Sanskrit @ St James School, London

While children in India opt for Sanskrit only to secure a good grade, these students in London are apparently being taught the meaning of Advaita (non-dualism) through Sanskrit scriptures.

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Sanskrit @ London school


Flow – the classic work on how to achieve happiness

  • Happiness is not something that happens. It is not the result of good fortune or random chance. It does not depend on outside events, but, rather on how we interpret them.
  • People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.
  • Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so – J.S. Mill
  • It is by being fully involved in every detail of our lives whether good or bad that we find happiness, not by trying to look for it directly.
  • Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue …as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.
  • The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to it’s limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.
  • Flow – The state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.
  • What would really satisfy people is not getting slim or rich, but feeling good about their lives.
  • People who find their lives meaningful usually have a goal that is challenging enough to take up all their energies, a goal that can give significance to their lives. We may refer to this process as achieving purpose.
  • To experience flow, one must set goals for one’s actions: to win a game, to make friends with a person, to accomplish something in a certain way. The goal in itself is not important; what matters is that it focuses a person’s attention and involves it in an achievable, enjoyable activity.
  • When an important goal is pursued with resolution and all one’s varied activities fit together into a unified flow experience, the result is that harmony is brought into consciousness.

How to achieve inner harmony?

Someone who knows his desires and works with a single-minded purpose to achieve them is a person whose feelings, thoughts and actions are congruent with one another and is therefore a person who has achieved inner harmony. This process was also called “getting your head together” in the 1960’s.

Purpose, resolution and harmony unify life and give it meaning by transforming it into a seamless flow experience. Whoever achieves this state will really not lack anything else.


The price one pays for changing goals whenever opposition threatens is that while one may achieve a more pleasant and comfortable life, it is likely that it will end up empty and void of meaning.

There is a mutual relationship between goals and the effort they require. Goals justify the effort they demand at the outset, but later it is the effort that justifies the goal.



Choose Yourself – the ultimate cheatsheet for re-inventing yourself – By James Altucher

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Choose Yourself – Cheat Sheet – the ultimate cheatsheet for re-inventing yourself

Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture (Summary)

Summarized a dozen takeaways –

1. …Because it’s all about fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. You’ve got to get the fundamentals down because otherwise the fancy stuff isn’t going to work.

2. When you’re screwing up and nobody’s saying anything to you anymore, that means they gave up. And that’s a lesson that stuck with me my whole life. Is that when you see yourself doing something badly and nobody’s bothering to tell you anymore, that’s a very bad place to be. Your critics are your ones telling you they still love you and care.

3. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

4. When you’re pissed off at somebody and you’re angry at them, you just haven’t given them enough time. Just give them a little more time and they’ll almost always impress you.

5. It’s such a shame that people perceive you as so arrogant. Because it’s going to limit what you’re going to be able to accomplish in life.

6. Never lose the childlike wonder. It’s just too important. It’s what drives us. Help others.

7. When people give you feedback, cherish it and use it. Show gratitude.

8. Be good at something, it makes you valuable.

9. Work hard.

10. Find the best in everybody. You might have to wait a long time, sometimes years, but people will show you their good side. Just keep waiting no matter how long it takes. No one is all evil. Everybody has a good side, just keep waiting, it will come out.

11. And be prepared. Luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity.

12. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.

Who is a real human being

Truth is the conduct, Righteousness is the path and Sacrifice is the reputation.

One who lives by this tenet is the real human being.

– Sathya Sai Baba ( Who is Sathya Sai Baba)