Feeling Nostalgic ..!

I started blogging in my college days, blogging was really cool at that time. A very few people in my college were into this and I really wanted to be one of those people.
Thankfully one of my very good friend Biplob, helped me in getting started in blogging. I still remember that moment vividly, it was around 2 o’clock in the morning when I published my first post.

Surprisingly, I got lot of traffic and I was very excited.

In my college days I was very restless in nature and this caused much chaos in my early life. I almost tried all the technologies available at that time for blogging to get the perfect website (I was really obsessed with the word perfection) and it was really fun.

However at that time I never got to know the spirit of blogging and the inner peace that it has brought into my life as of now.

My thought process was that somehow I would crack the Google page ranking system and be the number one. I had heard many stories like that in those days. Although I never knew anyone personally but the basic thought process was to take the shortcut.

I know it sounds very naive but that’s how we think when we are in college and that is why it’s very important to have a direction, a goal and someone to guide.

I learned this lesson the hard way, that there are no shortcuts to success in any endeavor of life with no exceptions.

I am feeling nostalgic today, as I have registered my domain name and have also purchased the yearly plan on WordPress (which I promised to myself that I would do only after 100 posts), and from today onwards you would be getting my posts starting with an-idea-a-day.in link address.

Thank you so much for the all the support and for motivating me to write everyday.


Faisal

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Choosing Our Friends

We never got any chance to choose our friends in the childhood, they came by default  and became a part of us.

Some people are very fortunate as they get really great friends in their childhood maybe because of karma or destiny, but not all of us.

We have seen many examples where to succeed in life people have to get rid of the baggages along with some  friends who came in the way of success by not believing in them and thrashing their ideas.

I remember hanging out with some of my friends even though I didn’t like them and it was awful.

God is very merciful and has given us many chance to again choose our friends in many phases of our life and we always have a chance to be with people we like and the people who like us.

It’s amazing.

It’s very important to change our circle in order to change our thought process to eventually be happy and succeed in life.

I am very grateful to God that he has made me realize this amazing fact of life. Now I have many friends who believe in me and I really love hanging out with them and it’s awesome.


Faisal

Visiting Places During School Life

When I was in school, I use to worry a lot. Seldom I was told to study, on the contrary there were many occasions in my school life where my mother would take me away to the relatives so that I would get a break from studies.

During that time, I developed a great bonding with my cousins and in the later period of time they helped me a lot, however at that time it was not visible. I hated going places, but now when I think about it those were the best times I had and the memories became the most precious of all.

I remember nagging to go to home whenever I was at my relatives in the beginning. My mother knew that going places and meeting people was something I avoided. I thank my mother now for doing that.
When we are kids we use to hate many things that our parents did for us. But in a long run we realise the importance of those steps taken and we started loving our parents even more.

Thank you Ammi for believing in me and making me a better person.


Faisal

Life & Death

In the last 3 days, I heard death news of 3 people. The strange fact is that the cause of all of the death was heart attack.
Earlier I use to hear demise by heart attack very few times but now a days, as far as I remember most of the cases are from heart attacks. It’s very important to be health conscious nowadays.
With the advent of so many facilities and fast moving lifestyle, we tend to forget the things we use to do before, like exercise or doing other mundane activities involving manual work. I believe this is one of the reasons  for rise in heart attacks in recent times.
Today in late afternoon after having lunch I was casually walking down the road and was mesmerised by the beauty of fallen leaves and the rattling sound they produced due to the wind.
It got into thinking that these leaves just completed their cycle and now would be replaced by the new ones, just like the us.
The difference between us and those leaves are the life span. We have much longer lifespan than those leaves but the innate nature between the God’s two creations are the same.


Faisal

PS:

I have completed the book “Autobiography of a Yogi ” by Paramahansa Yogananda and I would be writing a review very soon.

Time Travel

It’s possible and it always was.

Let me share how.

I am about to complete the book “Autobiography of a Yogi”, and yesterday in his book Yogananda was mentioning about an event that occurred in 1893 at the time of Swami Vivekananda’s visit to America and the incident was described so vividly that I felt that I was there.

I truly was there.

This is the time travel I am talking about.

It’s possible in our minds, we have an extraordinary mind which has been boggling the top scientists since ages and yet nobody has understood it fully.  The imagination is sometimes clearer than the reality.

I suggest you to at least travel once I your life, in time.

In simple words read books.


Faisal

 

An Experience On Helping Others

We grew up with certain beliefs, these are the ones which we have adopted from the people who were around us when we were small, from our parents, school teacher and cousins.

Our conscious mind takes shape during the childhood, and this is the reason why we have different mindsets among different class of people, for example a businessman’s family would have a different set of principle than a farmer’s family.

The beliefs that we have right now are, the ones which we have hold on to since childhood and the ones which he have adopted along the way. We also have discarded some of the beliefs from the past.

 

Let me share one of the belief that I had in the past and thankfully I have discarded it.

In my school days I use to live with my cousin, he was of very helpful nature. He helped everyone, but I then something really bad happened with him he was very hurt and was shattered by the experience. He helped somebody who then took advantage of the help and did something evil(I remember like this only).

After that incident he stopped helping anybody. Since we were living together and he was my hero I took this lesson by heart and I started believing in it too.

I seldom remember helping my friends with sharing my notes in my school days.  In my college life also I have helped a very few people.

After completing my college education and entering the corporate world, a series of events happened to me which changed my belief system on helping others completely.

The first book that I read on helping others was “The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea”  an amazing book by Bob Burg & John David Mann. Now sometimes I think if I would be given a chance of going back in time and help my friends whom I didn’t help in the past, I would do that. It’s like now I know the secret behind helping other people.

After crossing some age and exploring the world with our own eyes, we start to develop our own belief system and then things start to change and it’s beautiful.

Faisal

Namaz & The Middle Aged Man

Lately I have been working as a freelance in Jamia Millia Islamia University. This university has an amazing culture where at the time of namaz (daily prayers in Islam) everyone gather in a hall of their respective buildings to perform namaz together.

Before performing namaz everyone has to perform wuzu(a practice which involves washing face, hands and feet).

So basically namaz and wuzu go together.

There is a middle aged man in our building who spills water everywhere whenever he is washing his feet while performing wuzu and create a real big mess every where in the toilet because instead of washing his feet on the wash basin he washes it on the floor.

I mean seriously, on the floor.! 

If we think that, only washing our body and performing namaz is Islam, then we are mistaken just like this guy. Nowhere it is written in Islam to create a mess for other people in order to cleanse ourselves.

Again it’s about gaining knowledge and being conscious of our activities. I am very sure that, this guy had no idea that he is creating so much pain for other people, (maybe he doesn’t care, that’s even worse).

Islam is about caring other people, the daily prayers in Islam is for gratitude toward God and to gain consciousness.

I don’t know how many people are giving gratitude towards Allah while performing namaz, but consciousness is surely missing in most of us.


Faisal

Working Hard.!

When we work really hard on something, we tend to get exhausted. Today, was one of those days for me.

With this exhaustion there is a sense of accomplishment along with it.

If we get exhausted by daily mundane tasks, we don’t feel anything and it’s plain boring exhaustion.

But when we are in a process of creating something, we love the tiredness that has come with our work.

These are called flow experiences meaning we have to stretch a bit to get things done and after that we  love it.
Flow experiences are very important for our happiness.


Faisal

My Grammar Sucks.!

Since the day I started writing, I have been suggesting many people to write. The most general reply that I get which stop people from writing is that they think they don’t have enough expertise to write publicly.

Which is completely true and I know their writing truly sucks.

I remember myself writing for the first day, I edited my content for like 2 hours. I wrote about 200 words and edited that for 2 hours, it’s funny to even think about it, and it was really difficult. I remember writing the content and then changing all of them. I remember deleting all the content several times.
The funny thing is that I still have many friends who say “tumne Grammar ki leli” meaning you have ruined the grammar.
Guess what, English is not my first language and I suck in English but it would not stop me from sharing.
Who said, I have to be the expert?

Donald Trump has grammar of a toddler and he is gunning for the most powerful position in the world (I know he is an ass, but I am making a different point here).

Why in a world I let my grammar to stop sharing my story.

I am pretty confident that if I continue, my english would be far better than now.


Faisal

Unconsciousness An Example

Friday is a sacred day for Muslims, on this day we perform weekly prayer called Jumma Namaz and it’s the most important prayer for the week. We all gather in a mosque around 1.00 pm and perform Namaz together.

On many occasions I am unable to get the privilege of getting a space inside the mosque, so I settled on the road beside the mosque along with many other people.

Just before starting Namaz a guy came rushing to get a space so that he could perform Namaz.

I had left my sandals near to me and in order to get space beside me and he threw my sandals away along with many other people’s ruthlessly. He was so unconscious that he had no idea what he was doing.

I watched him throw everyone’s sandals and was thinking, this is how we behave when we are unconscious.

One of the goal to perform daily prayers in Islam is to gain consciousness, and it’s very strange that we are performing our daily prayers unconsciously.


Faisal