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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Happiness, Peace and influencing attitudes

EXPLAINS LIFE! read on

Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon tennis player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983.

From the world over, he received letters from his fans, one of whom asked: "Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease"?

To this Arthur Ashe replied:
The world over -- 50 million kids start playing tennis,
5 million learn to play tennis,
500,000 learn professional tennis,
50,000 come to the circuit,
5000 reach the grand slam,
50 reach Wimbledon,
4 to the semi final,
2 to the finals,

When I was holding a cup I never asked GOD "Why me?".
And today in pain I should not be asking GOD "Why me?"

Happiness keeps us Sweet,
Trials keep us Strong,
Sorrow keeps us Human,
Failure Keeps us Humble,
Success keeps us Glowing,
But only God Keeps us Going.....

Keep Going.....


Think about it, why are we here, going through these day2day trials and tribulations. Do we have control over anything. What influences us? Who decides whether our wishes are granted or fulfilled? Do we have control? A common advaitism exercise is to evaluate at the end of the day, sitting quietly in a spot, the activities that transpired in a day, and if we truly had control over the outcome of these activities. The thought, that just occurred in my mind, where is the source of that?

Here is Ramesh Balsekhar's http://www.rameshbalsekar.com/ letter to God and I quote.

Dear God,

This is my record of eternal gratitude to You.

You gave me birth in a most respected Hindu family,
but not high enough in social status to make me proud.

You gave me a physical form well-admired for its perfection,
but it was small enough to keep me humble.

You gave me education high enough to be most useful in life,
but not high enough to make me proud.

You gave me success in sports high enough to be satisfied,
but not proud.

You gave me a career in which You took me high enough to be
admired, but not high enough to make me arrogant.

You gave me a wife and family for which I have always been
eternally grateful, but You did not spare me some grief to remind
me not to forget what life is all about, and to be always grateful
for what I do have.

You did not forget to place an adequate number of temptations in
my way so that I may not be too critical of others who have to face
their own temptations.

I am now 84, and perhaps the only wish that remains is that the
long life You have given me will not carry a burden at the end.
But in that case, I know You will also give me the necessary
courage to go with it.

You gave me a lot to show me how little is needed to be content
and how much could be given away.

And, undoubtedly, the most important of all - as if the bounty
You have showered on me were not enough - You crowned Your
achievement by using this psychosomatic apparatus to convey to
the world the most important message of Advaita. Truly I am
blessed. Or, indeed, my Beloved, have You not blessed Yourself?!

Finally, it occurs to me, if You were to design for Yourself a life in
phenomenality, could it have been much different from this one?

And, for this thought, no tears are enough to wash Your
Noumenal feet.
Signed
Ramesh Baleskar

1 comment:

  1. This letter is probably one of the most amazing things I have ever read. Thank you SOOOO much for posting.

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