Touching the void - by Joe Simpson

Posted by The Modern Buddha , Thursday, December 30 21:52

In June 1985, two British mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates made the first-ever climb of the West Face of the 21,000 foot snow-covered Siula Grande mountain in Peru. It was an exceptionally tough assault – but nothing compared to what was to come. Early in the descent, Simpson fell and smashed his right knee. Yates could have abandoned him but managed to find a way of lowering him down the mountain in a series of difficult drops blinded by snow and cold. Then Simpson fell into a crevasse and Yates eventually had no choice but to cut the rope, utterly convinced that his friend was now dead.

In his subsequent book on the climb entitled “Touching The Void”, Joe Simpson wrote:

The man and his four wives

Posted by The Modern Buddha , Sunday, December 12 09:53

             A successful man in his life, had four wives. When he was dying, he called his fourth wife, the most recent and the most young to his bedside.
"Lovely," said the man, lured by her legendary figure, "in a couple of days I will die. After death, I would be lonely without you. Will you come with me? "
"No," replied the young girl. "I'll stay here. I will pray at your funeral, but no more than that. And she hurried out of her husband's room.
His wife's rejection is like a stab in the heart of the man. He has devoted so much attention to his youngest wife. He was so proud of her that he was always picked as the best in any important event. His fourth wife had given dignity to the man in his old age. He was surprised to find the fact that his wife had no love for the love he gave her.
However, he still had three other wives, so he called his third wife whom he married when she was middle-aged. He has fought so hard to look after his third wife. He loved his third wife who had given him much happiness. She was an attractive woman coveted by all men, she was a very loyal woman. She gave the man a sense of security.

A Thought To Ponder Upon

Posted by The Modern Buddha , Wednesday, November 24 17:19

What is it that drives human beings to extreme emotions sometimes?
As the most civilized of living beings on earth we are under constant pressure of keeping our natural and basic instincts under strict check and control.
Is it this tug at the elasticity which breaks at some particular time and propels us to behave in the most uncivilized way?
Or is it the superior ego that blinds us for that moment?
Or is it owing to the influence of the so-emphasized rudimentary environment that we grow in?
By and by we hear of such stories and they have a negative influence and impact on the mass public. Can it ever be avoided? Can people act more mature? Or we just have to ignore all of it, turn away as if all that happens to only other people and walk away.
Maybe there is no answer to these questions. And if there is, there might be multiple versions in the form of wise advice from over-helping people.

Someone once said "A wise man does not ponder over unanswerable questions". Maybe we should pay heed to these wise words.

Positive attitude

Posted by The Modern Buddha , Sunday, September 19 21:44

This parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule praying or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what had happened, and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, HE WOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP!

Be good for one day...

Posted by The Modern Buddha , Monday, July 19 19:16

An inspirational conversation between Confucius and his disciples :

Confucius : "We may do whatever we like in our lifetime ; steal, kill, torture, cheat, whatever ......"

One disciple replied : " sounds great ! But what are the conditions required for it ?"

Confucius : "The condition is very easy. You can do evil for the rest of your life, but just one day before your death, be a good person."

Disciple : "But Master, we do not know when we will die."

Confucius : "Therefore, suppose that tomorrow you will die. Be a good person today ...!"

Four things we can never recover

Posted by The Modern Buddha , Monday, July 12 21:12

The stone.....after the throw !

The word.....after it's said!

The ocassion.....after the loss !

The time.....after it's gone !