Disciple Hood – Inspiring Stories

When the great Sufi mystic, Hasan, was dying, somebody asked

“Hasan, who was your master?”

He said, “I had thousands of masters. If I just relate their names it will

take months, years and it is too late. But three masters I will certainly

tell you about.

One was a thief. Once I got lost in the desert, and when I reached a

village it was very late, everything was closed. But at last I found one

man who was trying to make a hole in the wall of a house. I asked

him where I could stay and he said ‘At this time of night it will be

difficult, but you can stay with me – if you can stay with a thief’. And

the man was so beautiful. I stayed for one month! And each night he

would say to me, ‘Now I am going to my work. You rest, you pray.’

When he came back I would ask ‘Could you get anything?’ He would

say, ‘Not tonight. But tomorrow I will try again, God willing.’ He was

never in a state of hopelessness, he was always happy. When I was

meditating and meditating for years on end and nothing was

happening, many times the moment came when I was so desperate,

so hopeless, that I thought to stop all this nonsense. And suddenly I

would remember the thief who would say every night, ‘God willing,

tomorrow it is going to happen.’

And my second master was a dog. I was going to the river, thirsty and

a dog came. It was also thirsty. It looked into the river, it saw

another dog there — its own image — and became afraid. It would

bard and run away, but his thirst was so much that he would come

back. Finally, despite his fear, it just jumped into the water, and the

image disappeared. And I knew that a message had come to me from

God: one has to jump in spite of all fears.

And the third master was a small child. I entered a town and a child

was carrying a lit candle. He was going to the mosque to put the

candle there. ‘Just joking,’ I asked the boy, ‘have you lit the candle

yourself?’ He said, ‘Yes sir.’ And I asked, ‘There was a moment when

the candle was unlit, and then there was a moment when the candle

was lit. Can you show me the source from which the light came?’ And

the boy laughed, blew out the candle, and said, ‘Now you have seen

the light going. Where has it gone? You will tell me!’ My ego was

shattered; my whole knowledge was shattered. And that moment I felt

my own stupidity. Since then I dropped all my knowledge ability.

It is true that I had no master. That does not mean that I was not a

disciple — I accepted the whole existence as my master. My Disciple

hood was a greater involvement than yours is. I trusted the clouds,

the trees. I trusted existence as such. I had no master because I had

millions of masters I learned from every possible source. To be a

disciple is a must on the path. What does it mean to be a disciple? It

means to be able to learn, to be available to learn, to be vulnerable to

existence. With a master you start learning to learn.

The master is a swimming pool where you can learn how to

swim. Once you have learned, all the oceans are yours.”

Health Benefits of Consuming Dates

1) Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals.

2) They are rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C.

3) It helps improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers and different kinds of amino acids.

4) Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose. To get more advantage add dates to milk and make it a very nutritious snack.

5) Dates are very low in calories and are extremely suitable  for health conscious people.

6) Dates are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. Researchers have revealed the fact that potassium intake up to a certain extent can reduce risk of stroke.

7) Dates also help in lowering of the LDL cholesterol.

8) Dates have high iron content and are very useful in treating anemia. The patients can eat many dates for better advantages.

9) Dates also have fluorine that slows down the process of tooth decay.

10) It helps people suffering from constipation. Soak dates overnight and take it along with water to have added advantage.

11) Dates help in weight gain and are beneficial for those who suffer from over slimming problem.

12) Dates are excellent for alcoholic intoxication.  Cures abdominal cancer.

13) It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well.

“The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine.”

Muda – Inspiring Story

A fantastic sentence written on every Japanese bus stop. Only buses will stop here Not your time. So Keep walking towards your goal. Japanese way of cost efficiency.

The Taj hotel group had invited Mr. Masai Imai from Japan to hold a workshop for its staff.   The staff were very skeptical – the hotel is doing excellent business, this person from Japan has no exposure to hotel industry – what exactly is he going to teach?   But everybody gathered as planned for the workshop in the conference hall sharp at 9 am.   Mr. Masai was introduced to them – a not so impressive personality, nor the English all that good; spoke as if he was first formulating each sentence in Japanese and then translating it into rather clumsy English.   “Good morning! Let’s start work. I am told this is a workshop; but I see neither work nor shop. So let’s proceed where work is happening. Let’s start with the first room on the first floor.”   Mr. Masai, followed by the senior management, the participants, the video camera crew trouped out of the conference room and proceeded to the destination.   That happened to be the laundry room of the hotel.   Mr. Masai entered the room and stood at the window, “beautiful view!” he said.   The staff knew it; they need not invite a Japanese consultant to tell them this!   “A room with such a beautiful view is being wasted as a laundry room. Shift the laundry to the basement and convert this into a guest room.”   Aa Haa! Now nobody had ever thought about that!   The manager said, “Yes, it can be done.”   “Then let’s do it,” Mr. Masai said.   “Yes sir, I will make a note of this and we will include it in the report on the workshop that will be prepared.” Manager   “Excuse me, but there is nothing to note down in this. Let’s just do it, just now.” Mr. Masai. “Just now?” Manager   “Yes, decide on a room on the ground floor/basement and shift the stuff out of this room right away. It should take a couple of hours, right?” asked Mr. Masai.   “Yes.” Manager.   “Let’s come back here just before lunch. By then all this stuff will have got shifted out and the room must be ready with the carpets, furniture etc. and from today you can start earning the few thousand that you charge your customers for a night.”   “Ok, Sir.” The manager had no option.   The next destination was the pantry. The group entered. At the entrance were two huge sinks full of plates to be washed.   Mr. Masai removed his jacket and started washing the plates.   “Sir, Please, what are you doing?” the manager didn’t know what to say and what to do.   “Why, I am washing the plates”, Mr. Masai.   “But sir, there is staff here to do that.” Manager Mr. Masai continued washing, “I think sink is for washing plates, there are stands here to keep the plates and the plates should go into the stands.”   All the officials wondered – did they require a consultant to tell them this?   After finishing the job, Mr. Masai asked, “How many plates do you have?’   “Plenty, so that there should never be any shortage.” answered the Manager.   Mr. Masai said, “We have a word in Japanese -‘Muda’. Muda means delay, Muda means unnecessary spending. One lesson to be learned in this workshop is to avoid both. If you have plenty of plates, there will be delay in cleaning them up. The first step to correct this situation is to remove all the excess plates.”   “Yes, we will say this in the report.” Manager.   “No, wasting our time in writing the report is again an instance of ‘Muda’. We must pack the extra plates in a box right away and send these to whichever other section of Taj requires these. Throughout the workshop now we will find out where all we find this ‘Muda’ hidden.”   And then at every spot and session, the staff eagerly awaited to find out Muda and learn how to avoid it.

On the last day, Mr. Masai told a story.   “A Japanese and an American, both fond of hunting, met in a jungle. They entered deep jungle and suddenly realized that they had run out of bullets. Just then they heard a lion roaring. Both started running. But the Japanese took a short break to put on his sports shoes.   The American said, “What are you doing? We must first get to the car.”   The Japanese responded, “No. I only have to ensure that I remain ahead of you.”   All the participants engrossed in listening to the story,  realized suddenly that the lion would stop after getting his victim!

“The lesson is: competition in today’s world is so fierce, that it is important to stay ahead of other, even by just a couple of steps. And you have such a huge and naturally well endowed country. If you remember to curtail your production expenditure and give the best quality always, you will be miles ahead as compared to so many other countries in the world.”, concluded Mr. Masai.   It is never late to learn……..