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Kindness Recycled

By Sharon Andrew, Happiness Evangelist at Happiest Minds Technologies, Bangalore

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“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” Dalai Lama

There are everyday stories of kindness, compassion, warmth and love that fill our hearts with inspiration and hope. We are an amazing community of Happiest Minds where we can be kind to one another, grow together and spread ripples of kindness throughout the world. Genuine kindness is no ordinary act, but a gift of rare beauty.

I learnt lessons on kindness from my father…in his carrying goodies in the car to give to people at traffic lights, in giving blankets to the homeless who live on the streets, in providing the means for education to many, many financially challenged children, in giving an unused pair of spectacles to an old lady at a traffic signal after she bumped into the car because she could not see and also taking her to the optician…there are many such instances….the list continues to grow.

I learnt to be kind and gracious by just looking at his life…I am still learning…

No act of kindness, no matter how small…is ever wasted (Aesop)…they always return to you…

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Rise Above Criticism, Stereotyping and Judging People

By Anuj R

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The first line that strikes my mind is, Can only holy people like Dalai Lama rise above criticism, stereotyping and judgement? I just give it 30 seconds gap and realize that it’s possible for every human to do so. I have seen those rare people who initially shun away from these three actions or habits and finally develop an ability to be silent. Yes, these are just 1 in 100 persons and this quality is definitely worth the admiration.

“(Stereotyping) is only for those without the imagination to see people as they are instead of being like someone else they understand.” ― Tom Clancy

Stereotyping is taking a shortcut. People like to classify based on appearance, skin, colour, age, caste, religion etc. It ranges from most silly thoughts to some serious ones. If we think that stereotyping is a small thing, let us go one step backwards to realise that it has caused the greatest atrocities (Believing all Muslims are extremists which is one of the most ridiculous thought process).

It’s good to be mindful of the fact that each person is unique and generalisation creates barriers. If an effort can be made to know people as individuals and rejoice in the differences that make us individuals, it will slowly remove stereotyping.

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“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” ― Aristotle

The ability to criticize is indeed a positive quality when used in right context at the right time and place. Criticism needs a review considering the frequency at which people have been criticising everything over the years. Millions of people criticise Sports, Government, Law, Movies, la vie quotidienne (Daily Life) and there is a never ending list. Considering the lack of action by our own people, it’s better to empathise rather than criticise. And again there is this rare category of people who simply don’t reprimand whatever happens. Such people really deserve appreciation only if they have altruistic personality traits. It’s quite easy to be selfish and avoid censure.

“If you judge people, you have not time to love them” – Mother Teresa.

What a quote! I just can’t stop wondering at the brilliance and depth of this quote. Judgment creates discrimination, predetermined mindset, leads to stereotyping, increases conflict and breaks the harmony. To be in the realm of peace, we need to rise above judgment.

To name a few, I feel Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Shahrukh Khan have been criticised a lot. To be at the receiving end of non-constructive criticism and maintain a calm demeanour is truly extraordinary. So I felt, it’s good to sign off by remembering these wonderful people.

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The Perfect Haven for Tired City Dwellers – McLeod Ganj

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If you are looking for a short 3-4 days relaxing break from your hectic schedule, try a trip to McLeod Ganj. The breathtaking beauty of this Dharamshala suburb (9kms) makes it the perfect haven for the tired city denizens. The tranquil surroundings can be credited torichard-gere-at-outside-the-dalai-lama-place-at-mcleodganj McLeod Ganj’s historical link with Buddhism and His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. The serenity and beauty of the township has attracted even celebs, like Richard Gere.

Best Way to Travel
Approximately 500kms from Delhi, the best way to travel to Mcleod Ganj is via bus. You can take a bus from ISBT Sarai Kale Khan and arrive at this quaint, clean little township in 12 hours. McLeod Ganj does not have a railway station. The nearest station is Pathankot (90 km). The Gaggal airport is situated 15kms south of Dharamshala.

Chief Attractions
While tourists can easily spend all their time admiring the natural beauty of the mountain ranges, pine and oak trees and the deodar forest, there are several attractions of Mcleod Ganj. The must-sees include:

Bhagsunath Temple – This medieval temple is situated 3kms from the center of McLeod Ganj. Named after King Bhagsu, legend has it that the King stole water from the Nag Dal BhagsunathTemple_9958Lake, thus incurring the wrath of the Naag Devta (Snake God). This resulted in a battle between the two formidable forces. This shrine was built by the King to commemorate the occasion of being pardoned by the Snake God. The temple is frequented both by the Hindus and the Gorkha communities.
Bhagsu Waterfall – Located very close to the Bhagsunath Temple, the waterfall is a tourists’ delight. It has a cascade of 30ft during the monsoons. The water from the Fall flows through IMG_0313the Bhagsunath Temple and is collected into two holy pools. Devotees believe that a dip in the cold water of the pool can relieve them of their miseries.

Triund Hill – The hill is located 9kms from the town. There are chances that you get to catch a glimpse of some snow birds or a musk dear. A triund-hillclear day is bound to leave you spellbound with the picturesque views of Kangra. If you wish to a wide-angle view of the Triund, you have to visit the Shri Kunal Pathri Devi temple. That’s the highest point of Triund. The entire trek from McLeod Ganj to Triund is covered with oak and deodar trees.

Food stuffs are slightly expensive in Triund due to the cost of transportation. Soft drinks and bottled water can cost you anything between 45 – 55 INR. And a cup of tea is for 20 INR. A IMG_0281plate of rice, pulses or noodles might come up to more than 100 INR.

For all the Himachal lovers, if you have not yet visited McLeod Ganj, mistaking it for a small, inconsequential town, think again! Small it is! But, inconsequential, NO way!