The Boat Painter

A man was asked to paint a boat.

He brought with him paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him.

While painting, he noticed that there was a small hole in the hull, and quietly repaired it.

When finished painting, he received his money and left.

The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him with a nice cheque, much higher than the payment for painting.

The painter was surprised and said "You've already paid me for painting the boat Sir!"

"But this is not for the paint job. It's for having repaired the hole in the boat."

"Ah! But it was such a small service... certainly it's not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant."

"My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me tell you what happened.

When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention about the hole.

When the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went on a fishing trip.

They did not know that there was a hole. I was not at home at that time.

When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole.

Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing.

Then, I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole! You see, now, what you did? You saved the life of my children! I do not have enough money to pay your 'small' good deed."

So, no matter who, when or how. Just continue to help, sustain, wipe tears, listen attentively and carefully repair all the 'leaks' you find, because you never know when one is in need of us or when God holds a pleasant surprise for us to be helpful and important to someone.

You may have repaired numerous 'boat holes' along the way... of several people without realizing how many lives you've saved.

Bokuju's Awareness

Master Bokuju

Bokuju was a Zen master. He used to live alone in a cave, but during the day, or even in the night, he would sometimes say loudly, “Bokuju” – his own name, and then he would say, “Yes, I am here.” And no one else was there.

Then his disciples used to ask him, “Why are you calling ‘Bokuju’, your own name, and then saying, ‘Yes sir, I am here’?” He said, “Whenever I get into thinking, I have to remember to be alert, and so I call my own name, ‘Bokuju.’ The moment I call ‘Bokuju’ and I say, ‘Yes sir, I am here,’ the thinking, the anxiety disappears.”

Then, in his last days, for two or three years, he never called “Bokuju,” his name, and never had to reply, “Yes sir, I am here.”

The disciples asked, “Master, now you never do this.”

So he said, “But now Bokuju is always there. He is always there, and there is no need. Before I used to miss him. Sometimes the anxiety would take me, cloud me all over, and Bokuju was not there. So I had to remember ‘Bokuju,’ and the anxiety would disappear....”

Try your name. When you feel deep anxiety, just call your name – not “Bokuju” or any name, but your name – and then reply to it, “Yes sir, I am here,” and feel the difference. Anxiety will not be there. At least for a single moment you will have a glimpse beyond the clouds, and that glimpse can be deepened. Once you know that if you become alert anxiety is not there, it disappears; you have come to a deep knowing of your own self and the mechanism of inner working.

Would you like to make Friend or Enemy?

Would you like to make Friend or Enemy?

Making enemy is easy. However, making friend is even easier. You need not to fight with them, just because you have righteous. Making enemy is like choosing an unriped to fruit instead of choosing well riped fruit.

Here is a story. There was a farmer who has many sheep and has the a man as a neighbor who has hunting dogs. The hunting dogs often hunt the sheep. Now the former has two choices to get rid of the bad situation. One is, he can fight with his neighbor or give a complaint on him and make his neighbor as his enemy. The second is, he can give his sons, two sheep as a compliment. This step will make the man control over his hunting dogs automatically. Also will make him as a friend of the farmer.


Thus we have two choices. One is love and hate. If you choose love, you will be happy forever.Here Nassar's speech about A R Rahman - regarding choosing love.

When others don't smile, give them some of your smiles. When others are not happy, give some of your joy. when others have no light, give you light. Here you won't lose anything. But you are giving. Don't mind if they are receiving.

Remember, everyone is created by God. When they are created by good one, they must be a good one.

We can even learn from the tree. It takes all the garbages, converts them as a tasty fruit.

A R Rahman

The Empty Boat - What to do with your Anger?

The Empty Boat

If you show your anger, it will spoil your happiness, will make you feel guilty, will spoil the relationship. If you don't show your anger, it will be gathered, one day it will blast on those person or anyone who is in front of us. Not only it spoils the relationship, your happiness and your good conduct, it will also spoils your health.

So, how to control your anger? Should you really control it? Or you should realize that there is no use of anger? Here is a zen story.

When a Zen master was meditating in his floating boat, he felt some other boat hit his boat and it disturbed his meditation. He got angry. He wanted to scold the person who was sailing the boat hit his boat. He opened his eyes. It was an empty boat. None was there to get scolded. He couldn't show his anger to anyone. At that point, he got enlightenment.

The Empty Boat

Whenever something or someone makes you angry, just see the empty boat in it or in them. You will feel no angry. In fact if you realize, there is none or nothing is the reason for the anger. It's inside you.

When you get water in a mug from an empty bucket, you will get no water in the mug. Thus, what makes you angry or who makes you angry, will get those such words, they are inside you. It's not created by them. Instead, it's within you. What is inside is coming out.

Empty your cup. Fill with happiness. Let all get happiness from you.

Why Hard Work Fails?

Hiking - Hurdles are stepping stones. - A Motivational Post.

Mere hard work does not enough for success. You have to do it with pleasure and involvement. If you work hard, your life will become hard. So, don’t do what you feel hard.

If you make the life so hard, for yourself, you will make it so hard, for those who are around you. If you are going to spread the happiness in this world, do it as much you can. However, you better do nothing, instead of spreading the sadness.

You have to understand your work, think how it works and do it. Simply you will get succeed. Many people get the way which is so easy or so hard, rather than which is right. That's why they fail.

Believe in your dream - Hurdles are stepping stones. - A Motivational Post.

One day, a man fell in a pit. He found none helps him. Suddenly he started screening as "Fire! Fire! Fire" People called fire service. Fire service men rescued him and asked for fire. He replied "Would you have rescued me if I had shouted as "Shit! Shit! Shit!?"

So, do it what you have to do to achieve what you want, rather than choosing to work hard.

Four partners run a taxi service. The driver went to railway station, airport, bus stand and all the places where the people in need of taxi. But none got into this taxi. They got no business for weeks and months. The problem is they decided all those four work equally. So, any one will drive others will accompany with him. All those four partners were in the same taxi. Humorous story. Right?

All we need is a simple awareness about what we are doing and what it will be the result of our present action. Simply, it will make a huge change in your life.

Hurdles are stepping stones - A Motivational Post

Hiking - Hurdles are stepping stones. - A Motivational Post.

Do you like hurdles? No? Okay. Think there is no fielders to block the ball, the bowler also co-operates with the batsman. All the balls will go to 4 or 6. Would you watch that cricket match? Will it be an interesting cricket match? Hence, you found what will be the most interesting thing in life? Yes! They are hurdles. They will bring out the talent in you.

In every attempt, either you are winning or learning. You have to get up and should see where you slipped off, but not where you fall down. The real strength lies in getting back, after you fell down.

Say if you break a stone in 10 hits, it doesn't mean that you failed 9 times. If you get gold in 1500 feet depth, it doesn't meat that you failed in 1499 feet digging. If you reached your destination, which is in 100th step, it doesn't mean, you failed in all 99 steps.

Situations or People, both are powerless without your reaction. It's all about how you see it, how you see yourself and how you respond. The one thing I like in Devil is, it still believes, that it can capture the entire world. The Devil didn't give up yet.

Believe in your dream - Hurdles are stepping stones. - A Motivational Post.

Don't forget, you have to be an odd to be No.1. So, don't hesitate to be an odd. People who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do. So, leave other's opinion about you. Your opinion about you matters a lot. What you think, you will become. At least, you be positive to you. Be true to yourself.

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Coincidences, synchronicities and serendipities are all signs from the universe that you are on your true path.

How Chanting Works


A few weeks back, I did not believe astrology like stuffs. My friend, Saravanan usually discusses about that a lot. In a curiosity, I just went to an Astrologer. He told everything about my past and present but did not discuss about my future. So, I lost my hope. I decided to consult an astrologer who thinks just like me as he is capable of answering all my questions.

Then, I remembered Mr. Shankar. I came to know him through his blog (Click Here). It was a really amazing meeting with him. He suggested me to chant. I asked him how it works. He told me that Chanting creates a vibration; when we do more, we could feel it in every cell of our body. It will remove blocks in our brain. I was really convinced.

I could understand it easily as I already watched Sadhguru's video how calling names works. When our entire body gets the vibration, the chant will start working. Read this blog to know the minimum number of count for every manthra.

Our body produces new cells and removes dead cells every day. So, we have to chant daily and regularly.

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