This is What a Great Professor Looks Like

It is so easy to get annoyed and lose patience when something interrupts your line of thought and indeed is a sign of great learning when one continues with  passion even in the face of obstacles when no interruption is enough to lose sight, temper and patience.

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“So one of the students came with her kid, because she didn’t have a babysitter. The kid starts to cry in the middle of the class, so his mom, all embarrassed gets up to leave, and the professor took the kid from her, calmed him  and continued teaching.”

a great professorby ~ justagreatdude

Clearly this is a man who knows the little boy’s mother is doing everything she can to better her and her child’s future. Good for him!

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Siva Yogaswami speaks of work

Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I firmly believe that one has to work hard for his own emancipation and peace. Putting your heart and soul and delving deeply into the work concerned is yoga itself.It is our Dharma too and there is no better satisfaction than a job well done.

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yogaswamiEnough of learning!

Remain separate like the five fingers. but when there is work to do, co-operate
in doing it like the hand.

How foolish it is to judge a man by one bad quality, ignoring all his other good

Whatever work you have to do, do it well. That in itself is yoga.

Wisdom will come, if you do your duty well.

Because of worldliness the light in the faces of the young has become less
bright nowadays.

Lord Jesus Christ has said: “Don’t suffer for my sake. Work hard for your own
emancipation.” Without improving yourself, what is the use of doing service to

Siva Yogaswami

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Proust lately

“Let us leave pretty women to men without imagination.”

At the outset I would like to imagine that Proust was someone who thought that the beauty he saw in the physical world (women ) and other manifestations of nature or art as the unique beauty, which only he could appreciate.

To phrase it better, he might have felt that a lot of beauty went unnoticed and unappreciated where it was due because of lack of better imagination .

He might have meant no Ill-will towards the popular beauties who were fancied during his time.

But as a man who prided his own intellect ,he might have felt himself equipped with the sixth sense of discerning the kind of beauty which was unseen and unknown to others .

One can say that the parameters of beauty are so fluid that they cannot be judged in one physical state.
What one looks ten years back may not be how he/she looks like now.what is beauty in one city may not be worth noticing in the land across the ocean.

What is true is that there is beauty at all times in different forms in every being.It is seldom acknowledged though.

I wonder why people don’t compliment generously when something interests them keenly.

Few words of genuine appreciation may make Somebody’s day.
It is hard to believe that one is unable to find no amount of beauty in the other person. There is a matter of beauty in everyone and being unaware of it just means you are surrounded by people who  won’t let those things out into open.

While the quotation is somewhat degrading of the men who get fascinated by the conventionally accepted parameters of beauty and strive to catch the attentions of women who fit those parameters, it also adds value to those men who look beyond what everybody sees and strive to seek the depths than covering the length and breadth of it.


That is how the belief in society is strengthened .
There are men and women who would be genuine with their caresses , hugs and smiles.
Who would say something nice and mean it.
Who would look for the good parts in you and appreciate you for them .
And who would know that faults , blemishes and wrinkles are experiences and quirks which only make one better with age.

Never say ow

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
– Og Mandino

Glad to have come across this quote today.
When I am at the last stretch or have only few days to go before the main event – an exam , a performance, a deadline , a self set goal, a hobby , I start feeling drained and hopeless.
Anything that seems to be going fine but not showing the same in figures or on paper does that to me.
I have trained my mind to not take results seriously and I shrug them off to the extent of not even checking them sometimes.
That is at the cost of losing sight on my drawbacks and not acknowledging where I need improvement .
If only I could just go on pursuing something without the need for  result , without a pattern of devised learning curriculum and “important things you must read in order to clear this exam”.

My way of non-linear and chaotic learning is seldom beneficial when it comes to exams which follow a pattern.
I Start a topic, find something interesting in between  the lines , then check it out on Google and from there on I travel to some other zone ,far away from the main topic.
I do come back and read that topic again but the time that I lost wandering starts making me uneasy.
The fast speed internet is my best friend in my mental wanderings.
I tried the pomodora technique as suggested in the coursera course I took—

learning how to learn

Here’s the link –

So I benefitted a lot from it.
For first 3 days at least, when I was highly enthusiastic about trying something new.

And I realized even though I never knew it had a name , I had done this earlier for a longer duration ,to clear my medical entrance examinations.
It wasn’t completely alien to me.
And yet the anxiety within me to check the phone or check something that sprang up in my mind was overwhelming now which was unlikely at 18 years of age.

So now I am back to square one and even though my attention span has increased and I am lot less distracted , the results have to reflect the same .
And with my non linear way I have reached the point B from point A even if I did not take the straight road.

I have experienced failure before and success too but it is so unpredictable that it is futile to assess your worth on the basis of one exam or a singular event /failure in life.
Nevertheless, self assessment and insight on what you did wrong is very important in order to not do the same thing again.
note to self – Never commit the same mistake twice .
At the end of it, as one of good friends told me

You only have one person you should be competing with.And that is you.

Well here’s to being better prepared ,by tomorrow !