Ball of Timelessness

Paris, France (Sports Network) -The reigning Australian Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Djokovic   and former champion Roger Federer were a pair of second-round winners Wednesday at the French Open.

Djokovic lost to Federer in last year’s French semis, which prevented the Serb from reaching his first-ever French Open final and ended a 45-match overall winning streak.

The five-time major champion Djokovic and Federer could meet in the semis here again next week.

The 16-time major champion Federer titled here in 2009 to complete a career Grand Slam and is a four-time French Open runner-up to Rafael Nadal, including last year.

Nadal is 46-1 lifetime at Roland Garros, including an Open-Era-record-tying six titles. He’s currently the reigning two-time champ, including a victory over his great rival Federer in last year’s finale.

The 10-time major champion Nadal lost to Djokovic in the last three Grand Slam finals.

Paris, France (Sports Network)…

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Beyond the Rainbow

“Be careful what you water your dreams with.

Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream.

Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success.

Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success.

Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” 

― Lao Tzu

(570-490 BC)

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Beyond the Rainbow

The thirty spokes converge at one hub,
But the utility of the cart is a function

of the nothingness inside the hub.

We throw clay to shape a pot,
But the utility of the clay pot is a function

of the nothingness inside it.

We bore out doors and windows to make a dwelling,
But the utility of the dwelling is a function

of the nothingness inside it.

Thus, it might be something that provides the value,
But it is nothing that provides the utility.

trans. by R. T. Ames & D. L. Hall (2003)

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 11 = Tools

Thirty spokes connect to the wheel’s hub;

yet, it is the centre hole that makes it useful.

Clay is shaped into a vessel;

yet, it is the emptiness within that makes it useful.

Doors and windows are cut for a room;

yet it is the space where there…

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Tree of Happiness

Did I not say to you,

“Go not there, for I am your friend;

in this mirage of annihilation …..

I am the fountain of life?” 

Even though in anger you depart a hundred thousand years from me,

in the end you will come to me……

for I am your goal. 

Did I not say to you,

“I am the sea and you are a single fish;

go not to dry land, for I am your crystal sea?”

Did I not say to you,

” Go not like birds to the snare; come, for

I am the power of flight and your wings and feet?”

Did I not say to you,

“Be not content with worldly forms,

for I am the fashioner of the tabernacle of your contentment?”

Did I not say to you,

“ They will waylay you and make you cold,

for I am the fire and warmth and heat…

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Last words of an enlightened mother : Eveready

 It is certainly not an overstatement that battery and Eveready have been
 synonymous with each other in India 
for over a century.
So in Year 1957 we also had a torch and batteries
 as a precious possession in our family of
 many brothers and sisters but being fascinated by this torch which I will carry to roof where first work in the evening was to clean and sprinkle water on the roof in summer then one will cover most of the roof with mattresses and best fun was to roll over from one end to other end
And by evening half the city will be on roofs either playing , conversations, kite flying ….as most of the houses were connected so one could travel to different lanes from one roof to another…..
in the night one will light the torch against the small fingers to see glow in them…..but  every morning one will take out the  dry cells from the metal torch so one day as I was cleaning the torch and cells…. my mother asked what is on the cells written and what is this logo….as a child we all were very conscious about cat…… as cat will drink the milk since there were no refrigerators those days… she asked the meaning of the words so to explain her as she only had primary education so told that….eveready means a cat ever ready to drink milk……
my mother was a great human being …..all her ten children and many many grand children always wanted to be around her…..her day will start at 4.30 a.m. in the morning with cleaning of house which was quite big …..but she will sing bhajans ….mostly her own creations…..then getting ready to go to nearby temple many time I will also go with her to water a banyan tree with her and coming back some prayers in home temple and then preparations  for the meals ..
My grand mother will also go to temple while returning she will bring fruits and vegetables… mother lunch time always was last and she will only eat after everybody has taken their meals….and it will be around 3.30 p.m…..then she will rest and most of the afternoon she will do embroidery for various dresses of my seven sisters…..and then the evening prayers and dinner preparations……
today I wonder how could she do so much of work and never-never in her life I saw her complaining……for her all works of life were worship of God.
she had a habit that she will always take bath before going to Bed… one day I ask her why she takes bath….the answer she gave …..that this body is like a car from the God….I drive it everyday…..but always keep it clean inside and outside… not know ….when God want it back… I am also like your battery cells…..eveready.
this I listened from her almost 50 years back ……..and to be honest I also follow the same routine till today….
before ten years in the month of june… wife was in U.S.A but she returned to India with our son who graduated from a design school…..when she went to touch my mother’s feet … mother told her….now you have come so it is my time to go and now I am already 82 …..
.after 4 days …..she asked all family members to be called for meals so there were many many people , some grand children are doctors also were in her attendence…….she was not ill but she will not talk much that day…..on 7 June….as we all were there enchanting many of her Bhajans…..
at arround 1 o’clock she ask every one to go and have lunch…..and when returned from the lunch it was almost her lunch time….so I went and touched  her hands to enquire about lunch   and she opened her eyes looked at me…..looked at the picture of god on the wall and told me……eveready…..and closed her eyes for ever.
many time I think…. she was truly a spiritual and enlightened person….. she was ever ready for the God…..with tears of love on her death anniversary 
thought of great saint Kabir’s bhajans ….Jhini jhini Chadriya….
in the voice of Great maestro Kumar Gandharva’s eternal voice…
……love all.