Sunday 27 December 2015


2015-52  Bible New Testament: St Paul - I Corinthians 13 - Love

St Paul and the Corinthians

I Corinthians 13  Love [New King James Version]

Love suffers long and is kind; 
  love does not envy; 
  love does not parade itself, 
  is not puffed up; 
[Love] does not behave rudely, 
  does not seek its own, 
  is not provoked, 
  thinks no evil; 
[Love] does not rejoice in iniquity, 
  but rejoices in the truth;
[Love] bears all things, believes all things, 
  hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails... 

YouTube Video: St Paul I Corinthians 13 - Love: Explanation: 
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YouTube Video: St Paul I Corinthians 13 - Love: with txt: [Click Here] 2:42 m

St Paul I Corinthians 13 Interpretation and Reinterpretation: [Click Here]

The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond: [Click Here]

Sunday 20 December 2015


2015-51 Bible Old Testament: David - Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd

Psalm 23:  A Psalm of David - The Lord is my Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

YouTube Video: Psalm 23  A Psalm of David [Click Here] 1m


Sunday 13 December 2015


2015-50  Mahatma Gandhi : Nature Cure

"Gandhiji had very early in life lost faith in modern medicine. He was convinced that for good health all that was necessary was to live according to the laws of Nature in regard to diet, fresh air, exercise, clean surroundings and a pure heart

Instead of this, man was tempted by modern medical knowledge to indulge himself to his heart's content, break every law of health and morality and then seek a cure through commercialized drugs. In revolt from this Gandhiji sought to discover for himself a sane way of overcoming disease without the use of medicines.

Besides, medicine tends to treat disease as merely a matter concerning the body. But Gandhiji viewing man as a whole finds that disease of the body is chiefly due to mental or spiritual causes and can be permanently cured only when man's entire attitude to life is changed.

The cure of bodily disease must therefore, according to him, be sought primarily in the realm of the spirit, in self-discipline and self-mastery through brahmacharya, in a thoughtful observance of the laws of Nature in regard to health, and in bringing about a physical and social environment conducive to the development of a sound body and a sound mind.

Gandhiji's conception of Nature Cure is therefore much wider than what is generally understood by that term. It is not merely a cure of disease after it has occurred but an attempt to prevent disease altogether by living according to the laws of Nature which, according to him, are the same as the laws of God.

Accordingly it involves not only the use of earth, water, air, sunlight, fasts and such like to cure disease, but even more a transformation of one's entire life —physical, mental, moral and social — through Ramanama or faith in God, alias His Law.

Rama-nama is not, therefore, for him mere magic which when uttered through the lips will work wonders of itself. It signifies, as already said, a complete change in the heart and mode of life of the individual, whereby the individual comes to be in tune with the infinite and so obtains never-failing disease- conquering life and strength from the Source of all life." 

[Editor B. Kumarappa's note on Mahatma Gandhi's book "Nature Cure"]

For the  Full Text of "NATURE CURE" by Mahatma Gandhi [Click Here]

For the  Full Text of "RAMANAMA" by Mahatma Gandhi [Click Here]

Sunday 6 December 2015


2015-49 Mahatma Gandhi : A Guide to Health

A Guide to Health [1921] 
Mahatma Gandhi writes in the Introduction to A GUIDE TO HEALTH [1921]: "For more than twenty years past I have been paying special attention to the question of Health. I have arrived at certain definite conclusions from that experience, and I now set them down for the benefit of my readers. As the familiar saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure.’ It is far easier and safer to prevent illness by the observance of the laws of health than to set about curing the illness which has been brought on by our own ignorance and indulgence.

Hence it is the duty of all thoughtful men to understand aright the laws of health, and the object of the following pages is to give an account of these laws. We shall also consider the best methods of cure for some of the most common diseases.
Illness is the result not only of our actions but also of our thoughts. As has been said by a famous doctor, more people die for fear of diseases like small-pox, cholera and plague than out of those diseases themselves.
Our ignorance of the most elementary laws of health leads us to adopt wrong remedies or drives us into the hands of quacks. There is nothing so closely connected with us as our body, but there is also nothing perhaps of which our ignorance is so profound, or our indifference so complete.
At present, we know not how to deal with the most ordinary scalds and wounds; we are helpless if a thorn runs into our foot; we are beside ourselves with fright and dismay if we are bitten by an ordinary snake! The following pages are intended for such as are willing to learn.
We have got into the habit of calling in a doctor for the most trivial diseases. Where there is no regular doctor available, we take the advice of mere quacks. We labour under the fatal delusion that no disease can be cured without medicine. This has been responsible for more mischief to mankind than any other evil.
Illness or disease is only Nature’s warning that filth has accumulated in some portion or other of the body. It would be wise to allow Nature to remove the filth, instead of covering it up by the help of medicines. Those who take medicines are really rendering the task of Nature doubly difficult.
It is quite easy for us to help Nature in her task by remembering certain elementary principles,—by fasting so that the filth may not accumulate all the more, and by vigorous exercise in the open air, so that some of the filth may escape in the form of perspiration. And it is necessary is to keep our minds under control.
We find from experience that, when once a bottle of medicine gets itself introduced into a home, it never thinks of going out, but only goes on drawing other bottles in its train. We come across numberless human beings who are afflicted by some disease or other all through their lives in spite of their pathetic devotion to medicines.
They are to-day under the treatment of this doctor, to-morrow of that. They spend all their life in a futile search after a doctor who will cure them for good. As Justice Stephen said, it is really astonishing that drugs of which so little is known should be applied by doctors to bodies of which they know still less!
Some of the greatest doctors of the West themselves have now come to hold this view. Sir Astley Cooper, for instance, admits that the ‘science’ of medicine is mostly mere guess-work; Dr. Baker and Dr. Frank hold that more people die of medicines than of diseases; and Dr. Masongood even goes to the extent of saying that more men have fallen victims to medicine than to war, famine and pestilence combined!"

Mahatma Gandhi concludes by saying that perfect health can be attained only by living in obedience to the laws of God, and defying the power of Satan. Truth is the source and foundation of all things that are good and great. Hence, a fearless and unflinching pursuit of the ideal of Truth and Righteousness is the key-note of true health as of all else. 

How To CureYourself Of Any Disease...By Keith Scott-Mumby [Click Here]
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Sunday 29 November 2015


2015-48:  Dale Carnegie - How to Stop Worrying

Self-Help Messiah Dale Carnegie [1888-1955]

Dale Carnegie was born in 1888, Maryville, Missouri, USA and was educated at Warrensburg State Teachers College. As a salesman and aspiring actor, he traveled to New York and began taking 'public-speaking' classes for adults at the YMCA. 

In 1912, the world famous Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations was born. He authored several bestsellers, including, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, and “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.” Over 50 million copies of Mr. Carnegie's books have been printed and published in scores of languages. 

Dale Carnegie's Summary of 

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Part 1:  Fundamental facts you should know about worry
  1. Live in "day-tight compartments." 

    1. Ask yourself, "What is the worst that can possibly happen if I can't solve my problem?
    2. Prepare yourself mentally to accept the worst--if necessary.
    3. Then calmly try to improve upon the worst--which you have already mentally agreed to accept.
  2. Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in terms of your health. 
Part 2:  Basic techniques in analyzing worry
  1. Get the facts. 
  2. After carefully weighing all the facts, come to a decision.
  3. Once a decision is carefully reached, get busy carrying out your decision.
  4. When you worry about a problem, write out answers for the following questions:
    1. What is the problem?
    2. What is the cause of the problem?
    3. What are all possible solutions?
    4. What is the best solution?
Part 3:  How to break the worry habit before it breaks you
  1. Crowd worry out of your mind by keeping busy. 
  2. Don't fuss about trifles. 
  3. Ask yourself: "What are the odds against this thing's happening at all?"
  4. Co-operate with the inevitable. Say to yourself: "It is so; it cannot be otherwise."
  5. Decide just how much anxiety a thing may be worth--and refuse to give it anymore.
  6. Let the past bury its dead. Don't saw sawdust.
Part 4:  7 ways to cultivate a mental attitude that will bring you peace & happiness
  1. Fill the mind with thoughts of peace, courage, health, and hope.
  2. Never waste a minute thinking about people you don't like.
    1. Instead of worrying about ingratitude, expect it. 
    2. Remember that the only way to find happiness is not to expect gratitude--but to give for the joy of giving.
    3. Remember that gratitude is a "cultivated" trait and train.
  4. Count your blessings--not your troubles!
  5. Do not imitate others. Find yourself and be yourself.
  6. When fate hands out a lemon, make a lemonade.
  7. Do good to others. "When you are good to others, you are best to yourself."
Part 5:  The perfect way to conquer worry
  1. Prayer
Part 6:  How to keep from worrying about criticism
  1. Unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment. No one ever kicks a dead dog.
  2. Do the very best you can; and keep out of the rain of criticism.
  3. Keep a record of the fool things you have done and criticize yourself. 
Part 7:  6 ways to prevent fatigue & worry and keep your energy and spirits high
  1. Rest before you get tired.
  2. Learn to relax at your work.
  3. Learn to relax at home.
  4. Apply these four good workings habits:
    1. Clear your desk of all papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand.
    2. Do things in the order of their importance.
    3. When you face a problem, solve it then and there if you have the facts to make a decision.
    4. Learn to organize, deputize, and supervise.
  5. To prevent worry and fatigue, put enthusiasm into your work.
  6. Remember, no one was ever killed by lack of sleep. It is worrying about insomnia that does the damage--not the insomnia.

Sunday 22 November 2015


2015-47:  Dale Carnegie: How to Win Friends

Dale Carnegie [1888-1955]
Dale Carnegie was born in 1888, Maryville, Missouri, USA and was educated at Warrensburg State Teachers College. As a salesman and aspiring actor, he traveled to New York and began taking 'public-speaking' classes for adults at the YMCA. 

In 1912, the world famous Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations was born. He authored several bestsellers, including, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, and “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.” Over 50 million copies of Mr. Carnegie's books have been printed and published in scores of languages. 

Published in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People is still a popular book in business and business communication skills. Dale Carnegie's four part book contains advice on how to create success in business and personal lives. How to Win Friends and Influence People is a tool used in Dale Carnegie Training and includes the following parts:

Part 1: Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
Part 2: Six Ways to Make People Like You
Part 3: How to Win People to Your Way of Thinking
Part 4: Be a Leader – How to Change People without Arousing Resentment.

Dale Carnegie's Summary of "How to Wind Friends and Influence People":

Part 1   Fundamental Techniques in Handling People

01 Don't criticize, condemn or complain.
02 Give honest and sincere appreciation.
03 Arouse in the other person an eager want.

Part 2   Six ways to make people like you

04 Become genuinely interested in other people.
05 Smile.
06 Address a person by his personal name.
07 Be a good listener.
08 Talk in terms of the other person's interests.
09 Make the other person feel important, sincerely

Part 3   Win people to your way of thinking

10 Avoid arguments.
11 Show respect for the other person's opinions. Never say, "You're wrong."
12 If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
13 Begin in a friendly way.
14 Get the other person saying "yes, yes" immediately.
15 Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
16 Let the other person feel that the idea is his.
17 Try honestly to see things from the other person's point of view.
18 Be sympathetic with the other person's ideas and desires.
19 Appeal to the nobler motives.
20 Dramatize your ideas.
21 Throw down a challenge.

Part 4   Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Arousing Resentment
22 Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
23 Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly.
24 Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
25 Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
26 Let the other person save face.
27 Be "hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise."
28 Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
29 Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
30 Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.

The above 30 principles have some overlaps as they are given under four headings. Among these, 10 principles of my choice are shown in red.



Sunday 15 November 2015


2015-45  "Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light"

"Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light" [1958-2012]
Thomas Kinkade [1958-2012] was an American painter of popular, realistic, pastoral, and idyllic subjects. He was notable for the mass marketing of his work as printed reproductions and other licensed products via the Thomas Kinkade Company. 
He characterized himself as "Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light" a phrase, originally attributed to the English Master, J.M.W. Turner [1775–1851]. 

Thom knew at an early age that painting was his true calling. He dedicated his life to creating art that emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages. He was inspired not by fame and fortune, but by the simple act of painting straight from the heart, putting on canvas the natural wonders and images that moved him most. 

Hometown Bridge
"The Bridge in Hometown Memories collection fondly revisits my idyllic childhood and I have often found that the heart and emotions of the boy seem to blend with the mind and sensitivities of the adult artist. As a maturing artist, I recognize deeper meaning within bridges, those ravine spanning passages we make in life; first love, birth of a child." - Thomas  Kinkade

Hometown Morning
“I think that in my Hometown Memories collection, I have established – at least to my own satisfaction – that you can go home again. Perhaps not with a boy’s innocence and enthusiasm, but certainly with an adult’s fond memories and deep appreciation for the gifts of community, of belonging, of shared values and dreams that are the essence of the hometown experience. Hometown Morning is the sixth and final look at the hometown of my boyhood – and, I hope, at some of the things you remember most warmly about you hometown as well.” – Thomas Kinkade

Savannah Romance
"In my painting, Savannah Romance, I've included an abundance of color - dogwood and mimosa trees vie for attention with resplendent southern magnolias and lush azaleas. Reigning over it all is the majestic Forsyth Fountain, bubbling forth with blessings anew.  It is my hope that your imagination will take you on a stroll down this shaded pathway to discover your own fountain of many blessings."   - Thomas Kinkade

Pathway to Paradise
"When humankind was young, we lived in a garden paradise…I believe that to be literally true. When we were children, we lived in a protected sanctuary, under the loving care of our parents.  

The world was new to our experience, and filled with wonder and mystery. The light had a special radiance…the flowers were treasures of color and scent ... butterfly was a small miracle.Then they grew up." - Thomas  Kinkade

It was this dedication and singular-minded focus on the ultimate goal of Sharing the Light that made Thomas Kinkade, a simple boy with a brush from the small country town of Placerville, California the most-collected living artist of his time.

Throughout his life Thomas Kinkade shared his joy and used his paints in support of hospitals, schools, and humanitarian relief. Though the recipient of countless awards and honors, it was Thom’s profound sense of purpose that his art was not just an accessory, but also a ministry, that continues on as his legacy. From custom images that were sold for The Salvation Army, Hurricane Katrina relief, Rotary International, to donations that now grace the halls of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the White House, The Vatican, and Britain’s Tate Museum, Thom raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over his lifetime for charity.

YouTube Video: The Life Story of Thomas Kinkade: [Click Here] 56:23m