Akhand Gyan

Highlights of December 2015

Are You Suffering From FOMO?

After working rigorously for so many days in the office, I decided to take a break and go for a vacation to Jaipur with my wife and parents. It was a pleasant morning when we started from Delhi and by the time we reached Jaipur, it was noon and pretty warm. As we entered the lobby of a 5-star hotel, we were left spellbound. It was miraculously beautiful and the hotel-staff extended a very cordial welcome to us. We were really looking forward to be spending two days in that beautiful hotel. Since most of my friends keep updating Facebook about their trips to different locations, I thought it’s my turn now to tell them how great I am feeling at this hotel. So, I posted an update on Facebook- “Having a lovely time with my family @***** Hotel in Jaipur”. After a few minuted we were escorted to our rooms which were nicely decorated. While my family enjoyed the lovely view from the room, I was hooked up to my phone eager to see the response to my recent post on Facebook. Within ten minutes I got eleven ‘Likes’ from my friends. Suddenly, I got to hear a strict tone... It was my wife’s voice who reminded me that it was supposed to be a trip away from technology and to be spent with the loved ones. But, driven by the Facebook-mania, I continued scrolling through the timeline to see what my other friends were up to. Suddenly I came across a post from one of my friends who stated- “Having a gala time with my wife in Maldives” (with a p…

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Endurance and Patience... Next to Impossible!!

How many times have we failed to keep our resolutions? When an ugly confrontation with a colleague or a family member or a friend or even a stranger saps off all the positive energy in us and leaves us exhausted, stressed and devastated- we make a promise to ourselves. We resolve not to repeat it. We make a promise to ourselves that I will not let this happen again. We make a promise to ourselves that I will try my best to react differently if a similar situation arises again. We make a promise to ourselves that I will be more patient and practice endurance to peacefully straighten out things. But alas! Every time acting subservient to the dictatorship of our unbridled mind, we break this resolution. Our promise is battered and shattered into pieces. We simply fail to keep ourselves composed and to react maturely when things go against our will. Is it so difficult? Or is it practically impossible in today’s fast paced impatient 4G world to practice virtues like endurance and patience in adverse situations? Are sayings like, “For to be poised against fatality, to meet adverse conditions gracefully, is more than simple endurance; it is an act of aggression, a positive triumph” and “Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty” merely good enough for leisure reading? The answer to the above questions may seem to be ‘yes’ for us; but for the great souls, endurance and patience have been an integral part of their personali…

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Miser or Wiser!

Once, a person was returning from the funeral session of his affluent uncle when someone asked him, “How much did the rich man leave behind?” A pat reply came, “Everything.”       This befits a rich, young man who never earned a single penny on his own but was the last of his granny’s aristocrat family. He lived in a magnificent bungalow studded with every luxury, and all this came to him as a legacy from his grandfather. However, he was a real miser. He tried to save his forefather’s inheritance as much as possible. Thus, in order to prevent his money from taking swift exit from his treasuries, his attempt was always to invest the minimum. He kept only two servants for the whole lot of work, whereas the actual workload demanded two more. One of the servants was supposed to take care of the plethora of household chores and the other was deputed to cook for him. But he was always skeptical about their sincerity. He had this suspicion that the cook must have stolen some utensils for his own use or might be voraciously eating the food. And, he was consciously watchful of his precious accessories handled by the other servant. As a result, he landed into a state of complete unrest. His incessant worry made him decide to sell off everything that he held for so long. He sold all his furniture and belongings, and went on to the extent of selling even the royal bungalow that he resided in. He lay off both his servants and …

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ठंडी बयार

सर्दियों ने धीमे-धीमे दस्तक दे दी है। ऐसे में भले ही आप थोड़े सुस्त हो गए हों, परंतु हम आपके लिए रैपिड-फायर( जल्दी- जल्दी पूछे गए) प्रश्न लेकर आए हैं। उत्तर 'हां' या 'न' में दें। 1. क्या आपका सुबह देर तक बिस्तर छोड़ने का मन नही करता? 2. क्या आजकल आप गरिष्ठ भोजन का सेवन बड़े चाव से कर रहे हैं? 3. क्या एक ज़माना हो गया है, आपको सूर्य देवता की गोद में बैठे हुए? 4. क्या आप नहाने का कार्यक्रम अकसरां एक दिन छोड़ कर करने लगे हैं? 5. क्या आप सैर पर जाने से कतराने लगे हैं? 6. क्या इन दिनों व्यायाम का आपने तर्पण कर दिया है? 7. क्या आप हर समय हीटर के आस-पास रहना पसंद करते हैं? यदि इस प्रश्नावली के किसी ए…

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आपका निर्णय कैसा होना चाहिए?

कॉर्पोरेट जगत में बहुत से लोगों ने अपनी किस्मत आज़माई है। ऐसी बहुत सी हस्तियों हुईँ, जिन्होंने सिफर से सफ़र शुरू किया और सफलता के ऊँचे शिखर तक जा पहुँची। वहीँ, ऐसे उदाहरणों की भी कतारें लगी हैँ, जहाँ अर्श से शुरुआत करके लोग फर्श पर आ गिरे। चाहे बात नीचे से ऊपर जाने की हो या ऊपर से नीचे आने की- दोनों पहलुओं में मुख्य भूमिका होती है- हमारे 'निर्णय' की। मात्र एक निर्णय हमारे बिज़नेस, प्रोजेक्ट, कम्पनी इत्यादि का इतिहास बदल सकता है। अगर आप कोई बिज़नेस चलाते हैँ या किसी कम्पनी के मालिक हैं या फिर किसी प्रोजेक्ट को संभाल रहे हैं, तो ज़रा एक बार अपने आप से ये प्रश्न पूछिए- -> क्या आपके न…

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जीव-जंतुओं ने सुनाई संगच्छध्वं की धुन!

ईश्वर द्वारा निर्मित इस प्रकृति का अंश प्रेरणादायक है। ज़र्रा-ज़र्रा मनुष्य को अमूल्य शिक्षाओं का पाठ पढ़ा रहा है। मानव चाहे तो आसपास के वातावरण व जीव-जन्तुओं से अनेक प्रेरणाएँ ग्रहण कर अपना चहूँमुखी विकास कर सकता है। तो चलिए, इस बार हम भी कुछ ऐसा ही प्रयास करते हैं। इस लेख के माध्यम से सृष्टि के विभिन्न जीव-जन्तुओं  द्वारा उच्चारित 'संगच्छध्वं' की धुन सुनते हैं। इन प्रेरक रत्नों को आत्मसात करने हेतु पग बढ़ाते हैं। ग्रेट बैरियर रीफ- समुद्री जीव-जन्तुओं  द्वारा निर्मित विश्व की सबसे विशाल चट्टान! इतनी विशाल कि अंतरिक्ष से भी दिखाई देती है। यह चट्टान आस्ट्रेलिया मेँ …

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