Friday, February 29, 2008

executing df -k and ls -ltr repeatedly

until cancel
> do df -k .
> ls -ltr
> sleep 20
> done

Monday, February 25, 2008

Best Posture for Prayer

Three priests were discussing the best posture for prayers. The fist
one said, "I have tried all the postures several times and I think
that the best one is kneeling down. My best prayers come when I am
praying kneeling down." The second one said, "You are right, but all
the yogies and mystics recommend the cross-legged lotus posture
because that is most conducive to a relaxed mental state. The best I
have ever prayed is when I am in lotus posture" The third said,
"Agreed, but you know what, I have found that the weather has an
important role. My best prayers come when its sunny-bright and I am
looking up at the clear blue sky, whatever be the body posture."

An electrician was working close by and listening to the priests. He
came over and said to them, "For all you know fellows, the best prayer
I have ever said was hanging down by one leg from an electric pole in
a thunderstorm. And I bet none of you has ever prayed as good as I did
that day."

The moral of the story is "urgency". A great saint once said that you
will find God when you want Him as much as a drowning man wants air.
Its about how urgently, how desperately you want a response from God.
Correct postures have their place in spiritual discipline but nothing
can take the place of that burning urgency by which an electrician
prays while hanging by one leg from an electric pole in a
thunderstorm. We need to cultivate that intensity of desperation and
urgency in our search for God.

Sunday, February 24, 2008



The guru is the only one who understands you. I always thought that
if I just explained myself clearly people would realize what I was
trying to convey to them. It shocked me when they didn't. Twice
Paramahansaji said to me, "Don't expect others to understand you."
Apparently I needed to hear it twice.
(Mukti Mata, `Self-Realization magazine')

In the greatest torments of soul I am always alone, but no--not
alone, for I am with You, Jesus; but here I am speaking about (other)
people. None of them understands my heart, but this does not
surprise me anymore, whereas I used to be surprised when my
intentions were condemned and wrongly interpreted; no, this does not
surprise me now at all.
(Blessed Faustina, 'Divine Mercy in My Soul')

Be in the world as if you were a stranger or a traveler.
(Islam, Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi 40)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Story of two sculptors

Two Sculptors

Once a king was looking for the best sculptor in his kingdom. Two excellent sculptors presented themselves to him and he needed to give them a test to decide who was best. He asked them to carve an image on two opposite walls of his palace. A curtain was hung between the walls so that they could not see each other’s work. After many months, both sculptors reported that they had finished the work and the king could view it.

Both the works were covered with curtains. First, one curtain was raised that revealed a
beautiful image and everyone clapped in appreciation. Then the opposite curtain was raised, here there was no image on the wall - instead the wall had been polished so finely that it gave a perfect reflection of the opposite image. In fact, it looked sharper than the original, as so much effort had been made in polishing the wall.

The second sculptor won the contest.

The story illustrates an interesting Vedantic tenet:

Really, we do not have to conjure up an image of ‘God’ in our minds. All we have to do is polish
the mind - just remove the blemishes. Purify it. That is our task. God already exists. It is just
that he is reflected more clearly in a pure mind.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Manasvi - meaning

manasvi means : A person who can control his heart.It derives the meaning from the one who can control his indriyas. That obviously can be no one else besides god himself. So manasvi is also used as synonym for god. Manasvi is a sanskrit name.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

On the Self in the body - Kena Upanishad

The student inquires:
"Who makes my mind think?
Who fills my body with vitality?
Who causes my tongue to speak? Who is that
Invisible one who sees through my eyes
And hears through my ears?"

The teacher replies:
"The Self is the ear of the ear,
The eye of the eye, the mind of the mind,
The word of words, and the life of life.
Rising above the senses and the mind
And renouncing separate existence,
The wise realize the deathless Self."

-Kena Upanishad