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Marie Kondo tip on effective tidying


Marie Kondo has discovered a wonderful technique to tidying up the mess. As I see, we can use the principle to tidying the house or even to tidying our mind. I reproducing here the main theme to keep in mind before tidying up:

Effective tidying involves only two essential actions:
1. discarding things
2. where to store things

This principle does not change.

The rest depends on the level of tidiness you personally want to achieve.

Source – Marie Kondo :: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever



Happy Friendship Day



I received a beautiful poem written by Harivansh Rai Bachchan today on Whatsapp. I want to record the poem here:

अगर बिकी तेरी दोस्ती
तो पहले ख़रीददार हम होंगे

तुझे खबर न होगी तेरी क़ीमत
पर तुझे पाकर सबसे आमिर हम होंगे
दोस्त साथ हो तो रोने में भी शान हैं
दोस्त ना हो तो महफ़िल भी शमशान हैं
सारा खेल दोस्ती का है ऐ मेरे दोस्त
वर्ना जनाज़ा और बारात एक ही समान हैं

author: हरिवंशराय बच्चन

Dr Brahma Prakash’s invaluable advise to Dr. Kalam

a p j abdul kalamAs a young engineer, I worked with Dr Brahma Prakash. He taught me how tolerance of others’ views and opinions is essential in building teams and accomplishing tasks that are beyond the individuals’ capacities. He taught me that life is a precious gift, but it comes with responsibility. With this gift, we are expected to use our talents to make the world a better place, to live an ethical and well-balanced life, and to prepare for the spiritural life – which is eternal.

Dr Brahma Prakash changed the way I saw the world. He once told me, “Kalam, if you see this world as mean and rude, it will interfere with your concentration. Negative thinking is similar to carrying twenty bags of luggage on a trip. This baggage will make your trip miserable, and progress will be slow.”

— APJ Abdul Kalam
Source: Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji by APJ Abdul Kalam

Learning priorities while studying

how_to_studyThe true order of learning should be:
1. what is necessary
2. what is useful
3. what is ornamental

To reverse this arrangement is like beginning to build at the top of the edifice.

Source: how to study  – George Fillmore Swain

thoughts have weight too

Sometimes we read and hear a lot of words but, it doesn’t become our realization. Yesterday, while chanting hare krishna, I came upon a realization on the effect of sublime thoughts on our being. I want to categorize thoughts of 3 types:

  1. Heavy thoughts: (Negative Thoughts) :
    • Examples: thoughts of Anger, Jealousy, Hatred, Guilt, Shame . Of course, we can call them feelings. But the root is the thought, I imagery which we have in our mind. To illustrate the point lets go through two examples:
    • Consider, somebody abused you – then that event is the root imagery. This imagery will be played in the mind like a video tape. Our body then creates a response to it by sending out signals of hatred. This is a very heavy thought, as it saps our energy. If you are at work, you don’t feel like working. The feeling of tiredness will persist in you.
    • Now, consider a opposite thought where, you have insulted somebody in the past. Now, the event is the root thought. When this imagery is getting played, the body creates a response to it by sending out signals ( hormones ) of guilt. This is again a very heavy thought.
    • These kind of thoughts drain out the battery of the body and mind. That’s when we say, “the person lacks spirit”. This is because the poor guy is possessed of negative thoughts and he actually needs external help to resolve these inner disputes.
  2. Medium Weight thoughts (Positive Thoughts):
    • These are thoughts like love for a person, inspiration on seeing people accomplishing impossible feats, hearing wonderful music etc.
    • These are sort of medium weight thoughts as the battery of our body is not drained as fast as negative thoughts but nevertheless it is drained. Because, on the imagery of these kind of thoughts, our body releases pleasant sensations.
  3. Light Weight ( Sublime Thoughts / No Thought ):
    • These are sort of no-thought. When your mind does not produce an imagery in the present moment. The body has not reacted to it by producing any hormones. On seeing the photo of saintly people your body feels calm and relaxed. This is because no thought is produces. It gives a real lightness of being to you. I am feeling it as difficult to describe this state. Bliss.


Gautam Siddhartha – the Buddha – has rightly said:

What we think, we become - Buddha

Rockstar 2011 film

   I don’t care what others think about this film, I have liked Rockstar film very much. Ranbir is definitely a star to watch out for. He is wonderful actor and is getting good films. The story maybe flawed, but, every story is different and this too is a possible journey of a person striving towards perfection.

The songs are wonderful with beautiful lyrics. “Phir se ud chala” wonderful. Rahman, Irshad Kamil duo is magical.

Jo bhi main kehna chaahon barbaad kare alfaaz mere…

merafunda and my restricted access

I realise, i should have named this website as: merafunda .. as i am the only guy expressing my opinion here.

As, login to is blocked at Tavant Technologies, hence, i had to open a new blog with free access:

Sashank express meaning: sashank expresses what he finds worth expressing… 🙂