S - 19th Aug 2019
  48. Friend in Theefor Ali - 21 Aug 2019
  49. A house blessing - 21st Aug 2019
  50. Lossfor Rahul - 29th Aug 2019

We Are One

Initiated By: Venkateshwaran A, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

A new concept for a “political public limited company”, aimed at real ” by the people” government . U buy 1 share of the company by paying Re 1. This is the equivalent of 1 vote in the company. It works on the basis of pyramid. The base of the pyramid is share holders. The apex is the representative. The base pyramid is house. The share holders in the house select their representative. Each house representative will have a vote value which is equal to the number of votes he/she represents. The house representatives select their street representatives. They in turn select ward representatives. They select their panchayat /panchayat union /municipal /corporation /assembly and parliament representatives. Once the no. of share holders equals the “deposit amount”, the company contests various elections according to the present laws. So the deposit will be back in the company’s hand. When the shareholders’ no. exceeds halfway mark, the company will see its representative occupying the governing seat. Then it will be truly a government “by the people”. Such a government will work “for the people”. If any of the share holder is unhappy with the company he /she can get back his /her share amount of Re 1. No election expenses. The founder of the company strongly believes that individuals r always good and honest. Present day social media will take care of communication issues. Any questions?

[Self] Guided Rejuvenations / Affirmations

link: Self Development Presentation by Imran (Google Docs)

This program helps you change your thinking vocabulary. Remove the negative impressions and thoughts, think hard about your wellness in all facets namely Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual, Professional, Financial, Environmental & Social. Lay out in clear words what motivates you, what your goals are, how your working to get them, what gives you peace of mind.

Then record these words and play them back to yourself everyday until your convictions are marrow deep / you feel it in your gut. The affirmations template runs as follows, can always be expanded.

* My core values are…
* My values are…
* I live for…
* My qualitative goals include…
* I am unique in that I…
* My relation to a higher purpose or God is that…

Fill it and then get in touch with me, Imran, at +91-9841223313. My June 2017 Affirmation is at the link above.

People Planet Institute


PPI has the mission to cater to the holistic development needs of People and Planet in the 21st century, ushering change locally, regionally nationally, and globally too with a unique multidisciplinary, cybernetic Gandhian ideology based approach. PPI is an independent study-research-action platform interacting with researchers, scientists, academicians, governmental agencies and grass-root social organizations, related to the field of work.


Holistic Health Management expertise offered by PPI has the potential to address Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetes, high blood-pressure, Cardiac ailments and so on that have taken endemic proportions. India is the capital for Diabetes. Spirit – Mind – Body energy balance and synergy is crucial in effective NCD intervention.

Participative Progress Management expertise offered by PPI has the capacity to involve citizens in exercising their democratic right by participating in ushering grass-root good governance at street level. Due to lack of people politics governance has been hijacked by selfish politicians interested only in increasing their wealth and power collaborating with unscrupulous business men.

Social Business Management expertise from PPI helps citizens to address environmental challenges with an entrepreneurial focus by looking at them as opportunities to bring about transformation. The elements water, earth and air suffer much pollution. Untreated sewage is let into lakes and rivers. The land has been poisoned with chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

In the 21st century in India people are forced to take-up undignified livelihoods such as diving into sewer manholes to locate and clear blockages. Our fellow citizens are forced to live picking paper and plastics (rag-pickers) or as begging for a living / profession. These people need specific hand-holding strategic support to emancipate and mainstream them to dignified occupations; Social Business Management from PPI facilitates this.

Nature does not waste anything and Bio- Mimicry is something all citizens should know about. Due to the rampant improper sanitation practices human excreta is flushed with good water and turned into sewage. Instead eco-sanitation processes can be utilized to suitably harvest and convert human excreta into compost, thus renewing the soil and giving back life to it; PPI Social Business Management enables this.

Peace is essential for Progress. Peace is not the absence of war. In many nations constant preparation for war consumes humongous funds that could be diverted for development. Peace Architecture management from PPI provide a framework with an entrepreneurial thrust to provide the needed intervention for peace beginning from the individual, to issue specific aspects.

The Joy Indices program from PPI which is a part of the Economy of Joy School focuses on gross national joy. The present GNP blinkered economy does not address the chronic joylessness seen in societies. The ‘Smart Cities’; Project especially needs the complimentary support of ‘Joy City’ Indices in order to indicate where resources are to marshalled to emancipate joylessness in civilizations.

Climate Change Management program from PPI squarely addresses the primary reason for global warming and climate change, which is excess consumption. Gandhian ideology based ‘high-thinking and simple-living’ hold the key and precisely the thrust of PPI program. ‘Carbon footprint Consciousness’ in these times is a critical aspect of enlightenment that all citizens need to have to save our planet from getting destroyed by rising sea levels and dead oceans.

Movements In Unison

#MovementsInUnison describes the very many people and organizations that inpire / ought to inspire us all.

  • A call to everyone to find, enjoin, found and promote the very many movements all around in the world.
  • An incubation space for a documentary – outlined in this doc and slideshow.
  • A dream of Imran‘s to live (and love) by the mandate (2013) and charter (2015)
  • To promote these movements / build relationships with them.

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On Healing and Forgiveness – Dolph Lundgren

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I’d like to tell you a story. It’s about a little boy who grew up in Sweden, in the ’60s and ’70s. His dad was this tall, good-looking army officer. His mom was this pretty but shy linguist. He had a brother and two sisters, and they lived in suburb of Stockholm. And that little boy was me.

I think I remember the first time my dad hit me. I was around three or four, I think I was walking in front of the TV and he kicked me, and I flew into some bookshelves. And I remember there was blood and my mom was screaming. You see, my dad had a lot of problems and he took it out on me and my mom. He never touched my brothers or sisters.

And this started when I was about three or four and went on till I was about 11 or 12. It was a really hard part of my life because I had to go to school with a black eye or, you know, some of my hair was missing because he’d been yanking my head. I think some of you may know what I’m talking about. I understand how you’re feeling.

You see, when you get abused at home, you have two choices, just like an animal: fight or flight. You can either run away, which was impossible for me because I was a little kid living at home; or you can fight back, which I couldn’t do because, you know, I was just a little kid. My dad was my size.

But I learned later there’s a third choice: you freeze. It’s like a gazelle being taken by a lion. You just freeze and go dead; all your emotions are bottled up inside. I would just lie there. When he was hitting me, I wouldn’t even cry. And, by the time I was 11 or 12, I was smoking, I was drinking, I was running away from home on stolen motorcycles, sleeping over in someone’s garage, but my dad always found me. Back home for another beating.
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All We Need to Do is Make Sure We Keep Talking

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For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.
-Stephen Hawking

Spontaneous Love

A new series in 2018, after some 60 odd pieces of prose and poetry at Essays to a Swan

  1. Boyfor Tejas - 5th Mar 2018
  2. Field of Truthon Religion - 13 Mar 2018
  3. Dear Ladylove song medley - 6th April 2018
  4. Killing Timequoting a few love songs - 6th April 2018
  5. What Time Remainsfor Pater - 6th April 2018
  6. Friends Oughtnt Fightfor MSV - 6th April 2018
  7. First Touchfor F - 8th April 2018
  8. Lord Scampon Animals - 11th April 2018
  9. Teach Us You DidO master, my master - 16 April 2018
  10. The Memory of Youfor F - 23 April 2018
  11. Teaklinessfor T - 25 April 2018
  12. The Bhaktasfor RK - 16th May 2018
  13. In My Lifefor A - 2nd June 2018
  14. No More Cloudy Daysfor E - 3nd June 2018
  15. AngelsI never wanted it to die! (for MSV) - 6th June 2018
  16. Turn That PageOn Peace! (for Eugene) - 6th June 2018
  17. Wella well of love - 23 June 2018
  18. All My Lovingfor Tracey - 24th June 2018
  19. Babblefor F - 30 June 2018
  20. Kinniefor JRR Tolkien (Niggle) - 4th July 2018
  21. When To Dreamfor M - 14 Jul 2018
  22. Fudgefor N - 14 Jul 2018
  23. Cosmic Shivafor shivA, vishnU, Maheshwara (AUM) - 20th Jul 2018
  24. Miscreantsthe spirit of a future forgiving (on Rape) - 20th Jul 2018
  25. Us not ThemJointly with Mel and Bal - 18th Aug 2018
  26. PromiseJointly with Jenny - 19th Aug 2018
  27. Resiliencefor Anusha - Aug 26th 2018
  28. 20182018 and it's 5 preceding years - for Sahlan, Imran, Biraja & Simon - 26th Aug 2018
  29. SculptingJointly on Brotherly Love - 2nd Sep 2018
  30. Joyfor F - 15th Sep 2018
  31. Starburstfor F - 30 Sep 2018
  32. TakenJointly with a Butterfly - 8th Oct 2018
  33. NARMIJointly, but about Imran - 8th Oct 2018
  34. Sadnessin search of Bliss - 19 Oct 2018
  35. Love Our NatureFor - 26 Oct 2018
  36. Womanfor A - 5 Nov 2018
  37. Wonderfor F - 10 Nov 2018
  38. Beatenbut back again - 6 Nov 2018
  39. Lightfor Diwali / Tolkien - 6 Nov 2018
  40. TarunJointly, pour mon ami - 30 Nov 2018
  41. Time travellingJointly, Outside Auroville - 6 Dec 2018
  42. Wake UpJointly, Sons of God - 11 Dec 2018
  43. Plug Awaytender loving care - 12 Dec 2018
  44. Nymphs and AngelsRomance - 13 Dec 2018
  45. Still Loving YouAgape, Inspired by F - 26th Feb 2019
  46. Wie Lieben DichFor JFK - 20th Mar 2019
  47. Captured HeartRomance - 20th Mar 2019
  48. WovenAgape, Inspired by F - 28th March 2019
  49. FightLive Valiant - 30th Mar 2019
  50. LouiseFor Louise L Hay - 31 Mar 2019
  51. TonightRomance - 6th Apr 2019
  52. Joylandwith Mt Charity - 10th Apr 2019

My stroke of Insight – Jill Bolte Taylor

Curated By: Esther

I grew up to study the brain because I have a brother who has been diagnosed with a brain disorder, schizophrenia. And as a sister and later, as a scientist, I wanted to understand, why is it that I can take my dreams, I can connect them to my reality, and I can make my dreams come true? What is it about my brother’s brain and his schizophrenia that he cannot connect his dreams to a common and shared reality, so they instead become delusion?

So I dedicated my career to research into the severe mental illnesses. And I moved from my home state of Indiana to Boston, where I was working in the lab of Dr. Francine Benes, in the Harvard Department of Psychiatry. And in the lab, we were asking the question, “What are the biological differences between the brains of individuals who would be diagnosed as normal control, as compared with the brains of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective or bipolar disorder?”

So we were essentially mapping the microcircuitry of the brain: which cells are communicating with which cells, with which chemicals, and then in what quantities of those chemicals? So there was a lot of meaning in my life because I was performing this type of research during the day, but then in the evenings and on the weekends, I traveled as an advocate for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

But on the morning of December 10, 1996, I woke up to discover that I had a brain disorder of my own. A blood vessel exploded in the left half of my brain. And in the course of four hours, I watched my brain completely deteriorate in its ability to process all information. On the morning of the hemorrhage, I could not walk, talk, read, write or recall any of my life. I essentially became an infant in a woman’s body.

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The Fountainhead – Howard Roark’s Courtroom Speech

title: Howard Roark’s Courtroom Speech
wiki:  Fountainhead
from: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

“Thousands of years ago, the first man discovered how to make fire. He was probably burned at the stake he had taught his brothers to light. He was considered an evildoer who had dealt with a demon mankind dreaded. But thereafter men had fire to keep them warm, to cook their food, to light their caves. He had left them a gift they had not conceived and he had lifted darkness off the earth. Centuries later, the first man invented the wheel. He was probably torn on the rack he had taught his brothers to build. He was considered a transgressor who ventured into forbidden territory. But thereafter, men could travel past any horizon. He had left them a gift they had not conceived and he had opened the roads of the world.

“That man, the unsubmissive and first, stands in the opening chapter of every legend mankind has recorded about its beginning. Prometheus was chained to a rock and torn by vultures—because he had stolen the fire of the gods. Adam was condemned to suffer—because he had eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Whatever the legend, somewhere in the shadows of its memory mankind knew that its glory began with one and that that one paid for his courage.

“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. Their goals differed, but they all had this in common: that the step was first, the road new, the vision unborrowed, and the response they received—hatred. The great creators—the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors—stood alone against the men of their time. Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible. The power loom was considered vicious. Anesthesia was considered sinful. But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won.
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Slow Dance (the music wont last)

Source: WhatsApp – This is a poem written by a teenager with cancer in a New York Hospital.
Received: Jan 2018, but seen as an email forward about 10 years ago.

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask, “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say,’Hi’

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last..

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift….
Thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

Drinking From The Saucer

Poet: John Paul Moore

I’ve never made a fortune,
And I’ll never make one now
But it really doesn’t matter
‘Cause I’m happy anyhow.

As I go along my journey
I’m reaping better than I’ve sowed
I’m drinking from the saucer
‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

I don’t have a lot of riches,
And the going’s sometimes tough
But with kin and friends to love me
I think I’m rich enough.

I thank God for the blessings
That His mercy has bestowed
I’m drinking from the saucer
‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

He gives me strength and courage
When the way grows steep and rough
I’ll not ask for other blessings
For I’m already blessed enough.

May we never be too busy
To help bear another’s load
Then we’ll all be drinking from the saucer
When our cups have overflowed.

The happy secret to better work – Shawn Achor


When I was seven years old and my sister was just five years old, we were playing on top of a bunk bed. I was two years older than my sister at the time — I mean, I’m two years older than her now — but at the time it meant she had to do everything that I wanted to do, and I wanted to play war. So we were up on top of our bunk beds. And on one side of the bunk bed, I had put out all of my G.I. Joe soldiers and weaponry. And on the other side were all my sister’s My Little Ponies ready for a cavalry charge.

There are differing accounts of what actually happened that afternoon, but since my sister is not here with us today, let me tell you the true story —


which is my sister’s a little on the clumsy side. Somehow, without any help or push from her older brother at all, Amy disappeared off of the top of the bunk bed and landed with this crash on the floor. I nervously peered over the side of the bed to see what had befallen my fallen sister and saw that she had landed painfully on her hands and knees on all fours on the ground.

I was nervous because my parents had charged me with making sure that my sister and I played as safely and as quietly as possible. And seeing as how I had accidentally broken Amy’s arm just one week before —


(Laughter ends)

heroically pushing her out of the way of an oncoming imaginary sniper bullet,

(Laughter) for which I have yet to be thanked, I was trying as hard as I could — she didn’t even see it coming — I was trying hard to be on my best behavior.

And I saw my sister’s face, this wail of pain and suffering and surprise threatening to erupt from her mouth and wake my parents from the long winter’s nap for which they had settled. So I did the only thing my frantic seven year-old brain could think to do to avert this tragedy. And if you have children, you’ve seen this hundreds of times. I said, “Amy, wait. Don’t cry. Did you see how you landed? No human lands on all fours like that. Amy, I think this means you’re a unicorn.”

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Author: Max Ehrmann
about: Desiderata (Latin: “desired things”) is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann. Largely unknown in the author’s lifetime, the text became widely known after its use in devotional and spoken-word recordings in 1971 and 1972.
wiki: Desiderata
roots: Found in old Saint Paul’s Church, dated 1692 | Re-elaborated by Max Hermann, 1927
Curated By: S

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Jay Lakhani

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wiki: Jay Lakhani

Jay Lakhani (Hindi:श्री जे लखानी; born December 5, 1948) is a theoretical physicist and a speaker on Spiritual humanism. He is the editor of two books related to the teaching of Hinduism in schools in the UK; Hinduism for Schools and Primary Hinduism. He received an MSc in Theoretical Physics in 1970 and is the first Hindu tutor to be appointed by Eton College for religious study.[1] He is also an Education Director for the Hindu Council(UK) and the head of The Hindu Academy(UK).[citation needed]

He presented several TED talks and television debates, challenging the paradigm of strict monotheism, materialism, and the connection between spiritual humanism and science.

The Story of God

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Release: 05/17/2016

The Story of God With Morgan Freeman: Series 2 Today, for better or worse, the power of religion touches all of our lives, no matter what our faith. This is Morgan Freeman’s journey to discover how our beliefs connect us all. This is the quest of our generation. This is the Story of God.

The Chosen One
Almost every faith has a figure its followers think was chosen by God. Muslims have Muhammad. Christians have Jesus. Jews have Abraham and Moses. Why do we rally around these chosen ones and how do they guide our faith? Morgan Freeman goes in search of the chosen people walking the earth today, including an American boy from the suburbs who is believed to be the reincarnation of a Buddhist Iama who has been returning in different bodies for almost five hundred years.

Heaven and Hell
What are heaven and hell? People of all faiths and backgrounds have contemplated these conundrums for thousands of years. Morgan Freeman sets out to learn how these unseen places have changed the way we live by descending into the ancient Native American underworld, investigating the phenomena of exorcisms and the gift of tongues, and meeting a woman who believes she has seen heaven.

Proof of God
Have we cut God out of our modern lives or are there still moments when the divine breaks through? Morgan Freeman meets a man who felt God’s presence on Sept. 11, learns how Muslims hear God’s voice in the Quran, comes across a tribe whose members believe they can channel the healing power of the divine and encounters a physicist who has faith that science will lead him to God.

Hans Wilhelm


Hans Wilhelm has written and illustrated over 200 books for all ages with total sales of over 42 million copies in 30 languages. He is a lifelong learner and teacher of the spiritual laws and he has inspired audiences around the world with his life-affirming concepts.

Until we create pages per video with transcripts, here are his more popular ones

youtube: Reincarnation (7 min)
youtube: How Karma Works (9 min)
youtube: Soulmates (5 min)
youtube: Life Before Birth (6 min)
youtube: Suicide (8 min)
youtube: Death and Dying (5 min)
youtube: Luciferian Doctrine (8 min)
youtube: Loneliness (7 min)

George Gilchrist, Educator



This Blog is for anyone interested in Education, schools leadership and professional development. An ex-headteacher, I now write and talk about education, schools and leadership.. A Fellow of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership. Board member of SPTC. Committed to keeping it real for schools and teachers, using research to inform practice and development.

Maya and Deconstruction


This is the beginning of the last chapter of the 7 Secrets of Shiva by Devdutt Pattanaik and it is called Nataraja‘s secret: destruction is deconstruction.

Brahma creates. Shiva destroys. Brahma is not worshipped. Shiva is worshipped. This is because Brahma creates Kama, Yama and Tripura, desire, death and the three worlds. Shiva is Kamantaka, Yamantaka and Tripurantaka, destroyer of desire, death and the three worlds.

Humans desire life, fear death, and construct three worlds because humans fear death more than any other living creature on Earth. Our fear is greater because we can imagine. We imagine what happens after death, we imagine a world without death, we imagine a world without us and wonder what is the point of life. Unable to make sense of things, we try to control life – we get attached to things, we resist change, and we create property. Human civilization is thus rooted in fear. Its a delusion. Brahmanda or culture is Maya. Continue reading “Maya and Deconstruction”

Turn, Turn, Turn – The Byrds

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To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late!