Random Thoughts 8-3-2014

Because I am traveling, I am writing some articles weeks in advance, so I can’t comment on this weeks news stories like I usually do. Instead, this week’s random thoughts will concentrate on some favorite spiritual quotes.


Everything here, but the soul of man, is a passing shadow. The only enduring substance is within.” ~W. E. Channing

Only the spirit and the soul is eternal, only they can be saved.

Our real duty is always found running in the direction of our worthiest desires” ~Randolph S. Bourne

The worthiest desires are, of course, the spiritual desires.

It is better to be motivated by the soul’s hunger rather than the ego’s greed.” ~Unknown

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson

And that means becoming more than what we are in the material world, not less.

Reflect upon you present blessings, of which every man has many not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ~Charles Dickens

We shouldn’t ignore the negative things in the world, but neither should we constantly dwell on them. That only leads to stress and depression.

Non-attachment is like a fire that can burn the binding power of past samskaras. Non-attachment and love are one ant the same. Non-attachment gives freedom, but attachment brings bondage.” ~Swami Rama

Trying to develop spiritually while clinging to the material world is like trying to row a boat that is still tied to the dock.

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Random Thoughts 3-13-2011

I was shocked to hear that there are an estimated ten to thirty million slaves in the world TODAY!
Most of them are not called slaves, but something more innocent sounding like “indentured servant” but when those “servants” work for generations and the debt never goes down, it’s slavery.

The CNN Freedom Project’s coverage of modern-day slavery may spur many readers and viewers to ask: How can I help?
E-mail freedomproject@cnn.com for more information and find out more


Surprise! Surprise! Hockey players frequently hitting each other in the head is causing actual brain damage. Who would have guessed? I guess the assumption has been that, if your playing hockey, your melon probably has no seeds in it anyway (not my opinion folks. Don’t blame the messenger).

So the latest spammer game to annoy bloggers is automatically posting comments to blogs that are full of links to external sites selling drugs, porn, etc. Apparently, the spammers are not aware that, on nearly all blogs nowadays, nobody sees that spam until the blog administrator approves it and they are not going to approve spam. So, if your a blogger, be on the lookout for comments that are very general so they can be attached to any post, some examples” “This is interesting story”, “You should consider putting video on your blog.”. When they get attached to blog entries that are two years old, it’s a dead givaway. I guess the good news is the phony trackback spam seems to have stopped.



I have uploaded an update to my eBook on Amazon. Nothing major changed, I just corrected some typos. If you purchased the older version, you can download the update for free! One of the advantages of eBooks over printed ones.



I do firmly believe that universal forces are at work that pull us inexorably toward the deserving results of our actions.”~Robert J. Ringer


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Kiva Revisited

Several months ago I posted a story about Kiva, the charity that pools money from regular folks like you and me and uses it to make small business loans to struggling family businesses in countries all around the world.  At the time that I posted that article, I loaned $50 to one of the small businesses.  That loan has now been paid back in full and my $50 became available for me to get back or loan out again.  I choose to loan it out again.  This time I loaned $25 each to two small businesses.  This is the email Kiva would send to my address book if I wanted, but I decided to post it here instead.


I just made a loan to someone in the developing world using a revolutionary new website called Kiva (www.kiva.org).

You can go to Kiva’s website and lend to someone in the developing world who needs a loan for their business – like raising goats, selling vegetables at market or making bricks.  Each loan has a picture of the entrepreneur, a description of their business and how they plan to use the loan so you know exactly how your money is being spent – and you get updates letting you know how the entrepreneur is going.
The best part is, when the entrepreneur pays back their loan you get your money back – and Kiva’s loans are managed by microfinance institutions on the ground who have a lot of experience doing this, so you can trust that your money is being handled responsibly.

I just made a loan to an entrepreneur named Carmen  in Peru.  They still need another $425.00 to complete their loan request of $700.00 (you can loan as little as $25.00!).  Help me get this entrepreneur off the ground by clicking on the link below to make a loan to Carmen  too:


It’s finally easy to actually do something about poverty – using Kiva I know exactly who my money is loaned to and what they’re using it for.  And most of all, I know that I’m helping them build a
sustainable business that will provide income to feed, clothe, house and educate their family long after my loan is paid back.

Join me in changing the world – one loan at a time.


What others are saying about www.Kiva.org:

‘Revolutionising how donors and lenders in the US are connecting with small entrepreneurs in developing countries.’

‘If you’ve got 25 bucks, a PC and a PayPal account, you’ve now got the wherewithal to be an international financier.’
— CNN Money

‘Smaller investors can make loans of as little as $25 to specific individual entrepreneurs through a service launched last fall by Kiva.org.’
— The Wall Street Journal

‘An inexpensive feel-good investment opportunity…All loaned funds go directly to the applicants, and most loans are repaid in full.’
— Entrepreneur Magazine