Thursday, May 15, 2008


Today started off just like any other day for me. As it is a work day, the traffic is pretty much the same (horrendous), so, that is something definitely to complain about (bitch is actually the more appropriate word here) during lunch time. The weather last night was sizzling hot. Yet another item in the complaints department. There are boundless things that irritates , from an unintentional remark from a colleague, a friend who forgot to reply an sms, the incessant calls from the insurance agents.. sigh.

Then I opened my mails and out of the pile of good stuff, the work stuff and the junk, I found 2 very thought provoking mails from 2 different friends. The first one was a video from YouTube and the image that I saw was a little child having his meal from what I think is a rubbish pile.


(if you are unable to view the video embedded, then try clicking here)

This is an old video but I believe that we humans have very short memories. We need constant reminders lest we forget our priorities. I watched the video and remembered the Four Immeasurables (this is part of a buddhist prayer and aspiration) ...

The Four Immeasurables
    May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
    May all sentient beings never be separated from the happiness which is without suffering.
    May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free from both attachment and hatred, holding some close and others distant.
The second mail was filled with pictures of death. I will not post the pictures with this entry as they are rather gross. But they too serve as a reminder that death comes in many ways and death is a definite. Only the time and the manner it comes is unknown. Those photos will be rather graphic and looking at them might be totally offensive... so, you've been warned. Come back later at your own risk.

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