Be Mindful of Your Thoughts…

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“A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”

 

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 James Allen Photo Source:   Wikipedia

James Allen (28 November 1864-24 January 1912), British author, influenced by Buddha and Leo Tolstoy, believed in the power of thoughts to create one’s own destiny. He wrote 19 books during his short literary career of about 12 years. His first book, ‘From Poverty to Power’, was published in 1901. ‘As a Man Thinketh’ from which this quote has been cited, was his second book published in 1902. Incidentally, he was dissatisfied with it and had to be persuaded by his wife to publish it. Practical and proven by practice, his inspirational writings have influenced millions of people around the world and are freely available on the internet for us to read, enjoy, and create a life of our own… by choice…

 

You too can be an Olympian…

Most of us around the world must have watched the recently concluded Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics games held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. How can we forget the memorable performances especially by the likes of  Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter and also the planet’s fastest man; Michael Phelps, the  all time great American swimmer; Mo Farah, the British long distance runner;  and many others? These unforgettable performances must be still fresh on our minds.
As regards performance of Indian players, our chest must have swelled with pride when the Indian players like PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik received their medals. And, how can we forget the remarkable performance of Dipa Karmakar  and  Abhinav Bindra, who did exceeding well in Rio Olympics.  Additionally, Devendra Jhajharia, Mariyappan Thangavelu, Deepa Malik, and Varun Singh Bhatti did India proud by winning medals in Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Doesn’t the inspiring performance of some of our players indicate that we Indians are capable of winning and can do much better with belief in ourselves? Yes, we can if we decide to work hard with determination, dedication, and discipline and with right infrastructural support, we can achieve many more medals at Olympics.
Looking at the best of the best performing, you also might have, perhaps,  wished to participate in Olympics, and be an Olympian. Well, you could be an Olympian, but if you couldn’t be  then at least you could be like an Olympian. How? You too could also be like an Olympian by following the values , or universal principles, of Olympic and Paralympic games. Do you know as to what the values of these games are? Friendship, Respect and Excellence are the three Olympic values whereas Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality are the four Paralympic values. When we conduct our lives in accordance with these values, or principles, we not only excel on the sports field but also in every sphere of human endeavor and turn out to be winners.
Yes, you too can be an Olympian if you follow the Olympics (and Paralympics) values, or principles in your day to day life. Are you willing?

Remembering Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

 

Come, let us join hands together to pay rich tributes to our dearest Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931-27 July 2015),  Former President of India (25 July 2002 – 25 July 2007), Recepient of Bharat Ratna (1997), Padma Vibhushan (1990), and Padma Bhushan (1981), on the occasion of his 85th Birth Anniversary. This day is also celebrated as World Students’ Day.  Remembering this great son of India, mPower360 wishes Happy World Students’ Day and quotes:

“Dream is not that you see in sleep, dream is something that does not let you sleep.”

 

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Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India (Photo source: http://www.abdulkalam.com)

N.B. With this blog post on #AbdulKalam  #WorldStudentsDay mPower360 reaches a milestone of publishing its 100th post, a journey full of learning…

Service: Our Core Purpose

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

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Mahatma Gandhi (02 October 1869 – 30 January 1948), also called Bapu, the Father of the Nation, Apostle of Non-Violence (Photo Source : Wikipedia)

 

 

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Saluting Mahatma Gandhi & Lal Bahadur Shastri (02 October 1904 – 11 January 1966) on their Birth Anniversary today. Lal Bahadur Shastri was the Prime Minister of India from 09 June 1964 to 11 January 1966 and was honoured, posthumously, with the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in 1966 (Photo Source : Wikipedia)

 

We are also celebrating  this day (02 October 2016) as Rashtriya Swachhata Diwas and this week (02-08 October 2016) as Daan Utsav or the Joy of Giving Week.

 

 

We, the people, together can create a better India. Come forward…let us help create an India of our dreams…let us do it…NOW…

 

 

Character Helps Us Face Life’s Challenges…

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“Neither money pays, nor name, nor fame, nor learning; it is character that can cleave through adamantine walls of difficulties. Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character.”

Swami-Vivekananda

 

Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 – 04 July 1902), an Indian Hindu Monk and Chief Disciple of Saint Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (Photo Source: World Congress of Religions 2012). The above quote is from the book “Swami Vivekananda & Success of Students” by A.R.K. Sarma (4th ed., pp.144-145, Nov 2013, Sri Sarada Book House, Vijayawada, India)

Develop Your Character…

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“The real character of an individual can not be judged by his external garb but by his thought content and conduct. One’s thought content and doings show  what one is. Therefore constantly examine your thoughts and conduct.”

 

 

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Hanumanprasad Poddar (1892-1971), Indian freedom fighter, litterateur, magazine editor, philanthropist, and author of “How to Attain Eternal Happiness”, the book published by Gita Press, Gorakhpur, 2010, twelfth reprint, p.86, and from which the above quote is cited.  In 1992, India Post issued a commemorative stamp in his honour. (Photos source: bharatdiscovery.org )