Buddha Nagar

Buddha Nagar

Jason had heard that there was a place called Buddha Nagar where everyone was enlightened. He set out looking for this mythical town. After years of wandering, he came to a river. Across the river was Buddha Nagar.

Jason got onto a boat. The cool breeze felt so good. A wave of joy swept through him. At last, he had made it to Buddha Nagar. He congratulated himself on the success of his mission. His patience, his struggles had borne fruit. As he looked around with a sense of satisfaction, his eyes fastened onto a corpse floating away. He looked carefully. Why, it was his own corpse. In a single moment, all his achievements, his virtues, his spirituality, even his making it to Buddha Nagar were gone forever. What a loss!

In deep sorrow, Jason started crying, first slowly and then uncontrollably. Then through his tears, he looked at the corpse a second time only to find that his sorrow and sense of loss too had floated away. An all-enveloping peace descended on him. He was liberated from joy and sorrow.  When you can see your own corpse, when you can see your judgments floating away, every place is Buddha Nagar. That is when you come alive for the first time.

From a story published once in tickledbylife.com


Story from The Art of manliness on Gratitude :

The District of Columbia police auctioned off about 100 unclaimed bicycles Friday. “One dollar,” said an 11-year-old boy as the bidding opened on the first bike. The bidding, however, went much higher. “One dollar,” the boy repeated hopefully each time another bike came up. 

The auctioneer, who had been auctioning stolen or lost bikes for 43 years, noticed that the boy’s hopes seemed to soar higher whenever a racer-type bicycle was put up.

Then there was just one racer left. The bidding went to eight dollars. “Sold to that boy over there for nine dollars!” said the auctioneer. He took eight dollars from his own pocket and asked the boy for his dollar. The youngster turned it over in pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters — took his bike, and started to leave. But he went only a few feet. Carefully parking his new possession, he went back, gratefully threw his arms around the auctioneer’s neck, and cried. 

How many of us show such gratitude ? If no, let's pick up the phone today, meet up or just message a thank you to someone, who you feel needs to be thanked. A heartfelt thank you, can go a very long way.

Keep living, keep rocking.

Awesome TV ads series #1

Indian advertising arena has produced many gems and won accolades around the world. I thought of consolidating a few and putting it up for everyone to enjoy. For now, I'll focus on TV commercials...

Many of these ads stand out because of the inherent emotional connect it makes with the viewer. The ad postings are in no particular order. The intention of this series is not to rate them or critically analyze them, but just sit back and enjoy them ! And I hope you would like them too. :)

This post is about a series of 4 ads launched by Airtel showcasing unlimited night calls and internet facility. The ads portray this through two characters indulging in some playful conversations, a night before their wedding. These ads are so good that you have to try very hard to switch channels. :)

Watch them and enjoy !

The king's challenge

There once was a king who was going to put to death many people, but before doing so he offered a challenge. 

If any of them could come up with something which would make him happy when he was sad, and sad when he was happy, he would spare their lives. All night the wise men meditated on the matter. 

In the morning they brought the king a ring. The king said that he did not see how the ring would serve to make him happy when he was sad and sad when he was happy. The wise men pointed to the inscription. When the king read it, he was so delighted that he spared them all.

The inscription read - “This too shall pass.“

(Originally, said to be a sufi legend but many versions exist. This version is from here.)