Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Quotation for Life - Life is Beautiful

He buddy,

Life is Beautiful so Leave it with great Joy. I really enjoy my life with Family, Friends and some special like you all...

This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. -- George Bernard Shaw

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love. -- Sophocles

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? -- Vincent van Gogh

Grace means more than gifts. In grace something is transcended, once and for all overcome. Grace happens in spite of something; it happens in spite of separateness and alienation. Grace means that life is once again united with life, self is reconciled with self. Grace means accepting the abandoned one. Grace transforms fate into a meaningful vocation. It transforms guilt to trust and courage. The word grace has something triumphant in it. -- Yrjo Kallinen

When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?" -- Sydney J. Harris

A life lived in love will never be dull. -- Leo Buscaglia

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up -- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. -- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Your life feels different on you, once you greet death and
understand your heart's position. You wear your life like a garment from the mission bundle sale ever after -- lightly because you realize you never paid nothing for it, cherishing because you know you won't ever come by such a bargain again. -- Louise Erdrich

One must work and dare if one really wants to live. -- Vincent van Gogh

Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope. -- Tom Head

I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirm the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Saturday, July 31, 2010

History of Friendship Day

The National Friendship Day is celebrated every year on the first Sunday in August. There is not much history that can be garnered for this day except the fact that the US Congress proclaimed this day as the Friendship Day in the year 1935.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7

“Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13-15

There is not much literature on Friendship Day history as we celebrate today. However, there are numerous folktales and several instance in mythological legends that shows that friends and friendship have been valued since the beginning of civilized world. As an intrinsically social creature, men love to make friends to further this process of socialization.

History of Friendship Day in US

Considering the valuable role friends play in our life it was deemed to fit to have a day dedicated to friends and friendship. The United States Congress, in 1935, proclaimed first Sunday of August as the National Friendship Day. Since then, celebration of National Friendship Day became an annual event. The noble idea of honoring the beautiful relationship of friendship caught on with the people and soon Friendship Day became a hugely popular festival.

Following the popularity and success of Friendship Day in US, several other countries adopted the tradition of dedicating a day to friends. Today, Friendship Day is enthusiastically celebrated by several countries across the world including India.

In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie - the Pooh as the world's Ambassador of Friendship.

Importance of Friendship in Bible

The Bible, the primary text of the western civilization, reflects upon friendship as the bond that forms the foundation to human faith, trust and companionship. Following verses from the bible aptly portray the importance of friends:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Matthew 7:7

“Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13-15

Besides, there are several tales from the Old Testament and the New Testament about the value of friendship and how true friendship is a treasure to unearth. A noticeable point is that, both the versions make a difference between the two broad meanings of friendship- one is a mere acquaintance, the other is a more affectionate relation.

In the Old Testament, Abraham is called the “friend of God” because of the intimacy of his relations. God speaks to Moses face to face “as a man…unto his friend” (Ex 33:11). The romantic friendship of Ruth and Naomi, the devotion of the subordinate Hushai for David, or the mutual relation between David and Jonathan - the Old Testament is replete with these interesting tales of friends and friendship.

In the New Testament, the relationship between Jesus and his disciples clearly depicts how human friendship can constantly grow. From being teacher and disciple, to lord and servant their relationship finally grew to an unparalleled friendship.

Importance of Friendship in Mahabharata

In the famous Hindu epic ‘Mahabharata’, Lord Krishna demonstrates the many colors of friendship - affection, romance, brotherhood, protection, guidance, intimacy and even teasing. Friendship is all about these and much more.

Quotes About Friendship Day

" Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends. " - Mary Catherwood

" Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival. " - C. S. Lewis

" Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success. " - Oscar Wilde

Friday, June 11, 2010

What is Love??? - પ્રેમ શું છે???

"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two."

-St. Augustine

સવારમાં ઉઠીને આંખો ખોલતા પહેલા,કોઈનો ચહેરો જોવાની ઈચ્છા થાય,એ પ્રેમ છે.મંદિરમાં દર્શન કરતી વખતે,કોઈ પાસે ઊભુ છે તેવો આભાસ થાય,એ પ્રેમ છે.આખા દિવસનો થાક,જેની સાથે બેસવાની કલ્પના માત્રથી દૂર થઈ જાય,એ પ્રેમ છે.માથું કોઈના ખોળામાં મૂકીને,લાગે કે મન હળવું થઈ ગયું,એ પ્રેમ છે.લાખ પ્રયત્નો છતાં,જેને નફરત ના કરી શકો,ભૂલી ના શકો,એ પ્રેમ છે.આ વાંચતી વખતે,જેનો ચહેરો આપની સામે તરવરે,એ તમારો પ્રેમ ....