The bowl of noodles

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President Xi Jing Peng of China said:
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As a small child , I was very *selfish*, always grabbing the best for myself.🙄
Slowly, everyone left me and I had no friends. I *didn’t think* it was my fault and I criticize others.🤔
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But my father gave me 3 sentences to *help* me in life.🤨
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One day, my father cooked 2 bowls of noodles and put them. on the table.🤔
One had an egg on top while the other bowl had none on top.🙂
Then he asked me to choose a bowl of noodles 🍜 .

Because eggs were hard to come by those days…. I chose the bowl with egg! 🙂🙂🙂

I was congratulating myself on my wise choice/decision and decided to wallop the egg….to my surprise as my father’s bowl of noodles had *two* eggs at the bottom of his bowl beneath the noodles ! 😀 😀

With much regret, I scolded myself for being too hasty in my decision.🤔🤔

My father smiled and *taught* me to remember that *what your eyes see may not be true*😇 .

He added that *If you make a habit of *taking advantage of people, you will end up losing*😇
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The next day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles: one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top.

Again, he asked to choose the bowl I wanted🤔

This time I felt smarter so I chose the bowl without any egg on top.🙂

Hmmmmmm to my surprise, there was not even a single egg at the bottom of the bowl!😱

Again, my father smiled and said to me, *My child, you must not always rely on experiences because sometimes, life can cheat you or play tricks on you*.

Never be too annoyed or sad, with situations, *just treat experience as learning a lesson experience that cannot be gotten from any textbooks.🤔🤔🙂
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The third day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles, one bowl with an egg on top and the other with no egg on top.🤔🤨

He asked me to choose the bowl I wanted 🤔.

But this time, I told my father, *Dad, you choose first, you are the head of the family and you contribute the most to the family*.

My father was happy to and choose for me🙌🏽🙌🏽t

He chose the bowl with one egg on top, but as I ate my bowl of noodles, to my surprise! There were *two* eggs at the bottom of the bowl.👍🏽🙂
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My father smiled at me with love in his eyes, he said *my child, you must remember that when you think for the good of others, good things will always naturally happen to you*😇
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I always remember these 3 sentences of my father
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Xi Jing Peng

Tarot and Vedic Astrology. A comparative study

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Tarot and Vedic Astrology. A comparative study.

Tarot from the West.

Vedic Astrology from the East.

Are they poles apart, incomparable to one another?

Or are there connections between the two.

Let’s have a look.

Origins

The first Tarot deck can be traced back to 14th century Italy. Vedic Astrology or Jyotish first received mention in Vedic texts over 5600 years ago.  Both were patronised by the nobility and gain popularity over the years.

Foundations

The Tarot is based on the present moment energy. Vedic Astrology is based on the position of planets during your time of birth and during the time of a reading. Both tools of divination can be used to understand and learn about the past, the present and the future potential of  an individual during a consultation.

Tools

In Tarot the reader reads from a deck of 78 cards which represent the journey of the soul from birth to death. And in Vedic Astrology, the astrologer interprets the chart from the position of the planets and their transits as represented in their chart, which is drawn after scientific calculation.

Prerequisites to Knowledge

In order to give answers the Vedic Astrologer is required to understand Astronomy as well as have the ability to calculate the positions of degrees and angles in the planets in relation to one another. In Tarot, a thorough understanding of the 78 cards is expected from a Tarot reader who then interprets the question using knowledge and the power of intuition to answer the question.

Levels of Accuracy

Neither a Tarot reading nor a Vedic Astrology reading is 100% accurate both are open to human interpretation and human error in judgement.

Prediction of Exact Dates

Many Vedic Astrologers say this science has the ability to predict dates, but Aacharya Adityaa  says “it can give you a probability of when the event takes place.” Upma Shrivastava says vedic astrology “goes beyond prediction helping to bring a change in your atitude towards life”

On the other hand Tarot can offer broad time frames when energy shifts and although there are suits to indicate Seasons and court cards to indicate Zodiac signs, exact dates are rarely given on the basis of the cards alone.

Role of Intuition

Intuition plays a role in both. Some call it the sixth sense, some call it clairvoyance, but it’s the little extra insight provided by both the Astrologer and the Tarot reader.

In Vedic Astrology too, as Upma Shrivastava, puts it ” the moment I open someone’s chart my intuition is activated as I see the planetary positions affecting a person’s current state”where as Aacharya Aditya concludes ” Prediction has a direct relationship with your intuition power”

In Tarot readings the reader uses his or her intuition to interpret the messages of the cards while tuning into the querent’s energies. However, the Tarot works more like a life guide and predictions are only part of a reading. The rest is an understanding of your situation, the choices you have ahead of you and how you can move forward.

Both the Tarot and Vedic Astrology work in tandem with one another. Both offer insights about what may be happening and what could happen and they complement one another in many ways. Neither is superior nor inferior, they are just two methods of helping you find clarity, peace and direction.

 

By Mita Bhan (with valuable collaborative inputs by Aacharya Aaditya and Upma Srivastava Tel – 8130908560)

 

 

 

 

7 of Swords. Pants on Fire.

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Clang! One of the swords fell out just as the thief was about to slip out the door.

“What was that sound?”

“Nothing” he squeaked shrilly, avoiding her gaze.

She bent down and picked up the fallen sword. It looked familiar, too familiar in fact. She had heard the story a hundred times before from a hundred different faces with a hundred different masks of innocence.

He smiled nervously, shifting ever so slightly and proceeded to give her a chronological sequence of events as to how he got the sword, how he felt it needed a little polishing, and how he managed to get a discount at the polishing shop, so well he thought it would be a nice gift to return, you know a polished sword.

His words sounded rehearsed. Too perfect.

“I don’t believe you” she said calmly.

She caught a fleeting glimpse of anger on his face. The mask was dropping. He roared at her for never believing him. Called her names. Ranted and raged. Loudly proclaimed his inoccence. And ran for his life into the night.

(Although there are many meanings around the 7 of Swords I’ve always found the definition “the liar, the thief and the conman” to be the most appropriate description)

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November 2018 Tarot Forecast

November 2018 Tarot Forecast

Aries

You may feeling trapped in a situation or a relationship that seems impossible to get out of. Look at things objectively. Are you really stuck or are your imaginary fears holding you back? Time to face whatever it is that holds you back boldly and break free. A good month to reconnect with people you’ve meaning to meet for a while. And sorting out financial matters.  Expect stress but remember it will only be temporary. Take frequent breaks if it’s starts building up.

Taurus

After a phase of disappointments and delays, hope reappears in your life. A gateway of possibilities opens up and you feel renewed. A month of creative inspiration, spiritual growth and even some dreams coming true, it’s time to tap into your truest potential. Love matters blossom and you may find yourself getting more attention than before. Enjoy this phase dear Taurean. But do watch out for splurging unecessarily, before you shop ask yourself if you truly need the things.

Gemini

Busy Busy days ahead. If you tend to get overwhelmed by the number of things to get done, get organised and delegate. A month of meetings, parties and reunions. Family members will support your decision to change your life. And you may take the initial steps towards important life changing choices. A sense of harmony pervades the weeks ahead, just make sure not to overindulge in the good things. Discovery seems to be the key word as you open your mind to possibilities and discover an old friend.

 

Cancer

You may have a tendency to trust the wrong people. Or give much more than you receive. This month sees you facing a few unpleasant truths about others . Or feeling used so do stop this trend before it gets to you. In the job front, expect a shocking a revelation or a the sudden departure of a trusted colleague. Financially not a month for taking unecessary risks, it’s time to hold on to what you have, reassess things and then move forth. Health matters remain stable but bringing in a little more self discipline into your daily routine could do wonders.

Leo

If you dont ask for what you want, you wont get it. Speak out, ask and persuade. This month sees you taking more charge of an area in your life you’ve been a little casual about. Streamlining, organising and decluttering seem to take centre stage and you discover the joys of living minimally. An older woman may need attention and do heed the advice of your elders. Express yourself more emotionally with your loved ones. Your expenses may go a little overboard so do control your spending.

Virgo

If you feel taken for granted, ask yourself if you are taking others for granted too. Dont allow the behaviour of others to get you stuck in a pattern of disappointment. Break out of the predictable routine this month and do something totally different. Or better still, identify a personal weakness and work on it. Money and work matters run smoothly though your heart may be elsewhere. You may go through a phase of absolute boredom with your routine. Watch out for a nagging ailment, timely treatment is advised.

Libra

If something’s truly broken and over, don’t waste time trying to fix it. Walk away and focus on something else. A month for learning to overcome setbacks, realise the weeks ahead of you are teaching you to be more resilient and flexible. A promising project or offer could fizzle out mysteriously. Just move onwards, the cards advise. Earnings begin to start increasing over the following months. Friendships deepen and a special someone may commit. Realise that the only things you have control over are you own thoughts.

Scorpio

Feelings of well being, harmony and peace dominate your energies. You feel more relaxed with your achievements and pretty confident about the future. People pick up your vibe and you may find yourself more popular in certain circles. A good month to meet old friends and family and show them how much you care. A sudden flirtation could turn into a short, sweet romance. This month favours financial gains, lucky breaks and money that was owed to you will show promises of being returned.

Saggitarius

After a few hiccups in the beginning of the month or the start of a project, things start to move swiftly and smoothly. The more clear your goals are, the faster you will reach them. Watch out for bouts of impatience and irritability at the work place. Coworkers may not appreciate your gung-ho approach and may slow down the pace. A lovely month for redecoration and renewal, your creativity is at its height and you may spend on art and artefacts. Travel plans may be delayed, but your optimism allows you to overcome any setback.

Capricorn

Something comes to an end and something new begins. You may start a new job, shift houses, or break up with an old friend in this period of change. Don’t look back, this is only part of change, and what’s ahead looks brighter and better. Since you’ve discovered your worth you won’t settle for anything lesser. It’s okay to be choosy, just dont take so much time that the opportunity floats away.  Promises may be made for long term financial gains and earnings. Keep an open mind to differing points of view.

Aquarius

If you’ve in conflict over something, or struggling with a challenging atmosphere, the cards foretell resolution and the return of peace. Use logic and facts to back up what you say and people will believe you. An older man at the workplace may controlling. This month favours discussions, debates, negotiations and planning. The more detailed your plan, the more success there is ahead. Healthwise recovery is assured but some sort of compromise needs to be brought in to your daily lifestyle.

Pisces

Clarity at last. A mystery is solved. Secrets are revealed. As you evolve you discover that everything is never really black and white, but more a shade of grey. A good month to prioritise your to-do list. Don’t waste time on non essentials. An important decision will be made regarding your future. A month of partying and pleasure but do remember not to go overboard.

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As energies change so will your Tarot reading.

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The Tarot is based on the present moment, the cards pick up and reflect  the energies that surround you right now in the Universe. As energies change (which they will constantly in the Universe) so will the answers. However as I have seen in the case of repeated questions, the major issues and dominant personality traits remain the same. Sometimes the same card is repeated but many a times, the cards change with every subsequent reading.

For example a young man who  had a reading about a transfer in his company 3 times in one month. The first time the cards assured him of long term success professionally, a need to be patient and positive. He had informed the Management, had reached out to a few key people he had worked with earlier and had to focus on completing the project in hand.

In the second reading, the cards revealed recent conflicts and obstacles which would delay or sabotage his transfer. The querent admitted to having a  loud, verbal disagreement with a coworker who complained to the Management. The energies had changed around him and so had the outcome.  The 10 of pentacles returned assuring him of long term success but a need to handle the crisis coolly and professionally lest there be dire consequences.

His third reading followed a week later. His contract had  been terminated and there were no signs of renewal nor any responses to his request for a transfer. Clearly the cards had changed and reflected the changes in his energy and his company towards him. However, long term professional success was still assured but a change in his current path was suggested.

The Universe is in a constant flux, nothing remains the same. A single thought or act on part of the querent can totally change the reading. To quote the wise ones “nothing is every carved in stone, as energies change so does the outcome”

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Tarot. More Than The Future.

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Most people turn to the Tarot purely for predictions, not realizing that these ancient deck of cards can offer so much more to the querent than just what will happen tomorrow.

Here are a few ways that you can fully tap into the potential of the Tarot.

  1. Self Development – The Tarot answers questions about the inner self in a way no other tool of divination can. Not only can it help you guide you to ways of  self improvement, it can point areas of strength, weakness and potential we all possess. Questions like “What do I need to learn about being a better parent to my children?” “What do I need to understand about a recurring dream?” “How can I make this relationship work?”
  2. Ideas and Direction – Many fiction and non fiction writers use the Tarot cards  for plot development and even character insights.
  3. Learning about symbolism of ancient cultures. The vivid imagery in each card speaks a lot more than eye can see and the Tarot gives you an insight into the world of occult symbols and their meanings be it from the Celts, the Ancient Egyptians etc.
  4. Clarity when it comes to understanding yourself and others. The Tarot reveals character traits, why a person may be facing a particular challenge and even a way forward.
  5. Although the Tarot cannot “make a decision” for us, it can offer us an indepth look into our choices eg “If I take up the new job offer what can I expect?”
  6. Tool for Meditation. Many readers love use the Tarot cards as a tool for meditation and many have even helped their querents focus on areas which they’d like to make peace with.

The next time you open your deck of cards for self study or go for a reading, consider tapping into the total potential of the Tarot, going beyond what will happen tomorrow, to what you can do right now for yourself. Remember, it’s all about the question you ask.

 

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5 Ways to Beat Phone Fatigue

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5 Ways to  Beat Phone Fatigue

In a world that’s slowly getting run by mobile phones, it’s not hard to get phone fatigue. Best described as simply getting tired of hearing ringtones, pings, voices and feeling a slight headache you just know when you’ve had enough of your phone, or even the phone of the guy in the next cubicle, or the lady in the queue. Your ears, your brain and your voice-box (larynx) are simply drained out.

Here’s what you should do when it gets unbearable:

  1. Switch your phone off or put it on silent for an hour.
  2. Go outdoors, get some chores done, walk in the park.
  3. Meditate.
  4. Drink plenty of water. Dehydration depletes the energy without us even realising it.
  5. Connect with nature. I like to tend to my plants or play with my pet cats.

The key is becoming aware that we are human after all, and do need to rest and recharge from that which is draining us the most.

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The Gurus of Patience

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The Gurus of Patience

Christmas time at a busy airport.

The queue was endless.

And the passengers were getting impatient.

The officials at the immigration counter didn’t care.

They sipped their tea and chatted.

While a few voices cried out “We’re going to miss our flight!”

And babies yelled, sick of being carried, yearning to run free on their tiny feet.

One group of men in saffron robes stood apart.

in their demeanour.

Totally unaffected by the chaos, the crowds and the panic.

They held on to their passports and stood calmly, smiling inside.

They knew, their turn would come, in time.

It was pointless to shove and to shout.

Everybody goes where they are meant to go, when the time is right.

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Where would we be without the kindness of strangers?

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The Kindness of Strangers

 

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It is only  a sense of deep gratitude  I feel for all the strangers who have helped me without me even asking them.

The security guard who carried my crying 6 month old while I fumbled in my bag for my boarding pass in an international airport.

The lady who held my hand tightly while I stumbled on the mossy pebbles in a temple pond.

The man who gave me his handkerchief when I received a call about the death of a loved one in a queue.

The old couple who emailed me pictures of my son performing in a street play when my camera battery died.

The cashier who lent me her phone to make an emergency call when I forgot my phone.

Or even the lady who let me stand in front of her in the check out queue because I had just one item while her shopping cart was full.

And countless other angels down the years who were there when I needed a helping hand. They came forward wordlessly, in seconds and I still thank each and every one of them.

Without even realising it, these people show us the world isn’t such a cold and cruel place.  By being themselves, they inspire us every day to extend our hand if we see a stranger stumble or fall. To pay their kindness forward and add a little kindness to our worlds.

 

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October 2018 Tarot Forecast

October 2018 Tarot Forecast

Aries

Something’s changed so much that you have no choice but to go with the flow. Though a part of you may be resisting things, or unwilling to open your mind you really have very little choice. At the work front, you may have to take a few more risks if you want to get ahead. And quit worrying about what the others are up to. The key is to stay grounded and willing to change. Relationships may go through a rocky patch this month as your stubbornness could lead to some differences. The more you learn to listen, the better things become.

 

Taurus

 

Oops you may have been splurging a bit too much lately and may end up feeling the pinch in the days ahead. The month’s barely begun and you’re already broke. Resolve to spend carefully in the days ahead and learn from your mistakes. At work there may be a misunderstanding which could lead to a temporary state of confusion, but it will soon resolve. Your better half or your partner may be under the weather or simply moody this week. Don’t expect sympathy, remember, there are some moments in life when we just have to go through things on our own.

Gemini

Wow, you make a killing this month when it comes to money matters. A bonus that was due to you comes your way. Or you receive some unexpected money. If it doesn’t happen that way, then you feel more secure than you’ve ever felt before. A good time to invest, or to sort out any bank matters, the cards promise greater wealth and gains for you in the years ahead. In the domestic front you may decide to renovate your home or buy that car you’ve been eyeing for a while. An old flame or suitor may rekindle feelings of nostalgia within you.

Cancer

It’s time to start believing in your own abilities and stop relying on other people for their approval. The only way to grow and rise is when you trust your inner voice, and know that you have what it takes to be a success. You may have to deal with an extremely ruthless and ambitious person and if you don’t stand up for yourself you may get completely trampled upon. Even in your love life, speak up when upset. Repressing emotions and feelings will only lead to pain for you. Be bold and fearless dear Cancer, it’s time to seize the bull by its horns and make a name for yourself.

Leo

You’re your at your most optimistic this month. And if you aren’t out partying, you soon will be. Even at work, your cheerful attitude will be picked up and appreciated by the team. And if there’s a celebration due, why not asap? Just make sure you don’t eat or drink too much. Know your limits or else you may find yourself a little under the weather. Good news comes to you in your love life. The one you’ve been eyeing for a while now likes you too. Or you and your mate decide to renew and strengthen your bonds with one another. A good month to love and spread the love around!

Virgo

A project comes to an end. And don’t be surprised at the amount of praise you receive. Your efforts are not going unnoticed. And if you continue this way, then there can only be greater gains and glory coming your way. You may find yourself appreciating and enjoying the finer things of life, and may even splurge on something luxurious or precious. Go ahead and treat yourself. An outing with your friends may be just the thing your soul needs. Enjoy yourself, but not for too long. There’s a lot ahead of you that you need to accomplish.

Libra

Your clarity and determination is unstoppable. With your principles and your values intact, you set out to get to the heart of the matter. A good time for study, research and planning. Your attention to detail is at its sharpest, and when it comes to intellectual might, no one comes close to you in this period. While you’re busy intellectualizing don’t forget to pay attention to your health. Remember, all work and no play? Take time out to chill.

Scorpio

With your determination to win, you’ll surely overcome all obstacles that stand in your way right now. Just make sure you don’t step on anyone’s toes in your climb to the top. A sudden change of plans or an obstacle may take you by surprise – stay grounded and prepare yourself for a minor detour. Remember your success story is all up to you. Take control of your situation and decide what risks are worth taking and what aren’t. Watch out for being a little too controlling in your personal relationships though, expect resistance and fireworks to your ideas.  Relationships could turn explosive suddenly.

Saggitarius

Get in touch with your inner child again. Enjoy being playful and carefree. Spend time in the company of young ones and discover the joy of living in the moment. Work matters run smoothly. And in your personal life a part of you just wants to have a great time. Old school mates may have a reunion, or you may get in touch with someone from a long time ago and relive the old memories. Remember the more we give of ourselves and our energies, the more we receive. Money that was owed to you will be returned, be patient.

Capricon

You’re restless, impatient and just can’t relax. Figure out what exactly is bothering you and try and do something about it. If it’s beyond your control, let go. Your heart may not be in your work in the days ahead and you may dream of leaving it all behind and going off to dream destination. Even in your relationships with loved ones you may feel like something’s missing. The dissatisfaction dear Capricon, comes from within yourself. Meditate, introspect and find out how you can change from within.

Aquarius

Whether you notice it or not, you are surrounded by well wishers and people who truly love you. Positive energies abound and it’s up to you to do something good with the love that’s flowing. The key to happiness may be right in front of your eyes and you need to pay attention to the signals. This could be the start of a lifelong love affair. Or a marriage. Or the start of a new chapter in your life where things work your way, and where you attract only the good things of life. Take advantage of the good feelings.

Pisces

We all need our space and solitude. And this month seems to be the month for wanting time out. You may not feel like gossiping in the workplace over tea. Or going for the party you’ve been invited to. And besides who says you have to. Recharge your batteries and enjoy your solitude. Just make sure you don’t overdo it that’s all. A good time to reassess your work and achievements, and set long term goals. Lady Luck smiles at all those preparing for tests and exams.

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