Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"I didn't want to be pope," Francis tells children

“God does not bless a person who wants to be Pope. I didn’t want to be Pope.” “I live at St. Martha’s because I like being around people…” Francis’s audience with young Italian and Albanian students in the Vatican this morning turned into an impromptu dialogue as the Pope decided to scrap the five page speech he was going to make to prevent boring them and their teachers and families, opting to give them an improvised summary instead: “I have prepared a speech, but it’s five pages long! A bit boring… Let’s do this: I’ll quickly sum up what I’ve written here and I’ll send the text to the provincial father. I’ll also give it to Fr. Lombardi so you all have a copy.” 

The Pope started off by stressing that the core element of the education Jesuits receive is how to be magnanimous. This is for the benefit of our personal human development. “What does it mean to be magnanimous? It means to have a big heart, to have a great spirit; it means to have great ideals, the desire to do great things to respond to that which God asks of us, and exactly this doing of daily things well, all of the daily acts, obligations, encounters with people; doing everyday small things with a big heart open to God and to others.” The Pope stressed the importance of achieving magnanimity with Jesus and in contemplation of Jesus. Jesus makes us always look to the horizon.”

Francis went on to give a piece of advice to parents and teachers. He said education was about “a balance between giving young people security and letting them enter the risk zone…children need to be brought out of their safety zone now and again. If they are not, they do not develop a personality. But they also mustn’t just be brought up in the risk zone: this is too dangerous.” Francis encouraged educators “to look for new and unconventional forms of education, according to “the need of the places, times and people. To Jesuits, then, I would like to say that it is important to nourish their commitment in the field of education, ” in the spirit of St. Ignatius.

Then the Pope’s question-and-answer session with the young Jesuits kicked off. Addressing him informally, the students’ first question was about why he has chosen not to live in the apostolic palace and doesn’t have a big car or wear lots of gold and precious stones. “It’s not just a question of wealth. It’s to do with who I am: I need to live among people. If I lived alone and perhaps isolated myself a bit, it wouldn’t be good for me. A professor asked me the same question: why don’t you go and live there? My reply to him was: for my own mental wellbeing. It’s just who I am. The apartment isn’t the height of luxury but I can’t live alone.”

Speaking of sobriety, he went on to say: “The fact there is so much talk of poverty in the world today is scandalous! How can there be so many children that are starving, that are not receiving an education and that are so poor when the world is so rich and has so many resources to feed everyone? Poverty today is a cry for help. We should all try to consider becoming a little bit poorer. How can I make myself a bit poorer so I can resemble Jesus, a poor teacher?”

The Pope also spoke about his friends in answer to one little girl’s question: “ I’ve been Pope for two and a half months now and my friends are fourteen hours away from here. They are far away. Three of them came to see me. I see them, I write to them… You can’t live your life without friends, they’re important!” 

Another girl asked him why he became a Jesuit. He replied: “What I like most about the Society is its missionary spirit. I wanted to become a missionary. When I was studying philosophy I wrote to Fr. Arrupe (who was Superior General of the Society at the time, Ed.) to ask him to send me to Japan or somewhere else. But he thought about it carefully and was said to me so kindly: “But you had a lung condition and a tough job like this may not be the best thing for it.” So I stayed in Buenos Aires. But Fr. Arrupe was so good to me because he didn’t say: You aren’t holy enough to become a missionary”: he was good, he was kind eh! The prospect of missionary service gave me so much strength to become a Jesuit: going out to the missions to announce Jesus Christ. I think this is a core part of our spirituality, going out: going out to announce Jesus Christ and not becoming too closed within our worlds, which are often ephemeral, aren’t they? That’s what made me want to become a Jesuit.”

In answer to a little boy’s question about wavering faith, the Pope said: “Always remember this: you must not be afraid of failure or taking a tumble. The art of walking is not about not falling at all but learning to pick yourself up and carry on. If you fall down, get up quickly and carry on walking.”

Finally, in answer to another question, Francis spoke about the political efforts of faithful: “Getting involved in politics is a Christian duty. We Christians cannot be like Pilate and wash our hands clean of things. We need to get involved in politics because it’s one of the highest expressions of charity. It takes the common into consideration. Lay Christians must work in politics. That’s no easy task you might say. But it isn’t an easy task becoming a priest either! Politics is dirty but the reason it has become dirty is that Christians didn’t get deeply enough involved in the evangelical spirit. It’s easy to find excuses for this… but what do I do? Working for the common good is a Christian duty.”

Source: Vatican Insider

A vocal competition (Western Classical/music theatre/pop vocals) for youth

 Dear supporters,
The ASAWARI MUSIC FOUNDATION in collaboration with MAJOLLY MUSIC TRUST are proud to present THE OUTPERFORMERS on October 26th 2013.
This is vocal competition (Western Classical/music theatre/pop vocals) for youth from 12-21 years of age who are residents of India.
Interested participants must have completed a vocal exam from ABRSM/TRINITY/LCM in 2012/2013 and will need to outperform this examination level.
There will be a cash prize of Rs 10,000/- , trophy and a certificate awarded to the winner.
A scholarship is also offered for a student for the duration of Jan 2014 to December 2014. An interview and audition is essential to be considered for the scholarship. Age no bar, but ambition is essential in view of making music one’s career choice.
Please send in a bio, your area of study, and what you hope to achieve musically. No beginners or those who intend to start music classes are eligible.
Closing date Sep 30th 2013
Please help us by forwarding this to those who think might be interested!
Note: Teachers, you are informed well in advance so that you can think about your present 2013 examination candidates!

In collaboration with
THE OUTPERFORMERS – October 26th 2013
A vocal competition (Western Classical/music theatre/pop vocals) for youth from 12-21 years of age who are residents of India.
Interested participants must have completed a vocal exam from ABRSM/TRINITY/LCM in 2012/2013 and will need to outperform this examination level.
Cash prize of Rs 10,000/- , trophy and a certificate will be awarded to the winner.
Cash prize of Rs 5,000/- and a certificate will be awarded to the runner – up.
A scholarship is also offered for a student for the duration of Jan 2014 to Dec 2014. An interview and audition is essential to be considered for the scholarship. Age no bar, but ambition is essential.
Closing date Sep 30th 2013.
Registration fee of Rs 500/-, and a passport photograph with date of birth proof and examination certificate, will need to be submitted together with application form.
Please note: Candidates who are relatives/students of the judges will not be allowed to participate.
For details email: mmtcompetitions@gmail.com
Tel: +91-9980506006 (Yash Golcha-Secretary)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Self Illusion: The brain's greatest con trick?

Pavitra Atma Aa - hindi

લગ્ન બંધન ? - - રાજેશ ક્રિશ્ચિયન c/o BBN

Posted: 07 Jun 2013 12:49 PM PDT
લગ્ન બંધન ? 

 મને એ સમજાતું નથી કે લગ્ન ને બંધન કેમ કહેવામાં આવે છે . બંધ તો એ  હોઈ જેમાંથી જલ્દી થી જલ્દી છુટકારો મળે  એમ મનમાં ઈચ્છા રહ્યા કરે

 મજાક ખાતર કહીએ તો ગ્રીક ફિલોસોફર સોક્રેટીસે નોધ્યું છે - મારી તો બધાને સલાહ છે  કે જલ્દી થી જલ્દી લગ્ન કરી લો . સુશીલ પત્ની મળે તો તમે ખુશ રહેશો અને કજીયાળી પત્ની મળે તો તમે ફિલોસોફર બની જશો . અરે ભાઈ મજાક છોડો ..... માર્ટીન લ્યુથરના  શબ્દોમાં - " લગ્નજીવન જેવો સુંદર મૈત્રી સભર પ્રેમભર્યો સબંધ બીજો હોઈજ ના શકે "

 આદર્શ લગ્ન જીવન બે મહત્તવની બાબતો  ઉપરજ ટકી શકે. એક   - અરસ પારસ નો નિસ્વાર્થ પ્રેમ અને બે - એક બીજા પ્રત્યે અડગ વિશ્વાસ .

 લગ્ન જીવન માં બે ભિન્ન ભિન્ન વ્યક્તિઓ હવે પછીનું જીવન સાથે ગુજારવા સ્વેચ્છાએ સમંત થાય છે અ એક ઘણીજ અગત્યની બાબત છે બે જુદા જુદા પરિવારમાં - જુદા જુદા માહોલમાં ઉછરેલ સ્વતંત્ર વ્યક્તિત્વ હવેથી નવજીવન શરૂ કરવા માંગે છે . આ નવજીવનના પાયામાં પ્રેમ અને વિશ્વાસ હશે તો તે ઈમારત બુલંદ બનશે અને જ્યાં પ્રેમ હશે ત્યાં આદર પણ હશે      પ્રેમ અને વિશ્વાસ સાથે મળે તો તે ઉત્તમ લગ્ન જીવનમાં પ્રેમ હશે પણ અરસ પરસમાં વિશ્વાસ નહિ હોય  તો તે લગ્ન જીવન "બંધન" બની જશે અને તેમાંથી છુટકારો મેળવવાનો ઈચ્છા થશે   .

 લગ્ન જીવનમાં વિશ્વાશની શું એટલી બધી અગત્યતા છે ? ચાલો આ બાબત સમજીએ . મોંઘવારીના આજના કુટુંબના બે ચેડા ભેગા કરવા માટે પતિ-પત્ની બંનેએ નોકરી વ્યવસાય કરવો જરૂરી બન્યો છે। જયારે બંને વ્યક્તિઓ જુદી જુદી જગ્યાએ કામ કરતા હશે તો એક બીજા ઉપર અડગ વિશ્વાસ રાખવો જ  પડશે। જરા જેટલી પણ શંકા ઉદ્ ભવે તો લગ્ન જીવન ઝેર સમાન લાગશે; બંધન લાગશે અને જયારે શંકા ઉદ્ ભવે ત્યાં વિશ્વાસ ગાયબ અને જયારે એકબીજા પાત્ર પર વિશ્વાસ જ ના રહે ત્યાં પ્રેમનું બાષ્પીભવન .

 આથીજ સુખી સંસાર માટે બંને પાત્રોનો એકબીજા પર સંપૂર્ણ વિશ્વાસ રાખવો ખુબજ જરૂરી છે   પતિ- પત્ની બંને એ એવું કશું વર્તન ન કરવું જેના થાકી બીજા પાત્રને શંકા ઉદ્ ભવે .  એક વ્યક્તિ પોતાના સાથી ઉપર સંપૂર્ણ વિશ્વાસ ધરાવે છે ત્યારે તે ચોક્કસપણે માને  છે કે સામેનું પાત્ર સંપૂર્ણ સત્ય ઉચ્ચારે છે . આ અડગ વિશ્વાસનો ભંગકડી ન થાય તે જોવું। જો આ વિશ્વાસનો ભંગ ન થાય તો લગ્ન જીવનની વૈતરણી પાર અન્યથા નવ ડૂબી જાય. આવા અડગ વિશ્વાસ માટે બંને પાત્રો વચ્ચે ધનિષ્ઠ મિત્રતા હોવી જરૂરી છે એવી મિત્રતા જ્યાં બધી લાગણીઓ ખુલ્લા મને દર્શાવી શકાય અને જ્યાં આવી નિખાલસ મિત્રતા હશે તો તે વ્યક્તિના પ્રેમમાં વારંવાર પડવાનું મન થયા કરશે .

 આથી જ  લગ્ન જીવન માટે  સાથીના વિશ્વાસ પાત્ર બનો જ્યાં પ્રમાણિક વિશ્વાસ હશે ત્યાં આદર અને પ્રેમ જરૂર ઉછાળા ભરતો જોવા મળશે અને જયારે લગ્ન જીવન આદર્શ હશે તો દુનિયાની કોઈ તાકાત તેને હચમચાવી શકશે નહિ; ત્યાં ફક્ત સુખી, સુંદર પ્રેમભર્યું, કિલ્લોલ કરતુ કુટુંબ જોવા મળશે એમાં શંકા ને કોઈ સ્થાન નથી    

-રાજેશ ક્રિશ્ચિયન

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Pope Francis: Long faces cannot proclaim Jesus

  Pope Francis: Long faces cannot proclaim Jesus

(Vatican Radio) The Holy Spirit is the "author" of Christian joy and to proclaim the Gospel we need to have joy in our hearts gifted us by the Spirit of God. There is a certain understanding of Christian life that is marked by sadness, but long faces cannot proclaim Jesus. Joy alone and praise of God are the only way to advance the Gospel. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. Emer McCarthy reports:

Pope Francis began by commenting on the daily readings. The first reading, from the prophet Zephaniah, contains the exclamation "Rejoice! Cries of joy, the Lord is in your midst. " The second, from the Gospel, tells the story of Elizabeth and her son that "rejoices" in the womb on hearing the words of Mary. The Pope noted, "it all speaks of joy, the joy that is celebration." Yet, he continues, "we Christians are not so accustomed to speak of joy, of happiness", "I think often we prefer to complain". Instead, it is "the Holy Spirit that gives us joy":

"It’s the Spirit that guides us: He is the author of joy, the Creator of joy. And this joy in the Holy Spirit gives us true Christian freedom. Without joy, we Christians cannot become free, we become slaves to our sorrows. The great Paul VI said that you cannot advance the Gospel with sad, hopeless, discouraged Christians. You cannot. A certain mournful behavior, no? Often Christians behave as if they were going to a funeral procession rather than to praise God, no? And this joy comes from praise, Mary’s praise, this praise that Zephaniah speaks of, Simeon and Anna’s praise: this praise of God! "

And how do we praise God? We praise Him by coming out of ourselves, we praise Him "freely, like the grace that He gives us is free," said Pope Francis. This pushes us to an examination of conscience on how to pray to God, said Pope Francis, who then turned to those present with a question:

"You here at Mass, do you give praise to God or do you only petition God and thank God? Do you praise God? '. This is something new, new in our new spiritual life. Giving praise to God, coming out of ourselves to give praise; spending a little bit of time giving praise. But ‘this Mass is so long!’ If you do not praise God, you will never know the gratuity of spending time praising God, the Mass is long. But if you go with this attitude of joy, of praise to God, that is beautiful! This is what eternity will be: giving praise to God! And that will not be boring: it will be beautiful! This joy makes us free. "

The model of this praise, and this joy, is once again the Mother of Jesus "The Church – recalled Pope Francis – calls her the" cause of our joy, "Cause Nostrae Letitiae. Why? Because she brings the greatest joy that is Jesus ":

"We need to pray to Our Lady, so that bringing Jesus give us the grace of joy, the joy of freedom. That it give us the grace to praise, to praise with a prayer of gratuitous praise, because He is worthy of praise, always. Pray to Our Lady and say to her what the Church says: Veni, Precelsa Domina, Maria, tu nos visita, Lady, thou who art so great, visit us and give us joy. "

Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/articolo.asp?c=697158&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=smcnewsmobile
of the Vatican Radio website 

Extra ordinary!

Is it is photoshopped!

Here is a good video that will give some insights about Excessive blaming others.


Do you know somebody who suffers from excessive blaming of others? Of course you do. The person gets a list of resentments about things that were done to them… and then that list tends to grow out of control.

Here's the thing. When you blame and resent people for the past, you're giving them responsibility over important parts of your life. Now they're responsible, not you. You give them that responsibility, even though they may have screwed up! Doesn't make sense, right?

On the other hand, some people in our lives - colleagues, friends, parents, family members - DID play an important part in our life story, right? They did have an effect on us, and in some cases they did hurt us.

So how do you deal with that disparity? In this video, Tony will show you a strategy called "Conscious Blaming." This strategy gives you a win-win: you get to blame others for things that happened to you BUT in a way that won't hurt you. Mieke was able to unlock and release a whole set of resentments and self-limitations, and live an expanded life.

Here's the video. Feel free to share it with a friend!

Mark Peysha
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Robbins-Madanes Training