By: prabin raj | October 12, 2018

A martial artist knelt before his master in a ceremony to receive hard-earned Black Belt after years of relentless training. "Before granting the belt you must pass one more test," sensei (master) solemnly told. 'What is the true meaning of the Black Belt and Why?” sensei asked. “The end of my journey and a well-deserved reward for all of my hard work” the student replied. The sensei spoke: "You are not ready for the Black Belt. Return in one year."

A year later, the sensei asked, "What is the true meaning of the Black Belt?" "A symbol of distinction and the highest achievement in our art," the young man said. The sensei told: "You are not ready for the Black Belt. Again a year later the stude...

By: prabin raj | March 27, 2018

Every morning in Africa, when the sun rises, a deer awakens, knowing it has to outrun the fastest lion, or, be hunted to death....

Every morning in Africa, when the sun rises, a lion awakens, knowing it has to outrun the slowest deer, or, be starved to death....

It does not matter whether you are a deer or lion, when the sun rises, better be running at your best

You live only once

By: prabin raj | March 27, 2018

A farmer’s corn always took first prize at the state fair. He had a habit of sharing his best corn seed with all the farmers in the neighbourhood. When he was asked how? He said, “If my neighbours grow inferior corn, the cross-pollination brings down the quality of my own corn. The wind picks up the pollen and carries it from field to field. That is why I am concerned that they plant only the very best."

A prevailing reality in our world is overpowering selfishness which is rusting beautiful humanity. "You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny. " -Brihdaranyak Upanishad. I remember a bible passage where Jesus says, “Giv...

By: prabin raj | March 27, 2018

Two monks were travelling on a rainy day. They saw a woman standing by the side of muddy pathway. She asked the monks if one of them would help her by carrying her across the muddy road. The younger monk turned away from her. But the older monk carried her in his arms across the muddy road. She thanked him and bid farewell. The younger monk bubbled with anger and didn’t speak to the older monk for the rest of the day.

As they were about to bid for sleep at a local monastery the young man exploded, “How could you look, let alone touch that woman? We are forbidden any contact with a woman like that one.” The older monk smiled and said. “I left that woman back down the road. Why are you still carrying her around?”

Half of our problems ar...

By: prabin raj | June 20, 2017

One day a man came to a wide river bank to attain enlightenment. He pondered for hours on how to cross such a wide barrier while staring hopelessly at the great obstacle in front of him. while he was to give up his pursuit he saw a great teacher on the other side of the river. The man yelled over to the teacher, "oh wise one, can you tell me how to get to the other side of this river I am in a search of enlightenment?" The teacher pondered for a moment and yelled back, "My son, you are already on the other side."

People wander, physically and mentally, to attain true enlightenment. The ignition is in the car not outside the car. Real enlightenment is within each one like the pupil is in the eye. It’s unpredictable as of n...

By: prabin raj | February 03, 2017

A rich man said to his friend, "Why is everyone always criticising me for being miserly. Everyone knows that I have made provision to leave everything I have to charity when I die?" "Well," said the friend, “Let me tell you a story about a pig and a cow.

A pig was complaining one day to a cow about how unpopular the pig was. "People are always talking about your gentleness and your kindness, you give milk and cream, but I give even more”, said the pig. It continued, “I give bacon and ham. I give bristles and they even pickle my feet! Still no one likes me; I'm just a pig. Why is this?" The cow thought for a minute, and then said, "Well, maybe it's because I give while I'm still living."

Jesus told his ...

By: prabin raj | September 18, 2016

A martial arts student approached his teacher with a question. "I'd like to improve my knowledge of the martial arts. In addition to learning from you, I'd like to study with another teacher in order to learn another style. What do you think of this idea?" the master answered, "The hunter who chases two rabbits catches neither one."

The magic of doing one thing at a time can change you into a Master. Our minds behave like monkeys jumping branches after branches. Your mind is your instrument; learn to be its master and not its slave.

Harvard business review holds that people in fact spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time and burn down all energy. Technology has blurred beyond recognition....

By: prabin raj | September 12, 2016

While a group of frogs were travelling through the woods two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit and told to two frogs that they were as good as dead since the pit was very deep. But they tried to jump up out with all their might. Finally, one of the two took heed to what other frogs were saying and gave up. She fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as she could. She began jumping even harder and finally made it out. When she got out, the other frogs said, "Did you not hear us?" The frog told them that “it thought they were encouraging her to jump out of the pit the entire time”, the frog was deaf.


People criticized me so I changed. They still criticized so I changed...

By: prabin raj | September 12, 2016

Rupali is in charge of ACT’s project Shivan, an incubator that helps women tailor garment in bulk. Here, women are given orders from government or private factories for different types of garments. In Shivan, she directly mentors five other women to become entrepreneurs like her. With a flicker of satisfaction she says “the main purpose of my life is to give my children a good education”.

Her life was not all four years ago. Her entire life revolved around her family; completing her daily tasks, sending daughters to school and taking care of her in-laws. Rupali picked up tailoring at a very young age. Although she was ambitious she never got a platform to express her talents. In her family, a woman stepping out of the four walls to earn a ...

Category: Deeds Of Unsung Leaders 


By: prabin raj | September 12, 2016

“Everyone talks about the importance of face value”, said a lady with proper english. She had acid scars on her face and was selling balloons on a Diwali day in 2015. A boy in her neighborhood threw acid on her face and husband abandoned her with two kids after that. She was working as a security in-charge but they removed her after the incident. The lady’s inner cry moved the young 32 year old Akash Bhardwaj. So he decided to provide better employment opportunities people like her.

Akash owns a Khass agency in New Delhi which organizes domestic and international tours for corporate organizations, schools and colleges, industrial tours, family trips etc. Today his travel agency has six women employees all of them are visually impaired. He...

Category: Deeds Of Unsung Leaders 


By: prabin raj | September 12, 2016

Once two monks were washing their bowls in a river and noticed a scorpion drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up. In the process he was stung by the scorpion and it fell in the river. The monk once more saved the scorpion and it stung him again. The other monk who was watching this all asked him, "Friend, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know it's nature is to sting?" The monk replied, "Because to save it is my nature”

                                                                                                               - A Zen Story

“Human being is the only creature who refuses to be what he is”. Wherever you go, whoever you meet, and whatever you do, give love and appreciation, because that...

By: prabin raj | September 11, 2016

A young man was at the end of his training and soon he would be a teacher. Like all good pupils, he needed to challenge his teacher. So he caught a bird, placed it on a hand and went to see his teacher.

The young man’s plan was that if his teacher said “dead”, he would open his hand and the bird would fly away. If the teacher said “‘alive” he would crush the bird between his fingers. This way the teacher would be wronged.

The young man asked, “Teacher is this bird alive or dead?” “My dear student that depends on you”, teacher replied.     

 - A Zen Story

You only have control over yourself and how you choose to be as a person. Everything in your life is a reflection of choices you have made, if you want different results start making di...