Sunday, November 30, 2014



The issue you are reading is the 120th one.

NARA’S NOTEPAD is completing its tenth year (2005 – 2014) successfully by December 2014.

I feel satisfied in achieving my goal.

Thank you one and all.



Committing mistakes is a common practice with all of us. Every day we make some mistake – may be simple or serious. Some are hidden and others are open. Hidden mistakes are not known to others whereas open ones are known to all around us. Generally we feel ashamed of those open mistakes. Is it possible to live without committing mistakes? A big ‘No’ is the answer. In fact, human beings are born to make mistakes and learn from them. What is a mistake? Wrong idea or opinion or incorrect due to ignorance is referred to as mistake. An error, blunder, fault or defect can be also called as a mistake. If we deviate from the stipulated law and order, then also it is a mistake. Spitting in public places, destroying public properties, stealing other’s possessions, committing crime, breaking a queue, and the like activities are considered as mistakes.

Writing a wrong answer to a question is a mistake. If there is a mistake in the calculations, it is called as an error. Similarly a blunder is a serious mistake committed due to carelessness. Some mistakes are made as a result of forgetfulness and ignorance. Putting petrol in a diesel car, forgetting train ticket leaving it at home and boarding a train, going to office late every day and many such things are in fact mistakes avoidable but not avoided due to reasons unknown. If we commit such mistakes once, then we may not repeat it. Instead we will be cautious and careful in future.

Forgetfulness as indicated earlier is one of the serious reasons for making mistakes. Patience sometimes may help to avoid committing mistakes. Impatient persons cannot think properly so it is possible to err. Experienced persons, mostly elders in a family try to always remind the youngsters to be more patient and think before committing any mistake. Ignoring such advices may lead to make more mistakes. In fact, we all like to be perfect by not committing mistakes. But somehow it doesn’t happen always. Road accidents happen because of someone’s fault. Carelessness due to absent mindedness caused by worries or alcoholism or diversion of attention is the reason for the fault. Mistake once committed has its own consequences. The person who makes a mistake is responsible and has to have the consequences which may be bitter sometimes.

Most of the mistakes are judged by concerned authorities. Teachers, professors, parents, police and judges keep an eye on mistakes and award appropriate punishments after fair judgement. Simple mistakes carry simple punishments after fair judgment. Simple mistakes carry simple punishment whereas serious mistakes are punished heavily. Sometimes judgments may go wrong because of paucity of evidences. In such cases options are given for defending. Therefore we have all chances to rectify mistakes if they are not really mistakes.

There are instances where someone’s mistake may not appear as mistake to others. Telling lies is a mistake according to the rule book. But sometimes we need to tell lies to escape from dangerous situations as long as the lying is not repeated time and again. In every profession, mistakes are made and rectified and in some cases severe punishment is given so that the mistakes are not repeated. Punishment is a pressure imposed on persons to prevent them not to repeat the mistake. There are other means to mend people not to commit mistakes. Persuasion instead of punishment is the best policy adopted in certain profession. Man may make mistakes but the same man can be trained not to make mistakes in future. A good policy indeed!

There are two opinions about mistakes. One is to commit mistake and another is not to do so. George Bernard Shaw once said: A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spend doing nothing. Similarly Niels Bohr, a renowned scientist defined an expert as a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. So making mistakes is not a mistake as long as we make something out of it. However, let us not venture to make unwanted and unnecessary mistakes in life and suffer. Be careful in doing things patiently to avoid most of the mistakes which normally we commit every day. However, the unavoidable mistakes made will certainly teach us a lesson which we call as experience.



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*Dr A. Appa Rao passed away on 30 April 2014.


Teacher: Sam, You talk a lot …
Sam: It’s a family tradition.
Teacher: What do you mean?
Sam: Sir, my grand-father was a street hawker, my father is a teacher.
Teacher: What about your mother?
Sam: She is a woman.


During a lion safari, a lion suddenly jumps on a man’s wife.
Wife: Shoot him!
Husband: Yes, Yes. I’m changing the battery of my camera.

Doctor: “Why do you have A-5906 tatoo on your back?”
Patient: “That’s not tattooed. That’s where my wife ran into me while I was opening the garage door.



Connectivity cannot just be a privilege of the rich and powerful. It is a human right – Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.

There is an unexpected side of everything, because instead of looking at things with our eyes we look at them with the memory of what others have thought. – Gustave Flaubert.


Idea generation is a general term to describe the ability to achieve certain types of mental manifestation. Good ideas are essential to help you progress and modify the route towards your goals. They also help you to understand the process of how manifestation occurs, so you can fine-tune your overall manifestation system towards progress. Below you will find some key basics about idea generation:

1. Generating ideas should be an active endeavour.  That is, you should not just expect your best ideas to come as a by-product of your day to day activities. You need to actively go out and generate good ideas. You can do this through various means such as brainstorming, koinonia sessions, research etc. You should never expect the ideas that you have generated through yourself to be sufficient. Even though it is true that all knowledge can be accessed from within your own mind, that doesn't mean that external knowledge doesn't serve a use. The external knowledge exists for the reason to guide you towards the true knowledge you require for your manifestation effort.

 2. Koinonia sessions are a good way to generate key new ideas. A koinonia session is basically a peer group session by which leading experts in your chosen goal or topic discuss and generate new ideas in a non-judgemental environment. The benefit of this is that you gain exposure to key concepts and ideas you may not have thought about.

3. You must write all your ideas down. To rely on your memory to store your ideas is a recipe for forgetfulness, and so we must remember our ideas permanently by writing them down. Key lessons and understandings should be placed on a wall or board in front of you, so that you can gradually over time, internalise the lessons and ideas generated.

4. You must understand the importance of ideas. Ideas are giving you significant insight into how you should achieve your goals. Every idea which comes from your mind (under the correct manifestation system) has extreme importance and must be fully understood by you. Full understanding can only come about through recognition that the idea is serious, meaningful and extremely significant. Only through this will it allow you to put your full mental attention into understanding the idea itself.

 What To Expect/Conclusion: When the ideas are flowing freely, and you have a genuine understanding of their significance, you are well on the way to the correct manifestations you seek. Idea generation is a significant component within mental manifestation, so it is vital that you learn to implement the correct system to allow it to happen.




1. Pay attention to your thoughts as they determine your future: Always be positive and develop a “can do” mind set. Steer clear of negative people who would seek to undermine your commitment to your goals. Focus on success, and not on failure.

2. Be concrete and specific when you dream and set goals: Write down the steps that will lead you there, then track your progress and make changes if needed.

3. Take action: Goals are just words until you actually do something. Every day take a step that moves you in the right direction.

4. Be a life-long learner: Get more training, take a class and acquire news skills. Keep reading widely to expand your knowledge base.

5. Be tenacious, persistent and don’t give up: Hard work is behind every winner’s success.

6. Process the facts and the details: Get information and feedback. Notice what works.

7. Stay focused: Don’t be distracted by people or things. Prioritise your time and stay focused on your goals.

8. Be innovative and creative: Following the crowd doesn’t take you very far. Don’t be afraid to try something new and give yourself permission to think outside the box.

9. Develop and practise good people skills: To be effective, we need to learn what motivates and brings the best out of others. Also, we need to deal with people in a way that is respectful, open, firm and fair.

10. Be responsible, reliable and dependable: Your word must be your bond, you must do what you say, and follow through on your commitments to others. If this block is not in place, then nothing else will matter!


Ø  Remember that everyone we meet know something we don’t.

Ø  No one else but you has control over your life.

Ø  We learn a little when we succeed, a lot when we fail.

Ø  Appreciate what you have; don’t think of what you don’t.

Ø  Nothing worthwhile will come without effort.

You cannot be a winner every time!

Meet you next month – January, 2015


Professor A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP

Ph : 0422 2423017 Mobile : 098422 42301  (NARA’S DIGEST)  (NARA’S NOTEPAD)