Focusing on Solutions

We had a class in oneness university a year back and there was a session on the questions that arise in the mind. Had learnt that quality of questions that arise in the mind affects the quality of life. Contemplating and working on it over a year now, found that some common questions that arise in the mind can be categorized to,

+ Why,  When,  What, How etc.

These questions can lead to focusing on either the problem or solution. Solutions are always Futuristic.

When the questions of Why, What, When etc. comes up  in the mind with a past context,  ‘Why’ more often lead to regret.’Why’ for a happy event that happened in the past does not arise. ‘When’ many a times produced anxiety. ‘What’ though inquisitive was not so powerful.

The question ‘How‘ was so powerful that it changed the whole outlook of thinking. When ‘How’ was placed in the mind, it started making the mind more innovative. The mind was no longer worrying about any problem, but started to produce different solutions. The mind moves into finding out ways to achieve something.  It always gives a good feeling while contributing something very useful to someone.

  • How do I achieve something ?
  • How can I make something exceptional ?
  • How did you do it ?

Learnt that ‘why’ can define a purpose behind  a solution that can draw people to use our products, from a ted talk, “How great Leaders inspire Action“.


Centeredness is something I had learnt in recent class. For arriving at a great solution, it is important to ignore our perspectives on something and hear the views from others shoes. This is to be ‘other-centered‘, rather than being ‘self-centered’. I realised this is ‘Art of Listening’.

This is very useful in all cases. Some cases where this has to be present for sure are,

+ While negotiating with someone
+ While dealing with customers/stake holders

One of the highly respected friends who serves in a leadership role in a big company said to me,  ‘I Focus only on Future’. This was implicitly conveying a message that he was always focusing on solutions. While discussing with a senior product manager, he was speaking on the importance of listening from customers view. This implicitly conveyed about ‘other-centeredness’.

Combining the two aspects ‘Asking How’ and ‘Being Other-Centered’ takes the mind to another level which is ‘Focusing on Solutions‘ 🙂




Words of silence

When Buddha got enlightened on that full moon day in the month of May, he maintained silence for a whole week. All the angels in the heaven got frightened. They knew that it was only once in a millennium that someone blossoms like Buddha. They requested him to say something. He said, “Those who know, know even without my saying it and those who do not know will not know even by my saying it.”

Buddha said, “Words cannot convey it. As many scriptures in the past have revealed, truth begins where words end.”

The angels said, “What you say is right. But consider those who are in between, who are neither fully enlightened nor totally ignorant. For them, a few words will give a push. For their sake, you speak and every word of yours will create silence.”

The purpose of words is to create silence. If words create more noise, they have not reached their goal.

— from Buddha, Manifestation of Silence
[courtesy – a facebook post from Sri RaviShankar]

Life is strength, weakness is death

When I Asked God for Strength
He Gave Me
Difficult Situations to Face

When I Asked God for Brain & Brown
He Gave Me
Puzzles in Life to Solve

When I Asked God for Happiness
He Showed Me
Some Unhappy People

When I Asked God for Wealth
He Showed Me
How to Work Hard

When I Asked God for Favors
He Showed Me
Opportunities to Work Hard

When I Asked God for Peace
He Showed Me
How to Help Others

God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted
He Gave Me
Everything I Needed

Thoughts for the day

* Each day, life will send you little windows of oppurtunity. Your destiny will utimately be defined by how you respond to these windows of oppurtunity.

* As you live your days, so you craft your life.

* Screw-ups are the mark of excellence.

* Real risk lies in riskless living.

* Reading a book by someone you respect allows some of their brilliance to rub off on you.

Inspiring Quotes and notes of Swami vivekananda !!!

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Arise!! Awake!! And stop Not till The goal is reached.

Strength is life; weakness is death.
vivekananda about patriotism
They talk of patriotism. I believe in patriotism, and I also have my own ideal of patriotism. Three things are necessary for great achievements :
First, feel from the heart. What is in the intellect or reason? It goes a few steps and there it stops. But through the heart comes inspiration.

Love opens the most impossible gates; love is the gate to all the secrets in the universe. Feel, therefore, my would-be reformers, my would-be patriots! Do you feel? Do you feel that the millions and millions of the descendants of gods and of sages have become next-door neighbours to brutes? Do you feel that millions have been starving today, and millions have been starving for ages? Do you feel that ignorance has come over the land as a dark crowd? Does it make you restless? Does it make you sleepless? Has it gone over your blood, coursing through your veins, becoming consonanant with your heart-beats? Has it made you almost mad? Are you seized with the one idea of misery and ruin, and have you forgotten all about your name, your fame, your wives, your children, your property, even your own bodies? Have you done that? This is the first step to become a patriot, the very first step…….
You may feel, then; but instead of spending your energies on frothy talk, have you found any way out, any practical solution, some help instead of condemnation, some sweet words to soothe their miseries, to bring them out of this living death?
Yet that is not all.
Have you got the will to surmount mountain high obstructions?
If the whole world stands against you sword in hand, would you still dare to do what you think is right? If your wives and children are against you, if all your money goes, your name dies, your wealth vanishes, would you still stick to it? Would you still pursue it and go on steadily towards your own goal?
India will b raised not with the power of flesh but with the power of spirit; not with flag of destruction but with the flag of peace and love;the garb of sanyasinn;not with the power of wealth but with the power of begging bowl.