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Here are words of wisdom about time:   If you have something today, you may have nothing tomorrow. Today is the best time to prepare for tomorrow. Make the most of what you can do today. Today will never happen again. You may be rich today, but you might suffer tomorrow. You may be strong [...]

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Hope springs

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We have hope in our hearts because we’re part and parcel of the Supreme Person. Unfortunately, illusions and material desires bind us to the material sphere. Realizing that this world isn’t our real home will inspire us to seek shelter in Him. Some inspiring words of wisdom to lead us back home: If it were [...]

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Sobering reminders

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The calamity that hit Tacloban and other Visayan provinces has been devastating. A relative shares, “My sister’s daughter is in Tacloban. So far, there’s no news about how she is, and my sister is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.”

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Lessons from Sammy Davis Jr.

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DAVIS. Manic pursuit of success

Many people idolize show biz luminaries without knowing what they’re like behind the cameras. Take Sammy Davis Jr. His life seemed awesome, but he also struggled with his own demons. He was a singer, dancer, comedian and actor—who fell prey to drinking and partying.   At one point, he was making a million dollars a [...]

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Flavorful options

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Filipinos love to garnish their cooking with sugar and artificial flavors. A foreigner who’s aware of the negative effects of white sugar said, “I’m amazed that you put processed sugar even in spaghetti! And you use all sorts of mixed powders.”

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Leadership

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Some post-election insights: The better man does not always win, but he always wins the hearts of the people he serves.

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Fruits to beat the summer heat

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It isn’t unusual to get stricken by dehydration and heat stroke during the summer. Symptoms of dehydration include headache, nausea, high blood pressure and fever. To alleviate this condition, you need to drink water and eat fruits, which also provide vitamins and minerals.

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Respect

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Respect goes hand in hand with humility. It requires the insight to perceive that other living beings are among God’s children. Everyone deserves courtesy and fair treatment.

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The truly enlightened soul

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Some five hundred years ago, there was a very humble and enlightened soul who was ridiculed by his townmates. He loved to recite the Bhagavad-gita, but because he was not able to properly pronounce the words, the townspeople laughed at him.

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The sun as source of heat and wisdom

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Every summer, we feel the sun’s presence and see it as a source of heat. From a deeper perspective, the sun should also remind us of certain truths and gems of wisdom:

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Moving on

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Once, there was a baby girl who was left in the care of her relatives after the death of her mother. Shortly after the mother passed away, the relatives felt her presence hovering over the child, who looked up and said, “Mama, Mama!”

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Achieving self-realization

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Some people think that achieving self-realization is difficult. People connect it with renouncing family and friends, living in isolation, meditating for hours on end, going to India or the Himalayas to an ashram, sitting in lotus position and keeping the mind blank, wearing austere clothing, performing yoga asana for long periods, pursuing mystical powers, and discussing “heavy” philosophical ideas.

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