Wednesday, September 30, 2015







Pursuing a hobby is listed as one of the pleasure activities in a book I read recently. Hobby is an activity or interest pursued outside one’s regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure. Such activities are many. Dancing, singing, instrumental music, gardening, collecting objects like coins, postal stamps, drawing, painting, cooking etc. are some of the hobbies people used to practise. Even reading, writing, acting, exercising and photography are considered as hobbies. But they are full-fledged professions for some of course. As a hobby, one does not specialize on these items. However, hobbies are generally pursued only as a pleasure not as a profession.

One of my friends a colleague of mine had pursued astrology as a hobby initially. He sued to help in writing horoscopes for many of his friends including me. Slowly and slowly astrology became his main job and started earning a lot for predicting the future of people. After retirement he forgot about his profession and specialized in astrology that paid him a lot and also many people and families depended on him! Thus he became a popular figure among the common people as well as the well-to-do of the town. Even the villagers started visiting his house every day. So a hobby can become an occupation same day depending on its importance and popularity.

Yoga is another hobby practised by many – both men and women. Of late yoga has become one of the international hobbies. Since it has an advantage for health and happiness of human beings, the hobby is accepted and practised by one and all.

Photography is and was my hobby. I have some simple LCD cameras and also I use the camera of my iPad and iPhone. Those cameras are high definition models that give wonderful pictures. Moreover there are umpteen numbers of soft wares to improve or change the photographs to present in any form as we like. Olden day film photography was not a match for modern day photography. Smart phones we carry everywhere are used for clicking anything on earth. Objects and events are being photographed and sent to friends through social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ etc. instantaneously. Indeed marvellous hobby!

Everyone should pursue one or two hobbies along with his/her occupation in order to get the pleasure of it. A family having four or five members can have different hobbies to enrich its uniqueness and talents. Learning hobbies is a hobby itself. So start pursuing a hobby which you like most!


There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?


Wife: How much you love me?

Husband: I love you so much I can’t measure…

Wife: No, just tell me…

Husband: OK. I am like a cell phone and you are my SIM card, I am nothing but you.

Wife: Wow! That is so romantic.

Husband: (saying to himself): Thank God, she doesn’t know, this is a Chinese phone with FOUR SIM cards…

The future of "I give" is "I take."

The inhabitants of Moscow are called Mosquitoes.

A census taker is man who goes from house to house increasing the population.


Being independent refers to the act of being in charge of yourself, and the consequences of your actions, instead of being subservient to other people, or other forces. Below are some basic understandings

 1. Creates discipline of the mind and body. When you are directly in charge of yourself, you will have an understanding of how your own personal actions and thoughts affect reality. You are not subservient to anybody else and can see clearly what affects your actions are having in the environment around you. This increase your discipline of the body and mind, in which you continue to make the right decisions towards your goal.

 2. Allows you to follow your passion.  You are not living someone else's passion, but your own. When you live your own passion, you can connect to within your passion and increase its energy even more. This correlates in an increase in mental and physical manifestation directly. You will get more ideas about your goal, and you will develop a clear plan of how to apply your ideas to achieve material manifestation.

3. Allows you to understand the factors of success. If somebody else is doing all the work for you, you can't understand the main principles and variables which are creating the success. When you take charge of the ropes yourself, you can see exactly what works and what doesn't.

4. Strengthens your frame and reality against other realities. When you have a strong     frame, you can push back against others who try to override your frame or way of doing things. You also can hold your ground against the invasion of different ideas and beliefs of other people, because you have formed inner mental fibre which acts as a blockade and barrier against it.


From time immemorial it has been commonly understood that the best way to acquire knowledge was to read. That is not true. Reading is only one way to knowledge, and in the writer’s opinion, not the best way. But you can surely learn from reading if you read in the proper manner. What you read is important, but not all important. How you read is the main consideration. For if you know how to read, there’s a world of education even in the newspapers, the magazines, on a single billboard or a stray advertising dodger. The secret of good reading is this: read critically! Somebody wrote that stuff you’re reading. It was a definite individual, working with a pen, pencil or typewriter — the writing came from his mind and his only. If you were face to face with him and listening instead of reading, you would be a great deal more critical than the average reader is. Listening, you would weigh his personality; you would form some judgment about his truthfulness, his ability. But reading, you drop all judgment, and swallow his words whole — just as if the act of printing the thing made it true! If you must read in order to acquire knowledge, read critically. Believe nothing till it’s understood, till it’s clearly proven.


  • Do not fear going forward slowly, fear only to stand still.
  • Actions speak louder than words.
  • Sometimes you hate to take a few steps back in order to go forward.
  • People want more of what they cannot have.
  • When something has limited availability people assign it more value.


A mental picture paints a thousand words. You can explain so much more diagrammatically and as an image, than can be explained through words alone. This means the ideas which you are wishing to express are effectively leveraged and more clearly expressed.

A mental image is closer to reality. Reality is a series of images and experiences. To therefore see our goal as an image as opposed to words allows us to more readily connect with its achievement in reality. Also, true reality has its foundation through and behind our mind. Therefore seeing a mental image is allowing it to connect with true reality, and charges it with its secret powers. 

A mental image can be constructed in the future. What we see around us is images in the present. An image in our mind can be put forward into the future. This therefore allows us to see that image in relation to things which have yet to come about in our lives. 

 A mental image is easy to produce. Visualisation is like a sense that does not need to be taught. It is a natural ability that allows us to achieve our goals easily and with very little effort on our part. The secret is to use it in concentrated and particular times of the day only, so that we are constantly kept on the right mental track.


Moving to a new place and starting a different life will make us happier. That is why we go on vacation. – Jorge Ramos

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments. – Jim Rohn

Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. - Confucius

Go along to get along!

Meet you next month – November, 2015


Professor A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP

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