Saturday, August 22, 2015

CREATIVITY TECHNIQUES PART II

COURSE MATERIAL PART TWO
ACTION PLAN TO REACH AND MAINTAIN ALPHA WAVES OF MENTAL STATE
1. WHAT IS ALPHA WAVES OF MENTAL STATE?
Mind emits some kind of electrical waves on the basis of the metabolic functioning of the body. The scientists who study the human mechanism were able to detect and measure the existence of these waves. A gadget called electroencephalograph (EEG) is used to measure the pattern of emitting these waves. They are categorized into four types viz. (1) BETA WAVES (2) ALPHA WAVES (3) THETA WAVES & (4) DELTA WAVES. It is measured in terms of certain number of cycles per second. When the mental cyclic waves go beyond 14 cycles per second, they are called Beta waves. They are being emitted when a person is in the wakeful state with full of activity of one kind or the other. Alpha Waves are noticed when they are between 7 and 14 cycles per second. The mental state at this level is said to be calm and quiet, cool and collected, serene and tranquil. This is the state of the mind which is said be more productive and creative. Theta Waves are measured between 4 and 7 cycles per second. It is a state of drowsiness of the mind. The consciousness of the person is blurred. This is a state before deep sleep. When a person has deep sleep he emits Delta waves which are below 4 cycles per second. At this state the person is totally unaware of his external stimuli.
2. IMPORTANCE OF ALPHA WAVES
Totally relaxed position of the mind is called Alpha Waves of Mental State. The productivity and creativity of a person will be at its peak when the mind reaches Alpha State. This is the best time to take important decisions. One is at a happy frame of mind. Negative feelings and attitudes are completely eschewed from the consciousness. Alpha Waves cannot be present when a person is in a depressed and stressful situation. It is the most desirable state of mind.
3. HOW TO REACH ALPHA WAVES OF MENTAL STATE?
Everyone has to reach this state of mind every day before going to sleep. When a person does not get sleep due to stress, tension, anxiety and worries, he will not reach the Alpha Waves of mental state. Therefore, he cannot get peaceful sleep. Only in the absence of stress and worries, a person can reach Alpha State and then slips into slumber. All meditational techniques bring Alpha Waves. The practitioner of meditation will not find any difficulty to reach Alpha Waves of Mental State.
4. HOW TO MAINTAIN ALPHA WAVES OF MENTAL STATE?
The most difficult problem for any person is to maintain Alpha State of the Mind most of the time. This is possible by living in the present and also by practicing AWARE & BEWARE technique. Constant vigilance of the mental processes are needed to maintain this state.
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ACTION PLAN TO PRACTICE YOGIC ASANAS FOR SCINTILLATING HEALTH AND GENERATING ENERGY
1. SURYA NAMASKAR (Salutation to the Sun)
SPECIAL REMARKS: If there is not much time to practice Asanas, Pranayama and Mediation, Soorya Namaskar alone will bring the benefits of all types of Yogic practices.

This Asana combines in it the benefits of physical exercise, Asanas and also Pranayama. It is a multi-stage Asana. Being a combination of various Asanas it combines in  itself the benefits of all those Asanas.
In this Asana there are 12 spinal positions. The vertebral column is bent forward and backward alternately with deep breathing. There is contraction on the abdomen and diaphragm when the body is bent forward. When the body bends backward the chest expands and deep breathing occurs automatically. In this way flexibility increases and breathing is corrected.
This Asana is done preferably in the morning facing the rising sun, Start doing it three times only and gradually increase the number.
TECHNIQUE: Position One-Stand erect with the hands relaxed at the sides. Inhale and join the palms in Namaskara Mudra (prayer pose) on the chest. Breathe normally and concentrate on the benefits that you derive by doing this Asana.
Position Two: Inhale and raise the arms high. Bend backward as far as possible. Hold in the breath.
Position Three: Without bending the knees, bend forward while exhaling, till the palms touch the floor. Without lifting the heels off the floor, touch the knees with the head.
Position Four: Without inhaling, bend the left knee and stretch the right leg as far back as possible until the palms rest on the floor. The weight of the body should now be supported on the two hands, the left, foot, the right knee and the right toes. Hold the breath.
Position Five: Exhale as you straighten  the left leg to place the left foot beside the right foot. Raise the buttocks and the head up, with the heels touching the floor. The body should form two sides of triangle with the legs and arms unbent.
Position Six: Lower the body to the floor so that the toes of both the feet, the two knees, the chest, the hands and the chest touch the floor. The hips and abdomen should be raised. Do not breathe.
Position Seven: While inhaling, raise the body from the waist up by straightening the arms. Bend as far back as possible. The spine should be bent to the maximum.
Position  Eight: This is the repetition of position five. Exhale and lift the body. Keep the feet and heels flat on the floor.
Position Nine: This pose corresponds to position four, with the legs in alternate positions. Inhale and bring the right foot in  line with the hands. The left foot and knee should touch the floor. Look slightly up.
Position Ten: Exhale and bring the left leg forward. Keep the knee straight. Bring the head down to the third position.
Position Eleven: This is a repetition of position two. Inhale and raise the arms and bend backward.
Position Twelve: Exhale. Drop the arms and relax.
BENEFITS:
1. Brings remarkable lightness of body, buoyancy of mind and general feeling of youthfulness. 2. Strengthens in general the neck, arms, back shoulders, thigh, knee, waist, calf muscles and ankles. 3. For women it improves and develops busts, removes menstrual disorders, renders child bearing less painful, It improves quantity and quality of milk in nursing mothers. 4. Activates sluggish glands. 5. Retards obesity.
2. SARVANGHA ASANA (Shoulder Posture)
Special Remarks: This is a good substitute for Shirsa Asana (Headstand Pose). This Asana is particularly suitable for persons who take up Yoga Asana after the age of 40.
Technique: Lie on the back with the hands alongside . Slowly raise the legs with slow, gradual and constant inhalation. Throughout, the legs must be in  straight line with the trunk and the hips. Support the back on the sides with the  hands. Now start exhaling, and raise the legs upward towards the sky. The trunks and the legs should extend straight upwards with the neck forming a right angle, the chin pressing against the chest. The whole weight of the body should be thrown on the shoulders and the elbows. Remain in this posture for as long as possible with normal breathing.
Benefits: 1. Stimulates thyroid glands. 2. Tones up the nervous and reproductive systems. 3. Adjusts improper body growth. 4. Improves functioning of vocal cords. Good for singers, teachers, and  orators. 5. Removes respiratory defects in the lungs through internal activation. 6.Brings out phlegm from the chest and relief to asthmatic patients. 7. Cures functional disorders of the eyes, ears, nose and throat. 8.Energizes sex glands and thereby cures impotency, frigidity, lack of sexual power. 9. Sends extra supply of blood to face and forehead, prevents lines and wrinkles in the face, preserves youthful look. 10. Improves memory, intelligence and imagination.
3. MATYA ASANA (Fish Posture)
Technique: Sit in Padma Asana(Lotus Pose) or Sukha Asana (Comfortable Pose). Without raising the knees locked in Padma Asana or Sukha Asana, gradually bend backwards and lie on the back. Rest the elbows on the floor. Bend the head backward and make an arch by bending the backbone. Rest the head on the floor. Breathe normally throughout.
Benefits: 1. Activates the spine and all the muscles of the back. 2. Gives massaging effect to the facial tissues- wrinkles disappear-youthful look is preserved. 3. As the chest is thrown open deep breathing is rendered possible-helps to remove the spasm from the bronchia: tube and relieves asthma. 4. Tones up the pituitary and pineal glands. 5. Removes constipation and massages all internal organs in the abdomen. 6. Broadens the chest, corrects hunch back and thereby ensures physical beauty. 7. Helps diabetes by improving their general metabolism. 8. Relieves inflamed and bleeding piles.
4. HALA ASANA (Plough Posture)
Special Remarks: In Tantra Yoga this Asana is considered as one of the best to tone up sexual powers. It invigorates, energizes and nourishes all the sexual glands and thereby considerably improves sexual potency. It also corrects impotency, frigidity and sexual disinterest.

Technique: Lie on the back with the hands alongside, palms down. While inhaling, lift the legs together slowly. Do not bend the legs. Slowly raise the hip and lower half of the body till the toes touch the floor, beyond the head. Exhale while doing so. Keep the legs straight. Relax the body and remain in the final posture for a comfortable period of time. Breathe normally.
Benefits: 1. Activates the functioning of the abdominal organs, particularly the kidneys, the liver and pancreas. 2. Cures certain types of diabetes as it helps to improve the secretion of all the glands in the abdomen. 3.Cures enlargement of the liver and the spleen, 4. Regulates the activities of the thyroid and thereby balances all the body’s metabolic rates. 5.Improves the blood circulation for the brain and thereby contributes to intelligence,  alertness and memory. 6. Brings agility and energy. 7. Activates the abdominal muscles, the rectal muscles and the thighs. 8. Eliminates piles.
5. CHAKRA ASANA (Wheel Posture) :
Technique: Lie on the back with the feet apart. Bend the legs and arms and place the palms on the floor a little behind the head, fingers pointing towards the feet. Then, with an effort raise the body above the ground and make an arch of the body. Inhale while doing so. The entire body should rest on the feet and hands. Stay in this position as long as you can hold the breath. Exhale when you resume the normal position.
Benefits: 1. Helps to maintain the spine flexible even during old age. 2. Develops the muscles of the back, the neck, the spine and the shoulders. 3. Beneficial to the entire nervous and glandular system. 4. Tones up the nerves serving the organs of sight, hearing, smell and taste. 5. Improves blood circulation in the brain, which contributes to intelligence and alertness. 6. Improves the eyesight, texture and complexion of the skin. 7. Good for people suffering from gastric trouble and sluggish liver. 8. Activates the intestines. 9. Gives relief in cases of constipation, flatulence and asthma.
6. YOGA MUDRA ASANA (Yoga Seal Posture)
Special Remarks: This Asana is highly extolled in Yogic literature for awakening, Kundaline Shakti. The dormant Kundalini Shakti is awakened by remaining in this posture for a long time.
Technique: Sit in Padma Asana or Sukha Asana. Hold the hands back. While exhaling, slowly bent forward, bringing the forehead to the floor. Remain in this posture as long as you feel comfortable. Inhale and assume the original sitting posture. Repeat this for three times.
Benefits: 1. Crossing the hands behind the back expands the chest and increases the range of shoulder movements. 2. Brings suppleness to the spine. 3. Increases digestive power. Prevents pot belly. Removes fat. And eliminates constipation. 4. The pressure of the folded hands in the crossed position and bending forward stimulates the pancreas, the liver and the spleen. 5. Circulation of blood to the head improves.
7. BHADRA ASANA (Good Posture)
Technique: Sit with the legs stretched out. Fold both the legs inwards simultaneously so that their soles touch each other all along. Hold the feet with both hands and draw them towards the genitals so that the heels touch the genitals. Press both the knees to keep them in contact with the floor. Keep the trunk and neck erect. With your hands you may swing the legs up and down. Breathe normally throughout.
Benefits: 1.Makes the legs and feet supple. 2. Exercise both the superficial and deep muscles of the inner thigh. 3.Strengthens the muscles and ligaments of the euro-genital region. Tones up the nerves, the muscles and the circulatory system of the perineum and the genital organs of both men and women. 4. Prevents erotic dreams and involuntary discharge. 5. Improves the quality of the seminal fluid. 6. Improves sexual performance considerably. Removes premature ejaculation and prolongs erection during coitus. 7. Strengthens the circulatory and neuromuscular system of the female euro-genital organs and improves the chances of conception. One of the best postures to improve sexual Virility.
8. ARDHA MATSYENDRA ASANA (Half Spinal Twist Posture)
Technique: sit with the legs stretched out in front. Bend the left leg and place it under the right buttock so that the upper end of the heel touches the upper end of the thigh. Place the right foot on the floor just outside the left knee. Place the right hand across the back. Catch hold of the right toes with the left hands. The left hand should be straight and kept outside the right knee. While exhaling, twist the body as far right as possible. Stay in this posture as long as you feel comfortable. Breather normally Return to the sitting posture while inhaling. Repeat with alternate limbs.
Benefits: 1. Provides maximum flexibility to the spine. 2. Removes all defects of the spine and all the spinal nerves are toned up. 3. Due to the internal activation by this Asana, disorders of the kidneys, spleen, liver, stomach, intestine and bladder are corrected. 4. Tones up the pancreas adrenal, thyroid and sex glands. 5. The abdominal muscles are strengthened. 6. Compresses the abdominal part and thereby removes constipation and dyspepsia and improves digestion. 7. This Asana offers protection against the enlargement of the prostate and bladder. 8. This is one of the best postures for prevention and cure of diabetes.
9. PASCHIMOTTAN ASANA: (Back Stretching Posture)
Technique: Lie flat on the back with arms parallel to the body and the legs together. Inhale deeply and stiffen the body. Slowly raise the head and chest and sit up, keeping the knees rigid and the legs on the floor. Now exhale and bend further to catch hold of the toes. Then slowly bend till the face rests on the knees. While inhaling., return to the sitting position and then lie flat on the back with the arms parallel to the body. Repeat three to five times.
Benefits: 1. According to Yoga Shastra, rigid spine is symptomatic of old age. A flexible spine brings youthfulness. This Asana makes the spine flexible and corrects all disorders of the spine such as backache. 2. The solar plexus and the nervous system of the spine and gently stimulated and freed from congestion. 3. Activates muscular pains especially in the lumbar and dorsal regions and the legs. 4. Removes excess fat from the stomach and hips. 5. The waist, the stomach and the thighs become slimmer. It is particularly good for women for reducing excess fat and for developing a graceful figure.6.Abdominal muscles and organs are toned up. 7. The pancreas, liver, kidneys and bladder are invigorated. Removes disorders of the liver, gall bladder, kidneys, intestines and spleen. 8. Removes all kinds of stomach trouble. Improves digestive power and cures constipation. 9. Prevents ulcers. 10. This is good for persons having low blood pressure. 11. Renews vigor and vitality in sexual activity. 12. One of the best postures to improve digestive power.
10. SHAVA ASANA (Relaxation Posture)
Technique: Lie on the back with the hands alongside. Keep the whole body loose and straight and the eyes closed throughout. Now relax all the muscles of the body but without making the slightest movement. No tension should remain in any part of the body. If someone were to raise your arm or leg it should fall as if lifeless. The mind should be absolutely clear. Imagine that you are sinking into the ground. Breathe normally, and while exhaling, let your mind feel that your body is going deeper down into the earth. Be aware that you are relaxing and you should not fall asleep. Take  care to relax every part of the body. Direct the blood mentally to flow to a particular part of the body, and in course of consistent practice you may actually feel a quantity of blood rushing to that part. That part gets complete relaxation. This process of relaxation may start from the toes leading up to the face. When all the nerves are calmed down you will feel completely relaxed and refreshed. If your relaxation is perfect and total energy flows from the back of the head towards the heels.
The best way for quick relaxation is to breathe out and leave a pause. The time that we spend in outer retention is the point of relaxation. Breathe in and breathe out and leave a pause is one cycle. If you want to have total relaxation, you may repeat this cycle for 20 times.
Benefits: 1. This Asana ensures complete relaxation and perfect ease. 2. Induces calmness of the mind. 3.It is the best antidote for the stresses of modern life. 4. When the muscles, nerves and the other organs are fully relaxed, they gain strength and their normal health is restored. 5. Reduce blood pressure. 6. Removes insomnia. 7. Enables the practitioner to make up with fewer hours of sleep. 8. Turns the mind inward and makes one introspective. 9. Acts as prophylactic against heart diseases in general . 10. Eminent cardiologists all over the world prescribe this posture to speed up the recovery of patients convalescing from heart diseases. 11. If one can do this Asana perfectly, the feeling of relaxation that comes out of this Asana will be found to be far superior to the one experienced from tranquilizers and sedatives.
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ACTION PLAN TO DEVELOP POSITIVE ASSERTIVE BEHAVIOUR
PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOUR: By and large, the behavioral patterns of people may be grouped into three broad categories (a) Passive b) Aggressive, and c)  Assertive. Passive behaviour is indirect and communicates a message of inferiority. A Person  behaving passively will allow others to win and he will become subservient to the needs and rights of others. Most  of the time he would feel himself to be a victim of the whims and fancies of others. Aggressive behaviour communicates an impression of superiority and disrespect. Aggressive persons place their wants, needs and rights above those of others. Though aggressive persons may win the deal but lose the sympathy and consideration of others. In the long run the loss is greater than the gain. Assertive behavuiour is active, direct, honest and also polite. It communicates an impression of self-respect, self-confidence and respect for others, Assertive persons view their wants, needs and rights as equal with those of others. An assertive person wins by influencing, listening, and negotiating so that others choose to cooperate willingly. This behaviour leads to success without retaliation and encourages honest and open relationships.
SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY : To develop positive assertiveness, one should know self-fulfilling prophecy. It is a phenomenon that results in our experiencing what we expect to experience., Our lives are full of examples of this phenomenon. “I’ll never get this finished  on time” and then proved right. Have you noticed that some people approach situation with an “I can’t do this” attitude and experience problesm and failure, while others appraoch the same situaions with an “I  can’t do this” attitude and experience problems and failures, while others appraoch the same situations with an “I can” attitude and succeed?
Expectations and attitudes are powerful influences on actual outcomes. Every day, subtle messages are delivered which communicate strong expectations. Expectations, beliefs, attitudes, and values are communicated constantly through our words, facial expression, posture eye contact, voice tones, and behaviour. Without intending to, we influence others and reinforce in them what we expect from them. Thus we get just what we thought we would. People who expect  things to go wrong, invariably have just such experiences again and again. If you want to develop positive expectations. This can be achieved by practicing the technique of Positive Mental Imagery. It is nothing more than using your imagination to visualize yourself saying and doing things successfully and assertively. Envision siutations where you SEE yourself being assertive. FEEL confident, powerful, and effective. HEAR your voice sound strong and steady. EXPERIENCE the satisfaction and pleasure of being assertive. Do this repeateadly. The more powerful your mental image and expectation, the greater the success you should experience. Positive Mental Imagery is an exercise requiring conscious effort. This will influence our sub-concious mind.
THE ROLE OF EMOTIONS: Human beings are emotional creatures! All of us have feelings of some sort every waking moment. The emotional component of developing our assertiveness can be one of our most challenging undertakings. You may believe that being assertive you may hurt the feelings of others. It is not true. FEELINGS ARE A CHOICE. If words, actions, or events make someone angry, frightened, or sad, they have no choice. However, simple observation proves that different people have different feelings about exactly the same event. Therefore, it is the person receiving the words, action or events that chooses an emotional response. Assertiveness demands emotional honesty. This is difficult to accomplish if you will not accept responsibility for your own feelings. We determine our feelings through the following forces: A-Stimulus (Words, behaviour, events, etc.), B-Emotional dialogue or self-talk, and C-Emotion. The whole process may happen in less than a second, but all three steps are always involved whenever we have an emotional response to some-things. By allowing others to MAKE YOU FEEL, you give the power to others. Assettiveness requires us to accept responsibility for our thoughts, feelings, and behaviour and requires us to respect the thoughts, feelings, and behaviour of others. An important part of developing assertiveness is expressing your emotions. Many people  don’t do that. The assertive way to express feelings is to say”I feel…., “ I felt…..,”I am feeling……,” “I have…..,  “I am….,” etc. What follows each phrase is a word describing a feeling. First of all you must be AWARE OF YOUR OWN FEELINGS. Whenever you feel an emotion, stop and ask, “What am I feeling mad, sad, glad, scared? When you identiffy your feeling, make youself aware of the underlying selftalk associated with it.
ASSERTIVE BEHAVIOUR: To communicate thoughts, feelings, and opinions assertively, you need to choose words that are direct, honest, appropriate, and respectful. Some words do not fit these criteria and therefore cannot be delivered assertively. Use “I-statements” rather than “you-statements”. Example: “You always interrupt my stories!”(Aggressive statement)-“I would like to tell my storeis without interruptions”. (Assertive Statement). Use clear, direct requests or directives (commands) when you want others to do something rather than hinting, being indirect, or presuming.  You can increase your success rate and improve relationships by using the direct, honest, assertive words.
BODY LANGUAGE:Perhaps even more essential is HOW YOU SAY THEM Your delivery of the message makes all the difference. It is known as body language. Every thing becomes important when a message is being delivered: voice, tone volume, inflection, pace: eye contact or lack of it: facial expression; gestures, movements, or lack thereof; posture; muscle tension; clothing, hairs style, eye glasses, etc., Staying aware of all aspects of body language continuously is not possible. Having some awareness is very important in your assertiveness training. Don’t be discouraged. You don’t have to constantly monitor all aspects of body language to be axsertive. You need to learn some body language signals to accompany your words that would help others to perceive your assertive behaviour. Be positive and assertive.
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ACTION PLAN TO CHART YOUR OWN BIO-RHYTHM CYCLES TO MINIMISE RISK FACTORS AND MAXMISE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY AND CREATIVITY
1. THE BASICS OF BIO-RHYTHM: The theory states that from birth to death each of us is influenced by three internal cycles -the physical , the emotional and intellectual. 2. The physical cycle takes 23 days to complete-the mental 28 days and the intellectual 33 days. 3. On the day of birth, each of the cycles starts at a neutral baseline or zero point. From there it begins to rise in a positive phase, during which the energies and abilities associated with each cycle are high. It reaches the peak at the middle point-11.5 days, 14 days and 16.5 days respectively for the three cycles. 4. Since the three cycles last for different number of days., they very rarely coincide and cross the baseline at exactly the same time(only at birth and every 58 years plus 66 or 67 days thereafter). Therefore, some will be high and others will be low. 5. They represent mostly the ebb and flow of energy. 6. Our weakest and most vulnerable moments are the days of cross-over from one phase to another, called critical days. 7. We switch a light bulb on or off, since it is then that the bulb is most likely to burn out, not when the switch is in one of its positions or phases. 8.By calculating and studying your bio rhythms in advance, you can know what to expect and can do much to avoid the worst. 9. The rhythm might be regulated by secretions of certain glands like pineal, thyroid and pituitary. 10. Bio-rhythm theory is very psychoanalytic theory-both describe internal states of thought, body and perception which should be apparent to the individual. 11. Of the three great rhythms the physical is the shortest and least ambiguous. 12. One of the most sophisticated devices for calculating biorhythms was introduced recently by the Japanese, who are most active practitioners of biorhythm today, particularly in the field of industrial safety. 12. This is now applied in the field of airline crashes, traffic accidents and medical fields.
2. IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL RHYTHM: The physical cycle lasts for 23 days, and during the first half of the cycle (the first 11.5 days) physical aspects are ascending. We give off energy with a prodigality that peaks about the sixth day of each new physical cycle. It is during the first half of the cycle that we are strongest. We can work very hard and for a longer period. We are most resistant to diseases, better coordinated, and generally in better physical condition. During the second 11.5 days of the physical cycle, the body is recharging and energy is being accumulated. Naturally we tire more easily during those days, need more rest and are unlikely to behave vigorously. We are weak and vulnerable to diseases. It is a passive phase in contrast to the very active first half of the cycle. It is only during the critical days of the cycle, when the rhythm is changing from positive to negative or vice versa, that the physical rhythm becomes so erratic and unstable that extra caution is necessary.
3. IMPRTANCE OF EMOTIONAL RHYTHM: It is also called “sensitive rhythm”. It has a positive of 14 days and negative phase of the same length. During the first, positive two-week phase, we are inclined to react in positive and constructive ways to most events. We get along better with other people and with ourselves, so the first half of the emotional cycle is the best time for undertaking projects requiring cooperation, of positive attitude and creativity. In its 14-days negative phase we are recharging our emotional powers. This is why industrial and transportation accidents are more likely to occur during a person’s negative emotional phase as feelings affect judgement. Since we tend to the sensitive, short-tempered, and negative on days of emotional recharging, these are not the best days for team work or for making job or family decisions. An emotionally critical day, particularly when it is combined with critical day in either the physical or intellectual cycle, definitely calls for all available precaution. Since emotional rhythm shifts from positive to negative (or vice versa) every two weeks and begins of the day of birth. Every emotionally critical day from then until the day of death will occur at this two-week interval. If you were born on a Friday, every other Friday will be critical. Hence it needs no complex calculations.
4. IMPORTANCE OF INTELLECTUAL RHYTHM: Life can be called a continual learning process. Hence it is very valuable to know about positive phase (16.5 days), our minds are more open, our memories more retentive, and our ability to put together time for encountering new, unfamiliar situations that call for quick comprehension and adaptation such a s a new job or a visit to a foreign country. Efforts at self-improvement through reading and education will also be more fruitful during this period. During the negative phase, people do not become stupid or dull. They are simply less inclined to deal openly with new subjects or situations, mainly because they lack the high levels of intellectual; energy needed to do so with ease. It states more about our inclinations than about what we will actually do. If you have to make an important decision, or talk to others about matters of vital concern, it would be wise to avoid doing so on a critical day of  your intellectual cycle.
5. COMPUTATION OF RHYTHMIC CYCLES: The simplest way to calculate the cycle is to find out the number of days that we have lived since our birth and divide it by23, 28 or 33 days./ when we do not have any balance for 23, then  it is a critical day for physical cycle and the same holds goods for other cycles. Once we find out the exact day where there is no balance, from that day we can chalk out our rhythmic cycles for physical, mental and emotional days.
6. A WORD OF CAUTION: Treat these cycles as precautionary measures rather than take it too far and worry yourself to its extremity.
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ACTION PLAN TO BOOST YOUR BRAIN POWER
1. External stimulation and enriched environment would increase brain size and brain cells.
2. With proper stimulation brain can continue to grow with increased intelligence even after seventy, eighty and ninety years.
3. Strenuous intellectual exercises cause the brains of healthy people to get stronger.
4. Bodies don’t wear out from over use but decline from underuse-use it or lose it; it holds good for brain too!
5. National Institute of aging. “We can absolutely keep our brain as resilient and young as it was when we were eight or ten years old”.
6. Creative humans whose brains continue to develop and produce fine work far into old age-Bernard Russell, Bernard Shaw, S.Radhakrishana, Visveswariah, and many others.
7. Senility is a part of disease, not part of aging process.
8. The more you learn, the greater is your capacity to learn. The more you put into your memory, the more powerful your memory becomes.
9. The ultimate creative capacity of the brain, for all practical purposes, infinite.
10. Brain is only about 2 percent of body weight but uses 20 percent of oxygen intake - the great energy consumer.
11. Creative thinkers have a richer and denser network, with greater numbers of interconnections between their neurons-this can accommodate a wider range of ideas, feelings, sensations, intuitions.
12. Extreme stress has ruinous effect on our ability to learn and think. Modern stresses are subtle, insidious or indirect pressures.
13. Fight or Flight Response: Some external event is interpreted by the brain as being a threat. Certain parts of the brain release neurochemicals that have a wide range of effects throughout the body, directed toward mobilising body’s energies toward fighting or fleeing.
14. Sugar pours into the blood stream for quick energy, the heart rate speeds up to pump more blood, breathing becomes more rapid, blood flow shifted from digestion, muscles become rapid and tight, sweating starts, more oxygen intake, body temperature rises – “adrenaline rush”.
15. Humans have a second innate reflex that is almost the mirror image of the fight or flight response.
16. Instead of mobilising our bodies for outward activity, this second system mobilises our bodies resources for inward activity.
17. The effects of the response are: reduced heart rate, blood pressure and sweating,  increased functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, relaxation of muscles, increase in percentage of oxygen and blood flowing to the brain, brain waves change beta to alpha and theta. This reaction is called Relaxation Response.
18. This state of relaxation, the quieting effect, is not only pleasant and stress relieving, but also leads to superior performance on both mental and physical tests.
19. Dr.Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School has innovated the concept Relaxation Response-Essential conditions are: A constant stimulus-a sound, word or phrase repeated silently or audibly, or fixed gazing at an object. Purpose is to shift from logical, externally oriented thought to passive attitudes. Meditation brings Relaxation Response.
20. Mind machines are also designed to do through light, sound and body vibrations.
21. We are more able to learn to alter old pattern, to trigger, our brains to new growth, when we are in ”non-ordinary” state or consciousness state which increase brain fluctuations.
22. It contradicts the accepted notion that learning comes through practice and repetition, to do with conditioning.
23. Educationists, scientists and psychologists now explore a variety of techniques for enhancing the ability to learn among children and adults. Such techniques are: Drawing, guided imagery, meditation, rhythmic breathing, singing, story telling, dancing and relaxation. Studies show that all these techniques can lead to dramatic increase in the ability to acquire and remember and make creative use of information and ideas. All these techniques are used in TAP YOUR GENIUS Program.
24. Brain boosters are: (1) Focusing (2) Creative Thinking (3) Brain synchronisation (4) Super Learning (5) Twilight Learning.
25. Focusing: Deals with a series of focusing steps that turn attention away from external environment and increase awareness of subtle emotional states and physical sensations-constant awareness of one’s own thoughts, emotions and actions would lead to focusing of the mind.
26. Creative thinking: Synthesising in an original and creative way-difficult technical concept suddenly made clear showed an abrupt change in brain- wave patterns- in theta range-Eureka experience.
27. Brain Synchronisation: When a meditator reaches a state of deep awareness and intense mental clarity, the two hemispheres of the brain-which ordinarily generate brain waves of different frequencies and amplitude become synchronised, both hemispheres generating the same brain waves.
28. Superlearning: Georgi Lozano’s technique of superlearning can result in astounding increase in the ability of the students to absorb, process, store, manipulate and recall information. The techniques are deep relaxation combined with synchronised, both hemispheres generating the same brain waves.
29. Twilight Learning: When a brain is in a Theta state (3-7cps), moments between waking and sleep, in such an altered states of consciousness a lot of work gets done very quickly. This is called hypnagogic state or Twilight State. Theta state is conducive for memory, learning and also creative thinking.
30. Scientists had assumed that certain developmental functions are completely dependent on timing-if the brain is not allowed to develop the function while in a state of plasticity, it will not be able to alter its structure when it reaches maturity.
31. Hemispheric dominance is constantly shifting. When brain waves were carefully compared, it becomes quite clear that one hemisphere dominates for a while then gives way to the other, with each dominating got periods ranging anywhere from twenty-five minutes to two hundred minutes, with an average of about two hours.
32. In deep meditation the two hemispheres of the brain become synchronised. This hemispheric symmetry is the single most outstanding EEG characteristic of “higher states of consciousness”.
33. The power of the brain to reprogram itself is enormous, particularly when you set up a motivational structure of people to do it.
34. Activate Right hemisphere: When we breathe through the left nostril the right hemisphere of the brain is activated. An Experiment: The editor breathed through his left nostril and sudden bursts of activity appeared in his right hemisphere.
35. In Children up to the age of 14 the most commonly produced frequency is theta, while for adults it is beta. As an individual grows into adulthood theta decreases and beta increases. By bringing the mind to theta, it is possible to return to freer, childlike mental state.
36. Every culture has used some technique for restricting awareness to a single, unchanging source of stimulation for a more or less lengthy period of time. This restriction of attention is used for a variety of purposes: to attain a state of ecstasy, gain spiritual insight, escape pain and suffering, obtain new wisdom, enhance creativity, gain access to special mental and physical powers, improve health or alleviate sickness, become one with the universal force, increase sensory acuity, cleanse the door of perception, become a better human being. Specific techniques are many. Buddhists concentrate on their breathing.
37. Among the proven results of deep meditation are: (a)Stress reduction (b)Deep relaxation (c)Altered brain-wave activity (d)Hemispheric synchronisation (e)Increased powers of attention (f)Improved reaction time (g) Increased sensory acuity.
38. Meditation works by taking advantage of a quirk in our nervous system-when we focus our attention on an unchanging input, our consciousness reaches a point of blank- out, in which we experience what is variously called the void, nothingness, infinity,  satory, timelessness, Samadhi, one - pointedness , the annihilation of memory, attaining peace and tranquillity.
39. Benefits of meditation are: a high level of mental clarity, increased intelligence and creativity, improved reactions, keener attention and concentration, deep relaxation, better coordination, intensified sensory acuity. These benefits of meditation can be directed toward spiritual or religious ends, but they can just as easily be used for playing tennis, writing better poetry, mastering the piano,  memory, doing maths, intensifying your sexual experiences.
40. One study of long-term meditators showed, they were merely relaxed without the strong alpha-theta waves and brain synchronisation.
41. For stimulating the brain, the drugs may not be the answer. They assault the whole brain at once. Who knows, the future psychiatric treatment may consist of auto-hypnosis, meditation, exercise, diet modification and so on.
42. The main factor is stimulation. Certain types of experience or stimulation or environmental influences can cause the release of beneficial and desirable brain chemicals. Example: Meditation & Memorising and Reproducing 100 digits numbers. Simply smiling or laughing, a recent study shows, is a quick way to boost levels of some brain juices.
43. Practical Tips:
(a) Eat a high protein and low carbohydrate diet
(b) Feed your brain with negative ions – spend time in parks, sea shore, mountain, open space, etc.
(c) Practise Pranayama and Meditation
(d) Alcohol is an enemy of your brain
(e) A clogged intestine means a clogged brain
(f) Drink more than your  usual amount of pure water
(g) Observe brain rhythms – give 20 minutes break for every  90 – 120 minutes of mental work
(h) Learn to alternate left and right brain dominance through nostril breath
(i) Apply reflexology to alternate left and right brain
(j) Silence saves your energy and increases brain power
(k) Apply Aware and Beware technique to increase brain power
(l) Brain diets are : Brahmi, Soybean, Dhal, Lady Finger, Cow’s Milk, Rose Water, Apple, Ginger, Wheat Germ, Whole Grain, Dark Leafy Vegetables, Date Fruits, Egg, Fish and Chicken
(m) Ginseng is brain power elixir
(n) Drink gold imprinted water – put a gold coin in two tumblers of water – boil – till it is reduced to one – drink one tea spoon at a time –
(o) Vitamin E is a brain power tonic
(p) Exercise is still a  vital key to better brain – all Yogasanas preferably Shirsasana
(q) Dr. Win Wegner of Japan – Hold breath under water for one hour a day – can’t be done at a stretch – for one month practice improves IQ by 10 to 15 percent
(r) Brain gets stimulated in deep concentration
(s) The best way to stimulate the brain is to memorise anything using creativity, imagination, visualisation and picturisation
(t) Brain impulses travel 5 to 10 percent faster in the female – women can process information and generate solution to mental problems faster than the average men. 
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ACTION PLAN TO CHART OUT YOUR BUSINESS CYCLES.
1. In this unified universe, mysterious forces are at work, moving beneath the external fabric of things like the invisible currents of the sea. Their effects are all around us, but most of us do not recognize their true nature.
2. The universe is like an ocean. The great tide move through it invisibly and men are swept about them, but are sometimes strong enough to master and use them.
3. One of the laws that may seem to be mysterious is the Law of Business which follows a particular pattern observed and codified by the collective result of painstaking research garnered over the last few hundred years by one of the greatest and most secret Organisations of all time in the USA. (The name of the organisation is not mentioned.)
4. This cycle starts on the day when the association or business came into existence. One should know the exact date of the commencement of your business in order to work out its cycle. It is definitely not the financial year. If there is no documented starting date, try to find out the date of the business opened its doors, or when the name plate of the company was put up. In the case of business that has changed hands or has taken on new name, then that should be the date of the business that has changed hands or has taken on a new name, regardless of how long it had been operating before that date.
5. Mark off the commencement date for the business on a calendar. Space out the dates, 52 days apart, measuring 7 periods in a year. The significance of the seven period are given below:
FIRST PERIOD:
The business will find great success in advertising and promotion-Excellent time to build up sales and goodwill-Time to solicit endorsements from prominent people and concerns that will result in favourable publicity and eventually increase sales-Contract with government officials will go smoothly- Best time to enhance its name, reputation and prestige.
SECOND PERIOD:
Best time to make changes in employees and their duties, temporary changes in location, modifications of business practice, trying out new plans and propositions- Non favorable to enter into any  new agreements or to make any long term plans – Verbal agreements are likely to be ignored at a later date or contact prospective customers or buyers.
THIRD PERIOD:
All growth factors should  be pushed to the utmost-Favorable time to collect money any payments due-avoid law courts and confrontation with business enemies- however legal matters connected with positive growth and expansion will meet with a favourable reaction and should be pushed- watch out for accidents, diasters or trouble from competitors and enemies.
FOURTH PERIOD
This is the time to initiate the largest publicity and advertising campaign- Promotion to customers and the public will have greater success- good period to draw up new agreements, contracts, transfers and similar documents – good time to deal with publications and journalists, diplomats and negotiators- be on guard against tricky agreements, lest they might give trouble later on.
FIFTH PERIOD:
Excellent time for expansion and financial success-new investments best period for selling, collection of outstanding accounts and even bad and doubtful debts-good time for winning a favourable decision in courts-most favourable time to expand to foreign lands or to deal with international concerns- good period for promoting relations and business affairs  with public utility companies.
SIXTH PERIOD:
You can comfortably let your business proper on its own-give your chief executive and managers a vacation-business will carry on just as well in their absence- good period for the business dealing with luxury goods-good period to establish personal relationship with your customers in order to help the business in the further- an excellent time  for buying stock and bonds or promoting the finances of the company through sound investments. A good time to form partnerships, combines subsidiary corporations or alliances aimed at expansion.
SEVENTH PERIOD:
It is a period of reconstruction- do not start any new activity don’t go into advertising or into expansion of new line or another department- hold up all plans until this period is over- if you want to abandon certain factory sites in favour of better ones, then this the best period to do so- no new alliances or contracts should be entered into- great diplomacy is to exercised, both within the business and outside it- caution and discretion should govern every action.
SOME GENERAL GUIDELINES:
Remember that your personal life cycle and your business cycle are different - If your birthday and the date of business should coincide, then this is the best combination  of all –if the business is entirely your own, you may be guided by the conditions governing your personal life cycle, as these will be more influential than those controlling your business-by understanding the nature of your business cycle you are forewarned about any mishap that may take place- by knowing what might happen, and if you are alert to its possibility, you can take effective counter- measures to prevent any mishap from becoming a total disaster- if the business is not your own and you are only a partner or small investor, then the cycle of the business will be the controlling factor- if you are holding a position of trust and responsibility, then the future success of the business hinges on your decision and you must obviously consider the business cycle first.
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ACTION PLAN TO DEVELOP THE POWER OF CONCENTRATION
1. Concentration is the power of the mind, through fixed habit and practice, to keep your mind on one subject until you have thoroughly mastered it.
2. It may also mean the ability  to throw off the effects of habits which you wish to discard, and power to build new habits that are more of your liking. It means complete self-mastery.
3. Concentration is the ability to think as you wish to think; the ability to control your thoughts and direct them to a definite end; and the ability to organize your knowledge into a plan of action that is sound and workable.
4. Ambition and desire are the chief factors, which enter into the act of successful concentration.
5. Desire whatever you may, and if your desire is within reason and if it is strong enough. The power of concentration will help you attain it.
6. Nothing was ever created by a human being which was not first created in the imagination, through desire and then transformed it into reality through concentration.
7. When you concentrate your mind on  a particular project, fact of a nature closely related to that project will ‘’pour’ in from every conceivable source. The theory is that a deeply seated desire to accomplish a project, when once planted in the right sort of ‘mental soil’ serves as a center of attraction or magnet that attracts to it everything that harmonises with the nature of the desire.
8. Learn to fix your attention on a given subject, at will, for whatever length of time you choose, and you will have learned the secret passage way to power and plenty. This is concentration.
9. There are a few causes that will make you mind wander: Physical-illness, shock, accident, restlessness; indolence, lack of interest, morbid anxiety, habit of drifting; social-monotony of daily work, highly specialised duties narrowing the mental sphere.
10. It is necessary to attend only to a few subjects so as to do well in them. Narrow your range and intensify your focus.
11. Trace your own cause of mind wandering and follow a stringent method of work so as to enable you to concentrate on one thing at a time for at least half  an hour.
12. If you want to develop extraordinary memory, it is necessary to develop the power of concentration. You cannot recall what you have never concentrated with much attention. If the original experience is vague, the result will be vague. If you sow inattention you must not look for a rich harvest of recollections. If your mind wanders, you get a mass  of vague and unorganized data. Let your mind concentrate, and mass is changed into a classified and easily recollected whole.
13. Discovery and originality are the result of concentration. No man gets brilliantly original ideas about which he has thought little and of which he knows nothing at all.
14. THE BEST WAY TO DEVELOP REMARKABLE POWER OF CONCENTRATION IS TO MEMORISE 100 DIGIT NUMBERS. THIS WILL SHARPEN YOUR MENTAL CAPACITY AND QUANTITATIVELY MEASURE YOUR POWER OF CONCENTRATION. DO THIS EVERY DAY JUST AS A FUN AND SEE YOUR CONCENTRATION POWER IMPROVES.
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ACTION PLAN TO DEVELOP CREATIVITY
1. Creativity is the discovering of something that is novel and unique but also useful or relevant or economical or elegant or valuable.
2. The product or outcome of a creative effort must be both significant and strikingly different from the beaten track.
3. Creativity may also be identified with openness in expressing feelings, receptivity to ideas, concern for others, desire to grow as a person and actualize one’s potential as a human being.
4. Those who are IQ scores are not necessarily creative and vice versa.
5. Creative person often thinks the unthinkable and does the undoable.
6. Mostly creative persons are mad after pursuing truth with an anxiety to produce something useful to the society.
7. Creative individuals tend to prefer a life of both imagination and practicality.
8. Even ordinary people can be trained to be more imaginative without relinquishing their hold on practicality.
9. Creative outcome is characterised by novelty and relevance, while a non-creative outcome may be novel but not useful.
10. The creative process consists of four overlapping stages:
a) Preparation
b) Incubation
c) Illumination
d) Verification.
11. Preparation involves the investigation of the problem in all direction. Incubation is the letting go of the problem by the conscious mind and allowing it to ferment below the level of consciousness. Illumination is being struck by a solution in a eureka-like experience. Verification is the evaluation or verification of the solution.
12. An interesting point noted by researchers is that creative ideas whether in the arts or the sciences frequently occur only after very hard labour at the problem. But curiously the creative idea may come as a flash during reverie-like states when the conscious, analytical mind has been coaxed away form the problem.
13. Creative ability can certainly be improved through the following process
a) There should be a burning desire to be creative. This would facilitate you to channelise all your mental energy into creative process.
b) If you are interested to invent something new in the field of engineering or electronics you should familiarise with yourself the different patterns obtained in the field.
c) It is essential to keep yourself updated by learning as much as possible in the field of your interest.
d) Immerse yourself in a climate of creativity. Constant effort is needed to be a creative personality. Continuous experimentation is needed. Keep a small note book with you all the time, even while sleeping. Whenever you get creative ideas, write them down.
e) There are no set rules or principles for creative action or thinking. One should have the mental attitude that there is so much there in the universe to explore.
f) You can be more creative and productive when your mind is calm and quiet, serene and tranquil. A disturbed mind can never produce any creative ideas. Therefore, learn to reach and maintain ALPHA WAVES OF MENTAL STATE all the time, if possible.
14. The world was built by practical people who knew how get into an imaginative frame of mind, listen to the imagination and build on the ideas they could find.
15. The Mental Blocks for creative activity are:
a) I am not  very creative
b) I strictly follow rules and regulations
c) There is right answer for everything
d) This doesn’t seem to be logical
e) I am very practical in my approach
f) I don’t want to make any mistakes
g) Creative people are all mad fellows
h) I don’t want to waste my time with frivolous things.
16. The way to explode the mental blocks is to be aware of such mental block and plunge into action and start generatiing creative ideas.
17. HOW DO WE DEVELOP CREATIVE IDEAS
a) Develop an attitude to be creative
b) Search for new ideas based on your past knowledge and experience
c) Try various approaches
d) If you are not able to get anywhere, try some crazy, foolish, impractical and even useless ideas.
e) Break the rules occasionally
f) Explore for ideas outside your fields
g) Have the faith that truth is all around, you have to explore according to your needs and requirements.
h) The best way to get good ideas is to get a lot of ideas through brain storming. You may not be able to use all of them but of the number you generate, you may find a few that are worthwhile.
i) For development of creative ideas follow imaginative phase and also practical phase. The motto of imaginative phase is to generate and play with ideas and that of practical phase is to evaluate the ideas generated and execute them.
j) Be an artist and also a judge. The open minded attitude of the artist typifies the kind of thinking you use in the imaginative phase when you are generating ideas. The evaluative outlook of the judge represents the kind of thinking you use in the practical phase when you are preparing ideas for execution.
k) Frame a few “what if” questions. Example: What if animals became more intelligent than people? What if Mr. P. C. Sorcar (a magician) made Dr. Xavier to disappear from the session all of a sudden? Etc., Such as “as if” questions would stimulate the thinking process and thereby facilitate for the generation of some useful creative ideas. It is also a powerful way to get your imagination going.
l) Challenge the rules, if necessary. This does not mean that you should do anything illegal, immoral and unethical. Don’t fall in love with a certain approach. Then you will not be able to see the merits of alternative approaches.
m) Necessity is the mother of invention but playful attitude is certainly its father. When you are in a playful mood, your defenses are down but mental blocks are loosened, concern for rules is absent, practicality is given the backseat, no guilt conscience for being wrong, when you win you win and when  you lose you learn.
n) Group thinking may not be very conducive for generating creative ideas. In a group, people would tend to get approval of others.
o) If you enjoy what you do you will come up with more ideas.
p) Getting into a humorous frame of mind not only loosens you up, it enhances your creativity.
q) Using metaphorical language with fun and humor would add colour and flavor to creativity Examples: Life is like a ‘Vada’. It is delicious when it is fresh and warm. It will be hard if not cooked properly. The hole in the middle is a mystery. Without that hole it won’t be a ‘Vada’. HAVE FAITH IN YOUR ABILITY TO BE CREATIVE AND YOU WILL GENERATE PERENNIAL FLOW OF CREATIVE IDEAS.
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ACTION PLAN FOR DECISION MAKING PROCESS BASED ON THE CYCLIC LAWS OF HUMAN LIFE.
Everything in this world is subject to cyclic law. The earth revolves in its axis every twenty-four hours, creating day and night. It travels around the sun every 365 days, resulting in the change of season. We human beings have our cycles, but unlike the earth and the tress and season, we control, to a large degree, the course of our existence. Therefore, we need no longer be the slaves to the whims of fate. Of all living things, man alone is unique in being able to think and act freely.
Just as our lives are divided into period of seven years so each year of our lives is made of seven period . Each period comprises of approximately fifty two days. The first period commences from the date of your birthday. Each one of these periods has its own characteristics, offering you different possibilities, opportunities that can be availed of, or problems that can be solved. Based on this you can have your decision-making process.
FIRST PERIOD: Period of opportunity- time to ask favours-seek employment – get business concessions – apply for loans- form partnership – build credit standing and reputation- time to push  yourself forward with determination.
SECOND PERIOD: Excellent time for moving about-plan short journeys- propitious for changes- start and finish within that period itself. Not for permanent changes-unfavourable to borrow or lend- don’t speculate in the stock market or gamble in any way.
THIRD PERIOD: Brings great inflow of energy- best time to  improve your health- build your business- good period to deal with enemies and competitors- unfavourable period to deal with women – excellent period for women to appeal to men- arguments and troubles should be avoided.
FOURTH PERIOD:  Good period for spiritual and mental growth-writing books and creative work- not good for marriages, hiring help or buying homes and business- robbery and deception may take place.
FIFTH PERIOD: Period of greatest success in personal affairs- prosperity improves- more confidence and sociability-begin new ventures- plan large business negotiations- undertake long journeys.
SIXTH PERIOD: Period of rest, relaxation and amusement- buy stocks and bonds ask favours from women- pleasure trips.
SEVENTH PERIOD: More critical period- cause distress- mind becomes despondent easily discouraged- excellent time for inventing- patents and copy rights- least favourable for starting anything new.
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 A CASE STUDY OF THE WORLD’S DIGIT – CHAMPION
This case study is taken from the book “TOTAL RECALL- HOW TO BOOST YOUR MEMORY POWER” written by John Minninger, Ph.D.
Anders Ericson of the University of Colorado and William G. Chase of Carnegie- Melon University set out to discover if the digit span of the average person could be increased. They found a hardy volunteer with normal memory capacity and they tested his digit span. They kept retesting SF, as they called him, without giving any instructions. He soon began to invent his own methods to increase his digit span. When SF was first tested he had a digit span of seven. When he was through his digit span was eighty! This is considered as the world record for digit- span memory. Was he really genius in disguise, or did he discover a new way to use his memory? Here’s what he did.
For 1 hour a day 3 day to 5 days a week, for 20 months- 230 hours of effort- SF was given a standard digit- span test.  For the first four sessions, his digit span remained in the normal range, 7 to9.  During this time, he either rehearsed the entire digit sequence or divided into two groups and rehearsed each group. Sometimes he noticed patterns like 6-5-4 or 4-2-4 but mostly he just tried to remember random numbers.
But things were about to change. SF was competitive runner and had lots of running times in his long term memory. At the fifth session he began relating the random numbers read to him with the known running times in his memory. Naturally, only a few numbers would match up, but he went on to construct additional pegs. For instance, 3492 would be 3 minutes 49. 2 seconds an excellent speed for running a mile. Following this would be 893 which he would interpret as 89.43 years, a very old runner.
THIS CASE STUDY IS PRESENTED HERE TO INFORM YOU OF THE DIFFICULTY INVOLVED IN REGISTERING AND RECALLING LONG-DIGIT NUMBERS. IN THE TAP YOUR GENIUS PROGRAM YOU ARE TRAINED TO REGISTER AND REPRODUCE 100 DIGIT NUMBERS. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO SUCCEED IN THIS ATTEMPT TO REPRODUCE 100- DIGIT NUMBERS, YOU MAY HAVE THE SATISFACTION THAT YOU HAVE EXCELLED THE WORLD CHAMPION, WHO COULD DO TO THE EXTENT OF 80- DIGIT ONLY.
THE TECHNIQUE OF MEMORISING 100-DIGIT NUMBER IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR CONCENTRATION AND WILL- POWER. YOU CAN QUANTITATIVELY MEASURE YOUR POWER OF CONCENTRATION. THIS WOULD ALSO DEVELOP IN YOU A REMARKABLE SELF- CONFIDENCE IN YOUR MENTAL CAPACITY.
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ACTION PLAN TO GENERATE PERENNIAL FLOW OF ENERGY
1. Choose a specific aim in life. There will be perennial flow of energy throughout your life.
2. As long as your objectives are kept alive, the energy flow would be continuous.
3. Realise the fact that energy is not sold in the form of pills or tablets or lotions in bottle. It flows from your thought patterns.
4. Positive thoughts generate abundant energy, whereas negative thoughts sap even the energy that is already in existence.
5. Start on a new project. Energy would flow endlessly.
6. Tiredness is a disease. It does not come from a virus. It comes from boredom, lack of interest, a need for a goal, a target in life.
7. As long as we love and appreciate life, we continue to enjoy ever flowing energy.
8. One of the ways to conserve energy is to keep silence and avoid unnecessary talk.
9. It is not the physical frame of the body that produces more or less of energy, but the mental state of equipoise – a happy, joyous and meaningful direction produces more energy in a person.
10. Mind never gets old. However, if it is not activated through constant work it may become inactive. Busy mind never ages.
11. When a person has an irresistible desire to accomplish a goal in life, he would be supplied with perennial flow of energy.
12. Self-confidence generates energy. It comes from preparedness.
13. Have a daily target of work to be done and you will have endless energy to accomplish the task on hand.
14. Energy builders are happiness, laughter, love, affection, kindness, helping others, agreeability, hope and confidence.
15. People who have abundant energy are less prone to suffer from diseases caused by stress.
16. A young man rushes to old age the moment he feels that he has nothing to do in this world.
17. Secret of having energy is proper planning of each day.
18. People with dreams to shoot at in life generate the energy to get things done., So to stimulate energy, have yourself a day dream.
19. Three reasons to cause executives to lose energy are
a) Fear to accept responsibility
b) Fear to delegate authority and
c) Fear of sickness
20. Lack of energy does not go down the hereditary line.
21. Music restores energy.
22. Fear of failure robs you of your energy.
23. The more a person pursues his target  in life the greater would be the energy his thought waves would produce.
24. Mind is a great control box over the body. It can generate energy for you or drain it off, depending upon the nature of your thoughts.
25. Successful living means perennial flow of energy in a person.
26. People who must constantly make decisions of what to eat, wear each day burns up needless energy.
27. Some of the de-energizing mental blocks are:
a) My mare is not faithful,
b) My sex drive is failing,
c)  My friends are not true,
d)  My life is useless etc.,
28. It is experimentally proved that man does not expend any energy during mental work
29. Learn the art of keeping busy. Activity generates energy.
30. Do the things you like. You would be happy and content and burn up less energy.
31. The best way to energetic life is to meditate.
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ACTION PLAN FOR EXECUTIVE EFFECTIVENESS
1. Set  your personal and organisational GOALS
2. Maintain your DIARY  with specific emphasis on your accomplishments rather than narrating events.
3. Spend every day five minutes, before going to bed, to decide the WORK TO BE DONE on the next day. Keep them in the order of priorities.
4. Develop Time Consciousness. Reflect seriously on how you spend your time –Productivity or unproductively-Creatively or Recreatively- or Destructively (PUCRD)
5. Consider yourself as a PRODUCT and make every effort to improve the quality of the product.
6. Make your STAFF to set their own goals. Let them know clearly and specifically what they are expected to do.
7. Don’t hesitate to APPRECIATE their good work, then and there. Be specific in your appreciation.
8. When MISTAKES are committed reprimand their behavior; telling them what they did wrong, how you feel about it and remind them that they are valuable and worthwhile.
9. Have weekly MEETING at an appointed time with clear cut agendas. Review the activities. If committees or sub-committees are appointed, allocate to each member specific work.
10. Be tough and nice. Maintain SILENCE. The less you talk, the more you are effective.
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ACTION PLAN FOR EXECUTIVE HEALTH
HEADACHE:
1. Take plenty of grape juice to remove one-sided head-ache
2. Make a paste of salt and pepper and apply on the forehead to get relief from simple headache.
3. Equal quantities of cardamom, betel leaves and clove are ground into paste and applied on the forehead.
4. Cut a betel leaf into two halves length wise, gently warm the leaves over the fire and apply over each temple.
5. To remove headache associated with cold and nasal congestion, a paste of turmeric powder, a pinch of quick lime with milk or water is applied over the nose, temples and forehead.
6. Prepare a paste of betel leaves, pepper and boiled rice (not cooked), the paste is heated in a small vessel, get it cooled and applied on the forehead (a tested one)
HEART PROBLEM: The strengthen the Heart:
1. Prepare decoction out of white lotus petals, mix this decoction with milk and drink this in the morning and evening.
2. One teaspoon of tulsi and juice and honey may be taken in the morning and evening.
3. Before going to bed drink cow’s milk in which add the powder of gallant (‘harara”)
4. Honey and lemon juice be added in hot water, taken before going to bed.
5. A mixture of gooseberry juice (amla) and cow’s ghee is a good tonic for heart
6. Liberal use of onion and garlic is said to be good for hear problems
7. Burn a silk cloth and the ash is taken in honey.
8. Eat dates regularly.
PILES:
1. ‘Thirupalathi’ (an ayurvedic medicine) may be taken in hot water
2. Fry garlic in ghee, mix this in rice and eat.
3. White onions shredded and fried in ghee may be taken as such or mixed with rice
4. Daily eat one gram of powdered gallnut (‘Harara’) along with a little old jaggery moistened with water if necessary.
SEXUAL VIRILITY:
1. Prepare powder out of cardamom and take at 3 grams in the morning and evening for a week only.
2. Take tulsi seeds, soak them in water over night. Pound them in the morning, mix in milk and take in empty stomach.
3. Eat plenty of well ripped plantain.
4. Drumstick, leaves and flowers in any form
5. Garlic and onion
6. Gin Seng Tea or capsule
7. To prolong sexual activity: Take raw drumstick, open and insert tender arecanut, bind the drumstick with thread, cover with red clay, keep it for two moths. Then take the arecanut and eat. Its antidote is lemon juice.
SMOKING: To neutralise the bad effects of smoking-smokers, snuffers and tobacco eaters should frequently eat pineapple so that the bad effects of nicotine poison are neutrlised.
SLEEPLESSNESS:
1. Boil milk and add with it kas kas powder and drink this before going to bed.
2. Eat raw onion at supper
3. Bhakya kumbhaka meditation would help immensely for sleeplessness conditions.
ULCER:
1. Coconut and coconut milk
2. Soup of cabbage
3. Take plenty of fruits and vegetables in all form.
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ACTION PLAN TO CONQUER THE COMMON CAUSES OF FAILURE
1. Very often we are our own worst enemy as we foolishly build stumbling blocks on the path that leads to success and happiness.
2. The causes of failure lie within a wide and confusing area: the culture we live in, our definitions of the two words, success and failure, our personal psychological make-up.
3. The following are the ten common causes of failure:
a) Blaming others
b) Blaming oneself
c) Lack of specific goals
d) Choosing the wrong goals
e) Short cut steps
f) Taking long roads
g) Neglecting little things
h) Quitting too soon
i) Burden of the past
j) Illusion of success.
4. BLAMING OTHERS: It is the primitive and juvenile mind that seeks the cause of fears and failure outside oneself. The practice of blaming others accounts not only for perhaps half our failures, but also for our failure to cash in on failure.
5. BLAMING ONESELF: Instead of wrestling with the problem behind the failure and struggling to resolve it - to prevent its recurrence - we blame ourselves. Never feel sorry for yourself at any cost. This kind of tendency may lead from self-blame to self-depreciation to self-contempt and then even to self-destruction. Excessive self-blame opens the door to guilt feelings and closes the door to self-development.
6. LACK OF SPECIFIC GOALS: A fellow must know where he wants to go, if he is going to get anywhere. No substantial achievement is possible without a specific goal.
7. CHOOSING WRONG GOALS: When gold or glory, power or place, become a fixed idea, we are usually blinded not only to the needs of others, but also in our own needs, to the needs of our inner selves. This is a great sadness to discover after many years of struggle that attaining the object of your efforts will not bring happiness.
8. SHORT CUT: Many of us instinctively choose the shortest, easiest, quickest way to success, only to discover that the success was illusory. Hard work is rarely pleasurable. But conquest of matter, mind, or soul is pleasurable, it is conductive to well-being, to happiness. Too often the shortcut, the line of least resistance, is responsible for evanescent and unsatisfactory success.
9. LONG ROAD: Too often if you wait or travel too long,  you never reach home.
10. NEGLECTING LITTLE THINGS: It is the little things that count. Vital battles have been lost for the want of a nail. A good executive keeps his finger on the little things. We must appreciate the details.
11. QUITTING TOO SOON: Men don’t fail; they give up trying. Often it is failure. To quit when we are ahead would be silly; to quit when we are behind is even sillier. It requires will to hold on a little longer.
12. BURDEN OF THE PAST: memories of the past can infuse us with courage and confidence and creative power; or they can bind us in a dark shroud of dejection and defeat. Remember that life is growth, and increasing to grow, in fearing the new, we deny life.
13. ILLUSION OF SUCCESS: The most dangerous moment comes with victory. Victory loses its value unless we use it as a means to even greater ends.
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ACTION PLAN TO DEVELOP THE ATTRIBUTES OF A GENIUS
If you want to become a Genius, kindly follow the suggestions given below and try to imbibe the qualities of a Genius in your day-to-day life as far as possible.
1. In your wakeful state, be AWARE of your thoughts, feelings and actions.
2. Have always a PROJECT on hand, saturate all your consciousness for its successful completion.
3. THINK more about the implementation of the Project, rather than feeling too much about the problems to be confronted in this regard.
4. The more you think the greater is the possibility of generating CREATIVE IDEAS. Rigidity is the enemy of creativity.
5. Only when you are able to FORGET YURSELF completely and devote all your attention, you can achieve something Great and Outstanding in Life.
6. Try to LEARN each and every moment of your wakeful state, particularly relating to your Vocation or Project.
7. Never consider yourself as a FINISHED PROJECT. Develop the virtue of humility which would lead you to know more and more about your field of activities.
8. Never be afraid of FAILURE. You may rather welcome it. For a determined mind, failure would accelerate the process of growth. You may consider that no one ever fails but only quit trying. Hence, continue to persevere until your goal is reached.
9. Apply your IMAGINATION to whatever you do.
10. Don’t strive for PERFECTION, however just try to do anything well.
11. Try to move forward at a STEADY PACE. Consider Life as a journey and not a Destination.
12. Don’t seek out HONOURS, as most people do. Just do the things for the joy of doing it.
13. Set yourself free from the OPINIONS OF OTHERS. Don’t bother about whether some one likes what you had done or said. Be always internally directed, rather that getting worried about what others may think of your actions and behaviour.
14. Accept yourself as a UNIQUE PRODUCT. No one is superior to you and no one is inferior to you. You are what you are.
15. Play the role of a CHILD, enjoying every moment happily.
16. Accept OTHERS as they are
17. Eliminate all EMOTIONS that are self-destructive.
18. Never argue with anybody. Everyone is right from his or her own point of view. There is no use of being an Arguer or a hot Debater. You may simply state your views and listen to others. Recognise the futility of convincing others.
19. If you want to become a real genius in this world, your values should never be local. You should go beyond the confines of family, community, city, state or country. Consider yourself belonging to HUMAN RACE. In this way you are not patriotic to a special boundary.
20. When you devote all your attention and concentration on completion of a project, the thought of earning money, position or award should never cross you mind. You have to work for the INTERNAL SATISFACTION that you derive in your work. This attitude would develop your expertise to a considerable extent and in the ultimate analysis you would be the gainer.
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ACTION PLAN TO PRACTICE THE TECHNIQUES IN DAY-TO-DAY LIFE TO BLOSSOM FORTH INTO A GENIUS
1. Drink three glasses of hot water in the early morning or lemon and honey mixed with hot water.
2. Before taking bath dip your eyes in a bucketful of water. This can be done whenever you feel fatigued or tired. This would activate your optical nerves and you feel refreshed and relaxed. This will also improve your eyesight.
3. When travelling in bus or train practice Meditation. You may also do Ujjayi Pranayama, recollecting 100 Mental Files.
4. Do all the 5 Pranayamas every day for 15 minutes without fail. If possible learn to practice a few Yogic Asanas in the morning.
5. Constantly be AWARE of your thoughts, feelings and actions and BEWARE when they slip down to bad and impure aspects. This is one of the profound techniques that will transform your life towards spiritual enhancement.
6. Our life is nothing but our thought and emotions. We are able to learn better and produce more creative ideas only when the mind is clam and quiet, cool and collected, serene and tranquil. To achieve this repeat this sentence every day for 5 minutes. THE MIND THAT IS STILL AND SILENT IS DIVINE.
7. Constantly make an analysis of your CONCIOUSNESS which is nothing but stream of thoughts. Make a series of queries to yourself, whether that stream is full of muddy water,  sewage collection, or crystal clear one. The more we have negative emotions and attitudes, fear and worries, sensitive to the remarks of others, etc., will not speak of a pure and crystal clear consciousness. Make earnest attempt to purify the consciousness as far as possible. THIS IS DEFINITELY WITHIN OUR CONTROL.
8. Make it a point not to develop any hatred or enmity towards anybody, not even misunderstanding. If the consciousness is developed with full of love and affection to each and everybody without any consideration and expectation, our life will become glorious and marvelous.
9. Develop the virtue HUMILITY for enhanced human relationship. Don’t have any EXPECTATION from anybody, at any cost, and your relationship with others will be enchanting.
10. Consider that everything is FOR OUR OWN GOOD. Behave in a PRO-ACTIVE manner. Your behavioral patterns should definitely be different from that of others, for better. Remember several stories given in the Program. Generate more energy through activity and enthusiasm. Happy frame of mind is a sure way to have more energy.
11. Whenever you could find time register and reproduce 50 to 100 digit numbers. This will stimulate and boost your brain power to a remarkable extent. This is my personal experience. Just as a fun you can dot it and people will CALL YOU A GENIUS. THIS IS HOW I WAS CONSIDERED AS A GENIUS IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES. You can continue to have the mind of a youngster even at an advanced old age. One should have patience and perseverance. Remember that the world champion on digital memory could reproduce only 91- digit numbers. Further, it will improve your power of concentration and will-power. You can quantitatively measure your power to concentration through this technique.
12. As far as possible maintain inner and outer SILENCE. This will save much of your energy. You can be effective and efficient executive if your follow this suggestion. Remember this fact, that every word you utter to someone becomes your COMMITMENT.
13. Sing TAP SONG, when depressed or melancholic. Do this vigorously with dance, if situations are conducive,.
14. Preserve the notes supplied to you in this program and whenever you could find time, go through them, reflect on the points contained therein, and also try to implement with conviction and earnestness.
15. Read Sankalpa as frequently as possible. In a day, it should be read at least once.
16. Try to be at Alpha Waves of Mental State, most of the time. When your mind is calm and quiet without any emotional upheavals, you are at Alpha level. It is not very difficult to reach Alpha level. But only to maintain that state of mind throughout the day requires practice, patience and perseverance.
17. Constantly remember the sentence LIFE IS A SERIES OF CHOICES. Once you believe in this proposition, you hold responsibility for your own life without blaming others for your own problems and sufferings. The thoughts that you have at  any point of time of your choice and the emotions that you entertain is also your choice. Thus you have no right to blame others for your failure.
18. It is better to concentrate our attention on our ACHIEVEMENTS and Prosperity. Let us make every effort to contribute something useful and productive to the society.
19. Have always a small note book for writing down the ideas that flash into your mind at expected circumstances. Keep a torch in your bed to note down the ideas even during dead of night.
20. When you have the tendency to procrastinate repeat the statement: BEGIN THE WORK WILL BE COMPLETED. If possible, repeat the whole poem starting with “Are you in earnest?”
21. When you feel diffident and depressed repeat to yourself : HAVE FAITH THAT I AM BRAVE AND INTELLIGENT, BORN TO DO GREAT THINGS, LET NOT THE BARKS OF PUPPIES FRIGHTEN ME, NO NOT EVEN THE THUNDERS BOLTS OF HEAVEN, BUT STAND UP AND WORK.
22. Have always a Project and work on it. Unless you have a specific burning desire, it is impossible to achieve anything great in life.
23. Have firm faith and belief that you can be extraordinarily CREATIVE in everything you do. All outstanding achievers are creative personalities.
24. To improve your self-image the best technique to be used is to visualize yourself as having a vibrant self-image. Project yourself into the screen of a TV. Enact the role you would like to play in life. Just let loose your imagination as if you had already achieved quite a lot in life and the press persona are taking up your interview for publicity.
25. Follow the suggestions given above and your shall BLOSSOM FORTH INTO A GENIUS.
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ACTION PLAN TO TAP YOUR GENIUS
1. KNOW THYSELF is the most important axiom to tap your genius.
2. Prepare your BALANCE SHEET of Assets and Liabilities (Personal investments)
3. Choose a CAREER after your heart based on your Innate Talents.
4. Formulate Specific AIMS & OBJECTIVES which should totally synchronize with your Innate abilities.
5. Aggressively pursue your Aims and Objrectives. Unless you become MAD, you won’t be able to achieve anything outstanding in this world.
6. Activate your SUBCONSCIOUS MIND through  Meditational Techniques.
7. Reach ALPHA WAVES OF MENTAL STATE and maintain it throughout your wakeful state.
8. Recollection of your MENTAL FILES alone would constitute a technique.
9. Whenever you could find time memorise 100 digit numbers just for the fun of it. This would increase your confidence in your mental ability, in addition, that others would consider you a genius.
10. Apply in your day to day life the principles and practice of TIME AND STRESS MANAGEMENT.
11. Make it your daily habit to sing TAP SONG whenever it is possible- either aloud or silently.
12. Develop the skill in PUBLIC SPEAKING. This is the sort cut to distinction in any walk of life.
13. CONFIDENCE AND COURAGE can be developed through constant acquisition of knowledge and equipment of special skills and abilities.
14. Mind has two functions-THINKING AND FEELING-train your mind in such a way that it should think most of the time than feel.
15. Thinking process would result in generating CREATIVE IDEAS. Ideas are very important for our growth and progress. Catch hold of them-note it down-have a torch in your bed.
16. If you PRODUCE RESULTS, the society will pay you in abundance, irrespective of who you are. Remember Illayaraja and Rahman.
17. Don’t argue with anyone. No one has found the ultimate truth in this world. EVERYONE IS RIGHT from his/her point of view.
18. Show AFFECTION and love to each and everybody, no matter who it is. This can be done through developing cosmic consciousness.
19. What OTHERS WILL THINK of me a great myth. No one is thinking of you. Everyone is busy in thinking about himself or herself.
20. Learning and training should be a continuous process. Each and every second of your wakeful state should be treated as an occasion of learning and training.
21. Have firm belief in the enormous CAPACITY OF THE MIND. It can accommodate any amount  of information which would be useful in times of need.
22. Take care of your HEALTH don’t depend too much on drugs or doctors.
23. If you want to amass FABULOUS WEALTH follow the principles enunciated.
24. CYCLIC LAWS of personal life may help you to take important decisions.
25. MENTAL BLOCKS are nothing but negative attitudes, which should be exploded at any cost through constant watching of your inner thinking and feeling.
26. To develop INVENTIVE GENIUS stimulate the right Hemisphere of the brain through the technique given.
27. Have always a PROJECT on hand and apply psycho-cybernetic techniques to implement them.
28. Hold a constant PICTURE OF YOURSELF as vibrant, dynamic, confident and success minded personality.
29. ONE MINUTE GENIUS should be saturated in your mental consciousness as frequently as possible.
30. ‘Tap your Genius’ involves the attainment of SUPREME JOY AND HAPPINESS in life- to attain this, remember AWARE  AND BEWARE.
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ACTION PLAN TO SET SPECIFIC GOALS AND ACHIEVE THEM
1. If you want to succeed well in life, the first step you should take is to set specific goals in life.
2. The goals can be internal and external.
(a) Internal goals are intended to develop certain desirable habits and virtues like honesty, sincerity, punctuality, purity, hard work etc., You can set goals to develop such qualities and thereby improve your personality. This is the basic requirement for success in life.
(b) External goals are chosen to achieve something GREAT & OUTSTANDING in life. They deal with your contribution to the society. For example, writing a book, establishing an institution, serving the society as a good professional like doctors, engineers, teachers, lawyers, singers, actors, etc.,
3. Unless you have specific aims and goals in life you would tend to drift. Many youngsters do not have any specific aim in life. They simply dream to have fabulous wealth, good family, a lucrative job, enjoy scintillating health and in general a happy life. It is similar to that of a person simply asking for a ticket at the railway station without mentioning the destination. The goals must be pinpointed and specific. Vague dreams and ambitions will lead you no where. Further no one can get anything worthwhile in life over night. They should be meticulously sought after with proper planning and achieve them with diligent execution.
4. You should have a clear cut vision in your mind as to the type of person you should emerge within a period of ten or fifteen years from now. Cultivate the ‘habit’ of visualizing for a big future. The size of your thinking determines the level of your achievement.
5. The goals that you choose should synchronize with your inner urge, inborn talents and natural inclination to do something in preference to all the rest. This cannot be offered to you either by psychologists or counselors. There should be a burning desire to achieve something great in life. Otherwise life will not be pleasant and adventurous. You would be able to enjoy every moment of your wakeful state with the kind of activity that you simply enjoy doing. It should never be a burden or work for you.
6. The moment you have specific goals in life, you generate perennial energy to accomplish your goals. When you are totally committed to achieve something your energy level will be remarkable. If the goal you want to achieve is after your heart you will never experience even an iota of tiredness or boredom. This is the secret of all geniuses in this world who are able to contribute something substantial and wonderful of the benefit of mankind.
7. Your guiding principle should be to achieve your goal one step at a time. A very great achievement is nothing but a series of small accomplishments achieved over a long period. Constantly have a burning desire to do something GREAT in life and you are sure to ACHIEVE whatever you want through proper GOAL SETTING.
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TEST ON GOALS AND OBJECTIVES- ACHIEVEMENT /PROSPERITY
The following are some of the statements for you to THINK OVER and decide whether they constitute Achievement or Prosperity and give your answer accordingly.
1. Becoming an IAS officer (P)
2. Getting admission into a Medical/Engineering College (P)
3. Getting  a Gold Medal in the Olympics (P)
4. Going to USA for studies (P)
5. Doing exercises regularly (A)
6. Learning the operation of a computer (A)
7. Becoming a Doctor/Engineer (A)
8. Getting into a film as a playback singer/actor/actress (P)
9. Getting the affection of your parents/ Wife/Husband (P)
10. Improving one’s own health (A)
11. Learning to drive a car/motor cycle (A)
12. Being handsome/beautiful (P)
13. Constructing a house in Bombay/Madras (P)
14. Developing concentration, memory and will power (A)
15. Getting a good bridegroom/bride (P)
16. Visiting various countries in the world. (P)
17. Finishing 100 meter race in 12 minutes (A)
18. Developing love and affection for everybody in the world (A)
19. Developing the qualities of an executive (A)
20. Becoming a multimillionaire (P)
21. Becoming a good tennis player (A)
22. Joining TAP YOUR GENIUS program (P)
23. Being happy and cheerful all the time (A)
24. Writing a book ( A)
25. Publishing an article in The Times of India (P)
26. Staying in Hotel Leela Palace, Bangalore (P)
27. Becoming a saint. (A)
28. Giving up an undesirable habit (A)
29. Studying for 15 hours a day. (A)
30. Passing entrance exam of Indian Institute of Management (P)
Achievement is what you can do/contribute at your level, whereas prosperity is what you get from the society for your achievement. It may be in terms of money, name, fame, award, or reward. The former is internal and within your control and the later is external. While choosing an aim in life our main attention should be focused on Achievements rather than on Prosperity.
If we want to achieve something GREAT & OUTSTANDING  in life we should always be productive and creative at every second of our wakeful state. We should constantly saturate our attention on acquiring knowledge and developing skills in the field in which we are deeply interested, based on our innate talents and abilities.
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ACTION PLAN TO OVERCOME UNDESIRABLE HABITS
1. Don’t expect to reform yourself overnight. We are all very much creatures of habit. Habits have become part of our personality.
2. Cleansing campaign should have period of preparation gradually acclimatise yourself towards a new, changed personality.
3. A resolution to overcome the bad habit should be given a chance to permeate our minds for a short while before we try to carry it out. A resolution is like the concrete foundation of a house should be given to “set” before we start building on it.
4. Don’t resolve to discard too many habits at a time. There should be a process of selection in your preparatory period that should boil down to one or two relatively simple resolutions to carry out. Pick on a minor vice which you don’t like about yourself.
5. Set yourself a target date to test your will power and strength. Three months or more ahead-note in your diary. A “dead line” will sub-consciously urge you  to do your best to prove yourself to yourself.
6. It is easier to stick to habits that deal with specific aspects of your personality- instead of resolving to improve your behaviour with your spouse, it is better to resolve not to scatter your clothes all over the house.
7. Tell a friend what you are trying to achieve. Ask him or her to remind you of the resolve within a stipulated time.
8. Jot down on pieces of paper the reminders and pin them inside the cupboard and drawers to remind you constantly or write down the resolutions on every third or fourth page of your calendar or diary.
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ACTION PLAN TO ATTAIN TRUE HAPPINESS
Most of us have a mistaken notion about happiness. We equate it with fun and pleasure. Pleasure comes out of what we do and happiness is derived from what we have done. Fun is what we experience during an act, while happiness is what we experience after an act. It is a deeper, more abiding emotion. Pleasure and fun are finite and happiness is infinite. Eating, sleeping, mating and all other fun- filled life like watching a tennis match, attending a party in a five- star hotel, travelling in an expensive car may be considered as pleasure and cannot be viewed as a moment of happiness. The fun activities referred to above may bring us certain amount of relaxation and make us to forget our pressing problems of life but will never bring us the true happiness. Many are under the impression that cine starts are the happiest person on earth as they can command whatever the luxury they want. But the fact is that these very people are victims of depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, divorces and even suicides. Their life is a standing testimony to prove that what they ‘seem to enjoy’ in life do not bring real happiness.
There are four dimensions of happiness :
a) Creative Activity
b) Inter – personal relationship
c) Cosmic Consciousness
d) Self-mastery.
(a) CREATIVE ACTIVITY: The more we are active, producing tangible results that are useful to the society, the greater is the chances of our happiness. When an author writes a book, he derives the greatest happiness. The monetary reward that he gets in the form of royalty is a pittance when compared to the real joy of creation. A person who enjoys what he does is showing the way for true happiness. All those who attained name and fame are those who concentrated in contributing something useful to the society without bothering for monetary returns. They blossom forth into geniuses in the ultimate analysis by concentrating their total attention in creation. When we create something new, we become like God, who is the creator of the whole universe. It is not in receiving that we are happy but in giving and contributing. In Yogic parlance, it is stated that a person who is happy with his work is a Karma Yogi.
(b) INTER – PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP: when a person has no hatred, jealously, resentment, anger, irritation, malice, and not even misunderstanding towards anybody, who is always full of love and affection for everybody is a happy person in this world.  Happiness is positive feeling which can be shown without any consideration. If a person shows love and affection towards another person with a view to deriving any benefit, then it may amount to business and cannot get the true happiness. It is an attitude of the mind which can be consciously developed over a period. When the mind reaches a stage of purity of love, affection, sympathy, consideration, empathy, concern, it is filled with ever flowing happiness and joy. Such a person is called a Bhakthi Yogi.
(c) COSMIC- CONSCIOUSNESS: The world is filled with mysteries and wonders. Do we know for certain why we were born in a particular place and to certain parents? When do we die? In a train accident many die and a few escape without any hurt. Can we fathom the reason for the death of so many in such an accident? Some children are born mentally retarded. Why is it so? There are innumerable situations like that for which we have no answer. Very recently, many people died of earthquake in Gujarat State. Why should it happen to such poor and innocent people? What have they done to deserve such a punishment. Many things that happen like that cannot be explained through biological reasoning. We have to simply accept them as the natural phenomenon. If we worry over such things for which we have no control, we shall be tormented with fear and agony. We won’t be able to be happy. Accepting the inevitable is one of the dimensions of happiness.
Further, do you realize the magnitude of the universe? How big is it? There are trillions and trillions of suns and stars. In the cosmic design, the mother earth is a tiny tot. If the earth itself is a tiny tot, how big is India and how big are we in the cosmic design? When we develop this kind of cosmic consciousness, what we get in life is the development of the virtue called humility. The more we are humble, the greater is the possibility to attain true happiness. Saints and seers are the happiest persons in this world as they have developed the sterling quality of humility. One who has understood the mysterious phenomenon of this universe is called a Jnana Yogi.
(d) SELF MASTERY: The last dimension of happiness is derived from self-mastery. A person who is capable of controlling his body, mind and emotions is said to be truly happy. People who fall easy prey to all sorts of undesirable habits, like smoking, drinking, drug addictions are not only wasting their money but become victims to a variety of diseases. The more we are able to have mastery over our self, the possibility of attaining happiness is greater. Development of sterling qualities like, purity, honesty, sincerity, loyalty, truthfulness, generosity, confidence, courage, require self-mastery. One who has developed these virtues could be considered as truly a happy person. Such a person is a king (‘Raja’) of kings. In Yogic language he is a Raja Yogi.
Happiness is a positive state of the mind which can be obtained, paradoxically through sacrifice, suffering and strenuous labour and not in wallowing in luxury and indulging in all kinds of unwanted pleasures. In the ultimate analysis, pleasures, may bring suffering, whereas, suffering and sacrifice for a noble cause will crown one with glory and happiness.
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ACTION PLAN TO DEVELOP SCINTILLATING HEALTH
I. ATTITUDES: Have firm faith in the adaptive mechanism of your body. Don’t be too much concerned with your health and unnecessary worry spoil the charm of maintaining good health.
II. DIET: Eat only when hungry. Avoid the foods that are not conducive to your health. Whenever you feel hungry eat plenty of seasonal fruits. See that you take balanced food. Over eating should be avoided at any cost. When ill, fasting is the best solution.
III. SLEEP: ‘Sleep less and live longer’ is the axiom. Too much sleep would bring lethargy and sap your energy. Constantly engage yourself in Productive and creative activity. When need arises take short naps to recoup yourself.
IV. YOGA: Be regular in your practices of Asana, Pranayama, Shatkarma and Meditation, at least for half an hour every day. It is one of the important ingredients to maintain scintillating health.
V. ENERGY: Positive thinking, purposeful living, pin-pointed goal in life and enthusiastic activity generate perennial flow of energy.
VI. NATURE- CURE: For all minor illnesses, recourse to nature-cure methods. Avoid synthetic medicines as far as possible.
VII. HABITS: Develop habits that are conducive to good health and avoid which are detrimental.
VIII. SEX: Sex with genuine love and affection stimulates the body mechanism.
IX. ALPHA WAVES: Try always to be at Alpha Waves of Mental State. Aware and Beware technique would help you.
X. MODERATION: The grounding rule of SCINTILLATING HEALTH is moderation in everything. Be conscious of this at all time of your wakeful state.
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ACTION PLAN TO DEVELOP ENCHNATING HUMAN RELATIONSHIP
1. DEVELOP COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS: Practice meditation dealing with Cosmic Consciousness. This would develop in you the virtue of HUMILITY which is the basic necessity for enchanting human relationship. Saints are worshiped not for their talents or abilities but for their humility. Everybody likes a person who is humble. Therefore, cultivate the virtue of humility and you have gained the mastery of human relationship.
2. PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIP: Learn to appreciate and encourage rather than condemn, blame or flattery. Try to figure out the good points  while talking to others. Concentrate on what he wants rather than what you would like to talk. Get the other person’s point of view and see things from his angle. Develop a sense of genuine interest in others. Greet people with animation and enthusiasm. Learn to deal with people with heart warming smile, a genuine one. Smiling costs nothing but creates much in terms of goodwill of others. Try to remember the names of the persons with whom you interact-a man’s name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in any language-Develop the habit of listening to others attentively-Encourage others to talk about themselves.
Talk in terms of other man’s interest- Almost everyone considers himself very important, therefore, make the other person feel important in your conversation and dealings-Emerson said: “Every man I meet is in some way my superior; and in that I can learn of him.” Make a pious resolution at this moment itself that you are not going to argue with anybody to win your case.
Remember the dictum that everyone is right from his or her own point of view - listen patiently and express your view, but never argue to convince a person- Never ridicule and abuse anybody under any circumstance and for anything- Don’t tell a person he is wrong- use your diplomacy-
If you are wrong, admit quickly and emphatically. Begin a conversation in a friendly way-make him to say “yes”, “Yes” to all your proposition at the commencement.
Don’t talk much about your petty accomplishments. Liberally give credit to the ideas of others - Try honestly to see things from other person’s point of view-Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires- The best way to get things done is to stimulate competition, a healthy one- If you want to point out the mistakes indirectly- Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person- Instead of giving direct orders you may begin with asking questions – Praise even the slightest improvement- This will inspire for further improvement THESE PRINCIPLES WILL WORK ONLY WHEN THEY COME FROM THE HEART.
The best way to develop enchanting human relationship is to develop HUMILITY and also not to have any EXPECTATION from anybody for anything.
3. STORY MEDITATION: I love you darling (9)- old man in Kerala (1) - an author and his wife (162)- a beggar and a beautiful lady (189)- a business man in a railway station (97)- Lincoln and his General (108)- a little girl and her brother (107)-king, general and chains of love (85). Note the numbers in bracket refer to the story number in the book Inspiring Stories for Successful Living by Dr. G. Francis Xavier.
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ACTION PLAN – HOW TO APPEAR FOR AN INTERVIEW? SOME USEFUL TIPS
We live in a world of competition. Job opportunities are scarce, but the applicants are numerous. Therefore, you have to take advantage of every interview carefully and be fully prepared for it. Here are a few hints for you to adopt:
1. First and foremost, remove the mental block that interview are mere eye- wash. They select only those person with money or recommendations. This can happen only in government organisations and not in private sectors. Even government organisations look for competent persons at higher and executive level.
2. Be on time for any interview. Never be late.
3. Be neat and clean. Comb hair properly.
4. Try to gather as much information as possible regarding the company or organization for which you appear for interview- its product- usages- headquarters and branches- all relevant information relating to the post you applied for.
5. Be prepared to give a brief description of yourself with particular reference to your strengths and weaknesses.
6. Don’t talk about your poverty and need to secure a job to maintain a large family.  They are not charitable institutions to support you. You should be able to highlight the aspect that in what way you are able to contribute to their organisation.  Give more emphasis on your achievements and your ability to serve.
7. Answer to the point: Don’t deviate or drift from the question asked. Never argue with the interviewer. There is no point in winning an argument and losing the job.
8. During any interview, more than the knowledge of the candidate, what they are interested in is your attitude and character. Every institution  wants an honest, sincere and hard working person with the requisite knowledge and skill for the post he had applied for.
9. Speak clearly and distinctly. Never look nervous. Have eye contact with the interviewer.
10. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU SHOULD BEAR IN MIND IS THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER BE ANXIOUS TO GET THE JOB. THIS WILL LEAD TO NERVOUSNESS. IN THE PROCESS YOU MAY FALTER. BE RELAXED AND NEVER BE BOTHERED FOR THE RESULT. APPLY KARMA YOGA TECHNIQUES.
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ACTION PLAN TO AWAKEN KUNDALINI SHAKTHI
1. “Kundalini Yoga is of great scientific parapsychic and metaphysical interest. It is a direct path to highest consciousness. “John Woodroffe.
2. It is a process of conscious cooperation with evolution.
3. Within each of us there lies a vast potential of energy and power which, when properly understood and directed will lead to previously unimagined heights of perception and awareness.
4. Phenomenal feats of Deshbandu: stopping pulses, heartbeats, rare feats of archery, such as splitting of a hair and thread by an arrow shot- these are achieved through Yoga and Pranayama.
5. Perhaps what is abnormal to men living in a lower plane of vibrations, is normal to those who live on a slightly highest plane of vibrations.
6. Yoga is the science, which rises the capacity of the human mind to respond to higher Vibrations and to perceive, catch and assimilate the infinite conscious movements going on around us in the universe.
7. All the miracles performed by the long line of saints and sages of all times were due to the knowledge of Yoga, the grandest of all sciences.
8. Kundaline is well known to the students of Yoga. It symbolises the power in the form of a coiled serpent.
9. The Chakras are :
1) Muladhara
2) Swathisthana
3) Manipura
4) Anahata
5) Vishudhi
6) Ajna
7) Sahasrara
10. “All practices in the form of Japa, Meditation, prayer, development of all virtues are at best calculated only to awaken this serpent power and make it pass through all the succeeding Chakra- from Muldhara to Shasrara” Swami Sivananda.
11. MULADHARA CHAKRA: Located at the base of the spinal column-between reproductive organ and anus- perineum corresponds to Sacro- Coccygeal plexus- seat of Kundaline Shakthi or sexual energy- transformed into potential motive force- related to earth element in nature- when stimulated it will  begin to rise to the next chakra associated with organs of excretion-Bija Mantra – VAM.
12. SWADEHISTHANA CHAKRA: Located directly behind genital organ Prostatic plexus- organs of reproduction- water element- Bija Mantra – VAM.
13. MANIPURA CHAKRA: Situated within Sushumna Nadi near the regions of navel controls digestive organs – fire element in nature – associated with vitality and energy- solar plexus – bija Mantra – RAM.
14. ANAHATA CHAKRA: Situated near the region of the heart – air element  - associated with heart and lungs- circulatory and respiratory- Bija Mantra – YAM.
15. VISHUDDI CHAKRA: Base of the throat – Larygeal Plexus – influences vocal cords  - relates to Ether element in nature – Bija Mantra Ham.
16. AJNA CHAKRA: Situated within Sushumana Nadi – eyebrow centre – Cavernous Plexus – used for concentration in many systems of meditation – bridge between physical, mental and psychic bodies – by meditating on this Chakra supramental faculties developed – ESP – clairvoyance, telepathy, etc. subtlest of all the five elements of nature i.e. consciousness.
17. SAHASRARA: Not considered as a Chakra- supposed to contain all the other Chakras – abode of the highest consciousness – superconsciousness – a desireless state of the mind  - known as SAMADHI STATE – the ultimate aim of all yoga is to reach this state.
18. SIGNIFICANCE OF KUNDALINI: The five elements of nature assigned to the first five Chakras and the consciousness representing the Ajna Chakra and Sahasrara are only symbolic in approach and the real significance is that through constant practices of yoga and Meditation the Yogi is expected to transcend his personality from the grossest manifestation of worldly desires, passions and instincts to that of the subtlest one of intuition, inspiration, creativity and bliss which are the gate way to spiritual emancipation.
19. HOW TO AWAKEN KUNDALINI: Awakening Kundaline Shakthi refers to the raising of one’s energy level. This can be done through the four yogic paths,
a) Karma Yoga
b) Bhakthi  Yoga
c) Jnana Yoga
d) Raja Yoga.
20. KARMA YOGA: It deals with ACTIVITY. When a person is intensely interested in any activity, he displays tremendous amount of energy. He is not bothered for money name or fame but deeply involved in productive and creative activity which gives him immense joy and happiness in whatever he does. Great personalities in the field of Art, Science and Literature are those who awakened Kundalini Shakthi.
21. BHAKTHI YOGA : It refers to  AFFECTION. When there is love and affection for each and everybody without discrimination and consideration the energy level of that person increases to a larger extent. Supreme joy and happiness can be obtained when there is no enmity, jealously, hatred, resentment, malice, prejudice etc., The consciousness attains the state of purity and bliss. Most of the saints and seers are able to raise the Kundalini through love and affection. Phenomenal feet of energy is shown on many instances by ordinary persons in lifting a heavy car or other objects when his own child is about to be crushed. This is instantaneous Kundalini.
22. JNANA YOGA: It is a Yoga of ANALYSIS. Wisdom is attained through analysis and understanding of the mysterious phenomenon of nature. It goes deeper into the knowledge of man, his life after death, the ultimate aim of life, the creation of universe, etc., It is suitable to all those who can think objectively. Contemplation on these aspects will lead to spiritual growth and emancipation. All the spiritual leaders of the world could raise the Kundalini Shakthi through JnanaYoga. It leads to the development of cosmic consciousness and virtue of humility. Those who are humble will have no stress or tension in life. This will produce enormous energy in a person.
23. RAJ YOGA: It is ANNIHILATION of self through mental discipline. It deals with self mastery, for which prescribes eight steps of yogic practices. They are
1) Yama
2) Niyama
3) Asana
4) Pranayama
5) Prathyahara
6) Dharna
7) Dhyana
8) Sanmadhi
  These steps are intended to awaken Kundalini Shakthi. When a person is able to reach samadhi stage, he is supposed to have raised Kundalini from Muladhara chakra to Sahasrara. One of the conspicuous results of practices of yoga is the phenomenal increase in the energy level of the practitioner of yoga.
24. THE ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE OF AWAKENING KUNDALINI: This is done with a view to INCREASING THE ENERGY LEVEL in a person through intensive concentration on his work or through love and affection, or through developing wisdom by analysis and understanding or through the process of self-mastery by practicing the eight steps of Yoga. These can also be achieved through a combination of all these paths.
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ACTION PLAN TO USE MANTRAS IN MEDITATION
Real meditation is nothing but shifting our consciousness (stream of thoughts) from self (refers to personal aspects) to something else. It is liberation from the clutches of the lower senses and mind. It is transcendental in the sense that all fears, desires longings and negative emotions are transcended. The meditator reaches the superconcious state in which his whole consciousness becomes pure and perfect.
Mantras can be used in meditation. A Mantra is a mystical energy encased in a sound structure. Its vibration directly affects the chakras, or energy centres of the body. It steadies the mind and lends to the stillness of meditation. The powers of sound is tremendous. The Mantras that can be used in Meditation for various purpose are given below.
THE VEDIC AND TANTRIC MANTRAS
For removing any disease:
Om Hrim Hansah
For sound health :
Om namo paramatmane para brahma mama sharrire pahipahi kuru kuru svash.
For Wealth :
(a) Aum Lakshmi vam shri Kamaladhram svaha
(b) Aum Shrim hrim shrim mahalakshmyai namaha.
For Sound Sleep:
aumagasti…shayinah.
For Long Life:
hroum aum jom sa  aum bhurbhuvab svha aum
For Good health : Ram
For intellectual Growth: AIM
For Sexual Potency: KLING
For Heart Diseases: HRIM
Mantras Used In Transcendental Meditation:
ING:IM:INGA:IMA:AING:IMA:SHRING:SHRIM:HIRING:HIRIM:KIRING:SAYAMA:
MANTRAS FOR DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS GROUPS:
Sikh Mantras: (a) Satnam (b)Vahe guru
Jain Mantras : (a) aum (b) Arhint (c) Arhirt siddha
Buddist Mantras: Buddham Sharanam Gachchami: Dhammam Sharanam Gachchami: Sangham Sharanam Gachchhami.
Islamic Mantras (a)  Bismilla –Hirrahaman _ Nir _ Rahim
               (b) Alla hu Allahu
Christian Mantras: Kyrie eleison, Christe Elesion, Kyrie  Eleison.
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ACTION PLAN FOR MEDITATION
I. Definition of MEDITATION:
1. It is making an inward journey.
2. It is a process of stilling the mind.
3. Me-dig-action is meditation.
4. It is emptying the mind
5. It is taking away our consciousness from external entanglement.
6. It is an altered states of consciousness.
7. It is making peace with finer self.
8. The barrier between the conscious and subconscious mind is removed.
9. It establishes a link between the higher regions of the mind and the waking consciousness.
10. SHIFTING THE CONSCIOUSNESS FROM SELF TO SOMETHING ELSE.
II. Benefits of MEDITATION:
1. Brings profound relaxation.
2. Slows down metabolic rate i.e. the rate at which the body burns oxygen and food stuffs necessary for building up the body.
3. Heart rate slows down.
4. Blood flow increase due to reduction in the constriction of blood vessels.
5. Due to increased blood flow lactate produced during intense activity quickly and effectively removed.
6. Lactate production is less when one is calm and serene.
7. Persons experiencing anxiety, stress and tension have a high level of lactate, which is one of the symptoms of high blood pressure.
8. Reduction in lactate level  leads to deep relaxation which consequently reduces high blood pressure.
9. Brings about improvement in psychosomatic diseases.
10. Improve intelligence, memory and emotional stability.
11. Brings mental discipline and thereby improves personality strength with better social and vocational adjustment.
12. A meditator becomes physiologically different  from a non-meditator.
13. Meditation brings far better and  profound relaxation inner peace and harmony.
14. The natural corollary of the constant practice of meditation is the inner peace and harmony.
15. The stormy turmoils of the ebb and flow of the emotional torments of everyday living are subsided and neutralized with the onset of deep meditation.
16. During meditation changes take place for better with regard to brain rhythm (production of Alpha Waves), blood pressure,  pulse rate, etc.,
17. Profound impact in curing incurable diseases like cancer. Dr.Carl Simonton of USA has cured hundreds of terminal cancer patients through his C R V R Meditational techniques.
III. Practice of MEDITATION:
The following are some of the Meditational techniques that one can practice with advantage to manage stress effectively.
1. Simple Meditation – Simply sitting for a desired period of time
2. Sabdha Meditation – Aware of sound
3. Chitta Meditation – On thoughts and Feelings
4. Trataka Meditation – On an object or a picture
5. Soham Meditation – On the mantra “Soham” synchronising with the breath
6. Baghya Kumbhaka Meditation – On outer retention
7. Transcendental Meditation – On Bija Mantras
8. Jnana Yoga Meditation – On various questions pertaining to life and death
9. Subconscious Meditation – On inspiring thoughts and quotations
10. Jala Samadhi Meditation – On travelling in a boat in the ocean
11. Agni Samadhi Meditation – On one’s own body when it is dead
12. Zen Meditation – On breath and counting
13. Creative Dynamic Meditation – Combination of several techniques
14. Digital Meditation – Registering and reproducing q00 digit numbers
15. Memory Files Meditation – On Memory Filing System
16. Self-improvement Meditation – On positive attributes for self-improvement
IV.  Practice of CREATIVE DYNAMIC MEDITATION
1. It is unique and innovative technique of blending the mechanics of Yogic Meditation and Mind dynamics with the philosophy of  self-improvement for the purpose of regenerating the physical, mental  and emotional faculties for better performance of the individual in his day-to-day life.
2. Mind Dynamics is another creative facet of meditation intended to activate the subconscious mind for better productivity.
3. When meditation gets deeper and deeper, it opens the natural barriers between the conscious and subconscious mind and thereby allowing free flow of communication.
4. At this juncture, repetition of a short message will activate the subconscious mind for the purpose of  changing the behavioural patterns and also to developing positive attitudes toward life and health problems of the individuals. This is Mind dynamics.
5. The uniqueness of creative dynamic meditation lies in its approach and content. The practitioner can meditate any moment of their wakeful state by alterning and expanding their consciousness for achieving something great and valuable in life
6. No “guru – Sishya:” relationship is established.
7. No specific technique is insisted upon.
8. A variety of Meditational technique are given and the practitioner can choose  any depending upon the  situation need and mood.
9. No stipulated time is prescribed
10. Any wakeful state could be utilized for meditation.
11. Constant change of technique is permissible.
12. Even while travelling in a car, train, bus or plane meditation can be practiced.
13. The quint essence of process of Creative dynamic Meditation can be summed up in two words, viz AWARE and BEWARE.
14. During wakeful state the practitioner should be aware of his thought process, emotional upheavals and actions.
15. The moment the thought, word, emotion, or action slips down to negative or impure aspects, he should  be BEWARE to bring back to positive and purer aspect.
V. Some Practical Hints on MEDITATION:
1. Meditation should be taken more as a way of life than a mere ceremony to be performed piously at an appointed time.
2. Efforts should be made to fully occupy the mind always with pure and positive thoughts.
3. Mind should be allowed to attend only one thing at a time.
4. Instead of brooding over personal problems, it is better to concentrate on some constructive activities intended to bring some beneficial results to oneself and to the humanity at large.
5. When negative and impure thoughts intrude into the mind the same should be banished immediately.
6. The mind should always be saturated with the theme “Love for all and hatred towards none”. No event, however adverse should disturb the mind. It should always be peaceful, tranquil and serene.
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ACTION PLAN  TO DEVELOP EXTRAORDINARY MEMORY
BASIC PRINCIPLES OF MEMORY:
1. If you want to develop extraordinary, memory, you should bear in mind the following aspects.
2. Your real possession is your memory. Everything you do is based on memory. The mind is like a hard disc of a computer which can accommodate any amount of information. Hard disc has its Limitation but not the mind.
3. All knowledge is but remembrance. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE CAPACITY OF MEMORY. THE MORE YOU REMEMBER, THE MORE YOU CAN REMEMBER, therefore, keep in mind there is no such thing as too much memory system. Experience is your reaction to the stimuli.
4. There is no such thing as ultimate forgetting. Traces once impressed upon the memory are indestructible. For example, take a glass of water. Put into it a chalk piece. It gets dissolved in course of time. Though it is not visible its impact is there. Same is the case with all our experiences.
5. We exercise our muscles and limbs. Similarly, memory can be exercised.
6. The capacity for memory differs from person to person. Through training, this can definitely be improved.
7. When you get training in memory your capacity to memorize and reproduce will improve.
8. The true art of memory is the art of attention. Memory and observation go hand in hand.  You can’t remember anything you do not observe. The eyes cannot see if the mind is absent. It is extremely difficult to observe or remember anything that you do not want to remember. Therefore, interest and motivation are essential requisites for good memory.
9. When you get training in memory your capacity to memorize and reproduce will improve.
10. The true art of memory is the art of attention. Memory and observation go hand in hand. You can’t remember anything you do not observe. The eyes cannot see if the mind is absent. It is extremely difficult to observe or remember anything that you do not want to remember. Therefore, interest and motivation are essential requisites for good memory.
11. You should trust your capacity for memory. The more you trust it, the more reliable and useful it becomes. When you try to write down everything without any attempt to remember you are not trusting your memory. You have not the confidence in your memory.
12. There is no such thing as good memory for one thing and bad memory for another thing. It is a question of your interest. If you are interested, you can remember  anything you want, otherwise no.
TRAINING IN MEMORY:
13. You are able to absorb more when anything is done with full concentration.
14. Your absorption capacity is greater when the mind reaches Alpha Waves of mental State. Therefore, before studying any book or any other material, bring the mind to alpha level.
15. Application of the principle of Aware and Beware would remove absent-mindedness.
16. Daily practice your Memory Files without fail. Recollecting Memory Files can be treated as a meditational technique.
17. If it is possible you may go beyond 100 files. With the expansion of memory files, you can do wonders and marvels in the field of memory.
18. Imagination and creative thinking form part of a strong system of memory. Therefore, develop the faculty of creative thinking.
19. Everyday try to memorize 100 digit numbers as a matter of Sadhana and this will  improve your capacity for concentration to a considerable extent, in addition to developing will- power, self-control and confidence in your mental ability.
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ACTION PLAN FOR STUDENTS/YOUTH TO DEVELOP INTEGRATED PERSONALITY
1. Develop Useful habits: Acquire habits that you can count on- not easy, but once you have them it make life a lot easier.
2. Choose Some Goals: choose for yourself some goals that motivate you – think ahead of time – what knowledge, skill or ability can you acquire that people will pay for – what would you enjoy doing that would be of value to others – what interests, hobbies, or talents do you have now that could be turned into a worthwhile occupation.
3. Be Responsible for you : You are responsible for your  own success or failure – none else – the best investment you will ever make is in yourself – you may lose job or money, but no one can take your education, skills and talents away from  you- remember this very firmly – therefore to acquire knowledge and skills at every moment of your wakeful state.
4. Use Psychology on yourself: Once you have chosen  some goals for yourself and have accepted responsibility for your own growth and prosperity, you’ve made a big step forward – you suddenly realize that you are in charge of your mind, your life and your future.
5. Effective Study Habits: Outline a weekly study schedule for yourself- avoid studying one subject too long- change to a different subject every hour- schedule a brief period each day for reviewing lecture notes – don’t schedule too much study time – don’t clutter your study table with too many unwanted things – arrange good lighting – determine your concentration span and set up study segments geared to your current span – take short breaks after study segments and along break each hour- keep a small note book where you write down all the points you have to remember at your finger tips – always study as if you were preparing for your exams.
6. How to prepare for your exams : Survey each chapter thoroughly - generate questions- read selectively to answer the questions in greater detail – find questions and answers that you had not predicted – review the chapter by practicing answering questions and summarizing the chapters – keep a weekly record of the number of questions and answers you generate for each class – when you take weekly practice tests in each subjects area, you will find that exam panic will vanish if you prepare well for the exams then the night before each exam you can relax and do  very helpful things: Get good night sleep:
7. How to write your exams : Answering Essay Questions: Outline your answer – ensure that you include key ideas – organize your answer – define the terms – use sub headings and examples – give attention to your language – at the end of the answer give bibliography – this will add value to your answer – write legibly!
8. Answering multiple Choice Questions: Eliminate the obviously incorrect answers first- go back and check- normally what you feel at the first instance as the correct answer will invariably be the right one –never change an answer when rereading unless you are absolutely certain your new answer is correct- attempt all the question if minus marks are not given- if minus marks are assigned for incorrect answers you have to be more careful- Answering True False Questions: If an answer is not immediately apparent, don’t become frustrated. Simply move on to  the next question – after answering all the questions, revise them –don’t change your answer from True or False or False or True.  Normally your first answer is likely to be correct – Questions you are not sure of : if you cannot find out the exact answer, you can probably surmise an approximation – in some subjects like maths marks are given for steps- 
9. Other Aspects Relating to Your Personality Development: The grades or scores that you get should not be assumed as indicators of how successful you are – success means reaching a goal- if you do not set a specific goal, you are neither successful nor unsuccessful – if you want to achieve success then set challenging but attainable goals that you sincerely want to reach- self chosen, then the motivation to reach it is much higher – the ultimate objective in life is to be productive and creative and thereby attain happiness in life such a person can be considered as a genius in any walk of life in order to attain this state on has to work for a long period testing oneself against tough, difficult tasks, trying over and over against failures – in this process a unique strength emerges - true genius is not blossomed by any external forces it does happen by itself it comes after you have been highly involved, committed and working hard at something you people sitting around  on drugs or chanting mantras do not understand this phenomenon of blossoming into genius- only through constant effort and persistence that you can bring into existence the unique qualities that are lying dormant within you improve yourself image yourself image is a collection of experiences expectations and prediction about what you are likely to do and what is likely to happen to you- for further details on self image you may after to the notes on Self image Develop Friendship : when you are young you should cultivate the habit of developing abiding friendship with as many persona as possible if you have sincere personal interest in others and if they discover that you have attitudes and interests similar to theirs  the fried ship would emerge naturally- friends fee l equal to each other feeling of friendship cannot exist when you feel superior or inferior to someone- friends reveal their inner selves to each other- they share personal feelings and private thoughts not usually revealed to others – friends accept each other as they are – they experience each other as unique- Have self development Projects: Read as many books as possible on Self improvement – attend training programs dealing  with personality development – they would motivate you to be more productive and creative- develop certain amount of self control  and will- power – take a pious resolution that you should never fall prey to devilitation habits like smoking, drinking and other drug addition- do regular exercise to maintain good health – practice all the Pranayama techniques without a single days break- read Sankalpa regularly- develop as many good qualities and virtues- consider that a day spent without any improvement in one sphere or the other is a day lost – celebrate every day with some sort of progress in your personality development.
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ACTION PLAN FOR THE PRACTICE OF PRANAYAMA
The best way to generate abundant energy and enthusiasm is through the practise of Pranayama. The following is the material dealing with the Theory and Practice of Pranayama.
THEORY OF PRANAYAMA
I MEANING OF PRANA:
1. Life force.
2. The universal creative power.
3. Bio-cosmic energy
4. The divine mother energy
5. Vital force in everything
6. Primary cause
7. Cosmic organ energy
8. Universal energy
9. Ether
10. Cosmic energy
II. DEFINITION OF PRANAYAMA:
1.  Pranayama is the control of bio-energy  through the respiratory system.
2.  Pranayama means a pause in the movement of breath
3. Pranayama refers to the process of control of life force through the act of
Breathing
Pranayama may be defined as a systematic approach designed to
bring about perfect control over the flow of prana throughout the body by the application of certain methods and techniques achieved through the regulation of physical breathing.

III PRANAYAMA Vs DEEP BREATHING EXERCISE:
1. Deep breathing exercises are intended to maximize the absorption of oxygen into the body. To attain it, vigorous exercise is resorted to; the result is that while oxygen absorption increases, energy is expended in the exercise.
Pranayama, too, involves breathing exercises, but it is undertaken in restful posture, and a serene attitude of mind without any dynamic movements, In this way, the intake of oxygen into the body out balances the expenditure.
2. People by and large do not breathe properly. Poor breathing leaves a large quantity of air the lower lungs. Leaves a large quantity of air in he lower lungs. Ordinary deep breathing exercise does not expel this residual air.
An essential feature of Pranayama is the introduction of inner and outer retentions. During inner retention the concentration of  carbon dioxide is expelled. Again deep inhalation fills the lungs with fresh air and thereby minimizes the quantum of residual air.
3. Physical exertion and mental strain lead to production of carbon dioxide which results in tiredness. Deep breathing does not remove this.
Since Pranayama involves neither physical exertion nor mental strain , production of carbon dioxide during pranayama is negligible.
4. Ordinary deep breathing does not involve alternate breathing. Pranayama brings about inner organic and natural harmony through alternate breathing.
5. A big chest capacity, which ordinary deep breathing is intended to develop, does not go far in maintaining good health.
Health and dynamism is the result of the quantity and quality of the blood circulation throughout the system, and not a big chest. In Pranayama, with each respiration, a large volume of blood is arterialised taking prana to reach every cell in the body.
IV  BENEFITS OF PRANAYAMA:
1. Pranayama begins with regulation of breath and ends in establishing full and perfect control over the life currents or inner vital force (prana)
2. It helps us to regulate consciously our breathing to make it uniform and establish a balance between positive and negative life currents.
3. During exhalation, the energy absorbed is distributed to all parts of the body. It is the positive state. During inhalation we are in a negative receptive state.
4. It direct the flow of prana to all parts of the body uniformly, to revitalise the  internal organs. And in course of time we can produce currents of life force consciously with a simple command to the mind.
5. Breathing infuse prana into the body. Regular practice of pranayama enables us to absorb more  prana than is possible in ordinary breathing.
6. The brain and the nerve centres are charged with this excess of prana. Like a highly charged battery, one who has stored a large supply of prana radiates strength and vitality.
7. Control of prana and control of the mind are correlated. When prana is controlled, mind is automatically controlled.
8. The mind, prana and the semen are intimately connected. If the seminal energy is controlled by continence, the mind and prana are also spontaneously controlled.
9. It purifies the nadis (subtle channels  or nerve passage through which prana passes through the whole body.)
10. With this purification, the body mechanism is elevated to higher level. The eyes sparkle, the voice becomes sweet and melodious. The body emanates charm and attraction. Digestion improves.
11. All that takes place in breathing needs to be absorbed consciously. Each inhalation, draws in the more energy, exhalation, distributes the energy drawn in.
12. Just as electricity, pranic currents can perform a variety of functions in different parts of the body. This is possible only when the body is in prime condition and the flow of pranic currents is smooth. The disturbance of the pranic currents in one form or the other may result in illness.
13. Pranayama keeps pranic currents flowing at appropriate voltages to suit the requirements of different parts of the body.
14.  A regular practitioner of pranayama would never fall ill all his life. He is full of energy and enthusiasm. No need for drink or tobacco to stimulate him.
15. Pranayama cures many disease, overcome anaemia, reduces eosinophilia counts. Patches in lungs disappear. Vitality index rises. Hormonal and glandular imbalances rectified.

V PRACTICES OF PRANAYAMA
(A) MUKHA BASTRIKA PRANAYAMA:
PRACTICE Sit in Vajra Asana. Keep your palms on the respective thighs, inhale through both the nostrils to the fullest brim. Then forcibly exhale in rapid succession of expulsions through your mouth by forming Kaki Mudra (make a narrow tube with your lips) Continue this process for three to five time.
BENEFITS:
1. Very useful in ventilating and cleaning the lungs.
2. Stimulates the cells and gives a general tone to the respiratory organs.

(B) UJJAYI PRANAYAMA:
PRACTICE: Sit in Vajra Asana. Inhale through both the nostrils by gently contracting the neck, the chin slightly touching the chest collar bone. In this posture the air will not have a free flow. It will be obstructed at the pharagneal area. There will be a sibiliant sound when the air is passed through the back wall of the mouth.
BENEFITS:
1. Relieves coughing, aerates the lungs, removes phlegm, soothes the nerves and tones the entire nervous system.
2. Highly beneficial for persons suffering from high blood pressure. They can do it in reclining position.
3. Through this Pranayama one is able to have more intake of Prana.
(C) NADI SHODANA PRANAYAMA:
PRACTICE: Sit in Vajra Asana. Place your left arm on your left thigh and your thumb and ring finger of the right hand should gently touch each side of the   nose keeping your index and middle fingers on your forehead. Close your right nostril by slightly pressing the thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Then close both the nostrils by pressing the ring finger and thumb and retain the breath after performing Jalandhara, Moola and Uddhyana Bandhas. Maintain this position for as long as you feel comfortable. Then release the Bandhas and exhale through right nostril. Again close both the nostrils and have outer retention. The breathe in through right nostril and retain as long as you feel comfortable. Afterwards, breathe out through the left nostril and retain. This will be one round of Nadi Shodana Pranayama without timings. Timings may be introduced after a few week of practice. This can be 3:6:6:3 or 4:8:8:4
BENEFITS:
1. Brings calmness and tranquillity and purifies the nadis.
2. Due to alternate breathing the flow of prana in the ida and pingala  madies is equalized.
3. The blood system is purified of toxins and the blood receives a larger supply of oxygen than in normal breathing.
4. Breathing through left nostril activates the right hemisphere of the brain, which is the seat of intuition and creativity.
5. Breathing through right nostril stimulates the left hemisphere, the seat of logical and routine thinking. This pranayama makes full utilization  of the mental faculties.
(D) KAAPALABHATI  PRANAYAMA:

PRACTICE: Sit in Vajra Asana. Close your fingers of both the hands keeping the thumbs inside and place them on your thighs touching each other. Perform inhalation and exhalation rapidly with great vigour. The inhalation should be mild, slow and long whereas the exhalation should be done quickly and forcibly by contracting the abdominal muscles with  a backward push for as many as sixty to eighty times at a stretch. There is no retention in this Pranayama.
BENEFITS:
1. It cleanses the skull portion.
2. Activates the brain cells.
3. Improves memory and intelligence.
4. Purifies the respiratory system and nasal passages.
5. Asthma is relieved.
6. Carbon dioxide is eliminated
7. Aids the heart to function properly.
8. It is clearly stated in yogic literature that the one practices this pranayama regularly over a period will never get grey hair.
(E) BANDHATREYE PRANAYAMA:
PRACTICE: Sit in Vajra Asana. Keep your eyes closed and the whole body relaxed. Breathe in deeply and softly as in Ujjayi Pranayama. Feel that you are breathing through your throat only. Retain the breath inside and perform Jalandara, Uddhyana and Moola Bandhas. Be in this position for as much time as you can comfortably hold the breath inside with the Bandhas. Then slowly release Moola, Uddhyana and Jalandara Bandhas. This is one round and you may do this for 10 to 15 times.
BENEFITS:
1. Brings strength and vitality.
2. Preserves excess prana in the Solar Plexus.
3. Enables the excess prana to be utilized in times of need.
4. Constant practice of this pranayama will enable one to lead a healthy life all his life.
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ACTION PLAN TO AVOID PROCRASTINATION  - DO IT NOW
WHAT IS PROCRASTINATION?
It is postponing something that you know in your heart should be done now instead of later.
Most commonly used reasons for Procrastination:
1. It is unpleasant
2. It is not due yet
3. I work better under pressure
4. May be it will take care of itself if I just don’t do anything
5. It is too early in the day
6. It is too late in the day
7. I don’t have my papers with me
8. It’s difficult
9. I don’t feel like doing it now
10. I have a headache
11. Delay won’t make much difference
12. It may be important, but it is not urgent
13. Somebody else might do it if I wait
14. I really mean to do it, but I keep forgetting
15. I don’t know when to begin
16. I need a good stiff drink first
17. I’m too tired
18. I’ m too busy right now
19. It’s a boring job
20. It might not work
21. I need to sleep on it
22. I don’t really know how to do it
23. There is a good TV program on
24. As soon as I start, somebody will probably interrupt.
25. It needs further study
26. My horoscope indicated this is the wrong time
27. Nobody is pressurizing me yet
28. If I do it now, they’ll just give me something else to do
29. The weather is lousy
30. It’s too nice a day to spend doing that
31. Before I start, I think I’ll take a break
32. I’ll do it as soon as I finish some preliminary tasks
33. My biorhythm cycles are not at their peak
34. I’ll wait until the first of the year and make a New Years resolution
35. It’s too late now, anyway.
HOW TO AVOID PROCRASTINATION?
One of the easiest ways to achieve our goal is to use visible reminders. These reminders should be stuck on as many places as possible in the home, in the office and also in our vehicles. You can create your own reminders. The following are some for your adoption:
1. Begin, the work will be done
2. Do it now
3. Tomorrow is never
4. Make today count
5. Procrastination prevents success
6. In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday
7. Time is money
8. Do it anyway!
9. Get the now habit
10. Be a doer, not a dweller
11. Why wait?
12. Don’t delay, do it now
13. Have a happy tomorrow: Do today’s work today
14. If not today- WHEN?
15. Today: Use it or lose it
16. Use this day well
17. Life is leaking through your fingers
18. Do it before sundown
19. You don’t find time, make it
20. Just do it!
21. Make it happen
22. Yesterday is a cancelled cheque, forget it; Tomorrow is a promissory note, don’t count on it; today is ready cash: Use it.
23. Due tomorrow? Do it now
24. Well begun is half done
25. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing now
26. Move ahead or move aside
27. Winners don’t wait
28. Choose this day to use this day
29. Procrastination is the thief of time
30. Do the worst first (Source: Doing it now by Edwin C Bliss)

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ACTION PLAN TO FORMULATE PROJECTS AND IMPLEMENT THEM THROUGH PSYCHO-CYBERNETIC TECHNIQUES
1. Have always a project on hand to work upon. What is a project? Anything you would like to accomplish within a stipulated time for your own growth, prosperity and happiness is a project. For example, attending the TRAINERS’ TRAINING PROGRAM itself could be considered as a project. Writing a book is a project for an author, constructing a house is a project for a retired official, setting up a business is a project for another; etc.,
2. Once the goal is specifically set, the psycho-cybernetic technique can be applied.
3. The science of Cybernetics grew out of the work of physicists and mathematicians rather than that of psychologists.
4. It is understood as the science dealing with the GOAL STRIVING AND GOAL ORIENTED BEHAVIOUR of mechanical systems.
5. When the same principles applied to human behaviour to accomplish something great and outstanding in life through completion of any project, it becomes PSYCHO CYBERNETICS.
6. There is an abundance of scientific evidence  which shows that the human brain  and nervous system operate purposefully in accordance with the known principles of Cybernetics to accomplish goals of the individuals
7. The brain and nervous system constitute a marvelous and complex GOAL STRIVING MECHANISM, a sort of built- in automatic guidance system which works for you as a SUCCESS MECHANISM or against you as a FAILURE MECHANISM, depending on how YOU, the operator, operate it and the goals you set for it.
8. There is  today irrefutable clinical evidence in the field of individual psychology, psychosomatic medicine and industrial psychology that there are SUCCESS TYPE PERSONALITIES & FAILURE- TYPE PERSONALITIES, HAPPINESS- PRONE PERSONALITIES & UNHAPPINESS – PRONE PERSONALITIES, HEALTH- PRONE PERSONALITIES & DISEASE- PRONE PERSONALITIES etc., The failure type personalities, the unhappiness- prone personalities and disease – prone personalities are those who have created a variety of mental blocks in their goal-striving mechanisms.
9. “Self image psychology  throws new light on this phenomenon” and particularly with “the power of positive thinking” and more importantly explains why it ”Works” with some individuals and not with others.
10. Positive thinking does indeed “work” when it is consistent with individual’s self image. It literally cannot “work” when it is inconsistent with the self image until the self image itself has been changed.
11. The most important psychologic discovery of this century is the discovery of the SELF IMAGE.
12. Whether we realize it or not, each of us carries about with us a mental blueprint or picture of ourselves. It may be vague and ill defined to our conscious gaze. This self image is our own conception of the ‘sort of person I am” . “It has been built up from  our own BELIEFS about ourselves.
13. Most of these beliefs about ourselves have unconsciously been formed from our past experiences, our successes and failures, our humiliations, our triumphs, and the way other people have reacted to us, especially in early childhood. This is how we develop the personalities as “ success or failure type, happiness or unhappiness-type”, etc.,
14.  We mentally construct a “self”, or picture of a self. Once an idea or a belief about ourselves goes into this picture it becomes “true”, as far as we personally are concerned. We do not question its validity, but proceed to act upon it just as if it were true.
15. The SELF IMAGE sets the boundaries of individual accomplishments.
16.  It defines what you can and cannot do. Expand the self image and you expand the “ area of the possible”.
17. The development of the adequate, realistic self image will seem to imbue the individual with new capabilities, new talents and literally turn failure into success.
18. The role of Psycho-cybernetics in changing the self image for better to accomplish any project is tremendous.
19. The science of Cybernetics does not tell us that ‘man’ is a machine but man HAS  and USES machine and that is his brain and nervous system
20. The self-image can be changed through this system, for better or worse not by intellect alone, nor by acquiring knowledge, but by EXPERIENCING.
21. Wittingly or unwittingly you developed your self image by your creative experiencing in the past.
22. It is not the child who is taught about love but the child who has experienced love that grows into a healthy, happy, well-adjusted child. Our present state of confidence and poise is the result of what we have experienced rather than what we have learned intellectually.
23. Actual, real-life experience can be hard and ruthless teacher. Throw a man in water over his head and the experience may teach him to swim. The same experience may cause another man to drown.
24. Nothing succeeds like success. We learn to function successfully by experiencing success. Memories of the past successes act as built-in-stored information which give us self-confidence for the present task. This is necessary for accomplishing any project.
25. But how can a person draw upon memories of past successful experiences when he has experienced only failure?
26. This dilemma was solved by  another important discovery which, for all practical purposes, allows us to synthesize EXPERIENCE to literally create experience, and control it, in the laboratory of our minds.
27. Experimental and clinical psychologists have proved beyond a shadow of doubt that the human nervous system cannot tell the difference between an actual experience and an experience imagined vividly and in detail.
28. You can acquire information from reading a book. But to ‘experience’ you must creatively respond to information. Acquiring information itself is passive. Experiencing is active. When you ‘experience’ something happens inside your nervous system and your midbrain.
29. To accomplish any project successfully, you should start with a very small project, which would bring definite positive results. This will create in you the EXPERIENCE OF A SUCCESS- PERSONALITY. Then you may proceed to take up a little bigger project
30. Unless the subconscious mind believes that it is possible, no one can accomplish anything worthwhile.
31. The method of  convincing the subconscious mind consists in LEARNING, PRACTICING AND EXPERIENCING new habits of thinking, imagining, remembering, and acting in order to develop plan adequate and realistic self image and use your Creative Mechanism to bring success and happiness by formulating and implementing PROJECTS through the application of psycho- cybernetic TECHNIQUES.
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ACTION PLAN FOR EFFECTIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING
1.MOTIVATION
Although the ability to  speak well before groups may be absolutely essential in some professions, the need to do so can arise in almost any line of work at one time or another, especially to speak before groups cannot only be embarrassing, it can cost you a promotion or spoil a chance to demonstrate your experience at your job. Therefore, if you want to be successful in any walk of life you should learn the art of public speaking.
One of the essentials of public speaking is that you should have burning desire to become a GREAT public speaker. You should realize the fact that public  speaking is the shortcut to distinction. Learning to speak in public is like learning to cook, anyone can do it. If you are so inclined, you can certainly acquire the skills and master the techniques required to make speech that is effective, eloquent and entertaining. Remember this: All good speakers were bad speakers at first. It does not call for any particular talent, but it does take time and practice.
2.PREPARATION:
Choose a theme or a specific Topic. The theme should be relevant to the listeners. You should pick up the subject that you know thoroughly well. This will make you more confident and comfortable. Fear and diffidence will emanate only from an inadequate preparation and a lack of knowledge on your subject. This is the main reason why in TRAINERS’ TRAINING program you are  always made to speak about your personal experience and not on a specific topic. Begin planning your speech. That way ideas will come gradually over a period of time. It is unwise to attempt  to formulate your speech on the night before you are due to deliver it. The more time you give yourself, the clearer your thoughts will be. Having compiled your list of ideas, start to order them. Write your thoughts and ideas around the central theme. At the initial stage it is preferably better that you write down your entire speech. Go through the written material ruthlessly crossing out anything you are unhappy with or that seems too remote from your theme. Include in your speech a few stories and personal anecdotes that will help make the speech more entertaining. Inject humour where you can, but only if really relevant and funny.
Rehearse your own speech wherever it is possible and comfortable. Try them out on your family, provided they should not treat it as a nuisance. The more you practice the more confident you feel, and the more confident you feel the more relaxed your eventual performance  will be. It is only when you are in complete command of yourself and your material that your speech will seem spontaneous. Appearing to speak effortlessly is hard work.
THE DELIVERY
Public speaking is an activity that involves mental and physical performances skills that are different from your social conversational skills. Speaking well in public also involves systematic training and practice. When you stand before an audience, you should consider yourself as an authority on the subject you are going to speak. Before speaking, make a cursory survey of the audience: The opening sentence of the talk should arouse their curiosity to know more from you. This can be done through the introduction of an interesting story, quotation, joke, anecdote, etc., With regard to presentation, the following aspects may be looked into: not to bring prepared speeches, not to memorize the speech, walk unhurriedly, not to exhibit the fear, look at the audience, feet may be kept apart, hands to hold them in front, dress to suit the occasion, clear your voice, not to tap the mike but you may blow it to check whether it is functioning, have gestures and articulation so as to create interest among the  audience,  voice should be sweet and entertaining. For this purpose you may practice a Tongue Twister which is given below:
“BETTY BOTTER BOUGHT A BIT OF BUTTER. BUT THE BUTTER WAS BITTER. SO BETTY BOTTER PUT SOME BETTER BUTTER TO MAKE THE BITTER BUTTER BETTER”
Be direct and to the point. If you choose your vocabulary carefully and make direct statements, your impact could be considerable and your chances of boring your audience can be reduced. Keep your speech short. No speech will ever be criticized for being too short; the same cannot be promised if it is too long! Before you start, and preferably before you prepare your speech, you should find out exactly how long you will be required to speak, and then make every effort to keep it  within the time frame. One of the best ways to learn public speaking is through trial and error. Watch your audience, it is up to you to handle it. As a speaker, you have the choice to choose your words, vary the speed, tone and volume in order to produce the desired effect on your audience. If your audience gets restless, you know that you are losing your hold, so you have to alter the course, direction, speed, content by throwing in a joke or a topical observation. Sip at your glass of water. Regain your confidence and composure. A speaker is not required to speak constantly or consistently at the same rate. If your audience begins to yawn, respect their fatigue. Then wind up as quickly as possible. If the audience is not reacting to humour, then drop it. Keep as specially careful eye on the people at the back. If they are shifting around while everyone else is still, then the reason is almost certain that they cannot hear you properly. Speak up.
Your ending is important. End your speech with a laugh, a heart stirring or a thought –provoking remarks. Your success as public speaker largely depends on not how you start but how you finish your talk which the audience will take home with them.
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SANKALPA FOR SELF IMPROVEMENT
(application of the Principle of Psycho-cybemetics)
I take the following SANKALPA (Resolutions) for my own Growth and Prosperity through CREATIVITY & MIND MANAGEMENT.
1. I firmly believe that I have the potential for Creative Genius.
2. I shall reach and maintain Alpha Waves of Mental State and thereby generate Creative Ideas most of the time.
3. My time is the precious currency of my life which I utilize most productively and creatively.
4. I shall cherish an ideal and devote myself for its realization.
5. I shall be so engrossed in a project that I simply cannot allow myself to become ill or indisposed.
6. I shall  seal the dead past, not to worry about the unborn future, but live and enjoy the realistic present.
7. I fully believe that the only competition worthy of me is with myself. No one is superior to me, no one is inferior to me. I am what I am.
8. I strongly endorse the view that success is not just money or position in essence, it is the total fulfillment of my innate potential as a human being.
9. I shall enjoy whatever I do and finish any project within the stipulated time frame.
10. I am the maker of my own destiny and try my best to be always happy and cheerful.
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ACTION PLAN TO DEVELOP A VIBRANT SELF-IMAGE
1. Self-image is your own conception of the sort of person you are . It is a product of past experiences, successes and failures, humiliations, and the way other people react to you, especially in early childhood.
2. You build up a picture of yourself which you believe is true. The picture may be false in many cases it is false, but  you act as if  it is true.
3. All you have to learn is how to change that picture by investing a little more time and energy in it.
4. The discovery  of self-image is certainly one of the important discoveries in the field of psychology.
5. All your actions and emotions are consistent with your self-image. You will act like that person you think you are. If you think you are a “failure – type’ person, you will invariably find a way to fail, no matter how hard you might try to succeed.
6. The self-image is the foundation stone of our whole personality.
7. The self-image can be changed. You are never too young or too old to change the self- image and start a new, more productive, more creative life.
8. To really, “ live” to find life enjoyable, you must have a realistic, adequate self-image, one that you can live with. You must like and trust yourself. You must know yourself well.
9. What is your truth about yourself? Do you undervalue yourself? Most people do your ‘truth’ is truth not at all. You must understand that each of you. No matter how downtrodden has something good to offer.
10. You are unique;  this is an obvious truth. You should see this fact as a positive life force, not as a fact to substantiate a feeling that you’re inferior or superior. Inferiority and superiority are merely opposite sides of the same coin and that the coin itself is counterfeit. For the simple truth, is that, you are neither “inferior’ nor ‘superior’ to your fellow human beings.
11. The aim of self-image psychology is not to create a fictitious self which is omnipotent. Such an image is as untrue as the inferior image of oneself. Our aim is to find the best we have in us realistically, and to bring it out into the open.
12. Your imagination is so important because it can trigger off your success mechanism, the great creative mechanism within you which can implement your success in life. Our automatic mechanism seeks to reach objectives presented in the form of mental picture, which we create by using our imagination.
13. To accelerate your determination to get more out of life, you must learn to use your great creative mechanisms as a success mechanism, not as a failure mechanism. You must develop new ways of thinking and imaging so that you will build a strong, reality- oriented self-image, which will give nourishment to your success mechanism, leading the way to happiness.
14. How you acted  yesterday doesn’t matter; how you act tomorrow doesn’t matter. See yourself as a success; keep this image alive.  As time goes on and you continue to use your imagination positively, funneling information into your success mechanism, you may be surprised to find that your new picture of yourself is becoming a reality.
15. Live your day spiritedly, doing your best achieve your goals and to live in harmony with your fellows, realistically accepting yourself.
16. If you want to have peace of mind and better self-image, you must accept your  limitations. Would you rather drive yourself into a heart attack or relax with your human limitations? Ask yourself this questions over and over, because it makes a lot of sense.
17. You should also learn the healing power of forgiveness. Tell yourself  to stop holding grudges- against others and against yourself. You cannot afford this burden of resentment; you cannot have peace of mind while you hate. Compassion and love are parents of relaxation. If you want inner calm, make every effort to become more charitable and discard your grudges.
18. Step out on the stage of life and prepare to face the struggle. Take a mirror in your hand and apply your make up. But first, what is the role you will try to play? Clown, villain or a hero? Failure or success?
19. Set goals that are reasonable but, at the same time, don’t underrate your potential. See yourself as you’ve been during your best moments. Recapture the feeling of what you can be in life and what you can do. You’ve got the raw material in you, each of you. Dig out your buried treasure and don’t be afraid to show it to yourself and to the world.
20. Once   you have probed into your own  mind and your own heart and you know what it is that you want, then you are on your way to success that is genuine.
21. Success is an individual thing, so you must define it for yourself. Ask yourself what it is you want to achieve, what it is that will make you feel most alive, most jojous. Forget what others would like you to think- think of yourself.  You are a unique human being, like no other on earth, and only you can know your meaning of success.
22. First, select goals that are yours. Second, be sure that you are realistic interms of your talents and the world you live in. Third, visualize your goals and use your imagination. You must replant your mind, inserting seeds to success, seeds labelled the “ will to win”.
23. Life should be a process of continuing growth until death. We watch cricket games on television when we might be better off playing cricket. We have come to be “watchers” instead of “doers” and have thus lost faith in our creative powers. We are becoming passive people who observe life while it passes us by.
24. You must set worth while goals for yourself and believe in their worth no mater how insignificant these goals might seem to someone else.
25. You can change your self-image and become more successful in life if you see the truth about yourself, if you use your imagination to see yourself as you, you’ve been at your best and project yourself through imagery into playing new roles that are within the limits of your physical and emotional capabilities. If you can relax and accept your weaknesses, if you can feel compassion for yourself as a human being alone in the universe you can see what is good in yourself and stop torturing yourself with what is negative. for it is this pictorial concept of oneself as a failure that makes one fail. And it is this generous, loving, giving self- image which basically makes a person successful and happy.
26. Believe in yourself. The whole business of being successful is to rise above failure. To achieve success by over-coming failure and rising above it is a far greater victory, for in that very act you improve yourself-image and your stature of self-respect.

ACTION PLAN TO MASTER SPEED READING
1. the modern world witnesses knowledge explosion. Printed material abound in abundance. With the result, the necessity to read with greater speed and understanding has become ‘sine qua non’ in the present day situation.
2. The aim of reading is to crack the shell of words and to grasp the kernal of thought. Reading is an active, positive acquisition of ideas and this means the reader analyses, anticipates, compares, contrasts and evaluates.
3. The common impediments to speed and comprehension are : slow, laborious horizontal reading, subconscious habit of saying each word mentally, moving the vocal chords, throat muscles, and lips; regression i.e reading first and then looking back to determine what we have read, swing our head from side to side.
4. By reading vertically down the page instead using the age-old horizontal line-by-line movement the audio-vocal reflexes are by –passed, the brain learns to  interpret large blocks of information at a time, and psychological functions are put to their maximum use.
5. Mind has the ability to derive full meaning from pictures and ideas that are not seen as being fully complete. E .G. CHENAI  S TH CAPTL OF TAMNADU. Mind is able to bridge the gaps with little or no loss of meaning.
6. The rate at which mind can interpret symbols as seen by the eye is not the same in all individuals.
7. Nothing is more inhibiting to success than tension and doubt. Only with a relaxed and receptive attitude can you  know how to reach the goal of speed reading.
8. To step up  comprehension, we should step up concentration. To step up concentration we should step up our reading speed to as near the thinking speed as possible.
9. The speed reading technique consists in an entirely new approach; Your eyes must now learn to taken in an overall view while seeming to disregard the individual words and components. The mind becomes active in anticipating, demanding, assembling, and comprehending large blocks of information while the eyes float smoothly down the page, stopping imperceptibly here and there as necessary to see larger and larger blocks of print.
10. Skipping and skimming are other methods of speed reading. They are not haphazard, helter-shelter methods of reading. They are well- defined skills, products of conscious and continued practice.
11. Skimming is  getting the essence of material without reading all of it. It involves judicious and selective skipping of non-essential matter. It is not careless reading but careful reading of selected words, sentence, etc., Knowing what to look for and how to pick it calls for an attitude, a technique and some judgement.
12. Skimming is gathering what we want as we ‘fly’ along, ‘catching’ what we desire, as we are  ‘ on the wing’. Survey or preview is a primary step in our skimming process. We should also identify patterns of writing and find the main idea in a paragraph. We have to cultivate a willingness to skip large portions of content without in any sense feeling guilty.
13. Correspondence, memorandums, reports, newspapers, professional publications and books of different categories can be dealt with much more efficiently each day, if you acquire the skill of speed reading.
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ACTION PLAN FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT  (Theory)

I. PLEASURES & HAPPINESS THROUGH STRESS – FREE LIFE:
Everybody wants to be happy. A person  can really enjoy life only when he is free from stress, anxiety and tension. We have at instinctual level three types of pleasures:
(a) Eating
(b) Sleeping
(c) Mating.
As a human being, apart from enjoying the above referred pleasures, it is necessary to derive four types of happiness:
(a) happy with our work/career/profession/job
(b) happy with the people with whom we interact
(c) happy in our outer world (accept the inevitable)
(d) happy with our inner world (total control over our thoughts, emotions and actions)
II  STRESS – DEFINITION:
It is an inner experience over the outer situations. It is a kind of pressure over physical or mental or emotional sphere. It is a non-specific response of the body to any change. It is a self-motivated inner stimulation. The manifestation of stress could be tension, anxiety, worry or fear.

III PHYSIOLOGICAL IMPACT OF STRESS
The following symptoms are noticed when  a person is in stressful  conditions:
(a) Heart beats faster
(b) Perpetually feeling tired
(c) Unhappy, tense and worried
(d) Stepping up of acceleration of nervous energy
(e) Depletion of psychic energy. Emotional stress may cause chemical changes and physical disturbance. Stress disorders are not caused by a single factor, they are normally multifactoral responses.
IV  STRESS LINKED DISEASES
It is established though various research projects that faulty adaptation to a variety of stress situations may result in the following diseases.
(a) cardiovascular (Heart diseases)
(b) Metabolic (obesity)
(c) Digestive
(d) Kidney disease
(e) Sexual disturbances
(f) Infections
(g) Diabetes
(h) Cancer
(i) Allergy (asthma)
(j) Hypertension (blood pressure) etc.
V  MANAGEMENT OF STRESS
Stress can be managed through the following methods and techniques:
(a) Raja Yoga Practices
(b) Meditation
(c) Alpha Waves of Mental State
(d) Silva Mind Control Method
(e) Feedback Methods
(f) Activating Subconscious Mind,
(g) Lighter side of life
(h) Wholesome philosophy in life.
VI  MANAGE YOUR STRESS AND PROLONG YOUR LONGEVITY
The following steps may be taken to prolong longevity:
(a) Nurtritious food
(b) Exercise
(c) Moderate in everything
(d) Happy frame of mind
(e) Love and Friendship
(f) Devotion to one’s career.
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ACTION PLAN FOR MANAGEMENT OF STRESS (Practical)
I  Raja Yoga Practices:
(a) Yama - Ahimsa, Sathya, Asteya, Brahamacharya, Aparigraha
(b) Niyama – Soucha, Santhosha, Tapas, Swadhyaya, Ishwara Pranidhana
(c) Asana
(d) Pranayama
(e) Prathyahara
(f) Dharma
(g) Dhyana
(h) Samadhi
(a) II Meditation – shift your consciousness from self to something else- meditational practices: Refer to chapter on Meditation
III Alpha Waves of Mental State- All the meditational practices bring the mind to Alpha Waves. The real problem is to maintain it throughout the day. When a person is able to be calm and quiet, cool and collected, serene and tranquil, he is said to be at Alpha Waves of Mental State. This is possible by removing the mental blocks from the consciousness.
IV Silva Mind Control Method – This is nothing but the practice of Zen Meditation with Shambavi Mudra. This technique would put anyone into Alpha Waves of Mental State.
V Bio- feedback Methods: This technique has been designed with a view to making the practitioners of meditation to observe his own brain waves while at the same time reflecting on his internal state of mind. It is a mechanical device, operated by Electro Encephalo Graph (EEG), for presenting information externally about what is happening internally.
VI Activating Subconscious Mind: In every human being is that limitless reservoir of power which can overcome any problem in the world. The day you realize that your subconscious mind can solve your problems, heal your body, and prosper you beyond your fondest dream, true and lasting happiness will come into your life. The best way to activate the subconscious mind is to meditate and bring the mind to Alpha Waves and give command to the subconscious mind. This will bring the desired result.
VII Lighter Side of Life: One of the best ways to overcome stress in a sublime manner is not to treat life in a serious way. One should cultivate the habit of appreciating the lighter side of life. Books on wits and humour should be read during stressful situations. If you occasionally laugh at yourself you have reached the highest achievement of civilized man, and have attained the complete safeguard against inner arrogance and stress.
VIII Develop a Wholesome Philosophy in life:
(a) Live in the present
(b) Accept the inevitable
(c) You are what you are
(d) There is no failure, but only results
(e) Whatever happens for your own good
(f) Convert minus into plus
(g) Don’t expect justice and fairness
(h) Expecting gratitude is unrealistic
(i) Accept mysticism gracefully
(j) The best is yet to be.
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STRESS PRODUCING SITUATIONS IN LIFE
(As per the research conducted by Holmes  T H & Rahe in 1967)
1 Death of spouse 100
2 Divorce  73
3 Marital separation from mate 65
4 Detention in jail or other institution 63
5 Death of a close family member 63
6 Major personal injury or illness 53
7 Marriage 50
8 Being fired from work 47
9 Marital reconciliation with mate 45
10 Retirement 45
11 Major change in the health or behaviour of a family member 44
12 Pregnancy 40
13 Sexual difficulties 39
14 Gaining a new family member (birth or adoption) 39
15 Major business RE-adjustments (merger, reorganization , bank ruptcy) 39
16 Major change in financial state 38
17 Death of a close friend 37
18 Changing to a different line of work 36
19 Arguments with spouses 35
20 Loans more than 20 times your monthly income 31
21 Repayment of loan 30
22 Major change in responsibilities in work (promotion , demotion etc.,) 29
23 Son or daughter leaving home 29
24 In laws troubles 29
25 Outstanding personal achievements 28
26 Wife beginning or ceasing work outside the home 26
27 Beginning or ceasing formal schooling 26
28 Major change in leaving conditions (new home, etc) 25
29 Revision of habits habits 24
30 Troubles with the Boss 23
31 Major change in working hours or conditions 20
32 Change in residence 20
33 Changing to a new school 20
34 Major change in usual type of recreation 19
35 Major change in church activities 19
36 Major change in social activities 18
37 Taking a loan less  that 5 months salary 17
38 Major change in sleeping habits 16
39 Major change in number of family get- together 15
40 Major change in eating habits 15
41 Occasion 13
42 Christmas – festivals 12
43 Minor violation of law (traffic rules) 11

ACTION PLAN FOR STUDY TECHNIQUES
1. Is there a magical formula for study – a magician was asked – his reply was  HARD WORK –
2. No Royal road to Learning
3. Royal road to learning – it is hard, steep, rough road –
4. It is also possible for you to activate your brain cells and increase your intelligence -  a genius is not born but made –
5. Alexander Hamilton – “All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the efforts that I make are  what people are pleased  to call the fruits of genius. It is fruit of labour  and thought.
6. Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration – Edison
7. You are bound to hear of people of average intelligence who have come up the hard way through sheer determination and hard work. History is full of them.
8. Whether you are a poor student, an average student, or a good student, you can become a better student –
9. So you must be prepared to seat it out, to ‘perspire’, if you want to experience the joy of being a ‘genius’
2. What is hard work?
10. Hardwork – If you just keep running round in circles people will believe you are hard working – it is not –
11. When people have little work to do they stretch it out to fill the time. But in reality they are not able to complete any task properly – dragging a task causes boredom and even fatigue –
12. Hard work implies making the maximum use of each minute of every hour you decide to spend on study, and giving generously all the time you need to fulfill your study requirements.
13. “Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing that you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson which ought to be learned, and however early a man’s training begins it is probably the last he learns thoroughly.” T.H. Huxley.
14. Getting the maximum benefit out of all the time you invest in studying – the real art in studying is  to achieve a great deal  in as short a time as possible.
3. The key to successful study
15. Getting optimum results in the least time possible  is efficiency – You work almost automatically with great ease and speed and obtain a high level of success –
16. As you developed typing skill, you discovered that you were putting in less and less effort – you pressed the key automatically – rapidly, accurately and easily – you become efficient – 13
17. What is said of typing applies to the learning of skills in other fields too, whether it is  the guitar, or basket ball or essay writing –
18. “Striving and struggling is the worst way you can set about doing anything… the more effort you make, the less effect you produce. Ease and strength, effort and weakness, go together” B. Shaw
4. General guidelines to efficiency in study
(a) Use your potential to the maximum
(b) Increase your accuracy in learning
(c) Examine your study habits
(d) Have deadlines
(e) Count your success
19. (a) Use your potential to the maximum – Potential refers to the qualities you possess within you and which need to be developed – many are blissfully ignorant of their potential – 13
20. The engine of a speeding truck caught fire off a rather lonely highway – driver called on a house nearby -  loaded with fire-extinguishers – 400 of them  - only doing his job he had not  cared to ask what he was carrying – 14
21. Many of you may not have looked into yourself seriously to discover the talents hidden there. You cannot become efficient in study unless you discover your strengths and capabilities and make effective use of them – 14
22. Following is a sample list of qualities (1) I have a fair/above average intelligence (2) I have a powerful memory (3) I am quick at figures (4) I do not give up easily a problem (5) I am interested in reading much – add your other qualities 14
23. You will increase your confidence once you know your potential – 14
23 (b) Increase your accuracy in learning: Continue making mistakes – wrong with your methods of learning -  seek effective remedies –
24 © Examine your study habits -  Answer honestly YES  or NO  (1) Do you know in the morning how you are going to spend the day  (2)Do you give enough time for study  (3) Do you find difficulty in starting to study?  (4)  Do you sit at your desk for hours on end but very little gets done? (5) Do you do all your work in exhausting fits and starts? (6) Do you often have to work under pressure  (7) Work left unfinished? (8) Are you in the habit of procrastinating? Are you satisfied with doing a job hurriedly, haphazardly rather than responsibly and methodically? (9) Are you aware of method of your study?
25 (d) Have deadline: To increase your efficiency and effectiveness in study, you must set for yourself a deadline for each task and do your best  to stick to it. Most students work better under a little pressure. A self- imposed  deadline can provide the pressure you need to stick to your task until you complete it.16
26 (e) Count your success: - Increase in your average marks – teachers praise you for your progress – feedback – satisfaction – motivated to study even better – learning will become an exciting and satisfying process, not a dull, frustrating experience – the taste of success will make you aim high –
27 Magical formula – Summary – (1) have a definite reason to study – (2) the highly motivated student work hard – for there is no royal road to learning – hard work is the magical formula – genius can be cultivated – One who is efficient has developed good study habits – uses time economically – has mastered certain skills so as to study easily and effectively – (3) General guidelines – (a) Know your potential, talents, use them fully – (b) Increase your accuracy learning by reducing your mistakes – (c) have a right attitude to study – set deadlines – (d) use the feedback you receive for further progress in study
Study Habits
28. You do not get as much studying done as you want – waste a great deal of time flitting from one thing to another – difficulty in settling down to study – you do not know how to handle your study time to advantage so as to really accomplish something –
1. What are your study habits?
29. Do you keep a written study schedule?
30. Do you study in a place away from TV and other distractions/
31. Do you usually study every day in the same place?
32. Does your desk have anything on it that might distract you?
33. Is your time wisely distributed?
34. Do you spend too much time on less important subject?
35. Do you take time to get warmed up?
36. Do you generally study with music on?
37. Does too much of social life interfere with your study?
38. Are you aware of your own behaviour pattern of study?
39. Does dislike of certain subjects/teachers affect your study?
40. Keep a time-log – minute by minute record of how you spend your study time. Do this for just one week.
41. Find out which areas you tend to waste time or which disturbances and distractions you have failed to control –
42. Sarala’s study pattern – Sits for study – desk in a mess – rearranges -  stretches out her arms – how much home work – teachers don’t have sense – how they could be little more understanding – picks up English text book – flops down on bed – goes to telephone to call Vandana – 7 minutes on English assignments – lies down on bed – opens English book – read – tune the radio – not to miss her favourite program – mother shouts at  to shut down the radio – shuts down radio – reads for a few minutes -  see the watch – what time – grumbles English assignment not completed – phone call – Anuradha – enquired about maths assignment – does Sanskrit assignment – leave it and does some make up -  mother says it is time to go to bed -  feels dog-tired – maths  - she feels she may fail – takes maths book – tosses some pages and then go to sleep -
43. Countless surveys have shown that the above pattern is common to most students, especially those in college. Such frittering away of time is the major stumbling block to effective study -  try to solve it slowly and carefully with practice and determination -
 43. Efficiency is not something that you get naturally by birth – it has to be cultivated by constant and deliberate practice of effective study skills –
44. Skills are acquired through  constant habit – A habit is literally mean a garment  or behaviour pattern  which has not grown naturally out of the body but has been put on externally. Habit becomes second nature to a person –
45. Without habit you would not be able to make any progress whatsoever – the greater the number of desirable habits you possess the more efficient will you be – 25
46. Good study habits – minimum of fuss and a maximum of concentration – proper use of time – keep a regular routine and a well-ordered study schedule –
47.The Value of a Schedule -  Know what and when  you are going to study – very simple device, a satisfactory study schedule -  A schedule saves time -  right thing at the right time – not flitting from one task to another -  helps you to manage your time well – prevents you from leaving things to chance or to the mood of the moment – prevents risk of postponing – provide you with ample time for other activities other than study –
48. Why is a schedule necessary?  Three types of activities – school – extra-curricular – personal – there will be time for everything and everything in its time – mind is methodical –
49. The right approach to a study schedule -  schedule too difficult to stick to it – check what went wrong – give yourself a token reward – prepare a schedule and let it serve as a goal towards which you must work – gives you the habit of study –
50. How to prepare a schedule? Ideal time-table for study ? No – follow the schedule of a person topping the class – No – you have to take into consideration your own  interests, abilities, availability of time and behaviour pattern – breakdown on paper of your daily activities – where your time really goes – workable time table – Indicate the number of hours you spend daily – number of days per week  you spend for each activity – arrange them in order of difficulty for you – you must keep the least subject for the end – mind needs some cooling down – divide your time for each day – allocate definite periods of study for each subject –
51. Advantages of being specific – save time in deciding – prepared for the subject – pencil – compass – if you keep your time limits you will do justice to all your subjects – discipline yourself to tackle difficult tasks –
52. Some general guidelines – timing of learning -  distributing study time – five different subjects in five hours than one subject for five hours – short break seven to nine minutes – not too long break -  do not take too many breaks -  get up and stretch – walk around – get something to eat or drink – mental to physical -  priorities lined up – be fair to yourself – your need should supercede your likes and dislikes – it is important to do the right thing than to do things right – test how it works – revise if necessary – critical look at it quite frequently – see whether any temporary or permanent changes are needed – your schedule should be rigid enough to be effective yet flexible -  convenient plan for the week’s activities – the earlier in the day you study, the more efficient will you be – the more you can study during the day, the more recreation you can schedule in the evening –
53. How to make your time table work? Time table in your pocket book -  wall – study desk -  hit you in the eye and remind you what you should be doing -  what particular work you are going to do -  regular place – regular time –
54. Study habits = summary – most students who spend long hours in study generally waste  - or fail to use productively – half the time – a time log is an eye opener – it gives you an idea of how you spend your time – a study schedule is a valuable tool  - a well made workable study schedule will bring you quick results – regularity and patience are two virtues to be practised  if you wish to stick to your time table – get into the habit – and you will soon become an efficient student –
Appendix – How to Relax?
55. Tensions are a part of life – all activity uses up energy – job requiring concentration or careful attention to detail – excessive load of tension- losing a good deal of energy -  energy is drained out – feel exhausted, fatigue sets in –
56. Factors causing fatigue – monotonous routine – partly finished jobs – work poorly done – not doing work you are fitted for – all work and no play – inactivity – lack of interest and enthusiasm – pessimism – indecision – diffidence and timidity -  too emotional – worry – fear – bad habits – rushed feeling – insecurity – guilt – inferiority complex –
57. Normal to get tired at times – chronic fatigue due to aimlessness -  in life – sense of failure – unexplainably and irritably tired -  specialised treatment needed –
58. Fatigue is the outcome of physical exhaustion  - nature’s way of warning you – limit of endurance – take a breather – flush out the chemical poisons – sustained physical effort – good night’s sleep –
59. A reasonable measure of physical health and well-being is essential to all learning – physical discomfort low energy reduce enjoyment and interest in learning – relaxation necessary –
60. Relaxation: means of recuperating, restoring lost energy – sports movies, parties , conversation with friends., strolls – real relaxation some thing more than this – notice residual tension – breathing irregular – heavy breaths -  pulse-rate blood pressure and body temperature slightly higher – body not still -  moving one or other parts of the body – wrinkles on the forehead –
61. Methods of Relaxation: (a) Progressive Relaxation – muscles contract – learn to prevent it – conscious of its presence – aware of the muscular contractions – purposefully and consciously relax the tensed muscles -  become a habit – control your tensions automatically – progressively relaxing all the groups of muscles – contract them, tense them purposefully, consciously – feel the tension, the tightness then relax them slowly -  lie flat on your back – eye muscles first  head to toe -  toe to top -  feel the tension being released from each of these areas – (b) Differential Control _ not whole but only  those set of muscles – continuous writing – hand muscles – contract and release – (c) Long reading tension in the neck -  raise your shoulders as high as possible -–count ten and then release -  close your eyes and roll your head – clockwise and anti-clockwise -  (d) Physical tension affects the eyes -  eye-strain – impaired vision -  headache -  relax the eyes – massage the area around the eyes – cup your closed eyes – bathe your eyes with cold water – (e) General physical tension – prolonged study – break – change of activity – once kind of mental activity to another – (f) Yawning and stretching – yawning when bored -  frees from constriction – cat as your model -  breathe in fresh air – 42
Part Two  -  Study Skills
62. General Introduction – previous part – motivation and habit – a study skill is a technique or method for learning – efficiency means short cuts in learning – easily, quickly and skillfully – three basic skills – (a) finding what you want – (b) fixing it in your mind and (c) organising it for use – make a determined effort to use them in your study – quality of study improve – better use of study time – enjoy your work more – efficiency in study – pleasure in mastering even the most difficult subject – more independent and stand on your own leg – succeed in other things –
The Strategy of Study
Introduction
63. Apply mainly  to text-book kind of material – Workable study-schedule – ready to work hard – what you want to study – next hour – best possible use of the hour – eager to learn as much as you can – what is the best way to go about it? 49
64. Own approach – little tricks and techniques – same material in some what different ways – different techniques are suited to different people – 49
65. General rules – differences in their individual styles –
Five Basic Skills (a) Foreseeing  (2) Inquiring, (3) Reacting, (4) Speaking out  (5) Teleprinting (FIRST)
66. First Step – Foreseeing – seeing before – when you know what is coming, you can get ready to tackle it well – suspense causes  tension, even anxiety – foresee the probable questions – feel confident – plan – little suspense is good -  keeps you alert and prevents you from becoming complacent – total suspense is like walking blindfolded in a strange country – foreseeing save you from many pitfalls – forewarned is forearmed – familiar terrain – plan your moves, your approach to it, confidently –
67. The Aim – Man who was lost in the forest – wandered aimlessly – got an idea – hurried up the highest peak – climbed the tallest tree – saw the forest – steam that he could follow downhill to the nearest house -  - he took good note of certain landmarks – found his way – 51
68. Aim is to find your way through your text book rather easily – overall view of the book – what to expect from it – 51
69. Map of a territory – photographs are then pieced together; a map is created – mountains, ravines, rivers, forests – map serves as a useful guide to town-planners, engineers, travellers – signposts – 51
70. Text book as a large terrain, each chapter is like a photograph of a particular area -  several signposts – title, heading, sub-heading, illustrations etc.  have a good look at all the photographs before you begin the journey – trip with confidence – direction the author is taking –
71. The main purpose of the foreseeing technique is to help you get an overall view of the books’ structure and content – do not get lost in details – travel smoothly and safely to the end – 52
Procedure – Title page – author’s name and his status – publishing date – authoritative – author well known -  educational background -  reputable publishers – a responsible publisher does not knowingly publish a book unless it is authoritative – copy right indication year – revised – reprinted – how up-to-date
97 chemical elements have been discovered. This statement appeared in a textbook published in 1949. The following year, Californium, the 98th element, was discovered. 53 Table of contents – the main part of the book provides you chapter by chapter, with the detailed subject matter – footnotes – source of information – pictures, tables, maps, graphs, cartoons – the best way the author uses to present particular ideas – a picture is worth a thousand words”  not skip them – appendix additional information – glossary – technical words – bibliography – list of books, pamphlets and magazines – index – topics presented – page numbers the important aspects appear –
How to Foresee a Chapter learnt how to foresee a book as a whole – by previewing and surveying – look before you leap – take not of all the signposts in the chapter – heading, subheadings, words appear in italics or in darker print – emphasise important terms, concepts and principles – summary and questions -  - foreseeing is useful and necessary – save you a lot of time in the long run – what you are reading and why your are reading – you will be able to concentrate better – 55-56
Foresseing – Summary: (1) Foreseeing means ‘seeing before’, predicting (2) Since forewarned is forearmed, the technique reduces unnecessary tensions in study (3) the aim to get an overall view, a feel of the book, before actually reading it. (4) a text book is well structured from cover to cover. The chapters contain signposts like headings, subheadings, italics, illustrations, graphs, and so on to guide the reader along (5) Foreseeing gives you a sense of direction, it makes you confident in tackling the matter, it increases your power of concentration 
Second Step : Inquiring – obtain information by asking questions – makes the reader active not passive – powerful and flexible of study techniques – a set of questions that you want answered – stimulus to learning for they give you a sense of purpose and keep you alert – active researcher – passive browser
“I keep six honest serving men
 They taught me all I knew
 Their names are What and Why and
 When and How and Where and Who.”  Rudyard Kipling
An Inventory
Questions help you to be an active reader; they compel you to apply your ;mind to your study.  Develop the habit of asking plenty of questions -  make an effort to ask questions, deliberately, consciously. But once you have the habit the questions will pop up automatically – 59
Students who read an assignment in order to answer questions based on it, understand the material better, and remember it longer.
Inquiring in order to Foresee
An effective way of developing the art of inquiry is to practise asking questions. Some general questions – what is this book about? – How is this book organised? Does it contain any illustrations, instructional aids? – What is its relationship ;to the course content? – How can I use it effectively.
Summary – The inquiry technique is like an interview. It implies a dialogue between the book and the reader – The aim – To make you ask plenty of questions, so that the idea in a book come alive – Inquiring increases your concentration and forces you to take in specific details – it helps you understand the material better and remember it longer – It also prepares you to face the examinations more confidently. 64
Third Step – Reacting – suggests mental activity or alertness -  Alexander Pope categorises those who go through the motions of education passively as “bookful blockheads” or “literate ignoramuses” 65
For the minds of such people are at rest while their eyes labour uselessly from word to word, paragraph after paragraph, in the end they have not the slightest idea of what they have read, they learn nothing. 65
In order to become a critical reader, you should force the author to prove all his statements. Look out for limitations, exceptions, contradictions, arguments…against those he puts forward
Summary – Reacting prevents you from becoming a “bookful blockheads” – Te aim is to keep you mentally alert so as to get fully involved in all learning situations – Reacting enables you to read critically – you learn to distinguish facts, assumptions and opinions – 69
Fourth Step – Speaking out – Reciting orally what you have been studying – matter remains permanently in your mind – During the pause close the book and try to recall what you have read –
Summary – an effective way of remembering information and transmitting knowledge – The aim is to ensure a high level of comprehension – it reduces the rate of forgetting – makes sure  you have understood – gives practice for the examinations – 75
Fifth Step – Teleprinting – distant printing – imprinted on your memory – as time passes you experience a fading out of this printed material – by going over the main points again – repetition –
Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist – Meaningless Nonsense syllables -  41.8% forgotten in 20 minutes – 55.8% in 1 hour – 66.3% in 1 day and 78.9% in 1 month – 77 – Meaningful Material – one-third in 2 days – Half in 7 days and three-fourths in a month -  fix what you learn firmly in the memory –
Summary – you teleprint information on your brain through regular repetition and review – the aim is to help you fix the matter firmly on your memory – overlearning is one effective way of ensuring that ideas get well printed on your memory – 80
 READING
Poor readers are poorest achievers in schools and colleges – 85 Speed is necessary – Some do not remember even half of what they read – 85
Reading is a complex activity -  integration of a number of important skills –
Characteristics of a skilled reader (1) Read for specific purpose – (2) Critical of the matter he reads (3) Selective –  does not read word by word -  read for ideas – thought sequences -  not all ideas or bits of information have equal importance – not all text needed -  even skip them – selects only the most important ideas that apply to the specific purpose – (4) Flexible approach to the matter – poor reader has only one reading rate – same slow rate – adapts his reading speed to his specific purpose – remember the main points in preparation for a test – fairly slow – writing down these points – Social Studies and English texts can be read much faster than science and mathematics – When to read fast and slow – (6) Economises on time – use no more time than is necessary for him to accomplish his purpose in reading –
A Fundamental Principle – Reading furnishes us only with the materials of knowledge – it is thinking that makes what we read, ours – unless we chew them over again they will not give us strength and nourishment – books are the window through which the soul looks out” H.W. Beecher. Thinking, unfortunately is alien to a good many students – Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week. Shaw evaluating, balancing and comparing –
Thinking -  thinking out is educative – but thinking by itself, on life, on things in general – must be cultivated in order to develop a fully integrated personality – the long years of education are mostly concerned with knowledge – fact is piled upon fact and little if any time is spent with the basic technique of thinking – skill in thinking is treated as a by-product that ought to follow detailed attention to specific subjects – we are all supposed to think, but only it seems in order to solve some problem or to reach some decision – we err by reading too much and out of proportion to what we think
How to read for ideas? – Readers, four categories (a) an hour-glass – leaving not a trace behind – (b) sponge – return it almost unaltered, only a little dirtier – (3) jelly-bag – what is pure to pass away – retain only the refuse and the dregs – (4) slaves in the diamond-mines of Golconda – casting aside everything worthless, preserved only the pure gem -  how easily you can locate the gem – main ideas in the text – main idea of a paragraph-
Where is the main idea placed in a paragraph? – definition of a paragraph – only one idea – find that one idea in a paragraph – begins his paragraph by stating the main idea – summary sentence – artistic purpose – lead up to his main idea rather than start with it – main idea is not expressed in a single sentence or even made explicit at all – make your own summary -  reading to get the main ideas is essential to good outlining
Paragraph Structure – All paragraphs have a definite structure – topic sentence (1) topic sentence at the beginning (2) topic sentence at the end – (3) topic sentence in the middle – (4) two topic sentences – (5) Special type – no single sentence can be said to carry the main idea – Example rainbow and sun –
Extracting important details – A second major purpose in reading is to locate important details -  I get the main ideas, but not the details – main detail is what the main idea is based upon -  - it is a fact or a group of facts -  when you review the passage the first time pay more attention to the details rather than to the main idea –
Reading Comprehension- In order to correctly pick out the main idea and the important details you must first understand the passage well -  General Principles (a) passage easy, read fast – (b) difficult – vary your speed – (c) read the questions first, though given at the end – (d) read the passage carefully and critically, looking for the answers – (d) answer the questions to the point – base your answers only on the information given in the passage – don’t add – (e) watch out for the too-easy questions –
Speed Reading – Average student – speed about 250 words per minute -  possible 10,000 w.p.m.the extra time that you get can be used for revision – when a person is trained to read faster can comprehend much faster – speed helps your attention focussed on your reading -  driving a car at a speed of 10 km has more trouble concentration – 70 km p.h – concentration increases with reading rate –speed automatically brings about a certain rhythm in your reading – rhythm helps comprehension – higher speeds force you to read by phrases rather than word by word –
What is the Ideal Speed? – no ideal speed – speed should be flexible depending upon the purpose and the toughness of the matter –
How do you determine your speeding rate?      500/No. of Minutes =  Speed in words per minute
What controls your reading rate? The eyes track across the page, and the mind takes in what the eyes see – interdependent – speed improvement largely depends upon your eye’s movement – use your eyes efficiently – when you read, your eyes move from left to right – forward sweep – also move quickly from right to left – return sweep – jerky stop-go-stop-go movements – get the meaning or words only when your eyes pause – not when they are moving – sees most clearly what it fixates – the number of words you see at one glance is called your recognition span – the better reader you are the fewer your eye pauses and wider your recognition span – to improve your reading rate, you must decrease your fixation pauses by increasing your recognition span –
How can you improve your recognition span? – Poor reader – word by word -  read group of words – develop a keen “phrase sense – read meaningful phrases –
Rules for Reading by Phrases – (a) Read by thought units – (b) Read between the lines – Read rhythmically – train your eyes to move at a regular pace or rhythm, from phrase to  phrase, smoothly -  too many breaks make the going slow and uncomfortable –
What are the factors that hinder reading speed? – (a) talking to yourself – say words aloud or if you pronounce them softly with your ;lips or other speech muscles, you definitely slow down your reading – stop subvocalizing so you can read faster – (b) head movements -  keep the head still – eyes move along the line in a series of fixations – (c) compulsive regression -  stop and re-read it in order to comprehend – in reading each word is like a step forward – to regress means to go back and forth every few steps – reader I not reading with a purpose – his eyes wander back and forth aimlessly, just as his mind does – compulsive regression should not be confused with purposeful regression when you reread a word or phrase in order to question, recall, or unravel a long train of thought – (d) defective eyesight – blurring and dancing of the print – blinking and watering of the eyes, inflamed eyelids, and headaches after reading for quite a short while make sure your eyes are good health –
Reading at leisure : reading is necessary for your mental development as well as for your growth as a person. The mind is but a barren soil; it is soil soon exhausted and will produce no crop or only one unless it be continually fertilised and enriched with foreign matter – read for ideas – read to understand – read to learn – leisure reading widens your horizon, sharpens your perception, increases your word power and knowledge - . make reading as a habit – 15 minutes of reading – 250 words per minute – 250 X 15 = 3,750, 26,250 per week, 1,05,200 every month and 12,62,400 word per annum – average book 75,000 words – 18 books in a year – make books your friends – reading is to the mind what exercise to the body – there is a world of difference between the tired man who wants a book to read and the eager man who wants to read a book.”
Some useful tips: read selectively – what you expect – purpose of magazine – political – business – sports – advertising – know the author’s background – watch out for hidden explosives –
How to read a newspaper – headlines and pictures – two different newspapers – opposing views
Summary – (1) reading is a complex activity that requires many skill in order to be done effectively – (2) A skilled reader is purposeful, critical, selective, flexible, and economical to time – (3) reading and thinking make for high intelligence – (4) reading and understanding means (a) locating the topic sentence and main ideas in each paragraph (b) listing all the important details in a paragraph (5) speed reading increases your comprehension – speed in reading can be developed by practising – eye movements that increase recognition span – phrase reading (6) speed reading is affected adversely by vocalising (subvocal sounds) head movements )along the page) – compulsive regression (backward glances) – defective eyesight (7) leisure reading to be done effectively requires  sill – it is necessary “exercise” for the mind  

NOTE-TAKING AND NOTE-MAKING
The palest ink is better than the most retentive memory Chinese proverb – take notes to remind you -  during lectures – rough – unorganised – short-hand – make notes when you organise your rough notes – put together all related ideas – easy to read format –
1. How good are you at notes – Do you at times regret that you have not taken enough reading or lecture notes – more notes – blanks and gaps – how to combine books and lecture notes – borrow notes because your notes you can’t understand – use your notes effectively while studying –
2. Why take notes – To learn – new fact and ideas into your own words – impersonal to personal point of view – condense the material -  to keep you mentally alert – increases your absorption – to help you remember – select the essential fact from the non-essential fact – to keep you thinking -  superb mental training – to review for the examinations –
3. Taking notes in class – note taking keeps their distractions away and forces them to concentrate – test is not given immediately – factor of forgetting – impossible to link all the main points correctly – good notes depend on selection of ideas -  you must learn to select critically only those statements which are vital to the understanding  of the topic under discussion – satisfied with the rough rather than finalised notes – note-making must be done later during study-time – blame lecturers – not organised, confusing – examine the situation very sincerely -  not spring from laziness – to escape hard work – day dreaming – Why lecture notes are useful – (a) permanent record – for revision – subsequent study – (b) react intelligently – enrich intake of knowledge – (c) means of checking the accuracy of what you think the lecturer said (d) see concretely – not abstractly through listening – lecture notes help to stimulate organised  thinking -  reading text books easy – (f) note-takers obtain better results in tests and examinations than non-note taking – Facts that may be taken for granted (a) lecturer something definite to say – his specialisation – (b) matter organised manner –(c) emphasis most important points – (a)use repetition , comparison, contracts, analysis, illustrations, (e) speak faster than you take notes (f)  either listen or write (g) take notes to review the material or revive your memory – (h) notes well organised are easier to follow
4. The Art of Listening – School to college – best education in the world by the world’s worst teachers (college teachers) school teachers are well trained – students should develop the art of listening critically for better results – There is good deal more to listening than just hearing sounds – paying attention to distinguished sounds and understanding spoken words - - active process – the good listener is constantly thinking, evaluating and making connections – study skills – hear, analyse, select and record – Goods listening is difficult – reasons (a) speaker’s pace  may not be yours – (b) cannot choose the time and place for listening – cannot put aside a lecture – (c) distractions in the class room – presence of others – (d) conversation is a fleeting things what is said gone the next – (e) annoying mannerism (f) reactions of others may make you to pass fast judgements – Suggestions for better listening – two kinds of listening – good listening and not listening at all – (a) get ready – important information may be in the very beginning - - first ten minutes – develop the power to listen well for the rest of the period – (b) listen to listen purposefully – (c)  do not let other sound distract you – (d) wander – serious effort – asked a question – embarrassment – (e) listen critically, thoughtfully and with understanding – if you do not understand a point ask questions – (f) think ahead  of your teacher as he speaks -  What kind of Note-book should you us – one bound note-book – fresh page – heading date – ring file – loose sheets of paper – label each set of notes – Rules for taking notes in class – (a) Prepare for the lecture -  easier to listen to him right from the start – (b) Do more listening than writing – make notes of the items emphasised by the lecturer – repeats several times – listen till you understand a point before you write it down – (c) take complete notes – one point following the other -  (d) be highly selective -  write in full only important quotations, specific facts such as dates, references, formulas, etc (e) use your own short-hand – (f) develop  your system and stick to it – (g) have an attractive format  (h) keep your note book neat – (I) revise your notes after the lecture – (j) write questions – turn headlines, sub-headings, key word and main-idea sentences into questions –
5. Summary – (1) Note-taking and note making are valuable tools for efficient stud. They help (a) to personalise what you learn (b) to keep you mentally alert and concentrating (c) to provide you with a written record that helps revision and memory (d) to give you mental training, thus increasing your power f thinking (e) to keep you prepared for the examinations (2) To take effective lecture notes: (a) develop listening skills (b) understand first then summarise (c) do not attempt to take down word-for-word (d) use your own shorthand (e) be highly selective (f) take 'complete' notes  (3)For effective textual notes (a) reduce the matter to main ideas and important supporting details (b) formulate questions and find answers to them from the text (c) write out the answers in your own words           (d) outline a chapter or main section (e) mark your text book correctly for easy reference (4) General tips (a) write all notes, even ‘rough’ ones, legibly, neatly (b) organise your notes in an easy-to-read format (c) leave space for remarks, additions, etc (d) revise your notes regularly.   

EXAMINATION
1. Introduction:  Is it passing examination without studying – no – presupposes previous chapters – examinations bring urgency to the life of students -  bordering on panic – hostelites night turns into day – no other activities – radio switched on only to know the cricket score -  atmosphere heavy with tension – these students are not studying throughout the year – managed earlier without much study – begin studying each subject from the scratch – rush for notes, guides – efficient student not like this – he has his notes in order – reviewing his notes – ample  time for planning – not lose confidence or sleep – minimise anxieties, grievances, griping and emotional upset – ‘examination fear’ –
2. Attitude towards examinations – consider trials of life – terribly upset -  grades depends on examinations – personal esteem and career prospects on grades – only lazy and inefficient student has to fear no efficient student – go with air of confidence and anticipation – mild tension is unavoidable – general thinking brainy students get good grade – average low grade – not true – if the brain has not worked what should the  brainy students do – examinations are unfair, you may feel – may be but can’t be helped – tests only the memory power -  no test how effectively the students have incorporated what they learnt in the life – examination measures only a very small segment of his real worth as a person -  he must learn to judge himself on the basis of his  own inner convictions rather than rely fully on his grades -  pray God – God helps those who help themselves – pray scientifically for strength and courage and determination – for good memory – pray for wisdom to use the facts intelligently –
3. Why Tests and Examinations – measuring device to find out  whether you have done your work -  how accurately you have learned your subject – it checks how well you have mastered your subject -  reviewing devices to help in the learning process -  good incentive for study – examination  best method of learning -  greatest aids to learning – study better when test comes –
General Preparation – conscientiously apply effective study techniques over a period of time – all learning skills pay off at the examinations -  general rule “be prepared”   for all the questions -  thorough mastery – feel rested and emotionally stable and calm – plan examination study schedule – time for other activities – live a normal life -  get your meals, sleep and recreation – work only a little harder than usual – done a reasonable amount of revision no problem of sleeping – go to bed early – staying whole night not good – not alert in the examination – difficult to organise the material for the answers – make up for the lost sleep later – upset the schedule – cutting down on other revision – nap
(The materials  on Study Techniques are taken from the book “How to Study” by Hedwig Lewis)
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A CTION PLAN TO ACTIVATE YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
(ONE MINUTE GENIUS-  Each item to be reflected for a minute)
1. BE crazy to be creative and original
2. Develop the abilities you already have.
3. Reply on yourself.
4. Perseverance is the key to any achievement
5. Don’t doubt about your abilities on any account.
6. Determine to be something in this world and you will be something.
7. Genius is nothing but continued attention
8. Give to the world the best you have
9. Do not let the personal handicaps hold you back
10. Begin and the work will be completed.
11. Your own resolution to succeed is more important.
12. Let the aim be single
13. Pursue your aim aggressively and persistently.
14. No work can be done without sacrifice.
15. Prepare yourself in advance for new opportunity
16. The man who wins is the man who thinks he can.
17. Every man stamps his own value upon himself,
18. Don’t get dejected over the rejection of others.
19. Cultivate the virtue of self-discipline.
20. Accept yourself with all your strengths and weaknesses
21. Each success achieved leads on to greater ones.
22. Your achievements show your own future.
23. You can constantly improve
24. Find happiness in your work.
25. A day without improvement is a day lost
26. Increase your personal dynamism and creative living.
27. Self-image sets the boundaries of your abilities.
28. Weep not for him who departs from life, for there is no suffering beyond death.
29. Memory is the treasure of the mind
30. If you do not plant knowledge when you are young, it will not give you shade when you are old.
31. Confidence is the key to unlock the doors to any achievement.
32. Knowledge and skills build confidence.
33. Search for the deepest inclination of your heart and follow it.
34. The past is to be dropped not because it is bad but because it is dead.
35. All suffering comes from a person’s inability to sit still and be alone.
36. There is no such thing as failure. There are only results
37. People are your greatest resources
38. Accept the inevitable
39. Work regularly at growing
40. Live in the joyous expectancy of the best
41. Advance confidently in the direction of your own dreams.
42. You have the potential for greatness.
43. Don’t label yourself as a failure
44. There is no abiding success without commitment.
45. Hard work lays genius on the line.
46. Find fault with yourself, not with others.
47. Today is the very life of life.
48. Have victory over self.
49. Clean your Inner or Subconscious Mind of all wrong mental pictures.
50. Make up your mind to do your level best each day.
51. Action is the supreme law of life
52. Show them, do not tell them.
53. Believe in effort, not in fate.
54. Don’t wait, start right now.
55. Indulge in pure thoughts
56. Be yourself.. Imitation is suicidal
57. Cherish an ideal and devote yourself for its realization
58. Turn your liabilities into assets.
59. Don’t expect that God can give you everything.
60. Prepare with patience.
61. Through firm devotion to duty man gains in excellence.
62. ACHIEVEMENT of whatever kind is the crown of effort and the diadem of thought.
63. Beautify your life with inner glow than outer show.
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ACTION PLAN FOR SUCCESFUL LIVING
1. There are as many different definition of success  as there are human beings.
2. Many tend to equate success solely with material possessions.
3. Success if it is to be meaningful, must be a personal thing.
4. It varies from individual  to individual as personality varies.
5. Too often we conform to the outside world in our success patterns without thought or analysis, just as we conform in other departments of living.
6. Success cannot be composed of outward signs or appearances, but only of intangible  personal values stemming from a mature philosophy.
7. When Gandhiji dies his earthly possessions were: a pair of spectacles – a few simple garments – a spinning wheel – a pair of chapels – a book – is he a success or a failure? A man is rich in the preparation of things he can let alone. Life to Gandhiji seemed a process, a gradual divestment of needs. From a squalling infant in the cradle who needs everything, the human being, if he lives successfully, gradually matures into an adult who needs virtually nothing. This is not to say that poverty should be the goal.
8. Success is not just money or position in essence. It is the total fulfillment of your innate potential as a human being.
9. There are certain factors to be found in true success whether it be success of Tatas or Birlas or of a Mahatma Gandhi.
10. There are five dynamic factors in success
(a) Purpose
(b) Accept ups and downs – Take batting average into consideration
(c) Pay the price
(d) Satisfaction
(e) Love of humanity through your contribution
11. PURPOSE – Develop purpose in life. Then you would feel that your energies and creative thought are taking you somewhere, and there is satisfaction in that journey. Success to be true must have an abiding sense of purpose. Otherwise, you may vegetate successfully, but you cannot live successfully.

12. BATTING AVERAGE You cannot expect every hour be filled with successful venture. There can be valleys of failure. If you cannot bear a moment to failure, you can never taste success. You should be able to absorb  occasional failure, with close touch to reality that occasional failure is inevitable. In this process you would waste less energy in fretting over it so that you may have more energy with which to bid for the success you seek.
13. PAY THE PRICE – There is no success for free. The joy of success, you should understand must be obtained by the effort you put into it. This is a mystical aspect of human character, which exists in all of us.
14. SATISFACTION: It differs from person to person. For one, satisfaction may stem from amassing a fortune but for another may come from writing of a poem. Success must be enjoyed. It may be won with tears but it must be crowned with laughter. Without the inner laughter, that is satisfaction, you can hardly be successful. Instead of warmth inside there is barrenness. It all depends upon your own attitude.
15. LOVE OF HUMANITY – success for the gratification of one’s own  cannot be termed a real success. You can be  considered as more successful to the extent that you are capable of showing love and affection to each and everyone without  discrimination. This can be demonstrated in your anxiety to contribute something useful to the society at large.
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ACTION PLAN FOR TIME MANAGEMENT
I. DEVELOP TIME CONSCIOUSNESS
1. Time is the SCARCEST resource.
2. Even GOLD worth crores is not so valuable as time.
3. Are you in EARNEST? Seize this very minute.
II. FORMULATE GOALS & OBJECTIVES:
4. GOALS obtainable and objectively quantifiable.
5. INERNAL & EXTERNAL GOALS.
6. GOALS and projects to be translated into monthly, weekly and DAILY ACTIVITIES.
7. Time LOG should  be maintained.
8. Update your goals and strategies.
III. SET PRIORITIES
9. Aware of the LIMITATION of your time frame.
10. Allow time CUSHION. Provide for eventualities.
11. Prepare TO- DO- LIST every morning and also review it.
12. Group RELATED Activities to be taken together.
13. Priority to activities bringing RICH DIVIDENDS.
IV. ENHANCE PERSONAL QUALITIES
14. Intuitively know WHAT NOT TO DO.
15. Tactfully avoid  many DEMANDS OF OTHERS on your time.
16. ASSERTIVENESS will pay in the long run.
17. Avoid PROCRASTINATION. Begin and then the work will be completed.
18. Punctuality
19. Discard PREFECTIONISM.
20. APPLY PARETO’S RULES- 20 percent of what you do would yield 80 percent of the result- concentrate on 20 percent.
V DEVELOP TEAM SPIRIT:
21. MOTIVATE your staff to elicit cooperation.
22. Not to allow your staff to  LEAN on you too much.
23. Not to involve in the FRICTION between your staff.
24. ABSENTEEISM should be viewed seriously.
25. Time consuming PROCEDURE modified to speedy ones.
26. Continuous TRAINING of staff.
VI. REFINE PROFESSIONAL SKILLS:
27. Learn to use personal COMPUTERS
28. Draft simple and effective LETERS
29. Prepare REPORTS.
30. Improve COMMUNICATION abilities.
31. Learn SPEED READING
32. Acquire MEMORY skills.
33. Memorize CALENDAR.
VII. DEAL WITH INTERRUPTIONS:
34. Unexpected VISITORS
35. TELEPHONE calls.
36. PERSONAL  interruptions.
VIII. ORGANISE PROFESSIONAL LIFE:
37. Prepare TIME BUDGET for every unit of work.
38. Prepare a series of ACTION PLANS
39. DIARIES may be utilized for time budget.
40. REVIEW YOUR work in terms of time budget.
41. Totally devote all your attention to ONE PROJECT at a time.
IX.  ORGANISE PROFESSIONAL LIFE:
42. Attend MEETINGS with proper agendas
43. Maintain proper FILING system.
44. DELEGATE judiciously.
45. Streamline PAPER WORK.
XI. ORGANISE PERSONAL LIFE:
46. Maintain good HEALTH
47. Spend sufficient time with your FAMILY members.
48. RELAX comfortably during your free time.
49. Attend to most important work during PEAK ENERGY HOURS.
50. Read books and journals on Self-improvement
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ACTION PLAN TO DEVELOP TIME CONSCIOUSNESS
The following are some of the MOST I NSPIRING QUOTATIONS ON TIME MANAGEMENT: Go through them carefully and diligently. They would definitely create in you a sense of Time consciousness and motivate you to utilize your time most Productively and creatively:
1. Do you love life. Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
2. Even gold worth crores is not so valuable as a single moment in one’s LIFE. Therefore, he who wastes his time is committing a serious crime.
3. If you choose to live a full life, you must appreciate the importance of time and of self-discipline. Appropriate utilization of time enables you to enjoy both your work and your leisure. Self discipline means will power to do those things you know should be done before doing the things you want to do because they are more enjoyable. But attacking rather than procrastinating, you will often find time enough to do both. Since it is your time you are spending, you should master your time, not let it master you. And you can’t master your time until you’re first willing to master yourself.
4. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Only engage and then the mind grows heated; Begin, and then the work will be completed.
5. You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it you have to spin health, money, content, respect and the evolution of your immortal soul. Its right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality. All depends on that. Your happiness, the elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friends, depends on that.
6. How do you begin each day? At what hour do you rise? How do you commence your duties? In what frame of mind do you enter upon the sacred life of a new day? What answer can you give your heart to these important questions? You will find that much happiness follows upon the right or wrong beginning of the day, and that, when every day is wisely begun, happy and harmonious sequences will mark its course, and life in its totality will not fall short of the ideal blessedness.
7. The way you elect to spend your time determines the quality of your life.
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ACTION PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH WHATEVER YOU WANT
1. Your only limitations are those you set up in your own mind, or permit others to set up for you.
2. You should remember one very important thing that in life worth achieving is easy.
3. One of the most powerful forces in the world is the will of the man who believes in himself, who dares to aim high, to go confidently after the things that he wants from life.
4. “I can”  is the most powerful sentence. It is amazing how many people can use that sentence realistically. As you attend the program TRAINERS’ TRAINING, you should be able to use this emphatic phrase as frequently as possible.
5. You can do whatever you believe you can. You may not really know what you can accomplish until you try. Give things a chance to happen. No life is more  tragic than that of the individual who nurses a dream, an ambition, always wishing and hoping, but never giving it a chance to happen. This should never happen in your life.
6. There is only one thing left after all the arguments are weighed and all the costs measured. Do it. Try it. Quit talking about it and do it.
7. The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible
8. Don’t get discouraged with the negative and cynical attitudes of other people., They may not be your enemies, but it could  be your own friends and family members. We can easily handle our enemies but we have to be more cautious about your people who are very  close to you but will not encourage you in your own  pursuit.
9. It is common occurrence to find that someone would be keen to inform you, either through cynical look or contemptuous tone of voice, that what you plan to do or accomplish would meet with failure. Don’t lend your ears to such tacit suggestion. The fellow who can not earn even twenty thousand a year would give you his valuable suggestion why you can not make a lakh in a year.
10. If you have a dream, whatever it is, dare to believe it and to try it. Give it a chance to happen. If you have that flame of  a dream down inside you somewhere, thank God for it, and do something about it. And don’t let anyone else blow it out.
11. Believe you can, and You’ll find that you can! You will be surprised at how many good things can happen.
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ACTION PLAN TO AMASS FABULOUS WEALTH
1. Be a master, not a servant.
2. You can be a Master as a Professional or a Businessman.
3. To amass fabulous Wealth, one should necessarily be in business
4. The type of business one does has direct bearing on making fabulous wealth.
5. One should undertake business preferably in manufacturing or production
6. Get a new understanding of money
7. Love money. Don’t say that money is wicked don’t hate wealthy people
8. Bless every rupee that you send out and spend
9. Many wealthy people bless their money every morning and do it regularly.
10. Treat your money with respect, asking it to return to you multiplied thousand times. It will do so.
11. Be calculative of every pie you spend, but don’t have penny wise and pound foolish attitude.
12. If you want to earn huge money you have to invest more money.
13. Build your reserves as much as possible.
14. Trade on Equity should be your guiding principle.
15. Don’t hesitate to borrow for expanding your business but have certain amount of calculative risk
16. Never borrow from individuals but only from institutions.
17. Never lend loans, if necessary give it free to the extent possible
18. You have got to get the rich consciousness. Money is a magnet.
19. Carry always sufficient amount of money with you. Some of the wealthiest people in the world carry their money around with them in rolls. In preference to hard cash, carry credit cards
20. Fold a five hundred rupee note half lengthwise, then fold it into three and carry this wherever you go
21. Rub shoulders with the wealthy.
22. Live in the best locality
23. Don’t sleep too much. Be alert at all the time.
24. You must look, act and feel rich
25. Buy the best, whatever it might be, may be clothes, utensils, etc., if you can afford, try to have a car, telephone and other things which would improve your self-image to become fabulously rich.
26. Constantly equip your knowledge and develop your skills in the field of your business.
27. Learn to understand and interpret the implication of your Financial Statements through the process of financial Analysis.
28. If you want big money, no lies and cheating – if you indulge in such things you would lose your credibility and credit worthiness in the business circle.
29. Give as much as possible for charity.

30. Your attitude in doing business is to help people with quality product and services.
31. Concentrate more on what you can offer rather than on what you can grab as much as possible from the public.
32. Pay more attention to recruitment of people. Key positions should be entrusted to trusted, honest and efficient people.
33. Convert partnerships into private companies if formed among friends.
34. Understand and apply the principles and practices of Time and Stress Management.
35. Vedic Mantras to amass fabulous wealth:
(a) AUM LAKSHMI VAM SHRI KAMALADHARM SVAHA
(b) AUM SHRIM HRIM SHRIM MAHALAKSHMYAI NAMAHA.

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THOUGHT PROVIKING QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

1. Life is a series of ……………….(Fill in the blanks)
2. God appears before you and promises to give you three things. What would you like to get from God?
3. How can you develop intuition? –
Intuition comes when the vessel of consciousness is emptied i.e. have total surrender to God – develop humility.
4. When do you live? When you are aware?
5. Should the mind work faster or slower?
A mind that concentrates is slow and that wavers is fast. A mind that is fast is sick, a mind that is slow is sound and the mind that is still and silent is divine.
6. Is there a connection between passing urine and breathing?
Yes. When you are in the process of breathing you cannot pass urine. At least for a fraction of second you have to stop your breathing to open the valve of urine. This has great implication with regard to sexual function of the male.
7. Is it possible to preserve more Prana (Life Energy) in any  part of your body? Yes. Through Bandhatreya Pranayama it is possible to preserve more Prana in the Solar Plexus of your body.
8. Do you believe that you own the property which you would never be willing to part with even for a billion dollar?-
If somebody asks you to sell both of your eyes. How much would you take for that. What about your kidneys, lungs, legs, hands, your wife, children etc., You never think of the incredible riches that you possess but at the same time you would be worried about what you do not have.
9. What is confidence? What is courage?
Confidence is your inner belief in your capacity to do something great and outstanding, whereas courage is your ability to face the external forces. The former is internal and the latter is external. In order to achieve something great in life one should develop confidence and courage.
10. How do you develop confidence and courage?
Confidence comes out of equipping knowledge and skill in the field in which you are interested. Courage can be developed only when you plunge into action to undertake any kind of a project.
11. Is it possible to absorb more prana into your body through a technique? If yes, how?-
Possible through Bandhatreya Pranayama.
12. What are the few factors conducive for long life?
Purpose in life, happiness, close relationship, moderate habits, stress-free life.
13. What are the techniques to activate your sexual glands? Bhadra Asana, Moola Bhandha, Sitz Bath, Nauli,
14. What is the technique to activate all your brain cells for better intelligence and creativity?
Kapalabatti
15. What is the technique to reduce your-tension instantaneously?
Bhakya Kumbhaka
16. What is the technique to prolong your sexual function?
By concentrating on your breath synchronizing with breathe in and breath out…
17. What is the one essential requirement to become fabulously rich, without which no one can amass wealth on this planet?
Be a master and do business.
18. What is the technique to reduce the temperature of fever?
 Ujjayi Pranayama.
19. What is the one action of ours that does not boost our brain power?
Watching TV
20. In your wakeful state what is the percentage of your thinking and feeling?
Less than ten percent
21. What is the technique to send abundant prana to the desired parts of your body?
Prana Vidhya
22. What is the technique to quantitatively measure the power of your concentration?
Register and reproduce 100 digit numbers.
23. What is the technique to remember telephone numbers?
Through Memory Filing System
24. What is the technique to memorize 100-year calendar?
Memorize the codes for the year and month and make appropriate calculations.
25. What is the difference between tool and technique?
Tools are used in the physical field and techniques are employed in the mental, emotional and spiritual fields. Example: Memory Filing System for mental field, Meditation in the emotional field and prayer for spiritual field.
26. Which is the mental state conducive for creativity?
Theta state of the mind.
27. Which is the day on which you should not undergo any operation in your life? Chart out your Bo-rhythm cycle and on any of the critical days one should not undergo any operation.
28. What are the essential requirements for enchanting human relationship? Don’t have expectations and develop humility.
29. What is the best remedy for most of our health problems? Fasting
30. What is the opposite of stress? Happiness
31. When do you get heightened pleasure in eating? At the time of gulping
32. With whom you are  likely to be  unhappy in life? Those who are very close to you
33. Why do good people suffer and bad and immoral people prosper?
People who are very bold and courageous plunge into action, risk their life and money for any venture. At times they don’t feel hesitant even to commit illegal and immoral actions. Whereas a person who is not courageous feel hesitant to do anything and remain to be a servant to one person or the other. Due to his cowardice he may seem to be good but may not be in the inner world. Therefore, it may look that good people suffer and bad  and immoral people prosper. It is a question of boldness and venturing.
34. When do you think effectively and creatively? When confronted with a problem- when a question is asked – when there is a burning desire to do something great and outstanding in life.
35. What do you record in the neuron cells of your brain? Not what is happening in the world but our reactions and interpretations.
36. What are the three main beliefs that prevent us from being happy?
People who entertain the following thoughts can never be happy in their life
(1) What I don’t have is better than what I do Have.
(2) Having more is better, no matter how much I have.
(3) When I get what I want, I will be happy.
37. What is the difference between the minds of great people and ordinary people?
Great people have purpose and ordinary people have only wishes.
38. What should you do to avoid criticism from your friends and relatives?
(1) Do nothing
(2) Say nothing
(3) Be nothing
39. What is the greatest guarantee of your health?
 Harmony at your home, work place and yourself
40. What is the cause of cancer according to the latest research findings?
 Resentment
41. What should you do when your cheerfulness is lost?
Act cheerfully.
42. What is the surest way to forgive and forget our enemies?
 Get yourself absorbed in some cause infinitely bigger than yourself
43. What aspect of yourself that people would believe in you?
 People may doubt what you say but they believe what you do.
44. Which is more important- theory or practice?
Both are important. Theory without practice is sterile. Practice without theory is blind.
45. Do you get success in marriage by finding the right person?
Success in marriage is more than finding the right person. It is a matter of BEING the right person.
46. Why should we love our enemies?
 Because they will tell our faults.
47. What are we mostly afraid of?
Those who are very well known to us.
48. Which is the best way that you will never have to work a day?
Choose a career you love and you’ll never have to work a day. It is all fun for you not work.
49. Do you expect your car to rise off and fly? Do you expect your dog to speak English? What is the implication of these questions?
 This would point up the absurdity of our expectation of ourselves. Accept yourself.

50. Do you possess your habits or do your habits possess you? Do you have any habit that dominates you and says “I am indispensable, you cannot live without me”. If you have such a habit give it a month’s holiday so that you can know that you are the owner of yourself.
51. Do you own yourself or somebody else own you?
When someone tells you something which you feel insulted, you are not your own. You can be manipulated by others. They can get you angry. In this way somebody else own you.
52. What is an experience?
 It is your reaction to the external stimuli.
53. Do you know that most of the thinkers who created industrial empires were unschooled?
Crompton, Ford, Rockefeller, Edison, Carnegie, Arkwright.
54. Have you experienced being a genius at any point of time in your life?
Yes, at the time of writing examinations.
55. What is freedom?
Discipline is freedom. When you are able to control your thoughts, feelings and actions you are a free person. Moreover you should be able to be free from all the habits that bind you. The best example is smoking. When you are a habituated smoker you have no choice of your own. Even in the dead of night, if you have no cigarettes you will be compelled to go out and look for a shop selling cigarettes.
56. What is the one common factor found among the people who lived long?
Purpose in life. Want to make more money is not a purpose. To establish an industry, school or an organization could be purpose. Know the distinction between Achievement and Prosperity.
57. An executive needs skills and qualities- to become successful what should be their ratio? The ratio should be 20% skills and 80% qualities
58. Who is the person making a lot of commitments in his life?
One who talks too much about himself is making a lot commitments. Every word that he utters is a commitment. Keep silent.
59. When inner silence goes out, outer silence takes its place. Explain this statement
When you are not in good terms with the people who are close to you (e.g.spouses) you lose your inner silence. With hatred feeling you would stop talking to that person. In this way there will be outer silence.
60. How do you stimulate your brain?
The following aspects would stimulate your brain – When you are in intense concentration. When you memorize anything you have to concentrate. When your mind is creatively engaged – when solving problem – when you exercise your will power- the routine way of stimulating your brain is to do Pranayama and Meditation.
61. How do you find out the sexual virility of a man?
There are two methods to find out. One is the presence of erection at the time of waking up in the morning. The second one is the force with which a person is urinating.
62. What is the short cut to distinction in public life?
Public speaking.
63. What is the difference between humility and inferiority complex?
Inferiority complex comes out of comparison with other persons, whereas humility blossoms out of developing cosmic consciousness.
64. What is cosmic consciousness?-
The consciousness is saturated not with the self but with the whole universe. Just observe the galaxy and the stars and sun on the horizon. In the cosmic design, the mother earth is a tiny tot. If that be the case how big we are. This kind of consciousness would develop in us the virtue of humility.
65. Would do leave your car in running condition in  your garage all night? What is the implication of this question?
No one would consciously leave his car running in his garage all night. Forgettingly he might do that. But that will be rare. In the same manner many people are wasting their energy by indulging in negative emotions. In most of the cases they are not aware that they are wasting so much of energy in the process. If they are aware that they have negative emotions and that is detrimental to their health and happiness they would try their best to change their thought patterns.
66. Can you fall in live with tomorrow?
No. You shall never be able to marry her. The simple reason is that in reality there is no tomorrow in existence.
67. How can you develop will-power?
Concentration is like focusing diffused beams of light in a single laser ray. Concentration is power. When we can focus the mind one-pointedly, we are already on the way to developing a powerful will-power.
68. What is the cheapest kind of medicine available on this earth?
 Drinking five glasses of hot water in the early morning with two or three pearls of garlic.
69. What money can buy for you and what it cannot buy?
• Money can buy the most expensive bed but not sleep.
• It can buy pleasure but not happiness –
• It can buy medicine but not health.
• It can buy an excellent house but not a happy family.
• You may think that it can buy the love of your girl friend. If that is the case it is no more love but only business. The list can be added to any extent.
70. Who is a spiritual person?
One who becomes lighter and lighter with less and less attachment and no emotional upheavals.
71. Which is the instance that would give you heightened happiness in life?
Anything that goes out of our body brings a feeling of pleasurable sensation, such as sweat, urine, puss, phlegm, semen and in the ultimate analysis when life goes out of our body we might experience the heightened form of happiness in life. If we believe in this philosophy we shall never torment ourselves with the fear of death.
72. Which one would provide you with more opportunity to be happy- being born rich or poor?
Being born poor. Every progress and advancement that a poor man makes brings him added joy. That many opportunities may not be available to a rich man.
73. What do you do when your watch goes slow or fast? What is the implication of this question?
When you come to know that your watch is going slow or fast you will set it right. On the same count you will never do it with human relationship. You would always make an attempt to reform others and never for a moment think of reforming yourself.
74. What is life? What is it composed of?
Life is nothing but a stream of consciousness. It is composed of thoughts, feelings and actions.
75. How do you become a good conversationalist?
Listen carefully, ask pointedly, speak calmly, answer coolly and when you have nothing to say stop talking.
76. Who is an absent-minded professor?
He is not absent-minded but present minded working on a project very seriously with total devotion and commitment and thereby tend to forget trifles.
77. What are the two conditions for happiness?
(a) An overall purpose in life
(b) Crushing egotism.
78. What is a project?
Anything that you work on with an objective to accomplish. Joining the Tap Your Genius program itself could be considered as a project.
79. What do you do with an unfinished house? Do you condemn it as ugly and useless? What is the implication of these questions?
As regards unfinished house is concerned, we shall make an attempt to finish the construction. We should look at ourselves as an unfinished house and make an attempt to develop our personality day by day without condemning it as useless.
80. What is the technique to have the baby of your choice- male or female?
There are two ways to do that.
(a) At the time of conception the husband should have right nostril breath predominant and the wife should have left nostril dominant to get a male child. This method is little more difficult to observe and practice.
(b) Another simple method is that calculation is to be made from the time of menstruation. When conception takes place on the odd day after menstruation that is, firth day or seventh day the child will be female and on even days the child will be male.
81. When there is conflict between  imagination and will power, which one would win in the ultimate analysis? –
 Imagination.
82. Two persons take the same food and live in the same environment – one becomes a saint, the other a criminal. Why?
The type of the thoughts and emotions that are habitually entertained make the difference in their lives.
83. What is the technique to bring out phlegm from your chest?
Ujjayi Pranayama
84. What is the technique to be free from kidney stone problem throughout your life?
 Drink five glasses of hot water in the early morning.
85. What is the technique to over come the fear of death in your life?
Practice Agni Samadhi Meditation.
86. Do you know the story of hare and tortoise? What is the implication of that story? Consider tortoise as the time and you are the hare. If you want to compete with the tortoise you have to utilize your time productively and creatively without wasting even a single second.
87. Which is the best time that we reach Theta State of the mind naturally without much effort?
In the early morning before we get up from the bed. This is the time that we get creative ideas. Whenever you get any idea at this time you must note it down very carefully. Keep always a notebook and a torch in your bed all the time for this purpose.
88. Do you know what is bio-rhythm cycles?
Our body functions with rhythmic cycles. The physical rhythm (23 days), emotional rhythm (28 days) and intellectual rhythm (33 days). For further explanations refer to notes supplied.
89. What are the types of stress that you normally experience in life? It is an individual question that you have to answer yourself.
90. What is the difference between a glutton and an ordinary person? Glutton eats just for the pleasure of eating alone, with the result that he is tempted to eat when he is not hungry too.
91. Which is the best way to get freedom? Overcome all the undesirable habits in your life.
92. What is the difference between a gossip, a bore and a successful person? A gossip talks about others, a bore talks about himself and a successful person will talk good about you and your good qualities and achievements.
93. What type of relationship one should have in married life? Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
94. How one should pray and work? Pray as though no work would help, and work as though no prayer would help.
95. What is the difference between an optimist and a pessimist? The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds and the pessimist fears this is so. The optimist makes every calamity into an opportunity and the pessimist makes every opportunity into a calamity.
96. What is the core quality of a genius? Have a goal in life and continue to persevere until the goal is reached, whether it takes five years or fifty years.
97. Consider Time as a person. What would you ask Him to do?
Backward, turn backward O Time in your flight. MAKE ME A CHILD AGAIN JUST FOR TODAY.
98. What are the four things that will not come back to you again?
(a) Spoken word
(b) Sped arrow
(c) Past life
(d) Neglected opportunity
99. How do we judge ourselves and how others judge us?
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
100. What should be the main theme of religion?
The theme of religion is not to get a man to heaven, but to get heaven into him.
101. How do you get inner calm?
Inner calm is possible when you are not disturbed by the vicissitude of fortunes.
102. How should we choose our friends?
Choose your friends for what they are and not for what they have.
103. What is the best form of prayer?
One who raises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered. This would mean that we should pray to develop virtues in us.
104. “Sit loosely in the saddle of life”. Explain its implication. Don’t take life too seriously.
105. “It is better to wear out than to rust out”. What does it imply?
 Hard work is more glorious than lethargy.
106. Why is it that we rejoice at birth and grieve at a funeral?
We rejoice at birth and grieve at a funeral because we are not the person involved. The child cries at the time of birth because of pain. A person gets rid of all his pains and enjoys supreme joy and happiness at the time of death.
107. Time never takes off. Explain.  Time is only a concept which indicates the continuity of our existence. There is no break in time continuum.
108. It is magnificent to grow old, if one keeps young. What does it imply? You have to age chronologically. There is no escape from it. But how do you grow? This depends upon your attitude and thought patterns. If you are energetic and enthusiastic in life having a purpose to fulfill you are keeping the spirit of youth and thereby your growing old is definitely magnificent.
109. Every person has three characters. What are they? 
(a) That which he exhibits
(b) That which he has
(c) That which he thinks he has.
110. What would you do to make your marriage successful?
A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
111. Which is the worst kind of poverty?
The worst kind of poverty is borrowing loans from an individual.
112. A good husband should be …….. (DEAF) A good wife should be ……….(BLIND)
113. The …………. (BEST) is the cheapest.
114. Humility is the surest sign of  ……….(.STRENGTH)
115. No entertainment is so cheap as …………. (READING), nor any pleasure lasting.
116. The first test of a truly great man is his …………( HUMILITY)
117. What is bought is cheaper than ………….. (GIFT)
118. How do you distinguish material success from spiritual success?
 Material success is what a man has and spiritual success is what a man is.
119. What is defeat?
Defeat is nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better.
120. How that peace is better than war?
Peace is better than war because in peace sons bury their fathers, but in war fathers bury their sons. In the modern war no one need to bury. Everyone would be dead.
121. What is the difference between happy family and unhappy family?
All happy families resemble one another. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
122. Who is learned and wise?
He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.
123. What is fashion?
Fashion is a form of ugliness, so intolerable that we have to change it every six months.
124. What should you do in the company of sensible men?
You should be doubly cautious of talking too much. By doing so we lose two things
(a) Their good opinion
(b) Our own improvement.
What we have to say we know. What they have to say we know not. Therefore it is better to keep silent in the company of sensible men.
125. What should you do to develop scintillating health?
(a) Banish your worries
(b) Temper your desires
(c) Restrain your emotions
(d) Spare your words
(e) Regard lightly success and failure
(f) Ignore sorrows and difficulties
(g) Drive away foolish ambitions
(h) Avoid great likes and dislikes
(i) Calm your vision and hearing
(j) Eat only when hungry
(k) Drink only when thirsty
(l) Eat little
(m) Drink three glasses of water in the early morning
(n) Do all yogic exercises – asanas, pranayama and meditation
126. What is personality?
It is the total YOU.
(a) your structure
(b) muscle tone
(c) nervous system
(d) brain
(e) the way you treat your friends
(f) approach your work
(g) treat your spouses and children
(h) relation to your parents
(i) skills and abilities
(j) your habits – good and bad
(k) strengths and weaknesses
(l) bad temper
(m) Lethargy.
Your personality is the manifestation of every cell in your body.
128. What is the secret of success of Thomas Alva Edison?
He said that he had always been a total abstainer and singularly moderate in everything but work.
129. What is the measure of success in this world?
(a) Lived well
(b) Laughed often
(c) Loved much
(d) Gained the respect of intelligent men
(e) Secured the trust of pure women
(f) Love of little children
(g) Accomplished his task
(h) Left the world better then he found it
(i) Never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty
(j) Looked for best in others
(k) Give the best he has-
(l) His life was inspiration whose memory is a benediction.
130. How can you use intuition?
The following aspects are to be remembered to make use of your intuitive capacity:
(a) Do your home work as if that you have to acquire knowledge and skills continuously.
(b) Immerse yourself in the question and then relax.
(c) Trust your experience.
(d) Double-check your hunch.
There comes a time when you have to make the leap and trust your intuition.
131. Which is the best way to be happy?
The best way to be happy is to make others happy.
132. What is the quality of a saint?
The quality of a Saint is unconditional love for humanity and humility. This is the statement of a saint. “If someone in hatred were to pluck out my left eye, I think I could look kindly at him with my right eye. If he plucked that one out too, I would still have my heart to love him “St. Francis of Sales.
133. What are the hallmarks of a genius?
The idiosyncrasies of the artists, the absentmindedness of the professor and self-centered preoccupation of the thinkers …… these are the common hallmark of a single minded devotion to a particular ideal.
134. What is the difference between natural scientists and divine scientists?
A natural scientist understands and dominates the forces of external nature. A divine scientist will understand the internal forces of the mind.
135. How do your reach success?
Success is reached by being active, awake, ahead of the crowd, by aiming high, pushing honestly, diligently and patiently, fainting not by determining to win and striving to the end.
136. What are the indispensable conditions of success?
A double-minded man is unstable in all his way. A determined purpose in life and a steady adhesion to it through all disadvantages are indispensable conditions of success.
137. How do you become king of kings?
The command of one’s self is the greatest empire a man can aspire unto, and consequently, to be subject to our own passions is the most grievous slavery. He who best governs himself is best fitted to govern others. He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires and fears, is more than a king.
138. How do you role out master pieces from your hand?
If an artist, musician or author thinks all the time about the fame it will bring him, his creation gives others the feeling of being tilted, artificial, because he works only with one eye, the other eye he has on the fame he will get. But let him do it because he wants to do some good, because he wants to give expression to his creative urge, because he likes to do that thing, and then he may get master pieces.
139. What is the best remedy for procrastination?
Repeat the following poems as frequently as possible whenever you feel lethargic and lazy, inclined to postpone things.
Are you in earnest seize this very minute
What you can do, or dream you can
Begin it, boldness has genius power and magic in it
Only engage and then the mind grows heated
Begin and the work will be completed.
140. Where does success come from?
Success does not come from working hard. Success comes from playing hard. Therefore, if you want success, you must position yourself so that the duties that you perform, no matter how difficult or challenging, are considered play to you and not work. If you do this, not only will you gain success, but you will have fun doing it.
141. What is the purpose of meditation?
The purpose of meditation, paradoxically, is to learn to be without purpose. Since nearly everything we do in life is done with some goal in mind, most of our actions are only means to an end, pointing us continually toward a future that does not exist. But meditation, when no goal disturbs it, allows discovering the richness and profundity of the present moment. We begin to realize the miraculous power of our own lives – not as they will be, or as we might imagine they once were at some golden time in the past, but as they actually are. Meditation is one of the few things in life that is not about DOING but about BEING.

142. What is love?
Love is a feeling of closeness of warmth, of understanding, of togetherness, of oneness. Love is not a matter of what happens in life. It is a matter of what is happening in your heart.
143. What is the best time to be happy?
Success is a journey, not a destination. Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road – for then the journey is over and it is too late. The time for happiness is today, not tomorrow.
144. Which is the mark of true spirituality?
The more efficient the machine, the more silent and smooth it functions and when it gives greater output of work. An inefficient machine such as a worn out car is all fuss and noise with very little output of speed. Calm, silent, steady, and efficient work, sustained by deep social feeling, is the mark of true spirituality.
145. While breathing in, should the abdomen go inside or outside? Outside
146. What is life? Give a true but humorous definition.
Life is a sexually transmitted disease.
147. How death can be used as a tool for doing?
(a) The fact that our days are numbered would stress the importance of choice in the planning and living of life.
(b) Death encourages action. We only have so much time left so let’s get going.
(c) Death encourages risk- going to die any way, why not take the risks that make life more exciting, enjoyable. Near San Francisco people suffering from AIDS do sky diving, rock climbing, etc.
(d) Reminds us how much we owe to the past and the future. Issac Amiss who wrote hundreds of books, was asked what he would do if he had only three months to live. He replied that he would type very fast.
148. What should you do to prevent ill health?
(a) Don’t fill your lungs with smoke
(b) Don’t glut your stomach with rich food
(c) Don’t infiltrate your system with harmful drinks
(d) Don’t punish your nervous system with pills to keep you awake
(e) Don’t torture your body with pills to put you to sleep.
(f) Don’t ignore the warning signals of nature (headache and body pain)
(g) Fast when you are ill.
149. What is the price that you pay for your hatred disposition?
When we hate our enemies, we give them power over us – power over our sleep, our appetite, our blood pressure, our health and happiness. Our enemies dance with joy, if they surmised that they worry and lacerate us. Our hatred is not hurting them at all, it only turns our own days and nights into a hellish turmoil.
150. How can you build your mind temple for a glorious life?
Every man is a mind builder, whether he recognizes it or not. Every man must perforce think, and every thought is another brick laid down in the edifice of mind. Such “brick-laying” is done loosely and carelessly by vast number of people, the result being unstable and tottering characters that are ready to go down under the first little gust of trouble or temptation. Some, also, put into the building of their minds large numbers of impure thoughts; there are so many rotten bricks that crumble away as fast as they are put in, leaving always an unfinished and unsightly building and one which can afford no comfort and no shelter for its possessor. Debilitating thoughts of failure and sickly thoughts of self-pity and self praise are useless bricks with which no substantial mind temple can be raised.
151. How do you make your marriage a success?
To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.
152. How do you get unalloyed happiness?
To find real and unalloyed happiness it is necessary to live a clean upright life and to enjoy the peace of an approving conscience.
153. What is cheerfulness?
Cheerfulness means a contented spirit, a pure heart, kind and loving disposition, humility and charity, a generous appreciation of others, and modest opinion of self.
154. “Every one is selfish in this world” How do you react to this statement?
Fulfill his self centered nature and serve others more and more.
155. What is the best gift that parents can offer to their children?
 Set an example through their life style.
156. Can you be angry without being in anger?
Yes. The anger of the parents with their little children is no anger at all. Even when they beat their own children, it is being done with love.
157. What is the location of semen bag in our body?
 Is it above or below the sex organ? Below
158. What is the technique to reduce the butterfly feeling before addressing a group of people?
Take deep breathe in through the nostrils and take deep breathe out through the mouth for five to ten times.
159. Which is the one autonomous functions of the body which can be easily brought under voluntary control?
Breathing
160. Who is rich? Who is poor?
A person who is satisfied with what he has is rich. A person in spite of multi-million dollars of possession, still greedy enough to have more and more is poor.
161. When do you think and when do you feel?
When you are in the present you think. When you are in the past or future you only feel.
162. What is humility? Give a metaphorical explanation. Sleeping on the floor. Such people cannot fall. People who are humble cannot be hurt.
163. What is the best way to get good idea?
We get a lot of ideas through brain storming exercises. Professional photographers take many pictures and select the best ones.
164. What should be your attitude when you read any book?
You should develop the feeling that you are conversing with the author. You feel the sensation of being in the company of great people.
165. What is morality?
Don’t harm others and don’t harm yourself.
166. What is spirituality?
 Be good to all & be good to yourself.
167. How do you easily play a joke on a man who likes to argue with you?
 Agree with him.
168. How do you get perennial flow of energy?
 Have a mission in life
169. Which is the easiest way to become richer and richer?
We can bedcome richer and richer by reducing our wants.
170. Which is the best and easiest way to become a winner in all you attempts?
Have the following attitudes in your attempts; WHEN YOU WIN YOU WIN, WHEN YOU LOSE YOU LEARN.
171. What is the symptom of an enlightened person?
Total detachment & desireless state
 Once a person reaches this stage his energy level will be the highest as there is absolutely no stress and tension.
172. What is the difference between animals and human beings?
Human beings have awareness. We are conscious of our existence.
173. How can we grow old but never get old?
Through continuous process of learning we can grow old and never get old.
174. How can we make conflicts into personal growth?
(a) When your beliefs are challenged and you are forced to defend them, you grow intellectually
(b) When you learn to resolve disputes you grow socially. When relationships become so close that basic thoughts and feelings are exposed, you grow emotionally.
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Questions and answers on theoretical aspects
1. What are alpha waves of mental state?
Brain emits some kind of electrical waves on the basis of the metabolic functioning of the body.  These waves are mental waves. The frequency and amplitude of these waves can be measured through a gadget called Electro encephalograph. It is measured in terms of certain number of cycles per second. Above 14 cycles per second is Beta Waves, 7-14 Alpha Waves, 4 -7 theta Waves and below 4 Delta Waves. Alpha Waves indicate the relaxed position of the individual.
2. How do you reach alpha waves of mental state?
When a negative feelings and emotions are completely eschewed people reach Alpha waves. All meditational techniques make one to reach Alpha Waves.
3. How do you maintain Alpha Waves of mental state?
Live in the present- practice Aware and Beware technique- have a constant vigil over your mental processes.
4. What is aware and beware technique?
This is a technique derived from Zen Buddhism. It is one of the simplest techniques to follow but producing profound results. One is required to be AWARE of his thoughts, feelings and actions. One has to live in the present all the time, not to reflect over the past or to project into the future with anxiety and dismay. When the thoughts and emotions drift into negative and impure aspects, one should be BEWARE of its implications and thereby change the pattern of thoughts and feelings.
5. What are Asanas?
They are yogic exercises. A person is required to keep the body in a particular position. There are 84,000 Asanas, of which only 12 Asanas are given in this program which are considered to be classical postures.
6. What are the general benefits of Asanas?
They cater to the development of both body and mind and impart control over the involuntary muscles of one’s organism. Constant practice of Asanas will bring the following benefits
• Flexibility to the body-digestion improves- mind becomes alert and agile- peace of mind
• Concentration and self-control- brings about nervous equilibrium – develops sense of balance-Tones the spinal nerves – imparts a glow to the skin – clears the complexion – elimination of waste from the body is improved and thus the likelihood of disease reduced – the sexual and generative organs are kept in good condition,
• Sexual ailments removed – retards obesity – throws out toxins and impurities – increases blood supply to the whole body and thereby strengthens the heart, lungs, liver, stomach, kidneys and bowels – prevents and cures all diseases – perennial flow of energy – awakens kundalini – ensure complete relaxation and ease – best antidote for the stresses of modern life
7. What are the patterns of behaviour of people? Grouped into three broad categories
(a) Passive
(b) Aggressive and
(c) Assertive
 Passive behaviour:  Feeling of inferiority- allow others to win – become subservient to the needs and rights of others – victim of the whims and fancies of others –
 Aggressive behaviour : win the deal  and lose the sympathies of others –
 Assertive behaviour:  is a desirable one – active, direct and honest – wins by influencing, listening and negotiating- leads to success without retaliation.
8. How  should one develop Assertive behaviour:
Develop positive attitudes towards life – never make the expression “ I cant “ under any circumstances – start with positive expectations – envision situations where you SEE  yourself assertive – FEEL confident – HEAR your voice sound strong and steady – EXPERIENCE the satisfaction and pleasure of being assertive – exercise positive mental imagery – feelings are your choice – never develop the feeling that you would hurt the feelings of others – the assertive way of expressing your feelings is to use I statements – I feel, I have, I decide etc., - these statements should never be expressed with egotism – sincerity and humility should be present in expressing these statements – how you say them is very important – to be assertive you should choose words that are direct, honest, appropriate and respectful.
9. What are Bio- Rhythm cycles?
From birth to death each of us is influenced by three internal cycles, called bio-rhythm cycles – the physical, the emotional and intellectual – physical 23 days, emotional 28 days and intellectual 33 days to complete.

10. What is the significance of these cycles?
They represent mostly the ebb and flow of energy – these rhythms are regulated by the secretions of certain glands like pineal, thyroid and pituitary – the vulnerable period in our life is the critical days- that the day on which the cycle changes over from negative to positive and vice versa.
11. How should one use the knowledge of Bio- Rhythm cycles?
It is not necessary that we should look for the status of the bio-rhythm cycles every day. This can be referred on certain important occasions such as to undergo an operation – not to undergo any operation on critical days- important decision can be taken during positive phase- when we feel unusually lethargic and low ebb of energy this can be attributed to the cycle and we need not have unnecessary worries about the general health of our body.
12. What are the techniques to boost our brain power?
Still and silent the mind – concentration – exercising will power – pranayama – meditation- creative thinking – singing – story telling – dancing and relaxation – mental puzzles – stimulating right hemisphere of the brain – smiling and laughing.
13. What are business cycles?
One of the laws that may seem to be mysterious is the Law of Business which follows a particular pattern – this is applicable to the business organizations – it has seven cycles a year – business people can take advantage of these cycles for taking managerial decisions.
14. What is concentration?
It is the ability of the mind to control attention and focus it on a given problem until it is solved.
15. What are the advantages of concentration?
Every accomplishment is rendered through concentration – discovery and originality – extraordinary memory – get brilliant ideas through concentration.
16. What are the techniques to develop concentration?
(a) Trataka – keep a lighted candle at your eye-sight level and stare at it until the eyes get tears, then close the eyes and visualize the flame of the candle in your inner eyes – this develops concentration and hypnotic power.
(b) Power of concentration may  be developed while reading – read a paragraph – take a piece of paper and write the core points contained in that paragraph
(c) At the conclusion of hearing any lecture, just note down the important points given by the lecturer or speaker – if you have this objective in your mind, you will definitely concentrate more on the lecture-
(d) When you are engaged in an activity, totally involve yourself in it without drifting your consciousness to other aspects
(e) Memorizing 100 – digit numbers would develop the power of concentration to a great extent. This is the best way to measure your power of concentration quantitatively
(f) Constantly be aware of your thoughts, feelings and actions. This would lead to phenomenal improvement of concentration.
17. What is creativity? Creativity is the discovery of something that is novel and unique but also useful, relevant, economical and valuable. It is significantly different from the beaten track. It may also be identified with openness in expressing feelings, receptivity to ideas, concern for others, desire to grow as a person and actualize one’s potential as a human being.
18. What are the techniques to develop creativity?
There are no set rules or pattern to develop creativity. If it can be brought under certain regulations, it is no more creative. However the following techniques may be used to develop creativity
(a) Consciously develop an urge to be creative
(b) Creativity is developed by generating ideas. This can be done through brain-storming methods-accumulate a large number of ideas, whether relevant or not – then best and suitable ideas can be selected
(c) Keep the mind always calm and quiet, serene and tranquil. This is the best mental state for creativity. A disturbed mind can never create ideas
(d) The mental blocks that “I am not creative” should be removed
(e) Acquire knowledge and skills in the field in which you are deeply interested and involved and you are sure to get creative ideas in that field.
(f) Getting into a humorous frame of mind not only loosens you up, it enhances your creativity
(g) Keep always a small note book to jot down the creative ideas that you get at any moment of your wakeful state
(h) Sit in meditation, bring the mind to alpha level and try to get creative ideas in your desired areas of interest.
19. What are cyclic laws of human life?
Everything in this world is subject to cyclic law. Our lives are also subject to cyclic laws. They are divided into seven periods in a year, each consisting of 52 days commencing from the date of birth of an individual. These periods indicate the different possibilities and opportunities that can be availed of or problems that can be solved. We can take important decisions in our lives based on these cyclic laws.
20.  What is the world record for memorizing random digital numbers?
There are two references available in this regard
(a) The first reference is from a book “Total Recall- How to Boost your Memory Power “by John Minninger., He recalls in his book the research undertaken by Anders Ericson of University of Colorado and William G.Chase of Carnegie-Melon University. They tested a person that they prefer to call him SF. When SF was first tested he had a digit span of seven. For 1 hour a day, 3 to 5 days a week, for 20 months – 230 hours of effort, SF was able to memorize and reproduce a digit span of 80. This is considered as the world record for digit span memory.
(b) The Guinness Book of World Record for random numbers is 91. This test was conducted in London during December 1993 and reported in the daily newspaper of Bombay AFTERNOON on January 7, 1994. The excerpts of the news item are as follows: “Jonathan Hancock, at the Student Memory championship held at London, recalled back in the correct order 91 out of a total of 120 random numbers which had been read out to him. His nearest rival in that part of competition recalled just 34.

21. What is the significance and advantages of memorizing random digital numbers? Michael Hutchison in his book “Mega Brain” writes as follows: ‘With proper stimulation, the brain continues to grow, producing increased intelligence and more effective brain functioning even after seventy, eighty or ninety.’ One of the best ways to stimulate the brain is to register and reproduce 100-digit numbers through Memory Filing System. The advantages are as follows;
(a) improves concentration to a remarkable extent
(b) subconscious mind would believe in the capacity of the mind to memorize things’
(c) will-power develops
(d) the more the brain is stimulated the greater is the possibility of maintaining youthful look and spirit
(e) people would call you a genius.
22. How do you generate perennial flow of energy.
 The following are the contributing factors:
(a) Calm and quiet mind
(b) Specific aim in life
(c) Project on hand all the time
(d) Positive thoughts and feelings
(e) Love and appreciate life
(f) Keep silence and avoid unnecessary talk
(g) Happy and joyous disposition
(h) An irresistible desire to  accomplish a goal
(i) Self confidence
(j) Daily target of work to be done
(k) Energy builders: happiness, laughter , love, affection, kindness, helping others, agreeability and hope
(l) Proper planning of each day
(m) Listen to music
(n) A mission to serve others would generate perennial flow of energy.
23. What are the rules for executive effectiveness?
(a) Set personal and organizational goals
(b) Maintain diary of accomplishment
(c) Prepare to-do-list every day morning
(d) Develop time consciousness
(e) Develop personal qualities every minute of the day
(f) Make the staff to set their own goals
(g) Appreciate the good work done immediately
(h) Reprimand only for the mistakes committed and not the person in general
(i) Have regular weekly meetings to review the work done and to plan for the future
(j) Be tough and nice and maintain silence.
24. What are the stress reduction plan for the executives?
(a) Dip the eyes in cold water in a bucket full of water
(b) Practice Bhakya Kumbhaka
(c) All pranayama techniques
(d) Aware and Beware
(e) Meditation
(f) Develop Cosmic Consciousness
(g) Develop wholesome philosophy in life
25. How one should conquer the common causes of failure?
(a) Life is a series of choices. Therefore, take responsibility for your own life
(b) Have specific goal in life
(c) Never recourse to short cut methods
(d) Take care of the minute details
(e) Never blame others for your failure
(f) Neither should you blame yourself as useless
(g) Analyze the causes  of failure
(h) Never give up until the goal is reached.
(i) Never brood over the past failures
(j) Gain confidence on the past successes.
26. How should one develop the attributes of a Genius?
(a) Have always a project on hand
(b) Think more than feel
(c) Live in the present
(d) Generate creative ideas
(e) Forget yourself
(f) Learn each and every moment of your wakeful state
(g) Never consider yourself as a finished product
(h) Never be afraid of failure
(i) Apply imagination
(j) Don’t strive for perfection
(k) Move forward at a steady pace
(l) Don’t seek out for honors
(m) Be free from the opinions of others
(n) Consider yourself as a unique product
(o) Play the role of a child
(p) Accept others as they are
(q) Eliminate self-destructive emotions never argue with anybody
(r) Consider yourself belonging to human race
(s) Work for the internal satisfaction
(t) Beautify your life with inner glow than outer show.
27. What are the techniques to be followed to blossom forth into a Genius?
(1) Practice Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation
(2) Live in the present with Aware and Beware technique
(3) Keep the mind still and silent
(4) Constantly make an analysis of your consciousness
(5) Develop love and affection for each and everybody
(6) Develop enchanting human relationship through humility and non-expectation
(7) Behave in a pro-active manner (e.g. the story of the couple)
(8) Register and reproduce 100-digit numbers as a fun
(9) Maintain inner and outer silence
(10) Sing Tap Song
(11) Read Sankalpa daily without fail
(12) Be always at Alpha Waves of Mental State
(13) Remember the sentence “Life is a series of choices” Never blame others for your own failures.
(14) Have a note book to note down the creative ideas you get at any moment of your life
(15) Never procrastinate. Remember the poem “Are you in earnest?”
(16) Develop confidence by repeating to yourself. Have faith that I am brave and intelligent”
(17) Have always a project on hand
(18) Visualize all the time expecting the best in life
(19) Spend your time productively and creatively
(20) Observe all the simple rules to maintain good health.
28. How do you set goals and achieve them?
(1) The goals that you choose should synchronize with your inner urge, inborn talents and natural inclination to do something in preference to all the rest.
(2) You should set your goals by yourself, no one should suggest this to you
(3) You would be able to enjoy every moment of your wakeful state with the kind of activity that you simply enjoy doing
(4) The goals can be internal and external. Internal goals are intended to develop certain desirable habits and virtues and external goals are chosen to achieve something great and outstanding in life’
(5) Goals must be specific and pin-pointed – dream to have wealth, good family, a lucrative job, enjoy scintillating health and in general a happy life cannot constitute a goal. Vague dreams and ambitious will lead you no where.
(6) With proper planning goals must be achieved with diligent execution
(7) Short-term and long-term goals must be formulated with specific targets.
(8) Achieve these targets one step at a time
(9) Have a clear cut vision as to the type of person you should emerge within a period of ten to fifteen years from now
(10) Constantly have a burning desire to do something great in life.
29. How should one overcome undesirable habits?
(1) Choose one habit at a time to discard
(2) Set a dead line for overcoming it
(3) Inform a friend or relative that you have got rid of the habit (e.g.smoking)
(4) Pick up on a minor vice which you can confidently discard. This would give you confidence to leave the major ones
(5) Keep reminders in all the places which you can see every now and then
(6) Develop will power to achieve your results.
30. What is happiness and how should one attain it?
Happiness is a mental state conducive for the well-being and health of an individual. Pleasure and happiness are two different things. The former is transient and the latter is permanent. Pleasure is derived through sensory organs and happiness is drawn from the highest phenomenon of life. Happiness is a positive state of the mind which can be obtained, paradoxically through sacrifice, suffering and strenuous labor and not wallowing in all kinds of unwanted pleasures. In the ultimate analysis, pleasures may bring suffering, whereas, suffering and sacrifice for a noble cause will crown one with glory and happiness. We attain happiness through the following ways:
1) Engage in creative activities which produce tangible results that are useful to the society at large.
2) Develop love and affection for everybody on this earth when a person reaches a stage of purity of love, affection, sympathy, consideration, empathy, concern for others, he is said to be a happy person. Such a person is called a Bhakthi Yogi.
3) Understand the mysteries and wonders of the world. Many things happen in our lives that are beyond our control and comprehension. Accept them as natural phenomenon. Accepting the inevitable is one of the dimensions of happiness. This leads to the virtue of humility. One who has understood the mysterious phenomenon of this universe is called a Jnana Yogi.
4) A person who is capable of controlling his body, mind and emotions is said to be truly happy. We require self mastery to develop sterling qualities like purity, honesty, sincerity, loyalty, truthfulness, generosity, confidence and courage. One who has developed these virtues is truly a happy person. Such a person is a king (Raja) of kings. In Yogic language he is a Raja Yogi. Therefore, Yoga may be rightly called the Science of Happiness.
31. What are the requisites to develop scintillating health?
1) Attitude: Have firm faith in the adaptive mechanism of the body – not to have unnecessary worry about health
2) Diet: Eat when hungry. Eat plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetable, when ill, fast.
3) Sleep: Less sleep is better.  Take short naps.
4) Practice Yoga regularly
5) Energy: Have pin-pointed goal in life. Live with happy frame of mind.
6) Nature-cure: Avoid synthetic medicines. Recourse to nature-cure methods, when ill.
7) Habits: Develop desirable habits and avoid detrimental ones.
8) Sex: Enjoy sex with a partner whom you love passionately
9) Alpha –Waves : Try to be always in Alpha Waves
10) The best rule for scintillating health is moderation in everything you do and feel.
32. How do you develop enchanting human relationship?
(1) Practice cosmic consciousness meditation and thereby develop the virtue of humility
(2) Don’t have much expectation from anybody
(3) Appreciate and encourage others
(4) Develop genuine interest in others
(5) Greet people with animation and enthusiasm
(6) Have always genuine simile on your face
(7) Remember the name of the people. Take some efforts to memorize them.
(8) Talk in terms of other man’s interest.
(9) Never argue. Everyone is right
(10) Listen patiently
(11) When you are wrong, admit quickly.
(12) Don’t talk much about your petty accomplishments
(13) Give credit to other man’s ideas
(14) Point out the mistakes of others diplomatically
(15) Remember some of the story meditations given in the program.
33. What are the useful tips to appear for an interview?
(1) Don’t be anxious about the result of the interview
(2) Be on time
(3) Be neat and clean
(4) Gather information regarding the company
(5) Talk with confidence about your ability and politely accept your weakness, if pointed out.
(6) Be frank and honest
(7) Answer to the point. Never deviate
(8) Never argue, even if you are right.
(9) Interviews are mostly conducted not to test your knowledge but your attitude and character. Keep this in mind.
(10) Speak clearly and distinctly. Never look nervous.
34. What are the techniques to awaken Kundalini shakthi: Kundalini is a symbolic version of the vast potential energy and power embedded in every human being. When it is properly understood and directed to perform at its peak, the person will experience unimagined heights of perception and awareness. All geniuses in this world have tapped this potential energy for their stupendous accomplishments. The following techniques are used to awaken Kundalini (potential energy)
(1) “All practices in the form of Japa, meditation, prayer, development of all virtues are at best calculated only to awaken this serpent power (kundalini) and make it pass through all the succeeding chakras – from Muladhara to Sahasrara” Swami Sivananda
(2) Practice of Asana and pranayama
(3) Through constant practice of Yoga and Meditation the practitioner is expected to transcend his personality from the grossest manifestation of worldly desires, passions and instincts to that of the subtlest one of intuition, inspiration, creatively and bliss which are the gate way to spiritual emancipation.
(4) Kundalini can be awakened through Karma Yoga: passionate desire for creative activity - Bhakthi Yoga: through developing love and affection for each and everybody without discrimination – Jnana Yoga:  through understanding the mysterious phenomenon of nature and with total surrender to God and also Raja Yoga:  through mental discipline by following the path of eight steps of yogic practices. Only Raja yoga prescribes the techniques of Asana, pranayama, concentration and meditation to awaken Kundalini.
35. What are the techniques of meditation? Meditation is the process of shifting the consciousness from self to something else. It is to be treated as a way of life. It is not doing but being. In order to reach the state of being, doing is necessary. Such doing is called the techniques. They are as follows:
(1) Simple Meditation- just sit with an intention to meditate
(2) Sabdha Meditation – aware of the sound
(3) Chitta Meditation- aware of the thoughts that are surfacing the consciousness
(4) Trataka Meditation – aware of an object, symbol
(5) Soham Meditation- repetition of the word So-Ham, synchronizing with the in-breath and out-breath
(6) Bhaghya Kumbhaka Meditation- aware of the outer retention
(7) Transcendental Meditation – it is a Mantra yoga Meditation- repeating a mantra silently
(8) Jnana Yoga Meditation – asking series of question pertaining to life, death, creation, etc.
(9) Subconscious Meditation – saturate the mind with sublime thoughts – repetition of certain quotations which are effective to inspire for better living
(10) Jala Samadhi Meditation – travel in a boat
(11) Agni Samadhi Meditation – observe your own body as dead and being burnt in pyre
(12) Zen Meditation – aware of the breathing and count its cycles –
(13) Creative Dynamic Meditation – a combination of a variety of meditational techniques.
(14) Digital Meditation – Registering and reproducing 100 digit numbers
(15) Self Improvement Meditation – Repeating positive attributes – “I am Able…….”
36. What are the advantages of meditation?
(1) slows down metabolic rate
(2) heart rate slows down
(3) blood flow increases
(4) lactates effectively removed
(5) when one is calm and serene lactate production is less
(6) Presence of lactate is the symptom of blood pressure – reduces blood pressure
(7) Improvement in psychosomatic diseases
(8) Improves intelligence, memory and emotional stability
(10) Mental discipline
(11) Better relaxation than sleep
(12) Inner peace and harmony
(13) Changes take place for better with regard to production of Alpha Waves, blood pressure and pulse rate
(14) Impact in curing incurable diseases – e. g. Dr.Carl Simonton cured many terminal cancer patients through C.R.V.R Meditational techniques – C for conviction, R for relaxation through meditation, V for visualization and R for Radiation treatment.
36. How does one develop extraordinary memory?
(1) The mental block that ‘My memory is poor”  should be exploded
(2) There is no limit to the capacity of memory, the more you remember, the more you can remember
(3) There is no such thing as bad and good memory. It is only trained and untrained memory.
(4) Everyone can develop his capacity to memorize through Mental Filing system
(5) Interest and motivation are essential requisites for good memory
(6) Memory improves with concentration
(7) Absorption capacity is greater when the mind is at Alpha level
(8) Daily practice mental files. This can constitute Meditational technique
(9) Mental Filing System will also improve imagination and creativity.
(10) Try to memorize 100 digit numbers as a routine to develop concentration and memory.
37. What are the practices and benefits of Pranayama?
(a) Mukha Bhastika Pranayama – ventilates and cleans - stimulates the cells and gives a general tone to the respiratory organs.
(b) Ujjai Pranayama – Relieves coughing, aerates the lungs, removes phlegm, soothes the nerve and tones the entire system- good for persons suffering from high blood pressure – intake of prana is more
(c) Nadi Shodhana Pranayama – purifies nadis (subtle channels through which prana travels) – brings calmness and tranquillity- blood system is purified of toxins- activates right and left hemispheres of the brain due to alternate breathing
(d) Kapalabhati Pranayama – cleanses the skull portion, activates the brain cells – improves memory and intelligence – purifies respiratory system and nasal passages- asthma is relieved – carbon dioxide is eliminated- prevents the growth of grey hair.
(e) Bandhatreya Pranayama – brings strength and vitality – preserves excess prana in the solar plexus- healthy life all his life.
38. What is the best way to avoid Procrastination?
a. Use visible reminders to motivate you to do anything immediately
b. When you have the tendency to postpone repeat the following sentence as many times as possible until you start doing something “Begin and then the work will be completed’.
39. How should one develop the art of Public Speaking?
a. Public speaking ability is to be considered as one of the skills that anyone can develop like driving and swimming
b. One should have a burning desire to become a great public speaker
c. It takes time and effort to become a good speaker
d. Speak on the subject you know thoroughly well
e. Plan your speech  well
f. Write only the points for reference and never write the whole speech
g. Have Mental rehearsal as many times as possible
h. Make your speech colourful with anecdotes, stories, quotations and life experiences
i. Never read written speeches
j. Be direct and to the point
k. Keep your speech short. Never exceed the time limit.
l. Choose appropriate words, vary the speed, tone and volume in order to produce the desired effect
m. Ending is very important- end you speech with a laugh, heart stirring or a thought provoking remarks.
40. How should one develop a vibrant Self-image?
a. Self-image is your own conception of the sort of person you are
b. You build a picture of yourself which you believe is true
c. All your actions and emotions are consistent with your self-image
d. Self-image can be changed for better
e. Never undervalue yourself. You have something good to offer.
f. You are unique, neither superior or inferior to anyone
g. The aim of self-image psychology is to find out the best we have and to bring it out into open
h. You must learn to use your great creative mechanism as a success mechanism
i. See yourself as a success. Keep this image alive
j. Your new picture  to yourself will become a reality
k. Accept your limitations and live each day spiritedly
l. Stop holding grudges against others and against yourself
m. Set goals that are reasonable but don’t underrate your potential
n. Think for yourself and ask for yourself what it is you want to achieve
o. Life should be a process of continuing growth until death
p. Believe in yourself. The whole business of being successful is to rise above failure
q. To achieve success by overcoming failure and rising above it is a far greater victory, for in that very act you improve your self-image.
41. What are the techniques to master speed-reading?
a. the impediments to sped reading are to be avoided – slow, laborious horizontal reading, subconscious habit of saying each word mentally, moving the vocal chords throat, muscles and lips
b. learn to read vertically
c. learn to interpret large blocks of information at a time
d. develop confidence that you can read and comprehend without loss of meaning when you read fast
e. to step up comprehension you should step up concentration
f. skip and skim. They are well-defined skills born out of continued practice
g. find out the main idea in a paragraph
h. never miss to read the summary in each chapter.
i. The essential objective of the book is contained in the preface
j. Look for charts and diagrams to get the glimpse of the whole idea.
42. What are the techniques for Stress Management? ]
a. Raja  yoga Practices
b. Meditation
c. Alpha Waves of Mental State
d. Aware and Beware
e. Bo-feedback methods
f. Activating subconscious mind
g. Develop lighter side of life
h. Develop wholesome philosophy in life.
43. How should you activate your subconscious mind? The best way to activate the subconscious mind is to select short and effective sentences which are of motivating nature and repeat them as many times as possible. Example
a. Achievement of whatever kind is the crown of effort and the diadem of thought
b. Have faith that I am brave and intelligent
c. A day  without improvement is a day lost
d. Give to the world the best I have
e. The best way to activate your subconscious mind is to read Sankalpa as many times as possible.
44. What are the essential components of Successful Living?
a. The concept of success varies from individual to individual
b. Success to be true must have an abiding sense of purpose
c. Don’t expect every hour to be filled with successful venture. Absorb occasional failures gracefully
d. There is no success for free. Pay the price, you have the joy of success
e. The more you create the greater would be your success and satisfaction
f. Success for the gratification of one’s own cannot be termed as real success. Do something for the humanity at large.
45. What are the techniques to be adopted for  Time Management?
a. Develop time consciousness. This can be done by understanding the concept of time
b. Formulate goals and objectives – Internal and external goals – update your goals
c. Set priorities – prepare to-do-list-concentrate on activities bringing rich dividends
d. Enhance your personal qualities-develop assertive behaviour-avoid procrastination by repeating the sentence Begin and the work will be completed – be punctual – discard perfectionism –
e. Develop Team Spirit – Motivate your staff-give freedom to function independently – modify time consuming procedures – train your staff
f. Refine professional skills – learn computer – write effective letters – prepare reports – communicate effectively – learn speed reading- acquire memory skills and memorize calendar
g. Deal with interruptions – unexpected visitors – telephone and – manage skills and memorize calendar
h. Deal with interruptions – unexpected visitors – telephone and – manage your stress effectively
i. Prepare time budget- action plans – review work based on time budget – take one project at a time
j. Organize Professional Life – attend meetings with proper agendas – maintain proper filing system – delegate judiciously – streamline paper work
k. Organize Personal life – Maintain good health – spend time with family members – relax – read books and journals – attend important work during peak energy hours TIME MANAGEMENT IS NOTHING BUT ORGANIZED WAY OF DOING THING UTILIZING EACH AND EVERY SECOND OF OUR EXISTENCE PRODUCTIVELY AND CREATIVELY.
46. What are the principles to amass Fabulous Wealth
a. Be a master. A servant can never be able to amass wealth. He can get only regular salary based on the work-input
b. Undertake business to amass wealth
c. Get a new understanding of money – don’t hate money and rich people
d. Build reserves and invest more
e. Trade on Equity should be your guiding principle- never hesitate to borrow to start or to expand your business
f. Institutionalized borrowing is better than individual borrowing
g. Develop rich consciousness – carry sufficient money all the time – buy the best in every thing – live in a rich locality
h. Don’t sleep too much and be alert all the time
i. Constantly equip your knowledge and skills in the field of your business
j. Learn to understand and interpret the financial statement of your business
k. Never recourse to cheating and lies – you will lose your credibility. This won’t work in the long run
l. Give as much as possible for public charity
m. Your attitude in doing business is to help people with quality product and services
n. Pay more attention to recruitment of people
o. Convert partnerships into private companies if formed among friends
p. Understand and apply the principles and practices of Time and Stress Management.
47. How should one develop extraordinary Will-Power?
1) Will power is that positive and creative function of the mind impels, propels and enables us to do chosen actions in a definitive way, and avoid doing unchosen actions in an equally definitive way.
2) All actions are the manifestations of the will of man
3) Will is directed effort which carries a man through difficulties to success
4) All cases of weak will refer to some form of self-indulgence. A strong will means a group of strongly ingrained habits of a coherent kind.
5) To cure a bad habit we must begin to form a better one.
6) Habit passes into character which is defined as a completely fashioned will. Every effort is an effort to strengthen will.
7) A single successful effort of moral volition, such as saying ‘No’ to some habitual temptation, or performing some courageous act, will launch a man on a higher level of energy for days and weeks, and thereby his will is strengthened.
8) Every thought, especially thought charged with feeling, ends to become an action; repeated actions transmute into habit.
9) Think success, dream success, believe it, speak it, and like it, and success will come your way.
10) Mental attitude is a far more powerful factor in developing will-power. Your thought, not your body is your real self
11) Practice subconscious meditation to develop will-power. Bring the mind to alpha level and give effective suggestion to discard your bad habits.
12) Developing will-power is a progressive education, not a sudden miracle.
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ACTION PLAN TO DEVELOP NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING
1. Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) deals with how language, both verbal and non-verbal, affects our nervous system.
2. NLP provides a systematic framework for directing our own brain.
3. It is a science of how to run your brain in an optimal way to produce the results you desire
4. If I see anyone in this world producing a result I desire, I can produce the same result if I am willing to pay the price and effort.
5. If you want to achieve success, all you need to do is find a way to model those who have already succeeded.
6. Modeling is the pathway to excellence.
7. Understand the Neuro physiological state you are in
8. Achieving State : Confidence, love, inner strength, joy, ecstasy, belief that tap great wellsprings of personal power.
9. Paralyzing State: Confusion, depression, fear, anxiety, sadness, frustration – that leave us powerless.
10. We all go in and out of good and bad states.
11. Understanding state is the key to understanding change and achieving excellence.
12. A state is the sum of the millions of neurological processes happening within us. In other words, the sum of our experience at any moment in time
13. How you say things to yourself  about the situation at hand create the state you are in
14. Internal representation and physiology work together in a cybernetic loop.
15. Changing states involves changing internal representation and changing physiology
16. When you are feeling physically vibrant and totally alive, don’t you perceive the world differently than when you’re tired or sick?
17. Internal representation and physiology are constantly interacting with each other to create the state we are in.
18. Internal representation is not a precise rendering of an event. It is one interpretation as filtered through specific personal beliefs, attitudes, values, and something called metaprograms.
19. Since we don’t know how things really are, but only how we represent them ourselves, why not represent them in a way that empowers ourselves and others, rather than creating limitations?
20. If we form a representation that things will work, then we create the internal resources we need to produce the state that will support us in producing positive results.
21. Behaviour is the result of state.
22. Beliefs are the compass and map the guide us towards our goal and give us the surety to now we’ll get there. Without beliefs people can be totally disempowered.
23. The surest way to create a belief that you can do something is to do it once, just once. If you succeed once, it’s far easier to form the belief that you’ll succeed again. APPLY THIS TO MEMORISING 100 – DIGIT NUMBERS.
24. If you want to succeed, it would be wise for you to choose your beliefs carefully.
25. Review your beliefs and decide which one you might change now.

26. You can create your own reality by acting ‘ASIF’. It is most effective when you put your physiology in the state you would like to be.
27. Physiology is the most powerful tool we have for instantly changing states.
28. If you change your physiology i.e.  your posture, breathing pattern, muscle tension, your tonality etc, you instantly change your internal representation and your state.
29. N.L.P looks at the structure of the human experience, not what happened – how you put together in your mind what happened.
30. Nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through my conscious thought.
31. We structure our internal representation through our five senses.
32. Three major modalities: visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
33. Many of us have certain keys within our own mind that trigger our brain to respond in a particular way.
34. Just as a movie director can change the effect his movie has on his audience, you can change the effect any experience in life has upon yourself.
35. A director can change the camera angle, the volume and type of music, the speed and amount of movement, the colour and quality of the image, and thus create any state he wants in his audience.
36. You can also direct your brain in the same way to generate any state or Behaviour that supports your highest goals or needs.
37. When you feel physically tired or your muscles are weak or you have pain somewhere, you perceive the world quite differently from when you feel rested, alive, and vital. Physiological manipulation is a powerful tool for controlling your own state.
38. Physiology depends largely on a healthy level of biochemical functioning.
39. It assumes that you are cleansing and nurturing your body, not clogging and poisoning it.
41. Powerful ways to better health and energy:
a. breath
b. eating water rich food
c. effective food combining
d. law of controlled consumption
e. fruit consumption
f. vegetarianism
42. How do you get a craving for junk food, fast food, additives and chemicals? Create it by habit.
44. How are habits formed? Through pleasure and pain instincts. Our natural tendency is to experience pleasure or to avoid pain.
45. How does one addicted to smoking or alcohol? Rehearsing in his mind repeatedly the pleasure it gives.
46. The best way to get rid of such habits is again to reprogram the mind to rehearse the harmful effect it brings to the physiological structure of the body.
47. Neuro-linguistic programming is one way of conditioning the mind through constant AWARENESS of its functioning.
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ACTION PLAN TO DEVELOP VIRILITY BASED ON TANTRIC KRIYA YOGA
1. The first requisite for developing virility is to maintain excellent health.
2. Tantric Yoga uses sexual union as a vehicle to cosmic enlightenment. It also provides the clue to maintain good health.
3. Tantra teaches you to explore every aspect of your consciousness, expanding the five senses by awakening the countless cells that lie dormant.
4. Since it deals with sex there were opposition from various quarters. Hence the techniques were kept secret for hundreds of years.
5. The system of Tantric Yoga uses the most powerful energy – sexual – to penetrate spiritual realm.
6. Tantric methods are natural, life affirming, joyful, every act becomes part of your spiritual practice.
7. Love is the very essence of man which is expressed in sexual union.
8. Love is sex energy transformed.
9. In Tantra one can extend the climax to many minutes.
10. Tantra provides a system of techniques for prolonging orgasm in order to experience unity consciousness.
11. The state of enlightenment has been described as perpetual orgasm.
12. This concept has been taken by the West and developed to attain carnal pleasure and name it “Multiple Orgasm”. This aspect will be discussed separately.
13. Tantric techniques are designed to attain enlightenment through sex.

TANTRIC TECHNIQUES:
14. The following techniques are used in Tantric Yoga
a. Asanas
b. Pranayama
c. Dhyana – Meditation
d. Mantra – Sound symbol
e. Yantras - Visual manifestation of Mantras
f. Mudras – gesture to activate body currents
g. Bandhas – energy locks to conserve and move pranic energy
h. Maithuna – sexual union
15. The purpose of these techniques is to build up a psychic reservoir of energy. One should learn to generate energy at the navel centre or the solar plexus.
16. That energy reservoir also stimulates the sexual glands. The sexual glands are the key to any higher state of consciousness. The purpose of tantric exercises is to strengthen those glands.
17. ASANAS:
a. Sooryanamaskar
b. Sarvanga Asana
c. Matsya Asana
d. Hal Asana
e. Chakra Asana
f. Yoga Mudra Asana Bhadra Asana
g. Ardha Matsyendra Asana
h. Pachimottan Asana
i. Shava Asana

18. PRANAYAMA:
a. Mukha Bhastrika
b. Ujjayi
c. Nadi Shodhana
d. Kapalabhatti
e. Bhandhtreya Pranayama
19. DHYANA:  Hong – Sau Meditation – Hong – Sau is the internal sound that is going on within our body as we inhale and exhale. The breath contains the mantra, which will take you to a very profound space.
20. Coordinate the mantra with the breath and visualization. As you inhale, take the sound “Hong” from the third eye down the spinal column to the perineum. As you exhale, pronounce “Sau” mentally while bringing the energy up the spine and out the third eye. This stimulates the pituitary gland. Hong –sau, some-thing switch to “So-hum-inhale” ‘Sau” exhale “Hong”.
21. Just allow it to oscillate, until it reaches the point of breathlessness. You stop breathing externally and start internally-not like holding your breath-breath stops, thoughts stop-pure state, free of thoughts.
22. You can use Hong-sau for spiritual purposes or at a sexual level to control climax.
23. MANTRAS: They are sounds of power, transcendental sounds which produce a reaction within the human body and mind. Create a resonance between you and your inner depths. It is the sound, not its meaning.
24. The practice of mantra repetition is called Japa Yoga. Constant repetition of these sounds tunes out other stimuli, resulting in withdrawal of the senses from the outer world.
25. The OM mantra centres ones thoughts and is good preparation of meditation. It brings relaxation and a sense of peace within.
26. One secret of using a mantra is to decrease the volume with each repetition until you are able to internalize it, to hear it in your mind. Using mantra activates certain Chakra.
27. A visual manifestation to activate certain chakras or even the brain for effective functioning.
28. In a separate sheet is given SRI YANTRA – one of the Yantras to develop mental powers.
29. Mudras: Prana Mudra – inhale as deeply as possible – exhale contracting your belly- empty lungs completely – press you chin into your chest – contract the anus and focus your attention on the anal area – relax contraction, chin and anus as you inhale slowly- repeat it.
30. Yoni Mudra – It is a powerful techniques for sense withdrawal, allowing the mind to turn inward and observe itself. This should be done by closing your ears, eyes, nose and mouth by your ten fingers.
31. Ashwini Mudra- contracting the anal sphincter creates a heat which you can physically fee.
32. Khechari Mudra – close the mouth. Roll the tongue backward so that the normally lower surface touches the upper palate. Try to bring the tongue tip as far as possible without strain.
BHANDHAS
a. Jalandara Bhanda
b. Uddhyana Bhanda
c. Moola Bhanda
33. Sexual Union – Tantric techniques were developed primarily for men. The sexual process should be slow and relaxed. No sexual goal and ego involvement. It is a transcendental sex on a higher level. If you can remain fully conscious during sex, you can stay conscious through anything. Prolonged sex takes strength and stamina. You must be in good physical condition to maintain this arousal. It needs control and dedication to the long range results of yogic practices. The following are techniques to be adopted by men to delay orgasm.
a. Take a deep breath and hold for 16 counts.
b. Khechari Mudra
c. Roll the eyes counter – Clock – wise three times
d. Tense the anus muscles
e. Exhale and relax the anus muscles
f. Repeat three times, then continue sexual union. Once you have control, resume the contractions. Using these techniques a man can prolong his sexual union for a longer period.
EXTRACTS OF THE BOOK “TANTRIC KRIYA YOGA” BY SUNYATA SARASWATI & BODHI AVINASHA, Published by Kriya Jyoti Tantra Society, 633 Post Street, Suite 647, San Francisco, Ca, 94109 USA.
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ACTION PLAN FOR MALE MULTIPLE ORGASM ACCORDING TO WESTERN RESEARCHERS
1. Today, techniques have been perfected to make multiple orgasm an option for almost every man.
2. The ability to control one’s penis – to literally stay up all night- is not the exclusive domain of Eastern masters.
3. When a man feels good about his sexuality, he feels good about himself. Sexual confidence creates greater confidence in many other areas of a man’s life. It strengthens self-image and it strengthens self-esteem.
4. Your penis is not a separate entity. When you’re scared, your penis shows it. When you are excited, your penis shows it. When you’re depressed, your penis knows it.
5. PC muscle (pubcoccyeus muscle) plays a crucial role in the functioning of the penis. It is a group of muscles that run from the public bone to the tailbone.
6. Male multiple orgasm depends on a strong PC muscles.
7. Place one or two fingers right behind your testicles. The muscle that you use to turn off the flow of urine from the bladder is your PC muscle.
8. FIRST STAGE: Three times a day, flex the PC twenty times. You do not need to keep your finger on the PC.  You should be able to feel it move internally. PC exercises are easy and can be done anywhere – in the car, at the beach, or while siting at your desk.
9. A multiorgasmic man is able to maintain his erection, even though he has already had an orgasm, and continue marking love from orgasm to orgasm with no ejaculation.
10. It is possible to have a full orgasm without a simultaneous ejaculation, and therein lies the key to becoming multiorgasmic.
11. Male multiple orgasm is nothing new. Eastern cultures, for example, have been aware of male multiple orgasm and non ejaculatory orgasm (NEO) for many years, and it is not difficult to find references to it in their tantric literature.
12. Alfred Kinsey, in his ground breaking book “Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male”, clearly noted that several  “normal” men reported having more than one ejaculation with the same erection.
13. SECOND STAGE: Sensual touching exercise. These are not sex acts. They are very loving, very pleasurable ways of making contact with a partner. Pay attention to exactly where  you are touching. Stay in the here and now. Don’t put any pressure on yourself or on your partner. Touching to please not to arouse. Mutual touching. Most important thing is to stay as relaxed as possible. Just stay with the sensation.
14. THIRD STAGE: Aroused and Awake. Sexual arousal is actually a very complex and sophisticated process. Arousal can be felt at different levels. Become more intimate with the subtle changes in your body during your arousal. Arousal is a feeling; it is subjective sense of excitement that can be experienced throughout the body. Erection is a very objective measure of hardness that is a direct reflection of blood flowing into the organ. A man can feel very aroused – incredibly aroused – yet not be erect. Reach a peak means letting your arousal rise to a certain level and then immediately letting it drop back down. Don’t rush your peaks. Each up and down cycle should take four or five minutes. Stretch them out. Let them build slowly. As your peaks get higher and higher, it may become more and more difficult to relax. One way to overcome this is by taking deeper and deeper breaths at each level. A strong PC muscle works like a good set of breaks in your car. You can use it to control your arousal the way you use your breaks to control your speed. It is  also the break you will use to hold back your ejaculation while you are having an orgasm.
15. FIFTH STATE: Peak into a Plateau – there are four different ways to stretch a peak into a plateau
a. Changing your breathing
b. Squeezing your PC Muscle
c. Changing your motion
d. Changing your focus. If you can have intercourse without putting any pressure on yourself or on your partner, try having a few plateaus inside your partner. The most important thing is to just keep practicing, and practicing and practicing.
16. SIXTH STAGE: Multiple Orgasm. Orgasm and ejaculation do not have to occur together. Having a non-ejaculatory orgasm enables you to maintain an erection and continue intercourse. The technique is that as soon as you have the sensation to ejaculate, squeeze your PC muscle as hard as you can for a few seconds and then open your eyes. Take a really deep breath. All of the sensations of at least a partial if not a full, orgasm will be there. But you will not ejaculate. Your PC has stopped your ejaculation while still allowing your body to go into orgasm. Once you have experienced this partial or full orgasm you need to slow down for a while. Relax for a few seconds – you’ve earned it. You can continue thrusting, but it shouldn’t be vigorous. It is not fair to expect yourself to be perfect the first time and every item. The key to improvement is that one word: PRACTICE
17. This is a pleasure technique, not a birth control technique, and there are no grades here. Every little bit of control makes a difference.
EXTRACTS FROM THE BOOK “HOW TO MAKE LOVE ALL NIGHT” BY BARBARA KEESLING, Ph.D., PUBLISHED BY HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS, NEW YORK.
Tested and proven techniques are offered in this program to get the following benefits. (Items are kept at random order)
1. Reach Alpha Waves of Mental State.
2. Get total relaxation within a short spell of time.
3. Prevent the formation of kidney stones.
4. Stimulate your brain cells for intuition and creativity.
5. Remove absent-mindedness
6. Prevent grey hair
7. Get sleep peacefully.
8. Develop assertive behaviour
9. Chart your own bio-rhythm cycles
10. Boost your brain power through yogic techniques
11. Manage your stress comfortably
12. Improve your memory phenomenally – you can register and reproduce even 100 digit numbers
13. Learn brain synchronization
14. Stimulate your Right Hemisphere  of the brain for creativity and imagination.
15. Brain stimulation to release benefical and desirable brain chemicals for enhanced functioning of the brain.
16. Activate your sexual glands for better performance.
17. Develop peak performance and professional competency.
18. Get enlightenment –technique is very simple but needs three Ds, Dedication, Determination and Devotion
19. Chart your own business cycless especially for business people.
20. Prevent all problmes relating to prostate gland
21. Prevent premature ejaculation
22. Quantitaqtively meausre your power of concentration
23. Be a winner all the time.
24. Learn decision making making process based on the cyclic laws of human life
25. Generate abundant energy throughout your life.
26. Develop positive attitudes of life
27. Decrease toxic effect of alcoholism – for alcoholics
28. Simple home remedies for blood pressure, constipation, diabetes, headache, heart problem, piles, smoking, sleeplessness and ulcer.
29. Memorize 100-year calendar – a time saving device 30. Develop time consciousness
30. Develop time consciousness
31. Avoid procrastination
32. Absorb more prana (life energy) into your body.
33. Overcome undesirable habits
34. Have a baby of your choice- male or female
35. Develop enchanting human relationship
36. Useful tips to appear for an interview.
37. Send Prana to the desired parts of your body.
38. Awaken Kundalini Shakthi (dormant force of energy)
39. Learn 15 meditational techniques
40. Learn the meditational technique of Dr.Carl simonton who cured several terminal cancer patients through meditation.
41. Remember names and telephone numbers.
42. Prepare for and write exams- for students
43. Prolong your longevity.
44. Ventilating and cleansing the lungs
45. Balanced functioning of Right and Left Hemispheres of the brain.
46. Preserve excess prana in the Solar Plexus
47. Set goals and implement them through Psycho-cybernetic techniques
48. Explode your mental blocks
49. Develop confidence to speak in public
50. Activate your subconscious mind to achieve something Great and outstanding in life.
51. Develop vibrant self-image
52. Learn speed reading
53. Improve eye sight
54. Develop confidence and courage
55. Amass fabulous wealth
56. Learn to utilize your time productively and creatively
57. Develop Will-power
58. Remove fear of death
59. Develop cosmic consciousness
60. Learn Yogic Asanas and Pranayama for scintillating health
61. Stimulate your pituitary and pineal glands.
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THOUGHT PROVOKING QUESTIONS:
1. life is a series of ……………………………………….. (Fill in the blanks)
2. God appears before you and promises to give you three things. What would you like to get from god?
3. How can you develop intuition?
4. When do you live?
5. Should the mind work faster or slower?
6. Is there s connection between passing urine and breathing?
7. Is it possible to preserve more Prana (Life Energy) in any part of your body?
8. What is confidence?
9. What is courage?
10. How do you develop confidence and courage?
11. Is it possible to absorb more Prana into your body through a technique?
12. What are the few factors conducive for long life?
13. What are the techniques to activate your sexual glands?
14. What is the technique to activate all your brain cells gor better intelligence and creativity?
15. What is the technique to reduce your hypertension instantaneously?
16. What is the technique to prolong your sexual function?
17. What is the one essential requirement to become fabulously rich, without which no one can amass wealth?
18. What is the technique to reduce the temperature off ever?
19. What is the one action of ours that does not boost our brain power?
20. In your wakeful state what is the percentage of your thinking and feeling?
21. What is the technique to send abundant prana to the desired parts of your body?
22. What is the technique to quantitaively measure the power of your concentration?
23. What is the technique to remember telephone numbers?
24. What is the technique to memorize 100- year calendar?
25. What is the difference between tool and technique?
26. Which is the mental state conducive for creativity?
27. Which is the day on which you should not undergo any operation in your life?
28. What is the essential requirements for enchanting human relationship?
29. What is the best remedy for most of our health problems?
30. What is the opposite of stress?
31. When do you get heightened pleasure in eating?
32. With whom are you most u happy in life?
33. Do you think that good people suffer and bad and immoral people prosper?
34. When do you think effectively and creatively?
35. What do you record in the neuron cells of your brain?
36. What are the three main beliefs that  prevent us from being happy?
37. What is the difference between the  minds of great people and ordinary people?
38. What should you do to avoid criticism from your friends and relatives?
39. What is the greatest gurantee of your health?
40. What is the cause of cancer according to the latest research findings?
41. What should you do when your cheerfulness is lost?
42. What is the surest way to forgive and forget our enemies?
43. What aspect of yourself that people would believe in you?
44. Which is more important: theory or practice?
45. Do you get success in marriage by finding the right person?
46. Why should we love our enemies?
47. What are we mostly afraid of?
48. Which is the best way that you will never have to work a day?
49. Do you expect your car to rise off and fly? Do you expect your dog to speak English? What is the implication of these questions?
50. Do you possess you habits or do your habits possess you
51. Do you own yourself or somebody else own you?
52. What is an experience?
53. Do you know that most of the thinkers who created industrial empires were unschooled? Who are they?
54. Have you experienced being a genius at any point of time in your life? If So, when?
55. What is freedom?
56. What is the one common factor found among the people who lived long?
57. An executive needs skills and qualities to become successful – what should be their ratio?
58. Who is the person making a lot of commitments in his life?
59. When inner silence goes out, outer silence takes its place. Explain this statement with illustration.
60. How do you stimulate your brain?
61. What are the simple methods to find out the sexual virility of a man?
62. What is the short cut to distinction in public life?
63. What is the difference between humility and inferiority complex?
64. What is cosmic consciousness?
65. Would you leave your car in running condition in your garage all night?  What is the implication of this question?
66. Can you fall in love with tomorrow?
67. How can you develop will-power?
68. What is the cheapest kind of medicine available on this earth?
69. What money can buy for you and what it cannot buy?
70. Who is a spiritual person?
71. Which is the instance that would give you heightened happiness in life?
72. Which one would provide you with more opportunity to be happy – being born rich or poor?
73. What do you do when your watch goes slow or fast? What is the implication of these questions?
74. What is life? What is it composed of?
75. How do you become a good conversationalist?
76. Who is an absent- minded professor?
77. What are the two conditions for happiness?
78. What is a project?
79. What do you do with an unfinished house? Do you condemn it as ugly and useless> What is the implication of these questions?
80. Wha is the technique to have the baby of your choice- male or female?
81. When there is conflict between imagination and will power, which one would win   in he ultimate analysis?
82. Two persons take the same food and live in the same environment(e.g.brothers), one becomes a saint and the other a criminal. Why?
83. What is the technique to bring out phlegm from your chest?
84. What is the tech nique to be free from kidney stone problem throughout your life?
85. What is the technique to  overcome the fear of death in your life?
86. Do you know the story of hare and tortoise? What is the implication of that story?
87. Which is the best time that we reach theta waves of mental state naturally without any effort?
88. What are biorhythm cycles?
89. What are the types of stress that you normally experience in life?
90. What is the differ4ence between a glutton and an ordinary person?
91. Which is the best way to get freedom?
92. What is the difference between a gossip, a bore and a successful person?
93. What type of relationship one should have in married life?
94. How one should pray and work?
95. What is the difference between an optimist and a pessimist?
96. What is the core quality of a genius?
97. Consider TIME as a person. What would you ask him to do?
98. What are the four things that will not come back to you again?
99. How do we judge ourselves and how others judge us?
100. What should be the main theme of religion?
101. How do you get inner clam?
102. How should we choose our friends?
103. What is the best form of prayer?
104. Sit loosely in the saddle of life?’ Explain its implication.
105. “It is better to wear out than to rust out”. What does it imply?
106. Why is it that we rejoice at the birth and grieve at a funeral?
107. Time never takes off. Explain.
108. It is magnificent to grow old, if one keeps young. What does it imply?
109. Every person has three characters. What are they?
110. What would you do to make your marriage successful?
111. Which is the worst kind of pverty?
112. A good husband should be ………A good wife should be ……..
113. The …… is the cheapest.
114. Humility is the surest sign of …..
115. No entertainment is so cheap as ….., nor any pleasure lasting.
116. The first test of a truly great man is his……..
117. What is bought is cheaper than …..
118. How do you distinguish material success from spiritual success?
119. What is defeat?
120. Why is it that peace is better than war?
121. What is the difference between happy family and unhappy family?
122. Who is learned and wise?
123. What is fashion?
124. What should you do in the company of sensible men?
125. What should you do to develop scintillating health?
126. Who is the man of wisdom?
127. What is personality
128. What is the secret of success of Thomas Alva Edison?
129. What is the measure of success in this world?
130. How can you use intuition?
131. Which is the best way to be happy?
132. What is the quality of a saint?
133. What are the hallmarks of a genius?
134. What is the difference between natural scientist and a divine scientist?
135. How do you reach success?
136. What are the indispensable conditions for success?
137. How do you become king of kings?
138. How do you role out master pieces from you hand?
139. What is the best remedy for procrastination?
140. Where does success come from?
141. What is the purpose of meditation?
142. What is love?
143. What is the best time to be happy?
144. Which is the mark of true spirituality?
145. While breathing in, should the abdomen go inside or outside?
146. What is life? Give a true but humorous definition.
147. How death can be used as a book for effective living?
148. What should you do to prevent ill health?
149. What is the price that you pay for your hatred disposition?
150. How can you build your mind temple for a glorious life?
151. What should be the attitude toward your married partner?
152. What is cheerfulness?
153. Everyone is selfish in this world”. How do you react to this statement?
154. What is the best gift that parents can offer to their children?
155. Can you be angry without being anger?
156. What is the location of semen bag  in our body? Is it above or below the sex organ?
157. What is the technique to reduce the butterfly feeling before addressing a group  of people?
158. Which is the one autonomous function of the body which can be easily brought under voluntary control?
159. Who is rich? Who is poor?
160. When do you think and when do you feel?
161. What is humility? Give a metaphorical explanation.
162. What is the best way to get good idea?
163. What should be your attitude when yuread any good book/
164. What is morality?
165. What is spirituality?
166. How do you easily play a joke on a man who likes to argue with you?
167. How do you get perennial flow of energy?
168. Which is the easiest way to become richer and richer?
169. What is the symptom of an enlightened person?
170. What is the difference between animals and human beings?
171. How can you grow old but never get old?
172. How can we make conflicts into personal growth
173. What is the best investment for financial security?
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