…and finally…!

It is almost a year back, I posted a blog about Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and the sad situation of his burial site. [The old blog is here: “Remembrance is gratitude!”]

Thanks to those who supported and made his memorial a reality today. It is a tiny gift from Indians to that great soul!

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Our Prime Minister inaugurated Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial in his hometown of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu today!! [News Link here] Incidentally, today is Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s 2nd death anniversary!

…and finally, we showed our gratitude….!

 


 

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Eid Mubarak!

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Shawwal Hilal appeared!

Divine Ramadan month commemorated the first revelation, through a month long divine fasting and ‘giving’ (zakat). It is completed.

[First revelation of Quran to Prophet Muhammad by archangel Gabriel in 610AD at Hira Cave near Makkah.]. 

Now it is the time for celebration!

Let us celebrate Eid al-Fitr (“feast of breaking of the fast”)…

Eid Mubarak, dear friends!

Get-together, Sharing and Happiness around.

Let it spread across the world, beyond the borders of religion, color and places!

Do you know? The first day of Shawwal (or day of Eid al-fitr), is the only day in Shawwal, Muslims are *not* allowed to fast!  

So, no human should go hungry without food today! Let us do our bit for it as a positive gesture along with wishing and celebrating Eid al-fitr!

Keep Smiling, Keep Shining and Stay Blessed! 🙂 


Notes: | Shawwal : tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar | Hilal : Indicates the crescent moon, which signifies the start of a Lunar Month | Eid al-Fitr: celebrated at the beginning of Shawwal month, and completion of the divine month of Ramadan | Eid Mubarak : Wishing a Blessed Celebration (Eid=Celebration, Mubarak=Blessed) | Zakat : Charity, sharing to poor/needy. | Five Pillars of Islam: Shahada-Faith, Salat-Prayer, Zakat-Charity, Sawn-Fasting, Hajj-Pilgrimage to Mecca (some changes between Sunni Islam and Shia Islam) |

Thanks to friends and google for this information. If you find any mistakes in the information, please let me know or add in comments!


 

Helping makes you happier?

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My answer is Yes! When you help a needy person, your heart gets activated with positive energy. I believe, when you do something good for others, you feel good and become happier, esp when it gives smiles to others!

Happened to see a research report from Oxford University on this topic “Effect performing acts of kindness  on the well being of the actor” (Detailed report here). In the conclusion, they mention as

Helping others makes you happy, but the effect is relatively modest.”

The report derives(from available data) that, though it makes you happy, the effect is not very high or significant! Also they just left saying, more research based on the type of help could give more accurate results. They used some specific set of other studies and data for their analysis.

However, from personal experiences and what I hear from others, the moments where you become a reason (whatever small) for some other to smile, your heart becomes compassionate and feels so happy. Also it refreshes your brain. Overall it makes you bright! So I believe, helping or doing something good (based on the result), makes you happier and the impact is not just moderate, rather, it is significant on your heart and brain. It adds a lot of harmony to you your life!

One point is important, you need to be aware what you are doing. Example, if you simple arrange a fixed money every month to some social support activities, OR, you give some financial support without knowing the cause or the details of the purpose, you may not feel much. Because, you ‘just give’ money and not really aware how it helps someone. (or don’t care?!). However, being aware on the support that you give, to whom and how it helps, is entirely a different situation. This awareness (is not really to make you proud), makes you more effective in doing better such actions, also, it makes you happier.

The help does not need to be only financial! The help does not need to be big! The help need not be only to outsiders (to your family)! Just think, how to make others smile, when they are unable to!

So, IMO, making others smile gives you more smiles; smiles from top! It has the power to perfume the whole world! 🙂

Wanna try? Why don’t you try today/tonight? 🙂

Spread Smiles, Keep Smiling, Keep Shining!


pic: google free-licensed.

 

Paalam KalyanaSundaram – A man took unusual road to happiness!

Dear Friends,

Some of you may be knowing Sri. Paalam Kalyana Sundaram. If you do not know, here we go!

Let’s start with a crisp and short video. It is a must watch and takes just 3 min 9 seconds.

He started sharing most of his earnings for children and needy in the society. He imbibed this and internalized from a very early stage of his life. Later, he started spending all his earnings to the noble cause of supporting the needy in the society.

He believes, when we live for others, that is when we get the ultimate happiness in life. Also he says, compassion/love is the key to do it. 

There are many organizations acknowledged his work , including….

“Outstanding People of 20th Century” – by UNO

Rajinikanth adopted him as his father!

“Top 10 Librarians in the world”

“Man of the Millennium” – By an US organization (INR 30Crores that he got from this award is fully given for charity)

“Life time Service” Award – Rotary Club

“Best Librarian of India” – Govt of India

“One of the noblest of the world” – International Biographical Centre, Cambridge…

…many more!

All those accolades do not influence his strong desire to support the world, even at the age of 76…., all that just motivations for many others in this world to know about his noble work and be part of it!

For  me, you can see a real human with humanity and love in him!

Have a nice day!


Want to know/join his initiatives:

Keep Smiling and Keep Shining….