Why Do I Do What I Do?

October 19, 2008


“Thoughts become things.”


Paulo Coelho has said that we do not need to know “how” or “where”, but there is one question that we should all ask whenever we start something: “What am I doing this for?”

Why am I writing this post for example? I’m doing it because I wanted people stop and do a check-up. I personally get very easily into the mode of accomplishing things and then the actual accomplishment becomes more important than the way I accomplish it or what I accomplish it for. So, with this post I wanted to ask you whether you are doing something with selfish intentions or out of love? What is love, is another debate, but let’s assume now that we know it intuitively.

Am I living for the glory of God? I hope this post makes you think about God and the goodness in the world and that the next thing you do is as the ambassador for those two things. May God Bless You!



“There is nothing like a dream to create a future.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Thoughts of love, peace, contentment, purity, perfection, Divinity, will make you, and also others around you, perfect and Divine.” – Sri Swami Sivananda

“Adding hope to our lives has long been the role of the artist – the painter, poet, musician, composer, actor, and author.” – Paul Wilson

“when one knows everything about the world one can only smile” – Amma

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.” — Oscar Wilde

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you will never walk alone. People, even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.” – Audrey Hepburn

“The heart has its reasons that reason does not know.” – Pascal

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” – James 1:5-6

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbour as yourself. … Do this and you will live.” – Luke 10:27-28

“It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.” – Hermann Hesse

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.” – Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805)

“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.” – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – Carl Jung (1875-1961)

“Before you can truly live, you must first learn to love.” – Jennie Clemans

“Love and respect the saints of every faith.” – Sri Swami Sivananda

“Why should we all use our creative power…? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” – Brenda Ueland

“Measure not education by material success. Education should not miss the true end of culture, viz., moral and spiritual uplift.” – Sri Swami Sivananda

“Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way.” – Swami Vishnu-Devananda

“Anger is meant to be acted upon. It is not meant to be acted out.” – Julia Cameron

“To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.” -Theophile Gautier

“The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf.” – Shakti Gawain

“Even if I have to do it alone, I will free all sentient beings from suffering and the causes of suffering, and join all the sentient beings with happiness and its causes.” – The Dalai Lama

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.” – Victor Hugo

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

“As your activities of body, speech, and mind become more and more directed to the benefit of others, you develop a profound sense of love and commitment.” – The Dalai Lama

“Did you ever observe to whom the accidents happen? Chance favours only the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

“Strive for perfection, listen to my appeals; agree with one another; live in peace.” 2 Corinthians 13:11

“The secret of love is seeking variety in your life together, and never letting routine chords dull the melody of your romance.” – Unknown

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“A memory of true love is like a favorite song; no matter how many times it plays again, you never get tired of it.” – Unknown

“For the Lord grants wisdom… He shows how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decision…” Proverbs 2:6,9

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin

“The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.” -Stephen R. Covey

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

“True love is knowing a person’s faults, and loving them even more for them.” – Unknown

“We must always hold truth, as best as we can determine it, to be more important, more vital to our self-interest, than our comfort.” – M. Scott Peck

“Only a person who has not felt true love can move on in life saying ‘There are lots of other fish in the sea.'”
– Unknown

“The most important thing in life is to become a passionate lover. If you have been a passionate lover in life, then you will be a lover in death, a lover in the tomb, a lover on the day of resurrection, a lover in Paradise, and a lover forever. But if you have not been a passionate lover in life, then count not your life as having been lived. On the day of reckoning, it will not be counted.” – Rumi

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.” – C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“I’ll tell them not to follow the manual of good behaviour but to discover their own lives, desires, adventures and to LIVE. I’ll quote from Ecclesiastes to the Catholics, from the Koran to the Muslims, from the Torah to the Jews, from Aristotle to the atheists.” – Paulo Coelho in “Veronika Decides to Die”



img_0125Adam was walking around the garden of Eden feeling very lonely, because didn’t have anyone to talk to. God said that He was going to make Adam a companion and that it would be a woman.

God said, “This person will gather food for you, cook for you, and when you discover clothing she’ll wash it for you. She will always agree with every decision you make. She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will not nag you and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you’ve had a disagreement. She will never have a headache and will freely give you love and passion whenever you need it.

Adam asked God, “What will a woman like this cost?” God replied, “An arm and a leg.” Then Adam asked, “What can I get for a rib?..”


An aspiring Yogi wanted to find a guru. He went to an Ashram and his preceptor told him: You can stay here but we have one important rule – all students observe a vow of silence. You will be allowed to speak in 12 years. After practicing for 12 long years yoga asanas, meditation, a lot of Karma Yoga, etc., the day came when the student could say his one thing or ask his one question.
He said: “The bed is too hard.”
He kept going for another 12 years of hard Sadhana and austere discipline and got the opportunity to speak again. He said: “The food is not good.”
Twelve more years of hard work and he got to speak again. Here are his words after 36 years of practice: “I quit.”
His guru quickly answered: “Good, all you have been doing anyway is complaining.”


Part 1
What did the Yogi say when he walked into the Zen Pizza Parlor?
“Make me one with everything.”

Part 2
When the Yogi got the pizza, he gave the proprietor a $20 bill. The proprietor pocketed the bill. The Yogi said“Don’t I get change?” The proprietor said, “Change must come from within.”


Have you heard of the cow who attained liberation (Moksha)?
It was dyslexic and kept on repeating OOOOMMM !


A minister dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of
him is a guy who’s dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather
jacket, and jeans.

Saint Peter addresses this guy, “Who are you, so that I may know
whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven?”

The guy replies, “I’m Joe Cohen, taxi-driver, of Noo Yawk City.”

Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the taxi-driver,
“Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of

The taxi-driver goes into Heaven with his robe and staff, and it’s the
minister’s turn. He stands erect and booms out, “I am Joseph Snow,
pastor of Saint Mary’s for the last forty-three years.”

Saint Peter consults his list. He says to the minister, “Take this
cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

“Just a minute,” says the minister. “That man was a taxi-driver and he
gets a silken robe and golden staff. How can this be?”

“Up here, we work by results,” says Saint Peter. “While you preached,
people slept; while he drove, people prayed.”


God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach and green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

And Satan created McDonald’s. And McDonald’s brought forth the cheap double cheeseburger.

And Satan said to Man, “You want chips with that?”
And Man said, “Large packet please.”
And Man gained kilograms.

And God created the healthful yoghurt, that Woman might keep her figure that Man found so fair.

And Satan froze the yoghurt, and he brought forth chocolate, nuts and brightly coloured sprinkle stuff to put on top. And Woman gained kilograms.

And God said, “Try my crispy fresh salad.”

And Satan brought forth creamy dressings, bacon bits, and shredded cheese. And there was ice cream for dessert. And Woman gained kilograms.

And God said, “I have sent your heart healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them.”

And Satan brought forth spare ribs, so big they filled the plate. And Man gained kilograms, and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.

And God brought forth running shoes, and Man resolved to lose those kilograms.

And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between Fox and CNN. And Man gained kilograms.

And God said, “You’re running up the score, Devil.”
And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.

And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy centre into chips and deep-fried them in fat. And he created sour cream dip also. And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol.

And Satan saw and said, “It is good.”
And Man went into cardiac arrest.

And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

And Satan created Medical Insurance.

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