"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." (Buddha)

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same." (Jesus - Luke 6:32-33)

"Practice being content your world will become worry free." (Still Thoughts-Jing Si Aphorism)

"Life is impermanent. It exists in the space of a breath. Life ends when the breathing stops. We must cherish every moment." (Still Thoughts-Jing Si Aphorism)

"Bodhisattvas are not idol made of wood. Real Bodhisattvas are people who eat, talk, work, and relieve suffering in times of need." (Still Thoughts-Jing Si Aphorism)

"Beware of your thoughts as they become your words. Beware of your words as they become your actions. Beware of your actions as they become your habits. Beware of your habits as they become your fate." (Zen)

"He who knows the precepts by heart, but fails to practice them, is like one who lights a lamp, and then shuts his eyes." (Nagarjuna)

"If we can not love the person whom we see, how can we love God, whom we can not see ?" (Mother Teresa)








An Inspirational Story About Two Frogs  

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Once upon a time, there were two frogs live together in a lake. In a summer, the heat of the sun had dried all the water in the lake.

The frog said to his friend, "We can not stay here much longer without water."

"The birds look for the forest to live in, while we frogs look for the water to live in." After walking long enough, they found a well.

"See ! Right in front of us, there is a well !", the frog said happily to his friend.

"Hmmm...", his friend replied.

"Let's jump into the well. This is a nice place to stay and for the food", the frog said to his friend again.

"Yes, yes ! It will be nice if we jump into the well now, but the problem is ... how can we get out again then ?", replied his friend.

We need to consider the consequences of our decisions. Sometimes, an interesting opportunity may be just like the water in the well...it's easy to jump in, but it will be impossible to climb out !

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The Inspiration Of The Coffee Bean  

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A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.

It seemed that, as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see ?"

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," the young woman replied. The mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother ?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened! The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" the mother asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"

Think of this : Which am I ? Am I the carrot that seems strong but, with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat ? Did I have a fluid spirit but, after a death, a breakup, or a financial hardship, does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart ? Or am I like the coffee bean ? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level ? How do you handle adversity ? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean ?

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WhatsApp Story : An Inspirational Success Story  

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Jan Koum, an immigrant from Ukraine, was so poor as a teenager that he used to save his old Soviet notebooks for school and queued with his mom for food stamps. Brian Acton lost a small fortune in the dot-com bust and was rejected for jobs at Twitter and Facebook. Now, the friends behind the hot mobile messaging startup WhatsApp are the newest tech industry billionaires.

Facebook bought WhatsApp in a stock-and-cash deal worth up to $19 billion and gave Koum a seat on the social network's board of directors.

Koum signed the Facebook takeover contract at the unused building where he and his mother once queued for food stamps in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View, where WhatsApp is located, according to Forbes Magazine.

Koum, who turns 38 on Sunday (23 February 2014) has described growing up as a rebellious Jewish child near Kiev and having little when he immigrated to California with his mother at the age of 16 just after the Soviet Union's breakup.

His father did not make it to the United States, where the family sought to escape anti-Semitism and oppressive tactics of secret police.

"Jan's childhood made him appreciate communication that was not bugged or taped," Sequoia Capital partner Jim Goetz said in an online post.

"When he arrived in the US as a 16-year-old immigrant living on food stamps, he had the extra incentive of wanting to stay in touch with his family in Russia and the Ukraine."

Koum's mother brought with her a cache of pens and Soviet-issued notebooks to save money on school supplies, according to Forbes magazine.

A self-described trouble-maker at school, Koum had a job sweeping the floors in a grocery store. After his mother was diagnosed with cancer, they got by on disability payments, Forbes reported.

Koum learned computer networking from manuals bought from, and eventually returned to, a used book store, according to the account.

He enrolled in a state university in Silicon Valley and was working on the side with a computer security firm when he met Acton while on assignment at Yahoo in 1997.

Acton was employee number 44 at the Sunnyvale, California-based Internet firm and shared a "no-nonsense" attitude with Koum. Within a year, Koum was working as an engineer at Yahoo and the pair was on their way to being close friends.

Koum eventually chose Yahoo over college. When Koum's mother died of cancer in 2000, his mentor Acton stepped in with support.

Acton, meanwhile, reportedly lost millions investing during the famous dot-com boom that ended with an infamous dot-com bust.

Acton and Koum left Yahoo in 2007 and took a year off, exploring South America and playing the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, according to Forbes.

From NDTV.com

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Destiny In Our Own Hand  

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Once upon a time, there was a general who was leading his army into battle against an enemy ten times the size of his own.

Along the way to the battlefield, the troops stopped by a small temple to pray for victory.

The general held up a coin and told his troops, "I am going to implore the Heaven to help us crush our enemy. If this coin lands with the heads on top, we'll win. If it's tails, we'll lose. Our destiny is in the hands of the Heaven. Let's pray wholeheartedly."

After a short prayer, the general tossed the coin. It landed with the heads on top. The troops were overjoyed and went into the battle with high spirit.

Just as predicted, the smaller army won the battle.

The soldiers were exalted, "It's good to have the Heaven on our side ! No one can change what they have determined."

"Really ?" The general shows them the coin – both sides of it were heads.

The Heaven is not in favor of anyone, no one is more preferred than others. The only help you can receive is from ourselves. One's destiny is not fixed or decided by the Heaven or "Destiny". One's destiny lies within one's own hands. The Law of Cause and Effect reigns supreme - the present is conditioned to a good extent by the past.

The future is uncertain and not fixed - causes and condition from the past and present do influence the future. What we do NOW is of utmost importance. The outcome of a deed or action depends on various factors and conditions.

One of the most important being one's state of mind or attitude, concentration, mindfulness, confidence and other positive qualities of the mind.

Destiny is a matter of choice, not a matter of chance.

"If we thin we can, we can" is certainly a good attitude to cultivate.

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"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit drains one's strength." (Proverbs 17:22 - International Standard Version)

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion." (Abraham Lincoln)

"If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they had never tried a new thing in their life." (Albert Einstein)

"I will not say I failed 1000 times, I will say that I discovered there are 1000 ways that can cause failure." (Thomas A Edison)

"If you born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake." (Bill Gates)

"No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like." (Napoleon Hill)

"If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito." (Anita Roddick)

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