Don’t Mess With Big John

Note/Story
Source : Nithya Shanti

One day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and began driving along his route. There were no problems for the first few stops. A few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well.

At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Seven feet tall, built like a WWE wrestler, biceps as big as tyres.

He glared at the driver and said, “Big John doesn’t need to pay!” and sat down at the back.

The driver was five feet three, thin, and basically meek. Naturally, he didn’t argue with Big John, but he wasn’t happy about this at all.

The next day the same thing happened. Big John got on again, refused to pay, and sat down. And the next day, and the one after that and so on. This began happening daily.

This agitated the bus driver no end, who even started losing sleep over the way Big John was shamelessly taking advantage of him.

Finally he could stand it no longer.

He signed up for a body building course, martial arts from a former Navy Seal and even street fighting training and all that good stuff.

By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong. He could do a hundred push ups on his fingers and his punches could even burst open punching bags. What’s more, he felt really good about himself and was brimming with confidence.

So on the next Monday, when Big John once again got on the bus and said, “Big John doesn’t need to pay!” the driver stood up, glared back at him, and shouted, “REALLY! WHY IS THAT?”

With a surprised look on his face, Big John softly replied…

“Big John has a bus pass.”

 

There are moments, when we ASS-U-ME! And in such moments we become scared of Big John! 😀 Don’t we?

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How to make everyday the happiest day of your life

The post is originally written by Nithya Shanti, he is a spiritual teacher. 

(1) Make a list of five qualities you wish to fully embody in this life for profound inner peace and exemplary outer accomplishments. For example: Wisdom, Compassion, Gratitude, Joyful Service and Letting Go.

(2) Then find an image or phrase or symbol that represents all five together in perfect harmony. For example: “Being like a Sun, loving everyone, spreading delight, merging into light.”

(3) Now start your day with at least 3 mins of seeing, saying and feeling this inspiring image, phrase or symbol in your heart and every little cell. See yourself living these five qualities in an authentic and caring way all day. Fill your day with short intervals of remembering these qualities, especially when there is nothing else you are occupied in. And end your day with at least 3 mins of reflecting on where in the day you were in alignment with these qualities and where there is still some room for joyful improvement.

You have done your best. Now you can rejoice and take a rest

We need to share..! 

I was talking on phone to my younger cousin brother today. We discussed so many things from cricket to social media activities..from cultivating good habits to setting goals. 

We also remembered our childhood, our days of pure innocence! 

And then suddenly, we both switched to quiet mode. We were silent, trying to collect..control our emotions. 

We said, hum kitne badey ho gaye naa.. (we grew up fast!)

Life kitni change ho jaati hai.. Jaldi jaldi (Life changes with the speed of light.) 

And I could not forget the last lines he said, before keeping the phone. He said, whenever I come to hometown, whenever I cross the platform no. 1 of the railway, I remember you.. I remember the last time we were standing together… during your shaadi ki vidaayi !

Listening to his words, I realized that you don’t have any idea how people miss (remember)  you! 

I realized that we should take out time to talk to people in person. 

We should take out time to appreciate their presence in our lives. 

We need to drop off grudges and create an environment of love & healthy communication with people around us. 

We should try to make others comfortable and happy in your presence. 

Five Important Life Lessons

Note : By Nithya Shanti

This is what I read today, wonderful lessons.

Five lessons that make us think about the way we treat people…

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read
the last one:

‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?’

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

‘Absolutely,’ said the professor. ‘In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do
is smile and say ‘hello.’

I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

2. – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:3 0 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.

Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 60s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached.

It read: Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away.. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.’

Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 – Third Important Lesson – Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

‘How much is an ice cream sundae?’ he asked.

‘Fifty cents,’ replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.

‘Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?’ he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.

Thirty-five cents,’ she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins.

‘I’ll have the plain ice cream,’ he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.

You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 – Fourth Important Lesson. – The obstacle in our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock

Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what few people in the world truly understand:
Within every obstacle lies a golden opportunity to improve our condition.

5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only
chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, ‘Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.’

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away’.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her but he had chosen to save her anyway.

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Gratitude to Geir Ove Knutsen for sharing these five stories with me.

Let us all take these beautiful lessons to heart today

1) In our life we will meet many people. All are significant. They all deserve our attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say ‘hello’.

2) Never pass an opportunity to serve others. Our smallest gestures showing care can affect their life profoundly.

3) Always remember those who serve you, even in the smallest way. Never take them for granted even if they take you for granted!

4) Within every obstacle lies a golden opportunity to improve our condition.

5) Give when it counts. Give without counting. Give!

May you abide in well-being.

What Just Spilled?

NOTE : BY NITHYA SHANTI 

What Just Spilled?

You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you, spilling the coffee all over.

Why did you spill the coffee?
“Well because someone bumped into me, of course!”, you say.

Wrong!

You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.

Whatever is inside our cup, is what spills out.

Therefore, when life comes along and shakes us up (which it will!), whatever is inside comes right out. We can only fake it, until we get nicely rattled.

So we have to ask ourselves, “What’s in my cup?”

When our ego is triggered, when unwanted things happen or wanted things don’t happen, what spills out? How do we typically respond?

With openness, curiosity, patience, peace and humility? Or anger, bitterness, harsh words and temper tantrums?

Such questions keep us spiritually honest and grounded. They reveal to us just how far we have already come and just how much work we still have to do.

Let us work towards filling our cups with acceptance, appreciation, joy, words of affirmation for ourselves; and kindness, gentleness and love for others.

Latest updates

Here are some quick updates about things I have been doing –

  1. Spending almost an hour in gym. Working on physical energy. Enjoying it. 
  2. Sitting in silence for couple of minutes and allowing the calmness to flow through.
  3. Spending time in writing quality technical stuff, in support of research (PhD) 
  4. Limiting my digital life.