Faith

There are degrees to faith.  We cannot believe unless we have some sign or some great manifestation of feeling.  This may be true faith, but it is imperfect.  It always looks for feeling or some token.  It marks quite an advance in faith when we trust God without feelings  it is blessed to believe without having any emotion.  There is a third stage of faith which even transcends that of Gideon, who trusted only when he felt his fleece was wet.  The first phase of faith believes when there are favourable emotions, the second believes when there is the absence of feeling, but this third form of faith believes God when circumstances, emotions, people, appearances and human reason all urge to the contrary.

When is the time to trust?

Is it when all is calm,

When waves the victor’s palm,

And life is one glad psalm

Of joy and praise ?

Nay ! but the time to trust

Is when the waves beat high

When storm clouds fill the sky

And prayer is one long cry

O help and save.

When is the time to trust ?

Is it when friends are true ?

Is it when comforts woo

And in all we say or do

We meet but praise ?

Nay ! but the time to trust

Is when we stand alone

And summer birds have flown

And every prop is gone

All else but God.

What is the time to trust ?

is it some future day

When you have tried your way

And learn to trust and pray

By bitter woe.

Nay ! but the time to trust

Is in this moment’s need

Poor, bruised broken reed

Poor, troubled soul make speed

To trust your God.

What is the time to trust ?

Is it when hopes beat high

When sunshine gilds the sky

And joy and ecstasy

Fill all the heart ?

Nay ! but the time to trust

Is when our joy is fled

When sorrow bows the head

And all is cold and dead

All else but God.

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In harmony with nature

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Sadia Dehlvi sent this article in the Deccan Chronicle:

Planting a tree is considered a SADGA – e – jariyah————an act of continuous charity, a desirable deed for which the planter is rewarded for as long as the tree benefits any form of creation.  Prophet Muhammad had declared a 30 kilometre area around his city of Medina a protective grove, prohibiting the cutting down of trees within its borders.  Islam believes that all human souls come from a garden, and that at the end of time, each soul will either enter the garden or the fire.  Prophet Muhammad said, “Even if the Day of Judgement should arrive and you are holding a sapling in your hand,———-PLANT IT “——————————–

Planting trees is very, very essential, as the ecological balance can be restored.  The world has become a concrete jungle——-after the trees have been cut down.  So, we have to bear the fury of nature.  We have already seen the havoc caused by torrential rains followed by landslides and the loss of lives, livestock and the ruin of crops.  The penalty we have to pay for our carelessness is too great.  So, let us be careful to plant trees in place of each tree that is cut down.  This cannot be done overnight, because we have been causing damage to nature for so long, that time would be needed to assuage Nature’s wrath.

Rare new animal

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The OLINGUITO, is a raccoon with a teddy-bear face that is so cute that it is hard to resist, let alone overlook.  But Science did—-until now.  It belongs to a grouping of large creatures that include dogs, cats and bears (mammals).  They are found in the forests of Ecuador and Columbia.  One of them lived in the SMITHSONIAN-run National Zoo in Washington for a year.  Truly a case of mistaken identity.  The little critter, named RINGERL, was mistaken for a sister species, the OLINGO.  Ringerl was shipped from zoo to zoo in the U.S. from 1967 to 1976 to try to get it to breed with other OLINGOS.  It would not.  She just was not the right species and not fussy, as though. OLINGUITOS are smaller, have shorter tails and a rounder face, tinier ears, and darker, bushier furs..  It looks kind of like a FUZZ-BALL……..kind of cross between a teddy-bear and a house cat.  It eats fruits, weighs about two pounds and has one baby at a time.  They are nocturnal creatures.

Satire

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SATIRE is a literary technique of writing or art which exposes the follies of its subjects (individuals, states or organisations) to ridicule, often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change.——————————————–(1) Unless a love of virtue light the flame,/ Satire is more than those brands to blame / He hides behind a majestic air / His own offences and strips others’ bare./–William Cowper ( Charity–1781 )  (2) Why should we fear and what ? The laws? / They are all armed in virtue’s cause / And aiming at the self-same end / Satire is always virtue’s friend.—-Charles Churchill. (The Ghost–1763)  (3) Satire is a kind of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.—-Jonathan Swift (The Battle of the Books–1704)  (4) Satire, by being levelled at all, is never resented for an offence by any.—-Jonathan Swift (A tale of a tub–1704)

Wisdom quotes

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(1) Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and LEAVE A TRAIL.

(2) Experience is not what happens to you, its WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU.

(3) For BEAUTIFUL EYES—-look for the good in others.  For BEAUTIFUL LIPS—-speak only words of kindness.  For POISE—-walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

(4) If you are trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks.  Everybody has had them.  But obstacles don’t have to stop you.  If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.

(5) We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think.  Words are secondary.  Thoughts live; they travel far.

(6) A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them.

(7) A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

(8) The teacher who is indeed wise, does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.

(9) A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.  (10) When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

Culture talk

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Sticking labels on the people of a whole nation or region, is an universally prevalent human habit.———–Americans have a reputation for being good small talkers, although the content may be superficial.  So they are considered to be brash.  The British have a stiff upper lip.  They are also programmed  to go slow by starting with eye-contact, and then commenting on the weather.  The French talk about their health, while Germans come straight to the point.  Chinese and Russians discuss finances.  Italians are irresponsible, and the Spanish prone to putting off things to Manana ( fate).  Within our country, we think of Punjabis as aggressive, Maharashtrians as argumentative, Bengalis as dreamy, keralites as resourceful and Gujeratis as calculative.  Indians, also, are by large , introverts.  They do not approach a stranger, because they do not know how to proceed after ‘hello’.  Language often acts as a barrier.  Men and women approach small talk differently.  Men discuss topics like sports, politics and events, as a way of staying away from anything personal.  Women are better at networking and building relationships at a more intimate level.  Robert Pigott, who lectures at the University of Sydney, says “People who are good at small talk, have good interpersonal skills.  They know how to warm the tone of their voice, and use eye-contact and body language to show interest.  They also know when to stop.  That is an important thing to learn—-knowing when to stop.  Being a motor-mouth, does not amount to small talk.  So, the next time you enter into a social-do, where you see unfamiliar faces, just smile and say “hello’.  —————Shikha Shah and H.Y. Sharada Prasad.

Funny quotes

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Here are a few funny quotes :

(1) Do not take life seriously. You will never get out o it alive.—-Elbert Hubbard.

(2) As a child, my family’s menu consisted of two choices : TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.—-Buddy Hackett.

(3) I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…….And try to find somebody whose life has given them Vodka and have a party.—-Ron White.

(4) A government that robs Peter to pay Paul, can always depend on the support of Paul.—-George Bernard Shaw.

(5) When you are courting a nice girl—–an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder, a second seems like an hour. THAT’S RELATIVITY.—-Albert Einstein.

(6) Between two evils, I always pick the one I NEVER TRIED BEFORE.—-Mae West.

(7) People who think they know everything, are a GREAT ANNOYANCE TO THOSE OF US WHO DO.—-Isaac Asimov.

(8) My mother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and WE DON’T KNOW WHERE THE HELL IS SHE.—-Ellen De Generes.

(9) My fake plants died, because I DID NOT PRETEND TO WATER THEM.—-Mitch Hedberg.

(10) A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s : SHE CHANGES IT MORE OFTEN.—-Oliver Herford.

(11) A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I’M AFRAID OF WIDTHS.—-Steven Wright.

(12) I have six locks on my door–all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure NO MATTER HOW LONG SOMEBODY STANDS THERE PICKING THE LOCKS, THEY ARE ALWAYS LOCKING THREE.—-Elaine Boosler.

(13) I always wanted to be SOMEBODY, but now I realise, I SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE SPECIFIC.—-Lily Tomlin.