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Today's thought of the day is about a man who couldn't decide whether he was in heaven or hell. He could not decide what was right and what was wrong. A fine upstanding, warrior of the man but there were some fundamental truths, which he liked but he did not know about. And in order to seek the truth he went out and demanded that another person told him the truth and secrets about heaven and hell. So today's thought for the day is called the secrets of heaven and hell.

It is about an old monk who sat by the side of the road. His eyes were closed, his legs were crossed and his hands folded in his lap. He sat in a very deep meditation. He sat there for hours and hours and sometimes even for days. Suddenly one day his solitude was interrupted by a harsh and demanding voice of a Samurai warrior. 'Old man, teach me about heaven and hell', he said. At first, as though he has not heard, there was no predictable response from the monk but gradually he began to open his eyes. The faintest hint of a smile played around the corners of his mouth as the Samurai stood there waiting impatiently, growing more and more agitated with each passing second. The monk replied at last, 'you wish to know the secrets of heaven and hell? You, who are so, astound and so unkempt, a Samurai Warrior - you, whose hands and feet are, covered with dirt - you, whose hair is uncombed - you, whose breath is foul - whose sword is all rusty and neglected - you, who are ugly and whose mother dresses you funny. You have asked me of heaven and hell'? The Samurai uttered a vile curse. He drew his sword and raised it high above his head. His face turned to crimson and the veins in his legs stood out in bold relief, as he prepared to sever the monk's head from his shoulders. 'That is the hell', said the old monk gently just as the sword began it's decent. In that fraction of the second, the Samurai was overcome with amazement. He was overcome with all compassion and love for this gentle being who had dared to risk his very life to give him such a teaching. He stopped his sword in mid flight and his eyes filled with grateful tears. At that moment of time, the monk said, ' and this is the heaven'. A very deep-rooted meaning to today's thought for the day. The secrets of heaven and hell. The experiences of heaven and hell don't have to last a long time. It could be a fraction of moment. It could be almost a miracle that crosses our lives in our day-to-day routines with a good moment or a bad moment. You decide what is heaven and what is hell. I think I will leave you with today's thought to ponder about!

By Sudha Chavda


Lets devote some time, to our great, upstanding and astound leaders. Mahatma Gandhi and J.F. Kennedy. They were great leaders I must say, and both had a particular saying. Mahatma Gandhi said -' Always speak the truth'. J.F. Kennedy said, 'Ask not what your country can do for you but what can you do for the country?' Mahatma Gandhi, and J.F. Kennedy are sadly no longer with us in this world but the legends and their memories live on. Both of them died in tragic deaths. Mahatma Gandhi was shot and so was Kennedy. So, today, let's just spare a thought for these great leaders that have passed on but their memories lingers on with us in our lives. When you read up on their lives, you get to realize what fine, upstanding, knowledgeable, respected human beings they were. Whilst we are still on the subject of respected great leaders, what is your perception of human beings when you see them? Whether they are tramps - in a gutter or they are fine upstanding human beings? What is the perception of you? What is your worth in life? Once you realize what is your worth in life than you know that self-esteem and self-respect we sometimes loose so easily can be regained.

Today's story is about a well-known speaker who started off his seminar by holding up a 20-dollar bill. In the room of 200 people he asked who would actually like to have this 20-dollar bill. Naturally, of course, hands started going up. And in few seconds all the hands were up. I mean, who wouldn't want this $20 bill after all? He then, proceeded to crumple up and screwed up the bill. He again asked 'who still wants this $20 bill?' Still all the hands went up in the air. He then dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. Then, he picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. ' Now who still wants it'? All the hands still went up into the air.

He said, ' my friends, you have learnt a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It is still worth $20. Many times in our lives we are dropped, crumpled, and ground under the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel that we are worthless but no matter what has happened or what will happen you will never loose your value - dirty or clean - crumpled or finely creased you are still priceless to those who love you. Sometimes there are some people in this wide world, who make you, feel that way, but there is an interesting saying here. But by who we are - what we are and what we become - we are still very special people and never, ever, forget that, and neither must you let anybody force you into that awful feeling.

By Sudha Chavda


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