Death Can Be Beautiful


Although, the thought in this blog post belongs to me, the title was given by my dearest school friend Minu

Some are really fortunate. They’re born, and don’t get old. Death takes them into its arms, hugs them tight before getting old.

My sister-in-law was terminally ill and was brought back to home last night. Doctors and well wishers had already given up hope. Even she gave it up last evening.

She was placed on bed and all the family was around her chanting prayers. Her face was radiant, for the first time in months. All the wrinkles on he forehead disappeared.

She was smiling and tears were dripping from her eyes. Maybe, for the first time it wasn’t the tears of pain.

Her final breath left her with a smile on her face.

Isn’t this beautiful?!

She had all the love and support at the last time. Her hands were in hands of her sisters and elder son.

Thousands of people die on roads without anyone even noticing them. Some have all the wealth and power in the world but no one around.

When she was dying people talked about miracles.

Isn’t this a miracle?!

A satisfying death can be as beautiful as a satisfying living.

Let’s be grateful for all the moments we have and the miracles we see everyday— sunrise, air, friends, freedom, little moments of joy and life itself.

The Power Of Common Man: How A Group Of Individuals Electrified An Entire Village

Mission RISE: Rural India Solar Electrification is one such initiative that proves this fact. It’s one of its kinds of initiative in the nation that is entirely funded and managed by the people, for the people and of the people.

It all started in 2014 when I went on a no-money walking pilgrimage with two of my friends. It was a mad walking tour of 20 days in northern-west part of India. The idea was to connect with rural communities and explore the GUEST IS GOD attitude in our tradition.

On route, a tribal village in north Gujarat hosted us. Moved by love, we decided to do something radical in return.

Khatisitra is a little tribal village that had been in dark since time immemorial. They had never seen electricity and were using kerosene to light lamps. The monthly income of the household isn’t even INR 1,000 and using kerosene was expensive and very hazardous to the forest too. On top of this, villages have many other problems. For e.g. child marriage, deforestation, stealing wood, land issues and the scariest of them—the danger of their existence being wiped off.

Our small team took up the cause to light up the village; decided not to wait for the leaders and to do it alone. With the support of the village mentor, we decided to do a solar electrification of the entire village with the support of common public. The cost was determined to be around INR 350,000 and we crowd funded the whole campaign.


The villagers raised half the cost, the rest was raised with support of micro-donations from ordinary people—friends, drivers, security guards, rag pickers, police officers, eunuch, and once even a beggar donated a small amount. A local vendor assembled the solar lighting kits for 100 families on no-profit-no-loss basis. Thus, the entire tribal village was lit up early this year and for the first time they saw electricity in their homes.

The village mentor has started a home school. The school runs on Gandhian philosophy; based on value education. The children are bright but often face problems of getting short of stationery and books but they’re quite enthusiastic about learning new things and learning about the world outside their tribal village.


Rural tourism is a fast growing industry—in India—and can bring change. After the solar electrification, the team decided to create an opportunity for Eco-Tourism in this pristine tribal area and make this as new spot for tourism in the state. This generates a little income for the villagers and helps uplift them; economically and socially.

If determined, one can achieve anything and we proved this. Around 8,000 villages in India need electricity and such a community group can make a difference. Believe me, everyone can make a difference and everyone must try.

Last Words Of Steve Jobs


I have come to the pinnacle of success in business.

In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success. However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed.

At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death.

In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me.

Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth.

It should be something more important. For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood.

No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.

God has made us one way, we can feel the love in the heart of each of us, and not illusions built by fame or money, like I made in my life, I cannot take them with me.

I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love.

This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead.

Love can travel thousands of miles and so life has no limits. Move to where you want to go. Strive to reach the goals you want to achieve. Everything is in your heart and in your hands.

What is the world’s most expensive bed? The hospital bed.

You, if you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you cannot hire someone to take your illness that is killing you.

Material things lost can be found. But one thing you can never find when you lose: life.

Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain falls.

Please treasure your family love, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbors.

25 Ways To Help a Fellow Human Being


Don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas. So, take just a few minutes today, and do a kindness for another person. It can be something small, or the start of something big. Ask them to pay it forward. Put a smile on someone’s face.

  1. Smile and be friendly: Sometimes a simple little thing like this can put a smile and warm feeling in someone else’s heart, and make their day a little better. They might then do the same for others.
  2. Call a charity to volunteer: You don’t have to go to a soup kitchen today. Just look up the number, make the call, and make an appointment to volunteer sometime in the next month. It can be whatever charity you like. Volunteering is one of the most amazing things you can do.
  3. Donate something you don’t use: Or a whole box of somethings. Drop them off at a charity—others can put your clutter to good use.
  4. Make a donation: There are lots of ways to donate to charities online, or in your local community. Instead of buying yourself a new gadget or outfit, spend that money in a more positive way.
  5. Redirect gifts: Instead of having people give you birthday or festival gifts, ask them to donate gifts or money to a certain charity.
  6. Stop to help: The next time you see someone pulled over with a flat tire, or somehow in need of help, stop and ask how you can help. Sometimes all they need is a push, or the use of your cell phone.
  7. Teach: Take the time to teach someone a skill you know. This could be teaching your grandma to use email, teaching your child to ride a bike, teaching your co-worker a valuable computer skill, teaching your spouse how to clean the darn toilet. OK, that last one doesn’t count.
  8. Comfort someone in grief: Often a hug, a helpful hand, a kind word, a listening ear, will go a long way when someone has lost a loved one or suffered some similar loss or tragedy.
  9. Help them take action: If someone in grief seems to be lost and doesn’t know what to do, help them do something. It could be making funeral arrangements, it could be making a doctor’s appointment, it could be making phone calls. Don’t do it all yourself—let them take action too, because it helps in the healing process.
  10. Buy food for a homeless person: Cash is often a bad idea if it’s going to be used for drugs, but buying a sandwich and chips or something like that is a good gesture. Be respectful and friendly.
  11. Lend your ear: Often someone who is sad, depressed, angry, or frustrated just needs someone who will listen. Remember, listening is an act of love.
  12. Help someone on the edge: If someone is suicidal, urge them to get help. If they don’t, call a suicide hotline or doctor yourself to get advice.
  13. Help someone get active: A person in your life who wants to get healthy might need a helping hand—offer to go walking or running together, to join a gym together. Once they get started, it can have profound effects.
  14. Do a chore: Something small or big, like cleaning up or washing a car or doing the dishes or cutting a lawn.
  15. Give a massage: Only when appropriate of course. But a massage can go a long way to making someone feel better.
  16. Send a nice email: Just a quick note telling someone how much you appreciate them, or how proud you are of them, or just saying thank you for something they did.
  17. Show appreciation, publicly: Praising someone on a blog, in front of coworkers, in front of family, or in some other public way, is a great way to make them feel better about themselves.
  18. Donate food: Clean out your cupboard of canned goods, or buy a couple bags of groceries, and donate them to a homeless shelter.
  19. Just be there: When someone you know is in need, sometimes it’s just good to be there. Sit with them. Talk. Help out if you can.
  20. Be patient: Sometimes people can have difficulty understanding things, or learning to do something right. Learn to be patient with them.
  21. Tutor a child: This might be difficult to do today, but often parents can’t afford to hire a tutor for their child in need of help. Call a school and volunteer your tutoring services.
  22. Create a care package: Soup, reading material, tea, chocolate; anything you think the person might need or enjoy. Good for someone who is sick or otherwise in need of a pick-me-up.
  23. Lend your voice: Often the powerless, the homeless, the neglected in our world need someone to speak up for them. You don’t have to take on that cause by yourself, but join others in signing a petition, speaking up a a council meeting, writing letters, and otherwise making a need heard.
  24. Offer to babysit: Sometimes parents need a break. If a friend or other loved one in your life doesn’t get that chance very often, call them and offer to babysit sometime. Set up an appointment. It can make a big difference.
  25. Love: Simply finding ways to express your love to others, whether it be your partner, child, other family member, friend, co-worker, or a complete stranger; just express your love. A hug, a kind word, spending time, showing little kindnesses, being friendly—it all matters more than you know.

Helping others is not only good for them and a good thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too.

Giving also connects us to others, creating stronger communities and helping to build a happier society for everyone. And it’s not all about money—we can also give our time, ideas and energy.

So if you want to feel good, do good!


Positive Ideas To Stop Negative Thinking

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Negative thinking can ruin your life. It’s not a joke; this is one of the major obstacles towards happiness. Even when you’re on your way to achieving something great, the negative thoughts can stress you out.

  • I said the wrong thing again. How could I be so stupid?
  • I hate this job. But I couldn’t possibly leave. It will be hard to find a new job. The new one will probably be just as bad, if not worse.
  • I don’t deserve to be happy. That’s why bad things happen to me all the time.
  • I have a bad life.
  • I am really unlucky, good things can never happen to me.

Those were only a few examples of negative thinking patterns. Do you notice how infectious they are? Your mind just needs a trigger, and it will easily go down the whirling of negative thinking.

Although, the negativity—like a teacher—also comes to teach us something but fortunately, there are ways to fight and stop negative thoughts. Let’s explore them:

  • Change your mindset: Positive emotions as nutrients. We need to eat our fruits and veggies to stay healthy, right? Well, we also need a healthy dose of positive vibes on a daily basis, so we’ll keep preserving our psychological health, too. we can all get there if we just recognize the negative thinking patterns and start fighting them. The following methods on our list will help with that.
  • Practice loving-kindness meditation: In this type of meditation, the practitioner is focused on wishing well-being for themselves, for the people they love, and all other people; the planet itself. They start from themselves and expand that point of interest to indefinite limits. The findings showed signs of psychological and physiological changes in people who did this meditation. So, try to practice the meditation of love and kindness. You have those emotions in you. When you allow them to prevail, they will help you overcome the negative thinking patterns.
  • Express positive emotions: Just relax. Smile and greet people. Be there for them. Tell some jokes. This won’t be acting. You’ll still be aware of your inner state of being. However, the efforts you’re making will reflect on that inner state too.
  • Spend more time with positive people: Negative people will suck the good vibes away. They are like parasites that leave you with no signs of a positive attitude when you spend time with them. You can’t avoid all negative people, but you can try to spend more time with positive friends and family members. These are the people who do their best to be good. They make you feel happy, energised, and motivated. Search for these people. Spend time with them.
  • Plan a good day: When you arrange your day in a good way, you’ll be more focused to achieve your goals. At the end of the day, you’ll feel better about yourself.
  • Be grateful: Acknowledge the success you already achieved. When the negative thoughts attack, it’s time to fight them back. Sometimes you hit a low point in life. That’s okay. Just stop and give yourself some credit for what you’ve achieved so far. You’ll probably start thinking of the long way that’s still ahead, and the negative thoughts will come up again. Just remember: it’s the journey you have to appreciate.
  • Develop a gratitude attitude: Appreciating others really feels good and it’s a booster for a healthy mind. Find your own little ways to appreciate people—I keep little THANK YOU cards.
  • Read: The habit of reading can take you to another level because the information and wisdom is already out there. You might find new perspectives and different ways to combat this monster. Diving into a good book opens up a whole world of knowledge starting from a very young age.
  • Write: Did you know that a daily practice of writing can make you happier? It’s similar to meditation in that aspect. When you write about your day, you give yourself a chance to re-evaluate the events, thoughts, and emotions you’ve been through. Write about trauma, so you can understand and overcome it. However, you shouldn’t focus on the negative thoughts. Include things you’re grateful about.
  • Never postpone joy: Life is much better when you’re. So, next time you want to do something, just go for it.

We cannot force positive emotions and suppress negative thoughts. The negative thoughts will still appear from time to time. With enough effort, however, we can overcome them. We can make our positive side stronger!

Lost About Your Purpose In Life? Read On


Do you have a sense of purpose?

I had been after years for more than a decade and finally, I have made it; I think so at the moment. The goals that foster a sense of purpose are ones that can potentially change the lives of many; including yours.

Indeed, a sense of purpose appears to have evolved in humans so that we can accomplish big things together—which may be why it’s linked to better physical and mental health. Purpose is adaptive, in an evolutionary sense.

It helps both individuals and the species to survive. It becomes quite difficult to find the purpose of life but with little assistance from fellow human and introspection, you can do it. Here are some ideas that will help you:

  • Read: Reading connects us to people we’ll never know, across time and space. It’s one of the best ways to explore about various possibilities. So, if you’re feeling a crisis of purpose in your life, go to the bookstore or library or university. Find books that matter to you—and they might help you to see what matters in your own life.
  • Become a wounded healer: Of course, finding purpose is not just an intellectual pursuit; it’s something we need to feel. That’s why it can grow out of suffering, both our own and others’. We’re all wounded and we all the capacity to heal. Sometimes, another person’s pain can lead us to purpose.
  • Cultivate a forgiving attitude, kindness, gratitude and compassion: Certain emotions and behaviors that promote health and well-being can also foster a sense of purpose. Some basic values like forgiveness, kindness, gratitude and compassion go a long way in finding your purpose. When your practice these values in daily life, different incidents keep happening that in turn open a lot of doors.
  • Listen to what other people appreciate about you: Giving thanks can help you find your purpose. But you can also find purpose in what people thank you for. Although there is no research that directly explores how being thanked might fuel a sense of purpose, we do know that gratitude strengthens relationships—and those are often the source of our purpose, as many of these stories suggest.
  • Find and build a community: If you’re having trouble remembering your purpose, take a look at the people around you. What do you have in common with them? What are they trying to be? What impact do you see them having on the world? Is that impact a positive one? Can you join with them in making that impact? What do they need? Can you give it them? If the answers to those questions don’t inspire you, then you might need to find a new community—and with that, a new purpose may come.
  • Write: Reading can help you find your purpose—but so can writing. This is a valuable reflective process to all people, and many take it one step further, by publishing by book or blog and turning it into a tool for social change.

In a nutshell, as per the Zen teachings, it’s simple learning to get outside your personal bubble.

In this path, it doesn’t matter what specific actions you take or skills you learn to make people’s lives better. What career you choose is not important—what matters is the bigger purpose. You can always change your career and learn new skills later, as you learn other ways to fulfill this purpose. You’ll learn over time.

But how to get out of the bubble? Here are some ideas:

  • You must see when you’re stuck in the bubble. Whenever you’re angry, frustrated, irritated, fearful, anxious, procrastinating, feeling hurt, wishing people would be different; you’re in the bubble. These are signs.
  • When you notice that you’re in the bubble, expand your mind and heart. See the bigger picture. Feel what others must be feeling. Try to understand rather than condemning. See how little and petty your concerns and fears have been.
  • Wish others well. Genuinely want their happiness, just as you want your own happiness. See their suffering and wish for it to end or lessen.
  • See how you can help. How can you lessen the suffering of others? Sometimes it’s just by paying attention, just listening. Other times you just need to be there, just lend a hand. You don’t need to go around solving everyone’s problems—they probably don’t want that. Just be there for them. And see if you can make people’s lives better—create something to make them smile.

Once we get out of the bubble, and see things with a wider view, we can start a journey along a path to our purpose.

What matters is becoming bigger than yourself. Once you do, you learn that you have a purpose in life.


Life Of A Happiness Coach And Emotional Wellness Volunteer


In this blog post I want to share about the life of a happiness coach and emotional wellness volunteer.

It seems fun. In fact, it is—it’s the way how you define fun.

I became one few years ago due to the deep interest and requirement of the subject. Most of us are unhappy and have multiple emotional blocks. There is no one to hear. As a happiness coach I talk about ways to get true and everlasting happiness in life and as an emotional wellness volunteer the main tasks is to listen—without judgement and assumption.

Listening is an art and craft. It’s an act of love.

Although, I have done many academic and spiritual courses from reputed educational venues across globe, but the real experience comes on the field. It’s with families, corporate teams, individuals but tough in hospitals and hospices.

The experience with people who are facing terminal illness is the toughest ones; especially children and their families.

I have visited several hospices and hospitals and offered my selfless service but this case is a special one. I am treating her emotionally—that’s all we can do as of now. She’s facing stage 4 of cancer and nobody knows how much time he has.

In last few visits, I have spoken much about keeping patient and calm in the time of distress. Previous visits were more about talking and offer solace; that often vanishes soon. But the results were good enough.

She was ready to die; peacefully.

Yesterday’s visit was a different one. We took it into another level. This visit was more of going to the basics. It was about the virtues that hold us together and we let it go, it all breaks down—emotionally and physically. It was about forgiveness, gratitude, kindness and compassion.

She has many emotional blocks that were never treated. While the medical practitioner is doing their best, I am trying to design a prototype based on emotional wellness. I am not a magician, doctor or angel, I am just a simple human who can offer love and support.

Yesterday’s visit was all about transcendental knowledge. She has belied in spirituals philosophy and I am fortunate—and blessed—to have quite a few books on the topic. I understand this philosophy really well and apply it in my life.

In this visit, I have told her to prepare a bucket list, a balance sheet of life and a goodness chart. The emotional blocks need to leave her. The therapy is coming out good.

She’s ready to live; peacefully.