Cheers

  
And after all is said and done…

Who really knows if there is a right or wrong?

I guess life is like a cup…

Where we just fill it up..and up

With experiences of being sober and sometimes feeling drunk.

And isn’t that why we find ourselves here again?

To quench our thirst for life.

We just love to mix it up…and fill it up.

Like a bartender’s cocktail.

And so, to our love for LIFE..

Let’s drink it up!

(Note: The above writing was inspired by James Blunt’s song called “Bartender”.)

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Question Of The Day

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“Have you loved yourself and others enough, today?”

If you have, then you are experiencing a heavenly moment on Earth, right now.

How Times Have Changed!

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In an effort to accommodate those who just can’t tear themselves away from their smartphones as they walk around campus, Utah Valley University has added a “texting lane” inside its student center.

The stairways are now divided into lanes for walking, running and texting.

The special designation is a clever way to promote safety and was created by a team of students charged with enhancing the center’s design through the use of art and graphics.

“We used that fact to engage our students, to catch their attention and to let them know we are aware of who they are and where they’re coming from,” said Matt Bambrough, the university’s creative director. “The design was meant for people to laugh at, rather than a real attempt to direct traffic flow.”

(Note: This post is an excerpt from the website GoodNewsNetwork. It was included in this blog because I love humor, observing human behaviors and appreciate creativity.)

The Enlightenment Discourse?

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Master: And so… we begin the day with a different approach to our teachings in life.
Disciple: Oh wow. I’m lost for words!
Master: (Smiles) Interesting, it will be, dear one.
Disciple: What preparations do I need to make?
Master: Ha..ha.. None at all… In fact you are ready as you are.
Disciple: Really?
Master: Doubt not … and calm your mind. Spontaneity will be the topic of today. Tell me… what do you see?
Disciple: Er…I see your face.
Master: (With a grin) And how is my expression, dear one?
Disciple: One full of grace…
Master: Aah…and how do you feel?
Disciple: Very privileged, actually.
Master: Do you see this in yourself?
Disciple: Huh?! I am….not sure.
Master: Well..how would you like to see yourself?
Disciple: I would love to be a wise man like you, Master. As you know, I have given up a lot of my physical possessions, to be in this monastery to learn more about enlightenment.
Master: And how long have you been here?
Disciple: Well…I think it has been a year or so.
Master: (Frowns) The lesson is over…I have failed you.
Disciple: (Surprised) What do you mean? I don’t understand….
Master: After all my teachings, your self-doubt still permeates. (Sighs) You can’t even see the grace in yourself that you see so clearly in me.
Disciple: I’m so sorry…I’m so sorry.
Master: Don’t be…for the apology should be due from me to you, dear one. Even after a year of teachings, I have failed to instil a sense of self worth within you. Enlightenment means seeing clearly the divinity & magnificence in oneself …and understanding that salvation that one seeks is within all along. The role of the Master is just to be the catalyst, for a true Master is not someone who has the most number of disciples but…one who can help create the most number of Masters.
Disciple: Oh no… I feel so bad.
Masters: That may be…still you are reminded to pay your fees for this month!
Disciple: (Shocked)Huh….what?!… I thought….
Master: Ha..ha.. you should see the surprised look on your face! Dear one, the path to Mastery involves humor as well. At present, you take your life far too seriously … A true Master will not avoid mistakes at all cost but instead will laugh at oneself for not seeing the solution earlier, and vow to do better. Mastery is progression. The belief in onself and the will to progress with grace is the key, dear one.
Disciple: Oh..wow. I just felt I have learnt so much more today than I ever did over the past year, Master! Thank you! Thank you!
Master: No…thank you. It was your spontaneous reaction that finally helped me see what you truly needed. In so doing, the final chapter of our discourse was revealed. Ha..ha…The lesson….. is indeed over, dear one.

Look Who’s Talking!

Wise Owl: So, how are you feeling today, Bunny?
Bunny: Oh, I’m so hopping mad!
Sarcastic Snake: Sssheesh! I just can’t stand a bad pun. Hop! Hop! Hop!
Wise Owl: Oh look, Moose is joining us too.
Sarcastic Snake: What? That dumbo too?
Wise Owl: Looks like he has got the new iPad!
Pooh Bear: That is sweet!
Sarcastic Snake: Man, can’t you think of another adjective instead of ssssweet? Must be all that honey you are consuming! Won’t be surprised if you end up being a diabetic,dude!
Elderly Moose: Hi everyone! Guess what? I got myself a high tech pillow- the new iPad!
Wise Owl: Moose, that’s not a pillow. It’s a computer in a tablet form.
Elderly Moose: Oh, dear. No wonder it’s so hard to sleep on. You know, my eyesight and hearing aren’t so good these days. When the salesperson told me the new iPad has a clearer vision and something called ‘retina display’, I thought he was selling me a pillow which could somehow improve my sight.
Sarcastic Snake: Sssssseriously?
Wise Owl: Hey, looks like Sacred Cow could make it to our meeting after all.
Sarcastic Snake: Bummer! Every word that comes out from his mouth always ssssounds like a ssssermon!
Wise Owl: That’s the final straw! Snake, you aren’t perfect yourself, y’know? All of us have to put up with your idiosyncrasy too!
Sarcastic Snake: Whatcha mean?
Wise Owl: I mean … your annoying expressssssion!
Others: Ha!Ha!Ha!
Sarcastic Snake: That’s it! This is bad company. I’m ssssslithering out of here!
Everyone else: Bye, Snake. Sssssssee you sssssoon!

The Avengers’ Interview (..almost)

In conjunction with the frenzy surrounding Marvel’s The Avengers movie, my hyper brain cells drifted me into an illusion of what seemed like a very real interview with the heroes:-

Me: I can’t help but notice that you, The Hulk, seems to be very composed in this interview.
Hulk : Uh huh. Hulk is now attending meditation classes. Nick Fury recommended a great teacher. But fees are steep!
Me : So, how could you afford to pay? Are you working now?
Hulk : Hulk helps to renovate teacher’s spiritual center in return. Hulk smashes down existing walls for expansion. Hulk likes the job and may go into demolition business soon.
Me : Ok….. Guess you found your niche market. Good for you! So, Captain America, what do you do during your spare time?
Captain : I don’t have much spare time. I’m constantly asked to give talks on patriotism. But when I do have a break, I take the opportunity to polish my shield. It’s taken quite a bashing in the filming of the Avengers movie.
Me : Hey, Iron Man, what’s the greatest moment being in your suit?
Iron Man : Oh, that must be when I’m blasting up the skies,penetrating the clouds! Up there, I feel like an Ascended Master!
Me : And what’s the worst moment?
Iron Man : Er… That would be when I’m up there but realize I hadn’t recharged my suit fully the night before. Man, when my juice runs out, it’s free falling!
Me : Ouch…! That must hurt! As for you, Thor, how have you been spending your free time on Earth?
Thor : Oh, I just love checking out the New Age section of the many bookstores here. Occasionally, customers would walk up to me and ask questions about the Gods and heavenly realms. So, I would just hammer the message that despite differences, we are One.
Me : Aah… so kind of you to do that! Last but not least, is there anything you would like to say, Nick Fury?
Nick : Yes, all information revealed just now is classified confidential. So, I am afraid I will have to confiscate your digital recorder! Ideally, I should also be erasing your memory.
Me : What?! Like what the Men In Black do with their flash thingy?
Nick : Exactly! But damn, they patented the device first , so if I were to use that technology, they would sue the pants off the S.H.I.E.L.D organization! So, consider yourself lucky.

Are We There Yet?

Disciple: Master, how long will this journey take?

Master: As long as it should.

Disciple: Hmmm… I meant to ask – how many years will it take?

Master: (Smiles) … As many as required.

Disciple: Sheesh…. Why do you not give me a direct answer?

Master: My answer is as direct as it should be.

Disciple: Look, you are NOT helping at all. For the last time, when will my journey end in this world?!

Master: Dear one, though we are all on the path of self-mastery, your progress can only be determined by yourself alone! Even I cannot master the lessons on your behalf. Ha..ha.. But judging by your questions, I think you will be around for a very … very…long time!!

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