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Kahat Kishoreji: Letting things be

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A king was writing poetry when one of his ministers passed by. He saw what the king was doing and suggested he change one of the words. The king thought for a moment and changed it.
The minister walked away. As soon as he had turned his back, the king reinstated the old word.
Yoga teaches us to remain calm in all situations. Had the king not agreed to the change in the first place there could have been an argument between him and the minister.

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Written by Raju Bist

December 25, 2013 at 9:45 am

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Kahat Kishoreji: No tension

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A man complained of severe pain and was diagnosed with stomach ulcers. The doctors operated on him. As he lay recuperating after the operation, the doctors were surprised to see his extreme mood swings.
On some days he was very happy.
On others, depressed and tense. Worse, his ulcers, returned on such days. This, even though they had been successfully removed after surgery.
So the doctors decided to keep him under strict observation and study his moods a little more.
This is what they discovered:
The patient was very happy on the days his girlfriend visited him.
But he was depressed and tense on the days his wife was in the hospital.
There is no point in taking tension. It only leads to health problems.

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December 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

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Kahat Kishoreji: One-armed wonder

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There was this young man who decided to build his body. He bought all the necessary home gym equipments and also started referring to many fitness books.
Six months later, he met a friend who said, “Wow, you are looking great! But how come the biceps, triceps and forearms of only your right arm look developed?”
“Oh, it’s very simple,” replied the young man. “I am learning through correspondence course. I will work on the other arm later.”
Many students come to yoga class only with the intention of learning exercises to cure some ailment or the other.
But yoga is much more than asanas. It is a way of life. Apart from asanas, pranayama, kriyas and mudras, you should also pay attention to your food and sleeping habits, what you read as well as your social behaviour.

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May 10, 2013 at 9:29 am

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Kahat Kishoreji: If horses could fly

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A king once asked a convict on death row his last wish.
Jahanpanah, I know a secret that has been passed down through generations in my family. If you allow me, I would like to make your horse fly,” replied the man.
“OK, wish granted,” agreed the king.
“But there is one condition, my lord,” said the convict. “It will take me up to three years to teach your horse to fly.”
The king thought for a moment and then replied, “Fine, I will spare your life if you can teach my horse to fly within three years. But if you fail, I will have you hanged.”
So the man took the horse and reached home.
His anxious family members gathered around and asked him, “Do you really know the secret? What if you are not able to make the horse fly in three years’ time?”
The man replied: “Who knows what will happen in three years? Maybe the king will die, maybe the horse will die, maybe I will die… Right now, all I know is that I am alive. So let me enjoy my freedom.”
Moral of the story: Live in the moment. Forget about the past. Don’t ponder on the future. Just enjoy the present.

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November 15, 2012 at 10:50 am

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Kahat Kishoreji: An old wise man and his words

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There was once a valorous and just king who was loved very much by his subjects. All was well till the neighboring kingdoms ganged up to attack him. The king decided to go into battle, leading his troops from the front.
As he was leaving the palace his old and faithful prime minister came up with a folded piece of paper and said, “Take this but read it only when you feel that all is lost.”
It was a tough battle but even though the king and his men fought bravely, they were heavily outnumbered and started to retreat. The king started to lose his men in great numbers. With no option left, he fled from the scene and took refuge in a ditch in one corner of the battlefield.
He hid there for a few hours. When he heard the sound of horse hooves he concluded the enemy was nearby and his death was imminent. But the sound faded away and the king was once again left alone.
It was then that he remembered his prime minister’s note and opened it.
On it were written the words: “This too shall pass…”
Charged up, the king realised that in his present position he had nothing to lose.
He let out a loud battle cry, rallied his remaining soldiers and went into  battle. They fought bravely and won the war.
There were joyous celebrations as the king led his victorious army back home. As musicians and dancers from the royal durbar put up impromptu performances, the king’s subjects showered him with rose petals.
As he approached the palace, the king’s prime minister came up alongside him and whispered: “Remember the note I had given you? Read it now.”
“Now, pradhan mantriji?” asked the king. “But is it relevant even now, in the midst of all this joy ?”
“Yes, you need to imbibe the wisdom of those words now more than ever.”
The king opened the note once again, understood his wise prime minister’s wise message and smiled as he read:
“This too shall pass.”
Bad times don’t last for ever. But then, neither do good times.

Written by Raju Bist

October 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

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