The Mind Can Hold Only One Thought At ANy One Time
Any-one can easily create a positive, creative mindset within a short-period.
1. Undesriable though occupies the mind.
2. Immediately replce it with uplifitng one.
3. Mind is like a slide projector – every thought is a slide, whenever negative slide comes up, take action to replace with positive slide.
4. Use Beads of Necklace. Whenever negative thoughts occue, remove a bead from the necklace and keep in a jar.
1. Becoome aware that you are thinking uninspiring thoughts.
2. Appreciate once and for all that just as easily as you allowed hese gloomy thoughts to enter, you can replace them with cheerful ones.
3. Think of opposite of gloom.
4, Concentrate on being cheerful.
5. Feel you are happy.
6. Sit up straight, breathe deeply, train the power of your mind on positive thoguths.
7. Apply it to every negative thoughts that habitually visit your mind.
Quality of your thoughts determine quality of your lifes.
Weak inds = weak actions.
Strong disciplined mind = daily practice = miraccles.
I suppose I have changed a good deal during these twelve years (between writing his Autobiography and The Discovery of India). I have grown more contemplative. There is perhaps a little more poise and equilibrium, some sense of detachment, a greater calmness of spirit. I am not overcome now to the same extent as I used to be by tragedy or what I conceived to be tragedy. The turmoil and disturbance are less and are more temporary, even though the tragedies have been on a far greater scale.
Is this, I have wondered, the growth of a spirit of resignation, or is it a toughening of the texture? Is it just age and a lessening of vitality and of the passion of life? Or is it due to long periods in prison and life slowly ebbing away, and the thoughts that fill the mind passing through, after a brief stay, leaving only ripples behind? The tortured mind seeks some mechanism of escape, the senses get dulled from the repeated shocks, and a feeling comes over one that so much evil and misfortune shadow the world that a little more or less does not make much difference. There is only one thing that remains to us that cannot be taken away: to act with courage and dignity and to stick to the ideals that have given meaning to life; but that is not the politician’s way.
Someone said the other day: death is the birth right of every person born – a curious way of putting an obvious thing. It is a birthright which nobody has denied or can deny, and which all of us seek to forget and escape so long as we may. And yet there was something novel and attractive about the phrase. Those who complain so bitterly of life have always a way out of it, if they choose. That is always in our power to achieve. If we cannot master life we can at least master death. A pleasing though lessening the feeling of helplessness.
What was my philosophy of life? I did not know. Some years earlier I would not have been so hesitant. There was a definiteness about my thinking and objectives then which has faded away since. The events of the past few years in India, China, Europe and all over the world have been confusing, upsetting and distressing, and the future has become vague and shadowy and has lost that clearness of outline which it once possessed in my mind.
This doubt and difficulty about fundamental matters did not come in my way in regard to immediate action, except that it blunted somewhat the sharp edge of that activity. No longer could I function as I did in my younger days, as an arrow flying automatically to the target of my choice, ignoring all else but that target. Yet I functioned for that urge to action was there and a real or imagined coordination of that action with the ideals I held. But a growing distaste for politics as I saw them seized me and gradually my whole attitude to life seemed to undergo a transformation.
The ideals and objectives of yesterday were still the ideals of today, but they had lost some of their luster and, even as one seemed to go towards them, they lost the shining beauty which had warmed the heart and vitalized the body. Evil triumphed often enough, but what was far worse was the coarsening and distortion of what had seemed so right. Was human nature so essentially bad that it would take ages of training, through suffering and misfortune, before it could behave reasonably and raise man above the creature of lust and violence and deceit that he now was? And, meanwhile, was every effort to change it radically in the present or the near future doomed to failure?
Ends and means: were they tied up inseparably, acting and reacting on each other, the wrong means distorting and sometimes even destroying the end in view? But the right means might well be beyond the capacity of infirm and selfish human nature.
What then was one to do? Not to act was a complete confession of failure and a submission to evil; to act meant often enough a compromise with some form of that evil, with all the untoward consequences that such compromises result in.
Some vague or more precise philosophy of life we all have, though most of us accept unthinkingly the general attitude which is characteristic of our generation and environment.
As the year draws to a close, I recount my first blog of 2013 where I had listed a few books which I had intended to read.
A History of South India from Prehistoric Times to the Fall of Vijayanagar – KA Nilakanta Sastri
India Grows at Night: A liberal case for a strong state – Gurcharan Das
India after Gandhi: The history of the world’s largest democracy Ramachandra Guha
The above listed books are four of the twenty books I had listed, which I had completed. Despite not reading the other 16, I in fact, managed read a decent number of many other books. It is my bad that I did not list them properly. May be I should I have done it. Rookie mistakes are so annoying! (Read that in Frank Underwood’s voice.)
I have made a list for 2014 – a mixed bag of books dominated by non-fictions . The list is pretty long and I intend finish reading them, because the topics are so interesting. I am going to list them here based on various genres.
2014 – Reading List
Self Development and Human Psychology
Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Gretchen Rubin – The Happiness Project (epub)
The Irrational Bundle – Dan Ariely – Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty
Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell
Daniel Pink -Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Impostor Poodles to Purple Numbers – VS Ramachandran
Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Paperback) Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
International Relations and World History
The End of History and The Last Man by Francis Fukuyama
The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman
Why Nations Fail – The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty
Forbidden Nation – A History of Taiwan Jonanthan Manthorpe
Liberal Fascism The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning Jonah Goldberg
Glimpses of World History Jawaharlal Nehru
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – William L. Shirer
The World Until Yesterday – What Can We Learn from Traditional Socities – Jared Diamond
Currency Wars – The Making of the Next Global Crisis by James Rickards
Mao’s Great Famine – The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958 – 62 – Frank Dikotter
D- Day The Battle For Normany by Antony Beevor
Lawrence in Arabia, War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East – Scott Anderson
The Darker Nations A People’s History of the Third World- Vijay Prashad
The Revenge of Geography Robert Kaplan
On Liberty – John Stuart Mill
Water for Sale: How Business and the Market Can Resolve the World’s Water Crisis by Fredrik Segerfeldt
China A History (Paperback) by John Keay
The Prabhakaran Saga by S. Murari
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan by William Dalrymple
Must Read Books on International Relations and World History
Jared Diamond – Guns, Germs, and Steel–The Fates of Human Societies
Karl Polanyi – The Great Transformation
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics – John J. Mearsheimer
Man, the State and War – A Theoretical Analysis – Kenneth N Walktz
Perception and Misperception in International Politics by Robert Jervis
Red Capitalism The Fragile Financial Foundation of China’s Extraordinary by Carl E Walter and Fraser J T Howie
Seeing Like a State How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed + James Scott
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics John J Mearsheimer
Unbroken – A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand
The Age of Oil: The Mythology, History, and Future of the World’s Most Controversial Resource [Leonardo Maugeri]
Plutonium A History of The World’s Most Dangerous Element
Salt a World History
Spice – Jack Turner
The Prize – The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, & Power by Daniel Yergin
The Emporer of All Maladies – A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Nothing That Is – A Natural History Of Zero Robert Kaplan
Military, Wars and Conflict
On Killing – The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman
Confronting Tyranny Ancient Lessons for Global Politics Edited by Toivo Koivukoski and David Edward Tabachnick
The Origins of Violence Religion, History and Genocide by John Docker
Dirty Dealing – The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering, International Crime and Terrorism – Peter Lilley
Terrorism and Global Disorder Political Violence in the Contemporary World by Adrian Guelke
Enemy Combatants, Terrorism, and Armed Conflicts A Guide to the Issues – Edited by David K. Linnan
The Psychology of Terrorism – John Horgan
The Mind of The Terrorist – The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to al-Qaeda
Books on Pakistan
Pakistan: A New History Ian Talbot
Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan – M J Akbar
Magnificent Delusions Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding
The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan; by Ayesha Jalal
Jinnah: Creator of Pakistan, by Hector Bolitho
Jinnah of Pakistan, by Stanley Wolpert
Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic identity: the Search for Saladin; by Akbar S. Ahmed
The Idea of Pakistan, by Stephen P. Cohen
The Oxford Companion to Pakistani History Edited by Ayesha Jalal
The Murder of History: A Critique of History Textbooks Used in Pakistan by K.K. Aziz
New Perspectives on Pakistan Visions for the Future Edited, by Saeed Shafqat
The Enigma That is Pakistan : Travel Memoirs from the ‘Land of the Pure’ Shivendra Kumar Singh
Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb by Feroz Hassan Khan
Conversations with Myself – Nelson Mandela
Basic Writings of Nietzsche [trans. Kaufmann]
Haruki Murakami – Hear the Wind Sing, Pinball, 1973, A Wild Sheep Chase, Norwegian Wood