Jan 28 2012

Some lines for the Crazy ones, the Misfits, the Rebels…

Posted by Knonie

Here’s to the crazy ones.

The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They invent. They imagine. They heal.
They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

[This free-verse poem is written by a Chiat/Day; copywriter, Craig Tanimoto, for Apple TV advertisement campaign]

Various personalities appearing in this ad in the order of appearance:

Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Branson, John Lennon, Buckminster Fuller, J. R. R. Tolkien, Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock, Martha Graham, Jim Henson, Frank Lloyd Wright & Pablo Picasso.

Voice of this version ad was performed by Steve Jobs, the man behind Apple Computers Inc.

Dec 6 2011

How to fight distractions, and some other lessons a Cat taught

Posted by Knonie
Portrait of a Stray Cat. Photo © Knonie

Portrait of a Stray Cat. Photo © Knonie

“In India, I was living in a little hut, about six feet by seven feet. It had a canvas flap instead of a door. I was sitting on my bed meditating, and a cat wandered in and plopped down on my lap. I took the cat and tossed it out the door. Ten seconds later it was back on my lap. We got into a sort of dance, this cat and I. I tossed it out because I was trying to meditate, to get enlightened. But the cat kept returning. I was getting more and more irritated, more and more annoyed with the persistence of the cat. Finally, after about a half-hour of this coming in and tossing out, I had to surrender. There was nothing else to do. There was no way to block off the door. I sat there, the cat came back in and it got on my lap. But I did not do anything. I just let go. Thirty seconds later the cat got up and walked out.”

– Joseph Goldstein

Aug 25 2011

Inspirational speech by Steve Jobs [of Apple] at Stanford University, 2005

Posted by Knonie

Today, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, and Pixar, resigned from his position. He’s perhaps the most loved figures in IT industry. His commencement speech at Stanford in 2005 is among my favourites. It tells the story of his struggle and how he lived up with failures and kept going on and on…

Check it out and you won’t regret these 14 minutes…

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005.

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[Full text of Stanford speech can be seen here!]

May 31 2011

Two Monks and a Girl- Inspirational Zen Story

Posted by Knonie

A little Baby Crane [بگلے کا بیٹا ]

Two traveling monks reached a river where they met a young woman. Wary of the current, she asked if they could carry her across. One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other bank. She thanked him and departed.

As the monks continued on their way, one was brooding and preoccupied. Unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “Brother, our spiritual training teaches us to avoid any contact with women, but you picked that one up on your shoulders and carried her!”

“Brother,” the second monk replied, “I set her down on the other side, while you are still carrying her.”

– [A Zen story]

Dec 13 2010

Who ate the third loaf of bread? A tale from Jesus

Posted by Knonie

This spiritual tale is related to Jesus, and it contains a moral about the concept of life of this World.

It is beautifully designed by Abobakr Mohammed. Video uses animated type style usually called Kinetic Typography. It’s a treat for your eyes and mind.

Oct 18 2010

You are just present…

Posted by Knonie

Stop reading for a moment, and imagine that you are going to die in one minute. The last things you are going to experience is reading this thought, sitting in this room, thinking and feeling what you are thinking and feeling right now. This is the end of your life. You have no time to write a note or make a phone call. All you can do is experience what is, right now.

This is a very simple exercise, but it is quite profound. It brings you into presence very quickly. You stop fighting, you stop needing, you stop being concerned with physical comfort, you stop wanting, you stop achieving and you stop maintaining. Enlightenment, attainment, realization all become meaningless.
You are just present.

– Ken McLeod
Western translator, author and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism

You are not present

Photo: Hasnat Mehmood. Model: Muhammad Kashif. Post Processing: Knonie

May 9 2010

Punjabi Poem “Ambri” [Mother] by Anwar Masood, with English Translation

Posted by Knonie

A very famous poem [Nazm] titled “Ambri” [Punjabi: امبڑی. English: Mother] written by a very renowned Poet from Pakistan Anwar Masood. Although, he is widely known because of his humorous poetry, but he has also written some very serious pieces. This poem is probably among one of the most serious works by him.

I’m sharing a video of Anwar Masood reciting his famous poem “Ambri“, with a short description in the start, taken from a TV program. I have attempted to translate this entire video, including the poem in English for those who don’t understand Punjabi. Please note that this translation is not literal.

[Anwar Masood speaks]

“You have said something really nice in the start about this topic [i.e. Mother], and it surely is very hard to talk about it.
It took Ten Years to write me this poem. I was in Pindi Gheb that time, and one night this poem asked me to write it. And then I attempted to pen it down. I realized it afterwards that this poem was sort of revealed entirely upon me in this complete form and composition.

This poem is a true story, and the names of two student in this poem are real as well.
One boy is named Bashir, while his other class-fellow is Akram.
Bashir was late in the class, and the schoolmaster, called “Munshi“, asked for the explanation why he was late.
Here, I’m telling it in front of all the audience that I was the schoolmaster in this poem.”

[Schoolmaster asks Bashir]

You are so late today, Bashir!
Even when your village is quite nearby.
You’ll surely get some severe beating as punishment,
As you have almost missed two periods.

[The student, Bashir, replies]

Dear Sir, please listen to my reason first.
Akram has really did the worst today.
He beats his mother, and beats real harsh
And this rascal has crossed the limits today.
He thrashed her till that butter-churning-staff broke.
But when some people gathered from nearby
He picked up his books and ran to school.

Sir, his mother then came to our home
Her face was full of bruises, her hands were swollen much
Her eyes were wet with tears, and lips were bleeding too.

She asked me “O sweet Bashir!
Please do me a favor today, dear!
Take this lunch to my son Akram
As he was cross with me and went without it”

She has cooked these special “Paratha” [bread] for him
And egg-pudding prepared with such care.
She has carefully wrapped his lunch
And handed over to me.

She was repeatedly saying this to me
“Please hurry up dear
Please don’t be late.
My son must be fainting with hunger.
That poor soul went to school without eating”

She handed me the lunch
And I headed towards this school.
This Akram has really did the worst today…

Apr 21 2010

Which road do I take, Cat…???

Posted by Knonie

From the Book by Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Although it’s a children’s story… but it contains so many lessons of life and I personally in love with this entire piece of writing.

One passage about “Goals” says:

“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
Which road do I take? she asked.
Where do you want to go? was his response.
I don’t know, Alice answered.
Then, said the cat, it doesn’t matter.

~ Lewis Carroll [Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,
[Click to view further details about this Book]

It’s Simple…
When you don’t know where you want to go, it doesnt matter which path you choose. A definite Goal is necessary for taking decisions.

Mar 17 2010

“Pleasure and the tongue”- A story with a moral

Posted by Knonie

A Zen master was resting with one of his disciples. At one point, he took a melon out of his bag and cut it in two so that both could eat it.

While they were eating, the disciple said:
‘Wise master, since everything you do has a meaning, perhaps your sharing this melon with me is a sign that you have something to teach me.’

The master continued eating in silence.

‘Your silence obviously conceals a question,’ the disciple insisted, ‘and it must be this: does the pleasure I am experiencing in eating this delicious fruit reside in the melon or in my tongue?’Pakistani Food

The master said nothing. The disciple went on excitedly:

‘And since everything in life has meaning, I think I am close to finding the answer to that question: the pleasure is an act of love and interdependence between us, because without the melon there would be no object of pleasure and without my tongue…’

‘That’s enough!’ said the master. ‘The real fools are those who think themselves terribly intelligent and spend all their time trying to interpret everything. The melon is delicious, and that’s enough, now let me eat in peace!’

From the Book  “Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren – Volume 1” by Paulo Coelho

Mar 10 2010

Nasrudin always makes the wrong choice

Posted by Knonie

Every day Nasrudin went to beg for alms in the market, and people used to make fun of him by playing the following trick: they would show him two coins, one worth ten times more than the other, and Nasrudin would always choose the smaller coin.

The story went round the whole province. Day after day, groups of men and women would show him the two coins, and Nasrudin would always choose the smaller one.eBook on Android phone

Then one day, a generous man, tired of seeing Nasrudin ridiculed in this fashion, beckoned him over to a corner of the square and said: ‘When they offer you two coins, you should choose the larger one. That way you would earn more money and people wouldn’t consider you an idiot.’

‘That sounds like good advice,’ replied Nasrudin, ‘but if I chose the larger coin, people would stop offering me money, because they like to believe that I am even more stupid than they are. You’ve no idea how much money I’ve earned using this trick. There’s nothing wrong with looking like a fool if, in fact, you’re being really clever.

“Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren. Volume 1”
by Paulo Coelho