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Tenali Raman : The Secret of Weaving Invisible Fabric

The capital of Vijayanagar was ruled by King Krishna Deva Raya. The usual activities of the day were halted as a gorgeous woman entered the royal court.

After the formal greetings, she took out a small box. From it, she took out the most delicate sari that would hardly cover the tip of a finger!
After showing the sari to the royal court attendants, she addressed the king, “Oh great king! I have a group of very talented weavers who know the secret of weaving this beautiful, most delicate and thinnest celestial fabric which cannot be seen by the naked eye.”

She continued, “With your blessings and financial support, these weavers can work wonders and exhibit before the honorable king!”

The king was impressed by the exhibit and believed her. After allotting the funds, the king asked the lady to get the work done with thorough research in one year.

Over the span of a year, the beautiful lady and the workers lived in the royal guest house and enjoyed the royal treatment extended by the king. However, even after one year there was no news of the research and neither was any fabric exhibited by the weavers.

The anxious king ordered his men to check on the progress of the celestial fabric that was fit to be worn by the gods and sent some of them to the guest house to inspect the weavers.

The inspectors were greeted by the lady and she took them to the location where the weavers were working. They seemed to be working so seriously that they didn’t even notice the presence of guests in the room.

To their astonishment, the inspectors found that there were no looms, thread spools or even a string of thread in the room. All the weavers sitting in the room seemed to be pretending to draw out the thread and weave. The inspectors stood there confused and inquired about the situation. The lady smirked at them, and in a very husky voice, told them, “Gentlemen, the invisible or celestial fabric is only seen by the pure-hearted along with the purity of their parents. I am very sure that you can see the intricacy of the fabric and the details of the design created by our weavers!”

Fearing that they might be branded as sinners if they spoke the truth, the inspectors decided to act as if they could see the fabric. They even appreciated the delicacy and beauty of the work done. They conveyed the same to the king as well, keeping up with their act in the guest house.

Listening to such praises of the work being done by the weavers, the king became even more enthusiastic to see greatness of the fabric.
After few days, the king ordered his men to bring the weavers to his court along with the finished product.

The royal court was packed with spectators wanting to have a look at this celestial fabric.

As a part of their introductory speech, the weavers addressed the gathering and said, “Divine material has been used in making of this fabric.
Hence, it is only visible to the ones with a pure heart along with the purity of their parents.”

Silence echoed all around the royal court as no one could actually see any fabric in front of them. But in order to save themselves from the embarrassment, they all said that they were able to view the exhibit, and started applauding its beauty and praising the weavers.

Finally, the king, accompanied by Tenali Raman, entered the court to witness the exhibition. The weavers again repeated the same phrases. King Krishna Deva Raya stood there in astonishment and said to Tenali, “Tenali! I am afraid I only see the empty hands of those weavers! I wonder whether it is a result of my heart’s impurity or that of my parents’!” Tenali replied, “My lord! There is nothing visible except thin air! These weavers are cheating us with their deceptive but effective speech”

This made the king suspicious and he asked Tenali to make public the cheating of the weavers.

Instantly, Tenali devised a plan. He turned towards the gorgeous lady and with an inquisitive tone, said to her, “A true work of beauty, my lady! The king of kings is eager to see you adorned in such a glorious fabric”

The lady was now aware that Tenali had uncovered her deceitful plan. She was in a position where she could neither refuse the king’s orders nor stand nude in front of such a huge crowd.

After a moment of silence and confusion, the lady fell on the king’s feet and begged for pardon.

Once again, Tenali and his quick wits proved to be contributory to the king’s rule!

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Motivational Quotes #3

The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.

You Learn More From Failure Than From Success. Don’t Let It Stop You. Failure Builds Character.

If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.

Failure Will Never Overtake Me If My Determination To Succeed Is Strong Enough.- Og Mandino

Knowing Is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Wishing Is Not Enough; We Must Do.

We Generate Fears While We Sit. We Overcome Them By Action.

Whether You Think You Can Or Think You Can’t, You’re Right.- Henry Ford

The Only Limit To Our Realization Of Tomorrow Will Be Our Doubts Of Today.

Develop An ‘Attitude Of Gratitude’. Say Thank You To Everyone You Meet For Everything They Do For You.- Brian Tracy

You Are Never To Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream.

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Minimalism – Less things, More happiness

Today I got an opportunity to read an article about Minimalism which inspired me to write about that. Let me take this  opportunity to spread this concept to few more people around us.

Many of the people who left their home town due to various reasons such as education, work etc.. may have got an chance to live such life without knowing about this concept and have enjoyed the fruits of it also.

Let’s take a moment to think how many alternatives we have for a particular purpose. Say, to listen to music, we normally listen music in TV or mobile. In case we use mobile to listen to music, we have ear phones and head set. If we purchase head set while having an ear phone, then it is an alternative which can be avoided. Lessening such excessive items are the first step to minimalism.

  • Less is More

Owning less brings some amazingly-practical advantages into our lives. It costs less. It requires less energy and time to maintain. We can easily maintain the home, have less cleaning work, more organized living place.  It brings freedom, peace, and calm in the mind. Most importantly, we can create space for what is important. We can focus more on health and hobbies than concentrating on debts and possessions!

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  • Minimalism is not a goal

Minimalism is not a goal. It is about removing more material possessions and adding more value to your life. It is a tool which helps us to strip away what is not important and give attention to what is valuable.

Edwin Way Teale. “Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.”

  • Try out!

Try having 33 items of clothing including your clothes and accessories. When you are travelling out for 4 days, try taking 2 clothes. Instead of 2 pairs of shoes try taking one. Just minimalism!

Enjoy the happiness of travelling with less burden and cherish the moments without putting much attention for the luggage’s you carry.

Steve jobs once said, “My style is a distillation. I’ve etched out who I am through myriad haircut attempts, outfit attempts, beauty attempts, diet attempts. It’s been an evolution. I’ve let my hair go gray. I wear only black and white. Every year I buy three or four black dresses that I just keep in rotation. I own one pair of blue jeans. I’ve given away all my jewelry, because I don’t wear it. [It’s] Function over frivolity. Clean living. Clean lines.”

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Motivational Quotes #2

And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years.

Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don’t rent them out to tomorrow.

A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.

When nothing is sure, everything is possible.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.

The sign of a beautiful person is that they always see beauty in others.

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

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Improve your Communication Skills

Effective communication is one of the most important life skills we can learn—yet one we don’t usually put a lot of effort into. Whether you want to have better conversations in your social life or get your ideas across better at work, here are some necessary tips for learning to communicate more effectively.

Keep an eye on Your Body Language

Our non-verbal and non-written cues often disclose more than we think they do. Whether it’s how you make eye contact or how you hold yourself during a interview, don’t forget that you’re constantly communicating even when you’re not saying a word.

One strange way to tap into your body for better communication? Think about your toes. Or adopt a power pose if you need to boost your confidence before a big talk. Or learn how to read other people’s body language so you can respond appropriately.

Get Rid of Unnecessary Conversation Fillers

Um’s and ah’s do little to improve your speech or everyday conversations. Cut them out to be more persuasive and feel or appear more confident. One way is to start keeping track of when you say words like “um” or “like.” You could also try taking your hands out of your pockets or simply relaxing and pausing before you speak. Those silences seem more awkward to you than they do to others, trust us.

Have a Script for Small Talk and Other Occasions

Small talk is an art that not many people have mastered. For the inevitable, awkward silences with people you hardly know, it helps to have a plan. HOFF (Hobbies, occupation, family, and Future Plans) method might help you come up with topics to discuss, and you can also turn small talk into conversation by sharing information that could help you and the other person find common ground.

Tell a Story

Stories are powerful. They activate our brains, make presentations suck less, make us more persuasive, and can even help us ace interviews. Learn the secrets of becoming a phenomenal storyteller with these rules from Pixar or by simply using the word “but” more to structure your narrative. Everyone’s got at least one great story in them.

Ask Questions and Repeat the Other Person

Let’s face it, we’ve all drifted off when someone else was talking or misheard the other person. Asking questions and repeating the other person’s last few words shows you’re interested in what they say, keeps you on your toes, and helps clarify points that could be misunderstood (e.g., “So to recap, you’re going to buy the tickets for Saturday?”).

It also helps for small talk and to fill in awkward silences. Instead of trying to stir up conversation on mundane topics like the weather, ask the other person questions (e.g., “Got any plans for the summer?” or “What are you reading lately?”) and engage in their answers. It’s more important to be interested than to be interesting.

Put Away the Distractions

It’s pretty rude to use your phone while someone’s talking to you or you’re supposed to be hanging out with them. Maybe we can’t get rid of all our distractions or put away technology completely, but just taking the time to look up could vastly improve our communication with each other.

Tailor Your Message to Your Audience

The best communicators adjust how they talk based on whom they’re speaking to; you’d probably use a different style of communication with co-workers or your boss compared to when you’re speaking with your significant other, kids, or elders. Always try to keep the other person’s perspective in mind when you try to get your message across.

Be Brief yet Specific

There’s actually a BRIEF acronym—Background, Reason, Information, End, Follow-up—to help you keep your emails short without leaving anything out. It’s a good policy for both written and verbal communication. Clear and concise are two of the 7 Cs of communication, along with concrete, correct, coherent, complete, and courteous.

Up Your Empathy

Communication is a two-way street. If you practice taking the opposing viewpoint, you can reduce the difficulty and anxiety that sometimes arises when trying to truly communicate with others. Developing empathy helps you better understand even the unspoken parts of your communication with others, and helps you respond more effectively.

Listen, Really Listen

Finally, going hand-in-hand with most of the points above, the best thing you can do to improve your communication skills is to learn to really listen—to pay attention and let the other person talk without interrupting. It’s hard work, we know, but “A good conversation is a bunch of words elegantly connected with listening.”

Then, even if your communication styles don’t match, at least you’re both working off the same page. And hopefully the other person will be attentively listening to you too.

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How to Live in the Moment

Meditate

Meditating is nothing more than concentrating on the present moment. The easiest way to meditate is to simply focus on your breath—not because your breath has some magical quality, but because it’s always there with you. The challenge is to keep your attention on your breathe. Unavoidably, your mind will wander and thoughts will arise and that’s fine. When it happens, just let go of the thought and bring your attention back to the present by focusing once again on your breath.

Use a reminder of the string-around-your-finger variety. Wear your watch upside-down, put a quarter in your shoe, or put a smudge on one of the lenses of your glasses. When you notice it, let that act as a reminder for you to notice your surroundings, become aware of your senses and your bodily sensations, and bring your focus into the present. If you get to the point where you’re going entire days without noticing it, switch up the reminder.

Practice slowing down time by attending to the subtleties of experience in the here and now. Take a minute and go get a handful of raisins. Now eat one—but don’t just pop it in your mouth. Instead, imagine you’ve never seen a raisin before. Look it over carefully. Consider its shape, weight, color, and texture. Rub the raisin gently across your lips, noticing how it feels. Now put the raisin in your mouth, and roll it around slowly with your tongue. Notice how it feels in your mouth. Take a small bite, noting the flavor. Next, chew the raisin slowly, focusing on its taste and texture. Then swallow, and follow its path down your throat as far as you can. You can have a few more—but remember to focus on what each one looks, tastes, and feels like on your lips, in your mouth, and down your throat.

Make it new

When you’re performing music, giving a presentation, or even just recounting a favorite story, try to make it new in subtle ways, delivering it in a way you’ve never done before. Rather than performing it by rote, take a risk and try something different—use different words, add a pause, try to express a particular emotion to the audience. Not only will you enjoy it more yourself, but studies find that audiences prefer such performances too. Somehow mindfulness seems to leave an imprint on everything we do.

Mind the gap

Whenever you find yourself waiting—for the checkout line to move, for the traffic light to change, for the Web page to load—get present. Instead of being impatient and wishing things would go faster, be grateful for the gift of a respite—for the 30 seconds or a minute or two minutes during which you have no obligations. Take the opportunity to mindfully breathe in, breathe out, and savor the moment.

Focus on the soles of your feet

Here’s a good trick to return to mindfulness if you feel angry or aggressive. Shift all your attention to the soles of your feet. Move your toes slowly, feel the weave of your socks and the curve of your arch. Breathe naturally and focus on the soles of your feet until you feel calm. Practice this exercise until you can use it wherever you are and whenever you find yourself feeling verbally or physically aggressive.

Focus on your senses

When you observe your surroundings without judging them good or bad, you naturally nudge your awareness into the present moment. Close your eyes and focus on your sense of scent and mentally list all the smells you’re aware of—the restaurant downstairs, the wet pavement outside, the perfume of a nearby co-worker. Next, list all the different sounds you can hear—the ventilation system, cars in the distance, the hum of your computer, typing, footsteps. Then open your eyes and list all the things you see—the rustling of the trees, the faces in the crowd, the wrinkles on your palm. Finally, list all the things you can sense that you appreciate—the way a beam of sunlight hits the brick building across the street, the welcome sight of a friend’s smile, the smell of cookies baking. Remember, you’re not looking for things to appreciate—you’re appreciating the things you sense. With luck, this exercise will put you in a state of relaxed attention that reduces anxiety and makes you feel more fully alive.

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Motivational Story #1

Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee Beans

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “

 

Moral: In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you?

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Motivational Quotes #1

Brighten your day with these inspirational Quotes!!!

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily. –  Zig Ziglar

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word — excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. – Pearl Buck

History never looks like history when you are living through it. – John W. Gardner

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. – Oprah Winfrey

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can be grateful that thorn bushes have roses. – Tom Wilson

When I meet successful people I ask 100 questions as to what they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people. – Kiana Tom

The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you’ll be a success. – Albert Schweitzer

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.- Henry David Thoreau

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. – Helen Keller