#Ganesh #Chaturthi 2017 began on Friday, August 25 and ends on Tuesday, September 5. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi (Vināyaka Chaturthī) is the #Hindu festival that reveres god Ganesha. A ten-day festival, it starts on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in Gregorian months of August or September. The festival is marked with installation of Ganesha clay idols privately in homes, or publicly on elaborate pandals (temporary stage). The festival celebrates Lord Ganesha as the God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles and is observed throughout #India… http://ift.tt/2wuipx2

We’re raised to be nice, and for good reason. #Niceness is safe. It’s excellent at maintaining the status quo. Nice people are conscious of what might #upset others, and avoid such things. Which is deadly if you want to accomplish anything of significance. If your #mission is to lead, create, or better the world, surrendering to the emotional concerns of others will paralyse and kill you. #Leaders that can’t make tough decisions can’t lead. #Artists that can never offend anyone can never delight anyone either. This is not to say that being an #asshole will make you successful. But an unwillingness to occasionally be one is an almost certain road to failure. http://ift.tt/2u4w4Jx

#fullmoon #aquarius #renewal Focusing on the new n closing up the past! The Aquarius Full Moon is reminding us to set our focus on our dreams even amidst the issues that rise. This is one of those tests we find so often in life where we need to stay steady even though the world surrounding us is in chaos. We have been juggling and blending the new and old life threads that overlap as we expand forward. This is a place of putting our attention on the new that we are creating while closing up the doors of the past. This is a call to look at seeing the bigger picture instead of stressing about the details. We need to have faith. Where we put our focus, we see growth and manifestation. http://ift.tt/2vwpVHz

Some mornings I have to make active efforts to assert a view of the world in stark contrast with the one I see presented in the #newspaper of record. The paper’s view is a mosaic made of hundreds of stories, some illustrated. Both are “selected,” each selection itself chosen to highlight a particular editorial impulse. The composite is what I called the ravings of a schizophrenic a while back. The vast contrarian mosaic possible from events across the globe would not by any means suggest that total madness has us in its grip. It would show, rather, humanity at its usual… The view I must assert is not visible at all. It holds the overwhelming presence in reality of an altogether #invisibleorder. I don’t hold that view to compensate for the “#horrors” in the news—although my view does have compensatory effects. It’s not about “feel good” or “ain’t it awful”; those are the filters the paper uses in picking stories to cover and images to show. My view attempts to capture the #truth. The compensation arises because the news-mosaic is extremely distorted and, alas, the only image that’s tangibly available. It tends, therefore, to persuade us that that’s the way things are. And that impression must be countered. To be sure, virtually all of our #information reaches us by the senses; not all but virtually all; to hold that reality is divinely ordered therefore relies on a minuscule input from our innermost selves. Not surprisingly, therefore, in secular ages, when faith is not reinforced by masses of other believers, it’s lonely out there. http://ift.tt/2vzpE6h