The Good Book

Yiddish Proverbs …

Posted on April 17, 2014. Filed under: Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty, Quotes, The Good Book, Vocabulary/Words | Tags: |

Ever come across Jewish Proverbs? Here are some from the Race that has, percentage wise, produced more Nobel Prize winners, than any other!                                                  

The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks. Imagination is more important than knowledge.

 

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.  A wise man hears one word and understands two.

 

A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he is right.

One old friend is better than two new ones.

One of life’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.

 

“Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.”

Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.

 

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

People Make a Country …

Posted on May 7, 2013. Filed under: Books, Business, From a Services Career, Searching for Success, The Good Book |

Israel the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world’s population, has a $100 billion economy – larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined. It has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world and produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin – 109 per 10,000 people — as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.

In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of start up companies in the world. In absolute Israel has the largest number of start up companies than any other country in the world, except the U.S. (3,500 ompanies mostly in hi-tech).

With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start ups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world — apart from the Silicon Valley, U.S. Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the U.S. Outside the United States and Canada , Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies.

Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in Israel in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.

On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups. Twenty-four per cent of Israel’s workforce holds university degrees, ranking third in the industrialized world ,after the United States and Holland and 12 per cent hold advanced degrees.

Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship — and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 – in the world. Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity. Hundreds of thousands from the former Soviet Union.

Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as “conflict free.”

Israel has the world’s second highest per capita of new books. Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, made more remarkable because, this was achieved in an area considered mainly desert!

Israel has more museums per capita than any other country. Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.

Israel has the fourth largest air force in the world (after the U.S, Russia and China ). In addition to a large variety of other aircraft, Israel ‘s air
force has an aerial arsenal of over 250 F-16’s – largest outside the U. S. 

Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U. S, 70 in Japan and less than 60 in Germany. 

An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California’s Mojave desert .

All while engaged in regular wars with an implacable enemy that seeks its destruction, and an economy continuously under strain by having to spend more on its own protection.

 
 
 
Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

The Good Book on Alms Giving, Wealth, Advice

Posted on May 1, 2013. Filed under: The Good Book |

ALMSGIVING

In the morning sow your seed,and in the evening withhold not your hand. Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.

Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty. 

Store alms giving in your treasury and it will rescue you from all afflictionMore than a mighty sword and more than a mighty spear, it will fight on your behalf with your enemy.

Lay up your treasures according to the commandments of the Most High, and it will profit you more than gold.

Kindness is like a garden of blessings and alms giving endures forever. Brothers and help are for a time of trouble, but alms giving rescues better than both.

 Water extinguishes a blazing fire, so alms giving atones for sin. Whoever requites a favor, gives thought to the future; at the moment of his falling he will find support.

Do not keep needy eyes waiting, nor grieve the one who is hungry, nor anger a man in want, nor delay your gift to a beggar, nor turn your face away from the poor. For if, in bitterness of soul, he calls down a curse on you, his Creator will hear his prayer.

Do not with hold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go and come again, tomorrow I will give it”, when you have it with you. And behold the tears of the oppressed and they had no one to comfort them.

Open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of all who are desolate. A righteous man knows the rights of the poor. He who gives to the poor will not want. He who is kind to the needy, honors their maker.

Stretch forth your hands to the poor, so that your blessings may be complete. Give graciously to all the living; and with hold not your kindness from the dead. Do not fail those who weep, but mourn with those who mourn.

Let not your hand be extended to receive and withdrawn when it is time to repay. Glorify the Lord generouslyDo not appear before the Lord empty handed. Give to the Most High as He has given and as generously as your hand has found. Do not say that He will consider the multitude of my gifts. Do not be fainthearted in your prayers nor neglect to give alms.

Let nothing hinder you from paying a vow promptly. When you vow a vow to God, do not delay in paying itPay what you oweIt is better that you should not vow then that you should vow and not pay. Let not your mouth lead you into sin.

Do not hesitate from visiting a sick friend, because for such deeds you will be loved. Be like a father to orphans. Not like a husband to their mother. You will then be like a son of the Most High and He will love you more than does your mother.

Be good to a godly man and you will be repaid, if not by him, then certainly by the Most High. No good will come to the man who persists in evil or to him who does not give alms.

A persons alms giving is like a blessing with the Lord and He will keep a person’s kindness like the apple of his eye. From the dead as from one who does not exist thanksgiving has ceased. He who is alive will sing the Lords praises.

Wealth

He, who loves pleasure will be a poor man. He, who loves wine and oil, will not be rich. He who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. Everyone who is hasty comes only to want.

 Do not toil to acquire wealth, be wise enough to desist. Do not revel in great luxury, lest you become impoverished by its great expense.

In the day of prosperity, adversity is forgotten; and in the day of adversity, prosperity is not remembered.

He who loves money will not be satisfied with money; nor he who loves wealth with gain. When goods increase, they increase those who eat them; and what gain has their owner but to see them with his eyes.

Many have come to ruin because of gold and their destruction has met them, face to face. Do not set your heart on your wealth, nor say, ‘I have enough’. Do not say ‘ I have enough and what calamity can happen to me in the future?’ Say not, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.

He who despises little things will fail little by little. Who ever accumulates by depriving himself, accumulates for others. If a man is mean to himself, to whom will he be generous?

My Son, treat yourself well, according to your means and present worthy offerings to the Lord.

Advice

Do nothing without deliberation. Excel in all that you do. Do not reveal your thoughts to every one, lest you drive away your good luck.

Bow your head to a great man. Incline your ear to the poor. There are losses because of glory; and there are men who have raised their ends from humble circumstances.

Presents and gifts blind the eyes of the wise; like a muzzle on the mouth, they avert reproach. Seek not what is too difficult for you nor investigate what is beyond your power. Do not slight the discourse of the sages but busy yourself with their maxims.

 The wisdom of the scribe depends upon the opportunity of leisure; and he who has little business, becomes wise.

Better is the God fearing man who lacks intelligence than the highly prudent man who transgresses the law.

 Before judgment examine yourself and in the hour of visitation, you will find forgiveness. Do not delay to turn to the Lord, nor postpone it from day to day.

 

 

.

 

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

The Good Book on Parents, Children, Good/Bad Women

Posted on April 28, 2013. Filed under: The Good Book |

Parents

With all your heart honor your  father and do not forget the birth pangs of your mother.Remember that through your parents you were born and what can you give back to them that can equal their gift to you.

The Lord honored the father above the children and HE confirmed the right of the mother over her son. Whoever honors his father atones for sin and who ever glorifies his mother is like one who lays up treasure.

For kindness to a father will not be forgotten and who ever angers his mother is cursed by the Lord. The eye that mocks a father and fails to obey a mother will be plucked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by vultures.

My son, keep your fathers commandments and forsake not your mothers teaching.

Your friend and your father’s friend, do not forsake; and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your adversity.

Home

Do not bring every man into your home, for many are the wiles of the crafty. Receive a stranger into your home and he will upset you with commotion and will estrange you from your family.

Do not be like a lion in your home. Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house.

Children

Do you have children? Discipline them and make them obedient from their youth. Do you have daughters? Be concerned for their chastity.

He who loves his son, will whip him often. He who disciplines his son will profit by him. He, who teaches his son, will make his enemies envious.

A son that is untamed turns out to be stubborn. Give him no authority in his youth and do not ignore his errors. He, who spares the rod, hates his son. He, who loves his son, is diligent to discipline him.

My son, do not despise the Lords discourses nor be weary of his reproof. For the Lord, reproves him whom He loves, as a father the son whom he delights. Whoever loves discipline, loves knowledge.

Wife

A Good Wife? Who can find? She is far more precious than jewels; the heart of her husband trusts in her and he will have no lack of gain. Happy is the husband of a good wife; a loyal wife rejoices her husband.

Home and wealth are inherited from fathers but a prudent wife is a gift of the Lord. A good wife is a great blessing and will be counted among the blessings of the man who Fears the Lord. A good wife is the crown of her husband.

Let your fountain be blessed and rejoice in the wife of your youth. A lovely hind, a graceful doe, let her affection fill you at all times with delight. Be infatuated at all times with her love. A wife’s charm delights her husband and her skill puts fat on his bones. A silent wife is a gift of the Lord and there is nothing so precious as a disciplined soul. 

A modest wife adds charm to charm and no balance can weigh the value of a chaste soul. Like the Sun rising in the heights, so is the beauty of a good wife in her well ordered home. Like the shining lamp on the holy lamp stead, so is a beautiful form on a stately figure. Like a pillar of gold on a base of silver, so are beautiful feet with a steadfast heart. 

A woman’s beauty gladdens the countenance and surpasses every human desire. If kindness and humility mark her speech, her husband is not like other men. He, who acquires a wife, gets his best possession, a helper fit for him and a pillar of support. Strength and dignity are her clothing and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her lips. Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Children and the building of a city establish a man’s name but a blamelesswife is accounted better than both. 

My soul takes pleasure in seeing a wife and husband living in harmony. Happy is he, who lives with an intelligent wife. Do not be jealous of the wife of your youth and do not teach her an evil lesson to your own hurt. Do not deprive yourself of a good wife for her charm is worth more than gold. If you have a wife who pleases you, do not cast her out. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life, which He has given you under the Sun.

The Evil Wife

Do not be ensnared by a woman’s beauty and do not desire a woman for her possessions. There is wrath and impudence and great disgrace when a wife supports a husband.

A disgruntled mind, a gloomy face and a wounded heart are caused by an evil wife. Drooping hands and weak knees are caused by the wife who does not make her husband happy. Allow no outlet to water and no boldness of speech in an evil wife. 

There is great anger when a wife is drunken. A wife’s harlotry shows in her lustful eyes and she is known by her eyelids. Taking hold of an evil wife is like grasping a scorpion. ‘I would rather dwell with a lion and dragon, than dwell with an evil wife’. 

The wickedness of a wife changes her appearance and darkens her face like that of a bear. Her husband takes his meals among the neighbors and he cannot help sighing bitterly. Any wound, but not a wound of the heart. Any wickedness, but not the wickedness of a wife. ‘I found more bitter than death the wife whose heart is snares and nets and whose hands are fetters’. He who pleases God escapes her. 

A steady ascent for the feet of the aged, such is a garrulous wife for a quiet husband.

The Loose Woman

Wine and women lead intelligent men astray. Do not give your strength to a woman so that she gains mastery over you. A gracious woman gets honor; but like a gold ring in a swine’s snout is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.

A loose woman is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home – now in the street, now in the market place. A foolish woman is noisy. She is wanton and knows no shame. And to him who is without shame, she says, “Stolen water is sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant”.

With much persuasive speech, she persuades the fool and all at once he follows her as an ox that goes to the slaughter. This is the way of an adulteress. She eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I have done no wrong”. The mouth of a loose woman is a deep pit. The lips of a loose woman drip honey. And her speech is smoother than oil but in the end she is more bitter than worm wood, sharp as a two edged sword.

“Why should you be infatuated, My Son, with a loose woman and embrace the bosom of an adventuress?” Be saved from the loose woman, from the adventuress with her smooth words, who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God. Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister’ and call insight your intimate friend to preserve you from the evil woman, from the tongue of an adventuress.

Be ashamed of gazing at another man’s wife. Do not desire her beauty in your heart; and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes. For a harlot may be hired with a loaf of bread but an adulteress stalks a man’s very life. ‘Can a man carry fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?’

Turn away your eyes from a shapely woman and do not look intently at beauty belonging to another. Many have been ensnared by a woman’s beauty and by it passion is kindled like a fire.  

He, who commits adultery, has no sense. He who does it destroys himself. Give not your strength to women; your ways to those that destroy Kings.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

The Good Book on Timelessness,Wisdom, Humility

Posted on April 27, 2013. Filed under: The Good Book |

Timelessness.

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

A generation goes and comes but the Earth remains forever. 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 skillBut 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.

All streams run to the sea but the sea is not full. The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor the ear filled with hearing. Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire.

The sayings of the wise are like goads; and nails firmly fixed are the collective sayings given by one shepherd. My son, beware of anything beyond these; of making many books there is no end and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Wisdom

A wise man is mightier than a strong man. Wisdom is better than might. Wisdom helps one to succeed. Wisdom gives strength to the wise,more than ten rulers that are in a city.

The protection of wisdom is like the protection of money. A wise man is cautious in everything. One who trusts others too quickly is light minded.

Whoever despises wisdom and instruction is miserable.

Wisdom cries aloud in the street,

“ How long O Simple Ones, will you love being simple. Give heed to my reproof! I also will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when plague strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come upon you’.

“Take my instruction instead of silver and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than jewels and all that you may desire cannot compare with her’.

“I, wisdom, dwell in prudence and I find knowledge and understanding. Pride and arrogance and perverted speech, I hate. Who ever is simple, let him turn in here.”

Wisdom was created before all things and prudent understanding from eternity.

The man who fears the Lord will do this and he who holds to the law will obtain wisdom.

She will come to meet him like a mother; and like the wife of his youth she will welcome him. She will feed him the bread of understanding and give him the water of wisdom to drinkShe is far from men of pride and liars will never think of her.

“Come to me, you, who desire me and take your fill of my produce, for the remembrance of me is sweeter than honey. Those that eat me will hunger for more and those who drink me will thirst for more. Whoever obeys me will not be put to shame and those who work with my help will not sin”.

For wisdom is like her name and is not manifest to many. Come to her with all your soul and keep her ways with all your might. Search out and seek and she will become known to you; for at last you will find the rest she gives.

Make your ear attentive to wisdom and incline your heart to understanding. Yea, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding; if you seek it like silver and search for it as if for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the lord.

Wisdom is more precious than jewels and nothing you desire can compare with her. Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace. Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gets understanding; for the gain from it is better than the gain from silver and its profit better than gold.

Blessed is the man who meditates on wisdom and who reasons intelligently. He, who reflects in his mind on her ways, will also ponder her secrets.

Wisdom exalts her sons. Whoever loves wisdom, loves life.“ I loved wisdom and desired to take her for my bride” If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments

He, who rises early to seek her, will have no difficulty, for he will find her sitting on his gate.

My son, eat honey, for it is good for you and know that wisdom is such for your soul. Guard your steps when you go to the House of God.

Be not rash with your mouth nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven and you uponDo not let wise proverbs escape you.

Reflect on the statues of the Lord and meditate at all times on his commandments. It is He, who will give insight to your mind and your desire for wisdom will be granted.

The Fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom and humility goes before honor. Many are the plans in the mind of man but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.

See with your eyes that I have labored little and found for myself much rest. As you do not know how the spirit came to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God, who makes everything.

To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To fear the Lord is wisdom’s full measure. The fear of the Lord is the crown of wisdom and knowledge of the holy one is insight.

All wisdom comes from the Lord and is with him forever. And, whoever loves danger, will perish by it.

Humility

 My Son, perform your tasks in meekness and glorify yourself with humility. The greater you are, the more must you humble yourself. The wisdom of a humble man will lift up his head and will seat him among the great.

Humble yourself greatly for the punishment of the ungodly is fire and ashes. The Lord’s curse is on the home of the wicked, but He blesses the abode of the righteous. Towards the scorner, He is scornful, but to the humble, He shows favor.

The essentials of life are water and bread and clothing and a house to cover one’s nakedness.

Those who understand Sayings, become skilled themselves and pour forth apt proverbs.

 A CREED

 I asked GOD for Strength that I might Achieve. I was made Weak that I might learn Humbly to Obey.

I asked for Health that I might do Great Things. I was given Infirmity that I might do Better Things.

I asked for Riches that I might be Happy. I was given Poverty that I might be Wise.

I asked for Power that I might have the Praise of Men. I was given Weakness that I might feel the Need of God.

I asked for All Things that I might Enjoy Life. I was Given Life that I might Enjoy All Things.

 I got Nothing that I asked for – but Everything that I had Hoped For. Almost despite myself, My Unspoken Prayers were Answered.

I AM AMONG MEN MOST RICHLY BLESSED.

 

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Mother Teresa – thru the Eyes of a Researcher …

Posted on March 18, 2013. Filed under: The Good Book |

Just proves Ben Franklin was Right when he said that ‘Admiration is the Daughter of Ignorance!’

MOTHER TERESA –
by Walter Wuellenweber 

The Angel of the poor died a year ago.

Donations still flow in to her Missionaries of Charity like to no
other cause. But the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize vowed to live in
poverty. What then, happened to so much money?

If there is a heaven, then she is surely there: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
from Skopje in Macedonia, better known as Mother Teresa. She came to
Calcutta on the 6th of Januray 1929 as an 18 year old sister of the
Order of Loreto. 68 years later luminaries from all over the world
assembled in Calcutta in order to honour her with a state funeral. In
these 68 years she had founded the most successful order in the
history of the Catholic church, received the Nobel Peace Prize and
became the most famous Catholic of our time.

Are doubts permitted, regarding this “monument”?

In Calcutta, one meets many doubters.

For example, Samity, a man of around 30 with no teeth, who lives in
the slums. He is one of the “poorest of the poor” to whom Mother
Teresa was supposed to have dedicated her life. With a plastic bag in
hand, he stands in a kilometre long queue in Calcutta’s Park Street.
The poor wait patiently, until the helpers shovel some rice and
lentils into their bags. But Samity does not get his grub from Mother
Teresa’s institution, but instead from the Assembly of God, an
American charity, that serves 18000 meals here daily.

“Mother Teresa?”says Samity, “We have not received anything from her
here. Ask in the slums — who has received anything from the sisters
here — you will find hardly anybody.”

Pannalal Manik also has doubts. “I don’t understand why you educated
people in the West have made this woman into such a goddess!” Manik
was born some 56 years ago in the Rambagan slum, which at about 300
years of age, is Calcutta’s oldest. What Manik has achieved, can well
be called a “miracle”. He has built 16 apartment buildings in the
midst of the slum — living space for 4000 people. Money for the
building materials — equivalent to DM 10000 per apartment building —
was begged for by Manik from the Ramakrishna Mission [a Indian/Hindu
charity], the largest assistance-organisation in India. The
slum-dwellers built the buildings themselves. It has become a model
for the whole of India. But what about Mother Teresa? “I went to her
place 3 times,” said Manik. “She did not even listen to what I had to
say. Everyone on earth knows that the sisters have a lot of money. But
no one knows what they do with it!”

In Calcutta there are about 200 charitable organisations helping the
poor. Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity are not amongst the
biggest helpers: that contradicts the image of the organisation. The
name “Mother Teresa” was and is tied to the city of Calcutta. All over
the world admirers and supporters of the Nobel Prize winner believe
that it must be there that her organisation is particularly active in
the fight against poverty. “All lies,” says Aroup Chatterjee . The
doctor who lives in London was born and brought up in Calcutta.
Chatterjee who has been working for years on a book on the myth of
Mother Teresa, speaks to the poor in the slums of Calcutta, or combs
through the speeches of the Nobel Prize winner. “No matter where I
search, I only find lies. For example the lies about schools. Mother T
has often stated that she runs a school in Calcutta for more than 5000
children. 5000 children! — that would have to be a huge school, one
of the
biggest in all of India. But where is this school? I have never found
it, nor do I know anybody who has seen it!” says Chatterjee.

Compared to other charitable organisations in Calcutta, the nuns with
the 3 blue stripes are ahead in two respects: they are world famous,
and, they have the most money. But how much exactly, has always been a
closely guarded secret of the organisation. Indian law requires
charitable organisations to publish their accounts. Mother Teresa’s
organisation ignores this prescription! It is not known if the Finance
Ministry in Delhi who would be responsible for charities’ accounts,
have the actual figures. Upon STERN’s inquiry, the Ministry informed
us that this particular query was listed as “classified information”.

The organisation has 6 branches in Germany. Here too financial matters
are a strict secret. “It’s nobody’s business how much money we have, I
mean to say how little we have,” says Sr Pauline, head of the German
operations. Maria Tingelhoff had had handled the organisation’s
book-keeping on a voluntary basis until 1981. “We did see 3 million a
year,” she remembers. But Mother Teresa never quite trusted the
worldly helpers completely. So the sisters took over the financial
management themselves in 1981. “Of course I don’t know how much money
went in, in the years after that, but it must be many multiples of 3
million,” estimates Mrs Tingelhoff. “Mother was always very pleased
with the Germans.”

Perhaps the most lucrative branch of the organisation is the “Holy
Ghost” House in New York’s Bronx. Susan Shields served the order there
for a total of nine and a half years as Sister Virgin. “We spent a
large part of each day writing thank you letters and processing
cheques,” she says. “Every night around 25 sisters had to spend many
hours preparing receipts for donations. It was a conveyor belt
process: some sisters typed, others made lists of the amounts, stuffed
letters into envelopes, or sorted the cheques. Values were between $5
and $100.000. Donors often dropped their envelopes filled with money
at the door. Before Christmas the flow of donations was often totally
out of control. The postman brought sackfuls of letters — cheques for
$50000 were no rarity.” Sister Virgin remebers that one year there was
about $50 million in a New York bank account. $50 million in one year!
— in a predominantly non-Catholic country. How much then, were they
collecting in Europe or the world? It is estimated that worldwide
they collected at least $100 million per year — and that has been
going on for many many years.

While the income is utter secret, the expenditures are equally
mysterious. The order is hardly able to spend large amounts. The
establishments supported by the nuns are so tiny (inconspicuous) that
even the locals have difficulty tracing them. Often “Mother Teresa’s
Home” means just a living accomodation for the sisters, with no
charitable funstion. Conspicuous or useful assistance cannot be
provided there. The order often receives huge donations in kind, in
addition to the monetary munificence. Boxes of medicines land at
Indian airports. Donated foograins and powdered milk arrive in
containers at Calcutta port. Clothing donations from Europe and the US
arrive in unimaginable quantities. On Calcutta’s pavement stalls,
traders can be seen sellin used western labels for 25 rupees (DM1)
apiece. Numerous traders call out, “Shirts from Mother, trousers from
Mother.”

Unlike with other charities, the Missionaries of Charity spend very
little on their own management, since the organisation is run at
practically no cost. The approximately 4000 sisters in 150 countries
form the most treasured workforce of all global multi-million dollar
operations. Having taken vows of poverty and obedience, they work for
no pay, supported by 300,000 good citizen helpers.

By their own admission, Mother Teresa’s organisation has about 500
locations worldwide. But for purchase or rent of property, the sisters
do not need to touch their bank accounts. “Mother always said, we
don’t spend for that,” remembers Sunita Kumar, one the richest women
in Calcutta and supposedly Mother T’s closest associate outside the
order. “If Mother needed a house, she went straight to the owner,
whether it was the State or a private person, and worked on him for so
long that she eventually got it free.”

Her method was also successful in Germany.In March the “Bethlehem
House” was dedicated in Hamburg, a shelter for homeless women. Four
sisters work there. The archtecturally conspicuous building cost DM2.5
million. The fortunes of the order have not spent a penny toward the
amount. The money was collected by a Christian association in Hamburg.
With Mother T as figure head it was naturally short work to collect
the millions.

Mother Teresa saw it as as her God given right never to have to pay
anyone for anything. Once she bought food for her nuns in London for
GB£500. When she was told she’d have to pay at the till, the
diminutive seemingly harmless nun showed her Balkan temper and
shouted, “This is for the work of God!” She raged so loud and so long
that eventually a businessman waiting in the queue paid up on her
behalf.

England is one of the few countries where the sisters allow the
authorities at least a quick glance at their accounts. Here the order
took in DM5.3 million in 1991. And expenses (including charitable
expenses)? — around DM360,000 or less than 7%. Whatever happened to
the rest of the money? Sister Teresina, the head for England,
defensively states, “Sorry we can’t tell you that.” Every year,
according to the returns filed with the British authorities, a portion
of the fortune is sent to accounts of the order in other countries.
How much to which countries is not declared. One of the recipients is
however, always Rome. The fortune of this famous charitable
organistaion is controlled from Rome, — from an account at the
Vatican bank. And what happens with monies at the Vatican Bank is so
secret that even God is not allowed to know about it. One thing is
sure however — Mother’s outlets in poor countries do not benefit from
largesse of the rich countries.
The official biographer of Mother Teresa, Kathryn Spink, writes, “As
soon as the sisters became established in a certain country, Mother
normally withdrew all financial support.” Branches in very needy
countries therefore only receive start-up assistance. Most of the
money remains in the Vatican Bank.

STERN asked the Missionaries of Charity numerous times for information
about location of the donations, both in writing as well in person
during a visit to Mother Teresa’s house in Calcutta. The order has
never answered.

“You should visit the House in New York, then you’ll understand what
happens to donations,” sayssays Eva Kolodziej. The Polish lady was a
Missionary of Charity for 5 years. “In the cellar of the homeless
shelter there are valuable books, jewellery and gold. What happens to
them? — The sisters receive them with smiles, and keep them. Most of
these lie around uselessly forever.”

The millions that are donated to the order have a similar fate. Susan
Shields (formerly Sr Virgin) says, “The money was not misused, but the
largest part of it wasn’t used at all. When there was a famine in
Ethiopia, many cheques arrived marked ‘for the hungry in Ethiopia’.
Once I asked the sister who was in charge of accounts if I should add
up all those very many cheques and send the total to Ethiopia. The
sister answered, ‘No, we don’t send money to Africa.’ But I continued
to make receipts to the donors, ‘For Ethiopia’.”

By the accounts of former sisters, the finances are a one way street.
“We were always told, the fact that we receive more than other orders,
shows that God loves Mother Teresa more. ,” says Susan Shields.
Donations and hefty bank balances are a measure of God’s love. Taking
is holier than giving.

The sufferers are the ones for whom the donations were originally
intended. The nuns run a soup kitchen in New York’s Bronx. Or, to put
in straight, they have it run for them, since volunteer helpers
organise everything, including food. The sisters might distribute it.
Once, Shields remembers, the helpers made an organisational mistake,
so they could not deliver bread with their meals. The sisters asked
their superior if they could buy the bread. “Out of the question — we
are a poor organisation.” came the reply. “In the end, the poor did
not get their bread,” says Shields. Shields has experienced countless
such incidents. One girl from communion class did not appear for her
first communion because her mothet could not buy her a white communion
dress. So she had to wait another year; but as that particular Sunday
approached, she had the same problem again. Shields (Sr Virgin) asked
the superior if the order could buy the girl a white dress. Again, she
was turned down — gruffly. The girl never had her first communion.

Because of the tightfistedness of the rich order, the “poorest of the
poor” — orphans in India — suffer the most. The nuns run a home in
Delhi, in which the orphans wait to be adopted by, in many cases, by
foreigners. As usual, the costs of running the home are borne not by
the order, but by the future adoptive parents. In Germany the
organisation called Pro Infante has the monopoly of mediation role for
these children. The head, Carla Wiedeking, a personal friend of Mother
Teresa’s, wrote a letter to Donors, Supporters and Friends which ran:

“On my September vist I had to witness 2 or 3 children lying in the
same cot, in totally overcrowded rooms with not a square inch of
playing space. The behavioural problems arising as a result cannot be
overlooked.” Mrs Wiedeking appeals to the generosity of supporters in
view of her powerlessness in the face of the children’s great needs.
Powerlessness?! In an organisation with a billion-fortune, which has 3
times as much money available to it as UNICEF is able to spend in all
of India? The Missionaries of Charity has have the means to buy cots
and build orphanages, — with playgrounds. And they have enoungh money
not only for a handful orphans in Delhi but for many thousand orphans
who struggle for survival in the streets of Delhi, Bombay and
Calcutta.

Saving, in Mother Teresa’s philosophy, was a central value in itself.
All very well, but as her poor organisation quickly grew into a rich
one, what did she do with her pictures, jewels, inherited houses,
cheques or suitcases full of money? If she wished to she could now
cater to people not by obsessively indulging in saving, but instead
through well thought-out spending. But the Nobel Prize winner did not
want an efficient organisation that helped people efficiently. Full of
pride, she called the Missionaries of Charity the “most disorganised
organisation in the world”. Computers, typewriters, photocopiers are
not allowed. Even when they are donated, they are not allowed to be
installed. For book-keeping the sisters use school notebooks, in which
they write in cramped pencilled figures. Until they are full. Then
everything is erased and the notebook used again. All in order to
save.

For a sustainable charitable system, it would have been sensible to
train the nuns to become nurses, teachers or managers. But a
Missionary of Charity nun is never trained for anything further.

Fueklled by her desire for un-professionalism, Mother Teresa decisions
from year to year became even more bizarre. Once, says Susan Shields,
the order bought am empty building from the City of New York in order
to look after AIDS patients. Purchase price: 1 dollar. But since
handicapped people would also be using the house, NY City management
insisted on the installation of a lift (elevator). The offer of the
lift was declined: to Mother they were a sign of wealth. Finally the
nuns gave the building back to the City of New York.

While the Missionaries of Charity have already witheld help from the
starving in Ethiopia or the orphans in India — despite having
received donations in their names — there are others who are being
actively harmed by the organisation’s ideology of disorganisation. In
1994, Robin Fox, editor of the prestigious medical journal Lancet, in
a commentary on the catastrophic conditions prevailing in Mother
Teresa’s homes, shocked the professional world by saying that any
systematic operation was foreign to the running of the homes in India:
TB patients were not isolated, and syringes were washed in lukewarm
water before being used again. Even patients in unbearable pain were
refused strong painkillers, not because the order did not have them,
but on principle. “The most beautiful gift for a person is that he can
participate in the suffering of Christ,” said Mother Teresa. Once she
had tried to comfort a screaming sufferer, “You are suffering, that
means Jesus
is kissing you.” The sufferer screamed back, furious, “Then tell your
Jesus to stop kissing me.”

The English doctor Jack Preger once worked in the home for the dying.
He says, “If one wants to give love, understanding and care, one uses
sterile needles. This is probably the richest order in the world. Many
of the dying there do not have to be dying in a strictly medical
sense.” The British newspaper Guardian described the hospice as an
“organised form of neglectful assistance”.

It seems that the medical care of the orphans is hardly any better. In
1991 the head of Pro Infante in Germany sent a newsletter to adoptive
parents:”Please check the validity of the vaccinations of your
children. We assume that in some case they have been vaccinated with
expired vaccines, or with vaccines that had been rendered useless by
improper strotage conditions.” All this points to one thing, something
that Mother Teresa reiterated very frequently in her speeches and
addresses — that she far more concerened with life after death than
the mortal life.

Mother Teresa’s business was : Money for a good conscience. The donors
benefitted the most from this. The poor hardly. Whosoever believed
that Mother Teresa wanted to cahnge the world, eliminate suffering or
fight poverty, simply wanted to believe it for their own sakes. Such
people did not listen to her. To be poor, to suffer was a goal, almost
an ambition or an achievement for her and she imposed this goal upon
those under her wings; her actual ordained goal was the hereafter.

With growing fame, the founder of the order became somewhat conscious
of the misconceptioons on which the Mother Teresa phenomenon was
based. She wrote a few words and hung them outside Mother House:

“Tell them we are not here for work, we are here for Jesus. We are
religious above all else. We are not social workers, not teachers, not
doctors. We are nuns.”

One question then remains: For what, in that case, do nuns need so much money?

__._,_.___

 

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Yiddish Proverbs …

Posted on March 4, 2013. Filed under: Books, Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty, Personalities, Quotes, The Good Book |

Here are proverbs from the race that, percentage wise, has produced more Nobel Laureates  than any other! And a few observations from the recent Great of that Race!

If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.

The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks.

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.

A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he is right.

One old friend is better than two new ones.

Lifee’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.

A wise man hears one word and understands two.

You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.

Golda Meir (1898-1978)

“Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.” 

Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

There are only two infinites – the Universe and human stupidity.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

India needs to adopt the Parsi values …

Posted on January 2, 2013. Filed under: Business, Guide Posts, Personalities, Searching for Success, The Good Book |

No Indian community internalized the civilizing mission of the ancient Hindu culture as did the Parsis. Only 50,000 remain in Mumbai today, mainly in South Mumbai, the most disciplined and cultured part of India .

In South Mumbai, the cutting of lanes by drivers is punished, jumping a red light is impossible, parking is possible only in allotted areas,roads are clean, service is efficient, the restaurants are unmatched – civilization seems within reach. South Mumbai has some of the finest buildings in India, many of them built by Parsis.

The Parsis came to Mumbai after Surat‘s port silted over in the 17th century. Gerald Aungier settled Mumbai and gave Parsis land for their Tower of Silence on Malabar Hill in 1672. The Parsis made millions through the early and mid1800s and they spent much of it on public good.

The Ambanis built Dhirubhai Ambani International School , where fees are Rs. 348,000 (US $8,000 a year in a country where per capita income is $ 600 per year) and where the head girl is Mukesh Ambani’s daughter.!!!

The Kingfisher Mallyas gilded the insides of the Tirupati temple with gold.
Lakshmi Mittal, the fourth richest richest man in the world says he’s too young to think of  charity!! … He’s 57 and worth $45 billion.
The Birla Family built 3 temples in Hyderabad , Jaipur and Delhi .

These days Hindu philanthropy means building temples. They do not understand social philanthropy.

And these days, the Hindus’ lack of enthusiasm for philanthropy has become cultural. The Hindu cosmos is Hobbesian and the devotee’s relationship with God is transactional. God must be petitioned and placated to swing the universe’s blessings towards you and away from someone else.

They believe that society has no role in your advancement and there is no reason to give back to it because it hasn’t given you anything in the first place.  This is something that needs to be changed and reverted to our Sanatan Dharm.

The Parsis, on the other hand, understood that philanthropy – love of mankind – recognizes that we cannot progress alone.  That there is such a thing as the common good. They spent as no Indian community had ever before, on building  institutions, making them stand out in a culture whose talent lies in renaming things other people built.

The Parsis built libraries all over India , they built the National Gallery of Art. The Indian Institute of Science was built in 1911 by Jamshedji Nusserwanji Tata, the Tata Institute of  Fundamental Research was built by Dr Homi Bhabha, the Tata Institute of Social Science was built in 1936 by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. The Wadias built hospitals, women’s colleges and the five great low-income Parsi colonies of Bombay . JJ Hospital and Grant Medical College were founded by Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy.

By 1924, two out of five Indians – whether Hindu, Muslim or Parsi – joining the Indian Civil Services were on TATA scholarships.

They gave Mumbai the Jehangir Art Gallery, Sir JJ School of Art , the Taraporevala Aquarium. The National Center for Performing Arts, the only place in India where world-class classical concerts are held is a gift of the Tatas. There are 161 Friends of the Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) –

www.soimumbai.in <http://www.soimumbai.in/> .

92  of them are Parsis. For an annual fee of Rs 10,000, Friends of the SOI get two tickets to any one recital in the season, they get to shake hands with artistes after the concert and they get to attend music appreciation talks through the year.

The  Parsi dominates high culture in Mumbai. This means that a concert experience in the city is unlike that in any other part of India . Classical concerts seat as many as two thousand. Zubin Mehta, the most famous Parsi in the world, is Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  since 1969. He conducts the tenor Placido Domingo, the pianist Daniel Barenboim and the soprano Barbara Frittoli. Four concerts are held at the Jamshed Bhabha Opera House and then one at Brabourne Stadium with a capacity of 25,000.

No other city in India has this appetite for classical music and in Mumbai this comes from the Parsis. Despite their tiny population, the Parsi presence in a concert hall is above 50 per cent.

Symphony Orchestra of India concerts begin at 7 pm. Once the musicians start, latecomers must wait outside till the movement ends. The end of each movement also signals a fusillade of coughs and groans, held back by doddering Parsis too polite to make a sound while Mendelssohn is being played. No mobile phone ever goes off as is common in cinema halls: his neighbors are aware of the Parsi’s insistence of form and his temper. The Parsis were also pioneers of Mumbai’s Gujarati theatre, which remains the most popular form of live entertainment in Mumbai.

Mumbai’s first theatre was opened by Parsis in 1846, the Grant Road Theatre, donations from Jamshetjee Jejeebhoy and Framjee Cowasjee making it possible.

Want to add about the generosity about Ratan Tata who did so much about the staff of Taj Hotel during the terrorist attack in Mumbai. Not only that but he also set up camps for all the other victims and their families who suffered during the attack at Bori Bunder.

The  Parsi in Bollywood caricature is a comic figure, but always honest, and innocent as Indians believe Parsis generally to be, rightly or wrongly. In the days before modern cars came to India the words ‘Parsi-owned’ were guaranteed to ensure that a second-hand car listed for sale would get picked up ahead of any others. This is because people are aware of how carefully the Parsi keeps his things. His understanding and enthusiasm of the mechanical separates him from the rest. Most of  the automobile magazines in India are owned and edited by  Parsis.

The Parsis are a dying community and this means that more Parsis die each year than are born (Symphony concert-goers can also discern the disappearing Parsi from the rising numbers of those who clap between movements).

As the Parsis leave, South Mumbai will become like the rest of Mumbai – brutish, undisciplined and filthy.

Preserve this race…You are privileged if you have a Parsi Bawa as your friend…He/She is indeed a “Heritage” to be treasured for ever.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

The Bhagvad Gita – Its Essence …

Posted on December 25, 2012. Filed under: The Good Book |

Let us peruse the essence of one of the great spiritual Books of all time – the Bhagvad Gita.

Why do you worry without cause? Whom do you fear without reason?  Who can kill you? The soul is neither born nor does it die.

Whatever has happened, has happened for the good. Whatever is happening is happening for the good? Whatever will happen, will happen for the good.

You need not have any regrets for the past. You need not worry for the future. The present is happening.

What did you lose that you cry about?  What did you bring with you that you think you have lost? What did you produce that you think got destroyed? You did not bring anything! Whatever you have you received, whatever you have given, you have given only here!

Whatever you took, you took from GOD! Whate ver you gave, you have given only to Him. You came empty handed and you will leave empty handed

Whatever is yours belonged to someone else yesterday and will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow. You are mistakenly enjoying the thought that it is yours. It is this false happiness that is the cause of your sorrows.

Change is the law of the universe! In one instance you can be a millionaire and in another instant you can be steeped in poverty. Yours and Mine. Big and Small. Erase these ideas from your mind. Then Everything is Yours and You belong to Everyone!

What ever you think of as Death is Life. This body is not yours and neither you belong to the body. The body is made of Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Ether and you will disappear into these elements But the soul is permanent  So who are You?

Whatever you do, do it as a dedication to God. This will bring you the great experience of Joy and Lifelong Freedom Forever.

Dedicate your being to God. He is the One to be ultimately relied upon.       Those who know of His Support are ever Free from Fear, Worry and Sorrow.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

On Alms Giving …

Posted on January 7, 2011. Filed under: The Good Book |

In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening, withhold not your hand. Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.

Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty. Store alms giving in your treasury; and it will rescue you from all affliction. More than a mighty sword and more than a mighty spear, it will fight on your behalf with your enemy.

 

Kindness is like a garden of blessings and alms giving endures forever. Brothers and help are for a time of trouble, but alms giving rescues better than both.

 

Water extinguishes a blazing fire, so alms giving atones for sin. Whoever requites a favor, gives thought to the future; at the moment of his falling he will find support.

Do not keep needy eyes waiting, nor grieve the one who is hungry, nor anger a man in want, nor delay your gift to a beggar, nor turn your face away from the poor. For if, in bitterness of soul, he calls down a curse on you, his Creator will hear his prayer.

Do not with hold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go and come again, tomorrow I will give it”, when you have it with you. And behold the tears of the oppressed and they had no one to comfort them.

Open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of all who are desolate. A righteous man knows the rights of the poor. He who gives to the poor will not want. He who is kind to the needy, honors their maker.

Give graciously to all the living; and with hold not your kindness from the dead. Do not fail those who weep, but mourn with those who mourn.

Do not hesitate from visiting a sick friend, because for such deeds you will be loved. Be like a father to orphans. Not like a husband to their mother. You will then be like a son of the Most High and He will love you more than does your mother.

Be good to a godly man and you will be repaid, if not by him, then certainly by the Most High. No good will come to the man who persists in evil or to him who does not give alms.

From the dead as from one who does not exist thanksgiving has ceased. He who is alive will sing the Lords praises.

From the Good Book.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

« Previous Entries

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...