Archive for March, 2007

April Fools or All Fools Day!!!

Posted on March 31, 2007. Filed under: Public Speaking |

Today is April 1st, also known as April Fools Day. This day used to be, and in some places still is, considered a holiday.
Unlike most of the other non foolish holidays, the history of April Fool’s Day, sometimes also called All Fool’s Day, is not totally clear. There really wasn’t a “First April Fool’s Day” that can be pinpointed on the calendar.
Some believe it sort of evolved simultaneously in several cultures at the same time, from celebrations involving the first day of spring.
The closest point in time that can be identified as the beginning of this tradition was in 1582, in France. Prior to that year, the new year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25. The celebration culminated on April 1. With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year’s Day was moved to January 1. However, communications being what they were in the days when news traveled by foot, many people did not receive the news for several years. Others, the more obstinate crowd, refused to accept the new calendar and continued to celebrate the new year on April 1.
These backward folk were labeled as “fools” by the general populace. They were subject to some ridicule, and were often sent on “fools errands” or were made the butt of other practical jokes. This harassment evolved, over time, into a tradition of prank-playing on the first day of April. The tradition eventually spread to England and Scotland in the eighteenth century. It was later introduced to the American colonies of both the English and French. April Fool’s Day thus developed into an international fun fest, so to speak, with different nationalities specializing in their own brand of humor at the expense of their friends and families.
In Scotland, for example, April Fool’s Day is actually celebrated for two days. The second day is devoted to pranks involving the posterior region of the body. It is called Taily Day. The origin of the “kick me” sign can be traced to this observance. Practical jokes are a common practice on April Fool’s Day. Sometimes, elaborate practical jokes are played on friends or relatives that last the entire day. Today Americans play small tricks on friends and strangers alike on the first of April.
One common trick on April Fool’s Day, or All Fool’s Day, is pointing down to a friend’s shoe and saying, “Your shoelace is untied.” Teachers in the nineteenth century used to say to pupils, “Look! A flock of geese!” and point up. School children might tell a classmate that school has been canceled. Whatever the trick, if the innocent victim falls for the joke the prankster yells, “April Fool”.
April Fool’s Day is a “for-fun-only” observance. Nobody is expected to buy gifts or to take their “significant other” out to eat in a fancy restaurant. Nobody gets off work or school. It’s simply a fun day, but a day on which one must remain forever vigilant, for he may be the next April Fool.
(TM Lecture by R, 1Apr03)

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John Ruskin – the Englishman …

Posted on March 30, 2007. Filed under: Searching for Success, The English |

John Ruskin was art and social critic. His essays were extremely influential in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money. It is the restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty.
I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.

No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensive. All deficiency is bankruptcy of manners or heart.

Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.

It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends. Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.

Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.

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Personal Magnetism Secrets !!!

Posted on March 28, 2007. Filed under: Personal Magnetism |

The electricity in your body follows the character of your Nerves. You have to take the deadness and flabbiness out of the nerves.

A vibrant person tends to be tense from the center to the surface of the body. A tense muscle is vibrant.

This sllght tenseness will help you become master of intensity.

The two great essentials for personal magnetism are undulations and purpose. Adopt undulations in all that you say or do.

Undulations are developed by practice and are a cultivated power.
Nervous and vocal undulations increase the power of intensity. Intensity exists in the voice and in the entire nervous system.
Intensity is fire. It burns in the nerves, in the brain and in the heart. No person can attain too much intensity.

Never discard the practice of intensity; because of the exhilaration that follows the practice.

Consonants should be made by the firmest possible contact between the two parts of the mouth. And always remember that Intermittent Stress is the carrying power of feeling.

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The Men who pulled up China – Mao and Zhou

Posted on March 27, 2007. Filed under: Chinese Wisdom, Personalities |

First, Dag Hammarskjold (the Swedish Secy Gen of the UN) on Zhou –

It is a little bit humiliating when I have to say that Chou En-lai to me appears as the most superior brain I have so far met in the field of foreign politics.  So much more dangerous than you imagine because he is so much better a man than you have ever admitted.

Now Kissinger on first Zhou and then Mao –

Gaunt, expressive face dominated by piercing eyes, conveying a mixture of intensity and repose; of wariness and calm self-confidence.

He moved gracefully and with dignity – filling a room not by his physical dominance but by his air of controlled tension, steely discipline and self-control, as if he were a coiled spring.   There was little wasted motion, either in his words or in his movements.

Very genial. On the one hand he conveyed an easy casualness (which did not deceive the careful observer). On the other hand there was the palpable alertness, the features of a man, who had had burned into him, by a searing half century, the vital importance of self-possession. 

There was an inner serenity, which enabled him to eschew petty maneuvers.  At meetings lasting many long hours, with 5-7 hour sessions, at no occasion did he reveal any impatience or imply that he had any thing else to do  –  he was governing the worlds largest country, both in area and population.  

Leader for 50 years, Prime Minister for 25. Equally at home in philosophy, reminiscence, historical analysis, tactical probes, humorous repartee, he could display an extraordinary graciousness. He had a special human quality.

And now Kissinger on Mao –

Tall and powerfully built. He fixed the visitor with a smile both penetrating and slightly mocking; warning by his bearing that there was no point in seeking to deceive this specialist in the foibles and duplicity of man. 

He distilled raw, concentrated Will Power. He exuded the overwhelming drive to prevail.  His thoughts even in the shadow of death were lucid and sardonic.

He never engaged in soliloquies. Not for him the prepared points – seemingly extempore or learned from notes. His meaning emerged from a Socratic dialogue that he guided effortlessly and with deceptive casualness.  His characteristic sideways glance.   Great, demonic, prescient, overwhelming personality.

And these were the guys India and Nehru had to contend with.

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905 – 1961). Swedish diplomat, Christian mystic, and the second Secretary-General of the United Nations.  Served from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in September 1961 – the only person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously and the only U.N. Secretary-General to die in office. U.S. President John F. Kennedy  called him “the greatest statesman of our century.

Mao Zedong : Mao Tse-tung; (1893  – 1976 ). Chinese military and political leader, who led the Communist Party of China to victory in the Chinese Civil War and remained leader of the People’s Republic of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. Chairman Mao has been regarded as one of the most important figures in modern world history  – named by Time Magazine  as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Additionally, Mao is viewed by many in China as a poet, philosopher, and visionary. However, Mao remains a controversial figure to this day, with a contentious and ever evolving legacy.

Zhou Enlai: Chou En-lai (1898 – 1976).  Premier of the People’s Republic of China, from October 1949 until his death in January 1976. A skilled and able diplomat, was also foreign minister till 1958. His attempts at mitigating the Red Guard’s damage and his efforts to protect others from their wrath made him immensely popular in the Revolution’s later stages.  On his death the massive public outpouring of grief led to the Tiananmen Incident. Deng Xiaoping, Zhou’s ally and successor as Premier, was eventually able take Mao’s place as Paramount Leader.

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Eternity to Eternity

Posted on March 26, 2007. Filed under: The Good Book |

A generation goes and a generation comes, but the Earth remains forever.

Like a drop of water from the sea and a grain of sand, so are a few years in the day of Eternity.

What has been, is what will be, and what has been done, is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the Sun; it has already been in the ages before us.

There is no remembrance of former things nor will there be remembrance of later things yet to happen. And what is lacking cannot be numbered. But wisdom exceeds folly as light exceeds darkness.

For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under Heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to keep and a time to cast away;
a time to keep silence and a time to speak.

Under the Sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor victory to the intelligent, nor favor to the men of skill. But time and chance happen to them all.

Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. As he came from his mother’s womb, he shall go, naked as he came.

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Sun Tzu …

Posted on March 25, 2007. Filed under: Chinese Wisdom, Guide Posts, Personalities, Quotes |

Sun Tzu was the author of The Art of War, an immensely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy. He is also one of the earliest realists in international relations.

All war is based on deception. Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.

O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you we learn to be inaudible. Hence we can hold the enemy’s fate in our hands.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.

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Vital Laws of Daily Life …

Posted on March 25, 2007. Filed under: Eloquence, Guide Posts, Personal Magnetism, Personalities, Quotes |

Never open your mouth except for a well defined purpose.

Never speak to a person unless your active will is behind the words.

Never touch a person unless you are thinking some thought relevant to the person.

Never look a person in the eye unless you are thinking or speaking. Gazing when the mind is not saying any thing is mere staring.

Keep the mouth closed, teeth touching. Any other condition denotes a vulnerable state.

Never waste remarks; have a purpose in what you say and direct the Will to drive home that purpose.

Take exacting care to speak with the best culture.

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Voice Training Basics …

Posted on March 24, 2007. Filed under: Books, Eloquence, Guide Posts, Personal Magnetism, Personalities, Public Speaking |

An empty voice is the first great barrier in life. It is always seen that persons with a monotonous voice, are corresspondingly dull iin mind and heart.  

Sound is a wave force and vibrations give it charm. Indeed ‘Intermittent Stress is the carrying power of feeling’.

Voices must have – Modulation – Color – Timbre – Sound Dams. What are these? …

Modulation is variations in pitch. This  together with ‘emphasis’ and ‘pauses’ gives charm. All modulating movements undulate; meaning they rise and fall –
 A Quote — “And He that formed the eye, shall He not see?”

Color is the presence of feeling in the voice. More colors (for depicting the moods and feelings), you have, richer will become your voice. Some Quotes —
Pride — “Aye, Every inch a King”.
Dignity — “Above all, to thine own self be true and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man”.
Affection — “Give me that man that is not passions slave, and I will wear him in my hearts core, aye in my heart of hearts – as I do thee”.
Faith and Hope — “In the lexicon of youth, which fate reserves for a bright manhood, there is no such word as fail”.

Timbre is the character of the tone (or inner life of a person). It is more or less a permanent. Timbre is a result of where you impinge your voice in the different areas of your upper throat. This depicts what sort of person  you are —
1. Weakness is shown when the voice is mouthed ie confined within the closed/semi closed mouth; it is devoid of vitality.
2. Strength is shown when the voice impinges the hard palate in the throat above the front upper teeth.
3. Solemnity is shwn when the voice impinges the soft palate near the back of the mouth.
4. Guttural (Hatred) sounds are the result when the throat is made flat and  the voice is impinged against the teeth.

Immediate Power or Muscular magnetism. …
The Mind is stimulated most by the Voice. The mouth makes, by its muscular action, the checks or dams for stressing the consonants.

The aim is to give this muscular action more and more power; . Deal hammer blows to each check or dam. Increase the power of the muscular action but without the least loudness.

The practice of hammering consonants will change the shape of your face; the lips become finely chiseled, the muscles from the chin to the forehead and from ear to ear are exercised; it adds mobility, brings solidity in place of flabbiness and lights up the features. Watch in a mirror and see for yourself when you practice.
Increase the nervous power with each repetition …..

Cribb’d – Bobb’d – Robb’d.                                                                                          Cribb’dst – Bobb’dst … Fib’dst.
Gambl’dst – Rambl’ dst – Fabl’dst.

Sobb’st – Stubb’st – Robb’st.
Handl’dst – Fondl’dst – Fiddl’dst.

Madd’nd – Wid’nd … Broad’nd.
Stiff’ld – Muff’ld – Baff’ld.

Laugh’st – Quaff’st – Stuff’st.
Fif’ths – Twelf’ths.

Smugg’ld – Mang’ld – Wrang’ld.
Gurgl’dst – Struggl’dst … Bungl’dst.                                                                              Pegg’st – Flog’st – Drug’st.
Shackkl’dst – Tackl’dst – Buckl’dst.

Encircl’st – Tackl’st – Buckl’st.
Hearkn’dst – Likn’dst – Blackn’dst.

Wakn’st – Hearkn’st – Beckn’st.
Engul’fd …Twelfth.

Indulg’d … Divul’gd … Bilg’d.
Scalps – Pulps – Helps…

Scalp’st – Pulpst – Helpst.
Long’dst- Wrong’dst … Hang’dst.
Bringst … Hangst … Singst.

Lengths – Strengths.
Shovst … Livst … Provst.

Constant practice will make your voice attract attention and draw people to you.

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Alexander Pope …

Posted on March 22, 2007. Filed under: Great Writing, Guide Posts, Searching for Success, The English |

Alexander Pope, the third most quoted poet after Shakespeare and Tennyson, is best known for his translation of Homer. He was master of the heroic couplet. Here are some gems –

Act well your part, there all the honor lies!

Fools admire, but men of sense approve.

Never find fault with the absent. To err is human; to forgive, divine.

Teach me to feel another’s woe, to hide the fault I see, that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.

And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.

Order is heaven’s first law.

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This is – Thomas Carlyle …

Posted on March 20, 2007. Filed under: Books, Great Writing, Guide Posts, The Grand Scots |

Thomas Carlyle was a historian, whose completed manuscript of his first volume of ‘The French Revolution’, was accidentally burned by John Stuart Mill’s maid. Carlyle wrote the second and third volumes before rewriting the first from scratch. His work is filled with  passionate intensity unknown in historical writing. For Carlyle, chaotic events demanded what he called ‘heroes’ to take control over competing forces.

Here are some of his observations.

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment. No pressure, No diamonds. Narrative is linear, action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.

In books lies the soul of the whole past. All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.

Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope has everything.

No person is important enough to make me angry. Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.

Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether. Silence is more eloquent than words; it is as deep as eternity. Speech is as shallow as time.

Speech is human. Silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead; therefore we must learn both arts. Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together. Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the Infinite.

Sarcasm I now seem to believe, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.

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