To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ASH Wednesday

Today is the first day of Lent which is called ASH WEDNESDAY. Christians, primarily Catholics go to Church and have our forehead marked cross with ashes. This reminds us that we are from dust and so we end up being one.  Humility as we say. This is not a ritual neither a  made-up activity for the believers. This is based on the old testament that reminds Christians of the values instilled by  faith. 

So what do we do in the season of Lent? We do FASTING  as abstaining from eating meat on Fridays though some have other sacrifices being pledged for the season. And not just that, this is the time to focus  on PRAYING  and ALMSGIVING. We believe in sacrifices, selfless actions and so helping the needy. These are the basic values we learn as well as praying for our heart's desires. Though of course we do pray and share our blessings every time, we  made this season of Lent recognizing the three practices.  More info on the video below.  

Here are also some worthwhile  articles on Ash Wednesday. Please feel free to read. :)

The Art of Giving, Share Ash Wednesday with Friends, Fasting and much more.

Ash Wednesday, Fasting, Abstaining, and You.

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