Thursday, July 29, 2010

Prabhat Kiran - Summer 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pragathi Konda - 2010 Summer

The Morning Power Questions & The Evening Power Questions & The Problem Solving Questions - Notes From a Friend By Anthony Robbins

The Morning Power Questions

1) What am I happy about in my life right now ? What about that makes me happy ? How does that make me feel?

2) What am I excited about in my life right now ? What about that makes excited ? How does that make me feel ?

3) What am I proud of in my life right now ? What about that makes me proud ? How does that make me feel ?

4) What am I grateful for in my life right now ? What about that makes me grateful ? How does that make me feel ?

5) What am I enjoying most in my life right now ? What about that do I enjoy ? How does that make me feel ?

6) What am I committed to in my life right now ? What about that makes me committed ? How does that make me feel ?

7) Who do I love ? Who loves me ? What about that makes me loving? How does that make me feel ?

The Evening Power Questions

1) What have I given today ? In what ways have I been a giver today ?

2) What did I learn today ?

3)How has today added to the quality of my life? How can I use today as an investment in my future ?

The Problem Solving Questions

1. What is great about this problem ?

2. What is not perfect yet ?

3. What am I willing to do to make it the way I want it ?

4. What am I willing to no longer do in order to make it the way I want it ?

5. How can I enjoy the process while I do what is necessary to make it the way I want it ?

What you do right now is what will shape your destiny! The Power of decision is the power of change!

"I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward"
- Thomas Edison

Personal Power means being persistent in taking action.

Massive, consistent action with pure persistence and a sense of flexibility in pursuing your goals will ultimately give you what you want.

Success is the result of good judgment
good judgment is the result of experience
experience is often the result of bad judgment

Ultimately it is our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny!. It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is formed!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

An Article on Education - Importance of Critical Thinking - By Our Friend Mr. Bob Price

I believe that one of the most important skills that teachers can pass on to their students is the ability to think critically. Students must be armed with this skill so that they are able to combat the great number of irrational ideas, factual distortions and even outright lies that they are exposed to by the media, the internet, and other technological developments such as Face book or Twitter. Also, today, as in the past, people have been often exposed to a one-sided view of reality whether through history books, religion or political parties.

Sometimes the lie is a blatant denial of history – such as whether the Holocaust really happened. Another would be the denial that Americans reached the moon in the 1970’s. Then there is the refusal to accept evolution as a legitimate theory by many religious extremists and their equally ridiculous insistence on the coming Apocalypse, a date that keeps changing as world destruction dates come and go. Included also are all the other conspiracy theories too numerous to mention.

Students in all subjects must be instructed in the scientific method of inductive reasoning rather than simply assuming that their absolute beliefs are true and then applying these absolutes to every significant feature of life. They must be trained to debate and discuss rationally with their peers so that when they go into the outside world, they are capable of dealing with the overwhelming number of facts and ideas that impinge on their reality.

Everything must be open to examination if we are truly to become a literate and rational society. What makes it difficult to take a rational approach is the refusal of people who believe in absolutes to accept ideas that are contrary to their worldview. They create their own realities through their perceptions even if those perceptions are not a fair reflection of the world that actually exists. This is not necessarily always bad, but can be harmful if these people employ these beliefs to make important decisions about other people’s future. Such an example might be terrorist bombing to reinforce a particular ideology that others do not follow. Other people force their beliefs on young people who have little knowledge of the world outside.

How to change these perceptions is probably one of the hardest challenges faced by society and our school system. By employing the scientific method in all subject areas, teachers will get children to not accept something as true simply because an adult said it was so. Admittedly, this is not always possible in all situations, such as proving or disproving the existence of God, but can be applied to a variety of other facts and concepts. Students must be able to debate effectively, but most importantly, must be willing to accept new points of views that might be contrary to their vision of reality. If we do not succeed, however, in getting the majority of people to practice critical thinking, then the world will not be able to eliminate the radical ideas that lead to ignorance, social and economic regression, and in some cases violence.

Monday, July 05, 2010

July 5th NDP Multicultural Standing Committee - Message From Somayya Kasani

Ref: Alberta NDP Multicultural Standing Committee meeting that is going to be held on July 5th 2010 at the AB NDP Office.

Subject: Introducing myself to all participants of NDP Provincial Multicultural Standing Committee

Hello Everyone:

I am Somayya Kasani, R/O Edmonton AB working for Alberta NDP for last three years and I have been in contact with different communities of Edmonton AB. I would like to mention here a couple of organizations that I am closely connected with.

Ankur Multicultural Association for Performing Arts is a non-profit organization. This organization recently conducted a multicultural Show on June 26, 2010 in Edmonton. The program consisted of a variety of performances from several cultures including Chinese, East Indian, Mexican and Greek as well as from the Bible.

Guest speaker, Brian Mason, MLA and Provincial New Democratic Leader, spoke briefly about the importance of multiculturalism in Alberta and thanked the Ankur Society for their valuable contributions to the cause.

I am serving in the 2010 -2011 Ankur Executive Board in the role of Vice President (Administration). My wife Vijayalakshmi Kasani and I have been active volunteers with the Ankur since 2007. We have been helping in spreading the message of multicultural cooperation and harmony among diverse people.

Secondly, I am an active member of Indian Community in Edmonton and I served Council of India Societies of Edmonton as delegate from Andhra Cultural Association during 2008 -2009. The Council of India Societies of Edmonton provides service to the Indian Community in areas such as settlement of Immigrants; safeguard the welfare of senior citizens, and counseling for vulnerable groups.

My wife and I are active members of Andhra Cultural Association, Edmonton since June 2006. I served as a Literary Secretary on the ACA Executive Board during 2007 -2008 and published a bi-annual Literary Magazine Vani – 2008 by collecting articles from its community members. Also I have collected material for designing a website for our community and my daughter Anupama Kasani designed and launched it for us.

I am a member of Edmonton Multicultural Coalition for Equity in Health and Well Being. And I am happy that Janina Strudwick who is this coalition’s co-coordinator and her colleague Dr. George Isheikwene are giving the presentations today for us.

Since I am on vacation in Santa Clara, California, I cannot make it in person this time.