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Bhavesh Bhatia

Bhavesh Bhatia

Bhavesh Bhatia was born with a condition known as “Retina Macular Degeneration”. As a result he had very poor sight and he knew that his sight would slowly fade and eventually he would become totally blind.

The vision finally left him at the age of 23. This was the worst possible moment for him as he was working as a hotel manager, scrambling to save money for his mother’s treatment, who was suffering from cancer.

His mother was the backbone of his life, and he was desperate to save her.

She provided the support he so badly needed to navigate life with his disability. Bhatia recalls, “I used to be bullied in school because of my poor sight. One day I came home and told her that I wouldn’t go back to school the next day. Everyone was ganging up on me and taunting me about my sight.”

“Instead of forcing me, or worse giving in to my demands, she gently stroked my hair and told me that the boys were not cruel.

“They want to be my friend, but are thrown off by how different I am. She told me that bullying was their way of getting my attention.

“I had a hard time believing her but did as she told me to. The following day, instead of treating them with the hostility they deserved, I approached my bullies with an offer of friendship. I became friends with most of them for life.”

He continues, “It is this early life lesson that has been my guiding principle in business as well. My poverty and disability have created insurmountable challenges for me. But her wisdom has lead me to make the right decisions.”
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What Is Really Important

What Is Important

Xiao Li of Shenzhen, China spent a week in an internet cafe researching business opportunities. After going a week without sleep, he fell into a deep coma and remained in that state for over a year.

There was little hope for him to recover. But the magic of the human spirit endured within him. When a nurse waved a 100-yuan ($16 USD) bill under his nose, Li revived. The New York Post describes this perhaps apocryphal scene:

For months doctors searched for a way to awaken Li, but to no avail. It wasn’t until his family revealed what he loved most in the world that they found their key to success.

“We had asked his family what really drove him, and they were very clear that it was money,” Tang said. “When we learned about his fondness for money, we experimented with notes and change.

“Memories of smell and sound can be very powerful stimulants,” he added. “We found that a crisp, new 100 yuan note crumpled under his nose worked best.”

In the course of a human life, it often takes a great crisis to remind us of what’s really important.

Credit: NY Post article: Comatose man wakes up after nurses put cash under his nose!

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Yoga Breathing Helps PTSD

Emma Seppälä recently published her findings about the impact of Yoga breathing on PTSD. In this interview she discusses these and reports that the benefits are long term and permanent and they seem to be better than conventional methods and other relaxing techniques. She theorizes that relaxation achieved due to these breathing techniques provides the space for the mind-body to receive and process the traumatic memories and hence provides a pathway to recovery and restoration.

Related: Warriors Find Peace Through Yoga

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The Kingdom Of God

Kingdom Of God Within
When someone asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come, he replied that it was not something that was outside that could be pointed at or discovered by directing the senses outwards. He made this clear by saying, “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or lo there! for behold the kingdom of God is within you!” (Luke 17:21).

But how does one discover “The Kingdom of God” within? What do we have to do to get there?

The answer is provided by the saint called “Peace Pilgrim”. She said that doing the “right effort” gets you there:

“Never think of any right effort as being fruitless. All right effort bears fruit, whether we see the results or not.”

In another essay she writes, “In the final analysis you find spiritual truth through your own higher nature. Your higher nature is a drop in the ocean of God – and has access to the ocean. Sometimes your higher nature is awakened through the inspiration of beautiful surroundings or beautiful music, bringing you insights of truth. Sometimes you see the truth written or hear the truth spoken, and your higher nature confirms it. Or you directly perceive the truth from the inside through an awakening of the higher nature, which is my way. All the inspired writing came from the inner source, and you too can receive from that source. Be still and know.”
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A Free Mind

Free Mind

I call that mind free, which escapes the bondage of matter, which, instead of stopping at the material universe and making it a prison wall, passes beyond it to its Author, and finds in the radiant signatures which everywhere bears of the Infinite Spirit, helps to its own spiritual enlightenment.

I call that mind free, which jealously guards its intellectual rights and powers, which calls no man master, which does not content itself with a passive or hereditary faith, which opens itself to light whencesoever it may come, which receives new truth as an angel from heaven.

I call that mind free, which sets no bounds to its love, which is not imprisoned in itself or in a sect, which recognises in all human beings the image of God and the rights of his children, which delights in virtue and sympathizes with suffering wherever they are seen, which conquers pride, anger, and sloth, and offers itself up a willing victim to the cause of mankind.

– William Ellery Channing, Spiritual Freedom (1830)

Related: Where The Mind Is Without Fear

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