Message for the Day…” The intellect, subconscious mind, and heart (buddhi, chitta,and hridayam) — these are the three centres in the individual where spiritual wisdom, action, and devotion (jnana, karma,and bhakti) reside”

The intellect, subconscious mind, and heart (buddhi, chitta,and hridayam) — these are the three centres in the individual where spiritual wisdom, action, and devotion (jnana, karma,and bhakti) reside. Do karma (action) that is approved by the higher wisdom, not karma that is born of ignorance. Then, all karma will be auspicious, beneficial, and blessed. Do karmabased on the spiritual wisdom that all is One. Let karma be suffused with devotion, humility, love, compassion, and nonviolence. If devotion is not filled with spiritual wisdom, it will be as light as a balloon, which drifts along any current of air or gust of wind. Mere wisdom will make the heart dry; devotion makes it soft with sympathy, and karma gives the hands something to do, something that will sanctify every one of the minutes that have fallen to your lot to live here…………..

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Message for the Day…. The story of Rukmini Kalyana (marriage of Rukmini to Lord Krishna) is the story of the union of Purusha (the Supreme Spirit) with Prakriti (creation, the objective world) itself. “

The story of Rukmini Kalyana (marriage of Rukmini to Lord Krishna) is the story of the union of Purusha (the Supreme Spirit) with Prakriti (creation, the objective world) itself. Rukmini is the individual self (jiva), and Krishna is the Supreme Self (Paramatma). She suffers from the rules and restrictions imposed by the objective world; egoism is her brother, worldliness is her father. But on account of her good conduct, her mind rested on God. Her prayers, repentance, yearning, and steadfastness were amply rewarded. The parents, brother and all the relatives objected, but an individual is born to work out their destiny, not to act a role in someone else’s drama. One is born to serve out one’s sentence; when the sentence ends, one is free. You shall not remain in prison on the pretext that a dear comrade is still in! Just think of this fact: Rukmini had not met Krishna before; there was no preliminary wooing. The soul yearned, and it won.

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Message for the Day….” Desire ceases, when God seizes the mind. In fact, since desire is the very stuff of which the mind is made, the mind becomes nonexistent and you are free.”

Now your mind flutters about and squats on all and sundry objects in the Universe. It refuses to stay only on one idea – God. Like the fly that sits on fair and foul, and denies itself the pleasure of sitting on a hot cinder, your mind too flees from all thoughts of God. The fly will be destroyed when it sits on fire. Your mind too will be destroyed when it dwells on God. The mind is but a pattern of desire woven with the warp and woof of the same material. When Rama (the Lord) enters the mind, kama (desire) has no place therein. Desire ceases, when God seizes the mind. In fact, since desire is the very stuff of which the mind is made, the mind becomes nonexistent and you are free. This stage is called, mano-nigraha, mano-laya or mano-nashana – the death of the mind, the merging of the mind or the killing of the mind.

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Message for the Day….” The greatest wonder is that nobody knows or struggles to know themselves, but everyone spends a lifetime knowing about others. “

The greatest wonder is that nobody knows or struggles to know themselves, but everyone spends a lifetime knowing about others. Your Self is subtler than water, air, and space. The Self must operate through the eye, so that you may see; it must move into the hand, so that it may hold; it must suffuse the feet, so that you may walk. The senses are inert materials; the ‘I’ must operate so that they may function. That “I” is Brahman, mistaken to be separate! The space in a pot and the space in a monastery are identical with the vast space in the sky above; only the disguises in the form of the pot and monastery keep up the illusion of separateness. The senses are the villains. They instill the delusion that you are the body. Curb them as the bull is curbed by the nose ring, the horse by the bit in the mouth, and the elephant by the goad.

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The Power of Telling It Like It Is….

In Panama, a new study finds that kids are more likely to drink healthier beverages if you speak the truth — subtly.

Children drink soda as they sit in the shade on a hot day. Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
Slogans that equate drinking water with good health are more effective at steering schoolchildren away from sugary sodas. | Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

What’s the best way to persuade children to drink water instead of unhealthy, sugar-laced beverages? Do you:

A) Tell them it will make them more popular.

B) Tell them it will make them healthier.

C) Tell them it will make them smarter.

D) Just tell them to do it without explaining why.

The correct answer: B.

Turns out honesty is the most persuasive tactic, even for kids, while exaggerated claims and ungrounded mandates can potentially have a negative effect, according to new research by Szu-chi Huang, an associate professor of marketing at Stanford Graduate School of Business. The field study, performed in collaboration with UNICEF, was designed to determine the most effective way to steer schoolchildren in Panama away from unhealthy sodas and other sweetened drinks toward drinking water instead.

Cowritten with Daniella Kupor of Boston University, Michal Maimaran of Northwestern University, and Andrea Weihrauch of the University of Amsterdam, the paper will be published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research in January. The research is the first to examine the effects of associating actions with goals in a real-world environment, in this case four elementary schools, where children encounter countless messages daily, Huang notes. Additionally, unlike previous research that has centered on adults, Huang’s study is the first to test the effectiveness of such associations on kids.

Targeting Pre-existing Associations

The school posters imploring students to “Drink Water” tested secondary slogans as well: (left to right) “Make Friends,” nothing, “Be Healthy,” and “Learn Faster.” Credit: Courtesy of Szu-chi Huang

The researchers put up posters in four elementary schools located within 10 miles of each other and of similar size and socioeconomic status. Each school had a kiosk selling bottled water. In a preliminary questionnaire, the researchers found that children strongly associated water consumption with health but saw only a moderate association between water and intelligence. The children held an even weaker association between water consumption and the ability to make friends.

In the main study, each school put up posters with a message unique to its campus. At one school, the posters implored students to drink water and “be healthy.” At another, the signs said that water would help them “learn faster.” At a third school, they declared that consuming water would help students “make friends,” and at a fourth school the signs simply told them to “drink water,” without further explanation. The posters remained on display for a month.

People don’t want to follow an order without any reason. This rule applies to children as well.
Szu-chi Huang

The researchers found that children at the school where posters declared that drinking water leads to good health increased their water consumption by 31%, suggesting that targeting the students’ pre-existing association (that water is healthy) led them to the desired outcome, says Huang.

At the school with posters associating water with learning faster, consumption didn’t change from the pre-study level. And at the school highlighting the questionable association between water and making friends, consumption marginally decreased. That decline may have occurred because the posters linking water to making friends “may have seemed dishonest or confusing,” causing children to shun the advice to drink more water, Huang says.

Avoid Blunt Directives

At the school where posters simply advised the students to drink more water, without stating why, water consumption declined significantly, by 48%. Like the children who were turned off by the attempt to associate drinking water with being popular, these students also may have regarded the blunt directive to drink water as manipulative.

“People don’t want to follow an order without any reason,” says Huang. “This rule applies to children as well.”

In the weeks after the posters were removed, water consumption generally reverted to the pre-study level.

These results suggest that children may need continuous reminders, whether in the form of posters or some other messaging, over time to alter their behavior. Regardless, Huang says, these most recent findings shed light on what kind of messaging and what mode of communication may work to encourage children to modify their habits and help them live healthier lives.

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Natarajan

Message for the Day….” Krishna said to Arjuna, “You are taking Me as the charioteer of your chariot. Take Me as the charioteer of your life. Think how clean and how grand your heart should be to make it a seat for Me if I become the charioteer of your heart.”

If we invite some great person, such as a saint or a learned one to our house, some preparations will have to be made at home, to make it presentable. We have to clean the house and the surroundings before the guest arrives. In the same way, if we invite a minister or governor to our village, we would clean the road, decorate the path and keep everything fit and proper for receiving the eminent visitor. If we take so much care and precaution when we invite a person who has only a temporary position, how much more clean should we keep our heart when we invite the very Creator and Protector of the world Himself to enter! It is only when we purify our heart that God will be able to enter it. Krishna said to Arjuna, “You are taking Me as the charioteer of your chariot. Take Me as the charioteer of your life. Think how clean and how grand your heart should be to make it a seat for Me if I become the charioteer of your heart.”

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