Saturday, October 15, 2011

Horror



The guy should have been bit careful during his act.

Cannot be real


I like women to have long hair and know it's a tough job maintaining it.

Looking at this picture above, Naa - this can't be real.

The best and worst jobs in US

This is a list that was compiled by fortune magazine.

The BestThe Worst
1. Mathematician200. Lumberjack
2. Actuary199. Dairy Farmer
3. Statistician198. Taxi Driver
4. Biologist197. Seaman
5. Software Engineer196. EMT
6. Computer Systems Analyst195. Roofer
7. Historian194. Garbage Collector
8. Sociologist193. Welder
9. Industrial Designer192. Roustabout
10. Accountant191. Ironworker
11. Economist190. Construction Worker
12. Philosopher189. Mail Carrier
13. Physicist188. Sheet Metal Worker
14. Parole Officer187. Auto Mechanic
15. Meteorologist186. Butcher
16. Medical Laboratory Technician185. Nuclear Decontamination Tech
17. Paralegal Assistant184. Nurse (LN)
18. Computer Programmer183. Painter
19. Motion Picture Editor182. Child Care Worker
20. Astronomer181. Firefighter





Portrait

Once upon a time in India, an arrogant King who was blind in one eye invited three artists to paint his portrait.

“If you do a bad portrait, I will punish you,” he warned, “but instead if you do a good one I will reward you. Now you may go to your rooms and start sketching!”

The first artist produced a picture that showed the King the way he was - blind in one eye. The King had him executed for showing disrespect to his monarch.

The second artist showed him with both eyes intact. The King had him whipped for trying to flatter him.

The third artist drew him in profile, showing only his good eye. The King was pleased and rewarded him with gold and honors.

Moral: Think differently.

Halloween Party Songs



Friday, October 14, 2011

Speaking with tongues


Have you tried visiting a doctor recently?  These doctors have 'ready-made answers' for every illness. Soon, I concluded, to be a good doctor (or lawyer), one needs to just have a pleasing tongue. All they do is just blame it on something and wash their hands - just observe closely next time.
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An elderly woman went to do her Primary care physician to carry out her annual check-up.  In order to save on several co-pays, she made a list of all her complaints and asked for doc's advice.

"I see spots before my eyes," the elderly woman said.

"It's due to old age," said the doctor.

"No food agrees with me," said the woman.

"That too is due to old age," said the doctor. "The digestive system becomes weaker as we grow older."

"My back is giving trouble," persisted the woman. "Sometimes the pain becomes unbearable."

"Old age," said the doctor.

This was too much for the elderly woman. She was hoping the doc would give prescription medication for all her complaints and be bit more caring.

"Why do you go on saying 'old age, old age,'" she screamed. "If you cannot cure me, say so. I'll go see someone else elsewhere."

"See how easily you lost you temper," said the doctor. "That is another characteristic of old age."

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Moral: I should learn from the docs and lawyers and try applying their tactics during my consulting engagements.



Paraclete


 

In John 14: 15-31, Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit.

“If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father: and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever - the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me."

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me."

“Come now; let us leave."
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I listed the entire passage to show you the big picture, because a single verse taken from the big picture could mean something different.

Notice - the word Paraclete in bold, well that was just me, to catch your attention. Today let's look at what this Paraclete is. This is a word most of us (may) have heard occasionally, but without any clue and too shy to ask. In Malayalam, the word Paraclete is pronounced something like Paara-ka-lee-tha  (പാരകലീത്ത).

Paraclete is a Greek word, and when translated into English could mean "advocate", "intercessor", "teacher, "helper", "comforter" etc.

All of us, we are familiar with substitute teachers at Sunday school.  When the main teacher is not around, the Substitute teacher steps in, and guides the students. If you got that concept right, then it makes my explanation easy. Even though I may appear to be a primary teacher, I have had the opportunity to substitute as well.

Based on what St. John quotes in the Bible (John 14), the mission of the Paraclete is to fill in, once Jesus has withdrawn his visible presence from this world. This is the Holy Spirit itself. When Jesus left the world, the disciples felt sad because they missed Him. Jesus knew this and told them to cheer up and be excited about the arrival of the Paraclete (Holy Spirit) who will comfort them. Go back and read the passage now - you will see it. The Holy Spirit takes the role of the comforter in our lives. He comforts those souls that are mourning.

Another role of the Paraclete is to encourage us to love one another. Romans 5:5 quotes "....because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."  Emphasis is on love here.  Remember - the greatest commandment is to love our God, and the next one to love our neighbor.  Charity, gifting etc. comes with it - one cannot do it in the absence of love.

Now we know the Holy Spirit is our Paraclete in this world. Wouldn't it be interesting to know who our Paraclete or advocate is, when we reach Heaven?  1 John 2:1 has the answer: "My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One."

Wow, I now have some hope - justice will be served at least somewhere.  Just imagine Jesus Christ being our own advocate and arguing our case on our behalf.


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Holy Spirit Come Fill this Place





Thursday, October 13, 2011

RIP Ritchie


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After a long illness, Dennis Ritchie, father of Unix and an esteemed computer scientist, died on Oct 8th, at the age of 70. Ritchie, also known as “dmr”, is best know for creating the C programming language as well as being instrumental in the development of UNIX along with Ken Thompson.

This news may not mean a lot to many.  However all of us, we run those programs developed by Ritchie everyday regardless of whether we are a Windows or Apple Mac users. Further, Richie's contribution to technology stimulated growth of the entire IT industry, thereby enhancing American leadership in the Information Age.

Apple Macs run on Mac OS, a flavor of Unix based operating system.

Windows Operating system was originally written in C language. Today, C remains the second most popular programming language in the world or at least the language in which the second most lines of code have been written.

In short, Ritchie breathed life into both Windows and Apple Mac computers.

Two popular quotes by Ritchie:

"UNIX is very simple, it just needs a genius to understand its simplicity."

"C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success."

RIP Ritchie.


Quiet Angels

Hacking using photos

A downside of social network: just one photo of your's posted on fb or linkedIn can be used by hackers to get all related info (even ssn).

What what this Carnegie Melon Prof has to say.



One solution: Avoid making your DOB public, if possible.

Last Friday

Last Friday (which sounds too far into the past- but I could not post this earlier), we had a gala evening with Capt. Raju. The event was a family get-together and fundraiser. I am not sure about the funds part, but we enjoyed the 'Fun' part of the 'FUNdraising event.

Many of our kids showcased a variety of cultural events - dance, songs etc. The songs were melodious, had variety, were in numerous languages and were sung by talented singers.

Somewhere in the middle of the program, Capt. Raju gave an awesome talk, which was even better than a Sunday sermon. It was delivered in Malayalam and hence I will not be able to completely narrate it with the same effect. Everyone present there enjoyed it and I could see the audience being totally absorbed and listening to him despite the small kids playing and dancing in front of the stage.  Those who missed it, missed a wonderful speech - had I know this was going to be wonderful, I would have carried my video camera.

He told us about the importance of family, the importance of unity, its advantages etc. - did he hint about our church being separated?  I do not know, and do not want to go that route. Apart from few stories he narrated, he basically told us to follow Psalms 15 in our day to day living. It's a small psalm and I shall quote it here for your easy reading.

Psalms 15

LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;

whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;

who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the LORD;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;

who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.

During his talk, he also called Meiga Thomas beside him and congratulated her for staging a wonderful dance. Meiga's dad knows that I love and appreciate arts, dance, songs etc.. For the same reason, he had emailed me a copy of her earlier dance - which I am posting here. Last Friday, she was in an even better dance costume. I am quite impressed by her performance. May Lord Almighty shower her with further talents.

Well, others also did phenomenally well, but I do not have copies of those to share.


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Mary's Song

Flowery love story

Last year, around this time, I posted this article below.  This year, I am adding meanings of few flowers.   
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Below is a love story and each underlined word is the name of a flower.  

Yellow was especially becoming to little Black-eyed Susan and so when Sweet William, that dashing Rambler invited her to a party at Four o'clock, she gratefully accepted this proof of the Lad's love and put on her yellow dress and yellow Lady's slippers in honor of the occasion. 

First, she carefully arranged her Ladies tresses and then tiptoed softly out of the house so as not to Wake robin, her little brother. The mirror in the hall showed her that she was a Spring beauty, and that if her name has only been Marguerite she would have been a real English daisy. 

Her escort's London pride leaped high as he saw her, though, not to be outdone, he had with careful Thrift polished his own Bachelor's buttons until they shone like a Goldenrod.

"Not one of the Fair maids of France can equal your appearance!" he exclaimed proudly. "England forever!" 

A tinge of Maiden pink showed on her face as he spoke with such Honesty, for behind it she read aright his Bleeding heart.  But she only answered him demurely, "I hope I shall not be a Wallflower." 

"Far from it," he answered warmly. "I would scale Jacob's ladder itself for a dance from you." 

By that time they were at the party.

"Johnny jump up "exclaimed her escort to a boy at the door, "and give her your seat!" 

"Never," answered the young Cockscomb disagreeably, and when pressed, he gave her lover such a blow that he saw his Love-in-a-mist. But when he saw the Bishop's hat approaching, he ran away. 

"Oh, Billy, are you hurt?" she sobbed wildly. 

He opened his Eyebright with love and answered feebly, "Will you be mine?" 

"Ask Poppy," she answered shyly; while a Blush rose to her cheek. His Tulips answered in the old, old way and all we can do is wish them Speedwell.


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Four o’clocks: Timidity.

Sweet William: Gallantry; Grant me one smile.

Lady's Slipper: Capricious beauty; Win me and wear me; Fickleness .

London pride: Frivolity.

Bachelor Button’s: Celibacy; Hope in love.

Goldenrod: Encouragement; you will succeed; Be cautious; Support .

Honesty: Honesty; Fascination.

Wallflower: Fidelity in misfortune or adversity; Fealty Through Ordeal.

Jacob's ladder: Come down.

Love in a Mist: Perplexity.

Poppy: Consolation; Forgetfulness; Pleasure; Wealth; Success.

Rose: I Love You; Perfect Happiness; Always; Desire; Friendship; Unity; Warmth of heart; Love at first sight; Joy; Gladness; Please believe me; Passion.

Speedwell: Womanly fidelity.

Tulip: Beautiful eyes; Look on me; Declaration of Love; Perfect Lover; Fame; Perfection.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Caring for bike


Once, there was a boy riding on his bike outside a church in a poor neighborhood.

The priest saw him and told him to come into the church and the boy said,"But they'll steal my bike."

The priest explained how the Holy Spirit would take care of it, so they went inside.

The priest showed the boy how to make the sign of the cross and told the boy to repeat it.

The boy said, "In the name of the Father and the Son, Amen"

The priest said,"What about the Holy Spirit?"

The boy replied, "The Holy Spirit is outside taking care of my bike!"

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Last Saturday's Baptism

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” - 1 Corinthians 3:16

Last Saturday was wonderful, especially because I was fortunate enough to take part in one of the sacraments that involved the Holy Spirit - the Holy Baptism.

The Baptism, according to our faith, invloves new birth, reception of the Holy Spirit, and entry into God's Kingdom. It was an honor to actually part-take in that ceremony, and not just be a mere spectator. There is one part, where one of the deacons announces the entrance of the Holy Spirit into the baptismal waters. Later, the one being baptised is anointed with the Holy Oil. Being always thirsty for the Holy Spirit, I feel so absorbed and involved in the process. How wonderful it is, to take part and observe a child being born in the Holy Spirit.

All of us, we have a body and a soul. While everyone can see our physical body, our soul is deep rooted inside our body. Our soul is our mind, will, intellect and emotions - the one whom we really are. God can see our soul, including all our thoughts. Apart from God, maybe our closest friends, who know us too well can see our soul.

By receiving the gift of Holy Spirit, we are allowing the Holy Spirit to come and enter into our soul. At that point, we actually contain one piece of the Holy Trinity within our self - the other two being in Heaven.  Once the Holy Spirit enters our soul, we will be closer to the Trinity - as close as we possibly can, while dwelling on this planet during this lifetime.

For many of us, we are scared to receive this gift, and prefer to keep the Trinity at a safe distance. For the same reason, this gift is not for everyone - only for those who truly seek the Holy Spirit, and for those who are willing to sacrifice a great deal to maintain the presence.

Our body is the temple for the Holy Spirit to stay within ourselves. This is being said in 1 Corinthians 3:16.  There are few things we need to do, in order to receive and maintain the Holy Spirit in our soul, in our body. Imagine, when we have an important guest staying at our house, how neat and tidy we try to keep our house. Maintaining Holy Spirit inside our body is a responsible task by itself - it's a commitment, and needs attention.   Using the analogy of the guest at our house, we like a tour guide, tend to take the guest to places he/she likes; we prepare food the guest likes, and entertain him/her accordingly.  Similarly, it's our responsibility to carry our body that contains the Holy Spirit to places it needs to visit - places of prayer.  Feed our body and mind with good thoughts - the word of God. Be associated with those with pure minds.

How do you feel when you learn that your physical body is the actual temple of God, and not the man made brick/stone structure people perceive as the church.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The nature of the Holy Spirit


Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

 Luke 11: 5-13

Let's take a look at these facts:

Christ is born;
The Holy Spirit is His forerunner.

Christ is baptized;
The Holy Spirit bears witness.

Christ is tempted;
The Holy Spirit leads Him up.

Christ ascends into Heaven;
The Holy Spirit takes His place.

Every characteristic present in God is also found in the Holy Spirit.

All titles that belong to God are also applied to the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, the mind of Christ, the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of adoption, of truth, of liberty; the Spirit of wisdom, of understanding, of counsel, of might, of knowledge, of godliness, of the fear of God.

This only begins to show how unlimited the Holy Spirit is.

Just ask one thing in your prayers to God, our Father shamelessly - ask for the Holy Spirit to come reside within you.


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Here I am Lord


Nice voice.  


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Don't wake him up


A man was giving his testimony at one of those old Salvation Army open air street meetings. As he was testifying, a heckler in the crowd yelled, "Why don't you shut up and sit down? You're just dreaming."

Immediately that heckler felt a tug on his coat. He looked down to see a little girl, who said. "Sir, may I speak to you? That man who is talking up there is my daddy.

Daddy used to be a drunkard. He used to spend all of the money he made on whiskey. My mother was very sad and would cry most of the time. "Sometimes when my daddy came home, he would hit my mother. I didn't have shoes or a nice dress to wear to school.

Now look at my shoes. And see this pretty dress? My daddy bought these for me." But the little girl wasn't through with that heckler yet.

"See my mother over there? She's the one with the bright smile on her face. She's happy now. She sings even when she's doing the ironing."

Then the little girl said, "Mister, if my daddy is dreaming, please don't wake him up."

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Yesterday's wedding


It was one of those remarkable weddings we've attended among our community, here in this land.

The wedding was conducted inside the magnificent Sacred Heart Catholic Church - the architecture which I admired, and embarked on a tour by myself, just to appreciate art work and those stained glass windows. When I was young, I was told that whenever I entered a new church in my life, I could wish for 3 things and they would be granted - something I have noticed to be true.  Have you tried it - give it a try.

There were nearly 600 guests from all over, and we met several families whom we had not seen for a very long time and few from Atlanta as well.

Weddings always make me feel so good - especially those wedding songs. My positive criticism: the only downside of yesterday was that, the wedding songs sung by the choir did not match up to the grand ceremony that was laid out.

People were in a jovial mood and the celebrations that followed the ceremony was wonderful as well. The hosts took extreme care in arranging and organizing the entire event - we could tell. The cocktail hour followed by the dinner was held inside the huge bell auditorium. The MC and DJ entertained the crowd, and it was quite emotional to watch the two dances - Mother and son, and the Father and daughter.

We got back home past midnight.

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