Please circulate –

Please circulate – 
Ten Things a Hindu should do While using English Language: – written by Francois Gautier (check his Facebook page. He knows more about Hindu way of Life, than many of us)
# 01.Please stop using the term “God fearing” – Hindus never ever fear God. For us, God is everywhere and we are also part of God. God is not a separate entity to fear.It is integral.

# 02. Please do not use the meaningless term “RIP” when someone dies. Use “Om Shanti”, “Sadhgati” or “I wish this atma attains moksha/sadhgati /Uthama lokas”.  Hinduism neither has the concept of “soul” nor its “resting”. The terms “Atma” and “Jeeva” are, in a way, antonyms for the word “soul”.(to be understood in detail)

# 03. Please don’t use the word “Mythology” for our historic epics (Ithihaas) Ramayana and Mahabharata.  Rama and Krishna are historical heroes, not just mythical characters.

# 04.Please don’t be apologetic about idol worship and say “Oh, that’s just symbolic”. All religions have idolatry in kinds or forms – cross, words, letters (calligraphy) or direction. Also let’s stop using the words the words ‘idols’, ‘statues’ or ‘images’ when we refer to the sculptures of our Gods. Use the terms ‘Moorthi’ or ‘Vigraha’. If words like Karma, Yoga, Guru and Mantra can be in the mainstream, why not Moorthi or Vigraha? 

# 05.Please don’t refer to Ganesh and Hanuman as “Elephant god” and “Monkey god” respectively. You can simply write Shree Ganesh and Shree Hanuman. 

# 06.Please don’t refer to our temples as prayer halls. Temples are “devalaya” (abode of god) and not “prarthanalaya” (Prayer halls).

# 07.Please don’t wish your children “black birthday” by allowing  them to blow off the candles that are kept on top of the birthday cake. Don’t throw spit on the divine fire (Agni Deva). Instead, ask them to pray: “Oh divine fire, lead me from darkness to light” (Thamasoma Jyotirgamaya) by lighting a lamp. These are all strong images that go deep into the psyche.

# 08.Please avoid using the words “spirituality” and “materialistic”. For a Hindu, everything is divine. The words spirituality and materialism came to India through evangelists and Europeans who had a concept of Church vs State. Or Science vs Religion. On the contrary, in India, Sages were scientists and the foundation stone of Sanatan Dharma was Science.

# 09. Please don’t use the word “Sin” instead of “Paapa”. We only have Dharma (duty, righteousness, responsibility and privilege) and Adharma (when dharma is not followed).  Dharma has nothing to do with social or religious morality. ‘Paapa’ derives from Adharma.
# 10. Please don’t use loose translation like meditation for “dhyana” and ‘breathing exercise’ for “Pranayama”. It conveys wrong meanings. Use the original words. 
Remember, the world respects only those who respect themselves!
Please pass it on so that people can understand about Hindu Dharma and also teach the younger generation…. 🙏🌹ReplyForward

Who am I?*

*Who am I?*_
_Once, a beggar while begging in a train, noticed a well-dressed businessman wearing a suit and boots. He thought that this man must be very rich, so he will surely give good money if I ask him. So he went and asked that man for alms._ 
_The man looked at the beggar and said, “You always beg and keep asking from people, do you ever give anything to anyone?”_
_The beggar said, “Sir, I am a beggar, I can only keep asking people for money. How will I be able to give anything to anyone?”_
_The man replied, “When you can’t give anything to anyone, then you don’t have any right to ask as well. I am a businessman and believe in transactions only – if you have something to give me, then I can also give you something in return.”_
_Just then, the train arrived at a station, and the businessman got down and left._
_The beggar started thinking about what the man had said. His words somehow reached the beggar’s heart._
_He started thinking that maybe I do not get much money in alms because I am not able to give anything to anyone in return. But I am a beggar, I am not even worth giving anything to anyone. But for how long will I keep asking people without giving anything._
_After thinking deeply, the beggar decided that whenever he gets something on begging, he will definitely give something back to that person in return._
_But now the question was, what could he give others in return for begging? The whole day had passed thinking about this but he could not find any answer to his question._
_The next day while he was sitting near the station, his eyes fell on some flowers blooming on the plants around the station. He thought, why not give some flowers to the people in return for alms._
_He liked this idea and plucked some flowers from there and went to the train to beg._
_Whenever someone gave alms to him, he would give some flowers to them in return. People used to keep those flowers happily with them._
_Now the beggar used to pluck flowers everyday and distribute those flowers among the people in return for the alms._
_Within a few days he realized that now a lot of people have started giving him alms. He used to pluck all the flowers near the station._
 _As long as he had flowers, many people used to give him alms. But when no more flowers were left with him, he wouldn’t get much. And this continued every day._
_One day when he was begging, he saw that the same businessman was sitting in the train, because of whom he was inspired to distribute flowers._
_The beggar immediately reached out to him and said, “Today I have some flowers to give you in return for alms.”_
_The man gave him some money and the beggar gave him some flowers in return. The man liked his idea very much and was quite impressed._
_He said, “Wow! Today you too have become a businessman like me.”_
_Taking flowers from the beggar, he got down at the station._
_But once again, his words had reached deep into the beggar’s heart._
 _He kept thinking again and again about what the man had said and started becoming happy._
_His eyes started shining now, he felt that he had now got the key to success by which he could change his life._
_He immediately got down from the train and excitedly looked up at the sky and in a very loud voice said, “I am not a beggar anymore, I am a businessman now, I can also become like that gentleman, I can also become rich.”_
_When people saw him, they thought that maybe this beggar has gone mad. From the next day that beggar never appeared at that station again._
_Four years later, two men dressed in suits were traveling from the same station. When both of them looked at each other, one of them bowed to the other with joined hands and asked, “Do you recognize me?”_
_The other replied, “No! Maybe we’re meeting for the first time.”_
_The first one again said, “Sir, try to remember, we are not meeting for the first time but for the third time”._
_Second person, “Well, I can’t remember. When was it that we met before?”_
_Now the first person smiled and said, “We have met twice in the same train before. I am the same beggar whom you had told in the first meeting what I should do in life, and in the second meeting you told me who I really am.”_
_”As a result, today I am a very big flower merchant and I am going to another city in respect of the same business.”_
_”You told me the law of nature in the first meeting… according to which we get something only when we give something._
_This rule of transaction really works, I’ve felt it very well, but I always thought of myself as a beggar, I never thought to rise above it._
_When I met you for the second time, you told me that I have become a businessman. Thanks to you, from that day onwards, my perspective changed and now I have become a businessman, I’m not a beggar anymore.”_
_Indian sages probably put the most emphasis on ‘knowing yourself’._
_As long as the beggar considered himself a beggar, he remained a beggar and when he considered himself as a businessman, he became one._
_Similarly, the day we will understand our true nature, then what will be left to know and understand?_



The Nobel Laureate Prof. C. V. Raman after retirement wished to open a Research Institute in Bangalore. 
So he gave an advertisement in the newspapers for recruiting three physicists. 
Lots of eager Scientists applied thinking that even if they were not selected, they would at least get an opportunity to meet the Nobel Laureate. 
In the preliminary selection, five candidates were selected and the final interview was to be taken by Prof. C V Raman himself. 
Three were selected out of the five. 
Next day Prof. Raman was taking a walk and found one young man waiting to meet him. 
He realized that it was the same man who was not selected. 
The Prof.  asked him what was the problem and he replied that there was no problem at all, but after finishing the interview the office had paid him ₹7 extra than his claim and he wanted to return it. 
But because the accounts had closed, they could not take back the amount and asked him to enjoy. 
The man said that it is not right for him to accept the money which did not belong to him. 
Prof. C V Raman told him, so you wish to return the ₹7 and he took the money from him. 
After going few  steps forward the Prof. asked the young man to meet him the next day at 10.30 am. The man was happy that he would get an opportunity to meet the great man again.
When he met the Prof.  next day the Nobel Laureate told the young man “son, you failed in the Physics test but you have passed the honesty test. So I have created another post for you”. 
The young man was surprised and very happy to join.
Later on he too became a Nobel Laureate in 1983. This young man was *Prof. Subrahmanyan Chandrashekhar*(US Citizen of Indian Origin)
He has written a book on how the seven rupees changed his life.
*This was how Honesty made a Great Scientist*. 
What is lacking in Talent can most often be made up for, with Hard work, guidance and help from others, BUT, what is lacking in Character and Values can’t be made up for with anything Ever.
Which is why Einstien said, “ *Don’t try to be a person of Success, but always be a Person of Value* “🙏🏼ReplyForward