The Logical Song – Supertramp

youtube: OQfjIw3mivc
source: scienceandnonduality.com

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily,
Joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
Logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
Clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world’s asleep,
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical,
Liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’re
Acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!

At night, when all the world’s asleep,
The questions run so deep
For such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

Jeroninio Almeida

youtube: Why the Founder of The Joy of Giving is not finding joy in the movement anymore, 12 Oct 2017
link: http://www.speakingtree.in/article/beyond-just-giving
source: twitter.com
source: facebook.com
link: Think Tank Interview, Dec 2015 (pdf)

Why I find #NoJoy anymore in #TheJoyOfGiving mission I founded 15 years ago? kindly do read the piece and share it forward ( alongwith the attached article 👇to spread the message of what The Real Joy Of Giving truly means so that people can understand and stop practicing it superficially.

After conceptualising and creating #TheJoyOfGiving mission in 2002, I am disappointed and distressed and truly find NO JOY in the way the #movement has been reduced to giving a little money in THE JOY OF GIVING WEEK or ON GIVING TUESDAY to a child’s face promoted by some SMART and SHREWD FUNDRAISING organisation. Or organisations that encourage people to give #USEDCLOTHES and #OLDNEWSPAPERS which are then sold by these organisations for personal profit.

I have always said that it is not mindless, arrogant charity, but humble mindful social justice that is wanting in our world, where people do not just give money as a FEEL GOOD FACTOR or as a GUILT WASHING STATION but get involved with HEAD, HANDS and HEART to truly make a difference by GIVING TIME , EFFORT AND INVOLVEMENT.

Read the piece (speakingtree link above) to understand #THEREALJOYOFGIVING I wrote in speaking tree and a more detailed piece is attached below.👇 Kindly do share forward.

Angels Among Us – Alabama

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I was walkin’home from school
On a cold winter day,
Took a short cut through the woods
And I lost my way.
It was gettin’ late, and I was scared and alone.
Then a kind old man took my hand, and led me home.
Mama couldn’t see him,
But he was standing there,
And I knew in my heart
He was the answer to my prayer.
Oh, I believe there are Angels Among Us,
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours
To show us how to live
To teach us how to give
To guide us with a light of love.
When life held troubled times
And had me down on my knees
There’s always been someone
To come along and comfort me
A kind word from a stranger
To lend a helping hand
A phone call from a friend
Just to say I understand
Now ain’t it kind of funny
At the dark end of the road
Someone light the way with just a single ray of hope.
Oh, I believe there are Angels Among Us,
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours
To show us how to live
To teach us how to give
To guide us with a light of love.
They wear so many faces,
Show up in the strangest places
And grace us with their mercies in our time of need.
Oh, I believe there are Angels Among Us,
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours
To show us how to live
To teach us how to give
To guide us with a light of love.
To guide us with a light of love

Coming Back To Life – Pink Floyd

Artist: Pink Floyd
source: azlyrics.com
link: http://yieldmore.org/curate/songs/pink-floyd
youtube: Indian Fusion (curated by Mohan, Apr 2018)

Where were you when I was burned and broken
While the days slipped by from my window watching
And where were you when I was hurt and I was helpless
‘Cause the things you say and the things you do surround me

While you were hanging yourself on someone else’s words
Dying to believe in what you heard
I was staring straight into the shining sun

Lost in thought and lost in time
While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted
Outside the rain fell dark and slow
While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime

I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the moment had arrived
For killing the past and coming back to life

I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the waiting had begun
And headed straight …into the shining sun

Change the World – Eric Clapton

Artist: Eric Clapton
source: play.google.com
link: http://english.yieldmore.org/movies/phenomenon/

If I could reach the stars
I’d pull one down for you
Shine it on my heart
So you could see the truth
That this love I have inside
Is everything it seems
But for now I find
It’s only in my dreams
That I can
Change the world
I would be the sunlight in your universe
You would think my love was really something good
Baby if I could
Change the world
If I could be king
Even for a day
I’d take you as my queen
I’d have it no other way
And our love would rule
In this kingdom that we had made
’til then i’ll be a fool
Wishing for a day
That I can
Change the world
I would be the sunlight in your universe
You would think my love was really something good
Baby if I could
Change the world

Tigers of the Snow

source: shop.nationalgeographic.com
link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0324258
link: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/s/siberian-tiger/

A 1997 documentary.

There are only about 300 remaining Siberian Tigers in the wild, restricted to a section of far Eastern Russia, near the coast. Wildlife biologists risk life and limb to track the tiger and research its movements and habits. They sedate the animals so the tigers can be measured and collared. One Russian scientist is shown raising two tigers which he found orphaned as cubs. He keeps the tigers in a cage, then allows the beasts into a fenced forest-like enclosure. The efforts of these scientists are in contrast to those of poachers, who kill the tigers for their pelts, as well as for body parts to be marketed in traditional Chinese medicine.

From the Nat-Geo site

Siberian (or Amur) tigers are the world’s largest cats.

Population Range

They live primarily in eastern Russia’s birch forests, though some exist in China and North Korea. Though their northern climate is far harsher than those of other tigers, these animals have some advantages. Northern forests offer the lowest human density of any tiger habitat, and the most complete ecosystem. The vast woodlands also allow tigers far more room to roam, as Russia’s timber industry is currently less extensive than that of many other countries.

Threats to Survival

Tigers are the largest of all wild cats and are renowned for their power and strength. There were once nine tiger subspecies, but three became extinct during the 20th century. Over the last hundred years, hunting and forest destruction have reduced overall tiger populations dramatically. Tigers are hunted as trophies and also for body parts that are used in traditional Chinese medicine. All six remaining tiger subspecies are threatened, and many protection programs are in place. Poaching is a reduced—but still very significant—threat to Siberian tigers.

Hunting

Tigers live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away. They are powerful hunters that travel many miles to find prey, such as elk and wild boar, on nocturnal hunts. Tigers use their distinctive coats as camouflage (no two have exactly the same stripes) and hunt by stealth. They lie in wait and creep close enough to attack their victims with a quick spring and a fatal pounce. A hungry tiger can eat as much as 60 pounds in one night, though they usually eat less.

Despite their fearsome reputation, most tigers avoid humans; however, a few do become dangerous maneaters. These animals are often sick and unable to hunt normally, or live in areas where their traditional prey has vanished.

Reproduction

Females give birth to litters of two to six cubs, which they raise with little or no help from the male. Cubs cannot hunt until they are 18 months old, and remain with their mothers for two to three years, when they disperse to find their own territory.

It’s All Right Here

Artist: Jim Messina
youtube: 1BTMEUDPYq4

When I was young, oh no, I never thought twice
About the beauty of the mother
I’ve done my share of walking on her pretty face
I took for granted what she offered.

And then one day I saw a photograph of Mars
I saw a dead and barren planet
And from that photograph I’ve come to realize
That everything we really need is here.

You know it’s all right here, everything is here
Oh now, everything we really need is here.

I’ve read of men who travel far within themselves
They seek the light for their direction
They spend their whole lives searching for that inner space
To bring them closer to perfection.

Now we may choose to journey high among the stars
Or search within for our Creator
But from our travels we will come to realize
That everything we really need is here.

You know it’s all right here, everything is here
Oh, everything we really need is here.

Yes, it’s all right here, everything is here
Oh now, everything we really need is here
Mmm, it’s all right.

I’ve seen the forest where the big pines touch the sky
I’ve heard the sound of wildlife calling
I taste the sweetness from the fruit right on the trees
I love the fragrance of her blossoms.

And as I touch my foot upon this fertile soil
I feel the source of our creation
Upon this planet I have come to realize
Oh, that everything we really need is here.

You know it’s all right here, everything is here
Oh now, everything we really need is here
Yes, it’s all right here, everything is here
Oh now, everything we really need is here.

It’s all right, gonna be all right, it’s all right here.

Closer to Believing

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I am closer to believing
Than I ever was before
On the crest of this elation
Must I crash upon the shore
And with the driftwood of acquaintance
Light the fire to love once more
I am wind blown…I am times

To be closer to believing
To be just a breath away
On the death of inspiration
I would buy back yesterday
But there’s no crueller illusion
There’s no sharper coin to pay
As I reach out… It slips away

From the opium of custom
To the ledges of extremes
Don’t believe it till you’ve held it
Life is seldom what it seems
But lay your heart upon the table
And in the shuffling of dreams
Remember who on earth you are

I need me
You need you
We want us

But of course you know I love you
Or what else am I here for
Only you not face to face
But side by side for evermore
And I need to be here with you
For without you what am I
Just another fool out searching
For some heaven in the sky
Take me closer to believing
Take me forward lead me on
Through collision and confusion
While there’s life beneath the sun
You are the reason I continue
So near for so long
So close yet so far away

I need me
You need you
We want us to live forever
So don’t let the curtain fall
Measure after measure
Of writing on the wall
That burns so brightly
It blinds us all

I need me
You need you
We want us to be together
On Sundays in the rain
Closer than forever
Against or with the grain
To ride the storms of love again

So be closer to believing
Though your world is torn apart
For a moment changes all things
And to end is but to start
And if your journey’s unrewarded
May your God lift up your heart
You are windblown
But you are mine

Imagine

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Its your World Now

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Imran: In Memory of Robin, Jayan, Tahu, Vasantha and the parents of my first love, 23 Aug 2017.

A perfect day, the sun is sinkin’ low
As evening falls, the gentle breezes blow
The time we shared went by so fast
Just like a dream, we knew it couldn’t last
But I’d do it all again
If I could, somehow
But I must be leavin’ soon
It’s your world now

It’s your world now
My race is run
I’m moving on
Like the setting sun
No sad goodbyes
No tears allowed
You’ll be alright
It’s your world now

Even when we are apart
You’ll always be in my heart
When dark clouds appear in the sky
Remember true love never dies

But first a kiss, one glass of wine
Just one more dance while there’s still time
My one last wish: someday, you’ll see
How hard I tried and how much you meant to me

It’s your world now
Use well the time
Be part of something good
Leave something good behind
The curtain falls
I take my bow
That’s how it’s meant to be
It’s your world now
It’s your world now
It’s your world now

Good Living

Q) How do we improve the quality of our lives?

Q) Why should everyone learn programming? Is it simpler than it seems?

Q) What are binaural beats? Can the subconscious really be reprogrammed? What happens when we change our thinking?

Q) What is a Good Country, a Good Community? What’s good about various countries?

Occult Sciences

Q) Astrology says life is pre-destined. Does destiny control life irrespective of our inactions? If we have to work towards our goal, what’s destiny?

God and Religion

Replies:
link: Imran
link: Kavitha

Q) Does God exist? Whats god’s function? If god exists, why does so much evil and injustice occur in the world? Especially in god’s name?

Q) What dynamic changes does religion need before it becomes universally relevant again?

Q) What is our purpose in life? Are we destined to take birth, grow up, procreate & finally die like animals? Seems true for life at its most basic level

Q) Is there any meaning in prayers? Should I visit the temple, even if I don’t believe in it or god? Is it normal to have these type of self-doubts?

Q) Are affirmations more powerful than prayer? Whats the difference?

Q) Are we evolving into something better? Why, 120 years after the World Parliament of Religions are we still not living in harmony with one another?

Q) Whats the difference between Morality, Idealism, Religion and Yoga? Does AS Dalal explain this well in his book on the meaning of spirituality?

Q) Can one change fate? If Yes, How?

Wellbeing

source: gallup.com

The Five Essential Elements of Wellbeing

For more than 50 years, Gallup scientists have been exploring the demands of a life well-lived. More recently, in partnership with leading economists, psychologists, and other acclaimed scientists, Gallup has uncovered the common elements of wellbeing that transcend countries and cultures. This research revealed the universal elements of wellbeing that differentiate a thriving life from one spent suffering. They represent five broad categories that are essential to most people:

Khalil Gibran

link: http://4umi.com/gibran/spirits/heretic/7

Born on 6 January 1883 and died on 10 April 1931, Khalil Gibran was an artist, poet and writer. He was born in Lebanon and spent much of his productive life in the United States.

For Khalil Gibran no single religious tradition revealed the whole truth about life so he wove together insights from Eastern Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, American Transcendentalism, and the folklore of his native Lebanon to create his own universal “Anthem of Humanity” … he attacks narrow-mindedness, clerical hypocrisy and political injustice, and issues a declaration of faith in life itself. – Juan R. I. Cole

In truth, The Prophet is a work of such universal appeal that there is little to be gained from speculating on the identity of persons or places represented in it. For Gibran’s purpose was a lofty one, and his belief in the ‘unity of being’, which led him to call for universal fellowship and the unification of the human race, is a message which retains its potency today as do the messages of all great poets. Inspired by his experiences in a country far from the land of his origins, he strove to resolve cultural and human conflict, in the process developing a unique genre of writing, and transcending the barriers of East and West as few have done before or since. He became not only Gibran of Lebanon, but Gibran of America, indeed Gibran the voice of global consciousness: a voice which increasingly demands to be heard in the continuing Age of Anxiety. – Dr. Suheil Bashrui
Quotes about Gibran

Added to YieldMore in 2011, The Prophet is his best known book. See the Garden of the Prophet which was a sequel. Don’t miss the quotes and his piece on liberty.

His chapters on love and marriage make a good read for weddings. Speaking of weddings, don’t miss our very own Shasa’s Gratitude for Partners.

Documentaries for Progress

This page is for documentaries that take man towards the infinite, omitting the negative. Don’t worry too much about how the system is messing with us – grow and develop the power to fight it else ignore it. Am mentioning this cause there’s a lot of conspiracy theories out there.

Thanks Ker for the website – Collective-Evolution.com – Here are a few from their July Compilation.

The rest is silence!

School

Welcome,

We help organize various activities in schools. With teachers day coming up on Sep 5th in India, the Journal of School Social Work is trying to get children to send their favourite teacher a postcard. For more details, click here.

We also canvas for the Blink Foundation that conducts an interesting change class in schools where college volunteers (Change Agents) look to do away with social differences and promote acceptance, harmony and unity.

For schools, there is also the Pledge Festival organized every Constitution Day (26th November) by the Build India Group.

YieldMore, in 2015, compiled a list of songs (non romantic) to be shared with children. You can also find some on our youtube channel.