Notes on the congreve cube

Mahoney: “What is it?”
Mr. Magorium: “It’s the Congreve Cube.”
Mahoney: “It looks like a big block of wood.”
Mr. Magorium: “It is a big block of wood. But now, it’s your big block of wood.”
Mahoney: “Thank you. I was just saying last night I don’t have enough big blocks of wood.”
Mr. Magorium: “Unlikely adventures require unlikely tools.”
Mahoney: “Are we going on an adventure? ”
Mr. Magorium: “All I will say is with faith, love, this block and a counting mutant, you may find yourself somewhere you never imagined. ”

There are a million things one might do with a block of wood, but, Mahoney, what do you think might happen if someone just once,believed in it?

Edward Magorium, Mr.Magorium’s wonder emporium by Suzanne Weyn

It becomes something truly fantastic and magical because someone believed in it. And isn’t that true for all of us? Belief is empowering; it is a key to unlock the best of what we can become.
-Paul Martins, www.waldenfans.com

But by believing in my children and their intelligence, their talents, their strengths, and most importantly their abilities to overcome their challenges, I open up a world of possibilities to them, the possibilities of growth and change.
-Paul Martins, www.waldenfans.com

Sometimes it’s easy for us to get caught up in all the muck and mire of our lives that we spend little to no time thinking of our congreve cube, like Mahoney did. But in the end that is what will help us get out of the muck. I’m not about to try and tell you what your cube might be, but I do propose you ponder what your congreve cube is, and how you can unlock the power within.
-Janay Hiatt

You don’t know what you’re becoming
Who knows what you’re gonna be
We don’t know where we’re going
We don’t know ’cause we can’t see

If I could tell your future
I’d say love the world you find
In the dark times and the hard questions
Let some sunshine in your mind

Sun is rising
And I think that’s good
Just now realizing
Some things you never thought you were

Concluding remarks [Mr. Magorium’s wonder emporium]

Your business still sits there like a block of wood with millions of possibilities unexplored. It just needs someone to believe in it again.
Phil Wezesinski, www.philsforum.com

Believing herself to be unworthy and incapable of owning a magical store, Mahoney puts it up for sale with Henry’s firm overseeing the sale. The store grieves and loses all its magic. All the toys, walls, and even the furniture lose their color, becoming varying shades of gray and black. Eric tries to reason with Mahoney over her decision to sell the store when he sees her at a restaurant playing background music.

Henry meets Mahoney at the store to draw up the sale papers, where he sees the Congreve Cube and asks her about it. When Mahoney confesses her complete faith in the store and the Congreve Cube’s magical ability, the block suddenly springs to life, and proceeds to fly around the store. After witnessing this, Henry faints with shock. When he later awakes and questions Mahoney about it, she tells him that it must have been a dream as she went home the previous night, leaving him to finalize the paperwork for the sale.

Henry is not deterred as he knows Mahoney made the cube fly and though she does not believe she can do magical and wonderful things, he believes in her. Henry realizes Mahoney is the Congreve Cube. The block of wood that can be anything she desires if she can somehow believe in herself. Henry’s whole hearted belief in Mahoney ignites a tiny spark in her and for a second she believes. The store responds to her spark of belief and continues to respond as her confidence builds until the entire store magnificently transforms. The magic and color return as Mahoney’s long awaited symphony comes into existence.
-Fandom.com

It isn’t until the very end, when she’s struggling with her own feelings of doubt and lack of purpose and non-magical abilities, when someone else shows faith in her. The unimaginative “counting mutant” (accountant) — who, it turns out, needs the Emporium as much as it needs Mahoney — is the one to finally shine the light of truth for her when he asks “What if someone, just once, believed in it?”
-www.rustybicyclerockyroad.com

Mr. Magorium gave it to her to teach her that she can do amazing things if she believes in herself the same way she believes in the block of wood. Now that Mahoney’s belief in the cube has made it fly, she no longer remembers it and only needs to believe in herself. 
-Isolde A Logan

Two different themes emerge from the depiction of congreve cube:
1. Believing in one’s own self, so that one may grow in strength – in ways one did not believe was possible before
2. Believing in others, to help them be sure of themselves and find their strength.
There is no strength without belief.

Fear arises through identification with form, whether it is material possession, physical body, social role, self-image, thought or an emotion. You are trapped in object consciousness, unaware of the dimension of inner space which alone is true freedom.

Eckhart Tolle

ஒழுக்கம் என்றால் என்ன?

ஒழுகு, ஒழுக்கு. இது இரண்டும் சேர்ந்தது ஒழுக்கம். தன்வினையும் பிறவினையுமாக நான் என்ன செய்கிறேனோ, அதை சமூகமும் பின்பற்றி செய்யுமானால் அது ஒழுக்கம்.

Lyrics and Translation : Naduvan by Dr. Burns

கண்ணில் காண்பதும் ரசிப்பதும் அழிந்துபோகும்
kaNNil kaaNbadhum rasippadhum azhindhupOgum
What is seen by eyes and enjoyed will be destroyed

இந்த உடலெனும் காயமும் அழிந்துபோகும்
indha udalenum kaayamum azhindhupOgum
This assembly of parts called body will be destroyed

ஊன்பொருள் தீக்கிரை அழிந்துபோகும்
oonporuL theekkirai azhindhupOgum
Fleshy matter, the food of fire, will be destroyed

இந்த உலகமும் பிரபஞ்சமும் அழிந்துபோகும்
indha ulagamum prabanjamum azhindhupOgum
This world and universe will be destroyed

உடலினை நிஜமென எண்ணி எண்ணி
udalinai niJamena eNNi eNNi
Thinking and considering the body to be true

தினம் உயிரை மாய்த்தவர் கோடி கோடி
thinam uyirai maaithavar kOdi kOdi
Daily lives perish in crores of crores

கோடிப்பணமும் அழிந்து போகும்
koadippaNamum azhindhu poagum
Crores of money will be destroyed

இந்த உலகமும் பிரபஞ்சமும் அழிந்துபோனாலும்
indha ulagamum prabanjamum azhindhupOnaalum
Even if this world and universe are destroyed

அழியாதது உன் பாதம்
azhiyaadhadhu un paadham
Eternal are your feet

பனித்த சடையும் பவளம் போல் மேனியும்
panitha sadaiyum pavaLam pOl mEniyum
Wet locks of hair and coral like body

அழியாதது உன் நாமம்
azhiyaadhadhu un naamam
Eternal is your name

நமச்சிவாயம் நமச்சிவாயம்
namachivaayam namachivaayam
Nama Shivayam Nama Shivayam

கரையாதது மானுட பாவம்
karaiyaadhadhu maanuda paavam
Insoluble is human sin

ஒன்பது குடில்களும் ஆறடி உடம்பும்
onbadhu kudilkaLum aaRadi udampum
Nine spaces and a body six feet

தவறாது என் பற்றறுத்து
thavaRaadhu en patRaRuthu
Without fail cut my attachments

ஏற்றுக்கொள் நடுவா நமச்சிவாயம்
aetRukkoL naduvaa namachchivaayam
Accept me, Server of justice, I bow to you Shiva

நந்தவனத்தில் ஓர் ஆண்டி
nandhdhavanathil Or aaNdi
In the park was a beggar

பத்துமாதமாய்க் குயவனை வேண்டி
pathumaadhamaayk kuyavanai vENdi
For ten months he pleaded the potter

அன்று கொண்டு வந்தான் ஒரு தோண்டி
andRu koNdu vandhaan oru thONdi
On that day brought a pot

அதைக் கூத்தாடி போட்டுடைத்தாண்டி
athai koothaadi pOttudaithaaNdi
Which he broke by dancing around

பிறவி தாண்டி
piRavi thaaNdi
Beyond birth

மீண்டும் பிறந்து அழிந்து பிறந்து
meeNdum piRandhdhu azhindhdhu piRandhdhu
Again being born, dead and born

வஞ்சகம் செய்து தன்னைக் கொண்டாடி
vanjagam seydhu thannaik koNdaadi
Performing deceptions and celebrating the self

உடல் அழிந்து இறுதியில் மண்ணோடு சமாதி
udal azhindhdhu iRudhiyil maNNoadu samaadhi
The body is destroyed and is buried in sand

மும்மலங்களும் அடக்கும் மேனி
mummalangaLum அடக்கும் mEni
Three defects are bound in the body

மெய்ப்பொருள் கண்டு விளங்குமே ஞானி
meyporuLk kaNdu viLanggumae gyaani
The truth is seen and understood by the wise

நித்திரை கலைய நினைவோடிருப்போர்
nithirai kalaiya ninaivoadiruppoar
Awoken from slumber, the ones in their senses

முத்திரை காண உயர்பவர் அன்றோ
muthirai kaaNa uyarpavarandRoa
Raise up to witness the mudra

மண்ணுயிர் கொன்று
maNNuyir kondRu
Killing creatures of the land

சுட்டதைத் தின்று
suttadhai thindRu
Eating what is cooked

தோற்றத்தை விட்டு
thoatRadhai vittu
Leaving behind what was lost

வென்றதைக் கொண்டு
vendRadhai koNdu
Taking what was won over

ஆறாத காயம் ருசிப்பது மாட்டார்
aaRaadha kaayam rusippadhu maattaar
Unhealed wounds should not be probed into

தலைகூத்த மார்பை ரசிப்பதற்கு ஒப்பு
thalaigootta maarpai rasippadhaRku oppu
It is like admiring the breast of a headless corpse

 

 

ஊழ்வினை உன் வினை
oozhvinai un vinai
Fate, originates in your action

தன்னைச்சுடும் வினை முன் வினை
thannaichchudum vinai mun vinai
Fate that hurts self, is earlier action

அதன் முன் வணங்கிடு தலைவனை
adhan mun vaNanggidu thalaivanai
Before it, worship the Leader

சேர்வாய் காலனை உதைத்த நாயன் நடுவனை
saervaay kaalanai udhaitha naayan naduvanai
You will join, the Lord who kicked yama, Who serves justice

பூரணனே ஈசனே
pooraNanae eesanae
One who is complete, God

காரணனே காலனே
kaaraNane kaalane
Once who is the cause, Bringer of death

வாரணமே நமச்சிவாய
vaaraNamae namachchivaaya
One with the might of an elephant, I bow to Shiva

மரணமே வருக வருக
maraNamae varuga varuga
Death! Come, come.

அவன் இருக்க பயம் ஒழிக ஒழிக
avan irukka payam ozhiga ozhiga
In His presence, fear is destroyed

சந்தன குங்கும சாந்தும் பரிமளமும்
sandhdhana kungguma saanthum parimaLamum
Amidst sandal, vermillion paste and fragrances

வித்தைகள் அனைத்தும்கூத்த காமுகனும்
vithaigaL anaithumkootha kaamuganum
Pervert who can play all tricks

காந்தக்கண் கொண்டிருக்கும் மாதவரும் கன்னியரும்
kaandhdhakkaN koNdirukkum maadhavarum kanniyarum
Men and women with eyes like magnet

வெந்த சதை  வெந்த சதை நாளை பார் வெந்த சதை
vendhdha sadhai vendhdha sadhai naaLai paar vendhdha sadhai
Watch them all turn to burnt flesh tomorrow

நீர்க்குமிழி வெடித்துவிடும்
neerkkumizhi vedithuvidum
The water bubble will burst

உயிர்கூட்டை பிரிந்துவிடும்
uyirkoottai pirindhdhuvidum
Life will escape the cage

கூச்சகூட இயலாது
koochchakooda iyalaadhu
Even shouting wont be possible

கோணித்துணி மறைத்துவிடும்
koaNithuNi maRaithuvidum
Sack cloth will conceal it

மேலென்ன கீழேன்ன
maelenna keezhaenna
It does not matter what is above or below

நீயென்ன நானென்ன
neeyenna naanenna
It does not matter if it is you or me

உயிர்போகும் தருவாயில் ஈசனே சரணாகதி
uyirpoagum tharuvaayil eesanae saraNaagadhi
At the moment of death, God is the only refuge

 

Be yourself

Be yourself and go back to your roots. Accept what you are. Because if I’m a monkey, if I know I’m a monkey and I accept that I am a monkey, I have no stress at all. But most of us, we know we are monkeys, but we want to show to the world we are tigers. Here is stress. Because every second you have to act like a tiger. Because if something slips, your “monkeyness” will be seen by the society. So the biggest stress is : “You don’t know who you are”

Professor BM Hegde

An unhealthy relationship is loving something that is incapable of loving you back. That is always a sign that it is not a connection with your Higher Self:  Watching TV, computer games, wine – these are simple examples.

Susan Pearce, OM-Less?: An Irreverent Guide to Knowing Grace (p. 53)

Chance is the instrument of Providence

What is called chance is the instrument of Providence and the secret agent that counteracts what men call wisdom, and preserves order and regularity, and continuation in the whole, for … I firmly believe, notwithstanding all our complaints, that almost every person upon earth tastes upon the totality more happiness than misery; and therefore if we could correct the world to our fancies, and with the best intentions imaginable, probably we should only produce more misery and confusion.


Horace Walpole (1904). “The letters of Horace Walpole: fourth earl of Orford”

Is non-vegetarian food (meat) good for our spiritual life?

Reproduced from Quora

Answered Apr 6, 2017
Dada Bhagwan, May the World Attain Happiness that I have attained.

In reality, a non-vegetarian diet is not good for those who wish to live a spiritual life.

When we kill a chicken or any living being for that matter, they feel fear and pain. They want to live and are afraid of being killed. Therefore, the atoms of fear and pain that arise within them when they are killed it is present in their bodies and as a result enter our body when we consume them.

Spirituality is going towards non-violence. While eating meat, means supporting violence.

Everything we eat is living. Non-vegetarian food (for example: chicken, seafood and even eggs) possess life which all have five senses within them i.e. sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. Just like humans. All vegetarian foods like wheat, rice, fruits, vegetable, etc. are one-sense beings. One-sense life forms are not developed enough to experience fear. Therefore, we can consume them.

One may say that there is some violence even if we eat one-sense developed living beings, but the Lord does not forbid their consumption. This is because one-sensed organisms do not contain pus or meat. When we cut vegetables or fruits they do not run away from us out of fear, so we can eat it them without hesitation.

Here are thoughts by some famous people around the world on eating non-veg food:

George Bernard Shaw, playwright and Nobel Prize winner, “My body is not a graveyard! It is not a cemetery for chickens. I want to be a civilized man.”

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics; it is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming other living beings, we will be classified as savages.” – Thomas Edison famous scientist.

“People eat meat and think that they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.” – Pino Caruso (Italian writer)

“Will you be able to look at an animal’s eye and say, “My hunger is more important than your suffering?” – Moby (American musician and photographer)

If you cannot stop eating non-veg food immediately, at least change your opinion by asking for forgiveness with repentance (pratikraman). In addition, start trying different vegetarian foods, there are varieties of food available as per your taste. First, change your opinion that you want to be vegetarian, then things will follow.

For one to understand spiritual knowledge, a pure vegetarian diet is required, because the coverings from the vegetarian diet are comparatively thin, so one can maintain higher awareness.

The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are oriented toward the soul. Though ideally applicable for all faithful, not everyone is considered capable or obligated to perform the first three Spiritual Works of Mercy before they possess the proper tact, knowledge or canonical training to do so. The remaining four Spiritual Works of Mercy are considered to be an obligation of all faithful to practice unconditionally.

The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy and their Holy Scripture references are:

Admonish the Sinner
(Proverbs 27:17, Luke 15:7; 17:3 2 Timothy 4:2 )

Instruct the Ignorant
(Matthew 28:19-20 Mark 16:14-18 Luke 24:47-49 John 20:21 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 4:1-5 )

Counsel the Doubtful
(Matthew 13:18-23 Mark 4:13-20; 9:14-29 Luke 8:11-15 John 14:27)

Bear Wrongs Patiently
(Matthew 5:38-48 Luke 6:27-36 1 Peter 2:18-19)

Forgive Offenses Willingly
(Matthew 6:14-15; 18:15-35 Mark 11:25 Luke 11:1-4; 17:1-4 )

Comfort the Afflicted
(Psalms 9:8-11; 22:23-27, Psalms 27:4-5; 30:2-4, Psalms 46:2; 55:22, Psalms 56; 71:20-22, Psalms 116; 119:49-50 Jeremiah 29:11-14 Lamentations 3:21-24, 31-33 Nahum 1:7-8 Matthew 11:28-30 John 14:15-18, 27; 16:22-23
2 Corinthians 5:17 1 Peter 5:5-11 Revelation 21:4

Pray for the Living and the Dead
(2 Maccabees 38-46)

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 20

Give up learning, and put an end to your troubles.


Is there a difference between yes and no?
Is there a difference between good and evil?
Must I fear what others fear? What nonsense!
Other people are contented, enjoying the sacrificial feast of the ox.
In spring some go to the park, and climb the terrace,
But I alone am drifting not knowing where I am.
Like a new-born babe before it learns to smile,
I am alone, without a place to go.

Other have more than they need, but I alone have nothing.
I am a fool. Oh, yes! I am confused.
Other men are clear and bright,
But I alone am dim and weak.
Other men are sharp and clever,
But I alone am dull and stupid.
Oh, I drift like the waves of the sea.
Without direction, like the restless wind.

Everyone else is busy,
But I alone am aimless and depressed.
I am different.
I am nourished by the great mother.

(translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)

Good is the enemy of great

“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” 


– James C. Collins