The Saint Of Baylovo

The Saint Of Baylovo

The Saint Of Baylovo

This is a story of 99 year old Dobri Dobrev who lost most of his hearing in World War II. He travels 25 Kilometers every day from his village to the city of Sofia where he spends the day begging for money.

Though well recognized fixture around several of the city’s churches, it was only recently discovered that he has donated every penny he has collected – over 40,000 euros- towards the restoration of decaying Bulgarian monasteries and churches and the utility bills of orphanages, living entirely off his monthly state pension of 80 euros.

He has now become a beloved figure in Bulgaria, known as the “Saint of Baylovo”.

If a peniless old man can do so much for his community, what can we do?

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The Inkblot Test

Inkblot Test

A psychoanalyst shows a patient an inkblot, and asks him what he sees.

The patient says: “A man and woman making love.”

The psychoanalyst shows him a second inkblot, and the patient says: “That’s also a man and woman making love.”

The psychoanalyst says: “You are obsessed with sex.”

The patient says: “What do you mean I am obsessed? You are the one with all the dirty pictures.”

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Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite. Please post your comments and thoughts on this video that has been watched by millions.

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The Rescuing Hug

Rescuing Hug

Brielle and Kyrie

Twin girls, Brielle and Kyrie, were born 12 weeks ahead of their due date on 17th October 1995 at the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital. Both weighed just two pounds at birth and needed intensive care. They were placed in separate incubators as per hospital policy. Kyrie began to gain weight and her health stabilized. But Brielle was not doing so well.

Three weeks after birth Brielle was having a particularly bad day and the nurse Gayle Kasparian tried everything to calm her. She held her. She had her dad hold her. She wrapped her in a blanket. She suctioned her nose. Nothing worked. Brielle was slowly turning blue and the situation was turning dire with her heart rate soaring and oxygen levels plummeting.

Then she remembered a procedure done in Europe. She went against hospital policy and placed both babies in the same incubator. Almost immediately Brielle snuggled up to Kyrie and Kyrie put her arm around Brielle. Soon Brielle’s blood-oxygen saturation levels, which had been frighteningly low, soared. She began to breathe more easily. The frantic crying stopped and her normal pinkish color quickly returned. Brielle turned the corner.

A newspaper photographer who happened to be in the hospital captured the scene. The picture, known as the “rescuing hug”, became an instant sensation and was published in newspapers around the world. It was also published in Life magazine and Readers Digest. The picture also transformed hospital care of twins and gave a boost to the Kangaroo movement in the west where babies, specially premature or low weight ones, are put in pouches that allow skin-to-skin contact of the baby with the parent. (Kangaroo care was already best practice in countries like Bolivia where it has been credited in helping reduce death rate of premature infants from the 70s onwards.)

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Kangaroo Care

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Should Yogis Have Empathy?

Yogic Empathy
Yoga is the realization of our essential oneness with all humanity. Does this then mean that every yogi has to be empathetic to the concerns of all fellow humans? Given the scale of problems around us, how can a yogini worry about her own self-realization?

There are many paths to Yoga. One path of yoga is the study of scriptures and philosophical texts. This path is known as Jnana Yoga and the hope is that by study and logic, consciousness can be trained to realize its true nature.

There is also a path to yoga that requires utter devotion and surrender to the Divine. This path is known as Bhakti Yoga. Here the hope is that by the total surrender to a higher power, our ego will dissolve and consciousness will become firmly established in our higher Self.

We also have a path of Yoga that is known as Raja Yoga. This is the path that was formally expressed by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. This is the path of meditation. It combines some elements of the other two paths, because Svadhaya (study) and Ishvarapranidhana (Surrender to God) are part of this path. Continue reading

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