Sunday, October 5, 2008

Enjoy Your Life: Separate Work From Home!

As you begin to become more established in your career it is only natural to begin to place your focus on your work. This causes you to accomplish more, find new and insightful ideas or perhaps even some exciting new methods that may increase your efficiency or productivity. Allowing your career to monopolize your time is also a great way to increase your stress.

Images of the high-powered executive type come to mind, with a keen eye and a sharp grasp on their success. These are also the same people that live and breathe their job, answering work related phone calls in the evening and sacrificing their personal time in order to to get further ahead. Perhaps you have friends that are like this, or maybe this description parallels with many of your own traits.

I’m not saying that placing emphasis on your career is a bad thing, because that couldn’t be further from the truth. However, there’s a difference between focusing on your job, and placing the right amount of focus on your job. Remember the old saying “you either live to work or work to live”? Which one applies to you?

Living to Work - It’s common knowledge that people who live to work experience higher levels of stress and stress related illnesses than people spend more time on an active and varied personal life. These people may also experience higher levels of professional success, fulfilling their goal current goal structure and allowing them to set new ones.

Working to Live – These people tend to enjoy a much more relaxed work life, content to work at a comfortable pace and accept whatever challenges that arise as they come along. They tend to lead more active social lives, and generally focus on accomplishing a wide variety of personal goals.

If you are finding it difficult to separate your work life from your home life you may find it beneficial to analyze how you’re going about it.

Determine Whether or Not You Want Them to be Separate – Some people decide that work and home must be separate, rather than coming to the understanding that it’s a personal choice. Some people, including myself, enjoy having a non-linear work environment. This means that I don’t have set work hours- some days I may finish work at 8 pm, other days I may be done by noon.

If you don’t actually want to separate the two environments, no amount of convincing will successfully accomplish it.

Analyze Your Work Space – If you have your office set up so that it is as homey as possible you may be sending your brain mixed messages. On one hand the brain recognizes that it’s at work, but on the other it sees conflicting images of home. Try keeping your work space professional and to the point, and save the homey nuances for what you’re at home.

Conversely, setting up your home to resemble your work space is likely to have the same effects.

If you are still unwillingly blending your home life with your work life, perhaps you are in need of a career or job change. After all, you manifest whatever results that you want.

watz Destiny?


Your own fate may be said to be determined by the time, date and place of your birth. We may say that in some ways it outlines the things to come.

When you were born into this incarnation you were given certain traits and it is up to you to decide what to do with these traits. It is believed you can change the outcome of your fate. But remember this will be done within the context of what you were born with.

Remember you have free choice and you should never allow fate to control your life if it makes you feel unhappy. In the end the final choice is yours.

Destiny is in many ways the final calling to resolve past life issues and put these matters to rest. Destiny is about the future.

Your destiny is affected by the time, place and date of birth but you still have free will. Destiny and fate may not always be so easy to explain or understand. The outcome and difference between your destiny and fate will be determined by you and only you.
Fate, Destiny. How Fate Influences Our Destiny Through Our Own Mind

Your destiny and the ways to change it involve the principle that the present is your point of power to control your destiny, and that at the same time the present is the point of power of fate to control your future. Solving your destiny in your own best interest may require psychic interpretation and the use of appropriate psychic methods to help you to solve your present fate.
We will see how fate can take control of our destiny and the ways the esoteric methods help people to take control of their own destiny instead of fate doing it for them.

Let's see before some aspects of fate that cannot be changed, or that are highly unlikely to change. Those are aspects that limit the spaces where our future can develop in a way that is out of our control. Certain health conditions and other physical limitations are of the like. Also certain social situations can show this, like having a criminal record. And you can name several more.

Other aspects of fate are not out of our control. They deal with our inner mind, our conscious ideas and beliefs, our moral standards and other aspects you can recognize as the like. The way they determine our future can be as limiting as the ones out of our control if we allow them space within our mind. These aspects can manifest themselves as fate strings, and when it happens so, we can tell about something inside our mind that triggers a particular fate string.

Fate strings examples can be found in love relationships: a string of wrong relationships can mean an underlying cause making a person to always choose the wrong partner to share the future with. Also fated strings can show in work situations, by example someone who loses several jobs in a row. Habitual losers are another example. The different areas to show examples can be mentioned by the thousands.
The fate strings are usually brought by a character trait, temporary emotional conflicts, and other limitations coming from our mind. In terms of past lives interpretation, we are talking here of Karma. Your destiny's fated threads can be inside your own mind.

The esoteric methods come here into play because they can be used to get rid of those limitations.

We can name some aspects of our inner mind that cause fated strings; hidden fears, mental blocks, anger, emotional conflicts, unconscious motivations, depression, anxiety, etc.

What the psychic methods can do to change the patterns that impede us, or causes great difficulty for, to take control of our future?

With them you can explore its aspects for controlling your future and see what psychic methods will help you the most and find an explanation of why things happen to us.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Eid Ul Fitr Festival

¤ The Advent of The Festival

105 million Muslims make India the second most populous Islamic nation in the world. They form India’s largest minority and constitute almost 12% of India’s total population. Islam is also the most recent religion added to India’s already potent cultural concoction. Islam came to India in the 12th century a.d. and opened a dialogue with Indian culture especially under the Mughals. Needless to say, it was a mutually enriching experience. A majority of India’s Muslims live in the north but a significant number are found all around the country. Hence their traditions add yet another dimension to the vast cultural landscape of India.

¤ Eid Ul Fitr is the biggest Muslim festival

Eid is derived from the Arabic word ‘oud’ or ‘the return’ to signify, well, the return of Eid each year. The festival is significant as much for its timing as for its religious implications. It is celebrated after the fasting month of Ramzan (the ninth month of the Muslim year), on the first day of the Shavval month of the Hijri year (Muslim year). It is believed that the Koran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed in the month of Ramzan.

¤ The Significance of Ramzan--(Fasting)

To get to the significance of Eid, one must first understand the meaning of Ramzan. ‘Ramz’ means to burn, and fasting is considered to burn down ones sins. Fasting or Roza starts at sunrise and lasts until sunset. During this time no food or water is consumed. Pregnant women, the handicapped and the ailing, people on a long journey, and ladies in confinement are exempted from Roza, but they must resume fasting on recovery.

The principle behind Roza is to understand the plight of the poor and pledge to live a more significant and meaningful life. Prophet Mohammed said, "if a person observing fast does not shun untruth, his having given up eating and drinking is of little value. Such a person starves for nothing. and those who rise in the midnight to recite prayers but do not give up untruth and evil deeds, lose their sleep for nothing."

Due to the rigorous discipline during the days of Ramzan, a believer becomes one with religion and feels a genuine need to do good and lead a more refined and introspective life. Giving money and material goods away in charity is another Islamic custom that every conscientious Muslim practises. In fact Zakat, or charity is one of the five main tenets of Islam. A true Muslim is expected to be magnanimous throughout the year, all the more so during Ramzan. Every Muslim who owns 52.5 tolas (one tola is approximately 10 grams) of silver or an equivalent amount of wealth must donate at least 2.5% of his total income to the needy during the month of Ramzan.

¤ The Eid Celebrations

The last few days of the austerities of Ramzan gently give way to the excitement of Eid. This feeling can only be compared to the one in school, of yearning for the summer break during the endless days of exams. As Eid is round the corner, markets get livelier. People crowd the bazaars to buy new clothes for member of their family. Many people get new curtains and tapestry for their homes while others get their houses freshly painted and whitewashed. Dry fruits, spices and a variety of things are bought to prepare mouth-watering dishes. Woman folk get attractive silk dresses stitched and girls fret over the local jewellery and bangle stalls. Tailors, shopkeepers and vendors, all do brisk business. Eid is also an occasion for family reunions.

¤ The Positioin of Moon Plays A Significent Role

Eid Ul FitrThe enchanting crescent moon is seen on the 29th or the 30th day of Ramzan, followed by the day everyone’s waiting for – Eid. The young and old offer Magrib Namaz (evening prayers) and exchange greetings. Eid finally arrives faithfully each year and stays in the merry company of her blessed children for a day.

Men get into crisp new clothes, splash themselves with scents and happily trudge to the mosques for the special morning prayers. It is customary to walk to the idgah (mosque) for this holy service. The Eid prayer is a noble and impressive event.
Multitudes assemble together and raise their hands to the heavens in a ceremony of unparalleled organisation, discipline and equality. In one of his famous couplets, Iqbal, a famous Urdu poet, had this to say about the ritual, "Stood in the same row Mahmud and Ayez, difference between the Lord and the Slave there was none".

(Mahmud of Ghazni - the great conqueror who invaded India 12 times in the first half of the 11th century and his slave Ayaz offered their prayers standing in the same row). After the prayer, the Imam, or the spiritual head delivers a discourse on social and family duties. Everyone prays for forgiveness for their sins and for protection against misfortune, after which people embrace and greet each other with ‘Eid Mubarak’ or ‘Happy Eid’ and head back home for the feast!

‘Fitr’ means a donation. It is given away to the poor and the needy during Ramzan. Fitr is a must for every Muslim and each member of the household must contribute 1.75kg of wheat and 3.5kg of barley rice. Fitr is distributed to the poor so that they can take care of their needs and celebrate Eid with the rest of the community.

¤ The Mouthwatering Festive Cuisine

Meanwhile, women pray at home and then get busy organising a lavish spread of eatables like sivai – the special sweet for Eid (vermicelli cooked in milk and sugar), dry fruits, sweetmeats, biryani (meat cooked in spicy rice) and other things. They don their fancy new clothes and pay special heed to their make-up. The men return home to their beautiful wives and the family sits down for the grand meal. People embrace each other and exchange greetings of ‘Eid Mubarak’. Non-Muslims make it a point to visit their Muslim friends to join in their happiness and especially to consume some of the scrumptious food made for Eid. Eatables are served everywhere you go and dietary precautions are thrown to the winds on this day of joyful abandon. As usual, children have a field day during Eid and enjoy spending their ‘eiddi’ money as they deem fit.

Kashmiri Muslims do not prepare sivai for Eid. Instead, they make several meat dishes, sweetmeats and kahva (Kashmiri tea, made with dry fruits, spices and a special kind of Chinese or Tibetan tea, strangely called ‘Bombay Tea’).

Brothers pay a visit to their married sisters and take along sivai and other eatables along with some clothes, bangles and money. and sisters are not the only ones who eagerly await this day. The dhobi (washerman), the postman, the plumber, the electrician take turns to ‘ appear’ on your doorstep and wish you ‘Eid Mubarak’ and flash that all too familiar grin. No one really minds though, as their ‘eiddi’ has also become a ritual of sorts.

Eid Ul Fitr is a joyous occasion. It celebrates discipline and kindness and strives to establish a semblance of equality in our crazy chaotic cosmos.