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The Wolf and the Crane

Posted by kathavarta on May 16, 2015

A feeding wolf got a small bone stuck in his throat and, in terrible pain, begged the other animals for help, promising a reward.

At last the Crane agreed to try and, putting its long bill down the Wolf’s throat, loosened the bone and took it out.

But when the Crane asked for his reward, the Wolf replied, “You have put your head inside a wolf’s mouth and taken it out again in safety; that ought to be reward enough for you.”

Lesson: “You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.”

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The Lion, the Panther and the Fox Who Went Hunting

Posted by kathavarta on May 16, 2015

One day the lion, the panther and the fox went hunting together, and it was agreed that whatever they caught would be shared between them. After lulling a large stag, they decided to have a hearty meal. The lion asked the panther to divide the spoils, and after the panther made 3 equal parts, he told his friends to take their pick, whereupon the lion, in great indignation seized the panther and tore him to pieces. He then told the fox to divide the spoils, and the fox gathered everything into one great pile except for a tiny portion that he reserved for himself.

“Ah, friend,” asked the lion, “Who taught you to divide things so equally?”

“I needed no other lesson,” replied the fox, “than the panther’s fate.”

Lesson – Better to learn from the mistakes of others than commit your own
Mental Model – Vicarious Learning

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Fisherman and a Banker

Posted by kathavarta on April 11, 2015

Dear Readers,

After a very long time, I have decided to contribute something for my one of the favourite blog KATHAVARTA.

It is so very weird that, the Varta (Story) is little-bit related to my own life :)

Let’s enjoy the Varta first:

An American investment banker was taking a much-needed vacation in a small coastal Mexican village, when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. The boat had several large, fresh fish in it.

The investment banker was impressed by the quality of the fish and asked the Mexican how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”

The banker then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican fisherman replied that he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman replied, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my friends. I have a full and busy life.”

The investment banker scoffed, “I am an Ivy League MBA, and I could help you. You could spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats until eventually you would have a whole fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to the middleman you could sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You could control the product, processing and distribution.”

Then he added, “Of course, you would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to a bigger city where you would run your growing enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You could make millions.”

“Millions? Then what?”

To which the investment banker replied, “Then you would retire. You could move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your friends.”

Moral:
Now do not take me wrong. I am not saying to not to work or do anything that can give you financial freedom, do that first. But at the same time do not forget to enjoy the life.

Thanks for stopping by to my website.

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Importance and Meaning of Japa Series: 9

Posted by kathavarta on June 10, 2011

Japa Meditation is one of the best techniques of meditation you can practice daily to ease negative karma and sin. The reason it is so effective is because Japa focuses your attention on the Divine, the very source of your true self.

Japa meditation is the chanting of a repetitive saying or mantra associated with God.

This form of meditation is widely used by practitioners of all religious faiths by focusing on and repeating the name of their chosen deity, or by chanting a saying or prayer to their deity.

It is also used by spiritual aspirants who have evolved to the awareness that the Spiritual Masters who taught the truth are beyond religion. Spiritual is Spiritual, not religious.

You don’t have to be Hindu to believe in Lord Krishna, nor Buddhist to believe in Lord Buddha, nor Christian to believe in Lord Jesus Christ. Their teachings of spiritual reality and truth are beyond religion.

To practice this method you must simply chant a mantra or saying repetitively with devotion and surrender.

The human mind is limited by the ego. It is widely accepted that we cannot perceive reality. Everyone perceives their own reality based on the programs and influences that one has been exposed to throughout their lives. This is the grand illusion.

Aligning yourself with the powerful energy of God, by whatever name, or by one of the human Avatars of God, you will gain control of your mind, purify your spirit, and raise your level of consciousness.

The Power of God is infinite, and it is the source of all true love, joy, and happiness. God is also the source of Salvation, Liberation, Illumination, and Enlightenment.

Chants may be said out loud or within the mind. Thoughts are things, and God sees and hears all.

Japa may also be practiced at any time by merely chanting the mantra silently during daily activities. After a while the mantra will continue on its own in the back of your mind and you will be continually in a state of peace and protection. Your soul will remain pure as God is constantly held in mind.

Source: http://www.true-enlightenment.com

Japa is my favourite method for meditate, as it takes me straight to my almighty, in a very simple and easy way. I am starting a Japa articles which was published on various good websites. I hope you may like my effort.

Last but very important, I and KathaVarta.com is very very grateful for all those websites who has published the meaning and importance of Japa meditation and I am able to recycle those great articles for this KathaVarta.com. I hope they will forgive me for the copy and Paste those articles for KathaVarta.com.

If you have any objection please do not hesitate to contact me on Katha@ymail.com, I will immediately remove the article from KathaVarta.com

May Lord Hari bless you.

HariAUM from Saurabh

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Importance and Meaning of Japa Series: 8

Posted by kathavarta on June 9, 2011

Meditation of many kinds is used by people all around the world to ease stress and calm the mind. There are a wide variety of types of meditation, all of which include removing all outside stimuli and clearing the mind to focus on one singular image or thought. Many meditative practices are done by listening to a recording of rainfall or bird songs, or by sitting in total silence and thinking of a calming scene such as a deserted beach or a vast desert. Some techniques involve the mental repetition of a word or phrase.

Japa meditation accomplishes clarification of the mind and spirit through the use of a spoken chant called a mantra. The mantra can be any word you like, as long as it is uplifting and encouraging to you. Many people use the name of the deity they worship, such as God or Jehovah, which can be a powerful and divinely inspiring mantra. The word can be the name of an item you find enjoyable or soothing, such as the name of a flower or a river, or a word that rolls smoothly off your tongue or you can use a phrase from a favourite poem or Bible verse.

There are various practical physical aids that can be used to progress in Japa medication, and they are based on sound psychological and natural principles. The telling of rosary beads is the most familiar form of Japa meditation to Western practitioners. The telling of rosary beads is a form of Japa meditation Catholics are familiar with. A Japa mala, which is similar to a string of rosary beads, is often used while repeating a mantra. Holding the beads in your fingers helps to foster alertness and offers a focus for releasing physical energy. Passing the beads through your hands is an aid to the rhythmic, continuous recitation of the mantra.

A mala consists of 108 beads, with one additional bead that is larger than the others. This bead is called the meru, and the finger should not cross the meru while the beads are passing through the fingers. It is slightly larger so that it can signal when 108 repetitions of the mantra have been done. When the meru is reached, the beads are reversed in the hand and the mantra recitations continue as long as desired. As the mantra is chanted, the thumb and the third finger are used to roll the beads, and the index finger is never used. The mala must not be allowed to hang below the navel, and it should be wrapped in a clean cloth when it is not being used.

Before beginning the mantra, a prayer should be said to induce purity of feeling and a meditative state. With eyes closed, concentrating either on your heart or your mind, you should ask for the aid of your deity and pronounce the mantra distinctly. The repetition that follows must be neither too fast nor too slow and careful thought must be given to the meaning of the mantra. If your mind starts to wander, you can increase or decrease the speed or volume of the mantra to keep alert. You can repeat the mantra aloud for a while, then whisper or hum it, and then recite it mentally. Variety in Japa is necessary to sustain interest, avoid fatigue, and counteract the monotony that can arise from constant repetition of the same syllables. The mind needs variety or it becomes tired. However, even mechanical repetition that is devoid of feeling has a great purifying effect.

When first beginning Japa meditation, a beginner may tire of the endless repetition and give up too soon, after five or ten minutes of repeating the mantra. The syllables may start to sound meaningless—mere syllables and nothing more. But by continuing to persevere for at least thirty minutes without interruption, you will give the mantra time to work itself into your consciousness and you will begin to notice the benefits within just a few days.

Meditating on the image of your chosen deity while repeating the mantra adds tremendously to the effectiveness. A prayer upon concluding the meditation is important. When Japa meditation is completed, you should not plunge immediately into the worldly activity that normally surrounds you. Sit quietly for about ten minutes, reflecting on God and feeling His presence. As you slowly return to routine duties, the spiritual vibrations created by your meditation will continue to remain intact. The more routine your meditation becomes, the more likely that this current will be maintained at all times, no matter what you are engaged in.

Many philosophers suggest that when you are doing manual work, you should give the hands to the work but give the mind to God. Like a woman who can talk to her friends while knitting continuously, the mantra repetition involved in Japa meditation can sustain the mind during daily activities. With practice, the manual work of tracking the mala beads will become automatic. When the mantra can be repeated throughout the day, God’s consciousness will permeate your life, bringing you peace and spiritual renewal each day.

By Linda Orlando, on buzzle.com

Japa is my favourite method for meditate, as it takes me straight to my almighty, in a very simple and easy way. I am starting a Japa articles which was published on various good websites. I hope you may like my effort.

Last but very important, I and KathaVarta.com is very very grateful for all those websites who has published the meaning and importance of Japa meditation and I am able to recycle those great articles for this KathaVarta.org. I hope they will forgive me for the copy and Paste those articles for KathaVarta.com.

If you have any objection please do not hesitate to contact me on Katha@ymail.com, I will immediately remove the article from KathaVarta.com

May Lord Hari bless you.

HariAUM from Saurabh

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Importance and Meaning of Japa Series: 7

Posted by kathavarta on June 8, 2011

Japa Meditation to Lower High Blood Pressure:

There are various kinds of Meditation techniques, Japa meditation being one of them. If you have visited ashrams and monasteries you might have heard the chanting early in the mornings or before spiritual sessions. Mantra chanting done in silence leads to what we call Japa meditation. Japa meditation is one of the most subtle and powerful of meditation techniques, and it is good to know that all meditation techniques end up being beneficial. Meditation work well than any drug or psychotherapy.

Japa is a Sanskrit word which means a meditative repetition of a chosen word.

Through meditation we can begin to contemplate or just start observing our body and mind and living in awareness, and we benefit from doing this. Bringing awareness back to our own body, to the cells of the body, to our thoughts and feelings is like a soothing balm which releases inbuilt tensions.

This act alone can lower high blood pressure.

Meditation is Food for the Soul:

We take good care of our outward appearance, eat foods which satisfy our taste buds and give lots of good comfort to our bodies. In the process we forget to take care of our soul. Just being aware of the body and mind, helps to take care of all the other levels that we are made up of: the energy level, the intellect, the emotions and the soul.

Japa:

Japa is a Sanskrit word which means the repetition of a mantra and a Japa mala is like a rosary which helps beginners in the process. Advanced practitioners can also use a Japa mala. Japa meditation when linked with breathing, can affect our health positively and also the consciousness.

The repetitive verbal or mental sounds create waves and frequencies which target specific neurotransmitters in the brain. That in turn induces a variety of changes in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual state of the practitioner.

By turning within we make ourselves one with the cosmic energy, and create a state of peace, and reach a source of inner healing. This is how Meditation can heal the body and the mind. Meditation will help expand the awareness and make us feel a sense of oneness with the larger consciousness.

Japa Meditation as mentioned earlier is simply repeating a word or mantra while meditating. It helps to keep the mind from wandering a lot. It is one of the very effective ways of meditating. The sound vibration of words like Love, Peace, Joy and Gratitude can change the vibration of our energy levels. It can change the vibration of the cells in our body. Sick, weakened and low energy cells of the body can magically get transformed. It only has to be seen to be believed.

Can Meditation lower high blood pressure?

Yes it Can !!

Can Meditation turn back the clock?

Yes it can to a certain extent !!

Can Meditation heal us of our physical ailments?

Yes it can !!

Can Meditation reduce stress?

Yes it can !!

..and we could go on with the benefits of meditation.

Anti-aging:

No need of creams and facelifts! If you look around you might notice that people who meditate look much younger than their years. This is mainly because of knowing how to handle stress. Meditation is the best anti-aging medicine we have.

When the blood pressure is high, there is more stress created in the arteries. This leads to gradual damage and decline of the body cells. This damage can be reversed through the daily practice of Meditation.

Studies have shown that those who meditate for 5 years or more have reduced their biological age by up to 10 years !!

Meditation Tips for Beginners:

• Sit with the spine erect.
• Eyes closed.
• Relax the body.
• Relax the arms and shoulders.
• Let the hands rest on the knees with palms facing upwards.
• Let your face muscles relax.
• Relax the eyes.
• Be aware of the whole body.
• Breathe gently becoming aware of every inhalation and exhalation.
• Allow the breathing to slow down.
• Watch yourself breathing.

Every few minutes repeat any One of the following (at one sitting repeating only one of the words):

• Aum
• Peace
• Love
• Joy
• I am grateful

Observe the effect the repetition of these positive words can have on your whole being.

Continue for a few minutes.

It does require some amount of discipline in order to meditate, and the returns are HUGE.

Tip:

Japa meditation is a good way to begin your meditation practice. The repetition of a soothing word or mantra makes it easier and thus it is a good way to start, for beginners.

The Alpha State:

During Meditation, the brainwaves move towards an alpha state which trigger chemicals called endorphins and produce the ‘feel good’ effect. These endorphins boost the immune system and promote enduring good health.

You will be seeing more meditation tips and techniques, keep visiting KathaVarta.com 

Source: http://www.healthy-blood-pressure-tips.com

Japa is my favourite method for meditate, as it takes me straight to my almighty, in a very simple and easy way. I am starting a Japa articles which was published on various good websites. I hope you may like my effort.

Last but very important, I and KathaVarta.com is very very grateful for all those websites who has published the meaning and importance of Japa meditation and I am able to recycle those great articles for this KathaVarta.org. I hope they will forgive me for the copy and Paste those articles for KathaVarta.com.

If you have any objection please do not hesitate to contact me on Katha@ymail.com, I will immediately remove the article from KathaVarta.com

May Lord Hari bless you.

HariAUM from Saurabh

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