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"There is no conflict between politics and religion, for both aim at perfection of the individual and society"

Member of India's ParliamentSwami Chinmayananda, asked whether it's difficult to be a religious leader and politician at the same time.


Many advances in the sciences that we consider today to have been made in Europe were in fact made in India centuries ago. Grant Duff, British historian of India

I can do it because of yoga and meditation. If all ministers would meditate, they can also interact with people calmly. Dr. Prasanna Patsani, member of India's Parliament, commenting that every legislative session is full of commotion and that all political leaders should be taught yoga and Transcendental Meditation.

Some came with sandals or bathroom slippers...some even dared to step in clad in jeans and funky glasses. The Kathmandu Post on the reason for a new law that all parliamentarians must wear the traditional slack, knee-length shirt, matching jacket and cap during parliament sittings. In the past, only government ministers have voluntarily worn Nepali dress, while deputies turned up in a range of informal wear.

Each child, at birth, has a bowl of light. If he tends to his light, it'll grow in strength and he can do all things: swim with sharks, fly with birds, know and understand all things. But if he becomes envious, jealous, angry or fearful, he drops a stone into the bowl and some light goes out. Light and the stone cannot coexist. If he continues to put stones in the bowl, the light will go out and he will become a stone himself. A stone does not grow or move. If at any time he tires of being a stone, all he needs to do is turn the bowl upside down and the stones will fall away and the light will grow once more. Ancient Hawaiian saying

The Patience Prayer: God, please grant me patience...and please don't delay!

DID YOU KNOW?
Western Pundits
What is a pundit? The word is from the Sanskrit pandita, "learned person," but a new meaning surfaced when Dwight Eisenhower denounced "sensation-seeking columnists and commentators" as "pundits." So now the word has a pompous connotation in the West, and, according to a humorous account in the New York Times, today's journalist "pundit" boldly writes into stories that he isn't sure about certain facts, secure in the knowledge that most readers will take that to mean he really does know but is protecting a source. Further, the "pundit" is loyal only to fact-gatherers and bosses loyal to him, and requests news tips from colleagues who are less "exalted" but more knowledgeable than him.


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